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Monday, April 30, 2012

Richard Hawley (Pulp, Longpigs), will drop his seventh studio record, Standing At The Sky's Edge, May 7th in the U.K.  So far, it appears there won't be a North American release, but it be available on import  May 15th.  Take a listen to two tracks from the album below and visit The Guardian for the exclusive full album stream.

"Leave Your Body Behind You"

"Standing At The Sky's Edge"

The Machine Room have premiered a new video for their track "Camino de Soda."  The song is available on the band's Love From A Distance four song ep that dropped earlier this year.  Take a look at the video below and buy the ep on iTunes, Amazon, or Bandcamp.  

The Machine Room  "Camino de Soda"

I'd also like to mention that, "Your Head On The Floor Next Door," which is also on Love From A Distance, is still my favorite song of 2012.  It's so addictive, it's like crack.  If you haven't listened to it yet, by all means, envelop yourself in its awesomeness:

If you liked the songs on Love From A Distance, you'll probably also want to check out another new track, "Feed Me To The Ocean."


And, here's the band's take on New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle"

Saturday, April 28, 2012

As the Stone Roses were starting to blow up in 1989, they played their biggest gig (at the time) of their career at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool England.  The concert, released on DVD in the U.K. in 1991, is regarded by many Roses fans as one of the band's best gigs ever.  The band played to a packed house of 4000 (it turned out to be more than that--as the story goes, at the beginning of the show someone in the band opened the doors of the ballroom allowing tons of fans to pack in and enjoy the sold out show).  Blackpool Live is no longer available to purchase, but you can watch the full concert below. 

01.  I Wanna Be Adored
02.  Elephant Stone
03.  Waterfall
04.  Sugar Spun Sister
05.  Made Of Stone
06.  She Bangs The Drums
07.  Where Angels Play
08.  Shoot You Down
09.  Going Down
10.  Mersey Paradise
11.  I Am The Resurrection

It's Kim Gordon's birthday today!  I'm pretty sure if you look up the word "uber cool" in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of her.  Celebrate her birthday with some awesome video:

"Kool Thing"

Kim Gordon 1988 New York City rooftop interview (interview + reading from So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star)

Kim Gordon interview (part 2)

Kim Gordon co-produced Hole's debut record Pretty On The InsideCourtney Love and Gordon appeared together on MTV's 120 Minutes in 1991 to discuss the record:

New Order played back to back shows at the O2 Apollo in Manchester this week.  Watch video from both shows, including a couple of Joy Division covers, below and read a review of Thursday's show here:

"Love Vigilantes"

"The Perfect Kiss"

"True Faith"


"Love Will Tear Us Apart" 

"Transmission" (starts with LONG intro by promoter Alan Wise.  Unless I heard wrong, he referred to the band as 5 boys!  The song starts at 1:50 into the video, fyi)

Friday, April 27, 2012

An interview with Carl McCoy from Fields of the Nephilim is in today's Guardian.  Read the feature, "Goth For Life," here

Todd Simko, the producer and guitarist for 90's Vancouver band Pure has died after reportedly being involved in a head on car collision. Simko's wife has posted the following statement on Facebook:

"Todd may your soul be finally at peace. You are not only the most fantastic father and husband one could have, but also you were also a great friend, musician, teacher, guide, mentor and music engineer.The music community has suffered now a great loss and talent. Not only did you touch all the hearts of people in music but also in the lives of family, my peers and especially our daughters friends and family. You will forever remain close by in our hearts and you will be greatly missed by all."


"Baba O'Riley" (Who cover)


"Chocolate Bar"

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gary Numan kicks off his tour of the U.K. next month.  The tour, which coincides with Numan's DVD Machine Music: The Best Of Gary Numan, features a mix of greatest hits from Numan's entire career plus tracks from his 2011 album Dead Son RisingMachine Music: The Best Of Gary Numan drops May 22nd and you can watch the short promo video for the release and tour below:

