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vegan friendly Tel Aviv
Vegan Friendly

Popular British tabloid the Daily Mail has published an article titled "The hipster guide to the world! The poor inner-city districts that have become achingly cool (beards optional)". They highlight various gentrified areas around the world that are now "hipster" central. Williamsburg, Brooklyn naturally made the list. They write:

If hipsters have a mecca, it's most certainly Williamsburg.

'A world of bow ties, trilby hats, and suede chukka boots, where everyone's an amateur photographer with an unnecessarily expensive DSLR camera', according to lifestyle website Thrillist.com.

The area was once home to working class Puerto Ricans and Latinos during the 1920s when most of the community worked in the textile factories and breweries.

In recent years it has been transformed by a thriving party scene by the influx of young professionals and wealthy apartment owners.

Too bad all those apartment owners will now have to travel to Bushwick more often for good shows.

The only other U.S. neighborhood that made the list is San Francisco's Mission District. Neighborhoods in Latvia, Madrid, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, London, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Paris, Helsinki, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv are also listed and described.


Tune In Tel Aviv's Jeremy Hulsh explaining that Israel needs to better support music
Jeremy

Speaking of Tel Aviv, I just got back from annual music conference Tune In Tel Aviv and can attest to the city's continuing, overall art scene and general hipness. Despite what you might think from the news, Israel's a place with a very active and interesting music scene spanning multiple genres (with amazing hummus).

While there as a guest of the fest, I caught something like 40 live acts at various venues including The Container in Jaffa and Tel Aviv clubs Papaito, Rothschild 12, Pasaz, The Zone, and the multi-room Kuli Alma. The latter is co-owned by artists including DJ Yarin Lidor who I heard spin there along with a DJ set by Raw Tapes-signed beatmaker/producer Kalimist K Boog, whose recent 'low-rider hip-hop, futuristic Synth groove and Boogie Funk' album you can stream below.

Other artists I saw included powerful, proggy, post-rock powerhouse Tiny Fingers (who played a BV-CMJ show in 2012), and the upbeat rock n roll band of singer-songwriter Alon Landa who shared an amazing drummer with Tiny Fingers.

Tatran played technical, tight and spacey-psychedelic instrumental jazz fusion, Beatles cover included.

Fat Wreck-signed pop punk band Useless ID frontman Yotam Ben Horin did a good job at punk singer going acoustic, Jawbreaker cover included.

"Mediterranean surf rock tuba driven power trio" Boom Pam put on a great show. Their tuba player is named Tuby, and fans of Gogol Bordello and Devotchka should check them out.

Rising, energetic and quirky indie rock band Acollective went from opener to headliner since I saw them at the same fest two years ago, and there was quality indie rock from Bucharest (The Walkmen meets the Strokes meets The Smiths meets The National meets a slew of other indie rock bands).

The Kokoro, pictured below, is an 'art project' band involving tall women in cat suits, a keytar, tribal imagery, multiple drums and infused EDM beats. They're a bit over the top, cheesy even, but thoroughly entertaining, and I couldn't look away. Maybe you caught them at CMJ this year. if not, I heard they're moving to NY.

'Palestinian Rapper for Change' Saz raps and gets people dancing, as does the mutlitalented (and multicolored) singer, songwriter, rapper, and electronic producer Adi Ulmansky (who covers James Blake in her set, and has since opened for Kate Tempest in also-hip Berlin).

Garden City Movement make post-James Blake, Lo Fi Fnk-like, Hot Chip-wave music which is catching on. They're already scoring minor hits abroad with songs like "Move On". "Pont Des Arts" just premiered on FADER. You can see them at SXSW 2015, and listen to a few tracks below.


The Kokoro @ Tune In Tel Aviv
The Kokoro


My week in Tel Aviv ended at a club called Cat & Dog with a late night DJ set by Mute Records founder Daniel Miller who earlier in the week interviewed fellow music industry legend Seymour Stein as part of the festival's keynote speech. Topics included that time Seymour signed the Ramones, that time Seymour introduced Daniel to a young Madonna, when Daniel first told Seymour about Depeche Mode, and the importance of a hit song to an artist hoping to get noticed. One of those artists hoping to get noticed actually busted out in song during the Q&A portion at the end.

The conference didn't include a set by the Burger Records-signed Israeli garage rock band Vaadat Charigim, but they'll also be back in the US for SXSW again. Miss Red didn't play the conference either, but her vocal additions to 3421's set were a major highlight of the fest two years ago, and she has since appeared on on The Bug's new guest-filled LP.

Listen to some of the artists mentioned above, below...

