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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Morrissey was in the news quite a bit in 2011. In April he revealed in a BBC interview that he was working on his autobiography, he debuted three new tracks in June, and in July he got bit by a dog and fans were allegedly patted down for meat products before allowed entry into concerts.

Morrissey launched a North American tour in November which was scheduled to kick off in Chicago, but two days before the opening date the Chicago show was postponed (and rescheduled for December) due to an immigration issue with a member of the band. Chicago fans were crushed, but somehow were under the belief that Morrissey was somewhere in the Chicago area, prompting Scotland Yard Gospel Choir to react to the frenzy by recording this little ditty:

"Morrissey's In Chicago" Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

Fans in Oakland were dealt the low blow of having their Morrissey show cancelled (this time due to an eye issue with a band member), and fans there didn't take the news well.

Morrissey booked a couple of late night television appearances, but Jimmy Kimmel canceled on him due to a scheduling snafu. Luckily Conan O'Brien had the good sense to have him on the show and Moz performed one of his new songs:

Moz played his final show of the North American tour at the Royal Oak Music Theater, which was awesome except for some aggro security issues.

A few days after the tour's conclusion, Morrissey sounded off about security at the ROMT.

He ended 2011 by revealing the records of which he's "most proud," and was named PETA's Person of the Year.
The Cure played a handful of shows on the Reflections tour--the tour featured Robert Smith and the band playing the first three Cure records in their entirety followed by a greatest hits encore.

Watch more footage from Reflections here.

In December, the Cure released a live collection, Bestival Live 2011, which was recorded during the band's September appearance at Bestival.

Arcade Fire's The Suburbs won the Grammy for Best Album! Presenter Barbara Streisand could hardly believe it--watch her stutter in amazement:

Dr. Dre couldn't believe it either--his reaction is priceless!

Arcade Fire's Grammy win was a surprise to a LOT of people, including many in the media who had no idea who the band was, prompting the hysterical Who Is Arcade Fire tumblr.

In December Fugazi launched Fugazi Live Series, an online archive of the band's live shows. Fans are now able to view a ton of Fugazi shows from the band's live archive for free, plus many of the shows are available to download for a small fee. Fugazi is adding more and more concerts to the archive, so keep checking back for new shows.

Billy Corgan announced he'd made a deal with Virgin/EMI and would be re-issuing the entire Smashing Pumpkins' back catalog over the next few years.

Corgan kicked off the reissues with November's re-release of Gish and Siamese Dream. He also launched the free Smashing Pumpkins Record Club, bought his own wrestling team, and announced plans to open a Chinese style tea house in a Chicago suburb in spring 2012.

Tons of records from 1991 celebrated their 20th anniversary--My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque, Primal Scream's Screamadelica, and Trompe Le Monde from the Pixies were just a few of the records that were celebrated in 2011. Some other major releases from 1991 were re-issued as special anniversary editions.

Nirvana's Nevermind was re-issued with extra material, and the band's October 31, 1991 concert, Live at the Paramount was released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

U2's Achtung Baby was reissued, and U2's documentary From the Sky Down was released as part of a limited edition Achtung Baby package.

British mag Q assembled an Achtung Baby tribute record, Ahktoong Baybi Covered, featuring covers by Nine Inch Nails, Garbage, Depeche Mode, the Killers, and Jack White. The cd was initially only available with copies of the December issue of Q in the U.K., but due to an outcry from fans around the world, the record enjoyed a digital worldwide release on iTunes and was also made available on U2's official website.

Pearl Jam celebrated their 20th anniversary by releasing a Cameron Crowe directed documentary Pearl Jam Twenty. Before the release on DVD and Blu-Ray, the film was screened in theaters worldwide.

Pearl Jam also organized a two day celebratory festival in Alpine Valley on Labor Day weekend, which featured a Temple of the Dog reunion of sorts.

The entire Smiths back catalog (featuring all the albums and singles) was remastered by Johnny Marr and sold as a limited edition (and pricy) boxset titled The Smiths Complete by Rhino. Luckily for fans on a budget, a scaled down version of the release featuring the 8 remastered cds was made available, as was a vinyl version of the boxset. There are also plans to release each remastered album individually in spring 2012.

