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Junip

AM NY: Because of your solo career, Junip has had to take many breaks over the years. Was there any time you thought that a hiatus might be permanent?

Jose Gonzalez: I think we weren't dramatic enough to call it quits. Once in a while we talked about getting together and giv[ing] the band a proper try, so I guess we felt that it would happen someday.

AM NY: You create your songs through group improvisation. Do you have a great "aha! Moment" when you you've hit on something?

Jose Gonzalez: When we improvise we do get aha! moments all the time and that's when we start recording. But it's only afterwards that we realize if it's crap or gold. We have a lot of gigabytes of crap. We continue working on the sketches and at the last minute I write the lyrics at home.

AM NY: What made you decide to write lyrics in English as opposed to Swedish?

Jose Gonzalez: When I started to write when I was 14, I just what everyone else did. It's very common for Swedish bands to sing in English. Swedish felt too direct while English was more enigmatic, but now that aspect is gone since we're touring mainly in English-speaking countries. So now it's only because of habit -- we'll see what I'll write in the future.

AM NY: On the website, you guys discuss each track from the album in detail, but some musicians are reluctant to share that process. What made you open to it?

Jose Gonzalez: I think it depends on what you're saying about each track. With lyrics I like some sense of mystery, that's why I usually don't explain in detail what I mean. But if you're talking about anecdotes of the recording sessions or some nerdy facts about our sound then it doesn't matter at all.

today in NYC
* Bruxos @ Barbes
* Jen Shyu @ Barbes
* Bob Dylan @ Terminal 5
* Ken Filiano @ The Stone
* Gino Sitson @ The Stone
* Chrisette Michele @ BB Kings
* Ryan Francesconi @ Sycamore
* Paul Oakenfold @ Roseland Ballroom
* Junip, Lost in the Trees @ Irving Plaza
* Mucky Pup & Murphy's Law @ Mexicali Live (NJ)
* Mussels, The Zoobombs, Hard Nips @ The Rock Shop
* Kidding on the Square, Bocat, Daniel Wayne @ Southpaw
* Free Energy, Foxy Shazam, Hollerado @ Bowery Ballroom
* Delorean, Lemonade, Light Pollution @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Viva L'american Death Ray Machine, DJ Inspektor Strawberry Soda Pop @ Zebulon
* Grimace Federation, Jason Fraticelli & The Wet Dreams, Caveman, Becca Schack @ Mercury Lounge
* Twin Shadow (DJ set), Computer Magic, Hooray For Earth, The Vandelles, Paul and the Patients @ Pianos

Ray Davies is no longer playing the Beacon tonight.

SuperVegan lists where to eat on Thanksgiving.

I know you're sick of Kanye West, but in case you didn't hear the entire thing yet, video of his complete rant from Bowery Ballroom last night, below...

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"Great show. Though, totally unnecessary 3+ hour wait to get in." - Anonymous

Nicki Minaj & Kanye West @ Bowery Ballroom (photo by Questlove)
Kanye West

Kanye West played his entire new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy from start to finish, followed by a four song encore Tuesday night at the intimate Bowery Ballroom in NYC where Kanye literally brought in "all of the lights" (there were lots of lights). The show started with people who weren't Diddy (he walked right in) waiting on a long line. The show ended with Kanye going on a rant about racism, George Bush, Taylor Swift, the Today Show, etc. Audio of that final portion can be streamed below.

Album guest stars Kid Cudi, Raekwon, Jay-Z and RZA were nowhere to be found, but Terena Taylor, Bon Iver aka Justin Vernon (who might appear again with Kanye in the Thanksgiving Day Parade), Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj (who plays Hammerstein Ballroom on Thanksgiving), Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz, and John Legend (whose friend Questlove was in the balcony taking pictures) all performed at the show that started around 12:40am and was was over by around 2:15. Full setlist, videos and that audio below...

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Justin Vernon & Kanye West @ Bowery Ballroom (photo by Ivanka Trump) (seriously)
Kanye West Bon Iver

UPDATE: more on the show & videos HERE

"Dear New York and Me, we won't forget this will we? Oh shit." - J Vern, 5pm EST

Justin Vernon @ MHOW in January (more by Paul Birman)
J Vern

This Thursday, while the rest of us are pounding down turkey, Mr. West will be performing on a float during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Parade reps tell MTV News that the rapper, whose new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was released on Monday, is set to perform "Lost in the World"--a somber track that features Bon Iver--during the parade. There's been no announcement as to whether falsetto-voiced Justin Vernon of Bon Iver will be joining West, but we're keeping our fingers crossed.

