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April 27, 2015

Lamour book

Another piece of Brooklyn rock history is being documented. From the Amazon listing:

During the disco drenched year of 1978, 62nd Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, was home to L'Amour, a small, unassuming discothéque thriving on a local dance crowd. "Rock Nights" on Thursdays were first brushed off as a bad joke. But in less than a year, blindsided by scores of disgruntled heavy metal misfits, the punch-line of that bad joke swelled into a quarter-century-long tsunami of hell-raising mayhem that turned a faceless disco into the world's most famous heavy metal mecca.

L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn is a large format book jammed with over 1,000 full-color photographs, ticket stubs, and memorabilia representing the rich music history of the Brooklyn venue. Hundreds of full-color performance photos of the bands that hit the L'Amour stage are featured prominently in the book, as well as interviews with many of the musicians. Venue staff, club regulars, and show attendees contribute slices of club life. L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn tells the story in stunning images and words of the famous heavy metal venue and its important contributions to the scene. If you are a heavy metal fan, or just a music history buff in general, this book is a must have.

and About the Author:
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, DJ Alex Kayne started out as a mobile DJ spinning dance music in the mid '70s. His club DJ career began when he beat a multitude of other DJs, winning a turntablist "Battle of the DJs" mixing contest at the Night Gallery Discothèque in Brooklyn. Word on the street about the winner of this battle spread quickly and Kayne began DJ-ing in several local clubs. Over the years he has worked at various venues large and small in and around the New York City area. He is considered New York City's first ever hard rock/heavy metal club DJ.

Kayne came to work at the world famous Heavy Metal Venue L'Amour in 1979 and his residency at L'Amour lasted on and off until the venue closed. He is the venue's original metal DJ and its longest resident DJ. He is widely credited as the first club DJ in New York to spin Metallica, Biohazard, Y&T, The Rods, TNT, Queensryche, Anthrax, Megadeth, Manowar, White Lion, Helix, Talas, Motorhead, Metal Church, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Slayer, among many others, breaking and expanding their notoriety on the east coast.

With a career spanning more than 35 years, including live performances at over 65 venues performing on the same bill with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Rob Halford, Anvil, Raven, Twisted Sister, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil, Kiss, Ace Frehley, Exodus, Kix, Queensryche, Warrant, Bullet Boys, Overkill, Ratt, Warrior Soul, Life of Agony, Venom, Manowar, White Lion, Motorhead, and hundreds more, DJ Alex Kayne is still actively working the Eastern Seaboard club scene where he is highly regarded and respected as a legend among rock and heavy metal DJs.

L'Amour: Rock Capital of Brooklyn is out December 15.

April 24, 2015

LOOPER

Stuart David has been making music as Looper since 1998 when he was still a member of Belle & Sebastian (he left in 2000). What started as a project with his wife, Karn, turned into a four-piece band and Looper released three albums between 1998 - 2002. (Looper's song "Mondo '77" was used in a lot of commercials and movies.) Then in the mid-'00s Stuart began suffering from chronic fatigue which all but ended his creative output. He's been getting better and 2015 makes a flurry of activity for him. He released The All-Night Cafe, a memoir of the early days of Belle & Sebastian, and a new Looper album, Offgrid:Offline which just came out via Mute. You can stream that in full, via Rdio, below.

That new album is also part of a career-encompassing Looper box set titled These Things, which rearranges the songs into five mixtapes categorized by genres. You can read more about that (and listen to it via Rdio) below. The box set also features liner notes by Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess. We've got a copy of both the These Things box set and The All-Night Cafe memoir to give away. Details below.

Belle & Sebastian, meanwhile, will play NYC's Radio City Music Hall in June.

