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Listen: Austra “Painful Like”

Austra

Following the release of lead single “Home,” Austra has now shared the new single “Painful Like” from their forthcoming album Olympia, due out June 18, 2013 on Domino.

Influenced by early Chicago house music when dance music was performed with a live band, “Painful Like” too was performed live in the studio free of any programming or loops. Stream the track below.

27 Professional Athletes Wearing the Wrong Team Uniform

Michael Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards

“Loyalty to any one sports team is pretty hard to justify,” quipped Jerry Seinfeld during an opener to an episode of his show. “You’re actually rooting for the clothes. Fans will be so in love with a player, but if he goes to another team, they boo him. This is the same human being in a different shirt!”

Jerry may have had a point — after all, in an era of free agency and increasing loyalty to money, players often suit up for numerous teams, and the idea of a franchise player seems to be a thing of the past. But still, despite the fact that athletes such as LeBron James and Albert Pujols routinely sell out a fan base that adores them for a few extra million bucks, there are still the David Ortizes and Derek Jeters who just wouldn’t look right in any uniform other than the city that they’ve grown to symbolize.

Here are 27 athletes who, for whatever reason — a trade, a coaching opportunity, or a final attempt to squeeze just a bit more life out of their professional careers — found themselves wearing laundry that just looked plain wrong.

Babe Ruth, Brooklyn Dodgers

The Great Bambino” started his playing career as a Hall of Fame-caliber pitcher with the Boston Red Sox and finished it as a sideshow attraction for the Boston Braves, playing 28 games with the club in 1935 before calling it quits. Odd as it might be to some to see him in the jersey of the two Boston clubs, it is even stranger to see him suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers, for whom he served as a first base coach in 1938.

Babe Ruth, Brooklyn Dodgers



Mike Piazza, Florida Marlins

Mike Piazza started the 1998 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and finished it with the New York Mets. However, in the middle of 1998, he played a meager five games with the Florida Marlins. To shed salary, the Marlins acquired Piazza from the Dodgers for a slew of pricey veterans, such as Bobby Bonilla and Gary Sheffield, and almost immediately shipped Piazza to New York for a trio of prospects, including Preston Wilson. Piazza did not hit a single one of his 427 career home runs for Florida — he did, however, hit one of his eight career triples while wearing a Marlins jersey.

Mike Piazza, Florida Marlins



Gordie Howe, Hartford Whalers

“Mr. Hockey” had a long, incredible career, suiting up for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings from 1946 until 1971. After taking a rest during the 1971-’72 and ’72-’73 hockey seasons, Howe joined the WHA’s Houston Aeros at the age of 45 — and played four seasons for them. Then he joined the New England Whalers, playing two more full seasons in the WHA. When the Whalers transitioned to the NHL, Howe came along with them — and played a career-high 80 games at the age of 51!

Gordie Howe, Hartford Whalers



Karl Malone, Los Angeles Lakers

After spending 18 years as the face of the Utah Jazz franchise, Karl Malone played 42 games for the LA Lakers during the 2003-’04 season in an attempt to finally win a championship. Despite scoring more points than anyone in NBA history other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Malone would never come out on top — the Lakers were defeated in five games by the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals.

Karl Malone, Los Angeles Lakers



Emmitt Smith, Arizona Cardinals

The NFL’s all-time rushing leader won three Super Bowl championships in 13 years with the Dallas Cowboys. Though his two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals were largely uneventful, he did become the oldest player in NFL history to throw his first touchdown pass, throwing a 21-yard touchdown strike on a halfback option play. This passing attempt during his final season was the only one of his career.

Emmitt Smith, Arizona Cardinals



Ken Griffey, Jr., Chicago White Sox

Ken Griffey, Jr. started and finished his career with the Seattle Mariners, and played the bulk of nine seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. However, in 2008 he joined the White Sox via trade for 41 regular season games as part of their push to the playoffs, and made his last of only three postseason appearance with Chicago. Unfortunately, he had just two hits in 10 at-bats in the ALDS against Tampa Bay, and struck out five times — including the final out of the series.

Ken Griffey, Jr., Chicago White Sox



OJ Simpson, San Francisco 49ers

Though most famous for wearing the uniforms of the Buffalo Bills and the Lovelock Correctional Center, OJ played his final two NFL seasons for San Francisco.

