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Sackboy on the cover of Sonic Youth's Dirty

YAARN is a boxset-gorging, buzz-fearing, burger-snob blog.

YAARN reads Vanity Fair and Vice, and decided all our private emails about longform pieces on the New York Times and excitement surrounding Hunter S. Thompson movies might be better off compiled into a commonplace, a journal or a so-called blog.

YAARN was founded by two friends from London. We like the oily smell of magazine ink, nearly as much as we love the fuzz of Sonic Youth.

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Published in: on April 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

BoD Deejaying Debut

It went like this “Hello, do you want to DJ with grubby legend Andrew Wk?” and from our shocked silence they started offering us booze and disco biscuits. And then it was so.

All the info is on here:

PUSH first birthday flyer

PUSH first birthday flyer

Published in: on August 21, 2008 at 8:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Not a good day for music mags…

It’s another bad week for music criticism, not only are studies saying no-one wants/needs it anymore but now comes news of of the UK ABC figures which reads gloomily as follows…

Future Publishing’s Metal Hammer ended the half year up 6.0% with 48,540 readers, although this was still down 1.2% on the year.

Also making gains was Channelfly’s free title The Fly, which saw its readership up 2.1% on the quarter and 11.1% on the year at 105,212, just behind Bauer’s Mojo, which posted a 0.1% rise in readership for the half year to 106,367.

Development Hell’s Word magazine posted a 1.7% gain for the quarter, although it was down 3.0% on the year.

The biggest loser overall was Bauer’s rock title Kerrang!, which posted a 21.6% drop in readership for the half year to 60,290, an eye-watering 27.9% down on the year.

IPC’s flagship title NME was down 12.1% for the half year and 17.4% for the year at 56,284 readers, while sister title Uncut was down 4.5% over the six months and up 1.2% for the year with 86,925 readers.

Bauer’s Q, which yesterday announced an autumn re-design, remains the country’s biggest-selling music title, despite losing 13.8% of its readership in the half year, leaving it with 113,174 readers.

Among the dance magazine, Development Hell’s Mixmag lost 5.8% of its readership over the six month, falling to 34,073, while the independently-published free title RWD was down 5.8% on the half year at 31,333.

Music magazines endured a difficult first half of 2008, with only Metal Hammer making significant gains, while Kerrang!, NME and Q all saw double digit falls in readership.

Source Music Week

Published in: on August 14, 2008 at 1:45 pm  Comments (3)  

Sorkin’s Chicago 7 gets Greengrass greenlight

The West Wing is quite easily the most brilliant television drama ever produced. Aaron Sorkin is a genius scribe, a modern day Hemingway. So the news that his latest project The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be resurrected is fantastic.

Steven Spielberg was originally drafted to produce the political thriller, which follows a group of seven defendants that were charged with various crimes following the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. However, when he dropped out, it looked like the movie might stall. Until now, as it appears that, according to Production Weekly and Film School Rejects, Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy/United 93) is directing.

Sorkin + Greengrass = Awesome

The replacement of Spielberg with Paul Greengrass seems like a logical one, at least from the standpoint of scheduling. Greengrass appears to have a little bit more time, as he is already in post-production on his 2009 film with no other immediate projects to speak of, whereas Spielberg has a full boat. And of course, it being the weekend and all, it is going to be hard for us to get any confirmation on this — but don’t be surprised if you see a story in Variety sometime next week announcing Paul Greengrass as the new director of The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Source: Film School Rejects

Published in: on August 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm  Comments (2)  
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The Twitting Point. Or An Ode to Saturdays.

Saturdays use t’be about reading Shoot and making BMX peddle-shaped clusters of scabs. Buying 20-20 and sitting in parks. We grew and it became about slouching on the sofa, playing Tony Hawks, then snowboarding before having a cheatcode-filled fight, racing a car as a pixelated mushroom or running around with a machine gun in Wolfenstein.  Sometimes it was about making mixtapes and/or watching Mtv2. Consistent throughout it was kicking a lump of leather at garage doors or playing bulldog in muddy fields.

Then it was all about pummeling Napster in search of Nirvana live tracks and Weezer rarities. That closed after a just-say-no campaign made us all go oh-my-what-is-this? Othersuch sites opened but they were too confusing, so it was back to finding ‘friends’ on Friendster. Along came streaming (when it worked) on MySpace and sitting around in damp-floored black-walled back rooms, talkin’ abou’ writing about how that bunch of sweaty scruffians, sipping a round of Hoegaardens, are going to be massive.

We swapped our bike clips for start-up pipe dreams and all we got to show for it was a bin liner of moth bitten band tees and safety pinned jeans.

Now Saturdays involve watching DivX torrents of the West Wing which took days to download. We sit dehydrating in front of the computer screen after hours in the gym trying to reduce years of beer gut cultivation.  The sitting got boring and geeking out became our last bastion of escapism, to have all the knowledge and therefore, all the power. Some thing has happened to me and a whole generation of the tech-related fads: I don’t need nor want the power/knowledge, it seems like i just wanna digest it and get it away from me. Praps it’s less socialism and more like social networkism where I just want to share it, regardless if anyone actually wants it or reads it. When did we become the free-prunes-for-all Generation? The self-anointed kings of self-indulgent crap-aired-in-public… And so it goes.

