Devo have recruited LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy to collaborate on their NEW CD. How did the two come together? Well, it starts with a big misunderstanding.

"[Devo co-founder] Gerald [Casale] had said we were searching for people like James [Murphy] to work with, which somehow turned into him helming the entire album," Devo mastermind Mark Mothersbaugh tol the LA Times of the rumors that that the band were working with the LCD Soundsystem mastermind. "It was a total misquote. But when we contacted him to apologize for the misunderstanding, he said he’d love to work with us."

And apparently Murphy isn’t the only one who wants a piece of the reunited "Whip It" crew: "We played a Japanese festival recently between Justice and Fatboy Slim, both of whom said they’d like to work with us too," Mothersbaugh revealed.

As far as the sound of the album goes, Mothersbaugh has painted the new project as a return-to-form — at least for half of the record. "Six or eight of [the songs sound] like they could fit into one of our first few albums. We even used the same instruments," he said. "I’m looking for some outside mixers and producers that might want to have fun with a Devo song — I would want them to be as deconstructive or reconstructive as they want to be."

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Former Dead Kennedys frontman, Jello Biafra will play 2 Big Cheese magazine sponsored UK shows with his new band in November-at Bristol Academy a and the Islington academy, playing a selection of Dead Kennedys songs and his new old solo material. More news soon.! 

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Rock’n’Roll legends Social Distortion have announced the dates of their European tour, set to take place in summer 2009. The tour, which starts in Madrid on June 4th and ends in London on July 8th, will include club shows as well as appearances at the major festivals like Hurricane & Southside (Germany), East Coast Riot (Sweden), Roskilde (Denmark) and Werchter (Belgium), to mention a few.
The 2009 Summer run will be the first European tour in three years for the legendary band. “The band and I love playing Europe”, says Mike Ness, “We’ve only been over a couple times, but we have always had a loyal fan base throughout Europe that just keeps growing. We are really looking forward to coming back and this time we are coming back feeling better about being Americans – if you know what I mean!”
Social Distortion is currently writing with plans to record a new album, due for release sometime in 2010. The bands first-ever career spanning collection Greatest Hits is out now through Time Bomb Recordings/Epitaph Records.
The band are in town for one London date:
8-JULY                    London, Shepherds Bush Empire (GB)

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This summer sees the release of six volumes of Reggae Chartbusters.
Initially launched by Trojan in late 1969, the Reggae Chartbusters’ album series swiftly became one of the best-selling lines in the company’s catalogue. Following the simple, but effective formula of highlighting a dozen of the biggest reggae hits of the preceding months, the LPs provided a showcase for both Trojan and the new style from Jamaica.
Released annually, each of the albums topped the reggae album charts, even out-selling the much vaunted Tighten Up collections, although surprisingly the series only ran for three years before being brought to a sudden stop in 1972.
Now, some 40 years since the release of the first Reggae Chartbusters LP, the seminal line has been revived, the original trio of releases augmented by another three volumes, each of which highlights the most popular reggae sounds from a specific period.
Volume One brings together a selection of favourites from the late 1960s with subsequent collections tracing reggae’s development, covering all styles from Skinhead Reggae through to Roots, Dub and Lovers Rock.
Included amongst the 120 classic tracks, which make up these 6 CDs, are over 40 major UK chart hits, with every major reggae artist of the 1960s and 70s featured along the way. Also included are a number of one-hit wonders, such as Horace Faith, the Hot Shots and Blue Haze all of whom enjoyed a brief moment in the spotlight.
Never previously available on CD, each collection faithfully retains the style of their respective period, with booklets jam-packed with relevant ephemera and fascinating commentaries written by original Trojan employee Rob Bell, recalling the early history and recordings that established it as the world’s greatest reggae label.

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Yes thats right, Vive thinks Simple Monds new album is pretty good-they always had some great new wave songs in them-News below-of a special show with the Stranglers!!


Following their triumphant performance at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival, Simple Minds are pleased to announce ‘The Stranglers’ as their very special guests at Norwich Blickling Hall on Friday July 17th.

