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September 19, 2013

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If you were to ask Danny Bland what being a junkie musician in early '90s Seattle was all about, you'd probably get an earful. Having logged time as the bassist of Cat Butt and the Dwarves, as well as countless miles road-managing the likes of Dave Alvin, Greg Dulli, and Mark Lanegan, one can assume Bland has more than a few personal accounts of rock-'n'-roll neurosis to share. So when I finished perusing the jacket notes and figured out his literary debut was a novel, In Case We Die (Fantagraphics, 240 pages, $26.99), I was deeply curious and slightly annoyed. Fiction? Why? - [Willamette Week]
Danny Bland's In Case We Die is fictional but comes from real, hard life experience. The book was published by Fantagraphics and the audio book is rather special, with chapters read by an amazing group of musicians, actors and comedians, including Aimee Mann, Steve Earle, Greg Dulli, Mudhoney's Mark Arm, Marc Maron, Memphis Three survivor Damien Echols, actor Donal Logue, and more. You can preview some of the audio book below.

Bland is currently on a book tour which includes two appearances in NYC: September 26 at East Village bar Manitoba's and October 1 at Bookcourt in Brooklyn. The book tour dates also promise "surprise guests from the audiobook" at "select cities." All dates are listed below.

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September 13, 2013

by Bill Pearis

supposed 'Autobiography' cover art?
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In a statement on Morrissey news source/mouthpiece True to You posted a couple days ago:

Although Morrissey's Autobiography was set to be available throughout the UK on September 16th, a last-minute content disagreement between Penguin Books and Morrissey has caused the venture to collapse. No review copies were printed, and Morrissey is now in search of a new publisher.
If you're saying "I didn't even know there was Morrissey autobiography coming out," you're not the only one. Though he'd mentioned in interviews over the last couple years that he'd been writing one, there hadn't been an official announcement about the release of Morrissey: Autobiography. (Also you'd think Moz would come up with a catchier title.) The Guardian contacted supposed publisher Penguin, who "refused to confirm or deny that the book was due to be published, or even the existence of the reported deal with the singer." True to You is also where the above supposed cover art came from.

And The Atlantic Wire, who couldn't find evidence of the books existence on online booksellers, further posits:

If the autobiography really is real and really is canceled, and was really supposed to be out on Monday, copies of the book would have had to be in stores' backrooms already and floating on editors' desks. The "official" statement says no review copies were handed out (convenient, but not true; there are always some review copies). A last-minute fallout would place a premium on someone with a stolen copy, and there would be at least one lucky soul on Instagram or Twitter extolling his/her possession of a Morrissey galley. We don't even have official book art, which usually comes out months before a book is sold.
Is this just Morrissey's way of shopping a book deal? No doubt a Morrissey autobiography would be, if nothing else, an interesting read. For now you're just going to have to sneak into his room just to read his diary -- just to see all the things you knew he'd written about you.

Morrissey is also not reuniting The Smiths and not signing to a label. Anything else he isn't doing?

September 9, 2013

David Sedaris and Lena Dunham
David Sedaris and Lena Dunham

One day before author and humorist David Sedaris takes over Carnegie Hall by himself, he'll hook up with 'Girls' creator and star Lena Dunham for "an insightful evening of reading and conversation" on the same stage. Lena and David will be 'Alone Together At Last' at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in NYC on November 19, 2013 (8pm). "An Evening with David Sedaris" is at Carnegie Hall on November 20.

Tickets for an "Evening with David Sedaris" are on sale now.

Tickets for Lena and David will go on sale Friday, September 13, but you can get them starting Tuesday (September 10) via an exclusive BrooklynVegan presale. Just head to the ticket page (which will be live soon) and enter code VEG18042.

As for Girls, which is up for five Emmys this year, the show is currently in production for Season 3 (which will feature Kim Gordon in an episode) which will air in 2014. You can watch an "In Production" teaser below.

In related news, the first-ever movie adaptation of a Sedaris essay is coming to the big screen. 'C.O.G.' premiered at Sundance and hits theaters on September 20. The trailer and more information on the two Carnegie Hall events, below...

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August 23, 2013

Dave Hill at Outside Lands 2013 (more by Daniel Topete)
Dave Hill

Comedian, writer, all around funny guy, and more Dave Hill released his book Tasteful Nudes last year, and as discussed, it's coming out on paperback on September 3 (pre-order). To celebrate to the paperback release, Dave will be making some appearances in North America, including a release party in Brooklyn on September 6 at Book Court (163 Court St) at 7 PM. In Dave's own words, "This is going to be an extreme literary blowout where I read, answer important questions, and then sign books and butts. Also, my rock band Valley Lodge is going to play a rare, yet still pummeling stripped down set of the hits."

He'll also be doing a reading/signing on the day of the book's release at Big Gay Ice Cream (9/3) in the West Village (61 Grove St) from 1-7 PM, and he'll appear at Manhttan's Housing Works Book store at 7:30 that day. All upcoming appearances are listed below.

Meanwhile, like he did for us at Firefly and Outside Lands, Dave Hill will return to the Soundwave stage to co-host two hours of BrooklynVegan-produced activities each day at Bumbershoot this year. Come by, say hi, get an autograph. Stay tuned for more details.

