Sonic Youth

Being a big fan of their splendidly noisy tunes I was saddened to hear that Sonic Youth co-founders Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon have recently announced that they wish to separate after 27 years of marriage and the future of the alternative-rock band is uncertain, although The Band will go ahead with its South American tour in November as planned, which has five dates, starting with a 5 November show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and concluding on 14 November in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Sonic Youth were founded in 1980 in New York amid the so-called “no wave” movement. During their 29 year career They have released 16 Albums, these being –

  • Sonic Youth,
  • Confusion is Sex,
  •  Bad Moon Rising,
  • Evol,
  • Sister,
  • Daydream Nation,
  •  Goo,
  • Dirty,
  • Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star,
  • Washing Machine,
  • A Thousand Leaves,
  • NYC Ghosts & Flowers, Murray Street,
  • Sonic Nurse,
  • Rather Ripped 
  •  “The Eternal (released in 2009)

Here are a couple of tunes courtesy of YouTube (There are so many more excellent tunes I was spoilt for choice)

Rapture (Part II)

Earlier this year Doomsday preacher Harold Camping, a radio evangelist and president of a network of radio stations, stated that the world would end on May 21st. He has now stated that this date was in fact Judgment Day – a spiritual moment when the righteous would be chosen – and simply a warm-up for the Rapture which happens exactly five months later. If his prediction is correct, then this means that Friday, October 21, will mark the start of the Apocalypse/Rapture – This will be the moment believers will be whisked away into heaven and hell will be unleashed on earth.

Signs fortelling of the Apocalypse/Rapture are measured by the Rapture Index, which was created by Terry James in December 1993 as a monitor of current affairs and a way of measuring the frequency and intensity of end-time signs mentioned in the Bible and the type of activity that could act as a precursor to the Rapture’.

However Cynics point out that over the past 2,000 years there have been at least 200 publicised prophecies that the world would end on a specific date, which have so far proved untrue. Religious leaders have also blasted him as a false prophet, and many Non-believers and Christians alike have made fun of his previous message.

Camping also recently said: ‘We can be sure that something affecting the whole world will happen on 21st October 2011, and that the day of judgment had already passed, So there is nothing the non-righteous can do to save their souls. Therefore, he added, there was no point in advertising it to the extent of his May prediction. Camping has so far spent up to $100million over seven years predicting the Rapture.

Is this What the World is Waiting for?

An influential Public Relations Firm named Murray Chalmers PR, whose client roster includes Noel Gallagher, Kylie Minogue and Yoko Ono, recently called a press conference to make a ‘very important announcement.’

According to a number of sources and speculation in a number of newspapers, one of the most influential British bands of all time The Stone Roses – the leaders of the fabled Madchester music scene of the late 1980s are to announce the decision to reform at a presss-conference which has been lined up on Tuesday, and are expected to play two concerts in the band’s home city of Manchester next summer.

If the rumour is true It will be the first time the original line-up singer Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield and Alan ‘Reni’ Wren, have played together live in 17 years. However The firm did not state which band or musician the news relates to and declined to confirm or deny the artist in question when asked.

The band’s first eponymously named debut album is regarded as one of the greatest British albums of all time and features songs like I Wanna Be Adored, She Bangs The Drums and I Am The Resurrection. Soon after they also released Fool’s Gold, which is regarded by many as the ultimate indie dance crossover track.

The reports come six months after Brown, now 48, and Squire had ‘buried the hatchet’ after meeting at Mounfield’s mother’s funeral. It was the first time the pair, who famously feuded after they split, were believed to have met since 1996. However Gary Mounfield subsequently labelled the idea ‘total fantasy island gear’ and added that  ‘It isn’t true and isn’t happening. In June, John Squire also dismissed rumours of a reformation, commenting that the idea of bands reforming for a cash windfall was ‘tragic’, John, who quit in 1995,  has also discounted any possibility of reuniting with singer and childhood friend Ian Brown, Stating that “Even if Ian and I were still double dating as we did in our teens then the prospect of a reunion wouldn’t interest me at all.” Former drummer, Alan “Reni” Wren, also contacted the NME to deny involvement. “Not before 9T will I wear the hat 4 the Roses again,” he said.

Happy Birthday Flea (Bass player with the Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Flea (Michael Peter Balzary) was Born on this day (16th October) 1962. He is an Australian-American musician and occasional actor, and is best known as the bassist, co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Flea is also the co-founder of Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization founded in 2001 to teach music education. and was Originally a jazz trumpet prodigy, who learned to play bass in high school from a close friend and future Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist named Hillel Slovak,

He soon developed his own style, and joined Slovak’s group, but quit several months later in order to play for the punk rock outfit named “Fear”. He then rejoined Slovak to form an intended one-off band along with fellow high school alumni Anthony Kiedis and Jack Irons; this impromptu collaboration would ultimately give birth to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
 
Highly regarded as one of the best rock bass players of all time, his work as a bassist incorporates several musical styles, ranging from aggressive slap bass to more subdued and melodic techniques. Drawing influences from funk music and punk rock, Flea centers his playing on simplicity and minimalism while viewing complexity as a device that should be used in moderation.

Forthcoming Music releases which I am looking forward to listening to

  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – released 17th Oct
  • Ceremonials – Florence & the Machine – released31st Oct
  • Some Girls  – The Rolling Stones – released 21st Nov
  • RUSH ABC 1974 – released24th October
  • Rush – Time Machine – released 7th November
  • Achtung Baby 20th Anniversary – released31st October
  • REM – Part Lies Part Heart                        released14th November
  • Pink Floyd -A foot in the Door                released 7th November
  • Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto’                             released on October 24