Sunday, December 21, 2014

Suburban Gothic Coming to VOD Itunes & Theaters

File under: Can a freak get a review copy already? For those who've been waiting on tenterhooks for a wide release of Suburban Gothic by director Richard bates Jr. (Excision), a date has finally been announced for the video on demand (VOD) release. Film Buff has added the film to its roster and will be available January 30 2015 for on demand audiences. Additionally it has been reported the film will see American theaters and itunes beginning January 15. I've been blogging this title for over a year and was unable to attend the Canadian premiere. Once again the film written by Richard Bates Jr. and Mark Bruner, stars Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Kat Dennings (Two Broke Girls), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), Sally Kirkland (Anna), Mackenzie Philips (So Weird, One Day at a Time) and Baltimore's king of bad taste, and director of one of my favorite films Female Trouble - John Waters.

Todays Christmas Jams: Stiff Little Fingers, Teenage Fanclub, Luscious Jackson

Todays Christmas Jams: Stiff Little Fingers Stiff Little Fingers "White Christmas" Teenage Fanclub "Christmas Eve" Luscious Jackson "Let It Snow"

Paul Stanley Folgers Commercial

Paul Stanley of Kiss in a (wisely) never aired Folgers commercial.Um, most awkward commercial ever made.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Best of 2014

Thisismyhappening Presents Kaye Telle's Best of 2014 The Muffs, Whoop De Doo: 100% satisfaction guaranteed with this album. TRS-80, Volume One: A great compilation of remastered early works by a fantastic electronic band. Jack White, Lazaretto: A terrific album with phenomenal, record-setting vinyl format bells and whistles. OFF!, Wasted Years: It gave us the gold standard for punk rock and more recently, some pretty excellent videos, too. Omnivore Recordings: They recently announced the imminent release of two Jellyfish reissues with new liners and over 50 tracks. Pee Wee Herman: He’s back and making his presence known on social media and television. Pee Wee’s Playhouse was remastered and the news of that long-awaited movie seems very promising. The Walking Dead: It continues to set the standard for good television. From the premiere to the mid-season finale, I think this has been my favorite season. David Bowie Is, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois: A staggering amount of memorabilia and information with backing audio, providing even the most ardent fan some surprises. Dolenz Jones Boyce & Hart reissue from Cherry Red: A must have for any die-hard Monkees fan and a better bet than most of the band’s later recordings. The Grand Budapest Hotel by director Wes Anderson was my favorite film of the year and a friggin' quirky masterpiece. And lastly the perfect little confection, Lindt Lindor Truffles Coconut. I love you. I hate you. You must be consumed in mass quantities. Buy some for stocking stuffers at Lindt Chocolates.

Xmas Recipes (Y Mas) by Moog Cookbook

Just under the wire comes a groovy little Christmas album by Moog Cookbook with proceeds going toward the recording of the next release by Roger Joseph Manning. The album Xmas Recipes (Y Mas) may be purchased from Bandcamp. has a starting price of just four dollars! Merry Christmas to all and to all a moog night.

Another episode of What Did I Just Watch On Youtube: Darkeys-Atarana V2

Welcome to today's episode of What Did I Just Watch On Youtube?, because if thisismyhappening.blogspot doesn't bring it to you - who will? Darkeys-Atarana V2

Bates Motel: Season 3 Teaser Trailer

Bates Motel Season 3 Teaser Trailer: Take a peek at the upcoming third season of Bates Motel. The show returns to A&E with new episodes in March 2015.

Life Without Music? Amusia: The inability to recognize musical tones or to reproduce them.

Some people are born without the ability to hear music. According to the BBC "Though most amusia sufferers find listening to music pointless, some even find it annoying and unpleasant." Amusia: The inability to recognize musical tones or to reproduce them. Amusia can be congenital (present at birth) or be acquired sometime later in life (as from brain damage). Amusia is composed of a- + -musia and literally means the lack of music. Also commonly called tone deafness. Here's a well done informative short video Can You Follow This Beat? by BrainCraft.

John Waters to Screen Pink Flamingos Sequel

According to as reported by M.H. Miller, John Waters will screen a sequel to his camp classic Pink Flamingos called Kiddie Flamingos at his upcoming Marianne Boesky Gallery exhibition which opens on January 9, 2015. Of course with the absence of Diving, casting was an issue - so Waters has recreated and recast the first new film since 2004's A Dirty Shame/i> as a children’s movie. With child actors as a consideration, Waters material was “defanged and desexualized,” according to the gallery, which also describes this G-rated version as “more perverse than the original.” The show, Waters third with Marianne Boesky, will run January 9, 2015 through February 14, 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Free track from Cafeine

Montreal’s Xavier Cafeine has released a new song for free just in time to gift you for the holidays. Cafeine's new album will be available some time in February of 2015. Until then enjoy Cafeine "Love Disease (Christmas in New York)" Download the track FREE via Soundcloud.

Ariel Pink to Receive Virgin Vinyl Treatment

Vinyl International is releasing the 2nd pressings of two Ariel Pink albums, Underground and Odditties Sodomies Vol. 1 on Monday December 22. These second pressings, unlike the first, true virgin vinyl for all of your holiday creche needs. Thanks Vinyl International. ARIEL PINK ON TOUR 2015 02/07 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 02/09 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne 02/10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's 02/11 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw 02/13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge 02/14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird 02/16 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line 02/17 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall 02/18 - Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom 02/19 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix 02/20 - Montreal, PQ - National 02/21 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club 02/23 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club 02/24 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer 02/25 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 03/28 - Santa Ana - Observatory (Burgerama 4) 03/29 - Santa Ana - Observatory (Burgerama 4)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Today's Christmas Jams: The Muffs, Fear, Rocket 455, Porn Orchard, Dead Kennedys & Wild Billy Childish

For those of you who like your egg nog spiked with a little cynicism here are some fabulous listening choices. Dead Kennedys "Advice From Christmas Past" The Muffs "Nothing For Me" Fear "Fuck Christmas" Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians Of The British Empire "A Poundland Christmas" Rocket 455 "Santa Ain't Coming This Christmas" And a real bummer where the holiday season is all the more reason to die! A lot of people mistakenly attribute this song to Tom Waits and Peter Murphy, but it's by a band called Porn Orchard. Porn Orchard "Christmas Sucks"

Monday, December 15, 2014

Rare Unreleased Ministry Track "Anything For Love"

Al Jourgensen has just placed "Anything For Love," a rare never before released track from With Sympathy on youtube. Enjoy!

OFF! "Meet Your God" Video

OFF! presents part two of their riveting skydiving bloodbath adventure (with Jack Black). This is the second half to the OFF! video "Over Our heads."

Calling All Power Pop Fans: Jellyfish Reissues

As someone who owns thousands of albums I can easily say that those by Jellyfish are among my favorite and most played. I can't recommend these reissues strongly enough for their excellent musicianship, insanely catchy hooks and intricate harmnonies. This is also your chance to score great extras, particularly if you do not own the long out of print box set. The expanded deluxe CD editions of Bellybutton and Spilt Milk are available from Omnivore January 20, 2015 in North America. But please don't let that discourage you from buying them for your favorite music lover for Christmas, simply wrap a box and include a photocopy of the cd cover with a note that says you're giving them the gift that can't miss - Jellyfish! The press release: JELLYFISH’S BELLYBUTTON AND SPILT MILK, TO BE REISSUED ON OMNIVORE AS DELUXE TWO-CD SETS JANUARY 20, 2015 Remastered for first time, and featuring a staggering 51 bonus tracks LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Indie pop-rockers Jellyfish only released two albums in their short existence. Following Omnivore Recordings’ vinyl reissues of those titles in 2012, the Jellyfish Army has been reawakened and re-energized. Three never-before-available albums — Live at Bogart’s, Stack-a-Tracks, and Radio Jellyfish —helped keep the legacy alive. The story now comes full circle with the expanded deluxe CD editions of Bellybutton and Spilt Milk, available from Omnivore on January 20, 2015 in North America. Both titles have been expanded to two discs and include the original albums in their entirety fortified with a colossal 51 bonus tracks spread among the packages. With tracks from the demos to the albums to the tours, these releases are the ultimate Jellyfish experience. Jellyfish’s 1994 debut, Bellybutton, has been remastered for the first time for the deluxe reissue. The full-length is joined on the first CD of the set by ten live performances recorded during that album’s tour. These tracks include Jellyfish originals, as well as covers of songs from Paul McCartney & Wings and The Archies. The second disc of the set is composed of demos — nine that would end up on Bellybutton and one eventually recorded for Spilt Milk, as well as others of which studio versions were never cut, and a cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch.” This disc will also be available digitally worldwide as The Bellybutton Demos on the same date. The band’s follow-up, Spilt Milk, is also treated to a revelatory remastering, with the first disc adding eight demos of songs considered for, but not recorded for the release. The second disc contains demos for the album tracks, four live performances from the tour, the last studio recording from the band (a cover of Harry Nilsson’s “Think About Your Troubles”), and a special message from Jellyfish recorded in the studio during the album’s creation and originally sent to fan club members. Both releases feature expanded artwork with photos and memorabilia. Essays from Ken Sharp (author of books on KISS, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Eric Carmen and more) incorporate new interviews with Andy Sturmer, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner from Jellyfish, as well as the albums’ producers. Sturmer and Manning also provide track-by-track commentary on the original album tracks. According to the band’s Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., “It's so great to have both albums remastered and available again. We know that the fans have been looking for the tracks that only appeared on a long out-of-print boxed set, so many of those outtakes, demos and live tracks have been added to make these expanded deluxe two-CD sets as comprehensive as possible.”

