07/31/15 – TEENAGE TIME KILLERS: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Rise Records)
PAUL McCARTNEY: TUG OF WAR & PIPES OF PEACE
CLASSIC SOLO WORKS TO RECEIVE ARCHIVE COLLECTION REISSUE TREATMENT
OUT OCTOBER 2nd
Exclusive Bonus Features to Include 2015 Remixes of “Say Say Say” and EntireTug Of War Album, Previously Unreleased Tracks & Demos, Never Before Seen Video Footage
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MPL and the Concord Music Group are proud to announce two more landmark installments in the multiple GRAMMY-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection. On October 2, 2015, Paul’s early ‘80s back-to-back classics Tug of War and Pipes of Peace will receive lavish multiple configuration reissue treatment including exclusive 2015 remixes of both the entire Tug of War album and the Pipes of Peace classic collaboration with Michael Jackson “Say Say Say,” a treasure trove of previously unreleased tracks and never before seen video, and much more.
Released in 1982, Tug of War was Paul’s first album following the break-up of Wings and his third solo LP overall. Hailed upon its release as “exquisitely crafted” by The New York Times and a “masterpiece” byRolling Stone, Tug of War went to #1 in no less than nine countries. Tug of War yielded such classic tracks as Paul’s #1 duet with Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory,” the top 10 single “Take It Away,” and of course “Here Today,” the conversation Paul never had with the late John Lennon that remains a staple of Paul’s live set to this day. Pipes of Peace, Paul’s fourth solo album, followed in 1983 and continued Paul’s early ’80s run of platinum records. Singles from Pipes of Peace included the title track and of course Paul and Michael Jackson’s timeless “Say Say Say,” a multi-format global chart-topping smash continually cited as a landmark of that or any year–as recently as 2007, Vibemagazine rated “Say Say Say” as one of the greatest duets of all time.
As with the GRAMMY-winning Band On The Run and Wings Over America Archive editions, Paul personally supervised all aspects of these releases and their various formats, which include:
Tug of War will be issued as a 2-CD Special Edition comprised of the 2015 remix of the entire album, plus a second disc of bonus audio featuring eight previously unreleased demos of both album tracks and outtakes “Stop, You Don’t Know Where She Came From” and “Something That Didn’t Happen,” as well as demo and solo versions of “Ebony and Ivory” and more. The Tug Of War 3-CD/1-DVD Deluxe Edition adds the original 1982 album mix and a DVD featuring original music videos for the album’s singles and the brand new 18-minute documentary “Fly TIA—Behind The Scenes on Take It Away” featuring previously unseen archival footage. In keeping with the award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection standards, the Tug Of War Deluxe Edition will include a 112-page essay book and 64-page scrapbook, while the strictly limited run of 1000 Super Deluxe sets will arrive in a limited edition acrylic slipcase with five hand numbered prints of images from the Linda McCartney archive.
The Pipes of Peace 2-CD Special Edition is made up of the original album plus a 9-track bonus disc with such exclusive gems as a 2015 remix of “Say Say Say” by Spike Stent, unearthed demos of three album tracks and outtakes “It’s Not On” and “Simple As That,” the previously unreleased “Christian Bop” and more. The 2-CD/1-DVD Pipes of Peace Deluxe Edition features a bonus video disc comprised of the original promo clips for all three of the album’s singles, plus previously unreleased clips from Paul’s film archives. The Deluxe configuration will also include a 112-page essay book and 64-page book that takes the reader behind the scenes on the “Pipes of Peace” title track video shoot.
Both albums and their companion bonus audio discs will also be released as 2-LP 180-gram audiophile vinyl editions complete with gatefold sleeves and download cards. The newly remixed and mastered Tug of War and remastered Pipes of Peace will also receive standard and Hi Res digital releases, as well deluxe digital and Hi Res releases featuring all bonus audio.
