A Look Inside the Bicycle Film Festival with Brendt Barbur

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Born in New York, The Bicycle Film Festival has evolved hand in hand with the unprecedented boom in urban cycling internationally. From its roots in New York City, The BFF has grown into a multi-faceted, global event that will travel to over 25 cities this year, from Milan to Tokyo, Minneapolis to Sydney. In 2001 Brendt Barbur, Founding Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival after being hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. He was inspired to turn this negative experience into a positive one, and created a festival that celebrates the bicycle through music, art, and film. The festival merges many creative communities, including fashion, music and art, as well as various bicycling communities – road cycling, mountainbiking, fixed gear, BMX, cyclocross – over a shared passion for bike riding. Watch above as Discosalt goes inside The Bicycle Film Festival’s headquarters in New York with its creator Brendt Barbur.

New LCD Soundsystem Documentary : Shut Up, And Play the Hits

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Shut Up And Play The Hits, a new documentary from Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, follows LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy over a 48-hour period, from the day of their massive “farewell” show at Madison Square Garden on April 2nd, 2011,  to the morning after the show. The film is  screening at the Sundance Festival later this month. Watch the trailer above.

Moonrise Kingdom – Official Trailer

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Watch the first trailer of upcoming Wes Anderson ensemble film Moonrise Kingdomstarring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDorman, Jason Schwartzman and Tilda Swinton. Set in the sixties, Moonrise Kingdom was filmed in New England and co-written with Darjeeling co-writer Roman Coppola.

“Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.” [Apple Trailers]


A Place To Bury Strangers have just premiered the new video for their song “So Far Away”, created by band member Oliver Ackermann using a collage of his own photos. Using the iPhone application Hipstamatic, Ackermann got the idea after importing some photos from his phone to his computer & watching them flash in quick succession across the screen: “The pictures are all take with Ina’s 1969 Film with the iPhone application Hipstamatic. I did this because it is one of the most common ways photos are taken and shared at this moment in time. The photos were all taken since our van was stolen in Italy. Once I started importing photos and assembling them then I realized with a couple of the cool driving sequences that I shot I should shoot some things in an animation style. The story in the video is personal and reflective of our lives over the past year or so.”
A Place To Bury Strangers have also announced they will tour with The Joy Formidable across the US this Spring. The bands will start on the west coast with dates in San Francisco and LA before heading across the Midwest through to the East Coast & wrapping it up with dates in Montreal and Toronto. A full list with details is below. The dates will follow the release of their Onwards To The Wall EP, which is out on February 7 on Dead Oceans. The EP contains 5 brand new, face-melting tracks that explore the limits of loud.

Watch – Move : 11 Countries in 1 Minute

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3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage…

Director Rick Meriki spent last summer making this compelling one-minute video called  “Move” with two of his pals as they traveled to 11 countries over 44 days, walking through a dazzling variety of cultures, locations and images. The film was part of a three-film series of short subjects commissioned by STA Travel Australia, based on the concepts of movement, learning and food. Jealous? You have to watch this a few times just to absorb it all.

Watch – Leonard Cohen : I’m Your Man

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In 2005, music producer Hal Wilner staged an all-star tribute concert in Australia in which a handful of major artists offered their interpretations of Cohen’s songs, including Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Rufus Wainwright, Beth Orton, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and many more. This documentary offers an intimate look at the songs, poetry and life of the influential troubadour, Leonard Cohen.

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Watch – Kurt and Courtney : A Film by Nick Broomfield

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Kurt & Courtney is a 1998 documentary film by Nick Broomfield investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Kurt Cobain, and allegations of Courtney Love’s involvement in it. The film concludes that there is enough evidence to prove that Cobain was murdered with Courtney’s approval.

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Watch – B.I.K.E.

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B.I.K.E is a film that explores the Black Label Bicycle Club and the wider tallbike subculture that has grown up around it. Comprised mainly of artists driven by anti-materialism and a belief that the impending apocalypse will render cars useless and bicycles in power, BLBC battles mainstream consumer culture and rival gangs for its vision of a better tomorrow. The film chronicles the trials of co-director Anthony Howard as he tries to become a member of the club.

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Discosalt Best Albums of 2011

Now that it’s 2012, here is a look back at the past year in music. We’ve rounded up the usual suspects, sat back, reflected and squared in with discosalt Magazine’s “top 10” best albums of 2011.



Watch – Rippled : Light Painting Animation

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Voted the #1 Best Music Video of 2011, Top 10 video for 2011 by Huffington Post & Fasterlouder, “Rippled” a short animation directed by Darcy Prendergast, with the Australian studio Oh Yeah Wow features the music of All India Radio- The Silent Surf and took over 6 months to film. Painstakingly animated frame by frame, the piece is all shot in camera, by real people, in the real world, using long exposure techniques.

