Entries tagged with: Bauhaus
While mainly known for being a member of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets, David J has had a steady solo career as well, putting out some especially lovely, spare acoustic records in the '80s, such as 1985's Crocodile Tears And The Velvet Cosh and 1990's Songs From Another Season. His new album, An Eclipse of Ships, is very much in those records' molds. The record was funded via kickstarter and will be out later this year. David explains about it:
The title, An Eclipse of Ships, is a play on the old Longfellow line, 'ships that pass in the night', describing the rare incident of seaborne vessels sailing directly past each other in the dark. Traditionally, sailors would shine a light onto each other's hulls as a silent greeting before continuing on their respective voyages. The phrase was later employed to describe a brief, intense encounter between two people who then part, never to see each other again.You can watch the video for "You Suit a Rainy Day" from it below.
North America will get a preview of of An Eclipse of Ships on David J's upcoming spring tour. He'll be in Austin, TX next week for SXSW and, in April, he'll play East Coast dates with his band The Gentlemen Thieves, including NYC's Pianos on April 19 with The Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo on the bill as well. David also plays Asbury Park's The Saint on April 18. Tickets to both those NY-area shows are on sale now.
In other news, his 1983 solo debut, Etiquette of Violence, was just reissued by Cherry Red with a bonus disc of outtakes and demos. It's been out of print since 1990.
All upcoming David J dates are listed, along with the new song and some classic solo songs, below...
Peter Murphy @ Webster Hall, 5/7/2013
Last night (5/7), Peter Murphy returned to New York, playing a nearly two-hour set of his Bauhaus material to a sold out Webster Hall. It was part of his Mr Moonlight tour, Celebrating 35 Years of Bauhaus, which takes him throughout the US, Mexico, Canada and Europe. (He was in Austin a couple weeks ago.) However as girls sat on each other's shoulders taking photos of each other with Bauhaus signs, Murphy was quick to remind everyone that "We're not Bauhaus, we're us!" Otherwise his set was notably free of the usual between-song banter, which I wondered about until he dedicated an emotional "Who Killed Mr Moonlight" to his mother-in-law saying she'd passed away eight hours earlier.
The two support bands were Loudboy from NYC, apparently a nickname given to frontman John Andrews by Helmet's Page Hamilton, followed by Ours, a six piece who have supported Peter Murphy in the past and describe themselves as "an American based musical group led by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Gnecco." Ours are also in the midst of an extensive headlining tour throughout the US.
More pictures from Webster Hall are below.
Peter Murphy, of Bauhaus/solo artist fame, was arrested this weekend after allegedly hitting another car in his Subaru (brutal) and attempting to flee the scene. He was cornered by an eyewitness until the police arrived:
The eyewitness followed Murphy, 55, from the crash at Central and Goode avenues in Glendale to the 3400 block of Barham Boulevard in Los Angeles because "he was afraid [Murphy] would kill someone with his driving," according to Glendale police.No word as to whether or not the arrest will change anything with his upcoming all-Bauhaus tour scheduled for this spring.
Murphy, who was in a Subaru Forester, reportedly struck a Mercedes about 11:48 a.m. at the intersection, then drove around it and entered the 134 Freeway, police said. As he fled the scene, a witness who was washing windows snapped a photograph of Murphy's vehicle, which had sustained moderate front-end damage...
Glendale officers said Murphy appeared to be at points "very confused" and had difficulty recalling the day and time.
Murphy denied drinking alcohol that day, adding that he had only taken his regular prescription pills for depression, according to police... Inside the L.A. police patrol car where Murphy had been detained, officers reported finding a small plastic bag, possibly of methamphetamine, police said. Murphy denied that the bag belonged to him, but officers said they believed he was trying to discard it in the patrol car. -[LA Times]
Peter Murphy @ The Well, Sept. 2012 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Peter Murphy will be celebrating Bauhaus' 35th Anniversary with a tour this year where he'll perform a set solely comprised of his old band's material. Too bad he couldn't coax his bandmates Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins (aka Love & Rockets) to reunite as they did for Bauhaus' 20th anniversary in 1998 (anyone go to either/both of the Hammerstein Ballroom shows?). For some, though, Murphy digging deep into Bauhaus's catalog will be good enough. The tour will hit NYC on May 7 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (3/6) at noon with the regular on-sale happening on Friday at noon.