OJ Simpson, San Francisco 49ers



Bobby Orr, Chicago Black Hawks

“Number Four, Bobby Orr” is a Boston sports legend. He won two Stanley Cup trophies with the Bruins, and revolutionized the style of play for defensemen, becoming the first (and only) defenseman to score nine hat tricks, and was the only defenseman to lead the league in scoring, which he did twice. Unfortunately, due to countless injuries to and surgeries on his left knee, Orr played only 47 NHL games after his 27th birthday — 26 of which came with the Chicago Black Hawks.

Bobby Orr, Chicago Black Hawks



Hakeem Olajuwon, Toronto Raptors

Olajuwon played 17 years for the Houston Rockets, with whom he won the 1994 MVP awards and two NBA championships. However, in August of 2001, Olajuwon declined a $13 million deal with the Rockets and was traded to the Toronto Raptors for draft picks. After one injury-riddled season in Toronto, he retired, and shortly after his number was retired in Houston.

Hakeem Olajuwon, Toronto Raptors


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Video Premiere: Restorations “D”

Restorations, photo by Mike Vorrasi

Restorations, photo by Mike Vorrasi

Premiering today on VerbicideMagazine.com is the new music video from Restorations for their track “D,” featured on their newest album LP2. The album was released in April on Side One Dummy Records as the follow-up to their self-titled album from 2011.

The band worked with director Mitchell Wojcik, who Restorations vocalist and guitarist Jon Loudon called “one of my favorite artists in our little bubble of bands. I was so happy we got to get together to work on this,” continued Loudon. “When we were talking about concepts, Mitch suggested making it look like an old Fugazi bootleg. I really love how it turned out.”

“Before working on this video, I spoke heavily with Jon about his influences in music and just bands he enjoyed in general,” said Wojcik. “Through those conversations, we found videos we loved, and looked to the way Fugazi’s Instrument and Nirvana’s Live! Tonight! Sold out! looked and felt. They were home movies, and quite personal. I just wanted everything to feel like it could belong anywhere and to anyone, so I made a home movie.”

The video can be streamed below.

Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida to Open “The Simpsons” Theme Park With Replica Springfield

"The Simpsons" Theme Park to Open in Orlando, Florida

Universal Studios has announced that it will be expanding the area around The Simpsons Ride at its Universal Orlando Resort in Florida into a Springfield replica this summer. In addition to rides, it will feature restaurants and foods from “The Simpsons.” Krusty Burger, Lard Lad donuts, the Duff Brewery, Moe’s Tavern, Cletus’s Chicken Shack, The Frying Dutchman, Luigi’s Pizza, and a Kwik-E-Mart are all set to open.

Watch the official teaser video below.

(via Eater)

Stone Temple Pilots Sue Scott Weiland, Vocalist Responds to Band’s Hiring of Chester Bennington as New Lead Singer

Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots

Earlier this year, Scott Weiland was fired from Stone Temple Pilots, a claim he openly disputed. Now, it appears as though the split is becoming increasingly acrimonious.

Last week, STP performed at KROQ’s Weenie Roast accompanied by a new singer, Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington, and debuted a new song entitled “Out Of Time.” Bennington confirmed to KROQ that he would indeed by joining STP as a full-time member.

Scott Weiland responded by penning an open letter to his fans:

Like everybody else out there, I read about my band, Stone Temple Pilots, and their recent performance this past weekend with a new singer. To tell you the truth, it took me by surprise. And it hurt.

But the band that played last weekend was not Stone Temple Pilots and it was wrong of them to present themselves as that. First of all they don’t have the legal right to call themselves STP because I’m still a member of the band. And more importantly, they don’t have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots because it’s misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years.

When I tour on my own, it’s never as Stone Temple Pilots. It’s as Scott Weiland. The fans deserve to know what they’re getting. Like any band that’s stood the test of time and made music for more than two decades, STP had a special alchemy – the four of us together were greater than any one of us apart. So if my former bandmates want to tour with a new singer, that’s their prerogative.

I don’t give a fuck what they call themselves, but it’s not Stone Temple Pilots.

