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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kim Deal is releasing the first in a series of self-released 7" singles this weekend to coincide with her solo gig at All Tomorrow's Parties' Nightmare Before Christmas  in Camber Sands Holiday Park, England.  Deal's single, "Walking With A Killer" b/w "Dirty Hessian" will be available to purchase this weekend exclusively at the concert, as it appears Deal does not have an official website yet.   She is planning to self-release more material in the future (she's recorded demos of songs with a full band as well as some acoustic material) and is currently mulling over how exactly to release the material (singles vs ep vs album, etc.) So new solo music is on the way, stay tuned!

Kim Deal revealed in a new interview with Wears The Trousers that the Breeders' classic album Last Splash will be reissued next year as part of the album's 20th anniversary.  The band and label 4AD are currently going through old material and organizing the anniversary release.  Deal revealed the reissue will include demos, and b-sides, and may also feature the band's rare 1992 Safari EP (featured Kelley Deal and Tanya Donelly as part of the lineup).  The Breeders are also rehearsing for an anniversary tour!

Read the newsy and exlcusive two part interview with Kim Deal at Wears The Trousers: Part 1 & Part 2

Meanwhile Kelley Deal formed a project with Ampline guitarist Mike Montgomery and released their debut single "Fallout & Fire" last month.  Stream the track below and catch up with R. Ring here.

Karl Bartos, ex-member of electro-pioneers Kraftwerk (part of Kraftwerk's classic lineup) has announced the follow up to his 2003 album Communication. Bartos' new album Off The Record features 12 tracks that were taken from song ideas he wrote during Kraftwerk's heyday (he kept a secret acoustic diary and jotted down ideas while on the road).  The album drops March 15th, but you can enjoy a first taste of music from Off The Record - listen to a sample of the album's first track "Atomium" below:

The full tracklisting for Off The Record is posted below. For more on Karl Bartos visit his official website.

01. Atomium
02. Nachtfahrt
03. International Velvet
04. Without A Trace Of Emotion
05. The Binary Code
06. Musica Ex Machina
07. The Tuning Of The World
08. Instant Bayreuth
09. Vox Humana
10. Rhythmus
11. Silence
12. Hausmusik

Kraftwerk are one of the nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2013. The inductees will be announced in early December and this year is the first time fans can take part in the voting process. Vote for Kraftwerk (or any of the eligible nominees) here through December 3rd. The induction ceremony takes place at the Nokia Theater on April 18th.
Johnny Marr debuted his new single and video for "The Messenger" on November 13th as part of the BBC's Legends Week. Marr's Radio 6 interview was previously unavailable to stream worldwide, but it has now appeared on You Tube. Take a listen to the full interview with BBC Radio 6's Sean Keaveny below - the interview begins with a story about how Marr's brother Ian introduced him to Noel Gallagher (and he received an early Oasis demo). Other topics included some of Marr's favorite albums, why he's doing a solo album after all these years, his post-Smiths' relationship with Morrissey, and falling into great company like Matt Johnson, Bernard Sumner, and Chrissie Hynde after the Smiths' breakup.

Johnny Marr is currently in New York and will appear onstage with Dinosaur Jr for the 25th anniversary of You're Living All Over Me, then heads back to Manchester for a gig with the Pet Shop Boys. Marr is expected to announce dates for his solo tour soon. Marr's solo album The Messenger drops February 26th.

Johnny Marr "The Messenger"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Birthday to super-drummer Matt Cameron who manages to share his massive drumming talents with both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Watch some video of the man in action!

With Pearl Jam

With Soundgarden

On this day in 1991, Nirvana performed their hit song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on the BBC  program Top Of The Pops.  The show routinely featured big name acts lip-synching to their hits, but as you would expect, Kurt Cobain was not interested in miming along to a pre-recorded backing track. Instead, Kurt polished up his crooning skills and delivered an amazingly entertaining performance. Top Of The Pops producers were annoyed by the version and asked Nirvana to re-record it, but the band declined and the hysterical version ended up airing. The performance was included on the Nirvana collection Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! and was later named the third best live TOTP performance in history by The Guardian. Enjoy it below courtesy of Requiem20101ThatEricAlper.

Legendary producer John Fryer (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Fad Gadget, Wire, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, and tons more) teamed up with vocalist Rebecca Coseboom for the new project DarkDriveClinic.  The duo recorded a cover of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" and Depeche Mode's "Walking In My Shoes" for their ep DarkDriveClinic the covers.  Stream the Garbagesque three song ep below and purchase it as a name-your-own-price download on bandcamp.  Two other releases from DarkDriveClinic, The Kissing Hands and Noise In My Head, were released earlier this year and are also available on bandcamp.  Via Sideline.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NME captured Peter Hook discussing classic Joy Division songs for the ongoing series Song Stories. Watch the video below, plus if you haven't already, click the links below the video to download free remastered versions of Joy Division recordings. The remasters have been pulled, downloads are no longer available.

: Download: free remaster of Joy Division concert recorded in 1980 in London Download: free remaster of Joy Division's legendary Warsaw sessions
As reported previously, the Ocean Blue return with their first new album in 10 years on January 15th, and today two brand new songs have been released!  The two tracks "Blow My Mind," and "A Rose Is A Rose," are part of the eight song Korda Records sampler.  The Korda Kompilation is available to purchase on cd for only five dollars, and a digital version is available through bandcamp.  Stream the full compilation below (Ocean Blue tracks are #2 "Blow My Mind" and #8 "A Rose Is A Rose").

