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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Spiritualized have announced the video for "Little Girl," the latest single from Sweet Heart Sweet Light, will premiere July 2nd exclusively on Noisey. The video was shot on the border of Poland and Germany and features UK daredevil Chesca Miles. Watch the trailer for the video below and read an interview with the video's director Vincent Haycock here.

More footage from Mark Gardener's short tour (backed by Sky Parade) has emerged online. Check out a review and pictures from the June 22nd show in Portland, Oregon here, and watch video from the show below.  

"Vapour Trail"


"From Time To Time"

If you missed it previously, video from Mark Gardener's June 21st show in Seattle is posted here, and you can listen to a pre-show radio session he did in Seattle (he played three new songs and an old Ride classic) here.

Gardener has a new project called Hush Delirium, which also includes Anton Newcombe, Dean Garcia (ex-Curve) and Aziz Ibrahim (ex-Stone Roses) so be sure to visit the project's official Facebook Page and Twitter.
Iggy Pop was interviewed for this weekend's New York Times and talked health, music, and sex. In the interview, titled The Taming Of The Stooge, Iggy revealed that despite his heroin use over the years, he's lucky to be in pretty good shape:

"I’m a more than moderately healthy 65-year-old male who has gotten away with a lot of stuff."

He also commented that he wished he would have had more sex over the years, and went on to make the following characterization about his penis:

"I would characterize it sort of like a powerful interest group within a political party at this point. It used to be the entire political party."

Read the online (edited) version of the interview with Iggy Pop here. The full version of the interview can be found in the July 1st print edition of the New York Times.

Iggy Pop is also featured on Joe Jackson's full album tribute to Duke Ellington.  Pop is featured on vocals for the classic "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" which you can take a listen to below, plus watch a short video of Jackson explaining how the collaboration with Iggy came about. 

Read more about Joe Jackson and his Duke Ellington tribute The Duke here.

Joe Jackson returned this week with a new, yet sort of old, album.  The album, The Duke, is a collection of ten Duke Ellington covers (new recordings of old songs by Duke Ellington, so it's new yet old.)  One of the songs, "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" features Iggy Pop on vocals.  Watch a couple of videos of Jackson talking about the project.  The first video features Jackson explaining how the collaboration with Iggy Pop came about:

Listen to "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" 

Jackson will be hitting the road along with his ensemble band in support of the Duke this fall, plus he'll also play classics from his entire collection of work from Look Sharp! to Rain. The tour includes a stop at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on September 27th, and tickets are on sale now. The full tour itinerary and tour information are posted here.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Two previously unreleased Noel Gallagher songs have surfaced online.  The song "God Help Us All" and "It Makes Me Wanna Cry" were recorded during a recent soundcheck and were leaked online.  Gallagher told NME previously that "God Help Us All," will be released before the end of the year.  Not much is known about the other track "It Makes Me Wanna Cry."  Take a listen to both tracks below.  

"God Help Us All"

"It Makes Me Wanna Cry"

The Stone Roses played the first of three homecoming shows in Manchester's Heaton Park on June 29th.  View the set list, read reviews from NME and The Guardian, plus view pictures from the show here and here. Watch some fan filmed video from Friday's show:

"I Wanna Be Adored"


"I Wanna Be Adored"

"Mersey Paradise"

"Bye Bye Badman"

"Standing Here"

"Sally Cinnamon"

"Waterfall/Don't Stop"

A spoof documentary on the Stone Roses has appeared on YouTube ahead of the band's three homecoming shows in Heaton Park this weekend.  Take a look at The Stone Roses The Second Second Coming below.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

If you missed the live webstream of the first hour of the Cure's set at Rock Werchter in Belgium, you can watch it below. 

