Saturday, June 10, 2017

Greatest & Acoustic Hits vinyl on June 30th

Non-picture disc versions of the recent Record Store Day 'Greatest Hits' and 'Acoustic Hits' vinyl releases will be out June 30th. Both are up for pre-order at Amazon US - Greatest / Acoustic. Other pre-order links can be found at Super Deluxe Edition.
Thanks, Andreas, Craig and Benj.

How America Fell In Love With The Cure

From Observer:

"By 1987, The Cure had been leading the British post-punk scene for over a decade. But here in America, unless you were a devotee of independent record stores and college radio, the legendary group was still something of a well-kept secret.

That all changed 30 years ago today.

Soon after The Cure released their ambitious double album Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me on May 25, 1987, their infectious singles like “Just Like Heaven” were dominating U.S. radio.
“I’m a sucker for short and sweet hit pop songs [like ‘Just Like Heaven’]. And ‘Why Can’t I Be You?’ does the trick for me [too],” says guitarist for Bauhaus Daniel Ash, whose post-Bauhaus band Love & Rockets also enjoyed the after-effects of Kiss Me in 1989 with their smash hit “So Alive.”

Partially recorded at the famed Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me interjected the dark tones of their earlier work with elements of bleeding edge R&B, Prince-esque funk grooves, warm jazz and dreamy psychedelic pop that caught fire on such prominent American radio stations as Los Angeles’s KROQ and New York’s WLIR."

Read the rest at Observer.

Some more articles celebrating the 30th anniversary of 'Kiss Me' at Bible Urbaine and Frankenpost.

Lol will be in San Diego today


'Cured' paperback out in the UK

'Cured' book tour coming to the UK & Ireland

Tom Sheehan interview in Classic Pop

SUE readers rank all 225 Cure songs

Slicing Up Eyeballs recently conducted a poll of their readers, asking them to rank their top 25 Cure songs, and the results have now been posted:

#225 - Why Can't I Be Me?
#200 - Return / The Reasons Why (Tie)
#150 - Gone! / Stop Dead / Where the Birds Always Sing (Tie)
#100 - Last Day of Summer / Wrong Number (Tie)
#50 - M
#40 - Three Imaginary Boys
#30 - Prayers For Rain
#20 - A Letter to Elise
#10 - A Night Like This
#1 - A Forest

Read the complete list at Slicing Up Eyeballs.


Curespottings & Covers updated

The Curespotting and Cure Covers pages have been updated.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

So what has Robert been up to lately?

Well, if you believe "the fucking internet', he's been buying guitars and writing lyrics.

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Reeves & His Imaginary Friends tour in July

From Reeves on Facebook:
Save the date! We're planning a short tour by Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends in July 2017.

July 14-15 * Nashville TN * Details TBA
(Showcases in conjunction with Reverend Guitars at NAMM)

July 18 * Toledo OH * Visit Reverend Guitars

July 18 * Maumee OH * The Village Idiot
Facebook Event Page

July 20 * New York NY * Details TBA

July 21 * Marlboro NY * The Falcon, details TBA

July 22 * Troy NY * The Hangar, details TBA

July 25 * New Haven CT * Cafe Nine
Facebook Event Page

July 28 * Louisville KY * Time + Space
Facebook Event Page

July 29 * Lexington KY * The Green Lantern
Facebook Event Page

July 30 or 31 * Nashville TN * Details TBA

We'll post details & create event pages with ticket links -- as soon as we confirm each show. Meanwhile, please be patient -- and thanks!

P.S. Have a listen to our album while you're waiting. It's at reevesfriends.bandcamp.com

More 'Cured' events in June

From Loltolhurst.com:

Jun 10, 2017 (11am) - San Diego, CA
Vinyl Junkies Record Swap
Casbah San Diego
2501 Ketner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets are $3 at the door

Jun 20, 2017 (6pm) - Berkeley, CA
Mad Monks Center for Anachronistic Media
2454 Telegraph Ave,
Berkeley, CA 94704

Jun 21, 2017 (5:30pm) - San Francisco
VIP Evening with Lol Tolhurst
This event is limited to 40 people and will include a spoken word performance, question and answer session and the chance to get a photo or an autograph. Address will be provided to ticket holders 24 hours prior to the event. Buy tickets here.