So far the Ocean Blue have announced two live shows - January 12th in Minneapolis at First Avenue and January 13th at Schuba's in Chicago. More dates are expected to be announced next year. For more on the Ocean Blue visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

Last year news surfaced about Shaun Ryder's involvement in a new program titled Shaun Ryder on UFOs.  The series, which airs on History next year, follows Ryder around the globe searching for UFOs, exploring the history of UFO sightings, and sorting out fact from fiction.   According to a new interview with NME, Ryder has been interested in UFOs since childhood and was interested in participating in the show to help give UFOlogists somewhat of a better image:

"The thing is, right, a lot of UFOlogists, are fucking up it mate, they’re fucking proper, proper up it, and they give it a bad name," says Ryder. "You know, some are not UFOlogists, just fucking raving bonkers, you know, they’re just absolute knobheads. Then you’ve got some that are really smart and intellectual, and you’ve got real scientists as well."

Shaun Ryder on UFOs premieres on History in the U.K. in 2013 (premiere date TBA) and we HOPE this manages to get picked up in America.  PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN!  Read more about the program over at History.

“I’m delighted to be making this series! Once they see you, they keep an eye on you…”  Shaun Ryder

Happy Mondays "Step On" (alternate video)

Gary Numan posted a snippet of a new song called "We're The Unforgiven."  The track, which Numan calls a "work in progress," is streaming below:

Gary Numan kicks off his U.K. tour in support of his 11 track remix album, Dead Moon Falling, this weekend. The album will be available to purchase at live shows and will likely be available through his official website later next month.  Dead Moon Falling features a new track titled "For You" plus "Petals," Numan's collaboration with Officers.  Last week Numan released the second of two videos for "Petals" which you can watch here.  The digital ep for Petals was released on iTunes and Amazon November 19th.

Season three of IFC's Portlandia kicks off early next year and the list of guests stars has just been revealed. It probably shouldn't come as a major shock that Dinosaur Jr leader J Mascis will be guesting (earlier this year he was interviewed about I Bet On Sky by Fred Armisen/Candace). Other guests include Dirty Projectors, Juliette Lewis, and tennis queen Martina Navratilova. The full list of guests is posted here. Portlandia season three kicks off January 4th.

J Mascis interviewed by Candace/Fred Armisen

Clip from Portlandia Season 3, episode 1

Soundgarden performed a mini-concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live last night - the two songs which aired on Jimmy Kimmel's show/website are posted below along with two additional songs that weren't broadcast, but captured by fans at the show. Don't miss Soundgarden on the road - MANY of their shows are already sold out (including the Detroit show January 27th at the Fillmore) so if tickets are still available in your town, grab them now!

"By Crooked Steps"

"Been Away Too Long"

"Rowing" (fan-filmed)

"Beyond The Wheel" (fan-filmed)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Midge Ure has added more dates to his previously announced North American tour.  Tickets for most of the shows are on sale now!

1/08 - Long Island, NY @ Sagamore Yacht Club
1/09 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe
1/11 - Stafford Springs, CT @ Palace Theater
1/12 - Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theater
1/13 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street
1/14 - Toronto, ON @ Hugh's Room
1/15 - Toronto, ON @ Hugh's Room
1/16 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
1/17 - Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag
1/18 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
1/19 - Chicago, IL @ Mayne Stage
1/20 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Belmore/New Skyway Lounge
1/23 - San Francisco, CA @ Red Devil Lounge
1/24 - San Jose Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
1/25 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
1/26 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater

Let's hope fans will be on their best behavior and no pies are thrown at the gigs, unlike the unfortunate event that took place Ultravox's London gig earlier this year.

Quicksand reunited earlier this year for the Revelation Records 25th anniversary and a few one-off shows. Today Quicksand announced dates for a tour of North America, which includes a stop at St. Andrew's Hall on January 11th.  The internet pre-sale for most of the dates (including the Detroit show) kick off Thursday, November 29th at 10am and the general onsale starts Friday, November 30th at 10am.  More details on the Detroit show are posted here.  The full tour Quicksand tour itinerary is posted below.

1/07 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
1/08 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater
1/09 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
1/11 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
1/12 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
1/13 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
1/17 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
1/18 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
1/19 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
1/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
1/22 - Hollywood, CA @ Fonda Theater
1/25 - San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
1/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
1/29 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
1/30 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Watch Quicksand's full set captured June 10th at the Revelation Records' 25th anniversary show in Pomona, California:

Consequence of Sound published a new interview with New Order's Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris today.  Props to COS and interviewer Michael Roffman - the subject of Peter Hook was never broached (or if it did, it wasn't included in the feature).  Instead the interview touched on New Order's recent tour, setlist, writing new songs, the Olympics, and Manchester.

Sumner revealed Chicago reminds him of home, and made the following comments on the "industrial grime" of Manchester:

"When we were in Joy Division and making those records, everything was industrial grime and smashed windows and disused factories, red brick buildings...We used to light a fire of garbage just to keep us warm in the winter, it was that cold. And, it was kind of all this Victorian era decay and industrial decay and grime...It was good for our music because your environment does shape your music to a certain extent. Manchester gave us Joy Division and L.A. gave us the Beach Boys, for example."

Sumner also confirmed the band will likely go back to a more electronic sound for the next New Order record, though they're all about just writing good songs whether they're guitar based or electronic:

"...what I’ve come to realize, really, is just write a good song. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. You can’t, you know? Levi’s never managed this; reinventing jeans did they? They came up with a great idea straight away."

Read the full interview with Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris over at Consequence Of Sound.

