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photo: Morrissey at MSG in June (more by P Squared)

Thom Yorke and Morrissey, while pretty indisputably great British artists, also have a shared tendency to get cranky and then say things. Yorke, in his ongoing war of words with various streaming services, recently compared Youtube to Nazi Germany in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

They're making money with the work of loads of artists who don't get any benefit from it. People continue to say that this is an era where music is free, cinema is free. It's not true. The creators of services make money -- Google, YouTube. A huge amount of money, by trawling, like in the sea -- they take everything there is. 'Oh, sorry, was that yours? Now it's ours. No, no, we're joking -- it's still yours.' They've seized control of it -- it's like what the Nazis did during the second world war. Actually, it's like what everyone was doing during the war, even the English -- stealing the art of other countries. What difference is there?
Morrissey, whose big mouth has struck before, recently compared the TSA at the San Francisco airport, who he claims sexually assaulted him while he was trying to get through security, to ISIS. In a blog post on a Moz mouthpiece True To You he wrote:
TSA have ignored my official and legal and constitutional complaint. From this we gather that TSA stands for Thorough Sexual Assault. If you are traveling through San Francisco International Airport you must be ready for a full sexual attack by people who claim to have your interests at heart. It is unlikely that ISIS would stoop so low.
In other Morrisey news, he was recently given an award for "Bad Sex In Fiction" by the Literary Review for his recent novel List of the Lost. Morrissey beat out several other finalists, including The Wire scribe George Pelecanos, with the following doozy of a sentence...which we've quoted before, but why not go back to the well:
At this, Eliza and Ezra rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza's breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra's howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it whacked and smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza's body except for the otherwise central zone.
We'll leave it at that.

The Bedford Stop

Alex and Sarah talk dating in NYC over brunch.
Olena gets a Tinder headshot.
Melissa finds lingerie in a thrift store.
Though the pilot episode was released to YouTube a couple months ago, the Internet discovered The Bedford Stop yesterday. From Free Williamsburg to PAPER to Gawker to Gothamist to Noisey to Brokelyn, the unintentionally funny reality show set in modern day Williamsburg is making the snarky rounds and giving us something to tweet about. For those bemoaning the death of Williamsburg, this is yet another large nail in the coffin. Bedford and Bowery published a bit of the show's backstory this morning, and you can watch five clips released so far BUT NOT THE PILOT BECAUSE THEY REMOVED IT FROM YOUTUBE SOME TIME LAST NIGHT OR THIS MORNING.... UPDATE: The pilot, which was allegedly removed because of a copyright claim related to one of the songs in it, is back and now on Vimeo and also..., below....

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UPDATE: Webcast streaming schedule here.

photo: Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Coachella 2015 Weekend 1 is this week, and if you're not going but still want to watch, you can view select sets from the comfort of your own home by streaming them on Youtube, or on channel 340 on DirecTV and 167 on Dish. Sets will also be broadcast live on SiriusXM.

UPDATE: Webcast streaming schedule here. Festival set times here.

Trailer for the live stream, below...

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part of CBGB's wall on display at YouTube Space NY (via @idahobob)

When CBGB closed in 2006, owner Hilly Kristal and club talent booker Louise Staley carefully dismantled the interior and have had it in storage ever since. "Hilly wanted them to live on. He saved them for exactly this type of occasion," said Staley in a press release. You may have seen some of that in person last year at the 2013 CBGB Fest. Bedford & Bowery reports that now parts of the famed NYC club's walls, cash register and phone booth are on display as part of YouTube Space NY studios which are on the sixth floor in the Chelsea Market building (also home to NY1, Food Network, Oxygen and more). (They've got their own bathrooms, thanks.) The space, which you can reserve if your YouTube channel has over 5000 subscribers, hosts workshops and other events. No word on how long the relics will remain there, but there is a public happy hour at the studios on November 20 that you can RSVP to.

A few more instagrams of CBGB's stuff in its current home, below...