Additionally, watch some fan-shot footage of a couple of songs that weren't part of the webcast:

"A Forest"

"Friday I'm In Love/Boys Don't Cry"

Beady Eye rocked Warrington's Parr Hall on Thursday night.  The band debuted a new song called "World Not Set In Stone" and Liam Gallagher also made good on his earlier promise to dust off some Oasis songs - the band's set included both "Rock & Roll Star" and "Morning Glory."  Check out the full set list here and watch footage from the show including the live debut of "World Not Set In Stone" below. Beady Eye are set to open for the Stone Roses at Heaton Park on Friday.

"World Not Set In Stone"

"World Not Set In Stone" (different view)

"Morning Glory"

"Rock & Roll Star"

All eyes are on the city of Manchester as preparations are being made for the grand return of the Stone Roses. This weekend the band will return to the city for three massive sold out shows in Heaton Park. In advance of the gigs, city officials have sent out letters notifying the public about road closures, traffic/safety issues, and also the potential for noise (officials outlined the band's rehearsal/soundcheck schedule with curfews).  A "community informational hotline" has also been set up, and fans are even being warned of the potential for bogus merch vendors selling "dodgy merchandise."

Members of New Order, Happy Mondays, Charlatans, and Inspiral Carpets are reportedly attending the shows, and you can pretty much bet Liam Gallagher will be at all three shows (Noel Gallagher is busy gigging on the Euro festival circuit, so he won't be showing up).  Even some Hollywood types may be in attendance (though still no official word on whether self-proclaimed Roses' fan Brad Pitt will be making the trek.) 

The media are gearing up for the Stone Roses as well:  BBC Radio 6 will air a Stone Roses two-hour special Sunday from 6pm - 8pm BST (1pm - 3pm ET) and is taking suggestions for the program right now.  NME has a special Heaton Park preview in this week's issue of the magazine.  Then, of course, there's always the gossip rags attempting to stir up more Stone Roses drama.

The three night stand kicks off tomorrow with Primal Scream, The Wailers, The Vaccines, and Kid British all set to open tomorrow's show.  Updates/video will be posted, so be sure to check back!

For now, enjoy some video of the Stone Roses soundchecking (the Beatles!) before last Monday's show in Lyon plus some video from the concert.

"Sally Cinnamon"

"I Wanna Be Adored/Mersey Paradise"

Tim Burgess from Charlatans U.K. has announced details about his upcoming solo record Oh No I Love You (cover art posted above).   The album features ten tracks including the new song, "The Doors Of Then," which was recorded in Nashville last year and features lyrics by Lambchop's Kurt Wagner.  Burgess reveals how the collaboration came about:

The root of this album goes right back to a Kurt Wagner show in Manchester.  It was the quietest yet the most powerful live performance I had ever seen and afterwards I carried Kurt's guitar to the car for him.  I took the chance to ask him if he would ever consider writing a song with me.  "Sure Tim, you write the music and I'll write the words."  That one song turned into an album and almost ten years after we first talked about it, the album is ready and it's called Oh No I Love You

Stream "The Doors Of Then"

Oh No I Love You will be released on Burgess' label O Genesis on September 24th and will be available as a double cd or 2-LP set (both formats come along with bonus remix material), plus some album bundle options include an art print and lyric book.  Take a look at the tracklisting below and pre-order Oh No I Love You here.  

01. White
02. The Doors Of Then
03. A Case For Vinyl
04. The Graduate
05. Hours
06. Tobacco Fields
07. Anytime Minutes
08. The Great Outdoors Bitches
09. The Economy
10. A Gain

Burgess also recently released his tell-all book Tellin' Stories, which is a must read for any Charlatans fan.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Efterklang are set to return with their new album Piramida on September 24 (worldwide) and on September 25th in the U.S.  The album is available to pre-order on cd and vinyl here.

Last year, Efterklang began work on the new album during a short trip to the Arctic island of Spitsbergen. The band visited the Russian settlement Piramida, and while there collected a variety of recordings that they've utilized on the new album. Take a look at the official trailer for Piramida below to see footage from their trip, plus their new song "Dreams Today" is featured in the trailer:

Efterklang have posted dates for their 2012 world tour, which includes only one North American date. Efterklang, backed by a 16 member orchestra, play New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 22nd. Information and tickets for the NYC show are available here.  Efterklang are planning on playing some dates in the U.S. in early 2013, though nothing has been announced yet. 

