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In 2009 Neil Finn invited 17 artists to join him in New Zealand to write and record a benefit album for the charity Oxfam. Johnny Marr, members of Radiohead, Wilco, and others traveled down under to create the record and perform it live over three week's time. A documentary about the project premiered in New Zealand last year and will be presented this spring by Neil Finn himself at Song Summit 2012 in Sydney, Australia May 26-28th. Take a look at the trailer for The Sun Came Out below:

The Sun Came Out (official trailer)

World Party are releasing a five-disc set featuring 70 previously unreleased songs recorded over the band's 25 year history on April 10th. Arkeology contains old songs, live material, b-sides, covers, and a handful of new songs recorded in 2011. The first taste of the collection is the dancy, catchy number "Words" which you can preview on the official Fontana Records website. Fair warning--the World Party song is the second track on the player--the first track that starts playing is a horrifying Candlebox song, so make sure you quickly skip over to song two for the sake of your ears.

Fans may also be interested in watching an Australian interview from 1993 with Karl Wallinger, plus a World Party performance of "Is It Like Today" below.

Interview + "Is It Like Today" (performance is ~ 4:30 in)

The list of the winners from tonight's NME Awards 2012 are posted below. Note: this is the first awards ceremony I've read about that didn't include an Adele win! Fans in the U.K. will be able to watch the ceremony in its entirety Saturday night at 11:55pm GMT. Tune in to see presenters Graham Coxon, Bez, Johnny Marr, and live performances from Pulp and Noel Gallagher.

Best Solo Act--Florence + The Machine
Best Dancefloor Anthem--Katy B
Best Video--Hurts "Sunday"
Best Festival--Glastonbury
Best International Band--Foo Fighters
Best New Band--Vaccines
Best Track--Florence + The Machine "Shake It Out"
Best Album--Horrors Skying
Best British Band--Kasabian
Best Reissue--Johnny Marr The Smiths Complete
Best Live Band--Arctic Monkeys
Outstanding Contribution--Pulp
Godlike Genius--Noel Gallagher
The internets are about to be agog with Smiths' reunion rumors (again) all because of one comment Johnny Marr made to the NME. Marr attended the NME Awards ceremony in London tonight to accept the award for Best Reissue for The Smiths Complete, plus present Noel Gallagher with the Godlike Genius award. On his way into the event Marr was asked about Gallagher being this year's recipient of the award. Here's how Marr responded:

"I think he's a bit young to win it, but it's well deserved." As for The Smiths? We never won many awards so it would be nice to one day, One day..."

Yes folks, Marr said "one day" and now NME writers are in a tizzy thinking this is a hint about a Smiths reunion. From NME's live blog:

"Did we mention earlier that Johnny Marr said he STILL hoped one day to win more awards with The Smiths? That's gotta be a reunion hint, right..?"

Here we go. When the NME gets into a tizzy, it all generally spirals out of control. Be warned.
The NME Awards are taking place right now in London. Unlike the Brit Awards, fans in the U.K. will have to wait until Saturday to watch the full ceremony, but NME is live blogging the event, so you can keep up with details here. Some of the highlights--Pulp accepted their award for Outstanding Contribution to music and later played two songs ("Babies" & "Mis-Shapes"), Graham Coxon presented 'Best New Band' award to The Vaccines, and The Horrors Skying just won the award for Best Album.

Noel Gallagher will be presented the Godlike Genius award later in the ceremony. NME interviewed Johnny Marr about Gallagher's honor:

"I think he's a bit young to win it, but it's well deserved." As for The Smiths? We never won many awards so it would be nice to one day, One day..."

Marr also will receive the Best Reissue award for The Smiths Complete.

Click over to NME's live blog for up to the minute details.
An interesting interview with Shirley Manson from Garbage was posted today by Bullett. Manson talked about the band's hiatus, her solo career, and getting older as it pertains to the music industry. Read the full interview here. Garbage will drop their new record Not Your Kind Of People on May 15th on their own newly launched record label STUNVOLUME.

Garbage will release the first single from the record soon (they just shot a video for it over the weekend). For now watch a short clip/video of new album track "I Hate Love" which premiered a few weeks ago:

"I Hate Love"

Which is worse, the Joy Division/Cher mashup from last week, or the Smiths/Lana Del Rey mashup from this week (via NME)? Quite frankly, they horrify me both.

Joy Division vs Cher

Gorillaz "Do Ya Thing" was released last week as a free download from Converse. Today the band premiered the official video:

Morrissey's South American tour continues this week. Last night he played Estadio Arena in Mendozo, Argentina.

