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Atoms for Peace Stop By Daily Show For Interview & Performance In Advance of US Leg of World Tour

Posted by Billyjam, September 26, 2013 10:40am | Post a Comment
Atoms for Peace "Default" (live on The Daily Show, 9/15/13)

Atoms for Peace fans as well as fans of Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were in for a treat last night when the group formed by Thom Yorke with Flea on bass stopped by the Daily Show on Comedy Central last night for both an interview and performance in which they did killer sounding live versions of the songs tracks "Default" (latest single off the band's current album Amok that was released back in February of this year by XL Recordings and for which the current tour is in support of), and "Harrowdown Hill" (off Thom Yorke's solo album The Eraser from 2006, also on XL). Last night's performance was the first US set by the side-project supergroup originally formed four years ago in LA when they performed publicly for the very first time at the Echoplex in Los Angeles in early October, 2009.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #3: Concerts, Daily Show & Colbert tix, 5Pointz Graffiti Mecca, Nuyorican Cafe + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 10, 2012 05:04pm | Post a Comment

5Pointz graffiti mecca, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Morrissey, and other concerts in NYC this weekend, last minute tickets to television show tapings of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report, old NYC vs. new NYC, free boat ride of NY Harbor, and NYC-themed music videos by Ryan Adams and B.o.B. are among the items covered in this third installment in the New York State of Mind. This is the new Amoeblog series in which I report, from a New York City perspective, on music and other entertainment and happenings in the Big Apple in what is a kind of weekly NYC music/entertaiment report meets budget travel guide.

This week, as the NY Fall weather makes itself increasingly evident, there are hardly any outdoor events as compared to just a month ago. Public spaces such as the wonderful Governors Island in the harbor south of the lower tip of Manhattan and across from Brooklyn. It reopens in May of 2013 and is an amazing space with park areas and art exhibits that are all free with free ferry service to and from. But the closure of most outdoor spaces and events that raged all summer long in NYC merely means that the fun happenings have moved indoors.

Speaking of which, concerts this upcoming week in NYC include Morrissey at Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday (Oct 12 + 13) with Kristeen Young opening, The Mountain Goats at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday (Oct 15) with Matthew E White opening, and Natureboy, Heart of Hearts, Easy Lover, and Sick Din all on a bill on Saturday (Oct 13) at the wonderful funky basement performance space of LES (Lower East Side) spot the Cake Shop, which recently faced danger of extinction but was save thanks to fan support.

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YouTube Hurting Stand-Up Comics, Battle DJs, & Other Artists

Posted by Billyjam, August 9, 2012 05:05am | Post a Comment
Thanks to the oft-quoted 1979 Buggles hit, we all know that "Video killed the Radio Star"  but increasingly YouTube is killing, or at least significantly hurting, the careers of many contemporary artists including battle DJs, musicians, and stand up comics. This was addressed by Chris Rock on last night's The Daily Show. During Wednesday night's interview with Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central show, the comedian/actor (on to promote his new movie 2 Days in New York) talked about how difficult the stand-up comedy area of his career is these days. The increasing problem, he said, is due to the proliferation of video recording devices that feature easy and instant upload to YouTube that fans abuse when he is testing new material. "It's hard to go to the clubs because people [video] tape your sh*t all the time, and before it's ready," said Rock clearly frustrated. "I don't mind if I'm at Madison Square Garden or somewhere and people want to tape it, but I'm at The Cellar working on a bit and it ain't ready. Then it's on YouTube!"

Rock's criticism of YouTube has been echoed by many other artists including musicians who are still working out the kinks in new material only to discover that unfinished, unperfected, and unauthorized live versions of songs have been uploaded to YouTube.

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