Entries tagged with: Michael Jackson
"Several thousand dancers packed themselves close together on the muddy Prospect Park grass facing a huge stage. Deejays played Jackson's music spanning his whole career - from his childhood with the Jackson Five to his final tracks.I'm posting a bunch of pictures from Saturday's event in Prospect Park, so I split it into two posts. Check out Part One HERE. And the rest below...
There was a giant white birthday cake that read "Happy Birthday Michael Jackson" in red frosting. Balloons dotted the sky.
The biggest cheers came late in the day when the deejay played one of Jackson's best known hits, "Beat It."
"I've been into Michael Jackson since I was 1 year old," said Tariq Shade, 39, of Crown Heights, who wore a silver sequin glove on one hand. "I've always, always celebrated his birthday."
"I don't even remember life without him," actor Tracy Morgan said at Saturday's party. "Michael Jackson was everything."
"Happy birthday, Michael!" yelled Purcell Nurse, 28, of Crown Heights. "I wasn't able to go to one of his concerts, but I'll always remember this concert."" [NY Daily News]
"Thousands of Michael Jackson fans danced the rain away in a Brooklyn park on Saturday at a party hosted by filmmaker Spike Lee, marking what would have been the 51st birthday of the late pop star.I arrived at Prospect Park around 2:30 which was the same time Al Sharpton got there - his black SUV drove by me on the path in (see pics). There was a little drizzle after that, but for the most part it was a dry and fun afternoon listening to DJ Spinna play Michael Jackson songs over a great soundystem with host Spike Lee speaking here and there, and Al Sharpton saying a few words from the stage. There was also a quick appearance by Tracy Morgan who said about 2 sentences, and lots of MJ shirts, pins, signs, magazines, paintings, and impersonators. Kids were getting Thriller facepaint put on, and cops were everywhere helping keep the peace at what was actually a very large, but peaceful gathering. The coordinated videos, lyrics and live video that was on the giant screen was a bonus. More pictures HERE, and below...
Crowds of partygoers streamed into Prospect Park late Saturday afternoon, many wearing fedoras, sporting white gloves and showing off other Jackson-esque outfits. DJs spun Jackson's hits one after the other as people danced and sang along. Dozens of hawkers wandered through the crowd with T-shirts, buttons, posters and homemade memorabilia.
"I was just like everyone else. I loved his talent," said Lee, who directed two music videos for Jackson in 1996. He also reminisced how Jackson had visited him in his home in Brooklyn to talk about their music video collaboration.
The day was also designated Michael "King of Pop" Jackson Memorial Day by Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz.
"We all know Michael Jackson had fans around the world, but we all know the best fans come from Brooklyn," Markowitz boasted to a roaring crowd that grew as heavy rain in the morning lightened to a drizzle by mid-afternoon." [US Post Today]
tonight in NYC
* Michael Jackson parties
* Buke & Gass @ Sycamore
* Lemonade @ Glasslands (Vice)
* Chairlift @ Saks Fifth Ave
* Paul van Dyk @ Rumsey Playfield
* Amon Tobin @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* Pterodactyl, Screens, Prismz @ Bruar Falls
* Essie Jain, My Name Is Nobody @ Monkey Town
* Charlie Parker Jazz Festival @ Marcus Garvey Park
* Adrian Belew Power Trio, Colin Gilmore @ Maxwell's
* Spike Lee + Michael Jackson's B-day @ Prospect Park
* Highline Piano Series: Jeremy Denk @ Highline Ballroom
* Long Live the King w/ Q-Tip, Mark Ronson @ Nokia Theatre
* Phantogram, Savoir Adore, Holy Hail, Darwin Deez @ Glasslands
* KRS-One, Kool Moe Dee, Just Ice, Grand Daddy IU @ Irving Plaza
* Beach Fossils, Holiday Shores, Sore Eros, Family Portraits @ The Cameo
* The Jaguar Club, pow wow!, Spanish Prisoners, Coyote Eyes @ Union Hall
* J&R Music Fest w/ Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, more @ City Hall Park
* Roosevelt Live w/ Generate Records (10th Anniversary show) @ Roosevelt Island
* Brooklyn Soul Festival w/ The Sweet Divines, Otis Clay, Maxine Brown @ Bell House
* Celebration, Sam Mickens's Ecstatic Showband, Future Islands @ Market Hotel
* Psychic Ills, Screaming Females, Zs, Sharon Van Etten, Future Islands @ The Yard
* Das Racist, NinjaSonik, Free Energy, Drink Up Buttercup, Wild Yaks, Talk Normal, more @ Littlefield
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival brings Frank Wess Quintet, Gary Bartz Project (with special guest Bilal) and others to Marcus Garvey Park. Tomorrow it moves to Tompkins Sq. Park.
