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12 MTV Video Music Awards Performances Worth Rewatching

Nirvana at the 1992 MTV Music Video Awards

Recently, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Buzzfeed, CNN, Fox News, The Onion, and all other forms of online media, social or otherwise, exploded with gifs, still images, videos, and opinion pieces bashing, defending, supporting, and otherwise dissecting the performance by the Achy Breaky Heart guy’s dumb kid at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. I didn’t watch it, but if I had, I’m sure I would have also experienced at least one of the 20 or so intended emotional responses to it (most likely “mild disgust and confusion cloaked in feigned disinterest”).

In the past, every few years, the VMAs would whip up some kind of bullshit scandal by exploiting some hyper-sexualized blonde — usually Madonna or Britney Spears (or both) — but in the midst of that there have been some genuinely good performances too. It seems hard to believe, but MTV has been putting on this show for 30 years now — it only makes sense that a handful of decent acts slipped through the cracks. Here are a dozen performances worth watching again.

ZZ Top, “Sharp Dressed Man” – 1984



The Monkees, “I’m a Believer” / “Daydream Believer” – 1986



Run-DMC and Aerosmith, “Walk This Way” – 1987



The Cure, “Just Like Heaven” – 1989



Faith No More, “Epic” – 1990



Nirvana, “Lithium” – 1992



Neil Young and Pearl Jam, “Rockin’ In the Free World” – 1993



Naughty By Nature, “Hip Hop Hooray” – 1993



Beastie Boys, “Sabotage” – 1994



Snoop Dogg, “Murder Was the Case” – 1994



The Cranberries, “Salvation” – 1996



Rage Against the Machine, “Testify” – 2000



Click here for 10 Cover Songs Commonly Mistaken for Originals

Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Team Gives Away Nirvana “Nevermind”-Inspired Posters of the Phanatic on ’90s Retro Night

Phillie Phanatic Nirvana "Nevermind" poster

MLB Teams frequently hold promotions to encourage fans to come on out to the olde towne corporate-named ballpark and watch the local nine host a baseball match — but most of the time you just end up with a duffle bag or a Frisbee. The Phillies, however, know how to be creative. Check out this poster they gave out on August 23, 2013 for ’90s Retro Night. All it’s missing is the Phanatic’s big furry green dong.

(via Reddit)

Watch: Pearl Jam “Mind Your Manners” Music Video

Pearl Jam "Mind Your Manners"

Pearl Jam have recently released a brand new music video for “Mind Your Manners,” the lead single off of their forthcoming 10th studio album Lightning Bolt, to be released October 15, 2013.

The video features a disaster-ridden backdrop – melting ice caps, flooding, lightning strikes, war, and bombs all feature prominently in the video, directed by Danny Clinch.

You can watch the video below. Click here for Pearl Jam’s forthcoming 2013 fall tour dates.

(via Noisecreep)

Carlos Danger Weiners Are Ready for the Grill

Carlos Danger Weiners

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, AKA “Carlos Danger,” may not have a chance in hell of winning the election — but he’s at least inspired some great late-night TV zingers and a new product line, Carlos Danger Weiners. I feel like we almost should have seen this coming.

Who knows how long this gag company will last. For now, however, they are “the brand that’s on everyone’s lips.” (via NYC Prowler)

Carlos Danger Weiners

Beatrice Kozera, Inspiration for “Terry, the Mexican Girl” in Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” Dies at Age 92

This photo from 1941 and provided by writer Tim Z. Hernandez on behalf of the Bea Kozera Estate shows Beatrice Kozera and her son Albert Franco. Kozera, the woman whose fleeting relationship with novelist Jack Kerouac appeared in 'On The Road' - this photo was taken 6 years before Kozera and the novelist met .

This photo from 1941 and provided by writer Tim Z. Hernandez on behalf of the Bea Kozera Estate shows Beatrice Kozera and her son Albert Franco. This photo was taken six years before Kozera and Kerouac met .

Beatrice Kozera — also known as Bea Franco, and known to readers as “Terry, the Mexican girl” in Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road – has died at age 92. Kozera died in Lakewood, California of natural causes.