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Arcade Fire

Fresh off their two Bushwick shows during CMJ, Arcade Fire did another event in NYC, appearing on The Colbert Report last night (10/21). They performed "Normal Person" and "Afterlife" from their upcoming album, Reflektor (due out 10/29 via Merge), and were also interviewed by Colbert. Videos of both songs and the interview below.

Arcade Fire's next scheduled event in NYC is the YouTube Awards, which takes place on November 3 at Pier 36 (and airs live on YouTube) with Eminem and Lady Gaga. Since we last spoke, M.I.A., Tyler the Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt have all been added as well. Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts will host.

For M.I.A., the awards take place right in between her two Terminal 5 shows (11/1 & 11/4). Tickets for night 1 are still available. M.I.A. also just released a new song, "Y.A.L.A.," from her upcoming album, Matangi. You can stream that song, along with Arcade Fire's 'Colbert' videos, below...

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Arcade Fire at MSG in 2010 (more by Jonathan Bayer)
Arcade Fire

If MTV still gets to have a music awards show, then surely YouTube should get one too right? Well this November, for the first year ever, there will be a YouTube Music Awards show, which was created with Spike Jonze.

The live event will take place in NYC on November 3 at Pier 36 with performances by Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Eminem, plus musicians who have gained recognition via Youtube, including Lindsey Stirling and Cdza, and more. The show will also stream live online.

The awards nominations will be announced in mid-October. More info here.

Arcade Fire have a new album on the way, and they were just in NYC to perform on SNL, after which an Arcade Fire special, "Here Comes the Night Time," aired on NBC.

Eminem also has a new LP on the way.

So does Lady Gaga, but first she releases a remix EP for its single "Applause" today (10/1), which features a remix from Purity Ring (who also appear on the new Danny Brown album). Stream their remix below.

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As you can see in the above screen shot, UMG aka Universal Music Group isn't too happy that someone posted Phantogram's first new song in two years to YouTube. It's just too bad that someone is Phantogram themselves!

The track, "Black Out Days", is from a forthcoming LP that will be released via Phantogram's two labels, Barsuk and [Universal] Republic. You can still listen to it though, via the band's Soundcloud (shhhh, don't tell Universal). Click play below...

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Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Lindsay Lohan and others who love watching band after band for three days in a row in the sweltering sun rejoice! The first weekend of Coachella 2013 is here, and with set times even. Luckily for those of us who hate the sun, the festival is also available in a dfiferent form from the comfort of our own computer screens. Stream it live at YouTube. Check out the complete three day, three channel schedule, below...

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Chubby Cuppycake Boy

If you're one of the 75 million people who viewed "Chubby cuppy cake boy" (or 3 million who watched "Cuppy Cake Sam") singing or possibly lipsyncing "Your My Honeybunch (The Cuppycake Song)" on YouTube since 2008, you might be interested to know what he's up to now...

Continue reading "'Chubby cuppy cake boy' Sam Allred is now helping others, telling his story, educating about his rare disease"

Jay-Z @ Barclay's Center, 10/4/2012 (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)

Jay-Z, who kicked the eight-night run off back on 9/28, played his sixth show at the new Barclays Center last night (10/4, which we Instagrammed a bit, like the one above) and he'll play there again tonight (10/5) and Saturday (10/6). If you couldn't get tickets (or don't live near NYC) you can stream Jay-Z's final show (10/6) live via his new YouTube Channel at 9:30 PM EDT.

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Back in 2008 we posted a diss video by DeLon (watch it below), aimed at fellow Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A.. He mixed gruesome images with her popular song "Paper Planes" to get the point across that she was not a "freedom fighter", but in fact showing support for alleged terrorist group called the Tamil Tigers. M.I.A. responded, denying his accusations and claiming DeLon was just looking for publicity at her expense.

