Buzzcocks singer-songwriter–guitarist Steve Diggle is heading out on an accoustic tour next year
The dates are:
Buzzcocks singer-songwriter–guitarist Steve Diggle is heading out on an accoustic tour next year
The dates are:
"THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1979-2012"
ON UNIVERSAL / SPINEFARM
APRIL 15TH 2013
"Considering it’s supposed to be the end of the world in a few weeks time it gives me great pleasure to announce a new singles album with some real rarities on it, shortly followed by a new studio recording. The book Letters from Cythera is coming out and yes, gigs starting in March. Have a great 2012 and fuck the Mayans. After all, their calender didn’t predict their own demise" – Jaz Coleman
Killing Joke celebrate their 35th anniversary in style, commencing in 2013 with the release of ‘The Singles Collection 1979-2012’ on April 15th and a world tour starting in Europe in March . This important year will also see the band release a new studio album.
With a fierce intelligence plus a thirst for esoteric knowledge that matches a music that is visceral and almost spiritual in its primal spirit, Killing Joke are like no other band. This is a group who came out of punk and then set out on one of the most remarkable and idiosyncratic journeys ever.
‘The Singles Collection 1979 -2012’, on Spinefarm/Universal captures the ever-evolving story with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs, combining disco and funk and a shamanic wisdom with the dark side of the punk fall-out.
Killing Joke with the original line-up of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Big Paul have signed a brand new deal with Spinefarm/Universal for a 3rd new album with the label. This will see the release of a brand new studio album, which we have already started writing, in late 2013.
Killing Joke ‘The Singles Collection 1979 – 2012’ is released on three formats – DL, Limited Edition CD and Super Deluxe Edition.
2013 TOUR DATES CONFIRMED SO FAR:
Fri 15th, UK Hammerfest, Wales
Sat 16th, UK Forum, London
Mon 18th, Belgium Trix, Antwerp
Wed 20th, France Bataclan, Paris
Fri 19th, US Irving Plaza, New York NY
Tue 23rd, Can Cafe Campus, Montreal PQ
Wed 24th, Can Lee’s Palace, Toronto ONT
Fri 26th, US Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Sat 27th, US Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Tue 30th, US Neumos, Seattle WA
Wed 1st, US Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Fri 3rd,US Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
Sat 4th, US Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
Sun 5th, US Henry Fonda Los Angeles CA
Seminal Belfast punks STIFF LITTLE FINGERS have announced a UK March tour and forthcoming new album.
After many studio albums and countless tours, Stiff Little Fingers find themselves more in demand than ever. They are currently working on a new album, and many of the new songs have been debuted at live gigs, with tremendous response from fans. With song titles like Trail of Tears, My Dark Places and Liar’s Club covering topics such as the recent economic collapse, Jake’s personal struggle with depression, and continuing racism in the west. Jake has said, “You’ve probably worked out by now, I don’t do “comedy” songs !!” But the songs continue to inspire fans old and new. Countless people have already contacted Jake to say that "My Dark Places" gave them the strength to tell others about their own bouts with depression.
Though focused on their new material, they always play the old favourites at gigs. Jake said, "You have to strike a balance. The difficulty with a band like ourselves is to try not make it sound like a cabaret band. Obviously, it’d be very easy to go, ‘Hey, here’s another old one you may remember.’ A lot of the old songs the audience greet like old friends. I suppose it’s the same as any band that’s been around for any length of time. And yes, there are nights that we don’t particularly want to play "Alternative Ulster" or "Suspect Device" because we’ve heard them ’til they’re coming out our ears. But there’s always the possibility that somebody out there has never seen the band before, never heard them."
But using the band’s rich musical foundation as a building block, the time has come to bring the newest chapter of the band’s music to the world. The new songs, penned over the last decade, show a definite musical growth in the band. Plans are to record and release the new material in early 2013.
