Monday, July 27, 2015

Robert working with Eat Static



Update (07/27/15): Full track posted on BandCamp. Album now available to download. 

Update (06/28/15): A short sample of 'In All Worlds'.
(Thanks thecure-collector)

On April 1st, the Eat Static Facebook posted the following news update, which I ignored due to it being April Fools Day, and no other confirmation from any other source:

"A SUPER SPECIAL NEWS FLASH FOLKS!! ROBERT SMITH (THE CURE) HAS COLLABORATED WITH EAT STATIC FOR A TRACK ON THE NEW ALBUM!!! Many of you have been asking about the release date/album delay and I told ya something special might happen..well,after many years of attempting to make this a reality,i can reveal that the stars were finally aligned and Robert is singing and playing 6 string bass on a brand new Static tune- ''In All Worlds...'' He has been a long time fan of Static and I have loved the Cure since 1981 so this happening is a BIG deal for me...and he's done an AMAZING job! We're now full steam ahead on getting the album done and dusted so I hope to have it out around the end of May! It'll be worth the wait i hope! BOOOOOOM!!"

But now a new update from June 22nd  seems to indicate that it's true:

"Finally have some updated news for you regarding the new release..i know i said originally it would be a solstice release but technical difficulties made it impossible to hit that date.. All has been resolved now and the big wheels are in motion and i can give you the FINAL official release date - 31st JULY..As promised,I'll be setting up pre-orders as of next week so those who want the first batch can get in quick...  massive apologies for the delays but the chance to have and to make happen,the collab with Robert Smith just had to be,as it was a once in a lifetime magical opportunity!"

Thanks Michele (fmjews), and sorry for not posting it back in April, but had to wait and make sure it wasn't a joke.

Friday, July 24, 2015

25 Worst Original Names of Famous Bands

Shockingly, this is NOT another dumb list from NME, it's a dumb list from Rolling Stone:

21. The Obelisk

The sallow goths who would become the Cure might not seem like the sort of blokes to name themselves for a large phallic monument, but that's just what they did when the then–middle school students got together in the early Seventies. Robert Smith, pre–mop top and raccoon eyes, was a background figure in the Obelisk, playing piano, but he soon moved up front and took charge of the group's moniker. After a few more lineup changes and a couple transitory names, Malice and Easy Cure (the latter of which the singer found too "hippyish"), Smith dubbed them the Cure. For more than a few lovelorn sad sacks, they would live up to billing. (Thanks Perfect.Murder)

Cinematic Pop covers 'Friday I'm in Love'



Yes, it's yet another Friday cover, but this one's different, and I think it's wonderful! (Thanks Ben)

Reeves interview on WFPK today

WFPK 91.9 in Louisville will be interviewing Reeves today from 3- 4 pm eastern, ahead of his show at Time & Space tonight. You can listen online here.

And here's an interview with The Exponent.

Reeves & His Imaginary Friends US tour

July 17th, 2015 - Madison, IN at Red Bicycle Hall (Tickets)

July 18th, 2015 - Scottsvile, KY at Arts on Main (Free)

July 24th, 2015 - Louisville, KY at Time & Space (Free)

July 25th, 2015 - Lexington, KY at The Green Lantern

July 26th, 2015 - Lafayette, IN at Lafayette Brewing Co.

July 28th, 2015 - Chicago, IL at 1st Ward at Chop Shop 

July 29th, 2015 - Grand Rapids, MI at Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill (Tickets)

July 30th, 2015 - Detroit/Hamtramck, MI at Smalls (Tickets)

July 31st, 2015 - Toledo/Maumee, OH at The Village Idiot

Aug. 1st, 2015 - Indianapolis, IN at Radio Radio (Tickets)

Aug. 3rd, 2015 - New Berlin, WI at Cascio Interstate Music (Free)
(Meet & Greet and Reverend Guitar demo)

Aug. 3rd, 2015 - Milwaukee, WI at Shank Hall (Tickets)

Aug. 5th, 2015 - St. Louis, MO at Cherokee P.A.C.

