Entries tagged with: The Cribs
by Bill Pearis
photo: The Cribs @ Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Wakefield's finest, The Cribs, will be spending their summer on the festival circuit, and in September they'll be coming to North America for Pop Montreal. Right after, they are making time for another NYC visit, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on 9/22. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (5/13) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (5/15) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
If you haven't checked out The Cribs' very good new album, For All My Sisters, you can stream it via Rdio below..
The 14th annual Pop Montreal festival will take place September 16 - 20, 2015 at venues all over the Quebec City. The initial lineup of bands has just been announced and includes Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox and more. Festival passes will be available soon. Check out the initial Pop Montreal 2015 lineup below...
photos by Samantha Saturday
Drake / St. Vincent / Jenny Lewis
Remember punk? The supposed sound of youth and clarity? I don't know about that. Every kind of music has the age it is and the age it wants to be. At Coachella, electronic dance music wants to be young, electro-soul wants to be late-20s and early 30s, and punk, regardless of the age of the people playing it, wants to be middle-aged or older, with mixed feelings. It's the sound of probity, disappointment, disapproval.Coachella 2015 day 3 had the most amount of punk bands of the three days, a genre that was surprisingly well-represented this year, despite the bands' much smaller crowds compared to the increased interest in EDM acts. Day 3 had Brand New, Conor Oberst's recently-reformed Desaparecidos, OFF!, Touche Amore and Joyce Manor, as well as somewhat-related bands like Conor's old Saddle Creek pal Jenny Lewis and Brand New/Desaparecidos' sideshow mate Built to Spill. According to Ian Cohen at Pitchfork, those punk bands "tore through tight and triumphant sets--the difference between bands that had to win over kids instead of critics over the years instead of vice versa was abundantly clear."
The visual clichés of Coachella are sunglasses and dyed blond hair and gym-rats with neon tank tops. The punk shows I've seen so far -- there are a few of them here and there, with small crowds, like secret meetings -- are where the sundresses and tank tops are not. The obstructing monolith disappears; suddenly a different festival reveals itself. Whatever the music might give you, the sight is a relieving contrast. [NY Times]
It was also the day that Drake headlined (and, uh, made out with Madonna on stage), Florence + the Machine played (and sadly, Florence broke her foot after her set), and we got sets from Ryan Adams, St. Vincent, Jamie xx, Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Charles Bradley, Philip Selway, Angel Olsen, John Talabot, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs and more.
UK rockers The Cribs already have US appearances lined up for SXSW and Coachella this year, and they've now added more shows here. They'll play NYC three times, first on March 11 at Mercury Lounge, then March 13 at Baby's All Right, and again March 14 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Merc go on sale at noon on Friday (2/6) with an AmEx presale starting at noon today (2/4), tickets for Baby's go on sale at noon on Friday, and tickets for Vitus go on sale at 10 AM on Friday.
UPDATE: For super Cribs fans, you can buy a pass that gets you into all three. The pass goes on sale Friday at noon. Flyer for the NYC shows is below.
Not long after those shows, their new Ric Ocasek-produced album, For All My Sisters, will drop on March 24. They're already put out two singles from that. Listen to both, with their list of tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, The Cribs will release their new Ric Ocasek-produced album, For All My Sisters, on March 24. Where "An Ivory Hand" definitely sounded like what you might expect (fear?) when a band uses Weezer's producer, the just-released second single "Burning for No One" sounds like no one but The Cribs. You can stream it below.
photo: Foo Fighters at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Foo Fighters have a big stadium tour coming up that's set to hit NYC on July 16 at Citi Field (home of The Mets). That show sold out, but they've since added a second show happening a day earlier (7/15) at the same venue. Both are with Royal Blood. Tickets for the new date go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/30). Updated dates are listed below.
In related news, NME reports that Dave Grohl stopped by The Cribs' studio when they were recording their upcoming Ric Ocasek-produced LP, and bassist/singer Gary Jarman called his appearance a "good omen":
"We left to go get pizza and withing three minutes we returned with Dave Grohl," the bass player said. "We played with him in Ireland and he was like, 'The Cribs? I love you guys!' We thought it was a really good omen for the first day of the record - it was just like a rabbit's foot or something."Looking forward to seeing what Grohl's magical powers can do when the record comes out in March (hear a song).
