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2012/03/31

Third Man Records has posted a video with a rundown of their Record Store Day 2012 releases. The highlights are two vinyl singles that will only be sold at the Third Man Records store in Nashville--a playable etched 12 inch of Jack White's "Sixteen Saltines" and a LIQUID FILLED vinyl version of the single. The playable etched vinyl was created by George Ingram, and is said to be the first of its kind, and similarly the liquid filled record is also a pretty groundbreaking piece of vinyl. Take a look at all the Record Store Day offerings from Third Man Record in the video below. Bonus: there's a Jack White cameo.



If you're reading this on April 1st, please note the video was created and uploaded by Third Man Records on March 30th, so the groundbreaking vinyl releases are not an April Fool's joke.
Watch more live Swervedriver--the videos below are from last night's show in D.C.




"Deep Seat"

An interview with Morrissey and Johnny Marr that aired on Spanish television in 1985 has surfaced on You Tube. Topics discussed were popular music, the Smiths' cover art/sleeves, Joy Division, and more. Take a look at the interview below (beware of the bizarre fast forwarding):



Meanwhile, Morrissey was named one of the 'Top 20 Sexiest Male Musicians of All Time" by the LA Weekly blog. Forward over to look at the blurb on Morrissey here, or flip through the whole feature. Bonus: Jarvis Cocker also made the list.
Gaz Coombes, best known as the singer of the now defunct band Supergrass, will drop his debut solo record, Here Come the Bombs, this spring. Take a listen to a song called "Sub Divider" below and download the track for free. The first single, "Hot Fruit" will drop May 14th, and the full record will be released on vinyl, cd, and as a digital album on May 21st. Pre-order here.

Swervedriver are currently on a (very) short North American tour--be sure to check them out if they're coming to your town. Here's fan shot footage from their show in Boston on Thursday.




2012/03/30

Earlier this week a live cover version of Jesus & Mary Chain's "Sometimes Always" by Feist and M. Ward made the rounds (via Ology). It's hard to cover a JAMC song, and I think the Feist/Ward did the song justice, but personally I'd give bigger props to Spotlight Kid for their 2009 studio version of the cover.



Spotlight Kid's version is available on the import shoegaze cover compilation Never Lose That Feeling Vol 3. Classic songs from Ride, House of Love, Swervedriver, Slowdive, and others are also covered on the release. Take a listen to Jatun's cover of Swervedriver's "Never Lose That Feeling"



By the way, the other editions of Never Lose That Feeling are pretty solid if you're a fan of the shoegaze genre. Volume 2 features a pretty sweet cover of My Bloody Valentine's "When You Sleep" by Swirlpool and Catherine Wheel's "Black Metallic" by Hammock.



Morrissey's debut solo record Viva Hate will be reissued next week in the U.K. The new version was remastered by the album's original producer and co-writer, Stephen Street. Previous to working on Viva Hate, Street worked with the Smiths, notably on the band's final record Strangeways Here We Come. Smiths and Morrissey fans will be very interested in reading a recent interview with Street--Street dished about the final days of the Smiths, Morrissey's transition into a solo career, working on Viva Hate, his relationship (then and now) with Morrissey, and why Viva Hate needed to be remastered. Read the interview here.

Street is also gearing up for the reissue of Viva Hate on his official website with the posting of a virtual book dedicated to the release on his official website. The book features commentary from Street and handwritten sheet music for some of the songs on the record, but the true gem is a handwritten letter from Morrissey dated August 18, 1987. In the letter Morrissey writes,

"I want the Smiths to be laid to rest and I want to record for EMI under my own name. I would naturally be very happy if you would accept this situation and work with me."

In the letter Morrissey also lamented about the charting position of the Strangeways song "Girlfriend in a Coma," before ending by telling Street he was looking forward to recording new material. View the virtual book here (click the corners of the book to "flip" the pages).

2012/03/29

Happy Mondays are poised to return to the stage this spring for live shows, but without Bez.  Bez confirmed to Mojo Magazine (via
Contact Music) that he'll be attending the shows on the tour and will be doing some DJ'ing, but he won't be dancing around the stage playing the maracas like days of yore.  He told Mojo:
 
"It's me whole pelvic-leg region that's given up the chase.  I'm a 50 year old man.  The most I can do these days ona night out is wobble on the spot.  Some things are best left to memories."
 
I'm sure the reunion won't be QUITE the same without Bez, but the show must go on.  The band will be kicking off their tour with Inspiral Carpets in May, plus they'll be doing some festival gigs later this summer.  No North American dates have been announced.
Happy Birthday, Perry Farrell!

"Pigs In Zen" (live, 1990)




The alt music world owes a great debt to Farrell. Kurt Cobain receives the "credit" (so to speak) for getting the alternative scene off the ground in 1991, but Jane's Addiction, with Farrell at the helm, was just as influential, if not moreso than Cobain and Nirvana. Jane's Addiction were busy playing shows and ripping up the scene in the late 80's and helped pave the way and influence tons of great bands (and let's be honest, tons of shitty bands too) in the years to come.

