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Rock N Roll Til The Day I Die

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 15June07

Young@Heart rocks! I saw this article on yahoo news and I thought it was going to be some kind of “senior citizens find reason to live through rock n roll” but I was quite wrong! It turns out that the 23 elders that comprise the Young@Heart Chorus are putting an all new edge on some of rock’s biggest hits.

Rockin At Heaven's Door With The Young At Heart Chorus
Elaine Fligman of the Young@Heart Chorus giving it her all:

The morbid messages in some of rock’s great anthems takes on a serious tone when sung by those toe-ing the line between here and the afterlife, while teen-age dimentia becomes hilarious when belted out by the well-senile. Take for example –

“My future is static / It’s already had it.” — Steve Martin, 79, singing Sonic Youth‘s “Schizophrenia.”

Or contemplating life and death with the Clash‘s “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” I had never heard of them before today, but apparently they are international stars and tour around the world. They have even performed for the king and queen of Norway!

Under the direction of wheelchair-bound Fred Knittle, the Young@Heart Chorus is trying to record a full length album of such covers, tentatively to be titled Rockin’ At Heaven’s Door. HAha! I LOVE it! These seniors rule, and if you aren’t convinced, then I am just doing a poor job representin. Check out the full story on yahoo news.

Y@H with “I Want To Be Sedated” by the Ramones:

 

 

 

 


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Patti Smith Tours US With Twelve

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 15June07

In the midst of her European tour, Patti Smith has added US dates in support of her recent release of Twelve. It kicks off in the states on July 31 in Philly. You can listen to “Gimme Shelter” on her mice bass page. Twelve features 12 covers of classics and hits, all done by Patti Smith. For more info about the album and Smith’s band, including special guests like Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima, and RHCP’s Flea, read the full report on liveDaily.

Patti Smith Live in London May 17th 2007:

Patti Smith - Twelve Cover Songs

Patti Smith Tour

July 2007
31 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero

August 2007
2 – Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
4 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
6 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
8 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
12 – Portland, OR – Bite of Oregon
16 – Santa Monica, CA – Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series

LINKS

Patti Smith official website
Patti Smith mice bass
Patti Smith’s Twelve on Amazon.com – $14.99


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Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Is Is + Download US

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 14June07

Straight from the mouths of hot babes:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Is Is

We’ve got the garbage oh yeah we do, dumped into five songs to encourage bad listening habits. YYYs would love to heat up and bother you at a loud volume, so please help us help you and seek out our new tunes? Some of you may know a few of these songs, we’ve been terrorizing with them at our shows for years, Rockers to Swallow, Down Boy, 10X10, WE GUARANTEE YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD THEM LIKE THIS BEFORE, nor have you heard them ALL. We deliver them to you with a snarl this July accompanied with new videos all shot in the dark at a very intimate show we threw last month. We cannot tell you how EXCITED the three of us are to drop this music in your laps, our mouths water at thought of you listening to RTS (ep’s first track) in your car stereos. Summer nights are made for this shit. This shit IS IS made for summer nights.

xx,
YYY

yeah yeah YEAH!
I am actually WAY more excited about this than if it were new material, because, sadly, oh I hate to even say it – I didn’t like “Sealings.” The song that they contributed to the Spiderman 3 soundtrack. I find it too glossy, way too commercial. I fear where this trio is going musically. (And I hope to blame it on something done post-production so they can fire that guy and get back to sounding real) But old material? HELL YEAH!

More Info About Is Is:

From Yeah Yeah Yeahs mice bass-

THE EP
Songs for the EP were written in 2004 in between touring behind their first record Fever to Tell.
Written amidst one of the most turbulent and emotionally unstable periods in YYYs history, for whatever reason the angst that colored that point in time translates erotically into a sexually charged body of songs. On their choice of producer, Karen O intones; “Nick Launay was the natural choice having produced PIL Flowers of Romance, collectively a favorite between us. I put that record on and want to stuff my mouth with raw hamburger meat.”. Is Is is an expression of similar sordid energy, the rawness is unavoidable and good for you too!

THE FILM
YYYs have captured all this excitement in the EP recordings. In fact, they love playing them so much they’ve made a special live film to accompany the EP with co-directors KK Barrett (Sofia Coppola films) and Lance Bangs (video director – Sonic Youth, Nirvana and producer of Director’s Cut series of DVDs – Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham). Recorded in night-vision at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on 7th May, the band played 2 sets that night to just 100 lucky fans each time – the first for a mixed audience and the second for females only. There will be 2 filmed versions of lead track Down Boy – one live, and one to EP audio.

Is Is TRACKLIST:

1.Rockers to Swallow
2.Down Boy
3.Kiss Kiss
4.Isis
5.10×10

Some of these songs were previously available on the “Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow” live DVD. “Down Boy” is a demo version that appeared on a limited edition split 7” single with Liars in Japan and Australia.

