Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng Dies at Age 42

Chi Cheng

Chi Cheng, bassist for the Deftones, died on Saturday morning, April 13, 2013, at the age of 42. Cheng had been left in a semi-conscious coma since being involved in a car accident on November 4, 2008.

His family and friends posted the following message on Oneloveforchi.com:

“Our dearest Family,

This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.

He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.

With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)”

(via theprp)

20 Funny Hacked Electronic Road Signs


As previously stated, Verbicide does not encourage people to create funny graffiti on road signs and billboards – and furthermore, we certainly do not want our readers to hack electronic road signs to display “READ VERBICIDEMAG.COM.” Of course, if you’re merely curious on how one would do so (not that you would), Gizmodo has provided detailed instructions on how to do just that.

While not a particularly dangerous crime, nor one that causes any permanent harm, the fines for hacking an electronic street sign can be pretty steep — up to $250 in Illinois, $500 and a misdemeanor charge in the state of Texas, and as much as $5,000 and a year in jail in the killjoy state of Indiana. Still, if you just have to temporarily share with your neighborhood a clever reference to Super Mario Bros. or The Day the Earth Stood Still, go right ahead — just don’t say we didn’t warn you of the potential consequences.

Here are 20 road signs that we found to be funny (though commuters and cops probably were not quite as amused).

You'll Never Get to Work on Time! Ha Ha!


Rogue Panda on Rampage


Hack Naked


OMG the British Are Coming


Trapped in Sign Factory


Sorry Mario


LOL Poop


Honk If You Are Wearing a Thong


Eat My Shorts


Rabbit Season


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Wu-Tang Clan to Release Sixth Studio Album “A Better Tomorrow” in July 2013

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan are set to release their brand new album, A Better Tomorrow, in July 2013.

Last month, Method Man said that the band were working on a new release to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic 1993 debut LP Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers); later, in an interview with Radio.com, Cappadonna confirmed that “recording has begun” on a new LP.

“I already spoke to the RZA,” he said. “We’ve been texting each other. We’re definitely concentrating on more positivity and teachings and trying to put that back into the original recipe for this next Wu-Tang album.”

He went on to add: “The recording has begun… It’s all being done in the secret Wu-Tang Bat chamber. RZA has all the tracks lined up. There are recordings taking place in New York, LA and perhaps at the Wu mansion in New Jersey.”

Wu-Tang’s last studio album, 8 Diagrams, was released in 2007 following a six-year gap after their 2001 release Iron Flag. (via NME)

Despite Rumors, a Dead Kennedys Reunion With Jello Biafra Is Probably Not Happening

Dead Kennedys

Earlier today, the Dead Kennedys posted the following message on their official Facebook page:

Jello Biafra is now currently playing many Dead Kennedys’ classics like “Holiday in Cambodia” & “California Uber Alles” with his new band. East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, and DH Peligro play all those songs too. Fans are asking – who wants to see them play these classic songs together again?

The dubious statement caused some to believe that the band was possibly teasing a forthcoming reunion with Biafra, with Dying Scene posing the possibility to readers.

However, when questioned, general manager of Alternative Tentacles Records Jesse Townley stated, “Nothing like this is happening as far as I know.”

Starting tomorrow, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine is kicking off their touring for their new record, White People & the Damage Done at Coachella, and will be following it with a series of West Coast dates and Australia/New Zealand shows, which are listed below.

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine on Tour
4/12 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/13 Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
4/14 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
4/16 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew
4/17 Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
4/19 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/20 Las Vegas, NV @ Country Saloon
4/21 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
5/07 Wellington, New Zealand @ Bodega
5/08 Auckland, New Zealand @ Powerstation
5/10 Adelaide, Australia @ Fowlers
5/11 Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel
5/12 Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel
5/14 Perth, Australia Rosemount Hotel
5/16 Brisbane, Australia @ Hi-Fi
5/17 Coolangatta, Australia @ Coolangatta Hotel
5/18 Sidney, Australia @ The Metro
5/19 Newcastle, Australia @ Cambridge Tavern

Prequel to “The Shining,” “The Overlook Hotel,” to Be Written by “Walking Dead’s” Glen Mazzara

The Shining

Earlier this year, Stephen King announced that he had written the sequel to his famed novel, The Shining, entitled Doctor Sleep, which shows what happens to Danny Torrance 30 years after the events of the first book.

