Entries tagged with: Happy Mondays
by Bill Pearis
Shaun Ryder (right), with Kermit & Bez of Black Grape
Happy Mondays / Black Grape frontman Shaun Ryder announced earlier this year that he had "something in the pipeline." Turns out he's got a few things in there. He dropped a white label 12" last week, his first new music in eight years. Both tracks are pretty good: "Close the Dam" being chilled out funk, and "Electric Scales" a little on the crazed side. Ryder, who Factory Records chief Tony Wilson used to compare to W.B. Yeats, still gets off some good lines, too. It's a welcome return and you can stream both sides below.
Rhino recently reissued Happy Mondays' classic 1990 album Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches on vinyl (they used the original master tapes, it sounds great), and Shaun and Bez and Kermit will be on a Black Grape reunion tour in the UK / Ireland this summer. Tour dates are listed, along with a stream of their 1995 debut, It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Record Store Day 2015 is this Saturday (4/18) and there's an almost overwhelming amount of special/exclusive product being released for it. Does the world need a vinyl pressing of The Pizza Underground demos? Should you buy the RSD repress of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run when original copies of the album can be found in most used record stores for $10? Probably not, but there are some things of actual interest coming out for RSD15, according to BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis who have put together a list of 15 recommended releases. You can browse that list below. What are you hoping to score tomorrow?
If you're heading out in NYC on Saturday, check out our NYC RSD guide to in-store performances, special events (and free beer). Our RSD picks in alphabetical order, with some song streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
It's been eight years since Happy Mondays' Unkle Disfunctional and 12 since the amazing mess that was Shaun Ryder's 2003 solo album, Amateur Night in the Big Top. But things are twisting in Ryder's melon with hints that Black Grape may play gigs this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that band's debut, It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah. He's also got "something in the pipeline" -- a new album of some sort? We shall see.
Ryder has stayed busy recently as host of History Channel UK series Shaun Ryder on UFOs since 2013.
Convinced from an early age that UFO's exist after spotting one in the sky above his house in Salford, Shaun sets off on a quest to find out the truth. Along the way he scans more than just the sky, speaking to experts and witnesses, academics and abductees, skeptics and believers in an attempt to get to the bottom of their stories and separate fact from fantasy.Americans can watch Shaun Ryder on UFOs on Netflix and you can check out a few clips from the show, and stream Amateur Night in the Big Top via Rdio, below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
The 49-year-old maraca-shaking Madchester legend told the Manchester Evening News of his plans to run as an MP in his hometown of Salford, declaring his priorities were to 'stir things up' and bring about the redistribution of wealth, tackling cancer and dementia, and ending all war.For those not in the know, Salford is a borough of Manchester. Bez has led a colorful life but is best known for his "freaky dancin'" in infamous (and awesome) Madchester group Happy Mondays. Last year the band celebrated the 25th anniversary of their 1988 album Bummed on tour and will be playing European festival dates this summer. The Mondays' last North American tour was in 2009.
"I've been saying we need a revolution, and there's no good shouting about it when you're not actually doing anything," said Bez. "If you want to do something about things you've got to get into the corridors of power and take them on."
The sort-of musician, sort-of dancer, whose real name is Mark Berry, won Celebrity Big Brother back in 2005. Now, he vows to create 'a new world order'.
"If you're voting for me, you're voting as a protest about what's happening in the world at the moment," he continued. "I'm going to create a new world order and get rid of them and start again with a new, fairer system without evil being the main policy." - [Gigwise]
A few examples of Bez' signature moves below...
Live Nation santas outside Irving Plaza - 7/14/2009 (Jason DeCrow/AP Images)
Live Nation has been dealing with the recession, or at least their recession, by putting tickets on sale like crazy this summer. They've been continuing week after week with their No Service Fee Wednesdays (for lawn tickets at amphitheater shows). This past Tuesday they sent multiple Santa Clauses to give out tickets outside Irving Plaza here in NYC. And there are $5.00 ticket promotions running for both Citi Cardmember holders and Subway sub eaters (code = Subway$5tix). NYC show tickets you can get for $5.00 include Pinback, Bob Mould, Son Volt, Alice in Chains AND STRYPER, Suffocation (playing with Necrophagist on Sunday), Marduk, Obituary, Vader and KMFDM, Brian Wilson in Westbury, and Motorhead, Psychedelic Furs, Happy Mondays, and Islands. Supposedly Pet Shop Boys are $5.00 too, but I can't get that to work.
Islands @ Market Hotel 11/8 (more by Leia Jospe)
Islands and Amusement Parks On Fire are the two bands that'll split opening duties on the Happy Mondays/The Psychedelic Furs co-headlining tour this fall. Islands will take the tour's second half, which includes its NYC stop on Friday, October 9th at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Islands will be supporting their new record, Vapours, which comes out September 22nd on Anti- (who are releasing the first album by Rain Machine on the same day). That Islands album marks the return of Nick Diamonds' Unicorns bandmate Jamie Thompson (who has also been in Islands before). Their label writes...
Nick Diamonds' polymorphous pop band, Islands, is back with their third studio album, Vapours. The 2006 debut, Return to the Sea, found eccentric and mellifluous pop tunes performed with a cast of characters from Montreal's thriving music scene (including members of Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade), helmed by Nick Diamonds and Jamie Thompson. Thompson departed amicably from the group shortly after the album was released, and 2007's Arm's Way found the band turning in a new direction towards lushly orchestrated, guitar-driven prog-rock. Thompson has returned to the band for Vapours, a record that flits back and forth between moody synthesizers and drum-machine-heavy beats, while remaining firmly rooted in the classic pop sensibilities and multitude of melodic hooks that Islands is known for.The other ex-Unicorn, Alden Penner, recently took his band Clues on their first extended tour this summer. The tour hit NYC's Santos Party House on June 17th.
