Monday, May 4, 2015

The Curse plays Santa Fe Springs May 8th

Thank you, Matt!

As some of you know, Matt has decided to end his Slicing Up Eyeballs site, and I just wanted to post a huge THANK YOU to him. I loved the site, and loved Matt's dedication to, and love of, the great alternative music of the 80s. He was one of the good guys, and his site will be sorely missed. Thank you so much for the love you always gave to CoF, and for carrying the torch for a genre of music that doesn't always get the coverage it deserves.

But Matt isn't really going away, as he plans to keep the Facebook and Twitter accounts going. Still, it's sad to see the death of a great site.

So I raise a glass in celebration, to Matt and SUE, and say Cheers! We all wish you the best of luck with whatever comes next.

"Come to me, scared princess"

You know you were thinking this, too. :)

And, yes, this post is further proof that things are very slow around here these days, with real news nearly nonexistent. :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Robert talks about The Jesus and Mary Chain

This is nothing new for those of us who have the excellent 'Beautiful Noise' documentary, but for those who don't, Dangerous Minds has a story about The Jesus and Mary Chain's 'Psychocandy', and they include the clip of Robert, Trent Reznor, and Billy Corgan talking about the band and the album.

A Cure / Michael McDonald mashup

From CoS:

"Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! was recently asked by the good folks at AV Undercover to deliver a cover in the run-up to its 2015 season. Turns out she had just the thing. She’d been working on a drum loop based on The Cure’s 1985 song “Close to Me”, and was just waiting for the right place to use it. That place revealed itself when the great Michael McDonald came on the radio with his classic love song “I Keep Forgettin'”.

The two songs come from completely different planets, but in Grace’s hands, they’re more like twin stars in a binary system. Instead of sappy yacht rock, “I Keep Forgettin'” becomes a heartbreaking acoustic number that wouldn’t be too far out of Against Me!’s catalog given Grace’s despairing vocal take. Take a listen."

'A Forest' from 1980 on Top of the Pops

The Cure performing 'A Forest' on Top of the Pops from April 24th, 1980 will air May 7th on BBC 4 at 7:30pm. Repeat on May 8th at 12:35am. (Thanks @waswasere)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

More on Robert's Twilight Sad cover

From Daily Record (Thanks Perfect.Murder):

Twilight Sad reveal the legend in their new single as they collaborate with The Cure's Robert Smith

06:00, 26 April 2015
By John Dingwall

TWILIGHT Sad singer James Graham reveals how a chance conversation led to The Cure superstar doing a cover of their song There's A Girl In The Corner. Listen to it here.

THE Twilight Sad have revealed their delight after rock legend Robert Smith of The Cure teamed up with them for his latest single.

Legendary frontman Robert is a huge fan of the Scots indie group and revealed to Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite he had been impressed by them when the two rocks bands toured together.

After Stuart told them about the admission, The Twilight Sad sent Robert a personalised copy of their most recent album – the critically acclaimed Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave – and a correspondence ensued.

That led to the incredible collaboration and stunning version of the song There’s A Girl In The Corner.

The Twilight Sad frontman James Graham, who is also the quintet’s main songwriter, said: “Mogwai had toured with The Cure and later Stuart from Mogwai emailed Robert.

“He told him to check out this band The Twilight Sad and that he might like them. Robert got back to him, saying, ‘I’ve already got all their albums. I’m a massive fan’.

“Stuart told us about it and we were all astonished he had even heard of us. He’s a global icon.

“We got Robert’s contact details and sent him some records, including the new album – before it was released.

“That he was a fan was amazing to us because The Cure are one of the reasons we started the band.

“He got back to us to say he loved it and we were all over the moon.”

 The Twilight Sad’s guitarist Andy MacFarlane decided to go a step further by asking Robert to guest on one of their songs and the band admit they were gobsmacked when he agreed.

James said: “We were thinking what to do about our new single and Andy chanced his arm by contacting Robert to ask if he would be interested in doing one of our songs.

“The band had just finished an acoustic set at Mono in Glasgow and were driving back when Andy showed us an email from Robert saying he would like to cover a song.

“We’d asked him to cover the single It Never Was The Same but he asked if he could do There’s A Girl In My Corner. We said he could do whatever he wanted.