Besides leading Jane's Addiction, Farrell was/is also the brains behind the annual must-attend-alt-concert-event: Lollapalooza. Back in 1991 no one knew Lollapalooza was going to turn into an institution--all we knew was that there was this super cool festival headlined by Jane's Addiction that also featured a ton of other great bands: Siouxsie & The Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, Ice T, Rollins Band, and Fishbone. In the '90's Lollapalooza was a not-to-be-missed music and a social event.

In the years to follow, the lineup featured a who's who of the alt rock scene, until the festival seemingly jumped the shark in the late '90's. To be honest, the festival's demise was probably due in part to all the craptastic bands that were popular around that time. Farrell, always the visionary, cancelled the festival for a few years, and when the revamped festival re-emerged, it once again boasted an edgy lineup featuring a return to the Lollapalooza we all knew and loved--the only difference was that Lollapalooza was turned into an annual non-touring festival taking place each August in Chicago's Grant Park. FYI, this year's Lolla lineup is going to be announced on April 11th, and tons of sites are coming up with their own guesses as to who may be playing.

Farrell also dabbled in film--he released his semi-autobiographical, drug/musical film escapade,
The Gift, in 1993. The film was shot in late 1989 and 1990, but was finally released on VHS in 1993 and on DVD in 2010. You can watch a raw/unedited interview MTV's Kurt Loder did with a then drugged out Farrell (he's now clean, by the way) as well as links to watch the film below.

Interview part 1




Interview part 2

Interview part 3

Interview part 4

Interview part 5

Interview part 6


The Gift (part 1)
Spiritualized will kick off their North American tour next month. Don't miss them live at the Majestic Theater on May 4th. Take a look a the band's performance of "Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space" from last weekend's show in Manchester.



Spiritualized will release the new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light on April 17th and you can pre-order it now on iTunes. If you still haven't heard the record's first single, "Hey Jane" take a listen to it below and watch the official video here (YouTube has age restricted the ten minute film).

Michigan/Ohio indie pop punk band Citizen have covered the Smiths' classic "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out." Listen below and download it for free on Bandcamp. Wonder if they got permission to use that cover art...

Ultravox reformed in 2009 for some live shows and later this spring the band will return with their first studio record in 28 years. Brilliant features the classic Ultravox lineup of Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross, and Warren Cann, and the titles for the 12 track record are posted below. Ultravox will follow up the release of the record with a tour in the fall, though it's unlikely they'll play North America. Pre-order info for Brilliant is still being firmed up, but is expected to be posted on the band's official website soon.

01. Live Again
02. Flow
03. Brilliant
04. The Change
05. Rise
06. Remembering
07. Hello
08. This One
09. Fall
10. Let It Lie
11. Satellite
12. Contact

2012/03/28

Interpol's song "Lights" is featured as the backdrop to the short David Lynch animated film I Touch A Red Button Man. The big screen premiere of the film takes place in New York City next Friday before a screening of Lynch's classic Wild At Heart. Interpol's Sam Fogarino will introduce the film short, and he'll also participate in a Q & A session afterwards. Tickets and more info about the event can be found here.

I Touch A Red Button Man


The Shins appeared in the studio with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe earlier today. Watch the band's performance of "Clapping Butter" below and don't miss The Shins live on their upcoming North American tour. The Detroit show is June 6th at the Fillmore.

Watch video of a guy playing xylophone along with Radiohead's "No Surprises"



They should bring him on the road this spring! Don't miss Radiohead on their North American tour. The Detroit area show is June 11th at the Palace.
Jerry Cantrell from Alice In Chains will be honored at this year's MusiCares Map Fund Benefit May 31st in Los Angeles. Cantrell will be presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of MusiCares and for his overall commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. After Cantrell is honored, Alice In Chains will perform a full live set. The ceremony, hosted by Steve O, will also include a DJ set by Moby plus other performers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. To find out more about the event, visit the official MusiCares website.

Last year Dave Gahan was honored at the MusiCares benefit. Watch Gahan's acceptance speech and his live performance of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart"




Boz Boorer (best known as Morrissey's guitarist) has confirmed he'll release a new single in May. "Slippery Forces" plus four remixes of the track will be released on May 4th, with the full length album Some of the Parts to follow later in the year. Watch the official video for "Slippery Forces" below:



Damon Albarn premiered the first single from his forthcoming release Dr. Dee on the BBC today. Take a listen to "The Marvelous Dream" below:



Dr. Dee drops May 8th and you can pre-order the 18 track record here.

Meanwhile Albarn's partner-in-crime Graham Coxon will release his solo record A + E next week. The full album is still streaming here and you can pre-order it here.


I still can't get "What'll It Take" out of my head. I can't. And I don't want to...

