Monday, October 27, 2014

Lol & Lisa Loeb at the library

Win a Reeves Spacehawk

The Cureheads Halloween tour

"Halloween Tour - The Cureheads celebrate 25 years together with a couple of Halloween dates.... Including The Rocket reunion V...... With support from The Obtainers at The Rocket in Crawley. Free Entry.....The now owner of the Railway (formerly The Rocket) has covered everything, so that anyone can enjoy Halloween at The Rocket. The Cureheads will be joined once more by the amazing Ron Howe (sax player for The Cure)."

Friday, October 24, 2014

'Beautiful Noise' in NYC & Barcelona

Oct. 24th in NYC at the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival

Oct. 26th in Barcelona, Spain at In Edit

'In Orange' & 'Beautiful Noise' in Dublin

There will be screenings of 'The Cure In Orange' and 'Beautiful Noise' at the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin, Ireland on Oct. 26th. (Thanks Keith and Stephen)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

See Roger live this weekend

Roger will be making a couple of guest appearances with other artists this weekend.

Friday, Oct. 17th with Marie-Flore at Divan Du Monde in Paris. Tickets here.

Sunday, Oct. 19th with Hannah in the Wars at Sebright Arms in London. Tickets here.

(Thanks Roger O'Donnell Discography)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pearl painted guitar in Warchild auction

Update (10/13/14): Some new photos.

From Phaidon (Thanks @caIigari): There’s a fine art to the charity auction. Pairing a good cause with worthy goods and suitably talented contributors is no easy feat. Yet War Child USA appears to have pulled it off.

The philanthropic organisation, dedicated to helping children caught in regions of conflict, has taken 16 Canadian Carparelli guitars and had them customised by a series of famous names from the music, film and art worlds.

Sterling Ruby, Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe, Gus van Sant, Shepard Fairey, ex-Cure guitarist Pearl (formerly Porl) Thompson, Muse frontman Mat Bellamy, the artist Ginger Gilmour (ex-wife of Pink Floyd's Roger), Canadian painter Michael Adamson, and British artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson have all reworked an instrument.

Stories from the 1992 Wish Tour

From Andrew Mueller's From the Vault (Thanks @moggieboy):

The Cure in America and Canada

From "Rock & Hard Places"

ONE of the joys of travelling as a reporter is the opportunity to work with great photographers, and I’ve been unusually blessed in that respect – as I was on this trip, travelling with Melody Maker’s Stephen Sweet. And one of the frustrations of working as a writer is realising how little impact thousands of your words might have when measured against a single frame snapped by a great photographer, which was what happened when this story originally ran. I’d mumbled something to Sweet about maybe focusing on the odd relationship between The Cure’s Robert Smith and his mascara-smeared legions of lookalike fans, and Sweet nailed it the first night, outside the band’s hotel in Chicago. The scene is described, and done insufficient justice, below – Sweet shot the encounter between Smith and an especially ardent adherent from behind the singer’s shoulder, deftly capturing the worshipper’s supplicant gawp and Smith’s wincing, forehead-rubbing awkwardness. I still think it’s one of the best illustrations of the dysfunctional relationship between celebrity and celebrator I’ve ever seen, and its potence is diluted not even slightly by the fact that the anguish discernible in Smith’s expression was due, in truth, to the fact that he was just plain sloshed. The camera, in those pre-Photoshop times, may not have lied, but it didn’t always declare the whole truth.

    What is lacking in the story that follows is much in the way of any meaningful attempt to understand the cult of Robert Smith from the perspective of its adherents. This was partially due to constraints of time, but mostly down to your correspondent’s pathological aversion to boring nutters. I could understand being a fan of The Cure, because I was – and am – one: indeed, a little over two years before I did this trip, I was living, back in Sydney, in a room dominated by the black-and-white “Boys Don’t Cry” poster, and I would still doubt the sanity of anyone prepared to argue that “The Head On The Door” wasn’t one of the dozen best albums of the 1980s. I just don’t understand the urge to appropriate your favourite singer’s haircut and taste in mis-shapen jumpers, and regard his every pronouncement as freighted with Delphic sagacity. Which is to say that I don’t understand uncritical reverence for anything, which is, I suppose, to say that I don’t understand quite a lot of the rest of my species terribly well. However, I believe that the analysis of his own flock that Smith delivers later in this piece is both astute and compassionate, or at least blessed with more of both those qualities than anything I might have come up with on my own.