“We were in a state of disbelief the whole time because we never thought it was possible that it could happen.”

If The Twilight Sad – who recently performed an exclusive Live At Dingwall’s at-home session – thought
the collaboration might fall through, they needn’t have as Robert kept to his world.

James said: “Andy and Robert kept emailing back and forth. The email of the song came through when we were in San Francisco. We sat in our van and listened to him singing our song. Hearing Robert sing the words I wrote in my bedroom is something I’ll never forget. I can’t believe it has happened.

“I’ve been listening to it every day – it is an amazing feeling to hear him sing our song.”

 The track, which you can hear online, is a limited edition double A-sided single and will be released as a digital download on June 15.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

"Please stop sending these"

I've posted about this on Twitter and in the comments here, but guess I need to make a post about it.

These articles from KpopStarz and Franchise Herald that everyone keeps spreading around, and sending in, are poorly (if at all) researched junk. NOT NEWS! The Robert interview they are referencing is this one from March of 2014. LAST year, not this year. Old news, nothing new. Those US shows in May and Sept? Yeah, BottleRock and the Riot Fests. They've already happened.

Come on, guys, it only takes 5 minutes to do a little research and fact-checking on something like this, before spreading misinformation. And I give you a 100% guarantee that when there is actual legitimate new album news, you won't hear about it first at KpopStarz.

You'll hear it from NME, XFM, Pitchfork, CoS, Rolling Stone, etc. Or whatever the big music sites are in 2025. :)

'Beautiful Noise' now available at Rough Trade

Interview with The Glove's Jeanette Landray

Excerpt from a Post-Punk interview with Jeanette Landray:

"Soon after their split and Siouxsie and Budgie’s subsequent pairing, Ginette met Robert Smith and Steven Severin, who were working together in the Banshees. Both musicians were in need of a desperate diversion from their prospective projects, in Robert Smith’s case a break from the personal strains of recording and touring for 1982’s Pornography. “They needed to get their creativity out in another way. They had been writing the Glove album together for quite some time, and knew what they wanted quite well. They were very certain about it. I was a good friend of Steven’s, and I asked him if I could sing for the record, and he said ‘you can’t sing!’ I replied, ‘so?'” And so it was…

During the recording of The Glove record, Jeanette admits that there was a slew of drugs taken and b-movies playing at every turn, both of which served as inspiration of sorts during the sessions. “The only film I can actually recall is Barbarella,” Landray states, but one can assume that during the haze they also watched the film Blue Sunshine, a 1976 zombie film about experimental strains of LSD and their after effects. The title, directly utilized for the record, sums up the playful, maddening chaos of the sound and creation of Blue Sunshine.

“(Robert and Steven) never suffocated me, they let me experiment. There was a time when my singing of ‘Like An Animal’ was not getting crazy enough, and all of a sudden, I hear this soft voice singing from behind a couch. I walk over towards the voice and it’s Robert on all fours singing ‘Diamonds are a Girls best Friend!’ Let’s just say Robert and Steven were easy to work with. Siouxsie and Budgie would often look in on these sessions, and they had the sensibilities to know that we were doing something fantastic… something magical.”

Promotional efforts for Blue Sunshine included releases for ‘Like An Animal’ and ‘Punish Me With Kisses,’ and though the three-piece never played shows together, the album still became a cult favorite.

With the Glove’s popularity growing after almost 25 years (30 now) and the recent remastered edition of Blue Sunshine out on the shelves in 2006, one might wonder if the band will ever perform live…

“Robert and Steve never talk about playing, or at least, they never talked to me about it! I have not talked to Steve in over a year, and I have not seen Robert in over fifteen, but if they wanted to perform as The Glove, I would do it in a heartbeat!”

One could only hope for this dream-laced reality…"

Read the full article and see some of her art at Post-Punk. (Thanks Mintsauce)

NME's 50 Iconic Indie Album Covers

From NME's 50 Iconic Indie Album Covers: The Fascinating Stories Behind The Sleeves

Disintegration: Paul Thompson and Andy Vella had designed all of The Cure's artwork until this point, but for 'Disintegration' Robert Smith was thinking of using someone new. In response, Thompson and Vella moved from their usual abstract designs into one that focused on Smith's face, which some saw as a conscious ploy to curry favour.

Boys Don’t Cry: The sleeve for ‘Three Imaginary Boys’ featured a fridge, a vacuum cleaner and a lamp – the latter apparently representing Smith. The same designer, Polydor art director Bill Smith, produced a similarly artful sleeve for ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, albeit one that seems to interpret the track ‘Fire in Cairo’ quite literally. (Thanks @colinaindow)

The Cureheads Chardonnay Sometimes Tour

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Reeves' Rock Inside Out guitar course

Expected Release Date: 05/11/2015
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"The second signature Reverend from The Cure guitarist Reeves Gabrels (formerly with David Bowie, Tin Machine) takes semi-hollow design to another level. The highly resonant body coupled with the revolutionary Railhammer Chisel pickups make for a versatile and uniquely responsive guitar that handles everything from woody clean to high gain mean. Unique features include: forearm contour, sealed body for controlled feedback, on-off toggle switch, custom soft-touch tremolo spring, and push-pull phase switch (in the tone control) to push the sonic boundaries. Finally, an innovative semi-hollow for cutting edge players! Learn more."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cure night in Chicago April 23rd

Living on Video - tribute to The Cure through Music and Video
2350 N. Clark, Chicago
21 +
(Thanks Kamar)

Cure night in London May 16th

Electric Dreams presents
[A Cure night at the London Stone]

Saturday May 16 at 10:00pm - 3:00am
111 Cannon Street, EC4N 5AD London,United Kingdom

£6 entry

DJs Valeriun, Stix, The Baron and guest DJ Mr Pink Eyes will be playing music from The Cure's entire musical history from post punk days to goth days to the recent albums and all in between[days]

We will also play a few other relevant goth/new wave/punk/80s classics at the London Stone [a Hammer horror themed pub in Cannon street, London]

(Thanks Alan)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Robert covers The Twilight Sad

Robert is covering The Twilight Sad's 'There's a Girl in the Corner'. Why? When? How? More details soon.
(Thanks Randy and Scott)

Update (04/20/15): The Cure's website, Facebook, and Twitter have been updated with the news. Also, all of Robert's share of the proceeds from the single will be donated to Amaze. Once again, thank you so much, Robert, for always giving back and helping others!

Update (04/19/15): Pre-ordering for the limited edition 7" is now open at the band's website. And there should be a digital download available on June 15th as well, according to the band's email newsletter.

Credits: Lyrics James Alexander Graham. Music Andy MacFarlane. Voices & instruments by Robert Smith. Engineered, Produced, and Mixed by Robert Smith at Homestudio. Assisted by Bunny Lake.

Update (04/07/15): Confirmed at XFM -  "The Twilight Sad have confirmed details for their next single, with It Never Was The Same set for a 15 June release on FatCat Records.

In exciting news for fans of the Scottish group, the double A-side 7" will also see Robert Smith cover one of the band's other songs from their album Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave.

The Cure frontman will perform his own version of There's A Girl In The Corner. A 30-second preview of Smith's suitably atmospheric cover can be found here .

Pre-orders for the limited edition 7" will open on 13 April at the band's own website. 

The band's UK and Ireland tour continues for the next few weeks, before a raft of festival dates for the summer."
(Thanks @SleazyMartinez)

Also confirmed on The Twilight Sad's website and Facebook.

Articles about this: NME / Uncut / Sopitas / Muzikalia / Sound of Violence / Live4Ever / DIY

From @thetwilightsad (March 15th, 2015) : "We're 1hr into our all night drive to Austin from Phoenix. I'm currently listening to the most amazing thing that's happened to our band. We can't believe it's actually happened and can't wait to tell you about it. When I say it's the biggest thing that's happened for our band it's a an understatement."

From The Scotsman (Oct. 18th, 2014): "From Shoegaze to a kind of motoric New Wave to the similarity of recent comeback track There’s a Girl in the Corner to The Cure, they combine an often overwhelming emotional onslaught with strident accessibility.

