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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Watch Morrissey on “Conan”

Morrissey appeared last night on “Conan”, in support of his current tour dates in the U.S. and Mexico. Backed by his clean-cut band, Moz performed the new song “People Are the Same Everywhere”, which he played on BBC Radio 2 earlier this year. Watch the performance below.

Mastodon & Feist to share a split 7″ for Record Store Day. Yes, you just read that correctly.

Troy Sanders has revealed that Mastodon will team with Feist to work on a split 7″ for Record Store Day 2012. The split 7″, which was her idea, will feature each band covering the other. You can check out Troy discussing it with MTV News Canada below.

Mastodon, who recently headlined Terminal 5, released one of Decibel’s favorite albums of the year, though Feist’s recently released “Metals” did not make the list (it didn’t make Rough Trade’s list either).
That video with Mastodon tour dates below…

NOV 29 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
DEC 1 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
DEC 2 Atlanta, GA – “The Missing Link” The Tabernacle
JAN 11 Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
JAN 12 Helsinki, Finland – Circus
JAN 14 Stockholm, Sweden – The Annex
JAN 15 Oslo, Norwa – Sentrum Scene
JAN 16 Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA
JAN 17 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
JAN 19 Brussels, Belgium – Encienne Belgique
JAN 20 Paris, France – Le Bataclan
JAN 22 Lisbon, Portugal – Coliseum
JAN 23 Madrid, Spain – Joy Slava
JAN 24 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
JAN 26 Milan, Italy – Xtra
JAN 29 Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
JAN 30 Munich, Germany – Backstage Halle/Werk
JAN 31 Berlin, Germany – C-Club/Astra
FEB 2 Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik/E-Werk
FEB 3 Tilburg, Holland – 013
FEB 5 Bristol, UK – 02 Academy
FEB 6 Manchester, UK – Academy
FEB 7 Glasgow, UK – Barrowlands
FEB 9 Norwich, UK – UEA
FEB 10 Birmingham, UK – HMV Institute
FEB 11 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


From Nine Inch Nails:

We’re auctioning off a selection of NIN memorabilia, with the proceeds going to our friends rescuing greyhounds at Greyhound Rescue and California Greyhound Adoption Promotion. Click here to view the auctions, and check back as more items will be added in the coming weeks…

Lee Ranaldo on the Future of Sonic Youth

“I’m feeling optimistic about the future no matter what happens at this point. I mean, every band runs its course. We’ve been together way longer than any of us ever imagined would happen and it’s been for the most part an incredibly pleasurable ride. There’s still a lot of stuff we’re going to continue to do. There’s tons and tons of archival projects and things like that that are still going on, so there are so many ways in which we are tied to each other for the future both musically and in other ways.”

— Lee Ranaldo tells Rolling Stone that he remains hopeful regarding the future of Sonic Youth, despite Thurston and Kim’s recent separation. As previously reported, Matador will release Ranaldo’s solo album on March 20.

Monday, November 28, 2011

“Fugazi Live Series” launches in December

After letting audio tapes for more than 800 shows languish in a closet for years, Fugazi has begun putting them all on its Web site, with the first batch of 130 shows going up next Thursday.

In keeping with its commercial principles of low prices and trust in fans, the shows’ suggested price is $5 each, with a sliding scale of $1 to $100, for the cheap or the philanthropic.

As a career-spanning archival project, the Fugazi Live Series has few equals, putting the band in the unlikely company of acts like the Grateful Dead and Phish. And for Dischord, Fugazi’s self-run label, it has taken more than two years and tens of thousands of dollars, said Ian MacKaye, one of Fugazi’s two singer-guitarists and a co-founder of Dischord.
-[NY Times]

The Fugazi Live Series is now in beta and officially launches on December 1st.

Alabama Shakes: “You Ain’t Alone” (Live)

Alabama Shakes – “You Ain’t Alone” from Outlaw Laboratories on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Oasis Legal Family Feud Resumes: Liam Gallagher Allegedly Attacked Brother Noel With Guitar

The famously factitious relationship between former Oasis members Liam and Noel Gallagher looks set to deteriorate further following reports that Noel has filed court documents accusing his younger brother of abusive and “irresponsible” behavior prior to the band’s split in 2009.

The siblings’ legal dispute dates back to August this year, when Liam filed a lawsuit against Noel following his claims that the singer had pulled out of a headline performance at the 2009 V Festival because of a hangover. Speaking at a London press conference to promote his debut solo release “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds,” the former Oasis songwriter also stated that the band’s break-up was partly related to Liam wanting to advertise his Pretty Green clothing line in the group’s touring merchandise.

Noel later retracted his claims and apologized, leading–or so it seemed–to Liam withdrawing the legal action. Now it appears that Noel has filed a series of counter claims in response to the High Court libel action, with British tabloid newspaper the Mirror obtaining fresh legal documents that detail the reasons behind the multi-million selling band’s split.

According to the Daily Mirror, the 14-page writ, which was lodged November 1, contains a number of scathing accusations from the elder Gallagher including details of a backstage bust-up in Paris in 2009 where Liam was “physically violent” towards Noel.

“He went to his dressing room, fetched his guitar, and on returning began swinging the guitar around in the air like an axe, nearly smashing the defendant [Noel] in the face with it,” the court papers go on to say. Noel is said to have regarded this incident as “the last straw” and quit the band that evening.

The papers also lodge claims that Liam left “offensive voicemail messages on the Defendant’s [Noel] wife’s mobile phone, insulting her and others the Defendant cared about.”

One excerpt reads: “The claimant [Liam] had a history over the years of not only throat problems and of pursuing such an incompatible lifestyle, but of treating Oasis fans and the defendant with disrespect by disrupting gigs, including walking off stage, assaulting them and generally acting irresponsibly.”

The court document goes on to list 12 separate occasions dating from 1994 to 2005 in which Liam allegedly “disrupted” gigs by storming out, being drunk or getting into fights, says the Mirror.

They reportedly include the claim that Liam head-butted a fan who asked for his autograph in Australia in 1998. Another incident cited by Noel’s lawyers is his brother walking out of a three-week tour of America in 1996 to go house hunting.

Referencing the original libel filed by Liam in relation to the pulled show at 2009’s V Festival, Noel admits that Liam did have laryngitis and medical certification to prove it. But his recovery was hampered by drinking and smoking until “at least 1am” the previous evening.

Noel also admits to saying that Pretty Green advertising would be included in Oasis’ touring brochure “over my dead body,” but says that he never spoke directly to his brother about the matter.

The legal documents also describe how Noel regarded his brother as “spiteful and childish” for dedicating songs onstage to Pretty Green employees.


French actor, writer and director Julie Delpy is reportedly attached to direct a biopic of Clash frontman Joe Strummer, according to Variety. The film’s title, ‘The Right Profile,’ is culled from a song of the same name which appears on their landmark 1979 album ‘London Calling.’ The song is based around actor Montgomery Clift.

Not much information about the film has been revealed yet other than that it will be helmed by Delpy and it will focus on Strummer’s life from 1982, after he left the Clash and largely disappeared from the public eye, until his death in 2002. The project will be produced by Simon Halfon, a graphic designer who has worked with other touchstone British bands like the Jam and Oasis and produced the feature film ‘Sleuth.’

Delpy, who is best known for her movies ‘Before Sunrise’ and ‘Before Sunset,’ has just finished production on ‘2 Days in New York,’ the sequel to her acclaimed ‘2 Days in Paris.’ Delpy has a deep history of starring in her own movies, so her directorial role for the Strummer film will most likely include a turn as an actress.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Air to Release Album Inspired by Silent French Film From 1902

French dream-pop outfit Air are set to release an album on February 7 through Astralwerks, their first since 2009’s Love 2. Titled Le Voyage Dans La Lune after Georges Méliès’ 1902 silent short French film by the same name, it’s an expansion of a project they worked on earlier this year. (The duo provided music for an updated version of Méliès’ film for its debut at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.)

The record features lyrics and vocals from Beach House’s Victoria Legrand on a song called “Seven Stars” and lyrics written by Au Revoir Simone on the track “Who Am I Know? The release will include a limited-edition version of the short film and Air’s original score. Here’s the tracklist:

Le Voyage Dans La Lune:

01 Astronomic Club
02 Seven Stars
03 Retour sur terre
04 Parade
05 Moon Fever
06 Sonic Armada
07 Who Am I Know?
08 Décollage
09 Cosmic Trip
10 Homme lune
11 Lava

Air also recently contributed music to a short-film series for Cartier as part of a campaign called “How Far Would You Go for Love?” Below, watch the clip the duo scored– “Painted Air”– followed by some of the original 1902 version of Méliès’ film.

Air: “Painted Air”:

Georges Méliès’ 1902 short film Le Voyage Dans La Lune:

PJ Harvey behind music in current London production of Hamle

It has been revealed that PJ Harvey composed part of the score for the Young Vic’s current production of Hamlet in London.

The show, which runs until January 21, 2012 and stars Michael Sheen in the title role, sees the character of Ophelia – played by Vinette Robinson – performing some of Harvey’s compositions live on stage.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fleet Foxes: “The Shrine/An Argument” (Music Video)

The Shrine / An Argument from Sean Pecknold on Vimeo.

Radiohead post extra ‘The King Of Limbs’ remixes online

Radiohead have posted three new remixes of tracks from ‘The King Of Limbs’ album online – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the widget to listen.

The band made the new tracks from Anstam, Nathan Fake and Jamie xx available on their blog, after they were unable to include them on their remix album ‘TKOL RMX 123457’.

The three new songs are alternate takes or extended remixes of the same tracks the artist’s produced for the album, and will be available for purchase from the band’s official website from Monday (November 21).

Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood posted a message to accompany the remixes, writing:

Hello! Here are the three remixes by Anstam, Nathan Fake and Jamie xx that sadly didn’t make it in time for the vinyl release – we wanted to get them out because we’re big fans and wanted you to hear them too.
Radiohead released ‘The King Of Limbs’ in February this year, and went on to put out ‘TKOL RMX 123457’ in September. Last month, the band’s drummer Philip Selway said that they were “astounded” by some of the remixes they were given for the LP.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Dinosaur Jr. Goes Retro, Reissues 3 Albums on Cassettes

Legendary indie rock band Dinosaur Jr. has joined the cassette revival movement, issuing the “Cassette Trilogy,” a limited edition box set with three classic albums on cassette.

Heck, If you’re under 25, you might not even remember the cassette, an analog music medium equally loved and hated, which saw its rise and decline from the ’70s to early ’90s.

Practical because of its small size, but never reaching the sound quality of vinyl or CD, the cassette now mostly exists in basements and as a fond memory in the minds of music lovers all around the world. Recently, however, the audio cassette has been experiencing a comeback of sorts, with many indie music artists releasing their albums in this format, which today is almost completely obsolete for lack of new cassette players on the market.

Of course, listening to music on an audio cassette is both an exercise in retroism as well as one of the more “hipster” things you can do. However, the recent resurgence of older style media, such as vinyl records and audio cassettes, might indicate a certain satiation with the way we’re currently experience music. When everything is digital and immediately available, one starts to yearn for the physical medium and all the little quirks that go with playing a record on a gramophone or playing a tape in the old cassette recorder.

Dinosaur Jr. is one of the best known bands to join the party. The band has been around since 1984 and had an important influence on late ’80s/early ’90s Indie rock scene.

The “Cassette Trilogy” box set is a limited one-time release with 500 copies, containing three of the band’s legendary albums from the eighties: Dinosaur, You’re Living All Over Me and Bug. I just ordered one. It’s was 39 bucks, how could I say no?!


Joy Division ‘+-’ 7-inch singles box to be reissued as 10-disc CD set next month

The limited-edition Joy Division box set comprised of 10 newly remastered 7-inch singles that was released late last year is being reissued next month — this time on compact disc, collecting “CD replicas of 10 singles presented in a beautiful clamshell box.”

Like the forthcoming New Order outtakes album, it appears the CD version of Joy Division’s +-: Singles 1978-80 hasn’t yet been formally announced, but online retailers — including — are starting to list the 10-disc set as being released Dec. 19 by the UK arm of Rhino Records, which issued the original 7-inch box last December.

Aside from the format, the new version of +- appears to be identical to last year’s, with 21 songs over 10 discs in a box designed by Factory Records co-founder Peter Saville. The music itself was newly remastered from the original tapes by drummer Stephen Morris and Frank Arkwright, who also worked with Johnny Marr to remaster the entire Smiths catalog for that band’s box set.

Journalist Jon Savage selected the tracks, and given the fact that Joy Division only released a handful of singles — including non-album favorites “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Atmosphere” — during its short career, some of the singles assembled for +- “have been created specifically for this release” using previously released songs (see full tracklist below).

Tracklist: Joy Division, +-: Singles 1978-80

Disc 1
1. “Warsaw”
2. “Leaders Of Men”

Disc 2
1. “No Love Lost”
2. “Failures”

Disc 3
1. “Digital”
2. “Glass”

Disc 4
1. “Autosuggestion”
2. “From Safety To Where”

Disc 5
1. “Transmission”
2. “Novelty”

Disc 6
1. “Atmosphere”
2. “Dead Souls”

Disc 7
1. “Komakino”
2. “Incubation”
3. “As You Said”

Disc 8
1. “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
2. “These Days”

Disc 9
1. “She’s Lost Control” (12-inch Version)
2. “Love Will Tear Us Apart 2″ (Pennine Version)

Disc 10
1. “Isolation”
2. “Heart and Soul”

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Joan Jett, Foo Fighters: ‘Bad Reputation’- Live on Letterman (Music Video)