All tour dates are listed, plus their entire 1998 "Gotham" concert video, below...
photos by Harriet Roberts
Peter Murphy at The Well, 8/26/2012
Goth icon Peter Murphy played Bushwick outdoor venue The Well a couple weeks ago (8/26) and we've got a belated set of pics for you to check out. His set mixed cuts from 2011's Ninth with many of his late '80s alt-rock hits ("Cuts You Up," "All Night Long") as well as a few Bauhaus songs and Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" which Bauhaus covered as a single in 1982.
Setlist from The Well, along with more photos from the show are below...
DOWNLOAD: Heavenly Beat - "Messiah" (MP3)
Xeno and Oaklander at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn synth goths Xeno and Oaklander have an upcoming local show this week at Public Assembly on Friday (5/11) with Frank (Just Frank), and DJ sets by Bauhaus/Love & Rockets bassist David J, CREEP and Todd Pendu. (There's also an open Asahi beer bar at 9:30.) Tickets are still available.
Next month, the band will head to Austin for Chaos in Tejas, and upon returning home, they'll play another NYC show at The Studio at Webster Hall on June 11 with fellow goths Plastic Flowers and Religious to Damn and fellow electronic artist Autre Ne Veut. Tickets are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.
RØSENKØPF also plays Glasslands with King Dude soon, in celebration of a new record. That record has a song called "Light The Way" which has a video which you can watch below.
In addition to DJing the Friday Public Assembly show, David J is also DJing tonight (5/10) at Elmurst club Arena Queens. Besides his gigs in Bauhaus and Love & Rockets (and Porno for Pyros and The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy), David J has a long solo career as well, having released his eighth album, Not Long for This World, last year on Starry Records. You can stream some of it here.
In more related news, Plastic Flowers have a NYC show coming up at Glasslands on July 10 with Captured Tracks bands Cosmetics and Beach Fossils side project Heavenly Beat (who has a new song out, download above), and Psychobuildings. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of both Cosmetics and Dirty Beaches, Exclaim points out that Montreal's Grand Trine have broken up and member Shubhayan Roy has joined Dirty Beaches while Tobias Rochman has joined Cosmetics.
All dates, stream, and flier below...
HR with Bad Brains at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Erik Erikson)
The two-day benefit for Lucinda's Kids at Bowery Electric begins today (4/29) with Marah, Jesse Malin, Willie Nile, Jimmy Gnecco, Dave Milone, Jim Boggie, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Ptter Ericson Stakee.
H.R. of Bad Brains plays night two, Monday, of that Manhattan benefit, but first he'll headline a Brooklyn show of his own at Public Assembly tonight (4/29) with support from Paranoid Social Club, The WonderMics, Groundswell, Matt Pless, and Jay Samel. Tickets are on sale.
The show is one of a few notable events at Public Assembly in the coming months. Xeno & Oaklander will headline Public Assembly on May 11th with David J (Bauhaus), Frank (Just Frank), and DJ sets by CREEP and Todd Pendu. Tickets are still available. Xeno & Oaklander are currently touring in the Midwest.
Also going down in the near future at Public Assembly, Idiot Glee (who we profiled last year) will play with Nick Diamonds (of islands), Celestial Shore, and DJ Udbhav on May 11th. $8 gets you in. Idiot Glee recently posted a new video for "That's All For Everyone" which is viewable below. The track comes from the band's Don't Go Out Tonight 7" and is a cover of Fleetwood Mac. Pick up a copy.
Public Assembly will host The X-Ecutioners, Da Beatminerz and "special guests TBA" alongside resident DJs Total Eclipse and Gen.Erik on May 3rd. Details, including cost, are forthcoming but prepare for a night of jaw-dropping turntablism.
Check out that Idiot Glee video and more videos below.
words & photos by Harriet Roberts
Peter Murphy @ Irving Plaza
I came to Murphy's concert at Irving Plaza this week with, I think, the right amount the reverence. Murphy's baritone is iconic. He's got half a dozen great singles, including "Cuts You Up," "You're So Close" and "Final Solution," spread among the eight or nine records in his post-Bauhaus career.Peter Murphy played to a mostly packed Irving Plaza on 11/21, supported by She Wants Revenge from San Fernando Valley, California and Hussle Club from New York. The show was part of Murphy's huge, ongoing tour with She Wants Revenge through Europe and North America to support his latest release Ninth.
