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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

Spandau Ballet has announced a North American tour -- the tour includes all five original band members of Spandau Ballet: Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman. The Detroit show is January 31st at the Masonic Temple. Pre-sales start Wednesday, November 12th at 10am, and the general onsale is Friday, November 14th.

Tonight (November 10th) don't miss Spandau Ballet on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Published November 10th @ 11:16 AM

Bryan Ferry releases his 14th solo album, Avonmore, on November 17th. Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers, and Marcus Miller, who have played with Ferry several times at live shows in the past, round out his backing band.  Additionally, the record includes guest appearances from Flea, Ronnie Spector, Mark Knopfler and Maceo Parker. Last week Ferry debuted several songs from the album, and now the full album is streaming ahead of its release over at NPR. Click here to listen to the album (stream available through November 16th) and pre-order through iTunes, Amazon, or Ferry's store.

Watch the video for new single "Loop De Li" plus watch Ferry's recent two song performance on BBC program Later...With Jools Holland below.

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Published November 10th, 2014 @ 10:46 AM

David Bowie premiered a new song today titled "'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore." The track is the b-side to "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" which will be released as a limited edition 10 inch single on November 17th. The digital version of "'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore" will be released tomorrow in North America. The b-side is available to stream below.

Bowie is also set to release his new greatest hits package, Nothing Has Changed, on November 17th. The collection will be available as a two disc standard edition, three disc deluxe edition, and double LP. All formats of the release include (the leaked, but officially previously unreleased songs from 2001's Toy Sessions) "Let Me Sleep Beside You" and "Your Turn To Drive," and the 2011 re-recording of the 1972 b-side "Shadow Man." Pre-order the collection from iTunes, Amazon, or Bowie's official store.  The tracklisting for the standard and deluxe versions are available to view below:

Nothing Has Changed - Disc 1 - Standard Edition

01. Space Oddity
02. The Man Who Sold The World
03. Changes
04. Oh! You Pretty Things
05. Life On Mars?
06. Starman (original single mix)
07. Ziggy Stardust
08. Moonage Daydream
09. The Jean Genie (original single mix)
10. All The Young Dudes
11. Drive - In Saturday
12. Sorrow
13. Rebel Rebel
14. Young Americans (original single edit)
15. Fame
16. Golden Years (single version)
17. Sound And Vision
18. 'Heroes' (single version)
19. Boys Keep Swinging
20. Fashion (single version)
21. Ashes To Ashes (single version)

Nothing Has Changed Disc 2 - Standard Edition

01. Under Pressure (with Queen)
02. Let's Dance (single version)
03. China Girl (single version)
04. Modern Love (single version)
05. Blue Jean
06. This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group)
07. Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger)
08. Absolute Beginners (edit)
09. Jump They Say (radio edit)
10. Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys)
11. Little Wonder (edit)
12. I'm Afraid Of Americans V1 (clean edit)
13. Thursday's Child (radio edit)
14. Everyone Says 'Hi'
15. New Killer Star (radio edit)
16. Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit)
17. Where Are We Now?
18. Sue (or In A Season Of Crime)

Nothing Has Changed Disc 1 - Deluxe Edition

01. Sue (or In A Season Of Crime)
02. Where Are We Now?
03. Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit)
04. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
05. New Killer Star (radio edit)
06. Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (edit)
07. Slow Burn (radio edit)
08. Let Me Sleep Beside You
09. Your Turn To Drive
10. Shadow Man
11. Seven (Marius De Vries mix)
12. Survive (Marius De Vries mix)
13. Thursday’s Child (radio edit)
14. I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1) (clean edit)
15. Little Wonder (edit)
16. Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys)
17. Heart’s Filthy Lesson (radio edit)
18. Strangers When We Meet (single version)

Nothing Has Changed Disc 2 - Deluxe Edition

01. Buddha Of Suburbia
02. Jump They Say (radio edit)
03. Time Will Crawl (MM remix)
04. Absolute Beginners (single version)
05. Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger)
06. Loving The Alien (single remix)
07. This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group)
08. Blue Jean
09. Modern Love (single version)
10. China Girl (single version)
11. Let's Dance (single version)
12. Fashion (single version)
13. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version)
14. Ashes To Ashes (single version)
15. Under Pressure (with Queen)
16. Boys Keep Swinging
17. ‘Heroes’ (single version)
18. Sound And Vision
19. Golden Years (single version)
20. Wild Is The Wind (2010 Harry Maslin Mix)

Nothing Has Changed Disc 3 - Deluxe Edition

01. Fame
02. Young Americans (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit)
03. Diamond Dogs
04. Rebel Rebel
05. Sorrow
06. Drive-In Saturday
07. All The Young Dudes
08. The Jean Genie (original single mix)
09. Moonage Daydream
10. Ziggy Stardust
11. Starman (original single mix)
12. Life On Mars? (2003 Ken Scott Mix)
13. Oh! You Pretty Things
14. Changes
15. The Man Who Sold The World
16. Space Oddity
17. In The Heat Of The Morning
18. Silly Boy Blue
19. Can’t Help Thinking About Me
20. You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving
21. Liza Jane

Published November 10th, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Saturday, November 8, 2014

In 1981, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones from the Clash recorded a version of "Rock The Casbah" with the Beat's Ranking Roger on vocals. That version was never released, and it remains in the Clash's archive. A remix of the version featuring Roger will be released next month on an EP benefiting Joe Strummer's non-profit organization Strummerville. According to Roger, Mick Jones gave him permission to release a remixed version of the track and even supplied him with stems from the original recording.  Roger then hooked up with producing duo Dopegrinders, who remixed the track. 