Her 15-day relationship with novelist Jack Kerouac was chronicled in On the Road – yet Kozera only learned a few years ago that her affair with the novelist in the farmworker labor camp in 1947 was featured in both the novel and the movie of the same title, released last year. Alice Braga portrayed the character inspired by Kozera.

Manana Means HeavenKozera was informed of her anonymous fame by author Tim Hernandez, who tracked down Kozera while he was researching her story for a book due to be released later this month called Manana Means Heaven.

“As far as she was concerned she was a normal, ordinary person who at one point in her life met a man,” Hernandez said. “She never knew that this gentleman Kerouac ever became anything.”

In On the Road, at the point when Sal Paradise (Kerouac) decides to leave her behind, he writes,

“We turned at a dozen paces, for love is a duel, and looked at each other for the last time.”

Hernandez resolved three years ago that he would write his own fictional account of what occurred after Kerouac left her behind. However, he eventually tracked her down — after realized she lived only one mile from his home in Fresno, California. 

Hernandez then spent the next two years interviewing her. Kozera was able to hold a copy of Manana Means Heaven in her hands just one week before she passed away.

For further reading, visit The Daily Mail.

This photo from 1947 and provided by writer Tim Z. Hernandez on behalf of the Bea Kozera Estate shows Beatrice Kozera, left, with friend Angie in Selma, California - in the same year she met Kerouac.

This photo from 1947 and provided by writer Tim Z. Hernandez on behalf of the Bea Kozera Estate shows Beatrice Kozera, left, with friend Angie in Selma, California – in the same year she met Kerouac.

Watch the Trailer for the Killer Rodent Horror-Comedy, “Squirrels”

Squirrels

Though production has yet to start on Timur Bekmambetov’s killer squirrel film, Squirrels, a trailer has already been created. You can watch it below, and also find the poster for the film.

The screenplay for Squirrels was written by Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin from an original idea by Bekmambetov (likely inspired by this). Ethan Maniquis is apparently attached to direct.

Squirrels - Hold On to Your Nuts

(via Bleeding Cool)

Watch the Director’s Cut of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” Music Video (Which Is the Version They Used to Air on MTV in the ’90s)

Nirvana "Heart Shaped Box"

Entertainment Weekly is touting that they have the “exclusive premiere” of the director’s cut of Nirvana‘s classic “Heart Shaped Box” music video, directed by Anton Corbjin. Apparently, they’d have you believe that this cut of the music video is just now being released 20 years after it was filmed in 1993.

However, I’d like to call shenanigans here. The video the NirvanaVEVO account has uploaded to YouTube may be considered to be the “official broadcast version,” but this supposedly new director’s cut version is the one I watched about 50 million times on MTV in 1993. It features Kurt lying in the field of poppies, and more airtime for the woman in the Slim Goodbody costume, as well as the little girl. I could never forget that scene where she puts her hands on her hips and gives the little girl a disapproving look — and the official video, where the camera stays on Cobain during the entire third verse, has never seemed quite right to me.

Anyway, compare them for yourself.

Director’s Cut

Broadcast Version

The video will be available on the forthcoming In Utero 20th anniversary box set. Click here to see the complete track list.

Larry and His Flask Announce Fall 2013 US Tour and Festival Dates

Larry and His Flask | photo by Karen Seifert

Oregon’s Larry and His Flask are set to take their show on the road this fall, kicking off their lengthy US tour in Asheville, North Carolina. After playing Tennessee’s Muddy Roots Festival, the band heads into full tour mode in September with Murder By Death. October sees them headlining across the Midwest and Southeast on their way to The Fest in Gainesville, Florida before heading west and supporting Reverend Horton Heat for a series of shows in Northern California. See below for complete tour dates.