And so I say to you, our fans, I’ll see you out there on the road this summer where I’m touring as ‘Scott Weiland’ with my band The Wildabouts. But don’t give up on STP. I know I haven’t. (via CoS)

It would probably be in his best interests to give up on the band — STP filed a lawsuit accusing Weiland of misusing the band’s name in to advance his solo work, and asked a judge to block him from using the band’s name and their songs.

The lawsuit was filed on Friday in Los Angeles, and claims that Weiland’s chronic tardiness and struggles with addiction had hurt the band’s earning potential when he was a member. It also claims that Weiland has attempted to interfere with airplay of the band’s new single. According to the suit, Weiland’s lawyer had called the head of programming at KROQ and told them that they would be infringing on Weiland’s rights if the station played “Out of Time.”

The band claims in the suit that they own the rights to the name Stone Temple Pilots, as well as all the group’s songs, citing agreements made in 1996 and 2010 that no former members can use the Stone Temple Pilots name. STP has asked the judge to stop Weiland from performing STP songs in his solo career, or even calling himself a former member of the band. (via RS)

Listen: Rabbit Rabbit “Curious One”

Rabbit Rabbit, photo by Elizabeth Friar

Critically acclaimed artist Carla Kihlstedt (Tin Hat Trio, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, 2 Foot Yard, The Book of Knots) and husband Matthias Bossi (Skeleton Key, The Book of Knots, Mike Patton, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) have teamed up for their new group Rabbit Rabbit. The first single “Curious One” is available below.

The pair’s first album, Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Volume 1, will be released August 6, 2013 on their own label, Rabbit Rabbit Records. Kihlstedt and Bossi worked with their frequent collaborator, bassist, guitarist, engineer and producer Jon Evans (Tori Amos, Ben Folds, Bill Frisell) on Volume 1, as well as with producer Joel Hamilton.

Tim Curry Suffers Major Stroke, Is Recovering at Home

Tim Curry in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"

Tim Curry, 67, is recovering after suffering a major stroke at his home in Los Angeles. Best known for his work in 1975′s The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Curry is said to be “doing great” following the collapse, reports the Daily Mail.

The stroke is said to have happened Thursday night.

“Tim is doing great,” says his longtime Los Angeles agent Marcia Hurwitz. “He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humor.” (via USA Today)

Deathfix Announce Fall 2013 East Coast Tour With Pinback

Deathfix

In September, Deathfix will join Pinback for a run of East Coast dates. The band — Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Rich Morell (Blowoff), Devin Ocampo (Faraquet, Medications), and Mark Cisneros (Medications) — released its self-titled debut album in February via Dischord Records, and since then, they’ve toured throughout the US and performed at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival.

Full dates are below, and all are with Pinback. Click here for our interview with Deathfix’s Brendan Canty, or click here for our review of the band’s debut record.

Deathfix on Tour
9/03 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
9/04 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
9/05 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
9/06 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
9/07 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place
9/08 Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile End
9/10 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
9/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
9/13 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
9/15 Washington, DC @ 930 Club
9/17 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
9/18 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Eminem Sues Mark Zuckerberg for Copyright Infringement

As posted by the Hollywood Reporter, the Eminem’s company Eight Mile Style has filed a lawsuit claiming a Facebook ad wrongfully used music “substantially similar” to the track “Under the Influence,” off of 2000′s The Marshall Mathers LP. According to the lawsuit, which specifically cites reports of Zuckberg’s Slim Shady-referencing personal childhood web page, the ad agency W+K used the music “in an effort to curry favor with Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg’s personal likes and interests.” Shady alleges that W+K then changed track, demonstrating knowledge of their guilt.

For their part, W+K claims that Eight Mile Style has no standing to file because producer Dr Dre stole the core of ”Under the Influence” from a Michael Jackson track.

Eight Mile Style is seeking as much as $150,000 per infringement which is the maximum in damages available under the law.

Read more about the lawsuit here.

22-Year-Old Gus Wenner Named New Head of RollingStone.com

Gus and bandmate Scout Willis

Following his son’s role in the rebrand of their website and what is probably a healthy dose of nepotism, Gawker reports that Rolling Stone owner Jann Wenner has named his newly graduated son the new head of RollingStone.com.

