Darkwave pop Goths DEPECHE MODE released their new LP – their 15th – named MEMENTO MORI last week. The first one without original memberAndy Fletcher
who passed away last May – only 60 – following an aortic dissection.
The band started their mammoth World Tour last week in Sacramento, California and paid homage to their dear friend/colleague by playing World In My Eyes from the 1990 LP Violator. One of Flecther‘s favorite DM songs. Simultaneously images of Andy came up on the giant screen at the back of the stage. Watch below.
Directed by Jonathan Demme, it was shot over the course of three nights
at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983. It was/is a sonic and
visual spectacle with TH on top of their game. Many remember it too for David Byrne wearing that too-big suit and his manic dancing.
The movie returns to theaters later this year
with a new 4K restoration courtesy ofA24.
If the suit still fits… This year, we’re bringing Jonathan Demme’s groundbreaking 1984 Talking Heads concert film STOP MAKING SENSE (newly remastered in 4K!) back to theaters worldwide. #StopMakingSense2023pic.twitter.com/Kh2Nevaf2X
Last week a journalist named Lachlan Markay tweeted this about Meg White“The tragedy of the White Stripes is how great they would’ve
been with a half decent drummer. I’m sorry Meg White was terrible and
no band is better for having s—ty percussion.” “ Meg was criticised for
her minimalistic way of hitting the drums but this time that tweet
caused a storm including a reaction by White Stripes maestro and
ex-husband Jack White. He responded with this poem on his
Also Jack‘s ex-wife Karen Elson went on to defend Meg.
Not only is Meg White a fantastic drummer, Jack also said the White Stripes would be nothing without her. To the journalist who dissed her, keep my ex husband’s ex wife name out of your f*cking mouth. (Please and Thank You) https://t.co/qnnxgT3Rxh
One of my all-time favorite bands, blues rock duo THE KILLS – Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince – have two album anniversaries to celebrate. One: their Debut LP turned
20 (March 10, 2003), and their third album Midnight Boom turns 15 on April 1.
Both longplayers get a limited edition color vinyl run on 16th June. Pre-order info HERE.
With pride American jangle-rock icons R.E.M. announced today
that their giant 1991 hit LOSING MY RELIGION from their masterly
opus Out Of Time hit the 1 billion stream mark. I guess the band
believes in Spotify from now on.
In a testament to its staying power and resonance with music fans everywhere, “Losing My Religion” hit the 1 billion stream mark on @Spotify this week. Thanks to all who have listened.
Dix Denney, the bassist and co-founder of pioneering LA punk band The Weirdos has died. They were trailblazers of West Coast punk. They
lasted for 4 years and released only one album, which was recorded when
they reunited in 1990. No details about his passing have been revealed
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bass player Flea
was/is a big fan. He posted this message
Last week, 6 March, the magnific debut album CLOSING TIME
by the singing barfly legend TOM WAITS turned 50.
To celebrate an anniversary vinyl edition will be available from June 2 in
black and clear versions as a double 180g LP cut at 45 RPM with half-speed
mastering by London’s Abbey Road Studios. Pre-order info here.
Rolling Stone wrote 50 years again: “His voice is self-mocking, bordering on self-pity, and most of his songs could be described as all-purpose lounge music … a style that evokes an aura of crushed cigarettes in seedy bars and Sinatra singing “One for My Baby.” In both his songs and in his lazy, strolling piano playing, he parodies the lounge music sub-genre so perfectly that we wonder if he’s putting us on or if he’s for real, and it is his especial triumph that in the end he has it both ways: He is able to deliver whole both the truth and the sham of the music.”
Milwaukee‘s infamous rock heroes VIOLENT FEMMES (1979–1987,
1988–2009, 2013–present) celebrate the 40th anniversary of their
splendid eponymous debut album on April 13.
The three femmes, guitarist and vocalist Gordon Gano, bassist and
backing vocalist Brian Ritchie, multi-instrumentalist Blaise Garza, and
drummer John Sparrow are gearing up to play the classic record in full
in May in North American cities.
Wait, don’t go yet, here’s more news. On Record Store Day, 22 April,
the album will receive a brand-new picture-disc vinyl edition. Craft
Recordings is pressing 3,000 copies of the record in the US.
The board of the German city of Frankfurt has canceled an upcoming concert by former Pink Floyd maestro Roger Waters (78 now). The show was planned for May 28 on the spot of what was a Jewish detention camp during WWII, where 3,000 Jewish men were held on the devastating Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass) in November 1938 before being sent to their deaths.
The Frankfurt Official City Portal stated in a press message they decide to do it due to “persistent anti-Israel behavior from ‘one of the most widely spread anti-Semites in the world.’The magistrate therefore feels called upon to set a clear signal against anti-Semitism that is supported by society as a whole. Against this background, the individual case decision made due to the special scope is not to be seen as a precedent.”
Waters did some controversial statements in the past year, like naming
US President Joe Biden a war criminal for helping Ukraine in their fierce
battle with Russia.
He also blamed Europe: “This war is basically about the action and reaction of NATO pushing right up to the Russian border, which they promised they wouldn’t do when [former Soviet leader Mikhail] Gorbachev negotiated the withdraw of the USSR from the whole of Eastern Europe.”
Recently he spoke at the UN Security Council at Moscow’s request, where he condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying that it was “not unprovoked” but it was also “illegal.”
He also called on “President Biden, President Putin, President Zelenskyy, USA, NATO, Russia,
the EU, all of you” to “agree to a ceasefire in Ukraine.” He also conjured the image of an international celebration and “John Lennon pumping the air with his fist from the grave” if that ceasefire were to happen.
Time to go home, Roger. Build a wall around it and leave the kids alone.