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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
"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 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).
01. Live Again
04. The Change
08. This One
10. Let It Lie
I Touch A Red Button Man
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"
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...
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.
Web only performance of "Deep Wound"
"Son of Mustang Ford" (courtesy of The Audio Perv)
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.
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.
"Wake Up" Mad Season
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"
Soundgarden is expected to release a full length new album later this year, though an official release date hasn't been announced yet.
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.
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'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.
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.
Fuse interview with Bernard Sumner
"The Perfect Kiss" (live from Ultra Music Festival 2012)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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"
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.
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.
"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.
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.
@AmandaDamnMarie im not pissed people found the collab, i can easily choose not to stream it you know, im pissed about the quality of a rip!— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) March 21, 2012
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.
"Take You Out"
"Spend The Night With You"
If you're so inclined, you can vote here.
"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.
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.
Last year McCarthy appeared on the Yasmin Gate track "Lips." Check out the song and official video below.
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 "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.
"Simple Song" (from Letterman late night show)
The Shins full Live on Letterman concert
"...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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
If you missed Orbital's recent live interview/performance for the BBC Radio 6 anniversary, take a look at it here.
Interview with Schemel after Los Angeles film festival premiere, August 2011
Another Q & A session from last year
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)
"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???
Click the links below to listen to a couple of other instrumental tracks from the soundtrack:
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.
Sometime in the 90's Billy Corgan wrote Regis & Kathy Lee a fan letter and they ended up booking him as a guest on the show in 1997 (I remember watching this live and still have this interview on VHS somewhere). Believe it or not, Corgan was a fan of the cheesy show, and seeing Kathy Lee in action is cringeworthy, but it's a fun watch nonetheless.
"Cherub Rock" 1994
"Rocket" acoustic, 2007
"Wish You Were Here" David Gilmour + Billy Corgan (Pink Floyd Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, 1996)
Those who did see the show seemed blown away by White's live set, which included some new songs from his forthcoming solo record, Blunderbuss, and old favorites from Dead Weather, Raconteurs, and the White Stripes. Here's a review of the show from Pitchfork, though the review neglects to mention comedian Bill Murray was spotted in the venue having a great time. Antiquiet's review is better and more indepth.
*Third Man Records is also scouring You Tube and removing any live video of Jack White they can find--not just from last night's show, but ALL of his shows.