J&R Music Fest hosts Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini and others at City Hall Park.
You're supposed to RSVP for the Vice party happening at Glasslands with Lemonade.
Old-school hip-hop comes to Irving Plaza with KRS-One, Kool Moe Dee, Just Ice and Grand Daddy IU. Last night Reflection Eternal played BB King's, and Sunday there's another hip hop show at the same venue.
THE WARRIORS 30TH YEAR REUNION AT CONEY ISLAND! (Trailer below.)
Phantogram, Savoir Adore, Holy Hail and Darwin Deez are playing Glasslands.
There's a good lineup at The Cameo, with a Beach Fossils-topped bill that also includes Florida's Holiday Shores, Sore Eros and Family Portraits.
Brooklyn Soul Festival goes into its second night at the Bell House. The Sweet Divines & The Divine Soul Rhythm Band are the house band for Otis Clay, Maxine Brown and guests. There's a record fair there during the day.
After the Jump Fest brings Das Racist (also playing tomorrow at Public Assembly), NinjaSonik, Free Energy, Drink Up Buttercup, Wild Yaks, Talk Normal, Bottle Up & Go, Captain Ahab & The Sea Crackens and Shark? to Littlefield.
Chairlift plays an in-store at Saks Fifth Avenue from 4-5pm, flyer below. They play Bowery Ballroom on September 5th with Here We Go Magic.
Outside Lands is going on in San Francisco and streaming.
Roosevelt Live hosts "Generate Records celebrates 10 years of experimental sound" at River Walk Commons on Roosevelt Island. The lineup includes "Gordon Beeferman: Music for an Imaginary Band, Ernesto Diaz-Infante and Jeff Arnal, and Aperiodic with Kevin Parrett, Benjamin Perkins & Matthias Schulz."
RIP, DJ AM
Happy Birthday Michael, Michael it's your birthday
The office of the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday that it had ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide. It said the cause was a mixture of the powerful anesthetic propofol and the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam, both of which, previously disclosed court documents say, Mr. Jackson's doctor has acknowledged administering to him the day he died.Michael Jackson would have been 51 today (August 29). And people are celebrating - as we speak actually, in Prospect Park. More on that and other events below...
"The manner of death has been ruled: homicide," the coroner's office said in a brief statement.
It said the full coroner's report and a complete toxicology report were being withheld at the request of the police and the district attorney's office, whose investigation continues.. [NYT]
Beach House & Celebration singing "Billie Jean"
"It was a beautiful Summer night and outside the Metro Gallery in Baltimore Beach House and Celebration played some music for some friends. [The below] video features their performances of a few of the their songs, as well as their collaborative rendition of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". August 7th, 2009. Produced by Metro Media in conjunction with the bands."What a perfect video to post on the eve of the weekend when Celebration, Beach House, AND (the ghost of) Michael Jackson will be in Brooklyn.
As mentioned earlier today, Celebration will be at Market Hotel on Saturday night (8/29) with Future Islands and Sam Mickens' Ecstatic Showband & Revue. What we forgot to mention is that the show is in fact a "A Concert in Loving Observance of Michael Jackson's 51st Birthday" (calling it a "a celebration" probably would have been overkill). Future Islands also play the Impose show earlier the same day.
Then there's the much bigger, and possibly much wetter, Michael Jackson celebration that is going on earlier Saturday in Prospect Park.
Beach House play the Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday.
Above-mentioned video below...
"Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn borough president, will present a proclamation declaring the day Michael Jackson Day in Brooklyn. The Rev. Al Sharpton will supply the prayer. DJ Spinna will supply the music...DJ Spinna will also be supplying some music at another MJ Bday party later that night.
