Entries tagged with: Iggy Pop
Lou Reed, the legendary musician who sadly passed away yesterday (10/27), has had many collaborators in his lifetime, one of the most notable ones being David Bowie. Bowie was highly inspired by Lou (and Iggy Pop) during the creation of his Ziggy Stardust character/album, and went on to co-produce Lou's album Transformer, which came out the same year (1972). Bowie honored his old friend, posting the above photo to his website, and writing: "He was a master."
Meanwhile, the other third of the Sacred Triangle, Iggy Pop, tweeted "Devastating news" yesterday. Iggy worked on the third Stooges album with Bowie just after Transformer was done, and like Lou Reed, he spent time at CBGB in the '70s.
Check out an old picture of Lou Reed with David Bowie and Iggy Pop, along with a few more pics of David and Lou, below...
Iggy and the Stooges at Le Poisson Rouge (via @suziemay212)
As mentioned in yesterday's (4/28) What's Going On? post, Iggy and the Stooges came to NYC for a tiny show at Le Poisson Rouge, which was being taped by Soundcheck and NPR. It streamed live, but if you missed it or just want to relive the experience, NPR is now hosting a video of the entire performance. Check it out HERE.
Vampire Weekend at an ACL taping in March (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* J Rome @ Joe's Pub
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Olivier Manchon @ Barbes
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Tower of Power @ BB King's
* Cheap Trick @ John Varvatos
* Jonathan Toubin @ Glasslands
* Kendra Morris @ The Ace Hotel
* Les Claypool @ Gramercy Theatre
* Lee Ranaldo Band, VBA @ Union Pool
* Vampire Weekend @ Roseland Ballroom
* The Rascals @ Richard Rodgers Theatre
* Rihanna, A$AP Rocky @ Prudential Center
* Steve Coleman and Five Elements @ The Stone
* JDH & Dave P (FIXED), Turbotax @ Secret Location
* Paul Oakley Stovall and Brad Simmons @ Joe's Pub
* How To Destroy Angels, DIIV @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Lovely Little Girls, Infantphant, BBIGPIGG @ Cake Shop
* BFA, Toddlers, Leverage Models, Nightdogs @ Mercury Lounge
* Pile, Fat History Month, Porches, Bennio Qwerty @ Death By Audio
* Ruwa, Hans Tammen, Matt O'Hare, Your Friends and Neighbors @ Cameo Gallery
* Dot Wiggin Band, Aye Aye Rabbit, Last Car, Supercute! @ The Bowery Electric
* Turn To Crime, Lone Wolf and Cub, Firecracker Firecracker, Polygamyst @ Secret Project Robot
* Sweat Lodge, Byron Westbrook, Che Chen of True Primes, Matteah Baim, Meg Rorison @ Silent Barn
If you don't have tickets to tonight's Vampire Weekend show, you can still watch the live broadcast, which is being directed by Steve Buscemi and starts at 9 PM. You can also see that broadcast on the big screens at Brooklyn Bowl.
As a commenter just pointed out, Iggy and the Stooges will be playing Le Poisson Rouge today at 5 PM for a Soundcheck/NPR-presented performance of their new album, Ready to Die, plus classic favorites. RSVP is full, but you can watch the show streaming live on NPR. NPR is also still hosting the stream of Ready to Die.
A$AP Rocky opens for Rihanna at Prudential Center tonight, but does not play Highline Ballroom afterwards. The Rihanna tour hits Brooklyn on May 4 and 5 at Barclays, and Rocky goes on another tour which hits the NYC-area for a few shows in August with Wiz Khalifa, Joey Bada$$, Smoke DZA, and others.
If you're going to Death by Audio tonight for the Pile, Fat History Month, and Porches show, it's worth getting there early for local openers Bennio Qwerty. You can stream their recently released EP below and download it (name your price) at bandcamp.
Bennio Qwerty also return to Death by Audio on May 4 to open the previously discussed Bass Drum of Death and The Beets show. And though we didn't make the connection at the time, Austin's A Giant Dog (mems. OBN IIIs) are on that show too.
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Norwegian riffers Kvelertak made a video for the song "Kvelertak" off their pulverizing new album, Meir. Check it out below and catch the band in NYC on their tour with Cancer Bats and Black Tusk this May.
