Monday, August 3, 2015

Roger is working on two Ballets

From Roger on Facebook:

"Ballet... I think I have spoken about this briefly before but as one project ends another begins so as Love and Other Tragedies makes its way out into the World maybe its time to talk of what comes next?

In 2012 I attended a Gala peformance at the Coliseum in London but Les Saisons Russe, a reincarnation of the famous ballet group from the turn of the last century. I sat and wondered to myself (I thought to myself!) how amazing it would be to write music to make people dance so beautifully. Later that evening I met Misha Lobukin the male principal of the Bolshoi and my friend Tatiana told him I wanted to write the music for a ballet. I could have killed her but the idea was born and Misha said If I were to write it he would dance it... It was his idea to set The Picture of Dorian Gray to music and to make a 2 act classical ballet. That was three years ago and I have visited Moscow many times and LA where I finished writing the music. We have the music and we are now talking to choreographers so hopefully we will be in production soon.

Whilst looking for choreographers for this project Tatiana sent my music to Nikita Dimitryevski an amazing dancer and now choreographer. He heard Orpheus and Eurydice from Love and Other Tragedies and we have now adapted that for a one act ballet so this will probably be the first work that comes out in this format.

These are huge challenges for me musically but without challenge and change and progress music doesnt go anywhere and this is part of my musical journey. I'm very happy to share this news with you and thank you all for your support of my solo work."

31 Musicians Who Quit Bands Right Before They Became Famous

From NME:

Michael Dempsey (The Cure)

Bassist Michael Dempsey was there at the beginning when The Cure formed in the southern wastelands of Crawley. He appeared on 'Three Imaginary Boys' and 'Boys Don't Cry', but was reputedly eased out when he turned his nose up at Robert Smith's new songs. He went on to play with several other bands, including Roxy Music. (Thanks Shawn)

Robert Interview from 2004

An old interview with Robert from 2004 (around the time of the Rock Walk induction ceremony at Guitar Center in Hollywood.), which has recently been uploaded. (Thanks @biva77)

Update (08/03/15): And some more newly uploaded videos from the event. (Thanks ml68)

Robert working with Eat Static

Update (08/03/15): The band's Facebook has been updated with the news. 

Update (07/27/15): Full track posted on BandCamp. Album now available to download. 

Update (06/28/15): A short sample of 'In All Worlds'.
(Thanks thecure-collector)

On April 1st, the Eat Static Facebook posted the following news update, which I ignored due to it being April Fools Day, and no other confirmation from any other source:

"A SUPER SPECIAL NEWS FLASH FOLKS!! ROBERT SMITH (THE CURE) HAS COLLABORATED WITH EAT STATIC FOR A TRACK ON THE NEW ALBUM!!! Many of you have been asking about the release date/album delay and I told ya something special might happen..well,after many years of attempting to make this a reality,i can reveal that the stars were finally aligned and Robert is singing and playing 6 string bass on a brand new Static tune- ''In All Worlds...'' He has been a long time fan of Static and I have loved the Cure since 1981 so this happening is a BIG deal for me...and he's done an AMAZING job! We're now full steam ahead on getting the album done and dusted so I hope to have it out around the end of May! It'll be worth the wait i hope! BOOOOOOM!!"

But now a new update from June 22nd  seems to indicate that it's true:

"Finally have some updated news for you regarding the new release..i know i said originally it would be a solstice release but technical difficulties made it impossible to hit that date.. All has been resolved now and the big wheels are in motion and i can give you the FINAL official release date - 31st JULY..As promised,I'll be setting up pre-orders as of next week so those who want the first batch can get in quick...  massive apologies for the delays but the chance to have and to make happen,the collab with Robert Smith just had to be,as it was a once in a lifetime magical opportunity!"

Thanks Michele (fmjews), and sorry for not posting it back in April, but had to wait and make sure it wasn't a joke.

Roger interview at The Quietus

Cure vs. Commodores 'Easy Heaven' mashup

BRAT has come up with a great mashup - Easy Heaven (Just Like Heaven and Easy by The Commodores). Just a preview so far, but well worth checking out. (Thanks BRAT)

Update (11/25/08): The full song is now available.

Update (08/03/15): And now 7 years later, BRAT has uploaded a newly remastered version. Also added a cleaner MP3 and FLAC files to download. (Thanks @bratmix)

For Marcel & Nancy

A tribute from Jarlath (jarlathsometimes):

"Marcel van der Louw & his partner Nancy Alkemade, were involved in a tragic collision this morning (1/8/15) in Belgium. They are survived by their two young daughters, who were also in the vehicle, but thankfully weren't seriously hurt. Marcel was really well known in the Cure community and both of them were dear friends for the past 15 years. They will be greatly missed by their Cure family & friends."

From Roger on Facebook:

"Ive been made aware of the tragic news about Nancy and Marcel, you know that I don't think of fans, I think of friends and to lose these two is sad beyond belief. My thoughts are with their family.. Very sad.."

I didn't know Marcel or Nancy, but I certainly share in offering my condolences, love, and support to their family and friends, and especially to their 2 daughters. This is so sad and tragic.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

'An Evening of Exquisite Tragedy'

99X/10 Records presents an Evening of Exquisite Tragedy. A celebration of 10 years of 99X/10, the World Premiere Roger O'Donnell's Love and Other Tragedies, featuring Francesca Ter-Berg, Jessica Rossa, Miriam Wakeling and Alisa Liubarskaya plus an in depth interview with Roger. Over a 90 minute long programme.

From Roger on Facebook: "Watch the trailer and pre order the PPV event on Vimeo - An Evening of Exquisite Tragedy - Exclusive video of the June 26th Concert at Shoreditch Church. World premiere of Love and Other Tragedies, a 30 minute in depth interview and the 99X/10 Anniversary concert featuring Erin Lang and Hannah Curwood.... "

Update (08/01/15): Roger has posted some free previews on YouTube.

The Cureheads play Counterfest on Sept. 26th

Liqueur 'Head on the Door' shows

Liqueur - A Tribute to The Cure will be playing 2 special 'Head on the Door' shows later this year.

Nov. 27th, 2015 - Norwich, England at The Waterfront Studio (Tickets) (Facebook Event Page)

Nov. 28th, 2015 - London, England at Islington O2 Academy

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

40 years of Paléo Festival

Euronews has an article about the 40th anniversary of Paléo Festival, and includes a comment from Robert:

Iconic British rock band The Cure is a Paléo Festival veteran. Lead singer Robert Smith has some fond memories of the early editions: “Paléo was one of those festivals where we suddenly became this band (…) I felt like we were floating when we played those shows, but it was probably the drugs.”

Friday, July 24, 2015

25 Worst Original Names of Famous Bands

Shockingly, this is NOT another dumb list from NME, it's a dumb list from Rolling Stone:

21. The Obelisk

The sallow goths who would become the Cure might not seem like the sort of blokes to name themselves for a large phallic monument, but that's just what they did when the then–middle school students got together in the early Seventies. Robert Smith, pre–mop top and raccoon eyes, was a background figure in the Obelisk, playing piano, but he soon moved up front and took charge of the group's moniker. After a few more lineup changes and a couple transitory names, Malice and Easy Cure (the latter of which the singer found too "hippyish"), Smith dubbed them the Cure. For more than a few lovelorn sad sacks, they would live up to billing. (Thanks Perfect.Murder)

Cinematic Pop covers 'Friday I'm in Love'

Yes, it's yet another Friday cover, but this one's different, and I think it's wonderful! (Thanks Ben)

Reeves interview on WFPK today

WFPK 91.9 in Louisville will be interviewing Reeves today from 3- 4 pm eastern, ahead of his show at Time & Space tonight. You can listen online here.

And here's an interview with The Exponent.

Reeves & His Imaginary Friends US tour

July 17th, 2015 - Madison, IN at Red Bicycle Hall (Tickets)

July 18th, 2015 - Scottsvile, KY at Arts on Main (Free)

July 24th, 2015 - Louisville, KY at Time & Space (Free)

July 25th, 2015 - Lexington, KY at The Green Lantern

July 26th, 2015 - Lafayette, IN at Lafayette Brewing Co.

July 28th, 2015 - Chicago, IL at 1st Ward at Chop Shop 

July 29th, 2015 - Grand Rapids, MI at Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill (Tickets)

July 30th, 2015 - Detroit/Hamtramck, MI at Smalls (Tickets)

July 31st, 2015 - Toledo/Maumee, OH at The Village Idiot

Aug. 1st, 2015 - Indianapolis, IN at Radio Radio (Tickets)

Aug. 3rd, 2015 - New Berlin, WI at Cascio Interstate Music (Free)
(Meet & Greet and Reverend Guitar demo)

Aug. 3rd, 2015 - Milwaukee, WI at Shank Hall (Tickets)

Aug. 5th, 2015 - St. Louis, MO at Cherokee P.A.C.