In an interview this month with The Root, an online magazine on black culture, Mr. Lee said of the party: "It's going to just be how we do it, Brooklyn style, I'll leave it at that. It's going to be a joyous, festive, celebratory party." He also said: "We're of the same era. I wanted my Afro to be perfectly round like Michael's, all that stuff."" [NY Times]
It is official: Spike Lee's party in honor of Michael Jackson's birthday will be held in Brooklyn, but in Prospect Park, not in Fort Greene Park.The much larger park was selected in anticipation of the 10,000 people expected for the event. "The Nethermead is most accessible from the 16th Street and Prospect Park Southwest entrance, the Bartel-Pritchard entrance, the 9th Street entrance..." More directions below.
The party will take place at the Nethermead, a meadow in the center of Prospect Park, according to an e-mail message from a city official on Friday.
The date, Aug. 29, which would have been the singer's 51st birthday, and the time, from noon to 5 p.m., remain unchanged.
Another Michael Jackson birthday tribute show is happening in NYC on August 29th at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square. At that event, Q-Tip (who is DJing) and guests Mark Ronson and DJ Spinna will bring, among other things, "never-before-heard remixes of Michael Jackson hits." Tickets are still on sale.
The biggest show of all scheduled for that date, Michael Jackson's funeral in LA, has been postposted until September 3rd.
And in other Prospect Park West news...
If Carrie Bradshaw and her "Sex and the City" cohorts ever felt lonely in their single-gal lives, at least it was because they actually lived alone. But in Amy Sohn's new chick-lit tome "Prospect Park West," which hits stores Sept. 1, once-glamorous city lasses still feel abandoned. Only now they're isolated in loveless marriages, raising kids they resent.I hope that TV show never happens. Directions to Saturday's free park party are below...
The book has already been optioned by HBO and Sarah Jessica Parker's production company. The story, which focuses on four stroller moms, from Brooklyn's Park Slope, is touted as fodder for "SATC: The Next Generation." [NY Post]
Organized Konfusion @ APW
"Hip-hop gets odd treatment at festivals like All Points West, where most of the lineup leans toward indie-rock. The rock acts, beyond the name-brand headliners, are current: darlings of the club and college circuit and the blogs that support it. But the hip-hop is retro: representatives of past eras alongside younger acts who have chosen old-school styles." [NY Times]Now that APW and it's associated parties are in the rear view, we're beginning to get a picture of hip hop this fall as those artists lay out shows of their own!
"Forget about whether Brooklyn was in the house; "Where all my trigonometry majors at?" Pharoahe Monch asked the audience. O.C., a rapper associated on and off with Organized Konfusion, also showed up during the [APW] set. Prince Po took pains to deny Internet reports of dissension between group members. And true to the luck that ran through Organized Konfusion's career, the set took place during the afternoon's rain squall; there were only a handful of listeners." [NY Times]First up, Organized Konfusion, with APW behind them, is back on the train having scheduled a new date in NYC at BB King's on 9/25 with Poor Righteous Teachers. Rock dis funky joint! Tickets are on sale.
Secondly, The Wallabee Champ was recently in NYC to kick off APW at Nokia Theatre with Red & Meth. Video from the Michael Jackson tribute portion of the night below. And Ghostface will be in the building AGAIN on 11/11, as he gets set to tear down BB King's! Tickets are on sale.
Ghostface's partner in rhyme, Raekwon is FINALLY going to release Only Built For Cuban Linx II (9/8!!!) and the cover features Tony Starks, much like the first Cuban Linx. Dig on that below too.
Also coming up at BB King's is the previously mentioned Slum Village show with Reflection Eternal on 8/28. After the shocking passing of Slum Village's Baatin settled in, I wondered if the crew would carry on? Slum Village (which also counted J Dilla as a member) was T3 and Elzhi until Baatin recently rejoined the crew, and now it looks more and more like that is how they will be again:
Slum Village will remain on the bill despite the July 31 death of group member Titus "Baatin" Glover.... A cause of death has not been determined pending the results of toxicology reports, according to local authorities.Slum Village 2009, now exactly the same as Slum Village 2007. Tickets are still available for BB Kings, and more dates have been announced (below).
