Watch out, Flaming Lips: Johnny Rotten to cover Dark Side of the Moon too?

Watch out, Flaming Lips: Johnny Rotten to cover Dark Side of the Moon too?

Nostalgia — or whatever this is — is a funny thing. Last year, The Flaming Lips and Dennis Coyne’s band Stardeath and White Dwarfs reinterpreted Pink Floyd’s classic Dark Side of the Moon (TMT report). Henry Rollins and Peaches guested on the recording, and this summer, the whole thing is happening again live at Bonnaroo. While strange, it was not any more surprising than hearing about Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu’s plans to cover Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures live this spring.

Such homages are bizarre, but the connections are nonetheless predictable. Recently, The Quietus editor John Doran interviewed John Lydon, who revealed his own (and much more bewildering) willingness to cover Dark Side of the Moon. Wayne Coyne is today’s psychedelic legend; he covers Dark Side, and it’s just another day in Oklahoma City. But John Lydon, a.k.a. the frontman of (the newly reunited) Public Image Ltd., a.k.a The Sex Pistol’s Johnny Rotten, joining forces with Pink Floyd? “I’d love to go into the studio and do something with the album with them,” he mused. Who knew?

Apparently, such a collaboration is more plausible than one might think. During the same interview, Lydon admitted that Pink Floyd asked him in 2008 to perform some of Dark Side on stage with them at a concert in Los Angeles. He very nearly did it, too, but explained to Doran that he would rather play alongside the group in a studio than for a crowd of “20,000 people.”

Of course, this isn’t the strangest thing to hear from Lydon, who, aside from his infamous thousand-and-one crazy, punk antics, once starred in a British commercial for Country Life butter. For now, his casual statement of intent is all we have to go on for a Dark Side Goes Rotten project, but who knows what the future will hold?

• Johnny Lydon:

Harvey Milk announce new album; no, Sean Penn did not contribute

When I think of Harvey Milk, my thoughts first turn to Sean Penn’s role as the first openly gay politician, not the sludge-metal band from Athens, Georgia. Unfortunately, Sean Penn did not contribute to their new album, A Small Turn of Human Kindness, due out May 18 on Hydra Head.

A Small Turn of Human Kindness tracklisting:

01. *
02. I Just Want to Go Home
03. I Am Sick of All This Too
04. I Know This Is No Place For You
05. I Alone Got Up and Left
06. I Know This Is All My Fault
07. I Did Not Call Out

Milk on the road:

03.05.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre %
03.06.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie %
03.07.10 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar %
03.08.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge %
03.09.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs %
03.10.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore %
03.11.10 - Toronto, ON - Wreck Room %
03.12.10 - Hamtramck, MI - Small’s %
03.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean %
05.27.10 - Nashville, TN - Rockettown $
05.28.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade $

% Coalesce, Atlas Moth
$ Converge, Lewd Acts, Black Breath

• Harvey Milk:
• Hydra Head:

Frightened Rabbit ready new LP, spring tour, Coachella and SXSW dates; we’re tired just thinking about it

After the considerable success of The Midnight Organ Fight (TMT Review), Scottish jangle poppers Frightened Rabbit are at it again with: a) an upcoming album due out March 9 on FatCat; b) an appearance at this year’s Coachella festival; and c) a spring tour, with SXSW dates included. So pack your bags, grab your southern-fried rotisserie (or bathing suit if you’re Coachella-bound) and get ready for some seriously well-arranged and heartfelt angst. The Winter of Mixed Drinks is Frightened Rabbit’s third full-length LP, and is sure to be the centerpiece of their Coachella performance, not to mention the lengthy tour to follow. And if I know Frightened Rabbit’s career progression, I’m sure we can expect impressive things from the boys – on the album, but even more so live.