Watch video of Efterklang's May 26th premiere of new track "The Ghost" backed by the Sydney Symphony

The Cure play the Rock Werchter 2012 festival in Belgium on Thursday (June 28th), and part of their set will stream live right here.  The Cure are scheduled to play at 10:45 pm Belgian time (4:45 pm ET).  It's unlikely that the band's full set will be webcast (they usually agree for only a portion of the set--usually an hour--to stream live) so it's unclear at this point whether their portion of the webcast will start at 4:45pm or a bit later.  I'll update as more information becomes available.  

The four day festival also features Pearl Jam, Kasabian, The Vaccines, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Noel Gallagher, M83, Simple Minds, Editors, Mumford & Sons, and tons more.  *Note that all the bands playing will not be webcast live.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Peter Hook has revealed to the BBC that he'll launch a master's degree program in music management promotion at the University of Central Lancashire.  Hook has lots of experience to offer up, besides being a former member of Joy Division and New Order, Hooky will draw on his experience with Factory Records and legendary nightclub the Hacienda
Hook has previously offered up band/management advice in his 2009 book How Not To Run A Club, but now he'll be personally teaching students on a one-on-one type of atmosphere.  According to a report in The Telegraph, the course will be offered to 10 students who will be mentored "intensively," and will equip students with "business planning, presenting and formatting music for commercial release....as well as devising and executing marketing plans and promotional campaigns."  But will the degree teach you to publicly feud with your old band mates?  
Read the full report on Hooky's degree here.
Meanwhile,  Peter Hook is set to release a new book about Joy Division before the end of the year.  Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division will be released on paperback in the U.S. on December 1st and on hardcover in January 2013. 
Mark Gardener appeared on Seattle's KEXP radio on June 21st for a live session before his show later that night at Barboza.  Gardener played four songs (3 new songs and Ride's classic "Twisterella") backed by Sky Parade and was interviewed briefly.  During the interview Gardener talked a bit about Ride and his career and said, "at the end of the day you hope anything you're doing stands the test of time," and overall he sounded very modest and thankful to be creating music. 

Gardener played three new songs and Ride's classic "Twisterella."  He also revealed one of the new songs, "The Places We Go," is a collaboration with Robin Guthrie (Guthrie also mentioned it briefly here) and will be released in July.  

Listen to the full audio from the KEXP session with Mark Gardener & Sky Parade here and check out the set list below:

"Love Like Ghosts"
"The Places We Go"

If you missed it previously, check out some live footage from Mark Gardener's recent show in Seattle, plus read about his new project Hush Delirium.

The Stone Roses tour stopped off in Lyon at Les Nuits des Fourvieres last night (and no, ex-Manchester United player Eric Cantona didn't join the band onstage).  Watch some fan shot video of the show below, including a cushion throwing extravaganza near the end of the show.  The Stone Roses return home to Manchester for a three night stand at Heaton Park this weekend.  Tour support for the Heaton Park shows includes Primal Scream, Beady Eye, the Vaccines, and the Justice Tonight Band, featuring Mick Jones from the Clash.

"This Is The One"

Monday, June 25, 2012

Madness performed this weekend at the Isle of Wight 2012 festival.  During their performance the band paid tribute to the Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch and covered "Fight For Your Right."  Unfortunately video of their live cover hasn't emerged (yet), but you can watch fan filmed video of  "One Step Beyond" plus a short interview with Suggs and Carl from Madness below:

Last week Blur teased fans on Twitter with a few cryptic tweets and pictures.  Today the band released a video with their big announcement: On July 2nd Blur will perform two new songs they've written specifically for their upcoming Hyde Park show atop a rooftop in London, and the performance will stream live on Twitter.  The band will play "Under The Westway" at 6:15 pm BST (1:15 pm ET), and "The Puritan" will follow an hour later at 7:15 pm BST (2:15 pm ET).  

Alex James also revealed a few other details in the band's video announcement, which you can watch below.  Be sure to follow Blur on Twitter for all the action on July 2nd.

In more Blur related news, Graham Coxon played a impromptu show yesterday at the Dublin Castle in South London.  Watch fan shot footage of the gig here.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Graham Coxon played a semi-impromptu show in Camden Town, South London on Sunday--Coxon announced the show just hours before the gig on Twitter

Watch a couple of songs from Coxon's performance below.

"What'll It Take"


Updated on June 25th: Blur announced details for their July 2nd live premiere of "Under The Westway" and "The Puritan." Details here.
Noel Gallagher performed Friday night at Southside 2012 in Germany.  Take a look at pro-shot video of three songs from his set ("If I Had A Gun," "AKA...What A Life," and "Don't Look Back In Anger") from his performance, plus listen to a stream (audio only) of the entire show.

Pro-shot video 

Full set (audio only)

Noel recently premiered the official video for "Everybody's On The Run" featuring Mischa Barton. If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to watch it below:

The Cure played the Southside 2012 festival in Germany yesterday. Watch the first hour of the band's set below:

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mark Gardener from the band Ride is currently in the U.S. wrapping up his tour of the west coast. Gardener's final date on the tour takes place tonight at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, then he'll kick off another round of touring in Australia and Europe.  Unfortunately it doesn't look like there will be any more dates in North America for awhile, so be sure to enjoy some fan-filmed footage from the June 21st show in Seattle below.

Fans of Gardener will also be interested in his new art/music project Hush Delirium. Gardener and music collaborators which include, Aziz Ibrahim (ex-Stone Roses), Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), and Dean Garcia (ex-Curve), are creating the musical component of the project, which will then be turned over to artist Simon Welford, who will in turn create art inspired by the music. Hush Delirium are celebrating the launch of the project with a limited edition art print and will be passing along more details about that soon on Facebook and Twitter.

"Leave Them All Behind"


"Chrome Waves"

"Time Machine"

"Vapour Trail"

David Bowie's classic The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars turned 40 this year and was recently remastered and re-released on cd, DVD, and vinyl. Last night the BBC got in on the celebratory fun with their new documentary, David Bowie & the Story of Ziggy Stardust.  Watch the full documentary below:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The first in a series of digital books compiled by author Scott Heim was just released - The First Time I Heard Joy Division/New Order is a collection of first person accounts from musicians, writers, and artists, discussing the first time they heard the music of Joy Division and New Order.  The book features 45 different artists including members of Spiritualized, Lush, Swervedriver, The Wedding Present, Curve, Clan of Xymox, Catherine Wheel, and the Jesus & Mary Chain.  A sample featuring the forward by Heim, plus the accounts from Adam Franklin (Swervedriver), Pieter Nooten (Clan of Xymox), and Christophe Den Tandt (The Names), is available to view here.  Purchase The First Time I Heard Joy Division/New Order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble

The next four books in the The First Time I Heard...series will focus on David Bowie, The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, and Kate Bush.  According to Heim, if the series does well, he'll then compile books on Kraftwerk, My Bloody Valentine, R.E.M., Abba, and more. 

Visit Heim's official site for more info on The First Time I Heard...series.  A Kickstarter was created for the project, and though the project's account is no longer live (it met its goal and was fully funded back in April) you can still view the page and watch an informational video about the series below:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A feature length documentary on the underground music scene in Detroit is in the works.  Cold As Life - A Detroit Story examines the decline of Detroit and the resulting social effects on the rock, punk, and hardcore movements in the city.  Lars Fredricksen of Rancid serves as the film's narrator.  Take a look at the trailer for the film below and donate to the project's Kickstarter here

Blur have announced something special will be taking place July 2nd at 7:15 pm BST (2:15 pm Eastern) and have a countdown clock posted on their official site.  They're not saying exactly what will be going down then, but they seem to indicate they'll be premiering new music.  Yesterday they tweeted out a picture with lyrics "the flash of a blade is one less getting paid," which are from "The Puritan," the new song Damon Albarn premiered at Poem 2012 recently.  Today they tweeted out another picture which are lyrics to "Under The West Way," a song Albarn and Graham Coxon debuted at the Brit Award War Child benefit in February. 