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Todays Christmas Jam: The Pogues w/ Kirsty MacColl

Perhaps my favorite Christmas song, The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl - "Fairytale Of New York." Perhaps today's choice says a lot about me. It's gorgeous and sad and cynical and wonderful, plus the video features Matt Dillon! "You're a bum You're a punk You're an old slut on junk Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed You scumbag, you maggot You cheap lousy faggot Happy Christmas your arse I pray God it's our last"

Monday, December 8, 2014

Today's Christmas Jams The Raveonettes & The Killers

The Raveonettes "The Christmas Song" from the album Maybe This Christmas The Killers "Don't Shoot Me Santa"

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Today's Christmas Jam: Shonen Knife

Every day of the year is time for Shonen Knife, but in this case they wish you a Merry Christmas as only they can. Shonen Knife "Space Christmas"

Friday, December 5, 2014

Classic Terrible / Great Horror: Tourist Trap

Tourist Trap: I love this movie. Friends hate this movie. You decide.

Today's Christmas Tune: The Chesterfield Kings

Happy Christmas from The Chesterfield Kings "Hey Santa Claus"

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

OFF! "Over Our Heads"

Rock out to the new OFF! video "Over Our Heads" featuring Jack Black. According to the OFF! Part two of the misadventure will resume in “Meet Your God” some time next week. I watched the movie Bigfoot this week. It stars Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) & Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch), and I have to say the acting here is far superior! OFF! continue to make themselves indispensable. OFF! is Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides) Keith Morris (Circle Jerks & Black Flag) Steven McDonald (Redd Kross)and Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes&Rocket From The Crypt).

Malice in Wonderland Acidlicious Animation

Malice in Wonderland, Vince Collins, 1982 Vince Collins did the animation with graphic design by Miwako on this 1982 acid trip adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Hey kids, don't take the brown acid.

New Trailer for Red Windows

Here's a new trailer for the film Red Windows and a synopsis I found: "With evidence that her apartment is being invaded, Abby Mitchell, with little opportunity for escape, is convinced she is being watched from a quiet neighboring house where all the windows have been mysteriously covered with red fabric." I wish I had some more information, but have yet to hear from the PR contact. It looks promising for fans of Horror and Suspense. Enjoy!

Today's Happy Holiday Music: Redd Kross

It's gonna be a super sunny Christmas, I know. Enjoy some Redd Kross "Super Sunny Christmas "7" Single from the Australian label Insipid Vinyl (1991). and "Gnarly Christmas" and I couldn't find "Mary Christmas" on youtube, which is also groovy and appears on A Home For the Holidays Compilation.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mod Flashback - The High Numbers

Mod Flashback - The High Numbers (The early incarnation of The Who) Check out the mods dancing to keep from crying! Great Clip! My favorite track "I'm the Face" The High Numbers / The Who- Live @ Wealdstone, UK 1964 (FULL CONCERT)

New Horror: North Woods

ATTENTION OLD SCHOOL HORROR AND GRINDHOUSE FANS! GET READY TO CHECK OUT NORTH WOODS. Horror veterans Lynn Lowry (Shivers, The Crazies) and Debbie Rochon (Tromeo and Juliet, American Nightmare) star in North Woods, a motion picture of unrelenting terror. Inspired by the likes of Phantasm, The Evil Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, North Woods aims to bring the grindhouse horror ethos to a modern setting. The film is directed by Chris Moore, who co-wrote the script with Jason Kasper and stars alongside Lowry and Rochon. The cast also includes fresh faces Sarah McCraw, Andrew Roach, Amanda Grussaute, Brittany Mahaffey and J.K. Michaels. "North Woods is the kind of horror film that people have been looking for," explains co-writer/editor Jason Kasper. "But it's also everything that they're not expecting. It genuinely feels like a '70s and '80s horror film in the way that it's executed, giving you a nostalgic familiarity. However, it takes the tropes and cliches of the genre and completely turns them on their heads." The teaser trailer: and a snippet of the beginning of the film: North Woods is in its final 48 hours of crowdfunding on Indiegogo here to raise money in order to complete production. To encourage last-minute donations, prices have been slashed. Backers can get autographs from Lowry and Rochon, a DVD, a poster and more in one package for as low as $15. Other perks up for grabs include screen-used props, producer credits and even percentages of the film's profits. Presented by Macabre Pictures and Flowtac Entertainment, North Woods will be released in 2015.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Curtis Harding Shows Soul Power On "Keep on Shining"

When I hear something I like I have to pass it along to all of you. So today we have a tasty Soul offering, "Keep on Shining" from the album Soul Power by Curtis Harding available on Burger Records.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trailer: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Iranian Vampire Film)

A Girl Walks Home at Night is the first Iranian Vampire Film. Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, the trailer looks like a cross between Film Noir and Feminist Theory. According to the website the film based on the Comic / Graphic Novel is " A sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, the film’s airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic combines the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch." Sounds good to me. This Vice Films releas date is November 21 and I can't wait to see it. DIRECTED BY – Ana Lily Amirpour WRITTEN BY – Ana Lily Amirpour PRODUCED BY – Sina Sayyah, Justin Begnaud, Ana Lily Amirpour EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY – Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Nick Moceri, Ben Conrad, Alexei Tylevich, Reza Sixo Safai, Daniel Grove, Patrick Grove STARRING – Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Mozhan Marinó, Dominic Rains, Milad Eghbali, Rome Shandanloo, Marshall Manesh 2014 – 99 mins – USA – Farsi

What We Do in the Shadows (Vampire Mockumentary)

Vampire Mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows looks as if it may be in the class of This is Spinal Tap. The official trailer for the New Zealand vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, directed by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchordes) & Taika Waititi, about three vampire flatmates coping with the modern world: Beyond Cinema's Elliot Kotek chats with "What We Do in the Shadows" directors Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi at the Beyond Cinema Studio at Sundance 2014 Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi Production company: Funny or Die Music composed by: Plan 9 Screenplay: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

Belle & Sebastian Announce More Tour Dates & Sample a New Track

Here is a current list of tour dates for Belle and Sebastian for October 28 2014: January 26 - Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand January 28 - The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia January 29 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia January 31 - Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia February 1 - Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia February 3 - Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia February 12 - AX Club, Seoul, Korea February 16 - Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan February 21 - Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo March 30 - House of Blues, Cambridge, USA April 1 - Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada April 2 - Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, USA April 3 - Riviera, Chicago, USA May 3 - St. David's, Cardiff, Wales May 4 - Colston Hall, Bristol, England May 5 - Guildhall, Portsmouth, England May 7 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England May 8 - Open, Norwich, England May 10 - Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England May 11 - Westminster Central Hall, London, England May 14 - Albert Hall, Manchester, England May 16 - City Hall, Newcastle, England May 18 - Opera House, Buxton, England May 19 - City Hall, Leeds, England May 22 - Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra), Scotland May 24 -Sound City, Liverpool, England June 10 - Radio City Music Hall, New York, USA July 2-4 - ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland (NOTE : 16 years after Belle and Sebastian curated the first All Tomorrow's Parties at Camber Sands) And a new song : From the upcoming album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, out January 19/20, 2015 on Matador Records

Preview Clip from Turning (Antony and the Johnsons Documentary)

