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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?).

October 2, 2012

We always thought the Lannisters would be Romney supporters...
Ice and Fire

Nerds for Obama!

Neil Young , who is now on Twitter and recently played Central Park, thinks MP3s sound like shit and is creating a new 24-bit digital audio service called Pono that he says sounds better.

Neil might not approve but you can stream every single A389 release ever in its entirety at their Bandcamp which is pretty cool. He probably isn't a fan of Eyehategod anyway.

More streaming: give an online listen to Tame Impala's new album Lonerism.

Watch Ty Segall perform on WGN's morning news show... at 8AM. Wonder if he had even been to bed yet?

The Mountain Goats release Transcendental Youth via Merge today. Learn about the recording process in an interview at The Atlantic.

Merge also released the self-titled debut by Mount Moriah today. Mount Moriah is one of the many artists playing the Merge CMJ showcase this year.

Axl Rose is giving an extremely rare interview to Jimmy Kimmel on 10/24, though that is unfortunately before Jimmy starts filming in Brooklyn.

We've got a new interview with Mister Lies over at bvChicago. Mister Lies makes his NYC live debut this week at Cameo.

Conservative blowhard Glenn Beck loves bombastic UK rockers Muse and wrote an open letter to the band to show them just how much. Needless to say, it is nuts.

Radio biographer and historian Alex Cosper discusses the "expanding definition of indie" at the Sacramento Press.

Music Publishing firm ASCAP has just launched a new program called ASCAP OnStage that will pay musicians royalties when their songs are played live.

In other getting paid news, the Spotify-esque web music provider Rdio will pay artists $10 per new subscriber.

Jay-Z played his fourth of eight shows at the Barclays Center last night.

LA via Sri Lanka rapper DeLon traces the reason for him having to drop off a tour with America's Got Talent artist Lindsey Stirling, back to his 2008 criticisms of M.I.A.

more below...

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September 27, 2012

Pictureplane @ PS1 (more by Erez Avissar)
Pictureplane

Spend your weekend checking out art at the annual, three-day DUMBO Arts Festival, but also make time to get to Long Island City for the seventh annual NY Art Book Fair which runs at MoMA PS1 starting tonight:

NY Art Book Fair schedule
Preview: Thursday, September 27, 6-9pm
Friday, September 28, 12-7pm
Saturday, September 29, 11am-9pm
Sunday, September 30, 11am-7pm
"Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world's premier event for artists' books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by more than 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from over twenty countries."

The four-day schedule includes talks and performances including one on Saturday at 3PM by Travis Edgy (PicturePlane) and DJ Dog Dick. Pictureplane, who has played MoMA PS1 before, also plays a Saturday night gig at The Church of Dionysus Brooklyn with Bok Bok and others.

Pictureplane is probably playing CMJ too (dates TBA).

September 26, 2012

Jello Biafra as the president of the United States in Lovedolls Superstar, occupying an empty office adjacent to SST/Global, 1985 (photo by Jordan Schwartz)
We Got Power

Fanzine We Got Power! was created in 1981, born out of a love for hardcore music between two friends, David Markey and Jordan Schwartz. The zine compiled photos and text that documented the early LA hardcore scene including legends like Black Flag, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, Red Cross/Redd Kross, Suicidal Tendencies, the Descendents, M.D.C., Big Boys, and so many others who would change the face of music as we knew it.

We Got Power! has now been compiled into a book due on 10/5 via Bazillion Points (order it), and it's chockful of photographs and pieces that document this crucial time in punk rock music. In celebration, Markey and Schwartz dropped off a few of their photographs that appear in the book along with some details behind each. Check out those photos below.

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September 17, 2012

The Fugees

Before The Miseducation and that ridiculous cover of "Stayin Alive", Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill were in a little crew called The Fugees. Their split was, in the words of Ron Burgundy, kind of a big deal but the reason why has always been a mystery. (Beyond egos and "musical differences.") Until now...

The answer, says Jean, is that Lauryn Hill tricked him into believing her firstborn son, Zion, was his. But we all know now that the father is Rohan Marley.

"In that moment something died between us," Jean writes in "PURPOSE." "I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn't forgive that."

Jean goes on to say that the betrayal he felt from Hill led to the band's breakup. -[EURWeb]

More details surrounding the alleged affair are supposedly available in Wyclef's new book Purpose: An Immigrant's Story, which conveniently hits shelves Tuesday (9/18).

September 14, 2012

Damien Echols

The New York Public Library is presenting a talk between freed West Memphis Three's Damien Echols and Henry Rollins on November 7 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum (5th Ave / 42nd St). Tickets are on sale now.

As you probably know, Echols was the supposed "ringleader" of the WM3 who were incarcerated for 18 years (Echols was sentenced to death, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin had life sentences) for the 1993 murders of three boys in West Memphis, AK. After years of growing pressure from public support groups -- due in no small part to the Paradise Lost documentaries -- all three were released last August through a plea deal.

