Entries tagged with: Cyndi Lauper
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: GWAR at "Empire Records" in April (more by Sachyn Mital)
GWAR (Oderus Urungus) are always keeping busy with stuff that pushes them beyond the category of just being a band and into the realm of art collective or something like that, and as usual there's a ton of stuff going on the in GWAR universe right now. First and foremost, GWAR are a great live band, and they've been on tour for much of the fall, recently stopping in NYC for a show at Webster Hall on 11/15, where they were joined by Born of Osiris and Battlecross. GWAR guitarist Pustulus Maximus joined Battlecross during that show to cover the Pantera classic "Fucking Hostile." Though GWAR didn't play Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo's Housecore Fest this year as they have in the past, Sleazy P. Martini did host a screening of the GWAR movie Skulhedface at the film portion of Housecore, which just went down last weekend. Oh and Anselmo's other band Down did play GWAR-B-Q this year, so clearly they're all still friends.
Speaking of GWAR covers, they've been frequent contributors to the AV Club's "Undercover" series, but yesterday the tables were turned when Iron and Wine covered GWAR's "Sick of You," which was about as quiet and acoustic and funny as you would expect. GWAR contributed a cover of Cundi Lauper's "She Bop" to the series back in October. Watch both below.
And in terms of expanding their universe, current lead singer Michael Bishop aka Blothar has started a marketing firm with Richmond-based artist Joe Adkins called Misery Brothers, who have made their first ad for the Richmond-based "Texas Beach Bloody Mary Mix." It seems like a GWAR video even though Adkins claims that Misery Brothers are technically not affiliated with the band. The spot was shot in GWAR BAR (which is, you know, their bar in Richmond) and is a gory, hilarious commercial that features the character TOMATOFACE, who might as well be a GWAR member, as his costume was created by Corrotted Artistry, the Richmondy company that builds all of GWAR's costumes. These guys have their hands in a lot of things down there, and this is just the latest example.
And finally, GWAR also have a book out, because of course they do. It's called Let There Be Gwar, and is a sort of art-book/comprehensive history of GWAR and all related projects and companies and such. It was spearheaded by Bob Gorman aka "Muzzle Slave" (people associated with GWAR who aren't actually in the band are known as " GWAR slaves", just so you know) but features input from a bunch of people and supposedly took about 17 years to put together. It has a bunch of photos, interviews, posters, art and apparently a lot of blood, and is currently available for purchase.
Check out the Pantera cover, the Iron and Wine cover, the Cyndi Lauper cover, and the bloody mary commercial below...
by Bill Pearis
While Chromatics' new album Dear Tommy, is still TBA (MIA?), the band are releasing singles on a pretty regular basis. We got "Shadow" back in September and now comes a new one, a cover of Cyndi Lauper's 1983 smash "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Chromatics slow its roll, as they do, but retain that bubble pop hook. The single will be released on Friday (11/6) but you can watch a video for it below...
photo: Cyndi Lauper in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cyndi Lauper is once again doing her 'Home for the Holidays' show at NYC's Beacon Theatre this year. It happens Saturday, December 5. Guests are still TBA, but last year's show had Sufjan Stevens, 50 Cent and more. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 30 at noon with Chase and local presales starting Tuesday (10/27) at 10 AM.
The show happens the day after WFUV does their holiday show at the same venue with Sharon Jones, Brandi Carlile and Dawes.
The Colbert Report aired its final episode last night (12/18) after nine seasons on Comedy Central. At the end, Randy Newman and Jon Stewart came out to help Stephen Colbert sing the 1939 standard "We'll Meet Again" and soon they were joined by stageful of celebrity guests, including Willie Nelson, Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Cranston, Tom Brokaw, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Ric Ocasek, James Franco, Patrick Stewart, Arianna Huffington, George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, and many, many more. You can watch that below.
Then, instead of the usual closing-credits music, Colbert used Neutral Milk Hotel's "Holland 1945." Slate notes that the song, from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, has special importance to Colbert who lost his father and two brothers in a plane crash. You can watch the whole episode over at Comedy Central.
