Neon Indian @ Troubadour

NEON INDIAN plays at the Troubadour tonight Sept 30th.
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Culture Collide Festival 2011

The second annual Culture Collide Festival will be kicking off in the right way on October 5 with special DJ performances, a Nirvana screening, and some great art!

We teamed up with Fender to present music by Rapture DJ's, a special screening on Nirvana: Live At The Paramount, a special hometown Halloween show weeks after Nevermind's release, and the official opening of the Lucie Foundation's Culture Collide exclusive exhibition: Composition: Visual Notes on Music.

So what do you have to do to get into this fancy party? You must be 21+ and you must simply RSVP!

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011:

Film screening of Nirvana: Live at the Paramount 7:00 PM
Kick-off party featuring the Rapture DJs 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Art Opening of the Lucie Foundation’s Composition: Visual Notes on Music 7:00 – 11:00 PM

WHERE: Film Screening at

Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Kickoff Party and Art Gallery
ReForm Academy 1815 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Liam Finn Performance
Whole Foods West Hollywood (5:30 PM)
7871 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

*Pending Capacity! RSVP DOES NOT guarantee entry!*

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Anika: US Tour 2011

Stones Throw recording artist Anika
embarks on long awaited
North American debut tour this Fall.
Dates include ATP, NYC, MoogFest, LA, SF, Chicago, Seattle, Austin, Detroit , Toronto
+ more

After extensive touring throughout the U.K. and Europe, the England-born, Berlin-bred Anika finally embarks on a long awaited tour of North America. Flanked by key appearances at the Portishead-curated All Tomorrows Parties in Asbury Park, NJ and MoogFest in Asheville, NC.

Fans and critics alike were captivated, if not caught off guard; disarmed by the raw emotion of Anika's self-titled debut album (Stones Throw / Invada). Released amidst the blizzard of last December, Anika painted a stark black & white with telling covers and teeming originals. Inhabiting and subsequently haunting the words of Bob Dylan, Yoko Ono and Peggy Lee - atop a musical foundation built by Geoff Barrow (Portishead) and the members of Beak>. William Fuller (Bass) and Matthew Williams (Keys, Guitar) of Beak> join the run, alongside Andrew Sutor (Drums) and Rasha Shaheen (Backing Vox, Keys, Guitar) making up Anika's live-band.
The New York Times called the release "Startling". The Los Angeles Times deemed it "Striking". With Rolling Stone (Germany) granting the debut disc a 4.5 of 5 rating. Anika's and her fellow musicians approach is simple, but basked in subdued complexities. Anika's debut North American tour proves to bring these elements to the stage.

Watch Anika's official first video "No One's There" directed by John Minton and as featured on XlR8R and Pitchfork

27th NEW YORK, US (LIVE) - Le Poisson Rouge $15/17 - 21+
29th PRINCETON, NJ, USA (LIVE) - Princeton University
2nd NEW JERSEY, US (LIVE) - ATP, Asbury Park Convention Hall w/ Pop Group more info
10th CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA (LIVE) - Empty Bottle
14th PORTLAND, OREGON, USA (LIVE) - Mississippi Studios
16th SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA (LIVE) - The Crocodile
18th ARCATA, CALIFORNIA, USA (LIVE) - The Jambalaya

21st LONG BEACH, CA (LIVE) - Fingerprints 7pm
22nd LOS ANGELES (LIVE) - Echoplex 10pm (new date)
26th LOUISIANA, NEW ORLEANS, USA (LIVE) - Siberia w/ Zola Jesus

photo credit: Jean-Baptiste Toussaint / photo credit: John Minton

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Cate Le Bon shares new single, on tour this Fall w/ St. Vincent

Cate Le Bon shares new single, on tour this Fall w/ St. Vincent
MP3: "Puts Me To Work" -
STREAM: "Puts Me To Work" -

Cate Le Bon
A new force in song craft, Cate Le Bon currently resides in Cardiff's infamous French quarter and befitting a songwriter who only writes in the dark, her music is a heady and highly personal Gallic stew of equal parts Nico, Malkmus and the chronicler's own emotional observations on the impossibility of existence.

Disheartened by the constant stream of dead animals she found herself burying in her parents farm in Penboyr, West Wales, and inspired by her fathers impeccable record collection (The Velvets, Neil Young, Pavement et. al) Cate packed her things and begrudgingly set sail for the neon lights and ample rehearsal space available in her country's capital.

Following a string of club night shows in the city, Cate caught the attention of Super Furry Animals front man Gruff Rhys who over a cigar and a glass of brandy offered her some support slots with his band. Cate continued to gig extensively in the UK releasing singles and a Welsh language EP (Edrych Yn Llygaid Ceffyl Benthyg) on the Indie Record label Peski.

Knowing that there's never too much of a good thing, Rhys roped Cate into his hip hop exchange program Neon Neon. What began as a guest vocal appearance on their debut single, "I Lust You," resulted in a year of touring the world as part of their band.

