The Jesus and Mary Chain
November 1st marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Psychocandy, the Jesus & Mary Chain’s debut album.

To celebrate Jim Reid has given an interview to the Von Pip Musical Express where he talks about the album comparing it to “an old photograph” and the backlash they recieved after their initial success. He also answers the inevitable question if the band will celebrate the anniversary by playing the album at some live dates… “I wouldn’t rule it out, but the truth of the matter is it’s a very hard record to play live.”

To read the full interview click here.

The band recently released a 2CD ‘best of’ which you can get for a mere £4.99 by clicking here.

Today is 15 years since ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ was released on October 2nd 1995 and went on to sell 14.2 million copies.

The album spent 10 weeks at number 1 in the UK later becoming the third biggest-selling album in UK chart history (with 4.4 million copies sold). 10 months later they headlined Knebworth for two nights.

The album later won the award for the best British Album of the last 30 Years at the 2010 Brit Awards.

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Primal Scream - ScreamadelicaPrimal Scream are set to take their classic album ‘Screamadelica’ on the road after confirming a nationwide tour.

‘Screamadelica’ seems to sit on its own, as an almost unique album. Indie pop icons, Primal Scream had attempted to add some raw rock action to their sound but only succeeded in alienating their audience.

With their backs to the wall, Primal Scream were re-energised by Acid House. The scenes debauchery and ‘anything goes’ atmosphere shattered the way the band wrote songs, and provided renewed inspiration.

What emerged was a remarkable document which towered over anything produced by the Baggy scene. A cohesive mixture of dance and rock, Primal Scream hooked up with some top DJs and producers but kept true to their origins.

‘Screamadelica’ is one of the ultimate hymns to the midnight hour, blending country with soul, techno with house. A stunning document, the band are set to re-visit the album on some special shows later this year.

Playing two sold out dates at London’s Olympia, Primal Scream are set to take ‘Screamadelica’ on the road next year. Running throughout March, the 20th anniversary tour opens in Leeds on March 14th.

Moving across the country, Primal Scream are set to play Glasgow’s SECC on March 18th before finishing the shows in London’s Brixton Academy on March 25th.

Tickets are set to go on sale this Friday (October 1st).

Primal Scream have confirmed the following dates:

March
14 Leeds O2 Academy
15 Birmingham O2 Academy
16 Newcastle SECC
18 Glasgow SECC
19 Manchester Apollo
22 Brighton Centre
25 London O2 Brixton Academy

Source: ClashMusic

Upside Down - The Best of The Jesus & Mary Chain

The Jesus and Mary Chain release a 44 track ‘best of’ next week. Alongside all the obvious tracks you’d expect, the album also features two rare tracks including the 2008 recording of “All Things Must Pass” (recorded for the NBC TV programme “Heroes”) and “45 RPM” (previously only available on a long-deleted mid-90s XFM compilation). Continue reading

Pete Fijalkowski

Pete Fijalkowski of Adorable and Terry Bickers of The House of Love have announced a new date at Kranhalle in Munich on Friday July 16th. Further details of the gig can be found on Pete’s MySpace page which can be found by clicking here or via the venue website here.

The duo are currently recording an album which they hope to release next year with various live dates to follow.

Pete Fijalkowski also travelled to Berlin in autumn last year to record vocals on the track ‘Drop Hawaii’ by Mexican Elvis, which appears on their new album ‘John Frum Alaska’ due out in Germany in July. The album also features contributions from members of Lali Puna & Calexico. You can hear the collaboration via their MySpace page at www.myspace.com/mexicanelvis

Bobby Gillespie
NME.com reports that Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has unveiled a unique one-off collaboration featuring members of the Sex Pistols and The Who.

The side project, entitled Silver Machine, have been announced to perform a special covers show at London’s 1234 festival in Shoreditch on July 24.

Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, The Who and former Oasis sticksman Zak Starkey, plus Primal Scream guitarists Andrew Innes and Barrie Cadogan have signed up for the covers project.

The band will performing a collection of their favourite songs by The Troggs, MC5, Creation, Thr Flamin’ Groovies and The Chocolate Watch Band for the bash.

“We’re great and we can’t wait,” declared frontman Bobby Gillespie.

Festival director Sean McLusky added: “We did a show at the Whitechapel Gallery with S.C.U.M and a bunch of other artists, Bobby was playing and rocked ‘Wild Thing’ by The Troggs with Jamie Hince from The Kills, so I asked him if he would do more of the same at the festival, so now we have….The Silver Machine.”

Brian Cannon who designed all of the early Oasis sleeves alongside the cover of Super Furry Animals’ debut album has launched a new website.

The website celebrates the twentieth anniversary of his agency Microdot Creative and includes many shots of sleeves being created. You may recognise the writing below.

Oasis Definitely Maybe handwritten

Click here to view the website. The Oasis gallery on his website can be viewed by clicking here.

Jim Jasmine (Jim Shepherd of the Jasmine Minks), Boyracer and The Painted Word are featured on volume 3 of the Television Personalities tribute albums released by Canada’s Beautiful Music label.

Vol. 1Vol. 2

Previous versions included Phil Wilson, BMX Bandits, Biff Bang Pow! Nikki Sudden and The Legend!

The tracklisting for Volume 3 is shown in the image below:

All Those Times We Spent Together

You can pre-order the new album alongside the previous two volumes by clicking here and you can also read about how the idea for the albums was put together by clicking here.