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Amy Winehouse

Hundreds of fans gathered in Camden, north London, on Sunday for the unveiling of a statue in memory of singer Amy Winehouse.

The bronze sculpture, which sports Winehouse's signature beehive hairstyle, a star of David necklace and a live red rose in her hair, was placed in the heart of the Stables Market as a memorial to the singer, who died three years ago of alcohol poisoning aged 27.

Fans travelled from mainland Europe and even Hawaii to get a first glimpse of the memorial on Sunday morning, which sculptor Scott Eaton said he hoped was "reflective and contemplative", breaking into loud applause as the black screen obscuring the statue was taken down and the grey blanket pulled away to reveal the statue posed with one hand on her hip.

The statue was unveiled on what would have been Amy's 31 birthday.

Alt-J at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Alt-J

Big day for award nominations. The Oscars announced theirs this morning and the Brit Awards just wrapped up their ceremony for 2013 nominations, with Emeli Sandé grabbing four and Mumford & Sons and Alt-J each getting three. All three of those artists were nominated for British Album of the Year, a list that also included Paloma Faith and Plan B. If you don't know, The Brits are basically the UK's equivalent of the Grammys, though nominees are all British apart from a few "International" awards.

Jessie Ware, Muse, and Adele each got two nominations, and single-digit noms went to Bat for Lashes, The xx, Richard Hawley and The Vaccines.

Mumford & Sons have two nights at Barclays Center in February and Alt-J will swing though town in March.

The entire 2013 Brit Awards nominees list is below.

Continue reading "2013 Brit Award nominees announced (Emeli Sandé, Mumford and Alt-J lead the pack)"

"That's y!" says Snoop Dogg...
Snoop Dogg
cats

Did Snoop Dogg talk much politics at his Wellmont Theater show last week? That picture above, no not the cats, is his Tweeted list of reasons for voting for Obama, and for not voting Romney.

Kanye West has much less to say, for now. All his amazing tweets have been deleted except for one new one that says "BE BACK SOON". UPDATE: Now there are also three tweets about Steve Jobs.

Speaking of Chicago hip hop, Lupe Fiasco and the NY Times have some more to say on the subject (Chief Keef, etc).

Bummed to hear that Big Boi, who recently played Chicago's North Coast Music Fest, replaced Little Dragon with Kelly Rowland on the final version of the song he performed live with Little Dragon in Austin.

The Weeknd, who has three NYC shows coming up, got all emo and wrote a letter to fans promising no dissapointment.

Creed frontman Scott Stapp says T.I. saved his life.

Missy Elliot may actually release an album this year.

YouTube is streaming Obama's bff (see above)Jay-Z's eighth Barclays Center show Saturday night.

Speaking of, Jay-Z is in a new marriage equality ad.

Speaking of, congrats to Kaki King and Jessica King! And to Sam Champion and Rubem Robierb!

NPR is streaming Tori Amos from Le Poisson Rouge tonight. Meanwhile, PopMatters reflects on Tori's relationship to the feminist movement.

Speaking of LPR, Micachu whose Williamsburg Park show tonight is cancelled, is playing there Monday.

Menomena just played Austin and are touring their way towards NYC. Check out their new video for "Plumage" below.

We're giving away two tickets to see Flying Lotus at Terminal 5 via the BrooklynVegan Facebook Page. Meanwhile. meet FlyLo at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair this weekend.

We're also giving away tickets to Jens Lekman and Taken By Trees' Terminal 5 show (tickets are also still on sale).

more below...

Continue reading "ALSO: why Snoop Dogg isn't voting for Romney, Menomena, Yellow Ostrich, Kanye's Twitter, Nas, Amy Winehouse, more"

someone dressed as Amy Winehouse for Halloween, Oct. 31, 2011 (by gisellerafful)
Amy Winehouse

Four years later and people are still sending me pictures of themselves dressed like Amy Winehouse for Halloween! They're posting them to Flickr, Twitter, Faceobook, Instagram and everywhere else too. Amy Winehouse will forever be a hot commodity on October 31st, even the same year as her sad and untimely passing (due to alcohol poisoning).

