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    jeremiah
    jeremiah
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    We saw this happen a few years back with Sonic Youth & Frank Black.

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    Brian Jonestown Massacre is scheduled to play an acoustic show at Pianos tomorrow. Don’t know how this news will affect it…

    "Okay folks, so apparently a relatively tragic thing has happened tonight. In Brooklyn, before the BJM’s Bowery Ballroom show, the band’s van along with the U-haul trailer containing ALL OF THE BANDS EQUIPMENT was stolen. People I guess have hustled to get stuff together for them to play the gig tonight but that leaves Anton, Rickey, Frankie, Collin, and Dan without a vehicle and most importantly, without all of their precious musical instruments and amplifiers…

    If everyone in the area (or even not so close) keeps an eye out at pawn shops, music stores, private sellers, and even e-bay for this missing gear-it could help eventually track some of it down.

    We’ll try to provide a more comprehensive list eventually- but off the top of my head is this-

    Gretch 1960’s round badge drum kit-turquoise.
    -kick drum has the BJM logo on it (who knows- the robbers might be stupid enough not to take it off)

    Fender Bassman 1960’s blackface head
    -notable that the ‘B’ is blackend out so that it reads "assman"
    -this is one of the most unique and amazing sounding bass rigs, has a really warm, big fucked up fuzz sound when turned up.

    Frankie’s 1970’s siverface Fender Twin amp
    2 Fender Twin re-issue black face amps
    – the one Anton plays is notable for it’s amazing huge sounding reverb.
    Basically it is a huge part of Anton’s sound.
    -notable for a sticker on the front that reads "Masonic" (again, the bandits might be stupid enough…)

    Collin’s Rickenbacker bass- red Rickey’s 12-string 1960’s Gibson ES-335 (possibly (hopefully) he had this with him and it was not stolen)
    -amazingly beautiful guitar

    Vox Cheetah- maroon
    -quite fucked up from years of tour abuse, but Anton’s main guitar (owned by Frankie)
    Vox 12-string Phantom- black and white
    Vox 12-string Starstreamer- sunburst teardrop shape

    Rickenbacker 12-string 360- black and white Epiphone 6-string- sunburst
    Frankie also has a Telecaster- I’m not sure the details of it.

    I’m sure there was more but if people spread the word out there for this gear and people keep their eyes open- some of it might pop up- especially being sold/bought together, then there might be a chance of retrieving some of this stuff.

    As of now, I do not know what will happen with the few remaining shows of the tour. We gotta still figure out how to get the guys home!
    Anyway, it’s a terrible situation- a band’s worst nightmare- and maybe
    through everyone’s love and support we can get through it and hopefully getting some of the stuff back will lessen this huge blow that was dealt to the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

    Please repost, spread the word, and keep an eye out."

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    fata morgana
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    This fucking sucks–I hope they find the assholes that stole their gear >:(

    #112638
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    lookitssam
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    Shit, how do you just run off with all that stuff…

    That really sucks though…major bummer.

    #112639
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    Annastefka
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    does stuff like that a serial numbers? Amps must right, heck I don’t know, but any quality musical instrument will have some sort of identifyingfactory number. Keep on the cops to run a "pawn search" for the surrounding states, NJ,CT,PA,MA. If those who took the stuff have any smarts they’re going to move it out of NY as soon as possible. They would be dumb crooks to try e-bay! Hey, if they were any smarter they might have jobs so you never know. I hope those guys have some identifying numbers for they’re stuff Bassman changed to assman will not work!

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    stanner
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    this exact thing happened to the band i worked w/ this summer.
    all the info is at <mermen>
    they havent heard a word and just about as much equipment was stolen.
    what goes thru peoples minds when they are ripping this stuff off?
    i hope BJM had insurance cause they probably wont see that stuff again >:(
    s 8)

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    lookitssam
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    "stanner " wrote:
    this exact thing happened to the band i worked w/ this summer.

