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Tonight, FREE at Southstreet Seaport, 7pm:
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists
with Tigers and Monkeys
Click here for directions
And on Saturday at PS1:
Warm Up featuring Doc Martin w/ Monolake, Phil Smart, and Nikola Baytala.
Veteran house hero Doc Martin headlines one of this summer’s top Warm Ups, with Australia’s Phil Smart and SF’s Nikola Baytala dropping 4/4 bombs, and Monolake laptopping austere, minimal techno [from Flavorpill]
By John Rickman
Return of the giant Slit!
In the years since the legendary, all-girl U.K. punk band The Slits disbanded in 1981, the band’s lead singer Ari Up has divided her time between Kingston, Jamaica and Brooklyn, New York performing as a singer and dancer under the name Medusa, as well as designing clothes and being a mom to her three sons Pablo, Pedro, and Wilton.
This year Up released her first solo recording “Dread More Dan Dead,” a collection of natty punk dance tracks and empowering pop lyricism reflective of the profound impact Jamaica’s culture has had on her life and identity.
FREEwilliamsburg caught up with Up when she returned to New York recently to prepare for an upcoming gig with her live band the True Warriors.
FREEwilliamsburg: What do you like about living in Brooklyn?
Ari Up: Brooklyn is Brooklyn! I live in the heart of Flatbush, which I like because it’s very urban and hasn’t become overpopulated in the same way Williamsburg has. Williamsburg, before it became overly trendy, used to remind me of the artsy area in West Berlin near the wall when it was still up.
FREEwilliamsburg: How has living in Jamaica influenced the way you express yourself?
Ari Up: Moving to Jamaica was a natural transition for me. It was the next logical step after performing with The Slits and as the main singer in the On-U Sound reggae project New Age Steppers. I got to know local Jamaican girls and people in general and going to all the dances and spots in Kingston, then when I started recording and performing there people already knew who I was.
Drudge currently has the headline “ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS TARGET
WOUNDED AT ARMY HOSPITAL” posted on his front page. Catch did a little research and discovered that the protest actually consisted of about five people carrying signs saying “Real Support = Better Benefits” and “Support Our Troops — Jobs, Benefits, Health Care.” See below.
picture via FreeRepublic, click for larger
As Catch reported yesterday, the wingnuts simply want to do away with protests and free speech altogether. A big thanks to Catch for this one. Check out their consistently great coverage, if you don’t already.
WARNER Music Group (WMG) is to begin releasing music by artists in ‚”clusters” of three or four tracks rather than as whole albums, heralding the first big shift away from the record industry’s traditional business model.
Edgar Bronfman Jr, chairman and chief executive, yesterday revealed plans to create an ‚”e-label” that would rely on digital downloads instead of compact discs that, if successful, would fundamentally change the way in which the record industry distributes music. The new business model will involve artists releasing batches of three or more tracks every few months, rather than producing an album every year or two. Initially, it will target artists that are either emerging or those that are past their prime but with a small number of dedicated fans.
read the whole article here.
On Sunday, August 28, LAURA CANTRELL will be headlining and MC the third annual Bluegrass Ball in Tompkins Square Park. This FREE concert is part of the HOWL! Festival of East Village Arts, which also includes the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Art Around the Park, Wigstock and numerous other events this week.
HOWL! FESTIVAL BLUEGRASS BALL
Sunday, August 28
Tompkins Square Park
Ave. A and 10th Street
3:00 Reckon So
3:40 John Herald Tribute band
4:15 Cobble Hillbillies
5:00 LAURA CANTRELL
with Mark Spencer, Jimmy Ryan, Jeremy Chatazky
Since it’s never to early to teach your children about hating gays, starting wars, pissing away the environment, the Rapture, or scratching the back of corporate interests, self-proclaimed “security mom for Bush” Katharine DeBrecht is pleased to announce the August arrival of her book Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!
From the publisher’s bio
This full-color illustrated book is a fun way for parents to teach young children the valuable lessons of conservatism. Written in simple text, readers can follow along with Tommy and Lou as they open a lemonade stand to earn money for a swing set. But when liberals start demanding that Tommy and Lou pay half their money in taxes, take down their picture of Jesus, and serve broccoli with every glass of lemonade, the young brothers experience the downside to living in Liberaland.
Inside, you’ll find find laugh-out-loud dialogue written in “simple” language that any child or neo-con can understand:
“‘It takes a village to get kids to eat their vegetables!’ Ms. Clunkton pointed her stubby finger at the boys, ‘Sooo, for every glass of lemonade you sell, you must, I say, you MUST, give two pieces of broccoli with it.’”
That’s a knee-slapper. Thanks Katharine! Tell us the one about the 23,000 civilian deaths in Iraq next! Kids just just love reading about tax cuts, ownership society, and neo-conservatives. More than candy and lemonade.
October 12 + 13 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
September 15 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom – CMJ show – 7.30pm
Their new record got a great review on Pitchfork yesterday. The Sept/Oct live line-up will feature all of your favorite New Pornographers members including A.C.Newman, Neko Case and Dan Bejar. All dates after the jump.