PREMIERE MAGAZINE / Eugene Hutz Shares His ‘Filth and Wisdom’

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Exclusive Interview: Eugene Hutz Shares His ‘Filth and Wisdom’.

Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz talks about collaborating with Madonna on her directorial debut, ‘Filth and Wisdom.’  By Jenni Miller

Photo by Jon Wasserman

Eugene Hutz, the global gypsy punk and star of Madonna’s directorial debut, Filth and Wisdom, began rocking out back in his native Ukraine before fleeing the Chernobyl disaster with his family. They landed in Vermont, but he eventually found his way to New York City’s East Village where he gained notoriety for his onstage antics in the band Gogol Bordello, his mad DJ skills at the legendary Bulgarian bar Menahata, and that amazing moustache. He’s even been a model — both the high fashion and the naked kind (in the now-defunct Sweet Action).

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IFC Films / Interview: Eugene Hütz on ‘Filth and Wisdom’

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008 | 9:31 AM

By Aaron Hillis

King of the gypsy punks, Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hütz has fast become known as one of indie rock’s highest-energy performers, his multi-ethnic rebel band’s rollicking accordion-and-fiddle swagger raising the room’s temperature while Hütz swings from the rafters. (There aren’t enough superlatives to do their staggering live shows justice.) Yet some might better recognize the Ukrainian emigrant-turned-downtown New York icon from the cinema, not least because he had to shave his renowned curly mustache for Liev Schreiber’s 2005 directorial debut “Everything Is Illuminated.” As Alex, the blinged-out Michael Jackson fanatic and Ukrainian tour guide to Elijah Wood’s visiting Jewish-American nerd, Hütz hilariously steals the show faster than you can say Jonathan Safran Foer.

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MUTTVILLE BENEFIT WAS A SUCCESS!

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Gogol Bordello wants to thank everybody at Slim’s for pulling off a fantastic benefit concert for the homeless senior doggie foundation Muttville !

Eugene Meets Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)


Familia in full swing for Muttville!

Photos by Hilary Hulteen


Time Magazine / Immigrant Punk: Eugene Hütz

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ILLUMINATED: Hutz, here in a Brixton pub, says he has \Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 By HUGH PORTER / LONDON

ILLUMINATED: Hutz, here in a Brixton pub, says he has “come to be content in my restlessness”

DEIRDRE O’CALLAGHAN FOR TIME

Eugene Hutz is drawing glances. he’s in London’s Brixton Market, amid the sensory barrage of exotic aromas, vibrant garb and competing bass lines, dressed in a purple jacket and trying on ladies’ wigs. When he finds one he likes, he lets out a strange yowl, twirling the fake blonde locks around his head in celebration. But it’s not Hutz’s clothes or wig that have people staring. Locals in this bustling, ethnic stew of a neighborhood have seen it all before. No, people are looking at this lanky man with the lavish handlebar mustache because they recognize him. As Hutz is happy to admit, he has at last become famous.

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Welcome to the new site!

MY DEAR FRIENDS,

PERHAPS IT’S TIME TO LOOK INTO THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN THAT IS OUR WEBSITE. AND SCREW IT! HERE IS THE NEW ONE. IT HAS NEW GATES AND MANY NEW FLOWERS TO SMELL. AND PLEASE NOTE, SOME OF THE WEAVING GREENS, SERGEY GREW THEM HIMSELF…

TROUBADOURING LEADS TO AN ACTUAL EXPERIENCE OF LIFE, SO THINGS LIKE THAT SEEM TO BE IRRELEVANT AND SECONDARY, YET NOT COMPLETLY USELESS. SO ENJOY, AND FIRE AWAY WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU GOT!

I’LL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU. PARTY!

– EUGENE


Bonnaroo superjam!

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Gogol Bordello played at the Tom Waits-tribute Bonnaroo Superjam with Les Claypool and Kirk Hammett of Metallica.

Superjam!

superjam! Superjam!

