–Oops. Not much came of Method Man allegedly shooting a fan in the face with an air gun, or a friend in the leg with a BB, but evading those $32,799 in income taxes over three years landed the Staten Island rapper at the 120 Police Precinct stationhouse this morning. “Taxes are the burden that all citizens share in a civil society, whether you are an ‘average Joe’ on the street or a high-profile rap artist,” said the Staten Island District Attorney in a statement excoriating the rapper known in real life as Clifford Smith. “Because of the alleged action of people like Mr. Smith, law abiding citizens face higher taxes and reduced government services. Failure to properly report and pay your taxes is a crime against all citizens and will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted.” To the tune of up to four years in prison, apparently. Get an accountant, Meth.
–To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first release, a 7″ compilation What Kind of Heaven Do You Want, Slumberland Records announced D.C. and New York shows featuring reps from both generations of genre-defining wonder pop outfits. While Black Tambourine couldn’t really choose a more ideal environment to lap up some reunion funds, they are apparently not on the bill. Instead, the oldster bands in the room will include The Ropers and Nord Express, while Crystal Stilts and “surprise guest” (Pains of Being Pure of Hearts, according to the rumormongers) will rep for the younger generation.
–Add publisher to Thurston Moore’s list of job titles, and welcome Ecstatic Peace Library to the art book world. The Sonic Youth guitarist has made various forays into the format already, with text-contributions to books like No Wave: Post Punk. Underground. New York. Now, he’s launching his own press. The Ecstatic Peace Library will release work paired with music recordings by the usual suspects in the Moore universe; Raymond Pettibon, Dave Markey and Kim Gordon are up first.
–While the news that Momus is about to turn 50 is in itself sort of shocking, (maybe that eye patch buys you a decade or so?), he hopes that his recently planned assisted suicide of his long-adored personal blog Click Opera will give rise to a utopian procession of sentimental web traffic, nostalgic commenting, and “a new tone of mutual appreciation and love” prior to the big day.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 5, 2009