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Photos by Johnny Nunez

Smirnoff Party

Nas (and Kells), N.E.R.D., Spank Rock and Grandmaster Flash performed at the Smirnoff party at Capitale in Manhattan on Tuesday night. N.E.R.D.'s next NYC show is for Diesel this Saturday. Nas has one coming up at Hammerstein Ballroom. More pictures from Capitale below...

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by Black Bubblegum

Q-Tip, Maryland, 7/27/08, and lookie what he's wearing... (seoulchild)

"The Abstract", aka Q-Tip, has announced The Renaissance - due October 14th (but let's not hold our breath). The new track "Gettin Up" is currently streaming at his myspace. The new album marks Tip's (not T.I.P.'s) first album since the almost-entirely-J.Dilla-fied Amplified that came out nine years ago.

"The Ab" along with Phife Dawg, Jarobi, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad will reunite at the Rock The Bells Festival as A Tribe Called Quest, flanked by fellow Native Tongues members De La Soul and Mos Def, as well as Nas, Raekwon & Ghostface (playing tracks from their FOREVER upcoming, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II), a reunited Pharcyde (!), Immortal Technique, Method Man & Redman and dead prez. The NY date is this Sunday (August 3rd) at Jones Beach. Set times are below...

When they aren't reuniting, Q-Tip & Ali Shaheed Muhammad have been busy spinning records at Triple Crown, APT, and most recently, Santos Party House among other spots.

And in case ya missed it, Nas hates Rupert Murdoch. Check out those set times...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells Sunday set times, new music by Q-Tip"

photos by Bao Nguyen

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Bao spent all day Saturday (July 19) running from Siren stage to Siren stage taking pictures and watching bands. In a heat wave. He didn't really feel like going to Whartscape in Baltimore the very next day (July 20), but he did (just a little late).

At a minimum he was hoping to report back on the very first performance of Who Is The Tunafish Man? (aka the Dan Deacon, Girl Talk & Spank Rock supergroup). Unfortunately, lack of permits and cops stopped that from happening, AND Black Dice didn't get to play because of rain. White Williams, Adeventure, Dan Deacon, Trey Told Em, Grand Buffet, Double Dagger and many others played before Bao got there, which was in time to catch Ponytail and then Parts & Labor (the only band on Sunday's 14-hour Whartscape bill that were also at Siren the day before). On top of that, Bao forgot to charge his camera battery, it was hot again (especially at the late part inside that got busted), and the whole festival was eventually running almost 2 hours behind (not that it ultimately mattered). More on the timing, who played, and a few pics (he didn't take that many to save battery life for the headliners) below...

Continue reading "Cops & rain messed w/ Whartscape, Who Is The Tunafish Man? (Deacon + Girl Talk + Spankrock) didn't play, poor Bao"

This weekend in Baltimore:

in addition to my set and greggs trey told em set on sunday july 20, at whartscape, gregg gillis (girltalk), naeem juwan (spankrock) and i (dan deacon) will be doing a joint set of all new material jams eternal.

gregg and i have been talking about doing a band together for some time and i'm really excited naeem is going to be a part of it for this rad first birth. hopefully our sick jams turn out sick. tickets are still available but close to selling out. getting tickets would be safer than just showing up.

ok baltimore, see you soooooon

also "get funky"


Where does Hearts of Darkness fit in? Hearts of Darkness is half of Trey Told Em. The other half is Greg Gillis (as Dan also pointed out). Trey Told Em will perform live at Whartscape (as Dan also pointed out).

Hearts of Darkness is also playing the Delancey in NYC tonight (with a secret guest) (thx SAK).

Girl Talk tour dates HERE.

Black Star

I have one pair of tickets to the previously mentioned Flavorpill event at the Museum of Natural History (flyer below). For a chance at winning them, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: One Step Beyond). Include your first and last name. One winner will be notified.

Continue reading "Black Star playing McCarren Pool w/ NERD? + win Museum tix"

Studio B (NewYorkShitty is still pissed and made this picture)
Studio B rooftop

"I don't want to be associated with marijuana, but I do want to be associated with not doing what people want me to do," said Sabina Sciubba, the seductive Italian-German lead singer of Brazilian Girls, as she lit up a joint on stage at Studio B during Friday's party for the club's new rooftop level. Her multilingual, electro-lounge performance, along with a gamine outfit of red tights under a see-through tutu, an Obama T-shirt, and white plastic sunglasses, literally brought down the upstairs crowd.

Heavyhanded guards manning a candlelit staircase at the back of the venue kept the rooftop from getting too packed before and after the New York quartet's performance, but could do nothing to prevent the upstairs cocktail menu from selling out fast. "Interdisciplinary creative team" Andrew Andrew sipped matching Coronas amidst the palm trees dotting the 9,000 square-foot space, complete with an extra-long bar, skyline views, and DJ booth. Coming soon: a retractable glass covering that will keep crowds coming to Greenpoint's outskirts year-round, eternal lack of taxis notwithstanding. [BlackBook]

The neighbors may have successfully put a curse on salad dressing representative Spank Rock, but they couldn't stop the new Studio B rooftop from opening this weekend. Brazilian Girls played their show on Friday, and the Erol Alkan shindig happened on Saturday. How were they? How is the roof?

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"