IGGY AND STOOGES ALBUM

Ready To Die finds Iggy Pop, guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott "Rock Action" Asheton reunited for a full album of all-new material for the first time since the legendary Raw Power sessions, with Mike Watt filling in for the late Ron Asheton on bass. The results are the closest thing to a time capsule to 1973 – or at least to Iggy’s subsequent efforts with Williamson, including 1977’s Kill City and 1979’s New Values – that rock ‘n’ roll is likely to proffer in this millennium. The new album’s opening one-two of ‘Burn’ and ‘Sex & Money’ pair sublimely blunt and self-explanatory subject matter with back alley razor-blade guitars and a troglodytic rhythmic stomp as intensely single-minded as Iggy’s lyrical statements of intent. Elsewhere on the album, anthems abound in the form of the most dead-on rallying cry for the lower-working-class dispossessed to date–the succinctly and aptly titled ‘Job’ – as well as a title track that mixes a signature Iggy Pop mission statement of angry desperation with guitar pyrotechnics that recall those halcyon opening salvos of ‘Search & Destroy’.
 
Just as Iggy exhumed the original Stooges name when he reunited in 2003 with the Asheton brothers, the revival of the Iggy and the Stooges moniker that first appeared on the cover of Raw Power heralded the return of guitarist James Williamson to the fold in 2009, or as Iggy put it then "although ‘the Stooges’ died with Ron Asheton, there is still ‘Iggy and the Stooges’." As far as the decision to record and release a new Iggy and the Stooges album for the first time since 1973, Iggy recently commented:
 
"My motivation in making any record with the group at this point is no longer personal. It’s just a pig-headed fucking thing I have that a real fucking group when they’re an older group they also make fucking records. They don’t just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money…"
 
Iggy and the Stooges will begin the Ready To Die live assault shortly.

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WILKO EXTRA DATE

Tickets for the newly announced London Koko concert on March 10th will go on sale at 10am on Tuesday January 22nd.

The news follows last week’s official statement on Wilko’s Facebook page that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas and has chosen not to undergo chemotherapy.

London Koko (March 6) (Sold Out)
Bilston Robin 2 (March 7) (Sold Out)
Holmfirth Picturedrome (March 8) (Sold Out)
Glasgow o2 ABC (March 9) (Few tickets remaining)
London Koko (March 10) (Tickets on sale Jan 22)

Box Office: 0844 478 0898, www.thegigcartel.com.

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JOHN FOXX ALBUM

Evidence is John Foxx And The Maths’ most atmospheric and darkly percussive album so far – built around stark, late night rhythms. The ambient spaces in the music allow for experiments with textures and mood, with dreamlike echoes of Massive Attack, dub (in spirit not pastiche), Dead Can Dance and the ultra-introspective Japan.

The edgy beats of the opening track ‘Personal Magnetism’ are followed by ‘Evidence’, featuring The Soft Moon’s Luis Vasquez. Layers of sound whirl around Foxx’s brooding, insomniac vocals, as he searches for answers in the early hours. The slow, minimalist ‘That Sudden Switch’ takes the European art-movie approach of Xeno & Oaklander and re-invents it as post-dub electronic pop. ‘Talk (Beneath Your Dreams)’ features US electronic artist Matthew Dear taking the role of the ‘sleeper’ as a conversation is held in a dream. It’s a chilly, nightmarish track but like much of this album it has motion – Dear adding new techno rhythms as well as a Bowie-esque vocal in the final verses.

‘Neon Vertigo’ furthers the noir tension with massive bass sounds and ‘space violin’ from Hannah Peel, while ‘Changelings’ is in many ways the centrepiece of the album. Originally written and recorded by Gazelle Twin, ‘Changelings’ only retains her voice as The Maths rebuild it completely from scratch. It’s arguably one of Benge’s finest moments in the studio so far, while Foxx’s reverb-drenched backing vocals complete this stunning, end-of-the-world song.

What follows is weirder still. ‘My Town’ features Peel on violin again as Foxx’s metallic, distorted voice sounds like an ego on the brink of madness. Is it the voice of money/a god/bankers/an evil corporation, or a fallen rock star still living in the past?

The cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Have A Cigar’ starts with a cackle of laughter before Foxx launches into another heavily treated vocal, not unlike that of ‘My Town’. Meanwhile, ‘A Falling Star’ is the reverse of ‘Changelings’ – this time it’s a Foxx/Benge track reworked by Gazelle Twin. In this context, the song becomes an icy but epic ballad, full of siren vocals and a sense of release as it stretches into the long, elegant fadeout. In fact, ‘A Falling Star’ does signal a change on the album as the mood evolves into something more reflective. The two instrumentals ‘Cloud Choreography’ and ‘Shadow Memory’ offer new space and textures, while ‘Walk’ appears to emerge half-way through a dream as Foxx sings ‘and I walked through all the streets of this city’ after a slow build. This final section climaxes with the electronic harp music of ‘Myriads’ and the last song, ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ – a pretty melody found on an old discarded reel-to-reel; nostalgic, the sound of memory and tape creating one of the album’s most moving tracks.

