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photo: Kathleen Hanna w/ The Julie Ruin at 2015 P4k Fest (more by James Richards IV)
Kathleen Hanna

Bikini Kill already shared one previously unreleased song, "Playground," from their upcoming Revolution Girl Style Now reissue, and here's another. Here's what Kathleen Hanna tells the NY Times about it:

"Ocean Song," too, was directly inspired by the feminist issues with which Hanna was grappling at the time. She had been working at SafePlace, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Olympia, Wash., and had begun to feel overwhelmed by the stories she was hearing -- and by how hard it was to make anyone outside the community listen to them. "I felt crazy, I felt like I'd been dropped in the middle of the ocean, and I was screaming, 'Look at all this stuff that's happening,' and was just making dolphin noises, nobody could hear me," she recalls. Two and a half decades (and three bands) later, Hanna's voice regularly reaches tens of thousands of people, but she hasn't abandoned those initial causes: just a few weeks ago, her current band, the Julie Ruin, flew to Olympia to play a gala benefit for SafePlace. "It was so thrilling and kind of full-circle for me to go back there, especially at the same time as the demo tape's coming out," she says. "It just felt really right."
Listen below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Kathleen Hanna w/ The Julie Ruin at P4k 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Kathleen Hanna

As previously mentioned, Bikini Kill are giving the first-ever vinyl/CD release to their 1991 demo tape, Revolution Girl Style Now, and it comes with three previously unreleased songs. One is the sludgy/grungy "Playground," which you can listen to below. It debuted via Rolling Stone, who also interviewed the band:

I was actually thinking that when I was listening to the new songs -- there's definitely a grungey vibe to them.

[Kathi] Wilcox: Yeah, "Ocean Song" is kind of dirgey. We were definitely listening to the bands that were happening then. I'm sure we were internalizing that to some degree.

[Kathleen] Hanna: That's why I think it was cool to put those on. For me, the more I listened to it, I started remembering that, like, I was also listening to Tad [laughs].

Wilcox: But, like, the first Nirvana record is pretty dirgey. Bleach is pretty dirgey.

Hanna: Actually, the cassette was recorded primarily... [Nirvana] had all these cassettes, and the record company or whoever was putting it out accidentally put the same songs on both sides, and they couldn't use [the tapes]. And they gave us this bag of used cassettes, so we taped over them, and then we just put a cassette label over it to hide the "Nirvana" bit. If anyone has an original one, they can peel that off and they'll see it. And also you can actually hear, because our music will stop first, and then you can hear the end of "Negative Creep," or whatever.

You can read the rest of the interview here and listen to the song below...

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by Bill Pearis

Myrna the Monster Kathleen Hannah

The Julie Ruin's Kathleen Hanna has been the subject of a film -- documentary The Punk Singer -- and now here she is starring in a film. Well her voice at least, as the title character of Myrna, a short film about an alien from the moon trying to find love and meaning in Los Angeles. Writer-director Ian Samuels uses a mix of puppetry (he used to work for Jim Henson Co and Sesame Street) and CGI in this bittersweet, darkly comic character piece and Hanna's voice acting brings a lot of empathy to Myrna. The music is by YACHT, by the way. Myrna is pretty NSFW but you can watch it below.

Related: Hannah's old band Bikini Kill are reissuing their original demo tape on vinyl and CD.

Also related: YACHT released a teaser for their upcoming album, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler, which you can watch below.

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The original 'Revolution Girl Style Now' cassette insert
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Pacific Northwest feminist punks Bikini Kill's first release, a 1991 demo cassette titled Revolution Girl Style Now, is getting its first ever vinyl and CD pressing on September 22 via Bikini Kill Records. In addition to the eight songs that were on the original tape, the reissue comes with three previously unreleased songs -- "Ocean Song", "Just Once", and "Playground" (the latter of which is only partial as the they ran out of tape when recording it). The reissue was mixed by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto and mastered by John Golden.

Pre-orders are available now and there will also be a limited edition replica version of the demo cassette available by mail order only. They've made a trailer for the album that features footage from Bikini Kill's first-ever show in Olympia, Washington. Watch that below.

