Live Streaming Primavera Sound 2014 – Barcelona, Catalunya

Published on May 21, 2014

Primavera Sound and Arte Concert are joining forces to broadcast the three main days of the festival live from the Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona. The broadcast will include a multichannel programme of the most outstanding concerts on the four main stages from Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st May, especially designed for all those who cannot attend the event and want to be part of the festival by living it virtually in real time in every corner of the planet.

Primavera Sound y Arte Concert se unen para emitir en directo las tres jornadas centrales del festival desde el Parc del Fòrum de Barcelona. La retransmisión contará con una programación multicanal formada por las actuaciones más destacadas de los cuatro escenarios principales desde el jueves 29 hasta el sábado 31 de mayo, pensada especialmente para quienes que no puedan asistir al evento y quieran formar parte del festival viviéndolo a tiempo real y de forma virtual desde cualquier punto del planeta.

The 2014 installment Primavera Sound goes down this weekend in Barcelona, Spain. For those of you who can’t be there in person, fret not: the festival will webcast a number of performances live online.

The schedule includes Arcade Fire, The National, Kendrick Lamar, St. Vincent, Pixies, Disclosure, Cut Copy, Sky Ferreira, Sharon Van Etten, Chromeo, Mogwai, Warpaint, Jamie xx, Slint, Drive-B Truckers, Superchunk, Volcano Choir, and Real Estate, among others.

Video is currently being encoded and will be available soon.

All times in EST

Thursday, May 29th:
12:40pm – Real Estate (1)
01:30 – The Ex (2)
02:35 – Antibalas (2)
02:40 – Warpaint (1)
03:50 – St. Vincent (1)
06:30 – Arcade Fire (1)
07:10 – Charles Bradley (2)
08:10 – Disclosure (1)
09:15 – Metronomy (2)
09:35 – Holy Ghost! (1)
10:20 – Jamie xx (2)

Friday, May 30th:
11:50am – Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (2)
12:30pm – John Grant (1)
12:40 – Drive-By Truckers (2)
01:40 – Sky Ferreira (1)
02:40 – Dr. John and the Nite Trippers (2)
03:20 – Temples (1)
03:45 – Sharon Van Etten (2)
04:50 – Pixies (1)
05:55 – Slint (2)
06:10 – The National (1)
08:00 – !!! (1)

Saturday, May 31st:
11:00am – Jupiter Lion (2)
11:40 – Hebronix (2)
12:25pm – Islands (2)
12:30 – Jonathan Wilson (1)
01:30 – Superchunk (2)
03:50 – Volcano Choir (1)
05:00 – Kendrick Lamar (1)
05:55 – Sean Kuti & Egypt 80 (2)
07:00 – Mogwai (2)
08:25 – Chromeo (2)
09:30 – Cut Copy (2)






Published on Jan 28, 2014

Trailer de “Line-Up”, la película en la que se desvela el cartel completo de Primavera Sound 2014 en Barcelona.
Trailer of “Line-Up”, a film in which the whole line up of Primavera Sound 2014 Barcelona is revealed.

Four Myths About the Bowe Bergdahl Swap That Must Be Destroyed

Don’t believe everything you hear when it comes to the return of the highest profile American POW in a generation.

A video still shows the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (right) to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video Read more: Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

A video still shows the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (right) to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan.
AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video 


June 5, 2014 1:55 PM ET

The return of U.S. prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Guantanamo-held Taliban of varying importance has become the most important foreign policy story in the country this week. As a result, there has been a lot of great reporting on what the swap does and doesn’t mean, how it happened, and how it could affect the war in the future.

Read Rolling Stone‘s 2012 feature on Bowe Bergdahl, written by the late Michael Hastings

Unfortunately, there has also been a lot of reporting that is either sensationalistic, simplistic or straight-up inaccurate. In trying to grapple with how the U.S. conducts matters of war, peace, and international law enforcement, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. Below are four examples of things everybody seems to know, which just happened to be either incorrect or far from certain.

MYTH: This sets a dangerous precedent that the U.S. will negotiate with terrorists

In the first minutes after Bergdahl was released on May 31st, various media and political elites took up the all-too-predictable rallying cry that the U.S. doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. The claim – in this context – is absurd for at least three distinct reasons. Though the White House recently said the Taliban is on the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists by executive order, the Taliban is not actually on the U.S. State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The distinction may be somewhat academic, but confusing or conflating the Taliban with Al Qaeda (as John McCain recently did on CNN) is bad analysis and bad policy. The Taliban is primarily a local political and military organization, and has demonstrated little or no interest in attacking U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.

