Entries tagged with: Jello Biafra

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Meyers, Armisen and the new 'Late Night' house band...

Fred Armisen will be the bandleader on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. The host (and former SNL Weekend Update anchor) tweeted the above picture this afternoon writing, "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia." The rest of the band includes Girls Vs. Boys bassist (and big time indie rock producer ) Eli Janney and, as Stereogum notes, that the band looks to include Seth Jabour and Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav. Armisen and LSV are old pals. The new Late Night makes its debut on February 24 on NBC.

The Roots, meanwhile, will remain Jimmy Fallon's house band when he takes over The Tonight Show on February 17. (Keeping Questlove and crew was part of the reason the show is moving back to NYC.) Guests the first week of the show include Will Smith and U2 (2/17), Lady Gaga (2/18), The Arcade Fire (2/20) and, here's a shocker, Justin Timberlake (2/21).

In related news, Portlandia returns February 27 for its fourth season on IFC. Musical guest stars to look out for include TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and QOTSA frontman Josh Homme.

How many Neko Case bandmembers can you squeeze into a dressing room?

We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like The Weeknd's Portishead-nicking new song, Earl Sweatshirt, Titus Andronicus covering "Glory Days", David Bowie, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from FIDLAR (featuring more of Nick Offerman than you may be ready for), Johnny Marr, Braids, CocoRosie, Coliseum, Mikal Cronin, The Flaming Lips, Neko Case, one of Vampire Weekend giving advice to teenage girls, and more, below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin (more at BV Chicago)

Stone Roses / How to Destroy Angels / Johnny Marr
Coachella 2013 - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Day 1

Coachella 2013 is underway and streaming live. if I had to choose a theme musically for day one (Friday), it would have to be new, solo and side projects. The NY Times agrees...

Friday's lineup was teeming with such line-jumpers, performing with various degrees of laurel-resting. Early in the day came the Shouting Matches, a shambolic blues-esque outfit whose sales pitch is that it includes Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. The group took almost a half-hour for sound check, and its set was almost as loose. Mr. Vernon, such a precise and processed singer in Bon Iver, was here far more at ease, pushing his vocals no harder than the amiable songs demanded.

Later, in the dance-centric Sahara tent, Dog Blood performed a loud but not thunderous set. It's a collaborative project of Skrillex and Boys Noize, and does not quite live up to Skrillex's typical punishment or Boys Noize's characteristic exuberance.

There was also Divine Fits (Britt Daniel of Spoon + Dan from Wolf Parade), Deathfix (Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums), Grinderman with Nick Cave, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, Trent Reznor of NIN in How to Destroy Angels (who made their live debut days earlier), Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys with his band The Guantanamo School of Medicine, and more. And of course reunions and britrock galore with Blur, The Stone Roses, Sparks, and Jurassic 5 all also playing Friday. Here are our pictures from day one (which do not include Polica, but check out our instagram for a shot of Justin Vernon joining them on stage).

UPDATE: Day Two pictures are HERE and Day Three pictures are HERE.

Day One pics continue at BV Chicago and below...

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Jello Biafra as the president of the United States in Lovedolls Superstar, occupying an empty office adjacent to SST/Global, 1985 (photo by Jordan Schwartz)
We Got Power

Fanzine We Got Power! was created in 1981, born out of a love for hardcore music between two friends, David Markey and Jordan Schwartz. The zine compiled photos and text that documented the early LA hardcore scene including legends like Black Flag, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, Red Cross/Redd Kross, Suicidal Tendencies, the Descendents, M.D.C., Big Boys, and so many others who would change the face of music as we knew it.

We Got Power! has now been compiled into a book due on 10/5 via Bazillion Points (order it), and it's chockful of photographs and pieces that document this crucial time in punk rock music. In celebration, Markey and Schwartz dropped off a few of their photographs that appear in the book along with some details behind each. Check out those photos below.

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Lee Ranaldo @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by jessierocks)
Lee Ranaldo

Jello Biafra @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by zacharylipez)
Jello Biafra

Today (9/17,Rosh Hashanah for many), protestors have taken to the streets around Wall Street on the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movment. The anniversary celebration kicked off yesterday, on Sunday, in Foley Square near City Hall where a stage was setup for a five-hour concert featuring familiar, OWS-supporting names like Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Lee Ranaldo (and Steve Shelley) of Sonic Youth, Michelle Shocked, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys, and Jimmy McMillan, who as we pointed out last week, will be running for mayor again because the rent is still too damn high! Watch videos from the show, below...

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UPDATE: This happened.

Occupy Wall Street

In recognition of Occupy Wall Street's first anniversary there will be a concert, from the Occupy Guitarmy folks who are looking to educate Jay-Z to the OWS cause outside his first show at the Barclays Center, will be held in New York's Foley Square today (9/16) featuring Tom Morello, Jello Biafra, Michelle Shocked, Lee Ranaldo, Das Racist's Kool A.D., My Brightest Diamond, and more.

