Song Crush: Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life”


I’ve been harboring this secret for about ten years now, so I think it’s about time to come clean…
I think I might have a crush on James Mercer.

He’s like a good-looking science fiction author, or an 11th grade history teacher, or the guy you’re not supposed to publicly admit to finding attractive, because all of your friends will automatically wrinkle their noses and respond, “Really?!”

But all weird crushes aside, we need to talk about Broken Bells. What isn’t a secret is the fact that whatever Danger Mouse touches turns to gold, but seriously, I can’t get “Holding On For Life” out of my head.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think:

Tour Tools: Iggy Pop’s Epic Rider


Iggy Pop is famous for a number of things: fronting The Stooges, using peanut butter as body paint, inspiring electric eel-like dance moves, pioneering the stage dive, writing timeless songs, playing a fictional overprotective dad on The Adventures of Pete & Pete…but as of today, we can add “composing epic tour riders” to the list.

The Stooges‘ tour rider, which combines one part practicality to one part off-the-cuff stream of consciousness, is as funny as it is functional.

Keep reading to see the complete rider…

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Song Crush: The Black Keys – “Gold…”


Gold on the Ceiling

The intro of The Black Keys‘ latest single, “Gold on the Ceiling” reminds me of The White Stripes‘ “Blue Orchid” for all the right reasons. MORE DISTORTION!!

I can’t deal with how much I love this song.

Famous Friends: Russell + Ginger Spice


So, there might’ve been a time when I knew all the lyrics to “Wannabe.” Cut me some slack, last week seventh grade was weird.  As it turns out, Russell Brand is also into girl power. After meeting Ginger Spice at the Olympics closing ceremony, Brand openly admitted that what he (really, really) wants is a piece of Geri Halliwell. Congratulations, lovebirds!

Song Crush: T.F. – “The Concept”


Teenage Fanclub

In the opening scene of Young Adult, Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) digs through her closet to find an old mixtape with the words “Mad Love, Buddy” scrawled onto Side A.  She hops into her shiny new Mini Cooper and jams the cassette into her car stereo. (I realize this seems like a glaring continuity error, but stay with me). Out of the speakers pours Teenage Fanclub‘s “The Concept,” which Mavis replays over and over on her way back home to Mercury, Minnesota.

After hearing this song five times throughout the movie, what’s one more?

An Interview With Irvine Welsh


Bestselling author Irvine Welsh explains why rock & roll and a good book go hand in hand.

Steamrolling over the boundaries of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Irvine Welsh writes stories that would make your mother blush. Best known for penning Trainspotting, Welsh revisits the silver screen with Ecstasy, a twisted tale that explores the euphoric highs and devastating lows of chemical dependency.

After a recent screening of Ecstasy in Toronto, Irvine Welsh sat down with Tour Death to discuss the music that inspires him to write.

Tour Death: What are some of your favorite bands and what have you been listening to lately?

Irvine Welsh: I’m always looking to music, because it helps me to construct [my] characters. I make up playlists for every character that I write about. I’ve been listening to a lot of British 80s music, because one of the characters I write [about] is very into that, but I’ve also been listening to a lot of country. I’ve got The Cure on one side and Brad Paisley on the other, trying to get into the heads of the characters through the music that they listen to.

Song Crush: No Doubt – “Settle Down”


No Doubt Settle Down

No Doubt’s new single is totally what the doctor ordered…in 1999. You know what, though? I like the fact that “Settle Down” is a No Doubt song that sounds like a No Doubt song. Nice work Gwen Stefani and company, we’re glad you’re back!

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