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2012/12/31

Howard Jones recently filmed an episode of the BYUtv documentary series The Song That Changed My Life, which features him discussing some favorite songs and highlights from his career. Jones recorded four songs live for the documentary and is offering up the songs as a free download to fans as a gift for the New Year. Stream and download the four songs below and watch the full episode of The Song That Changed My Life featuring Howard Jones here. There's also an episode of The Song That Changed My Life featuring Mike Peters from the Alarm here.



Though exact plans are yet to be firmed up, Howard Jones announced that he'll celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first single with some special live shows in 2013.  The concerts will take place near the end of the year and will feature some his favorite songs from his catalog along with new music and video.  He's also planning to release a DVD boxset compiling all his promo videos with remastered audio.  For more on Howard Jones, visit his official website.

2012/12/30

Time Warp airs on 89X radio Sundays from 8am until noon ET and streams live on the net.  For more on artists played on Time Warp visit my blog hang the dj, which is updated daily with music news, videos, and other kernels of awesomeness.

8 am hour:

R.E.M.  "Radio Song"
Echo & the Bunnymen  "Villiers Terrace"
U2  "I Will Follow"
Love & Rockets  "So Alive"
Roxy Music  "Avalon"
24 Gone  "Trust"
Meat Puppets  "Backwater"
K's Choice  "Not An Addict"
Social Distortion  "Bad Luck"
Black Flag  "TV Party"
Nirvana  "Breed"
Ultravivid Scene  "Special One"

9 am hour:

Blondie  "Rapture"
Talk Talk  "It's My Life"
Depeche Mode  "Everything Counts"
Placebo  "The Crawl"
For Squirrels  "Mighty K.C."
Stooges  "Down On The Street"
Oasis  "Morning Glory"
Folk Implosion  "Natural One"
Ben Folds Five  "Brick"
New Order  "Ceremony"
Tears For Fears  "Pale Shelter"
Erasure  "Chorus"
Soundgarden  "Rusty Cage"

10 am hour:

Cult  "Sweet Soul Sister"
Pearl Jam  "Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town"
Patti Smith  "People Have The Power"
White Town  "Your Woman"
Yello  "Oh Yeah"
Dinosaur Jr  "Puke & Cry"
Radiohead  "Street Spirit"
Inspiral Carpets  "Two Worlds Collide"
Marcy Playground  "Sex & Candy"
Jesus & Mary Chain  "Head On"
Ash  "Jack Names The Planets"
Beck  "Jack-Ass"
Sinead O'Connor  "Jerusalem"

11 am hour:

Mazzy Star  "Fade Into You"
Lenny Kravitz  "Mr. Cab Driver"
Elastica  "Connection"
Pure  "Spiritual Pollution"
Joy Division  "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Sugar  "If I Can't Change Your Mind"
Smiths  "How Soon Is Now?"
Cure  "Lullaby"
Opus III  "It's A Fine Day"
Alphaville  "Forever Young"
House Of Love  "Shine On"
Ride  "Drive Blind"

2012/12/29

Happy Birthday to Jim Reid from Jesus & Mary Chain! Check out a short interview with Jesus & Mary Chain from 1985 and a few music videos below:

Interview, 1985



"You Trip Me Up"



"Sidewalking"



"April Skies"



2012/12/26

In case you missed the mass panic on the internet December 24th, My Bloody Valentine announced they've completed mastering their new album. Here's the full riot-inducing update:

"On 21-12-12 we finished mastering the new album!"

Kevin Shields revealed in interviews earlier this year that a new MBV record would be released before the end of the year. It's doubtful he'll fulfill that promise, but be rest assured, the new album is on the way. The band has a number of festival dates booked for 2013, so it seems almost certain (though we ARE talking about MBV here) the new album should be out before then.

The follow up to 1991's Loveless will be released through the band's website. At this point there is no official website other than Facebook, though it's likely a new site will be launching shortly over at mybloodyvalentine.net (the owner of the domain gave up the URL by request of Kevin Shields a few weeks ago).

For right now, it's probably a good idea to like the MBV page, and while you're at it, liking the Creation Records page would be a great idea too.

My Bloody Valentine 2013 tour itinerary

2/05 - Osaka Namba Hatch, Osaka
2/06 - Osaka Namba Hatch, Osaka
2/07 - Shinkiba Studio Coast, Tokyo
2/08 - Shinkiba Studio Coast, Tokyo
2/10 - Shinkiba Studio Coast, Tokyo
2/16 - ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror, Altona
2/18 - Enmore Theater, Sydney
2/20 - Tivoli Theater, Brisbane
2/22 - Palace Theatre, Melbourne
3/09 - Barrowlands, Glasgow - Barrowlands
3/10 - Apollo, Manchester
3/12 - Hammersmith Apollo, London
3/13 - Hammersmith Apollo, London
Father John Misty played aboard the SS Coachella earlier this month and ended one of his sets with a cover of R Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" (complete with an entertaining round of thank you sentiments at the end including "Merry Christmas motherfuckers"). Enjoy.



Watch some other video from the cruise below:





Pulp unveiled a demo of a new song on Christmas. According to Consequence Of Sound, fans who attended the band's December 8th homecoming gig in Sheffield were given a download card (pictured here) with instructions indicating the mysterious download would be available to redeem on Christmas. As fans found out yesterday, the download was a demo of a new song (written in 2000) titled "After You." Stream "After You" below:



For more on Pulp's Christmas demo, read the report over at Consequence Of Sound.

At this time, there's no official info about a new Pulp album and the band doesn't have any live appearances scheduled. Pulp's last performance was last weekend aboard the SS Coachella. Watch some super up-close video of Pulp from one of their SS Coachella sets below:

"Disco 2000"



"Common People"



Related post:

Stream Pulp's full December 8th homecoming show


2012/12/24

Last year Scritti Politti's Rhodri Marsden recorded a festive parody of the Smiths' classic "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now." Stream and download "Heaven Knows I'm Christmassy Now" below!





Rhodri has recorded tons of other entertaining covers including songs from The Cure, Hall & Oates, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, and tons more - take a listen to a few covers below and head over to Soundcloud to listen and download many more. An additional cover of XTC's "Love On A Farmboy's Wages" is streaming here.







