Posted in music on November 12, 2013

Yellow Dogs

After yesterday's confusing, sad news that members of Yellow Dogs were murdered by Raefe Ahkbar, former apparently disgruntled member of Yellow Dogs' "sister band" The Free Keys, the surviving members Koory and Obash have paid tribute to their bandmates, though briefly for now and via social media. On Facebook, they wrote "Thanks every one for all your prayers and condolences. We still can't believe this tragedy . R.I.P Arash Farazmand, Soroush Farazmand , and Ali Eskandarian." They also tweeted "Still in shock, we lost 3 of our brothers, Soroush Farazmand, Arash Farazmand and Ali Eskandarian, Rest In Peace."

Other bands have paid tribute too, like Black Lips, who posted a message yesterday, and Bear In Heaven, who tweeted, "Got the news about The Yellow Dogs at 830am from an old friend. Instantly sad, now feels totally tragic. Unprecedented. :/"

Now, a message has also been posted by The Free Keys, Yellow Dogs' sister band and former band of the shooter. They write, "We are shocked and heartbroken. We lost our family which we spent our lifetime together. Arash and Soroush were my true brothers. Thank you to everyone for the support. I don't know what I can say."

The Free Keys don't mention Ali Eskandarian by name. Ali is also the one that every news story claims is not in the Yellow Dogs, but according to recent interviews and pictures we found yesterday, he was also in the band, at least for a little while, and as recently as March.

Meanwhile, another detail on the shooting emerged that the gunman had 100 rounds of ammo on him. Police were said to have found 81 unfired rounds and some magazines in a guitar case on the roof where the shooter killed himself.

Pictured above is today's NY Post's new cover where the band is pictured with the sensationalist headline, "Fled Iran only to be gunned down in B'klyn." If you were wondering why they left Iran to begin with, you can take a look at the intriguing but sad cable released by WikiLeaks that details the trouble they faced for being a rock band by the Iranian government, which caused them to apply for US visas in 2009.

Watch a video by Yellow Dogs below...



Comments (20)

never forget motherfuckers

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 5:24 PM

so glad the biggest part of this piece hasn't been exposed yet for the good of the art world.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 6:36 PM


Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 7:10 PM

6:36 - please do enlighten us?

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

The New York Post is a shitty shitty rag!

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 7:25 PM

Did the Post have to use a picture where it looks like two of the guys are rubbing one out?

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 7:50 PM

baba ganoush

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 8:40 PM


Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 9:10 PM

Old news. The band is shit.

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

i pray for the soulless trolls who will talk shit and crack poorly thought our jokes, until they too die.

try compassion instead

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2013 11:39 PM

The New York Post is trash. It should only be used to wipe your dog's butt.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 7:41 AM

This is tragic and horrible. Sincere condolences to family and friends of the deceased.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 12:56 PM

They're like The Beatles and Wings, except (evidently) impossible to identify.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 1:13 PM

Who has time to read about these guys when there's a Power Pedicure article. Sounds like fun!

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 1:31 PM

Peter Murphy also wrote a comment online about Ali Eskandarian

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 3:38 PM

Am I the only one who thinks it's kind of unprofessional that whoever wrote that diplomatic cable was trying to be cute with all the music-inspired section headings?

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 9:07 PM

I'm sorry it took deaths for me to discover two great bands (this band and Yellow Dogs). Rest in Peace, gentlemen

Posted by Josephine | February 28, 2014 5:25 AM

My boyfriend was one of the victims. Forever damaged

Posted by Secret | May 3, 2014 4:46 PM

I dig this song and dig the melody. It's just a shame I got to hear about these rising stars in such tragic circumstances. To the remaining members, may you find a way to let time and your beliefs (whatever they may be, or whether it's simply belief in self) get you through this tragedy and rise like a phoenix out of the ashes to form another band.

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