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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last night Michael Stipe once again took to the stage at New York City's Webster Hall opening for Patti Smith. Stipe's setlist from last night was identical to the December 29th show; Stipe explained to the crowd that the December 29th show was essentially a rehearsal for last night's show. Before he performed "New York, New York," he told a few stories about New York City, revealing to the crowd that it was such a big moment in his career to play NYC in 1981 (when R.E.M. opened for Gang Of Four at the Ritz, now renamed Webster Hall), and called it "the pinnacle of feeling like I made it."

Stipe was super chatty during his set -- he told the crowd Patti Smith instructed him to "talk a lot" between songs, which he took to heart.  Wikipedia, Dolly Parton, and rewriting "New Test Leper" eight times (!) were among some of the topics he worked into the set.  Take a look at video of Stipe's appearance from December 30th below, plus watch Stipe and friends sing Happy Birthday to Patti Smith:

Published December 31st, 2014 @ 10:26 PM

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ex-R.E.M. leader Michael Stipe was the surprise opener for Patti Smith at her Webster Hall show in New York City last night. Stipe's rare solo appearance was his second live performance since R.E.M.'s disbandment in 2011. His six song set included covers from Perfume Genius, Patti Smith, Vic Chestnutt, and the classic "New York, New York" (made famous by Frank Sinatra.)  Alas, video from the set isn't available, though some great audio of "New York, New York" was posted onto You Tube, and another fan uploaded audio of "Hood" (Perfume Genius), and "New Test Leper" onto Soundcloud (via Spin.)  Stream audio below.

Patti Smith plays a second and final show at Webster Hall tonight. It's Smith's birthday today, so you never know who might show up as a surprise guest tonight!

"New York, New York" (audio)

Published December 30th, 2014 @ 4:50 PM

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Cure kicked off their trio of Christmas concerts in London last night. As has been standard for the Cure, the band performed for almost four hours! During the band's set (and 4 encores!), they dusted off several songs they haven't performed in years like "Piggy In The Mirror," "Wailing Wall," and the live debut of "A Man Inside My Mouth." Every song from The Top was played last night (not in album sequence), and over the next two nights it's expected The Cure will be performing each song from The Head On The Door, and Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, to prepare Cure fans worldwide for the next Reflections tour (as Robert Smith talked about in interviews earlier this year).

Take a look at the impressive setlist and watch fan filmed video from the show below:

Shake Dog Shake
Kyoto Song
A Night Like This
Wailing Wall
The Caterpillar
The Walk
A Man Inside My Mouth
Close To Me
Birdmad Girl
Just Like Heaven
Pictures Of You
Before Three
Like Cockatoos
From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
The Hungry Ghost
One Hundred Years
Give Me It

Encore 1:

The Empty World
Charlotte Sometimes
The Top

Encore 2:

Dressing Up
Piggy In The Mirror
Never Enough
Wrong Number

Encore 3:

Three Imaginary Boys
Play For Today
A Forest

Encore 4:

The Lovecats
Let's Go To Bed
Why Can't I Be You
Boys Don't Cry
Hey You

Published December 22nd, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Legendary Big Star mentor/producer Jim Fry died today at the age of 69. Fry was also the owner of Ardent Studios, which opened in 1966. Throughout the years so many notable acts recorded albums at Ardent including Led Zeppelin, R.E.M. and the White Stripes. Fry died after suffering from cardiac arrest this afternoon. His death comes less than a week after Ardent studio partner John Hampton, who died on December 12th from complications of cancer.

Published December 18th, 2014 @ 9:14 PM

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A one-night only Mad Season reunion (of sorts) is planned for January 30th during the 4th annual Sonic Evolution concert.  The unique Seattle Symphony event takes place at Seattle's Benaroya Hall, and celebrates the city's rich musical history.  The first half of the program will include musical compositions influenced by Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and concludes with a piece composed by Mike McCready. After the intermission, original Mad Season members (guitarist McCready and drummer Barrett Martin) will be joined by guest vocalist Chris Cornell, and together they'll perform Mad Season songs backed by the Seattle Symphony.

Tickets for the event went on sale yesterday and sold out immediately. Fans interested in obtaining tickets can likely obtain them from a secondary seller, or hope the venue releases some extra tickets closer to the event.

Read more about Sonic Evolution here.

Published December 16th, 2014 @ 8:37 PM

Monday, December 15, 2014

Last year UK garage band Mourning Birds blew us away with their intense-and-awesome debut single "Oh Yeh." Since then, the three piece recorded their debut album in Wales, which was subsequently released on Japan's P Vine Records. While we wait for the album to (hopefully) be picked up elsewhere, Mourning Birds has premiered another frenetically charged single titled "Exile" plus they're giving it away as a free download! Head over here right away to grab your free download and stream "Exile" below. Be sure to catch up with Mourning Birds on Facebook.