"Baatin will be missed," Slum Village's T3 said in a press statement. "I'm glad we got a chance to work together before he passed. We lost another Slum soldier, a dear friend and a brother. He touched many lives." [livedaily]
Full Raekwon, Ghostface, and Reflection Eternal tour details, cover art, videos, and all pictures of Organized Konfusion at All Points West (including some that weren't posted before), below...
"After a soggy Friday and sunny Saturday, the thunderstorms returned for the third and last day of All Points West, this time resulting in major delays and canceled sets for the festival held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. But after the rain cleared and mercifully stayed away, organizers hustled to get the schedule back on track, culminating in a dazzler of a headlining set by British rockers Coldplay.As you may have heard, Coldplay's Sunday night set included covers of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right". Jay-Z covered "No Sleep Till Brooklyn on Friday.
Sunday's line-up, scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. in the comedy tent and 2 p.m. on the music stages, was pushed back several hours due to severe storms that hit the area midday. Fans who arrived early were turned away at the gates, and it wasn't until just before 4 p.m. that ticket holders were invited to line up at the festival entrance for an even longer wait for admission. Comedians Todd Barry, Christian Finnegan and Janeane Garofalo, originally slated for 45-minute sets at the Queen of the Valley tent, were rushed through with 10 minutes each to make way for the musical acts that followed them. "I might do a tour of entirely rained-out festivals," said Barry, "it's big money for not a lot of work at all."
Some sets were canceled altogether--indie rockers Steel Train and New Jersey punk band the Gaslight Anthem, scheduled to take the main Blue Comet stage in the afternoon, were scrapped to allow later bands to perform at their scheduled times." [Billboard]
MGMT played against Coldplay on Sunday, and Echo and The Bunnymen instead opened for Coldplay on the main stage (with Courtney Love watching in the wings). Akron/Family, Silversun Pickups, Mogwai, Lykke Li, Elbow, the Black Keys, and others also played sets on the shortened, very wet day. More pictures, and the two Coldplay cover videos, and some setlists, below....
Throwed - "Houston slang, for being wasted, high, or both"
The above tweet comes to us from Questlove of the Roots live from Jarvis Cocker's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon taping. The episode will air tonight, after Jarvis is finished playing Music Hall of Williamsburg and around the time The Roots are playing Webster Hall. What is Questlove talking about? Video below...
Mama-se, mama-sa, ma-ma-coo-sa (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
"On Saturday, August 29, 2009 - what would have been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday - Grammy award-winning, hip-hop icon Q-Tip presents "Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson" at the NOKIA Theatre Times Square. Q-Tip will be joined in the DJ booth by special invited guests Grammy award-winning producer/artist Mark Ronson and the legendary DJ Spinna."Q-Tip did something similar, but on a much smaller scale, the week Michael Jackson died at his weekly "Open" party at Santos Party House (Fridays). Spinna is also a Santos resident (Thursdays). Nokia Theatre tickets are $25.00 and will go on sale Friday, July 31, 2009 at noon.
"A previous article explored why Michael Jackson, musically, is not even in the same league as Prince. Another artist Michael Jackson can never touch is Bruce Springsteen, a far better vocalist, songwriter and singer than Michael Jackson can ever dream to be.Adding to their itinerary that included five Giants Stadium shows (that venue's last), Bruce Sprinsteen and the E Street Band have announced 25 new 2009 shows including two in November at Madison Square Garden in NYC. All dates below...
In the early 1980s, Michael Jackson might have sold more than the Boss. But Bruce Springsteen was the critical favorite. Even before his mainstream breakout album Born in the USA, Bruce was on the top of every critic's list. When Born in the USA was released, he not only overshadowed Michael Jackson, but made other stars seem irrelevant. The Boss had more dedicated fans than any artist of the 1980s." [Memphis Celebrity Examiner]
Video of the tear-jerking moment below...
An army of fans poured into Los Angeles from places far-flung, hoping to collectively mourn their idol in a massive ceremony.It's on live on lots of TV stations as I type this. You can also stream it on CNN.
Thousands appeared to be on hand, but the atmosphere was peaceful, almost festive. People waited patiently, talking to each other, taking pictures and singing Jackson songs. Some fans were excited, others somber, as they entered the arena.
