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Graham Johnson belting it at Pulp karaoke (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Graham

The Pulp karaoke contest recently went down in NYC as the afterparty for the Rooftop FIlms screening of director Florian Habicht's Pulp documentary, PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets. Habicht and Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker judged, and as you may know, 9-year old Graham Johnson took home the crown for his performance of "This Is Hardcore" (which some say is perhaps not the most appropriate song for a 9-year old, but there was plenty of cheering too). Habicht's now posted a video of Graham's performance, including his and Jarvis' post-song interview of the kid, which you can watch below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Bill Pearis

Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker

"That was one of the most incredible things I've ever witnessed." Jarvis Cocker had just seen a nine-year-old boy named Graham belt out Pulp's "This is Hardcore." (Feel free to peruse the lyrics if unfamiliar.) "It was a little disturbing... but I will not forget that, ever." Nobody who saw it will. The kid won.

Cocker and Pulp documentary director Florian Habicht were judges in a Pulp karaoke competition that also featured a girl who came out dressed as an old lady for "Help the Aged," only to then perform a striptease; and audience favorite Chance who had clearly studied Cocker's stage moves for his very enthusiastic rendition of "Babies" where he recovered fully from falling off the stage. Jarvis seemed amused and bemused by the whole thing, noting that "I can truly say that was a unique experience."

This was the afterparty for last night's Rooftop Films screening (8/7) of Habicht's terrific documentary, PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets in Sunset Park's Industry City that also featured a Q&A with Cocker and Habicht. Filmed around Pulp's 2012 show in their hometown of Sheffield, the last date on their reformation tour, the documentary spends as much time with fans and local residents as it does the band, painting a vivid portrait of the city that shaped the band. It is not a film charting Pulp's beginnings through their breakup in 2002. "That's what YouTube and Wikipedia is for," said Habicht. It's a sweet, charming movie that you don't have to have even heard "Common People" to enjoy.

If you missed the Rooftop Films screening (and the Lincoln Center "Sound & Vision" series screening), the Pulp documentary will be released by Oscilloscope in theaters and VOD in November, with a home video release not too long after. Screening dates and more pictures from the screening, Q&A and afterparty as well as Graham's audition video, below...

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by Bill Pearis

see Jarvis fix a flat...like common people
Pulp

If you're a Pulp fan you probably already know that you've got two upcoming chances in NYC to see Florian Habicht's excellent and very entertaining documentary PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets. It's screening August 6 at Lincoln Center with a Habicht post-show Q&A as part of the venue's Sound + Vision fest (tickets); and then Rooftop Films on August 7 (Industry City in Sunset Park location) with a post-screening Q&A with Jarvis Cocker and Habicht (tickets). If you'd like to go to the Rooftop Films screening/Q&A for free we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on that are below.

The Rooftop Films screening just got a little more interesting. Before the screening, the good folks at Mondo NYC will be DJing, and immediately after the Q&A there will be a Pulp karaoke contest judged by Jarvis and Habicht. To enter, you need to Tweet to @RooftopFilms saying which Pulp song you'd like to do with the hashtag #singforjarvis, and plead your case. Song selections and more details here but they do suggest maybe you might want to pick a song besides "Common People." Too band "Bad Cover Version" isn't an option -- too meta?

Trailer for the film and the "Bad Cover Version" video below...

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by Bill Pearis

Pulp Doc

Lincoln Center's Sound + Vision film series is back for its second year, happening July 31 - August 6. The weeklong series kicks off on July 31 with a screening of shoegaze documentary Beautiful Noise that was funded by a Kickstarter campaign (trailer below). The series ends on August 6 with a screening of Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets. That screening features a Q&A with director Florian Habicht and a live performance by Dragons of Zynth. In between, there's a screening of Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense on 8/1 with a Q&A with David Byrne ;, as well as documentaries on Rodrigo y Gabriela, Brasslands, Japanese didgeridoo player GOMA (shot in 3-D), and more. Tickets for Sound + Vision go on sale Thursday (7/10) and the full schedule is below with more info about the films here.

