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2006/12/24

Bono from U2 is getting knighted.

Link to the full story.

2006/12/23

Coldplay has recorded a special holiday greeting for you. By all means, click here to enjoy the short festive film that the boys have recorded for you.
Sebadoh is gearing up for a winter tour. The original members--Lou Barlow, Eric Gaffney, & Jason Loewenstein--will be packing it up and hitting 33 cities for the tour. Don't miss Sebadoh March 22nd at the Magic Stick.

2006/12/17

Frank Black has a Christmas record he'd like you to check out. Christmass (yes, there are two esses), is available by mail order only. The cd/dvd collection features some Christmas songs as well as a lot of live acoustic material. If you'd like to find out more about the cd, click here.

NIN

A new Nine Inch Nails cd is in the works. Trent Reznor recently posted on his website that the band recorded 15 new songs and will mix the new material in January. He also says that the songs are all new--there are no leftovers from the With Teeth sessions. He went on to say that the new material is "highly conceptual" and "quite noisy." There is no official release date for the cd yet.

In more NIN news, the band will release a live dvd titled NIN Live: Beside You In Time. The dvd will drop on February 27th.

2006/12/12

The Stooges will return with a new record in 2007. The Weirdness will drop in stores on March 20th.

Here's the press release with much more info:

THE STOOGES TO RELEASE THE WEIRDNESS

FIRST ALBUM IN 33 YEARS ON MARCH 20, 2007.

Reunion albums are one thing. A Stooges reunion album is something else entirely.

On March 20, 2007, the band that predated punk and helped make rock and roll dangerous will release their first studio album since 1973’s seminal Raw Power. The Weirdness will feature three of the four original bandmembers – singer Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton and drummer Scott Asheton -- along with ex-Minutemen and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt and original Stooges sax player, Steve Mackay.

The Stooges wrote over 30 songs for the record at a cottage in Florida early this year, then rehearsed in Ann Arbor, Michigan before they entered the Chicago studio of esteemed producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) in early October. The album is being mastered in the UK at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Tracks on the album include: "Trollin'," "Greedy Awful People," "Claustrophobia," "Mexican Guy," "I'm Fried," "ATM," "O Solo Mio," "She Took My Money" and "End Of Christianity."

Iggy decided to reform The Stooges in 2003 while he was working on his solo album Skull Ring. He called the Ashetons, who still had the same phone number he had last called them on 25 years ago. The brothers agreed to contribute to four songs on the disc and the reunion seeds were planted. Then on April 27, the full band (with Watt on bass) played its first show together in 30 years to a spellbound audience at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Coachella, California.A triumphant reunion tour followed, and in 2005 The Stooges were nominated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They didn’t win, but were recently nominated again for induction at the upcoming ceremony to be held in early 2007.

If any rock band deserved Hall of Fame kudos it’s The Stooges, one of the most influential, powerful and explosive outfits ever to plug in a guitar. Formed in Ann Arbor in 1967, the Stooges were a forceful poke in the eye of commercial rock. Volatile and incendiary, the band wrote grimy psychedelic blues songs that grooved, droned and stomped in equal measure. Onstage, Iggy was commanding and menacing, cutting himself with glass, smearing his body with peanut butter and baiting the crowd out of its complacency.

The group’s volcanic energy earned it a record deal in 1968 and a year later, the Stooges released their self-titled debut, which featured the proto-punk classics “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “No Fun” and “1969.” In 1970, they followed with the heavier, more confrontational Fun House, which many consider the band’s finest hour. Three years would pass between Fun House and Raw Power, a primal, powerful slab of gyrating clamor from a band on the verge of physical and psychological collapse.By the end of 1973, the Stooges had broken up. In the decades that followed, Iggy established himself as a successful solo artist, releasing 15 studio albums between 1977 and 2003. Meanwhile, Scott Asheton played in Scot’s Pirates, Sonny Vincent’s Rat Race Choir and Rock Action and Ron Asheton rocked with Destroy All Monsters, the New Race, the Empty Set and Dark Carnival. In 1998, Ron joined forces with Watt and members of Mudhoney and Sonic Youth in the one-off supergroup Wylde Ratttz, an experience that paved the way for Watt to join The Stooges.

One of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 2007, The Weirdness is destined to be as inspiring, unpredictable and undeniable as the three records that preceded it over three decades ago. The release of the album will be followed by a full world tour that will clearly display the energy, vitality and freshness of one of rock and roll’s greatest success stories. In other words, the legacy continues…

2006/12/05

Thom Yorke from Radiohead will debut 2 new Radiohead songs on the downloadable television show From The Basement. The show will debut December 18th, and will also feature a performance from the White Stripes.

Here's some info from the official From the Basement website:

2006/12/03

A incredibly rare Velvet Underground acetate is on the bidding block on Ebay. The rare acetate was actually found at a flea market and purchased for 75 cents. The current bid on Ebay is 50 thousand dollars!

According to the listing, these are the songs on the acetate:

1.European Son- completely different version,. Guitar solo is much bluesier. Less noisy and experimental. Longer by 2 minutes or so.

2.Black Angel's Death Song-Same take as released version. Different mix.

3.All Tomorrow's Parties- Same take as released version. Different mix.

4.I'll Be Your Mirror-Same take as released version. Radically different mix. No echo on Nico's vocals. Background vocals on end of song are more subdued.

5.Heroin-Completely different take than released version. Guitar line is different. Vocal inflections different, and a few different lyrics. Drumming is more primitive & off kilter. There is a tambourine dragging throughout the song.

6.Femme Fatale- Same take as released version. Radically different mix. Percussion more prominent. Alternate take on background vocals. Much more "poppy".

7.Venus In Furs- Different take than released version. Vocal inflections completely different. Instrumentation more based around Cales' violin than the guitar as in the released version.

8.I'm Waiting For The Man- Different take than released version. Guitar line is completely different. Vocal inflections different, and a few different lyrics. No drums, just tambourine. Bluesy guitar solo.

9.Run Run Run- Same take as released version. Different mix.

Check out the ebay listing here.

2006/11/19

David Gahan is all bummed out that people in the U.K. just don't give Depeche Mode any props.

He tells The Sun, “I don’t get it. We’re a band that has come out of England, lasted and done well. But no one seems to notice and it does hurt.

“It’s a struggle here to get recognition for what we’ve achieved. We’re that oddball band that people don’t know how to categorise. We don’t fit the rock category and are not pop.”

2006/11/12

Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer from Oasis played an exclusive acoustic show in Los Angeles earlier this week. A local L.A. radio station organized the show and gave away all the tickets on the air. The winners were treated to an exclusive screening of the band's tour documentary, Lord Don't Slow Me Down, then immediately afterwards, Noel and Gem came out and played an acoustic set.

Oasis is getting ready to release their greatest hits collection Stop the Clocks. The two disc set drops on November 21st.
A new singles collection from Depeche Mode will be released this Tuesday. A regular version as well as a limited edition/deluxe version of Depeche Mode the Best of Volume 1 will be available. The deluxe version comes with a dvd packed with Depeche Mode music videos. Check out the U.S version here. And here's the Canadian version.
Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction/Porno For Pyros has a new band. The Satellite Party is the name of the new project. Perry has been busy working on new material for the past year, and it's almost time for him to unveil his new creation. The debut cd, the Ultra Payloaded Satellite Party, drops in March, and the first single "Kinky" will be released in January. Kinky also features Peter Hook (from New Order) on bass.

