The Found Footage Festival teaches us about so many topics.
Think the videocassette is dead? Think again.
On Wednesday, November 6, the Found Footage Festival makes its way to the Mad Art Gallery (2727 S. 12th Street). Hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have scavenged the country's thrift shops and garage sales for the best -- and worst -- of VHS culture, and they excitedly share their finds with the masses year after year. Bizarre celebrity exercise fads, training montages, dating videos and "stranger danger" prevention tips all are screened "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" style, giving audiences a hilarious multi-sensory blast from the past.More »
Arsenio Hall performing "Country Grammar" in an Ozzie Smith uniform, NOT doing backflips.
Last night, Nelly returned to the Arsenio Hall Show to collect on the bet he and Hall made on Tuesday of last week. The wager was over whether the Dodgers or the Cardinals would triumph in the recent series for the pennant: If the former, Nelly would perform his breakout hit "Country Grammar" wearing a Dodgers uniform; if the latter, Hall would perform the song, dressed in Ozzie Smith's duds.
Arsenio Hall proved himself a man of his word...well, mostly.More »
Screenshot from the video.
Recently, the prolific Bill Streeter, he of the Lo-Fi St. Louis video series and Hydraulic Pictures fame, was commissioned by the Cherokee Street Business Association to create a video that would serve to promote Cherokee as a destination street in the city of St. Louis.More »
St. Louis Rapper Prince Ea is no stranger to viral-video marketing. His "Backwards Rapper" video from 2011 has nearly 1 million views on YouTube, setting the Internet on fire when it was released. Last year's "Smoking Weed with the President" took off in a similar way when it came out, and it presently sits just shy of the 400,000 mark.
A screenshot from one of the videos that fooled the whole conspiracy-theorist corner of the Internet.
But his latest, highly ambitious endeavor just may be the best yet.More »
Bob Schneider's latest album, Burden of Proof, comes with a rather ambitious video plan: Schneider will film and release a music video for each song on the tracklist. Various media outlets have been given these videos to premiere over the months since the album was released, and thanks to our long and storied history of Schneider fandom, now it is RFT Music's turn.
Press Photo Bob Schneider
Amanda Berry, one of the three women held captive for a decade in the home of a former Cleveland school bus driver, made a surprise public appearance over the weekend at Cleveland's Roverfest concert. The 27-year-old was invited to the concert informally over the air by local radio DJ Shane French, who hosts WMMS (100.7 FM)'s popular morning show.
Screen grab from Youtube video below.
When she arrived, she was invited onstage.More »
John Burroughs grad (class of 2000) Bhi Bhiman left St. Louis after high school and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. But once a Redbirds fan, always a Redbirds fan -- Bhiman once wrote a song in celebration of former Cardinals star Albert Pujols -- and when RFT Music asked Bhiman to tell us the three things he misses most about St. Louis, the top of the list was a no-brainer.
"The prevalence of cheap, decent barbecue. I grew up playing a lot of baseball, and people would just bring burgers and a barbecue to tournaments and sell 'em for, like, a dollar."
"Nice summers. I like the hot summers."
Bhiman spoke with RFT about his forthcoming (May 14) release of a covers EP, the subject of a feature story in this week's paper.
- Deep Covers: Bhi Bhiman discusses new Substitute Preacher EP
- Bhi Bhiman talks baseball, boyhood and blues with RFT Music's Roy Kasten (2012)
East St. Louis' Fresco Kane continues his recent rise to hip-hop prominence with the release of a brand new music video for his latest, appropriately named "Fresco Kane." The song itself serves as an introductory banger and may be one of Fresco's strongest singles yet, while the video plays in black and white and features Kane and his crew partying in a variety of fairly run-down looking industrial areas. Videos, music and more for the So So Def rapper can be found on his official website.
Ian Fisher & the Present debut a new video today for "Why Do I Go?" off of the band's latest, self-titled effort. The video was shot in Vienna, Austria (half of the duo takes up residency in Germany) by Anna Kohlweis with assistance by Yavuz Odabas. In it, Fisher and Ryan Carpenter (aka "the Present") burn things and display a shocking lack of concern for fire safety, backed by the band's stripped-down, mournful (and beautiful) folk music.
By Jarred Gastreich & Anna Kohlweis Press Photo
The song featured in the video can be downloaded for free at the band's Soundcloud page. You can stream or purchase the entire album on the band's Bandcamp page, and physical copies will soon be available (March 1st) via Vienna's Seayou Records.
-Homespun: Ian Fisher & the Present