Entries tagged with: New Order
Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday (2/13) at 10 AM.
In other news, drummer Stephen Morris talked synths on The Vinyl Factory's "Analogue" video series. Watch that below.
UPDATE: NYC PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
photo: New Order @ Day for Night Festival 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
New Order have announced select U.S. tour dates for March. The first of them is in NYC: Radio City Music Hall on 3/10. Tickets for the Radio City show go on sale Saturday, February 13 at 10 AM but you'll have a chance to buy them early via a BrooklynVegan presale that runs the day before, Friday, February 12th from 10am-10pm. Check back Friday morning for the password.
UPDATE: NYC PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Radio City is one of six U.S. dates announced (Philadelphia is another), but the band says more shows are on the way. All currently scheduled tour dates are listed, along with a stream of an extended mix of "Singularity" (off last year's Music Complete), below...
Peter Hook continues to feud with (and sue) his former New Order bandmates and continues to play New Order and Joy Division albums in full on tour. His current tour has him playing both New Order and Joy Division's Substance singles compilations. That tour will be in North America this fall, kicking off with two nights at NYC's Webster Hall on September 22 & 23. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (1/22) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with streams of both Substance LPs, below...
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We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:
Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.
"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.
The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.
Brian May of Queen wrote:
I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
I don't know if I can react immediately.
He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.
In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.
But this news is hard to take in.
I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...
Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.
But what a life.
All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.
I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.
We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.
Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."
Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:
David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.
We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.
About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.
I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.
I realise now he was saying goodbye.
Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."
Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:
One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)
J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."
The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."
Peter Gabriel writes:
I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."
He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.
There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.
Long Live Lazarus.
Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"
Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"
Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"
Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:
John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."
After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.
For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.
Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.
Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.
Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.
See more from Talking Heads, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Courtney Love, Kanye West, El-P, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, St. VIncent, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Billy Corgan and more, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Cayetana at McCarren Park in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cayetana are following their 2014 debut album Nervous Like Me (on Tiny Engines) with a two-song 7" called Tired Eyes on Asian Man (order yours). It features the new song "Freedom1313," which has them slowing down and sounding more melancholic than on their debut. It's good stuff, and it's proof that this band is only getting better. On the flip is Cayetana's cover of New Order's "Age of Consent," which they've played live. Stream the whole thing below (via Noisey).
The band have dates coming up, including their NYC show with The Loved Ones at Bowery Ballroom on February 19 (sold out). All are listed below...
photos by Tim Griffin
New Order / Janelle Monae / Psychic TV / Shamir / Prince Rama
"What we're trying to do is create an immersive experience where moving throughout the festival grounds is as engaging as standing and staring at the stage," said Omar Afra, the Day for Night festival producer.Houston's inaugural Day for Night Festival happened over the weekend, which billed itself as an "evolution of light and sound," and featured an eclectic lineup that on day 1 (12/19) including New Order (who hadn't played the city since 1989), Janelle Monae, Philp Glass, Psychic TV, Battles, CocoRosie, Prince Rama and more. Acts played against digital art installations (there were more on the festival grounds, too) making for a rather unique experience.
Reas, whose software, prints and installations have been featured in galleries globally, will showcase a television signal collage that highlights the most watched shows on a local Los Angeles station projected onto a 20-by-25-foot (6.1-by-7.6-metre) canvas.
"The idea is to create something which is already a visual assault and make it more of a literal visual assault," Reas said...
...Vincent Houze created a structure of gauzy black screens that act as a container of fog and serve as canvases for lava-lamp-like animations of water meant to mimic brain activity after going under general anesthesia. The exhibit will be controlled from his smartphone.
"Millennials are engaged every moment with the screen on the phone, the screen on the computer, video games and we feel like this is a long time coming for the world of music production to catch up with the way young people engage art and music," Afra said. - [Reuters]
We'll have pictures from the second day of Day for Night (with Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Death Grips, U.S. Girls and more) soon but you can check out lots more from day 1, below...
Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.
Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...
If you're sick of seeing the same names atop every publication's year-end list, you can always count on The Quietus to deliver something almost completely different. While their Top 100 Albums of 2015 does contain Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile and a few other popular choices, none of them cracked The Quietus' top 20. What is their #1? Experimental footwork producer Jlin's Dark Energy which came out in March via Planet Mu. At #2 it's Polish drone/folk artist Stara Rzeka's Zamknęły się oczy ziemi. There are a few others in the Top 10 you may have heard -- Oneohtrix Point Never's Garden Of Delete, Holly Herndon's Platform, East India Youth's Culture of Volume, Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Chapter 3, and New Order's Music Complete.
