Thursday, October 23, 2014
As I'm not a Dead fan I thought I'd simply provide the press release for those who are Grateful Dead Fans: GRATEFUL DEAD ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTARY IN CELEBRATION OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY Executive Producer Martin Scorsese And Director Amir Bar-Lev To Offer A Never Before Seen Look At One Of Rock 'N' Roll's Most Fascinating And Enduring Bands LOS ANGELES - The Grateful Dead are proud to announce their first official career-spanning documentary to coincide with the band's 50th anniversary celebration. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev ("Happy Valley," "The Tillman Story") will direct the as yet untitled documentary. Alex Blavatnik is financing through his AOMA Sunshine Films. Eric Eisner ("Hamlet 2"), Nicholas Koskoff, and Justin Kreutzmann will serve as producers. Executive Producers are Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, and Rick Yorn. Longtime Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux will serve as the film's music supervisor. This monumental documentary will meld a cornucopia of never before seen performance footage, vintage interviews, and other candid moments unearthed from the Grateful Dead's vast vaults along with newly captured conversations with surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir, as well as many other characters and pranksters from the Dead universe. "Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it. Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese. From The Last Waltz to George Harrison: Living In The Material World , from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honored to have him involved. The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them," said surviving members Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, and Weir in a joint statement. "The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans. I'm very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved," says Scorsese. "It's been ten years since I first set out to make a film about the Grateful Dead and I'm thrilled that it's finally happening," says Bar-Lev. "I am ecstatic that this project was able to come together and look forward to finding the perfect distribution home for the film," says Eisner. Production entities partnering on the project are Double E Pictures, Axis Films, and Sikelia Productions, Inc.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Director (&Academy Award winner) Michel Gondry's latest magical whimsical film Mood Indigo will be released on DVD next month. Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep), was inspired by French novelist Boris Vian's cult novel Froth on the Daydream using it to create this unique love story set in a charing and surreal version of Paris. At the heart of the film lies the inspirational message "If we screw up this moment, we try the next. We have our whole lives to get it right."
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The Vaselines have announced tour dates in support of their recently released album V For Vaselines. The Vaselines: November 15 Bristol, England - Thekla 16 Brighton, England - The Haunt 17 Lille, France - L’Aeronef 18 Paris, France - La Maroquinerie 19 Zurich, Switzerland - Eldorado 20 Vienna, Austria - Chelsea 21 Berlin, Germany - Bang Bang Club 22 Utrecht, Holland - Le Guess Who? 23 Brugge, Belgium - Cactus Club – Autumn Falls 25 London, England - The Garage 26 Birmingham, England - Hare & Hounds 27 Sheffield, England - The Plug 28 Glasgow, England - School of Art January 4 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel 5 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s 16 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House 17 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall 18 Montreal, Quebec - Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B. 19 Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace 20 Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch 21 Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle 23 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw Theater 4 Seattle, WA - Neumos 25 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge 27 San Francisco, CA - The Independent 28 West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theater "One Lost Year" and more via The Vaselines on Soundcloud
The new Belle & Sebastian recording Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance will be released January 19th/20th 2015. The album is available for pre-order via Today, we can offer you a preview of the album artwork, full track listing , and info on which formats are available to you for pre-order via Matador, Amazon and itunes. TRACK LISTING: 1. Nobody's Empire 2. Allie 3. The Party Line 4. The Power of Three 5. The Cat with the Cream 6. Enter Sylvia Plath 7. The Everlasting Muse 8. Perfect Couples 9. Ever Had a Little Faith? 10. Play for Today 11. The Book of You 12. Today (This Army's for Peace) FORMATS: - Digital (iTunes come with pre-order bonus track 'Piggy' and pre-order bonus 'A Politician's Silence') - CD (with 24 page booklet) - Vinyl: 2x LP gatefold vinyl - Box set: Limited edition 4x LP in lidded box with download voucher and poster. This format features two extended mixes and four bonus tracks, two of which are exclusive to this format.