And now the update you knew was coming about the Smiths reunion rumors that were started this morning.  Johnny Marr made a statement a few minutes ago responding to the rumors.  Johnny Marr's official statement
"The rumour of the Smiths reunion is untrue.  It's not happening."
The end. 
Here we go again, another Smiths reunion story:
Today website music-news.com is reporting that The Smiths are reforming and allegedly the revelation comes from a source who is got the info from a live promoter who had been in talks with the band. From the article:
"The Smiths, widely regarded as THE seminal British band are to throw their differences aside and return to the live stage this autumn."
The article goes on to suggest the decision to reform came after The Stone Roses announced their reunion.
Crocodiles are releasing their new album Endless Flowers in June.  Take a look at their official video for the first single, "Sunday," plus some recent live footage including a 30 minute set from earlier this year:

Swervedriver's Adam Franklin was interviewed by Glasgowest after the band's recent show in San Francisco.  Franklin talked about the band's early days (the previous band Shake Appeal), getting signed to Creation by Alan McGee, and there's also mention of My Bloody Valentine and Mark Gardener.  Franklin also asked some fan submitted questions, including when we expect a new record.  Here's part of his reply:

"I think the official line was that we've been working on new material for probably release later in the year.  You can take an educated guess or interpret that any way you want but we have a couple of ideas we'd like to execute, certainly and we'll see how that goes..."

Read the full interview and watch the band's recent Jimmy Fallon performance of their new song "Deep Wound"

"Deep Wound"

According to Billboard, it looks like Jack White's debut solo record Blunderbuss is tipped to enter the Billboard 200 at number one!  The numbers don't officially get announced until May 2nd, however the analysts generally accurately predict the charting based off sales figures based from the first couple of days of album sales.  Go Jack!

Don't miss Jack White on The Colbert Report tonight and while you're waiting for that, listen to an archive of White's interview and performance on BBC Radio One with Zane Lowe.
Morrissey has announced plans for his only U.K. concert of 2012.  Morrissey makes his grand return to Manchester Arena on July 28th, a venue he last played in 2004 while promoting You Are The Quarry.  Tickets for the July 28th show go on sale Friday at 9am BST.  

The Smiths  "Suffer Little Children"

Morrissey  "Moon River"

Graham Coxon released his new record A + E a few weeks back and he's currently on a month long tour of the U.K.  Watch some video from his London show at the London Forum:

"What'll It Take"

"Standing On My Own Again"

"Freakin' Out"

"You And I"

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eric Erlandson continues on the press tour for his newly released memoir Letters To Kurt.  In an interview with the online edition of San Francisco Bay Guardian, Erlandson revealed he's going to put out a soundtrack to accompany Letters To Kurt later this year:

I’m planning on doing a soundtrack to the book, I just ran out of time, I couldn’t get it out at the same time as the book.  I plan to get it out this year.  That should be really fun, to go back and use all my musical influences and not have it be tied to a band project.

Read the full interview with Erlandson in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Watch Erlandson (and fans) perform an acoustic version of "Police On My Back" (Clash cover) at a book signing last month:

The Stone Roses are preparing to kick off their reunion tour and as part of the celebration a new exhibit featuring tons of never before seen photos of the band will open in London.  The Stone Roses: The Third Coming, The Definitive Stone Roses Exhibition features 70 rare and/or never seen before pictures taken by music photographers Kevin Cummins, Paul Slattery, and Ian Tilton.  The exhibit opens June 13th and runs through August 12th at Whiteley's Shopping Center.  Take a look at some of the pictures here.

The Stone Roses are kicking off their reunion tour June 8th in Barcelona and will play the European festival circuit this summer.  There are no North American dates at this time, but at the band's press conference last year they did make mention of a "worldwide" tour, so perhaps there will be dates to announce shortly!

Last month Damon Albarn got everyone all wound up when he told the Guardian that there likely wouldn't be a future for Blur or Gorillaz.  Well now Albarn is backing away from those statements saying he was "misquoted." When asked about his comments about disbanding both acts, here's what  he told the Metro:

No. That comes from an article which was an interesting take on a very long conversation. I don’t know how we’ll feel when we play Hyde Park. Some days I feel one way and other days I feel the other. If you don’t see something as a career but as an important part of your life, you don’t know how you’re going to feel about it. We want to put on a great performance but nothing’s been said between us about the beginning or the end. 

