The Ramones’ 1976 self-titled debut album was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry today alongside 25 other songs and records — including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack — as examples of the “richness and variety of our audio heritage
As we wait for the release of the delayed “US Generation” documentary — not to mention next week’s English Beat CD/DVD combo Live at the US Festival — it’s worth marking today’s 30th anniversary of the first of two giant multi-day US Festivals, envisioned by their organizer, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, as “Woodstock West.”
For this week’s ‘120 Minutes Rewind,’ we offer up a clip of unusually good video quality, a nine-minute reel from summer 1990 that saw Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore and drummer Steve Shelley sitting down to talk about the band’s just-released ‘Goo’ album with host Dave Kendall.
Hellcat Records on Tuesday marked what would have been Joe Strummer’s 60th birthday by announcing and immediately releasing a digital box set compiling the late Clash frontman’s recorded output with late-’90s, early-2000s band The Mescaleros — including an unreleased 2002 live set.
The Cure’s Robert Smith is again teaming up with director Tim Burton, following up his contribution to the companion album to Burton’s 2010 version of “Alice in Wonderland” with a song on the upcoming Frankenweenie Unleashed!, a 14-track collection of songs “inspired by” the filmmaker’s new stop-motion creation.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is helping make a feature-length documentary about the so-called ‘Woodstock of the ’80s’ — the 1982 US Festival, which featured Talking Heads, Oingo Boingo, The B-52s, The Cars, Ramones, Gang of Four and more — to be released this Labor Day weekend on the event’s 30th anniversary.
Punk giant Joey Ramone shuffled off the stage more than a decade ago, but that’s not getting in the way of the release next month of his sophomore album ‘…Ya Know?’ — which will be preceded by a Record Store Day release of lead-off track ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Is The Answer’ on red-vinyl 7-inch, which you now stream right here.
It’s pretty skimpy on the new-release front this week, but there are two live sets worth checking out: ‘The Cretin Hop,’ a Ramones live album recorded in 1978, and a DVD release of Public Image Ltd.’s appearance on the German ‘Rockpalast’ TV show in 1983.
Merry Christmas from us here at Slicing Up Eyeballs to you — wherever you may be this fine Dec. 25. And if you partake in other holidays, or none in particular, hope you’re having a wonderful day, too. We’ll leave you with this classic video featuring a tall Jewish man issuing a heartfelt plea for peace on Jesus’ birthday.
With its release now less than a week away, Sonic Youth has issued a short, two-minute trailer for the long-overdue DVD release of ‘1991: The Year Punk Broke,’ the concert film that chronicled the band’s tour of Europe that year with opening act Nirvana.
For this week’s installment of Vintage Video we dip back to the late 1970s for this delightful report by ABC newsmagazine ’20/20′ on ‘the current transformation of rock ‘n’ roll — it’s called New Wave rock.’
This week’s new releases include Ramones reissues on 180-gram audiophile vinyl, plus a 2CD reissue of Peter Murphy’s debut ‘Should the World Fail to Fall Apart,’ a brand-new They Might Be Giants album called ‘Join Us’ and a DVD of Lou Reed’s 2009 appearance at Lollapalooza.
Rhino Records later this month will re-release the Ramones’ first four albums — ‘Ramones’ (1976), ‘Leave Home’ (1977), ‘Rocket to Russia’ (1977) and ‘Road to Ruin’ (1978) — on 180-gram audiophile vinyl and in special limited-edition sets packaged with bonus 7-inch singles on blue vinyl.
The fabled rock documentary ‘1991: The Year Punk Broke’ — chronicling Sonic Youth’s tour of Europe with opening act Nirvana — finally will be released on DVD this fall in a special 20th anniversary edition featuring 42 minutes of bonus performances and other material.