Entries tagged with: The Fall
by Bill Pearis
I do not read as many books as I'd like (or should) but I did manage to finish a couple of post-punk related memoirs over the holidays, both of which I highly recommend. The first was Viv Albertine's Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys. Albertine was guitarist in The Slits, who also dated Mick Jones pre-Clash (and during), and later became a filmmaker (and a solo artist). While her being in The Slits is what got me to read the book, there's definitely much more to it than music, including her heartbreaking attempts to have a child (which she finally did, her daughter is now 15). It's also funny, very frank and you don't even have to know who The Slits were at all to find it compelling. Highly recommended.
The other book I read was The Big Midweek, Steve Hanley's recounting of his 20 years as bassist in The Fall. While the Fall's frontman Mark E Smith is known his revolving door policy on bandmembers, Hanley was the rock during the band's most prime years. (His brother, Paul, was on drums, for many of them). Hanley's a level-headed and very funny man, and the book goes from his pre-Fall teenage years, through joining the band, countless tours, countless Mark E Smith girlfriends/wives, multiple bust-ups, trips to Iceland and America, dozens of other band members, and the infamous onstage fight at NYC club Brownies in 1998 that ended his two decades in the band. You also get some insight on The Fall's songwriting process (and MES's often inscrutable lyrics). Maybe not for the casual Fall fan, but The Big Midweek is very well written with more than a few laugh-out-loud moments and is miles better than your average rock memoir (Bernard Sumner, I'm looking at you).
In related news, the writing of The Big Midweek reconnected Hanley with Brix Smith-Start, who was guitarist (and MES' wife) during The Fall's most high-profile (and I say best) years in the mid-'80s -- the ones which gave us such classic albums as The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall and This Nation's Saving Grace. She and the Hanley brothers are playing together now as Brix & The Extricated, doing songs from their years together in The Fall. Their first-ever show was for The Big Midweek's release party last month in Manchester. The set included "Big New Prinz," "2x4," "Cruiser's Creek," "Lay of the Land" and "L.A." which there's video of (and "2x4") below. Brix & the Extricated are playing UK shows this year, and those dates are listed below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
by Doug Moore
Okay, so Halloween was technically yesterday, but a lot of Halloween parties are happening this weekend, which means that there's still time to GET SPOOKY. And for all of your spooky-getting needs, we present Mutation.
Mutation is one of those supergroup side projects whose lineup sounds like the product of a boozy what-if conversation amongst three record store clerks with wildly different tastes. Though the project is helmed by Ginger Wildheart of The Wildhearts, it also features Merzbow, Shane Embury of Napalm Death, Mark E. Smith of The Fall, Chris Catalyst of Sisters of Mercy / Eureka Machines, Rich Jones of Amen, Jon Poole of Cardiacs, and various other guest contributors.
Mutation's roster is diverse enough that it'd be hard to use it to guess what the music actually sounds like, aside from "weird" and "noisy." In practice, the band is both of those things, but their delivery is considerably more cohesive than the scattershot lineup implies. Their songs are built on jagged grind-plus-noise-rock foundations; each tune adds several layers of Mr. Bungle-esque freewheeling electronic noodling and zany vox delivered by Wildheart, Smith, and various others. And, surprisingly, the songs actually hold together -- they're not exactly hook-driven pop tunes, but you stand a pretty good chance of remembering them when they wrap up.
Mutation's new album, Error 500, is out now, fittingly via Mike Patton's Ipecac label. Check out two streaming songs an a clip of Smith's guest vocal tracking below.
Add parts of Napalm Death, The Wildhearts, The Fall and more... what do you get? Mutation, a new project featuring the aforementioned and due on Ipecac this fall. And it's an odd one. Shane Embury, Ginger Wildheart, Jon Poole (Cardiacs) and more lead this eight-person train (mems of Sisters of Mercy, Amen and more), that also features appearances from Mark E Smith and Merzbow, and is a project described as having elements of grindcore, noise, industrial and more. Look for Error 500 on October 25.
by Bill Pearis
Have gone through the kind of myriad line-up changes that actually inspired a book, Mark E. Smith's soapbox/band The Fall have just released their 30th (!!!) studio album, titled Re-Mit, which came out today in the UK on Cherry Red. Says The Guardian:
Re-Mit begins with a minute of blithe, bubblegum indie-bop so generic you have to double-check you're listening to the Fall. It's a short-lived sensation: the second track, Sir William Wray, has a needling riff and aggressive drums and Mark E Smith growling variations on the title, the volume and violence escalating until the chanted backing vocals sound like incitements to a riot.Always different, always the same, as John Peel used to say. It's been a while since MES and company released a great album (probably 2003's The Real New Fall LP), but a new Fall album is always worth listening to. You can stream the riotous "Sir William Wray" below.