As previously reported, New Order's long-delayed outtakes album Lost Sirens will finally be released in January. The album (which will be released as a cd/vinyl combo release) is listed on Amazon UK and is available to pre-order as an import on Amazon in North America. Tracklisting is posted below:

01. I'll Stay With You
02. Sugarcane
03. Recoil
04. Californian Grass
05. Hellbent*
06. Shake It Up
07. I've Got A Feeling
08. I Told You So**

*Original non-radio edit (different from version on Total)
**Previously unreleased mix

"Hellbent" (version from Total)

Soundgarden play Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight!  To get you amped for the performance, take a look at Soundgarden's recent tv gigs below:

"Been Away Too Long" "Taree" Chris Cornell interview + "Rusty Cage" - Later With Jools Holland

"Been Away Too Long" - Letterman

Full Live On Letterman webcast

Morrissey announced an additional date for his rescheduled North American tour in New Jersey - the new date is January 15th at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey.  Tickets go on sale Friday, November 30th.  Morrissey resumes his world tour next month with a handful of dates in Australia and New Zealand.  The itinerary for the full world tour is posted below.

12/14 Wellington, New Zealand @ Town Hall
12/15 Auckland, New Zealand @ Vector Arena
12/17 Brisbane, Australia @ Convention Center
12/19 Melbourne, Australia @ Festival Hall
12/21 Sydney, Australia @ Enmore Theatre
12/22 Sydney, Australia @ Sydney Opera House
1/09 Greenvale, Long Island, NY @ Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
1/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
1/12 Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues Atlantic City
1/15 Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theater
1/16 North Bethesda, MD @ Strathmore
1/18 Reading, PA @ Sovereign Performing Arts Center
1/19 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
1/21 Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
1/22 Columbus. OH @ LC Indoor Pavilion
1/24 Flint, MI @ Whiting Auditorium
1/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater
1/26 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
1/28 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
1/29 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
1/31 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2/02 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
2/05 Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
2/06 Lincoln, NE @ Rococo Theatre
2/09 Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
2/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
2/12 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
2/13 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
2/15 Pharr, TX @ Pharr Events Center
2/16 Beaumont, TX @ Jefferson Theater
2/18 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
2/21 Denver, CO @ Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
2/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
2/24 San Francisco, CA @ Davies Symphony Hall
3/01 Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center (with Patti Smith)
3/02 Sparks, NV @ John Ascuaga's Nugget - Rose Ballroom
3/04 Davis, CA @ Robert Mondavi Center at UC Davis
3/06 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
3/08 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Meanwhile, Johnny Marr's Jaguar Fender was voted 'Electric Guitar Of The Year' at the Music Industries Association Music Awards. Take a look at the award here.  Marr is preparing to play a couple of shows in early December - he'll join Dinosaur Jr on stage December 1st at Terminal 5 in NYC, then he'll join the Pet Shop Boys on stage December 6th in Salford, U.K.  Marr's debut solo record The Messenger drops February 26th.  The video for the title track is posted below:

NME recently created a video on the story behind the Smiths' classic "How Soon Is Now?" which you can enjoy below:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

In the fall of 1991 Pearl Jam were on the road opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers - a pretty prime gig at the time for the virtually unknown band (the Smashing Pumpkins, who also just released their debut album Gish were also on the bill). While on tour, Pearl Jam played a handful of acoustic gigs at record stores, and footage from a couple of the in-stores have appeared online! Roll back in time and enjoy some amazing video of Pearl Jam ripping it up below:

"Wash" (Tower Records, Maryland)

"Black" (Tower Records, Maryland)

"Alive" (Tower Records, Maryland)

"Porch" (Tower Records, Maryland)

"Black" (Yonkers, New York)

"Wash" (Yonkers, New York)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Embers are a band out of Manchester, England that will blow you away with their song/video for "Hollow Cage."  The live performance clocks in at over 7 minutes, but you'll never want it to end. Envelop yourself in its awesomeness here:

Wow. Epic doesn't even begin to describe it!

Embers released a limited edition double A side 7" featuring "Tunnel Vision" and "Sins Unknown" in September. Purchase the 7" here. Catch up with Embers on Facebook and Twitter.

Update: The band recorded a live version of "Hollow Cage" and video is posted below:

Sinead O'Connor appeared on Later...With Jools Holland on the BBC earlier in the week.  Watch her performance of "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "4th & Vine" below (includes her daughter, Roisin, on backup vocals).  O'Connor's latest album How About I Be Me (And You Be You) came out back in January, but the music was overshadowed by some significant personal issues.  O'Connor is now back with an online presence - catch up with her on her newly re-launched website and separate personal blog.

"Nothing Compares 2 U"

"4th & Vine"

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Verve's epic song "History" was released on the band's 1995 full length A Northern Soul.  "History" was also released as two separate maxi-singles - History ep I and History ep 2.  Both are worth picking up if you're a fan - the extra tracks are amazing.  Save yourself some money and order from Amazon UK, because Amazon US is only offering the eps through subsellers who are charging major bucks.  The maxi-singles are also worth having for the awesome cover art - the picture (featuring the band underneath the marquee "all farewells should be sudden") was taken before the band announced their (first) sudden split.