Second, the U.S. – and many other countries – in fact do negotiate with terrorists and other unseemly figures and organizations. This prisoner swap is far from unprecedented, and as President Obama said, this is what happens at the end of a war.

Third, as the Kabul-based journalist (and Rolling Stone contributor) Matt Aikins pointed out, “It’s a war, not a hostage crisis, dummies.” In a war, it’s generally better not to give an enemy an incentive to kill your side’s captured soldiers – which would be the perverse outcome of taking a strict “don’t negotiate” stance.

MYTH: These five Taliban are the hardest of the hardcore

Just as predictable as the first myth, this one will be even more difficult to destroy. Despite the 13-year occupation of Afghanistan, the U.S. media and political establishment continues to see the country primarily through the black-and-white lens that George W. Bush so clearly laid out: “Either you’re with us or you’re with the terrorists.” One needn’t defend the Taliban to acknowledge that political and military allegiances in Afghanistan are often tenuous and shifting, and clear distinctions between friend and enemy are even more fraught in that country (especially under U.S. occupation) than in more conventional conflicts.

A post from the Afghan Analysts Network actually describes all five talibs and their relative significance in the Taliban, and casts serious doubts on the U.S. intelligence that was used to justify their detention.

“Fazl is the only one of the five to face accusations of explicit war crimes and they are, indeed, extremely serious. One would also want to say that Wasiq was deputy head of an agency which carried out torture – except that torture has always been carried out by Afghan intelligence whoever has been in charge and, indeed, this has been no bar to close cooperation with it by the U.S. and other countries since 2001. There is no or little evidence of criminal wrong-doing against the other three men.”

The same piece from AAN details how four of the five surrendered at the beginning of the U.S. invasion, “in return for promised safe passage home or had reached out to the new administration in Kabul.” In fact, virtually the entire Taliban surrendered within months of the invasion, leaving the U.S. military with a war but not an enemy.

Anand Gopal, who lived in Afghanistan for years and traveled to areas of the country few journalists go, details in remarkable clarity how that happened and then how the Taliban reconstituted itself in his new book, No Good Men Among the Living.

MYTH: Six to eight U.S. soldiers died looking for Bergdahl

Again, this talking point has incredible resonance, because it feels like the kind of thing that really could be true. But as The New York Times has noted, the facts are actually far less clear. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has commented that “I do not know of specific circumstances or details of U.S. solders dying as a result of efforts to find and rescue Sergeant Bergdahl.” And blaming Bergdahl’s disappearance for every death in Patika province during one of the most deadly periods in the war simply doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny. (As an aside, part of the reason we know what we know about Bergdahl’s disappearance comes from the Wikileaks trove provided by Army leaker Chelsea Manning – further evidence of how valuable that leak was and continues to be.)

MYTH: The swap shows Obama’s willful disregard for the law and his embracing of an imperial presidency

This is a tough one, because by virtually all accounts Obama did violate the law by negotiating Bergdahl’s release without Congress’ express permission. That’s a big deal, and a legitimate criticism of the swap – as opposed to the “don’t negotiate with terrorists” line, which is opportunistic, disingenuous and terrible policy. Recent reports from the Associated Press that the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if news of the swap leaked certainly bolster the administration’s claims for the need for secrecy (even if they likely wouldn’t change the legality of ignoring the law).

But the real problem with seeing the swap as an example of Imperial Obama is that there are so many better examples that highlight his expansive interpretation of executive authority. Take, for instance, the extrajudicial killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al Awlaki in 2011. Though that killing raised considerable levels of concern from human rights groups – and eventually some politicians – the controversy never rose to the level that the prison swap reached almost immediately this week.

Or take an even more troubling and recent example of Obama’s vast theories of presidential power – a Congressional hearing wherein two top lawyers couldn’t give clear examples of what powers the president would lose if Congress repealed the AUMF (the law passed immediately after 9/11 upon which virtually all military action since has rested). The administration seems to be claiming that under Article II of the Constitution, and under an incredibly broad and expansive definition of self-defense, they could continue to carry out drone strikes in Yemen and perhaps even continue to hold people in Guantanamo Bay even if the AUMF were repealed.

That’s all a way of saying: Obama using his claimed powers to free Guantanamo detainees troubles Congress greatly. Using those same powers to detain or kill people, apparently, isn’t nearly as concerning.

