By Janine Saunders, December 29th, 2010

When an entire town’s memory is erased, it is dismissed by the rest of the world as an elaborate hoax. But one ambitious journalist is determined to expose the truth. Memoir is a graphic novel written by Ben McCool and illustrated by Nikki Cook who describe their collaboration as a “cross between Twin Peaks and the Twilight Zone.” It is a dark and sinister tale with gritty visuals that is sure to haunt readers long after they’ve put down the book.

Relevant sites:

Nikki Cook’s Blog

Ben McCool’s Blog


CREATED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Josh Cramer
EDITOR Jawad Metni
DP Tim Naylor
City Rain “How We See”
Evenings “Still Young”

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By Jason Hood, December 17th, 2010



Marc Horowitz Advice of Strangers

Now, we suggested a few weeks ago that you follow Marc Horowitz (RADAR ep18 – Google Maps Road Trip) in his latest project, The Advice of Strangers. For the month of November, he put up his daily decisions to a poll for his followers to vote on, everything from who to vote for in the election to how he should indulge in an egg roll. If you didn’t check it out, here’s your chance to see what you missed. The response was quite overwhelming, some of the polls getting more than a thousand votes. And even though the polls are all closed now, he’s still posting a few updates. And if you have been following along, it’s definitely been cool to see it all unfold.

The Advice of Strangers website


Reading Rainbow – Prism Eyes LP

Reading Rainbow (RADAR ep38 – Weathervane) is a blast of reverb-happy, jangly guitars and catchy male-female vocal harmonies. And now they have an album out! Prism Eyes, their new LP, is a fast-paced, yet dreamy, adventure through a series of different genres and eras of music, including lo-fi garage rock, shoegaze, surf rock, and even a bit of 60s pop. What ties it all together is the high production values that really do create a wall of sound. This Philadelphia duo is definitely a band to follow in 2011.

Check the album out HERE


Tanya Fischer (Bambi Killers) interview

By night Tanya Fischer is part of the blood-drenched punk rock/performance art group Bambi Killers (RADAR ep12 – Bambi Killers), but in prime time she plays the character Zoey on the show The Defenders. It’s forgivable if you couldn’t recognize her without the blood. Here’s an interview where she talks about finding time to balance both gigs, as well as her film debut in “The Assassination of a High School President.” She also describes Bruce Willis as “a cool cat.” I like anyone who can work that phrase into an interview. Check it out!

Read Interview HERE


Bear Hands at Bowery Ballroom

Bear Hands (RADAR ep37 – Dickchicken) recently released their energetic debut album, Burning Bush Supper Club, and now they’re coming home to New York. On Dec 17, they’re playing at the famous Bowery Ballroom, with opening bands Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and The Tony Castles. Get your tickets before the show sells out!

Friday, Dec 17 – 8:00 p.m.
Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St.
New York, NY 10002


Fucked In Park Slope

I’ll start with a personal anecdote: I was walking down 5th Ave in Park Slope, behind a family about to cross the street, only to have a car run a red light in front of them. The father flips out, screaming obscenities and starts kicking the car, and then kicks another car, in front of his kids, with his wife egging him on.

It was then when I realized that maybe Park Slope isn’t quite as quaint as I originally thought. And that’s what this blog is for. Fucked in Park Slope is written by residents of this pretty, gentrified and allegedly family-friendly neighborhood, where they rant, rave, and snarkily report the daily happenings. Honestly, if you’ve ever gotten frustrated by the G train, this blog is for you.

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  • Transmedia Talk 23 – Marc D’Agostino on the_source
    Welcome to Transmedia Talk, a podcast covering all things Story. Transmedia Talk is co-hosted by Nick Braccia, Dee Cook, and Haley Moore and looks to shed light on the topic of transmedia storytelling with commentary, interviews and tips on how storytelling is moving into the 21st century. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download | Subscribe with iTunes Hosts:… read more
  • Indie Film Capitalism #9
    Times are tough, listener-ship is down and Clarence Lindeweiler needs to come up with a plan to save his struggling alternative rock radio station, WTYT 960. Clarence’s plan is to host a billboard sitting contest, where four lucky contestants have the opportunity to win, “a beautiful mobile home and nine-sixty hundred dollars”. All they have to do, is be the… read more
  • PULSE – Heeb Magazine
    (above comic strip by Evan Dorkin) Happy Hanukkah! And what better week to celebrate Jewish New Yorkers by showcasing Heeb Magazine? Started in Brooklyn (where else?) in 2001, it continues a long line of cheeky, self-deprecating Jewish comedy for a young, urban Generation Y audience. And seriously, I mean it when I say self-deprecating. For example, for people who want… read more
By Janine Saunders, December 15th, 2010

Heather Gargon is a Space Hunter who travels with her sister Kristen to worlds unknown in search of exotic life forms. The Space Hunter project includes creatures that Heather draws, builds and animates via stop motion photography – all elements of an expansive installation. The worlds that she creates are fantastic and whimsical, and mix a nostalgic atmosphere with the endearing sensibility of a b-movie space adventure.

Relevant sites:


CREATED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Josh Cramer
EDITOR Jawad Metni
DP Jeremy Saulnier
The Present “Space Meadow”
Evenings “Babe”

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By Jason Hood, December 10th, 2010

(Painting by Jay Shells and Ben Hollingsworth)

This week, we asked Jay Shells (RADAR ep 25 – Subway Etiquette) to curate this week’s installment of RADAR NYC. He obliged us with some submissions that give us a peek inside a subway artist’s head, including a blog on New York subway art, a humorous book on racism and culture, and a beautiful video of fingerboarding.


Hermes Fingerskate

Everyone who went to high school in the last decade remembers fingerboards, right? Those little skateboards you could do tiny-sized ollies and shove-its with? I’m betting not that many people ever got that good at it. But while the rest of our ADD-addled brains moved on to 5 or 6 more things, Alexis Milant mastered the art of it. And directing, apparently! This video is surprisingly well made, with impressive lighting and editing that gives it production values you just don’t see on Youtube. But more important than that, it’s just really cool to watch.

Alexis Milant’s website


Fitz and the Tantrums – MoneyGrabber

First of all, Fitz and the Tantrums is either the most awesome or awful band name ever, depending on your view of puns (I would say awesome, personally). Once you get past that and watch the video for MoneyGrabber, you’ll see that there’s a lot more to them than just a cool name. As one (unusually perceptive) Youtube commenter puts it, “did Motown and Bowie have a lovechild?” Really, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Prepare to have this, and the rest of their songs, in your head all day.

You can find their album and a free download of MoneyGrabber here


ego trip’s Big Book of Racism!

Oh, this is sure to offend some sensitive folks. Proclaiming “we just hate everybody,” Ego Trip’s Big Book of Racism promises to take down literally every group imaginable. And while the book’s five authors of color clearly want to make their readers laugh, there is a serious message in it all: racism is indeed everywhere in our culture, and rather than hiding from it, we should put it all out there and make fun of it. We can learn a lot about other people—and ourselves as well.

You can buy the book HERE


Jay Shells and Benjamin Hollingsworth at Gallery Bar

(Kenny Scharf’s new mural)

On December 17, Jay Shells will be joining Benjamin Hollingsworth at Gallery Bar for a show with all new paintings. This will be a chance to see some of his non-subway related work, and hey, a chance to have some drinks at nice bar surrounded by beautiful artwork. Hard to pass that up. And while you’re in the area, be sure to see Kenny Scharf’s new mural on the Hole Wall at Houston and Bowery while it’s still up.

Friday Dec 21 · 6:00 p.m.
Gallery Bar
120 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002


Subway Art, Animal NY, Changethethought

(subway piece by Poster Boy)

This week, Jay offers us 3 blogs worth checking out. Changethethought is designer Christopher Cox’s portfolio-turned-resource for all sorts of creative minds. Animal New York is a culture blog for snarky, creative New Yorkers who like reading about street art just as much as they like making fun of Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy and his bad trip to the city. And the Subway Art Blog is definitely a website that would appeal to the average New York commuter just as much as it would appeal to the creator of Subway Etiquette signs—a look at various bits of random art that pops up in the world’s most complex subway system. On that note, now is a good time to follow @jayshells on Twitter as well.

Animal New York
Subway Art Blog
Jay Shells’ Twitter, Tumblr

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    I’ve never been to a really large festival like Sundance or SXSW, but I intend to go someday regardless of whether or not my film gets in. I see the merits of showing up, meeting people, listening to others, sharing your work, and more importantly – learning from the experience. I have been to a few smaller but respectable festivals,… read more
  • DIY Liveblog :: When the Audience Takes Control
    The future of independent film is not in content aggregation, which is quickly becoming commoditized, but in audience aggregation. Sustainability for filmmakers lies directly in the hands of the audience. Direct to audience models have shaken the core of the music industry. But the power of Kevin Kelly’s “1,000 true fans” seems good in theory but where do you start?… read more
  • this conference is being recorded – Jon Reiss
    Our guest today is filmmaker Jon Reiss. Jon has made a number of features, both fiction (Cleopatra’s Second Husband) and non-fiction (Better Living Through Circuitry and Bomb It). For his latest film, Bomb It he traveled to 5 continents to document graffiti culture. In our discussion Jon shares how he funded, traveled and is looking beyond the festival circuit… read more
By Jason Hood, December 3rd, 2010

(above comic strip by Evan Dorkin)

Happy Hanukkah! And what better week to celebrate Jewish New Yorkers by showcasing Heeb Magazine? Started in Brooklyn (where else?) in 2001, it continues a long line of cheeky, self-deprecating Jewish comedy for a young, urban Generation Y audience.

And seriously, I mean it when I say self-deprecating. For example, for people who want to get involved in the publication, there’s a section titled “Join the Conspiracy.” The magazine covers arts, music, politics and culture, though the subjects don’t necessarily have to be Jewish themselves. You can find an article about Kanye West’s new album right next to one about an expensive, “swanky” menorah.

It’s not all silliness though. One informative article, titled “Jews Aren’t Actually Racists: Who Knew?” discusses the little-known interactions between Jewish Americans and Native Americans in the Old West. They also include sections called “Chosen Books,” “Chosen Music” and “Chosen Video,” where they feature a profile on various musicians, books or videos.

There’s also the “Heeb 100,” which features short articles on “Jews (and half-Jews) who are making a difference” in fields such as art, music, comedy, activism and entrepreneurship. Another semi-regular installment is “Gratuitous Jewess.” It’s exactly what it sounds like: photos and a profile of a rather beautiful young Jewish woman, though more than just a pretty face. The current honoree, Leyla Leidecker, is a boxer, filmmaker and model.

And it’s really not just a magazine. Heeb also organizes plenty of events: On December 21, RADAR contributors Molly Crabapple, Dean Haspiel, and Jeff Newelt will be among the performers at Heeb Storytelling: The Live Comics Edition at Joe’s Pub, where the creators will project live, graphic novel style comics on a big screen. EVENT INFO And on Christmas Eve, Heebonism, at Fontana’s, promises to bring “Jews and gentiles together in celebration of that nice Jewish boy’s 2010th birthday.” EVENT INFO

That last event probably sums up Heeb Magazine the best: you don’t have to be Jewish to get a kick out of it, but it helps to be in on “the conspiracy.”

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