It seems almost certain Blur will release "The Puritan" and "Under The West Way" on July 2nd, with perhaps the band performing the songs live somewhere (British radio, television, or a live webcast) at 7:15 pm BST.  Stay tuned for more details and visit the band's official site for the latest.

For now, take a look at video of "The Puritan" and "Under The West Way" below:

Damon Albarn performance of "The Puritan" (begins ~ 2:20)

Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon "Under The Westway"

Fans can also pre-order Blur's career spanning boxset, Blur 21, here.  Fans in North America can order the set on import from Amazon.

NME's 60th anniversary celebrations continue today with the magazine's feature on the greatest 100 tracks of their lifetime.  The full list is available in the physical and digital version of the magazine (out today) and they've posted the top 20 list on their website.  The top 20 list is pretty solid - Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" was chosen as the number one song, and they've also included The Smiths, The Cure, David Bowie, New Order, Pulp, and more.  Take a look at the top 20 list here.

Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

Noel Gallagher premiered the video for "Everybody's On The Run" today.  Actress Mischa Barton stars in the video (in her underwear, much to the delight of men everywhere.)

A few interesting concerts were announced this week.  I've posted ticket info for the shows below.

October 26th @ Whiting Auditorium in Flint
Pre-sale: Thursday @ 10am
General onsale: Friday @ 10am

Morrissey (Chicago)
October 27th @ Chicago Theater
Pre-sale: Friday 10am Central (11am Eastern)
General onsale: Saturday 10am Central (11am Eastern)

Jesus & Mary Chain
September 15th @ St. Andrew's Hall
Pre-sale (Citi pre-sale today, LN presale Thursday)
General onsale: Friday

Jesus & Mary Chain (Toronto)
August 3rd @ Phoenix Concert Theater (Toronto)
Tickets on sale now

Dinosaur Jr
September 27th @ St. Andrew's Hall
Pre-sale: Thursday @ 10am
General onsale: Friday @ 10am

Afghan Whigs
October 24th @ St. Andrew's Hall
Pre-sale: (band pre-sale now, LN presale Thursday)
General onsale: Friday @ 10am

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Stone Roses continue on their reunion tour.  Watch some video from their June 16th show at Northside Festival in Denmark

"Bye Bye Badman"

"Sally Cinnamon"

"Ten Storey Love Song"

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Afghan Whigs have announced a live show in Detroit!  Don't miss them October 24th at St. Andrew's Hall.  The general onsale kicks off Friday at 10am here.  Visit the official Afghan Whigs website for info on the band's internet pre-sale.

Afghan Whigs - live at Primavera, May 2012

Morrissey has announced details for a massive North American tour.  The tour includes a Detroit area date at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint on October 26th.  To give you an idea about Whiting - it's the home of the Flint Symphony Orchestra and venue capacity is 2,043.  The internet pre-sale for the October 26th show in Flint starts Thursday and the general onsale is Friday at 10am.  

For those interested in the October 27th show at the Chicago Theater, the pre-sale kicks off Friday and the general onsale is Saturday. 

