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by Jonathan Dick

Slowdive back in the day...
Slowdive

Having left an indelible mark of influence on a multitude of bands and musicians since their initial breakup in 1995, Slowdive's reunion announcement earlier this year was more than welcomed by fans who'd discovered the band's remarkable shoegaze sound during its early 90s heyday and those new listeners who'd discovered the band well after their last release, Pygmalion. These new listeners come by way of a myriad of genres, not limited by any particular scene or sound, giving a broad picture of just how impactful Slowdive was and continues to be. Hearing the band's music even two decades later gives a striking sense of connectivity to bands on every side of the spectrum, from the experimental metal of Deafheaven to the psychedelic pop atmospherics of Deerhunter.

Founding member and vocalist/guitarist Neil Halstead, who we last talked to in 2008, immediately reveals a kind of quiet modesty concerning the band, satisfied to see Slowdive's story and eventual massive influence as something that simply fell into the band's lap. It's the kind of subdued quality and characteristic that's underlined Slowdive's music and those influenced by it, with a sound that seemingly builds the wealth of its power under a steady haze of melodic noise. With several festival appearances slated for this summer, the anticipation now points to what lies ahead for Slowdive. In our conversation with Halstead, the answer is not so much vague as it is deliberately positive and hopeful, with the vocalist/guitarist seeming as excited for the band's future in 2014 as he likely was over twenty years ago.

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BV: I'm always interested to learn what initially brought a musician to their craft, and I'm curious as to what that was like for you personally, Neil. Was there a specific band or song or sound that brought you to music in the first place and provided that initial creative spark for you where you knew that this was something you had to do yourself?

Neil: I don't know. [Laughs] I mean, for me, I suppose - just I was super influenced by bands specifically like Jesus and the Mary Chain, The Cure, and I guess the Byrds, The Beatles, and stuff like that. I think that my interest in music was seeing The Beatles documentary when I was about eleven years old and just being like "Shit, that looks like fun," then, the next day, trying to get my dad to buy me a guitar so I could learn that. I don't know if I ever reached that point where I felt like "Oh, this is the thing I do." I still don't know if I feel like that, to be honest. Slowdive, we kind of got a record deal by accident as we'd really not done a lot of gigs or anything. We were sort of quite lucky in that we just so happened to be in the right place at the right time. And we were all quite young, and I suppose it was - we were all just obviously super obsessed with music and Creation, the label that we signed to, had a bunch of our favorite bands on them. I think all of us felt that we were extremely lucky to do it, and it was something that we were totally into, I think back then. I suppose, for me, personally, you reach a certain point in playing music and you sort of actually realize "I'm sort of really useless at doing anything else." [Laughs] It's not like how you can change a career. I've always really loved doing it, and I'm sort of lucky because I've been able to do it for quite a while now. But I never felt like it was a calling.

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Continue reading "an interview w/ Neil Halstead of Slowdive (on the reunion, a new album, writing songs & more)"

AMFBAMFB

Yesterday (4/24), tickets for the American Football reunion show at NYC's Webster Hall (10/11) went on a BrooklynVegan presale, and as you may know they sold out instantly. People on social media, via email and in the comments were clearly upset and felt like we were trying to screw them over in part because the Ticketweb page was very confusing and only listed the presale with a place to put the password during the time the few tickets were on sale. Before and after the very quick presale, the Ticketweb page said tickets were not on sale yet. For what it's worth, we've since contacted Ticketweb to let them know we don't think their presale process was very clear. We share your frustration, but everyone should realize that if you didn't get a ticket yesterday it was only because they sold out to others before you had a chance, not due to any type of conspiracy.

However, like we said yesterday, MOST of the tickets for the show are actually going on sale during the general sale, which begins at this link today (4/25) at noon (EST). Hopefully it will be easier to get them this time, but act quick. Good luck!

As some people have noted, the tickets are already on StubHub for insane prices. Naturally people are assuming those were the tickets bought during presale. One person said he saw them for $300, another for $222, and others expressed frustration on the StubHub matter as well. At the moment, they're up for around $200. We encourage you to wait for the general sale today at noon, don't buy them on StubHub! (and if you did get tickets during the presale and immediately listed them on StubHub, F you!)!

