(photo credit: Ben Plahov)
Robyn Hitchcock on the way to TA
Indie rock legend Robyn Hitchcock will be making his debut in Israel with two solo shows at the Ozen Bar in Tel Aviv on September 9 and 10. Coming to prominence in the late 1970s was member of cult punk/pop band The Soft Boys, Hitchcock blossomed in the 1980s as solo artist and leader of his band The Egyptians, becoming a college rock radio favorite with his quirky style that encompassed psychedelia, acoustic folk and power pop and drawing comparisons to everyone from John Lennon to Syd Barrett and Bob Dylan.
He’s continued down his eccentric path, acting in films by Jonathan Demme, collaborating with REM’s Peter Buck, and regularly releasing delightful albums. His latest, last year’s Propeller Time
, found Hitchcock working with The Smith’s Johnny Marr, Nick Lowe and John Paul Jones.
• David Brinn Launch of new local record label
A new record label – Out Now Recordings – will join the small ranks of
enterprising local record companies later this month when a grand launch
event takes place at the Levontin 7 Club in Tel Aviv, on August 23 (8
p.m.). There will also be a previous launch gathering at Jerusalem’s
Uganda venue tonight (9 p.m.) The label, which tends towards the freer
side of the jazz and improvisational music tracks, is the brainchild of
Jerusalemite guitarist Ido Bukelman and now New Yorkbased Israeli
saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer.
The venture will kick off with the release of six CDs featuring, in
addition to Bukelman and Kretzmer, American drummer Ehran Elisha,
Elisha’s classical music pianist father Haim, American trumpeter Roy
Campbell, Argentinean born Israeli reedman Daniel Davidovsky, drummer
Ofer Beimel and 79-year-old South African-born Israeli clarinetist
The Jerusalem and Tel Aviv gigs will feature various solo and group
acts, and will showcase material from Bukelman’s Solo album, from East of Jaffa
with father and son Elisha and Rubin, and from Kretzmer’s Overlook
with the leader, bass clarinet player Nitai Levy and drummer Yoav
Zohar, with doyen of the local improvisational music scene reedman
Albert Beger putting in a guest appearance.
• Barry Davis
Italian Museum launches live restoration
Jerusalem’s U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art is opening a unique
restoration project on August 11 and will run through November 2. The
restorers are moving out of their studios and into the museum’s
exhibition rooms and will demonstrate the technical and ethical problems
involved in restoration. The wood conservators from the restoration
team of Studio Oro will be at work from Sunday to Thursday during usual
museum hours. Visitors will be able to watch the work in progress from a
resource area where they will learn about restoration and conservation
and observe the various materials and gilding tools being used.
This Live Restoration project opens with a festive evening event August
11 beginning at 7 p.m. with a wine and cheese tasting, followed by a
museum tour and capped with Italian singers. The event is open to the
public, with a NIS 60 admission fee. For more info call (02) 624-1610.
• Jerusalem Post staff
Teen Choice Awards winners revealed
LOS ANGELES – Country sensation Taylor Swift and actress/singer Selena
Gomez caught major waves at the Teen Choice awards on Sunday, with Swift
scooping up six surfboard trophies including one for Ultimate Teen
Gomez, who performed her hit single “I Love You Like a Love Song” with
her band The Scene, won choice TV actress in a drama for her role in Wizards of Waverly Place
The 19-year-old Gomez saw her boyfriend, Justin Bieber, scoop up
surfboards for being the top “hottie” as well as the choice “twit.”
Bieber, 17, was named top male artist and earned an acting award for his
recent work on television.
Other top honors went to Twilight
actor Robert Pattinson, who was named choice vampire for his role in
the popular romance movies. He was also named best movie actor in a
Numerous other winners, including Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Blake Lively and the cast of TV show Glee
, were announced.