Morrissey and the Cure had their own awesome years--read about that here and here.
1/4: Mick Karn

1/4: Gerry Rafferty

3/8: Mike Starr

3/23: Elizabeth Taylor

4/20: Gerard Smith

4/25: Poly Styrene (Marianne Elliott Said)

6/3: Jack Kevorkian

6/18: Clarence Clemens

6/23: Peter Falk

7/23: Amy Winehouse

10/5: Steve Jobs

10/8: Mikey Welsh

11/3: Cory Smoot

11/4: Andy Rooney

11/8: Heavy D

11/20: Shelagh Delaney
Coheed & Cambria's bassist Michael Todd was involved in a bizarre holdup at a Walgreen's store before the band's show in Massachusetts in July. Todd allegedly made a bomb threat before robbing the store of several bottles of Oxycontin and fleeing. Todd made the critical error of taking a taxi from the Walgreen's directly to the band's venue, so it didn't take long for the cops to catch up with him. He was arrested, and days later Coheed & Cambria kicked him out of the band.

Kings of Leon probably need to learn one lesson: do NOT tour in July. In July 2010 Jared Followill got a load of pigeon poo in his mouth during a show. In July 2011, verbal diarrhea was coming out of Caleb Followill's mouth after being too drunk to finish a show in Dallas:

The band's management tried to blame Caleb's yammering on "dehydration" but no one was buying it, especially when the following day Jared tweeted out, "there are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade."

Ex-Queens of the Stoneage bassist Nick Oliveri was involved in a 5 hour standoff with a SWAT team in July after an alleged domestic violence incident. Oliveri was subsequently arrested on 4 felony counts and faces 15 years in prison.
What a year of ups and downs for Jack White!

First the downs:

The White Stripes announced their breakup on February 2nd. According to the band's official statement, the breakup was for, "a myriad of reasons...mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way." Bummer deal. White Stripes, R.I.P.

In June, Jack White and wife Karen Elson ended their marriage by throwing themselves a divorce party on what would have been their 6th anniversary.

And the biggest down of all: Does it get any lower than working with ICP? (You may not want to click the link. I couldn't bear to embed the audio here.)

Let's move on to the ups:

Jack White appeared on the excellent Danger Mouse/Daniele Luppi record Rome:

"Two Against One"

White created a record store on wheels--the Rolling Record Store--which would visit various cities bringing vinyl (or at least Third Man Records vinyl) to the masses!

White's band, the Raconteurs busted out of hiatus mode to play a few shows in 2011, including the appearance at Brooklyn, Michigan's MI Fest in September:

"Steady As She Goes" (live at MIFest)

And best of all, White delivered my absolute favorite cover of the year:

"Love Is Blindness" (U2 cover from the Achtung Baby tribute record)

After 31 years together R.E.M. packed it in and called it a day in 2011. The band posted the following announcement on their official website on September 21st:

"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M.

In November R.E.M. went on to release the double disc career retrospective R.E.M: Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011 which featured three new songs. The also band made a couple of videos for one of the new songs, "We All Go Back To Where We Belong."

Goodbye R.E.M., your music will live on...

"Shaking Through"


"Driver 8"

"Fall On Me"

"The One I Love"

"World Leader Pretend"



"Strange Currencies"


"At My Most Beautiful"

"Imitation Of Life"

"Leaving New York"

"Supernatural Superserious"

"Blue" (with Patti Smith)

In 2011 New Order reunited for some live shows in Paris, London, and South America, but WITHOUT key member Peter Hook. Hooky was pretty mad about not being asked to participate and made some cheeky comments on his official website and to the media, but at the end of the day, the New Order reunion went on without him.

"Temptation" New Order WITHOUT Peter Hook

Watch more live New Order footage WITHOUT Peter Hook here.

By the way, New Order will release a live recording of their December 10th concert as a 2-cd set Live At The London Troxy in January.

Don't feel too bad for Hooky because he wasn't sitting around at home doing nothing. In the fall he toured North America with his band the Light and performed classic Joy Division albums Unknown Pleasures & Closer. Some surprise guest vocalists even showed up at a few of the shows to sing the encore:

"Transmission/Love Will Tear Us Apart" Peter Hook & the Light w/ Billy Corgan

"A Means To An End" Peter Hook & the Light w/ Moby

"Isolation" Peter Hook & the Light w/ Perry Farrell

Pulp sent out an email blast on January 1, 2011 announcing their plans for some live shows in the summer and fall. The band made good on their promise and played some major gigs, including Reading and Leeds in August. Pulp reunited just for some live gigs and have no plans to record any new music, however they will be reissuing their first three records in February 2012.

"Common People" (live at Reading Festival, August 2011)

"Just What I Needed" (The Strokes w/ Jarvis Cocker, Reading Festival)

In April, rumors started to swirl about a Stone Roses reunion--mainly because John Squire and Ian Brown had started talking (the two had both attended the funeral for Mani's mother). Of course after the British press caught wind that the band members were talking they went crazy reporting an imminent reunion, pissing off Mani, who scolded the press and called the rumor "nonsensical." Months later the Stone Roses made it official and announced their reunion during a press conference in London on October 18th.