Colbert will succeed David Letterman at CBS' The Late Late Show sometime after May 2015.
2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cyndi Lauper, who hosts her own holiday show at Beacon Theater on 12/6, will join Rufus and Martha Wainwright at the first of their two holiday shows at Town Hall later in the month. Cyndi joins a cast of characters at Town Hall that includes Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Justin Vivian Bond, Cibo Matto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sloan Wainwright, and more. Renee Fleming, instead of Cyndi, joins the Wainwrights and friends on the 2nd night. Tickets, which benefit the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, are still on sale for both 12/17 (Cyndi night) and 12/18 (Renee night). Tickets for Cyndi's holiday show, which Sufjan, Emily Haines and many others are also playing, are also still available. Full lineup below.
Speaking of shows Rufus Wainwright is playing that benefit foundations, Rufus is also appearing at a much more expensive show taking place at Cipriani Wall Street on 11/20. At that one he'll be joined by Alexa Ray Joel (daughter of Billy who just announced his 16th MSG residency show), and will be benefiting the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Christopher's good friend and supporter Robin Williams, who took his own life earlier this year, will be honored at the event. $1500 tickets are available. Hey, it's cheaper than the $100,000 Pacesetter Table option!
More Rufus dates HERE. The full lineup of Cyndi's Beacon Theater show is re-posted below...
Sufjan Stevens at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Sufjan Stevens will be presenting the world premiere of his new piece, Round-Up, in Brooklyn at BAM from January 20-25, part of BAM's 2015 Winter/Spring Season. Here's the premise:
In this BAM commissioned work, shown on the Steinberg Screen, Stevens turns his gaze to the rodeo, in all its bull-riding, calf-roping, and barrel-racing glory. With slow-motion footage shot by sibling filmmakers Aaron and Alex Craig at the 2013 Pendleton Round-Up in Oregon--and featuring Stevens on electronics and new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire performing piano and percussion--Round-Up is a musical and cinematic portrait of a classic American tradition.Subscriptions are on sale now to Friends of BAM and go on sale Monday (11/17) to the general public. Single tickets go on sale December 1 to Friends of BAM and December 8 to the general public.
Sufjan also appears in NYC sooner than that for Cyndi Lauper's 'Home for the Holidays' show at Beacon Theatre on December 6 which also includes Cyndi herself, 50 Cent, Patty Griffin, Salt N Pepa, STRFKR, Metric singer Emily Haines and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.
Music magazines NME and UNCUT are owned by Time Inc who also own Time, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, LIFE, a whole bunch of magazines about hunting, and a ton of other titles too. Time Warner just spun off Time Inc into its own public company, while they're meanwhile rumored to be making a huge investment in Vice who also recently got a lot of money for 5% of the company from Rupert Murdoch (Fox).
What will the future bring for Time after Time? Only time will tell...
Kendrick Lamar at ACL 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We just posted updates to the Super Bowl weekend NYC concerts, which now feature shows from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo FIghters, Black Keys, The Roots, Janelle Monae, TLC, Drake, and more, and now we've realized there's one more big one we missed: Kendrick Lamar will play the ESPN Super Bowl Party on January 31 on Pier 36 with Robin Thicke and Jermaine Dupri.
That's a few days after Kendrick performs at the Grammy Awards ceremony in LA.
There's also an NFL On Location pre-game party with Cyndi Lauper and others at IZOD Center (2/2) the day of the game.
Anna Von Hausswolff at Glasslands in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Luscious Jackson, All Night Chemists, ADW Young @ Webster Hall
Funky '90s band -- and Beastie Boys pals -- Luscious Jackson are back in action with a new album, their first in 14 years. Expect Clinton-era classics like "Naked Eye" too.
Real Estate, Bare Mutants, Free Time, Turnip King @ Baby's All Right
Get a taste of Real Estate's new album tonight at this newish, smallish Williamsburg club. It's actually a great bill all-around, with Chicago's Bare Mutants (featuring members of Ponys and The 1900s), plus Australian ex-pats Free Time and locals Turnip King.
