Posts Tagged ‘The Cure’

The Cure has announced four concert dates in Australia to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary album, “Disintegration”. They will be playing at the Sydney Opera House on May 24-25, 27-28. This is considered to be the “world premier” of the 30th anniversary shows, leading us to believe that they be doing more of these shows in the future.

Also in 2019, expect The Cure to perform at quite a few festival shows, release their first album in over 10 years, and get inducted into the Rock And Roll hall of fame. It could be quite a busy year.

In the meantime, enjoy this video of one of their new songs that they have been playing at recent shows. It’s called “It Can Never Be The Same” and it already has the makings to be one of their best songs.

The song is a perfect balance of long guitars loops, effective keys and drums, and the bass line feels like a classical Cure trademark. The result is that intimate and powerful mix of bitterness and sadness that probably only this band is capable to produce.

The lyrics could easily indicate the loss of a person (and the animated image of a candle used as a background during the live performance reinforces this supposition), and if that is the case, at this point we don’t know if it’s about a real loss in Robert’s life, or an hypothetical one, the fruit of his imaginary work. The subtle crescendo toward the end is very touching, with a little note of rage that fades into despair.

This is one of those songs that just get stuck inside and don’t let you off the hook for a while, because once you are taken into that emotional state.

It Can Never Be The Same live from The Cure North American Tour 2016 during the 3 shows @ Madison Square Garden on 18th, 19th and 20th June.

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New releases for this week Kamasi Washington 4LP set, we’ve not managed to give it a full listen yet but what we’ve heard so far sounds really good. There is a brand new Nine Inch Nails album is also out tomorrow, we’ve heard just one track but can’t wait to get stuck into it tomorrow. If you missed out on the limited green vinyl for the Sleep album, now’s the chance to get the black vinyl LP version, it’s now in stock.

Also out are new albums from Panic At The Disco, Princess Nokia, Gang Gang Dance, Soulwax, and our favourites The Wave Pictures, an EP from Stella Donnelly . The best of the weeks releases are some really good reissues out tomorrow too from The Cure, Garbage, King Crimson, The Pogues. 

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Stella Donnelly –  Thrush Metal EP

The Thrush Metal EP originally came out last year, self-released by the artist on tape and digitally. Stella Donnelly quickly became one of Australia’s buzziest young singer-songwriters and now Secretly Canadian release the EP on Vinyl. Boys Will Be Boys is the standout track. Atop delicate, singsongy acoustic fingerpicking, Donnelly confronts a man who raped her friend and takes to task the accompanying victim-blaming. “Why was she all alone? / Wearing her shirt that low / And they said boys will be boys / Deaf to the word no,” she coos in the chorus, a slight vibrato flaring up at the corners of her lovely voice.

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 Warmduscher. – Whale City

The second album from Warmduscher. South London recidivists Warmduscher include members of Paranoid London, Fat White Family and Childhood. There is power in repetition. Longtime Warmduscher biographer Dr Alan Goldfarb describes Whale City as “a rock opera so vast in magnitude that – were in not for my being strapped naked to a chair in a garage – could send a man hurtling towards the outer perimeters of uncharted space.” It’s difficult to argue with. The characters that inhabit Whale City are, as the title suggests, larger than most aquatic life forms. A cast of millions. Pretty Lilly, Whale Jimmy, Uncle Sleepover, Ice Cream Keith, Disco Minny. The people you walk by late at night with bottles in their hands and money in their pockets. The woman with bright red lipstick and straight razor smiles. Thrill seekers to a person. Powerful. Intoxicated. Intoxicating. In the words of Clams Baker, Whale City is “a playground for the people that have stepped above and beyond their comfort zone.” What are you waiting for? If you love the repetition of the Fall, the chaos of Fat White Family and own a Pebbles or Nuggets compilations – then this a must have.