"Let Me Kiss You"

"Irish Blood, English Heart"


Noel Gallagher debuted the first music from his collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous today. "Shoot A Hole In The Sun" is the b-side to "Dream On," the next single from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds which will drop as a digital download on March 11th and physically on March 12th. Take a listen to the eight minute "Shoot A Hole In The Sun" (which is pretty much an experimental rework of "If I Had A Gun") below:

"Shoot A Hole In The Sun" Noel Gallagher w/Amorphous Androgynous

"Dream On" Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Don't miss Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds on the road this spring. The Detroit date is March 31st at the Royal Oak Music Theater.
Graham Coxon has debuted the video for "What It'll Take" which features footage of fans dancing to the track. Fans from around the world were encouraged to submit video of their best dance moves and the finished video features 85 dancers from 22 countries. A list of fans who made it into the video have been listed here.

"What'll It Take" Graham Coxon

Awesome track. This is SO MUCH BETTER than the new Gorillaz track (no offense Mr. Albarn.) I cannot wait to hear the full album from Coxon. A & E drops April 2nd, but while you're waiting for that, download another track from the album "The Truth" here for free.
Radiohead kicked off their North American tour in Miami last night and it was quite the event! Hours before the show Radiohead fansite King Of Limbs Part 2 posted a leaked setlist, and the list turned out to be legit. The highlights of the show included the premiere two new tracks, "Cut A Hole" and "Identikit," a rare performance of "Meeting In The Aisle," and the classic OK Computer track "Karma Police." The stage set itself looks interesting--there were computer/television screens on the ceiling. Oh, and Thom Yorke was rocking a pony-tailed and some fab-red pants. Watch fan shot video (including both new songs) below.

"Cut A Hole" (new song)

"Identikit" (new song)

"Karma Police"

"Meeting In The Aisle"


"Kid A"

The episode of Portlandia featuring a guest appearance by Johnny Marr premieres this Friday on IFC according to the channel's "What To Watch This Week" blog:


Tonight at 10/9 c, it’s a new episode of “Portlandia.” This week Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein get the Mayor of Portland’s (Kyle MacLachlan) blessing to create a grassroots campaign to prevent the Olympics from ever coming to Portland. Plus, Johnny Marr of The Smiths makes a guest appearance. Tune in!


Arcade Fire will be speaking to students at the University of Texas in Austin on March 19th according to a post on the school's Facebook page:

The Music and Entertainment (MEC) and Distinguished Speakers Committees (DSC) of the Student Event Center will present a lecture by Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Will Butler, and Marika Anthony-Shaw of Arcade Fire. The Montreal-based, Grammy Award-winning artists will dis
cuss the current socio-economic crisis in Haiti, and their own volunteer efforts in the region. Proceeding along this path, the musicians will draw attention to the work being done by the non-profit to which their profits are directed: Partners in Health.

Passes will be available in the box office of the Student Activity Center (SAC), beginning Thursday, March 1st, at 7:30 AM, and a limited number of press passes will be available. Remember to bring your current student I.D!

Wow, we never had events like this when I went to college. Now would be a good time to get off my lawn...

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will release the Acid Reflex ep for Record Store Day (April 21st). Stream the four song ep below:

Steven Spielberg fans will probably like this new song from Deadmau5.

Gotye has premiered the video for "Easy Way Out" which is the current single in Australia from his new album Making Mirrors.

"Easy Way Out"

"Somebody That I Used To Know" (Jimmy Kimmel performance)

Don't miss Goyte on his North American tour. The Detroit area date is April 2nd at Pease Auditorium (on campus of Eastern Michigan University).
Arctic Monkeys dropped their new record Suck It And See last summer and they're already dropping more new music! Today they premiered the brand new song, "R U Mine"

Don't miss Arctic Monkeys on the road with the Black Keys this spring! The Detroit date is this Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. Grab tickets here.
In an interview with The Quietus, Greg Dulli talked about how the Afghan Whigs' reunion came about: Dulli is curating the 2012 festivals All Tomorrow's Parties/I'll Be Your Mirror and planned headliner Guided By Voices had a scheduling conflict, leading to Afghan Whigs' reorganizing and throwing themselves back in action. So far, the band has announced four live shows, but Dulli told The Quietus that there will likely be more:

"We’ll see. I’m imagining we’ll play more than four gigs. We’ll probably play 25-30 gigs, would be my guess. We’ve got five gigs now, and we’ll play at least another 20 gigs, I would imagine."