Kanye will travel along the parade route on the New York Daily News Big Apple float. "The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and of course Macy's Herald Square, share the landscape with New York's signature taxi cabs and subway stations on the New York Daily News Big Apple float," the reps said. "With a giant, 30-foot inflatable apple at its core, the float perfectly represents the frenzied and bustling city." [MySpace]

Kanye West (and Justin Vernon?) play Bowery Ballroom tonight.

"Kanye reacts to getting a 10.0" (pic by Hipster Runoff)
Kanye

As I retweeted earlier Monday night, TEYANA M.J. TAYLOR (who is "all over his new album") spilled the beans. "Just got to rehersals for my performance with mr Ye West tomorrow at the Bowery Ballroom 2morr. Dark Fantasy Baby!!!," she wrote. She since followed it up with a retweet of her own too. "At rehearsals with @TEYANATAYLOR & @KANYEWEST for their show tomorrow. They both just sat here and made another hit too..smh GENIUS," said Mo-Barz. And if rumors are true, it will be a full album performance of his (perfect?) new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. How does one get in? That I have no idea (at the moment anyway). UPDATE: There are tickets.

Twisted Fantasy

To be clear, Kanye West is not Michael Jackson. As he told MTV last month, "I do have a goal in this lifetime to be the greatest artist of all time, [but] that's very difficult being that I can't dance or sing." He ended the thought with a laugh, but you get the impression he's not kidding. Unlike Michael, he's not interested in scrubbing away bits of himself-- his blackness, his candidness-- to appease the masses. And while Jackson's own twisted fantasies of paranoia and betrayal eventually consumed him whole, West is still aware of his illusions, though that mindfulness becomes increasingly unmoored with each newspaper-splashing controversy. The balance is tenuous, but right now it's working to his advantage. On Twisted Fantasy, Kanye is crazy enough to truly believe he's the greatest out there. And, about a decade into his career, the hardworking perfectionist has gained the talent on the mic and in the control room to make a startlingly strong case for just that.
[Ryan Dombal, Pitchfork, Best New Music]
PREVIOUSLY: NY Times says Kanye West 'seems virtually incapable of making a bad album'

Kanye West

"...On Monday West, who is 33, will release his fifth album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), and it's terrific -- of course it's terrific -- a startlingly maximalist take on East Coast rap traditionalism. And yet that doesn't matter nearly as much as it should, at least partly because of West's insistence on his own greatness. By not allowing for responses to his work other than awe, the value of the work itself is diminished; it becomes an object of admiration, not of study. Instead the focus is on the whole of West's persona and character, which is more fractured and subject to a far wider range of responses. The result is that West becomes a polarizing public figure who happens to be the most artful pop musician of the day, not the other way around.

Nevertheless, West seems virtually incapable of making a bad record. He's committed to pop, and he's savvy and talented enough to make it great, every time. What's more, for him to make something other than a universally accepted smash would be a thing that his ego couldn't bear. Every Kanye West album, until the cancer of the world around him begins to encroach on the parts of his cerebral cortex that control his musical ear, will be excellent and huge. He'll never have an idiosyncratic period.

Even at his most extreme, West isn't an experimenter. His music is ornate, ostentatious, curious and vivacious. But risky? No. All of his fiddling is within recognized formulas. A producer as well as a rapper, West controls all of the major elements of his songs, unlike other artists who have to rely on their taste (or their record label's taste) in outside producers or songwriters.

To work on this album he retreated to Hawaii, as he did during the making of his previous album. And West's gravitational pull is such that he can import talent. Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Nicki Minaj -- they all made the trip to make music that will appear on the album. The spooky indie folky Justin Vernon from Bon Iver spoke of smoking marijuana with Rick Ross on one of his three sojourns to Hawaii to work with West, about as surreal a tableau as has been created in the making of any pop album this year." [JON CARAMANICA, Sunday New York Times]

"Runaway" video below...

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by BBG

Kanye West & Matt Lauer

Kanye West recently responded on the Today show to George Bush's reaction to West's infamous "George Bush hates black people" tirade on national television in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. View his response below. And as Matt points out at the end of the video, Kanye is set to play a live show outside the Today Show, on the plaza, on November 26th (the day after Thanksgiving) (if he doesn't cancel).

