23 July 2021
The official website of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boy icon has been redesigned
in order to include a detailed history of Wilson’s career with his legendary surf
pop band and solo adventures.
A new, extended timeline gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the
music expert’s long career with rare photos, unreleased music, and Wilson musing
about classic hits, through each decade of his life. A Tour section includes photos
of Wilson and also rare backstage or unseen videos and photos. Click here for the TIMELINE.
Brian Wilson: “Thanks for visiting my new website. We decided to put up some cool
demos, outtakes and live tracks you haven’t heard before. I hope you dig listening to
them as much as we did making them. Stay safe and we’ll see you on tour soon!”
Here’s a taster. A 1995 demo of Desert Drive , a track
of Wilson’s 4th solo album Gettin’ Over My Head…
And still touring too…
29 June 2021
NIRVANA‘s massive breakthrough hit SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT
has joined the One Billion Spotify Streams Club.
The cracker joins more than other 150 tracks that surpassed
the one billion mark, such as Queen‘s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
On YouTube the Spirit video scored over a billion views in 2019…
Their NEVERMIND album turns 30 on September 24
6 May 2021
Big names such as Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, The Clash, IDLES and The Who
are among a great number of famous artists donating unique pieces of artwork
out of rare vinyl and test presses for a mental health charity called Pressing
Matters organised by Helium London.
All artwork will be part of an exhibition running from May 24-29 in London.
The pieces will then be auctioned off on Helium London , with all proceeds
going to grassroots charity Music Support, who give mental health support to
music industry workers.
More info here.
The Clash unique stuff…
Legendary graphic designer Peter Saville created the iconic
front sleeve of Joy Division‘s hugely influential debut LP
Unknown Pleasures back in 1979.
He made some changes to the image destined for a charity t-shirt
to support the No Music On A Dead Planet campaign initiated by
Music Declares Emergency.
A group of artists, music industry professionals and organisations that
stand together to declare a climate and ecological emergency and call
for an immediate governmental response to protect all life on Earth. We
believe in the power of music to promote the cultural change needed to
create a better future.
No one than better Peter Hook – JD’s heroic bassist –
is the man to promote the project
He explains: “The truth of the matter is that the world is in terrible
trouble now and if we don’t look to address the climate emergency
facing the planet immediately then ourselves and all future generations
face tremendous problems. If everyone can look to make changes,
we could all have a huge impact.”
Contribute to the charity campaign by ordering the tee here.
(photo credit: MDE/Press)
British actress Carey Mulligan was the guest host
at last weekend’s Saturday Night Live ‘s episode.
Her job was to introduce Kid Cudi who wore a dress in
a tribute to Kurt Cobain. After she started her monologue
her husband Marcus Mumford joined his wife at one point.
Kid Cudi and his Kurt Cobain dress tribute…
10 April 2021
British music monthly UNCUT will celebrate the imperishable and legendary
troubadour BOB DYLAN‘s 80th birthday (born Robert Zimmerman, in Duluth,
Minnesota on 24th May 1941) with a CD of covers.
Uncut‘s June issue comes with DYLAN REVISITED: “A covermount CD made up
of 14 cover versions of choice cuts from Dylan’s songbook recorded exclusively for
Uncut, as well as a previously unreleased track from the man himself.”
You can order the special issue here.
Artists & tracklist…
Bob Dylan – ‘Too Late (Acoustic Version)’
Richard Thompson – ‘This Wheel’s On Fire’
Courtney Marie Andrews – ‘To Ramona’
The Flaming Lips – ‘Lay Lady Lay’
The Weather Station – ‘Precious Angel’
Cowboy Junkies – ‘I’ve Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You’
Thurston Moore – ‘Buckets Of Rain’
Fatoumata Diawara – ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’
Brigid Mae Power – ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’
Low – ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’
Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg – ‘Dark Eyes’
Patterson Hood & Jay Gonzalez – ‘Blind Willie McTell’
Frazey Ford – ‘The Times They Are a-Changin”
Jason Lytle – ‘Most Of The Time’
Weyes Blood – ‘Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands’
Not invited to the party… Guns ‘N Roses
8 April 2021
This year RECORD STORE DAY will take place on two days: June 12 and July 17.
The organizers say in a press statement: “Things are improving but in this continued “unprecedented global situation”, where production and shipping is still in a state of struggle, the focus of these two Drops dates is on bringing revenue to the stores– as well as to the artists, labels, distribution and every other business behind the scenes making record stores work, in a fiscally and socially responsible way. The spread of titles over two dates in two months allows some flexibility for the struggling vinyl pressing plants and distribution companies as well as provide stores time to prepare budgets and place the orders that safely get music into the hands of customers on a larger than normal release day.”
The list of special issues (remixes, rarities, outtakes, vinyl, etc…)
includes work by artists such as St. Vincent, Prince, Steely Dan,
AC/DC, The Flaming Lips, Lady Gaga , Beck, Bjôrk, Buzzcocks,
The Cure and plenty more. Full (long) list here.
1 April 2021
Finally! Strong rumours circulate that the Gallagher brothers
made peace and will announce an OASIS reunion pretty soon!
6 March 2021
Band: THE MARS VOLTA (El Paso, Texas)
Who: Founders Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodriguez Lopez
from post-hardcore rockers At The Drive-In, plus Marcel Rodríguez
López and Deantoni Parks.
Active: 2001-2013 / 6 albums
New Retrospective called: La Realidad De Los Sueños (The Reality Of Dreams)
What: An 18-LP box set with their entire studio discography alongside unreleased material.
Out: 23 April but the 5000 copies have SOLD OUT in a flash despite the staggering ‘corporate’ price of 479 dollars! Mark my words: in a few days an announcement
will come that more copies are available.
THE MARS VOLTA: Facebook
25 February 2021
Artwork ‘Mutator’ album
In 1995/1996 ALAN VEGA, half of synth-punk pioneers Suicide
and his wife Liz Lamere, recorded an album called MUTATOR.
In 2019 Lamere and close Vega friend Jared Artaud discovered
the original tapes and decided to mix the songs into a proper LP.
“The moment Liz and I discovered the original ADAT tapes of Mutator, we
knew we had found something special and felt strongly that it needed to be
shared out in the world. It’s something we feel he would have been really
proud of, seeing this lost album released today” said Artaud.
Sacred Bones Records releases the LP on 23 April. More info here
Along with the news comes a first track from
the record. NIKE SOLDIER is a vintage Vega jam.
Here’s the accompanying clip directed by Jacqueline Caste…
ALAN VEGA: Facebook