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December 7, 2013
by Bill Pearis
Morrissey's Autobiography was released this week in North America in hardback -- and the UK got a hardback version this week too (the original was a Penguin Classics paperback). That's the US and UK hardback covers above, respectively.
be in NYC this week for a book signing at Barnes & Noble Union Square this Thursday (12/12) at 7 PM. According to B&N, there's no reading or performance, just a straight signing, and "Your receipt for book = ticket!" This should be an interesting scene.
UPDATE (12/8): Turns out this isn't happening. Bummer.
In related news, there have been unsubstantiated reports that the US and UK versions differ, and that some details about Moz's '90s relationship with Jake Owen Walters have been edited out. I bought the import a while back and that section is definitely one of Autobiography's most interesting, a rare glimpse inside a personal life Morrissey has successfully managed to keep personal until now. The first third of the book, detailing his life growing up a very poor Manchester, is probably the best part.
The latter half, though, spends a lot of time complaining about Rough Trade boss Geoff Travis and refuting -- line-by-line -- the ruling against Morrissey and Marr in the royalties lawsuit that Smiths drummer Mike Joyce won. There's also a lot of stuff like this:
Michael Stipe appears at Caroline Place, and we have tea in the back garden as the dunghill wafts of Queensway restaurants foul the air.Have you read it yet?
'I don't like this area,' I tell Michael.
'Then why do you live here?' he asks.
'I have no idea,' I reply.
'When I first heard Everyday is like Sunday I felt very jealous,' he goes on, and he explains how he, too, would like to go solo.
'I didn't ever want to go solo,' I say, 'I thought the Smiths would run for at least thirty albums.'
We walk through Hyde Park and then slowly across to Hammersmith. We enter the Hammersmith Odeon through the stage door, and six minutes later Michael walks onstage with REM. He is wearing the same clothes that he has worn all day, and he hasn't brushed his teeth.
December 6, 2013
by Bill Pearis
We're past Thanksgiving and Hanukkah and fully in the holiday season, which for some of us means the annual office party. But who just wants to drink with the person in the cubicle next to you and that weird guy in Accounting? BrooklynVegan and pals at doNYC are throwing a joint holiday party -- and you're invited too. It goes down on December 19 at Videology in Williamsburg from 8 - 10 PM with complimentary Goose Island beer (while supplies last).
In addition to the refreshments, there will also be clips from holiday specials and movies on Videology's big screen, from the warm and familiar to some really weird stuff (Star Wars Christmas Special anyone?). Also, yours truly as DJ for the evening. You're welcome to stick around after 10 PM, too, I'll still be spinning tunes till they make me stop, with still more holiday weirdness to watch as well. It's free (21+) but you do need to RSVP (though admission with RSVP is still first come, first served, capacity permitting). Hope to see you there!
Speaking of Videology, the Williamsburg spot (where, full disclosure, I clerked for years and years) turned from neighborhood video store into a neighborhood bar/screening room/video store about a year ago. Videology is celebrating it's 10th anniversary on Friday, December 13 starting at 8 PM. There will be drink specials, a mash-up of their popular Twin Peaks and Arrested Development bingo nights, food, trivia, prizes, gourmet cotton candy and more. Also, me again DJing starting at 11 PM. It's free and if you RSVP you get half-price drinks all night.
December 2, 2013
John Waters hasn't directed a film since 2004's A Dirty Shame, but he has stayed busy doing other things. Like hitchhiking across America last year (Here We Go Magic gave him a ride at one point), an experience he's turning into a book titled Carsick, which comes out in June, 2014. He's also been going to the movies and recently gave Artforum his Top 10 of the year and picked Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers as his #1. You can check out his list below and read his commentary on them at Artforum.
In other news, Waters is going on a holiday tour this month where he'll share "some of his favorite holiday traditions, from his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts to his religious fanaticism for Santa Claus and an unhealthy love of real-life holiday horror stories." The tour includes two NYC shows at Stage 48 on December 13 & 14. Tickets are on sale now and make "a great Christmas present for the pervert in your life."
