21 November 2011

Jello Biafra Throbblehead Figure Announced



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Jello Biafra, the original political punk and former ringmaster of Dead Kennedys, is now a throbblehead. 

This figure capturing his look from the 80s is limited to 1000 numbered units, stands at 7 inches tall, and is made of super strong polyresin. 

Jello is accurately sculpted right down to the piercing glare, star belt buckle and Alternative Tentacles tee. 

The figures cost $19.95, and orders will ship the first week of December.

Jello Biafra is the eleventh person to be polyresinated by Aggronautix. In May of 2009, the company launched with a highly popular G.G. Allin "1991" figure, which was limited to 2000 numbered units.

All Aggronautix figures are now available for purchase on
www.aggronautix.com or www.seeofsound.com and will also be available at many independent retailers, comic shops, tattoo parlors, etc via distribution by MVD Entertainment Group - a company specializing in music-related distribution since 1986.

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Check out the commercial below featuring Jello's "Occupy" rant...
Jello Biafra Throbblehead Commercial - Aggronautix

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31 October 2011

NYC Proto Punk Legend Adny Shernoff Re-emerges

Seminal NYC proto-punk Andy Shernoff is releasing a new 7” vinyl single
“Are You Ready To Rapture” c/w “Make Me Tremble” (the latter co-written
with Andy’s dear friend, the late Joey Ramone). “Are You Ready To Rapture”
will be accompanied by an animated video created by world famous
cartoonist Brian Musikoff which you can view here: Are You Ready To Rapture?

Shernoff grew up in New York City, in the Queens neighborhood of Jackson
Heights. He attended elementary school with Johnny Thunders and Flushing
High School with the Fleshtones. After high school, he attended the SUNY
New Paltz Music Department. There he started the music magazine The
Teenage Wasteland Gazette, known for its sarcastic, wise-guy attitude. The
publication's contributors included famed rock critic Lester Bangs, who
invited Andy to write for Creem magazine. Shernoff's early profession of
choice was rock journalist.

Shernoff went on to become a musician, songwriter, record producer and
oenophile.  He  is a founding member of The Dictators, one of the seminal
New York proto-punk bands, for which he composed the lion’s share of the
material, played bass guitar, keyboards, sang back-up and occasional lead
vocals. He has been involved with a variety of other musical projects over
the years, most notably the heavily Dictators-populated Manitoba's Wild
Kingdom and Joey Ramone's sole solo studio album, Don't Worry About Me.

In the fall of 2009, he embarked upon a series of solo shows playing songs
he wrote or co-wrote and telling the stories behind them. In the spring of
2010, those shows would become "When Giants Walked the Earth - A Musical
Memoir by Adny Shernoff," with several tour dates scheduled in the Eastern
U.S. and Canada. Shernoff sang "California Sun" in the official Major
League Baseball promotional video for the 2010 All-Star Game. Other
projects include garage-rock band The Masterplan, featuring members of The
Fleshtones and the Waxing Poetics.

 His songs have been recorded by The Ramones, Mary Weiss (of the
Shangri-Las), Dion DiMucci, Carolyne Mas, Turbonegro, The Hellacopters,
Drivin 'N' Cryin, The Del-Lords, Toilet Böys, Young Fresh Fellows, The
A-Bones, The Nomads, The Untamed Youth, The Fastbacks, The Vikings, The
Streetwalkin Cheetahs, Texas Terri, Tom Clark, The Screaming Tribesman,
The Meatmen, Electric Frankenstein, The Prissteens, The Alter Boys, Metal
Mike Saunders (Angry Samoans), Furious George, Corpus Christi, Jeff Dahl
to name but a few.

 As producer he has worked with The Dictators, The Master Plan, Manitoba's
Wild Kingdom, The Barracudas, The Untamed Youth, D Generation, Adrenalin
OD, The Smithereens, Prisonshake, Guided by Voices, Sibling Rivalry with
Joey Ramone & Mickey Leigh, The Zantees with Billy Miller and Miriam
Linna, Sic F*cks with Tish and Snooky, The Kowalskis, The Figgs, and The
Golden Horde, among others.

 As both a journalist and a musician, Andy Shernoff is often credited as
"Adny Shernoff," a deliberate typo transposing the second and third
letters of his name. Shernoff has never explained the reasoning behind
this stylistic quirk.