Meanwhile, Kathleen Hanna's current band, The Julie Ruin, will play Bard Summmerscape in the Spiegeltent on Saturday (8/1) which is sold out. They're also playing Burger A-Go-Go 2 in Santa Ana, CA in September. All Julie Ruin dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Bikini Kill reissuing 'Revolution Girl Style Now' demo w/ bonus tracks (watch the trailer) ++ The Julie Ruin tour dates"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Julie Ruin at House of Vans - 5/9/15
The Julie Ruin
The Julie Ruin

The series of free 'Almost Summer' shows at House of Vans kicked off over the weekend with Kathleen Hanna's current band The Julie Ruin. It was their first NYC show since MHOW in 2013, following last year's cancelled run of dates due to Kathleen's illness. Opening the show was Bleached, who included back to back covers of Misfits and The Damned, and Youth Code were on DJ duty.

The House of Vans series continues on May 23 with Parquet Courts, Radioactivity and Pill. More pictures of this past Saturday's show, below...

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Philip Selway
Selway

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway is coming to the US soon for a tour which begins with his NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge, and ends with his second of two Coachella appearances. He's now confirmed that the opener on his non-festival dates will be Adem.

Adem (full name Adem Ilhan) is a folktronica/post-rock solo artist on Domino, who put out three albums in the mid-late 2000s, one of which was a covers album with songs by Bjork, Aphex Twin, Bedhead, PJ Harvey, and more. He's also a member of the '90s/'00s post-rock band Fridge with Kieran Hebden, aka Radiohead's pal Four Tet, and is one half of the duo Silver Columns with Johnny Lynch (aka The Pictish Trail). And he played on Philip's most recent album, 2014's Weatherhouse.

In addition to opening the shows, Adem is playing in Philip's live band, along with Kath Mann (aka Quinta) and Chris Vatalaro. The NYC show happens April 10 at LPR, and tickets are still on sale. All dates are listed below.

In other Radiohead news, The Bends turns 20 on Friday (3/13), and Stereogum are celebrating with Radiohead Week. Among their features is a post with 33 musicians discussing their favorite Radiohead song, including Ed Droste, J Mascis, Kip Berman, Wayne Coyne, Kathleen Hanna, Sadie Dupuis, Noel Gallagher, and more. They've also got Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves interviewing her dad about them (she calls them "middle of the road" and "the uncanny valley of interesting music").

Watch a video of a The Bends track, with the list of Philip Selway dates and a Selway video, below...

Continue reading "Adem opening Philip Selway's US tour & playing in his band"

by Klaus Kinski

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Patton Oswalt has a pretty flipping full agenda right now. He has a new book called Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film coming out Tuesday (1/6):

So this new one - Silver Screen Fiend - is looser but better structured. It's about a very specific period of my life. May 20th, 1995 to May 20th, 1999. Those four years when I'd just moved to Los Angeles. Alternative comedy rooms like The Un-Cabaret, The Largo, and dozens of other gone-forever spaces where I could go onstage, sometimes two or three times a night, and develop as a comedian at nitro speed.

And helping - and often hindering - my development was The New Beverly Cinema (and a lot of other gone-forever rep theaters like Tales Cafe and The Four Star) where I became addicted to cinema. And not in a refined way. Not as a connoisseur. I had a meth addict's appetite. Four, five movies a day. In theaters.

On release day (1/6) at Barnes and Noble Union Square, Patton will read from the new book and talk about it too with John Hodgman. That is free and happens at 7 PM. That's part of a a lengthy book tour that also includes a stop in Jersey City at Word Bookstore on Thursday (1/8) where he'll be in conversation with Patrick Wilson.

Also this week, Patton will also be appearing at The Kevin Corrigan Show which happens Thursday (1/8) at 9:30 PM at Brit Pack (153 Lafayette Street, Manhattan) where the other guests will be Tom Scharpling and Kathleen Hanna. With free admission, an unbelievable line-up, and no advance ticketing, I have a feeling getting into this intimate thing is gonna be a bit of a nightmare, so maybe line-up early.

Patton also has a pretty full stand-up tour booked that will find him at Carnegie Hall on Friday (1/9). A handful of tickets are available right now, so don't snooze and, thus, looze.