During a month's break from the road, with her confidence and enthusiasm doubled, Cate retired to Y Gerlan in the mountains of North Wales for a prophetic 10 day recording session which resulted in the release of her debut full length album Me Oh My to rapturous critical acclaim. On the back of the album's US release in April 2010, Cate completed a two month tour stretching from SXSW in Texas to Café Hotel in Los Angeles, sending postcards from Boston, Buffalo, San Francisco and New York along the way.

Like a dutiful daughter Cate returned for the British festival season, seeing out the summer at Glastonbury, The Great Escape and Field Day to name a few, and snatching free time between performances to write new material in her North Walian bolthole.

At the dawn of 2011, Cate re-entered the studio to start work on a new record of her own. Drawing on her experiences of the last year, Cate has created collection of pop nuggets that sound like they've fallen off the back of a broken carousel, imbued with the playfulness of Faust and Syd Barrett and the tropical melodies of Os Mutantes. Existential word play abounds and fuzz fused guitar lines tear through like an angry bee in a CAN on CYRK, which is due in the US via The Control Group label in early 2012. "Puts Me To Work" is the first single from that record.

all dates w/ St. Vincent

10/02 - Minneapolis, MN @ McGuire Theatre (2 shows)
10/03 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
10/05 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/06 - St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
10/07 - Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
10/08 - Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
10/10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/12 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/13 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
10/14 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box
10/20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
10/22 - Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
10/23 - Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
10/24 - Austin, TX @ Moody Theater at ACL Live
10/25 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
10/26 - New Orleans, LA @ Tiptina's
10/28 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/30 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
11/01 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/03 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/04 - Boston, MA @ Royale
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Braids @ the Echo

Braids will be playing at the Echo tonight, Sept 29th.
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Nouvelle Vague @ El Rey

NOUVELLE VAGUE plays at the El Rey tonight Sept 29th, as part of the Ooh La La Festival.
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Dan Sartain: west coast tour


October 2 - Alex's Bar - Long Beach, CA
October 3 - Bar Pink - San Diego, CA
October 4 - Satellite - Los Angeles, CA
October 8 - Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco , CA

DAN SARTAIN has been traveling the world playing his music for several years. He performs both as a solo act or with a full band, and delivers consistently. With a string of releases for the ONE LITTLE INDIAN label and SWAMI RECORDS, the native Alabamian shows no signs of slowing. With a down stroke ridden new record in the can, look for TOO TOUGH TO LIVE to be in stores and online this Fall. If good reviews were food, Dan Sartain would be a fatty.

features KERRY DAVIS on guitar and vocals with a rotating cast of musicians, combining pop influences and clever lyricism with elements that come straight from the garage. Davis started out in 90's LA girl group the RED AUNTS who boasted producer credits by BRETT GUREWITZ and the much revered MICK COLLINS of GORIES and DIRTBOMBS fame. She went on to join Collins as drummer in THE SCREWS (In The Red Records) and played in BEEHIVE AND THE BARRACUDAS (Swami Records), featuring San Diego's finest musicians. Special guest drummer on these dates only will be ex-Red Aunts bandmate, LESLEY ISHINO (The Intelligence)!

California sonic bobby-socks rockers
DES ROAR have become an anchor in their native New York City, headlining with a host of tomorrow’s brightest since 2006. With their malt of surf rock and bubblegum dance hooks, narratives and noise, they manage the vibrations of a West Coast garage band, keeping it raw and playing seamlessly. Their 2010 debut album, 'MAD THINGS' received rave reviews and they are set to follow it up with a new album, 'THE WATCHERS', this Fall.

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D-Generation Interview

Interview by Alexander Laurence

D-Generation is a punk band from New York City. They started in 1991, and seemed so essential to the landscape of 90s music. David Fricke recently called them the link between The Ramones and The Strokes. The band is Jesse Malin (vocals), Danny Sage (guitar), Richard Bacchus (guitar), Howie Pyro (bass guitar), and Michael Wildwood (drums). They released three albums: D Generation (1994), No Lunch (1996), and Through The Darkness (1999).The band broke up soon after their third album, and for the past ten years they have moved on to other bands and solo projects. Jesse Malin is well known for a successful solo career. The songs of DGEN have been in the films “Airheads” and “The Faculty.” There was so much activity in this band, you wonder why they weren’t ten times as popular back then. They did tour with bands like Social Distortion, Kiss, The Ramones, Green Day, and even The Offspring. D-Generation is a legendary band, and I got to speak with them during their recent tour. They played at Irving Plaza and the Troubadour, places where they were amazing back in the day. I spoke with Danny Sage and Jesse Malin.

AL: How did D-Generation get together this time after a twelve year break?

Danny: We get offers. We get asked to do these festivals in Spain almost every year. Maybe the past five years. And when they ask us, me and Jesse are not speaking, or I want to kill my brother, who is the drummer of the band.

AL: There is tension in the band?

Danny: Yes. The band is really volatile. Jesse and I have played since we were in junior high school. And the drummer is my little brother. Rick is like the new guy in the band and I have known him for twenty-two years. We know each other really well. We are family. It can be amazing like the other night at Irving Plaza. It was like in the top three shows the band has ever played.