Read the entire interview with Damon Albarn here.
Drummers from around the world are coming together for a charity event in Manchester on July 15th.  Stick It To MS is a benefit for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and so far will reportedly include drummers from The Smiths, Faithless, and Groove Armada among others.  The organizers are trying to get as many drummers from around the world to participate and they're attempting to set a Guinness World Record for having the most drummers playing the same beat for five minutes.  You don't have to be a renowned drummer to take part, you just need to be able to play a simple beat. To find out more visit the Stick It To MS website and take a look at the promo video below to get an idea of the drumming skills involved:

Eric Erlandson will be in Berkeley tonight for an acoustic performance and reading from his book Letters To Kurt.  The event takes place at Moe's Books tonight at 7:30 pm.  If you happen to be in the area, here's all the info on the event.

Monday Erlandson appeared on CNN for an interview, and talked about Letters To Kurt, and why it took him so long to write it.  The engaging and insightful interview can be viewed hereLetters To Kurt is available now.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gaz Coombes has premiered the official video for "Hot Fruit," the first single from his solo album Here Come The Bombs.  Take a look at the video below and U.K. fans can pre-order the album here.  So far it appears the album will only be available on import in the U.S.

A collection of R.E.M. related photographs Anton Corbijn took over the last two decades are on display at a museum in Germany.  The exhibit titled Anton Corbijn. R.E.M. Seen between 1990 - 2010 will run through June 10th at the Albertinum in Dresden, East Germany.  Read more about the exhibit here and view a picture of Corbijn standing in front of the exhibit.

As previously reported Corbijn himself is the subject of a documentary titled Anton Corbijn Inside Out which is currently being screened in Germany.  The film, directed by Klaartje Quirijns, is peek into Corbijn's extraordinary career as a photographer, film maker/director, and video artist.  Inside Out is available on DVD in the Netherlands and Germany, and will be released in Belgium next month.  So far a release date for elsewhere in the world (including North America and the U.K.) has not been announced.  

Eric Erlandson from Hole recently released his book Letters To Kurt.  Erlandson appeared on CNN yesterday for an interview and explained why he wrote the book, and how it all came together.  Erlandson also briefly discussed his recent revelation that Kurt Cobain had been working on new material in the weeks leading up to his death.  Watch the interview below and buy Letters To Kurt here.

As expected, Robert Smith was not happy when he learned that the vinyl single he designed and signed for the Secret 7'' project wound up on Ebay.  In a post on the official Cure website, Smith revealed that he'll turn the tables on the Ebay seller by designing seven more singles that he'll personally design and sign, plus he's adding handwritten lyrics to the sleeves.  All of the singles will  be auctioned on Ebay and ALL of the money will go directly to the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.  Details about the new Ebay auction will be posted tomorrow.  

Read an excerpt from Robert Smith's post (he loves all caps!) below:.





Monday, April 23, 2012

Tommy Marth, the touring saxophonist for the Killers and Big Friendly Corporation died earlier today according to his bandmate Timothy Styles from Big Friendly Corporation (listen to the podcast Styles recorded earlier today).  Not much info has been released about his death, other than it was a "tragic, sudden passing."

Read an 2010 interview with Tommy Marth that discusses the saxophone and his experience with the Killers.  In the interview Marth mentioned his love of "First Song (For Ruth)" by Stan Getz:

"I don't even have a favorite song, but if I did I might say "First Song (For Ruth)" by Stan Getz.  It is a haunting and amazingly beautiful song he recorded just before dying and, I shit you not, there are plenty of times I have cried while listening to it..."

Rest in peace, Tommy.

Stan Getz  "First Song (For Ruth)"

This video performance of "Bones" live from Royal Albert Hall features some shots of Tommy in action:

 The Killers "Goodnight, Travel Well" 

The Joy Division/Ian Curtis biopic Control will be screened next month as part of the Brighton Fringe film festival, and in celebration of the screening, four limited edition posters have been designed for the event.  Only 30 copies of each poster have been made and are being sold in sets of four.  To purchase and/or view the posters, visit the photography blog of Jim Stephenson, and for info on the screening of Control and Q + A session that follows, visit the Brighton Fringe website.  Fun fact: Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire will be taking part in the Q + A session!  Via Design Week.

