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Former REM frontman Michael Stipe dropped out of the University of Georgia (he was an art major) when R.E.M. took off, but has been focusing once again on art since the band split in 2011. He's back at a different college, NYU, where he's an artist and teacher in residence, and is behind a new exhibition titled NEW SIGHTS, NEW NOISE which is running at 80 WSE Gallery (80 Washington Sq. East @ W4) now through November 8, 2014. Stipe has repurposed the space as a studio, classroom, and laboratory "that will exist in a constant state of flux for the duration of the exhibition." More on those three components:

Stipe will establish a fully functioning studio in 80WSE's front gallery, where he will work for the duration of the exhibition on a series of new projects, across a wide range of media, during the hours that the gallery is closed to the public. While the gallery is open, visitors will be able to see the state in which the studio has been left after each of Stipe's work sessions, making processes that are normally private public and offering a window into his remarkably prolific, varied, and non-hierarchical way of seeing, thinking and making.

In addition, the project will expand Stipe's perspective and approach into the format of an undergraduate studio art course, which he will teach in NYU's Department of Art and Art Professions. For each of the six weeks of the exhibition Stipe, collaboratively with a guest artist or cultural figure that he has invited, will pose a question or prompt to the class. In response, each student along with Stipe and the guest will generate 100 images and gifs, both found and made, all of which will be uploaded to a private class website.

Finally, the remaining four connected gallery spaces, which constitute 80WSE, will consist of 15 independent projections, in various configurations, the content of which will be sourced from the class's website. The selection of images and gifs - their composition and layout - as well as the way they are situated via the projectors in the exhibition, will be changed throughout each day by a rotating pre-scheduled series of curators, including Stipe, each of the special guests, and the 18 students in the class.

Guest curators include Douglas Coupland, Peaches, Jefferson Hack, Dean Sameshima, Jerry Seguin, and Taryn Simon. Read more about it at REM HQ. The 80 WSE Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30AM-6PM.

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Protests are underway after Bishop Ford students found out on Monday that the 50+ year old Catholic high school on 19th Street in Windsor Terrace was being shut down due to low enrollment and no money. If you'd like to help try and save it, there's a petition.

You may have never heard of Bishop Ford but you may have heard about their breakdancing teacher and might recognize the school via its iconic radio tower south of Park Slope near GreenWood Cemetery and the Prospect Expressway. You might also recognize some of its interior via vidoes by R.E.M. (directed by Michael Moore), Drake (directed by Kanye West), and Mike WiLL (starring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J). Watch the (not-very-Catholic) videos filmed at Bishop Ford, below...

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The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony happened last night (4/10) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which among other things, saw Nirvana getting inducted. You already saw pictures of their acceptance speech and performances with Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde, and fan-made videos have since surfaced of them playing "Lithium" with St. Vincent, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Joan Jett, and their introduction speech by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.

Stipe's speech talked about how Nirvana came from the '80s hardcore underground, called them greater than pop music, "artists in every sense of the word" and said they captured lightning in a bottle. In that same video, after Stipe's speech, Dave Grohl gives his acceptance speech in which he honors the four Nirvana drummers that came before him -- Aaron Burckhard, Dale Crover of the Melvins ("my absolute drumming hero"), Chad Channing (who he credited for the "In Bloom" drum fill), and Dan Peters of Mudhoney. Up next was Kirst Novoselic's speech, in which he thanked Sub Pop, Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, Nirvana producers Jack Endino, Steve Albini and Butch Vig, and others.

As you may have heard, after Nirvana's induction, the members and their guests headed to tiny Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus for a full set of Nirvana songs.

HBO airs the induction ceremony on May 31. Meanwhile, watch those fan-made videos below...

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R.E.M. at MSG in 2008 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
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Singer/songwriter/poet/painter Joseph Arthur, who wrote a Michael Stipe-approved song featuring Peter Buck of R.E.M. last year, is now teaming up with another R.E.M. member, bassist Mike Mills, for an upcoming tour. Joseph and Mike will be joined by drummer Bill Dobrow and will head out across the US and Canada at the end of this month through late December. Joseph comes to NYC for a show on New Year's Day (1/1) at City Winery with Bobby Bare Jr., but Mike Mills hasn't been announced to be with Jo at that one. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

The tour is in support of The Ballad of Boogie Christ Act 2, the second installment of Jo's planned trilogy, which is due out on November 29, aka Record Store Day Black Friday. The first part came out this past June. You can check out a KEXP session of Joseph performing "The Ballad of Boogie Christ" below.