KEN Mode at Invisible Oranges 2013 SXSW Showcase (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Maceo Parker @ Blue Note
* Leslie Kritzer @ Joe's Pub
* Liam Finn, Railbird @ Knitting Factory
* Garfunkel And Oates @ Gramercy Theatre
* Frank London's Shekhina Big Band @ The Stone
* Ask Me Another w/ Julie Klausner @ The Bell House
* Generationals, Splashh, Companion @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wyatt Cenac, Sean Donnelly, Laura Prangley @ Littlefield
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* The So So Glos, Skaters, Heeney, Lost Boy? @ Shea Stadium
* Orange Goblin, KEN Mode, ASG, Roadsaw, Kings Destroy @ Saint Vitus
* Night Terror, The Flag, Alan Watts, Trabajo @ Death By Audio
* The Midnight Sound, Leopold and His Fiction @ Mercury Lounge
* The Juggs, The Dust Rays (mems. of The Roots), The Veldts @ Mercury Lounge
* Foolish Hearts, My Pet Dragon, David Clement @ Rockwood Music Hall
* All Torn Up, Death Dealer, Landsbridge, We Are All Savages @ Acheron
* Shams, Pvre Matrix, Dimensions, Nar'cissister, Fantastic Planet @ Cake Shop
* Tesla Boy, Rumors, Naked Highway, Silent Rider, Air Zaire (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
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Great Thunder, the project of Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Waxahatchee/Swearin's Keith Spencer, released their new EP, Strange Kicks, over the weekend. Stream the whole thing, including the bonus track which is a cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You," below. Did you catch them at Maxwell's on Saturday (4/20) with Screaming Females, Shellshag, Swearin', and Hilly Eye?
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.
There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?
Photos by Greg Cristman; words by Andrew Sacher
Iggy & The Stooges @ Mohawk, 3/13/2013
In addition to the thousands (millions?) of newer, buzzy, hyped bands at SXSW, there's always a few treats from some legends too. This year, one of those legends was Iggy and the Stooges, who are working on a new album this year. They played a House of Vans show at Mohawk last night (3/13), taking the stage after a killer set by Japandroids. Following some introductory music over the PA that sounded like it could score 300 or something, the members of The Stooges (
Scott Asheton, Toby Dammit, James Williamson, and Mike Watt) took to their positions and then finally a shirtless Iggy Pop ran to the front of the stage as the audience howled in excitement.
I wasn't born yet when The Stooges made their first run as a band, but from the videos I've seen and the stories I've heard, Iggy was always a maniac on stage and he's still got it. He never stopped running around, yelling his vocals, and giving "fuck"-filled speeches between songs. They played a bunch of their old tunes ("Raw Power," "Gimme Danger," "I Wanna Be Your Dog") and also used the time to sample parts of their new record. Obviously the classics are what got everyone going, but those new tracks (like "Burn," which you can stream below) are pretty vitalized for a band this late in their career.
More pictures of the mayhem that was Iggy and the Stooges at Mohawk below...
Iggy & The Stooges, who had three classic albums during their first run as a band (1967-1971) and returned with Iggy, Rob Asheton, and Scott Asheton in tow for 2007's The Weirdness, are now ready to release another new album, Ready to Die (I guess they didn't feel Illmatic was fitting?), on April 30 via Fat Possum. Ron unfortunately passed away in 2009, but Scott is still with Iggy and they've regrouped with James Williamson, who ripped with the band on Raw Power. The lineup is rounded out by Mike Watt (Minutement, fIREHOSE, etc). On the decision to record another album, Iggy notes:
My motivation in making any record with the group at this point is no longer personal. It's just a pig-headed fucking thing I have that a real fucking group when they're an older group they also make fucking records. They don't just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money...That's excerpted from a video interview with Iggy that you can watch below, along with a promo trailer for the album...
Real flyer on Grand Ave. 'HIPSTERS ONLY Please!' (via @adelaloconte)
Guy Fieri, Smashmouth frontman Steve Harwell and Sammy Hagar are teaming for what is likely to be the most exclamation-point-filled cookbook of all time. Also, maybe the worst.
Bruce Springsteen plays again in NJ
tonight tomorrow. Meanwhile check out his setlist from last night.
Fiona Apple got busted for hash possession at the same Texas checkpoint that got Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson. She's out on bail, but tonight's ACL Live show is canceled (which means no pictures tonight on the BVAustin Instagram).
Speaking of Austin, Ume is funding a new record via Kickstarter.
Speaking of Kickstarter, Gawker discusses their accountability problem, Amanda Palmer included.
Meanwhile, if you're looking for backers for your Kickstarter, Forbes listed the 400 richest Americans, Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas included.
Speaking of money, Iggy Pop, Wayne Coyne, Ben Folds, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and more will appear as guests on Ke$ha's new album, Warrior.
The first track from Neurosis's new LP Honor Found in Decay has slipped out. Stream "At The Well" at NPR now.
more stuff below...
Iggy & the Stooges at ATP in 2010 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Like last year's teaming up of Neko Case and Nick Cave, HBO series 'True Blood' brought together two musicians to record a song for an episode, this time with Iggy Pop and Best Coast (who play Terminal 5 this month) singer Bethany Cosentino. While Neko and Nick put their spin on The Zombies' "She's Not There," Iggy and Bethany recorded a new song, co-written by 'True Blood' music supervisor Gary Calamar, called "Let's Boot and Rally." The song was written for the episode, "Boot and Rally," which airs this Sunday (7/8). The two sound pretty great together, and you can hear it for yourself by streaming the song at KCRW or purchasing it on iTunes. Here's what Gary had to say about the collaboration:
Now, I have always been a weekend songwriter. I can bang out a handful of chords and I must say I've written a few stone classics over the years....in my mind anyway. Back at my office I break out my trusty rhyming dictionary and I start thumbing through it....mmm, one thing leads to another and I started getting, how you say, inspired. At this point I called my very talented friend and brilliant songwriter, James Combs and asked him to collaborate. We got down to business and came up with a song "Let's Boot and Rally". As many songwriters say, "the song just wrote itself", "I was just a vessel". That's what happened, kinda.Meanwhile, Iggy Pop has been up to a handful of other stuff as well. As mentioned, he teamed up with Joe Jackson for Joe's upcoming Duke Ellington tribute album, which came out at the end of last month. You can stream that whole album below.