PS, frustratingly, tickets for the Mineral reunion shows at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon too.

UPDATE: As of 12:03 PM, American Football is SOLD OUT. Mineral is still not.

Carcass at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Carcass

Legendary death metal/grind band Carcass have returned from the beyond and have released the new track "Captive Bolt Pistol." The track, which found its way onto a compilation of songs by bands on German festival Party San, appears on the new Carcass record, Surgical Steel. Look for that on Season of Mist soon, but until then you can stream that track below courtesy of Skull & Bones.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Catharsis at The Acheron, Jan 2013 (more by Rebecca Reed)

Influential metallic hardcore crew Catharsis took over The Acheron on January 19, playing to a sell-out crowd alongside the reunited Deathcycle, Gehenna, and Withdrawal. The show was one of only four dates for the band, one of which included an appearance at the A389 Anniversary (along with a reunited Left for Dead). Check out a full set of pictures from The Acheron on Invisible Oranges.

If you missed out on the Left for Dead reunion, pray that Chris Colohan (also Burning Love) was kidding when he said "one-time" only. Either way, there is video of their set from the A389 bash below.

Continue reading "Catharsis played Acheron with Deathcycle, Gehenna & Withdrawal; check out video from the Left for Dead reunion"

photos by Rebecca Reed

Quicksand at MHOW 8/25/2012
Quicksand
Quicksand

Quicksand completed their pair of NYC dates with a Saturday night show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (8/25), joined by Bowery Ballroom opener Italian Horn and special surprise guest Reggie Watts. The show, which sold-out almost instantaneously, reportedly saw the band much more relaxed as they tore through the identical set from the Bowery show (pictures/review) with an addition of the instrumental track "Baphomet" from their classic Slip. Setlist is below.

In a conversation with Walter Schreifels following the Music Hall show, he indicated that Quicksand were open to future dates depending on scheduling. But more importantly, he and the band enjoyed themselves and that the currently scheduled dates are far from the end of the road. Fingers crossed.

Until more dates surface, your last shot to catch Quicksand goes down at FYF in Los Angeles this weekend.

Pictures and video from MHoW are below.

Continue reading "Quicksand played Music Hall of Williamsburg with Italian Horn and surprise guest Reggie Watts (pics, setlist)"

Stone Roses

"The legendary four-piece - Ian, John, Mani and Reni - have announced two massive shows at Manchester's Heaton Park on Friday June 29 and Saturday June 30, 2012. The dates will form part of an extensive world tour.

The band have already been into a rehearsal studio to start work on the set-list for the one of the most eagerly anticipated reunifications ever." - TheStoneRoses.org

Tickets for the Manchester shows go on sale Friday. Stay tuned for the rest of those dates to be announced.

Pulp

Britpop heroes Pulp, who recently reunited, are playing a string of European festivals this month which continues their trend of only playing shows overseas, but rumors say they may be playing some North American shows later this year. Fingers crossed.

One of the European fests Pulp is playing is the sold out "Way Out West" in Gothenburg, Sweden (August 11-13). Other bands playing that 5-year old Swedish festival include Prince, Kanye West, The Hives, Robyn, James Blake, Fucked Up, OFF!, The Jayhawks, WU LYF, Fleet Foxes, Little Dragon, Q-Tip, Destroyer, Janelle Monae, and Jamie Woon. Flyer below.

For Litle Dragon, Way Out West is a hometown show and just a few days before they fly to Brooklyn to play a BV-presented record release show with Rich Medina (on 8/16). Chelsea Wolfe doesn't play Way Out West, but is coincidentally playing Gothenburg the night before it begins. She then heads to Brooklyn to play a BV-presented show too, her first-ever in NYC (on 8/17). Advanced tickets for that one, which is happening at Saint Vitus, are on sale now.

The mysterious Iamamiwhoami, who just released a new video (watch it below), will be making their/her live debut at Way Out West. Why so much interest in this Swedish festival? Because I'm excited to say I'll be visiting Sweden for the first time next week and will be there. I'll let you know how it is.

