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by Jonathan Dick

"People ask if we're gonna do another album. I don't know if we're gonna do that."


One of the Grunge Era's most notoriously confrontational and outstanding acts is back on tour and preparing a documentary of the reunion. We recently caught them at Riot Fest in Denver, and they'll be playing the first of two NYC shows tonight (9/8 at Irving Plaza, and then it's 9/9 at Warsaw). Hellacious and just as heavy, L7's legacy is familiar to many bands that hailed from the West Coast's early 90's offering of angst and post-baby boomer generation's utter disillusionment with society in general. For vocalist/guitarist Donita Sparks, the reunion is a recognizable place for the group but also one that brings along with it some humbling and amazing new developments. In a recent conversation, Sparks spoke of the band's reunion and why timing is everything.


BV: What was it that made this the right time for you guys to get back together and do these shows after all this time?

Donita: I don't know if it was the right time. It was probably the wrong time because so many other bands are reuniting at this time. [Laughs.] Sometimes we get lumped in with other bands, but this really couldn't have happened for us before this time. We've had health problems in the band. We've had some of us taking care of elderly parents. So this is really the only time that this could've happened for us. It just so happened that when I called everybody about a year ago and just said, "Hey, is this something you would even be slightly interested in," I got the go ahead from some of us, but Suzi [Gardner] needed time to think about it. So I told her that I needed an answer in about six months, because they had to start booking stuff, and she said yes. But it took a while because she hadn't touched her guitar in about fourteen years or something. It had just been under her bed. [Laughs.] So it wasn't just a matter of hey, do we wanna do this. It was more of us saying, "Can we do this? Is it even possible?" So yeah, here we are.

Just in the brief time you've been back at this and prepping for the tour, have you noticed significant changes in music culture and even the industry that weren't really there seventeen years ago?

Donita: Well, when we disbanded, our popularity had seriously waned, and it was really just the diehard fans that stuck with us, which we're thankful for. Now we're seeing people our age and really young teenagers at these shows just going apeshit. What's so cool is that I think the social media aspect has turned all these kids on to us. Our diehard fans had been posting stuff on YouTube like interviews, songs, and it really kept us alive even though we felt we'd been forgotten about by the media sort of like our legacy was buried by other sort of spokespeople of the era. The fans were so amazing that they kind of archived us digitally for years in our absence, because we weren't doing it. And then certainly through this Facebook page we've had for about a year-and-a-half, the numbers just grew and grew as I was posting things that I was already digitizing for the documentary. The fans were really the catalyst for this. We're not on a record label. We sort of have a manager but it's really more of an acting manager. There's no machine behind this. [Laughs.] It's just us. We're playing to bigger crowds than possibly we ever had at our peak. This seems bigger somehow. It's pretty wild, but who knows how long it will last. [Laughs.]

more below...

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photos by Jay Blakesberg

Grateful Dead

Night two of the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well run-up got off to a funky and ferocious start. The cobwebs were shaken loose, the groove found its pocket in opener "Feel Like a Stranger," and all was well in Deadhead land as the truly faithful showed for the second night in a row and a slew of new nostalgia seekers and first timers got their twirl on. [Billboard]
The reunited members of the Grateful Dead (along with Phish's Trey Anastasio in Jerry Garcia's spot) played their 2nd of two reunion shows in Santa Clara on Sunday night. The next three happen in Chicago this July 4th weekend (Can't be there? There's always YouTube, Dead.net, SiriusXM, Brooklyn Bowl, etc)

You saw the setlist and pictures from the first night. More photos and the setlist from the second, below...

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UPDATE: We've also got pictures from the second night.

photos by Jay Blakesberg

Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead

There are two kinds of Deadheads.

Those who think the Grateful Dead experience should have died with Jerry Garcia.

And those who think it can go on with a pinch-hitter in the band's MVP seat.

If ever there was a time for those in the first camp to come back and check out the Dead 2.0, it was this weekend at Levi's Stadium, the band's 50th anniversary and the last time the surviving four members would play together. A chance to pull out the tie-dyes one last time, see some old friends and wish the boys a fond farewell.

And the band delivered a set seemingly tailored for the old-timers, three and a half hours of their most classic songs, not one written after 1970. They plucked rarely played gems off of their 1967 debut album, and played one song --1969's "What's Become of the Baby" -- that the Dead had never played, with or without Garcia.

