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The BAMcinemaFest returns for its seventh annual year from June 17-28. They'll have the NY premieres for several films, and there are a few pretty cool special events too.

On a music-related note, beloved punk documentary The Decline of Western Civilization is getting a new restoration and that will be screened alongside a Q&A with director Penelope Spheeris on June 19 at BAM Rose Cinemas. The initial film, which includes footage of Black Flag, Germs, X, Alice Bag Band, Circle Jerks, Catholic Discipline, and Fear, was released in 1981. That was followed by 1988's equally indispensable Part II: The Metal Years that followed LA hair metal scene (KISS, Alice Cooper, Poison, Ozzy Osbourne, WASP...and Lemmy), and a third film on '90s "gutter punk" (Final Conflict, Litmus Green, Naked Aggression, The Resistance). The first two have been out-of-print (and highly bootlegged) since the '90s and the third one was never released on home video at all. Happy day: the whole series is finally getting released as a DVD/Blu-Ray box set on June 30 via Shout! Factory. The box set will feature newly-restored 2K prints of the films plus outtakes, lots of deleted scenes and commentary tracks by Dave Grohl.

A non-music but still very cool special event happening during BAMcinemaFest is a screening of cult '90s film Kids, which turns 20 this year. (And also notable to indie rock nerds since Lou Barlow did the soundtrack.) The screening happens June 25 at BAM Rose Cinemas, and there will also be a Q&A with some of the main cast members, including Chloe Sevigny (Jennie), Rosario Dawson (Ruby), Leo Fitzpatrick (Telly) and. Screenwriter Harmony Korine and director Larry Clark will be there too. Sadly neither Justin Pierce (Casper) or Harold Hunter (who was also Harold in the movie) will be there, as we lost both of them years ago. (Justin to suicide in 2000 and Harold to a cocaine-induced heart attack in 2006). Though as New Yorkers may know, there's a park named after Harold in NYC, and for the past 8 years October 11 has been Harold Hunter Day. The Harold Hunter Foundation was also launched in 2007, and its "goal is to harness the power of skateboarding to transform lives."

Another cult '90s film, Richard Linklater's Slacker, will get an outdoor screening during the fest at Brooklyn Bridge Park on June 25.

And one more music-related event: A screening of Les Blank's Leon Russell documentary, A Poem Is A Naked Person, which was filmed from 1972-1974 but not publicly released until this year, on June 27 at BAM Rose Cinemas. It got its world premiere at SXSW, and this will be its NY premiere. It looks like Criterion will be putting it out on home video at some point.

Tickets to BAMcinemaFest go on sale to BAM members on May 26, and to the general public on May 29.

Check out the full list of films, with a clip of a Darby Crash interview from The Decline of Western Civilization and the disturbing fight scene in the park from Kids, below...

Continue reading "BAMcinemaFest 2015: 'Decline of Western Civilization' (soon on DVD/Blu-ray), Q&A w/ cast of 'Kids,' & more"


Over 6 million views in 5 days. If you're one of the few left who haven't seen it, watch kids react to walkmans, below...

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While Twinkies have a reputation for an unlimited shelf life, the company that makes the junk food may not not.

Hostess Brands, the bankrupt maker of cream-filled pastries like Twinkies and Ho Hos, said on Friday that it planned to wind down its operations. The decision comes a week after one of the company's biggest unions went on strike to protest a labor contract.

Friday's move could spell the end of Hostess, a company that has endured wars, countless diet fads and even an earlier Chapter 11 filing. But the liquidation may not mean the end of its signature product, the Twinkie, with its cake exterior and cream filling. The confection -- originally banana flavored, rather than the vanilla of today -- could find new life under a different owner, if the company auctions off its brands and assets.

In the short term, Twinkies may be in short supply. The last batches rolled off Hostess production lines early Friday morning, according to Tom Becker, a company spokesman, and no new products will be made for the time being. [NY Times]

I won't be running out and stocking up on any Twinkies. I mean, they're gross, but I can't help feeling nostalgic for the products that poisoned my body as a child and the ads that helped them do it! Continue the trip down memory lane and/or feeling hungry and/or disgusted and/or find some more ironic t-shirt ideas, below...

Continue reading "No more Hostess???"

Yo Gabba Gabba with MGMT at Radio City in 2010 (more by Alexander Stein)
Yo Gabba Gabba

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: It's Time to Dance! hits over 50 cities in North America this fall. Hip hop legend Biz Markie and "Razzle Dazzle Gabba!-favorite "Leslie Hall join DJ Lance Rock and the colorful cast of characters on the new live tour. The trip kicks off in Minneapolis at the State Theatre on Thursday, September 15 and includes a six-shows-in-three-day run at NYC's Beacon Theatre on October 14-16 (shows are 11am, 2pm and 5pm). Other area dates include two shows at Nassau Coliseum on October 1 (2pm and 5pm) and NJ's State Theatre on October 11-12. Tickets are on Citi cardmember pre-sale now, go on other pre-sales Friday (6/3) at 10 AM, and then eventually on general sale starting Monday (6/6) at 10 AM.

All tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Yo Gabba Gabba announces another big tour, lots of Beacon Theater shows, Nassau Coliseum & State Theatre in NJ too"

picture via Hipster Kidz
hipster kid

"Families are discovering that Williamsburg is much more than a playground for the postcollege, skinny-jeans set. The neighborhood has a few private preschools; several indoor play spaces; art, movement and music classes; and a number of children's stores, some of which were started by neighborhood parents. Many of the condo buildings rising all over the neighborhood feature playrooms, pools and other family-friendly amenities." [NY Times]

photos by Adam Macchia

Yo Gabba Gabba & party hats @ Brooklyn Bowl
Yo Gabba Gabba

Onsale to General Public
Start: Fri, 06/04/10 10:00 AM EDT

Gabba Party Package
Start: Wed, 05/26/10 10:00 AM EDT
End: Thu, 09/02/10 05:00 PM EDT

Internet Presale
Start: Wed, 06/02/10 10:00 AM EDT
End: Thu, 06/03/10 10:00 PM EDT

American Express®
Start: Thu, 05/20/10 10:00 AM EDT
End: Thu, 06/03/10 10:00 PM EDT

American Express® Gabba Party Package
Start: Thu, 05/20/10 10:00 AM EDT
End: Thu, 06/03/10 10:00 PM EDT

the above list of dates and times describe when Yo Gabba Gabba tickets go/went on sale for the upcoming shows at Radio City Music Hall and other venues.

Also in this post: more pictures from the kid-filled, invite-only Yo Gabba event held at Brooklyn Bowl last week (sent in by the photographer after he saw I only posted one), and a just-released-to-YouTube official Yo Gabba Coachella recap video recap featuring appearances by Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste, Devo, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, Danny Devito and many more. That video with the rest of the pics, below...

Continue reading "Yo Gabba Gabba Coachella video recap, more pictures from Brooklyn Bowl, Radio City tickets "

photos by Chris La Putt

The Grates

Sunday's edition of Kidrockers at The Living Room in NYC featured performances by The Dig and The Grates. More pictures and a video from that show,. below...

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They Might Be Giants @ Prospect Park w/ kids (more by Ryan Muir)
They Might Be Giants

Pittsburgh Music Report: Who's the better audience, the adults or the kids?

JL: They're different. Kids are easily distracted by the confetti cannon. Adults don't require protection from onstage electric fans, unless they're drunk.

Where do you see the future of your music going with regards to genre and audience in the wake of your success with children albums?

JL: We have never successfully predicted where we're going next or what possible audience awaits us in the future. In my nightmares it's just us and James Lipton.

They Might Be Giants have a regular old indie rock show (ages 14+) coming up at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on June 11th (after they play Sasquatch and before they play Bonnaroo) (tickets are on sale), but the show they just announced at Town Hall in September 26th is one for you to definitely attend with kids (3pm doors). Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon. General sale starts Friday. All dates below...

Continue reading "They Might Be Giants playing Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Asbury Park, NYC & other kids and/or adult dates "

DOWNLOAD: Of Montreal - Brush Brush Brush (MP3)

Yo Gabba Gabba

Fresh on the heels of the release of the first Yo Gabba Gabba! CD release Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome!, hitting the shelves nationwide on October 20, W!LDBRAIN and S2BN Entertainment present Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There's A Party In My City, the first live U.S. touring show. A one-of-a-kind live event, the tour will kick off on November 14th, and will feature music, animation, games, singing, dancing, and special musical guests. Favorites such as "Party in My Tummy" "Hold Still" and "Get the Sillies Out" will be featured in the show. Special guests will also join the party on stage rocking their favorite 'Dancey Dance' moves. Presented using state of the art production elements, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There's A Party In My City will offer audience members of all ages an unparalleled experience.
Yo Gabba Gabba!'s live tour plans to make stops in L.A., Chicago and NYC. The New York show happens Saturday, November 21st at Beacon Theatre, where there'll be 11am and 2pm sets. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale. There's a "Gabba Mail" presale (their mailing list) starting October 6th at 10am. Then general public sale starts October 9th at 10am.

The album Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome! comes out October 20th on Filter US Recordings. The show is pretty well known for its musical guests (Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo, Biz Markie, Chromeo, I'm From Barcelona, Mark Kozelek) and the fact that its co-creator, Christian Jacobs, is MC Bat Commander from The Aquabats. Those guests are respresented on the album, as is Of Montreal, with the song "Brush Brush Brush" (about brushing your teeth) posted above.