Meanwhile, to backtrack a little....Iggy Pop, or should I say Iggy's people, had reached out to me saying he was a True Blood fan and if any opportunities come up, to please keep Iggy in mind. What ? Music to my ears. We sent Iggy the demo of "LB&R". He loved it and said sign me up.
So, as I was listening to my favorite song this summer, "The Only Place" by Best Coast, and I thought maybe Bethany might like to join in the fun of "Let's Boot and Rally". Nah, she's too busy with her fabulous new album her great fashion line and being the cover girl for all the hip mags. What the heck (I don't talk dirty) I said. Why not give her a call. "Hullo Bethany" ....She dug the song the most and jumped at the chance to sing with Mr. Pop.
The rest, as they say, might be history....
Iggy also released his own album earlier this year, Après, which is mostly made up of covers of French songs, in addition to covers of The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Fred Neil, Yoko Ono and Cole Porter. You can listen to that album and hear Iggy talk about it in a YouTube playlist below.
In more recent news, he was interviewed by the NY Times last week, during which he dissed The Clash and talked about his penis. Here's an excerpt:
Many date the birth of punk rock to a show the Stooges played in London in 1972, which was seen by founding members of the Clash and the Sex Pistols. What did you think when the punks started releasing music a few years later?In other news, the upcoming CBGB film (which stars Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal), has revealed some other figures who will be portrayed in the film, including Iggy Pop. Keeping up their trend of interesting actor choices for the film, Iggy's character will be played by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. You can kind of see it.
I reacted to it better than I had to the hippie thing. As it developed, I couldn't stand the sincere punks. I never believed them. Still don't.
The sincere punks?
Like the Clash were going to make the world politically correct for everybody's benefit -- but only if you kept buying Clash records. I never really went for the righteousness. I went more for the profligate, sneering groups. I also realized that it was good that I wasn't doing that sort of music anymore. In penile, postpubescent rock, the generation is five years; it's not 25 years. It would have been worse if I was still knocking out stuff that sounded like my first record but not as good.
It's interesting that you call it "penile rock," because your penis seems central to your image. You're known for having had a lot of sex.
I wish I could have had more.
Well, theoretically. The problem is that it leaves you so little room to do other things.
Has your relationship with your penis changed?
I would characterize it sort of like a powerful interest group within a political party at this point. It used to be the entire political party.
Streams and a list of all Iggy & the Stooges dates are below.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
today in NYC
* Var @ Weird
* Judith Sloan @ Joe's Pub
* Bootsy Collins @ BB King's
* Spank Rock, MNDR @ Le Bain
* Dan Bern @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
* Blu, Anthm, Bryant Dope @ SOB's
* Yvette Perez @ The Manhattan Inn
* Metric @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Skaters, SINKANE @ Mercury Lounge
* Maryanne De Prophetis Trio @ Barbes
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Jonathan Richman @ Bowery Ballroom
* Two Man Gentlemen Band @ Joe's Pub
* The Maccabees, Wild Belle @ Webster Hall
* Reigning Sound, The Baxx Sisis @ Maxwell's
* Melvin Van Peebles Wid Laxative @ Zebulon
* Anthony Wilson and Julian Lage @ The Stone
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Symphony Space
* Michael Kiwanuka, Bahamas @ Highline Ballroom
* Wavves, J2K, DJ Nick Catchdubs @ 446 Broadway
* Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens @ Littlefield
* Jim Campilongo and Steve Cardenas @ The Stone
* Ramona Falls, The Darcys, Dru Cutler @ Glasslands
* Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Yvette @ Mercury Lounge
* Dave Matthews Band, Fitz & the Tantrums @ Jones Beach
* Matt Skiba & The Sekrets, Smoking Popes @ The Bell House
* Cool Serbia, Ski Lodge, Beach Day, The Hudson Branch @ Pianos
* Primitive Weapons, Whores, Family, Tiger Flowers @ Saint Vitus
* Philip Glass, Nate Wooley, Stephin Merritt @ Issue Project Room
* Not Blood Paint, Eula, Beast Make Bomb, Indian Rebound @ Public Assembly
* Carnivores, Dinosaur Feathers, Ava Luna, Leapling @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Royal Headache, Home Blitz, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Lame Drivers @ Cake Shop
* Unstoppable Death Machines, Graffiti Monsters, Respect, Female Demand @ Shea Stadium
Joe Jackson teamed up with Iggy Pop for a cover of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," off Joe's upcoming Duke Ellington tribute album titled The Duke (out 6/26 via Razor & Tie). Check out a video of Joe and Iggy discussing that collaboration with some clips of the recording session below.
