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I know the film, MILK has been in theaters for a few months now but if you haven’t seen it you really should gomilk_movie_poster now.  I finally got around to watching my screener of it and I was mesmerized.  Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk as this lost man in NYC who at the age of 40 wants to finally do something with his life.  Leaving with his new partner, played by James Franco, the pair move to San Francisco to the Castro district. Harvey opens a camera shop only to immediately be faced with discrimination from the local business association.  Using the power of speech, Harvey organizes the gay community to first rise against Coors Beer then Harvey starts his first of many campaigns for a government seat.  I’ll stop here on the recap because one you can read the history in wikipedia and two you need to see the film.  

With 2008’s elections and the passing of Proposition 8, Milk couldn’t be more relevant.  Many have written about this fact and most choose to focus on the fact that this year the gay community has failed Harvey Milk and his legacy.  Yes, No on 8 did loose. Yes, gay marriage was banned in the state of California.  But as I watched Milk with a friend, she commented that wow gay rights have not come that far since the 1970’s.  At first, I sat almost crying thinking she was correct.  And on the surface it seems my friend is right.  Then I started to really think about it.  In the film a man is murdered, beaten to death, for walking down the sidewalk with his partner. In San Francisco.  Today there is still hatred toward the gay community but now in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, New York City, Minneapolis, and many other cities gay couples can walk down the street, holding hands, and the likely hood that they are going to be beaten is slim, very slim.  Overwhelmingly, I believe, 80% of voters under the age of 30 are for gay marriage.  Milk’s message once again is hitting home with the younger generation.

You can find out more about Milk and it’s awards/nominations here.

-Koop

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TV on the Radio

TV on the Radio

Over the weekend, I did head to San Francisco for the Treasure Island Music Festival.  I will be posting a complete review of the entire festival but for now…..this is all about one band which completely surprised me. 

To be honest, I was not a fan of this band before this past weekend.  I have many, many friends who love them and have given me all their released CD’s which I never listen to ever. To say I wasn’t really excited to see them would be an understatement.  Especially since they were third to last for the day and I had been standing for hours.

BUT, TV on the Radio surprised the hell out of me.  They were great and I can say this with only semi-knowing one of their songs.  For most people, watching a band and not being familiar with their music can make for a very long and boring set.  But TV had amazing energy and drew you into their songs, almost daring you not to pay attention to them.  Needless to say, I have been converted.  Today they are releasing their new album, Dear Science, which they played 3 songs from on Saturday.  All were great and I recommend you check them out.  If you have the chance to see them live; go!   It will be worth it.

To Buy:

http://www.amazon.com/Dear-Science-TV-Radio/dp/B001EOQTSI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1222219348&sr=1-1

Tv on the Radio

 TV on the Radio

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This weekend I am off to San Francisco to the Treasure Island Music Festival and I cannot be more excited.  I’ve never been before and it’s more than just music.  They have artists, great interesting shopping areas, and actual treasure hunts.  Plus the festival is completely green with zero-emission shuttle buses, biodeisel generators, recycling, and a solar powered stage.  I will definitely be blogging about it all when I get back on Monday.  

The bands I’m most excited to hear/see include:  CSS, Justice, TV on the Radio, Goldfrapp, Chester French, Vampire Weekend, The Kills and of course, most of all Tegan and Sara.  If you’re in the area I believe there are still tickets available and they are really reasonable.  Info below:

http://www.treasureislandfestival.com/index.php

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