Entries tagged with: jail
SXSW photos by Tim Griffin
Philly shoegazers Creepoid were just down in Texas for SXSW, where one of their shows was a smoke machine-filled set at at the BrooklynVegan Friday party, which we have a set of pictures from below. (More pictures from the BV parties coming soon.)
Unfortunately, they ran into some trouble down there too. Guitarist Nicky Kulp was arrested in Texas after the band's van was searched. Here's what they posted to the GoFundMe campaign they launched to raise money for his bail:
On the way home from a 2-month-long tour ending at SXSW, our band was pulled over and our van was searched. Nick was detained and is currently being held on $5,000 bail in a super shitty texas prison. Nobody will issue a bail bond because we are from halfway accross the county and considered a high risk.The goal was quickly met, and Nicky's now out of jail. He writes:
Again - he is currently in a Texas prison. As you can see by his picture, he won't last long in there...
Any help will be profoundly appreciated.
I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming response on getting me out of jail in Hill County Texas • I am safe and currently back with my amazing bandmates/family.Glad to hear everything worked out! SXSW pictures below...
I can't currently comment on what happened, but I do greatly appreciate everyone's help and support ~ to all the amazing family, friends and fans that helped out. This is going to be a long journey and anyone who can help or support in any way would be greatly appreciated.
Three men who own a bar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) have been sentenced to a two-and-a-half year prison sentence for promoting their bar with a picture of a Buddha wearing headphones (via Gawker):
The image was posted in December on the Facebook page of the VGastro bar and restaurant in Yangon. After an outcry from hard-line Buddhist groups, the police arrested the restaurant's general manager, Philip Blackwood, 32, of New Zealand, along with the bar owner, U Tun Thurein, 40, and the manager, U Htut Ko Ko Lwin, 26. The three have been held in Insein prison in Yangon.Burmese law makes it illegal to insult or damage any religion.
In addition to the two-year prison term for violating the religion act, the three were also sentenced to six months for illegally operating a bar after 10 p.m. Mr. Blackwood said after the verdict that the men had expected they would be convicted. - [NY Times]
Michael Alig's so called friend Scotto was there to pick the released murderer up from jail and to accompany him to dinner that night, selfieng and getting press for himself all along the way. Now he appears to be trying to get even more press for himself by quickly throwing Alig under a bus. As you can see in the screen shot Tweet above, Scotto is trying to be the one who gives Perez Hilton a scoop that Alig could already be headed back to jail for drug use after just one night free. We don't know what details the NASA co-founder since direct-messaged Perez, but we'll hear soon enough if there's any truth to it.
More than 17 years after being sentenced to jail for killing Angel Melendez, Michael Alig is a free man. Psychecyberadiant Scotto went to pick him up at the prison today with club kid Astro Erle and he's documenting the whole thing on Instagram, the video you can watch below of his first words out of jail included...
In the time since Chief Keef's breakout song, his career has mostly consisted of lots of mishaps that weren't exactly legal, and some of which resulted in jail time and juvenile detention. The latest development: after being sentenced to 90 days in rehab, a judge is allowing him to do the sentence in California. ABC reports:
A judge approved a request by Chicago rapper Chief Keef on Friday to serve his sentence in a treatment facility in California, rather than the Haymarket Center in Chicago.--
Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, pleaded guilty Wednesday to testing positive for drugs while on probation and was ordered to serve 90 days in rehab after receiving a stern lecture from the judge.
Cozart told Judge Earl B. Hoffenberg that as an 18-year-old musician with children and many others depending on him, he needed to take drugs.
''I'm a rapper," Cozart said Wednesday. "You don't kill anyone on weed. To be a rapper, sometimes weed is the thing.''
Cozart had been released after being sentenced to jail for 20 days for a previous positive test for marijuana.
The Englewood-born Cozart, who has a Northbrook residence in his name, has been in the custody of the Cook County Sheriff's Dept. since Wednesday. He likely will be headed to California by Friday evening, according to his manager, Rovaun Manuel
Manuel said it will cost Keef $250,000 to serve his sentence at Promises Treatment Center in Malibu.
''You have to respect authority and you haven't done that," Hoffenberg said Wednesday. ''You're 18 years old and I'm really concerned about you, and I'd like to see you get some help.'' [...] ''I don't think jail is good for you, but I do think you need some treatment,'' he said.
Weird things are happening in the board game world. The Atlantic Wire reports...