Pulp are reissuing their first three albums next week (8/8). According to NME:

All three albums will all be released on August 8, and will come with new liner notes from rock critic Everett True. Although the LPs won't be remastered, they will all come with new artwork, while 'Freaks' and 'Separations' will both come with added bonus tracks.

'Freaks' will feature an extra disc of material taken from their singles 'Little Girl' and 'Dogs Are Everywhere', while 'Separations' will also include two extra songs - 'Death Goes To Disco' and 'Is This House' - plus an extended version of the album track 'Countdown'.

All Pulp dates, Way Out West flier & new iamamiwhoami video below...

Continue reading "Pulp reunion continues (US shows soon?), tour includes Sweden's Way Out West Fest w/ Iamamiwhoami & more"

Cars

After resisting the idea for many years while "The New Cars" played without him (and with Todd Rundgren in his place), Ric Ocasek has joined back up with his band The Cars, cementing the remainder of the original lineup (except for bassist Benjamin Orr for died of pancreatic cancer in 2000)...

"The project's genesis came in the fall of 2009 as Ocasek considered how to proceed with his latest batch of songs. He realized that his best option was the three players with whom he had the most symbiotic relationship. Ocasek reached out to Hawkes, Easton, and Robinson, each of who were excited at the opportunity to play together again. "It totally clicked immediately," Ocasek says. "Everybody got right into it, as if we had never stopped playing. After two days I thought, 'Oh yeah, this is going to be cool.'"

Even as the band fell naturally back into rhythm, Hawkes says, "We tried hard to keep it from just being a nostalgia thing. We definitely wanted to bring a modern slant to it.""

The new album, their first in 24 years, is called Move Like This, set for release by Hear Music/Concord Music Group on May 10th, 2011 which is also the same day they kick off a tour in Seattle. The NYC show happens May 25th at Roseland. Tickets for that one go on Live Nation presale on Thursday, 4/7, at 10am, and then regular sale on Friday at 11.

All dates and videos videos for the lead singles "Blue Tip" & "Sad Song", below...

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by BBG

Testors in 1977
Testors

"Testors erupted on the New York scene at the epicenter of the punk rock explosion in 1976. Little has been known about this band until now, due to their fiery temperament and desire to burn every bridge in sight. Their incendiary sound consisted of dueling guitar noise, scrappy garage bashing and Sonny Vincent's street poetry. Their earliest recordings are considerably tougher, louder and more desparate than any other music made at the time (or since!). Testors were a beautiful mess. Absolutely one of the most raw, catastrophic, and shocking bands to ever grace the stage of Max's Kansas City and CBGB's during the mid-70s punk heyday." [Swami Records]
Testors will return to the stage for a "sneak preview performance in NYC" on April 9th at the Delancey, one of two reunion shows scheduled for the band that will feature the "original '77 line-up". The second show will see Sonny Vincent and his band at the Atlanta Mess Around Festival on April 16, where the band will will join Oblivians, Subsonics, Hunx & His Punx, Mind Spiders, and many many others.

The full lineup for the Altanta Mess Around Festival and some Testors videos below...

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Sebastien Grainger @ Mercury Lounge in 2008 (more by Gabi Porter)
SG

FEBRUARY 4TH, 2011

SOME WORDS

It's been 5 years since Death From Above 1979 played a show, 10 years since Jesse played me the first demos & 11 years since we sat in his parents basement and played so loud we knocked the china off the shelves upstairs. 11 seems to be a YES number for me. Though I am usually a pretty rational guy, if I have something on my mind and I see an 11 somewhere, I know I'm on the right path. It's one of my last remaining superstitions. 2011 has a nice ring to it & if you're so inclined, it may be the last year ever! So why not say YES? Why not say YES to Coachella? Why not say YES to playing the music we designed to be an undeniable source of power? Why not say YES to stirring up a writhing pit of sweaty humans? YES to riots! YES to heavy music! YES instead of maybe, and YES to make death your adviser and remind yourself always, that this is not a dress rehearsal. This is the big show.

