Entries tagged with: Ted Nugent
Q-Tip leading protests in Times Square last night (photo via @alphajada)
Last night it was announced that the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson, MO police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protests sprung up all over the country. In NYC, Q-Tip lead protests in Times Square chanting "Whose streets? Our Streets!" and "Don't shoot! Hands Up!" Instagram videos of him in Times Square can be watched below.
Meanwhile, much much closer to the center of the story, Run the Jewels were performing in St. Louis, Missouri. Killer Mike, who sang about the police "terrorizing whoever, but mostly black boys" in his hyper-political song "Reagan," gave a moving, tearful speech during their set. "I knew it was coming...I knew it wasn't going to be good, but you motherfuckers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son, I have a 12-year-old son and I'm so afraid for them." You can watch it below.
Macklemore also took part in a protest in Ferguson, which Seattle King5 News has a clip of here.
Lots of other musicians expressed their feelings on social media. "I'm heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let's all pray for peace," Pharrell Williams tweeted. Talib Kweli tweeted, "I feel really bad for the family of Mike Brown. To my brothers & sisters in Ferguson my heart is with you & I will join you soon."
A few more:
Baseball, apple pie, decisions like this. #Merica— Tom Morello (@tmorello) November 25, 2014
Fuck This Bullshit !!! #JusticeForMikeBrown— Big Boi (@BigBoi) November 25, 2014
"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have"-James Baldwin. #FergusonDecision— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) November 25, 2014
fellow white people: stop saying you're 'shocked.' the US gov't stopped caring about POC once they were no longer considered legal property.— meredith (@gravesmeredith) November 25, 2014
the only worthwhile purpose of social media is to hold accountable people like darren wilson and the mangled systems that find him blameless— sadie dupuis (@killquilty) November 25, 2014
"You were put here to protect us, but who protects us from you?" - KRS One— Nasir Jones (@Nas) November 25, 2014
today just proved how little black lives mean to america. fuck you if you feel differently.— raeen roes (@AngelHaze) November 25, 2014
" the system isn't broken, it was built this way" TRUTH.— Frankie Rose (@heyfrankierose) November 25, 2014
Azealia Banks also went on a long Twitter rant about it, saying, "What makes it even worse is the fact that I sleep with white men..... LOL" and "I might have to kill one of these crackers in their sleep !!" but then "Lol, I'm joking." She also got more serious and said things like, "But something seriously has to be done about this shit. I don't want to hear about another unarmed black kid being shot by the damn cops. It's so discouraging, just as a young black person, to know that people like me can be murdered and have there be no real justice." Read many more of her tweets here.
Not every musician was against the ruling. Gun expert Ted Nugent tweeted, "DarrenWilson did good MichaelBrown did bad justice is served."
Video of Killer Mike's speech in St. Louis and Q-Tip in Times Square, below...
by Bill Pearis
February is Black History Month as you may be aware. Opinionated bow hunter, conservative mouthpiece and occasional rock musician Ted Nugent plans to keep the spirit alive -- in his own special way -- past the end of this month on his upcoming tour. No, really:
When Ted Nugent hits the road this year, he's calling his tour "Ted Nugent Black Power 2013," he writes on the conservative website World Net Daily.Oh, Ted. Read more of his screed here.
In a column that describes "dirty Democrat politicians" as the enemies of black Americans, the right-wing rocker reels off a string of statistics he says demonstrate how ineffective Democratic policies, including Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, have been at helping African-Americans overcome poverty, crime and a lack of education....
...Nugent, on the other hand, says he celebrates Black History Month "every day," because his "fire-breathing musical career was literally launched by black musical thundergods" including Bo Diddley, Little Richard, James Brown, Wilson Pickett and more.
"There is no doubt that my 2013 tour will be the best of my life," he writes. "With world-class virtuosos paying tribute to our black heroes nightly, it is only fitting that this year's tour is aptly titled, 'Ted Nugent Black Power 2013.' Say it loud: my music is black and I'm proud!" [Rolling Stone]
This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:
We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..
Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.
Pandora's principal asset is the music.
Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.
The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.
Ted Nugent, some dude, and Hank Williams Jr.
For a good portion of the concert it seemed like Williams had moved beyond issues of politics and was putting the focus on the Bocephus party. But those made their way back into the show in a much more straightforward way later in the set.True enough (the part about it not deserving a response).
Following the song "We Don't Apologize For America" a chant of "USA, USA" broke out amongst the crowd. Williams smiled, telling the crowd that he was their mouth piece and adding:
"We've got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!"
The cheers that followed were loud and enthusiastic.
When reached for comment Saturday, Brad Anderson with the Obama campaign in Iowa said in an email, "That type of absurd nonsense doesn't really deserve a response."
In related news, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan likes Rage Against the Machine but naturally they don't like him.
"...By no stretch of the imagination did I ever threaten anyone's life, or hint of violence or mayhem. Metaphors needn't be explained to educated people.Ted is heading out on tour with STYX & REO Speedwagon this summer, and hitting the Borgata in Atlantic City along the way.
I passionately rallied the American civilian troops to stand up for what is right and demand that the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights be once again the measure of all laws and policies in America.
Then in their ever-desperate scramble to divert attention from the crimes of their communist leaders, the Saul Alinsky "Rules for Radicals" left-wing media and terminally liberal Democrats circled their battlewagons of deceit and hate and unleashed their tsunami of lies about me and everything I said.
To me, my family and thinking America, the dysfunctional left-wing hate hysteria was laughable. I became the No. 1 global tweet entity, while every newspaper and America-hating television and radio gang literally tripped over themselves in a feeble attempt to out-lie each other.
I personally have never been prouder. If my daily activities and simple statements of truth and logic can cause such bizarre overreaction by so many, I need no more evidence that I am on the right track. When doing God's work, the devils go bonzo. So be it.
I stand by my statements. The line is drawn in the American sand. I stand with patriots who love this country. We wake up early every day to put our hearts and souls into being assets for America, our fellow Americans, the people of the world and the good earth.
Those who despise me blindly chant Mao Zedong and Che Guevara rants, and the difference between our good and their bad is glaring.
Ted Nugent talking to NRA peeps about Obama
"Rocker Ted Nugent said Wednesday he is scheduled to talk with the Secret Service following controversial remarks he made about President Obama and his administration.Romney, who Ted is/was rooting for, hasn't called out Ted by name, but Reuters reports, "Republican candidate Mitt Romney's campaign called for civility on Tuesday after aging rock star Ted Nugent made an apparent threat against President Barack Obama before an audience of U.S. gun lobbyists."
The 63-year-old Nugent, who recently endorsed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said during a recent National Rifle Association convention that the administration was "vile," "evil" and "America-hating."
He also said that if Obama is re-elected, "I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
The Secret Service said Wednesday the agency is aware of the comments, but would not say whether Nugent will be interviewed about them.
Nugent, who said his comments were not a call to violence, said on Glenn Beck's radio show that he will meet with agents Thursday. [Fox News]
Watch Ted rant in the video (the source of the above picture and quotes), below...
After dropping out of the fine arts program at Wayne State University, Michael Davis became the bassist for Detroit's radical proto-punk band the MC5 in 1964, replacing original bassist Pat Burrows when singer Rob Tyner and guitarist Wayne Kramer decided that they liked Davis's style and wanted him in the band. He played on the band's three original albums, including their debut Kick Out the Jams, and remained in the the group until 1972. ...[Davis eventually] joined the Ann Arbor based art noise band Destroy All Monsters at the urging of friend Ron Asheton, of The Stooges. Davis spent seven years with Destroy All Monsters, penning the underground punk hits "Nobody Knows", "Meet the Creeper", "Little Boyfriend", "Rocking The Cradle" and "Fast City" among others. The band recorded and released on Cherry Red Records, toured the U.K., and then broke up. -[Wikipedia]Davis was the "D" in the 2003/2004 "DKT" reunion, which saw three members of the MC5 (Wayne Kramer and Dennis Thompson were the others) reunite to perform older material and eventually reform the MC5 with "Handsome" Dick Manitoba. That lineup technically still existed until this weekend. Though Michael Davis survived a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 2006, he passed away on Friday due to liver failure. The 68-year old is survived by his wife and four children (one from a previous marriage).
Billboard talked to Wayne Kramer, Ted Nugent and others...
"Michael was a major force in shaping the sound and attitude of Detroit's foremost band of the 1960s and beyond," said Dick Wagner, whose bands the Frost and Ursa Major hailed from the same southeast Michigan scene. "The MC5 was a Detroit music leader and scene-maker, and Michael Davis played his role as foundational driving force as the band's bass player. His place in rock history is firmly held."Detroit Free Press says, "In keeping with his wishes, no memorial service is planned for MC5 bassist Michael Davis, who died Friday in a California hospital at age 68. Davis had requested that his body be cremated, and that his family someday mix the ashes with those of his surviving wife, Angela Davis."
Wayne Kramer, the MC5's guitarist, said that, "Michael and I experienced so much together over our nearly fifty years of friendship. We shared great adventures when we were young and even had a few when we grew up. Despite life's twists and turns, and there were many, we maintained our connection. "I loved him dearly and told him so the last time we spoke."
Ted Nugent, whose Amboy Dukes tread the same territory, noted that, "The MC5 were such a powerful musical/spirit force to reckon with, and so very influential to all who witnessed their might, that it is a sad day when half of their incredible rhythm section is gone. Michael was a dedicated musician and a good man. In our Motor City musical wind, he will always be alive and kickin' out the jams."
RIP Michael Davis.
Check out some videos below..
Public Assembly co-owner Ted Mann & Ted Nugent
"The past six months have been pretty intense for Brooklyn restaurateur, Ted Mann. He opened two new businesses, Cubana Socíal in Williamsburg and No Name Bar in Greenpoint, and started work on a South Slope beer garden and a Bay Ridge deli, both slated to open this summer. He also discovered that Ted Nugent, yes, that Ted Nugent, is his biological father.Though the article doesn't mention it, I'm pretty sure there's a connection to Southpaw there too. The Daily News, who also picked up the story, points out that Ted Nugent gave Ted Mann up for adoption. Ted Mann found out in October who his real dad was. Crazy. This past Saturday night, Ted Nugent was spotted hanging at/outside Public Assembly & Cubana Social. Now it's obvious why.