2006/11/10

Blue October has been added to the Night 89x Stole Christmas 9! Don't forget the show is happening December 14th at Cobo! Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets go on sale TOMORROW for the 89x Nutcracker, featuring Fall Out Boy, New Found Glory and Cobra Starship December 13th at the State Theater. Tickets go on sale at 10am at all Ticketmaster locations & at ticketmaster.com

2006/11/05

One of the original members of Duran Duran is out of the band. Here's the official statement from Duran Duran regarding Andy Taylor's exit:


A Message to our Fans

To Our Fans

We know that there has been a tremendous amount of speculation over the past few weeks regarding Andy Taylor's continued involvement with the band and we are sorry that we've been unable to provide you with more information until now.

The past five years have been an incredible journey for us all - and having the original five back together was something that we had wanted to see happen for some time. As of last weekend, however, the four of us have dissolved our partnership and will be continuing as Duran Duran without Andy, as we have reached a point in our relationship with him where there is an unworkable gulf between us and we can no longer effectively function together.

Although obviously disappointed and saddened about this, we are excited about the next chapter of the Duran Duran story and look forward to seeing you all soon.


Simon, John, Nick and Roger

2006/10/31

My Chemical Romance "Vampires Will Never Hurt You"

Ministry "Stigmata" (sorry, no video for Every Day is Halloween!)

Bauhaus "Bela Lugosi's Dead"

Damned "Grimly Fiendish"

Killers "Bones"

2006/10/28

Chris Cornell recently was involved in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. Thankfully, Chris wasn't hurt, however, his 50 thousand dollar bike was smashed to pieces.

In other Cornell news--Cornell recently recorded the theme song for Casino Royale. "You Know My Name" was written and recorded after Cornell was shown some clips from the film. You can enjoy the song on his official myspace page, and watch the trailer for the Bond flick right here. The film opens November 17th.

2006/10/21

Gorillaz will release a whole load of stuff in the coming months. The band plans to release a book, dvd, and 4 digital eps before the end of the year.

The book, Rise of the Ogres, tells the story of Gorillaz and also includes a bunch of photos. Rise of the Ogres will be released on November 2nd.

The band's dvd, Phase 2--Slow Boat to Hades, will be released on Halloween.

Four different eps from Gorillaz will be available exclusively from iTunes. The first ep, Dare, was released this past Tuesday, so check it out now on iTunes. Here's the on sale info for the rest of the releases:

November 7th Dirty Harry
December 2nd Feel Good Inc.
December 5th El Manana

2006/10/18

It's probably not like you can go anyway, but...

The Raconteurs are playing an intimate acoustic show in London, England next Thursday. The band will take over the HMV in London to perform a handful of tracks for adoring fans. The band is in London promoting their latest single, "Broken Boy Soldiers."

The Raconteurs will be a little closer to home in December. The band has signed on to play December 30th and 31st at the Riviera in Chicago. Tickets went on sale last weekend.

2006/10/17

If you're a Primus fan, you may want to check out a couple new releases from the band. A live dvd titled Blame it on the Fish and a greatest hits cd, They Can't All Be Zingers: the Best of Primus are out now.

Don't miss Primus live November 14th at the State Theater.

2006/10/15

After over 30 long years, the Stooges are working on a brand new cd! Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton and Scott Asheton are holed up in a recording studio in Chicago working on new material. Mike Watt, who joined the band for a string of reunion shows in 2003, will play bass on the new cd, which is tentatively titled, Secret Plan. Jack White and Steve Albini are producing the new cd. The cd is expected to be released in the spring of 2007.
Here's the video for "Standing Outside a Broken Phonebooth With Money In My Hand."

The band released a new cd this year called Sweet Venus. You can download it from the band's official website.

2006/10/10

Check out the video for "Acquiesce" from Oasis. The song was originally a b-side to "Some Might Say" and will now serve as the first single from the band's greatest hits collection, Stop The Clocks. Stop The Clocks will be released November 21st, and will be preceded by an ep titled Stop The Clocks EP on November 14th. Yes, both releases have essentially the same name...one is an ep and the other is the full length release.
Over the summer the New York Dolls released a new record titled One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This. Now the band is ready to kick it live! The New York Dolls are hitting the road for a big tour, dubbed Little Steven's Underground Garage Tour. The tour kicks off November 6th in San Diego, and you'll be able to see them November 16th at St. Andrew's Hall. The Supersuckers will be opening the show.

U2

The new U2 singles collection has a title and an official release date! U2 18 Singles will drop on November 21st. The cd will contain 16 of the band's greatest hits as well as two new tracks. One of the new tracks is the U2/Green Day collaboration "the Saints Are Coming." U2 18 Singles will be packaged with a bonus cd that features some live music recorded on the Vertigo tour last year. A dvd release is also expected in the future, but the band hasn't firmed up a release date for that as of yet.
Chris Cornell is shooting a video in Los Angeles this week. Cornell wrote the theme song to the new James Bond film Casino Royale. You can check out the trailer featuring a clip of "You Know My Name" right here. Casino Royale opens November 17th, and the soundtrack drops on November 14th.

Cornell is also busy working on his second solo cd. The cd is expected to drop in early 2007.
The Raconteurs will be playing two shows in Chicago to celebrate New Year's. The band will play the Rivera Theater on December 30th and 31st. If you're looking to party in Chicago for New Year's, be sure to grab your tickets early! Tickets will go on sale this Saturday morning at 10am central/11am Detroit time.

2006/10/01

The Hoodoo Gurus will reissue their 1984 cd, Stoneage Romeos, later this month. The new version of the cd will feature the original cover art along with some bonus b-sides. Look for it to drop on October 24th.
Three more cds from Depeche Mode will be reissued this week. A Broken Frame, Some Great Reward, and Songs of Faith and Devotion will all be reissued on Tuesday. The new versions come with bonus material, different mixes and more. Check out the tracklistings below.

Some Great Reward tracklisting

A Broken Frame tracklisting

Songs of Faith and Devotion

2006/09/17

Duran Duran created some amazing videos in the 1980's, and now you'll be able to download them and enjoy them in all their unedited/uncensored glory! Duran Duran will make 20 music videos available for digital download. The videos will be available at most online retailers starting October 2nd. iTunes will also have a couple of exclusive Duran Duran documentary shorts that you will be able to download.

REM

REM was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame last night. The band (including original drummer Bill Berry) accepted the award, then treated the crowd to a rocking version of "Begin the Begin."

REM is set to begin work on a brand new cd next month. Peter Buck says the band is excited to go back into the studio next month to bust out a new cd. Although he didn't say exactly what the new material will sound like, he did hint that the new stuff will be somewhat rockier than the band's last cd.

2006/09/09

Massive Attack will not be playing the State Theater on September 12th. The band ran into some immigration issues and was forced to cancel the first 4 dates on the North American tour. As of now, there is no make up date scheduled, but we will pass the info along to you when and if a make up date is announced.

Read about the cancellation here.

2006/09/03

The Smiths--This Charming Man

The Damned--Alone Again Or

Joy Division--Love Will Tear Us Apart

Fad Gadget--Collapsing New People

REM--Driver 8

The Cure--Charlotte Sometimes

Lemonheads--Luka

Wire--Kidney Bingos
Guilty pleasure. Don't tell.

2006/08/30

Rhino Records is putting together an Afghan Whigs collection. Greg Dulli and the boys have decided to whip up some new material for the collection. The band is said to be working on four new tracks for the upcoming retrospective cd. You can read more about the Afghan Whigs here.