The EP will be available on CD, double gatefold 7” vinyl, digital download, and a special USB stick. All formats will include all 5 tracks – “making this a special, non chart-eligible, release.”

U.S. DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have signed on to play the Download Festival on Saturday, August 18th.

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2007
Tweeter Center for Performing Arts
885 South Main Street, Mansfield, MA 02048

More YYYs Tour Dates

Aug 4 LOLLAPALOOZA Chicago, Illinois
Aug 5 VIRGIN Festival Baltimore, Maryland
Aug 18 Download Festival 2007 Mansfield, Massachusetts

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Links

Yeah Yeah Yeahs site
Yeah Yeah Yeahs mice bass
Is Is CD on Amazon.com only $6.49!
Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow DVD on Amazon.com

Get More Yeah Yeah Yeahs:

YYYs news on HearingTest

 

 

 

 

 


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HearingTest – Rewind! #1!

Posted by Molli Fire on Saturday, 9June07

Welcome to the premier edition of HT-Rewind! Issue 001!

The Greatest Hits from the first week of June:

Drones Of The Dour – Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Wolves In The Throneroom, Merzbow, Weedeater Shows

Sunn O))) announced a string of West Coast US shows with the incredibly talented Wolves In The Throneroom bringing furious black metal along and Southern Lord label mates Weedeater. Sunn O))) also announced that they will play the Super Sonic Fest in UK alongside Mogwai and Miasma, as well as the Dour Festival with previous tour mates Wolf Eyes plus Merzbow and Wilco.

Sunn O))) To Release Oracle On Vinyl

Sunn O))) also announced that they will be releasing Oracle on vinyl. Brainwashed got a hold of the cd and has reviewed it with samplage.

Digitized – Bob Marley’s Exodus Gets A Futuristic Release

Exodus turns 30 this year, and to celebrate Island will be reissuing the entire album on USB stick, Micro SD, deluxe cd, cd, and vinyl. The first 3 come with video footage of Bob Marley and the Wailers performing live in London in 1977. The vinyl will be reissued as an exact replica of its first release.

Dope New 50/50 Video From Wiley!

Eski Boy makes a smokin video for “50/50” from his upcoming Playtime Is Over and HearingTest has the links to a crystal clear mov format. It positively sparkles, and comes rumbling out of the subwoofers! In addition to the vid, the sweet fellas over at Big Dada have sent us a link to where you can get your own Wiley player. It’s sweet too, I wish I could show you here, but WordPress does not allow embedding of players other than a few like yT. But trust me, go check it out, it has the video for “50/50” plus audio for “Gangsters” and “Bow E3”. It’s a clever likkle device –
www.bigdada.com/wileyplayer/

December ATP – Portishead, Aphex Twin, Earth, Julian Cope And More

Yep, all those folks are on the lineup. What isn’t obvious from the beginning of this report is that the second part features an album review by Julian Cope for one of the most amazing dark ambient metal bands – Sacrificial Totem. The album that Cope reviewed is Hurqalya which can be found on Katabatik. All fans of ambient noise, ambient metal, and atmospheric sonic storytelling should definitely check this out. Katabatik releases albums and hosts concerts with bands who create unique sonic experimentations. Their catalogue ranges from experimental electronica to IDM to ambient, metal, ragtime, and glitch-core. Definitely a fine resource of music.

NME Offers Free White Stripes Record In Magazine This Week

A limited edition red vinyl picture disc of “Rag And Bone” from the White Stripes’ upcoming Icky Thump was included in this week’s issue of NME. More info and pictures in the report.

Download – Matt Shadetek Releases His BBC Mix

MO FIRE! MO BASS!! Bo! This mix is the shizzle! If you haven’t already, go get this mix NOW! Killer tunes, mostly original stuff and remixes from the likes of Matt Shadetek, Drop The Lime, Plastician etc. Originally mixed for BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs show, this is the first time its been available for download, and it’s FREE! If you like what you hear, show your love and buy some vinyl and keep it spinning!

Glen E Friedman Releases Fugazi Photos

Another fantastic picture book from the super talented Friedman. This report has links to where you can find other books by Friedman on Burning Flags Press.

Blue Scholars Video For “Back Home” From Bayani

The song rules, the video rules. Go check it out. It’s about bringing our troops home to their families where they belong.

Dragons Exist And So Do Ninjas

Ninja Tunes found a rare master tape from 1970 of psychedelic surf rock by the Dragons. Dennis Dragon is known for his work composing soundtracks for 1970’s skate films, surf films, ski films, and more. This is such an epic story of the Dragon Brothers and how they were just too far ahead of the music business in the 70’s. If you read nothing else, read this. Okay, maybe just this, Shadetek, and Wiley.

Whew! What a week! And this is just the highlights! ENJOY!