In an email sent out to Rolling Stone staffers today, the elder Wenner explained:

Dear all:

David Kang and I are very pleased —and I am very proud —to announce that Gus Wenner, after leading the re-launch re-design effort for our website, will now continue by heading up the overall operations of RollingStone.com.

Jann

Gus Wenner, 22, is a graduate of Brown University known for playing in an alt-country band with fellow celebuspawn/Brown student Scout Willis. Listen to what will surely be the future of Rolling Stone by clicking here.

Henry Rollins Addresses Why He No Longer Plays Music

Henry Rollins

With two concurrent Black Flag reunions taking place in the summer of 2013 (Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes’s “official” Black Flag, and the Keith Morris-fronted FLAG), many have wondered whether the band’s longest-tenured and most-recorded vocalist, Henry Rollins, would be taking part in any tours, Black Flag-related or not.

Without specifically referring to either Black Flag incarnations by name, Rollins has addressed his take on reunions and musical performance in general in his latest LA Weekly column:

I got asked by someone if I was going to go on tour this summer and play what at this point is old music. I told the person that I wasn’t because that currently, my future is getting in the way of my past.

I tell you this because in the summer months, you can count on bands that have been gone for years who will reassemble and go onto stages all over the world playing “vintage music.” Perhaps they are on a Proustian mission to recapture that which has been lost. I read the interviews where the musicians claim that now they can really play this music. I don’t doubt them, but therein lies the problem. Musicians should not play Music. Music should play musicians…

This is why I stopped touring with a band. I put up my fists and there was no longer anything there. It was heartbreaking, but it was clear. Music had moved on. Such was my reverence for its limitless power, I faced this truth and moved on in search of new battles… To each their own. This is how I am running my show.

To read the entire article, click here.

Philip Chevron of The Pogues Announces That His Cancer Has Returned

Phil Chevron

Sadly, Philip Chevron, guitarist of The Pogues, has revealed that the head and neck cancer for which he received treatment in 2007 and a clean bill of health in April 2012 has returned.

In August 2012, Chevron and his doctors noticed a new tumor, and this one is in a position whereby treatment is ill-advised and would almost certainly cause a stroke. The cancer is therefore inoperable and will prove fatal in time, though it is at present impossible to measure life expectancy.

Chevron is currently taking a break from both The Pogues and his other band, the Radiators From Space. The Pogues are on a prolonged time out, emerging only in support of matters relating to their 30th anniversary this year. (via soundsxp.com)

Listen: TOKiMONSTA “The Force” feat. Kool Keith

TOKiMONSTA

TOKiMONSTA’s The Force EP is available now and features the title track (with vocals from the legendary Kool Keith), along with remixes from a number of producers, including Star Slinger, A. Chal, Miguel Campbell, Nick Hook, and Branchez. “The Force” is from TOKiMONSTA’s album Half Shadows.

Watch the official video for “The Force” featuring Kool Keith below.

Swingin’ Utters Announce 2013 North American Tour Dates

Swingin' Utters

Swingin’ Utters kick off their summer tour at Punk Rock Bowling 2013 on May 25th. The band is currently supporting their latest album, Poorly Formed, and will cover most of the Midwest, the East Coast, and a few dates in Canada before heading off to Europe. Full US and Canada dates are below.

Swingin’ Utters on Tour
5/25 Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling
5/31 Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp w/ Goddamn Gallows, North of Grand
6/01 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge w/ Goddamn Gallows, Anger, The Kominas
6/02 Hamtramck, MI @ Small’s w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/03 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/04 Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room w/ Goddamn Gallows, The Chosen Ones
6/06 London, ON @ Call The Office
6/07 Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern w/ The Lucky Ones, Skullians
6/08 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
6/09 Cambridge, MA@t Middle East Downstairs w/ Ducky Boys, Goddamn Gallows, The Welch Boys
6/10 Providence, RI @ Feta Lounge
6/11 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/12 New York City, NY @ Bowery Electric w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/12 New York City, NY @ Bowery Electric w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar w/ Face to Face, Teenage Bottlerocket, Blacklist Royals, Joshua Black Wilkins, Goddam Gallows
6/17 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird w/ Goddamn Gallows, Scene of Irony