Morrissey has just announced a massive North American fall tour! The tour kicks off October 5th in Boston and runs through the early part of December.  Kristeen Young will once again open up all dates for the tour, and the November 24 Los Angeles show at the Staples Center will include Iggy & the Stooges.  Ticket information for all of the dates on the tour (including the October 26th Detroit area stop at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint) will be posted as soon as it becomes available.  The full itinerary is posted below:

10/5 Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre

10/6 Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater

10/10 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall

10/15 Portland, ME @ State Theatre

10/16 Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
10/18 Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre

10/19 Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre

10/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall

10/24 Columbus, OH @ LC Indoor Pavilion

10/26 Flint, MI @ James H Whiting Auditorium

10/27 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre

10/29 Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre

10/30 Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom

11/1 Lincoln, NE @ Rococo Theatre

11/3 Denver, CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House

11/4 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall at Univ of Utah

11/8 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre

11/10 Bellingham, WA @ Mount Baker Theatre

11/11 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

11/14 Davis, CA @ Robert Mondavi Center at UC Davis

11/16 San Francisco, CA @ Davies Symphony Hall
11/17 Reno, NV @ John Ascuaga's Nugget - Rose Ballroom

11/21 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/23 Las Vegas, NV @ Cosmopolitan at Chelsea Ballroom

11/24 Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center Arena

11/27 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

11/28 Wichita Falls, TX @ Kay Yeager Coliseum

11/30 Pharr, TX @ Pharr Entertainment Center

12/1 Beaumont, TX @ Jefferson Theatre
12/3 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

12/5 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel

12/7 North Bethesda, MD @ The Music Center at Strathmore

12/8 Atlantic City, NJ @ Showboat Casino House of Blues

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Update on Saturday's stage collapse in Toronto:

A tragic event took place Saturday at what was to be Radiohead's final stop on their North American tour.  Only an hour before gates were scheduled to open at Downsview Park in Toronto, the stage collapsed as crew members were setting up the stage.  The top portion/roof of the stage came down in what was reported to be mere seconds, killing one person and injuring three more.  Reports indicate there were around 20 people near the stage when it came crashing down.  Other witnesses who were in the venue at the time report the crash sounded like fireworks, with the moments immediately following turning into a scene of chaos and confusion where no one knew what to do next.  Police evacuated the venue and surrounding area and attempted to notify ticket holders that the Radiohead show was canceled*. 

On Sunday, the victim was confirmed by the BBC (and later, Radiohead) to be Radiohead's drum tech, Scott Johnson.  The 33 year old Johnson previously worked with Keane, White Lies, and a recent Pink Floyd production in Australia.  Radiohead's Philip Selway posted the following statement on the band's website:

We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott's family and all those close to him.

Toronto police are investigating the cause of the collapse, but say they are in the very "early stages" of the investigation. Weather is not considered to be a cause of the collapse as it was a sunny day (no wind, rain, etc.)

Here's video of an aerial view of the aftermath:

For full coverage on the tragedy - follow the links:


*Fans still holding tickets to Saturday's Radiohead show will need to obtain refunds at point of purchase as the show is canceled NOT postponed.
The Jesus & Mary Chain are in North America playing a handful of live dates. Watch some fan shot footage from two recent stops in California.

"Just Like Honey" (6/14, San Francisco)

"Happy When It Rains" (6/14)

"Far Gone & Out" (6/14) Jim Reid stopped the song about 30 seconds into the song and restarted

"Blues From A Gun" (6/14)

"Taste Of Cindy" (6/14)

"Head On" (6/15, Los Angeles)

"Reverence" (6/15)

"Sidewalking" (6/15)

"Never Understand" (6/15)

New Order played the Sonar 2012 festival in Barcelona yesterday.  The band's set was webcast live and you can enjoy the rebroadcast below. 

01. Elegia
02. Crystal
03. Regret
04. Isolation
05. Ceremony
06. Bizarre Love Triangle
07. True Faith
08. 586
09. The Perfect Kiss
10. Blue Monday
11. Temptation
12. Love Will Tear Us Apart