And this Dead, complete with that pinch-hitter -- Phish's Trey Anastasio -- did a pretty fair job of regenerating the kind of cosmic energy the original Grateful Dead was able to summon up during its 30-year lifespan. [San Jose Mercury News]

We already talked a bit about the first of two Grateful Dead shows in Santa Clara this weekend (rainbow and setlist included). Now here's some photos. They continue HERE and below...

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The above photo of an alleged 2015 Primavera Sound music festival lineup is making the rounds. It claims Aphex Twin, who announced a new EP today, will finally take the stage again along with an amazing list of performers. If it's fake, which it probably is, it's a great fake because artist count and "Sleafor Mods" typo aside, it's somewhat believable and would be awesome. Most awesome of all would be the part that says "Cocteau Twins" who broke up in 1997 and haven't been heard from again (though they almost reunited in 2005 but then cancelled it).

Curious, we reached out to Cocteau Twins bassist Simon Raymonde for an answer. We were hoping of course that he would come back and tell us it was true, or that he couldn't comment. We expected him to just flat out deny it. What we got was sort of none of that. Here's what he said:

Simon Raymonde to BrooklynVegan:

Really? I'm in the studio producing an album with The Duke Spirit at the moment so not looking at my phone much I'm afraid so I've managed to avoid this particular rumour so far!

There can't be many more bands left to reform can there, so I guess we are ripe for these kinda spoofs? I recently freaked out when I got an alert from my Bandsintown app telling me "Talking Heads are playing soon". It was sadly just a poetry night with the band name as the subtitle for the evening's entertainment. Crushing disappointment. So I can only imagine the potential anxiety level for our lovely loyal fans who will always yearn for our reunion even though they all understand it is as unlikely as a veteran Michael Gira performing a nightly residency at The Aladdin in Las Vegas. (A few of us might pay to see that though!)

Simon x

Note that he hasn't actually denied it.... Fingers crossed!

Meanwhile, Primavera Sound (which happens May 28-30 in Barcelona) has confirmed that both Ride and The Strokes will be playing. We'll have to wait for the official announcement to find out who else on that poster will really be there.

Simon Raymonde, who continues to run the label Bella Union that he co-founded with Robin Guthrie, released his own music as Snowbird in 2014.

Ride are also playing Coachella and Terminal 5 in NYC.

Drive Like Jehu
Drive Like Jehu
Drive Like Jehu 2014 reunion concert -- photos by Tod Seelie

Drive Like Jehu reunited to play their first show in 19 years in August. It happened in San Diego with a special pipe organ, and they claimed it was just for one show, but I guess someone convinced them to rethink that part. Drive Like Jehu are in fact on the Coachella 2015 lineup that was just announced. More dates on the way?

Meanwhile, catch DLJ member John Reis on tour playing instrumental surf rock with the Blind Shake.

Rick Froberg's current band Obits just played a show at the Acheron on New Year's Eve. How was that?

Happy Replacements fans in 2014 (more by P Squared Photography)
The Replacements

Tim Sommer has some issues with the Replacements. In the 2nd of two articles he's written about the recent reunion, he says:

It is possible that my own archival experiences with the Replacements may have affected my ability to appreciate the pure delight people are feeling upon seeing the renascent Replacements in 2014. See, back in the day (early-ish/middish 1980s) I saw them play five terrible shows, I mean shows that really insulted both the audience and the bands' talents; also, I have known too many people who were hurt or insulted by Westerberg; and last but most certainly not least, in the Fall of 1983 I walked into the apartment on Eldridge Street I was sharing with Jack Rabid, and found a naked Bob Stinson having sex on the kitchen floor. Please keep in mind that at that time the apartment had changed very little since Jacob Riis had photographed it in 1904 (except for the Bad Brains flyers on the wall), and just the idea of anyone having sex on that filthy neo-tenement floor would give any person, decent or indecent, the willies. Frankly, I don't think I've been able to erase the memory from my mind, and it may have been contributed to development of a tumor on my optic nerve in the late 1990s (true story). So, I confess that a lot of that baggage probably got in the way of my appreciating just how much people are enjoying seeing Westerberg and Tommy Stinson on stage bashing out old favorites.
Read the full story at the Brooklyn Bugle (and part 1 HERE).

