Despite the headline, the real big news is that Grandaddy are gettin back together for some shows. Hopefully they'll have a full US tour. Check out the rest of the links below...
The news was a little light last week as I spent a bunch of time in the hostpital with my wife as she was recovering from giving birth to our son. YAY! I'm a father!
Purge #2: Death Cab, Joy Division, Smiths, Cypress Hill, Radiohead (as usual), She & Him, Elbow, Muse, Badly Drawn Boy and more
Here's the next round of updates that I've written over the last couple of months but never got around to posting. Enjoy!
But Wait, There's More: JAMC, National, YLT, Beady Eye, Suede, Godspeed, Sebadoh, Smiths, Radiohead, and TONS more
Post-Thanksgiving: Primal Scream, The National, Z-Trip, Atlas Sound Arcade Fire covers Smiths, and more
Lots of good stuff from the holiday weekend. Mainly the videos from the Primal Scream Screamadelica shows. Seeing them doing Loaded was pretty fuckin' awesome and it's something that I've never seen. The chances of a show like that coming to the US is pretty rare but damn. They should get together with Suede and knock it out.
So let's try something new. I've been on vacation for over a week and have gathered up a ton of links to interesting stories. Instead of writing a bunch of little stories for each thing, I'm just going to lump them all in this one post. This should get me all caught up and ready for the rest of the week.
We've only barely mentioned Freebass in the past, it was during Excellent Online's crappy "digg-wannabe-days" (sorry everyone, I now love reddit). Anyway, Freebass is a supergroup that features Peter Hook (New Order), Mani (Stone Roses, Primal Scream), and Andy Rourke (Smiths). It was a triple-bass supergroup. Yes, they now have a drummer and a singer too. Earlier this year they released their first EP, Two Worlds Collide, and their album, It's A Beautiful Life, in digital form only. Next week they're going to release the CD version of their EP and with that release, Andy Rourke is departing from the band. According tho their official site, "Andy Rourke was initially involved in the conception of the group and contributed to the EP and a few tracks on the LP , He is now living in NYC and will not be joining the band for live dates."
The Smiths' singer rebuffs claims by bass player Andy Rourke that he was sacked by a handwritten postcard from the frontman.
But the guitarist tells Xfm that "It's not about the money"... - Source
Johnny Marr, former guitarist with The Smiths, has revealed why he thinks the Manchester legends were so successful. - Source