Veruca Salt Original Lineup to Enter Studio to Record First New Material Since 1997

Nina Gordon and Louise Post of Veruca Salt - photo courtesy Veruca Salt official Facebook page

Back in July, we reported that Veruca Salt’s original lineup of Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack, and Jim Shapiro has reunited. Since March, the band has been posting tons of old photos, flyers, fan art, and magazine covers from their mid- to late-’90s heyday on their official Facebook page. And on September 21st, they made their biggest announcement yet:

“It’s confirmed: We are heading into the studio in October with none other than Brad Wood to record a couple of songs.”

The Los Angeles-based Wood produced Veruca Salt’s debut album, American Thighs, back in 1994, and has also worked with bands including Sunny Day Real Estate, Liz Phair, and Smashing Pumpkins.

No other details are yet available. It sounds like the band has, as of yet, only planned to record two songs. These would be the first recordings with the original lineup of Veruca Salt since the 1997 album Eight Arms to Hold You.

Release Date of “Minions,” the “Despicable Me” Spin-Off Film, Pushed Back to July 2015

Minions from "Despicable Me"

Universal has decide to push back their Despicable Me spin-off, Minions, from December 19, 2014 to July 10, 2015.

The new release date will place Minions between the release of Independence Day 2 on July 3rd and Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman film on July 17th.

Minions will be a prequel to the Despicable Me franchise and will follow the history of Gru’s helpers, the Minions. Along with the return of Steve Carell as Gru, Minions will also star Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm as a married super-villain team, Scarlett and Herb Overkill. (via Paste)

Luscious Jackson Confirm First New Album in 14 Years, “Magic Hour,” Plus Reunion Show Dates – Listen to “Show Us What You Got”

Luscious Jackson

Having recently confirmed the November 5, 2013 release of Magic Hour, their first new album 14 years, Jill Cunniff, Gabrielle Glaser, and Kate Schellenbach — better known as Luscious Jackson — have announced their first live shows in over a decade: November 23rd at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer and December 7th at Webster Hall in New York City.

Produced by Jill and Gabby (with an assist on the track “So Rock On” from old friend Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys), Magic Hour will be released on the band’s own City Song imprint. The trio plans to release more information and possible tour dates in the coming weeks on the official Luscious Jackson website.

The band recently released a new single, “Show Us What You Got,” which you can listen to below:

Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels Post First “Dumb and Dumber To” Photos on Twitter

Today, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels tweeted the first pics from the forthcoming Farrelly Brothers film Dumb and Dumber To.

First, Carrey tweeted the message “How Roland Rolls comes out TODAY but it may be a little too sophisticated for Lloyd and Harry!” with the following image of the two (in character as Lloyd and Harry) attempting to read Carrey’s new children’s book:

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels on the set of "Dumb and Dumber To"

Later, Daniels tweeted the following photo:

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels on the set of "Dumb and Dumber To"

In addition to Carrey and Daniels, a number of additional names have appeared on the cast, including Kathleen Turner, Brady Bluhm, and Boston Bruins president and Hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely, who will reprise his role as Sea Bass.

Dumb and Dumber To is expected in cinemas in 2014, marking the 20th anniversary of the original film’s release.

Carolyn Cassady, Author and Companion to Beat Generation Icons Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac, Dies at Age 90

Carolyn Cassady

Carolyn Cassady, an author who entered the American consciousness in 1957 as a character in Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road and later chronicled her life as a member of the Beat Generation in a book entitled Off the Road, died on Friday near her home in Bracknell, England. She was 90.

Her death was confirmed by her daughter Cathy Sylvia, who said Cassady lapsed into a coma after an emergency appendectomy.

Cassady was immortalized in On the Road as the character Camille, the second wife of “Dean Moriarty,” based on Neal Cassady, her husband during the period recounted in the novel.

Cassady was born Carolyn Robinson on April 23, 1923, in East Lansing, Michigan, the youngest of five siblings. The family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, when Carolyn was eight. After attending an elite prep school and Bennington College in Vermont, she studied painting and theater design in a graduate program at the University of Denver. It was in Denver in March 1947 that she met Neal Cassady.

