Entries tagged with: Joy Division
by Bill Pearis
Peter Hook is continuing to work his way through the New Order catalog, touring two albums at a time. This fall he and his band The Light will be performing 1985's Low-Life and 1986's Brotherhood in full. They'll also be their own opener, doing a set of Joy Division songs to start the evening. Those dates include a stop in NYC at Irving Plaza on November 7. Tickets to the NYC show go on sale Friday (3/7) at 10 AM with a Music Geeks presale starting Thursday (3/6) at 10 AM (password is "musicgeeks"). All dates are listed below.
As someone who thinks Low-Life is New Order's best album, I have to admit getting to hear deep cuts "Sunrise," "Sooner Than You Think" and "Face Up" (and Brotherhood songs "Weirdo" and "Way of Life"), which New Order haven't played in eons, is kinda appealing. Hook's plowing through his ex-band's discography is getting weird, though. When he toured Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies last year, those were early records where the through-line to Joy Division was still obvious. But these mid-'80s records, New Order had fully established their own identity and it's really hard to think of these songs without Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris.
To get a good look at New Order (who play the Tibet House benefit soon) in this mid-'80s creative peak, you can watch concert video Pumped Full of Drugs, filmed in Tokyo in 1985, which is pretty great. Stream it, with the list of tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
New Order's new album, Lost Sirens, consists of tracks from the same recording sessions as 2005's Waiting for the Siren's Call. The record was originally supposed to come out the next year, but bassist Peter Hook got in a tiff with the rest of the band and quit. Seven years later, the tracks will see the light of day on Tuesday (1/15). The eight tracks are likely the last New Order tracks to feature Hook's signature bass playing (and it's not on all of them). Musically, it's pretty good and more dancey than either of New Order's last two albums. For fans of frontman Bernard Sumner's unique lyrical gifts, there are some real gems to be heard here.
You can stream the whole of Lost Sirens over at Rolling Stone.
The rest of New Order were here in October.
As mentioned, Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook is giving his book, Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, a North American release on January 29 and is promoting it with a book launch in NYC at DUMBO art space/bookstore Powerhouse Arena on January 28, where he'll be in conversation with PItchfork's Brandon Stosuy.
Peter has since added another book talk in NYC happening on January 29 at Strand Books, where he'll be in conversation with New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones. To attend you either have to purchase a copy of the book from Strand or buy a $10 gift card. The event runs from 7-8 PM.
Tonight (1/9) at The Strand, Ben Gibbard joins author Ron Currie, Jr. for an "evening of conversation and music."
Video of Peter Hook performing with Joy Division back in the day is below...
by Bill Pearis
The demystification process starts with Hook's portrayal of himself as a laddish delinquent who, thunderstruck by punk rock, spontaneously decides to form a band with Salford schoolfriend Bernard Sumner, and only develops his distinctively high, melodic bass-playing style to counteract the shortcomings of a cheap amp. Even as he lays bare Curtis's juvenile side, Hook seems somewhat in awe of the singer: the charismatic highbrow with the arty Belgian girlfriend and the love of Ballard and Burroughs.Peter Hook's Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, a first-person account of his first band, came out back in October 2012 in the UK but will just now see a North American release on January 29. The bassist will promote its release with a book launch at DUMBO art space/bookstore Powerhouse Arena on January 28 that will include a conversation with Pitchfork's Brandon Stousy, as well as "DJ Sportcoat will be on the turntables, and drinks will be served." The event starts at 7 PM and is free.
There's a lovely image of Curtis in the studio, assembling his brutal, beautiful lyrics by rummaging through a carrier bag full of scraps of paper. Hook and Sumner are cast as comic relief, constantly overruled by belligerent producer Martin Hannett ("a lunatic wizard") and forbidden from speaking in interviews by manager Rob Gretton. "He didn't do it to create a mystique around the band but because he thought we were a couple of cretins." - [The Guardian]
This is Hook's second book, the first was The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club, an extremely entertaining account of the Manchester club the band co-owned with Factory records and became ground zero for the late-'80s UK rave scene. Meanwhile, Hook continues to regurgitate his musical past with his band The Light. Having toured the Joy Division albums, he's gearing up to bring New Order's first two albums, Movement and Power, Corruption and Lies, on the road as well. While this may seem even more ill-advised than touring the Joy Division albums, Movement actually features Hook on lead vocals on "Dreams Never End" and "Doubts Even Here." No North American dates as of yet. And as you may know, New Order are going on without him, having played NYC back in October.