Cyndi Lauper, P!NK, Nelly Furtado, The Hives, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt & Kim, Big Freedia & more @ Beacon Theater
It's Cyndi Lauper's 'Home for the Holidays' show and since girls just wanna have fun, she's invited a huge variety of friends to join her including some pop stars, the always-energetic Hives, and the also always-energetic (but in a much different way) Big Freedia, plus Matt & Kim and many more.
Au Revoir Simone, Spires, Splashh, Grooms @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This weekend's Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are curated by Kanine Records, who offer up a good bill tonight, with sythpop trio Au Revoir Simone, paisley janglers Spires, UK act Splashh (in shrunken form) and noisemakers Grooms.
Chuck Strangers, Fresh Daily (Beat Haus) @ Converse Rubber Tracks
Joey Bada$$ isn't the only talented member of the Pro Era crew. Chuck Strangers is a key member of the group too and you can catch him on his own at Converse Rubber Tracks tonight.
Ballroom, The Soupcans, The Estrogen Highs, Chat Logs, Melk Belly @ Death By Audio
Toronto's The Soupcans make speedy post-hardcore filled with all the anger, sarcasm, and weirdness you need. They're in NYC for two shows this weekend, both of which should get pretty intense. This is the second.
The Deer Tracks, Ice Choir, Late Guest at the Party @ Glasslands
Swedish electronic duo The Deer Tracks headline tonight's show, but we also like Ice Choir -- aka Pains drummer Kurt Feldman's band that owes most of its sound to Scritti Politti.
Rock Lottery @ Knitting Factory
Members of Quicksand, Afghan Whigs, DIIV, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dresden Dolls, Antibalas, Sannhet and more will be formed into new bands this morning where they'll then spend the day writing original material to perform tonight. All proceeds are for charity and is always a lot of fun.
Machinedrum (Vapor City Live), Om Unit, Nick Hook, Body Language (DJ set), Angelica Bess @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Machinedrum is one half of Sepalcure, and also an excellent artist on his own. Tonight he celebrates his new Vapor City album with a very solid list of openers joining him.
Las Rosas, Grand Resort, Slowdance @ Radio Bushwick
Here's a good trio of bands, and a good reason to check out this new Bushwick music venue.
Revenge, Mausoleum, Engorge, Mutilation Rites @ Saint Vitus
Canadian war metal band Revenge descends upon NYC for a two-night stand at Saint Vitus this weekend. Local black metal band Mutilation Rites kick things off, and they're great too.
Moistboyz (feat. Dickie & Mickie Moist/Dean Ween), Gibby Haynes (DJ) @ Stage 48
Ween is done, but Dean Ween is continuing to provide weirdo rock with his band Moistboyz. And speaking of weirdo rock, Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers is DJing, and something tells me if anyone is sure to turn a DJ set into something much more memorable, it's Gibby Haynes.
Spacehog, Sponge, Lionize, Trapper Schoepp & The Shades @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Glam rockers Spacehog and grunge rockers Sponge on the same bill -- is this 1997?
Lupe Fiasco @ The Wellmont Theatre
Lupe Fiasco plans to release his new album Tetsuo and Youth in early 2014 (so, in non-rap speak, basically whenever), but until then he'll be doing some shows, including four nights in the NYC-area this month. This is the first.
Anna von Hausswolff, Noveller @ The Mercury Lounge
Master of the church organ, AvH will bring her cathedral vibes -- and otherworldly voice -- to Mercury Lounge, her second NYC show this weekend with Noveller.
Goblin, Zombi @ Starland Ballroom
Italian prog legends Goblin finally went on their first North American tour earlier this year, but they've got more dates before the year ends, including tonight's NJ show and tomorrow's NYC show, both of which are with experimental duo Zombi.
Champagne Jerry w/ Ad-Rock @ Joe's Pub
Rapper/performance artist Champagne Jerry has ties to other Joe's Pub regulars like Bridget Everett and Carmine Covelli, and he'll playing one show a month there during the rollout process of his upcoming album. Tonight's show is also special because Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, who appears on CJ's recent single, will be in the house.
Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular @ The Capitol Theatre
Via LaserSpectular.com: "After 25 years of touring,Paramount's LaserSpectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd, as you have never seen it before. Surrounded by 50,000 watts of concert quality sound, Pink Floyd's musical legacy continues as the band's concept music captures the imagination and carries listeners away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge effects. Colorful lasers and lighting effects parallel the sonic journey as the senses are confronted with an array of glowing visual displays choreographed to the soundtrack during the 2-hour-and-20-minute show."
Deidre & The Dark @ The Gutter
Diedra just played MHOW last night with her band Savoir Adore, and tonight her solo project plays the back room at The Gutter.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Tickets for the Black Sabbath show at Barclays Center are on Facebook presale (password: "SABBATH") now. Live Nation/Mobile App presales start Thursday (11/21) at 10 AM, and general on-sale begins Friday (11/22) at 10 AM.
Ellie Goulding is playing The Theater at MSG on March 12. Tickets to that show go on fan presale (password: "HALCYON"), and AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/22) at noon.
Thievery Corporation are playing Capitol Theatre on December 20 and Webster Hall on December 21. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/22) at noon. Tickets for the Cap show go on sale Friday at noon (no presale).
Tickets to see The Rural Alberta Advantage at their newly-added early show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Their late show at Merc is sold out, but tickets for their Glasslands show are still available.
Cyndi Lauper is playing Highline Ballroom on December 9. Tickets to that show are on sale now to Citi cardmembers.
Houndmouth are playing Bowery Ballroom on March 14 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 15. Tickets to those shows go on sale today at noon.
Ane Brun is playing Highline Ballroom on February 12. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Mayer Hawthorne is playing Webster Hall on February 27 and Warsaw on February 28. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/22) at noon. Tickets for the Warsaw show go on sale Friday at noon (no presale).
Alex Winston is playing Le Poisson Rouge on February 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Tickets to see A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa with Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$ and others at PNC Bank Arts Center, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre and Comcast Theatre go on LiveNation presale today at 10 AM. General on sale starts Saturday at 10 AM. And despite what was initially announced, Smoke DZA is now listed on the PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach dates.
Herbie Hancock is playing The Capitol Theatre on October 4. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Cyndi Lauper and Hunter Valentine are playing Beacon Theatre on July 10. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 11 AM.
Snowmine are playing Mercury Lounge on May 20. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Counting Crows and The Wallflowers are playing Hammerstein Ballroom on June 27. Tickets for that show go on LiveNation and Ticketmaster presale today at noon. General on-sale starts May 3 at 10 AM.
Mina Caputo (formerly known as Life of Agony frontman Keith Caputo) plays Joe's Pub on May 17. Tickets are on sale.
Tickets to see Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket at Susquehanna Bank Center go on sale Saturday at 10 AM. Tickets for the Jones Beach (MMJ not included) and Pier A Park shows go on sale the following Saturday, May 4.
by Bill Pearis
Vampire Weekend @ ACL taping, 3/17/2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Q Live with Jian Ghomeshi taping with Vampire Weekend happened last night (3/28) at Jay College. Made for Canadian channel QTV, it featured VW performing three songs from their upcoming Modern Vampires of the City LP and they were interviewed as well. The show is up for streaming as a whole program (in two one-hour segments) so you have to skip around a bit. They open the show with "Diane Young." Then in the second streaming player, they perform "Unbelievers" at the 19 minute mark and then the third song, "Ya Hey," is at 43 minutes in. Or you could watch the whole thing, it also features David Cross, Alan Alda and Cyndi Lauper. You can watch it below.
