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Fred Armisen’s Punk Rock Alter Ego Releases Free EP, “The Best of Ian Rubbish”

Fred Armisen as Ian Rubbish

Several weeks ago on “Saturday Night Live,” cast member Fred Armisen introduced us to Ian Rubbish, the misunderstood UK punk singer (with nods to John Lydon, Joe Strummer, and Billy Bragg) who was not afraid to be to sole voice of consent for Margaret Thatcher.

He just released a free EP, The Best of Ian Rubbish, including the hits “Hey Policeman”, “Sweet Iron Lady,” and more. You can download the EP at www.ianrubbish.com, and watch the skit from “SNL” below.

Contest: Win Proof Eyewear Wooden Sunglasses

Proof sunglasses

Proof Eyewear is a family-owned, Boise, Idaho-based company famous for creating stylish wooden glasses. A portion of each Proof sale goes to nonprofit organizations, such as a charity in India that provides surgeries to people with cataracts. And now, coinciding with an interview with CEO Brooks Dames, you have a chance to win a pair of your very own Proof sunglasses.

Enter your information below for a chance to win Proof’s Bird Lacewood Gold sunglasses. Features include:

  • Frames hand-crafted from sustainably sourced wood
  • CR39 lenses
  • 100% UVA / UVB protection
  • Stainless steel spring loaded hinges

Contest Closed! Announcement coming soon.

Competition ends May 7th. Entrants outside US/Canada are ineligible .

Top Seven Ridiculous Global Warming Hoax Quotes From Climate Change Deniers

Has our list of  anti-gay quotes left you drooling, stomach growling with a low moan, signifying your growing hunger for more stupidity? Rejoice! We have for you an all-you-can-eat buffet of slack-jawed skull-fuckery, led by some of our nation’s most vocal, professionally dishonest politicians, writers, and personalities. These “people” not only set the bar for corruption, but are true masters in the art of word murder.

And we should know. We’re Verbicide.

Is global warming an elaborate myth created by an ultra-left wing conspiracy, which has spread misinformation, faked melting icecaps, fabricated rising ocean levels, made up Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and a host of other severe weather swings, and paid off a vast majority of the impartial scientific community to lie, all in a grand scheme to…sell more board shorts and mittens? If you ask some of the people below, they might say yes, and that is as sad as it is frightening.

Ready to meet the enemies of science? Read below for the best of the worst.

Glenn Beck

“Al Gore’s not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different. The goal is globalization… and you must silence all dissenting voices. That’s what Hitler did. That’s what Al Gore, the U.N., and everybody on the global warming bandwagon [are doing].”

- Glenn Beck, comparing former Vice President Al Gore’s fight against global warming to Adolf Hitler’s use of eugenics as justification for exterminating six million European Jews, on his syndicated radio show, April 30, 2007.

 

Richard D. North

“It is deeply pejorative to call someone a ‘climate change denier.’ This is because it is a phrase designedly reminiscent of the idea of ‘Holocaust Denial.’”

- Richard D. North, author of The Right-wing Guide to Nearly Everything, making an unequal comparison and suggesting a conspiracy against the more sensitive constituents of his community, June 30, 2005.

 
Joe Barton
 

“When it’s hot, we get shade.”

- Rep. “Smokey Joe” Barton (R-TX), in a hearing on adapting to climate change, March 25, 2009.

 

Sarah Palin

“These global warming studies [are] a bunch of snake oil science.”

- Governor Sarah Palin, at a logging conference in Redding, California, February 8, 2010.

 

Michele Bachmann

“[Nancy Pelosi] is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said she’s just trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet — we didn’t need Nancy Pelosi to do that.”

- Senator Michele Bachmann, telling OneNewsNow that the US doesn’t need environmental advocates because Jesus already has got that covered, August 2008.

 

Donald Trump

“[Al] Gore wants us to clean up our factories…when China and other countries couldn’t care less. China, Japan, and India are laughing at America’s stupidity.”

- Donald Trump, ranting to a crowd at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York, February 2010.

 

George F. Will

“According to the University of Illinois’ Arctic Climate Research Center, global sea ice levels now equal those of 1979.”

- George F. Will, columnist of The Washington Post, supporting his claims that glacial retreat caused by global warming is a myth, February 15, 2009. The “University of Illinois’ Arctic Climate Research Center” does not exist, and the scientists at the university who conduct Arctic research reprimanded both Will and the Post for publishing non-factual claims.

Beastie Boys Sign a Memoir Deal

Beastie Boys

Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), the surviving members of the hip-hop group Beastie Boys, have signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, for a book celebrating their history and aesthetic. A title has not been chosen, but it is planned to come out in fall 2015.

