Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Never Mind the Bollocks, a reunited Sex Pistols played Jay Leno last night, which is punk as fuck, obviously. And this candy-ass version of “Anarchy in the UK” makes Motley Crue’s utter shit version sound like vintage punk. (via Brooklyn Vegan)
Guitar TV Online recently conducted an interview with Graham Coxon, wherein the erstwhile Blur guitarist delves into chord structure, tunings, and which guitars he prefers to play with live. Coxon is a severely underrated guitarist, who has never been given his proper due. Despite a respectable solo career since leaving Blur in 2002, rumors of a reunited Blur have been circulating all year. However, Blur’s official site plays down the gossip, reducing the reunion plans to an “enjoyable lunch” with “no other musical plans.”
Last night at a show in Columbia, SC Murder By Death announced that its new record, Red of Tooth and Claw, would be out by the end of February. And Blabbermouth has word today that the typically pop-punk home Vagrant Records will be releasing it. The band tried out several new songs last night, and they sounded like they could be some of the group’s best yet. They veered slightly away from the affected country doom of the past two records in favor of a more urgent and wiry post-punk sound, though the lyrical themes still seemed to mine grandiose territory. Long-time drummer Alex Schrodt was conspicuously missing, however. Not sure what the story is there. Both Wikipedia and the band’s official site have the new drummer’s name (Dagon Thogerson) listed, but neither offers any sort of explanation.
This photograph just absolutely blows my mind. The lead singer of one of the greatest rock bands of all time conversing with a talentless rack of fake tits with ears. I cannot fathom what these two would have to chat about, and Plant’s expression is astounding. He looks as though he’s fully aware how irretrievably stupid this girl is and the fact that she’s actually trying to form complete sentences amuses him to no end. Several sites have tried the captioning game. The winner goes to a Velvet Roper (who I am forced to paraphrase because I can’t find the original thread), but it went something like this:
JS: “But I wax my hedgerow, so how could there be a bustle in it?”
Typically precious and bizarre yet ultimately uneventful mock interview between director Wes Anderson and actor Owen Wilson. It was billed as Owen Wilson’s first interview since his alleged suicide attempt, but anyone familiar with either of these guys will immediately pick up on the utter contrivance and affectation implicit in both men’s disingenuously casual banter. It sheds no light whatsoever on Wilson’s personal life, serving more as a shill for Anderson’s latest and least claustrophobic film, The Darjeeling Limited, in which Wilson also stars.
Win Butler of Arcade Fire wrote a lucid and unpretentious letter in response to Sasha Frere-Jones’ controversialpiece that ran in The New Yorker recently regarding race and indie rock. Butler accompanied his letter with an audio response mp3, which included samples of Arcade Fire’s music to support his points:
“Being as I am in the Arcade Fire, I prickle a little bit at your statement that ‘[i]f there is a trace of soul, blues, reggae, or funk in Arcade Fire, it must be philosophical; it certainly isnâ€™t audible.’ In a somewhat â€¦ I dunno, is it childish to respond to critics this way? Anyway. Iâ€™ve attached an MP3 with parts of our songs that I think steal quite blatantly from black peopleâ€™s music from all over the globe.”