March UK Tour
Thu 7 Southampton The Brook Tel: 023 8055 5366 Web: www.the-brook.com <http://www.the-brook.com>
Fri 8 Brighton Concorde 2 < Tel: 01273 673 311Web: www.concorde2.co.uk <http://www.concorde2.co.uk>
Sat 9 Nuneaton Queens Hall < Tel: 024 7634 7402Web: www.queenshall.net <http://www.queenshall.net>
Sun 10 Preston 53 Degrees + Tel: 0844 478 0898Web: www.53degrees.net <http://www.53degrees.net>
Tue 12 Sheffield Plug + Tel: 0844 478 0898Web: www.the-plug.com <http://www.the-plug.com>
Thu 14 Manchester The Ritz + < Tel: 0161 832 1111Web: www.gigsandtours.com <http://www.gigsandtours.com>
Fri 15 Newcastle O2 Academy + < Tel: 0844 477 2000 Web: www.ticketweb.co.uk <http://www.ticketweb.co.uk>
Sat 16 Aberdeen The Lemon Tree + Tel: 01224 641 122Web: www.boxofficeaberdeen.com <http://www.boxofficeaberdeen.com>
Sun 17 Glasgow Barrowland + < Tel: 0844 844 0444Web: www.ticketmaster.co.uk <http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk>
Tue 19 Cambridge The Junction + < Tel: 01223 511511 Web: www.junction.co.uk <http://www.junction.co.uk>
Wed 20 Norwich The Waterfront + < Tel: 01603 508050 Web: www.waterfrontNorwich.co.uk <http://www.waterfrontNorwich.co.uk>
Thu 21 Leeds O2 Academy + < Tel: 0844 477 2000 Web: www.ticketweb.co.uk <http://www.ticketweb.co.uk>
Fri 22 London The Forum + < Tel: 0843 221 0100Web: www.ticketweb.co.uk <http://www.ticketweb.co.uk>
Sat 23 Nottingham Rock City + < Tel: 0844 871 8819Web: www.Alt-tickets.co.uk <http://www.Alt-tickets.co.uk>
Mon 25 Plymouth C103 + Tel: 0870 264 3333Web: www.seetickets.com <http://www.seetickets.com>
Tue 26 Exeter Phoenix < Tel: 01392 667 080Web: www.exeterphoenix.org.uk <http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk>
Wed 27 Gloucester Guildhall Tel: 01452 503 050Web: www.gloucester.gov.uk <http://www.gloucester.gov.uk>
Thu 28 Bristol O2 Academy + < Tel: 0844 477 2000 Web: www.ticketweb.co.uk <http://www.ticketweb.co.uk>
Fri 29 Wolverhampton The Robin 2 + < Tel: 01902 401211Web: www.therobin.co.uk <http://www.therobin.co.uk>
Sat 30 Cardiff Solus (Univ.) + Tel: 02920 781458Web: www.cardiffboxoffice.com <http://www.cardiffboxoffice.com>
JAKE BURNS — LEAD VOCALS/GUITAR
ALI MCMORDIE — BASS GUITAR
STEVE GRANTLEY — DRUMS
IAN MCCALLUM — VOCALS/GUITAR
Plus Special Guests
+ The Men The Couldn’t Hang
< Ed Tudor Pole (Acoustic)
Vive Le Rock favourites, The Jim Jones Revue have posted the video for their new single ‘Where Da Money Go?’
The band released their third album The Savage Heart in October 2012
6 February 1951 – 6 December 2012
Former Hawkwind guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton died last Thursday (December 6th), aged 61, after a two year battle with cancer.
Lloyd-Langton, a Londoner, appeared on Hawkwind’s 1970 debut album before leaving to play with Widowmaker in the ’70s. The guitarist rejoined Hawkwind in 1979 and played with them until 1988, from 1980’s ‘Levitation’ through 1988’s ‘The Xenon Codex’. He continued to make guest appearances with Hawkwind in subsequent years.
"Huw had been bravely fighting cancer for a couple of years, but was determined not to let the battle affect his day to day life. He continued to play his guitar, laugh, joke and share the great love he had in his heart, with all who knew him," Hawkwind said in a statement. "Huw was one of the great guitarists with an individual style and character. He is gone but never forgotten by any of us. He will live on in our music and in our hearts."
The band have since issued this statement about the guitarist’s funeral next Monday (December 17th):
“On behalf of Huw’s wife Marion, daughter Kirsty and the rest of the Hawkwind family, we’d like to send out a heartfelt thanks to all of you who have sent tributes and kind words of support at this sad time, via the forum, Facebook and e-mail. Due to an overwhelming response and restrictions on space we need everyone who would like to come and pay their respects to Huw on December 20th, and who has not already confirmed, to contact us at Huw@hawkwind.com as soon as possible and at the latest by Monday, December 17th. We will then collate a list of names which will be checked on the day. Unfortunately if you are not listed, we will not be able to guarantee entry for the reasons mentioned.”
RANCID vocalist/guitarist TIM ARMSTRONG has posted another new song under the pseudonym of TIM TIMEBOMB AND FRIENDS.