Her two books, Heart Beat: My Life With Jack and Neal (1976), which was made into a 1980 film, and Off the Road: My Years With Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg (1990), documented her experiences as a central figure in the Beat Generation.

“I kept thinking that the imitators never knew and don’t know how miserable these men were,” she told the novelist Gina Berriault in 1972. “They think they were having marvelous times — joy, joy, joy — and they weren’t at all.”

Carolyn and Neal divorced in 1963; Neal died in 1968. She is survived by three children — Cathy Sylvia, Jami Ratto, and John Allen Cassady — plus three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Just one month prior to her death, Beatrice Kozera — also known as Bea Franco, and known to readers as “Terry, the Mexican girl” in Kerouac’s On the Road – died at age 92.

(via NYT)

Video Premiere: Atomic Bride “We Got Muscle”

Atomic Bride

Premiering today on VerbicideMagazine.com is the new music video from Atomic Bride for their track “We Got Muscle,” featured on their newest EP Electric Order. The album was released September 14, 2013, and features a collection of four tracks. The video for “We Got Muscle” was directed by Chris Cool, with camera operation by Jesse Heminger and a special appearance by David Paterik.

Based in Seattle, Atomic Bride is comprised of Astra Elane and co-lead vocalist and lead guitarist Chris Cool, as well as bassist Avtar, keyboard player Rachael, and drummer Christopher Coutsourdis. Formed in 2006, Atomic Bride is known for their unique, heavy sound largely influenced by The Partridge Family, Weird War, France Gall, Acid King, Ennio Morricone, Boris, and Joe Meek.

Atomic Bride – We Got Muscle from Atomic Bride on Vimeo.

Watch: Pixies Perform “Bagboy” and “Indie Cindy” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”

Pixies in 2013

This past week, the Pixies made their live TV debut featuring their new bassist, Kim Shattuck of The Muffs, who has replaced Kim Deal. The band performed two tracks from EP-1, “Bagboy” and “Indie Cindy.”

The Pixies have also headed out on tour after wrapping up several performances in New York City. Full dates are below the videos.


“Indie Cindy”

Pixies on Tour
09/25 London, UK @ iTunes Festival
09/29 Paris, France @ Olympia
09/30 Paris, France @ Olympia
10/02 Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
10/03 Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
10/05 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
10/06 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
10/08 Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys
10/09 Berlin, DE @ Huxleys
10/10 Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Music Hall
11/01 Vienna, Austria @ Gasometer
11/02 Geneva, Switzerland @ Thonex
11/04 Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
11/05 Toulouse, France @ Le Phare
11/07 Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
11/08 Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
11/09 Lisbon, Portugal @ Coliseum
11/11 Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Rockhal
11/13 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falkoner
11/14 Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene
11/15 Stockholm, Sweden @ Munchen Brewery
11/18 Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
11/19 Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
11/21 Manchester, UK @ Apollo
11/22 Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
11/24 London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
11/25 London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo

(via Spin)

Jack Black in Negotiations to Star in “Goosebumps” Movie Based on R.L. Stine’s Children’s Book Series

Jack Black

Jack Black is in negotiations to star in Sony Pictures’ adaptation of R.L. Stine’s bestselling book series Goosebumps, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. It has been reported that Black would play a Stine-like author whose scary characters literally leap off the page into his world.

If Black’s deal closes, he would reunite with director Rob Letterman, who worked with Black on Gulliver’s Travels and Shark Tale. Neal H. Moritz and Deborah Forte are producing the film.

Goosebumps is one of the most popular children’s book series ever, surpassed only by the Harry Potter novels in total sales, with more than 300 million copies sold worldwide.

In 2012, Black starred in the film Bernie, which earned him Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations. He recently filmed a cameo in Sony’s comedy Sex Tape and played Elvis Presley on Comedy Central’s “Drunk History.” Black will reprise his voice role as Po the Panda in Kung Fu Panda 3, and he’s also attached to star in the New Line comedy Tag with Will Ferrell. He even appeared this past year in the music video for “Wrong” by the punk band OFF!