Book launch flyer below...
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG; words by Bill Pearis
New Order @ Roseland Ballroom, 10/19/2012
New Order played NYC for the first time in seven years last night at Roseland Ballroom. The group, now minus iconic bassist Peter Hook but with guitarist/keyboardist (and wife to drummer Stephen Morris) Gillian Gilbert back in the fold, the show opened with "Elegia," the towering instrumental from 1985's indespensible Low-Life, which led into "Crystal" from 2001's comeback album, Get Ready.
With Gilbert back in the band, the set leaned a little more keyboardy/dancey than when they played Hammerstein back in 2005, with "The Perfect Kiss" and Power, Corruption and Lies deep cut "5, 8, 6," though it seems a missed opportunity for them not to merge directly into "Blue Monday" as that song always seemed like a dry run for what is their most well-known song (and still record holder for biggest-selling 12" single of all time). A song from Technique might've been nice ("Dream Attack" maybe?) but nice set selection, though, all-around. Hook's replacement, Tom Chapman, aped his signature style just fine (and even wore a leather jacket)... but slung his bass about a foot and a half higher.
"Temptation" closed out the main set, and the band came back for an encore of Joy Division songs, "Atmosphere" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart." New Order will do it again tonight at Roseland which is sold out. Setlist from last night's show and more pictures are below.
by Bill Pearis
New Order, 2012 Edition
New Order have just announced a Fall tour of North America, including a New York date at Roseland on October 18. No on-sale date has been posted yet, but you can (like we will be) check Ticketmaster for updates.
This will be New Order's first NYC show since their Hammerstein Ballroom show in 2005. As you may be aware, this version of New Order does not feature bassist Peter Hook who is slightly irked that the band are getting someone else to perform his signature bass parts. However, this will mark the return of NO founding guitarist/keyboardist Gillian Gilbert who took a leave of absence from the group in 2001 to care for her and drummer Stephen Morris' child.
Hook is probably not too excited that New Order will play the 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony alongside Blur and The Specials in London on August 12.
Check out a recent interview with Gilbert, Morris and frontman Bernard Sumner via YouTube below.
Meanwhile, despite saying how it's not the same New Order without him, he continues to tour with his band The Light playing Joy Division albums in full. He's also publishing a book about his years with the influential post-punk group, tilted Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, which will be out in October. Says Hook:
It's very strange. Over the years Joy Division has become a huge part of music culture. A lot of people think they know what happened. But they don't. Anyone who's ever written a book or made a film about Joy Division, unless they were sat in that van or car with us, they don't know anything about it. Me, Barney, Steve, Ian, Rob, Twinny, Terry and Dave. Only us lot know what really happened...I supposed in the end it's almost too easy to look back and say what you should have done, how you might have changed things. How you might have done things differently and ultimately stopped Ian from doing what he did. What's harder, what's much, much harder, is to accept what you actually did do. Accept what you did do, and live with it.All New Order 2012 tour dates are listed below.
John Peel's record collection to be made into online museum Legendary DJ's collection to be part of Arts Council and BBC-backed interactive projectJohn Peel passed away of a heart attack in 2004, and left a legacy of excellent music behind.
Peel's collection, which contains 25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CDs, will become part of The Space, a new experimental digital service organised and funded by the Arts Council and the BBC.
The Arts Council will provide initial funding while the BBC will provide support and development advice. Further funding will be sought in the future to complete the project and make every record available online.
Tom Barker, Director, John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, said: "It is the first step in creating an interactive online museum with access to the entire collection, one of the most important archives in modern music history."-[NME]
His "Peel Sessions" have featured everyone from Cocteau Twins to Belle & Sebastian to Napalm Death to Joy Division to ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead to Bolt Thrower, and pretty much serves as a who's who of some of the great bands of the 20th century and beyond. Watch Joy Division below...
Aaron Kenyon with a current project, Djam Karet
Aaron Kenyon, a founding member of Man is The Bastard, has weighed in on the controversial appropriation of the iconic skull logo by Akron/Family, and his views differ from that of his ex-bandmates. Check out Kenyon's statement below.
If you missed it, Man is the Bastard member Eric Wood initially made his thoughts known via Facebook which in turn led to ex-member Israel Lawrence weighing in and a public response from Akron/Family as well.
In semi-related news, Disney will no longer carry a highly-controversial t-shirt that molds the iconic Joy Division Unknown Pleasures album cover into a Mickey Mouse silhouette. Band members fell on both sides of the fence on this issue, with Peter Hook commenting to the LA Times that it was "flattering" and drummer Stephen Morris commenting that it was "horrible" and he was "quite angry".