This week’s news is brought to you by the letter D

 

 


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Do Dragons And Ninjas Exist? On Master Tape & Vinyl They Do.

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Fans of surf rock, Beach Boys instrumentals, and late 60’s psychedelic jazz, may I please have your exquisite attention for a moment. I have some big news for you…

“Here’s a little story, I got to tell, about 3 bad brothers, you know SO well. It started way back in history, with Doug, Daryl, Dennis, and Donn Landee….”

It begins with the story of the Dragon brothers, which reads like the Lords of Dogtown for psychedelic surf rockers. In the late 60’s, Doug, Daryl and Dennis Dragon lived, surfed, and rocked in Malibu California. Donn Landee, a high school friend of Dennis Dragon, was working as a recording engineer at Sunwest Recording Studios in Hollywood. The Dragons would sometimes go to the studio to record tracks in the wee hours of morning after finishing a gig in LA. This story is so good, I need to let the original author tell it:

They call the sessions “Blue Forces Intelligence,” find themselves layering their instruments in new ways, adding deep, bassy vocal lines and then ramming them up against falsetto harmonies, adding organs and space age sound effects, recording spirituals and pop and crazy rock opera. The effect is increasingly spacey and weird, but also funky – a missing link between new directions others are exploring in jazz and soul as well as rock music.

Unfortunately, the suits at the West Coast offices of the major labels aren’t ready, complaining that they don’t hear a hit. After shopping the record, now called just “BFI”, for a few months, the boys become disillusioned and focus instead on their session work. They all end up working in the Beach Boys’ backing band. Doug moves to Hawaii, tours Australia. Dennis becomes a successful record producer. Daryl hooks up with Toni Tennille and experiences international chart success as “The Captain”. The Dragons’ “BFI” is forgotten.

Dennis Dragon 2LP A Sea For Yourself - USDennis Dragon 2LP A Sea For Yourself - AUS

In addition to this surf album, Dennis Dragon also composed the soundtracks for skate movies and ski movies…

Jump on 37 years. Strictly Kev/DJ Food, influential mixologist and designer for Ninja Tune and obsessive record collector – picks up a new batch of vinyl from a record dealer he knows. In amongst them is a 500-run private pressing of the soundtrack to a surf movie called “A Sea For Yourself”. On it is a track called “Food For My Soul” by a band called the Dragons. Kev being a fan of all possible food-based puns and currently putting together the mix for his new “Solid Steel” mix cd for Ninja, drops the needle on the groove.

What he finds amazes him – a true psychedelic original from a band he’s never heard of. Using his extensive contacts in the world of vinyl mania, he manages to track Dennis Dragon down. He emails him, asks him if he can include “Food For My Soul” on the mix. Sure, says Dennis. There’s a whole album of the stuff if he’s interested. Dennis checks. Donn still has the master tapes. He converts them to mp3 and emails them to Kev. Kev is blown away. He forwards them to Ninja Tune. Ninja Tune think it’s a scam. But then they listen. And they listen again. And then, after nearly forty years sitting on a recording engineer’s shelf, Ninja Tune decide to release “BFI”.

I was so entranced by this story that appeared as a humble press release in my inbox today, that I had to just quote it directly. I rarely do this, but this was just too good.

Ninja Tune Releases New Dragons Album - BFI

“And moral of this story is: keep your master tapes. Whatever you do, keep your master tapes. ”
-James from Ninja Tune

Boy is that the truth! The question now, is ARE YOU READY?

BFI, recorded by The Dragons in 1970, will be released August 27th 2007 by the one and only Ninja Tune! “Food for my soul” was included on both the full length album, Solid Steel Presents DJ Food & DK: Now, Listen Again! and the limited edition Now, Listen Again! 7″ promo record which were both released in April of this year. Check the Ninja Tune Store for copies.

Ninja Tune And Dragons LINKS

Ninja Tune – ultra cool website that features all the Ninja’s allies: Big Dada, Solid Steel, Coldcut…
Ninja Tune music$pace
Dennis Dragon Page in the Composers Index of Soundtracks

 

Soundtracks by Dennis Dragon include:

Hal Jepsen: surf / skateboard films:
“Super Session”
“Go For It”
“A Sea For Yourself”
“We Got Surf”
“Skateboard Madness”
… etc.

Other films:
“Winter Equinox” (ski film)
“Spinnin’ Wheels” (skateboard film)

Warren Miller Productions, Hollywood, Ca / (ski film):
“Steep and Deep”

 


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Klaxons, Kooks, DJ Shadow +More Play Oxjam To End Poverty

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Oxjam, the Oxfam music festival, announced its preliminary lineup today. Oxjam is no ordinary show, it is an umbrella for 3,000 music events that take place in the UK in October. Oxjam is considered a movement – different musicians, artists, promoters and party people come together each year to try to raise money and awareness for Oxfam. Oxfam is a UK charity whose mission is to end poverty worldwide. So, you can see why it would take such a large event to accomplish such a HUGE goal.

The Klaxons are one of the headliners of this year’s event, and their very own James Righton describes Oxjam thus:

For us, Oxjam is the highlight of the festival season because everyone gets to make the noise themselves. The only thing more exciting than putting on your own event to help fight poverty is knowing that you’re part of a movement of thousands of gigs, club nights and events right across the country.

That’s right, Oxjam needs your help putting these events together! Each year they put out the call for musicians and promoters to organize events as part of the greater movement. And besides a feeling of accomplishment and the satisfaction that you are making the world a better place to live, you might also get featured on MTV. So, if you are in the UK or plan on being there in October, you might want to join the fun!

OXJAM Partial LINEUP 2007

Klaxons
The Kooks
DJ Shadow

Kasabian
Kaiser Chiefs
Merry Men
the Matadors
The Furze
Yer MoMMa
Lost Without Cause
The Clerks Band
The Bakery Girls
Mirno

That’s a lot of K in a lineup… 40,000 musicians total are expected to be involved, so don’t expect a full lineup from me! :) To find out more about any of these bands, and to see other bands that are involved in Oxjam 2007, go to the Mtv Oxjam page

LINKS

Mtv Oxjam page
NME report
Oxfam website

 


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Glen E Friedman Captures Fugazi For New Book

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 7June07

Fugazi probably looks fantastic through the lens of glen E. friedman‘s camera. We’ll soon find out – when Keep Your Eyes Open is available to explore. 

Glen E Friedman Captures Fugazi - Keep Your Eyes Open

It’s a book of photographs of the legendary punk band by an artist who is well known for capturing the most exciting action on still film.  Whether he’s aiming at pioneer skaters Jay Adams or Tony Alva, or frenetic stage performers Minor Threat or Beastie Boys, Friedman’s camera has excellent perspective.  This man has shot it all, and has the talent to portray the raw energy of the live experience.  My esteem for both Fugazi and Friedman is in the upper atmosphere of esteem layers due to both going beyond what is necessary for their careers and truly caring about the audience’s experience of their medium.  It will be wonderful to see the large glossy pages of this upcoming coffee table tome.  I think I will have to add this to my wishlist!

The book will be officially released on the 3rd of September, 20 years on the day of the band’s first live show. (ISIS and Neurosis like to think they are veterans for being 10 years old, but 20 years and still touring, playing, and being super cool, that’s Fugazi…)

FUGAZI BOOK LINKS

Keep Your Eyes Open website
Burning Flags Press – You can catch up so much great gEfriedman memorabilia on the Burning Flags page including his other new photo books like RECOGNIZE with words by Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey author of T.A.Z.).
Burning Flags Press even has a music$pace page where you can watch rare punk and protest videos, and see pages from the books.
Dischord Records

Fugazi Live in 1988 – “Waiting Room”:

For a more jazz influenced Fugazi, please click over to this youTube video (no embedding) for “Shut The Door”.

If you aren’t hip to what the various members of Fugazi have been up to lately, pitchf*#k has some info, like tour dates for The Evens and Joe Lally. And of course, Ian MacKaye runs Dischord Records which publishes all of Fugazi’s albums.

  
 
 
 
 
 


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New Debbie Harry Album + Lily Allen Duet!

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 23May07

Long time idol and mentor to so many women in rock music, Debbie Harry will release a new album, Necessary Evil , coming out on August 7th. Until then, you can listen to the newly released single, “Two Times Blue” that is streaming on her music$pace page.
DH also wrote a new song about Lil Kim called “Dirty and Deep“. Click the song to go straight to the mp3.

You also have 2 great opportunities to catch her in the act:
This Friday, May 25th, she will perform “Heart Of Glass” as a duet with Lily Allen on the Today Show (NBC).
Debbie Harry is touring with the True Colors tour this summer, alongside Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, and others.

 
 
 

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A Green Day In Simpsons Movie

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 11May07

Rumor has been circulating that Green Day will get inked again, while speculation has been flying about whether the band plays a concert in the new Simpsons movie. Well, assume no longer! Matt Groening himself has confirmed it!

“Green Day is in the movie — I will publicly acknowledge that Green Day are in the movie,” “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening laughed. “They’re really good sports and I think we both honor them and ‘Simpson’-ize them. You can take that however you want. They’re really nice guys.”

