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January 9, 2013

Peter Hook

As mentioned, Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook is giving his book, Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, a North American release on January 29 and is promoting it with a book launch in NYC at DUMBO art space/bookstore Powerhouse Arena on January 28, where he'll be in conversation with PItchfork's Brandon Stosuy.

Peter has since added another book talk in NYC happening on January 29 at Strand Books, where he'll be in conversation with New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones. To attend you either have to purchase a copy of the book from Strand or buy a $10 gift card. The event runs from 7-8 PM.

Tonight (1/9) at The Strand, Ben Gibbard joins author Ron Currie, Jr. for an "evening of conversation and music."

Video of Peter Hook performing with Joy Division back in the day is below...

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January 3, 2013

by Bill Pearis

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The demystification process starts with Hook's portrayal of himself as a laddish delinquent who, thunderstruck by punk rock, spontaneously decides to form a band with Salford schoolfriend Bernard Sumner, and only develops his distinctively high, melodic bass-playing style to counteract the shortcomings of a cheap amp. Even as he lays bare Curtis's juvenile side, Hook seems somewhat in awe of the singer: the charismatic highbrow with the arty Belgian girlfriend and the love of Ballard and Burroughs.

There's a lovely image of Curtis in the studio, assembling his brutal, beautiful lyrics by rummaging through a carrier bag full of scraps of paper. Hook and Sumner are cast as comic relief, constantly overruled by belligerent producer Martin Hannett ("a lunatic wizard") and forbidden from speaking in interviews by manager Rob Gretton. "He didn't do it to create a mystique around the band but because he thought we were a couple of cretins." - [The Guardian]

Peter Hook's Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, a first-person account of his first band, came out back in October 2012 in the UK but will just now see a North American release on January 29. The bassist will promote its release with a book launch at DUMBO art space/bookstore Powerhouse Arena on January 28 that will include a conversation with Pitchfork's Brandon Stousy, as well as "DJ Sportcoat will be on the turntables, and drinks will be served." The event starts at 7 PM and is free.

This is Hook's second book, the first was The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club, an extremely entertaining account of the Manchester club the band co-owned with Factory records and became ground zero for the late-'80s UK rave scene. Meanwhile, Hook continues to regurgitate his musical past with his band The Light. Having toured the Joy Division albums, he's gearing up to bring New Order's first two albums, Movement and Power, Corruption and Lies, on the road as well. While this may seem even more ill-advised than touring the Joy Division albums, Movement actually features Hook on lead vocals on "Dreams Never End" and "Doubts Even Here." No North American dates as of yet. And as you may know, New Order are going on without him, having played NYC back in October.

Book launch flyer below...

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December 26, 2012

photo by Dale May
Dave Hill

You are probably familiar with Dave Hill by now. He's the brains behind the book Tasteful Nudes, which was released earlier this year, he performs locally in NYC a good deal, was one of BV's own Klaus Kinski's favorite local comedians this year, and he reviewed Morrissey's Radio City show for us. Oh yeah, and maybe you read his review of Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford?

Dave just gave us his list of his top ten favorite things of 2012. It includes some shows he saw (like the Def Leppard one), a show he didn't see, and his own book. The whole thing (plus commentary) is a pretty great read, and it's below for your viewing pleasure...

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December 12, 2012

Ben Gibbard at HiFi Bar in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ben Gibbard

Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben Gibbard, who released his solo debut, Former Lives, this year, will be teaming up with novelist Ron Currie Jr. (who authored God Is Dead, Everything Matters!, and will publish Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles on February 7) for a night of conversation and music in NYC at Strand Book Store on January 9 from 7-8 PM. Ron will be previewing his forthcoming novel at the event and Ben will be performing solo acoustic songs. You can gain entry by purchasing a copy of Everything Matters!, God Is Dead, or a $15 Strand gift card at Strand's site.

Ben recently recorded a Twelve Days of Fretboard session where he performed "A Hard One to Know" from Former Lives and was also interviewed. The video of that session is below.

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November 29, 2012

check out this new photo of Amanda & her band...
Amanda Palmer

The always talented and controversial - mostly because she isn't afraid to try new things and speak her mind (especially on Twitter), Amanda Palmer, is playing a massive New Year's Eve show at NYC's Terminal 5 where she and The Grand Theft Orchestra will be performing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety in addition to her original songs (get your tickets - regular or VIP).