Watch part 2 of the press conference here. Fans seemed stoked about the reunion--tickets for the first set of dates sold out in minutes. The Stone Roses are planning on announcing more live dates in the weeks to come and they've also signed with two record labels (Columbia in the U.S. and Universal in London) indicating new music from the band is on the way.

Vince Clarke and Martin L. Gore hadn't worked with each other in nearly 30 years--since Depeche Mode's Speak & Spell sessions in 1981! In November, Clarke and Gore announced they formed techno project, VCMG, and a month later they dropped their debut ep, Spock. VCMG's debut full length album SSSS is scheduled to drop February 28th in the U.K. and in March in the U.S.

VCMG "Spock"

Other bands that reunited in 2011 (or announced reunion plans for 2012) include Inspiral Carpets, the La's, Mazzy Star, Blur, and Afghan Whigs. New Order also returned WITHOUT Peter Hook, and you can read about that here.

Mazzy Star "Lay Myself Down"

Mazzy Star "Common Burn"

A few television shows were also resurrected this year--MTV's 120 Minutes, Beavis & Butthead, and VH1's Pop Up Video all returned to the airwaves, while Fox announced In Living Color would return for a short run in 2012.
Staying in tonight? You can watch a Jane's Addiction show live from Aspen (fee required), or tune into PBS for Austin City Limits--tonight's show features a full concert from Coldplay. The show begins at 11pm tonight. Watch the trailer for Austin City Limits:

Watch Coldplay New Year's Eve: An Austin City Limits Special - Preview on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

It's Paul Westerberg's birthday today

Friday, December 30, 2011

Red House Painters is one of the best bands to listen to when you're feeling sad. You can't go wrong:

"Glass on the pavement under my shoe...without you is all my life amounts to"

"Katy Song"

"I've had enough of these brutal beatings and name callings. To lose me to this bed, bruised internally, eternally..."

"Mistress" (original version)

I think the piano version of "Mistress" is even 500 times better than the original version:

"Mistress" (acoustic/piano version)

Filmmaker Ti West wrote a piece on why you should pay for independent films (instead of ripping them from the net). A lot of what he wrote could also be said about other forms of art (like music) particularly this paragraph:

Every time you purchase something you are making a statement. You are creating physical evidence that something has value. If something has a high value, then it becomes in high demand. So if you make a concerted effort to support lesser-known, interesting and esoteric things (Art?) then you are helping make those lesser-known things more popular. I'm sure we can all agree that there are incredible movies made every year that never get the attention they deserve - That's not the movies' fault. That is our collective fault for not being proactive enough to GO OUT OF OUR WAY to support them.

Read West's entire commentary here.
Happy Birthday Patti Smith!

"People Have The Power"

A couple of weeks ago Motor released their new single, "Man Made Machine" featuring Martin L. Gore on vocals. The song is awesome:

Gore had been a fan of Motor and Bryan Black explained in an interview with Beatportal how Motor wound up opening up for Depeche Mode on the band's 2009 tour:
Martin Gore had always played our records when he DJed, and at some point Mute asked us to remix the DM single “Precious.” I was hanging out with the band in NYC while they were recording their last LP, Sounds of the Universe, and the idea of Motor supporting DM on their upcoming stadium tour was brought up. Naturally we took it

Black also talked about the other guests that are on Motor's new cd--namely Gary Numan and Billie Ray Martin, plus how he hooked up with CLR music. Read the entire interview here. Motor's full cd Man Made Machine drops March 30th. (Wow, that's a lot of M's in one sentence).
Primal Scream will close out the year (and their 20th anniversary Screamdelica tour) with two shows in Scotland tonight and tomorrow. Last night the band played the O2 in Dublin. Watch some fan shot footage:

"Slip Inside This House" (Live from O2 in Dublin)

For some professionally shot Primal Scream footage, check out video from their appearance at this summer's Glastonbury Festival

"Come Together"

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Contact Music recently asked Noel Gallagher who he'd most like to see reunite, and it turns out it's The Smiths.  
"The one everybody would like to see is The Smiths and they say it's not going to happen but they said the Roses wouldn't happen and they said Led Zeppelin wouldn't happen."
Read the rest of his comments about The Smiths and also his comments about the recently announced Stone Roses reunion here
Also note that a couple of internet sites are taking this quote out of context, acting like Noel's got some special knowledge that a reunion is going to be taking place, when in reality, he's just saying "never say never."
As no doubt you've heard, Sinead O'Connor has ended her marriage after less than 3 weeks of wedded bliss.  O'Connor has now revealed even more about the breakdown of her marriage--she claims her husband, Barry Herridge, freaked out after she went searching for marijuana a few hours after they were married in Las Vegas.
In more Sinead news--she's back on Twitter "purely for fun and gigglement."  Read her statement about her grand return,
The guys in Pearl Jam have proved once again to be big-hearted gentlemen. In 1992 Pearl Jam gave an autographed guitar as part of a Make A Wish Foundation request by Josh Hardy, a 17 year old who had been diagnosed with brain cancer. Hardy died a short time later and Hardy's younger brother Ben had inherited the guitar. Recently Ben's home was burglarized--one of the things taken was the autographed guitar. Pearl Jam found out about it and donated a new autographed guitar. Read the whole heartwarming tale here.