Rhodri also writes for the Independent - a recent column discussed how he went about covering one of the songs on Beck's sheet music album Song Reader. Check out the article here and for more on Rhodri follow him on Twitter.

2012/12/23

Time Warp airs on 89X every Sunday from 8am until noon and also streams live on the net.  For more on artists played on Time Warp, visit my blog hang the dj, which is updated daily with music news, video, and other kernels of awesomeness.  To check out the playlist from previous shows click here.

8 am hour:

Joe Strummer  "Love Kills"
Primal Scream  "Higher Than The Sun"
Cure  "Pictures Of You"
Pretenders  "Don't Get Me Wrong"
Smiths  "Girlfriend In A Coma"
24 Gone  "Girl Of Colours"
Smashing Pumpkins  "Rocket"
Nirvana  "Dive"
Ramones  "We Want The Airwaves"
Cramps  "Human Fly"
Sex Pistols  "Pretty Vacant"
Housemartins  "Five Get Overexcited"
La's  "There She Goes"
Toad The Wet Sprocket  "All I Want"

9 am hour:

Cult  "She Sells Sanctuary"
Soundgarden  "Rhinosaur"
Red Hot Chili Peppers  "Love Rollercoaster"
Pixies  "La La Love You"
Teenage Fanclub  "Here Comes Your Man"
Echo & The Bunnymen  "The Killing Moon"
Love & Rockets  "All In My Mind"
Replacements  "Can't Hardly Wait"
Pavement  "Cut Your Hair"
Sonic Youth  "Sugar Kane"
Band Aid  "Do They Know It's Christmas"
Cocteau Twins  "Lorelei"
Oasis  "Wonderwall"

10 am hour:

Clash  "London Calling"
Fugazi  "Waiting Room"
Nine Inch Nails  "Sin"
Ministry  "Jesus Built My Hotrod"
Michael Stipe/Chris Martin  "Losing My Religion"
Garbage  "Queer"
New Order  "True Faith"
Rhodri Marsden  "Heaven Knows I'm Christmassy Now"
Smiths  "Panic"
Depeche Mode  "Lie To Me"
Psychedelic Furs  "Love My Way"
Mad Season  "Wake Up"

11 am hour:

Veruca Salt  "Seether"
Jane's Addiction  "Stop!"
Jesus & Mary Chain  "The Hardest Walk"
Catherine Wheel  "Black Metallic"
Pearl Jam  "Black"
Thurl Ravenscroft  "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch"
Sloan  "Coax Me"
INXS  "Don't Change"
Cure  "Charlotte Sometimes"
Portishead  "Sour Times"
Placebo  "Pure Morning"
House Of Love  "I Don't Know Why I Love You"
Chameleons  "Swamp Thing"
Mike Scaccia, guitarist for Ministry, Revolting Cocks, and Rigor Mortis has died at the age of 47. According to reports, Scaccia collapsed on stage at a Rigor Mortis gig yesterday in Fort Worth, Texas and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The news has been confirmed by Rigor Mortis bandmate Bruce Corbitt on Facebook who also revealed he will be organizing tribute concert and online benefit for Scaccia's family.

Ministry leader Al Jourgensen posted the following about Scaccia on Facebook today:

"I just lost my lil' brother and my best friend - the 13th Planet compound is devastated, completely in shock and shattered. Mikey was not only the best guitar player in the history of music, but he was a close, close, close part of our family - and I just lost a huge chunk of my heart today. Our lives are forever changed. Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp - kind of bland. I have no words to express what this guy meant to me, my family, my career....everything! Get to know his lead parts - for they are in the pantheon of music! Unfortunately, most of you didn't get to know Mikey's soul - which is in the pantheon of humanity. He is my hero, my friend and my idol. Mikey was always beside me - my right hand man - through thick and thin, the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. Rest in peace my brother, my friend, my heart. Please pray for Mike Scaccia and Jenny, his wife and their children, and his family.....AL"

Update:

According to the medical examiner official website, Scaccia died from a heart attack secondary to cardiovascular disease (sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease) and was ruled a natural death. View the case info on the ME's website (search for case # 1215556).

Earlier this year, Mike Scaccia filmed some interview videos as part of a series for Wildwood Guitars. Watch the videos below



Favorite concert he attended



On the favorite shows he's performed



On his favorite albums



On his influences



On the birth of rock



Several other videos from the series are posted here.

2012/12/22

Joe Strummer died on this day in 2002. Look back at Strummer's remarkable life with some video below, plus at the bottom of the post there's a collection of tributes/stories written about Strummer from the past week. Viva Joe Strummer! May his memory and music last forever...

"(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais" (one of Strummer's final performances - this was shot in London in November 2002)



The Clash interviewed on Tom Snyder, 1981



"The Magnificent Seven" (performance from Snyder's program)



Viva Joe Strummer: The Story Of The Clash (full documentary from 2005)



Television coverage of Strummer's death from 2002







Joe Strummer tribute, Grammy Awards, 2003



Links to several stories posted over the last week in remembrance of Joe Strummer:

"A groove, a vibe, a shot of humanity, a bit of uplifting": Remembering Joe Strummer (Alternative Press)
Joe Strummer's Life After Death (NPR)
"Instinct Not Intellect": Johnny Green Remembers Joe Strummer (The Quietus)
Joe Strummer changed plenty of lives including mine (Daily Record)
Joe Strummer's Complex Legacy: 10 Years After The Clash Leader's Death (Spin)
Joe Strummer inspires if we're ready to perspire. (The Clash Blog)
If You Want To Create You Need To Suffer (The Daily Swarm)
Joe Strummer Interviewed In 1988 (Louder Than War)
Ten Years Gone: Remembering Joe Strummer (Dying Scene)
Why the Clash were the only band that mattered (Flavorwire)
Link to WSJ spotify playlist

2012/12/21

The documentary on the Replacements Color Me Obsessed - A Film About The Replacements was shown in select theaters worldwide in 2011, and last month the film was released on DVD (order here). The film streaming in full and can be viewed below courtesy of Noisey (in conjunction with MVD Visual). For more on Color Me Obsessed, including an interview with director Gorman Bechard visit the film's official website.

