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Michael Cera is now a Broadway man
Michael Cera is now a Broadway man

Michael Cera is branching out these days. The 26-year old actor is appearing in a Broadway play which began preview performances last night (8/18) with opening night set for September 11 at the Cort Theatre. Its called This is Our Youth, and it's written by Margaret and You Can Count On Me auteur Kenneth Lonergan. The play is Lonergan's Broadway debut, and it reunites Cera with his Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World costar Kieran Culkin and also stars Rookie founder/editor-in-chief Tavi Gevinson, with original music by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. It follows a group of drugged-out rich kids in New York in 1982. (The original 1996 off-off Broadway and 1998 off-Broadway runs starred Mark Rufalo.) The play was recently performed in Chicago as a warmup the broadway production with the same cast. Tickets for This Is Our Youth are on sale now.

As you may have heard by now, Michael Cera also recently released a lo-fi/bedroom solo album via bandcamp (not the first time he's exposed the world to his musical skills). Its called true that and it pretty much sounds how you might guess a Michael Cera solo album would sound. You can stream it below.

In other This Is Our Youth news, Tavi Gevenson is on the cover of the Aug. 11-24 edition of NY Mag, and they did a lengthy story on her which you can read here. Also, Kieran Culkin's brother, Macauley, is busy in his band The Pizza Underground, who announced a tour with Har Mar Superstar.

Stream true that below...

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The Blow @ MHOW, November 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Blow

While not as unexpected as My Bloody Valentine or Mazzy Star, The Blow released their first new full-length in seven years, which NPR's Bob Boilen just named his #1 album of 2013. One of the songs off The Blow, ""You're My Light," just got a remix by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and you can stream that below.

Meanwhile, singer Khaela Maricich just gave us her Top 10 of 2013. Most of it is music related, but there are art and TV choices in there too, and she provides commentary as well. You can check out that list below.

In other news, The Blow wrapped up their tour not too long ago and are already looking towards the next record:

We are in the west, taking a bit of a break. Soon, we will be even farther west, as far as one can go, and recording a new album. We won't stay west forever, the east will pull us back, we will just be here long enough to pretend that we are living in the seventies with a sailboat and a hammock and a lot of good parties in the hills.
Let's hope we don't have to wait seven years for the next one.

Check out Khaela's Top 10 list and that remix below...

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Hunx as Gayracula
Halloween costumes

All things considered, we hope you had a Happy Halloween. You already saw what John Vanderslice and Freelance Whales dressed up as, and Dum Dum Girls' nun costumes (Crocodiles in there too). We also already posted Deap Vally, Those Darlins & the Mountain Goats in Halloween attire, and you saw Vampire Weekend all decked out for Kimmel. Here's a whole bunch more. That's Hunx and a punx above. See the rest (sort of NSFW), below...

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Sound of My Voice

As the Film Stage wrote over a year ago:

Vampire Weekend bandmember and producer Rostam Batmanglij will debut his first film score at The Sundance Film Festival in the drama Sound of My Voice, which was written and directed by his brother Zal Batmanglij.

The film, which according to Pitchfork (via Playlist) centers on a couple of cult-infiltrators in California, is Zal's first feature-length production. While little else is known about this indie, Rostam's involvement could mean a soundtrack release.

Though I don't know about the soundtrack release, much more is known this film now - since that was written in January 2011, and the film has not only screened at Sundance, but at SXSW too (and probably other places).

Now, Sound of My Voice finally opens in theaters tonight (4/27) via Fox Searchlight who is giving it a wider release. Check out the first 12 minutes of the movie at its website, or just view the creepy trailer, below...

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Neon Indian @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Neon Indian

Neon Indian, who has a label and is throwing a showcase at SXSW this year, announced a tour a while back with a mysterious Museum of Modern Art show on the schedule. That museum show is TONIGHT (3/7), and here's the latest info:

THE ARMORY PARTY
MARCH 7, 2012
Performance by NEON INDIAN

Thank you for your interest in purchasing tickets to the MoMA Armory Party. Tickets are no longer being sold online. You may purchase tickets on March 7th in person at The Armory Show (Pier 94 or Pier 92) or at the door of the event at MoMA starting at 8:00PM. Tickets may sell out and are first come first serve.