Foo Fighters dates below...
by Bill Pearis
Wakefield, UK's finest, The Cribs, are back with a new album, For All My Sisters, which will be out March 23. The band made the album in NYC with Ric Ocasek producing. You can get a taste via first single "An Ivory Hand" and an album teaser below. That's one of two LPs The Cribs have in the works. A second features unused outtakes from their In the Belly of the Brazen Bull sessions with Steve Albini that are apparently on the noisy, punk side. Stay tuned for more details on that.
The Cribs will be in North America for SXSW and Coachella. Let's hope there's a North American tour coming around those as well. Meanwhile, they're touring the UK next month and all dates are listed, along with For All My Sisters artwork, tracklist new song stream and teaser video, below...
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
Johnny Marr @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Having influenced everyone from The Stone Roses to Radiohead to Deafheaven, Johnny Marr's guitar sound is easily one of the most recognizable, unfolding and swelling its notes, layer upon layer, with a melody that's as dense in its bombast as it is playful in its simplicity. A mere twenty-six years after leaving The Smiths, Marr released his first solo record, The Messenger, earlier this year. It's not to say there wasn't anything going on for Marr during the time between, however. In fact, while much of Smiths fandom has continued to revel in mourning and reunion speculation, Marr has spent the time since simply defining the terms of his own artistic progression. Membership in bands such as Modest Mouse, The Cribs, Electronic, The The, and innumerable guest spots for those artists who mince no words concerning the obvious influence for them has allowed Marr to properly illuminate the evolutionary arc of his career as a thankfully unfinished piece. I had the opportunity to talk with Johnny, who is on tour now, about The Messenger as well as his creative process and what his thoughts are on writing an autobiography.
For The Messenger, I'm curious as to what kind of worked as a creative catalyst for you with the album. Why a solo album now? Was the creative process for the album different here than with your other projects?
Johnny Marr: Well, the reason the record happened when it did is because I had the ideas for the songs. I always have ideas for music and riffs and guitar parts, but over the touring years with Modest Mouse and The Cribs, I got a lot of ideas for things I wanted to sing about. It's a good start, so this album is actually driven mostly by lyrical concepts - ideas for what I wanted to sing about. That kind of ruled out the idea of me handing over the music to someone else to write lyrics, so it just fell together that way. It certainly wasn't my thinking that now would be a good time to do a solo record or have a solo career and then try and go about doing it. I just heard the songs first. I couldn't wait to get in the studio after coming off the road and just see if these things would turn into tracks. And the actual writing and recording of the record happened really quickly. I was demoing a song a day, and I ended up writing almost thirty songs - like, twenty-six or twenty-seven songs for it. It was a very inspired time. As for the creative process, I'd forgotten that I would be the producer. I was just working in the studio with my friend Doviak, and I had decided to do these songs. As I said, the demoing started to happen pretty quickly, and then I realized that the decisions of what microphones to put on the cymbals and what bass sounds to use was on me, and I'd not been in a position before where I was writing the lyrics and singing and playing the guitars and keyboards and finding the right microphones for cymbals. Technically, I was kind of a challenge I hadn't considered. It made me a bit of a grumpy person to be around for a couple of weeks [laughs]. Whereas in the past, you see, I was always fine with doing that - with being the first person in the studio and the last person to leave. It's a different thing when you're singing and writing the words. You need to be in a different headspace. I found that somewhat of a challenge for the first week or first few weeks. But now I've done it, and I'm proud that we managed to pull that off. I roped Doviak as co-producer to stop me going completely out of my mind or killing everybody in the building when I couldn't find the mic to put on the kick drum [laughs].
Toro y Moi at Webster Hall in February (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
As mentioned, the Weezer Cruise is returning in 2014 from February 13-17 from the coast of Jacksonville, FL to the Bahamas, and the lineup for the 2014 cruise has just been announced. Like the inaugural cruise, the lineup is heavy on solid indie rock/pop, including Cat Power, Toro y Moi, DIIV, The Cribs, Ash (who appeared on the Angus Soundtrack with Weezer), Palma Violets, Holy Fuck, Bleached, Caveman, The Orwells, and more. It also includes Adam Devine from Workaholics. Cat Power performs with Weezer at the beach show, and the cruise will also give concertgoers a chance to see the band members take yoga classes, do karaoke, and more.