Tracklist, album art, tour dates and musical clips from the show are posted below...

Continue reading "Yo Gabba Gabba! - live show dates, new CD, Of Montreal MP3"

Perry Farrell, Leann Rimes & School of Rock @ Lollapalooza 2009 (fresita)
Leann Rimes

"This year, I'm sitting in a moderate but persistent rain at the Kidzapalooza Stage, surrounded by adults and maybe a dozen kids total, waiting for the first surprise musical pairing of the festival: founder turned corporate figurehead Perry Farrell with country-pop singer LeAnn Rimes.

Yeah, it's weird, alright. But not in the good way like that experience 15 years ago.

Backed by members of the Paul Green School of Rock who've traveled here from around the country, Farrell and Rimes stumble through a stilted but spirited version of "Stop Dragging My Heart Around," the old Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks duet, followed by a lumpy rendition of "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles, which is wishful thinking.

"I'm Perry Farrell, the founder of Lollapalooza, and I say the rain will stop!" Farrell shouts. "Tomorrow." And then he and Rimes are gone.

Yeah, that was one to remember.

Farrell and Rimes were preceded on the kids' stage by Zack Gill, a member of ALO, who covered "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" on accordion, reworking it as "The Devil Went Down to Bavaria." Hard to say how that went over with the toddlers; the handful in attendance mostly seemed to be cranky about being out in the rain." [Jim DeRogatis]

More coverage coming soon. Day two streaming. A few videos below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 1 - Perry Farrell played with... LeAnn Rimes"

They Might Be Giants @ Prospect Park (more by Ryan Muir)
They Might Be Giants

"They Might Be Giants performed a free concert for kids in Prospect Park on Saturday afternoon [July 11th]. We loaded up the boys, packed the picnic blanket and headed off to Park Slope about 15 minutes before they were to hit the stage. Not the brightest idea. First we couldn't find a parking spot so KG dropped myself and the boys off so we could catch the show. The line to get into the band shell area snaked all the way around the entrance and went on and on. Fortunately we made other plans to sit outside the fenced off area with some friends. I have never seen so many kids in one place before. It was mayhem." [you're not listening to my words]
Fresh off their Prospect Park kids show, They Might Be Giants will be releasing a new kids CD called Here Comes Science. That album, which comes with a full-length animated DVD, is due out on Idlewild/Disney Sound on September 1st through Amazon/iTunes and September 22nd everywhere else.

The kick off for TMBG's tour supporting that record will be October 4th at the American Museum of Natural History, where they'll play two family shows. Ticket info TBA.

The band will be back in NYC for another family show on October 18th at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now.

Full tour dates, with a video of TMBG live on WNYC in May, are below...

Continue reading "They Might Be Giants - new kids album & 2009 tour dates"

photos by Ryan Muir

The Might Be Giants

"Saturday we attended J's first concert, afree outdoors one in Prospect Park's bandshell in Brooklyn. We were there with Lisa and Margot and Karey, and J and Margot jumped around together and held hands walking off among the revelers together. It was perfect because They Might Be Giants (also from Brooklyn) were the first band Lisa and I ever saw together, and long one of our favorites. Now they have branched out into children's music, ABCs, 123s, etc. At the concert little bubble potions were passed out in tiny plastic bottles, so that was fun too.

J really seemed to respond to the atmosphere. He sat on the grass with us, clapped with everyone, seemed to play an imaginary keyboard along Daddy's legs while singing to himself (his lyrics), and danced a little too. He looked towards the stage from time to time too, although it was too far away to be interesting for long." [Jonathan Forrest's blog]

It was billed as "Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert A Very Special Show with They Might Be Giants", and there were kids, and Zozo, and confetti cannons. More pictures from the 'Celebrate Brooklyn' show, below....

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photos by Chris La Putt

Allison Moorer

"Although the [Clearwater] festival was geared towards an older crowd, it did have a pretty stellar lineup. Artists worth noting [that played the first day] were the now 90 years old Pete Seeger (of course), the man who opened Woodstock 1969, one Richie Havens, Susan Tedeschi (wife of guitar prodigy Derek Trucks), Tao Seeger, Old Crow Medecine Show and one of my new favourite bands, Dr. Dog. I was at the festival to work, as Relix had a booth set up for the purpose of selling subscriptions. I did get to drop in on Seeger briefly, he played with the kids from room 12, an assortment of children no older then 9 years old. The man really sparks to life when he is on stage and is simply a musical institution. After meeting and greeting Richie Havens (he was signing autographs and taking pictures at a booth directly across from Relix) I was able to pop in on his short set and catch a powerful rendition of Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower". Mr. Havens stuck closely to the original version but with the addition of a lead acoustic guitarist accompanying him. I also managed to drop by Old Crow Medecine Show's set and catch some of their highly upbeat bluegrass and country music. People were really diggin Old Crow, taking advantage of an excuse to hoe-dance and get down in the mud." [Back in 15 Minutes]
The Old Crow Medicine Show will be back in August, that time as part of a tour of venues where there is guaranteed to be no mud to dance in.

