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Films about The Runaways

Posted in FILM, MUSIC by mirrreia on June 30, 2010

We’d been waiting to watch the movie about The Runaways since we heard about it and looks like it’s finally going to hit the UK cinemas on the 27th of August. However, and since it’s been out in the USA for a while that also means that it’s been obviously leaked on the web and ooopsie, we’ve already watched it!

I am disappointed as I probably had (too) high expectations from it; the trailer was promising (it did its job, I guess) and both Kirsten Stewart and Dakota Fanning characterizations were very close to the real Joan Jett and Cherie Currie… Just the fact of someone having decided to take the story of the first all girl rock band and shape it like a Blockbuster was exciting. However, I think the film is a very soft version of what it could have been, and it feels like a missed opportunity to portray a band that made history. The movie is dull and it lacks of a storyline to understand characters’ behaviours and their relationships. Anyway, at least it ticks all the boxes of what a rock movie should be, which is always fun. So call some friends, get some pizza and sing along.

On the other hand, if you really want to know what was going on inside The Runaways, then I’d recommend ‘Edgeplay: a film about The Runaways’, directed by Vicky Blue, who replaced Jackie Fox in bass in 1977. This documentary features all the real members of the band talking about the 5 years they were together. Joan Jett is missing but it includes Suzi Quatro and Kim Fowley, the brain that saw the potential business of an all girl band (a well creepy man!).

The documentary, although a bit too long, is a raw tale of the psychological abuse the girls suffered by the aforementioned Kim Fowley to become rock stars. They did become rock stars, but such abuse produced a big lack of self-confidence on the girls, which led to intricate relationships of camaraderie and jealousy between them. On top of that, they had to cope with a proper rock’n’roll lifestyle being just a bunch of extremely talented teenagers.

Fuck yeah The Runaways

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Dance Magic Dance at The Stag’s Head with Golden Grrrls + Cold Pumas + Fair Ohs

Posted in DMD Club, GIGS, MUSIC by mirrreia on June 29, 2010

We had booked this line up so long ago and we were sooooo excited about it that we felt like it would never arrive! But our first show of the summer did finally come around… on one of the hottest days of the year!

The Stags Head was a boiling sauna ready to embrace us and make us sweat, sweat till we couldn’t sweat no more,  so before the gigs kicked off we all gathered in the beer garden in our shortest shorts and pints of cool cider in hands. (I love cider on a hot day almost as much as I love a boy in shorts).

The first band to hit the stage was Fair Ohs. I remember dancing to their songs on a very cold Sunday of February dreaming that I was dancing on the beach somewhere in Brazil, mojito in hand. Ok so we weren’t exactly in Brazil on Thursday but at least it was hot and Fair Ohs were as fun as ever (with ongoing in-jokes about Cold Pumas). I can’t think of anyone I know that hasn’t seen Fair Ohs yet, but if you haven’t what are you waiting for? Your next chance is on the 24th of July at The Stags Head again at the Tough Love Records all-dayer (hello! Killer line-up!). We’ll be there for sure.

We took a quick break outside to get some fresh air but soon a rush of repetitive riffs and tribal drums coming from the stage made the crowd squeeze inside the venue again. Cold Pumas are one of the best bands we’ve seen on stage in a long time, and the Brighton three piece were on top form that night, making everybody in the audience nod their heads in time to the beat, completely mesmerized. Again, catch them at Tough Love Records all-dayer (did I mention before? Killer line up!)

The night was almost over and the Glaswegian headliners Golden Grrrls took to the stage. We were running a bit late so with literally 20 min to go till we had to pull the plug, they stormed through their set barely taking a breath between songs. The urgency of it all just brought the whole evening to such a high that I don’t think the audience will forget them in a hurry. We certainly have ticked them off as one of our favorite bands. Even they said to us later in the evening, that it was one of their best gigs ever! They’ll be back for the annual Hainault gathering, Offset Festival- Don’t miss them.

After the bands finished we kept on partying, filling the street with noise and booze and pissing off the neighbours, so the lovely staff at The Stags somehow managed to thin out the crowd to just about acceptable lock-in size, smuggled us all inside and drew the curtains. Little did we know that The Stags was facing a Health and Safety inspection at 9am the next morning. (God Bless them!)

So that was that, I can safely say it was one of our best nights yet, so many friendly faces, incredible bands and we all probably sweated out a kilo or two in the process! WIN!

DMD in Odd Box

Posted in CASSETTE, DMD Club, PRESS by jumpmagicjump on June 28, 2010

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Hurrah!

Posted in CASSETTE, MUSIC by jumpmagicjump on June 21, 2010

Our friend Tristan sent this from Rough Trade East yesterday…

DMD in Rough Trade

Posted in DMD Club, PRESS by mirrreia on June 18, 2010

This is waaay more than what we expected when we decided to release this tape, thanks to everyone for helping us to put it out there!

“dance magic magic are a london diy collective who sum up all that’s good about sweating buckets, crying unbridled tears of ecstasy and bleeding enthusiasm in the uk’s dives and caves. they’re in love with everyone in a summer of ‘2010 way and here they’ve brought some amazing groups together. from captured tracks’ faves la la vasquez and girl’s names to outsider psyche demons bo ningen, from the ever cool sex beet to the outsider surf slimers please. you just can’t argue with this limitless amazingness for less money than a pint of cooking lager at the old blue last.”

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – ‘Say No To Love’ Video

Posted in MUSIC by dancemagicbelle on June 18, 2010

Their video for new single “Say No To Love” is out!

The Story:

Oblivious that she’s missing a jam session with the boys, the camera follows Peggy around on my idea of a perfect day out – Shopping for records and clothes, meeting dogs in the park and eating loads of yummy street food. Not to mention spotting horny lazer-eyed pigeons.

Super cute, super summery and making me impossibly excited to hang out in NYC this summer.

I can’t figure out how to embed the video… so click on the image to to see it on Pitchfork

Linda Linda Linda

Posted in FILM, MUSIC, Riot Grrrl by mirrreia on June 17, 2010

I came across Nobuhiro Yamashita’s movie ‘Linda, Linda, Linda‘ the other day through this Tumblr and I can’t wait to watch it! It looks perfect for a GGG movie night.

DMD in Neu

Posted in DMD Club, Label, PRESS by jumpmagicjump on June 17, 2010

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DMD in L&Q

Posted in DMD Club, PRESS by jumpmagicjump on June 15, 2010

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DMD 01 is here!

Posted in DMD Club, MUSIC by jumpmagicjump on June 13, 2010