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Spank Rock wishbone

Joey from NYC just wrote in with this message.....

I thought the Santogold Miller Lite commercial was weird...until I just saw the SPANK ROCK WISHBONE SALAD DRESSING COMMERCIAL! WHAT THE FUCK??!
Photo (minus the dressing) from Nicky Digital.

Spank Rock did not play Studio B Friday.

Amanda Blank covering for Spank Rock @ Coachella 2008 (jonprc)
Amanda Blank @ Coachella

Today we learned that Naeem Juwan Hanks (aka MC Spank Rock) experienced a serious sudden health problem that will cause him to have to cancel his Studio B performance this Friday.

Naeem Juwan Hanks (aka MC Spank Rock) experienced a serious sudden ailment that resulted in his inability to perform at Coachella this past weekend and will cause him to have to cancel his Studio B rooftop performance in NYC this week. While in Indio, at the Coachella Music festival, he had to endure two emergency room visits (one hour before his set time) that eventually resulted in an actual operation on Monday and he now remains in Palm Springs to recover from this unexpected surgery. Our love and well wishes go his way and our thanks to involved industry peers and fans for their understanding and support.

We wish him the best and hope he feels better soon.

While this unfortunate circumstance is beyond our control, we'd like to offer refunds to those Spank Rock fans who wish to no longer attend due to their cancellation.

Customers who purchased tickets online via Ticketweb will receive an email with refund instructions. Those seeking a refund who purchased tickets at either Other Music or Sound Fix should follow up with Studio B directly using this email: generalinquiries@clubstudiob.com with SPANK ROCK REFUND in the subject.

We hope to see you this Friday with Brazilian Girls, The Rub, Chester French ,Roxy Cottontail, 88-Keys, and more with the debut of Studio B's new rooftop, starting at 9 PM !

Thank you, Studio B

So to answer the question asked by "Anonymous | April 8, 2008 5:30 PM": NO. But in all seriousness I hope he is doing okay.

"Spank rock isn't real hip hop , it would be disrepectful to have him on the same bill as Rakim.." [Anonymous]

Rock the Bells

I don't know who wrote the above anonymous comment, but I've had more than one conversation with more than one hip hop fan about the very same thing - "real" vs "hipster" and/or "fake" hip hop. Are Spank Rock and friends "hip hop"? Does it matter? I don't care, but it's always a fun conversation, and I couldn't help but notice the strong prescence Spank Rock and friends have on this year's Rock the Bells festival lineup - a festival that is is, for the most part anyway, about hip hop.

on a related note: Santogold also has shows coming up at the Virgin Megastore and Summerstage. Spank Rock is playing Studio B.

Studio B, Banker Street, Brooklyn, NY (paulinka)
Studio B

Tickets are on sale for a "Brazilian Girls with Spank Rock , The Rub , DJ Roxy Cottontail" show @ Studio B on May 2nd. Why? Because:

Have you heard...? It's true. Studio B is opening a rooftop garden on May 2, just in time for Spring! To celebrate the event we're planning a blow-out, throw-down featuring Brazilian Girls, Spank Rock, The Rub, DJ Roxy Cottontail and more tba! Tickets on sale today. So come join us as we unveil our Greenpoint oasis.
[Studio B]
Tickets are also still on sale for the Black Kids / Cut Copy show on May 13th.

Midnight Juggernauts @ Terminal 5, NYC - Oct 22, 2007 (tixgirl)
Midnight Juggernauts @ Terminal 5

Midnight Juggernauts make great dance music. I don't know about their live show though. I heard mixed things about their opening sets for Justice at Terminal 5. That said, tickets are on sale for a May 9th show at Bowery Ballroom - part of a Coachella-related tour the Australian band is going on with NYC's Shy Child.

Shy Child recently signed to Kill Rock Stars.

