A collection of some interesting links we recently stumbled across:
Ex-Crowded House Drummer Peter Jones Dies at 45 The drummer, who joined the band in 1994 after Paul Hester quit and remained until the band split in 1996, is said to have died after battling brain cancer. Crowded House, on the band’s website, posted the following statement about the passing of their former bandmate: “We are in mourning today for the death of Peter Jones. We remember his as a warm-hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House. He played with style and spirit. We salute him and send out love and best thoughts to his family and friends.” [Billboard.com]
The Thirteenth Step: Soulsavers Interviewed Soulsavers’ Rich Machin and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode are interviewed about their new album together, The Light the Dead See, which arrives this week. Of the new music, Gahan says, “I don’t think I’ve written any better songs than these, or been part of any songs that have stretched me this far as a musician and as a vocalist. Every aspect of what I do, I took risks with, and, lyrically, I made the choice to follow my heart rather than my head.” [The Quietus]
Morrissey’s Case Against NME Set for July The former Smiths frontman will jet back and forth between London and Athens and Istanbul this July as his libel case against the NME is now set to be heard July 16-19, during his summer tour. Moz is not canceling any shows, and fans are encourage “make their presence known outside the High Court in London on these dates.” The singer claims the NME used a 2007 interview to portray him as racist. [Pitchfork]
Under the Covers with David Bowie Our friends at Strangeways Radio have put together another new Under the Covers mix that, this time, examines the legacy of David Bowie with renditions of his songs by the likes of Duran Duran, The Cure, Clan of Xymox, Morrissey, The Chameleons, Tears For Fears and more. Past artists given the Under the Covers treatment include Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure and The Smiths. [StrangewaysRadio.com]
Rest in peace Mr. Jones.
Crowded House is one of the most underrated and under appreciated bands of all time.