Oh, and as for new music? Forget about it:

"We never broke up the band for any reason other than we’d taken the band as far as we wanted to take it. We aren’t getting back together to make a new album. We’re doing this one time: see it now, or never see it again. That’s what’s going to happen here."

North American dates for I'll Be Your Mirror/All Tomorrow's Parties is September 21st-23rd in New Jersey's Asbury Park and you can grab tickets here.
Morrissey is currently on his South American tour and he's proven that he loves fans in Chile more than fans anywhere else--last night at his gig at Santiago's Movistar Arena he dusted off "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" for fans. Oh, and he wore yellow.

"Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want"

"How Soon Is Now?"

"Everyday Is Like Sunday" (costume change)

Watch tons of high quality (televised) footage from his show from his Vina Del Mar show on Friday here.


It's Oscar night, and the internets are buzzing with live blogging and live tweeting. Truth be told, I think the last movie I've seen was maybe five years ago, and I haven't even been to a movie theater in about ten years, so yeah, yet another Big Media Event that I could not care less about. Instead of worshiping celebrities, I've decided to compile a list of the ten songs I've been digging this week. Some are old, some are new, but ALL are awesome!

1. The Machine Room "Your Head On The Floor Next Door"

I seriously cannot stop listening to this song. I've been hitting repeat over and over and over and over. It's THAT good.

2. M83 "Midnight City"

The song and video have been out for four months, but it's still captivating.

3. School Of Seven Bells "Lafaye"

This is the first single from the band's new record Ghostory, which drops on Tuesday. If you like "Lafaye" listen to the full stream of the record

4. Young Empires "Against The Wall"

The Toronto band just released Wake All My Youth last week. This is my favorite track by far, though the entire record is pretty sweet and will make you dance like a mofo.

5. Spiritualized "Hey Jane"

It's been forever since Spiritualized released something new, but they made up for it with this nine minute epic. The full length Sweet Heart Sweet Light drops April 17th.

6. Amish 82 "Crocodile"

This is electropop at its finest. Read more about this fabulous band here.

7. A Place To Bury Strangers "I Lost You"

Off the newly released ep Onwards To The Wall...

8. Friendly Fires "Blue Cassette"

From last year's full length album Pala. It's still such a great listen...

9. Sun Kil Moon "Sunshine In Chicago"

This is from the new record which is due in May. Ah, Mark Kozelek! Nothing's better than a sullen, melancholy man who can poke fun...

10. Godley & Creme "Cry"

On the other hand, sometimes sullen, melancholy men will make you pull your hair out in frustration. I had to dust this 1985 classic off this week...

The print edition of today's New York Times features an interview with Jason Pierce from Spiritualized. Of note, Pierce discussed some of the artists who influenced him, including the Beach Boys, Royal Trux, and Panda Bear, and he also revealed Raw Power by The Stooges was the first record he bought:

"I bought [Iggy and the Stooges’] “Raw Power” when I was 14, that was the first record I bought. I didn’t know anything about it, I had no friends that were listening to it. They used to sell records in the chemists’, Boots chemists. I saw the sleeve to “Raw Power,” I saw the silver pants, and I went home holding that. If you’re going to start anywhere in music — I got lucky."

Read excerpts from the print version of the article in the New York Times online.

As previously reported, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, by Spiritualized drops April 17th. Stream the album's first single, "Hey Jane" below, and don't miss them on the road this spring. The Detroit date is May 4th at the Majestic Theater.

Former Red House Painter, Mark Kozelek, is getting ready to release a new album with his latest project Sun Kil Moon. The band's fifth full length record, Among The Leaves, will feature 17 tracks and is said to feature Kozelek singing "playfully about his life as a musician while retaining the melancholic spirit of his 20 year catalog." One normally wouldn't use the word "playfully" and "Mark Kozelek" in the same sentence, but if the first song from the record is any indication, I think that description might be spot on! "Sunshine In Chicago" was written hours before Kozelek played a gig in Chicago last year, and the song is a pretty entertaining account of life on the road. Take a listen:

"Sunshine In Chicago"

Among The Leaves drops May 29th as a digital album, vinyl, and limited edition double disc set. The limited edition version comes with five bonus songs (alternate and live versions) which will not be available on the other formats.


I ran into this remix of the Oasis classic "Wonderwall" by I.N.I.T.I.A.L.K. while checking out Deadmau5 on Soundcloud. Take a listen:

School Of Seven Bells will return with the new cd Ghostory on Tuesday. Enjoy a full stream of the cd below via hypemachine and take a look at the video for the first single, "Lafaye" here.