Shy Child Set To Release Sophomore Smash "Noise Won't Stop" May 5th On Kill Rock Stars Features Spank Rock & Produced By Chris Zane (White Rabbits/Asobi Seksu/Les Savy Fav)
Midnight Juggernaut's new album is coming out on Astralwerks.
Midnight Juggernauts are proud to announce the release of their long-awaited debut album Dystopia on May 27th through Astralwerks.
All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Midnight Juggernauts & Shy Child - Tour Dates, albums"

GZA @ Studio B, NYC - Feb 1, 2008 (Chris La Putt)
GZA @ Studio B

Spank Rock never showed up to that show. Check out the heated comments section for more like the quote above.

Now it's RZA's turn to play Studio B......this Friday, and it's free...

Continue reading "RZA playing Studio B (free), GZA did, Spank Rock didn't"

GZA is playing at Studio B tonight (Feb 1) (thx Chris).

DOWNLOAD: Santogold - L.E.S. Artistes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Santogold - you'll find a way (switch and sinden mix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Santogold - Shuv it ft. Spank Rock (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Santogold - Shove It (KMFX rmx) (MP3)


Santogold (a nickname she got from a classmate back in the '80's for her sister-girl style) is a project that's all about Santi: new band, programmed beats, tons of reggae influences, an impressive list of producers and collaborators, all spiked with Whites's varying vocal styles. In her new song "LES Artistes" she addresses the way folks tend to front like they're something they're not. "I'm an old school artist," she says. "I don't care about looking the part all the time, and in the modern entertainer world it's all about looking the part. In fact, you don't even have to have anything beyond that. If you look the part then you are the part. I just can't be bothered half the time." [FADER]
Why did it take me this long to post about one of my favorite shows of 2007 - the artist I left CMJ this year feeling most excited about? I don't know. RSVP to see Santogold, White Williams (what else is new), Rapture DJs, and DJ David Bruno - for free tonight (Dec 13) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. More photos of Santogold at the FADER party (Oct 20, 2007), below....

Continue reading "Santogold - pics from CMJ, free show tonight"


01 LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver
15 Les Savy Fav: Let's Stay Friends
16 The Good, the Bad & the Queen: self-titled
17 Britney Spears: Blackout
18 Bruce Springsteen: Magic
19 Josh Ritter: The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
20 El-P: I'll Sleep When You're Dead
El-P played Studio B last night, and other stuff. Watch El-P diss Spank Rock. Read the whole Guardian list.

American Music Favorites

* American Music Awards
* VNV Nation is at Music Hall
* Ani Difranco is playing Town Hall
* The Bird and the Bee are @ the Gramercy Theatre
* Buck 65 was moved from Bowery Ballroom to Mercury Lounge

Slash BookThe American Music Awards are on tonight, The White Stripes (friends of Beck) are up for Favorite "Alternative Rock Music" Artist. Their competition? Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance (only three artists are nominated in each category). Nickelback, Maroon 5 & Linkin Park are competing for "Favorite Band, Duo or Group". I guess there's no reason to watch that one. Performers include Duran Duran (who were recently affected by the Broadway strike) and Rihanna (who appears on a new disc of Def Jam rarities). Slash (who has a new book out) and Gene Simmons (who doesn't care about Radiohead) are both presenting awards.

Speaking of awards, below you'll find a bunch of videos from the mtvU ones (including one of Spank Rock live-blogging). What else?

Continue reading "What's Going on Sunday? (American Music Awards)"


Tickets go on sale Wednesday for a December 18th Lupe Fiasco "record release" show at the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza. The new record is called "The Cool", and the first single "Superstar" is streaming at Lupe's page.

I saw Lupe Fiasco perform last week - ONE WHOLE SONG (and with a member of Fall Out Boy) at the mtvU awards at Roseland - the same show Spank Rock was drunk at. That's Lupe in the photo above. It was taken by Leia Jospe for BrooklynVegan. So were all the other pictures in this post. More photos of Lupe, Rilo Kiley (played 2 or 3 songs), Annie Lennox (accepted an award), Peter Bjorn and John (nominated, men about town), Spank Rock (played 2 songs), Tokyo Police Club (played 2 or 3 songs, then explored the basement of Roseland with us) & other characters present at the event....

