Morrissey has always impressed me, though I find the sound to be somewhat difficult to take seriously. However, after seeing the new album’s track names, it’s going to be really hard to listen to someone in Colonial Williamsburg detail how he was an inspiration for their current singer-songwriter “identity.” These are kind of amazing:
1 World Peace Is None Of Your Business (4:21)
2 Neal Cassady Drops Dead (4:02)
3 Istanbul (4:40)
4 I’M Not A Man (7:50)
5 Earth Is The Loneliest Planet (3:38)
6 Staircase At The University (5:30)
7 The Bullfighter Dies (2:05)
8 Kiss Me A Lot (4:03)
9 Smiler With Knife (5:13)
10 Kick The Bride Down The Aisle (5:18)
11 Mountjoy (5:08)
12 Oboe Concerto (4:07)
When “Oboe Concerto” is the least maudlin sounding track name on the album, I can’t wait to hear what this sounds like.
FACT is reporting that Smashing Pumpkins, out of the public eye for years, will be roaring back onto the scene. Not one but two new albums in 2015, titled Monuments To An Elegy and Day for Night. I missed the original wave of enjoying these guys with friends in school, but I can’t ignore their prominence & influence. If there’s a single coming this year, I’ll try to throw it up here. Until then, expect guitars & Billy Corgan, who has been doing some interesting stuff these days.
FACT dropped this ruinous piece of news last week. From the NME interview they quote:
“Both Frances and I have thought long and hard and agreed that if we can reach up to the highest shelf and select a team of the greatest and most respected writers, producers and directors, then a Broadway musical is very likely to happen,”
For those of us keeping score at home, Frances is their daughter. Just…stop. Please. You’re wealthy & able to care for your daughter and with proper financial management, will never need to lift a finger again. This is unneeded & largely heinous. Let the dead rest.
I think this is one of the most important things that’s happening in any city these days, and I am so glad it is. The biggest clubs in London, including Fabric & Ministry of Sound hare united in fighting sexual harassment & assault within their walls. The global Hollaback network is asking dance music venues to take a “zero tolerance attitude to harassment & send a message to patrons that bad behaviour won’t go unchallenged” (via FACT Mag)
I think this is a tremendous opportunity to capitalize on the critical mass of dance music bloggery & the impact some DJs can have when it comes to changing the culture. I would love to see NYC clubs do this as well. If even a tiny percentage of top name DJs refused to perform at events if there wasn’t a zero-tolerance policy against aggressive behavior & unwanted attention, this could snowball very quickly. Tell a friend.
So, as inspiration to all of us to never let a good joke die, Arby’s has taken their Grammy jokes about Pharrell all the way to the auction block. Pharrell set up his awesome Diglet hat (whose true origins/purpose were discussed here earlier) to be auctioned for charity and Arby’s traight up bought it. Not only has a great charity gotten some loot, but Arby’s got a cool 10,000 retweets out of it. Can’t say I buy the ROI but then again, I didn’t come up with the Roast Turkey Ranch & Bacon sandwich, so what do I know. (via FACT)
Everyone’s favorite Prince of Funk sat down with FACTMag and talked about the life and times of being awesome. He spills about being a fan of Star Trek, Prince, Kendrick Lamar & what it’s like to be one of the most sampled artists of all time. Not a bad read if you’ve got a minute and interest in this kinda stuff.
Robert Smith & The Heartaches, I mean, erm, The Cure, have announced they’re putting out their 14th studio album. Possibly titled “4:14 Scream” the album was recorded when 4:13 Dream was (really? that’s what we’re going with for the next album name?). There’s going to be a live Cure DVD released and a series of their “Trilogy” live shows, in which they play 3 albums from their discography in full. So, just in case you thought he’d gotten over that girl, or if you did, get excited to cry and eat ice cream on the couch just like in high school all over again. (via FACT)
I have to say, I really hope this catches on. The Belgian label Vlek has hilariously simplified vinyl purchasing for all of the record-steady heads out there. 1 Euro per inch, postage & packaging included for the EU, Africa, Asia & Latin America. Apparently USA/AU/NZ have a 5 euro surcharge, but it’s still cheaper than before for some of the smaller EPs. Hit up the shop if you’re a fan of Sagat or Squeaky Lobster and try to get it from them directly so this idea generates some buzz/legs. (via FACT)
FACT Mag has done a sweet round-up of some of the best tools you can get on the internet right now for zero dollars. Highlights include Partycloud (mixing straight from Soundcloud), BPM Counter (does what it says on the tin), and the DJ Pro Decks. These tools officially relieve you of the excuse that you don’t have any money so you can’t get started learning how to mix/spin/dj. Your New Year’s Resolution just became infinitely more doable. You’re welcome. (via FACT)