FYI: If you never got around to checking out "Oh Yeh" be sure to remedy that immediately by streaming the official video below:

Published December 15th, 2014 @ 2:19 PM

Ministry's Al Jourgensen launched Ministry Mondays earlier this year, and every Monday he goes through his archive and uploads a Ministry-related goodie for fans to download. Today he unearthed a rare previously unreleased song from 1983!  The track was originally recorded for With Sympathy but has never before been released until now. Download "Anything For You" for free here and stream the track in full below.

As previously reported Jourgensen is involved in the film titled The Bridge. Uncle Al will have a role in the film, along with Ministry bandmate Sin Quirin, Joey Santiago of the Pixies, and more. An indie go-go campaign for The Bridge was launched to help raise money for filming, editing, soundtrack recording sessions and more. Find out more about the project on the campaign page, and visit the project's official Facebook page.

For more on Al Jourgensen, catch up with him on Twitter.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bob Mould performed a seven song set for the Rolling Stone Weekender, which was held in Germany on November 8th. Watch Mould's full performance below:

Bob Mould's excellent new album Beauty & Ruin was released in June and (in this blog's opinion, anyway) is one of the best releases of 2014.

Published December 14th, 2014 @ 5:44 PM

Saturday, December 13, 2014

On December 12th, Noel Gallagher was the Christmas guest on BBC Radio 6. Gallagher joined host Steve Lamacq for an hour of conversation and music selected by the ex-Oasis star.  During the hour, he chatted it up with Lamacq about a wide variety of subjects -- his first "vertical" record player, how the third song on his records are reserved for "the hit," Morrissey ("people think of him as an activist, but he's a music lover...he brings mix cds out with him to the pub"), Bono, and what it would take to get Oasis back together. The full program is a whole lotta Noel, but if you're a fan, it's definitely worth streaming the entire program. Listen over at the BBC website, or stream below while available.

Gallagher's new album Chasing Yesterday will be released on March 2nd. Pre-order from iTunes, Amazon or Gallagher's official store. Two videos associated with Chasing Yesterday are available to view below.

Published December 13th, 2014 @ 6:45 PM

Michael Stipe of R.E.M. appeared on CBS This Morning and discussed the band's history in promotion of the new six disc boxset REMTV, which compiles the band's MTV appearances and more. During the interview Stipe talked about growing up with REM, the band's difficult years after Bill Berry's departure, and that REM will never reunite ("I despise nostalgia, I'm not good at looking back.") Watch the full interview with Stipe below:

In addition to the six disc collection REMTV, REM also released a vinyl boxset titled 7in-83-88. which includes 11 singles with replicated original picture sleeve art and labels.  Rolling Stone caught up with Mike Mills to discuss the set, and during the conversation Mills talked about R.E.M. calling it quits, his favorite REM basslines, and his own record collection. He also was asked to give his opinion on people still not really getting what "The One I Love" is all about:

"...it's interesting and kind of funny to see that people get it wrong, but you know, I certainly don't think it's anyone's job to listen that closely to the words. There are 10 or 12 of my favorite songs, I have no idea what they're about or what the words even are. If you think that song's a love song, go hug your boyfriend or girlfriend. If you care to listen close enough, you see it isn't. But there are plenty of R.E.M. songs where I don't know what they're about."

Read the full interview with Mills over at Rolling Stone. The tracklisting for 7IN-83-88 is posted below and the set can be ordered here.

01. "Radio Free Europe" b/w "There She Goes Again"
02. "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" b/w "King of the Road"
03. "(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville" b/w "Catapult"
04. "Can't Get There From Here" b/w "Bandwagon"
05. "Driver 8" b/w "Crazy"
06. "Wendell G" b/w "Crazy" + "Ages of You" b/w "Burning Down" [prev unreleased in US]
07. "Fall On Me" b/w "Rotary Ten"
08. "Superman" b/w "White Tornado"
09. "The One I Love" b/w "Maps and Legends" (live)
10. "Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" b/w "Last Date"
11. "Finest Worksong" b/w "Time After Time" (live) [previously unreleased in US]

Published December 13th, 2014 @ 4:42 PM

Fans of Creation Records take note: a box set containing replicas of the label's first ten singles pressed individually on 7" vinyl will be released in the spring. A Facebook page for Creation Artifact has been set up, and more details for the release (which appears to be through Cherry Red) are expected soon. In the meantime, the official Creation Records website posted a listing of its first ten singles, so this is what is expected to be included in the Creation Artifact boxset.

