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April 21 in Music History: The Cure releases Wish, Prince passes away

The Cure Wish

1967 – The Beatles complete the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Abbey Road studios in London. The final recordings are of gibberish and noise which would follow “A Day in the Life” in the run-out groove. They record assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cuts up and randomly reassembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also add a high-pitch whistle audible only by dogs. These are omitted from the American version of the album.

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Check out Tigers Jaw’s fantastic cover of “In Between Days” by The Cure

Tigers Jaw | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Tigers Jaw | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

As part of Kevin Devine‘s Devinyl Splits series, Tigers Jaw have covered an 80s classic by The Cure. “In Between Days” was originally recorded in 1985 and featured on full-length The Head on the Door, but finds new life thanks to the Scranton pop punkers. It’s an impressive rendition, with Ben Walsh’s vocals sounding almost more dynamic compared to Robert Smith’s. We look forward to hearing the other half of the split: Devine’s cover of “Love Song” from 1989’s Disintigration. Listen to “In Between Days” below, and snag Devinyl Splits Vol. 3 on September 11th via Bad Timing Records. Continue reading →

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Recap: Austin City Limits Festival Oct 11-13

The Shouting Matches | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com
The Shouting Matches | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com

All photos by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com

Last week’s Austin City Limits Festival featured a variety of sounds and styles, ranging from the soulful harmonies of the Blind Boys of Alabama to the introspective and moody hits from The Cure. Held in Austin’s Zilker Park, the six-stage, two-tent festival was a non-stop show of up-and-coming acts like the electro-rock group Cherub to the soulful sounds of Luella and the Sun to the stadium filling acts like Muse and Kings of Leon.

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Local Natives | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com

The ever-present heat did not stop Local Natives from giving there all in a high-energy set that was a departure from their more mellow albums. A raucous set by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion was the highlight of the first night, with the front man acting as part bluesman, part revival minister, and part rock god. The Queens of the Stone Age’s set featured a bevy of fan-favorites like “Go With the Flow” and the high speed closer “Song for the Dead.” Depeche Mode wowed the audience with their mix of dominant stage presence and the over-the-top graphics that accompanied their set.

The second day’s performances were typified by the alt-rock shuffles of the Silversun Pickups and a bluesy set by The Shouting Matches, who peppered their set with blues standards that got the audience moving. Passion Pit proved to be the favorite for the dance crowd as the audience chorused their electro-pop hits when they were not in a dancing fury.

In fact the only thing that could stop the top caliber performances was a true Texas gully-washer that flooded the festival and caused the festival to cancel its final day.

Austin City Limits festival grounds and skyline | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com
Austin City Limits festival grounds and skyline | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum | www.theangrymountain.com

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Download new Grant Lee Phillips EP; playing World Cafe Live Thursday 10/4

Singer/songwriter Grant Lee Phillips’ recent EP Green Corn Songs: Live at McCabes is now available for free download on NoiseTrade. Phillips, who will be playing at World Cafe Live this week with Glen Phillips, is known for his solo music, his work with 90s alt-rock band Grant Lee Buffalo, and his uncanny covers. He released an album of ’80s covers in 2006 called Nineteeneighties. Below, you can listen to Phillips’ cover of The Cure‘s “Boys Don’t Cry.”