Monday, September 29, 2008

The Eternal

[Rob Gretton (center) with New Order] announced today that the notebooks belonging to Rob Gretton -- manager to Joy Division and New Order manager -- will be published Tuesday, October 7th.

Entitled 1 Top Class Manager, the collection will include posters, letters, diaries and studio notes, dating from August 1978 to late 1980. Gretton's widow, Lesley Gilbert, culled the book from over 20 notebooks of material. The first print run will consist of 1,500 copies available to order only through the 1 Top Class Manager website. Get it now! It will surely sell out.

Some of the info inside? Who knew that New Order almost named themselves Man Ray? Radical Jesuits, Arab Legion and Sons Of God were also considered as names upon the loss of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.

For more on Gretton, Joy Division, and New Order, check out the fantastic Joy Division documentary from The Miriam Collection. English actor Paddy Considine also did a great job portraying Gretton in 2002's 24 Hour Party People. Gretton died of a heart attack May 15, 1999 at age 46. RIP.

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Muppets for Prez

... if only this was true, what a nice break this would be, eh?

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Smell like the '80s

Would it be a total waste of money to buy these online? My little kindergarten heart is a flutter. These stickers were the BIGGEST DEAL when I was a wee lass. If I got one of these on my spelling test, it was an exciting day! A math test? Freakin' best day of the year next to Popcorn Fridays.

Personal faves: "Grape Stuff," which smelled like PB&J, "Scooper Dooper," an oh-so-close chocolate ice cream cone, and "Hot Stuff, which was supposed to smell like pizza, duh!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Melted ... Off Your Face

After a near 16-year absence from the road, My Bloody Valentine finally descended upon the Big Apple this week for two sold-out shows at the Roseland Ballroom. I never knew I'd have the chance to see the London foursome perform -- not even after frontman Kevin Shields divulged all of his plans to me for a new millennium My Bloody Valentine. To finally see them live, well, it was pretty incredible.

On Tuesday, my dear friend Brady and I were witness to one of the most fantastic shows of my young adult life. A perfect, ear-bleeding cacophony of pure noise; Bilinda Butcher's wispy vocals are as pristine as they ever were. Bassist Deb Googe, what a true badass. Colm O’Ciosoig's mad drumming is even more propulsive than on record. As for Shields, he's a bit ageless, but still as focused on his signature reverb-driven sound as he was in 1991. But decades on, it's MUCH much larger than I imagined.

You just knew the band couldn't hear the crowd's fangirl-like cheers, for the ravaged noise pouring from the stacked amps on stage ruled over all of us. "Only Shallow," "Soon," and "To Here Knows When" - AMAZING. "Feed Me With Your Kiss" and "Cigarette in Your Bed" - KILLER. There are just no words for the 18-minute closer, "You Made Me Realise." Brilliant doesn't suffice.

Earplugs? Psssh. Those didn't even matter.

In my 2007 interview for Magnet, Shields said that there would definitely be another My Bloody Valentine album. "A lot of people say the reason My Bloody Valentine didn't make another record is because we couldn't. That's mostly true, but not because we couldn't make another record, but because I never could be bothered to make another record unless I was really excited by it... We are 100 percent going to make another My Bloody Valentine record unless we die or something. I'd feel really bad if I didn't make another record. Like, 'Shit, people only got the first two chapters, but the last bit is the best bit.' It's just that it's taken me such an oddly long time for that to happen. How will that take to transpire into an actual physical record? I don't know."

... and lucky for us, Shields recently backed up that statement, telling The New York Times that there are plans for TWO new albums. Recording starts this fall.

Thank you. That's all I have to say.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

St. Nick

Joyeux l'Anniversaire to a man who needs no introduction simply because he prefers to take care of that kind of thing himself: Nick Cave. The Aussie singer/songwriter turns a fantastic 51 today. The Sultan and I get to see Cave and his Bad Seeds -- who are currently touring the U.S. in support of their 14th album Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! -- perform at NYC's WaMu Theater, Saturday, October 4th.

Also in Nick Cave news, the Guardian recently announced that the long-awaited follow-up to Cave's 1989 novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, -- Death of Bunny Munro -- is slated for September 2009.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Not an Imagined Affair

Cheers to Elbow for winning the Mercury Music Prize yesterday. The Manchester-bred fivesome, who've been churning out epic alt-rock anthems since 1990, finally took the celebrated British award for their latest LP, The Seldom Seen Kid, and it was totally well-deserved. I absolutely LOVED the anti-Bush/anti-war Leaders of the Free World, and didn't know if they could top it, but I am telling you, The Seldom Seen Kid is absolutely stunning. Surely one of the best for 2008.

Elbow beat out other contenders such as Radiohead, British Sea Power, Laura Marling, Estelle, The Last Shadow Puppets, Adele, Neon Neon, Portico Quartet, Rachel Unthank & the Winterset, Burial, and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss. And if you haven't spent time with British Sea Power's brilliant third album, Do You Like Rock Music?, do it, stat!

The BBC has Elbow's acceptance speech.

Elbow - "Grounds for Divorce"

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