Turning is a concert film documentary captured during Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas' critically acclaimed tour of Europe during the fall of 2006. Turning explores the heart and experience of that series of performances. Through its synthesis of Antony's songs and Atlas' unfurling video portraiture of the 13 women who performed on stage, Turning is an "intimate and cinematic journey exploring themes of identity, transcendence, and the revelation of a revolutionary feminine essence." "The performance artist Johanna Constantine appeared as one of the 13 subjects in TURNING. Johanna and I met in our first year of university in California and she has been a huge influence on my life and work. We moved to NYC together in 1992 and co-founded a late night performance collective called Blacklips. We have always considered ourselves two sides of a whole: she seems to present a threatening, alien, armored face, while as a singer I exhibit a vulnerable interior. As the years have worn on, we have subliminally exchanged these roles, even from minute to minute. Johanna Constantine is also a founding member of an exhibition project we are now working on called Future Feminism. We first coined the term 'future feminism' to describe the work of a handful of female artists from NYC that work on a frontier by themselves, using their bodies as material, exploring themes of violence, femininity, alienation, innocence, eco-collapse and survivalism." -- Antony 2014 TURNING DOCUMENTARY AND CONCERT WILL BE RELEASED ON CD+DVD NOV. 11TH VIA SECRETLY CANADIAN, AND NOV. 10TH FROM ROUGH TRADE IN THE UK/EUROPE. Trailer for Turning, a film that deals with transexual issues.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Grateful Dead Documentary Produced by Martin Scorsese

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

Trailer and Release Date for Michel Gondry film Mood Indigo

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."

MOOD INDIGO – Official theatrical trailer from Drafthouse Films on Vimeo.

The César-winning film Mood Indigo, starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris, comes to Blu-ray and DVD on November 11, 2014, from Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM). The extras-filled two-disc sets contain both the Director's Cut and the Extended Cut of the film. SRP is $29.93 for the two-disc Blu-ray and $24.99 for the two-disc DVD. Special Features on the two-disc Mood Indigo Blu-ray and DVD releases include: Director's Cut and Extended Cut of the film Behind-the-scenes featurette: "Inside the Mind of Michel Gondry" Featurettes on set creation, costumes, book to film Deleted scenes 36-page booklet Theatrical trailer Digital download Mood Indigo Blu-ray™ (two discs)Includes: Director's Cut & Extended Cut; Behind the Scenes Featurettes: Inside the Mind of Michel Gondry, Set Creation, Costumes, From the Film to the Book, and more; Deleted Scenes; 36-page Booklet; Theatrical Trailer; Digital Download. Genre: Romantic drama-fantasy Rating: Not rated Running time: 94 minutes; 131 minutes plus extras Languages: French and English with English subtitles Year: 2013 SRP: $29.99 (Blu-ray)/$24.99 (DVD) Street Date: November 11, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Jesus is a Friend of Mine"

Jesus lovin' light Ska ditty "Jesus is a Friend of Mine" by Sonseed for your enjoyment. "Once I tried to run, I tried to run and hide, but Jesus came and found me and he touched me down inside." You and a million Catholic alter boys buddy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Vaselines Announce Tour

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

New Belle & Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance

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.

New Alison Moyet: Minutes and Seconds Live

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

New TRS-80 Video "100 Miles Per Hour"

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

Bye Bye Facebook? Hello

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 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.

Calling All Mods! Calling All Mods!

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

More TRS-80 Re-issues & New Video "Prime Numbers"

The second half of the early TRS-80 reissues and vinyl editions are available via the TRS-80 Store through boutique label Vinyl International. Live dates will soon be announced. Here's a new video for "Prime Numbers."

Friday, September 5, 2014

Riot Fest Set Times (Toronto, Chicago and Denver)