The remix of "Rock The Casbah" will be the lead track on the five song EP titled Rock The Casbah - An EP By Ranking Roger, which will be released next month to coincide with the 12th anniversary of Joe Strummer's death.  Pre-order the EP exclusively through Pledge Music (100% of the money raised will be donated to Strummerville).

Stream "Rock The Casbah" (Ranking Roger vs Dopegrinders) below, and find out more about the Strummerville non-profit organization here. A video of Ranking Roger explaining the project is also available to view below via Gigwise.

Published November 8th, 2014 @ 5:53 PM

Peter Hook's been on tour in North America playing New Order records Low-Life and Brotherhood in full, along with other New Order rarities. Prior to last night's show in New York City, Hooky hinted that a friend of his would be joining him onstage, and as it turned out, the friend happened to be Andy Rourke from the Smiths (and Freebass). Rourke came on stage and performed "True Faith" with Hooky and his band The Light. So far video of the full performance of "True Faith" with Rourke isn't available, but here's video of the first minute or so of the song:

Full video of the performance, but no view of Rourke except at ~ 3:29 minutes in if you look to the left:

Meanwhile, Hook has done a few interviews in promotion of the current tour. In a interview published last week, the folks at Vanyaland asked him about the New Order book that he's been working on. [In 2013, Hook told MTV's The Hive, "The New Order book will be like Mötley Crüe...when I write that book, there will be some filthy, dirty, dark secrets coming out."] Here's the update Hooky gave Vanyaland about his book:

"...I must admit I’ve been done a great favor by Bernard because he made such an awful job of his memoir that it has left it open to me for the proper New Order memoir. I’m on 1982 at the moment, which is quite interesting as we are just starting to prove ourselves."

He also discussed how much he loves playing long lost songs from New Order's catalog:

"I must admit, listening to these songs, it’s the first time I’ve listened to them in so long, and I listen to the wonderful [Brotherhood] trio of "All Day Long," "Every Little Counts" and "Angel Dust,"...I’m like, "Wow." They’re blowing me away those songs. "Shellshock!" What a great song to play! I never had this much fun playing it when I was with the others!"

Read the full interview with Hooky over at Vanyaland.

Don't miss Peter Hook on his North American tour. Tickets are still available for the Detroit area date November 13th at the Magic Bag.

11/08 -- Boston, MA @ Royale Boston
11/10 -- Montreal, QC @ Theater Tellus
11/11 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
11/13 -- Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag
11/14 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
11/15 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
11/17 -- Vancouver, BC @ Venue
11/18 -- Seattle, WA @ Nuemos
11/20 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
11/21 -- San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
11/22 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
11/24 -- Pomona, CA @ The Lighthouse (Movement/Power, Corruption & Lies show)
11/25 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy (Unknown Pleasures show)
11/26 -- San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
11/28 -- Honolulu, HI @ The Republik

Published November 8th, 2014 @ 3:34 PM

Friday, November 7, 2014

Skinny Puppy hits the road later this month for the Alliance Of Sound tour, which also includes Youth Code and Haujobb as openers. VNV was also on the bill for the tour, however this week they pulled out of the tour due to "a problematic situation." Today Skinny Puppy announced Front Line Assembly will replace VNV for all of the dates on the tour.

Skinny Puppy is touring in support of 2013's Weapon, and Front Line Assembly is touring in support of 2013's Echogenetic, and the Echogenetic remix album Echoes, which was released in May. Dates for the tour are posted below:

11/28 -- Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/29 -- Montreal, QB @ Metropolis
11/30 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
12/02 -- New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
12/03 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
12/05 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
12/06 -- Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
12/08 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
12/09 -- Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater
12/10 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
12/12 -- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
12/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
12/15 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
12/16 -- Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
12/17 -- Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
12/19 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
12/20 -- Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater

Published November 7th, 2014 @ 5:44 PM

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cure fans in London are in for a sweet treat in December! The Cure announced "a clutch of Christmas shows" today which take place December 21st and December 22nd in London, England at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo. According to the statement posted on Facebook, fans who attend the shows are in for a night of epic proportions! Read the statement in full below:

"The Cure return to Hammersmith Eventim Apollo for a clutch of Christmas concerts on Sunday 21 and Monday 22 December 2014. The band will be performing a 150 minute show playing songs drawn from their entire 37 year old catalogue including deep cuts, pop songs, fan favourites and surprises galore...

Reprising the role they performed at the same venue 30 years ago each concert will also feature And Also The Trees as support.

These are 'Christmas Specials' not to be missed!!!"

Tickets for the shows go on sale Friday at 8am (London time).

Earlier this year the Cure announced a new studio album was on the way, plus more limited edition releases were in the offing.  Though so far those things haven't surfaced, the band recently unveiled a Beatles' cover of "Hello Goodbye" which is included on the upcoming Paul McCartney tribute The Art of McCartney.  The standard version of the release also includes covers from Perry Farrell and Chrissie Hynde, while the limited edition vinyl version adds additional covers from Robert Smith and Ian McCullochThe Art of McCartney arrives November 18th and is available to pre-order here.

Posted November 5th, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mark Gardener was on a West Coast tour last month, and after his show at Soho in Santa Barbara, Gardener was interviewed by Highlight Media. Gardener discussed his guitar pedals, his involvement in the Creation Records' documentary Upside Down, and threw much love the Smiths' way ("the Smiths was one of those bands I realize was brilliant, they really spoke to me"). But the BIG scoop of the interview was when Jason Reed asked Gardener about reforming Ride. Surprisingly, Gardener did not rule out the possibility of a Ride reunion. In fact, he said he's excited about the idea of one!

"Look, I think as long as we're all still alive there's still a chance. There's, there's no plans to, nothing's confirmed. I'm happy because I'm very proud of what we did. When we finished in '96, you kind of feel like, well, you feel like it's irrelevant, but the complete opposite seems to have happened. So, and you know, so that feels really good...

At this point Gardener seemed to consider the idea for a moment, then continued:

"I guess. I guess there is a chance. But, that's...I'm one quarter speaking, there needs to be three other quarters to kind of totally you know, commit and say we'll do this...we're good pals, we've been pals. Since Ride split, we've had good contact, we always get together because there's always ongoing sort of sonic business with Ride. We've tried to put out, everything...all of it, so...I don't know, it's so difficult, because I can't say...from my point of view, I'd like to do it at some point, it's exciting, but like I said, I'm just a quarter of that..."

For those keeping track, a few years back Andy Bell said the following about a possible Ride reunion:

"Well, never say never. We're good friends now. We get together once a year and just have a few pints and whatever. We're all pretty busy with what we're doing, but personally, it would be a shame if we never got to play those songs one more time."

And of course, Bell is no longer busy with Beady Eye since they announced their split last week!  So perhaps a Ride reunion will be in the offing soon. Stay tuned.

Watch the whole interview with Gardener below via Twitter user Nicole Riley & Creation Records. The comments about a reunion begin around 14 minutes into the video:

Published November 2nd, 2014 @ 8:22 AM

The Austin City Limits episode featuring Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds premiered this weekend. Stream the full program below:

Published November 2nd, 2014 @ 7:29 AM

Saturday, November 1, 2014

U.K. electro-pop act Fujiya & Miyagi released an album earlier this year titled Artificial Sweeteners. The band just debuted a new mix of the song "Daggers" which was remixed by Joy Division/New Order drummer Stephen Morris. The band told The Quietus how it was they got the legendary drummer to remix the track for them:

"We heard that Stephen liked some of the stuff we had done, so we thought we'd chance our arm and ask him if he'd be up for doing a remix which happily he was. Our last record Artificial Sweeteners was our most electronic since we began so it seemed natural to ask him to do it given his history."

Stream the Steven Morris remix of "Daggers" below courtesy of The Quietus:

Here's the album version (non-Stephen Morris remix) of "Daggers"

New Order recently announced a remastered version of Factus8 will be released on November 28th for Black Friday Record Store Day. Details on that are posted here.

Published November 1st, 2014 @ 12:12 PM

The 1989 concert film Depeche Mode 101 was given a special screening last week in New York as part of the IFC's film series Stranger Than Fiction. After the screening, 101's filmmakers DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, along with the Depeche Mode superfans who appeared in the film (Jay Serken, Chris Hardwick and Oliver Chesler) took part in a Q & A and discussed the film. Director Pennebaker revealed he wasn't familiar with Depeche Mode or their music until working on the film, but had nothing but glowing words for the band (plus he turned into a big fan!):

"They were such a wonderful group to work with that probably, we think of that as our favorite film that we've ever made....I mean, we wanted to make a big film, like Gone With The Wind or something, and so it was no holds barred, anything would go...it was like, for the first time we were gonna be able to make the big film that we always wanted to, and this was the big film. And the band was so terrific! In the beginning, one song sounded just like the other as far as I could see. And by the end of it, we were totally whipped, that music was fantastic, and still is. That music is just amazing to me, and it's so, it's the probably the way music will be in 20 to 30 years too. It won't go away."

Watch a portion of the Q & A below:

Depeche Mode 101 was shot in Pasedena, California in 1988. Watch the film in its entirety here.

Depeche Mode release a new concert film Depeche Mode: Live In Berlin, directed by Anton Corbijn on November 17th. The set comes as a 5 disc multimedia set and as a 2 CD audio soundtrack. More info on the release is posted here.

Published November 1st, 2014 @ 10:04 AM