2012/03/27

Garbage are set to release their new record Not Your Kind Of People on May 15th. The band dropped the new track "Blood For Poppies" about a week and a half ago, and now another new song, "Battle In Me" has surfaced. "Battle In Me" is slated to be the first U.K. single from the new cd, and you can listen to a full stream of it below.



Garbage offered up "Blood For Poppies" as a free download last week, if you missed out you can still get an instant download of the song when you pre-order the deluxe version of Not Your Kind Of People from iTunes.

Swervedriver performed on Jimmy Fallon last night and will be kicking off their tour tomorrow in Philadelphia. I hope a tour, late night appearance, and an awesome web-only track means a new record is coming later this year! Let's dream about that and in the meantime, enjoy Swervedriver's performance from last night.

Web only performance of "Deep Wound"




"Son of Mustang Ford" (courtesy of The Audio Perv)

For those keeping track, Peter Hook has been on the road playing classic Joy Division records while New Order have been busy playing gigs of their own. On Friday, the very same day New Order played their highly profile gig at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Hooky announced the cancellation of his 2012 tour of Australia and New Zealand. Coincidence? Looking for media attention of his own? Who knows, but you can read his official statement below, and if nothing else, Hooky gets extra points for using "Antipodean" in the post!

Peter Hook & The Light have unfortunately been forced to postpone their upcoming dates across Australia and New Zealand in April 2012 due to production circumstances which were beyond the band's control.

Hooky & The Light would like to apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment of the thousands of fans who had purchased tickets in advance for their second visit to the continent and we are hopeful that the dates are to be rescheduled for late 2012 or early 2013.

The band would like to thank all our Antipodean friends for their continued support and we look forward to having the opportunity to play for you again soon.
Darling, come here...

Lords of Acid are back with a new five song ep, Pop That Tooshie. The ep's title track is a wonderfully fun tribute to the booty as only the Lords of Acid could do properly. Bonus: "Pop That Tooshie" features vocals by pornstar Alana Evans. Enjoy a full stream of the ep below and buy it now on iTunes or Amazon:




Lords of Acid will release a full length album Deep Chills on April 10th, and you can pre-order the 14 track record here. Catch up with the band on their official website or Facebook page.
A worldwide sing-a-long event has been organized to mark the 10 year anniversary of Layne Staley's death. The event, Sing For Layne, takes place April 5th at 9pm ET and will be webcast on the internet. To find out more about participating or to donate to the Layne Staley Fund, visit the official Sing For Layne website.

"Wake Up" Mad Season

2012/03/26

Jet

Jet posted the following statement on their website today announcing their disbandment:

After many successful years of writing, recording and touring we wish to announce our discontinuation as a group. From the many pubs, theatres, stadiums and festivals all across the world it was the fans that made our amazing story possible and we wish to thank them all. Thank you, and goodnight.

"Look What You've Done"


Today Soundgarden posted a VERY SHORT snippet of a new song titled, "Live To Rise." This is the first new music from the band in 15 years and they could only tease us with 22 seconds??? The full version of the song will be released on the Avengers soundtrack which drops May 1st. Check out the INCREDIBLY SHORT snippet of "Live to Rise" below:



Soundgarden is expected to release a full length new album later this year, though an official release date hasn't been announced yet.
James Iha is celebrating his birthday today.

Iha was the guitarist for Smashing Pumpkins and was considered by some to be Billy Corgan's puppet, but let's not forget that Iha co-wrote quite a few of the band's songs, including the BEST song in their catalog:




These days Iha is an active member of A Perfect Circle and he also just released a new solo album, Look to the Sky, in Japan. A worldwide release for the album is planned for later in they year though an official date hasn't been firmed up. Those who can't wait can buy an import copy here.

Watch the trailer for the album's lead single, "To Who Knows Where" and catch up with Iha here.


The Machine Room have posted another awesome track on Soundcloud called "Tickling Tongues."



If you haven't already, check out the band's new four song Love From A Distance EP. The track "Your Head On The Floor Next Door" is by far my favorite song of 2012--it's sooooooo addictive.



If you liked the original version you might also like the Heex remix of "Your Head On The Floor Next Door"

Swervedriver are kicking off their short North American tour in Philadelphia this Wednesday. They're playing VERY few shows on this tour (seriously guys, only ten shows?) so take full opportunity to watch them tonight on Jimmy Fallon.

Swervedriver's music and influence have been documented recently in two films --Anyone Can Play Guitar, and Upside Down: The Creation Records Story--plus they were featured on the soundtrack to Upside Down. Both films are available now on DVD.





Be sure to watch Swervedriver on Fallon tonight. If you're lucky enough to have Swervedriver in your town, GO TO THE SHOW! They are awesome live.