Continue reading "'Hipster Guide To The World', according to Daily Mail --- Dalston, Williamsburg, Tel Aviv (where I just saw 40 acts) & more"

Brooklyn Bowl (more by Ryan Muir)
Brooklyn Bowl

There has been talk of new Brooklyn Bowls opening for a while, including a Chicago one that still hasn't materialized, but now comes word that...

"Brooklyn Bowl, one of the city's most popular music nightspots, is expanding to two other cities, establishing clubs in London and Las Vegas, the owners said.

The partners behind the nightclub in Brooklyn -- a bowling alley on Wythe Avenue that features food and live music -- say they have signed deals to lease large spaces adjacent to the O2 Arena in London and at the base of a giant Ferris wheel in a new outdoor mall in Las Vegas." [NY Times]

More info at the NY Times, but both new clubs will be like the one in Brooklyn which means concerts and bowling under the same roof.

In related news, NYC's City Winery (wine and live music), which already did expand to Chicago, just announced two new clubs in two more cities as well.

Bowery Presents meanwhile just opened their second club in Philadelphia after opening one recently too in New Orleans.

Kraftwerk @ MoMA in April (more by Ryan Muir)
Kraftwerk

Remeber all the controvery with tickets when Kraftwerk came to NYC earlier this year? It's happening again, but this time in London...

To say Kraftwerk fans were unhappy might be an understatement. "We are livid," said Angela Kennedy, standing at the end of a queue of about 200 people in Tate Modern's chilly Turbine Hall hoping there were still enough tickets. "We got here at the crack of dawn [around 10am] and were turned away - that was after trying on the phone since 7.30am."

Kennedy, style director of Woman & Home magazine, was one of thousands caught up in Tate's ticketing fiasco after the online booking service for Kraftwerk's London gigs, in February, crashed almost immediately at 7.30am. The next option was the phone, which for most people, was constantly engaged... [Guardian]

Same shit, different city.

The shows are happening at London's Tate museum, who issued this statement:

Many people had a difficult time trying to buy tickets for Kraftwerk yesterday, and we apologise unreservedly for that. We had anticipated a significant volume of interest but our website was overwhelmed by the phenomenal number of people attempting to access it simultaneously. This meant the majority of tickets had to be sold over the phone and we apologise for the long wait and frustration this has caused. We believed that our system could cope with the volume so did not appoint a third party ticketing site.

We expected to sell most of the tickets online before the galleries opened and did not anticipate selling tickets in the gallery. Some customers came to Tate Modern and we made the late decision to sell tickets to them to avoid their disappointment. We are sorry that this was not communicated as an official route to buy tickets and subsequently led to more frustration from other customers trying to buy tickets online and by telephone.

All tickets for Kraftwerk have now sold out. Please do not purchase tickets through a secondary sale as we cannot guarantee their authenticity. Access to the events will only be permitted with the credit/debit card used to make the purchase.

Like at MoMA in NYC, Kraftwerk will be performing eight albums at the London museum. Dates are listed below...

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photos by Rachel Carr

Rodrigo y Gabriela / skull
Rodrigo y Gabriela
VadoinMessico

In February 2010, The Old Vic acquired this new performance space beneath Waterloo Station from BRB (Residuary) formerly British Rail. This unique venue showcases productions, performances and installations and will continue to be home to a series of innovative and surprising arts events throughout 2011/12.
While NYC didn't get to experience most of its Halloween events (including the Halloween Parade) this year due to Hurricane Sandy, over in London they celebrated with a Day of the Dead Festival in the Old VIc Tunnels, presented by Wahaca ("mexican market eating).

We caught some of the multi-day festival on Saturday (11/3) where we saw Rodrigo y Gabriela, and VadoInMessico,, some Day of the Dead-themed visual art, photography, and performance art. Pictures from the event are in this post. More below...

Continue reading "photos: London's Day of the Dead Festival with Rodrigo y Gabriela & more"

Fire

Among all the sorry carnage and sad tales left by London's moronic looting fraternity over the last humiliating three days, perhaps the most devastating for music lovers was the huge fire that destroyed a Sony warehouse primarily used by distribution company PIAS.

A three-storey, 20,000 square metre storage home for music from XL Recordings, Beggars, Domino, Wall Of Sound, Warp Defected, Sunday Best and Big Brother among others, the warehouse was a temporary home for releases from all manner of indie labels and offshoots, and the extent of its destruction is starting to become tragically apparent.

While the full impact of last night's events is still emerging, numerous indies have confirmed massive losses, including Rough Trade, Angular Records, Chemikal Underground and Rock Action. Drownedinsound has a full list of labels that use the space. Beggars Chairman Martin Mills called it a "horrible" setback for the indie sector while support poured in from labels, musicians and music fans across Twitter. [NME]

Guardian also has an article about the unfortunate event.