Brooklyn born and raised, the Bay Ridge native has been involved in 11 businesses over the past 13 years...
...The nine places that Mann currently has a hand in (Bar 4, Cebu, Apartment 138, Camp, Matchless, Public Assembly, Lone Wolf, Cubana Socíal and No Name Bar, if you're counting) have a total of 13 different partners. They all meet up together once a month, with individual meetings on a more regular basis. Michael Esposito has long been his partner in crime at his South Brooklyn businesses; Larry Highland is an owner of Matchless and books at Public Assembly and has been instrumental in bringing Mann into Greenpoint and Williamsburg. And Jessica Wertz, the driving force behind Lone Wolf in Bushwick and No Name Bar (Mann refers to it as 597, but the moniker No Name Bar is going to prove impossible to shake at this point), is one of his newest collaborators. "She has vision," says Mann." [Brooklyn Based]
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Tony Scherr Trio @ The Living Room
* Tinie Tempah @ Apple Store SoHO
* Eszter Balint, Chris Cochrane @ Barbes
* Les Paul Mondays w/ Ted Nugent @ Iridium Jazz
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio @ The Living Room
* Chuck Ragan, Sharks, Sean O'Neill @ The Bell House
* Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra @ The Stone
* LAL8, J. Slusher Mr. Matthews Duo, Millions, Dimensions @ Silent Barn
* Machu Picchu, Whale Belly, Alyson Greenfield, Robin Bacior @ Mercury Lounge
* Sherlock's Daughter, Zaza, A Place To Bury Strangers (DJ set) @ Knitting Factory (free)
* J-Roddy Walston & The Business, These United States, MyNameIsJohnMichael @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Toothaches, Cara Salimando, Midnight Spin, We Fought In Rome @ The Rock Shop (free)
* Cola Freaks, Sunshine SS, Flies Around It, Passive Aggressor, Cheesquake @ Death By Audio
* Photon Dynamo and The Shiny Pieces, Actualities, Wave Sleep Wave, Papercut, Claire Fuller @ Pianos
* From Knishes to Hummus: Tracing the past and the future of Jewish and Israeli Cuisine @ NYPL
* Le Sphinxx, Ah Moskva, The Magick Report, The Great Republic of Rough and Ready, Sonia Megias @ Cake Shop
Ronnie James Dio passed away one year ago today.
If you look closely at the picture of the 1986 issue of 'Hit Parader' above, you'll notice there is also an article in there about everyone's favorite gun advocate Ted Nugent.... who was spotted hanging outside Public Assembly Saturday night (he did not go in and watch any of Coliseum), and who is strangely the special guest at Les Paul night at the Iridium tonight.
J-Roddy Walston & The Business and These United States continue a residency at Brooklyn Bowl tonight.
The Great Escape festival in Brighton is now over. We'll have a bit of coverage coming soon, but in the meantime you can find the photos Tim has uploaded so far, at the BrooklynVegan Facebook page.
Dear Governor Palin,The weirdest part is that the letter is actually
Please accept this copy of my new book, "TED WHITE & BLUE-The Nugent Manifesto" for you and your family. As a proud fellow American hunter, fisherman and lover of Alaska's soul cleansing magnificent Spirit of the Wild, we who live our American Dream by God, truth, logic, goodwill and decency, thank you for bringing such defiant common sense and self evident truth back to the GOP and politics. We wish you Godspeed for the best hunting and fishing season of your life and pray to God almighty that you bring your bold spirit to the White House.
American BloodBrothers, Ted Nugent and family
note: Super Tuesday is today, so don't forget to vote.
Wilco and Obama (CRED)
Music blog Hard To Find A Friend contacted a few musicians & industry people, and not surprisingly found out most of them were voting for Obama. Anyone who saw Joanna Newsom at BAM last week knows what she thinks, and Morrissey wears it on his shirt. Craig Wedren, Wilco, The Grateful Dead, and some comedians have also let us know where they stand.
The Guardian also has an article on this very subject today. They report that.....
...On the Republican side... there are not very many famous activist musicians. Ted Nugent, he who once said "We should Nagasaki [Iraq]" has turned out in favour of conservative Mike Huckabee, while moderate John McCain will have Burt Bacharach tickling his ivories. Libertarian long-shot Ron Paul is backed by Krist Novoselic, formerly of Nirvana. Country-singer Pat Boone has loaned his septuagenarian twang to the campaign of Mitt Romney, who can also count on the help of fellow Mormons Donny and Marie Osmond....Other musicians for Ron Paul (not Ru Paul) include John Mayer (I think), and TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek. I wonder what his friend Scarlett Johansson would say. You can see her in one of the two Obama-themed music videos below.....