All Patton Oswalt dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Patton Oswalt has a new book, playing Carnegie Hall ++ plus free events w/ John Hodgman, Scharpling & Kathleen Hanna"

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Joan Jett Tribute for Little Kids Rock
Joan Jett Tribute for Little Kids Rock
Joan Jett Tribute for Little Kids Rock

One of the most moving parts of the evening was Kathleeen Hanna's speech about you before her performance. She talked about how you helped her during a difficult part in her life. She also told a story about you getting knocked out cold when someone threw a bottle at you during a concert and it hit you in the head. Do you remember that incident and did you actually get knocked out?

Joan Jett: Yes I do remember it. I don't think I was knocked out cold, but I was knocked to the ground and I was in a daze. But during Kathleen's speech, I was on the verge of tears. I guess I just didn't realize how much I meant to Kathleen, and what our experience meant to her. To me, it was just two musicians, and two girls from slightly different generations, relating but having the same experiences. It was really moving. To tell you the truth, I'm still processing it. I don't know what to say. [100.7 WZLX]

The annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala went down at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom this past Thursday (10/23). Following an auction and a performance by childrens a cappella group Sharkapella, the "Rocker of the Year" award was awarded to the evening's special guest, Joan Jett.

To pay tribute to Joan, Cheap Trick performed "I Hate Myself For Loving You," Gary U.S. Bonds and Jake Clemons performed "Eye to Eye," former Distillers singer Brody Dalle did "Victim of Circumstance," Jessie Malin did "Bad Reputation," Darlene Love did "Little Liar," Social Distortion singer Mike Ness played "Love Is Pain," and Bikini Kill/Le Tigre/etc's Kathleen Hanna teamed up with her husband and former Beastie Boy Ad-Rock for "Fake Friends," which Kathleen prefaced with a moving speech (as you can see above).

Joan took the stage herself a few times too. Once with Tommy James to perform his massive hit "Crimson and Clover," (she told the crowd that Tommy wrote one of her biggest hits), again with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong for "Don't Abuse Me," and once more with Alice Cooper for "Be My Lover." Finally, all the performers took the stage to end the night with "I Love Rock N Roll."

Alice Cooper is in NYC again tonight to open for Motley Crue at MSG.

More pictures from the Little Kids Rock benefit below...

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Mykki Blanco

NYC rapper Mykki Blanco is releasing a new album called Gay Dog Food for free download on October 21. It's set to feature an impressive cast of guests including Kathleen Hanna, Katie Got Bandz, Cakes Da Killa, Cities Aviv, No Bra, Ian Isiah and James K. No music's come out from that yet, but Mykki did recently appear on a new song called "Unclassified" by German producer ETИIK. You can stream that below.

Mykki has two dates coming up too, a Halloween celebration on 10/25 in LA and a NYC show on Mischief Night (10/30) at Glasslands. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

Full tour schedule and that song stream below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco releasing a new LP ft. Kathleen Hanna, Cakes Da Killa, No Bra & more, playing shows around Halloween"

The Julie Ruin @ FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Kathleen Hanna / Julie Ruin

Unfortunate news from Kathleen Hanna and The Julie Ruin, who were set to tour this summer:

Hey All, we are ridiculously sad to announce that all shows/appearances are cancelled until September 2014. Kathleen has been outspoken about her struggle with Lyme Disease and she is currently having a health crisis and has been advised by her doctor to start a difficult 3-month course of treatment immediately. The treatment plan will make it impossible for her to travel. We are disappointed to postpone these appearances, however we are confident that taking this time off will allow Kathleen to heal so that we can continue touring in the future. Thank you so much for your support and we are so sorry we can't come out and see you right now.
Most of those Julie Ruin tour dates were in Europe but did include the Pitchfork Music Festival and a headlining slot at this year's 4Knots Festival at NYC's South Street Seaport. Feel better, Kathleen!

All affected dates are listed below...

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Richard Hell

NYC punk legend Richard Hell is celebrating the paperback release of his autobiography I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp this month with some live talks/interviews. He was already interviewed by Robert Christgau in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, and this week he will be at Strand Books on Thursday (3/20), reading an excerpt from his book and then being interviewed by NYU professor Bryan Waterman (who wrote the 33 1/3 volume for Television's Marquee Moon). You have to buy a copy of his book from Strand or a $15 Strand gift card to attend.