AL: What was the problem? People didn’t get D-Generation?

Danny: People are stupid. People like Big Macs. I don’t know. That’s my take on it.

AL: David Fricke just wrote that you were the link between The Ramones and The Strokes. What do you think about that?

Danny: Chronologically I suppose. I don’t know The Strokes. I am embarrassed to say that I don’t know anything about them. I think that I see them in the street periodically. They came out after the point that I didn’t care about rock and roll. That was around 2000. Then I moved out here to Los Angeles for four years, so I missed the whole Strokes thing. I guess David Fricke is talking about vibrant rock and roll, and I take it as a compliment. I know David well enough that he means that in the best way possible.

AL: Was it hard for bands in NYC in the 1990s to have success?

Danny: Yeah. I think that people are fickle. We weren’t easy to digest.

AL: In NYC at that time there was Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Luna, Ivy, Toilet Boys and Lunachicks. Then there was you guys. I think if I remember correctly D-Generation was a big buzzband and on the cover of magazines back then.

Danny: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion started before us, but most of those bands started after us.

AL: Today is the day Nirvana “Nevermind” came out twenty years ago. What do you think of grunge? Your band started at the same time.

Danny: We had impeccible bad timing. Whatever. Our band wasn’t trying to please anyone. We couldn’t give a fuck. That’s why we are still great. But that is a rough road.

AL: There is a history of bands from the 1970s like Suicide and The Stooges: people were actually afraid of these bands. They were scary people.

Danny: As it should be. I am proud that people think of us that way. Those are all my favorite bands: Ramones, Stones, Pistols, and The Stooges. I dig those bands but it’s a rough road if you think that you are going to sell records.

AL: Was there friction between your band and the label? D-Generation didn’t fit in with the grunge thing.

Danny: Sony and Columbia was shocked that we didn’t sell 17 million records in the first week. They were business people. It wasn’t the time where a band was allowed to make three or four records and develop. There were acts on Columbia Records like Bruce Springsteen and Aerosmith who took many albums to be popular. They couldn’t break Aerosmith for five years. There was a big press blitz for Bruce Springsteen when he first came out, but he didn’t succeed until the third album. When we released No Lunch in 1996, we were expected to sell a lot of records in two weeks. If you didn’t sell records, they were done with you.

AL: So when your toured back then, you were popular in NYC and LA, and unknown everywhere else?

Danny: Yeah. Exactly. I don’t think it’s this genre or that genre. People always want something easy. If we wore plaid and packaged it in a different way, I would be living in a mansion right now. We didn’t do things that way. We were just being us.

AL: What was the relationship of the band to Coney Island High?

Danny: I don’t know. A place I got laid a few times with girls in the bathrooms. There was a bunch of different owners: Jesse and an ex-girlfriend. Jesse was an owner. He didn’t work there and he couldn’t mix a drink. He could open a beer with his teeth which I was very impressed with.

AL: It seemed like there was a lot of things going on in 1996: there was D-Generation, clubs like Coney Island High, the film Trainspotting, the Please Kill Me book came out, and there was a book party for it at the Gershwin Hotel. It seemed like the bed was fertile for a band like D-Generation to take over?

Danny: They were into our band. But you are talking about smart clued in people in New York, LA and London. Those people in Indiana who were into Stone Temple Pilots were different. A few people got it, but for most of them, rock and roll isn’t their life. It’s a passive part-time thing. For us, it’s our life. They didn’t get involved because it wasn’t their life.

Jesse: We had that in New York in 1996. But it didn’t happen in other cities. We weren’t being marketed to the right people. We were on a big label, but we didn’t have a video on those stations like MTV or VH1 that had power. We weren’t on the radio. People found out about us through word of mouth.

AL: Was there people at MTV that hated you?

Jesse: We pissed off half the label. The guy who signed us was a weird bird. He had good intentions. He was passionate about the band. It was his first experience. He was so intense about the band that people got jealous and competitive with him. We would only talk to two guys at the company: the guy who signed us and the president of the company. Britpop was big at the time. Oasis and Radiohead were big at the time. It was more like stand offish introverted rock and roll. It was snobby. We were more like a James Brown sweating off our balls in your face. It was a different energy. New York, LA, Chicago, and parts of Europe got what we were doing, but it was frustrating. We had signed a big deal and we would go out on these big exciting tours and it would be a battle with the audience.

AL: You did play with Green Day and The Offspring. What did you think of their take on Punk music?

Jesse: By that time, it was the latter part of the 1990s, and we started to finally connect with those audiences. We were speeding up the set. Green Day and The Offspring liked us. Those crowds were younger. With Kiss and The Ramones, it was an older crowd and closed minded.

AL: For me punk music is a wide thing that includes bands like Suicide, Wire, PIL, and Magazine. When did punk rock only come to mean this narrow thing with Sid Vicious and Stiff Little Fingers records?

