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The Cure

The Cure 1980 (Exclusive)

The Cure played in Boston on April 20, 1980. This was the band’s first visit to America and only a short four-city tour. Boston was the last stop.

The show took place at the Underground, a long-defunct basement club owned by Boston University. Mission of Burma was the opening act.

Robert Smith’s birthday is on the 21st but he recalls the gig as being on his birthday. Perhaps because the show ended past midnight when he turned 21.

The show was documented by Jan Crocker, years before self-contained handheld video cameras.

“A Forest” was the last song of the set before the encore.

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The world of music is cyclical and goes into hiatus a few weeks before Christmas and into the new year. Slowly new music is released in January and gains momentum later in the winter flowing into the spring.

Bands that enthralled me last year included Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Avi Buffalo, Badly Drawn Boy, Beach House, Belle & Sebastian, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Delorean, The Drums, Dum Dum Girls, Eminem, Girl Talk, Glasser, Gorillaz, Janelle Monáe, Joanna Newsom, Karen Elson, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, Matt & Kim, Mumford & Sons, The National, No Age, Perfume Genius, Phoenix, School of Seven Bells, She & Him, Shearwater, Sleigh Bells, Stars, Titus Andronicus and Warpaint.

And The xx continued to give me great pleasure.

Here you will hear the best new music as it becomes available.

Next week we will have an exclusive Cure video.

Happy New Year indeed.

Crystal Castles and Robert Smith

Crystal Castles, the Toronto duo of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass, have teamed up with Robert Smith of the Cure for a remake of the Platinum Blonde’s (a Canadian new wave band from the 80’s) “Not in Love”.  This marvelous combination is free here and is the Song of the Day.

“Not In Love” by Crystal Castles featuring Robert Smith

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Spit Night

We spun it old school at Spit on Saturday night. Some classic punk and new wave from the day. There were four of us spinning and here is what I played during my turn on the tables for your dancing and listening pleasure. Continue reading

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