Thursday, 26 November 2015

Cool Coil Vids

“Formed in London in 1983 by John Balance as a solo side project to Psychic TV, Coil developed into a full-scale musical group in 1984, when Balance cemented a partnership with Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson. Christopherson had been a founder of Psychic TV and member of Throbbing Gristle. For over twenty years Coil would be at the forefront of European experimentalism and electronic music. John Balance (1962–2004) died tragically in an accident at his home on November 13th, 2004. Peter Christopherson decided that, with the passing of John Balance, Coil would not continue. Peter Martin Christopherson died 24 November 2010 (aged 55).” – Coil Photo and Profile on Discogs

Watch some captivating Coil videos here.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

My Favorite Documentary Films

"My Favorite Docs" has graduated from the sidebar to its own post.  Being the avid documentary film fan that I am, I'll be adding eclectic discoveries as I go along.  If you're looking for off-the wall, weird and wonderful docs of all genres, styles and subjects, you've come to the right place.  Please check back for regular updates.  You won't be disappointed!


Hippie Masala:  Forever In India (2007) – (93 mins).  This Swiss documentary is a fascinating chronicle about aging flower children who, after fleeing Western civilization, found a new way of life in India.  Directed by Ulrich Grossenbacher and Damaris Luthi.
NOVA - Inside Einstein's Mind (2015 - 53:07 mins).  An examination of how Albert Einstein developed the theory on the nature of reality.  Produced by PBS. 

Meteors – Fire in the Sky.  (2005 – 94 mins.)  Meteors, comets and asteroids cross the solar system offering clues about our planet and universe.  Can they destroy civilizations?  Did they wipe out the dinosaurs?  Have they brought life to our planet?  And when will the next one hit?  Produced by A&E TV.
Sonic Magic: the Wonder and Science of Sound reveals the historic power, promise, and potential of sound - and a strange phenomenon called cymatics that has created a new scientific mystery - The Nature of Things - (2015) (44:13 mins).

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story – (2012) – 98mins. A film by Brad Bernstein. One man’s wild, lifelong adventure of testing society’s boundaries through his subversive art.

The CBC’s Marketplace - Best Before Dates. (2015) - 22:14 mins. Grocery insiders reveal tricks stores use to alter “Best Before Dates”. “The food may look fabulous, but the facts will gross you out”. – Erica Johnson

The CBC’s Interrupt this Program - Beirut (2015) - 21:57 mins). This is a series that profiles artists, writers and entertainers from various cities around the world beginning with Beirut.

The Fifth Estate – The Fire Within (2015) 42:03 mins – Women firefighters discuss being bullied and harrassed by colleagues.

Forever Young (2015 - 60 mins). – A study of aging offers new technologies that could potentially extend human life.

PBS - Extreme Wonders. Earth’s Natural Wonders- Part 1 of 3. (2015 – 54:53 mins). A look at life amidst the world’s extraordinary wonders starts on Mount Everest, where the Kumba ice fall presents a danger to Sherpas. Also, conservationists at the Grand Canyon try to help a Condor chick survive.

Bert Stern: Original Mad Man (2012) (89 mins). Bert Stern: Original Mad Man is the definitive voyage into the life and work of one of America’s most influential photographers. An original Madison Avenue “mad man”, Stern’s images helped create modern advertising. Produced by Gregory McClatchy. “I’ve always loved women. I think being a woman must be very difficult. After all, you’re always on the inside. Men look at the outside. It’s that illusion which is so delicious. Once you break that mask, then you are in another world.” – Bert Stern

Cobain: Montage of Heck – (2015) (145 mins). An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana Directed by Brett Morgan.

Marina Abramovic - The Artist Is Present – (2010) (106 mins). This film is a mesmerizing journey into the world of radical performance and an intimate portrait of an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art. Directed by Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre.

