September 27, 2013
By Jenn Pelly and Amy Phillips / Pitchfork
Following Arcade Fire’s September 28 appearance as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live”, NBC will air a 30-minute concert special from the band. Today, the band’s booking agency, Billions, finally confirmed this special, which had been heavily rumored and teased by the band. [...]
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August 14, 2013
From The Daily Swarm
Most people who try to get to the bottom of punks origin have one of two ideas: New York or London. However, they would be remiss to overlook Los Saicos, the Peruvian proto-punk band who got their start in the ’60s, making national television appearances and inspiring ground-floor rock’n’rollers before Joey Ramone put on a leather jacket.
Of course, one the good folks at Noisey caught wind of the seminal group, they couldn’t help themselves. They put together this awesome mini-doc to explore the unknown origins of punk rock. [...]
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August 7, 2013
By Bram Teitelman / Metal Insider
What is this that stands before me? Starting on September 20th, it’ll be a 3D maze inspired by Black Sabbath that will terrify Los Angeles attendees to the Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. The attraction promises to bring Black Sabbath songs to life, meaning there will probably be an Iron Man chasing you around at some point. Or like a pig with a machine gun or something. [...]
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July 31, 2013
By Lena Lecaro / LA Weekly
Joan Marie Larkin got her first guitar when she 13. The Philly-born, Cali-bred musician, known as Joan Jett, was born to rock, and her first band, The Runways, continues to inspire legions of young girls to jump on stage.
Her solo career — highlighted by I Love Rock n’ Roll with The Blackhearts — showed a successful woman in the music business breaking barriers while maintaining a DIY spirit.
With a forthcoming new record and August 1 recognition by the 2013 Sunset Strip Musical Festival (she’s its first female honoree), Jett’s still a badass.
August 1 is Joan Jett day in West Hollywood. What does all this mean to you?
I grew up on the strip, played there and for a while lived just off of it. It’s definitely a big part of my life in a lot of ways. It was tough you know. It was a lot of fun but it was difficult on some levels to be taken seriously. So, to come sort of full circle, it’s kind of humbling and definitely a real honor. [...]
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July 24, 2013
By Neil Shaw / The Wall Street Journal
As investments go, fine art and precious metals are nice. But Craig Kallman prefers vinyl.
Crammed into 14 rooms at a climate-controlled Manhattan warehouse where auctioneers including Sotheby’s store art, and in the Upper East Side apartment he shares with his wife, Isabel, and their 10-year-old son, Mr. Kallman has about 750,000 records, 100,000 compact discs, and 1,000 rock T-shirts (alphabetized, so he can find AC/DC or ZZ Top quickly). Not to mention a smattering of Beatles lunchboxes, Blondie store displays and KISS trash cans.
Mr. Kallman, the 48-year-old chief executive of Atlantic Records, may be the world’s leading investor in rare records and the associated odds and ends of rock ‘n’ roll culture.
While global financial markets are volatile and savings accounts yield next to nothing, Mr. Kallman continues putting his money in music. A 1977 vinyl single by the Sex Pistols that Mr. Kallman bought 15 years ago for $1,000 would now fetch around $12,000, according to popsike.com, which publishes rare-records auction results. But most of his assets don’t appreciate as much as he appreciates them—like his oversize belt buckles from Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd or the sneering posters of the Clash, which serve as wallpaper in Mr. Kallman’s “punk” bathroom. [...]
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July 11, 2013
By Henry Rollins / LA Weekly
This list is in no particular order. Lists like these often get confusing because they beg the question, what is Punk? Could Wire, also be considered Post Punk? Where do you put bands like PIL, Joy Division, Television, Patti Smith, Suicide, and Killing Joke? What about Gang of Four, 999 and the Banshees?
For me, as a lean definition, I go by the classic UK 1977 graduating class, Pistols, Clash, etc., and go from there. Beyond that, there were a lot of great Punk Rock bands who never made full albums. The Machines, The Killjoys, Some Chicken, and countless others. So many great bands and great records in this genre and the surrounding/resulting genres. Best bet is just to get the music playing for as long as possible. [...]
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July 1, 2013
By Emily Vatow / Billboard
The Pixies will kick off the first leg of a world tour in Paris on Sept. 29. On Friday the band graced fans with “Bagboy”, the first new song from the group since 2004. The Paris date will also mark the first time that the band will be playing with new bassist, Kim Shattuck. Earlier this month Kim Deal, the group’s co-founder, announced that she was leaving the band. Shattuck played bass with Los Angeles based punk girl group The Pandoras throughout the mid-eighties and later founded the indie rock band The Muffs. [...]
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June 20, 2013
By Murray Weiss / DFAinfo New York
The Mafia can be vicious — as in Sid Vicious.
Secret mob tapes obtained by “On The Inside” that are part of the case against Carmine “Papa Smurf” Franco contain a handful of hoods extolling the virtues of the Sex Pistols, the legendary punk rock band from the 1970s.
“One of the best rock albums ever f—in’ made,” a Genovese Crime Family associate is heard to say about “Never Mind the Bollocks.”
“You got that right, man,” another hood replies in a conversation recorded by a sanitation businessman wearing a wire for the FB I. “You absolutely got that right.” [...]
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June 17, 2013
Last week, on a rooftop in New York City, the band recorded an acoustic performance of ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ – and dedicated it to democracy in Iran.
The track is part of ONE’s campaign to harness the power of protest songs to demand action against extreme poverty at the G8 summit.
Remember the amazing reaction to Sunday Bloody Sunday on the 360 tour? Every night it went out in support of the Green Movement that sprang from the 2009/10 Iran elections. The response from across the world – including in Iran – was phenomenal.
As the 2013 elections approached, the band were asked by Iranian human rights activists to contribute their music again. As Bono says, at the beginning of the performance, ‘Greetings from New York City to the good people of Iran…‘ [...]
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June 10, 2013
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By Clyde Smith / Hypebot
Canadian musician Amanda Zelina, known by her stagename The Coppertone, is using crowdfunding to buy back rights to her music from her former record label. Titling the campaign “Help Free The Coppertone,” Zelina frames it in terms of a personal commitment to integrity and the call to “Claim Yourself.” Zelina’s campaign is also symbolic of the power of crowdfunding to help musicians take control of their careers with the support of their fans.
In her pitch video, campaign introduction and email to supporters, Amanda Zelina briefly states that she worked really hard on her craft for many years and then signed an unfair record deal. She says she now realizes she made a mistake and wants to buy the rights to her music so she can move forward with integrity. [...]
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