Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Toronto Riot Fest map & schedule released

The schedule is out, and The Cure will get 1 hour & 45 minutes. Playing 9 - 10:45 PM on the Riot Stage.

Damn, when's the last time time The Cure got less than 2 hours? Maybe 1 of the SummerCure shows? Hope Chicago & Denver get a bit more, but really not expecting it now.

Betting The Cure will actually play until 11. Doesn't look like the curfew is 10:45, as City & Colour play until 10:55 on Sunday. Guess we'll find out soon.

Also, some bad news for those of you hoping to see Thurston Moore in Toronto or Chicago - "Unfortunately, Thurston Moore, will be unable to perform in Toronto or Chicago due to unforeseen visa issues."

Reeves on Players Din Episode 1

"Jeff Brown invites his side musician friends over to his basement to record improvised jam sessions. Episode 1 features Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Travis Vance on bass, Tyson Rogers on keyboard and Jeff Brown on drums."

Lol at San Diego Music Thing

From Lol on Facebook: "So its that time of year again for the San Diego Music Thing. I will be there talking on a panel about touring on September 13 th at 11:45am. Should be fun, it was last year. I also hope to get to talk to some of you again after the panel. https://www.facebook.com/sandiegomusicthing"

The Cure on World Cafe 2008

Yesterday's Vintage Cafe on NPR featured The Cure on World Cafe from 2008. Interview and live tracks from the 4Tour show in Philadelphia. Listen here.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cure in Orange 35mm tonight in Austin

The great Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin, TX are showing a 35mm print of 'The Cure in Orange' again at 9:30 tonight.

Deal on Toronto Riot Fest passes

TravelZoo currently has 1 day passes for $59, 2 day passes for $99, 1 day VIP for $105, and 2 day VIP for $199.  An additional fee of $13-$24 per ticket will apply. (Thanks Brad).

Direct links if you don't want to sign up with TravelZoo - Saturday passes, Sunday passes, 2 day passes.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Riot Fest food vendor lists

"Chicago: We’re happy to welcome over 50 food vendors to the fest this year to help satisfy all of your carnivorous, omnivorous, vegetarian, and vegan needs! Toronto and Denver, your food vendors will be unveiled this week too!"

Update (08/27/14): Toronto! You finally got something announced today! Too bad it's just your food vendor list, but hey, it's something.
Wait, you finally get your FAQ, too.
They have to release your map, & schedule soon, right?

"This year’s Riot Fest & Expo in Toronto, ON will feature a wide array of food options sure to cover the bases for any taste palate. Whether you’re craving carnival food, a burger, tacos, or some dessert, these 20+ vendors will have delicious fixings to satisfy your hunger and taste buds!"

Update (08/29/14): And nere's your list, Denver. "We are pleased to announce the official RIOT FEAST! Check out all the goodness these amazing vendors will provide this September. We're hungry..."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

More Porl items up for auction

Some more items from Porl Thompson are being auctioned.

Lot 20 - PORL THOMPSON OF THE CURE - collection of items owned and used by Porl during tours with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and The Cure to include spiked leather wrist cuff, 2 x guitar straps (1 x black/1 x white), black velvet pin striped sleeve with velcro fastenings, Paul's backstage pass for 'The Cure 4 Tour' 2007/8, Ontek Lifeguard guitar humidifier model 100S and a small tin containing 16 x plectrums (9 are personalised with Porl's name). Also included is a small 12 page booklet with images of the band which has some water damage.

Lot 21 - PORL THOMPSON OF THE CURE - collection of items owned and used by Porl during tours with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and The Cure to include spiked leather wrist cuff, 2 x backstage passes for 'The Cure 4 Tour' 2007/8 in Porl's name, black Seymour Duncan guitar strap and 8 personalised guitar plectrums. (Thanks Perfect.Murder and @HaloCure13)

Win passes to Denver Riot Fest

From Channel 93.3: "Starting Monday, listen for the following Riot Fest bands between 7a – 6p, be caller #9 to 303-631-2933 and win tickets to the show. 3OH!3, Rise Against, Weezer, Brick & Mortar, Violent Femmes, The Unlikely Candidates, The Cure, Sublime, or Social Distortion"

Win passes from Greeblehaus.

"WIN (2) THREE DAY passes to courtesy of and ! Just stop in any Myxed Up store & ask to sign up!"

Win passes to Chicago Riot Fest

Win airfare, hotel accommodations, 3 day VIP passes, and aftershow tickets from Rabbl.

And help me out with this. If you enter my referral code, RF28048, you will double your entry and give me 5 bonus entries. Thanks! Then when you get your code, get your friends and family to enter and use your code.

Thank you so much, Neil, Grant, Cheryl, Abigayle, Sam, Martina, Nadie, Emma, Jacqueline, Kathleen, Frederick, Tanqueray, Jeff, Aiyana, Bethany, Jesse, Michael, Casey, Fernando, Red, Kelly, Thomas, William, Yuji, Chris, Simon, Andy, Anji, and Summer, for using my code!  You guys are awesome!