Vampire Weekend recently taped an episode of Austin City Limits and while an air date hasn't been set, BV Austin was there and they have a full set of pics. Meanwhile, Vampire Weekend provoked the ire of car afficianados with the video stream for their song "Diane Young" which features a couple 900-series Saabs being burned in slow motion. Car blog Jalopnik called the band "a bunch of dicks" for not telling the previous owners what they were going to use the cars for. Said the towing company:
Ready for a Saab story? These two cars will be lit on fire in a music video on Saturday. The previous owners I picked them up from were telling me all of the nice times they had in them and to make sure to take care of them. Little do they know they will be charcoal in 2 days. Both said they wanted to see the finished video. It was hard to keep a straight face while they proclaimed their love for these Junkers.Frontman Ezra Koenig actually responded via Spinner:
"I want people to understand that we do respect cars and the last thing we want to do is to fuck up a collector's item or something like that," Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig tells Spinner. "Hopefully people believe me when I say that our record label was looking to purchase the cheapest, oldest cars possible; they weren't trying to buy a beautiful perfect condition car."They would've never done that to a Volkswagen! Anyway, let's move on. Tickets for Vampire Weekend's upcoming Roseland Ballroom show go on sale Saturday (3/30) at 10 AM. Also VW bassist Chris Baio will be at tonight's BAM screenings of the film he scored, Somebody Up There Likes Me, along with its star, Nick Offerman, for Q&As at 7 PM and 9:30 PM. Tickets for that are still available.
In fact, Koenig claims, his songwriting partner and group multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij has a special affinity for the now-bankrupt Swedish automaker.
"Rostam especially loves Saabs," Koenig claims. "When he grew up his family drove a Saab."
QTV video below...
photos by David Andrako
Father John Misty / Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney
Petty Fest returned to NYC last night (10/24) at Webster Hall for a night of Tom Petty covers with a huge lineup of contributors backed by The Cabin Down Below Band. Cyndi Lauper, Fred Armisen, John McEnroe and Alia Shawkat were surprise guests. Nicole Atkins, Nick Zinner, and Josh Lattanzi teamed up for "Mary Jane's Last Dance," Father John Misty (who also played his second of two sold out shows in NYC last night and will be back at Webster Hall in January) did "Learning To Fly" and "I Won't Back Down," Har Mar Superstar did "Don't Do Me Like That," Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney did "Listen To Her Heart," Albert Hammond Jr. did "I Need To Know" (Fab played the show too), Caveman (who just played our day party and team up with Albert for a show again this Friday) did "Don't Come Around Here," plus a whole lot more.
More pictures from the Jameson-sponsored benefit show (all money went to Sweet Relief), and the setlist, below...
UPDATE: We found even MORE
As mentioned, Thursday (9/5) is Fashion's Night Out. Basically another excuse to throw a party (in the name of bringing money and attention to fashion), the evening has become music-oriented in the last few years with bands playing stores all over New York City. There's a lot of stuff going on, including the Azealia Banks / DJ Cosmo performance at M.A.C. Soho we already told you about; plus Icona Pop and Maria Minerva at Urban Outfitters; Matchbox Twenty (!?!) at Bloomingdales; Haim at Topshop; La Sera at Helmut Lang; We Were Promised Jetpacks at Rockefeller Center; and Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik, just to name a few.
Below is a list of all the shows we could find with basic details and links where applicable/helpful. All shows are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Many have free food and booze as well. For more into visit the Fashion's Night Out website. Let us know what we missed, in the comments.
NYC Pride March 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Happy NYC Pride 2012. Already underway, the week of celebrations will come to a close Sunday night (6/24), with the annual Dance on the Pier which will feature a performance by Cyndi Lauper who is also one of the grand marshalls of The March which happens earlier that day. Chris Salgardo, Phyllis Siegel & Connie Kopelov are the other marshsalls. Tonight (6/20) is Family Night (which includes a screening of the original Willy Wonka movie), and there's also a "VIP Roof Party" and "Rapture on the River" on Saturday, not to mention plenty of unofficial celebrations all over the city. Check NYCPride.org for more info.
DUMP playing Hot Tub @ Littlefield this past Monday (by DoneWaiting)
Tickets go on sale at noon for the eight Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows:
*12/20 Night One Buy Tickets Here!Tickets are also still on sale to see Yo La Tengo as the Condo Fucks at Mercury Lounge.
*12/21 Night Two Buy Tickets Here!
*12/22 Night Three Buy Tickets Here!