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The Wave Pictures  –  Brushes with Happiness

As one of the UK’s most prolific and beloved bands, it has become expected – nay, the fans have demanded – that The Wave Pictures release several albums a year. This year, they are releasing two albums and they’re kindly letting us know well in advance, so that we can set our calendars and save our pennies in anticipation. Starting with the spontaneous, recorded in one-day, minor-key, epic masterpiece that is Brushes with Happiness in June, the trio of Jonny Helm (drums), Dave Tattersall (guitar and vocals) and Franic Rozycki (bass), will be following up with a more up-beat party album, Look Inside Your Heart in October. Brushes With Happiness sees The Wave Pictures in contemplative and expansive mood. Mellower and more reflective than last year’s rock’n’roll surf-garage-rock collaboration with Charles Watson from Slow Club, as new band The Surfing Magazines, or 2016’s blues driven Bamboo Diner in the Rain or 2015’s Billy Childish produced Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon. This album is more akin to 2016’s acoustic release A Season in Hull, which, like Brushes With Happiness, was recorded live in one room in a single January day.

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Nine Inch Nails  – Bad Witch

Nine Inch Nails release Bad Witch, completing the trilogy that began with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and 2017’s Add Violence., Nine Inch Nails will launch COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICA 2018 on September 13 with support The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band will bring their “musical, visual, emotional sensory onslaught,” as hailed by The New York Times, to some of the most iconic venues in the USA.

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Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson  –  Apart

Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson’s 5 Track EP Apart is the follow up to their critically-acclaimed 2009 album Break Up. The EP features four brand new recordings and a new version of Tomorrow, a song that originally appeared on Yorn’s last album, 2016’s ArrangingTime. Scarlett Johansson adds, “Being able to revisit this project with Pete in a totally different context but within the same creative parameters is a unique artistic opportunity for me. It is always a pleasure to sing with Pete because I think our voices and stories complement each other.”

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The Cure  –  Mixed Up

A reissue and remastered version of the Cure’s 1990 remix album Mixed Up. Featuring 11 remixes of their hits including; Lullaby, Close to Me, Pictures of You, Love Song and Why Can’t I be You?

3CD – Expanded Deluxe Edition with a second CD of long deleted remixes from 1982 to 1990 and a third CD containing 16 brand new Remixes done by himself, Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018.

CD – Standard CD Version.

2LP – Double 180 Gram Vinyl housed in Gatefold Sleeve with Download. Half Speed Double Vinyl Mastered by Robert Smith and Tim Young at Metropolis Studios, London.

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Cream –  Live In Detroit ‘67

Cream, live at the Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MA on October 15th 1967. White-hot from two months of touring the US, Cream played this remarkable show shortly before the release of Disraeli Gears. Regarded by some as the finest live document of the trio in existence, it typifies their explosive chemistry, with some outrageous wah-wah from Clapton, thunderous bass from Jack Bruce, and virtuoso drumming from Ginger Baker. This show from Detroit’s Grande Ballroom on October 15th 1967, originally broadcast on WRIF-FM, is presented in full here, together with background notes and images.

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Spacemen 3  – For All The Fucked Up Children of This World We Give You

Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce the first official limited edition vinyl release of the album For All The Fucked Children Of This World We Give You Spacemen 3 (Sonic Boom a.ka. Peter Kember (Spectrum / E.A.R.) and Jason Pierce (Spiritualized). For All the Fucked Up Children from the neo-psychedelic trio Spacemen 3 was first released as a bootleg record in 1995. The record consists of Spacemen 3’s first ever recording session from 1984. The music itself sounds like a primitive version of what the group were to become; the dominating sound of the record is a slow, droning psychedelic blues performed with sparse instrumentation. A drum set is matched with a pair of distorted electric guitars, all of which provide a swirling foundation for Jason Pierce’s vocals. The album’s liner notes replicated here are actually an early review of the band by Gary Boldie, where he contemplates the city of Rugby and finds it an odd source for this new sound, and he declares Spacemen 3 as the “all singing, all dancing answer to the problems of a grey 1985.”

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Sorry  –  Showgirl

Sorry are back with a new 7”, following their previous 7” singles, Wished / Lies from last year and2 Down 2 Dance earlier in the year. The ferocious Showgirl is the third and last instalment of the band’s early singles period, produced by Frank Ocean and James Blake collaborator Sean Oakley, who also helmed the band’s 2017 debut single, Lies. Showgirl is a sordid and seedy 90’s sounding nugget with breathy and addictive vocals and spidery guitar work. Sorry just keep getting better and better.