“Muscle Shoals”. (2013) (111 mins). Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River” as native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the most important and resonant of all time. “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, “When A Man Loves a Woman”, “I Never Loved a Man the Way That I loved You”, “Mustang Sally”, “Tell Mama”, Kodachrome”, and “Freebird” are just a few of the tens of thousands of tracks created there. Directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier and starring Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Alicia Keys, Percy Sledge, Etta James and many more.
The CBC’s Marketplace “Gene Genie”. (2015) (22:26 mins) – Gene Genie is a study of the business of home DNA testing kits. Determining your health risks based on the interpretation and the accuracy of your results can get complicated. Can your DNA information be misused and disclosed, for example to insurance companies and employers? Find out here.

Sushi - The Global Watch – (75 mins) – (2012). Directed by Mark Hall. Sushi is a culinary favorite of millions around the world, from the heart of Texas to the streets of Moscow. Once a Japanese delicacy, the demand for sushi has exploded across the globe. It has also impacted the environment and drastically depleted the supply of wild blue fine tuna in our oceans.

GMO OMG. Is this the end of real food? (85 mins) (2013). Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how they affect our children, the health of our planet and our freedom of choice.

DOCOBanksy – A Film About Banksy. (59 mins) (2014). If you ask “Who is Banksy?” then you’re asking the wrong question. Directed by Dominic Wade.

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning.  108mins  (2014). This is a film about the life, loves and work of iconic photographer, Dorothea Lange, known for her famous image, The Migrant Mother. Written, produced and directed by Dyanna Taylor.

Jeff Wall: In Order To Make a Picture - (2015) - 45.02 mins. The Jeff Wall documentary showcases world renowned photographer's work. A True West Films by Lu Nelson produced by Elizabeth Yake.

Tales from the Royal Wardrobe (PBS Program). (60 mins) (2015) – An examination of the royal wardrobes of English monarchs included why most kings and queens carefully choreographed their apparel and for those who did not, instances when the results were calamitous. Directed by Nick Gillam Smith and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd.

Season 1, Episode 1 of “Man on Earth - The Triumph of the Homo Sapien”. (60 mins) - (2009). In this episode, Tony examines how a number of African ancestors were saved from certain death when global warming changed the area from arid desert to lush savannah and how in turn this led to the populating of what is now Europe. Directed by Tom Stubberfield.

Codebreaker – The Story of Alan Turing (2011) – (81 mins). He changed the world, but the world rejected him. Codebreaker tells the remarkable and tragic story of Alan Turing, one of the 20th century’s most important people.

The Tesla Experiment (2014) (60 mins). Ancient Aliens examines a theory that inventory Nikola Tesla communicated with extra-terrestrials.

PBS’ Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Lift the Veil of Secrecy on MI6. (2014) (60mins). This film goes back in time and behind the scenes to look at some of the world’s most calculated and delicately executed operations.

Serving the Royals (2013) (60 mins). A look at the work done by servants at Britain's Royal Palace.

Devo - The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (1993) – Now the complete truth can be told. A documentary of 20 Devo music videos, rare performance footage and tons of extras.

Ancient America - Mound Builders – Edgar Cayce’s Forgotten Legacy – UFO TV (2009) – (60 mins). Excavators uncover solid evidence that ancient America was settled at least 50,000 years ago.

Royal Scandals – (2013) (60 mins). The CBC’s Passionate Eye takes a look at scandals involving the British Royal Family.

What the Bleep do we know? (2004) – 108 mins. Part documentary, part story and animation, this film produced and directed by William Arntz, Frank Vicente and Betsy Chasse is about a divorced photographer as she tumbles down a metaphysical rabbit hole. Her mind-bending voyage through the worlds of science and spirituality includes revelations by quantum physics experts, playful animation, and even a conversation with a wise 35,000-year-old being. Ultimately, her perception of reality is turned inside out, and the meaning of life becomes clear.

The Punk Singer – A Film about Kathleen Hanna (2013) – 83 mins. Directed by Sini Anderson and produced by Tamra Davis, “The Punk Singer” takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of the fearless leader of the punk band Bikini Kill’s
Kathleen Hanna.

