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The Flaming Lips Prepare to Unleash Their "Bleak, Disturbing" New Album "The Terror"

Posted by Billyjam, April 4, 2013 09:15am | Post a Comment

The Flaming Lips performing "Look…The Sun Is Rising" - off their new album The Terror -
on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (4/3/13)

The Flaming Lips' new album The Terror dropped in the UK on Monday, two weeks ahead of its scheduled April 16th, 2013 Stateside street date. You can pre-order it now from Amoeba Music in both CD and double LP vinyl versions. 

The Terror is the band's 13th full-length album and was produced by the Lips' long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios. I recently got to hear the nine track release thanks to a label advance streaming of the album and have to say that I like it a lot and consider it their best work in years as it evokes a really powerful, hypnotically dark, grimy feel. "Bleak, disturbing" is how the band's own Wayne Coyne described the record, posing and answering his own question: "Why would we make this music that is The Terror?… I don't really want to know the answer that I think is coming. Maybe this is the beginning of the answer." Down in Austin at the recent SXSW festival, the band hosted two events includig a first-ever live performance of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robotsthe band's 2002 gold album, in its entirety. Reportedly, the show was filmed live by NPR for a future broadcast. For their other SXSW show, they performed the new album The Terror at the large scale Auditorium Shores venue where Jim James (of My Morning Jacket, who opened the show) joined the band on-stage for a charged version of "Do You Realize??". Last night in NYC, the band was on The Late Show with David Letterman to perform the new album track "Look…The Sun Is Rising" (video above), and over the next couple of months they are playing a handful of select US shows that will include a performance at the NorCal Bottle Rock Festival in Napa on May 10th. In the meantime, you can pre-order The Terror CD and/or The Terror double LP version.

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #11: Beard & Mustache Competition, Letterman Tix, Alicia Keys, Lennon Anniversary, The Coup + more

Posted by Billyjam, December 5, 2012 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Likelihood of a Billy Joel and Alicia Keys duet at the 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit, NY Beard and Mustache Competition open to both men and women, 32nd anniversary of John Lennon's murder expected to draw large crowds to Strawberry Fields, DJ legend Danny Krivit does a special holiday styled dance party for his long running 718 Sessions, Bay Area artists The Coup and DJ Shadow visit NYC this week, copping last minute tickets to The Late Show with David Letterman, a review of last weekend's 8-Ball Zine Fair, Cannibal Ox reunion, and an NYC-themed rap music video by Ja Rule are among the items covered in this installment in New York State of Mind - the weekly Amoeblog series in which I report, from a New York City perspective, on music and other entertainment and happenings in the Big Apple.

Open to both men and women, The 3rd Annual NYC Beard and Mustache Competition is happening this weekend in Williamsburg. Not to be confused with the equally popular 5th Annual Coney Island Beard and Mustache Competition that took place a few miles further out in the borough of Brooklyn (home to many a mustachioed fellow), this Saturday evening's event is being presented by the Gotham City Beard Alliance whose mission statement is "To promote tolerance and acceptance of all facial hair. The GCBA desires to help our local community, through donations from events planned by GCBA or volunteering at non-facial hair related events." At this weekend's GBCA event there will be a series of facial hair competitions that anyone can sign up for on the night. Just get to the venue by 6:30pm for the 7pm start time of the the three hour event. And note that the male leaning competition is not for men exclusively. Women are also encouraged to enter by making their own beard and mustache creations that will be judged in such categories as Most Realistic and Most Fantastic. Saturday, Dec 8th, 7pm at Warsaw: 261 Driggs Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Phone: 718-387-0505 Tickets and more info here. Club directions + general info here.

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Harvey Pekar of American Splendor Fame Dead at Age 70

Posted by Billyjam, July 12, 2010 01:39pm | Post a Comment

Harvey Pekar in one of his outspoken appearances on David Letterman's show

Harvey Pekar, the creator of the acclaimed autobiographical comic-book series American Splendor and the subject of the 2003 film of thHarvey Pekar American Splendore same name his work inspired, was found dead by his wife, Joyce Brabner, early this morning in their Cleveland, Ohio home. He was 70 years of age. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death. Pekar and Brabner wrote the book-length comic Our Cancer Year after Pekar was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1990 and consequently underwent an exhausting treatment for the disease.

In addition to his renowned comic book series, Pekar was also a jazz music and book critic, as well as an author of short stories. Pekar won wide exposure in the 1980's for his numerous guest spots on the Late NIght with David Letterman show on NBC, during which he constantly stirred up controversy for speaking his mind and often verbally denouncing the GE corporation, who owned the network Letterman was on. Eventually he was banned (temporarily) from the show. The above Letterman show clip contains some classic Pekar moments with the no-holds-barred Pekar speaking his mind.

But it is for American Splendor that Pekar will be always best remembered. In the brutally honest, autobiographical comic-book series, he portrayed himself, in his mundane everyday trials and tribulations, as a neurotic, anxiety-ridden, obsessive compulsive, far from glamorous, file clerk "from Off the StreeHarvey Pekar RIPts of Cleveland," as the comic's subtitle stated. In real life Pekar worked as a file clerk in the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Cleveland, where he found more than a little inspiration for his work, and continued working there up until his retirement in 2001.

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STEVIE NICKS SONG GETS NEW LEASE ON LIFE FROM KIDS @ PS22

Posted by Billyjam, May 21, 2009 09:34pm | Post a Comment
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Above is the wonderful recent version of the timeless Stevie NIcks/Fleetwood Mac song "Landslide" sung by the PS22 Chorus, which is a children's choir of about sixty kids from a New York City public elementary school. Since this video was posted on YouTube yesterday (May 20) by Agreggofsociety, who works with these kids and is seen/heard playing guitar in the piece, it has gotten close to 80,000 hits. And no wonder: it is hard not to be moved by the power of these young souls pouring their hearts into the song. Their hand and facial gestures alone just grab you.

Below is Stevie Nicks with Lindsey Buckingham singing "Landslide" on the Late Show with David Letterman twelve years ago when the song appeared on the live album The Dance. The original version can be found on the band's 1975 album Fleetwood Mac and to this day remains a favorite amongst both Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks fans as well as many other artists who have covered it over the years.