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Vegan and Wu-Tang Clan member RZA helped PETA out by speaking in their new promotional video, where he says he wants you to go vegan for "a better tomorrow." It's also a pretty good cross-promotional tool considering one of Wu Tang's two new albums is called A Better Tomorrow and is due out next week (12/2) via Warner Bros. Watch the new PETA video and stream A Better Tomorrow's recent single, "Necklace," below...

Continue reading "RZA says "a better tomorrow is a vegan tomorrow""

by Wyatt Marshall


PETA just released a new set of limited edition stamps featuring famous vegetarians, and a bevy of musicians and music industry folks are included on the sheet amongst the likes of Bob Barker and Joaquin Phoenix (though the list two years ago was a bit more interesting with Leonardo da Vinci, Johnny Appleseed who I wasn't aware he was actually a person and Gandhi). Paul McCartney, Ricky Martin, Russell Simmons, Joan Jett, Sarah Silverman, Vivienne Westwood, Mayim Bialik, Edie Falco, Belinda Carlisle and, of course, Morrissey made the cut. Would Grimes use these stamps? (she probably won't be featured on one)

As Morrisey says,

I think animals look to humans for protection, and of course humans lead them into slaughterhouses, which to me is just like an image of leading children into a slaughterhouse. There's no difference.
And some words of wisdom from Sir Paul McCartney:
If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That's the single most important thing you could do. It's staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.
You can order the stamps over at PETA, and be sure to use the Joan Jett ones for all your letters to South Dakota.

Speaking of Morrissey, a new book aiming to catalogue Smiths tattoos is in the work, and they're looking for anyone with a Smiths or Morrissey tattoo to be a part of it. Here are deets on that:

"To Me You Are A Work of Art" is a photo project in search of anyone with tattoo(s) related to, or inspired by, Morrissey and/or The Smiths. The photographs will profile fans and all their tattoos from various cities across the country over the course of the next few months. All photos will be taken by Toronto based photographer Patrick Moore.
The New York City date is this upcoming Sunday, November 24th and will be held at the Rocks Off offices in the Lower East Side (195 Chrystie St #401B) between 2pm and 4pm.
For any additional information - email YouWorkOfArt@gmail.com"
In Ricky Martin news, RM just listed his East Village condo in that really cool turquoise building on Bond Street for $6.8 million, and he just had his first book published, a children's book called "Santiago the Dreamer in 'Land Among the Stars.'" It's good to be Ricky Martin.

Mermaid Parade

Thanks for PETA for reminding me that the Mermaid Parade is this Saturday in Coney Island! How did PETA remind me? With an email subject that said "NEARLY NAKED PETA BEAUTIES TO JOIN CONEY ISLAND MERMAID PARADE", and this text:

What: Wearing little more than "fins" and "tails" and holding signs that read, "Fish Are Friends, Not Food," two sexy PETA members will dress as mermaids and take part in the Coney Island Mermaid Day Parade on Saturday to encourage onlookers to give fish a break and stop eating them.

"Although we might not be as familiar with fish, when it comes to feeling pain and having a will to live, they're just like all other animals," says PETA "mermaid" Ashley Byrne. "And the more we learn about these sensitive and intelligent animals, the less likely we are to stick a hook or a fork in them."

Scientific studies show that fish are intelligent, sensitive animals who experience pain and fear when they are hooked or netted and pulled from the water. A recent issue of the journal Fish and Fisheries cited more than 500 research papers on fish intelligence that prove that fish are smart, can use tools, and have impressive long-term memories and sophisticated social structures.

Where: The parade starts at the intersection of W. 21st Street and Surf Avenue, Coney Island

When: Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m.
PETA of course won't be the only nearly naked people walking around Coney Island Saturday thanks to the support of hundreds of generous donors who helped save the annual parade of scantily dressed people. More info on the main event and the Riverboat Ball at Coney Island USA. There's also a "Drunken Mermaid Gala" at Gowanus Ballroom with Extra Action Marching Band, Vic Thrill and more.

California Pizza Kitchen

PETA says:

Smashing Pumpkins founder and frontman Billy Corgan is the latest star to speak out against the cruel practice of dehorning cattle. Billy is calling on California Pizza Kitchen to make the responsible and ethical decision to demand that its cheese suppliers stop this barbaric mutilation.
Billy Corgan says:
I have viewed the photos and watched PETA's investigative video of these procedures, and I was appalled to see young calves who struggled and writhed in pain as searing hot irons burned their heads. The industry has noted that the burns are so severe that they may damage the underlying bone. Other practices, which include using caustic chemicals to eat away at the horn-bud flesh via a chemical burn, are no better. ... I strongly urge you to take immediate action to stop this unspeakable barbarism by requiring your suppliers to phase out dehorning.
PETA points out that you can also write to California Pizza Kitchen to urge its cheese suppliers to stop dehorning. Very disturbing video below...