In related news, Toro y Moi just remixed Disclosure, which we posted in today's What's Going On? post, but if you missed it, you can also stream it below.
The Cribs @ MHOW, April 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
After a stint with legendary guitar-slinger Johnny Marr joining the group, The Cribs slimmed back to their all-Jarman power trio line-up for this year's In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, their best album in a while which made Best of 2012 lists from NME and The Fly. Currently residing here in Brooklyn (where he's working on an album with Jen Turner), frontman Ryan Jarman was nice enough to give us his Top 10 Tracks of the year. He prefaces his list with this:
I tend to see end of year lists as like homework or something so it always gets done at the very last minute. However, now I live in Brooklyn I thought it was good form to make the effort for the local rag so here is my quickly thrown together top 10 tracks of the year.Ryan and Jen's band, Exclamation Pony were added as an opener to the previously discussed Mission of Burma show in NYC on January 18 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
Ryan's top 10 picks are below, complete with commentary and streams...
Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.
NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.
The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.
A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.
Cribs frontman Ryan Jarman surprised NYC with his first-ever solo show back in August at Cameo Gallery, and it looks like it has become a thing. At that show he was joined by multiple guests (Jen Turner formerly of Here We Go Magic, Jeffrey Lewis, Devin, and Penn Badgely from Gossip Girl), and then in September he opened for The Vaccines at Bowery Ballroom with a band billed as Ryan Jarman's Exclamation Pony. He's since said, "We don't officially have a name yet. We had one for that show. When it's official, you'll all know." You can watch a video of the band from that show below. Like at that first solo show, Jen Turner was again involved and has since been confirmed as an official member of the band. NME reports:
Jarman has previously told NME of the project: "The whole point of what we're trying to do is be very liberated, to be able to do what we want and live how we want - we live at the end of the day, we find we write better at the night, late at night or seven in the morning. That really adds a whole different feel to it. It suits both our characters better. We both live at the other end of the day anyway."Don't worry, The Cribs have not broken up and will tour the UK and Europe beginning October 19. Before that, however, Ryan will play another show at Cameo Gallery on Thursday (10/11) with Mon Khmer and Bennio Qwerty (members of North Highlands, Wise Blood, and Forest Fire). Regarding his set up for this show, Ryan tweeted, "Will it be the new band or solo?? Not sure, come!" Tickets are on sale now.
The duo are already believed to have completed an album after an intensive month of nocturnal sessions. The "experimental" record has seen the band track a brass section, and Jarman added: "A couple of the songs are more experimental. Jen's quite an experimental guitar player, but it's not even all guitar-led stuff."
The video from the Bowery Ballroom show and a list of all Cribs dates are below.
Ryan with The Cribs at Santos in June (more by David Andrako)
The Cribs have been having a pretty great year touring behind In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, their best album in a while and one of their strongest in general. The UK band has already come to the US for two tours this year, hitting NYC for shows at MHOW in April and Santos in June. Their only remaining tour dates for the summer are over in Europe, but guitarist/vocalist Ryan Jarman will be in NYC this weekend for what will be his first ever solo show at Cameo Gallery on August 4 with "special guests." No word on who those guests are at the moment, any guesses? He tweeted that he'll be playing new songs and old at the show. Tickets are on sale now.
A list of all upcoming Cribs dates and a video from their new album are below.
photos by David Andrako words by Andrew Sacher
The Cribs at Santos Party House - 6/6/12
The Cribs' North American tour kicked off this week and brought them to NYC for a show at Santos Party House last night (6/6) with Devin and Alex Winston. Devin, who ditched the retro slicked-back hair in favor of a mop top, and is now down to a 3-piece band, kicked off the night with a set of choice cuts from his debut LP, Romancing, which is out now on Frenchkiss. He's definitely toned down the Iggy Pop/David Johansen crazed frontman stuff, instead delivering a tamer set from behind his guitar and mic stand. The band threw some fun cuts like "Too Soon" and "I Don't Think I" into their opening set which was solid, if not a bit calculated.
