Forever Summer by The SilenceWatch this video on YouTube I’ve been in bands my entire adult life. For most of that time, it was the most important element of my identity. Being in a band was not only a crucial creative outlet, but also a social space; it was how I met people beyond what … Continue reading Forever Summer
Riot Fest once again proved itself to be the music fest for grownups. Grownups in black t-shirts. While all the other big festivals rotate the same dozen headliners, it’s great that Riot Fest has retained its punk rock focus. Maybe not as strictly as during its first several years as a multi-venue festival, but most … Continue reading Riot Fest 2017: No Dicks on the Dancefloor
Chicago’s favorite band returns…in Portland, Oregon.
The story of two dorks trying to scam their way into a legendary club.
Former New Order/Joy Division bassist Peter Hook is writing a tell-all book about his days in the Manchester club scene. It’s called Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club. He posted the libel report from his lawyer, which contains all kinds of juicy yet potentially defamatory details. Hook himself admits that he “thought it read … Continue reading Peter Hook: Libel Report
MP3: Laura Cantrell – “Love Vigilantes” (New Order cover) from Trains and Boats and Planes, out on April 15 on Diesel Only. This song has been covered by everybody, from Iron and Wine to the Dirty Lawfords, but this is a nice version.
Uh oh, things are getting nasty over in New Orderville. A brief recap. First, bassist Peter Hook said the group had broken up. Bernard Sumner and Stephan Morris immediately said, “Oh really?” Well now, old Hooky has responded to Sumner and Morris regarding the idea of them carrying on without him on his myspace blog: … Continue reading To Do Anything New Ordery…
From the “I Thought They Were Already Dead” file, news from the UK is that Manchester legends New Order have broken up. “Again??” you say. “I thought this happened in 1989,” I reply.
The Mountain Goats’ Peter Hughes on New Order: “Buried deep inside all of these songs is an underlying narrative that is only hinted at by any one of them, but which unfailingly informs them all.”
The film 24 Hour Party People embodies the punk spirit it documents. But before I go into director Michael Winterbottom’s freewheeling, go-for-broke filmmaking style, I just want to say the movie’s kind of got old-fart appeal, being about the beginnings of British punk and the Manchester bands (Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays) who succeeded … Continue reading Not Trying To Break Anyone’s Heart