SOME STUFFS: Negativland makes multitrack master of classic “U2” single available for re-mixing

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Negativland: remember the “culture-jamming band”? Or do you at least remember what Negativland did in their existence. Good, for they are resurfacing, at least in the sense that they’re making their controversial song “U2” available for all to remix by releasing the multi-track masters. They did this in honor of the late radio announcer Casey Kasem, whose voice was a major part of “U2”. They decided to show some respect by getting the song out once more, but for all to fool around with. You can now access the multi-track files by clicking here (278.17) and going crazy with it.

Want more craziness? There are four Negativland shows happening this week. Go to one and/or all.

June 18… Houston, TX (Aurora Picture Show)
June 19… Austin, TX (Alamo Drafthouse)
June 20… Austin, TX (Red 7)
June 21… Dallas, TX (The Texas Theatre)

SOME STUFFS / RECORD CRACK: U2 taking “Achtung Baby” reissues to the extreme

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Lately, a lot of artists and labels are gearing up releasing reissues, remasters, and box sets for the forthcoming holiday season but this one has got to be the most “overboard”.

First off, this year is the 20th anniversary of U2‘s Achtung Baby, the album and tour of which was about taking what was popular in the world, combining it with modern technology and taking it to the extreme. Everyone was video centric, but it was also a world before the internet, cell phones, iPod’s and iPad’s. Now, U2 seem to be celebrating their exploitation of extremism by reissuing the album in a number of extreme ways.

The album will be remastered and released as a single CD. Then it gets interesting. There will be a 2CD Deluxe Edition, and a 4 LP box set of that for vinyl junkies. Let’s get bigger. There will be a 10 disc Super Deluxe Edition, which brings together 6 compact discs, 4 DVD’s, a 92-page book and 16 art prints in a wallet.

Yes, there’s bigger.
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There will be a gargantuan beast in the form of a Super Uber Deluxe edition, and it’s being described this way:
Extremely limited numbered Uber Deluxe Edition is a magnetic puzzle tiled box contains six CDs including the original Achtung Baby album, the follow-up album, Zooropa, b-sides and re-workings of previously unheard material recorded during the Achtung Baby sessions. Four DVDs including “From The Sky Down”, Zoo TV, all the videos from Achtung Baby plus bonus material. Also includes five clear seven inch vinyl singles in their original sleeves, 16 art prints taken from the original album sleeve, an 84-page hardback book, a copy of Propaganda magazine, four badges, a sticker sheet, and a pair of Bono’s trademark “The Fly” sunglasses. Band members sold separately.

Let me emphasize this: “band members sold separately”. You know damn well if they put themselves up for rental, there would be buyers.

It is insane, and yet there will be people who will buy any one of these, or all of them. If you are a hardcore U2 fan, and a big fan of Achtung Baby, you can now celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary in style.

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RECORD CRACK: U2 create a vinyl sunrise for an “Artificial Horizon”

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As U2 fans celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band’s debut album, Boy, the group are about to release Artificial Horizon, a 3-record box set consisting of various remixes going back to 1997, and three previously unreleased mixes. Here is the full track listing:

1. Elevation (Influx Mix)
2. Fast Cars (Jacknife Lee Mix)
3. Get On Your Boots (Fish Out Of Water Mix)
4. Vertigo (Trent Reznor Remix)
5. Magnificent (Falke Radio Mix)
6. I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (Live U2360 Remix)
7. Beautiful Day (David Holmes Remix)
8. Starting At The Sun (Monster Truck Remix)
9. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Danny Saber Mix)
10. Get On Your Boots (Justice Remix)
11. City Of Blinding Lights (Hot Chip 2006 Remix)
12. If God Will Send His Angels (Grand Jury Mix)
13. Starting At The Sun (Brothers in Rhythm Ambient Mix)

The 3-record set features about 60 minutes of music (or 20 minutes average for each record), so the audio quality on this should be really nice. U2.com subscribers can obtain it for about $30, non-members can buy it for around $35. You can find out more about Artificial Horizon here.

SOME STUFFS: “It Might Get Loud” honors the power and volume of the guitar

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This movie is being described this way:

Rarely can a film penetrate the glamorous surface of rock legends. It Might Get Loud tells the personal stories, in their own words, of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos – The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). It reveals how each developed his unique sound and style of playing favorite instruments, guitars both found and invented. Concentrating on the artist’s musical rebellion, traveling with him to influential locations, provoking rare discussion as to how and why he writes and plays, this film lets you witness intimate moments and hear new music from each artist. The movie revolves around a day when Jimmy Page, Jack White, and The Edge first met and sat down together to share their stories, teach and play.”

Directed by Davis Guggenheim,, It Might Be Loud will open in NY and LA on August 14th, and in other cities soonafter.