    Now I’m kinda freaked out. Need to start watching out for my band’s stuff.

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    crazycloud
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    since its all one of a kind it’ll probably comeback to them eventually… they just have to send out the harpies and get the fuckers by the entrails… cxouldnt they afford some people to watch their gear??? a good group of roadies can be unfadable…

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    rambleon
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    ??? ??? … what a shame …

    #112644
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    AGAP
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    even more, Raveonettes had tons of their gear stolen, if you have that much gear on the street overnight sounds like it might be time to hire security to keep it safe..

    Black Mountain, Raveonettes, Mae Shi Gear Stolen

    Matthew Solarski reports:
    Indie rock is an ugly rollercoaster ride. One minute you’re opening for Coldplay, the next minute your livelihood is torn from you in the dead of night. Gear theft has become a sorry phenomenon of late, striking Brian Jonestown Massacre and Mahogony a few weeks ago. Sonic Youth finally recovered precious instruments stolen from them six years ago just this summer, but not every story has such a happy ending.

    Add the Raveonettes, Black Mountain, and the Mae Shi to this lamentably growing list of hard-working musicians whose lifeblood has been purloined in recent weeks. Goddammit, why can’t somebody take Switchfoot’s guitars or something?

    The Raveonettes were victimized in Brooklyn sometime between 10pm October 6 and 9am October 7. Word spread fast about the theft and someone has already posted decoy eBay listings to alert would-be buyers of contraband. A damn fine idea, that. The band encourages anyone with any information pertaining to the theft to contact [email protected]. Judging from the detailed list (complete with serial numbers) supplied to Pitchfork by the Raveonettes’ tour manager, the fiends could single-handedly revive shoegaze with this stash they made off with:

    *Fender Bassman 300 CR266804
    *Fender Bassman 410 Pro Cabinet M1351640
    *Fender Bassman 410 Cabinet M1341905
    *Speaker and power cables for bass rig A884438
    *Fender Bassman 300 CR279176

    *Slingerland 20" Kick drum
    *Yamaha 12" Rack tom (on loan from SIR S.F.)
    *Slingerland 16" Floor tom
    *20" Zildjian, Pre Aged Dry Light Ride
    *20" Zildjian, Custom Ride
    *Yamaha Cymbal Stand
    *Mapex Cymbal Stand
    *Yamaha Snare Stand
    2 *Tama Iron Cobra Kick Pedals (x2)
    *Pearl Drum Stool
    *Tambourine, Black
    *Stickbag
    *Drum rug
    *Fan
    *20" Weatherking Pinstripe Drumhead (clear)(x3)
    *20" Weatherking Ebony Drumhead (black)(x2)
    *16" Weatherking Pinstripe Drumhead
    *14" Coated Ambassador Batter Drumhead (x8)
    *Gretsch 14" Snare drum 97867

    *Fender Deville 182090
    *Fender Deville 182091
    *Fender Deville 182087
    *Fender Bass Man 70 Amp Head 771651
    *Fender Bass Man 135 Amp Head 842026
    *Cables & Looms for Guitars & Bass
    *Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 1965 Guitar Orange V89V391
    *Fender Telecaster Guitar, Black V119224
    *Fender Jaguar Guitar, Black (White) V139718
    *Fender Jazzmaster Guitar, Sunburst 55820
    *Fender Jazzmaster Guitar, Black V118485
    *Fender Precission 1974 Bassguitar L. Tan 317392
    *Rickenbacker 4001 1974 Bassguitar OK 7546

    *NE6 Pedalboard
    *NE4 Pedalboard
    *NE2 Pedalboard

    *Apple G4 Laptop QT23809LLP5
    *DigiDesign Digi002 TB0506800B
    *Smart Disc Hard Drive JH2Z12F
    *BSS AR-416 1003259
    *BSS AR-416 1003197
    *Behringer EuroMixer MX602A M02730
    *APC PS250 UPS (120V) QS0303132863
    *Furman PL8 Distro 273001449
    *ALESIS ADAT HD24 (21) A10411048702498
    *ALESIS ADAT HD24 A10411048702469