Today also saw the announcement of the new Mogwai album

There’s also new albums coming from Death Grips (with an indie stores only limited clear vinyl LP), The Jayhawks, The Pineapple Thief, The Internet, Menace Beach, Pram,Villagers, Bellini, Rise Against, Helena Hauff, Tirzah, Kate NashThe Amity Affliction, Wild Nothing

There are five Flaming Lips albums coming back out that have not been on vinyl for years. We have the next Tom Waits reissue out on 13th July with ‘Foreign Affairs’ . There’s a set of Moody Blues 180g vinyl reissue coming soon, some of which will feature bonus tracks for the first time. and U2 wade in with three strong albums in ‘Achtung Baby’, ‘Zooropa’ and ‘The Best Of: 1980-1990’.  Also coming soon are reissues from Mick Ronson, REMand a ‘Best Of’ fromThe Libertines.

This Week’s Releases

The Cure – ‘Mixed Up’ black vinyl 2LP reissue
The Cure – ‘Torn Down’ black vinyl 2LP reissue

Stella Donnelly – ‘Thrush Metal’ 12″ EP
Richard Edwards – ‘Verdugo’ limited coloured vinyl LP
Richard Edwards – ‘Verdugo’ LP

Field Division – ‘Dark Matters Dream’ silver vinyl LP
Gang Gang Dance – ‘Kazuashita’ limited red vinyl LP
Garbage – ‘Version 2.0’ limited deluxe 3LP box set
Garbage – ‘Version 2.0’ orange vinyl 2LP reissue

King Crimson – ‘Discipline’ LP reissue
Danni Minogue – ‘Neon Nights’ 2LP reissue
The Nextmen vs Gentlemen’s Dub Club – ‘Pound For Pound’ LP
Nine Inch Nails – ‘Bad Witch’ LP
The Orb – No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds’ 2LP
Panic At The Disco – ‘Pray For The Wicked’ LP

The Pogues – ‘The Best Of’ LP reissue
Princess Nokia – ‘A Girl Cried Red’ limited red vinyl LP
Sleep – ‘The Sciences’ black vinyl LP
Soulwax – ‘Essential’ 2LP
Spacemen 3 – ‘For All The Fucked Up Children Of  This World’ LP reissue
Various Artists – ‘The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin’ 2LP
Kamasi Washington – ‘Heaven & Earth’ 4LP set
The Wave Pictures – ‘Brushes With Happiness’ limited coloured vinyl LP

Rhino isn’t holding back this Record Store Day, planning more than 30 special vinyl releases for Saturday, April 21st, to be sold at all participating retailers. Interestingly, several releases are companion pieces to recent general reissues, offering bonus content from different re-releases and box sets as standalone vinyl. Several singles and oddities are in the mix, from a 12″ of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” to a rare “short version” of Prince’s 1999, featuring only seven tracks from the album on one LP. Picture discs from Yes, Whitesnake, and Cheech & Chong are part of the line-up, and outtakes will be used to create alternate versions of Van Morrison’s Moondance and Fleetwood Mac’s Tango In The Night.

Most interesting for collectors are not one but two reproductions of rare Madonna vinyl releases outside the U.S., the vinyl debut of a promo collection by British hip-hop artist The Streets, unreleased mid-’80s masters from Miles Davis and a pair of vinyl sets covering new and old remixes by The Cure.

Among these titles, announced on Tuesday, now stand alongside previously announced RSD exclusives for Led Zeppelin (their first) and David Bowie. More RSD info is at the organization’s official site, while breakdowns of all Rhino’s new titles are below.

Air, Sexy Boy (12″ Picture Disc) (Parlophone)
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the French synth duo’s debut, Moon Safari, with this shaped picture disc of the band’s first single. It features art from the original 12″ sleeve. (6000 copies)

Cheech & ChongUp In Smoke (40th Anniversary Picture Disc) (Rhino)
This marijuana leaf-shaped disc features the title track to the comedy duo’s first film (the soundtrack of which is being reissued by Rhino the same week) plus an unreleased version with an extra Spanish verse from Cheech Marin as well as a scratch ‘n’ sniff sticker! (4500 copies)

John Coltrane, My Favorite Things, Part I & II (Atlantic)
This U.S.-only single reissue was first included in a Coltrane mono box set. (1000 copies)

The Cure, Mixed Up and Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018 (Elektra)
Long desired by fans of The Cure, the group’s 1990 remix album will be released as a 2LP picture disc set alongside another double picture disc featuring 16 new remixes of Cure tracks by frontman Robert Smith. The band is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, so hopefully this is the first in a wave of commemorative titles! (7750 copies each)

