latest on shows, releases, events, and lotsa whatever...
Nicholas of the dance duo the
Nicholas Brothers passed away at 91 yesterday. If you’ve
(1943) or any of the other documentation of the siblings’
routines, you know that their work was creative, adventurous, and
one of the more interesting major label bands in the last decade
or so, has announced their breakup. Their final album Just Like
the Fambly Cat will be released on V2 early this yer.
SPECTOR LAWYERS ATTEMPT
TO BLOCK DEPOSITION RELEASE
Spector's deposition testimony with his former attorney,
Robert Shapiro, will be released to prosecutors in his murder case
– against the protests of Spector’s team. Would ya look
at that hair?
CANADIAN MUSIC CORP
FIGHTS THE RIAA
Music Group is battling the RIAA on behalf of downloaders.
SHARKEY ASKS GOVT FOR PRACTICE SPACES
Sharkey of The
Undertones, currently chairman of the UK’s Live
Music Forum, has requested that every city council in England and
Wales to convert unused property into rehearsal spaces… And
don’t forget to put start pressing Brooklyn while you’re
at it Mr. Sharkey
co-founder and bassist Gerry Casale has gotten together a new group.
Devo 2.0, a band consisting of five adolescents, is on Disney and
is set to play Devo in malls all over.
JAY-Z TALKS CONFLICT
discusses his reconciliation with Nas
and his conflict with Cam’ron.
NINA SIMONE'S DAUGHTER
Simone’s daughter, Simone, will be performing at Town Hall
on April 21to pay tribute to her mother on the third anniversary
of her death. Entitled “Live At Town Hall: A Tribute To Nina
Simone's Historic 1959 Town Hall Performance,” Simone will
appear with Al Schackman and the original Nina Simone Band - performing
much of the music from her mother’s legendary 1959 concert.
LOOKS INTO PORTABLE MEDIA AND HEARING LOSS
Democratic representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts
Democrat asked the National Institutes of Health to look into whether
portable listening devices (iPods, etc.) cause hearing loss. Huh?
Megadeth is having an online contest to redesign their mascot –
Vic Rattlehead. If you win they give you a guitar.
ICTUS RECORDS THIRTIETH
Records' is releasing a twelve-CD box set to celebrate its thirtieth
anniversary. It will include Steve Lacy, Derek Bailey, John Zorn,
HAPPY B-DAY KRAKY
Krako, formerly of DC food-rock act The Snacks turns 27 today!
NICK CAVE WRITES SCREENPLAY
The screenplay for the upcoming Australian Western The
Proposition, debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, was written
by none-other than Nick
Cave. The story is set in 1880s Australia and revolves
around the existential dilemma of whether or not a bounty hunter
should kill his older brother or see his younger brother hanged.
THE SENATE LOOKS INTO
THE END OF "FAIR USE"
new MPAA/RIAA-sponsored bill is floating around the Senate attempting
to regulate new technology and eliminate “fair use”
as we know it forever. This is pretty serious stuff...
A-HOLE BILL WANTS
TO PROBE YOUR COMPUTER
The entertainment industry has proposed the Analog Hole
bill - which would require a VEIL watermarking technology detector
in any device that converts analog signals to digital (i.e. iPods,
PCs, etc.) . So each time a digital recording is attempted, the
VEIL watermark would provide information about whether or not the
recording will be permitted. I wonder if we should worry…
AHOY! EUROPEAN ANTI-WAREZ
STING OPERATION BATTLES PIRATES
in a joint action by the entertainment industry and local police
to thwart piracy, local police and the entertainment industry raided
over three-hundred homes and offices to shut down top warez providers.
They wound up confiscating twenty servers and making about thirty
arrests. The action, by GVU (translated to German Federation Against
Copyright Theft), took place in Germany, Austria, Holland, Poland
and the Czech Republic.
BIXA, JARBOE, AND
HOW TO DESTROY THE UNIVERSE
The scattered remains of the
old industrial world coalesce tonight in the first date of the How
to Destroy the Universe West Coast-only tour. Performers include
Living Jarboe, F-Space,
Red Sparowes, Sixteens, Soriah, Sub Arachnoid Space, The Centemeters
Wldteufel, Black Ice, Scott Arford, Synchronicity Frequency, and
and, for the Los Angeles show only, a Savage
Motown Center in Detroit was
demolished yesterday to make room for a Super Bowl parking lot.
The label’s headquarters took up residency on this spot
until it was abandoned in 1972.