UPDATE: he's cancelling

In happier news for Mr. West (whose recent stunts include rapping on a Delta flight), his new LP My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will hit store shelves on November 22nd (though yes, it has already leaked). Featuring appearances from Jay-Z, Raekwon, Pusha T, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi and even Bon Iver, the 13 track LP comes with five different album covers.

Kanye isn't afraid to return the favor either, as he appears on Kid Cudi's spankin' new LP, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (out now) (NME gave it a 9/10, Rolling Stone gave it 2.5/5 stars, Pitchfork hasn't reviewed it yet though they did give Cee Lo's new one a 7.3 today). Kanye joins a list of collaborators that includes Cee-Lo Green (who plays a NYC show Saturday), Mary J. Blige, GLC, Cage and St. Vincent, the latter two of which appeared on his latest single "Maniac". Both Cage and St. Vincent appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with Kid Cudi on 11/3, and you can check out video of that performance below too...

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photos by Brook Bobbins

"Last night at BK Bowl. Stuff of legends. Kanye x DipSet x GZA x Donnis x CyHi x The Suzan x Treasure Fingers x Kindgom. FOOOOOL'S GOOOOOLD!" - Chromeo

Fool's Gold
Fool's Gold

"It was a rumor the whole night-- first a whisper, then a text, then a Tweet, then a blog post. It seemed too improbable to be true. Kanye West performing at Williamsburg's 600-capacity Brooklyn Bowl?! No way. But then, around 2 a.m., the man showed up on Pitchfork's #Offline Festival stage with his Horus chain and pyramid ring to celebrate the third anniversary of his friend and collaborator A-Trak's Fool's Gold imprint. He would go onto perform an all-killer five-song set of nothing but 2010 Internet smashes: "So Appalled", "Monster", "Devil in a New Dress", "Power", and "Runaway".

While Kanye was naturally the star of the evening, he was not the only surprise. GZA rolled through after Kanye's set to lead a "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" sing-a-long and do "Liquid Swords" and Chromeo (led by singer Dave 1, who is also A-Trak's brother) stopped by deep in the night. Other performers for the anniversary blowout included G.O.O.D. Music up-and-comer CyHi Da Prynce, Japanese rockers the Suzan, MPC freak araabMUZIK, and Atlanta DJ and producer Treasure Fingers." [Pitchfork]

More pictures and videos from the Scion-sponsored Fool's Gold Anniversary Party that went down at Brooklyn Bowl late Saturday night (10/23), below...

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by BBG

"Yankee Stadium was #EPIC last night. Performances by JayZ,Drake,Kanye West,Eminem,G-Unit,Dr.Dre,Nicki Minaj,B.O.B & Eminem all on one stage!" -ThisIsChi_JEG

"Apparently a Coldplay concert broke out in the middle of Jay-Z's Yankee Stadium set last night. Can safely say no one saw that coming." -BarthDoesThings

"I've been trying to find a word to explain the Jay-Z/Eminem Yankee Stadium show.. I got it.. WOW!!!!!" -DJCK_BROOKLYN

Jay-Z & Chris Martin on stage @ Yankee Stadium
Jay-Z & Chris Martin

Jay-Z and Eminem tore down Yankee Stadium last night (9/13), the first of TWO shows that the pair of MCs will play in the Bronx. And there were guests... Kanye was present. Chris Martin of Coldplay dropped in. Beyonce had her say. Dr Dre was there. 50 Cent too. Not to mention Drake, Nicky Minaj, D12, B.O.B, Swizz Beatz, Lloyd Banks, and many others.

"The concert lasted well past midnight, and a few thousand in the crowd started to make their way to the exits while Jay-Z was still rapping to beat the after-concert rush. But most stayed behind, sensing what Jay-Z told them. ''This is historic: They ain't never gonna be another night like tonight.''

Well, maybe one more night -- the pair has another show at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday." [NY Times]

After the show, Jigga, Mrs Hova, and guests headed down to the 40/40 Club for a nightcap.

