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This happened Monday:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a bill to increase protections for pets across New York State. The bill prohibits the unnecessary piercing and tattooing of cats, dogs, and all other pets for purely cosmetic purposes for the pleasure of the owner, except under limited circumstances. Those who violate the law will be subject to criminal penalties.

"This is animal abuse, pure and simple," Governor Cuomo said. "I'm proud to sign this common sense legislation and end these cruel and unacceptable practices in New York once and for all."

The bill (A.739-D/S.6769-C) prohibits the piercing or tattooing of all pets, including cats and dogs, to protect the animals from unnecessary harm. The bill allows the use of piercing and tattooing in only limited circumstances, such as ear tags on rabbits, tattoos for identification purposes only, or where the piercing provides a medical benefit to the animal and is performed by or under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

A violation of the law is punishable by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days and/or a fine not to exceed $250. The law will take effect in 120 days.

Senator Tom Libous, sponsor of the bill, said, "Subjecting animals to body piercing or tattooing is unconscionable and cruel. Animals can't speak out against undergoing a painful procedure like piercing or tattooing - I'm glad we're standing up for them and banning this heartless practice."

Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, sponsor of the bill, said, "While people can decide whether they would like to undergo the pain associated with a tattoo or piercing, animals do not have that luxury. Subjecting animals to painful cosmetic procedures, such as tattooing and piercing, merely to satisfy an individual's misguided and selfish aesthetic predilections, is inhumane and should be considered cruelty by the law. I am pleased that the Governor signed my bill into law; doing so sends a strong message that this kind of behavior constitutes animal abuse and that it will not be tolerated."

It is still legal however, to have your cats tattooed on you.

High heels

"Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe" is a new exhibition opening at the Brooklyn Museum on 9/10...

As fashion statement, fetish object, instrument of power, and outlet of artistic expression for both the designer and the wearer, throughout the ages the high-heeled shoe has gone through many shifts in style and symbolism. Deadly sharp stilettos, architecturally inspired wedges and platforms, and a number of artfully crafted shoes that defy categorization are featured among the more than 160 historical and contemporary heels on loan from designers, from the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and from the Bata Shoe Museum. Designers and design houses represented in Killer Heels include Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zaha Hadid X United Nude, Iris van Herpen X United Nude, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, André Perugia, Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, Vivienne Westwood, and Pietro Yantorny.
This provocative display, like "Revolution! Works from the Black Arts Movement" and "Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt", will be all ages, but those 19 years old and younger will get to go for free! They recently announced:
Beginning on September 3, 2014, admission to the Brooklyn Museum will be free for visitors ages nineteen and under, offering greatly increased accessibility and encouragement to visit the Museum, especially for teenagers.

At the same time, the Museum will increase its suggested general admission fees to $16, except for ticketed exhibitions and events, and to $10 for adults sixty-two and over and for students with valid I.D. Current school group pricing will remain the same.

Admission to Target First Saturdays, the Museum's highly popular monthly evening of art and entertainment that takes place the first Saturday of every month (except in September), will continue to be free from 5 to 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, head to the museum on Thursday, August 14th for a wet, musical display, titled "Score the Fountain":
Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Jane and David Walentas Fountain, Outside Museum

We asked musicians and producers of all genres to create an original score to accompany our Jane and David Walentas Fountain in front of the Museum. We received a number of great entries, and submissions are now closed.

Check back next week for the list of selected compositions, then come enjoy the music in front of the fountain on August 14. This event is free.

More info about the Brooklyn Museum at their website.

by Wyatt Marshall

Erik Kluiber of Gypsyhawk with his cat

By this point, perhaps you've heard of the Metal Cats book, which is full of photos of metal musicians with their cats (Hai Doug!). With Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and more getting in on the Metal Cats rage, you know furry furor is reaching a fever pitch. The book is out now, and we scored a few unpublished photos originally intended for the book: Erik Kluiber of Gypsyhawk is above, and check out Steven Darrow of Sonic Medusa, animal activist Andrew Buchanan Carter and tattoo artist and piercer Alexander Nathan Ward with their feline friends below. Metal Cats is available to order from publisher powerHouse Books right meow.

A book release party is happening in NYC at Union Pool on May 17 with performances by gloomy experimentalist Planning for Burial, sludge purveyors Sea of Bones, doom band Belus (who just premiered a new song over on Invisible Oranges) with between-sets tunes from DJ Jake Boyle. There will also be an art exhibit, raffles (win "Catpathian Forest" prints) and vendors. Check the event's Facebook page. Tickets are $7 at the door with 100% of the proceeds going to Bobbi & the Strays, a no-kill shelter and rescue center in NYC.