The book, to be edited by the hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins, will be loosely structured as an oral history. It will also have contributions by other writers, as well as a strong visual component. The proposed structure has been compared it to Grand Royal, the Beastie Boys’ acclaimed but short-lived magazine in the 1990s, which explored some of its wide-ranging pop-culture interests with curiosity and snark. (via NYT)

Neutral Milk Hotel to Reunite for Tour

Neutral Milk Hotel

Neutral Milk Hotel will be tour in 2013, 15 years after their last shows together. Only a handful have been announced so far, but apparently there is “more to come,” according to the band’s website. Dates are below. (via P4k)

Neutral Milk Hotel on Tour
10/22 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club *
10/23 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club #
10/25 Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium #!
11/28 Taipei, Taiwan @ Hostess Club Festival
12/01 Tokyo, Japan @ Hostess Club Festival

* with Elf Power
# with Half Japanese
! with Daniel Johnston

Jimmy Eat World Announce Summer 2013 US Tour Dates

Jimmy Eat World

Recently, Jimmy Eat World announced an Arizona “Home State” tour during May. Now, additional US tour dates to support their forthcoming album, Damage (out June 11th), have been announced. The new dates are set to kick off June 30th in Pittsburgh, with more dates to be announced in the near future.

Full tour dates are below. Click here for Arizona dates in May and to stream the new track “I Will Steal You Back.”

Jimmy Eat World on Tour
6/30 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
7/02 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blue
7/03 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
7/06 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
7/08 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
7/10 Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre
7/15 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
7/16 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
7/17 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
7/18 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
7/20 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
8/04 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
8/05 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
8/07 New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage
8/10 Richmond, VA @ The National
8/11 Washington, DC @ 930 Club
8/13 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
8/14 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
8/16 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
8/17 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
8/18 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre

Beck Announces Solo Acoustic Summer 2013 Tour Dates

Beck

Beck has announced a series of solo acoustic tour dates set to take place this summer. The tour will feature stops at Paris’s Days Off Festival, the Americanarama Festival in Wantagh, New York, and Rhode Island’s Newport Folk Festival. Full dates are below. (via Under the Radar)

Beck on Tour
5/19 Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
7/02 Paris, France @ Days Off Festival
7/27 Wantagh, NY @ Americanarama Festival *
7/28 Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
7/30 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
8/02 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
8/04 Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)

* with Bob Dylan, Wilco, Ryan Bingham

Mott The Hoople Reunite for November 2013 UK Tour

Mott The Hoople

Formed in 1969, Mott The Hoople went on to become one of the best loved and most influential rock groups of all time. Their string of hits started with the David Bowie-penned “All The Young Dudes,” after which the band’s legend was written with original classics such as “All The Way From Memphis,” “Roll Away The Stone,” “Saturday Gigs,” and “The Golden Age Of Rock N Roll.”

The band will be returning to the UK in November 2013 for five dates only – their first since 2009. The shows will feature original members Verden Allen (keyboards/vocals), Ian Hunter (vocals/guitar / piano), Mick Ralphs (guitar/vocals) and Overend Watts (bass/vocals). Due to ill health, original drummer Dale Griffin will be substituted by Martin Chambers of The Pretenders.

All tickets are priced £40, except London, which is £45. The tickets are subject to booking fee, and go on sale at 9.00am GMT Friday, April 26, 2013. (via MetalTalk)

Mott The Hoople on Tour
11/11 Birmingham @ Symphony Hall
11/13 Glasgow @ Clyde Auditorium
11/16 Newcastle @ City Hall
11/17 Manchester @ O2 Apollo
11/18 London @ The O2

Melvins Announce 30th Anniversary Tour Dates for Summer 2013

Melvins to embark on 30th anniversary tour in summer 2013

The Melvins celebrate their 30th anniversary with an extensive North American tour, kicking off on July 12, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Has it really only been 30 years?” asked singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne. “Dang! Thanks to everyone who’s been there for us! It’s been an exciting trip and I probably should have listened and learned more. I apologize for anything I’ve ever done wrong and for anything I’m going to do wrong… Ha!” Full dates are below. (via For the Love of Punk)

The Melvins recently released an all-covers album entitled Everybody Loves Sausages.

Melvins on Tour
7/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
7/13 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
7/15 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
7/17 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
7/18 Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company
7/20 Minneapolis, MN @ Bash 13 (Grumpy’s)*
7/21 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom**
7/22 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
7/23 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
7/25 Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
7/26 Detroit, MI @ Small’s
7/27 Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
7/29 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
7/30 Hartford, CT @ Arch Street Tavern
7/31 Brooklyn, NY @ Venue TBA
8/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
8/02 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
8/03 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
8/04 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
8/05 Atlanta, GA @ The Loft at Center Stage Atlanta
8/07 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
8/08 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live – Studio
8/09 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
8/10 Dallas, TX @ Trees
8/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
8/14 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
8/16 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
8/19 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8/20 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
8/22 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

* – w/ Mudhoney, Die Kreuzen, and Negative Approach
** – w/Mudhoney
Honky opens on all other dates

Melvins 2013 30th anniversary tour poster

Watch: “Wayne’s World” 2013 Reunion Panel, Plus First-Ever Shorts Entitled “Wayne’s Power Minute”

Wayne's World reunion

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences hosted a special screening this week of the classic 1992 comedy Wayne’s World which was followed by a discussion panel with its cast and creators.

