This classic show has been bouncing around for a while in different shapes, sizes & formats, but someone has finally gone and put all 25 episodes up on YouTube. New Wave Theatre, along with Glenn O'Brien's TV Party, can be looked at as one of the better examples of cool in the oasis of mayhem that was early cable TV.
Performances included are by Dead Kennedys, Fear, Plugz, Johanna Wendt, Carnival of Souls, Zoogz Rift, Geza X, Legal Weapon, Unknowns, Angry Samoans, D.I., Los Microwaves, Vox Pop, Circle Jerks, Rayonix, Levi Dexter & the Tribe, UXA, The Blasters, 45 Grave, The Models, X, The Church, Bad Religion, Suburban Lawns, and many others.
The playlist below shows all 25 shows. If you want to see them one at a time, I suggest going to the uploader's YouTube page, and beginning there.
Back by no demand whatsoever, I felt inspired to continue the series of NME year-end lists, so here you go - 1980 in all of its glory. Lake Placid, Russian boycott, great records & more video with each release. You could easily do a second, completely different, list, and it would be just as good. Please note that the Spotify list is not as complete as the YouTube list due to availability.
01. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
02. The Jam - Going Underground
03. The English Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom
04. Joy Division - Atmosphere
05. David Bowie- Ashes to ashes
06. Bow Wow Wow- I Want My Baby On Mars
07. Grace Jones - Private Life
08. David Bowie - Fashion
09. BOW WOW WOW - C30 C60 C90 Go!
10. Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
11. The Teardrop Explodes - Treason
12. Dexys Midnight Runners - Geno
13. The Jam - Start
14. UB40 - Food for Thought/King
15. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - New Amsterdam
16. A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
17. Echo and the Bunnymen - Rescue
18. UB40 - My Way Of Thinking
19. Kurtis Blow - The Breaks
20. The English Beat - Best Friend
21. Elvis Costello & The Attractions ~ I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down
For those of you who may have walked out of CBGB following a DNA gig, circa, 1978, and thought "Gee, I wish they had some merch," wish no longer! Some entrepreneurial individual has answered your dreams! You can now relax & sip some coffee from your very own DNA branded coffee mug. Or take some on the go with the stainless steel travel mug!
Here's a good one thats been in the works for a while, so keep an eye out for it! Big Gold Dream is a feature length doc from director Grant McPhee, and tells the tale of Scotland’s post-punk & indie music scene circa 1977-1985. It will apparently premiere, naturally, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on the 19th June.
Tom Waits' 10th appearance on Letterman over the last 32 years...not bad, and the new tune, "Take One Last Look" - apparently written especially for Dave - sounds great. I have no idea why George Clooney was handcuffed to Dave, but it makes for a suitably absurd scenario.
A nice surprise this morning with news of some new music from Mick Jones. Recorded at his home, Ex-Libris is a collection of six tracks meant to accompany the opening of Jones' Rock & Roll Public Library opening in Venice. I dig the relaxed, I'm-only-recording-this-for-myself, vibe of it all.
Available on 180 gram vinyl, and limited to 1000 copies, visit the Vinyl Factory for ordering information.
A big tip 'o the cap to Joe Carducci (who recently started blogging again over at Gas Giant - HIGHLY recommended interesting tidbits, links & tips of a historical bent) for pointing to the full stream of this Lester doc on YouTube.
I first learned of this film almost two years ago, and then promptly forgot about it. I'm happy to have the opportunity to watch it in full now.
It's a good year so far for fans of former Creation Records acts. On the road right now: Primal Scream, Jesus & Mary Chain, Ride, Swervedriver, and even the Loft (later the Weather Prophets). Pretty impressive.
Good news for fans of post punk-era music. Two of my favorite bands have recently announced catalog reissues of (mostly) hard to find and (sometimes) expensive titles.
First up is a beautiful vinyl bundle of Liquid Liquid EP's from Superior Viaduct. The package includes the self-titled EP (sometimes referred to as GroupMeGroup), the Optimo EP, and the Successive Reflexes EP. But the real treasure here is the fourth title in the bundle - an LP of the pre-Liquid Liquid projects: Liquid Idiot and the Idiot Orchestra. This is real holy grail-type material for Liquid Liquid fans. The set is supposed to be available in June, but you can pre-order it now for a very reasonable $50 plus shipping.
Here's a nice little sampler to whet your appetite:
In other news, although lacking in details, the Comsat Angels have announced a catalog reissue program via the UK Edsel label. It seems as if it's going to be CD-only, but its better than nothing since the Renascent reissues have been out of print for quite some time now. If you're a fan of Bunnymen/early U2/Teardrop Explodes/the Sound - the Comsat Angels would fit very nicely in your collection. Click that link above for more info.
Red Bull Music just keeps doing it. This recently produced short documentary about the early days of hip hop radio in NYC is pure magic - I cannot recommend it enough.
For info on a roundtable discussion (May 27, NYC) featuring some of the folks who appear in the film, click here. And for even more info, read the feature on the Red Bull site which has plenty of YouTube & Soundcloud samples for your aural delight.