STREET DOGS UK DATES

As part of their European tour, Boston punks Street Dogs will be playing several UK shows with their support band The Mahones. Catch the Hellcat punks at:

January
16 London Underworld
17 Derby Old Bell
18 Manchester Moho Live
19 Bristol The Croft

 

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NEW YORK DOLLS ALBUM DETAILS

New York Dolls have announced that their new album, their third post-reunion full-length, will be titled ‘Dancing Backwards In High Heels’ and will be out on March 14th. See the tracklisting below.

1. Fool For You Baby
2. Streetcake
3. I’m So Fabulous
4. Talk To Me Baby
5. Kids Like You
6. Round And Round She Goes
7. You Don’t Have To Cry
8. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman
9. Baby Tell Me What I’m On
10. Funky But Chic
11. End Of The Summer
 

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SOCIAL D ON JIMMY KIMMEL

Social Distortion recently played on US TV show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Watch them performing the new single ‘Machine Gun Blues’, from their upcoming Epitaph debut (out Jan. 17th) and fan favourite ‘Story Of My Life’ below.

 

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JOHNNY THUNDERS ANNIVERSARY

April 2011 marks 20 years since Johnny Thunders’ untimely death, in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991.  Johnny was 38 years old.

Johnny’s musical legacy remains as strong as ever, with new generations of fans lapping up countless re-issues and live recordings, as well as his solo, Heartbreakers and New York Dolls albums being heralded as classic.

This coming milestone is the ideal time for celebrating Johnny’s life and work.   With a new film about Johnny under production, directed by The Clash documentary-maker Danny Garcia, Johnny Thunders fans can look forward to an exciting period of new activity.

 

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CBGB DOCUMENTARY FILM

There will be a documentary film made about the legendary New York punk venue CBGB. Filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Swain are working on a film about the venue which made bands such as the Ramones, Talking Heads, Patti Smith and many more famous.

"[The film] will center on the real-life story of Hilly Kristal’s CBGB club and its impact on the underground music scene. This is a film about an era of music, about a place that I hung out at in New York in the early ’80s and about an unsung champion of new music."

 

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VIV ALBERTINE (THE SLITS) GIG

THURSDAY JANUARY 13TH with ex-guitarist and songwriter for The Slits VIV ALBERTINE plus the leftfield genius that is CATHERINE AD and the strident purveyor of grungy dystopian gloom-pop SHE MAKES WAR.

 
Tickets are very modestly priced at £6 or £5 for concessions and are available NOW from WeGotTickets.com. Click here.
 
BTM presents Viv Albertine, Catherine AD & She Makes War
at The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm,  NW3 2BL
Doors: 7.30pm Showtime: 8pm

 

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GANG OF FOUR LONDON GIG & NEW ALBUM

Leeds post-punk pioneers Gang Of Four will play London’s Heaven on Feb. 2nd 2011 as part of the NME Awards Shows 2011 and tickets priced at £15.00 are available on sale through www.NME.com and on general release through Gigs and Tours and Ticketmaster. All prices are subject to booking fees plus a 50p charity donation to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Gang Of Four have also revealed details of their first album of new songs for more than sixteen years. Set for release on January 24th 2011, it is titled ‘Content’.

“What we’re trying to do is keep it totally stripped down, where everyone in the band makes an equally intense contribution,” says founding member Jon King. New tracks include ‘Who Am I?’, ‘You Don’t Have To Be Mad’, ‘I Can’t Forget Your Lonely Face’ and ‘I Party All The Time’.

Andy Gill says: “When Jon and I talked about the album we were making, we looked back at some of the other records we had made and thought about how the visual context we created for the music was integral to each project. Bands usually hand over the artwork, the ‘packaging’, to other people but for us, it’s an intrinsic part of what we’re communicating. The record is called Content, in recognition of the way every creative form has been reduced to just that: content, the obligatory filling for the advertising sandwich. So we decided to make a box with contents, or rather a metal can. It reminded us a little of Manzoni’s canning of his own excrement [Artist’s Shit 1961].”

The album will be available in a standard CD release and on vinyl. It will also be available in a limited edition Ultimate Content Can which contains six booklets, the first containing the new album on CD, the second featuring an art piece Jon and Andy have created to depict the last 40 years of world history (composed of a series of twenty drawings and montages), and subsequently a book of lyrics, a book of Rotoscoped photographs of the band’s emotions, a book containing sachets of Jon and Andys’ blood and a scratch and sniff booklet which reflects the key areas of human activity.

The band remain Jon King (vocals & melodica), Andy Gill (guitar & vocals), Thomas McNeice (bass) and Mark Heaney (drums).
 