The World Wars (Trial by Fire) - (2014) – (60 mins) – The History Channel. An assassination sparks a global conflict in the opener of this series examining World War I and World War II from the perspective of powerful leaders who were involved in the fighting.

The World Wars (The Price of Glory) (2014) – (60 mins) – The History Channel. Germany’s economy collapses following the end of World War I. Adolf Hitler begins his rise to power.

The World Wars: Extended (The Rising Tide). (2014) – (60 mins) – The History Channel. The Great Depression arrives. Adolf Hitler rebuilds Germany’s military.

The World Wars: Extended (The Storm Explodes). (2014) – (60 mins) – The History Channel. Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler form a pact. Hitler invades Poland.

The World Wars (Never Surrender) - (2014) – (60 mins) – The History Channel. World War II breaks out in the series finale. The World Wars: Extended (Peace at Last). (2014) – (60 mins) – The History Channel. Allied forces invade Normandy in the series finale. Later, Adolf Hitler commits suicide.

Life in a day – (2011) (90 mins) –Director Kevin McDonald and producer Ridley Scott compile footing from over 80,000 Youtube videos in order to present a fascinating snapshot of life around the globe on July 24, 2010.

Fukushima – Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown – (Feb 2012) (54:40 mins) – PBS documentary for Frontline. The desperate days after the Fukushima disaster, told by those who were there.

Stonehenge Uncovered – The Nature of Things – (2014) ( 60 mins). Directed by Jeremy Turner. Stonehenge is examined using radar technology and modern scanning equipment to uncover hidden structures beneath the World Heritage site that surrounds it.

Weather Gone Wild - (2014) - (60 mins) The study of intense an unpredictable weather and how best to adapt to it. How to lessen the impact of climate change. Directed by Melanie Wood, written by Helen Slinger and Melanie Wood and produced by Sue Ridout for Dreamfilm Productions in association with CBC-TV and Doc Zone.

A Fierce Green Fire – The Battle for a Living Plant (2012) – (101 mins) - Written and directed by Mark Kitchell. Excellent documentary on an exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change.

It’s More than Handsome…Its Mansome – (2012) – (88 mins) Written by Jeremy Chilnick and Morgan Spurlock. Directed by Morgan Spurlock.

Autopsy: The Last Hours of Anna Nicole Smith – (2014) – (60 mins) – Directed by James Tovell and produced by Duncan Bulling. A tale of hard living and hard luck.

The Last Secrets of 9/11 - (2014) - (60 mins) - The Passionate Eye - A study of the large scale forensic recovery operations undertaken in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City. Included are interviews with family members of victims who have received fragments of their loved ones.

Inheriting Trouble - The Estate of Andy Warhol - (2012) - 42 mins. On February 22, 1987, the "Leonardo Da Vinci of Madison Avenue" dies unexpectedly after undergoing a routine gall bladder operation. He leaves behind an immense fortune and the overwhelming task of appraising his estate which is valued between $95M and $900M. The claws are out in this jaw-dropping documentary! A must see!

The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard - (2014). On the 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson double murder, NBC’s Dateline provides new insights into this case in a compelling and revealing two hour documentary.

Venus and Serena – (2012) – 100 mins – Produced and directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major. Music by Wyclef Jean. Venus and Serena takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen.

The Wall – A World Divided – (2010) - 60 mins – Produced, written and directed by Eric Stange and narrated by Joe Morton. This film explores the lives of ordinary citizens who found themselves caught in the extraordinary politics of the Cold War.

Canada’s Restaurant Secrets – (2014) – 45:13 mins - CBC’s Marketplace – Produced and directed by Virginia Smart. Canadian restaurants are inspected and you’ll be surprised at what they discover!

Climate Change: Hot Times in the City – (2014) – 45:08 mins. The CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. Produced and directed by Jerry and Bette Thompson. Examining the effects of climate change in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax and the toll it is taking on its inhabitants.

