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As mentioned, O'Death have a new album and are currently on tour. They had some very bad luck around the Los Angeles date of their tour:

Hi Friends,

Our band, O'DEATH, was robbed outside of Los Angeles after our show at The Echo on Oct 30.

Our van and trailer were stolen, and along with it, all of our equipment, instruments, personal belongings, and merchandise, including hundreds of units of our new album and all of our other records on Vinyl, CD, and some tapes too, along with hundreds of T-shirts, posters, hoodies, flasks, buttons, everything we made for this tour. We also lost a couple of laptops, a camera, and most of us even lost all of the clothes we brought on tour...

...We hope to play many more and anticipate extensive recording output in the coming years, but we just lost everything and this is a HUGE SETBACK.

I'm so sorry for the sob-story, but we've literally just lost every asset. For those of you familiar with our music, you may know our sound is cultivated. A lot of our tools are NOT instruments that can be bought in a music shop - they are pieces we found on the side of the road along our journey. They are irreplaceable. So, we will not rebuild - we will start again. We could really use your help right now. We don't want to give up on this tour - we really believe in this album - we've been working on this tour to support this album since before the winter ended, and if we can't finish it, it will feel like 2014 is lost!

There's information on what was stolen here. The band have set up a Gofundme if you'd like to help and they've already raised $15k since Friday (10/31). O'Death had to cancel their Halloween show at Pappy & Harriets in Costa Mesa, but are trying keep as many shows as the can. Their NYC date is November 14 at The Bell House (tickets).

Blake Judd

Despite being notorious for stealing and screwing people over (and even going to jail for it), people continue to work with Nachtmystium's Blake Judd (also of Twilight, Krieg, and Hate Meditation). Last week Century Media released an unfortunate, but noble statement saying they will send records to anyone who got scammed by Blake's recent, fake, direct pre-order for the new Nachtmystium record ("the last album NACHTMYSTIUM has with Century Media Records"). Blake is known for never sending people orders, but yet he found more people to send him money. Read that statement in full below.

Now, Blake's long-time friend and bandmate Neill Jameson (Krieg, Twilight) has also had enough and wants the world to know his full story. It's a long, sad tale of being screwed over by a heroin addict again and again and again and again. It paints Blake as an even bigger liar and scumbag than the public knew. The whole thing is at Noisey. Here's an excerpt:

"I decided to do the third Twilight record [with Blake] simply because of the other musicians in the band. By this point, I was fed up with the Blake-circus-shitshow but went ahead anyway. The night before I was to fly out to record Blake called me in tears. He told me that the money that was sent to cover my expenses and my cut of the publishing advance (totaling around $1500) was gone. He told me that his wife had left him (no shit, Helen Keller saw that coming) after they got into a fight; He threw her and she broke her leg in several places. When he took her to the hospital they would only accept cash because they didn't have insurance. He fucking sobbed and said everyone in Chicago wanted to kill him and he couldn't leave his house and he hoped I didn't hate him. What the fuck was I supposed to do? I already had paid for the flight and was in the hole from the "tour" a few weeks before."
Twilight is/was a supergroup that featured Blake and Neill along with Thurston Moore, Aaron Turner, Jef Whitehead (Leviathan), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth), and more. No wonder Thurston said black metal is "music made by pussies of the lowest order".

Century Media's recent statement below...

Continue reading "The continuing saga of Blake Judd's heroin addiction"

Arcade Fire (more by Eric Kayne)
Arcade Fire

Oh no! Arcade Fire reports that something (much more valuable than a basketball) went missing in CT:

Richy's bobblehead mask was taken from our show in Bridgeport, CT. This mask is a one of a kind piece that is an essential component to our live show. We have photos of the theft but rather than press charges we would prefer if the person who took it would get in touch with us to return it. Perhaps this is all an innocent mistake and you meant to leave the venue with your own oversized paper mache rendition of Richard Parry's head? Please contact: info@quest-management.com with any information.
I hope they get it back. Meanwhile, check out pictures and the setlist from that very show (maybe one of those masked crowd members is the culprit!).

#creativity #inspiration #innovation
Too MY Bees Knees

A Twin Cities-based recording engineer has revealed that his album, which was released under the name To My Bees Knees and included contributions from 100 local musicians, was almost entirely composed of songs he had plagiarized from the Iowa City band Burn Disco Burn.