Adam Ant premiered his official video for "Cool Zombie" - he chose to premiere the video today because he's celebrating that the world has not ended. Yet.



"Cool Zombie" is the first single from the forthcoming album Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunners Daughter which is scheduled for January 21st worldwide and January 22nd in North America. The album is available to pre-order now through Amazon and Amazon U.K.

2012/12/20

In 2003 New Folk Implosion (minus founding member John Davis) released their final album. Today, Lou Barlow uploaded an expanded version of the album including four unreleased outtakes from the album sessions. Stream the full album below and download it now on Bandcamp.


Krist Novoselic announced Tuesday that he'll be updating his blog regularly for the next three weeks (the blog will be active through the second week of January) and for the December 18th post he discussed working and playing live with his old bandmates and Paul McCartney. Last night's post discussed the media's use of the name Sirvana, and his idea on what to call the collaboration with Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, and Paul McCartney.

"As far as names for the collaboration go, there is no consensus. It's been decided to call it "The Nirvana Reunion" and "Thee Beatles" -- to convey the project is something new and not a nod to musical endeavors past. It was initially thought to alternate between each name every other week. After many days of discussions, the lighting-quick pace of today's technology was considered and our plans changed. Instead, the two names will alternate every .0000012 of a second. This way web surfers have a good chance of seeing both names as much as possible. The algorithm for this exciting new technology is being coded as we speak, and if all goes well, it should be included on the next version of every major browser at the end of 2014 when the names are officially debuted."

Read the full post here.

Watch Krist Novoselic talk about his obsession with the accordion



For more on Krist Novoselic:

Krist Novoselic called reunion "emotionally & musically heavy"
Sound City - Real To Real LP tracklist & order info released
Watch: live premiere of "Cut Me Some Slack" + Eddie Vedder, Michael Stipe + more
The Sleigh The UK tour featuring the Wonder Stuff, Pop Will Eat Itself, and Jesus Jones kicked off last night in London. Watch some video from the Wonder Stuff's set including their cover of Duran Duran's "Planet Earth" - a studio version of the cover is available digitally on the newly released From The Midlands With Love 3 on iTunes and Amazon.

"Don't Let Me Down Gently"



"Planet Earth"



"Welcome To The Cheap Seats"



Catch up with the Wonder Stuff on their official site.
Last year Tim Wheeler (from Ash) and Emmy The Great released a Christmas album This Is Christmas. Last night they played a show in Manchester and invited a special guest - guitar hero Johnny Marr! Watch video from last night's show including the performance of the Pogues' classic "Fairytale Of New York" below and check out a picture of Tim, Emmy, and Johnny snapped before the gig.

"Fairytale Of New York"



"Step Into Christmas"



For more on Johnny Marr:

Stream: Johnny Marr + Pet Shop Boys full gig w/ BBC Philharmonic
Johnny Marr - stream "New Town Velocity" + BBC session
Watch Johnny Marr, Kim Gordon, Frank Black & more rock out with Dinosaur Jr
Johnny Marr: Stream "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want"
Strand Book Store in New York City hosted an evening devoted to Tony Fletcher and his new biography on the Smiths - A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga Of The Smiths. Fletcher read from the book, then answered questions along with Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke (Rourke and Johnny Marr were the only two members of the Smiths who agreed to participate and be interviewed for Fletcher's book).

During the Q & A session, Rourke talked a bit about Morrissey (said he was a bit selfish/stubborn, a detriment to the band at times) and revealed he'll likely play live with Johnny Marr at some point (possibly at some live shows when Marr comes to the U.S. next year). Near the end of the Q & A there was a short discussion about Ruth Polsky, who promoted some shows for the Smiths before her untimely death in 1986.

Watch the video of the reading and Q & A session below. The Q & A portion with Andy Rourke begins ~ 33 minutes in.



FYI - Fletcher and Rourke refer to a video shoot a few times during the Q & A session. They're referring to a story director Tamra Davis discussed during an interview for Fletcher's book. According to Davis, the band was supposed to take part in a promotional video shoot but Morrissey blew off it off the day of the shoot - he supposedly hid away in London and refused to take part. The rest of the band was furious and the episode added to the brewing tension and the band's eventual demise.

For more on Tony Fletcher & The Smiths:

Tony Fletcher talks The Smiths in an excellent interview with Salon
Video interview w/ Tony Fletcher + 30 minute documentary on The Smiths

A 12 year legal battle involving Kraftwerk and the use of unauthorized sample has finally come to an end. Kraftwerk released the song "Metall auf Metall" on their 1977 album Trans Europa Express, then years later a song "Nur Mir" written by Moses Pelham, Martin Haas, and performed by Sabrina Setlur lifted a sample from Kraftwerk's song without permission. Kraftwerk filed suit in 2000, and a German court ended up ruling against Kraftwerk. The case was recently heard by the Supreme Court in Germany, and this time Kraftwerk emerged victorious. According to a report in The Economist, the Court ruled for Kraftwerk after weighing testimony from expert witnesses who attempted to create the sound of metal crashing on metal in an attempt to imitate Kraftwerk's song:

"The answer given by the Supreme Court is that it [sampling] is only permissible if the same effect could not have been produced by the new artist himself. After various demonstrations by expert witnesses, crashing metal on metal and using instruments such as a 1996 Akai Sampler, it was shown that an imitation of the sound-bite would have been possible in 1997."

Essentially the court appears to be saying, if an artist cannot figure out any other way to create a sound, sampling another artist's music would be acceptable, but in this case the court ruled that the sound WAS able to be re-created/imitated, so the sample was NOT permissible. The full ruling in the case is expected to be published next year. The case is an interesting one and is expected to have an effect on music sampling in the future.

For more on the case and the court's decision visit The Economist.

Kraftwerk "Metall auf Metall"



Sabrina Setlur "Nur Mir"





2012/12/19

The awesomely rad Blue Stahli has returned with a full on aural assault - Antisleep Vol 3. The 13 track instrumental album is available now exclusively through FiXT and will be released on iTunes and Amazon starting January 22nd.  You really don't want to wait for this though because IT'S THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE END OF THE WORLD! Click over to FiXT now to choose between the digital download, or CD version which comes with a digital download.

