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by Jonathan Dick

"I view anger not as an outrageously violent act but actually as a tool of discovery."

John Lydon

At nearly 60, John Lydon a.k.a. Johnny Rotten is no less acerbic than he was as the 21-year-old from North London shout-singing his caustic anti-sermons as the vocalist for the Sex Pistols. While the well-known shit slinging unofficial sociological commentator is likely and thankfully never going away, the 40 years since the mythical debut that helped set ablaze an already sparked punk movement have, as age and experience hopefully do, given Lydon a certain kind of smartass positivity. Though not given to glitter bombs and kitten handouts just yet, Lydon is unabashedly more adept to appreciation as opposed to the abject nihilism with which he's often associated.

In the same year that saw the dissolution of the Pistols, Lydon's next project Public Image Ltd (PiL) would become for fourteen years the epicenter of his creative focus. After a ten-year hiatus, 2012 saw the reunion of PiL, and with it an immediate renewal in spirit for Lydon, who'd dedicated the time in-between to a brief Pistols reunion as well as his own solo release and, perhaps most notably, his own TV show which subsequently led to the very celebrity status that he'd always and vocally so despised. That said, Lydon was and is no stranger to the dark humor and cruel irony inextricably linked to fame, so it seemed completely natural in our recent conversation to hear him laugh just as much at himself as he did the ridiculousness of the world around him.

Public Image Ltd released their 10th studio album 'WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW...' in September and are now on tour. Tickets for the 11/16 NYC show at Playstation Theater are still available. One day later, PiL will appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. All dates are listed under the interview that starts here...


BV: You've got the new PiL record, you're constantly touring, you've had your TV career. What keeps you going?

John Lydon: Well, I do this because I love it. It's the only thing that I've ever found in my life that I'm actually any good at and that's writing songs and performing them. I never ever wanna abuse that gift, and touring the way we do in the smaller size venues which we prefer is so infinitely preferable to getting caught up in that horrible circus of rock stardom that I've so bitterly despised all my life. Whatever my skills in my life that I've learned from birth onwards, it all seems to be molded towards this. Nature has co-opted me into this role.

BV: That's easier said than done, though, which seems to be the name of the game now. Just be really good at rhetoric.

John Lydon: [Laughs.] I'm only as good as my word, and as far as I'm aware, my word is very good indeed.

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Yesteday morning Matisyahu posted the above picture of himself on Twitter. A few hours later he wrote "For all of those who are being awesome,you are awesome.For all those who are confused:today I went to the Mikva and Shul just like yesterday." And he issued this statement:

This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter.

No more Chassidic reggae superstar.

Sorry folks, all you get is me...no alias. When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process. It was my choice. My journey to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality--not through books but through real life. At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity...to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth. I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules--lots of them--or else I would somehow fall apart. I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.

Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth. And for those concerned with my naked face, don't worry...you haven't seen the last of my facial hair.

- Matisyahu

This morning he again reiterated that he still goes to temple, probably in part due to all the backlash he's getting from the Chassidic community, and for people who think he's stopped being religious at all.

Matisyahu begins his annual winter tour that includes "Festival of Light" shows during Hanukkah, this week in Denver. He plays Music Hall of Williamsburg Dec 19, 20 & 21, and then Webster Hall on the 22nd, before continuing to Philly. Openers change each night and include Aunt Martha and Dub Trio. Tickets at Ticketmaster. Dates are listed below...

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Tune in at 11am today (1/31) to catch Stella buds Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black streaming in Michael Birbiglia's Macys window (which he is still in through Tuesday).

In related comedy news, Michael Showalter is kicking off his "Mr. Funny Pants" tour on February 24th at Barnes & Noble in Union Square with special musical guest Neko Case. He swings back through town mid-tour to hit the Bell House in Brooklyn on 2/27. Tickets are still on sale for that special edition of "Pretty Good Friends" with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Kumail Nanjiani and special guests ("Please note this show will be mixed seated and standing. For best seat selection please arrive early and use the TicketFast print-at-home ticketing option. ").