This latest track is a cover of country artist Wayne Carson Thompson’s 1967 single, ‘The Letter’.
Listen to the song below.
VIVE LE ROCK! PRESENTS
DEATH OR GLORY
Your guide to this month’s free Vive Le Rock covermount CD (free with issue no. 10, up for pre-order now!)…
1. LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH – The Gospel Truth Things Go Bump
Taken from the new boxset, ‘The Gospel Truth’, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the formation of the group in 1982. ‘Things Go Bump’, a Stiv Bator/Brian James composition, was originally issued on a 12” single only called ‘Psycho Sex’ on a small label in 1988. Here it is, presented fully remastered.
2. PIPES AND PINTS – Never Let You Down
Prague’s Pipes And Pints are one of Europe’s finest folk punk bands, as shown by this rowdy sing-along from their mighty rabble-rousing second album, ‘Found And Lost’. Fronted by gritty-voiced Californian Syco Mike, this is one for fans of Flogging Molly, The Pogues and The Dropkick Murphys.
3. THE GO GO CULT – My Baby Drives A UFO
From a heavily armed farmhouse in the swamplands of Reading crawl The Go Go Cult, raise on a diet of chicken bones and oxyacetylene. One of the latest releases from the Western Star stable is their warped debut album ‘Into The Valley Of The Go Go Cult’, which includes this psycho-garage voodoo romp!
4. CHRIS POPE – Mutiny On The Thames
Having played in mod punks The Chords (1979-’81), Agent Orange, Gatecrash Heaven and Pope, singer/songwriter Chris Pope is still going strong. This new single from his forthcoming 2013 album ‘Peace Of Mind’ – recorded in tandem with The Chords touring – is another slice of mod rock heaven.
5. PATRIK FITZGERALD – Amateur
Taken from the seminal Irish singer/songwriter’s eclectic fourth solo album, ‘Subliminal Alienation’, this raw acoustic track was actually written by Fitzgerald back in ’78. Expect the unexpected on his compelling new record, he’s still a unique and gifted artist.
6. BLACKBOMBERS – Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
Describing themselves as “revisionists not revivalists”, this Southern English garage/rock ‘n’ roll band draws from past decades but doesn’t sound dated. This track is taken from debut album ‘Outlaw’ but they’re heading back into the studio to record the second album in December. We can’t wait.
7. THE JIM JONES REVUE – Never Let You Go
With their new third album, London’s wild garage rock ‘n’ roll heroes expand on their signature sound but this hellraising track proves they can still kick out the jams with the best of ’em. One of the most underrated bands in the world right now, The Jim Jones Revue are here to claim your (cheatin’) heart.
8. THE DESTRUCTORS – The End Of The World (Is Coming Today)
The unstoppable Peterborough punk veterans march on with this raucous blast of old school punk from their new album, ‘121212 (Ragnarok)’, completing another hectic year of releases and relentless gigging for them. What’s that? Slow down? Not likely, they’re sounding better than ever!
9. THE FUCKWITS – Fun Police
Formed in 2005 and influenced by seminal ’70s bands, this quartet keep things punk as fuck. The opening track from their 2011 self-titled album, ‘Fun Police’ is a lairy but anthemic track and The Fuckwits have begun writing for the next record, which we’re sure will be just as old school. You’ve been warned, punk!
10. THE REVERENDS – Give It Up Son
Formed in 2010 in Derby, this hard-hitting old school punk four-piece mix catchy hooks and snarling melodies with aplomb. Taken from their debut album, ‘The New Addicted’, released in Summer 2012, fans of UK Subs and 999 need to check out The Reverends as they play shows around the UK.
11. THE DYNAMITE PUSSY CLUB – Testify
Bursting with a groove-laden energy and a blues/garage sound, ‘Testify’ is an aptly titled swaggering song from this soul saving Bath trio’s 2012 debut ‘The Church Of Yeah!’ Heading back into the studio to record their second album in 2013, there’s plenty more to come. Hallelujah!
12. MARK VENNIS & DIFFERENT PLACE – Portsdown Hill
An ode to the highs and lows of growing up near Portsmouth, this opening track from ‘Unchartered Water, Faded Glory and Other Stories’ is a soulful/indie rock ‘n’ roll track from Mark Vennis and his band, Different Place. With two Strummerfests under their belts, this is the real deal.