Jun 21, 2017 (8:30pm) - San Francisco
VIP Evening with Lol Tolhurst (late)
This event is limited to 40 people and will include a spoken word performance, question and answer session and the chance to get a photo or an autograph. Address will be provided to ticket holders 24 hours prior to the event. Buy tickets here.

Perry talks about 'Wish'

The Cure's 'Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me' Revisited

From The Quietus:

"It would have been at some point in late 1987, my senior year of high school, and it would have been in one of the two English literature courses I was taking that year. (Because I sure as hell didn’t want to do phys ed classes after I didn’t have to any more.) I had heard this song 'Just Like Heaven' on the radio and was randomly enthusing about it, because it was really good and all. I remember my classmate Susan Orozco - who regularly preferred to dress all in black, like a small coterie of people at our high school - saying in response “Yeah, but I think they sold out.” My reaction was essentially confusion - the class was about to start and I just wasn’t sure what to make of it. What was there to sell out from? And if it sounded this good, why complain?

A couple of years back I celebrated The Head On The Door’s 30th anniversary for tQ and so here I am again a couple of years later with the next album along the way. So I won’t try to add anything further to the potted band history I already gave in that feature, except to note an extension. After that album’s well-deserved success in the UK and elsewhere (especially on incipient alternative radio in the US) the temporarily stable lineup of Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Lol Tolhurst, Porl Thompson and Boris Williams, spent 1986 dealing with retrospection colliding with the present. The Standing On The Beach singles collection - easily one of the best of its era, hands down, a perfect illustration of just how Smith and company’s pop instincts had been on since the start - served as both a good reason to hit the road some more and create a great concert film in The Cure In Orange while they were at it. "

Read the rest at The Quietus.

Great technical article about Cure Tour 2016

From ET Now:

PRG XL Video Supply Lighting and Video for The Cure World Tour  
Iconic rock band The Cure recently completed a 76 date world tour with lighting, video and rigging supplied by PRG XL Video. The lighting and video design was by Angus 'Mac' MacPhail, with creative input from lead singer and founding member of The Cure, Robert Smith.

Mac explained the creative process behind bringing the production to life, and how they dazzled the expectations of die-hard Cure fans: “It’s important to note that Robert Smith was very hands-on with the design for the show; he’s been as much a member of our creative team as he has a band member. When Robert and I first discussed the design, we wanted a very simple look, where the set is the lighting rig and it’s a very clean, uncluttered stage. We started off with the idea for a curved screen at the back of the stage, added a curved riser and pulled the ends of the truss back to extenuate the curved look. The different lighting looks we used was kept simple, but precise and well-executed, for happy songs we used bright colourful lighting, and for moody songs, we adjusted the lighting accordingly.”

PRG XL’s event services co-ordinator, Ben Hornshaw performed the role of lighting programmer, and worked closely with Mac and Robert on all the live shows and in the pre-production stage: “We’re confident the fans really enjoyed the show, there was an awful lot of lighting and video technology on stage. The band played a fan-based show which lasted for just under three hours made up not only of hits, but also album tracks and lesser known B sides.”

The Cure's Pornography As Psychedelic Post Punk Masterpiece

From The Quietus:

"While punk did indeed make a lasting impression on those who were touched by it, there were enough influences coming through from the 60s to also make a difference in the early 80s. The passage of time has served to rub out the impact that psychedelics made on the music of the post-punk era, but LSD was still popular and a strange legislative loophole meant that magic mushrooms were legal on the proviso that they weren't prepared in any way. In theory, picking and eating them at source wouldn't be tarnished by the threat of legal sanction.

It was in this environment, with the real world issues of the threat of nuclear war and harsh economic conditions also looming, that The Cure - then a trio of guitarist and vocalist Robert Smith, bassist Simon Gallup and drummer Lol Tolhurst - released their fourth album, Pornography. Dark, claustrophobic and densely packed, it unwittingly set a benchmark for subsequent generations while adjusting the vernacular for psychedelic music. Made under the influence of LSD and alcohol and in tense circumstances, it not only concluded a run of albums that had seen the band's sound evolve over a period of four years, it would also destroy that incarnation of the group."

Read the rest at The Quietus.

Cure sales were strong on Record Store Day


Simon recording a track for Michael Ciravolo

Roger at the Spanish Grand Prix


Also...

Lol is working on a new project


Pearl at the Malibu Guitar Festival



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Video & Photos from 'In Orange' Q & A 4/21/17



And you can see a bunch of photos from the night here.

Revisit 15 Classic Tracks By The Cure

From Billboard:

"Robert Smith has been making music with The Cure since the goth-rock band formed in 1976 – and in 41 years' time, his group has given us quite an extensive body of work (including 13 albums, 4 EPs and numerous compilations). His classic songs and his eccentric image have captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, making The Cure one of the most internationally successful acts in alternative rock history.

Over the course of his illustrious four-decade career, Smith has performed with his idol David Bowie, appeared as a superhero version of himself in an episode of South Park, and reportedly even inspired the look of Tim Burton’s 1990 cult classic Edward Scissorhands. His favorite cover of a Cure song is Dinosaur Jr.’s “Just Like Heaven."



Today (April 21), we’re celebrating Smith’s 58th birthday by revisiting 15 classic tracks by The Cure."

Read the rest at Billboard.


7 Things You Didn't Know About 'Friday I'm in Love'

From Rolling Stone:

 The darkest funeral dirge sounds almost peppy compared to the goth apocalypse of the Cure's Disintegration, a 1989 album completed under such fraught circumstances that frontman Robert Smith seriously wondered if it would be the band's last. When they managed to endure following a series of personnel changes, Smith and Co. tackled their next project with a new, cautiously optimistic outlook.

Released in 1992, Wish would be the Cure's commercial apex, a diverse collection of instantly accessible songs that combined Smith's talent for creating dense lyrical thickets with some of the most tuneful melodies the group ever recorded. Though a few clouds appear on the horizon (see the heartbreaking ballad "Apart" and the epic drama of "From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea"), the album flaunts an upbeat tone. "High" is a musical sugar rush, and "Doing the Unstuck" features the shockingly un-Cure-like lines, "Kick out the gloom!/Kick out the blues!/Tear out the pages with all the bad news!" 

Chief among the album's highlights is "Friday I'm in Love," an unrepentantly catchy pop song dripping with exuberance. It became one of the Cure's highest charters, and also one of the most identifiable singles of their 40-year-plus career.

In spite of the album's comparatively sunny sound, Smith balked at any suggestions that he was (gasp!) happy. "Say 'happier.' I'm still miserable overall," he insisted to Spin just after Wish's release. "I think, words-wise, there are only two songs on the new album that are miserable, so I guess I can't be that miserable at the moment – but I am, really. It's that same core of despair that never goes away." Perhaps it's only fitting that the Cure's next album would be titled Wild Mood Swings.

The Cure's most pop-friendly LP to date was also among their biggest sellers, debuting at Number Two on the Billboard charts. Today Wish remains a cornerstone of the band's catalogue and one of their most beloved works. In honor of its 25th anniversary, we look at some fascinating facts about the album's smash single, "Friday I'm in Love."

Read the rest at Rolling Stone.

Why Can’t I Be A Cure Fan Like You?

From A.V. Club:

"Gwen Ihnat: The Cure didn’t exactly make a U-turn in 1987 with Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, but it was a hell of a reroute. The iconically mopey band, led by head goth/grump Robert Smith, all of a sudden had a cheerful horn section in “Why Can’t I Be You?” that threaded throughout the double album. And while its poppiness—and the smash success of “Just Like Heaven”—helped Kiss Me become The Cure’s first Top 40 record in the U.S., it also became the first Cure record I never bought.

I was probably slightly too cheerful to be too much of a goth. In my younger years, I preferred buoyant outfits like Simple Minds or lively pop like Squeeze. But whenever I was mad at my parents, my sibling, or the world—like teens before and after me—The Cure was the perfect solace. I tried albums like Pornography and The Top, but my go-to was Standing On A Beach, a compilation of The Cure’s first 13 U.K. singles. Dark sonic journeys like “The Walk,” “The Hanging Garden,” and especially “Charlotte Sometimes” made for ideal wallowing music. I could even appreciate when the band perked up a little bit, like in “Let’s Go To Bed” and the cute “The Love Cats.” And I stayed on board through The Head On The Door, mostly because of “In Between Days.”

Read the rest at A.V. Club.

About the LatAm tour footage...