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*12/24 Night Five Buy Tickets Here!
*12/25 Night Six Buy Tickets Here!
*12/26 Night Seven Buy Tickets Here!
*12/27 Night Eight Buy Tickets Here!
Speaking of holiday shows at the Beacon, Cyndi Lauper and friends are playing one too. On sale now.
One of those Devo shows is at the Paramount in Long Island where Cheap Trick also have a show coming up at. It went on sale today.
Prince & Janelle Monae @ Madison Square Garden - 12/29/10 (pic by Jake Rocks Off)
Like he did on 12/18, Prince played Madison Square Garden on 12/29, but this time with help from Mint Condition, Janelle Monae and special guest Cyndi Lauper (though not Sheila E again despite an announcement by MSG that she would be there). Full setlist, a video and a few more pictures below...
tonight in NYC
* Cyndi Lauper @ Town Hall
* Dylan Leblanc @ Joe's Pub
* Automelodi @ Home Sweet Home
* Laurie Anderson @ Other Music
* Burning Spear @ Rockefeller Park
* Pharoahe Monch @ Queensbridge Park
* Alejandro Escovedo @ Bowery Electric
* Easy Star All-Stars @ Stuy Town Oval
* Freedy Johnston @ Rockwood Music Hall
* DM Stith, Inlets, Silje Nes @ Joe's Pub
* Suuns, Parlovr (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Highline Ballroom
* Diehard, The Waylons, World War @ Union Pool
* Twin Tigers, The French Kings, Deluka @ Pianos
* Crowded House, Lawrence Arabia @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jack Oblivian, John Paul Keith and 145s @ Southpaw
* Robbers on High Street, Hymns (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* Quilty, Schwervon!, Tight Little Ship @ Bruar Falls (free)
* Kira, Apollo Heights, At Sea, Jason Brody @ Public Assembly
* Total Slacker, Weekends, Ava Luna, Mala Strana @ Glasslands
* Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ The Beach at Governors Island
* Fiasco, Summer Blondes, Large Lady, Starscream, Snuffy @ Shea Stadium
* Skeletons, Peter Evans/Tim Dahl/Mike Pride, Sam Mickens & Darius Jones play the Dead Science @ Death By Audio
* Apostle of Solitude, Beauty Apes, Kings Destroy, Archon, Alkahest @ Ace of Clubs
* 'Comedy Central Park: The Daily Show and Friends' Hosted by Lewis Black w/ John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Wyatt Cenac, Adam Lowitt and Rory Albanese @ Central Park SummerStage
Inlets complete their tour with DM Stith and Silje Nes at Joe's Pub tonight. I have a free pair of tickets for the first person who emails their name (subject: Inlets) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out Inlets' brand new video for "In Which I, Robert" below...
The 11th annual Gathering of the Juggalos happens August 12-15 in Cave In Rock, Illinois. The infomercial for it is below.
tonight in NYC
* Scorpions @ Jones Beach
* Cross-Pollination @ Pianos
* 50 Cent @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Ana Lola Roman, YOU @ Glasslands
* Steel Train, Hymns @ Mercury Lounge
* Eddie Palmieri Y La Perfecta II @ Soundview Park
* Drumadics, Ed Vallance, Neckbeard Telecaster @ The Cameo
* Baby Gramps, Peter Stampfel, Sour Mash Hug Band @ Zebulon
* The Field Recordings, Animals Hands, Dixon, Hyperpotamus @ Pianos
* Holiday Band, AcHT(eN), Kate Ferencz, Emilyn Brodsky @ Death By Audio
* Balene, Pearl & The Beard, Carl Hauck, Tricia Scully @ Knitting Factory
* Adrian Belew's One Man Electric Show Painting with a Guitar @ Joe's Pub
* Darwin Deez, Scary Mansion, Mixel Pixel, Gordon Voidwell @ Santos Party House
"Atlantic recording artist Phil Collins has revised the schedule for his upcoming series of concerts at New York City's Roseland Ballroom. Due to scheduling and production difficulties, the first show, originally slated for June 22, has been cancelled. The remaining shows, on June 23, 24 & 25, will go on as scheduled. Tickets purchased for the June 22 show can either be refunded or will be good for one of the other shows. Those wishing refunds or exchanges should go to their point of purchase or call 800-745-3000."