Aaron Kenyon's statement on Man in the Bastard, below..
We typically don't like covers. And as much as we love Joy Division, we think the JD influence is overdone. Despite those two incredibly thwarting factors, the brutal reality here is that out of real life tragedy was born the most honest collection of covers we have heard. Crooked Necks leaves the spirit of Joy Division completely intact, while running it through their own highly innovative filter. -[Handmade Birds]Though Crooked Necks contains Lurker, alumnus of a zillion bands of the blackened ilk, CN only utilizes that brooding atmosphere on their drug-hazed goth/shoegaze/post-punk/slowcore LP Alright is Exactly What It Isn't which is out now. Listen to "Taste The Sounds" from that album below.
Crooked Necks takes the same approach on the above-referenced Joy Divison covers EP entitled Something Must Break. It's five covers of classics by the UK post-punk godfathers that expand on the impending dread that marked the releases of the ultimately doomed band. The fascinating reimagination was quickly snapped up when released on limited cassette, but is now available on vinyl for the first time. Stream it in full below, and order your copy of the LP and the EP at Handmade Birds. While you're at it, check out their split with the eclectic (and awesome) Circle of Ouroboros as well.
Those songs and more below...
The above photo was taken of Peter Hook while he was just in NYC and visiting East Village Radio. The below video is Peter playing Joy Division song "Atmosphere" and STOPPING IN THE MIDDLE TO YELL AT AUDIENCE MEMBERS at his 'Closer' show at Gramercy Theatre. Setlist down there too...
1/4 of Joy Division (aka Peter Hook) performing as Joy Division in Brest, 9th March 2011
"I first heard about this on Monday and it has taken me completely by surprise! Everyone knows that NEW ORDER without PETER HOOK is like QUEEN without FREDDIE MERCURY, U2 without THE EDGE, SOOTY without SWEEP!Maybe Peter Hook will comment on it on Tuesday (9/13) at Gramercy Theater as part of his tour playing songs by Joy Division. (irony?)
On a more serious note, I do not understand the decision THE OTHER THREE have taken. I wish they had approached me first. I do not agree with the methods they have used and feel it would have been courteous and professional to have spoken to me in advance of the announcements. It is very sad.
Love PETER HOOK x Sept 2011
by Bill Pearis
Despite a general consensus that it's a not the greatest idea or use of his time, Peter Hook and his current band The Light continue to tour the Joy Division catalogue and will be in New York next Tuesday (9/13) for a show at Gramercy Theatre, a show that was originally supposed to be at Irving Plaza. Where last year's tour concentrated on Unknown Pleasures, this time the focus will be on Joy Division's second, final album, Closer. Some dates on this tour will still get Unknown Pleasures, though, and all tour dates are below indicating which album Peter Hook & the Light will be performing.
Back in May, Peter Hook & the Light released an EP of new versions Joy Division songs, including the unrecorded "Pictures in My Mind" plus three other songs with lead vocals by Rowetta who sang with Happy Mondays in the '90s and later placed fourth on the first UK season of Simon Cowell's X Factor. Videos for The Light's versions of "Atmosphere" (with Rowetta) and "Pictures in My Mind" (with Hook taking lead vocals) are at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, the rest of New Order are reuniting without Peter Hook, and that includes keyboardist/guitarist Gillian Gilbert who hasn't played with the band since the '90s. Gilbert was a part of the recording of 2001's Get Ready but bowed out of touring to take care of her and husband (and New Order drummer) Stephen Morris' daughter. Replacing Hook will be Tom Chapman, who plays in Bernard Summner's Bad Lieutenant. I wonder how low he slings his bass? This version of New Order play October 17 at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels and October 18 at La Bataclan in Paris and both shows are benefits for ailing friend of the band Michael Shamburg who produced many of the band's '80s videos. Maybe they'll stick to songs from 1992's Republic which doesn't features much of Hook's signature bass style.
Speaking of Gilbert, she and Morris (who made records as The Other Two in the early '90s) have released a new EP, Swing, under the name Gillian and Stephen on their own Hard Cheese label, consisting of house-y instrumentals originally conceived and written as a soundtrack to Anna Blessman & Peter Saville's exhibition between October 2010 and January 2011 at the Gallerie Frac Champagne-Ardenne in France. Saville designed the sleeve.