Really, nothing is sacred anymore -- not even Monopoly. Because kids' days are filled with obligations and organized activities, young children today are apparently busier than any of their predecessors in history, toy manufacturers like Hasbro are tailoring board games to make them faster to play.Here's to future generations of kids who will never know what a Get Out of Jail Free Card is.
"Hasbro's new Monopoly Empire, in which players compete to amass the most big-name brands, such as Coca-Cola Xbox and McDonald's, can be completed in as little as 30 minutes, compared with the hours that traditional Monopoly could take," reports The Wall Street Journal's Ann Zimmerman. Hasbro accomplished this depressing feat in part by removing the jail, which speeds up the pace and also removes a crucial safe zone in the latter stages of the game.
PREVIOUSLY: Monopoly replaces the iron with a cat (RIP iron).
Officials tell TMZ ... the former Fugees singer was booked into the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury at 11:15 AM EST.PREVIOUSLY: Lauryn Hill played one of her last (and reportedly one of her best) shows before jail at Music Hall of Williamsburg
We're told the FCI is a "minimum security type facility" where inmates live in "barracks type" housing.
We're also told 38-year-old Hill will not be isolated in the facility -- and will be housed with the general population.
"They should be embarrassed that they jumped me and I am going to court for putting them in the hospital." - Harley Flanagan via NY Natives
Harley on a horse
You probably remember the now infamous 'Cro-Mags incident' that took place during the 'CBGB Festival' over the summer, and how Harley Flanagan, who was the one arrested, is claiming he was jumped and that it was all self defense. Vice has an update:
...the state's case isn't coming together as easily as everyone assumed it would. With Harley in court, the judge asks the assistant district attorney what's up. No grand jury has been convened yet, the ADA replies, and the case gets adjourned to Dec. 5.John Joseph is likely claiming that the Harley-sympathetic Vice article is filled with lies. What do you think?
If the case doesn't come together, with witness statements and testimony and a grand jury the thumbs up to the ADA to proceed, then the clock runs out on the charges on December 8, and Harley can shut the door on the legal troubles stemming from that night in July...
...To hear the other side tell it, Flanagan was crazed on the night of July 6, and may or may not have smuggled the knife into Webster Hall in his ass. Harley, speaking to me, paints a different picture: He was invited backstage and was ambushed, and in a subsequent fight for his life got stabbed, coming out of the VIP room with an oozing leg wound that at first looked like a compound fracture. "The only thing I did wrong that night was go out to the club," said Flanagan on Thursday. "I got jumped by a bunch of wannabe thugs."
Harley didn't know he was in trouble until the cops arrived and he was labeled as the assailant. He spent the next six days on Rikers Island, somewhat of a celebrity because of his case's notoriety. "I was like a white Mike Tyson," he says.
In Rikers, his leg wound, which had been simply stitched up, became infected with staph and MRSA and ballooned, and after being released on bail, he wound up in a hospital bed for ten days
Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, over a protest in a cathedral.Maybe not a surpise, given Russia's current sociopolitical climate, but is sure to spark further outrage for those who have been championing Pussy Riot's cause.
Judge Marina Syrova said the women had "crudely undermined social order" during their action in February.
The women say their "punk prayer" was a political act in protest against the Russian Orthodox Church leader's support of President Vladimir Putin.
Prosecutors are seeking a three-year jail sentence.
Judge Syrova said Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, had offended the feelings of Orthodox believers and shown a "complete lack of respect".
"Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and Samutsevich committed hooliganism - in other words, a grave violation of public order," she said.
The judge quoted prosecution witnesses as saying the act had been one of blasphemy, not politics. - [BBC]
And the sentence:: Each band member is to receive two years in prison which begins from the day of the arrest. At least it wasn't the three years the prosecutor wanted.
The three young women committed a "serious crime" and "should be punished", says judge Marina Syrova, sentencing them to two years' jail at a corrective labour facility for "hooliganism" and "incitement to religious hatred".There are a bunch of protests and rallys happening today in NYC: a musical masquerade protest party outside Nicholas Orthodox Church is going as we speak; there's a march on Madison Ave at 11 AM; and a Times Square rally at 1 PM. Details on those events can be found here.
In the courtroom, the verdict was greeted by cries of "Shame!" and "Injustice!" [Yahoo]
First of all, thanks to everyone who has reached out in support of Randy and each of us in this terrible situation. It's noted and very much appreciated.The band is also collecting money at Facebook for his "legal fund." Alleged video footage of alleged incident, below...
