Classic 1980 Punk Film Blank Generation, Starring Richard Hell, Coming to DVD

Classic 1980 Punk Film Blank Generation, Starring Richard Hell, Coming to DVD

MVD Visual has announced plans to reissue the classic 1980 punk flick Blank Generation. In fact, it’s coming out next Tuesday, February 23. What better way to describe the film than with a nice quote from the man himself, Richard Hell?

This is a priceless package. The real burnt-out New York in January and February 1978, the Voidoids live at CBGB, Ed Lachman’s cinematography, Elliot Goldenthal’s sound track, Carole Bouquet’s face, my lithe figure, Andy Warhol to break your heart, Luc Sante demonically extracting the ugly truths from me re: the horror of it all (bonus feature which is better than the movie itself)… unique. Spring for it.

Blank Generation tells the classic punk rock story of boy likes girl, girl likes boy, but girl still loves ex. Throw in some classic Voidoids footage, some shots of a dirty NYC, give Andy Warhol a role, and there ya go: Punk Rock!

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Japandroids Announce Singles Series, Tour All Over the Place

Looking to top the buzz they’ve garnered with last year’s Post-Nothing, Vancouver’s Japandroids are getting ambitious before settling down to record their sophomore LP.

Polyvinyl has announced five limited-to-2000 7-inch Japandroids singles, each featuring an unreleased track from the Post-Nothing sessions on the A-side and a cover on the B-side. The first single will include the original “Art Czars” and their rendition of Big Black’s “Racer X,” available on clear wax starting April 13. But don’t worry if you’re worried about tracking down a physical copy of the singles, as digital downloads will also be made available.

In addition to the forthcoming releases, you can catch Japandroids in the UK until the end of the month and all around North America in March and April, including appearances at SXSW and Bonnaroo.

02.22.10 - Brighton, UK - The Freebutt
02.23.10 - London, UK - ICA
02.24.10 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit 3
02.25.10 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
02.26.10 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
02.27.10 - Liverpool, UK - Korova
03.17.10-3.21.10 - Austin, TX - South by Southwest
03.24.10 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larrys *
03.25.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree *
03.26.10 - Nashville, TN - The End *
03.27.10 - Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor *
03.29.10 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel @
03.30.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary @
03.31.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs @
04.01.10 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
04.02.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore @
04.03.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern @
04.05.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig ^
04.06.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop &
04.07.10 - Champaign, IL - High Dive @
04.08.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio &
04.09.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall &
04.10.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry &
04.12.10 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s &
04.13.10 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck &
04.15.10 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar &
04.19.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space &
04.21.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah &
04.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex $
04.23.10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent &
04.24.10 - Salem, OR - Willamette University &
04.30.10 - Vancouver, BC - Lifetime Collective
06.10.10-06.13.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival

* A Sunny Day In Glasgow
@ Love Is All
& Avi Buffalo
^ Bear In Heaven
# Best Coast
$ Nobunny

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Nice Nice Signs to Warp, Announces New LP. Nice!

Jason Buehler and Mark Shirazi, the constituent members of Portland duo Nice Nice, have been making their brand of “post-everything modern music” for almost a decade. All their experimentation seems to be coming to a head this year, as the group has signed to electronic music juggernaut Warp. The venerable label will put out Nice Nice’s debut record, Extra Wow, on April 6. Drawing from the group’s wide range of influences, the record is said to touch on everything from psychedelia to electronic experiments to krautrock.

Considering the duo’s track record this past decade, it would be unlikely for them to simply twiddle their thumbs until the record’s release. To keep themselves busy until then, the band plans to play a handful of West Coast dates during the days of late February and early March.

Extra Wow tracklist:

01. Set and Setting
02. One Hit
03. A Way We Glow
04. On and On
05. Everything Falling Apart
06. Big Bounce
07. See Waves
08. A Vibration
09. A Little Love
10. Double Head
11. Make It Gold
12. New Cascade
13. It’s Here

Nice Nice West Coast dates:

02.25.10 – Reno, NV – Lincoln Lounge
02.26.10 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
02.27.10 – Visalia, CA – Howie & Sons Pizza & Beer
02.28.10 – Isla Vista, CA – The Biko House
03.02.10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
03.04.10 – Sacramento, CA – The Sol Collective
03.06.10 – Portland, OR – Holocene

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The Specials Announce Forthcoming “Eighth-Wave Ska Revival” Preceded by North American Performances and Live DVD

The Specials, who have emerged from a seemingly improbable time warp that pulled them straight from 1979 to 2010, have released information on North American performance dates that will be kicked off by an April 13 appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The television performance will be the first time that the band have been on American television since a 1980 performance on the late, great American sketch-comedy show Saturday Night Live. Wait… 1980? That doesn’t make sense with my time warp joke!

The Specials have also announced that they will be releasing a “very special” live Digital Video Disc (or DVD) on March 1. The DVD was filmed at a November 2009 performance at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Shirefordshire, England. The video features performances of plenty of classic Specials tunes, as well a bevy of backstage, rehearsal, and interview footage. The DVD also features a “two-tone” version of the show presented in black and white.

Here are those tourdates:

04.15.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
04.16.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.19.10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
04.21.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

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Lady Gaga a Lock for Lollapalooza?

The early word is out and it looks like Lollapalooza has had half of its headliners revealed. While no official confirmation has been made, it appears, at least to
The Daily Swarm and its many industry sources, that the three-day festival will be top-billed by Lady Gaga, Green Day (still riding the crest of Dookie’s success), and recently-reunited-rockers Soundgarden. Rumors are also swirling like chocolate-and-vanilla swirl cones that The Strokes and Arcade Fire might play too! Plus, I’m speculating that the sixth headliner will be a back-from-the-dead Johnny Cash supporting the final volume of his American Recordings!

But, yes, those are all rumors at this point, so don’t get mad at me if plans change, but keep in mind that Lollapalooza has a pretty good track record of having its lineup revealed (at least the headliners) way earlier than the official announcement, which generally happpens in April.

The fest takes place August 6-8 at Grant Park in Chicago, IL.

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Concert Barricade Collapses During Alexisonfire Concert in Vancouver, 19 Injured

Approximately 19 people have been injured after a concert barricade collapsed during a free concert by Canadian band Alexisonfire this past Wednesday. The concert took place in Vancouver as part of a Winter Olympics celebration, in the city’s David Lam Park, and was packed with about 7,000 attendees. The concert was set to continue later at Live City Yaletown, but was called off. Fireworks were also canceled. The accident happened in the middle of the band’s first song, after which Alexisonfire immediately stopped playing and asked the crowd to step back. Nine people ended up being taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

The band posted a statement about the incident on their website the next day: “We always take great care in the safety of our fans and are saddened that this happened. We are sincerely sorry that people were injured. We want to thank the security team, paramedics and police for their quick reaction. We especially want to thank our fans for cooperating and not making a bad situation worse.”


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