In Honor of Girls: 10 Notable Bands with Two Albums or Less


After this week’s bombshell announcement of Christopher Owens leaving Girls (and likely ending the band), I’ve taken it upon myself to honor Girls’ exceptional, if brief, catalog by chronicling a list of ten notable bands that disbanded after a maximum of two full-length albums (excluding EPs, live albums and compilations). Owens and JR White made [...]

Blur Announce ‘Warm Up’ Dates for August


In preparation for their massive Hyde Park show on Sunday 12th August, Britpop stalwarts Blur have announced four intimate U.K. dates as a “warm up”. The show at London’s Hyde Park will also feature two-tone legends The Specials and Manchester’s own New Order – this will coincide with the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic [...]

Peter Hook Claims New Order Bassist Is Miming to His Riffs


Former New Order bassist Peter Hook has claimed that his replacement, Tom Chapman, mimes along to the bass parts that he originally played. In an interview with NME, Hook said that he had watched a video where Chapman is clearly shown miming: “I’ve watched so-called ‘New Order’ playing in Auckland and Tom Chapman is miming [...]

New Order Announce London Show in December


New Order have announced they will be performing at London’s Troxy venue on Saturday 10th December – without bassist Peter Hook in the group. Taking Hook’s place will be new addition Tom Chapman, while keyboardist Gillian Gilbert (who returned to the group in 2011 for two benefit concerts after a ten year hiatus) will once [...]

Interview: Conversations with Scanners


I suppose there should be some sort of filter for me – not for the writing (well, you might disagree if you ever get to the bottom of this one), but for me, the in-person person. At times I find myself way too involved – particularly, with those bands that I adore – and thereto [...]