Stream "Atom Smasher" from Antisleep Vol 3:



Check out the latest edition of Stahlivision below and catch up with Blue Stahli on the official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud (there's a bunch of Blue Stahli stuff to download for free on Soundcloud including his badass remix of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage").

As previously reported, a deluxe edition of Mad Season's Above will be released on April 16th and is available to pre-order now. The three disc set features two audio CDs and a DVD: the official tracklisting hasn't been posted, however, back in October, drummer Barrett Martin made these comments about the release in an interview with The Sun Break:

"Mike [McCready] and I oversaw a Mad Season box setIt contains the re-mastered Above album, the Moore concert on DVD with surround sound, and a bunch of live recordings that we never released. The most exciting stuff: three songs that Mark Lanegan wrote lyrics and sang on, songs that we started to record for the second album but never finished because of Baker’s and Layne’s deaths. One of the songs Peter Buck wrote with us, and the other two are from me and Mike. They are three of the heaviest and most beautiful songs Mad Season did, and I know Layne [Staley] and Baker [Saunders] will love them"

The deluxe reissue of Mad Season's Above will be released on April 16th and is available to pre-order now through the official Pearl Jam webstore.

Meanwhile, Walking Papers, the project featuring Barrett Martin, Jeff Angell, Duff McKagan, and Ben Anderson, released their self titled debut album in October - the album includes 11 tracks and features Mike McCready on two of the songs. Download the album through iTunes or Amazon. Read Barrett Martin's two part interview on Walking Papers here and here.


Last week Walking Papers played a gig in Seattle at Crocodiles and the band was joined by Jerry Cantrell from Alice In Chains! Watch some video from the performance below. Alice In Chains fans may also want to check out a brand new song from AIC titled "Hollow" which is posted here.

"Your Secret's Safe With Me"



"Two Tickets"




One week ago, Krist Novoselic joined Dave Grohl on stage (along with Paul McCartney and Pat Smear) at the 12-12-12 Sandy Relief concert and debuted "Cut Me Some Slack**." Yesterday, Novoselic re-activated his blog and posted some commentary about getting together with his ex-bandmates and playing with McCartney:

"I really liked jamming with Pat and Dave again -- and what a great experience playing with Paul...It was so exciting to play with Paul. I became seized with thoughts, for I hadn't played like that with Pat or Dave since the last Nirvana show in 1994. Wow, it was emotionally and musically heavy! Some other things brought me back; there was a Lefty on guitar who was a heck of a songwriter. Anyway, words can't really describe it and I returned to the task at hand. A new song was born!"

Novoselic also blogged about playing Saturday Night Live and made some other comments. Read Novoselic's full post here - by the way, yesterday's post was the first in a series that he's planning on writing.

The studio version of "Cut Me Some Slack" is available as an instant download for those who pre-order Sound City Real To Reel, or fans can just buy the single separately now. Sound City Real To Reel also includes collaborations from Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, Corey Taylor, and Stevie Nicks among others, and will be released on March 12th.  The documentary Sound City Movie is set for a February 1st release and fans may pre-order the film now through the official site or on iTunes.

"Cut Me Some Slack" from 12-12-12



"Cut Me Some Slack" (studio version)



**FYI, 12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief is available to pre-order now though (contrary to earlier reports) the album does NOT include the performance of "Cut Me Some Slack." It does, however, feature the Michael Stipe/Chris Martin duet plus the Eddie Vedder/Roger Waters collaboration, plus the money goes to a great cause. More info on the release is posted here.


2012/12/18

Columbia Records announced today that an album featuring live performances from last week's Concert For Sandy Relief benefit at Madison Square Garden is available now on iTunes. Highlights from the album include the Michael Stipe/Chris Martin performance of "Losing My Religion" and the Roger Waters/Eddie Vedder performance of "Comfortably Numb." Contrary to earlier reports, "Cut Me Some Slack," the collaboration featuring Paul McCartney and ex-members of Nirvana is not included on the album. Take a look at the full tracklist below and download now from iTunes (a physical version of the album will be released in January). Note that all the tracks are "album only" and cannot be purchased individually.

Net proceeds from 12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund - which is providing money, material and know-how to local organizations that are serving families and individuals in the regions hardest hit by the storm.

12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief  tracklisting

01. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band– “Land of Hope and Dreams”
02. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – “Wrecking Ball”
03. Roger Waters – “Another Brick In The Atlantic Wall Part I, II & III”
04. Roger Waters - "Us And Them"
05. Roger Waters feat. Eddie Vedder– “Comfortably Numb”
06. Adam Sandler and Paul Shaffer – “Hallelujah (Sandy Relief Version)”
07. Bon Jovi – “It’s My Life”
08. Bon Jovi – “Wanted Dead Or Alive”
09. Eric Clapton – “Got To Be Better In A Little While”
10. Eric Clapton – “Crossroads”
11. The Rolling Stones – “You Got Me Rocking”
12. The Rolling Stones – “Jumpin Jack Flash”
13. Alicia Keys – “No One”
14. The Who – “Who Are You”
15. The Who – “Baba O’Reilly”
16. The Who – “Love Reign O’er Me”
17. Billy Joel – “Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)”
18. Billy Joel – “Moving Out (Anthony’s Song)”
19. Billy Joel – “You May Be Right”
20. Chris Martin – “Viva La Vida
21. Chris Martin feat. Michael Stipe – “Losing My Religion”
22. Chris Martin – “Us Against The World”
23. Paul McCartney – “Helter Skelter”
24. Alicia Keys – “Empire State Of Mind”

Alice In Chains debuted their new song "Hollow" today. Stream the lyric video for "Hollow" below - the video features images fans submitted to the band. Alice In Chains will return with the follow up to 2009's Black Gives Way To Blue in 2013. Catch up with Alice In Chains on their official site, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Kirsty MacColl died on this day in 2000. The Arts Desk wrote a nice article in remembrance of MacColl today which includes some comments from Johnny Marr. Read the piece here and enjoy some audio/video from Kirsty MacColl below.