Jesse and I have decided that what we can do together should not be denied.
Together again, as was always the intention, as a collaboration.
The collision of two different worlds.
As this all takes shape, we will reveal it to you.
All of it happening, as it always has, in our own way.
Thank you all for sharing in our excitement!

Yes.
SEBASTIEN

The band currently has two shows scheduled. Coachella and May 6th at donaufestival in Krems, Austria.

by Bill Pearis

OMD

The original line-up of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are plotting their first North American tour in over 20 years, including a March 8 stop at Webster Hall in NYC with Oh Land. Amex presale for that show starts Wednesday (1/12) at noon, with a general on-sale Friday (1/14) at noon. The veteran synthpop band will also be at SXSW this year.

The classic four-piece line-up of OMD, the same one that gave us the band's first first six albums, haven't played the US since 1988 when they opened for Depeche Mode on the 101 Tour. Founding member Paul Humphreys left the band shortly after that. Andy McLuskey released three albums under the OMD name in the '90s that never saw the critical acclaim or commercial success of the '80s line-up. All four reunited in 2007, and last year released History of Modern, a pretty solid comeback album that features a Peter Saville-designed sleeve and that soaring OMD sound and pop sensibility, tweaked for a new era.

OMD were always one of the better live bands of the synthpop era thanks to the honest-to-goodness live rhythm section of singer/bassist Andy McLuskey (whose goofy on-stage performance style may have invented new wave dancing) and ace drummer Malcom Holmes. Founding member and co-songwriter Paul Humphreys and keyboardist Martin Cooper round out that classic line-up. European shows from the last two years have gotten high marks. From The Guardian:

Tonight, played at unexpectedly ear-splitting volume - as if OMD still feel they have something to prove to the kind of rock fan who spent the early 80s dismissing electronic pop as poncy hairdressers playing synthesisers - they sound great: Messages is darkly melancholic, Souvenir beautifully opaque.

More surprisingly, the audience react the same way to tracks from OMD's comeback album History of Modern, which tells you something about its forensic re-creation of OMD's early 80s sound, weirdness and pop smarts fully intact. Indeed, at one point, an audience member feels impelled to throw her bra at McCluskey's soberly besuited foil, Paul Humphreys. "Thank you," he says, visibly surprised at the ardour with which the band are being received, "for that, um, rather large present."

Will undergarments fly at Webster Hall? I have to admit I'm kind of looking forward to this show. You can check out videos for new singles "Sister Marie Says" (which sounds more than a little like "Enola Gay") and "If You Want It" below, along with a couple classic '80s clips and all OMD tour dates.

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by BBG

Arab on Radar
Arab On Radar

Dudefest isn't the only recipients of the Arab on Radar return, as NYC and ten other cities will get a taste of their own during select dates in July, August and September. The dates include Cake Shop in NYC on July 31st with Child Abuse, No Babies, and Orange Coax. Full dates for the band are below.

One of the supporting bands a the show, Child Abuse, are also scheduled to play Shea Stadium on June 2nd as part of a benefit for the victims of the Gulf Coast alongside headliner Zs, Controlled Bleeding, Cellular Chaos (feat Weasel Walter), and with DJ 1000TimesYes. All proceeds go towards The Greater New Orleans Foundation. Show flyer is below.

Child Abuse is also scheduled to play Death By Audio on June 28th with The Bastard Noise, The Communion (aka Kanalbrigade), and EID. The show is one of TWO Bastard Noise shows set for June.

Tour dates, the flyer, and some videos are below...

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"December 26th DANZIG Show Rumors are TRUE" - Michale Graves

MisfitsMisfits

The "American Psycho" lineup of the resurrected MISFITS (minus Jerry Only) will be reuniting for a one-time performance at the Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, New Jersey on Saturday, December 26. Headlining the show will be DANZIG.

The reunited MISFITS will include vocalist Michale Graves, guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein and drummer Dr. Chud. Bassist Jerry Only will not be participating, but Argyle Goolsby of BLITZKID/GORGEOUS FRANKENSTEIN fame will there to add the low end.