Riot Fest Set Times for Toronto, Chicago and Denver Released Final Set Times for Riot Fest in Chicago, Denver are available now, along with updated set-times for Toronto, which kicks off tomorrow at Downsview Park. See below for full schedules. CHICAGO Friday, September 12:00pm Riot Stage 3-3:30 PM: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears 4-4:45 PM: Circa Survive 5:15-6 PM: Failure 7-7:45 PM: Gogol Bordello 8:45-10 PM: Jane's Addiction Roots Stage 3:30-4 PM: Title Fight 4:45-5:15 PM: Stiff Little Fingers 6-7 PM: NOFX 7:45-8:45 PM: The Offspring Rock Stage 4-4:40 PM: All 5-5:45 PM: Senses Fail 7:30-8:15 PM: Murder City Devils 9-10 PM: Rise Against Riot Fest Speaks Stage 5:45-7 PM: Pussy Riot panel Rebel Stage 4:15-5 PM: Gwar 5:30-6:15 PM: Clutch 7-7:45: Mastodon 8:45-9:45 PM: Slayer Rise Stage 3:45-4:15 PM: Ur Lineup Sux, Bro 5-5:30 PM: Emarosa 6:15-7 PM: We Came as Romans 7:45-8:45 PM: Of Mice & Men Rev Stage 3-3:30 PM: Somos 4-4:30 PM: Plague Vendor 5-5:30 PM: Hotelier 6-6:30 PM: From Indian Lakes 7-7:30 PM: Pianos Become the Teeth 8-8:30 PM: Pity Sex The Radicals 3:30-4 PM: Vamos! 4:30-5 PM: Baby Baby 5:30-6 PM: Wounds 6:30-7 PM: Radkey 7:30-8 PM: Red City Radio Saturday, September 13: Riot Stage 12:05-12:35 PM: Pizza Underground 1:05-1:50 PM: Orwells 2:30-3:15 PM: Dandy Warhols 4-4:45 PM: Die Antwoord 5:30-6:15 PM: Paul Weller 7:15-8 PM: Metric 9-10 PM: The National Roots Stage 12:35-1:05 PM: Wavves 1:55-2:40 PM: Tokyo Police Club 3:15-4 PM: City & Colour 4:45-5:30 PM: Afghan Whigs 6:15-7:15 PM: Wu-Tang Clan 8-9 PM: Flaming Lips Rock Stage 12-12:30 PM: Frank Iero 1-1:45 PM: RX Bandits 2:15-3 PM: Streetlight Manifesto 3:30-4:15 PM: Saosin with Anthony Green 4:45-5:30 PM: Say Anything 6-6:45 PM: Dashboard Confessional 7:15-8:15 PM: The Used 8:45-9:45 PM: Taking Back Sunday Rebel Stage 1:10 PM-1:40 PM: Samiam 2:20-2:50 PM: Buzzcocks 3:45-4:25 PM: Face to Face 5:10-5:55 PM: Me First & the Gimme Gimmes 6:55-7:55 PM: Cock Sparrer 8:55-9:55 PM: Samhain Rise Stage 7:55-8:55 PM: Descendents 5:55-6:55 PM: Get Up Kids 4:25-5:10 PM: Mighty Mighty Bosstones 2:50-3:55 PM: Television 1:40-2:20 PM: 7 Seconds 12:25-1:10 PM: Anti-Flag Rev Stage 12-12:30 PM: Picturebooks 1-1:30 PM: Rose's Pawn Shop 2-2:30 PM: The Bots 3-3:30 PM: The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die 4-4:30 PM: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas 5-5:30 PM: Lemuria 6-6:30 PM: Nostalghia 7-7:30 PM: Skaters 8-8:30 PM: Citizen The Radicals 11:45-12:15 PM: Buffalo Rodeo 12:45-1:15 PM: Dan Wade 1:45-2:15 PM: Ex Friends 2:45-3:15 PM: Broncho 3:45-4:15 PM: American Scene 4:45-5:15 PM: Restorations 5:45-6:15 PM: Crombies 6:45-7:15 PM: Unlikely Candidates Sunday, September 14: Riot Stage 1:45-2:15 PM: Kurt Vile & the Violators 2:55-3:35 PM: Superchunk 4:30-5:15 PM: Tegan and Sara 6-6:45 PM: Patti Smith 7:45-10 PM: The Cure Roots Stage 11:45-12:30 PM: Menzingers 1-1:45 PM: Bouncing Souls 2:15-2:55 PM: Billy Bragg 3:35-4:30 PM: Naked Raygun 5:15-6 PM: Dropkick Murphys 6:45-7:45 PM: Social Distortion Rock Stage 1:15-1:45 PM: Only Crime 2:15-3 PM: Silverstein 3:30-4:15 PM: La Dispute 4:45-5:30 PM: Mineral 6-6:45 PM: Blue Meanies 7:15-8:15 PM: New Found Glory 8:45-9:45 PM: Bring Me the Horizon Rebel Stage 1:10-1:40 PM: Front Bottoms 2:10-3 PM: The Hold Steady 3:45-4:25 PM: Motion City Soundtrack 5:05-5:55 PM: Hot Snakes 6:40-7:40 PM: Cheap Trick 8:40-9:55 PM: Weezer Rise Stage 12:40-1:10 PM: Laura Stevenson 1:40-2:10 PM: Whigs 3-3:45 PM: Andrew W.K. 4:20-5:05 PM: Lucero 5:55-6:40 PM: Mudhoney 7:40-8:40 PM: Primus Rev Stage 12-12:30 PM: Chumped 1-1:30 PM: Survay Says! 2-2:30 PM: Pup 3-3:30 PM: Tiny Moving Parts 4-4:30 PM: Cerebral Ballzy 5-5:30 PM: Dads 6-6:30 PM: Modern Baseball 7-7:30 PM: I Am the Avalanche The Radicals 11:30-12 PM: Grizzled Mighty 12:30-1 PM: Mutts 1:30-2 PM: Team Spirit 2:30-3 PM: Netherfriends 3:30-4 PM: Lucki Ecks 4:30-5 PM: ShowYouSuck 5:30-6 PM: My Gold Mask 6:30-7 PM: In the Valley Below 7:30-8 PM: Archie Powell & the Exports DENVER Friday – Doors at 2:30 p.m. // 12:00 a.m. End Time May Farms Stage (Riot) 10:45 – 12:00 a.m.: Weezer 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.: The Flaming Lips 7:00 – 7:45 p.m.: Die Antwoord 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.: Buzzcocks 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.: La Dispute Byers General Store Stage (Roots) 9:30 – 10:45 p.m.: Primus 7:45 – 8:30 p.m.: Gogol Bordello 6:15 – 7:00 p.m.: Failure 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.: The Orwells Byers Country Feed Stage (Rock) 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.: Slayer 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.: NOFX 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.: New Found Glory 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.: ALL 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.: Mineral Rev Stage 10:30 – 11:00 p.m: Big Freedia 9:00 – 9:30 p.m.: Nostalghia 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.: Skaters 6:15 – 6:45 p.m.: My Body Sings Electric 4:45 – 5:15 p.m.: Tiny Moving Parts Saturday – Doors at Noon // 12:00 a.m. End Time May Farms Stage 9:30– 12:00 a.m.: The Cure 7:45 – 8:30 p.m.: City and Colour 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.: Hot Snakes 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.: Lucero 3:05 – 3:45 p.m.: Dum Dum Girls 1:50 – 2:20 p.m.: The Bots Byers General Store Stage 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Social Distortion 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.: Descendents 5:15 – 6:00 p.m.: Face to Face 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.: Clutch 2:20 – 3:05 p.m.: Strung Out 1:20– 1:50 p.m.: Larry and His Flask Byers Country Feed Stage 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.: A Day To Remember 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Bring Me The Horizon 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.: The Used 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.: Taking Back Sunday 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.: Glassjaw 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: We Came As Romans 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Frnkiero and the Cellabration 1:15 -­‐1:45 p.m.: Pianos Become The Teeth Rev Stage 9:30 – 10:00 p.m: I Am The Avalanche 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.: Plague Vendor 6:45 – 7:15 p.m.: Red City Radio 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.: Dads 4:15 – 4:45 p.m.: Baby Baby 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.: The Picturebooks 1:45 – 2:15 p.m.: All Out Helter 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.: Wiredogs Sunday – Doors at Noon // 11:00 p.m. End Time May Farms Stage 9:45 – 11:00 p.m.: The National 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.: TV on the Radio 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.: Manchester Orchestra 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.: Violent Femmes 2:45 – 3:30 p.m.: Bob Mould 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.: Brick and Mortar Byers General Store Stage 8:45 – 9:45 p.m.: Rise Against 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.: Dropkick Murphys 5:15– 6:00 p.m.: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: Bouncing Souls 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.: The Menzingers 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.: In the Valley Below Byers Country Feed Stage 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.: Wu-­‐Tang Clan 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.: Sublime w/ Rome 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.: The Expendables 5:15 – 6:00 p.m.: 3oh3! 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.: Touche Amore 2:45 – 3:30 p.m: Passafire 1:45 – 2:15 p.m.: The Epilogues 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.: The Dendrites Rev Stage 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.: Wounds 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Cerebral Ballzy 4:45 – 5:15 p.m. Radkey 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.: The Unlikely Candidates 2:15– 2:45 p.m.: Sole and DJ Pain1 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.: In The Whale TORONTO Doors at 11:00 a.m. / / Curfew at 11:00 p.m. Saturday September 6, 2014 Riot Stage 9:00-10:45 p.m.: The Cure 7:00-8:00 p.m.: DFA 5:15-6:00 p.m.: Paul Weller 3:45-4:30 p.m.: Alkaline Trio 2:20-3:00 p.m.: New Found Glory 1:10-1:50 p.m.: Rubblebucket 12:10-12:40 p.m.: Bad Suns Roots Stage 8:00-9:00 p.m.: The Flaming Lips 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Brand New 4:30-5:15 p.m.: AWOLNATION 3:00-3:45 p.m.: The Afghan Whigs 1:50-2:20 p.m.: Circa Survive 12:40-1:10 p.m.: The Mounties 11:40-12:10 p.m.: Laura Stevenson Rock Stage 8:00-9:00 p.m.: Billy Talent 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Rise Against 5:15-6:00 p.m.: Bring Me the Horizon 4:00-4:45 p.m.: Taking Back Sunday 2:45-3:30 p.m.: Manchester Orchestra 1:30-2:15 p.m.: Glassjaw 12:30-1:00 p.m.: Title Fight Rebel Stage 6:00-6:30 p.m.: Pentimento 5:00-5:30 p.m.: Broncho 3:00-3:30 p.m.: Citizen 2:00-2:30 p.m.: The Beaches 1:00-1:30 p.m.: Somos Doors at 11:00 a.m. / / Curfew at 11:00 p.m. Sunday September 7, 2014 Riot Stage 9:40-10:55 p.m.: City and Colour 7:40-8:40 p.m.: The National 5:50-6:40 p.m.: Social Distortion 4:15-5:00 p.m.: The Head and the Heart 2:55-3:35 p.m.: Bob Mould 1:30-2:10 p.m.: Nostalghia 12:30-1:00 p.m.: Almighty Trigger Happy Roots Stage 8:40-9:40 p.m.: Metric 6:40-7:40 p.m.: Death Cab for Cutie 5:00-5:50 p.m.: Dropkick Murphys 3:35-4:15 p.m.: The New Pornographers 2:10-2:55 p.m.: Lucero 1:00-1:30 p.m.: Lemuria Rock Stage 7:15-8:30 p.m.: The Buzzcocks 5:55-6:35 p.m.: Stars 4:40-5:25 p.m.: Tokyo Police Club 3:25-4:10 p.m.: Die Antwoord 2:15-2:55 p.m.: Clutch 1:15-1:45 p.m.: Pup 12:15-12:45 p.m.: The Bots Rebel Stage 6:00-6:30 p.m.: Dead Tired 5:00-5:30 p.m.: Radkey 4:00-4:30 p.m.: The Hoteliers 3:00-3:30 p.m.: Say Yes 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Seaway 1:00-1:30 p.m.: Restorations 12:00-12:30 p.m.: Wounds

Geneviève Bellemare "Live And Die"

Geneviève Bellemare "Live And Die" I'm currently enjoying the song and video "Live and Die" by Geneviève Bellemare. She collaborated over a ten month period writing with producers Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Crowded House), Paul O’Duffy (Amy Winehouse), Busbee (Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Pink) and Tony Berg (Lucius, Nicklecreek) on her recently released Verve EP Live and Die. It brings to mind some of the solo Thom Yorke material mixed with Portishead and Sade via a smoky jazz club. Good stuff. Collaborater Berg comments, “Geneviève approaches writing—and music, in general—from a uniquely spontaneous and soulful place. She has an unerring sense of what feels right for her, so collaborating is strangely (and often hilariously) devoid of indecision. She says ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and that confidence informs everything she does. It’s refreshing to meet someone whose melodic and lyrical instincts are so completely her own.” Froom added, “I found Geneviève to have a distinctive point of view as an artist. As a singer, she has a depth of feeling that belies her age. Not exactly a soul singer, just absolutely real and soulful. As a writer of melodies and lyrics, she usually finds a unique melodic way into a song. In writing with her, I was constantly surprised with what she came up with (and how much I liked it!). All in all, everything I look for in a collaboration.”