Go to VH1 to watch one of the many trailers for “The Simpsons” movie. This one shows Green Day for a few seconds….

this one does not have GD in it…

Cast

Dan Castellaneta – Homer Simpson/Krusty the Clown

Julie Kavner – Marge Simpson

Nancy Cartwright – Bart Simpson

Yeardley Smith – Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria – Actor/Actress

Pamela Hayden – Actor/Actress

Tress MacNeille – Actor/Actress

Harry Shearer – Actor/Actress

Erin Brockovich – Actor/Actress

Albert Brooks – Actor/Actress

Minnie Driver – Actor/Actress

Production Crew

Matt Groening – Producer

Matt Groening – Screenwriter

James L. Brooks – Producer

James L. Brooks – Screenwriter

David Mirkin – Screenwriter

David Silverman – Director

John Swartzwelder – Screenwriter

Ian Maxtone-Graham – Screenwriter

Jon Vitti – Screenwriter

Matt Selman – Screenwriter

Al Jean – Producer

Al Jean – Screenwriter

George Meyer – Screenwriter

Mike Reiss – Screenwriter

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Vera Club- Concert Poster Art Book & DVD

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 3May07

If you love quality concert posters, in the vein of Frank Kozik‘s legendary style, then you will probably love the eye candy that Niek Schutter and Ricky Van Durren have compiled for you. It’s called Rockin’ On Paper, and it’s a collection of vibrant concert posters from the Vera Club in Groningen, Netherlands.
The Vera website describes it best :

Rockin on Paper’ is a 320 pages full color history on the Vera Club and it’s posters. The Vera Club in Groningen has been renowned for being a cool place to perform for the Alternative Music Scene. Part of it’s charm are the posters: silk screened with lots of original artwork. Memento’s for both audience and band. This book contains a broad selection of the archived posters (more than 300) between the really early years and somewhere around 2005. Next to it a short historical overview of the Club and some personal memories on some of the -for a variety of reasons- more memorable performances. Interviews with: Lee Ranaldo, Mick Collins, Lou Barlow, Kim Gordon, David Yow, Ross Knight.
Text is in both Dutch and English.
With the book comes a DVD containing original live footage shot at and by the VERA Club itself. Exciting performances by:the Gunclub, Monster Magnet, Dead Moon,Giant Sand, Sebadoh,Cosmic Psychos, the Gories, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Dinosaur jr., Sonic Youth and Beat Happening.

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The DVD is equally exciting, check out this tracklist!

01 The Gun Club – “Ghost on the Highway”
02 Dead Moon – “54/40 or Fight”
03 Dead Moon – “I’m Wise”
04 Dead Moon – “Out on a Wire”
05 The Band of Blacky Ranchette – “Moon Over Memphis”
06 Sebadoh – “Sacred Attention”
07 Sebadoh – “Brand New Love”
08 Sebadoh – “Ride the Darker Wave”
09 Sonic Youth – “Schizophrenia”
10 Sonic Youth – “Expressway to Yr. Skull” (aka “The Crucifixion of Sean Penn” aka “Madonna, Sean and Me”)
11 Sonic Youth – “Pacific Coast Highway”
12 Sonic Youth – “Beauty Lies in the Eye”
13 Sonic Youth – “Tom Violence”
14 Sonic Youth – “White Kross”
15 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “Backslider”
16 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “History of Lies”
17 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “The Feeling of Love”
18 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “White Tail”
19 Cosmic Psychos – “Pub”
20 Cosmic Psychos – “Lost Cause”
21 Cosmic Psychos – “David Lee Roth”
22 Dinosaur Jr. – “The Lung”
23 Dinosaur Jr. – “Kracked”
24 The Gories – “To Find Out”
25 The Gories – “He’s Doin’ It”
26 The Gories – “Queenie”
27 Beat Happening – “Revolution Come and Gone”
28 Beat Happening – “Nancy Sin”
29 Beat Happening – “Fortune Cookie Prize”
30 Monster Magnet – “Medicine”

To order, go to this manic page.

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Sonic Youth Plays McCarren Pool Again

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 2May07

From Brooklyn Vegan :

Sonic Youth are excited to announce a NYC performance of the Daydream Nation album: July 28 at the McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Presale Tickets available May 2 at 10AM Eastern. Public Tickets on sale Friday May 4 at noon Eastern. Additional Daydream Nation performances in the USA include July 13 at the Pitchfork Music Festival, on July 19 at the Berkeley Community Theater in Berkeley, CA and July 20 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

If they really do turn McCarren back into a swimming pool, you won’t get many more chances to see shows like this. So, i wouldn’t sleep on those tix, yo.

Sonic Youth performed at McCarren Pool with Yeah Yeah Yeahs in 2006 :

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Big Brother Is Trying To Outlaw Fun, Dancing Is Revolutionary

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 2May07

While the RIAA and CRB are working diligently to eliminate public access to music and radio online, politicians and police are dredging up ways to prevent people from making music and dancing.

I’m about to show you the different ways that NYC groups are working to open the possibilities for live music and dance events in a city that is clamping down on music venues. Here you will find fun parties to go to, a review of the Mayday celebration, and the historical significance of how our access to social gatherings is being eroded.

