Canadian synthpop outfit Rational Youth is digging into its vaults with the release of a new 3CD archival set called Magic Box, which features a 27-song live album that was recorded in 1983 on two discs and a third CD collecting demos, 7-inch remixes and solo tracks from members Bill Vorn, Kevin Komoda, and Tracy Howe.
Morrissey will celebrate the life and legacy of Lou Reed by releasing a single featuring a live cover of the late rocker’s 1972 classic “Satellite of Love” recorded two years ago first as a digital download in early December and then on vinyl early next year, according to an announcement made via semi-official fansite True To You.
Longtime music journalist Ben Vendetta has just published his debut work of fiction, a novel called “Wivenhoe Park” that’s set in the mid-’80s and follows an American Anglophile who relocates to the U.K. as the indie/post-punk scene blows up with bands like The Smiths, The Jesus and Mary Chain and more.
This week’s new releases include the brand-new Christmas album from Erasure (‘Snow Globe’), plus reissues of The Lords of the New Church’s three albums from the ’80s, a Songs For Slim compilation 2CD set featuring The Replacements, and a set of ’80s covers from Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs.
In the fall of 2010, the surviving members of Big Country regrouped, tapped Mike Peters of The Alarm to fill in for late frontman Stuart Adamson and proceeded to tour the world, and record and release a new album called The Journey. Three years later, though, Peters is out of the band.
Welcome to the Week in Rock, where we round up all of the headlines posted on this site over the past week. This week featured news of the death of Scruffy the Cat’s Charlie Chesterman, plus items on For Against, They Might Be Giants, Jimmy Somerville, Jane’s Addiction, Johnny Marr and more.
The Captured Tracks label next month will release a new limited-edition 3LP vinyl box set collecting the first two studio albums from Nebraska post-punk trio For Against — 1987’s Echelons and 1988’s December — plus In the Marshes, the band’s 1990 collection of demos recorded between those first two albums.
Hard to believe, but last night’s appearance by Nine Inch Nails on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” was billed as the band’s first-ever network television performance. Trent Reznor and Co., in Los Angeles to play the Staples Center, performed a mini concert on Kimmel’s outdoor stage, with “All Time Low” getting aired on the show.
Johnny Marr is currently playing his second round of American dates in support of his new solo album The Messenger, and used the occasion to stop by “Conan” to perform one of the record’s tracks for the TBS late-night show. Check out the full clip of Mr. Marr playing “The Right Thing Right.”
The four albums quirk-pop duo They Might Be Giants released on Elektra in the ’90s — starting with the group’s platinum-selling Flood, with its hit single “Birdhouse in Your Soul” — are being reissued in the U.K. next month by Edsel Records in a pair of “two-for-one” sets that pads out each disc with a handful of B-sides and remixes.
This week’s episode of the Slicing Up Eyeballs Music Hour on Strangeways Radio featured music by Scruffy the Cat, RIchard Hell and the Voidoids, The Clash, Midnight Oil, Dinosaur Jr, The Untouchables, Bronski Beat, Stan Ridgway, The Dream Syndicate, The Call, Talking Heads and more.
Charlie Chesterman, the frontman of Boston college-radio favorites Scruffy the Cat, part of the late-’80s cowpunk scene that helped spawn the alt-country movement, lost his ongoing battle with cancer on Monday, according to posts on Facebook this morning by friends, including former bandmate Stephen Fredette,
Last week Jane’s Addiction received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of debut studio album Nothing’s Shocking, the band played a short set for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” part of which was aired on last night’s show and posted on the program’s YouTube channel.
Erasure releases its new Christmas-themed album Snow Globe one week from today, but fans can get an early jump on the release, which is now streaming in full via USA Today. Below, you can listen to the full 13-track album — featuring new renditions of “Silent Night,” “White Christmas” and more.