Pearl Jam recently recorded a Christmas greeting after their show in Mexico City. Check it out below:

David Sylvian will release a solo retrospective A Victim of Stars 1982-2011 next year. The 2-disc set will feature a previously unreleased track, "Where's Your Gravity" and drops on February 29th. Sylvian will also hit the road for the Implausible Beauty 2012 tour in March, which so far is scheduled to visit Europe and the U.K. tour next year. Sylvian posted a statement on his official site which explained why he's decided to embark on a tour:

There are key moments in one's life where you feel a corner has been turned, milestones where what was will never be again, at least not in a manner that might be considered comparable or even recognisable. Over the past decade I feel I've had a number of these pivotal experiences in both my public and private lives. Some of these changes are welcome, in fact most are, but with some come a sense of regret. In 2007 I felt certain my touring days were behind me. I simply couldn't see myself going out on the road or, more pertinently, the stage again. As the work I produced became increasingly improvisational and abstracted and other, conflicting, issues arose, so the likelihood of my touring appeared all the more remote. But mercifully life is nothing if not capricious and unpredictable. So it is with a disconcerting degree of anticipation that I find myself preparing to take to the road again albeit for a relatively short, sharp, restorative jaunt.

Catch up with David Sylvian on his official website.

"Forbidden Colours" David Sylvian + Ryuichi Sakamoto

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Morrissey posted a ranking of his ten favorite records "of which I'm most proud" on his favorite fansite and it's kind of an interesting list--take a look below:
1. Years Of Refusal
2. Ringleader of the Tormentors
3. You Are the Quarry
4. Vauxhall and I
5. Strangeways Here We Come
6. Rank
7. Louder Than Bombs
8. Bona Drag
9. Southpaw Grammar
10. Your Arsenal

Morrissey was also named PETA's 'Person of the Year' in the U.K.
Morrissey was named PETA's 2011 'Person of the Year' for making the world a kinder place for animals. Most fans know Morrissey's views on animal rights, and those who have attended his concerts over the years have seen first hand how passionate he is about the subject (fans in the U.K. were even allegedly patted down for contraband meat products before allowed entry into his show this summer).

If you're interested in Morrissey and animal rights, you might want to check out a couple of interviews Morrissey did with PETA's Dan Mathews--here's one from 1985, and here's a more recent interview.
Sinead O'Connor has ended her marriage after only 18 days. She's posted a lengthy statement about the matter on her official website. An excerpt from the statement is posted below:
Within 3 hours of the ceremony being over the marriage was kyboshed by the behaviour of certain people in my husband's life. And also by a bit of a wild ride i took us on looking for a bit of a smoke of weed for me wedding night as I don't drink. My husband was enormously wounded and very badly effected by that experience and also by the attitude of those close to him toward our marriage. It became apparent to me that if he were to stay with me he would be losing too much to bear. And that being with me was not going to serve him positively , career wise or any other wise. I saw his life leave him because of how people close to him reacted. And I can't take anyone's life. And a woman wants to be a joy to her husband. So.. U love someone? Set them free.
Earlier this year Vince Clarke and Martin L. Gore formed techno project, VCMG, and released an ep titled Spock a few weeks ago. Now comes news that VCMG has set a release date for their debut album: the record, SSSS, will drop February 28th in the U.K. and a week later in North America.


Monday, December 26, 2011

British tabloid The Sun recently doled out their year end awards--the Bizarre Lord & Gig Awards 2011--and among the winners was Noel Gallagher. His solo debut release Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds scooped up Album of the Year. Congrats, Noel! Check out a picture of Noel & his award (scroll down the page) plus take a look at the other winners here.

Watch the entire Noel Gallagher Sitting Here in Silence concert here while you can.

"Don't Look Back In Anger" (from October show in Manchester)

Dinosaur Jr has been on the road playing Bug in its entirety followed by an encore set with some greatest hits. Some of the shows also featured a pre-show interview with the band hosted by Henry Rollins. Check out some interview footage plus some live performances below:

Henry Rollins interview with Dinosaur Jr

"Feel The Pain" (December 14 in Los Angeles)

"Just Like Heaven" (December 14 in Los Angeles)

"Freak Scene" (December 13 in Solana Beach)

"Yeah We Know" (December 13 in Solana Beach)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

It's worth a giggle, no?

