Details have surfaced regarding the soundtrack to The Future is Unwritten, the new documentary about the late, great Joe Strummer. According to Billboard, the packed soundtrack features a previously unreleased live version of the Clash‘s “I’m So Bored With the U.S.A.” alongside tracks from Elvis Presley, the MC5, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Nina Simone.
“The Future Is Unwritten,” which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was assembled using a combination of old interviews collected from journalists as well as tapes of Strummer’s BBC radio show. It features testimonials from members of the Clash as well Bono, Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese, Courtney Love, Flea and John Cusack among many others.
The film was produced by documentary filmmaker Julien Temple, who was responsible for the definitive Sex Pistols documentary The Filth and the Fury as well as the infamous mockumentary The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle. Though Strummer tragically passed away in 2002, Temple had already shot many hours of footage to be used in the film.
Among songs from the 101’ers and Mescaleros the soundtrack includes the song “(In The) Pouring Rain” credited to Clash II. This was one of the unreleased songs played on tour during the band’s Cut The Crap era. It is notable that the band is credited as “Clash II” and not simply “The Clash.” While fans often deride the post-Combat Rock period and official band histories tend to ignore it, this may be the first time the Clash II moniker has been used on a non-bootleg recording.
According to an Associated Press report, a 16-year-old boy being sued by five record companies accused the recording industry on Tuesday of violating antitrust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats.
Robert Santangelo, who was 11 when the alleged piracy occurred, denied ever sharing music and said it’s impossible to prove that he did. Before suing Robert, the industry sued his mother and when she refused to settle, dropped the suit and charged both him and his 15 year old sister.
Santangelo also claims that the record companies, which have filed more than 18,000 piracy lawsuits in federal courts, “have engaged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud the courts of the United States.” The suit also alleges that the companies, “ostensibly competitors in the recording industry, are a cartel acting collusively in violation of the antitrust laws and public policy” by bringing the piracy cases jointly and using the same agency “to make extortionate threats … to force defendants to pay.” Read more at:Continue reading Teen takes on the recording industry, alledges collusion, extortion→
Some people probably don’t get it since the Ducky Boys have always sort of been “my band” (not to take anything away from Jay but he and I have discussed this and he knows what I mean when I say that). Basically I’ve been in a band for 12 years and there are a lot of associations that go with it. Regular practice nights, managing schedules of a variety of people, taking into account their personal lives, the repetition of the cycle – release record, play shows, possible tours etc etc etc. At this juncture I just don’t want to be “in a band”. I want to take time to myself and only worry about myself.
My decision has nothing to do with the people involved and it isn’t anything personal against them. It just has to do with people in general. I want to circle the wagons and keep a tight leash on who has a hand in my life and, as part of it, my music…. because that’s all I really have. I’m a person that has chosen not to have a family – I barely even speak to my parents – but having a band is like having a series of significant others and I just need to be single for a while.
Love Equals Death have announced that they were recently robbed in Sacramento. The band detailed the incident in their blog:
We were in Sacramento and we went to Walmart for 30 minutes to buy a clip light for the merch area so people could see the T-shirts. While we were in the store, some asshole came up to our locked van, popped the lock with a tool, unlocked the van, and it seems like two of them quickly grabbed the G.P.S. that Chon got for Christmas and we had been using to find venues on this tour, two Ipods (mine and Tonio’s), Tonio’s backpack, Chon’s laptop, and my new laptop. That’s it…
Pig Destroyer have entered the studio to begin work on their next full length. The album, in what is almost certainly not a Venture Bros. reference, has been titled Phantom Limb.
The album will feature fourteen new songs including “Cemetery Road”, “Rotten Yellow”, “Jupiter’s Eye” “Heathen Temple” and “The Machete Twins.”
Vocalist JR Hayes commented on the recording:
We’re recording to 2-inch analog tape, which is really exciting. The drums sound huge, and the guitar tones are really nasty and aggressive. Brian’s been on top of his game all year, busting out easily the fastest blast beats I’ve ever seen him play. As usual, Scott’s written a whole arsenal of scalding riffs, but I feel like he really outdid himself with the arrangements on this record. The songs feel great and we’ve been having a load of fun playing them for the last five months. It’s the 14 most deranged metal songs we could make up, so get ready to sink your f*cking teeth in.
Ruiner is reporting that they are now free agents after separating from their now former label, 1917 Records.
The label released the compact disc version of the band’s 2005 EP, What Could Possibly Go Right…, and also planned on releasing the band’s first full-length, No Apologies. However, “personal reasons” were cited in response to a “mutual and amicable agreement to part ways.”
The band is now searching for a label to release the album, which is being mastered this week.
Be My Doppelganger have posted two of the three songs from their upcoming Convertible Girls 7inch. The record is due out in april on Bitchin’ Riffage Records. You can check out the music on their myspace page.
Indiana’s The Widow Jenkins have posted a new demo. The band features former members of Brazil and Underminded and you can check out “Sincerity and the Damned” on their myspace page.
Just a few weeks after rumours began to spread, confirmation has come in that the Police will reunite this year for the Grammys in an event that will mark their 30th Anniversary.
This would be the first Police tour since the band broke up in Melbourne, Australia in 1984. The band consists of pop-sensation Sting on bass and vocals, Andy Summers on guitar and Stewart Copeland on drums. They last performed together in celebration of their 2003 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Bloody Hollies are headed out on tour in February and March in support of their new Alive Records full length Who To Trust, Who To Kill, Who To Love. The trek includes a show with labelmates Radio Moscow and a stop at SXSW in Austin.