Don’t be frightened:

03.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
04.17.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.19.10 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
04.21.10 - Houston, TX - Walters
04.22.10 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom (Loft)
04.23.10 - Little Rock, AK - Revolution
04.24.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
04.25.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.27.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
04.28.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
04.29.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
04.30.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
05.03.10 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
05.04.10 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
05.06.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
05.07.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House
05.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.09.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
05.10.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
05.12.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
05.13.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05.15.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
05.16.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s (Crystal Ball Reading Room)
05.17.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan
05.19.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
05.22.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah

• Frightened Rabbit:
• FatCat:

Nurses tour North America; the doctor will be with you shortly

Nurses have come a ways since their debut album, 2007’s Hangin’ Nothin’ But Our Hands Down. Over the past three years, best friends Aaron Chapman and John Bowers have made the move from the Midwest to Portland, signed to Dead Oceans, recruited percussionist James Mitchell, and released their successful sophomore album, Apple’s Acre (TMT Review), last fall. Just a couple weeks ago, Nurses cemented their status as a band to look out for with a Daytrotter session, consisting of two songs from Apple’s Acre and an unreleased track.

This April, the trio will begin a tour of North America with labelmates The Tallest Man on Earth. They’ve also snagged a spot in the lineup for the End of the Road Festival (Dorset, UK) in September, but we’ll get there when we get there.

04.14.10 - Buffalo, NY - The Ninth Ward *
04.15.10 - Winooski, VT - The Monkey House *
04.16.10 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus *
04.17.10 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo *
04.20.10 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom *
04.21.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs *
04.22.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Wold Cafe Live Upstairs *
04.23.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
04.26.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Gerrard Hall *
04.27.10 - Asheville, NC - Forsythia Hall *
04.28.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
04.29.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree *
05.02.10 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s BBQ *
05.04.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
05.05.10 - La Jolla, CA - USCD (The Loft) *
05.08.10 - Brookdale, CA - Historic Brookdale Lounge *
05.11.10 - Portland, OR - The Mission Theater *
05.12.10 - Vancouver, BC - St. James Hall *
05.14.10 - Edmonton, AB - Brixx *
05.15.10 - Calgary, AB - Local 522
05.29.10 - Gorge, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival (Yeti Stage)

* The Tallest Man on Earth

• Nurses:
• Dead Oceans:

Paul Weller gets all Good Morning America on ya ass with new album Wake Up the Nation

Paul Weller is getting himself ready to wake up the nation. No, not through the taste sensation that is International Delight blend instant coffee. Not through chipper morning TV show banter. And most definitely not through the launch of his own Salt Lake City Morning Zoo radio hour (although that would be great). Aw, I can’t fool you guys! It’s the name of his new album. Wake Up the Nation is Weller’s 10th album, out May 4 on Yep Roc.

This latest effort is being called “mean” and “uncompromising,” and features awesome guest appearances from the likes of former The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, Bev Bevan of The Move, and legendary session drummer Clem Cattini. So, theoretically speaking, if Weller got all these good people to sign up, my dreams of a Weller-centric Morning Zoo could actually come true.

Wake Up the Nation tracklisting:

01. Moonshine
02. Wake Up the Nation
03. No Tears to Cry
04. Fast Car/Slow Traffic
05. Andromeda
06. In Amsterdam
07. She Speaks
08. Find the Torch, Burn the Plans
09. Aim High
10. Trees
11. Grasp and Still Connect
12. Whatever Next
13. 7 & 3 Is the Striker’s Name
14. Up the Dosage
15. Pieces of a Dream
16. Two Fat Ladies

US tourdates are on the way, but in the meantime, I guess you could try sneaking into one of these sold-out shows in London.

05.24.10 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall
05.25.10 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall
05.26.10 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall
05.27.10 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall
05.28.10 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall

• Paul Weller:
• Yep Roc:

Grass Widow sign to Kill Rock Stars for August full-length debut

San Fran “up and comers” Grass Widow have made quite the name for themselves in the past year. With only two critically acclaimed 12-inches, a CD-R, and a split cassette with Rank/Xerox, the band have built up some mad hype, and it appears to be warranted, because news is out that prestigious Portland label Kill Rock Stars has taken a concerted interest in the well-being of this fem-powered three-piece. KRS will be releasing the band’s debut full-length on August 24, currently being recorded by Mississippi Records (!) body and brains Alex Yusimov. I think we should all be at least a little excited about this.

Also to be excited about: tourdates!!

03.11.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Depot (SFSU)
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - Baby Blue Studio
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - Spiderland
05.27.10 - Austin, TX - Red Seven (Chaos in Tejas)

• Grass Widow:
• Kill Rock Stars: