Thursday, April 12, 2012

Inbox Update: Titanic Guitars, Sigur Rós, PiL, Lindsey Buckingham

April 15, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and the tragic loss of more than 1,500 lives on the British liner's maiden voyage. With the recent re-release of James Cameron's Titanic in 3D, new soundtracks released in relation to that 1997 film and an endless number of television specials airing this month you might have assumed that might be the extent of Titanic mania. Think again...

Welcome to Titanic Guitars

100 years after the launch of the Titanic, a Belfast company has designed a range of limited edition guitars to celebrate this milestone. Welcome to the launch of Titanic Guitars (1912-2012).

Steeped in history, Belfast represents the home of the Titanic and town where some of the best shipbuilders and craftsmen spent hours of blood, sweat and tears to create a true masterpiece.

Now, a small group of luthiers in Ireland have used the same tradition and skills to develop a unique line of guitars that proudly pay homage to the Titanic. Using some of the best woods in the industry, combined with excellent tonal qualities, these new masterpieces are truly a collector's item.


Sigur Rós announces North American tour dates

Sigur Rós has just announced its North American tour dates. Visit this site for more details! The Iceland-based troupe is set to tour in support of its forthcoming album, Valtari, set for release on May 28 (and likely May 29 in the U.S.).

Sigur Rós' upcoming concert dates include a mix of festival appearances and headlining shows. Highlights of the schedule includes dates at Lollapalooza in Chicago and at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


PiL Announce Album Details And Track Listing For ‘This Is Pil’ Released May 28, 2012

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD can confirm that their first new album in 20 years--THIS IS PiL, to be released May 28--will contain 12 tracks (see the track listing below).The album is self-funded by PiL and will be released on PiL’s own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution. All the new material was recorded in the UK last year at Steve Winwood’s studio in the Cotswolds.
John Lydon: “This Is PiL, PiL Official Ltd.”

Track listing
1. This Is PiL
2. One Drop
3. Deeper Water
4. Terra-Gate
5. Human
6. I Must Be Dreaming
7. It Said That
8. The Room I Am In
9. Lollipop Opera
10. Fool
11. Reggie Song
12. Out Of The Woods

The album is preceded by the release of a 4-track EP entitled One Drop. It will be issued for ‘Record Store Day’ on April 21. The EP is comprised of 4 songs—“One Drop,” “I Must Be Dreaming,” “The Room I Am In” and “Lollipop Opera”—that will also be available on THIS IS PiL.

John Lydon talks about THIS IS PiL: “Well, 12 songs, where do I begin? Everything and anything that attracts my attention. ‘One Drop’ is about my early youth in Finsbury Park. Fantastic! Hello, we’re all teenagers don’t you forget it! At any age, stay young. ‘Lollipop Opera’ is basically a beautiful bunch of background noise and music to sum up Britain and all its wonderful ambidextrousness! ‘The Room I Am In’ well that’s about drugs and council flats. And there’s a tragedy that still continues. ‘I Must Be Dreaming’ well, you know, I must be to put up with these governments.”

Following on from their monumental live performance at BBC Radio 6 Birthday Celebrations at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday March 16 which saw PiL include and baptize two new songs: “Deeper Water” and “One Drop." PiL also played two very special shows at London’s Heaven showcasing more tracks from the new album with The Times (London) commenting “This was an evening of uncompromising art music, worthy of the total concentration of the audience.” The track “One Drop” has now also received airplay from BBC Radio 6, XFM and Absolute Radio.

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL's music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 Singles and 5 UK Top 20 Albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, John Lydon guided the band from their debut album First Issue in 1978 through 1992's That What Is Not, before a 17-year hiatus. John then resurrected PiL in 2009 playing live worldwide. Now after 20 years, yet another new and unique chapter is set to unfold in the shape of new PiL material.

Public Image Ltd live line up / wrote and recorded the new material
John Lydon: After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed PUBLIC IMAGE LTD in 1978. Outside of PiL, John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses.
Lu Edmonds: Multi-instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album Happy? and co-writing the album 9 adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.
Bruce Smith: Former drummer in The Pop Group and The Slits became percussionist for PiL also in 1986 playing and recording on the albums Happy? and 9. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce Smith brought his unique style into the fold.
Scott Firth: A bass player/multi-instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn, and Elvis Costello.

For more PiL information, see

Lindsey Buckingham heeds the call of his East Coast fans demanding their share of his forthcoming U.S. tour; more dates now added as trek begins May 3, 2012

Due to overwhelming demand, Lindsey Buckingham will now be sharing his highly anticipated U.S. tour with his fans on the East coast. The six-week trek begins May 3 in Solana Beach, CA and now lasts through June 16 in Columbus, OH. As for the rest of the country, they need not worry either, because even more tour dates are in the works and will be announced in the coming weeks.

In his intimate-one-man show, Lindsey will showcase his distinctive guitar picking style and instantly recognizable voice in his usual awe-inspiring form, captivating his audience with songs from his recent album, SEEDS WE SOW, as well as performing a combination of favorites from his previous solo albums, along with a variety of Fleetwood Mac classics.

Regarding the new tour he says, "As I've grown as an artist, I've gotten more and more in touch with my center, and that center is voice and guitar. Over time it has become increasingly vital to express more with less; that is my touchstone now, and the embodiment of that philosophy is what will be largely represented in the new show. I've been thinking of doing this kind of tour for a while, and am quite excited to be doing something new, something outside my comfort zone."

Check out Lindsey Buckingham at any of the following tour stops:


Thur 5/3 Solana Beach, CA Belly up Tavern
Fri 5/4 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Sat 5/5 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Sun 5/6 Thousand Oaks, CA Fred Kavli Theatre/Thousand Oaks Civic Arts
Tues 5/8 San Luis Obispo. CA Fremont Theatre
Wed 5/9 Fresno, CA Tower Theatre
Thur 5/10 Carmel, CA Sunset Central Center
Fri 5/11 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
Sun 5/13 Sacramento, CA Crest Theatre
Mon 5/14 San Francisco. CA The Fillmore
Tues 5/15 Redding, CA The Cascade Theatre
Thur 5/17 Bend, OR Tower Theatre
Fri 5/18 Portland, OR Aladdin Theatre
Sat 5/19 Seattle, WA The Neptune
Mon 5/21 Spokane, WA Bing Crosby Theatre
Tue 5/29 Boston, MA Wilbur Theatre
Wed 5/30 Providence, RI Lupo’s
Thu 5/31 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino
Fri 6/1 Lebanon, NH Lebanon Opera House
Sat 6/2 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre
Mon 6/4 New York, NY BB King’s Blues Club
Tue 6/5 New York, NY BB King’s Blues Club
Wed 6/6 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
Fri 6/8 Ithaca, NY State Theatre
Sat 6/9 Tarrytown, NY Music Hall
Sun 6/10 Bethlehem, PA ArtsQuest Center
Mon 6/11 Wilmington, DE World Café
Tue 6/12 Washington, DC Howard Theatre
Thu 6/14 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
Fri 6/15 Munhall, PA Carnegie Library Music Hall
Sat 6/16 Columbus, OH Southern Theatre


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