Legendary Songwriter Scott Walker, Dead at Age 76

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Scott Walker. He was 76 years old. No cause of death has been announced at this time. He is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner Beverly. Walker’s label 4 AD posted a remembrance you can read below. Over a fifty-plus year career, Scott carved out a niche as a deft, and powerful songwriter, and artists from across the music spectrum, both popular and avant-garde artists. We send out sympathies to Scott’s family, friends and fans at this time. Continue reading

Peter Murphy and David J. – Worcester Palladium

I’m not going to waste my time going over the importance of the band Bauhaus or how many musicians, artists, and writers their music has influenced since they began in 1978, instead I will assume that either you are already aware of their impact or, at the very least, you have a device that can provide you with some much-needed knowledge. Perhaps a smartphone. You know, the rectangular shaped overpriced object you hold out in front of you at a concert and watch the entire show on instead of experiencing it as it happens right in front of you. If you were in fact, paying attention to the stage and not the lit up screen on your phone you were treated to two of the original members of Bauhaus, Peter Murphy and David J., along with Mark Slutsky on drums and Mark Gemini Thwaite on guitar, powering through the entire first Bauhaus album In The Flat Field  (4AD) followed by a healthy dose of classics from the bands catalog. Continue reading

Watch The Breeders Perform On The CONAN Show For The First Time In 25 Years

The Breeders, who reunited for their current album All Nerve (4AD), performed their latest single on the Conan O’Brien show last night. Twenty-five years after they last appeared on CONAN (one of their first performances on late night TV in the USA), watch them play ‘Wait In The Car’! Continue reading

The Pixies’ Surfer Rosa Turns 30

Thirty years ago this week The Pixes dropped their début full-length album, Surfer Rosa (4AD/Rough Trade), and changed alternative rock eternally. The eccentric, genius-level talent in the band made for a lot of well-documented personality clashes between the members, but what was left when the shouting was over was undeniable. Although there were many alt-rock bands founded in the 80s that would have a lasting impact (See also: Joy Division, Husker Du and Sonic Youth for starters), the ascendance of the most infamous non-punk band from Boston that would go from playing smokey clubs on Landsdowne Street to opening for U2 and touring the world in a few short years cannot be understated. Continue reading