Then on Saturday (3/22) at NYU, Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy will interview Hell at 7 PM in the Great Hall at Cooper Union. That's followed by a panel with writer Vivien Goldman, feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, The Julie Ruin), and singer Tamar Kali. Admission is at at 6:30 for conference attendees, and at 7:00 for the general public, as space allows.

UPDATE: Both of those Richard Hell events are part of 'Punk at 40,' which also includes Bryan Waterman presenting a Marquee Moon edition of 'Classic Album Sundays at Output on Sunday (3/23). Tickets are on sale.

Not exactly a punk legend himself, but a Marky Ramone collaborator, Andrew WK will also be at Strand Books on May 22 with Phillip Crandall, author of the 33 1/3 volume for AWK's I Get Wet. More info TBA.

In more '70s-era punk news, Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain already brought their amazingly named 'Sex Doll Tour' to NYC once earlier this month, and they've since tacked on another NYC show to the end of the tour happening on March 31 at Grand Victory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Tour flyer with all dates and the flyer for the Grand Victory show, below.

Australian '70s punk vet Deniz Tek (of Radio Birdman) joins forces with The Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn and his band The Miracle 3 for a show on May 29 at Bowery Electric. Also on that bill is Nikki Corvette and Palmyra Delran. Tickets are on sale now. Deniz also plays NJ's Brighton Bar the next day (5/30) before his TBA European tour.

There's another show at Bowery Electric on May 10 with CJ Ramone (who was a Ramone from '89-'96). He'll be joined by Brass Knuckle Evangelists and The Threads. Tickets are on sale.

In more related news, we just posted today that Ramones/Talking Heads/Blondie/Richard Hell/Suicide producer Craig Leon is reissuing solo material and playing NYC and Moogfest.

Glen Matlock/Sylvain Sylvain flyers and a classic Richard Hell video below...

Continue reading "Richard Hell being interviewed in NYC this week; Glen Matlock & Sylvain Sylvain touring; Deniz Tek too, & more"

Murray Hill at The Julie Ruin's Bowery Ballroom show (more by PSquared)
Murray Hill

Downtown comedian and drag king legend Murray Hill will headline Gramercy Theatre for his first time on March 8 for a one-off of The Murray Hill Show. He's got some of his best pals (and impressive ones) lined up as guests for the show, including Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, singer/comedian Bridget Everett, Ad-Rock's collaborator and fellow rapper Champagne Jerry, and Peaches. They'll be backed by Murray's band The Rimshots (Jesse Elder, Matt Parker, Kenbal Zwerin, Arthur Vint). Tickets for the show are on sale now. Flyer below.

Meanwhile, you can catch Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, who just made a new video starring Ad-Rock and Carmine Covelli (also of The Julie Ruin), monthly at Joe's Pub. Their next show is February 25. Tickets are still available.

Champagne Jerry, who also has a recent video with Ad-Rock, continues his monthly appearances at Joe's Pub as well, which are in conjunction with his album rollout. The next one is on March 7 and tickets are on sale now.

In other NYC drag news, Night of a Thousand Stevies, the annual Stevie Nicks tribute drag/burlesque/dance party, returns for its 24th year to Irving Plaza on May 9. Tickets go on sale today (2/7) at 10 AM.

In more related news, The Julie Ruin just made a video for "Goodnight Goodbye," which you can watch below. They also have an upcoming tour with Screaming Females, and Kathleen Hanna will be curating Sled Island (6/18-22 in Calgary) this year.

Video of Murray Hill and Bridget Everett, with the show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Murray Hill headlining Gramercy w/ Ad-Rock, Peaches, others; Night of 1000 Stevies returning; Julie Ruin made a new video"

Young Jean Lee

"We're Gonna Die" was inspired by an insight she traces to this incident, the idea that sadness brings isolation. We are most alone, most cut off from the possibility of comfort, when we are most in need of it. "It's not even like you can like rip off the mask and let it all hang out when you're in private around people who care about you," she confides, "because there's only so long you can keep dumping your pain on other people before eventually they start to get fed up. Which makes being in pain an incredibly lonely experience."

