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Darlene Love played "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on 'Late Show' for the last time; 3 BB King's shows coming up
Dec 22, 2014 7:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

Darlene Love gave her annual performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on the Late Show on Thursday (12/18). She's been doing it since 1986, but says with David Letterman retiring from the Late Show it would be her last for television. She told him, "I would never sing it again on another show. This is where it began. But I will sing the song again." Watch Darlene's performance and her interview with Letterman below.

Darlene also played one of her annual Christmas shows at BB King's the following night (12/19), and as discussed, she has three more coming up. She'll return to the NYC venue on December 26, 27 and January 2. Tickets for all three shows are still available.

She has a few dates in other cities in early 2015 too, including West Point, NY and Englewood, NJ. All of those are listed, with the Letterman videos, below...

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Downtown Boys & Pinkwash playing The Media's 50th issue party tonight at Silent Barn (where The Le Sigh celebrated)
Dec 22, 2014 7:53am | Brooklyn Vegan

Photo: Pinkwash @ Death by Audio in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Last night (12/21), The Le Sigh celebrated their new zine and compilation at Silent Barn (anyone catch it?), and tonight another NYC-based DIY zine, The Media, will have their 50th issue party at the same venue.

Downtown Boys and Pinkwash, who both signed to Don Giovanni and will release their debut albums on the label in 2015, are playing, and there will also be readings (including one by Radiator Hospital's Cynthia Schemmer), a panel on DIY publishing, and DJ sets by Media contributors. More info, via the Facebook event, below.

Both Downtown Boys and Pinkwash are playing the second night (2/7) of the Don Giovanni showcases in Brooklyn in February. Those showcases also include Screaming Females, California X, Priests, Tenement and more. Tickets are still available.

Watch a Downtown Boys video, with tonight's show info, below...

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The Cure Play A Man Inside My Mouth Live For The First Time In Rarity-Packed London Show
Dec 22, 2014 7:52am | StereoGum

The Cure played their first of three Christmas shows at London’s Eventim Apollo last night, and the band dedicated a good portion of their 40-song setlist to deep cuts and rarities. They debuted The Head On The Door B-side “A Man Inside My Mouth” live for the first time, and played “The Empty World” and “Wailing Wall” (both from 1984′s The Top) for the first time in 30 years. They also did Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me’s “Hey You!!!” and “Like Cockatoos” for the first time in a decade. Watch video from the show below, and check out the full setlist.


KISSs Paul Stanley stars in long-lost Folgers Coffee commercial watch
Dec 22, 2014 7:50am | Cosequence Of Sound

In its 40-plus-year career, KISS has secured a mind-boggling 2,500 merchandising licenses. Whether in the market for cologne, house keys, sock monkeys, or even a casket, fans are able to purchase one branded with the demonic rockers signature logo. Some bands might shy away from such dealings, but frontman Gene Simmons has happily accepted KISSs rampant corporatization as one of the reasons for the collectives continued success.

However, there is at least one sponsorship deal that didn’t work out: As the story goes, back in 2000, guitarist Paul Stanley recorded a jingle and filmed a commercial for Folgers Coffee. But when a “focus groups asked ‘Who is the old, creepy guy?”, the agency decided to shelve the project.

In what I’m chalking up as a bona fide Christmas miracle, the long-lost commercial was uploaded to YouTube this weekend (via Ultimate Classic Rock), and the whole thing is more hilarious than KISS condoms. Whether its Stanley sauntering around sans makeup, the weird accordion music, or the fact that hes cheering on circus acrobats, I defy you not to giggle as he over-performs lines like “Limit is the sky/ Hey world, watch me fly.” And the random disappearing act at the end, like a damn rock ‘n’ roll Houdini? Thats just whip cream on the ol iced coffee that is this entire ad. Pour a cup of Joe and watch it below.

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The-Dream Fruition
Dec 22, 2014 7:45am | StereoGum

Hitmaking R&B auteur The-Dream shared a free EP called Royalty: The Prequel back in August, but he’s been pretty quiet since then. Yesterday, he broke that quiet, throwing a murmuring love song called “Fruition” up online. It’s got some sweet, Prince-esque guitar as well as a chiffon New Romantic feel that reminds me, more than anything else, of Spandau Ballet. If The-Dream is working on a slick ’80s new wave record, I am ready for that. There’s almost no info on the new song, but it could be from a forthcoming album called Crown Jewel. Listen to it below.


Angus and Julia Stone & The Staves - Eventim Apollo, London 16/12/14
Dec 22, 2014 7:24am | The Line Of Best Fit
Brother sister act Angus and Julia Stone, along with with The Staves, are proving that keeping it in the family has never sounded better.>

DAngelo - Black Messiah
Dec 22, 2014 7:17am | The Line Of Best Fit
An emphatic, pertinently weird and masterfully concentrated record, DAngelos comeback LP is as spectacular as anything in his past.