Tickets are also still on sale for Neon Indian's upcoming show at Terminal 5. All dates HERE.

Neon Indian's Alan Palomo recently hooked up with Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Vijay Iyer (Vijay Iyer Trio), Ashok Kondabolu (Das Racist), Alan Palomo (Neon Indian), Amrit Singh (Stereogum), Himanshu Suri (Das Racist), and Anand Wilder (Yeasayer) to go on a hunt for good South Indian food in NYC. Their "Dosa Hunt" has been made into a film produced by Amrit. You can watch the trailer below....

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Rostam Batmanglij
Small Black

As predicted, Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend and Das Racist's Heems were both surprise guests at Small Black's mixtape release celebration at Glassands on 11/18 with Heavenly Beat. Download your copy of Small Black's Moon Killer FREE mixtape at their site. Check out Das Racist on Conan O'Brien tonight (11/28).

More pictures from the Glasslands record release show are below...

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Small Black

Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black released a free 11 song mixtape on 11/11/11 called Moon Killers. The band says:

It features a bunch of new original tracks, 2 collaborations with Heems of Das Racist and remixes by Star Slinger & Phonetag and other goodies. Its full of samples from and homages to songs we love and the city that we live in. Something we could never do on a record.

After 2 years of non-stop recording and touring, this project was a chance to give people who've supported us something free to enjoy. Hope you enjoy it.

You can download it HERE or just listen to it below.

Though released exactly a week ago, the band will officially be celebrating in Brooklyn tonight (11/18) at Glasslands. The band says they'll "be playing tons of material from the tape, along with a few other VERY SPECIAL surprises and guests." I'm pretty sure one of those guest is mixtape contributor Heems and that another is Rostam from Vampire Weekend. Heavenly Beat is also on the bill and tickets are still on sale. Note: doors at are 11:30PM.

Mixtape below...

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Relax

Das Racist, who DJ'd PS1 this past weekend, are releasing their first official album Relax on September 13 via Greedhead (artwork above). The album is the followup to the two mixtapes they released lat year, Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man. Relax features production from Das Racist themselves, Patrick Wimberly, Anand Wilder (of Yeasayer), El-P, Diplo, Rostam (of Vampire Weekend), Blood Diamonds (who are playing Glasslands soon), and others. The album also features guest spots from Danny Brown, Despot, and Bikram Singh. Check out the lead track "Michael Jackson" along with the track's artwork below.

Das Racist at Pitchfork Festival (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Das Racist

Das Racist have some upcoming dates this summer, including the free Mad Decent Block Party in Philly and the free Afro-Punk Fest in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 27. The two day Afro-Punk Fest, which Das Racist were recently added to, also has Cee Lo, Janelle Monae, Toro y Moi, Fishbone and many more. Schedule still TBA.

Das Racist will kick off a fall tour with Despot and Danny Brown at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on September 12. Tickets for the Bowery show, which is also the record release show, go on sale Friday (8/5) at noon.

All Das Racist dates, "Michael Jackson", and tracklist below...

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alela

At the Apple Store in SoHo Friday: "Join musician Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend for a talk about his projects, including his score for the film "Sound of My Voice." March 4, 7:00 p.m."

Vampire Weekend's last release was an Apple iTunes session (recorded this past September at New York's Avatar Studios... "It includes a completely reworked rocksteady version of their hit "Holiday", plus "A-Punk", "Cousins" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa". The session also includes two covers: Bruce Springsteen's "I'm Going Down" and The Honeycombs' "Have I The Right". Three horn players joined the band for the sessions".).

At Drom Saturday: BAIO (aka Chris Baio of Vampire weekend) DJs with Alex English.

Monday, March 07, 2011 at 7:00 PM: "Alela Diane & Wild Divine in a live charity performance for Housing Works. Special preview show of her new album and band Alela Diane & Wild Divine (produced by Scott Litt) out on Rough Trade 4/5."