Up next was Alex Winston, who the crowd really packed in for. Backed by a fairly large band, Alex began her set with King Con album opener "Fire Ant" and immediately proved her live show's come a long way since I first saw her at CMJ 2010. She was just as charismatic back then, but now she's way more consistent and the band is louder and tighter. Alex took total control of the stage, covering all corners of it as she sang, and walking into the crowd at one point too. The highlight of her set (and album) was the Arcade Fire-ish stomp of "Locomotive," but other songs shined as well, like the one slow-burner she included ("Guts") and the super upbeat "Rum Rumspringa." Alex mentioned that she'll return to Santos Party House on July 13 for a show with Mr. Little Jeans and Lovelife. TIckets for that show are on sale now.
When The Cribs finally walked on stage, guitarist Ryan Jarman hunched over his intentionally low mic stand and banged out the chords and first lyric of "Come On, Be A No One" off their recently released In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, before being joined by his brothers on the song's crashing refrain. (Also a non Jarman second guitarist -- David Jones of Nine Black Alps.) Unlike some of The Cribs' fellow UK garage rock revivalists of the early-mid aughts, they never fully took off in America (the show was moved from Irving to the smaller Santos) but right about now, they're probably rocking harder than the lot of them. Ryan jumps around on stage, whether he's doing pogos or split kicks, and if he's singing, he's dragging that awkwardly positioned mic stand wherever he goes. The crowd returns the favor as well, jumping around a bit themselves during arms-raised singalongs and push pits -- which Ryan thanked them for: "Everytime we come to New York, we get a mosh pit! I don't know if that means we rule or you rule... either way, someone rules."
After the first song, the band went into a string of older cuts which the crowd responded to most positively. The new album is one of the band's best in years, though maybe it needs some time to settle in. And by the looks of the crowd last night, it definitely will. Every song, whether it was from their self titled debut, or 2009's Ignore the Ignorant, was met by a singing-along crowd who didn't miss a beat or a word. The enthusiasm was especially high for the cuts from their first album, which Ryan acknowledged. One group of guys in the crowd kept singing the intro guitar riff to "Another Number," until the band finally got to it in their set. Afterwards he expressed appreciation for those fans that support the old school stuff, and took requests from their first album which led to an impromptu performance of "The Watch Trick," which he cut off about halfway through, saying he didn't remember it. Instead, they went into another track from that album, "Direction."
Like they've done in the past, the band played "Be Safe" off 2007's Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever, which includes spoken word verses from Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, with video footage of Lee delivering his parts projected on the screen behind them. They followed this with two of Brazen Bull's most fun tracks, "Chi-Town" and "Glitters Like Gold," before "Men's Needs" and then "City of Bugs" which ended -- like most Cribs shows -- with Ryan scratching his guitar neck against his amp, Gary sliding a drum stick on his bass neck a la Sonic Youth, and Ross kicking over his drum kit.
More pictures and setlists from the show are below.
by Bill Pearis
The Cribs at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Guy Eppel)
The Cribs' North American tour starts this week and a bit of news that may be a good or bad thing depending on who you are: their NYC show this Wednesday (6/6) with Alex Winston and Devin has been moved from Irving Plaza to Santos Party House. Tickets are still available. If you haven't heard the band's new Steve Albini-"engineered" and Dave Fridmann-produced album, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, it's probably their best since 2005's The New Fellas. You can stream it at the bottom of this post.
The Cribs just released a video for Brazen Bull track "Glitters Like Gold" and you can watch that below, along with a stream of the whole album and a list of all Cribs tour dates...
Radiohead at Coachella (more by David Andrako)
today in NYC
* Timbala @ Barbes
* Jose Conde @ Joe's Pub
* Sarah Aroeste @ Joe's Pub
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lukas Ligeti @ The Stone
* Big Christmas @ Union Hall
* Apparat @ Gramercy Theatre
* Amanda Palmer Block Party @ 55 9th St.
* My Best Fiend, Zula @ Mercury Lounge
* Radiohead, Caribou @ Prudential Center
* Martin Philadelphy, Giant Dwarf @ The Stone
* The Sheepdogs, Young Rival @ Mercury Lounge
* Clydesdale Erotic, Craig Martinson @ Union Pool
* Las Ardillas, Geek Skull, Dead/Beat @ Cake Shop
* Joe Pug, David Wax Museum @ Bowery Ballroom
* Thurston Moore, Bill Nace, Joe McPhee @ Roulette
* Nashgul, Marrow, Skleptarsis, Old Lines @ Saint Vitus
* Flosstradamus, Baauer, Tony Quattro, Mess Kid @ Drom
* Work=Pleasure, Peter Fonda, Dead Roses @ Glasslands
* Son Step, Railbird, In One Wind @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* The Static Jacks, Team Spirit, JesusLesFilles @ 59 Canal St.