The Northside Festival kicks off on Thursday (6/14) and the official BV showcase is on Friday (6/15) at MHOW with Caveman, Frankie Rose, Hume, and Fort Lean. We're giving away tickets to that on facebook.
Death Grips were supposed to play MHOW tonight but cancelled.
by Andrew Marinaccio
This Saturday (4/21) marks the 5th annual Record Store Day, and with it comes another chance to procure your favorite band's most exclusive (or oddest) musical releases yet. There will also once again be lots of in-shop events.
No matter where you are located (in the U.S., UK, Germany or Belgium) (like Chicago maybe?), you should be able to find a still-open record store near you that will be selling the good schwag and possibly throwing a party too. As we've been, we'll continue to highlight some of the NYC stores, along with what you might find in them.
Aside from selling fresh rarities, NYC's Other Music is celebrating with a live lineup of DJs featuring Four Tet, Black Dice, The Men (who appear on a Sacred Bones RSD comp), Ex Cops, and Wild Nothing. Other Music will exclusively sell Ex Cops's debut 7", "I Am the Lion, You Are the Lamb," which is relasing on their Other music label. Other Music is set to open to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday morning (which gives you time to hit other record stores who open even earlier, first).
Kim's Video & Music looks to attract the early birds with an 8 a.m.opening and live and/or DJ sets by MUSH1, X-ray Eyeballs, Prince Rama, and more. In addition to the gig there will be discount offers, "over 150" record store day exclusives, pizza and beer. Maybe you'll find a copy of the, a day late for 4/20, Lee "Scratch" Perry Blackboard Jungle Dub Limited Edition Box...
The West Village's Generation Records has a show of their own planned, with The Paul Collins Beat, Supertouch, Night Birds, and Joyce Manor performing, as well as DJ sets by Tom Scharpling, Three Chord Monte, Zachary Lipez, and Mikey Post. They will also be selling a variant of Supertouch's Lost My Way EP, which will feature shop-exclusive cover art. Generation Records is pegged on opening at 10 a.m. this Saturday.
Williamsburg shop Sound Fix will host Mates of State for a gig and meet-and-greet on Saturday night. The band's 2009 covers album, Crushes, will be released for the first time on vinyl as a Record Store Day exclusive. Sound Fix opens at 10:30 a.m.
Amid touring, Portugal. The Man, who have a RSD 7" of their own, are playing an in-store set this Saturday at Fords, New Jersey's Vintage Vinyl. The shop's also opening early at 8 a.m., and their stock's boasting reiusses of Graceland and Raw Power, as well as Iggy and the Stooges' LP picture disc of their ATP 2010 performance of the seminal album.
Long Island's Looney Tunes Records is featuring a trio of free acts by Grace Read, The Lumineers, and JuiceheaD and Osaka Popstar, who are bringing their collaborative 7" "Waiting Room" exclusively to the shop. The show will start at 1 that afternoon, but shoppers can begin at 9 a.m. if they're "VIP Members" (to inquire what that means, check here). Doors will open to the general public at 10 a.m.
Local giant J&R Music World will house acts starting at noon, including Everest, Yann Tiersen, Mike Doughty, and guitarist Doyle Dykes. The insitution will also demonstrate some tech to attendees, showcasing the features of the new audio software suite Roland R-MIX. Miles Davis' (who has a special Record Store Day compilation, "Forever Miles," planned for release) nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr., will also be making an appearance.
Permanent Records in Brooklyn will host in-stores by Memoryhouse and Mattison.
Cake Shop says "the CAPESHOK RECORD MART back for one day only!" and are hosting a performance by the Hairs at 3pm.
Check Record Store Day's site or call your local record store to find more happenings.
Of course, there will be precious records found at a variety of independent shops across the country, including the more exotic collaborations that have been hyped as blog post oddities. Fiest and Mastodon's (or 'Fiestodon') will be releasing their split 7" featuring both acts covering songs from each other's 2011 studio releases, Metals and The Hunter, respectively. Listeners can look forward to hearing Feist's rendition of "Black Tongue" and Mastodon's turn on "A Commotion".
Mastodon also-- perhaps inevitably-- succumbed to the bidding of current off-kilter audio project warlocks The Flaming Lips for another split 7", where they'll cover the Lip's "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton." While the Lip's contribution to the baby pink record is their original track recording, fear not, for the band has a more outlandish and sprawling album ready for the big day. The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, the mistifying mega-collaboration they've been working on with Bon Iver, Prefuse 73, Yoko Ono, Chris Martin, Nick Cave, Ke$ha, and more, features new tracks with the aforementioned guests including their previous work with Neon Indian and Lightning Bolt. And, as if the music wasn't enough, Wayne Coyne has been amassing the blood of his fellow collaborators to somehow infuse into the record. At the very least, Alan Palomo, Justin Vernon, The Flaming Lips, and Kesha's blood could be in your copy.
