Bill Rieflin, the thunderous drummer who made his name in Chicago’s late-’80s/early-’90s industrial scene pounding out beats for Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface and more before manning the kit for R.E.M. over the last eight years of that band’s career, died on Tuesday of cancer, according to former bandmates. He was 59.
This week’s new releases include a triple-album dub compilation from Killing Joke, a compilation of early material from The Mighty Lemon Drops, a new ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ companion from The Flaming Lips and reissues of albums by Swans and Athletico Spizz 80.
The Jesus and Mary Chain will return to North American this summer — at least for one performance, following this week’s announcement of the Glasgow noise-pop legends as an early headliner of the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival in Calgary, Canada, on June 19-22 alongside Swans, Divine Fits, Explosions in the Sky and more.
Organizers of Barcelona’s Primavera Sound 2013 festival unfurled a mind-bending lineup topped by headliners The Jesus and Mary Chain, Blur, My Bloody Valentine and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, in addition to appearances by Dinosaur Jr, Bob Mould, Dead Can Dance, The Breeders and many more.
We’re counting down the top 10 albums of 2012 as voted on by Slicing Up Eyeballs readers earlier this month. This list includes albums released this year by Dinosaur Jr, Ultravox, Public Image Ltd., Killing Joke, The Fixx, Pet Shop Boys, members of Depeche Mode, Dead Can Dance and more.
Today we count down our readers votes’ for the Top 10 songs of the year from ’80s alternative artists, and the countdown for 2012 includes tracks released this past year by Depeche Mode, Paul Westerberg, Public Image Ltd., Dead Can Dance, Dinosaur Jr, Bob Mould, Adam Ant and more.
We finish out the Slicing Up Eyeballs Readers Poll 2012 by counting down your picks for the Top 10 live acts of the year, a list that includes The Jesus and Mary Chain, Peter Murphy, Dead Can Dance, The Fixx, The Cure, Bob Mould, Adam Ant, Duran Duran, New Order and Swans.
This week’s new releases include ‘The Seer,’ a new 2CD set from Swans, plus a soundtrack to the film ‘Lawless’ by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, a covers album from Juliana Hatfield, CD reissues of the This Mortal Coil catalog, a collection of synthpop remixes and the first new album in 22 years from Manchester’s The Distractions.
The reactivated My Bloody Valentine will follow up its trio of dates in Japan by headlining All Tomorrow’s Parties’ just-announced I’ll Be Your Mirror Melbourne festival next February, marking Kevin Shields and Co.’s first Australian concert in more than 20 years.
This week’s new releases include ‘Echoes and Rhymes,’ the first new album from The Primitives in 21 years, plus reissues of Swans’ 1989 major-label album ‘The Burning World’ and ‘The Big Heat,’ the 1986 solo debut from Wall of Voodoo’s Stan Ridgway.
Three weeks ago, we launched the inaugural Slicing Up Eyeballs Readers Poll in an effort to gauge what this site’s frequenters think are the year’s best new albums and reissues. Now, with hundreds of ballots cast, the results are in.
Highlights of tonight’s ‘Dark Wave’ on Sirius XM’s 1st Wave include a Swans song that’s not their cover of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ (good thing, since the original made the playlist tonight), some choice Sinead O’Connor (‘Jerusalem’) and a dash of Fad Gadget (‘Collapsing New People’).
This week’s releases include new studio albums from OMD, ex-Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins and reunited no-wave act Swans; plus a new Jesus and Mary Chain best-of; and expanded reissues of the Bangles’ first two albums, ‘All Over the Place’ and ‘Different Light.’
Tonight’s ‘Dark Wave’ on Sirius XM’s 1st Wave opened with The Cure’s ‘Disintegration,’ and featured such highlights as a rare airing of TSOL (‘Flowers By the Door’); the return of Public Image Ltd.’s ‘Rise,’ which opened the show for weeks on end earlier this year; and both Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and the Swans’ cover.