The full tracklisting is as follows:

1. Personal Magnetism
2. Evidence (featuring The Soft Moon)
3. That Sudden Switch (featuring Xeno & Oaklander)
4. Talk (Beneath Your Dreams) (featuring Matthew Dear)
5. Neon Vertigo
6. Changelings (featuring Gazelle Twin)
7. My Town
8. Have A Cigar
9. A Falling Star (featuring Gazelle Twin)
10. Cloud Choreography
11. Shadow Memory
12. Walk
13. Myriads
14. Only Lovers Left Alive
Bonus track:
15. Talk (I Speak Machine Mix by Tara Busch)

JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS ALBUMS:
Interplay (2011)
The Shape Of Things (2012)
Evidence (2013)

GARY NUMAN ‘John was my hero when I first started making electronic music. He’s a true pioneer and seems as passionate about music today as he was then. I have a huge amount of respect for him.’

CLINT MANSELL (Soundtrack composer – credits include Black Swan and Moon): ‘John’s music is man and machine in perfect harmony. Consistent quality output too. The Maths material is vibrant.’

PAUL DALEY – EX-LEFTFIELD ‘John Foxx is the quiet man from another dimension bending sounds from the 23rd Century underneath cinematic sci-fi future vocals. Afrika Bambaataa is a big fan too.’

www.johnfoxxandthemaths.com

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SUGAR VINYL BOX SET

A Box of Sugar contains the complete studio recordings the band made between 1992 and 1995. All the recordings have been re-mastered for vinyl from the original tapes by FU:EL engineer Jim Wilson. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Copper Blue, their landmark 1992 platinum release, A Box of Sugar contains 8 slabs of vinyl in all, including:
 
•    Vinyl replicas of all 3 studio releases, Copper Blue, Beaster, File Under Easy Listening, with printed inner sleeves
•    Blue vinyl replica of their debut 7” on Bob Mould’s own Singles Only label
•    First ever vinyl issue of Besides (a double gatefold B-sides collection, incorporating their 1992 BBC radio session in full)
•    First ever vinyl issue of The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes (a double gatefold live album recorded in 1994)
•    A 20 page 12” x 12” booklet on high quality paper containing photos, rare memorabilia and candid interviews that tell the story of the band’s short, but intense career in their own words
 
Plus, the first 40 copies come with a free clear vinyl 7” of Sugar’s 2012 Record Store Day release, “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”.
 
Pre-order now for the 28th January release:
https://www.burningshed.com/store/demonmusic/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Box-Sugar-VINYL/dp/B008PM8JV2/ref=sr_1_6?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1352113008&sr=1-6
 
To view the trailer go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE2ZM0RiWZ0
 
The new Edsel vinyl-only collector series will be releasing a catalogue of titles throughout 2013, with some unique offerings lined up for Record Store Day this spring.
 
http://bobmould.com/
www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk

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MAMA ROSIN UK DATES

With the release in October 2012 of their  4th studio album Bye Bye Bayou
(Moi J’Connais RecordS) produced by Jon Spencer of the Jon Spencer Blues
Explosion, Mama Rosin successfully merged the sound of their early days with
a full-on sonic onslaught of howling swamp rock drenched in deep  reverb,
pounding percussion and scuzzy guitar. This album “not only pushes
boundaries but smashes them” according to R2 magazine. ‘’Exhilarating
stuff’’ says The Independent On Sunday ‘’no fillers, no let-up, no
competition’’! And these young Swiss Cajun garage-rockers provoke a riotous
response from audiences with their ragged, low-down and glorious joie de
vivre.

After playing alongside Bellowhead  on their 20 date UK tour in November,
Mama Rosin are returning to the UK next February determined to bring their
savage sound to a wider audience. And they have ‘’a wild-eyed desire to fuck
shit up and get the party started’’ says The Quietus. Quite so!

www.mamarosin.com

www.moijconnais.com

www.junction2music.com

Fri 22 February – LONDON Dingwalls
Dingwalls Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London NW1 8AB
£12.5 adv
Box Office:
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F00497EBC91E3C8?artistid=1694009
<http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F00497EBC91E3C8?artistid=1694009&major
catid=10001&minorcatid=4> &majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=4
www.dingwalls.com

Sat 23 Feb – GATESHEAD Caedmon Hall
Caedmon Hall, Regent Street. Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 1HH
£12 adv
Box Office: 0191 433 6965 or  <http://www.ticketweb.co.uk>
www.ticketweb.co.uk &  <http://www.discountsearcher.com>
www.discountsearcher.com

Sun 24 Feb – NOTTINGHAM Glee Club
Glee Club, Bristish Waterways Building, the Waterfront, off Canal Street,
NG1 7EH, Nottingham
£7 advance /£9 on the door
Box Office 0871 472 0400 or http://www.glee.co.uk/nottingham-music
http://www.glee.co.uk/nottingham

Mon 25 February – LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queens Road, Leeds, LS6 1NY
£10 adv
Box office: 0113 2752411 or http://crashrecords.co.uk/
www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk

Wed 27 February  – OXFORD Jericho
The Jericho, 56 Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford, OX2 6AE
£10 adv
Box Office: http://www.seetickets.com/Event/MAMA-ROSIN/The-Jericho/680231
www.thejerichooxford.co.uk