2006/08/27

A live Radiohead dvd is in the works. The band taped their performance at this summer's Bonnaroo festival, and they are planning to turn that into a dvd. Since the band played a couple of new songs during their Bonnaroo set, Thom Yorke said the dvd will most likely come out after the band's brand new cd. The new cd is expected out early next year.
Two new Portishead songs have been posted on the band's official myspace page. The band is busy working on album number three, which is expected to be released sometime next year.
Depeche Mode has a three disc set coming your way in September. Two of the discs are dvds and the other disc is an audio cd. The dvds will feature a full length live concert that was shot earlier this year in Milan. The audio cd contains a handful of live tracks that were recorded at a couple of different shows from the current tour. Depeche Mode--Live In Milan drops on September 25th.

Depeche Mode is also going to release a greatest hits cd in November. The Best of Volume 1 will feature Depeche Mode hits from the past 25 years and it will also contain one brand new song titled "Martyr." The collection drops on November 14th.
The Clash will release a singles box set in October. The Clash--Singles Box is set to drop on October 31st. The box set will contain 19 singles, along with b-sides, rarities and a 44 page booklet.

2006/08/20

A new Deftones song has been posted on the band's myspace page. "Hole In the Earth" is likely to be the first single from the band's forthcoming cd, Saturday Night Wrist. The long awaited full length disc from the band is slated to drop on October 31st.
Jack White's home in Indian Village is up for sale. The 4 bedroom colonial was built in 1914 for a prominent attorney and was later owned by actress Ann Harding. Now, this piece of Detroit history could be yours for only $930,000! The nearly 6,000 square foot home on Seminole has 4 bedrooms, a library/study, a sunroom, a laundry room with black and white checkered tiling, and--here's the best part--a Secret Garden!!!! You can read up on the rich history of the house and view pictures right here.

Be warned! Apparently you have to be "pre-approved" before they will show the house to you. From the listing: "PLEASE NOTE: This home is shown exclusively by appointment to pre-approved buyers only. Listing agent must be present for all showings. Parties interested in viewing the home should fax pre-approvals or proof of funds to the fax number listed below."
If you grew up in the 80's and enjoyed films from John Hughes (the Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, etc), you are going to be excited about this. A new film titled, Don't You Forget About Me, is in the works. If you've seen the Breakfast Club, I'm sure I don't need to tell you that the 90 minute documentary takes its name from the Simple Minds song that was featured in the classic film. Don't You Forget About Me (the movie) examines teen high school movies from the 70's and especially the 80's, and tries to explain why these movies helped shape a generation. To make it even more interesting, many of the actors that appeared in these films were interviewed for the documentary (alas, it looks as if there will be no Molly Ringwald), and Simple Minds were also included.

Click here to read more about the movie. I think this statement from the movie's website sums up the magic of John Hughes: "Hughes didn't show how high school was, but how high school felt." Indeed. I can't wait to see this documentary. No release date has been set yet, but we'll keep you posted.
Duran Duran will head back into the recording studio to complete work on a new studio cd. The cd is expected to be released in February or March of next year.

In more Duran Duran news, the band is getting ready to enter the virtual world! Each member of the band will have a character in the Second Life virtual world. I'm not well versed in virtual world happenings, however I have been assured that this is a big deal because they will become the first major band to do this. Duran also has plans to play a virtual concert on the web in a couple of months.

Here's the article from Billboard:

Veteran British pop/rock outfit Duran Duran has no desire to slow down. Despite cruising well past its 25th anniversary as a recording entity, the members of the quintet are raring to hit the road again. Speaking from his villa in France, keyboardist Nick Rhodes tells Billboard.com the band will give total support to its forthcoming album, due in February or March via Epic.

"For us we found that since we got back together, not only have the live shows been a great joy for us, but since we notched up another 50 or 60 under our belt, we got back to the stage where it was really a well-oiled machine again," Rhodes says.

"If you don't play live for six months, nine months or a year even, you lose your efficiency," he continues. We promised ourselves that we would keep trying to play shows even when we hadn't got new things to promote."

At deadline, the only live dates on tap are a Sept. 23 in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 29 at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans and Nov. 11 at the Bang! Festival in Miami.In November and December, Duran Duran will apply the finishing touches to the as-yet-untitled new album, which is the follow-up to 2004's "Astronaut" (Epic). The set has sold has two million copies worldwide, according to a spokesperson.

"We have got a couple which definitely sound like contenders [for singles] so far, but I like to get everything finished so that we can take an objective view," Rhodes adds. "I listened to Marvin Gaye recently. It made me realize how beautiful some songs from that period can be. It gave me a few ideas, that's for sure."

In the meantime, online gamers will get the chance to catch the band in cyberspace. Beginning next month, each Duran Duran member will immerse their own character, or avatar, in the Second Life virtual world, becoming the first major band to do so. "When I first saw the Second Life site," says Rhodes, "It was a real epiphany for me." The group is aiming to perform their first virtual concert in the coming months.

2006/08/13

Read an interview with Thom Yorke here.
U2's 1993 home video Zoo Tv--Live From Sydney will be released on dvd on September 19th. There will be two different versions--a single disc version as well as a double disc expanded version. The single version will be exactly the same as the original vhs release while the double disc version will contain bonus footage, a video confessional and more.

U2 is currently in a recording studio working on some new material, although they have not revealed if they are working on a new full length studio cd, or if they're just doing a one-off song for an upcoming soundtrack. Mysterious ways, indeed.
Rhino Records to the reissue rescue once again! The first five cds from the Pogues will be reissued in the U.S. with bonus tracks. Red Roses For Me, Rum Sodomy & the Lash, If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Peace & Love and Hell's Ditch will be reissued on September 19th. All the cds will be expanded, so you'll get the original cd along with bonus tracks, extended mixes, and new liner notes.
Art of Noise is getting the boxed set treatment. On August 22 a four cd set called And What Have You Done With My Body will be released. The boxed set is a must have for fans since most of the songs (41 of the 56 tracks) have not been previously released.

Here's the tracklisting according to pitchfork:

Disc One: The Very Start of Noise
01 Beat Box (One Made Earlier)
02 Once Upon a Lime
03 War (Demo 2)
04 Close to the Edge
05 Confession
06 Moments in Love
07 Signs of Relief
08 Who's Afraid of the Scale
09 So What Happens Now (Take 2)
10 The Subject Has Moved Left
11 It's Not Fair
12 Close to the Edge (Ruff Mix)
13 A Time for Fear (Who's Afraid?)
14 Moments in Bed

Disc Two: Found Sounds and Field Trips

01 Moments in Love (12" B Side Idea)
02 Tears Out of a Stone
03 Samba #2
04 The Chain of Chance
05 Fairlight-in-the-Being
06 Diversions 3
07 Close (to Being Compiled)
08 Diversions 5
09 Damn It All!
10 Structure
11 The Angel Reel: Hymn 1 (Take 2)
12 The Angel Reel: Hymn 3
13 The Angel Reel: Fairground
14 And What Have You Done with My Body, God?
15 Klimax
16 Who Knew?