Rhodri Marsden "Heaven Knows I'm Christmassy Now"

Heaven Knows I'm Christmassy Now by freefrench
Buz Kohan, the writer of "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth" revealed in an interview with CBS how the duet between David Bowie and Bing Crosby came together. Watch the interview with Kohan, plus watch video of the classic performance which aired on Crosby's 1977 Merry Old Christmas Special:

David Bowie/Bing Crosby "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth"

Friday, December 23, 2011

Always fun to dust this one off--back in 2009 Al Jourgensen recorded a Christmas song, "It's Always Christmas Time" along with Mark Thwaite (in memory of Paul Raven who died earlier that year). Check it out:

***Take note--F-bombs o'plenty:

Al Jourgensen & Mark Thwaite "It's Always Christmas Time"

Now, that's holiday cheer! Don't you think Al's video/Christmas cheer is 5,000,000 times better than watching Scott Weiland pretend he's Bing Crosby???

Stunningly bad, isn't it? I love the first comment below the Weiland video on YouTube: "I've heard drunken hobos with better vocal technique." Awesome. And true.
If you weren't on the 'net yesterday, you might not have heard that an alleged old school track from Radiohead has been unearthed. Legend has it, the song is titled "Putting Ketchup in the Fridge" and it was recorded sometime in the 1990's--either for Pablo Honey or the Bends. Take a listen:

"Putting Ketchup in the Fridge"

Full disclosure: I hope it turns out the song was recorded during the Pablo Honey sessions because it's incredibly entertaining to read comments from certain music peeps who couldn't slag Radiohead/Pablo Honey enough in the early days and now are essentially creaming themselves over anything that came out back then (for instance, the internet frenzy over these demos was hysterical.) Good times.

"Stop Whispering"

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Morrissey issued a statement recently on fansite true-to-you.net (as he does from time to time) regarding his recent North American tour as well as a few other things.  Check out the comments he made regarding Sunday's show at the Royal Oak Music Theater:
I stopped the show at the Royal Oak Theater in Michigan in consideration of the audience - who were being unashamedly assaulted by the in-house security. It is difficult to watch this happen, especially when our friends (such as Douglas) are being forcibly choked to death simply for being there. If such attacks happened at the opera or in a night-club, the victims would rightfully sue. Strangely, in-house security sense that they have freedom to manhandle patrons of 'rock' shows. I wonder why? You all know how to contact the Royal Oak Theater. The Head of Security at the Royal Oak was the one inflicting the most damage. He obviously thought he was still down at the abattoir - or wished he were.

He also had these choice words about the Jimmy Kimmel Live cancellation:

We all enjoyed the Conan O'Brien Show, especially after the sinking loss of the Jimmy Kimmel Show being dropped. We only had one other free night to do the show, so Jimmy asked his booked guests 'Lady A' if they would switch their slot so that we could fit in; but they refused. Oh.

Morrissey also discussed his recording future (he doesn't think he'll get a label deal) and his ongoing legal suit against British mag NME.  Read the entire statement from Morrissey here


Joe Strummer died on this day in 2002. Check out some footage of Strummer from over the years, starting with video of the U.S. television debut of the Clash:

"London Calling/Train In Vain" (U.S. TV debut, 1980)

"Love Kills"


"Johnny Appleseed" (Letterman, 2001)

An interview with Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream has been published in today's Irish Times (via NME). The interview focuses mainly on 1991's Screamadelica, which the band has been playing live on tour for the 20th anniversary of the influential record. Gillespie revealed the band was initially hesitant to perform the shows, thinking fans wouldn't be into seeing the full record live. It wasn't until he saw Van Morrison perform Astral Weeks and The Stooges perform Raw Power live (as full concerts) that he decided it would work for Primal Scream.

Gillespie also made a couple of choice comments about today's music scene--commenting that rock seemed to lose its creativity around the late '90's/early '00's:

“It happened around the time of the White Stripes and The Strokes, and no disrespect meant to either band. It seemed that a lot of people had given up trying to be experimental."

“Rock music is no longer where creativity is and it’s no longer taken seriously by creative people. It’s been absorbed into the mainstream culture and has become too conformist and normal. There doesn’t appear to be many great minds at work in music right now.”

Read the entire interview here.

"Higher Than The Sun"

"Movin' On Up"

"Damaged" (live)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The BBC aired a Top of the Pops special in the U.K. this evening. The highlight was a rare performance of "The Jean Genie" by David Bowie from 1973. Watch it below (courtesy of WhoColor).