Control is available on DVD + Blu-Ray 

Iggy Pop has announced plans to release his 16th solo album, Apres, on May 9th.  The follow up to 2009's Preliminaires features ten covers, including songs from Frank Sinatra, Yoko Ono, the Beatles and more.  According to the official Apres press release, many of the songs are French. Iggy explained why:
"Many of these songs are in French, probably because it is the French culture which has most stubbornly resisted the morntal attacks of the Anglo-American music machine."
Apres drops May 9th.  Read the full report in NME.
Ultravox premiered the title track from their forthcoming album Brilliant last week and now fans in the U.K. can pre-order the release (links for North America will be coming soon.)  The band would like fans to use their microsite/link to order the record because it helps the band out financially, so visit the official Ultravox site to order.  Brilliant drops May 28th

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fans of the Manchester/Madchester scene might be interested in an article published in the online edition of The Guardian.  The piece, How Madchester put the E into enterprise zone, looks back at the music scene as well as the community atmosphere during the Madchester heyday in the late 80's/early 90's. 

Happy Mondays  "24 Hour Party People"

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Morrissey interview from South By Southwest 2006 has appeared online.  Moz talks honesty, celebrity, American Idol "I don't know anybody on the planet who enjoys it," and life with Rolling Stone editor David Fricke.  Watch it below:

Ah yes, it's Record Store Day today.  Not surprisingly, some of the limited edition offerings are already up on Ebay.

1.  Jack White "Sixteen Saltines" liquid filled vinyl--ok, you had to know this was going to appear immediately on Ebay--it's a super cool record with liquid inside.  I'm not sure how many of these were made (it was only available at the Third Man Records store in Nashville) but one copy is definitely on Ebay now.

2.  Jack White "Sixteen Saltines" etched vinyl--again, it's limited edition, unique, and up on Ebay.  There are a few copies, and you can tell some sellers believe this will be a windfall.  One listing set the auction for 30 days (unlike this 24 hour auction here.)

3.  M83 "Mirror" etched vinyl .  Another limited edition release, and apparently Jack White isn't the only one with etched vinyl!

4.  Morrissey "Suedehead" 10 inch picture disc.  There are a few copies of the limited edition release already up on Ebay.

5.  Arcade Fire "Sprawl II" Limited Edition single

6.  Arctic Monkeys "R U Mine" Limited Edition single on purple vinyl.

And this last one...well, this one angers me:  

7.  The Cure "Friday I'm In Love" vinyl single.  Robert Smith from the Cure designed a vinyl sleeve for the band's "Friday I'm In Love" Secret 7 Record Store Day offering.  If you haven't heard about the Secret 7'' project, 100 copies of the Cure's single were pressed and various artists from around the world were commissioned to make a unique vinyl sleeve, and each copy featured a different sleeve.  Other bands also participated in the event, and over 700 singles were made available in total for Record Store Day.

Earlier today, all the Secret 7'' copies went on sale at an art gallery in East London for a minimum ~ 60 dollar donation--all money raised went to the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.  The guy who bought the Robert Smith sleeve (designed and signed by Smith) ran right home and put it on Ebay (current "buy it now" price is $3500).  

Hey, all's fair and the seller isn't breaking any laws, but still...

Update: a ton of other Record Store Day 2012 releases are now on Ebay. 
It's Robert Smith's birthday.  Celebrate with some amazing performances and a full concert from the Cure, plus watch the Much More Music documentary The Story of the Cure

"A Forest"

"Primary" (appearance on Australian television)

1982 interview with The Cure:

"Close To Me" (acoustic)


Concert recorded in 1980 in the Netherlands (the announcer gives about a minute long intro, so fast forward about a minute in if you just can't wait for The Cure)

The Much More Music's 2000 documentary The Story of the Cure is embedded below.  FYI, there's a bit of a lapse between segment 2 and 3 due to a couple of segments being pulled off YouTube.  I pieced the film together from different uploaders so most of it is posted below.

