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The NY Comedy Festival is underway, and includes a show by Slayer and voting fan Rob Delaney at NYU on Saturday (11/10). It now also includes a 2nd Rob Delaney show on the same day in the same venue but later. 100% of proceeds go to Sandy Relief. On Sale now.
Before this show was added, Rob also posted this letter about the early show:
On Saturday I'm doing a show at NYU's Skirball Center. It's sold out, but if you are attending, may I ask you to please bring your checkbook and be prepared to write a check to The American Red Cross in Greater New York? I will be donating 100% of the money I'm making from the show, so if you bring a check too it will be like we're in a cozy little club together. Just give me or one of my volunteers your check after the show and then I'll bring it to the Red Cross in my leather helicopter.
If you aren't going to the show, but would like to donate, you can do so online here:
Maryland made history yesterday as the first state to approve gay marriage at the ballot box. The outcome on Question 6 was notable not just for what it will mean for thousands of gays and lesbians whose relationships will now be recognized as equal to those of their heterosexual peers but for what it says about the state of gay rights in America. There is good reason to believe that yesterday's vote was not just a victory for equality but a turning point.Meanwhile the NY Times reports:
Technically, Maryland appeared to be tied for the first-in-the-nation distinction, as a similar measure was poised for passage in Maine on the same day. Another was on the ballot in Washington. Considering that the electoral record for same-sex marriage up until yesterday was 0 wins and 32 losses, those victories are remarkable. The vote in Maryland in particular is a sign that the growing acceptance for marriage equality is starting to break down old barriers and may portend a rapid shift in the political and legal landscape.
Maine voters approved same-sex marriage in an election night that jubilant gay rights advocates called a historic turning point, the first time ever that marriage for gay men and lesbians has been approved at the ballot box.As of this article, results are still just coming in, so hopefully by Wednesday morning we're saying that four states approved same-sex marriage on ballots in 2012.
While six states plus the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage through court decisions or legislative decisions, voters had rejected it more than 30 times in a row up to now.
Results for the other three states voting on same-sex marriage -- Maryland, Minnesota and Washington -- were still coming in late Tuesday but rights groups said that the victories in Maine, and possibly other states, were an important sign that public opinion is shifting in their direction.
UPDATE:: Minnesotans have sadly defeated the attempt to amend the state's constitution to ban gay marriage,
This election also gave us our first openly gay senator, our first state with marijuana legalization, and our first two-term African-American president. To quote Reggie Watts, "The Mayan prophecy is coming true!!!"
Tammy Baldwin photo via Buzzfeed
An African-American president for a second term; Weed is legal; Same sex marriage passes in more states. And Tammy Baldwin won tonight in Wisconsin - our first openly gay senator! A historical night all around. Seems like a good time for America to take a minute to celebrate...
To quote High Times,
Colorado's Amendment 64, which will regulate marijuana like alcohol and remove civil and criminal penalties for adult possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, has passed.Wow! And Washington sort of legalizes it! Seattlepi says:
Colorado is the first state to legalize marijuana.
Amendment 64 will also allow adults to grow their own cannabis - up to six plants in an enclosed space.
Washington voters on Tuesday passed Initiative 502 to legalize, regulate and tax sales of small amounts of marijuana to adults, a measure that flies in the face of federal law and policy that still treats possession of cannabis as a crime.As that article also points out, Massachusetts now accepts medical marijuana! Maybe Romney can get a prescription to deal with his defeat tonight by Barack Obama.
A similar measure in Colorado was ahead, and Massachusetts became the 18th state to approve use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Washington, by its vote, became a national pacesetter in the drive to reform drug laws. The reform effort was led by former federal prosecutors, the Seattle City Attorney and an ex-top FBI agent -- all former warrior in the 40-year "War on Drugs."
Oregon also has weed on the ballot, but Measure 80 didn't pass there.
Questlove voted today...
As you probably know, it's Election Day, November 6th, 2012. Don't slack. Your vote counts, so get out there and cast your ballot (If you're registered and you didn't already do so by now).
Here in NYC and NJ, Hurricane Sandy has thrown a wrench in the polling machinery a bit, but....
Because so many people have been displaced by the storm, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order allowing people to vote in Tuesday's statewide and presidential elections at any polling place in the state. New Jersey had already taken similar measures.Mind you this is only for people located in "federally-declared disaster counties." If you are not in an affected area, you can only vote at your assigned polling station so make sure you know where it is (and note it may be somewhere different this year).