Tusk Official Trailer Released / Clerks Anniversary Vinyl

Tusk - the Kevin Smith film that began on Twitter received a clip debut via Twitter. Here's the official trailer for Tusk. The film was written and directed by Kevin Smith and stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Parks and Genesis Rodriguez. The synopsis for this horror tale is, and I shit you not, "Tusk follows a brash American podcaster as he braves the Canadian wilds to interview an old man with an incredible past,only to discover the man’s dark secret involves a walrus." Horror + walrus = I'm all in! And the clip Smith shared via Twitter: "I Don't Want to Die in Canada." And in other Smith news, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Clerks the 1994 soundtrack will be available for the first time on vinyl November 11. The soundtrack features Girls Against Boys, Alive in Chains, Bad Religion, The Jesus Lizard, Golden Smog, Soul Asylum, Seaweed and more, as well as audio clips from the film. TRIVIA: Licensing the songs cost more than the film cost to complete. Check out for more information.

Pussy Riot Panel Scheduled for Riot Fest 2014

Pussy Riot Panel for Riot Fest 2014 Announced In celebration of the 10th year of Riot fest, founder Michael A. Petryshyn decided to add discourse regarding political ideology to the music festival. The Pussy Riot panel discussion will be held September 12, 2014 in Chicago, IL. Henry Rollins will lead the panel consisting of Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot/Zona Prava), Masha Alekhina (Pussy Riot/Zona Prava), Greg Graffin (Bad Religion, Vocalist/Professor or Geology at UCLA), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Marcelle Karp (writer/activist), and Michael A. Petryshyn (Riot Fest, Founder). Founded in 2011, feminist Riot Grrrl band and activists Pussy Riot staged unauthorized guerrilla performances in public locations such as public transportation and parks, but most notoriously in a church (for which some band members were arrested). The DIY band edited these experiences into music videos and posted them on the Internet. The collective have protested at the Olympics (and were re-arrested), published a book called Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer for Freedom and inspired a documentary of the same name. If you find yourself grumbling about American senate gridlock and countless other political issues in the U.S. - do yourself a favor and watch this documentary which doesn't negate other problems in other countries, but certainly puts things in perspective. After watching the film, do a search and bone up on the happenings of the jailed women and the ensuing "Free Pussy Riot" campaigns. As reported in Vanyland, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina are creating their own independent news agency, dubbed MediaZona, that will focus on courts, police stations, law enforcement, and the flawed prison system. The band’s prison rights group Zona Prava will collaborate with Russian political journalist Sergey Smirnov as editor-in-chief. In a press release Tolokonnikova has stated “Since our release from prison six months ago we’ve felt that Russian media are no longer able to cover what is going on. Because of the heavy censorship by authorities there is no space for anything in the media that criticizes Putin’s policies and tracks human rights abuses by Russian courts and law enforcement. Courts, prisons, arrests, convictions, riots in facilities, political criminal cases, crimes by law enforcement officials – our new media outlet will try to cover it all.” Here is a promotional trailer for the entertaining and enlightening film Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jack White at Château de Fontainebleau

Jack White at Château de Fontainebleau - A Take Away Show filmed in Saint-Saturnin Chapel, Fontainebleau Castle, on June 30th, 2014. White performs “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known” (The White Stripes’ White Blood Cells) and “Entitlement” (from Lazaretto). White's band includes Lillie Mae Rische, Dominic Davis and Fats Kaplin. Jack White's latest release Lazaretto is the highest selling vinyl LP of the last 20 years. The “Lazaretto” single is now available for purchase digitally with the non-album B-side “Power Of My Love.” The Libertines plan a reunion album and according to a French radio interview, Pete Doherty said Jack White may produce. Speaking separately to Consequence of Sound, a spokesperson for White said he “is not interested in producing the Libertines’ new album.” (Updated September 5) Seems like maybe The Libertines were either having "pipe dreams" or trying to capitalize om White's popularity. *JACK WHITE* *2014 TOUR* September 13th – Raleigh, NC, USA – Farm Aid Festival September 14th – Columbia, MD, USA – Merriweather Post Pavilion September 15th – Cleveland, OH, USA – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica September 17th – Boston, MA, USA – The Bleacher Theater at Fenway Park September 19th – Atlanta, GA, USA – Music Midtown Festival September 20th – Jacksonville, FL, USA – Moran Theater September 21st – Miami, FL, USA – The Fillmore September 22nd – Miami, FL, USA – The Fillmore September 24th – Columbia, SC, USA – Township Auditorium October 11th – Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival October 12th – Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival November 16th – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National November 17th – Leeds, UK – Leeds Arena November 18th – Glasgow, UK – Hydro Arena November 19th – London, UK – O2 Arena

New Nick Cave Single "Jubilee Street (Live From the Sydney Opera House)"

I couldn't begin to approximate how many hundreds or thousands of concerts I've attended and I stand firm that Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are among the top ten, possibly top 5 live shows I have ever seen. "Jubilee Street" (Live from The Sydney Opera House) from a screening of the new Nick Cave film 20,000 Days on Earth. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have released two previously unavailable tracks "Give Us A Kiss" and "Jubilee Street (live from The Sydney Opera House)". The songs from the award-winning feature 20,000 Days On Earth will be available digitally September 4 with a limited edition vinyl 10” to be released November 10. Drafthouse Nick Cave will celebrate the United States theatrical release of *20,000 Days on Earth* with a special screening at New York's Town Hall. The screening will be followed by a rare Nick Cave solo piano performance as well as an audience conversation segment featuring Cave and 20,000 Days on Earth directors Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth. Tickets for this exclusive release event will be available for purchase by the general public at 12pm EST on Saturday, September 6 with a special fan presale Friday, September 5 at 12pm EST. Visit for further information. Can't attend? Never fear, Drafthouse Films and Noisey have partnered to live stream the event. For more information on Noisey's coverage, visit Official trailer:

Captain Beefheart "Sun Zoom Spark"

