Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What Is The Cure's Best Song?

From Rolling Stone:

"The Cure's ongoing world tour brought them to New York City's Madison Square Garden this week for an incredible three-night stand. Without a new album to support, Robert Smith and his band group dug deep into their catalog and broke out classics like "Fascination Street" and "Disintegration" along with newer tracks like "The Hungry Ghost" and "It Can Never Be the Same." Most nights they play for nearly three hours, going through four encores and always wrapping up with "Boys Don't Cry."

Now we have a question for you: What is the Cure's best song? Feel free to vote for an early favorite like "Killing an Arab" and "A Forest," a huge radio hit like "Just Like Heaven" and "Friday I'm in Love" or something more recent, such as "The Perfect Boy" or "Freakshow." Any song recorded by the Cure at any point in their career counts. Just please only vote for one song and only one time.

You can vote here in the comments, on Facebook.com/RollingStone or on Twitter using the hashtag #WeekendRock."

My vote went to the greatest song ever written, 'The Same Deep Water As You'. I mean, how is there even a debate about this? :)

Update: And here are the results...

10. Boys Don't Cry
09. Fascination Street
08. From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
07. The Same Deep Water As You
06. Faith
05. In Between Days
04. Disintegration
03. Just Like Heaven
02. A Forest
01. Pictures of You

From the Record Crate: 'Boys Don’t Cry'


From The Young Folks:

Punk rock is one of the few cultural forces that can be described as both anarchistic and conservative. On one hand, punk bands use their music to preach about extreme politics and pseudo-revolutionary propaganda like the freedom fighters they claim to be. On the other hand, their single minded devotion to music that’s raw, fast, and political means they tend to get cliquey and dismissive when discussing artists that don’t fit into their limiting idea of what is or is not punk.

Considering punk rock spends a majority of its time trash talking mainstream pop, it’s easy to forget that many of punks founding bands were inspired by pop from the ’50s and ’60s. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Boys Don’t Cry, The American debut of The Cure and an album that successfully combines the diverging sounds of punk, vintage pop, and modernist sensibilities.

Boys Don’t Cry is a different beast than The Cure’s British debut, Three Imaginary Boys, since its restructured track list gives the album a different feel. Three Imaginary Boys focused on slower and weirder tracks while Boys Don’t Cry jettisons those in favor of recently released singles such as “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” and the iconic title track. Surprisingly, Boys Don’t Cry has held up better over time since it has a stronger song selection and a greater sense of immediacy. The British record oftentimes make them sound like pretentious, faux-art school intellectuals.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

'Give Me It' in Miami (06-27-16)

Give Me It - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 27-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

'M' in Miami (06-27-16)

M - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 27-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

'At Night' in Miami (06-27-16)

At Night - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 27-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

'Jupiter Crash' in Miami (06-27-16)

Jupiter Crash - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 27-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

The Twilight Sad in Miami (06-27-16)

That Summer at Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 27-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

Alphabet - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 27-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.



The Wrong Car - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 27-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

Robert thanks crew, fans and The Twilight Sad


Monday, June 27, 2016

The Cure in Miami, FL (06-27-16)

June 27th, 2016
Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in Miami, FL
Sold Out! / Doors at 6 PM Eastern
The Twilight Sad 7 - 7:40 / The Cure 8:03 -10:53
Get there early for The Twilight Sad! They're excellent!

Twilight Sad setlist: Reflection of the Television, Last January, That Summer at Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy, Alphabet, It Never Was the Same, There's a Girl in the Corner, The Wrong Car

Setlist: Out of This World, Pictures of You, Closedown, The Hungry Ghost, A Night Like This, All I Want, Push, In Between Days, Jupiter Crash, Want, Fascination Street, The End of the World, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, The Last Day of Summer, 39, Bloodflowers

1st encore: At Night, M, Play for Today, A Forest

2nd encore: Dressing Up, Shake Dog Shake, Bananafishbones, Give Me It

3rd encore: Lullaby, The Caterpillar, The Walk, Primary

4th encore: The Lovecats, Hot Hot Hot!!!, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry

Photos: It's a Perfect Day

Videos: Twilight Sad - That Summer At Home I had Become the Invisible Boy / Alphabet 1 - 2 / The Wrong Car 1 - 2
 
Out of This World / All I Want / Push & In Between Days 1 - 2 / Jupiter Crash 1 - 2 / Just Like Heaven 1 - 2 / 39 / At Night / M 1 - 2 / Play For Today & A Forest / A Forest / Dressing Up / Shake Dog Shake / Bananafishbones / Give Me It / The Caterpillar / The Lovecats / Close to Me / Boys Don't Cry 1 - 2 / End of Boys Don't Cry & grab ass & tambo toss & final NA Thank You / 32 minutes of the show 

Periscopes: The Twilight Sad /

Clips: Roger & Simon's Grab Ass game / Roger's tambourine tease & final NA toss. And a Simon toss / Final goodbye of the 2016 North American tour / Robert's scatting on Lovecats / Robert's intro for The Top encore / Robert thanks The Twilight Sad and dedicates A Forest to them 1 / A bit of Bloodflowers 1 - 2 / One last time before it's over / A bit of Jupiter Crash 1 - 2 - 3  /



'Cold' in Miami (06-26-16)


Cold - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 26-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

Thanks It's a Perfect Day!