Stars & Topsoil-A Collection 1982-1990, the 18 track greatest hits collection from the Cocteau Twins has been available on cd since 2003, but it will finally be released on vinyl next year. The first pressing will be on heavy white vinyl which will drop on February 7th, then a less expensive black vinyl version will be available later in the year. The full track listing for Stars & Topsoil-A Collection 1982-1990 is listed below. For more info on the release, visit the official 4AD store.


Blind Dumb Deaf
Sugar Hiccup
My Love paramour
Pearly Dewdrops' Drop


Pink Orange Red
Pale Clouded White


Lazy Calm
The Thinner The Air
Orange Appled
Cico Buff


Carolyn's Fingers
Fifty Fifty Clown
Iceblink Luck
Heaven Or Las Vegas
As previously reported Blur will be honored at the Brit Awards next year with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. When news broke about the award there was tons of speculation that the band would perform at the ceremony, especially considering the band is reportedly working on new music. Well, it looks like the Brit performance is definitely happening--Alex James revealed on British XFM today that Blur will indeed unite and take over (yep, I said it) or at least reunite and perform at the Brit Awards, and also hinted at a Blur tour next year.
Ministry's new single, "99 Percenters" will drop on iTunes on Friday. Al Jourgensen told Revolver that the song supports the Occupy movement, and was inspired by Vietnam protest song "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag" by Country Joe & The Fish. The full length cd from Ministry, Relapse, is currently scheduled to drop on March 30th. Read more about Relapse here and check out the series of 'making of Relapse' videos below.

Webisode 2
Webisode 3
Webisode 4
Webisode 5

Jourgensen also just released a country record under the Buck Satan & the 666 Shooters pseudonym, and you can purchase the release here and listen to a stream of a few tracks here.
Moby is giving away another free track/remix to celebrate being nominated for Mixmag's Best Dance Act Of All Time. You can still vote in the Mixmag poll--there are TONS of acts nominated including 808 State, Kraftwerk, Carl Craig, Aphex Twin, Massive Attack, New Order, Royksopp, and the list goes on. Click here to check out the poll (and use the drop down menu to take a look at the nominees, listen to music, and read bios).
Download a free track from Moby using the widget below or here.

"Dream About Me" (Booka Shade remix)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A YouTube search for Teenage Fanclub's cover of Camper Van Beethoven's "Take The Skinheads Bowling," led me to something even better--an awesome bootleg of a concert featuring Alex Chilton & Teenage Fanclub! Chilton & the Fannies performed together April 8, 1996 at the 13th Note in Glasgow. The show was taped and rebroadcast on the Scottish BBC Radio show Beat Patrol soon after the gig and lucky for us the audio has made its way online!

Take a listen to the bootleg of the concert courtesy of slumberm83. The tracklisting is posted below the audio:

1. September Gurls
2. I've Never Found A Girl
3. My Heart Stood Still
4. Patti Girl
5. Any Way The Wind Blows
6. Walk Right Back
7. Free Again
8. Telstar
9. Have I The Right
10. The Dark End Of The Street
11. What Do You Know About Love
12. All Your Love
13. Life's A Gas
14. Waltz Across Texas
15. Wooly Bully
16. Hey! Little Child

Internet legend has it Chilton + Teenage Fanclub covered "Take The Skinheads Bowling" at a different live event in 1993:

Two previously unreleased Radiohead tracks recorded during The King Of Limbs: From The Basement sessions are now available digitally. Radiohead performed both "The Daily Mail" and "Staircase" live at shows, but this is the first time the tracks get a proper release. Download the songs individually, as a 2-song ep, or as part of the From The Basement digital release. FYI, From The Basement will be released physically on DVD + Blu-Ray in January and you can pre-order now from the band's official website.

Take a listen to a stream of both:

"The Daily Mail"


Since the post below this one briefly mentions S'Express, hey, why not relive 1988's "Theme From S'Express", right?

"Theme From S'Express" (Official video)

Better quality audio:

An ep from techno duo Motor titled Man Made Machine was released today. The title track features Martin L. Gore! Take a look/listen to "Man Made Machine," which kind of sounds like "Personal Jesus" from Depeche Mode:

"Man Made Machine" is the first single from the band's 4th full length record, Man Made Machine, which drops March 30th. Other guests on the full length record include Gary Numan, Billie Ray Martin (from S'Express!) and Reni Lane. The album will be released on Chris Liebing's German techno imprint CLR (Create Learn Realize).

CLR holds weekly podcasts featuring tons of AWESOME music and you can listen to the latest one (yesterday's podcast featured Martin L. Gore) here.