"Just because you are displaced doesn't mean you are disenfranchised," Cuomo said. "Compared to what we have had to deal with in the past week, this will be a walk in the park when it comes to voting." [Pennlive]
For voters still in affected areas in Rockaway, Staten Island and Coney Island, they've also set up shuttles:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has designated MTA buses will run shuttle service on Election Day to carry voters from damaged polling places to alternate sites established by the Board of Election on Staten Island and Coney Island and in the Rockaways. The free Election Day shuttle buses will run in addition to other schedule bus service in the areas.Routes for the "Voter Shuttle" buses can be viewed here.
The buses will be marked by "Voter Shuttle" destination signs, and will run from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. to help voters, particularly those displaced by the storm, get to the polling stations.
MTA buses will also be dispatched to carry Board of Election polling station workers from the Queens headquarters in Kew Gardens to their newly assigned polling stations in the three areas. The buses will run in 15 minute intervals.
Fort Greene via @gimmetinnitus
NY1 reports this has not gone entirely smoothly though due to last minute changes not allowing enough time for poll workers to be re-trained, and with long lines at some stations, but it seems to vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, and anyway don't let that hold you back. As mentioned before, NY residents can find their assigned polling station here. For the rest of the country, if you are unsure where your polling station is, Rock the Vote's site is also pretty helpful if yourfuckingpollingplace.com doesn't work out for you.
Afterwards you can gather with a crowd and maybe a drink and watch the results come in. We have a list of NYC establishments throwing parties.
We won't ask who you're voting for (just please don't vote for Waka Flocka Flame). We of course do know who Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen and Will Ferrell are voting for, and The Walkmen pointed out their choice in a picture tweeted earlier today as well, as you can see below...
(drawing via New Yorker)
In addition to there being a bunch of Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits in NYC tonight (11/6), you may also be aware it is Election Day and what is looking like is gonna be a real squeaker. Any bar with a TV is likely to be showing election coverage but there are some more thought-out viewing parties are happening around NYC:
The Bell House have a free one at 7:30 PM co-presented with Vanishing Girl with host Liam McEneaney and DJ Mike Doughty.
Le Poisson Rouge have a free one at 7 PM presented by Kevin Powell and BK Nation with DJ Herbert Holler and special guest Pete Rock.
HiFi Bar will be open and showing a live broadcast of the election with "$4 Radeberger Pilsner and $5 Stoli Flavors from 9pm-12am."
SuperVegan is hosting an Election Party at Fontana's starting at 8pm with "delicious, organic, local, savory food from Chickpea & Olive and delectable, organic, artisinal doughnuts from Dun-Well Doughnuts!"
UCB East has an 'Election 2012 Coverage Extravaganza' at 8 PM with "color commentary from UCB comedians." It's free, but reservations are "sold out", but there will be a standby line.
Freddy's Bar in Brooklyn will be showing the election coverage on their big screen in the back room at 7 PM.
Zebulon lists tonight's show as "Election NIght Shenanigans" with "a bad lip reading of the first 2012 presidential debate" being among tonight's features.
Union Pool "will be holding Election Night coverage in the front room. With our hi-res, bi-partisan projector, we will be projecting MSNBCrap & Comedy Central's sweet news coverage starting at 8pm. Please, come join us for drink specials throughout the night as we await the fate of our country's next four years."
These are the ones we know about. What else?
Find out WHERE YOU NEED TO VOTE.
UPDATE: Watch Jay-Z perform at the rally in Ohio below...
Will Ferrell will do anything to get you to vote on Tuesday (11/6). He'll make you angel hair pasta. He'll eat garbage. He'll punch himself in the face. What else will he do? Check out the funny pro-Obama video below.
No matter who you want to vote for, make sure you actually do it... and know where to do it. If you're in NYC head to the Board of Elections site to find your local polling station. The site was updated yesterday with the new locations for people whose polling location is closed due to Sandy (whether that is because the location was destroyed or because it's currently being used as a shelter). Check out Will below...
In addition to everything else we posted, today, here's some more, and some reminders too...
It's also National Voter Registration Day, as miss Annie Clark has so kindly reminded us above. Did you register to vote yet? We also would like to know, however, what's the deal with the Tiny Tim photo in the background?
Speaking of St. Vincent, it's David Byrne / St. Vincent Week here in NYC. Their first of three area shows together happens tonight at the Beacon Theater, as Kelly Pratt pointed out in the latest edition of his tour diary.
Neil Young has started a Twitter account and will be taking your questions via it in October. Right now, though, @NeilYoung seems to handled by a marketing intern.
Paper Bag Records just released the free David Bowie tribute album, Paper Bag Records vs. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, with covers by Austra & CFCF, PS I Love You, The Luyas, Yamantaka/Sonic Titan and more. Download it for free HERE.
