Friday, 18 April 2014

The Who 'hoping' to release new material

The Who's Pete Townshend has said he is "hoping" to release new material with the band.

Speaking to Billboard, the guitar player said that he would be looking through unreleased material and seeing if there's enough there for a new album. He commented: "I'm trying to [look] through my 20,000 hours of complete and utter disorganised music... I'll be pulling some songs out of 'Floss' to give to Roger [Daltrey] to see if we've got enough to make an album. It might be a big waste of time, but I'm hoping there will be an album."

Saturday, 5 April 2014

40 Years Ago: The Ramones Play Their First Show

When the Ramones’ eponymous first album was released in April 1976, it was so fresh and immediate that it was almost hard to believe that they had already been kicking around New York for about two years. On March 30, 1974, they played their first show.

That “show,” if you can call it that, actually took place in the band’s rehearsal space on Manhattan’s East 20th Street — then known as Performance Studios — before just a handful of friends and associates, including future drummer Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), who, at the time, was acting as the fledgling trio’s manager.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Billy Bragg to release Live at the Union Chapel

On Wednesday 5 June 2013 Billy Bragg played a very special show at The Union Chapel in London, featuring songs from his acclaimed March 2013 album 'Tooth & Nail' as well as classics from his back catalogue.

On April 14th, a unique DVD/CD souvenir of that performance, plus bonus features and extras, will be released on Cooking Vinyl. DVD/CD content follows below and the audio only will be available on digital. The package will also include a set of 5 postcards, comprising 4 live shots from the Union Chapel show and 1 from Wembley Arena in 2012, all taken by Pete Dunwell.

The Kinks' Dave Davies discusses 'toxic' relationship with brother Ray

The Kinks' Dave Davies has described his relationship with his brother Ray as being "toxic".

The pair have an acrimonious relationship and have not played together since 1996, although recent reports have suggested that they are considering the possibility of reforming the band to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

St Paul and the Broken Bones

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama.

The lineup: Paul Janeway (vocals), Jesse Phillips (bass), Browan Lollar (guitars, vocals), Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Andrew Lee (drums, percussion), Ben Griner (trombone, tuba), Al Gamble (keyboards).

The background: St Paul And The Broken Bones are at No 3 in the US iTunes chart with their debut album Half The City. They are also signed to Single Lock, the label co founded by John Paul White of The Civil Wars, and the album was produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Stiff Little Fingers: There are still plenty of things to be angry about

Mention the name Stiff Little Fingers and for gentlemen of a certain age at least, it will doubtless evoke memories of a time when Belfast's punk movement was a beacon for a generation of young people sickened by and tired of the Troubles.

It's an era which was beautifully rendered on the big screen just recently in hit movie Good Vibrations, about the life of punk impresario Terri Hooley, but from which few bands have still survived to be playing today.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Selecter and Buzzcocks join Godiva line-up

TWO LEGENDARY bands in their respective genres are set to play this year's Godiva Festival.

Ska heroes The Selecter will play the main stage along with punk-pop favourites The Buzzcocks on the three-day event's opening night.

The pair join Saturday headliners The Happy Mondays as confirmed acts so far.

The Stranglers review – 'Unexpectedly poignant'

"Last time we played here, we had strippers on stage and drummer Jet Black naked on an elephant," says Strangler Baz Warne. He's joking, but (give or take an elephant) the band's long career has been peppered with such incidents. Nowadays, though, their outrages are more tongue in cheek, although strippers do appear – on screen in a video of their infamous 1978 Battersea Park gig – for an unrepentant Nice'N'Sleazy.

Lee 'Scratch' Perry review – the Peter Pan of reggae

"Give me a light," yells Lee Perry, producing a lighter from his ring-enclustered fingers and attempting to set fire to his microphone. Moments later, he raises the flame above his head and for a millisecond it seems as if York Fibbers might go the way of his Black Ark studio, which he famously burned to the ground.

The Jamaican's reputation as an oddball precedes him, and yet cannot surpass his enormous contribution to music as the pioneer of dub and producer of everyone from Junior Murvin to Bob Marley. However, the glint in his eye suggests he knows people expect eccentricity as well as sound.

Debbie Harry: soundtrack of my life

Born at the end of the second world war and adopted by two gift-shop owners, Debbie Harry grew up in suburban New Jersey. After apprenticeships in folk band the Wind in the Willows and girl trio the Stilettos, she was 31 when Blondie released their 1976 debut LP. Their first UK hit was 1977's Denis and by 1978's Parallel Lines they were global stars. Reuniting in 1997 after a 15-year sabbatical in which Harry made solo records and films, Blondie play Glastonbury in June and V festival in August.