Danny: Not everybody is as clued in. Not everyone gets the joke. Most people don’t get the joke. They think if you buy a Sid Vicious T-Shirt and break a window, then that is what it’s all about. You are giving people too much credit.
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Broadcast "Come On Let's Go"

Trish Keenan (1968-2011) died earlier this year.

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Neon Indian @ Bootleg

Neon Indian plays at the Bootleg Theatre tonight, Sept 28th.
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Braids @ Detroit Bar

Braids are playing at Detroit Bar tonight, Sept 28th.
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Ryan Adams





"Sparse, stately roots-rock and lyrics chiseled down to eternals... Mr. Adams sounds fragile but determined, in a Glyn Johns production that gives each discrete instrument a natural glow"—THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Sad, simple, slight—and perfect"—ROLLING STONE

"11 meticulously crafted songs"—TIME

With his forthcoming Ashes & Fire (out October 11 on PAX-AM/Capitol) already generating arguably the best critical notices of his career to date, Ryan Adams has confirmed another leg of North American dates. The new dates run from December 2 at Philadelphia's Academy of Music through December 13 at the State Theater in Minneapolis and include a December 6 stop of New York's venerable Carnegie Hall.

Preceded by stunning single "Lucky Now," an NPR Music First Listen album preview and an October 10 appearance on TBS Conan, Ashes & Fire is eleven succinct and beautiful samples of Adams at his songwriting, performing and singing best. The record was produced by Glyn Johns, renowned for his work with the likes of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Clash and The Rolling Stones, and whose son Ethan produced previous Adams landmarks including Heartbreaker and Gold. The record also features guest turns from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Norah Jones, who contributes piano and backing vocals to several tracks.

See below for a full itinerary of upcoming Ryan Adams dates in North America:

10/11 San Diego, CA – Balboa Theater

10/13 Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library

10/14 San Francisco, CA – Herbst Theater

10/15 Napa, CA – Uptown Theater

10/17 Santa Cruz, CA – The Rio

10/18 Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre

10/20 Eugene, OR – The Shedd

10/21 Seattle, WA – Benaroya

12/2 Philadelphia, PA – Academy of Music

12/4 Baltimore, MD – Lyric Opera House

12/6 New York, NY – Carnegie Hall

12/8 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre

12/10 Toronto, ON – Winter Garden Theatre

12/11 Chicago, IL – Cadillac Place

12/13 Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre

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YELLE looking for opening bands

Yelle Launch Contest to Find Opening Bands for LA,

San Francisco, Miami and NYC Shows

& Get Remixed by Second Date

If You Didn’t Catch the Premiere at Consequence of Sound,

HERE to Stream/Download Second Date

Remix of “Comme Un Enfant”

Click HERE to Watch Safari Disco Tour Trailer

"sunny french electro pop with clean lines and ice cream hooks"
New York Times

“[frontwoman Julie] Budet has true star energy which fires her fans into
hours-long dance fests”
– San Francisco Bay Guardian

For all the musicians out there who have ever seen an opening act at a live show and thought they could do better, now is your chance to prove your skills! Yelle is launching a contest to find an opening act for each of their upcoming shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and New York. If you think you have what it takes to share the stage with Yelle, send some music and info about yourself to yelle.contest@gmail.com.

The dance-pop trio also enlisted London-based producer Second Date (a.k.a. Henry Birkbeck) to remix “Comme Un Enfant,” off their latest album Safari Disco Club (V2/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records). Click HERE to stream/download it if you didn’t catch the premiere at Consequence of Sound. Having lived in New York and Paris while growing up, Second Date draws influence from a range of sources on both sides of the Atlantic. His production places emphasis on intricate beats, warm bass, poppy vocals and arpeggiating piano - the latter of which has become Second Date's trademark.

Yelle have also released a trailer for the upcoming worldwide Safari Disco Tour – click HERE to watch it and get ready to dance the night away in a city near you!

Yelle US Tour Dates:

11/10: Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
11/12: San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
12/02: Miami, FL @ Fillmore
12/03: Orlando, FL @ Social
12/04: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
12/05: Atlanta, GA @ Loft
12/07: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
12/08: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/09: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall
12/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

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Pomplamoose: West Coast Tour

Pomplamoose Announce Headlining Dates Along West Coast

Watch Video for New Song "Monster Mask"

San Francisco-based indie-pop band Pomplamoose are happy to announce headlining tour dates in major cities along the West Coast. Pomplamoose's core duo of Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn will be joined by several of their friends and perform as a six-piece band. This tour marks the first time Pomplamoose have ever played headlining shows in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Santa Barbara. The tour will kick off on October 21s at Hollywood's famous Troubadour venue, and the band will continue up the coast before coming back to their hometown to play a show as part of the San Francisco Jazz Festival at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Oct 29. For a full list of tour dates, please see below.

The band have also recently released a music video for the song "Monster Mask" written by Ron Weiner (Futurama, 30 Rock). The video features the band's signature infectious pop, whistled melodies, in-the-studio footage and a montage of clips from classic public domain black & white horror movies. Watch the video at the link below:


Pomplamoose Tour Dates

Oct 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Oct 22 - Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO
Oct 26 - Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
Oct 27 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Oct 29 - San Francisco, CA @ SF Jazz Fest, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts

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Alessi's Ark "Hummingbird"

Alessi's Ark live in Chicago.
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Smith Westerns + Warpaint @ Hollywood Bowl

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Nirvana Twenty Years Later

Nirvana "Nevermind" came out twenty years ago today.
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Har Mar Superstar @ Satellite

Har Mar Superstar will be playing at the Satellite tonight, Sept 24th.
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Peter Bjorn and John: GIMME SOME


So get ready LA fans because Peter Bjorn and John are coming your way and with a host of cool happenings including the Gimme Some Exhibition, four off the wall live performances and a Food Truck food give away. The LA takeover will commence on Thursday September 29th


Opening Reception @ THIS Gallery

Thursday September 29th 7-10 pm




5906 North Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042




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Abbot Kinney Festival



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Sonoio @ Wiltern Sept 24th

SONOIO will be playing at the Wiltern tomorrow Sept 24th with Ladytron.
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Richard Hell vs. Rod McKuen

Richard Hell and the Voidoids: one of the seminal punk bands of the class of 1977. Richard Hell was one of the first innovators of the punk style. Malcolm McClaren talks a lot about him in the punk lexicon: Hell had the style and the songs. The Sex Pistols came up with a song call "Pretty Vacant" which was a similar sounding idea to Hell's "Blank Generation." But in reality "Pretty Vacant" was a much superior song with a killer riff: it reeked of the blank stare of youth into the abyss. Hell's "Blank Generation" was not about a void or the emptiness within; it was fill in the blank, do it yourself.

In any movie or film about punk rock music, you always hear about Richard Hell. He was in Television and the Heartbreakers. His music is not much like Television at all. It's more traditional rock and roll: an angry Chuck Berry? Apparently the Heartbreakers didn't want to play any of Hell's songs, even though "Love Comes In Spurts" sounds a lot like "One Track Mind." In histories about punk, Hell is always the outsider and the free agent. Hell didn't have any relationship with the two main women of the NYC scene: Patti Smith or Debbie Harry. He preferred Patty Smyth of Scandal, who he later married.

Richard Hell and the Voidoids did two mediocre albums that didn't sell. They hardly toured. The two most memorable songs seem like copies of other people's songs. Richard Hell even wrote a novel, GO, which has a lot in common with On The Road. The second album Destiny Street contained a bunch of cover songs by Dylan and Ray Davies. So in the end, Hell as a serious musician is a bit nebulous, and he's much like a blank slate that people attribute values to.

In the 1980s, Richard Hell spent most of that time in a drug coma. He appeared in a few films. He wasn't a great actor either. He wrote a lot for magazines. I can't recall much of his criticism. He started some publications. He has published more books than he did records. But I can't recall anyone having read them. It's like people are more into the idea of a Richard Hell book, than the actual experience of reading one.

Cheetah Chrome and Dee Dee Ramone have published great memoirs about the punk era. Richard Hell rarely reflects on this period or even remembers it.

So all we are left with is RICHARD HELL: a punk rock pin-up. The inventor of the safety pin as fashion and the downtown scumbag look. I am not sure if Richard Hell was ever poor. He used to live in the same building as Allen Ginsberg. Okay, right place right time, and maybe genius happens by osmosis? So we are left with Richard Hell the author of one great song "Blank Generation" that inspired this whole punk thing. Then it turns out Hell plagiarized that song too. There was a song in the 1950s by Rod McKuen "The Beat Generation." It was like a Beat-ploitation song. As if Maynard G. Krebs himself wrote a song on bongos. McKuen himself wrote some light poetry that was popular but never taken serious.

Hell took this song by McKuen with its jazzy decending four notes (odd for punk standards) and updated the lyrics. The song "Stray Cat Strut" shares a similar chord progression, but the Stray Cats are actually doing something brilliant and musical with a tired boogie woogie riff. Hell's idea is basically a madlib for modern people. "Blank Generation" is a novelty song moreso than a huckster version like McKuen's original. Here are the two songs below. You can decide for yourself whether this is inspiration or plagiarism.

NOTE: The Sex Pistols also lifted "Holidays In The Sun" from The Jam's "In The City." But in case of the Sex Pistols, both their liftings seem to outperform the original source.