Vocalist Michale Graves has been busy touring with MARKY RAMONE'S BLITZKRIEG as well as supporting his recent live acoustic album, "Illusions Live/Viretta Park", which is available via Screaming Crow Records.

"This is more of the MISFITS then anyone has ever seen in almost 10 years," says Graves. "75 percent of the band reunited on stage in New Jersey opening for the man truly responsible for all this horror business?! I am confident that this will provide fans a real taste of what the MISFITS truly were and could have been!" [Blabbermouth]

I thought there might some kind of Misfits reunion at the show, but I didn't think it would be with Michael Graves singing... So like, just to clarify, here is a list of all the Misfits singers:
1) Glenn Danzig - Lead vocals (1977-1983)
2) Michale Graves - Lead vocals (1995-2000)
3) Jerry Only - Bass guitar (1977-1983, 1995-present), lead vocals (2001-present)
Jerry Only is the current singer of the "Misfits" aka the band you would be going to see if you ever bought tickets to a Misfits show in the present day. Jerry, and his drummer Robo (a member of the band from 1982-1983, and from 2005-present) will likely NOT be at the Starland show because they wouldn't really be welcome.
According to a report from Cleveland Scene, there were apparently plans underway for a proper reunion between the Misfits and their estranged singer-songwriter, Glenn Danzig. However, according to an interview with former Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein:

We were actually going to do a Misfits reunion with Glenn. But Jerry put a fuckin' monkey wrench in it. [In] 2002, we had meetings ... And [Jerry] kind of fucked it up, him and his manager. We were going to do a record, do a tour and everything. So let all the Misfits fans put that in their pipe and smoke it.

Over the years since 2002, rumors have always emerged that Danzig would reunite with his former bandmates, but the singer always vigorously denied them. In fact, during the lead up to the singer's 2005 Blackest of the Black tour, Glenn noted: "It's the closest thing to a Misfits reunion anyone is ever going to see!" [PunkNews]

Glenn Danzig, aka the real and original singer of the Misfits, has been doing mini Misfits reunion sets with Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (who happens to be Jerry's brother) since 2005 (as noted above). Doyle, who is now in Gorgeous Frankenstein with Dr Chud, was the Misfits bassist from 1980-1983 (with Glenn) and from 1995-2001 (with Michael Graves).

Glenn and Doyle do the special Misfits sets in addition to playing with their respective bands who would be on the same bill....such as during the 2005 Blackest of the Black tour... and much like lineup at Starland Ballroom tonight (12/26)... where I'm hoping they do it again in addition to the confirmed Michale Graves reunion which is weird - especially since they're sharing a bill with Glenn...

Maybe Glenn will play with Doyle in addition to the Michale Graves set? Maybe Glenn will come out and play with Michale, Dr. Chud (Misfits drummer from 1995-2000) and Doyle? Or maybe Doyle will just come out and play during Danzig's set? No matter what, it's going to be an interesting night and a family affair... Even the first band on the bill, Seventh Void, features a member of Danzig's band (Johnny Kelly who is also in Type O Negative).

Tickets are still on sale.

A "Danzig vs Michale Graves" video, two versions of the show flyer and more info below...

Continue reading "Michale Graves version of the Misfits reuniting (sort of) @ Starland Ballroom Danzig show (TONIGHT)..."

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Gospel - "Paper Tiger" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gospel - "Yr Electric Surge Is Sweet" (MP3)

Gospel

New York City post-hardcore act Gospel push the avant-garde tip of a genre already considered to be on rock's cutting edge. ...By 2003, the songs they were writing had evolved into art rock realms, drawing on everything from math metal to ambient music to space rock, and necessitated the addition of Jon Pastir (guitar, keyboards) to make it all work, both in the rehearsal room and on-stage. This led to their renaming themselves Gospel, and in 2005 they released their first full-length work, cryptically titled The Moon Is a Dead World. Late the next year, the band announced it was breaking up, though no reason was given. - [Allmusic]
Gospel's prog/emo/post-hardcore magnum opus The Moon Is a Dead World still strongly resonates today. Luckily, that "break up" didn't take, as the band has announced that they've written "an album's worth of new material" and will perform that at a show at Union Pool on 1/29 with Drunkdriver and Tournamentas part of a benefit for the ailing Matty No Times of Three Kings Tattoo. Some of that new material is streaming at their muxtape site. You can download a few tracks from The Moon Is A Dead World above.