Watch video from last night's Jane's Addiction show at the Fillmore Detroit below courtesy of YouTube. And if you missed it yesterday, click here to watch some old school (1986-1991) footage of Jane's Addiction.

"Jane Says"

"Classic Girl"

"I Would For You"

Morrissey's South American tour kicked off last night in Chile. The night before the show fans created a Beatles-like scene outside Morrissey's hotel room:

Last night Morrissey played Chile's Vina Del Mar festival, and his set was broadcast on Chilean television, so enjoy some high quality footage that has surfaced so far below, and if you missed yesterday's post on Moz appearing on a game show in 1984, be sure to click here to watch it.

"First Of The Gang To Die"

"Everyday Is Like Sunday"

"You're The One For Me, Fatty"

"I Know It's Over"

"How Soon Is Now?"

"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"

"I Want The One I Can't Have"

"When Last I Spoke To Carol"

"Black Cloud"


Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr are releasing a 12'' single for "We Almost Lost Detroit" on Record Store Day, which is Saturday, April 21st. In addition, the band announced a show for the evening of Record Store Day at the Majestic Theater in Detroit. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Spiritualized premiered their new single, "Hey Jane" plus unveiled the artwork for their new record Sweet Heart Sweet Light on Pitchfork. The artwork (posted below as the still to the single's streaming audio on YouTube) is an octagon surrounding the word "Huh?" Huh, indeed. Perhaps it will all make sense once we hear the entire record which is scheduled for release on April 17th.

While you're pondering the artwork, take a listen to the almost nine minute epic "Hey Jane" below (don't get fooled by the false fade around 3:30 in) and don't miss Spiritualized on the road this spring. The Detroit area date is May 4th at the Majestic Theater.

Back in 1984 Morrissey appeared on the British television quiz show Pop Quiz. The show is a music quiz show and the episode with Morrissey also featured Kim Wilde, Derek Forbes from Simple Minds, and Nick Beggs from Kajagoogoo. This is must see television! Even if you don't like any of the artists above, the music trivia from 1984 is super fun. Enjoy!

Jane's Addiction kicked off their North American tour yesterday and will be in town at the Fillmore Detroit tonight. In celebration, watch some early footage from Jane's. The first two videos are from their December 1988 show at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit:

"Pigs In Zen" (1988, Detroit)

"Stop!" (1988, Detroit)

"Mountain Song" (1986, Los Angeles)

"Whores" (1991, Lollapalooza, Cuyahoga Falls )

As previously reported, The Machine Room will drop the Love From A Distance ep on March 5th. The four song ep features the amazing single, "Your Head On The Floor Next Door." The video for the song premiered earlier this week. Take a look:

Stream the full ep below or on bandcamp.


Few things leave me speechless. But this, wow...

Words. Cannot. Describe.

Mark Lanegan Band is playing an all ages show at Small's in Hamtramck on May 16th. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 24th through the official Small's website. Tickets are 16 dollars in advance and are will call only (tickets will NOT be mailed). FYI, capacity is 300 at Small's, so if you're interested in going, I wouldn't wait to get tickets. Here's the listing on the official Small's Facebook page. Please contact Small's if you have questions about the tickets or event.

Mark Lanegan is supporting his newly released cd Blues Funeral. Watch a recent live performance of the album's first single, "The Gravedigger's Song"

Blues Funeral is still streaming in its entirety here.
Stone Gossard's side project Brad have announced a new record will be released this spring. The band's fifth record, United We Stand, drops April 24th and they're offering a free download of a new song "A Reason To Be In My Skin" on their website. Stream the song below and download it here.

Brad "A Reason To Be In My Skin"

Fans can also check out an interview with vocalist Shawn Smith here.
Gorillaz new single, "Do Ya Thing" featuring Andre 3000 and James Murphy is available to download today from Converse. While you're there don't forget to check out the new Gorillaz limited edition Converse shoe that is also available starting today (of course, unlike the new single, you can't download the shoes for free!)

Next Wednesday, Gorillaz will drop the official video for "Do Ya Thing" and on March 23rd an extended 12 minute version of "Do Ya Thing" will be available on the official Gorillaz website.

"Do Ya Thing" Gorillaz ft Andre 3000 & James Murphy

South African house Spoek Mathambo dropped his record, Mshini Wam back in 2010 and the fourth single from the album happens to be a cover of Joy Division's "She's Lost Control" which he simple renamed "Control." A house version of Joy Division seems like it would be awful, but it's not. Mathambo's version is definitely worth a listen, plus it's got an excellent black and white video featuring images and scenes from Langa, located in Cape Town, South Africa. Check it out below and buy the single here.


