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by Bill Pearis

Lemon posters all over Manchester, England (photo by @mattroche)
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Posters featuring illustrations of lemon slices popped up all over Manchester, England this morning fueling rumors that The Stone Roses were about to announce something. (Lemons have always figured into the band's imagery.) NME noted that a new touring company has been registered to the names of the four members: Ian Brown, John Squire, Gary "Mani" Mounfield and Alan "Reni" Wren. Other UK publications are speculating it could be a new album. Maybe it's both? Meanwhile, other Manchester musicians, like Charlatans' frontman Tim Burgess, have been tweeting the phrase "16 Lemons." We'll know soon enough: The announcement is coming at 2 PM East Coast time.

UPDATE: They've announced some 2016 UK dates: Manchester's Etihad Stadium on June 17 & 18, and Glasgow's T in the Park on July 8. Poster for those shows is below. Maybe more will be announced?

The Stone Roses got back together in 2013 for some shows, including Coachella (which to these ears was not the band's finest hour). Are you excited for something new?

As for something old: Light in the Attic reissued both The Stone Roses' classic 1989 debut album and their singles compilation Turns to Stone this year on vinyl, remastered from the original tapes. They sound good.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Appleseed Cast @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 7/28/15
The Appleseed Cast
The Appleseed Cast

The Appleseed Cast are currently on tour playing their 2000 sophomore album, Mare Vitalis, in full for its 15th anniversary, and that tour hits NYC's Studio at Webster Hall last night (7/28). Appleseed Cast are one of those bands where it's hard to pick a favorite album -- each one has its merits and they are all different but never too drastically. Still, there was something extra great and cohesive about seeing this excellent album played front to back. Of course there's the nostalgic value of an entire set of songs you've known for years, and the given fact that these songs were *meant* to be played in this order, but it also felt like the band was more locked in than the last couple times I saw them.

The Appleseed Cast are the kind of band that mesmerizes, more than inspires dancing and singalongs, and mesmerize they did. The Mare Vitalis songs have their individual intricacies (like the tricky lead riff of "Fishing The Sky"), but mostly they build the kind of walls of sound that make you forget where you are. When they announced they had one song left last night I thought "it's over already?" They did of course give us an encore, which began with a cover of The Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored" (you can watch a video of that cover from the Seattle stop of the tour, below).

Opening was Ohio's Annabel, who recently released their new album Having It All on Tiny Engines. They make the kind of '90s-style emo that The Appleseed Cast briefly dabbled in on their 1998 debut, and though Mare Vitalis isn't really up that same alley, it was still a good fit. Before them was Adjy, who make similar quirky multi-instrumental pop to Anathallo, Freelance Whales, and other oft-forgotten bands that came in the wake of Arcade Fire and Sufjan.

More pictures from The Studio At Webster Hall below...

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"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...

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by Bill Pearis


Things are going great for Morrissey whose new book is selling like crazy. The new Issue of NME, as you can see from its cover above, features "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The UK music weekly picked these for the Top 10:

1. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes - Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
6. Pulp - Different Class
7. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8. Pixies - Doolittle
9. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
10. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Just keep in mind these are mostly British people making this list. Outkast's Stankonia is #500 if you were wondering, and the Top 50 are listed in this post. If you're wondering how NME came up with this list, here's what they said:
It means emailing a vast array of alumni from across the NME generations, from the sixties swingers through the hip young gunslingers of the 70s right up to today's troupe of rock'n'roll toreadors, and begging/bullying them to submit lists of their favourite fifty albums of all time. Some joined in, others were too busy/famous now, but we managed to gather together around 80 voters to submit lists, at which point the serious number-crunching began.
One of those 80 was '90s-era NME editor Johnny "Cigarettes" Sharp, who talked to The Quietus about how he came up with his ballot (and these kind of lists in general):
I and the rest of the NME alumni were simply told to vote for our 'favourite' albums - Ideally a top 50 but really anything we could rustle up by the following Monday.

And herein lies a flaw inherent in all such lists: The results are bound to be slanted towards the choices of the voters who they happen still to have contact details for, which will inevitably be the more recent contributors (Still, having first written for them over 20 years ago, they didn't do too badly tracking me down).

Inevitably, with the whole thing being a bit last-minute and no-budget, the votes were also those of individuals who could be arsed to sweat over a difficult task in their free time for no financial reward. Welcome to 21st century publishing.

The mag does have a sense of humor about all this. The bottom right corner of the cover has a picture of Morrissey saying "...until the next 500." NME is publishing the whole list -- in not annoying slideshow format -- throughout the day and you can click through 500 - 401, and 400 - 301 right now. Their top 50 are listed below....

Continue reading "is The Smiths' 'The Queen is Dead' the best LP ever? NME says yes in their "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Bill Pearis

The Stone Roses @ Coachella, 4/12/2013
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The biggest surprise of the day, however, came with the Stone Roses. As you approached the main stage the crowd seemed smaller and smaller until you realised that - with barely 10 minutes before showtime - it was quite possible to walk all the way up to the front barriers. Things did fill up slightly by the time Ian Brown et al emerged but there was something strange about seeing this most iconic of bands shuffling through Fools Gold to a crowd one fifth of the size of Tegan and Sara's next door. It's hard to say if the band themselves were off form - this could have been the exact same performance as their Heaton Park show, yet without the frenzied atmosphere of their fans the whole thing fell a bit flat. Any band who sing I Wanna Be Adored demand to be the main event ... and when they're not? Well, it's yet another perfect example of the need for music to suit its surroundings. - [The Guardian]
The Stone Roses played their first American show since 1995 as Friday night headliners at Coachella (4/12). Well the whole "Who the hell are the Stone Roses?" tweets seemed prophetic as the veteran (and much loved in some circles) Manchester band played, reportedly, to about 5000 people on the main Coachella stage Friday night. It was certainly noble of Coachella to treat their reunion as one deserving the top line on the first released poster, even if didn't translate into sheer numbers.

