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photo: Jarvis Cocker @ Rooftop Films 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Jarvis Cocker's BBC 6 music show "Sunday Service" this week included a tribute to Paris which is where he has lived for the last few years. The spoken-word piece, titled "Friday the 13th, 2015," is his response to the November 13 attack. It recounts that night and next two days, and includes a poem titled "I Love You," with music by Serafina Steer (who he's collaborated with before). You can hear it at the 1:00 mark, but the whole show (which features a number of French pop classics as is basically a tribute to Paris), is very good.

Within the piece, a bit of news: Jarvis mentions "listening to some new songs I've recorded."

Le Bataclan in 2008 (photo via Wikipedia)
Le Bataclan

In a new Billboard feature on Le Bataclan, the Paris venue that was hosting the Eagles of Death Metal show during this past weekend's tragic attacks, the manager promises that it will reopen:

Fluctuat nec mergitur is a Latin saying that translates to "Tossed but never sunk," and it's a motto of sorts for many Parisians. Dominique Revert, the club's co-manager who was not present the night of the shootings, conjures it now and says it will be Le Bataclan's raison d'etre moving forward. "It will reopen, no question about it," he says. "Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender."
You can read more here. EODM posted a statement too.

Sweet Stuff

A foundation created by Eagles of Death Metal co-founder Josh Homme [of Queens of the Stone Age] will begin accepting donations to help the family of musicians or crew members victimized by the Paris attacks, it was announced Monday.

The Sweet Stuff Foundation was founded by Homme in 2013 to "help our musical community and their families with the vital elements often overlooked during periods of illness and disability," according to its website. His father, board member and Palm Desert-based contractor Michael Homme, said they're extending that to include crew members and their families, including EODM merchandise manager Nick Alexander of Great Britain, who was killed in Friday's attack on the Bataclan Theatre in Paris that killed at least 89 people. [Desert Sun]

You can donate HERE.


Hopefully this moron isn't anywhere close to as popular as this viral video of him talking about Eagles of Death Metal and France,,,

Continue reading "homophobic Baptist preacher says Eagles of Death Metal fans & France had it coming (video)"

Brooklyn's Barclays Center (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is proposing emergency drills for large venues, event halls, malls and other large gathering places. He told The NY Daily News, "After Paris, we have to refine what a fire drill is. In today's world, a fire drill is not just about flames. It's about people firing guns." The BP's Communications Director, Stefan Ringel, told Gothamist, "The meeting should be taking place in the next week or two, and we will be reaching out to venues of different sizes."

by Bill Pearis

Fat White Family

Fat White Family have shared "Whitest Boy on the Beach," the leadoff track on their forthcoming album Songs for Our Mothers. Working in a Suicide/Spacemen 3 drone-n-roll mode, it a good appetizer for the new record (which is a little mellower than 2013's Champagne Holocaust). Stream it below.

In other news, FWF were in Paris playing a show at club La Cigale on Friday night (11/13) when the horrific terror strikes took place. They're all OK and their European tour rolls on. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Fat White Family share "Whitest Boy on the Beach" from new LP, were playing Paris when terror strikes hit (they're ok)"


Friday at noon, Lemmy took to Motorhead's Facebook to remember Philthy Animal

"Hello this is Lemmy from Motörhead. I'm feeling very sad at the moment, in fact devastated because one of my best friends died yesterday. I miss him already. His name was Phil Taylor, or Philthy Animal, and he was our drummer twice in our career. Now he's died and it really pisses me off that they take somebody like him and leave George Bush alive. So muse on that. We're still going, we're still going strong, it's just first Würzel and now Philthy, it's a shame man. I think this rock n roll business might be bad for the human life. Oh well."
Eight hours later, this to the same Facebook page:
First of all, what can we say? Our hearts go out to all who have suffered in Paris tonight, we are so sorry, it is so utterly horrific. Thank you to everyone who has asked about us all, everyone in the Motörcamp is safe although as you have probably heard, Paris and, indeed, France, is understandably on lockdown until local authorities can gauge the full extent of what has occurred. When we have further news, we will let you know. We just hope everyone can heal.
Motorhead were scheduled to play The Zenith in Paris on Sunday night, 11/15. The show is nos officially off. The band posted this update tonight along with the above photo:
Due to the serious situation that our brothers and sisters are facing in Paris we have to postpone our gig until January. We are working on locking a date and will give details as soon as we can.
Motorhead's next scheduled gig is at Mitsubishi Electric Halle in Düsseldorf, Germany on 11/17.

