An off-duty police officer who worked security detail for rapper Biggie
Smalls, aka Notorious B.I.G., on the night of his murder has been recommended for a 24-day suspension. Inglewood Police Chief Alex Perez said, "The violations ranged, on the low end from failure to obtain a permit to work off-duty, ranging all the way up to conduct unbecoming an officer." The
Associated Press reported that the officer had violated another rule
forbidding employment from a person with a criminal record. Smalls had
previously been charged on drug, weapons and assault violations. Six
other officers received either recommendations for lesser suspensions or
written letters of reprimand reportedly for working security for Smalls
before the March 9 shooting, which remains unsolved. "We don't have a
policy that spells that out," Perez said. "That's kind of a given thing.
The way it should have worked is the officers should have requested a permit.
In their permit process, they would say who they're guarding. We would
have said who is this person, done some checking, and said absolutely not."
The officers have two weeks to appeal the recommendations...
The End of Everything by Voodoo Child, a side project from
techno-turned-metal-head Moby, has just been released in the U.S.
for the first time. The eight-track album, previously released in the
UK, is described as "elegant, breath-taking keyboard soundscapes and
gentle rhythms, performed on simple electronic instruments." In other
words, the exact opposite of Moby's ill-fated rock turn on last year's
Animal Rights album. The U.S. release contains one song not
included on the UK version, the 18-minute "Reject," and an alternate mix
of "Dog Heaven." The other songs on the album are: "Patient Love,"
"Great Lake," "Gentle Love," "Honest Love," "Slow Motion Suicide" and
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince has struck again. Just as he
did in New York and Philadelphia, His Royal Badness followed up his arena
concert in the Washington, D.C. area Friday with an after hours jam at a much
smaller venue. Although the 40-minute set at D.C.'s 9:30 Club contained
several R&B covers that have become standards on sub-tour ("I'll Take You
There," "The Way You Do the Things You Do"), the Artist pulled out several
left-field surprises for hardcore fans, including raps from the unreleased
Crystal Ball album ("18 & Over") and the European Gold Nigga
album ("Johnny"). Wraps on the post-show jams are apparently becoming less
tight as the full blown Jam of the Year Tour proceeds. Club advertisements
in both the Washington Post and Washington City Paper
publicized the aftershow location, which was also announced over the p.a.
system following the Artist's encores at the USAir Arena...
Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann says the poppy
nature of his band's upcoming Hang-Ups album (Mojo) is attributable
in part to constant listening to L.A. radio station KGIL (1260 AM), which until recently broadcast only songs by the Beatles.
"That station just saved my traffic dilemma, because it made driving so much more pleasurable," Feldmann told Addicted To Noise. "They didn't have any commercials really -- they just played Beatles. They're the only band that ever really mattered." Alas, nothing that wonderful can last forever. KGIL since changing formats the station now airs all show tunes, all the time. You can hear the results of Feldmann's fascination when Hang-Ups hits stores on Sept. 9...
Reel Big Fish trombonist Dan Regan is sure to receive the Warped Tour Hero of the Summer award for his courageous actions last Monday (July 28). On a day off from the tour, Regan was chilling out near a Danbury, Conn. aqueduct after a gig at the club Tuxedo Junction when a local RBF fan tripped and plunged 20 feet into the empty basin. Quickly seeing that the fan was in trouble, Regan, 20, rushed to the tour bus, grabbed a cell phone, and gave it to a passerby to forward directions and information to a 911 operator. Regan then jumped into the aqueduct to tend to the young fan until help arrived. "I looked down and he wasn't moving," Regan told Addicted To Noise. "I went and got a girl to call 911 and found a way to go down into the river and saw that he was OK." The fan, who Regan knew only as Mike, had fallen on his face and was unconscious for a period. "I didn't know what to do exactly. I wasn't really thinking. I was scared. He wasn't moving." By the time the ambulance arrived and police began questioning the victim's friends, Regan said, the fan's condition had improved. He even found the time to offer a few encouraging words to his favorite rock trombonist. "The funny thing was," Regan said, "when he was coming around he told me, 'Hey, that was a good show.' It was pretty cool."...
The Lunachicks are about to go on a mini-tour of the Midwest, with their kick-off show being the 22nd Annual WomynÕs Festival in Hart, Mich. on Aug. 15. They plan on hitting Chicago, Pittsburgh, and several other sites before wrapping it up and heading back home. Their latest album, Pretty Good, was released this past spring on Go Kart Records. They are also looking forward their video premiere on MTVÕs 120 Minutes this Sunday; and this September they will be returning to Europe to play some more dates.
Finally, If you've ever read Jon Savage's ultra-thorough 1991 book England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock and Beyond, then you needn't waste your time with celebrity biographer (James Dean, Janis Joplin, Rolling Stones) David Dalton's slapdash Sid Vicious bio El Sid (Aug. 15). Borrowing heavily from Savage's work without adding much original flavor, save for an ill-conceived notion to provide "fresh" fictitious quotes from the long-dead Vicious (i.e. "I 'ate films because people 'ave to act parts in 'em. Imagine that, playin people who they is not."), Dalton has whipped-together a confusing, meandering bio of the cartoon character he tries to argue was the heart of the band. Often forgetting about Vicious for pages at a time in favor of hipster posturing, Dalton stretches to achieve the studiousness of Savage's work, instead offering up a non-stop stream of empty phrases such as: "Rock 'n' roll was now a slithering behemoth in an Afghani jacket begging for change on St. Marks Place."
QUOTE (UNQUOTE): "There aren't too many records out there now where you hear all-new sounds. I'm skeptical about working with certain producers because I'm hearing so many remixes of my stuff out there that are unorthodox. I walk past stores every day and hear unauthorized remixes, people doing their own remixes without asking my permission." Dr. Octagon (aka Kool Keith) on his influence on today's rappers.
(ATN's Senior Writer Gil Kaufman and Staff Writer Chris Nelson compiled this report.)