All John Waters tour dates are listed, along with an interview with Prince Paul, below...
November 26, 2013
by Klaus Kinski
Eugene Mirman w/ Bobcat Goldtwait (via Eugene's instagram)
Ladies and germs, today we find ourselves on the brink of Thanksgiving and a Nor'easter. I can't wait to see which one will be a bigger disaster for me personally. Regardless, before you pack your backpacks or your hobo-bandanas that you'll hang from the end of a stick and head out to see your friends and family, here's a quick comedy round up for you to enjoy.
Last night (11/25), Wyatt Cenac's Littlefield-based comedy residency Night Train celebrated its One Year Anniversary with an absolutely dominating evening of talent. The line-up included sets by David Cross, Michael Che, Ted Leo, Seth Herzog, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Andy Wood, Michelle Buteau, and of course, Wyatt Cenac. Congrats on a successful year and a successful anniversary celebration, Wyatt! Check out the Littlefield calendar for more upcoming Night Train shows.
Speaking of Eugene Mirman, NYC semi-recurring-ish comedy staple Pretty Good Friends has a holiday show coming up at the Bell House on Tuesday December 17 and the announced guests so far include Eugene Mirman and the great Daniel Kitson. Last weekend Daniel Kitson began yet another massive residency St. Ann's Warehouse that is set to wrap-up on December 21 2013. A lot of those shows are sold out while a handful of others only have a handful of seats left, so get tickets now. Eugene Mirman also has some December dates with Klaus Hero Kurt Braunohler. Those are listed below.
And for Cod's sake, let's not forget that Union Hall is still a force to be reckoned with in terms of small-room huge-talent comedy bookings. Every Sunday night Creaghead and Company takes over the room and for a measly $7 brings us some of the biggest names and freshest talent in the biz. Tickets are only available at the door and the room fills up quick, but if you want to see comedians before they become superstars or comedians who can sell out places like Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, this is the place to be.
One show on the Union Hall calendar that I am really looking forward to is the release party for comedy photography book Funny Business by the great Seth Olenick which is happening on December 21. The shindig will feature Seth Olenick, Brooke Van Poppelen, Max Silvestri, and "very special guests". While there, you will also have the opportunity to purchase the book. If you recall, we mentioned Seth's Kickstarter campaign back in February 2013 and I was so happy to see that he actually exceeded his goal. This is an exceptionally solid body of work by a fantastic portrait photographer.
Manhattan venue Joe's Pub has been programming some comedy into the calendar lately too. John Roberts, viral video master and voice Linda on Bob's Burgers, will be headlining the venue on Sunday December 15. Along with his many original characters, look for Roberts to bring his east coast everymom and star of the viral "Christmas Tree" videos "Margie" to life onstage. Tickets are on sale.
And while we're on the subject of Joe's Pub, tonight (11/26) the great Julie Klausner wraps up the 5-night run of her show TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner. For tonight's evening of music and comedic banter, Julie welcomes Ted Leo. A handful of tickets are available.
Julie's incredible podcast How Was Your Week recently featured American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer Kathleen Hanna and is something I must insist you listen to immediately. Kathleen is the subject of a new documentary called The Punk Singer which begins its theatrical rollout on Friday (11/29). New Yorkers can catch the film -- which also includes appearances from Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, Tavi Gevinson, Adam Horovitz, Kim Gordon, and Kathryn Wilcox -- at Nitehawk Cinema or the IFC Center. Hanna will appear in person for a Q&A after the 2:00pm screening at Nitehawk on Saturday November 30 and tickets are on sale. Click here for a full list of screening dates and cities.
Eugene Mirman dates are listed, along with John Roberts' "Christmas Tree" video, below...
November 21, 2013
Ad-Rock and Champagne Jerry
Kathleen Hanna isn't feeling well, so her husband Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock will be filling in for her as DJ at MoMA's Pop Rally event tonight (11/21). Kim Gordon's group Body/Head also performs and tickets are still on sale.