Whether you see this as made by a bunch of contrarians or forward-thinkers, chances are there's something here you may not have heard but might really like. The Quietus' page includes bandcamp or soundcloud links where available, and you can browse through their entire Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below
Hook with New Order in 1985
Former New Order bassist Peter Hook's quarrels with his former bandmates continue. He's now sued New Order, claiming he's lost £2.3m since the other three members of the band set up a new company in 2011 to handle New Order's income. From the BBC:
Hook parted company with the band in 2007, but the other members carried on without him and continued to use the New Order name.New Order released Music Complete, their first album without Hook, earlier this year.
Hook owns 25% of Vitalturn but was absent when the other three - who own 75% - set up a new company, New Order Ltd, in 2011.
They granted the new company worldwide exclusive rights to the New Order name and the related sources of income for 10 years.
Hook's barrister Mark Wyeth QC said the "clandestine, premeditated and deliberate" move had cost the bassist £2.3m by October last year and his losses were continuing.
Mr Wyeth said: "It was as though George Harrison and Ringo Starr had got together at George's house one Friday night and had acted together to divest Paul McCartney of his shareholding in the Beatles, and didn't tell Yoko about it either."
New Order Ltd has generated £7.8m income over four years, the court heard. Hook is receiving 1.25% of the band's royalties and other income from merchandising and performances. But he wants up to 12.5%.
Hook, meanwhile, continues to play New Order and Joy Division songs with his band The Light. After touring New Order's Low-Life and Brotherhood in 2015, they're currently performing both New Order and Joy Division's Substance compilations in full. No North American dates at the moment.
The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.
Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...
British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.
Check out the full list below...
It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
"Tutti Fruiti" single art on the drawing board
New Order will release "Tutti Fruiti" (featuring La Roux's Elly Jackson) as the official second single from their new album, Music Complete which will come with a handful of remixes, including one by Hot Chip who make the song a little more bleepy/bloopy. You can stream it below.
Hot Chip's "Tutti Fruiti" remix is also one of the first contributions to a new site, New Order's Singularity, which will feature artists talking about the band's wide-reaching influence. Alexis Taylor writes:
Whether it is walking the streets late at night with 'Thieves Likes Us' as my soundtrack, or having the pleasure of remixing their new single with Hot Chip, New Order will always be a huge part of my life. They are true pioneers who manage to strike a great balance between emotional sincerity on record and good natured, irreverent charm in person.The site, which just launched, also features a New Order playlist from The Cure's Robert Smith, and testimonials from Factory Floor (New Order drummer Stephen Morris produced an early FF single) and Algiers.
Still no word on a North American tour, but New Order will play Houston, TX's Day for Night Festival which happens December 19 & 20 and also features Kendrick Lamar, Janaelle Monae, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Dillon Francis, Death Grips, Nicolas Jaar, Psychic TV, Cocorosie, Elephant, Holly Herndon, U.S. Girls, Prince Rama and more. Festival passes are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Related: Hot Chip just released a studio version of their cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark."
by Bill Pearis
New Order's new album, Music Complete, is out today (9/25) and you can stream it via Apple Music or, via Rdio, below. Despite it being a little long (65 minutes), made without Peter Hook, but packed with guests, it's easily the most "New Order"-sounding album since Republic, going half-and-half between their guitar-y and danceable sides. "Tutti Frutti," with backing vocals from La Roux's Ely Jackson, could've been on Technique and sports the album's best chorus, and "Nothing but a Fool" recalls "Your Silent Face" (and Brotherhood's "All Day Long") in the best possible ways. Even "Stray Dog," with Iggy Pop growling spoken word, is better than it sounds on paper. Weirdly, first single "Restless" is probably the least interesting thing on the album. (I'm not crazy about album-closer "Superheated," with The Killers' Brandon Flowers, either.) So, if you want, skip straight to "Singularity" and dive into Music Complete, below.
Also: while listening, maybe read the BV interview with New Order's Gillian Gilbert.
New Order have revealed a second song off their new album Music Complete, "Plastic." We recently mentioned that much of the new album is a return to their danceable synthpop, and this new one is no exception. Listen below.
If you haven't read it yet, check out Bill's interview with New Order's Gillian Gilbert. Here's an excerpt about their songwriting process:
In the very early days, we used to just jam a lot. But then Bernard got into sequencers and came up with a few basslines. I joined and I didn't know how to write songs, and it was completely mesmerizing to see the other three jam and record everything. We would record everything on a really cheap two-track so when you listened back it wasn't a pure sound, you couldn't really differentiate between instruments. It was just like a general sound that suggested notes but made you think "oh I'll do that." I remember doing the bassline to "Age of Consent" -- it was only two notes but you think "Yeaahhhh!" I was so proud of those two notes! Bernard and Stephen were really into the technology and I used to play stuff that Bernard told me to play because there wasn't a sequencer that could do that many tracks. So I had to learn how to play precisely by pretending to be a sequencer, which was a feat in itself. There's not that many people that can do that.Read the rest here.
by Bill Pearis
details of a NYC new album listening party are also below...