Michael and Michael, as many know, used to be on a very funny show called The State along with red head Kevin Allison who is still doing his thing as well. Catch his show called "RISK! STORYSLAM" tonight (1/31) at the Pit at 6pm for FREE. If you miss it, there's always next Monday and the Monday after that and...

Also on Mondays (but much later): Whiplash at UCB. Jon Friedman, Myq Kaplan, Mike DeStefano and Adira Amram will all be there tonight.


Also coming up at the Bell House in Brooklyn: two chances to see "WTF With Marc Maron". Early and late March 10th shows are on sale.

Also coming up at the Bell House:

MON 1/31: 7:30pm doors / FREE

By members of Storybook Burlesque, featuring:
Magdalena Fox, Victoria Privates, and Jenny C'est Quoi with mustacio'd stage kitten Rosey la Rouge

Finally - a festival for bearded and mustached people and the people who love them! Come celebrate all things beard with us on Monday January 31st as we prepare to enter "Facial Hair February" with beardy bands, mustached DJs, vendors, contests, food and more.

DJ Russ and DJ Choyce Hacks will also be supplying the tunes at the Brooklyn beard event.

Speaking of tunes, piano-playing comedian Bo Burnham isn't even old enough to drink but he is big enough to headline Best Buy Theater in Times Square on February 4th. Tickets are still on sale. Maybe you caught Bo's special on Comedy Central. If not, it airs again on February 4th and February 11th.

Speaking of Comedy Central, Nick Kroll's special that was taped at Music Hall of Williamsburg aired on Saturday. I don't know when it will air again, but I only caught about 10 minutes and wish I saw the rest - in part because it's fun to see the barely recognizable Brooklyn venue on TV. Meanwhile you can watch two clips below.

Kurt Braunohler and Kristen's next edition of Hot Tub @ Littlefield in Brooklyn (the only remaining Hot Tub on Littlefield's schedule for now) happens tonight (1/31). Their guests include Dan St. Germain, Matt Higgins, Dr. Uke and Daughters, "+ more!"

It won't be long before you see more of Kurt though. He's starting a new talk show at the Pit called "Night of the Living." "This monthly show will feature special house band Adira Amram and the Experience, and bits and sketches from New York City's finest comedians. Come see the beginning of something very cool. And very stupid. Because that's how we like it." Its first episode happens live on February 4th with special guests Eugene Mirman, Jon Glaser, and a secret musical guest. Tickets are on sale.

Daniel Kitson played his final show at St. Ann's Warehouse last night.

Neil Hamburger is touring in February and March. Tickets are on sale for a March 17th Brooklyn show at Knitting Factory with "The Kenny 'K-Strass' Strasser Yo-Yo Extravaganza" and "Major Entertainer Mike H." All tour dates are below....

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Beard competitors at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more)
Beard & Mustache

Please list category you are competing for (please only list one - full beard natural, freestyle, moustache, goatee, recession beard or fake beard ):

Do you have a special name for your facial hair?

What is the best thing about having facial hair?

Those are actual questions from the upcoming NYC Beard & Moustache Competition registration form (.doc file HERE). Hopefully you've been working on your growth already because it all goes down this Saturday, 12/4, at Club Europa in Brooklyn. If not, don't worry, you don't need a beard just to watch. Tickets are on sale online and at Tomcats Barbershop in Greenpoint (130 India Street, Brooklyn, NY) ($15 advanced, $20 at the door).

Videos from previous years are below...

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Batillus - "The Division" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "The Song of Illuminate Darkness" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Salome - "With Hell For A Mouth" (MP3)


Batillus have scheduled one final NYC show before the quartet hit the road to play a string of dates with the mighty Salome and locals Hull as part of the "Beard Destroyer Tour". That show takes place this weekend, 9/5 at Lucky 13 Saloon in Park Slope. The band was originally scheduled to play The Charleston with Overmars & Battlefields TONIGHT (9/3), but that show has since been cancelled (pics from Europa are here).

