Sunday, September 21, 2014

'Cut Here' at Denver Riot Fest 2014

Cut Here - Denver, Riot Fest 20-Sep-2014 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

Thanks to Olivier at it's a perfect day. Absolutely wonderful! Thank you, Robert!

That was only the 6th time 'Cut Here' has been played live (though one was a Simon Mayo radio session). 2 times in 2001 (was also "played" on Top of the Pops in Germany, but wasn't live), 3 times in 2002. Last was July 23rd, 2002 in Rome. This is the 1st time it's been played in the US.

Rumor: '4:14' in November?

Yeah, I know, here we go again. But this Spanish website has a release date of Nov. 30th, 2014 (a Sunday?) for '4:14 Scream'. I wouldn't put too much faith in this just yet. Now that the Riots are over, maybe we can get an update from Robert?
(Thanks @hispacure)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Cure at Denver Riot Fest 2014

Riot Fest & Sideshow
September 20th, 2014
Mile High Stadium parking lot in Denver, CO
9:30 - midnight on the May Farms Stage

Setlist: Plainsong, Prayers for Rain, Fascination Street, Sleep When I'm Dead, Push, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Before Three, Pictures of You, Lullaby, High, Wrong Number, The Caterpillar, The Walk, Cut Here (first time since 2002), Lovesong, Mint Car, Friday I'm in Love, Doing the Unstuck, Bananafishbones, Never Enough, Want, The Hungry Ghost, One Hundred Years, Give Me It, Disintegration

Encore: The Lovecats, Hot Hot Hot, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry.

Note: After Close To Me, Robert stopped the band and Roger came over to center stage to talk with RS. There was a bit of a conference with the band, then Robert said that they would have to cut some songs they wanted to play in the encore, because there was a man standing on stage looking angry and sort of growling at them (something along those lines), worried that they'd go over the curfew.
Update: It was Catch and Freakshow that had to be cut. (Thanks Stephanie)

Photos: it's a perfect day

Reviews: Glide / Colorado Public Radio / Reverb / Craig

Videos: Clips of various songs / Plainsong 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / Prayers For Rain / Fascination Street / Push / Inbetween Days / Just Like Heaven 1 - 2 - 3 / Pictures of You / Lullaby / Cut Here 1 - 2 / Lovesong / Mint Car / Friday I'm in Love 1 - 2 / Doing the Unstuck / Never Enough / Want (Robert's howl) / Hungry Ghost / One Hundred Years 1 - 2 / Give Me It / The Lovecats 1 - 2 / Close To Me 1 - 2 / Boys Don't Cry 

Photo from Olivier at it's a perfect day.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Denver Riot Fest maps

The new official map from Riot Fest. See the full map here.

From Ticketfly customer support: "The Riot Fest Box Office is now located between Gate #1 and Gate #3, on the west end of the park. The Box Office will be able to assist with ticket sales, guest will call, customer support, and VIP and Press check in. Please click on the enclosed link for the map. Follow the arrows to the box office from the south/east end, and head down from the north side."

Sports Authority Field posted the above map, and has lots of info on parking and how to get to the venue, on their website.

Jason in Boulevard Recording studio yesterday

From Boulevard Recording on Instagram: "Jason Cooper famed The Cure drummer is in the studio today"
(Thanks The Cure Mexico)

Andy Vella's 'Obscure' released on Sept. 18th

Fleeting moments… altered faces… unexpected spaces. By turns dreadfully funny, terribly honest, strangely melancholic.  – Robert Smith, 2014

Andy Vella has been observing The Cure since 1981. Foruli Codex (@foruli) is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of 'Obscure', Vella's book of rare and unseen photographs of the band. 33 years in the making, 'Obscure' will be published worldwide in September 2014. This visually stunning and beautifully designed volume has been compiled with the full input of Robert Smith, who has also written the foreword. 

Update (08/12/14): Limited edition print now available. Please note that this print does NOT include a copy of the book. 

Update (08/13/14): Press release and some preview photos have been posted here. Confirms a release date of Sept. 18th and a price of £30/$50.

Update (08/15/14): UK preordering now available. Also, another print (Silhouettes) from Andy is available.

Update (08/19/14): US preordering now available. Here's the direct link to it on Amazon.

Update (08/22/14): And the books are starting to arrive for those who ordered early from Amazon US. Autumn and Scott already have theirs. Autumn seems slightly pleased with it. :)

Update (09/18/14): The book is officially released today. Some preview articles at Q and XFM. (Thanks @guillaume_g_z and @object29)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Denver Riot Fest fan gathering

From April:

"Hello everyone! Several of us are going to get together before the Denver show. We would love it if more people would come! Stop by, have a drink and mingle with some likeminded people!

Here are the details:
Date: 9/20/14
Time: 1:00pm - ??? (whenever we decide to head over to the stadium)
Where: Breckenridge Brewery
2220 Blake St
Denver, CO 80205

The light rail is close so it will be easy to get over to the venue! Hope to see you there!
*special thanks to Shapes for recommending the bar!

