New & Notable in Music
Pete MacLeod’s new album, Crestfallen, is available now for pre-order in two formats, digital download and CD. This co-production with YOUTH is the result of several years of writing and recording. Link to ITunes.
Gray Tolhurst has just released a self-titled album featuring Psych influences, layered sounds and rich San Francisco imagery: check out the hypnotic lead track Silhouette.
Have you heard about The Joe Strummer Foundation? Set up by family and close friends a year after Joe’s passing The Foundation continues to give opportunities to musicians and support to projects around the world that creates empowerment through music. Specifically, their goals are to provide relief to poverty of young people by providing grants & services to groups in need, to promote music education among the public especially for young people (via provision of funds for instruments and studio time) and to promote, improve and advance the arts via exhibitions, public events and concerts. TJSF has a global reach bringing Joe Strummer fans, music organizations, businesses and beneficiaries together through all manner of events and fundraisers geared to the charity. Here are a few ongoing events. There is also great looking merch available. There are tons of ways to get involved with this effort. We are proud to host a banner ad/link to TJSF on our site as a first step, and other website owners might want to do the same.
If you’ve got to mime for a TV performance, make sure you mime with as much panache as Robert Smith of the Cure did back in the mid-80s in this clip of Boys Don’t Cry. Microphone not ever needed, yet we’re riveted by the performance.
The Killers have debuted a new song just last night in Windsor, Ontario and cover Interpol’s “Obstacle 1”, here’s the video. Promising news for the long awaited fifth Killers album. The Killers play Wayhome Music and Arts Festival in July. A.V. Club
Primal Scream (and one-time Jesus and Mary Chain drummer) frontman Bobby Gillespie fell of a stage during a performance at Switzerland’s Caribana festival, injuring his back on June 2nd. The band is waiting to get the all-clear before returning to the road. We send Gillespie our thoughts for a speedy recovery. The Telegraph
Attention people of London, Birmingham and Manchester: Shiiine on Weekender and Rowetta both announced this week that Love & the Family Tree, the musical project from Happy Mondays drummer Gaz Whelan and Rowetta, will be going on tour for a run of UK dates ahead of November’s Shiiine. Tickets on sale here.
Love & the Family Tree: “Phoneys 7 Freaks (Show Me the Truth)”
Primavera Sound 2016 is this weekend in Barcelona (Barca to those in the know) and we are extremely jealous of all of our friends soaking in the sounds at one of the most acclaimed festivals and hottest tickets in the world. We welcome any reports or photos our readers want to share and we’ll create a little gallery to share for other kids watching from home. (With Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, Air, LCD Soundsystem, Beach House, Mudhoney, PJ Harvey, Neon Indian and more).
Field Trip – Toronto brings two very different flavours of festival closer this weekend, each with their own strong following: Art rockers The National and dance queen Robyn, along with a full program of downtown cultural attractions in a family-friendly yet decidedly cool historic setting: Fort York and Garrison Common. Festival season has kicked off with astoundingly stable weather for the city, let’s hope this trend continues.
Summerdaze continues its series in Toronto with Japan’s Hito June 4th: Captive Audience, Summerdaze & All Day All Night bring Japanese fusion to Sunnyside Pavilion with ENTER. resident HITO. The historical landmark and concert park will be transformed into an authentic Japanese Garden, and Japanese attire is highly recommended. Joining HITO on the decks are Toronto locals Jonathan Coe, Zenta andLeeLee Mishi and a very special surprise guest! Event page, tickets.
Pop Culture/ Counter-culture/ Subcultures
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The iconic, I wish I owned it Sam the Record Man sign is set to light up Toronto once again! – Exclaim.ca
The Canadian Kerfuffle: Canadian News has had a banner couple of weeks as one of our very own bona fide musical greats, Gord Downie, announced the very sad news that he has terminal brain cancer via the band’s message on their site. The Tragically Hip front-man followed this news with getting right back to work in stoic Canadian fashion, announcing a major Canadian tour to support their new album. The news has caused an outpouring of mass support and sadness from fans both dedicated and casual, and the resulting presale offerings and regular ticket sale offerings were summarily hijacked by the global scourge known as scalpers, causing no less than the Governor General to call for an investigation into the matter. The true crux of the issue is that the band had earmarked some of the ticket sales to Downie’s cancer charities of choice, something we can all get behind, except those soulless touts. Story is developing, but we never give up on tickets for essential shows, and this is no different.
Film & TV
Black Fawn Films has just wrapped a new Canadian indie horror film called “The Heretics”. Excitement for this project abounds as their current release, “Bite” has already been touted by the L.A. Times as one of the hottest horror films (also, not for the faint of heart) of the summer.
HBO actually took out a full page ad for the VEEP character Jonah Ryan in a New Hampshire paper. (Are you watching VEEP? You gotta watch VEEP. Especially if you don’t give a whit about US Politics. Funny as hell, evil jokes a minute and a darker world view than the struggling soap House of Cards)- AV Club
Fandom is Broken: Entertainment creators don’t owe you your specific vision of what pop culture should be. BirthMoviesDeath.com