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Legal disclaimer: This blog is my personal, independent website. It is not affiliated with Bell Media, nor does it represents the thoughts, opinions, desires, etc of Bell Media

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2014/12/31


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

2014/12/30


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

2014/12/22


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
alt.end
Wailing Wall
Bananafishbones
The Caterpillar
The Walk
A Man Inside My Mouth
Close To Me
Lullaby
High
Birdmad Girl
Just Like Heaven
Pictures Of You
Before Three
Lovesong
Like Cockatoos
From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
Want
The Hungry Ghost
One Hundred Years
Give Me It

Encore 1:

The Empty World
Charlotte Sometimes
Primary
The Top

Encore 2:

Dressing Up
Piggy In The Mirror
Never Enough
Wrong Number

Encore 3:

Three Imaginary Boys
M
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

2014/12/18

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

L7 is set to reunite in 2015. The band, which broke up almost 14 years ago, released a statement announcing the reunion and asking fans for their support (email addresses, spreading the news, etc). Read the posting in full below and catch up with L7 here.

Greetings People! We want you to know that the love and support you have shown us here on Facebook this year has taken us all a bit by surprise. What started as a simple band page for us to post some archival photos we had been sifting through for an upcoming L7 documentary has turned into a wellspring of enthusiasm for the band. For this WE THANK YOU!

Many of you have asked when we might return for a reunion. Well, it's been 14 years since our last show, longer if you consider our original line up. But we (Donita, Suzi, Jennifer, and Dee) are hearing you, we are talking about it, and we kinda agree. Why the hell not?

Here's the situation...

They say to raise a child it takes a village, well to get interest from promoters for L7 to do reunion shows it's going to take an ARMY. An army of you all. No joke.

Here's what we need...
We need your continued enthusiasm, your spreading the word by "Sharing" our posts and getting your friends and enemies to "Like" our page.

First and foremost WE NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES at our new website

We need to reach you all directly. No spam, no problem.

Let's show 'em all! Your love and support will make this happen!
For those about to rock, WE SALUTE YOU.

Love, L7 xo

Published December 18th, 2014 @ 9:02 PM

2014/12/16


Honeymilk is a brilliant newish band out of Stockholm, that blew everyone away with its debut album Lean On The Sun last year, drawing comparisons to the Strokes and Velvet Underground. This year the band, now a trio after the departure of its drummer, released a follow-up EP titled Sanguine Skies. The EP's latest single, "A Scene In Between" features a healthier dose of psychedelia than the songs from Lean On The Sun, but fans of their crunchy, fuzzy guitars will still love it to pieces. Stream two tracks from the EP below via Soundcloud [highly recommended listening for fans of Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, Drowners, Vaccines, and Velvet Underground.] Purchase Sanguine Skies from Amazon, and catch up with Honeymilk on Facebook.





Also take a listen to "Sea To Shining Sea" from 2013's Lean On The Sun, which is available to download on iTunes and Amazon.



Published December 16th, 2014 @ 8:45 PM

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

2014/12/15


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.

2014/12/14


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

2014/12/13


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

2014/12/07


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

2014/12/06


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

2014/12/03


Smashing Pumpkins return with the new album Monuments To An Elegy on December 9th. The band premiered several new songs over the past few weeks and now the full album is available to stream ahead of its release on iTunes. Head here to stream. Those without iTunes can stream a few tracks from the album below. Pre-order Monuments To An Elegy from iTunes, Amazon, or Pledge Music.

Meanwhile, the night before Thanksgiving Smashing Pumpkins played a hometown show at Thalia Hall in Chicago. During the set the band -- which included drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) and bassist and Mark Stoermer (the Killers) -- debuted several songs from the new album plus covered David Bowie's classic "Fame." Stream some audio from the show below:

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Billy Corgan Q & A









Published December 3rd, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

U2 announced details for their Innocence & Experience world tour. The tour will only play 19 cities, and each of those cities will have pairs of show. According to a press release, each night's show will be different:

"We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two,” said Bono, “and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!"

Pre-sale tickets for all the shows start tomorrow (December 4th) through U2's fanclub. The general onsale is Monday, December 8th. The itinerary for the North American leg of the tour is posted below. For more details on the tour, visit U2 on the web.

North American tour itinerary

May 14th Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 15th Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 18th San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 19th San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 22nd, Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 23rd, Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 26th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 27th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 30th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 31st, Los Angeles, CA, Forum

June 12th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 13th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 24th, Chicago, IL, United Center
June 25th, Chicago, IL, United Center

July 6th, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 7th, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 10th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 11th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 18th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 19th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 22nd, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 23rd, New York, NY Madison Square Garden

Published December 3rd, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

2014/12/02


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