CRE001 – The Legend! – ’73 in ’83
CRE002 – The Revolving Paint Dream – Flowers in the Sky
CRE003 – Biff Bang Pow! – 50 Years of Fun
CRE004 – The Jasmine Minks – Think
CRE005 – The Pastels – Something’s Going On
CRE006 – The X-Men – Do the Ghost
CRE007 – Biff Bang Pow! – There Must Be a Better Life
CRE008 – The Jasmine Minks – Where the Traffic Goes
CRE009 – The Loft – Why Does the Rain
CRE010 – The Legend! – Destroys The Blues

Published December 13th, 2014 @ 3:58 PM
David Bowie's single "Young Americans" will be reissued next year to commemorate the song's 40th anniversary. The classic song, recorded in 1974 and released as the title track to the album Young Americans in February 1975, will be released as a limited edition picture disc through Parlophone on February 23rd. The A-side is the 2007 mix of "Young Americans" (produced/mixed by Tony Visconti) and the AA side is a version of "It's Gonna Be Me" featuring strings (previously released in 2007 on the Young Americans special edition CD/DVD).  Additional details regarding the photos on the picture disc are posted below via David Bowie's official site:

"The black and white image on the A-Side of the disc is by the famous Hollywood photographer of the 1940s/50s, Tom Kelley. The image is probably more closely associated with the session that produced the cover for the CHANGESONEBOWIE album and Suffragette City single in 1976. However, this particular shot was first used for the Italian Fame 45 in 1975.

The photograph on the AA-Side was shot by Steve Schapiro, who recently had this to say about working with Bowie and this session in particular: “I think Bowie is very smart and I think he has a great sense of images and in coming up with new kinds of images. The first session I did with him started at four in the afternoon and ended at four the next morning when I did that picture of him on the motorcycle, and we used the headlights of a car to light it. He would constantly come up with new costumes and I would pick up my camera to photograph him and it would be an incredible outfit, but he would stop me and say, ’Wait a minute, I need to fix something,’ and he would go to the dressing room and come back 20 minutes later in something totally different. Fortunately, there would be a lot of things he would try on, so we would get a lot of pictures."

Pre-orders for the limited edition 40th anniversary Young Americans picture disc will be available soon.

Published December 13th, 2014 @ 3:50 PM

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The shoegaze documentary Beautiful Noise, directed by Eric Green, premiered in the spring at the Seattle International Film Festival, then screened in select cities worldwide in the fall. According to the film's official site, those who helped fund the Beautiful Noise campaign on Kickstarter will be receiving a digital download of the film shortly; physical copies (DVD, Blu-Ray, and other "goodies") will be available to purchase in the coming weeks. If you didn't take part in the Kickstarter and can't wait for a physical copy, Beautiful Noise is available to stream on demand through Vimeo (purchase stream on-demand). Details are posted here.

UPDATE: Beautiful Noise is now also available to purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray through the Beautiful Noise store.

Beautiful Noise examines how bands such as Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus & Mary Chain, and other seminal shoegaze acts influenced and inspired generations of musicians. One of the exciting features of the documentary is that several musicians who rarely grant interviews, (let alone on-camera interviews), like Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine), Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), and Jim Reid (Jesus & Mary Chain) have participated in the film. Other influential musicians in the alternative scene including Robert Smith, Bobby Gillespie, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Wayne Coyne also appear in the film.

Published December 7th, 2014 @ 7:53 AM

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ex-Supergrass vocalist/guitarist Gaz Coombes is set to release a new solo album titled Matador on January 26th. Stream a new song called "20/20" from the album below. For more on Coombes, visit his official site.

Published December 6th, 2014 @ 6:04 PM

A Place To Bury Strangers return with the new Transfixiation on February 17th. A few weeks ago the debuted the first track from the album titled "Straight," and now they've premiered the song's official video. Check it out below along with dates for their first tour in support of Transfixiation. The band will be doing another North American tour later in 2015, which is expected to include cities in the midwest.

Pre-order Transfixiation through iTunes and Amazon, and the band's webstore. The webstore is selling a bundle with limited edition pink/blue vinyl, plus a standard version on black vinyl is also available.

02/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
02/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Black Box
02/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
02/20 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
02/21 – Asheville, NC @ New Mountain Theatre
02/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
02/23 – Nashville, TN @ The End
02/25 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
02/26 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
02/27 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
02/28 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
03/04 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
03/06 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sisters
03/07 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
03/09 – Tuscon, AZ @ Hotel Congress
03/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
03/11 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
03/13 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
03/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
03/17 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
03/18 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
05/08 - Austin, TX @ Levitation (aka Austin Psych Fest)

Published December 6th, 2014 @ 6:01 PM

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Today Johnny Marr premiered the second video from his latest solo album Playland. Take a look at Marr and his band rocking out "Dynamo" below:

Published December 2nd, 2014 @ 4:06 PM

Luis Vasquez's darkwave project The Soft Moon returns with the full length album Deeper on March 31st. Stream "Black," a new song from the record along with the band's excellent single "Feel" that was released last January before the band hit the road opening up for Depeche Mode on the final leg of the Delta Machine tour in Europe.

Published December 2nd, 2014 @ 4:03 PM

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jesus & Mary Chain just wrapped up their UK Psychocandy tour which saw the band performing the classic record in full. During last night's gig in London, the band brought out a special guest to sing "Just Like Honey" -- it was none other than Miki Berenyi from Lush! Her appearance was something of a mini-Lush reunion as she was once again onstage with bassist Phil King. [King used to play bass for Lush, and is currently the touring bassist for JAMC.]