The outdoor concert will showcase songs from Simple Minds’ critically acclaimed 15th studio album ‘Graffiti Soul’, plus songs spanning their 30 plus career including the classic gems – Waterfront, Alive and Kicking, Promised You A Miracle, I Travel, Glittering Prize, and Don’t You (Forget About Me).

Scoring some 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums to date in a career spanning four decades, the Stranglers are the longest-surviving and most continuously successful band to have originated in the UK punk scene of the mid to late 1970s.  Originally formed in 1974, their aggressive sound earned them a confrontational reputation. By 1977, their notoriety was eventually embraced by the punk rock movement. This led to their debut single ‘Grip’ and their seminal debut album ‘Rattus Norvegicus’.  A slew of hit singles ensued including Peaches, No More Heroes, 5 Minutes, ‘Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Duchess, Something Better Change, Always the Sun and Golden Brown.

Tickets for the Blickling Hall concert are priced £37.50, and are available now from the Ticketline Hotline: 0871 424 4444 and the National Trust: 0844 800 4308. Alternatively, book online from or

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Legendary punk band’s new line-up features the daughter of a Sex Pistol

Original all girl punks the SLITSare gearing up to release their first new full-length album in more than 25 years.

‘Trapped Animal’

, due out in the US on October 6, will mark the 30th anniversary of their 1979 debut


. The album’s first single,

‘Ask Ma’

, will be released in August.


Although the band have been touring live since 2006, it will be the influential punk band’s first studio album since 1981’s

‘Return Of The Giant Slits’



The band’s current line-up features original members

Ari Up


Tessa Pollitt

, along with

Hollie Cook

, the daughter of



Paul Cook (sex pistols)


Anna Schlute


Adele Wilson



A book about the band,

‘Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits’


Zoe Street Howe

, is also due out this autumn.


The album tracklisting is:

‘Ask Ma’
‘Lazy Slam’
‘Pay Rent’
‘Trapped Animals’
‘Peer Pressure’?
‘Partner From Hell’?
‘Cry Baby’?
‘Reggae Gypsy’
‘Be It’


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Misfits have announced a run of US shows, set to kick off on August 7 in Milwaukee, WI.

After three shows in the summer, the band will head east for two gigs in Massachusetts.

The group’s most recent album, ‘Project 1950’, was released in 2003.

Misfits will play:

Milwaukee, WI Modjeska Theatre (August 7)
Detroit, MI Harpo’s (8)
Chicago, IL House of Blues (9)
Plymouth, MA Memorial Hall (October 16)
Worcester, MA Palladium (17)


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With bassist Peter Hook having left New Order under acrimonious circumstances, the other three members of the group have formed a new band called Bad Lieutenant. Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Phil Cunningham have joined up with Blur bassist Alex James for the new group and Sumner tells the BBC they could have a new record out as soon as October.

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New Jerseys finest bmxer punks, the BOUNCING SOULS continue their Big Cheese sponsored tour with a headline date at Islington Academy tomorrow-wed 17th. Support comes from hip hop act POS and the rather good rock n rollers-Black President! 

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Boss Tuneage Records
Release Date: July 13th <>
THE STUPIDS are back! The band that were the pioneers for the whole UK melodic hardcore scene have reformed, and produced not only their first new album in 21 years, but arguably their most complete album ever. This isn’t a tired old rehash living on former glories – THE STUPIDS are back, and are stronger than ever!
Following on from last years critically acclaimed reissues of their entire back catalogue which introduced the band to a whole new generation, allied to a loyal committed existing fan base, the limited edition “Feel the Suck” single sold out its first pressing via mailorder only in 3 weeks and received brilliant reviews in the press all round. “THE KIDS DON’T LIKE IT” has taken almost a year to make, and features 16 new tracks that stand proud alongside their illustrious back catalogue.
Archetypically STUPIDS, but the STUPIDS for the 21st century sounding fresh and bang up to date – it’s like the last 2 decades never happened. As one reviewer commented – “this is a first – a band that comes back, but comes back a stronger band than before” The band are doing significant touring to promote the album including a high profile slot at this years Rebellion Festival.
Live Dates:
JUNE 12th : SHEFFIELD  Casbah w/SECTION 13
JUNE 14th : BOSTON Indian Queen w/SECTION 13
JUNE 27th : KINGSTON Fighting Cocks (support TBC)
JULY 12th: WAKEFIELD Escobar (Headlining Beefstock – 3 day punk fest)
AUG 2nd : LONDON Camden Underworld w/ADOLESCENTS
AUG 28th : MARGATE The Westcoast