Roger & Simon visited St. Gabriel's school


Roger and Simon were at the school for a discussion on the Poetry of Pop.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Very kind words from Perry

From Perry on Facebook:

"Let's be honest, growing old is not good -
- unless you're a Cure song.

I'm sure it's just a sign of age when I say I can't find any new music that's any good (if you know different, let me know) but Cure songs just get better and better. With each passing year I appreciate them more, I hear more meaning in the lyrics, I'm amazed at the compositional skill, I'm reminded over and over of the emotional depth and still find new meaning and resonance in them.

Tomorrow is Robert's birthday - wish him a happy one, but maybe you should also say thank you. He has given us immeasurable pleasure. His gift to the world is immense and continual. Be grateful!"

What Perry said x 100. Thank you, Perry.

Happy Birthday, Robert! None of us can thank you enough for all you've given, but THANK YOU SO MUCH! Cheers and have a brilliant day & a better night!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Where to find Greatest & Acoustic Hits

Note: Sorry I never got around to updating this! The blog is on a bit of a hiatus, but will return soon! Until then, I am still updating on Twitter, and will tweet any RSD info I'm sent on Saturday. Good luck getting the Cure albums and anything else you're looking for!


Starting a list of stores confirmed to be carrying one or both of the Record Store Day limited edition picture discs. Please let me know if you find them listed anywhere.

UK

Resident (Brighton) - in store only on April 22nd. Any leftover stock goes online at midnight on April 29th. (Thanks, Benj)


US

Amoeba Music (3 locations in California - Hollywood, Berkeley, San Francisco) - In store only on April 22nd but they also put all extra stock online after RSD. (Thanks, Ryan)

Bull Moose (several locations in Maine & New Hampshire) - in store only on April 22nd but they release extra stock online the next day or Monday. (Thanks, Ryan)

Mills Record Company (Kansas City, MO) - in store only on April 22nd. The owner herself personally told me she ordered many copies of both albums. (Thanks, Ryan)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Greatest & Acoustic Hits vinyl for RSD 2017


A few days ago, Universal Italy had a link to their ftp site posted, and listed two Cure vinyl releases for Record Store Day 2017 (April 22nd, 2017). One was a remastered picture disc of 'Greatest Hits', the other a picture disc of 'Acoustic Hits'. They've since been removed, but looks good that they will actually get released this year. Thanks, @marsworld.

Update (March 20th, 2017): Confirmed by The Future Heart.

Cure, The – Greatest Hits [2LP] (Picture Disc, remastered, on vinyl for the first time, limited to 3250, indie-retail exclusive)

Cure, The – Greatest Hits Acoustic [2LP] (Picture Disc, limited to 3250, indie-retail exclusive)

Thanks, Carl.

Update (March 21st, 2017):  And the official US and UK lists are now posted, also confirming the release.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Depeche Mode mention The Cure's long sets


Depeche Mode held a TimesTalk interview tonight, and the subject of why DM doesn't play longer sets came up, and of course, The Cure got mentioned (at 45:30).

Fletch: "We physically can't play everything. Unless you're The Cure and Robert Smith. But Robert stands still and plays his guitar, our boy is a natural dancer."

You can also watch the interview on Facebook. Cure part is 58 minutes in.

Simon's new UltraBass now available

Schecter now has Simon's new UltraBass up for ordering (US only).

Note: The photo shows the black bass with yellow graphics, while the description says it's the yellow with black graphics. Not sure which is correct, but have contacted them about it. Will update if I get an answer.

Update (March 8th, 2017): Matthew finally got a reply about this, and it IS the yellow version, NOT the black as pictured. Here's the reply - "The one that will be available will be yellow with black graphics. We have the black one pictured because we don’t have the yellow one ready yet. There will most likely be a black version available later on." Thanks, Matthew.

The Cure in Orange with Lol Q & A

From Cindy Tolhurst on Facebook:

"Join us on April 21st @7:30 pm for a Special Screening of THE CURE IN ORANGE on 35 mm at the Egyptian Theatre located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd. Lol will be there for a Q & A and to sign copies of his memoir CURED . Event hosted by cinematic void. Look forward to seeing everyone for a fantastic evening!"

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rumor: Cure play South America in June?