Continue reading "LUPE FIASCO playing NYC + pics from the 2007 WOODIES (Tokyo Police Club, Spank Rock, Rilo Kiley)"

A drunken Spank Rock (Naeem Juwan) was the star of the mtvU Awards at Roseland Ballroom last night - on stage, and mostly off...

Spank Rock @ The mtvU Awards

Spank Rock @ The mtvU Awards

Spank Rock @ The mtvU Awards

9:32 - (Spank Rock just came to our table and drank the Gothamist Liveblogger’s beer, then demanded I allow him to blog. What follows is exactly what he typed, unedited - obviously - except for asterisks to tone down the naughty words)


He eventually got kicked out, though he did show up again at the afterparty. His scheduled performance was actually just two songs. Santogold (and all the girls you see in the pictures) joined him for both of them. More coverage coming soon. More photos like those in this post, at Last Night's Party.

Spank Rock's antics = way more interesting than who won, but if you're interested......

Continue reading "Spank Rock live-blogged the mtvU Awards (sort of)"

weird, but true....

Amy Winehouse with The Olson Twins in London, Oct 9, 2007
Amy Winehouse and Mary Kate and Ashley OlsonAmy Winehouse and Mary Kate and Ashley Olson

Amy Winehouse never made it to NYC last time she was supposed to (a lot of times actually). Let's see if she makes it next time - to the 2007 MTVU Woodie Awards taking place at Roseland Ballroom on November 18th. Spank Rock is playing too. More info, and nominees, below....

Continue reading "Amy Winehouse, Spank Rock playing the MTVU Woodies"

DOWNLOAD: Ghostland Observatory - Sad, Sad City (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Spank Rock - Lindsay Lohan (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Earl Greyhound - SOS (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Apes - What We Do Best (MP3)

Ghostland Observatory @ ACL, 2007 (CRED)
Ghostland Observatory

I couldn't believe it when Ghostland Observatory was headlining (and sold out) Bowery Ballroom, and I couldn't believe it even more when they were the biggest thing ever in the world at Austin City Limits this year - they headlined one of the stages (right before Bob Dylan played on another stage) on the last night of the festival, and you couldn't get within a mile of them - they are HUGE (in their hometown of Austin at least).

I sort of got into them for the first time there too - even though I was tired, couldn't get anywhere near them, etc - I felt like under the right circumstances - it could work out between us....He can sing, and it's definitely danceable. (ok, I like them, I'll say it)

Tickets are on sale for an October 19th CMJ Ghostland Observatory show at Webster Hall.

Over the summer, Spank Rock and Ghostland played the same party at McCarren Pool. Spank Rock likes to dance on top of computers. Spank Rock is also playing CMJ. October 19th @ Irving Plaza:

* Spank Rock
* Noisettes
* Yo Majesty
* Earl Greyhound
* Santogold
* The Apes
Is it safe to assume that the theme of this CMJ showcase is related to the fact that all the groups have at least one African American musician in them? Whatever it is, it's hot. No tix yet.

Yo Majesty are also playing Highline Ballroom with Islands and Trail of Dead. Yo Majesty are also playing an unannounced BrooklynVegan party.

Ghostland & Spack Rock tour dates below....

Continue reading "SPANK ROCK & GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY playing CMJ ++++ 2007 Tour Dates & whatnot"

DOWNLOAD: Santogold - you'll find a way (switch and sinden mix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Santogold - Shuv it ft. Spank Rock (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Santogold - Shove It (KMFX rmx) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Spank Rock - Sweet Talk (MP3)

Spank Rock & Santogold @ Rebel (MSG afterparty) - Sept 24, 2007 (CRED)
Spank Rock

Santogold is not to be confused with M.I.A., but she is friends with her. She's also friends with Diplo, Switch, Sinden, Amanda Blank and of course Spank Rock. Spank Rock joined her on stage when she opened for Bjork at MSG last week, and then they played together again at the Klaxons afterparty at Rebel later that night. Santogold's next announced NYC show is October 20th at Highline Ballroom - part of CMJ (a Steve Aoki party).

