President Barack Obama Appears on Zach Galifianakis’s “Between Two Ferns”

Barack Obama on "Between Two Ferns"

In a new episode of Zach Galifianakis’s “Between Two Ferns,” President Barack Obama sits down to exchange barbs about birth certificates and The Hangover III. And, ultimately, Obama encourages people to sign up for healthcare via the federal government’s Healthcare.gov website before open enrollment ends on March 31st.

Watch the video below:

John Frusciante to Release New Album, “Enclosure,” on April 8, 2014

John Frusciante "Enclosure"

On April 8th, Record Collection will release Enclosure, the 11th full-length album from John Frusciante. Enclosure was written, produced, performed and engineered by Frusciante in his Los Angeles-based recording studio.

Enclosure, upon its completion, was the record which represented the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous five years,” says Frusciante.

On March 4, 2014, Frusciante’s new band Kimono Kult – with whom he performs alongside Omar Rodríguez-López, former guitarist of At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta, and currently of Bosnian Rainbows – released their debut EP Hiding In The Light. The band, fronted by Teri Gender Bender (who also performs with Le Butcherettes), released the album via Neurotic Yell Records, and it can be streamed in full here.

Five Great Beatles Covers by Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith Beatles covers

In addition to being an incredible songwriter, the late Elliott Smith also had an uncanny ability to take another band’s or musician’s song and make it his own. Smith left behind a massive trove of recordings of covers, which were a staple of his live performances. Many of these covers can be downloaded from Rawkblog, which has maintained a large 51-song collection.

More so than any other band, The Beatles were frequently covered by Smith. Here are five of his best covers of The Beatles or Beatles-related solo projects.


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“I’m So Tired”

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“I Me Mine”

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“Yer Blues”

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“Jealous Guy” (John Lennon solo song)

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Bikini Kill to Reissue “Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah” on April 15, 2014

Bikini Kill "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah"

Bikini Kill Records will reissue the newly expanded Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah LP featuring seven previously unreleased tracks on April 15, 2014.

Side A of Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah was originally released in 1993 as the BK side of their split record with the UK’s Huggy Bear to kick off their co-headlining tour of the UK in March of that year. The tracks were recorded in their Washingon, DC basement practice space on a 4-track reel to reel in 1992 by Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses, The Fucking Champs).

Side B features seven songs either recorded live at shows during that era or at Bikini Kill practices.

The LP also includes new photos and liner notes from David Feck (Comet Gain), Erin Smith (Bratmobile), and from the band themselves. The LP was mastered by TJ Lipple and Bob Weston.

In late 2012, Bikini Kill reissued their self-titled debut for their 20th anniversary. Click here to read an interview with Bikini Kill’s Tobi Vail.

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Track Listing:

Side A:
White Boy
This Is Not A Test
Don’t Need You
Jigsaw Youth
Resist Psychic Death
Rebel Girl
Outta Me

Side B:
George Bush Is A Pig
I Busted In Your Chevy Window
Get Out
Fuck Twin Peaks
Girl Soldier
Not Right Now

Family Buys (and Eats) Steak Laced With LSD From Walmart

LSD Steak

A Walmart in Tampa, Florida sold a steak tainted with LSD to a family four, all of whom ended up in the hospital after becoming ill and suffering hallucinations. That family included a mother of two who was nine months pregnant with her third child. The baby was born Thursday after doctors induced labor on the woman after the family arrived at the hospital.

According to the hospital, both the child and mother are healthy and were released home.

Predictably, Walmart says that it has no idea how it ended up selling a piece of steak infused with a psychedelic drug. (via Gawker)

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot Attacked With Paint in Russia

Pussy Riot members after being attacked with paint in a Russian McDonald's restaurant

On the morning of March 6, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot were confronted by a group of men while in a McDonald’s restaurant in the city of Nizhny Novgorod. The men poured garbage and green paint on them while shouting at them. The caption on YouTube says that pepper spray was also used. The Guardian reports that the men told them to “[Go] to America.” While being sprayed with paint, Tolokonnikova said, “It hurts! Why are you doing this? You don’t have the right to hurt me. Please don’t do that to anyone anymore.” Video is below:

Alyokhina said she suffered head injuries while Tolokonnikova incurred chemical burns. The pair were apparently on their way to the prison where Alyokhina served her term. Police have said they are looking into the incident, while Tolokonnikova has blamed local authorities for the attack.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were released from prison in late 2013, but since have been arrested in Sochi and whipped by Cossacks.