Deltron 3030 Unveils New Track “Melding Of The Minds” Ft. Zack De La Rocha

Deltron 3030 has released “Melding of the Minds” featuring Rage Against the Machine hermit Zack De La Rocha. The track appears off the anticipated upcoming album Deltron 3030: Event II, set for release on October 1st, 2013 via Bulk Recordings in deluxe and standard digital editions as well as vinyl and instrumental vinyl.

Describing the partnership, Dan the Automator explained “Zack was a logical choice to be on this song because of the spirit of the record. He’s iconic in his political leanings. He brought along a feeling of tension, one that exists between the little man and big corporations/goverment.”

Additionally, Deltron 3030 will be touring this fall in support of Deltron 3030: Event II. The tour will feature a sixteen-piece orchestra — dubbed the 3030 Orchestra – on select dates, in addition to the three-piece touring band. Juan Alderete, known for his work in The Mars Volta and Racer X, will play bass on the October leg of the tour. The tour will begin on October 8th in Boston at Paradise and end on October 25th at Mountain Oasis Festival in Asheville, with more dates to be announced soon.

Listen to the track below.

Sky Ferreira and Zachary Cole Smith Arrested for Heroin and Ecstacy Possession in New York

Musicians/lovers Sky Ferreira and Zachary Cole Smith (of DIIV) were arrested on Saturday in New York state after being stopped by a traffic cop for driving infractions. The rapsheet includes heroin (oh, YAY!) and ecstacy posession and resisting arrest.

The Daily Freeman (via Pitchfork) has the police record.

Zachary C. Smith, 28, of [address], was arrested by Saugerties police at 12:30 a.m. Saturday and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of aggravated unlicensed driving, all misdemeanors. He was also charged with the violations of unregistered motor vehicle, driving without insurance, unlicensed driver, and having an inadequate exhaust system. Also arrested was Sky T. Ferreira, 21, of [address], on misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. Police said the two were arrested following a traffic stop in the village. Officers stopped a 1990 Ford pickup truck with New Jersey registration after the driver made several vehicle and traffic infractions, police said. Police said a registration check showed the license plates on the truck were stolen and the driver, Smith, was wanted by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding vehicle and traffic warrant. While taking Smith into custody, officers found a plastic bag containing 42 decks of heroin, police said. Police said Ferreira, a passenger in the truck, was found in possession of Ecstasy and resisted arrest. Smith and Ferreira were arraigned in Saugerties Village Court and sent to the Ulster County Jail — Smith in lieu of $2,500 bail and Ferreira in lieu of $1,500 bail.

After his release, Zachary reminded folks via Twitter that the pair is innocent until proven guilty, claiming that Sky had done nothing wrong.


Game of Thrones Gets an 8-Bit Makeover

Winter is coming…and it is sweet. Hot off of his “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” 8-bit video game trailers,  Abel Alves has created a playable 8-bit-style “Game of Thrones” retro-game. It has all the murder you would want, including boodthirsty crows, sword fights, and magic battles. Watch the trailer below and download the free game here.

(Via CNET)


21 Years Later, Jon Krakauer Comes to a Conclusion on the Cause of Death of Christopher McCandless, Subject of “Into the Wild”

Chris McCandless, subject of "Into the Wild"

Journalist Jon Krakauer, who authored the book Into the Wild (later adapted into a film by Sean Penn and starring Emile Hirsch) about the life and death of vagabond Christopher McCandless, has written a fascinating new article for The New Yorker explaining his new, nearly conclusive determination for the cause of the young man’s death.

If you’ve not read the book, Krakauer hypothesized that McCandless had accidentally ingested the poisonous seeds of wild sweet pea, Hedysarum mackenzii, confusing it for a staple of his diet, the wild potato, Hedysarum alpinum. Though the mistake is easy to make due to their similar appearance, many people have derided McCandless for (among many other things) this final, fatal error. Further, his final note read, “EXTREMELY WEAK. FAULT OF POT[ATO] SEED. MUCH TROUBLE JUST TO STAND UP. STARVING. GREAT JEOPARDY,” indicating that he never realized that he’d even made a mistake (which contradicts the Hollywood ending in the film).