Speaking of Yamantaka/Sonic Titan, they performed at the Polaris Prize Gala in Toronto last night, but ended up losing to Feist.
Converge is back with "Shame In the Way" a new song from their forthcoming LP All We Love We Leave Behind. Stream that new track, coupled with an interview with vocalist Jacob Bannon in the latest Show Now Mercy at Pitchfork. Look for the LP on 10/9 via Epitaph.
Sweden's Terrible Feelings have released a new video for "Next Round's On You" from their Shadows LP. Check that out below.
Field Report visited the A.V. Club's HQ in Chicago and took on the Sufjan Stevens mainstay "Chicago" for their Undercover series. Check out the clip below.
More stuff below...
words & photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Last night, election night, I made my way to The Bell House in Park Slope/Gowaus for what was sure to be a nervously excited crowd counting down the minutes until the new president was announced. I've only been to The Bell House once, but I can't imagine that the new venue has ever been more packed than it was last night. People came out in masse for the election coverage - so much so that they even turned people away at the door. I think I heard 500 people. Watching an election in a large group of like-minded individuals like that was truly overwhelming - especially when they announced Virginia and a bunch of people jumped on stage and gave everyone a beer shower.
After Obama gave his acceptance speech, things didn't calm down. Host Eugene Mirman said a few words congratulating our first "half-white president," and introduced The Blue Album Group, who rocked out, pretty much note for note, Weezer's Blue Album. Though a lot of people went home, those that were left drunkenly danced and celebrated. After the last note of "Only in Dreams" rang out, I grabbed a quesadilla from the Red Hook soccer field vendors - another big draw of the evening. It was delicious.
More pictures below...
The World Wakes Up To M.I.A.The BANG! press BANG! release BANG! is continued below...
"Paper Planes" Enters Top Five; How Many Votes Fix Mix Released
M.I.A. Takes On World
Opens School; Starts Label; Launches Clothing Line
"Everyone's a winner now, we're making that fame/Bona fide hustler, making my name."
As it turns out, "Paper Planes" is no mere smash, it's also a proven prophecy. Over a year after the release of Kala, M.I.A.'s playful boast has become reality.
BANG! BANG! BANG!
today in NYC
* Election-related events
* Mr Lif @ Knitting Factory
* Clues @ Exit Art Gallery
* The Black Crowes @ Town Hall
* Woods, MV & EE @ Death By Audio
* Keren Ann & Avishai Cohen @ Joe's Pub
* Rival Schools, Innaway & The King Left @ Maxwell's
Do you know where you're supposed to vote?
Daft (Punk) the Vote. Video below...
"Indeed, I will be liveblogging the election coverage for four hours. Four fucking hours of me scanning through all the election coverage -- the three majors, MSNBC, FOX, CNN and, God help me, PBS. Why not drop by at INDECISION 2008? Would it kill you?* (*If it would literally kill you, please don't)" [Patton Oswalt]Patton Oswalt on your computer. Diplo (live deejaying) on your (Current) TV.
For more election-related ideas on how to spend this evening, check out our own full list (and don't forget to look in the comments for even more).
Ben Stiller, Beastie Boys, Diplo, Santogold and others appear in the official Get Out and Vote video below...
David Byrne @ the Paramount, Austin, TX (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Pardon the bulk mailing. I Can't Vote. I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election. ... On Election Day, I see my neighbors heading to the nearby elementary school to cast their ballots. The voting booth joint is a great leveler; the whole neighborhood - rich, poor, old, young, decrepit and spunky - they all turn out in one day.David Byrne played the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ last night. Did you go? How was it? More tour dates HERE. Set list below. Still waiting for the NYC show announcement.
But most of you can vote. What can I say? The Republicans have made us less safe than before 9/11, bankrupted this economy, started an illegal war they can't - and don't intend to - finish, removed what sympathy (after 9/11) and respect the world had for the US, and have robbed US citizens of many of their basic rights.
Global warming? What's that? Science and education? Investment in our future? No, thanks - we'll stick with a good 'ole hockey mom. Ignorant, and fucking proud of it, as is always the case.
Although it looks like a shoo-in, it ain't over 'til Florida. And there are plenty of racists in this country who will vote against their own best interests. So please, get to your local elementary school, post office, town hall, or whatever, and cast your vote and make this a country we can all be proud of. We can get out of this mess, and life can be better than it is.
Download the 2CD "ultra-limited release of the David Byrne live bootleg "'Stop Wearing Suits'" at this RapidShare link.
