Joy Division rehearsals, 28 tracks cleaned up and remastered (Youtube & download – 1 hr 51 min)

JoyDivisionHere’s a real treat for Joy Division fans.

FageOner has collected together, and cleaned up, the best of Joy Division’s rehearsal recordings – and put it up for download, or to listen to via Youtube.

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Tones On Tail “Go! (HavocNdeeD BootleG)”

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David J on his new LP “An Eclipse of Ships”, SXSW and his favourite apps

David-JDavid J on his new LP “An Eclipse of Ships”, SXSW and his favourite apps…

David J, godfather of goth and founding member of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, chats about the inspiration behind his new solo album, “An Eclipse of Ships”; his SXSW appearances; which iconic actor he’d memorialize after Bela Lugosi; and his favorite apps.

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Robert Smith explains recent comments about upcoming LP “4:14 Scream”

The-Cures-Robert-Smith-circa-2012Some information has been leaking out recently about the Cure’s (probable) upcoming LP “4:14 Scream”.  And not leaked in a kind of Government-leaking-it-out-officially-and-organised way, but an old school kind of un-guarded comments kind of way.  Apparently.

Robert Smith has made some comments about their new LP and here’s is his subsequent explanation.

Robert Smith has come out and set the record straight about some comments he made to XFM over the weekend about the forthcoming Cure album, 4:13 Scream. [During the original interview, which you can listen to here, Smith disclosed that the album was "a bit of a sore point" and that he had re-written parts of the album over the last year and a half.]  Due to the overwhelmingly negative spin that most music sites put on the comments Smith made to XFM, he decided to explain himself in a posting on the Cure’s official site.   The post is pretty lengthy and in all caps, so here’s a short summary of what he said:

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The Guardian’s lazy review of the the Cure live, and Robert Smith’s responses

Cure TCT 2014 poster 2This is a bit of a shocker from the Grauniad.  Complaining about the length of a three hour Cure set is like complaining about France being too French.  Lucky she didn’t go to the gig in Mexico on Smith’s 50th birthday recently – some fifty songs, and an extra 40 minutes!

Anyway, her review is below, and Robert Smith’s two responses (HE LIKES TO SHOUT A LOT) are below.  He’s a bit pissed off.

They can play for hours, settling into dense, swirling grooves without exhausting their hits, but this show needs a greater sense of momentum

3 out of 5, by Caroline Sullivan

“Show your hands if you’re wearing black nail varnish,” commands XFM presenter Jon Holmes, introducing the first of the Cure’s two Teenage Cancer Trust shows. When a surprising number of arms shoot upward, he sighs: “Forty-year-olds in black nail varnish. That’s scary.” But not as scary, we soon discover, as Robert Smith in full fig: big-screen closeups reveal that the 54-year-old frontman has acquired a passing resemblance to Gene Simmons of Kiss, which seems fitting: both the Cure and Kiss are fan bands these days, mining catalogues so extensive that they could tour for the rest of their days without repeating themselves too often.

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Review of the Cure live at the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit gig at the Royal Albert Hall

Cure TCT 2014 poster 2Here’s a review of the first of two of the Cure’s recent live shows for the Teenage Cancer Trust, at the fantastic Royal Albert Hall ion London.

Last night The Cure played the first of two shows at Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit. The band ripped through a 29 song set, then returned for three encores, in all performing 45 songs. The band dusted off a few songs they haven’t performed in years like “Harold & Joe” and Jupiter Crash,” plus performed the “Lovesong” b-side, “2 Late” for the first time ever.  Video and the setlist from the show are posted below.

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“My wife’s awesome record collection: The Birthday Party, Prayers on Fire”

TheBirthdayPartyPrayersOnFireThis made me chuckle…

Hillary pulls a stack of records from our Ikea shelf. She’s purposefully picked from the area of her taste that doesn’t cross into our indie rock Venn Diagram.

The top record is the Birthday Party’s “Prayers on Fire”, a moody work from Nick Cave’s pre-Bad Seeds band. ’70s post-punk — the music that deepened and darkened the possibilities opened up by the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and their contemporaries as New Wave acts pushed in the opposite direction — is one of Hillary’s favorite eras, and a time that’s only hit-and-miss for me.

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