"Duel"


2012/03/25

Silversun Pickups will drop their new record Neck of the Woods on May 8th on yellow vinyl, standard cd, and as a digital album, plus there's a really souped up limited edition physical/digital version. Pre-order here and take a listen to the first single, "Bloody Mary" below:

"Bloody Mary"


After 40 years, they're still going strong--electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk headlined the Ultra Music Festival in Miami on Friday night. Watch some of their performance below:

"The Robots"




"Computer Love"



"Radioactivity"

Watch the official video for Korn ft Skrillex "Chaos Lives in Everything"

Graham Coxon is releasing his new album A + E on April 2nd, and The Guardian is hosting the exclusive full stream of the album now. Standout tracks from the record include "City Hall," "Running For Your Life," and the infectious gem, "What'll It Take."

Watch the official video for "What'll It Take" below and pre-order A + E here.




Earlier this month Coxon debuted tracks from A + E live at a BBC Radio 6 celebration and you can watch the entire set here.
Before New Order's set at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami this weekend, Fuse caught up with Bernard Sumner for a short interview. Sumner talked briefly about New Order's reunion, "Peter the bass player left the band," and revealed that "this year is about playing live," though he did say New Order may write new music while on tour. He also said it was Peter Hook who was holding up the release of Lost Sirens, the album featuring outtakes from 2005's Waiting For The Sirens' Call.

Fuse interview with Bernard Sumner





"The Perfect Kiss" (live from Ultra Music Festival 2012)

8 am hour

Pretenders "Middle of the Road"
David Bowie "Blue Jean"
Clash "I Fought the Law"
Siouxsie & the Banshees "Cities in Dust"
Flys "Got You (Where I Want You)"
Oasis "Morning Glory"
Cure "Pictures of You"
Talking Heads "Psychokiller"
Sundays "Here's Where the Story Ends"
Jesus & Mary Chain "Far Gone & Out"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Higher Ground"
Urge Overkill "Sister Havana"
Gandharvas "First Day of Spring"

9 am hour

Stray Cats "Rock This Town"
Cult "She Sells Sanctuary"
Buzzcocks "Orgasm Addict"
Smashing Pumpkins "Thirty Three"
Cranberries "Dreams"
Joy Division "Warsaw"
Nirvana "Aneurysm"
INXS "What You Need"
Yaz "Don't Go"
Beck "Where it's At"
Charlatans "Weirdo"
Inspiral Carpets "Commercial Rain"
Rancid "Ruby Soho"
Cake "the Distance"
Cure "Just Like Heaven"

10 am hour

U2 "Angel of Harlem"
Love & Rockets "So Alive"
Morrissey "Hairdresser on Fire"
Hum "Stars"
Veruca Salt "Seether"
Smashing Pumpkins "Siva"
Smithereens "Only a Memory"
R.E.M. "So. Central Rain"
Depeche Mode "Policy of Truth"
My Bloody Valentine "Only Shallow"
Ride "Vapour Trail"
Radiohead "Karma Police"
24 Gone "Girl of Colours"

11 am hour

Erasure "Chorus"
Book of Love "Boy"
Devo "Whip It"
Ramones "Teenage Lobotomy"
Ministry "Just One Fix"
Bjork "Army of Me"
Prodigy "Breathe"
Breeders "Divine Hammer"
Lenny Kravitz "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
Nine Inch Nails "Sin"
Deftones "Change"
Joy Division "Transmission"
Smiths "Panic"

2012/03/24

Tim Burgess from the Charlatans U.K. will release his autobiography, Telling Stories, on April 26th. More info on the book is posted here. Watch the trailer for Telling Stories below:

Telling Stories Trailer

Burgess will celebrate the release of his book with a live reading, Q + A, signing, and acoustic performance on May 12th in Newcastle, U.K.

The Charlatans U.K. are heading out on the road for a month-long tour of the U.K. in June. The band will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Tellin' Stories by performing the 1997 cd in its entirety.
Ministry's new record, Relapse, drops March 26th and you can listen to a full stream of the album now through Monday.

The official video for the cd's first single, "99 Percenters" premiered earlier this week:




Al Jourgensen and the gang documented the making of Relapse with a series of ten webisodes. Follow the links below to watch the full Relapse series.

Webisode 1

Webisode 2

Webisode 3

Webisode 4

Webisode 5

Webisode 6

Webisode 7

Webisode 8

Webisode 9

Webisode 10
Morrissey wrapped his South American tour and posted a thank you to fans in an official update posted on true to you. In the statement Morrissey also confirmed the re-release of his 1988 single, "Suedehead." From the statement:

In April, EMI re-issue my 1988 single Suedehead as remixed by Ron and Russell Mael. This is a great thrill for me, and I am indebted till death to Ron and Russell.

You might also be aware that Thelma Houston** has also recorded Suedehead this year.
Anyway, thank you for reading this, and I shall see some of you in far-off places.

Now the (sort of) bad news on the "Suedehead" release--a limited edition picture disc version of "Suedehead" will be released on Record Store Day in the U.K., but it won't be available for Record Store Day in the U.S. Here's the Record Store Day U.K. listing:

Suedehead, We'll Let You Know (live)*, Now My Heart Is Full (live)*

10" picture disc
*previously unreleased
Label: EMI

I guess Morrissey/Smiths fans in the U.S. will have to settle for Rockabye Baby Lullabye Renditions of the Smiths on 12'' vinyl for Record Store Day. I know, small consolation.