In related news, at Peter Buck's Athens, GA show at 40 Watt Club last Thursday (11/14), he brought out fellow founding R.E.M. members Mike Mills and Bill Berry (who left the band in 1997) to perform the band's 1984 single "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" off their sophomore LP, Reckoning, an almost-reunion after calling it a day in 2011. Michael Stipe was in fact in the audience, but sticking to the band's insistence to not reunite, chose not to join his former bandmates on stage.

In other R.E.M. news, Athens, GA restaurant Weaver D's Delicious Fine Foods, the inspiration for the Automatic for the People title is closing this month after over 27 years of business. Reports Eater.com:

Weaver's catchphrase "Automatic for the People" became the title of rock band R.E.M.'s blockbuster 1992 album. R.E.M. hails from Athens and were frequent customers. Weaver told the LA Times in 2003 that R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe stopped by the restaurant with an attorney to seek permission to use the phrase as the album title. Weaver agreed in exchange for "a pretty good amount" of money in a deal, not knowing R.E.M.'s fame. After the release of the album, Weaver said his "life changed." A beloved institution, Weaver D's will certainly be missed.
Check out a video of the Buck's performance with Mills and Berry, along with the list of Joseph Arthur dates and KEXP video, below...

Continue reading "3/4 of R.E.M. reunited in Athens; restaurant behind 'Automatic for the People' closing; Mike Mills joining Joseph Arthur on tour"

by Andrew Sacher

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The 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden went down last night and aired on multiple TV channels, websites, and in theaters worldwide. The concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters (joined by Eddie Vedder), Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin (joined by Michael Stipe), and Paul McCartney (joined by members of Nirvana). And in between there were speeches/appearances by Billy Crystal, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, Chris Rock, and many more, spliced with footage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (The less said about Adam Sandler's "funny" version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Paul Shaffer the better.) As was to be expected, the sets were short (though some longer than others) but it still ran late, ending after 1 AM. If you missed any of it, videos of some of the highlights are in this post.

Bruce Springsteen opened the show, getting everyone into the spirit of the night right away. Of all the sets, his choice of songs felt the most catered to the event ("Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball, "My City of Ruins," and of course also "Born to Run") and halfway in he prefaced "My City of Ruins" with a touching, personal speech about the damage done to the NY/NJ area, similar to the one he gave in Rochester in October.

Other highlights from throughout the show: Roger Waters ended his set by bringing out Eddie Vedder to sing lead on "Comfortably Numb." The Rolling Stones only got to play two songs ("You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash") but still looked like they were having a great time. The Who, meanwhile, played seven songs. Then Kanye delivered a set which sent much of the twitterverse into an angry fit, though you have to wonder if this would have happened at a non-classic rock show (probably not). And of course, it was a pretty great surprise when Chris Martin brought out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to do "Losing My Religion."

But the most anticipated part of the night was that Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney on vocals that everyone was talking about. Paul ended up bringing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear out during his set to perform a new song they wrote, titled "Cut Me Some Slack," and then they left the stage and Paul returned to his own material. It would've been interesting to see those guys jam with Paul during "Helter Skelter" (which he opened with) or something, but at least Paul didn't sing "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Videos and setlist from last night are below...

Continue reading "12/12/12 Concert @ MSG - videos & setlist (Paul McCartney w/ Nirvana mems, Chris Martin w/ Michael Stipe, Kanye West & more)"

DOWNLOAD: Joseph Arthur - Where is My Van? (MP4)