Tug of War and Pipes of Peace are the newest installments in the acclaimed and ongoing Paul McCartney Archive Collection. The inaugural release in the series, the Deluxe Edition of Paul McCartney and Wings’ 1973 milestone Band on the Run, won the 2010 GRAMMY Award for Best Historical Album, while the Deluxe Edition Box Set of the 1976 classic live collection Wings Over America took the 2013 GRAMMY for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. Previous releases in this ambitious reissue program encompassing 41 years of timeless material from the most successful songwriter and recording artist of all time include solo works McCartney and McCartney II, Paul and Linda McCartney’s RAM, and Wings’ Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound.
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Tug of War
Pipes of Peace
Tug of War Track Listing
Disc 1: Remixed album
01. Tug of War (Remixed 2015)
02. Take It Away (Remixed 2015)
03. Somebody Who Cares (Remixed 2015)
04. What’s That You’re Doing? (Remixed 2015)
05. Here Today (Remixed 2015)
06. Ballroom Dancing (Remixed 2015)
07. The Pound Is Sinking (Remixed 2015)
08. Wanderlust (Remixed 2015)
09. Get It (Remixed 2015)
10. Be What You See (Link) (Remixed 2015)
11. Dress Me Up As a Robber (Remixed 2015)
12. Ebony and Ivory (Remixed 2015)
Disc 2 – Original album
01. Tug of War
02. Take It Away
03. Somebody Who Cares
04. What’s That You’re Doing?
05. Here Today
06. Ballroom Dancing
07. The Pound Is Sinking
09. Get It
10. Be What You See (Link)
11. Dress Me Up As a Robber
12. Ebony and Ivory
Disc 3 – Bonus Audio
01. Stop, You Don’t Know Where She Came From [Demo] (previously unreleased)
02. Wanderlust [Demo] (previously unreleased)
03. Ballroom Dancing [Demo] (previously unreleased)
04. Take It Away [Demo] (previously unreleased)
05. The Pound Is Sinking [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
06. Something That Didn’t Happen [Demo] (previously unreleased)
07. Ebony and Ivory [Demo] (previously unreleased)
08. Dress Me Up As a Robber/Robber Riff [Demo] (previously unreleased)
09. Ebony and Ivory [Solo Version] (B-side of Ebony and Ivory 12” single)
10. Rainclouds (B-side of Ebony and Ivory 7” single)
11. I’ll Give You a Ring (B-side of Take It Away single)
Disc 4 – Bonus Film
01. Tug of War Music Video (
02. Tug of War Music Video (Version 2)
03. Take It Away Music Video
04. Ebony and Ivory Music Video
05. Fly TIA - Behind The Scenes on Take It
Pipes of Peace Track Listing
Disc 1 – Remastered Album (Stereo)
01. Pipes of Peace
02. Say Say Say
03. The Other Me
04. Keep Under Cover
05. So Bad
06. The Man
07. Sweetest Little Show
08. Average Person
09. Hey Hey
10. Tug of Peace
11. Through Our Love
Disc 2 – Bonus Audio
01. Average Person [Demo] (previously unreleased)
02. Keep Under Cover [Demo] (previously unreleased)
03. Sweetest Little Show [Demo] (previously unreleased)
04. It’s Not On [Demo] (previously unreleased)
05. Simple As That [Demo] (previously unreleased)
06. Say Say Say [2015 Remix] (previously unreleased)
07. Ode to a Koala Bear (B-side of ‘Say Say Say’ single)
08. Twice in a Lifetime (bonus track from 1993
09. Christian Bop (previously unreleased)
Disc 3 – DVD
01. Pipes of Peace Music Video
02. So Bad Music Video
03. Say Say Say Music Video
04. Hey Hey in Montserrat (previously unreleased home movie footage, 3 mins)
05. Behind the Scenes at AIR Studios (previously unreleased 6 min edit)
06. The Man (previously unreleased home movie footage, 4 mins)
U2 BRINGS ITS REINVENTION OF THE ROCK & ROLL ARENA SHOW TO HBO IN TWO WORLD PREMIERES:
BEHIND THE SCENES DOCUMENTARY ON THE iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE TOUR
iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE LIVE IN PARIS CONCERT SPECIAL
U2 and HBO will be debuting a unique combination of two exclusive world premiere specials this fall, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, President, HBO Programming. First, to debut on Nov. 7, a behind-the-scenes documentary that offers unprecedented access to the band and the team that worked with them to conceptualize and create its current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour. The following week, the network will present the tour’s Nov. 14 performance filmed at the newly renovated Bercy Arena in Paris and aired exclusively on HBO that same day. Both the documentary and the concert will be available on HBO GO and HBO NOW simultaneous to the programs’ HBO world premieres.