Bob Stinson passed away in 1995.

In related news, The Replacements may be writng new music.

The Grifters

Memphis indie legends The Grifters just announced and played their first shows in 17 years. Coming off the heels of a last minute hometown reunion show in November 2013, they'll be playing NYC shows at Glasslands on November 7 and Mercury Lounge on November 8. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show will go on AmEx presale Wednesday (8/20) and on sale to the general public Friday (8/22).

The NYC shows will mark the 20th anniversary of their album Crappin You Negative, and are in addition to playing Gonerfest in Memphis on September 25. No other dates have been announced, but hopefully this means they'll be playing more shows in the coming months.

What caused the band to reunite now? It was a documentary actually...

Directors Robert Allen Parker and Nan Hackman's biggest coup may have been convincing local indie-rock godfathers the Grifters to reunite after more than a decade of inactivity. The band was both one of Memphis' biggest local draws and most successful exports of the 1990s, releasing several LPs, EPs, and singles (the 1994 full-length Crappin' You Negative received rave reviews from publications like Rolling Stone and Spin) and touring extensively until around 2000, when exhaustion and the emergence of new projects and opportunities led the Grifters to slow things down and ultimately disband. [Memphis Flyer]
Check out the trailer of the documentary, produced for the Memphis Film Festival, which features some cool live footage, below.

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photo by Dean Stockings

Eighties icons Culture Club are back, having announced earlier this that the original lineup of the band -- Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Jon Moss (drums and percussion) and front-man Boy George -- would not only be touring but also recording a new album with producer Youth due in 2015. The band, who had a string of hits on both sides of the Atlantic during the Reagan Years, broke up in 1986.

Culture Club will be hitting select North American dates this fall, including NYC's Beacon Theatre on November 25. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/15) at 10 AM with Chase cardmember and local presales starting Wednesday (8/13) at 10 AM. The tour also hits Etess Arena in Atlantic City. All other dates (listed below) go on sale Friday too.

We may get more details on all this when Boy George appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday (8/14). All dates are listed, along with a few classic videos, below...

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Danzig at Riot Fest in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)

Nestled within the Riot Fest Chicago 2014 lineup sat this intriguing name: Samhain. The Samhain? The band Glenn Danzig fronted between two legacy-ensuring runs in the Misfits and his "Mother"-effin' 'solo' stardom? That Samhain?

Danzig's official website has since confirmed: "We can confirm that DANZIG has accepted an invitation to perform as his Classic SAMHAIN at Riot Fest in Chicago this September. More as we get it...Stay Tuned!!!" Riot Fest has since announced that Samhain will play Initium in full.

We actually shouldn't be too surprised. Danzg has been touring with Doyle-infused Misfits sets as part of his show for a while now, and in 2011 he did a "Danzig Legacy" tour, with shows that included (drama and) seven Samhain songs and members as part of the setlist. That tour hit Riot Fest in Chicago, a fest Danzig then played for a second time last year (and which he will play for a third time this year). Three members of Samhain played in the band (Glenn Danzig, London May and Steve Zing).

What we still don't know is who will actually be playing in this version of the reunited "Samhain". Danzig hasn't said yet. Drummer/bassist Steve Zing is a very safe bet since he was in Samhain, played the 'Legacy' shows and plays in Danzig's current lineup. Drummer/bassist London May, already back in the fold recently, also seems very possible. The bigger question is whether we'll get original member (and Danzig original member, but current country singer) drummer/bassist Eerie Von back in the fold. In our professional opinion that is who Danzig needs most to validate this thing, and actually things are looking good, though it might require Glenn also wrangling in guitarist Pete "Damien" Marshall. In 2012, Blankman ran this interview:

BMi: Why weren't you part of the Samhain reunion

EV: "What reunion? Glenn and 2 drummers? I said if the Guitar player Damian wasn't involved I wasn't interested."

BMi: What do you think about Jerry Only's continued version of the Misfits?

EV: "That's Jerry's thing. He's keeping the name alive, and playing the songs for the kids who never saw the old band. I only saw them when they first got back together, and had Graves as a singer. I thought they were pretty good. I haven't seen Jerry and the others guys since.