13 Things You Need to Know About Bowe Bergdahl

Key facts from the late Michael Hastings’ profile of the freed Taliban POW


A sign showing support for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Scott Olson/Getty Images


By Tim Dickinson
June 2, 2014 6:00 PM ET

The late Michael Hastings wrote the definitive magazine profile of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for Rolling Stone in June 2012. Now that America’s Last Prisoner of War has been released, in a prisoner exchange for five high-ranking Taliban officials, Hastings’ piece continues to offer crucial context – about why Bergdahl volunteered for service in the first place, about how this intense, moral young man became so horrified by America’s “good war” that he walked away from his unit’s remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan in 2009, and about the abortive negotiations that could have secured Bergdahls release years ago.

Here 13 things you need to know about the American POW who is coming finally home, in the words of Hastings’ 2012 feature.

1) Bowe grew up near Hailey, Idaho, the son of California expats and ski bums Jani and Bob Bergdahl, who lived “nearly off the grid” on 40 acres, home-schooling Bowe and his sister Sky in a demanding curriculum:

Devout Calvinists, they taught the children for six hours a day, instructing them in religious thinkers such as Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine. “Ethics and morality would be constant verbiage in our conversations,” his father recalls. “Bowe was definitely instilled with truth. He was very philosophical about perceiving ethics.”

2) Obsessed with Bear Grylls and Man vs. Wild, Bowe sought at age 20 to join the French Foreign Legion.

He traveled to Paris and started to learn French, but his application was rejected. “He was absolutely devastated when the French Foreign Legion didn’t take him,” Bob says.

3) Seeking adventure, instead, in American uniform, Bergdahl enlisted in the Army in 2008. His intensity alienated fellow soldiers. A friend from his unit, Jason Fry, recalled Bowe’s fierce independence and his prophetic warning:

“He wanted to be a mercenary, wanted to be a free gun,” says Fry. “He had a notion he was a survivalist, claimed he knew how to survive with nothing because he grew up in Idaho…. Before we deployed… him and I were talking about what it would be like,” Fry recalls. Bowe looked at his friend and made no bones about his plans. “If this deployment is lame,” Bowe said, “I’m just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan.”

4) Bergdahl’s unit in Afghanistan — part of the Obama surge — was beset by deficits of leadership, “a collapse in unit morale and an almost complete breakdown of authority.”

The unruly situation was captured by … a British documentary filmmaker [whose] footage shows a bunch of soldiers who no longer give a shit: breaking even the most basic rules of combat, like wearing baseball caps on patrol instead of helmets.

5) As his tour dragged on, the hellish reality of war — including seeing an Afghan child run over by an American truck — weighed on Bergdahl, who came to see America’s presence in Afghan as “disgusting.”

“I am sorry for everything here,” Bowe told his parents. “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid…
“We don’t even care when we hear each other talk about running their children down in the dirt streets with our armored trucks.”

6) After receiving an email from his father exhorting him to “OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE,” Bowe slipped out of his unit’s barracks on June 30th, 2009. One man versus the wilds of Afghanistan, Bergdahl was equipped with just a knife, water, a digital camera and his diary. Barely 24 hours later, he’d be taken prisoner. Bergdahl’s capture is recorded in radio intercepts later released by WikiLeaks:



7) Bergdahl could have been freed in a prisoner exchange almost immediately, but the American officer in charge did not pull the trigger on a prisoner swap:

Tribal elders from the nearby village…had been asked by the Taliban to arrange a trade with U.S. forces. The insurgents wanted 15 of their jailed fighters released, along with an unidentified sum of money, in exchange for Bowe. The officer hedged, unwilling or unable to make such a bargain, and no deal was struck.

8) There was an official cover-up — one that included White House pressure on the New York Times and AP to keep Bergdahl’s name out of the papers.

[T]he Pentagon also scrambled to shut down any public discussion of Bowe. Members of Bowe’s brigade were required to sign nondisclosure agreements [forbidding] them to discuss any “personnel recovery” efforts – an obvious reference to Bowe…. As Bowe’s sister, Sky, wrote in a private e-mail: “I am afraid our government here in D.C. would like nothing better but to sweep PFC Bergdahl under the rug and wash their hands of him.”

9) At one point during his captivity, Bergdahl escaped:

For his part, Bowe does not appear to be a willing hostage. [In] August or September [of 2011], he reportedly managed to escape. When he was recaptured, he put up such a struggle that it took five militants to overpower him. “He fought like a boxer,” [said] a Taliban fighter who had seen Bowe.