Miles Davis, Rubberband EP (Warner Bros.)
This four-track 12″ disc features the title song to an unreleased 1985 album, intended to be Miles’ first for Warner Bros. Records after a lengthy tenure on Columbia. It features a new remix featuring Ledisi, a completed version of the track finished by Randy Hall and Zane Giles, and cover art painted by Davis. (6000 copies)

The Doors, Live At The Matrix Part 2: Let’s Feed Ice Cream To The Rats, San Francisco, CA – March 7 & 10, 1967 (Elektra)
This 180-gram, individually numbered sequel to last year’s RSD release features a set from the band at San Francisco’s The Matrix, which was last heard on a 50th anniversary edition of The Doors’ self-titled debut. (13,000 copies)

Fleetwood Mac, The Alternate Tango In The Night (Warner Bros.)
As is becoming tradition for Record Store Day, this album brings together demos and outtakes from last year’s box set version of Fleetwood Mac’s hit 1987 album. (8500 copies)

The Grateful Dead, Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 2/27/69 (Grateful Dead/Rhino)
A 4LP box set edition (with fourth side etching) of a beloved Dead show, which has been out of print since its release in The Complete Fillmore West 1969 CD box set in 2005. (9000 copies)

Hawkwind, Dark Matter: The Alternative Liberty/U.A. Years 1970-1974 (Parlophone)
A 2LP collection in a gatefold jacket featuring rare tracks from the 2011 compilation Parallel Universe. (5000 copies)

Jethro Tull, Moths (Parlophone)
This six-track 10″ EP is tied to the 40th anniversary of Heavy Horses, recently reissued by Rhino. (6500 copies)

Madonna, The First Album and You Can Dance (Sire)
Two exciting Madonna titles are due for Record Store Day: first, a picture disc version of Madonna’s 1983 debut, reissued in 1985 after the success of Like a Virgin. This set replicates the original Japanese packaging, down to the sticker. Then there’s a red vinyl reissue of her 1987 remix album, featuring the poster and obi from the European vinyl release. (14,000 copies and 12,000 copies)

Van Morrison, The Alternative Moondance (Warner Bros.)
Constructed from alternates and outtakes from the deluxe edition of Van’s 1970 album, this LP features unreleased mixes of “And It Stoned Me” and “Crazy Love.” (10,000 copies)

The Notorious B.I.G., Juicy 12″ (Bad Boy)
A clear/black marble swirl vinyl reissue of Biggie’s defining single. (9000 copies)

Prince, 1999 (Warner Bros.)
A quirky reissue of an ex-U.S. single-LP, seven-track cutdown of Prince’s breakthrough 1982 double album, with a different cover, even. (13,000 copies)

Ramones, Sundragon Sessions (Sire)
These early mixes of tracks from Leave Home were first heard in the 40th anniversary box set of the album and appear on vinyl for the first time. (10,000 copies)

Lou Reed, Animal Serenade (Sire)
A 3LP edition of Lou’s 2003 live album, its first appearance on vinyl. (7500 copies)

The Stooges, The Stooges (Detroit Edition) (Elektra)
This 2LP set was first made available only at Third Man Record shops (it was compiled by the label’s own Ben Blackwell), but now this collection, featuring the band’s 1969 debut album and handpicked rarities from Rhino’s 2010 deluxe edition, is available at all indie stores. (8000 copies)

Various Artists, Twin Peaks: Music From The Limited Event Series and Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Soundtrack (Rhino)
These two picture discs feature soundtrack and score, respectively, from the acclaimed 2017 revival of David Lynch’s television series, including Roadhouse band performances and original compositions by Angelo Badadamenti. (11,000 copies and 10,000 copies)

Whitesnake, 1987 (30th Anniversary Edition) (Parlophone)
A picture disc version of the rock group’s recently reissued hit LP, featuring “Here I Go Again.” (6500 copies)

Wilco, Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96 (Reprise)
The premiere 2LP edition of a live set included in the deluxe edition of the alt-country act’s Being There, reissued last year. (8500 copies)

Yes (Atlantic)
The legendary prog-rock’s ninth album, released in 1978, gets a picture disc release. (5400 copies)

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Turntable Kitchen, a Seattle-based company that has a variety of delightful deals like a subscription that brings a bag of coffee beans and an exclusive 7” single to your door every month. Their most ingenious offer though is the Sounds Delicious series, a club that releases limited edition records featuring a current artist covering a full album from the past. To date, that has included Ben Gibbard performing all of Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque and Yumi Zouma covering the second Oasis album.

