Still Bill : A Bill Withers Documentary

On Tuesday December 8th, Radio Milwaukee is very proud to present a special screening of the Bill Withers documentary STILL BILL.

This film tells the unique journey of American soul artist Bill Withers. You know Bill’s work, wether you realize it or not. His songs like Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean On Me, and Just The Two Of Us are ingrained in the American pop conscience. He’s influenced many of our favorite singers, song writers, rockers and rappers and he continues to do so today. This film tells the story of his music and his life.

To celebrate this very special screening, two of our favorite Milwaukee musicians have agreed to join forces for a VERY SPECIAL performance. Milwaukee legend Paul Cebar and Milwaukee legend -in-the-making  Evan Christain will perform together for the very first time. We are very excited to bring these two inspirational artists together in celebration of the music inspiration that is Bill Withers.

For a minimum donation of $10, to listener supported 88NINE, you can enjoy this great film, appetizers from our friends at the Hi Hat, and a seat to witness this once in a lifetime collaboration of two of Milwaukee’s favorite artists.

Join us Tuesday December 8th at 7:00pm at the Hi Hat Garage on Milwaukee’s east side, for STILL BILL, the movie.


Evolution of Hip Hop: Film, “New Muslim Cool”

Of any music genre, Hip Hop is the most powerful and one of the most misunderstood genres of music.  Mainstream media and audiences generally see hip hop is all about money, violence and sex and nothing more.  Mainstream do not see hip hop as a diverse culture and a culture that has major global influence.  The music was created by people who felt left out by mainstream society and it is still is.  It is  a tool used to create unity, social justice, and to uplift one’s community and environment.

On June 23rd, the PBS show POV will debut a documentary to illustrate the true power of Hip Hop with a film called New Muslim Cool. The film tells the story of a Puerto Rican-American rapper named Hamza Pérez who pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he’s moved to Pittsburgh’s tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and himself.

New Muslim Cool is Islam as you have never seen it. It is also hip-hop as you have probably never heard it. This film gives audiences an insider’s view of a little-known cultural fusion between Muslims and street beats that has been developing since the very beginnings of hip-hop culture. The result is a surprising challenge to stereotypes of both Muslims and urban youth in America that encourages viewers to look critically at the “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West.

In my opinion, there is no other music or artform that has so much power and influence to make a difference.

Talib Kweli Documentary

Jay-Z’s favorite rapper Talib Kweli will be getting his story told on film in a new documentary. The project has been on-going since 1999.  The documetary has cameos from Kanye West, Mos Def, ?uestlove, and others.  (via Okayplayer)

All We Need Is… Peace

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message.

Documentary: Tokyology

Since I was a kid, I was always fascinated with the land of the rising sun. I don’t what it is about Japan. It could be its food, the anime, the music, the architecture, the technology, or all of it. How can a place be bad, when they have 24 hour record stores. I just found about this documentary takes a closer look at the pop culture of Tokyo. It is called Tokyology. Check out the trailer below and also the Boing Boing TV indepth look at the documentary. The documentary is now available on DVD.

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Movie: I Need That Record

I just found this trailer for a documentary called “I Need That Record”. The documentary tells the story of 1000s of independent record stores and their survival. I thought it would be good to post it since it is Record Store Day tomorrow, April 19th.

“I Need That Record” is a documentary feature examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade. Are they going to die off? Will they survive?

Since the 1890s the record store was THE place to go for prerecorded music, but today the way we access and consume music has been redefined by technology. Ecommerce, iTunes, the iPod, P2P networks, music blogs, and social networking sites have all had a profound impact on the way we access music and on the state of the independent record store. Downloading and pirating seem to be the easy answers to the chaotic state of the music industry, but higher powers like major labels, big box stores (Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy etc.), and corporate owned FM radio are also shaking things up.

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Who The Hell is Jackson Pollack?


I’ve been a fan of both Jackson Pollack movies from recent years. Both “Pollack” and “Jackson Pollack – Life and Death on Long island” are both revealing looks into the troubled mind of one of America’s greatest artists. I’ve always been fascinated by his life and rise in the art world. A world that he turned his nose up at and yet pursued at the same time.

I think Jackson Pollack would have gotten along well with Teri Horton. Horton is the subject of the documentary “Who The Hell is Jackson Pollack?”, which tells the story of her finding an old painting in a thrift shop that she purchases for a gift for a friend. Turns out the painting might just be an authentic Pollack worth about 50 million bucks.

The film chronicles her effort to have the painting authenticated despite the efforts of a bunch of art world blow hards to prove otherwise. The hard drinking, foul mouthed, feisty former truck driver will not back down and continues her quest by enlisting the help of a forensics lab.

But no matter how much evidence she collects, the establishment will have none of it. Why? Check it out for yourself right here.