Killing Joke, “In Dub” available for download, with a different track-listing than announced previously

Killing-Joke-in-Dub-300x300Killing Joke’s first release of 2014 (which, just to be absolutely clear in not the “new” studio LP they hinted at towards the end of last year – that is also planned for this year) is called “In Dub” and it is a collection of some old, but mainly new, dub versions of Killing Joke tracks.

The Lp has been funded via the excellent PledgeMusic initiative (click here for the PledgeMusic In Dub page),  and for pledgers it is available to download now.

A draft tracklisting was announced fairly recently, but the actual tracklisting (of the downloaded version differs (tracklisting below).

We are only into the first few listens of the LP at G&A Towers, and it is already a firm favourite.  This is more than a collection of Killing Joke’s Dub mixes, much of the material here hasn’t been released before, and much of that centres around tracks form recent releases.  But that doesn’t matter – many of the remixes are vastly different from the originals it’s like listening to a new band – Love Like Blood has been slowed down to a crawl, and it is genius.

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Nick Cave Albums “From Worst To Best” (#2 Tender Prey, 1988)

cave_cdr_tender-prey_1This is a cracking article – listing all Nick Cave LPs in order of greatness.. and, IMHO, they’ve made a pretty good job of it.  Except of course they have mis-files Tender Prey at #2 when it should, of course, be at #1.

I’ll write a stiff letter.

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Ian Curtis’ table returns to eBay

ian_curtis_kitchen_table_pThanks to a deadbeat buyer, Ian Curtis’ kitchen table is back on eBay

…but now it comes with a new story — the earnest and wee-bit touching tale of the man who is selling it, his relationship to the music of Joy Division, and the history of his own recently revived band. No doubt responding to the objections of the Curtis family and implications that he’s trying to make a buck off of Curtis’ troubled legacy (the singer hung himself in his kitchen), seller Tel Harrop breaks it down.

“Feb 1980 I played Football at Whitby Park Ellesmere Port,” Harrop writes in the eBay item description. “This bloke comes on the pitch (the latest boyfriend of a Girl I knew), wearing a raincoat. Quite rightly he got stood on during the game, and spent the rest of the match up a tree.” We assume those are metaphorical turns of phrase. Then we get to the reason for the season, and pretty much every season in Harrop’s life to follow: “This was the first Joy Division fan I ever met.”

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“Growing-up for goths”, The Guardian

baby nick cave (RTB)How we laughed…

What happens when a teenage goth grows up? Gets a job, takes on a mortgage, has a couple of kids…? Can you combine elaborate Frankenstein make-up and a lace-up bustier with getting a toddler ready for nursery and yourself to work on time?

Dr Paul Hodkinson, deputy head of Surrey University’s sociology department and an expert in youth music subcultures, has been re-interviewing a group of goths he first studied in the late 1990s to find out. “They were teenagers and in their early 20s then, and I thought it would be interesting to go back because a number of people do stay involved in the goth scene,” he explains.

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“30 Years On: Cocteau Twins’ Head Over Heels Revisited”

cocteau_1384162801_crop_560x550.0Excellent retrospective on the excellent “Head Over Heals” from the Cocteau Twins, via the ever-excellent Quietus.

Such has been the long shadow of influence cast by the Cocteau Twins that it seems strange to think that even they had heroes who’d made a profound and indelible effect on them. Even more curious an idea to consider is that their primary role models were the Dadaist and chaotic car-crash that was The Birthday Party, a band hell-bent on leaving a trail of pandemonium, confusion and destruction in their wake as they dragged the battered and bleeding remains of rock & roll with them by its heels. And yet it’s all there in their 1982 debut album, Garlands. The bloodied finger trails of Roland S. Howard’s cheesewire guitars are daubed all over songs such as the title track, ‘The Hollow Men’ and ‘Wax And Wane’ as conventional notions of what a guitar could and should do in the seismic wake of punk are thrown to the wind like so much discarded garbage.

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