Still from "Where is My Van?" video
Joseph Arthur

So after all this I got my van back!
I can't thank y'all enough for your support and help.
It cost plenty, but I'm very happy to have my art and my gear back.
Jose (the guy who had it) drove a hard bargain (Ron calls it a sort of hold up)
and sold it all back to me for $5,500 after he paid a grand for it,
but I'm trying to keep it in perspective,
Things like this can't be measured strictly with numbers
and the life lessons it taught were of greater value than the dollars and cents.
The main one being the support I got from all of you.
Along with the people,whom without I never would have gotten it back,
Ron, Vic, Lea, Carla, Julie, Peter, Kraig, Ehud and Spencer - THANK YOU!
The list goes on, but now I need to search this four wheel goliath for my tarot cards and try to catch new dreams.
Thanks again everyone and I hope to see you down the road.
I'll be the one driving a van more famous than me.
We're glad this all worked out for Joseph Arthur who got his van back (which had been towed and sold by the City of New York) thanks in part to civil rights lawyer Ron Kuby. In hopes of recovering some of the costs to get his van and his contents back from the person who bought it (for a grand), Joseph is performing a fundraiser show at City Winery on October 21 which is apparently already sold out (at least that's what the website says), but if you'd like to contribute to the fund, you can purchase a "Where Is My Van?" t-shirt from Joseph's webiste. You can also catch Joseph at ATP NY this month, and at the other dates which are listed below.

As you may have heard, Joseph wrote a song, "Where is My Van?," that you can download above. He also made a video for the song, featuring Peter Buck of R.E.M., that Michael Stipe has called "The best music video since Sinead O'Connor's 'Nothing Compares 2 U.'" You can watch it below. We can only hope Joseph will write a follow-up single, "My Van Was in the Bronx."

Speaking of Michael Stipe, earlier today he expressed his dissatisfaction with Fox News.

Van video is below

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R.E.M., who recently described "why President Obama's vision is essential to the notion of equality and democracy in America", posted the following note today:

R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" was used in the Fox News coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night. R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song. Michael Stipe said, "We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there."
Of course this type of story is becoming more and more common as the election gets closer. Rage Against the Machine recently had something to say about their fan Paul Ryan, and Thin Lizzy's camp wasn't too happy with Paul either. Same with Twisted Sister, and Silversun Pickups.

In related news, R.E.M. recently reunited... for dinner.

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R.E.M. just posted the following message to their website:

"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M.
Bye R.E.M.

photos by Lori Baily & Ted Barron

DOWNLOAD: Tift Merritt & Norman Blake - Thirteen (Big Star) (MP3)

Tift Merritt w/ Matthew Sweet & friends @ the Big Star Tribute in March (by Lori)
Big Star Tribute

Tift Merritt's is now on tour with Stephen Kellogg, and though tickets are unfotunately sold-out for their show at City Winery (May 6th), she has added another NYC show and this time it's FREE. Tift Merritt will play Madison Square Park on June 22nd at 6PM after her tour with Kellogg, but before she heads out on a string of UK dates with Greg Allman. All tour dates are below.

Add the June 22nd free show to the growing list of free shows happening Madison Square Park this summer. Another is the music portion of the Big Apple BBQ.

Tift Merritt joined an all-star cast that stood up in praise of the late great Alex Chilton (of Big Star) at Baruch College on March 26th, a shade more than one year after he suffered a fatal heart attack. Big Star's Third was the focus of the show, and it featured a revolving cast of musicians on vocals....

"Stipe's performance of "Kanga Roo" was at once fragile and unbowed, while his R.E.M. cohort, singer-bassist Mike Mills, found the holiday in the Christmas song "Jesus Christ." Alternative-country singer Tift Merritt was a vital female addition, showing that the vengeful kick of "You Can't Have Me" could go both ways. Other voices included Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo ("O, Dana," "Take Care"), Norman Blake of the Scottish band Teenage Fanclub ("Nightime"), Matthew Sweet ("Big Black Car") and Django Haskins of the group The Old Ceremony, who carried the bleak weight of "Holocaust" with a wise plain poise." [Rolling Stone]
During the encore Tift performed "Thirteen" with Norman Blake. A recording of that cover from the show is avaialble for download above. A set of pictures from the show are in this post. More of them, with all of Tift's tour dates, are below...

Continue reading "Tift Merritt covered Big Star w/ Norman Blake, Michael Stipe & more (MP3 & belated pics), touring (playing free NYC show)"

Ted Leo & Michael Stipe @ IFC House during SXSW
Ted Leo and Michael STipe

"Big Star's third album, Third/Sister Lovers, has long been revered by artists and critics as one of the most influential albums ever produced. Written and recorded when the legendary 70s band was primarily a studio project consisting of Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, the third album was never been performed in public with the original string and wind orchestrations. That changed in December 2010, when an all-star band unearthed the original scores, assembled an orchestra and performed Big Star's Third at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC. Performers that night included Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Chris Stamey (the dB's) - the creative catharsis they experienced prompted plans for a historic concert in New York City.