The madness continues tonight (9/14) at Yankee Stadium. A bunch of videos and both setlists (with guests listed) from last night, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - Faded High (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Glasser - Home (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - The Gaudy Side of Town (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - The Gaudy Side Of Town (live) (MP3)

Gayngs member Justin Vernon (more by Drew Kaiser)
Gayngs

Gayngs have slightly updated their tour dates since we last spoke. Glasser will open all of them, and they've confirmed the following live lineup:

Ten of the twenty-plus contributors on the Relayted album will be there, including Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce of Bon Iver, ringleader Ryan Olson, Zak Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold. Jake Luck of Leisure Birds, Ivan Rosebud of The Rosebuds, Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund of Megafaun, and Mike Lewis of Andrew Bird and Happy Apple will all be there too!
Gayngs played their first show, "The Last Prom on Earth", in Minneapolis in May. Grab the Chromeoesque live version of "The Gaudy Side Of Town", that was recorded at that show, above. Two studio versions of songs from their debut album Relayted, which was released by Jagjaguwar in May, are up there too. "The Gaudy Side Of Town" video is below with all dates (including two happening in NYC which are still on sale).

Glasser's debut album "Ring" will be released by Matador/True Panther on September 28th. Check out "Home" from that album above.

And speaking of Bon Iver,

"The rumors are true. And then some. Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon laid vocals down on "at least 10 songs" during three separate week-long trips to record with Kanye West in Hawaii earlier this year. While it's unclear how many of those tunes will actually make Kanye's forthcoming record-- due November 16-- at least one, "Lost in the World", seems to be a lock. In fact, the track-- which features newly recorded vocals by Vernon as well as a prominent sample of his Auto-Tuned song "Woods"-- could very well be the as-yet-untitled album's next single, according to a Kanye Ustream broadcast that aired last week.

All this news comes courtesy of Vernon himself, who excitedly chatted with us about the collaboration yesterday. Talking about "Lost in the World", Vernon said, "We were just eating breakfast and listening to it and Kanye's like, 'Fuck, this is going to be the festival closer.' I was like, 'Yeah, cool.' It kind of freaked me out." Along with West, Vernon met and worked with Nicki Minaj, John Legend, and Rick Ross while in Hawaii. He said, "I was literally in the back room rolling a spliff with Rick Ross talking about what to do on the next part of a song. It was astonishing."" [Pitchfork]

Kanye played a private show with John Legend in NYC last week

BV reporter Frederico Rasperrini, like he did for WAVVES, spoke to Gayngs ringleader Ryan Olson backstage at Lollapalooza. Gayngs didn't play the festival, but Ryan was hanging out (he DJ'd an afterparty). Check out that video with the other video and all dates, and a NSFW Gayngs picture, below...

Continue reading "live Gayngs & new Glasser MP3, Kanye West+Bon Iver=BFF, updated dates & an interview w/ Frederico Rasperrini"

by BBG

Kanye West at The Box last night
Kanye West

Kanye West popped into the 200 capacity club The Box on the LES last night for a 1:30 AM surprise set:

An e-mail went out to a select group late Thursday evening, alerting recipients that West and John Legend would be holding a function. If not quite a black-tie affair, the invite asked guests to be suited and booted. No exceptions. Also noted in the message was a phone number to call to learn the address of the venue, which was Manhattan's Chrystie Street club, the Box. The stage set-up was pretty simple: a baby grand piano at which Legend sat, two microphones (one just for Auto-Tune), an 808 beat machine and a keyboard. -[MTV]
The fully-suited Mr. West crooned through favorites like "Homecoming", "Flashing Lights", "Heard 'Em Say", "Love Lockdown", "Power," "Good Life", and "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and even ventured into new territory like "Moma's Boyfriend", an unheard Billy-Joel's-"Moving Out"-sampling track viewable in the video below. Besides John Legend, who contributed with his hit "Ordinary People", Estelle was in the house (and joined him for a rendition of "American Boy") as well as A-Trak, Consequence, and his "latest signing to G.O.O.D. Music" Pusha T (of Clipse).

Some video from the show (which was also an afterparty for Rihanna's MSG show), is below...

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Damn I wish Hermes made edible snacks, Cheezits just ain't dope enough for my mouth. #PredictingKanyeTweets @kanyewest -Aziz

yo how @levarburton got a million more followers than me!? i aint better than reading rainbow?!! #PredictingKanyeTweets @kanyewest -Aziz

THESE SHOES I GOT ON ARE DOPE AS FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #PredictingKanyeTweets @kanyewest -Aziz

Just saw a girl with huge titties at Del Taco #PredictingKanyeTweets (@kanyewest) -Aziz

Aziz Ansari

Tickets to Aziz Ansari's recently announced show at Beacon Theater went zoooom! Fortunately, those of you who want to hear Aziz talk about his cousin Harris and Kanye, and who live in the garden state and/or are willing to brave NJ Transit can head to Wellmont Theatre on 9/15 for another, just announced show as part of the "Deliciously Delicious" tour. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (8/13). The Wellmont show is the day before Aziz takes the stage at the also sold-out Town Hall on 9/16.

