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Icky Boyfriends film I'm Not Fascinating: The Movie! coming to theaters and on-demand video.

U.S. premiere -- Nov. 21st at Alamo Drafthouse, SF.
On-demand video release -- Feb. 14th, 2017.

Brace yourselves for one of the most resplendent footnotes of rock ‘n’ roll anti-history ever to grace the silver screen. Danny Plotnick’s I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie! chronicles the pointless shenanigans of San Francisco rock ‘n’ roll ne’er-do-wells the Icky Boyfriends and their futile quest for rock stardom. Undaunted by the universal hatred of both their music and their look, the band perseveres, somehow netting themselves a hefty major label c-ontract. But stardom proves elusive as they descend into a world of intrigue, nepotism, consumer research groups, excessive use of caffeine-laden soda pop and murder. Who kills the Ickys? You’ll wish you had!

20 years removed from its world premiere on Valentine’s Day 1996 at The Viper Room in Los Angeles, this movie – shot entirely on now-obsolete Super 8 sync sound film stock and precariously held together by splicing tape – is finally being given the deluxe re-release treatment with a brand new, HD transfer and accompanied by a gut-busting smorgasbord of bonus features and never-before-released live concert footage of the band. This new transfer is undoubtedly better than the film deserves but despite its hi-def sheen (*cough*), no-budget cinephile purists can rest easy knowing that the original’s many “weirdly beautiful” visual flaws are all still ingloriously intact.

After its initial release, I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie! toured film festivals (Boston Underground Film Fest, Chicago Underground Film Fest), rock clubs (Knitting Factory NYC, The Casbah in San Diego, Khyber Pass in Philadelphia), art galleries in New Zealand, and even a mortuary in Baltimore. In 1997, it was an official selection of the inaugural Bay Area Now contemporary art show at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Later that year, the film was released on VHS into nationwide distribution where it found a long shelf life in the cult movie sections of many now-defunct video stores including the Tower Video chain.

Long out-of-print and now available as a digital release for the first time ever, the 20th anniversary edition of I’m Not Fascinating—The Movie! is set to indelibly sear the eyeballs of a new generation of fans, cult film cineastes, jaded thrill seekers, and no-fi ambulance chasers alike.

New Nick Flanagan animated video created by Famicon!!

Check out the mind-melting animated video for Nick's album created by Famicon! It's comedy set to incredibly weird video game-esque animated visuals. To make it even more discomfiting, Famicon had Nick re-record routines from the album in an empty room.
Street Boners and TV Carnage spills cyber-ink over Nick!

The article "Nick Flanagan Won't Let A Broken Arm Stop Him includes a great photo of Nick's busted wing and covers his various comedy and band activities.
Brent Weinbach's video game music podcast!
Brent Weinbach has started a weekly podcast about video game music from the 8-bit and 16-bit era called "The Legacy Music Hour."
Brent Weinbach's The Night Shift

Not any sort of traditional live comedy record, The Night Shift is a densely woven mix of in-studio routines replete with Nintendo 8-bit style backing tracks (composed and performed by Brent), some live comedy club material recorded at the legendary Purple Onion, some of Brent's original piano and vocal songs that have a surprising heartfelt Tin Pan Alley bent, disturbing phone messages and much more. The overall vibe is perhaps somewhere in the outer Joe Frank universe but it's safe to say that there's never before been a comedy album like this one. Okay, so maybe it's the TUSK of comedy albums.

The Night Shift was recorded and produced by Chris Portfolio and Anthony Bedard of the San Francisco rock bands, Hank IV and ThemeWeavers LLC (of Tom Scharpling’s The Best Show on WFMU notoriety) and mastered by Tim Green (The Fucking Champs) at Louder Studios; the live recordings were captured by Nathan Winters of Rooftop Comedy; the cover art photos were taken by Geoffrey Ellis, of Sadkids and the official photographer for Memphis’ Gonerfest garage rock festival; and the album was designed by Miles Stegall of Idiot or Genius?
Bucky Sinister in the December issue of SPIN!

Bucky was included in SPIN Magazine's "Tracks You Must Download Now" in the December issue. Click here to check the ruckus!