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Legendary Clash drummer TOPPER HEADON has donated his Mini Cooper to
> be raffled for Strummerville.
> Topper’s Red customized Mini Cooper is going up for raffle on May the
> 30th, with all proceeds going to the charity Strummerville – Joe
> Strummer’s New Music Foundation.
> Strummerville is a registered charity that aims to create new
> opportunities for aspiring musicians…
> Set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his
> death, the charity seeks to reflect Joe’s unique contribution to the
> music world by offering support, resources and performance
> opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them.
> "This car has been my pride and joy. I had it two tone customized and
> it was the first car I drove when I got clean, so you can imagine I’ve
> been attached to it and have loved it a lot. But, I so love the great
> work that Strummerville are doing so am delighted to donate the car to
> be raffled and I hope it will make a fortune for the charity. Giving
> kids a chance is such a good cause." – Love Topper
> If you would like to win the legendary Clash drummer’s near perfect
> condition Mini, you can enter via the strummerville
> ( website from May 30th, with the raffle running
> for six weeks.  Tickets are priced at £10.
> * Strummerville will again be hosting the biggest campfire at
> Glastonbury this year, continuing the legacy of Joe Strummer, who
> loved a Glastonbury Campfire. As is fitting around expect lots of
> love, warmth and some great accoustic sessions.
> If you want to find out more about what Strummerville is up to or get
> involved with the charity, check or email

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New York Punk supergroup!!!

If only you were in New York tonight!!! NY punk supergroup the Loud Fast Jews are playing!! read on…..


A Summit with Four Jewish Fathers of Punk
Featuring Tommy Ramone, Lenny Kaye, Chris Stein and Handsome Dick Manitoba!