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More recently, Turntable Kitchen unveiled a version of The Cure’s sophomore studio work Seventeen Seconds, as interpreted by Frankie Rose and pressed onto a gorgeous piece of blood red vinyl. She and producer/co-conspirator Jorge Elbrecht don’t mess with the formula of these songs much, sticking close to the original arrangements even as they throw a little sunlight and modern synth sounds at them. Somehow it doesn’t deter from the creeping dread and downcast glances that Robert Smith and co. exhibited in 1980. The mood is deepened considerably by the surprisingly great pressing of this record. Rose and Elbrecht’s work comes out full and enrapturing, with her tart vocals cleanly cutting through the mix.

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A new show for London 2018! Ride are thrilled to be playing BST Hyde Park on Saturday 7th July, joining The Cure’s big 40th Anniversary Concert! Interpol,Goldfrapp, Editors, Slowdive(band) and The Twilight Sad (Official) are also on the bill plus many more to be announced.

The Robert Smith-led band will celebrate four decades since the release of their debut single ‘Killing An Arab’ next year, while 2019 will mark the 40th anniversary of their debut album ‘Three Imaginary Boys.’

Pope wrote on Twitter earlier this week: “So, 2018 will see me collaborating with Robert on a feature-length, chronological documentary of The Cure’s history from the 1970s via present day to the future. Robert himself will tell the story and this will work alongside other events for the band’s 40-year celebration.”

He continued: “The film to which I will bring my own style of jiggery-pokery will use as well as ‘old favourites’ a cornucopia of material from Robert’s collection which has never been seen before; Super-8; interviews; bootlegs; rare performances; behind-the-scenes, blah.”

The Cure are set to play Hyde Park next July with support coming from Interpol, Editors and Goldfrapp.

In August of 1985 The Cure released their 6th studio album “The Head On The Door”, and album that takes its title from the single Close to Me. this day in 1985

This record marks the return of bassist Simon Gallup who had departed after touring for the band’s 4th album Pornography . The album also saw Porl Thompson officially rejoin the band, as he had played guitar during the Malice and Easy Cure days. Also added to the lineup was drummer Boris Williams who had previously worked with the Thompson Twins, The album also included The hit singles  “Close To Me” and “In Between Days” With its variety of styles, it allowed the group to reach a wider audience in both Europe and North America. In the United Kingdom, it quickly became their most successful album to date.

The album was the first to to be released by singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Smith after he had left Siouxsie and the Banshees in May of 1984 Smith has stated that the Banshees album “Kaleidoscope” was a strong influence of the wide variety of tracks on The Head On the Door: be it Kyoto Song’s Japanese flavor or  The Blood’s Spanish style played in a Flamenco style. The piano tune in the track Six Different Ways was evolved from from the single Swimming Horses. The last song of the album, “Sinking”, was reminiscent of the band’s Faith era, while Close To Me was described as a disco type thing”

The Head on the Door is the first Cure album where all the songs were composed solely by singer and guitarist Robert Smith.

Following the ill informed controversy between The Cure’s The Walk, and New Order’s Blue Monday, is the even stronger similarity between The Cure’s single from this record “In Between Days to New order’s “Dreams Never End” Regardless of what you believe from the rivalry above, the video only single A Night Like This admittedly reuses previous material by reworking the original melody from the early Easy Cure track Plastic Passion.

‘A Night Like This’  “I’m coming to find you, if it takes me all night / A witch hunt for another girl / For always and ever is always for you / Your trust, the most gorgeously stupid thing I ever cut in the world.”

One of Robert Smith’s greatest breakup songs, ‘A Night Like This’ (from 1985’s ‘The Head on the Door’) is filled with regret, sadness and a looming hopelessness that’s bound to repeat itself over and over again. The sax solo drives it home.

Here included is the full “Les Enfants du Rock” program from 1985 where The Cure are promoting “The Head On The Door”. Note that at 6 minutes and 45 seconds, Robert half jokingly derides founding member and keyboardist Lol Tolhurst for his alcoholism a subject that is addressed at length in Lol’s book “Cured The Story Of Two Imaginary Boys.