So far video of "Just Like Honey" from the gig hasn't appeared, though a fan photo can fulfill the "pics or it didn't happen" requirement, at least for now. Photo via Sonic Cathedral.

A photo posted by Sonic Cathedral (@soniccathedral) on

The Jesus & Mary Chain tour is over for now, but they'll be back on the road in 2015. Read a review of a recent Psychocandy gig here, and view the band's 2015 tour itinerary below:

2015 dates

2/16 – Liverpool Guild of Students
2/17 - O2 Academy Leeds
2/18 - O2 Academy Newcastle
2/21 - Norwich U.E.A.
2/22 - Rock City, Nottingham
2/23 - Brighton Dome
2/25 - The Institute, Birmingham
2/26 - O2 Academy Bristol
2/27 - The Great Hall – Cardiff University

Published November 25th, 2014 @ 5:55 AM

Monday, November 24, 2014

Last week Noel Gallagher premiered the song "Do The Damage," which serves as the b-side to the single "In The Heat Of The Moment." Today Gallagher unleashed the official video for "Do The Damage" which features a good helping of roller derby goodness. Watch it below via DIY.

The limited edition 7" single of "In The Heat Of The Moment" is sold out, however digital copies are available to download from digital retailers. Additionally though "Do The Damage" is a b-side, the track will be included as bonus material on the iTunes deluxe edition of Chasing Yesterday. Pre-order Chasing Yesterday from iTunes, Amazon or Gallagher's official store. Chasing Yesterday arrives March 2nd.

Published November 24th, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fans of the classic noise/fuzz-guitar band Hum will want to check out some new material by the band Cloakroom. Cloakroom will be releasing a double album next year, and the album was engineered by Hum's Matt Talbott. Talbott recorded the album (in analog) at his Illinois-based studio Earth Analog, plus he's featured on vocals on a song titled "Dream Warden." The track is heavy and oh-so-Hum influenced, you might think you're listening to You'd Prefer An Astronaut

"Dream Warden" is the b-side to Cloakroom's new 7" single "Lossed Over," which was released earlier this week on limited edition colored vinyl (aqua blue or sea blue) and standard black vinyl. Stream "Dream Warden" featuring Matt Talbott along with "Lossed Over" below, plus order the vinyl here.  A digital version is also available to download here.

Release info for Cloakroom's double album has not yet been announced, but the record will be released in 2015.

Published November 21st, 2014 @ 7:08 PM

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The R.E.M. and MTV film, R.E.M. By MTV, premieres on Palladia and VH1 Classic this Saturday, November 22nd at 9pm ET. The documentary was directed by Alexander Young and tells the story of the legendary band's history with MTV through interviews, live performances, and more. R.E.M. By MTV will be released as part of the six disc boxset REMTV on November 24th. The trailer for the film is posted below.

UPDATE (11/21): Another short preview of the film is now available to view via Pitchfork.

The six disc set REMTV compiles R.E.M.'s performances from MTV & VH1 spanning 1983 through 2008, plus includes the band's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, and tons of other rare live concert footage. Pre-order the collection here and watch a few performances from the boxset below:

Published November 20th, 2014 @ 7:56 PM

Noel Gallagher returns with his second solo album Chasing Yesterday on March 2nd. This week he released the first single "In The Heat Of The Moment" as a limited edition 7" backed with a b-side titled "Do The Damage."

NME officially premiered the track and asked Gallagher for a statement about "Do The Damage." In typical Noel style he quipped:

"It might be the 23rd best song I ever wrote. It was - for about a year - gonna be the opening track on the album, until the 22nd best song I ever wrote appeared."

Stream "Do The Damage" below.

The limited edition 7" (physical) single is sold out, but both songs are available to download individually from iTunes and Amazon. Additionally, "Do The Damage" will be included as bonus material on the iTunes deluxe edition of Chasing Yesterday. Pre-order Chasing Yesterday from iTunes, Amazon or Gallagher's official store.

Published November 20th, 2014 @ 7:02 PM

A Place To Bury Strangers teased fans with a short video last week, and now they've made the big reveal. A Place To Bury Strangers will release a new album titled Transfixiation on February 17th, plus they debuted a song from the album titled "Straight." If that wasn't enough a North American tour (that bypasses Detroit) was also announced. Stream "Straight" below and take a look at the tour dates below.

Pre-order Transfixiation through iTunes and Amazon, and the band's webstore. The webstore is selling a bundle with limited edition pink/blue vinyl, plus a standard version on black vinyl is also available.

02/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
02/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Black Box
02/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
02/20 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
02/21 – Asheville, NC @ New Mountain Theatre
02/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
02/23 – Nashville, TN @ The End
02/25 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
02/26 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
02/27 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
02/28 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
03/06 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sisters
03/07 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
03/09 – Tuscon, AZ @ Hotel Congress
03/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
03/11 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
03/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
03/17 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
03/18 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile

Published November 20th, 2014 @ 5:08 PM

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The official news broke last night that Ride is back together. On the heels of the announcement, Mark Gardener and Andy Bell of Ride were interviewed this morning on BBC Music 6 by host Shaun Keaveny to talk about their reunion! Gardener and Bell revealed that for the past few years they gotten together to discuss various offers to play festivals (offers come in around this time every year). This year they again discussed the possibility of a reunion and decided it was finally the right time to get back together.

