SATURDAY MATINÉE: Basquiat (1996)

Our Saturday Matinée movie this week is Basquiat, starring Jeffrey Wright as Basquiat and David Bowie as Andy Warhol. I recommend you visit the Basquiat: Boom for Real exhibition at the Barbican. I went last month and it broadened my mind to his life and work. Downtown 81 wasn’t available online for this week’s Saturday Matinée movie but Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat was. The film starred a…

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Panther (1995)

Panther is our Saturday Matinée feature presentation. Black Panthers are pretty popular in the cinemas right now but back in 1995, a movie about the BPP was released. Directed by Mario Van Peebles and based on his father’s novel and screenplay, the film chronicles the Black Panther Party. The film is notable for its strong cast: Angela Bassett (who also stars in Black Panther), Bobby…

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Michael Jackson Rehearsing “The Way You Make Me Feel” (1993)

This week’s Saturday Matinée features Michael Jackson rehearsing “The Way You Make Me Feel” during his Dangerous tour. The Way You Make Me Feel never made past the Dangerous tour rehearsals so this is all we have. It’s nice to see Michael in his natural habitat and away from interviews and protracted questioning. And let’s face it, the song is a classic.

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Behind The Beats with Marco Polo

This week’s Saturday Matinée features Marco Polo on The Drum Broker Presents: Behind The Beats. We love “behind the scenes” videos for producers and beatmakers. In this episode of Behind The Beats, Marco Polo talks about his early life, work and dishes out some helpful advice to producers. “Enough of this life story shit. Let’s go make beats. That’s what we’re here for.”

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Isao Tomita’s RBMA Lecture (2014)

Often sampled, Isao Tomita is an electronic music pioneer. Here’s his RBMA lecture in Tokyo last year. Isao Tomita’s influence on electronic music cannot be understated. Since the 60s, Tomita’s pioneering work with the Moog synthesizer helped change the perception of electronic instruments from expensive toys to soundscape creators and bridging the gap between “real” music and virtuality. When RBMA’s yearly event hit the city…

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (Behind The Scenes)

On this day in 1983, Billie Jean went to #1 on the Billboard chart. Here’s a short behind the scenes look at the video for this week’s Saturday Matinée. Another short one for this week but nevertheless iconic and influential for many reasons. Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean was arguably the best single from his seminal Thriller album and for many (including myself) the greatest pop…