However, Krakauer found an article penned by writer Ronald Hamilton that explains that McCandless most likely did die from eating the seeds of the supposedly nontoxic wild potato, heretofore thought to be safe to eat — even by the very scientists who studied the plant on Krakauer’s behalf:

 “I tore that plant apart,” Dr. Clausen explained to Men’s Journal in 2007, after also testing the seeds for non-alkaloid compounds. “There were no toxins. No alkaloids. I’d eat it myself.”

 Krakauer relates Hamilton’s findings though, and states that “the toxic agent in Hedysarum alpinum turns out not to be an alkaloid but, rather, an amino acid, and according to Hamilton it was the chief cause of McCandless’s death. His theory validates my conviction that McCandless wasn’t as clueless and incompetent as his detractors have made him out to be.”

The “toxic agent” in question is a neurotoxin, beta-N-oxalyl-L-alpha-beta diaminoproprionic acid, a compound commonly referred to as ODAP. While the wild sweet pea would kill anyone from ingesting due to the alkaloids, it does also contain ODAP — as does the wild potato. And that substance, according to Hamilton, “affects different people, different sexes, and even different age groups in different ways.” He continues:

“It even affects people within those age groups differently …. The one constant about ODAP poisoning, however, very simply put, is this: those who will be hit the hardest are always young men between the ages of 15 and 25 and who are essentially starving or ingesting very limited calories, who have been engaged in heavy physical activity, and who suffer trace-element shortages from meager, unvaried diets.” [bold added]

Hamilton’s target group essentially describes McCandless perfectly, and the condition he died from is known as “lathyrism,” which kills nerve receptors and causes weakness, difficulty with balance, and ultimately degrees of paralysis and therefore starvation — caused by eating a plant that only now, two decades later, is being realized as having life-threatening qualities. Had he avoided the plant and survived, he would be 45 as of 2013. Instead, he died on August 18, 1992 at the age of 24.

The article provides much more information, including how Hamilton came to gather his knowledge of ODAP poisoning. To read Krakauer’s article, click here, and to read Hamilton’s lengthy essay on the subject, click here.

The Evens Announce Pacific Northwest and California Tour Dates for September and October 2013

Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina of The Evens

In late September and early October 2013, The Evens – Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina — will head out on a tour of the Pacific Northwest and down into California, including stops in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and other cities.

Late last year, the duo released its third full-length, The Odds. The full list of tour dates below.

The Evens on Tour
09/27 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
09/28 Olympia, WA @ Eagles Ballroom
09/29 Portland, OR @ Mission Theater
09/30 Eugene, OR @ Paper Moon Studio
10/1 Sacramento, CA @ Sol Collective
10/3 Berkeley, CA @ Berkeley High School
10/4 San Francisco, CA @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

JK Rowling to Write Screenplay for “Harry Potter” Spinoff Film Entitled “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”

"Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them" by "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling

Today, Warner Bros., the studio behind the eight Harry Potter movies, and author JK Rowling announced that the she will write her first movie series, which will be based on the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said on Facebook.

Fantastic Beasts will focus on Newt Scamander, author of the fictional tome that was frequently mentioned in Rowling’s original Harry Potter series.

“The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway,” Rowling wrote. (via Huff Post)

Song Premiere: Lake Effect “Jungle Sweet”

Lake Effect

Premiering today on VerbicideMagazine.com is “Jungle Sweet” by Lake Effect, a foursome from Montclair, New Jersey. They were once told by a sound guy that they “kind of sound like Pavement.” The track is available to stream below.

Overall, Max, Keith, Justin and Ryan are pretty easygoing. They don’t judge interviewers who throw up from drinking too much while interviewing them, and rarely get bummed about low show attendance.

On October 29, 2013, the band will release a three-track EP, Genuine Bonds.