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November 4, 2015

by Bill Pearis


Run the Jewels have shared the video for the Nick Hook remix of "All Meow Life," from their awesome all-cat-sounds Meow the Jewels remix project. The video, assembled by Jason Goldwatch, is basically the Ultimate Cat Video Supercut but ingeniously, hilariously so. Watch it below.

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November 3, 2015

jon stewart hbo deal

Jon Stewart has followed his former Daily Show colleague John Oliver over to HBO's green pastures, signing "an exclusive four-year production pact" with the cable network where he'll produce "short form digital content" for HBO Now, HBO Go, and something called "other platforms." It also includes a "first-look option for other film and TV ventures." You can read the full press release below.

Speaking of pastures, earlier this year Stewart and his wife bought a farm in New Jersey that they're turning into a sanctuary for neglected animals. It's affiliated with the Farm Sanctuary organization that operates three shelters in New York and California that provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals (and which are great places to visit).

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October 27, 2015

dog as Pizza Rat at Tompkins Square Park Halloween dog parade (via @jillathrilla)
Pizza Rat

As you surely know, Halloween is Saturday (though judging from the amount of people dressed up last weekend, some people may have been confused) and there is no shortage of spooky things to do. The extravaganza that is NYC's annual Village Halloween Parade happens on Saturday on 6th Avenue from just North of Spring Street to 16th Street and lasts from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. This year's theme is "Shine a Light" and you can be in it.

There are also loads of shows to go see on Halloween, including Flipper (with David Yow) at House of Vans, Wax Idols at Saint Vitus, Fred & Toody at Union Pool, The Orwells with just-added Twin Peaks and Shark? at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Joanna Gruesome, Aye Nako and more at Shea Stadium, Skrillex on the Pier of Fear (aka Pier 94), Murphy's Law at Bowery Electric, Ringo Starr at Kings Theatre, the big show at MSG with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer and more (or the other Dead member Phil Lesh just outside of NYC)... and many other show options.

If you wanna get an early start on the spooky action, there's a Cramps tribute happening at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/29) featuring a whole bunch of cool people: Bob Bert (Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore), Mick Collins (Dirtbombs/Gories), Jon Spencer (JSBX/Heavy Trash), Palmyra Delran (The Friggs), Sophia Urista (The Veevees), Robert Gordon, Cristina Martinez and Hollis Queens (Boss Hog), Jack Ridley (Threats/Drowners), Peter Aaron (Chrome Cranks), Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones), Miss Guy (Toilet Boys), Michael Cummings (Skaters), Mike Edison (Raunch Hands), Pat Phillips (Honduras), Cynthia Ross (New York Junk) plus DJs Jonathan Toubin and Alix Brown. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Toubin, his annual "Monster Mash" and "Haunted Hop" parties happens this year on Saturday at Secret Project Robot and features a host of current NYC bands covering classic NYC bands. Details still to be revealed but it's $10 with costume and $20 without and flyer is below. Also below: Toubin's 2015 Halloween mix.

Other shows: World Inferno Friendship Society will play their annual Hollowmass party at Warsaw on Halloween. These shows are spectacles, often involving elaborate set-pieces, fire-breathing, marching bands and more. Karla Rose and the Thorns, and Vic Thrill also play and tickets are on sale.

DFA Records are throwing a Halloween Party at Palisades on Saturday with Container, Guerilla Toss, Ciarra Black, Pill, Malory, PC Worship, Larry Gus, and Show Me The Body. Tickets are on sale now. And Wolf + Lamb, Mike Simonetti, and Paul Raffaele will be spinning at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Disco Club on Saturday (tickets).

Cameo Gallery, which closes in less than a month, is throwing a "Cameoween" party on Saturday night featuring a live performance by Le1f, DJ sets from Neon Indian and Ssion and karaoke hosted by Samantha Urbani. This is a FREE party and starts at midnight.