Saturday, June 16, 2012

An outdoor stage at Downsview Park in Toronto collapsed this afternoon killing one person and injuring three others just hours before Radiohead was scheduled to play, and only one hour before gates at the venue were scheduled to open.  None of the Radiohead or Caribou stage crew were injured in the collapse.  According to eyewitness reports, the scaffolding fell in "seconds" and appeared to begin in the center of the stage.  Police are investigating the cause of the collapse, though it seems clear that weather is not a factor in today's catastrophe.   Take a look at the aftermath here.  Tonight's show has been canceled and Radiohead (and police/security staff) have been warning ticketholders to stay away from the venue.  Read the CBC's report on the collapse here.
Cure fans in Russia had been waiting for years to see the band live and they finally got their wish.  Watch the Cure's full set from their June 11th appearance at the Maxidrom Festival in Moscow.  The concert was shot by an "unofficial" Russian fan club, and though the video is a little shaky at times, there are some great shots of Robert Smith and the gang in action.  Take a look at the full show below - it begins with about 4 minutes worth of footage of Russian Cure fans - the concert itself starts around 4 minutes in

The third and final installment of the BBC's documentary on British punk aired last night.  The final episode focused on post-punk and includes Joy Division, Magazine, the Fall, the Raincoats, P.I.L., and features interviews with Johnny Lydon, Bobbie Gillespie, Peter Hook, Mark E. Smith, Jerry Dammers, and more.  Watch Punk Britannia - Post Punk 1978 - 1981 below, and follow the links to watch the first two hours in case you missed out.

Part 3

Friday, June 15, 2012

Cocteau Twins' vocalist Elizabeth Fraser is set to make her live return later this summer.  Fraser hasn't played a full concert since 1998, but she'll be back on stage making fans swoon at an intimate gig in Bath August 4th at the Bath Pavillion.  The show is a warm up for Fraser's two sold out gigs that take place August 6 and 7 at London's Festival Hall.
Fraser will be debuting some new material and performing re-interpretations of Cocteau Twins' songs at the show. Read Fraser's statement about the Bath show on her website and read NME's report here.

Cocteau Twins  "Crushed"

If you like the Cocteau Twins take a look/listen to a radio session Robin Guthrie did last year in Seattle  - the music is awesome, but it's missing Fraser's beautiful vocals!

"Mission Dolores"


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Watch some fan shot video from the Stone Roses' June 12th show at Heineken Arena in Amsterdam (yes, this is the show that ended with drama, but according to reports "it's all rosy in the garden" now.)

"I Wanna Be Adored"

"Sugar Spun Sister"

"Shoot You Down"

"This Is The One"

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dinosaur Jr have announced a brand new album and will follow up the September 18th release with a North American tour!  I Bet On Sky is the band's 10th album and their third since reuniting with original members in 2005.  Take a look at the tracklisting below

01 Don't Pretend You Didn't Know
02 Watch the Corners
03 Almost Fare
04 Stick a Toe In
05 Rude
06 I Know It Oh So Well
07 Pierce the Morning Rain
08 What Was That
09 Recognition
10 See It on Your Side

The band's North American tour kicks off in Toronto on September 24th with a three night stand at Lee's Palace, before heading to St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit on September 27th.  Prior to the fall tour fans in Chicago and Des Moines will have a chance to see them at a handful of festival appearances this summer.  Check out the full Dinosaur Jr tour itinerary here.

"Freak Scene" European tour, 1991

Duran Duran have announced plans to stream their new concert film A Diamond In The Mind as part of a live Facebook event on July 8th.  After the live stream of the concert the band will call in from Istanbul and take part in a Q & A with fans.  The live Facebook event is not free - you'll have to purchase a ticket in order to view the live stream and Q & A.  The "digital ticket" costs $4.99, which includes a 30-day All-Access membership to Qello, where fans can also view Duran Duran’s Classic Albums: Rio, plus Qello’s extensive catalog of HD concert films and music documentaries.

A Diamond In The Mind was filmed at MEN Arena in Manchester in December 2011, and will be released on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray July 10th in the U.S.  There are different release dates for other parts of the world, so view the entire release schedule here.

