Months from now, a lot of ink is going to be spilled about the differences between Vinyl, Martin Scorcese’s impressively dull, convoluted, recently canceled HBO series about the end of rock’s golden age; and The Get Down, Baz Lurhman’s upcoming Netflix series about the birth of hip hop. We haven’t seen much of the latter yet, but from the trailers, The Get Down looks as electric and thrilling as Vinyl was plodding and unfocused. Small wonder — on paper, a series about the early days of rap, funk and disco sounds a lot more interesting than the twilight years of rock and roll. And on screen, well, see for yourself:
You can read the full synopsis below. The series debuts on Netflix in August, so get up off of that thing.
Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven drama from Sony Pictures Television will focus on 1970’s broken down New York City where a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them — except each other, and their verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers, and spray cans. Told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids, ‘The Get Down’ is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk, and disco. Luhrmann exec produces with Catherine Martin, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Nelson George, and pioneers of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc, and Afrika Bambaataa, who will each be portrayed on the series.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.