In related news, M.I.A. managed to get her name back in the headlines after tweeting "im going down to the riots to hand out tea and mars bars #london". She has since removed the offensive Tweet.

words & pics by BBG

Wino, Al Cisneros, and Scott Kelly at Europa
Shrinebuilder

"Due to the travel disruptions in the UK, Shrinebuilder have unfortunately had to cancel [tonight]'s show (Sunday 18th April) The band have tried every option and done everything in their power to get to London but will not be able to make it in time. It took a volcano to stop us playing the show! They sincerely apologise for this cancellation but will make it up to everyone later in the year. We will be re-scheduling the show and announcing the new date as soon as we can. Tickets will be available for refund at the point of purchase, or be valid for the re-scheduled date." [ATP]
Counting Roadburn, that's two cancelled shows for Shrinebuilder so far. Roadburn, Coachella and others are feeling the sting of Volcanofail 2010, but some cities actually have ADDED shows because of it. According to Volcom, Shrinebuilder (who are supposed to be in the UK) has been added to the bill at The National in Richmond tonight (4/18). They join Neurosis pals Mastodon with Betweeen The Buried and Me and Valient Thorr (that tour adds Baroness and plays Starland Ballroom on Wednesday). No word on the fate of the remainder of their European tour dates but it looks grim thus far. They're scheduled to play De Kreun in Kortrijk on Monday.

Shrinebuilder also played a surprise not-Roadburn show on Friday night (4/16) at Europa wth Thinning The Herd. As usual, Shrinebuilder were tight and focused, but with plenty of room to loosely riff over the doom proceedings. Scott Kelly remarked that they weren't "prepared to play their third NYC show in six months", so the set list was pretty similar to previous appearances (check out pics from LPR, a second set, and NYU). But the band did add a cover of "Effigy" by Creedence Clearwater Revival - the first time they had ever performed the song - to freshen things up. Video of that song, more pictures from the show, and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Shrinebuilder played a surprise show @ Europa (pics), cancel London show, add one w/ Mastodon in Virginia (tonight)"

Michael Jackson

"PETA US has written to Michael Jackson's estate asking for the rights to the singer's first solo hit, "Ben," which was written for the 1972 film of the same name. This beautiful song is about the friendship between a lonely boy and a rat named Ben, and we hope it can be used to raise awareness about the plight of rats and other animals tormented in laboratory experiments." [PETA]
A tribute to Michael Jackson is taking place today at the Apollo Theater from 2-8pm. "The Reverend Al Sharpton and the president of the theater will give eulogies." People have been on line to get in to the Harlem venue since last night, and the outside of the Apollo has been a gathering place for Michael fans since the night he died. Nearby walls are adorned with personal messages.

AEG, the world's second largest concert promoter, stands to take some sort of hit from the cancellation of Michael's 50 London concerts. Yesterday they announced that, "full refunds, including the service fee charges, will be handed out to those who purchased from authorized resellers, including Ticketmaster, Viagogo, See or Ticketline. For detailed information on the how-to's of claiming the refund, fans are advised to go to MichaelJacksonLive.com from July 1, Wednesday."

AEG also released pictures taken by concert photographer Kevin Mazur at one of Michael's final rehearsals for the 50 shows. One of those pictures is above. A few more, and some old videos of Michael performing "Ben", below...

Continue reading "Michael Jackson tribute @ the Apollo today ++ final rehearsal pictures, London ticket refunds & BEN!"

Michael Jackson O2 concerts

Michael Jackson's planned 50-show run at the O2 Arena in London would have been the highest-grossing single concert engagement. Now it's a major problem for the promoter AEG Live.

More than $85 million worth of tickets have already been sold for the series of performances, which have the now sadly ironic title "This Is It." As much as $30 million has already been spent on production, according to sources close to the situation. So what's at stake for AEG, the world's second-largest concert promoter, can't be overstated.

Concert business executives have estimated that AEG paid Jackson an advance of as much as $10 million. That, plus the production costs, would mean AEG stands to lose as much as $40 million if nonappearance insurance isn't substantial enough to cover this contingency. For AEG, "it's either horrible or really horrible," a concert business executive says....

...AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips told Billboard May 12 that his company was well-insured. "We have one policy in place and we're negotiating for an even larger binder," said Phillips, who couldn't immediately be reached for comment regarding Jackson's death. "We have insured the production costs. In order to get the first part of the insurance in place, [Jackson] had to have a physical, and he passed it with flying colors." AEG CEO Tim Leiweke made similar comments in March at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium... [Billboard]

PREVIOUSLY: Michael Jackson fans gathering outside Apollo Theater

Jermaine Jackson (who Fox News called Randy) just spoke to news reporters. That Fox News video below...

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