Produced by Nick Diamonds and Chris Coady (who has worked with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blonde Redhead, TV On The Radio, among others), this is the group's most stunning work to date.
All tour dates below...
Happy Mondays performed before another reformed act, Rage Against the Machine, to put the finishing touches at the 2007 Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California on April 27, 2007. They were introduced that night by Tony Wilson. Bez missed the show because he could not get into the U.S. due to "passport" issues. The band then toured medium-sized venues in England in May 2007, playing old and new material. Various festival dates in the UK and New York City were performed throughout Summer 2007. The Happy Mondays have been announced to play Splendour in the Grass in Australia in July 2009. [Wikipedia]As previously reported, the Happy Mondays are going on a North American tour with The Psychedelic Furs, and that includes an October 9th show at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Tickets for that show are now on Live Nation Presale and go on general sale Friday, June 26th, at 10am. All dates (many, many more than in the last post) and ticket links are below...
The Psychedelic Furs @ Wellmont Theatre - June 13 (more by Tim Griffin)
"Details are scarce, but it appears '80s stalwarts -- and John Hughes soundtrack stars -- The Psychedelic Furs are plotting a fall club tour of the U.S. with recently reactivated Madchester survivors Happy Mondays.One of those dates that will hopefully actually happen is October 9th at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. The other four are listed below...
So far, just five dates have surfaced in September and October, spanning the East and West Coasts, with stops in Texas and Colorado in between (see dates below); it appears likely the somewhat odd pairing will be touring for at least a month in the U.S.
The Furs last weekend wrapped a short, eight-date warm-up tour of the northwest U.S., playing sets drawn mainly from the band's second LP, Talk Talk Talk, alongside some obscure and rarely aired tracks from the Mirror Moves and Forever Now albums, according to fan site PsychedelicFurs.co.uk.
The band currently features co-founders and brothers Richard and Tim Butler, along with mid-'80s additions Mars Williams and Paul Garisto, in addition to newer faces Amanda Kramer and Richard Good.
As for the Mondays, the band -- down to original members Shaun Ryder, Bez and Gary Whelan -- has continued to play sporadic dates since its 2007 reunion album Uncle Dysfunktional. The group has festival dates lined up this summer in the U.K. and Australia." [Slicing Up Eyeballs] (thx Darren!)
Sex Pistols @ Live at Loch Lomond, Scotland - Aug 3, 2008 (mdj)
Is John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols on a mission for as much press as possible? If so, it's working. First came the incident with Bloc Party's Kele which also involved the Foals and which Lydon denied has anything to do with racism. Since then:
The Sex Pistols demanded a fence be erected around their toilet at a music festival last weekend. The punk rockers reportedly didn't want to share their private toilet and asked for a high security barrier to keep people out at Scotland's Live at Loch Lomond festival. Frontman John Lydon - also known as Johnny Rotten - was also said to be incensed when he realised electro band Autokratz were being driven around the event in a better car than his band, and demanded the vehicles were switched. Autokratz singer David Cox told Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "The Sex Pistols had two Land Rovers to ferry them around the site but Johnny seemed to prefer our car.Clever. And:
"So he made us take all our equipment out so he could travel 40 metres in it."
Once the switch had been completed, John allegedly shouted: "Autokratz, as we have taken your Auto you are now just Kratz."... [New Zealand City]
[Lydon] addressed the racist row that he was caught up in over the last 10 days when he sang a song about Allah and Jesus. He sang: "Allah be praised, George Bush be erased. Hello, Allah. Hello, Jesus too." He then told the crowd: "That is a little challenging to some of you. "So just in case you missed it the f****** papers had the f****** liberty to call me a racist. "I say hello, Allah. I'd like to buy Allah a f****** good pint of larger." Rolling up his sleeve, he berated fans saying: "Are you our friends? Well then, drink your beer instead of throwing it, you f****** idiot." Johnny also had a dig at Coldplay, saying: "This is audience participation 100 per cent. We're the Sex Pistols, not f****** Coldplay." And Rotten had a pop at Happy Mondays. They were head lining the Good Vibrations stage while the Pistols were on the main stage. The godfather of punk said: "Is there anybody there? Is there anybody over at Happy Mondays? That's a shame.".. [The Daily Record]How punk. He also has beef with Pete Doherty, Amy Winehouse (the female Pete Doherty), and Duffy (the new Amy Winehouse). Those quotes below...
Yvette Livesey & Tony Wilson's In the City Festival runs from June 13-14, 2007 (this week) right here in NYC. The festival is basically two days of music industry panels followed by two nights of UK music that was to include two shows by The Happy Mondays at Nokia Theatre, BUT as many know by now - possibly because they had tickets, or possibly because they were keeping up with the comments from yesterday, The Happy Mondays have cancelled both shows.
The Rakes & Pigeon Detectives has been moved to Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale. Press release below...
Presale tickets (password anyone?) go on sale at noon for two nights of the Happy Mondays at Nokia Theatre in NYC on June 13th and 14th.
Happy Mondays @ Nokia Theatre, NYC, 2007
June 13 w/ The Rakes & Pigeon Detective
June 14 w/ TBA
Stay tuned for more details in a few minutes.