Wednesday, May 22, 2024

NewDad releasing their Just Like Heaven cover

"Since a lot of you enjoyed our Just Like Heaven live cover from BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale, we wanted to release it as a little treat. Listen everywhere this Friday ✨ presave here "

Disintegration on Apple's 100 Best Albums list

Apple Music's 100 Best Albums 

# 56 Disintegration - The Cure

A dreamy deep dive that signaled the goth icons’ new stadium-sized ambitions.

Four years after The Head on the Door’s bona fide melodies marked a definitive break with the claustrophobic intensity of the goth icons’ early-’80s run, The Cure’s eighth album sharpened those pop instincts and enlarged their vision to stadium-sized proportions.

“By the time you get to Disintegration, it’s weirder and darker, and I was all about it.” - Kaskade

Disintegration is a deep dive into a singular mood: wistful and deeply melancholy, informing (and informed by) waves of British shoegaze and dream pop. Alt-rock staples “Pictures of You,” “Lovesong,” and “Fascination Street” are as immediate and indelible as anything in their catalog, but the band tempers its emotions so that even the major-key tonality of a track like “Plainsong” is marked not by brightness, but a deeper, richer hue.

There’s an echo of their prior, character-defining bleakness here, but this time, the descent into despair is strangely welcoming, as if Robert Smith had discovered that on the coldest nights, wrapping up in one’s own loneliness is the only way to stay warm. And in the process, he brought goth—and its fans—into the mainstream.

Lol x Budgie playing Bumbershoot

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Japanese Whispers HMV exclusive

As part of HMV's Vinyl Week (which starts on June 15th), they will have an exclusive "1921 Edition" of The Cure's Japanese Whispers on clear vinyl.

Amoeba still has their listing up and it appears to be the same as the HMV exclusive, just not listed as a "1921 edition", and it comes out a week earlier.

The band still hasn't officially announced any of this.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Lol x Budgie cover A Forest at Cruel World Festival

And here's their full set:

New interview with Lol

Read the interview at Music Times:

The Cure's Lol Tolhurst, Banshees' Budgie Join Hands in 45-Years-in-the Making Goth Supergroup

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Disintegration special on BBC 6 Music

From Maryanne Hobbs:


the divine Ms. Isamaya French on how to perfect Robert Smith red lips..


Banshees Budgie 

Warpaint 's Jenny Lee

director Tim Pope

on The Cure's 'Disintegration'

BBC 6 Music Thurs 10.30am

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Simon to host Pride of Andover awards

From LoveAndover:

The Pride of Andover Awards, sponsored by New Street Dental Care, are thrilled to announce Simon Gallup as the host for their October 2024 event. Gallup, renowned for his role as the bassist in the legendary English rock band The Cure, has been a significant part of the music scene since joining the band in 1979.

The Pride of Andover team is ecstatic to welcome Gallup, whose charisma and stage presence are expected to add a dynamic touch to the awards ceremony. His involvement is anticipated to bring a new level of excitement and energy to the event, enhancing the overall experience for attendees.

“We are honoured that Simon will be joining us,” said a representative from the Pride of Andover. “His experience and enthusiasm are sure to lighten the stage and make this year’s awards truly memorable. We can’t wait to highlight the incredible community of people around us.”

The launch of the awards is set for the 8th of June, marking the official opening for nominations. This event celebrates individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the community, and having Simon Gallup as the host is expected to draw even more attention to the outstanding work being done in Andover and beyond.

Robert to sign letter in support of ticket reform

From Rolling Stone:

BILLIE EILISH, LORDE, Green Day, and Fall Out Boy are among the hundreds of artists to sign an open letter asking Congress to pass the Fans First Act, a bill that takes aim at “deceptive” and “predatory” ticket resellers.

The letter, organized by the Fix the Tix Coalition, was also signed by a range of artists across all genres, from Becky G, Chappell Roan, and Darlene Love to Graham Nash, Goose, Pixies, and Finneas. 

Addressed to Sens. Maria Cantwell and Ted Cruz — both members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation — the group said the bill would make ticket buying more transparent as well as eliminate illegal bots that “scoop up face value tickets ahead of fans in order to resell at inflated prices on the secondary market.”

“We are joining together to say that the current system is broken: predatory resellers and secondary platforms engage in deceptive ticketing practices to inflate ticket prices and deprive fans of the chance to see their favorite artists at a fair price,” the letter states. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Japanese Whispers reissue

 From Amoeba Music:

"Japanese Whispers," The Cure's compilation of singles and B-sides from Nov 1982-1983, is getting reissued on vinyl! It will be available June 7th on clear vinyl and housed in a special Transclear sleeve with a printed inner bag.

Pre-order it here:

Cure in The Gig List book

 From The Norwich Evening News:

The Gig List book celebrates 60 years of UEA gigs in Norwich

Sixty years of live music at one of the city's top gig venues is being celebrated in a special book.

The Gig List: The Nick Rayns LCR, 60 Years of Live Music 1963-2023 ranges from Pink Floyd and Genesis to Blur and Pulp in the 90s and Coldplay, The Killers and Amy Winehouse in the noughties.

The book explores all the events that have taken place at the UEA since it was established in 1963. The LCR did not come into use until a decade later but artists including The Who played in the Assembly Hall.

Stills exclusive at Rough Trade

From Rough Trade:


'Stills' follows the changing faces of one of The Cure during the post-punk and new-wave movements of the late ’70s and ’80s.

Over 200 colour and 75 black-and-white images with accompanying captions written by front man Robert Smith.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Lol on What Difference Does It Make podcast

From What Difference Does It Make:

Founding member of The Cure, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, and author, Lol Tolhurst joins us this week to talk Goth, the eclipse, sunny California, his current tour, and much more.

Friday in Fortnite

The Cure's Friday I'm in Love added to Fortnite. From iFireMonkey on Twitter:

If the party’s over, start it back up again with these four unlockable Jam Tracks in the Premium reward tier:

Maroon 5 - “Maps”

The Cure - “Friday I'm in Love”

5 Seconds Of Summer - “Youngblood”

Billie Eilish - “Oxytocin”

Friday, April 12, 2024

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Cure featured on Pointless

The Cure featured on UK Quiz show Pointless today.

Cure segment starts about 25 minutes into the program.

(Thanks Matt)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Top picture disc for RSD

It's out April 20th for Record Store Day. Photo from Bear Tree Records.