Disc Three: Who's Afraid of... Goodbye

01 War (Demo 4)
02 The Focus of Satisfaction
03 Moments in Love (7" Master Rejected)
04 It Stopped
05 The Uncertainty of Syrup
06 The Long Hello
07 The Vacuum Divine
08 The Ambassador's Reel: Beat Box
09 The Ambassador's Reel: Medley
10 The Ambassador's Reel: Oobly
11 Goodbye Art of Noise

Disc Four: Extended Play

01 Battle
02 Beat Box
03 The Army Now
04 Donna
05 Moments in Love
06 Bright Noise
07 Flesh in Armour
08 Comes and Goes
09 Moment in Love
10 Diversion Eight, Diversion Two, Closest, Close-Up, Close (to the Edit), Closed
11 Moments in Love (from Battle to Beaten)
12 Love Beat
13 In Case We Sneezed
14 A Time to Hear (Who's Listening)
15 (Do) Donna (Do)

2006/08/03

Nope, it's not a joke. Johnny Marr has joined Modest Mouse. He's a real member and everything! Here's the report from Rolling Stone magazine:

We’ve known for a while that Modest Mouse leader Isaac Brock and former Smiths guitarist/genius Johnny Marr were collaborating on MM’s next record. But guess what? Marr is now officially a full-on member of Modest Mouse, Brock recently told us. According to Brock, Marr’s membership is so unequivocal, he will tour with MM in support of their next record, tentatively titled We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and tentatively due this fall. “He made a cautious commitment to write and record with us, and then the tighter we got, he was like, ‘okay, let’s tour too,’” Brock said. “Then he was pretty much a member of the band - not pretty much. He’s a full blown member of the band. It’s really...nice.”

Some backstory: When it came time to start work on the follow-up to 2004’s indie-rock marvel Good News for People Who Love Bad News, Brock found himself sans guitarist and enlisted Marr to help write and record. “I took a long shot really,” says Brock. “I was like, ‘You know, I really like that guy’s guitar playing. There’s no chance in hell he’s going to say yes, but why not give him a call?’ So I did.” Maybe Morrissey should borrow Brock’s little black book? “Eventually it all came together, and it was a really good fit, which I think actually surprised all of us,” Brock recalled. Finally, Marr, Brock and co. went down to Sweet Tea studios in Mississippi (the same joint where Good News was recorded) to lay down tracks for We Were Dead, which Brock describes as a nautical balalaika carnival romp. So what’s the gist? Get ready to have your mind blown by Modest Marr’s crazy-dark sailors-and-gypsies whimsy.

2006/07/30

A Velvet Underground documentary that was filmed in 1986 has been posted on You Tube. Clicky clicky.
Oasis will release Stop the Clocks, an 18-track double cd filled with the band's greatest hits, on November 21st. While the tracklisting isn't officially official, Noel Gallagher reportedly told the British paper, the Sun, what songs will make it to the collection. Hmmm...I hope this list is bogus, because "She's Electric", "Married With Children" and "Morning Glory" are not on the list! Oh bother. You can read the article here, or if you're too lazy to click on over, here's the alleged list of songs that the newspaper claims Noel wants on the compilation:

Some Might Say
Don't Look Back In Anger
D'You Know What I Mean?
All Around The World
Go Let It Out
The Hindu Times
Lyla
The Importance Of Being Idle
Masterplan
Half The World Away
Acquiesce
Champagne Supernova
Rock n' Roll Star
Supersonic
Wonderwall
Whatever
Boy With The Blues
Stop The Clocks

2006/07/25

REM is set to release a sweet compilation in the fall. The 2 cd/1 dvd set will be brimming with material from the years they spent on IRS records. And I Feel Fine will contain studio tracks, live performances, previously unreleased material and more. Plus all the material on the set was chosen by the original members of REM. Look for this to drop on September 12th. I've pasted the tracklisting below, but you can also click here to read more about the release.


CD1
Begin the Begin

Radio Free Europe
Pretty Persuasion
Talk About the Passion
(Don't Go Back to) Rockville
Sitting Still
Gardening at Night
7 Chinese Bros
So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
Driver 8
Can't Get There From Here
Finest Worksong
Feeling Gravity's Pull
I Believe
Life and How To Live It
Cuyahoga
The One I Love
Welcome to the Occupation
Fall on Me
Perfect Circle
It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)


Bonus Disc
Pilgrimage (Mike's pick)

These Days (Bill's pick)
Gardening at Night (slower electric demo; previously unreleased)
Radio Free Europe (Hib-tone version)
Sitting Still (Hib-tone version)
Life and How to Live It (Live at the Muziekcentrum, Utrecht, Holland 9/14/87; previously unreleased)
Ages of You (Live at the Paradise, Boston 7/13/83; previously unreleased)
We Walk (Live at the Paradise, Boston 7/13/83; previously unreleased)
1,000,000 (Live at the Paradise, Boston 7/13/83; previously unreleased)
Finest Worksong (other mix)
Hyena (demo; previously unreleased)
Theme From Two Steps Onward (previously unreleased)
Superman
All the Right Friends (previously unreleased)
Mystery to Me (demo; previously unreleased)
Just A Touch (live in-studio version; previously unreleased)
Bad Day (previously unreleased)
King of Birds
Swan Swan H (live acoustic version)
Disturbance at the Heron House (Peter's pick)
Time After Time (Annelise) (Michael's pick)

DVD:
Wolves, Lower

Radio Free Europe
Talk About the Passion
Radio Free Europe (Live, The Tube, 11/18/83)
Talk About the Passion (Live, The Tube, 11/18/83)
So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
Left of Reckoning
Pretty Persuasion (Live, The Old Grey Whistle Test, 11/20/84)
Can't Get There From Here
Driver 8
Life and How To Live It
Feeling Gravity's Pull
Can't Get There From Here (Live, The Tube, 10/25/85)
Fall On Me
Swan Swan H (Inside/Out)
The One I Love
It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Finest Worksong

2006/07/23

The New York Dolls will release a new cd on Tuesday! The new cd, One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This, will come with a 45 minute dvd. The first single from the cd is called "Dance Like A Monkey" and you can check out the video for it here.

You can also read an interview with the Dolls here.
Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner had a good run with their project Electronic. The band released three Electronic cds in the 1990's. Now they are putting out a greatest hits collection. Get the Message--The Best of Electronic will drop on September 19th. There will be 13 songs on the cd, including single versions of "Get the Message" and "Disappointed."

2006/07/16

The Pixies are getting ready to release an acoustic dvd. The release is called Pixies: Acoustic-Live In Newport. The dvd contains 22 stripped down versions of their classic songs. It also features some behind the scenes and rehearsal footage. Look for the dvd to drop on August 22nd. Meanwhile, a release date has been set for another Pixies dvd. LoudQUIETLoud, the film that followed the Pixies around on their 2004 tour, premiered at various film festivals in the spring and soon it will be released on dvd. Look for it to drop on November 5th.
For you fun-loving peeps that loved to rock Pac-Man back in the day, here's a website you may want to check out. It's a link for you to play Punk Rock Pac-Man! Unlike the classic Pac-Man (and Ms. Pac-Man!!) the object of Punk Rock Pac-Man is to collect records and avoid hippies. Apparently this is a Windows-only free download. Don't blame me if you get addicted.
Noel Gallagher from Oasis has signed on to do a one-off event in November, and it's all for charity! True story! Gallagher is playing a benefit called "For Pities Sake Focus" which will be an evening of art, comedy and music. All proceeds go to Focus12, a charity devoted to helping those that are addicted to drugs.

2006/07/10

Massive Attack is lining up a North American tour, and the best part is, they are actually going to come to Detroit! The unofficial Detroit date is September 12th at the State Theater. No word on when tickets will go on sale, but keep checking back for updates.

By the way, Massive Attack will have a new cd out next year. Weather Underground is scheduled for a winter 2007 release.

2006/07/09

A new record from the Lemonheads is coming in the fall! The last Lemonheads record, Car Button Cloth, was released back in 1996. Lead singer Evan Dando has been doing the solo thing for the last 8 years or so, but he said it was time to rock out with the Lemonheads once again. The new Lemonheads cd is self titled and will be out on September 19th. J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr makes a special appearance on the cd.
Ex-Veruca Salt member Nina Gordon is getting ready to release her second solo cd. Bleeding Heart Graffiti is set to drop on August 8th. Gordon will probably be hitting the road around the time of the release, so check back for a tour date in the near future.
Here's the info on the Tom Waits show:

Tom Waits
Friday August 11 at the Detroit Opera House
Reserved seating – Tickets $75.00
Tickets are on sale Friday July 14 at Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 248-645-6666.

