The crowd for last week’s sold-out Dinosaur Jr. show at Black Cat in Washington, DC was one of the most diverse audiences I’ve seen at a rock show in some time, especially with regard to age. From young teens to mid-lifers, the variety of faces in the crowd testified to the unique appeal Dinosaur Jr. offers in a fragmented music industry. The band’s discography spans 27 years, an age acknowledged in urban legend as the time at which rock icons are destined to expire. But if the current tour and latest album I Bet on Sky are reliable indications, then Dinosaur Jr. shows no sign of slowing. The band is on tour throughout the month of November.
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The attendees of the 2012 Electric Zoo event on Randall’s Island came ready to dance. Official attendance for the three day festival over Labor Day Weekend in New York City totaled 110,000 people. Here are images of some of those fans, while more are available in a larger gallery on PopMatters’ Facebook page here.
On January 17th, Nneka previewed a few of her new songs in New York’s tiny club, Cielo. The line was long to get in when the doors opened for the free show since the bouncers were strict about checking coats. It even creating some difficulty for Nneka and her friends but it wasn’t long after that she began her short, intimate performance.
Shortly after, she announced a proper US tour to support the US release of her latest album, Soul is Heavy out at the end of February.
I went to Disney World for the first time in my life in November 2011. At that time, I saw, in person, the Joy Division Mickey Mouse T-Shirt. Since I spent the days after the trip attempting to suppress all memories of dancing and singing animals, copious amounts of fried food, and dancing and singing animals eating copious amounts of fried food, I never wrote anything about the truly bizarre nature of this souvenir. So, of course, Pitchfork scooped me.
No matter. The more press this story gets, the better.
All I can add is that the thought of every roller coaster in the park playing Joy Division music—“It’s getting faster moving faster now… Lights are flashing, cars are crashing…”—is either one of the most horrible or most awesome thoughts ever. As they say in an election year, you decide. Cast your votes in the comments section.
Earlier this week, director George Lucas, executive producer and writer of the new movie Red Tails, was the guest on The Daily Show. As he sat down with Jon Stewart, Lucas discussed the difficulties of getting Hollywood to market “one of the first all-black action pictures ever made”. Lucas indicated that the movie studios did not have incentive to release this movie since it was not “green” (which both Stewart and I interpreted as environmental initially) and they would not know how to profit off of it. Additionally, “They don’t believe there’s any foreign market for it, and that’s 60% of their profit”.
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