Playing God with Planet Earth – (2011) – 45:08 mins – Doc Zone – Scientists are experimenting with radical schemes to cool the planet. Will these experiments save us or be a form of technological suicide?

Naica – Giant Crystal Cave – (2008) – 1:00hr – National Geographic – Mexico’s Cueva de los Cristales (Cave of Crystals) is visited.

Wild Canada: Episode 1 – The Eternal Frontier (2013) – 44:46 mins – The Nature of Things with David Suzuki produced by the CBC and directed by Jeff Turner. The first of this 4-episode series explores Canada’s unique ecosystems from its eastern boreal forest, across the prairies, to the Pacific ocean and the Arctic tundra. Beautifully filmed and a must see for all nature lovers.

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap – (2012) – 111 mins. Directed by Ice-T and directed by Paul Toogood. The history of rap music is discussed with Ice-T and the rap legends he interviews.

MDNA World Tour – (2013 Boy Toy, Inc.) – 1:51:02 - Produced by Madonna and directed by Danny Tull and Stéphanie Sennour. Madonna raises the bar and them some during her live performance at the American Arena in Miami, Florida during the North American leg of her MDNA tour.

Supervolcano: Yellowstone’s Fury – (2013) – 45:10 mins - Produced by the CBC’s Doc Zone. There will be a very large-scale super volcanic eruption from Yellowstone National Park. The question is not if it will happen, but when.

Power Surge – (2011) – 60 mins – A NOVA Production by Hamilton Land & Cattle, Inc. for WGBH-Boston. Written and produced by Doug Hamilton. Are we finally on the brink of a clean energy revolution?

Up Against the Wall (CBC Doc Zone) (2009) 52 mins. Directed by Eileen Thalenberg and produced in association with the CBC. This documentary focuses on the wall separating Israel and the West Bank, the wall between the U.S. and Mexico and the walls that protect fortress Europe.

Legendary Sin Cities – Paris, Berlin, Shanghai – (2006) 3½ hrs – Directed by Ted Remerowski and Marrin Canell and produced by Demi-Monde Productions Ltd. in association with the CBC. Cities where art and culture mingled with corruption and decadence.

The Mystery of the Hope Diamond – Smithsonian Channel (2010) USA. Directed by Mark Radice and narrated by Kim Basinger. An intriguing look at the secrets, the legends and the curse of the extraordinary Hope Diamond.

Brian Eno: The Man who fell to earth (2012) – 162 mins - Directed by Ed Haynes. First ever documentary focusing on the life, career and music of Brian Eno during the 70s. With John Hassell and David Toop.

Blackfish (2013) – 83 mins - Directed by Gabriella Cowperthwaite. Don’t capture what you can’t control. A documentary on Orcas in captivity at SeaWorld.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) 84 mins - Directed by Ricki Stern; co-directed by Annie Sundberg. A candid look at Joan Rivers’ career as she turns 75 and the challenges she faces staying on top.

Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm (2013) - Montreal director John Curtin. A behind the scenes into the 1200 men and women who cater to royalty’s every whim.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen (1965) - Directed by Donald Brittain and Don Owen - An informal black and white portrait of Leonard Cohen.

Last Call at the Oasis - (2011) (105 mins) - Written and directed by Jessica Yu - Starring Erin Brokovich-Ellis. A powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century.

The Art of the Steal - (2009) (101 mins) - Directed by Don Argott - Documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art.

The Rape of Europa - (2006) - (117 mins) - Directed by Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen & Nicole Newnham - The story of Nazi Germany's plundering of Europe's great works of art during World War II and Allied efforts to minimize the damage.

Ansel Adams - A Film by Ric Burns - (2002) - (100 mins) - Written and directed by Ric Burns - A biographical documentary film tracing the life of the American photographer Ansel Adams who was known for his landscape images of the American West.