We have been keeping our heads down and not speaking out due to the fluid nature of the situation and the constantly changing information that even we receive daily.
Within an hour things can do endless 180's. It's maddening to try and make heads or tails.
We're taking the time to speak to you as it has been a significant period of time since this situation began and while nothing is immediately clear to any of us, we are not trying to keep anyone in the dark.
We have reached out and are making use of the resources we have acquired to help our brother who is still detained in Czech jail.
In the two years since, we were never notified of anything related to this incident.
Randy is our brother and we assure you, we are all staying very positive for him, working endlessly behind the scenes to provide any and all assistance possible.
The best we can do is to stay positive and continue to support our friend that we know is innocent.
We know that justice will prevail and we will continue to do our part to support our friend.
- LAMB OF GOD
The city will pay $1.25 million to a man who spent 14 years behind bars before being cleared in the notorious murder of a bouncer at the former Palladium nightclub.
A Manhattan federal judge yesterday signed off on the deal with David Lemus, who had filed a $50 million suit against the cops and prosecutors who locked him up for the 1990 shooting.
Lemus, 40, and another man, Olmedo Hidalgo, were found guilty in 1992, but their convictions were overturned in 2005 after evidence surfaced tying two other men to the killing of Marcus Peterson outside the East 14th Street hot spot.
All charges were dropped against Hidalgo, who was deported to the Dominican Republic. Lemus, who now lives in Florida, was acquitted after a 2007 retrial.
"No amount of money can fairly compensate Mr. Lemus for spending his youth being shuffled from prison to prison," said his lawyer," Steven Schiesel. [NY Post]
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Baltimore Blues No.1 (live) (MP3)
King Khan & BBQ @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
The rumor started spreading as early as 7 p.m. that Arish "King" Khan and Mark Sultan weren't going to show up for their nearly sold-out show Thursday night at Off Broadway in St. Louis.John McCauley was there because his fiance is a member of Those Darlins who are on tour with KK & BBQ at the moment. Those Darlins were one of the above-referenced opening acts.
The duo that comprises the King Khan & BBQ Show missed its early evening soundcheck and were M.I.A. and incommunicado throughout the night. Even as the eager crowd filed into the packed venue and witnessed a pair of impressive (though clearly stalling) opening acts, the chatter was that the headliners hadn't been heard from since they left Nashville--their previous tour date-- around 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
At approximately 11 p.m., local concert promoter Joey O'Farrell grabbed the mic and sheepishly delivered the news: The King Khan and BBQ would not be performing. No, he didn't know where they were or what had happened. Yes, Off Broadway was offering a full refund to anyone who wanted it.
Then Deer Tick singer John McCauley took the stage and delivered an impromptu set of classic rock and roll covers...
According to O'Farrell and Off Broadway owner Steve Pohlman, Khan and Sultan were arrested somewhere between Nashville and St. Louis. The charge is rumored to be drug possession, but neither party could offer any specifics. [St Louis Riverfront Times]
Those Darlins & BBQ & King Khan running (from the law)
King Khan & BBQ were last in NYC for two end-of-October shows. From there they hit the road and played shows along the way to Austin where they were scheduled to play Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday. That show didn't go as planned either. The rain that plagued the 2nd day of the outdoor festival caused the stage they were supposed to play on to get super wet (The Strange Boys who played before them mentioned the possibility of getting electrocuted while they were playing). King Khan didn't want to play on the wet stage, so the festival staff quickly dried it, but not in enough time. Instead the duo played a free show that night at the venue Red 7. I went to that, partly because they played right before forgetters (who were awesome) at the same venue (though in a different room). King Khan and BBQ was fun though I could barely hear them because I was deaf from just having seen Danzig.
@ Red 7 on 11/8: seconds earlier KK asked someone to stick their fist in this girl....
No word on whether King Khan & BBQ are actually in jail or whether they'll be at their show in Lawrence, KS tonight (11/13). Hopefully they're OK. Stay tuned. All dates below.
UPDATE (12:30pm): King Khan & BBQ definitely were in jail. They have been released, but their tour manager is still behind bars. The KS show is
UPDATE (1:00pm): the KS show isn't completely cancelled! King Khan & BBQ just won't be there. Jessi Darlin says "we're still planning on playin' the craziest fuckin' show in hopes of lifting any KKBBQ fans spirits and keepin' this badass tour on the move. We are so proud to be playing with this band and just want to keep the tour rollin'."
