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Move over Hodor, there's a new TV star DJ in town. RJ Mitte, better known as Walt Jr. from Breaking Bad, will come to NYC to DJ BB King's on April 10. And the event is called Breaking Beats. Tickets are on sale now for $35 (the $30 early bird option is sold out), which is almost $30 less than Hodor's DJ set at the same venue was.

You probably saw that over the weekend Bryan Cranston reprised his role as Walt Sr. in a Super Bowl commercial for Esurance. You can watch the extended cut below...

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Lavell Crawford

You might know him best as everyone's favorite Breaking Bad character Huell, but Lavell Crawford is also a stand up comedian. This year he has live dates coming up in Knoxville, Washington DC, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, NYC and NJ. The SIX NYC shows are this October at comedy club Caroline's on Broadway (tickets). The NJ show was just announced at Wellmont Theater in Montclair on December 5. Tickets for the NJ show are available now for $30 VIA GROUPON. Friday they go up to at least $50 when they go on sale via Live Nation.

Breaking Bad just took home a whole bunch of Emmys for its final season which seems like it happened so long ago...

As "True Detective's" cosmically attuned sleuth Rust Cohle put it: "Someone once told me time is a flat circle. Everything we've ever done or will do, we're gonna do over and over and over again."
[Washington Post]
Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, which is based on Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman character (Huell's boss), will premiere on AMC in February 2015. Meanwhile they've released a few very short teasers which you can watch below...

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Arcade Fire photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, Aaron Paul photo via Scott Rodger

Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Aaron Paul

We already posted day 1 pictures and day 2 pictures of the first weekend of Coachella 2014, and a set of day 3 is HERE, but here's a separate set of pics of Arcade Fire's headlining set that day. We already talked about their set, including the fact that Blondie singer Debbie Harry joined them for a cover of her own band's "Heart of Glass" and stayed to sing backup on "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." We also mentioned that Barack Obama bobbleheads and Pope Francis bobbleheads (which debuted in Austin) joined them, but what we didn't know is the actual person wearing the Pope Francis bobblehead was Aaron Paul, aka Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman, who was one of the many celebrities at the festival. That's a picture of Jesse with the Pope bobblehead above, via CoS, via Arcade Fire's manager.

More pictures of Arcade Fire's Coachella set below...

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French artist David Redon has taken on a new project, "Ads Libitum," where he takes vintage American ads and posters, but applies themes of modern pop culture (mostly music), as Animal New York points out. The project included takes on Kanye West (above), Nirvana, Outkast, Daft Punk, Drake, Beyonce, Jay Z, Breaking Bad, The Beach Boys and more.

This comes not longer after we saw rappers painted as royalty portraits.

Check out all of them here and more below...

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Anna Calvi, who released her second album, One Breath, last year, is one of many new faces you'll be seeing in GAP's new ad campaign, along with the likes of Theophilus London, Washed Out, actor RJ Mitte (aka Breaking Bad's Walt Jr.) and others. That's Anna's and Walt Jr's ads above.

Meanwhile, Calvi has recorded a live session for British music channel Transmitter and we've got the premiere of "Kiss My Twin" from that. Originally the b-side to single "Eliza," it's a real slow-burner that's a great showcase for both Calvi's impressive guitar skills and her glass-shattering pipes. Watch it below.

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Basia Bulat at Littlefield in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Basia Bulat

Comedian/actor Bob Odenkirk, who among other things, you may know as Saul from Breaking Bad, is into music too, and he's just given his album of the year endorsement to Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat for her newest, Tall Tall Shadow. If you haven't heard that record, you can stream it below. You can also catch Basia on her ongoing tour which comes to NYC on November 23 at Bowery Ballroom with Luluc and Wilsen. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, Bob Odenkirk just offered more details on the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, which is based on his Saul Goodman character. In a recent interview with IGN he talks about it being a hybrid of a prequel and a sequel to Breaking Bad:

Well, I've talked to Vince [Gilligan] and Peter [Gould], who are writing and creating the series, about this and I've said that a lot of people do want to see what happens to next to Saul. So, I don't know what they're going to do. I know they've talked about prequel, but they've also talked to me about sequel, and they've also talked to me about a mix of prequel and sequel.
Read the rest of the interview here.

All Basia Bulat dates are listed, along with the LP stream, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield


Wacky witches, scary skeletons and masked madmen took over the streets on Thursday as tens of thousands of people marched in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.

