Members of Brooklyn indie band The Yellow Dogs shot and killed by ex-bandmate

The Yellow Dogs

The Yellow Dogs

The Yellow Dogs, an acclaimed post-punk band from Iran, had been living in Brooklyn


Very tragic news reached us this morning.

Via Channel 4

A man who was kicked out of an indie band from Iran about a year ago went to the Brooklyn apartment building where his former bandmates lived early Monday and fatally shot three of them with an assault rifle before killing himself on the roof, law enforcement officials said.

A fourth member of the The Yellow Dogs, an acclaimed post-punk band from Tehran living in Brooklyn since about 2010, was shot twice in the arm but was taken to the hospital and is expected to live. Law enforcement officials said the surviving victim, who is 22, called 911 shortly after midnight and reported the shooting at the three-story apartment building on Maujer Street in East Williamsburg.

Responding officers found the three dead victims on the second and third floors of one apartment; a 35-year-old man and an unidentified man had been shot in the head, and a 27-year-old man had been shot in the chest.

Law enforcement officials said the gunman went from room to room, gunning down his victims; two were found in bedrooms and the third was killed in the living room.  The gunman was kicked out of the band after bandmates suspected he was selling their equipment behind their backs, law enforcement officials said.

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The body of the gunman was found on the roof of the building. Law enforcement officials say he shot himself in the chin, and the .308-caliber assault rifle authorities believe he used to shoot his former bandmates was found next to his body.

The Yellow Dogs were featured in the documentary “No One Knows About Persian Cats,” which celebrated them as “fixtures in Tehran’s underground rock scene before Iran’s Ministry of Culture caught on to them,” according to the Huffington Post.

Shocked fans posted messages of horror and mourning on the group’s Facebook page after the shooting.

The victims’ families still live in Iran and police are working with officials from the U.S. Department of State to notify them, law enforcement officials said.

Watch their video for “this city”:

Published on Jun 6, 2012

Neverheard Inc presents, “this city” by The Yellow Dogs
Directed by Bill Stepanoski
Produced by Kerry Taylor
Carousel Productions – NY
DOP: Filipp Penson
Edited by Bill Stepanoski
Art Directon by Zoe Bailey + Rosie Turnball

About East Williamsburg, Brooklyn:

East Williamsburg in Brooklyn is known for being home to many underground bands.

I was in this neighborhood twice. If your band has arena sized dreams, then Shea Stadium may be a good place to start. The crowd will love and cheer for you as if you were winning the World Series. As for the team uniform, Shea Stadium was a plethora of plaid, unbrushed hair, and skinny jeans on a Saturday night.

This Shea Stadium isn’t in Queens and it’s definitely not in Manhattan. The vibe was free flowing complete with a beach ball in the air. Shea Stadium has the feel of a high school gymnasium and a suburban garage. The decor is makeshift with decade old couches and cartoon canvases. The stage even dons a wooden tidal wave border. It’s elementary and raw.

The bands I saw that night were a bit all over the place. One act played with their backs against the crowd. Another jumped so hard it looked like the stage was going to collapse. The music verged on alternative with a mix of rock influenced by the sounds of the 60’s. My favorite band of the night did not play on the stage but in the middle of the crowd and busted country. They played acoustic and it was refreshing to be able to understand them clearly. At times the bands at Shea Stadium sounded like a garbled mess. The instruments were louder than the mics, making it difficult to hear the artists sing. Shea Stadium is an experiential music venue, recording house, and open forum. It is part of the young Brooklyn scene and what goes on there is fluid.

Shea Stadium is in the middle of nowhere so keep the address handy because unless you are familiar with industrial warehouses and concealed music venues, you may have trouble finding the place. Cover is the price of a beer. Shea Stadium gets warm inside. For some cool air and a smoker’s break, one can sneak away to the balcony which stares right at the Empire State Building. There are surprising little gems like these in Brooklyn. Luckily, Shea Stadium is so underground that there are no velvet ropes or lines out the door. All you need to know is the address.