10) Negotiations to bring Bergdahl home have been in the works for years — with Obama originally imagining the prisoner swap as an election-year overture toward a durable peace with the Taliban.

President Obama [has] announced that the United States will now pursue “a negotiated peace” with the Taliban. That peace is likely to include a prisoner swap – or a “confidence-building measure,” as U.S. officials working on the negotiations call it – that could finally end the longest war in America’s history. Bowe is the one prisoner the Taliban have to trade. “It could be a huge win if Obama could bring him home,” says a senior administration official familiar with the negotiations. “Especially in an election year, if it’s handled properly.”

11) But the swap didn’t have the backing of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Pentagon chief Leon Panetta, who weren’t ready to negotiate an end to the war, preferring the bloody path of counterinsurgency operations.

…Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are very wary about making a swap for Bowe. “Panetta and Hillary don’t give a shit about getting him home,” says one senior U.S. official involved in the negotiations. “They want to be able to say they COINed their way out of Afghanistan, or whatever, so it doesn’t look like they are cutting and running.”

12) The negotiations were also impeded by Senator John McCain, who was typically level-headed in this exchange with future Secretary of State John Kerry.

McCain, who endured almost six years of captivity as a prisoner of war, threw a fit at the prospect of releasing five Taliban detainees.
“They’re the five biggest murderers in world history!” McCain fumed.
Kerry, who supported the transfer, thought that was going a bit far. “John,” he said, “the five biggest murderers in the world?”
McCain was furious at the rebuke. “They killed Americans!” he responded. “I suppose Senator Kerry is OK with that?”

13) The bureaucratic clusterfuck in Washington had even led Bergdahl’s heartbroken father to seek his own negotiations with Bowe’s captors — explaining Bob Bergdahl’s beard and controversial command of conversational Arabic and Pashto.

Bob has considered going over to Pakistan – he’s grown a bushy beard, and he has sent his own YouTube video, directed at the Taliban, asking for his son’s release. “I’ll talk to them,” he says. “I’ll bring him home myself.”

Will Justice Be Served in the A-Team Killings?  [To be continued]



GOLDFRAPP live in Cologne – (2014 TOUR)

Goldfrapp‘s headline peformance at last weekend’s Electronic Beats Festival in Cologne? Lucky you—we’ve got the highlights right here. The British duo (plus their ace touring band) have kept music that little bit more interesting since their inception in 2000. Sleazy glam disco, witchy English folk and film soundtracks have provided the fodder for their stylistic reinventions along the way, but, as was apparent in the interview with Alison Goldfrapp in the Spring issue of Electronic Beats Magazine, they’ve never been more at peace with themselves than right now. Watch them perform “Drew” and “Alvar” from their latest album Tales Are Us and the psych-flavored Seventh Tree wig out in this HD video recorded on that balmy Cologne night.

Goldfrapp – Drew
from Mute PRO 10 months ago Not Yet Rated

‘Drew’, from Goldfrapp’s new album “Tales of Us” (out 9th Sept UK / 10th Sept US).
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Trailer and all films are co created by Alison Goldfrapp & Lisa Gunning.

Trailer and all films written, directed & edited by Lisa Gunning.

Produced by Stephanie Zari. Cinematography by Brian Strange.

Film Society Lincoln Center – New Releases

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2014

June 5 – 12: Open Roads, North America’s leading showcase for the best in contemporary Italian cinema, returns for its 13th edition with premieres, award-winners, in-person appearances, and more. Includes Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro GRA, the first doc to win Venice’s Golden Lion for Best Film; Giovanni Veronesi’s irresistible romantic comedy The Fifth Wheel; and the U.S. premiere of Daniele Luchetti’s Those Happy Years (Opening Night–a limited number of tickets still available!).

One of our most popular annual programs, Open Roads has served as the leading North American showcase of contemporary Italian cinema for the past 13 years. This exceptionally strong and diverse edition includes the latest work from established veterans (Gianni Amelio, Roberto Andò, Daniele Luchetti) alongside promising new talents from both the commercial and independent spheres, with in-person appearances at many screenings.

This year’s lineup includes the two main prizewinners from both the Venice and Rome Film Festivals—Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary Sacro GRA and Alberto Fasulo’s docudrama Tir—and also underscores the emergence of documentary as a breeding ground for some of the most exciting recent developments in Italian cinema. More than a third of the films in Open Roads this year are documentaries or by documentarians working in fiction, with rich and fascinating results. All films are New York premieres unless otherwise noted.