You can still catch Kathleen soon though, but on the big screen, when "The Punk Singer" opens in theaters on 11/29 (maybe you caught the documentary as part of Doc NYC). Ad-Rock is also featured prominently in the film, and even filmed a scene.
It's not all DJing, movies and bass playing for Ad-Rock these days though. The former Beastie Boy reportedly also raps a few verses on a forthcoming track called "Yo Kev" that he co-wrote with rapper and performance artist Champagne Jerry who he has been collaborating with lately.
"CHAMPAGNE JERRY also known as Neal Medlyn is, by far, the greatest rapper in the world. He likes snacks, books, sexual intercourse, and rhyming."If you don't know, now you know. Listen to "Tampa Realness" below - the track "was written by Champagne Jerry (lyrics) and Adam Ad Rock Horovitz (music) with additional production and mixing by Max Tannone. It is dedicated to the city of Tampa and all things neon, Four Loko, and teal. Adam wrote the beat on a plane to Hawaii, CJ wrote the lyrics on a bus in Brooklyn." Stay tuned for "Yo Kev".
"Tampa Realness" and "Yo Kev" will appear on Champagne Jerry's album For Real You Guys which is being rolled out one single at a time, and one monthly show in NYC at Joe's Pub at a time. The next show is December 7th and Ad-rock will be in the house, like he has been for many intimate shows at Joe's Pub in the past, sometimes with Bridget Everett who is also a Champagne Jerry collaborator, as is Carmine Covelli (who is in both Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin and Bridget Everett's band the Tender Moments) and Max Tannone (whose credits include Jaydiohead).
Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments next play Joe's Pub on 12/11 and 12/12.
Champagne Jerry music and videos below....
November 8, 2013
by Bill Pearis
David Bowie is staying busy this year doing everything except the one thing everyone wants him to do -- play live. His latest: a starring role in the new "chapter" of Louis Vuitton's
commercial short film series, "L'Invitation au Voyage." The film stars model Arizona Muse and was shot at the Louvre in Paris and in Venetian palace and features Bowie performing a harpsichord-ized version of "I'd Rather Be High" from his new album The Next Day. Also: handbags. It looks like it cost as much as a Michael Bay movie and you can watch the short -- directed by Romain Gavras -- below.
In other Bowie news, Dangerous Minds notes that infamous and amazing 1975 BBC Bowie documentary Cracked Actor was recently shown on the Beeb in remastered form and someone was kind enough to upload that to the internet. The film was shot during the American tour for Diamond Dogs when Bowie was maybe just a little out of control. Director Alan Yentob told MOJO, who had the doc at #43 in their "100 Greatest Music Films Ever" issue in April, "His diet at the time seemed to be made up of cocaine, milk and peppers." Bowie said "When I see the film now, I cannot believe I survived it." In addition to the more sensational moments, it's got sensational performances of "Moonage Daydream," "Aladdin Sane," the title track and more. You can and should watch it in full below.
November 5, 2013
by Bill Pearis
Revenge of the Mekons
Doc NYC is a weeklong documentary film festival which happens at IFC Center and SVA Theatre from November 14 - 21. Amongst the many films screening that week, a number of them are music related. Revenge of the Mekons makes its world premiere at Doc NYC and dares to chronicle the nearly 40-year career of these punk-and-beyond legends. You can watch the trailer below. The premiere happens November 15 at the SVA Theatre (9:45 PM) and there will be a Q&A after the film with director Joe Angio and the Mekons band members, moderated by Greil Marcus. Tickets are on sale. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving a pair away. Details below.
Other music documentaries include:
The Punk Singer, which follows Kathleen Hanna from her self-imposed exile from music in the mid-'00s through the start of her new band, The Julie Ruin. It screens at the SVA Theatre on 11/16 at 7:15 PM (tickets). Hanna is expected to attend.You can check out the full list of music documentaries being shown here, and the entire slate of Doc NYC programming and schedule.
