In the week we mostly spent anticipating tomorrow’s Siren Festival, we talked at length with headliner Ted Leo, celebrated at a pre-party with Monotonix, and looked back at nine years worth of past triumphs. See you there, hopefully?
Elsewhere, we said goodbye to the short-lived love between The-Dream and Christina Milian, finally settled on the worst band name in New York (just fucking change it, Ching Chong Song), and mourned the death of two curmudgeonly titans: Tuli Kupferberg and Harvey Pekar.
Author Rob Sheffield spoke with us about his new book, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran. Comedian Charlyne Yi told us about shaving her head. And Vampire Weekend remained mute on the subject of getting sued by their own Contra cover model, though she did not, entirely.
More drama: M.I.A. got kicked offstage at her own record release party at P.S.1. Beach Fossils said goodbye to guitarist Chris Burke at the Mercury Lounge. Iron Maiden straight murdered Madison Square Garden. George Clinton rasped at Wingate Field. Squeeze and Cheap Trick pretty much just reveled in their own ridiculousness at Radio City Music Hall. The Roots regaled Prospect Park with…”Sweet Child O’ Mine.” De La Soul, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, and DJ Premier waxed nostalgic at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. And the Jelly NYC Pool Parties finally got underway in 2010!
Speaking of Pool Parties, we premiered the new “Mind Ride” video from JEFF The Brotherhood, who are playing the concert series on Sunday. (We also gave away new music from Cleanteeth and Buke & Gass.) Plus the Vivian Girls lose another drummer, #p4kfestpickuplines becomes a thing, guitar lessons from a Voice-cosigned indie-rocker, the reunion of Universal Order of Armageddon, M.I.A. setting Letterman on fire, the most wildly inappropriate Michael Jackson-themed onesie imaginable, the loss and consequent restoration of Phosphorescent’s stolen van and equipment, and more, below. See you on the Cyclone.