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“The set of Tom Waits songs performed by Les Claypool, Gogol Bordello and Kirk Hammett played during the Superjam was jaw-dropping. The ability of them to take the songs and make them into something completely new and fresh while infusing enough of each players own personality was musical genius.”
– Jeff Hahne, Creative Loafing

“Did he say “musical penius”? , anyway… here’s a quote for your website: The late night Superjam at Bonarroo with myself, Serge, Yuri, Oren and Eugene from Gogol Bordello was one long musical orgy that climaxed with the appearance of my old high-school pal, Kirk (Hamster) Hammet. The blend of eastern European and western suburban hill-billy was such a potent combination that if the DNA were collected from each member, the combined results could be cloned into a creature that I would imagine to be Viking-like and lanky; endowed with massive hairy testicles that naturally pulsate in a precise and compelling rhythm as it trod’s mercilessly across the earth, fornicating with everything in its path.”
– Les Claypool

You can download the whole set by clicking here


Gogol Bordello supports Sulukule

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In June, Gogol Bordello visited the oldest Roma settlement in the world, Sulukule in Turkey.

Sulukule! Sulukule!

Turkish Daily News report :: FotoAkBaBa

Read more about Sulukule and GB’s appearance here 

Go to the videos page now to view footage!


HELP DISSOLVE ITALY’S ROMA CRISIS

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68% of Italians want Roma expelled – read more

Cari amici italiani dei Gogol Bordello!

E’ una grande tragedia per GB sapere che cosa sta succedendo in Italia con gli zingari, con la popolazione Roma.

Noi, certamente, sappiamo che le opinioni conservatrici e degli ignoranti non si ritrovano tra i nostri amici italiani e i nostri fan.

Comunque vogliamo dire a tutti che dovete usare il potere di suggestione intelligente con i vostri compatrioti chi stanno nell’oscuro nel rapporto con i Roma.

Principalmente, tutti devono capire che TUTTO CIO’ CHE LORO SANNO RIGUARDO GLI ZINGARI E’ UNA BUGIA!!! Per favore aiutate a rilassare le inutili tensioni educando gli idioti.

Con molto amore i rispetto, GB

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Dear Italian Friends of Gogol Bordello!

It’s a big shock for GB to know what’s been going on in Italy in regards of Gypsies, the Romany nation.

We of course understand that right wing opinions and opinions of ignorant kind are not likely to be found amongst our Italian friends and fans.

However, we would like to encourage you to use the power of intelligent suggestion towards your compatriots who still live in the dark about Roma.

Most importantly they have to understand: EVERYTHING THEY KNOW ABOUT GYPSIES IS A LIE. Please help to ease the unnecessary tensions by educating the idiot camp.

Much love and respect, GB


HUTZ IN RIO

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NEW RIO de JANEIRO PROJECT of DJ HUTZ “MITITIKA”

(feat Diana romantico-paranormale, ROUMANIA!)

21 MAY, 31 MAY at CINE LAPA, 10:45!

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COACHELLA 2008 REVIEWS

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Here is what critics are saying after Gogol Bordello’s electrifying set on the main stage at Coachella…

Coachella

“I decided that Gogol Bordello are the world’s most perfect festival band!”
-Whitney Pastorek, Entertainment Weekly

“They came, they saw, they conquered. Would we expect anything less?”
-Adrienne Lake, Arizona Daily Star

This hodgepodge of ethnicities and their infectious energy won over
the festival from the main stage. … Eugene Hutz and his acoustic
guitar slapping (think Les Claypool’s hands, but on a six-string) and
waving arms summoned the crowd– which quadrupled in size by the set’s
fourth song. Festivalgoers were literally running toward the stage.
– PITCHFORK.COM

“…memorable performances of the day came from gypsy punk act Gogol Bordello,
which didn’t stop moving the crowd throughout its set on the main stage.”
-Mitchell Peters, Billboard

“Gogol Bordello mashed punk energy with Eastern European modes for a set
that received the wildest reception of any show I saw. Gogol Bordello’s
leader Eugene Hütz introduced one song as “about the lost art of
celebration.” Not at Coachella when inspired lunacy takes over.”
-Jim Fusilli, Wall Street Journal

“Gogol Bordello celebrates sensuality in both words and raucous, joyful
internationalist dance rock — head music took over much of the festival.”
-Ann Powers, Los Angeles Times

“Eugene Hutz easily ranks among the most colorful characters to ever grace
this particular stage.”
-Ben Wener, Orange County Register

“Gogol Bordello’s brand of gypsy funk – featuring violins, accordions and
much more – was a huge success on the Coachella stage during Sunday’s midday
heat.”
-Wes Woods, The Daily Bulletin

“Rollicking, rambunctious and a ton of fun, Gogol Bordello’s set was one of
the highlights of the festival.”
-Chris Carle and Todd Gilchrist, IGN Entertainment