The Story of the Cure part 1

The Story of the Cure part 2

The Story of the Cure  

The Story of the Cure 

The Story of the Cure 

The Story of the Cure

Celebrate Iggy's birthday by reading a letter he sent to a fan in 1995 + watch some live concert films from The Stooges:

Raw Power: First Live Show

Iggy + The Stooges: Live In Detroit (2003)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Yesterday the online edition of the Philippine Star published an exclusive email interview with Morrissey.  Most of the interview centered around animal rights and vegetarianism, but the paper did question Morrissey about his forthcoming autobiography.  Unfortunately, Morrissey sort of skirted the question:
Q: What can we find in the 660 page autobiography that you're putting out soon?  How's your book about James Dean?

A: "When I was 19, I wrote an essay on James Dean called James Dean is not Dean, which was unfortunately published as a very slim book, but re-titled James Dean is not Dead.  Very, very, very embarrassing for me.  I curl up and die whenever I think of it.  Rightly so."

And that all folks--no further discussion of the book!  Despite no real update on the autobiography, Moz fans should find the rest of the interview interesting, so head over to The Philippine Star.

On the eve of Iggy Pop's birthday, it's a good time to revisit a remarkable letter Iggy sent to a fan in 1995.  The letter was written in response to a troubled fan named Laurence, who had written a 20 page letter to Iggy.  It took 9 months for Laurence to receive a response, but it was definitely worth the wait.  The heartfelt letter has been posted on Letters Of Note (Laurence sent a copy to them) and it's guaranteed to put a smile on your face.  Iggy truly rocks. 
Happy early birthday, Iggy!   
James have been in North America for the last two weeks on their North American tour.  Last week fans in San Francisco were treated to an intimate show at the Independent.  Watch a couple of songs from the concert, including the 10 minute encore of "Sometimes." 


"She's A Star"

Tonight James are back in Indio, California for round two of Coachella.  Watch footage from last Friday's Coachella appearance here.
Morrissey loves his favorite Edwin Jagger razor blades so much, that upon realizing his blades were dull, he called in the bigwigs to have more shipped to him.  The Sheffield Star reports Moz's staff had the duty of procuring more, which entailed a call to the head of the company, Neil Jagger, at his holiday home in France to have more shipped out!  Read the blurb via the Manchester Evening News here.

I hope he didn't...panic!  Sorry.

Tomorrow Morrissey's Record Store Day release will go on sale in the U.K. The 10 inch picture disc features the "Suedehead" Mael Brothers/Sparks remix, plus two live tracks. A digital release will be available on Monday, April 23rd, but you can check part of it out now.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Morrissey is about to release a 10 inch picture disc for Record Store Day featuring a "Suedehead" remix by Mael Brothers (Ron & Russell Mael, aka, Sparks) backed with two live tracks recorded for the BBC in 1995. Back in 2005 a Sparks remix of "Suedehead" was released on Rhino's alternative remix compilation Future Retro, so it's unclear whether the Mael Brothers remix for Record Store Day is a brand new remix from the Mael Brothers, or if they're just releasing the 2005 remix on vinyl.

FYI, the 2005 version of the "Suedehead" remix is available digitally here and you can listen to it below:

"Suedehead" (Sparks remix, 2005)

A few years ago, Sparks released a pretty entertaining song about Morrissey called "Lighten Up Morrissey." The song appeared on their 2008 album Exotic Creatures of the Deep, and Morrissey was entertained by the song and went on to use it as the intro to his 2009 tour.

"Lighten Up Morrissey" Sparks

Record Store Day is this Saturday, and if you're flipping out about getting a quality turntable for your fresh wax, relax. The New York Times has come to the rescue with an article with tips for finding the turntable that's right for you!

Read "How to Enjoy Turntables Without Obsessing Over Them" here, then once you've got that figured out, head over to the Record Store Day website to view the list of Record Store Day releases and participating stores.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blur have announced plans to release a massive career spanning boxset, Blur 21: The Box on July 30th. The anthology features 21 discs and over five and a half hours of previously unreleased material. From the band's official website:

Blur 21: The Box is the ultimate and definitive anthology of Blur’s incredible career. Spanning 21-discs and including over 5 ½ hours of previously unreleased material, Blur 21: The Box collects together the remastered and expanded editions of all the albums, four discs of Blur rarities, three DVDs of live performances and rarities, a collectable 7’’ single and a hard-bound book - all housed in a super-deluxe material-covered box. Each box will also include a code to download all the audio contents as high-quality mp3s.

