Tarock Music Releases Rick Shaffer Video ∎ TALKING ABOUT YOU

02_5381708“Talking About You” is track 5 on Rick Shaffer’s 2013 album release, STACKED DECK.

All the photographs in the video are the work of photographer, Morris Huberland (1909—2003). Mr. Huberland’s family immigrated from Poland to New York City’s Lower East Side in 1920. In 1940, he joined New York’s Photo League, citing Eliot Elisofon’s lectures on photojournalism as influential to his artistic approach. In the 1950’s he took numerous photographs in various NYC neighborhoods, labeling them, “Girl Gang.” Mr. Huberland continued to exhibit work into the 20th and 21st centuries at various New York City institutions, including: the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the Jewish Museum. Additionally, his photographs often accompanied articles published in The New York Times.

In August 2016 The New York Public Library made hundreds-of- thousands of photographs for use with no fees, allowing Images to be used, reused and shared commercially and otherwise, and can be downloaded from their digital collection ► http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/ The Morris Huberland photographs compiled for this video are from The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Photography Collection, at The New York Public Library.

WATCH THE VIDEO ► https://youtu.be/Tz6r3KSH8qU

 

Tarock Music Releases Rick Shaffer Video ∎ GOING DOWN SLOW

RICK SHAFFER GOING DOWN SLOW (final).mp4 - Google DriveRick Shaffer and director, David N. Donihue struck up a friendship when filming the video, “One More Heartache,” for Shaffer’s 2012 album, Idiot Flats.  When Shaffer told Donihue he wrote “Going Down Slow” in Detroit while recording his latest album, Outside Of Time, because he was struck by how the economy caused crime in the Motor City to skyrocket out of control.  He was especially moved after meeting so many good people that were in desperate straits as a direct result of the nose diving economy, and a seemingly uncaring Government.  Shaffer wanted to evoke a story line that would convey the desolation of Detroit, so he enlisted Donihue to create the visual scenario for his lyrics.

Donihue, a fan of Shaffer’s timeless sound, readily agreed.  His vision materialized into a story line that follows Jack Clyde, a young, handsome, yet hard edged, man living in the turmoil of the wavering American economy.  When Jack impregnates his girlfriend just as the slumping job market leaves him with no prospects, he hastily decides to rob a liquor store.  When Jack’s actions leaves the mother of his child alone in the world, it becomes her turn to launch her own plan.

CREDITS: Director: David N. Donihue | Producer: Noubar Antonyan — SuperRadFilms.com | The Criminal: Arman Oganesyan | The Heroine: Kristin Vannieuwenhoven | The Prisoner: Noubar Antonyan | Still Photography: Theresa Marchione | ©2016 TarockMusic.com

WATCH THE VIDEO ON YouTube . . . https://youtu.be/Hvk44kOocp0

 

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Tarock Music Releases Rick Shaffer’s “Cool Treatment” Video

SD_Front.300x300Director, Christopher Kelley’s, Table Sixteen Productions, licensed “Little Cisco,” from The Reds album, Fugitives From The Laughing House,” for his film short, Double BackRick Shaffer liked Kelley’s point of view as a filmmaker, and knew he wanted to work with Kelley again.

When it came time for a video of Cool Treatment,” track 7 on Shaffer’s fourth solo album, Stacked Deck, he sent the track and lyrics to Kelley and asked what his vision would be.  Kelley replied, “The ‘Cool Treatment’ sound and lyrics sent my brain to a seedy place and I imagined five heavies, a table full of rusty tools, and a cuffed captive about to get black and blue.”  Shaffer offered immediate encouragement, and the contribution of invoking the imagery of A Clockwork Orange with the direction, “Beat ‘em to a pulp.”

Kelley scouted locations and found a dark series of underground caverns that were part of an old brewery campus, collecting dust for a hundred years.  Next, Kelley’s core group of actors were into the story line, including a real-life cop with SWAT training, an assistant states attorney, and a St. Louis TV host, all ready to transform themselves and endure the elements.  The caverns were so humid that photos of Rick Shaffer began curling almost immediately.  The shoot went incredibly smooth, over just two days.  Kelley captured everything on a Canon 5D mkIII with a 24-70mm lens,  Manfrotto tripod, and Digital Juice Orbit Dolly.  Kelley edited with Adobe Premiere and added a heavily contrasted film look with Film Convert.  The first cut was delivered mere days after the shoot, and got a thumbs up from Shaffer.  It was exactly what he’d wanted, delivered perfectly by Kelley and company.