This is one of those rare times when I think fans would really enjoy simply reading straight from a press release. But first I want to share a bit of the magic music and visuals of Captain Beefheart "Ice Cream for Crow." Anyway, in the spirit of sharing, here's some information regarding a Captain Beefheart box set straight from the folks behind the scenes. CAPTAIN BEEFHEART SUN ZOOM SPARK: 1970 TO 1972 Limited Edition Four-Disc Boxed Set Includes Newly Remastered Versions Of Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid And Clear Spot, Plus An Entire Disc Of Unreleased Outtakes Available On CD, LP, And Digitally November 11 From Rhino. LOS ANGELES - In the legendary Captain Beefheart discography, attention usually focuses on the carefully wrought, experimental music heard on Trout Mask Replica. As a consequence, the three stellar albums recorded soon after-Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid, and Clear Spot-are often overlooked. Rhino intends to change that with a limited edition four-disc collection that revisits the albums Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet) recorded with the Magic Band in the early Seventies. It includes all three albums, which have been remastered for the first time, as well as an entire disc featuring 14 previously unissued outtakes from that era. SUN ZOOM SPARK: 1970 to 1972 will be available on November 11 for a suggested list price of $59.98 on four CDs and $99.98 on four LPs. The set will also be available digitally. Recorded over a couple of weeks in the summer of 1970 at United Recording Group in Hollywood, Lick My Decals Off, Baby was released the following October. One of Van Vliet's favorites, the album represents the apex of his dissonant style and includes such standout tracks as the quirky-funny "I Love You, You Big Dummy" and the exquisite solo guitar piece "One Red Rose That I Mean." It was followed by The Spotlight Kid, which was recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles during the summer of 1971. It features a more barebones, blues-rock sound on songs like "Click Clack," "I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby" and "Alice In Blunderland." Lester Bangs wrote in Rolling Stone (March '72) that Beefheart had struck the balance between "intensely personal type of statement" and "mass appeal," praising the album for its "wit and genius." Soon after, Clear Spot was released. Recorded in the summer of 1972, the album introduced several standout tracks, such as the vulnerable love song "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains," the soul ballad "Too Much Time," and the pulsing "Big Eyed Beans from Venus." The fourth and final disc in SUN ZOOM SPARK includes 14 unreleased tracks and is a trove of alternate versions, rehearsals and outtakes from the sessions for The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot. The disc reveals just how much some songs evolved before being released. Among the highlights are a sung-version of "I Can't Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam," which became a spoken-word performance on Bat Chain Puller ; a raucous, off-kilter version of "Dirty Blue Gene" that pointed the way to the final version on Doc at the Radar Station; and an instrumental rehearsal of "The Witch Doctor Life" that is nearly unrecognizable compared to the version heard on 1982's Ice Cream For Crow. SUN ZOOM SPARK: 1970 to 1972 Track Listing Lick My Decals Off, Baby (October 1970) 1. "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" 2. "Doctor Dark" 3. "I Love You, You Big Dummy" 4. "Peon" 5. "Bellerin' Plain" 6. "Woe-Is-uh-Me-Bop" 7. "Japan in a Dishpan" 8. "I Wanna Find a Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go" 9. "Petrified Forest" 10. "One Red Rose That I Mean" 11. "The Buggy Boogie Woogie" 12. "The Smithsonian Institute Blues (or the Big Dig)" 13. "Space-Age Couple" 14. "The Clouds Are Full of Wine (not Whiskey or Rye)" 15. "Flash Gordon's Ape" The Spotlight Kid (January 1972) 1. "I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby" 2. "White Jam" 3. "Blabber 'n Smoke" 4. "When It Blows Its Stacks" 5. "Alice in Blunderland" 6. "The Spotlight Kid" 7. "Click Clack" 8. "Grow Fins" 9. "There Ain't No Santa Claus on the Evenin' Stage" 10. "Glider" Clear Spot (November 1972) 1. "Low Yo Yo Stuff" 2. "Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man" 3. "Too Much Time" 4. "Circumstances" 5. "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains" 6. "Sun Zoom Spark" 7. "Clear Spot" 8. "Crazy Little Thing" 9. "Long Neck Bottles" 10. "Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles" 11. "Big Eyed Beans from Venus" 12. "Golden Birdies" Out-takes 1. "Alice in Blunderland" - Alternate Version 2. "Harry Irene" 3. "I Can't Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam" 4. "Pompadour Swamp/Suction Prints" 5. "The Witch Doctor Life" - Instrumental Take 6. "Two Rips in a Haystack/Kiss Me My Love" 7. "Best Batch Yet" - (Track) Version 1 8. "Your Love Brought Me To Life" - Instrumental 9. "Dirty Blue Gene" - Alternate Version 1 10. "Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man" - Early Mix 11. "Kiss Where I Kain't" 12. "Circumstances" - Alternate Version 2 13. "Little Scratch" 14. "Dirty Blue Gene" - Alternate Version 3

Foxygen "How Can You Really" (Rip off Todd Rundgren)?

Foxygen "How Can You Really" (Rip Off Todd Rundgren)? Foxygen "How Can You Really" from the album Foxygen...And Star Power, available October 14 via Jagjaguwar. Foxygen: The hipster version of The Darkness? Nope. Just some weasels that discovered Granny's RUNT album. Or more likely the Something/Anything single "I Saw the Light." How can you really rip off a classic song? Like that apparently. As they say, "Todd is God." Here's the classic song "I Saw the Light" by Todd Rundgren from his essential album Something/Anything. Speaking of Todd Rundgren you can check out his band Utopia as reissued and remastered and just plain all spruced up on Esoteric Recordings via the kind folks at Cherry Red Records. I'm currently listening to POV, but Oblivion and Redux '92 Live in Japan are also available. Pov includes the original album tracks, plus those from the 1986 compilation Trivia - essentially the hard core may not have "Fix Your Gaze" on this format. The booklet is top notch including an original advertisement, band photos, The Story by Mark Powell, lyrics and liner notes. Fantastic! Cherry Red gives Rhino a real run for their money in terms of top quality reissues and revamps. Check them out, because they have all sorts of genres and fantastic artists for audiophiles to fill in their collections or newbies to discover. You almost can't go wrong. From an earlier issue of the Utopia album POV, here's the track "Mated" Utopia are Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Roger Powell and John "Willie" Wilcox.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Broken Bells 2014 Fall Tour

BROKEN BELLS 2014 FALL TOUR 09/26/14 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield 09/27/14 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory 09/28/14 - Richmond, VA - The National 09/29/14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium 10/01/14 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre 10/02/14 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City 10/04/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival 10/05/14 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theater 10/07/14 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom 10/08/14 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater 10/11/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival 10/24-25/14 – Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre 10/24-26/14 – Las Vegas, NV - Life Is Beautiful Festival 10/28/14 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic Auditorium Win a Special Broken Bells Jukebox

Monday, August 25, 2014

Suzi Quatro Box Set The Girl From Detroit City

Every once in a while when I have nothing clever or insightful to add - I'll merely post a press release as received from either a record company or publicity representative. Maybe I'll toss out a sentence like "Hey it's Leather Tuscadero from Happy Days" but if you're like me you already knew that and may own some of Suzi Quatro's music. Anyway, this is is one of those straight press release times: CAREER SPANNING 4-CD BOXED SET The Girl From Detroit City is a beautifully presented 4-CD boxed set, celebrating an amazing 50 years in the music business for rock ‘n’ roll queen, Suzi Quatro. The 82 tracks on offer here span the whole of Suzi’s career, including three songs by the Pleasure Seekers, the all-girl rock band, which Suzi formed along with her sister Patti, and which signed to Mercury Records in 1968. Her massive chart hits from the 1970s also feature, including the ‘Chinnichap’ numbers, Can the Can, 48 Crash and Devil Gate Drive and a whole wealth of material from the 1970s onwards, through to tracks from her critically-acclaimed 2011 album, In The Spotlight, which witnessed her reunion with producer, Mike Chapman; highlights of which included Suzi’s covers of Goldfrapp’s Strict Machine and Rhianna’s Breaking Dishes plus a Chapman number, A Girl Like Me, which he wrote especially for her. The Girl From Detroit City comes complete with fascinating up-to-date liner notes, tracking Suzi’s career from the outset to the present day, and it presents a wealth of album & poster artwork and photographs, including a shot of Suzi’s incredible vintage Ray-Ban collection! Suzi Quatro was the most successful female artist of the entire Glam Rock period (Suzi’s style and music were not truly ‘Glam’ but this was the era, which saw her shoot to stardom) and her influence on subsequent generations of female rock musicians are widely acknowledged. It’s been well-documented that Chrissie Hynde and Joan Jett both drew inspiration from Suzi but so have many others, including Talking Heads’ Tina Weymouth, who was encouraged to learn to play bass by listening to Quatro albums and, more recently, KT Tunstall revealed that the cover photo of her 2007 album Drastic Fantastic was based on Suzi’s image. In celebration of Suzi’s 50th year in the music business, the BBC will be hosting a special performance of her one-woman show, Unzipped, in London on Friday 26th September. It will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday 2nd October. On 29th September Cherry Red will also release the single The Girl From Detroit City on digital download only. This brand new song was recorded in 2013 and is exclusive to this compilation. Written and produced by Mike Chapman, the song speaks of Suzi’s early days in Detroit and her discovery by Mickie Most. 50 years on and Suzi Quatro has no intention of slowing down. She’s about to embark on another massive live tour and in 2015 she will finally publish her poetry in a book called Through My Eyes. SUZI QUATRO THE GIRL FROM DETROIT CITY (GLAMBOX150) CHERRY RED RECORDS 20TH OCTOBER 2014 Editor’s Notes Suzi Quatro has sold in excess of 55 million records worldwide. In the UK she has had 18 hit singles, including 2 No. 1s (Can The Can and Devil Gate Drive). From 1973-1979, Suzi featured in the British charts for no less than 101 weeks. In Australia it was 18 hit singles with 3 No. 1s, whilst in Germany the total was 18 chart entries, with 12 of them reaching the Top 10. In 2013, Suzi received a lifetime achievement award at her hometown Detroit Music Awards (the DMAs) and later that year she was presented the Woman of Valour Award from Musicians for Equal Opprtunities for Women (MEOW). She has also written her autobiography, Unzipped, which adds best-selling author to her already huge list of achievements. In 2012 she hit the stage at London’s Hippodrome Casino for a week, with her one-woman show based around the autobiography. With nigh on 40 years in show business, Suzi has taken on numerous acting roles, including the TV shows Happy Days, Minder, Dempsey & Makepeace, Absolutely Fabulous and Midsomer Murders. There have also been highly successful musical stage roles, including Annie Get Your Gun and Tallulah Who? and she appeared in the play, Exonerated, alongside Charles Dance. Suzi has ventured into the world of broadcasting with very successful shows on BBC Radio 2, including Rockin’ With Suzi Q and Wake Up Little Suzi. She also recorded a series of 2-hour high profile documentaries on some of her favourite artists, including Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Patsy Cline, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, which were broadcast on BBC Radio 2 during 2011 and 2012. Suzi continues to tour and does over 100 shows a year all over the world. On retiring, she has this to say; “When I turn my back on the audience and shake my ass, and there is silence…..I’ll stop.”