Update (08/22/14): Property of Zack are giving away a pair of VIP passes. Details here.

Update (08/26/14): Win 2 pairs of VIP passes from Chicago Music Exchange.

Chicago Riot Fest ticket update

3 day VIP passes & Sunday VIP passes are already sold out.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guitar World's 10 Stellar Headphone Albums

From Guitar World:

The Cure, Disintegration (1989)
They say that guitarist Robert Smith was using hallucinogenic drugs throughout the coarse of this beautifully textured album. Like Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, the sound of the album reflects his trippy state of mind. Listening to Disintegration under headphones is like stepping into someone else’s dream—and a rather dark one, at that. (Thanks Greg)

Another great Lego set

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chicago Riot Fest Aftershows announced

Also, Television has been added to the Riot Fest lineup on Sept. 13th, replacing Marky Ramone.

Update (08/26/14): Some changes & additions. From Riot Fest on Facebook - "Chicago. We just added some Aftershows, well technically they are pre-parties. The Murder City Devils at Double Door. Also, we know that tickets for the Television Aftershow went very quickly, so to give more people an opportunity to see them, the show has been moved to Sunday, September 14th at Bottom Lounge. Tickets are on sale now, get them while they're still available! http://riotfest.org/chicago-official-shows/

More bands for Denver Riot Fest

From Riot Fest on Facebook: "DENVER. JUST ADDED: STRUNG OUT, Frnkiero and the Cellabration, Baby Baby, The Picturebooks, All Out Helter, Wiredogs, Brick + Mortar, Only Crime, Touche Amore, The Epilogues, The Dendrites, and In The Whale.
Tickets on sale now!! http://riotfest.org/denver/tickets/

They've also added one more aftershow:
Sunday Sept. 21st
w/ Passafire

Monday, August 25, 2014

Andy Vella interview

From Classic Rock: 

A book featuring rare and previously unseen photographs of The Cure is set for release next month.

Collated by the band's official photographer Andy Vella, Obscure will be released on September 18 and includes a foreword by frontman Robert Smith.

Smith says the book is "dreadfully funny, terribly honest and strangely melancholic."

Vella co-created the artwork for many of The Cure's albums, including Faith, The Top, The Head On The Door, Disintegration and Wish, and has worked with the band since 1981.

The book features photographs spanning four decades and includes shots from this year's gig at The Royal Albert Hall.

"I get something different from Robert because I've known him for so long", Vella tells Classic Rock. "He plays to my lens in a completely different way to others. When I'm photographing other people, for example fashion shoots, it's very much like I'm in charge, but when I photograph The Cure, they are. Quite often, the band don't take me very seriously: Boris Williams [former drummer] used to throw stuff at me, while Roger O'Donnell would always say that my flash hadn't gone off. As a result, I'm able to capture the band enjoying themselves in a way that isn't usually seen.

"It really annoys me when I read about the band being such miserable bastards, because they're really not, and I think I capture that. I want Cure fans to see them in the way that I do. You can go on the web and see loads of shots of Robert, but the problem with press shoots is that they always show the band in a certain way. This is different: it's a little bit fly-on-the-wall.

"I think fans will end up loving the band more than they do already. When I was putting this all together, I was thinking 'there's so much stuff!', but it feels like a really powerful collection. It's not pretentious, and it's not po-faced: from page to page, it's more like a documentary. And that's what I wanted."

Obscure is available now to pre-order from Foruli Codex
(Thanks David)

Some recent Cure articles

"Strange Days: an expression of sounds", part one 1977-1979
"Strange Days: an expression of sounds", part two taster

Lost & Found: Where’s the Cure’s Horn Section and Robert Smith’s Crazy Hair?

The Cure ditched the wallowing and tried to get laid

(Thanks @godwinafaith, @TacchinoGigante, and David)

10 Years, 10 Essential Albums

Riot Fest has finally confirmed that the 10th mystery band has already been announced, so it's one of the bands already listed, not a late addition.

Leading rumors as to who & what the album will be?

Flaming Lips - 'Transmissions From The Satellite Heart'
Television - 'Marquee Moon'

Rise Against - 'Siren Song'
The Cure - 'Disintegration'

Cure on recent "Best of" lists

'Boys Don't Cry' is #70 on BBC Radio 2's Greatest Guitar Riffs. (Thanks @Stigmurder)

'Friday I'm In Love' is #40 on Absolute Radio's Top 100 Songs of the 90s. (Thanks @AaronLaw92)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cure on Sky Arts 1

Sky Arts 1 are showing:
Sun 24th 19:30 Video Killed the Radio Star – The Cure
[Rpt: Mon 25th 01:15, Fri 29th 07:00]
Sun 24th 20:00 The Cure Live at Hurricane Festival 
[Rpt: Mon 25th 01:45, Thu 28th 12:30, Fri 29th 07:30
UK times. (Thanks Warren)