Meanwhile, Morrissey's 1998 debut album Viva Hate will be reissued in the U.K. next month. The new version, remastered by original producer Stephen Street, sees the return of the record's original artwork, features an introduction by Chrissie Hynde, and adds b-side "Treat Me Like A Human Being." Two tracks,"The Ordinary Boys" and "Hairdresser On Fire," have been deleted from the remaster (though technically "Hairdresser" was a bonus U.S. track and was never originally on the U.K. version). The Viva Hate remaster drops in the U.K. on April 2nd and will be available as an import in the U.S. on April 10th.

**
Wow, Thelma Houston recorded "Suedehead"? I'm not sure I want to hear her version, but (of course) I scoured the net looking for it anyway. It appears Houston's version hasn't been released yet because I sure couldn't find it and there isn't a listing on her official website regarding anything new.

2012/03/23

Happy Birthday, Damon Albarn! Albarn is the busiest guy in showbiz, or at the least the music biz! Take a look at few of the projects that he's been busy with over the last couple of months:

Gorillaz collaboration with Andre 3000 and James Murphy




Blur reunion at The Brit awards:



Rocketjuice and the Moon (project with Flea)



Last year Albarn wrote the music for opera, Dr. Dee, which will also serve as Albarn's solo record. Dr. Dee drops May 7th:



Who knows what else he has up his sleeve? Happy Birthday, Damon. Keep the great music coming!
Public Image Limited. appeared at The Quietus' Record Store Day event in the U.K. on Monday. Watch John Lydon talk about the importance of records in an interview recorded at the event:



Last week Public Image Limited played a concert as part of the weeklong BBC Radio 6 tenth anniversary celebration. Watch some video from the event:

BBC interview/"Deeper Water"



"This Is Not A Love Song"



"Albatross"



"Disappointed"



"Rise"



"Warrior"




Public Image Limited will drop the One Drop EP for Record Store Day on April 21st and follow that up with the full length album This Is P.I.L. on May 28th.

2012/03/22

Vanity Fair online features a interview with Shirley Manson and Butch Vig from Garbage. Both Manson and Vig gave their own explanation on how/why the Garbage reunion came about:

BV: It started really from Shirley. I think she felt a sense of frustration because she worked on a solo record and her label rejected it. They said it was way too dark, or too left field. They wanted something much more pop. They wanted a Katy Perry record—they kept trying to get her to write with all these pop songwriters, and I think she realized the people she really likes to write with are [band members] Duke [Erikson] and Steve [Marker] and me.

SM: I had a collection of songs that I thought were really strong. I took them in [and] played them for the record company. They weren’t interested. They told me they were too dark. They wanted me to have international radio hits and “be the Annie Lennox of my generation.” I kid you not; I am quoting directly. I just thought, Fuck this.

Manson also made some supportive comments about Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga! Read the entire interview over at Vanity Fair.

The new album from Garbage, Not Your Kind Of People, drops May 15th. The first single, "Blood For Poppies" is still available to download for free from the band for a limited time, so grab it while you can.


Soulsavers, aka Rich Machin and Ian Glover, will release a new record later this spring. The team has a long history of using impressive guest vocalists--Mark Lanegan, Mike Patton, and Gibby Haynes are just a few of the names who have worked with the duo over the years. The band's new single, "Longest Day" features another big star--Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode. Take a listen to the single below:



"Longest Day" will be released as a digital single April 2nd and as a limited edition 7'' vinyl on Record Store Day. Soulsavers will follow up the single with the full length record, The Light The Dead See, on vinyl, cd, and digitally May 21st.

My Bloody Valentine announced that their LONG awaited reissues are finally coming this May!  The remastered versions of Isn't Anything and Loveless will be released on May 7th.  In addition, the band's four eps (Feed Me With Your Kiss, You Made Me Realise, Glider, and Tremolo) will be reissued on a compilation that will also--brace yourself--contain seven rarities and previously unreleased tracks!  So mark May 7th on your calendar and catch up with MBV
Dead Can Dance has announced dates for their North American tour, which kicks off in August and runs through the beginning of September. Take a look at the full (Detroit-less) tour itinerary here.

Fans can also download another free live digital ep, Live Happenings - Part IV, below:









The new collaboration between Deadmau5 and Gerard Way leaked last night. Take a listen to "Professional Griefers" below via Gigwise.



Interestingly enough, Deadmau5 isn't necessarily annoyed by the leak, but he says he is "pissed about the quality of the rip"
according to a tweet he sent out last night.