    *Eventide H3000 SE SE6981
    *TC Electronics M5000 280933
    *Midas XL42 XL42/42995
    *Technicians Tools (FoH)
    *Snellmans tools
    *TC Electronics EQ STATION 2700113
    *FOH Cables from Copenhagen Workshop
    *Digi 02 TB0506800B
    *Flight suitcase for Apple G4 laptop
    *Guitar Gun Rack
    *Backline Technicians Tools
    *4-ways 240V UK (x2)
    *Gaffa (x5)
    *Large Backdrop
    *Small Backdrop

    Seriously, what are you going to do with a large Raveonettes backdrop?

    Last weekend also saw the Big Apple swallow up gear belonging to Black Mountain and its side project, Blood Meridian. If you have any clues, email [email protected]:

    Guitars:
    *Gibson RD Standard, Blonde Woodstain 1366
    *Eko 12-String, Sunburst ("Gus" stencil on case)
    *Epiphone ET-270, Red w/ Black pickguard
    *Fender Telecaster Thinline, Woodstain
    *Squier Telecaster, Black ("Jawbreaker" sticker)
    *Gibson Ripper electric bass, Sunburst (Duct-taped Pickguard/"Black Haloes" stencil on case)

    Pedals (in black & silver flight case):
    * Maestro Phaser 013922
    * MXR Distortion
    * MXR Overdrive
    * Boss Tremolo
    * Boss Digital Delay / Octave
    * Electro Harmonix Big Muff
    * Electro Harmonix Dr. Q
    * Electro Harmonix Octaver
    * Boss TU-2 guitar tuner (x2)

    Hopefully, Black Mountain will recover or replace the goods in time for their European tour in November.

    And misdeeds come in threes, apparently: On October 3, Tim of 5RC recording artists the Mae Shi awoke to find his car window smashed in and $1300 worth of CDs and EPs gone. The thievery went down in L.A., so if you come upon some shifty Hollywood street vendor peddling copies of Terrorbird and Heartbeeps right next to boots of X&Y and Late Registration, it’s time to get medieval. Contact [email protected] or "drop them off next to the abandoned stove in the front yard of 545 S. St. Andrews Place in between Fifth and Sixth."

    Undaunted, but in financial peril, the Mae Shi soldier onward with their nationwide mega-tour. And boy do we mean soldier: the junket includes a balls-out 35-date consecutive stretch. Zowie. There’s never been a better time to introduce your friends to arty spazz-rock:

    #112645
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    fata morgana
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    Why the hell do these people steal Indie bands’ gear? They seem to be organized enough to follow the bands and to know what, where and when–is in their trucks. Someone should put out some bait for these f…. :P

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    crazycloud
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    hey they should just get some roadies… they need to form like a roadie union and shit… have some biker looking dudes in charge of the equipment… jesus didnt anyone watch the song remains the same, give me shelter, or spinal tap?? you gotta have roadies .. i seen the rravonettes are openeing up for depeche mode here in seattle… thats a big ass slot to be playing with no equipment.. damn…

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    Annastefka
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    "Coma Girl " wrote:

    *Fender Bassman 300 CR266804
    *Fender Bassman 410 Pro Cabinet M1351640
    *Fender Bassman 410 Cabinet M1341905
    *Speaker and power cables for bass rig A884438
    *Fender Bassman 300 CR279176

    *Slingerland 20" Kick drum
    *Yamaha 12" Rack tom (on loan from SIR S.F.)
    *Slingerland 16" Floor tom
    *20" Zildjian, Pre Aged Dry Light Ride
    *20" Zildjian, Custom Ride
    *Yamaha Cymbal Stand
    *Mapex Cymbal Stand
    *Yamaha Snare Stand
    2 *Tama Iron Cobra Kick Pedals (x2)
    *Pearl Drum Stool
    *Tambourine, Black
    *Stickbag
    *Drum rug
    *Fan
    *20" Weatherking Pinstripe Drumhead (clear)(x3)
    *20" Weatherking Ebony Drumhead (black)(x2)
    *16" Weatherking Pinstripe Drumhead
    *14" Coated Ambassador Batter Drumhead (x8)
    *Gretsch 14" Snare drum 97867

