Sarah Flynn Benefit featuring Ted Leo

Sarah Flynn
See some great music and help out someone in need Tuesday at Rothko. spinART Records’ Sarah Flynn fell ill in November with a rare disorder known as Wegener’s disease. All proceeds from the following show will go towards helping her out with medical expenses:
Tuesday, January 25th @ Rothko

Performances by Ted Leo, Benzos, The Head Set, Apollo Sunshine, Chinese Stars, Countess Zatak featuring The Gill Scott-Heron Band and guest DJ James Murphy (DFA), this show promises to be one for the books.
Tickets are available now through Ticketweb for $15 adv/$20 day of show.
Rotko is located at 116 Suffolk Street (Corner of Rivington), Lower East Side, NYC. For directions and other information, please visit their web site.

Prepping for 2008, Spineless Hillary panders to the Religious Right

Exhibit A – Abortion(from drudge)
“Proposing new political language about abortion rights for an increasingly skittish Democratic Party, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that friends and foes on the issue should come together on “common ground” to reduce the number of “unwanted pregnancies” and ultimately abortions, which she called a “sad, even tragic choice to many, many women.”
Clinton, in a speech to about 1,000 abortion rights supporters at the state Capitol, firmly restated her support for Roe v. Wade.
But then she offered warm words to opponents of abortion and said that faith and organized religion were the “primary” reasons teenagers abstained from sexual relations.
Exhibit B – Faith Based Initiatives
“There is no contradiction between support for faith-based initiatives and upholding our constitutional principles,” said Clinton, a New York Democrat who often is mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2008. (read full Boston Globe article)

Enjoying your "Tax Cuts?"

From Reuters
The Bush administration plans to announce as early as Tuesday that it will seek about $80 billion in new funding for military operations this year in Iraq and Afghanistan, administration and congressional sources said on Monday.
The new supplemental budget request would come on top of the $25 billion in emergency spending already approved for the current fiscal year, and will push total 2005 funding for military operations and equipment close to a record $105 billion, the sources said on Monday.
Up to $650 million is expected to be included in the package to fund humanitarian aid, reconstruction efforts and military operations in Asian countries devastated by last month’s tsunami, congressional aides said.

Tainted Lady Lounge

We made a trip in the snow to The Tainted Lady Lounge last night. It’s located in the Southside of Williamsburg, east or Berry Street and between Driggs and Havemeyer—the new haven for the aging hipster crowd. The Tainted Lady Lounge is appropriately mellow and quaint. Every square inch of the joint is adorned with kitschy pin-ups and the bar is among the more relaxing and unassuming in the neighborhood. They have Guinness, Stella, Sierra Nevada, and Brooklyn Lager on tap and a full liquor bar.
What really surprised us was the food, since at first glance Tainted Lady seems like an unlikely place to grab a meal. I had the tofu steak and my friend selected the wild salmon. Both were very tasty and reminded us of an unpretentious home-cooked meal. The garlic mash potatoes were amazing and the service was very friendly. Swing by and check them out. Here’s the menu, slightly fucked up by the snow ball fight we had on the way home.
Bar & Restaurant
388 Grand Street @ Havemeyer
Brooklyn, New York

Kasabian Interview

Kasabian are one of the big bands of the past year from England. They have been compared to everyone from Stereolab to Stone Roses to Primal Scream. They had four hit singles, and their first album came out in Fall 2004 and sold over 250,000 copies. Their shows have all been sold out all over England in the past year. The rise of Kasabian has been fast. A year ago they were unknown. Now they have played a sold out show in New York at Bowery Ballroom in November, without having any formal releases.
The group, who will embark on a month-long tour supporting The Music, is set to kick-off mid-February in NYC and end in March at SXSW. They’re from Leicester, England and are named after one of the killers involved with the Manson Family. I spoke to lead singer, Tom Meighan, around the beginning of the year, about this phenomenal band. Kasabian is Tom Meighan (vocals), Sergio Pizzorno (lead guitar, keyboards), Chris Edwards (bass) and Christopher Karloff (guitar, keyboards).
AL: When did you record the album?
Tom: We recorded the album about a year ago at the farm. We had to move away from the city to get our heads together. We had to do that to record this beautiful baby of ours. If we would have done in a proper studio in the city we would have been out of it. We had to get our heads together and concentrate.
AL: How long was the recording process?
Tom: It took about eight months altogether. We had skeletons of songs for a long time. We knew what we wanted to do. We had the songs in our minds. We lived like hippies man for two years. It was amazing.

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Vincent "the Republican" Gallo to host ATP

First he talks Chloe Sevigny into blowing him. Now, he’s been asked to curate the UK’s celebrated annual All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival. What is the allure of this self-absorbed Jesus-wannabe? Maybe next year they’ll ask egomaniac runner-up Colin Farrell to curate.
From the ATP website:
“Vincent Gallo the actor, director, musician and general talented bastard is curating All Tomorrow’s Parties on April 22-24, 2005.
He has probably the biggest and one of the best record collections of anyone I know and I know from what he is planning, this ATP is gonna be fucking great.
The line up for this event is being worked out as I write this and tickets have already started to sell so look out over the coming weeks for new confirmations for the event.”
[for the record, Buffalo 66 is a great movie.]

We were wondering if Portishead would rise again

from Pitchfork
Portishead begin work on first LP in eight years
“Along with Massive Attack, Portishead helped shape the hypnotic spaciness of trip-hop in the mid-90s with one of the genre’s defining albums, 1994’s Dummy. As the Bristol, England-based movement slowly lost its grip on the general public’s consciousness, the band also retreated, and despite an underrated 1997 self-titled LP, Portishead has spent most of the ensuing years gathering a healthy coat of dust.

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Convenient Kings Of Convenience Downloads

Check out this very generous free download page. Included are several concerts from 2004 and 2001. Some rarities. Covers of Portishead’s “Glory Box,” Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” and The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry” are particularly notable.
Speaking of free, you can also download the complete BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE CATALOG HERE