Monthly Archives: May 2010

Mohsen Namjoo To Play LA’s Disney Hall

Hello Los Angeles! Groundbreaking Persian artist Mohsen Namjoo will follow the release of his new album “OY” with a concert at LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall. The special performance 'Namjoo in A Minor' will be held June 20 and will see Namjoo accompanied by classical percussionist Pezhham Akhavas, piano virtuoso Tara Kamangar, as well as a full band ensemble.


Namjoo was recently dubbed “Bob Dylan of Iran” by The New York Times, and has garnered plenty of praise for his spellbinding and innovative style, fusing Iranian folk traditions with hypnotic elements of Western Rock and Blues.


Tickets to Namjoo in A Minor are available through Ticketmaster.


Be sure to check out Mohsen Namjoo's latest video for the song “Jabre Joghrafiaie”:



Marie Claire Stalking Hunter Valentine?

Probably not, but they are big fans of their hit single “The Stalker”.  “Three minutes of the take-no-crap, fuck-shit-up glory” says Scott Frampton (Writer for Marie Claire magazine). If you want to see what Scott is talking about, check them out on their Myspace or catch them live during their upcoming West Coast shows. 

The trio had a blast conquering their adopted home of New York during their Tour De NY! Now they are heading back to their hometown of Toronto, but not before hitting up the west coast. Dates below! 

Watch: the girls rock the Tour-de-NYC here:
Watch: â€œThe Stalker” dir by Taylor Cohen (Matt & Kim’s “Lessons Learned”):

JUNE 12, 3PM
JUNE 19, 8PM
JULY 3, 1:45PM

How The Paparazzo Got Bloody And Other Stories

So you may have heard about Mark McAdams brush with the paparazzi after he defended friend Mike Myers. The event made headlines after a member of the paparazzi was struck in the head with a hockey stick. The alleged “attack” follows the recent release of Mark’s third solo album ‘Paper Man Songs’. In response to the recent incident involving Mark McAdam and his run-in with the paparazzi, Mark made the following statement:

You can also read Mark’s statement on the blog section of his website (


Hello Friends.

You may have read some stuff on the internet or newspapers and you’re probably wondering what happened on Sunday. Allow me to lay out the broad strokes all at once. I’ve received a million emails and calls and it’s too complicated to tell over and over…

The first and most important thing is that I DID NOT HIT ANYONE IN THE HEAD WITH MY HOCKEY STICK. That’s something I would simply never do, and it’s what the paparazzi made up to make their story more juicy. That’s how they make their money. Which is one thing if they just lie about you in a blog, but another thing if the cops choose to believe them. Because then it goes into the police report.  Which it did.  And now I’m facing felony assault charges…

So, it’s like this: I was walking home from our hockey game with Mike Myers and Eric Gilliland.  We crossed paths with a bunch of paparazzi who were pursuing Kate Hudson and her newborn. One of them saw Mike, alerted the others, and they came after us. I should note that there were 7 or 8 of them and extraordinarily aggressive.  We’ve been through this dozens of times: Their M.O. is to try to annoy Mike to the point that he’ll take a swing at them or whatever and then they’ll sell the “celebrity freaking out” pics to the tabloids.

So eventually Mike tries to run away. Now they’re chasing us. It seems kind of funny, I bet, but really it’s sort of scary because they’ll shove you out of the way and scream in your face… and there’s a lot of them. I decided to try to slow them down to give Mike a chance to escape. So I ran across Rivington (near Eldridge) and, let’s say “impeded the progress” of this guy Castro. I bumped into him. Now he’s pissed. He puts down his camera and comes at me, grabbing my hockey stick. As we’re tussling with my stick, he yanks it toward himself, trying to get it away from me. Very unfortunately, this caused the blade to scrape his eyebrow. Eyebrows bleed A LOT.

Once the other paparazzi saw blood… well, now they’ve got a story. So they get a firm grip on me and start filming. While two of them had my arms, Castro headbutts me in the face, Zidane style. Good shot, too. Probably broke my nose, I get the X-rays tomorrow.  Of course, all my instincts were telling me to fight back, but I was also aware that that was exactly what they wanted. The cameras were rolling. Then he punched me in the head. Got a nice little shiner there. And three other guys dragged me into the street, holding me so I “wouldn’t go anywhere” because they had called the police.  “Thank God,” I thought.  “The police would be great right about now.”

Except when the police got there (maybe 10-12 of ‘em) the paparazzi start pointing at the bloody guy and screaming that I hit him in the head with my stick. Eric and I calmly offered that that wasn’t true, etc, that I had yet to take a swing at anybody with anything… but they simply (and really, inexplicably) took the paparazzi at their word. Castro walked away laughing. They cuffed me, put me in the squad car, and took me to the cell at the precinct. Fingerprints, booking, mugshots, belt, shoelaces, then down to Centre Street to the real jail, one metal door, two metal doors, underground, more metal doors, and put me in the cell with several other fellows. The only smart thing I did all day was to immediately befriend the biggest guy in there by offering him my torn hoodie (it’s freezing down there).

I had plenty of time to reflect on my thoughts about our legal system, the NYPD, and my aching face.

Going forward, I’m optimistic – I have a very good lawyer and there might even be video proving my innocence. At my arraignment, the judge seemed to smell B.S. and let me out on my own recognizance (he didn’t even make us post the $5,000 bail the state asked for). Also, we’re pressing counter charges. It should be fine.

But still. Really?

Your Hot-Tempered but Non-Violent Friend,





NPR Features "Walking On Sunshine" 25th Anniversary This Week!

Today, Katrina and The Waves' seminal pop hit “Walking on Sunshine” turns a glorious 25 years old. NPR's 'All Things Considered' and tastemaker site Brooklyn Vegan have tagged in to help us celebrate the occasion. The remastered 25th Anniversary Edition single of “Walking on Sunshine” comes out tomorrow, with the hopeful and uplifting “Walking on Sunshine” B-side as performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir.

NPR has profiled the legacy of this radio and licensing smash in a story that is scheduled to run on All Things Considered today, beginning at 4:00pm EST.

Listen HERE

On Friday, Brooklyn Vegan unveiled their tribute to Katrina and the Waves, titled Sunsalute, which will feature covers of KATW songs from some of indie rock's top artists.

Listen to Sam Amidon play an amazing rendition of “Walking on Sunshine” HERE

Of course, don’t forget about the remastered and reissued catalog of Kimberly Rew and Katrina and The Waves which just recently became available to the public again.

Win Sharon Jones Prizes With Portland Mercury!

Hey Friends!

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings just keep on rolling, coming off the highly acclaimed release of 'I Learned The Hard Way', and the fine folks at Portland Mercury are offering you a chance to get your hands on a pretty cool Sharon Jones prize pack. 

The winner will be getting a Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings slipmat, a copy of the new album 'I Learned The Hard Way', and most significantly (drumroll) a new, out-of-print, instrumental 45″ entitled 'When I Come Home'. 

Head over to Portland Mercury and throw down a comment for your chance to win. Get creative! This one isn't worth missing out on…