Watch the official trailer for Blur 21: The Box:

The entire tracklisting is posted here and you can pre-order now in the U.K. Though the boxset is a U.K. release, fans in North America will likely be able to order it from Amazon U.S. (for import price) around the time of the release.
Nominees for the 57th annual Ivor Novello Awards were announced this week. PJ Harvey, Kate Bush, and Adele are up for Album of the Year, and nominees in other categories include Jonny Greenwood, Florence + the Machine, James Blake, and Lana Del Rey (no, really.) The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in London on May 17th.
The Cure are releasing a limited edition "Friday I'm In Love" 7'' single for Record Store Day in the U.K. as part of the Secret 7'' charity project. All 100 copies have a unique vinyl sleeve and go on sale Saturday at the Idea Generation Gallery in East London, with all proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust. Yesterday a VIP viewing of the sleeves took place at the gallery and now the exhibit is open for public viewing.

Watch a short video about the opening and exhibit below and see if you can spot the sleeve Robert Smith himself designed!

Recommended viewing for any Joy Division fan--Joy Division: Interviews features ex-Joy Division members and key players like Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Anton Corbjin, and many more recounting personal stories about Joy Division, Ian Curtis, the Hacienda, and the Manchester music scene.

Video #1: Joy Division/New Order drummer Stephen Morris explains why the band didn't do interviews, and how they repositioned themselves into New Order after the death of Ian Curtis.

Video #2: Ex-manager Terry Mason talks about being asked about Ian Curtis' death and discusses early Joy Division shows.

Video #3: Bernard Sumner talks about synthesizers and how Ian Curtis introduced him to the music of Kraftwerk. Anton Corbijn reveals Unknown Pleasures inspired him to leave Holland.

Video #4: Bernard Sumner discusses some of his experience with auditioning drummers, and Tony Wilson talks about the Hacienda.

Video #5: Bernard Sumner discusses the meaning of "The Eternal," plus some Joy Division touring stories

Video #6: Peter Saville on Joy Division imagery, the design of Joy Division's cover art, plus the addition of Gillian Gilbert after the death of Ian Curtis

Video #7: Peter Hook talks about Ian Curtis' epilepsy and how the band members never questioned the idea of continuing after Curtis' death.

Video #8: A discussion of punk music and scene.

Lou Barlow is currently in Australia playing a handful of solo shows. Local zine Faster Louder caught up with him and got him to reveal some of his favorite records in an article titled, Lou Barlow's Playlist "I Love hipsters, follow trends, and hate the concept of credibility."

Meanwhile, Sebadoh recently played All Tomorrow's Parties in the U.K. last month and you can watch some video from the band's performance below, plus watch the entire 22 song set here.



NPR's All Songs Considered has posted a feature on Jack White's new album Blunderbuss. Watch Jack White: How I Made Blunderbuss below and click over to read more and view pictures.

Meanwhile, the Jack White "Freedom at 21" flexi-disc auction on Ebay is over and the winning bid was $4238.88!

Blunderbuss is streaming on iTunes and will be released next week. Read a glowing review of the album here.
Jesus & Mary Chain have announced a handful of new U.S. dates but they're all west coast appearances other than a festival date in North Carolina. Tour dates are posted below:

06/14: The Fillmore, San Francisco
06/15: Hollywood Park, Inglewood
06/16: House of Blues, Las Vegas
06/17: House of Blues, San Diego
09/05: House of Blues, New Orleans
09/07: Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Sex Pistols' classic track "God Save the Queen" will be re-released in the U.K. on May 28th in celebration of the song's 35th anniversary. Additionally, there's an organized campaign to push the song to the top of the U.K. charts because the re-release of the song coincides with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the international celebration commemorating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne. Not surprisingly, John Lydon isn't cool with any of this and earlier today he posted the following statement on his website:

"I would like to very strongly distance myself from the recent stories and campaign to push God Save The Queen for the number 1 spot over the Jubilee weekend. It is certainly not my personal plan or aim.