    *Fender Deville 182090
    *Fender Deville 182091
    *Fender Deville 182087
    *Fender Bass Man 70 Amp Head 771651
    *Fender Bass Man 135 Amp Head 842026
    *Cables & Looms for Guitars & Bass
    *Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 1965 Guitar Orange V89V391
    *Fender Telecaster Guitar, Black V119224
    *Fender Jaguar Guitar, Black (White) V139718
    *Fender Jazzmaster Guitar, Sunburst 55820
    *Fender Jazzmaster Guitar, Black V118485
    *Fender Precission 1974 Bassguitar L. Tan 317392
    *Rickenbacker 4001 1974 Bassguitar OK 7546

    *NE6 Pedalboard
    *NE4 Pedalboard
    *NE2 Pedalboard

    *Apple G4 Laptop QT23809LLP5
    *DigiDesign Digi002 TB0506800B
    *Smart Disc Hard Drive JH2Z12F
    *BSS AR-416 1003259
    *BSS AR-416 1003197
    *Behringer EuroMixer MX602A M02730
    *APC PS250 UPS (120V) QS0303132863
    *Furman PL8 Distro 273001449
    *ALESIS ADAT HD24 (21) A10411048702498
    *ALESIS ADAT HD24 A10411048702469

    *Eventide H3000 SE SE6981
    *TC Electronics M5000 280933
    *Midas XL42 XL42/42995
    *Technicians Tools (FoH)
    *Snellmans tools
    *TC Electronics EQ STATION 2700113
    *FOH Cables from Copenhagen Workshop
    *Digi 02 TB0506800B
    *Flight suitcase for Apple G4 laptop
    *Guitar Gun Rack
    *Backline Technicians Tools
    *4-ways 240V UK (x2)
    *Gaffa (x5)
    *Large Backdrop
    *Small Backdrop

    Guitars:
    *Gibson RD Standard, Blonde Woodstain 1366
    *Eko 12-String, Sunburst ("Gus" stencil on case)
    *Epiphone ET-270, Red w/ Black pickguard
    *Fender Telecaster Thinline, Woodstain
    *Squier Telecaster, Black ("Jawbreaker" sticker)
    *Gibson Ripper electric bass, Sunburst (Duct-taped Pickguard/"Black Haloes" stencil on case)

    Pedals (in black & silver flight case):
    * Maestro Phaser 013922
    * MXR Distortion
    * MXR Overdrive
    * Boss Tremolo
    * Boss Digital Delay / Octave
    * Electro Harmonix Big Muff
    * Electro Harmonix Dr. Q
    * Electro Harmonix Octaver
    * Boss TU-2 guitar tuner (x2)

    GODDAMN!!!!!! ( said as loud as possible) My new expression, used by many a southern detective. (I have yet to say it out loud, I only "think" it. Of course most of us here reading this know these crimes are probably related, too much of a coincidence! This is too organized, these aren’t some junkies looking for a fix, I bet ya’ anything, this stuff is being taken outside of the U.S. Can’t get rid of it with all of those known serial numbers very easily, unless you take it to a place that doesn’t use "ncic" (not Canada) on a regular basis…..ummm say any of our fine neighboring counties to the South, like all the way down to South America! Just a not completely educated guess. I will keep a copy of the numbers and run them around at work and see what comes up but I don’t have high hopes for the stuff to show up but we can wait and see. I have a friend from California and he comes to Athens to play music once in a blue moon, he has the best security money can buy, a dog, a Blue Heeler, dogs work better than ADT or anything else for that matter.

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