Later in the interview they discussed the Stone Roses recent reunion and Gardener said their reunion inspired him greatly and made him want to play with Ride again. The two didn't dismiss the idea of making new music, but for now they'll focus on the classics for the live shows and see what happens.

The archive of the interview is posted on the BBC Music 6 website, and some highlights from the interview have been transcribed below. For more on Ride visit the official website here.

(on how the reunion came about)

Bell: we've gotten into the habit of looking at offers that come in this time of year, festivals for the next year, that's been happening for the past few years now. So we've been in contact over the past few years, we've been busy a lot of the time, I've been doing stuff with Beady Eye. It's just, the time is now right, we're in a bit of downtime, for the past few months and I was thinking oh, this would be good, let's make it work, from my point of view anyway, and go back and do whatever Beady Eye was going to do afterwards.

Gardener: I remember a few years ago, we've always gotten together throughout the year, we'd meet, and of course through the years, that question has never gone away. Any time I've ever spoken to any press or anybody, it's just what's coming at the end. So at a certain point I remember asking the guys the question at one of our get togethers if we could ever do this. I think we properly talked about it, I think it was 3 years ago maybe. But then of course there's been lots of stuff going on for us individually, I think Loz (Laurence Colbert) as we speak is in a van with Gaz Coombes (ex-Supergrass singer).

(on starting off as an indie band)

Gardener: Yes, I think it's a good feeling, it's madness in a lot of ways. We just went out our thing and did had no conception that one would even hit the charts or any of that. When it started happening it got a bit peculiar in a way.

Bell: We rushed through a lot in that time, it was a quick time, and before you knew it, it sort of exploded and finished in about, what, 5 or 6 years from the beginning.

Gardener: It was full on, quick. And the nature of the music was edgy and full on and I think it was a thing, ultimately it was always going to crash at some point although we couldn't see it. And the upsurge, the early part of it was just incredible, you had no idea it was going to happen. I think it's a great feeling because in the end you just hope you were doing something. Back then everything was analyzed then kind of tried to be put into boxes, you just hope that something you will stand the test of time because a lot of the music we're inspired by and loved did stand the test of time.

Bell: When we started we were indie kids, listening to the Valentines, House of Love, Spacemen 3, Loop, all that kind of thing. We started off sordidly in that indie world, and as we, we were only 18 when we started out, and at that same time we were taking on, oh yeah, have you actually checked out some of the Who albums and have you actually check out some of the Byrds stuff? People giving you things and you're taking them on board on tour and making them part of your sound. So as the years went on we got more and more towards that classic indie sound, but when the balance was right, it was a good mixture, 'cause you sort of had the muscle of the Who, and the sort of washy ethereal, noisy stuff all together in one thing. It was good.

Gardener: And I think at the end of the day you just trying...in the end you just want to do something interesting at least a different kind by mixing all these things together and you're hoping something sounds fresh and interesting. And obviously when it stops, you kind of think well, I did, maybe I've sold out, being trendy...you just think whatever now comes, that's done then, what's next. It's beautiful in a way, you sit back and realize the significance of it, and I think it's because we really just go for it and over time it's grown because it had that itch, I guess.

(on unfinished business, the Stone Roses reunion inspiring them to reunite)

Bell: The Roses' reunion, I was so happy for them, they played such great gigs, I'm still hoping they'll come out with an album.

Gardener: And it was the reunion that made me think, a lot of the time reunions happen, it still didn't make me think I gotta find the guys and say, hey we've gotta do this again, but when the Roses did it, it WAS a reunion that made me think actually we'll have to play again in Ride, it'll be amazing. That's the thing, my quote for the day is "two things rob people of their peace of mind: sonic work unfinished and sonic work not yet begun" I saw that the other day I've kind of amended the quote a bit to make it more interesting.

Gardener: What I've realized is that I love doing different projects and stuff that's been going on over the last few years but there's been something that's been really bugging me, and also the amount of times I've sat and watched festivals and headlines and people, I think that's alright, but what's exciting to me is that I know the audience is there, I don't have to worry about singles or any of that stuff...it feels really great we can just go and make that big sound in big places. And knowing systems and PAs, geeky stuff like that, will help out. It's kind of sounds bigger and better, so that's really exciting to me and that's what I feel about unfinished business.

Bell: From my point of view, I never took time when it was going to appreciate what was going on. I never went round and said, I better appreciate it, that I'm here on stage at festivals, before I knew it it was all finished, and I've moved on to whatever else. And it would be great to do it be able to be round and say I'm here it's cool.

On new material:

Bell: We've not discussed anything but I'm just assuming that we'll just do stuff we know everyone wants to hear.