"They Don't Know" (original version recorded by MacColl in 1979, later covered by Tracey Ullman)



"Walking Down Madison" (from Electric Landlady w/ Johnny Marr)



"Sexuality" Billy Bragg ft Kirsty MacColl



Kirsty also recorded a version of "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby" but sadly audio is not available to post.

Great Lives is a long running biography show that airs each week on BBC Radio 4. Each week the show's host, Matthew Parris, invites a notable guest to the program and the guest selects an individual who inspired their lives. In spring 2008, Parris invited British poet Simon Armitage on the program and he chose to discuss life of Ian Curtis from Joy Division. As an added bonus, Peter Hook also appeared on the show to add commentary and insight.

One of the highlights from the episode include Peter Hook playing a snippet of an unreleased version of Ian Curtis singing "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (recorded by Malcolm McLaren). Parris, Armitage, and Hook also discussed Curtis' life, lyrics, and final days. Stream the full episode below.



Visit the BBC website to download some free episodes from the Great Lives archive. The episode on Ian Curtis does not appear to be available as a free download however there are several other interesting profiles to download.

Patti Smith appeared on Fox 2 in Detroit on December 16th before playing a benefit for Gleaners - watch a short interview and performance of "Because The Night" with her son Jackson below:



Patti Smith released a new album Banga earlier in the year. Catch up with Smith here.
Bob Mould did an Ask Me Anything Q & A session on Reddit yesterday. Some highlights from the session are posted below - probably the most awesome highlight was Bob revealing the lyric "never lose that feeling" from his song "Keep Believing" was a nod to Swervedriver! Awesome. Some other nuggets from the chat are posted below:

On playing with the Pixies:

I was so luck to get to play shows with the Pixies in 1989. They were so important to the growth and progress of American music. THe 1980's in Minneapolis were so cool. Not only HD Mats Soul Asylum, but Prince, Flyte Time, etc. Such a creative place.

On playing live and working with Foo Fighters:

I was a Nirvana fan. We played shows together in 1991. I was a Foo Fighters fan. Nothing Left To lose got me through a bunch of road trips in 1999. Dave and I formally met in DC and we hit it off. I was honored to be asked to help out with Dear Rosemary. It was great to see Butch Vig as well, we worked on a Tar Babies EP at Smart Studios in Madison in 1984 or so! And to meet Pat Smear — I adored the Germs. I didn't think they would ask me to tour with them, nor did I anticipate the amount of kindness Dave and the entire Foos family would share with me. Great band, class act all the way around. I am very grateful.

Mould also discussed the Kickstarter project (raising funds for the DVD release of last year's Bob Mould tribute concert) and posted a link to a finished cut of Dave Grohl and Mould playing "Ice Cold Ice" (posted below). Mould revealed the performance was one of Grohl's favorites from the evening.

Read the full Reddit with Bob Mould here (a handy table with just the responses to the questions he answered is here), visit the Kickstarter for the See A Little Light tribute concert here (the campaign ends on December 22nd), and watch additional video from the 2011 tribute concert here.

Bob Mould recently announced four dates in North America (including a Detroit stop at the Magic Stick on March 2nd). As Mould mentioned in his Reddit session, he will not be playing Copper Blue in full at these shows, but instead will be playing songs from his latest album Silver Age, along with classics from Husker Du, Sugar, and his solo catalog. Visit Mould's official site for more details on the shows.

"Ice Cold Ice"

2012/12/17

Things are just getting better for fans of House Of Love! The band's self titled album was recently reissued as a 3 CD set and now the band has announced they'll return with a full length studio album next year. The new album is called She Paints Words In Red and will be released in the spring (the band says it'll likely be out in March or April of 2013). Take a look at the official tracklist for She Paints Words In Red below and catch up with House of Love on Facebook.

1. A Baby Got Back On Its Feet
2. Hemmingway
3. She Paints Words In Red
4. PKR
5. Lost In The Blues
6. Low Black Clouds
7. Money Man
8. Trouble In Mind
9. Never Again
10. Sunshine Out Of The Rain
11. Holy River
12. Eye Dream

FYI, the 3 disc House Of Love reissue can be obtained directly from Cherry Red, or from Amazon U.K. Fans in North America can obtain a digital version of the reissue through Amazon but those interested in a physical version will either need to wait until Amazon sets an official date for the import release, or just purchase directly from Cherry Red.

House Of Love "Feel"

Jane Wiedlin released a brand new Christmas song titled "What Do You Want For Xmas." Buy it digitally through iTunes and Amazon.  Catch up with Jane on her official site.
On December 15th the Black Keys joined the Rolling Stones on stage at their show in Newark, New Jersey and performed "Who Do You Love" together. The band were just one of many guests - Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, and John Mayer also joined the legendary rockers at their massive gig at Prudential Center. Video of the Black Keys' performance has been pulled down from You Tube, but those interested in Lady Gaga's appearance can watch that performance (while it lasts) here.

Update: Video of the Black Keys & Rolling Stones has appeared (for now):



Last week The Black Keys finished up their European leg of their tour for El Camino, and performed back to back shows at the O2 Arena in London. Watch some fantastic fan filmed footage from the London shows below.

"Howlin' For You"



"Tighten Up"



"Gold On The Ceiling"



"Nova Baby"



"Sister"



"Next Girl"



"Lonely Boy"

2012/12/16

The soundtrack to Dave Grohl's documentary centering around Sound City Studios and the legendary recording console used to record classic albums by Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, and others will be released on March 12th.  Sound City Real To Reel contains songs inspired by the documentary and features many well-known guests such as Grohl's ex-Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear; Taylor Hawkins and Nate Mendel from Foo Fighters; Trent Reznor, Corey Taylor, Josh Homme, and some big name old school rockers like Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks and Rick Springfield.

The first taste from Sound City Real To Reel came Wednesday when Grohl, Novoselic, Smear, and McCartney performed the new track "Cut Me Some Slack" at the Hurricane Sandy benefit at Madison Square Garden (and performed the song again on Saturday Night Live last night). Grohl revealed after the show that the song was recorded about six months ago when the guys got together for a jam session (the song was written and recorded in one day!) "Cut Me Some Slack" is available as an immediate download for fans who pre-order Real To Reel from iTunes. The album will be released on March 12th. 