Halloween is also the time for cover shows, where bands play as another, usually more famous band. At Alphaville on Friday (10/30) you can catch Dances as T.Rex, Jangula as David Bowie, Heliotropes as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Piers as Fleetwood Mac, and Stringer (mems of Heeney) as The Smiths. That show is $8 at the door. Also on Friday at Union Pool, Motion Studies will perform as Hall & Oates with Fielded (apparently just being themselves as Kate Bush) also on the bill. That's a free show.

For something more emo on Friday, Washed Up Emo and Bye Week Productions are presenting cover sets of Saves the Day (Stay What You Are in full), The Get Up Kids, Weezer and Guided by Voices at Bar Matchless (10/30). We don't know who all the performers are, but the STD and TGUK sets feature members of Field Mouse (advance tix sold out, but some will be available at doors).

At Cake Shop on Halloween you can see Parlor Walls as Wire, Stringer doing The Smiths again, Dirty Dishes as Stone Temple Pilots, Death to Slater as Bruce Springsteen's 2 Piece Band, The Regrets as Blondie, Hellbirds as The Ramones, and Oh Golly as Violent Femmes (tickets). Following that there's a free dance party featuring exclusively Girl Talk songs...and lasers (free).

Over at Silent Barn on Saturday they'll have Delicate Steve (as Smashing Pumpkins), Celestial Shore (as The Ramones), Very Fresh (as Alanis Morrissette), and Dear Leader doing something they're calling "TRL 1999 w/ Carson Daly." Tickets are on sale and day-of it's $10 at the door with costume or $12 without.

And at Baby's All Right on Halloween you can see "the world's drunkest tribute to Guns 'N Roses," Mr. Brownstone playing a midnight show (tickets).

For those who want another chance to dress up their pooches like Pizza Rat or Bagel Pigeon or whatever, there's "Pawfest" at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on Saturday afternoon. It starts at noon, is free, and will also feature live performances from The Supertones, The Shipwrecks and The Flesh. Flyer for that is below.

And if you don't mind traveling outside the city just a bit on Halloween, there's Screaming Females as X at Asbury Park's Convention Hell with members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more; Cypress Hill play The Stony Pony; The Darkness play The Paramount in Huntington, NY; and Sufjan Stevens will be in Jersey City. And that aforementioned Phil Lesh show at The Cap.

What else?

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October 24, 2015

photos by Mimi Hong

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade 2015
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade 2015
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade 2015
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade 2015

The 25th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade happened Saturday afternoon (10/24) with costumed canines of all shapes and varieties. Check out lots more pictures below...

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October 21, 2015

Marnie doing a little proofing
Marnie the Dog I'm a Book

Marnie the Dog has come a long way from making random appearances at BrooklynVegan SXSW parties and hosting a Red Bull Sound Select show, and is coming out with a photo book, titled Marnie the Dog: I'm a Book, which will be published October 27 via Grand Central Press. She'll be going on a book tour, too, including a couple events in NYC. On Monday (10/26) at Baby's All Right, there's a book release party that doubles as Marnie's 13th birthday party. There will be DJ sets from Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos), Josh Burgess (Yumi Zouma), Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift), as well as a live performance by Kitty Pryde collaborator Hot Sugar. That is free though there is a suggested donation of $5 to Marnie's Old Pals at ASPCA fund.

The next day Marnie and owner Shirley Braha will be at The Strand's Rare Book Room (10/27) to talk with Buzzfeed editor Katie Notopoulos. You'll need to buy a copy of the book or a $15 gift card to attend. Marnie also has appearances in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. All dates are listed below.

In other news, Marnie also has an iPhone app that will allow the user to insert Marnie into any picture.

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May 8, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Erik Kluiber of Gypsyhawk with his cat

By this point, perhaps you've heard of the Metal Cats book, which is full of photos of metal musicians with their cats (Hai Doug!). With Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and more getting in on the Metal Cats rage, you know furry furor is reaching a fever pitch. The book is out now, and we scored a few unpublished photos originally intended for the book: Erik Kluiber of Gypsyhawk is above, and check out Steven Darrow of Sonic Medusa, animal activist Andrew Buchanan Carter and tattoo artist and piercer Alexander Nathan Ward with their feline friends below. Metal Cats is available to order from publisher powerHouse Books right meow.

