Hear David Bowie's new song for European TV crime drama

David Bowie composed a dark, haunting, and excellent new track, "Blackstar," for the title sequence of The Last Panthers, a European crime drama launching in November. I can't wait to hear the whole song!

Directed by Johan Renck, The Last Panthers stars Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim, Goran Bogdan, and John Hurt. It premieres on Canal+ and Sky Atlantic on November 12.

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Mess up the practice space while the band keeps playing

At first you're just knocking over, like, cups and tables and band members and stuff, but then you start to play with the sliders.

Winner of our 2015 Treasure Island Music Festival haiku contest!


Congratulations to Boing Boing reader MarieFury who won our annual Treasure Island Music Festival haiku contest!

On October 17-18, MarieFury will groove to The National, deadmau5, FKA Twigs, The War On Drugs, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Lower Dens, Jose Gonzalez, and more than a dozen other acts performing on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay.

MarieFury scored a pair of VIP 2-Day Tickets (a $630 value), provided by our pals at Noise Pop, co-promoters of the festival with Another Planet Entertainment. Congrats MarieFury and thank you to everyone who entered! A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase here.

And here's MarieFury's winning haiku:

Chrvches vs. The War on Drugs: who has the least San Franciscan name?

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Treasure Island Music Festival haiku contest finalists!


The winner of our annual Treasure Island Music Festival haiku ticket contest will see The National, Deadmau5, FKA Twigs, The War On Drugs, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Lower Dens, Jose Gonzalez, and many more artists at our favorite musical extravaganza taking place October 17 and 18 on the San Francisco Bay. As you'll recall, our friends at Noise Pop, co-promoters of the event with Another Planet Entertainment, gifted us a pair of VIP 2-Day Tickets (a $630 value) to share with a lucky Boing Boing reader! Last week, we launched our annual Treasure Island Music Festival Haiku contest, and now we reveal the finalists! The three happy mutants below all win Boing Boing t-shirts. We'll announce the winner of the VIP passes on Monday, October 5. Congratulations to these Haiku masters!

And if you'd like to purchase tickets to Treasure Island Music Festival, click right here.

Now then, here are our finalists:


Flying in from SEA 3 year anniversary 2 tix 4 us, plz


Chrvches vs. The War on Drugs: who has the least San Franciscan name?


Aargh, Matey. Avast! Treasure Island steer me mast Music be me wench

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Rock tour photography show opens in Seattle tonight!


My friend Rachel Demy has spent a decade managing tours and doing production for bands like The National, St. Vincent, Death Cab for Cutie, and many others. For all those years, she's always had a camera around her neck, seizing rare opportunities to capture fleeting moments of art, joy, sadness, and friendship on and off the stage. Tonight at 7pm, Seattle's The Piranha Shop opens a beautiful show of Rachel's photography and that of Tyler Kalberg who has documented musicians like The Head & The Heart, Damien Jurado, and Modern Kin. The exhibition, titled "Green Room," will be on display until October 4. Catch a glimpse.

GREEN ROOM exposes life on tour through the small, secret moments not seen under the house lights. Using the dichotomy between Rachel Demy’s color photography and Tyler Kalberg’s black-and-white, you see the highs and the lows, the camaraderie and the solitude, the exhilaration and the exhaustion that compose a story much deeper than the performer on stage. It’s a story of the people who make the music, and why it’s important that the long road leads home.

Above, Rachel's "Laura Marling. Pittsburgh, PA. 2010." Below, Tyler's "Jesse Hurlbut, Damien Jurado. Stuttgart, DE. 2012."

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San Francisco: Killer intimate shows at new music venue (Milo Green tonight!)