The concert starts at 1 PM, following at march from the West Village and will be an open jam, playing classic protest songs like Woodie Gutherie's "This Land Is Your Land," Florence Reece's "Which Side Are You On?" as well as more modern sing-a-longs like Cee lo Green's "Fuck You." More info at the OccupyGuitarmy website.

UPDATE: This happened.

by Andrew Sacher

Jello Biafra

While Keith Morris is experiencing success with OFF!, fellow Cali hardcore veteran frontman Jello Biafra is continuing to front the underrated Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine. Jello is planning to follow up his 2011 EP, Enhanced Methods of Questioning, with a new EP dedicated to the Occupy movement called SHOCK-YOU-PY!, which will be released this fall, and a new full length, White People and the Damage Done, to follow. Jello is as youthful, sarcastic, and political as ever on the new material, even if he's veering a bit more towards Crazy Horse than DKs on "SHOCK-YOU-PY!." You can grab a free download of the Sing-A-Long Mix and the Rock-A-Long Mix of that song at Jello's bandcamp or stream them below. He says that a third mix, which "is the best of both worlds," will be on the full length album.

Jello will be taking the band on a tour which kicks off in California next week and ends on the east coast early next month, where he'll hit NYC on September 8 at Knitting Factory with TV TRAMPS. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of all dates and the "SHOCK-YOU-PY!" stream are below.

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words by BBG, photos by Zachary Roberts

Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine at Europa
Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine are back in NYC TONIGHT (5/28), scheduled to play a Rocks off Boat Cruise with Tim Barry (Avail) Morning Glory, and Shake Rattle Rattle Shake. Online tickets are dunzo, but you can still nab a pair at Pier 81 (cash only). The show marks the second NYC appearance for the new Jello Biafra project. The first came in the form of a Europa appearance on March 25th.

Overdue pics and setlists from Europa, which included appearances from Disaster Strikes, Witch Hunt, and Star Fucking Hipsters, with all dates, below....

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by BBG

Vatican Commandos
Vatican Commandos

Vintage punk and hardcore must be in the air, as a ton of classic bands and members of punk royalty will hit NYC in the coming months.

Early 80s Connecticut hardcore band Vatican Commandos, who called it quits in 1985 (!), will play Mercury Lounge on July 17th along with their most famous member....

Disorder came together in Darien, Connecticut, in 1982. The original members, who had been playing together for several years under different names, were Jim Spadaccini on vocals and bass, John Farnsworth on vocals and guitar, and Chip Moody on drums. Lindsey Anderson joined on second guitar, and Chuck Weaver soon took over vocal duties. When they discovered a band from UK with the same name, they changed their name to the Vatican Commandos.
Farnsworth and Anderson were soon replaced by guitarist Richard Hall, aka Moby. In 1983, the Vatican Commandos put out the "Hit Squad for God" EP on their own Pregnant Nun label, before Moby departed and Mike Pollack stepped in. By the year's end, the band had released their second 7" as well as recorded compilation tracks for Javi Bastard's Big City Records out of New York City. 1984 saw a new 12" EP titled Point Me To The End, and the band had plans for a full-length LP, but didn't stay together long enough. They broke up in 1985.
Moby, definitely in the mood to rock lately, also has a show coming up with his new band Diamondsnake at Highline Ballroom exactly one month earlier.

Long-running hardcore band Up Front, Ed Gein's Car and Loud Youth are also on board for CT-heavy show at Mercury Lounge in July. Tickets go on sale Thursday 5/13 at 6PM.

Reports from Europa were near unanimous, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine killed it at Europa in March. Luckily, if you missed that show you can catch the ex-Dead Kennedys frontman and his new venture on a Rocks Off cruise on May 28th with Shake Rattle Rattle Shake. Tickets are on sale. It's one of two boat cruises in support of UXO, an organization for soldiers who are against the war, with the second being the political hip hop duo The Coup with the great Wayne Kramer on May 31st (tickets).

Long running Southern California punk band D.I. will be at Europa on June 28th as part of a few east coast dates for the band. Tickets are on sale, and full D.I. dates are below.

Deathrockers 45 Grave will be on the east coast starting this weekend, and Dinah Cancer and the band will be in attendance at a Meet & Greet at Beauty Bar on 5/16 before their Europa show the next day (5/17) with The Dead Sextons and Psychocharger. Tickets are on sale.

And finally, Jimmy Gestapo and Murphy's Law are still going at it, and will take over a Rocks Off Cruise on August 12th. Tickets are still on sale.

Full tour dates and some videos are below....

