“Summer..” mixtape madness

June 29, 2007 at 2:01 pm | Posted in contest, Matthew Hurst, mixtape, music, summer | Comments Off on “Summer..” mixtape madness

Because we believe one good turn deserves another, we’re giving you a second chance to snag a copy of our “Summer in the City” mixtape you probably read about earlier.  For a full explanation of the mixtape, tracklisting, and communtity features, please refer to our original post.  Just like before, this mp3 mixtape comes in single tracks for each side, just like a real mixtape.  Well, try this second upload out yourself: 

Side A and Side B.

We also wanted to let more or you in on the mixtape madness, so we’re revamping the contest to win a physical audio cassette version of the mixtape.  As of right now, everyone in our Last.fm group is eligible to win a copy.  And in one week’s time we’ll post a video raffle drawing to select the winner.  All you have to do to enter our raffle? – join the group by 3 pm next Friday July 6th.  We think you’ll like hearing what other people in St. Louis are listening to anyway…we know we do.

Film-Geek Fridays – Legacy Edition

June 29, 2007 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst, Theater, Webster Film Series | 2 Comments
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This is the weekend that Die Hard 4 comes out.  Oh I’m sorry, the film is called “Live Free or Die Hard“.  I believe it was General John Stark who originally coined the phrase “Death Is Not The Worst Of Evils…Now I know what a TV dinner feels like.”  But when I was talking to Hwy61’s own award-winning co-writer of “Franz Kafka: The Happiest Man in Happytown” Mr. Gabriel Bullard, he informed me that, “i have to see any cheesy action movie if the word “legacy” is used in more than one review”. Guess that means we won’t be waiting in line this weekend :P

Right then, so here are some film going recommendations you won’t see in the movie listings section of your newspaper this weekend.

Webster Film Series

According to the film series calendar, this documentary of experimental theater artists Robert Wilson is “More than a biography, the film becomes an exhilarating exploration of the transformative power of creativity itself”.  But if that doesn’t wet your appetite for documentary film, consider his fans Phillip Glass, David Byrne, and the late Susan Sontag who appear in the film as worth the price of admission itself. Continue Reading Film-Geek Fridays – Legacy Edition…

Rollercade

June 28, 2007 at 3:16 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, Photo Essay | Comments Off on Rollercade
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Following our previous post about the Big Muddy Beach Ball at The Skatium and after last weekend’s 2nd game of the Arch Rival Rollergirls, we can’t help but wax nostalgic for the roller rinks of our youth.  But instead of waiting for another incarnation of last summer’s Greatest Show on Wheels, we decided to check out those old rinks for ourselves.  What’s surprising is how little seems to have changed in what was clearly dated decor and facilities in our own youth, much less today.  See for yourself in greater detail (and size) on our FlickR photoset previewed above.

Needless to say, if you can get past the obnoxious tunes tailor made for today’s youth (I’m looking @ you Radio Disney) blasting from the speakers, these spots are in desperate need of documentary photo essays as they slowly go out of business.  So to start off that process, here’s my photo essay documenting the Rollercade skating rink in South County.  And let us know if you would like to contribute to this project, so we can make a FlickR photo group to help organize and share our photos.

Social “Network”ing

June 26, 2007 at 2:56 pm | Posted in Events, Matthew Hurst, Media, Webster Film Series | 5 Comments

We know readers of Highway 61 are a relatively media savvy bunch, but sometimes even our staff misses out on the local media scoop.  Case in point – the Gateway Media Literacy Partners, whose Media Literacy Education Week is well underway this week.  In fact even with the coinciding National Media Education Conference wrapping up this evening, we’ve been given a chance to catch up with the conference online.  Already podcasts of the NMEC keynote speakers have been made available, and you can catch many of the events and speeches for the rest of the week via a streaming video feed on their website.  Of course you’ll probably want to check their schedule of events to at least tune in on time if not actually attend.

Of course if you’d rather spend your evening offline, GMLP is sponsoring a FREE screening of “Network” in the Webster Film Series.  Starting this Tuesday June 26th @ 7 pm, you can catch this previously unscheduled screening of the prophetic 1976 film which envisions a future full sensationalistic television news, followed by a panel-led discussion.  Did we mention you can watch “Network” for free?  We know you like free things,  “So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs….” for the Howard Beale in all of us.

Attn: Party Animals & Freaks!

June 26, 2007 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Apopaganda, Events, Matthew Hurst, music | 2 Comments

We just got word that the original dirty rapper, Blowfly, is not only on tour for the first time in 35 years but will play at the Atomic Cowboy. The show will be this Thursday, June 28th for a mere $10 a head, but stick around for the weekly Funkbuffet, served as a natural accompaniment. And according to the Apop records culture bureau:

The original Rapp Dirty man himself is gonna be chillin’ over at Apop before the show at Atomic Cowboy this Thursday. He’ll be jammin’ and signin’ and bringin’ hella merch for y’all to pick up. In honor of his presence, we’ll be boozin and par-tayin it up from 6 pm until showtime. You can BYO–WHATEVER, but we’ll also be bringing the liquid funk.