Metropolis Records will release a new Alison Moyet album, Minutes and Seconds Live on November 11. Alison Moyet (former member of 1980's electronic powerhouse duo Yaz - or in the U.K. Yazoo), is one of my all time favorite female vocalists, and live she does not disappoint. Her low smooth tones drip with lyrical emotions on both studio recordings and live performances. Seeing this woman perform live will leave you with chills. In some sort of new marketing strategy which I hope is not going to be a future trend, the album will be released digitally November 11, 2014, while the physical CD will not be available until January 13, 2015 via Cooking Vinyl/Metropolis Records. My only complaint of this release thusfar is that it does not include her version of Ne Me Quitte Pas, which I have been unsuccessful in obtaining. It remains the "white whale" of my extensive album and single collection. The Minutes and Seconds Live tracklist is as follows: 01 - Horizon Flame (Live) 02 - When I Was Your Girl (Live) 03 - Ordinary Girl (Live) 04 - Remind Yourself (Live) 05 - Is This Love (Live) 06 - Winter Kills (Live) 07 - Filigree (Live) 08 - Only You (Live) 09 - Changeling (Live) 10 - This House (Live) 11 - All Signs of Life (Live) 12 - All Cried Out (Live) 13 - Situation (Live) Moyet said of the material from her last release The Minutes, "Having worked live for an age with a traditional band line-up, I decided to return to my recording roots and an electronic pallet. This rapprochement begins with my 2013 album the minutes, a body of work I wrote together with its producer Guy Sigsworth." And "As the catalyst for the minutes tour, it enabled me to revisit some of my earlier work, either in the context it was originally intended, or with a new ear. Instead, reworking organic songs into a programmed format rather than the other way around and sparing me the niggling suspicion that I was in danger of inhabiting my own tribute act - which is a relevant consideration when you have been singing some of the songs for 30 something years, and wish still to be engaged."
Monday, October 13, 2014
Everyone should love TRS-80 and their videos as much as I do. TRS-80 "100 Miles Per Hour" (Vinyl LP Mix) TRS-80 Volume One and Volume Two are available now via Vinyl International And the amazing video for "Naturescent." Do you love this video as much as I do?
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Will Someone Save us From facebook and Ourselves? Could Trent Reznor be involved? Looks Like a New Social Network May be a Good Thing? Goodbye facebook and hello to ello! Okay, so you may have heard about the recent name change policy at Facebook which has every righteous drag queen with their panties in a bunch (tough to do with your balls tucked deeply in your crack, or at least I imagine). Said policy also affects people like Howie Pyro, every original member of The Ramones (R.I.P.), tons of bloggers, artists, musicians and freak show performers alike. It also puts in jeopardy those who created aliases in order to play games or join groups on facebook without the worry that their boss might peek in on their vampire fetishes, or that some lovesick facebook freak with another alias might go all Richard Speck / Ted Bundy on their ass. It was bad enough when Google got into the mix and started merging multiple accounts, which, let's face it - had people wanted their accounts merged they would have created them as such. Now our privacy for profit is probably less private than you imagine (granted we 1984'd ourselves), and now we can't even use our chosen name for facebook's ill gotten gains. In an effort to appear non discriminatory facebook stated their name policy is "across the board." Well with folks like Sharon Needles leading the way there was an LGBT exodus from facebook. Sure someone could try to make up for it, but let's face it the damage is done, and it may be the final nail in the coffin for many who feel a bit stifled, but more than that find themselves, once rebels and now sheep. A friend and I last weekend had a conversation about this whole privacy, research, Big Brother, Commercialization of everything, self perpetuated scam of facebook, IE: We are all idiots. So it is with much interest that I stumbled upon ello.co with the motto "Simple, beautiful & ad-free." Their manifesto reads: "Your social network is owned by advertisers. Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold. We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership. We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a place to connect, create and celebrate life. You are not a product. We will be in touch" Right now you may access and sign the manifesto and request an invitation in this beta stage. High profile names such as Trent Reznor are already on board. Is this a new project funded by renaissance man Reznor? Or is it the child of some talented computer savvy people who realized we're all acting like sheep and some of those sheep feel like lemmings? Looks like it's a small group of developers Paul Budnitz, Berger & Föhr, and Mode Set. See they aren't necessarily using their own names. This could save the masses! Could it be something non cynical for the good of the little guy who finds himself seemingly inexorably linked to facebook & in bed with that weasel, you know who I mean, forever? If my decades old hunch about Reznor one day delving into film scores (or ambient music) was right, then maybe this idea isn't as crazy as it sounds either! (You owe me money Marilyn Manson). All I know if that both NIN and Reznor are already present on this new project's site and it appears pseudonyms, nom de plumes, etc, are welcome. The developers say the site will be simple and ad free. It is currently in the Beta testing stage. It looks promising, but why believe me, I'm not Pitchfork or Rolling Stone. Visit the link. What could happen? It's not like your privacy isn't already invaded and sold every day. I'm cautiously interested.... In the meantime take a break from the internet and watch a film.