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March 23, 2015

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John Lydon's second memoir, Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored was released last year in the UK and will get a North American release on April 28 via Dey Street Books. It was well-recieved in the UK, here's an exceprt of The Guardian's review:

On the face of it, Anger Is an Energy is true to the form: light on reflection and context, and told with barely a pause for breath. As with other celeb memoirs, it sometimes achieves a tone of self-importance that takes it into the realm of the Pooteresque. But it is a relief to report that it is also fascinating, and stands as a corrective to the idea that Lydon is merely a former pantomime villain. It also amounts to a 500-page yell of insistence that he should be entitled to do what he damn well likes, for two reasons: first, the superlative nature of so much of the music that he has created; and second, the life through which he struggled before music offered him an escape route. In an age in which a caste of privately educated musicians threaten to dominate what remains of British rock while singing about nothing much at all, this is what gives the book its fundamental spark: the sense of raw working-class art, and someone driven to create by the furies to which the title allude.
On the day of release (4/28) at Saint Vitus, Lydon will talk with Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy. You need to buy a copy of the book to attend. There will be a Q&A portion, but questions must be submitted in advance.

Lydon's first book, Rotten: No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish, was published in 1994 and is more of an oral history, with contributions from Chrissie Hynde, Don Letts, the other Sex Pistols, and more. It's very good and well worth seeking out.

In other news, The Sex Pistols' classic debut Never Mind the Bullocks will be coming out as a picture disc for Record Store Day in the UK.

March 20, 2015

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The Sick Bag Song chronicles Nick Cave's 2014 tour of North America with The Bad Seeds. The account of this 22-city journey began life scribbled on airline sick bags and grew into a restless full-length epic, seeking out the roots of inspiration, love and meaning.
Nick Cave's new book, The Sick Bag Song, will be out in two different editions. The "Unlimited" edition comes boxed and includes 44 color "sick bag images," as well as a download of Nick reading the audiobook as well as an E-book copy. That's out April 8. There are also 10 "Limited" made for for each of the 22 cities covered in The Sick Bag Song. Those are out June 1 and, at around $1000, they are not cheap, but they are pretty cool and come with:
• A unique sick bag customised by Nick Cave with notes, doodles and musings. Hand drawn by the artist onto a specially produced (and fully functional) sick bag, these are individually decorated, signed and rubber-stamped with the relevant city, displayed in a protective mounting. Each one is a completely bespoke piece of artwork. 10 are available for each of the 22 cities.
• A highly collectible recording of The Sick Bag Song on 2 x 180gsm vinyl records in a limited edition run.
• Limited collectors' edition hardback of The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave, specially printed and bound in real cloth, signed and numbered in a limited run of 220 copies.
•Anyone who buys a copy of the Limited Edition will receive a complimentary copy of the Unlimited Edition bundle (featuring a print copy of the Unlimited Edition, plus ebook and audio download editions*).
Order yours now (The 10 NYC editions have sadly sold out).

Meanwhile, Nick will be doing special The Sick Bag Song events in Los Angeles, New York and London next month where he'll read from the book, talk with a TBA host and take questions from the audience. The NYC event happens at Florence Gould Hall on April 10. Tickets go on sale Monday (3/23) at 10 AM.

Watch a video trailer for The Sick Bag Song below...

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March 18, 2015

photo: Carrie w/ Sleater-Kinney at T5 this month (more by PSquared)
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Carrie Brownstein has briefly mentioned she had written a memoir before, and now it has a title, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, and a release date: October 27, 2015. Penguin Publishing describes it as a " deeply personal look at life in rock and roll" and...:

intimately [capturing] what it feels like to be a young woman in a rock-and-roll band, from her days at the dawn of the underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s through today."
It will cover her earlier days in music but, unfortunately, "today" ends right around 2006 when Sleater-Kinney went on hiatus. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is available for pre-order now.

In other Carrie news, the always funny Portlandia, which just wrapped up its current season last week, just got renewed for two more seasons. Carrie was just in NYC with Janet and Corin for two sold-out Sleater-Kinney shows at Terminal 5.

March 17, 2015

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Since October, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver has had a retrospective of Mark Mothersbaugh, who in addition to being co-founder and frontman of Devo, is an accomplished artist and filmmaker. Titled "Myopia," the retrospective collects drawings, films, paintings, sculpture and music -- if you're in Denver, you've got till April 12 to check it out.