A light drizzle didn't stop curious onlookers and wildly dressed marchers from strutting their stuff along Manhattan's Sixth Avenue in the annual parade, which was canceled last year due to Superstorm Sandy and was put on this year only after an emergency online fundraising campaign netted more than $50,000 in donations.

Opera singer Melanie Gall, wearing an all-black witch costume, complete with a pointy hat, said the parade was a chance for New Yorkers "to really show off." [TribTown]

We already posted one set of pictures from this year's Halloween parade. Here's another. They continue below...

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Dance Bitch

Before literally riding off into the desert, Jesse Pinkman (via actor Aaron Paul) uttered his signature one-liner a final time, this time on a dance track. "Dance Bitch," a track produced by Tom Neville and Zen Freeman, featuring the voice of Paul, has become an unlikely underground sensation since its release on Rising Music following the end of "Breaking Bad." [Billboard]
More about the song in the new article in Billboard. The song below...

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The Arbiters
The Arbiters

In a recent Reddit interview with Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead music supervisor Thomas Golubic, Thomas said:

I do produce music. I have a mash-up music production project called 'The Arbiters'. You can download two EPs of music for free from my bandcamp site: http://arbiters.bandcamp.com. The first EP was inspired by Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse's "Grey Album" and was completed in 2006 and called "They Are Biters". The song "Sure Side of Fame" which was a mash-up of Lou Reed "Walk on the Wild Side", David Bowie "Fame", St. Germain "Sure Thing" and vocals by Biggie and Tupac got a nice amount of club and radio play. The second EP "Arrival" was released in 2010. You can download them both from that website. I use Ableton software to create them and work with co-producers who polish my ideas nicely.
Thomas's project is in "conjunction with music supervisor/producer Josh Marcy and film score composer Dave Porter" who is not in Animal Collective but is a familiar name to those who pay attention to the names flashing across the screen when Breaking Bad starts. According to their Bandcamp, "the Los Angeles-based mash-up production collective brings the underground aboveground with their seamless brand of intelligent bastard pop." You can decide for yourself below.

Recent music choices Thomas was likely responsible for include Junip in the 2nd-to-last-episode of Breaking Bad, and Badfinger's "Baby Blue" in the final episode of the same show. A lot of people then went and bought "Baby Blue", but who's getting the money?

The Walking Dead returns to AMC this Sunday!

Arbiters streams below...

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Junip @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Winnie Cheung)

After the intense heaviness of last Sunday's penultimate episode of Breaking Bad (no spoilers, don't worry), it was a pleasant surprise to hear Jose Gonzalez's voice immediately after in the preview for the series' final episode -- via Jose's band Junip's song "Line of Fire." If you missed it, watch below, and get excited for the Breaking Bad series finale this Sunday. Like you're not already. The full song is also streamable below.

Junip head out on tour in October, starting at ACL, hitting NYC for one show at Le Poisson Rouge on October 10 (not two shows at LPR as Junip originally reported), returning to Austin for the second weekend of ACL, and eventually ending at La Bellasco in LA before the Swedish band returns to Gothenburg. Tickets to the LPR show are still available.

Want to go to the NYC show for free? We're giving away a pair of tickets to a random person who tweets something @BrooklynVegan and includes both "Junip" and "Breaking Bad" in the tweet. Winner will be notified via Twitter.

All tour dates, the Breaking Bad trailer, Junip's new video for "Walking Lightly" and more, below...

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Sonic Youth

To quote Dangerous Minds:

Raymond Pettibon's cover art for Sonic Youth's Goo album meets Breaking Bad in this droll tee-shirt mashup.

It reads: "I stole Combo's mom's RV. It was all whirlwind, heat, and flash. With-in a week we killed Krazy-8 and hit the road."

Pettibon's original illustration was based on a 1966 news photo of Maureen Hindley and David Smith, witnesses in the case of the "Moors murders" serial killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, as they to made their way to the trial.

Maybe Walter Jr will show up to see Thurston Moore this weekend?

Breaking Bad

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Literature @ South Street Seaport's Front/Row stage (FREE)
One of the most fun bands at the 2013 NYC Popfest, Philly (via Texas) band Literature play a manic brand of janglepop, with tons of energy live. This show is part of the Sound Bites Series that's booked by BV's Bill Pearis (he DJs before the show too). 3 PM, free.

Drivin' N' Cryin' @ Mercury Lounge
This gritty Southern rock band got its start on college radio but broke into the big(ger) time with their 1991 album, Fly Me Courageous. Though that was their pinnacle, commercially, the band have kept at it, including a series of psych-tinged EPs last year.