A book release party is happening in NYC at Union Pool on May 17 with performances by gloomy experimentalist Planning for Burial, sludge purveyors Sea of Bones, doom band Belus (who just premiered a new song over on Invisible Oranges) with between-sets tunes from DJ Jake Boyle. There will also be an art exhibit, raffles (win "Catpathian Forest" prints) and vendors. Check the event's Facebook page. Tickets are $7 at the door with 100% of the proceeds going to Bobbi & the Strays, a no-kill shelter and rescue center in NYC.

Between Metal Cats and the Metal Meowlisha, the bonds between heavy metal and cats has never been stronger. More purrrfect (and unreleased) pics and flyer for the release show after the jump...

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December 2, 2013

by Wyatt Marshall


A couple weeks back we talked about Metal Meowlisha IV: A Headbangers Furball, death metal greats Obituary's fundraiser fest for feral cats in the Tampa area on 12/21 featuring Exhumed and Terrorizer (lineup below). Those in need of further proof of the inborn bond between metal man and kitty cat need look no further than the previously mentioned Metaldudes Cats book titled, fittingly, Metal Cats will be published in April 2014 and is meow available for pre-order. The book, cover art above, contains photos of over 100 metal musicians and fans with their cats, including:

Black Goat, Thrones, Isis, Lightning Swords of Death, Winterthrall, Wizards of Wor, The Cauterized, Book of Black Earth, Skarp, Harassor, Akimbo, Aldebaran, Atriarch, Oak, Ghoul, Ludicra, Holy Grail, Xasthur, Cattle Decapitation, Murder Construct, Exhumed, Anhedonist, Morbid Angel, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Gypsyhawk, Nausea, Phobia, Napalm Death.
That's a lot of cats! A portion of the proceeds of Metal Cats will go to no-kill shelters.

In other metal book news, a new Slayer biography has emerged, titled Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years. A Metal Band Biography. The book was written by DX Herris, who previously has written about Slayer in his 33 1/3 series entry, Slayer's Reign in Blood. The book clocks in at a whopping 628 and here's a description:

This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the course of 59 chapters, 400 footnotes and three appendices, it profiles the members and presents dramatic scenes from 32 years in the Abyss: A fresh look at the group's early days. Reign in Blood tours. A European invasion. The Palladium riot. The seat cushion chaos concert. Newly unearthed details from Lombardo's turbulent history with the band. Historical artwork and photos never seen in public before. The entire diabolical discography. Hanneman's hard times. The Big Four's big year. Lombardo's final exit...
And a lot more -- sounds pretty thorough. It's currently available in an interactive e-book edition for... $6.66.

Slayer recently rolled through Madison Square Garden with Gojira on their first tour since the passing of Jeff Hanneman. We'll have photos soon -- did you go?

Meowlisha 2013 line-up below...

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November 23, 2013

by Wyatt Marshall


PETA just released a new set of limited edition stamps featuring famous vegetarians, and a bevy of musicians and music industry folks are included on the sheet amongst the likes of Bob Barker and Joaquin Phoenix (though the list two years ago was a bit more interesting with Leonardo da Vinci, Johnny Appleseed who I wasn't aware he was actually a person and Gandhi). Paul McCartney, Ricky Martin, Russell Simmons, Joan Jett, Sarah Silverman, Vivienne Westwood, Mayim Bialik, Edie Falco, Belinda Carlisle and, of course, Morrissey made the cut. Would Grimes use these stamps? (she probably won't be featured on one)

As Morrisey says,

I think animals look to humans for protection, and of course humans lead them into slaughterhouses, which to me is just like an image of leading children into a slaughterhouse. There's no difference.
And some words of wisdom from Sir Paul McCartney:
If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That's the single most important thing you could do. It's staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.
You can order the stamps over at PETA, and be sure to use the Joan Jett ones for all your letters to South Dakota.

