GALLON DRUNK

Gallon Drunk’s other two core cohorts – multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Terry Edwards on bass, saxophone and percussion and the mighty Ian White on drums and percussion – have together with Johnston distilled their intuitive and utterly inimitable musical vision into a collection of impassioned songs, imbued with rage, menace and frenzied abandonment, linking them as kindred spirits to the likes of The Gun Club, The Stooges, and Link Wray. “It’s quite an angry record,” sums up Johnston.
 
Opening with the exhilaratingly sleazy, deranged rock ‘n’ roll of “You Made Me” (the first 7” inch single to be pulled off the album), The Road Gets Darker From Here immediately and irresistibly plunges you into its own dark and crazy underworld. The insistent slide guitar-driven “1,000 Years” sets the stage for an eruption of total guitar fury with “Hanging On”, that is then followed by the ominous melancholia of “Stuck In My Head”, to which guest singer Marion Andrau (of the London-based French group Underground Railroad) contributes her haunting vocal in a Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood-style duet with Johnston. Next in line is “Killing Time”: classic unfettered Gallon Drunk with all the do-or-die abandon that implies. Hurtling inexorably to the finish line, the fever dream boogie of “The Big Breakdown” blusters mightily into the wayward big band swagger of “I Just Can’t Help But Stare”, before the final track, an enigmatic psychodrama entitled “The Perfect Dancer” envelopes the listener in a whirlwind of hallucinatory guitars, Hammond organ and hypnotic voodoo drums, ending the album in a haunting finale.
 
Having over the years inspired countless bands — from early PJ Harvey to The Jim Jones Revue — to dig into the raw vitality of primal blues and garage rock and roll, Gallon Drunk have reemerged with an album that embodies the quintessence of all they are and always have been about. Make no mistake: Gallon Drunk are most definitely back!
 
The Road Gets Darker From Here track listing:
 
You Made Me
Hanging On
A Thousand Years
Stuck In My Head
 
Killing Time
The Big Breakdown
I Just Can’t Help But Stare
The Perfect Dancer

Live Dates:
18th April London The Lexington http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=detail&event=492067
21st May London Rough Trade Shop East – In-store (Free Show)
22nd May Cambridge Portland Arms
http://www.seetickets.com/Event/GALLON-DRUNK/Portland-Arms/615467
24th May Brighton Sticky Mikes’s
http://www.seetickets.com/Event/GALLON-DRUNK/Sticky-Mike-s-Frog-Bar-Jam-/615968
25th May London Nambuca
http://www.seetickets.com/Event/GALLON-DRUNK/Nambucca/615972

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GIANT GIANT SAND

Premiered on Rolling Stone’s website on Friday, we’re pleased to give you a little taster of what to expect from Giant Giant Sand’s new album Tucson which is due out on Fire Records in June. "Forever and a Day" is an early scene in this ‘country-rock opera’ of sorts and sees Howe Gelb in peak song-writing condition. Howe will be over in London playing a solo show on 31 May (postponed from Tuesday 3 April) and will be available for interviews on that day when he is here.
 
Thinking that Giant Sand could never get any more giant, Howe Gelb has done just that by regrouping, expanding and magnifying his vision with the newest version of Giant Sand, calling it (appropriately enough) GIANT GIANT SAND. As a sort of homage, he’s named the album "Tucson" after the town he’s called home for forty years. This self-described country rock opera, by one of music’s leading risk-takers, is set to be released on June 11th, 2012 on Fire Records.
 
Taking place in the town of Tucson, the story revolves around a "semi grizzled man with overt boyish naïveté" who sets off to escape the trappings of hometown life and embarks on a life-changing road trip; eschewing all his worldly goods and leaving behind what he has loved, encountering jail at the Mexican border, finding new old love at a train station saloon, all while ‘the end of the world’ provides the landscape game changer. The album is a dusty work of art, conjuring images of the all knowing desert and a confused river inside the cacti-strewn soundscape.

The inspiration for assembling these collaborators (or cast if you will) for an album was the idea of a country rock opera, a vision that has followed Howe for decades.

In GIANT GIANT SAND you will recognize the members all hailing from Denmark who have been a part of Giant Sand for the last 10 years (Thøger T. Lund, Peter Dombernowski, Anders Pederesen and Nikolaj Heyman) plus now including a string section, as well as the stunning pedal steel player Maggie Bjorklund.
 
In addition, you’ll be introduced to the new musicians from Howe Gelb’s native Tucson making their Giant Sand debuts along with long time collaborator Lonna Kelley lending her smoldering warble from Phoenix.
 
The Tucson GIANT GIANT SAND lineup includes Brian Lopez, Gabriel Sullivan and Jon Villa who bring their Mex-Amer-i-can plunk to the album with a permeating cumbia style of playing, drawing on South American traditional music. Joining them all is a string section from Aarhus, Denmark introduced to the band by Señor Lopez (where coincidentally the rest of Giant Sand are from) including violinists Asger Christensen amd Iris Jakobsen, who, ironically, was born in Tucson.
 
