Our Chicago premiere and a jazzy new 78 from Adam Levy & Gaby Moreno

Our excitement is growing as August gets closer. Especially now that it will bring our Chicago premiere! The 78 Project Movie will screen on August 16th and 17th at Chicago’s Music Box Theater as part of its Summer Music Film Festival.

Tickets are available now. And we’ll be there for a Q&A at both screenings, if you’d like to say hello. Or sit next to us. We’d love that.

Music Box Theater
Summer Music Film Festival
August 16 & 17, 2014
Chicago, IL
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On a day when the road was at its most challenging, when long drives, short batteries, fried tubes and a weary Presto threatened to dampen the spirit of our California adventure, Adam Levy and Gaby Moreno righted everything immediately with their unmitigated joy. Their happy collaboration on “After You’ve Gone” turned the trials of the day into the perfect evening to create a perfectly beautiful record.

Sounds of Summer: A screening at the Jacob Burns Film Center and a new 78 from Sea of Bees

Exciting news seems to come with each new day at The 78 Project this summer. We’re overflowing with updates and music to share with you.

This week we’re happy to announce that The 78 Project Movie will screen on August 18 at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY as part of their Sounds of Summer series. And we’ll be there to answer questions and swap stories! Tickets are available now through the Jacob Burns Film Center website:

Jacob Burns Film Center
Sounds of Summer
August 18, 2014 7:30 pm
Pleasantville, NY
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Though her song explores a weighty subject, Sea of Bees is a person of celebratory spirit. Which makes her 78, “In My Time of Dying” – recorded for The 78 Project Movie at her home in Sacramento – feel like the perfect acetate to accompany this happy news.

 

Film Society of Lincoln Center to Screen The 78 Project Movie

We’re thrilled to announce that The 78 Project Movie will have its New York Premiere on August 5 as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Sound + Vision series. It’s an honor to be showing The 78 Project Movie at the beautiful Walter Reade Theater, and it will be a joy to share this film with our first hometown audience.

To celebrate this momentous hometown screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, we will be on hand at the theater with our Presto and cameras and a special guest musician to demonstrate the exciting process of cutting a 78rpm record live. We’ll also share a few stories from our travels across America to shoot The 78 Project Movie.

This will be the second edition of The Film Society of Lincoln Center Sound + Vision series, the annual documentary series that explores a diverse range of music, artists, genres and styles from all over the world, and we’re honored to be among such a fantastic lineup of music docs.

In the coming months we’ll have more exciting news about the movie. It will be showing in theaters around the country, and you’ll even have the chance to request a screening in your own town. In the meantime, make sure you’re signed up for our email list so that we can keep in touch and keep you informed with new screening dates, new episodes and new songs!


Premiere Night at 78rpm: Listen to Kevin Russell’s “Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral” 78, recorded live at SXSW Film

Three weeks and 1,836 miles ago, The 78 Project Movie played for the first time on the big screen. It was the night we would have dreamed of, if we’d dared to, when we first began to edit together the hundreds of hours of footage we shot over the course of that life-changing year. The programmers and staff of SXSW were inspiring, and the hundreds of friends, family and festivalgoers who came to our four screenings showed us, our artists and our film incredible support. We’re so grateful to them.

Today we wanted to bring a piece of the evening to you, in the form of an acetate we cut right there on the SXSW stage at our movie premiere. Kevin Russell is a favorite son of Austin, TX, and we were honored to record him singing the lullaby that he has made a tradition in his family by singing it to each of his three children right after they were born.

Recorded live at the Vimeo Theater during SXSW Film Festival

We’re honored to be invited to show the film at more great festivals, starting in April in a city that has been integral to the film’s very existence, at the Nashville Film Festival. The 78 Project Movie will be showing in the Music Films / Music City Competition. Also in April, The 78 Project Movie will screen at Independent Film Fest Boston. Keep an eye on the festival websites for tickets, and let us know if you’ll be there!

Sign up for our email list in the homepage sidebar to get the latest news on upcoming screenings.  We’ll keep you in the loop.

The 78 Project: Volume 1 is Out Today in Stores and Online

We’re happy to announce that The 78 Project: Volume 1, the very first soundtrack to The 78 Project, is out in stores and online today. Now you can own 13 one-of-a-kind recordings from The 78 Project’s first web series on limited edition vinyl or digital, or both!

The thirteen tracks on this album were all recorded in and around New York City between August 2011 and May 2012. They are one-of-a-kind musical moments in time performed by Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, The Wandering, Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, Valerie June, Leah Siegel, Adam Arcuragi, The Reverend John DeLore & Kara Suzanne, Amy LaVere, Joe Henry & Lisa Hannigan, Vandaveer and Dawn Landes.

The 78 Project: Volume 1 is available in independent record stores nationwide through our distributor, Revolver/Midheaven, so ask (or dig) for it at your neighborhood vinyl shop and support local business!