Gorillaz new song "Do Ya Thing" will be available as a free download tomorrow via the official Converse website. Take a listen to a stream of the song below:

Metric have announced details regarding their new album in a post on their official website. Synthetica will drop in the U.S. and Canada on June 12th, and perhaps a few days later or earlier elsewhere in the world. According to the band, the new record is "the culmination of everything we have done" and they further describe it as follows:

was all about pushing ourselves out into the world, going to unknown places and shaking off everything familiar.

SYNTHETICA is about staying home and wanting to crawl out of your skin from the lack of external stimulation.

SYNTHETICA is about forcing yourself to confront what you see in the mirror when you finally stand still long enough to catch a reflection.

SYNTHETICA is about being able to identify the original in a long line of reproductions. It's about what is real vs what is artificial.

Read the full post about Metric's new cd Synthetica here.
Crocodiles will return with a new record, Endless Flowers, on June 4th. Stream the album's first single, "Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)" below and buy it as a digital single on iTunes. Catch up with Crocodiles on Facebook.

An interview with Johnny Marr is featured in the latest edition of British mag Vive Le Rock! which is available here. Among other things, Marr was asked about some of the cover versions of Smiths songs that have been recorded over the years:

You say it's flattering when other bands cover your songs, but has there ever been one where you think 'that's fucking awful. put the instruments down lad and give up'

ell, I know it's supposed to be funny but when the Word had Bernard Manning doing it. Did you see it? Bernard Manning's Smith medley. See, you're getting more than you bargained for there, mate (laughs). Him spinning around with flowers in his back pocket singing "Girlfriend In A Coma" is something I really wished I hadn't seen in my lifetime. Fuck's sake.

"I've always been pleased because the sort of bands that cover The Smiths have always been from a culture that I think is alright. I mean, Placebo did "Big Mouth Strikes Again" and that was great. To be honest with you, I only remember the good stuff. Low did a version of "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" and that was just so good and I think Supergrass did a version of something too. It's always been people with great intentions from a really good culture so it would be horribly churlish to look at it with any kind of serious criticism"

Marr is right, this Bernard Manning medley is so awful I couldn't get through the entire clip and it's only about a minute long. See how long you can go before YOU bail:

Bernard Manning Sings the Smiths:

Cleanse your ears with Placebo and Low covering The Smiths:

Placebo "Big Mouth Strikes Again"

Low "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"

FYI, the Supergrass cover Marr was referencing was "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" which sadly isn't available to stream here.
A documentary about independent record shops in the U.K. is in the works. The hourlong documentary is based on the 2010 book, Last Shop Standing, by Graham Jones. The film tours record stores that have survived in this digital, instant gratification musical world, and examines just how they've managed to stay afloat. Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Johnnie Walker, and other musicians and industry insiders have been interviewed for this project, which is still in the editing stage. Last Shop Standing was initially targeted for a Record Store Day release, but a summer release is now anticipated. The film will likely premiere at film festivals worldwide before landing on DVD. To find out more about Last Shop Standing visit the official website, and watch two previews below.


Here are some video highlights from tonight's Brit Awards:

Coldplay "Charlie Brown"

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds featuring Chris Martin on piano

"AKA...What A Life"

Of course, the true highlight of the Brits was the five song set from Blur. Watch the entire set here.
As expected, Blur reunited for the Brit Awards in London tonight. The band received the Outstanding Contribution To Music award, then launched into a five song live set. Watch the awesomeness below:

"This Is A Low"



"Girls & Boys/Song 2"

The Seattle PI posted a slideshow article on their website titled, "20 Butt-Ugly Rock Stars." Yeah, it's kind of mean, and I don't agree with the list (Thom Yorke???) but you can check it out here.
Creation Records' Alan McGee did some spring cleaning and he's decided to part ways with a ton of musical memorabilia he's amassed over the years. Thousands of records, cds, posters, fanzines, and more will be auctioned off starting this weekend through Omega Auctions. Items from Joy Division, New Order, Electronic, Oasis, Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and The Stone Roses are available to bid on, and if it's classic rock you're into, there's quite a few items from The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Patti Smith, and The Rolling Stones. Scroll through the entire catalog of items, or take a look at selected items below. The auction kicks off this Saturday at 11am/5am ET online and interested bidders should register here to participate in the auction.