BMi: Knowing all the guys in the band personally, what do you think the chances are of a full-fledged Misfits reunion?

EV: "Slim to None, but you never can tell. It's been discussed over the years."

Slim to none is right, and even more right now that Danzig and Jerry Only are embroiled in yet another lawsuit concerning a legal spat with Misfits bassist Jerry Only over Hot Topic merchandising royalties, citing the devilocked dude for breach of a '94 agreement to share trademarks.
After registering the trademarks, Danzig alleges Jerry then secretly entered into deals with various merchandisers, including Hot Topic, and cut Danzig out of any potential profits in the process. Danzig claims Jerry even threatened to withhold licensing rights from merchandisers if they did business with Danzig at all.

Danzig -- who left The Misfits in 1983 -- is suing for breach of contract and more. He insists he's solely responsible for the Misfits fame as a founding member of the group, and deserves his fair share of merchandising profits. [re-tox]

Misfits say it's "sour grapes". Read the entire statement they gave to Alternative Press in response to the lawsuit, below, and good luck Glenn.

Meanwhile, Jerry Only's version of the Misfits just announced that their NYC Halloween show will happen this year on October 28 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale and go on regular sale Friday (5/16) at 10 AM.

All of Danzig's & Misfits' 2014 tour dates, along with some Samhain samples -- that you should listen to with unbiased ears -- below.

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by Klaus Kinski

Monty Python

On October 15th 2009 your man Klaus had what can only be described as a "living daylights wet dream nerdgasm." For on that evening of evenings John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and even the late Graham Chapman reunited at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the creation of comedy troupe Monty Python. The reunion event included a screening of the theatrical version of the IFC original documentary Monty Python: Almost the Truth, a presentation of a BAFTA award, and a Q&A with the cast (including Carol Cleveland). What brought the evening to a completely dangerous and unheard of tier of nergasmness was the fact that Klaus-Mega-Idol Steve Coogan decided to sit next to me (like, elbow-to-elbow next to me) and the fact that every single Python was sitting directly in front of me. For the first time in my life, I almost fainted because of the presence of celebrities. It was one of the greatest evenings of my wasted life.

No comedy troupe has divided the populace into a "love column" and a "hate column" more than Monty Python. People either categorically love them or categorically hate them; I have yet to hear or see the words, "Monty Python? Yeah, they're ok." So as a person in the "love column" it is with stupefied joy that I tell you that Monty Python will be reuniting for a live stage show which will take place at the O2 Arena in London in July of 2014. The show has a working title of "One Down, Five to Go" which is no doubt a reference to deceased 6th Python Graham Chapman. This show will mark the first time the group has performed together on a British stage in over 40 years. Much like their TV show, movies, and other stage performances, this performance will feature new bits, classic bits, music, as well as their signature animations. At the moment it is being billed as a one-off performance, but the idea of a tour is not too far fetched. It will be filmed, so if the idea of future performances gets shit-canned at least people will still get to see it.

I realize this has nothing to do with New York. Or even the United States of American. But here's hoping for a successful London show and an eventual residency in New York!

Full press conference below.

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Big Boi of Outkast in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)

We already knew that Arcade Fire are playing Coachella 2014, and more clues about the lineup are trickling in, including the very exciting announcement there will be an Outkast reunion! Billboard reports that they've heard from multiple sources that the duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi will indeed rejoin forces at the upcoming festival and then play additional festival dates in 2014. We heard the same. Stay tuned.

Revisit their video for "ATLiens" below...

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by Doug Moore

Everyone knows that musicians can supercharge their own reputations by dying young, before they have the chance to grow old/irrelevant/lame. The same can be said of bands as institutions; people remember you more fondly if your track record is short but consistent than if it's long but spotty. (See: Nirvana versus Metallica.)

The '90s-era LA alternative rock band Failure is a good example. Like their peers in Illinois's Hum, Failure made a name for themselves by tricking out the era's rough-but-digestible radio rock with ear-candy production work...and by releasing just a few (very good) albums before breaking up (1997, in Failure's case).