Full tour dates and some video are below...

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Keepaway on Governors Island in June (more by Andrew St Clair)
Keepaway

Kurt Vile @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Kurt Vile

tonight in NYC
* DJA-Rara @ Josie Robertson Plaza
* Furthur @ Nokia Theatre
* Darius Jones @ Roulette
* Jon B @ Springfield Park
* Blockhead @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Gories, Jimmy Ohio @ Maxwell's
* DJ Questlove (late) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Soft Black, Ivana XL, Lacrymosa @ Pianos
* The National, Suckers, Kurt Vile @ Terminal 5
* Rope, The New Colossus, Radical Dads @ Union Pool
* Blind Benny, Dan Sartain (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* Chromeo, Holy Ghost!, Telephoned @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mother of Fire, Up Died Sound, Bow Ribbons @ Zebulon
* Gary War, Amen Dunes, Coconuts, Prince Rama @ Coco 66
* The Lemonheads, The Candles @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Broadway Danny Rose (film) @ The Elevated Acre at 55 Water St
* Sisters, Knight School, Nude Beach, Giant Peach @ Silent Barn
* Javelin, Keepaway, I Love Monsters @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* Ansanm (In Love We Stand): music of Haiti @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
* Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ City Winery
* Innumerable Forms, Naughty Girls, Mammoth Grinder, Longpigs @ The Acheron
* Pretty Good Dance Moves, Rumanian Buck, Bambara, Ego Puppets @ Glasslands
* Fixed w/ Trouble & Bass, Breakage, Zombie Disco Squad @ Santos Party House
* George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes @ Seaside/Asser Levy Park

The Gories are reunited and here.

Interpol, who play a New York in November, play their new song "Barricade" on Letterman tonight.

Kanye West dropped some new verses off his forthcoming album, not titled Good Ass Job, at the Facebook offices on Tuesday. He did the same, with different material, at Twitter on Wednesday. That video is below.

Keepaway, who are playing a boat today, took a boat to Governors Island when they played the Converse Gone to Governors free concert series back in June. While there, they hooked up with Show Cobra Film who recorded the exclusive session (not on stage) that you can watch for the first time below...

What else?

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Willie Nelson @ Grand Ballroom in May (more by Samantha Marble)
Willie Nelson

tonight in NYC
* Furthur @ Nokia Theatre
* Darius Jones @ Roulette
* Olu Dara @ Queensbridge Park
* Marc Cohn @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Built To Spill @ Irving Plaza
* Dead Man (film) @ McCarren Park
* Locksley, Jimmy Gnecco @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Immolation, Arsis @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Morning Teleportation, ArpLine @ Mercury Lounge
* Willie Nelson, Levon Helm @ Radio City Music Hall
* Forgetters, Mother Of Fire, Miracles @ The Rock Shop
* Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, Matt Hires @ Maxwell's
* We Are Country Mice, The Futurebirds, Blair @ Cake Shop
* The Postelles, Ambassadors, The Beets @ Bowery Ballroom
* Channeling Chilton w/ The Box Tops, Big Star, more @ City Winery
* The Cloud Room, And The Wiremen, Palaceaides @ The Bowery Electric
* Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Buddy Guy @ Madison Square Garden
* The Black Keys, The Morning Benders (early) @ Central Park SummerStage
* Robyn, Kelis, Dan Black, Far East Movement @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Kid Congo and The Pink Monkeybirds, Hunx and His Punx @ Knitting Factory
* German Measles, Easter Vomit, The Surprisers, Just Friends @ Shea Stadium
* The Black Keys, Lee Fields & The Expressions, The Whigs (late) @ Terminal 5
* Adler's Appetite (w/ Steven Adler), Anchor, Misstallica @ The Bell House
* ETHEL w/ guests Adam Schlesinger, Mike Viola, Dayna Kurtz, Juana Molina, Tom Verlaine, Patrick Derivaz @ Damrosch Park
* TiRon, Skyzoo, The Kid Daytona, Game Rebellion, The Illz, Ca$he, J. Ferb, Sugar Junkie, more @ Littlefield

String quartet ETHEL kicks off the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival with a free show at Damrosch Park. Big things are on the way there this weekend.

