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The Jesus & Mary Chain plan ‘Psychocandy’ anniversary dates


 
Music impresario Alan McGee has relaunched his Creation Management company with the signing of his first clients The Jesus & Mary Chain. McGee previously managed The Jesus & Mary Chain 30 years ago, and their signing coincides with the band’s plans to celebrate the impending 30th anniversary of their debut album, 1985’s Psychocandy, with three gigs in the UK in November of this year and further shows in 2015.

The Jesus & Mary Chain first formed in East Kilbride, Scotland in 1983. The band centers around the writing and performing partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. Over three decades the band released a series of highly influential albums and singles. The band split-up in 1999, and reformed in 2007.

In an interview with Music Week Alan McGee said:

“The Mary Chain were the first band I ever managed when I was 23,” McGee told Music Week today. “That was 30 years ago and they exploded really fast. By the time I was 24, they were No.1 in Germany and other places. Jim [Reid] was 22, I was 24 and Douglas [Hart] was 17. It was fucking nuts, if you think about it. We were kids! Now, I’m 53 - I suppose that’s kind of the normal age of a manager in a lot of ways.”

The gigs in November will be the first time The Jesus & Mary Chain have played live in the UK since 2008 (or 2012 in the US). Discussing the forthcoming anniversary in NME, lead singer Jim Reid said:

Psychocandy was meant to be a kick in the teeth to all of those who stood in our way at the time, which was practically the whole music industry. In 1985 there were a great many people who predicted no more than a six-month life span for The Mary Chain. To celebrate the approaching 30th anniversary of the album, we would like to perform it in its entirety. We will also perform key songs from that period that did not feature on the album.”

Tickets for the trio of UK gigs go on sale 9am Friday 16th May.

McGee will continue to oversee his other record label 359 Music, which is run in conjunction with Cherry Red, while revitalizing Creation Management.

“Creation Management are going to sign a couple of baby bands, but the main thing for us is to do the Mary Chain right. We’re going to South America on Monday, then we’ll do some more American stuff, then there’s three British dates. Then really we’re [planning events for] the whole of next year - the festivals [in 2015] are going to be all about Psychocandy. And at the end of that, everyone will probably look at each other and go: ‘I want a year off!’”

Though Sony Music own Creation Records, McGee has full rights to Creation Management and publishing company Creation Songs. For the new Creation Management, McGee has teamed-up with businessman Simon Fletcher, dubbed “The King of Timber” having made millions in the wood trade.

Since leaving the music business in 2008, McGee has kept a low profile in Wales making money out of property. But there was only so long the talented maverick could spend “navigating his navel and watching everything weird and wonderful on the internet.” Over the past two years McGee has produced the movie Kubricks, appeared in the film Svengali, launched the new talent label 359 Music, and wrritten his bestselling autobiography Creation Stories.

“I’m only 53, I’m not that boring. Let’s go have some fucking fun. And who better to have fun with than Jim and William [Reid] - because they’re both fucking nuts, and I love it. William’s a genius, Jim’s a rock’n’roll star and I’m a fucking headcase. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?”

What indeed?

Here’s The Jesus & Mary Chain’s debut on UK television way back when.
 

 
Via Music Week
 
Bonus Mary Chain tracks, after the jump…
 

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The Pissing Tanker fights against public urination in India one spray at a time!


 
An anonymous activist group activist group have taken it upon themselves to try to quash public urination in India. From the evidence presented in this video, I guess it’s a big stinky problem there. The activist group built what’s called The Pissing Tanker which “patrols” Mumbai and when someone is caught in the act of public urination—which is against the law there—the offender gets hosed-down by a strong stream of water. What you might call poetic justice…

The group which also has a twitter account, without a display picture of course, asks others to be aware of them as they will strike when least expected. Their motto is ‘You Stop. We Stop’ and fight public urination ‘one spray at a time’.

Seems like a mild form of vigilante justice. Frequent public pissers in Mumbai would be advised to immediately purchase waterproof iPhone cases…
 

 
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Holy hell! Watch an entire street in Baltimore sink right into the earth!
05.02.2014
02:37 pm

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When I initially hit play for this video I wasn’t expecting much. It kinda starts out slow and you think you’ve seen something similar like this before and then… bam!

YouTuber Nicholas Nick Nico Reyes caught this incredible footage of a landslide caused by a sinkhole on April 30th. Cars parked along N. 26th St. in Baltimore’s Charles Village were literally swallowed-up by Mother Nature’s maws. Not sure I’ve seen an entire street sink into oblivion before. This is a first.

 
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Convicted cannibals re-arrested for… er… cannibalism
04.14.2014
07:50 am

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A man has been arrested in Pakistan’s Punjab province on suspicion of cannibalising a young girl. Mohammad Arif Ali was arrested after neighbors complained about the smell of rotting flesh coming from his house.

Arif Ali and his brother, Mohammad Farman Ali, were jailed two years ago after they were found to have disinterred and devoured up to 150 corpses over ten years from a local graveyard. It is said the brothers used body parts to make curry. As there are no laws against cannibalism in Pakistan, the pair were sent to jail for desecration of graves, and fined Rs50,000.

The brothers spent most of their time in prison at the King Edward Medical University in Lahore, where they were examined by doctors at the neurophysiology department.

After their release from jail, the siblings maintained a very low profile. However, after complaints about an overpowering stench coming from the brothers’ house, local police raided the premises where the discovered the skull of a child. The police then arrested one of the brothers, Arif Ali, and are now searching for the other brother, Farman Ali.

Proof that short prison sentences don’t work…?

Cannibalism can be dated as far back as the Lower and Middle Paleolithic, where it is believed to have taken place during times of famine or for possible rituals. More recently, cannibalism has been documented during the Russian famine of the 1920s, and during the Second World War at the siege of Stalingrad. It has also been reported in the 1960s and 1970s in Cambodia, and famously after the 1972, Andes flight disaster, when survivors cannibalised other dead passengers to stay alive. There have also been several notorious serial killers who cannibalised their victms including Jeffrey Dahmer and Andrei Chikatilo (who killed and ate a minimum of 52 women and children between 1976 and 1990) being perhaps the best known.

Below the original news report on the arrest of the two brothers form 2011:
 

 
Via The Independent

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‘He promises to just smoke pot as mayor. Not crack’: Hilarious anti-Rob Ford campaign posters
03.31.2014
10:47 am

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^^^^^ I’d vote for him!

Apparently parody election signs are popping up all over Toronto by No Ford Nation. The tagline on all signs are, “Anyone’s better than Rob Ford.”

The reaction by Torontonians have been a mixed bag so far. Some people are finding the signs absolutely hilarious, while others are pissed-off and claim the signs are damaging the city’s reputation.


 

 
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Chaos theory: What it might look like if 1500 people walked and texted at the same time


 
This Japanese ad, by mobile phone carrier NTT Docomo, purports that one in every five people who walk while using their Smartphone will experience some type of accident or injury. I believe it. They’ll probably also inflict many an injury on innocent people, too. (I witnessed a mother crossing a busy downtown Los Angeles street with her toddler yesterday smiling at something and texting and I wondered WHAT could be so important that she had to reply to it right then and there?)

Attention to the surroundings is neglected while walking around staring at your cellphone.

We decided to study the danger of texting while walking using a computer simulation.

We used a computer simulation to have 1,500 people text while walking at Shibuya Crossing, the busiest crossing where people can cross in every direction.

What actually happened? Chaos? Fear? Comedy?

See the numerous unusual movements resulting from texting while walking.

*Some of the numbers used in the simulation were based on the research results of Professor Kazuhiro Kozuka, Department of Media Informatics, Aichi University of Technology.

Okay, so it’s not exactly the infamous 1979 Who concert in Cincinnati, but it does show you how disoriented people get from walking and texting. And from what I can tell, a few animated people do get trampled.

 
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Will robots replace Lady Gaga?

 
Last week Dangerous Minds’ Martin Schneider posed the question “Will pole dancing robots put human strippers out of work?” After watching the video of this batshit gyrating animatronic by artist Jordan Wolfson I’m inclined to answer “maybe.” I mean I doubt they’ll be wearing bonkers witch masks, but who knows?

According to the description on YouTube:

“The figure incorporates facial recognition technology, allowing her to focus on, and unnervingly follow visitors at the exhibition.”

The piece is currently being exhibited March 6 – April 19 at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. 

 
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Man locks wife in shed for singing ‘Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ when his mother died


 
Andrew Salmon, from Cornwall, apparently locked his wife in a garden shed after she kept repeatedly singing “Ding dong, the witch is dead” following death of his mother.

Questioned later, Salmon explained his actions by saying that his wife never liked his mother and was very unsympathetic when she died.

He told magistrates she kept saying “ding dong, the witch is dead”.

“I was provoked but I am sorry for what I have done to my wife and regret everything I did.” he said. “I was pushed towards it although I should not have done it.”

Lesson: Don’t mess with this man’s mama!

Via The Independent

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What are the odds of THIS: Cyclist hit by pickup truck, mattress cushions his fall
03.19.2014
09:21 am

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I’ve watched this four times, but I still can’t tell if the pickup truck actually hits the cyclist or just the bike itself. In any case, holy hell what are the mathematical odds of a mattress falling off the truck to break his fall???

On the flipside of that equation, as one YouTuber by the name of Albino Spaz quipped:

not sure if he is lucky or unlucky

Well, he does stand up. I vote lucky!
 

 
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Has Courtney Love found Flight 370???
03.17.2014
01:52 pm

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Courtney Love posted this to her Facebook page 11 hours ago. I’ve got nuthin’ else to add.

I’m no expert but up close this does look like a plane and an oil slick. http://www.tomnod.com/nod/challenge/malaysiaairsar2014/map/128148 … prayers go out to the families #MH370 and its like a mile away Pulau Perak, where they “last” tracked it 5°39’08.5"N 98°50’38.0"E but what do I know?

Courtney Love on Facebook

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