"Freaks and Geeks" cast reunion, photographed by Mark Seliger - click to enlarge
Almost the entire cast of the cult comedy show ”Freaks and Geeks,” which aired for one season from 1999 to 2000, has been assembled for the first time in more than a decade by Vanity Fairfor their comedy issue.
Sad news: influential Bay Area musician Sarah Kirsch (formerly known as Mike Kirsch) died Monday, December 5, 2012. Shortly coming out as a trans-woman, Kirsch was diagnosed in summer 2011 with Fanconi anemia, a rare genetic disorder that causes leukemia and other cancers, and ultimately went through chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants, and lengthy hospital stays over the past year and a half.
Kirsch was the original guitarist of Pinhead Gunpowder, and played in a ton of Bay Area bands including Torches To Rome, Bread and Circuits, John Henry West, Fuel, Sawhorse, and many more. Most recently she was in Mothercountry Motherfuckers.
Did the Ramones invent punk rock? No, probably not. They did, however, give punk a major kick in the ass, and “Blitzkrieg Bop” is the tune that brought it to the masses and catapulted the band to superstardom. The track is ingrained in American culture, played to this day on the radio and at sports stadiums, and remains a go-to song for any band that wants to get an audience pumped up with an up-tempo sing-along. In our third covers list, we take a look at 10 notable versions of “Blitzkrieg Bop.”
Over the course of their 30-year-plus existence, Shonen Knife have covered the hell out of the Ramones, and in 2011 they released a tribute album entitled Osaka Ramones, on which this cover appears.
You might not be a fan of Rob Zombie‘s music, but you have to admire his ability to take a three-chord song and somehow completely reinvent it. This track is from the Ramones tribute album We’re a Happy Family (2003), which was produced by Johnny Ramone shortly before his death.
Yo La Tengo
Yo La Tengo cover “Blitzkreig Bop” like only Yo La Tengo could. Though the year on this video is incorrect (it couldn’t have been 1981, as the band didn’t even form until 1984), it is undoubtedly from very early in their career.
Green Day fans
Green Day have covered the Ramones many times in their career. However, during this show they cobbled together a few fans, brought ‘em up on stage, and let them have at it.
Nice to hear The Offspring covering this song. Kind of reminds me of when they actually used to be a punk rock band.
You wouldn’t think this song could possibly work so well as a rockabilly tune, but check this out. Taggy Tones’ take is better than I expected.
Musik For The Kitchen
A swing version? Well, why not? This is great stuff. The old scratchy record popping sound effect in the background is a nice touch.
New Found Glory
This band has spent years tormenting my ears with shit like this, but I have to hand it to them for cranking out an excellent, powerful, straightforward cover of a punk classic.
The Eels have just released a brand new music video for their track “Peach Blossom,” off of their forthcoming studio album, Wonderful, Glorious. The new album will be released on February 5, 2013 via Vagrant Records.
Wonderful, Glorious will be the band’s 12th full length and fifth for Vagrant. They have not released any albums since 2010, when both Tomorrow Morning and End Times were released.
Today, Tori Amos released a new four-track remix package, Flavor (Peter Rauhofer Mixes) on Deutsche Grammophon. “Flavor” is the lead single from Amos’ current album Gold Dust on which she reimagines songs from her catalogue in an orchestral setting in collaboration with the Metropole Orchestra.
Award-winning remixer/DJ Peter Rauhofer has taken “Flavor” from the concert hall to the dancefloor with four new versions. The tracklist is “Flavor Club Mix,” (streaming below), “Flavor Big Room Mix,” “Flavor Old Skool Dub Mix,” and “Flavor Club Mix (Radio Edit).” The remix package is available digitally.
Gorilla Biscuits will headline the first two nights supported by Youth Of Today, Shelter, Down To Nothing, and more. The final night will be headlined by fellow Texas Is The Reason, along with Into Another, Sense Field, and a special performance by Popeye from Farside. The full lineup is below.
REV 25 Chicago Lineup
January 4, 2013
Down To Nothing
By A Thread
January 5, 2013
Youth Of Today
January 6, 2013
Texas Is The Reason
Popeye (from Farside)
The Prague Municipal Court has officially filed an indictment of Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe on murder charges, stemming from a 2010 incident at a Lamb Of God concert in the Czech Republic that allegedly resulted in a fan’s death. The court now has three months to set a date for a formal trial.
