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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...

Continue reading "Aziz Ansari adds NJ show -- updated 2010 Tour Dates"

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...

Continue reading "Aziz Ansari releasing a CD & DVD, schedules 'big' NYC shows (and other dates), lists his favorite stuff from 2009"

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...

Continue reading "Why was the Lady Gaga & Kanye West tour canceled?"

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

Continue reading "Kanye West & Lady Gaga playing MSG on New Years Eve? -- presale for other dates starting soon "

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...

Continue reading "Kanye West (the jackass) & Lady Gaga - 2009 Tour Dates"

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...

Continue reading "waking up from ATP... Matt & Kim won a VMA"

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.

Continue reading "Peter Murphy joins NIN @ Terminal 5 in NYC (night 1) - setlist"

Jay-Z @ All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Jay-Z

"ABSOLUT(R) VODKA, the world's most iconic vodka, announces a creative collaboration with Madison Square Garden that will offer music fans an unparalleled series of high-profile concerts at the iconic venue. Showcasing performances ranging from rock-and-roll heavyweights to country crooners, these two legendary brands will work together to bring music lovers of all kinds the ultimate concert experience as only The Garden can offer. To kick off the series, ABSOLUT and Madison Square Garden will host a once-in-a-lifetime benefit show featuring hip-hop impresario JAY-Z on September 11, 2009, to aid the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund. The highly-anticipated performance will air live and commercial-free on Fuse TV at 9pm...

...The on-sale date and method of purchase for tickets to the concert will be announced shortly. After the announcement, Citi card members will have access to presale tickets through Citi's Private Pass(R) program. For complete presale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com and for more information on programming surrounding this event, go to www.fuse.tv/jay-z."

Jay-Z's new song "Run This Town" features appearances by Rihanna and Kanye West. The official video for that is below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z playing 9/11 benefit show @ MSG, the first in a series of Absolut-sponsored shows ++ it will air on Fuse"

Ken Thomson (Asphalt Orchestra mem.) @ LPR (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Gutbucket

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Kanye West @ Cipriani
* Carimi @ Brower Park
* The Fabulous Thunderbirds @ BB Kings
* Los Salseros del Hudson @ Wagner Park
* John Scofield Trio @ Madion Square Park
* Alberta Cross, Phonograph @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Asphalt Orchestra @ Lincoln Center's Broadway Plaza
* Cirque Du Rock: Gotham Underworld @ Highline Ballroom
* Tyshawn Sorey, Todd Neufield, Thomas Morgan @ The Stone
* The Pedrito Martinez Project @ Central Park Summerstage
* Yardwork, Beach Fossils, Sam Buck Rosen @ Death By Audio
* Chris Isaak, Michelle Branch, Dorian Spencer @ Beacon Theatre
* Portugal the Man, The Love Language, Hesta Prynn @ Mercury Lounge
* Lincoln Center OoD w/ Amir el Saffar Ensemble & Dave Brubeck Quartet @ Damrosch Park
* Music & Reading Series w/ Rachel Cohen, Brandon Stosuy, Colin Stetson, Buke & Gass @ Joe's Pub

Lots of free outdoor music tonight, so hopefully the weather holds out. One event so far, Fame at the McCarren Park SummerScreen, has been rescheduled for August 26th. (Wild at Heart, last week's cancellation, happens August 19th.) Carimi is at Brower Park. The Pedrito Martinez Project plays the Central Park Summerstage with a screening of I Am Cuba. Los Salseros del Hudson play Wagner Park. John Scofield Trio is at Madion Square Park.

Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival kicks off tonight with Amir el Saffar & Dave Brubeck and their respective bands at the Damrosch Park Bandshell. Catch Bang on a Can's Asphalt Orchestra, who will be playing at outdoor locations through Sunday, tonight at the Lincoln Center's Broadway Plaza.

All of the above events are free, as is Alberta Cross and Phonograph at the Brooklyn Bowl.

Tyshawn Sorey plays at The Stone with Todd Neufield and Thomas Morgan -- together they form the trio on Sorey's forthcoming album, Koan.

Happy Ending Music & Reading Series hosts Rachel Cohen, Brandon Stosuy, Colin Stetson, Buke & Gass and more at Joe's Pub.

Portugal. The Man plays a sold-out Mercury Lounge show with The Love Language and Hesta Prynn. They'll be back in October too.

See a pair of Deerhoof videos, including the new "Jagged Fruit," below. They come to NYC on September 15th.

Kid Cudi's "Make Her Say" featuring Kanye West & Common is below too. Tonight...

CASIO G-Shock will celebrate their advancements in wristwatch technology, outline the future evolution of the Casio family of timepieces and unveil an entirely new collection of limited edition collaborative pieces.

The star-studded evening kicks off with a press conference highlighting these milestones. Cipriani 55 Wall Street will be transformed into the ultimate showplace for both the brand and for Kanye West, who will cap the night off with an exclusive performance.

Cipriani * 55 Wall Street (Between Wall and William Street): Press conference at 6:30PM, expected celebrity arrival
8:30PM

Common has a show coming up at Terminal 5.