Roulette invites saxist Darius Jones for a three night stay at the venue.

Kanye West spoke/performed and debuted new material at Facebook's office. Video below...

What else?

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Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari's listed the following stuff on his 2009 Gummy Award Ballot....

BEST ALBUM
4. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz
2. Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
G-Baby - "Welcome To Heartbreak" and Kanye West - "We Were Once A Fairytale" and Major Lazer - "Pon De Floor" (3 way tie)

INDIE ROCK CRUSH
This really hot girl I saw buying a hot dog at a Phoenix show

BEST NEW ACT
Drake

BEST ALBUM OF THE DECADE
In alphabetical order...
Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
Kanye West - Graduation
LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
Radiohead - In Rainbows
The Rapture - Echoes

BEST TV SHOW
Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Summer Heights High, Mad Men, Delocated, Eastbound And Down (7 way tie)

BEST MOVIE
Inglourious Basterds

BEST WEB VIDEO
David After Dentist

Aziz Ansari's Intimate Moments For A Sensual Evening will be released on CD and DVD on on January 19, 2010. Aziz plays ($30 and $35) shows at Comix in NYC on February 4th, 5th and 6th. Tickets are on sale. All dates and video of Aziz on Letterman (where he discusses "an evening at the club with Kanye West and Jay-Z"), below...

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Halloween
Halloween
Halloween
Halloween

tonight in NYC
* Maskarave
* Tegan & Sara @ Town Hall
* Tim Fite, Via Audio @ Union Hall
* Thievery Corporation @ Terminal 5
* "The Misfits," Stigma @ BB King's
* Junior Boys, Woodhands @ The Bell House
* The Long Count @ BAM Gilman Opera House
* Fixed w/ Boys Noize @ Santos Party House
* Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mike Doughty, Porter Block @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Wizardry, Pink Noise, Akris, Occultist @ Union Pool
* King Khan & BBQ Show, Dum Dum Girls @ The Bell House
* Weezer, Matt & Kim, PT Walkley @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Black Heart Procession, Bellini, The Mumlers @ Maxwell's
* DFHC, Stupid Party, The Weird Fantasy Band @ Bruar Falls
* The Vandelles, Toys in Trouble, Dragons of Zynth @ Warsaw
* The Get Up Kids, Kevin Devine, The Life & Times @ Irving Plaza
* The Figgs, Teenage Prayers, Ghost Front @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Mount Eerie, Liturgy, Malkuth, Tara Jane O'Neil, No Kids @ Market Hotel
* World/Inferno Friendship Society, O'Death @ Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom
* Halloween Party w/ The Very Best, Stretch Armstrong @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Vivian Girls, Wooden Shjips, Crystal Stilts, Religious Knives @ 171 Lombardy Street
* Golden Triangle, Cry Try Cry, Knyfe Hyts 81 & Insane Secret Performance from BBQ of hell @ Secret Robot Project
* Deer Tick as The Sex Pistols, Sonic Youth & Michael Jackson tribute bands @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Dead River Company, Dinosaur Feathers, The Morgues, Hannah Fairchild @ Pete's Candy Store
* Vice 15th Anniv. Party w/ Bad Brains, The Jesus Lizard, Dave1, Peanut Butter Wolf, Nick Catchdubs, Titus Andronicus & Children in Williamsburg

Happy Halloween! The parade starts at 7:00.

Frankie and the Outs weren't supposed to be debut their live band for another week, but it looks like a last minute show has been added tonight! Flyer below..

What else?

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"Fame Kills canned by Live Nation because tickets were not selling" -thehausofgaga

"@gagadaily creative differences!!!" - Laurieann Gibson

"Lady Gaga/Kanye West tour canceled due to "creative differences" (via Laurie Ann Gibson)" - thehouseofgaga

"Lady Gaga still appearing on SNL tomorrow to perform hits including "Paparazzi" and brand new single off The Fame Monster" - thehouseofgaga

Kanye Gaga

"Lady Gaga said today that both she and Kanye West made the decision to cancel the "Fame Kills" tour, and that she will be embarking on her own headlining tour soon, while West plans to drop out of the spotlight.