Show your Open Roads ticket stub at indie food and wine and enjoy a delicious glass of Italian house wine for just $7. Plus, check out a mouth-watering selection of specialty small plates only available during the series!


2 Autumns, 3 Winters


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2 Autumns, 3 Winters

“The palpable love of cinema on display.”
–Craig Williams, CineVue

One Week Only! Director Sébastien Betbeder follows his acclaimed feature debut, Nights with Theodore, with this endearing and inventive romantic
comedy tells the story of sad-sack Arman and his new love, Amélie. Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Official Selection. Dinner and a movie available!


One Day Pina Asked…

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One Day Pina Asked…
Chantal Akerman, 1983
France | 57 minutes

Exclusive theatrical run for one week only!

Dinner and a Movie available at evening screenings, Monday – Thursday.

June 6 – 12. A fortuitous encounter between two icons of film and dance, Chantal Akerman and Pina Bausch, One Day Pina Asked… is Akerman’s singular look at the work of the remarkable choreographer and her Wuppertal Tanztheater during a five-week European tour. More than a conventional documentary, Akerman’s film is a journey through her world, composed of striking images and personal memories transformed. Capturing the company’s rehearsals and assembling performance excerpts from signature works such as Komm Tanz Mit Mir (Come Dance with Me, 1977) and Nelken (Carnations, 1982), the director applies her unique visual skills to bring us close to her enigmatic subject. Writing about the film in The New Yorker, Richard Brody said: “With her audacious compositions, decisive cuts and tightrope-tremulous sense of time—and her stark simplicity—it shares, in a way that Wenders film doesn’t, the immediate exhilaration of the moment of creation.” A 2014 Dance on Camera selection. An Icarus Films release.

Chantal Akerman fan? Don’t miss our free daily screenings of documentary Chantal Akerman, From Here, June 6 – 12 in the Amphitheater.

Series: New Releases at the Film Society

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center


Video: James Franco Talks ‘Palo Alto’ and River Phoenix

Series: New Releases at the Film Society




Palo Alto
Gia Coppola, 2013
USA | Format: DCP | 98 minutes

Artistic Teddy (Jack Kilmer, son of Val) cannot articulate his feelings for April (Emma Roberts, niece of Julia), who fills the void left by her distracted parents via a relationship with her soccer coach (James Franco.) Meanwhile, the erratic behavior of Fred (Nat Wolff), Teddy’s best friend with father issues of his own, spirals increasingly out of control when faced with the prospect of being left behind, as school “slut” Emily (Zoe Levin) searches for love the only way she knows how.

Adapted from the short story collection by James Franco, writer-director Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis, niece of Sofia) connects the lives of these affluent but troubled teens in this mesmerizingly assured debut. Combating listlessness and uncertainty with sex, drugs, and acts of self-destruction, the kids of Palo Alto exist beyond the film’s titular California city—they’re in every high school in America.

Venice Film Festival, 2013
Telluride Film Festival, 2013
Toronto International Film Festival, 2013
Tribeca Film Festival, 2014

“A formidable debut that shows amazing promise, and care.” —Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment

“One of the best movies ever made about high school life in America.” —David Ehrlich,

“Luminous… Coppola is a talent to watch.” —Jon Frosch, The Atlantic

Venue: Walter Reade Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center



James Franco recently stopped by the Film Society of Lincoln Center for a Q&A following a screening of Palo Alto, the debut feature by Gia Coppola based on his book of short stories. The movie also stars Franco, along with Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff, and Jack Kilmer (son of Val, who also makes an appearance).

April (Roberts) deals with her parents’ neglect by entertaining advances from her soccer coach (Franco). Meanwhile, troubled teen Teddy (Jack Kilmer) can’t bring himself to confess his feelings for April, and constantly gets into trouble with erratic best friend Fred (Wolff).  Each teen deals with coming-of-age in Palo Alto the best way they know how—which isn’t always best. The film, which screened at the Venice, Telluride, Toronto International, and Tribeca Film Festivals, gained attention with its show of promise from first-time director Coppola (granddaughter of Francis Ford).

Franco discussed the inspiration for his book, based on stories from his own upbringing in the affluent title city in Northern California. He also talked about the process of collaborating with Coppola to adapt the book into a film. Of course, this wouldn’t be a James Franco interview if it didn’t touch upon any of his other ambitious projects. But you’ll have to watch for yourself to hear about those…