If you've never seen the Paradise Lost films, they remain gripping accounts of blatant injustice despite now knowing the outcome. The third film was released on DVD in August and all three are highly recommended. Meanwhile, Echols has just written a book on his experiences titled Life After Death which will be released on September 18.

This event comes just after Henry Rollins post-election residency at Joe's Pub. It's part of the "Live from the NYPL" 2012 season that also includes Pete Townsend talking with Paul Holdengräber on October 8, David Byrne discussing his new book How Music Works on December 5 (both sold out), and more. Full list is here.

September 12, 2012

Pussy Riot book

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday called for the early release of jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band.

Speaking to United Russia activists in Penza, Medvedev said the jail time already served by the three band members was "a very, very serious punishment" and adding any more would be "counterproductive in this case," Interfax reported.

A Moscow court on Aug. 17 sentenced band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich to two years in jail for their February "punk prayer" in Christ the Savior Cathedral in which they denounced Putin and Patriarch Kirill.

The verdict against Pussy Riot will not go into force until the Moscow City Court rules on their appeal on Oct. 1.

Medvedev also made it clear that he was not prepared to support the band.

"I am sick over what they did, of their public appeal and the hysteria that surrounds them," he said.

Medvedev's comments came less than a week after President Vladimir Putin condemned the band's performances as "witches' sabbaths." - [Moscow Times]

So this is potential good news for the incarcerated members of Pussy Riot. We'll know in a couple weeks. Meanwhile, a collection of writings about the band have been collected in an e-book titled Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer for Freedom (cover art above) to be published by The City University of New York's Feminist Press on September 21. Contributors include Yoko Ono, Johanna Fateman, Karen Finley, Justin Vivian Bond, Eileen Myles, and JD Samson.

September 11, 2012

Et Cetera

Inspired by k3wl orgs like Public School, Cabinet, Brooklyn Brainery, & with a general commitment to diversity, Public Assembly's putting on the Ritz: gallery shows, panel discussions & radical arts get intermixed with our normal jams: cool bands, killer late night parties, and drank. Pro-women, pro-queer, pro-art, pro-imagination, proproblem solving, fans of the radical, and understanding of your budget - we're here to provide the best week-long version of a state-funded liberal arts college we can. Live
the dream.
Et cetera happens at Public Assembly from September 16 - 22 and features over two dozen lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations, concerts and other learning-leaning events, most of which are free. This includes the previously discussed vintage synthesizer demo with Xeno & Oaklander on 9/16, the Gang Gang Dance / Sun Araw show on 9/21 to which tickets are still available, the back room show on September 21 with Total Slacker, Indian Jewelry, Black Marble, and Plastic Flowers which is free, and "The Emma Straub Hollywood Variety Hour" on September 22 with actor Andrew McCarthy and Magnetic Fields' Stephin Meritt.

Other events include a brewing discussion titled "How Beer Changed Everything" on 9/20, and "The Moon Presents ... A Tribute to Books" with comedian Chris Gethard and The Onion's Todd Hanson. All Et cetera events are listed below and there's more information at their website.

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AC Newman w/ New Pornographers at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
AC Newman

NYC comedy duo Wrestling Team (aka Mark Bisi and Andy Beckerman) do a live taping of their Beginnings interview podcast at UCBEast on the second Tuesday of every month, and new episodes premiere every Thursday (listen for free on iTunes). This month's live taping, which is TONIGHT (9/11) at UCBEast, will feature Mark and Andy talking to Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show and Air America Radio) and David Rees (Get Your War On, How to Sharpen Pencils), and the musical guest will be New Pornographer AC Newman. $5 tickets for tonight's show are available.

Tonight's show happens about a month before AC Newman begins his tour with The Mynabirds which comes to NYC on October 22 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and October 24 at Maxwell's (tickets). Newman's new album, Shut Down the Streets, is out October 9.

Meanwhile, you can also catch Lizz Winstead in NYC when she brings her Free Or Die book tour to Brooklyn's Galapagos Art Space on September 24 (tickets) and Manhattan's 92YTribeca on October 3 (tickets). She'll also do her 'Bang The Dumb Slowly: The Year In Politics' show at Gramercy Theatre on November 5, the day before Election Day. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

David Rees has other upcoming NYC appearances too. He'll be coming to Union Hall on September 19 and 20. The 9/19 show is a free 'Comedians With Books' show with Janeane Garofalo, which is part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, and the 9/20 show is a 'Librarian Olympics' show, which tickets are on sale for. David will also do a BCRG-presented show this week a bit outside of NYC at Beacon, NY's Hudson Valley Auctioneers on September 15 with Bobby Tisdale (writer for Late NIght with JImmy Fallon among other things), Beth Hoyt, and musical guest Eleanor Friedberger. The Beacon, NY show is Eleanor's only upcoming show at the moment.

All AC Newman dates and a stream of his recent single, "I'm Not Talking," are below.

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