History ep I

01. History (edit)
02. Back On My Feet Again
03. On Your Own (acoustic)
04. Monkey Magic

History ep 2

01. History (album version)
02. Grey Skies
03. Life's Not A Rehearsal

"History" (official video)

"History" (non-official video)

Mark Lanegan recorded a six song Christmas ep Dark Mark Does Christmas 2012 and is selling the limited edition ep exclusively at his live shows.  Lanegan is currently overseas and won't be playing any shows in North America over the coming weeks, so the closest you'll likely get to the ep is via the stream posted below (so far copies of the ep haven't appeared on Ebay).  Stream individual tracks and/or the full ep below:

"We Three Kings"

"O Holy Night"

Full ep


01. The Cherry Tree Carol
02. Down In Yon Forest
03. O Holy Night
04. We Three Kings
05. Coventry Carol
06. Burn The Flames (Roky Erickson cover)

A 4 CD set featuring U.K. indie guitar pop gems from the 1980s is expected to be released in 2013. Scared To Get Happy - A Story Of Indie Pop 1980-1989 compiles hard to find nuggets from both obscure and well known artists from the era.  So far the tracklisting isn't fully firmed up, but the organizers indicate most of the songs listed below are expected to be included. If you're a fan of 1980s indie UK music just glancing at the list of bands below will likely bring a VERY big smile to your face (Felt! Milltown Brothers! Sun & The Moon! Close Lobsters! House Of Love!, wow it's ALL so goood!)  Scared To Get Happy - A Story Of Indie Pop 1980 - 1989 is expected to arrive in the spring on Cherry Red.  For more on Scared To Get Happy, visit the official page on Facebook.

Mighty Lemon Drops "Something Happens"

14 Iced Bears - Balloon Song
Another Sunny Day - I’m In love With A Girl Who Doesn’t Know…
Apple Boutique - Love Resistance
Bachelor Pad - The Albums Of Jack
Biff Bang Pow! - The Chocolate Elephant Man
Black - Human Features
Blow Up - Forever Holiday
Blue Orchids - Work
Bluebells - TBA
BMX Bandits - Sad
Bodines - God Bless
Boy Hairdressers - Tidalwave
Bradford - Skin Storm
Brilliant Corners - Delilah Sands
Bubblegum Splash - One Of Those Things
Charlottes - Are You Happy Now?
Cherry Boys - Kardomah Café
Chesterfields - Completely And Utterly
Claim - Picking Up The Bitter Little Pieces
Close Lobsters - What Is There To Smile About (Demo)
Clouds - Tranquil
Corn Dollies - Be Small Again (or Forever Steven)
Cud - Only (A Prawn In Whitby)
Daintees - Roll On Summertime
Darling Buds - Shame On You
Dentists - She Dazzled Me With Basil
Desert Wolves - Speak To Me Rochelle
Dolly Mixture - Everything And More
East Village - Strawberry Window
Everything But The Girl - Feeling Dizzy *
Fanatics - Suburban Love Songs
Fantastic Something - If She Doesn’t Smile It’ll Rain
Farmers Boys - I Think I Need Help
Felt - TBA
Field Mice - Emma’s House
Fire Engines - Candy Skin
Flatmates - Shimmer
Friends Again - Honey At The Core
Girls At Our Best - Getting Nowhere Fast
Gol Gappas - Albert Parker
Golden Dawn - My Secret World
Grab Grab The Haddock - I'm Used Now
Groove Farm - Surfin’ Into Your Heart
Groovy Little Numbers - You Make My Head Explode
Hangman's Beautiful Daughters - Love Is Blue
Heart Throbs - Toy
Hepburns - The World Is
House Of Love - The Hill
Hurrah - The Sun Shines Here
Inspiral Carpets - Keep The Circle Around
Jamie Wednesday - Vote For Love
Jane - It’s A Fine Day
Jasmine Minks - Where The Traffic Goes
Jazz Butcher - Southern Mark Smith
Josef K - The Missionary
June Brides - Just The Same
King Of Luxembourg - A Picture Of Dorian Gray
Korova Milk Bar - Do It Again
La's - Son Of A Gun (Demo)
Laugh - Take Your Time Yeah!
Lines - Nerve Pylon
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken (Indie Vsn)
Loft - Up The Hill And Down The Slope
Marine Girls - Don’t Come Back
McCarthy - Red Sleeping Beauty
McTells - Jesse Man Rae
Microdisney - Dolly
Mighty Lemon Drops - Something Happens
Mighty Mighty - Is There Anyone Out There?
Milltown Brothers - Roses
Monochrome Set - Jet Set Junta
Nightingales - Paraffin Brain or The Crunch
Orchids - I’ve Got A Habit
Pastels - I Wonder Why
Pooh Sticks - Indiepop Ain’t Noise Pollution
Pop Will Eat Itself - Sweet Sweet Pie
Popguns - Landslide
Poppyheads - Pictures You Weave
Prefab Sprout - Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone)
Pulp - Everybody’s Problem
Raw Herbs - She’s A Nurse
Razorcuts - Big Pink Cake
Revolving Paint Dream - In The Afternoon
Rodney Allen - Circle Line
Rosehips - Room In Your Heart
Rosemary's Children - Whatever Happened To) Alice?
Rote Kapelle - Sunday
Sea Urchins - Solace
Servants - Transparent
Shop Assistants - All Day Long
Siddeleys - My Favourite Wet Wednesday Afternoon
Slowdive - Beach Song
Soup Dragons - Not For Humbert
Strawberry Switchblade - Trees And Flowers
Sun & The Moon - Adam’s Song
Talulah Gosh - Beatnik Boy
Telescopes - Perfect Needle
This Poison - Engine Failure
Trixie's Big Red Motorbike - Norman And Narcissus
Vaselines - Jesus Don’t Want Me For A Sunbeam
Waltones - She Looks Right Through Me
Weather Prophets - Almost Prayed
Weekend - Summerdays
Whirl - Heaven Forbid
Wolfhounds - Cut The Cake
Wonder Stuff - It's A Wonderful Day
Yeah Jazz - Sharon
Yeah Yeah Noh - Temple Of Convenience

Thursday, November 22, 2012

World AIDS Day is December 1st and this year a new dance compilation will be released on November 27th as part of the fundraising events for the global fund to fight AIDS. Tiësto organized/selected the tracks for Dance (RED) Saves Lives and the dance superstar also collaborated with U2 on a remix of The Unforgettable Fire classic "Pride (In The Name Of Love)." The remix features newly recorded vocals by Bono and is available to stream below.  Dance (RED) Saves Lives also includes songs from Calvin Harris, Avicii, Diplo, Laidback Luke, and Martin Solveig.