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Joseph Arthur @ Troubadour

Joseph Arthur is playing at the Troubadour tonight, September 22nd.
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Laura Marling "Sophia" @ the Troubadour

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Aurelio Trinidad Valle CALLA

Aurelio Trinidad Valle of the band CALLA set to launch fundraiser for art, music and charity project this week

As well as being the front man of the prolific music group, CALLA, Aurelio Trinidad Valle is an established visual artist who has been included in many New York City group shows over the years, as well as curating them. He came up with the idea of creating a self-funded label and art outlet after looking for more interesting ways to release music and artwork to the fans, outside of dealing with labels and the monotonous structures of the music industry. The purpose of this venture is to raise money for one cohesive project where Aurelio can create original, one of a kind art. Many pieces will be specifically commissioned by the donor and this will be a unique opportunity for people to purchase Aurelio's work and give to charity. In addition, getting a finished album when it is done will be an added bonus. For example, for a donation of $20, you receive high quality digital downloads of the soundtrack for Zarte Parasiten (Tender Parasites) a score to a 2010 German film by Aurelio, as well as the new album (once completed). At the other end of the scale, for a $1000 donation, the donor will receive commissioned original artwork by Aurelio, created on flat canvas, sized up to 5' x 6', a limited edition silk-screened T-shirt with an original design, your name in the liner notes of the album as well as your name mentioned in the video diary credits. Also included, a DVD of the video diary and choice of vinyl or CD version of the new album with autographed hand silk-screened sleeve, plus a high quality digital download of the score for the film Tender Parasites (Zarte Parasiten).

In addition to his art, Aurelio has been busy working on soundtracks, including, most recently, the soundtrack/score for the German film Tender Parasites, for which he received a nomination from the German Film Academy (Deutscher Filmpreis) for Best Score. You can stream a song here: http://www.zarteparasiten.de/synopsis.htm .This song was written for Nina Persson of The Cardigans and will be featured on the new album.

Go to the fundraiser site here: www.AurelioValleProject.com

A Brief History:
Aurelio Trinidad Valle formed CALLA along with Wayne Magruder and Sean Donovan in 1997, adding Peter Gannon in 2003. CALLA's self-titled debut in1999 pried apart traditional song structures and reconfigured the components into subtly apocalyptic, cinematic pieces, at times evoking electronically processed Ennio Morricone soundscapes. At this time, Michael Gira signed the group to his label, Young God Records. The band's second album “SCAVENGERS” displayed a familiar atmospheric minimalist sensibility. CALLA’s third album “TELEVISE”, produced by Chris Zane (The Walkmen, Passion Pit) solidified the band’s jagged rustic indie pop sound. CALLA, with producer Chris Zane and additional mixing by Victor Van Vught (Nick Cave, PJ Harvey), recorded their fourth record, "COLLISIONS", which was released on Beggars Banquet in late 2005 to critical acclaim. Their fifth and final offering for Beggars was written and recorded in Italy, Greece and Russia with final recordings and mixes being completed in Austin, Texas and released in 2006.

Valle also scored the 2004 feature film “Egoshooter” directed by Oliver Schwabe and Christian Becker, produced by Wim Wenders and in 2005, CALLA scored the feature film “Satellite for Jeff Winner produced by Gigantic Pictures. In 2008 Valle scored the short film “Vamonos”, directed by Maurice Compte which aired on Showtime. The following year the CALLA song “Fear of Fireflies” was featured in the documentary “Fireflies” directed by Gili Meisler. That same year, Valle scored the German feature film “Zarte Parasiten” directed by Oliver Schwabe and Christian Becker. In 2011, the original score for "Zarte Parasiten" received a nomination for the German Film Academy Award (Deutscher Filmpreis).
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Giorgio Moroder "METROPOLIS"

Giorgio Moroder's "METROPOLIS"!
(brand-new HD restoration!)

October 7th - October 11th

The legendary rockin’ alternate version of Fritz Lang’s silent sci-fi classic, on the big screen for the first time in almost thirty years! In 1981, electronic music pioneer/three-time Oscar-winning composer Giorgio Moroder began a years-long endeavor to restore Metropolis, the very first attempt since the film’s original 1920s release. During the process, Moroder gave the film a controversial new score, which included pop songs from some of the biggest stars of the early MTV era (Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, Jon Anderson and more!) Missing footage was also re-edited back into the film, intertitles were removed and replaced with subtitles, and sound effects/color tinting were added, creating an all new experience, and an all-new film. But for more than a quarter century, Moroder’s Metropolis has remained out of circulation, until now. Utilizing one of the few remaining prints available, Kino Lorber has created a brand-new HD transfer in the best possible quality — just as it was seen in its August 1984 release!

Dir. Fritz Lang, 1927/1984, HD presentation, 82 min.


OCT 7th: 7:45pm

OCT 8th: 3:00pm, 5:15pm, 7:30pm

OCT 9th: 3:00pm, 5:15pm, 10:45pm

OCT 10th: 5:15pm

OCT 11th: 7:30pm, 9:45pm

Tickets For All Screenings - $10 / free for members

Watch the trailer for Giorgio Moroder's "METROPOLIS", and get more info on ticketing!