1 world trade
photo of 1 World Trade Center honoring France, via


To Everyone:

We love France. We love Paris. MGMT are fortunate enough to have played Le Bataclan four times, including three consecutive nights in the fall of 2010.
The people of France and Paris have always loved us back. Grateful isn't a word that adequately describes our feelings.

Three people instrumental in our reaching and loving France were at the Eagles of Death Metal show last night at Le Bataclan:

Delphine, our wonderful record label French bulldog, who fought tooth and nail for us to do the things we wanted to do; to be crazy; to go on French TV wearing Thanksgiving costumes with a vat of pudding; who took us to marvelous places in Paris; she was at Le Bataclan. She is okay. Unharmed somehow.

Arnaud, part of the pair of French live music promoters who saw us play a show at Glasslands in NYC in 2007 and said "we want to bring you to France". They did. Arnaud and his partner Pascal placed a big bet on us and we have never forgotten. Arnaud was shot in the chest last night. We have heard he made it to the hospital, had surgery and will survive.

And we also just found out Nick Alexander, who was one of the top crew members and merch sellers MGMT has had and one of the nicest guys in rock. He sold merch for us on our two European tours in the Fall of 2010, including those three nights at Le Bataclan. We are crushed to find out Nick is one of the victims of last night's insanity who didn't make it. If you have a t-shirt from that tour, wear it proudly to honor Nick.

Our thoughts and positive vibes are with anyone who was affected by what happened last night, including our good friend from The Whigs and Eagles Of Death Metal touring drummer Julian Dorio.

We make music and play music to help make people happy. It is what every band we've ever met wants to do. Happiness, like music, comes in many different forms and styles. But happiness doesn't come the way we saw last night. We all need to figure out how to make happiness win. Then the Aliens will come back and smile and bring us many amazing gifts.

We love you France. We love you Paris.


Nick Alexander

Nick Alexander was one of the many senselessly murdered at the Eagles of Death Metal show at Bataclan in Paris Friday night. He was their merch manager. He also worked with Best Coast, The Black Keys, MGMT and many other bands. A memorial fund, which has already raised over $35,000 in 10 hours, has been set up in his honor. Rest in Peace, Nick.

A message from the fund's creator Miguel Benavides can be read below...

Continue reading "Nick Alexander was Eagles of Death Metal's merch manager, worked for many bands; Memorial fund set up"


Foo Fighters have announced the cancellation of the rest of their tour:

It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can't continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.

U2 was scheduled to play a show in Paris tonight that was going to be broadcast on HBO.

As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concerts scheduled for the 14th and 15th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.

Speaking from Paris the band said:

"We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight.

We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans.

And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe."



Tonight's live stream for TIDAL & KROQ has been postponed out of respect for the terrible events in Paris.

All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled show, with details to follow soon. For those of you already down at the venue and those on your way, we'll play a short set of old material so that your journey isn't wasted

We send our love and prayers to the people of Paris.

Love Coldplay


Paris, due to yesterday's events, our show tonight is cancelled. To those affected by this tragedy, our thoughts are with you. Sending love.

The 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth concert broadcast, hosted by Al Gore, set for Friday and Saturday (November 13 and 14) in Paris, France has been cancelled. Just Jared reports:

The concert, which aimed to raised awareness about global warming, was set to feature performances in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as well as locations around the globe.

Scheduled performers included Pharrell, Elton John, Hozier, Neil Young, Mumford and Sons, Walk the Moon, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Florence & the Machine.

The organization took to their official website to release a statement about the tragic events in Paris.