In 2006, the album was re-released by Fiction Records/Polydor Records labels, digitally remastered with various demos and live tracks from the era. Included were demos of the four B-Sides from the era (“The Exploding Boy”, “A Few Hours After This”, “A Man Inside My Mouth” and “Stop Dead”) and four previously unreleased songs. The remaining tracks included demos or live versions of all 10 songs from the first disc. One of the four new songs, “Mansolidgone”, is similar both musically and lyrically to another demo, “A Hand Inside My Mouth” (not to be confused with “A Man Inside My Mouth”) which appeared on “The Top”Deluxe Edition. Both songs, and the uncovered demo “Lime Time”, contain lyrics which would be later used in the songs “In Between Days” and “Six Different Ways.”

Tracklist:

1. In Between Days
2. Kyoto Song
3. The Blood
4. Six Different Ways
6. The Baby Screams
7. Close to Me
8. A Night Like This
9. Screw
10. Sinking

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We described Stevie Parker as a thoughtful indie pop gold and compared her to London Grammar and The Japanese House last year. Tough standards you might think, but her debut album “The Cure” has gone down a treat, especially with The Guardian describing it as ‘one of those idiosyncratic British heartbreak albums that has the potential to go far’.

There should be a mutual support organisation for those exes who are the subjects of famous heartbreak albums. If it all goes to plan, Stevie Parker’s errant former girlfriend could end up sitting in a corner at this theoretical get-together, a little agog. Parker’s debut is mostly about this one ex is one of those idiosyncratic British heartbreak albums that has the potential to go far.

Parker’s manager is the fabled ex-punk Jeannette Lee , “The Cure” is an intriguing dose of romantic misery, full of atmospheres, self-flagellation and a little bunny-boiling. Front and centre is Stevie Parker’s voice and Parker herself, whose jeans’n’trainers “anti-styling” strives to downplay the visual side upon which so much pop is sold.

Originally from Frome in Somerset, Parker is now based in Bristol, and you can tell. The city’s sound infuses songs such as “Better Off” a slow-burner whose minor key verses and encroaching electronics  neighbouring Portishead with much more aplomb than usual. “I will keep you safe,” promises Parker. The instrumentation suggests the situation might not be so straightforward.

Over 12 tracks there are break-up cliches Parker can’t help but stumble into ,“I’ve been blue over you” is the revolutionary gist of a song called “Blue” but there is enough viscera on show here to make up for these well-worn sentiments.

“Stay” voices a pretty common-or-garden feeling. But this particular garden has a sharp axe left lying around. “If she told you she loves you, I’ll hunt her down and have my way,” sings Parker, “If she tells you she missed you, it’ll be the last thing that she’ll say.” Parker sings all this with a winsome and tremulous flutter. Then, finally, she bares her teeth. “I want you to stay, stay, stay!” comes as a pent-up yell.

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Kane Strang – Two Hearts and No Brain

A winning blend of careful precision and mercurial abandon, Kane Strang’s new album Two Hearts and No Brain is constantly surprising. With a penchant for melodic earworms to rival those of the world’s best pop songwriters, the New Zealand artist’s glittering hooks twist and turn in perfect synch with meticulous band arrangements. Hints of 60s pop (NB: Zombies, Stooges) and early 00’s alt-rock (Interpol, Elliott Smith) shine through; but there’s a contemporary crunch, sheen and bald lyrical tone to Strang’s sound that places him firmly in the here and now. Strang’s proclivity for writing smart, anthemic guitar pop shines brightest now that he has moved away from the bedroom and into the studio. Showcasing his new collaborative approach to recording and writing with his band, the four-piece twists Strang’s melodies upside down and pushes his hooks inside out. Two Hearts and No Brain proves emotive and playfully laced with a tongue-in-cheek nostalgia – timelessly old and new in the same breath.

