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by Bill Pearis

World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup starts this week in Brazil and will take over the entire planet's consciousness -- and even some of America -- for the next month (June 12 - July 13). It may still elicit shrugs in much of the US, but it's pretty much unavoidable in New York, and even folks like myself who watch almost zero sports find themselves wrapped up in it. Pretty much every bar in NYC with a television is showing it. Bars that don't have TVs are getting them. Even music venues are getting in on the game. Terminal 5 is showing games on its rooftop deck, and you can also watch at Brooklyn Bowl, Baby's All Right, The Rock Shop, Knitting Factory, and SOB's. Probably more, like we said, its everywhere.

The action starts Thursday (6/12) with the opening ceremony (2:15 PM EDT) followed at 4 PM by the opening game, Brazil Vs. Croatia. At the ceremonies, Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte will perform this year's Official Theme Song, "We Are One (Ole Ola)." You can listen to the original, and watch the video for a remix below. There's an entire official World Cup album, titled One Love, One Rhythm, that features Santana with Wyclef Jean & Avicii, Ricky Martin, Shakira, The Isley Brothers, Brazilian music legend Sergio Mendes, Bebel Gilberto and, um, The Baha Men. You can stream it at Rdio if you like. Need more football music? Spotify's got an official page.

Individual countries have World Cut themes too. England has had some interesting ones in the past: New Order did the official England theme in 1990, "World in Motion," with dodgy guest rapping from the England team; and in 1998 there was "(How Does It Feel to Be) On Top of the World?" performed by a totally weird supergroup of The Spice Girls, Ian McCulloch (Echo & the Bunnymen), and britpop bands Ocean Colour Scene and Space. That same year, The Lightning Seeds also did a World Cup song, "Three Lions 98," that went to #1 (Spice Girls only went to #9). My favorite, though, will always be Air Miami's totally unofficial song, "World Cup Fever" from their 1995 album, Me Me Me. Those can all be streamed below.

Meanwhile, the sudden death of British comedian Rik Mayall has sent a song he made for the 2010 World Cup, "Noble England," into the UK Top 40. You can watch the video for that below.

There is, however, a not-so-fun side of all this, mainly coming from international governing body FIFA which runs the World Cup and is not the most upstanding non-profit in the world. (Its president, Sepp Blatter, is not the most liked man ever.) Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did an informative/hilarious 13-minute segment on this past week's episode which I highly recommend watching It does a great job of explaining what's great and what's awful about all of this. If you haven't seen it yet (it's already racked up 2.5 million views on YouTube), watch it below.

Continue reading "2014 World Cup is upon us: theme songs, controversy and where to watch in NYC (everywhere)"

Wayne Shorter
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The 2013 Blue Note Jazz Festival starts today in NYC and runs the entire month of June at various venues around the city. Now in its third year, the fest includes a wide range of music, not just strictly jazz. Tonight's kickoff (6/1) events include The Dizzie Gilespie All-Star Big Band at the festival's namesake club (tickets).

Other events at the fest: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars on Sunday (6/2) at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets); Saul Williams at Highline Ballroom on June 11 (tickets); WyClef Jean at B.B. King Blues Club on June 19 (tickets); a free show with Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) at Central Park Summerstage on June 24; and Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday Celebration at Town Hall on June 28 (tickets).

For full schedule, visit the Blue Note Jazz Festival's website.

Diplo at Pier 94 - 12/30/12 (via Chris Neil)
Diplo

Diplo, who was just in NYC opening for Afrojack at Pier 94 on December 30 (pictured above, video below), will be doing an interesting run of shows this month. On January 20, the super producer will set out to play four cities in one day. He'll begin at 6 PM in Baltimore's Ottobar, then make it to Philly's Sound Garden Hall at 9:30, Atlantic City's Mixx @ Borgata Resort at 12:30 AM, and finally he'll end in NYC at The Westway at 3:30 AM. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. The flyer for the shows is below.

In related news, Diplo's Major Lazer project will release its new album, Free the Universe, on February 19 via Mad Decent/Downtown. The album features guest spots from Santigold, Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors), Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Wyclef Jean, Flux Pavillion, and others. You can check out the cover art, tracklist, and video for the song with Flux Pavillion, "Jah No Partial," below.

