The National: Something Out of Nothing
Join the National onstage during an epic performance in Copenhagen and in a cozy Hudson Valley recording studio. This V.R. experience, directed by Oscar nominee Marshall Curry, follows the creative process as members of the band puzzle out their new album, “Sleep Well Beast.” Watch below the immersive experience.
DOC: Short documentary about the best band to ever come out of the Texas, the Judys.
The Judy’s were a Pearland, Texas-based punk and new wave band from the late 1970s and early 1980s.
In their heyday, the band was composed of David B. Bean (songwriter, vocals, guitars, keyboards), Dane Cessac (drums, vocals) and Jeff Walton (bass, vocals).
ETCHED IN ACID: TV NEWS REPORTS FROM SUMMER OF LOVE-ERA SF SHOW HOW GROSS THE HIPPIES COULD BE.
The Bay Area’s CBS affiliate, KPIX, aired special reports on the hippie phenomenon in 1967: “The Maze: Haight/Ashbury,” a tour of the burgeoning neighborhood led by Beat poet Michael McClure, and “The Maze: Etched in Acid,” a skeptical look at LSD enthusiasts. The music of the New Salvation Army Banned plays under both. (The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Wildflower were profiled in “The Maze: Liverpool, U.S.A.,” an episode that has yet to turn up on the intertubes.)
When Tony Wilson interviewed The Smiths for Granada Reports.
The Smiths, and Morrissey in particular made many television appearances during 1984 in promotion of the band’s second album, Meat is Murder. One such interview during this time was with none other than Tony Wilson, the man who regrettably did not sign the band to his label Factory Records.
During the interview, the strained relationship between the journalist/label owner and the man he used to call Steven, is made painfully obvious with the sarcastic introduction. Tony then goes on to make it a point to interview the rhythm section of Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce first, followed by Johnny Marr—who Tony credits with writing all the melodies.
When the interview finally gets to Morrissey himself, Tony interrogates him on the controversial lyrics on Meat Is Murder, especially the LP’s intro track The Headmaster Ritual. to which Morrissey barbs Tony with a grin on his face that he should try being a popstar to express his political views.
DOC: Buzzcocks + Magazine on What’s On Granada TV ’78.
A ‘What’s On’ special featuring Buzzcocks and Magazine, broadcast on Granada TV and presented by Tony Wilson. First (and only?) transmission date: July 27th, 1978.
The programme lasts nearly 40 minutes and consists mainly of Tony Wilson interviewing Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto, but there is also live footage of both bands shot at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester on July 21st, 1978.
1. Slate Part 1
2. Section 1
3. Buzzcocks: What Do I Get?
4. Section 3
5. Magazine: Motorcade
6. Section 4
7. Slate Part 2
8. Section 6
9. Buzzcocks: Love You More
10. Section 8
11. Magazine: Burst
12. Section 10
13. Buzzcocks: I Don’t Mind
14. Section 12
15. Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto: I Can’t Control Myself
RARE COLLECTIBLE FIGURES BASED ON THE ANIMATED CHARACTERS FROM PINK FLOYD’S ‘THE WALL’.
In 2003, Stevenson Entertainment Group put out the first of two collectible figure sets based on some of the more memorable animated characters from Alan Parker’s film adaptation of Pink Floyd’s 1979 double album, The Wall. If this is news to you, as it was to me, I’ll give you a minute to process this revelation before we get on to learning a little bit about the original concepts for the animations before you get to peep the rest of these incredible figures based on them.
PRINCE GETS FREAKY IN S&M-THEMED MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘AUTOMATIC’
“Automatic” is one of the eleven songs that appear on Prince’s fifth record—and first double album—1999 (1982). The track was released as a single in edited form, though only for the Australian market. The album version includes a steamy interlude that was acted out for the accompanying video, which hasn’t been easy to see—until now.
Prince’s official YouTube channel was recently reactivated, delighting his fan base with uploads of his official music videos in pristine quality. “Automatic” is one of the latest to appear. Assuming many of you haven’t seen this rare clip, we won’t give much more away, other than that it includes a segment in which Prince is tied up and whipped—!
PETE SHELLEY, HOWARD DEVOTO, BUZZCOCKS AND MAGAZINE IN VINTAGE PUNK DOC ‘B’DUM B’DUM’ FROM 1978.
The Buzzcocks had to be quick because they didn’t know how long they would last. That’s what Pete Shelley told Tony Wilson over tea and cigarettes in this documentary B’dum B’dum from 1978.
Made as part of Granada TV’s What’s On series, B’dum B’dum follows the tale of the band Buzzcocks from formation to first split and the creation of splinter group Howard Devoto’s Magazine.
GHOST RIDER STILL ALIVE AFTER SUICIDE: ‘IT’ IS THE HEAVY ALAN VEGA RELEASE FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE!
Alan Vega the solo artist and lead singer of the groundbreaking synthpunk duo Suicide who passed from this mortal plane almost exactly one year ago (7/16/16) is not done with us just yet and this is the best news I’ve heard in ages…
I had never seen a band with “no” instruments and they were louder than any band WITH instruments.
This record is as harsh-sounding for today’s audience as Suicide’s first LP was in 1977! When The Clash took them on tour with them in the UK punk audiences were so upset by Suicide that they tried to kill them—every night! So did the teeny bopper American fans of The Cars when Suicide toured with them. It was not easy but it had to be done. This new record is THAT heavy, if not more so. Get IT now, before it’s too late.
JOE STRUMMER INTERVIEW – 1987.
An interview with Joe Strummer cerca 1987 following the filming of Straight to Hell.