Parking lots in the area raised their prices, some as high as $30. Airports in Southern California saw a spike in bookings. And several movie theaters in the area announced special screenings of the event, which also will be carried live by some television networks and Web sites.
Police put up concrete barriers around the center, allowing only fans with tickets to the star-studded event to enter.
The first fans -- those holding the best seats -- began entering the arena at 7:30 a.m. The service is set to start at 10 a.m. (1 p.m. ET). [CNN]
Janelle Monae @ MHOW 4/17 (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Burlesque @ Public Assembly
* Rev. Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus), modwheelmood @ Highline Ballroom
* Urban Barnyard, Dufus, John Ludington, Andrea Zvaleko @ Cake Shop
* Right on Dynamite, Deleted Scenes, Deep Sea Diver, Michael Runion @ Union Hall
* Talibam!, Up Died Sound, Fragrant Family, Uncle Woody Sullender @ DbA
* Afro-Punk Fest w/ Saul Williams, Janelle Monae, Dallas Austin, Elevator Fight @ BAM
Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir continue their run of free Monday night shows at Union Pool.
Saul Williams (7:30) and Janelle Monae (6:30) headline the third night of music at BAM's Afro-Punk Festival.
Peter Murphy's "Secret Cover" tour makes the first of two NYC stops at the Highline Ballroom tonight. The Bauhaus singer will be at the venue tomorrow night too.
"Kobe Bryant, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Brooke Shields are among the celebrities scheduled to be involved in Tuesday's Michael Jackson memorial." [LA Times]
"Despite efforts to keep people from profiting from Tuesday's public memorial service for Michael Jackson, scalpers online Monday were asking as much as $9,000 per ticket to the free event." [CNN]
Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band played a free 4th of July show at NYC's Battery Park (Jenny Lewis was there too.) You can see Conor & Co. on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight playing "Spoiled" off Outer South. A video of "Spoiled" from the 4th, as well as "Sausalito" and a cover of "Handle With Care" with Jenny Lewis, below...
"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...
Michael Jackson memorial @ US embassy in Moscow (liilliilfarm)
tonight in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Reverend Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Gabriel Kahane @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Spent, Goddess, Heather Duby @ Coco 66
* Pure Horsehair, Little Gold @ Bruar Falls
* Snailhouse, Sharon Van Etten @ City Winery
* Ravi Coltrane & Jack DeJohnette @ Blue Note
* Acrylics, Crash Diet Crew, Mr. Dream @ Cake Shop
* Fountains of Wayne (acoustic), Mike Viola @ Maxwell's
* Brasil Guitar Duo @ Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
* Precious Metal w/ Demilitia, Ashes Within, Knives Everywhere @ Lit Lounge
There's also a movie in Bryant Park tonight.
Santos Party House is one of many venues hosting Michael Jackson tributes. Tonight is "Ladies Love Michael Jackson: A Musical Tribute" which is "$FREE with Michael Jackson attire".
Snailhouse and Sharon Van Etten play City Winery's NightCap Series, which will also host Jason Isbell in August.
Explosions in the Sky play Summestage tomorrow.
" Bernard Madoff, standing with his hands clasped in front of him, showed no emotion as a judge ordered him to serve the rest of his life in a prison cell.
Madoff, sentenced to 150 years to life for defrauding investors of at least $13 billion, listened impassively as U.S. District Judge Denny Chin rejected his lawyer's claim that victims of his massive Ponzi scheme wanted mob justice. Then Madoff rose, braced himself against a mahogany table and faced Chin as the judge handed down the sentence." [Bloomberg]
Video from the Jarboe & Bloody Panda show at Santos, below...
"It's so sad and shocking. I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy ones.Since announcing the three July shows at Citi Field, Paul McCartney has announced shows at FedExField in Maryland, Piedmont Park in Atlanta, and two shows at Fenway Park in Boston (August 5th & 6th). MGMT are opening both of those Boston shows, and tickets for both of them, go on sale today (Monday) at 10am.
I send my deepest sympathy to his mother and the whole family and to his countless fans all around the world." [Paul McCartney]
MGMT also have shows coming up July 1st at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, August 2nd at All Points West, and other places. They recently played Bonnaroo, and apparently Bruce Springsteen hung around to check them out.
All dates and some videos below...