24 October 2011

X "The Unheard Music" Silver Anniversary Special Edition on DVD and Blu-ray December 13

"The punk-rock era's LAST WALTZ...assembled with Scorsese-like care...." - BOSTON GLOBE

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The iconic L.A. band X changed the face of punk music with their vibrant, original style... 

We see the band at its peak in this legendary film, which took five years to make.  As vital today as the day it was released 25 years ago, THE UNHEARD MUSIC - preserved by the Sundance Collection as a "seminal independent film" - provides an indelible record of underground America in the Age of Reagan.  This innovative and unconventional film puts us inside the world of X using a striking, visionary style reflecting the uncompromising passion and raw energy of their music.  Includes seventeen X classics from their critically hailed first four albums: Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun, and More Fun in the New World

Available for the first time in HD, this Silver Anniversary Edition of one of the greatest rock films ever made includes a new film transfer and 5.1 mix, plus never-before-seen Xtras: a 25th anniversary dialogue with John Doe & Exene Cervenka; an inside look into the making of the film with Angel City Productions (circa 1983); a raw outtake of a live performance of the song "Some Other Time"; the original theatrical trailer; and a replica of the original souvenir song book.  


13 October 2011

NEW YORK DOLLS "Lookin' Fine On Television" on DVD on November 22, 2011

In the early 70's, Rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya purchased a portable video recorder. In a period of three years, they shot over 40 hours of New York Dolls footage. This footage became the critically acclaimed documentary "All Dolled Up". For "Lookin' Fine On Television" more footage has been edited to create fifteen live music video-style clips.

These fifteen clips include footage from the Dolls' early shows in NYC at clubs such as Kenny's Castaways, and Max's Kansas City as well as their West Coast tour: Whisky-A-Go-Go, the Real Don Steele Show, Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, and more.

All the fan favorites are here including ripping versions of "Personality Crisis," "Who Are the Mystery Girls?" "Babylon" and more. See the incredible early days of the band that influenced generations of punks and rockers.

 

11 October 2011

THE FALL "Ersatz G.B." to be Released on CD in the US on December 6, 2011 via Cherry Red Records and MVD

Ersatz G.B. is the new studio album from The Fall, the 29th in their impressive canon. As with any Fall recording, Ersatz G.B. retains many of the group's most distinctive elements, whilst offering a fresh take on Mark E. Smith's familiar style and subject matter.

The line-up on the album remains the same as for the last few Fall releases: Peter Greenway (lead guitar), Keiron Melling (drums), Elena Poulou (keyboards,vocals), Mark E. Smith (vocals) and David Spurr (bass).

Ersatz G.B. is The Fall's first album for Cherry Red Records and it will be released on CD, limited edition vinyl and digital formats, preceded by a double A-side 7" single.

There aren't very many groups that have been together longer than The Fall and it's difficult to think of any who, like The Fall, have released brand new material almost every year. Formed at the height of the punk rock movement in Manchester in 1976, The Fall is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. The group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years but it is often characterised by an abrasive, guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.

The Fall were long associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed the group from the very early days and often cited them as his favourite group, famously opining, "they are always different; they are always the same."

25 August 2011

The Stooges: Head On - A Journey Through the Michigan Underground

If the MC5 were Detroit's political spokesmen for the disenchanted youth of the 1960s, then the Stooges were the loutish kids, heckling from the back of the room. While conventional wisdom says they could barely play their instruments, the Stooges left an indelible mark on the world of punk rock, and the band's initial three albums-The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power-are bona fide classics. In The Stooges: Head On author Brett Callwood treats the band's story not just as an early chapter in the career of its famous front man, Iggy Pop, but from the Stooges' beginnings at the end of the 1960s, to its end in the early 1970s, and to its reunion in 2003 through the present.

"Writing a Stooges biography was a no-brainer for me," Callwood states. "My first book is about the MC5 and in researching that while still living in London, I had traveled to Detroit / Ann Arbor and fallen in love with the whole area and its music. I had made many friends and established many contacts that were and are associated with both the MC5 and the Stooges, so that made the process easier to get started. Also, when I wrote this book there wasn't a decent Stooges book on the shelves. There are a lot of Iggy books out there, but mine is the first full Stooges biography."

In compiling this exhaustive account of the band's history, Callwood interviewed all of the central and sometimes Stooges members, including Iggy Pop, Ron and Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Mike Watt, Steve Mackay, and Scott Thurston, and largely lets the band tell its own story in numerous long quotes. Callwood details the band's genesis as teenage friends in Ann Arbor, their time living together in their legendary party houses in the 1960s, and the recording of the three original Stooges albums. He examines the addition of James Williamson to the band on Raw Power and how it changed the band's sound and dynamic, along with the band's fateful meeting with David Bowie on its first British tour. 