 "No man could’ve planned this mother better when fate is the founding father."
                                                                 – obscure country rock opera expression
 

‘Tucson’ will be available on CD / 2XLP / Digital Download

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HOWE GELB - Solo London Live Show Rescheduled
 
31 May - Village Underground
 
http://www.villageunderground.co.uk/events/howe-gelb
 
GIANT GIANT SAND play the Wilderness Festival 10-12 August 2012

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TOM WILLIAMS/THE BOAT

After five years as a band, encompassing five EPs and two albums, Kent-based six-piece Tom Williams & the Boat might appear fully-formed but, with the release of their second album, ‘Teenage Blood’, they’re only just beginning to reveal their true colours.

Having made a name for themselves with early releases on independent UNLABEL and more recently, on their own label Wire Boat Records, the band’s profile has built steadily through this home-grown hard graft approach.

The vocal support of BBC Introducing’s Huw Stephens at this early stage lead to appearances at Latitude Festival, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, multiple slots at Glastonbury Festival as a result of its Emerging Talent Competition and a BBC Maida Vale Studio session, where they met their current producer Simon Askew.

Tom Williams & The Boat have created an album that cements their roots and embraces a new chapter in the band’s history. The independent release – ‘Teenage Blood’ is a co-release between Moshi Moshi and Wire Boat Records, funded entirely by their fans through Pledge Music – and its interaction with fans as well as Tom’s intuitive storytelling reflect what’s come to be expected of the band. But in a new-found love of classic pop structures and dark, heartbreaking narrative styles, there’s something entirely different about the album’s approach.

‘Teenage Blood’ is made up of ten tracks that Tom says reflect a new sense of focus for the band. After becoming obsessed with the idols of pop-rock’s history, such as Tom Petty, Teenage Fanclub, The Band and Loaded-era Velvet Underground, Tom decided to write songs that take the traditional song structures of that genre – repeated choruses, catchy hooks – and fill them with a subversive lyricism, touched upon in the debut release.

The result is a tight, narrative set of tracks that don’t so much form a concept as a series showing the progression of doomed love affairs – moving from youthful naïveté in ‘Too Young’ into ‘There’s A Stranger’s gut-punch realisation of the death of a romance (‘the best song I’ve ever written’, says Tom) and finally the ‘rolling credits’ of ‘Emily’, a depiction of the (re)birth of a new relationship. Teenage Blood’s consistent focus and narrative drive make for a more cohesive album than Too Slow; a mixture of the black and white polarity of their debut that explores new, captivating shades of grey – the spaces in between pop and alternative music, love and hate.

Tom Williams & The Boat’s spirit of independence, individuality and hard work drew celebrated indie label Moshi Moshi to the band. After seeing both their style of releasing and their constant interaction with their fans through social media sites, the label expressed an interest in not only releasing their second album, but in letting the band keep their sense of identity. Having worked with Summer Camp to release their debut through fan funding website PledgeMusic.com, Moshi Moshi saw an ideal opportunity to release The Boat’s second album whilst retaining the band’s personal touch. This has taken the form of a number of incentives offered for pledges towards the album’s creation, ranging from white label vinyl test pressings and unreleased demos to music lessons or even a painting by Tom (who has just completed a degree in Fine Art at Oxford). A portion of the money raised will be donated to the Kent Air Ambulance charity, an organisation particularly close to Tom’s heart and further validation of their independent standpoint.

Watch the video for lead track ‘Teenage Blood’ at http://youtu.be/uAFXlE41b2I released as a single on April 9th.

Tracklisting

1. Teenage Blood
2. Too Young
3. Little Bit In Me
4. Trouble With The Truth
5. My Bones
6. Neckbrace (Big Wave)
7. Like You
8. There’s A Stranger
9. Summer Drive
10. Emily

LINKS:

www.tomwilliamsandtheboat.co.uk

www.pledgemusic.com/tomwilliamsandtheboat

www.moshimoshimusic.com
 

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HUGH CORNWELL

A ticket pre-sale is launched today (Wednesday 11th April) from www.ents24.com, followed by a general on-sale on Friday 14th April.  Tickets can be ordered from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898, and booked online from www.hughcornwell.com and www.thegigcartel.com.  Special VIP ticket packages for all shows include sound check entry, meet and greet, exclusive ‘TOTEM AND TABOO’ demo album, and a free poster signed on the night by Hugh.

Cornwell’s highly anticipated new studio album ‘TOTEM AND TABOO’ will be released in August 2012. Recorded at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, it was engineered and mixed by Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pixies). Visit www.hughcornwell.com for further details.

For the official web press release and downloadable hi res photos, click here.

Hugh Cornwell is the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British punk rock band The Stranglers, he’s enjoyed massive UK and European success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, with classic songs including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun, Grip, Nice N Sleazy, Duchess and No Mercy.

