Sorry, I've been off my game, but I'm back posting. Happy?
As it turns out, I have news on the new Killing Joke cd, as well as a new release date for the Revolting Cocks cd and there's even some Devo news for the kiddies!
The new Killing Joke cd is called Hosannas From the Basements of Hell and is set to be released on March 3rd. Paul Raven from KJ made some choice comments about the band's experience opening up for Motley Crue this past summer. He told blabbermouth.net, "The tour was a (insert f-bomb) joke and we hated it." Read the juicy comments here: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=46113
Meanwhile, there's a new release date for the upcoming Revolting Cocks cd. Cocked & Loaded was due on February 14th, which would have been a great Valentine's Day release, however the Cocks have now changed the release date to March 7th. Well, let's hope it's worth the wait. The Revolting Cocks will join Ministry on a big world tour that kicks off in May. Don't get too excited yet though...a Detroit date has not yet been announced.
Gather round! Devo is going to release a new cd in March, and the kiddies are gonna love it. Apparently the members of Devo got together in the recording studio and decided to re-record some of the old Devo faves. The twist is, they got a bunch of kids to sing the lyrics. Devo die-hards, not to worry, they have also tacked on two new songs that they wrote last year, so there should be something for everyone on the release. Devo 2.0 will be released on March 17th, and will also include a dvd with bonus footage, videos, interviews, etc.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Let me just say that Richard Ashcroft rules. He used to be the lead singer for one of my favorite bands of all time, the Verve. Ah...the Verve. What an amazing band. I had the great fortune to see them multiple times over the years, but I think the best Verve performances were the ones they did at the Lollapalooza festival in 1994. That was the year that the Smashing Pumpkins headlined 4 Lollapalooza shows at Pine Knob (now DTE.) The Verve ended up playing the second stage for the series of dates, and their enchanting, hypnotic music fit just perfectly with the grassy, peaceful backdrop. Truly amazing.
After the Verve broke up in 1998 Ashcroft started working on his solo career. He released two solo cds, Alone With Everybody (2000) and Human Condition (2003). Now Ashcroft is readying his third cd, Keys to the World. Look for this one to hit stores in January. He'll be in North America in the winter opening up some of the shows on the Coldplay tour, but alas, he will not be opening up the Detroit date.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Those exquisitely cool people at Rhino continue to rock. You can check out streaming videos from lots of cool bands at this here link: http://www.rhino.com/retrovid/index.lasso There's loads of vids to choose from: New Order, Depeche Mode, Morrissey, X, Faith No More, Echo & the Bunnymen, REM, the Pixies, the Cure and loads of others! Sorry...no Culture Club.
Bono has been crowned the Person of the Year by Time Magazine. Well, ok, he had to share the honor with Bill and Melinda Gates, but still...person of the year. But why? What were they thinking? According to Time, Bono was chosen because he's "the rocker who has made debt reduction sexy."
Check out the magazine cover featuring Bono, Bill & Melinda here: http://www.time.com/time/
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Tori Amos "Cornflake Girl"
Siouxsie & The Banshees "Kiss Them For Me"
Joe Jackson "Look Sharp!"
Transvision Vamp "If Looks Could Kill"
Ramones "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker"
Thomas Dolby "She Blinded Me With Science"
Jane's Addiction "Been Caught Stealing"
The Police "Roxanne"
David Bowie "Heroes"
Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
English Beat "I Confess"
The Cult "Wild Flower"
Dominatrix "The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight"
Morrissey "Moon River"
Big Country "In A Big Country"
Peter Gabriel "In Your Eyes"
Sonic Youth "The Diamond Sea"
REM "Orange Crush"
INXS "New Sensation"
U2 "I Will Follow"
Social Distortion "Ball & Chain"
Revolting Cocks "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"
Soft Cell "Tainted Love"
The Cure "Fascination Street"
Depeche Mode "Strange Love"
Berlin "The Metro"
The Cars "My Best Friend's Girl"
Sisters Of Mercy "This Corrosion"
The Pixies "Here Comes Your Man"
The Police "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
The Smiths "This Charming Man"
Ride "Vapour Trail"
The Clash "London Calling"
Blondie "Heart Of Glass"
Simple Minds "Alive & Kicking"
U2 "When Love Comes To Town"
The Housemartins "Happy Hour"
New Order "Bizarre Love Triangle"
Elvis Costello "Pump It Up"
Smashing Pumpkins "Rhinoceros"
Catherine Wheel "Black Metallic"
Buffalo Tom "Taillights Fade"
Thurl Ravenscroft "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
Saturday, December 17, 2005
The date, 1977. The city, NYC. Elvis Costello pulled a fast one on Saturday Night Live. Prior to his appearance he had been warned not to perform 'Radio, Radio.' Elvis dutifully went on stage, started to play "Less Than Zero" then stopped the song and launched into 'Radio, Radio." It was truly a memorable SNL moment.