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BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.

Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.

Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.

This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.

Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.

This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.

Campaign video below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Cure
The Cure

The Cure conclude their three-night run at Beacon Theater in NYC tonight (Sunday, 11/27). Like on Friday (pictures in this post) and Saturday, they'll be reflecting back on their career, like this:

SET 1 (approx 40 minutes)
'THREE IMAGINARY BOYS' (1979)
The Cure Trio - ROBERT SMITH: Voice & Guitar / SIMON GALLUP: Bass / JASON COOPER: Drums

SET 2 (approx 40 minutes)
'SEVENTEEN SECONDS' (1980)
The Cure Quartet - ROBERT SMITH: Voice & Guitar / SIMON GALLUP: Bass / JASON COOPER: Drums / ROGER O'DONNELL: Keys

SET 3 (approx 40 minutes)
'FAITH' (1981)
The Cure Quintet - ROBERT SMITH: Voice & Guitar / SIMON GALLUP: Bass / JASON COOPER: Drums / ROGER O'DONNELL: Keys & Percussion / LAURENCE TOLHURST: Keys & Percussion

SET 4 (approx 30 minutes)
'ENCORES' of the period...

The United States only got these special Cure shows in NYC (these shows at Beacon Theater) and in LA (at Pantages Theatre last week). You can look at the setlists from both cities, multiple encores included, along with more pictures and some videos from the first NYC show, below...

Continue reading "The Cure played their 1st 3 albums & more @ Beacon Theater (pics, video, setlist)"

The Cure's Robert Smith @ RCMH, NYC - June 22, 2008 (katdlr)
The Cure @ Radio City

At Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night the band methodically laid out each part of its musical patterns: drumbeats from Jason Cooper, bass lines from Simon Gallup, overlapping guitar hooks from Porl Thompson and Mr. Smith. The band relies on the orderliness shared by Minimalism and dance music, letting Mr. Smith's voice smudge and puncture the musical grids. In its current four-man lineup, the Cure can pound and drive like a punky new wave band, particularly in the songs it has been releasing as previews of its 13th album, due in September. More often it lets the guitars reverberate, with the music swelling to match the yearning in Mr. Smith's lyrics. [NY Times]
The Cure played MSG one night earlier - the same night My Morning Jacket was playing Radio City. The Cure Radio City setlist below....

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photos by Chris Graham

Sasquatch

May 25th, 2008 - George, Wa. (Sasquatch Festival at The Gorge)

Setlist: Underneath The Stars, Prayers For Rain, A Night Like This, The End of the World, Lovesong, To Wish Impossible Things, Pictures Of You, Lullaby, Fascination Street, The Perfect Boy, Hot Hot Hot, alt.end, Sleep When I'm Dead, Push, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, A Letter To Elise, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, The Only One, The Walk, Shake Dog Shake, Never Enough, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Baby Rag Dog Book

1st encore: A Forest
2nd encore: Boys Don't Cry, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab

Total = 31 songs.

Show notes:
The Cure arrived at 7:56.
Cure started at 10:10 / show ended at 12:43.

Ben from Death Cab For Cutie dedicated their song "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" to The Cure. Also said he's wearing all black because he's so damn excited to see The Cure.
[CHAIN OF FLOWERS]

Currently in California, it is almost a month before The Cure reach NYC to end their tour by playing shows at MSG and Radio City Music Hall. More Sasquatch pictures and info on new releases below...

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