Hugh Cornwell: Autumn 2012 UK Tour / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 / Book Online: www.hughcornwell.com, www.thegigcartel.com

Carlisle The Brickyard (Oct 3)
Aberdeen Lemon Tree (Oct 4)
Glasgow The Arches (Oct 5)
Northumbria University (Oct 6)
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (Oct 10)
Leeds The Cockpit (Oct 11)
Manchester Academy 3 (Oct 12)
Birmingham O2 Academy 2 (Oct 13)
Bristol The Fleece (Oct 17)
Southampton The Brook (Oct 18)
London O2 Academy Islington (Oct 19)
Tavistock The Wharf (Oct 20)

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LYDIA DATES POSTPONED

Unfortunately due to an injury to the Drummer of Lydia Lunch’s band the LYDIA LUNCH’S BIG SEXY NOISE shows scheduled for 15th Feb at Manchester Ruby Lounge, and Sunday 19th Feb at O2 Bar Academy2, London have had to be POSTPONED UNTIL A NEW DATE CAN BE ARRANGED. Gallon Drunk meanwhile will be playing in May, on the 24th at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton, and 25th at Nambucca, Holloway Road, London.

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J L PIERCE PROJECT

Many songs started as nascent ideas captured on a cassette unearthed by Pierce’s latter day collaborator Cypress Grove while clearing out his loft. Harking back to the collective ethos of Pierce’s beloved jazz, artists spill into each other’s tracks, reinterpreting or finishing lyrical and melodic sketches while some chose personal favorites from his catalogue.

This time, the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project includes Nick Cave (who also takes part in a return duet with Debbie Harry on ‘The Breaking Hands’), Mick Harvey, Debbie Harry & Chris Stein, Lydia Lunch, The Jim Jones Revue, Kid Congo Powers, Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell, Youth’s Vertical Smile, Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Warren Ellis, Barry Adamson, Bertrand Cantat & Pascal Humbert, Thalia Zedek & Chris Brokaw, Hugo Race, Dom Beken and Kris & Michelle Needs, sometimes in different combinations.

“The idea was that, these are not our songs, we merely interpret them,” explains Cypress Grove. “This is not a tribute project, which usually consists of third rate re-treads of an artist’s most famous work, but brand new material from beyond the grave. In some cases the artists have had to finish the songs, so there can be no nonsense about this not being as good as the original version as these are the original versions! It’s a musical collective of artists who have come together to interpret or complete skeletal, unfinished material by Jeffrey. Where possible we have used Jeffrey’s contributions, so he actually appears posthumously on this album.
“Also, many of the artists appear on each others tracks, like a true collective, so it is not merely a series of individual tracks. For Example, Warren Ellis appears on the Nick Cave tracks, but also plays with Lydia and Bertrand Cantat. Lydia Lunch sings with Tex Perkins and Barry Adamson, as well as doing her own track. Barry plays bass on Lydia’s track and Nick Cave’s ‘The Breaking Hands’, and so on. I like to think of it as being like Josh Homme’s The Dessert Sessions.”
 

Pierce and his ever-changing Gun Club lineups poured America’s roots music forms into a blender of hard drugs and liquor, wrenching the udders of America’s bloated cow to spew out toxic, low-life hollers and swamped-up songs of love and desperation.

He seemed to have located the dark main artery of the blues, loaded up an overblown hypo and set the plunger to permanent stun as first the group released seminal eighties classic albums including Fire Of Love, Miami and The Las Vegas Story, then later solo works such as Wildweed and Ramblin’ Jeffrey Lee & Cypress Grove. Jeffrey was infamous for his hard-drinking, drugging and hell-raising, dying from a brain haemorrhage in March, 1996. Since then, his influence has been increasingly acknowledged on musical forms like blues-punk and Americana. Those who knew him all have a tale to tell, seeing the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Project as one way of marking their affection and memories.

The album is released on 9th April on German label Glitterhouse on both CD and double vinyl, with 20 page booklet featuring memorabilia and extensive liner notes by Kris Needs. Proceeds from the first volume went to Amnesty International, but Pierce’s sister Jacqui is setting up The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Foundation to help fulfil her brother’s long-standing desire to provide musical instruments for under-privileged kids in LA.

A third and final volume called The Task Has Overwhelmed Us is already in production for release later in the year.