Shattered Ground - (2013) - (60 mins) - Directed by Leif Kaldor in association with The Nature of Things - Fracking, while a bonanza for gas and oil production, is caught in a backlash of suspicion and alarm. What's happening underground it seems can shatter more than just rock.

Vanishing of the Bees (2009) - (87 mins) - Directed by George Langworthy and Maryam Henein. This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee.

Asteroids: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (2010)- (50 mins) - Written and directed by Dan Kendall for the BBC. Will a giant asteroid strike our planet?

Dog Dazed - (2013) - (60 mins) - Directed by Vancouver filmmaker Helen Slinger for Doc Zone - This doc is about the close, symbiotic relationship between dogs and their best friends, us.

Windfall - (2010) - (60 mins) - Directed by Laura Israel. A town is split over the pros and cons of wind turbines.

Jane's Journey - (2011) - (111 mins) - Directed by Lorenz Knauer. A beautiful tribute to Dr. Goodall's accomplishments, a celebration of her spirit and an inspiration for all (Jennifer Merin).

Surviving Progress (2011) – (86 mins) – Written by Ronald Wright and directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks. This mind-expanding documentary bristles with provocative insights and probing questions about humanity and the state of the world (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times).

Simon Wiesenthal: Freedom Is Not a Gift from Heaven (1994) - (60 mins) -Directed by Willy Lindwer. The world famous Nazi hunter tells his story for the first time.

Friday, 20 November 2015

MidnightRadio Compilation 52

Listen to MidnightRadio Compilation 52's new release out today!  Get your free download here and please share with your friends.  Many thanks for your continued support!


Friday, 13 November 2015

Zilon Lazer's "Syncope" at Galerie d'Art LOFT - November 19th to November 29th, 2015

You're invited to join Zilon Lazer on Wednesday, November 18th at 6:00 p.m. for the grand opening of his new show "Syncope" at Galerie d'Art LOFT located in the heart of Old Montreal.  The exhibition runs from November 19th through to the 29th.  Don't miss it!


Vernissage: November 18th, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Galerie d’Art LOFT
Address:  8, Rue Saint Paul Est (Corner St-Laurent)
Montréal, QC H2Y 1G1
Phone: (514) 903-1987
Daily:    Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Métro: Place-d’Armes

To view Zilon's Available Works/Painting on Objects, Sold Works, Biography and Expositions, click on the link below and go to Artistes/Zilon.


Sunday, 1 November 2015

MidnightRadio Compilation Cover Art Designs and Works - November 2015

When MRC releases a new compilation,  I’m not only eager to listen to the new music but to look at the compilation and artist cover art designs, which reflect each song and say a lot about the tone which the release is conveying.  From a minimalist, high contrast black and white photo, a blurred selfie, an obscure close-up, double exposure images, computer-generated collages, a photograph of an original painting, an abstract visual effect, a live band shot or a studio chill pic, each individual cover art has its own unique artistic technique and musical message.  Here are some recent designs which have caught my eye.

It's been awhile since I've done a feature on MidnightRadio Compilation's wonderful cover artworks, the last one being in December 2014, so here goes! 

Alien Pop Band - Lucky Day

Bad News From Cosmos - Night on a Persian Carpet

Bloody Blue - UNAUTHORIZED FREAKS 2.666 Pt 1

Carnal State - Release Date

Elypixa - No Beginning No End

Flaub - Antimateria

Human - Beautiful Misery

MidnightRadio Nipples Edition - Julia Zimt

Morandi Experiment - Minus Two

North Hive - Artifical Nature

P'Like - Temperance

Pax Loyu - poi

Phrozenlight - Japanese Playdoll

Pk Jazz Collective - Into Your Eyes

Projekt Luty - Pagak

Roses and Exile - Vulture

TOTAL E.T. - Corporate Security
MidnightRadio 33 - Julia Zimt

Us As Effigies - Brown Rhine


Thursday, 29 October 2015