The Jesus And Mary Chain Return

The Jesus And Mary Chain Return For Gigs In 2012

Following last year’s  deluxe reissue package, the Jesus and Mary Chain have announced their first shows since 2008. Unfortunately for us Brits they are US only dates so far. Their mysterious and enigmatic spokesman Kevin Smythe describes it as the band “dipping their toes in the water again.” As well as William and Jim Reid the Mary Chain line-up will include ex Lush bassist Phil King and The VPME’s  chum and former member John Moore. Will Bobby Gillespie return on drums? Probably not….

We asked John how long this had been in the offing to which he replied

“It’s taken me by surprise as well VP, When Jim called on Sunday night I thought he was going to tell me someone had died. I love the way he lands things on me. ‘what are you doing come the ides of March.’ we always speak in Shakespearean. If I’d said I was going to creosote the shed he’d have changed the subject. Lucky I didn’t.


Hopefully it’ll be more than four gigs…I’m envisaging a world tour, Rock’n’Roll Phileas Foggs. I always make a point of joining The Jesus And Mary Chain every quarter of a century.”


US dates are as follows and ticket info will be announced via the bands website

03-11 Denton, TX – 35 Denton Festival
03-12 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
03-13 Houston, TX – House of Blues
03-14-18 Austin, TX – SXSW

You can hear Jim, John alongside former bassist Douglas Hart and ex drummer Murray Dalglish chat on our special Mary Chain podcast  HERE.

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VPME – Track Of The Day – Frankie Rose

We thought we’d introduce a new “track of the day” feature on The Von Pip Musical Express, “track” you see fits in with the old “express train” logo- Genius eh! As well as interviews, reviews and our “Songs To learn And Sing” feature, track of the day is for those songs we simply can’t wait to share.

And so our first track of the day is  *drum roll* *fanfare*. . .

FRANKIE ROSE.

Frankie Rose By Lauren Bilanko- New Single

Its out with The Outs and in with the solo career  as Frankie Rose( ex-Vivian Girls, ex- Dum Dum Girls and  ex-Crystal Stilts)  goes it alone without her former band  The Outs with this rather brilliant track “Know Me”  which is  released 20th Feb and  precedes her new  album ‘Interstellar’ out 19th March.  Her label have informed us its brilliant and based on this single who are we to disagree!  (here’s an interview we did with Frankie back in 2010)

 

The VPME Podcast Episode 6 – October 2011

The VPME Podcast - October 2011 Episode 6

The VPME Podcast, featuring the best music from the past present and future! Curated by Andy Von Pip whose unique upbeat, effervescent presenting style has been compared to Eeyore the donkey in a coma on a wet Tuesday in Hartlepool

…. With special guest appearances from Dum Dum Girls, Sarah Nixey, Howling Bells, Kyla La Grange, Lush and loads more.

Listen below or on Mixcloud here

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THE VPME PODCAST- JESUS AND MARY CHAIN SPECIAL

The Jesus And Mary Chain Podcast - The VPME

To celebrate the re-issue of all six studio albums as deluxe editions we present a special Jesus and Mary Chain podcast. Guests include Jim Reid and the gang  as we celebrate the genius of the  greatest band in the world.

Listen below (for the technically challenged click the green button 😉 ) or on Mixcloud.

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Thanks to Jim, Douglas, John, Murray, Dave Cromwell and Honey Valentine. And of course William 🙂

Songs To Learn and Sing – Jim Reid And Jesus And Mary Chain Deluxe Albums

JAMC - Album reissues plus new Jim Reid song

“Black And Blues”  By Jim Reid.

Jim Reid of the Jesus And Mary Chain has previewed a new song on his soundcloud account and if that’s not enough to get fans of the Mary Chain excited  today also sees the first copies  of the much anticipated expanded Deluxe editions of all of the bands studio albums, starting with the seminal ‘Psychocandy‘. The deluxe expanded edition features all the non-album b-sides, as well as previously unreleased demos, rare outtakes including controversial early track “Jesus Fuck” which the pressing plant refused to manufacture at the time due to the blasphemous lyrics – Also included is a DVD featuring all the promo videos plus previously unreleased TV appearances, including their  live TV debut on the Old Grey Whistle Test,  and never before seen footage of the infamous riot at North London Polytechnic –including  interviews with all four original members, and scenes of the crowd destroying the venue!

3d Album Previews and Links to buy

The VPME Podcast – August 2011 – This IS Music


VPME Podcast JAMC

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Hurrah and Huzzah ! It’s the  latest VPME podcast!!!  Featuring the best new music from the past, present and future and a Dj as intresting as socks .

Listen out for special guest appearances from the godlike  Jim Reid  of  80’s/90’s legends The Jesus & Mary Chain, Emma Andreson from Lush, plus songs by the likes of The Cramps, Suede,The  Psychedelic Furs nestling snugly alonside  new music from The Whip, Strangers, Seize The Chair, Pris, Freezepop  and Deep Cut. Click on the player below or if you prefer go to http://www.mixcloud.com/TheVonPipMusicalExpress/the-von-pip-musical-express-podcast-episode-4-august-2011/

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Dum Dum Girls Live in Manchester.

Dum Dum Girls @ The Deaf Institute Manchester

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Alas not a review as such, due to the unremitting crapness of public transport in the UK.  Basically the last direct train back to Merseyside from Manchester  is at  10.15.  Actually there is another one at 11.30 but when that arrives back in Liverpool at 12.40 all connecting trains are no longer running- meaning a taxi  which normally costs an arm, a leg and possibly a kidney-and that’s if the taxi driver can be arsed going through the Mersey Tunnel.  So much for the 24 hour society.  We missed Dum Dum Girls  last year so we were looking forward to this gig, but alas the girls didn’t get on stage until 9.45 meaning  sadly, we only managed to catch 3 songs. This was all rather disappointing as it looked like it was shaping up to be a great gig.  We did however grab a video and some photos.

We  met Dee Dee’s dad who they’ve taken on tour and who is THE man!  He’s still waiting for that leather tour jacket they promised him to help him ‘fit in’ though. 🙂 – Let’s hope he’s keeps a tour diary!

Dee Dee's Dad.

Dum Dum Girls Live Deaf Institute Manchester

‘Wrong Feels Right’ Dum Dum Girls.

Dum Dum Girls Live

Dum Dum Dee Dee Diddle do


Dum Dum Girls

Mazes supported….

Mazes