Meanwhile, we asked Amanda to list her favorite 10 musical things from 2012, and you can see what she listed and watch her new NSFW video for "Do It With a Rockstar", below...

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November 26, 2012

Game of Thrones

The uniquely talented Corn Mo (who drunkenly threatened to beat me up one New Year's Eve because I touched something on stage during a very drunken Mr. Brownstone show that he was playing Axl Rose at), has released "Arya", a free song on his Bandcamp that you can stream below. Those worried about spoilers take note: the track was inspired by A Clash of Kings.

Speaking of A Clash of Kings, Mashable just exclusively announced that "The George R. R. Martin's series is about to get an official companion app to help you stay on top of what's what."

The "A World of Ice and Fire" app ($1.99) for iOS users will launch Tuesday, providing profiles of 540 characters and 380 places from castles to towns and major houses, along with interactive world maps. A free version of the app is also available, which gives details on only the eight major characters from the first book. Companion guides for books two, three, four and five cost $0.99 each or you can purchase complete access for $4.99.

The apps also feature anti-spoiler functionality, so it provides information only up to where you are in the book.

Listen to "Arya" below, and catch Corn Mo live as part of a Sandy benefit at LPR in Manhattan on 11/30, and with El Vez at Littlefield in Brooklyn on 12/5.

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November 15, 2012

cleaning up at Printed Matter after Sandy
Printed Matter

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Over 9000 books were destroyed, but the good news is they are now open again, but you can still donate HERE.

November 13, 2012

Map from 'Portlandia: A Visitor's Guide'
Portlandia

Fred Armisen and Eleanor Friedberger are appearing this Thursday (11/15) at Barnes & Noble Union Square in NYC for the bookstore's "Upstairs at the Square" series which is hosted by NPR's Katherine Lanpher. Fred will be talking about his and Carrie Brownstein's new book, PORTLANDIA: A Guide for Visitors and other subjects, with Eleanor Friedberger performing live. Fred's a drummer (among other things), so maybe he'll play along too.

Eleanor just wrapped up recording her new solo album for Merge which she recorded at DFA studios. Maybe you heard her preview new material at the Merge CMJ showcase last month? While you wait for that to come out, Eleanor appears on the new Christmas album Holidays Rule where she contributes a cover of Elvis' "Santa Please Bring My Baby (Back to Me)." Other artists on the compilation include Tame Impala, The Shins, Andrew Bird, Rufus Wainwright with Sharon Van Etten, Paul McCartney and more. You can stream the whole thing via Rdio below.

Meanwhile, Eleanor's brother (and Fiery Furnaces bandmate) Matthew Friedberger is currently on tour with The Sea & Cake which stops in spookily-lit Marfa, TX tonight. All tour dates are listed below.

When not promo-ing his new book (you preview it here and watch the video trailer for it below), Fred Armisen is staying busy on SNL where he recently played Mayor Bloomberg giving one of his post-Sandy NYC addresses, shoutout to "Homeland" included, below...

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November 5, 2012

Kill Your Friends

Kill Your Friends, the popular satire that drew comparisons to American Psycho with its story about an A&R agent at a record company during the boom of Britpop in the late 90s, will receive a film treatment:

Rafe Spall (Prometheus, Life of Pi) has signed to star in the Owen Harris directed adaptation of John Niven's cult music industry darkly comic satirical novel Kill Your Friends, from the author's own script...

Harris, who directed TV comedy drama Holy Flying Circus about the outraged response to Monty Python's The Life of Brian for BBC Films, will direct the project while Gregor Cameron, whose TV comedy resume boasts Goin' Down to South Park and Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, produces alongside Altitude Film Entertainment.-[Hollywood Reporter]

No word on a filming schedule or a release date for that matter.

October 9, 2012

Rumpshaker

The excellent Rumpshaker! fanzine will be the focus of a reading this coming weekend, when publisher Eric Weiss appears at vegan shoe store Moo Shoes (78 Orchard Street, NYC) on Sunday, October 14 at 2 PM. He'll read from and bring along copies of the sixth edition of the storied zine as well, which contains interviews with Mike Judge (of Judge, not Office Space), Damien of Fucked Up, Ross of Ceremony, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Limp Wrist, Walter Schriefels and many many more. The reading is free and so are the vegan snacks that will be served.

If you can't make it to Moo Shoes, get a copy of Rumpshaker! at your favorite local record store or directly from Weiss.

And though they don't list the zine (at the moment anyway), Moo Shoes also sells their wears online (Docs anyone?).