St. Vincent plans on releasing a red 7" sided with two new tracks, "KROKODIL" and "GROT." Reportedly more guitar-driven and aggressive departures from her previous material, her debut of "KROKODIL" at Coachella attests to that, possesing a relentless savagery often only hinted at in her nervous yet controlled guitarwork. It also attempts to channel whatever demons she found covering Big Black for 'Our Band Can be Your Life.' You can download her Coachella performance of "KROKODIL" here.
Speaking of bands playing Coachella, Refused are putting out 1998's The Shape of Punk to Come as a limited edition colored LP on Record Store Day. Pair it with a yellow vinyl Snapcase 12".
Speaking of things to come, Record Store Day is also used to tease what's on the way. Garbage (who are paying a special Record Store Day visit to Austin) are releasing their first new physical single in almost ten years with "Blood For Poppies" in anticipation of their reunion album this spring. Public Image Ltd. came out of the woodwork to present an EP featuring their latest release of new material in 20 years, including single "One Drop." And Faith No More frontman Mike Patton is reissuing his side-project Tomahawk's entire studio output in a boxset designed with space for the band's upcoming summer LP.
Other RSD 2012 releases previously mentioned on BV include Nick Waterhouse/Allah-Lahs, Mark Sultan, Pussy Galore, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sigur Ros, Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches, Nobunny and Variety Lights. Others we haven't mentioned yet include the White Stripes, the Black Keys, Regina Spektor, Tortoise, The Hives, Wilco, Animal Collective, Beach House, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Captain Beefheart, Destroyer, Jimmy Fallon, Laura Marling, Leonard Cohen, Luna, M Ward, M83, Mclusky, Minus the Bear, Misfits (red, blue and clear vinyl), Ozzy, Phish, Ryan Adams, T. Rex, Tegan & Sara, The Clash, and many more. For a full list of RSD 2012 releases, with more info on each, check HERE.
For our Chicago readers, you can check out what your local record shops are up to this Saturday, including a BV Chicago-presented event at Saki, here.
Which releases are you most excited for this Record Store Day? Check out what NPR decided to highlight, like the previously mentioned Shabazz Palaces release, HERE. Watch Cris Brown give his annual Record Store Day show and tell, and other videos below...
by Michael Hill
After recently celebrating his 50th birthday, the maturing, former heavy rock front man is showing no signs of slowing down or mellowing out. He is not "aging gracefully," he is turning up the volume and raging full on.
Rollins first came to prominence in 1981 as the fourth singer of the seminal hardcore punk band Black Flag. After a brief tour of duty fronting State or Alert in his hometown of Washington, DC, he relocated to Southern California to join Black Flag. Rollins toured extensively and appeared on several recordings until the band broke up in 1986. He was back on the road the following year in 1987 with the Rollins Band which garnered modest commercial success during the 90's with "Liar" and "Low Self Opinion." After three lineups, the band parted ways in 2006.
During the Black Flag years, Rollins founded the 2.13.61 Publishing Company, basically a P.O. Box, where he published a series of folded and stapled self-publications. Ultimately, the roster would expand to include Nick Cave, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, and Glen E. Friedman among others. Additionally, he has acted in films such as David Lynch's "Lost Highway", "Feast" and "Heat"(where he shared a scene with Al Pacino) as well as appearances on television as a part of the cast of "Sons of Anarchy" and on his own IFC talk show.
These days, Rollins is mostly known for his unique brand of spoken word performance. Though, often times humorous, I hesitate to call it stand-up comedy; it exists in region where Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks and Friedrich Nietzsche converge. It's part political commentary, part travelogue, part story telling session delivered with a high intensity pace the delivers the goods without fail. I've been witnessing these performances since the late 80's when the audience consisted of a handful of punk rockers congregating at some out-of-the way hole in the wall in a bad neighborhood. I caught one of his sold out dates at Joe's Pub in New York City, a nice place with reserved seating, food and a well-stocked bar.
Henry was kind enough to set aside some time in his schedule to talk to us. Read our chat below....
"I heard about what happened to Alex almost immediately after the fact from his brother Whitey who played guitar alongside Alex in The Trolls, my band from 1998 to 2003. I felt terrible and although it won't bring him back I really hope they find the person who hit him and ran. Alex deserves a lot of recognition for his contributions to the arts. He was a drummer with a thunderous left hand but he was so much more than that in the arts scene around Los Angeles. He was a member of a very interesting indie band called the Nymphs and he'd had a very solid career as a set designer in major studio films and TV for some years. His son Lucius danced his debut this week with the American ballet theatre in New York and I wish Alex had been around for that he had a lot to do with it. The Kirsts are a unique and artistic family and I know they will all miss him, as I do. Alex was a very, very nice and good person he helped a lot of people, including me." - Iggy PopAlex Kirst was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Cathedral City, California. RIP Alex.