Michael Jackson shrine in East Atlanta Village (Tessa Horehled)
Michael Jackson memorial in LA (ShawnLA77)
Michael Jackson memorial @ Motown in Detroit (miss ania k)
Michael Jackson's childhood home in Indiana (bobcaroline)
tonight in NYC
* Allen Toussaint @ Joe's Pub
* Broken Teeth @ The Cameo
* Cafe Tacuba @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* The Queers @ Rocks Off Cruises
* Bad Brilliance @ Deitch Studios
* Cymbals Eat Guitars, Teletextile, Bedtime @ Cake Shop
* Carina Round, Lauren Smith, Sasha Dobson @ Pete's Candy Store
* Pansy Division, Balls to the Wall, Please Dept @ Public Assembly
* Ty Segall, Charlie And The Moonhearts, Liquor Store, The Beets @ Death By Audio
* Pursesnatchers, Joe & Flying Spoons, Mia Riddle, Abandoned Lighthouse @ Glasslands
* Hearts Revolution, Team Robespierre, NinjaSonik, Anamanaguchi, lots more @ Studio B
* Francis Harold and The Holograms, Nice Face, Drunkdriver, Pop. 1280, White Suns @ Silent Barn
* Psychic Ills, Soft Circle, Larry 7, Gibby Haynes (DJ), Plastic Crimewave Sound (DJ) @ Santos Party House
Cymbals Eat Guitars play with Teletextile and Bedtime at Cake Shop
Today is the gay pride parade in Manhattan.
The video of "A tribute performed by 1,500 CPDRC Inmates on June 27, 2009 in memory of Michael Jackson. Completed in 10 hours after receiving word that the King of Pop passed away", below..
photos by Chris La Putt
"Despite a severe thunderstorm as hundreds of hipsters and regular people lined up to get into Friday's Blonde Redhead concert at Celebrate Brooklyn!, it stopped raining before the show began and it ended up being a really nice night listening to the dreamlike sounds of the band.More pictures from Friday's show, below...
The highlight [Olof Arnald's] opening act - she seemed aware of the absurdity of trying to win over fans anxiously waiting for Blonde Redhead - was a quirky, oddly affecting Michael Jackson tribute when she sang "Billie Jean" with that little guitar or whatever it is. It started raining again." [Dumbo Books of Brooklyn]
Phosphorescent @ the Bell House in March (more by Fresh Bread)
tonight in NYC
* Gordon Lightfoot @ Town Hall
* The XYZ Affair, Wheat @ Mercury Lounge
* Team B, New Numbers @ (Le) Poisson * Rouge
* Pansy Division, Wormburner @ Mercury Lounge
* Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three @ The Bell House
* Cyro Baptista, Ben Perowsky Quartet @ The Stone
* Puffy Areolas, Unholy 2, Twin Stumps @ Silent Barn
* No Doubt, Paramore, Janelle Monae @ Jones Beach Theater
* Au Revoir Simone, Findlay Brown, Lights @ Bowery Ballroom
* Your Nature, Arizona, Javelins, Ghost Gamblers @ Bruar Falls
* Jarboe, IUD, Bloody Panda, Cult of Youth @ Santos Party House
* The Sundelles, Benjees, pow wow!, Shark, Edensong @ Trash Bar
* Girls, Ty Segall, Charlie And The Moonhearts, Screens @ Cake Shop
* The Most Serene Republic, Pursesnatchers, Adam's Castle @ Union Hall
* Dr. Dog, Phosphorescent, These United States @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Pterodactyl, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Grooms, Boogie Boarder, Ana Lola Roman @ Death By Audio
Dr. Dog, Phosphorescent and These United States play a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight.
Arcade Fire & Beirut alum Kelly Pratt bring his Team B to (Le) Poisson Rouge for a show with New Numbers.
Williamsburg Walks closes Bedford Avenue to car traffic.
Cymbals Eat Guitars play Cake Shop on Sunday.
Allen Toussaint plays Joe's Pub on Sunday.
Amanda Palmer performed "Billie Jean" on the night MJ died. Video below...
The trailer for Bjork's "Voltaic" below...
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.PREVIOUSLY: Michael Jackson fans gathering outside Apollo Theater
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]
Jermaine Jackson (who Fox News called Randy) just spoke to news reporters. That Fox News video below...