Continue reading "Billy Corgan tells CA Pizza Kitchen: Stop Mutilating Calves"

Paul Mccartney

Speaking of the Beatles, Paul McCartney appears in the new Peta ad you see above. Peta in turn has published a list of alternative Thanksgiving recipes.


Learn more at Peta.org.

The Pretenders @ the Stone Pony Summerstage (relaxing)
The Pretenders

"Fans going to the two New York metropolitan area Pretenders concerts -- August 9 at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ [last night], and August 10 at the Central Park SummerStage in New York, NY [tonight] -- might want to [save their appetites] before they enter the venues.

Concert promoter Live Nation is supporting Chrissie Hynde's vegetarian initiatives by removing all meat products from the venues, as well as providing a special vegetarian BBQ for radio contest winners at the Central Park show. Hynde is a longtime and well-known vegetarian and PETA activist." [TicketNews]

Cat Power and Juliette Lewis are also on the bill.

Hidden Cameras

[Their July 23rd] show at The Capital Bar marks the third time since December 2007 that eclectic folk-rock ensemble The Hidden Cameras have performed in Canada.

That's partly because the band's frontman, and chief songwriter, Joel Gibb is now living in Berlin.

The group spent most of 2008 touring through Europe and Gibb said he's going to enjoy this trip through the Maritimes.

"I like Fredericton more than Saint John, I must say," he said. "It's a horrible place to play. I like Sackville and Fredericton - Sackville during the school year is better. I think our last show in Fredericton was pretty fun. Lots of good people came out." [dailygleaner]

Gibb may live abroad now, but The Hidden Cameras still call Canada's Arts & Crafts home. That label is set to release the band's fourth album, Origin:Orphan, on September 22nd.

Their schedule currently includes a set of Canadian dates around that disc's release, and a sole US gig (that we know of) on Wednesday, November 4th at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now.

"Walk On" from the new record is available from Arts & Crafts as a free download (e-mail required). The video for the album's first single, "In The NA," is posted with tour dates, album art and tracklist, and Gibb's thoughts on the Canadian "club" scene, below...

Continue reading "The Hidden Cameras - new record, MP3, video & a NYC show "

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!"

Bea Arthur
Bea Arthur

In 1972, Bea Arthur was cast as the title character in the television series Maude. She played Maude Findlay, an outspoken liberal living in the affluent community of Tuckahoe, Westchester County, New York, with her husband, Walter (Bill Macy) and divorced daughter Carol (Adrienne Barbeau). The show was a spin-off from All in the Family, on which Arthur had appeared a couple of times in the same role, playing Edith Bunker's (Jean Stapleton)'s cousin, a feminist, and antithesis to the bigoted, conservative Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), who described Maude as a "New Deal fanatic." Her role garnered several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, including her Emmy win in 1977 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

In 1978, she costarred in the much derided The Star Wars Holiday Special, in which she had a song and dance routine, where the Star Wars character Greedo was one of her dance partners.

After appearing in the short-lived 1983 sitcom Amanda's (an unsuccessful US version of the British hit series Fawlty Towers), Arthur was cast in the hit sitcom The Golden Girls in 1985, in which she played Dorothy Zbornak, a divorced substitute teacher living in a Miami, Florida house owned by Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan). Her other roommates included widow Rose Nylund (Betty White) and Dorothy's Sicilian mother, Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty). Getty was actually a year younger than Arthur in real life, and was heavily made up to look significantly older. [Wikipedia]

Video of Bea Arthur singing in the Star Wars cantina, and other videos below...

Continue reading "Bea Arthur, RIP"


Iggy Pop supports Michigan State University's decision to ban animal circuses from campus in 2009 and hopes the school will make the ban permanent.

"As students who are concerned about animal welfare have told you, performing animals are deprived of everything that is natural to them, including the ability to roam, forage and form families and friendships," Pop said in a letter to the MSU Board of Trustees. It was written on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA says the board of trustees decided not to allow the Royal Hanneford Circus (or any others with animal performers) on campus in 2009, for the first time in 16 years. But what about 2010?

"The circus industry is big, wealthy and powerful, and I'm sure that its leaders are encouraging you to reverse your decision," Pop said in his letter.

"I implore you to continue to keep the interests of your students and the welfare of animals at the forefront of your thoughts and stand firm on your policy." [Detroit Free Press]

Neko Case takes a similar stance on zoos.

Iggy, who has a new near-jazz record on the way, is confirmed to appear at the previously-mentioned Road Recovery Benefit happening at Nokia Theatre in NYC on May 1st...