Tournament is also scheduled to play NYC with Coalesce / Coliseum / A Storm of Light at Europa on 12/30. Get yr tix.

Dig on a bunch of video of Gospel below...

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Seinfeld

HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" finale / "Seinfeld" finale redux was the most-viewed "Curb" closer in more than five years.

About 2 million viewers tuned in from two telecasts Sunday evening, putting the total number of viewers 24% higher than last season's finale in 2007.

"Curb" is averaging a gross audience of 5.1 million viewers this season when you combine linear airings, DVR and HBO On Demand, up 36% from last season. [Hollywood Reporter]

If you missed it, check out the video featuring Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and co-creator Larry David, below...

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: From Ashes Rise - "They" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: From Ashes Rise - "Reaction" (MP3)

From Ashes Rise (photo by Nathan Baker)
FAR

Formed in Nashville in the mid-'90s, From Ashes Rise helped define the gloom-heavy thrash sound attributed to groups like His Hero is Gone, Systral and Tragedy... Representative of a staunchly underground breed of aggressive, basement punk, many heads devoted strictly to aesthetic were shocked at the band's hitching with Jade Tree Records. Drawing on obscure thrash bands from Scandinavia and Japan, as well as Discharge's venerated "D-beat," From Ashes Rise helped carry the aggro torch for Jade Tree. The band split up in Fall 2005 after doing a tour with the legendary UK band the Subhumans.
From Ashes Rise have announced their resurrection after a five year hiatus with a new live show, at Satyricon in Portland, OR on February 21! Here's to hoping that the band will follow-up with a full US tour, or at least NYC. Members of From Ashes Rise have gone on to play in Tragedy, Deathreat, and World Burns To Death among many others.

Tragedy recently played Studio B in Brooklyn with Morne and Blacklisted. Blacklisted are scheduled to play the Deathwish / Chronic Youth day party along with Bane, Maximum Penalty, Cold World, The Banner, Foundation, and Incendiary at Santos Party House on 10/24.

Flyer for the Deathwish/CY show is below.

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Pavement

"Pavement embarked on a six month world tour in support of [Terror Twilight], during which time relationships within the group frayed, especially between Malkmus and the other members of the band. Steve West later recalled times on the tour bus where the singer would put his coat over his head, refuse to speak to anyone, and call himself "The Little Bitch". Critics noted that their setlist had started to include a number of their early songs, much like a band playing their greatest hits on a farewell tour. The lead singer's attitude continued to deteriorate as the tour wore on, finally coming to a head during their slot at the 1999 Coachella Festival. During the concert, Malkmus refused (or was possibly unable, due to illness) to sing, effectively turning their set into a mostly instrumental one. Nastanovich called a band meeting after the show, and Malkmus finally confided to his band-mates: "I just don't want to do this anymore."

The group's final concert together was at Brixton Academy in London on November 20, 1999. During the concert, Malkmus had a pair of handcuffs attatched to his microphone stand, and at one point told that audience, "These symbolize what it's like being in a band all these years." After the concert, he confirmed to people at the after-party that Pavement was now done "for the foreseeable future." About two weeks later, a spokesperson for Domino records told NME: "Pavement are retiring for the forseeable future to: 1. Start families 2. Sail around the world 3. Get into the computer industry 4. Dance 5. Get some attention."

In the summer of 2000, Malkmus called Kannberg and told him, "You need to change the website to say we aren't a band anymore. People keep asking me if we're breaking up and you know we're not a band anymore, right?" Kannberg told the singer that he needed to call the other members of the band to inform them that the band was finally breaking up, but Malkmus refused and Kannberg was left with the task of informing them. Steve West later admitted that he never received any official call about the breakup from anyone in the band, and discovered that Pavement had dissolved via the internet. Nastanovich later commented that "There was too much exhaustion for heavy emotion." [Wikipedia]

One of the most popular indie rock rumor topics of this decade is the reformation of Pavement.