"It's with my greatest heartfelt apologies that I send out this letter," engineer Tom Smouse wrote yesterday, addressing the dozens of artists who contributed to his album in an email..."You donated your time and efforts to reproduce an album of material that ultimately, I passed off as my own."

...Smouse says he only wrote one of the tracks on To My Bees Knees, a hidden track called "Goodbye's Never Change"...

"We were shocked, saddened, and pissed off to discover that Tom Smouse had passed our music off as his own," the members of Burn Disco Burn said in a statement today.

The article at The Current goes on to detail that the musicians encountered "line for line, note for note" plagiarism on the record. To make matters worse, the record, which received its share of local press, was funded via Kickstarter. Oof.

Stolen Dali

"Gee, that was easy.
The NYPD has cracked the case of the stolen Salvador Dali painting after it was mysteriously mailed back to New York from Europe, The Post has learned. The $150,000 watercolor-and-ink original work arrived in pristine condition inside a box at JFK Airport yesterday morning, law enforcement sources said. "It seems to be in exceptional condition," said one source. "It was addressed to the gallery and it had a return address, but it appears to be bogus and the name is illegible." [NY Post]
In other news, ArtInfo.com brings us The 25 Wackiest Art-Themed GIFs, From a Dancing Van Gogh to Dali's Marching Elephant

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The Devil's Blood at Bottom Lounge (more by Carmelo Espanola)
The Devil's Blood
The Devil's Blood


The Devil's Blood hereby declare never-ending and total war upon the following individual; David "Ape" Zoglio.

This piece of shit who was supposed to have been our driver on the US tour ran off with our money after the San Antonio Ritual last night. After being told what to do for the 1000th time and still having no clue how to ride a bus, this "Ape", as he calls himself, unable to deal with the criticism any longer ran off into down-town San Antonio and left us stranded on an intersection forcing our Tour Manager to take over the wheel. This little rat scurried off so fast that attempts to find, catch and kill it were immediately unsuccessful.

Read the entire note posted at Facebook or below - it's brutal. UPDATED: not surprisingly, the FB post is gone

"Ape" has responded to the allegations via Twitter, stating that he "didn't not steal The Devils Bloods money, I reimbursed myself and gave them receipts. So fuck off.." "Didn't not".... I hope that wasn't a Freudian slip.

Reminder: Watain, Behemoth, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude play Irving Plaza on May 12th. Tickets are still available. Watain recently added another set of dates with Black Anvil (who played Saint Vitus on Thursday, and play NYC again with Phobia) to make up for their previously cancelled shows in the Midwest.

Continue reading "The Devil's Blood 'declare never-ending & total war' on tour driver (who says he didn't steal anything) UPDATED"

by Diana Wong


UK-by-way-of-Australia electronic duo Monarchy made their live NYC debut on December 10 at Highline Ballroom featuring support from St. Lucia. The show was one of only a pair of East Coast dates (NYC and DC) after playing shows at Coachella and on the West Coast earlier this year. Pictures and a video from Highline Ballroom are below.

The DC show didn't go so smoothly though, though it had little to do with their performance..

While we played in Washington DC on Thursday, a girl scammed into our dressing room and stole two of our masks. One of these is an expensive, custom made mask that is irreplaceable. It may have been taken by the girl, or left around the venue. If you took it, or picked it up, can you please return it to the venue, or by contacting monarchysound@gmail.com and we'll arrange pickup. We won't ask any questions, or take action, we just need the mask back. Please do the right thing and return it, we'd appreciate it. Thanks.
So far the band has not received the mask back yet and they did report that the thief brazenly "was in the audience wearing one of our masks. It was very 'Being John Malkovich'". They had a better time in NYC

More pictures and a video from Highline Ballroom are below...

Continue reading "Monarchy lost their masks in DC, played NYC (pics & video)"

Phantogram WITH guitar @ "Rocked" (more by Chris La Putt)

Two stories, both related to the launch of Rocked: An Exclusive Photography Exhibition by Mick Rock... First, Karen O told US Magazine at that party that she "recently wed longtime love Barnaby Clay"...