Though Failure members Ken Andrews and Greg Edwards collaborated on an odds-and-ends album called Golden in 2004, the band has been more or less silent since their official dissolution. But after 17 years of silence, they've announced their (inevitable, judging by other '90s bands) reunion. Here's Ken Andrews's minimalist explanation for the reunion (via Spin):

You guys have been on my Dream Reunion list for years and years -- what finally convinced you to do this?
Well, I think it's basically because my friendship with Greg was rekindled in the last four or five years -- because we both have five-year-olds. I think that helped break the ice for us, to spend time together as friends, because the breakup in '97 was not pleasant. We needed a couple years to hang out and be friends again, and then it became this sort of elephant in the room, like, "Why don't we do some music together?"

So mostly we can thank your children.
I would say that definitely -- that helped, a lot. It helped both of us get our heads in a different place. And an awful lot of time passed, also, before we both had kids. There was a lot of time to forgive and forget.

Failure will play their first post-reunion show on February 13 of next year in their LA hometown at the El Ray Theater. Keep an eye out for further tour/release announcements; in the meantime, revisit Failure's career-ending classic Fantastic Planet in full below.

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The Locust

Not long after The Locust's first U.S. show in 5 years was announced via the Austin Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup, LA's FYF Fest announced that the Locus would return for their U.S. fest even sooner, a late FYF Fest lineup addition. At the moment I think those are the only two dates for the spazzy masked band who reunited for a Yeah Yeah Yeahs curated ATP in the UK in May, but more can't be far behind.

Meanwhile The Locust's Justin Pearson has also been keeping busy with a new project called Retox who are playing The Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest as well.

FYF Fest also just added a whole bunch of comedians to the lineup, which you can see in the updated poster above, and in list form below...

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by Fred Pessaro

Poison Idea

With Pig Champion long gone and the bassist seat now occupied by Thom Rusnak of Rorschach, the 2013 version of punk legends Poison Idea have have risen for more live dates. The shows mostly include East Coast appearances, including one in NYC on August 31  at Cake Shop. Poison Idea was originally supposed to perform at last year's Power of the Riff East, but cancelled due to health reasons.

For the curious, Poison Idea 2013 is:

Jerry A - Vocals
Jim Taylor - Guitar
Thom Rusnak- Bass
Chris Cuthbert - Drums
Jeff The Duck Walter - Guitar
All tour dates are listed, along with recent live video, below. Feel the darkness, indeed.

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Neutral Milk Hotel

We've been watching Jeff Mangum play Neutral Milk Hotel songs live for a bit now, which has been crazy and great enough, but now on the same date that Boards of Canada announce a new album, Neutral Milk Hotel have announced an actual reunion with an initial set of tour dates! Those dates are listed below...

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Moving Sidewalks

Billy Gibbons's psychedelic project from before his ZZ Top days, The Moving Sidewalks, have reunited and will play two shows in celebration of a new discography due on Rockbeat Records. For the unaware, their history is as follows:

Gibbons founded the Texas psychedelic group in the mid-1960s and quickly drew a large following, especially in the Houston "teen scene". They recorded several singles and one full-length album, Flash. Their single "99th Floor" was a hit and topped the charts at No. 1 in Houston for six weeks. The success of this record led the Sidewalks to sign with Wand Records which then released "Need Me" which also became a Top 10 Hit. The group was asked to open for many rock tours, including Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.

After Tom Moore and Don Summers were drafted into the United States Army, Gibbons and Mitchell added Lanier Greig and formed the original ZZ Top.-[Wiki]

Those two select dates include the previously discussed Austin Psych Fest appearance and NYC on March 30 at BB Kings with The Headless Horsemen (tickets).

A full stream of the band's lone LP, Flash, is below.

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The STone RoseS

I have to admit I did wonder a bit if enough people actually knew who Blur and The Stone Roses were when I saw them placed very prominently on top of this year's Coachella lineup. Then we just came across this Tumblr which reinforces the idea that maybe the Stone Roses, like Arcade Fire (at the Grammys) and Bonny Bear before them, are not exactly part of the mainstream consciousness.

P.S., as the above-pictured tweet reinforces, The Rolling Stones did not end up being a part of this year's Coachella lineup, despite that weird date that showed up momentarily on their app.

Postal Service

We mentioned that Blur and The Stone Roses are reuniting for Coachella 2013, and as usual there some other interesting reunions at the festival too.