This is just a rumor, no confirmation that this is real.
DO NOT START BOOKING YOUR TRIPS! :)

Popload says The Cure will be playing Brazil in June as part of a new South American tour. But at the end it mentions that the tour could slip to 2018. La Rata and Rockaxis have picked up the rumor.

And while we are talking rumors, there's still this one that claimed the band would be playing South Africa, Japan, and South East Asia this year as well. And there was also a rumor, supposedly from Robert, of a show in Scotland. Absolutely none of this is confirmed. So again, don't get your hopes up. Great if it happens, but we'll see.

Thanks, @RosaReyesRomero and @TheCureMexico.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

'Wish' 25th anniversary tribute in Sydney

April 15th, 2017
The Factory Theatre
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, New South Wales 2204
Tickets / Facebook Event Page

"In April 1992 The Cure released their 9th album WISH.
To celebrate the 25 year anniversary of this iconic album - lots of Sydney acts will come together to play and sing the entire album plus many many other songs off their previous 8 albums before its release.

Steve Kilbey (The Church), The Exploding Boys, The Hummingbirds, Jamie Hutchings, Peter Fenton (CROW), Dave Challinor (Sounds Like Sunset), J M S Harrison, Christine Jane + many more!"


Thanks, @crawleyrocket.

Lol in Detroit, MI Feb. 8th & 9th

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Feb 08, 2017 - Detroit, MI
Book Reading and Signing at 7:30pm
Lo! & Behold Records and Books
10022 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI

Feb 09, 2017 - Detroit, MI
DJ Set w/Thirstwave DJs at 9 PM
Zeke’s Rock and Roll BBQ
240 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI

Cure photos in Punk+


"Thought I’d let you know about this – we’re stocking a few titles from an independent publisher friend of ours called First Third Books. One of which is called ‘Punk+’ – a punk inspired photography book by the renowned photographer Sheila Rock.

Included in the book are many portraits of bands from the late 70’s punk movement, including some of Siouxsie & The Banshees and of course, The Cure. I’ve attached a couple of snaps I’ve taken from the book.

Note that the book features many bands and is an insight to the of punk movement – the bands, the fashion, the impact on society etc.. so please don’t think this is solely about The Cure! The photography is truly brilliant throughout it and I’d never come across this book or it’s images before.

The book is available as a standard and special edition all signed and numbered, all from an original pressing of 2000. The special edition of 300 also includes a 10×7.5" hand printed archival silver gelatin print of The Clash in 1976 signed and numbered by Sheila Rock.

Also, here’s a link to other books in the First Third Range."

Thanks, Matthew.

Also, Amoeba has restocked Tom Sheehan's 'In Between Days' book. Of course you can also still get a copy at The Flood Gallery.

London review/photo in Rock & Folk


"There's a full-page picture & short review of The Cure's 3 London shows in the Feb. 2017 issue of French magazine Rock & Folk." Thanks, Sylvain.

Jason Interiew in Batterie

"There is a 5 page interview with Jason in issue 141 of the French "batterie magazine" ("drum kit magazine"), along with the main drumming parts of all the songs played at the Paris show on 15th november. Well guessed, the interview is in French! Mostly technical stuff, but also Jason says "it can never be the same" comes from the unreleased songs of 4:13 dream. The interview was done in Paris on Nov 15th. Some pictures attached. "

You can buy a copy of the issue here.  Thanks, Sylvain.



Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

'Faith' in Paris 2008


This was thought to have been previously unreleased, but as JC posted on The Cure Press Cuttings, this 34 minute clip was uploaded 2 years ago, and it was included there.
Thanks to @AaronLaw92 and Perfect.Murder.

New 'Cured' events for 2017

Update (Jan. 31st, 2017): Final events for this leg of the tour added in Fort Lauderdale & Miami, FL.

Update (Jan. 23rd, 2017): Events added in Boston, Philly, DC, and Rhode Island.

Update (Jan. 20th, 2017): Lol has added a reading & signing in Lyon, France on Jan. 26th.

Lol has posted an update on his website, with some new 'Cured' events for 2017, and more dates will be announced next week:

Jan. 26th, 2017 - Lyon, France
Book Reading and Signing at 4:30pm
Gibert Joseph Lyon
3 Quai Gailleton

Jan 27, 2017 - Paris, France
DJ Set at midnight
Supersonic
9 rue Biscornet
Get Tickets!