You can stream a track off the Swing EP at the bottom of this post, which is also where you can find those Peter Hook & the Light videos and tour dates.
Much to the displeasure of many, Peter Hook and his band The Light performed Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures on tour last year. This year, they'll do the same with Closer, though they will still perform Unknown Pleasures in select locations. The North American tour kicks off in September and hits NYC on September 13 at Irving Plaza, where they will play Closer. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/8) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In May, Peter Hook and the Light released their debut EP 1102/2011 on Hacienda records. The EP features three Joy Division tracks with lead vocals by The Light member Rowetta, who Hook first collaborated with when she recorded vocals for his other band Freebass. The fourth and last song on the EP is an unfinished Joy Division track, "Pictures In My Mind," with lead vocals performed by Hook. You can purchase a download of the EP here
Check out the video for "Pictures In My Mind" below along the EP album art, tracklist, and all tour dates....
Peter Hook @ the Philly show on 12/2/10 (King Taco)
As a tour repeatedly billed as "Peter Hook Presents Unknown Pleasures," it wholly delivered on the premise.That glowing review (?!?) comes from the 12/1 Peter Hook & The Light show at 9:30 Club in DC, part of the same Unknown Pleasures tour that hit Webster Hall two days later (12/3), and Boston the night after that. Was it actually that good? The eight-date tour continues in Portland tonight (12/9), and ends at Mezzanine in San Francisco on 12/10.
The New Order track-free set featured note-nailing impressions of Joy Division's "No Love Lost," "Leaders of Men," "Glass," and "Digital," before covering their most famous LP from front to back. All the pleasures you'd expect of Pleasures were present -- the punchy, sumptuous intro of "New Dawn Fades," guitars searing during "Shadowplay," the jagged moves of "She's Lost Control." More fleshed out than the record, even.
Hook couldn't quite mimic Curtis' authoritative vocals, but his calls were crisp and competently matched each song's tone. He particularly savored the big repeated yells that close so many Joy Division songs. They show his animated side just waiting to break out.
"Transmission" was feisty, too, which is to be expected, but then the band filled "Love Will Tear Us Apart" with an ecstatic thunder the original never touched.
Hook warmly said, "Thank you and good night. God bless you all," before the whole gang left for good, removing any doubt that he shouldn't be taking this material on. Appearances from Sumner and Morris would have been nice, yes, but no cash-in would have been so devoted to its source material. Hook didn't try to be Curtis, which was the best path he could take. -[Spin]
As Vice points out in a post entitled "SOMEONE STOP PETER HOOK" (a more popular opinion than SPIN's), a crowd member handled the vocals on "Ceremony" in Boston. Even worse, according to "Fuc 51" on Twitter, "Hook announced he had been paid $10,000" by the guy. We haven't fact checked the money transaction, but you can watch a video of the number, along with some videos from Webster Hall, below...
After visa issues forced Bernard Sumner project Bad Lieutenant to reschedule their first Webster Hall date, followed by a forced cancellation of their US dates in April due to volcanos, it's looking more likely that ex-New Order/Joy Division bandmate Peter Hook will appear at the NYC venue first.
Peter Hook and his band The Light will hit the road for a string of US dates including Webster Hall on December 3rd to perform (much like Deerhoof/Xiu Xiu did recently) all of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. Ticket info is forthcoming.
It's not the first time that Hooky has roped out the classic LP for a string of dates, as the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis's death provided an impetus for a batch of UK dates:
"I went to see Ian's grave... - it was such a beautiful day I thought I'd go and say hello to him and see how he was," he explained. "It's really odd after all these years when you go and do something like that, you see all these tributes [at the grave] and it's really nice."Full tour dates and a ton of video from their recent UK dates are below...
Hook added: "Now some people will say, like they did about this show, that you shouldn't do it and then a lot of people are thinking that you should do it. So it was nice that we had a club full of people tonight who think we should be doing it and the others can just fuck off." -[NME]
"WHY? at the waterfront was absolutely fantastic. Best time I've seen them. Fang Island shredded too!" - The Tape
"Meet Senator Chuck Schumer" @ the July 11th Pool Party (Ruthie_FF)
Eric White met Chuck Schumer (Erik White)
Sets of music were played by Why?, Fang Island, Pictureplane, and Xiu Xiu/Deerhoof combined to form a Joy Division cover band. Unfortunately there was no world cup viewing at the venue which definitely kept lots of people away. More photos and info on the show coming later. A few videos are below, and here's one more picture for now:
the scene backstage @ the Williamsburg Waterfront Sunday (bradwalsh)
July 18th's Pool Party will feature free sets of music by Murder City Devils, Obits, Jeff the Brotherhood and Silverghost. Some videos from July 11th below...
