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Bill’s Indie Basement (12/1): the week in classic indie, college rock, and more

This week we've got a memoir from Robert Forester of The Go-Betweens, a whole bunch of Saint Etienne reissues, and buzzsaw pop from Los Angeles' Flat Worms. Plus, two premieres: one a collaboration between two French-language acts, and a band whose name sounds like they might be French (but aren't).

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Rainer Maria at Saint Vitus
Rainer Maria at Saint Vitus last New Year's Eve (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Rainer Maria playing Elsewhere + emo book release party is in NYC this month

Indie/emo vets Rainer Maria returned this year with S/T on Polyvinyl, their first album in 11 years. They've got a one-off at Elsewhere in 2018, and they're featured in the new 'Anthology of Emo' book on Polyvinyl.

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Patti Smith at Central Park SummerStage
Patti Smith in Central Park in September (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
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Patti Smith performing at Sam Shephard book release at a church in Brooklyn

Patti Smith and longtime bandmates Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan will “present an evening of words and music” in NYC to celebrate the release of Spy of the First Person, the final book by Sam Shepard, who passed away earlier this year.

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David Bowie
Photograph from the album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Photograph by Brian Duffy. Photo Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive
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‘David Bowie is’ at Brooklyn Museum tix on sale (and see a sneak preview)

In other Bowie news, the new documentary 'The Last Five Years' just got its US premiere at DOC NYC and it premieres on HBO in January, and there's a new book of unseen photos coming in May.

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Tony Rettman Straight Edge
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Tony Rettman celebrating new ‘Straight Edge’ book in NYC; FYA 5 announced

Tony Rettman, author of NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990 and Why Be Something That You're Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985, is releasing his new book, Straight Edge: A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk, next week (11/14). He celebrates it in NYC tonight, with a Q&A with Scott Crawford, who directed the Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-90) documentary.

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Very Special Story time with Jack White and Elinor Blake at a Barnes & Noble in L.A.
Very Special Story time with Jack White and Elinor Blake at a Barnes & Noble in L.A.
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Jack White planning LP, celebrating new children’s book at NYC Barnes & Noble

Jack White discussed his upcoming album in an interview with Gary Oldman, and said it will be “good gardening music or roofing music or, you know, back-alley stabbing music.“

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Smithsonian RnR Cover - Hi-Res
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Velvet Underground, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding & more; Bill Bentley tells us about his favorite shows, releases book

In December 2015, the Smithsonian put out a call for music fans to submit personal photos and stories from their favorite rock n' roll moments. Those have been collected in Bill Bentley's new book, Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen, which is out today. Bill's seen a lot of amazing shows over the years -- he tells us his Top 5.

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Anthology of Emo
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Washed Up Emo preps book ft. interviews w/ American Football, Mineral, Promise Ring & more

The book also features interviews with members of The Get Up Kids, Rainer Maria, Texas is the Reason, Dashboard Confessional, Knapsack, and more.

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Brooklyn podcast festival
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Brooklyn Podcast Festival inaugural lineup! — Kevin McDonald, Chapo Trap House, Slate Money Live & more

Brooklyn Podcast Festival holds its inaugural edition at The Bell House, Union Hall, and BRIC House from November 14 - 19.

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Whitney Cummings discussing book w/ Neal Brennan; Dave Chappelle doing New Year’s Eve with John Mayer

Whitney Cummings's new book, I'm Fine...And Other Lies, is out October 3.

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