"Pride (In The Name Of Love)" U2 + Tiësto

A special live stream event is also set to take place December 1st and 2nd for World AIDS Day - RED's You Tube channel will stream sets from the Stereosonic Festival in Melbourne, Australia. The stream will also be available on Join Red, Vevo, and more. Watch the trailer for the live stream event below and head over to the official RED site for more info:

The Dark Flowers - the new indie/electro/alt-country project featuring Peter Murphy, Jim Kerr, Dot Allison, Helicopter Girl, and others - are about to release their debut full length album Radioland.  The album is scheduled for a January 21st release on lojinx and is available to pre-order now.  Take a look at the track listing for Radioland plus stream their four song ep When Stars Fall below.  The ep was released earlier this summer and is available to purchase here.  For more on The Dark Flowers visit their page on Facebook.

01. Radioland (ft Jim Kerr)
02. All The Time Running (ft Shelly Pool & Charity Hair)
03. Blue Eyes Are Cheating (ft Jim Kerr)
04. Fast Forest Rain (ft Kate Havnevik)
05. Aim For The Heart (ft Catherine AD)
06. Candle Is The Ring (ft Helicopter Girl)
07. Clean Break (ft Peter Murphy)
08. Diamonds On The Snow (ft Dot Allison)
09. When Stars Fall (ft Shelly Pool)
10. Cellophane Girl (ft Shelly Pool)
11. No Trains Stop Here (ft Catherine AD)
12. Where The Wild Things Are (ft Jim Kerr)

Parlour Flames is the new band formed by ex-Oasis guitarist Bonehead (aka Paul Arthurs) and songwriter/poet Vinny Peculiar.  The two were introduced a few years back through Mike Joyce (Smiths drummer) and have played together previously - Bonehead played guitar on Vinny's 2011 solo album and joined him for live gigs in 2007.  The band's debut album, Volume I, is scheduled to be released in February and features a mix of guitar pop (described by Parlour Flames as a "folk art rock record.")  Take a listen to the album's first single, "Manchester Rain" below along with another song called "Pop Music Football & Girls."  For more on Parlour Flames visit the official site, Facebook, or Twitter.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Reminder: KMFDM premiere the new album Kunst today - the stream starts at 4pm ET over on the official KMFDM Facebook page.

UPDATE (6 pm ET): KMFDM premiered the song "Kunst" (not the full album) earlier today.  Stream "Kunst" below:

Kunst (full album) drops February 26th on is available to pre-order on cd and limited edition vinyl.  Don't miss KMFDM on tour in North America next March.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Analog Loyalist, the sound engineer who lovingly remastered Joy Division's Warsaw sessions and recently made them available as a free FLAC download has put his magic to work again! This time Analog Loyalist (aka Drew Crumbaugh) took Joy Division's February 8, 1980 concert recorded at the University of London and refined the sound. The concert was previously released in 2007 as bonus content on the Closer reissue, but Crumbaugh was disappointed in the remaster, so he put his remastering skills to work.  Crumbaugh's new and improved version (one he hopes will eventually be reissued by Rhino) is now available as a free FLAC download. Major props to Crumbaugh for his painstaking work on such an awesome project! Read more about the project here and download the free FLAC files here.  (via Spin)

Stream the 2007 version of the 1980 concert below.

Stream two additional Joy Division concerts from 1980 - the first concert is audio from the February 29th gig at the Lyceum in London, and the second concert was recorded in Amsterdam on January 11th.  

Vince Clarke and Martyn Ware release a limited edition ten disc set of ambient music (two previously released albums, plus eight discs of previously unreleased material) called House of Illustrious on November 26th. Clarke and Ware recorded a podcast to explain more about how they met, how they record their music, and more about House of Illustrious. Take a listen to the podcast below (also available to download) and head over to their website to order the boxset.  A collection of promo videos for House of Illustrious are posted here.

Gary Numan and Officers debuted the second of two short films for their collaborative track "Petals" (the first one premiered last week.) Both videos were created to promote "Petals" and to help raise awareness for the CALM (suicide prevention charity - Campaign Against Living Miserably). 

Take a look at the videos below - the first is the previously available censored cut, where you'll see Gary Numan writhing around, but you'll have to watch the second video (the extended cut) to understand what's really going on and making him squirm!  

"Petals" (video 1, censored cut)

"Petals" (video 2, extended cut)

The digital single for "Petals" is available now on iTunes and Amazon.
The Ocean Blue return with a full length album in January and the first taste of new music is coming next week.  Two new Ocean Blue songs appear on Korda Kompilation - an eight song sampler featuring songs from bands on Korda, the label Ocean Blue vocalist David Schelzel founded earlier in the year.  Other bands on Korda Kompilation include The Starfolk, Jim Ruiz Set, and Typsy PanthreKorda Kompilation arrives November 27th.

Meanwhile, the Ocean Blue have also announced two live gigs - they're playing the Korda Records showcase January 12th in Minneapolis at First Avenue (tickets are on sale now), and January 13th they play Schuba's in Chicago (tickets on sale Friday).  More live dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.  Catch up with The Ocean Blue on Facebook and Twitter.

"Between Something & Nothing"

"Ballerina Out Of Control"

"Sublime" (live on Conan O'Brien, 1993)

Monday, November 19, 2012

A collection of 31 images of the Smiths and Morrissey are available to pre-order today. The photos were shot by famed music photographer Kevin Cummins, and come packaged in a hand finished box. The set ships from Manchester on December 7th but is highly recommended to pre-order now before the set sells out! Order through Polite now.