Just announced is Michael Stipe of R.E.M. who'll join a mind-boggling array of indie rock all-stars to recreate Big Star's Third at Mason Hall at Baruch College on March 26th. Stipe will perform one of Chilton's most iconic songs, "Kanga Roo". The show's line-up of songs/performers is unveiled today as well (see below)." [press release]

Tickets are still on sale for the Saturday show. More details including the full setlist with performers noted, and other show details, AND a SXSW video of Ted Leo interviewing Michael Stipe (Michael didn't perform in Austin, though he did take part in a last minute live-streamed Japan benefit telethon) (Ted did play SXSW) at IFC House last week, below...

Continue reading "Michael Stipe talked to Ted Leo (video), joins Big Star 'Third' show cast (full artist/song list announced)"

The Baseball Project at Maxwell's (more by Lori Baily)
Baseball Project

"Well, we had so much fun the first time that we just had to do it again. Scott, Peter, Linda and I spent much of the last few years on the road, in the studio and trading files, ideas, anecdotes and laughs and the result is the second album by the Baseball Project: Volume 2: High and Inside." - The Baseball Project
High and Inside is out now via Yep Roc Records and streaming in full at Spinner. The all-star, baseball-themed band will hit the road in support of the record starting off in Atlanta on 3/11, hitting SXSW, swinging through Spring Training (#srsly), and eventually terminating on the West Coast in early April. Before that, Baseball Project member Steve Wynn will hit Living Room on March 4th with Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three. Tickets are still on sale.

Meanwhile, Peter Buck is keeping busy with R.E.M. as the band has a new album, Collapse Into Now, which is currently streaming in full at NPR. No tour dates for R.E.M. as of yet but if you have tickets for the Tibet House benefit at Carnegie Hall on 3/3, you can catch R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe there. Mike Mills of R.E.M. can be found at the Big Star Third show at Lexington Hall on March 26.

Blues great Taj Mahal is also on the Tibet House Benefit bill, and he recently added a date at Brooklyn Bowl on April 10. Tickets go on sale 3/3 at noon.

All tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Baseball Project & Steve Wynn dates, Tibet House & Big Star reminders, more Taj Mahal show & an R.E.M. album stream"

DOWNLOAD: Steven Drozd - "Born" (MP3)

Tibet House US Benefit 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
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No word on how a giant vagina entrance, a bear suit, Wayne Coyne in an inflatable ball, Hulk hands and similar props will work at Carnegie Hall, but The Flaming Lips will join recent addition Taj Mahal at the 21st Annual Tibet House US Benefit Show on 3/3. The two join a veritable all-star lineup that includes Michael Stipe, The Roots, Patti Smith with Jesse Smith & Michael Campbell, Angelique Kidjo, James McCartney, and of course curator Philip Glass. Tickets for the concert are on sale via Carnegie Hall, while tickets for the concert and a fund-raising dinner are on sale via Tibet House directly. (Note: Do not expect a full set by any band - they usually play 3 songs each at the most, with a few collaborations and group sing-alongs).

In related News, Wayne Coyne recently talked to Spin about some of the Lips' plans for 2011...

First up, the band is heading to New York to cut tracks with synth-pop artist Neon Indian and longtime producer Dave Fridmann, and they're hoping to release the results on the fly. "We're going to do two or three songs with him and that shit should be ready to go pretty quickly," says Coyne, who posted a demo of a potential collaborative track earlier this week. "I have a couple of tunes that he's heard and we'll just do that shit and fix that up and fuck around together."

Coyne adds that he'd love to do similar collaborations with Deerhoof and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: "I think everybody would be up for doing something. But a lot of it comes down to us fitting into their schedules. I can always sneak in on their thing."

Deerhoof is going out on tour soon, and is now playing Europa in Brooklyn on February 8th instead of Ridgewood Masonic Temple which can no longer serve alcohol. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. Ariel Pink will be at Coachella and was just on Fallon. Neon Indian has one show coming up: Thu Feb 03 at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, Texas with the Flaming Lips.