Jan 28, 2017 - Paris, France
Book Reading and Signing at 4pm
Gibert Joseph Saint-Michel
26 Boulevard Saint-Michel

Feb 08, 2017 - Detroit, MI
Book Reading and Signing at 7:30pm
Lo! & Behold Records and Books
10022 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI

Feb 09, 2017 - Detroit, MI
DJ Set w/Thirstwave DJs at 9 PM
Zeke’s Rock and Roll BBQ
240 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI

Feb 10, 2017 - Toronto, CA
DJ Set at 10 PM
Nocturne
550 Queen St W

Feb 12, 2017 - Toronto, CA
Book Reading and Signing at 2pm
Sonic Boom Records
215 Spadina Ave

Feb. 17th, 2017 - Boston, MA
Book Reading and Signing, and DJ set at 6:30pm
Hojoko
1271 Boylson St.
Free with RSVP on Do617!

Feb. 18th, 2017 - Providence, RI
DJ set at 10pm
Midday Presents Dusk
301 Harris Ave

Feb. 19th, 2017 - Providence, RI
Book Reading and Signing at 4pm
Books on the Square
471 Angell St

Feb. 21st, 2017 - Washington, DC
Book Reading and Signing
Songbyrd DC
2477 18th St NW

Feb. 22nd, 2017 - Washington, DC
DJ set at 9pm
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Little Miss Whiskeys Golden Dollar
1104 H Street NE

Feb. 23rd, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA
Book Reading and Signing at 7pm
Barnes & Noble
1805 Walnut St.

Feb. 24th, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Book Reading & Signing at 6pm
Radioactive Records
845 North Federal Highway
*Book Purchase required for signing

Feb. 24th, 2017 - Miami, FL
DJ Set - VIP Pre-Party at 11pm
Gramps
176 NW 24th Street

Feb. 24th, 2017 - Miami, FL
DJ Set at 1am
Gramps
176 NW 24th Street

Friday, January 27, 2017

Reeves playing in East Nashville tonight

Lol in Lyon, France (Jan. 26th, 2017)


Thanks to Sylvain for the photos.

30 Iconic Records Turning 30 in 2017

1987 was a great year for music, and Paste is looking back at 30 of the most iconic albums released that year:

17. The Cure, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

While The Cure dabbled with stateside success throughout the early 1980s, it was their musically diversified double LP Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me that solidified their mainstream surge, especially in America. With four chart-impacting singles—“Why Can’t I Be You?,” “Catch,” “Just Like Heaven” and “Hot Hot Hot!!”—the album went platinum in the U.S. and landed The Cure in the Top 40 for the first time. With its radio success and memorable music video, “Just Like Heaven” became an immediately recognizable, pop culturally defining song for the band. Multiple artists have designated “Just Like Heaven” as their favorite Cure song, with many of them going on to cover the song as well. Of all of the versions out there, Cure frontman Robert Smith has often acknowledged Dinosaur Jr.’s as his personal favorite.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Win a copy of Tom Sheehan's 'In Between Days'

The Quietus has a contest to win a copy of Tom Sheehan's 'In Between Days - The Cure in Photographs 1982 - 2005'. Contest ends at midday tomorrow, Jan. 27th. They also have an interview with Tom.

How many photos were unseen until this book?
 
TS: I’d probably say around two thirds of it has never seen the light of day. I met a lot of big Cure fans from all over the world at the book launch who said there was stuff they’d never seen I syndicated a modicum of work with strict embargos but a lot of it was under wraps until now. 98% of it was shot for Melody Maker, as well as some things just for Robert and a couple of bits for Uncut. There’d be a spread picture, a cover picture then a couple of snaps and they might use one down the line for a news feature, but there’s still lots more [that don’t get used]. I like seeing the one shot that was used then two or three others that weren’t because it gives context to that one picture, you can see how it grows.

Read more at The Quietus.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

50 Best Post-Punk Albums Ever

From Pop Matters:

#33 The Cure Pornography (1982)

The Cure, despite being one of the bands most commonly associated with the post-punk label, expanded way beyond those horizons quite quickly during their adolescence. A vast majority of their most highly appreciated work (1989’s Disintegration in particular; Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and The Head on the Door to a lesser extent) came well after their precarious post-punk beginnings, when their sound had drastically evolved to be more dulcet and pop-oriented. Up to that point, they had been a far darker and less approachable band, limited to the mournful fringes of post-punk’s conventional architecture.