In other Deadmau5 news, the star DJ just launched a website for his label mau5trap. He plans maintaining his current official site for his own music and the new website is for label related projects and other artists on his label.
Take a listen to a super cool band out of Philadelphia called Audio Kings of the third world. Fans of the Fall, Joy Division, Gang of Four, or bands influenced by those bands (like the Strokes and Interpol), will likely dig this band. Audio Kings of the third world make new music that most definitely sounds old school, and as an added bonus they prove that you don't have to have a hipster look or fancy haircut to make great music. You'll see what I mean when you check out the track "Hello Operator" below.

"Hello Operator"



Audio Kings of the third world just released their five song ep, Do It Now Till It Hurts, on Bandcamp. Stream the five track ep below and download it here.



"She"




"Take You Out"



"Spend The Night With You"



"Camera"

As part of the 60th anniversary celebration of New Musical Express, the magazine has launched a search for the Ultimate Music Icon of the last 60 years. Brace yourself because it is indeed a readers poll, and as history reminds us, these sorts of polls never end well. To get an idea of the trainwreck potential, take a look below at the artists who have made the shortlist. You'll notice that some of the artists listed don't seem to belong on a ballot for a music icon spanning 60 years.

If you're so inclined, you can vote here.

Alex Turner
Amy Winehouse
Beth Ditto
Bob Dylan
Björk
Bob Marley
Bobby Gillespie
Chuck D
Courtney Love
Damon Albarn
Dave Grohl
David Bowie
Debbie Harry
Dizzee Rascal
Elvis Presley
Eminem
Freddie Mercury
Ian Brown
Ian Curtis
Jay-Z
Iggy Pop
Jack White
Jarvis Cocker
Jim Morrison
Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Page
Joe Strummer
Joey Ramone
John Lennon
John Lydon
Johnny Cash
Johnny Marr
Julian Casablancas
Karen O
Kate Bush
Keith Richards
Kurt Cobain
Liam Gallagher
Lily Allen
Lou Reed
Madonna
Marc Bolan
Michael Jackson
Morrissey
Matt Bellamy
Noel Gallagher
Patti Smith
Paul McCartney
Paul Weller
Pete Doherty
PJ Harvey
Prince
Richey Edwards
Robert Smith
Roger Daltrey
Shaun Ryder
Sid Vicious
Siouxsie Sioux
Syd Barrett
Thom Yorke


Remember the band Pop Will Eat Itself?

"Def Con One"




Gimme Big Mac, gimme fries to go! Let's listen to another!

"Can U Dig It?"



After years out of the limelight, Pop Will Eat Itself
returned late last year with a new record titled New Noise Designed By A Sadist. Take a look at the cover art for the album.


Graham Crabb, the band's principal songwriter and only original member, says the inspiration behind the new album was the challenge to create a classic album 25 years after the band's first release that would sound more exciting and relevant than most current music. Take a listen to a couple of singles from the album below to see if they've achieved their goal.

"Chaos & Mayhem" (official video)




Listen to the stream of the latest single, "Disguise" and also check out the band's official "video" which is actually features the song along with footage of fans singing the praises of PWEI.





The studio album, New Noise Designed By A Sadist, is available to purchase here and the band's brand new live record (recorded at a gig in Reading last week) is available to download here. PWEI are winding down their tour of the U.K. this week with no other dates currently in the works.
Chris Cornell guests on the debut solo record from actress Rita Wilson. The full record is titled AM/FM and drops May 8th. Take a listen to her cover of "All I Have To Do Is Dream" featuring Cornell on backup vocals:

2012/03/21

Jack White talked solo album, electoral college, and meanness with the BBC last night. Watch the interview below:



Jack White's solo record Blunderbuss drops April 24th, and you can listen to the latest single "Sixteen Saltines" below. Don't miss White on the road this spring. The Detroit date is May 24th at the Masonic Temple and tickets go on sale this Friday.

Douglas McCarthy from Nitzer Ebb has firmed up the release date(s) for his solo record Life Is Sucking The Life Out Of Me. The first single, "Hey" will drop on digital dance e-tailer Beatport on April 9th. The full length album will be available digitally exclusively on iTunes on April 30th, then will be available from other digital sites starting May 7th. Details for a physical format have not been revealed, so it's likely not going to be released on cd or vinyl. Visit McCarthy's official site for more details.

Last year McCarthy appeared on the Yasmin Gate track "Lips." Check out the song and official video below.


Placebo take over Sundance U.K. in London next month! In December the band announced a live concert at IndigO2 as part of the film festival's events, and today they revealed they'll screen their documentary Coming Up For Air at Sundance on April 28th. After the screening the band will take part in a Q + A along with the film's director Charlie Targett-Adams. Tickets for the screening are available here.

Coming Up For Air follows the band around the world on their Battle of the Sun tour and was released last year on deluxe and Blu-Ray versions of Placebo's concert film We Come In Pieces DVD. The deluxe versions also included the short film Trigger Happy Hands which you can watch below.