"I'm a married woman!" the rocker (real name: Karen Lee Orzolek) told Us at Wednesday's launch bash for Rocked: An Exclusive Photography Exhibition by Mick Rock at the W Hotel Downtown in NYC.
The "Maps" singer, 33, sweetly thanked Clay in the program notes for Stop the Virgens, a rock opera she co-created that was performed earlier this fall at St. Ann's Warehouse in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Clay directed his future wife in the 2009 video for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs single "Zero."
In more horrible news, Phantogram, who played the party (where all of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were in attendance), were robbed. Yesterday the band wrote on Facebook: "Some scum bag stole Josh's guitars last night. If anyone has any information, please contact us. Love, phantogram." Bummer. Keep an eye out!

laptop thieflaptop thief

According to a police report, the thief likely climbed up the two-story building's fire escape near Union Avenue after 3 am.

After entering Jelly's second-floor office's unlocked door, the thief grabbed three computers: a Macbook Pro, a laptop used by Jelly promoters, and an employee's personal computer.

Jelly co-founder Alexander Kane lamented the loss of his work computer, calling its content "irreplaceable."

"It's not about the monetary loss," said Kane. "Blood, sweat and tears are not easily quantified. There's also the feeling of being violated when someone came into this space." [Brooklyn Paper] (via)

That sucks! Beware of any suspcious tweets and/or emails.

The shows will go on though. This weekend Jelly hosts two more parties. The first is the second edition of Rock Yard on Saturday (lineup at the link). The second is Sunday's Pool Party which this week is a "Block Party" and is scheduled to take place at/outside Brooklyn Bowl instead of Williamsburg Waterfront. The Sunday "block party" still has no announced lineup though (but Siren co-headliner Ted Leo is a rumor).

This week's Pool Party/Block Party has always been planned for Brooklyn Bowl unlike last weekend's which was forced to move there at the last second.

This weekend's Block Party is one of two upcoming "block parties" that Jelly has planned for us this summer. The next one will take place at South Street Seaport in NYC (and in three other states as well).

Video of cops busting/searching people at the July 18th Pool Party while Murder City Devils plays in the background (the 9 minute video is titled "Waste of Time: 9 Pigs to sniff out 1 Roach"), below...

Continue reading "Jelly's computers robbed, maybe thief knows Sunday's lineup"

photos by Vincent Cornelli

The Walkmen @ MoMA

"Some jackass made his way out of Johnny Brenda's after our show in Philadelphia with a handmade, custom built baritone guitar. Luckily for us we do have the show on tape and the face of our sticky fingered friend has been recorded. Any info out there to help us i.d. this person would be gratefully appreciated. Please let us know if you know anything. Thanks!" [Alec Ounsworth]
The guitar was actually stolen over 2 months ago and it still hasn't been recovered. It belonged to guitar player Matt Sutton who will join CYHSY frontman Alec Ounsworth again as part of "Flashy Python" tonight (they're the opener) at the Bell House (4/1) with The Walkmen ("advanced tickets are sold out" according to the venue's website). The Walkmen recently played SXSW and before that MoMA... which I just realized we never posted pictures from. Those continue below...

Continue reading "despite stolen guitar, Matt Sutton will play w/ Alec Ounsworth in Brooklyn w/ the Walkmen (who played MoMA - pics)"


Metal bar Lucky 13 owner Melody Henry is offering a reward for any tips that lead to the return of the above-pictured, life-size Exorcist prop. In related news, you should go have a drink at the Park Slope bar (or see some burlesque there), and have dinner at Foodswings tonight (Melody owns that now too). Check out Skeletonwitch's video for "Repulsive Salvation" (which was filmed at Lucky 13), below...

Continue reading "Exorcist prop stolen from Lucky 13 Saloon!"

Toro y Moi @ Brooklyn Bowl - 3/26/10 (by Anna Hiort)
Toro y Moi

Toro y Moi is currently on tour with The Ruby Suns. Last night (3/26), was their NYC show at music venue and bowling alley Brooklyn Bowl (where the Grates play tonight). The show went as planned until later in the night after Toro y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick) packed up his car and was ready to leave. Still needing to get paid or use the bathroom or attend to some other matter (I'm not sure exactly what), he went back in to the club before taking off. During that short time, someone broke the lock on his car door and stole his clothes, passport and laptop!

That sucks so bad, though at least they didn't get his guitar which was also in the vehicle. Regardless, his laptop is essential to his live show so he was forced to cancel the next four dates including tonight (3/27) at The Middle East in Cambridge, and Vermont and two shows in Canada. He'll use that time to regroup, get some ID, get a new computer and meet back up with the Ruby Suns in time to play the March 31st show at Schubas in Chicago. Hopefully Chaz doesn't hold this against Brooklyn where he'll return to on May 7th to kick off a tour with Caribou. If you happen across any of his stuff, contact him. A video from the Brooklyn Bowl show below...