An evening of high-energy rock and roll that's going to be "just loose enough musically that anything might happen," jokes Wayne Kramer... Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/ Audioslave / The Nightwatchman), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Don Was, Billy Bragg, Iggy Pop, Boots Riley, Gilby Clarke, Carl Restivo, Eric Gardner, Bun E. Carlos, Handsome Dick Manitoba performing songs together and individually from their respective catalogs, as well as collaborating on MC5 songs and anything else that strikes their fancy

Also joining the show will be Joan As Police Woman, Ours, Miggs, and Road Recovery's Performance Workshop Program "House Band" Crazy James
Emcee: Matt Pinfield (Sirius Radio and RXP 101.9FM DJ)
Tickets are on sale.

Joan as Policewoman opened for Neko Case at the same venue on Tuesday.

Kick Out the Jams (video) below...

Continue reading "Iggy Pop playing Road Recovery show, speaks up on circuses"

photos by Chris La Putt

A Place to Bury Strangers

"New York -- Longtime PETA supporter Judith Yeargin fought hard not only in her long battle with breast cancer but also against the use of animals in laboratory experiments. That's why Yeargin, who died on March 2, left her body to the New York University Langone Medical Center (NYUMC)--a notorious violator of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Yeargin hoped that if her body were used for cancer research, it might spare countless animals from having tumors implanted in their bodies and from being maimed during surgeries and abused in painful, deadly, and wasteful experiments. She knew that the progression and treatment of cancer in humans cannot be effectively studied in animals because of the vast differences in physiology and disease development between humans and other animals.

"Throughout her entire illness, she always maintained that, had she been given the option of accepting any kind of cure based on animal research, she would never, ever accept it," wrote Yeargin's husband to PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "The enormous pain so often found in animal research rarely mitigates the 'devil's bargain,' and its concomitant suffering, that cancer treatments frequently bring." [PETA]

A Place to Bury Strangers and NYU alum Marnie Stern shared a bill with Apache Beat and Ra Ra Riot at NYU's now-riot-free Kimmel Center in NYC last night (3/5). More pictures below...

Continue reading "A Place to Bury Strangers & Marnie Stern played NYU (pics), animal activist leaves body to NYU hospital"


PETA writes, "Apparently, NBC has something against girls who love their veggies. After we submitted our proposed Super Bowl ad, which features a comely crop of models demonstrating their fondness for fresh produce, NBC nixed the ad, saying it "depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards." No joke, this is straight from NBC--so stop fondling your fruit salad right now and read the list of shots NBC requested we cut before they'd reconsider: licking pumpkin, touching her breast with her hand while eating broccoli, pumpkin from behind between legs, rubbing pelvic region with pumpkin, screwing herself with broccoli (fuzzy), asparagus on her lap appearing as if it is ready to be inserted into vagina, licking eggplant, and rubbing asparagus on breast... Wow, that list even made us blush! You can read the full NSFW letter from NBC here."

A gimmick they pull every year? Probably. Regardless, 'banned' video below...

Continue reading "PETA's Banned Superbowl Ad"

Aretha Franklin in gross fur

Never one to shy away from controversy, PETA US has offered to pay Aretha Franklin's $19,000 home foreclosure tax bill... on the condition that she ditches the fur for good and donates her unwanted furs to PETA US like Mariah Carey and Kim Cattrall have done in the past. I think that's a pretty fair deal, don't you? [PETA Europe]

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The Black Lips @ Maxwell's, NJ - July 19, 2007 (CRED - Leia Jospe)
Black Lips @ Maxwell's

PETA protest, NYC - July 20, 2007 (CRED - Jefferson)
PETA-Michael VIck Protest NFL<br />

NEW YORK (AP) -- While commissioner Roger Goodell was meeting with officials of the ASPCA, about 50 people urged the NFL to "Sack Vick" Friday in a demonstration outside the league's headquarters following the indictment of Michael Vick on dogfighting charges.

"Sack Vick!" chanted the demonstrators, organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as they walked peacefully in front of the Park Avenue building. Many held dogs who had the "Sack Vick" signs on their backs and one woman brought a pit bull, the breed killed in the dogfighting operation the Atlanta quarterback is accused of sponsoring. [Yahoo News]

* Battles are at Studio B
* Neko Case plays Summerstage for free
* Gogol Bordello start a two night run @ Irving
* Bishop Allen & Rock Plaza Central do the Seaport
* Diamond Days Festival continues on
* 65daysofstatic may be in Brooklyn
* Common Ground benefit with These are Powers
* Dirty Projectors @ The Whitney Museum
* F*cked Up tour reaches NYC again
* Bobby Blue Band & Catherine Russell Celebrate Brooklyn
* Black Lips continue their NYC adventure
* Matmos & So Percussion are @ Lincoln Center
* Cursive plays an early show at Maxwell's
* Electric Six do it at Maxwell's late

What else?