Also a universal one of course. The charm of "We're Gonna Die" is in how effectively (and humorously) Ms. Lee converts the exaltation that pop music can spread into a kind of collective consolation for life's unavoidable woes. Employing the same basic tools of songcraft -- catchy choruses, relatable lyrics, uplifting melodies -- she applies them not to the eternal subject of swooning romance but to darker if no less common experiences (more common experiences, probably): loneliness, unhappiness, the gut-churning 4 a.m. fears about the pointless mystery of life that all sensible souls are prey to. There is comfort, Ms. Lee suggests, in public celebration of the private misery we keep locked away for fear it will leave us too exposed. [NY Times]

Earlier this year, playwright Young Jean Lee adapted her cabaret We're Gonna Die, that she debuted in NYC at Joe's Pub in 2011 (the show the above review is from), into an album -- the debut release by her band Future Wife. The album has an impressive list of guests either performing or reading monologues, including David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Kathleen Hanna, Ad-Rock, Matmos, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld. It was produced by Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas and Leverage Models. Lou Reed was a fan too, and called her "one of the most accomplished, articulate, versatile and hilarious playwrights, musicians, artists that we in America have to offer."

She's now made a video for one of the album's tracks, "I'm Gonna Die," which makes its premiere in this post. You can watch it, along with the album's tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Young Jean Lee made a video from her LP w/ David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Kathleen Hanna, Ad-Rock & more (watch)"

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lauryn Hill

A day of being grateful for what they've got, overeating and subsequent afternoon naps, Thanksgiving is the start of a long weekend for many folks, but one that usually doesn't have the most options for things to do -- or bands to see. Weather's not supposed to be so great either. Still, we've rounded up ten musical things to do in NYC during Thanksgiving Weekend. Plus one you can do anywhere with an internet connection and love of making fun of bad movies.

Read on below...

Continue reading "NYC Thanksgiving Weekend events (Lauryn Hill, Television, Dean Wareham, Phosphorescent, Ab-Soul, Joey Badass, more)"

by Klaus Kinski

Eugene Mirman w/ Bobcat Goldtwait (via Eugene's instagram)
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Ladies and germs, today we find ourselves on the brink of Thanksgiving and a Nor'easter. I can't wait to see which one will be a bigger disaster for me personally. Regardless, before you pack your backpacks or your hobo-bandanas that you'll hang from the end of a stick and head out to see your friends and family, here's a quick comedy round up for you to enjoy.

Last night (11/25), Wyatt Cenac's Littlefield-based comedy residency Night Train celebrated its One Year Anniversary with an absolutely dominating evening of talent. The line-up included sets by David Cross, Michael Che, Ted Leo, Seth Herzog, Nikki Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Andy Wood, Michelle Buteau, and of course, Wyatt Cenac. Congrats on a successful year and a successful anniversary celebration, Wyatt! Check out the Littlefield calendar for more upcoming Night Train shows.

Speaking of Eugene Mirman, NYC semi-recurring-ish comedy staple Pretty Good Friends has a holiday show coming up at the Bell House on Tuesday December 17 and the announced guests so far include Eugene Mirman and the great Daniel Kitson. Last weekend Daniel Kitson began yet another massive residency St. Ann's Warehouse that is set to wrap-up on December 21 2013. A lot of those shows are sold out while a handful of others only have a handful of seats left, so get tickets now. Eugene Mirman also has some December dates with Klaus Hero Kurt Braunohler. Those are listed below.

And for Cod's sake, let's not forget that Union Hall is still a force to be reckoned with in terms of small-room huge-talent comedy bookings. Every Sunday night Creaghead and Company takes over the room and for a measly $7 brings us some of the biggest names and freshest talent in the biz. Tickets are only available at the door and the room fills up quick, but if you want to see comedians before they become superstars or comedians who can sell out places like Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, this is the place to be.