A set of Joy Division images, also shot by Kevin Cummins, is being sold by Polite. The collection is sold out, but the site indicates more copies will be available soon.

Watch a short video on Kevin Cummins and his Joy Division photos below. The video was shot a few years ago at a Joy Division exhibit in London.

A four disc boxset celebrating the Jam's 30th anniversary of their final album The Gift is out today! The set features the remastered version of the original album along with a disc of remastered demos/alternative tracks (including 13 previously unreleased songs), a live set recorded during the band's final tour in 1982, and a DVD with live performances. The Gift 30th anniversary set is available now in the U.K. and will be available (as an import) in North America on November 27th.

Meanwhile, Paul Weller's Dragonfly ep will be released on limited edition vinyl and as a digital download on December 17th.  The ep features lead track "Dragonfly" from Weller's full length album Sonik Kicks, along with five other tracks.  The ep's artwork was designed by Sir Peter Blake who previously worked with Weller on the 1995 release Stanley Road.  Pre-order here.

Tonight the second half of Paul Weller's Maida Vale session recorded for the British program Mastertapes airs on the BBC.  The "B-side" show will be available to stream on demand after it airs tonight, but for now enjoy a performance of a new song titled "Gravity" taken from the B-side Mastertapes session below. The first half of the session ("A-side") premiered last week and is available to stream here.

Another Paul Weller session recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios is available to stream here.  Unfortunately, the session is geo-blocked and unavailable to view outside of the U.K. however a couple of songs have appeared on You Tube and are posted below.

"My Ever Changing Moods" (Abbey Road Sessions)

"The Changingman" (Abbey Road Sessions)

Paul Weller announced three U.K. stadium shows which take place next July. Details on the shows and ticket info posted here.
A remastered and expanded version of the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio is now available.  The new version includes different mixes/alternate takes (for instance, the version of "Linus & Lucy" is the recording originally used in the film) and adds three previously unavailable songs - "Greensleeves," "Great Pumpkin Waltz," and "Thanksgiving Theme" - all of which are available to purchase as part of the album, or may be downloaded individually. Be warned: if you're a fan of the old school version of the soundtrack, it might be best to take a listen to all of the samples over on Amazon before purchasing - some customers have voiced disappointment in the remastered versions of old favorites, due to the "updated" sound of the recording. The remastered version of A Charlie Brown Christmas is out now on physical cd and as a digital download.

Since the big day is right around the corner, settle in and enjoy A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving below:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Professionally shot video from Mazzy Star's 1994 performance at the Bridge School Concert in Mountain View, California has appeared on You Tube.  Enjoy the band's five song performance taken from the October 2nd concert below:


"Ride It On"

"Flowers In December"

"Leaving On A Train"

"Fade Into You"

Franz Ferdinand played an intimate show in Glasgow on November 16th as part of a 10th anniversary celebration for club/record store Mono.  According to NME the band played a 10 song set which included three new songs: "Stand On The Horizon," and "Trees & Animals" (both of which the band premiered earlier this year) and another new track "I'll Never Get Your Bullet Out Of My Head." Read a review of the gig here and watch fan filmed video from the show below:

"I'll Never Get Your Bullet Out Of My Head" (new song)

"Stand On The Horizon" (new song)

"Trees & Animals" (new song)

"Take Me Out"

"Dark Of The Matinee"

"Shopping For Blood"

"Roxette" (Dr. Feelgood cover)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Twitter exchange from today that will make you smile:

Awwww! Kinda makes you want to give both of them a big hug! Super cool stuff!

If you haven't heard Marr's new single, "The Messenger" check out the single and video below:

Adam Ant drops his new album Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner's Daughter early next year and has just released "Cool Zombie," the first single from the album.  The full video for "Cool Zombie" is expected to premiere shortly, but in the meantime check out the official video preview below:

The "Cool Zombie" single is available now on iTunes and Amazon.
KMFDM return with a new album, Kunst, early next year. The tentative release date for the album is February 26th, but fans don't have much longer to wait to hear new music. KMFDM announced that fans will get a first listen of Kunst on Wednesday, November 21st at 4:30 pm ET. The band has also posted tour dates for a March U.S. tour. Tracklisting for the album and tour dates are posted below:

03/08 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
03/09 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
03/10 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
03/11 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
03/12 - Phoenix - AZ - Crescent Ballroom
03/17 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
03/18 - Falls Church, VA - State Theatre
03/19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero Theatre
03/20 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
03/21 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
03/22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
03/23 - Chicago, IL - HOB
03/24 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
03/25 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03/27 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
03/28 - Salt Lake City UT - The Depot
03/29 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
03/30 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo

Tracklisting for Kunst

01. Kunst
02. Ave Maria
03. Quake
04. Hello
05. Next Big Thing
06. Pussy Riot
07. Pseudocide
08. Animal Out
09. The Mess You Made
10. I(heart)Not
Dinosaur Jr is celebrating the 25th anniversary of You're Living All Over Me this year and to celebrate the band is releasing a rare live Dinosaur Jr recording from 1987. The 11 song set was recorded in 1987 at a show in Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands and features the original Dinosaur Jr line-up of J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph. Chocomel Daze will be released on 150 gm vinyl and as a digital download album on November 19th. The limited edition vinyl will also be available for the Black Friday edition of Record Store Day. To celebrate the vinyl release, the official Record Store Day website is offering an exclusive stream of the album! Head here to listen to the full album, and while you're there be sure to check out the list of other awesome Black Friday RSD releases and list of participating stores.