When: TONIGHT! (Thursday, June 11th) 7pm
Where: The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (15 West 16th St, NYC)
Who: Tommy Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Lenny Kaye, and Chris Stein
What: A discussion on the glorious heyday of New York punk and the impact their Jewish experience had on their music
Cost: $18 for the general public, $12 for students
We’ve been talking about if for weeks and the time has finally come! Fans and critics alike have expressed their excitement for tonight’s LOUD FAST JEWS! event, marking the first time these punk legends will gather together to speak on their Jewish heritage and how it’s influenced their own lives, and the punk rock community as a whole.
Brought together by Guitar World Magazine Senior Editor Richard Bienstock, four Jewish punk rock fathers – Ramones founder and original drummer Tommy Ramone (born Tamas Erdelyi), Dictators singer and radio personality Handsome Dick Manitoba (Richard Blum), Patti Smith guitarist and journalist Lenny Kaye, and Blondie co-founder and guitarist Chris Stein – will convene at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (15 W. 16th St in NYC) TONIGHT, Thursday, June 11th, to discuss the glorious heyday of New York punk, the arc of their individual careers, and the impact their Jewish experience has had on their music.
Early punk rock was an overwhelmingly Jewish phenomenon, both in its location (New York City), participants (Joey Ramone, Richard Hell, Malcolm McLaren), forefathers (Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman, Bob Dylan) and attitude (wordy, media-savvy, anxiety-ridden). From an admittedly myopic perspective, the genre completed rock & roll’s natural curve—what began with Elvis culminated in the Ramones—while providing a loud, early finale to the rambunctious Jewish-American art experience of the 20th century. – Time Out NY
Richard Bienstock, a senior editor at Guitar World, brings together the Ramones founder and original drummer Tommy Ramone (born Tamas Erdelyi), the Dictators singer Handsome Dick Manitoba (Richard Blum), the Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye, and the Blondie co-founder and guitarist Chris Stein to reminisce about the glory days of punk rock in New York City and consider the impact of Judaism on their careers. – The New Yorker
The Center for Jewish History (15 W. 16th St. in Manhattan) presents a fascinating panel discussion with four Jewish fathers of Punk Rock on Thursday, June 11 at 7pm. Loud Fast Jews Tommy Ramone, Lenny Kaye, Chris Stein, and the Handsomest Man in Showbiz, Handsome Dick Manitoba, will discuss the glorious heyday of NYC punk, their individual career arcs, and the impact their Jewish experience has had on their music. – The Huffington Post
Fans of ancestral punk rock and Judaism, take note: On June 11, a crew of O.G. CBGB mainstays will get together at New York’s YIVO Institute for Jewish Research to discuss their career and their faith. The panel discussion is called "Loud Fast Jews". Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone, Dictators frontman Handsome Dick Manitoba, Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye, and Blondie guitarist Chris Stein will all take part. –
Coming up, Tommy Ramone and Handsome Dick Manitoba, who will be at the birthday bash, are speaking with Lenny Kaye (of the Patti Smith Group and more) and Chris Stein (of Blondie) at "LOUD FAST JEWS! A Summit with Four Jewish Fathers of Punk" on Thursday, June 11th at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research – BrooklynVegan
For over thirty years New York’s Bowery St. CBGB’s was the cradle for the punk music and its’ movements throughout the national and global sphere. When it closed in 2006, it was a sad day for punks everywhere as the black, sticker and graffiti-covered façade was replaced with that of an expensive clothing designer’s brand. Many of the club’s mainstay performers came from all over the city of New York in the early days- kids coming into Manhattan’s East Village from any of the outer boroughs and beyond to help forge this new sound. What many don’t know, though, is that a good portion of these early punk progenitors were Jewish. – FUEL TV
Like Sandy Koufax to baseball, these fine men will give you a better appreciation of the impact they had on their craft. – The Tripwire

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Wattie and his Exploited need a new guitarist after Gavin gave up the ghost. All applicants-who can handle life on the road and ‘not whine’ should go to

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Punk and Metal Vets Team Up For A New Kind Of Sound


(PR) You may not expect classic mod/garage/soul rock from a group of music vets who are more used to metal, thrash and punk than a tight groove, but that’s just what you get with The Hi-Nobles, who present their debut album Shake on Sept 15, 2009 via Zaentz Records.

The Hi-Nobles are comprised of former Mordred lead singer Scott Holderby, who’s traded his snarl for a howl more out of New Orleans than his San Fran home-base, Avengers guitarist Greg Ingraham, Jeff Hashfield on organ, Henry Austin on bass and Guy Alvarez on drums. Hard to imagine what would bring a group like this together, but the combination of craig’s-list ads, alcohol and the quest for something different is not only logical but spot on accurate.

"The Hi-Nobles gives me a chance to shape an up-and-coming group. It’s something that hasn’t happened in nearly three decades," states Ingraham. "It’s nice to be back in the studio, and get back out on the road with something really cool and new. "

The Hi-Nobles took their punk roots and soul from the garage and created garage from the soul and you can definitely hear both on Shake. The two loudest tracks, "Ain’t No Sin" and "Miss Addy," feature Ingraham, as he says, "laying on the heavy fuzz." Elsewhere, the album is a tour de force of 60s mod and soul, with revved-up tempos ("Shake"), pop aspirations ("Shelter") and a groovy, organ-drenched blast of R&B ("Stings a Bit"), featuring the manic keys of Hi-Nobles secret weapon Jeff Hashfield.

The Hi-Nobles will be going to radio with the track "International Playboys," and are currently performing around the Bay Area. Look for a full jaunt across the U.S. in the Fall.