Gardener: Exactly, I think as a result whenever we get together in a room, then I think, well, actually we've got a lot of homework to do. We have to learn the old chords again, but you never know what can happen with these things. I just want to plug an electric guitar in again, I've enjoyed acoustic things and stuff, but I'm greatly inspired to plug in and make noise again.

Ride tour dates:

5/22 -- Glasgow @ Barrowland
5/23 -- Manchester @ Albert Hall
5/24 -- London @ Roundhouse
5/26 -- Amsterdam @ Paradiso
5/27 -- Paris @ Olympia
5/29 -- Barcelona @ Primavera Festival
6/02 -- Toronto @ DanForth Music Hall (on sale 11/26 at 10am ET)
6/04 -- New York @ Terminal 5 (on sale 11/21 at 12pm ET)
6/07 -- London @ Field Day

Published November 19th, 2014 @ 5:48 AM

It's official: RIDE has reformed! Ever since the band broke up in 1996 fans have been desperate for a reunion. It all seemed like a longshot until recently, when Mark Gardener mentioned in an interview that he'd be up for a reunion. Since then rumors of a reunion had been bubbling, but it all intensified yesterday after Creation Records posted a photo of a massive Ride poster, which draped a building in Barcelona (Barcelona being the location of the Primavera Sound festival).

Today Mark Gardener and Andy Bell made it official -- the band is indeed back together and they'll be touring next spring. Gardener and Bell each spoke exclusively with NME about the reunion:

Andy Bell: "It's going to be really cool. As we were all still friends, we always thought when the time was right we'd do it. And now the time is right."

Mark Gardener: "People bought our records first time round but our music has grown in significance since we've been away... We want to give the people what they want. We'd be idiots to go out and play a new album, but that's not to say we wouldn't make new music."

So far nine tour dates have been announced, including North American shows in New York and Toronto. The full tour schedule is posted below via NME.  Let's hope even more dates are on the way!  Viva Ride!

Ride tour dates

5/22 -- Glasgow @ Barrowland
5/23 -- Manchester @ Albert Hall
5/24 -- London @ Roundhouse
5/26 -- Amsterdam @ Paradiso
5/27 -- Paris @ Olympia
5/29 -- Barcelona @ Primavera Festival
6/02 -- Toronto @ DanForth Music Hall
6/04 -- New York @ Terminal 5
6/07 -- London @ Field Day

FYI: All of Ride's recorded material is also available to stream on You Tube -- stream playlists here or if you don't know where to begin, start with some of the classic tracks below.

"Like A Daydream"

"Leave Them All Behind"

"Chrome Waves" live



"From Time To Time"

(Nowhere full album)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A few months ago, Ministry's Al Jourgensen revealed in a tv interview that he was heading to Los Angeles to work on a film project. More info has been released about the project, which turns out to be titled The Bridge. Jourgensen will have a role in the film, along with Ministry bandmate Sin Quirin, Joey Santiago of the Pixies, and more. The Bridge was written and directed by Bobby Field (Guy In Row Five) and tells the story of a small town music prodigy who struggles with trying to make a name for himself while enduring several obstacles, including his own self-sabotage. Field opted to cast real musicians in the film because they have dealt with the similar issues in their lives.

An indie go-go campaign for The Bridge was launched to help raise money for filming, editing, soundtrack recording sessions and more. Find out more about the project on the campaign page, and visit the project's official Facebook page.

Published November 18th, 2014 @ 8:15 PM

Kim Deal debuted the official video for her new single "Biker Gone" today. The video was directed by Lester Bangs and features Deal, along with her sister Kelley, and Britt Walford (of Slint). Take a look at the video for "Biker Gone" and stream the b-side "Beautiful Moon" below.

"Biker Gone" was released today as a limited edition white label 7" single (1000 copies available), standard 7" single with artwork (pictured above), and as a digital single through iTunes and Amazon. The single is back with the b-side "Beautiful Moon."

Published November 18th, 2014 @ 7:45 PM

Monday, November 17, 2014

Attention fans of mighty, swirling guitars -- the legendary Swervedriver has announced a North American tour! Alas, there isn't a Detroit date, however they will be playing March 15th at Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids.  Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, November 21st at 10am. The full list of dates can be found at the very end of this post.

Swervedriver has been in the studio working on some new music, but so far official release details have not yet been announced. In an interview earlier this year, Adam Franklin told 50third and 3rd :

"At this point the album probably won’t come out until early 2015 although maybe we’ll release another single before the year is out."

And it looks like they're getting close according to a recent tweet:

Meanwhile, fans that haven't yet checked out Swervedriver's last single, 2013's "Deep Wound" (b-side "Dub Wound" features Ride's Mark Gardener) should do so. Stream the tracks below and buy a digital copy from iTunes or Amazon.

Additionally, Adam Franklin released a three volume set All Happening Now over the summer. Find out more about the releases by following the links: (Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3).