Aug. 6th, 2015 - Springfield, MO at Patton Alley Pub

Aug. 7th, 2015 - Little Rock, AR at Stickyz (Tickets) (RSVP)

Aug. 8th, 2015 - Memphis, TN at Young Avenue Deli

Get out to the shows and support Reeves!

Update (07/14/15):

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cure in 'Ant-Man'

From A.V. Club: "Though some viewers may find themselves playing spot-the-author with the patchy script (e.g., a fight scene gag involving The Cure’s Disintegration, which smacks of Wright), it still makes for an enjoyable, intermittently inspired effects-driven comedy and a welcome antidote to the over-burdened world-saving that seems to define big-screen superhero stories.:

Anyone seen it yet? Anyone going tonight? If so can you give me some details about the scene? (Thanks Kimberly)

Update: And here it is! Thanks to JakeBradProductions.

"The protagonist of the film, Ant-Man, was fighting with the antagonist, Yellowjacket, in a briefcase on a plane. The briefcase fell out of the plane, and as the contents of the briefcase were being tossed around, Ant-Man accidentally activates Siri on an iPhone, and Yellowjacket yells, "I am going to disintegrate you!" as Siri resonds "Playing Disintegration by The Cure." "Plainsong" begins playing as the two proceed to fight. Really caught me and my dad off-guard as Marvel and Cure fans. "

Update (07/23/15): Director Peyton Reed tells Film School Rejects how and why this scene happened.

Reed also would’ve been upset if Marvel couldn’t secure the rights for a song from The Cure’s finest album, Disintegration. Ant-Man may be the first movie in history to have a song by The Cure playing during one of its big set pieces. At one point Ant-Man and Yellow Jacket fight in a briefcase to the amazing sound of ‘Plainsong’. “In the briefcase battle, we knew we wanted to have an iPhone joke,” Reed says. “We had all these different versions of jokes, like, Yellow Jacket saying, ‘You’re going to end up dead!’ and then you’d hear ‘Searching for the nearest Panera Bread.’ There were some funny jokes and some not-so-funny jokes, but, at the end of the day, they were just jokes. What if he activated the music feature? What would it be? I’m a massive Cure fan. We came up with a bunch of things, but we thought we could find a joke for ‘disintegration.’ The first song on Disinigration, which is the second CD I ever bought, was ‘Plainsong’. It’s such an epic song that it transcended the joke — scoring this whole battle in a briefcase. There was this weird, cold wave goth vibe, changing the character of that action scene. You have all these action scenes you want to have a different flavor. Then it became a question of, ‘Will [The Cure frontman] Robert Smith let us use his music?’ He ended up loving it, so he did.” (Thanks fmjews)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Robert Smith doll

"The plush renditions you are about to see of some of the most influential cultural icons in history were created by Sao Paulo, Brazil based illustrator and toy designer, Josmar Madureira. His work was recently featured in a fantastic looking book, Toy Land by Louis Bou which boasts more than a half of a million examples of toy art from around the world created in various mediums such as vinyl, metal, fabric and of course, plush."

If you want to buy one, though I seriously doubt these are officially licensed, here you go. (Thanks @waswasere)

Monday, July 20, 2015

10 Years of 99X/10 Records rehearsals

From Roger on Facebook:

"...and now from Natalie a look behind the scenes at the 99X/10 concert rehearsals with Hannah and Erin and Quartet Voluté. Im editing the full shows and a 30 minute interview from the evening and hope to post by the end of the week."

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tony Hawk's Celtic Goth wedding

So Tony Hawk got married at an Irish castle over the weekend, and according to Rob Sheridan, he and his bride to be walked in to The Cure. And based on Tamer Levine's post, it sounds like that song was 'Plainsong'. Very nice. Looks like it was a beautiful wedding. Congrats to Tony & Catherine on their union, and on their excellent taste in music. (Thanks John)

Update (07/15/15): Yes, it was 'Plainsong', but it was this cover by Cold Cave, not the original. (Thanks Debi)