     Fame is a phenomenon that generally conspires to make both the admired and the admirer look ridiculous: I suspect that this is what I was trying to demonstrate with the random observations of The Cure’s celebrity inserted throughout the narrative. The best that all concerned can do with any variety of notoriety is refuse to take it seriously, and I’ve rarely since seen anyone cleave to that attitude quite so splendidly as The Cure.

Fiction Records fan vote

From Fiction Records on Facebook: "Join us in celebrating 10 years since the reincarnation of Fiction Records by helping to compile the Ultimate Fiction Playlist. Vote for your favourite track by The Cure from a shortlist selected by the Fiction office." (Thanks Sylvain)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Special deals for Reeves' final UK shows

Hope everyone has been enjoying Reeves & his Imaginary Fr13nds on their UK tour. There are only 2 shows left, so if you want to see him, now is the time to go! And if you do, Reeves' crew has a special offer for you:

"Chain of Flowers friends in England, has Reeves got a deal (or two) for you!

Reeves has just two shows remaining on tour with his Imaginary Fr13nds trio, in Birmingham Oct 9th (Thurs) and Tunbridge Wells Oct 11th (Sat).  To entice you from home, The Oobleck venue in Birmingham is offering a special ticket price. And to encourage you to take music home, Reeves is offering a special price on CDs purchased at either show.

New projects from Roger

From Roger on Facebook: "Nine years ago Erin Lang and I started a very small record label called 99 Times Out of 10. We have released a few selected albums over the years the last being my Piano Formations collection of piano pieces. We are proud to announce our next release which will be the next album of our friend Hannah Curwood. I have been helping Hannah in a kind of executive producer role over the last couple of years and Paul Corkett mixed it. It will be released next April and Hannah will be on tour to promote it in Europe and Australasia. Her band and project is called Hannah in the Wars and you can check her page for more information.

It would be very nice of you and I would be eternally grateful if you could click LIKE on Hannah's page...."

"Et aussi ma ami Marie Flore elle a un nouvelle album BUY IT!
Marie Flore and I are also making an album together, should be out in Spring..

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Great photos from Chicago & Denver Riots

William Soragna has posted some great photos from the Chicago and Denver Riot Fests on Flickr. (Thanks Bill)

Reeves' UK tour starts tonight

Photo by Stacie Huckeba
Reeves & His Imaginary Fr13nds announce a new album and UK Autumn tour. Here's the press release:

UK TOUR DATES Sept/Oct 2014 
New Album: “Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Fr13nds”
 Release date: 13th October 2014

Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Fr13nds are set to tour the UK this autumn and preview songs from a forthcoming new studio album

Reeves Gabrels, long-time artistic partner of David Bowie and The Cure’s current lead guitarist, brings his power trio, Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Fr13nds, from Nashville to England to play in small venues starting on September 30

Lovers of superb songs, stellar musicianship and fearless improvisation will all want to see and hear Reeves & friends in action.

The band’s live sets will preview songs from their forthcoming album, also titled Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Fr13nds, which is to be released digitally just as they head home, on October 13. Highlights include the biting “Drown You Out” and the spooky “House of Usher” (titled after an Edgar Allan Poe story from an 1840 collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque). 

Uncommon interpretations of Bo Diddley’s early rocker “Who Do You Love” and Jimmy Reed’s blues “Bright Lights, Big City” also feature. Album details and pre-order links will be available on the date of the first performance, September 30.

Fans of earlier Reeves Gabrels albums will also be well pleased at the performances, as the trio will play songs from Sacred Squall of Now (1995), Ulysses (1999) and Rockonica (2005). And of course selected co-writes—Tin Machine’s "Bus Stop" (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels) and "Yesterday's Gone" (Reeves Gabrels/Robert Smith)—will be a treat for English audiences.

Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Fr13nds includes Reeves on guitar and vocals, Kevin Hornback on bass, Jeff Brown on drums.

Nine dates in England are confirmed for Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Fr13nds this September/October 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

'Beautiful Noise' screenings in Rio

'Beautiful Noise' will have 4 screenings at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival on Oct. 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th. (Thanks Marcos)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Making of 'The Head on the Door'

Belgian radio station RTBF is airing 10 minute specials this week (in French), about the making of 'The Head on the Door'. Listen to Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5.
(Thanks @guillaume_g_z)

'Beautiful Noise' screenings in Norway

There will be 2 screenings of 'Beautiful Noise' at the Bergen International Film Festival in Norway on Sept. 26th & 28th.

Excellent photos from Denver Riot Fest

More excellent photos from Mauro Melis, this time from Riot Fest in Denver. See them at Sound of Violence. And more posted here. (Thanks Mauro)