Posted in music on November 11, 2013

Yellow Dogs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Yellow Dogs

In the statement from Yellow Dogs' manager (who was previously identified as a publicist) on the murder-suicide that killed "two" of the band's members, it was revealed that the shooter, allegedly Raefe Ahkbar, was not a member of Yellow Dogs, contrary to initial reports. USA Today and many other sources mention that the shooter was actually a former member of Yellow Dogs' "sister band" The Free Keys, who also came over to the US from Iran, and were also featured in Baham Ghobodi's film, No One Knows About Persian Cats. Arash Farazmand, the Yellow Dogs drummer who was murdered, was also once a member of The Free Keys.

Meanwhile, it's still not clear who from the Yellow Dogs was killed. The band's manager's statement said that only two of the victims were in the band, Sourosh "Looloosh" Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), while the third one Ali Eskandarian was a friend and fellow musician. However, in a March 2013 interview with SO Magazine, Yellow Dogs mention that Ali had been their new singer for four months. He's also pictured with them in this photo on their Facebook, and was with the band when we caught them at Music Hall of Williamsburg in December 2012. Yet, the band's Facebook still only lists the other four members sans Ali. An AltSounds interview from 2011 points out that Ali had been living with Yellow Dogs and The Free Keys in the same Brooklyn loft for years.

Yellow Dogs manager Ali Salehezadeh said the shooter hadn't spoken to the victims in months due to "a very petty conflict." Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that detectives suspect it was over a money dispute, but that they were still investigating. Update: The NY Times now points out that "There were accusations that [the shooter] had stolen money from the Free Keys, who forced him to leave the band last year, said John J. McCarthy, the Police Department's chief spokesman." Initial versions of the story mentioned he was kicked out of the band, but now it seems it was The Free Keys, and not the Yellow Dogs, he was kicked out of .

In a January 2012 interview with Yellow Dogs' Siavash "Obash" Karampour, Popgun asked:

You've been asked a lot about your Western influences and what sort of American stuff is big in Iran. Which Iranian artists, aside from Yellow Dogs of course, should the US airwaves be expecting, or does the censorship make that impossible?

Although it's censored and there are restrictions with high internet speed, artists still have a chance to get their music heard.  You should definitely look out for our best friends and "sister band" the Free Keys, as they arrived to BK yesterday and will be calling Brooklyn home.  This Glasslands show will be very exciting because it will be the first time for them to see us play since the two shows we did together back in the DIY illegal space we built together in Iran.  Also be on the look out for the talented street artists and skater brothers ICY and SOT.

Many articles, like a feature on the Free Keys Filter did in 2007, bring up the DIY space that the two bands ran together in Iran.

The Free Keys, though Ahkbar was not a member anymore, played as recently as 10/12 at Arlene's Grocery. Yellow Dogs played 10/23 at Brooklyn Bowl.

Earlier today the Black Lips released a statement on the killing


Ali Eskandarian - "Always"



Comments (44)


Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2013 7:34 PM

so fucked. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2013 7:38 PM

there's always that one guy who'll fuck it up for everyone else. petty shit turned tragic.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2013 7:42 PM

Fucking bass players.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2013 7:45 PM

So baby make just like K-Fed and let yourself go, let yourself go

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2013 8:05 PM

8:32, you truly are a piece of shit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2013 9:30 PM

He killed them over money? Damn, what happened, did his trustfund check get lost in the mail or something?

Posted by lol | November 11, 2013 9:44 PM

I seriously think BV you should disable comments on posts like this. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE'S LIVES YOU STUPID CUNTS.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2013 10:16 PM

Just don't read the comments if you can't deal with them. Everyone acts like people's comments are so important. Who cares.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2013 10:37 PM

I just don't understand why BV doesn't implement the comment voting system. Little thumbs up and thumbs down buttons on the side of every post. It shows the top 2 comments at the top. So many websites have it and it encourages people to make thoughtful, intelligent comments b/c everyone is aiming to have the top comment.

Posted by Drugs D | November 11, 2013 11:04 PM

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Posted by Mickey James | November 11, 2013 11:36 PM

11:04pm That's Facebook. BV isn't that and doesn't want to be Facebook, thankfully.

People are aiming to have the top comment? Pathetic and wouldn't mean a thing or change the posting/reading dynamic as people will click on the other comments. Also it's quite possible that if that system was instituted I would have one of the top two comments more often than not even if what I post isn't my best simply because it's me "D" and I most definitely up the views and replies.

Posted by D | November 11, 2013 11:55 PM

wonder which music building it was? sux when band breakups are like relationship breakups but shooting someone let alone a couple of people over a band,being in or out of the band, very shallow, very sad.

Posted by siloetes | November 11, 2013 11:58 PM

hey stick your thumb up your butt

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 12:12 AM

8:32, couldn't have said it better!

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 12:18 AM

^ Up yours bigot.

Posted by D | November 12, 2013 3:40 AM

Shit band.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 3:45 AM

8:32. I hope your mother gets raped in front of you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 4:38 AM

BV moderates coments about an Asian basketball player, yet allowspeople to joke about news like this. Sleep well BV "editors."

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 4:50 AM

They only moderate things that become personally annoying to them.

Long live L1n5an1ty!

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 5:25 AM

Nice marketing gag.

Posted by Prince Morgellon | November 12, 2013 6:27 AM

L1n5an1ty and $PIND0CTORS forever !

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 8:14 AM

I dont know which makes me feel more disgusted with humanity-the violence that took place or the comments listed beneath this article. There is so much shame here.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 9:35 AM

does this band have any recorded music? any links to listen/purchase?

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 9:40 AM

These comments are obviously awful and if u are getting upset u are a stupid fuck
Don't read these comments they are notoriously gross
They will never get better
Don't ever come back

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 9:43 AM

Nothing tragic about this at all. Typical Muslim behavior.

Posted by D | November 12, 2013 10:01 AM

They shouldn't be allowed in the country. They got what they deserved.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 10:03 AM

10:32 Omg.....

Posted by Astralfucker | November 12, 2013 10:15 AM

If 8:32 is from Iran, his mother has been raped in front of him already.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 10:25 AM

Money dispute. Typical.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 10:27 AM

The comments and hits they create are too valuable to disable and protect a few peoples image. Obviously none of you know about economics besides how to shop around for the cheapest hummus and pita chips.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 10:32 AM

Who cares?

Posted by D | November 12, 2013 11:06 AM

Question is are you bozos smart enough to feel stupid?

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 11:12 AM

Not trying to be cute, but when I first heard about someone in Brooklyn shooting his band mates I immediately thought of the Surfer Blood guy.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 11:33 AM

Wait a minute, these bands had money to steal? And an amount worth killing over? I need to get out from behind this desk and start rawking again.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 12:33 PM

Hmmm are all of you who write tasteless and/or racist comments really vegans?

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 4:26 PM

^lacking tastebuds would make being a vegan much easier!

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 5:53 PM


Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 7:33 PM

someone dies everyday.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 8:06 PM

7:33- shut the fuck up Max Horwich.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 1:26 AM

We should all eat a ton of hummus in his memory.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 1:27 AM

Holly shit!what a song.I hope they don't stop making such awesome music.. They fucking rock.

Posted by Sara | February 28, 2014 5:12 AM

Please tell me you aren't the same Ali Eskandarian that was killed today... :( Not that I wish that on anyone.... humm. 

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