Wayne Coyne

Finally, Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips recently dropped the score for The Heart Is Drum Machine, a documentary that examines music and human attraction to it. The twelve-track mostly-instrumental LP features tracks like "Born" (downloadable above, streamable below) and a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man" featuring none other than Maynard James Keenan of Tool/A Perfect Circle. The film also features Drozd, Keenan, & Wayne Coyne, alongside appearances from Jason Schwartzman, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Juliette Lewis, Spoon's Britt Daniel, George Clinton, and many others who all discuss their personal connection to music. The Heart Is A Drum Machine is out now on DVD and the soundtrack is out now on iTunes.

The soundtrack tracklisting, the film trailer, and that song stream are all below.

Continue reading "Flaming Lips & Michael Stipe playing Tibet Benefit, Deerhoof playing Europa, Heart Is A Drum Machine score out now"

Tired Pony

Tired Pony - spearheaded by Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck - have just released their debut album, The Place We Ran From on Mom + Pop Records today. Featuring the talents of Belle and Sebastian's Richard Colburn, acclaimed producer Jacknife Lee and more, in addition to guest turns by She & Him's Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward and Editors' Tom Smith, The Place We Ran From is a heartbreakingly beautiful album of dark Americana, packed full of the melodies Snow Patrol fans have come to love.

The band will be performing their first and ONLY U.S. shows in New York and Los Angeles during the first week of October.

Tired Pony's two US shows are happening Monday, October 4th at the El Rey Theatre in LA, and in NYC at Irving Plaza TONIGHT (October 1st).

Tickets to the NYC show are still on sale, and for the LA show, and special guests are heavily rumored (look for Michael Stipe and The Swell Season's Marketa Irglova in NYC, and Zooey Deschanel and Peter Case in LA).

Tired Pony played Letterman LAST NIGHT (9/30). Check out the video below...

Continue reading "Tired Pony (Gary Lightbody + Peter Buck) are playing 2 US shows including NYC TONIGHT (with SPECIAL GUESTS??)"

photos by Bao Nguyen

"Sorry I did fall asleep cause I was resting from such an amazing show! I'm wide awake now!" - Bao

Atoms for Peace
Atoms for Peace
Atoms for Peace

"The line in front of Roseland Ballroom stretched around the corner of 52nd Street and up Broadway but moved along quickly. The band's ticketless method to limit scalping seemed to work without too many headaches. Flying Lotus was on the wheels when I walked in spinning chilled-out techno but it's tough to build a groove when the sound system is popping and cracking like a blown speaker, what a shame. Sound improved toward the end of his set and he closed with 'Idioteque'.

Atoms for Peace took the stage as a 6-piece with Thom Yorke at piano and a guest horn player center stage (he would depart after 2 songs). They opened with 'The Eraser' and two things became immediately clear: 1) the sound was now perfect and 2) Flea would add some SoCal funk/punk to the set. With blue hair and a white tee (the rest of the band was in black), he was immediately wiggling/dancing across the stage laying it on thick. The set was comprised mostly of songs from The Eraser but included some Radiohead and some new songs as well." [Blackraptor]

As promised, here are the pictures from last night's show at Roseland Ballroom (and some from the after-show party in the mezzanine). They continue below...

Continue reading "Thom Yorke, Flea & band were Atoms for Peace @ Roseland Ballroom (pics from the show & afterparty) "

photos by Tim Griffin

City Winery - Haiti Benefit
City Winery - Haiti Benefit

City Winery's series of Haiti benefit concerts kicked off last night (1/20) with an all-star lineup that included Patti Smith, The Swell Season (they headlined Radio City Music Hall one night earlier), The Antlers, John Wesley Harding, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Yo La Tengo, Young People's Chorus of New York City, Tiempo Libre and Joshua Bell. Everyone played short sets, especially the unannounced guest Michael Stipe who actually only read something and introduced his friend Patti Smith.

Tonight's City Winery show (1/21) features Lewis Black, Vernon Reid & Corey Glover of Living Colour, Rich Pagano & The Sugarcane Cups, Marshall Crenshaw, and David Johansen. More pictures adn some videos from last night, below...