Watch – SXSW Midnight Feature : Prom Night

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PROM NIGHT was the official selection at SXSW 2011 and Rooftop Film Festival 2011.  New York based film-maker  Celia Rowlson Hall and Jae Song examine the cultural trappings of the American prom taking the viewer through a series of archetypal female prom dates in this narrative short – described by SXSW as: ritual, disco balls, expectation, corsages, dresses, holding, sweating, status, entering in twos, balloons, school gyms, dancing slow and fast.

Watch – Pardon Us For Living But The Graveyard Is Full

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When a gang of suburban teens stumbled across a bunch of abandoned instruments and formed The Fleshtones little did they know that 30 years later they’ll still be struggling to rock – and pay the bills.

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Watch – Star Wars Uncut : Director’s Cut

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Finally, the crowd-sourced project has been stitched together and put online for your streaming pleasure. The “Director’s Cut” is a feature-length film that contains hand-picked scenes from the entire StarWarsUncut.com collection.

Many thanks to Aaron Valdez (video editor – aaronvaldez.com) and Bryan Pugh (sound design/mixing –pughtube.com) for the countless hours they put into this masterpiece.

The Story:

In 2009, thousands of Internet users were asked to remake “Star Wars: A New Hope” into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. Contributors were allowed to recreate scenes from Star Wars however they wanted. Within just a few months SWU grew into a wild success. The creativity that poured into the project was unimaginable.

SWU has been featured in documentaries, news features and conferences around the world for its unique appeal. In 2010 we won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media.

We can’t thank everyone enough for making this such a special project.


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Two weeks ago,  The Vaccines released an official new video for the band’s latest track “Tiger Blood”, recorded with Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes and Gus Oberg.  Today Columbia Records is releasing a Digital 45 for the track along with a b-side, “Tuck and Roll,” to listen:

“Tiger Blood” (Single) | Available Now by The Vaccines

The band are currently on tour in Europe through the end of the year. Their debut release “What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?” has notably garnered some year end attention with NME naming the album their # 14 favorite album of the year and Paste Magazine calling the act a “Best New Band of 2011.”


Paper Tusk is the work of Patrick Everman’s project Bronson (formerly behind HORSES). With only a $3.00 price tagPaper Tusk, is the perfect stocking stuffer for that sad sack on your list. Recorded in a cold cathedral outside Anacortes, Paper Tusk envelopes romantic lamentation at its peak. The album is available for pre-order on cassette (yes, cassette), CD, or digitally here You can download the track “My Idle Bed” below: 

MP3: Bronson – My Idle Bed 




Never underestimate the power of a dare. What originally began as a 48-hour challenge between two best friends has blossomed into one of Brooklyn’s most exciting and unique young bands- Savior AdoreWith an experimental approach to their writing and recording, Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro weave a magical musical tapestry with their distinct voices, lush harmonies, and wild sonic palette. Somewhere between dream pop and adventure wave, their songs transport you to a world that is both foreign and warmly familiar.

Savior Adore recently released the track “Dreamers” on limited 7″ via Neon Gold Records with a remix from Lightwaves and Xaphoon Jones.>Give a listen the Lightwaves, remix below:

MP3: “Loveliest Creature” (Lightwaves Remix) – Savoir Adore [exclusive]



The new Metronomy EP Everything Goes My Way drops today (12/6) via Big Beat and Because Music. In anticipation for their upcoming Spring tour, the EP features the original single off their album “The English Riviera”, plus four new remixes including the below by Enchante. Feel free to share, after all – ’tis the season…

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The Black Keys, once again, manage to keep on keeping on, only more so, with their new full length album El Camino. Oiling up their gritty back-to-basics blues engine with some new sonic lube worthy of classic rock torque,  El Camino promises to be yet another soulful modern exploration of traditional blues rock themes, gunning down broken dreams and witchy women with a raw intensity uniquely The Black Keys. While the album doesnt officially drop until December 6th, you can stream three new songs- “Gold on the Ceiling”, “Little Black Submarines”, and “Sister”, in addition to  “Lonely Boy” and “Run Right Back” right on the bands website. A fair trade for an email address. 

Watch – Bon Iver : Deluxe Edition with Track-By-Track Film

Tomorrow, November 29, Jagjaguwar is releasing a deluxe edition of Bon Iver‘s album Bon Iver on iTunes, with a limited edition DVD coming in early December.  As a special treat, you can watch a sneak preview of, one of the track-by-track short film accompaniments, that will be included in the package.  Isaac Gale and David Jenson direct this warm, glowing video for the track  “Hinnom, TX”; an atmospheric synth-pop ballad, which finds Justin Vernon dreaming of a burial place for strangers near Jerusalem, and relocating the bodies to the heart of the Texas desert. But for a song about burying strangers, this is also a song about buying the stranger within yourself and starting anew;  as much about the end of life, as it is about the beginning.


The Vaccines recently went into the studio to record with Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes and Gus Oberg. The product of that session is the band’s latest track “Tiger Blood.”  Watch the official new video for the track right here. “Tiger Blood” and The Vaccines b-side “Tuck and Roll” will be available digitally December 13th on Columbia Records. The band are currently on tour in Europe through the end of the year. For more on The Vaccines visit: http://www.thevaccines.co.uk Winning!