“U2 continues to take risks, which has made them one of the most consistently exciting forces in rock’n’roll,” said Lombardo. “The one-two combination of this documentary special, followed by the concert, will provide viewers with the ultimate look at this remarkable band behind the scenes and on the stage.”
The documentary takes a look into the creation of U2’s wildly innovative and widely acclaimed iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour, which began May 14 in Vancouver and currently runs through November. The special will detail how a show of this magnitude is conceived, revealing the blood, sweat and imagination that has gone into making iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE, the tour that would ultimately “reinvent the arena show,” according to Rolling Stone’s opening night review.
Interviews in the documentary include all four members of U2 – Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. – as well as the supporting cast of Willie Williams, who has created tour concepts for the band for more than 30 years, award-winning designer Es Devlin, newly signed on for this tour, production director Jake Berry, Audio Director Joe O’Herlihy, executive director Gavin Friday, set designer Ric Lipson, and others who bring iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE to life around U2’s music, night after night.
The special also explores the challenges and setbacks U2 faced in the months before tour rehearsals began in April, including Bono’s serious bicycle accident in New York last fall, and his — and the band’s — hard road getting back into “fighting shape” for their triumphant return with iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE. This exclusive documentary chronicles in detail how these same four friends, who started out as a humble punk band from the Northside of Dublin more than 30 years ago, continue to create magic nightly with the most grandiose, yet most intimate, arena tour ever staged.
On Nov. 14th, the audience will see for itself the results of all of that hard work when U2 plays the Bercy Arena in Paris on the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour, showcasing the inventive set that allows U2 to explore the concepts of iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE via a performance that literally moves throughout the venue via multiple stages, a one-of-a-kind interactive floor-to-ceiling arena-length LED screen that has earned its reputation as the fifth member of U2 on this run, and a radical new approach to surround sound that ensures that everyone in the audience sees, feels and hears the show with maximum impact from every seat in the house.
And of course, there are the songs: The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE setlists span the band’s entire career, from its 1980 debut album, Boy, to its most recent work, Songs of Innocence. The concepts of innocence and experience are explored in vivid musical and visual detail, progressing from songs inspired by the members of U2’s earliest influences and formative life experiences through decades worth of indelible anthems from the band that has won more Grammys than any other living rock band.
The documentary will be produced and directed by Davis Guggenheim (the Oscar®-winning An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting For Superman, It Might Get Loud featuring U2’s The Edge, and From The Sky Down–the 2011 documentary chronicling the recording and release of U2’s 1991 classic Achtung Baby) and produced by Shannon Dill with U2 manager Guy Oseary serving as Executive Producer.
The concert will be produced by Done And Dusted with Executive Producers Hamish Hamilton, Simon Pizey, Davis Guggenheim and Guy Oseary. It will be directed by Hamish Hamilton, who has worked with the band since 2001. Collaborations include Elevation 2001: Live from Boston; U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland; the Beautiful Day Documentary; and Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago. The youngest recipient of the BAFTA Special Award, Hamish has Directed and Executive Produced the London 2012 Olympic & ParaOlympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Directed the last six Super Bowl Half-Time shows, multiple Academy Awards ceremonies, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for over a decade, President Obama’s Inaugural Ball, MTV’s VMA’s, and many more.
