James Murphy Has Brain Tumor Relapse; Donations Welcome
James Murphy, former guitarist of both Death and Testament, as well as founding member of the death metal band Disincarnate, has had a relapse of the brain tumor that sidelined him back in 2001. Murphy stated that the tumor had returned but that it was a non malignant and that it was being treated pharmacologically. Unfortunately, those medications have serious side effects that have left him unable to work. The option for different medications is available, but at a cost of over $1000 a month, and he needs a minimum of 6 months of medication for treatment to be effective. With his medical expenses extremely high and James not being able to work due to the side effects of the current medications, the metal community is being asked to come together and help one of their brothers and donate to help him beat this once and for all.
To donate funds to help offset James’ medical bills please visit PayPal at this secure link. Thank You!
Read more about James previous surgery and ongoing treatment after the jump. Continue reading →
The FIATpop-up gallery in SoHo has closed its doors after hosting a run of great art events, parties and performances. Geoffrey and I were excited to celebrate its success by attending the closing night party on Saturday April 30th. The space at 18 Wooster Street (formerly the home of art gallery Deitch Projects) was a futuristic showroom of the tiny foreign cars displayed amid bitchen car-themed art, spreads of tasty Greek food and a variety of alcohol and other potent potables. We especially enjoyed the made-to-order shaved ice drenched in sour cherry syrup and vodka – lip-smacking! British soul-funk/electronica singer Jamie Lidell energized the crowd with a lively performance at 6:30 PM, followed by a DJ set by Special Disco Version featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of the recently disbanded LCD Soundsystem. As expected, the place was lousy with hipsters, but G and I effectively worked the room and had a blast before heading further downtown to a Birthday party (shout out to Yvonne!) on the roof deck of a luxury building on Leonard Street. Oh, what a night!