Thurs 28 Feb – BRISTOL St Bonadventure’s Club
St Bon Adventure’s Parish Club Berkley Rd Bristol B78HQ
£12 adv
Box Office: http://www.crhmusic.com/  http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/
http://www.crhmusic.com/

Fri 1st March – LIVERPOOL  Kazimier
The Kazimier, 4-5 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool L1 4JJ
£10 adv
Box Office:  http://www.seetickets.com/Event/MAMA-ROSIN/Kazimier/680228
<http://www.thekazimier.co.uk> www.thekazimier.co.uk

Sat 2nd March – BELFAST   The Empire Bar & Music Hall
www.openhousefestival.com
£10 adv / £12 on the door
Box Office: https://openhouseconcerts.ticketsolve.com/shows/873488338/events
http://www.thebelfastempire.com/

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MUSIC FILM AT PFF

Serious Drugs –
Duglas and the Music of BMX Bandits
(Jim Burns) 93 mins
Shot and produced over four years Serious Drugs frames an affectionate portrait of BMX Bandits founder Duglas Stewart and his mission to save the world and himself one song at a time. Music.

Ambuschade
(Hobbs, Sharples, Qian, Abdelnow & Call) 3 mins
An xperimental visual effects film produced at the University of Michigan. Music.

New Age Wage Slave
(Software) 4 mins
UK band Software collaborate with Sonodrome who make their own amazing instruments. Music.

Meghann Clancy – So What Now
(Software) 4 mins
Inspired by Jean Luc Godard’s classic scifi shocker Alphaville. Music.

I’ve Got Your Money
(Tom Ross) 3 mins
Video for Cult Artist The Wood For The Trees starring The Levantes Dance Theatre. Music.

Trollmors Vuggesang
(Joe Witney) 4 mins
A dissolute and drunken seaman growls a lullaby to a young lady. Music.

The Rhythm, The City, 7pm
(Tom Chimiak) 3 mins
When the Manchester School Of Samba practise, the city feels the rhythm. Music.

Modern Babylon
(Julien Temple)100 mins
The master filmmaker trains his eye onto London’s Countercultural past and present featuring many Portobello Film Festival regulars and introduced by Beat Poet Michael Horovitz and soundtrack composer J.C. Carroll and if we’re lucky the legendary Julien Temple himself.

Free entry!

See http://www.portobellofilmfestival.com for more details!

 


MOTORHEAD EARLY YEARS

In celebration of over 35 years in the business for Motörhead, Sanctuary/UMC is very excited to officially announce the release of Motörhead’s, The Complete Early Years boxed set. This limited collector’s edition, housed in a unique Motörhead case, is a truly remarkable set, containing eight albums, seven singles and a 7” vinyl.

Also included is a limited edition family tree plus a photo book and collectors guide, making the The Complete Early Years box set a must-have for any Motörhead fan. Excitement has already been growing amongst fans as they have been speculating and discussing the set on sites and forums.

Motörhead’s iconoclastic frontman, Lemmy formed the group following his unceremonious sacking from Hawkwind after an unfortunate narcotics misunderstanding at the Canadian border. Naming his new group after the very last song he wrote for Hawkwind, he quickly went on to invade the UK singles and album charts with the unstoppable Motörhead and their thrilling new genre, known as “speed metal”.

Motörhead enjoyed huge success in the early 1980s with several successful albums: Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades and, in particular, No Sleep Till Hammersmith, which cemented Motörhead’s reputation as one of the UK’s foremost rock bands. The group’s popularity has never waned and their 20th studio album, The Wörld Is Yours, has just been released internationally. Motörhead will be touring the UK throughout November.

MOTÖRHEAD

THE COMPLETE EARLY YEARS (5330804)

Sanctuary/UMC

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WOBBLE/LEVENE ALBUM

“I reunited with Keith a couple of years ago. He was off smack and keen to play again. We had a bash in a rehearsal room and it went well. To start with I got him to play on three tracks of the album, (Psychic Life) that I was making with Julie Campbell (Lonelady). Since then we have performed ‘Metal Box in Dub’ live. These shows were very well received. As far as I was concerned he was back and on top of his game again. I thought it would be a good idea to go and record some new material.

I wasn’t sure what we would come up with. As we proceeded, in a very relaxed fashion, the realisation dawned on me , that we were making music that was linked to psychedelic music (especially the British variety), of the swinging sixties through the mid seventies that we both would have been exposed to when we were young. (Albeit our stuff has a spiteful post modern edge to it, I must admit it was a good, (if rather juvenile), laugh referring to myself, (and the listener) as a c*** , as well as eulogising about my beloved Jags and Staffs in the mist of a psychedelic onslaught). Bands such as Hawkwind and the Pretty Things spring to mind. Our 7/4 version of George Harrison’s ‘Within/Without you’ reminds me of Cream, in its wild approach and execution. There are elements of Americana in ‘Yin and Yang’ as well. Check out the Keith’s acoustic work on the dubby Appalachian flavoured ‘Strut’ . Likewise listen to the Southern States R&B of ‘Mississippi’, especially the baptist church organ of the multi- talented Jonas Persson. But my favourite track is the moody instrumental ‘Back on the Block’, just listen to the controlled anger of Keith’s electric guitar.