New Order's Music Complete is out September 25 and it marks a number of firsts. It's the first album without bassist Peter Hook, and their first for new label, Mute Records. It's also the first album in 14 years to feature original member Gillian Gilbert. Married to drummer Stephen Morris (they have made music together as The Other Two), Gilbert dropped out of the band during the making of 2001's Get Ready to care for their daughter. When the band, minus Hook (who acrimoniously left the band in the late-'00s), reformed for benefit gigs in 2011, Gilbert rejoined. (That lineup toured North America in 2013.) Her return also marks a return to the dancefloor for New Order, as Music Complete is loaded with the sparking synthpop that marked some of their best-loved songs. At 65 minutes, it's also their longest studio album to date.
Mute has kept a tight lid on Music Complete, save for first single "Restless," but folks in NYC can hear it a day early at a listening party on September 24 at Donna. In addition to playing the album in full, you can buy the vinyl that night and there will be New Order-themed cocktails. It's free (21+) but capacity is limited.
Taking time out from band rehearsals at her and Morris'farmhouse/studio in Cheshire, Gillian Gilbert talked to us about being back in New Order, tour plans, the band's songwriting process, why "you can't beat a bit of cheese" and lots more.
BV: So what are you up to today? All interviews like this?
Gillian: No, we're at our home, rehearsing in our studio all day. We just finished, so winding down now.
How are the rehearsals going?
They're going very well! We just started this week because we've got a live radio show that we're doing for the BBC. That's in three weeks. We've not played together for a year, so it's pretty strange learning everything again. It's like, "Oh my god..." [Laughs].
Not only relearning old songs but trying to figure out how to play your new songs live.
I know, yeah. We've got three favorites so we're trying to learn those. It's going down OK.
New Order have released the video for "Restless," the first single off their new album Music Complete, due out in September via Mute. The band have a long tradition of striking music videos, and here director NYSU reimagines a medieval world of knights and kings as if, maybe, Larry Clark and Ridley Scott had made it. Watch below...
Tony Wilson, who founded Factory Records (home to Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and more), died on this day (August 10) in 2007 and in tribute, poet Mike Garry and musician Joe Duddell have recorded a single titled "St. Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson." Set to an orchestral version of New Order's "Your Silent Face," the video for it, directed by Mark Thomas, features a who's who of Manchester, including Steve Coogan (who played Wilson in 24 Hour Party People), New Order's Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris, Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder and Rowetta, The Durutti Column's Vini Reilly, Factory Sleeve designer Peter Saville, punk poet John Cooper Clarke, actor Christopher Eccleston, plus Iggy Pop, journalists Miranda Sawyer and Paul Morley, Hacienda DJs Mike Pickering and Andrew Weatheral... and more. Watch it, a check out the full list of folks in it, below.
"St. Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson" is out as a 12" single August 14.
by Bill Pearis
New Order have shared the first single from their new album, Music Complete, which is the band's first for Mute and will be out in September. While the return of Gillian Gilbert to the fold has given hope for the electronic side of the band, "Restless" is in "Crystal" mode: sleek danceable rock that is distinctly New Order. You get Bernard Sumner's off-the-cuff lyrical style and, yes, there is still that bass style -- even if it's not Peter Hook playing it. Not bad, but not surprising. Stream it below.
The band have fall tour dates in Europe and the UK, including two nights in their Manchester hometown. None announced for North America, stay tuned. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
New Order have been working on a new album -- their first for Mute Records -- and if you're wondering when that's going to be ready, they've just announced Music Complete. That is both the answer and the name of the new album which will be out September 25. (Did they come up with the title after texting Mute a status update?) The album was produced by the band, apart from two tracks which were produced by Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands and one track by Stuart Price. Peter Saville, as always, provides art direction. Cover art and tracklist are below. This also marks the first New Order album Gillian Gilbert has been a part of since 2001's Get Ready -- but as you'll recall, Peter Hook is out. Will the LP feature his signature style of bass-playing? You can get a brief taste of what's to come via a Music Complete teaser trailer below.
by Bill Pearis
Long-running Manchester band The Charlatans released their 12th album, Modern Nature, this week. It's their first album in five years and first since the death of drummer Jon Brookes who lost his battle with brain cancer in 2013. In his place, the band used three different temporary drummers on the album: Stephen Morris of New Order, Peter Salisbury of The Verve, and Gabriel Gurnsey of Factory Floor. Sean O'Hagan of High Llamas did the string arrangements. The Charlatans have managed a remarkably consistent catalog over the last 25 years. Modern Nature is no different, settling into a comfortable groove with some very good songs. The band's signature elements (hammond organ, bongos) are still intact without really calling attention to themselves either. It's a really nice record. You can check out videos for singles "Come Home Baby" and "So Oh" below.