Xiu Xiu + Deerhoof @ Donaufestival 2010 (armin r)
In April, Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu premiered their joint cover of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures at a music festival in Austria. On July 11th (five days from now), the bands will again perform the album as joint headliners of the first Williamsburg Pool Party of 2010. Why?, Fang Island and Pictureplane all open that free show.
In the fall, Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof will be touring together in Canada and the North East. Also on the horizon is a new Deerhoof album in 2011.
Videos from that Austrian Xiu Deervision show and all tour dates, below..
by Bill Pearis
Bad Lieutenant, the band Bernard Sumner formed after New Order officially split three years ago, will make their New York debut at Webster Hall on November 21 -- tickets are on American Express pre-sale Wednesday, with general sale starting Friday (10/9). And according to Sumner in a Rolling Stone interview, Bad Lieutenant will also open for all four of Pixies' Doolittle shows at Hammerstein Ballroom that same week, though there has yet to be any official confirmation.
The band's debut album, Never Cry Another Tear, is out this week digitally and will be available in physical form next week. The line-up includes guitarists Phil Cunningham, who replaced founding member Gillian Gilbert in 2001, and Jake Evans who sings lead on a few of Never Cry Another Tear's songs. Live, Bad Lieutenant also features New Order drummer Stephen Morris, with Thom Chapman on bass. Sumner talked to Pitchfork about the new group:
photos by Ryan Muir
Was Jeff Tweedy on edge last night at McCarren Pool (August 13, 2008)? Did he not like the crowd? I ask because of a few jabs he took during their approximately 2.5 hour mesmerizing (yes, I have a huge crush on them) set. I think he gave me a complex.
There was the "something is missing tonight" comment which after an awkward pause turned out to be about a gong that was on stage at their
Cambridge Tanglewood show the night before. Jeff missed the gong, so drummer Glenn Kotche then did his best to recreate the sound of it.
Then there was the part when Jeff said something like, "Matrix [guitar tech] has heard that song we just played a lot of times, and he says we never played it that well. At least that's what I think Matrix meant when he said 'I cant wait to get out of here'. Just Kidding. He said he loved it". I can't remember the exact quote, but it was weird.
Jeff also criticized us for clapping the wrong beat to one song (which was pretty funny actually - not that the other stuff he said wasn't...) - he called the Brooklyn crowd 'free thinkers' - the term his father used for Bob Dylan (who played a show in a different section of Brooklyn one night earlier). Later Jeff told us to scream on his command because it made him feel powerful and helps him affirm what he is doing with his life (or something like that).
And last but not least there was the comment that definitely had only one meaning. That was the one when Jeff straight up dissed Brooklyn for not clapping in unison. He said something like, "Are you all too cool to clap?! Would it be better if we add the "Love Will Tear Us Apart" drum beat to it?!"" I realize Jeff is a comedian, but now there is also one person I know that considers him a mortal enemy for that one. Also, I mean, did he look at the crowd? It wasn't exactly a 'Pool Party'. This Brooklyn McCarren Pool show was definitely filled with the kind of (mostly male) people who like Wilco more than they like Joy Division (at least that's the generalization I'm going to make).
Great, packed show. Great setlist. 'Total Pros' is a good way to describe Wilco. It's also the name of Wilco's backing 3-piece horn/clarinet section that they had on tour and at this show with them. Jeff said Wilco would be back when they finished their next record. I can't wait for them to come back, and for the new record which I hope utilizes the full power of guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Glenn Kotche this time. They're working on the new album in between all this touring (that also included recent stops at the Baltimore Virgin Fest and Lollapalooza). (insert McCarren Car Pool jokes here). The Brooklyn setlist, and more of Ryan's beautiful pics below....
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Of all the week's releases I have heard so far, the soundtrack to the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There has held the most appeal. Featuring indie artists from Sonic Youth to Yo La Tengo to Jeff Tweedy, this could be my favorite compilation of the year.
Have I left anything noteworthy off the list? What new music releases can you recommend this week? What should I avoid? What are you picking up?
"Ian Kevin Curtis (July 15, 1956 – May 18, 1980) was the vocalist, lyricist and occasional guitarist of the band Joy Division, which he helped form in 1977 in Manchester, England."....
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