That said, those in attendance were a "dedicated crowd," most of whom had waited nearly two decades to see the band in America. Opening with their classic "I Wanna Be Adored," the band's 11-song set hit most of their short discography's highlights, including "Fool's Gold," "Waterfall," "She Bangs the Drums," and epic rock-out "I Am the Resurrection" which closed their set. (No "Elephant Stone" or, more crucially, "What the World is Waiting For," though.) You can watch video of "Fools Gold" and "Made of Stone" below. The band sounded great. As for frontman Ian Brown's vocals...the band sounded great.

Their two Coachella sets (the second being this Friday [4/19)]) and a show in Mexico City last week (4/9) are the only North American shows the band have for now. Setlist, more pictures (originally posted on BV Chicago), and videos below...

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Blur at Hyde Park in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Last night, the Coachella 2013 lineup was announced, and as usual, there are some exciting reunions planned for the festival.

After we thought Blur might be done with their reunion without ever having played the US, they announced plans for 2013 and now we finally know that Coachella is their first scheduled US date since reforming.

Fellow britpop legends The Stone Roses have also been reunited for a bit and Coachella is their first scheduled US date since reforming as well. The band have only ever played a handful of U.S. shows in the first place, most of those without original drummer Reni. They played there hometown shows last summer, and if you missed it, you can check out videos, the setlist, and a review HERE.

Since reuniting, and even before, people have been speculating and hoping that Blur and The Stone Roses would play Coachella, and now both bands are not only finally playing the same year, but co-headlining the Friday(s) of the festival (April 12 and 19). Some videos of both bands' 2012 reunions below...

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Stone Roses at Heaton Park 6/30/2013 (via @damoncollins)
Stone Roses Heaton Park

We just posted Blur news and while we're in a classic Britpop frame of mind we'd be remiss to not mention The Stone Roses who are back together and have been playing festivals and sending UK music press into a tizzy since May or so, which culminated in three hometown shows Manchester's Heaton Park over the weekend (June 29 - July 1). Here's a bit of The Guardian's review:

Burnished by the fact that they vanished just at the point in the mid-1990s when rock music became obsessed with nostalgia, their legend is based as much on what-ifs than it is on anything tangible. Their musical legacy consists of one astonishing album, played in its entirety here; one not-so astonishing album, which they skirt over in a couple of songs; and a handful of singles. Answering the what-if question is dangerous in the cold light of dusk on a damp June evening, 21 years after the event.

But that's what the impartial observer might think and impartial observers are notable by their absence at Heaton Park. Some sections of the music press and the tabloids have spent months carrying on as if the epoch-defining success of the Stone Roses' Manchester comeback was a forgone conclusion, which, with the best will in the world, seems fearless to the point of insanity. But the same attitude seems to be in abundance in a park packed with people who looked at Damien Hirst's demented recent assertion that the Stone Roses were "more important than Picasso" and nodded sagely, rather than burst out laughing.

They've come here to witness a heroic victory and there are moments when you get the feeling they aren't minded to let a trifling matter like the actual quality of the gig get in the way.

It feels cliched to bang on about the fact that Ian Brown can't sing; his voice can still stun you with its sheer inability to hold a tune, particularly in the company of such fantastic musicians.

John Squire's guitar playing is unremittingly great - he expands the motorik funk of Fools Gold into something vaguely resembling Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love. Reni remains one of a handful of drummers who can play a solo you would happily listen to. But Brown's voice is painfully wayward during Elizabeth My Dear and Where Angels Play.

But, for most of the gig, his vocal shortcomings are a moot point: you can't hear him, because everyone is the crowd is bellowing every word, drowning him out. It would take an almost superhuman effort not to be carried along with the mood of euphoria during Made of Stone or Love Spreads.

There are some videos from the Heaton Park shows below. Clearly the fans were into it -- you can hear them sing along with the "I Wanna Be Adored" lead riff. Ian Brown's singing does leave a little to be desired.

There is talk of a new album too...if the band can manage to stay together. (A supposed onstage fight in Amsterdam a couple weeks ago turned to be a non-event.) The big question at this point is, will America get any shows? They were rumored for Coachella this year, which obviously didn't happen but Slicing Up Eyeballs points to a tweet from Last Broadcast which reads, "John Squire confirmed that ‪#thestoneroses‬ will visit the US "next year" ... any bets on Coachella??" Keep your fingers crossed.

Video from the Heaton Park Shows and 6/29 setlist are below along with a list of all current Stone Roses tour dates.

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Rock Werchter

We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.

Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now sold out.

The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.

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Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

Stone Roses

Ian Brown is the only obstacle to a Stone Roses reunion, the band's former bassist Mani said this week. And if the Manchester band are ever to get back together, it will be up to fans to twist Brown's arm.

"Me, John and Reni are up for doing it and Ian just needs some working on," Gary "Mani" Mounfield told the Channelbee website. Counting Mani, guitarist John Squire and drummer Alan "Reni" Wren, that's three-quarters of the band accounted for. But frontman Ian Brown is stone-hearted, and has hardly spoken to the others since their acrimonious split in 1996.

"Next year is the 20th anniversary of the first album," Mani continued. "It's the ideal time to do it. It's something I would love to do before we are all fat and bald. Start the campaign." [Guardian]

In the meantime we've got Blur, and The Specials.

Also there's Oasis, who play Madison Square Garden in NYC TONIGHT (Dec 17).

Neil Young played the same venue last night, and the night before.