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

News from Wichita Recordings:

Los Campesinos! have announced details of their forthcoming album. The release, entitled Romance Is Boring is due out 1st Feburary 2010. It was recorded with producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Wu-Tang Clan) and features guest appearances from Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu) and Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls).

The track listing is as follows:
In Medias Res
There Are Listed Buildings
Romance Is Boring
We’ve Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)
Plan A
200 – 102
Straight In At 101
Who Fell Asleep In
I Warned You: Do Not Make An Enemy Of Me
Heart Swells/100-1
I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know
A Heat Rash In The Shape Of The Show Me State; or, Letters From Me To Charlotte
The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future
This Is A Flag. There Is No Wind
Coda: A Burn Scar In The Shape Of The Sooner State

Los Campesinos website

Can’t wait for this one!

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.”