According to reliable sources, it's finally happening in 2010! There will be multiple, possibly four, nights of shows at NYC's Central Park Summerstage in September of that year. That could be part of a tour. That could be the end of a tour, the middle of a tour, or even the beginning of a tour, but it seems reasonable to speculate that they might make their official comeback at Coachella in April.

It's also time to start guessing who might be the big curator of September 2010's ATP NY festival (the job Flaming Lips had this year, and My Bloody Valentine the year before that). Might as well put Pavement high on the list of possibilities for that too.

Continue reading "the Pavement reunion is on - multiple nights @ Central Park Summerstage in 2010 + a tour? + Coachella? + ATP?"

by Black Bubblegum

Luc Lemay in Negativa
Luc LeMay

Gorguts has returned! Luc Lemay issued the following statement:

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most of these guys are getting back together
The Specials

The Specials will finish their reunion tour next May with a special gig in their hometown of Coventry. The band have now been confirmed to play the city's Ricoh Arena on May 15. As NME.COM previously reported, The Specials are reuniting to celebrate their 30th anniversary. [NME]
Hopefully this will lead to some US shows as well. Controversially, keyboard player Jerry Dammers will not be part of the reunited band. All UK dates below...

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Dead Milkmen @ Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin, TX - Nov 8, 2008
Dead Milkmen

After Schulthise's death, the surviving Dead Milkmen took the stage once again for two consecutive nights in November 2004 at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia. Proceeds were donated to a variety of mental health organizations and to a Serbian monastery that Schulthise supported. Dan Stevens, bass player of Genaro's band the Low Budgets, performed on bass.

In 2008, the band announced its plans to play the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, their first performance since the Schulthise memorial show, with Stevens again on bass. When asked if they were planning a corresponding tour, the band said they were not planning to do so. However, the band played two unannounced concerts in Philadelphia in October, 2008, billed under their pseudonym Les Enfants Du Prague. Both shows, including one at the small bar Johnny Brenda's and another at the all-ages venue the First Unitarian Church, sold out despite their lacking proper billing. [Wikipedia]

The band, with new bassist, did in fact play that show at Fun Fun Fun Fest last night (11/8). It was my first time seeing Dead Milkmen. I forgot I knew all the words. Full setlist and more pictures later. In the meantime here's some video....

Continue reading "Dead Milkmen - Obama's Bitchin' Camaro (FFF Fest video) "

Sonic Youth

Friday, July 4, 3:30pm
Battery Park
SONIC YOUTH / THE FEELIES TO OPEN
Sonic Youth came on the music scene in the early '80s and continues to be a major force in the indie genre today. Known to "redefine what rock guitar could do," they have created a new sonic landscape rich in alternate sounds. Bring a blanket and come Downtown to enjoy the hits that have earned them a dedicated decades-long following. The Feelies will reunite to open.
Tickets are required and space is limited. FREE.
I guess that means it's happening, but not at Summerstage.

Yazoo

Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.) was a short-lived but highly successful English synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex that had a number of top ten hits in the British charts in the early 1980s.

Heavily influenced by earlier bands like Kraftwerk, Yazoo expanded upon the synthpop formula by juxtaposing Alison Moyet's vocals with Vince Clarke's electronic hooks. Its sound referenced disco but added a more disaffected attitude that disco lacked. Their second album saw greater songwriting input from Moyet, adding a rather more mature and soulful flavour, particularly on the hit single "Nobody's Diary."

Another way to put it: Yazoo was Vince Clarke's band after he left Depeche Mode and before he started Erasure with Andy Bell. Even if the name doesn't ring a bell, you probably know at least one song.....

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Snapcase

Snapcase (1991-2005) are getting back together for just one show. The cause? Callum Robbins. The place? The Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. The date? Saturday November 24th. Tickets go on sale October 5th at noon. 108 & Triple Threat are also on the bill.

The show is also a book release party for The Anti-Matter Anthology - "A 1990's post-punk and hardcore reader", and there's a limited pre-sale/pre-order combo package being offered. Snapcase video below...

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