Track Listing:
1. City In Pain – Nick Cave
2. I’m Going Upstairs – Hugo Race
3. From Death To Texas – Steve Wynn
4. The Breaking Hands – Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell
5. The Jungle Book – The Amber Lights
6. Rose’s Blues – Bertrand Cantat, Pascal Humbert, Warren Ellis, Cypress Grove
7. Zonar Roze – Thalia Zedek & Chris Brokaw
8. L.A. County Jail Blues – Cypress Grove
9. I Wanna Be You – Barry Adamson
10. Sonny Boy – Mick Harvey
11. Book of Love – Vertical Smile
12. Body and Soul – Astro-Unicorn
13. The Brink – Lydia Lunch
14. The Breaking Hands – Nick Cave & Deborah Harry
15. In My Room – Tex Perkins & Lydia Lunch
16. The Jungle Book – Tav Falco’s Panther Burns
17. St Marks Place – Mick Harvey
18. Ain’t My Problem Baby – The Jim Jones Revue

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KING MOB NEWS

Comprising Stephen W Parsons – vocals (film composer and vocalist of legendary 70’s band Sharks), guitar legend Chris Spedding (Roxy Music, Elton John, John Cale, Paul McCartney), Toshi Ogawa – bass (exciting, young bass player from Japan), Martin Chambers – drums (Pretenders), and hot, new guitar talent Sixteen, King Mob will shortly announce further dates, but have confirmed the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne on 17th March and a date, with special guests, at London’s Islington Academy on 28th March.

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THOSE DARLINS LIVE

28-Mar London Lexington

29-Mar Bristol Start The Bus

30-Mar Nottingham Bodega

31-Mar Leicester Lock 42

01-Apr UK Glasgow King Tuts

02-Apr UK Leeds Brudenell Social Club

03-Apr Manchester Ruby Lounge

04-Apr UK London Brixton Windmill

Screws Get Loose’ is released on 13th Feb 2012

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JACK OBLIVION @ DIRTY WATER!

£10 in advance, £12 at door, concs (including members) £9/£11. Advance tickets here: http://​www.wegottickets.com/event/​134917 .

Memphis based Jack Oblivian (aka Jack Yarber) was a founding member of the garage-bands The Compulsive Gamblers and The Oblivans but he has contributed to a dizzying array of projects over the years, including Andre Williams, Jack Oblivian & the Tennessee Tearjerkers, The Cool Jerks, ’68 Comeback, King Louie & His Loose Diamonds, Greg Oblivian & the Tip Tops, Jack Oblivian & The Cigarillos, The Natural Kicks and Tav Falco’s Panther Burns. http://www.myspace.com/​officialjackoblivian

Even after his debut release, Too Much Love, captured the imagination of Memphis’ music lovers, Harlan T. Bobo still remains a mystery. Arriving in Memphis nine years ago after traveling a route as circuitous as that of any fugitive, Harlan has been busy endearing himself to local fans and soaking up as much of the city’s rich musical history as possible. Instead of shedding light on the man behind the music, his intensely personal lyrics have actually served to help perpetuate his enigmatic persona. However, with the release of his second album, I’m Your Man, one thing about Harlan T. Bobo can no longer remain an uncertainty — his musical talent is the real thing. It’s true, the man with a name that could’ve come straight from A Confederacy of Dunces can write classic heartbreaker songs with the best of ’em. http://www.myspace.com/​harlantbobo

In a town full of musical hermits and legends, it may seem trite to call
anyone the town’s best kept secret. But truck-driving rocker Shawn
Cripps and his revolving cast of characters collectively known as
Limes have been making lovable late-night rackets at midtown dives
for nearly a decade with very little to show for it. For a while, he lived on a boat in the Mississippi River; there were rumors he went a little kooky at some
point and wouldn’t listen to anything but Exile on Main Street for
months. He was a frequent collaborator with Harlan T. Bobo—the
two are both reclusive songsters with more than their fair share of talent
and bad luck. Catching Limes live, you never knew who will be
there or how it’ll turn out. Could be the best show of the year—or the
worst. Sometimes the worse they play, the better the show is.
http://www.myspace.com/​l_i_m_e_s

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KID CONGO DATES

November 23 London Corsica Studios
 November 26 Holland Amsterdam Paradiso
November 27 Holland Groningen Vera Club basement
 November 28 Travel
 November 29 Germany TBD
 November 30 Belgium Brusselles Les Ateliers Claus
 December 1 Germany Berlin Festaal Kreuzberg
 December 2 Germany Frankfurt Pony Hoff
 December 3 Switzerland Zurich Helsinki Club
 December 4 OFF
 December 5 Austria Vienna Chelsea
 December 7 France Roubaix La Caves aux Poétes
 December 8 Belgium Charleroi Le Vecteur
 December 9 France Paris La Boule Noire
December 10 France La Roche/Yon Fuzz Yon
 December 11 France Lorient Le Galion
 December 13 France Bordeaux L’Heretic
 December 14 France Nimes Industrie
 December 15 Spain Madrid Nasti
 December 16 Portugal Porto Armazem Do Cha
December 17 Spain Vitoria Helldorado

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KIM SALMON

Precious Jules’ debut album is 11 slices of glam, garage, punk and pop in the tradition of Ramones, NY Dolls, T-Rex and Bowie; it plays up to, and scrutinizes the notions of rock ‘n’ roll that have been distilled since its early days. The tracklist  –  ‘Cheap N Nasty’, ‘You’re a Backlash’, ‘Pearls Before Swine’ and ‘ The Urban Swamp’ – alone tells you where these guys are going and where they’ve been – Punk, Glam and Rock ‘n’ Roll filtered through the post modern nineties and naughties and brought up to the minute by a couple of master-pop theoreticians THAT is Precious Jules.