As Iggy broke out as a solo artist during the 1970s and 1980s, Callwood charts the Asheton brothers' post-Stooges experiences, with Ron's turns in The New Order, Destroy All Monsters, and Dark Carnival, and Scott Asheton's time with the Farleys and Sonic's Rendezvous Band. He also provides an overview of Iggy's solo career, the seeds of a reunion that were planted with a collaboration on Iggy's Skull Ring album, and the eventual reformation of the band and the recording of their fourth album, The Weirdness, in 2007.

Originally published in the U.K. in 2007, The Stooges: Head On has been revised to expand on the original story and also to consider Ron Asheton's untimely death in 2009 and his musical legacy, the band's fate without Ron, and the Stooges' long-overdue introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

"Scott didn't want to talk at all for the first edition... He rarely does interviews," said Callwood. "However, after his brother passed away and I was writing for this American edition, he talked to me and really opened up. It was a very moving, humbling experience."

Wayne State University Press is a distinctive urban publisher committed to supporting its parent institution's core research, teaching, and service mission by generating high quality scholarly and general interest works of global importance. Through its publishing program, the Press disseminates research, advances education, and serves the local community while expanding the international reputation of the Press and the University.

Available September 2011, Published by Wayne State University Press

09 August 2011

Iggy & the Stooges "Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans" To Be Released on DVD and Blu-ray September 27

Iggy & the Stooges "Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans" is the visual document of the reformed Stooges' (Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt) Raw Power performance at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival on Friday, September 3, 2010.

Of the performance, Ben Ratliff of the NY Times writes, "Iggy Pop, now 63, knew that his body language translated into still photographs resembling Mannerist paintings...The Stooges attacked the album's eight songs, in a different order, just about perfectly."

Iggy and the band sound flawless as they rip through the archetype riffage of "Search and Destroy," "Raw Power," "Gimmie Danger" and more. 

"Getting this top-notch performance of the entire Raw Power album by The Stooges realized a life long dream," Iggy Pop "This shit really sizzles and we are so obviously a crack band in a class of our own." 


MVD Entertainment Group, an industry leader in producing and distributing music-related audiovisual content, launched the In the Hands of the Fans series with the intention of utilizing the energy and talents of fans, who by means of an online video submission contest, win the opportunity to film a performance of their favorite band in HD and then interview the band members after the performance. The result is a high quality, low cost, unique program that is part concert film and part reality TV show.


03 August 2011

SORROWS' TOUR KICKS-OFF SEPTEMBER 2ND IN SAN FRANCISCO!

The legendary post-punk power pop band SORROWS will be heading out on the road in September for a string of West Coast dates in support of their recent full-length album Bad Times Good Times, with additional East Coast dates to follow later that month.

SORROWS 2011 WEST COAST TOUR DATES:

09.02  Thee Parkside, San Francisco, CA
09.03  The Distillery, Sacramento, CA
09.04  The Blank Club, San Jose, CA
09.08  Alex's, Long Beach, CA
09.09  The Bombay Bar, Ventura, CA
09.10  The Redwood, Los Angeles, CA
(additional East Coast Dates to be announced soon!)
 
The recent release last winter of SORROWS' Bad Times Good Times (Bomp! Records) marked the first time ever that this music has appeared on CD as well as LIMITED EDITION VINYL. Filled with previously unreleased recordings of their power pop gems, demos and live performances, the album is a feast for post-punk new wave fans and collectors who have been asking for years to be able to get their hands on SORROWS' music. Formed in 1977 in NYC by Arthur Alexander (ex-Poppees), Joey Cola, Ricky Street and Jett Harris (ex-Poppees), SORROWS were all about the songs. Their tunes are filled with strong melodies, irresistible hooks and creative harmonies supported by their powerful backbeat and hard-driving guitars. SORROWS two critically acclaimed albums and several singles on CBS Pavillion have become highly praised and are sought after collector items.
 


23 July 2011

Dead Kennedys Furious With Heineken Over Un-Authorized Use Of Music To Promote Beer

As recently reported by NME, The Guardian, AOL Spinner, NY Press, and a host of other news agencies, Heineken was forced to remove an advert which features a cover of the Dead Kennedys' 'Too Drunk To Fuck' because of complaints it would encourage binge drinking. Heineken had used the song in a commercial tie-in to promote its beer in banner advertisements broadcast via the popular music website Spotify.
  