If you overlook the indulgent and pretentious Turkish-flavored records Murphy has put out, there are enough great songs to sustain a couple hours of entertainment.
The voice is still there and Murphy is trim and expressive in his mid-50s, acting out the songs with his hands and fingers like he's in a silent movie. But the impression he left me with, a balding old man playing old songs to aging acolytes, was that the whole thing was kind of farcical... The music we grew up with is gone. It's part of who we are now, but it can't be recaptured or recreated. A simulacrum of something that was once awesome and genuine and that hit hard is just that, a simulacrum. The songs may sound the same, they may evoke feelings or memories that, for a few bars, evoke a place and a time..., but they're not the real thing. Each return to a Peter Murphy song, or a Depeche Mode song, actually separates us a little big further from the original.
-[Upper Middle Brow]
For many Murphy is best known for his work as part of the influential group Bauhaus, who arrived late 1978 influenced by the punk rock movement and went on to unintentionally spawn a genre (Goth). They survived for four hot years before disbanding, at which point Murphy went on to start a successful solo career and to collaborate with artists such as Japan's Mick Karn in the group Dalis Car. In 1998 the members of Bauhaus reunited and the band returned for the full-scale 'Resurrection' world tour, before disappearing forever. Murphy returned to his solo career, writing and touring ever since.
More pictures from Irving Plaza and all remaining tour dates are below.
NIN played their first of two shows at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom last night (8/28). Peter Murphy was their no-longer-surprise guest. Mew opened and they do it again tonight (8/29). Last night's setlist below...
photos by Tim Griffin
There was one absolutely insane (not in the fun way, but in the clinical way) woman who was clearly drunk and stumbled up behind us and kept calling up to the stage demanding attention.Since there was no Nine Inch Nails show last night (they start back up again in Chicago tonight) and I didn't want to go a day without a Peter Murphy post, I was glad to remember that we had this unused set of pictures in the reserve from one of Peter's July shows at Highline Ballroom in NYC (they may or may not be from the show Leslie was at) (actually, Leslie was probably at both). More pictures below...
Crazy-Lady: Peter! It's Leslie [turning back towards us] I know him, he remembers me.
Crazy-Lady: Peter! You have to help me, Peter! They're going to kill me!
I am not making this shit up!
She started making weird shapes with her hands like she was casting spells, and kept holding out her hand to Peter and the guitarist, cupped as if she was demanding an offering from them.
When Peter shook hands with everyone standing near the stage, Crazy Leslie tried to get his attention again:
Crazy-Lady: Peter, it's Leslie! You remember me, Peter!
Peter Murphy: I'm sorry, I'm sure I don't remember you. [Nymphean]
Peter Murphy makes a grand appearance @ Terminal 5 - 8/26/09 (by trentvanegas)
"Whether rising from coffins on-stage, driving a hearse called the "Bauhearse," or appearing in concert as vampires, Bauhaus was one of the establishing acts of the goth movement. Their use of spacey recording effects and theatrical aesthetics was evocative of both early horror films and glam rock; they became an influential group in the early days of gothic rock.Nine Inch Nails have completed their four-night run in NYC. Tonight (8/26) was the 2nd show at Terminal 5 and it ended with another guest appearance by Peter Murphy who descended from the ceiling on a chain... upside down like a bat (see above and below).
In 1982, Bauhaus appeared during the opening sequences of the horror movie The Hunger, performing one of their most popular songs, "Bela Lugosi's Dead". The camera focused almost exclusively on Murphy during most of the scene, panning only briefly to the stars David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve." [Wikipedia]
Peter helped Trent and band perform "Reptile", "Strange Kind Of Love", Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead", and Pere Ubu' "Final Solution". Full setlist and video below...
"Secret Cover Tour '09: To coincide with the staggered release of 4 single covers, the Secret Cover Tour will include a preview of new material from Peter's forthcoming album (to be announced in the near future). More touring is planned to follow U.S. & Europe." - [Peter Murphy]The two NYC Peter Murphy shows are tonight (7/6) and tomorrow (7/7). Tickets are still available for both. Modwheelmood is the opener. Updated tour dates below...