* Rooftop Films w/ Mutual Benefit @ Old American Can Factory
* Right On Dynamite, Clouder, Luff, Toy Sugar @ Cameo Gallery
* Brums and Drass, Blind Benny, Alex Goumas, Varick @ Pianos
* Them Jeans, Giraffage, XXYYXX, Selebrities @ Santos Party House
* The Soft Moon, Cosmetics, Black Marble @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Mark Verbos, Nihiti, Sycorax, Oneirogen, Lorna Dune @ 285 Kent Ave
* Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Defibulators @ Highline Ballroom
* Shy Hunters, Natureboy, House of Wolves, Heart of Hearts @ The Paper Box
* Darmstadt 2012: Pauline Oliveros 80th Birthday Celebration @ Issue Project Room
* Will Bernard Trio, Noah Plotkin, Teddy Kumpel, Brett Bass, Colin Brown @ Zebulon
* D. Charles Speer, The Heaven's Jail Band, Sam Marine and County @ Death By Audio
* Americana Pie, Grayson Capps, Daniel Wayne, The Grand Prospect @ The Rock Shop
* Wig Party, The Clox, Stately Ghosts, The Oogie Boogies, King Aswad @ Knitting Factory
* Psychobuildings, Murphy Maxwell, Hexawhorra, Bichon, Doggiesatnight @ Public Assembly
* Galactic, Corey Clover (of Living Colour), Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Masta Ace, Fresh Daily, Kyle Rapps, YC The Cynic, Prem Rock, Warren Britt @ Public Assembly
* Adam & Naive, Jane Jane Pollock, Many Mansions, Emily Reo, Cuddle Formation @ Shea Stadium
* Curren$y, Styles P, THE JETS, Smoke DZA, Fiend 4 Da Money, Corner Boy P, Trademark, Young Roddy @ Webster Hall
The Darkness just released a lyric-video for their cheeky new single "Every Inch of You" and you can watch it below.
The Cribs have a new VHS-y-looking video for "Glitters Like Gold" you can watch below as well.
The Cribs at MHOW earlier this month (more by Guy Eppel)
As mentioned, The Cribs plan to release their new Steve Albini/Dave Fridmann-produced LP, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, on May 8 via Wichita/Warner Bros. They've already done some touring in support of the album including a North American run which hit MHOW earlier this month. The band is about to head overseas for some European dates, but they'll be back on our shores in June for more touring including a NYC show happening on June 6 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on sale now.
You've already heard the track "Chi-Town" off of The Cribs' upcoming album. Check out the video for another, "Come on Be a No-One," with a video of Ryan Jarman being interviewed by a 7 year old, and all dates, below.
photos by Guy Eppel
The Cribs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While Courtney Love was reuniting with 90s Hole and giving them a shout out next door at Public Assembly, The Cribs headlined Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night as part of a quick North American tour that is now complete. The band, who no longer count Johnny Marr as a member, were supported by The Skaters and Hounds Below at the Brooklyn show. Here are some pictures. More below...
DOWNLOAD: The Cribs - "Chi-Town" (MP3)
The Cribs at Bowery Ballroom in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Cribs, which Johnny Marr is no longer a part of, are set to release their fifth album, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, on May 8 via Wichita/Warner Bros. The album was recorded with Steve Albini (who also worked on the new Screaming Females album and Cloud Nothings album) and Flaming Lips mainstay Dave Fridmann. They just released the album's first single, "Chi-Town," along with the album's tracklist and a tour announcement. You can grab that single above or stream it below.
The tour includes North American dates in April and UK dates in May and hits NYC on April 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that Brooklyn show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (2/17) at noon.
All dates, stream, and tracklist below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Orange Juice - Felicity (MP3)
In what I hope (but don't promise) to be a regular feature, I'm gonna recommend a couple notable new reissues. What with the holiday season it full swing, either of these would make good holiday presents for the serious indie music lover.
