PIXIES ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR AND NEW BASSIST

The Pixies have announced that Kim Shattuck of Los Angeles pop-punk band the Muffs is their new bassist, stepping in for Kim Deal who quit last month. The tour will have rarities and new songs on the setlist, with Black Francis claiming that the band have rehearsed 80 songs. The Pixies released their comeback single “Bagboy” last week.

Tour Dates:
September 29 – Olympia, Paris
October 02 – – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
October 05 – Paradiso, Amsterdam
October 08 – Huxleys, Berling
October 10 – Lucerna Music Hall, Prague
November 01 – Gasometer, Vienna
November 02 – Thonex, Geneva
November 04 – Alcatraz, Milan
November 07 – La Riviera, Madrid
November 09 – Coliseum, Lisbon
November 13 – Falkoner, Copenhagen
November 14 – Sentrum Scene, Oslo
November 15 – Munchen Brewery, Stockholm
November 18 – Olympia, Dublin
November 21 – Apollo, Manchester
November 22 – Barrowlands, Glasgow
November 24 – Hammersmith Apollo, London

PEARL JAM TO MAKE MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT MONDAY

Pearl Jam have a countdown clock on their website that is set to expire next Monday at 1PM EST. The band’s new single “Mind Your Manners” has previously been reported to be released to radio on July 16th, so I’d expect this announcement to be regarding the new album and possibly be a release of the new single. Pearl Jam released “The Fixer” streaming on their MySpace account 4 years ago, in July 2009, before releasing it to radio.

Tracklist Revealed For Upcoming Mark Lanegan Anthology

Mark Lanegan will release an anthology set entitled Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011 on Light In The Attic Records. The title is likely related to a lyric from Lanegan’s “Come to Me,” from his album Bubblegum: “Ask God to see my shadow.” Although the anthology does not currently have a release date, the tracklist for the set has been revealed. The anthology will feature twenty previously release tracks as well as twelve unreleased songs.

1. Bombed
2. One Hundred Days
3. Come to Me
4. Mirrored
5. Pill Hill Serenade
6. One Way Street
7. Kimiko’s Dream House
8. Low
9. Resurrection Song
10. Shiloh Town
11. Creeping Coastline of Lights
12. Lexington Slow Down
13. Last One in the World
14. Wheels
15. Mockingbirds
16. Wild Flowers
17. Sunrise
18. Carnival
19. Pendulum
20. The River Rise
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Previously unreleased:
21. Dream Lullabye
22. Leaving New River Blues
23. Sympathy
24. To Valencia Courthouse
25. Song While Waiting
26. Blues for D (vocal version)
27. Big White Cloud (John Cale cover)
28. No Contestar
29. Following the Rain
30. Grey Goes Black (alternative version)
31. Halcyon Daze
32. Blues Run the Game (live)

It was previously rumored that five songs featured in the 2009 film Cook County would appear on Lanegan’s upcoming anthology. However, it now seems that the rumor was either false or the song titles have changed. It is also interesting to note that the first twenty songs, which feature Lanegan songs that have already been released, are ordered in reverse chronological order except for a reversal in the order of tracks from The Winding Sheet and Whiskey for the Holy Ghost.

THOM YORKE MAKES SURPRISE DJ PERFORMANCES AT GLASTONBURY

Radiohead/Atoms For Peace frontman Thom Yorke and Atoms For Peace member Nigel Godrich made two surprise DJ performances at Glastonbury over the weekend. The two DJ’d very late at night at a small area in Shangri-La. Below is a list of songs they played during their first 2 hour set according to NME.com:

“Sexy MF” by Prince
“Fuck Tha Police” by NWA
“Once In A Lifetime” by Talking Heads
“212” by Azealia Banks
“007” by Desmond Dekker

Not much information is known about the second performance, but Yorke and Godrich confirmed that they were set to perform again.