Also don't forget Gore just launched another project with
Vince Clarke called VCMG. The band's first ep Spock is available now.

Monday, December 19, 2011

By now you're probably aware of the ending of Morrissey's show last night in Royal Oak--he cut the encore short after getting annoyed with security. Watch video of the encore below and read a full review of the show here:

Click here to download a free holiday song, "Free Christmas," from Johnny Marr & The Healers! Marr also posted some holiday pictures, so be sure to check it out!

Take a listen to "Free Christmas"

Morrissey played a sold out show (and the final date on his North American tour) last night at the Royal Oak Music Theater. A few comments about the show:

The show was great! Overall the set list was really similar to Saturday night's show in Chicago, give or take a song or two--I didn't write down the songs or the order. Samrx who was at the show sent me an email with the setlist, which is posted below:

I Want The One I Can't Have
First Of The Gang To Die
When Last I Spoke to Carol
You're The One For Me Fatty
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Black Cloud
Everyday Is Like Sunday
Satellite of Love (Lou Reed cover)
People Are The Same Everywhere
You Have Killed Me
All the Lazy Dykes
Meat is Murder
Ouija Board, Ouija Board
I Know It's Over
One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell


Still Ill

It was great to hear "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out," live, though it was strange to hear it played so early in the set (he did that in Chicago as well.) As for the "Meat Is Murder" video that played during the song--wow, incredibly disturbing! I've seen him screen animal cruelty videos before during "Meat Is Murder" on previous tours, but this one was so much more gruesome than the others. I still shudder at the thought of it and it seemed like a lot of people were actively trying to not look at the screen.

The unfortunate part of the show was the abrupt ending due to Morrissey's displeasure with security at the venue. As is par for the course with Morrissey shows, there were a few people trying to get on stage and security got somewhat more aggressive--I wasn't at the very front & didn't see this personally though. Near the end of Moz's set there was an alleged altercation between security and Morrissey's band member, Boz. During the encore security continued to keep fans off stage and Morrissey attempted to calm things down, but it wasn't in the cards. He cut the end of "Still Ill" short, made a snarky comment about the "excellent security" at the venue, threw down the microphone, and stomped off the stage.

For fans that felt ripped off from the show ending abruptly, keep in mind Morrissey only did one encore song each night of the show, so it wasn't like he was going to play anything else, but still it was unfortunate that the show (and his tour) had to end in the manner it did.

Oh, I'd be remiss in not discussing Morrissey's outfits--he started off the show wearing a pink shirt, then eventually changed into a sequiny black number about halfway through the set. During the final song (before the encore) Moz ripped off his shirt, much to the delight of the audience, natch, but when he came back for the encore he was once again full clothed--this time wearing a forest green colored shirt. I think he rocked the forest green the best, if you ask me.

The band, by the way, were all clad in kelly green UCLA shirts, and when Morrissey introduced them near the end of the show I was surprised to find out most of them were from Chicago. I'm not sure which of them had the eye problem a couple of weeks ago, but they sounded tight as hell. Thumbs up.

The crappy part of my experience is that I learned that my iPhone totally sucks for taking pictures in a concert setting. I wasn't that far from the front, but you wouldn't know it by my crappy pictures. I posted a few of the "better" ones above but they all pretty much sucked. I did, however, get a shot of the magnificent Moz poster/cardboard cutout that was being sold at the merch booth. Brace yourself.

Oh dear. Where exactly would one put that??? By the way, if you can't tell from the picture, that was selling for 100 bucks! Good times...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Neverending White Lights will be hosting a holiday webcast Monday at 8pm ET. Daniel Victor and friends will be playing holiday songs, Christmas carols, covers, and who knows what else? You'll be able to access the webcast through the band's Justin TV channel. If you need more info visit the official website for Neverending White Lights.
If you like the Smiths you may want to check out the comic Unite & Take Over (Stories Inspired By The Smiths Vol 1). The comic was released a few months ago at indie comic shops and now it's popped up on a few Amazon subsellers. To find out more about the project read an interview with the creator Shawn Demumbrum here.
Johnny Marr appeared on the BBC Radio 6 show Vinyl Revival earlier today. Marr discussed (and played) some of his favorites from his vinyl collection with host Pete Paphides. He also shared some fun stories about Morrissey, Ian Curtis, and Bernard Sumner. You can listen to the archive of the hour-long episode here. The episode will be available for your listening pleasure for the next 7 days, so be sure to check it out if you're interested.
Morrissey will be playing the final show on his North American tour tonight in Royal Oak. Check out the setlist from last night's show in Chicago for an idea of what to expect. Morrissey was in a pretty good mood and had a LOT to say (including fun comments about Lou Reed before "Satellite of Love") and what some considered a "disturbing" video during the performance of "Meat Is Murder." Tonight's show is sold out, but there's always StubHub I guess.