That's a picture of Alela Diane's new album above. More about it below....

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photos by Alex Reside

Kid Cudi

Pictures and video from last night's Converse party at Music Hall of Williamsburg continue below...

Continue reading "Rostam, Best Coast & Kid Cudi performed "All Summer" (and others songs) @ MHOW (pics & video)"

Vampire Weekend

You may have heard by now that Vampire Weekend, XL Recordings and a photographer named Tod Brody are being sued for 2 million dollars by Contra cover model Kirsten Kennis. She claims that she never gave permission for them to use a picture that was taken of her in 1983 (back when she was actually a model), and that the photographer basically tricked the band and label into thinking they were buying it legally. She says the band and label are also at fault for not doing due diligence when they paid $5000 for the picture from Tod. She thinks she deserves 2 million because her picture was obviously the reason the band's album was so successful... That's basically the info that most sites are posting, but I obtained a copy of the court documents and there's more...

First of all, her full name is Ann Kirsten Kennis, though when she was a model she just went by "Kirsten". She was a "high-fashion model under contract with prestigious agencies in New York City" in the 80's and early 90's. Her picture has appeared in clothing, jewelry, cosmetics and automobile ads, and for that she was "highly compensated" and "enjoyed numerous assignments".

She lives in Fairfield, CT, and most interestingly, she claims Tod didn't even take the picture. Her real last name doesn't even appear in the contract Vampire Weekend signed when they bought it. The allegedly forged/fake contract is with "Kirsten Johnsen" and signed by "Kirsten Johnson" (yes, the document has the last name spelled two different ways).

If Tod didn't take the picture, I'm not sure how he thought he would get away with it since she would obviously eventually see it. Whether he took it or not, it's still displayed in his portfolio (with "kirsten" in the file name), though his page that displayed the Vampire Weekend album cover is now gone.

Not content with all that, I went on a search for another picture of Kirsten, but unfortunately I came up dry though I do think I found a picture of her dog, and what might be her not-quite-operational "Cosmic Cubs" teddy bear website (which would be consistent with the possibility that her family is in the toy business). It's also possible that back before she was married, her name may have been Ann Klendshoj which is the name of someone who had a nasty run in with a creepy doctor in 1994. Speaking of creepy, I'll end this paragraph here.

Rostam from Vampire Weekend, Kid Cudi & Bethany of Best Coast made a new song for Converse. The video for that track, "All Summer", is below...

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Vampire Weekend @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Bao Nguyen)
Vampire Weekend

In the spring of 2006, Columbia University senior Rostam Batmanglij was entertaining literary society parties with his fledgling postmodern Afro-pop band, Vampire Weekend, and wondering if he could pull off life as a professional musician. By the spring of 2008, he was playing the band's runaway hit single, "A-Punk," on Saturday Night Live. Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut had been out only a few months, but fans and critics had been clamoring over it for most of the year. After months of feverish blog hype and the release of an EP that only stoked the fires, the band landed on the March 2008 cover of Spin, which annointed them the year 's Best New Band before their album had even come out -- a first in the magazine's history. Looking back, it still seems insane that a bunch of cerebral schoolboys in pastel cardigans could go from cramming at the library to performing on SNL in the span of a couple of semesters. But according to Batmanglij -- the band's producer, co-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and sole gay member -- Vampire Weekend was meant to be huge. "We all had a strong feeling about the band from the early days," he says. "We had this opportunity to be really out there and avant-garde, but also commercially successful." [Out]
Vampire Weekend will be playing Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, September 15th. Tickets go on AmEx presale February 24th at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.

The last time they played NYC, in January, the band did three nights at three venues: United Palace, Webster Hall and Bowery Ballroom.

They currently have shows booked around Europe, the United States (most with Abe Vigoda opening) and Australia. All those are below.

They just put out a new tennis-centric video for their song "Giving Up the Gun" with cameos by RZA, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers and Lil' Jon. That's below...

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