Now, it has revealed that Glen Mazzara, who ran AMC’s smash hit series “The Walking Dead” for the past several seasons, is in talks to write The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to the Stanley Kubrick-directed film version of The Shining, based on the King novel. The film is being developed at Warner Bros. to be produced by Mythology Entertainment’s Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Laeta Kalogridis. (via Deadline)

Beale Street Music Festival 2013 Lineup Announced

Beale Street Music Festival 2013

The full lineup is out for this year’s Beale Street Music Festival, which takes place Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5th at Tom Lee Park. Three-day passes for the festival are $85 and are available through April 21st. See MemphisinMay.org for more info. Lineup is below.

Beale Street Music Festival Lineup

Friday, May 3rd

FedEx Stage: Alice in Chains, Deftones, Yngwie Malmsteen, Don Trip
Orion Stage: Hall & Oates, Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers, Shannon McNally
Bud Light Stage: Bassnectar, Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros, Mimosa, The Joy Formidable
Horseshoe Casino Blues Tent: Charles Bradley, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Louise Hoffsten, Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition

Saturday, May 4th

FedEx Stage: The Black Keys, Dwight Yoakam, Patti Smith, Cracker, Star & Micey. DJ Porter Robinson will spin a late-night set
Orion Stage: ZZ Top, Gov’t Mule, Mavis Staples, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jake Bugg, Sonny Burgess & the Pacers
Bud Light Stage: The Roots, Gavin DeGraw, Big Boi, Pickwick
Horseshoe Casino Blues Tent: Coco Montoya, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Will Tucker, Zac Harmon, James “Superchikan” Johnson, Fuzzy Jeffries & the Kings of Memphis

Sunday, May 5th

FedEx Stage: Smashing Pumpkins, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Public Enemy, Al Kapone
Orion Stage: The Flaming Lips, Phoenix, Awolnation, Vintage Trouble, River City Tanlines
Bud Light Stage: The Black Crowes, Lucero, Gary Clark Jr., Deer Tick, Kingston Springs
Horseshoe Casino Blues Tent: Royal Southern Brotherhood, Davy Knowles, Louise Hoffsten, The Slide Brothers, Barbara Blue

(via Memphis Flyer)

Jimmy Eat World Stream New Song, “I Will Steal You Back,” Release Track Listing for “Damage” and May Tour Dates

Jimmy Eat World "Damage" album cover

Jimmy Eat World have released “I Will Steal You Back”, the lead single off their forthcoming seventh studio album Damage. The track is available to stream below.

The band has also revealed the track listing for Damage, as well as dates for a short tour in May through their home state Arizona.

Damage hits stores on June 11th via RCA Records. The band will also release a Record Store Day seven-inch featuring the Damage title track and a cover of Radiohead’s Pablo Honey single, “Stop Whispering.”

Damage Track List:
01. Appreciation
02. Damage
03. Lean
04. Book Of Love
05. I Will Steal You Back
06. Please Say No
07. How’d You Have Me
08. No, Never
09. Byebyelove
10. You Were Good

Jimmy Eat World on Tour:
5/03 Yuma, AZ @ Strummer’s Village Tavern
5/04 Flagstaff, AZ @The Orpheum Theater
5/09 Casa Grande, AZ @ Paramount Theatre
5/10 Wickenburg, AZ @ Wickenburg Community Theatre
05/11 – Sierra Vista, AZ @ Knights of Columbus

Lenny Lashley of Darkbuster Officially Joins Street Dogs

Lenny Lashley joins Street Dogs

Not long after news broke that their hiatus was ending, Mike McColgan’s Street Dogs have just announced that Lenny Lashley of Darkbuster has officially joined the band.

“Today we make it official,” posted the band on Facebook. “Lenny Lashley our good friend and brother has joined The Street Dogs. We are very happy to have him aboard.”

