Entries tagged with: Flavor Flav
Today in "You Can't Make This Stuff Up," Public Enemy's Flavor Flav fronts a new band called the FlavorTronZ, who "cover hit songs from the '70s thru the '90s [...] from such greats like Wild Cherry, Sly & The Family Stone, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, The Gap Band and many others." Their first show was opening for Public Enemy in Las Vegas in 2012, and though they've pretty much remained quiet since then... they're back. The band will make their Iridium debut on April 2 in NYC with two headlining shows at the venue (8:30 PM & 10:30 PM). Tickets for those shows go on sale today (2/28) at 10:10 AM.
You can watch a video with clips of Flavor Flav and the band doing some of those covers and a trailer video introducing the band and its members, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Flavor Flav at ATP IBYM 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Flavor Flav of Public Enemy was arrested around 3AM on two charges in Las Vegas, felony assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor domestic violence, after an incident in his home this morning. According to TMZ, the Public Enemy wildman "allegedly got into a heated verbal argument with a teenager in his house, as well as his fiancee. His fiancee then called 911." No word on if said teen was Flav's offspring. Flavor Flav is currently being held on bail to the tune of $23k.
photos by Tim Griffin
It's now Saturday and Fun Fun Fun Fest's second day is already underway and streaming on Pitchfork.
Yesterday, Friday, while BBG was holding down the black stage (which Danzig eventually played), Tim (who ran into Ryan Gosling more than once), was handling most of the other music the Austin fest had to offer. A quick selection of Tim's pictures from Friday continues below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
STEREOGUM: What appealed to you about getting involved with All Tomorrow's Parties?Before Chuck D joined fest co-curators Portishead on stage during their Sunday I'll Be Your Mirror set in Asbury Park, Public Enemy played their own set, as did reunited hip hop group Company Flow (who will play again this month as part of the Creators Project). Ultramagnetic MCs played on Saturday, as did Swans.
GEOFF BARROW: I just like that, for the most part, you wouldn't want to be there if you aren't actually into the music. It's not like Coachella where there are loads of girls walking around in bikinis and stuff like that. It's basically people enjoying what is often some really indulgent music. For us, it's like a Charlie in the Chocolate Factory moment. You win the golden ticket and you get to see how the candy is made. You get to choose the bands that play with you, which is just ... amazing. It's like, wow, yes, please.
STEREOGUM: Who in particular are you most excited about seeing?
GEOFF BARROW: We've been really lucky over the years. We've done three of these ATP festivals and it's always such a good experience. I'm always, always, always very into watching Public Enemy. Also, Ultramagnetic MCs because they are just mental and so important to hip hop. I'll also be watching Swans ... with earplugs. I want to watch everything. I want to watch as much as I possibly can.
Jeff Mangum played his second of three Asbury Park sets on Sunday (10/2), though like his Friday show, we don't have pictures of his set (he doesn't like pictures). We do have pictures of a lot of other sets from Sunday though, and they continue, along with shots of the general Asbury Park scenery (the conclusion of our ATP NJ 2011 coverage), below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"The marquee event [at this year's Roots Picnic - June 6, 2009 in Philly] was Public Enemy's performance of their epochal 1988 album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, performed for only the third - and, they have said, the last - time on American soil, and the first time with a band.The also performed the album at the 2008 Pitchfork Festival. More pictures from Saturday's show, below...
Public Enemy's Chuck D famously called rap music African Americans' CNN, an analogy that bodes ill for the exhumation of a 20-year-old album. But fueled by an expanded Roots lineup that included a horn section from the Brooklyn-based Afrobeat orchestra Antibalas, Nation sounded like anything but old news. Chuck D's stentorian voice has lost none of its power to command, and Flavor Flav washed away years of reality-TV embarrassment, seeming more like a sharp-witted jester than a fool.
Rather than approximating Nation's sonic thicket, the Roots added melody and depth. The prison-riot saga "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" gained a funk guitar riff and blaring horns, with ?uestlove's snare hits ringing out like rifle shots.
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
8:17 p.m.: Public Enemy takes the stage. Yeah!!!! Or, do they? No, wait, it's really their Bomb Squad production team --- Hank and Keith Shocklee --- laying down some dub-reggae beats on the turntables.This happened Friday night (July 18, 2008) @ The Pitchfork Fetsival. More pics below....
8:45 p.m.: The band shows up but seems in no particular hurry to get going.
8:50 p.m.: Air-raid sirens, three guys in Desert Storm camouflage (the S1W's, who double as dancers and security guards), and finally the megaphone voice of Chuck D. "Bring the Noise" begins a tour through "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back." This 1988 album served as a rite of passage for a generation in the way it distilled African-American dissent into a series of Molotov-cocktail songs. It still feels like the soundtrack to Eldridge Cleaver's "Soul on Ice" or "The Autobiography of Malcolm X." Its beats --- built on James Brown's "Funky Drummer" syncopations --- were every bit as fierce as Chuck's rhymes. It hasn't dated a bit.
9:10 p.m.: Flavor Flav, who shows up late and is chastised by Chuck D, trumpets his reality-TV show and the audience lets him have it. "Sell-out!" "Boooooo!" Flav is not amused.
9:17 p.m.: Flav momentarily redeems himself by restarting "Mind Terrorist." "Where the volume at?" Indeed, the volume is a few dozen decibels short of adequate. The band's urgency isn't matched by what's coming out of the speakers.
9:45 p.m.: Like a heavyweight boxer sensing a knockout, Chuck D closes in for the kill. "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" creeps with menace, and the music surges. The crowd is into it too, as the set closes with a furious "Rebel Without a Pause," "Prophets of Rage" and "Party for Your Right to Fight," before seguing into "He Got Game" and its central riff from Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth."
10:30 p.m.: The band roars through a half-hour's worth of hits after wrapping up "Millions." "Fight the Power" sends everyone home. Time to get home and recharge for Day 2.
[Greg Kot @ the Chicago Tribune]
DOWNLOAD: Spoon - Mountain To Sound (MP3)
They are definitely on my good side right now. Last time I saw Spoon was not only a complete surprise, it was as opener (and honored to be doing it according to Britt Daniel) for Roky Erickson at the 'Ice Cream Social' at Threadgill's during SXSW in Austin this year (March 15, 2007):
Small shows, free shows, suprise shows, Roky Erikson....can Spoon get any cooler right now? Yes - their upcoming album ("Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" out July 10 on Merge) has one track produced by none other than Jon Brion.
More pics (including the coolest one of all) & tour dates below....