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Kid In Every Wes Anderson Movie

John Lennon's ode to Yoko Ono "Oh Yoko!" featured with great effect in a parody of Wes Anderon films that every well schooled fan of Wes Anderson films will love. Enjoy a laugh courtesy of "Kid In Every Wes Anderson Movie" by Upright Citizens Brigade. Also the interesting and nicely edited short Museum Of Wes Anderson narrated with the help of either too much cappuccino or good old fashioned nerves by youtube user Rob S.

Heaven Adores You: An Elliott Smith Documentary (The First Few Minutes)

The first few minutes of the Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You Heaven Adores You is a documentary film by Nickolas Rossi about the astoundingly talented musician Elliott Smith, born Steven Paul Smith (1969-2003). AFI Docs has released the first few minutes of the film: The music of Smith is important to so many people, I think, because it is honest while expressing and encapsulating moments wherein words might otherwise fail. Smith's most famous song is probably "Miss Misery" from the Gus Van Sant film Good Will Hunting which Smith performed at the 70th Academy Awards, March 23, 1998. The sensitive "Indie" singer-songwriter tune placed on a soundtrack has since become a bit of an "in joke" among music lovers and film aficionados alike, but the song is absolutely stunning. But my favorite Smith song is "A Passing Feeling" from his posthumously released album From a Basement on the Hill. Elliott Smith is quoted about his "fame" as follows, (with a statement to which I empathize for other reasons), “The less I think about it, the happier I am. I don’t really care where I fit into anything, or if there’s anything to fit into to. It’s just, I like music, you know? That’s the thing. It’s really uncomplicated.”

Honeymoon trailer

Writer/director Leigh Janiak's film Honeymoon starring Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Harry Treadaway (Control), Ben Huber and Hanna Brown shows how fast love can turn into terror. Synopsis: Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods. Honeymoon will be available via iTunes, On Demand, and in theaters September 12, 2014.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Belle & Sebastian Live Dates & Vinyl Reisuues 2014

Belle & Sebastian Live Dates & Vinyl Reissues 2014 Belle & Sebastian will be performing live shows at the following dates and venues: August 16th: God Help The Girl screening and live B&S live set, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, UK September28th: Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre, Miami Beach, September29th: House of Blues, Orlando, Florida October 1st: Atlanta, Tabernacle, USA October 3rd: Austin, TX Austin City Limits Music Festival, USA. October 6th: The Theatre at Ace Hotel, LA, USA. October 7th: The Theatre at Ace Hotel, LA, USA. October 8th: Civic Space Park, Phoenix, USA. October 10th: Austin, TX Austin City Limits Music Festival, USA. October 12th: Mexico City, Mexico Corona Capital Music Festival, MEXICO. October 31st: Pitchfork Festival, Paris, FRANCE Additionally titles will be reissued on vinyl October 6th (Jeepster/UK) and October 7th (Matador/USA). Reissue titles: Tigermilk (Matador / Jeepster) If You're Feeling Sinister (Matador / Jeepster) The Boy With The Arab Strap (Matador / Jeepster) Fold Your Hands Child, You walk Like A Peasant (Matador / Jeepster) Push Barman To Open Old Wounds (Matador / Jeepster) Dear Catastrophe Waitress (Matador / Rough Trade) with alternate art Storytelling (Jeepster) The Life Pursuit (Matador / Rough Trade) The BBC Sessions (Matador / Jeepster) Write About Love (Matador / Rough Trade) The Third Eye Centre (Matador / Rough Trade) And here's a tiny teaser showing what Belle & Sebastian are up to in the studio:

Zorch Live Dates & Their Flaming Lips Outtake

Zorch Live Dates and their Flaming Lips Outtake ZORCH LIVE: 08/21 Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall w/ El Ten Eleven 08/27 St. Louis, MO @ The Livery 08/28 Chicago. IL @ The Burlington Bar 08/29 Pontiac, MI @ the Pike Room * 08/30 Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace * 08/31 Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola* 09/03 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall * 09/04 Washington DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel * 09/05 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's * 09/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl * 09/08 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 Arts 09/09 Nashville, TN @ Queen Avenue 09/10 Texarkana, TX @ The Silver Dollar 09/28 Dallas, TX @ Index Fest 11/08 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest * w/ Fujiya & Miyagi "Zut Alors" (Live) Listen to Zorch's outtake of "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" from the forthcoming Flaming Lips Beatles / Sgt. Pepper's tribute With A Little Help From My Fwends here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Norman Reedus Voices Silent Hill Game

Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead To Voice New Silent Hill Video Game. In addition to ruling Twitter and the small screen, Reedus will take over the big screen starring with Kate Winslet in crime drama Triple Nine. The film to b released some time next year also features Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul and "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot. The game Silent Hill is being developed by Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrynth) and Metal Gear video game franchise creator Hideo Kojima. The release date for this project has yet to be revealed. And in other Guillermo del Toro news, he has announced he will Executive Produce the horror film The Ring 3d and Produce Pacific Rim 2 which will likely not see release until 2017.

Julian Casablancas +The Voids Add Tour Dates

Julian Casablancas + The Voids Add Dates to their “American tour to melt peoples faces off.” Julian Casablancas + The Voids have added tour dates in support of their album Tyranny which will be released via Cult Records September 23. Live Dates: October 16 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Electric Factory October 17 /// Washington DC /// 9:30 Club October 18 /// Charlottesville, VA /// Jefferson Theatre October 20 /// Chattanooga, TN /// Track 29 October 21 /// Nashville, TN /// Marathon Music Works October 22 /// Atlanta, GA /// Masquerade October 25 /// Tampa, FL /// Coral Skies Fest October 26 /// West Palm, FL /// Coral Skies Fest October 28 /// Birmingham, AL /// Iron City October 30 /// Austin, TX /// Emo’s October 31 /// Houston, TX /// House of Blues November 6 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Wiltern Theatre November 9 /// San Francisco, CA /// Regency Center November 11 /// Portland, OR /// Crystal Ballroom November 12 /// Vancouver, BC /// Commodore November 13 /// Seattle, WA /// Showbox November 17 /// Minneapolis, MN /// First Ave November 18 /// Chicago, IL /// The Vic November 19 /// Detroit, MI /// St. Andrews November 25 /// New York, NY /// Hammerstein Ballroom

Karen O Solo Live Dates

Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) has announced a string of small venue live shows in celebration of her debut solo album Crush Songs which will be released September 9 via Cult Records. O remarked of the smattering of dates, “I'm very pleased to announce that I'll be performing Crush Songs to some very intimate audiences. If you're in the mood for love please come join my crush odyssey at these limited engagements. I apologize in advance that these shows are so few but I guess that makes them all the more special if you can make it so don't miss out!" Fans can visit for a chance to win a spot at select listening parties prior to the album release date. Fan posts from said parties tagged with #KarenO or #CrushSongs, will be compiled on Regarding the title of her first solo release, O remarked, “When I was 27 I crushed a lot. I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade." The Cult Records deluxe limited edition version of Crush Songs has sold out and is no longer available for pre-order. Cult Records is owned and run by Julian Casablancas (The Strokes). The label also includes Albert Hammond, Jr., Cerebral Ballzy, Har Mar Superstar, and Rey Pila. September 9 New York, NY Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel September 10 New York, NY Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel September 11 New York, NY Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel September 12 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge September 17 Los Angeles, CA The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery September 18 Los Angeles, CA The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery September 19 Los Angeles, CA The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery October 4 London, UK Bush Hall October 5 London, UK Bush Hall October 7 Berlin, Germany Heimathafen

Joseph Arthur Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

"Robin (A Tribute to Robin Williams 1951 - 2014)" by Joseph Arthur Well it didn't take long for this tribute to be written, recorded and ready for release did it? But then Joseph Arthur has a track record of periods of time during which he is extremely prolific. The lyrics and Music are by Arthur, no stranger to addiction or darkness himself. The video was edited by Ehud Lazin. The download is available via Arthur also released a tribute to Lou Reed on the album Lou. If you're interested in what I consider an essential album, check out Arthur's classic 2000 release Come to Where I'm From.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pride To Premiere at Toronto Intl. Film Festival

Pride will have its North American Premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Pride: Directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) adapted from a screenplay by Stephen Beresford. Pride is inspired by a true story. In the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Starring Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Imelda Staunton (Maleficent), Dominic West (The Hour), Paddy Considine (Submarine), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Joseph Gilgun (Lockout), George MacKay (How I Live Now) and Ben Schnetzer (Warcraft). The film will appear in theaters September 19.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Muffs "Weird Boy Next Door" Video

The Muffs "Weird Boy Next Door" (Official Music Video) Read my interview with The Muffs guitarist/ vocalist Kim Shattuck here.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Learning Curve To Screen

Director Phil McCarty's short film The Learning Curve based upon the essay by New York Times Best Selling essayist David Sedaris will screen at The HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood, CA August 16. It was written by David Dong and Phil McCarty and stars Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds, Suburban Gothic).