Too soon? Maybe not, but it's definitely been too long since a new Amy Winehouse album was released. So it's a good thing that some of her associates got together and scraped together some songs which they'll be releasing as a new Amy Winehouse album this December! (just in time for Christmas). Cover art and more details on the "previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of existing classics as well as a couple of brand new Amy compositions" below...

Continue reading "remembering Amy Winehouse (on Halloween) --- new album of unreleased tracks announced"

Amy Winehouse at Bowery Ballroom in 2007 (more)
Amy Winehouse

Toxicology tests have found that "no illegal substances" were in singer Amy Winehouse's system at the time of her death last month, her family said Tuesday.

"Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death," the family said in a written statement, citing test results provided to them by authorities.
The 27-year-old singer, beloved for her talent but infamous for erratic public behavior, arrests and drug problems, was found dead at her apartment in London on July 23. -[CNN]

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27 club

"The 27 Club, also occasionally known as the Forever 27 Club or Club 27, is a name for a group of influential rock music artists who died at the age of 27. The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll details the history of the phenomenon. The impetus for the club's creation were the deaths of Brian Jones, Jim Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. Kurt Cobain, who died in 1994, was later added by some. With the exception of Joplin, there is controversy surrounding their deaths. According to the book Heavier Than Heaven, when Cobain died, his sister claimed that as a kid he would talk about how he wanted to join the 27 Club. On the fifteenth anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, National Public Radio's Robert Smith said, "The deaths of these rock stars at the age of 27 really changed the way we look at rock music." [Wikipedia]
Amy Winehouse died today at age 27.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Dave Alexander of the Stooges, Pete de Freitas of Echo & the Bunnymen, Sean Patrick McCabe of Ink & Dagger, Kristen Pfaff of Hole, Mia Zapata, D. Boon of the Minutemen, and other notable musicians have also passed away at 27.

84 year old Tony Bennett w/ a 27 year old Amy Winehouse
Tony and Amy

The great Tony Bennett has a new album of Duets, titled Duets II, coming out on September 20th. The 17-track CD features boring names like Michael Buble, John Mayer and Sheryl Crow, and some interesing names like Willie Nelson and Lady Gaga, but most notably includes a duet with Amy Winehouse who unfortunately never had the chance to realize her full potential due to a sad past few years and her untimely death today (7/23/2011).

In a video interview (that you can watch HERE), Tony says "Amy Winehouse was my favorite to perform with on the whole album." He compares her to Dina Washington and says she had the butterflies and nervousness that all the greats like Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington had. He talks about how they clicked and says he thought she really loved to perform (though you might not know it from recent live videos) (too much butterfly medicine). RIP Amy.

Winehouse hasn't released an album since 2006 hit "Back to Black". The album won five of six Grammys it was nominted for including Record of the Year (and Best New Artist). She also won at the Brits that year. She was nominated for the UK's Mercury Prize twice. In 2004 "Frank" lost to Franz Ferdinand. In 2006 she lost to the Klaxons (check out who was nominated this year). Whether or not Amy has any other unreleased material remains to be seen, though there were rumors that she also recently recorded a track with Cee Lo Green.

Speaking of duets, in Amy Winehouse's too-short career she also performed with Mick Jagger, Mos Def, Mark Ronson, sort of Ghostface, and probably others I missed.

The full tracklist and cover art for Tony's "Duets II", and a video of Amy performing with The Rolling Stones, below...

Continue reading "Amy Winehouse appears on soon-to-be-released Tony Bennett 'Duets' album, Tony loved working with her"

Amy Winehouse @ Bowery Ballroom in 2007 (more)
Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London, it has been reported.

The Back To Black singer was apparently found at the property in by emergency services at 3.54pm this afternoon, according to sources, and her death is being treated as 'unexplained' by police.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: 'Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased.

'On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.
'Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.'

It is thought her father Mitch has yet to find out about his daughter's untimely passing, as he is currently on his way to America to perform at a jazz festival.

Winehouse had been seen with her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield earlier this week as the teenager took to the stage at the iTunes festival.

She refused to join in for Mama Said, but did support the 14-year-old with a few dance moves before urging the crowd to buy Dionne's new album Good For The Soul.

A source said: 'Amy staggered onstage and grabbed the mic to beg the crowd to buy her protege's new album.'