Aug. 6th, 2015 - Springfield, MO at Patton Alley Pub

Aug. 7th, 2015 - Little Rock, AR at Stickyz (Tickets) (RSVP)

Aug. 8th, 2015 - Memphis, TN at Young Avenue Deli

Get out to the shows and support Reeves!




Update (07/14/15):

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cure in 'Ant-Man'

From A.V. Club: "Though some viewers may find themselves playing spot-the-author with the patchy script (e.g., a fight scene gag involving The Cure’s Disintegration, which smacks of Wright), it still makes for an enjoyable, intermittently inspired effects-driven comedy and a welcome antidote to the over-burdened world-saving that seems to define big-screen superhero stories.:

Anyone seen it yet? Anyone going tonight? If so can you give me some details about the scene? (Thanks Kimberly)

Update: And here it is! Thanks to JakeBradProductions.

"The protagonist of the film, Ant-Man, was fighting with the antagonist, Yellowjacket, in a briefcase on a plane. The briefcase fell out of the plane, and as the contents of the briefcase were being tossed around, Ant-Man accidentally activates Siri on an iPhone, and Yellowjacket yells, "I am going to disintegrate you!" as Siri resonds "Playing Disintegration by The Cure." "Plainsong" begins playing as the two proceed to fight. Really caught me and my dad off-guard as Marvel and Cure fans. "

Update (07/23/15): Director Peyton Reed tells Film School Rejects how and why this scene happened.

Reed also would’ve been upset if Marvel couldn’t secure the rights for a song from The Cure’s finest album, Disintegration. Ant-Man may be the first movie in history to have a song by The Cure playing during one of its big set pieces. At one point Ant-Man and Yellow Jacket fight in a briefcase to the amazing sound of ‘Plainsong’. “In the briefcase battle, we knew we wanted to have an iPhone joke,” Reed says. “We had all these different versions of jokes, like, Yellow Jacket saying, ‘You’re going to end up dead!’ and then you’d hear ‘Searching for the nearest Panera Bread.’ There were some funny jokes and some not-so-funny jokes, but, at the end of the day, they were just jokes. What if he activated the music feature? What would it be? I’m a massive Cure fan. We came up with a bunch of things, but we thought we could find a joke for ‘disintegration.’ The first song on Disinigration, which is the second CD I ever bought, was ‘Plainsong’. It’s such an epic song that it transcended the joke — scoring this whole battle in a briefcase. There was this weird, cold wave goth vibe, changing the character of that action scene. You have all these action scenes you want to have a different flavor. Then it became a question of, ‘Will [The Cure frontman] Robert Smith let us use his music?’ He ended up loving it, so he did.” (Thanks fmjews)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Robert Smith doll


"The plush renditions you are about to see of some of the most influential cultural icons in history were created by Sao Paulo, Brazil based illustrator and toy designer, Josmar Madureira. His work was recently featured in a fantastic looking book, Toy Land by Louis Bou which boasts more than a half of a million examples of toy art from around the world created in various mediums such as vinyl, metal, fabric and of course, plush."

If you want to buy one, though I seriously doubt these are officially licensed, here you go. (Thanks @waswasere)

Monday, July 20, 2015

10 Years of 99X/10 Records rehearsals


From Roger on Facebook:

"...and now from Natalie a look behind the scenes at the 99X/10 concert rehearsals with Hannah and Erin and Quartet Voluté. Im editing the full shows and a 30 minute interview from the evening and hope to post by the end of the week."

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tony Hawk's Celtic Goth wedding



So Tony Hawk got married at an Irish castle over the weekend, and according to Rob Sheridan, he and his bride to be walked in to The Cure. And based on Tamer Levine's post, it sounds like that song was 'Plainsong'. Very nice. Looks like it was a beautiful wedding. Congrats to Tony & Catherine on their union, and on their excellent taste in music. (Thanks John)

Update (07/15/15): Yes, it was 'Plainsong', but it was this cover by Cold Cave, not the original. (Thanks Debi)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Yo La Tengo cover 'Friday I'm in Love'


Update (July 14th, 2015): And here's the video for it, via Pitchfork. (Thanks @virgonomiroku)

Pitchfork reports that Yo La Tengo will be covering 'Friday I'm in Love' on their upcoming album, 'Stuff Like That There', which will be released on Aug. 28th.

