Friday, May 16, 2014

NME calls 'The Cure' a "classic indie album"

From the strange little world of NME:
15 Classic Indie Albums That Turn 10 In 2014
The Cure released their self-titled record in 2004, dogged by rumours that it would be their last. This was not to be the case, but what ensued was still ‘heavier, more menacing and more rhythmic than ever’ according to NME’s Rob Fitzpatrick. Perfectly befitting of the albums artwork, designed to represent ‘a good and a bad dream’. Luckily what laid inside was no nightmare, earning 8/10. (Thanks Andy)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cure to play Riot Fest Toronto, Chicago, Denver

The Cure will be playing Riot Fest in Toronto (Sept. 6th - 7th), Chicago (Sept. 12th - 14th), and Denver (Sept. 19th - 21st). Tickets on sale now - Toronto / Chicago / Denver.

The limited number of cheaper 3 day passes went fast! Prices keep rising. Toronto is now $180, Chicago is $180, Denver is $160.

Will there be single day passes? Last year, there were. For Chicago, they didn't go on sale until late July, when they announced the daily lineup. They were $60 each day. No guarantees for this year, but it seems likely.

The much more important question? Will there be some Cure solo shows between each weekend of these festivals? They did it last year for ACL, so fingers crossed for some more this year.

Info now posted on the official site.

Articles about this: Loudwire / Huffington Post / Colorado Springs Independent / MXDWN / AntiMusic / Billboard / Music Times / Illinois Entertainer / Death and Taxes / Stereogum / 303 Magazine / Vanyaland 1 - 2 / Colorado Daily / Chicago Reader / Tico Times / Slicing Up Eyeballs / USA Today / The DePaulia / Under The Gun Review / Chicagoist 1 - 2 / Westword / Reverb / Chicago Sun-Times / Exclaim / Gapers Block / Chicago Tribune / Red Eye Chicago / Rolling Stone / Consequence of Sound / Pitchfork / Alternative Press

Update (05/15/14):  They've just announced 10 Years, 10 Essential Albums Played Live for Denver & Chicago. 10 bands playing their essential albums in their entirety. 9 bands announced, 1 left. How about The Cure doing 'Pornography'? It would certainly fit the spirit of the festival. Just wishful thinking right now.

EP-iphanies: “Just Like Heaven” U.K. 12″

The Analog Kid takes a look at the 'Just Like Heaven' UK 12" single in his latest EP-iphanies post. (Thanks Gary)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rumor: 3 shows in Italy this September?

In this article, Italian band Spiral69 claim The Cure will play 3 shows in Italy this September, and they will open for them. Needless to say, nothing more than a rumor at this time.

Richard, you will open the concerts of The Cure? How does it feel?
"It 's one of those things that never quite realized - says the founder and lead singer of the group -. Robert Smith (historical leader of the British band, ed) a year ago I wrote an e-mail announcing exciting too the next tour Cure: The group will be in Italy in September to three dates and we should play before them. There are only the latest confirmations. " (Thanks Max)

Update (03/30/14): With Robert's comments about shows in late September, maybe there's some truth to this?

Update (04/14/14): New article in Rolling Stone Italy. No news on these supposed shows they say are happening. (Thanks @Pjotrke)

Update (05/08/14): "Spiral 69 says 'news very soon' on their FB when asking them about their support gigs of The Cure. So more announcements soonish." (Thanks @Pjotrke)

Update (05/14/14): Spiral69 now says "Cherry, vedrai che non si fermano agli States e se non sarà Settembre, sarà Ottobre." So they are saying that if the shows don't happen in September, they will happen in October. Really hope they're not misleading fans about this. (Thanks fmjews)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Classic Album Sundays - 'Disintegration'

From Classic Album Sundays:

Robert Smith tried on several occasions to ‘break up the band’ but one can surmise he was quite serious this time around as the name of their eighth album attests. Somehow in the face of much adversity and despite their record label calling their double platter effort ‘commercial suicide’, ‘Disintegration’ remains their best-selling album to this day.

Join us to first listen to music that either inspired or was relevant to this LP such as Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins and Joy Division followed by the story of the album. Then the lights go down, the volume goes up and we play the album from beginning to end on vinyl on our audiophile hi-fi. Listening guidelines apply. And fear not, as it is a double album, we will be taking an intermission between Sides B & C!

Sunday, 8 June, 5 to 8 pm
The Hanbury Arms, 33 Linton Street, London N1 7DU
Tickets: £10 on the door and £8 + service charge here
Presenter: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy

New York City
Sunday, June 8th, 4 – 7:30 pm
Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tickets: $10 on the door and $10 + service charge here
Presenter: Ron Like Hell
(Thanks @maccatori)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Perry on Polaroid Kiss' 'Walk The Room' 2

After a number of delays, it looks like the Polaroid Kiss album, 'Weakness of the Beautiful Souls', will be released by Rough Trade Records this year. Before that, 'Pay Your Dues' will be released as a single on June 17th, and one of the b-sides will be 'Walk the Room' 2, which features "additional guitar by Perry Bamonte" and vocals from Steve Kilbey of The Church. (Thanks ml68)

Also on Soundcloud.

Update (05/12/14): I asked Polaroid Kiss about other tracks Perry plays on, and here's the reply - "Perry appears on 3 album tracks. No other B-Sides. PS. Perry Bamonte recorded all of his contributions in Bath, UK with Paul Corkett co-producer of the 'Cure' album 'Bloodflowers'."

"Perry Bamonte also features in 'Pay Your Dues', in particular the guitar solo during the outro."