"It was a mutual decision," Gaga said as she arrived for the Billboard Women in Music Event, where she is receiving this years Rising Star Award. "Kanye's going to take some time off. But the good news is that I'm going on tour in a few weeks." [Billboard]

In related news, Pitchfork just named Kanye West's Late Registration the 18th best album of the decade. Related videos below...

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Daft Punk

Daft Punk's first album had helped refresh house music in the mid 1990s; the second went further, rewriting electronic pop's pleasure principles to such a degree that when it came out a lot of people thought Discovery must be a put-on. They took the joy in the record for irony. Rather, the band had simply plunged into the raw popstuff of their 70s childhoods, from AOR to disco, Buggles to Manilow, rock to robotics. They wanted their listeners to get the rush of context-free delight they had hearing music as kids, and on "Aerodynamic" and "Digital Love" they succeeded wildly, dissolving a decade-plus of dance music good taste. And not all of Discovery looked back. The middle of the album is house music as string theory, with the duo finding dimensions of pleasure coiled within the tiniest loops: "Crescendolls" releases an awesome, gleeful energy by repeatedly triggering one five-second sample.

Discovery was simply the decade's best good-times record, with Daft Punk as pyramid-toting party wizards and the chipmunk Kraftwerk of "Harder Better Faster Stronger" their anthem. But this most celebratory of records has a bittersweet streak, too: Daft Punk know that a rush always carries the risk of exhaustion. Perhaps the album's most underappreciated track is the sad but gorgeous "Short Circuit", a three-minute robot graveyard of crumbled transistors and dying LEDs. But from Romanthony's first blissful, vocoded shout of "one more time!" the dominant emotion on Discovery is joy. A joy that wasn't afraid to be sentimental and funny as well as hard and futuristic, and is all the better for that. When a generation looks back and tries to catch a fuzzy hold of the music that made them happy this decade, Daft Punk's will be top of the list. --Tom Ewing [Pitchfork]

Daft Punk grabbed the #3 spot on Pitchfork's list of the Top 200 albums of the 2000s (now fully announced) (yesterday they were only up to #21). The top 20 are also listed below...

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Lady Gaga & a skeleton (like Kanye, potential 2009 Halloween costumes)
Lady Gaga

Kanye West may be able to take time off to think about his life after all now that his concert tour has been canceled.
Kanye West has canceled his "Fame Kills" tour with Lady Gaga. It was announced two weeks ago.

Concert promoter Live Nation said Thursday that West's concert tour with Lady Gaga, titled "Fame Kills," has been canceled just two weeks after it was announced.

The reason for the cancellation was not revealed. West told NBC's Jay Leno last month, before the tour was officially announced, that he planned "to take some time off" in the aftermath of his MTV Awards show embarrassment.

The three-month, 34-show tour across the United States and Canada was to start next month. Tickets went on sale last week.

Live Nation said people who bought tickets could get refunds at the point of purchase. Tickets purchased online and on the phone will be refunded automatically, the promoter said. [CNN]

I guess that means MSG on New Years Eve is up for grabs again. I wonder if the NYC venue will get a new show for that date (it was never announced, but I heard if was definitely supposed to happen).

In related news, Lady Gaga is hosting Bootleg at Santos Party House this Saturday.

In unrelated news, "David Letterman shocked viewers when he confessed on his Late Show Thursday night that he was a victim of an extortion plot for $2 million dollars. Someone tried to blackmail him for having sexual relations with female members of his staff."

NSFW "Fame Kills" promo video below...

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Kanye West

"The Fame Kills Tour Club is pleased to announce that tickets and VIP packages will soon be available for the Fame Kills Tour: Starring Kanye West & Lady Gaga! Fame Kills Tour Club members will get exclusive access to presale tickets and VIP packages before they go on sale to the public! Interested in becoming a member? JOIN HERE!

To check when presales start for a particular concert, please see the start date displayed in the "TOUR CLUB PRESALE" and "VIP PACKAGES" columns next to the shows listed below.

To participate in any of these presales, simply log-in to your Fame Kills Tour Club account, pick up your passcode, and click on the link displayed in the "TOUR CLUB PRESALE" or "VIP PACKAGES" column next to the show of your choice (while the presale is active). After you click on the link, you will be directed to the ticket vendor's website, where you will be asked to enter your passcode and select the number of presale tickets/VIP packages you would like to purchase. Please note each Fame Kills Tour Club member is allowed to purchase up to 4 presale tickets or VIP packages total per membership year."

