BREAKING BAND
Interview: Tauk
People say that talk is cheap. Tauk is also one killer rock band. The NYC-based foursome has generated chatter after performing at Bonnaroo and Hangout Fest, as well as after opening for greats Robert Randolph, 311, and Perpetual Groove. Playing the jazz-funk-soul-progressive-fusion rock band genre for over ten years, and challenging the norms of commercial music, Tauk has successfully created its own vibe. Joonbug spoke with bassist Charlie Dolan about Tauk’s roots, festival life, and more:

How did you all get your start?
Matt (guitar), AC (Keyboards) and I started playing music together in 7th grade. We put some Hendrix and Who songs together and played the talent show, we haven't really stopped since then. From there we played together throughout High School and College with the band taking on different formations but the three of us always kept it together. About 2 years ago, Isaac (drums) joined the band and we have been going full force since then.
CULTURE CLUB
Snag a Piece of Rock 'n' Roll History

Guernsey's is putting on the auction of a lifetime. The auction house, known for many prestigious offerings, including items and paraphernalia of Princess Diana, Mickey Mantle, John F. Kennedy, and many more, is putting on a rock 'n' roll auction, with one-of-a-kind items. The auction will take place September 24th and 25th and there will be a chance to preview the auction on the 23rd.

I was able to snag an exclusive interview with Arlan Ettinger, President of Guernsey's, about the upcoming auction. Head to the auction on Saturday to bid on (or watch others) the famous Manny's Music original inscribed photographs of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Janis Joplin, and The Rolling Stones. Manny's Music was an iconic store that contained thousands of signed photographs of music's biggest names. Also on Saturday will be original photographs of The Beatles, outfits from the band Kiss, and original letters and artwork by John Lennon.

Sunday will be dedicated to Astrid Kirchherr's original photographs of The Beatles. Astrid, who was engaged to Stuart Sutcliffe before his untimely death, produced some of the most iconic photos of The Beatles ever taken. There are nearly 1000 photos being auctioned, along with the negatives and copyrights to the photos.

How exactly does an auction like this come together? Arlan divulged that he was contacted about a year ago to meet with Astrid in Germany. Ettinger, who has been doing auctions for over 35 years, has spent his career building relationships and has learned to deal sensitively with the sentimental items of others. It took nine months to put together this particular auction.

There has been great interest in this event, from people all over the world. Luckily, with the help of LiveAuctioneers.com, people may now bid in real time from wherever they are, so even if you can't make it to good ol' NYC, you can still acquire a piece of history. People of all ages (including celebs) bid at these fun events. Check out some of the items to be auctioned!

ART
Marco Perego's Sculpture Foresees Amy Winehouse's Fate


Though reactions to Amy Winehouse's demise have ranged from sympathetic to brutal "she had it coming" sentiments, one thing is certain --she is not the first, and likely not the last musician to suffer such a fate. It's known as the 'Forever 27' club, it includes Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, who all died tragically and unnaturally.

Marco Perego created a sculpture two years ago called, 'The Only Good Rock Star Is a Dead Rock Star.' The piece shows Amy Winehouse shot in the head by William Boroughs. Winehouse replaces Joan Vollmer, Boroughs' wife who was shot during a game of William Tell in 1951. The sculpture was part of 'The Truth Is All of These Things. The Truth Is None of These Things. The Truth Is Some of These Things,' at Half Gallery.

IN THE MIX
Legacy Recordings Releasing Four New Jimi Hendrix Live Albums

In 2009 it was announced that Jimi Hendrix masters aligned with new “Axis” in a deal with Sony. Experience Hendrix, the family company that controls Hendrix’s catalog and copyright, made an eight-year, worldwide licensing agreement with Sony Music Entertainment for the master recordings of the legendary guitarist. The ultimate goal was to launch an ambitious reissue campaign in 2010 that would include deluxe editions of the three original albums by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, postmundane releases, the official Dagger Records bootleg series, and previously unreleased archival recordings and filmed concerts.

DAILY POP
Ho Ho Ho here's your Christmas soundtrack

We'll talk about the new records here, not the usual classics. Chirstmas season is coming, hurry hurry boys and girls ! Bring the best of American culture to your parents.

If you don't do something you will have to hear your little cousin singing "silent night" on a duet with your snoring grandma. You guys know this kind of experience could make you lose your appetite. You don't want to waste this gorgeous turkey, don't you. If you don't wanna buy anything, you still got your old Rat Pack's records. You also can rent an organ and invite a priest.

HALLOWEEN 2010
GenderBender: Jimi Hendrix

Last week we used the sequined jacket, a huge trend of the season, to create a female-friendly David Bowie costume. This week my inspiration is another fall trend: the military jacket.

Jimi Hendrix is the perfect reason to cross dress, afterall, he was predicting today's fashion trends half a decade ago. Not only was he the god of guitar but his eccentric look is fun and easy to mimic for Halloween.

1. The military jacket: This piece can be found almost anywhere these days. It's up to you how detailed you want to go. Any color and style will still give you Jimi's funky look. As for underneath the jacket, any plain tank or t-shirt will work.

STYLE STALKER
GenderBender: Jimi Hendrix

Last week we used the sequined jacket, a huge trend of the season, to create a female-friendly David Bowie costume. This week my inspiration is another fall trend: the military jacket.

Jimi Hendrix is the perfect reason to cross dress, afterall, he was predicting today's fashion trends half a decade ago. Not only was he the god of guitar but his eccentric look is fun and easy to mimic for Halloween.

1. The military jacket: This piece can be found almost anywhere these days. It's up to you how detailed you want to go. Any color and style will still give you Jimi's funky look. As for underneath the jacket, any plain tank or t-shirt will work.

ARIA
Get Ready to 'Experience Hendrix' at The Joint

Las Vegas is a hotspot for postmortem musicians. Viva Elvis just opened at the Aria last month and now the Experience Hendrix tour is making a stop at The Joint.

This is the fourth edition of the Experience Hendrix tour which has gone cross-country, playing homage to one of the greatest guitar players ever, Jimi Hendrix. This year's ensemble includes Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brad Whitford, Doyle Bramhall II, Living Colour, Double Trouble's Chris Layton, and David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos. Bassist Billy Cox, who met Jimi in the Army and played with him in the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsies is also along for the ride.

BRAD PITT
I Love (Air)Rock 'N' Roll

I must admit, as weird as this sounds, I love a man who can play a good invisible instrument. When Mike serenaded Phoebe on Friends with his air piano in Central Perk, I swooned. Now, there's a whole competition here in Vegas just for these performers to showoff their craft and for people like me to drool over them.

This month marks the beginning of a set of monthly competitions to find the Hendrix of air guitar here in Las Vegas. This is all thanks to Resodence, who has created the Las Vegas Air Guitar Association, which is linked to the U.S. Air Guitar Championship (yes, that does exist).

AMANDA BLANK
Amanda Blank at Santos Party House

You can add Amanda Blank to the list of badass chicks I'm obsessed with.

It's no secret that I'm big fan of girl power in the music industry, so it's unfortunate that when I hear the words "white female rapper," my mind immediately thinks the act must be gimmicky. But Blank is no gimmick. This girl is for real. At Santos Party House on Friday night, Blank put all my preconceived notions to shame with her undeniable talent as a rapper. She can spit as good as any of the boys, though I doubt any of her male contemporaries would look as good in a tiger-print teddy and sequined bra.