A confession may come with remorse, but not always. And a murder ballad, though its murderer is long since buried, can still feel full of menace.
Honus Honus was not one to let a listener off the hook when he performed “Down in the Willow Garden”, smuggling the song’s jagged edge in behind a playful keyboard riff.
Our first road trip was just beginning when Honus Honus invited us over to a friend’s home in Philadelphia. The setting was perfectly evocative and we were all eager to cut a record. But this time the tale of woe wasn’t just in the song. The dead of summer proved to be the death of Presto #1.
A tense few moments passed as we worked away. Off came the platter, the belt, the tubes.
Honus Honus waited patiently by with his accomplice Kara Nelson. When at last the disc was spinning, their gruesome tale began in terrible perfection.
We’re thrilled to announce that The 78 Project Movie is out on special edition DVD with over 30 minutes of bonus materials. Beginning today you can purchase the DVD in The 78 Project Shopor find it in your local independent record store.
The 78 Project Movieand bonus materials are also now available to stream online on Vimeo On Demand and VHX TV in rental and purchase packages and deluxe Soundtrack bundles.
The 78 Project Movie is the acclaimed feature length movie of our road trip across America to cut 78rpm records with musicians in their homes and hometowns on a 1930’s Presto. The DVD and digital releases include 19 extraordinary never-before-seen musical performances, are packed with fascinating and fun historical info, and come loaded with over 30 minutes of new bonus materials – including complete performances by John Reilly & Tom Brosseau, Star & Micey and Victoria Williams and never-before-seen interview footage.
Watch the movie online now with never-before-seen bonus footage and complete musical performances.
We’ve been looking forward to this day, and now it’s here! The 78 Project Movie is available to buy or rent online starting today. We’ve added bonus footage and complete performances and soundtrack bundles to make your movie experience even sweeter. Find the movie by clicking the button below or go to the78projectmovie.vhx.tv.
We’ve spent a lot of days on the road this year, screening The 78 Project Movie in dozens of cities on our Nationwide Theatrical Release Tour. All the while we were eagerly awaiting the day we’d get to show it at home again. Which is why we’re so thrilled that IFC Center in New York City will host our homecoming screening on June 4th. And we couldn’t be happier to announce that Craig Finn of The Hold Steady will join us to cut a 78rpm record live at IFC Center after the screening.
It’s a special occasion when The 78 Project Movie is playing in New York. Don’t miss this chance to see it on the big screen!
** Pre-screening Happy Hour at Goorin Bros Nolita **
Join us before the show at Goorin Bros Nolita Shop! Our great friends there will be hosting a special happy hour to celebrate The 78 Project Movie homecoming. Come for cocktails and great discounts on their fantastic hats.
The 78 Project Movie + Goorin Bros Happy Hour June 4, 2015 5pm-8pm Goorin Bros Nolita Shop
26 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
We were the grateful guests of Rough Trade in Brooklyn this past Record Store Day, assembling in the afternoon with Sondre Lerche and his guitar in the store’s balcony to cut a record as part of their day-long celebration. In the din of a day of loud fun at Rough Trade, the folks who had gathered to watch Sondre record, stood perfectly still. He sang delicately, letting the space close in around him, the walls creep closer to listen. As we watched, we were taken in, the song became an urgent lullaby.
Sondre Lerche – “O Bli Hos Meg”
Shot at Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn, NY, April 2015
Thank you again to our great friends at Rough Trade NYC. We’ll never stop singing your praises.
Record Store Day is less than a week away. If you’re like us, you’ve had it circled on your calendar for months. It’s a great opportunity to score exclusive vinyl and support your local record store. If you’ll be in the NYC area on Record Store Day, come celebrate with us! On April 18th we’ll be cutting a record live with Sondre Lerche at the Rough Trade store in Brooklyn. It’s a thrill to be a part of Rough Trade’s fantastic Record Store Day event, and we hope you can be there.
A new season breaks through and we are filled with the promise it brings. Exciting new music and screenings and big, big news are all ahead. The 78 Project this Spring is green with new growth. And we wanted to start by sharing with you a performance from our California trip, the sweet and wistful flipside to the beautiful acetate we cut with John Reilly and Tom Brosseau for The 78 Project Movie.
John Reilly & Tom Brosseau – “Single Girl, Married Girl”
Shot in Pasadena, CA, January, 2013
In 1932 George Saliba, inventor of our Presto, wrote a book called Home Recording and All About It, a punk rock title if ever there was one. And we’ve felt like The 78 Project was at many times a very punk rock endeavor. Lugging the gear through gardens, up mountainsides, around the country. We and our artist collaborators are always stripping it down, rolling up our sleeves, improvising, and always at the moment of truth, performing passionately.
It is why, when we were introduced to Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen by the gracious folks at the International House Philadelphia, and when he agreed to cut a record live at our Philadelphia screening of The 78 Project Movie earlier this month, we were thrilled. It felt like a perfect fit for the DIY, come-what-may nature of this journey, and for what was very much a hometown screening, a return to our Delaware Valley roots.
Joe’s “Railroad Bill” rides the rails and conducts his life with abandon and glee. And his story unfolds, twists and turns in exactly that spirit over the course of Joe’s vivid, driving performance.
Joe Jack Talcum – “Railroad Bill”
Shot at the International House in Philadelphia, PA, January, 2015
Recorded at the International House in Philadelphia, PA on January 15, 2015