Cyndi Lauper is signing autographs at J&R at 12:30pm.
Baby Gramps is (still) in town
Darwin Deez, who is at Santos tonight, has a new video for "Up in the Clouds". Check it out below...
Suckers' new video for "Black Sheep", also below...
interview by Billy Jones, top photo by Michael Lavine
TV on the Radio guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer David Andrew Sitek has announced his new project Maximum Balloon. Not surprisingly, the TVOTR / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Liars / Dragons of Zynth / Holly Miranda / Scarlett Johansson producer worked with a host of guest artists on the project, which will see the light of day in the form of a self-titled album on August 24th via DGC/Interscope Records.
"...Then Aku (Dragons of Zynth) called and said he was in town and asked what I was up to and I said, "Making a song that you have to come and fix!" So he came by the studio and he laid the vocals down. We pretty much started Maximum Balloon on that day."Other guest artists on the album will include Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone from TVOTR, Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Holly Miranda, Theophilus London and more. David Byrne is rumored. Aku from Dragons of Zynth is featured on "Tiger," the first track to be released off the album. "Tiger" will be available on iTunes and all digital partners on June 15th, but you can also hear it in a video below, or today at www.MaximumBalloon.com. In addition to "Tiger", Maximum Balloon will be regularly releasing a series of digital singles in the weeks leading up to the release of the album.
Billy Jones of new musical project New Moods, who last conducted an interview for this site in 2006, called up Dave on Friday to discuss the making of Maximum Balloon, barbershop quartets, Cyndi Lauper, the future of TVOTR and more. Their chat starts here....
Billy: Hey Dave, Can you hear me?
Billy: I rigged this to be on the speakerphone of my Blackberry to be recording through GarageBand, a slightly complicated setup...
Dave: Awesome, put me through The Crystalizer...
Billy: I actually have you through Long Panning Ping Pong Delay right now...
Dave: I can't wait for Soundtoys to come out with an iPhone app.
Cyndi Lauper is playing Town Hall on July 21st. Tickets go on AmEx presale at 11am.
Tickets went on Citi presale this morning for Alice in Chains/Mastodon/Deftones.
The just-added Pavement Brooklyn show goes on sale Friday.
David Byrne w/ Dirty Projectors @ Bowery Ballroom
I have, after many years, finished the Here Lies Love CD project - at least this iteration of it. It will come out [February 23rd] on Nonesuch. It's a collaboration with Fatboy Slim, an upbeat series of songs sung each one by a different singer. The songs are about Imelda Marcos and Estrella Cumpas, the woman who raised her. The package includes 2 CDs (22 songs), a DVD with videos of 6 of those songs, and a 100-page book that explains it all. Singers include Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine), Sia, Santigold, Nellie McKay, Sharon Jones, St. Vincent, Róisín Murphy and many more (even me on 1 and 1/2)... I am pretty excited about this, but who knows, it might just make people crazy.What should David Bryne's new name be? The full tracklist for the new record, which also features vocal turns by Steve Earle and Allison Moorer (who both just played NYC on Friday), Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos and Martha Wainwright, is below.
We'll see. There will be more concrete news, with links and music, in early January.
In the meantime, I have decided to rebrand myself, inspired by Philip Morris changing their name to Altria, Blackwater to Xe, and the train I'm riding on right now that calls itself Acela - none of which mean anything, but they are cleverly evocative. When I decide on the magic word, you'll be the first to know.
Here Lies Love premiered in March 2006 Australia, and Byrne brought the song cycle to Carnegie Hall as part of the venue's Perspectives Series in February 2007. As a stage show, the songs fit into a four act narrative, laid out in detail on Byrne's website. Those at either performance got a first look at the then-in-progress work...
