Long time animal rights supporter Iggy Pop has joined forces with animal advocacy group, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected in the fight to end wolf hunting in the state. According to the organization, who has widespread support from hundreds of groups, say here are only 658 wolves left in Michigan, and that the hunt will allow for 43 of them to be killed.
Here’s an excerpt from Iggy’s letter to Michigan governor Rick Snyder (R):
“I am asking all of my fans in Michigan to sign up and help gather signatures to reverse this decision and protect the wolf from future hunts. The senseless killing of these majestic animals for sport is a disappointment to the people of Michigan and a stain on its government. It is shameful the lengths the legislature and executive branch will go to hunt this iconic creature.”
Iggy Pop has replaced Roger Daltrey as the voice of a stoned caterpillar in upcoming ABC TV series, Once Upon A Time in Wonderland. The grim looking show, a riff on Alice in Wonderland, has poor Alice shut up in a mental institution, because she keeps telling stories about talking rabbits, and hookah smoking, caterpillars that occasionally break into a chorus from Search and Destroy (I wish!). So make sure you clean out your best bong, as the show is set to premiere on October 10th. It’s a slow news day folks…
Iggy doing his best Dio impression in the ocean at St. Barts in 1979. Check out the rest of the never before seen photos taken by one of Iggy’s ex-girlfriends during the late 70′s and early 80′s, here.
Hey there all you headbangers! It’s time once again for another VMFNR! But as usual, before I get to all the metal stuff that happened this week, I want to remind you that Movies About Girls episode #174 will broadcast live on our Youtube channel tomorrow at 3:00 PM ET. This week your favorite gang of teenage losers will take on the 1974 made for TV movie, Get Chrissy Love!.
Plus we’ll be playing yet another round of everyone’s favorite parlor game, That’s Not A Real Band Name Is It?, curated by yours truly. As always, we’ll have our Top 5 and Bottom 5 DVD and Blu-Ray picks, and more shenanigans than you can probably handle. Make sure you don’t miss a minute!
I’ve also got a bunch of new music reviews and a brand new Coffin Couture column for your enjoyment up over at Destroy the Brain. Dig it.
Now, here’s everything metal that happened last week!
Stream the new Windhand record, Soma. Contact high included! Pitchfork
And since you’re already high, why not stream the new Gorguts record, Colored Sand? Revolver
Welcome to another weekly installment of VMFNU! Today’s update is completely jammed packed with heavy metal happenings, weirdness (like the unlikely union of Iggy Pop and Yoko Ono), and sweet new jams to shake your hair to. In other good news, I’m happy to report that the good time that is the Movies About Girls podcast once again start broadcasting LIVE on August 17th via Google Hangouts. Tomorrow MAG’s summer movie celebration continues with Episode #171, and our exploration of 1978′s bikini bash flick, Zuma Beach. You can listen to the episode here later this weekend.
Speaking of bikini’s, head over to horror loving blog Destroy the Brain, and check out my latest Coffin Couture article, “Sepultura, Skeletons, and Satan: Heavy Metal Swimwear”. It’s full of eye-popping metal goddesses in bathing suits fit for the apocalypse.
Now, on to all the metal shit that went down this week…
Surf Nicaragua, Sacred Reich. Oh, 1988, how I miss you.
Hey there my very metal friends! You might have noticed that not much is going on this week on the site, sorry about that. I’m headed back to Seattle in a couple of days, and things will once again return to normal (whatever that means), on Monday. Until then, make sure you’re filling your idle time with my Internet friends over at Movies About Girls, Destroy the Brain, Dangerous Minds, and all the other excellent time-killers listed on the right of this page.
Until I’m back, here’s a few heavy metal news nuggets for you to chew on. Including the track listing for the new Motörhead record, Aftershock.
What’s more American than a shirtless Iggy Pop dancing around with the flag? Nothing! Happy 4th m*therf*ckers!
And now for my annual “I’m leaving on a jet plane post”. It’s time once again for me to depart for my month long sabbatical to the east coast. So, posts will be slower than usual for a while here at CB.com. I will be blogging over at Curious Tracks as well as Destroy the Brain during July so look for me there. In my absence, do make sure to visit my very metal Internet friends over at Movies About Girls, Dangerous Minds, Dlisted, and all my other clickable pals hanging out over on the right of this page.
Rest in Peace, Jeff Hanneman. Vintage Monsters of Rock footage of Slayer performing, Raining Blood.
Like everyone else, I’m still stunned that guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer, passed away yesterday of liver failure at the age of 49. Back when I was a younger metalhead, I was lucky enough to see Slayer at a small club in Boston called The Channel. It was terrifying. The pit was a thrashing mess of hair and sweat, that would randomly pull onlookers into it’s chaos. The band was in full-tilt rage mode, as they slashed their way through songs from Seasons in the Abyss, like professional serial killers. There were many times during that show that I fought the urge to run out of the club, feeling I’d be safer outside, than inside. It was complete madness, and unlike anything I had ever seen. Until that day, I thought I knew what heavy metal was. But Slayer set me straight with their satanic, aggressive perfection. Thanks for the very metal memories, Jeff Hanneman. The world is now a lot less metal, and a little too quiet without you.
San Fransisco band Orchid sounds more like Black Sabbath, than Black Sabbath sounds like Black Sabbath. And if that sounds better to you than listening to the new Sabbath record, you should stream Orchid’s new record, the super psychedelic, “Into the Mouth of Madness“, here.
Forever punk Iggy Pop has been many things over the last 40 years. A passenger, a wild child, and a dog to name a few. Most recently, Iggy became a scarecrow for the new teaser video for “I’ve Got a Job, But It Don’t Pay Shit”. One of the new tracks from the Stooges first studio record since 1973, Ready to Die, due out in April.
Iggy Pop.” An awful, nasty, horrible, destructive, self-centred prick with a pair of silver leather pants”. Mick Rock.
Today is the 40th anniversary of Iggy and The Stooges record, Raw Power. To celebrate, very metal photographer Mick Rock has released six vintage images of Iggy as a part of a limited-edition art print collection. Bonus? Each of the editions is overlaid with handwritten lyrics from “Raw Power” and “Death Trip”, and are individually hand signed by both Rock and Pop.
“It’s not that I got the best pictures of him that time, I got the only pictures of that time”. Mick Rock.