The question on everyone’s lips is: when is HBO Now going to be released to everybody but Apple TV? The next question on everyone’s lips is: how do you get someone to take a sip of what you’re offering when the Internet is a damned firehose.
What one person can do, another can do…presumably. There’s one way to find out: go to people who’ve apparently been able to do it and get answers from them. That’s what Team Need Coffee members J.J. Hawkins and Aaron Fever want to do with their documentary Standing Out in the Crowd. Among the targets of their documentary: Prof. John Hodgman, Jonathan Coulton, Bill Corbett, some crazy zombie artist named Len Peralta, and Friend of Need Coffee Joseph Scrimshaw.
They need your help. Go check out the Kickstarter page for how to help and the array of sweet premiums for giving.
It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that is microwave safe, machine washable and mostly biodegradable. Or at least biodegrading.
Note: For some reason, there’s some weird distortion that comes and goes every so often. No idea. Sorry about that. I’ve already blamed myself, so join me.
It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck–the podcast that is stuck outside of our reality trying to talk over another completely different podcast.
It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck–the podcast that has unraveled the vast conspiracy that links Sesame Street with SPECTRE. The truth can finally be revealed.
It’s very seldom that you get a Kickstarter project that manages to tap into three of our favorite things all at once. The first is, naturally, zombies. If it’s undead and bleeds, it leads–that’s been our motto pretty much since day one. Pop culture references are a nice second. Scary retro or retro gold, either one–we’ll take it. And third is utter silliness. Admittedly, Pet Zombie Rocks might just be the silliest goddamn thing we’ve seen in quite some time.
I won’t spoil the video for you, but it’s probably fairly close to what you’re already envisioning. The end goal of this Kickstarter is to create hand-crafted, unique, painted undead rocks. No, don’t bother to read that sentence again–it will refuse to make sense. Still, this vid is worth the price of admission.
It’s no secret that we’re big on posterity around here. It’s important to keep stuff around so it can be enjoyed/studied/maybe-even-understood by future generations. Hence we lead off this round of Kickstarter fun with The Smith Tapes Box Set. Video comes after the break but the gist is this: Howard Smith, Village Voice writer and DJ, conducted interviews between 1969 and 1972. You might have heard of some of the people he talked to: Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Joe Cocker and scads more. The original tapes of these interviews have just recently seen the light of day again. They’re going to be released via iTunes–a hundred of them–eventually.
However, for those people who still appreciate physical products–they’re doing a limited edition, numbered twelve-CD boxed set with eighteen interviews on it. The Kickstarter supports the creation of this set. (The Zappa disc cover art is pictured.) While the set is too pricey for me, there are ways to get in on a lower level and support the project. Hell, I just wish they had a way to pledge and get the digital version. But regardless, this is a sweet project and it looks amazing–and better yet, from the snippets they make available, it sounds like it’s going to be fantastic.
I first heard of and met Kim Boekbinder in 2008, when she and her sister Zoe appeared as the sister-cabaret duo Vermillion Lies, accompanying Amanda Palmer on her first solo US tour (That’s also the year I first encountered The Builders and the Butchers, but that’s another interview). Their songs were vibrant, funny, heart-wrenching, memorable, and very, very good. As I listened to all of their albums, I began to get a sense of each sister’s lyrical voice and tone. Eventually, as the two moved on to their own solo careers, they developed and expanded those voices independently.
Just now, Kim has been working on a new album about space, collaborating with astronomers, physicists, and people who are just plain interested in the subject. She’s been funding the project through Kickstarter, and has been providing regular updates to fans and supporters.
Recently, I got the opportunity to ask Ms. Boekbinder some questions about her work, the focus of her current project, and the shape of crowdfunding today.
So it’s not news that one of the principles that Need Coffee lives by is: “If it’s undead and bleeds, it leads.” We’re zombie fiends here and we’re not ashamed of that fact. So when somebody wants to make a documentary about the rise of zombies in pop culture–and what looks to be a comprehensive and damn good one, too–we take notice.
It’s Doc of the Dead—Simon Pegg and George Romero are already interviewed for the thing…and for my part, I want to back it just so I can lay hands upon the footage of the “unique trans-generational zombie town hall meeting featuring George A. Romero, Max Brooks (World War Z) and Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies), in partnership with Mr. Romero himself, the Denver Film Society and the Mile High Horror Film Festival.”