UPDATE (7:00pm): Tour manager Kristin Klein has been released from jail and charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance, possibly mushrooms.
In related news, Deer Tick is releasing an iTunes Exclusive, four-song EP called "More Fuel For The Fire" on December 1st. The above free MP3 (which was also just released by the band) is not on it. The track list, cover art, and all tour dates, below...
"A group of DJs allegedly used stolen credit cards to buy their own songs on iTunes and Amazon, boosting their chart ratings and netting them nearly £200,000 in royalties.I've wondered about this before - not buying your own music with stolen credit cards, but buying your own music at all to boost yourself into the charts. In this day and age when you only need to sell 30,000 records to be in the Billboard Top 10, it seems reasonable to believe that others have at least considered it.
The nine musicians are believed to have provided 19 songs, described by police as of 'indeterminate quality', to a distribution company which uploaded them to the music websites.
They then used 1,500 stolen or cloned US and British credit cards to buy almost £500,000-worth of the songs.
As the tunes soared up the charts, more and more people bought them and the DJs even came to the attention of big record producers - until they were arrested yesterday. [Metro.co.uk]
DOWNLOAD: Shunda K - Free Alpha (MP3)
"Yo Majesty" @ Highline Ballroom - Jan 27, 2009 (by Village Slum)
Shunda K, aka one half of Yo Majesty, has been busy lately. To quote an email I was CC'd on before the current "Yo Majesty" tour...
Im looking to set up Shunda K afterpartys' after each YM show date as an attempt to promote my solo career and also give other acts an opportunity to promote themselves as I dont mind sharing...da stage dat is. All of the dates thus far are below, let me know where you can help. The venues Im looking for should be able to hold at leat 150-200 persons'The tour is now underway and "Yo Majesty" played Highline Ballroom in Manhattan on Tuesday (1/27). The Shunda K afterparty was at Europa... ONE PROBLEM WITH THAT...
"Yo! Majesty was supposed to be embarking on a world tour that would push the critically hailed lesbian Christian rap duo out of the underground once and for all.So I guess that means Shunda K played Highline Ballroom on Tuesday, and Europa too. In case you're wondering, Jwl B is the topless one jumping in the air, and that harmonious holiday picture was just posted to their MySpace for Christmas (which was a little over a month ago).
Instead, half of the Tampa, Fla.-based group, singer/rapper Jwl B, is behind bars in Florida on an assault charge and apparently out of the crew for good.
"It's unfortunate for her, but for me it's actually a burden off my shoulders," rapper Shunda K (also known as LaShunda Flowers) said of her longtime partner's recent incarceration. "It started being ridiculous the things she was doing. It's actually divine intervention. I'm not sad. I'm relieved."
Shunda K says Jwl B, her partner in rhyme since 2001, has crossed one too many lines - personally and professionally - and is out of the group. But the drama is not stopping K, who started the duoin 1998 - she performs Wednesday at Harpers Ferry in Allston.
"Now Yo! Majesty can be what it's supposed to be," she said, "and that's a relief for the people, instead of coming to a Yo! Majesty show and you're feeling the tension between Jwl and me on stage. I just thank God for what's going on."
K, an openly gay Christian, says life on the road with Jwl has been difficult, with disputes over money, creative control and women sometimes erupting into physical altercations. [Boston Herald]
More pictures from the Highline show (now with only men taking their shirts off) @ Village Slum. More tour dates (lots of them) (mostly billed as Yo Majesty) (and some Shunda ones) below...
Conventional wisdom has it that CDs are selling in ever-decreasing numbers, but there's one place where business is booming: prison. A Los Angeles company called Pack Central started selling music to The USA's incarcerated in 2003, and is now doing $1 million of business every year. [Music Radar]Racy photos of Miley Cyrus are popular in prison too.
Louis Jay Pearlman (born June 19, 1954) was known in the entertainment business for being the manager of famous boy bands the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync.
In 2005 it came to light that Pearlman had bought his way to fame by running one of the biggest and longest running Ponzi schemes in American history, leaving more than half a billion dollars in debts. On May 21, 2008, Pearlman was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison, after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy, money laundering, and making false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding. [Wikipedia]
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British Sea Power's new video for the song "No Lucifer" that seems to sample a bit of Arcade Fire is below....