Beasts of the Southern Wild w/ live score @ Prospect Park
Postponed from Thursday rain, this Celebrate Brooklyn! show screens last year's celebrated drama with a live score from Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin & The Wordless Music Orchestra. 7 PM, free.

Shuggie Otis, Jose James, Hiatus Kaiyote @ Central Park Summerstage
It's a lovely night, who wouldn't want '70s cult soul icon Shuggie Otis perform classics like "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Aht Uh Mi Hed" for free in Central Park? Quality support comes from Jose James and Hiatus Kaiyote too.

Hyetal, Lemonade, 2 Chenz, Van Rivers, and more (all DJ sets) @ Playland Motel
True Panther is throwing this dance party on Rockaway Beach tonight with a few of their artists, and they're promising "some very very special guests" too. Goes from 4PM to 2 AM.

The Do-Over @ Beekman Beer Garden
Aloe Blacc, Haycock, and Strong are bringing their LA party "The Do-Over" to NYC again tonight.

Breaking Bad Final Season premiere
Of course for a lot of people, the only show they're going to is on AMC at 9 PM -- the return of Breaking Bad. Only eight episodes left and they're sure to be gut-wrenchingly tense. Have a bottle of Tums handy. If you don't have cable there are bars -- like Videology in Williamsburg -- showing it live too.

There's not too much going on tonight, but if you do feel like going out, maybe it's a good night to check out a new place like Park Slope's Barbes, which hosts Sarah King (7 PM) and Honeyfingers (9 PM) tonight, or John Zorn's East Village club The Stone, which hosts its John Zorn Improv Night tonight with Zorn, Ken Thomson, Ikue Mori, and more.

There's also good weekly comedy tonight, like ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB and Hannibal Buress at Knitting Factory.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Breaking Bad

As you probably know, AMC's awesomely gut-wrenching series Breaking Bad is about to start its final season beginning Sunday, August 11. (Only eight more episodes!) In anticipation of this, the Museum of the Moving Image will present "From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White's Transformation in Breaking Bad," an exhibit of props and costumes from the series. The exhibit runs July 26 - October 27 and is included with museum admission. Items on display include:

the yellow Oxford shirt and khaki pants typical of White's daily wear; the black pork pie hat, black jacket and pants, and green shirt favored by White's alias, Heisenberg; the briefs worn by White during his first methamphetamine-making session, and the hazmat suit, gas mask, apron, and boots used in subsequent "cooking" scenes. Props include those relating to White's cancer treatment--pharmaceuticals, PET scan, strands of loose hair (the result of his chemotherapy)--as well as objects featured in pivotal scenes in the series, including the pink teddy bear and Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Also on view will be selected clips from the series, and behind-the-scenes footage.
In addition, show creator Vince Gilligan will be on hand for a special event on July 28, a conversation about the creation and evolution of the series and Walter White's character, with highlights from the series interspersed. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Additionally, Gilligan and much of the Breaking Bad Cast will appear at a talk at TheTimesCenter on July 30. That event is sold out too... but will be broadcast on the web live at 6:30 PM EDT.

And for those who haven't seen the series yet and have a lot of free time on their hands, the Film Society Lincoln Center is screening the entire series (to date), in daily season marathons from July 26 - July 30. Season 1 is July 26... and the first part of Season 5 happens July 30. The marathons are free and open to the public, based on capacity.

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.

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Gus Fring

I won't give any spoilers for those who haven't watched it yet, but that was a sweet use of Apparat's "Goodbye" in Sunday night's Breakng Bad Season 4 finale (the episode that was appropriately titled "face off"). The song comes from Apparat's new album The Devil's Walk which was released on 9/27 via Mute. The album's inspiration/theme is also fitting for for the meth-fueled AMC show and the big scene the song was part of. As NPR points out:

Many electronic musicians cross over into mainstream pop and rock, but Sascha Ring -- a.k.a. Apparat -- crafts his own unique style of somber yet majestic music. With his latest record, the German producer may find himself reaching a broader audience than ever. The Devil's Walk, Apparat's fourth album, creates a soundscape that's subtle and melancholy, yet also uplifting and cinematic.

The Devil's Walk, out Sept. 27, began during a lengthy trip Apparat took in 2010 to Mexico, where he worked in a makeshift studio in the town of Sayulita. The album became fully realized later in recording studios located in Europe. The cross-continental journey and combination of cultures helped to define and inspire the right blend of cold electronics with warm strings and keys, along with a dreamlike vocal that drifts in throughout.

Apparat is currently touring Europe. You can listen to the song and view all tour dates, below...

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