Friday, August 22, 2014

Cure on Sky Arts 1

Sky Arts 1 are showing:
Sun 24th 19:30 Video Killed the Radio Star – The Cure
[Rpt: Mon 25th 01:15, Fri 29th 07:00]
Sun 24th 20:00 The Cure Live at Hurricane Festival 
[Rpt: Mon 25th 01:45, Thu 28th 12:30, Fri 29th 07:30
UK times. (Thanks Warren)

Win passes to Chicago Riot Fest

Win airfare, hotel accommodations, 3 day VIP passes, and aftershow tickets from Rabbl.

And help me out with this. If you enter my referral code, RF28048, you will double your entry and give me 5 bonus entries. Thanks! Then when you get your code, get your friends and family to enter and use your code.

Thank you so much, Aiyana, Bethany, Jesse, Michael, Casey, Fernando, Red, Kelly, Thomas, William, Yuji, Chris, Simon, Andy, Anji, and Summer, for using my code!  You guys are awesome!

Update (08/22/14): Property of Zack are giving away a pair of VIP passes. Details here.

Andy Vella's 'Obscure' released on Sept. 18th

Fleeting moments… altered faces… unexpected spaces. By turns dreadfully funny, terribly honest, strangely melancholic.  – Robert Smith, 2014

Andy Vella has been observing The Cure since 1981. Foruli Codex (@foruli) is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of 'Obscure', Vella's book of rare and unseen photographs of the band. 33 years in the making, 'Obscure' will be published worldwide in September 2014. This visually stunning and beautifully designed volume has been compiled with the full input of Robert Smith, who has also written the foreword. 

Update (08/12/14): Limited edition print now available. Please note that this print does NOT include a copy of the book. 

Update (08/13/14): Press release and some preview photos have been posted here. Confirms a release date of Sept. 18th and a price of £30/$50.

Update (08/15/14): UK preordering now available. Also, another print (Silhouettes) from Andy is available.

Update (08/19/14): US preordering now available. Here's the direct link to it on Amazon.

Update (08/22/14): And the books are starting to arrive for those who ordered early from Amazon US. Autumn and Scott already have theirs. Autumn seems slightly pleased with it. :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chicago Riot Fest map & more attractions

"In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we are incredibly excited to reveal our new festival grounds in the north section of Humboldt Park. With the fest now operating between W. North Ave. and W. Division St. as the north and south boundaries, and within N. Kedzie Ave. and N. California Ave. as the west and east boundaries, there will be lots of room for our 7 stages, over a dozen carnival rides, custom 9-hole mini-golf course, haunted house brought to you by Zombie Army Productions, Lucha Libre wrestling, Gospel For The Guilty burlesque show, Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue, chainsaw sculpting, a classic 20-game arcade with all proceeds going to Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and a wine bar. There will even be an additional 8th stage on Friday to house the special interactive panel with Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina of Pussy Riot.

1, 2, and 3-day passes, as well as all-you-can-ride carnival passes are still available but are going fast. 3-Day passes are nearly sold out and select single-day passes are gone now too. Don’t wait, get your tickets while they’re still available!" Festival Passes / Carnival & Haunted House Passes"

More from Riot Fest: "And yes, we will have a dedicated taxi stand and a shit ton more CTA buses this year." Also, printed schedules, not just digital.

There's going to be a freaking haunted house attraction! And a classic arcade. I swear it's like they are building this just for me and my interests! :) Really wishing I was going 2 days now. This is going to be a blast!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Win tickets to the Riot Fest of your choice

Consequence of Sound has a contest to win tickets to the Riot Fest of your choice. And if you use this link ( to enter, you'll give me 5 extra entries. Thanks!

Final day to enter for this one.

Win passes to Denver Riot Fest

From Channel 93.3: "Starting Monday, listen for the following Riot Fest bands between 7a – 6p, be caller #9 to 303-631-2933 and win tickets to the show. 3OH!3, Rise Against, Weezer, Brick & Mortar, Violent Femmes, The Unlikely Candidates, The Cure, Sublime, or Social Distortion"

Upcoming dates for Liqueur

Liqueur, a tribute to The Cure, have a bunch of shows coming up in the next few months.

Sept. 12th, 2014 - Norwich , The Waterfront
Sept. 13th, 2014 - Harlow , The Square
Nov. 1st, 2014 - Milton Keynes , The Craufurd Arms
Nov. 21st, 2014 - Lowestoft , Granny's
(Disintegration warm up show)
Nov. 22nd, 2014 - Islington o2 Academy 2
(*Disintegration Special* Three sets - all of the original vinyl issue of Disintegration then a set of hits and classics - approx 100 minute show ..)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Riot Fest passes have arrived!

Will be my first time seeing The Cure in Colorado, and my first time seeing them play in a football stadium parking lot. Or any type of parking lot, for that matter. :) Should be fun!

Update (08/16/14): And my Chicago pass arrived today! 2nd time seeing them in Illinois, though first time in Chicago proper. Dream Tour was in Tinley Park, IL. My favorite show on that tour, and Top 5 of all time.
Also my 2nd time seeing them in a city park, and at a festival. Voodoo 2013 was the first for both of those.

Now to hope for no schedule conflicts, so that I can see some combination of The Cure, Billy Bragg, Tegan & Sara, Cheap Trick, and Weezer. But if I can just see The Cure & Billy Bragg, I'll be happy.