by Andrew Sacher w/ photos by Kellyann Petry
Death @ Purchase
"Forgotten except by the most fervent punk rock record collectors -- the band's self-released 1976 single recently traded hands for the equivalent of $800 -- Death would likely have remained lost in obscurity if not for the discovery [in 2008] of a 1974 demo tape in Bobby Sr.'s attic. Released [in 2009] by Drag City Records as "... For the Whole World to See," Death's newly unearthed recordings reveal a remarkable missing link between the high-energy hard rock of Detroit bands like the Stooges and MC5 from the late 1960s and early '70s and the high-velocity assault of punk from its breakthrough years of 1976 and '77. Death's songs "Politicians in My Eyes," "Keep On Knocking" and "Freakin Out" are scorching blasts of feral ur-punk, making the brothers unwitting artistic kin to their punk-pioneer contemporaries the Ramones, in New York; Rocket From the Tombs, in Cleveland; and the Saints, in Brisbane, Australia. They also preceded Bad Brains, the most celebrated African-American punk band, by almost five years." [NY Times]I met with Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney, and Bobbie Duncan of the legendary proto-punk band Death before their set at SUNY Purchase's Fall Fest this past Friday, to discuss their second full length album, Spiritual, Mental, Physical, which is set to be released on January 25, 2011 through the label Drag City. As previously posted, Death sent out this message via Drag City back in October:
BASEMENT OF WHAT WAS ONCE KNOWN AS GROOVESVILLE STUDIOS - DETROIT, MI - May 7th, 2010Bobby and Dannis are brothers and both original members of Death who were active from 1971-1976. Their other brother and original member, David Hackney, died of lung cancer in 2000. Death reformed in 2009 with new Death member Bobbie Duncan on guitar. Bobby, Dannnis and Bobbie all also play together in Vermont-based reggae band Lambsbread.
"After searching for almost eight hours, I removed a box with a Master in it and vaguely saw some big red letters on the box below it. I shinned the light on this box to clearly see the writing in big red letters DEATH. I screamed with excitement DEATH!!, DEATH!!, DEATH!! Everyone in the building starting to scream and wildly cheer and applause. Upon seeing those tapes, it brought it all back, David had written those big red letters on the tape. Engineer Jim Vitti had jokingly drew a skull and crossbones on the box after the name to which David did not like telling him "We are not that kind of Death". I was full of emotion, I cried. We were all elated, Jacque was elated, I called up Dannis who was in Vermont and he began to joyfully celebrate. I thought about David. If David were here with us all that has happened to Death up to this point would pale in comparison to what we found today. The tapes were right where Brian said they were sitting there awaiting us for 34 years." - Bobby Hackney
BV: Welcome to New York, how was your trip?
BH: Trip was great, thank you for welcoming us, first time in Purchase.
BV: I know it's not the most conventional setting to play, being that it's a small college an hour outside the city, but from what I gather, you guys have performed as Lambsbread at a number of colleges, so you are no stranger to performing at colleges.
BH: Oh no. We've played a lot of colleges in New England, just about every college in New England. A lot in the state of New York too, so you are correct about that.
BV: How is that, performing for kids at school, especially being that Death is now appreciated by younger fans who weren't even born when you first formed?
BH: It's amazing, I mean it's really magical to us, we just really appreciate the fact that people are tuning in to our music. It's great, it's really great.
Miike Snow pics by Alexander Stein
"Fashion Week mosh pit! Iggy on stage at Don's Hills = mayhem" - cutblog
"This is what it's like on the other side@perryfarrell when JA does their Small club show!" - Etty Farrell
Iggy Pop @ Don Hill's Friday night (mikenouveau)
Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow @ the Theory store Friday night
The Stooges ended up playing a Pop Magazine party at Don Hill's on Friday night. Whether or not they also show up at Varvatos this weekend remains to be seen. Speaking of Varvatos, did anyone end up getting their picture taken by Mick Rock or see any good shows on Fashion's Night Out?
Metric played Juicy Couture' Fifth Avenue Flagship store as a two-piece. They covered "The End Has No End" by The Strokes (who are playing their own fashion week party). A video of that, and more pictures of Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt DJing at the Theory store, below...
No word yet on whether Iggy Pop will definitely be there, but Mick Rock will take your picture Friday at the Varvatos store, though there's a catch. Second half of the flyer below...
photos by Keith Marlowe
Iggy Pop & friends @ ATP NY Friday
"Big brands seem determined to top last year's appearance by Courtney Love at Alexander Wang's gas station-housed Fashion Week after party, and Tommy Hilfiger has lured some big guns: The Strokes. We hear they'll appear at Hilfiger's bash following his 25th anniversary show at Lincoln Center, on Sunday, Sept. 12. Invitations haven't yet been dispatched, but the event already has a surefire guest: 17-year-old model Atlanta de Cadenet, the stepdaughter of Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, who makes her first Vogue appearance in the September 2010 issue.We can't confirm an appearance by either The Strokes or the leathery one (and I think the entire article quoted above was a quoted NY Magazine article that was since removed), but the current rumor that Iggy Pop will perform at the Varvatos store doesn't seem that far-fetched since he has been in the area, Guns N' Roses performed in the store earlier this year. New York Fashion Week is underway (Blonde Redhead played a show at Tribeca Grand last night).