Sound City Movie (the full documentary) premieres at Sundance next month and will be given a limited run in theaters (dates/schedule to be announced soon). Sound City Movie drops February 1st and is available to pre-order now from iTunes or direct from the Sound City Movie website.

"Cut Me Some Slack" (studio version)



Sound City Movie (official trailer)



Sound City Real To Reel tracklist

01. Heaven & All (Grohl, Peter Hayes, Robert Levon Been)
02. Time Slowing Down (Grohl, Chris Goss, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk)
03. You Can't Fix This (Grohl, Stevie Nicks, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee)
04. The Man That Never Was (Grohl, Hawkins, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Rick Springfield)
05. Your Wife Is Calling (Smear, Hawkins, Lee Ving, Alain Johannes)
06. From Can To Can't (Grohl, Corey Taylor, Rick Neilson, Scott Reeder)
07. Centipede (Grohl, Goss, Johannes, Josh Homme)
08. A Trick With No Sleeve (Grohl, Homme, Johannes)
09. Cut Me Some Slack (Grohl, Smear, Krist Novoselic, Paul McCartney)
10. Once Upon A Time...The End (Grohl, Jaffee, Jessy Greene, Jim Keltner)
11. Mantra (Grohl, Homme, Trent Reznor)


UPDATE: Stream "Hollow" by Alice In Chains below:

Alice In Chains return with their new single, "Hollow" on December 18th (snippet was posted here but has now been removed). Over the last couple days the band posted lyrics from "Hollow" on Instagram, and now they're asking fans to create images/pictures inspired by the song lyrics with the tag #HollowAIC. Alice In Chains will select some fan images and post them along with the premiere of "Hollow" on their website December 18th.  The follow up to 2009's Black Gives Way To Blue is expect to be released in early 2013.

Time Warp airs Sundays from 8am until noon on 89X and streams live on the net.  For more on artists played on Time Warp be sure to check out my blog hang the dj which is updated daily with music news, video, and other kernels of awesomeness.

8 am hour:

Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"
R.E.M. "Everybody Hurts"
Pixies "Winterlong"
Hum "Stars"
Cornershop "Brimful Of Asha"
Hilt "Super Honey"
Pluto "When She Was Happy"
Nirvana "Rape Me"
Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
Fall "Mr. Pharmacist"
Chris Cornell "Can't Change Me"
Heaven 17 "Let Me Go"
Simple Minds "Love Song"

9 am hour:

Cult "Nirvana"
Ramones "Do You Wanna Dance"
Clash "I Fought The Law"
Gene Loves Jezebel "Desire"
Concrete Blonde "Everybody Knows"
Specials "A Message To You Rudy"
Church "Reptile"
Ian McCulloch "Lover, Lover, Lover"
Stereo Mcs "Connected"
Tears For Fears "Laid So Low"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Knock Me Down"
Sloan "Underwhelmed"
New Order "Love Vigilantes"

10 am hour:

Elvis Costello "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love & Understanding"
David Bowie "Sound & Vision"
Matthew Sweet "Sick Of Myself"
Bob Mould "Wishing Well"
Cowboy Junkies "Sweet Jane"
U2 "God Part II"
Tin Tin "Kiss Me"
Beck "The New Pollution"
Verve "Sonnet"
Radiohead "Karma Police"
Blue Rodeo "Lost Together"
Joy Division "Atmosphere"

11 am hour:

Police "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
Duran Duran "Save A Prayer"
Porno For Pyros "Pets"
Alice In Chains "No Excuses"
Skinny Puppy "Smothered Hope"
Breeders "Divine Hammer"
Pearl Jam "Not For You"
Sparks "Cool Places"
OMD "Secret"
Marilyn Manson "The Dope Show"
Nine Inch Nails "Hurt"
R.E.M. "Nightswimming"
A liquored up Kim Wilde held a festive impromptu concert while riding on a train after attending a Christmas party in England last week. Watch the awesomeness below (including the reaction of the guys near the front who were clearly not enjoying themselves!). Via Gigwise.

2012/12/14

Rolling Stone premiered a 30 minute Soulsavers concert featuring Dave Gahan.  The set was shot earlier this year at the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles and is expected to be included as part of a live DVD which will be released next year.  Soulsavers released their album The Light The Dead See earlier this year.

Watch the set over at Rolling Stone.
The Specials performed a full set for BBC Radio 6 at Maida Vale in London on Wednesday. Four songs taken from the performance aired on the BBC and video is available to view here and is also posted below. In addition audio from the full show and an interview with Terry Hall & John Bradbury is also available to stream below. Thanks to MadFranko008, 2toneFootage, and ezzer0008



01. A Message To You Rudy
02. Ghost Town
03. Nite Klub
04. Too Much Too Young

Interview with Terry Hall & John Bradbury



Audio from full set



01. Sock It To Em DJ
02. Do The Dog
03. Concrete Jungle
04. Gangsters
05. Rat Race
06. Doesn't Make It Alright
07. Pearls Cafe
08. International Jet Set
09. Friday Night Saturday Morning
10. Stereotype
11. Man At C&A
12. Ghost Town
13. Do Nothing
14. A Message To You Rudy
15. Nite Klub
16. Too Much Too Young
Fans of psychedelic and shoegaze (sort of Ride meets Spiritualized meets the Verve) will love Bedfordshire, U.K. band Koolaid Electric Company. Not only do they have the best band name ever, but the music is unbelievably awesome.  Truly rare to be blown away upon first listen, but much like the Manchester band Embers, Koolaid Electric Company sucked me in from the get go.  Envelop yourself in the awesomeness of "Intro/Untitled" below:



"Intro-Untitled" is from the band's 2011 album Random Noises & Organised Sounds. The album is currently only available to purchase from Dead Bees store, though they do ship worldwide. Amazon U.S. has a listing for the album (though they are currently out of stock) and an Amazon U.K. subseller is selling a copy for an INCREDIBLE markup so if you're interested in obtaining a copy from Dead Bees is your best bet.

Stream the full album from Koolaid Electric Company below and catch up with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.