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reunited with costar Rob Lowe, executive producer Lorne Michaels and director Penelope Spheeris to share stories from set and talk about the sketch-turned-movie’s legacy. Though they did not take part in the panel, Lara Flynn Boyle and Tia Carrere also appeared at the event.

The Academy provided a nine-minute video with a compilation of clips from the panel, which you can watch below. (via Paste)

During the panel, Myers mentioned that Wayne’s World did not actually originate on ”Saturday Night Live,” but actually on the 1987 Canadian variety show “It’s Only Rock & Roll” during a sketch called “Wayne’s Power Minute.” You can watch that sketch following the video from the Academy.

Wayne’s World 2013 Reunion Panel

“Wayne’s Power Minute” shorts on the show “It’s Only Rock & Roll”

My Bloody Valentine Announce Additional Dates to Their 2013 World Tour

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine have added new dates to their tour schedule since releasing their long-awaited third album, mbv, earlier this year. The band will play concerts and festivals throughout Europe into November, but there are still no US tour dates. Full tour dates are below.

My Bloody Valentine on Tour
05/23 Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn Kilbi
05/25 Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
05/29 Bologna, IT @ Estragon
06/01 Porto, PT @ Optimus Primavera Sound
06/03 Rome, IT @ Rock in Roma
06/05 Paris, FR @ Bataclan
06/07 Ljubljana, SL @ Kino Siska
06/09 Budapest, HU @ Club 202
06/10 Prague, CZ @ Archa Theater
06/13 Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
06/14 Hultsfred, SE @ Hultsfred Festival
06/15 Oslo, NO @ Norwegian Wood
07/05 Kent, UK @ Hop Farm Fest
07/07 Malsaucy, FR @ Les Eurockéennes
07/13 Kinross, UK @ T in the Park
08/04 Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival
08/08 Sibernik, HR @ Terraneo Festival
08/10 Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
09/05 Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
09/07 Berlin, DE @ Berlin Festival
09/08 Munich, DE @ Townhalle
10/31 Eindhoven, NL @ Effenaar
11/03 Lille, FR @ Aeronef

(via Fact)

Eureka the Butcher (Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta, Zechs Marquise) Announces Debut Album “Music for Mothers”

Eureka the Butcher "Music for Mothers" album cover

Eureka the Butcher, solo pseudonym of Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez (also of Zechs Marquise and The Mars Volta) announces the forthcoming release of his debut album. The recording, Music For Mothers is dedicated to the multi-instrumentalist’s mother Frances Sarah Rodriguez-Lopez who passed away last year.

“This record is for my mom because she is the reason why I started playing the piano,” says Marcel. “She told me that it was great that I wanted to play drums, but if I played the piano, I could create music and play to a room full of people by myself. I didn’t start playing drums for another 4 years, and I wouldn’t start playing piano for another 7 or so. That’s when I started making electronic music. Making music under the Eureka name gives me that ability: to make music and perform by myself. I, however, do not perform alone. Sadah Luna performs with me because of my love for her dance and her love for my music. She completes the live show.”

Stream track “Here Comes Eureka B” below, and check the track listing for Music For Mothers.

Eureka the Butcher Music for Mothers Track Listing
01. Here Comes Eureka B
02. Cold Ass Feet
03. The Home Stretch
04. Swag Sh*t
05. Barbecue at Channel One
06. Heavy Programming
07. Main Frame
08. Sarah Monster
09. El Paso Research
10. Desert Rituals
11. My Brother The Sun

Watch: Outtake Clip From Season Four of “Arrested Development”

Outtake from "Arrested Development" season four episode

Today, Entertainment Weekly has released a clip from the forthcoming fourth season of “Arrested Development.” The following scene was screened during panels at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour and SXSW, and a snippet of it will appear in one of the 15 episodes that Netflix will be released on May 26, 2013.

You can watch the clip here at EW, or click here to see nine “vintage” album covers from “Arrested Development.”

The Dandy Warhols Release New Music Video for “Rest Your Head,” Announce Summer 2013 North American Tour Dates

The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols premiered their new video for “Rest Your Head” on Spinner last week. The video was directed by French Canadian director Jean-Francois Rivard. The band has also revealed its tour dates for May and June of 2013 – full dates are below, followed by the music video.

The Dandy Warhols on Tour
5/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
5/29 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
5/31 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
6/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
6/02 Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
6/04 Montréal, QC @ Club Soda
6/05 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
6/07 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
6/08 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
6/09 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
6/11 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
6/12 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
6/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theater
6/15 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
6/19 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom (all ages)
6/20 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom (21+)
6/21 Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
6/22 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom