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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Public Image Ltd. announces 18-date North American tour — 1st U.S. dates in 2 years

As expected, John Lydon will bring his reconvened Public Image Ltd. back to the U.S. for its first North American tour in two years this fall, playing 18 dates in the U.S. and Canada throughout October and into early November, culminating with the previously announced appearance at the FunFunFun Fest in Austin, Texas.

The tour, announced today, opens Oct. 3 in Orlando, Fla., and hits the East Coast, Midwest, a couple dates in Canada and a pair of California cities before wrapping up in Texas at the FunFunFun Fest on Nov. 3 — not Nov. 2, as the band originally had announced.

PiL, which in late May released This Is PiL, currently has a handful of European festival and club dates booked for the summer, plus 15 dates in the U.K. and Ireland in late July and throughout August. The band has toured steadily since Lydon first resurrected his long-dormant post-Sex Pistols group in December 2009, including a string of U.S. dates in 2010.

Public Image Ltd. North American tour dates:

Oct. 3: Firestone Live, Orlando, FL
Oct. 5: Grand Central, Miami, FL
Oct. 6: Cuban Club, Ybor City, FL
Oct. 8: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 9: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Oct. 11: Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 12: Upstate concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
Oct. 13: Hammerstein Ballrom, New York, NY
Oct. 15: Royale Boston, Boston, MA
Oct. 16: Club Soda, Montreal, QC
Oct. 18: The Opera House, Toronto, ON
Oct. 19: Royal Oak Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
Oct. 21: House of Blues, Chicago, IL
Oct. 22: Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 25: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Oct. 28: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 1: Granada Theater, Dallas, TX
Nov. 3: FunFunFun Festival, Austin, TX

Killing Joke appeal for information after singer Jaz Coleman goes missing

Killing Joke have appealed for information about the whereabouts of their singer Jaz Coleman, who they say has gone missing.

The veteran post-punkers, who released their 15th studio album ‘2012’ earlier this year, have posted a statement on their official Facebook page saying that they are “concerned for Coleman’s welfare” as they have not heard from him.

The band, who have The View and The Futureheads’ producer Martin ‘Youth’ Glover in their line-up, have posted the statement after a post on their Facebook page, purported to be from Coleman, suggested that they were pulling out of a tour with The Cult and The Mission.

They wrote: “A statement was posted on Facebook, reputedly by our singer, maligning both The Cult and The Mission and pulling us out of the shows. He is now AWOL and has not contacted any of his band mates. We are deeply embarrassed by this and offer our sincere apologies to all involved. We are all concerned about our missing singer’s welfare.”

They continued: “Killing Joke made a collective decision to play with The Cult and The Mission in September. It was agreed by all of the band that we would do these shows. Indeed, we thought that they were something to look forward to, even though they were downsized. We would still like to honour our commitment to this tour, the other bands, and all the Gatherers [Killing Joke fans] and people who have already bought tickets and made travel arrangements.”

They continued further: “If this proves not possible, Killing Joke will make alternative arrangements to compensate for the trouble caused. Meanwhile we are doing everything we can to make this tour happen and locate our missing singer.”

Killing Joke were due to tour with The Cult and The Mission in September of this year.


Huge bummer for the recently rallying gang. Full story at the New York Times:

Two weeks after its takeover by an online media company, Spin magazine’s future as a print publication was cast further into doubt on Friday when 11 employees — a third of the staff — were laid off and publication plans for the bimonthly magazine were suspended.

The next issue, dated September/October and featuring the rapper Azealia Banks on the cover, will come out in late August. But according to a statement on Sunday by Spin’s new owner, Buzzmedia, there will be no November/December issue while the company figures out what form a printed Spin might take given the magazine’s expansion online.

Read the original report at

SPIN Magazine today laid off a number of staffers. Sources told Billboard today that key editorial staffers such as SPIN Magazine editor-in-chief Steve Kandell, associate editor Melissa Giannini and news editor Devon Maloney were laid off, as well as a number of staff members in the photo and production departments…

Monday, July 30, 2012

New Black Lips video for ‘Noc-A-Homa’ an ode to Atlanta baseball

Their new video for “Noc-A-Homa” is a somewhat charming ode to a forgotten in-stadium baseball mascot, Chief Noc-A-Homa (geddit? Knock a homer?!!).

Black Prairie releasing new album, touring (dates)

Decemberists side project Black Prairie, whose members already included Chris Funk, Nate Query, and Jenny Conlee of Decemberists, are set to release a new album this year and it was recorded with Decemberists drummer John Moen. The new album is called A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart and it will be out on September 18. You can check out the cover art below.
Black Prairie will be supporting the new record with a tour.

Black Prairie — 2012 Tour Dates

Sept 20 Seattle, WA at the Triple Door
Sept 21 Portland, OR at Mississippi Studios
OCT 18 Valparaiso, IN at Front Porch Music
OCT 19 Chicago, IL at Schubas
OCT 20 Minneapolis, MN at the 400 Bar
OCT 21 Madison, WI at the Frequency
NOV 8 Philadelphia, PA at Milkboy
NOV 9 in Arlington, VA at IOTA
NOV 10 New York City, NY at the Mercury Lounge
NOV 11 Boston, MA at Great Scott

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fox On The Run- Top Of The Pops 13th March 1975

Happy Friday !!!

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis’ Lawless Music Features Mark Lanegan, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, More

For his latest endeavour in film, Nick Cave has written both the screenplay and the music for John Hillcoat’s new movie Lawless, which stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, and Gary Oldman. The film hits theaters August 29, while the soundtrack will be released via Sony on August 28th.

For the music, Cave teamed up with long-term collaborator Warren Ellis to form a band called the Bootleggers, playing country and bluegrass that mimics the film’s setting (rural Virginia in 1931). They rounded up a rotating cast of guest vocalists, including Emmylou Harris, Mark Lanegan, the Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss, and bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley…

Both Lanegan and Stanley cover the Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat”, while Harris and Moss cover Grandaddy’s “So You’ll Aim Toward the Sky”. There are also covers of Captain Beefheart, Link Wray, and Townes Van Zandt. There’s also a previously unreleased Willie Nelson track, “Midnight Run”. According to a press release, Nelson’s newfound song is about “clandestine transport of moonshine whisky.”

Check out the trailer for Lawless after the tracklisting:

Lawless OST tracklisting:
01 The Bootleggers [ft. Mark Lanegan]: “Fire and Brimstone” (Link Wray cover)
2 The Bootleggers [ft. Nick Cave]: “Burnin’ Hell”
03 Ralph Stanley: “Sure ‘Nuff Yes I Do” (Captain Beefheart cover)
04 The Bootleggers [ft. Emmylou Harris]: “Fire in the Blood”
5 The Bootleggers [ft. Mark Lanegan]: “White Light / White Heat” (Velvet Underground cover)
6 The Bootleggers [ft. Emmylou Harris]: “Cosmonaut”
7 Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Emmylou Harris, and Ralph Stanley: “Fire in the Blood” / “Snake Song” (Townes Van Zandt cover)
8 The Bootleggers [ft. Liela Moss and Emmylou Harris]: “Aim Towards the Sky” (Grandaddy cover)
9 The Bootleggers [ft. Emmylou Harris]
: “Fire in the Blood”
10 Ralph Stanley: “Fire and Brimstone” (Link Wray cover)

11 The Bootleggers [ft. Mark Lanegan]: “Sure ‘Nuff Yes I Do” (Captain Beefheart cover)

12 Ralph Stanley: “White Light / White Heat” (Velvet Underground cover)

13 Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “End Crawl”
14 Willie Nelson: “Midnight Run” (bonus track)


The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry buried a report that Megaupload wasn’t really all that bad. Full story at TorrentFreak:

A leaked presentation from the RIAA shows that online file-sharing isn’t the biggest source of illegal music acquisition in the U.S. The confidential data reveals that 65% of all music files are “unpaid” but the vast majority of these are obtained through offline swapping. The report further shows that cyberlockers such as Megaupload are only a marginal source of pirated music.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Watch Wilco live on Fallon

Last night, Wilco took a break from their summer tour and made a stop at “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”. They performed “Art of Almost” from their latest LP, The Whole Love, and added Loose Fur cut “Laminated Cat”– a recent setlist regular– as a web exclusive.

Gibson recently named a guitar after Tweedy – the Jeff Tweedy Signature Gibson SG, no less– which also got an airing on the show. Watch both videos below.

“Art of Almost”:

“Laminated Cat”:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The xx perform new track ‘Angels’

The xx performed their new track ‘Angels’ Conan O’Brien’s US show last night (July 24) – which you can watch below.

The London three-piece appeared on Conan to perform the track, which is the first to be taken from their forthcoming second album ‘Coexist’, due for release on September 10. The band’s Jamie Smith has once again taken on production duties on the album.

‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ reissued for the zillionth time

As previously reported, CDs aren’t selling so well, specifically new releases. With the proliferation of digital media, compact discs are heading in the direction of the specialist market, where it eventually will bought up solely by collectors and those seeking the nostalgia of the pre-MP3 era. That scenario is honestly the compact disc’s best bet.

Because catalog releases are now outselling new releases (for the first time in history), more effort is being put into reissues, hence we are now being saddled with yet another reissue of The Velvet Underground’s 1967 debut “The Velvet Underground & Nico.”

Before we delve into what this new set is offering, let’s briefly go over the record’s extensive release history:
1967 — “The Velvet Underground & Nico” is released on vinyl for the first time with a special front cover designed by Andy Warhol featuring a banana sticker that could be peeled back. Both stereo and mono mixes were available.
1986 — The album gets a CD release and features slightly modified album art and few mixing changes throughout, much to the dismay of fans.
1995 — A five-disc box set called “Peel Slowly and See” (named after the subtitle on “VU&N”‘s cover) is released which contains all four Lou Reed fronted Velvet Underground albums including “The Velvet Underground & Nico” which was remastered and featured the restoration of the original LP’s stereo mix.
1996 — A single disc version of the album is released that is likewise restored and remastered.
2002 — A two-disc deluxe edition of the album is released containing remastered versions of both the stereo and mono mixes of the album. The set also includes single mixes of some of the songs as well as a few selections from Nico’s debut solo album “Chelsea Girl.”

Now it’s 2012 and a new six-disc box set is slated for release October 1 via Universal for the record’s 45th anniversary (which actually passed last March). But what does it have that the others don’t? Not much. The first two discs contain roughly the same assortment of additional single edits as well as the full album in mono and stereo. A third disc contains the entirety of “Chelsea Girl,” presumably but not definitely remastered. Disc four contains the famously bootlegged Scepter Studios Sessions which contains alternate mixes and takes of the album’s tracks. The last two discs are live performances from Valleydale Ballroom in Columbus Ohio, which includes the 40-minute noise jam “Melody Laughter.”

Those live performances are the main rub here as there are not many archival VU performances from this era currently available. In a nutshell this package is set to include every note associated with or surrounding The Velvet Underground’s debut. Is it worth the price which will surely be in the $100 range? Doubtful.

If physical media is what the companies are still trying to push, than perhaps “White Light/White Heat” might make for a better choice for expansion but honestly, records from this era have already seen plenty of reissues. I won’t say that there aren’t any records that could use a little polish or extension (like say the Blur and My Bloody Valentine reissues that came out this year) but this is one album that just needs to be left alone already.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ben Gibbard Honors Ichiro Suzuki in Song

Longtime Mariners slugger Ichiro Suzuki was traded to the Yankees yesterday, and Ben Gibbard — a hometown fan of Suzuki’s former MLB team who once performed with Death Cab at Seattle’s Safeco Field in 2010 — is here to pay homage. “Ichiro’s Song” was written “a few years ago” in honor of the beloved outfielder, but “today seems like the best day to let you all hear it,” he says.

Beyond its apropos arrival date, though, this tune packs hooks and an upbeat feel in line with the baseball spirit John Fogerty instilled in his mid-’80s tribute to the game, “Centerfield.” (A quick pivot from Gibbard’s last one-off from the vaults, covering of Stars’ “Set Yourself on Fire.”) Hear it below:

(via 24bit)


The new QOTSA album will not be named Ultraviolet Robot. It will see an early 2013 release, according to our source, followed by various kinds of onstage tomfoolery.

In an interview with the German publication Drumheads, Queens Of The Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo seems to have dropped a tentative title of the new QOTSA album, as well as news of the general release timeline.

When asked what direction new record goes, Castillo says that he’s not supposed to answer, but the “ultraviolet robot” will blow our minds. Does this mean that Ultraviolet Robot is the name of the album? If rumors from messageboard troll kings are to be believed, then this latest interview seems to indicate that truth can come from the dirtiest places.

We may see a Summer release for the follow-up to Era Vulgaris, though it’s not likely, given delays in the recording process due to the unexpected entrance into litigation land with the original Kyuss members. And according to Castillo, he’s reached a point with Queens where neither he or right-hand man Alain Johannes feel the need to prove anything to anyone anymore, so the “new album will sound like the early Queens sound again.”

Old, new, whatever the sound is, we’re on board with lava in our veins. If you’re looking for a reason why, here’s where the band left off:

Monday, July 23, 2012

Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace opens up about new life as a woman

Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace has opened up about her gender reassignment.

The singer, formerly Tom Gabel, announced in May that she would be undergoing the transition from man to woman in May and is currently taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis treatments.

In an interview with The Guardian, she says that living the life of an angry, male in a punk band left her frustrated. “When you’re in a punk band you’re framed as an angry white male. That’s you: angry; white; male. And you’re screaming at the top of your lungs, and you’re angry about this and that,” she said. “But you become a parody in some ways, and the more and more I saw that, the more and more frustrated I felt.”

Grace said that although she used to cross-dress in secret, she resolved not to do it anymore after her band signed a record deal with Warner Bros. “You pile everything up into a trash bag, and go behind a store and chuck everything into a dumpster. You just get rid of everything, and you’re like: ‘That’s it.’ Because you feel like you’re a deviant, and there is this danger of being caught, and you’re terrified.”

Grace, who is married with a young daughter, also said that becoming a parent encouraged her to make the decision to be honest about being transgender. “You’re thinking, ‘I’m going to be a father, and I’m going to have a daughter,’ and you can’t help but examine that as you get older – just having less patience with all the bullshit. Just thinking about the role model that you’re going to be for your child, and what’s the most important lesson you can teach them? Wanting to be honest was an example that I wanted to set.”

Speaking about the band’s fan’s reaction to her decision, she said: “[The fans] were pretty high on the pecking order, just because there’s the very real worry of: ‘What if someone attacks me? What if I’m on stage and someone tries to do something to publicly humiliate me?’ There’s that total fear, because I’ve been hit in the face with bottles in the past. So there’s that fear, for sure.”

In May, Grace played her first gig as a woman in San Diego, where she debuted the band’s new track ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’.


Said Richard Hell to Spinner:
“Well, it’s diplomatic to call my feelings ‘mixed.’ Apart from my biased appreciation of the movie for providing a unique record of my original band playing three or four songs live, the film is ridiculously, irredeemably bad.” From the film’s Wikipedia page:

Musicians featured in the film include: Joey Ramone, Debbie Harry, Richard Hell, Patti Smith, Johnny Thunders, David Byrne, Tom Verlaine, David Johansen, Wayne County, Tommy Ramone, Lenny Kaye, Dee Dee Ramone, Chris Stein, Fred Smith[disambiguation needed], Johnny Ramone, Ivan Kral, Robert Gordon, Richard Lloyd, Tina Weymouth, Walter Lure, Jeff Salen, Annie Golden, Jayne County, Chris Frantz, Jimmy Destri, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Gary Valentine, Clem Burke, Arthur Kane, Syl Sylvain, Jerry Nolan, Jay Dee Daugherty, Richard Sohl, Billy Ficca, Hilly Kristal and more.