One show on the Union Hall calendar that I am really looking forward to is the release party for comedy photography book Funny Business by the great Seth Olenick which is happening on December 21. The shindig will feature Seth Olenick, Brooke Van Poppelen, Max Silvestri, and "very special guests". While there, you will also have the opportunity to purchase the book. If you recall, we mentioned Seth's Kickstarter campaign back in February 2013 and I was so happy to see that he actually exceeded his goal. This is an exceptionally solid body of work by a fantastic portrait photographer.

Manhattan venue Joe's Pub has been programming some comedy into the calendar lately too. John Roberts, viral video master and voice Linda on Bob's Burgers, will be headlining the venue on Sunday December 15.  Along with his many original characters, look for Roberts to bring his east coast everymom and star of the viral "Christmas Tree" videos "Margie" to life onstage. Tickets are on sale.

And while we're on the subject of Joe's Pub, tonight (11/26) the great Julie Klausner wraps up the 5-night run of her show TOO GAY FOR BROOKLYN: An Evening of Cabaret with Julie Klausner. For tonight's evening of music and comedic banter, Julie welcomes Ted Leo. A handful of tickets are available.

Julie's incredible podcast How Was Your Week recently featured American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer Kathleen Hanna and is something I must insist you listen to immediately. Kathleen is the subject of a new documentary called The Punk Singer which begins its theatrical rollout on Friday (11/29). New Yorkers can catch the film -- which also includes appearances from Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, Tavi Gevinson, Adam Horovitz, Kim Gordon, and Kathryn Wilcox --  at Nitehawk Cinema or the IFC Center. Hanna will appear in person for a Q&A after the 2:00pm screening at Nitehawk on Saturday November 30 and tickets are on sale. Click here for a full list of screening dates and cities.

Eugene Mirman dates are listed, along with John Roberts' "Christmas Tree" video, below...

Continue reading "Klaus Kinski's Comedy Cannon (Eugene Mirman, Daniel Kitson, John Roberts, Julie Klausner, Kathleen Hanna & more)"

Ad-Rock and Champagne Jerry
Ad Rock and Champagne Jerry

Kathleen Hanna isn't feeling well, so her husband Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock will be filling in for her as DJ at MoMA's Pop Rally event tonight (11/21). Kim Gordon's group Body/Head also performs and tickets are still on sale.

You can still catch Kathleen soon though, but on the big screen, when "The Punk Singer" opens in theaters on 11/29 (maybe you caught the documentary as part of Doc NYC). Ad-Rock is also featured prominently in the film, and even filmed a scene.

It's not all DJing, movies and bass playing for Ad-Rock these days though. The former Beastie Boy reportedly also raps a few verses on a forthcoming track called "Yo Kev" that he co-wrote with rapper and performance artist Champagne Jerry who he has been collaborating with lately.

"CHAMPAGNE JERRY also known as Neal Medlyn is, by far, the greatest rapper in the world. He likes snacks, books, sexual intercourse, and rhyming."
If you don't know, now you know. Listen to "Tampa Realness" below - the track "was written by Champagne Jerry (lyrics) and Adam Ad Rock Horovitz (music) with additional production and mixing by Max Tannone. It is dedicated to the city of Tampa and all things neon, Four Loko, and teal. Adam wrote the beat on a plane to Hawaii, CJ wrote the lyrics on a bus in Brooklyn." Stay tuned for "Yo Kev".

"Tampa Realness" and "Yo Kev" will appear on Champagne Jerry's album For Real You Guys which is being rolled out one single at a time, and one monthly show in NYC at Joe's Pub at a time. The next show is December 7th and Ad-rock will be in the house, like he has been for many intimate shows at Joe's Pub in the past, sometimes with Bridget Everett who is also a Champagne Jerry collaborator, as is Carmine Covelli (who is in both Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin and Bridget Everett's band the Tender Moments) and Max Tannone (whose credits include Jaydiohead).

Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments next play Joe's Pub on 12/11 and 12/12.

We recently caught the Julie Ruin at Fun Fun Fun Fest and at MHOW, and not that long ago at Union Pool where Ad-Rock was reportedly seen hanging with Champagne Jerry.

Champagne Jerry music and videos below....

Continue reading "Ad-Rock rapping & writing w/ Champagne Jerry, DJing MoMA instead of Kathleen Hanna (whose movie is coming out)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Slayer

Walkmen
Slayer surfer

More pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE, Slayer included....

Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.

After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]

The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.

by Bill Pearis

Revenge of the Mekons
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Doc NYC is a weeklong documentary film festival which happens at IFC Center and SVA Theatre from November 14 - 21. Amongst the many films screening that week, a number of them are music related. Revenge of the Mekons makes its world premiere at Doc NYC and dares to chronicle the nearly 40-year career of these punk-and-beyond legends. You can watch the trailer below. The premiere happens November 15 at the SVA Theatre (9:45 PM) and there will be a Q&A after the film with director Joe Angio and the Mekons band members, moderated by Greil Marcus. Tickets are on sale. If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving a pair away. Details below.

Other music documentaries include:

The Punk Singer, which follows Kathleen Hanna from her self-imposed exile from music in the mid-'00s through the start of her new band, The Julie Ruin. It screens at the SVA Theatre on 11/16 at 7:15 PM (tickets). Hanna is expected to attend.

20 Feet from Stardom, about back-up singers behind some of the biggest names in music. It screens at the IFC Center on 11/13 at 7 PM (tickets)

Death Metal Angola</em> which tells the story of a couple who raise awareness and funds for an Angolan orphanage by organizing the country's first-ever national rock concert. It screens at the SVA Theatre on 11/16 at 9:45 PM (tickets).

Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love, which is about the acclaimed composer and songwriter who died last year. It screens at the SVA Theatre on 11/17 at 6:45 PM (tickets).

You can check out the full list of music documentaries being shown here, and the entire slate of Doc NYC programming and schedule.

Trailers for most of the films mentioned above (minus the Hamlisch one), along with contest details, below...

Continue reading "'Doc NYC' film fest happening this month, including films about the Mekons (win tix!), Kathleen Hanna & more"

photos by Wei Shi

The Julie Ruin / Priests
The Julie Ruin
Priests

Talking to the audience like an old friend ("So, anyway, you guys"), [Kathleen] Hanna addressed a range of topics between songs, from the pressure of constantly being asked to give advice to young feminists ("I never know what to say") to candidly speaking about how her late-stage Lyme disease (an illness that had kept her from performing for many years) was causing her to forget a lot of her lyrics as she sang ("Every night is different!"). That candor and openness translates to the music as well, and the Julie Ruin's material is straight up: They aim to tell it like it is--and make you dance. [The House List]
The Julie Ruin -- the current project of Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), Kathi Wilcox (Bikini Kill), Kenny Mellman (Kiki & Herb), Carmine Covelli (Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments), and Sara Landaeu (Girls Rock Camp) -- continued their victory lap of sold-out shows surrounding the release of their debut album, Run Fast, with another gig at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg last Friday (10/25). Opening the show was DC's Priests, whose flair for brash punk and feminist lyrics is in line with at least of a few of Kathleen Hanna's projects. Pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg are in this post.

There's also more Julie Ruin pics and more Priests pics on Facebook. Check out the rest below...

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Body/Head at Union Pool in September (more by Adela Loconte)
Body/Head

We just recently posted some updates to the two-night Kim Gordon benefit at Issue Project Room (11/13-14), which take place in the midst of her band Body/Head's tour, but what we didn't realize is that there's yet another upcoming NYC show on Body/Head's schedule. This one happens a week after the IPR benefit at MoMA on November 21, as part of MoMA's PopRally series, which "features collaborations with artists and musical acts, performances, film screenings, receptions, and special viewings of exhibitions." Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and most recently The Julie Ruin, who played their second show ever with Body/Head) will be DJing. Tickets for the MoMA show are on sale now, and we're also giving away a few pairs. Details on how to enter to win are below.

Body/Head performs as a trio with no wave legend Ikue Mori at night 1 of the Kim Gordon benefit, and Kim performs in two separate duos (one with Jutta Koether, one with a TBA guest) at night 2. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 go on sale to the general public this Friday (10/11).

Meanwhile, The Julie Ruin next play NYC on October 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out).

