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The R.E.M. and MTV film, R.E.M. By MTV, premieres on Palladia and VH1 Classic this Saturday, November 22nd at 9pm ET. The documentary was directed by Alexander Young and tells the story of the legendary band's history with MTV through interviews, live performances, and more. R.E.M. By MTV will be released as part of the six disc boxset REMTV on November 24th. The trailer for the film is posted below.

UPDATE (11/21): Another short preview of the film is now available to view via Pitchfork.

The six disc set REMTV compiles R.E.M.'s performances from MTV & VH1 spanning 1983 through 2008, plus includes the band's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, and tons of other rare live concert footage. Pre-order the collection here and watch a few performances from the boxset below:

Published November 20th, 2014 @ 7:56 PM

Whirr and Nothing released their shoegazey split 12" single this week which features two songs from both bands. The limited edition single is available to purchase through the Run For Cover store on colored vinyl (pink, baby blue, cream/green marble, and green/baby blue/yellow starburst) and comes with a full-length Whirr/Nothing documentary DVD titled In The Studio. The songs are also available to download from iTunes and Bandcamp.  Take a look at the newly released video for Nothing's "Chloroform" below and stream the split on Spotify.


01. Whirr - Ease
02. Whirr - Lean
03. Nothing - Chloroform
04. Nothing - July the Fourth

Published November 20th, 2014 @ 7:22 PM

Noel Gallagher returns with his second solo album Chasing Yesterday on March 2nd. This week he released the first single "In The Heat Of The Moment" as a limited edition 7" backed with a b-side titled "Do The Damage."

NME officially premiered the track and asked Gallagher for a statement about "Do The Damage." In typical Noel style he quipped:

"It might be the 23rd best song I ever wrote. It was - for about a year - gonna be the opening track on the album, until the 22nd best song I ever wrote appeared."

Stream "Do The Damage" below.

The limited edition 7" (physical) single is sold out, but both songs are available to download individually from iTunes and Amazon. Additionally, "Do The Damage" will be included as bonus material on the iTunes deluxe edition of Chasing Yesterday. Pre-order Chasing Yesterday from iTunes, Amazon or Gallagher's official store.

Published November 20th, 2014 @ 7:02 PM

A Place To Bury Strangers teased fans with a short video last week, and now they've made the big reveal. A Place To Bury Strangers will release a new album titled Transfixiation on February 17th, plus they debuted a song from the album titled "Straight." If that wasn't enough a North American tour (that bypasses Detroit) was also announced. Stream "Straight" below and take a look at the tour dates below.

Pre-order Transfixiation through iTunes and Amazon, and the band's webstore. The webstore is selling a bundle with limited edition pink/blue vinyl, plus a standard version on black vinyl is also available.

02/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
02/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Black Box
02/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
02/20 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
02/21 – Asheville, NC @ New Mountain Theatre
02/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
02/23 – Nashville, TN @ The End
02/25 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
02/26 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
02/27 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
02/28 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
03/06 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sisters
03/07 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
03/09 – Tuscon, AZ @ Hotel Congress
03/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
03/11 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
03/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
03/17 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
03/18 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile

Published November 20th, 2014 @ 5:08 PM


The official news broke last night that Ride is back together. On the heels of the announcement, Mark Gardener and Andy Bell of Ride were interviewed this morning on BBC Music 6 by host Shaun Keaveny to talk about their reunion! Gardener and Bell revealed that for the past few years they gotten together to discuss various offers to play festivals (offers come in around this time every year). This year they again discussed the possibility of a reunion and decided it was finally the right time to get back together.

Later in the interview they discussed the Stone Roses recent reunion and Gardener said their reunion inspired him greatly and made him want to play with Ride again. The two didn't dismiss the idea of making new music, but for now they'll focus on the classics for the live shows and see what happens.

The archive of the interview is posted on the BBC Music 6 website, and some highlights from the interview have been transcribed below. For more on Ride visit the official website here.

(on how the reunion came about)

Bell: we've gotten into the habit of looking at offers that come in this time of year, festivals for the next year, that's been happening for the past few years now. So we've been in contact over the past few years, we've been busy a lot of the time, I've been doing stuff with Beady Eye. It's just, the time is now right, we're in a bit of downtime, for the past few months and I was thinking oh, this would be good, let's make it work, from my point of view anyway, and go back and do whatever Beady Eye was going to do afterwards.

Gardener: I remember a few years ago, we've always gotten together throughout the year, we'd meet, and of course through the years, that question has never gone away. Any time I've ever spoken to any press or anybody, it's just what's coming at the end. So at a certain point I remember asking the guys the question at one of our get togethers if we could ever do this. I think we properly talked about it, I think it was 3 years ago maybe. But then of course there's been lots of stuff going on for us individually, I think Loz (Laurence Colbert) as we speak is in a van with Gaz Coombes (ex-Supergrass singer).

