Linkage: Bryan Ferry plots new U.S. tour, plus The Smiths, The B-52s, The Stone Roses

A collection of some interesting links we stumbled across this week:

Bryan Ferry Plots U.S. Return, Talks Style, Scandal & Roxy ‘Babies’ Having just wrapped up his first U.S. dates in eight years, the former Roxy Music leader opens up on a variety of topics, including his old band, his wardrobe, his taste in art and plans to return to America for more concerts next March. [Billboard]

Reissue! Repackage! Re-Evaluate the (Masterings)! The Analog Loyalist, who is in the midst of posting his own cleaned-up versions of the original Smiths vinyl on Rough Trade, offers his review of the newly remastered catalog: “For the most part, the 2011 masterings are revelatory. … These are, of course, modern masterings. But by no means are they a brickwall travesty — they are limited, as one would expect, but not ridiculously so.” [Extra Track (and a Tacky Badge)]

Hanging With the Wild Crowd: Our Interview with Fred Schneider The gang at Culture Brats checks in with Schneider about The B-52s new live album, his thoughts on the break-up of fellow Athenians R.E.M., his new single and video with The Superions and which side of the great “Pretty in Pink”/”Sixteen Candles” debate he falls on. [Culture Brats]

The Stone Roses Reunite… But Is It A Good Idea? Mikala at The Backstage Rider weighs in on the still-shocking news that the Roses are getting back together, examining the pros and cons: “My guess: the band are likely no longer drug-addicted, total dicks. Maybe they’re just partial dicks and it’s that halving of egos that will allow them to bypass the kids stuff and make something exciting happen.” [The Backstage Rider]

 

 

 

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