If you manage to catch the band in the coming weeks, make sure and hit up the merch tables for a copy of their limited-to-75 tour-only EP which includes "The Division" available for download above! The Tour EP was mastered by Josh Bonati and produced by Brendan Tobin of Made Out of Babies fame.

Salome who recently premiered a new track at MetalSucks as part of their split Our Enemy Civilization EP with Thou. Download that Thou as well as the Salome track above. Release details on that split EP are forthcoming.

Batillus, Salome, and Hull will also cross paths with the incred-amazing Planet Caravan Festival, which will feature (among countless other notables) Pentagram, Orange Goblin, Clutch, Tombs, The Gates Of Slumber, Kylesa, and YOB. Who wants to go? I have a pair of passes for the weekend as well as a custom screened poster (below) and t-shirt to give away! Details are at the bottom of this post.

Speaking of Brandon Tobin, I recently ran into Mr. Made Out of Babies who told me he is working on new MOOB material! So far the band has written two new songs and have the skeletons for an additional five. Described to him as "happy doomy", the tracks are still in infancy bu he promises that the new LP will signify a change in direction, similar to The Ruiner. In addition, word is that Julie Christmas's solo LP is inching closer toward completion, as all for Babies recently recorded the final track together. Bassist Cooper also plays with the Austin band Ratking.

Tobin moonlights in Red Sparowes (though not a permenant member), and they recently put their entire catalog on Bandcamp.com for free download! (Although it seems that the site is missing both a limited tour EP and their split with Grails)

Dates and more below...

Continue reading "Overmars show cancelled, Batillus playing Lucky 13, Salome & Hull tour dates, win Planet Caravan tix, new MOOB & more"

photos by Tim Griffin

St. Vincent

"If you have been to enough concerts, you become familiar with the dynamic of the audience and the singer during small talk moments: They say something, the audience claps or laughs accordingly, and the space between the songs is filled up, nothing more to think about. Annie Clark is a friendly, funny person on stage, but last night, it seemed as though the audience collectively didn't know what to do when she addressed us. Awkward pauses, bad jokes from weird dudes in the back, lots of nervous laughter -- at some points, it felt like the entire room was on a bad first date with someone way out of our league.

Clark and her band of top notch multi-instrumentalists were excellent, but they did not entirely find their groove until about halfway through the show. " [Fluxblog]

Pattern is Movement and St Vincent, who, if nothing else, have violinist Daniel Hart in common, played the second night of their tour together at Webster Hall in NYC last night (5/20). All dates, more pictures from the show, and SV's setlist, below...

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"She was talkative, funny, charming, adorable. She had a tattoo on her back that read "I Love Beards.""


Someone sent me a link to VICE's "DEPARTMENT OF OOPSIES! - WE HIRED A GRIFTER" article the other day (above picture included). I assumed, being that it was VICE, that it was a joke. I wasn't really sure what the point was.

It wasn't until someone else sent me the link to Wednesday's Observer article that I realized this was a true story. Gawker sums it up like this:

It's a crazy new hipster character fond of criminal and sexual hijinks! Let's meet Kari Ferrell, the 22 year-old tattooed Utah girl who scammed her way through hipster Brooklyn. Sex, lies, cancer, and bands, yea!

Kari's story first came out when she lied her way into a job at Vice. That lasted a week, until someone there Googled her and found out she was wanted back in Utah for fraud, theft, and $60K in bad checks, and was generally a con artist.

But today [4/15] former Gawkerer Doree Shafrir comes out with a monstrous piece in the Observer on Kari's whole freaking life story (Doree is most comfortable when dealing with the criminal element). Oh it is delightful, assuming you weren't personally unfortunate enough to come in contact with the brash young pathological liar/ vixen! The short version: Kari stole and scammed her way around Salt Lake City for a while, then decamped to Brooklyn, where she resumed stealing and scamming, using aggressive sex appeal and wild lies like "I have cancer" or "I'm pregnant" or "I work there" (sometimes all at once, to her boyfriends!) to get...money? Validation? She's obviously mad psycho. [Gawker]

The Observer article is full of familiar terms like, Vice, Union Pool, Williamsburg, GoldenVoice, Coachella, Rutgers, Happy Ending, beards, Brooklyn Label, Greenpoint, and AEG.

