On Film: In The Dark, Michael Runion and Kristen Kassinger

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In The Dark is a new short film by Michael Runion (JJAMZ, solo) and Kristen Kassinger. My thoughts after watching it: 1) Oh yeah, Spin the Bottle as an adult is just the worst; 2) someone always has to be That Guy during potentially mortifying kissing games; 3) they have packed a lot of thoughts about the concept of “intimacy” into under four minutes. Anyway, it is quite good, and you should watch it: IN THE DARK from michaelrunion on Vimeo.

2012: A Year In Pictures, October and December

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Johnny Hallyday, Beacon Theater, Oct. 7, 2012   Blake Mills, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 16, 2012   Fiona Apple, Terminal 5, New York, NY, 0ct. 16, 2012   Fiona Apple, Terminal 5, Oct. 16, 2012   Beast Patrol, The Studio at Webster Hall, October 19, 2012   Alex Greenwald and Z Berg, JJAMZ, The Studio at Webster Hall, Oct. 19, 2012   Alex Greenwald and Michael Runion, JJAMZ, The Studio at Webster Hall, Oct. 19, 2012   Sweatheart, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2012   The Dirty Pearls, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2012.   Justin Hawkins / The Darkness, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2012   Jeffertitti’s Nile w/ Father John Misty, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 2012   Katy Goodman, La Sera, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 2012   Father John Misty, w/ Jeffertitti, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 2012   Lindi Ortega, Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 26, 2012   Mike Ness, Social Distortion, Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 26, 2012   Apparently I didn’t go to any shows in November, either.   Sheena Ozzella, Lemuria, Webster Hall, New York, NY, … Continue reading

2012: A Year In Pictures: July – September

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Alex Greenwald and Z Berg, JJAMZ, Webster Hall, New York, NY, July 10, 2012   Michael Runion, JJAMZ, Webster Hall, New York, NY, July 10, 2012   JJAMZ, Webster Hall, New York, NY, July 10, 2012   Lita Ford, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Bret Michaels, Poison, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   C.C. DeVille, Poison, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Bobby Dall, Poison, Nikon at Joes Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Ricki Rockett, Poison, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Poison, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Rick Allen, Def Leppard, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Rick Savage and Joe Elliot, Def Leppard, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Phil Collen, Def Leppard, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Def Leppard, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Marcy Playground, Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA, July 28, 2012   A. Jay Popoff, Lit, Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA, July 28, 2012   Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray, Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA, July 28, 2012   Art … Continue reading

Bits: Juniper Tar, Mike Watt, Sebadoh, Fugazi, The Black Keys, Sonic Youth, Jon Walker, Michael Runion

The good guys in Juniper Tar will be taking part in the Pablove Benefit Concert at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this Saturday, January 29, 2011. The show, “a special evening to improve the lives of children with cancer”, kicks off at 5:30 PM and also includes Cory Chisel, Fitz & the Tantrums, an acoustic set from Brian Aubert and Nikki Monninger of Silversun Pickups and more. Stereogum has a free download of “Arrow-Pierced-Egg-Man” from Mike Watt’s latest, an opera called Hyphenated-Man. Sebadoh’s Bakesale is being reissued with bonus material on April 4, 2011. In support of this, Sebadoh will be touring the United States beginning in February (including a stop at the Grog Shop in Cleveland on April 2 – coincidentally, just days after J Mascis brings his acoustic tour through the Grog ). The Fugazi documentary Instrument will be screening at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, on February 27, 2011. Director Jem Cohen and members of Fugazi will be on hand for the screening. If you missed it, the Austin City Limits Sonic Youth/Black Keys split episode can now be viewed at the PBS website. Long live PBS. Additionally, Jennifer reports: Jon Walker (The … Continue reading

Rock ‘n’ Roll Photog: Michael Runion

Jennifer the Rock ‘n’ Roll Photog is so excited about her featured artist today that she’s not even waiting until she has pictures to tell you all about him. Michael Runion is an artist I discovered entirely due to Twitter. According to his MySpace, his genre is “Visual/Folk/Pop”. (Tangentially, I really do love MySpace genre descriptions; some of them are generic things like “rock/pop” and some of them are more interesting things like “2-step/experimental/country” and finding out who is accurate with their self-labeling is always a good time.) But getting back to the subject at hand: left to my own devices, I think I’d tell you that Runion specializes in beautiful, delicate melodies wrapped around razor-sharp lyrics. The result is songs that are good company for filing as well as long train rides to the beach. (I’ll let you know how they do with the car stereo test after this summer.) I’m particularly fond of Drunk as I’ve Ever Been and Don’t Let Her Hold You Down, the latter of which would be the perfect tune for dancing a barefoot two-step with a cowboy before sending him back out on the rodeo circuit. If that sounds like something you’d be … Continue reading