Factory Records Collection
Hacienda floor
Oasis artwork proofs
Oasis demos/promos
John Squire painting
Joy Division LPs

Entire page of Joy Division/New Order records
Public Image Limited have confirmed the release date for their new record. The 4-song EP, One Drop, will be released on the band's label PIL Official on Record Store Day then a full length record This Is PIL will follow on May 28th.

The new single "One Drop" debuted last week on British Radio. Here are the comments John Lydon made about "One Drop"

“One Drop is a reflection of where I grew up in Finsbury Park, London. The area that shaped me, and influenced me culturally and musically, a place I will forever feel connected to. But within this I am also saying it doesn’t matter where you come from, we all go through the same emotions especially the disenchanted youth of today, yesterday and the future. Bearing in mind the Olympics are in London this year and who knows what that could bring for London and our country….”

Read more on P.I.L. here.
Paul Weller just released the official video for his new single, "That Dangerous Age." The single drops March 11th and the full length record, Sonik Kicks, follows on March 26th. Take a look at the video:

The Shins' official video for "Simple Song" is free on iTunes all week starting today! Grab it here. The Shins will drop their new record Port Of Morrow on March 20th.
Scritti Politti's Rhodri Marsden, has been on a tear recording covers and posting them online. Last Christmas he gave us the awesome "Heaven Knows I'm Christmassy Now" and he's followed that up with an outstanding acoustic piano cover of XTC's "Love On A Farmboy's Wages." This is seriously the best cover ever:

Love On A Farmboy"s Wages (mp3)

His latest cover is "Up, Up, And Away" originally by the 5th Dimension

"Up, Up, And Away"

This one might make you laugh a bit--it's "Love Will Keep Us Together" originally by Captain & Tennille, but with a bit of a Joy Division flair at the beginning:

"Love Will Keep Us Together"

And who can't get behind a Hall & Oates cover?

"Private Eyes"

Besides creating music, Marsden has also been busy with writing--he's just authored a book on dating and he has a weekly column in The Independent. His book, Crap Dates, is available here and you can follow him on Twitter (he tweets a lot, but he's ridiculously entertaining).
We're just hours away from Blur's reunion set to take place tonight at The Brit Awards in London! Blur have also announced they'll be playing the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony Concert!

Whoo hoo, indeed! Blur, New Order, and The Specials??!? Peeps in London clearly know how to throw a Closing Ceremony.


Oasis "Supersonic" (live television debut, 1994)

Oasis "Supersonic" (Wembly, 2000)

Happy Birthday to Ian Brown from The Stone Roses:

Today would have been Kurt Cobain's 45th birthday.

Michael Davis, bassist for the MC5, died from liver failure on Friday at the age of 68. Read Rolling Stone's report here.

Tomorrow night Blur are reuniting for the Brit Awards--they'll be honored with the 'Outstanding Achievement' award, which will be followed by a ten minute performance. Last night Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon shared the stage and played a handful of acoustic songs for a pre-Brit Awards War Child benefit show in London, including a new song. Take a look at some more fan-shot footage of Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon from event:

"Under The West Way" (new song)

"Strange News From Another Star"

"He Thought Of Cars"


Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon from Blur performed together tonight for a pre-Brit Awards charity event in London. Watch fan shot footage of the two performing a new song "Under The West Way" and read more about the event here.

Here's a short interview with Andy Partridge from 1992--near the end of the interview Partridge talked about XTC's classic "Dear God" and commented about getting hate mail over the song.

Enjoy one of XTC's last concerts from February, 1982 (XTC stopped touring in 1982 because of Partridge's crippling stage fright):

Check out Boz Boorer rocking out "Hillbilly Train" with Sonny George & the Tennessee Sons

Today's edition of The Guardian includes an interesting feature story on Adam Ant. The article includes an interview with Ant, who discussed his musical history, his past and present struggle with mental illness, as well as his personal relationships and marriages. Ant also revealed that he hates being considered a new romantic artist:

"New romantic was basically, in my mind, clubbers with too much makeup on with stupid clothes. I never set foot in any of their clubs, so I find it quite distressing to be nobbled into new romantic, cos it was just a load of guys who looked like they'd had a row with their girlfriends' makeup. There was nothing tough about it, nothing dangerous about it, it was soft electro stuff and it just looked a bit wet. And I didn't like being associated with it."

Read the full interview in The Guardian.

Earlier this year Adam Ant rescheduled dates for his world tour which is now set to kick off next month in London. The North American leg kicks off in the fall and will include a stop at the Crofoot in Pontiac on October 11th. Check out the full list of rescheduled dates here.
Jack White will be the special musical guest on Saturday Night Live March 3rd. According to Third Man Records, White will perform two songs from his debut solo record, Blunderbuss, which drops April 24th. Check out the video to the record's first single, "Love Interruption" below.