Meanwhile, rumors have surfaced that Iggy Pop, who took the stage for [a sunglasses company] in May, will perform at John Varvatos's annual party in his Bowery boutique (the former site of legendary Manhattan punk club CBGB)."-[Fashionologie (actually post from NY Magazine?)]
Iggy & The Stooges played ATP NY on Friday (9/3) along with the Scientists, Mudhoney, and Sleep. We posted a few pictures and commentary about that already. A second set of pictures from that show (our first of the Scientists who played Blood Red River in its entirety) continues below...
words & photos by BBG
I'd like to think that the washes of green lights after projected flames on stage during Sleep's headlining set Friday night were indicative of the band's devotion to the holy leaf, but then again maybe it just looked cool. Either way, the band headlined the first night of ATP at Kutshers with co-headliner Iggy & The Stooges, Mudhoney, and The Scientists each playing classic material as part of the festival's Don't look Back series. Kutshers hasn't changed in the three years that I have attended the festival (not that I would ever expect it to); leaky ceiling tiles, a general musty smell prevails throughout the facility, and most importantly the vibe; I get none of the drag-and-drop feeling of most festivals and their Budweiser-commercial-with-funnel-cakes-and-apply-for-a-credit-card-here-and-did-I-mention-there's-music feeling. There is an openness at Kutshers that isn't easily replicated, much like the performances last night.
After settling in, slid into the Stardust room to catch the opening bars of "Touch Me I'm Sick" as Mudhoney launched directly into Superfuzz Bigmuff (the album they played in full). The record was them at their noisy, unhinged best, and although the feedback and some of the chunkiness in guitar tone was missing, the Seattle band was taut and fantastic live. I unfortunately missed The Scientists who played before them.
Iggy & The Stooges followed, and of my experiences with Iggy, of which there are a few, it's hard to imagine him wilder, more energetic, and more spastic than he was during his Raw Power set. Backed by James Williamson (Ron Asheton RIP), Scott Asheton, Mike Watt and saxophonist Steve Mackay, the band opened with the title track from the record before beating down the capacity crowd with the fantastic "Search & Destroy". Excellent set from these guys. BV photographer Greg Cristman was also in attendance last night, and as a long time fan of the band, he said that the ATP set was more impressive than their Atlantic City outing a few weeks prior. The crowd, who pogo'ed, crowd-surfed, joined the Detroit legends on stage for a dance during "Shake Appeal", and were generally nutty probably added fuel to that fire.
From the opening solo riff of "Dopesmoker", Sleep ruled the Stardust Room, keeping to the electric vibe that Iggy touched on in his set. The room was full of metalheads (more Slayer shirts than Radiohead shirts at ATP Friday night). Matt Pike's tone and power is truly unmatched on the six (or nine) string, and the reunion of the guitar god with the thundering and similarly powerful low-end of Al Cisneros brought to mind their ancestors, Iommi and Butler.
Though original drummer Chris Hakius has retired his drum throne, Neurosis drummer Jason Roeder was no scab; handily backing what is arguably two of the most powerful instrumentalists in current heavy music. Much like it did when My Bloody Valentine played ATP two years ago, the Stardust rattled, though with a low-end power rumble (as opposed to MBV's earshattering and treble-y feedback). Classics like "Dragonaut" and "The Druid" and were intercut with sections of "Dopesmoker", and even the new-ish jam "Anartican's Thought" made an appearance during their two hour set which, for a portion of the crowd, was more punishment than could be handled (the audience thinned as the night went on).
Except for a brief moment when Matt Pike pulled out an acoustic (!) only to be plagued with technical difficulty (for "Some Grass"?), it was powerful, fantastic, and, to borrow an overused term that is totally applicable here, was truly epic. I can't wait to see them again (and again) in the coming week (tickets for the Monday night show are still on sale).
The music kept me from really checking out the Syd Butler-chosen comedians who were performing in another room, though I did run in for a second to see some of Todd Barry.
photos by Greg Cristman
Q: Even though "Raw Power" was a great album, the Stooges never got to tour behind it properly because your management company quit you and your record label didn't seem to care either. So is it a case of getting back to unfinished business with this album?Iggy & The Stooges played House of Blues in Atlantic City on Friday (8/27), one of four shows scheduled for this week culminating in an appearance at ATP NY where the band will perform all of Raw Power.
A: Absolutely. I'm finishing a job here. It had its re-release. I did my remix too, which I knew at the time in the '90s there was a muscle-bound rock-metal thing going around, and I knew that people couldn't hear the record as it was originally mixed and mastered in that environment. So I thought if I make it unbearably loud, it would sell, and it did! (laughs) Now it's been re-released, and James has been able to tell his stories about it, and get his credit as due, gotten to say his piece. I'm in the midst of fulfilling my leadership obligations to the group on this record. And I've done really well with it.