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Hugh Cornwell: US Tour




Tuesday 18 Oct - Bronson Bar, LA - CANCELED

Friday 21 Oct - Rockville, MD Robert E. Parilla PAC - Montgomery College
Saturday 22 Oct - Long Branch, NJ Brighton Bar
Sunday 23 Oct - Bordentown, NJ The Record Collector
Tuesday 25 Oct - Fall River, MA Narrows Center for the Arts
Wednesday 26 - New York, NY Mercury Lounge EARLY SHOW
Thursday 27 Oct - Boston, MA Church of Boston
Friday 28 Oct - Rochester, NY Lovin Cup Brews and Bistro
Saturday 29 Oct - Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Sunday 30 Oct - Toledo, OH Frankies
Monday 31 Oct - Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club

Former Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell hits the road this October for a series of East Coast dates. The 90 minute set will feature classic solo material, including the acclaimed free to download ‘Hooverdam’ and a collection of Stranglers epic hits. The three piece band features Hugh Cornwell on guitar/vocals, Steve Fishman on bass/vocals and Clem Burke (Blondie) on drums.

Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK's finest songwriting talents and accomplished live performers - the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in The Stranglers, he enjoyed massive UK and European success with ten hit albums and twenty one Top Forty singles, etching himself into the UK and Europe’s musical psyche with songs such as 'Peaches', 'No More Heroes', 'Golden Brown', 'Always the Sun', 'Grip', 'Nice N Sleazy', 'Duchess' and 'No Mercy'. One of the biggest hits, 'Golden Brown', saw renewed popularity when it was featured in Guy Ritchie's blockbuster, 'Snatch', as did ‘Peaches’ when It was played in its entirety through the opening sequence of ‘Sexy Beast’.

Hugh has released eight solo albums, most recently the acclaimed 'Hooverdam', produced and mixed in ToeRag Studios by Liam Watson, (known for the Grammy winning White Stripes’ album 'Elephant'). 'Hooverdam' is available as a high-quality free download in twelve languages from Hugh's website at www.hughcornwell.com bringing his music free to the world's population. The release is a triple-sleeved digipak, featuring both studio CD and full length live studio performance DVD in one exclusive package, as well as being available on vinyl. With the free download, Cornwell breaks new ground and proves once again to be a unique force in British music.

Cornwell will record his next album, 'Totem and Taboo', in Chicago at Electrical Studios with Steve Albini in December.

"Consistently excellent." Philadelphia Weekly

“Hooverdam is a cousin to Lou Reed's storming 1988 LP, New York. A very coherent album with a timeless quality” Record Collector

“He remains a hugely popular and prolific performer who’s songwriting retains its fiery eloquence and whose gigs still crackle with electricity” Classic Rock

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Alessi's Ark @ Troubadour

Alessi's Ark is playing at the Troubadour tonight Sept 20th 830pm, with Laura Marling.
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James Blake @ Music Box

James Blake is playing the Henry Fonda Music Box tonight, Sept 19th.
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Black Box Revelation: US Tour


Scuzzy guitars, crashing drums, unabashed energy and depth of soul collide in the music from Black Box Revelation. Already making waves overseas, this Belgian duo prepare their first US release, Shiver of Joy (EP), and plot US tour dates with Meat Puppets and The Morning After Girls.

Shiver of Joy (EP) features two new B-sides from Black Box Revelation's upcoming US debut LP, My Perception, and two tracks from each of the critically acclaimed European releases Silver Threats and Set Your Head On Fire. For a preview of what to expect from the EP, full length album and live show, download EP track "Shiver of Joy" and stream the entire release at their Facebook page.

On tour w/ The Morning After Girls ^^ ( Sept 19 - Oct 18)
On tour w/ Meat Puppets * ( Nov 6 - Nov 13 )
  • Sept 19 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ ^^
  • Sept 20 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA ^^
  • Sept 21 - DC9 - Washington, DC ^^
  • Sept 22 - Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD ^^
  • Sept 24 - Instant Pleasure Psych Fest / Strange Matter - Richmond, VA ^^
  • Sept 25 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC ^^
  • Sept 26 - Tin Roof - Charleston, SC ^^
  • Sept 27 - The Basement - Atlanta, GA ^^
  • Sept 28 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX ^^
  • Oct 1 - The ND - Austin, TX ^^
  • Oct 5 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA ^^
  • Oct 6 - Culture Collide - Los Angeles, CA ^^
  • Oct 7 - Culture Collide - Los Angeles, CA ^^
  • Oct 8 - Kimo's - San Francisco, CA ^^
  • Oct 11 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO ^^
  • Oct 12 - The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO ^^
  • Oct 14 - Club Garibaldi's - Milwaukee, WI ^^
  • Oct 16 - Double Door - Chicago, IL ^^
  • Oct 17 - Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH ^^
  • Oct 18 - Small's Bar - Hamtramck, MI ^^
  • Nov 6 - Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ *
  • Nov 8 - Musica - Akron, OH *
  • Nov 9 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI *
  • Nov 10 - The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI *
  • Nov 11 - Double Door - Chicago, IL *
  • Nov 12 - Turf Club - St Paul, MN *
  • Nov 13 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA *


Combining Beatles-meets-Kinks British invasion pop with haunting melodies, pounding blues, thick ambience and driving beats, Black Box Revelation plot their foreign invasion. Check out how much noise two fellas can make in a live performance of "High On A Wire".