North American tour

03/04 -- San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/05 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
03/06 -- San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
03/08 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumo's Crystal Ball
03/09 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/12 -- St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
03/13 -- Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
03/14 -- Chicago, IL @ TBA
03/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
03/16 -- Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
03/17 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Duck Room @ Blueberry
03/19 -- Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
03/20 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/21 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/23 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Hell Stage
03/24 -- Durham, NC @ Motorco
03/25 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
03/27 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/28 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
03/29 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Published November 17th, 2014 @ 8:48 PM

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Jesus & Mary Chain head back out on the road this week in the U.K. for a string of Psychocandy dates and will perform its classic 1985 album in full. No larger Psychocandy tour has been announced, however next year marks the record's 30th anniversary, so it's possible more dates could be on the way. The band also recently announced several other (non-Psychocandy) U.K. dates for 2015 and have revealed in recent interviews that they are planning to record some new material.

Jesus & Mary Chain is now represented by Creation mogul Alan McGee's newly launched Creation Management.

Psychocandy 2014 dates

11/19 – Troxy, London
11/20 – Academy, Manchester
11/21 – Barrowlands, Glasgow
11/23 – Barrowlands, Glasgow
11/24 – Troxy, London

2015 dates

2/16 – Liverpool Guild of Students
2/17 - O2 Academy Leeds
2/18 - O2 Academy Newcastle
2/21 - Norwich U.E.A.
2/22 - Rock City, Nottingham
2/23 - Brighton Dome
2/25 - The Institute, Birmingham
2/26 - O2 Academy Bristol
2/27 - The Great Hall – Cardiff University

Published November 16th, 2014 @ 7:41 AM

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fugazi's very first demo from 1988 is being released through Dischord on November 18th. As the story goes, the band recorded the demo at Inner Ear Studio in Washington DC after playing only 10 shows together.  After the demo was recorded the guys went back out on the road and would later return to the studio to re-record the material.  The demos from that first session would eventually be released as a cassette and distributed at Fugazi's live shows.  Dischord is now releasing the 11 track demo (which includes "Turn Off Your Guns," a demo that wasn't included on the original cassette).  All 11 songs on First Demo, is streaming ahead of its release now on Soundcloud. Check it out below and pre-order through iTunes, Amazon, or Dischord.

Published November 15th, 2014 @ 8:15 PM

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Swiss dreampop/shoegaze band Last Leaf Down return with a new album titled Fake Lights on November 24th. For those unfamiliar with Last Leaf Down, the band has a similar story to Alcest -- both bands began as dark/metal acts, then over the years transformed into creating lush, dreamy sounds. This week Last Leaf Down premiered a video for the incredible song "Giant" which is available to stream along with the first single from the album titled "The Theme." Enjoy below. Pre-order Fake Lights through iTunes and Amazon and catch up with Last Leaf Down on Facebook.

Published November 13th, 2014 @ 7:31 PM

A Place To Bury Strangers posted a new video today -- the teaser video is titled 2015, so it sounds like big things are planned for next year. Take a look at the teaser below and catch up with APTBS on Facebook and Twitter.

Published November 13th, 2014 @ 7:06 PM

A Paul McCartney tribute album, The Art Of McCartney, including covers from The Cure, Chrissie Hynde, Perry Farrell, and more will be released on November 18th.  The standard version of the double album is now streaming in full ahead of its release on You Tube. Stream the album here or down below via Gigwise. FYI: the Perry Farrell cover of "Got To Get You Into My Life" starts at time marker 1:31:40.

01. "Maybe I'm Amazed" -- Billy Joel
02. "Things We Said Today" -- Bob Dylan
03. "Band On The Run" -- Heart
04. "Junior's Farm" -- Steve Miller
05. "The Long & Winding Road" -- Yusuf Islam
06. "My Love" -- Harry Connick Jr.
07. "Wanderlust" -- Brian Wilson
08. "Bluebird" -- Corinne Bailey Rae
09. "Yesterday" -- Willie Nelson
10. "Junk" -- Jeff Lynne
11. "When I'm 64" -- Barry Gibb
12. "Every Night" -- Jamie Cullum
13. "Venus & Mars"/"Rock Show" -- Kiss
14. "Let Me Roll It" -- Paul Rodgers
15. "Helter Skelter" -- Roger Daltrey
16. "Helen Wheels" -- Def Leppard
17. "Hello Goodbye" -- The Cure
18. "Live & Let Die" -- Billy Joel
19. "Let It Be" -- Chrissie Hynde
20. "Jet" -- Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen
21. "Hi Hi Hi" -- Joe Elliott
22. "Letting Go" -- Heart
23. "Hey Jude" -- Steve Miller
24. "Listen To What The Man Said" -- Owl City
25. "Got To Get You Into My Life" -- Perry Farrell
26. "Drive My Car" -- Dion
27. "Lady Madonna" -- Allen Toussaint
28. "Let 'Em In" -- Dr. John
29. "So Bad" -- Smokey Robinson
30. "No More Lonely Nights" -- Airborne Toxic Event
31. "Eleanor Rigby" -- Alice Cooper
32. "Come & Get It" -- Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie
33. "On The Way" -- B.B. King
34. "Birthday" -- Sammy Hagar

Pre-order through iTunes and Amazon. Amazon is also offering a deluxe 2CD/1DVD set. Other options, including the limited edition vinyl set (with bonus material from Robert Smith and Ian McCulloch), are available to pre-order here.

