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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.
Earlier in December I attempted to post some albums that I really liked in 2011. I called the list the Best of 2011. I ended up getting really busy by the end of the year, so I stopped posting the list. Let's be honest, you don't really care what I like or don't like--everyone has their own list, and everyone has their own favorites. But I decided to post the final four just for completeness sake:

Bon Iver Bon Iver

Yeah, this second Bon Iver record appeared on almost every list known to man, but it really is that good. My favorite track is the album closer, "Beth/Rest" but it's funny because most everyone loves the record except for that song. I think it's the best song on the album hands down. It's definitely got an old school 80's vibe. Just listen to the instrumentation:


Ok, fine, you didn't like it, did you? If you can't get into the album version of "Beth/Rest" maybe you'll like the piano version of the song better:

"Beth/Rest" (piano version)


Moving on: The Black Keys El Camino

I seriously love El Camino. It's old school, it's new school, it rocks. There's really not much more that needs to be said.

On to a record I've been waiting years for: Neverending White Lights Act III: Love Will Ruin

I am so damn excited Daniel Victor finally got around to releasing Act III: Love Will Ruin. Act II: Blood & Life Eternal came out in 2007, so it's been a long time coming. Victor revealed in November that he recorded a second companion record (part 2 of Act III, if you will), but sadly the second half of the record was possibly destroyed after Victor's home studio was flooded in December. It's unknown whether the second half of the record will be released next summer as planned, but if nothing else, you should definitely check out the first half of the album which dropped in November.

"The Waltz" (this is my favorite track from the record)

Finally, here's the last 2011 release: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Even the title of the solo project is goofy (almost as goofy as the name of brother Liam's Beady Eye project) but I love Noel's record so much. "AKA...What A Life" is my hands down favorite track from the record:

"If I Had A Gun"

John Lydon's west London home sustained thousands of dollars in damage after a clothes dryer caught on fire in July. The fire and subsequent smoke damage gutted his kitchen and also destroyed a batch of songs he had been working on. Lydon's wife, Nora, was home at the time of the catastrophe (Lydon himself was in Russia) but was able to escape unharmed. Check out pictures of the damage here.

Adam Ant launched his comeback tour, but on the opening night in London he tragically took a tumble off the stage:

Luckily he was ok other than a few minor injuries (he broke a nail and suffered a few scratches) and he was able to finish the show like the pirate he is. Adam Ant has announced plans for a North American tour--he'll be at the Crofoot in Pontiac on February 17th plus check out the full itinerary here.

On October 14th, an alt rock royal couple shocked the world with news of their split--Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon announced they were splitting up after 27 years of marriage. The couple didn't speak publicly about the separation, instead they released the following statement through their label, Matador Records:

"Musicians Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, married in 1984, are announcing they have separated. Sonic Youth, with both Kim and Thurston involved, will proceed with its South American tour dates in November. Plans beyond that tour are uncertain. The couple has requested respect for their personal privacy and does not wish to issue further comment."

Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel also called it quits after 2 years of marriage. Unlike the Gordon/Moore split, Death Cab For Cutie fans seemed relatively encouraged by the news, figuring a distraught Gibbard might lead to stronger songwriting.

You can't help but feel bad for Sinead O'Connor. O'Connor took to blogging to deal with some of her personal issues--her yearning for love, her penchant for back door lovin', and quite frankly a whole host of other TMI topics. But we all enjoyed a sigh of relief on December 7th, when O'Connor announced she indeed had found true love and was set to marry her boyfriend of 8 months on the very next day. She indeed did marry Barry Herridge on December 8th in a drive through ceremony in Las Vegas, however on December 26th, less than three weeks later, she announced the marriage was over. Aside from all the personal drama, O'Connor had been busy in 2011 recording a new record (due February 20th) so we'll soon see if perhaps her frustrating year may have at least led to an amazing record.

Sinead O'Connor - How About I Be Me by PurplePR

The Strokes had been working on the follow up to First Impressions of Earth for the longest time and in March they finally released the new record, Angles. Fans were pretty much let down, and even the band themselves agreed. Guitarist Nick Valensi revealed the recording sessions were "awful" with leader Julian Casablancas recording his vocals apart from the rest of the band. Valensi told Pitchfork, "I feel like we haver a better album in us," while Casablancas concurred stating Pitchfork, "there's a bunch of stuff on the record I wouldn't have done."

Let's be honest--The Strokes' record wasn't that bad, merely disappointing. If you want bad, let me suggest:

Scott Weiland's covers record and his Xmas record:

"I Am The Resurrection" (Stone Roses cover)

And other than the Jack White/ICP collaboration, could it really get any worse than LouTallica?

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)

Foo Fighters had one of their biggest years ever--the band's seventh studio cd Wasting Light, recorded on vintage analogue equipment in Dave Grohl's garage and produced by Butch Vig, was both a critical and commercial success. The Foos also released a documentary, Back & Forth, to coincide with the record's release, and played a ton of sold out shows during 2011.

That being said, the main reason I'm including them in my year end wrap up is they provided an amazing musical moment: In August, Foo Fighters released a promo video, "Hot Buns" for their upcoming tour. The highly entertaining video featured the Foos getting soapy and yes, we got to see their hot buns.

"Hot Buns" (no frontal nudity, folks)

Of course, not everyone was amused, and members of the religious extremist group Westboro Baptist Church decided to protest the band's September 16th show in Kansas City. Unfortunately for the protesters, the Foos took matters into their own hands and turned the protest into a fantastic media frenzy, and (in my opinion), one of the most AWESOME moments of the year!