All dates are listed, along with the trailer video for the paperback release, below...

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Bob & David

Bob (Odenkirk) and David (Cross) and Brian (Posehn) recently announced a five-city comedy tour which includes two NYC shows: a sold out early show at Town Hall on September 12, and a late show at the same venue that night, which you can still get tickets for. They've now just announced that they'll also do a launch/discussion for Bob, David, and Brian's book, Hollywood Said No! Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastards Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show in Brooklyn two days earlier at POWERHOUSE Arena (9/10) on 37 Main St in DUMBO. $8 tickets are on sale now and can be applied towards a purchase of the book.

Updated dates are listed below...

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August 20, 2013

Elmore Leonard

Legendary novelist, screenwriter, and all around badass Elmore Leonard has died at the age of 87. The New Orleans-born writer passed away three weeks after suffering a stroke in his hometown of Detriot.

Some may know Leonard not by his vast array of novels that examined the darkside, toiling primarily in the crime/westerns, but by his list of films adapted from them: Jackie Brown, 3:10 to Yuma, Hombre, Get Shorty, Out of Sight and more. More recently his distinctly snappy brand of dialogue was ably adapted for TV show Justified on which he was an executive producer. Elmore, you will be sorely missed.

August 16, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Dinosaur Jr.

What to get the Dinosaur Jr. obsessive in your life besides expensive tinnitus surgery? Perhaps you'd be interested in the upcoming Dinosaur Jr, the coffee table book, that chronicles the veteran indie rockers from high school through the present day. It's got never-before-seen photographs, loads of old flyers, new interviews with J, Lou, Murph and former members Mike Johnson and George Berz, archival interviews and lots more.

There are two editions: the "classic" edition, and the "signature edition" that is signed by the band and comes with an additional volume as well as fine art prints. You can pre-order now and both editions will be out in November -- just in time for the holidays.

Dinosaur Jr. were last here in June for Governors Ball. Lou will be back with Sebadoh in November, and there's a listening party for their new album on Saturday (8/17) at Greenpoint's Permanent Records.

Check out a promotional Video for the Dinosaur Jr. book below.

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June 18, 2013

by Fred Pessaro

Cro-Mags at House of Vans, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Cro-Mags at House of Vans

Music Hall of Williamsburg, ready your metal detectors. A little less than a year after the infamous Harley incident that left the original bassist with a broken leg and another man knifed, Cro-Mags will return to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 19.

UPDATE: This show has been rescheduled for October 20. Previously-purchased tickets will be honored for the new date.

The band is also scheduled to play a mega-show in Chicago with Rival Mob, Breakdown and others.

In addition to the upcoming MHoW date, look for Jon Joseph of 'da Mags to join on for a celebration of the release of punk rock photo book, Barred for Life:

Barred For Life is a photo-driven documentary highlighted and counterpointed with a compelling narrative which addresses the facts and fantasies associated with growing up a Punk Rocker in the early 1980's, and how Black Flag pervaded the scene's rumor mill like a mysterious specter all across the country and around the world. Revealing quotations supplement the austere black-and-white photography of Jared Castaldi and Stewart Dean Ebersole, Barred For Life's photographic team
The show will feature appearances from Dez Cadena (ex-Black Flag, Flag) performing the "Six Pack EP" in it's entirety, Paul Bearer (Sheer Terror), Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy's Law), Rizzo (The Misguided), Drew Stone (Antidote), Walter Schreifels (Quicksand)and many more. Tickets are still available for this event at Bowery Electric on June 23.

If you missed it, Greg Ginn's incarnation of Black Flag played three shows over the weekend. Or maybe you, like me, didn't miss it one bit.

February 8, 2013

Metal Dudes Cats
Metal Dudes Cats

"In an effort to help prove that the metal community is not filled with mindless, hate-filled, angry men, author/photographer Alexandra Crockett is putting together a photography book entitled Metaldudes Cats Book that showcases some of the most brutal and visionary members of the West coast metal community with their darling, adorable little balls of fur: their cats."
Meow.

Alexandra hopes to have the book released in April, and is holding concerts to raise money for its publication in Portland and Seattle. Meanwhile you can get some merch on the official Etsy page, and preview some of the photos from the book below...

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January 15, 2013

Ian Svenonius w/ The Make-Up (right) at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
The Make-Up

Ian Svenonius, who has fronted a number of bands including The Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up (who reunited for a few shows last year, including ATP NYC), Weird War, and most recently, Chain and the Gang, just released the followup to his 2007 book, The Psychic Soveit, this month with his new book, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group: a How-To Guide. According to Exclaim, the book is a tongue-in-cheek survival guide for being in a band that "doubles as a warning device, a philosophical text, an exercise in terror, an aerobics manual, and a colouring book." You can watch a trailer video for the book which Ian made with his ex-Weird War bandmate Alex Minoff, below.

Ian will be supporting the release with a book tour which includes two appearances in NYC, one on January 25 at the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, and another at WORD Bookstore on January 28 in Brooklyn (126 Franklin St). Both events are free.

A list of all book tour dates and that video below...

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