When Keith and I performed Metal Box In Dub I invited my regular trumpet player Sean Corby along. I knew that he would help inject an element of ‘Electric period Miles’ into the mix. Not long after we had finished recording Metal Box back in 1979 I heard Miles Davis’s ‘Dark Magus’. Well, it absolutely blew me away. Talk about cathartic moments. Since then I had dreamed of introducing trumpet into compositions such as ‘Graveyard’ and ‘Memories’.

Sean steals the show on ‘Fluid’, my old friend ‘Little Annie’ does the same on ‘Vampires’. Marc Layton-Bennett, my regular drummer, plays like a demon throughout. The track ‘Understand’ features Nathan Maverick on vocals. He is the singer that we employed to handle vocals on the Metal Box in Dub performances. I was determined to get him to help write a song for this album. And the boy did good. He really reminds me of someone. Just can’t quite put my finger on who it is.” 

Tracklisting:
YIN & YANG
STRUT
JAGS & STAFFS
MISSISSIPPI
WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU
BACK ON THE BLOCK
FLUID
VAMPIRES
UNDERSTAND
UNDERSTAND DUB

JAH WOBBLE & KEITH LEVENE

YIN & YANG (CDBRED540)

CHERRY RED RECORDS

19TH NOVEMBER 2012


HALLOWEEN 2/3 S/TRACKS

“The film music I recorded to 24 track 2” tape in the heyday of analog synthesizers is reproduced correctly in vinyl. I am pleased that Death Waltz has taken up the torch of re-releasing these classic electronic music scores for the discerning audio collector. I often reflect on the ritual of taking up the LP, cleaning the record, putting them on the turntable and sitting back to actually listen the music. This is the way this music was intended to be heard.” Alan Howarth, composer

Death Waltz Recording Company is thrilled to announce the vinyl release of two classic and groundbreaking electronic John Carpenter scores, Halloween II & Halloween III on October 14th.

Halloween II was originally released in 1981, 3 years on from the celebrated first instalment of the Michael Myers slasher franchise. For the soundtrack, Carpenter once again enlisted his trusted collaborator – Alan Howarth (both had worked together on another Carpenter electronic masterpiece 1978’s ‘Escape From New York’) – to construct a score which utilised the original theme music in Halloween, but was now required to sound more sinister, dramatic and downright evil than its prequel. With analogue synthesisers really coming into their own in the early 80s, the duo were able to bring new keyboards on board and really branch out, creating a soundtrack that would have a huge influence on a number of genres – house, techno, hip-hop, drum & bass, ambient and metal being just a few. Built around the ‘Halloween II Theme’, the Halloween II soundtrack bathes in a pool of crystalline synth lines and slickly executed disturbing chord sequences, creating a wonderful layer of escalating tension and outright menace. It’s absorbing, fabulous and downright creepy. And just when you think you’ve got the soundtrack and the film simultaneously fully lodged in the brain, there’s the great moment when the Chordettes pop up with Pat Ballard’s ‘Mr Sandman’ to throw things a little. Its deployment in the film remains one of the Halloween II’s most powerful moments.

Halloween III Season Of The Witch (1982) saw Carpenter & Howarth team up again, the film’s plot centred around an evil toymaker at the infamous Silver Shamrock Novelties factory. Technological development once again played a key role in the soundtrack – new keyboards & computers allowed Carpenter & Howarth to develop another futuristic score that fully enhanced the film’s storyline, involving androids and demonic computer chips. There are some very deep, pulsating synth passages and building layers of tension, keyboard slashes and death beats. All utterly fabulous of course. Perhaps though, the ace in the pack and the ‘samplers delight’ moment arrives with the unforgettable Silver Shamrock Halloween mask jingle otherwise known on the album as ‘Halloween Montage’.

Both of these releases will get the Death Waltz Recordings 5 star deluxe reissue treatment. Death Waltz Recording Company is the creation of Rough Trade East shop manager Spencer Hickman and he is really raising the standard with the label’s output, having already put out highly impressive new vinyl editions of ‘Escape From New York’, Zombi 2 (aka Zombie Flesh Eaters), ‘Donnie Darko’, ‘Prince Of Darkness’, ‘Let The Right One In’ & ‘The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue’ to date.

Each release is limited to a 1,000 only vinyl pressing. Halloween II will be issued in stylish orange vinyl with a black middle complete with exclusive artwork from Brandon Schaefer and includes a lithograph and A2 poster. Sleevenotes are provided by Alan Howarth and Brandon Schaefer. Halloween III is pressed in classic black vinyl with an orange middle section and comes with exclusive artwork from Jay Shaw, a lithograph and A2 poster. Sleevenotes are by Alan Howarth and Jay Shaw.

http://www.deathwaltzrecordingcompany.com/

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JOE JACKSON

True to Jackson’s word, The Duke is a decidedly unconventional salute to Ellington, demonstrating the timeless brilliance of his classic compositions while showcasing Jackson’s sublime skills as an arranger, instrumentalist and vocal interpreter. Although it’s only the second time he’s recorded an album not comprised of his own compositions, The Duke is a deeply personal project for Jackson, whose longstanding affinity for Ellington’s pioneering spirit has served as a key inspiration throughout his own three-decades-plus career.