Continue reading "Toro y Moi robbed after last night's Brooklyn Bowl show w/ The Ruby Suns - 4 shows cancelled "

by Bill Pearis

The Dears

The Dears' tour bus was stolen Wednesday night in Montreal as the band was home packing for their six-week North American tour. The coach was taken from the parking lot of the Comfort Inn at 700 Blvd. in St. Jean, Pointe-Claire while the driver was asleep in the hotel, prior to their 6 a.m. scheduled departure. Fortunately, no luggage or gear was on board at the time of the theft and the band's trailer was left behind. True to The Dears' resilient nature, the veteran band isn't letting this minor mishap slow them down and will kick off the tour tonight in Toronto. All shows are planned as scheduled.

If anybody has any information about the stolen tour bus or knows of its whereabouts please contact your local authorities. Bus model: Prevost, Series 60. Accuride Alcoa; license plate: V957YW [press release]

The Dears [whose bus was probably stolen by their publicist... just kidding!] will be playing their first NYC show since CMJ last year when this mostly-new iteration of the group were still getting their sea legs. And they were good then, but I'd have to imagine The Dears are a lot tighter now. Their most recent album, Missles, is another fine blast of epic-ness as only Murray Lightburn could give. Apparently they've written already written almost a whole new album's worth of songs since October, so hopefully they'll play a few while they're here. If you can't go tonight (5/1) at The Bell House, The Dears also play Bowery Ballroom on Monday (5/4). Eulogies and Great Northern open both shows. All dates below...

Continue reading "The Dears are here, stolen bus or not"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: John Wiese & C. Spencer Yeh - "Swedish Couch" (MP3)
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Tony Conrad & Keiji Haino

Experimentalists collide when Keiji Haino and Tony Conrad team up for a show at The Studio At Webster Hall on April 25th (tonight), one of only three US shows for the duo. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. Full tour dates are below.

Although the duo has not recorded anything, Keiji Haino recently dropped a new record under the moniker The Haino/Masataka Fujikake Duo, on the Japanese label Full Design Records on February 11. A collection of live material from a batch of 2005 shows in Yokohama, the record is currently available to us yankees here.

Opening The Studio show will be another violinist of the avant-garde persuasion, C Spencer Yeh, who recently dropped two collaborative LPs: Cincinatti with noise technician John Wiese (available on CSY's label, DroneDisco) and New York Nuts and Boston Beans with Paul Flaherty and Greg Kelley (available here). April 25th will be the only solo show for CSY over the next few weeks, but he does have dates as part of a duo (with Michael Johnsen) and a trio (with Rafael Toral & Trevor Tremaine). One of those trio dates will take place in NYC in the next few weeks, as part of the No Fun Fest featuring headliner Sonic Youth.

Hopefully SY's Lee Ranaldo gets his long lost Fender Mustang back by then.

Sonic Youth Guitar

The guitar (pictured above) was stolen from Lee in July 1999. Then, last week, someone unknowingly bought it on eBay, and before even receiving it (he still hasn't received it as of this post), the buyer coincidentally was "just looking at Sonic Youth´s guitars", and recognized the guitar that he had just bought as Lee's stolen guitar.

He posted his story in a thread (that is currently 35 pages long) on Offsetguitars.com. Lee was then contacted, offered the guitar back (at the eBay auction cost) and accepted. In another coincidence, the buyer lives in the Netherlands and Sonic Youth is in Europe this week. Unfortunately the guitar didn't arrive from seller to buyer in time for the buyer to hand it to Lee in person, but...

"So my brother, a friend and me went to Dusseldorf yesterday to see Sonic Youth. We spent the whole afternoon in museums to see the Sonic Youth exhibition, which was really great. I can recommend it to anyone with the possibility of going there. It made me want to start reading William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg immediately.

The concert was supposed to start at 20:30 and we arrived at that time, we figured it probably wouldn´t start until 22:00 or so as that´s what we´re used to. Surprisingly, they started exactly on time so I missed a chance to get onto the balcony for special guests. So we watched the gig among the ´common´ people , which wasn't so bad, though it´s sometimes hard to stand the smell of those puny creatures. Tongue The concert was amazing, as usual with these guys, they played a normal set but when it was over it felt like they had only played for 15 minutes. The highlight for me was Kim´s singing, her voice sounds better than ever. The new songs (I think they played 4) sounded good too, but I can´t comment on the specific songs as I don´t know the titles.