Between Metal Cats and the Metal Meowlisha, the bonds between heavy metal and cats has never been stronger. More purrrfect (and unreleased) pics and flyer for the release show after the jump...

Continue reading "'Metal Cats' book is out (check out some unpublished pics); NYC release party w/ Belus & more"

by Doug Moore

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Mick Barr w/ Krallice at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

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Editor's note: For the past 7 months, since losing long-time BrooklynVegan metal editor Fred Pessaro, we were lucky to have Doug Moore aboard to help fill in our metal coverage, to edit and write for Invisible Oranges and to handle these weekly Heavy Lowdowns. Unfortunately, today is Doug's last with us. He's leaving to focus on his non-music-writing endeavors, including--as we've had to disclaim many times--his role as frontman in the Relapse-signed band Pyrrhon. We wish him well! We also wish Doug had made it into the forthcoming "Metal Cats" book. For some reason, he was left out, so we pay tribute to Doug today with our own version. Please enjoy Doug's final Heavy Lowdown along with some Metal Doug With Cats!
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It's that time again. Let's get heavy.

Young Widows have debuted a digital-only bonus song from the Easy Pain sessions and added some West Coast dates to their tour. Stream the tune and check out the dates below.

Cannabis Corpse have debuted a song from their upcoming fourth (!!!) album, From Wisdom to Baked. Shockingly, its title is a weed-themed play on a death metal classic ("THC Crystal Mountain"). Stream that below as well.

Playing Enemy's noisecore classic I Was Your City has been reissued on vinyl by Corpseflower Records. If you haven't heard it, you can -- and should! -- check it out below.

Excruciating Terror have canceled their non-MDF appearances this spring, including their 5/22 NYC show with Birdflesh.

And here are your weekend live heaviness options:

TONIGHT (4/25): A forward-thinking lineup featuring Zevious, Bangladeafy, El Drugstore, & Noxious Foxes hits The Gutter. No presale, but $7 at the door.

TOMORROW (4/26): The Chaos Bodies series continues at Trans Pecos with an imposing lineup that features Ocrilim (Mick Barr), Child Abuse, Couch Slut, & Nebadon ($10 at door). Corrosion of Conformity's tour hits Saint Vitus, with local support from Kings Destroy, Roadsaw, & Ruby the Hatchet (tix).

SUNDAY (4/27): Full of Hell return to NYC for the third time in as many months, this time with Column of Heaven & Nyodene D in tow, for a Silent Barn show. Local support will come from The Communion & Skullshitter. $10 at the door.

Over in the IO corner:

We went deep with Jason Netherton of Misery Index / Dying Fetus fame. We unraveled the mysteries of Japanese avant-metal collaboration houds Vampillia. We talked to a pair of German music researchers about the physiology of screaming. We waxed philosophical about Behemoth & the Metal Alliance Tour. We jammed new music by Forest of Tygers and Weedeater, who apparently really enjoy doughnuts. We ran down all the metal fit to buy, as ever. And we gave away tickets to this year's Paganfest tour on our East Village Radio show, courtesy of Irving Plaza. Be sure to tune in next week at 10pm for more giveaways, interviews, and shredding tunes.

That does it for me. Blast some ugliness below (more Doug With Cats included! - editor).

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Doug With Cats, Young Widows, heavy show options, Cannabis Corpse, this week on IO & more"

By Doug Moore

The Jesus Lizard at Irving Plaza, 2009 (more by Lori Bally)

Storied American noise rock unit The Jesus Lizard originally broke up in 1999, but reunited for a bit between 2008 and 2010, during which they played some memorable shows in NYC and elsewhere. The band are technically back together as of last year (they scheduled, and then canceled, an appearance at the 2013 All Tomorrow's Parties in Australia last October), but you wouldn't necessarily know it. When the members have engaged in publicly visible activities at all, it's mostly been oddball collaborations or solo work, like vocalist David Yow's long-awaited solo LP or guitarist Duane Denison's Unsemble collaboration with members of Einstürzende Neubauten and Silver Jews.

At least now there's evidence that the band still exists in some form, in the shape of an official Jesus Lizard coffee table book. Yes, for real. The book is a characteristically cock-eyed retrospective of the band's original 12-year run. According to its publisher Akashic Books, it offers the following:

The Jesus Lizard Book is a coffee table affair of exclusive photography, art, and other imagery with written pieces by all four members of the seminal indie rock band the Jesus Lizard. The layout is stylish and elegant, particularly in contrast with the harshness of much of the band's music. Included are many Polaroids by David Wm. Sims, a delicious recipe by David Yow, a concise list of every show the Jesus Lizard played, and writings by two producers who recorded the band--Steve Albini and Andy Gill. There is biographical material of each member that covers childhood to the demise of the group. Other contributors include Mike Watt, Alexander Hacke, Steve Gullick, Rebecca Gates, Jeff Lane, Sasha Frere-Jones, KRK, Bernie Bahrmasel, and many more.
If you need further empiric evidence that the Jesus Lizard still exist, you're in luck: the band are doing a couple events around the book's release. They'll have a signing at Barnes & Noble Union Square on March 25 (more info); and then a a book release party at Greenpoint's Word bookstore on March 26. The festivities start at 7pm; entrance is free, and Brooklyn Brewery is providing refreshments for the event. Visual contact with David Yow's hairy torso not guaranteed.