But caution to those of you with innocent ears and loose morals; according to his website Blowfly says, “I am coming to St. Louis to stick my dick in that tight hole you call the arch!”  Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Attn: Party Animals & Freaks!

June 26, 2007 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Apopaganda, Events, Matthew Hurst, music | 2 Comments

We just got word that the original dirty rapper, Blowfly, is not only on tour for the first time in 35 years but will play at the Atomic Cowboy. The show will be this Thursday, June 28th for a mere $10 a head, but stick around for the weekly Funkbuffet, served as a natural accompaniment. And according to the Apop records culture bureau:

The original Rapp Dirty man himself is gonna be chillin’ over at Apop before the show at Atomic Cowboy this Thursday. He’ll be jammin’ and signin’ and bringin’ hella merch for y’all to pick up. In honor of his presence, we’ll be boozin and par-tayin it up from 6 pm until showtime. You can BYO–WHATEVER, but we’ll also be bringing the liquid funk.

But caution to those of you with innocent ears and loose morals; according to his website Blowfly says, “I am coming to St. Louis to stick my dick in that tight hole you call the arch!”  Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Pridefest STL 2007

June 25, 2007 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Events, Matthew Hurst, parade, Photo Essay | 1 Comment

For those of you who missed it, here’s our perspective of the Pridefest St. Louis parade on South Grand and subsequent proceedings in Tower Grove Park – FlickR photo set page.  Of course we’re sure some people will be interested in the political appearances during this year’s parade, but for everyone else there’s unique floats and appearances from friends and even some churches in the St Louis community.  Needless to say, rain this last Sunday wasn’t about to scare off the crowd celebrating diversity and individual rights this year.

If you’re looking for yet another perspective, you should check out PubDef’s photoset, or show our friends from STL Metro Rainbow of the Deaf on their blog.  See you next year.

“Summer…” mixtape update

June 24, 2007 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, meta, mixtape | 2 Comments

For those of you still skittish about suppressive enforcement of outdated copyright laws, we have found a streaming music option for you.  But since WordPress is equally skittish about imeem.com, this link to a streaming copy of the “Summer in the City” mixtape will have to suffice (along with side B).

Of course, those of you craving a mixtape you can actually take out to enjoy the summer weather with can still download both side A or side B of our mixtape (@ least for now).  And don’t forget that to win our drawing for a physical copy of the mixtape, you must enter a comment on the original “Summer in the City” mixtape post sometime before this new week has run through its spool.

Links with Your Coffee – 6/24

June 24, 2007 at 2:59 am | Posted in Coffee links, meta, staff | Comments Off on Links with Your Coffee – 6/24

You know the downside of writing a local blog?  All these stories, links galore, and never enough time to write about them all much less actually check them out.  But because we love to pass on good things to our friends (ie readers), who unflailingly give us the heads up as well, we’d like to share a few of our favorites this past week.

As for coffee with these links, we’re wondering if any of our readers would like to join us over a cup.  We’d love to trade notes/links with you during one of our meetings, but maybe leaving a thought or two in the comments would suffice.  Until then, freshen your coffee with some link action?

Local Ska Isn’t Dead This Saturday Night

June 23, 2007 at 2:12 am | Posted in Events, Lauren Reid, music | 6 Comments

I’ve heard it over and over. It seems ska is teetering on a shoddy, slowly decaying limb in the social music scene compared to the surge of popularity it experienced in the early ninties. Just listen to some of the music in flicks from that era and don’t be surprised if you catch a couple lines of Reel Big Fish’s “Sell Out,” listen in on Toasters melodies in the background, or even hear some of Gwen Steffani’s pre-Hollaback Girl repitoire.
Ska Kids
Locally, the ska bands have been washing out with the tide while we wait for the Fourth Wave. Swift Kixx broke up. Psycho Dad hung up its hat. Secret Cajun Band is on a hiatus. And then there was the Monskasities…

While the scene here in St. Louis may seem to be grasping and gasping for life between breaths for the next horn chorus, there are still staccatos of life peeking out through the spread. This Saturday, June 23 once local legends The Monskasities will be getting back together for a reunion show at The Creepy Crawl. These kids know how to have a good time and can balance their music with audience interaction and laughs. Doors are at 5:30. (Psycho Dad will also be playing a reunion set at this show!).

If you’re still craving more St. Louis ska, don’t forget the KDHX 88.1 Ska’s the Limit show hosted by the great Paul Stark on Friday nights at 8:00pm.

Or, pick up a record by MU330, the local ska band that actually made it to the national level (their name came from the music class where the original members met at SLU High School). They do remember to stay true to their STL roots and often make sure that we’re included for a show when they’re rolling through town. This past Winter, at a Christmas Eve-Eve show (Dec 23), the band even brought a multitude of presents and candy to pass around to the crowd and spread the holiday cheer.

St. Louis Ska Fest 6 will be coming up late in July as well, thought a lot of details are still floating in the air.

So if you’re up for it this Saturday night, put on those skanking* shoes, don your checkers, and take advantage of quality local ska nostolgia while it lasts.

*a note on skanking – don’t forget kids, that’s ska dancing, not street corner smut

Comic from Natalie Dee

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