I Want The One I Can't Have
You Have Killed Me
You're The One For Me Fatty
When I Last Spoke To Carol
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Everyday Is Like Sunday
First Of The Gang To Die
People Are The Same Everywhere
All The Lazy Dykes
Satellite Of Love
Meat Is Murder
Ouija Board
I Know It's Over
Let Me Kiss You

Still Ill (encore)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wire's 2011 live album The Black Session- Paris 10 May 2011 will be given a worldwide release in February.  The 13 track live album was previously only available exclusively at the band's live shows in the U.K. this past year.  The Black Session - Paris 10 May 2011 was recorded at Radio France's Paris studios in May and features material from their last record Red Barked Tree as well as classic songs such as "Pink Flag," "Kidney Bingos," "Drill," and more.  Check out the tracklisting below and pre-order the record here.  The record will be released on February 6th.
01.  Adapt
02.  Comet
03:  Smash
04:  Please Take
05.  Kidney Bingos 
06:  Clay 
07:  Map Ref 41°N  93°W
08:  Moreover
09:  Two People In A Room
10:  Down To This
11:  Drill
12:  Red Barked Trees
13:  Pink Flag

Ian McCulloch will release a new solo cd next year (date pending). McCulloch has described the new record as "Hunky Dory David Bowie trying to find Brian Wilson's surfboard on the moon." McCulloch also called the record spiritual, especially a track on the record titled "Lift Me Up." He did an interview with the BBC yesterday and premiered a song. Check out the broadcast here.

McCulloch's band Echo & the Bunnymen are currently gigging--they're playing the first of two shows in Liverpool tonight.
Trent Reznor spilled some details regarding the How To Destroy Angels full length debut cd to Rolling Stone. The full length cd from the project featuring Reznor, his wife Mariqueen, and partner in crime Atticus Ross, is likely to drop in the first quarter of next year. Reznor reveals the music was influenced by Cabaret Voltaire (uh, and hopefully the band's namesake, Coil) and HTDA has finally found their "sound" so to speak. Read the article here.

Meanwhile Reznor and Ross were nominated for a 2012 Golden Globe award for the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score. The duo won a Golden Globe earlier this year for the Social Network score, so we'll see if they can enjoy back to back wins. Chris Cornell was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his song "The Keeper" from the Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack. Check out the full list of nominees here. The winners will be announced January 15th.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Al Jourgensen will finally release his long talked about country project under the name Buck Satan & the 666 Shooters on cd next month. Bikers Welcome! Ladies Drink Free will be released physically on January 17th, and you can purchase the digital version from the 13th planet shop here. The album features 12 tracks (the digital version adds one extra song), including three cover songs (the Byrds, Heartsfield, and Grateful Dead covers.) Check out the track listing--the song titles really are quite magnificent--and also stream two tracks from the record below:

1. Quicker Than Liquor
2. What's Wrong With Me
3. Medication Nation
4. Drugstore Truck Drivin' Man (the Byrds)
5. The Only Time I'm Sober Is When You're Gone (Heartsfield)
6. Cheap Wine, Cheap Ramen
7. Down The Drain
8. Sleepless Nights & Bar Room Fights
9. Friend Of The Devil (Grateful Dead)
10. Ten Long Years In Texas
11. I Hate Every Bone In Your Body Except Mine
12. Take Me Away

"What's Wrong With Me"

"Medication Nation"

Public Image Limited's ENTIRE back catalog (with the exception of the Metal Box and Second Edition) will be remastered and reissued by E.M.I. in the U.K. on January 16th. No word on if/when these might be available in North America, however it's likely they'll be released Stateside at some point since they were also released in Japan earlier this year.

The band's catalog includes the following 10 records:

Public ImageParis In The SpringFlowers Of RomanceLive In Tokyo
This Is What You Want...This Is What You Get

Compact Disc


The Greatest Hits...So Far
That What Is Not

In addition, John Lydon's 1997 release Psycho's Path will also be reissued on January 16th. Take a look at the track listings for all the reissues here.

A new record from P.I.L. is also in the works and you can read more about that here.
Ultravox has been dormant for years (though they did reunite briefly in 2009 for some live shows) but a new record and tour are on the way for 2012. Original member, Billy Currie (violin/strings) has revealed that the classic Ultravox lineup just finished recording the band's new cd, which was produced by Steve Lipson. The band is currently plotting some live shows in April to coincide with the record's anticipated release in the spring. Currie also revealed that the viola will be prominently featured on the record. Read Currie's full update here.

"Reap The Wild Wind"

"Love's Great Adventure"