Street Dogs will be releasing a new seven-inch “Crooked Drunken Sons” on April 20, 2013 on Pirates Press Records. The band’s last studio was their self-titled 2010 Hellcat Records release. (via DS)

Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, and Gogol Bordello Headlining 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio

Nelsonville Music Festival

The ninth annual Nelsonville Music Festival will take place May 30 – June 2, 2013 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Nelsonville Music Festival will be headlined by Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Gogol Bordello, Mavis Staples, Sharon Van Etten, Calexico, Jonathan Richman, Screaming Females, David Wax Museum, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, and many more all weekend long.

Weekend passes for all four days are on sale now $110; the price will raise from there until the gate price the weekend of the festival of $130 for a weekend pass. Single day tickets are now available too. VIP Weekend passes are also available along with camping and RV passes. Tickets and more information can be found at nelsonvillefest.org. A partial lineup is below.

Nelsonville Music Festival 2013 Lineup
Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Gogol Bordello, Mavis Staples, Sharon Van Etten, Calexico, Jonathan Richman, Tift Merrit, The Coup, Reigning Sound, Wild Belle, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Screaming Females, David Wax Museum, Brown Bird, Field Report, Shilpa Ray, Endless Boogie, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, The Honeycutters, Michael Hurley, Lucius, Cotton Jones, William Tyler, Catherine MacLellan, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Old Light, Wussy, The Sundresses, Nick Tolford & Company, Wheels On Fire, The D-Rays, County Pharoahs, J.D Hutchison, Jerry David Decicca, Olentaggy John, Todd Burge, Unmonumental, J.J Reed, Weedghost, and many more

Nelsonville Music Festival

Judy Garland’s “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead” Ascends UK iTunes Charts After Margaret Thatcher’s Death

Margaret Thatcher image courtesy huffingtonpost.co.uk

Judy Garland’s 1939 song “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead,” recorded for the film The Wizard of Oz, has soared to number 27 in the UK iTunes chart this morning following yesterday’s death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Other anti-Thatcher songs have also been appeared on British iTunes, including Elvis Costello’s ”Tramp the Dirt Down” at number 93, annd Morrissey’s ”Margaret on the Guillotine,” Robert Wyatt’s ”Shipbuilding,” and Billy Bragg’s ”Between the Wars.” (via news.com.au)

Morrissey wasted no time yesterday in announcing, in no uncertain terms, that he will not remember Thatcher fondly:

“Thatcher will only be fondly remembered by sentimentalists who did not suffer under her leadership, but the majority of British working people have forgotten her already, and the people of Argentina will be celebrating her death. As a matter of recorded fact, Thatcher was a terror without an atom of humanity.” (via Daily Beast)

Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Club” Star Annette Funicello Dies at 70

Annette Funicello

Annette Funicello, the popular star of “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s who further cemented her status as a pop-culture icon in the ’60s by teaming with Frankie Avalon in a popular series of beach movies, died Monday. She was 70.

Funicello, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and became a spokeswoman for treatment of the chronic, often-debilitating disease of the central nervous system, died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Walt Disney Co. spokesman Howard Green said. (via LA Times)

50 Examples of Funny Graffiti Art on Signs and Advertisements

Graffiti Removal Hotline

If you’re the type of person who just can’t get along in life without hatefully tagging some guy’s home, destroying a grave site, vandalizing works of art, or wrecking beautiful natural areas, then you are a piece of shit. Let it be known that Verbicide certainly doesn’t tolerate vandalism, nor does it endorse the cool crime of graffiti.

…But then, when you consider the corporatized, concrete-covered world so many of us endlessly drift through, and the streams of billboards and advertisements that blight city streets and interstate highway roadsides, a little subversive creativity never hurt. Right? You can judge for yourself. If you’ve gotta express yourself (illegally), you either need some serious talent like this guy to beautify the bleak urban landscape, or you’ve got to have a good sense of humor. Here are 50 tagged signs and ads that made us laugh.

No We Won't


Speeding. What's Your Excuse?


Be Polite


Graffiti Removal Hotline


Bane Changing Station


Graffiti: It's a Fun Crime!




Hammer Time


God Listens


Clown College




Ice Ice




Bill Posters


One Minute Waddle




Pie Area


T. Hanks




Alarmed Door


Draw Bridge


Do what you love






Jesus is...


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