Winehouse's appearance at the concert came after she cancelled her European tour following a disastrous performance in June when she stumbled onto the stage in Belgrade and gave an incoherent performance appearing very disorientated and removed from reality.
Following the concert which saw fans enraged and the subsequent video that circulated to millions she cancelled the remaining dates of her European tour. [Daily Mail]

RIP Amy

Continue reading "Amy Winehouse, RIP"

Passion Pit @ boat cruise in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Passion Pit

Passion Pit have added a third (!!) straight night, January 10th, to their Terminal 5 run. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 30th at 11am.

Their shows at the venue on January 8th (with Rural Alberta Advantage) and Jan. 9th are both sold out.

Passion Pit were nominated for a Q Award this year, though they didn't win at last night's ceremony in London (where Amy Winehouse debuted her new boobs). A list of who did win with a video of Passion Pit at the event, and updated tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Passion Pit add 3rd NYC Terminal 5 show, were at Q Awards"

photos by Darren Kim

Amanda Palmer

It's impossible to see everything at Coachella. Here's more of what one photographer saw...

Continue reading "Coachella 2009 - Day 2 in Pictures "

MIA @ the Diesel party in NYC (more by Kyle Dean ReinforD)
MIA

"Sri Lankan pop sensation M.I.A. has been added to the Coachella festival's Saturday night lineup, the event's producers announced today via their Twitter feed. M.I.A. replaces Amy Winehouse, who was forced to cancel her appearance earlier this month due to an assault charge in the U.K.

Coachella will mark the rapper/singer's first public appearance since the birth of her son last month and her performance of "Paper Planes" with Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne at the Grammy Awards in February.

M.I.A. joins other late additions to the Coachella bill including Devendra Banhart, the Orb, Chemical Bros., Murder City Devils and Etienne de Crecy." [Billboard] (thx Tye)

Amy Winehouse @ Bowery Ballroom - March 2007 (more)

A spokesman for Amy Winehouse says the singer won't perform in the United States next month, as had been planned.

Spokesman Chris Goodman said Monday that Winehouse isn't going to the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif., in "light of current legal issues."

Winehouse was charged with assault last week for allegedly attacking a fan at a London party in September. The singer is due in court next week.

Being charged with a crime often makes it difficult for people to get U.S. visas. [Billboard] (thx Tye)

That is probably the least surprising news ever announced in history. In related news, "2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records, arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music. To mark this milestone the label is collaborating with Island founder Chris Blackwell to arrange the Island 50 festival." A week of live shows is planned in London, and Amy Winehouse is on the bill. More details below...

Continue reading "Amy Winehouse out of Coachella, in for Islands's 50th Fest"

Coachella

Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).

Paul McCartneyThis marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.

"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.

Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.

Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:

Continue reading "Coachella 2009 - OFFICIAL lineup announced (My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Morrissey, The Cure, Antony, Amy Winehouse...) - tix on sale"

Pete Doherty

PETER DOHERTY
SOLO DEBUT ALBUM
GRACE/WASTELAND SET FOR MARCH RELEASE


"Last of the English Roses" Is Planned First Single

NEW YORK - The first solo album by singer-songwriter PETER DOHERTY (Babyshambles, The Libertines) is complete, and scheduled for North American release on Astralwerks on March 24, 2009, the label announced today.

The album, Grace/Wasteland, was recorded over a month of sessions in autumn 2008 at London's legendary Olympic Studios with producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, Cranberries, Kaiser Chiefs). Street also produced the 2007 top 5 U.K. album Shotter's Nation by Babyshambles, Doherty's current band.

Album collaborators include guitarist Graham Coxon (Blur), who plays throughout the album; Scottish singer Dot Allison, who co-wrote the duet "Sheepskin Tearaway," which was also featured on Babyshambles' live DVD Up the Shambles; and poet Peter "Wolfman" Wolfe, co-writer and guitarist on "Broken Love Song". Doherty had previously made a guest appearance on Wolfe's U.K. No. 7 single and Ivor Novello Award-nominated song "For Lovers".

Also contributing are Babyshambles members Mick Whitnall on guitar, Drew McConnell on bass, and Adam Ficek on drums.

Further album tracks include "Arcadie," "Through the Looking Glass," "Salome," and "1839 Returning."