MIA and Delon

M.I.A. has continued to have an eventful life in the public spotlight since then, and DeLon (pictured above) is now just one of many on the long list of M.I.A. haters, but what has DeLon, who lives in Los Angeles, been up to for the past four years? Well, in addition to continuing his music career, which most recently included landing a spot on a tour with America's Got Talent artist Lindsey Stirling (I don't watch the show, so don't ask me who she is), DeLon has allegedly been dealing with "death threats and a vicious internet smear campaign aimed at destroying his reputation [that was] unleashed by Tiger supporters." Yeah, fun!

Now he says that campaign successfully cost him this latest tour. Today he announced that he was forced to quit the tour with Lindsey because "fans, sponsors and parents who took their kids to his concert were a Google search away from believing he was a criminal." In order to help clear his name, he has posted what looks like a letter from Sri Lanka Consul General Dr. Hector Weerasinghe in Los Angeles, which says DeLon is innocent of any crimes and backs up the allegations that "tactics" are being "used to vilify his character and sabotage his endeavors for peace". But now DeLon plans to take it even further and use his time off to work on scrubbing the dirt off the internet.

Check out a "news report" on YouTube that claims DeLon is a child predator, the original M.I.A. diss video, a video statement posted by DeLon today, and his full press release, below...

Continue reading "Sri Lankan rapper DeLon still suffering consequences of speaking out against M.I.A. & the Tamil Tigers"

Lollapalooza 2012 (by Skizzelda)

The Lollapalooza 2012 stream is happening at YouTube.


Can't make it to Atlantic City this weekend to catch bands like Lucero, Gaslight Anthem, Modest Mouse, and Metallica who will be playing both "Ride the Lightning" and "The Black Album" in their entirety. Fuse's livestreaming YouTube page has you covered. Preview video and both streams (which will start at their respective times) below..

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Jack White

Jack White previously announced a tour that brings him and his band to NYC for two sold out shows at Roseland Ballroom in May. Today it has been announced that Jack will play a show at the much smaller Webster Hall on April 27 (three days after the release of BLUNDERBUSS). The show will be open to the public and will stream online as part of the American Express "UNSTAGED" series that hands over live concert directorial duties to famous filmmakers (like Arcade Fire at MSG was). Jack White's webcast will be directed by Gary Oldman and will stream live at http://www.youtube.com/JackWhiteVEVO (at 9pm EST).

"Tickets for the April 27 performance at Webster Hall in New York City are available for American Express Cardmembers during an exclusive presale window beginning Tuesday, April 17th at 12:00 PM ET at www.Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available to the general public beginning Tuesday, April 17th at 3:00 PM ET at www.Ticketmaster.com."

The NYC dated is one of a few new ones announced for Jack who was also recently announced as a Lollapalooza headliner. Other new dates are in London, Paris, and LA. All shows are listed below...

Continue reading "Jack White adds dates, playing Webster Hall; Gary Oldman will direct 'Unstaged' YouTube stream "


You might know Merton as the YoutTube sensation piano playing guy that plays on Chatroulette and was rumored to be Ben Folds but then Ben Folds sort of proved he is not Merton by covering Merton. Anyway, Merton is playing a free CollegeOnly holiday party at the Delancey in NYC TONIGHT (12/10), which according to the club is listed like this: "SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCE:8 pm - 9:30 pm MERTON!!! The "Chatroulette Piano Guy".. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see MERTON rock out LIVE in person!!! DRINK SPECIALS!! $5 beer, $1 off well drinks."

Ben Folds is playing Beacon Theatre on Tuesday.

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photos by Chris La Putt

Die Antwoord

"... So we met with Sean in private and asked him nicely to sort this chick out and only deal directly with us like we had been doing up to this point.Sean told us that his boss is a bit psycho and that he is bound by the contract he signed and that there's not much he can do about her lies to the press.At this point, we decided to just let it all be and not make a big scene.We were kind of let down that Sean didn't have enough of a spine to stick up for his 'friends' but we also thought, "Fokkit, let's just carry on making new shit...whatever."

However when we heard last night that Sean's boss had told the Guggenheim museum that her new up and coming director was the mastermind behind DIE ANTWOORD we kind of lost it.Sometimes enough is enough.