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


YouTube recommended this today! Hmmm...

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"

Recently an alleged 90's era Radiohead song, "Put The Ketchup In The Fridge" was unearthed. Turns out the name of the song is "How Do You Sit Still" and even better--it wasn't Radiohead after all, it was a songwriter named Christopher Stopa! Awesome.

Watch CNN's video report (via AtEaseWeb).

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"


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


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.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have some interesting plans for New Year's Eve. According to the Mirror, the band has been booked by a Russian billionaire named Roman Abramovich for a private concert--on a Caribbean island! Wow, you wonder just how much the Peppers are raking in for this gig!
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.


The worst song ever was going through my head when I woke up today! I had to pull out some heavy hitters to remedy the situation:

"Teardrop" Massive Attack featuring Liz Fraser

"The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove" Dead Can Dance

"From Time To Time" Ride

"Orpheus" David Sylvian

"Exit Music (For A Film)" Radiohead

"Soul In Isolation" Chameleons U.K.

"Leaves Me Cold" Lush

"Cathedral" Felt

"Walked In Line" Joy Division

"Does This Hurt" Boo Radleys

According to this report in the Mirror, a Coldplay "fan" jumped the gate at Chris Martin's house recently and proceeded to perform Coldplay songs. After allowing the fan to play a couple of songs, Martin stopped the impromptu performance and said, "listen, you're not doing it right." Read the Mirror's report here.


Ben Folds wins the tweet of the day for this one:

"Got lots of 'day after Christmas' tweets. I wasn't up at 6am either but thank you all!"

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)

Ryan Adams was interviewed on the CBC's Q Uncut earlier this month. He discussed Ashes & Fire, his inner ear condition (he was diagnosed with Meniere's disease in 2009), and played a few acoustic songs. During the interview Adams also gave his side of the story about the legendary Bryan Adams incident from 2002 (Adams threw out a guy who was screaming "Bryan Adams" and "Summer of 69" at a concert in Nashville). In a 10 minute and somewhat rambling explanation, Adams said he loves Bryan Adams and the issue was with the concert goer being a loud, threatening drunk.

Listen to the hourlong interview here (the Bryan Adams discussion is around 40 minutes in). And click here to listen to Adams' acoustic cover of the Ratt classic, "
Round & Round."

Adams also covered "Round & Round" live in concert a couple of weeks ago. You can't really get a good view of Adams in the video below, but the audio is pretty decent:

Since we're talking 'bout Ryan Adams covers...

(Oasis cover)


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"


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"

A documentary about Fishbone will finally be released next year. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June of last year and will be screened in select cities over the next couple of weeks. It'll finally be given an official release in February--it'll be available on iTunes February 1st, on DVD through the film's site on February 7th, and in retail outlets on February 22nd.

The film, directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler, examines the band's early days, their rise and fall, and how they were able to overcome financial obstacles and reinvent themselves and re-emerge years later. The film features appearances from Perry Farrell and Flea, and was narrated by Laurence Fishburne. Watch the trailer below:

"Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" - documentary trailer from Tilapia Film on Vimeo.


AAARRRRGHGHGH! It's that time of year again when it all comes crashing down: I'm trying to finish writing/producing/voicing the music news segments for 89X's Top 89 of 2011 countdown. It's not exactly a stress free time.

It'll come together, as it seems to do every year, but until then it's a lot of stress, drama, and pressure...

And, for comic relief...seriously, what a shitbag

This will probably be the first (and last) time you see Billy Joel posted here:


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)

The Best of 2011 series continues with The Pack A.D.

The Pack A.D. have been around since 2006 (Unpersons is the Pack A.D.'s 4th record). The band is a duo--Maya Miller and Becky Black--who sound similar to the White Stripes except with female vocals, and these ladies know how to ROCK it. If you like garage-y sounding bands, you will love this. Take a listen to a couple of tracks from Unpersons:

"Haunt You"


"Ride" (live from their Detroit appearance in November)


The Best of 2011 series continues with Friendly Fires

Today's selection is Pala from Friendly Fires. Pala is the band's second proper record and it's another fun retro-sounding dance pop record. Some of the songs remind me SO much of Hall & Oates, especially the song "Hurting." At any rate, if you like the old school dance sound and you aren't familiar with this band or this record, do yourself a favor and check it out. I've posted some songs below for you to enjoy:

"Blue Cassette"

"Hurting" (just try to tell me this doesn't remind you of Hall & Oates)

"Hawaiian Air"

Friendly Fires covered "Strangelove" (Depeche Mode cover) previously--the cover isn't on Pala, but I'm posting it here anyway since you might like it!


*Tragically the trumpet player for Friendly Fires, Richard Turner died on August 19th. R.I.P.
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).

The Submarines just released a digital ep titled The Shoelaces EP yesterday. Check out the tracklisting to the ep:

1. Shoelaces
2. Just Like Honey
3. Your Silent Face
4. Shoelaces (Folked Up 4-Track Version)
5. Fire (Folked Out 4-Track Version)
6. You, Me and the Bourgeoisie (The Ship Session)

Yep, they sure did cover Jesus & Mary Chain's "Just Like Honey" and New Order's "Your Silent Face." I have to hand it to the Submarines--they chose two really classic songs to cover. I think it's so much harder to cover beloved classic songs, but they get props for the attempt. Give a listen to the songs below--you'll notice the lyrics of "Your Silent Face" were changed slightly (was "piss off" too dirty?)

"Just Like Honey"

"Your Silent Face"

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.