Bob Mould has announced four new dates in North America! Bob and his band will perform selections from his superb new solo album, Silver Age plus he'll play Hüsker Dü, Sugar and other classics from his solo catalog. The full tour itinerary is posted below with the new dates (including a Detroit stop at the Magic Stick March 2nd!) in bold:

2/26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
2/27 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
3/01 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe
3/02 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
3/08 - Brisbane, Australia @The Zoo
3/09 – Sydney, Australia @The Factory Theatre
3/12 – Adelaide, Australia @ Fowlers Live
3/13 – Melbourne, Australia @ The Corner Hotel
3/14 – Melbourne, Australia @ The Corner Hotel
3/16 – Perth, Australia @ The Rosemount

"The Descent"



"Keep Believing"

2012/12/13

Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, and Paul McCartney debuted a brand new song "Cut Me Some Slack" at the Hurricane Sandy benefit last night. According to Grohl, the guys got together about six months ago and wrote and recorded the song in a day! "Cut Me Some Slack" will appear on the album Sound City Reel To Reel - Music From & Inspired By the Film Sound City Movie. The documentary, Sound City Movie, premieres at Sundance in January and will be released worldwide on February 1st (order here). "Cut Me Some Slack" will also appear on a collection of live performances from last night's concert, with proceeds going to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Other highlights from last night's show include Eddie Vedder performing "Comfortably Numb" with Roger Waters and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe joining Chris Martin onstage for a performance of "Losing My Religion."

Interview clips (courtesy of Fuse) are posted below along with performance videos.

Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear "Cut Me Some Slack"



Dave Grohl + Krist Novoselic interview



Chris Martin + Michael Stipe "Losing My Religion"



Full Chris Martin set



Michael Stipe interview



Eddie Vedder + Roger Waters "Comfortably Numb"



Rogers Waters interview

Michael Stipe had a banner night - he appeared onstage live with Chris Martin as part of the Hurricane Sandy benefit at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In addition the Colbert Report aired a previously recorded performance of Stipe singing "Good King Wenceslas." Get your fill of all the Michael Stipe goodness below:


Video of Michael Stipe + Chris Martin performing "Losing My Religion" (starts ~ 5 minutes in)



Michael Stipe interview

2012/12/12

Killing Joke celebrate their 35th anniversary with the release of a career spanning singles collection on April 15th. The Singles Collection 1979 - 2012 includes 33 singles and b-sides, along with previously unreleased studio tracks. The collection will be available as a digital download, limited edition CD, and a Super Deluxe Edition/boxset. The limited edition CD version comes as a 3 disc set, but once the initial pressings are gone the collection will be available as a 2 CD set (fans interested in the limited edition version are encouraged to pre-order now). Meanwhile, the Super Deluxe boxset version includes all of the music on the limited edition CD, but comes in a hand numbered cigar box and features extra nifty things like a poster, 32 page book, plus an aluminium screw top branded cigar tube containing original wrappers of cigars smoked by Jaz Coleman and Paul Raven during the recording of ‘Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell!  Wow! A listing of the full contents of the box are posted below.

Pre-order the limited edition 3CD version of The Singles Collection here, and the Super Deluxe boxset is available exclusively through Pledge Music. Pledging incentives/extras and ordering information is posted here. Other information on the Singles Collection 1979 - 2012 can be found through the official Killing Joke website.

Killing Joke also announced dates for a North American tour - dates are posted below along with details on the Super Deluxe version of their boxset:

4/19 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/23 Montreal, QB @ Cafe Campus
4/24 Toronto, ONT @ Lee’s Palace
4/26 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
4/27 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
4/30 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
5/01 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
5/03 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
5/04 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
5/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda

Contents of the Super Deluxe version:

-Hand-numbered hinged-lid ‘cigar box’ made from 1500mcn black-lined rigid board finished with matt print retrospective artwork.

-33 career-spanning CD singles plus selected B-Sides in full-colour card wallets featuring original artwork.

-Rarities disc, including previously unreleased studio tracks.

-32-page perfect-bound book including rare photos, archive notes, band commentary.

-Poster designed and personally signed by long-time Killing Joke artist/champion, Mike Coles, printed on 250gsm silk art.

-Aluminium screw-top branded cigar tube containing original wrappers of cigars smoked by Jaz Coleman & Paul Raven during the recording of the ‘Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell’ album.

The internet is blowing up with reports that surviving members of Nirvana will be hitting the stage to perform songs with Paul McCartney tonight at the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit in New York City. The source of the rumor is the British rag The Sun, who is reporting that the surviving members of Nirvana (David Grohl, Krist Novoselic, along with Pat Smear) will be playing songs with Paul McCartney on vocals.

According to the report McCartney called up Grohl who invited him to come jam with some friends. He did and reportedly didn't even realize WHO he was playing with. A "source" reported to the Sun:

He [McCartney] said: “I didn’t really know who they were. They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said ‘Whoa? You guys haven’t played together for all that time?

“And somebody whispered to me ‘That’s Nirvana. You’re Kurt.’ I couldn’t believe it.”

The full report (with the most ridiculous picture ever)is posted here.

The Hurricane Sandy benefit at Madison Square Garden is also expected to feature a collaboration between Eddie Vedder and Roger Waters (Vedder/Waters officially confirmed the collaboration via Twitter last night). Other acts include The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, and more. The concert begins at 7:30 pm ET and will stream live on the net (via a Fuse feed).

UPDATE: According to reports McCartney will NOT be performing Nirvana songs with the band (though it's possible Nirvana songs may be performed WITHOUT McCartney). Krist Novoselic confirmed via Twitter that they will be performing a new song (described as heavy - "Helter Skelter" meets "Scentless Apprentice") with McCartney. The Sun has also modified their original report to read that McCartney will join the ex-Nirvana members to perform a new song.

UPDATE: Courtney Love has weighed in on tonight's performance and told TMZ she is "not amused" after hearing about McCartney's involvement.





2012/12/11

Morrissey was interviewed by Australia's 3 News ahead of his tour of Australia & New Zealand (kicks off December 14th).  Moz answered questions about a range of subjects, including the music industry (said he doesn't have a record label deal because "I have a brain...it works, it functions") and revealed he's happy to be considered an individual and musician that's hard to define. Of course, his comments that are making the internet news cycle is the portion of the interview where he criticized the Royal family and blamed them in part for the death of the British nurse who committed suicide after being duped by a radio show.