2006/07/08

Interpol has been busy working on a new cd for the last six months. According to a post on the band's official website, things are going well and they will release their third studio cd at some point in 2007. Read the band's latest post on their official website.

2006/07/02

A Depeche Mode dvd will be released in the fall. Touring the Angel: Live In Milan will drop on September 29th. The dvd is actually a 3 disc set. One disc will contain a show the band recorded in Milan back in February, another disc will contain exclusive material and behind the scenes footage, and the final disc will be an audio cd with live material. You can read more about the release here.

The dvd will contain:

A Pain That I'm Used To
John The Revelator
A Question of Time
Policy of Truth
Precious
Walking In My Shoes
Suffer Well
MacroHome
I Want It All
The Sinner In Me
I Feel You
Behind The Wheel
World In My Eyes
Personal Jesus
Enjoy The Silence
Shake The Disease
Just Can't Get Enough
Everything Counts
Never Let Me Down Again
Goodnight Lovers

PLUS
A Question of Lust
Damaged People

THE AUDIO TRACKLISTING IS:
A Pain That I'm Used To
John The Revelator
Precious
Suffer Well
Macro
I Want It All
The Sinner In Me
Damaged People
Nine Inch Nails and Bauhaus have been on the road together touring. While on the road, Trent Reznor and Peter Murphy have stopped by radio stations in different cities to help promote the tour. If you want to check out a couple of the cool NIN/Peter Murphy collaborations visit the official NIN site.

2006/06/25

The Church is heading out on the road to promote their new cd, Uninvited Like The Clouds. They'll be at the Magic Bag in Ferndale on August 13th. Ex-Catherine Wheel singer, Rob Dickinson will be opening up the show. Rob released his debut solo cd, Fresh Wine For The Horses last fall, so he'll be playing solo material, but I'll bet he'll throw in a couple of Catherine Wheel songs too. This show will be amazing, so get your tickets now!
The Ian Curtis biopic now has an official title, and an official website. The film, which is based on the book by Deborah Curtis (the widow of the late Joy Division vocalist), is called Control. You can check out the film's official website right here. Shooting begins in a couple of weeks, and the movie should be in theaters sometime in 2007. You can read much more about Control here. It's an unofficial website, but there's tons of cool stuff to check out.

Pictured above: some of the individuals involved in the film, including Anton Corbijn and Deborah Curtis.
A film starring the Clash is set to be reissued on dvd in August. Rude Boy, which was originally released in 1980, will be available on dvd starting August 1st. The film is a fictional account of a man that quit his job to become a roadie for the Clash. The dvd is said to contain some extra footage of the Clash that wasn't available on the original release.

2006/06/24

Aaron Spelling, the legendary television producer, died last night at the age of 83. Spelling suffered a stroke on Tuesday, and he died from complications from the stroke yesterday.

Spelling was famous for producing hit tv shows. His work spanned decades. Some of the highlights from the 70's include Starsky & Hutch and Charlie's Angels. In the 80's he gave us the Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and trashy fashioned Dynasty! Then in the 90's he brought us Beverly Hills 90210 (starring his daughter, Tori) and Melrose Place.

He produced over 100 movies, including the legendary John Travolta film from 1976, Boy In The Plastic Bubble.

2006/06/22

Ex-Verve frontman, Richard Ashcroft, was arrested monday in Manchester, England. Apparently he busted into a youth club and demanded to work with the teens that were there. When Ashcroft wouldn't leave The Bridge Club, the staff called the cops and they arrested Ashcroft and took him away. He ended up paying a fine (about 150 dollars) for disorderly behavior.

Here's the Sun's version of events:

RICHARD ASHCROFT was arrested after bursting into a youth club and demanding to work with the baffled teens.

Witnesses say the former VERVE frontman appeared drunk and looked like a tramp as he began swearing and refusing to leave.

Staff called cops and Ashcroft was taken into custody for a couple of hours, then given an £80 fixed penalty fine for disorderly behaviour and released.

One eyewitness told me: “He was very strung out and close to tears at one point. He kept saying he wanted to work with kids, that he wanted to do ‘good things’.

“He wasn’t aggressive, in fact he was quite charming and friendly. He kept hugging some staff and kids.“But when the police arrived he was almost begging to be arrested. They told him to go quietly but he wouldn’t.”

The singer, famous for songs like The Drugs Don’t Work and who earned the nickname “Mad Richard” during his Verve heyday, entered The Bridge club in Chippenham, Wilts, just before 8pm on Monday.

The club is near where his wife Kate’s family live.

Around 60 youngsters in their early teens were relaxing and playing games when he arrived.

The witness said: “It was surreal and we couldn’t believe it at first. He looked like a tramp. He was dishevelled and unshaven, with filthy clothes, and there was saliva caked around his mouth.

“He was off his head, although he wasn’t slurring his words. One of the staff said, ‘You’re the spitting image of Richard Ashcroft’. And he said, ‘That’s because I am.’

“When they asked what he was doing there he said, ‘I’ve just come to see the kids. I want to see what’s going on in the youth club.’”

Ashcroft then announced he would like to work with the youngsters but the woman in charge of the club told him he would have to go through the proper channels.

The insider added: “He kept swearing and saying, ‘I’m Richard, I’m going to be doing some youth work here. You’ll be seeing a lot more of me, this is my first night.’ The woman was getting more and more anxious and rang her boss and I think he told her to call the police.”

Ashcroft then slumped on a sofa and the kids gathered around and asked him: “Are you really a rock star?”

When a lone police officer arrived, the star was seen arguing with him outside.The insider said: “He started getting aggressive towards the policeman and was swearing and asking him what his ‘f***ing problem’ was. The officer called for back-up and a patrol car arrived and took him away.”

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said Ashcroft was arrested for a public order offence and taken into custody.A police source added: “It looked like he was drunk. He was discharged once he had calmed down.”

2006/06/18

Frank Black is getting ready to release a new solo cd. Fast Man/Raider Man will drop this Tuesday. Black is getting ready to hit the road for a solo tour. He hasn't been on the road as a solo artist for a long time (he's been on the road for the past two years with the Pixies) so he's planning on playing selections from his brand new cd as well as songs from Honeycomb, the cd he released last year. Black's tour kicks off in August and he's taking the whole family along with him. His wife and 4 kids will be riding in the tour bus with him. So far, a Detroit date has not been scheduled for the tour.
Gabba Gabba Hey! A Punk Rock Musical is set to open in London on July 31st. The show features 18 songs from the Ramones, and Tommy Ramone is the musical director of the show. The show runs for one week only. If you want more info check out their website.

2006/06/17

Pete Doherty has been arrested yet again. I thought he had checked himself in to a rehab facility, but apparently not. This time around he was causing some kind of drug addled commotion in the air. Once the plane landed in Sweden, he was wheeled out and taken into custody.

2006/06/16

Chalk one up for the White Stripes. They successfully defeated their old producer Jim Diamond in court this week. Yesterday the case went to the jury, and after all was said and done, the jury only deliberated 20 minutes before reaching their unanimous verdict. White Stripes 1, Jim Diamond 0. Hours later, Jack White was seen sipping cool, celebratory cocktails at the Town Pump.

