Chris Connelly re-joined Ministry on stage in Chicago tonight for the first time in 15 years, reprising his memorable vocal to “So What” alongside Al Jourgensen in a performance that the band streamed live on Facebook — and which you can watch in its entirety right here.
Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted. This week’s new releases include titles from David Byrne of the Talking Heads, Erasure and Ministry.
Industrial-metal giants Ministry this week announced they’ll release AmeriKKKant, their 14th studio album, in March, then hit the road for a 26-date North American tour to promote the record — which is preceded by first single “Antifa,” the music video for which you can watch right here. Check out the full tour dates, too.
Peter Hook and Ministry have each covered “Dancing Madly Backwards” — a 1972 song by Captain Beyond, a psychedelic hard-rock act that featured members of Iron Butterfly and Deep Purple — for a split 12-inch single out this month on Cleopatra Records. Hear both versions, and the original, here.
Ministry will support the release this fall of its 14th studio album AmeriKKKant by co-headlining a U.S. tour with electro-industrial hip-hop duo Death Grips, a trek that will open Oct. 13 in Worcester, Mass., and keep the two groups on the road through Nov. 11 in Dallas, Texas. See full dates here.
Ministry has released a new live album on Bandcamp — with a vinyl edition following in September — that, while not advertised as such, is taken from the same 1990 concert that spawned the six-song In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up live album and companion home video release.
Ministry will release their 14th studio album this fall, a collection called AmeriKKKant that is available for pre-order now via PledgeMusic in a variety of bundles that top out at $10,000 — a price that’ll get one of your own songs remixed and given “that Ministry sound” by Al Jourgensen himself.
Chicago’s Riot Fest this morning unveiled the lineup for its three-day September festival, which will be headlined by Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and a reunited Jawbreaker. Also on the bill: New Order, Ministry, Dinosaur Jr, X, Bad Brains, Buzzcocks, GBH, Fishbone and Alice Bag.
For this week’s installment of “120 Minutes” Rewind, we queue up the Jan. 7, 1990, edition of “120 Minutes” for this near 4-minute “120 X-Ray” segment on Ministry. Intro’d by Dave Kendall, the “X-Ray” features bandleader Al Jourgensen about two months after the release of The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste.
On the eve of the Record Store Day release of a new Wax Trax! Records box set, the Lethal Amounts Gallery in Los Angeles will celebrate Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen and his labelmates on the highly influential Chicago imprint via a new photo exhibit called “Without Sympathy: The Visceral Journey of Al Jourgensen.”
A trove of early Wax Trax! Records material from Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pailhead, 1,000 Homo DJs, PTP and Acid Horse — including previously unreleased tracks and demos — will be compiled on a limited-edition 7CD/1LP box set to be released for Record Store Day next month in both the U.S. and the U.K.
Just a couple months after the unreleased “Same Old Madness” was included on the reissue of Ministry’s classic Twelve Inch Singles, another early With Sympathy-era track is seeing the light of day — this time courtesy of bandleader Al Jourgensen, who has famously distanced himself from his band’s early synthpop days.
This week’s new releases include expanded reissues of the Pixies’ “Doolittle” and Yo La Tengo’s “Painful,” a box set of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry recordings from 1982 to 1987, a vinyl reissue of MInistry’s “Twelve Inch Singles,” a collection of Boris Blank’s output and a Blondie vinyl box set.