Today in Music: Back in the U.K.


When Richard Ascroft told Jam Showbiz, “You’re more likely to get all four Beatles on stage” than see a reunion of The Verve, he may have been a bit hasty. The blogosphere’s currently abuzz with news that the band has reunited with all of its original members, Richard Ashcroft, Nick McCabe, Simon Jones, and Pete Salisbury (the abstaining Simon Tong was a later addition), who have already laid down some tracks in the studio together. According to the band’s website, “After a summer break, they will return to the studio to complete their next album” for an as-of-yet unnamed label. Currently scheduled are six dates in England at the beginning of November. Expect a full tour to follow!

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Mute Records announced yesterday that the former Pulp touring guitarist Richard Hawley will release his second solo album on the label, and fourth overall, on October 9. The Sheffield-bred crooner, whose solo work far outstrips his former band Longpigs, will follow the new album, Lady’s Bridge, with a U.S. tour.
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During a recent interview and photo shoot for Spin, Amy Winehouse brought along her then boyfriend and now husband Blake Fielder-Civil for a bit of gratuitous PDA and self-mutilation. During the photo shoot, the ironically named Civil-Fielder (you’ll see why in a minute) videotaped Winehouse posing for the camera, carving his name in her belly with a shard from a broken mirror, and asking for more Jack Daniels and Coke, which apparently they had already topped off. The couple then met at a bar for the interview, where between making out with Winehouse and avoiding discussion of an impending assault charge, Civil-Fielder confided to the interviewer, in regard to the bald bar patron who said he looked like Ethan Embry, “Tell the guy who looks like he has leukemia I’m going to slit his throat.” You can read more of the interview and watch Blakes’ videos here.

Just released is this video for Winehouse’s latest single, “Tears Dry on Their Own”:

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Stories from Glastonbury continue to whiffle through the internet. You can read about The Cribs defending a climate joke they made on stage here, find out why the BBC is doing damage control for a remark made by Iggy Pop here, and see The Gossip‘s Beth Ditto pull down her panties for the closing show here. For full Glastonbury coverage, go to NME and The Tripwire.

Also, there are many fine videos from Glastonbury on the ‘Tube, like this one with Lily Allen trying her best to keep up with The Specials:

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