Morrissey has been diagnosed with a pre-cancerous throat condition, but he’s determined to be back on the stage next week. Check out Louder Than War for more details. Best wishes, Moz. Continuing in the artists-of-the-’80s-who-remain-mighty vein, Depeche Mode have made a video for their lead single, “Heaven”, from their forthcoming album Delta Machine. Watch the video at Stereogum and tell me they shouldn’t be tapped for the next Bond film soundtrack. Dinosaur Jr. made a stop at World Cafe recently, complete with characteristically painful interview segments. Hearth Music posted a trailer for the upcoming Coen Brothers’ film “Inside Llewyn Davis” to their Tumblr. The intriguing-looking movie is based on the memoirs of folk artist Dave Van Ronk. Cleveland’s Weapons of Mass Creation Fest has chosen its dates and venue for this year. Mark August 16 through 18 on your calendar, NEOers. Stupefaction has posted a documentary called “The Britpop Story”. No prizes for guessing what it’s about. Set some time aside for “Wattstax” the documentary of a 1972 concert festival of Stax artists in memory of the 1965 Watts riots. The Staples Singers, Albert King, Isaac Hayes, and Rufus Thomas in pink shorts and white go-go boots – you … Continue reading
Bass is a drug, people! Dinosaur Jr. certainly doesn’t need any publicity from us, but this video for “Pierce the Morning Rain”, from their latest album I Bet on Sky, is too good not to share. Greats James Urbaniak, Maria Bamford, and Henry Rollins star in this unflinching look at a widespread problem in America today… Dinosaur Jr. Official Website
The best of legendary Punk magazine will be coming out in book form on December 18. Ribbon Around a Bomb notes “The “Best Of” catalog will feature high-quality reprints of early material (HELLO, punk photo comics!) rare and unreleased interviews/art/writing, and a few new contributions from editor-in-chief / legit cartoon artist John Holmstrom, not to mention titans like Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, Lester Bangs, Lenny Kaye [...] and Andy Warhol.” And if you don’t have enough holiday gifts for the old punks on your list, there’s a new X calendar for 2013 with live, candid, and publicity photos of Exene, John Doe, et al. Dinosaur Jr recently played a show celebrating the 25th anniversary of You’re Living All Over Me, and aside from playing the album in its entirety, they also brought on some guests for some covers and other fun. For instance, Johnny Marr joined them for “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side”, Frank Black came on for “Almost Fare” and “Tame”, and Tommy Stinson and Cleveland’s own John Petkovic joined in on “T.V. Eye”. Videos at Slicing Up Eyeballs. Jazz great Dave Brubeck died at the age of 91 this week. NPR.org has an hour-long … Continue reading
A to Z: The Riverfront Times Music Blog has exclusive streams of some never-heard-before recordings of Ray Charles, recorded by Charles’ cohort Marci Soto. Tickets are on sale for Daytrotter‘s Barnstormer 4 concert series. This years line-up includes Sondre Lerche, Guards, The Romany Rye, Hellogoodbye, Keegan DeWitt and the ever popular “special guests”. Dinosaur Jr will be playing their album Bug in its entirety on tour this summer. Additionally, different dates will have different friends along, including OFF!, Thurston Moore and Henry Rollins. The city of Greenwood, Mississippi, will be celebrating 100 years of Robert Johnson May 5-8. The celebration will include exhibits, tours, panels and, of course, music. The musical roster includes Bobby Rush, Honeyboy Edwards, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Keb’ Mo’ and more. Justin Townes Earle guested on A Prairie Home Companion, and you can listen to the show here. Our new friends at Americana Rock Mix are raising funds for surgery for their canine companion, Boris. If you donate to help Boris, you’ll get some goodies like a download grab bag, an exclusive podcast and a thank you in the next podcast.
The Twilight Singers will be releasing their new album, Dynamite Steps, on February 15. Guests on the album include some of the usual suspects – Ani DeFranco, Petra Haden, Joseph Arthur and, of course, Mark Lanegan – as well as Nick McCabe of the Verve. The original Pulp line-up is reuniting for the first time since 1996. They have a couple of European fests booked for next year with additional plans likely. Rap Radar has the first single, “Together Baby”, off Ghostface Killah’s forthcoming album Apollo Kids up for you. J Mascis will be releasing an acoustic album called Several Shades of Why on March 15. Special treat: Cuckoobird has posted a special Patterson Hood solo show that took place at the end of last month. Patterson Hood is several kinds of awesome. The Low Anthem are on the road with Emmylou Harris. During a break, Mat Davidson played a surprise Twain show in Brooklyn. Watch Mat and all his hair below. Twain “I’ll Be Fooled Again” from Possum Den Productions on Vimeo.