With the Libertines, Peter Doherty recorded the U.K. No 1. album The Libertines, and the U.K. No. 2 single "Can't Stand Me Now." Babyshambles have released two U.K. Top 10 albums, Down in Albion (2004) and Shotter's Nation (2007). He is also the author of The Books of Albion: The Collected Works of Peter Doherty (Orion Books, 2007). Doherty was named Hero of the Year in February 2008 at the Shockwaves NME Awards.

In other news, "St. Lucia's tourism chief is praising Amy Winehouse for bringing publicity to the Caribbean island."

Also, Graham Coxon is playing with Blur again, and Dirty Pretty Things announced their breakup in October.

Sex Pistols @ Live at Loch Lomond, Scotland - Aug 3, 2008 (mdj)
Lydon

Is John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols on a mission for as much press as possible? If so, it's working. First came the incident with Bloc Party's Kele which also involved the Foals and which Lydon denied has anything to do with racism. Since then:

The Sex Pistols demanded a fence be erected around their toilet at a music festival last weekend. The punk rockers reportedly didn't want to share their private toilet and asked for a high security barrier to keep people out at Scotland's Live at Loch Lomond festival. Frontman John Lydon - also known as Johnny Rotten - was also said to be incensed when he realised electro band Autokratz were being driven around the event in a better car than his band, and demanded the vehicles were switched. Autokratz singer David Cox told Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "The Sex Pistols had two Land Rovers to ferry them around the site but Johnny seemed to prefer our car.

"So he made us take all our equipment out so he could travel 40 metres in it."

Once the switch had been completed, John allegedly shouted: "Autokratz, as we have taken your Auto you are now just Kratz."... [New Zealand City]

Clever. And:
[Lydon] addressed the racist row that he was caught up in over the last 10 days when he sang a song about Allah and Jesus. He sang: "Allah be praised, George Bush be erased. Hello, Allah. Hello, Jesus too." He then told the crowd: "That is a little challenging to some of you. "So just in case you missed it the f****** papers had the f****** liberty to call me a racist. "I say hello, Allah. I'd like to buy Allah a f****** good pint of larger." Rolling up his sleeve, he berated fans saying: "Are you our friends? Well then, drink your beer instead of throwing it, you f****** idiot." Johnny also had a dig at Coldplay, saying: "This is audience participation 100 per cent. We're the Sex Pistols, not f****** Coldplay." And Rotten had a pop at Happy Mondays. They were head lining the Good Vibrations stage while the Pistols were on the main stage. The godfather of punk said: "Is there anybody there? Is there anybody over at Happy Mondays? That's a shame.".. [The Daily Record]
How punk. He also has beef with Pete Doherty, Amy Winehouse (the female Pete Doherty), and Duffy (the new Amy Winehouse). Those quotes below...

Continue reading "John Lydon - Amy Winehouse 'imitates black music', slams Doherty, Duffy & the Happy Mondays, acts like a diva"

Glastonbury

Thousands of fans converge on the Pyramid stage to witness the fabulous Amy Winehouse perform live and to find out if, as the gossip magazines say, she is indeed truly out of control. [BBC]
I can't believe they really had her play the festival this weekend. Check out some songs, including one where she descends into the huge crowd (and "punches fan"), in the videos below...

Continue reading "Amy Winehouse @ Glastonbury 2008 - she sings, fans go crazy (and get 'punched') (VIDEO)"

Pete Doherty

Last month, Roman Abramovich shelled out £185,000 each for Mercury prizewinners Klaxons and sexy Brazilians CSS to perform at his daughter's birthday. In February, a Californian computer-games tycoon paid £15,000 for an exclusive set in Pete Doherty's own, blood-spattered home. Mind you, the latter may have been miffed to hear that, a few weeks earlier, Doherty had accepted £100 from a regular dad to play at his daughter's birthday party.

"Doherty is a perfect example of how the private-gig market is shifting," says Richard Davies, a former music-industry executive turned internet entrepreneur, whose latest venture aims to make private-party performances from pop stars available to the masses. "At one end of the scale, you have your Dolly Partons and Celine Dions. At the other, which is still in its infancy, are cooler, younger pop and indie acts, who are obviously a lot cheaper." [TimesOnline]

a catch up post....

Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore and rumored beau Ryan Adams were spotted shopping at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles and Vintage Gear Guitar Shop in Los Angeles yesterday.