"Out of solidarity with the French people and the City of Paris, we have decided to suspend our broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth. Our thoughts are with all who have been affected and the entire nation of France. We send our condolences to the families of those who have been killed or injured," the concert's website said.


Deftones were scheduled to play three shows at the venue that Eagles of Death Metal were playing when the attack happened. It goes without saying that those are cancelled, and the band posted the following message: "Thank for all your inquiries on our well being. Band/Crew all safe and accounted for at this time. Prayers for those affected in these tragic events."


Motorhead are postponing their Sunday night show in Paris.

Jesse and Tuesday
Jesse Hughes

French band Red Lemons posted the following to Facebook:

Pour rassurer les personnes qui nous savaient au concert des Eagles of death metal au bataclan, il y a eu un attentat, nous allons bien.

For our american and english friends, a terrorist attack happened at the Eagles of death metal concert. We are safe. Mikel Ross, Eric McFadden we were with your mates Jesse, Tuesday, the other musicians outside, they're safe too, they took a cab.

"Tuesday" likely refers to Jesse's partner Tuesday Cross. According to Google translate, that first sentence means "To reassure people who knew us in concert Eagles of death metal to [Bataclan], there was an attack , we're fine ."

UPDATE: Eagles of Death Metal's Facebook account posted the following message around 6:50 PM EST:

We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.

UPDATE: Around 100 people are reported dead inside the concert.

UPDATE: Michael Dorio, the brother of EODM drummer Julian Dorio, has spoken to his brother. From WSBTV:

He said they were playing, about six songs into the show, they heard, before they saw anything, they heard automatic machine gunfire. It was so loud, it was louder than the band, and they hit the stage floor. As they got up to try to evacuate they saw men with machine guns just shooting anything and everything in the venue." Michael Dorio said. "They heard more than they could see because of the stage lights."

He says Julian told him the venue held about 1,500 people.

"I don't know if it was seated or standing but Julian, the lead singer and some of the crew, there was a door back of the stage that led to a street and they flew out the back door," Michael Dorio said.

We are beyond devastated by this news and our thoughts are with Paris and everyone affected by this tragedy.

Bataclan concert venue:

La châleur et le ronron des guitares. #bataclan #gig #eaglesofdeathmetal

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#Vendredi13 Dans quel monde vit-on mon dieu? 😠😠😠 #Fusillades 🔫🔫🔫 #Paris 🗼 #75 #Bataclan

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Our thoughts are with everyone in Paris as some scary news is unfolding at multiple locations around the city. According to multiple news sources, hostages have been taken at Paris Bataclan concert hall where Eagles of Death Metal were playing tonight. The above live shot of the band playing was posted less than hour before the above news tweet.

Deftones are scheduled to play the Batacan the next three nights.

According to the Daily Beast, about 100 hostages were taken inside the concert.

According to French band Red Lemons, the band got out safe.

CNN says:

Paris police tell CNN there were three attacks. Attackers reportedly used AK-47 automatic weapons. There were one or two explosions at the Stade de France.

At least 18 people were killed in shootings in central Paris late Friday, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported.

The network reported there was a hostage situation at one of the three sites where shootings took place. BFMTV said the ongoing hostage situation was at a theater named Bataclan.


6:52 EST: Multiple news sources are reporting that police have stormed the concert hall.

7:21 EST: Devastating update: "AFP quotes police sources as saying about 100 people have been killed in the Bataclan concert venue."

7:44 EST: the number of dead in the concert hall is now at 118.

We are beyond devastated by this news and our thoughts are with Paris and everyone affected by this tragedy.

We'll continue to update this post.

by Tatiana Tenreyro

Nicole Yun
Nicole Yun photo by Thomas James Keywood

Eternal Summers released their fifth album, Gold & Stone, via Kanine Records, fittingly, this past summer. This is their first self-produced album and one of their best. Gold & Stone is a vibrant, dreamlike record, yet it doesn't shy away from also combining punk elements that the band has previously used in other albums. Eternal Summers also experienced another first by going on their first-ever Europe/UK tour. Despite being back home for only a week, they're going to CMJ, where they will play five shows.