"He only played a few songs from his solo back catalog, so if you are expecting another greatest hits tour, this isn't it. But I have heard those songs before many times so for me it is much more exciting to hear new songs. Especially when they sound this good!" - [strangelets in San Francisco]
"Tonights show was great! all except the venur security who did not want us to tak esetlists home as mementos. Sorry if you guys planned to reuse them. We always print nw ones out. Never in my life have I had my arm pulled behind my back to the point of snapping and ushered out without putting up a fight and then thrown out. All I wanted was a memento to remember the show by." - [Steve Lane in Portland]
Peter Murphy @ Gramercy Theatre June 26, 2008 (more by Lori Baily)
Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy made a rare appearance at Austin's South By Southwest festival today (March 19, 2009), coming all the way from his adopted home in Turkey to perform for a packed house at Elysium.Murphy is coming back to the US for solo shows this summer. That tour includes a two-show NYC run at the Highline Ballroom in July. Tickets for the Monday, July 6th and Tuesday, July 7th shows are on sale.
Backed by a four-piece band, the goth legend performed several songs from his extensive solo catalogue and pranced around the stage dramatically throughout the 45-minute set.
In between songs, Murphy bantered with the crowd and delivered a message to any musicians in the room. "This is about music, not radio friendliness," he said. "The artist has more power than anybody. The artists must know that they are the centre of it."
At one point, Murphy even handed his microphone to audience members who proceeded to ask him questions. When a woman asked how it felt to reunite with Bauhaus recently, Murphy said, "Bauhaus are very nice chaps but they are exhausting!"
Later in the evening, a man in the crowd shouted, "We fucking love you, Peter!"
"I'm sure you just want to enter my body," quipped Murphy in response, "which is not love." [NME]
If Murphy's gigs this summer are anything like his SXSW set, the music will be mainly focused on material from his upcoming album. Speculation about that album...
[Peter Murphy's forthcoming] album may feature production from Trent Reznor of NIN and feature Peter's version of the track "Warm Leatherette," which they have been performing live together... [Wikipedia]Murphy sang with Reznor on the NIN song "Reptile" in Atlantic City last year. The pair are no strangers to collaboration. In 2006, while on the road together with their respective bands, Reznor and Murphy recorded live, in-studio versions of a number of tracks, including "Warm Leatherette" and "Reptile." Videos of those, videos from Peter Murphy's SXSW set, the Chase Bank commercial featuring Myrphy's voice and all known tour dates, below...
Photos by Zach Dilgard
"The surprise of the night was when Peter Murphy from Bauhaus added some extra spookiness to "Reptile". It reminded me of how disappointed I am that Bauhaus broke up again. The lighthearted moment of the evening was when Trent Reznor (Vocals/Guitars) lamented how he had apparently messed up the lyrics in the breakdown of "Closer". Luckily, a fan helped Trent out by repeating the correct lyrics when he was tossed the microphone. Trent would later incorporate the lyrics into "Discipline" to the delight of the audience." [Amateur Chemist]More pictures and the setlist below...
photos by Zach Dilgard
DOWNLOAD: Love & Rockets live @ Lolla (MP3s captured from video stream) (MEGAUPLOAD link)
Frontman Daniel Ash -- dressed in a Keith Richards pirate motif -- cooed and moaned lyrics about obsession over hot slabs of roaring bass riffs ("No Big Deal") and pulsating goth rock ("Haunted When the Minutes Drag"). They even made some room for some heavy metal theatrics. It was a nice nod to Lollapalooza's past, as Love and Rockets are the sort of band that its founder wanted to spread to the masses with his festival in the first place. [Rolling Stone]Video of Perry Farrell introducing the band, more pics, and the setlist below....
photos by Lori Baily
Murphy's current Retrospective tour culls from both his solo work and Bauhaus's songs, particularly those on its spring-released "Go Away White," a surprisingly fine recording after the quartet's 15-year recording hiatus. But, with Bauhaus, arguably the band who invented the Goth rock movement in 1979, once again disbanded, and this time with a sense of finality, Murphy is airing the new songs with a three-piece backing band, which includes drummer-for-hire Nick Lucero (Queens of the Stone Age). "They might've played with other people, but they're mine now," said Murphy with vampirish relish. A new solo album was completed, he also assured. [Boston.com]Lori went to see Peter Murphy, but left a big fan of opener Ali Eskandrian (June 26, 2008). The rest of the tour dates, and more pictures from the Blender/Gramercy Theater show, below....
Bauhaus have a new album out.