There's an accompanying Myopia book as well, and Mark will be in NYC on Thursday (3/19) at The Strand to talk about it with the MCA Denver's Adam Lerner (who also edited the book). To attend you either need to buy a copy of Myopia or a $15 Strand gift card. Mark will be signing copies of the book as well.

March 9, 2015

Mexrrissey: Mexico Loves Morrissey
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RadioLoveFest returns for a second year at BAM from May 5 - 10, reimagining some of your favorite radio programs as a live show. This year's highlights include science show Radiolab Live (5/5), "An Evening with Terry Gross" (5/6), "Don't Look Back: Stories from the Teenage Years" (5/6) which is hosted by Molly Ringwald, quiz show "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me" (5/7) with contestants Mike Birbiglia, Jessi Klein, and Peter Grosz, and the music of The Smiths and Morrissey interpreted by Mexican musicians for a show called "Mexrrissey" (5/10).

Plus: "Death, Sex & Money" (5/8) with host Anna Sale plus married couples W. Kamau Bell and Melissa Hudson Bell, Ph.D, and tastemaker Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler, plus music from Luscious Jackson; and "Bullseye Comedy Night" (5/9) with Aisha Tyler, Maria Bamford, Aparna Nancherla, Ali Wong and host Jesse Thorn.

There's also a film series (including The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Last Waltz and Naked Lunch), live music in the BAMcafé and more. Tickets are on sale now for BAM members and will go on sale to the general public on March 16. Full RadioLoveFest 2015 schedule is below.

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February 25, 2015

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Contemporary composer great Philip Glass has a memoir on the horizon. Words Without Music traces his formative years as an artist, from growing up in post-World War 2 Baltimore to finding mentors while living in '70s NYC, as well as stories behind such seminal works as Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha. The book is due out April 6.

To celebrate the release of the autobiography, Glass will discuss the book with NPR's Kurt Andersen as part of BAM's "Unbound" literary series (which featured several other greats last year). The talk takes place April 20 at Howard Gilman Opera House. Tickets are currently on sale for BAM members and go on sale to the general public March 4.

February 23, 2015

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Willie Nelson will release a new memoir, titled It's a Long Story: My Life, which is set for release on May 5. It's not his first book about his life -- he's published several, his first being 1988's Willie: An Autobiography. This one will touch on his childhood growing up during the Great Depression in Texas, his music career, tax problems, being a proponent of marijuana legalization and more.

Willie will also be touring for much of 2015, and is playing a free Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Prospect Park on August 12 with Old Crow Medicine Show. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with an OCMS presale on Tuesday (2/24) at noon, and BRIC Arts and AMeX presales on Wednesday (2/25) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Celebrate Brooklyn! hasn't provided their full 2015 schedule yet, but it kicks off June 3 with Chaka Kahn and also includes the Interpol show on July 21 (tickets). Another show was just announced: Damien Rice on June 17 . That's a ticketed show which benefits the concert series. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with a BRIC Arts presale on Wednesday (2/25) at noon and a Ticketmaster presale on Thursday (2/26) at noon. Damien also plays Beacon Theatre on April 4 which is sold out.

All Willie Nelson tour dates are listed, along with Old Crow Medicine Show dates, below...

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February 20, 2015

Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon's new memoir Girl In A Band comes out next week (2/24), and it's seeming like it's gonna be pretty awesome (not that we would've thought otherwise). A few excerpts have come out where Kim has less-than-nice things to say about Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, and her split with Thurston Moore. One also appeared where she had nice things to say about Kurt Cobain (whose birthday is today, happy birthday Kurt). Catch up on those excerpts below.

Today a new Billboard podcast came out where Kim reads a part from her memoir about Sonic Youth's final show, and she also debuts a new solo track, "Close Your Eyes," on the podcast. Listen to that below too (song starts at 18:29).

Kim's book tour in support of Girl In A Band hits NYC on February 23 at Greenlight Books/BAM Cinematek and February 24 at Strand. More info and all dates here.

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