While you're waiting to see Sleigh Bells on Saturday Night Live tonight check out a short interview with the band plus a few songs from their show at Terminal 5 in New York City last night. Sleigh Bells will drop their new cd Reign Of Terror on Tuesday:


"Infinity Guitars"

"Riot Rhythm"

Anton Corbijn, director of countless music videos and the film Control (Ian Curtis biography) is himself the subject of a biopic that premiered at Berlin's film festival Berlinale 2012 yesterday. Directed by Klaartje Quirijns, Anton Corbijn Inside Out examines Corbijn's life as told through interviews with friends, family, musicians he's worked with, and Corbijn himself. The film also features Corbijn's brilliant work--footage from his films, music videos, and stunning photos he's taken over the years. So far the two reviews I've read have been mostly positive: The Playlist gave it a B+; Screen Daily didn't grade the film but called it "more satisfying, well-crafted, and revealing" than Shadow Play (previous biopic on Corbijn). Screen Daily also posted this intriguing commentary:

"Though he’s clearly not participating in Quirijns’ project against his will, Corbijn seems embarrassed to be talking about himself, and unused to being directed rather then directing, and these two sources of friction generate some interesting static

According to IMDB, Anton Corbijn Inside Out will be released in the Netherlands on March 22nd, but no other info is available regarding a worldwide release. I suspect the film will enjoy a limited run in select theaters in North America in the future, though nothing has been announced yet. We'll keep you posted with updates, but for now watch the official trailer:

Anton Corbijn Inside Out official trailer

Watch some of Corbijn's work from over the years:

Control official trailer

Q & A session with Corbijn at the Toronto premiere of Control in 2007. (Starts at around 1:23)

"Bring On The Dancing Horses" Echo & The Bunnymen

"Headhunter" Front 242

's "One" has two videos. Here's the one Corbijn directed:

"Strangelove" Depeche Mode

"Re-Offender" Travis

Corbijn directed Coldplay's concert in Madrid last year for the American Express concert series Unstaged. Watch the full concert (the concert itself starts at around 24 minutes in, there's an interview with Coldplay prior to that, fyi)

Earlier this week The Black Keys played a 40 minute show for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. Watch the entire performance below. The Black Keys kick off their North American tour in a couple of weeks, so don't miss them live! The Detroit show is March 3rd at Joe Louis Arena. Grab tickets for the tour through Ticketmaster, or Tickets For Charity (15 dollars from each ticket will go to charities chosen by the band).

1. Howlin For You
2. Next Girl
3. Gold On The Ceiling
4. Thick Freakness
5. I'll Be Your Man
6. Your Touch
7. Little Black Submarines
8. Dead And Gone
9. Tighten Up
10. Lonely Boy
11. I Got Mine
This week's NME features a cover story on Noel Gallagher, who is always a pretty interesting interview. He told NME he's jealous of Beady Eye (Liam Gallagher's band) because "I should have had custody of Gem" (Oasis guitarist, Gem Archer). Noel also made the following comments on the likelihood of an Oasis (and Smiths) reunion:

"I don't believe a reunion will happen: "I don't think either Oasis or The Smiths will reform. I think Morrissey and Marr, probably, but I don't think The Smiths will ever reform. And Oasis, at the moment, no. Morrissey and Johnny Marr is probably more on the cards."

Meanwhile, Noel appeared on Irish television last night and revealed to host Ryan Tubridy what he misses most about the Oasis experience:

"Playing stadiums. I enjoy that...such a spectable. When people come to see it, they're watching essentially five guys working. When you're on stage you're watching 75,000 people...it's indescribable, they're all there because of the songs you wrote."

Noel also disclosed that though he's been playing about six or seven Oasis songs at his live gigs, he won't play certain songs, namely the ones "so related to Liam's voice" like "Rock & Roll Star" and "Champagne Supernova." Hmmm, yet he plays "Wonderwall" which is the song probably most associated with Liam's voice, well, at least to me.

Watch the full interview from RTE's The Late Late Show below:

Don't miss Noel Gallagher on his North American tour. The Detroit area date is March 31st at the Royal Oak Music Theater.
"Love Is The Drug" by Roxy Music was remixed by Todd Terje and is available in the U.K. on Beatport. Take a listen to the remix below:

"Love Is The Drug" Todd Terje remix

Roxy Music haven't revealed if the "Love Is The Drug" remix is going to appear on a new remix ep release, but we'll keep you posted. A few years ago Roxy Music released a series of remix eps--each ep was numbered and named after a color--EP #1/Pink, EP#2/Orange, EP#3/Purple, and EP#4/Blue. and you can still purchase the releases on Amazon or iTunes.