And in semi-related news, the Talking Heads song "Once in a Lifetime" appears in the trailer of the Oliver Stone movie "W". You can watch that video below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
Obama supporter Saul Williams wrote an election day poem. Listen to him read it in the video below..
Trent @ the Izod Center (more by Zach Dilgard)
From: Nine Inch Nails [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]NIN and Health play the House of Blues in Atlantic City on November 6th.
Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2008 10:15 PM
Subject: *Important* Regarding Tuesday's Election
Next Tuesday[Today] we will elect the next President of the United States. The result will have great consequences for the nation.
This election offers a choice between two men with dramatically different visions of the future. We have strong feelings about this choice. But we feel even more strongly that all Americans, regardless of political preference, have a stake in the outcome and should vote in this critical election.
This is likely to be a close election. Your vote matters. Please use it and make a difference.
Beastie Boys m- Get out the Vote Tour - Milwaukee, WI (eytonz)
When the song ended and both audience and artists caught their breath, Mixmaster Mike donned a cheesy Uncle Sam Hat and the "Get Out And Vote" logo flashed on the video screens. An energetic (and skinny) Mike D. shed his green button-down sweater and addressed the fans, thanking them for coming out and encouraging them to vote this Tuesday.AFTER YOU VOTE: places to watch the results in NYC
"We're doing big things on this stage," he said with conviction and to applause, adding that the tour's been fun -- unlike the last 8 years of politics. "I voted absentee at home and personally, I voted for Barack Obama." Then they asked the audience to throw their hands up in the shape of 'O' for Obama, kicking off a set of tracks from Ill Communication with "Flute Loop," "Alright Hear This" and an amazing live version of "Sure Shot," Ad Rock's robust energy carrying the set. [Minneapolis City Pages]
Built to Spill @ ATP NY (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
* Motel Motel @ Pete's Candy Store
* The Bad Plus @ The Village Vanguard
* Joan Osborne @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Phenomenal Handclap Band @ Tribeca Grand
* Dressy Bessy & The Coast @ Arlene's Grocery
* Adventure, Future Islands & WZT Hearts @ Crash Mansion
* Rachel Yamagata & Kevin Devine @ Joe's Pub
* Tokyo Police Club, Mobius Band @ Maxwell's
* Built To Spill, Meat Puppets & Dinosaur Jr @ Terminal Five
* Dame Satan, The Child Ballads & Callers @ Glasslands
* Joan As Police Woman, The Pierces, Violet @ Bowery Ballroom
* Steve Earle (solo and acoustic), Allison Moorer @ Judson Memorial Church
* Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, B. Dolan, Metermaids @ Mercury Lounge
* Willie Nelson, Jakob Dylan & The Gold Mountain Rebels @ Radio City Music Hall
Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died on this day in 1980. He was 32.
Murs says Rock the Vote. video below...
Such tumultuous times. And in the spirit of giveaways that seem to be sweeping the nation, we've got something free for you. No it's not a pile of cash (sorry) but rather an audio postcard of sorts from a summer's night in Oregon with our friends the Fleet Foxes & a lovely Bob Dylan tune. All we ask is you check the "I pledge to vote in the 2008 Election" button below. If you can spare it, we also encourage you to consider a donation to Feeding America . (and please feel free to pass this link along to friends, family members, etc.). [WILCO]Wilco have two NYC shows coming up at MSG.
Fleet Foxes have two NYC shows coming up too.
photos by Chris La Putt
Stella Hosted, Nina Persson, Alberta Cross, OK Go & Joan as Policewoman played
Paul Rudd also showed up at the event. More photos & videos below...
DOWNLOAD: Craig Wedren - Poolkiss (MP3)
Craig Wedren & Angela McCluskey @ Ars Nova, Dec 1, 2007 (CRED)
* VOTE tomorrow
* or Register to Vote
* Exodus & Goatwhore @ BB King's
* Death Vessel & Thao Nguyen @ Knitting Factory
* Barack Rock hosted by Stella w/ Craig Wedren, OK GO & more
* The Slits play Webster Hall for Chloe Sevigney (RSVP may be necessary)
Craig Wedren, Stella and the rest of the cast of tonight's sold-out Barack Rock show at Bowery Ballroom reminded me to remind you to get up and vote tomorrow. In honor of that, Craig gave us a brand spankin' new MP3 that you can download at the top of this post, and Dangle & Junior of Reno 911 recorded some special video messages that you can watch below. What else?
Craig Wedren helped put together this "Get Up And Vote" show at Bowery Ballroom on February 4th. All his friends from Stella will be there, his former bandmate Nathan Larson, Nathan's wife Nina Persson, Joan as Policewoman, AND: OK GO (of YouTube fame) are headlining. More details below.....