"Every You, Every Me" (from We Come In Pieces)



Last year while promoting We Come In Pieces, Placebo's Steve Forrest answered fan questions on video. Watch it below:




The Cribs return with their new album In the Belly of the Brazen Bull on May 7th. Watch the newly released video for the record's first single, "Come On, Be a No-One" below:

The Cribs "Come On, Be a No-One" (official video)



Pre-order In the Belly of the Brazen Bull here and receive a free instant download of another track "Better Than Me." Take a listen to the song:


The Cribs "Better Than Me"



Don't miss the Cribs live on their North American tour this spring. The Detroit date is April 10th at the Pike Room.
Last night, the Shins played a full concert as part of the Live on Letterman concert series at the Ed Sullivan Theater, then appeared on the televised late night version of Letterman to perform "Simple Song." Watch video of the Letterman performance plus watch the hour long Live on Letterman concert below, or watch the concert on demand here.

"Simple Song" (from Letterman late night show)




The Shins full Live on Letterman concert

2012/03/20

If you haven't had your fill of Peter Hook talkin' 'bout New Order and Joy Division, click on over to read a new interview with Hooky. Yes, Hook is still bitter about his ex-bandmates using the New Order name--but it's worth checking out the article to read his comments about Joy Division's albums. Hook said he's only now realizing what masterpieces those albums were. Yes, he's only figuring that out now apparently! He revealed that he and Bernard Sumner didn't really like the Joy Division 'sound' at the time:

"...everyone else thought it was great so we went along with it, but we were upset and it stayed with me for years; remember we were ignoring Joy Division throughout New Order – never listened to it"

“It wasn’t until I came to transcribe the LP that I realised what incredible work he’d (Martin Hannett) done, especially when you consider the equipment he was using, which in many ways was almost barbaric – two-inch tape and analogue effects. We didn’t realise how good everyone working around us was at the time, we were just daft kids looking to play really. That has dawned on me recently.”

Read the entire interview with Peter Hook on the Tonedeaf website.
The Shins are back with a new album today. If you buy Port of Morrow at participating record stores you'll also receive a free four track live ep.

"Simple Song"




Tonight the Shins are playing a full show as part of the Live on Letterman concert series, then later tonight they'll appear on Letterman. Tonight's hourlong set will be webcast live starting at 8pm ET then will be available for on-demand viewing. Watch a trailer for the event below:

Last night Arcade Fire delivered a lecture on Haiti, then performed live. Watch their performance of "Haiti" and "Wake Up" below



BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe premiered the Soulwax remix of Arcade Fire's "Sprawl II" and you can take a listen to it below via Arcade Fire Tube



Finally, the soundtrack to Hunger Games is out today and features "Abraham's Daughter" from Arcade Fire. Grab the soundtrack here and listen to the track below:

Yep, today is officially the first day of spring. Celebrate with the Gandharvas!

Jack White has announced more dates for his debut solo tour, as well as pre-order info for his forthcoming solo record Blunderbuss. The new batch of dates include a stop at Detroit's Masonic Temple on May 24th, and tickets for the Detroit show go on sale this Friday at 1pm.

White's solo record Blunderbuss drops April 24th and you can now pre-order it through Third Man Records or iTunes.

Listen to "Sixteen Saltines," the latest single from Blunderbuss.




As previously reported, last Friday Jack White played a live set as part of the Third Man Records showcase at South By Southwest in Austin. Official photos from the show have finally been posted here and you can read a review of the show here.
Here's yet another remix of Gotye's hit track "Somebody I Used To Know." The stripped down Subclash remix can be downloaded for free via Soundcloud.



Gotye kicks off his North American tour this week in Washington D.C., and he'll be in town April 2nd for a sold out show at Pease Auditorium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.

"Somebody I Used To Know" (official video)



The Muppety Gotye-approved version:

2012/03/19

Andrew Wood died on this day in 1990 from a heroin overdose. Take a few moments to watch some video celebrating Wood and Mother Love Bone:



After Wood's death, Chris Cornell, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron, and Eddie Vedder formed Temple of the Dog as a tribute to the late Mother Love Bone frontman.



Temple of the Dog reformed at last year's Pearl Jam 20 concert in Alpine Valley:



Watch more footage from last year's reunion here.

Mother Love Bone/Andrew Wood fans might find the following homemade documentary interesting--the 13 minute film was created by a radio dj who contends Andrew Wood and Mother Love Bone were the most important/influential Seattle band.



The Mother Love Bone film, The Love Bone Earth Affair, released on VHS in 1993 has been uploaded to YouTube and you can watch the entire film by clicking the links below.

Part one
Part two
Part three
Tonight is the Record Store Day U.K. launch party featuring a live concert from Public Image Limited and DJ set by Orbital. The "secret" guest-list-only event will be webcast on Boiler Room live from 7pm-11pm U.K. time (2-6 pm ET) tonight. It appears the webcast will NOT be geo-blocked, so fans worldwide should be able to check out the show here at the time of the event.

If you missed Orbital's recent live interview/performance for the BBC Radio 6 anniversary, take a look at it here.