Kevin Shields of MBV upset over his band’s lack of nomination for the Mercury Prize – A Bias Against Indie Artists

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Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine –

Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Independently released ‘m b v’ didn’t meet nomination qualifications

My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields is awfully upset over his band’s lack of nomination for the Mercury Prize, the annual award for best British album. In an interview with the Guardian, the frontman aired his grievances after the group’s first album in 22 years, the Essential m b v, failed to get a nod thanks to what he claims is a bias against indie artists.

“Isn’t Mercury a phone company or something, anyway? What’s that got to do with music?” he said. “We’re banned by them, and do you know why? Because we’re not on Amazon or iTunes. That’s one of the qualifying criteria. You have to have major distribution or be on iTunes or Amazon.”

Either way, Shields is still rankled by the snub. “It’s interesting to learn that to be as independent as we are is … virtually illegal,” he said. “It’s not a real record. Our album’s not a real album because it’s independent. The corporate-ness has got to such a point where we’ve essentially been told that we don’t exist. So, technically, that album doesn’t exist.”

Perhaps the most conspicuous omission was My Bloody Valentine‘s much-lauded MBV. Whether you think it was an awesome comeback or not, it is the kind of record that normally at least gets nominated (see Bowie’s The Next Day). The reason it’s not, claims glide guitar maestro Kevin Shields tells The Guardian, is that the album is too independent:

“We’re banned by them, and do you know why? Because we’re not on Amazon or iTunes. That’s one of the qualifying criteria. You have to have major distribution or be on iTunes or Amazon.”Shields may be correct. According to the terms and conditions on the Mercury website, qualifying albums will have “a digital and physical distribution deal in place in the UK”.  My Bloody Valentine, who self-released their album, only sold the digital version of mbv through their own website. This may not be considered a “digital distribution deal”.

“We released our record, mbv, independently,” Shields said. My Bloody Valentine didn’t even rely on an indie label such as Domino or Alcopop! Records. “It’s interesting to learn that to be as independent as we are is … virtually illegal,” he said. “It’s not a real record. Our album’s not a real album because it’s independent. The corporate-ness has got to such a point where we’ve essentially been told that we don’t exist. So, technically, that album doesn’t exist. OK? It’s not allowed to exist according to the Mercury prize.” – [The Guardian]

Shields goes on to say he has no regrets about self-releasing the album. The CD of MBV is currently available to buy on Amazon (who allow third-party sellers), but not digitally. The Mercury Prize, which looks to be a race between Bowie and Arctic Monkeys, will be announced October 30 in London.

My Bloody Valentine, meanwhile, are set to hit the East Coast in November, including two shows at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale today (9/13) at 10 AM.

The short list for the Mercury Prize includes David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Savages, and more. Shields said “god help” the eventual winner, saying that the award negatively impacts an artist’s career: “Seriously, there are sinister forces at work.”

Shame on the Music Industry!

Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2013 shortlist nominees: 

Arctic Monkeys, AM
David Bowie, The Next Day
Disclosure, Settle
Foals, Holy Fire
Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg
James Blake, Overgrown
Jon Hopkins, Immunity
Laura Marling, Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon
Rudimental, Home
Savages, Silence Yourself
Villagers, Awayland

Listen to The National’s beautiful performance for KCRW

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The National – Photo KCRW

Following their performance at Outside Lands and last night’s appearance on Kimmel, The National stopped by KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic to play a special, stripped-down set. The band performed what they called “chilled out versions” of Trouble Will Find Me tracks like “I Should Live In Salt”, “This Is the Last Time”, and “Fireproof”, due to the absence of drummer Bryan Devendorf, who sat out the session in order to rest his injured back. Listen to the entire 45-minute program here.

The National may be a New York institution, but the band was in Hollywood last night as guests of Jimmy Kimmel Live!. As they continue to support their second straight CoS Top Star-earning record in Trouble Will Find Me, Matt Berninger and his brotherly bandmates performed “Graceless” and “This is the Last Time”. Watch the replay below.

In related news, The National are reportedly hard at work on a star-studded Grateful Dead tribute album with Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile & The Violators, and others. Can’t wait.

More about The National here