ARCADE FIRE: THE REFLEKTOR TAPES
FEATURE FILM TO RELEASE IN THEATERS WORLDWIDE FROM SEPTEMBER 24TH
Watch the first look trailer: https://youtu.be/sq1fAL24Xho
This autumn, Grammy Award-winning band Arcade Fire will release their first feature film, The Reflektor Tapes, in theaters around the world from September 24th for a limited time only.
The Reflektor Tapes is directed by 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Films winner Kahlil Joseph, and produced by award-winning studio Pulse Films (20,000 Days on Earth, Shut Up And Play The Hits) and What Matters Most. It is a film quite unlike any other; an authentic cinematic experience, meeting at the crossroads of documentary, music, art and personal history. The release will be brought to screens by leading Event Cinema distributor Arts Alliance. Screening for a short time only, it bucks traditional film rollout convention, creating a unique cinema event to be shared by audiences around the world.
The Reflektor Tapes is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s critically acclaimed, international #1 album Reflektor. The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band’s creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, commence recording sessions in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London.
Audiences will relive stunning concerts from the Reflektor tour, re-envisioned in true cinema high definition and surround sound. The film will also offer a rare opportunity for fans to delve beneath the surface and get closer to the band themselves. With Arcade Fire granting previously unprecedented access to Joseph, The Reflektor Tapes fluidly blends in never before seen personal footage, including interviews, documentation of the recording process and moments captured by the band themselves, to dazzling effect.
Arcade Fire said of the film: “There were parts of the Reflektor tour where I think we, Arcade Fire, came the closest in our careers to putting on stage what we imagined in our heads. We were insanely lucky to have Kahlil Joseph documenting from the very beginning.”
In addition to showcasing music from Reflektor and other albums in Arcade Fire’s storied back catalogue, The Reflektor Tapes will also give viewers a chance to hear a brand new, unreleased track for the first time and features an exclusive 20 minutes of unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.
To accompany the film announcement, Arcade Fire have also released an exclusive new music video for the track “Porno”, created by Kahlil Joseph and featuring footage from The Reflektor Tapes.
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Kahlil Joseph is an award winning LA based filmmaker. His beautifully shot, evocative short film “Until the Quiet Comes” for Flying Lotus received widespread critical acclaim and won the Grand Jury Prize for Short Films at Sundance Film Festival 2013 and Video of the Year at the UKMVA’s in 2013. Kahlil has worked with some of the most influential artists in music, including Kendrick Lamar and FKA Twigs. A further collaboration with Kendrick Lamar resulted in a 2-screen installation titled Double Conscious. This work is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA for the 2015 season.
Arcade Fire’s debut Funeral was released in 2004 to critical acclaim and featured in multiple Album of the Decade Polls including NME, Pitchfork, Guardian, Mojo and numerous others. Their 2007 follow-up Neon Bible debuted at #2 in the UK and the Billboard Hot 100. In 2011 the band won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards for their third studio album The Suburbs (2010) before going on to win Best International Group and Best International Album at the 2011 BRIT Awards. The band’s fourth album Reflektor topped the charts worldwide upon its October 2013 release, debuting at #1 in the US, UK, Canada and several other territories. The album was supported by the wildly ambitious and ecstatically received global Reflektor tour.
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Pulse Films is an award-winning film studio and a pioneer in music feature documentaries. Their BAFTA and Grammy nominated work has been celebrated at prestigious festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Berlinale and London Film Festival. The studios’ slate includes 20,000 Days on Earth with Nick Cave, Shut Up And Play The Hits, The Possibilities Are Endless, Katy Perry: A Part Of Me and Who is Dayani Cristal?, as well as an exciting slate of forthcoming narrative films, including American Honey directed by Andrea Arnold and starring Shia LaBeouf. www.pulsefilms.com
“DREAMS” AT 5 MILLION STREAMS & COUNTING
HEADLINING FOLD! FESTIVAL
“A sugary indie-pop stomper with a strutting hook and a ridiculously danceable chorus”—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“A perfect summer song”—ESQUIRE
“Urgently contemporary and irresistibly vintage”—NPR
“We love sad-folkie Beck as much as anyone but dance-y Beck is even better. This funky little groove is giving us Midnite Vultures flashbacks in the best way possible”—ROLLING STONE
“An infectious blend of dance-punk with designs of invading your ears. There’s no question that this is a strong contender for song of the summer”—USA TODAY (Song of the Week)
“A booming bona fide hit”—VULTURE
How does one of the most innovative and acclaimed artists of the last two centuries follow up a first ever GRAMMY Album of the Year victory for his “instant folk-rock classic” Morning Phase?