The night after the Pulp documentary screens at Lincoln Center, it will be shown as part of Rooftop Films at Industry City in Sunset Park (8/7). Habicht will be there for a pre-screening Q&A as will Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker which is probably worth the price of admission on its own. Tickets are on sale now.

Conceived by Cocker and directed by Habicht, Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets chronicles the iconic Britpop band's "final" hometown show at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena in December 2012. (They played the Coachella cruise after.) It's as much about Sheffield as it is Pulp, interviewing fans and locals on the leadup to the concert. You don't have to be familiar with Pulp's music to enjoy this one, but it certainly helps like in scenes where a group of septuagenarians sing Pulp's 1997 single "Help the Aged." It's a terrifically entertaining film and its trailer is below.

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by Bill Pearis

Bad Sports @ Burgermania, Hotel Vegas
SXSW

I'm not sure how many artists I saw over the course of five days at SXSW but it was a lot. My week started (Kelley Stoltz) and ended (La Luz) at Hotel Vegas which was probably my favorite place to see bands in Austin. In between I tried to catch everyone on my list, and luckily quite a few of them played our day parties at Red 7. So of these, many were expected, but there were a couple nice finds too. Here's my Top 10 artists I caught at SXSW:

Jarvis Cocker (Wednesday @ Austin Convention Center)
I missed Jarvis and (Pulp guitarist) Steve Mackey's "Desperate Sound System" DJ night on Tuesday (and didn't get to see the Pulp documentary) but I did happen into Jarvis' talk, titled "Extra Ordinary," at the Convention Center the next day. It was an hour-long discussion -- complete with PowerPoint presentations -- that framed his lyrical style of finding beauty (and humor) in the mundane. As you would expect, it was witty, urbane and nobody wanted it to end.

Hospitality (Thursday, Merge Showcase @ The Parish)
I didn't really intend on seeing Hospitality (a band I've seen many times, but not since their new LP) at SXSW but the hour they were playing was free on my schedule...and I'm so glad I did. Not only did the songs off Trouble sound great, but the band took their expanded musical palette to the songs off their debut, offering up radical reworkings that made their whole set fresh and exciting.

Sylvan Esso (Thursday @ BV day party and Chevrolet Courtyard)
A real suprise, as I am against laptop acts in general, Sylvan Esso really made it work. A good set of songs anchored things, but it was the stage presence and chemistry between singer Amelia Randall Meath and beatmaker Nicholas Sanborn. One of the few times my first thought wasn't "get a live drummer" though, now that you mention it, that wouldn't hurt.

Gruff Rhys
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Gruff Rhys (Thursday @ St. David's Historic Sanctuary & BV Friday Day Party)
One of the true talents of the last 20 years, Gruff Rhys could probably read the SXSW schedule and make it entertaining. At the church (and at our Friday day party), he previewed his new album, American Interior, which is a high-concept project that involves a book, film and mobile app. It worked with just an acoustic guitar (and a few handmade signs) too.

La Femme (BV Friday day party @ Red 7)
As they made my #3 album of 2013, I knew I was going to like La Femme live. I didn't expect them to be so genuinely awesome, especially in the tough noon opening slot. They sounded great, oozed Frenchiness, were a blast to watch. Expectations way exceeded. I can't wait to see them do a full set on Sunday (which BV is presenting).

Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Friday @ Chevrolet Courtyard & BV Saturday day party)
No disrespect to the TPOBPAH line-up that made the band's first two albums, but the all new version of band Kip Berman has put together -- including Drew Citron of Beverly, Jen Goma of ASDIG, and Dream Diary's Jacob Danish Sloan -- are seriously talented. And the Pains were never this much fun before. New record's really good, too.

Protomartyr (BV Saturday Day Party @ Red 7)
Dressed in grey Dockers and a button-down shirt, Protomartyr frontman Joe Casey looked like he was performing our day party slot on his lunch break. He kept one hand in his pocket, chewed gum and barely moved. But not unlike Mark E. Smith or David Thomas, there's a seething indifference seeping out of that shirt collar, and to me that dichotomy -- and the general badassedness songs on Protomartyr's new album -- was about as punk as it gets.