Helpful note to bands thinking about covering The Cure in the future, you do know that they have more than 4 songs, right? Look deep into the catalog. Tons of great songs to pick from. :)

Update (06/11/15): From Newsweek:

Ira Kaplan, who plays in the trio with his wife Georgia Hubley (drums, vocals) and James McNew (bass), called Newsweek to discuss Yo La Tengo's relationship with the songs, artists and spirals of influence that make up the new record.

Ira Kaplan: "Years ago, the year that The Onion wrote that article about us with the collapse at the club killing people, they asked us to perform at their Christmas party in New York. They started telling us the money they had available to pay us and we said the money is less important—what we really want is if you'll help us reenact that article. It took some convincing. The difference was we wanted to be killed instead of people in the audience. So they ended up getting very enthusiastic, setting up fake rigging on the stage and at a certain point the lights flickered and the equipment went off and all these fake speakers fell from the rafters and landed on us, killing us, and we were carried off on stretchers.

"But that night we did 'Friday I'm In Love,' and it seemed like a good party song and that was it. We didn't play it again until one day we were on a radio show in London and got asked to take audience requests, and one of them was for 'Friday I'm In Love,' which we didn't exactly remember—we had to kind of teach it to ourselves again...

"I loved when [The Cure] first started, those initial singles. Not quite 'Killing an Arab' as much as 'Boys Don't Cry' and 'Jumping Someone Else's Train.' I loved those songs and I loved the Three Imaginary Boys record. I kind of quickly stopped listening to them when the singles got less poppy. When the singles got poppy again, I became a fan of all those songs." (Thanks Dave)

I don't like, or agree with, Ira Kaplan. :)

'Friday I'm in Love' part of Rock Band 4


This will be The Cure's 2nd appearance in the series, as 'Just Like Heaven' was part of Rock Band 3. (Thanks Josh)

Mashups & Remixes


Thanks Tim (notherbob).


Thanks Malone.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

'Love and Other Tragedies' rehearsals


'Love and Other Tragedies' wav files


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Reeves at NAMM Jam tonight

From Reeves on Facebook:

"July 9th in Nashville: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends will play at this Reverend Guitars NAMM Jam. NAMM-related but open to the public. It's a Thursday evening at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar. Please join us if you can. rg"



Set times: Zimmerman Twins 6:30pm, Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends 7:15pm. Free.

Facebook Event Page

Perry on Facebook

Perry Bamonte now has a public Facebook. Daryl Bamonte has confirmed that it's official.
And you should also be following Perry's new band, Love Amongst Ruin, on Facebook and Twitter, as well.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Slipknot's Corey Taylor covers 'Lovesong'



From Radio: Last night, Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor kicked off an acoustic tour promoting his new book You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left.

During the show he did a bunch of songs from his catalog, as well as a number of surprising covers, perhaps most notably a rendition of The Cure‘s “Lovesong.” (Thanks @ebbhead)

50 Greatest Pop Songs of the '80s

From MetroWeekly:

27. “Lovesong” – The Cure (1989)
Opening with a bright slash of guitar, The Cure’s “Lovesong” is built on Boris Williams’ insistent beat, Simon Gallup’s wildly florid bassline and Roger O’Donnell’s forlorn keyboard, over which two distinct countermelodies duel for supremacy between the verses. It’s like interlocking pieces of a musical jigsaw puzzle. Robert Smith delivers the devotional lyrics with naked sincerity. “Lovesong” was released as the second single from The Cure’s 1989 masterpiece Disintegration, and became by far their biggest crossover pop hit in the U.S. It climbed all the way to No. 2, remarkable for a band that had until that point received almost no airplay on mainstream radio in America. (Thanks )

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