Death Vessel — Burnside Music Series

(8.7) This week the Burnside Music Series features Death Vessel — with Joel Thibodeau — fresh from their performance at the Newport Folk Festival. What a set of pipes on this guy — their album Island Intervals, recorded in Iceland with Sigur Ros, is brilliant. (The DV website has designated the remainder of the tour …

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Nature Lab Director At Athenaeum Salon

(5.30) Taxidermy — at least vintage taxidermy — has been all the rage in recent years. Whether its the kitschy decorating aesthetic or nostalgia, one certain well-studied and much commented upon species — Hipsteria masonjariensis — has been hunting down these specimens to near extinction. Certainly the prices have gone through the roof. (Time to …

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North Burial Ground Project

(4.17) Head over to the Lippitt House Museum Thursday for “Unearthing the North Burial Ground: Online Walking Tours of Providence’s Largest Historic Public Cemetery” another of the Providence Preservation Society’s spring programs. Professor Francis Leazes of Rhode Island College will discuss the North Burial Ground Project, an experiment in education that seeks to present a wide range of …

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‘A Band Called Death’ At Cable Car

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols, and the Ramones there was a band called Death. This pioneering ’70s proto-punk black Detroit band are the subject of a new music documentary ‘A Band Called Death’ opening tonight at the Cable Car. Formed in the 70’s by the teenaged Hackney brothers — Dannis on drums, Bobby on …

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RIP Rafferty

No iconic hot ‘n heavy saxophone or ears being chopped off, but I think “Right Down The Line” — simple love song, simple melody — was Gerry Rafferty’s best. I’m sure Beth hates the music, but can’t help but dig this album cover. [youtube]5sedPivIxfM[/youtube]

Teach-In Response To Gay Teen Suicides

There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about gay suicide, and while I have kind of mixed feelings about the media’s panicky sensationalism (and posting that poor Rutgers guy’s terribly awkward photo on the cover of every magazine in America), I think we can all agree that teen suicide is never a …

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RIP Malcolm McLaren

[youtube]kXVnjm-jrXc[/youtube] Malcolm McLaren, perhaps the only person to have ever worked with both KRS-One and Yanni, has died.  Primarily known in America as the manager of the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols, McLaren was also responsible for the success of Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow, and he also released several …

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National Medal of Honor Day

What percentage of Americans, would you guess, are familiar with the Tiger Woods fiasco?  Maybe 80%? And what percentage of Americans can name Sarah Palin’s out-of-wedlock granddaughter? Maybe 60%? And how many Americans, would you guess, knew that yesterday was a national holiday? Well, now you know. March 25th is National Medal of Honor Day. The …

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RIP Captain Lou Albano

[youtube]TTOTop3At1c[/youtube] Pretty much everything in the world worth knowing can be found somewhere in this clip of Cyndi Lauper and the elastic-wearing Lou Albano on Rowdy Roddy Piper’s fake talk show from 1984. The big lug died this morning at the age of 76. Albano didn’t retire from the WWF until he was fifty-three, which …

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I’ll Tell You Where The Wild Things Are

Target! The new Dethklok album, Dethalbum II, goes on sale today. Purists can buy it on vinyl somewhere, all others can buy the cd at Target for $7.99. That is very good value. Dethklok will perform two shows at the Boston House of Blues, October 27th and 28th. Brendon Small is an insane guitarist, but …

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Summer/Autumn of Death Strikes Rhode Island

Frank Santos, the R-Rated Hypnotist, is dead. Santos was working at Big G Supermarkets and saw a hypnotist perform at a company party, Michael Janusonis reported in a story about the entertainer in 1990. Santos took classes in hypnotism, opened a hypnosis center in Cumberland and put together an act, which quickly packed rooms. “We …

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