Speaking of Morrissey, a new book aiming to catalogue Smiths tattoos is in the work, and they're looking for anyone with a Smiths or Morrissey tattoo to be a part of it. Here are deets on that:

"To Me You Are A Work of Art" is a photo project in search of anyone with tattoo(s) related to, or inspired by, Morrissey and/or The Smiths. The photographs will profile fans and all their tattoos from various cities across the country over the course of the next few months. All photos will be taken by Toronto based photographer Patrick Moore.
The New York City date is this upcoming Sunday, November 24th and will be held at the Rocks Off offices in the Lower East Side (195 Chrystie St #401B) between 2pm and 4pm.
For any additional information - email"
In Ricky Martin news, RM just listed his East Village condo in that really cool turquoise building on Bond Street for $6.8 million, and he just had his first book published, a children's book called "Santiago the Dreamer in 'Land Among the Stars.'" It's good to be Ricky Martin.

November 21, 2013

Grimes and her Ben and Jerry's

Grimes, a well-known fashion fan (she co-hosted the red carpet at the VMAs this year), is currently making headlines for saying that she is annoyed at vegans who are annoying and tell she is not vegan enough, because she is a vegan that thinks it's okay to not be vegan 100% of the time. She wrote a tumblr post that reads:

this is something i was anticipating and have been meaning to address for a long time:

Part of the reason I posted the ben and jerry's thing is because I like to encourage people towards a type of veganism that is inviting and accepting. For the longest time I was vegan but I just wouldn't say I was because of the bad reputation of veganism. most of the vegans i know are dogmatic assholes, and it completely turns people off.

I believe more people would be drawn to having more ethical diets if they didn't feel bullied to do so, or if they felt they were entering a welcoming community.

My brand of veganism is one wherein if your grandparents have no idea what you are talking about then you eat their beef stew rather than upset or confuse them. or if you really want to have cake with an egg in it on the holidays then you have that rather than just not being a vegan because you don't want to give up occasionally having something that you love.

Ben and Jerrys is the only brand of ice cream i ever eat. their cows are treated ethically and beyond that they put a ton of money into researching green hydrocarbon freezers that would use alternative refrigerants which (unlike current freezer gases) do not contribute to global warming. they're also working on a bunch of other initiatives like using completely renewable materials in packaging.

this comment is why no one wants to be vegan. unlike this dude, i would like to fully encourage everyone to be vegan rather than scare them away. I love being vegan. my skin is better, i have more energy, i feel really healthy and i get sick way less than i used too and I'm not contributing to factory farming. that said, I also occasionally enjoy things i used to eat because it makes me feel good and i am less discouraged about not eating those things the rest of the time.


This post was spawned by a previous post that said she would put veganism on hold to try the new Ben and Jerry's flavor:
holy fuck there is a new flavour of ben and jerrys

1 day hiatus from veganism is being had starting NOw

also excuse the expletive, i try to keep the blog all ages but this is a pretty big deal plus i dunno honestly i knew the f bomb by the time i was 5 i would be shocked if u didnt already know it and yet have the reading comprehension skills to digest the rest of this post

We say, let her eat ice cream! But please rethink some of those wardrobe choices. And speaking of coats....

Jay Z

Rapper and man of many industries Jay Z has released a new Rick Owens-designed jacket (pictured above), which is obnoxiously made entirely of crocodile skin and which is being sold for $58,000 (though at least they're donating 100% of sales to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation). The jacket is part of Jay's new holiday collection on Barneys, which includes other (slightly) less expensive items too. Happy Holidays everyone!

Grimes, who we recently caught at ACL, plays Mexico this New Year's Eve. Jay Z will tour North America throughout most of December and January.

October 24, 2013

PHISH HEADS AT MSG (more by Ryan Barkan)
Phish Heads

Fish Heads

"City work crews have spent the night clearing away a nasty scene along a busy stretch of road in Vancouver.

A truck spilled a load of fish heads right in the middle of the street near Kingsway and Knight around 10 o'clock last night.

Police were called to help direct traffic around the smelly scene although many drivers slowed down to take a look." [Global News]

Eat them up yum?...

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