It's strange that she came to Brooklyn and used her real name. Check her out in the Salt Lake City Police's Most Wanted video below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Roky Erickson

"Rocky Erickson, founder of The 13th Floor Elevators, recently grew a beard (he's grown one before, but this is a new development). I saw him a few years ago sans barb, and at ACL he was donning this thicket. It's obvious -- he looks rather healthy and quite a bit more svelt than ever." [BeardReview.com]
More pictures from Roky's ACL performance below...

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Lightning Bolt @ Broadway Backyard on Saturday (more by Leia Jospe)
Lightning Bolt

"isn't lightning bolt playing tonight in brooklyn somewhere? don pedros maybe?"
[Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:28 PM]

Although that comment and the Don Pedro's calendar scream "secret show", it appears that "Lightning Bolt" are NOT playing there tonight....

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DOWNLOAD: The Long Winters - Pushover (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Long Winters - Stupid (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Long Winters - Blue Diamonds (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Long Winters - Carparts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Long Winters - Scent of Lime (MP3)

John Roderick

For the last few years the beard has surged in popularity, first among indie-rockers in denim-rock bands, and now increasingly among the general population. I see them sprouting on faces everywhere, and I've noticed that I'm asked about my beard more and more all the time. It occurs to me that today's young men, and the young women and men who love them, may be as confused about the care and maintenance of beards as I was at their age, so they keep bringing the topic up in the hope that someone will offer some encouraging words of advice. I remember asking my Dad, who wore a moustache for thirty-five years, how he kept it trimmed so perfectly. He explained by taking out the scissors on his Swiss-Army knife and making a snipping motion while looking at me like I was retarded. This is the way men in my family explain things to each other. I used to surreptitiously examine older men's beards in the hopes of divining their secrets, but had to be very careful not to get caught staring too intently, especially in my old Pike/Pine neighborhood around the corner from the old Spar, where altogether too many men would have been HAPPY to show me how they trimmed their beards... [John Roderick of the Long Winters]
The Long Winters play a free show at historic Castle Clinton in NYC tonight (July 31, 2008) (the second week in a row this venue has prominently featured beards), part of the River to River Festival..
Tickets are required and space is limited. Two free tickets per person will be distributed at the Castle on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:00PM on the day of the show.
No other tour dates for John and band at the moment.

Les Savy Fav @ Bowery Ballroom

Les Savy Fav @ Bowery Ballroom

Les Savy Fav played a super late show on New Years Eve (technically New Years Day) at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Patti Smith played there earlier in the night. Above photos via HERE.

They had a lot to celebrate
* Metacritic's Best of 2007
* UK Blogger Albums Of 2007 Poll Results
* Beard Of The Year 2007: The Winner!

DOWNLOAD: Les Savy Fav - The Equestrian (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Les Savy Fav - What Would Wolves Do (MP3)

Les Savy Fav - Lets Be Friends

There's a pre-sale going on now for four upcoming Les Savy Fav shows including the one on New Years Eve at Bowery Ballroom in NYC (2am doors). Head over to hearsay to get four MP3s from a live-session Les Savy did on BBC Radio 1 in October. Find out what albums Michael Patrick loved this year. Get Let's Stay Friends and the above poster for just $10.49. All tour dates below....

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DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Hell on Earth (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Phosphorescent - A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Castanets - Good Friend, Yr Hunger (MP3)

Phosphorescent  @ Ben Bromley's House

So, 66 Hope Street ended up being Ben Bromley's place. Ben Bromley is sometimes known as New Villagers - the fourth artist on the Brooklyn power beard bill that also included Phosphorescent, Deer Tick, and Castanets.

Phosphorescent & Castanets @ Ben Bromley's House

Daniel Arnold took these pictures, and there's more like them below...

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