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THE JIM JONES REVUE SINGLE & TOUR

New Single ‘Dishonest John’ – Out March 28th 2011
UK Tour Dates 2011 – Live at KOKO – April 14th

On March 28th 2011, The Jim Jones Revue will release ‘Dishonest John’, the third single from their critically acclaimed studio album ‘Burning Your House Down’ (produced by Grinderman’s Jim Sclavunos). ‘Dishonest John’ will be available on 7” and digital download.

Upon returning from Australian Big Day Out Festival dates in January and February, The Jim Jones Revue will kick start spring in the UK with a series of twelve shows celebrating the success of Burning Your House Down:


27th March UK, Nottingham Rescue Rooms 0845 413 4444 /www.alt-tickets.co.uk
28th March UK, Edinburgh Bongo Club 0844 847 2487 / www.pclpresents.com
29th March UK, Glasgow King Tuts 08444 999 999 / www.gigsinscotland.com
30th March UK, O2 Newcatle Academy 2 0844 477 2000 / www.ticketweb.co.uk
31st March UK, Leeds Cockpit 0113 245 4650/ www.lunatickets.co.uk
2nd April UK, Sheffield Plug 01142 413040 / www.the-plug.com
3rd April UK, O2 Birmingham Academy 2 0844 477 2000 / www.ticketweb.co.uk
12th April UK, Bristol Thekla 0845 413 4444 /www.alt-tickets.co.uk
13th April UK, Brighton Concorde 2 0844 412 4628 /
www.seetickets.com/brassneck
14th April UK, London Koko 0844 847 2258 / www.gigsandtours.com
16th April UK, Norwich Waterfront 01603 508050 / www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk
17th April UK, Manchester Club Academy 0161 832 1111/ www.ticketline.co.uk

 

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DEVILS BRIGADE UK TOUR

Devils Brigade, the new rockabilly punk side project from Rancid’s Matt Freeman, are set to tour the UK in March:

WED 2 MARCH KINGSTON FIGHTING COCKS
THU 3 MARCH BRISTOL CROFT
FRI 4 MARCH SHEFFIELD CASBAH
SAT 5 MARCH DUBLIN THE MERCANTILE
SUN 6 MARCH day off
MON 7 MARCH EDINBURGH CABARET VOLTAIRE
TUE 8 MARCH GLASGOW STEREO
WED 9 MARCH MANCHESTER MOHO
THU 10 MARCH EXETER CAVERN
FRI 11 MARCH TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM
SAT 12 MARCH LONDON BORDERLINE

 

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FREE DAMAGED GOODS EP WITH ORDER

Damaged Goods are offering a free 6 track ‘Best Of 2010’ download EP with with every mail order purchase.

The ‘Oh, Yus, It’s Christmas 2010’ download EP contains six tracks from some of the label’s albums out this year…

Fabienne Delsol – I Feel So Blue (from ‘On My Mind’ )

Piney Gir Country Roadshow – 40 Days & Nights (From ‘Jesus Wept’ )

Cyanide Pills – Conquer The World (From ‘Cyanide Pills ‘)

Nat Johnson & The Figureheads – Wonderful Emergency (From ‘Roman Radio ‘)

Thee Spivs – Radio (From ‘Taped Up’ )

The Vermin Poets – He’s Taken His Eye Off The Sparrow (From ‘Poets Of England’ )

For more info, CLICK HERE.

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VLR-FRIENDLY GIGS IN LONDON THIS WEEKEND!

 

 *Saturday 11th December - Festival of Sins 'Sloth' @ Den & Centro, WC1A 1JJ* feat. *Kiria* (onstage 10pm) *plus* - Beautiful Deadly Children, The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, burlesque, fashions shows, alt stalls, goodie bags  and more - across 7 themed rooms and 10 hours of debauchery! www.festivalofsins.co.uk / www.kiria.co.uk  *Sunday 12th December -  The Bermondsey Joyriders @ The 100 Club, doors * The punk-blooze trio, composed of ex-Damned, Chelsea and Little Rooster members play the latest in their series of self-promoted shows at Oxford Street's 100 Club.  Come down and support this legendary venue! www.savethe100club.co.uk /  www.myspace.com/thebermondseyjoyridersofficial 

 

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THE WHO NEW VIDEO ‘TATTOO’

In celebration of the release of ‘Live At Leeds’, The Who have released a new video for the track ‘Tattoo’.

Created by award-winning director Chris Boyle, who has produced work for the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Google and Warp films.

Roger Daltrey explains:
“This is a great lesser known Townshend song and the animated film captures Pete’s ability to create a complete story in 3 minutes. Although Pete has created Rock Operas such as ‘Tommy’ and ‘Quadrophenia’, which have translated into movies, many of Pete’s songs could be a movie in themselves.”