Fat White Family (BV Saturday day party)
Another of the bands I was most excited to see, Fat White Family brought a genuine sleezy rock n' roll attitude. Most of bandmembers were shirtless and sweaty by the second song, and frontman Lias Saoudi had an undeniable louche...is charm the right word? These are boys you don't bring home to mom. You can catch them this weekend in NYC.

Curtis Harding
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Curtis Harding (Saturday, Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas)
Burgermania boasted some 60 bands across Hotel Vegas' four stages, with a new group starting every 15 minutes. Most of them being on the Fullerton, CA record label that was as much the star as the bands. (Their t-shirt booth, sporting about 10 styles, sold out of everything except XXLs.) I think I caught about 15 over the course of four hours. I arrived in time for the soul-garage of Atlanta's Curtis Harding, whose magnetism, pipes and chops were evident from note one. Look for his album on Burger later this year.

Bad Sports (Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas)
Having enjoyed all three albums by Bad Sports a lot (very Damned/Buzzcocks-style punk), I somehow never realized the band was fronted by OBN III's Orville Neeley until I saw them on stage as part of Burgermania. Having only seen Neeley in wildman OBN mode, it was cool to see him channel that energy into a guitar, ripping out one burner after another.

Other sets I liked: Kelley Stoltz, Coachwhips, Gap Dream, LA Font, SVPER, Cosmonauts, Cate Le Bon, Tweens, Warm Soda, The Hold Steady, Christopher Owens, Destruction Unit, Cherry Glazzer, Peter Matthew Bauer, Shocked Minds, Bleeding Rainbow, Connan Mockasin, The Fresh & Onlys, Quilt, Weyes Blood, Arthur Beatrice (and probably something I forgot).

Bands I missed who I wanted to see: Boogarins, Withered Hand, Bo Ningen... Spandau Ballet?

BrooklynVegan SXSW show photos:
SATURDAY 1 -- SATURDAY 2 -- FRIDAY 1 -- FRIDAY 2 -- THURSDAY 1 -- THURSDAY 2 -- WEDNESDAY -- FLATSTOCK STAGE -- INIVISBLE ORANGES

A few more Instagrams (including a few bands that fell outside the Top 10) below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey's "Desperate Sound System" / Jungle
Desperate Sound System - Hype Hotel
Jungle - Latitude 30

The music portion of SXSW officially kicked off yesterday (3/12) and while there weren't as many events going on as there will be tonight through Saturday, there was still plenty to see. BV photographer Amanda Hatfield ran around and caught Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey doing their "Desperate Sound System" DJ night at Hype Hotel, plus The Colourist who went on before them.

Then she headed to Central Presbyterian Church for the Bella Union showcase (where Jarvis and Steve also headed, but as audience members) and caught ex-Low Anthem member Jocie Adams' indie folk band Arc Iris and piano singer/songwriter Agnes Obel. After that, a few blocks away at Latitude 30 it was the enigmatic UK funk band Jungle, who are now in Austin after having played two NYC shows last week. The band, a five-piece live, are still choosing to remain on the mysterious side (despite revealing seven members in a recent promo pic), singing behind large pop filters that seem more like they're intended to block their [white] faces than block noise....

But at a Tuesday afternoon show at Spotify House, on an outdoor stage, Jungle didn't hide that they are about as Afro-British as the Average White Band was. In a truly post-racial world, perhaps their previous offerings would just be a random artifice. But in a truly post-racial world, naming a band Jungle and putting black faces on the packaging wouldn't leave such a queasy aftertaste. [NY Times]
Amanda wrapped up her night at Buffalo Billiards for Avi Buffalo. Pictures of them, and all other bands mentioned, are in this post. They continue below...

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The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.
The Everything is New project has resulted in two albums, both of which are out January 20: Sun Choir, which was composed and recorded by Scottish art-pop band Marram with the kids of Southeast India's Light of Love Children's Home and features guest appearances from Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, Irvine Welsh and more; and BOATS where artists such as Four Tet, Rustie, Dan Deacon, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Max Tundra, Gang Gang Dance and more took samples of the children and built songs around them.

Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children through the Light of Love Home and School. You can stream Rustie, YACHT, Jarvis Cocker and Four Tet's tracks below.

There's also a 70-minute feature film that's included with physical copies of the Sun Choir album. You can watch a short and a not so short making of videos below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Things are going great for Morrissey whose new book is selling like crazy. The new Issue of NME, as you can see from its cover above, features "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The UK music weekly picked these for the Top 10:

1. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes - Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
6. Pulp - Different Class
7. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8. Pixies - Doolittle
9. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
10. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Just keep in mind these are mostly British people making this list. Outkast's Stankonia is #500 if you were wondering, and the Top 50 are listed in this post. If you're wondering how NME came up with this list, here's what they said:
It means emailing a vast array of alumni from across the NME generations, from the sixties swingers through the hip young gunslingers of the 70s right up to today's troupe of rock'n'roll toreadors, and begging/bullying them to submit lists of their favourite fifty albums of all time. Some joined in, others were too busy/famous now, but we managed to gather together around 80 voters to submit lists, at which point the serious number-crunching began.
One of those 80 was '90s-era NME editor Johnny "Cigarettes" Sharp, who talked to The Quietus about how he came up with his ballot (and these kind of lists in general):
I and the rest of the NME alumni were simply told to vote for our 'favourite' albums - Ideally a top 50 but really anything we could rustle up by the following Monday.

And herein lies a flaw inherent in all such lists: The results are bound to be slanted towards the choices of the voters who they happen still to have contact details for, which will inevitably be the more recent contributors (Still, having first written for them over 20 years ago, they didn't do too badly tracking me down).

Inevitably, with the whole thing being a bit last-minute and no-budget, the votes were also those of individuals who could be arsed to sweat over a difficult task in their free time for no financial reward. Welcome to 21st century publishing.

The mag does have a sense of humor about all this. The bottom right corner of the cover has a picture of Morrissey saying "...until the next 500." NME is publishing the whole list -- in not annoying slideshow format -- throughout the day and you can click through 500 - 401, and 400 - 301 right now. Their top 50 are listed below....

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at NPR's 2013 SXSW Showcase
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have been on tour for a while now, and it finally hits NYC this week for three shows with Sharon Van Etten, starting tonight (3/28) at Beacon Theatre and continuing Friday and Saturday at the same venue. All three are sold out. The Bad Seeds' tour was also down in Austin for SXSW earlier this month, where they played NPR's showcase at Stubb's with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alt-J, Waxahatchee, and Youth Lagoon. Pictures of Nick Cave and YYYs are HERE and pictures of Waxahatchee's set are HERE. Even more pictures of Nick Cave's set are in this post.

Nick Cave also recently launched a Spotify app, which you can use to "discover the music of Nick Cave." It has streams of Nick's new album, Push the Sky Away, along with his classic material, and features a mood wheel where you can browse "carefully chosen moods which represent his songs" including Murder & Mayhem, Classic, Spiritual, and Super Dark. You can also make your own Nick Cave playlist and check out playlists made by others like Lou Reed and Jarvis Cocker.

And speaking of SXSW and Spotify, check out our "Best of BrooklynVegan SXSW 2013" Spotify playlist.

Updated dates are listed, along with more pictures from SXSW, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Hot Chip / Grimes / people dancing
S.S. Coachella 2012
S.S. Coachella 2012
S.S. Coachella 2012

Before the new year, we posted pictures of day 1 of the second of two S.S. Coachella cruises (this being the one that set sail from Jamaica). Now here's a set of pics of day 2 which includes Grimes, Hot Chip, and Bang & Olufsen which was a "secret" performance by Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and touring member Rob Smoughton (aka Grovesnor) who played at the ship's small bar at 2:30 AM.

The second day also featured Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp, who played the first day) who gave a surprise presentation of his lyircs book, Mother, Brother, Lover, plus Tokimonsta and more. Check out more shots from day 2 of the cruise below.

