San Francisco's influential Noise Pop Festival kicks off on Tuesday (2/25) with a week of amazing indie music, films, panels, and parties. The musical lineup includes Dr. Dog, Real Estate, Bob Mould, Rogue Wave, Throwing Muses, Laydtron, Lord Huron, Mark Kozelek, and dozens more acts at clubs around the city! (Above, Throwing Muses' "Fish" from 1986.) Our pals at Noise Pop gave us a pair of badges (valued at $150 each) to get a Boing Boing reader and a pal into all general admission (non-seated) concerts, films, happy hours, the Noise Pop HQ, and other events during the festival. As is our tradition, we held an acronym contest and asked you to tell us what NOISE POP is an acronym for. Competition was tough but happy mutant Daemonsquire won with this gem:
NOISE POP: Not Only Impeccability Sounds Excellent: Passion Outranks Precision!
Thanks to everyone who entered and we hope to see you at Noise Pop 2014!
Next Tuesday (2/25) marks the start of San Francisco's long-running Noise Pop Festival, a weeklong smorgasbord of fantastic indie bands, arts, films, talks, panel discussions, and parties at venues all around the city. Personally, I'm jazzed to see Bob Mould celebrating 25 years of Workbook (!), Mark Kozelek, Throwing Muses, Com Truise... the list goes on and on. (Above, Bob Mould's video for "See A Little Light.") And I can't wait to finally watch Mistaken For Strangers, the documentary about The National's 2010 tour and the relationship between The National's singer Matt Berninger and his brother Tom who made the film.
Our friends at Noise Pop have kindly given Boing Boing a pair of Noise Pop 2014 Badges that will get you into all general admission (non-seated) concerts, films, happy hours, the Noise Pop HQ, and other events during the festival. The badges are $150 each but you can win a pair of them right here. As is our Noise Pop tradition, all you have to do is pretend that NOISE POP is an acronym and tell us what it's an acronym for. Post your entry in the BBS comment thread before noon PST tomorrow, Thursday February 20. We'll pick our favorite and announce the winner on Friday! (Please only enter if you really would attend.) Good luck and hope to see you at Noise Pop 2013!
As I previously posted, in April my friends in the Afghan Whigs will release their first new album in sixteen years, titled Do To The Beast. The first single, Algiers, was just revealed today and it's a scorching, gritty ballad shrouded in what I can only describe as a Morricone haze. Video above. It's a western. I listened today to Do To The Beast in full and can attest that it's as deep, multi-layered, soulful, cinematic, rocking, and everything you would hope to hear from the reborn Whigs. The Afghan Whigs will play Coachella and a handful of other US dates on the West and East Coast in April and May.
Phantogram releases its highly-anticipated second LP today, Voices, and it's a beaut. Voices is a lush, lovely cycle of spacey, psych, mid-tempo electronic pop infused with a contemporary soul/R&B vibe. Above, the trippy video for Fall In Love. Phantogram is currently on tour with upcoming dates in the US, Canada, and Europe.
In the 19th century, Charles Joseph Hullmandel illustrated a glorious series of landscapes shaped as the letters of the English alphabet. You can see them all in the British Museum's online collection: The Landscape Alphabet (via Juxtapoz)
Shirley Temple Black, child movie star and adult diplomat, has died. She was 85. Above, Temple sings "On the Good Ship Lollipop" in the 1934 film Bright Eyes. (New York Times)
Wired visited the home studio of Radiolab's Jad Abumrad. It's a minimal set-up, and I dig his appreciation for vintage synths like the Moog Sonic Six and Roland Juno-60. "Sound Scientist: Inside the Home Studio of Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad"
This gentleman is Steven Frank Steele, 19, of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, who was arrested for attempting to rob a gas station while wearing a flower pot on his head and wielding a chainsaw. He allegedly demanded money but escaped with only a bottle of soda, but not before mooning the clerks. (Queensland Times)
A hotel restaurant in Onitsha, Nigeria was reportedly shuttered after authorities confirmed it was selling dishes containing human meat. According to the Naija Zip, self-described as an er, "gossip news" site, police discovered two human heads on the premises along with weapons and ammunition.
"I went to the hotel early this year, after eating, I was told that a lump of meat was being sold at N700, I was surprised," a pastor who tipped off the cops was quoted as saying. "So I did not know it was human meat that I ate at such expensive price.”
This is Snuffles, a Glasgow dog with "two" noses who is apparently seeking a home. As of a few days ago, he was temporarily residing at the Scottish SPCA. (via Life With Dogs)
Chandre Oraon, of West Bengal, has a slew of worshippers because he reportedly was born with a tail. According to News.com.au, his followers think Oraon may be the Hindi god Hanuman, a monkey-like humanoid. His tail looks suspiciously like hair to me, but what do I know. After all, it's rare but not unheard of for humans to be born with a "true tail."
We've posted previously about artist Hugh Turvey's X is for X-ray digital book app for children. Turvey, artist in residence at the British Institute of Radiology, has continued his work to show the hidden interiors of everyday objects: “I view most of the world around me in terms of how I imagine it is internally and how it would look if we were to try and x-ray it.” Learn what motivates him in this Smithsonian profile: "X-Ray Art"
The fan series Star Trek Continues, well, continues with episode 2, titled "Lolani." Lou Ferrigno guest stars! "A survivor from a distressed Tellarite vessel pulls Captain Kirk and his crew into a moral quandary over her sovereignty." Below is episode 1, "Pilgrim of Eternity."
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McGruff the Crime Dog was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Monday for possession of 1,000 pot plants and more than two dozen weapons, including a grenade launcher. John Russell Morales, 41, an actor who once played McGruff, was arrested in 2011. (NBC News)
The latest episode of Michael Hearst's Songs for Unusual Creatures series features the Sea Pig and our friends in The Kronos Quartet! For more of Michael's quirky brand of animal education, check out his book Unusual Creatures.