“That’ll do us,” says Graham upon hearing The Cure comparison, speaking on behalf of his absent bandmates Andy MacFarlane (guitar) and Mark Devine (drums). “They’re brilliant, they’re one of the bands each of us has always looked up to. Stuart Braithwaite [guitarist with Glasgow’s Mogwai, friends of and de facto mentors to The Twilight Sad] once told me he gave Robert Smith some of our music, and Robert told him ‘I’ve heard them already’. Graham has sent the new album to Smith, and received a three-word response: “It is beautiful.”

From DIY (Oct. 27th, 2014): “Robert Smith said he was fan – that’s fucking ace. And I wouldn’t swap all we’ve achieved and all we’ve been through for anything else.”

And here's The Twilight Sad covering 'Inbetween Days' in Aug. 2011. (Thanks @TornUpPraise)

Roger with Hannah in the Wars

Hannah in the Wars debut album out April 17th, 2015 in New Zealand, and May 25th in the UK on Roger's 99X/10 Records.

Update (03/19/15): Article at Jammer Zine about Roger's work with them, plus album previews. And another article at Planet of Sound.

Update (03/21/15): Roger will be a special guest at their May 16th show at Sebright Arms in London. Get tickets here. Facebook event page here.

Update (03/27/15):

Update (04/19/15): From New Zealand Sunday News:

How did the connection with The Cure's Roger O'Donnell come about and how did it develop into you recording an album at his country home studio?

I met Roger through a mutual friend right when I first moved to London in June 2011.  I was fresh off the boat, didn't know many other musicians in the UK and sad to have left the close musical community of Auckland behind so it was wonderful to immediately meet another musician.  We got on really well right from the get-go and after attending my first couple of London shows he said that he'd like to help me out in any way he could. He has been a huge support, a great friend and something of a mentor.  We recorded most of the album in East London with Hugh Harlow, a friend from our days at the University of Otago.  Roger came into the studio for those London sessions and was a quiet presence, largely leaving us to it but stepping in at times to help steer us in the right direction.  The songs were already arranged as we'd been playing them live for about 6 months and so he mainly served as quality control, along with Hugh.  We got most of the album down over a three-day weekend in London and then headed out to Roger's place in Devon to record vocal and guitar overdubs, as well as the synth and piano parts.  It is so tranquil out there, it was a beautiful place to finish off the record.  Hugh and I spent many hours together in the London studio after that, weaving it all together.  He is one of the calmest and most generous people I have ever met, a true pleasure to work with.

Another "Cure not in the R&R HoF" article

From Metro Weekly:

25 artists that belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (but shamefully aren’t)

#4. The Cure (2004)

The Cure started in unassuming fashion, with their quirky 1979 post-punk debut Three Imaginary Boys. Robert Smith’s vision has always driven the band, and he and his bandmates followed it to a much darker place with three brooding classics that are cornerstones of “goth” rock –- Seventeen Seconds, Faith and the tortured Pornography. In November 1982, Smith lurched from anguish into pop with the synth-laden ditty “Let’s Go to Bed.” From that point forward, The Cure has been a schizophrenic mix of giddy, often euphoric pop and somber, emotional epics. Their peak era of success began with 1985’s The Head on the Door featuring the classic oddball pop of “Inbetween Days” and “Close to Me.” Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, released in 1987, highlighted by one of the decade’s perfect singles, “Just Like Heaven,” and brought The Cure an even larger audience. With their towering masterpiece Disintegration in 1989, they became an unlikely supergroup. The band’s commercial peak in America was the 1992 album Wish, with singles “High” and “Friday, I’m In Love” pushing it to #2. Critics may dismiss The Cure as “mope-rock,” and not take Smith seriously because of his ghoulish stage appearance, notable for smeared red lipstick and a wild nest of dark hair, but their opinion of his genius is ultimately irrelevant. The Cure’s influence on other bands is undeniable, and they’ve been a soundtrack to the adolescence of millions of fans. Their catalog of creative, quirky, beautifully conceived and inventive alternative-rock is loaded with treasures. The Cure belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and as a younger generation infiltrates the nominating committee it will doubtless happen -– hopefully before Smith is sporting a giant spiderweb of white hair instead of black. (Thanks @banditFFX)