13. FLIPRON – Round And Round The Sun
Flipron’s fourth full-length, ‘Firework Shoes’, released in November, is their strongest album yet. Produced by none other than Damned drummer Rat Scabies, this track is a weird and wonderful psychedelic power-pop tune that proves why they’re one of the most intriguing and original bands in the UK.
14. THE NOVEMBER FIVE – Here We Come
Closing the CD are one of the capital’s most exciting bands, London soul rockers The November Five. The powerful opening track from their mighty new debut album, ‘If You’re Satisfied You Are Dead’, it’s Joy Division meets Edwyn Collins meets The Stooges. A new single is out in February with live dates to follow.
Manchester District Music Archive’s brand new online exhibition: City Fun – The Hidden History of Manchester’s Post-Punk Fanzines goes live today. The fanzine was published between 1978 and 1984 and is a remarkable eye-witness account of one of the most fertile periods in Manchester’s music history; in its pages you get the unfolding insider story of the rise of Joy Division, the death of Ian Curtis, the beginnings of the Smiths, and the launch of the Hacienda plus a unique insight into the city’s independent labels, long-lost venues and half-forgotten bands.
‘City Fun’ was one of many fanzines of the era; home-made, and cheaply but passionately produced magazines aimed at lovers of non-mainstream music, and sold by hand at gigs and in record shops.
In addition to writing and gossiping about local bands, ‘City Fun’ covered films, politics, and all kinds of local goings on, and developed something of an obsession with Chief Constable James Anderton who is the subject of several ‘City Fun’ diatribes.
Many contributors have since found fame, among them artist Linder Sterling (who designed the cover of issue 8); her work now hangs in the Tate and although most of the writing is uncredited, researchers working on this new online archive have established that an article about Sandie Shaw by “Burt Macho” was a contribution by none other than Morrissey.
Dave Haslam is one of the prime movers behind the archiving of ‘City Fun’; “Morrissey was a reader and a fan of ‘City Fun’ but he chose to write in the fanzine under the pseudonym Burt Macho. It was just as the Smiths were taking off; the same issue carries an advert for the first Smiths single. John Peel said it was most important fanzine of its time, and certainly nothing will give you greater insight into the ideas and history of post-punk Manchester. It’s all in ‘City Fun’.”
MDMA’s project manager Abigail Ward was tasked with tracking down old copies of the fanzine; “We asked our friends and contacts to check if they had any copies of ‘City Fun’ hidden away in dusty shoeboxes in the attic. The response was fantastic – testament to how affectionately remembered the fanzine is. We have now digitised and uploaded every single copy and the online exhibition contains hi-res versions of every page. We hope our members will add more zines from the post-punk era and that the exhibition will expand over time as our main site has.”
The ‘City Fun’ online exhibition is part of Manchester Histories Festival’s ongoing celebration and investigation of Manchester’s fanzines. Festival Director Claire Turner; “This online exhibition creates a permanent record of an era of alternative music in Manchester that’s now become internationally famous. The archive is a source of information to historians and a source of inspiration for subsequent generations.” The wider fanzines project was funded by Arts Council England.
The online exhibition of the ‘City Fun’ archive can be found here;
A PERMANENT RECORD JULIAN YEWDALL
30 NOVEMBER – 22 DECEMBER 2012
AN EXHIBITION AND A BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY JULIAN YEWDALL
SUBWAY GALLERY SPECIAL PRICE £20 – RRP £25
With explanatory text by the photographer, A Permanent Record features over 160 black and white photographs of Joe Strummer, legendary Clash frontman, as well as unpublished images of seminal all-girl punk band The Slits.
Yewdall first met Strummer in 1974 when the then John ‘Woody’ Mellor moved into the squat at 101 Walterton Road in London’s Maida Hill. Yewdall sang and played harmonica in an early line-up in The 101’ers, then briefly managed the band before abandoning the musical for the visual by picking up a camera. These intimate pictures are direct from the heart of the West London squatting movement of the early
seventies, that exceptional period when access to abandoned properties provided opportunities for artists to develop their craft without the constraints of financial imperatives. The pictures include posed portraits as well as informal reportage taken when stardom was only a glimmer in the eye of this inimitable artist. The images of Strummer date back to his earliest days when he was a singer with The101’ers, the quintessential squat-rock group in which he learned his musical and political ‘chops’.
In Yewdall’s live pictures of the hirsute guitar-player you can see the frenetic movement and stage presence that he honed to perfection as frontman of the Clash, today considered one of the greatest bands of all time.