I am proud of what The Sex Pistols achieved and always will be but this campaign totally undermines what The Sex Pistols stood for. This is not my campaign.
I am pleased that the The Sex Pistols recordings are being put out there for a new generation however I wish for no part in the circus that is being built up around it. I am currently very focused on Public Image Ltd."
Public Image Limited will release the One Drop EP for Record Store Day this weekend and follow that up with the full length album This Is P.I.L. on May 28th. For more info on both of those releases visit the official P.I.L. website.

Meanwhile Sex Pistols fans should delight in a couple of YouTube discoveries: first is an episode of I Swear That I Was There featuring a Sex Pistols' 1976 concert in Manchester. The other great find was rare Sex Pistols' 1978 tour documentary D.O.A - A Rite of Passage. Watch both below.

I Swear That I Was There

D.O.A. - A Rite Of Passage

The Pixies are giving away a four song live ep recorded at Coachella in 2004 (email registration required.) Coachella 2004 was the band's first major appearance after reuniting.

According to the Pixies' official website, they decided to give away the tracks in celebration of Coachella:

This week, finding ourselves between two consecutive weekends of COACHELLA for the first time ever, we thought it fitting to rifle through the PIXIES vault in search of an apt celebration. So, we're very pleased to bring you a completely free download of 4 tracks from PIXIES memorable '04 Coachella performance.

The tracklisting and download is posted below. You can also purchase the band's entire 2004 set from Coachella here.

1. U-Mass
2. Monkey Gone To Heaven
3. Hey
4. Caribou

Ultravox debuted their new single "Brilliant," on British radio today, and you can listen to a radio rip of the song hereBrilliant, the full album from Ultravox, drops on May 28th.
Today's edition of The Guardian has a nice look back on "Miserable Lie," the classic* 1983 song from the Smiths.  A gem from the write up is a Morrissey quote from a 1984 interview with the now defunct mag, Melody Maker:
"I'm really ready to be burned at the stake in total defence of that record.  It mans so much to me that I could never explain,  however long you gave me.  It becomes almost difficult and one is just simply swamped in emotion about the whole thing."
Swamped with emotion.  Awesome.  Read the Guardian's feature on "Miserable Lie" here.
*I would argue that all the Smiths' songs are classics in their own way, wouldn't you?
Graham Coxon premiered the official video for "Ooh Yeh Yeh" yesterday. Take a look at the video below and check out his full length new album A + E, which was released earlier this month. Unfortunately for fans in North America, the album is only available as an import (with import pricing).

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds played Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Watch the band's performance of "AKA...What A Life" and the Oasis classic, "Don't Look Back In Anger."

"AKA...What a Life"

"Don't Look Back in Anger"

Soundgarden are offering up the unedited version of their new song, "Live to Rise" as a free download on iTunes for a limited time. The track appears on the forthcoming Avengers Assemble soundtrack which drops May 1st. While you're on iTunes you can also pre-order the soundtrack, which features Rise Against, Evanescence, and more.

Soundgarden have been working on a full length new record which will see a release this fall.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Watch an interview with the always entertaining Noel Gallagher below. The interview was taped this weekend at Coachella.

If you missed the Coachella stream this weekend, watch Noel Gallagher's full set here, plus watch a recent hourlong BBC interview with Noel here.
The Dandy Warhols will return with their new album This Machine next Tuesday, but why wait until then to listen to it when it's streaming exclusively on Rolling Stone right now?

The Dandys also premiered the video for album opener "Sad Vacation," which you can watch below:

Don't miss the Dandy Warhols on their North American tour. Most of the dates on the itinerary are on sale now, including the Detroit date June 8th at the Royal Oak Music Theater.
Happy Birthday, Ian MacKaye!

MacKaye is best known for his work in legendary bands Minor Threat and Fugazi, and he also runs Dischord Records. Last year Dischord launched an extensive live Fugazi archive, Fugazi Live Series A - Z, which will eventually feature over 800 Fugazi concerts from over the years. The archive is constantly being updated--last week 25 concerts were added to the archive--so it's a work in progress. The concerts are downloadable for a small fee, you can pay five dollars per concert or you have the option to name your own price (see the site for details). Access the archive here.

