Vancouver hip-hop group shouts out to Bill Murray with new track

The Sweatshop Union, who tromp around the same streets I do, here in Vancouver, have released a new EP – The Bill Murray EP. The title track, as you may have guessed, Bill Murray, in which the group covers the life and times of Bill F’in Murray.

What struck me right away is that the video, in grim and gritty black and white, looks the part of New York, but is actually filmed here in Vancouver. The Murray Hotel is for reals! But wait, there’s more – while putting the video together, director Stuey Kubrick reached out to Ghostbusters fans, looking for a Proton Pack to borrow or rent. When it was discovered the Ghostbusters of British Columbia were in the same city, problem solved – and GBBC honcho Todd Whalen ended up appearing in the video; that Ghostbuster Bill is him!

Check out the video and you can buy the track through iTunes and BandCamp

http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-bill-murray-ep/id423285948
http://urbnet.bandcamp.com/album/the-bill-murray-ep

This would be the second* musical love-letter to a GB cast member, with John Smith campaigning for replacing “MILF” with the classier and more referential “Dana Barrett“.

*or third, if you want to count my co-opting of Duck Sauce’s Barbra Streisand.

[Nods to GBMania and GBNews]

Ernie Hudson to attend Cyphan!

If you happen to be in the Rosemont IL area this July 27-29, be sure to check out Cyphan (being held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL 60018) with recently announced special guest Ernie Hudson!

Not only will he be attending Saturday & Sunday; he will also be part of a special VIP “Crossing the Streams Bash” on Saturday night! VERY limited tickets, in fact, 20 left as of 8 hours ago! If you want to have cocktails with Ernie, hurry now! VIP Party Tickets on sale for $45, must be 18 and over.

The Almighty Terribles perform an original live soundtrack to Ghostbusters!

From left to right: Drummer Ryan Decker, bassist Nathan Powell and frontman Dave Cahill, perform in front of a packed house their original Ghostbusters soundtrack

When you combine the post-apocalyptic stylings of progressive rock band The Almighty Terribles with the pre-apocalyptic story of Ghostbusters, you’re bound to get something special. And the Almighty Terribles provided an experience that went beyond special.

The band played both songs from the soundtrack as well as avant-garde sound effects and original music

They came into a packed house with Proton Packs made of foam, jumpsuits and an LED lit up guitar. Providing avant-garde sound effects, original music and the theme song, the Almighty Terribles brought something new to something that they all love.

“We all grew up with,” shared drummer Ryan Decker. “Its just one of those movies that we understood and in a way changed our lives.”

“[Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema] asked us to do ‘Soundtrack Comes Alive,'” frontman Dave Cahill stated, “and we wanted to do a movie with something with characters and this is the first thing that came to mind.” It was a mutual agreement right away for them, as they got their plan ready that involved packs, jumpsuits and a soundtrack listing that would work best with the film. “We wanted to get cases of Ecto-Cooler for the audience, but we didn’t have enough time.”

Their set list included some of their own songs such as “Banshee” and “Bomb in the Bedroom,” as well the Ghostbusters theme song and “Saving the Day.” “We knew right away that we had to do the theme song,” Cahill said.

They had jumpsuits and original foam proton packs! A light weight alternative definitely needed while playing instruments.

When deciding what song to place where, bassist, Nathan Powell, said right away, “I thought that was the easiest part!”

The Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, part of the ArtsQuest Center in Bethleham, PA, has had experience with performances like this in the past. Ryan Hill, Programming Manager of the theater, spoke about the “Soundtrack Comes Alive” program at the theater. The Almighty Terribles’ Ghostbusters performance is the fifth in the series, following Point Break, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sin City, and Baraka.

“The Almighty Terribles approached me with Ghostbusters,” Hill says. “If a band picks a movie, they’re passionate with it.”

For more information and free music from the Almighty Terribles, be sure to check out their website. Photos for this article were provided by Brian Hewitt Photography. For more photos of the event, please click here to check out photos taken by Brian Hewitt Photography. For more information on the “Soundtrack Comes Alive” series as well as other events, visit ArtsQuest Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema’s website by clicking here.