"Ordinary World" Simon LeBon + Luciano Pavarotti, 1995

"Planet Earth" Coachella, 2011

Last week the interwebs were agog with news that Morrissey would be retiring at the age of 55. Morrissey has now posted his own statement through True To You about the reported retirement:

Morrissey would like to stress that reports of his 'retirement', as excitably earmarked by several newspapers and websites are "wishful thinking" on behalf of the writers.

Sadly, Morrissey has NOT posted a statement about the apology that was offered up yesterday by NME in regards to the libel lawsuit, which is scheduled to be heard in London's High Court next month.  Music Week is still reporting the lawsuit has been settled, though nothing seems to be confirmed officially by NME or anyone else, so stay tuned.

Update: Pitchfork is now reporting that the NME/Moz lawsuit is over, though they are citing the same Music Week report that was posted yesterday.

If the Music Week report is true, I have to say I'm somewhat disappointed that there won't be unfolding court drama next month, but I guess it's a win for Morrissey and NME.  Celebrate the victory (of sorts) with a Morrissey concert from 1991.

Three shows into the Stone Roses' reunion tour and there's already drama.  According to several reports from last night's show at the band's show in Amsterdam, at the end of the show (pre-encore) drummer Reni stormed off the stage and left, leaving Ian Brown to inform the crowd the show was over: "the drummer's gone home.  I'm not kidding you...the drummer's gone home.  Sorry about that."  Brown went on to call drummer Reni a "c**t" then shrugged his shoulders and left the stage. 

Reports are mixed as to what really happened--some say it was the end of the show anyway, and Reni didn't feel like playing an encore.  Others report that Reni was annoyed at Brown for some comment he made during the show.
Watch video of Brown informing the crowd that the show was over:

NME is reporting that "a spokesperson" for the band has indeed confirmed the Stone Roses tour will continue despite the Amsterdam incident.

"Fool's Gold"   Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A comic book featuring stories inspired by Pixies' songs will be released later this summer.  Break The Walls - Comic Stories Inspired By The Pixies is being organized by Shawn Demumbrum, the brains behind Unite And Take Over - Stories Inspired By The Songs Of The Smiths. The concept is the same as with the Smiths' collection - the comic book is a collection of short stories inspired by Pixies' songs.  Many beloved Pixies' songs are featured in the 48 page comic, including "Debaser," "Here Comes Your Man," "Monkey Gone To Heaven," and "Where Is My Mind."

A Kickstarter campaign for Break The Walls is going on now to help with printing costs, and the great news is the target has already been reached (meaning the project will definitely be funded.)  Hey, but don't let that stop you from donating, because there are some great incentives still available.  Head over to Kickstarter to view the entire list of incentive options and to donate.  

Take a look at an informational video about Break The Walls below:

Break The Walls - Comic Stories Inspired By The Pixies is on track to be released next month, just in time for the Comic-Con in San Diego. Via USA Today

Here's the latest bit of news in the Morrissey vs NME drama--if you're not familiar with the case, you can get up to speed here--NME has now publicly apologized to Morrissey.  Read the full statement below:
In December 2007, we published an article entitled 'Morrissey: Big mouth strikes again'. 
"Following this, Morrissey began proceedings for libel against us.  His complaint is that we accused him of being a racist off the back of an interview which he gave to the magazine.  He believes the article was edited in such a way that made him seem reactionary.
"We wish to make clear that we do not believe that he is a racist; we didn't think we were saying he was and we apologise to Morrissey if he or anyone else misunderstood our piece in that way.  We never set out to upset Morrissey and we hope we can both get back to doing what we do best."
Moz has previously refused to accept an apology from NME's editors, so it remains to be seen whether this will be deemed acceptable.  Morrissey's case against NME is scheduled to be heard in London's High Court on July 16th through the 19th, and Morrissey is reportedly attending each day of the proceedings. 
The Cure played a show yesterday at Maxidrom in Moscow. Watch some footage from the show below:

"A Forest"


"Push/In Between Days/Just Like Heaven/Doing The Unstuck" (cuts out a bit at beginning)

"Doing The Unstuck"

"The Walk"