Director: Christopher Kelley | Captive Badass: Jeff Baird | Chain-Fist: Josh Jones | Latin BruteL Gilberto Pinela | Looney Brute: George Ausmus| Rhythm: Mike Sorensen | Smokey: Justin Goodwin |Production Company: Table Sixteen Productions |© 2013 Tarock Music

Download a free COOL TREATMENT mp3 — HERE

STACKED DECK buy options — HERE

Read the STACKED DECK album liner notes and reviews (in sub-tabs) — HERE

Tarock Music’s 2012 Review

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We hope 2013 will be the best year ever for all of us.  Everyone at Tarock Music was busy throughout 2012.  We had lots of activity with ventures completed and started to pave the way into 2013, and following are a few of the highlights.

We started off the year with Rick Shaffer’s video, Buy And Sell, from his Hidden Charms album, being nominated for a Rock Wired Radio Music Award.

Universal Music Group digitally re-released two Reds albums – The Reds and Green With Envy.  As well, as soundtracks that Rick Shaffer and Bruce Cohen wrote songs and score for, Manhunter, directed by Michael Mann, and Band Of The Handdirected by Paul Michael Glaser.

Shaffer also released a new album, Idiot Flats, that immediately became Indie Music Critic’s Pick Of The Week, along with great reviews by Devon Jackson, James Moore, Chairman Ralph, Chris West, and lots more.  To read all the reviews visit our Tarock Music web site, and click on the Idiot Flats tab and sub-tabs at the top of the page.  A video of track 2, “One More Heartache,” was also released,  directed by David N. Donihue (Super Rad Motion Picture Group).  While British director, Peter McAdam, started work on a video of track 3, “Remember,” using his patented iCoda software, that will debut in 2013.

Director Steve Balderson (Dikenga Films) licensed Bruce Cohen’s instrumental, “Saturn Night,” for his film The Far Flung Star, that’s scheduled for release in 2013.  And, Pump Audio licensed  tracks from Cohen’s solo album, Two BC.

Director John Lawrence licensed Shaffer and Cohen’s tracks, “Big Town” and “Dark As Night,” for his feature film debut, Peloton.  The film was the official selection of the Heartland Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, and Lucerne International Film Festival.

Tarock Music signed  with Los Angeles based Chris Brown and Jeff Johnson’s Natural Half Note Songs,  to license our catalog for TV and film.

Tarock Music joined the effort to save the United Kingdom’s 99-year-old Twickenham Film Studios.  The fight is still on and their petition currently has 4,866 signatures, with 5,000 needed ASAP.  Take a minute to support Twickenham by adding your name . . . Save Twickenham Studios Petition.   And, we continue to support Yoko and Sean Lennon’s Artist’s Against Fracking in New York.  You can still add your name to this ongoing cause that will eventually terribly affect all of us in every state if we don’t protest now.

We also steered you to noteworthy directors from the Once A Week Film Festival and we hope you enjoyed watching their unique indie films.

Now, we’re happily going forward into 2013 ready for new ventures and opportunities, and hope you’ll all be doing the same.

The Once A Week Online Film Festival ● THE GIFT

Don’t miss THE GIFT a new film short, produced, directed, and edited by Andrew Griffin, which he co-wrote with Philip Ardagh for Stork Nest.  The story is about a troubled couple who are visited by a stork bearing hope, along with violence and tragedy.

The Gift was screened at Courts-métrages − Festival de Cannes 2012,  and was filmed in Camber, Lydd, and Dungeness, South Kent, UK,  by director of photography, Sam Brown, whose contribution is especially noteworthy.

Additional credits include beautiful music by Max Richter, Hildur Gudnadottir, and Keith Kuniff.  While the cast includes Ian played by Davie McKay, Georgie played by Kate Dickie, June played Lorraine Stanley, Inspector Stevens played by Gary Lewis, and the Baby played by Sullivan.

SAVE UK’s TWICKENHAM FILM STUDIOS ~ SIGN THE PETITION

Twickenham Film Studios has been at the forefront of the British film industry for 99 years – let’s help it make to 100, and beyond.

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Films like The Iron Lady, War Horse, Ghandi, Italian Job, Shirley Valentine, Help, Hard Day’s Night, An American Werewolf in London, and many, many more have been made at Twickenham.  It’s a National Treasure!!

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“Big Town” Is 2nd Song Licensed For PELOTON

John Lawrence, has licensed a second song, “Big Town,”  for his feature film debut, Peloton, in addition to the previously licensed, “Dark As Night.”

Lawrence wrote and directed Peloton, the story of a man finding his way back into his life, by redeeming himself via cycling.  Before directing Peloton, John was a supporting actor in 127 Hours, holds a BA from Georgetown University, and an MD from the University of Utah.  He is currently working on several scripts, a television pilot, and a book.

Peloton was the Official Selection of the 2011 Heartland Film FestivalNapa Valley Film Festival, and the Lucerne International Film Festival. To learn more about film click on . . . VIEW TRAILER . . . and CAST.

“Big Town” and “Dark As Night” was written, performed and produced by Rick Shaffer and Bruce Cohen, and is track #8 on The Reds® album, Fugitives From The Laughing House.