Violent Femmes, who called it quits in 2009, appeared on the lineup announcement. Unlike Blur or The Stone Roses, this is the first we're hearing about them getting back together, so hopefully we'll get some more shows from them. They last played NYC in 2007. Some classic Violent Femmes videos are below.

As promised, The Postal Service are in fact confirmed for Coachella. They recently confirmed their 2013 reunion, and are also part of the Primavera Sound lineup.

It wasn't even two full years ago that Nick Cave said he was done with his Grinderman project for a while, and we know that The Bad Seeds are back this year (and also playing Coachella), but he's got Grinderman on the lineup too. Grinderman plays day 1 and the Bad Seeds play day 3.

One of Ian Svenonius' many bands, The Make-Up, reunited last year and played ATP NYC, and they're also included on this year's Coachella lineup. Meanwhile, you can catch Ian in NYC on his book tour tonight (1/25) at LPR and Monday (1/28) at WORD Bookstore.

New Order (without Peter Hook) made their live return last year, and after releasing their "lost" album, Lost Sirens, this year, they were announced for Coachella as well. The way things have been going, we probably can't count on Hook being there, but like Ian Svenonius, you can catch him in NYC on Monday (1/28) for his book talk.

Fellow new wave icons Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (aka OMD) returned in 2010 and they're promising a new album out on April 9, just before Coachella begins. They've also talked about a North American tour, which presumably will be announced soon with dates surrounding the festival.

Descendents have been back for a little while at this point, but a reunion show from them is always exciting, and this year's Coachella should be no exception.

Dead Can Dance have been back for a bit too, having released a new album, Anastasis, and gone on a tour last year, and they'll be at Coachella this year as well. They're also playing Primavera Sound and just launched a video competition.

Two-Tone legends The Selector (they shared a side of the label's first-ever 7") will play as well. The band have reformed a few times over the years, with different members offer rival versions of the band. Singer Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson feature in the line-up coming to Coachella.

And maybe most surprsingly on this list of Coachella reunions is The Three O'Clock who were intregral in the '80s "paisley underground" scene in Los Angeles. Fronted by bassist Michael Querico, the band made 1985's cult classic Arrive Without Traveling, ended up signed to Prince's Paisley Park records where they made one album before breaking up in 1988.

LA hip hop collective Jurassic 5 are also reuniting for Coachella. More on that and other hip hop at this year's festival coming later.

Violent Femmes videos below...

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Postal Service

by Bill Pearis

Last Splash

Ahhhooohooh! The Breeders' classic second album, Last Splash, will be 20 years old in 2013 and they are celebrating with a deluxe reissue and play-the-album tour. Not only will they play Last Splash front-to-back, but it'll be the line-up of The Breeders that made the album, too, which means original bassist Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jim MacPherson in addition to the Deal sisters who have kept the Breeders' flame alive with different rhythm sections.

No dates have been announced yet other than the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, U.K. which happens June 21 - 23, 2013 which is curated by Deerhunter. They are promising dates in Europe and the U.S. so stay tuned.

As for the reissue, it's being dubbed LSXX and will be out in April. No tracklisting yet. A couple Last Splash videos are below.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Rocket From The Crypt

Rocket From The Crypt have posted the above image on their official Facebook page, leading to specualtion that the John Reis project, which called it quits in 2005, will apparently rise from the grave for more shows or recorded output next year. Reis recently reunited with Hot Snakes to play shows, so a RFTC reunion can't come as much of a surprise, but it is still very, very welcome.

Check out some RFTC video below, including one of Speedo with Petey X playing the RFTC favorites "Young Livers" with The Aquabats at ComicCon in San Diego this year.

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Royal Trux's 'Twin Infinitives'
Twin Infinitives

Do you ever hear your influence on new bands? Do you often hear something and say, "Oh!"

Yeah, I have. And people from other bands have told me that. But I think it's more signifiers than people being able to get the sounds that we got. Because nobody has my voice, nobody can play the guitar like Neil, nobody can write songs like we can. But I think a lot of signifiers have been utilized in the spirit of Royal Trux, for sure. A lot of bands have been really vocal about us influencing them, and then there's been a lot of people who don't talk about it because...they don't like giving props, or whatever. (laughs)

Do you listen to a lot of new rock bands?