For a preview of what to expect from Black Box Revelation check out a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of My Perception.

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FIX: The Ministry Movie

Fix Poster

Warts-and-All Documentary is a Twisted, Paranoid, Humorous Look at Life on the Road and Backstage with Al Jourgensen
on Ministry’s 1996’s ‘Sphinctour’

Featuring Appearance By Members of Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Korn, Motörhead, Melvins, The Jesus Lizard, Dead Kennedys, Skinny Puppy, Amen

LOS ANGELES, CA (MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2011) – Gigantic Pictures announced today that Fix: The Ministry Movie (http://fixtheministrymovie.com/), a documentary film about the scariest and most extreme band ever, is confirmed to screen at the CMJ Music Festival on October 19, 2011. Directed by Douglas Freel, this screening tells the tale from the bands 1996 “Sphinctour” as a both cautionary tale and an insider’s look at life on the road with the most excessive and creative industrial band of all-time.
Ministry founder Al Jourgensen along with Paul Barker and the guys they played with, paid the price, took no prisoners and along the way became the most influential Industrial bands ever. Fix: The Ministry Movie is a backstage look at one of music’s most intelligent, creative violent and independent bands of the nineties. Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor, Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys and Jonathan Davis of Korn are just a few of the musicians who give firsthand accounts of how Jourgensen and company changed all the rules, and became as revered for the intensity of their convictions as for their musical output.

Upcoming screening include:
09/23 - 29@ The Clinton St. Theater, Portland, OR
09/28 @ The Regent Theatre, Boston, MA
10/03 @ The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
10/19 @ CMJ - Chelsea Theater, New York, NY @ 9:30p

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Neon Indian: US Tour

Neon Indian launches Fall tour, added to Moogfest, plus more dates w/ Purity Ring & Com Truise added

VIDEO: "Polish Girl" Live on Fallon -


VIDEO: "Polish Girl" (Dir. by Tim Nackashi) -


Neon Indian photo by Ben Rayner

Neon Indian released its sophomore LP, Era Extraña, a mere six days ago -- in those past six days the band premiered the first official music video from the album, "Polish Girl," a collaboration with The Creator's Project that was directed by Tim Nackashi. The band took elements of the music video to late night TV last Weds. night when they performed "Polish Girl" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The album is avail. on iTunes at the discounted price of $7.99 now and the deluxe edition package, which includes the PAL198X is nearly sold out. The band also launched its fall tour last Thurs. night in Philadelphia and has been added to the line-up for this year's Moogfest. The tour continues tonight in Atlanta, GA.

Neon Indian is the brainchild of Alan Palomo, who's 2009 debut record Psychic Chasms not only earned the 20 year-old a spot on numerous year-end lists, but assisted the forming of a genre that, though known by a few names now (hypnagogic pop, glo-fi, chillwave), summoned a very unique and specific electro-mangled sound. Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and SPIN all praised Palomo for his adventurous new sound, and he was tapped to perform at top festivals like South by Southwest, Bonnaroo, and Sasquatch and also scored opening slots for bands ranging from Massive Attack and The Flaming Lips to Phoenix and Chromeo. Written and recorded last winter in an efficiency apartment in Helsinki, Finland during its short solstice days, Era Extraña was ice sculpted from arpeggiated synth-scapes and scribbled journal entries made during his stint there alone in constant solitude. "It's the closest you can get to feeling like you're at the edge of the earth," he says. "And there were moments where I lost sight of what I was really there to do." Era Extraña was released on September 13th on Palomo's own Static Tongues imprint in conjunction with Mom + Pop Music in the United States, Transgressive Records in the United Kingdom and Europe, Dine Alone in Canada, Arts&Crafts in Mexico, Pop Frenzy/Inertia in Australia and Big Nothing Records in Japan.

"Rather than the deeply submerged sounds of its debut - which drew the attention of the Flaming Lips, who tapped the band for a collaborative EP - Mr. Palomo is taking the same milky synths and putting them to use in pop that's crisp and ecstatic." - The New York Times


9/19 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *

9/20 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree *

9/21 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *

9/22 Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds *

9/23 Austin, TX - The Mohawk*

9/24 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater*

9/26 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress*

9/27 San Diego, CA - Belly Up Tavern *

9/30 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *^

10/1 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop * ^

10/3 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *^

10/4 Vancouver, BC - Venue *^

10/5 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe *^

10/7 Boise, ID - Reef * ^

10/8 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge * ^

10/10 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater *^

10/12 Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar * ^

10/13 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry * ^

10/14 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall * ^

10/15 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop * ^

10/16 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick * ^

10/18 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace * ^

10/19 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *

10/20 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall ^

10/21 New York, NY - Webster Hall *^

10/30 Asheville, NC - Moogfest

11/05 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

12/01 Miami, FL - Bardot Miami

12/31 Dallas, TX - Lights All Night Fest

* = w/ Com Truise

^ = w/ Purity Ring

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