The Charlatans last visited North America in 2010. Let's hope they come back for this album (which doesn't have a US release date at the moment).
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
The Sidekicks / All Dogs @ Baby's All Right - 1/23/15
The Sidekicks released their fourth album, Runners in the Nerved World, last week on Epitaph and began their tour in support of it with a BrooklynVegan-presented release show in NYC on Friday (1/23) at Baby's All Right with Cayetana, All Dogs and Roger Harvey.
Roger, who only has a few songs out at the moment, kicked off the show and took the chance to preview a handful of songs from his TBA debut album. Recorded, Roger has a lot more layers and instrumentation (that sound most directly influenced by Neutral Milk Hotel, who he covered at the show), but live they were mostly a standard rock trio, save four the two songs they brought out a trumpet player on.
All Dogs were next, with the most traditionally "punk" set of the evening. We were just saying the other day how diverse singer Maryn Jones is with her various projects, but All Dogs gives her the chance to just rock the hardest. We got some highlights off their EPs, their new single "Georgia," and one song ended with Maryn incorporating a punked-up rendition of the chorus to Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs." They were great, and the place was packed for them.
It stayed packed for their past tourmates Cayetana, who really do just get better every time I see them. Their live show is so sharp, and singer Augusta Koch's voice cuts through over the music in a way that indie rock bands of their style can tend to shy away from. They played most of their 2014 debut, Nervous Like Me, and included a cover of New Order's "Age of Consent," which they said they'd never played live before. They did that cover again at their Philly show the following night, which you can watch a video of below.
Finally The Sidekicks wrapped up the night with their headlining set that began on a high note (new album opener "Hell Is Warm") and pretty much stayed on that level the whole time. The crowd actually seemed a little smaller for them than Cayetana and All Dogs, but The Sidekicks also had the biggest fans -- a handful of people up front were pushing/moshing and yelling along the whole time. Their new album is a new direction from the band, ditching their punk roots more than ever before (not that 2012's Awkward Breeds is exactly a Ramones album or anything), and sounding more like the first two Band of Horses and first three Shins albums. But unlike most bands who came in Band of Horses' wake, The Sidekicks do have that strong punk background and it made their live show all the more exciting. They mastered the art of being a live band years ago, but adding in the widescreen grandiosity of these new songs made for the most unstoppable Sidekicks set I've seen yet.
More pictures from Baby's, and the Cayetana video from Philly, below...
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, New Order singer Bernard Sumner has just released autobiography Chapter & Verse (which some retailers are listing the title as Divided Joy: Chapter & Verse) that goes from his childhood through his time in Joy Division and New Order, including his contentious relationship with ex-bassist Peter Hook. Billboard has a review of the book up today, written by... Peter Hook who, unsurprisingly, didn't think much of it and found "a disappointing lack of revelation and attention to detail." An excerpt:
Reading the book I began to wonder if Bernard ever had an argument with anyone who wasn't called Peter Hook? He neglects to remember that in 1993 he fell out with Steve and Gillian over an interview where they said they wrote most of Republic. Bernard went mad and refused to speak to them or work with them again. He used to fall out with Rob [Gretton, the band's now-deceased manager] all the time -- mainly about money -- and he used to fall out with Tony [Wilson, the late co-founder of Factory Records] all the time too. Yet, according to Chapter And Verse, he's never had an argument or a mardy strop with anyone but me? Come on Barney....Read the rest at Billboard. Hook, who is also writing a memoir about New Order, says he did enjoy the parts about Sumner's youth in Manchester borough of Salford. The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club, Hook's memoirs of the famed Manchester club New Order owned with Factory Records, is an entertaining read, honest and funny, recommended. He's also written a memoir on Joy Division, which I keep meaning to pick up.
In my opinion, the thing that he hated in New Order is that there was someone who would not go along with everything he wanted to do. We banged heads all the time and always have done ever since we started out. That's what always made our music so exciting and intense.
New Order, minus Hook, have signed with Mute and will release a record sooner than later. Meanwhile, Peter Hook & the Light will be touring soon, playing New Order's Low-Life and Brotherhood in full, stopping in NYC at Irving Plaza on November 7. Tickets are still available.