After the gig was over I pushed my way up to the front row and called the guitar tech, Eric Baecht, he came up to us, gave me a mastery bridge (from one of Lee´s guitars, he even included the allen wrench keys!) on which Lee had written a thank you note, along with a couple of picks with Sonic Youth prints on them. Can´t wait to try it on my Jazzmaster! Eric then told me to wait for him to finish clearing the stage and took us to the backstage where I met Lee. We had a little chat about the guitar, Mark Ibold also showed up briefly. I met Eric again who told us we can get on the guest list for any SY gig in the future (!!!). I also spotted Thurston but he left quite early , Kim was there the whole time, didn´t see Steve.

So my friends and me hung out at the bar for a while feeling quite awkward and trying to think of something to talk to Lee about without sounding cliché but it seemed impossible so we left soon after. It was a bit of shame because they´re really kind and approachable people, but I just didn´t know what to talk about.

After all we had a great day and I´m looking forward to going to their gigs in the future. For free! HA! Plus I won´t have to worry about the show being sold out or anything." [Sauerkraut the guitar finder]

Awesome story. (thx Raymond)

Speaking of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore will perform as part of a trio with saxophonist Daniel Carter and Ryan Sawyer (Tall Firs, Stars Like Fleas) at Union Pool on May 2nd, with Trevor Dunn's Madlove, and Pink Noise. Madlove recently announced the release of their new album, White With Foam on Ipecac Records.

Sonic Youth's new album, The Eternal, drops on June 9th. Check out "Sacred Trickster" here.

Trevor Dunn will play bass with the Melvins when they play all of Houdini at Webster Hall.

Tour dates, and some videos from Sonic Youth's exhibition in Germany, below...

Continue reading "Lee Ranaldo's stolen guitar recovered, Tony Conrad playing w/ Keiji Haino, a Thurston show & stuff"

"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...

Continue reading "Kari Ferrell - the tattooed 'hipster grifter' invaded Brooklyn"


our deepest apologies to anyone who was expecting (respectively) to enjoy themselves at a dance show last night and instead felt the cold sting of a series of bullshit moves. The situation was unfortunately out of our hands but we greatly appreciate everyone who was looking forward to seeing us and especially to the people at Granada & C3 entertainment who worked with us empathetically amidst the long winded accusations. Though we can't change what CC apparently thinks of us and Granada, we at-least deserve an opportunity to defend our side of the story. Our explanation goes as follows:

Shortly after playing our set in Austin, Crystal Castles asked if they could use our guitar which we gladly agreed too. Shortly after the set the crew packed our gear and helped us load out. An FX pedal they used during their set was packed into our guitar cab (unbeknownst to us). Upon arriving back at my apartment we found it and immediately got ahold of their sound engineer offering to return it promptly. We were told to bring it to Dallas. The next day we arrive at the Granada in Dallas only to be asked to leave the premises by personal request of Crystal Castles via Tom Windish of Windish Agency. We handed the pedal to a sound guy and packed our shit without so much as an explanation for CC Party. Considering we were thrown out of the press pit during the show by their management, accused of mindfully drinking their booze, botching our guest list, and contentiously commenting this to our manager, the fact that they still have the nerve to accuse us of theft is flat out insulting. Do they truly think we'd stupid enough to compromise our reputation as a band, and ruin a rapport with a band we were initially honored to play with for a goofy FX pedal? Treating gigs like these flippantly is just something we don't do. That would be flat out moronic. We still have great admiration for Crystal Castles as artists and in all honesty they seemed very nice in Austin. But the lack of intervention to the arrogance of their management leaves me somewhat disappointed. Granada has already begun working out refunds and compensation. I commend their compassion for the fanbase they've built in Dallas. It's unfortunate that can't be said about the other party involved. I did a radio interview today explaining this shit storm (if things haven't already been made Crystal Clear) (MP3).


Read more about the cancelled Crystal Castles show on Gorilla Vs Bear.

Sounds like all "Alan" Palomo aka "VEGA" stole is someone's name.