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by Bill Pearis

Serafina Steer

Serafina Steer's 2010 album Change is Good, Change is Good was one of that year's more underrated records, spare and spooky, recalling '60s British folk, Young Marble Giants or Electrelane's more delicate moments. If you haven't heard it you can stream it via Rdio below.

One big fan of that album was Jarvis Cocker who declared it his favorite LP of 2010. When it came time to make her follow-up, Serafina asked the Pulp frontman if he might be up for producing and he said yes. They dished to Nowness:

Serafina Steer: When I asked you to produce my record, I'd heard that Alice Coltrane, in meditation, asked Stravinsky and John Coltrane whether she could arrange some of their music, and they said yes. I was thinking about her a lot and thought, 'I'll ask Jarvis.'

Jarvis Cocker
: I never thought I would produce a record. I thought it would be one of my definitions of hell: having to listen to somebody else's music over and over again!

SS: Did you regret it?

JC: Well, what I liked was that your songs didn't follow a conventional structure, whereas I'm very conventional when I write songs. I didn't want to trample all over that. I suppose the role of the producer is quite nebulous--and my definition would be in some way helping to put your ideas into action. I just thought that I could help define them in some way. - [Nowness]

Serafina Steer's new album is called The Moths Are Real (cover art above) and will be out in January via Stolen Recordings. The album is even more spare than her last, with many songs just Steer's voice and nimble harp-playing. (Jarvis sings back-up on one track, "The Removal Man," too.) It's quite lovely. In addition to producing the album, Jarvis also directed the album's first single, "Night Swim," which features synchronized swimming. You can watch that below along with a list of upcoming live dates (none in North America).

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

M83 / The Black Keys / Refused
Coachella 2012 - Day 1
Coachella 2012 - Day 1
Coachella 2012 - Day 1

"Coachella's new dueling weekends have unwittingly started a bitter turf war between those at the festival now and those who plan to come next week.

In years past, if you were the socially adept, party-minded type, you could pretty much bank on the fact that all the cool kids in your social satellite system would be somewhere on the Empire Polo Field, in line for Spicy Pie pizza, or wearing next-to-nothing at the Ace pool party.

This year, however, a text bearing the age-old Coachella rallying cry, "Dude! VIP lounge, now. Shots!" has a 50% chance of being met with the reply, "Dude. I'm coming next weekend. Too bad for you cuz it's so cold there right now."" [LA Times]

After sets by Jimmy Cliff, Madness, Kendrick Lamar, Jimmy Cliff, Arctic Monkeys, EMA, Ximena Sarinana, Gary Clark Jr, Death Grips, and many more, night fell and the massive crowds at Coachella's first of two Fridays were treated to sets by Pulp (setlist & video HERE), Mazzy Star (more on their set in a second), Refused (more on their set HERE), The Black Keys (setlist below), M83, Amon Tobin (more about him HERE), and others (that we didn't get pictures of).

Our first set of Coachella Friday pics is HERE. The rest, along with the Black Keys setlist, below...

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Jarvis Cocker @ Coachella 2012 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Pulp

After playing Wednesday and Thursday in NYC at Radio City Music Hall, Pulp brought the show (minus eight songs) to Coachella on Friday night. The pictures are HERE. Watch the full hour+ desert festival set, and check out the setlist, below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Jarvis Cocker & adoring fans @ Radio City Music Hall - 4/11/12
Pulp

Well, that was excellent... Jarvis Cocker wiggled and pranced around the room in his natty suit, geek glasses and Cuban-heel boots, a brazen showgirl in the body of a pervy librarian. Who else besides Jarvis would get cheers from a New York audience by announcing it was the anniversary of The Great Gatsby's publication in 1925? And who else would recite lines from the book while throwing Snickers and Milky Way bars into the crowd? "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired," Jarvis said, quoting from Gatsby as a preface to "Something Changed," one of Pulp's big love ballads. "And if you are one of the pursued or the pursuing, this one's for you."

