1. The Muslims Are Coming!, a documentary trailing a group of Muslim-American comics on tour across the country, is set for its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival on October 19th. More details are available in the film’s latest Kickstarter project update.
The night before the premiere, directors Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah will stage some live standup to get audience members warmed up and laughing before the doc’s big debut. But be warned: The creators’ update notes that “…hugs will be doled out liberally post show.”

    The Muslims Are Coming!, a documentary trailing a group of Muslim-American comics on tour across the country, is set for its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival on October 19th. More details are available in the film’s latest Kickstarter project update.

    The night before the premiere, directors Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah will stage some live standup to get audience members warmed up and laughing before the doc’s big debut. But be warned: The creators’ update notes that “…hugs will be doled out liberally post show.”

  2. Janis Martin’s Final Recording Sessions

    Janis Martin “The Female Elvis” Final Recording Sessions — by Rosie Flores

    Know as “The Female Elvis” (with The King’s blessing!) Janis Martin was a rockabilly and country music pioneer. Alongside greats like Wanda Jackson, Martin was one of few ladies working in 1950s rock ‘n roll, much beloved for her dynamic dance moves and blend of hillbilly style with R&B grooves. With the help of drummer Bobby Trimble, musician/producer Rosie Flores got Martin back into the studio after a 30-year hiatus, recording the legend’s last album just three months before she passed away from cancer in September 2007. Flores put the record up on Kickstarter to finally complete the project and share it with Martin fans worldwide. In addition to loads of sweet rewards like limited edition vinyl and a variety of original memorabilia, for $20 you can grab the CD, a photo from Martin’s personal collection, and a digital download of album. That is one cool deal for one hot day.

    You can check out some of Martin’s classics here, here, and here. Shuffle in style!

  3. Kontiki Deluxe: Reviving a Lost Classic

    If a Beatles-sounding band seeped into your cyber soundwaves, would you pay attention? Of course you would. But back in 1997 when Beatles-sounding band Cotton Mather put out its second album, Kontiki, on 4-track cassette and ADAT, nobody stateside paid much attention. Europe, on the other hand, went mad for the thing, and the papers buzzed with praise for the band’s Austin-bred Britpop sound and “the best album the Fab Four never made.”

    Ah, dry those tears of shame, fellow Americans; our second chance to recognize these natives has come. Bandmate Robert Harrison (note last name) is re-releasing the “lost classic” — which will include an 11-track bonus CD of archived goodness — in this Kontiki Deluxe project. And as if the haircuts weren’t cool enough, his project video is like an episode of Behind the Music with some sketch comedy thrown in. Who knows, you might go groopie and spring for Harrison’s track-by-track analysis and personal video reward!