(on starting off as an indie band)

Gardener: Yes, I think it's a good feeling, it's madness in a lot of ways. We just went out our thing and did had no conception that one would even hit the charts or any of that. When it started happening it got a bit peculiar in a way.

Bell: We rushed through a lot in that time, it was a quick time, and before you knew it, it sort of exploded and finished in about, what, 5 or 6 years from the beginning.

Gardener: It was full on, quick. And the nature of the music was edgy and full on and I think it was a thing, ultimately it was always going to crash at some point although we couldn't see it. And the upsurge, the early part of it was just incredible, you had no idea it was going to happen. I think it's a great feeling because in the end you just hope you were doing something. Back then everything was analyzed then kind of tried to be put into boxes, you just hope that something you will stand the test of time because a lot of the music we're inspired by and loved did stand the test of time.

Bell: When we started we were indie kids, listening to the Valentines, House of Love, Spacemen 3, Loop, all that kind of thing. We started off sordidly in that indie world, and as we, we were only 18 when we started out, and at that same time we were taking on, oh yeah, have you actually checked out some of the Who albums and have you actually check out some of the Byrds stuff? People giving you things and you're taking them on board on tour and making them part of your sound. So as the years went on we got more and more towards that classic indie sound, but when the balance was right, it was a good mixture, 'cause you sort of had the muscle of the Who, and the sort of washy ethereal, noisy stuff all together in one thing. It was good.

Gardener: And I think at the end of the day you just trying...in the end you just want to do something interesting at least a different kind by mixing all these things together and you're hoping something sounds fresh and interesting. And obviously when it stops, you kind of think well, I did, maybe I've sold out, being trendy...you just think whatever now comes, that's done then, what's next. It's beautiful in a way, you sit back and realize the significance of it, and I think it's because we really just go for it and over time it's grown because it had that itch, I guess.

(on unfinished business, the Stone Roses reunion inspiring them to reunite)

Bell: The Roses' reunion, I was so happy for them, they played such great gigs, I'm still hoping they'll come out with an album.

Gardener: And it was the reunion that made me think, a lot of the time reunions happen, it still didn't make me think I gotta find the guys and say, hey we've gotta do this again, but when the Roses did it, it WAS a reunion that made me think actually we'll have to play again in Ride, it'll be amazing. That's the thing, my quote for the day is "two things rob people of their peace of mind: sonic work unfinished and sonic work not yet begun" I saw that the other day I've kind of amended the quote a bit to make it more interesting.

Gardener: What I've realized is that I love doing different projects and stuff that's been going on over the last few years but there's been something that's been really bugging me, and also the amount of times I've sat and watched festivals and headlines and people, I think that's alright, but what's exciting to me is that I know the audience is there, I don't have to worry about singles or any of that stuff...it feels really great we can just go and make that big sound in big places. And knowing systems and PAs, geeky stuff like that, will help out. It's kind of sounds bigger and better, so that's really exciting to me and that's what I feel about unfinished business.

Bell: From my point of view, I never took time when it was going to appreciate what was going on. I never went round and said, I better appreciate it, that I'm here on stage at festivals, before I knew it it was all finished, and I've moved on to whatever else. And it would be great to do it be able to be round and say I'm here it's cool.

On new material:

Bell: We've not discussed anything but I'm just assuming that we'll just do stuff we know everyone wants to hear.

Gardener: Exactly, I think as a result whenever we get together in a room, then I think, well, actually we've got a lot of homework to do. We have to learn the old chords again, but you never know what can happen with these things. I just want to plug an electric guitar in again, I've enjoyed acoustic things and stuff, but I'm greatly inspired to plug in and make noise again.

Ride tour dates:

5/22 -- Glasgow @ Barrowland
5/23 -- Manchester @ Albert Hall
5/24 -- London @ Roundhouse
5/26 -- Amsterdam @ Paradiso
5/27 -- Paris @ Olympia
5/29 -- Barcelona @ Primavera Festival
6/02 -- Toronto @ DanForth Music Hall (on sale 11/26 at 10am ET)
6/04 -- New York @ Terminal 5 (on sale 11/21 at 12pm ET)
6/07 -- London @ Field Day

Published November 19th, 2014 @ 5:48 AM

It's official: RIDE has reformed! Ever since the band broke up in 1996 fans have been desperate for a reunion. It all seemed like a longshot until recently, when Mark Gardener mentioned in an interview that he'd be up for a reunion. Since then rumors of a reunion had been bubbling, but it all intensified yesterday after Creation Records posted a photo of a massive Ride poster, which draped a building in Barcelona (Barcelona being the location of the Primavera Sound festival).