If one is Beck, it’s with the 180-degree turn “Dreams,” a 5-minute psych-pop dance party tour de force that has just broken the five million stream mark, averaging 1.5 million streams weekly since its June 15 release—a number that has increased with each week. Beck’s second #1 single at AAA radio (the first being Morning Phase’s “Blue Moon”), “Dreams” is Beck’s first new music since Morning Phase’s GRAMMY hat trick earlier this year.
In other news, Beck will headline the Tuesday, August 4 day of Nile Rodgers’ FOLD! festival in Riverhead, NY. Tickets for that date, Beck’s only scheduled U.S. appearance at press time, are available at: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/881069
A MESSAGE FROM DAVE GROHL
Your old pal, Dave here. Been a while, eh? It’s been one hell of a year, that’s for sure. Looks like we’ve got some serious catching up to do! Hmmm, let’s see…..where do I begin?
The funniest thing happened to me the other day in Sweden!
Two songs into our set at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, I made a mad dash to the right of the stage during MONKEY WRENCH to shred some tasty licks for the kids up front. It was a beautiful night, beautiful stadium, 52,000 screaming people….dream gig! Well….wait for it….I definitely shredded something (ZING!) Wound up feet first over the Edge (pun intended), dropping about 12 feet, dislocating my ankle and snapping my fibula like an old pair of take out chopsticks. Whoopsie daisy. Not good. Without realizing the extent of my injuries, I stood up to get back onstage and crumbled like a sack of Joe Theismanns (look it up, kiddies). That shit was B-R-O-K-E.
As I lay there on my back, I just thought, “Are you kidding me? We haven’t even gotten to the screamy bit of the song and the gig is fucking OVER?” So, I asked for a microphone and told the audience I’d get fixed up and come right back to finish the show ASAP. Shock? Probably. But, I couldn’t stand the thought of such a perfect night going to waste! I looked at our drummer Taylor and said, “Bust out some Chevy Metal covers while they fix me up!” So, as the band kicked in to “Stay With Me” by The Faces, the medics poured me onto a stretcher, took me off to the side, cut my favorite pants off (so bummed) and popped my ankle back into place. I asked if I could get back onstage to finish the show, but they said I needed a cast (which was 20 minutes away at the hospital) to hold my ankle in place. So I looked my EMT, Johan in the eyes and said “Well, then you’re coming up there with me right now and holding it in place until they can bring the cast here. Ready?” He stared at me wide-eyed for a second and said, “OK, lets’ go…”
I don’t know who was more scared, me or Johan. 5 minutes later, I don’t know who was having more fun, me or Johan. (I actually looked at him in between songs and said “This is pretty fun, isn’t it?” He smiled and nodded yes.)
Like clockwork, the cast arrived, I walked offstage for a song or two as they put it on me, and then came back to finish the gig. Let’s just say that singing our song “Walk” with a straight face was pretty goddamned hard. “These Days” was a good one, too. (Easy for you to say! Your leg has never been broken!) All in all, it was without a doubt the single most bizarre Foo Fighters show in the entire 20 years of being a band. Hands down. What seemed like a tragedy at first turned into a triumph, and we all walked away with a new sense of appreciation for what we’ve got…
Straight to the hospital for x-rays, where we finally saw the extent of the damage. That’s when things got really real. I was told I needed surgery to fix the break. I decided to fly back to London and find a doctor that could see me ASAP. (Thanks for the recommendation, Paul!) An MRI and a few x-rays later, we set a date and prepared for the operation.