Buy The 78 Project: Volume 1 now on iTunes.

Buy The 78 Project: Volume 1 now on Amazon.

Buy The 78 Project: Volume 1 vinyl in The 78 Project Shop.

Complete Tracklisting:

Side A
1. The Coo Coo Bird – Richard Thompson
Recorded at the Roger Smith Hotel in NYC on February 15, 2012
2. Old Paint – Loudon Wainwright III
Recorded at Brooklyn Rod & Gun on April 2, 2012
3. Glory, Glory – The Wandering
Luther Dickinson, Shardé Thomas, Shannon McNally, Amy LaVere, Valerie June
Recorded behind Joe’s Pub in NYC on May 18, 2012
4. The Wayfaring Stranger – Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal
Recorded onstage at City Winery in NYC on May 20, 2012
5. More Pretty Girls Than One – Marshall Crenshaw
Recorded onstage at City Winery in NYC on May 20, 2012
6. Wildwood Flower – Valerie June
Recorded at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn on February 13, 2012
7. A Little Love, A Little Kiss – Leah Siegel
Recorded at the Windmill Factory in Brooklyn on April 23, 2012
Side B
8. How Can I Keep From Singing – Adam Arcuragi
Recorded in Harlem on April 30, 2012
9. Omie Wise – Reverend John DeLore & Kara Suzanne
Recorded at the High Horse Saloon in Brooklyn on September 2, 2011
10. Railroad Boy (Died of Love) – Amy LaVere
Amy LaVere, David Cousar, Shawn Zorn, Krista Wroten
Recorded on 141st St. in Harlem on December 3, 2011
11. Red River Valley – Joe Henry & Lisa Hannigan
Recorded in SoHo, NYC on June 15, 2012
12. Banks of the Ohio – Vandaveer
Mark Charles Heidinger, Rose Guerin, J. Tom Hnatow
Recorded at Ye Olde Carlton Arms Hotel in NYC on December 16, 2011
13. The Brown Girl – Dawn Landes
Recorded at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on September 1, 2011


Pause in Life’s Pleasures: Watch and hear Jubal’s Kin’s “Hard Times” – Recorded Live for One Million Square Feet of Culture in Miami

It was exciting to find Miami pulsing with one big musical heartbeat. It was rapid and strong and kept you moving through the long, warm days and nights of Art Week.The world was in town for Art Basel, and we were invited by IFP to cut a record as part of One Million Square Feet of Culture.

Having driven down from the snowy December of New York, we had a slower, more wintery feeling still pulling at us. And Jubal’s Kin, though they came from only as far north as Orlando, seemed to be feeling that pull, too. Three siblings, singing together, brought the tempo of the air outside down to a gentle, breathless thrum.

We left the Presto on to capture the audience’s applause at the end, the first sound they had dared to make in almost four minutes. They weren’t the only ones, all of Wynwood seemed enraptured for that moment. The planes that had been flying overhead constantly, the car horns that had blared all day, the hard drive of the dozen nearby DJ’s, were quiet for a spell.


Thank you to the tireless, amazing folks at IFP for curating such a beautiful event.

Our Episodes on the Big Screen!

There’s nothing more fun in the summer in New York than watching movies, indoors in the air conditioned dark. Which is why we’re happy to announce an opportunity to see episodes of The 78 Project on the big screen this month in New York City. We might even take a quick break from editing to go see some movies while we’re making one!

We’re honored to have been selected by IFC Center to have episodes of our New York web series screen before most feature films that play in the theater. There will be a different episode of The 78 Project playing each week until September. Why not go see them all? There’s enough great movies playing at IFC this month to go back every day! Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook page for more details. We’ll announce which episode is playing at the start of each week! And we’ll be there, if you want to sit with us.

Leave You Not Alone: Watch and hear Jackson Lynch’s “Roving Cowboy” recording from the Brooklyn Folk Festival

There was a mood of fellowship in the Bell House the April morning we arrived with our Presto, a feeling in the air that anything could happen, and that anyone at any time might break out into beautiful song. So many people milling around at the Brooklyn Folk Fest that afternoon were great musicians, and every soul in the room an appreciator.

The spontaneity of the day led us to recording a side with Jackson Lynch, and as we always are when struck by good fortune, we were grateful to opportunity and appreciative of the musical talent that continues to grace us. Jackson performed the 19th Century Western Ballad “Roving Cowboy” with his fiddle bow gliding in a long journey across the strings. Like the cowboy of the song, never to settle, headed to who knows where.


 

Also, hear and see John Cohen’s recording “Danville Girl” from the other side of our Brooklyn Folk Festival acetate.

Thanks again to Eli Smith, the Bell House, John Cohen, Jackson Lynch and all the musicians, organizers and folks who came out to the Brooklyn Folk Festival.

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