Sounds a little weird, but not nearly as weird as David Yow's recent and characteristically Yow-esque book of illustrated cat puns (also an Akashic book). You can read an interview with Yow about this crowning artistic achievement on Catster.com. A brief excerpt:

What's been the strangest reaction you've had to one of your illustrations?

Well, a homeless guy came in the gallery and saw "Catnip" and started masturbating.

It's that kind of interview, unsurprisingly. Check out a few of Yow's cat pun illustrations below...

Continue reading "The Jesus Lizard ready coffee table book w/ two release events in NYC; David Yow wrote/illustrated book of cat puns"

Metal Dudes Cats
Metal Dudes Cats

"In an effort to help prove that the metal community is not filled with mindless, hate-filled, angry men, author/photographer Alexandra Crockett is putting together a photography book entitled Metaldudes Cats Book that showcases some of the most brutal and visionary members of the West coast metal community with their darling, adorable little balls of fur: their cats."
Meow.

Alexandra hopes to have the book released in April, and is holding concerts to raise money for its publication in Portland and Seattle. Meanwhile you can get some merch on the official Etsy page, and preview some of the photos from the book below...

Continue reading "Metaldudes Cats Book (is coming soon)"

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Head to The Kitten Covers for more.

photos by Leia Jospe

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Photographer Leia Jospe accompanied Anamanaguchi on a trip to Japan where they played Tokyo's own version of the Blip Festival along with Nullsleep and others. Her pictures from that October event are in this post (the above-pictured kitty included). Her pics from the most recent NYC version of the fest are HERE.

Anamanaguchi are currently on the road with BATHS, though they are not on the bill of the NYC show which happens at Bowery Ballroom tonight (12/2) with BATHS, Dinosaur Feathers, and Ki:Theory. Tickets are still on sale. Updated tour dates with more Blip Tokyo pictures, below....

Continue reading "Anamanaguchi played Blip Fest in Tokyo (pics), playing shows w/ BATHS (who plays NYC tonight)"

Lick yrself clean

Devo

Devo's new album, Something for Everybody, is out today (6/15) and streaming online in the form of a Cat Listening Party, which runs till 8pm PST (11pm EST). According to the band, "It is 88%-guaranteed to meet with your audio approval." The album streams, without cats, at Colbert Report until Thursday (it's a little out of way on the right side of the page). They'll be on the Colbert Report Wednesday night, Letterman Tuesday night, and Regis & Kelly on Friday.

Tour dates are here. The closest they come to NYC currently is Clifton Park, NY's Northern Lights on Saturday, July 31st - tickets are on sale. They play Osheaga in Montreal on Sunday, August 1st and Lollapalooza on August 6th.

A video promo and album tracklist are below...

Continue reading "Devo streaming their new album with cats, playing Colbert, Regis & Kelly and Clifton Park, NY"

Cat With Wings

Nas is playing Hammerstein Ballroom on December 26th. Tickets are now on presale. Password = HOT97

Oasis tickets are still on presale. Password = Supernova. Venue = MSG.

Stellastarr* are playing five shows at Pianos in December. All five are on sale.

Tickets are now on sale for both of the upcoming CSS shows at Webster Hall

Tickets are on sale for both of the upcoming NYC Eagles of Death Metal shows.

Tickets are still on sale for the Department of Eagles show at the Bell House.

Tickets are still on sale for the 826NYC benefit that Department of Eagles, Paul Simon and members of TV on the Radio are playing.

Toad the Wet Sprocket is playing Webster Hall (??) on February 26th. Tickets are now on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for the Barack Rock benefit Les Savy Fav, Andrew Bird, and the Fiery Furnaces are playing in Brooklyn. Tickets are also still on sale for the show Les Savy Fav is playing at Music Hall on October 12th.

Tickets are still on sale for the animal shelter benefit that Debbie Harry is playing. Deborah is also playing one of the 10 free shows Joe's Pub is hosting.

Secret Machines are playing Webster Hall on October 18th. Tickets are on sale.

the Beck shows went back on sale.