The Hi-Nobles will release Shake on Sept 15th on Zaentz Records.

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The Specials, whose ska music heyday 30 years ago coincided with a grimly familiar backdrop of economic hardship and unemployment in Britain, are to embark on a 13-date reunion tour of the country.

The band says on its website the tour will start in November, after a string of successful shows to mark the anniversary of their debut album earlier this year.

The Daily Telegraph has praised the late 1970s 2-Tone Specials as "one of the greatest live bands this country has ever produced."

The group, from Coventry, is best remembered for classics such as "Rat Race," "A Message To You Rudy," "Gangsters" and the 1981 UK chart-topping single "Ghost Town" released at the height of Thatcherism.

Their first London show in early May began with "Do The Dog" and encored with 1980’s number one single "Too Much Too Young," "Skinhead Moonstomp" and perennial closer "Enjoy Yourself," according to the NME.COM.

Now minus founding member and song writer Jerry Dammers, The Specials will appear at the Glastonbury Festival this month, kick off the winter tour at Cardiff Arena on November 1 and finish at London’s Hammersmith Apollo where they will play two shows on November 24 and 25.

Tickets go on sale on Friday June 12.

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We can offer you a pair of tickets to each of the following Big Cheese sponsored Bouncing Souls shows. They play London June 17, Birmingham 18, Liverpool 19th. Simply tell us what US state the Souls come from-answers to comps at  tho-not the vive email!! closes on friday!!!

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 The Stones in the Park - The Summer of '69 and the making of THE GREATEST Rock and Roll Band in the World  Richard Havers  RRP: £18.99, ISBN: 978 1 84425 815 4 Format: Hardback, Publication Date: 1st June 2009  40th Anniversary Story of the thirty-three days in the summer of '69 during which The Rolling Stones changed forever.  The Stones in the Park tells this amazing story as well as featuring many unseen photographs  For the Rolling Stones everything changed in the summer of '69. They were no longer the blues band that Brian Jones had put together in 1962, they had stopped being a pop band and had hardly performed on stage since 1967 - and it was live that the Stones always excelled. This is the story of the thirty-three days in the summer of '69 during which The Rolling Stones changed forever. Drug busts, fall-outs, at least one album that failed to live up to expectations and uncertainty surrounded the band, they had flirted with psychedelia but were on the cusp of becoming the 'Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.  It tells how, on Sunday 8 June 1969 Brian Jones left the band he had founded, and less than a month later he tragically died just days before the band played a free concert in London's Hyde Park for somewhere close to 500,000 people. Unfortunately, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards both missed their old band mate's funeral, Mick was in Australia filming Ned Kelly (his performance recorded in numerous unseen photographs).  Undaunted, the Stones, who have always been greater than the sum of their parts, recruited Mick Taylor to play guitar in place of Brian, recorded one of their greatest ever singles and played the largest ever concert in Britain to that point, and Mick Jagger, like many pop singers before him, went off to be a film star.  They also became - The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World and since then the Rolling Stones have gone on to be watched in concert by more people than any other band. They have come to epitomise everything that is excessive, exciting, powerful, lavish and brilliant about rock music. They are dynastic, imperial and majestic... true Rock Royalty.  "The greatest rock and roll band in the world. They're incredible; let's hear it for the Stones!" - Sam Cutler introducing the band on Saturday 5 July 1969 - the first time they were given the accolade  Richard Havers other books include Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey, which won the Blues Foundation's Award For Literature in 2002, Bill Wyman are Rolling with the Stones and The Stones - A History in Cartoons; all co-written with Bill Wyman. He's also written Sinatra, an illustrated biography of Frank Sinatra; co- authored My Take with Gary Barlow, Bowie, Bolan & The Brooklyn Boy, Tony Visconti's autobiography, Blues - The Golden Era, and The Woodstock Chronicles.  For more information, or to request a review copy please contact Emma at Eventageous PR on Tel: 01452 260 063 or email:  Press release content is available for download from  
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