First Punch Productions release Née Video and Colombian Rap Video

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Jennifer Silverberg
First Punch Film Productions has been busy rolling tape the last few months (well, rolling digital data). The local film company releases two new videos tonight: one from local band Née and the other for Colombian rap group, Los Calvos. Filmed simultaneously in different parts of the world, the videos take radically contrasting approaches to the notion of music videos. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. at Nebula Coworking (3407 S. Jefferson Ave) with the first movie screening at 9:30.

Née's recent single release "Pretty Girls" translates into a video as a tribute to classic pop videos complete with choreographed dance and a wardrobe changing scene. "Pop videos do that [choreographed dance] and it's so produced and so slick. It's really funny but nobody ever has any humor in it," says Kristin Dennis, lead singer of the band. The video is mostly Dennis' brain child. She came to First Punch with the idea and they were able to make her vision a reality.

Update: After a triumphant debut for both videos, you can now view them right here from the comfort of your computer. The Los Calvos video is on this page and the Née clip is on page two.

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People Started Giving a Shit: The LCD Soundsystem Doc is Here Tomorrow

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Shut Up and Play the Hits
Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace
Oscilloscope Pictures
July 18 at the Tivoli

By Karina Longworth

"When we started the band, suddenly we were, like, New York famous. We could get into anyplace, but you know--I was never recognized on a plane."

James Murphy, former frontman of self-reflexive post-punk dance band LCD Soundsystem, has called to talk about Shut Up and Play the Hits, a new film documenting LCD's sold-out April 2011 farewell concert at Madison Square Garden. He's attempting explain why he chose to call it quits on a band that, 10 years after the landmark first single "Losing My Edge," was indisputably at the peak of its success. In addition to the predictable ubiquity in Silverlake and Williamsburg, LCD's third and final full-length, This Is Happening, had debuted in the overall Billboard Top 10 and displaced Lady Gaga at the top of the dance chart. Anna Kendrick starred in one video; Spike Jonze directed another. The higher profile was part of the problem.

"I felt the band getting bigger, but I was always like, well, it doesn't matter when I can come back to New York, where nobody gives a shit. And then I came back to New York, and people started giving more of a shit, so I was at the beginning of me not wanting, um . . ."


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"Omar Little" to Play Ol' Dirty Bastard in Dirty White Boy

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Michael K. Williams - shown in the above photo portraying Omar Little on The Wire - is slated to star as Wu Tang Clan member Ol' Dirty Bastard in an upcoming biographical film.
Biographical films of rappers run the gamut from being borderline-spectacular (Get Rich or Die Tryin') to disappointing (Notorious). But a film about the Wu Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard is thus far moving in a positive - and surreal - direction.

Entertainment Weekly reported last week that casting began on a film focusing on Ol' Dirty Bastard's unlikely partnership with a 22-year-old production assistant. O.D.B. - whose real name was Russell Jones - died of a drug overdose in 2004.

And the article goes onto say that Michael K. Williams - who rocketed to fame playing Omar Little on the seminal HBO series The Wire - was tabbed to play O.D.B. in the film.

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The Hunger Games Soundtrack: Hop Aboard the Gravy Train, Unlikely Bedfellows!

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How powerful is the commercial engine of The Hunger Games? We're about to find out.
It's fitting that a film about a dystopian free-for-all would include music from the Arcade Fire. This is the group, after all, that composed several songs on Funeral about a world overrun by snow and power outages.

But the song that appears in the movie is not from Funeral. It's an original song composed for the Hunger Games soundtrack. which comes out today and is a grab bag of nearly every kind of music imaginable. The soundtrack includes the uber-popular offerings of Taylor Swift, the understated majesty of the Civil Wars and, yes, the Arcade Fire. It's one of the first new offerings from the Canadian outfit since the band shocked the world by winning the Album of the Year Grammy in 2011.

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Sikeston Musician's Homemade Millennium Falcon Guitar Earns YouTube Fame

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Brian Fisk created the most awesome Star Wars guitar in history.
Star Wars is a beastly franchise -- a film series to which legions and legions of fans don't hesitate to pay tribute. But a Missouri musician upped the badassery ante recently with an awe-inspiring Millennium Falcon guitar.

Brian Fisk -- a country music artist who resides in Sikeston -- has made serious waves since posting a YouTube video of himself playing the ridiculously
intricate-looking instrument.


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Academy Awards 2012: A Breakdown of the Two Animal Race for Best Original Song

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Jason Segel is a giant. And he might play a big role in making Muppet history on Sunday.
Most people wouldn't care to know who prevails in a fight between puppets and animated birds -- unless they've taken some sort of hallucinogen.

But that's precisely the battle set to be resolved Sunday during the latest iteration of the Academy Awards. The Best Original Song award this year is a two-tune race between "Real in Rio" from Rio and "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets.

The Oscars are known for throwing some Best Original Song curveballs. After all, what other accolade could be claimed by both Randy Newman and Three Six Mafia? But using a completely unscientific measurement scale, RFT Music will valiantly attempt to predict the winner of this auspicious honor.

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Music Movies: The Five Biggest Flops And Five Biggest Successes

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This is the face that launched 1,000 falsettos -- and also our No. 2 entry in the hits category.
Welcome to a new recurring feature on RFT Music. In the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at the best music movies, from documentaries (Dig!) to movies with earth-shattering soundtracks (Trainspotting) to the most consistently watchable movie musicals (Funny Girl). This week, we're starting with a round-up of both our favorite and least-favorite music movies. Sure, there are some embarrassing moments here, and there's a considerable wealth of gems as well, but there are far more of both out there than we can name. Add your own nominees in the comments. There are enough good (and terrible) memories to go around.

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