Los Campesinos! played Webster Hall last night. Video from that below.

What else?

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photo by Bao Nguyen

Kanye West & Clipse @ Webster Hall - July 30, 2009
Diesel

As predicted, Kanye West came out and performed one song with The Clipse (who replaced Drake) at the Diesel party at Webster Hall last night. After Clipse came The Roots who played a bunch of songs with Lykke Li. Earlier in the evening there were sets by Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Heartsrevolution, The Noisettes, Theopholis London, Cobra Starship and Passion Pit. More about all of them after some sleep, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures and some video...

Continue reading "Kanye West played w/ Clipse, Lykke Li w/ The Roots - some pics & video from the Diesel Party @ Webster Hall in NYC"

Clipse and Kanye

The big Diesel show happens at Webster Hall in NYC tonight (7/30). Hopefully you already have a ticket or wristband. Special guests at the show will in fact be Lykke Li (who is here to play All Points West and will probably perform a song at Webster Hall with The Roots) and Clipse (who will probably perform a song at Webster Hall with Kanye West) (remember, Diesel likes live mash ups). There's a Jay-Z rumor going around, but all I've heard is "not true". For Passion Pit the Diesel show will be their second with the Roots in two nights. Last night it was on the Jimmy Fallon show. Video from that below...

Continue reading "Clipse & Lykke Li (and Kanye West?) are playing the Diesel show w/ The Roots & Passion Pit (who played Fallon)"

photos by Chris Graham

Mos Def

"Mos Def took the stage looking like a New Orleanean shaman.

He kept gesturing beyond the crowd to the Columbia River, saying, "The dream is real! Look around you!"

My favorite moment: Mos Def rapping over a personal favorite beat by Oxnard, CA artist called Oh No (find it on an album called "Dr. No's Oxperiment"). It's got a strong '60s/'70s Turkish psych-rock guitar line running the whole way through...I want to say the original is by an artist called Selda. Not sure. But I remember when heard the beat about two years ago, I went straight to the music store and bought the album it was sampled from. Pretty sure Selda is the correct name. I just bought a greatest hits album. I don't know a lot about Turkish/Anatolian psych-rock. Wish I knew more,

Anyhow, I'm one of those long-time Mos Def fans that loves his singing voice, but wishes he'd rap a little more. And there he was, killing one of my favorite beats, rapping like he meant it. Felt great." [Seattle Weekly]

That review comes from Mos Def's performance at the 2009 Sasquatch Festival in Washington State over Memorial Day Weekend. The pictures in this post are from that show too.

Tonight (5/30), Mos Def reunites with Talib Kweli for two Black Star shows at NYC's Nokia Theatre. The early show (with 88 Keys and Black Violin) is sold out, but tickets still remain for the late one (with Blaqstarr).

As the NY Daily News pointed out in a feature yesterday, 88-Keys is also known as a "Kanye West protege". Special guests are definitely rumored at tonight's show.

More pictures from Sasquatch below...

Continue reading "Mos Def played Sasquatch (pics) -- Black Star reunites tonight"

words & photos by Faith-Ann Young

Kanye West

True - it was the worst kept secret and the most corporate plumping event of all of SXSW (if Kayne would have worn grillz sporting the The Levi's® logo, it would have completed his Levi's® outfit) - but that doesn't mean Saturday night's show at the Fader Fort wasn't one of the best (3/21). Kayne West acted like a grand circus ringmaster - introducing his whole G.O.O.D. record label crew including Consequence, GLC, and his prized diamond rapper all-star Kid Cudi. Then, just when you got sick of Kayne's world, in came fellow Chi-towner Common sweating out "Universal Mind Control." And then, like Mary Poppins on uppers, Kayne smiled and pulled out yet another prized gem from backstage: the gorgeous divine Erykah Badu (who is a Texas native and was wearing full-sequined silver pants- the combination of which got a hot scream from the crowd). To close out, like a big, super-talented brat pack, the entire G.O.O.D. crew came back on stage and danced around to songs from West's 808s. Whether you love him or hate him, Kayne sure knows how to party (or promote).

More pictures and the entire setlist below...

Continue reading "Kanye West, Common, Erykah Badu, Kid Cudi, Consequence & friends @ Fader Fort (SXSW 2009) - pics, setlist"

photos by James Trevenen

Playboy

As suspected, the reunited lineup of Jane's Addiction took the stage at the annual Playboy Rock the Rabbit party in Austin last night (3/19).

In a move that was either pure coincidence or pure brilliance, the Playboy bash was held in an empty grocery store attached to a slightly skeevy strip mall in a decidedly unsafe area of Austin. It's difficult to think of a more perfect setting for Jane's tawdry, tarty rock (the bevy of Bunnies parading around the party were a nice touch too). Whether it was due to the joy of feeling at home, or the joy of playing music together again, Jane's came out feisty, fiery and fierce.

On this night, there were no selections from Jane's softer side, just plenty of pummel, from opening number "Three Days" to the incredibly raucous set-closer "Stop!" Showing a swagger that only the best bands possess, Jane's threw haymakers, with guitarist Dave Navarro pulling solo after solo out of his axe, frontman Perry Farrell patrolling and posing, and the reformed rhythm section of Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins remaining in lockstep.