Pornography is the masterpiece of the first stage of their career, stark and ominous in ways they would slowly leave behind for more sentimental textures. Post-punk was still coursing through their veins in ‘82; the drums feel mechanical and industrial, the guitars jagged and cacophonous, and Robert Smith’s melodies more sinister than gothic-romantic. Pornography, like Echo & the Bunnymen’s Porcupine, showed a band reaching the peak of their youthful exuberance before entering an age of artistic maturity that would justifiably push their popularity into another realm entirely. But the thrusting forward charge of “The Hanging Garden”, the cavernous gloom of “One Hundred Years”, and wonky dirges like “Cold” and “Siamese Twins” would remain the pinnacle of the band’s sound for many fans. Separated from the initially cold reaction it received upon release, we can now see exactly how critical Pornography was in the expansion of goth rock and, by extension, the cultural reach of post-punk as a whole.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Schecter Guitars at NAMM


Cure content in the video - Simon's UltraBass at 13:50 (confirms that they will do 2 models, Black/Yellow & Yellow/Black), Michael tells a Cure story at 19:18, Robert's UltraCure & UltraCure XII at 24:04. Thanks, @Backflip992012 & zumzool.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Simon's new UltraBass shown at NAMM

While they had the black with yellow graphics on display, the sign says it will be available in yellow with black graphics. They also had Robert's new UltraCure XII, and his UltraCure on display as well. The latter available in "Goth Black", of course. :)
Thanks, Savannah.


Reeves at NAMM


Pearl at NAMM

From Schecter Guitars on Facebook: "Pearl stopped by and checked out some guitars with Mark Gemini Thwaite and our President Michael Ciravolo including Mark's new MGT!!!"


 More photos on their Facebook. Thanks, @Backflip992012.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cure Tour 2016 stats

Pollstar has released their year end charts for 2016, and here's how Cure Tour 2016 fared:

Top 200 North American Tours
 #56 The Cure  / Gross 19.8 million / Avg. ticket price $54.32 / Avg. tickets per show 14,583 / Total tickets 364,583 / Avg. gross per show 792,185

Top 100 Worldwide Tours
#31 The Cure  / Gross 46.9 million / Avg. ticket price $59.58 / Avg. tickets per show 12,696 / Total tickets 787,176 / Avg. gross per show 756,452

Top 200 Concert Grosses
#120 The Cure & The Twilight Sad 3 nights at Hollywood Bowl
Tickets sold 51,367 / Gross $4,223,550

Top 100 Worldwide Ticket sales
#36 The Cure 605,208

Yet another Cure book comining soon

Friday, January 6, 2017

'In Between Days' book now at Amoeba


Pick it up in store or order online here.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Robert included in KEXP tribute to Bowie

From KEXP: "It was a year ago this week that KEXP both celebrated the birth and then shockingly, mourned the death of David Bowie at the age of 69. With the help of both those who knew him best and the man himself, KEXP will dig deep into his influential catalog of music spanning nearly 50-years.

Beginning Sunday, January 8th, on what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday, and culminating Tuesday, January 10th on the one-year anniversary of his passing, KEXP DJs John Richards, Cheryl Waters, Stevie Zoom, Larry Rose and Evie Cooke will share rare songs, and we’ll hear from those who knew Bowie best, including producers and friends Brian Eno, Tony Visconti and Nile Rodgers, as well as, Robert Smith of the Cure, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and even the former Thin White Duke himself. Clips from these interviews will be featured on the KEXP Blog, alongside videos, news, and a list of Bowie-related events around Seattle.

“Last year we celebrated 12 hours of Bowie on his birthday and the release of Blackstar. Little did we know he was near death. Days later when we woke up to the terrible news, we turned around and did 12 more hours of nothing but Bowie,” said KEXP Morning Show host John Richards. “There may not be another artist who has influenced and informed every aspect of the KEXP mission than David Bowie. His music has not only influenced nearly every broadcast day that we’ve been on the air, but clearly, his art has propelled so many of the artists we love. Thank you, David Bowie. We miss you every day.”

Thanks, @gorillathelunk.

Lol in San Diego Jan. 7th

Pearl to sell artwork online soon