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Terry  –  Remember Terry

Terry is a band from Melbourne, Australia. Divide him in half and you split the genders, into quarters and you get Amy Hill (also of Constant Mongrel, School Of Radiant Living), Xanthe Waite (Mick Harvey Band, Primo), Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell St Bombings) and Al Montfort (UV Race, Dick Diver, Total Control). Guitars, bass, drums, all four sing. Terry are busy people and Terry is a particularly active project too, having released two EPs and a full length album (Terry HQ) last year on Upset The Rhythm. After returning from summer 2016’s European tour, Terry set about writing a new album of songs. These are now grouped together as Remember Terry, an album full of wish fulfilment, critiqued characters, memorial muscle and historical hustle. The truth is in there, just skating below the surface of their glammy, country-stepping punk/pop odysseys, we only have to listen carefully. Remember Terry is a fitting follow-up to last year’s celebrated debut album. Ideas are pursued and new ground explored. Throughout this expansion of sound and subject-matter though, Terry remain committed to telling it straight, reporting from the frontline of the political made personal. Remember Terry was recorded by Terry at Grace Lane and Terry HQ through the first few months of 2017. Digitised by Nick Kuceli. Mixed and Mastered by Mikey Young.

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The Myrrors – Hasta La Victoria

Hasta La Victoria comes just one year after Entranced Earth, and serves as its perfect companion piece. And yet, not a moment of the albums thirty-seven minutes ever feels even remotely rushed, or anything short of natural. Indeed, in the best possible way, Hasta La Victoria sounds like The Myrrors couldnt be doing anything else. Perhaps its not the victory in the albums title that focuses the bands attention perhaps its the until. Throughout Hasta La Victoria, the band sounds utterly propelled by an invisible force, by the indelible impression that their actions as a band, as artists, as people have an impact, and that impact should continue until victory. Be here now or be here later, there’s little doubt that The Myrrors will be continuing to walk the path when you get here.

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Triptides -Afterglow

As the tides of the ocean draw their power from the moon above, the music of Triptides is fueled by the mind-bending inspiration and wide-ranging creative talents of Glenn Brigman (vocals and guitar), Josh Menashe (guitar and vocals), Dylan Sizemore (bass guitar) and Shaugnessy Starr (drums). The trip began in the bohemian basements of Bloomington, Indiana in 2010, where Glenn and Josh shared ideas and influences before evolving to craft a complex yet cohesive range of lush, “psychedelic beach-pop” sounds. Two EPs and four LPs later, Triptides are now an essential element of the Los Angeles psych scene, where they are preparing to launch their newest album, Afterglow. Inspired by the spirit of ’60s and ’70s West Coast pop and psychedelia, as well as legendary albums ranging from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn to The Notorious Byrd Brothers,

Beach House -B-Sides and Rarities

Beach House release the B-Sides and Rarities album, a 14-track compilation of songs from throughout their career so far. The album features two previously unreleased tracks Chariot and Baseball Diamond, which were recorded during the Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars sessions, both albums of which were released two months apart in 2015.

LP – Black Vinyl packaged in colour inner and spot varnished deluxe cardstock outer sleeve with digital download code.

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The Cure – Acoustic Hits

First time on vinyl for The Cure’s acoustic rendition of their Greatest Hits. This was a limited edition CD which accompanied the 2001 Greatest Hits compilation and has never appeared on vinyl. The Record Store Day 2017 Release was a Double Picture Disc and now gets re-released on Double 180 Gram Black Vinyl.

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The Rolling Stones – The Complete British Radio Broadcasts 1963 – 1965

Legendary performances on various BBC radio shows from the 1960’s. Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality. ‘In view of the past increase of interest in rhythm and blues groups in Britain, an exceptionally good future is predicted for us by many people,’ Brian Jones wrote to the BBC in January 1963, requesting an audition. They turned him down, but soon changed their mind. Between that autumn and the summer of 1965, the Stones recorded numerous classic radio sessions for the Beeb, which are presented here together with background notes and images. Containing some of the most vital British R&B ever recorded, the set is an essential purchase for serious Stones fans.

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The Beach Boys -1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow

1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow  is a unique 2CD collection from The Beach Boys – arguably one of the greatest bands of all-time. Featuring producers Mark Linett and Alan Boyd’s new, first–ever stereo mix of the 1967 Wild Honey album. As well as opening up the legendary band’s vault to debut 54 sought-after rarities from that year, 50 years after they were first put to tape. This collection dives into a fascinating and frenetic chapter in The Beach Boys’ long, groundbreaking creative arc, exploring the band’s dynamic year in the studio and on tour. Previously unreleased highlights include The Beach Boys’ shelved ‘live’ album, Lei’d in Hawaii, studio recordings from the Wild Honey and Smiley Smile album sessions, and live concert recordings from shows in Hawaii, Washington DC and Boston.