Larry and His Flask on Tour
08/29 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
08/30 Cookeville, TN @ Muddy Roots Festival
09/03 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe*
09/04 Portland, OR @ Dante’s* (Musicfest NW)
09/06 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
09/07 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*
09/08 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
09/09 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom*
09/10 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad*
09/11 Fort Collins, CO @ Surfside 7
09/12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe*
09/14 Baltimore, MD @ Shindig Music Festival
09/16 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
09/17 Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard Music Hall*
09/18 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
09/19 Austin, TX @ Mohawk*
09/20 Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall*
09/21 Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds*
09/22 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks*
09/24 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall*
09/25 Carbondale, IL @ Hangar 9*
09/26 Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
09/27 Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival
09/28 Ames, IA @ DG’s Tap House*
09/29 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club*
09/30 Lansing, MI @ The Loft
10/04 Bend, OR @ Bend Fall Festival
10/24 Columbus, OH @ The Basement+
10/25 Bloomington, IN @ Bishop Bar
10/26 Nashville, TN @ The End+
10/27 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl+
10/28 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits+
10/30 Ybor, FL @ Pre-Fest
10/31 Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
11/04 Birmingham, AL @ Black Market Bar & Grill+
11/05 Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge+
11/06 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom+
11/08 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater+
11/09 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep+
11/12 Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar+
11/13 Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s+
11/14 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew+
11/15 Napa, CA @ The Uptown Theatre^
11/16 Mill Valley, CA @ Sweetwater Music Hall^
11/17 Mill Valley, CA @ Sweetwater Music Hall^
11/19 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel^
11/20 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel^
11/21 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst^

* = w/ Murder By Death
+= w/ Onward, Etc.
^= w/ Rev. Horton Heat

Teenage Bottlerocket and The Queers to Tour the US in September and October 2013

Teenage Bottlerocket | photo by Dawn Wilson

This fall, Teenage Bottlerocket is joining The Queers on a co-headlining tour beginning September 19th in Laramie, Wyoming. The duo will be supported on most dates by The Copyrights.

The Laramie-based TBR are touring in support of their latest offering, Freak Out! Full dates are below.

Teenage Bottlerocket and The Queers on Tour
09/19 Laramie, WY @ The Cowboy Bar
09/20 Devner, CO @ The Marquis w/ The Copyrights
09/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed w/ The Copyrights
09/23 Boise, ID @ The Shredder w/ The Copyrights
09/24 Spokane, WA @ The Center w/ The Copyrights
09/25 Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Biltmore Caberet (Teenage Bottlerocket only)
09/26 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
09/27 Portland, OR @ Backspace Cafe w/ The Copyrights
09/28 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
09/29 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ The Copyrights
10/01 Las Vegas, NV @ The Beauty Bar w/ The Copyrights
10/02 Fresno, CA @ Starline w/ The Copyrights
10/03 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ The Copyrights
10/04 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/05 Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock w/ The Copyrights
10/06 Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks w/ The Copyrights

The Joe Strummer Mural in New York City Will Return

The Joe Strummer memorial mural wall in New York City

As reported by numerous outlets, the famous Joe Stummer memorial mural located on the wall of the Niagara, a bar in East Village in New York City since 2003, has been removed. The building where it appeared, at the corner of East 7th Street and Avenue A, is being renovated, and workers destroyed it on Monday.

However, there is some good news: according to The Clash Blog, the owner of the Niagara, Jesse Malin, is a big fan of Strummer, and tweeted that the mural will return soon: “Joe Will be back on the niagara ( east 7 th st.wall) in the EV NYC. In a few weeks Rastas !”

While the Strummer mural is certainly one of the oldest (and most iconic) tributes to the former Clash front man, it’s not the last:  Strummer is to be honored with a square in the Spanish city of Granada named after him.

Click here for Raegan Butcher’s tribute to Strummer written on the day of his death, and click here for Joe Strummer’s top 10 best songs.

Download a Benefit Compilation for Jason Molina’s Survivors

Songs: Molina

Sadly, on March 16, 2013, 39-year-old Jason Molina died in Indianapolis as a result of alcohol abuse-related organ failure. In addition to his solo work, Molina recorded as Songs: Ohia, and also led the band Magnolia Electric Co.

Now, a huge 39-track benefit compilation album entitled Songs: Molina has been released in memory of Molina. A $10 donation gets all 39 songs, and all the money collected goes straight to Jason’s loved ones to help out with expenses. It was organized by Steven Vineis.

You can view the track list below, and click here to download the album or individual tracks.