With all this said, Sean is fuckin talented and a sweetheart, but in life it's good to keep it real, tell the truth, and stick up for your friends.

This is why we say, "A fake friend is worse than a wild animal because wild animal can harm your body but a fake friend can harm your mind."

And that's why we also say "Love all but trust no-one."...
[Die Antwoord]
Die Antwoord's video for "Zef Side" is one of the 25 videos that members of Animal Collective and others chose to be in "YouTube Play. Live from the Guggenheim", but as the note above illustrates, there is some drama surrouding who actually should get the credit. Read the whole thing at their Facebook.

Die Antwoord made a last minute move from being opener for Deadmau5 at Roseland to instead headlining their own show at Gramercy Theatre in NYC last night (Friday, 10/29). The Knocks ended up opening the show, and Die Antwoord played 12 songs as you can see on the setlist which is with the rest of the pictures, below...

Continue reading "Die Antwoord played Gramercy Theatre in NYC w/ the Knocks (pics & setlist), are controversially in the Guggenheim "

Avey Tare @ Governors Island this summer (more by Erez Avissar)
Avey Tare

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and YouTube, in collaboration with HP and Intel, tonight announced the top 25 videos, selected from 23,358 online video submissions and 91 countries, for YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video. The announcement was made at a special celebratory event at the Guggenheim Museum this evening, "YouTube Play. Live from the Guggenheim," with a corresponding global live stream at YouTube.com/Play.

On behalf of the jury, Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and Jury Chairperson, said, "It was our goal to reach the widest possible audience, inviting individuals from around the world to submit a video for consideration. While our original goal had been to select 20, the jury was so moved by the quality of work submitted that we decided to honor a final list of 25. We believe the end result is 25 of the most unique and innovative video work to be created and distributed online during the past two years."...

...The YouTube Play jury included: performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson; music group Animal Collective, featuring Deakin (Josh Dibb), Geologist (Brian Weitz), and Panda Bear (Noah Lennox); filmmaker Darren Aronofsky; visual artists Douglas Gordon, Ryan McGinley, Marilyn Minter, and Takashi Murakami; artists and filmmakers Shirin Neshat and Apichatpong Weerasethakul; and graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, with Guggenheim Chief Curator and Deputy Director Nancy Spector serving as jury chairperson.

Avey Tare was left out of the jury. Maybe because he's been too busy working on his new album which is released this week. To celebrate, he and some friends will be getting together at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn tonight (10/25), and everyone is invited. Details below...

Continue reading "Animal Collective helped pick YouTube videos for the Guggenheim ++ Avey Tare release party tonight"

"One Band, One Stage -- Tune in for U2's live global webcast from the Rose Bowl - October 25th @ 8:30 p.m. (PT)" (11:30 Eastern)

"I appreciate the irony of the DIY site punkcast being taken down by arguably the originator of punk style using entirely establishment means." - Joly MacFie

Richard Hell

"Sorry to say the punkcast YouTube account is currently suspended.

As you may know it contains around 700 clips, mainly of the NYC music scene, but also of local internet related events including public hearings of the NYC Council's Committee on Technology in Government. It has had approaching 3 million views.

YouTube has a policy of suspending accounts of repeat copyright offenders and I just got my 3rd strike.

Almost laughably it was a DMCA takedown from Richard Hell over some footage I shot of him talking about his next record at a book signing a couple of weeks back. I plonked a mic in front of him and told him I was shooting for webcast, The clip was of conversation as I waited for him to start reading. He didn't say anything in particular beyond what went out in his recent press release about the record i.e. it's redubbed version of an old record that he wasn't happy with. I posted it with a link to his pr. Thought I was being helpful. I'd earlier posted a similar clip of him reading from his new book, and his co-author even posted it on his blog.