The current prohibition atmosphere of certain major cities from SF to NYC, the actions of the RIAA and CRB towards university students and webcasters during the last few years, and the FCC’s increased licensing “laws” and gestapo raids on micro-powered radio broadcasters a few years before that, mirror the conflicted relationship between legislative bodies and community supported channels of entertainment in nearly every medium, in every modern nation. Today, the headlines are focused on the censorship of live music and the act of dancing to live music, but the struggle remains the same as the days of prohibition. Here is what made headlines today….

NYC Cabaret Laws Are Destroying The Music Scene

New York City has been severely deprived of live entertainment because of tight restrictions that make it difficult to obtain and maintain cabaret licenses. Similar in spirit to crackhouse laws in the Southern states and the Criminal Justice Act created by the UK Parliament in 1994 to prevent large music festivals and the public performance of music with a repeating sequence of beats.
Big Brother is trying to outlaw fun. And what’s worse, is that it’s being done with laws that are incredibly prejudiced – these laws were written and passed to prevent interracial socializing (cabaret laws), to profile music enthusiasts as drug users (crackhouse laws), and to limit the free assembly of low-income people (any law that forces you to get a permit to use public land). Basically, these laws are designed to keep the people complacent through homogenized outlets of safe entertainment, and restrict the channels that provide an opportunity for revolt. Even though most of these channels are not trying to revolt against anything, they are trying to provide opportunities to relax and have a good time. Different people prefer different forms of relaxation, but all should have equal access to methods that are widely enjoyed, no? Not all will feel relaxed at the opera, or a Gwen Stefani concert, but I think all people should be encouraged to enjoy the performance of music and dancing.

Greg Miller, the president and spokesperson of Dance Parade, told metro :

“Three years ago, there were 300 cabaret licenses,” Miller said. “Every three months the number drops by 15. It’s so hard not only to get a new cabaret license, but to get one renewed because of building codes.”
“there are 148 cabaret licenses and that includes adult entertainment, hotels and restaurants”

What happens when a vibrant city like NYC has trouble finding legal venues to socialize in? Music venues are dropping like flies in the Big Apple – just 2 weeks ago, the closing of the Tonic and subsequent arrests made headlines, while many readers may not have noticed the FOR SALE sign on the building that houses the Knitting Factory. The Knitting Factory is not in immediate danger of closing. Despite a sale of the building, the venue will continue to operate through their 2009 lease. After this date however: “there has been no decision as to the future of the venue.” In NYC, 5 venues a month lose their cabaret licenseWhat is there to do then, in the nightlife capital of the world?

Dancing In The Streets Of New York

What happens when there is no legal venue to party in? The party people take to the streets! The next opportunity to meet up with New York City’s finest revelers for a day of Dancing In The Streets will arrive on May 19th. That’s the day for the first annual Dance Parade with thousands of dancers – including YOU – and top djs Kool Herc, Danny Tenaglia, John Jellybean Benitez. There will also be performances from many dance groups representing different styles, from breakdancing to ballet, with whirling and wild styles. The Dance Parade is organized to raise awareness about the cabaret law as well as NYC’s dance history.

Dance Parade’s president Greg Miller is not new to events in public space. This past Saturday found him at the 9th Annual Blackkat Mayday party, which itself faced permit issues for the first time ever. Instead of the community gathering being held in Tompkins Square Park, the event site for the last 8 years, the organizers had to choose another location when unable to obtain permits required in a timely manner. Jason BK told the metro that the Blackkat artist collective had applied for the permits in January, and had not received permission by May 1st!

9th Annual NYC Blackkat Mayday Party

In the tradition of International Workers’ Day, the crew of artists and musicians known as Blackkat hosted their 9th annual Mayday Party in NYC this past Sunday. Blackkat has organized free and low-cost community events in NYC for over a decade, such as Party 4 Freedom and Justice in 2002, and the Biotour Benefit in 2005. The Indypendent newspaper reported from the 2007 Mayday party, quoting Jason BK, Amok, and Chrome, who supply and maintain the sound for these events- from the speakers to the noise :

“We live in a city where money and getting your name out there is more important than actual content that’s provided,” said Amok, a musician and two year Blackkat collective member. “This is what makes Blackkat so very different, it puts content first always … which is something that other crews unfortunately forget to do.”

In the past, Blackkat has joined forces with other groups including Dance Parade New York, the Madagascar Institute, The Danger, DanceSafe, Renegade Virus and Havoc Sound. Events have included a fundraiser for the 2005 Biotour benefit, numerous festivals and parties in various warehouses such as 3rd Ward and the now closed Lunatarium and 38Nine (in Queens).

“The main point is that it is vital that people come together in a creative community and we hope that these events can be part of that community,” said Chrome. BK added, “They have to be fun to be effective.”

