Bauhaus’ David J on ‘Not Long For This World’ his ‘accidental’ concept album (interview)

Given his goth-rock pedigree, it’s perhaps not surprising that David J — supplier of the low end in both Bauhaus and Love and Rockets — should find himself stumbling into the creation of an “accidental” concept album about mortality. Yet that’s exactly what happened with the bassist’s latest solo effort, the haunting Not Long For This World.

Speaking to Slicing Up Eyeballs from a San Francisco recording studio last week, David J explains the genesis of the dark, cabaret-infected album, which mixes original compositions — including songs about the late Spaulding Gray, Hank Williams and Jeff Buckley — with covers of tracks by the likes of Smog, Ed Harcourt, Tom Waits and Dennis Wilson.

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The Cult – “Choice of Weapon” new LP announced

The Cult are set to release Choice of Weapon, their ninth studio album, on May 22nd. The record is their first full-length work in five years, though the band has kept active by putting out “capsules” of new songs and live recordings in recent years. Co-produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E.) and longtime collaborator Bob Rock (Metallica, Aerosmith), Choice of Weapon was made in several studios, including the band’s own Witch Mountain as well as spots in New York City, Los Angeles and the California desert. (You can preview “Lucifer,” a highlight from Choice of Weapon, above.) Rolling Stone caught up with frontman Ian Astbury to talk about his inspiration for the new album, which addresses the many things he believes are poisoning contemporary culture.

via The Cult Return With Intense New Album | Music News | Rolling Stone.

You want Killing Joke rarities? Here’s a rundown of their compilations and live releases over the last ten years… Part Two

In part one of this fascinating post, I gave a rundown of the Killing Joke’s many live and compilation albums from 2008 to early 2012.  This concluding post discusses the decidedly mixed bag of releases from 2001 to 2007.

Killing Joke have been prolific in the last decade (14 live & compilation releases), and, although it isn’t all good (in fact some is crap) there are some real gems.

But it is always value for money – this selection alone (only seven releases) contains  15 CDs, 1 CD-video (RIP) and a DVD.

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Killing Joke, live at the Subterranea, Ladbroke Grove, London, 15th July 1994 (video, entire gig, 90 minutes)

I was at this show and it was mental. I have seen Killing Joke too many times to recount, but this gig sticks in the memory.  I had moved to London about a year earlier and was living less than five minutes from the Subterranea, which was a cracking little club and live venue (it is now called the Supperclub, and the pictures will give you an idea, except it was all black and industrial looking back then).

Killing Joke were touring Pandemonium and Youth was back (looking deranged with stubby beard and straggly hair). Youth was now a trance producer/DJ and promoting his trance label Dragonfly Records, and looked like he’d partied for years (for some reason he reminded me of mental version of Sandy from Monkey).

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Disney’s Joy Division shirt: Peter Hook ‘appreciates the irony’

Many fans of Joy Division were aghast Monday over Disney’s new Mickey Mouse T-shirt that (lovingly or cluelessly) riffed on the Manchester, England, post-punk band’s iconic album art for 1979’s “Unknown Pleasures.” Our own commenters called it “wrong, just wrong” and the “worst shirt ever.” But the design’s unlikely pairing of one of the most tragic acts in rock music with one of the most recognizable images of childhood has at least one begrudging fan: Peter Hook, bassist for Joy Division and New Order.

“I take it as a compliment,” Hook said, adding that to his knowledge, Disney didn’t approach representatives handling Factory Records’ catalog or the surviving members of Joy Division for permission. “If I had a pound for every time someone bootlegged Joy Division, I’d be as rich as Disney. But it’s interesting in a kitsch way. It’s this cross between something very adult and this well-known image of childhood. I’ve heard it’s sold out, so maybe it’ll become a kind of urban legend.”

via Disney’s Joy Division shirt: Peter Hook ‘appreciates the irony’ – latimes.com.

Sisters of Mercy, “Emma” live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam (soundcheck), 28th August 1983 (video)

Thanks once again to the fantastic Dark Circle Room for this gem.

I love the Sisters.  They, along with Bauhaus, define goth for me, and this crude video exposes the dirty core of goth, – it shows the inner-workings, the basic building blocks, of the seminal goth sound.

This video is a black and white handheld video of their sound check at the Paradiso, and contains one track – Emma (which must be in every single Sister’s fan’s top 5 tracks). The camera work only goes either straight up/down, or left/right – like it’s being controlled by a deranged Etch-a-Sketch fan.  If you like Emma, or old Sisters (is that Ben Gunn?) definitely check this out.  Filthy

via DARK CIRCLE ROOM: The Sisters of Mercy – Paradiso, Amsterdam (Soundcheck) – 28.08.1983 (Video).

Excellent Joy Division shots from Kevin Cummins’ new exhibition

A new Kevin Cummins exhibition, ‘Exemplar: Joy Division‘, is running at The Manchester Photographic Gallery until February 26th. Here’s pre-JD band Warsaw at Rafters, Manchester, 30th June, 1977. “Warsaw opened for Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers. It was maybe their fifth gig,” remembers Cummins.

via Pictures of Beautiful Joy Division shots from Kevin Cummins’ new exhibition – Photos – NME.COM.