Blythe was arrested and held in Czech prison last summer and was released and returned to the US in August.
After his release, Blythe stated the following:
“If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I will return to Prague to stand trial. While I maintain my innocence 100%, and will do so steadfastly, I will not hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution.”
Following dates in Australia, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will tour North American with Sharon Van Etten in early 2013 in support of their upcoming full-length Push the Sky Away. The album is due out February 18, 2013 in the UK and February 19th in the US.
The first single, ”We No Who We R,” can be streamed below the dates.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on Tour
2/26 Sydney, Australia @ Sydney Opera House
2/27 Sydney, Australia @ Sydney Opera House
3/02 Melbourne, Australia @ Sidney Myer Music Bowl
2/26 Sydney, Australia @ Sydney Opera House
3/03 Adelaide, Australia @ Thebarton Theatre
3/06 Perth, Australia @ Red Hill Auditorium
3/08 Brisbane, Australia @ Riverstage
3/14 Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Auditorium *
3/16 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
3/17 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel *
3/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theater *
3/20 Washington, DC @ Strathmore *
3/22 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis *
3/23 Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
3/24 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater *
3/28 New York, NY @ Beacon Theater *
3/29 New York, NY @ Beacon Theater *
4/01 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater *
4/03 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater *
Massachusetts-based band Maker was in a bad accident while on tour today en route to a show in Texas. The band released the following statement:
This morning on our way to Texas we flipped our vehicle over just outside Dallas. A few of us are injured, one in critical condition, and the vehicle is totaled. Were trying to raise money to help pay hospital bills and a vehicle and equipment. Any help is appreciated and please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
Left: final issue of Nintendo Power (2012) - Right: first issue of Nintendo Power (1988)
Via Kotaku, the cover of the final issue of Nintendo Power magazine has been leaked, and if you are around the age of 30 or older, this one will hit you right in the childhood.
I still remember getting the first issue in the mail during the summer between second and third grade in 1988, and my brother still has that tattered copy (pictured below!) — I don’t think we could have beaten Ganon without that Legend of Zelda overworld map printed on the back side of the free RBI Baseball poster.
Lacuna Coil on Tour
2/02/13 Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
2/03/13 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
2/05/13 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
2/06/13 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
2/07/13 Portland, ME @ The Asylum
2/08/13 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
2/09/13 Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
2/10/13 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
2/12/13 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
2/14/13 Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
2/15/13 Broussard, LA @ The Station
2/16/13 Beaumont, TX @ Dixie Dance Hall
2/17/13 Little Rock, AR @ Revolution! Music Room
2/19/13 Springfield, IL @ Boondocks
2/21/13 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
2/22/13 South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
2/23/13 Cedar Falls, IA @ Pepsi Pavilion
Director/puppeteer Frank Oz stopped by “The Colbert Report” recently, and while his appearance is largely due to the 25th anniversary Blu-Ray release of his film Little Shop of Horrors, the entire exchange with Colbert is fun. Oz is still one of my favorite performers; the clip is below.
On December 27, 2012, A-F Records is releasing a limited edition vinyl record by Anti-Flag shaped like a plate of bacon.
A-F has this to say:
“As fellow record enthusiasts, we wanted to bring these new songs to you in a way that was truly special and also reflected everything that we here at AF all love about record collecting. So, with the help of our friends and vinyl wizards over at Pirates Press, here it is: a onetime pressing, limited to 500 hand numbered pieces, of the most unique looking record we’ve ever seen.”
As reported by Total Film, Disney has recently brought on writers Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly to rework the Flight of the Navigator remake script penned by “Arrested Development” writer Brad Copeland. According to Variety, the remake is being developed as a possible directing vehicle for Trevorrow.
The original Flight of the Navigator was released in 1986. It follows the adventures of a boy who was abducted by a spaceship on July 4, 1978 and wakes up in a ditch exactly eight years later in the same spot without any memory of the abduction, and having not aged a day. He is then taken back aboard the shape-shifting AI-controlled spaceship, voiced by Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman). The film also starred a young Sarah Jessica Parker and this cool little guy.