But everybody in a Pulp song is always pursued and pursuing, which is why their songs hold up so smashingly. They barely ever played the U.S. in their heyday, and Jarvis' superb solo shows haven't featured any Pulp material since the band split in the early 2000s. So ever since the band reunited the vintage "Common People"-era lineup, American fans have been waiting for this moment. -[Rolling Stone]

We >previously posted the setlist from the second of two nights, and now here are the pictures from Pulp's show last night at Radio City Music Hall (4/12) (though unfortunately none of opener Jeffrey Lewis) (venue rules).

Pulp

The band now will jet across the US to play Coachella. Pictures from Tuesday's show (which is also where the above review comes from) are HERE. More from Wednesday below...

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Jarvis scales Radio City Music Hall - 4/11/12 (photo by eversincedapper)
Pulp

Pulp played their second of two shows at Radio City Music Hall last night (4/11), and though the setlists were pretty similar with the same amount of songs, they mixed it up a bit. This time "Misshapes" was played at the end of the encore instead of at the beginning of the show, "Bad Cover Version" was played in the encore instead of "Live Bed Show", and they played "Monday Morning" instead of "Party Hard." Check out the first night's setlist and pictures HERE. Check out the second night's setlist (UPDATE: Pictures HERE), below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

PULP.
FUCKING.
DESTROYED.
SHOW OF THE UNIVERSE!!!!!!! - Anonymous

Jarvis Cocker @ Radio City Music Hall - 4/10/2012
Pulp

"Jarvis is a bit older now, but he still has it. He's an extraordinary performer, in part because he's such a specific character, and he's so fully comfortable in his skin. I think the very best rock stars are the people who impose their quirks on to the role rather than conform to the expectations of the job. He created his own archetype, but he belongs in a pantheon of the great oddball rock gods alongside Michael Stipe, David Byrne, Elvis Costello, Stephen Malkmus, Black Francis and James Murphy. Watching him in action is inspiring - his sort of confidence seems somehow attainable, whereas more traditional rock, pop and rap stars make it seem impossible and superhuman. Even in his biggest anthems - "Mis-Shapes" and "Common People," both of which presage the sentiment of the Occupy movement by nearly two decades - Cocker is at a human scale even as the music soars. Extremely lanky, yeah, but human scale." [Fluxblog]
You already saw the setlist from last night's Pulp show which was the first of two shows at the fancy NYC venue for the reunited Britpop greats who also hit Fallon while in town and who continue on to play Coachella this weekend. Here are the pictures, opener Chromatics (who played Le Bain one night earlier) included. More below...

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Pulp @ RCMH, NY - 4/10/12 setlist (via ProductShopNYC)
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And that was just night one. They do it again Wednesday.

UPDATE: Pictures HERE.

Pulp on Fallon
Pulp

Jarvis is keeping busy. One day after he finished a run of shows at the Whitney Museum, and one day before two shows at Radio City, Pulp appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (last night, 4/9/2012). They performed one song on air, and one off. Watch both below...

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Pulp

"...In the latest iteration of "Who's Zoo?," performed on [Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday] at the Whitney Museum of American Art, with professionals alongside nondancers, the biggest improvement is live music: Relaxed Muscle, a two-member band featuring Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp) and Jason Buckle, perform four of the show's six songs.

With the addition of live music and a cult-of-personality approach -- not only by the spectacularly louche Mr. Cocker, but also by Mr. Clark, who has given himself more cameos this time around -- "Who's Zoo?" is less of a dance than it ever was. Mr. Clark transforms it into a musical experience with movement...." [NY Times]

That's a snippet of the NY Times review of Michael Clark's "Who's Zoo?".

Now Jarvis just has one day before Pulp headlines Radio City Music Hall for two nights in a row, with two different openers. As mentioned, Chromatics open Tuesday's show while Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard opens Wednesday.

MEANWHILE, it looks like Chromatics play a semi-private, it's-going-to-be-really-hard-to-get in show at The Standard's Le Bain tonight (4/9) while some band called "The Junkyard" plays Cake Shop (with Dolfish and SLFM).

Relaxed Muscle

Before heading to Coachella, Jarvis Cocker's band Pulp headlines Radio City Music Hall two nights in a row next wee week - on April 10th with Chormatics and April 11th with Jeffrey Lewis.

Meanwhile, Jarvis is already in NYC and preparing for a different kind of performance taking place at the Whitney Museum from April 5-8. As Art In America leaked the other day:

Jarvis Cocker, lead singer of Pulp, will play live on the Whitney Museum's fourth floor, according to a source with knowledge of the event. The British musician will perform Apr. 5-8 with his side project, Relaxed Muscle, alongside Michael Clark's dance company, organized as part of the Whitney Biennial.

Cocker formed Relaxed Muscle in 2002, following Pulp's break up. He performs as "Darren Spooner," using a violent performance style and over-the-top goth costumes and make-up. The group has maintained a relatively low profile since their sole album release in 2003.

Tickets are required to attend, and advance tickets are sold out. A limited number of tickets become available each day of the performance.

Tickets have been gone for these shows way before anyone knew Jarvis Cocker would be performing at them, but as the article points out, and the Whitney confirms:
A limited number of tickets will be available at the Museum on the day of each performance on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11 am (1 pm on Fridays). The performance is free with Museum admission, but special entry tickets are required. We encourage anyone unable to get entry tickets to join the standby line which forms a half-hour before each performance. Museum admission is required to join the standby line.
Note that the Whitney doesn't reveal Jarvis will be there, but he will. Good luck!

Jarvis is also DJing a Kurt Cobain-related party while in town. More details below...

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Pulp @ Way Out West in 2011
Way Out West

The Coachella 2012 lineup was supposed to be announced in full by now (update: ANNOUNCED), so that may explain why Pulp just announced that they will in fact be playing the festival on both of its weekends: April 13 & 20. Now let's hope that also means a North American tour that comes all the way east. The rumored end-of-2011 US shows obviously didn't happen.

I was lucky enough to catch Pulp during their reunion dates in Europe over the summer, at the Way Out West festival in Gothenburg, Sweden to be exact. Here are some pictures from that glorious show, the great Jarvis Cocker, special guest Charlie Fink from Noah & the Whale, and many Swedish fans included. They continue below...

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QQ

The December issue of Q Magazine is an 'Artists Of The Century' special edition, covering all of the acts that the fine staff of the good ship Q feel are the most important of the century so far. As befitting a special edition of the UK best selling music monthly requires a special cover was commissioned world renowned photographer John Wright has spent over a year shooting 34 artists to fit on triple fold out cover.

The issue is packed to the gills with pieces written by Russell Brand on Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on Coldplay and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on The Arctic Monkeys. In addition it also includes exclusive interviews and photos from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Dave Grohl, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink, Muse's Matt Bellamy, Murdoc from Gorillaz, The Kings Of Leon, Mark Ronson, Mika, Nick Cave, Robert Plant, Florence Welch, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Tom Chaplin of Keane.

What do you get when you throw Pitchfork's favorite albums in a blender with NME's? Q's favorite albums of 2009 are (questionable & very UK-centric and) listed below..

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photos by Chris La Putt

Jarvis Cocker

NY MAG: How was working with Steve Albini on Further Complications?

Jarvis Cocker: It was kind like the polar opposite of most producers. He didn't want to get his fingerprints all over the record. And we're not that dissimilar in age; even though we were growing up in other continents, I guess it's that punk movement that brought us into music, so there were some points of reference in common. You know, being in the studio can be very, very dull, but this wasn't at all because when he wasn't playing poker online, we actually had some quite interesting conversations. And I suppose it's well-known -- he wears overalls to work because he treats it as a job rather than a creative enterprise, and that was quite a refreshing thing.

Jarvis Cocker played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (7/30). Little Joy opened. Some more pictures are below...

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Throwed - "Houston slang, for being wasted, high, or both"

Questove vs Jarvis

The above tweet comes to us from Questlove of the Roots live from Jarvis Cocker's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon taping. The episode will air tonight, after Jarvis is finished playing Music Hall of Williamsburg and around the time The Roots are playing Webster Hall. What is Questlove talking about? Video below...

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