Q: What do you think of Bowie's original mix?
A: It's a good mix of a particular taste. It was very similar to the way David had his own records mixed around that era. It's peculiarly English. What I didn't know at the time was that it was disastrously mastered (after Bowie mixed it). By that time we had no communication with management who had decided to let us go. I didn't know why you had to turn your stereo to "10" to hear it at all. One of the archivists at Sony later postulated that because of the non-management the group was under, the record had no advocate at the label, and it was assigned to a guy who didn't know the Stooges, and he was applying the standards of a Mitch Miller record to it (in the mastering stage). They were rightfully listening to it as a load of noise, and their concern was how can we reduce it? So if you reduce the noise on "Raw Power," you will reduce the record...-[from a Chicago Tribune interview w/ Iggy Pop]
Iggy Pop @ House of Blues
The band played a loud and killer set for 1.5 hours to the NJ crowd who may have learned about the show from the giant billboard on the highway, or the 'Atlantic City Weekly' cover story on Iggy. Iggy dove into the crowd multiple times including one backwards free fall. Unfortunately, the room was only half-full, but that didn't stop it from being a great show. Full setlist below. On Sunday, the band played the Riviera (4746 N. Racine) in Chicago after the show was moved from Aragon late on Friday night. On Tuesday, 8/31, you can catch the band at the
Bank of America Pavillion House of Blues (it was moved too) in Boston.
In other Iggy news, Jim Jarmusch will direct an upcoming documentary on the legendary rocker upon the request of Iggy himself. Jim Jarmusch will also be in attendance at ATP New York Next weekend, curating the entirety of Sunday's bill (with sunn/Boris, Fucked Up, many many others).
More pictures, and the setlist, from the Atlantic City show, continue below...
Kurt Vile at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Lori Baily)
It's almost final and official, ATP New York is ruling. The best Hudson Valley festival to ever be held in a 1960s time capsule has announced the "final additions" including two comedians chosen by Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav (more to come... that's all "so far"), as well as a few new and interesting additions to the Jim Jarmusch curated date. Behold:
Iggy Pop & the Stooges in Toronto for NXNE 2010
Iggy Pop and the Stooges played a free show in Toronto's Yonge-Dondas Square on Saturday June 19th, as part of the city's NXNE Festival. The show was controlled chaos in the middle of a very public section of the city that NXNE took over with a big outdoor stage for the duration of the festival. It would be like having a free, public Stooges show in the middle of Times Square, or Union Square, or at South Street Seaport even. The pictures here are from that crazy and amazing show (and are part of our slow drip of coverage from the fest...still more to come!).
For the ATP NY show, Iggy and MVD Entertainment Group are running a contest for six winners to videotape the Stooges' set and interview Iggy at Kutscher's. To enter, you have to send in an HD-quality video with either questions for Iggy,or some kind of stunt as to why you should win. In addition to the ATP prize, the "fan shot footage, along with the contestant video submissions, will be crafted into a high definition longform program, which will be part concert film and part reality TV show about the journey of the fans." Part cool, part creepy. More details on the contest, and a video explaining it all featuring "Handsome" Dick Manitoba, are below.
In related news, Barney's New York will soon start selling Iggy Pop t-shirts that are part of the Archive 1887 collection...
"Archive 1887 t-shirts are made in Los Angeles from 100% cotton and feature artwork sourced from Sony Music's exclusive archives as well as the private collections of music's most important photographers. Each shirt comes with an online code that can be entered at www.archive1887.com to unlock a streaming playlist of the classic artists' music as well as background information on the images. Archive 1887 is sold at better department stores and specialty boutiques across North America as well Europe and Asia."Iggy will help celebrate the t-shirt launch by making an appearance (a non-musical appearance) at Barneys Co-Op (236 West 18th Street Between 7th and 8th Ave) on Wednesday, July 28th. That said,
And in other related news, The Stooges have added three more songs to Rock Band (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii). As of July 20th you can get "1969", "I Wanna Be Your Dog", and "No Fun" so you can be Iggy Pop in the comfort of your living room.
More pictures, video and the setlist from the completely mobbed NXNE free show (where many lost their shoes), and more contest details, below...
Slash released a special-guest-filled album solo called called "Slash" in March. Four of the five members of the Appetite for Destruction era Guns N' Roses lineup appear on the album: Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler. You can figure out who's missing. Iggy Pop, Ozzy, Lemmy, Dave Grohl, Chris Cornell, and others (even Fergie?) (but not Jack White) appear as guests on the album too. You can stream it, and download a track, below.
Slash is currently on tour in Europe. In fact, you may have heard about how he was "attacked" by a fan on stage at a recent show. That viral video is below.
Slash starts playing North American shows in September. That now includes a September 14th show at Terminal 5 in NYC. $32.50 tickets go on sale Friday at noon. All currently announced dates, the attack video, album stream/download widgets and the full "Slash" album tracklist (with guests), below...