Updated Body/Head dates are listed, along with contest details and a song stream, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

The Julie Ruin @ Bowery Ballroom 9/3/2013
The Julie Ruin - Bowery Ballroom, NYC - September 3rd, 2013

She conceived the group as what she called her "dream band," with players from different walks of her life: on bass, her Bikini Kill band mate Kathi Wilcox; on guitar, Sara Landeau, an instructor at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, where Ms. Hanna occasionally teaches; on drums, her friend Carmine Covelli; and Kenny Mellman, Herb of the cabaret act Kiki & Herb, as a keyboardist and songwriter. They rehearsed casually around town and at Ms. Hanna's New Jersey home -- "I can't call it jamming, because I hate that; I don't jam," she said -- without considering where it would lead.

According to Ms. Wilcox, "When she approached me to join the band, she was sort of like, 'We may never tour, we may never make a record, but we're just doing this now for fun, because I need to.' "

But Ms. Hanna arrived with some songs intact -- including one, "Just My Kind," written for Christina Aguilera -- and though she didn't have an overarching sound in mind, she knew what she liked. "I know I love sexy surf guitars, I know I love loud snare," she said. "I love really simple repeating bass lines, and I love weird mad scientist keyboard sounds."

Mr. Mellman, a musical savant and a voracious consumer of new bands, gave himself the task of keeping the Julie Ruin up-to-date. "The last thing I wanted was for it to start sounding like a '90s revival," he said.
- [NY Times]

With The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna finds herself back on indie rock terra firma, but Tuesday night's album release show at Bowery Ballroom (9/3) , the band's other roots -- which might be summed up as the Joe's Pub drag-cabaret scene -- were proudly showing. Kiki & Herb's Kenny Mellman plays keyboards and their drummer Carmine Covelli also plays in Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments which also sports Hanna's hubby Adam Horovitz (who was at Bowery too, photo below) as a member. The Bowery show was hosted by everyone's favorite drag king comedian Murray Hill (who has also shared stages with Kathleen before).

Most people in attendance (a crowd that included Dave Hill and Kim Gordon) were probably too busy dancing and enjoying themselves to think about such things. While the show was a celebration of The Julie Ruin's debut album (out this week) and most of it was played, their set featured a number of Le Tigre songs. A picture of the setlist is below. The show was the kickoff to their tour and opening were sonic and cultural descendants, Swearin'. Photos from the show are in this post.

If you missed it, the tour finishes in NYC as well with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 25. Tickets for that are still available.

More pictures from Bowery, and video of The Julie Ruin's performance one night later on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (aka last night), below...

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The Julie Ruin at Union Pool last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julie Ruin

Kathleen Hanna's (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) new band, The Julie Ruin, who just played a tiny NYC show, will kick off their full tour, which begins in NYC on September 3 at Bowery Ballroom with Swearin'. That show has been sold out for a while now, but you now have yet another chance to catch the band in NYC later on in their tour at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 25. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (8/16) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/14) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Another of The Julie Ruin's recent NYC shows happened at Saint Vitus in June, and Pitchfork just posted a video of them playing "Apt. #5" at that show, plus an interview. Check that out, along with the list of tour dates, below.

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The Julie Ruin at Saint VItus in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
Julie Ruin

Kathleen Hanna's new band, The Julie Ruin, are set to release their debut album, Run Fast, on September 3, and after releasing the punked up first single, "Oh Come On," they've just returned with the album's second single: a synthy rocker called "Ha Ha Ha." Check it out below.

The Julie Ruin's tour hits NYC for an intimate show at Union Pool on Thursday (8/8) and returns for a larger show at Bowery Ballroom (9/3) with Swearin' on the album's release date. Both of those shows are sold out.

Song stream below...

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The Julie Ruin at Saint Vitus, June 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The Julie Ruin

Ahead of a string of tour dates that include a sold out Bowery Ballroom, The Julie Ruin will play another show, this time at a much much smaller venue than their last! Look for the Kath-combo (Kathleen Hanna/Kathi Wilcox) to play a show at Union Pool on August 8 with support from Petal War. Tickets go on sale August 2 at noon, will set you back $15 a piece and are limited to two per customer.

As discussed, the flurry of activitiy is in celebration of the band's debut LP, Run Fast, due on September 3. Updated tour dates are listed, along with a stream of the album's first single, below.

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