HAIL! HAIL! CHUCK
BERRY OUT-TAKES AND EXTRA FOOTAGE
is releasing a deluxe DVD edition of the Keith
Berry documentary Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll. The collection
will be available in both two and four-disc editions with all kinds
of new footage. I can’t wait…
NME LOCATES THE UK'S
TOP MUSICAL PRODUCTS OF ALL TIME - EVER
Stone Roses' 1989 self-titled debut album has been
voted the best British album of all time by NME's writers. The top
ten also includes Oasis,
Monkeys, and The Libertines.
Ane remember, this isn't "of the last fifteen or twenty years"
- it's "of all time." Somebody please give these well-respected
tastemakers some guidance…
JOHN CALE PRODUCES
NEW ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO RECORD
Cale just produced the first Alejandro
Escovedo solo album since 2000. The record, entitled
The Boxing Mirror, is due out on n May 2 on Backporch Records.
NEW FLAMING LIPS MP3
Flaming Lips’ upcoming album, At War With The
Mystics, is now available online.
QUASI AND FRIDMANN
pop duo Quasi,
with Sam Coomes and Sleater-Kinney’s
Janet Weiss just finished mixing a new record with one of the best
producers going, Dave
Fridmann. It is entitled When The Going Gets Dark.
GRAM PARSONS EXHIBITION
Harmony Gallery just opened a new show consisting exclusively of
Parsons photographs. Thanks Matt.
CAM'RON V JAY-Z -
In the big rap soap opera that
currently features Cam'ron
Cam'ron staged a press conference at Tribecca Center to publicly
share his beef with Jay-Z. He also took the opportunity to show
his gun-shot wounds and brag about facing prison for not cooperating
with DC police in the case of his shooting. Let’s see –
a media brawl with the world’s top rapper, bullet wounds,
and a defiant stance against cops – I see dollar signs in
VILLAGE PEOPLE COP
GET'S TAKEN IN
Willis, the Village
People’s policeman and lead vocalist is being
charged with missing a hearing for drug and gun charges.
PHILLY RAPPER CONVICTED
Philadelphia rapper Cassidy,
AKA Barry Reese, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated
Congratulations to those of you still holding on to that cheese-metal-is
cool-and-ironic-thing – your boys Motley
Cru just got their own Hollywood Star.
THE KING'S NEW CLOTHES
Jackson was caught publically masquerading in traditional
Arab woman’s attire. Wearing an abaya and a black veil, Jackson
also had his children wear similar dress. But what the hat, they
were on their way to a shopping mall in Bahrain. God bless ‘im..
LEGENDS OF JAZZ
BACK AFTER FOURTY YEARS
Legends of Jazz was a landmark show that
went off the air in the 1960s that will return on American Public
Television in April with a Ramsey
Lewis special. The first season will include thirteen
episodes which will include Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Al Jarreau,
Dave Brubeck, Dr. Billy Taylor, David Sanborn, Phil Woods, Pat Metheny,
Jim Hall, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Lee Ritenour, Clark Terry,
Roy Hargrove, Chris Botti, Ivan Lins, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto,
Dave Valentin, Keb Mo, Robert Cray, Jane Monheit, John Pizzarelli,
Kurt Elling, Benny Golson, Chris Potter, Joey DeFrancesco, and Dr.
Lonnie Smith. Not adventurous by any means, but certainly legendary.
AOL LAUNCHES GAY SITE
Music for the GLBT Community, is the new AOL Music
site which will feature "the gay and lesbian artists we love."
They will also include music that has "a strong 'LGB' fan base.'"
The one online now (g-head, look) asks the question, "What
do lipstick lesbians, randy rock boys and great danes have in common?
They're all turned on by the Strokes' delicious 'Juice Box.'"
WEEZER TO PLAY VELVET
Can you picture
It looks like
play the Velvet
Underground in the new Edie Sedgewick film Factory
Girl. Apparently they also re-recorded “Heroine.”
I guess Leo Dicaprio got to play Jim
Carroll – but we didn’t have to hear him
sing “People Who Died.” Pardon me while I get up and
TOM WAITS WINS BIG
Waits just won a settlement in Spain against Volkswagen-Audi
(VAESA) for using his voice and impersonating one of his songs.
Commenting on the song in question, "Innocent When You Dream"
from Frank's Wild Years, Anti quotes Waits as saying, "Now
they understand the words to the song better... It wasn't ‘Innocent
When You Scheme’ it was ‘Innocent When You Dream’.”
Anti claims that this is the first instance that writers and authors'
personalities and reputations have been protected in a Spanish court.
1989 DR JOHN PERFORMANCE
The upcoming Dr.
John live album Right Place, Right Time: Live At
Tipitina's Mardi Gras '89 promises to live up to its title
as it was recorded at Tipitina's during Mardi Gras 1989. It will
be released on Dr. John's Skinji Brim imprint on March 14.
THIS HEAT BOX ON THE
Heat, one of the most interesting bands of the post-punk
era, has a new box set on the way to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary
of their first show. The Box, as it will be known, will
not only contain all five of their LPs plus some bonus material,
but also photos, interviews, and memorabilia. Yay!
NEW FLAMING LIPS LP
The Flaming Lips have announced the upcoming
release of a new album At War With The Mystics due out
in April. It's always quite an event - I don't know if any other
band has kept my attention for twenty years straight.
JANETTE CARTER PASSES
wisth that less of the news had to be bad news - but Janette Carter,
the last surviving child of The Carter Family died on Sunday at
the age of 82. The daughter of AP and Sarah Carter, Jannette continued
to keep their legacy alive by performing Carter Family songs live
up until her death at The
Carter Fold (The Carter Family Music Center) in Hilton,
VA. This marks the end of an era.
News and Obits:
Carter Family Fold
About The Carter
SXSW ANNOUNCES MOST
South by Southwest has posted the first 1000 bands for
their line-up in March and thusfar it looks like a who's who of
everything. You can also look for NYNT associates Vietnam, Cause
for Applause, Viva l'American Death Ray Music, and Kid Congo and
the Pink Monkey Birds. Go here
for the complete list.
SCOTT WALKER IS BACK!
Walker is making his first new record since 1995's
beautiful and unusual Tilt. It's to be called The
JIMMY SCOTT (NO WALKER)
Jimmy Scott's doing a week at the Iridium
and a few other dates! He's eighty-years-old and still going strong
- and one of the top vocal stylists of all time to boot. Tickets
just went on sale.
BOB WEINSTOCK PASSED
AWAY AT 77
Billboard announced yesterday that Bob
Weinstock, the owner of Prestige
records died last week at the age of 1977. Weinstock and his indie
label provided America with some of its most significant cultural
treasures. Prestige of course was the label responsible for putting
out so much of those great Monk,
records - heck, they even released a little bit of Moondog.
You should read up a bit more on this impotant man and his amazing
About Jazz 12/18
WILSON PICKETT PASSES
AWAY AT 64
is with great sadness that I inform those of you that don't know
that the very "Wicked" Wilson
Pickett passed away yesterday. With out a doubt one
of the A-list soul men of all-time, Mr. Pickett will obviously live
in all of our hearts, jukeboxes, and dance floors for a long time
to come. While many of you are perhaps familiar with his work at
Muscle Shoals, you also should check out his doo-wop-y R&B band
- who are also occasionally credited with the first "soul"
record (whatever that means - I made the first rock'n'roll record
- dontcha know?), The
Falcons - because they really smoked. Wilson might
just become the first wicked man in heaven and will be missed. Here're
The Guardian UK
GRIS GRIS HITS THE
Gris, one of the best psychedelic bands going, is hitting
the road! Anyone who's seen 'em live knows this is a cause for mind-melting
celebration. They're also not so bad in the studio. You can read
NYNT's review by Vietnam's Ivan
It looks like they're going everywhere - including SXSW.
You can keep up with 'em via their
tour diary. Watch out!
NEW MAKE-UP LIVE RECORD!
More good news - Make-Up
are releasing a live album. Recorded at an old Black Cat show, the
album will be titled Untouchable Sound - Live!. It should
show up on Sea Note/Drag
City at the end of February. If you haven't you definitely
need to check out Ian and Michelle's current group Weird
TO RELEASE A NEW STUDIO ONE SERIES
On January 24, Heartbeat
is kicking off a series of comprehensive Studio one tracks. Studio
One owner Clement
S. “Coxsone” Dodd was running a record
store and distribution business out of Brooklyn until his death
last year. The first issues are The Best of Studio One,
Full Up: More Hits from Studio One, and Downbeat the
Ruler: Killer Instrumentals from Studio One. Then, on February
14, Bob Marley and the Wailers, One Love at Studio One.
The label is going to keep 'em coming regularly and that can only
mean a better world in general. Do ya feel fortunate?
© New York
Night Train , 2006