Echo & the Bunnymen are touring the Crocodiles & Heaven Up Here albums!

Details here (from NME) – UK only tho, unfortunately.

Mac’s still got a gob on him too:

As previously reported, Ian McCulloch revealed last year that he wanted to perform the group’s early albums live, saying it would be “a masterclass for anyone who’s ever been in a band that isn’t quite as good as the band I’m in.”

I don’t quite know why, but I actually still care about the NME end of year lists, even though I stopped buying the magazine regularly sometime in 2000. Anyway, here’s their take on the year 2009:

NME’s 50 best albums of 2009

NME’s 50 best tracks of 2009

And if you can’t be bothered with looking at those, the number one’s are Horrors – Primary Colours & Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero. Not bad choices all up

Morrissey collapses during This Charming Man in Swindon. Story from the BBC

Former Smiths singer Morrissey has been taken to hospital after collapsing on stage with breathing difficulties.

Eyewitnesses said the 50-year-old fell to the floor during a performance of his former band’s song This Charming Man at Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon.

Two of his current band’s members took him off stage and an ambulance took him to Great Western Hospital, where his condition was described as “stable”.

According to the NME, the answer is yes!

Jarvis Cocker has said that Pulp are “coming back” – and that they are interested in playing Glastonbury 2010.

The singer told The People that the Sheffield band, who have been inactive since the release of 2001 album ‘We Love Life’, have already talked about the possibility of playing the Worthy Farm event together.

“Glastonbury means an awful lot to me, I would love to play there again,” he said. “We’ve talked about it, there we go, there’ll be a band reunion.”

Hmm, this just in from the NME:

…Brown’s publicist denied that the frontman had agreed to a reunion, telling the Daily Mail that he is instead concentrating on his next solo album at the moment.

“We know nothing about a reunion,” the publicist said. “Ian is working on his new studio album which is due out later this year.”

Full (non?) story here

That’s how it starts, I guess…

According to the NME here:

LCD Soundsystem mainman James Murphy has revealed he has written the band’s next album, quashing rumours that the band were unlikely to return following the release of 2007’s ‘Sound Of Silver’.

The producer/solo artist told NME.COM that he has penned eight songs for the album, which will be the third LCD effort, and is keeping the tracks under lock and key – in his head.

“I write all my music in my head, I never demo,” Murphy told NME.COM. “I get to a point where there are too many songs and I have to get them recorded. I recently felt that. I’ve got eight in my head – that’s critical mass.”

Murphy said he was unsure when he would begin recording the new album, but said that when he did, he wouldn’t tell anyone.

“When I start recording I don’t tell anyone not even my manager,” he said, possibly explaining some recent reports where live LCD Soundsystem guitarist Al Doyle claimed the group were finished. “I’ll go away for a month to a studio outside the city [New York] and do it.”

NME reveals the title & tracklist of the new Franz Ferdinand album, slated for a January 26 2009 release (Happy Australia Day!)

Having confirmed earlier that the album, called ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’, is set for release on January 26, the band have now revealed the following 12 tracks will feature on the Dan Carey-produced album:

‘Ulysses’
‘Turn It On’
‘Kiss Me’
‘Twilight Omens’
‘Send Him Away’
‘Live Alone’
‘Bite Hard’
‘What She Came For’
‘Can’t Stop Feeling’
‘Lucid Dreams’
‘Dream Again’
‘Katherine Kiss Me’

“‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’ is music of the night: to fling yourself around your room to as you psyche yourself for a night of hedonism, for the dance-floor, flirtation, for your desolate heart-stop, for losing it and loving losing it, for the chemical surge in your bloodstream,” explained frontman Alex Kapranos of the album’s feel.

“It’s for that lonely hour gently rocking yourself waiting for dawn and it all to be even again.”