Firstly is Domino Records' new Orange Juice box set, Coals to Newcastle, that compiles nearly everything the Glasgow legends ever recorded. (The single mix of "Rip it Up" is mysteriously absent.) This marks the first time 85% of this material has ever been released in America. Polydor reissued their albums on CD in 1997 but they fell out of print almost immediately. You can now chart the band's progression from their shambolic, jangly beginnings on Postcard Records through myriad line-up changes and transformation into what could be called an indie equivalent of Chic. Even the weird stuff -- like the high life-inspired "Million Pleading Faces" on Rip It Up -- is pretty good. And even if, like me, you shelled out the dough in the mid-'90s for the Polydor reissues (which went out of print almost instantly) there's previously unreleased 12" mixes, dub versions, rough mixes, non-LP singles, radio sessions, live tracks, and interviews. There's also a DVD containing rare Orange Juice television special Dada with Juice, and a Derek Jarman-directed video for "What Presence?" that I'd never seen before. (Why is this not on Youtube?) At $70 it ain't cheap, but if you think of it as less than ten bucks a disc it's not so bad. And well worth the money. You can stream 18 tracks from the box set over at Domino's website and download classic OJ single "Felicity" above.
While on the subject, OJ's Edwyn Collins' new album, Losing Sleep, is one of the year's best. His first made since two brain haemorrhages nearly took his life in 2005 and left him at first without the ability to walk or talk, let alone write songs. That it exists at all is a miracle, that it's as great as it is a testament to his spirit. Helping him out on the album are a cavalcade of talent -- Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, The Drums, The Cribs, Franz Ferdinand, The Magic Numbers -- but always in the service of getting Collins' songs on record. Like his last two albums, Losing Sleep hasn't been released in America but is well worth picking up on import. Hey Domino... how about putting this one out too.
Speaking of Domino, the label just reissued Robert Wyatt's entire back catalog on CD and vinyl. If you don't own Rock Bottom, Nothing Can Stop Us and Shleep... now is the perfect time. Then move on to the rest of his records.
The other notable reissue is the four-disc "Omnibus Edition" of The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, my personal favorite Fall album. The 1984 record was the first fully made with Mark E. Smith's then-wife Brix, who brought pop smarts to the Mancunian band's somewhat difficult sound, and their first produced by the great John Leckie. Along with guitarist Craig Scanlon, bassist Steven Hanley and drummer Karl Burns this is the classic Fall lineup in my opinion. The Omnibus Edition restore's the album's original running order, putting singles from the same time "Oh Brother!," "C.R.E.E.P." and "No Bulbs" on the second disc with their b-sides and rough mixes of album tracks. The third collects radio sessions, and the fourth is a live recording from their performance at the 1984 Pandora's Music Box Festival in Norway (set time 3:15AM) that shows what a powerhouse live band the Fall were at the time. The box set sold out in the UK, but seems to be easily gettable here in the U.S.
Beggars Banquet also reissued The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall on vinyl (just the album) which lets you hear classics like "2X4," "Slang King" and "Disney's Dream Debased" in their analogue glory. Also out on vinyl: its follow-up, This Nation's Saving Grace which is widely considered by people not me to be their best-ever album. (It is a very close second.) It gets the Omnibus treatment in January. Save up, kids.
An Orange Juice video below...
As you can see in the above picture, The Cribs are bummed out that they're not going to make it to Coachella this year. Read their full statement about it, below...
British rockers THE CRIBS have been forced to pull out of California's Coachella music festival this weekend - because all flights out of the U.K. have been grounded due to the ash clouds from a volcanic eruption in Iceland.UPDATE: The Cribs have officially cancelled.
The Cribs were due to fly to Los Angeles on Thursday (15Apr10) from Britain, but their plane was cancelled at the last minute and they have no way of flying to California before their scheduled slot on Friday.
They are now hoping festival organisers will allow them to reschedule their gig and are so desperate to appear at Coachella, they're considering taking a ferry across the English Channel and driving hundreds of miles to Amsterdam, Holland to try and catch a flight from there.[Contact Music]
BBC reports that: "Representatives for UK artists such as Muse, Gorillaz [performing with Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon], Florence & The Machine, Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Little Boots, all due to play this weekend, have confirmed they're already in the US and unaffected."
Frightened Rabbit is stuck in the UK but hasn't canceled yet.
Los Campesinos! cancelled their Culture Shock appearance for the same reason.
The hazardous conditions and airport closures are expected to continue at least into tomorrow.
The Cribs were scheduled to play the fest Friday before She & Him.