Three days before Bjork - Spank Rock was billed as the DJ at an Apple Store in Manhattan (at midnight). Ends up it turned out to be much, much more....

Spank Rock @ The Apple Store, NYC - Sept 21, 2007 (CRED)
Spank Rock

.........a female fan came up on the "stage" and spank rock began dancing with her. nothing extraordinary, just some good 'ol fan participation. this must have been the straw that broke the camel's back for one of the older apple staff. he barged his way through the 10 or so people behind the "stage" to get to spank rock (who was lying on the ground, as he often does during performances). the man grabbed spank rock's leg. when this didn't get the results he was hoping for, the man went after spank rock. the entourage (who were sitting on a shelf behind the "stage") quickly rushed to break it up. water was flying everywhere and a angry spank rock emerged from the pile without his trademark glasses, shirt torn and soaking wet. although obviously furious, spank rock's calm mannered appearance prevailed as he dove off the "stage" into the crowd as if to say 'thank you and goodnight.' after returning to the "stage" he hopped down off the table and walked toward the exit marking the abrupt ending......... [Life's Bathroom]
More pics, and info on new Spank Rock, below...

Continue reading "SANTOGOLD, a scuffle @ The Apple Store & the fabulous life of SPANK ROCK (Bangers & Cash)"

Bjork @ Austin City Limits 2007 (CRED)
Bjork @ ACL

Bjork's big show at Madison Square Garden in NYC is tonight (Sept 24). The Klaxons are opening, and so is Santogold - which is BrooklynWhamCityConsistent with Bjork's choice of Spank Rock opening for her last time she was in town. And speaking of Spank Rock and Santogold, they're also both playing the Klaxons-MSG afterparty at Rebel, which (as David Bruno reported) is free if you RSVP. This is also a good spot to mention that the Klaxons are listing a Webster Hall show on October 12th which is "currently not on sale".

I'm supposed to go tonight, but should I? I just saw her at Austin City Limits (she headlined the first day), and probably because I was spoiled from going to all three of her last NYC shows (Radio City, United Palace & The Apollo), I had trouble getting into it (set list here). I was also tired (flew in that morning - was at festival all day), far from the stage, alone, supposed to already be at my own afterparty (which I had no idea how I was going to get to), and in a huge field with thousands of people. I guess I had trouble connecting with the show - like it was just this thing happening on a stage far away that I could sort of hear (I felt that way during Arcade Fire too) (wah, I know). You might have heard that a speaker caught on fire during Bjork's set which was the second fire that day at the fest.

Maybe sitting in a seat at MSG with stadium sound will be better. Do you want to go to tonight? The 30th person to e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Bjork) will get a free pair of tickets. Include your first and last name. Tickets are also still on sale.

* Bjork Live Album in the Works
* Bjork playing Conan O Brien Thursday
* Quirky Bjork Relocates Her Innocence, Explains Video Contest
* Bjork, QOTSA, MIA Highlight First Day Of ACL Fest

umbrellas @ McCarren Pool, Brooklyn, NY - Aug 19, 2007 (CRED)
McCarren Pool

Spank Rock @ McCarren Pool, Brooklyn, NY - Aug 19, 2007 (CRED)
McCarren Pool

no more free shows this summer...

Continue reading "Spank Rock, Ghostland Observatory & Yacht played McCarren"

This Sunday (August 19, 2007) will be the last free party of the summer at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn. Hopefully it won't be the last one ever - you don't have to agree, but whether you want the pool next year to look something like the above video, or something more like the hipster version of Scores - just make sure you let the government know. Only you can make a difference.

