Thursday News Threads

Rowland S. Howard

  • Yesterday morning, Wednesday, December 30th, the world lost another important musician. This time it was Rowland S. Howard, best known as the guitarist for post-punk band The Birthday Party alongside Nick Cave. He died of liver cancer at only 50 years old. Howard is also known for fronting These Immortal Souls in the late 80’s/early 90’s, had played with Crime and the City Solution (with ex-bandmate Mick Harvey), made appearances in several films including Wim Wender’s Wings of Desire, and had just released his second solo album, Pop Crimes, this past October. The LA Weekly has a great roundup of videos from Howard’s career, which includes this video of him performing the Boys Next Door (pre-Birthday Party) song “Shivers” twenty years later (and ten years ago!):

  • On a much lighter note, check out the video below and laugh at Fred Durst as he punches the air while listening to a new Limp Bizkit song in the studio. Ha! That guy.

  • Stereogum made a list of the most Not Safe For Work music videos of the year because, well, there have been a lot of pornographic ones of late. Maybe you’ll see one or two new ones on the list that you won’t be able to ignore? While you’re at it, check out their Best Late Night TV Performances list.
  • An Irish supergroup of sorts did some busking Christmas Eve in Dublin. Included were Bono, the Swell Season’s Glen Hansard, and Damien Rice. Apparently the goal was to raise money for Simon Community, an organization that serves Ireland’s homeless population. Check out the cell phone video below featuring the group playing “Stand By Me” and U2’s “One.”

  • So, um, slow music news week, I guess. But it’ll be the last one of the decade. I can give you my personal guarantee on that. Happy new year, KEXPers!
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