It's also been a long time since The Fall have played North America and we are due for a visit. Maybe this will be the year. Re-Mit artwork and tracklist are below.
sign at Death by Audio via @andrewstclair
Following 285 Kent's lead, as of October 1, 2012, five-year-old Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio is now a NO SMOKING venue. Our clothes thank you.
Speaking of, Great Design says S. 2nd & Kent is "Where Sound is Born." No show at DbA tonight, btw.
You can also make money off the new Death Grips album.
Speaking of BitTorrent and Death Grips, the rap-noise crew are the most downloaded artist on BitTorrent for the first half of 2012, with over 34 million downloads, beating Counting Crows, DJ Shadow, and Pretty Lights.
Happy Birthday to Talib Kweli (37), Gwen Stefani (43), Tommy Lee (50) and Lindsey Buckingham (61).
We premiered a new Riverboat Gamblers video on BV Austin.
You can stream the new Converge record in full.
Touche Amore do a great cover of The Replacements' "Unsatisfied" for their new split with The Casket Lottery (out now on No Sleep Records). Meanwhile, The Casket Lottery offer their take on Beach House's "Myth." Stream the entire release (both bands offer an original song as well) at the No Sleep Bandcamp.
Legendary black metal crew Von, widely considered to be the first US black metal band, have released a new song (!) in "Jesus Stain" from their upcoming Satanic Blood due on Oct 31. Stream that track below courtesy of Decibel Magazine.
Meanwhile you can catch Silver Apples at Public Assembly.
Then you can catch Silver Apples at 92YTribeca.
Help save the Historic Slave Theater in Bed-Stuy.
More stuff 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...
tonight in NYC
* A-ha @ Nokia Theatre
* Tarek Atoui @ New Museum
* Lucky Dragons @ Thirty Days NY
* Sia, Girl in a Coma @ Terminal 5
* John Zorn, Marc Ribot @ The Stone
* Beach House, Washed Out @ Webster Hall
* Patrick Watson, Doveman @ The Bell House
* Local Natives, Suckers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mary Halvorson, Kevin Shea @ The Kitchen
* As Tall As Lions, Bear Hands @ Irving Plaza
* Cinema 16 @ Archway under the Manhattan Bridge
* Willie Nelson @ Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom
* Zeus, Robbers on High Street, New Numbers @ Union Hall
* Ike Reilly Assassination, Brendan O'Shea @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Clipse, Freddie Gibbs, NinjaSonik, XV @ Highline Ballroom
* Guardian Alien, Kokomo, Omnivore, Diana Joy @ Shea Stadium
* Suzanne Vega w/ Yuka Honda, Spooky Ghost and Poez @ City Winery
* Loose Limbs, Gost Trio, Imaginary Friends, Mataromos @ Bruar Falls
* Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, Apollo Heights, Smoota @ Southpaw
* Fixed w/ Van She, Lemonade, JDH & Dave P (late) @ Santos Party House
* Power Animal, ACLU Benefit, Bad Teeth, Dinosaur Feathers @ Silent Barn
* Converge, Touche Amore, Lewd Acts, Black Breath (early) @ Santos Party House
* Lymbyc System, Slow Six, (The) Slowest Runner (In All The World) @ Littlefield
* Tigercity, Sugar & Gold, The Seedy Seeds, Free Blood @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Blondes, Red Wire Black Wire, Shadowbox, The Binary Marketing Show, Teletextile @ Glasslands
* Chris Knox Benefit w/ Jeff Mangum, Yo La Tengo, Kyp Malone , The Clean, Portastatic Sharon Van Etten, more @ (le) Poisson Rouge
The Fall in the slo-mo video for their song "Bury Pts. 1+3" are below.
DOWNLOAD: Cocorosie - Lemonade (MP3)
Shout Out Louds @ White Slab in March (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"Some Americans think of Cinco De Mayo as a "Mexican Independence Day," which is actually Sept. 16, when the reality is that Cinco De Mayo is in remembrance of the Mexican army backing down the French military on May 5, 1862. Cinco De Mayo is Spanish for the 5th of May and is not a national holiday in the United States." [Epoch Times]tonight in NYC
* The English Beat @ Maxwell's
* So Percussion @ Carnegie Hall (free)
* Lord Mantis, Sea of Bones @ Union Pool
* Washed Out, Small Black @ The Bell House
* Shout Out Louds, Freelance Whales @ Webster Hall
* Hot Hot Heat, The Willowz, Grooms @ Public Assembly
* Ensemble Simul Cantare, Mick Barr @ Issue Project Room
* Givers, Drink Up Buttercup, King Expressers @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Cheeseburger, Hard Nips, Wizardzz @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Common & Queen Latifah (being actors) @ the Apple Store
* ArpLine, Hooray For Earth, Midnight Masses @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Dead Stars, Hounds Of Hate, The Hidden Ratio, New Yoga @ Coco 66
* Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7, Moneybrother @ Mercury Lounge
* Dan Friel, Adult Themes, Food Stamps, Imaginary Weapons @ Bruar Falls
* Bradford Reed, Sabrina Chap, Mike Pride, Get The People @ Death By Audio
* Walter Schreifels, Atlantic/Pacific, Jump Into The Gospel @ Studio at Webster Hall
Hounds of Hate continue their NYC run.