The Clearwater Festival took place on 6 outdoor stages & tents at Croton Point Park in Croton-on Hudson, NY over this past rainy weekend. Alejandro Escovedo, Jennie Arnau, and Allison Moorer were also among those who played on Saturday (6/20). More pictures from that day below...

Continue reading "The 2009 Clearwater Festival - day 1 in pics (Dr. Dog, rain, Pete Seeger, kids, Old Crow Medicine Show, mud & more)"

Brooklyn Central Library (wallyg)
Brooklyn Central Library

"Finally, the Care Bears on Fire are not just for kids anymore.

The Park Slope-based trio -- newly reconfigured as an all-girl band -- [played] its highest-profile gig ever: a Saturday night, all-ages, leave-the-stuffed-animals-at-home show at the Bell House [happened in January].

But first, a little unfinished business.

Guitarist Lucio (no last names, please -- they're all barely teenagers!) left the band last year and has been replaced by Jena, a Manhattanite who, at 14, is the oldest Bear ever. She'll play bass.

What happened to Lucio?

"We had creative differences and he went in a different direction," said Izzy, 13, in an exclusive sit-down with GO Brooklyn over lattes and muffins at the Cocoa Bar in Park Slope." [The Brooklyn Paper]

Care Bears on Fire, who were also recently interviewed by Amy Poehler for On Networks show "Smart Girls at the Party", will play a free show to kick-off the Brooklyn Public Library's summer reading series on Thursday, June 4th. The gig will be held outdoors at the Brooklyn Library's Central Branch (1 Grand Army Plaza). Two days later, the same space will host singer Katia Cadet.

The Amy Poehler video and more info on both shows, below...

Continue reading "Care Bears on Fire (now all girls, still underage) interviewed by Amy Poehler (video), playing free library show"

Les Slip n Slide @ McCarren Pool - Aug 3, 2008 (by Bill Pearis)
Tim Harrington
Tim Harrington

Just like on July 9, 2006 when Les Savy Fav played the first concert at McCarren Pool, indie rock barber Tim Harrington could be found trying out the slip-n-slide (this time with his child) at today's Black Lips / Deerhunter / King Khan show. More coverage of today's Pool Party coming soon...

photos by Bao Nguyen

Jeff Tweedy @ Lollapalooza

Where were the kiddies? Here we are, standing in the hot sun at the kid's stage, Kidzapalooza, and about five kiddies can be spotted--in a sea of at least a thousand. So why are hipsters and d-bags taking up all the space? It's pretty simple: Today's [August 1, 2008] intimate set may be the closest many get to Wilco demigod Jeff Tweedy.

Adjusting to his surroundings, Tweedy played the role of cool babysitter, doling out kid-friendly advice before delivering knowing, adult winks on the side. "I apologize for setting up down here," Tweedy explained of his decision to set up on the ground below the stage, making him much more difficult to see for anyone more than ten feet away. "I wanted to get closer to the kids," he says. "But in a respectful way." Do any kids want to hear Wilco songs? A request comes in for "On and On." Tweedy: "That's too serious of a song for you to want to hear." Later, he warns his listeners about the "adult themes" in Wilco's "Impossible Germany." Chuckles ensue. "Heavy Metal Drummer" and an Appalachian folk treatment of "I'm The Man Who Loves You" (dedicated to wife Sue) get their predicted crowd-pleasing treatment, as does "What Light."

While the more predictable Wilco retreads satiated most, a reunion with former Uncle Tupelo member Bill Belzer on Tupelo's vintage "New Madrid" provided\ my personal highlight. Belzer also plays in the Terrible Twos, the atrocious kiddie band version of The New Amsterdams, and with Belzer and the Twos preceding Tweedy, I suppose a reunion was, well, invevitable. [Time Out Chicago]

Don't forget that Lollapalooza is streaming. Pictures of Tweedy and Belzer below....

Continue reading "Jeff Tweedy, Bill Belzer & kids @ Lollapalooza 2008 (pics)"

Spice Girls @ MSG

Speaking of pre-teenagers, I couldn't help but notice (see above) that The Spice Girls (like Norwegians, Les Savy Fav and Matisyahu) know about those flourescent noise-proof headphones too. More photos of last night's show at the Garden (Feb 18, 2008), HERE.