Operation went well. Had a great team and nice stay in hospital. Good curry, too! Thank you to everyone involved.
So….here I am, recovering with 6 metal screws in my leg, thinking about a lifetime of holding up TSA lines from here to Kalamazoo….damn.
Here’s the not so witty bit…….My doctors have advised me to lay low for a while. The most important thing now is for me to recover from the surgery, to keep my leg elevated so as to keep swelling down and prevent any infection/complication that could do long term damage. I’m not out of the woods yet, folks…
Which means, and it kills me to say it…..the doctors have told us to cancel shows. I’m really so sorry, guys. You know I hate to do it, but I’m afraid it’s just not physically possible for me at the moment. We’re doing our best right now to work out a plan, so bear with us. You know we’re good for our word. But for now, I need to make sure we have YEARS of gigs ahead of us….
You have always stood by our band, and we will always stand by you. Like I say at every show, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you guys. And I mean that. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I will do everything I can to come back and give you a night to remember for the rest of your lives AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Until then…my sincerest apologies.
Your friend, Dave
PS…….Kanye…..Imma let you have this one…..
FOO FIGHTERS FORCED TO CANCEL REMAINDER OF UK/EUROPE DATES
Due to injuries sustained in Dave Grohl’s fall from the stage during Foo Fighters’ June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, doctors have required the cancellation of the remainder of the band’s dates in the UK and Europe. After undergoing surgery Monday, Dave’s full recuperation time is still to be determined.
It was previously announced that Foo Fighters’ June 14 appearance at the Pinkpop Festival and June 16 show at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland were cancelled. The following dates have now been cancelled as well:
June 19 & 20 - London, UK – Wembley Stadium
June 23 - Edinburgh, UK – BT Murrayfield Stadium
June 25 - Werchter, Belgium – Festivalpark Werchter
June 26 - Glastonbury Festival 2015
Tickets To Only U.S Appearances By Iconic Band On Sale June 20 athttp://www.blur.co.uk/tour
The Magic Whip Out Now
Travel to Hong Kong with Blur Comic Book Out Now
“Ong Ong” Official Video Live at https://www.youtube.com/
“Blur’s classic lineup—singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree—has made its first new album in 16 years, one as quixotic and seductive in its modern searching and subversive pop highs as those Nineties winners… Blur have returned with inspiration to spare.” — ROLLING STONE
With 5-star rave live reviews for recent shows* and a historic fourth headline appearance at London’s Hyde Park set for this weekend and having recently performed its new album The Magic Whip at an exclusive NYC Converse Rubber Tracks Live gig, the classic Blur lineup–Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree—has confirmed a pair of iconic dates at two of America’s most famous venues: October 20 at the Hollywood Bowl and October 23 at Madison Square Garden.
Tickets to the shows–the biggest standalone headlines Blur has ever played in the U.S. and the band’s only currently scheduled Stateside dates—will be on sale 10am local time June 20 at http://www.blur.co.uk/tour.
In other Blur news, the band has released its official comic book Travel to Hong Kong with Blur. Created by famed Hong Kong artist Kongkee of Penguin Lab and inspired by The Magic Whip, Travel to Hong Kong with Blur is available for purchase at http://shop.blur.co.uk/ and will be sold at the U.S. dates.