Millions Like Us (The Story of Mod Revival 1977-1989) Any mod revivalist should find something interesting on this Mod Revival '77 - '89 Compilation. And don't blame me if you're not on this - the good folks at the always ace Cherry Red Records put it together. The box set is being launched with a special live event at Wimbledon AFC (details forthcoming). The box set includes lengthy liner notes, tons of rare photos and a substantial booklet. “Millions like us / Oh yes there's millions like us…” Millions Like Us is the first-ever box set to properly document the Mod Revival scene of the late Seventies and Eighties. Across 100 tracks by all the key bands, the story of the Mod Revival is told, from its roots in Punk/New Wave through to its commercial heyday in 1979 with bands like Secret Affair and The Lambrettas and onto its resurrection in 1985 with the likes of The Untouchables and Makin’ Time. “This is the time for action / This is the time to be seen” The box set boasts several Top 40 UK hit singles by Secret Affair, The Chords, The Lambrettas, The Untouchables and The Truth. Equally, many tracks have never been on CD before and The Upset’s ‘Only For Sheep’ and Nine Below Zero’s demo are previously unissued. The Mod scene continues to endure, and several books, films and TV programmes have come out in 2014 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Mod’s breakthrough back in 1964. “Imagination, a real sound / From the streets, from the towns” Several names on Millions Like Us progressed to fame and fortune, such as The Pogues’ Shane McGowan (The Nips), Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis (The Reaction), The Charlatans’ Martin Blunt (Makin’ Time), Paul Young (Q-Tips), The Alarm’s Mike Peters (Seventeen), The Style Council’s Mick Talbot (Merton Parkas), James Taylor of JTQ (The Prisoners), The Woodentops’ Rolo McGinty (The Upset). “I can see a new generation / Opening up, opening up in front of my eyes” While the four CDs are dominated by the explosion of bands/records in 1979, the box set reflects the extent to which Mod endured through the 1980s. Annotated with 20,000 words of text and numerous rare photos and other images, Millions Like Us is the ultimate tribute to a scene which captured a generation and yet has never been afforded any real degree of support from the mainstream media. The true Mod Revival was an underground phenomenon, driven by 60s-obsessed youths with a passion for music, clothes and scooters. Millions Like Us (The Story of Mod Revival 1977-1989) DISC ONE 1. THE NEW HEARTS - Just Another Teenage Anthem 2. THE EXITS - The Fashion Plague 3. THE REACTION - I Can’t Resist 4. STRANGEWAYS - All The Sounds Of Fear (Demo) 5. SEMA 4 - Sema 4 Messages 6. SPEEDBALL - No Survivors 7. THE JOLT - See Saw 8. THE CIGARETTES - They’re Back Again, Here They Come 9. THE KILLERMETERS - Why Should It Happen To Me 10. THE DONKEYS - What I Want 11. SECRET AFFAIR - Time For Action 12. PURPLE HEARTS - Millions Like Us 13. THE CHORDS - Now It’s Gone 14. BACK TO ZERO - Your