No matter how old I get, certain memories will never leave my brain. One such memorable night cost me two dollars, with a fog machine blinding me as my head nodded to a drum machine: when I saw The Sisters of Mercy on their first ever show in Los Angeles. Andrew & Wayne were on point at this gig and I knew I was watching something special. This band was a part of my brooding teenage years and I still enjoy them to this very day. This is why Fuck Yeah The Sisters of Mercy is our favorite tumblr right now! Once you check out this page you will not be leaving for a while, because it’s full of epic pictures and stellar videos…First and Last and Always, The Sisters of Mercy RULE! Peep the image gallery and more!
What would happen if one of your favorite bands got trapped inside of an Alice In Wonderland fantasy world? You would end up with the 1984 play-at-home special featuring Siouxsie & The Banshees alongside Robert Smith telling some bugged out children stories. Hearing each band member speaking through their inner child is pretty awesome! Within the chapters, you will see some outstanding Siouxsie & The Banshees videos. If you have young children who like good music, this is a perfect video for both you and them…Now watch The Banshees do their thing in fantasy land…
Straight up and down, I totally dig when a wife & husband team unify to create art. This is just the case with Lux Interior and Poison Ivy, who together were the foundation of The CRAMPS. They created so of the sickest tunes of their plus gave some of the most exciting performances of their peers. The CRAMPS were than just a group, they were art in every sense of the word. I could spend hours watching videos of them perform. This why today our favorite tumblr this moment is Poison Ivy The CRAMPS. This page is full of rare photos and a whole lot more goo goo muck. For all those feeling out of your mind right now, check them out live at the Napa State Mental Hospital!
Now this great news: BELGRADO is working on a new album which I can not wait for and I know I’m not alone. Check this out – they have just put out a video for one of their new songs called “Untitled.” From seeing this visual, I know the BELGRADO record is going to kill…stay tuned for more news!
So far, the excellent Dark New York: Gotham City’s Post Punk, Goth, & Deathrock Bands 1983-1988, Vol. 1 compilation is only available on vinyl. Released late last year (2012) on Black Scorpio Records, the record fleshes out an oft-overlooked part of the 80′s American postpunk phenomenon — New York City’s lively gothic and deathrock scene.
Masterfully compiled by Joe Truck Kasher and Greg Fasolino (of NYC’s deathrock band The Naked and the Dead), this compilation has the added benefit of being produced by folks that were active in NYC’s postpunk heyday. In other words, it comes from scene participants themselves; not outsiders. And while California’s and England’s gothy postpunk scenes have been exhaustively documented, an adequate cataloging of NYC’s similar scene in the 1980s has been much overdue. This compilation remedies that longstanding problem.
So much good music came out in 1984 it was hard to keep track. One record that touched my life maybe more than any other was The Cult’s Dreamtime. In my book, this might be the best album the band ever created – all of the elements were on point! During this time, me and all of my friends thought this band could do no wrong and that they represented what we were going through. The other day I found a full video of their gig at the Lyceum in 1984. As you will see, The Cult were at the top of their game then… So let’s all have our dreamtime and check out this awesome blast from the past!
I loved the world before MTV, before they tried to co-opt the underground! In the early 80′s, weirdos found their kindred spirits on late night TV. In Los Angeles, we had New Wave Theater that was hosted by the late Peter Ivers. He championed the sonic freak circus while other media outlets wanted to have us committed. New Wave Theater was the show that we could watch to see the Circle Jerks, 45 Grave, Angry Samoans, Snake Finger, Fear, Castration Squad, Legal Weapon and UXA. Keep in mind, this was before the first real music video had been made, so these performances were our music videos. I didn’t realize when I was younger but this show also served as a visual time capsule for future generations to look at. Honestly we didn’t like every band that was on the show, but we knew we watching something special. Peter Ivers’ passion for what he was doing was evident. I know when I watch Gun Club blazing through “Fire Spirit” I get chills. If any older heads read this post, make sure to let us know if you watched this show…Today CVLT Nation salutes New Wave Theater and Peter Ivers for giving a fuck when no one else would! Now check out this spazzadelic video essay featuring some of my favorite bands!
So what do we have here? An on point live download from The Birthday Party. The year was 1981 in Zurich, Switzerland and these down under mutants totally wrecked shop! So get out your Big Jesus Trash Can and download this rad gig after the jump!
Setlist & Download Link after the jump!
COLD CAVE has a new EP entitled Oceans With No End in the works that will be released via Deathwish Inc. in the very near future. Today the band has previewed another track called “People Are Poison” and it’s a fucking banger! Check out the new COLD CAVE track streaming below…