Here Lies Love takes the form of a series of fairly traditional pop songs (verse-chorus-verse) played in a variety of styles (disco, rock, funk, latin, ballad) by Byrne and a small group of colleagues. Augmenting the core of guitar, bass and drums, is a percussionist and a keyboard player. The vocals are shared by Dana Diaz-Tutaan (Imelda), Ganda Suthivarakom (Estrella), and Byrne, who represents the 'voice' of other key players in Imelda's life. The stage itself is unadorned, although behind the band a small screen plays news clips and home movies of Imelda's life.David Byrne will appear at a free, unticketed (first come, first served) event at the Bell House on Monday, January 11th. He presents "a short video/audio lecture called 'Creation in Reverse,' speaking to the ways that venue and context shape artistic creation, followed by a Q&A."
As already mentioned, the songs themselves are simple pop tunes, leaning heavily on the disco and dance genres, and could fit neatly onto any number of Byrne's solo albums. They are tuneful enough, and skillfully played, but I wonder about the connection of the music to Imelda's life. Would it have been possible to blend some traditional Filipino sounds and flavours into the music of Here Lies Love (although, admittedly, Imelda was a fan of Western dance music)? [Tidy Boy]
More Here Lies Love info and a video on the performance are below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Indie darlings Matt & Kim kicked off the show -- which celebrates the year's best music as determined by MTVu's college-centric audience -- with an energetic performance of their breakout single "Lessons Learned." Later, the duo returned to accept their Best Video Woodie award.Cyndi presented an award with Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester who also recently made an appearance at the Weezer (and Matt & Kim) show on Halloween that was sponsored by RXP aka the Matt Pinfield station. Matt was also at the Woodies as was Diplo who was DJing and David Cross, Zooey Deschanel, Janelle Monae, Dave 1 from Chromeo, and Mary Louise Parker. Matt and Kim didn't get naked like they do in their winning video (their second MTV win for that video), but their backup singers did strip down to their underwear.
"We've had one heck of a year," said Matt Johnson, before counterpart Kim Schifino leapt into the crowd.
Additional performers included veteran alt-rockers Death Cab for Cutie, who rocked the audience with its "New Moon" soundtrack single "Meet Me on the Equinox," as well as Passion Pit, the Dead Weather and Clipse, who were joined onstage by fellow rappers Cam'ron and Rick Ross.
Presenter highlights came from Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and pop prankserts 3OH!3. Wentz rolled onto the stage holding a red Solo cup, while 3OH!3 gave a nod to Lady Gaga by dressing in her various VMA outfits. Asher Roth, will.i.am, and surprise guest Cyndi Lauper also presented awards. [Billboard]
The Dead Weather also played a show one day before the Woodies in Brooklyn. The Woodies air December 4th at 10pm. More pictures from the event (11/18 at Roseland Ballroom in NYC), below...
Legendary pro wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano died this morning, MTV.com is reporting.Captain Lou! RIP
Albano, who was sent home from the hospital earlier this week and place under hospice care, was 76 years old.
Albano is best known to non-wrestling fans as the father in Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" video. That helped kick off the Rock 'n Wrestling connection that launched the then-WWF to national prominence in the 1980s. [LA Times]
video memories below...
Emiliana Torrini is playing Highline Ballroom on August 14th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
America are playing Nokia Theatre on October 16th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
Satanicide are headlining Bowery Ballroom on July 25th. Tickets are on sale.
Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 7th. Tickets are on sale.
"DAVE STEWART, ARETHA FRANKLIN, WYCLEF JEAN, QUEEN LATIFAH, CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY, JOSH GROBAN, CYNDI LAUPER, ANGELIQUE KIDJO, BAABA MAAL, JESSE MCCARTNEY, TLC, THE SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR, AND OTHER GUESTS" are celebrating Nelson Madela's 91st birthday at Madison Square Garden on July 18th. Tickets are on sale.
The Black Crowes are playing Central Park Summerstage on September 2nd. Tickets go on sale June 12.
Bruce Springsteen tickets go on sale Monday.
Friday night 'dance' events in The Week In Dance.
No tickets needed for Monday's David Byrne show.
Check out some Emiliana Torrino videos below...