It's not the project MacKaye will necessarily be remembered for, but I really enjoyed Pailhead, the awesome WaxTrax side project that also featured Al Jourgensen and friends.

Pailhead "I Will Refuse"

I'd be remiss if I didn't post this fantastic song/video:

Fugazi "Waiting Room"

Mazzy Star played at Coachella on Friday. Watch the band's performance of "Fade Into You" and 2011's "Common Burn" below.

Here's a few songs from the Buzzcocks' performance at Coachella

"Ever Fallen In Love"

"I Believe"

"Hey Maria"

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Earlier on Time Warp I played "I Can't Forget" by the Pixies. This afternoon I've received a few emails about the song, so I decided to post some info about the track here.

"I Can't Forget" is a Leonard Cohen song found on the 1988 album I'm Your Man.
Take a listen to the original version.

The Pixies' cover of Cohen's song was released on the 1991 Cohen tribute I'm Your Fan. The album also contains covers by R.E.M., Ian McCulloch, House of Love, James, and Nick Cave, and it's still in print.

Take a listen to a few of the songs from I'm Your Fan below:

Pixies "I Can't Forget" (starts ~ 5 seconds in, don't worry!)

R.E.M. "First We Take Manhattan"

Ian McCulloch "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye"

Lloyd Cole "Chelsea Hotel"

Update: a flexi-disc copy of Jack White's "Freedom at 21" (distributed via helium balloon on April 1st) is now up to $3650 on Ebay and the auction doesn't end for another 2 days! Wow!

"Freedom at 21" is one of the tracks on White's debut solo album Blunderbuss, which drops on April 24th. Take a listen to the song below:

Here's some video of Madness from this weekend's Coachella festival. Unlike some of the other footage that I've posted, this was fan-shot (not ripped from the Coachella stream):

Madness "My Girl"

"Our House"

"House of Fun"

"One Step Beyond"

Here's Noel Gallagher's set from Coachella.

Here's Radiohead's performance from Coachella 2012:

Saturday, April 14, 2012

James played Coachella 2012 yesterday. If you missed the live stream of the band's set, watch a few songs from their performance below. There's also a video interview with Tim Booth talking about touring, their experience with Korn fans while on Lollapalooza 1997, and why James have a chip on their shoulder.



"Laid" (set closer)

Boston Phoenix video interview with Tim Booth

Watch Pulp's entire set from Coachella yesterday. The band's set concluded with "Common People" and at the very end Jarvis Cocker introduced the band and showed off guitarist Leo Abrahams' broken hand. "Look he's got a broken hand, he doesn't fucking care because we've gotta get something going on." Awesome.


Friday, April 13, 2012

The amazing Mark Gardener (ex-Ride) has announced a handful of west coast dates in the U.S. All the dates are with a full band and Sky Parade. Unfortunately for those of us NOT on the west coast, it doesn't look like more gigs are going to be added. If you're on the west coast do yourself a favor and go see Gardener + friends here:

6/21 - KEXP radio, Seattle
6/21 - Barboza, Seattle
6/22 - Star Theater, Portland
6/23 - Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco
6/24 - Part Time Punks Gaze Fest @ the Echo Plex, Los Angeles

By the way, the Cafe Du Nord show is 20th anniversary celebration of Ride's classic record
Going Blank Again. Should be an AMAZING show.

"Vapour Trail" Mark Gardener w/ Sky Parade (live, 2011)

Gardener recently announced a new collaborative project with Aziz Ibrahim (ex-Stone Roses) and Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre* called Hush Delirium. Read more about the project here and visit Hush Delirium on Facebook and Twitter.

*Brian Jonestown Massacre fans should also click on over for info on the band's new album and listen to a full stream of the band's new record.
Ex-Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson has revealed in an interview with Fuse that Kurt Cobain had been working on a solo record at the time of his death. Erlandson says Cobain was working on demos for a potential solo record, plus he had recorded a top secret cover song. From the interview:

“There is one cover… I won’t say what it is. I don't own the stuff,” explains Erlandson. “I just hope that one day it will be released for fans. It’s just so heartbreaking.”

Read the entire interview here.

Erlandson has been on a promo tour for his recently released memoir Letters To Kurt. The book is available to order here or here.