San Francisco's Swedish American Hall, a beautiful 1907 building on Market Street, has been totally renovated while maintaining its historic detail, and now our friends at Noise Pop are curating a marvelous lineup of intimate performances from some great indie and alt.music artists. Tonight is Milo Greene (video below), tomorrow is Widowspeak, Saturday is Villagers, and next week is a terrific show with The Mynabirds, The Dead Ships, and Bad Bad Hats. Lots more in the coming month as well, and I'm particularly stoked to see Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo on Friday, November 6!

Built in 1907, the Hall was designed by noted Swedish architect August Nordin, who designed over 300 buildings in San Francisco. This building has been used as a meeting place for many generations of Swedish Americans. After a year of renovations and a nomination to become a landmark by the city of San Francisco, the Swedish is back! Noise Pop will be selecting all programming at the Swedish in 2015 as the official curator of the venue. The bar and newly redesigned Café du Nord will be curated by The Bon Vivants of Trick Dog. The brand new street level restaurant Aatxe is programmed by the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group, of Central Kitchen & flour + water.

Swedish American Hall

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Margaret Cho and Bob Mould in email conversation

As part of California Sunday's "The Thread" series, I asked comedian/actress Margaret Cho and punk pioneer Bob Mould, who are old pals, to have an email conversation about whatever's on their mind. They talked about the changing face of San Francisco, marriage equality, and THC sex lube! From California Sunday:

From: Margaret Cho To: Bob Mould

Hi Bob! Spending every major holiday together at the end of last year made me think that we’d continue into 2015 — but I realize I haven’t seen you at all! Let’s see, we did Thanksgiving and Christmas at your beautiful home in San Francisco — both occasions where I ate far more than I ever intended — then a fabulous New Year’s Eve show together in Chicago. It’s said that whatever you do on New Year’s Eve is what you’ll do for the entire year, and so I just assumed my year would include you, but it hasn’t!

I must say, I spent much more time with you in 2014, when our friend Jim Short made an animated film of Fred Armisen and me doing our best Bob Mould impressions and you giving your impressions of our impressions — and when we played “See a Little Light” in front of the Larkin Street Youth Center as part of my homeless outreach project #berobin, which celebrated Robin Williams, his philanthropy, and his love of street performance.

I didn’t see you in 2015, but I did see your band, Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster, whom I brazenly stole to back me for my new Showtime special, psyCHO.

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Blue Rodeo's anti-Tory anthem: Stealin' All My Dreams


The Canadian-as-maple-pie band's Stealin' All My Dreams is a catalog of all the horrors of the Harper regime, from stifling scientists to strip-mining the CBC to doubling down on tar-sand oil. The October elections are upon us, Canadians: get out there and vote, for those of us who've had our votes stolen by the Tories. (Thanks, David!) Read the rest

Rage Against the Machine bassist apologizes for Limp Bizkit


Rage Against the Machine's Tim Commerford: "I do apologize for Limp Bizkit. I really do. I feel really bad that we inspired such bullshit."

(Rolling Stone)

Remember the MTV Video Music Awards in 2000 when Commerford climbed the backdrop and interrupted Limp Bizkit's acceptance speech? Video below.

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The Animals' "The House of the Rising Sun" (1964)

The beautiful 1964 promotional film for The Animals' "The House of the Rising Sun," a truly timeless number that the band recorded in just one take. From Wikipedia:

Like many classic folk ballads, the authorship of "The House of the Rising Sun" is uncertain. Musicologists say that it is based on the tradition of broadside ballads such as The Unfortunate Rake of the 18th century, and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans setting. There is also a mention of a house-like pub called the "Rising Sun" in the classic Black Beauty published in 1877, set in London, England, which may have influenced the title.

The oldest known existing recording is by Appalachian artists Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster, who recorded it for Vocalion Records in 1934. Ashley said he had learned it from his grandfather, Enoch Ashley....