Dinosaur Jr's 25th live celebration of You're Living All Over Me takes place December 1st at Terminal 5 in NYC. The band will perform the classic album in full and will be joined by musical luminaries such as Johnny Marr and Kim Gordon. Tickets for the event are still available.

J Mascis Portlandia interview

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Johnny Marr is the man in demand! It's been announced previously that Marr will be joining Dinosaur Jr on stage December 1st in NYC, and now comes news that Marr will play guitar with the Pet Shop Boys on December 5th at their show in Salford, England. The Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant announced the news this morning today during an interview with BBC Radio 2 and dropped a new remix of their song "Memory Of The Future." Take a listen to a short clip of Tennant's BBC interview:

Paging Bernard Sumner!  Wouldn't it be great if Barney stopped by on December 5th for a few Electronic songs??? 

 Stream the Stuart Price new single mix of Pet Shop Boys' "Memory Of The Future"

Meanwhile Johnny Marr is gearing up to release his debut solo album The Messenger in February. Earlier this week Marr premiered the first single and video from the album. Check it out here.
It's been almost 10 years since Martin Gore released Counterfeit2, the follow up to his 1989 Counterfeit ep. After the full album was released in 2003, Gore spent some time touring the globe to promote the record.  A full concert filmed on the May '03 stop in London recently appeared on You Tube. Enjoy all the Gore-y awesomeness below courtesy of FlameXIII. Audio of an acoustic Depeche Mode concert is also posted below courtesy of DepecheMix.

01. In My Time Of Dying
02. Stardust
03. I Cast A Lonesome Shadow
04. Only When I Lose Myself
05. Sweetest Perfection
06. Coming Back To You
07. By This River
08. Lost In The Stars (acoustic)
09. In Your Room (acoustic)
10.Walking In My Shoes (acoustic)
11. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth (acoustic)
12. Surrender
13. The Love Thieves
14. Candy Says
15. Loverman
16. A Question Of Lust (acoustic)
17. Home (acoustic)
18. Shake The Disease (acoustic)

01. Leave In Silence
02. It Doesn't Matter Two
03. Sister Of Night
04. Shake The Disease
05. Judas
06. I Want You Now
07. Surrender
08. World Full Of Nothing
09. Sweetest Perfection
10. A Question Of Lust
11. Home
12. Here Is The House
13. Dressed In Black
14. Life Is Strange
15. Blue Dress

More on Depeche Mode:

Listen/watch: Depeche Mode unveil new song at Paris press conference
Collection of new Depeche Mode interviews
New remixes of songs by Depeche Mode, Yaz, Front 242 & more
Listen: new remix of Depeche Mode's classic "Somebody"
Last November a Bob Mould tribute concert hosted by Matt Pinfield and featuring performances by Dave Grohl, Ryan Adams, Grant Lee Phillips, members of The Shins, The Hold Steady, Superchunk, (and even Bob Mould himself!) took place at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Filmmaker Justin Mitchell spent the day filming Mould and performers prior to the concert as well as capturing the full show in high quality audio and video for a DVD release.  A Kickstarter campaign to fund See A Little Light: A Celebration of the Music & Legacy of Bob Mould began earlier this week and runs through December 22nd.  Some of the pledge incentives include prints, vinyl, an autographed stratocaster similar to the one played by Mould, handwritten lyrics, and more. Head over to Kickstarter to pledge now.  The campaign video and fan filmed footage from the November 21st concert featuring Dave Grohl and Bob Mould is posted below.

"Hardly Getting Over It" "Could You Be The One" "Ice Cold Ice"

"See A Little Light" Bob Mould + friends

For more on Bob Mould:

Bob Mould on Conan + September studio session
Video of Bob Mould captured live in Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Noel Gallagher was interviewed on BBC Radio 6 as part of legends week.  Gallagher's been asked time and time and time again about getting Oasis back together, and today's interview with the BBC was no different.  Here's a clip of Noel's response to the Oasis question:

There you have it. Oasis isn't getting back together unless Noel needs the money.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds released their debut album last November and followed up the release with a the DVD International Magic Live at the O2, which are both available to purchase here.  A second HFB album was recorded with Amorphous Androgynous, however Noel has revealed in several interviews that the sessions have been scrapped.

Meanwhile Beady Eye revealed they're working on their second album and have enlisted TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek to produce the record.

For more on Noel Gallagher:

Noel Gallagher dusted off Oasis "Idler's Dream" for U.S. tour closer
Noel deals with more Oasis reunion questions & compares Liam to Hitler
Damon Albarn helped the BBC celebrate their 90th anniversary today.  "Radio Reunited," a three minute collection of sound clips and music composed by Albarn aired on every BBC radio station worldwide today at 12:33 pm ET.  Take a listen to "Radio Reunited" below and find out more about the BBC's 90th anniversary here.

Meanwhile Blur return with the CD/DVD Parklive on December 3rd - the collection is the band's full performance captured at their Hyde Park gig in August after the close of the Olympics. Watch "Under The Westway" from Parklive below and pre-order the collection here.

Last night Soundgarden played a show in NYC's Irving Plaza and ripped through a 23 song set  which included two encores (according to reports, sadly some fans were unaware the band was coming back for a second encore and missed out on the final song).  Take a look at some awesome upclose video from the show below:

"Room A Thousand Years Wide" (w/ comments from Chris Cornell on reuniting)


"Hunted Down"


"Jesus Christ Pose"

"My Wave"

"Slaves & Bulldozers"

Tons of other video from the show is available here.

Soundgarden play two more shows in North America this month, then officially kick off their tour in January. Tickets for the tour (including a January 27th stop at the Fillmore Detroit) go on sale Friday, however internet pre-sales are going on now for many of the dates.