Sorry for the useless post, just a bit excited about this. :)

Mauro's photo exhibit in Paris

"I will show in September twenty photographs of mine  in large format, in an iconic rock theater called La Maroquinerie. My photographs include: Robert Smith, Reeves Gabrels, Simon Gallup etc.
I will be more than happy to have a drink for the private view on september the 3rd with the Cure fans crossing Paris that day :)" 
Thanks, Mauro, and congratulations!

Friday, August 15, 2014

'Fantastic Guitars' out now

From Reeves on Facebook: "Fantastic Guitars' by Reeves Gabrels & Bill Nelson has been released. We loved making this album; hope you'll enjoy it too.
Available exclusively online via Bill's website. Limited edition CD, worldwide shipping, quick fulfillment.

"Front cover abstract image by Bill Nelson from a Martin Bostock photograph." All rights reserved; full image may be shared on social media to promote the album. Thank you."

Update (07/25/14): From Reeves on Facebook - "Today (Fri) from 5:30-6pm (US Central time) hear 'Fantastic Guitars' on Radio Free Nashville. Streams at -- Bill Nelson & I had fun making this record; please give it a listen."

Update (08/15/14): From Reeves on Facebook - "if you're lucky enough to be near Troy, New York, my friends at Collar City Guitars have a handful in stock."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chicago Riot Fest Aftershows announced

Also, along with their aftershow that night, Television has been added to the Riot Fest lineup on Sept. 13th, replacing Marky Ramone.

Cure in Sept. Record Collector

Record Collector will be running a Cure feature in next month's issue, which will be on sale June 19th. (Thanks Lars)

Update (06/18/14): From Record Collector on Facebook: "Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances - the upcoming CURE feature previously advertised will now run at a later date."

Update (07/14/14): "Just got the new July Record Collector (UK). There is an ad for the August edition, on sale Aug 14 in UK, and it says, “Next Month in Record Collector: The Cure (Honest!)”  (Thanks artwwweb)

Update (08/05/14): Here's the cover. Unfortunately, it's just an "Early Years" article, nothing new.

Update (08/12/14): From artwwweb - "10 page article, inc. listings of UK collectables 1978-1982, Top 11 Memorabilia and Top 21 Worldwide Rarities." 

Update (08/14/14): Out today in shops & online, or buy a digital copy on iTunes. Subscribers can read the article here

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reeves with Earl Slick & Lisa Ronson

A.V. Club on 'Let's Go To Bed'

From The A.V. Club:

The Cure ditched the wallowing and tried to get laid
By Josh Modell  Aug. 12th, 2014  1:00 PM

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well—some inspired by a weekly theme and some not, but always songs worth hearing. This week, with Let’s Be Cops coming to theaters, we’re picking our favorite songs with “let’s” in the title.

By many accounts, the members of The Cure were in relatively terrible mental shape around 1982, which makes sense considering they sang about death and dying for three albums in a row (that’d be the classic platters of misery Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and Pornography). Robert Smith seemed fairly sure he didn’t even want to continue the band, so he figured it’d be fine to take a sharp turn, which took the form of the 1982 single “Let’s Go To Bed.” Smith called the song “stupid,” “rubbish,” and “a joke,” saying it was “everything I hated about music at the time.” It was, of course, a massive hit, and it led Smith down a poppy path that would produce some of his finest work in the ensuing years. Even by modern pop standards, “Let’s Go To Bed” doesn’t sound particularly pandering; sure, it has some “doo-doo”s and a friendly-enough keyboard sound, but it’s far from high gloss. (The biggest hits of 1982 were by Olivia Newton-John and Survivor, to provide some reference point.) No, “Let’s Go To Bed” seemed like something almost entirely new, a pop subgenre inspired by the dour goth from whence it came, but with an odd self-assurance. And as much as Smith liked to shit-talk the song at the time, it clearly inspired him to make more like it: “The Walk” and “The Lovecats” followed, complete with a raft of B-sides that signaled The Cure Version 3.0. (Version 1.0 was the differently poppy “Boys Don’t Cry” era.) And ultimately it led to The Cure’s finest hour, 1985’s The Head On The Door. (Thanks @TacchinoGigante)

Slowdive loves The Cure - Part 2

Under The Radar has an interview with Rachael & Neil of Slowdive, where the band once again mentions their love for The Cure:

"Rachel had a slight goth leaning that I certainly didn't share. I really hated all that stuff," Halstead says, laughing. "But then Nick kind of liked that stuff as well, and we all really liked The Cure."

"I used to love The SmithsI still doand The Cure," says Goswell. "Nick would probably say his bass playing was inspired in part by Simon Gallup and in part by Hooky [Peter Hook] from New Order. I think those two are bass guitar gods in his eyes. Neil was more indie, like The Primitives and Talulah Gosh and stuff, in the early days." (Thanks John)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Win passes to Toronto Riot Fest

Village Voice is giving away a pair of VIP passes.

And another chance to win some at Riff You.

3 more chances to win passes from Aesthetic Magazine, Thirty Four Flavours & The Drake.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

"I grew up listening to a lot of The Cure"

In this interview (7 minutes in) with Consequence of Sound, the awesome Jenny Lee Lindberg from Warpaint (also awesome) once again mentions her love of The Cure.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

NME's 100 Most Influential Artists

The Cure are #99 on NME's 100 Most Influential Artists list:

99. The Cure. “Goth band” – but were they? Alright, so Robert has worn his best Krusty slap since year zero, but much more than being mardy, he will be remembered as one of the greatest texture-makers in British music. Atmospheric was his middle name, whether that was upbeat or down, hence why he is a godfather to Mogwai and The Shins as much as Warpaint and The Horrors. (Thanks Vincent)