'Beautiful Noise' at Athens Film Festival

From Beautiful Noise on Facebook: "Next festival screening: this Saturday, September 20th - Athens International Film Festival, Greece. For more info about Beautiful Noise visit"

Also showing on the 18th.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Cure at Chicago Riot Fest 2014

Riot Fest & Expo
September 14th, 2014
Humboldt Park in Chicago, IL
7:45 - 10:00 pm on the Riot Stage

Setlist: Open, Fascination Street, Sleep When I'm Dead, Push, Inbetween Days, Play For Today, A Forest, Before Three, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, alt.end, Pictures of You, Lullaby, Close To Me, Hot Hot Hot, Wrong Number, The Caterpillar, The Walk, Mint Car, Friday I'm In Love, Doing the Unstuck, Bananafishbones, Want, Hungry Ghost, One Hundred Years, End.

Note: The end was odd. Robert said thank you and waved, then walked off. No "Goodnight" or "See you again". I think he was expecting that they would come out for an encore, but they were already past 10. Not their fault, since they had to start 4 minutes late due to Social Distortion not ending their set on time. I was so pissed at them. They wouldn't shut up!
Update: Mystery solved. They did plan a 1 song encore. Surprisingly, not 'Boys Don't Cry', it would have been 'Give Me It'. But thanks to Social Distortion's bullshit, they didn't have time. Thanks to Lana for providing this photo of the stage setlist and solving the mystery.

Photos: Sound of Violence / it's a perfect day / Chicago Sun-Times / 1 - 2 - 3 - 4

Videos: Open / Fascination Street 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / Sleep When I'm Dead / Push / Push & Inbetween Days / Play For Today & A Forest / A Forest 1 - 2 / Before Three / Before Three & Lovesong / Lovesong 1 - 2 / Just Like Heaven / Just Like Heaven & From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea / From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea / alt.end & Pictures of You / Pictures of You / Lullaby & Close To Me / Close To Me / Hot Hot Hot & Wrong Number / The Caterpillar / The Caterpillar & The Walk / Mint Car & Friday I'm in Love / Bananafishbones & Want / The Hungry Ghost & One Hundred Years / End  

Reviews/articles: Noisey / Gapers Block / Billboard / The DePaulia / Chicagoist / Chicago Mag / Consequence of Sound / Chicago Sun-Times 1 - 2 / Chicago Tribune

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chicago Riot Fest is a complete mess

After all of the rain yesterday, the grounds were a muddy mess. Things have not improved today. Needless to say, unless conditions magically improve before tomorrow, leave your good shoes at home. Bring an old pair you can ditch after the show. But don't let the mud ruin your day. Have fun, just be careful.

Photo from @101WKQX

"Some areas have been blocked off, for obvious reasons." - @TribuneKevin
"The phrase of the day is, "This sucks!" - @TribuneKevin
From @BobGendron25: "No sign of any drying agents for grounds. More mud than any Lolla. Riot Fest seems to be courting a lawsuit given condition of mud and potential for broken ankles. This park looks destroyed."

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chicago Riot Fest starts today

"The 10th Anniversary of Riot Fest & Carnival begins today. Be safe, take care of each other, help and meet the thousands of people who have traveled from all over the world to celebrate with you, the bands, and us. We know we can be real smart asses sometimes, we truly love you guys...the most loyal and absolutely best fans in the entire world.

We have one last treat for you going into the festival weekend, a curated playlist of fan favorites and rarities for the die-hards out there who never thought they'd get to hear that one song live. The participating artists have agreed to incorporate these tracks into their setlist this weekend as a special thanks for your support of music. So, celebrate alongside us because this one's for you.

Your grateful chums,
The Gang at Riot Fest"

And if you want to be impulsive and make a last minute decision to go, it's not too late. Buy a 2 day pass (Friday & Sunday or Saturday & Sunday). All other options for Sunday are sold out.

Safe travels, everyone! I'll be heading out Sunday morning. This is going to be a blast!

Chicago Riot Fest new map & updates

New map posted. Things have moved around a bit compared to the map that was originally posted.

They've also updated the FAQ and added transportation info.
And a haunted house update.

New Cure Tribute CD

"For the past 12 months the Alfa Matrix bands have all been recording THE CURE songs in secret. The result can be found on a brand new THE CURE tribute album by some of the finest industrial/electro acts around.

This tribute holds over 30 tracks (Bandcamp users also get 2 extra bonus tracks on top) and is being released as a 2CD and in MP3 and FLAC format!

Everyone born between 1970 and 1980 has undergone a THE CURE brainwashing, voluntary or not, filled with genius songwriting pearls by Robert Smith & co. Whereas other bands that grew up alongside with them ended up with albums that no longer stand the test of fandom, THE CURE has been able to maintain an overall quality throughout the years, constantly offering unforgettable extended live shows made of nostalgic classic mixed with newer songs, and always reminding us that the unique "THE CURE magic" has remained intact!

Today the Alfa Matrix label roster is paying homage to this great and unique band: THE CURE, choosing classic radio hits but also songs that are less known to the public-at-large but which deserve even more to be heard again, showing that the songs written by Robert Smith and current/ex-members also lend themselves to different music style treatments... All electronic music genres have their very own ambassadors on this 31-track double CD compilation from electro dance to pop rock through dark elektro and modern EBM. Compiled by and for THE CURE fans, "A Strange Play - a tribute to The Cure" will offer you astounding interpretations of classic hits. 

THE CURE was, is, and will continue to be a major influence and reference, conscious or not, for many underground artists and music lovers. We hope that together with us you will rediscover THE CURE in a way you didn't expect, cruising through their vast catalogue in different soundscapes but always remaining faithful to the band's darker sound.
ATTENTION: Bandcamp users, you get 2 EXTRA bonus tracks exclusive to the Bandcamp release!
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