Continue reading "Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Swell Season, Antlers, Yo La Tengo & others played a benefit @ City Winery - pics, video"

"We have lost one of our great ones." -Michael Stipe, Dec 25, 2009

Michael Stipe and Vic Chesnutt

Vic Chesnutt (November 12, 1964 - December 25, 2009) was a singer-songwriter living in Athens, Georgia. He had been writing songs since he was five years old. Injured in a car accident in 1983, the paraplegic artist's first big breakthrough to commercial success came with the release of the tribute album Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation.

Around 1985, Chesnutt moved to Athens and joined the band, The La-Di-Da's.[2] After leaving that group he began performing solo on a regular basis at the 40 Watt Club; it was there that he was spotted by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.; Stipe produced Chesnutt's first two albums, Little (1990) and West of Rome (1991). [Wikipedia]

Patti Smith, Jeff Mangum, and Kristin Hersh have also made public statements since it was confirmed that Vic Chesnutt passed away on Christmas day.

R.E.M. covered Vic's song "Sponge" for the above-mentioned Sweet Relief CD. Audio of that song, along with video of Vic and Elf Power covering "Everybody Hurts" at the REM tribute at Carnegie Hall, below...

Continue reading "Michael Stipe remembers Vic Chesnutt (quote), Vic covered 'Everybody Hurts' w/ Elf Power @ REM tribute (video) "

DOWNLOAD: Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power & the Amorphous Strums - And How (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power & the Amorphous Strums - Teddy Bear (MP3)

Vic Chesnutt

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"I flew around a little room once." A line from Supernatural.
He was just that. He possessed an unearthly energy and
yet was humanistic with the common man in mind. He was
entirely present and entirely somewhere else. A mystical
somewhere else. A child and an old guy as he called himself.
Before he made an album he said he was a bum. Now he
is in flight
bumming round beyond the little room. With his
angel voice.

-Patti Smith dec 25 2009

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"in 1991 i moved to athens georgia in search of god, but what I discovered instead was vic chesnutt. hearing his music completely transformed the way i thought about writing songs, and i will forever be in his debt."

-jeff mangum, neutral milk hotel

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Kristin Hersh also wrote something & is taking donations for Vic's family.

Michael Stipe also publicly acknowledged the sad news.

A video interview with Vic where he talks about being a bum, Michael Stipe, dying, his new band and more, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Black Francis - All in My Mind (Love & Rockets) (MP3)

I would like to apologize to the Breeders for saying they would not sell out. I was a jerk about it and am truly sorry. I also apologize to their fans I may have offended with my stupid insensitive comments. Hope you liked the show.-Anonymous

The Breeders @ The Paradise in Boston 8/17 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Breeders

"Come one come all-I'm work shopping new introductions bare with me-Welcome to the 18th installment of the Jay Porks Never Ending concert series. Tonight brings us to the 'Sold Out' Bowery Ballroom at 6 Delancey St. in New York City. The Bowery is a venue that's been on my radar for a while, considering that the Bowery owns(or at least sponsors) most of the venues I attend for concerts in the city. Tonight the headliner, the band I'm here to see is the one, the only, THE BREEDERS." [The Jay Porks Blog]
The Breeders completed their two-night run at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (8/19). More on that soon.

On the horizon, Kim & Kelley Deal will be singing as part of The Long Count at BAM this fall, and Kim will be playing with her other band the Pixies, when they play NYC on their Doolittle tour this November.

Co-Pixie Frank Black recently contributed a track to New Tales To Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets, which came out Tuesday (Aug 18th) on Justice Records. Frank's track from that, "All in My Mind", off L&R's 1986 album Express, is posted above for your downloading pleasure.

The Songs of Mark MulcahyHe didn't appear at the release party/show on August 18th at the Ben Sherman store in Soho, but he will be at the show for, another tribute comp, Ciao My Shining Star - The Songs of Mark Mulcahy, which happens Sunday, September 20th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Also appearing at the concert will be Joseph Arthur, David Berkeley and more. Non-musical guests (of sorts) include the premiere of the Thom Yorke video "All For The Best" and a reading by graphic novelist Ben Katchor. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 21st at noon.

Joseph Arthur also has a series of shows coming up at City Winery.