Take a listen to a few of the remixes below:

"Always Unknowing" (Cinnamon Chasers remix, Blue )

"Rain Rain Rain" (Tiefschwartz remix, Pink)

"Virginia Plain" (Headman rework, Purple)

"Same Old Scene" (Glimmers remix, Orange)

"Avalon" (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas, Blue)

For those who enjoy listening to the classic versions of Roxy Music, don't forget an extensive 40th anniversary deluxe box set will be released later this year. Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982 is a 12 disc set (8 CDs, 4 DVDs) and will include the band's eight studio records plus b-sides, remixes, non-album singles and more and will drop on April 2nd.


Last night Chris Cornell paid tribute to Whitney Houston:

Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You," from The Bodyguard soundtrack sold a zillion copies back in 1992.
A few weeks ago The Shins debuted their new single, "Simple Song" which has been available as a digital download to fans who pre-order the full length new record, Port Of Morrow. Vinyl fans can now purchase the 7 inch of "Simple Song" featuring the b-side "September" at independent record stores. Port Of Morrow drops March 20th.

NPR will be hosting an in-app concert featuring a live concert stream of the Shins' New York City show March 7th. Find out more about that here. For those who would rather see the band close and personal (well, a bit closer), don't miss them on their North American tour with the Antlers. The Detroit show is June 6th at the Fillmore and you can grab tickets here.

Finally, starting next Tuesday (February 21st) the video for "Simple Song" will be the free video of the week on iTunes. Check out a short preview of the video below:

The Dandy Warhols have announced details regarding their new album. The band's tenth record, This Machine, features eleven tracks and two musical guests: David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets) and Miles Zuniga (Fastball). David J appears on the track "The Autumn Carnival" and Zuniga is featured on "Rest Your Head" and "Seti Vs The Wow! Signal." This Machine will be released on cd, vinyl, and digitally April 24th. Take a look at the tracklisting below and catch up with the Dandys here.

XI. SLIDE (DeBoer)


This shouldn't come as a massive shock, but you'll be waiting even longer for the new Amorphous Androgynous/Noel Gallagher record. In an interview with NME Gallagher revealed the collaboration likely won't be out until next year. He told the mag he has some time off in July and is planning on finishing up the record then, so it could be out by year's end, but most likely it'll drop next year. Gallagher being Gallagher also threw in this chunk of awesomeness:

"I set the benchmark pretty high with this record ['Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'], and I'm not just putting a record for the fucking sake of it. At the moment it's not a great record – so it won't come out until it is."

Awesome. As previously reported the first Androgynous Amorphous/Gallagher track "Shoot A Hole In The Sun" will be released as the b-side to the latest High Flying Birds single, "Dream On" next month.

Liven up your day by watching Morrissey's appearance from Glastonbury 2011.

If you like guitary-shoegaze music you really should check out Bloody Knives. The band have kind of labeled their music as "industrial shoegaze" and the description is pretty much dead on. The three piece hail from Austin, Texas and put out a 5 song digital ep last year. I LOVE this. Check out the song/video to the lead track "Disappear" below:

Bloody Knives "Disappear"

Check out a full stream of the 5 song digital ep they released last May, and head on over to bandcamp to download it.

Catch up with Bloody Knives on Facebook.


Morrissey guitarist, Boz Boorer has recorded a short (VERRRRRY short) video teaser for his upcoming single, "Slippery Forces" which drops in April. Watch the teaser below and don't blink, or you'll miss it!

By the way, Boorer just released a full record with his other project Happy Martyr. A digital version of the full album, One Square Mile is available on iTunes.

Back in 1995 Boorer was featued on Adam Ant's album Wonderful then in 2003 the two teamed up for a charity record to benefit endangered mountain gorillas. Together they reworked the Adam & the Ants' song "Stand & Deliver" changing the lyrics to "Save The Gorilla" but in the end the Save The Gorillas record was never released due to licensing issues. Watch footage of Boorer and Ant recording "Save The Gorilla" below:

Boz Boorer + Adam Ant "Save The Gorilla"

One song from the Boorer/Ant sessions did eventually end up getting released on Boorer's 2008 solo record. Take a listen to "Jungle Rock" below.

Boz Boorer/Adam Ant "Jungle Rock"