Having been repeatedly invited by various international touring artists to fill their support spots, Kim Salmon tired of playing alone and eventually asked producer friend Mike Stranges to accompany him on the drums. The pair of them would rock out on punk back catalogue and standards adding their own newies with each successive show.

The duo eventually tracked 9 songs and it was clear from the results that a suitable moniker was needed. Given that they’d just recorded ‘Cheap ‘n’ Nasty’ by Kim’s 1977 Perth Punk outfit The Cheap Nasties it wasn’t difficult to come up with something opposite yet similar and Precious Jules came into being.

Precious Jules have carefully cut, added to and indeed ‘polished’ their collection of gems. They may well move onto some other unlikely genre in the future but for this album, P.J.s have got something to prove – that even though there are just two of them, their rock is the hardest. Diamond hard in fact!

UK DATES: 

07-Nov  London  Rough trade In store (West)     6.00pm

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THE PRE NEW

This specially commissioned Pre Mix from St Etienne is available on i Tunes from Tuesday 1st of November and precedes the band’s debut album provisionally titled ‘MUSIC FOR PEOPLE WHO HATE THEMSELVES’ which will be available in early 2012 – just before the world comes to an end.
 
The St Etienne Pre Mix and The Pre New debut album will both be available through iTunes on the band’s own PRE WAR BLACK GHETTO label.
 
Live dates are expected early in the New Year.
 
THE FLOORS AN OCEAN AND THIS WAVE IS BREAKING
YOU ARE YOUR OWN REACTION
WE ARE PRE NEW – THIS IS WHAT WE DO


ADAM LIVE!

Thurs 10th Nov – Frome, Cheese & Grain
 
Fri 11th Nov – Bristol, O2 Academy
 
Sat 12th Nov – Leamington Spa, Assembly
 
Sun 13th Nov – Bournemouth, Pavilion
 
Thurs 17th Nov – Oxford, O2 Academy
 
Fri 18th Nov – Eastleigh, Concorde Club
 
Sun 20th Nov – London, Troxy
 
Fri 25th Nov – Dubin, Vicar Street
 
Sun 27th Nov – Glasgow, O2 ABC
 
Fri 2nd Dec – Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Theatre
 
Sat 3rd Dec – Portsmouth, Pyramids
 
Sun 4th Dec – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
 
Tues 6th – Guildford, Civic Hall
 
Thurs 8th Dec – Nottingham, Rock City
 
Fri 9th Dec – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
 
Sat 10th Dec – Leeds, O2 Academy
 
Sun 11th – Edinburgh, Picture House
 
Tues 13th – Newcastle, O2 Academy
 
Wed 14th – Manchester, HMV Ritz
 
Thurs 15th – Sheffield, O2 Academy
 
Fri 16th Dec – Norwich, UEA LCR

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Ant returns!

Adam Ant, the original Prince of new pop and iconic British musician, kicks off a UK winter tour on 11th November at Bristol’s O2 Academy.  This tour follows Ant’s triumphant return to live performing earlier this year, after a 15 year hiatus. 

In a career spanning more than 35 years Adam Ant has had ten top 10 singles with his band Adam and the Ants and also as a solo artist. 
 
In 1981 Adam and the Ants turned pop music on its head.  As well as reaching the number 1 spot with the singles ‘Stand And Deliver’ & ‘Prince Charming’, the songs became the number 1 and number 2 best-selling songs of the entire year.
 
Adam and the Ants disbanded at the end of 1981 but Adam also hit the number 1 spot in 1982 with his first solo single ‘Goody Two Shoes’.
 
With hundreds of shows performed in the UK since 1977, Adam has also toured extensively throughout the United States, mainland Europe, Australia and Japan.
 
Throughout the 80s and 90s Adam took up acting on the stage (Entertaining Mr Sloane & Greek), TV (The Equalizer, Tales from the Crypt& Northern Exposure) and also film (Love Bites, Slam Dance & Nomads) whilst still writing and producing music.

With 8 albums behind him Adam has completed two successful UK tours since playing at Under the Bridge, the purpose-built music venue at Chelsea football ground, in March 2011.
 
Expect to hear all the hits plus songs from his forth coming new album:

 ‘Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter’.

The album is due for release in Jan/Feb 2012 and a sample track ‘Tough Men Tough Blokes’ can be heard on his web site: www.adam-ant.net and a promo video on You Tube at: http://youtu.be/1mu91mcF3kI

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FALL ALBUM

Ersatz G.B. is the new studio album from The Fall, the 29th in their impressive canon. As with any Fall recording, Ersatz G.B. retains many of the group’s most distinctive elements, whilst offering a fresh take on Mark E. Smith’s familiar style and subject matter.
 