I've filed a counter-notice and, if and when the account get's re-instated I'll remove the clip..." [Joly MacFie of Punkcast.com]

Joly may not even realize (well he will after reading this) that the clip (or one of the related ones) was even posted on Richard Hell's official site...well IT WAS until this morning when it was removed. It is of course possible that Richard himself didn't do this, but someone at his label, publisher, etc... A peak at his Wiki page reveals associations with "Sire, Warner Bros., Red Star, Matador, and Rhino".

The record that Richard describes in the disputed video is his remake of 1982's Destiny Street ("originally released in 1982 on Red Star Records, and was reissued in 1995 by Razor & Tie"). The album, Destiny Street Repaired (which is public knowledge), will feature new vocal tracks and music that includes guitar work from Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot and founding Voidoid member Ivan Julian. The record will come out on September 1st through Insound (the online store that is also the label in this case).

The rest of the note from Punkcast, (UPDATE: ) AND a letter Richard Hell wrote to Joly in response, below...

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Amanda Palmer

if you hadn't noticed, all of the dresden dolls and amanda palmer official videos have been taken off youtube.

yes, folks...girl anachronism, coin-operated boy, shores of california, almost everything from who killed amanda palmer....pretty much the whole deal.
all gone. go look for yourself.
and you ask...wtf?

this is why:

"Unable to reach new licensing terms, the Warner Music Group has demanded that thousands of its videos be removed from YouTube, which is owned by Google. Warner Music's videos, the source of a billion views on YouTube, gradually began disappearing from the site on Saturday, although many remained online Sunday evening."

in other words, roadrunner is a subsidiary of warner and i'm stuck in hell with madonna and the other poor bastards, because warner wants more money. even worse, warner has almost no bargaining power...they're not even in the top ten of labels who have huge artists with material streaming on youtube. they're just starving for cash right now and they're doing anything they can think of to come up with cash. it's abSURD. they are looking for money in a totally backwards way.

money that, i should point out, i would NEVER see as an artist. if they got their way and youtube decided to give them a larger revenue share of the videos, it;s very unlikely it would ever make it's way into the artists' bank accounts.

damn, man. this shit is fucked UP.

i'll obviously let you know what happens, but i'm slowly planning some sort of tribute-a-thon of dolls and amanda videos in lieu of our actual clips.

maybe a "everybody re-enact your favorite dolls video in one take on a shitty camera, with hand puppets, for under $5" contest. maybe it will yield a masterpiece.

i loved my videos.

now they are gone.

why is life so hard?

did i mention that being on a major label is starting to seem like.....not such a grand idea?


i hate the cold. elaine sent me a nice vest, with a hood.

maybe i won't take it off until my videos are back up, in protest.

shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel


Amanda Palmer plays Bowery Ballroom at 2:00 AM tonight (thx joly).

PREVIOUSLY: Warner music vs. YouTube


"Videos from Warner Music (WMG) recording artists (Madonna, Metallica) are being removed from YouTube (GOOG) because of a breakdown in licensing negotiations between the two sides." [CNN]
At the moment, the videos are still up.


After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead's "Creep" at the Coachella festival, the tens of thousands who couldn't be there ran to YouTube for a peek. Everyone was quickly denied -- even Radiohead.

All videos of Prince's unique rendition of Radiohead's early hit were quickly taken down, leaving only a message that his label, NPG Records, had removed the clips, claiming a copyright violation. But the posted videos were shot by fans and, obviously, the song isn't Prince's.

In a recent interview, Thom Yorke said he heard about Prince's performance from a text message and thought it was "hilarious." Yorke laughed when his bandmate, guitarist Ed O'Brien, said the blocking had prevented even him from seeing Prince's version of their song.

"Really? He's blocked it?" asked Yorke, who figured it was their song to block or not. "Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment." Yorke added, "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song." [Billboard]

pictures by Ryan Muir

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Tay Zonday @ Europa

Youtube-sensation Tay Zonday played his first NYC show at Europa in Brooklyn last night (Jan 20, 2008). It was also one of his first shows ever. More photos & reviews, below....

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