SETLIST FROM SMASHING PUMPKINS’ SHOW AT MANCHESTER ACADEMY

Manchester Academy
Manchester, England
July 1, 2013

Setlist:
Quasar
Panopticon
Starz
Rocket
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
X.Y.U.
Disarm
Tonite Reprise
Tonight, Tonight
Pinwheels
Blank Page
Thirty-Three
Ava Adore
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
The Imploding Voice
One Diamond, One Heart
Pale Horse
Today
Zero
Stand Inside Your Love
United States (with Uli Jon Roth)

Encore:
All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover) (with Uli Jon Roth)
Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover) (with Uli Jon Roth)
1979

MIDDLE CLASS RUT DISCUSS THEIR DEMENTED “AUNT BETTY” MUSIC VIDEO

Fuse recently chatted it up with the aspiring new rock band, Middle Class Rut, who have recently released their second full length LP, Pick Up Your Head. The band has toured with the likes of Alice in Chains and Jane’s Addiction; likewise, the band’s new record captures the intensity of said bands.

The official video for their lead single, “Aunt Betty”, manages to incorporate cross dressing, decapitations, gang violence, barbecued chicken, burning old women, and necromantic puppetry all in a five minute lo-fi VHS format video… as in, it would have been banned from MTV had they still played music. But what does the band have to say about the video? Not much, apparently.

“I still don’t know what the hell the video is about,” said drummer Sean Stockham. “I’m still trying to figure out, which… I love that.”

Click here to watch the whole interview!

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DEAD SARA GUITARIST SIOUXSIE MEDLEY TALKS INFLUENCES, NEW STUDIO ALBUM

Michelle Neville over at Guitar Planet recently caught up with Siouxsie Medley, guitarist for Dead Sara. Led by their energetic frontwoman Emily Armstrong, Dead Sara rose to prominence in 2012 with the release of their self-titled album and its first single, “Weatherman”.

When you were 15 that’s when you kinda met Emily wasn’t it? You guys were jamming loads of stuff, and then you put Dead Sara together. How do you think over the years you have kind of developed the Dead Sara sound?

Well I grew up as a teenager listening to a lot of punk rock music, I just loved – actually, one of my favourite bands at the time when I first met Emily was a band – Cockspar. They’re from England, and what I loved about them, was that they were loud and they were crazy but they were so melodic and I loved that punk edginess, especially in guitar, but very melodic.

Emily kind of grew up with a 60’s and 70’s background she loved that era – so I introduced her to the punk rock world, and she introduced me to that world and it kinda developed our sound. We’re kinda all over the place; it’s very heavy but melodic.

Are you recording – writing?

We’re writing, we just did some demos in the studio and we’re just writing a bunch and hopefully release our next record this year.

Ok, so I know you’re still in writing stages but what do you think fans can expect from this new record? Are there any sort of distinct changes that you can feel between the last record and this one that might be developing?

I think that we as a band – we’ve gotten so much more tight and as musicians we’ve definitely improved. It’s been a year and half of touring and we’re so much more in sync with each other. I just kinda feel like it’s gonna be a lot more mature – it’s still definitely Dead Sara, still raw and edgy, we’re just gonna be a lot tighter…

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LISTEN TO A CLIP OF DEAD SARA’S COVER OF “HEART-SHAPED BOX” BY NIRVANA

Dead Sara, a female-fronted hard rock band out of Los Angeles, have recorded a new version of the Nirvana classic “Heart-Shaped Box” off of their 1993 opus, In Utero. It is unknown when the full song will be released, but a small clip has been attached to the debut trailer of the PlayStation 4 video game, Infamous: Second Son. The game takes place in a faithfully recreated digital version of Seattle, Washington, epicenter of the grunge music scene of the 80’s and early 90’s and home to such bands as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden.

Worth noting is the song “Monumental Holiday”, off of Dead Sara’s self titled debut album. Musically, the song seems very inspired by Kurt Cobain’s guitar work. Dead Sara have recorded several new demos and are planning on releasing their sophomore album before the end of 2013.

The song is at the 1:18 mark in the first video.

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