Here's the official statement from the White Stripes:

"This was a classic shakedown. They expected us to settle but we refused to back down. It took the jury less than 20 minutes to figure out what this case was really about. This decision protects musicians and original authors of copyright from opportunists trying to take advantage of hard working, creative artists in the community. We are grateful the jury saw through Diamond's claims and ruled accordingly."

Here's a report from the Associated Press:

DETROIT - A federal jury ruled Thursday that the White Stripes don't have to share royalties with a producer who worked on the rock band's first two albums and claimed he played a pivotal role in creating its signature sound.

The eight-member panel deliberated about 20 minutes before returning its verdict in U.S. District Court, rejecting claims by Jim Diamond, who is listed as co-producer on the band's self-titled first album, released in 1999.

Diamond also is listed as sound mixer on "De Stijl," released in 2000, but the White Stripes denied that he helped create their style. The band said it had paid him $35 an hour for time at his Ghetto Recorders studio.

Jack White, singer and guitarist for the two-member band, told The Detroit News outside court he was pleased with the verdict, noting: "You never know what's going to happen in a trial."
A message seeking comment was left Thursday afternoon for Stephen Wasinger, a lawyer for Diamond.


The lawsuit trial before U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn started Monday.

Earlier Thursday, with Jack White and White Stripes drummer Meg White looking on, lawyer Bert Deixler argued that Diamond's engineering work on the records did not meet the standard for authorship.

"None of that constitutes originating an original work or causing it to come into being," Deixler said.

Wasinger, arguing for Diamond, cited liner notes from the 1999 album in which the band gave Diamond co-producer credit.

"Mr. Diamond at that time, in that place, was equally talented," Wasinger told the jury.

2006/06/14

The copyright trial involving the White Stripes is getting ready to wrap up. Closing arguments are scheduled for tomorrow and the jury will probably get the case on Friday. If you haven't been keeping track at home, Jim Diamond worked on two cds for the White Stripes and was credited as being "co-producer." Diamond is alleging that he was the one that created the band's sound--the sound that made them famous--so he feels he is due royalties. He filed a civil suit in federal court. The trial kicked off Monday in Detroit.

Jack White and Meg White both testified in their own behalf. From all accounts they both did a wonderful job representing themselves. In addition to Diamond testifying, the plantiff's side called in Jason Stollsteimer from the Von Bondies. Remember the brawl between Jack White and Stollsteimer a couple of years ago? Well, the jury got to hear all about it this week. By the way, the jury is comprised of 8 people, all Caucasian and none of them are seemingly hip to the "garage" sound. It'll be interesting to see how this one turns out.

Here's the piece that ran in today's Detroit News:

Brawl recounted in lawsuit over royalties from White Stripes recordings

Jack White, Von Bondies singer's testimony offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Detroit music scene.

by Paul Egan - The Detroit News - 14 June 2006

DETROIT -- A federal jury got a peek at the gritty world of Detroit's garage rock bands Tuesday as both members of the White Stripes and the lead singer of the Von Bondies all testified in a civil lawsuit over royalties.

Jack White of the White Stripes and Jason Stollsteimer of the Von Bondies testified about their brawl inside Detroit's Magic Stick nightclub in 2003, and Stollsteimer told about finding an unusual message from White attached to his front door."I found a note stuck to my door with a knife in it," Stollsteimer told a jury and U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn.

Under the knife was a copy of a magazine interview in which White felt Stollsteimer slighted him by minimizing the help he gave in producing a Von Bondies album. "That's the last time I help you out," Stollsteimer said the profanity-laced message scrawled across the article said.

Earlier, in his own testimony, White said the idea that he stuck a knife in Stollsteimer's door was "a laughable lie."Much of the testimony had little direct relevance to the lawsuit, in which Metro Detroit producer Jim Diamond of Ghetto Recorders is suing the White Stripes, alleging he played a pivotal role in creating the group's early recordings and demanding royalties.

Asked if he recalled telling Diamond he would ruin his reputation in the music industry if he brought the lawsuit, White testified: "I believe I said this was going to ruin his reputation, if he did something like this."

White wore a black pinstripe suit, black shirt, black tie and a black fedora with a tiny red feather in it.

Stollsteimer testified it was about two years after he found the knife in his door that Jack White attacked him at the Magic Stick in Detroit."We fought each other," White said in his testimony. "I claimed he pulled my hair out and was punching me."

White pleaded guilty in 2004 to misdemeanor assault and battery in connection with the incident.Diamond is listed as co-producer of the White Stripe's self-titled first album in 1999 and as sound mixer on the group's second album, "De Stijl," in 2000.

Meg White, the White Stripes' drummer, testified that although the first album listed Diamond as co-producer, he really was not, and credit for producing belonged solely to Jack White. Diamond was paid $35 an hour for his work on the first album, which is all he was owed, she testified.

2006/06/11

The Rhino Records best of collection from the Replacements will finally be released this Tuesday. Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? The Best Of The Replacements features 18 of the band's greatest hits, plus 2 brand new songs ("Message To The Boys" and "Pool & Dive").

The fine folks at Rhino are also readying some Jesus & Mary Chain reissues. Psychocandy, Darklands, Automatic, Honey's Dead and Stoned & Dethroned will all be reissued with bonus dvds and new liner notes, photos and more on July 11th.
More Cure reissues are coming later on in August. The Top, The Head On The Door, and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me will all be reissued with new packaging, liner notes, photos and more. In addition, the relatively obscure cd from The Glove (Robert Smith/Steven Severin from Siouxsie & The Banshees) called Blue Sunshine will be re-issued in August.

Here's more information on the reissues that I lifted from the www.thecure.com.

THE CURE - THE TOP2 CD SET COMPILED BY ROBERT SMITH
DIGITALLY REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
RARITIES FEATURES x4 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SONGS
WITH x17 TRACKS ON CD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
DELUXE PACKAGE CONTAINS A 20 PAGE BOOKLET INCLUDING SLEEVENOTES AND LYRICS WITH RARE AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS

DISC ONE – THE ORIGINAL ALBUM (1984)
01 SHAKE DOG SHAKE
02 BIRDMAD GIRL
03 WAILING WALL
04 GIVE ME IT
05 DRESSING UP
06 THE CATERPILLAR
07 PIGGY IN THE MIRROR
08 THE EMPTY WORLD
09 BANANAFISHBONES
10 THE TOP

DISC TWO - RARITIES (1982 – 1984)
01 YOU STAYED... (RS Home demo)
02 ARIEL (RS Home demo)
03 A HAND INSIDE MY MOUTH (Studio demo)
04 SADACIC (RS Studio demo)
05 SHAKE DOG SHAKE (Studio demo)
06 PIGGY IN THE MIRROR (Studio demo)
07 BIRDMAD GIRL (Studio demo)
08 GIVE ME IT (Studio demo)
09 THROW YOUR FOOT (Studio demo)
10 HAPPY THE MAN (Studio demo)
11 THE CATERPILLAR (Studio demo)
12 DRESSING UP (Studio alt mix)
13 WAILING WALL (Studio alt mix)
14 THE EMPTY WORLD (Live bootleg)
15 BANANAFISH BONES (Live bootleg)
16 THE TOP (Live bootleg)
17 FOREVER (version) (Live bootleg)>

THE CURE - THE HEAD ON THE DOOR
2 CD SET COMPILED BY ROBERT SMITH
DIGITALLY REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
RARITIES FEATURES x4 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SONGSWITH x18 TRACKS ON CD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
DELUXE PACKAGE CONTAINS A 20 PAGE BOOKLET INCLUDING SLEEVENOTES AND LYRICS WITH RARE AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS

DISC ONE – THE ORIGNAL ALBUM (1985)
01 INBETWEEN DAYS
02 KYOTO SONG
03 THE BLOOD
04 SIX DIFFERENT WAYS
05 PUSH
06 THE BABY SCREAMS
07 CLOSE TO ME
08 A NIGHT LIKE THIS
09 SCREW
10 SINKING

DISC TWO - RARITIES (1984 – 1985)
01 INBETWEEN DAYS (RS Home demo)
02 INWOOD (RS Home demo)
03 PUSH (RS Home demo)
04 INNSBRUCK (RS Home demo)
05 STOP DEAD (Studio demo)
06 MANSOLIDGONE (Studio demo)
07 SCREW (Stttudio demo)
08 LIME TIME (Studio demo)
09 KYOTO SONG (Studio demo)
10 A FEW HOURS AFTER THIS... (Studio demo)
11 SIX DIFFERENT WAYS (Studio demo)
12 A MAN INSIDE MY MOUTH (Studio demo)
13 A NIGHT LIKE THIS (Studio demo)
14 THE EXPLODING BOY (Studio demo)
15 CLOSE TO ME (Studio demo)
16 THE BABY SCREAMS (Live bootleg)
17 THE BLOOD (Live bootleg)
18 SINKING (Live bootleg)>


THE CURE - KISS ME KISS ME KISS ME2 CD SET COMPILED BY ROBERT SMITH
DIGITALLY REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
RARITIES FEATURES x18 TRACKS ON CD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
DELUXE PACKAGE CONTAINS A 20 PAGE BOOKLET INCLUDING SLEEVENOTES AND LYRICS WITH RARE AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS

DISC ONE – THE ORIGINAL ALBUM (1984)
01 THE KISS
02 CATCH
03 TORTURE
04 IF ONLY TONIGHT WE COULD SLEEP
05 WHY CAN'T I BE YOU?
06 HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE...
07 THE SNAKEPIT
08 HEY YOU!
09 JUST LIKE HEAVEN
10 ALL I WANT
11 HOT HOT HOT!!!
12 ONE MORE TIME
13 LIKE COCKATOOS
14 ICING SUGAR
15 THE PERFECT GIRL
16 A THOUSAND HOURS
17 SHIVER AND SHAKE
18 FIGHT

DISC TWO – RARITIES (1986 – 1987)
01 THE KISS (RS Home demo)
02 THE PERFECT GIRL (Studio demo)
03 LIKE COCKATOOS (Studio demo)
04 ALL I WANT (Studio demo)
05 HOT HOT HOT!!! (Studio demo)
06 SHIVER AND SHAKE (Studio demo)
07 IF ONLY TONIGHT WE COULD SLEEP (Studio demo)
08 JUST LIKE HEAVEN (Studio demo)
09 HEY YOU! (Studio demo)
10 A THOUSAND HOURS (Studio alt mix)
11 ICING SUGAR (Studio alt mix)
12 ONE MORE TIME (Studio alt mix)
13 HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE (Live bootleg)
14 THE SNAKEPIT (Live bootleg)
15 CATCH (Live bootleg)
16 TORTURE (Live bootleg)
17 FIGHT (Live bootleg)
18 WHY CAN’T I BE YOU? (Live bootleg)


THE GLOVE - BLUE SUNSHINE2 CD SET COMPILED BY STEVEN SEVERIN AND ROBERT SMITH
DIGITALLY REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
RARITIES FEATURES x16 TRACKS ON CD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
DELUXE PACKAGE CONTAINS A 20 PAGE BOOKLET INCLUDING SLEEVENOTES AND LYRICS WITH RARE AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS

DISC ONE – THE ORIGINAL ALBUM (AND BONUS TRACKS) (1983)
01 Like An Animal
02 Looking Glass Girl
03 Sex-Eye-Make-Up
04 Mr. Alphabet Says
05 A Blues In Drag
06 Punish Me With Kisses
07 This Green City
08 Orgy
09 Perfect Murder
10 Relax
11 The Man From Nowhere (Original Instrumental Mix)
12 Mouth To Mouth (Landray Vocal Mix)
13 Punish Me With Kisses (Mike Hedges Mix)
14 The Tightrope (Original Instrumental Mix)
15 Like An Animal (12" Club What Club? Mix)
Sonic Youth is back with a new cd on Tuesday. Rather Ripped drops Tuesday, but you can check out a full stream of the cd on the band's official website. Sonic Youth is gearing up for a summer tour with the Flaming Lips. The tour will roll through the State Theater on August 4th. If you want a taste of what's to come...check out Sonic Youth tomorrow night on Letterman.

2006/06/01

Thom Yorke's debut solo cd, The Eraser, is set to drop on July 11th. You can check out some samples from the cd here.

Don't worry...Radiohead isn't breaking up. They are doing a short U.S. tour this month, and then they're going back home to finish working on their new cd. They are expected to launch a full scale U.S. tour next year after the cd's release.

2006/05/30

Social Distortion is busy working on the follow up to Sex, Love and Rock N Roll. Their new cd won't be out until some time next year, but in July the band is going to road test some of their new songs while on a short tour of the west coast. It sucks that they won't be coming here anytime soon, but if you're gonna be on the west coast in July, you may be able to catch the band on the road. Here's the tour sked:

7/3/06 - LAS VEGAS, NV
7/6/06 - SEATTLE, WA
7/7/06 - SEATTLE, WA
7/8/06 - PORTLAND, OR
7/9/06 - PORTLAND, OR
7/11/06 - SPOKANE, WA
7/12/06 - BOISE, ID
7/14/06 - SALT LAKE CITY, UT
7/15/06 - DENVER, CO
7/18/06 - CABAZON, CA
8/1/06 - TEMPE, AZ

2006/05/21

You may find this marginally funny. It's a video of a stand up comic performing his very special interpretation of the history of dance. Yep, he dances to Elvis, Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees, Vanilla Ice, McHammer and more.
Here's the link to the site I was talking about on the air. It's an interesting music blog with samples of mp3's. You can check out outtakes from Morrissey's Viva Hate cd, plus there's also material from the Cure, the Clash and other stuff. Just scroll around.

According to the blog, they only keep the songs they've posted on the site for 2-7 days, so jump on it.

**Download/sample at your own risk...I am absolved of all blame if the RIAA comes a-knockin'.

2006/05/15

Jack White has apparently struck back at "fans" that have disparaged him for creating a Coca-Cola jingle. According to gigwise.com, White is quoted as saying, “they (fans) assume someone drove up to my house with a truck full of money and a gun to my head, and said, 'Crack open a Coke on television and give the thumbs up.' That's not what happened. I saw a beautiful ad, and I wrote a song for it because I was inspired by it."

In more Jack White related news...the Raconteurs will release their debut cd, Broken Boy Soldiers tomorrow! Thursday night they are scheduled to perform on Conan O'Brien's show, so dust off the Tivo.

2006/05/14

Thom Yorke from Radiohead is going to release a solo record in July. The Eraser is reportedly going to drop in July, however it is unclear who is going to put out the release. It may be released on XL, but it may also turn up as a download only release. Eraser was written entirely by Yorke, and he also played all the instruments on the cd. Yorke said, "it was fun and quick to do. Inevitably it is more beats and electronics...yes, it's a record. No, it's not a Radiohead record. It was all done with their blessing." Read more about the cd here.

Oh, and there's a glimmer of hope for Radiohead fans in the Detroit area! The band is going to tour next year after their full length cd is released. So they may be in the area then. Like I said, it's a glimmer of hope.
Bjork is going to release a box set called Surrounded on June 27th. Inside the hot pink metallic box is a plethora of Bjork goodness! Her full album catalogue is compiled on 7 dual discs. The audio portion of each dual disc will contain the original music from the album, the dvd portion will contain videos and other goodies. Here's a link to more info on the collection.