That Mulcahy comp also has a slightly more personal story, via FrankBlack.net...

We have some sad news from a friend of our website and of FBF, Mark Mulcahy. Some of you might recognize the name as the singer/songwriter behind Miracle Legion and Polaris [of the soundtrack to Pete & Pete among other things], both of which featured Catholics David McCafferey and Scott Boutier, or perhaps you recognize the name from the liner notes of Christmass, as Mark provided backing vocals for both "Radio Lizards" and "Don't Get Me Wrong." Or maybe, like me, you saw Mark open for the Pixies in Atlantic City in 2005. Regardless, Mark's wife recently passed away, leaving him as a single dad to two small children. Some friends and admirers, including our Frank Black Francis, have recorded some of Mark's songs for a tribute record called Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy.
That record comes out September 29th on Shout! Factory records, and includes contributions from The National, Thom Yorke, Michael Stipe, Dinosaur Jr., Vic Chesnutt and Elvis Perkins. In addition to the names on the tracklist, below, 20 additional cuts will be released digitally. Look for a London concert to be announced as well.

Radiohead has a new song out now (two actually).

The tracklist and art work for both tribute albums are posted below...

Continue reading "Breeders played Bowery, Frank Black playing Mark Mulcahy show @ MHOW (tix), on Love & Rockets tribute comp (MP3) "

by Ryan Barkan

Cloud Cult

10. CLOUD CULT: "LUCKY TODAY" - ESURANCE.COM
It's a music video! It's an ad! It's a music videad! It's the band Cloud Cult, fully animated in a TV spot for Esurance, but there isn't a sales pitch to be found. The Minneapolis psychedelic-pop band had traditionally shunned marketers, but the DTC insurance company won them over with some hard-fought green credentials. The result is a charming spot that not only fits in with the visual style of the band, but also features one of Cloud Cult's best songs.
[Ad Age Ad Songs of the Year]
This commercial came out late in 2008...though I think I only saw it one or two times. But thanks to an increase in rotation (January is the busiest month for car insurance!) partially influenced by the above placement in Ad Age, Esurance's Cloud Cult cartoon commercial has been on TV heavily over the past few weeks. The band shows up as animated characters in what comes off more as a music video for their 2005 song "Lucky Today", than as a sales pitch for insurance. A quick jump to Esurance's website and you can find a special Cloud Cult microsite where you can watch the commercial, stream/download a few songs, read why the band finds similarities in their and Esurance's love for being green, and learn how to be more eco-friendly.

According to SoundScan, the band sold more individual digital downloads of "Lucky Today" (1,400) in the last week than they usually sell in a month from all albums...combined.

Other Notable Licensing News:

RadioheadRadiohead gave gratis (aka free) permission to the National Coalition For The Homeless to use the song "MK1" in a spot that attempts to show homelessness can happen to anyone. (via Songs For Soap). This was their first commercial license ever. Watch the spot below.

Michael Stipe was cool with giving a gratis license for Amnesty International to use REM's "Until the Day Is Done" in a powerful new spot. Watch that below as well.

"In fact, it seems like the one thriving corner of the music business is ad placement. The only people making any money are the artists landing their songs in TV commercials and the royalties that come along with that, so the most successful bands this year will be the ones whose songs are most conducive to selling shit. Which means that Santogold is your Artist of the Year for 2009. Once the shampoo companies find out about 'I'm a Lady', forget about it. It's a wrap." [Tom Breihan in the new L Magazine]

Santogold says 'aha' a lot in the new commercial for the Samsung Pixon phone with her song, "Say Aha". Watch it here.

Audi goes old school in the new spot for the Q5, breaking out Woodie Guthrie's fun "Car Song."

Another car manufacturer went NOT-old school - Volkswagen stayed local (German) with the Berlin electro-group Team on their new (clearly inspired by the movie The Matrix) spot for the Golf. Watch below.

Vancouver band, Readymade, has a song used by Unilever in their new Sun spot, highlighting "Human Potential."

Apples in StereoI'm addicted to Diet Pepsi. It's my friend-mesis. Pepsi has rebranded my favorite drink and its overall image with a new "smile" logo. The brand launched its commercial campaign with a spot featuring the music of The Apples In Stereo (Via YANPicasso).