The awkwardly-paired duo fell for one another while working closely together on her album Wild Hope last year.

Angster-singer Adams has previously dated a slew of other offbeat brunette actresses, including Parker Posey and Winona Ryder.

This is the first time the happy couple has been snapped together because...well...photogs had no idea who Ryan Adams was until now! [FadedYouth Blog]

Winona Ryder has since moved on to a member of Rilo Kiley. Devendra Banhart and Natalie Portman could not be reached for comment. Check out more (not very nice paparazzi-style) pictures of Ryan, OR watch Scarlett Johansson sing Tom Waits backed by members of Celebration BELOW...

Continue reading "Ryan Adams get your hands off Mandy Moore"

Kate Nash Brit

* Adele added a March 17th show.
* Kate Nash added an April 24th show.
* Adele, Kate Nash & Adele all went to the same 'Brit' school.

Watch Radio 1 interview Kate Nash after she won a Brit Award, below...

Continue reading "Adele and Kate Nash added second NYC shows"

Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse
Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse

The Arctic Monkeys took best British group and album - both for the second year in a row - while Foo Fighters won best international group and album.

The ceremony saw performances from Amy Winehouse and Sir Paul McCartney, who received a lifetime achievement honour.

Kate Nash won best British female and Mark Ronson was named best British male.

Producer Ronson, who performed with Winehouse and Adele at the Earl's Court show, is the first non-singer to have scooped the solo artist prize....

...US star Kanye West, who was unable to attend the ceremony, was named winner of the best international male prize. "I'm sure there's someone who deserves this more than me, but I just don't know who they are," he said in his acceptance video....

...Rihanna followed with a performance of her number one single 'Umbrella', accompanied by Klaxons. [BBC]

Mika & Beth Ditto
Mika and Beth Ditto

Continue reading "2008 Brit Awards - results, pictures, Beth Ditto, etc"

live via satellite, from London, with mom
Amy Winehouse & mom at the Grammys

Tom Araya of Slayer arrives w/ family @ The Grammys - Feb 10, 2008
Slayer at the Grammys

Punk Book of Lists

"We make to-do lists, shopping lists, wish lists...but somehow our lists just don't ROCK. The ones in this new book do....The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists is the handiwork of Handsome Dick Manitoba of the Dictators and Amy Wallace of the original Book of Lists. They're billing this book as "Essential bathroom reading!!!! " but we like it at the breakfast table, actually. We loved learning how about The Pogues got their name and what Mario Batali's favorite pizzas in the world are. (What does that have to do with punk rock? According to this tome, pizza is the MOST punk rock food of all.)" [beatrice]
* Market Hotel opens
* Joakim plays Studio B
* Freak's Ball VIII @ Southpaw
* Gallows play Bowery Ballroom
* Kaiju Big Battel @ Webster Hall
* Early Man plays Knitting Factory
* RIP, Tony Silver, director of Style Wars
* Sick of It All is at Highline Ballroom
* No Age & Liars are playing Warsaw
* Godspeed You! Black Emperor (R.I.P)
* Siouxsie Sioux is at Irving Plaza
* NYC fans feels snubbed by Siouxsie Sioux
* Richards, Jagger throw stones at Winehouse
* Osbourne offers Winehouse post rehab sanctuary
* Visa Vetoed, Winehouse Goes to Grammy Satellite
* Should You Watch Sunday Night's Grammy Awards?

I have two copies of "The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists" to give away. E-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: punk) if you want to win one. Two winners will be picked and contacted. What else?

The winners have been announced...

LCD Soundsytem - Idolator artAmy Winehouse - Idolator art

LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver topped the Idolator 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll, and now it has won the 35th Annual Pazz & Jop Village Voice one as well. Pitchfork had it at number two. I'm an idiot and never posted my list, but when and if I do, it will also be in my top three.

Amy Winehouse was voted "No. 4 & 19 tracks", "No. 5 Artist", and "No. 5 Album" in Idolator's poll. The Village Voice poll has her at 4th best album, and #1 single. I'm not going to lie. I listened to that album a lot too. It just sucks what has happened to her since it came out - including the crack smoking video that just came out, which is being investigated by the police, and which has apparently (hopefully & luckily) also has her back in rehab.

The above art is from Idolator. The Voice cover is below....

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