For more on Soundgarden:

Soundgarden release their own Chuck Taylor!
Watch the Soundgarden Live On Letterman replay
Not only did Soundgarden unleash King Animal yesterday, but they've also partnered with Converse and released their own Chuck Taylor!  The unisex shoe is black and features King Animal artwork.  The limited edition kicks are only available online and at select Converse stores.  Order here.

More on Soundgarden:

Watch Soundgarden's Live On Letterman concert archive & Letterman performance
A recent British radio documentary on The Smiths' classic 1987 album Strangeways Here We Come and the band's final days has appeared online. The BBC special features new interviews with Mike Joyce, Andy Rourke and producer Stephen Street, as well as some old interview clips with Morrissey and Johnny Marr. Enjoy the documentary below courtesy of Hipster Disco.

Fans of the Smiths may be interested in a new book A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga Of The Smiths.

The Tony Fletcher penned book is a celebration of the Smiths and their legacy.  According to the publisher, A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga Of The Smiths was the product of extensive research, dozens of interviews, and unprecedented access.  A short video interview with Fletcher is posted below.  A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga Of The Smiths is out now in the U.K. and will be released in North America on December 4th.  Interesting to note the U.K. cover (black background) is different than the U.S. version (orange background).

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Trent Reznor had a busy day today - besides releasing two separate projects (he wrote the theme for Call Of Duty Black Ops II plus released An Omen ep with his side project How To Destroy Angels) he appeared on Reddit to answer fan questions.  Some of the more interesting revelations he made are posted below:

On the Year Zero miniseries:

"This is currently in a holding state. We didn't find the right match with a writer, and really have been avoiding doing what we should have done from the beginning: write it ourselves. We = Rob and myself. This project means a lot to me and will see the light of day in one form or another."

On The Fragile reissue:

"The 5.1 mixes are done and sound amazing. Alan was the only person who could have possibly done it, and he did not disappoint. There are a couple other elements involved that we want to get right before we put this into production. These involve packaging and additional content. Patience, my friends."

On the first computer/software he used for music:

"I had a Commodore 64 with, I think, the Sequential Circuits Model 64 Sequencer Cartridge. And it was the greatest thing in the world (or so I thought at the time). Moving on... The first "real" platform I used for composition was a Mac+ running Performer. Pretty Hate Machine was done with this."

On his favorite gear he's ever owned:

"My Dad got me a Wurlitzer 200a electric piano as a preteen, and it pretty much changed the trajectory of my life. That piano is long gone, but I did recently pick one up, which I love."

On coming up with 'Halo' for all the NIN releases:

"I remember Depeche Mode did a similar thing and I thought it was cool. Somebody please remind me what the word Depeche Mode used was, I'm too old to remember what it was."

(Depeche Mode used Stumm, Mutel, and Bong)

On what's next for him:

"A number of things. Tweaking some things for the HTDA full LP (coming in Spring), helping Josh out on a new QOTSA track, working with Roy, starting rehearsals for two bands."

In case you're wondering, Trent didn't reveal much about new NIN material.  A fan asked:  "Can you disclosure any future plans for Nine Inch Nails?"

Trent's full response: "Sure I could."

Read the full archive over at Reddit.
Polaroid Kiss is an awesome electro project featuring Brandun Reed and ex-Sneaker Pimp Ian Pickering. The duo released an ep and maxi-single earlier this year and are planning to follow that up soon with the full length Weakness Of The Beautiful Souls.  Polaroid Kiss have also announced a full acoustic ep is coming before the end of the year.  The ep features seven tracks so far - four Polaroid Kiss songs and three from Sneaker Pimps: "Six Underground," "Spin Spin Sugar," and "Elias," (a song from the previously unreleased Sneaker Pimps album SP5). An official date and tracklisting for the acoustic ep hasn't been firmed up, though according to a tweet from the band, it should be out by mid-December.

For now, stream a few tracks from Polaroid Kiss (including their cover of U2's "Numb") and catch up with the band on Twitter, Facebook, and Bandcamp.

"Pay Your Dues" (official video)

Johnny Marr appeared on BBC Radio 6 today as part of Legends week and debuted the title track from his forthcoming album, The Messenger. Watch the official video for "The Messenger" below - the song and video are pretty amazing!

Marr was also interviewed on BBC Radio 6 and spoke about Morrissey and their "non-rivalry."

The archive of the show is posted here.

Johnny Marr revealed previously that the album was written while on the road with The Cribs and has an English/European feel to it.   Marr will release his debut solo album The Messenger on February 26th and is expected to announce live dates shortly.  Marr heads to New York City's Terminal 5 on December 1st to help Dinosaur Jr celebrate the anniversary of their classic album You're Living All Over Me.  Marr won't be playing the full show with Dinosaur Jr but will be joining them for a few songs.
As previously reported, Ian Brown is releasing a limited edition boxset on December 3rd titled Collected which includes all eight of Brown's previously released albums, two b-side/remix CDs, a 12" LP, DVD, 60 page hard back book with photos and artwork, and a silkscreen print. Brown has uploaded a series of promo videos showing the making of the limited edition artwork/lithograph.  Take a look at the clips below and pre-order Collected here

UPDATE: Click the links to stream four previously unreleased tracks from Collected.

"Time Is My Everything" (Scratch Perverts remix)
"Stellify" (Filthy Dukes remix)
"Always Remember Me" (Evil Nine remix)
"Sister Rose" (Ryukyudisco remix)

Watch some pro-shot footage of Ian Brown's 2005 Glastonbury performance. The footage was captured from the camera stream and according to Brown, the video was recently found on a repaired hard drive. Pretty fantastic!


"Sally Cinnamon"

"Made Of Stone"