The always-busy Mike Pride describes tonight's Death By Audio show as "MP- drums + Jon Irabagon- tenor sax - We play 3rd, around 10pm. - Get the people features Kevin Shea on drums too!"
Video of The National, who have a show coming up very soon at BAM, playing their song "Little Faith" live in a castle is below.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti played Mercury Lounge last night.
Dan Deacon is playing a free NYC show this summer.
Look who's playing Lincoln Center's 2010 Out of Doors Festival.
The Fall, whose record release party we hosted last night at Coco66, have a new video for their new song "Bury". Whatch that below too.
Public Image Ltd are now playing a tinier venue later this month.
Joanna Newsom played "'81," one of her new album's best, on Jools Holland. That's below...
by Bill Pearis
Is there another band who have lasted as long, gone through as many sweeping line-up changes, yet remained as relevant as The Fall? Now in their 33rd year of existence, the band are set to release Your Future Our Clutter, is the bands first for Domino Records and their 28th studio album next Tuesday, May 4.
That night Brooklyn Vegan is hosting a listening party at Coco 66 (66 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn). The party starts at 9PM with Domino DJs spinning, some free vodka, and then we'll play the new album in full. We'll also be giving away test pressings on the new album as well as a good chunk of The Fall's back catalogue (66.89% of it is what the flyer claims.)
Additionally, we're giving away a copy of the test pressing before the party. Details below.
This is the first Fall LP in two years. The last few albums from The Fall haven't been the most memorable but Mark E. Smith and company really have it together for their Domino debut. It's easily the most focused, best-sounding record the band has made since 2005's Fall Heads Roll. This is due in no small part to the most stable lineup The Fall has maintained since Steven Hanley and Craig Scanlon quit/were sacked at the end of the century. Frontman Mark E. Smith, who famously said "if it's me and your granny on bongos, it's still The Fall," claims this version of the band is "the best line-up I've ever had." Your Future Our Clutter is the second album with this incarnation of The Fall. You can listen to it online over at NPR.org.
With so many records, line-ups and sounds, becoming a new fan at this point can be a bit daunting. Hell, even for a longtime fan it can be overwhelming. (Though I'd say 76.45% of their official studio recordings are worth hearing.) The AV Club recently featured a nice overview in their ongoing "Gateway to Geekery" series. And you can watch Jeffrey Lewis' funny "Legend of the Fall" video at the bottom of this post, along with a couple classic Fall videos from throughout the Manchester band's long, awesome career. Plus, Hitler gets upset when he can't find a copy of The Fall's Record Store Day 2010 single. It's all below with the party flyer and contest details too...
...," the Sasquatch! Festival returns for its ninth year May 29-31 (Memorial Day Weekend), 2010 at The Gorge in Quincy, WA. For the first time, a special discounted 3-day festival pass will be available in time for the holiday gift season on Saturday, November 7 at 10:00 A.M. (PST) via sasquatchfestival.com. There are a limited number of discount passes, which will be available through December 31, 2009. Recently reunited indie rock legends Pavement will be performing. The festival's complete lineup will be announced February 16.Since first announcing they'd be playing four shows at NYC's Central Park Summerstage (all currently listed as sold out), Pavement has gone on to announce more shows in Australia and Europe including an ATP that they're curating, and Primavera Sound in Spain. Sasquatch is the 2nd confirmed U.S. location so far, and it happens a full four months before the NYC dates.
Other rumored U.S. appearances are Coachella and the Pitchfork Festival. Meanwhile Pavement member Spiral Stairs just released a new album. The new Spiral Stairs video, and all Pavement dates, and who Pavement has picked to play their sold out ATP fest so far, below...
(a new MP3 - a bootleg recording from the Fall's recent Brooklyn show)
Help me welcome interviewer Patrick Southern to BrooklynVegan. Patrick, a musician himself, responded when I put out a call for music interviewers two weeks ago. He mentioned in his email that his dream interview would probably be with Mark E. Smith from the Fall, so I helped arrange it. Mark and Patrick had a long distance chat on the phone this past Friday (June 23, 2006). They discussed the banana peel incident, his band leaving the States as he slept, Franz Ferdinand, the new record, and more...
MARK E SMITH - THEN & NOW
PATRICK: Do you think the American audiences that The Fall draws are any different, fundamentally, than the British audiences?
MARK: Well it depends where you go, really. In Britain, in the north, it's very fanatical. There isn't that great difference though, no. Not a great deal of people leave. (Laughter)
PATRICK: I actually saw you at the last stop of your most recent American tour.
MARK: In Brooklyn, you mean?