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Behind The Marquee: Episode 3 - Diving Into The Art House Convergence And MoviePass

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 6:30am

Nick, Caitlin, Sarah, and Makenzie discuss the role and history of the Art House Convergence, the worldwide alliance of independent theaters started at the Michigan, and get into the pros and cons of the subscription-based ticketing phenomenon known as MoviePass.

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#47 Ann Arbor Stories: The Billboard Bandits

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 6:10pm

The shrill, biting, staccato whine of a chainsaw pierces the cold, night air. Thud. Another billboard falls to the ground along a highway in southern Michigan.

An estimated 167 billboards in all—cut, chopped, and chainsawed—along highways throughout Michigan, mostly in the vicinity of Ann Arbor. The papers called this group The Billboard Bandits. But they weren't the only ones terrorizing good old fashioned marketers in town.

 

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers for April 2018: Martin Bandyke interviews Anthony DeCurtis, author of Lou Reed: A Life

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:12pm

From the publisher of Lou Reed: A Life:

As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. His music, at once a source of transcendent beauty and coruscating noise, violated all definitions of genre while speaking to millions of fans and inspiring generations of musicians.

But while his iconic status may be fixed, the man himself was anything but. Lou Reed's life was a transformer's odyssey. Eternally restless and endlessly hungry for new experiences, Reed reinvented his persona, his sound, even his sexuality time and again. A man of contradictions and extremes, he was fiercely independent yet afraid of being alone, artistically fearless yet deeply paranoid, eager for commercial success yet disdainful of his own triumphs. Channeling his jagged energy and literary sensibility into classic songs - like "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Sweet Jane" - and radically experimental albums alike, Reed remained desperately true to his artistic vision, wherever it led him.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 2 - "Farewell Awards Season and Hello Summer!"

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:06pm

Nick, Caitlin, and Sarah discuss the Oscars, Film Independent Spirit Awards, and what to be excited for this summer! Plus, their Movie Magic Moments of the week. 

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 1 - "Whoah, We Went to Sundance!"

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:29pm

In this first podcast episode from the folks at the Michigan and State Theaters, Nick, Caitlin, and Brian discuss their adventures at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, what the festival means, and their favorite picks. PLUS, their Movie Magic Moments of the week.

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin Bandyke interviews Joe Hagan, author of Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:42pm

The story of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone's founder, editor, and publisher, and the pioneering era he helped curate, is told here for the first time in glittering, glorious detail. Joe Hagan provides readers with a backstage pass to storied concert venues and rock-star hotel rooms; he tells never before heard stories about the lives of rock stars and their handlers; he details the daring journalism (Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, P.J. O’Rourke) and internecine office politics that accompanied the start-up; he animates the drug and sexual appetites of the era; and he reports on the politics of the last fifty years that were often chronicled in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine.

Supplemented by a cache of extraordinary documents and letters from Wenner's personal archives, Sticky Fingers depicts an ambitious, mercurial, wide-eyed rock and roll fan of who exalts in youth and beauty and learns how to package it, marketing late sixties counterculture as a testament to the power of American youth. The result is a fascinating and complex portrait of man and era, and an irresistible biography of popular culture, celebrity, music, and politics in America. 

Martin’s interview with Joe Hagan was recorded on November 16, 2017.

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#46 Ann Arbor Stories: The Battle of Ann Arbor

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 5:34am

Four nights of rioting, dozens of injuries to cops and citizens, and more than 70 arrests—it was an event The Detroit Free Press dubbed “The Battle of Ann Arbor”. What sparked this violence and how did the insane scene play out in the summer of 1969?

 

Music by FAWNN & ZShipps

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Fellow Youths: Strange the Dreamer

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 4:52pm

In which we mostly stay on-topic about Laini Taylor’s latest book, Strange the Dreamer, but also end up talking about the intricacies of tanning (or not), potential latent god-powers, and discuss our Pottermore patronuses. Check It Out! Theme Music is “Nekozilla (LFZ Remix)” by Different Heaven.

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#45 Ann Arbor Stories: Highway Snipers

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 5:30am

There wasn't a lot of traffic on M-14 on that last day of August 1981. It was 3am. Semi trucks bound for points in Michigan and throughout the Midwest, cars carrying people headed to work, cars taking people home after long nights. It was at this time on this day on this stretch of highway that more than 200 bullets rained down on speeding cars, trucks and semis, causing mass panic and chaos. This is the story of the 1981 highway snipers.

Music by Michna and Ben Benjamin, courtesy of GhoLicense.

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Fellow Youths: Haikyu

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 1:17pm

In this episode we get to finally meet Audrey's volleyball children in the anime Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate. This anime has opened the hearts of Nicole, Audrey, and unfortunately for Kathy, Kathy's boyfriend. Tune in to hear Kathy's incandescent rage. Check It Out! Theme Music is “Nekozilla (LFZ Remix)” by Different Heaven.