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
The “Freaking Pile o’ Links” edition (this is what happens when I don’t do one of these for a couple of weeks). Robert Bralver and Jeff Broadway talk about their beautiful documentary Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story. Watch the trailer for The Last Shop Standing, a documentary about UK record stores. Watch A Place to Bury Strangers’ ridiculous video for “Leaving Tomorrow” and catch them on tour. Watch our friends Field Report cover Sufjan Stevens on A.V. Undercover. (And check out the rest of this year’s covers, too. There are many gems.) I have exhorted you before to check out Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree comic at Boing Boing, and now Fantagraphics have struck a deal to publish the collection. In another meeting of comics and music, How Fucking Romantic is a project to illustrate each track off of the Magnetic Field’s 69 Love Songs. For your extended viewing pleasure, Dangerous Minds has The Punk Rock Movie, filmed in 1977, and 1988’s Tougher Than Leather, featuring Run-D.M.C. Stupefaction has The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980-1984. And there’s a Chet Baker documentary called Let’s Get Lost on YouTube.
It’s a simple yet sublime pleasure, and just thinking about it can make you feel a little calmer, a little more content. Imagine: You bring out one of the good rocks glasses (or your favorite mug or a special occasion tea cup) and pour a couple fingers of amber liquid (or something dark and strong or just some whole milk). You drop the needle on the jazz platter (or pull up a blues album on your mp3 player or dig out that mixtape from college). Ensconcing yourself in the coziest seat in the house, you crack the spine on a classic (or find your place in that sci-fi paperback or pull up a biography on your e-book reader). And then, you go away for a while. Ah, bliss. In this series, some of NTSIB’s friends share beloved albums, books and drinks to recommend or inspire. Though his expression in the above photo borders on psychotic, Christopher Porterfield – singer/guitarist/songwriter of Field Report – is an exceedingly nice person. And though his hair can break laws of physics at times, he appears utterly normal, friendly, well-adjusted. So connecting this kind, seemingly unaffected person to his heartbreaking, gut-wrenching songs can be … Continue reading