Papa John's sponsored an NCAA football bowl game last month. During said bowl game, the pizza maker debuted a commercial celebrating their 25th anniversary featuring Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight".

John Lennon may not be alive, but that didn't stop Yoko Ono from lending his voice to a good cause. Watch the OLPC PSA below.

Walmart promotes the football season with a commercial using Queen's anthem "We Will Rock You".

Fashionista Kanye West is teaming up with one of his favorite designers, Luis Vuitton, to create six shoes for the brand. You may have also noticed Kanye's song "Flashing Lights" in the Season 6 promo to the F/X channel's show "Nip/Tuck". Commercial below.

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The Music of REM

Throwing Muses with Kristen Hersh, Kimya Dawson, Ingrid Michaelson, Glenn Hansard of The Frames & Swell Season, Apples in Stereo, Tommy James and the Shondells, Jolie Holland, Keren Ann, Guster, The Db's, Bob Mould, Vic Chesnutt & Elf Power, Rachel Yamagata, Calexico, Patti Smith, and others will be singing R.E.M. songs at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. "100% of net proceeds to benefit musical education programs for underprivileged youth." Regular tickets are on sale at the venue's site. VIP tickets are available at the event's own site (thx rajohn)...

Your VIP ticket includes entrance to the private artist reception taking place at City Winery featuring cuisine designed by Mario Batali. Food will be delicious and the free wine will be flowing. Join the artists and friends in New York's first full winery and amazing new event space. The party will start immediately after the concert and go to 1am. With a full stage and sound system at City Winery, we expect many musical surprises!
Mario Batali and Michael Stipe are good friends. Michael Dorf is producing this whole event. Michael Dorf owns the new City Winery which is opening on New Years Eve which is the night Michael Dorf's old club Knitting Factory is closing (which Michael pointed out himself in that NY Press article).

Patti Smith also just added a 3rd show at Bowery Ballroom. Tix are now on sale..

Tickets are still on sale for Kimya Dawson's upcoming show at Bowery Ballroom.

Vic Chetnutt & Elf Power are also touring and playing NYC together in January.

Pro-shot video of R.E.M.'s encore in Mexico City the other day, below...

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Michael Stipe in Santiago, Chile - Nov 4, 2008 (Loretín)
Michael Stipe

Girl Talk announces a new president in Milwaukee - Nov 4, 2008 (leslie!!)
Girl Talk

Where were you when Obama was announced the winner last night? After spending some time in Rockefeller Center with thousands of people and NBC, I was actually at (le) poisson rouge in the West Village when CNN made their announcement (on two large screens). Everyone went nuts and started dancing while music like "We are the Champions" was blasting through the soundsystem (I guess McCain supporters knew to stay away from events like these?). Kyle was at The Bell House with a similar experience. Oprah was in Chicago's Grant Park (home of Lollapalooza). Ryan was wondering if Clues were ever going to go on. Others were at other concerts...

Girl Talk played Milwaukee. R.E.M. was in Santiago while Madonna performed in San Diego. Smashing Pumpkins were up in Toronto and Bad Brains had a hometown show in DC. Videos from those shows and more below...

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Photos by Zach Dilgard

Antony

There was a private release party for Antony's new EP "Another World" (out now on Secretly Canadian) at PS1's Manhattan radio station, The Clocktower, last night (Oct 7). Zach said, "Antony did one song in the downstairs space and then proceeded to another upstairs space for another song. [for a total of two songs performed at the party]". Michael Stipe, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson were among those in attendance. We didn't know about this ahead of time. Zach completely surprised us with this set of pictures. More of them below...

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No Wave Post Punk

McNally Robinson is a bookstore on Prince St in NYC. Check out who they have visiting in May, June and July....

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blog buzz band REM land the new SPIN cover
REM

An important video announcement below....

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Michael Stipe (REM) @ SXSW 2008 - Mar 12, 2008 (retnablog)
rem at sxsw

Lemmy (Motorhead) @ SXSW 2008 - Mar 13, 2008 (KK+)
motorhead at sxsw

I couldn't go to R.E.M. @ Stubb's last night because it was happening at the same time as my own official showcase. I couldn't go to Motorhead @ Stubb's today because of my day party. Instead I just watched the videos below....

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