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

The Budos Band at Le Poisson Rouge
Budos Band

Dear friends and associates,

We, the Daptone Family, have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the community in response to the burglary of our studio. On the night of February 15th, somebody peeled back the iron gate on our front door, broke in, and stole a lot of equipment and instruments from our studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The next day I sent a brief email out to about ten friends asking them to keep a eye out for the stolen gear and for any good deals on loaner equipment to get us by for a while. Within a day, my email had been forwarded to people around the world and had been published on the websites of Brooklyn Vegan, Okay Player, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and the NY Times, as well as numerous blogs and recording gear websites. The response has been unbelievable. We have had hundreds of emails back from people offering to donate and loan gear, studio owners offering free studio time, promoters and organizations offering to help set up benefits and donation programs, and individuals offering financial and moral support. We cannot express how much it has meant to us to see how quickly and to what extent the community has offered us support. It is truly inspirational to know how many people out there feel it is important for us to keep doing what we do.

SaveDaptone.com has collected 310 $4.00 donations so far.

Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens' new full-length record, What Have You Done, My Brother?, will be released by Daptone Records on May 26, 2009.

The rest of Daptone's statement, and more pictures from Thursday's Budos Band show at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, below...

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Daptone Records

Friends and associates,

As you may have heard through the grapevine by now, Daptone was broken into last night. Unfortunately, there was a lot of equipment (mics, pre-amps, monitors, turntables, guitars, amps, computers, etc.) stolen and damaged. It is going to take us a while to go through everything and take full stock of what was stolen, and we are not supposed to touch anything until the cops come back to collect fingerprints so we can only guess what's missing from some mic drawers and cabinets.
And, no, we did not have insurance. We had been shopping around with different companies earlier this month but had not signed a check, so nothing was insured. We are working on replacing the gate in front, installing an alarm system, and getting insurance, but it is President's day so it's not going as quickly as we would have liked.
Nydia's computer was stolen (which wasn't backed up) and the modems/ phone system was ripped out, so we'll be relatively out of commission for a few days.

I would like to ask for everyone's help first in keeping an eye out for all of our stuff showing up on ebay/craigslist/local music shops, and secondly (and more realistically) keeping an eye out for good deals on headphones, mics, pre-amps, etc. I could really use a heads up on any kind of studio package for sale or studio equipment to be possibly bought or borrowed as soon as possible. We have a session scheduled for Friday to lay down some music for (I know this sounds
surreal) Rod Stewart, and I'm going to have to get the studio running by then. I know I'm going to need to find headphones, cables, mics, and pre-amps by then. I'm not sure what else yet.

List of gear and Gabriel Roth's letter continued below...

Continue reading "Daptone Records robbed..."

by Black Bubblegum


While on their European (mega)tour with Torche, Pelican hit a bit of a snag....

Two days ago we had a spare half hour to spend in Rome before heading to the venue, so we decided to go see the Coliseum. We parked nearby and went to take a brief twenty minute walk around the area. When we returned to our van we found that it had been broken into, despite being parked on a major street in broad daylight. Four bags were stolen, the contents including computers, passports, wallets, ipods, our soundguy's microphone collection, and, most devastatingly, a number of personal journals and two portable recording devices containing hours of song ideas that are now lost forever.
The band has set up a paypal account at pelicanrobbed@gmail.com to try and recoup some of those costs (microphone collection... yikes), but those recording devices... ouch.

Pelican's North American 'Champions Of Sound' tour with Kayo Dot & Stove Bredsky kicks off in Mt. Clemens at the end of October.

Pelican and Torche's entire tour schedules are below.

Continue reading "Pelican robbed in Rome"

Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

The Kills

Rockers the Kills have been left baffled after their tour bus and driver mysteriously disappeared midway through their current U.S. tour.

The band, which includes Kate Moss' ex-boyfriend Jamie Hince, last saw the vehicle on September 26 in Los Angeles before it vanished, along with the driver and all of their luggage.

The duo -- who have been supporting The Raconteurs on the string of live dates -- have called in officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a bid to trace the bus.

Guitarist/singer Alison Mosshart says, "It is thought that the driver has committed grand theft auto or that he is in some kind of trouble.

"The bus and driver were last seen on the morning of September 26 at a Prevost dealership in Los Angeles. The driver got some new tires and was set to head to Austin, Texas, to meet up with us. His phone has been off since that afternoon.

"Federal investigators and police are searching for the bus and driver throughout the U.S. and Mexico. We are currently traveling to Nashville (Tennessee) and have no luggage or belongings."

