Although over ten years have passed since the murder of New York City rapper the Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Christopher Wallace, the plot surrounding his mysterious death continues to thicken as Waymond Anderson, a prison inmate who implicated a former Los Angeles Police Department officer in the murder, has come forward saying he lied about the officer's involvement, LATimes.com reports. Anderson, a former R&B artist currently behind bars serving life for an unrelated murder, said in a recent deposition that he lied as part of a scam coordinated with Wallace's family and attorney to claim money from the City of Los Angeles. Wallace's mother, Volleta, and her lawyer, one Perry R. Sanders Jr., had filed suit against the city seeking wrongful death damages, and according Anderson, he was to receive a unspecified amount of the money for stating former police Officer Rafael Perez told him that ex-police officer, David Mack, was involved.
"I don't know David Mack, I don't know Rafael Perez," Anderson said in the deposition. The two officers "had no involvement with the... murder," Anderson said under oath, continuing and stating, "It was a lie, and I'm ashamed of it," and, "I did what I had to do to survive." Speaking to LATimes.com, Perry R. Sanders Jr. said, "This is wholesale, made-up-out-of-whole-cloth perjury."
Dengue Fever Unveil 'Venus' LP, Tour
As fans at Brooklyn's McCarren Park Pool Parties discovered this summer, Dengue Fever pack a punch of Cambodian-tinged indie rock eclecticism not to be missed. And thankfully, the Los Angeles-based outfit have now revealed their forthcoming third LP, and unveiled a supporting West Coast jaunt and documentary. Penned and recorded in the band's hometown, the fresh album, Venus On Earth, will hit store shelves Jan. 22 of next year via M80 Music, and will deliver tunes with titles like "Tiger Phone Card," "Oceans Of Venus," and "Clipped Wings."
In addition, Dengue Fever will unveil Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, a documentary chronicling the band's first shows in frontwoman Ch'hom Nimol's homeland of Cambodia. The landmark performances marked the first time a Western-based act performed Khmer Rock in Cambodia since Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge's reign began in 1975. The documentary, directed by John Pirozzi, will screen at the opening night of New York City's Margaret Mead Film Festival Nov. 9 at the Museum of Natural History. The band's outing, an 11-date affair kicking off Sept. 30 in Venice, CA, will hit cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland.
Venus On Earth tracklisting:
1. "Seeing Hands"
2. "Clipped Wings"
3. "Tiger Phone Card"
4. "Woman in the Shoes"
5. "Sober Drive"
6. "Monsoon of Perfume"
8. "Oceans of Venus"
9. "Laugh Track"
10. "Tooth And Nail"
11. "Mr. Orange"
Dengue Fever tour dates:
9/30, Venice, CA (Abbot Kinney Street Festival)
10/6, Los Angeles, CA (Eagle Rock Music Festival)
10/14, Pasadena, CA (Pasadena Art Weekend)
11/3, San Diego, CA (The Casbah)
11/6, Bellingham, WA (Nightlight Lounge)
11/7, Seattle, WA (The Nectar Lounge)
11/8, Portland, OR (Holocene)
11/9, San Francisco, CA (The Independent)
11/10, Santa Cruz, CA (Kuumbwa Jazz Center)
12/7, Los Angeles, CA (The Getty Museum)
3/12, Los Angeles, CA (Royce Hall/UCLA Live)
Fiery Furnaces Add Stops to Fall Tour
Surely out to make mother and father proud, Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, the brother/sister duo collectively know as the Fiery Furnaces, have added a handful of dates to their previously announced tour in support of Widow City, due Oct. 9. Now, following an assortment of shows across the Midwest and a stint along the West Coast, the Fiery Furnaces will hit Austin, TX's Emo's venue for a pair of performance, head north into cities like St. Louis and Chicago, and cap with a gig at New York City's Hiro Ballroom.
Fiery Furnaces tour dates:
10/26, Austin, TX (Emo's)
10/27, Austin, TX (Emo's)
10/29, St. Louis, MO (Blueberry Hill)
10/30, Champaign, IL (Highdive)
10/31, Chicago, IL (Logan Square Auditorium)
11/2, Millvale, PA (Mr. Small's Theater)
11/3, New York, NY (Hiro Ballroom)