Watch Blondie Performing at CBGB in the Summer of 1975

Watch Debbie Harry play an unreleased tune

Blondie’s debut album didn’t arrive in record stores until December of 1976, but by that point the band (originally called Angel and the Snake) had been gigging around New York City for over two years. One of the few female-fronted bands on the CBGB scene, they got a lot of press early on, but it took them a little while to actually land a record deal.

It’s unclear exactly when in 1975 this black and white video of the group was shot at CBGB, but the best sources indicate it’s from August 15th. Needless to say, Debbie Harry looks absolutely stunning, especially to a crowd used to staring at Joey Ramone. She’s also rocking the naughty schoolgirl look a good quarter-century before Britney Spears made it cool. They’re playing a very early Blondie song entitled “A Girl Should Know Better” that never wound up on any album.

“It was hard to concentrate at CBGB’s because it smelled so bad,” Harry wrote in the band’s official biography. “Hill Kristal, the owner, kept dogs in the back, and they used to throw up and shit indiscriminately. The kitchen was covered with grease, rats, flies, maggots, and shit too.”

Blondie played CBGB every weekend through much of 1975, but after signing with Chrysalis they worked their way up to the more upscale Max’s Kansas City, and by early 1977 they were playing all across the country.

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 – The Lineup + Video

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The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual three-day music festival in Austin, Texas’ Zilker Park. The Festival brings together more than 130 bands on eight stages, including rock, country, folk, indie, Americana, hip-hop, reggae, and bluegrass, and attracts a crowd of more than 65,000 visitors each day. Named after the legendary PBS concert series, the festival is produced by C3 Presents, who also co-produce the Lollapalooza festival.

This year’s festival will take place across two weekends (October 4th – 6th and 11th – 13th).

Official 2013 ACL Festival Lineup Video

The lineup

Arctic Monkeys official
Asleep at the Wheel official
Atoms For Peace official
Autre Ne Veut official
Bear Mountain official
Bright Light Social Hour official
Cherub official
Court Yard Hounds official
D’Angelo official
Dan Croll official
Dana Falconberry official
Dawes official
Deap Vally official
Delta Rae official
Depeche Mode official
Divine Fits official
Electric Six official
Eric Church official
FIDLAR official
Foxygen official
Franz Ferdinand official
fun. official
Greensky Bluegrass official
Grimes official
Grouplove official
Haim official
Houndmouth official
Hundred Waters official
Jacuzzi Boys official
Jake Bugg official
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound official
JD McPherson official
Jimmy Eat World official
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion official
Junip official
Kaskade official
Kendrick Lamar official
Kings of Leon official
Lionel Richie official
Lissie official
Little Green Cars official
Local Natives official
Mona official
Ms Mr official
Muse official
My Jerusalem official
Neko Case official
Noah and the Whale official
Not in The Face official
Okkervil River official
Paper Diamond official
Parquet Courts official
Phoenix official
Phosphorescent official
Pinback official
Portugal. the Man official
Purity Ring official
Queens of the Stone Age official
Red Baraat official
Reignwolf official
Roadkill Ghost Choir official
Savages official
Shakey Graves official
Shovels & Rope official
Shuggie Otis official
Silversun Pickups official
Smith Westerns official
Tame Impala official
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down official
The Band of Heathens official
The Black Angels official
The Blind Boys of Alabama official
The Cure official
The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker official
The Joy Formidable official
The Lone Bellow official
The Mavericks official
The National official
The Orwells [new!] official
The Shouting Matches official
The True Believers official
Toro y Moi official
Twin Forks official
Typhoon official
Valerie June official
Vampire Weekend official
Vintage Trouble official
Walk the Moon official
White Denim official
Wick-It The Instigator official
Widowspeak official
Wilco official
Wild Belle official
Wild Cub Confirmed [evidence]
Wild Nothing official

The Rolling Stone magazine cover photo – Commentary #2

We have received many e-mails criticizing us for our support to the Rolling Stone magazine and to independent journalism. So let’s get to the point bold-and-clear:

I understand pain and not wanting to see. But with all due respect, it’s the role of independent journalism to seek truth and insight, not to comfort or protect from unpleasantness.

I also fail to see how this reflects RS’ “haste to make a few extra dollars on lost lives.” Surely, marketing on the part of news organizations is a reality of our times, but I cannot agree that RS is driven by this in this instance. There has been an onslaught of outrage about their decision to use this photo, much of it accompanied by decisions or threats to cancel subscriptions or boycott, and several retailers have even pulled the magazine from their shelves (censorship lives on!). This actually represents a financial LOSS for them. They had to know this would be a possibility before they published the article and the photo, but they made the decision to do it anyway, and therefore risk some financial loss.

As for tastelessness, that is in the eye of the beholder, as the cliché goes. I do not feel that the photo was tasteless, but rather that it was the absolutely appropriate picture, among those available to them, to complement the article. As I wrote before, The Rolling Stone journalistic story is a different story — a story examining how and why an otherwise normal and likeable young man could do such horrible things – if he, indeed, is found guilty – and if there were any clues or warning signs that perhaps might help us prevent similar tragedies in the future.

As Ian Crouch (New Yorker magazine) has aptly pointed out, the fact is, he DOES kind of look like a rock star. That fact alone gives food for thought. In any event, it is not the role of independent, serious journalism (or their attendant photos) to try to anticipate what readers think is tasteless. If that were the case, no good reporting would ever get done. I am dismayed by what appears to be an alarming lack of ability on the part of the American public to understand the function of journalism in a democratic society.

Having said this, I tell all of you who sent us those nasty e-mails and threatened with not visiting our music website anymore that we wish instead of all your vitroil against the RS cover story and picture, you should have invested your time protesting the decision to acquit George Zimmerman, a white man, over the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a young black male unarmed, and a recent decision by the Supreme Court to strike down key sections of a law that protects black voters (civil rights live on!). Perhaps the murder of a young black American unarmed and the acquittal of his assassin who took the law and the gun in his own hands instead of notifying the police, doesn’t deserve your attention and uproar. And what really bothers you about the RS cover picture is not that the 19-year-old Tsarnaev is handsome, talented and looks like a rock-star, but that he is not a “real” American but an ethnic Chechen who came to the U.S. as a child and was later granted the American citizenship.

~ AA