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[access] Mott Pho Bang for Vietnamese

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posted by jmj (new york city, usa)


Goodbye Pablo Castelaz

pablo_beach_240px-763847My manager, dear friend, and colleague Jeff Castelaz (the co-founder of Dangerbird Records), along with his wonderful wife Jo Ann, are going through something which no parents should ever have to go through:

The untimely passing of their beautiful six year-old son, Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz.

Pablo passed away yesterday, after a very courageous battle with cancer over the past thirteen months. Pablo left this life peacefully, at home, in the loving arms of his parents and his brother Grady.

Over the past very difficult year, The Castelaz family has shown truly stunning strength, compassion, love, and sacrifice. I bow to them with unending respect and admiration. You can read more about Pablo, and their journey, here:


And here’s another, very profound reason to admire this family:

The Pablove Foundation

The Pablove Foundation, started by Jeff and Jo Ann shortly after Pablo’s diagnosis, is a not-for-profit, independent operation that specifically supports the pediatric cancer community in and around the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Have a read through the website linked above, and please donate if you can. Once there, you’ll also notice an option to purchase the “Give Listen Help Volume 5” compilation, which Dangerbird put together. It features contributions from Radiohead, Garbage, Silversun Pickups, Of Montreal, Oasis, Bat for Lashes, Sea Wolf, Eric Avery, Ladytron, and many more. All proceeds go to The Pablove Foundation.

Thank you very much for reading.

With love,

posted by jmj at 7:34am

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added by dori: read more about justin honoring pablo in south korea.

Night off in Nashville

posted by jmj at 7:00pm (nashville, usa)

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added: let justin explain who’s on the screen in this 2nd photo…

That would be Todd “Foxhole” Tiedemann. Our audio guy, microphone man, receiver of broken keyboards, etc. Those of you against the rail will have seen him over the years in his natural habitat, the camera pit in front of the stage. We love our man Todd, he’s the shit, he gets things done. I’m learning in my short time as a NIN member that he also is the one who gets all of us off our asses to go to the occasional sporting event on a night off, movies, whatever. Here, you can see him getting friendly with a member of some visiting schoolteachers from China or something. A great time out, especially with watching Todd meeting everybody in the arena and getting maximum screen time. : – )

See you Nashville people tomorrow – it is on.