The Duke finds the iconoclastic English singer/composer/arranger/keyboardist and five-time Grammy nominee interpreting 15 Ellington classics over the course of ten tracks, interspersing melodic and rhythmic elements of various compositions in a manner that’s consistent with Ellington’s own freewheeling approach. Rather than emulating the songs’ original big-band settings, Jackson filtered the music through his own musical imagination while exploring an assortment of unexpected grooves and textures. The resulting album is a seamless fusion of sounds and styles, whose abundant sense of playfulness is consistent with Ellington’s boundary-breaking attitude.
 
Jackson’s distinctive voice is featured on I’m Beginning To See The Light, Mood Indigo, and I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good), while It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) features a duet with Iggy Pop.  R&B diva Sharon Jones sings on I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues.  In keeping with Ellington’s multiculuralism, Jackson welcomed Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim to perform Caravan in Farsi, and Lilian Vieira, of the Brazilian/Dutch collective Zuco 103, to create a sunny, sexy Portuguese version of Perdido.
 
The album’s mix of electronic and organic textures, are evident on the instrumentals Isfahan, Rockin’ In Rhythm, The Mooche, and Black and Tan Fantasy.  Musicians include contemporary jazz stars, violinist Regina Carter and bassist Christian McBride; rock guitarist Steve Vai; drummer Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson and other members of The Roots; plus Jackson’s old associates, guitarist Vinnie Zummo and percussionist Sue Hadjopoulos. The album was recorded and mixed by seven-time Grammy winner Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Sting, Bob Dylan).

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JOHN FOXX

PAUL DALEY (LEFTFIELD):‘John Foxx was an idea for vocals I had for the second Leftfield album but this never happened. I’ve always respected and liked his approach and attitude – the quietman from another dimension bending sounds from the 23rd century underneath cinematic sci-fi  future vocals while keeping his distance from the brashness of pop culture and celebrity. Afrika Bambaataa is a big fan too.’
 
JUNIOR BOYS: ‘I have never felt that there was a music that reached into my unconscious quite like John Foxx’s.’
 
John Foxx And The Maths are playing two shows in September – a warm-up at Cargo in London, followed by their festival appearance at Bestival the following day.
 
They are also set to release their Analogue Circuit DVD and CD, filmed and recorded at their headline Roundhouse show back in 2010. Evidence, a new mini-album of new material, remixes and collaborations is also set for September.

CLINT MANSELL (COMPOSER OF BLACK SWAN, THE WRESTLER AND MOON SOUNDTRACKS):  ‘John’s music, both with Ultravox and solo, is built for the Internet. It’s technology manipulated by man. Man & machine in perfect harmony! Consistent quality output. The new album Interplay is a great record. Vibrant.’
 
GARY NUMAN: ‘I was a big fan of John Foxx when he was in Ultravox in the late 70s. Ultravox were like the blueprint for what I was trying to do in the early years and John Foxx was my hero. I thought he was a fantastic, enigmatic front man. I really loved what he did. To see him still going strong today, and putting out great music is good to see. John was a true pioneer and seems as passionate today as he was then about his music. I have a huge amount of respect for him.’
 
Meanwhile their spring 2012 album The Shape Of Things continues to receive fantastic reviews:

‘Perfect synth pop.’ 5/5 Artrocker (Album of The Month)

‘The Shape of Things is consistently absorbing, as good as any of
Foxx’s early-80s benchmarks.’ 4/5 Mojo

‘Foxx has rediscovered his musical touch. It’s the man who triumphs over the
machines.’ Q Magazine

‘He has never seemed so relevant, nor sounded so modern, as he does in 2012.
The Shape Of Things is, by some margin, Foxx’s best album since Metamatic. ‘
BBC Online

‘The Shape Of Things is an absolute triumph.’ 4/5 FACT Magazine

‘More introspective but no less gripping than last year’s Interplay’. 8/10
Vice Magazine
 
www.metamatic.com
 
www.johnfoxxandthemaths.com

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MISSION OF BURMA

Fire Records are delighted to announce that they have signed one of the greatest post-punk bands of all time, Mission of Burma. After forming in Boston in 1979, disbanding in 1983 and reforming in 2002 for what was meant to be a brief series of shows, the band have inadvertently continued to produce outstanding albums such as 2004’s ‘ONoffON’, 2006’s ‘The Obliterati’ and ‘The Sound the Speed the Light’ in 2009. Their new album ‘Unsound’ will be released on Fire Records in July.

From the outset, ‘Unsound’ was not going to be like any other Mission of Burma album. As expected, the material is raw, primal and aggressive. They still have a signature knack for twisting even the most ferocious noise into complex structures. There are, of course, those killer hooks scattered throughout, but just not quite where you would expect. Yet with all three lead members resolutely making the decision to deliberately stretch their boundaries even further, they stepped out of their comfort zone to create their most rewarding, bewildering and multifaceted long-player yet.