Side Of Heaven 15. SQUIRE - Walking Down The Kings Road 16. MERTON PARKAS - Plastic Smile 17. THE CROOKS - Modern Boys 18. UNTAMED YOUTH Untamed Youth 19. THE FIRST STEPS - The Beat Is Back 20. THE NIPS - Gabrielle 21. THE TEENBEATS - Strength Of The Nation 22. THE LAMBRETTAS - Go Steady 23. LONG TALL SHORTY - 1970’s Boy 24. LES ELITE - Career Girls 25. BEGGAR - Don’t Throw Your Life Away (live) 26. THE MODS - Let Me Be The One (live) DISC TWO 1. THE CIRCLES - Opening Up 2. THE ODDS - Saturday Night 3. SEVENTEEN - Bank Holiday Weekend 4. THE MOST - Carefree 5. THE SCENE - Hey Girl 6. THE SAME - Wild About You 7. THE VANDELLS - Bank Holiday 8. THE DIRECTIONS - Three Bands Tonite 9. THE CHORDS - Maybe Tomorrow 10. STA-PREST - School Days 11. 9 BELOW ZERO - Pack Fair And Square (previously unissued demo) 12. THE ACCIDENTS - Blood Spattered With Guitars 13. MI5 - Television Screen Heroes 14. SECRET AFFAIR - My World 15. Q-TIPS - S.Y.S.L.J.F.M. (The Letter Song) 16. RED BEANS AND RICE - That Driving Beat 17. DEAD BEATS - Choose You 18. THE LETTERS - Nobody Loves Me 19. THE NAME - Fuck Art Let’s Dance (Demo) 20. THE LAMBRETTAS - D-a-a-ance 21. SQUIRE - My Mind Goes Round In Circles 22. THE SCENE - I’ve Had Enough 23. D.C.10’s - I Can See Through Walls 24. RUN 229 - Soho 25. THE FIXATIONS - No Way Out 26. TWO TONE PINKS - Don’t Lecture Me DISC THREE 1. SMALL HOURS - The Kid 2. WEEKEND - Tina’s Party 3. THE UPSET - Only For Sheep (previously unissued) 4. THE AMBER SQUAD - Can We Go Dancing 5. THE TIMES - Red With Purple Flashes 6. THE HEARTBEATS - Go 7. THE DODOS – Blind To Fiction 8. THE RETREADS - Would You Listen Girl 9. LONG TALL SHORTY - Win Or Lose 10. THE GENTS - The Faker 11. THE CLUES - No Vacancies 12. THE ONLOOKERS - You And I 13. SMALL WORLD - Love Is Dead 14. PURPLE HEARTS - Plane Crash (Respond version) 15. THE STRIPES - One Step Ahead 16. DIRECT HITS - Modesty Blaise 17. THE DIPLOMATS - I’ll Keep On Holding On 18. THE TRUTH - Confusion (Hits Us Everytime) 19. THE PRISONERS - Hurricane 20. FAST EDDIE - I Don’t Need No Doctor 21. THE JETSET - Wednesday Girl 22. DEE WALKER - Jump Back 23. THE WAY OUT - Time Moves Us On 24. MANUAL SCAN - Nothing You Can Do 25. MOD FUN - I Am With You DISC FOUR 1. THE SCENE - Something That You Said 2. STUPIDITY - Bend Don’t Break 3. THE MOMENT - In This Town 4. THE UNTOUCHABLES - Free Yourself 5. THE COMBINE - Dreams Come True 6. THE ALLJACKS - Guilty 7. MAKIN’ TIME - Here Is My Number 8. THE CO-STARS - Kiss And Make Up 9. THE BOSS - One Good Reason 10. THE BLADES - The Last Man In Europe 11. 5:30! - Catcher In The Rye 12. SOLID STATE - Train To London Town 13. ELEANOR RIGBY - I Want To Sleep With You 14. THE RAGE - Looking For You 15. THE THREADS - Step Back 16. THE RISK - Jobs For The Boys 17. JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET - Blow Up 18. THE KICK - Julie London 19. THE REFLECTION A.O.B. - All I Want To Be 20. STUDIO 68 - Get Out Of My Hair 21. THE LEEPERS - Paint In A Day 22. THE CLIQUE - Worming 23. THE AARDVARKS - Arthur C. Clarke