Published November 13th, 2014 @ 5:45 AM

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kim Deal announced the fifth release in her 7" solo series. "Biker Gone" backed with "Beautiful Moon" will be released on black 7" vinyl on November 18th. "Biker Gone" was recorded earlier this year at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Steve Albini and includes Kelley Deal and Britt Walford. Like Deal's previous singles, the first pressing is a white label edition limited to 1000 copies; a version with artwork by Chris Bigg will be also be released. A pre-order option for the 7" vinyl is not available, so be sure to visit Deal's website/webstore on November 18th to order your copy. FYI: for those who prefer digital downloads, the tracks will be also be available digitally.

The official video for "Biker Gone" is expected to debut soon. While you're waiting for that, take a look at a couple of other videos from Deal's solo series below, plus purchase any of the older singles in the series here.


Published November 12th, 2014 @ 5:58 AM

Johnny Marr appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. Watch his performance of Playland single "Easy Money" plus his web-exclusive performance of the Smiths' classic "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" below.

Marr is currently on tour in North America in support of his album Playland. Tickets are still available for his November 23rd stop at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit. The full tour itinerary is posted below:

11/12 -- New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
11/14 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
11/15 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
11/16 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise
11/18 -- Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
11/19 -- Montreal, QB @ Corona
11/20 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth
11/22 -- Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
11/23 -- Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
11/25 -- Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
11/26 -- Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre
11/28 -- Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
11/29 -- Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
12/01 -- Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge
12/03 -- Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
12/04 -- Calgary, AB @ Republik
12/06 -- Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
12/07 -- Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
12/08 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumos
12/10 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
12/11 -- Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
12/12 -- Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
12/14 -- San Francisco, CA @ Independent
12/15 -- San Francisco, CA @ Independent
12/16 -- Pomona, CA @ Glass House
12/18 -- Solona Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
12/19 -- Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
12/20 -- Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

Published November 12th, 2014 @ 5:33 AM

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Spandau Ballet performed two songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night -- take a look at their performance of "True" and "This Is The Love" below.

Spandau Ballet announced dates for a North American tour which brings them to Detroit's Masonic Temple on January 31st. The pre-sale starts Wednesday, November 12th at 10am and the general onsale is Friday, November 14th at 10am.

Published November 11th, 2014 @ 7:49 PM

Buzzcocks return with a new album titled The Way on November 18th, but take an early listen to the record now. The 10 track record is streaming in full ahead of its release (through November 17th) over at Pitchfork.

Pre-order The Way from iTunes, Amazon, and 1234 Go Records.  1234 Go is also selling a limited edition (hand numbered) cassette version of the release here.

Published November 11th, 2014 @ 7:40 PM

Monday, November 10, 2014

Soundgarden shared another song from its forthcoming b-sides/rarities compilation Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path. The song "Twin Tower" is featured on the third disc of the collection, Oddities, which includes mostly instrumentals, remixes, and demos. Stream "Twin Tower" below:

Soundgarden is offering several exclusive pre-order bundles of Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path now through its official site. The tracklisting for the collection is posted below:

CD 1 - Originals

01. Sub Pop Rock City
02. Toy Boy
03. Heretic
04. Fresh Deadly Roses
05. HIV Baby
06. Cold Bitch
07. Show Me
08. She's A Politician
09. Birth Ritual
10. She Likes Surprises
11. Kyle Petty, Son Of Richard
12. Exit Stonehenge
13. Blind Dogs
14. Bleed Together
15. Black Rain
16. Live To Rise
17. Kristi (previously unreleased)
18. Storm (previously unreleased)

CD 2 - Covers

01. Swallow My Pride
02. Smokestack Lightnin'
03. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me & My Monkey (BBC session)
04. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (BBC Session)
05. Come Together
06. Stray Cat Blues
07. Into The Void
08. Girl U Want
09. Touch Me
10. Can You See Me? (BBC Session)
11. Homicidal Suicidal (BBC Session)
12. I Can't Give You Anything (BBC Session)
13. Waiting For The Sun (live)
14. Search & Destroy (live)
15. Big Bottom (live)
16. Earache My Eye (live)

CD 3 - Oddities

01. Twin Tower (previously unreleased)
02. Jerry Garcia's Finger
03. Ghostmotorfinger
04. Night Surf (previously unrleased)
05. A Splice Of Space Jam
06. The Telephantasm
07. Black Days III
08. Karaoke
09. Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix)
10. Big Dumb Sex (Dub Version)
11. Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)
12. Rhinosaur (The Straw That Broke The Rhino's Back remix)
13. Dusty (Moby remix)
14. The Telephantasm (Steve Fisk 2014 remix) (previously unreleased)
15. One Minute Of Silence

Published November 10th, 2014 @ 7:42 PM