'Piggy in the Mirror' in Miami (06-26-16)


Piggy in the Mirror - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 26-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

Thanks It's a Perfect Day!

'The Hanging Garden' in Miami (06-26-16)


The Hanging Garden - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 26-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

'Kyoto Song' in Miami (06-26-16)


Kyoto Song - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 26-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

Thanks It's a Perfect Day!

The Twilight Sad in Miami (06-26-16)


Cold Days From the Birdhouse - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 26-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

There's a Girl in the Corner - Miami, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 26-Jun-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

Thanks It's A Perfect Day!

Simon supporting The Sad


Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Cure in Miami, FL (06-26-16)

June 26th, 2016
Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in Miami, FL
Sold Out! / Doors at 6 PM Eastern
The Twilight Sad 7 - 7:40 / The Cure 8:10 - 11:07
Get there early for The Twilight Sad! They're excellent!

Twilight Sad setlist: Cold Days From the Birdhouse, Last January, Drown So I Can Watch, Don't Move, It Never Was the Same, There's a Girl in the Corner, And She Would Darken the Memory

Setlist: Tape / Open, Kyoto Song, A Night Like This, Push, In Between Days, Pictures of You, Closedown, High, The Walk, Sleep When I'm Dead, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, This Twilight Garden, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, Trust, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, alt.end, End

1st encore: Cold, A Strange Day, The Hanging Garden, One Hundred Years

2nd encore: Piggy in the Mirror, Never Enough, Fascination Street, Burn

3rd encore: Lullaby, The Perfect Girl, Hot Hot Hot!!!, Wrong Number

4th encore: Let's Go to Bed, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry

Photos: Miami New Times

Reviews: Miami New Times / Boca Mag 

Videos: Twilight Sad - Cold Days From the Birdhouse / There's a Girl in the Corner

Tape & Open / Kyoto Song 1 - 2 / In Between Days 1 - 2 / Pictures of You 1 - 2 / High / The Walk / This Twilight Garden 1 - 2 / Lovesong / Just Like Heaven / Cold / A Strange Day / Hanging Garden 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / One Hundred Years / Piggy in the Mirror 1 - 2 / Never Enough / Fascination Street 1 - 2 / Burn / The Perfect Girl / Hot Hot Hot / Lullaby 1 - 2 / Close to Me / Boys Don't Cry

Periscopes: The Twilight Sad

Clips: Deck the Halls intro for High / Robert's intro for the Pornography encore / Has the tour been 2years or 2 months & so fucking hot / Roger's penultimate NA tambo toss / a bit of Closedown / Roger on Trust / Having fun with Wrong Number / A bit of Twilight Sad playing Cold Days From the BirdhouseTwilight Sad have a bit of trouble starting Don't Move



Miami preview articles


Best events this week: The Cure and Make Music Fort Lauderdale

Miami's Best Concert of the Week: The Cure at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre

Miami and the Cure Make for an Odd Yet Beautiful Couple

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Miami Afterparty

Thanks Adrian

Top 10 wishes for Miami


Well, we've somehow already reached the end of the North American tour. I don't know where the time went, but it just flew by and was a complete blast. As we head off to the final 2 NA shows, what are your top 10 song wishes for Miami, from the list of the 81 songs played so far? Also, please note if you're going to the show(s) or wishing from afar. I'll get it started, and I'll be at both shows:

1. The Same Deep Water As You
2. Last Dance
3. Sinking
4. Cold
5. Jupiter Crash
6. The Drowning Man
7. Charlotte Sometimes
8. 2 Late
9. Other Voices
10. Pornography

How The Cure Endures

Wonderful article by Annie Zaleski at Salon, here's an excerpt:

"It’s not correct to say The Cure is underrated—after all, no band selling out 10,000-seat (and up) arenas is. But it’s almost too easy to take them for granted, since the group haven’t released a new studio album in eight years and, even then, tend to keep a low profile. Yet the Chicago concert—and, frankly, this entire tour—underscores the singularity of the band’s music. Post-punk, dream-pop, synthpunk, goth and psychedelic rock —all of these influences coalesce into something that can only be described as sounding like The Cure. That’s always been the case; after all, even their pop crossover hits “Lovesong” and “Friday I’m In Love” sounded like outliers. It’s significant that groups inspired by The Cure tend to only mimic certain facets of the band: the dark guitar creases, the sparkling keyboards, the roiling post-punk storms. No band has been able to capture the depth—and nooks and crannies—of the group’s sonic chemistry.

Near the start of the Chicago show, The Cure launched into “Push,” a fan favorite from 1985’s “The Head on the Door.” The crowd let out a huge, cheering roar as the song began, dancing joyfully to the extended instrumental intro and pumping their fists to the song’s “Go, go, go!” chorus exhortation. That communal ecstasy cropped up again and again throughout the night, as the audience reveled in the familiar and the unexpected. The Cure’s music and reputation was predicated on unifying outsiders—those drawn to (or plagued by) unrequited or missing love, fatalistic romances and general melancholy—but this outlaw attitude has only become more of a bonding experience as the years have progressed. Forty years on, the misfits haven’t exactly won—but at a Cure concert, they’ve certainly found a place they can feel at home."