Songs: Molina Track Listing
1. Eastern Anchors – “It Made Me Cry” 01:27
2. Disclosure – “Crawling Back Home” 04:43
3. The Rutabega – “Clear Blue Sound” 04:11
4. Matt Smith – “Givin’ Up Tomorrow” 03:21
5. The Love Language – “Hungry For Air” 03:34
6. Light Coma – “Lioness” 06:30
7. Head of Programmes – “Bird” 03:51
8. Joel RL Phelps and the Downer Trio – “Come Dancing” 03:00
9. Neal Markowski – “193605 (for J.M.)” 04:26
10. The Book-Burners – “It’s Lonely On the Way to Heaven” 05:34
11. THINE – “One World” 03:42
12. Transmontane – “Fading Shadow” 03:04
13. Lorain – “Coxcomb Red” 03:35
14. Jim Cherewick – “Above the Pines” 03:46
15. Franciscan Minor – “Gone” 04:42
16. My Broken Frame – “Tigress” 03:32
17. Pairs – “Regional Victoria Lover” 04:43
18. The Rosedale Highs – “Let’s Get Wrecked” 04:40
19. Western Standards featuring Faiz Razi – “I’ve Been Riding With the Ghost” 04:57
20. TMMC – “The Bridge is Down for Good This Time” 05:43
21. Noel RL Phelps – “It Costs You Nothing” 06:05
22. Shimmering Stars – “Hold On, Magnolia” 05:02
23. Laurie McNamee – “Enaleigh” 07:10
24. New Hill – “Recall” 04:43
25. Ocean Eddies – “Shadow of Sorrow” 02:38
26. Mario Di Sandro – “When You’re Dead and Gone” 04:08
27. The Rabbit Drive – “The Black Crow” 03:26
28. Allohra Sun – “Static Transmission” 03:43
29. The Rosedale Highs – “Go” 04:51
30. Angil and the Hiddentracks – “Incantation” 04:28
31. Lost Gloves – “It Made Me Cry” 01:40
32. Jim Cherewick – “Siren” 03:11
33. Franciscan Minor – “Flood” 02:34
34. Laurie McNamee – “You’re Not There When the Lights Go Around Me Again” 03:33
35. Allohra Son – “Garden Heart” 04:32
36. Rafaeli and the Real – “Riding With the Ghost” 03:48
37. Faces on Film – “Hard to Love a Man” 04:00
38. Mike Roy – “Oh Jason” 04:33
39. Bachi da Pietra with Jason Molina – “Sailing Blind” 04:34

“Get Shorty” Author Elmore Leonard Dies at Age 87

Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard, the prolific crime novelist whose books included Get Shorty, Freaky Deaky, and Glitz, died on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at his home in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. He was 87. Leonard was famous for establishing the crime genre, and also wrote Westerns earlier in his career. He produced more than 40 books in his lifetime.

His death was announced on his website. For more info, visit The New York Times.

Watch Mike Tyson Play the 1987 NES Game “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!” for the First Time Ever…in 2013

Mike Tyson Plays "Punch-Out!!" for the first time

I don’t know about you, but if Nintendo released a hit video game with my name in the title, it wouldn’t take me 26 years to get around to playing it. However, boxer Mike Tyson recently sat down to play the 1987 classic Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! for the first time, and it looks like the champ has finally met his match…in Glass Joe. Watch below.

“Up your ass, Glass! Boom, boom!” (via Time)

Song Premiere: Self Defense Family “The Bomber Will Always Get Through”

Self Defense Family

Premiering today on VerbicideMagazine.com is “The Bomber Will Always Get Through” by Self Defense Family, which will be released on their forthcoming one-sided 12-inch EP, The Corrections Officer in Me. The track is available to stream below.

Originally known as End of a Year, Self Defense Family is a self-proclaimed post-hardcore collective. The Family claims Cohoes, New York as a hometown but in fact members have hailed from as far as London, and the lineup, never identical from one record to the next, has ranged from a trio to a 10-piece.

The Corrections Officer in Me was written and recorded in one 24-hour period with producer and Family Drugs co-owner Sam Pura at The Panda Studios in Fremont, California, during SDF’s US tour of summer 2011. As vocalist Patrick Kindlon quips, it was “written and recorded under time constraints to produce material that is anxious and uncomfortable.” Completed in a day, the music finally surfaces two years later as the second-ever release on Family Drugs.