The Onion’s AV Club premiered the track listing and cover art earlier this week and we’re happy to share it with all of you here:

Track Listing

01. Dust Devil
02. Semi-Pseudo-Sort-Of Plan
03. Sectionals In Mourning
04. This Is Hi-Fi
05. Second Television
06. Part The Sea
07. Fell–>H2O
08. ADD in Unison
09. 7’s
10. What They Tell Me
11. Opener

http://www.missionofburma.com/

http://www.firerecords.com/site/index.php?page=release&releaseid=00000000879


ONE MAN BANDS FEST

Bands: THE BLUES KITCHEN FESTIVAL OF ONE MAN BANDS DAY #1
DJs: Resident Blues Kitchen DJs playing Rock n Soul until late.
REVEREND BEATMAN: Surreal folk blues, gospel trash and primitive
rock’n’roll
DELANEY DAVIDSON: One man band “Ghost Orchestra” sound with slick
harmonica
and guitar work
ONE MAN DESTRUCTION SHOW: Brilliant percussion with wild guitar sounds
owed
to the garage rock era
Music: One Man Band Blues & Rock
Where: The Blues Kitchen
When: Bank Holiday Sunday 6th May 2012
Cost: Free before 9pm, £5.00 after
Time: 7pm – 3am
Address: 111-113 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JN
Phone: 020 7387 5277
Tube: Camden Town / Mornington Crescent
Web: www.theblueskitchen.com
Email: info@theblueskitchen.com

Bands: THE BLUES KITCHEN FESTIVAL OF ONE MAN BANDS DAY #2
DJs: Resident Blues Kitchen DJs playing Rock n Soul until late.
MUD MORGANFIELD: Muddy Water’s eldest son performing brilliant blues hits
and self-penned numbers
DOLLAR BILL: One man band, boogie-woogie blues sensation.
Music: One Man Band Blues & Rock
Where: The Blues Kitchen
When: Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2012
Cost: Free before 9pm, £5.00 after
Time: 7pm – 12am
Address: 111-113 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JN
Phone: 020 7387 5277
Tube: Camden Town / Mornington Crescent
Web: www.theblueskitchen.com
Email: info@theblueskitchen.com

Bands: THE BLUES KITCHEN FESTIVAL OF ONE MAN BANDS DAY #3
DJs: Resident Blues Kitchen DJs playing Rock n Soul until late.
BOB LOG III: Explosive live performance from the ultimate slide guitar
showman
HONKEYFINGER: Primal pounding drums, fuzz soaked lap steel and screeching
harmonica
Music: One Man Band Blues & Rock
Where: The Blues Kitchen
When: Tuesday 8th May 2012
Cost: Free before 9pm, £5.00 after
Time: 7pm – 12am
Address: 111-113 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JN
Phone: 020 7387 5277
Tube: Camden Town / Mornington Crescent
Web: www.theblueskitchen.com
Email: info@theblueskitchen.com

Bands: THE BLUES KITCHEN FESTIVAL OF ONE MAN BANDS DAY #4
DJs: Resident Blues Kitchen DJs playing Rock n Soul until late.
PETE MOLINARI: When Bruce Springsteen was asked what music he was
listening
to at the moment, he replied with “Pete Molinari”
Music: One Man Band Blues & Rock
Where: The Blues Kitchen
When: Wednesday 9th May 2012
Cost: Free before 9pm, £5.00 after
Time: 7pm – 12am
Address: 111-113 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JN
Phone: 020 7387 5277
Tube: Camden Town / Mornington Crescent
Web: www.theblueskitchen.com
Email: info@theblueskitchen.com

Bands: THE BLUES KITCHEN FESTIVAL OF ONE MAN BANDS DAY #5
DJs: DJ Danny “O” of The Caezars playing vintage Rock n Roll until late.
LEWIS FLOYD HENRY: A wailing pysch blues sound that will stop you dead in
your tracks
HOLLOWBELLY: Armed with a cigar box and a Jack White howl, hollowbelly’s
brand of blues is not to be missed
Music: One Man Band Blues & Rock
Where: The Blues Kitchen
When: Thursday 10th May 2012
Cost: Free before 9pm, £5.00 after
Time: 7pm – 1am
Address: 111-113 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JN
Phone: 020 7387 5277
Tube: Camden Town / Mornington Crescent
Web: www.theblueskitchen.com
Email: info@theblueskitchen.com

Bands: THE BLUES KITCHEN FESTIVAL OF ONE MAN BANDS DAY #6
DJs: Resident Blues Kitchen DJs playing Rock n Soul until late.
THE DODGE BROTHERS: BBC’s Mark Kermode takes to this stage in this
superbly
authentic blues outfit
JAKE ALLEN: Rock’n’roll and rockabilly styling’s from the “Take Me Out”
face.
Music: Blues & Rockabilly
Where: The Blues Kitchen
When: Friday 11th May 2012
Cost: Free before 9pm, £5.00 after
Time: 7pm – 3am
Address: 111-113 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JN
Phone: 020 7387 5277
Tube: Camden Town / Mornington Crescent
Web: www.theblueskitchen.com
Email: info@theblueskitchen.com

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GO-KART MOZART

The album release will follow a UK tour in May of special screenings of Lawrence of Belgravia, Paul Kelly’s intimate portrait of Lawrence, which premiered at last October’s London Film Festival to much critical acclaim. Filmed over the last eight years, the film follows Lawrence as he tries to balance a precarious domestic lifestyle with running a band and recording his latest album, now due for release as On The Hot Dog Streets.
 
Each special screening will followed by a Q&A session with both Lawrence and the film’s director, Paul Kelly. See attached for dates.
 
As lead singer with Felt, Lawrence was responsible for some of the most precious music of the 1980s. On touchstone indie labels such as Cherry Red and Creation, the band released ten albums and ten singles – one for each year of the decade. Though few releases troubled the charts, Felt’s cult status was assured and a mission of sorts was accomplished. Lawrence went on to form Denim and Go-Kart Mozart, bands that revelled in referencing 1970s glam and novelty rock while slyly critiquing the contemporary pop scenes. There’s been an air of tragi-comedy about Lawrence’s career at times. Felt were bumped from the cover of the NME when editors favoured a blacked-out cover to illustrate a feature on youth suicide, while Denim’s infectious 1997 single Summer Smash was scratched from radio playlists when it was released in the week Princess Diana died.
 
GO-KART MOZART
 
ON THE HOT DOG STREETS (BRUM4LP)
 
WEST MIDLANDS RECORDS
 

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GARY NUMAN TOUR

The Machine Music Tour starts on May 22 and is accompanied by a new DVD Machine Music: The Best Of Gary Numan, a 2DVD, 30 track limited edition set of promos ranging from ‘Cars’ to his recent collaboration with Battles on ‘My Machines’, plus classic TV clips of performances of Numan on Top Of The Pops and Saturday Night Live in the USA.
 
MAY 2012

22 Leicester O2 Academy (+ Officers) £25 (www.ticketweb.co.uk)

23 Glasgow O2 ABC  (+ Officers) £25 (www.ticketweb.co.uk)

24 Newcastle O2 Academy (+ Officers) £25 (www.ticketweb.co.uk)

25 Sheffield O2 Academy (+ Officers) £25 (www.ticketweb.co.uk)

26 Ireland Dublin Button Factory    €22.50  (www.ticketmaster.ie)

27 DAY OFF

28 Bournemouth O2 Academy (+ Officers) £25 (www.ticketweb.co.uk)

29 Bristol O2 Academy (+ Officers) £25   (www.ticketweb.co.uk)

30 Cambridge Junction (+ Officers) £25 (www.greenmind.co.uk)

31 Birmingham HMV Institute (+ Officers) £25 (www.hmvtickets.co.uk)
 
JUNE 2012
 
1 London HMV Forum (+ Officers) £28 (www.hmvtickets.co.uk)

2 Cardiff Coal Exchange (+ Officers) £25 (www.seetickets.com)

3 Brighton Dome (+ Officers) £25 (www.brightondome.org)

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WILKO JOHNSON

Fascinating, funny, deeply personal and visually compelling, Looking Back At Me is a fascinating rock ‘n’ roll scrapbook and oral history, and genuine treasure trove, marking the first time Wilko has told his story, no holds barred. The book can be pre-ordered online from Cadiz Music here.

Within these colourful pages, the Canvey Island raised guitarist shares his recollections on everything from his Essex childhood and his Indian odyssey as a hippy, to the wild, turbulent days of Dr Feelgood and Ian Dury and The Blockheads, to his current band featuring Norman Watt-Roy (bass) and Dylan Howe (drums). Wilko also expands on his love for astronomy, art, literature, clouds, poetry, sci-fi, and Shakespeare; making him the ultimate Renaissance man of rock.

Amid the twists, turns and tangents, the autobiography features many previously unseen images of Wilko from throughout his life, as well as an array of ephemera and anecdotes from notable Wilko fans including Robert Plant, Alison Moyet, JJ Burnel, Keith Levene, Gavin Martin and Whispering Bob Harris. The book also features a foreword by Mick Farren.

Wilko will appear at an exclusive book signing at Rough Trade East at 6pm on Wednesday May 30th. The signing will be following by a Q&A and a half hour set featuring Wilko and his band. Rough Trade East is located at Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL.

Read the official press release and download the autobiography artwork here – www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/wilkojohnson/autobiography.htm.

Wilko is currently in the middle of a UK tour that continues at the Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatre tonight. Click here for the April UK tour dates – http://bit.ly/us9EIT.

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VIVE LE ROCK AT GUILFEST 2012!

VIVE LE ROCK PRESENTS GUILFEST-WITH OUR OWN VIVE LE ROCK STAGE-BANDS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

PLUS THE BIG CHEESE STAGE – DETAILS SOON.

VIVE LE ROCK FRIENDLY HEADLINERS INCLUDE-

JIMMY CLIFF, BRYAN FERRY, NOUVELLE VAGUE AND GARY NUMAN!

TULISA / THE STRAITS / CHER LLOYD GARY NUMAN / NOUVELLE VAGUE
added to the GuilFest 2012 Line Up!

Joining the already announced Olly Murs, Bryan Ferry, Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra feat. Roland Gift, Tim Minchin, Jimmy Cliff, and Chic feat. Nile Rodgers.

Ex N-Dubz superstar, TULISA is confirmed to perform on the Main Stage on Saturday 14th July. Tulisa achieved massive success as a member of N-Dubz, without question one of the most culturally significant groups in contemporary British pop music. Their albums “Uncle B,” “Against All Odds” and “Love.Live.Life” have to-date sold over 1 million copies in the UK. With over 100 million views on YouTube, a No.1 bestselling book and four MOBO Award wins, Tulisa and N-Dubz are among the most powerful names in music.
Since being announced as an X Factor judge in 2011, Tulisa’s career has gone supernova. She has over 1.7 million followers on Twitter and has become a national obsession, gracing the pages of tabloids daily and the cover of magazines on a weekly basis. After winning over the hearts of the British public on The X Factor in 2011 with her warmth and honesty on the panel, Tulisa went on to win the show with band ‘Little Mix’, the first girl group ever to reach the final.