2006/05/07


The Replacements collection, Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? The Best Of The Replacements, drops on June 13th. The cd compiles 18 of the band's greatest songs, but this collection is unlike others that are available in that songs from both the Twin/Tone and Sire/Reprise eras are included. Plus there are 2 new songs that the band recorded at the end of last year. The two new songs titles are: "Message To The Boys" and "Pool & Dive." Check out rhino's official website to hear a sample of all of the songs on the compilation, including the two new songs!
Depeche Mode reissues are coming your way in June. The band is going to reissue Speak & Spell (1981), Music For The Masses (1987), and Violator (1990) on June 6th. Each reissue will contain the original material, b-sides, and a bonus dvd.

Here's the tracklisting for the reissue of Speak & Spell.

Here's the tracklisting for Music For The Masses.

Here's the tracklisting for Violator.

2006/05/06


Radiohead's North American tour is set to launch on June 1st. As mentioned previously, the band will do two-night stands in each city it visits. The tour kicks June 1st in the fine metropolis that is Upper Derby, Pennsylvania and ends June 30th at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. And of course, they are bypassing the great city of Detroit. Here are the tour dates...read 'em and weep! Boo, hiss.

June 1 & 2 Upper Derby (Pennsylvania)

June 4 & 5 Boston

June 7 & 8 Toronto

June 10 & 11 Montreal

June 13 & 14 New York City

June 17th Manchester, Tennessee (headlining the Bonnaroo festival)

June 19 & 20 Chicago

June 23 & 24 Berkeley

June 26 & 27 San Diego

June 29 & 30 Los Angeles
Ministry's new cd, Rio Grande Blood, was released on Tuesday, but you can check out a stream of the cd right here while supplies last! Don't miss Ministry with the Revolting Cocks on Saturday, June 24th at Harpos.

2006/04/23

The Revolting Cocks recently released a new cd titled Cocked & Loaded. You can check out a video for the single "Fire Engine" right here. Don't miss the Revolting Cocks as they open for Ministry June 24th at Harpo's.
Depeche Mode is still on the road promoting the latest cd, Playing the Angel. The next leg of the tour kicks off Thursday. They've decided that this time around they will record all the shows and make them available as limited edition cds and digital downloads. There will be about 50 double cds that will eventually be available for fans, so you'll have lots of live Depeche Mode to enjoy! You can check out more info here.
Iggy & the Stooges are working on a new cd! They are writing and recording a new, full length cd with producer extraordinaire, Steve Albini. The cd is due out next year with a full scale tour to follow.

2006/04/22

Back in the fall, Jack White agreed to write and record a new jingle for Coca-Cola. Well, the commercial is finally ready to check out. The ad has been airing on Australian television, and you can check it out right here.

2006/04/16

A documentary chronicling the life and times of Joe Strummer will be released on dvd at the end of June. Strummer's long time friend, Dick Rude was heavily involved with the dvd. He went through a lot of Strummer's archives and assembled much of the dvd. Let's Rock Again is scheduled to be released on June 27th.
A new Smiths dvd will be out this summer. The Smiths--Under Review is a 90 minute documentary that tells the story of the band. The dvd includes live performances, videos, television appearances and interviews with the band. The dvd is expected to be released on June 6th.

2006/03/26

The Pixies will be back on the road for a summer tour. They'll spend the month of July touring Europe, but it doesn't look like they're going to do any dates in the U.S. Meanwhile, Frank Black is getting ready to release his new double cd, Fastman/Raiderman on June 20th.
If you like Ride, this is a really good compilation to get. It's the greatest hits double cd that they released back in 2002. These days, Mark Gardener (ex-singer of Ride) is getting ready to release his debut solo cd, These Beautiful Ghosts. You can check out his official website, www.markgardener.com
but don't check out this one with the different spelling, www.markgardiner.com, since that is someone totally different.
Turns out the previous report regarding the Roxy Music reunion is WRONG. Eno is not going to be taking part in the reunion. Enoweb says that the journalists (and the official Roxy Music website that also reported that Eno would be back in the fold) had it wrong and that it was wishful thinking on their part. Eno says he will have no involvement with Roxy's new cd or upcoming tour.

2006/03/23

Trent Reznor and some of the ex-members of Nine Inch Nails have been feuding on the net. You can catch a blurbs of the interview by ex-drummer Jerome Dillon that started it all, plus subsequent barbs here.

2006/03/22

Courtney Love is obviously so incredibly broke that she will resort to almost anything to make some cash. The National Entertainment Collectibles Association has struck a deal with Love to make a Kurt Cobain action figure. The action figure features the same look Kurt was sporting in the Smells Like Teen Spirit video--striped shirt, blue guitar and it even has a gymfloor as a base for the figure. You can check it out the full story here. And here's a picture of the action figure. The Kurt Cobain action figure will hit stores in June.

2006/03/19

NIN & Bauhaus will take over DTE on June 25th. There's an internet presale scheduled for March 29th, but that's for fanclub members only. The rest of the tickets will go on sale to the public on April 1st. Get your tickets early, you DO NOT want to miss this fine show!

2006/03/18



Roxy Music is gearing up for a reunion! And to make it even sweeter, Brian Eno has agreed to take part. Original members Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, Paul Thomson and yes, Brian Eno will all be together again for the first time since 1973. Roxy reunited a couple of years ago, but Eno was too busy in the studio working as a producer to be able to take part. This time around Eno has cleared his schedule and is working with the other members of the band on a new Roxy cd. They will do some festival dates, but it is unclear whether there will be a full-scale tour of North America.

2006/03/12

A Pixies documentary is premiering today at the South By Southwest Music Fesival in Austin, Texas. LoudQuietLoud will also be shown 2 other days this week at the festival. The film follows the band around while they were on the road for their 2004 reunion tour. The film's director, Steven Cantor revealed in an interview with Billboard magazine that the bandmembers pretty much kept to themselves while on the road, and spent most of their time in their separate hotel rooms reading. Cantor told Billboard, "I feel like 75% of the reason for the reunion was for money, but the other 25% was because of the fact that they're legends." The documentary is not currently scheduled for a theatrical release.

Oh, and there will be another Pixies tour this summer. Dates haven't been released yet, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Frank Black is gearing up to release a new solo cd. Fastman/Raiderman is a double disc set that features 27 songs. Look for it to hit stores on June 20th.
Morrissey is getting ready to drop his 8th solo cd, Ringleader of the Tormentors, on April 4th. Apparently enterprising fans decided the cat needed to be let out of the bag sooner than the official release date, so the cd has been leaked on the net. The new cd actually has copy protection software on it, but the promotional copies don't contain that software so apparently it is easy to rip the cd to the mp3 format. (Uh, don't look at me. It wasn't me. Honest.) Anyway, the new Moz cd contains 12 new songs and the best song title of all is "Life Is A Pig Sty." Leave it to Morrissey.

2006/02/28


Coming March 28th--some Cure reissues. Last year Rhino Records reissued four Cure cds: Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and Pornograpy were all reissued as double cds replete with bonus tracks and other goodies. Apparently this year the band decided to pare down the reissues and put out a single disc version of each of these cds. So this time around, the cds won't include any bonus tracks but there will be new artwork, and yes, they will be somewhat cheaper. Look for the new batch of reissues on March 28th. And, later in the year the Cure will reissue The Head On The Door and Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, but there's no word yet on whether these will be souped up double deluxe cds or single cds with new artwork.