Listen: Iain Woods - Fiend [Premiere]
Dec 22, 2014 6:27am | The Line Of Best Fit
This new single arrives ahead of the live stream on that'll be premiering on the site on New Year's Eve.>

Watch an East India Youth mini-doc filmed at his recent Heaven show
Dec 22, 2014 6:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
The clip features interviews from vital figures in EIY's career, and sees him sum up his Total Strife Forever phase.>

Best Fit Record Shop of the Year 2014: Rise
Dec 22, 2014 5:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
Long-time Bristolian Oliver Wilde tells us what makes this record shop and it's surrounding community so special.>

Watch how Fatboy Slim created his crossover smash The Rockafeller Skank
Dec 22, 2014 3:45am | Fact Magazine

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Watch a mini-doc about the biggest of the Big Beat classics.

Back in 1998, Fatboy Slim crafted a crossover smash by splicing rapper Lord Finesse with Just Brothers’ Northern Soul classic ‘Sliced Tomatoes’ and a dash of Duane Eddy’s surf guitar.

In the third episode of Behind The Sound Bose’s trilogy of short films about key tracks from the last 15 years Norman Cook recounts how he blended influences from punk, hip hop and house to create his signature sound on ‘The Rockafeller Skank’, and shows us inside the notebooks he used to catalogue every single breakbeat he knew.

Watch the episode below and catch up with a previous mini-doc on Bloc Party’s post-punk revival classic ‘Banquet’. Head to Bose’s #ListenForYourself Tumblr page for more movies, playlists and interviews.

What's going on Monday? (Downtown Boys, Los Lobos, Glasslands Holiday Party, Wyatt Cenac, In School & more)
Dec 21, 2014 11:05pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Downtown Boys @ DbA in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Klaus, Sharif Mekawy Group, Jonathan Toubin (DJ), Cerulean @ Glasslands
There's eight days left of Glasslands and tonight is their Holiday Party, featuring DJ Jonathan Toubin and a host of other fun stuff. It's free and would be a good chance to see the art installations that are up for these last few shows, including Peelander Yellow's backstage mural (tonight's the only night non-performers are allowed there).

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly show tonight features appearances by Jen Kirkman, Jared Logan, and Subhah Agarwal.

Downtown Boys, Pinkwash @ Silent Barn
It's The Media's 50th Issue party with a live performance by DC's strident Downtown Boys and the Wire-esque Pinkwash, plus readings, a panel on DIY publishing and more.

In School, Pig DNA, Breakout, Howitzer, Raid @ Saint Vitus
NYC's In School (ex-Household) is an all-female hardcore band with queer and people of color members, and they make sneering, pissed off punk that's also catchy as hell.

Lez Zeppelin @ Highline Ballroom
The "all-girl, all-Zeppelin" tribute act tonight is performing 1979's In Through the Out Door in full (and probably a f...

Bad News Boys (fka King Khan & BBQ Show) announce new album, share Alone Again listen
Dec 21, 2014 8:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Following a four-year-hiatus, King Khan & BBQ Show returned a few months back with a new name and a brand new single. The triumphant garage rock jam “We Are The Champion” turned out to be our first taste of Bad News Boys upcoming fourth LP. Now, theyve announced additional details: Bad News Boys will hit stores this February through In The Red Records. Its the pair’s first full-length since 2009s Invisible Girl.

Todays announcement also comes with a second album track, “Alone Again”. Here, the Boys really amp up the doo-wop influence, layering slightly haggard harmonies over the one-two punch of spaghetti Western guitars and the steady thud of drums. They may be known for their endlessly kinetic energy, but the vocal interplay throughout really plays up the heart of these Montreal rock ‘n’ roll fiends. Listen in below.

The-Dream premieres new song Fruition listen
Dec 21, 2014 7:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

The-Dreams last transmission came back in July when he surprised the world with his Royalty: The Prequel EP. Today, the R&B crooner makes his return with a brand new single called “Fruition”. Per The-Dreams own request, the track has only been serviced to radio stations nationwide, but you can listen to an audio rip below (via Miss Info).

Here, the singers profoundly lusty tendencies take backseat to his more contemplative side. Over the soft rattle of drums and sauntering guitars, The-Dream bemoans the lose of his truest lady love, hitting that true sweet spot between sensuous and sentimental.

“Fruition” could be our first taste of the singers upcoming sixth studio album, reportedly due out in 2015. His last full-length came with 2013s IV Play.

The Cure perform historic 40-song set at London Christmas show
Dec 21, 2014 7:33pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Debi Del Grande

This evening in London, The Cure played the first of three Christmas shows at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo. Upon the shows’ initial announcement, the band promised two-and-a-half-hour sets featuring “songs drawn from their entire 37-year-old catalogue, including deep cuts, pop songs, fan favourites and surprises galore, and they certainly delivered.

The setlist spanned an astonishing 40 songs and featured four separate encores. Highlights included the live debut of The Head on the Door B-side “A Man Inside My Mouth” and the first performances of “The Wailing Wall” and “The Empty World” in 30 years. Other live rarities included “Kyoto Song”, “Like Cockatoos”, “Piggy in the Mirror”, and “Hey You!”.

Below, watch a few fan-shot videos from the concert and see the full setlist.

Shake Dog Shake
Kyoto Song (First time since 2008)
A Night Like This
Wailing Wall (First time since 1984)
The Caterpillar
The Walk
A Man Inside My Mouth (Live debut)
Close to Me
Birdmad Girl
Just Like Heaven
Pictures of You
Before Three
Like Cockatoos (First time since 2004)
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
The Hungry Ghost
One Hun...

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