Guest speakers this year included Norman Siegel, a civil rights attorney, and Missy Galore of the NYC Dance Parade. Information tables were hosted by DanceSafe, IndyMedia, Metro In Motion TriState Biodiesel and more. The sound stage was provided by MadAro, Anthony, and Disorient with maestro Daniel.

May Day 2007

Take Action!

resisting the NYC cabaret laws
Dance & get involved with the Dance Parade

Blackkat And Friends

Check out the official Blackkat website, where you can see more pix from the event, download super tight dj mixes by the Blackkat noise bringers, and choose your own adventure from there, it’s a mad mad jungle what this fella get up to when he gets together with some friends! It reminds me of a quote about Spiral Tribe, another music and art based soundsystem unorganization who were participated in events around the UK countryside from dusk til dawn til dusk and dawn again for days. The quote is from Spaces of Democracy :

“Spiral Tribe, with their free and inclusive parties, succeeded in constituting an alternative public space, rather than just a secret one. Though no one could say how many lives were touched in their three year tour of duty”.

Props to the Blackkat population for bringing it for more than 10 years! The roots run deep, the branches have touched many, many people.

The Rest Is History…

Blackkat, HavocSound, soFat! Sound, and Renegade Virus joined forces during 2001-2004, hauling speakers, generators, records or synths throughout NYC plus occasional road trips to other parts of the US and Canada. These soundsystem collaborations earned much respect and no money for providing nonstop music at the Annual Blackkat Mayday Party, Swamptek, Autonomous Mutant Festival, Monsters of Love 1-4, renegade outdoor free parties across the NYC/SF/US, and underground warehouse events in NYC and SF, all while supporting and spreading the DIY free party culture and direct action for sustainable technology. Since 2004, Blackkat and Jungle Terror Krew have continued the mischief with Renegade Virus and TBI25 in NYC … while 5lowershop, HavocSound, and soFat! have been raging in SF with S.P.A.Z. and Army of Love – constructing walls of sound and yards of power cable at AMF, Monsters of Love, Unchained Reaction, Fuck Parade, renegade outdoor, indoor, mobile, and underground free parties all over SF/NYC/USA. These non-profit crews have sustained where many other well-funded businesses have come and gone as a result of their experiments in alternative technologies. The consistent message of building a more concious culture is further demonstrated by the work these people have done in the science of sustainable living on this planet and grassroots outreach and education in the community. All the crews mentioned have been in involved with converting all their tour buses and generators to run on straight vegetable oil, teaching workshops in biofuel systems and sustainability skills, mobile microbroadcasting, and a weekly internet broadcast with FM radio rebroadcast in England and Europe.

BIG UPS TO THE NY MASSIVE!! MUCH LOVE TO THE 5LOWERSHOP EXTENDED NETWORK!!
Thank you for everything you have already done and much luck to all your future projects!

Spiral Tribe vs. the Public Order

Free parties became a big issue in the UK and Europe during the early 90’s when large gatherings of people would assemble with concert speakers and have a free dance party. To outlaw this type of noncommercial music festival (there were no camping fees, or tickets sold, you just had to be able to get there, and feed yourself for the duration), the Parliament of the UK created the Criminal Justice Act in 1994. Ironically, the main focus of this Act was to restrict and prohibit “anti-social” behaviors, including organizing and attending huge gatherings centered around a common interest in popular music. It even included a section based on the type of music considered anti-social – repetitive beats – and used a precise definition of how many bars of music had to pass without a beat looping and/or repeating! Spiral Tribe challenged the Act and held massive outdoor events with live performances of hypnotically repetitive beats. The UK punk band, Crass, contributed their social commentary with a furious double kick drum beat that repeated until you thought your heart might collapse. The wall of speakers that Spiral Tribe carried to these events was the length and height of 3-4 city bus coaches long and tall. When Crass played, the drums would be a barrage of punches shooting out of that wall. 13 members of Spiral Tribe were arrested immediately following the Castlemorton Common Festival in May 1992 for public order offenses. The techno-punk crew seemed to be having a blast doing as much damage to the legal system as possible. The courtroom became a circus. The defendants, and their supporters in the benches, wore Tshirts to their court appearances with the message “Breach The Peace” written in large letters. The message was seen in every photograph and television news coverage of the case. Especially handy if you released a record with the same name, which Spiral Tribe had. They released albums of fantastic techno, with deejays chatting over some tracks. Forward The Revolution blends the steady beat of Native American drumming with the excited heart beat of their drummachines and the Native Am. singing with Simone’s flawless humanoid rapping about the future of the free party system. She defiantly repeats, “You might stop the party, But you can’t stop the future.” At the end of the 4 month long case, it was calculated that this was the longest running and most expensive case in British legal history. Just to stop the music.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading. If you would like to do more in your community to add your strength to the resistance, either contact the people mentioned in this article, or start your own crew – the more the merrier, and the stronger we all are. Feel free to comment and discuss any point mentioned here in the comments section.

 

 

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Jarvis Cocker’s Meltdown – UK Fest Lineup

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 2May07

Southbank Centre and Jarvis Cocker announced the official lineup for Jarvis’ Meltdown Festival taking place June 16-24 at Southbank Centre in London.  Jarvis hand selected these bands and multi-media performers for the event.

The lineup:

Motorhead
Devo
Sunn O)))
Iggy & the Stooges
Gonzales
Melanie Safka
Roky Erickson
Forced Entertainment
Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra
John Barry & The London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cornershop
Jesus & Mary Chain
Jarvis Cocker plus The Valerie Project
Lost Ladies of Folk
KPM Allstars

There will also be very interesting multi-media entertainment :

Jarvis in conversation with Don Letts
Forest of No Return – Hal Willner presents the Vintage Disney Songbook featuring Jarvis Cocker and very special guests
You’re Gonna Miss Me – A screening of Keven McAlester’s documentary on Roky Erickson

From Southbank Centre:

Experience the unexpected, unusual and eclectic this June in Jarvis Cocker’s Meltdown festival, where the UK pop icon curates his own eight-day festival across the venues and spaces of Southbank Centre. Armed with a sharp wit, an acid tongue and a talent for capturing the moment with razor sharp lyrics, Jarvis Cocker is one of today’s best-loved rock stars. The festival opens with sets from Motorhead and Melanie and ends with a show from Jarvis himself, taking in performances from The Jesus and Mary Chain, Iggy & The Stooges and many more along the way.

jarvis at southbank

If it is Jarvis himself that you are interested in, you’ll be stoked to know that he will be taking a little tour after this festival is complete. He will also be on the South Bank Show on June 10th. He will be discussing his role in Pulp, what is was like dealing with the fame, and his experiences as an “outsider” in music. The show will have video footage from his concert, and Paris where he lives and writes songs currently.
For more information on the Jarvis episode, go to iTV.

Tour Dates

06-23 London, England – Southbank Centre (Meltdown Festival)
07-13 Madrid, Spain – Summercase Festival
07-14 Barcelona, Spain – Summercase Festival
07-15 Suffolk, England – Latitude Festival
08-18 Chelmsford, England – V Festival
08-19 Stafford, England – V Festival

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New Beastie Boys Album – The Mix Up

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 2May07

Earlier i mentioned that the Beastie Boys were about to drop another album on us, and hinted at the idea of it being instrumental. i had heard rumor that it was, but lacked the proof, until now – the upcoming Beastie Boys album, The Mix Up is an instrumental album! Not just because the Boys are playing instruments, but also because there are no vocals! Post-punk instrumental is what they’re calling it. The Boys are planning a future album that will add vocals to these tracks by a diverse group of vocalists, many newer to the music scene.

This is a very common style of making music in Jamaica. First the music is created, called a riddim, then different vocalists will sing their own unique vocals and lyrics over the riddim. Usually many different songs will be made on the same riddim, and each new vocalist brings a totally new sound to it. They make the song their own by their vocal style, sometimes adding another melody with their voice to the melodies in the music, and with the lyrical content. There is a really strong Jamaican diaspora in NYC , particularly in Brooklyn. There are recording studios, musicians, venues, and radio stations, all putting out Jamaican music, so i imagine that the Beatie Boys must have had some exposure to all of it.

bboys-themix-up.jpg

 

 

Read all about it, with plenty of vocals from the Beastie Boys themselves talking about the new record, over at pitchf*#k

For more info and links to cool BBoys stuff, click over to my earlier post about the album.

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Beastie Boys Back To Roots On The Mix Up

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 30April07

A new Beastie Boys album hits the streets in June! When i say roots, i’m talking pre-License To Ill punk rock days.  They have revisited this sound for a few songs on a few albums, but this sounds like a full album of raw slam dancing! Mike D reports to NME that the music on The Mix Up is more rockin like what you hear on Check Your Head and Paul’s Boutique. All of the sounds and instruments on The Mix Up are played by the 3 of them.  They put the sampler away for this album!

bboys-themix-up.jpg

Tracklist

B for My Name
14th St Break
Suco de Tangerina
The Gala Event
Electric Worm
Freaky Hijiki
Off the Grid
The Rat Cage
The Melee
Dramastically Different
The Cousin of Death
The Kangaroo Rat

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This might go quite nicely with the A Cappellas that they have available on their remix page

The BBoys will be performing at the Virgin Festival, Live Earth Concert in London, Electric Picnic, and SONAR Festival in Barcelona.

When asked about what they would be playing at the London Live Earth Concert, Mike D replied –

“By that point we’ll already be playing new songs. But I dunno – you don’t wanna do ‘Jazz Odyssey’ in front of a crowd of 60,000.”

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