I spoke with frontwoman Nicole Yun about their last LP, their European and UK tour, their stunning music videos, and CMJ.


BV: You recently came back from touring Europe and the UK, your first ever European tour. How does touring in Europe/UK differ from the US?

Nicole of Eternal Summers: Yeah, it's really interesting, going over there. I think the main thing that we noticed is that every country had a different vibe. People are really serious about concerts over there. Watching shows, I barely saw anyone with phones out ever, not even to text or take photos. People were there just to really pay attention to the music. Sometimes that was hard for us, depending on where we were. In England, we had to get used to the fact that people paid so much attention that they don't move, they just watch, but then afterwards people would be like, 'Hey. I really enjoyed that'. We noticed after three shows in England, that people are just not going to move as much, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's not a good show.

But then, we noticed in Paris and Germany, people did move around a lot, but they were just so there for the show and not distracted at all. It was just really interesting because in the US, I love that generally people know how to move their neck or head, like bob around a little bit. And they can be really small, but you can tell "Okay, they're having fun." But I think, just that respect level of "I'm not even going to bring my phone out at all" is just not an American thing. I don't know if it's a bad thing or a good thing, but it's just one of those first things that was really super obvious to us.

It sounds like a good thing.

I think it was, and I really feel like over there, they don't really take it for granted when people come from overseas to play shows. I think people are like "I'm here for a concert and these people came from overseas to play, it gets my undivided attention." I thought it was really, really cool.

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Continue reading "an interview w/ Eternal Summers (on playing CMJ, touring Europe, their new album, videos, songwriting & more)"


Bjork posted the following message to her website last week:

A few years ago doctors found a vocal polyp on me chords ... i decided to go the natural way and for 4 years did stretches and tackled it with different foods and what not . then they discovered better technology and i got tempted into hi tech lazer stuff and i have to say , in my case anyway : surgery rocks ! i stayed quiet for 3 weeks and then started singing and definitely feel like my chords are as good as pre nodule ! it´s been very satisfying to sing all them clear notes again . im sorry i had to cancel stuff earlier in the year , didnt want to talk about this until i knew for sure if it would work . so looking forward to singing for you in 2013 all the warmth ,björk.
That sounds like good news! The Independent has even more:
"[Bjork]is now considering adopting the fan-funding model to raise money to reprogram Biophilia for Android. "It was always our target that it wouldn't be a coffee-table thing for rich kids. We are going to go to Paris in February and the West Coast of the States in the spring. And then we could go to South Central. And teach them about scales and chords. I'm kidding... No, I'm not, actually!""
The article also points out that her new favorite band is Death Grips who are responsible for two remixes on her new Biophilia remix album.

The France Biophilia shows were officially announced today. Check out the exact dates and venues below. The "West Coast of the States" dates mentioned above, have still not been announced, but perhaps there is some Coachella in her future? If so, and Sigur Ros in fact are playing too, it will be a good year for fans of Icelandic music. Oh, and she told NY Mag earlier this year, when she was in NYC for her residency here, that she was planning on San Francisco (which would fit nicely between Coachella's two weekends).

More info on Paris below...

Continue reading "Bjork had vocal surgery, announces Paris shows, loves Death Grips, planning more US gigs (maybe Coachella?)"

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to make up for missing last week, here's an early 'week in dance' by David Bruno....

@ an Ed Banger Costume Party in Paris (CRED)
Ed Banger Costume

Bonjour party people. Sorry for yet another absence but I was spending some time in Paris. As a result, I've got loads of fantastic new music to turn you on to in the next few weeks, but first lets get caught up on upcoming events this week.....

Booka Shade returns on Thursday night (August 2) at Studio B in Brooklyn for the rare weekday Fixed party. As far as live electronic music goes, Booka Shade are one of the top bands out there. The boys at RVNG have posted up the Booka Shade Essential Mix for your review. (They've also just put out a killer tee shirt!)

More beeeeeeelow.....

Continue reading "the (early) week in Dance w/ David Bruno (07/31/07)"