Today I discovered:

What has become of the modern man when this is what becomes of our Saturdays? I miss the blood on my shins and the death-or-oblivion drinking sessions but instead, now I have my Sunday’s with a clear head, a cake to bake and things to do which sound an awful lot like a Blur lyric. Time for some of this knowledge to sink in or to get ignorant.

By S (Now Playing: M83 ‘Saturday = Youth’)

The Thermals: Back

The Thermals have released two demo tracks from their forthcoming new album and they sound awesome.

If you like the Portland indie rockers classic The Body, The Blood, The Machine you’ll love I Let Go and You Dissolve, which will be on Now We Can See, which will be out later this year.

Wicked.

Download them here or listen to them on myspace.

Published in: on August 9, 2008 at 3:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Burial reveals/confirms true identity

So Independent, who got tipped off by one of Hot Chip, got it right “Another former student is William Bevan, aka Burial, a dubstar artist who enjoys a cult dancefloor following and who likes to retain a Banksy-like anonymity.”

The following was just posted and confirmed via Burial’s Myspace blog

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

tunes

hi

for a while theres been some talk about who i am , but its not a big deal
i wanted to be unknown because i just want it to be all about the tunes.
over the last year the unknown thing become an issue so im not into it any more.
im a lowkey person and i just want to make some tunes, nothing else. my names will bevan, im from south london, im keeping my head down and just going to finish my next album, theres going to be a 12″ maybe in the next few weeks too with 4 tunes. hope u like it, i’ll try put a tune up later

sorry for any rubbish tunes i made in the past, ill make up for it

a big big thank you to anyone who ever supported me, liked my tunes or sent me messages, it means the world to me

big up everyone, take care, will ( burial )

Published in: on August 5, 2008 at 9:07 pm  Comments (1)  
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Entourage: It’s Back. Hug it out, bitch!

Entourage is one of the coolest shows on television. The writing is acidic and Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold is one of the nastiest, sharpest tongued characters to come out of Hollywood in years.

The good news: It’s back.

The show will air September 7 on HBO.

You can watch a trailer here:

Published in: on August 5, 2008 at 7:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Birthday Pat Smear!

Can you believe the charming bastard, ex-guitarist of Nirvana/Foo Fighters and founding member of LA punks The Germs, is only 49!

I love The Germs; I wore out my old tape copy of GI and the covers anthology – A Small Circle of Friends with bands such as The Melvins and Courtney Love was also mindblowing.

There’s a really interesting piece about The Germs’ biopic What We Do Is Secret, which stars Shane West as Darby Crash and Bijou Phillips, in today’s IHT.

Darby Crash, singer of the Germs and the most polarizing figure on the 1970s Hollywood punk scene, would tell anyone within earshot that his days were numbered.

In 1975, at the age of 17, he devised a five-year plan for achieving immortality: form a band, collect a following, release one album, then commit suicide. The band started as a dare; T-shirts were made before any songs were learned. Its following expanded from a few hangers-on to members of the fast-rising hard-core scene from the nearby suburbs and beach communities.

The movie comes out in the US this week and is expected to air internationally before the end of the year.

International Herald Tribune

Published in: on August 5, 2008 at 2:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Buffy? Animated? Yes.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Animated Series was a short-lived project produced by Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox in 2001. It was intended for Fox Kids, but, following the demise of the kids network, it was never aired.

However, a three minute clip from the pilot has, this week, surfaced online.

It comes as Buffy creator Joss Whedon was recently crowned king of web video for his three part musical drama Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Bored of Dictators wonders whether Whedon himself was responsible for the leak, ahead of a possible online resurrection of the brand, which ended its network run in 2003, and asks whether any other popular, recently deceased series could return animated?

The Buffy animated series, which was to be exec produced by Whedon and Jeph Loeb and drawn by The Simpsons’ producer Film Roman, was designed to be an 8x30mins adventure taking place after the end of the first season. The Buffy brand is, obviously, well placed to be extended either as a kids series or as an online project thanks to its zealous fanbase.

There are others; Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the animated spin off of the sci fi movie, exec produced by George Lucas, will likely be a massive success when it launches on Turner’s Cartoon Network in October.
But is it only sci-fi series that would work in such an arena? Could CBS’ much missed end-of-the-world drama Jericho find yet another life as a kids co-production? Would Mischa Barton ever consider reviving her role as The OC’s Marissa Cooper via the medium of cartoon?

Meanwhile, certain shows work better the other way around, moving from animation to live-action. Hit animated kids series Ben:10 has been turned into two live action movies, both produced by Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’s Alex Winter (Bill S. Preston), while the live action Scooby Doo movies have been as successful as their cartoon counterparts.

Whether the leak of the clip (shown above) was a deliberate move to take advantage of Whedon’s current standing, both online and in the TV world with the Eliza Dusku-starring thriller Dollhouse debuting next month, is unclear and realistically unlikely, but ultimately intriguing.

Published in: on August 4, 2008 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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