Spotify had been running a series of banner advertisements, which directed users to a special "lounge style" playlist as part of a campaign for the beer Kronenbourg 1664.

One of the tracks used was the Dead Kennedys' 'Too Drunk To Fuck', which attracted a number of complaints to the independent industry watchdog, The Portman Group. The complaints were then investigated and were found to be in breach of a rule which bans advertisers from "encouraging irresponsible or immoderate drinking".

Dead Kennedys emphatically deny that they ever gave Heineken permission to use the song. The band's attorneys have contacted Heineken to address the un-authorized use. Dead Kennedys have never authorized any company to use this song or any of the band's songs to promote a consumer product (let alone the consumption of alcohol) in this or any advertisement

05 May 2011

Roky Erickson Throbblehead Figure Announced

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Roky Erickson, founding father of psychadelic rock gods The 13th Floor Elevators, has been immortalized in the throbblehead kingdom.

This figure capturing Roky's look circa 1980, or "The Evil One" era, is limited to 1000 numbered units, stands at 7 inches tall, and is made of super strong polyresin.

Displayed in a window box, Roky is accurately sculpted right down to the grizzly beard, wild hair and Vanson jacket.

The figures cost $19.95, and orders will ship immediately.
 
Check out the commercial with footage of Roky receiving the prototype just before his performance with Billy Gibbons at SXSW 2011...
 

29 April 2011

PETER CASE TO RELEASE THE CASE FILES MAY 10TH

THE CASE FILES collects demos, out-takes, one live shot & other rarities from the 1985-2010 span of PETER CASE’s solo career following his work with his pioneering bands THE PLIMSOULS, THE NERVES & THE BREAKAWAYS. Compiled by Peter himself, this long-overdue collection combines rockin’ full band electric tracks with a selection of dynamic acoustic performances, and also features collaborations with many of Peter's talented friends, such as Stan Ridgway, Eddie Muñoz, T-Bone Burnett, Ron Franklin and Tony Marsico, among others. Free Download: Round Trip Stranger Blues

 
 THE CASE FILES will be in-stores May 10th through Alive Records on CD, Ltd. Edition Clear Pink Vinyl and digital formats.

28 April 2011

Iggy & the Stooges "Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans" To Be Digitally Released

Iggy & the Stooges "Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans" is the audio document of the reformed Stooges' (Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt) Raw Power performance at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival on Friday, September 3, 2010.

Of the performance, Ben Ratliff of the NY Times writes, "Iggy Pop, now 63, knew that his body language translated into still photographs resembling Mannerist paintings...The Stooges attacked the album's eight songs, in a different order, just about perfectly."

Iggy and the band sound flawless as they rip through the archetype riffage of "Search and Destroy," "Raw Power," "Gimmie Danger" and more.

"Getting this top-notch performance of the entire Raw Power album by The Stooges realized a life long dream," Iggy Pop "This shit really sizzles and we are so obviously a crack band in a class of our own."

MVD Entertainment Group, an industry leader in producing and distributing music-related audiovisual content, launched the In the Hands of the Fans series with the intention of utilizing the energy and talents of fans, who by means of an online video submission contest, win the opportunity to film a performance of their favorite band in HD and then interview the band members after the performance. The result is a high quality, low cost, unique program that is part concert film and part reality TV show.



Free Song and Photo Downloads: HERE

31 March 2011

Brian Eno "1971 - 1977 : The Man Who Fell To Earth" on DVD May 17


Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno - Brian to his friends, Eno to the rest of us - defies categorisation. Musician, composer, record producer, music theorist, singer and visual artist covers some of what he does, but he's probably best known for his early work with Roxy Music, his production duties for U2 and Coldplay and as one of the principal innovators of ambient music. But however he's pigeon-holed, this remarkable, creative visionary remains amongst the most influential individuals to have ever worked within the music industry.

This documentary film - the first ever about Eno - explores his life, career and music between the years 1971 and 1977, the period that some view as his golden age, others as just one era in a long, extraordinary and very eclectic career.

Featuring numerous exclusive interviews, contributions from a range of musicians, writers [including his official biographer], colleagues, collaborators and friends - plus archive footage, performance and studio film and an abundance of arguably the most exceptional music ever created. 

Also contains many extra features including extended interviews, digital biographies and more.