Brad Mehldau and Chris Thile are playing "A Concert for Obama" at (le) poisson rouge on October 10th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are still on sale for the show Brightback Morning Light are playing at (le) poisson rouge.

If you're from PA, get your free tickets to see Bruce Springsteen.

Love Cats

...featuring Pete 'The Pete' Steinkop and Michael McDermot of Bouncing Souls, DJ Values of Let It Burn, Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance, Andrew Everding of Thursday and Matt Scara of Pitch Black Blonde. Theyre playing Highline Ballroom in NYC tonight (June 27) with Bee Gees tribute band Tragedy and God Saves The Queen ("New York's Ultimate Sex Pistols Tribute")

On a related note, Mr. Brownstone are playing Bowery Ballroom on the fourth of July.

On another related note, Thursday were added (a while ago) to that Hot Water Music show at Terminal 5 (still not sold out).

On a related related note, Paramore are playing... JUST KIDDING!

Bike

The 2008 NYC Bicycle Film Festival runs from May 28th through June 1st. That includes a show/party at Studio B on May 28th with Soft Circle, Simone Pace of Blonde Redhead and more.

SSLYBY @ Union Hall, April 21, 2008 (Bryan Bruchman)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

tonight in NYC
* Gelmania @ Rififi
* Radiohead on Conan
* Kate Nash @ Webster Hall
* Nels Cline @ Jazz Standard
* Tokyo Police Club @ Sound Fix
* Mum @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Gigantour @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Jason Anderson @ Pete's Candy Store
* Ra Ra Riot & The Little Ones @ Maxwell's
* Destroyer plays a show at Bowery Ballroom
* The Virgins & Sam Champion @ Mercury Lounge
* Grizzly Bear, Josh Groban & Paul Simon @ BAM
* Cinematic Orchestra is at Music Hall of Williamsburg
* She & Him & Thao with the Get Down Stay Down @ NYU
* Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Special Guests @ Sullivan Hall

Gawker is reporting that Lindsay Lohan will be at Coachella. Scarlett Johansson and Paris Hilton were there last year.

Tonight's Gelmania comedy lineup (8pm @ Rififi) is Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With), Todd Barry (Flight of the Concords, Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Sex and the City, Comedy Central Presents), Eugene Mirman (Flight of the Concords, Comedy Central Presents, Human Giant 24 Hour Marathon, Conan O'Brien), Chelsea Peretti (Variety SHAC, Invite Them Up CD) and Tom McCaffrey (Best Week Ever, Invite Them Up CD).

More pictures of Thursday night's Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin show at Union Hall at Bryan's flickr.

Video of a cat playing a theramin below. What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

Old Time Relijun @ Silent Barn, NYC - Oct 31, 2007 (CRED)
Old Time Religum @ Silent Barn

Hello friends, lovers, enemies of the Silent Barn,

SILENT BARN needs your help!

ConEdisonAs some of you may know, Silent Barn is an all ages performance / art / work / living space in beautiful Ridgewood, Queens. We've had a good run so far, hosting shows and events for a wide variety of groups, having extreme fun the whole time, and we'd like to continue that onward and into the unforeseeable future. But here's the catch: we just found out that we lost our appeal of a suit with ConEd, and are receiving notices daily that we owe them back power bills for the power used by the previous residents of the space, to the tune of almost $7,000 with interest. OUCH. We are reaching out to our community for help and ideas, because if we don't come up with the money soon, ConEd will send some sort of federal official to shut off the power, effectively ending Silent Barn for good.

moneySo, we are writing to you, dear friends, to ask for help. Have you played here before? Would you want to do it again as a benefit for the house? Have you been here before? Keep on coming! Do you have high powered rich friends who give out handouts to those in need? We want friends like that! And so on, and so forth.

Spaces like the Silent Barn are ultimately a community effort, and while this problem isn't exactly uncommon, it is still very real. We do our best to host and promote events of the highest caliber, and hopefully we as a community can keep it going. Please get in touch if you have ANY ideas that will help us work this whole mess out. We are down to do almost ANYTHING to keep the space healthy and alive, especially in these cold winter months.

Thank you forever.
xo Silent Barn

ps: if anyone has a cat that needs a home, we'd love to replace our dear departed Noodles, who has moved on to better times (in a cleaner apartment).

Also, Todd P is taking a break...
so I'm takin it a little easy for the next few months - you won't see a lot of shows from me while I take a substantial break & work on some other projects for awhile.

I'll still be around to tell you guys about great shows here & there though! [Todd P]

Thursday, November 29th @ DEATH BY AUDIO

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49 S 2nd St btwn Wythe & Kent | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L to Bedford, JM to Marcy, G to Metropolitan | 8pm | $8 | ALL AGES
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