Sunday's lineup:McCarren Pool - Crack kills

* Ghostland Observatory
* The Rub DJs
**** The Cool Kids
**** Kid Sister
**** Betty Black
**** Pase Rock,
**** and surprise guests (Spank Rock??)
* Yacht
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. In addition to Feist/BSS, Modest Mouse & The Chemical Brothers, there will be one more ticketed show at the Pool this September, and it will be a benfit for OSA-Open Space Alliance-the entity most responsible for keeping concerts happening there. The date of the show is September 15th, and the lineup consists of the very talented Mr Jamie Lidell, and sir GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan - and YES, GZA will be performing Liquid Swords from start to finish - like he did at the Pitchfork Festival. Ticket details coming shortly.

Tour dates by many of the artists mentioned in this post, below...

Continue reading "Gza & Jamie Lidell (& Spank Rock??) playing McCarren Pool"

DOWNLOAD: TheDeathSet - Intermission (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: TheDeathSet - Paranoia (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: TheDeathSet - Negative Thinking (James Stovall Remix)

TheDeathSet in Baltimore (CRED)
The Death Set

Now that I finally got the Best Fwends post out there, it's finally time for the one about one of their friends - another Todd-P-Baltimore-Wham-City-Dan Deacon-Spank-Rock-Punk band that I've been getting pretty excited about lately - THE DEATH SET.

TheDeathSet @ Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY - May 25, 2007 (CRED)
The Death Set

This is also my chance to finally bring up the water balloon incident...

Last Friday was a show at Glasslands put on by Bikes In The Kitchen. It was a pretty great line-up, with Pterodactyl, Team Robespierre, Best Fwends, and theDeathset. The show was a sweaty good time (very sweaty, perspiration was condensing on the metal roof and occasionally dripping down on the crowd), until a random tragedy hit right at the start of Deathset's set. Some girls thought it would be funny to throw water balloons down on the crowd from the balcony. And it was funny. Until one of them, for whatever possible reason, decided to start throwing them past the band at the back of the stage where all of the amps/speakers/cables/sound equipment was.....[Suckapants on May 28, 2007]
....Meanwhile "Fuck you you fucking fuck" girl decides instead of simply giving me her details it would be a better idea to call the police after first trying to fight me all the time me thinking how ridiculous it actually is that my first fight will be with a girl. Luckily peoples pull her off. So in summary, this girl is not only an imbecile and an idiot, she is also a narc, causing the party to end. The police come and side with me after they hear the story and I tell them I don't want her to be arrested and they advise me to get an attorney which I don't have the first clue about and obviously being in a touring band can not afford. [TheDeathSet - June 4, 2007]
The Death Set have a new (twelve song) EP out this week. It features remixes by Dan Deacon and Bonde Do Role. Tonight (June 22, 2007) and tomorrow they play shows in NYC followed by a whole bunch more shows all over the place. Tonight is going to be especially nuts because they're on a bill with Matt and Kim and Parts and Labor - Above the Auto Parts Store....

Lightning Bolt - Above the Auto Parts Store, Brooklyn, NY - May 27, 2007 (CRED)
Lightning Bolt above the Auto Parts Store

Tomorrow night TheDeathSet play in Brooklyn again - @ Don Pedro's w/ SSS-spectres, The Trucks, DD/MM/YYYY, and Team Robespierre. All tour dates below....

Continue reading "THEDEATHSET - 2007 Tour Dates, MP3's, video & the water balloon incident (+tonight w/ Matt & Kim & Parts & Labor)"

Spank Rock @ Highline Ballroom, NYC - May 15, 2007 (CRED)
Spank Rock @ Highline Ballroom

Spank Rock, the hip-hop/funk/electro group originally from Baltimore that was the subject of an intense, year-long, behind-the-scenes industry battle, recently completed a four album deal with Downtown Records, the independent label responsible for launching Gnarls Barkley’s platinum-selling debut St. Elsewhere. Formed less than two years ago by former major label talent scout Josh Deutsch, Downtown beat out heavy-hitting contenders like Domino and Atlantic to sign the much-loved underground sensation known for its crafty beats, raunchy lyrics, and raucous live shows. [The Daily Swarm]
I believe all that except the part about Downtown (also the home of Art Brut and Cold War Kids) being independent. In fact, I guess that sort of means Atlantic was fighting itself sort of maybe? Here's more Spank Rock.