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The Fugees

Before The Miseducation and that ridiculous cover of "Stayin Alive", Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill were in a little crew called The Fugees. Their split was, in the words of Ron Burgundy, kind of a big deal but the reason why has always been a mystery. (Beyond egos and "musical differences.") Until now...

The answer, says Jean, is that Lauryn Hill tricked him into believing her firstborn son, Zion, was his. But we all know now that the father is Rohan Marley.

"In that moment something died between us," Jean writes in "PURPOSE." "I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn't forgive that."

Jean goes on to say that the betrayal he felt from Hill led to the band's breakup. -[EURWeb]

More details surrounding the alleged affair are supposedly available in Wyclef's new book Purpose: An Immigrant's Story, which conveniently hits shelves Tuesday (9/18).

CYHSY at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, Sept 2011 (more by Colin Kerrigan)
CYHSY

Superchunk and Redd Kross aren't the only CBGB Fest show happening at South Street Seaport venue Beekman Beer Garden (where we hosted a Hold Steady show last year). Wyclef Jean headlines the venue on July 7 as part of the fest, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah do the same on July 8. It's also the location of the Spirits Festival which also happens July 8, but earlier in the day (2 - 6PM). No advance ticket info (or openers) for either Wyclef or CYHSY, but you can keep an eye on Ticketweb and/or try to get in with a CBGB Fest badge.

There are lots of other shows happening at Beekman this summer, including the 4Knots afterparty with Black Lips (and just-added Jonathan Toubin). Dan Bern, moe. and more.

The CBGB Festival is happening at venues all over the city. Those venues include Webster Hall which will host two big hardcore shows, and Central Park Summerstage which will be home to Guided by Voices and more.

Emiliana Torrini
Emiliana Torini

Emiliana Torrini is playing Highline Ballroom on August 14th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

America are playing Nokia Theatre on October 16th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Satanicide are headlining Bowery Ballroom on July 25th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Tori Amos show at Radio City.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the show Seasick Steve is playing at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale for the show he's playing at Southpaw too.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the show Los Campesinos! and Girls are playing at Webster Hall.

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 7th. Tickets are on sale.

"DAVE STEWART, ARETHA FRANKLIN, WYCLEF JEAN, QUEEN LATIFAH, CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY, JOSH GROBAN, CYNDI LAUPER, ANGELIQUE KIDJO, BAABA MAAL, JESSE MCCARTNEY, TLC, THE SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR, AND OTHER GUESTS" are celebrating Nelson Madela's 91st birthday at Madison Square Garden on July 18th. Tickets are on sale.

The Black Crowes are playing Central Park Summerstage on September 2nd. Tickets go on sale June 12.

Bruce Springsteen tickets go on sale Monday.

Friday night 'dance' events in The Week In Dance.

No tickets needed for Monday's David Byrne show.

Check out some Emiliana Torrino videos below...

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Kidney

After meeting his biological father for the first time, GE powerhouse Jack Donaghy discovered his dad, professor Milton Greene, needed a kidney. Not being a potential organ donor himself, Mr. Donaghy turned to some very affluent friends in the entertainment world. This partnership created the phenomenon, "Kidney Now!' -- a benefit concert featuring some of the most recognizable names in the music industry. With the help of this song, Milton Green just might find the kidney match he needs and Jack Donaghy may be granted the gift of a father he never knew.
Video from last night's episode of 30 Rock below...

Continue reading "30 Rock 'Kidney Now' w/ Elvis Costello, Beastie Boys, Moby, Talib Kweli, Norah Jones, Steve Earle, Rhett Miller (video) "

Gnarls Barkley with the first iBook
Gnarls Barkley

Performances at Apple Store, SoHo include:
- Wyclef Jean, June 9th
- Gnarls Barkley, June 10th
- Mike Phillips, June 13th
- Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, June 18th
- Vaughn Anthony, June 20th
- Talib Kweli, June 25th
Most of those are in honor of Black Music Month. The Gnarls Barkley one is just because Gnarls Barkley only like to play weird or corporate shows. Their (second) MySpace show with Battles is this Sunday. They play the "SoCo Music Experience" in Denver on June 28th. They play the Roots Picnic (not corporate) this Saturday in Philly. They play other places too.

Wyclef is also playing Summerstage with Jill Scott.

Talib Kweli is also playing a benefit.