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August 20, 2013
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
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.
June 18, 2013
by Fred Pessaro
Cro-Mags at House of Vans, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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 teamThe 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
"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...
January 15, 2013
Ian Svenonius w/ The Make-Up (right) at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
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...
January 10, 2013
Launched in 1976, Punk magazine announced an exploding youth movement, a new direction in American counterculture. Punk was to magazines what the stage at CBGB was to music: the gritty, live-wired, throbbing center of the punk universe. Despite its low-rent origins, the magazine was an overnight success in the underground music scene, selling out every print run across the US and the UK. Every musician who appeared on the cover of Punk became an icon of the era. But Punk not only championed music, it became a launching pad for writers, artists, cartoonists, and photographers. And the wacky, sardonic, slapstick vibe of the magazine resonated with an international army of music fanatics who were ready to burn their bell bottoms and stage-dive into the punk universe.The Best of Punk Magazine was published right before Christmas, anthologizing highlights from the rag's entire run. (You can read whole issues online.) There's a launch party for the book happening Friday (1/11) at Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO (where the Peter Hook book launch is happening later this month). The event takes place from 6 - 8 PM and will feature Punk founder John Holmstrom, "live music and special guests" though its unclear who that may be. Also, "drinks will be served." It's free.
In other OG punk news, onetime New York Doll David Johansen is playing Highline Ballroom on Sunday (1/13) with The Last Bison, Los Texmaniacs, and Eliana Burki. Tickets are still available.
Flyer for the The Best of Punk Magazine launch party is below.
January 9, 2013
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...
January 3, 2013
by Bill Pearis
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.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.
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]
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...
December 26, 2012
photo by Dale May
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...
December 12, 2012
Ben Gibbard at HiFi Bar in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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.