The only NYC-area dates so far are December 22nd at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, and January 3rd, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Neither of those dates go on presale until September 29th, unlike many of the other dates on the tour which go on presale Tuesday morning.

That said, there are still lots of days off on this tour. They hit the Verizon Center in DC on December 30th, but are currently free on the 31st. One keen Anonymous commenter noticed this and said, "I hope this New Year's Eve show at MSG isn't Kanye and Lady Gaga......". I think that person's on to something.

Meanwhile, some of the first New Years Eve shows to officially be announced are Dean & Britta (early) & The Felice Brothers (late) at Southpaw in Brooklyn.

Above picture via kanyegate.tumblr.com

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Kanye @ SXSW 2009 (more by Faith-Ann Young)
Kanye West

Critics may have hated it, but Monday's premiere of "The Jay Leno Show" got a warm reception from viewers.

Thanks in part to a newsworthy appearance from rapper Kanye West -- who drew widespread scorn for his behavior during the MTV Video Music Awards the previous night -- the former "Tonight Show" host's 10 p.m. comedy-variety show drew a surprisingly large crowd of 18.4 million total viewers, according to data from Nielsen Media Research. That's more than three times what he averaged on "The Tonight Show."

Among the key demographic of viewers aged 18 to 49, "Leno" scored a 5.3 rating/14 share, easily the night's top-rated program. It was NBC's most-watched program in the time period since last year's Summer Olympics. [LA Times]

That widespread scorn even reached President Obama who was taped calling Kanye West a jackass.

Meanwhile, as Kanye promised a few weeks ago, he's going out on tour with Lady Gaga who was also a big star at the VMAs. The'Fame Kills' tour runs from November into January 2010, and includes two (for now?) NYC-area shows: December 22 at the Izod Center and January 3 at Nassau Coliseum. Ticket info TBA. All tour dates, and videos from the Leno show, are below...

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yeah let's all ignore the VMA's...just keep pretending u wouldn't totally go if u could - Anon 12:32

Kanye West

The MTV VMAs were last night. Matt & Kim won the award for Breakthrough Video with their naked-in-Times Square video. Kanye West made a scene. Videos of Kanye (who joins Jay-Z and Rhianna on the new Leno show's debut tonight) (and who played with the same two people at MSG on Friday night), Beyonce, Lady Gaga and more below...

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Trent Reznor & Peter Murphy @ Terminal 5 in NYC - 8/25/09 (via nin.com)
Nine Inch Nails

As Kanye West and Amber Rose watched from the balcony (sorry for the gossip) at Terminal 5 last night (8/25), Nine Inch Nails played 29 songs at their 3rd of 4 NYC shows this week. The major highlight of the evening (for me at least) was that Peter Murphy of Bauhaus joined them for 3 of those songs, one of which was a Bauhaus cover ("Kick in the Eye). It wasn't the first time it's happened, but it was very sweet.

Earlier in the set, NIN played "I'm Afraid of Americans", before which Trent said something about getting to work with an idol on a song a few years ago, but unfortunately, despite that tease, David Bowie was nowhere to be found in the building. Now that I think of it, they totally should have had Peter sing Bowie's part on that one.

Trent introduced Peter Murphy by saying that back in 1990, when they were young and just coming up, someone helped them out and took them on the road. Then came Peter to the stage to help them perform "Reptile" which was followed by "Kick in the Eye". Peter returned in the encore to help NIN do their cover of Joy Division's "Dead Souls". His stage presence is awesome.

I thought the whole show was great, but it was the final ten songs that really made it feel like there was energy in the large, cavernous room. Basically: Peter--> Peter--> Hands That Feeds--->Head Like a Hole---> all encore songs w/ 1 Peter again---> final-emotional-Hurt. What did you think?

Night one (Bowery Ballroom) got "smallest venue ever". Night two (Webster Hall) got The Downard Spiral from start to finish. Night three got Peter Murphy. Night four happens tonight (Wednesday, August 26th), again at Terminal 5. All 10 "Wave Goodbye" dates (Trent at one point said something like "I'll miss you guys") (which bothers me a little because I don't actually believe this is the end) HERE. Stay tuned for more. Full setlist below.

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