The line-up on the album remains the same as for the last few Fall releases:  Peter Greenway (lead guitar), Keiron Melling (drums), Elena Poulou (keyboards,vocals), Mark E. Smith (vocals) and David Spurr (bass).
 
Ersatz G.B. is The Fall’s first album for Cherry Red Records and it will be released on CD, limited edition vinyl and digital formats, preceded by a double A-side 7” single.
 
Track Listing:         (subject to change)
1.Cosmos 7
2.Taking Off
3.Nate Will Not Return
4.Mask Search
5.Greenway
6.Happi Song
7.Monocard
8.Laptop Dog
9.I’ve Seen Them Come
10.Age Of Chang

The Fall will undertake a UK tour in November in support of Ersatz G.B.

There aren’t very many groups that have been together longer than The Fall and it’s difficult to think of any who, like The Fall, have released brand new material almost every year. Formed at the height of the punk rock movement in Manchester in 1976, The Fall is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. The group’s music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years but it is often characterised by an abrasive, guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith’s distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.
 
The Fall were long associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed the group from the very early days and often cited them as his favourite group, famously opining, “they are always different; they are always the same.”
 
THE FALL
 
ERSATZ G.B. (CDBRED 500)
 
CHERRY RED RECORDS
 
14TH NOVEMBER 2011

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VOODOO RHYTHM

Reverend Beatman, the primitive rock’n’roll preacher for the blues
and gospel trash, and his band The Monsters headline a Voodoo Rhythm
night of fearsome rock’n’roll, messed up blues and twist-beat mayhem
also featuring Hipbone Slim and Mama Rosin and DJing until late from
DJ Scratchy & DJ Luchador.

£10 adv

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?
region=gb_london&query=detail&event=453768
The Lexington
96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB
Angel or King’s Cross Tube
www.thelexington.co.uk

Full dates are:

27/10 BERLIN
28/10 PARIS
29/10 LONDON @The Lexington (w/ line-up The Monsters + Mama Rosin + Hipbone Slim)


GRINDERMAN NEWS

Grinderman will appear in a Channel 4 documentary about the Exit Festival filmed at the Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad in Serbia in July 2011. The documentary (broadcast tonight, Monday 1st/ 2nd Aug on Channel 4 at 00.30) features a fierce live rendition of the song “Love Bomb” from their debut album.
 
Grinderman’s ferociously triumphant set at Alexandra Palace on 24th July rounded up a string of European summer festival appearances. Grinderman have now announced two headlining festival dates for Australia: Homebake Music Film and Arts Festival on 3rd December (http://www.homebake.com), followed by a Meredith Music Festival on the 10th December (www.mmf.com.au).
 
Grinderman won the much-coveted Song of the Year award at the MOJO Honours event on 21st July for their song “Heathen Child”, the first single off Grinderman 2. Their third single, “Palaces Of Montezuma” (released earlier this year) was used on the final episode of the TV crime drama Luther.
 
There are now three songs online from Grinderman live-in-the-studio session filmed at London’s RAK Studios last year by British artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. “Kitchenette” is the latest to be uploaded, and you can see all three at these links:
 
“Kitchenette” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgj5MCzqri8
“Palaces of Montezuma” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ5QaqRJX_o
“Worm Tamer” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YovCWp20nJ0
 
Grinderman are Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos.
 
For Further information: Sarah Lowe, Fifth Avenue PR, 020 8960 5802 fifthavenuepr@googlemail.com
 
www.myspace.com/grinderman
www.grinderman.com
http://www.facebook.com/grinderman
http://www.youtube.com/user/herecomethewolfman

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MARY CHAIN REISSUES

19th SEPTEMBER 2011
PSYCHOCANDY [Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Edition, EDSG 8006]
DARKLANDS [Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Edition, EDSG 8007]

26th SEPTEMBER 2011
AUTOMATIC [Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Edition, EDSG 8008]
HONEY’S DEAD [Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Edition, EDSG 8009]

3rd OCTOBER 2011
STONED AND DETHRONED [Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Edition, EDSG 8010]
MUNKI [Deluxe 2 CD + DVD Edition, EDSG 8011]

A violent and electrifying presence on the 80s and 90s indie scene, The Jesus And Mary Chain had a profound impact on the music of their generation and played an integral part in shaping the sound of British music for years to come. A full set of deluxe Expanded Edition reissues of their entire discography of studio albums has been undertaken by the Edsel label (of the Demon Music Group), with each individual release containing the original album re-mastered, a bonus disc of outtakes, b-side, unreleased and otherwise hard to find material, a DVD containing promo videos and TV appearances and an extensive booklet containing lyrics, rare memorabilia and exclusive interviews, and illustrated with never before seen photos. Coming out in chronological order, the first two of this six album series — Psychocandy and Darklands — will hit stores September 19th, followed by Automatic and Honey’s Dead on September 26th, and culminating in Stoned & Dethroned and Munki, out on October 3rd. Although subject to re-marketing campaigns in the past, this is the first time the band’s albums have received the expanded treatment.
 
Since its first release in November 1985 Psychocandy, The Jesus And Mary Chain’s debut album has come to be regarded as a classic (recently appearing on the NME’s list of the Top 50 Greatest Debut Albums Ever and Q Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest British Albums) while continuing to exert considerable influence on contemporary bands. The deluxe expanded edition of Psychocandy features all the original non-album b-sides, previously unreleased demos, and rare outtakes. Controversial early track “Jesus Fuck” (which the pressing plant at the time refused to manufacture) is contained herein intact, as are all the BBC Radio Sessions that the band recorded for John Peel during this period (including the legendary 1985 acoustic session) and their seminal debut single “Upside Down”, the release that put Creation Records on the map as documented in the recent film of the same name.

The accompanying Psychocandy DVD has all the original promo videos, alongside previously unreleased TV appearances, including their live debut on the Old Grey Whistle Test, and never before seen footage of the infamous riot at North London Polytechnic with excerpts of the band’s performance, interviews with all four original members, and scenes of the crowd destroying the venue! The accompanying booklet contains exclusive new interviews, including an extensive contribution from Psychocandy-era drummer Bobby Gillespie (who went onto fame as front-man of Primal Scream), and his elusive predecessor Murray Dalglish.
 
Following up their explosive debut, The Jesus And Mary Chain released Darklands, a more subtle album featuring their biggest chart hit “April Skies”. The deluxe expanded edition of Darklands features such gems as the Some Candy Talking EP, a previously unreleased but much sought-after Janice Long session from 1986, an alternate version of the “Some Candy Talking” single recorded for the NME, a recently unearthed version of the track “Darklands” with strings, and a BBC audio interview with Jim and William Reid from 1987. The accompanying DVD has all the promo videos including the band-made film for “Kill Surf City” and previously unreleased archival TV appearances, including their only appearance on Top Of The Pops and ITV’s short-lived rival program The Roxy.
 
Fusing rock ’n’ roll with the latest technology, third album Automatic experimented with drum machines, samples and sequenced bass, matched up with pop hooks and buzz-saw guitars. Tight and concise and bursting with catchy melodies, this is probably the easiest entry point into The Jesus And Mary Chain back catalogue for the casual listener.
 
The Automatic bonus disc includes the Sidewalking EP, live tracks previously unreleased on CD, rarities such as the 1988 re-record of early b-side "Just Out Of Reach" and a radio advertisement for the Automatic tour. Offered for the first time on DVD is the band-made film for "Just the Out Of Reach” along with previously unreleased archival TV appearances, including two complete live performances from SNUB TV, and two MTV features including the Reid brothers’ confrontational exchange with a hapless VJ.
 
Back with a bang in 1992, The Jesus And Mary Chain released their critically acclaimed fourth album Honey’s Dead. A startling trailer for the album to come top ten hit single “Reverence” married a hypnotic drum loop and propulsive percussion to sheet metal feedback and iconoclastic lyrics. Filtering their trademark combination of noise and melody through state-of-the-art production techniques, the Reid brothers reinvented themselves for a new decade.

The deluxe expanded Honey’s Dead contains the Rollercoaster EP, a rarely heard alternate version of "Why’d You Want Me", and a complete live set from their Rollercoaster package tour, along with remixes and radio interviews. The DVD includes the controversial video for "Teenage Lust”, along with a 20-minute interview and video retrospective with Jim and William Reid, interspersed with excerpts from all their videos from 1985 through 1992, and live footage of the band at Brixton Academy. The 20-page booklet contains exclusive new interviews, including a contribution from acclaimed producer Alan Moulder that provides revealing insights into The Jesus And Mary Chain’s studio work methods.
 
Originally conceived as an acoustic album, Stoned & Dethroned, The Jesus And Mary Chain’s fifth studio album mutated over the course of the recording to incorporate electric performances by a live band. Once again defying preconceptions of what the band were capable of, Stoned & Dethroned features some of the Reid brothers’ most intimate work, integrating Americana and 60s West Coast Pop into their signature sound. The album features guest vocals from The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan; but it was the collaboration with Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval on "Sometimes Always" that became their biggest chart hit in the USA.
 
Among the treasures to be found on the bonus disc are "Snakedriver" (recorded for the film The Crow), an alternate version of "God Help Me", a radio interview with Jim and William discussing the making of the album, as well as a rendition of The Cramps’ classic "New Kind Of Kick", and a complete 1995 live set. The DVD features promo videos for all the singles (including for the first time on DVD the video for "Something I Can’t Have"), a 1993 appearance on Later with Jools Holland, and four studio performances shot for MTV.
 
Returning to original label Creation Records for their sixth and last studio album to date, The Jesus And Mary Chain delivered Munki, a sprawling double album of experimental rock ‘n’ roll. Underappreciated upon initial release, Munki is a lost masterpiece of beautifully-crafted melodic noise-pop. Although the Reid brothers’ volatile relationship had by then reached the point where they were recording separately, the resulting album is cohesive and thoroughly encapsulates all the elements that made their records great over the years into a powerful valedictory statement.
 
The Munki expanded edition features the comp track "45 rpm" and a live set recorded at the Electric Ballroom that captures the band at the peak of its powers. The DVD features the previously unreleased promo videos for all the singles along with two songs performed on Later with Jools Holland. The booklet contains exclusive new interviews that tell the story of the band’s break-up and reformation in their own words, alongside previously unpublished photos and ephemera.
 
Reforming in 2007 The Jesus And Mary Chain have continued to tour to the delight of fans old and new alike. Their unique feedback-saturated sound remains relevant and has been acknowledged influence on whole new generations of bands including The Raveonettes, The Horrors, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dum Dum Girls and Wavves. This new collection of six albums puts in perspective all the great music they’ve made and sets the stage for renewed appraisal and an enduring legacy.
 

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NEW BUZZCOCKS/POGUES SUPPORT

 The BUZZCOCKS special guest to The Pogues at Greenwich Summer Sessions on July 30th and release "A Different Compilation" June 27th  2011    On Saturday July 30th Punk icons TheBuzzcocks have been confirmed as   special guests to The Pogues, in an open-air concert series set in the   stunning grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.  The Buzzcocks once  called ‘Beatles of punk’ have always delivered   undiminished passion and energy and will make for a great addition to   the Saturday night.  Nirvana to Green Day, Kaiser Chiefs to Kate Nash – just a few of the   artists who have acknowledged their musical debt to punk-pop pioneers,   The Buzzcocks. This legendary band has provided some of the catchiest   and often most provocative music ever and blazed a trail for legions   of artists to follow. Their catalogue of songs pervades popular   culture – film, television and game soundtracks, cover versions in   every style – and is still thrilling ecstatic audiences on the band’s   travels around the globe.  Always innovative, The Buzzcocks have seized control of this peerless   repertoire by taking them back into the studio. The result is A   Different Compilation – an album of 24 of the band’s bestloved and   iconic songs – which achieves the seemingly impossible by bringing a   21st century slant to these already timeless anthems.  “The original records now sound like demos”, says Pete Shelley. “These   new versions, honed by years on the road, showcase the songs as we   know they should be, the way we know audiences love to hear them.”  Steve Diggle adds, “What were songs of sophisticated innocence are now   songs of experience. 'Harmony In My Head' and 'Why She's A Girl From   The Chainstore' now have a full panoramic view!”  A Different Compilation charts the high points of their career and   includes ‘Boredom’ and ‘Breakdown’ from their iconic debut Spiral   Scratch EP, the thrillingly lascivious first single ‘Orgasm Addict’   and their biggest hits, ‘Love You More’, ‘Promises’, ‘What Do I Get?’,   the hypnotic ‘Why Can’t I Touch It?’ and, of course, the classic ‘Ever   Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't’ve)?’.  A Different Compilation captures this unique and influential group at   their most powerful and proves Buzzcocks remain contemporary and as   relevant as they always have been – a band with a past, present and a   future.   Greenwhich Summer Sessions Tickets (all + booking fee): Standing from £27.50 / Seated from   £42.50 / VIP tickets available  For more information and to book visit:  HYPERLINK "http://www.greenwichsummersessions.co.uk  " www.greenwichsummersessions.co.uk or call 0844 209 7325  Old Royal Naval College, West Gate, Greenwich, SE10 9NN  Follow us on Twitter @gsummersessions     For further Buzzcocks tour dates please go to  www.buzzcocks.com   A Different Compilation track listing: 1. Boredom                                13. Turn Of The Screw 2. Fast Cars                              14. Noise Annoys 3. I Don't Mind                           15. Breakdown 4. Autonomy                               16. Promises 5. Get On Our Own                         17. Love You More 6. What Ever Happened To?                 18. What Do I Get? 7. When Love Turns Around You             19. Harmony In My Head 8. Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore   20. Oh Shit! 9. Why Can't I Touch It?                  21. Ever Fallen In Love  (with Someone You Shouldn't've)? 10. Alive Tonight                         22. Orgasm Addict 11. I Don't Know What To Do With My Life  23. I Believe 12. You Say You Don't Love Me             24. Love Is Lies  Format: CD DL / ITUNES Catalogue number: COOKCD539 COOKDL539 Barcode: 711 297 49 39 2 4 (cd) 711 297 49 39 4 8 (dl)  Buzzcocks Pete Shelley: guitar/vocals Steve Diggle: guitar/vocals Chris Remington: bass Danny Farrant: drums   www.buzzcocks.com        www.cookingvinyl.com

 

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