Today Mark Gardener and Andy Bell made it official -- the band is indeed back together and they'll be touring next spring. Gardener and Bell each spoke exclusively with NME about the reunion:

Andy Bell: "It's going to be really cool. As we were all still friends, we always thought when the time was right we'd do it. And now the time is right."

Mark Gardener: "People bought our records first time round but our music has grown in significance since we've been away... We want to give the people what they want. We'd be idiots to go out and play a new album, but that's not to say we wouldn't make new music."

So far nine tour dates have been announced, including North American shows in New York and Toronto. The full tour schedule is posted below via NME.  Let's hope even more dates are on the way!  Viva Ride!

Ride tour dates

5/22 -- Glasgow @ Barrowland
5/23 -- Manchester @ Albert Hall
5/24 -- London @ Roundhouse
5/26 -- Amsterdam @ Paradiso
5/27 -- Paris @ Olympia
5/29 -- Barcelona @ Primavera Festival
6/02 -- Toronto @ DanForth Music Hall
6/04 -- New York @ Terminal 5
6/07 -- London @ Field Day

FYI: All of Ride's recorded material is also available to stream on You Tube -- stream playlists here or if you don't know where to begin, start with some of the classic tracks below.

"Like A Daydream"

"Leave Them All Behind"

"Chrome Waves" live



"From Time To Time"

(Nowhere full album)


A few months ago, Ministry's Al Jourgensen revealed in a tv interview that he was heading to Los Angeles to work on a film project. More info has been released about the project, which turns out to be titled The Bridge. Jourgensen will have a role in the film, along with Ministry bandmate Sin Quirin, Joey Santiago of the Pixies, and more. The Bridge was written and directed by Bobby Field (Guy In Row Five) and tells the story of a small town music prodigy who struggles with trying to make a name for himself while enduring several obstacles, including his own self-sabotage. Field opted to cast real musicians in the film because they have dealt with the similar issues in their lives.

An indie go-go campaign for The Bridge was launched to help raise money for filming, editing, soundtrack recording sessions and more. Find out more about the project on the campaign page, and visit the project's official Facebook page.

Published November 18th, 2014 @ 8:15 PM

Kim Deal debuted the official video for her new single "Biker Gone" today. The video was directed by Lester Bangs and features Deal, along with her sister Kelley, and Britt Walford (of Slint). Take a look at the video for "Biker Gone" and stream the b-side "Beautiful Moon" below.

"Biker Gone" was released today as a limited edition white label 7" single (1000 copies available), standard 7" single with artwork (pictured above), and as a digital single through iTunes and Amazon. The single is back with the b-side "Beautiful Moon."

Published November 18th, 2014 @ 7:45 PM


Attention fans of mighty, swirling guitars -- the legendary Swervedriver has announced a North American tour! Alas, there isn't a Detroit date, however they will be playing March 15th at Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids.  Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, November 21st at 10am. The full list of dates can be found at the very end of this post.

Swervedriver has been in the studio working on some new music, but so far official release details have not yet been announced. In an interview earlier this year, Adam Franklin told 50third and 3rd :

"At this point the album probably won’t come out until early 2015 although maybe we’ll release another single before the year is out."

And it looks like they're getting close according to a recent tweet:

Meanwhile, fans that haven't yet checked out Swervedriver's last single, 2013's "Deep Wound" (b-side "Dub Wound" features Ride's Mark Gardener) should do so. Stream the tracks below and buy a digital copy from iTunes or Amazon.

Additionally, Adam Franklin released a three volume set All Happening Now over the summer. Find out more about the releases by following the links: (Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3).

North American tour

03/04 -- San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/05 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
03/06 -- San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
03/08 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumo's Crystal Ball
03/09 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/12 -- St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
03/13 -- Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
03/14 -- Chicago, IL @ TBA
03/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
03/16 -- Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
03/17 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Duck Room @ Blueberry
03/19 -- Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
03/20 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/21 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/23 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Hell Stage
03/24 -- Durham, NC @ Motorco
03/25 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
03/27 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/28 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
03/29 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Published November 17th, 2014 @ 8:48 PM

U2 was scheduled to kick off a week-long residency on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon tonight, however U2 has postponed the appearances due to Bono's shoulder. U2 issued the following statement explaining the cancellation:

"It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding."

Bono did manage to attend the Band-Aid 30 recording session in England yesterday.  The official video for the song, which also includes Chris Martin, Elbow, and several pop stars is scheduled to be released today.

Published November 17th, 2014 @ 5:54 AM