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March 23, 2015
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
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.Order yours now (The 10 NYC editions have sadly sold out).
• 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*).
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...
March 18, 2015
photo: Carrie w/ Sleater-Kinney at T5 this month (more by PSquared)
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
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
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.
February 25, 2015
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
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...
February 20, 2015
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).
February 19, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Super Furry Animals keyboardist Cian Ciaran and partner Estelle Ios are Zefur Wolves and will release their debut album via Strangetown Records on April 13. While you might expect, given Ciaran's role in SFA, that the duo would make synthpop or something, Zefur Wolves produce sludgy guitar pop. You can stream two songs and watch the album trailer below.
In other SFA side project news, drummer Dafydd Ieuan's other band, The Earth (not to be confused with Seattle drone trio of the same name), has a new single "Married 2 Me" where singer Dionne Bennett duets with Gruff Rhys. You can stream that below as well.
While, Super Furry Animals are still on hiatus. You can read their story in Ric Rawlins' officially sanctioned book Rise of The Super Furry Animals which was released this week as a paperback. It features new interviews with all the members as well as Pete Fowler's instantly recognizable artwork. Here's what Gruff says about it:
Revolutionary, crazed and beautiful musical events and conversations that originally happened through the medium of a cracked youthful version of the Welsh language are presented here for the first time in quality English. Ric lifts the lid on these millennial events through comic re-enactments, cosmic speculations and passionate research for the recordingsYou can watch a trailer for the book, below. 1996 will mark the 20th anniversary of SFA's debut album, Fuzzy Logic, so maybe we'll get some official band activity then. Or at least some vinyl reissues? Stay tuned.
Streams and videos below...
February 11, 2015
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Dead Heavens / Cayetana @ Saint Vitus - 2/10/2015
Post-hardcore legend Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) began a residency for one of his two recently-formed bands, Dead Heavens, at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus last night (2/10). Dead Heavens sees Walter & co. tapping into the heavy psych and garage rock sounds of the late '60s (and one member -- Paul Kostabi of White Zombie, etc -- really looks the part), and while you don't always see guys who used to write minute-long hardcore songs wailing on wah-pedal guitar solos, Walter is as much a natural with this stuff as he is in his other bands.
Opening was Without who count The Hold Steady's Bobby Drake as a member (and who I missed), and Philly indie rock trio Cayetana who sounded as great as they did two weeks ago at Baby's. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
In related news, Walter and fellow NYHC vet Richie Birkenhead (Underdog, Into Another, Youth of Today) will join Tony Rettman, author of the new NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 book, for an NYU-presented discussion at 20 Cooper Square on February 24. It's on the fourth floor and starts at 6:30 PM. Kelfa Sanneh (New Yorker, New York Times) will moderate.
In more related news, Cayetana recently put out the video for "Scott Get The Van, I'm Moving" from their 2014 debut, Nervous Like Me. Watch that, with more pictures from Vitus below...