We’re sad to report the passing of Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, who, according to the Throbbing Gristle website, “passed away peacefully in his sleep on the 24th November 2010 at his home in Bankok.” A founding member of the controversial and groundbreaking Throbbing Gristle, notably the first ever “industrial” band, Sleazy was also a successful artist and video director. In the mid 70’s, he began working for the British design group Hipgnosis, which developed album art for bands including Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, The Pretty Things, and many others, and eventually became a full partner. Sleazy himself is credited with designing covers for the early Peter Gabriel albums (I, II, and III) and two Pink Floyd albums (Animals and Wish You Were Here). He directed many music videos for artists including Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, Gavin Friday, Jerry Cantrell, Ministry, and The The plus a wide range of others. He was also a member of other experimental bands Coil, Psychic TV, and X-TG (as in “Ex-Throbbing Gristle”). You can read more about Sleazy and his other work as an activist and artist here.
And here’s some live footage of Throbbing Gristle’s 2004 reunion show at London’s Astoria Theater:
- In case you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting to hear who will be performing at half time of the Super Bowl, it will be the Black Eyed Peas.
- The streak of Arcade Fire-related headlines continues. Below is a video of John Legend and The Roots covering “Wake Up.” You can also listen to the just-as-impressive recorded version here.
- The Dum Dum Girls have announced the upcoming release of a new EP called He Gets Me High. It will feature a cover of The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.” They also announced some tour dates, but unfortunately it doesn’t look like Seattle is on the docket this time. For a few more album and tour details, click here.
- School of Seven Bells are touring with Interpol. They’ll be at the Showbox SoDo on January 28. Click here for tour details.
- To warm fans up for the soon-to-be-released full-length Content, Gang of Four are offering a three-song EP for free. You can download it here. They’ll also be touring early next year, making their way by the Showbox at the Market on February 16. For more tour info, click here.
- Good ole’ 77-year-old Willie Nelson was arrested for pot possession again. Authorities found six ounces in his van in Sierra Blanca, Texas.
- Here’s an somewhat odd black and white video Ra Ra Riot did for Nike, in which they share a few stories and champion the art of running:
- For your late-night TV enjoyment:
Monday, November 29
Craig Ferguson – Michael Franti
Jimmy Fallon – Elvis Costello
Conan O’Brien – Kid Cudi
Tuesday, November 30
Jay Leno – Rod Stewart
Jimmy Fallon – Kid Cudi (R)
Carson Daly – Broken Bells (R)
Wednesday, December 1
Carson Daly – Ra Ra Riot (R)
Jimmy Fallon – Bruce Springtsteen (R)
Conan O’Brien – Cake
Lopez Tonight – Cee-Lo Green
Thursday, December 2
Conan O’Brien – Deerhunter
Craig Ferguson – Norah Jones
Jimmy Fallon – Kings of Leon (R)
Carson Daly – School of Seven Bells (R)
Friday, December 3
Carson Daly – Built to Spill