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Black Lips @ Brooklyn Bowl in March (more by Gabi Porter)
Black Lips

Rock Off have updated their summer schedule of NYC Boat Cruise shows, which, like always, has focus on punk & garage (though there are other genres too). It includes Jello Biafra on May 29th, Electric Six on July 15th, Murphy's Law's annual Jimmy birthday show on August 12th, The Bouncing Souls on September 13th, and an August 2nd show with the Black Lips (who are in town much sooner a free but full RSVP-only show at Knitting Factory on April 29th with Pierced Arrows).

Other gigs includes Dam-Funk on April 24th (TONIGHT), Budos Band on June 11th, three NY Night Train parties, and The A-Bones on June 23rd. Tickets for most of the shows are on sale. No ticket info for Bouncing Souls yet. Black Lips go on sale Friday, April 30th.

Punk and punk-like boat shows are listed below...

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Gumarot drinkin @ #mtymx listening to Health (TiTa_Elizondo)

Like many others, DJ Jonathan Toubin never made it to the MtyMX Festival in Mexico on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. His story is in a letter he posted to his website. You can read it below...

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The previously discussed Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine show on March 25th has been moved from Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Fort Greene to the slightly smaller Europa in Greenpoint. Tickets are still available. Support will come from an impressive trio of openers in Star Fucking Hipsters, Witch Hunt, and Disaster Strikes. - BVBBG

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine - "Clean As A Thistle" (MP3)

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine

Jello is back, and now with a new full time venture, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine. The band is Jello's "first full-time band" since fronting the Dead Kennedys, and features Ralph Spight (Victims Family, Freak Accident, Hellworms), Jon Weiss (Sharkbait, Horsey), Kimo Ball (Freak Accident, Carneyball Johnson, Mol Triffid, Griddle), and Billy Gould (Faith No More). Their debut album The Audacity of Hype hit late last year on Alternative Tentacles and features "Clean As A Thistle" above.

With Faith No More's reunion in full-swing (including Coachella), Bill Gould won't be present (but John Nichols will) when the band hits the road for a set of select dates in March which include Brooklyn Masonic Temple on 3/25, tickets are on sale.

Full tour dates and some videos are below...

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by Black Bubblegum

Fugazi @ Gilman 1988 (acrofish)

Alternative Tentacles released a trailer for their upcoming documentary of the legendary punk venue 924 Gilman in Berkeley, CA. Check it out down below. For those of you east-coasters who aren't up on Gilman, here's a little bio courtesy of the world's most accurate encyclopedia:

The 924 Gilman Street project, alternately the Alternative Music Foundation, is the Berkeley, California street address and official business name of the all-ages, non-profit, collectively organized music club usually referred to by its fans simply as "Gilman.".... On December 31, 1986, the club held its first show. Since then, 924 Gilman Street has been one of the longest-running independent music venues in the United States..... 924 Gilman... was started in part because of the lack of punk venues in the San Francisco Bay Area during this era, particularly all-ages venues.
Pretty much every major punk/hardcore act has passed through Gilman and some of it's regulars, like Green Day, Rancid, & AFI, went on to become major arena-filling acts.

Fugazi went on to break up which I'm really only mentioning so I can remind you again that you can catch one of their members live in NYC tonight (May 27).

The documentary trailer, and info on Jello Biafra's 50th birthday party, below.....

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Amebix - Arise! from "Arise +2" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Amebix - Slave from "Arise +2" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Amebix - The Darkest Hour from "Arise +2" (MP3)

Amebix Live

The godfathers of Crust punk, Amebix, have announced their reformation. Sprouting from a retrospective DVD in the works for Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles, Rob "The Baron" Miller entered the following myspace blog entry entitled "Oh Dear....eating my words"

"...got the idea to contact Stig about maybe jamming a couple of songs to see how it felt. I also had made contact with Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour, Sepultura, etc... (Spider has tinitus and is no longer able to play)..... It was absolutely fucking MAD! (The songs sounded) ten times better than the original versions, tighter, heavier, stronger."
From the world's most accurate online encyclopedia, a little history:Amebix
Amebix, formed in England in 1978 as "The Band with No Name", were a band that many consider to have started the sub genre crust punk. Their music, heavily influenced by Motörhead (and to a lesser extent Lemmy-era Hawkwind), Black Sabbath, Venom, and early Killing Joke, combined with an ethos and worldview akin to Crass, represented their non-traditional lifestyles.

Their music blended hardcore punk and heavy metal into a form of early thrash metal. They were the forerunners of crust punk and a thrash metal pioneer. Such notable bands as Sepultura, Neurosis, Napalm Death, and Deviated Instinct have paid homage to the band.

Amebix have also announced that their 1987 album "Monolith" will be made available via "Sliding Scale Download" (read: In Rainbows/Niggy Tardust style) via Moshpit Tragedy.

Killing Joke also announced their reformation. Check out some Amebix (and Killing Joke-related) videos below...

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