The Cult‘s recent SXSW show in at the 25,000-capacity Auditorium Shores, was filmed for usage in Terrence Malick’s upcoming feature film ‘Lawless.’Rooney Mara, Academy Award nominee of 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' is the star of the movie and was on hand at the venue, being filmed onstage and in improvised scenes backstage with members of the band.
Austin resident and actor Matthew McConaughey was also at the gig, playing congas on two songs during the set.
The Cult are now streaming their great new single ‘For the Animals’ over at www.rollingstone.com The single is officially released this Monday, March 26, while the Cult’s new album 'Choice of Weapon' is due May 22.
The Cult rocked SXSW in Austin twice over the weekend. The first show, on Friday night (Mar. 17), was followed a second – and free – concert on Saturday (Mar. 18). The free show was a part of the 25,000-capacity Auditorium Shores Stage Concert Series. Austin resident, music lover and actor Matthew McConaughey jammed on bongos for a couple of songs with the band, including the band's 1984 classic, 'Spiritwalker.'
The Cult also performed a few tracks from their forthcoming album, "Choice Of Weapon," due May 22 at the shows. Here's some fan shot footage of the various SXSW gigs.
Here's a Gretsch Guitars interview with Billy Duffy of The Cult
Ex-Cream bandmates documentaries: ‘Beware of Mr. Baker’ wins Jury Award at SXSW, Watch ‘Jack Bruce: The Man Behind The Bass’ in its entirety
The new movie focusing on the life of Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker, won the Jury Award for best documentary feature at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, last week. 'Beware of Mr. Baker' takes a candid and in-depth look at the volatile, self-destructive 73-year-old drummer, got its world premiere at the SXSW festival on March 9. The film also screened one last time in in Austin, on March 16 at the Paramount, but there is no telling where it will be shown next.
Much of 'Beware of Mr. Baker' was shot at Baker's horse ranch in South Africa, which he bought after Cream reunion gigs with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. The story follows Baker's past drug addiction, his work as a jazz musician and acceptance by the jazz drummers he idolized, and the amny dramatic career moves he made, including moving to Nigeria after the break-up of Blind Faith to spend six years working with Fela Kuti, the creation of jazz-rock ensemble Air Force, his love of horses and polo and his return to performing as a jazz drummer. The film also features conversations and memories of Baker from Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Carlos Santana, Nick Mason, Bill Ward, Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, Max Weinberg, Marky Ramone and Johnny Rotten.
Co-producer Fisher Stevens told billboard.com, "We have been accepted to a bunch of festivals, but they have told us not to tell anyone," he explained. "We would...love to get a theatrical release and maybe even do a tour. Take the movie on tour with CDs [and] T-shirts."
Ginger Baker's ex-Cream bandmate Jack Bruce also had a documentary recently air on BBC 2-Scotland. The hour long 'Jack Bruce: The Man Behind The Bass' can be viewed in its entirety below.
Bootsy Collins, U2′s Adam Clayton and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, as well as Bruce’s band mates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker are all featured in the interesting film.
Bruce returned to Scotland for the documentary, and re-recorded six songs he calls pivotal to his life and career. He is joined by several of Scotland’s notable musicians, including folk trio Lau, percussionist Jim Sutherland, keyboard player Andy May, guitarist Taj Wyzgowski, drummer Chris Peacock, and his nephew Nico Bruce on bass.
Bruce's new blues-rock outfit, Spectrum Road, featuring Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, keyboardist John Medeski and drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana (wife to Carlos), will make their festival debut this summer with sets at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival (June 9) and at the Playboy Jazz Festival (June 17) at the Hollywood Bowl. The band's self-titled debut will be released on June 5 through Palmetto Records.
Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Alice Cooper, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Pamela DesBarres, Courtney Love and many more rockers and actors are all featured in a new documentary called 'Sunset Strip' that premieres at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas on Friday (Mar. 16) at the Paramount Theatre.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, actors Peter Fonda, Keanu Reeves, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke and Sharon Stone are others featured in the new documentary. Hans Fjellestad directed the film profiling the history of the famous mile-and-a-half of Sunset Boulevard in Southern California, and includes interviews with musicians and actors who frequented it. Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum is one of the film’s producers.
“This is where it all started, you know,” says Osbourne, who is featured along with Hugh Hefner, Billy Corgan and Tommy Lee among others in the trailer for the movie below. The stretch of road between Hollywood and Beverly Hills is called both "sacred" and "a place where people come for refuge." "It is truly a mix of light and dark, sunshine and noir, that is uniquely L.A.," the description reads at the film’s website. Artists gathered to create, while preferred vices were just a doorway down.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan made an appearance at the SXSW (South By Southwest) Festival in Austin, TX. yesterday, and railed about the "poseurs" invading the music industry during a public one-on-one interview conducted by author Brian Solis.
During his appearance, Corgan expressed deep concerns about the way music is marketed to fans today, saying that current conditions would make it impossible for him to score a record contract if he were just starting out. Corgan made his opinions on the current state of the record industry clear: The desire for fame is leaving artistry in its wake.
According to Corgan, he would have to set himself on fire on YouTube if he were a brand-new artist looking for attention in 2012. Corgan also said a new artist today who does manage to sign a record deal is no different than being a "fresh stripper." Corgan claimed that today's musicians "have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal, not to be respected -- not to be dangerous." Meanwhile Corgan is still in the process of releasing more music from his self-produced opus "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope," a 44-track record released in installments.
Corgan even commented on sultry newcomer Lana Del Rey's heavily criticized "Saturday Night Live" performance, noting that while he wasn't surprised that she "crashed and burned" he also thinks that "she wasn't ready for it."
As for music itself, Corgan said, "Don't call it rock 'n' roll. I was part of a generation that changed the world, and it was taken over by posers."
After the interview with Brian Solis, Corgan sat down for a 15-minute chat at the Samsung Blogger Lounge, where he stressed that the music business has yet to come to grips with social media.
"The music business is shamefully behind the curve as far as understanding the effects that social media has on the business," Corgan said. "They just treated it like it was a curse and a plague upon them. And I was one of the first people to stand up and say, 'No, this is a great thing. There's nothing wrong with technology," said Corgan. "It's when technology is the story and not the artist - that's the problem."
Corgan also stopped by the Google Android House at SXSW 2012 for another Q&A.