Listen to What Tree Rings Sound Like When Played on a Computerized Record Player – Bartholomäus Traubeck’s “Years”

Bartholomäus Traubeck "Years"

If you enjoyed listening to songs by Radiohead and The Velvet Underground being played on laser-cut wooden records, then you’re going to love this: in late 2011, a German artist by the name of Bartholomäus Traubeck has custom-built a record player that is able to “play” cross-sectional slices of tree trunks. The result is Years, an audio recording of tree rings being read by a computerized mechanism — similar to how a record player reads the grooves on a vinyl album — which then interprets it as audible music.

According to Makezine, the custom record player reads data from the slice of tree trunk using a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm, and relays the data to a computer. A program called Ableton Live then uses it to generate a piano track — and while music isn’t created directly from the wood itself, the interpretation of the music varies and is unique to each tree cross-section.

(via Live Science)

Larry and His Flask Announce Spring 2014 US Tour Dates

Larry and His Flask | photo by Karen Seifert

Oregon-based Larry and His Flask are bringing their raucous live performance across the US this month with Scott H. Biram and special guests Whiskey Shivers starting in Seattle, Washington this week. Full tour dates are below.

Larry and His Flask on Tour
3/06 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern *^
3/07 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo House Theater ^
3/08 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater *^
3/10 Sacramento, CA @ Harlows *^
3/11 -an Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop *^
3/12 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium*^
3/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex *^
3/15 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *^
3/17 Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits ^
3/19 Austin, TX @ Red 7 *^
3/20 Houston, TX @ The Continental *^
3/21 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill *^
3/22 Wichita, KS @ The Lizard Lounge *^
3/23 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway *^
3/25 Fort Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail *^
3/26 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *^
3/27 Chicago, IL @ Reggies *^
3/28 Madison WI @ The Frequency *^
3/29 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock *^
3/31 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre *^
4/02 Denver, CO @ The Marquis
4/03 Fort Collins, CO @ Surf Side 7
4/04 Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe
4/05 Boise, ID @ Neurolux

* w/ Scott Biram
^ w/ Whiskey Shivers

Stream “Hiding In The Light,” the Debut EP From Kimono Kult Featuring John Frusciante, Omar Rodríguez-López, and Teri Gender Bender

Kimono Kult

Recently, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante formed a new band, Kimono Kult, alongside Omar Rodríguez-López, former guitarist of At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta, and currently of Bosnian Rainbows.

The band, fronted by Rodríguez-López’s Bosnian Rainbows band mate, Teri Gender Bender (who also performs with Le Butcherettes), released their debut EP Hiding In The Light on March 4, 2014, via Neurotic Yell Records. The album can be streamed in full below:

(via CoS)

Song Premiere: Morning Glory “Standard Issue” Lyric Video

Morning Glory

Morning Glory’s newest album, War Psalms, sees its release via Fat Wreck Chords on March 4, 2014, and is packed with 13 tracks.

Regarding the new album, vocalist Ezra Kire states, “People who like earlier Morning Glory are definitely gonna like it. It’s faster, heavier, and more raw and stripped down than Poets, but retains that anthemic Morning Glory message. Brian Viglione (Dresden dolls, and now Violent Femmes) added massive strength to the entire record with his powerhouse drumming style.”

Check out the premiere of the lyric video for the album’s second track, “Standard Issue,” below:

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Green Day to Release 18-Song Demo Collection, “Demolicious”

Green Day "Demolicious"

On April 19th, 2014, in conjunction with Record Store Day, Green Day will release Demolicious, a collection of 18 demos recorded in 2012 during the sessions for the band’s ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! album trilogy. The two-disc set will be released on red or clear vinyl, and will also be available on CD and cassette.

In addition to the 18 demos, Demolicious includes a previously unreleased track, “State of Shock,” and an acoustic version of “Stay The Night” from ¡Uno!.

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Official Cause of Death Revealed

Philip Seymour Hoffman

The New York medical examiner has just released the official cause of death for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, listing “acute mixed drug intoxication” as the reason he died suddenly on February 2, 2014 at the age of 46. Specifically, Hoffman was killed earlier this month by a deadly mixture of heroin and cocaine — commonly known as a speedball — and several other drugs, including benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety) and amphetamines (uppers).

Others who’ve died from speedballing including Chris Farley, River Phoenix, John Belushi, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mitch Hedberg, and, recently, Chris Kelly of Kris-Kross.

(via TMZ)