The ‘Live At Leeds’ box-set which features in full what is seen by many as the best live show of all time, contains:
• Two CDs containing the full Leeds show from 14 February 1970 recorded for the album including the complete performance of Tommy
• For the first time ever – two CDs containing the Who’s complete performance from Hull
• A heavyweight vinyl reproduction of the original six-track album as it was released in 1970
• A new 64-page hard-back, colour book containing rare photos, memorabilia from the original release (replica contracts, letters, poster gig list, photos etc.) and liner notes detailing the history of this landmark album.
• A replica 7” single – ‘Summertime Blues / Heaven & Hell’ with colour sleeve.
• A classic Pete Townshend poster
• Housed in a hard-back box with cover artwork reproducing the original black stamped vinyl first UK pressing which, according to the July 2010 edition of Record Collector magazine, is now valued at approximately £250 in mint condition.

 

 

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POLY SYTRENE ‘BLACK CHRISTMAS’

Poly Styrene, frontwoman of X-ray Spex, has announced her return to music with the alternative christmas song ‘Black Christmas’ as a free download. Vive Le Rock caught up with Poly to find out more:

Can you talk us through ‘Black Christmas’ please? Where did the idea for it come from?
"Black Christmas was a very spontaneous outburst with my daughter. We just thought we’d do something that was a bit different to the standard Christmas songs. Initially we were just having a bit of fun and then we liked it and said lets do it as a duet. The financial crisis had just started to hit the media and the killer in LA dressed up as Santa Claus was on the news channels and it was really weird synchronicity."

You released it as a free download via the internet. How important a tool do you feel that the internet is when it comes to both established musicians and new bands?
"The internet is a very important tool for communication and I would say that both for established and new bands its equally important."

Written by Poly and her daughter Celeste (who is on the song), ‘Black Christmas’ was inspired by news of an LA serial killer dressing up as Santa Claus.

More on Poly Styrene in the next issue of Vive Le Rock (out February).
Poly’s album ‘Generation Indigo’ produced by Youth is set for release in March 2011

Download the track for free from http://www.poly-styrene.com

Watch the video below:

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THE LIVING END STUDIO & OZ DATES

RED DOOR SOUNDS a not only a recording studio, it is the new and truly very
exciting venture between Rae Harvey and Woody Annison of Crucial Music along
with Chris Cheney of The Living End and his wife Emma Cheney.

The four of them have just completed overhauling the Melbourne studio
previously known as Studio One, housed in a former church in Collingwood.
Between them they have a vast experience across many facets of the music
industry in roles such as: producer, manager, songwriter, live engineer,
promoter, label manager and touring & recording artist.

The stunning website for Red Door has just been launched and covers all
bases from gear to photographs and details on all available services. It’s
all at www.reddoorsounds.com

Helmed by very capable studio manager Woody Annison, Red Door Sounds is
taking bookings for 2011 right now, all contact details and booking
information to be found here.

THE LIVING END took up headline duties at the final JD Set event of the
year, and we have heard from some very happy fans that it was an incredible
show. With the sun setting over the sea and the stage right by the water,
the band pulled out some new material before an eager crowd. We will be
sure to bring you the fine footage captured by Channel [V] so that we might
all pretend we were in attendance. For now, there are some select photos of
the event here.

The Living End will also be taking their world class rock show up a notch as
they fill the slot of Australian headliner at the Falls, Southbound and
Sunset Sounds festivals. Catch the band in their element on a big stage as
the weather heats up and the holidays kick into gear.

Following all of this of course is the ever encroaching prospect of a brand
new album from The Living End. This follow up to the wildly successful White
Noise album is coming together slowly but surely and 2011 is shaping up to
be very busy indeed. Who knows, you may even hear some new tunes from The
Living End in coming months. As always our lips are sealed, all to be
revealed in good time.

THE LIVING END TOUR DATES:
Wed Dec 29 – Falls Festival, Lorne VIC
Thu Dec 30 – Falls Festival, Marion Bay TA
Sun Jan 02 – Southbound, Busselton WA
Thu Jan 06 – Sunset Sounds, Brisbane QLD

Tickets and more info:
Website: www.thelivingend.com/
Myspace: www.myspace.com/thelivingend
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelivingend

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DON LETTS’ ‘PUNK: ATTITUDE’

American label Shout Factory are going to reissue Don Letts’ 2005 documentary ‘Punk: Attitude’ on January 11th 2011.

The film covers the evolution of punk from MC5 and the Velvet Underground through to the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and many more. It also includes commentators such as Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, Captain Sensible, Mick Jones, Daryl Jenifer and Jello Biafra.

In the mid-1970s, a revolution was ignited on the streets of New York and London. Almost overnight it shattered the status quo and continued to impact all future generations of youth culture. Redefining popular music and fashion, it threatened the establishment and legitimized an independent, do-it-yourself attitude. Punk inspired an entire generation of filmmakers, poets, photographers, fashion designers and graphic artists. Punk: Attitude takes an original look at this movement. With a cast of historic and modern figures in popular culture, it ventures beyond the music, beyond the fashion, beyond the hype…

You can pre-order the DVD reissue from the US label by clicking here.
 

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