2012/03/18

A documentary about Hole's drummer Patty Schemel will finally enjoy a run in theaters next month. So far Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel has only been shown at film festivals, but starting in April the film will open in theaters in select cities. New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have official screening dates and more are expected to be announced soon. Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel features a ton of footage from Hole's heyday in the early 90's. Yes, of course Courtney Love makes plenty of appearances, but this is Schemel's story, not Love's (or Hole's, for that matter.) Watch the trailer and interview footage below, and visit the official website here.



Interview with Schemel after Los Angeles film festival premiere, August 2011



Another Q & A session from last year

Graham Coxon performed a concert last week in London as part of the BBC Radio 6 tenth anniversary celebration. Coxon's eight song set mainly consisted of tracks from his forthcoming album A + E. Watch the full concert below and pre-order A + E here. The record drops April 2nd.









01. "Advice" (new song)
02. "What'll It Take" (new song)
03. "The Truth" (new song)
04. "Running For Your Life" (new song)
05. "No Good Time"
06. "Freakin' Out"
07. "Ooh, Yeh Yeh" (new song)
08. "City Hall" (new song)
BBC Radio 6 celebrated its 10th anniversary last week and as part of the festivities, Orbital appeared for a live interview and performance session at London's Maida Vale studios. Watch the full proceedings below which include an exclusive look at Orbital's super cool equipment! In case you don't want to watch the introduction, the performance begins at around 3:30 into the video below. Orbital will release their new cd Wonky next month.

8 am hour

Blondie "One Way Or Another"
XTC "That's Really Super, Supergirl"
R.E.M. "Fall On Me"
Smashing Pumpkins "Eye"
Peter Gabriel "In Your Eyes"
Sloan "Underwhelmed"
U2 "All I Want Is You"
Cure "Lovecats"
Echo & the Bunnymen "Ocean Rain"
Oasis "Wonderwall"
Pixies "Monkey Gone to Heaven"
Social Distortion "Bad Luck"
Bad Religion "Infected"

9 am hour

White Town "Your Woman"
Madness "House of Fun"
Duran Duran "Girls on Film"
Folk Implosion "Natural One"
Garbage "Vow"
Front 242 "Headhunter"
Pearl Jam "Corduroy"
Material Issue "Valerie Loves Me"
Police "Spirits in the Material World"
Smiths "Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before"
Nine Inch Nails "We're in This Together Now"
New Order "Blue Monday"
Fiona Apple "Criminal"

10 am hour

Clash "Rock the Casbah"
Simple Minds "Promised You a Miracle"
INXS "The One Thing"
Mother Love Bone "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns"
Temple of the Dog "Times of Trouble"
Pixies "Gouge Away"
Cure "The Walk"
Blur "Girls & Boys"
Elastica "Connection"
U2 "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses"
Violent Femmes "Gone Daddy Gone"
R.E.M. "Try Not to Breathe"
Cowboy Junkies "Sweet Jane"

11 am hour

James "Born of Frustration"
Love & Rockets "All in My Mind"
Cars "You Might Think"
Wheatus "Teenage Dirtbag"
Tubeway Army/Gary Numan "Down in the Park"
Placebo "Pure Morning"
Cult "Fire Woman"
Oasis "Whatever"
Gumball "Accelerator"
Smashing Pumpkins "Zero"
Morrissey "Everyday Is Like Sunday"
House Of Love "Shine On"
Radiohead "Fake Plastic Trees"

2012/03/17

As you may recall, a few weeks ago at the NME Awards Johnny Marr was badgered (once again) about when he'd reform the Smiths. Marr quipped that he'd reform the Smiths if the current government stepped down:

"We won't be reforming this week. Maybe if the government stepped down. If this government stepped down, I'll reform the band. How's that? That's a fair trade, isn't it? I think the country would be better off, don't you? I'll do it if the coalition steps down."

Up to now there hasn't been an official statement (at least not a real one anyway) from Prime Minister David Cameron, who declared himself to be a big Smiths fan in 2010, much to the dismay of Morrissey and Marr. But it looks like Cameron has finally made a public comment, albeit a brief one, regarding the situation. The following quote attributed to Cameron was published in yesterday's
Financial Times:

“I love The Smiths but there are limits."

So there you have it. Cameron really DOESN'T love The Smiths at all. A true fan would just take one for the team, no???


Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park has composed the score and soundtrack to the upcoming film The Raid: Redemption. Take a listen to a song titled "Razors Out" featuring Chino Moreno from Deftones.



Click the links below to listen to a couple of other instrumental tracks from the soundtrack:

"Trapped"
"Drug Lab"
"Dog Fight"

Pre-orders for The Raid: Redemption soundtrack will receive an instant download of "Razors Out." The digital version of the album will be delivered March 20th, the physical format ships April 13th. Pre-order here.

The Raid: Redemption opens in select cities on March 23rd and nationwide on April 13th.

Official trailer: