Jeff Nichols, the award-winning director of “Shotgun Stories,” continues to blow up. The Little Rock native recently helmed a music video for Spoon's “Don't You Evah,” which features Keepon, a dancing robot that became a YouTube sensation when it debuted in March to the soundtrack of Spoon's “I Turn My Camera On.” In anticipation of next month's WIRED NextFest in Los Angeles, where Spoon and Keepon will be reunited, WIRED sent Nichols to Toyko to film the short video. It's a simple premise: Nichols follows famed Japanese robotic engineer Hideki Kozima as he carries his furry yellow dancing robot Keepon around Tokyo with a boombox. The video has already hit 158,000 views and been featured and praised on websites like Gizmodo, Boing Boing and Pitchfork. Meanwhile, Nichols, who now lives in Austin, Texas, is finishing up what he hopes will be the final draft for “Goat,” his next film project. He says he hopes to begin casting soon.
On Sept. 14, the Reds, the local pop-rock trio, will celebrate the release of their debut full-length, “Economy of Motion,” with a show at Vino's. But you better act fast, because after a one-night sale, where the album will go for $5, you'll have to wait until Oct. 2 for the official release. The group is comprised of master of the pop-hook Johnny Mac, always recognizable with a shaved head and dark-rimmed glasses, on lead vocals and bass; Graham Cobb (il libertina) on guitar and back-up vocals, and Jason Thompson (Hector Faceplant) on drums.
KABF, the local community radio station, will debut its bi-monthly film series at Market Street Cinema on Friday, Sept. 21, with “24 Hour Party People.” The Michael Winterbottom film follows the rise and fall of Factory Records and the Manchester, England, music scene. Steve Coogan stars, memorably, as Factory head Tony Wilson. Prior to the movie, which starts at 9:30 p.m., the Bloodless Cooties will play in the movie theater, and DJ Fuey will work the turntables in the lobby, where art, provided by ACAC, will be for sale.