No stranger to GuilFest, Tulisa has appeared twice before with N-Dubz – but this year will be her debut appearance as a solo artist. Festival organiser Tony Scott is delighted: “It’s great to have Tulisa back again, she’s a real hit with the crowds at GuilFest!”

Formed by original members of Dire Straits, Alan Clark and Chris White, THE STRAITS will support Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on the Main Stage on Friday 13th July. The band will be performing Dire Straits greatest hits and are the only way to authentically hear the bands’ much loved catalogue of great songs live. Dire Straits were undoubtedly one of the world’s most successful groups, with album sales of over 120 million, numerous awards including three Brit Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards; and were responsible for such incredibly popular classics such as “Sultans of Swing”, “Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away”, and 30 million selling album title track “Brothers In Arms”. Get down to GuilFest to hear these great tracks played live by some of the original musicians on Friday 13th July.

X Factor sensation CHER LLOYD will appear on the Main Stage on the afternoon of Saturday 14th July. Easily one of the most talked about people of the show, Cher is a name on the lips of music lovers throughout the country. To date, her version of “Swag” has had over 50 million views on Youtube, and with over 600,000 followers on Twitter, around 100 million views on Youtube, the cover of RWD magazine and features in fashion bible Wonderland, Cher is one of the most recognisable new faces in the public eye. Despite only being 18, she has already had considerable success in the music industry. Her first single, “Swagger Jagger” hit the Number 1 spot in the UK singles chart, and her debut album Sticks and Stones reached Number 4 in the UK albums chart.

Electronic music pioneer GARY NUMAN is confirmed to headline The Second Stage on Saturday 14th July. Most famous for his number 1 singles “Cars” and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?”, as well as his 3 number 1 albums “Replicas”, “The Pleasure Principle”, and “Telekon”, as well as another 31 top 50 UK singles, Gary is known as one of the most influential electronic music artists of all time, cited by artists as diverse as Beck, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Queens of The Stone Age, Wu Tang Clan and Magnetic Man.

Ground breaking French project NOUVELLE VAGUE will be supporting Gary Numan on The Second Stage on Saturday 14th July. The brainchild of producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, Nouvelle Vague have gone from strength to strength since the unanticipated worldwide success of their eponymous debut album (Over 200,000 copies!). The band have found themselves playing their unique twists of post punk hits and more to crowds all over the globe and have received universal critical acclaim wherever they go. Their covers of hits such as XTC’s “Making Plans for Nigel”, The Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks”, and New Order’s “Blue Monday” have cemented their appeal amongst music lovers everywhere and organisers are delighted welcome them back to GuilFest for the first time since 2009.

There are a huge number of acts still to be announced for the already fantastic lineup at this year’s festival. Make sure you keep an eye out for announcements over the coming weeks as GuilFest 2012 takes shape. Don’t forget that as well as music there is a wealth of other entertainment at the festival, including great theatre, comedy, the amazing KidZone and many other attractions designed to appeal to the entire family. Right next door to the site there is even Guildford Lido, a 50m outdoor swimming pool with showers, and Spectrum Leisure centre – with a wealth of indoor activities including swimming, ice skating and ten pin bowling!

Make sure you get your tickets quick! This year is looking to be a sellout! Please call Seetickets on 0871 230 1106 or see the website at www.guilfest.co.uk for full details.
 

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SEX PISTOLS

Nearly 35 years to the day since its original release, Universal Music confirmed today that they will re-release the Sex Pistols alternative national anthem – ‘God Save The Queen’ on May 28th. It will be exactly 35 years and a day after it was first released, in a barrage of controversy the likes of which the UK had rarely seen. No one had ever dared question the Monarchy so publicly; and it wasn’t without its repercussions. Members of the band were attacked in the streets; and Government Members of Parliament even called for the Pistols to be hung at Traitors’ Gate!   

Originally released on May 27th 1977, during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, ‘God Save The Queen’ made its mark in history. The BBC amongst others refused to play it and although it technically out-sold the Number 1 record of the week (The First Cut is the Deepest by Rod Stewart) ‘GSTQ’ peaked at Number 2 in the singles charts. The powers-that-be refused to acknowledge it but the Sex Pistols were Number 1.

On the Jubilee holiday itself, June 7th 1977, the Sex Pistols arranged their own Jubilee tribute with a boat trip along the River Thames in full view of the Houses of Parliament. After playing a handful of songs Police boarded the boat and arrested several people; including the band’s then manager Malcolm McLaren.

Their now legendary album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ will also be re-issued in September of this year as an expanded and repacked release to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of its release. More details on the reissue will follow shortly.

The band have also announced that a limited edition 7” picture disc of their first ever single ‘Anarchy In The UK’ will be released on April 21st for Record Store Day.

Visit www.sexpistolsofficial.com  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sexpistolsofficial

 

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