Songs like "Standing in the Shower ... Thinking" (during which Farrell patted his crotch dry with a towel, then tossed it into the crowd), "Ted, Just Admit It ..." and a particularly massive "Ocean Size" sent the crowd into hysterics -- there was even some crowd surfing, which sent the Bunnies scattering -- and showcased a band still very much at the top of its game. Navarro and Farrell shared a smooch, Avery and Perkins exchanged knowing nods, and frankly, it was as if those 17 years never happened. [MTV]

Metallica plays a more-official SXSW party tonight (3/20) at Stubb's. Kanye West is rumored to appear as the guest at the FADER House where Kanye's label GOOD Music is having a showcase (makes sense). More pictures from the Playboy party below...

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Michael Jackson and PrinceMichael Jackson and Prince

"A week after Miley Cyrus shared with the world her plans to 'ruin' Radiohead after they snubbed the young starlet at the Grammy Awards, the band has responded to the singer's threat... The band wasn't amused by her story. 'When Miley grows up, she'll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement,' the band told the new issue of Us Weekly in a statement." [MTV]

"Dozens of investors who came to federal court in New York to hear Bernard Madoff's admission that he ran a $65 billion Ponzi scheme in which he lied and stole for decades applauded his jailing." [Bloomberg]

"Yet Miley is not the only star that has a beef with the band. Kanye West is another temperamental superstar who was also snubbed by the band. West told audiences at his VH1 Storytellers taping that he too was dissed by the band at the Grammy Awards" [andPOP]

"wish us all a safe journey if you still like us and you're not one of those people i have managed to offend by doing nothing xx" [Thom Yorke]

"We are working on new material" [Ed O'Brien]

"U2 celebrated the number one debut of its new album 'No Line on the Horizon' with an intimate gathering for a few friends Wednesday night." [Boston Globe]

"It's not U2, but 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' will get its own multiple dose of pop royalty this month. Prince will perform on three consecutive nights on the NBC program as he girds for the release of a pair of new albums. The mini-residency will run March 25-27; he also plans to hit the 'Tonight' stage May 28 for Leno's next-to-last night as host of the venerable talk show." [Reuters]

"Five new shows have been added to Michael Jackson's London run, bringing the total to 50, according to Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, promoter of the shows." [Billboard]

"Hundreds of fans have queued through the night to buy the first tickets to Michael Jackson's 'final curtain call' of concerts in London." [CNN]

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AC/DC @ The Izod Center (more by Ryan Muir)
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If anyone had any doubt that touring is where the money is in the music business, a quick look at the top Moneymakers for 2008 should hammer the point home.

Regardless of genre, retail sales or radio play, each of the 20 acts on Billboard's Moneymakers list toured in 2008. (Taylor Swift mostly opened for Brad Paisley but doesn't get credit for that revenue). For almost all of them, touring generated the most revenue. And in a year when recorded-music sales declined yet again, many earned more at the box office than ever before. [Billboard]

I hope Kanye West can handle being below The Jonas Brothers (and Lil Wayne). The whole list below...

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TMZ can confirm that Chris Brown just entered an LAPD station, where he turned himself in to police.

Chris is being investigated by the LAPD for an alleged domestic violence felony battery that occurred early this morning near Hancock Park in L.A. Police officials said earlier today they may arrest Brown when they found him. Well, now they know where he is.

According to the female victim -- who cops refuse to identify -- she and Chris got into an argument which turned violent. Cops say when they arrived to the scene, Brown had split, but the woman had "visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker."

Brown and his girlfriend Rihanna were together earlier last night, attending Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party -- and both canceled their scheduled performances at tonight's event.

Brown is currently being interviewed by detectives. [TMZ]

Radiohead did show up the Grammys, as did an even MORE pregnant M.I.A.. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss took best album (for an album that came out on indie label Rounder Records). Video of Radiohead and M.I.A.'s performances, and a list of all winners (including Daft Punk) below...

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Lucero @ Terminal 5 Friday night (more by Mike Lerner)
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today in NYC
* DANCE
* Lucero @ Mercury Lounge
* Elysian Fields @ Joe's Pub
* The Black Keys & Doug Gillard Wellmont Theater
* Blank Dogs, Woods, WAVVES & Nodzzz @ Underground Lounge

Underground Lounge is located 955 West End Ave @ 107th St in Morningside Heights. The WAVVES show starts at 2PM.

Kanye West has been blogging about a lot of 'indie' music (and comedy) lately. There was the recent Aziz Ansari post, and the exclusive new Peter Bjorn and John track he posted. Kanye's other recent likes include TV on the Radio's David Bowie cover, Bon Iver covering Feist, Friendly Fires, Francis and the Lights, Passion Pit, Animal Collective AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LAND OF TALK.

Kanye will be performing at the Grammys today. So will Radiohead. Nominees include MIA, Adele, No Age, Hot Chip, Daft Punk, My Morning Jacket and Death Cab For Cutie.

Antony was just on NPR.

Little Boots played Studio B last night. Video below...

What else?

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