10 Music Urban Legends Scarlett Johansson's Lucy Gets Wrong

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Lucy, I Remember Lucy
Today, Friday, July 25th, sees the release of the new sci-fi action film Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson. But despite the awe-inspiring special effects, this high octane thrill ride is facing quite a bit of criticism for basing its entire premise around the entirely untrue myth that "Humans only use 10% of their brain." As anyone with a passing understanding of the mind will tell you, the human brain serves a spectacular amount of functions, and the idea that only 10% of it being realized is silly, especially considering how the slightest of damage to the brain can have catastrophic consequences for an individual.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme's Finest Musical Moments

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If the world seems like an all around better place of late, it's because last week a new Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Welcome to the Jungle, was released on DVD. Yes, the sultan of splits is crescent-kicking back into our hearts with a new cinematic treasure, this time a comedy. (We hope that the inevitable Van Damme musical isn't that far behind.) In celebration of this release, those of us in the Van Damme Nation proudly bring you Jean-Claude Van Damme's finest musical moments.

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Stones Throw Records Tells Its Story in New Doc Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton

That thing where one extreme is so extreme it fully transcends to the opposite end of the spectrum. Hip-hop heavyweight Stones Throw Records is so painfully nerdy, the hard plastic lattice of back-, back-room crates comprises its backbone. Its earnest ambition erupts so untarnished the label warps itself into the audio equivalent of the iron-livered dude with perfect hair who never looks dumb in his leather jacket.

Filmmaker Jeff Broadway scraps and stitches together the label's winding, often dark history in Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records. The documentary pays close attention to label head Peanut Butter Wolf (Chris Manak, pictured above), the mysterious, brilliant dude behind the movement -- and all those stacks on stacks on stacks of wax.

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Jason Sebastian Russo & Tara Autovino Need Your Help "Getting the Fuck Out of Brooklyn"

Guiding Light
Living with your significant other can be nice and cozy...now and again, but imagine going on tour with them? Yes, as in, bringing whatever crap you deal with at home and loading it into a compact car, traveling throughout this great country, and praying it doesn't end in separate plane tickets back to New York.

Alright, so we're being a bit cynical, but that reality is what makes this story we're about to share even more incredibly lovely.

Filmmaker Tara Autovino (Ultimate Christian Wrestling, For A Swim With The Fish) and her boyfriend Jason Sebastian Russo (Hopewell, Common Prayer, and Mercury Rev) will be departing fairly soon on a month-long tour. The duo, who live together in Williamsburg, are embarking on a 10,000-mile journey, and will be recording their adventure every inch of the way. The project will culminate in a film and album titled Guiding Light.

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Dirty Girls: How a Bizarre 1996 Film About Santa Monica Punk-Feminist Eighth Graders Became a YouTube Sensation

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By Jennifer Swann

In high school, Michael Lucid was an artsy, friendly kid who floated around from one campus clique to the next. "I was more approachable and kids felt comfortable talking to me," he says of his time at Santa Monica's Crossroads School, where he graduated in 1996.

Because Lucid was likeable and trustworthy, his teenage peers granted him the kind of insider access into their lives that most filmmakers only dream about capturing on film. Filmmakers like Larry Clark (Kids, Wassup Rockers), Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen) and Penelope Spheeris (Decline of Western Civilization, Suburbia) all launched their careers by making films that depicted the harsh realities of American teenagers' lives, but Lucid had an advantage over all of these filmmakers: he was himself a high schooler when he shot his gritty, painfully intimate documentary Dirty Girls, which has now become an instant cult sensation ever since it was uploaded to Youtube this month.

See also: Q&A: Amy Klein, a/k/a Amy Andronicus, On Her Many Side Projects, And Why "Feminism" Is A Dirty Word

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Top 10 Concert Films to See Before You Die

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By Daniel Kohn

For music fans, there's nothing better than seeing your favorite band or checking out an up-and-coming act in person. While the records serve as a tangible finished product that fans can jam on until eternity, the live show experience explains more about a band than their recorded work. With concert prices soaring to astronomical prices, it's understandable if people are staying home. That's why the concert movie/DVD/Blu Ray has become so vital for a band's popularity.

For people who can't afford to see a show, the concert movie serves as a way to take in the action without all the strange smells that inhabit the floor section of the arena. With the number of concert films on the rise, we decided to take a look at our favorites from over the years. While the list is clearly subjective, the one common link is that the music and the cinematography both rock.

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Mason Jar Music Navigates The Sea In Between Tonight

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Photo: Sasha Arutyunova

After lugging rigs, cameras, a mandolin, a guitar, a snare, a cello, a violin and as many microphones as they could carry out to a spot in the middle of the woods, a handful of musicians and filmmakers found themselves standing in complete and total darkness. The generator they had also carried had run out of gas, which posed a bit of a problem: they needed it to run the lights they'd use to illuminate Josh Garrels, a Portland-based singer/songwriter, and seeing as they were stuck with all that gear in the remotest of locations for the acoustic set, heading out to the closest gas station wasn't exactly going to work. The production crew broke out their flashlights, glancing the curves of the instruments and the earnest faces of the musicians with an eerie glow, but not for long: in the middle of "Fire By Night," the bulbs strung between the branches above, lit up. Everybody cheered, those at the mics stood up and those with the flashlights sat down to enjoy the performance of one of the most aptly named songs of the shoot.
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Shut Up And Play The Hits And James Murphy's Legacy: A Friendly Chat

Nick Murray: So we're here today to talk about Shut Up and Play the Hits, the new film (out tomorrow and tomorrow only) that captures LCD Soundsystem's final concert and follows the band's frontman, the inimitable James Murphy, as he embarks on what his British, kind of corny manager might have at one point described as the next chapter of his life. Turning to you, Luis, there's a lot we could potentially talk about here—the band's music, their legacy, what Murphy means by whimsical socks—but let's start with the basics: What did you think of the film? And were you at that Madison Square Garden show?

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The Toxic Avenger on The Toxic Avenger: Five Questions for French DJ Producer Simon Delacroix


In the most recent print issue of the Village Voice, we visit the Long Island City headquarters of Troma Entertainment, the "almost" 40-year-old Z-movie studio responsible for such unforgettable titles as Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid!! and Tales from the Crapper. But the company's best known creation is The Toxic Avenger, an early-'80s cult classic that spawned three sequels, the Saturday-morning cartoon Toxic Crusaders, an "actually kind of good" Off-Broadway musical scored by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, and a $100 million Hollywood remake that's in development. The Toxic Avenger is also the moniker assumed by Simon Delacroix, an electro-pop French DJ/producer whose sunny knob-squeaker "3,2,1"--the lead single from the 30-year-old's most recent full-length Angst--belongs on an afternoon wine-spritzer-party playlist, cued up for the moment the Passion Pit tolerance runs out.

Delacroix answered a few questions about his mutated anti-hero namesake over e-mail.

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CBGB Reborn, Sort Of: Here Is A Picture Of Its Georgia Stand-In

Dylan Wilson
Next week, the CBGB Festival will take over a bunch of clubs around New York City in an effort to honor the legacy of the onetime Bowery staple, but right now in Savannah, Georgia, a movie about the club's history is being filmed. Starring Alan Rickman as CBGB impresario Hilly Krystal and his Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome, as well as a bunch of other boldfaced names (Donal Logue!), the movie is slated to open next year. The bulk of the filming will apparently be done on a soundstage, but the movie's production people recreated the club's grimy exterior, awning and all, in the city's downtown. Can 2012 Georgia look as gritty as pre-Bowery-gentrification New York City? Find out below.

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