The Apollo Theater - June 25, 2009, 8:30 PM (hsupafly)
The Apollo Theater in Harlem posted the message, "In Memory of Michael Jackson, A True Apollo Legend" on its billboard Thursday after learning of Jackson's death at age 50.
In Times Square, a low groan went up in the crowd when television news flashed the news that Jackson had died. People began relaying the news to people by cell phone text messages.
Thirty-six-year-old Micheal Harris of New York City read from a message sent on his phone, "No joke. King of Pop is no more."
Harris said he will always remember being in Times Square when learning that Jackson had died.
The Rev. Al Sharpton issued a statement on the music legend's passing:
"A friend of Michael's for the last 35 years, I call on people around the world to pray for him and his family in the hour. I have known Michael since we were both teens, worked with him, marched for him, hosted him at our House of Justice headquarters in New York, and we joined together to eulogize our mutual idol, James Brown. I have known him at his high moments and his low moments and I know he would want us to pray for his family." [CBS]
"We've just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50.UPDATE: As of 6:05, TMZ is still the only ones reporting this. I hope they are wrong.
Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.
Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.
Jackson had 13 number one hits during his solo career." [TMZ]
UPDATE: At 6:21, CNN says Michael Jackson is in a coma.
UPDATE: At 6:25, LA Times says he has passed away..... CNN agrees. :(
Farrah Fawcett, RIP too.
tonight in NYC
* THIS WEEK IN INDIE
* NYC Opera @ Rockefeller Park
* Opium8 Launch @ Bowery Poetry Club
* Matt Bauer, Lewis & Clarke @ Zebulon
* Cracker, Kevin Kinney @ Highline Ballroom
* Bettye LaVette @ Rockin' the River Cruises
* Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers @ The Stone
* St. Vincent, Tim Fite, JBM @ The Bell House
* Johann Johannsson, ACME @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Glass, Stretch Armstrong (DJ) @ Studio B
* Pattern Is Movement, Bell, Inlets @ Union Hall
* The Phenomenal Handclap Band @ Santos Party House
* Magik Markers, Mouthus, Soft Circle @ Silent Barn
* The Legends, Pirate Love, Vivian Darkbloom @ Pianos
* Bedouin Soundclash, Deleon, The Bad Scene @ Maxwell's
* Big Tree, And The Moneynotes, Eagle & Talon @ Union Pool
* Fiasco, Turbosleaze, Phfat Raskals, Bj Snowden @ Cake Shop
* The Woggles, Cheeseburger, A.C. Newman @ Santos Party House
* The Lemonheads, Varsity Drag, The Legends @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dinosaur Jr., Screaming Females @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Dan Friel, Ken Rei, Dino Felipe, GDFX, Altaer @ Death By Audio
* Hypernova, Electric Black, Ali Eskandarian, Buteo @ The Delancey
* The Paper Chase, Girls, Free Energy, Radical Sons @ Mercury Lounge
* Sea Sick, US Royalty, Apache Beat, Arab Parrot (DJ) @ Glasslands
* The Jaguar Club, The Stationary Set, Glint, The Dance Party @ The Annex
* The Most Serene Republic, Your Nature, Beloved Rogue, City Breathing @ Cake Shop
* pow wow!, Film Noir, The Wowz, Turner Cody, Thomas Patrick Maguire @ Public Assembly
* Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Femi Kuti plays a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight.
Johann Johannsson makes his U.S. debut and kicks off an East Coast tour tonight at (Le) Poisson Rouge (with early and late shows). ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) will join Johann and play an opening set.
Tonight at the Bowery Poetry Club...
The official launch of Opium8: The Infinity Issue promises to be an absolute scream, with readers Julie Metz (Perfection), Lisa Carver (Drugs are Nice), Felicia Luna Lemus (Like Son), and Zachary Mexico (China Underground), judged by comedian Todd Barry (The Wrestler and Flight of the Conchords), Gavin McInnes (the brain behind Street Boners and TV Carnage) and Ben Adams (an editor at Bloomsbury)! The first 65 people get a button for the lapel of their choice! Seven different buttons in all! Hosted by: Todd Zuniga & Erin Hosier.Jackson 5 videos below...