Death Metal Angola</em> which tells the story of a couple who raise awareness and funds for an Angolan orphanage by organizing the country's first-ever national rock concert. It screens at the SVA Theatre on 11/16 at 9:45 PM (tickets).
Trailers for most of the films mentioned above (minus the Hamlisch one), along with contest details, below...
October 31, 2013
You may remember that last year, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem, DFA Records) was picked by Canon to make a short film as part of Project Imagination. Using pictures submitted by the public as inspiration, he made it under the mentorship of project head Ron Howard. He was also busy working on Arcade Fire's Reflektor, which came out this week, and now his film, titled Little Duck, is out as well. Murphy shot the film in Japan back in March with cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro who did Lars Von Trier's Melancholia. The 15-minute film tells the story of a man who must leave New York and go back to his Japanese hometown when his estranged brother gets into some trouble. Watch it below...
October 30, 2013
Reed's catalog of albums sold 3,000 last week -- up 607% from the less than 1,000 the week previous. Reed was also a member of the band the Velvet Underground, which sees its album sales rise to 3,000 as well -- up by 236%.If you want to make those numbers even higher you can pick up his stuff on Amazon (Lou solo, VU) and iTunes (Lou, VU).
His best selling album in the last week was "Transformer," with 1,000 sold (up 527%). The Velvet Underground's largest seller was its 1967 debut "The Velvet Underground & Nico," with 1,000 (up 146%).
In terms of digital songs, Reed sold 17,000 downloads last week -- up from 2,000 the week previous (a gain of 590%). The Velvet Underground's song sales grew to 5,000 -- up from 1,000 the week previous (a gain of 410%).
Reed's largest selling song last week was also his biggest chart hit on the Billboard Hot 100, "Walk On the Wild Side." It sold 6,000 downloads (up by 729%) and debuts at No. 38 on the Rock Digital Songs chart. "Walk On the Wild Side" reached No. 16 on the Hot 100 in 1973.
Velvet Underground's biggest song in the past week was "Sweet Jane," with 1,000 downloads sold (up by 521%).
In other Lou Reed news, Lou Reed's Berlin, the 2008 documentary filmed during the 2006 performances of the 1973 album's material in Brooklyn, will be screening in NYC this Saturday (11/2) at Museum of the Moving Image at 7:30 PM. Tickets for the screening are on sale now.
We just posted a clip from that film, featuring Antony, in our post on Antony's tribute to Lou Reed. If you missed it, you can watch that clip below...
by Bill Pearis
The Black Lips are about to start their East Coast tour which includes two NYC stops: Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 4 with Subsonics and Weird Womb, and Bowery Ballroom on November 5 with Tweens and Habibi. They're also playing NJ's Asbury Lanes on November 3 with Subsonics. Tickets those shows are still available. All upcoming dates are listed below.
In addition to their live shows, Black Lips will also be presenting the film Kids Like You & Me, which documents their 2012 tour of the Middle East a trek that took two years of planning and incurred no shortage of figurative and literal roadblocks. You can watch the trailer below. In NYC the film screens on November 4 at Nitehawk Cinemas at 7:30 PM (tickets) and on November 5 it screens at the Village East at 7 PM (tickets). All screening dates are in a flyer below.
Meanwhile, Black Lips good pals King Khan and the Shrines play a big gig tonight (10/30) at Webster Hall. These guys always put on a wild show and add in that it's Devil's Night and who knows what mischief they'll get into. HELL SHOVEL open the show, with DJ sets from Jonathan Toubin. Tickets are still available. If you haven't heard KK&tS' new album, it's terrific and can be streamed in full over at Merge's site.
And related, ATL garage rockers Carnivores (also pals of the Black Lips) are playing a NYC Halloween show at Shea Stadium where, in addition to their own stuff, they'll do a set as The B-52s. Other "costume" sets include Ava Luna (Tom Tom Club), Caged Animals (The Velvet Underground, which they announced well before Lou Reed's passing) and Bueno (Wu-Tang Clan). $8 at the door ($10 without a costume).
Black Lips tour dates are listed, along with the film trailer and screening dates flyer, below...