This was also the history of The Slits, who supported the Clash on their first full-scale tour of Britain. Fronted by Ari Up, The Slits set the template for British girl groups; riveting live performers, uncompromising and fearless, The Slits reached their recording zenith in 1979 with the release of the Dennis Bovell-produced album, ‘Cut’.
Photographs of Strummer with his group of the late 1980’s, The Latino Rockabilly War, book-end the project, along with memorabilia from tribute exhibitions following the sudden death of Joe Strummer at the end of 2002.
These extraordinary photographs stand as a heartfelt testament to the genesis of this great artist. www.facebook.com/yewdall
The mesmerising return of Johnny Marr – one of the most celebrated and influential guitarists in the history of contemporary music – gathers pace with the news that he will follow the February 25th release of his debut solo album ‘The Messenger’ with his first ever solo tour.
Already winning critical acclaim, ‘The Messenger’ has been previewed by the title track which is currently accumulating radio play. Marr’s current resurgence has also been supported by his recent Q Hero Award and by NME’s Ultimate Band feature in which he was named above fellow guitar legends including Jimi Hendrix, John Squire and Jimmy Page.
Marr’s first solo tour is scheduled as below. In addition to a London date at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, the tour will conclude with what will surely be a triumphant homecoming show at Manchester’s HMV Ritz.
The dates are:
10th – Oxford, O2 Academy
11th – Norwich, Waterfront
12th – Cambridge, Junction
14th – Brighton, Concorde
15th – London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
16th – Birmingham, HMV Institute
18th – Sheffield, Leadmill
19th – Glasgow, ABC
20th – Liverpool O2, Academy
22nd – Manchester, HMV Ritz
Tickets go on sale from the usual agents at 9am on Friday December 7th at a price of £22.50 for London and Manchester and £19.50 for all other dates. Pre-order bundles will be available from www.johnny-marr.com from Wednesday.
Recorded in Manchester and Berlin, ‘The Messenger’ sees Marr contributing vocals, guitar and production. It was mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright who recently collaborated with Marr on the remastering work for The Smiths’ box set ‘Complete’. It finds Marr’s vocals leading a sound which mixes elements of angular art-rock, indie and rock ‘n’ roll. Song titles which appear on the album include ‘The Right Thing Right’, ‘I Want The Heartbeat’, ‘European Me’, ‘Word Starts Attack’ and ‘Upstarts’.
Based in Portland, Oregon since 2005, Marr returned to the UK to commence work on ‘The Messenger’. “The underlying idea of the record is my experience of growing up in Europe,” he explains. “When you’re away from your home city you’re more compelled to write about it, whether that’s because you’re homesick or you’ve got more objectivity, I don’t know. Growing up in the city influences you, and I’ve continued to see, stories and energy in it.”
‘The Messenger’ represents our first chance to capture Johnny Marr’s musical vision exactly as he envisioned. And if the past tells us anything, it’s that Marr’s future projects are an on-going story worthy of the world’s attention.
BLEECH BLOOD-JAMIE FROM KING BLUES NEW BAND ANNOUCES FIRST SHOW!
Supporting will be the amazing Electric River and The Rebelbeats!
JUST ADDED – DJ sets from Recreations – a new project from one of the best artists in the UK!!
If anyone planning on travelling in to london for this show, feel free to use this as a place to arrange transport / places to stay if you need too!
Tickets are available from
Today December 3rd, the ultimate version of the first ever British Punk album Damned, Damned, Damned is released. The Damned’s current line up includes original members Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible and they are currently on The Loco-A-Gogo UK tour, which finishes on December 15th at the Roundhouse in London.
Damned, Damned, Damned features the first punk single New Rose and 11 further tracks, that in just over 30 minutes re wrote musical landscape. To The Damned Punk Rock was all about the the music they played and the attitude required to play itThis anniversary edition contains not only the original album but also a disc of BBC sessions and rarities and the bands first gig supporting the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club, an exclusive 4th disc contains a rare hour long documentary on the making of the album and the events leading up to it, with comments from the band and contempories such as Chrissie Hynde and Glenn Matlock.
The box set is packed with rare photos (some never seen before) as well as a brand new essay from Mojo’s Kieron Tyler who for the first time interviews all 4 members of the band to provide a great background to the album all encased in a fanzine style book.
The Damned Song Book (in hard back) is available in this set for the first time since 1976 as well as 3 badges and a poster containing Pete Frames legendary family tree.
“I thought the Damned caught the true spirit of punk , as understood by punks, better than their rivals’ – John Peel
This is truly the last word on this classic punk album.