"Do Me" Demands Rex Smith

"Do Me" a demand or simple advice from Rex Smith's early band REX. How many times is the phrase "Do Me" uttered? Not enough I say. The end few seconds are my favorite. The album posted is the wrong one, "Do Me" is from the album REX, but for some inexplicable reason that youtube user cut off the final glorious rapid fire seconds. Didja count the "Do Mes"? In other news Happy birthday to Jeff McDonald of the always great (no, but seriously) band Redd Kross. And last note for the day: A flock of ravens is called an "unkindness." A Flock of Seagulls were called questionably coiffed.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Vaselines Acoustic

The Vaselines Share An Acoustic Performance Of “One Last Year” from the forthcoming release V For Vaselines available via Rosary Music October 7th in North America. There will be a CD with an unspecified bonus disc, limited edition red vinyl and a limited cassette pressing. V For Vaselines tracklist: 1. “High Tide Low Tide” 2. “The Lonely L.P.” 3. “Inky Lies” 4. “Crazy Lady” 5. “Single Spies” 6. “One Lost Year” 7. “Earth Is Speeding” 8. “False Heaven” 9. “Number One Crush” 10. “Last Half Hour” "One Lost Year" the first single can be heard here.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Q&A With Kim Shattuck (The Muffs)

Q&A With Kim Shattuck of The Muffs & Noreen Sobczyk First off full disclosure: As a teen I wanted to recreate the Stop Pretending era Pandoras so bad that a friend bought me a pink paisley guitar to form my own garage rock band. Are you and Melanie (Vammen) currently friends? Kim: Yes! Melanie and I are buddies again. We finally kissed and made up after 17 years of not speaking. I love that girl. She's amazing. We have so much in common and have a similar sense if humor. Reconnecting with Melanie is the best! I was looking for a picture of you with the band where you cheekily (no pun intended) lift up your dress and it sent me to links I never want to visit again. Although I did appreciate seeing the line “fertile fun bags.” Where and for what was that photo taken? Kim: I don't remember that photo. I believe you about that though. I used to lift my dress a lot. I actually just did that at the Burger Au Go Go. I was showing the crowd how I wear mens underwear under dresses now. You always seem free spirited. Not like mugging for cameras, but authentically free spirited. Have you always been that way? Kim: I am a big goofball a lot of the time. Definitely not pretentious or self important! Speaking of that, the song “Cheezy” - any comment about whom this song was written? Kim: I probably shouldn't out the recipients of my ire. That would just be mean. As a weirdo I’ve always kind of used that word positively is there a reason you used that word for ”The Boy Next Door” and is it based on truth? Kim: It's a truthful song about something that happened. And when I say 'Weird' in this song I mean it as the bad weird. I was sitting down in my house to write lyrics for a cool song I just wrote the music to. I literally sit down with my guitar and paper and all of the sudden I hear banging and shouting from next door. It's scared me and my dog. I tippytoed out the back door and peeked over the fence and saw our neighbors weird son hitting his garage with a baseball bat and screaming obscenities. I locked all the doors and shut all the blinds and sat down and wrote the lyrics to the song in literally 3 minutes. Thank you to the dick neighbor for inspiring one of my favorite songs. My favorite lyric at the moment is from that song. I like “He’s an empty vessel made of cotton candy,” both the line and the delivery. Do you have a favorite lyric from this album? Kim: I kind of like "and no smarter than a wooden floor" from “Weird Boy Next Door” and The second verse of “Up and Down Around” which is "I don't care what I'm saying half the time. Are you scared when all I do is rhyme?" Because that actually happened once when I was at a buffet where they had an espresso machine and a chocolate fountain and I was so jacked up from overindulging on caffeine that I literally couldn't say anything unless I was rhyming. I also was talking very very fast. You write some of the most snarky intimidating lyrics and pair them with upbeat hooky pop. How do you decide which melody gets the angry or happy lyrics? Kim: I don't think about it at all. If you think when you write lyrics your lyrics will be stupid. Thinking is bad. I’ll make a note of that! Courtney Love stated a while ago, and I’m paraphrasing, that she’s “the only one still doing it.” Meaning (I assume) being a rock n roll woman. I immediately thought of you. What do you think about that sentiment? Kim: Courtney says stuff like that all the time. It's very entertaining. Indeed it can be entertaining. Speaking of entertainment what are your 5 favorite rock movies? Kim: A Hard Days Night, That Thing You Do, Charlie is My Darling, Don't Look Back, and Loudquietloud. As a fan of both I was disappointed in how The Pixies touring slot ended for you. Anything you would care to comment upon now that time has passed regarding your experience? Kim: It was actually a fun thing to do for the most part. The shows and the audiences were amazing. Charles (A.K.A. Frank Black or Black Francis) was super nice to me. He's a great guy. Really smart and funny. We had great spirited conversations about art and music and I will forever be grateful that he was trying to have me in his band. He was my advocate practically the whole time. I love a lot of those songs. I still do. Just because it ended abruptly doesn't mean my taste changes. I still like what I liked. Did Whoop De Doo come to fruition after the incident or was it already planned? Kim: The album was finished in Jan 2013 when I was asked to be in the Pixies. But we had a hard time deciding on a title. We put the album on hold until I could have a break or the Pixies tour was done. But when Charles said his “Whoop Dee Doo” comment (Black Francis said in the press, I think to Yahoo, that "changing bass players was no big deal, woop de do"), we all three decided that would be an amazing title. Is it frustrating to be a band that consistently delivers the goods but never really achieved huge commercial success? (Save for the "Kids in America" cover for Rock Band 2). Kim: I try not to worry about stuff like that. I just want to be happy with the songs I write and if I love the album we make then nothing else matters. You have the best growling scream in rock n roll rivalled only by Kat Bjelland. How do you do that? Does it ever affect your singing? Kim: It's the easiest thing in the world. To scream and then to immediately sing pretty is like driving. You floor it and go fast. Then you slam on the brakes. No big deal as long as you take care of the car. I became friends with a friend of yours Bill Bartell (A.K.A. Pat Fear from White Flag) only a year or so before he died and didn’t have a ton of time with him, but he’s still missed. I wonder if you have any stories or memories of Bill you would like to share? Kim: Bill was nuts! We had some funny times for sure. He bribed me to sing that stupid Jefferson Airplane song. I didn't want to do it but he wore me down. Then he gave me $10.00. I sang it. I felt like a whore!! Haha. “White Rabbit”? Kim: Yeah, “White Rabbit.” How did you come to be associated with Burger Records? I like so much of what they do. Kim: Ronnie and Roy started hearing about them. I just found out Ronnie and his gal and Lee and his gal went on a double date once. Where did you find the album cover art? Was the back sleeve shot a nod to The Monkees old radio booth gag or just a coincidence? Kim: I was studying photography in 1984. My boyfriend and I went to the zoo and I think he was sketching people and I was photographing them. I spotted a cool looking old couple looking at the gorillas and ran up behind them to get a shot. I love photographing people from behind because it makes them look so much more poignant. I didn't know our back cover looked like the Monkees. Our new video does though. Have you ever done an exhibit of your photographs? Kim: I was in a couple of group shows before, but I'd love to have an exhibit. It's on my bucket list. Do you enjoy touring? Do you prefer studio to touring? Kim: I love doing music for a living. I adore being in the studio. Playing live shows is amazing. Writing songs in my bedroom is the coolest thing ever. Get The Muffs amazing album Whoop Dee Doo (Burger Records/Cherry Red Records) and stay tuned here for any video or tour news.