Watch the full 20 minute interview plus Morrissey's performance of "You Have Killed Me" below. The official videos are posted over at 3 News ( link to the interview ) (link to the performance).

Full interview



Performance of "You Have Killed Me"



Performance of "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" - forward to ~ 5 minutes into video (the beginning of the video is highlights from the full interview which is posted above)



The current Morrissey tour itinerary:

Australian/New Zealand dates:

12/14 Wellington, New Zealand @ Town Hall
12/15 Auckland, New Zealand @ Vector Arena
12/17 Brisbane, Australia @ Convention Center
12/19 Melbourne, Australia @ Festival Hall
12/21 Sydney, Australia @ Enmore Theatre
12/22 Sydney, Australia @ Sydney Opera House

Rescheduled 2013 tour:

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

Also read:

Smiths biographer Tony Fletcher talks Smiths career & legacy

Today Depeche Mode confirmed the rumor that had been making the rounds over the last couple of weeks - the band has signed a worldwide record deal with Columbia Records.  Depeche Mode also revealed that their new album (which is still untitled) will be released in March (European date scheduled for March 25th, other territories still TBA).  Martin Gore said the album has a "similar vibe" to Violator and Songs Of Faith & Devotion and the songs on the album are among some of the best they've ever done. Dave Gahan, who also shared songwriting duties said of the album:

"it's not a blues record but it definitely has a soulful vibe.  During the recording process we really tried to get the elements of performing and the live show into the album more"

More info on the album will be announced in the coming weeks.  Read Depeche Mode's full announcement about their partnership with Columbia here.

In more news, Dave Gahan, who guested on the latest Soulsavers album, The Light The Dead See, recently performed an acoustic session with Soulsavers. The performance was filmed for a future DVD release in 2013. Later this week Rolling Stone will exclusively stream a portion of the set, so stay tuned.

Soulsavers ft David Gahan "The Longest Day"



(untitled new Depeche Mode song)

Suggs from Madness announced dates for his one man show 'Suggs My Life Story In Words & Music 2013'. The tour promises "an emotional roller coaster through the ups and downs of an astonishing thirty-year career spanning pop music, radio, television, and film with musical accompaniment and uncalled for interjection from Deano his loyal pianist-cum-manservant." The 48 date tour of the U.K. kicks off April 2nd in Portsmouth. Dates and ticket info are posted here. Sadly no North American dates have been announced.
Heaven 17 are currently on tour in Europe and they've partnered with You Tube for a global concert event. The band's December 13th gig in Cologne, Germany will stream live on You Tube starting at 9pm local time (3pm ET). Watch the trailer below:



"Temptation"

In a new interview with the New Yorker, Trent Reznor revealed more info on his new partnership with Dr Dre - he told the magazine the two are working on a streaming music service called Daisy, which will offer the user musical suggestions combining algorithims (much like Pandora already uses), BUT also utilizes the human element. Reznor told the New Yorker Daisy will be a much better alternative to Spotify:

"Here's sixteen million licensed pieces of music,’ they’ve said, but you’re not stumbling into anything. What's missing is a service that adds a layer of intelligent curation"

Reznor also told the New Yorker that he'll be putting out a NIN greatest hits collection in 2014 which will include new material.

The full interview with Trent Reznor is available to New Yorker subscribers here. For those who aren't subscribers, Pitchfork has some other quotes from the piece here.

Meanwhile, the Quietus also published an interview with Trent Reznor yesterday. He talked mostly about his new project How To Destroy Angels, but briefly discussed his quest to try new things, even if they don't always work out:

"I've beat myself up over the years and I need to try new things, I need to push myself, I need to break the machine, I need to step away from things that feel comfortable to me, and I think I'm still deep in the process of trying that...the thing with [Dr.] Dre will reveal itself pretty soon, it's not a physical product, it's a platform that feels like it - it was a real challenge to come up with that. Will it work? It may, it may not. But it's something that's a puzzle for me to solve, in and of itself challenging, and it's utilising some skills I have in an unfamiliar and unsafe half of my safety zone kind of way, and it's been interesting. I tried writing a TV show for HBO and it failed, but we tried!"

Read the full interview with Trent Reznor at the Quietus.

How To Destroy Angels release An Omen ep last month. Deadmau5 recently remixed the track "Ice Age" (the remix is superior to the ep version, IMO). Check out the remix below:

James released a limited edition career-spanning box set The Gathering Sound yesterday. The collection includes 3 CDs, a DVD, a 12" vinyl LP, and 4 GB USB stick in a box with a 16 page booklet, scrapbook with rare photos, badges, replica backstage passes and more. The box is available to purchase through Amazon UK, Amazon US, and the Universal Store.

Contents of the box:

• Three CDs (disc each of live & studio rarities, + combo of The Morning After/The Night Before)
• Come Home DVD
• 12” vinyl record
• 8GB j-shaped USB stick featuring all the studio LPs + the band’s videos for transfer to your mobile device
• 16 page A5 booklet featuring personal contributions from each of the band
• Four button badges
• Four sticky satin replica backstage passes
• 44 page 12”x12” scrapbook featuring previously unseen and rare photos, memorabilia, cuttings and many other items straight out of James personal archives including a complete timeline of James’s career annotated by the band, and four art-cards

The full tracklisting for the Gathering Sound (including USB material) is posted here.

Meanwhile, James frontman Tim Booth revealed to The Independent that the band have been busy working on some new material in Scotland and so far the material is sad, yet uplifting:

"There’s been a lot of death in my life this year and it’s been very heartfelt and very touching and powerful and uplifting and sad and all of those things...they're actually very uplifting songs, but the vocals have sadness to them, en masse, that I'm quite surprised at. It seems to have seeped into my writing."

Booth also talked about almost getting choked to death in Morocco by a cobra after a snake charmer attempted to intimidate him to hand over some money:

"When the snake dropped the cafe I was in cleared around me and I was left there with this cobra round my neck. And I remember thinking ‘it smells like chicken’ and kept very still. The snake charmer ran back in and put a hood on it and took it away, and ran."

The cobra smelled like chicken! Read the full interview with Tim Booth at The Independent.

"Born Of Frustration"