Mosshart has also made an appeal for the return of the vehicle, asking anyone who sees a black Prevost tour bus with Tennessee license plates reading 0305 EA to call the U.S. police. [SFGATE]

The Kills will end their tour this weekend in NYC with two sold out shows in a row at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Last weekend they played the Austin City Limits Music Festival (September 28). More pictures from that below...

Continue reading "The Kills lost their tour bus, played ACL (pics)"

Iggy Pop & Mike Watt @ United Palace (more)
Iggy Pop and Mike watt

Montreal police have found the truck stolen Monday from American punk icon Iggy Pop and his band the Stooges, but tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment is still missing.

The abandoned truck was found late Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Saint-Marc Street and René Lévesque Boulevard, said police spokeswoman Anie Lemieux.

"All the equipment was missing -- or almost," Lemieux said. "I think there were a few mike stands that stayed in the truck. Investigators are going to look for any elements that can help them try to find possible suspects.

"Are there any fingerprints in the car? Were any elements left on the scene that might help them find possible leads in this case?" Lemieux said investigators are also looking for witnesses....

...Almost immediately after the theft, the band vowed to continue with the North American leg of its tour, including Wednesday's gig in Toronto. CBC-TV accompanied Watt to a Toronto guitar store on Tuesday as he borrowed some replacement instruments.[CBCNews]

The Montreal gig was part of Osheaga. NYC is Friday. They are also playing the Baltimore Virgin Festival this weekend.

"I know, it's so tacky!" (Exena)
Ian Curtis

Somewhere in Cheshire is a seriously melancholy thief. The gravestone of Ian Curtis has been stolen from the Macclesfield cemetery where the former Joy Division singer is buried. [Guardian]

Peter Gabriel

Web servers hosting musician Peter Gabriel's web site have gone missing from their data center. "Our servers were stolen from our ISP's data centre on Sunday night -- Monday morning," reads a notice at PeterGabriel.com. The incident is the latest in a series of high-profile equipment thefts in the past year, including armed robberies in data centers in Chicago and London. How secure is your data center?" [Slashdot]
* Peter Gabriel launching music recommendation website
* Matthew Dear's harddrive was stolen @ Galapagos

Calvin Harris

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris feels very let down by British Airways after the airline lost his suitcase in the recent baggage chaos at London’s Heathrow airport insisting the compensation he was offered was "nothing significant". The Acceptable In The 80s star lost a bag when returning from America last month, and it contained a computer laptop storing most of his new album. Heathrow’s new Terminal 5 building was immediately plunged into chaos on its opening day when problems with new baggage-handling systems left over 15,000 passengers without their luggage. And although Harris’ bag was eventually found, everything in it was ruined.He says, "They lost my laptop at Terminal 5 but when they found it everything came back mouldy. My clothes were sodden, my music was damp, it sounded s**t. [Times Square Gossip]
Calvin Harris played a show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (April 28, 2008) (how was it?) and one at the Coachella music festival two days before that.
Harris, who looks like a kid who's been swept out of his living-room studio into the bright lights, writes songs that are simple and maddeningly catchy, and he has a nose for dynamic arrangements, often adding live bass on top of synthesized beats to push the sound over the top.

His deep, deadpan voice matched the mock seriousness of his words as he sang about such matters as his preference in girls (there are few not included) and his choice for their outfits ("Please make sure, baby, you've got some colors in there"). Similarly, his crowd-stirring antics were simultaneously send-up and celebration.

The idea of a "star-making" performance might be obsolete in this multiple-platform era, but one of Coachella's charms is the possibility that a great discovery might always be just one stage away. For a lot of people, Calvin Harris was the find of 2008 Day 2. [LA Times]

In other laptop-related news, DJ Never Forget of Finger on the Pulse recently had his laptop stolen from him after he finished deejaying at a Tokyo Police Club afterparty at Hugs in Williamsburg, but then miraculously the laptop was returned the next morning. The guy who had the laptop said that two guys came up to him on the street outside Hugs and said something like, "Do you want a laptop?" He took it and only realized who it belonged to (someone he knew) the next day when a MySpace message was sent out reporting it stolen.

Matthew Dear's harddrive story didn't have as happy of an ending, but Matthew Dear is still deejaying. He played the One Step Beyond party at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan on Friday night.

Last time Calvin Harris was in NYC he played Mercury Lounge. Calvin's short U.S. tour is now over. The video for "Acceptable in the 80s" is below...

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"An $8 million painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat has been located in a Manhattan warehouse after apparently being smuggled out of Brazil, federal prosecutors said." [Yahoo]