Released April 28, The Magic Whip (Warner Bros) entered the Billboard 200 at #12—the highest U.S. chart position of Blur’s career—and generated unanimous critical raves, including:
“Something special happens when these four get in a room… Blur’s always been puckish in spirit, its greatest gift the identification and gleeful subversion of listener expectations, and in moments like these it re-emerges, untarnished by the passage of time.”—PITCHFORK
“A weird, lovely return to form… immersive, complex, and understatedly lovely… Sharp and uncompromising, The Magic Whip is here to deliver some good news: Blur is once again a four-letter word.”—NEW YORK
“The members of Blur have been connected — in some form or another — for four decades. Now, they’re officially reformed, in more ways than one, and as great as they’ve ever been.”—GRANTLAND
“It is hard to overstate how well the four core members of Blur complement each other… a communion of all that makes Blur indispensable in rock.”—ESQUIRE
“There isn’t a bad song in the bunch, and several are as good as anything they’ve ever done… there’s real joy here, too, the joy of a successful reunion… taps into the 1 + 1 = 20 chemistry that distinguishes the best rock bands.”—THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
“Most rock ‘n’ roll reunions are accompanied by great fanfare and, let’s face it, lousy music. Blur has turned that equation on its head.”—ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Magic Whip started life in Hong Kong in sessions during an unexpected break in touring in May 2013. The band spent five days at Avon Studios in Kowloon before putting the recordings aside and carrying on with their live dates and returning to their respective lives: Dave to his day job as a lawyer, Alex to his Oxfordshire farm, newspaper column and the hosting duties on The Big Feastival that he shares with Jamie Oliver. Graham, who has released eight critically acclaimed solo albums to date, continued to work on his own material and, in 2014, Damon released and toured his Mercury-nominated debut solo albumEveryday Robots.
Graham revisited the tracks in November 2014 and, drafting in Blur’s early producer Stephen Street (Leisure, Modern Life is Rubbish, Parklife, The Great Escape, Blur), worked with the band on the material. Damon then added lyrics to the 12 tracks, completing The Magic Whip—Blur’s eighth album and first since 1999’s 13 to feature the original Blur lineup.
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nasty little man
* The Times, June 11th 2015 Blur Barrowlands, Glasgow
Beck unveils the new single “Dreams,” his first release since Morning Phase took Album of The Year honors at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. A 180-degree turn from that multiple-GRAMMY-winning “instant folk-rock classic” (Rolling Stone), the instantly and irresistibly infectious “Dreams” is a 5-minute dance party tour de force sure to delight summer jam connoisseurs of all stripes.
“Dreams” is classic Beck—unlike anything he’s done before yet clearly the work of the uncategorizable creative force that has brought us the likes of Odelay, Midnite Vultures, Guero and so much more. Vocals and instrumentation are provided entirely by Beck and Greg Kurstin—a veteran of Beck’s touring band circa Sea Change—and the track was written by Beck, Kurstin and Andrew Wyatt, produced by Beck and Kurstin, and mixed by Serban Ghenea.
DAVE GROHL’S BIG BREAK
June 14 Pinkpop Festival & June 16 St. Gallen, Switzerland Shows Canceled
As witnessed by tens of thousands in attendance at Foo Fighters’ June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium, Dave Grohl took a nasty spill during the second song of the set. With the help of on-site medical staff who patched him up temporarily, Dave was able to rejoin the band to complete that performance.
While the full extent of Dave’s injuries are still being determined, it was confirmed at a post-show hospital visit that he sustained at least one fracture.
As a result Foo Fighters have been forced to cancel their June 14 appearance at the Pinkpop Festival as well as their June 16 show at the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
TEENAGE TIME KILLERS: “ODE TO SEAN HANNITY” FEATURING JELLO BIAFRA NOW LIVE AT NOISEY
DEBUT ALBUM GREATEST HITS VOL. 1 OUT JULY 31st ON RISE RECORDS
Following the release of “Barrio,” Teenage Time Killers have proudly teamed up with Noisey to unleash “Ode To Sean Hannity”—a fierce burst of punk rock fury featuring Jello Biafra on vocals—now live at http://noisey.vice.com/
TTK’s own Reed Mullin explains the fortuitous inspiration behind the track:
“I saw John Cleese from Monty Python on an episode of Keith Olbermann’s old MSNBC show a couple years back, where he happened read his poem ‘Ode to Sean Hannity’ aloud. It was fucking hilarious—the rhythm, or cadence rather, and biting political comedy sounded just like a song Jello & the Dead Kennedys would have written back in the old days.
So, when we were getting our original 5 songs together for what later turned into Teenage Time Killers, I put Cleese’s poem to music, asked Jello to sing it, he said ‘yes’ and the rest is history.”