An interview with Eric Burdon revealed that he first heard the song in a club in Newcastle, England, where it was sung by the Northumbrian folk singer Johnny Handle. The Animals were on tour with Chuck Berry and chose it because they wanted something distinctive to sing. This interview refutes assertions that the inspiration for their arrangement came from Bob Dylan. The band enjoyed a huge hit with the song, much to Dylan's chagrin when his version was referred to as a cover. The irony of this was not lost on Dave Van Ronk, who said the whole issue was a "tempest in a teapot," and that Dylan stopped playing the song after The Animals' hit because fans accused Dylan of plagiarism.

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Animated interview with Tom Waits

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Win free tickets to the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco!


Want free VIP tickets to Boing Boing's favorite annual music event, the Treasure Island Music Festival taking place on the San Francisco Bay, October 17-18? This year, you will be thrilled by the unique musical stylings of The National, deadmau5, FKA Twigs, The War On Drugs, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Lower Dens, Jose Gonzalez, and more than a dozen other acts. Our pals at Noise Pop, co-promoters of the event with Another Planet Entertainment, have gifted us a pair of VIP 2-Day Tickets (a $630 value) to pass on to Boing Boing readers! VIP includes access to a nice viewing area beside the main stage, tented lounge with full bar, special VIP food sellers, and private restroom facilities (yay!). To win the passes, we are continuing our annual tradition of the Treasure Island Music Festival Haiku Contest!

Here's what to do:

Write a Haiku about why you want to attend the festival! The Haiku must consist of three lines, with the first line containing 5 syllables, the second containing 7 syllables, and the third line containing 5 syllables. Then post your Haiku to the Boing Boing forum right here. You have until 11:59pm PDT on Thursday (10/1) to enter. We'll pick our favorite Haikus and email you at the address you used to create your forum account. (Or you can list an alternate address in your entry.) On Friday (10/2), I'll post our three finalists who will each receive a Boing Boing t-shirt! On Tuesday (10/6), I'll announce the winner of the VIP tickets. Read the rest

Manifesto: dreamy pop with a computer-world music video


Luca Pozzi Statement's wireframe dreamworld illustrates the calm electronic music of Sarc:o, whose album, Manifesto, is out now.

Music video from Luca Pozzi Statement Directed and produced by Marco Bagni Designed with Giacomo Merchich Song produced by Andrea Suriani

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Watch the trailer for the new Daft Punk documentary!

Daft Punk Unchained, a French documentary by Hervé Martin Delpierre about the mysterious robot musicians, has just premiered in the UK with English subtitles. It looks killer and I hope it screens in the US soon!

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Beautiful, dreamy chamber pop from members of Afghan Whigs and Wussy


Imperial Phase by Plastic Ants

Cincinnati's Plastic Ants, purveyors of lovely "maximum chamber pop," follow up this year's gorgeous full-length debut LP, "Falling to Rise," with a new track "Imperial Phase." Listen above! Plastic Ants' dreamy orchestrations come from the friendship and collaboration of four music scene veterans: John Curley, bassist for Afghan Whigs, Joe Klug, drummer for Wussy, Robert Cherry, singer/songwriter perhaps best known from his many years as top editor of Alternative Press magazine, and Guy Vanasse, a multi-instrumentalist and singer with deep classical training. Cellist Amy Gillingham and Lisa Walker, Wussy's stellar singer, guest on the Falling to Rise album as well.

"I don’t even consider (Plastic Ants to be) rock music,” Cherry said in a recent interview. “It’s hard pop with timeless classical arrangements. We wanted to keep the instrumentation more acoustic because that’s where the songs originated and closer to how they were written. We like that instrumentation in terms of how timeless it can be. The collision of rock players and classical players made for some funny moments in the studio. At one point, John and I were trying to explain the appeal of AC/DC — a guitarist wearing a school boy’s outfit accompanied by a shirtless singer shouting sexual innuendos. They gave us this blank look and humored us.”

I'm glad, because they sure make beautiful music together.

Plastic Ants play a free show at Cincinnati's MOTR Pub on Monday, September 28.

Plastic Ants

Trailer for "Falling to Rise" below:

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