DOWNLOAD: Spank Rock - Bump (pink Skull Remix) (MP3)

Spank Rock @ Apollo Theater

I almost wrote that it was the wrong venue for Spank Rock to play, but then I remembered that we're talking about the legendary Apollo Theater here. In fact, even MC's Spank & Pase Rock dedicated their set to the late James Brown who played there many times (even after death). So I guess it could have been a party - actually Bjork was a party - it was just there wasn't really anybody in the place when Spank Rock started, and the people that were, were not about to get up out of their seats and start dancing (actually one guy sort of did).

Continue reading "Spank Rock @ Apollo Theater, NYC - pics"

Konono N°1 opening for Bjork @ Radio City, NYC (CRED)
Konono no1 @ Radio City

Despite what it says on Bjork's website and I in turn posted, Konono N°1 are not opening for Bjork at the Apollo Theater. Mudderfukin Spank Rock is instead. Awesome, and not surprising. Konono is still opening at United Palace.

Speaking of Mudderfukin, tickets are on sale for The Faint show at Webster Hall.

DOWNLOAD: Dirty Down Mix Vol. 1 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cornelius - Point of View Point (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wicked Pase Rock mix live from Miami (MP3) (via Fluokids)

Cornelius is touring. He gets to NYC on May 10th. I caught him this weekend at Coachella (hence the reason for no dance post last week). Here's a picture of his show in LA on Monday...

Cornelius @ The El Ray - Apr 30, 2007 (CRED)
Cornelius @ The El Ray

Spank Rock @ Coachella - 2007
Spank Rock @ Coachella 2007

Chk Chk Chk @ Coachella - 2007
Chk Chk Chk @ Coachella 2007

I'm going to geek out on Bjork too.

Wow. What an amazing show last night. After seeing her at Coachella and last night, I really hope that crunchy dance version of "Declare Independence" she rocks at the end of her set gets a proper release. "Raise Your Flag!" would go down well in the clubs. Speaking of da clubs, Spank Rock (who destroyed Coachella on Sunday night) remixed "Earth Intruders."

Zeitgeist: DANCE? Can You Feel It?

Larry TeeLarry Tee in this week's Village Voice:

"Dance music finally has an opportunity. It's kind of hot. I sense something is changing here."
Tricia Romano delves into the comings and goings of the fight against the Caberet Law, Larry Tee's proposed "Dance Music Invasion Festival" in NYC October 3rd through 7th, and the Dance Parade on May 19th (partly to protest the Caberet Law, partly to showcase dance (as in the act of)). Dance illegally this weekend: declare your independence.

Speaking of legality, the recent decision by the FCC's Copyright Royalty Board of Royalty Oversight, Discussion, and Redundancy that hiked up fees for internet broadcasters is being challenged by the SaveNetRadio organization. Internet radio is a crucial promotion vehicle for dance music. Go there and read up. Call your congressperson.

MobyMoby is kicking the dust off his stack of "Go" remixes and playing an old school rave set for the Cut & Trouble + Bass crews at the Masters of the Universe party at Studio B on Saturday (May 5th) night. Wear a mask and rave out. Other techno legends dropping through town this weekend: Sven Vath at Cielo tonight (Thursday May 3rd) and Juan Atkins at Sullivan Room Saturday (May 5th) (Tix).

Lots of Justice news this week. After a wild live set at Coachella that featured 45 minutes of cut, chopped, and fuzzed originals and pieces of their remixes, all performed from a Marshall stack stage. The boys have released their video for their massive next single "D.A.N.C.E." Its basically a pretty amazing ad for So Me's work with the Revolver clothing line. If this song isn't on every radio station this summer, I'd be very surprised. All of you PYTs make sure to kick the B.E.A.T. loud. Possibly one of the most anticipated dance albums of the past few years, Justice's † is out on Vice SOMETIME soon?

Justice video, more news, downloads, parties, and other surprises, BELOW....

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ David Bruno (05/03/07)"