May 14, 2013
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Juicy J at 'Fader' launch party
Academy Award winner Juicy J (it still cracks me up to say that) made an appearance last night at 61 Gansevoort (5/13), a private party celebrating the launch of the latest issue of FADER. The event, which started around 8 PM featured the Three 6 Mafia member taking to the stage around 10 PM for his verse on "Show Out", followed by "A Zip and A Double Cup" and "Bandz A Make Her Dance" before thanking the crowd and leaving.
I know what you're thinking, 10 minutes (tops) of performance could not be any less exciting, especially considering the cramped quarters and the wait involved. But the experience of seeing the Juice-man (sans double-cup and trippy stick, alas) was less about the performance, and more about the crowd excitement; he could have read the ingredients off of a cereal box and the crowd would go nuts.
Juicy J teams with A$AP Ferg to play a sold-out Irving Plaza tonight. More pictures from the FADER party are below.
by Bill Pearis
Electronic musician Jon Hopkins will release his new album, Immunity, on June 4 via Domino. While making a name for himself with more ambient textures, Hopkins is definitely aiming more for the dancefloor on this one which traces the arc of an epic night out. His sometimes collaborator King Creosote sings on the nine-minute title-track which closes the LP. You can check out the quite lovely video for first single "Open Eye Signal" below, as well as a very cool promotional film for the album that uses time-lapse photography of microscopic crystal growth. You can also stream a Nosaj Thing remix of "Open Eye Signal" below too
Jon is coming over to North America in a couple weeks to play Mutek in Montreal and will swing through NYC after for a record release party at Glasslands on June 4. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all tour dates are listed below.
May 13, 2013
photos by Lukas Hodge
Mission of Burma @ Strawberry Festival, 5/10/2013
Mission of Burma and Merchandise joined Library Time to play Strawberry Fest off of NYU's campus during the day on Friday (May 10th). The free show was one of two scheduled for the Merchandise guys, who performed solo sets at 285 Kent later that night.
More pictures of MoB and Merchandise from NYU's Strawberry Festival are below.
DB & SV (more by Tim Griffin)
"DUE TO A SCHEDULING CONFLICT, THE JUNE 11th DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT SHOW AT THE WELLMONT THEATRE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. REFUNDS AVAILABLE AT POINT OF PURCHASE. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR JUNE 12th."Meanwhile "Here Lies Love" at the Public Theater has been extended and is going strong. More DB/SV tour dates, including the Capitol Theater, are HERE.
photos by Lukas Hodge
Ghost B.C. @ Webster Hall, 5/11/2013
Costumed occult-rockers Ghost headlined a sold-out Webster Hall on Saturday (5/11), joined by their touring partners Ides of Gemini (members of Black Math Horseman). Pictures from their set are in this post, with another set of pictures over at InvisibleOranges.
Joey Ramone, who died from lymphoma in 2001, would've been 62 this year. Here's details on his annual birthday bash:
Following the tradition, this year's BASH will take place on Sunday, May 19th, the actual date of RAMONES' birthday. The evening will be hosted at the Bowery Electric, to allow for a more intimate "up-close-and-personal" setting. The venue is located on the Bowery and Joey Ramone Place, just one block from the location of the original CBGBs.Tickets to the 13th annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash are on sale now.
Making his first appearance at the BASH is this year's headliner CJ Ramone, who was bassist and sometimes singer in The Ramones. CJ joined the group in 1989, replacing original member Dee Dee Ramone, and remained with the group until they retired in 1996. In past years, other Ramones members Tommy Ramone and Richie Ramone have performed at the BASH.
Also performing at the 2013 BIRTHDAY BASH is Andy Shernoff, a founding member of original New York punk band The Dictators, a member of The Resistance with JOEY RAMONE, and a guest musicians on JOEY's posthumously released debut solo album, "Don't Worry About Me." Sharing the bill are The Independents (a group JOEY managed), Sic F*cks, Ingrid and the Defectors, The Bullys, Heap, CJ Ramone, and Andy Shernoff. As in years past, the spectacular party will conclude with a performance by The Joey Ramone Birthday Bashers featuring Mickey Leigh, Walt Stack, CJ Ramone, Jahn Xavier, Walter Lure, George Tabb, Emily Brout, Pat Carpenter, Danny Nez, and surprise guests. The Masters of Ceremony will be John Holmstrom and Pete Aschner. Carrying on the 13 year tradition, Sean O'Sullivan's Punk Pipers will close the show. Additional surprises are anticipated at the evening's events, as yet to be announced.
Kendrick Lamar: outstanding in his field
Kendrick Lamar just performed in NYC over the weekend with his Black Hippy crew, but the MC will be keeping the good vibes going through the summer season. For starters, he just released a video for his hit "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" and you can watch that below.
Additionally, he going to be spending most of his summer on the road, including the two previously-mentioned stops in NYC: SummerJam in East Rutherford on June 2 (tickets) with Wu-Tang Clan and Chris Brown among others, and at Governors Ball (tickets). He's added a bunch more too and all are listed below.
Just a few hours after releasing an "unboxing" video of their much-anticipated new album, Random Access Memories, Daft Punk have put the teasing to rest, and made their fourth album available for streaming a week ahead of its release. Give it a listen over at iTunes (you'll need to open iTunes to get the stream).