The Cure were arresting enough as a band to land its first album “Three Imaginary Boys” into the U.K. charts in 1979. A year later, with their sophomore effort “Seventeen Seconds” ready to be released in April, the band arranged for a brief tour of the of the United States, the first time they had “jumped the pond” after having played entirely British gigs up to that point, with the exception of a handful of dates in Europein places like Netherlands, Belgium, and France.

The Cure’s first-ever show on the North American continent was not in New York City. It was in scenic Cherry Hill, New Jersey, at the Emerald City Lounge, on April 10 or 12, 1980. Actually, a local fanzine review of that show in Cherry Hill by Frank Chmielewski show survives, and it’s interesting to note how unusual the Cure seemed to the writer.

So original, this Cure, it is really hard to expalin it. It is not a dance band, yet it is very rhythmic, and has a textured sound. … The Cure’s music is brain-stroking, maybe.

Remarkably, according to Chmielewski one of the openers for the Cure at that show was The Dickies.

Anyway, the Cure then headed to D.C. for a show at the Bayou and then traveled to NYC for a three-show stint at Hurrah on West 62nd Street on April 15th, 16th, and 17th. Some of you might recall that Hurrah was the club where in December 1978 Sid Vicious got into a fight with Todd Smith (the brother of Patti Smith) during a gig, which incident led to the incarceration of Sid Vicious in Rikers Island. It was also where “Divine” starred in the play The Neon Woman. These three Cure gigs took place towards the end of Hurrah’s existence, as it was defunct by 1981.

It’s not entirely clear which show of the three this footage comes from. The Cure was taped by Charles Libin and Paul Cameron, who took video footage of many bands in New York during that era. For any band playing multiple gigs in New York, their whole M.O. was to watch the first one(s) as prep for the final show, where they would do the actual taping. So it’s likely this show took place on April 17th, 1980.

We presented a portion of this footage early last year, but only two songs were available then. Fortunately for us “new shit has come to light,” as a certain fictitious stoner once said. In this clip we have an actual majority of one of the shows, with eleven songs represented from a set that probably would have had somewhere shy of twenty.

Of the Hurrah dates, Robert Smith said that “we’d obtained cult status … but we only played New York, Philly, Washington and Boston. We played three nights … at Hurrah in New York and it was packed.” Simon Gallup noted one of the key differences of playing in the United States, that “instead of having cans of beer backstage, we’d have shots of Southern Comfort!”

This is not a “complete” show, as already mentioned, and indeed it’s not even continuous, there are breaks between the songs. Libin and Cameron knew what they were doing for sure, which makes this footage very enjoyable to apprehend.

Thanks to Dangerous Minds

Setlist :

1. Three Imaginary Boys – 0:00
2. Fire In Cairo – 2:54
3. In Your House – 5:50
4. M – 9:35
5. 10.15 Saturday Night – 10:32
6. At Night – 16:06
7. Boys Don’t Cry – 21:26
8. Jumping Someone Else’s Train – 24:00
9. Another Journey By Train – 26:25
10. A Forest – 29:46
11. Secrets – 35:53

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Porl was part of the original lineup of the Cure, and was in and out of the band until 1994 when he left The Cure to play with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin during the Page and Plant tour of 1995. Porl is also a talented artist website; Porl and designer Andy Vella are the co-founders of Parched Art, which has produced many of the record sleeves found on The Cure albums, many of which Porl drew or painted. Porl has also held his own artwork exhibition “100% Sky”.

Porl officially rejoined the band for a third time in June 2005 and recorded the live DVD, The Cure: Festival 2005 and appeared on their 13th studio album,“4:13 Dream”.He also toured with The Cure for their 2007-2008 4Tour.

The collection up for sale includes guitars, amps, studio/stage equipment, stage clothing, original artwork and other memorabilia. See preview below::

Auction of Guitars, stage equipment, stage clothing, artwork and memorabilia. Saturday 19th May 2012, Omega Auctions, Meadow Mill, Stockport, http://www.omegaauctions.co.uk. Official Limited Edition Catalogue for the auction now available