I've definitely heard some cool stuff. I like the new Blues Control album that came out. I think we played with them once. I don't remember what they were all about live, but I liked the record. We played a show with friends of ours, Wild Yaks. I like their show, but I never heard any of their recorded stuff.

As far as big, big records mostly rap. I'm just kind of stoked for the new Bones Thugs n' Harmony. - [L Mag]

That's Jennifer Herrema of '90s indie rockers Royal Trux, reminscing about her old band's 1998 album Accelerate that was just reissued by Drag City. The record got the "Best New Reissue" tag from Pitchfork and can be picked up in basically any non-cassette format of your choice.

Meanwhile, if this can be believed, Royal Trux will perform their 1992 album, Twin Infinitives, in full at Saint Vitus on December 8 with openers Pigeons. It's their only live date currently and, of course, the real question is, is this an actual Royal Trux reunion with Herrema and Neil Hagerty or just one of them. Hagerty has been making music under The Howling Hex moniker; Herrema carried on as RTX but now fronts Black Bananas. One thing we do know for sure: tickets are on sale.

UPDATE (10/13): Mystery solved. Saint Vitus' ticket page now reads "Neil Michael Hagerty performing Royal Trux - 'Twin Infinitives.'" This post's title has been changed to reflect this too.

In other news, Black Bananas have a new video for "It's Cool," the lead track from their album, Rad Times Xpress IV, which came out early this year. Watch it below.

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In an interview with Herald Sun (via FACT), Morrissey claims that Coachella offered to go "100% vegetarian" if he would reunite with Johnny Marr and headline the festival as The Smiths:

At Coachella a few years you complained about the waft of burning flesh from a nearby barbeque. Has that been a problem since at outdoor shows?

Not at all, and interestingly the agents for Coachella offered a 100-per-cent vegetarian event for the following year if I would agree to headline with Johnny Marr as the Smiths. Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would 'not require' the Smiths' bass player or drummer ... which I thought certainly said something.

The Moz always has to get in a little barb at Smiths rhythm section Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke, doesn't he? For more on the Smiths, you can pick up the October issue of MOJO which details the band's formation. And of course Morrissey will be in NYC next week for three sold out shows on his upcoming tour.

Mike Love of The Beach Boys at Jones Beach, June 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Beach Boys

We knew this was coming, but now, as the Beach Boy's reunion tour comes to its scheduled end in the UK, it's official:

The reunion of founding members of the Beach Boys will not continue beyond this week, according to the band's frontman Mike Love.

Brian Wilson and Al Jardine - both founding members of the legendary Californian pop group - have been told their involvement in the band's touring commitments will cease after this week.

David Marks, who originally joined the band as a replacement for Jardine in 1962, is also to be relieved of his touring duties.

Singer Mike Love, who owns the rights the band's name following a series of legal battles, released a statement which said:

"The post-50th anniversary configuration will not include Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. The 50th Reunion Tour was designed to be a set tour with a beginning and an end to mark a special 50-year milestone for the band." -[Telegraph]

The end of the 50th Reunion Tour happens this week in the UK with Wilson, Marks and Al Jardine in tow. The remaining dates are 9/27 at Royal Albert Hall and 9/28 at Wembley Arena.

They recently toured the US and played Jones Beach, PNC Bank Arts Center, Bonnaroo, and Beacon Theater twice. They also released a new LP  together.

the Rascals

The Rascals' original lineup--Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati and Dino Danelli--will reunite for their first public performances in over 40 years with "Once Upon A Dream," a combination concert/theatrical event produced and directed by Steven Van Zandt and lighting/projection wizard Marc Brickman. It's a Rock N Soul dance party meets The Jersey Boys.

In addition to the concert experience, the history of The Rascals, and the history of the '60's through their music, will be dramaticized by a combination of narration, filmed scenes of actors acting out key moments in the band's history, news footage, and archival footage of the band.

There will elements of the staging and light design never seen before just as Marc Brickman has done in his previous groundbreaking work with Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Blue Man Group, the Olympics, and Roger Waters' recent 'The Wall' tour. [Kickstarter].

Steven Van Zandt spent this past weekend with Bruce Springsteen playing shows as part of the E Street Band at Metlife Stadium in NJ. We talked about the first night. How were the second two?