- 8.12.09: It's not too late to check out Verlaine
Guitar players you should know: Tom Verlaine.
- 1.26.09: Filter reviews the recent Verlaine reissues
A 78% score (what? a C+?) from Filter.
- 12.9.08: Recent Verlaine reissues reviewed
A quick review at Blurt.
- 12.6.08: Whatever happened to 315 Bowery?
CBGB's: In Memorium.
- 11.13.08: A lesson from Rock School...
A nice introduction to Marquee Moon from Hazel Sheffield at Gigwise. An even better introduction? Listening to Marquee Moon.
- 10.27.08: Live MM tribute, reviews of recent Verlaine reissues, Buyer's Guide
A tribute to Marquee Moon over two nights in Boston, November 6th and 7th, at the Church. More information here. These performances benefit Coalition of the Willing, a organization dedicated to providing relief to Sudan.
Collectors' Choice Music has made Dreamtime and Words from the Front available again on CD (sadly, with no sonic improvements over previous reissues), and a new review of both courtesy of Bill Sherman can be found at Blogspot.
Nods for both Television and Richard Hell in a quick New York Punk Buyer's Guide.
- 7.27.08: The Boston Globe mentions this site
No, the Marquee Moon Mailing List is not dead -- this website is just a bit behind on updates lately! In fact, it's part of a bigger network of Television sites out there; you can read a fine piece of writing on the topic, courtesy of Ty Burr (film critic for The Boston Globe).
- 10.4.04: Review of Television/Patti Smith show at Roseland
The New Jersey Star-Ledger has a review of the TV/PS show at Roseland this past weekend. You can read it here.
- 9.20.04: Press release about upcoming Television/Patti Smith show
Columbia Records has put out a press release to promote the upcoming joint Television / Patti
Smith show at Roseland Ballroom on October 2nd, noting that for Verlaine and Smith this will be
"their first appearance together in New York City since
1977." You can read the full press release here.
- 7.12.04: Great review - TV in Manchester
DrownedInSound.com has a fantastic review of Television's performance at Manchester Academy on July 2nd. You can read it here.
- 7.6.04: Review of Television and Patti Smith at Brixton
The Telegraph UK has a review of a Patti Smith show at Brixton Academy for which Television was the opening act. You can read it here.
- 6.25.04: Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the '70s; Review of the Glasgow gig
Marquee Moon has an impressive (and well-deserved) #3 ranking in Pitchfork's "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s". See the whole list starting here.
The Scotsman has a review of Television gig in Glasgow yesterday. You can read it here.
- 6.22.04: Marquee Moon wins Mojo award
Mojo magazine has awarded their "Classic Album Award" to Marquee Moon. Tom Verlaine and Billy Ficca were on hand to receive the award in London. As described by the BBC, Mojo's awards are "designed as a corrective to the celebrity-led, disposable here and now culture of the Brits and Record Of The Year, recognise lasting success, influence and enduring artistry." You can read about the awards, as well as Billy Ficca's acceptance speech, here.
- 6.14.04: Telegraph UK obituary
The Telegraph has an obituary of Robert Quine found here.
- 6.8.04: NY Times obituary
The New York Times has an obituary of Robert Quine found here. More news about Quine's death can be found at Google's news site.
- 6.7.04: Sad news: Robert Quine is dead
Robert Quine, guitarist and co-founder of the Voidoids (among many other distinctions), has died at the age of 61. CNN (via Billboard) has a piece up here.
Steve Caratzas' web site for Robert Quine is asking for any stories and/or reminiscences about Quine to be emailed here.
- 4.16.04: Interviews with Tom about upcoming Toronto film show
The Toronto Eye has a brief interview with Tom Verlaine about his upcoming Music for Films performance on April 16th. You can read it here. The Toronto Star has a slightly longer interview which you can find here.
- 3.29.04: Michael Stipe on Marquee Moon
Spin magazine's "My Life in Music" features REM frontman Michael Stipe, who names Marquee Moon his second favorite record of all-time, arguing at a young age that "Tom Verlaine is God".
- 3.26.04: News and Reviews
The Boston Globe has a review of Wednesday night's show. Also, this blurb appears in today's New York Times' "Pop and Jazz Listings" section:
* TELEVISION, Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, at 15th Street,
Manhattan, (212) 777-6800. Television was there at the birth of
punk, though its imagistic poetry and modal jamming were not
what punk would become. Tom Verlaine's songs are full of
indelible riffs and open-ended thoughts, and he and Television's
other guitarist, Richard Lloyd, constantly swap lead and rhythm
roles and push each other toward improvised epiphanies. The band
reunites sporadically and without explanation, but the old
chemistry can still come through. Tonight at 9, doors open at 8;
with Martha Wainwright opening; admission is $26.50 in advance,
$30 on the day of the show.
Another blurb appears in the NY Daily News:
Ace of Clubs: Television
Like the Velvet Underground before them, Television's impact on pop will likely never be reflected in sales or wide public popularity. Yet the angular, twin-guitar attack developed by Richard Lloyd and Tom Verlaine (right) in the band's late-'70s heyday has gone on to influence several generations of bands, the latest of which (the Strokes, the Rapture) also happen to hail from New York City.
For the past decade, the band has reunited every few years; this is the latest chance to catch the original lineup. The essential sound of both Lloyd and Verlaine has changed little, but the passing decades have given them a level of depth and feeling that makes these latter-day Television shows a real delight. --Isaac Guzman
- 3.25.04: Early warning from Rhino Handmade
This appeared in the Rhino Handmade "Early Warning" newsletter sent out today:
Turning Off The Television
Maybe it happened because we launched it together with expanded editions of the band's classic Marquee Moon and Adventure albums. Maybe it's because the CD offers a unique live look at a seminal alternative rock group. Maybe people just have a soft spot in their hearts for skinny, intellectual guitar heroes. Whatever the reason, our limited edition Television release, Live At The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, 6/29/78 is almost sold out. That's right, we said almost - act quickly and you might still have time to snag a copy of Rhino Handmade's fastest-selling release ever. Go to http://www.rhinohandmade.com now before we have to turn off the Television (and while we're at it, the John Coltrane Complete Atlantic Recordings vinyl box and the Sonny Bono CD are also teetering on the brink of extinction!)
- 2.13.04: Television & Tom Verlaine concerts announced
For the third year running, Television will return to Irving Plaza in New York City on Thursday, March 25th and Friday, March 26th. Tickets are on sale now. Following that, they'll be playing at the Paradise in Boston on March 24th. This will be their first appearance in Boston since they played the Paradise on November 30th, 1992.
Also, Tom Verlaine and Jimmy Ripp's Music For Films show will be appearing in Toronto at the Images Festival on Friday, April 16th. This will be the first Music For Films performance anywhere since December of 2002.
- 2.12.04: Rocket From The Tombs' Rocket Redux is now available
Rocket From The Tombs, the Pere Ubu / Dead Boys forerunners who reunited in 2003 with Richard Lloyd replacing the late Peter Laughner, have recorded and released Rocket Redux, a 12-track disc representing their current set. While it's not officially due for US release until February 24, you can order copies from Smogveil by clicking here. Be sure to use the promo code 'rfttredux' to get free shipping.
- 1.31.04: New Zealand Herald on the Marquee Moon reissue
Russell Baillie of the New Zealand Herald has an interesting review of the Rhino Marquee Moon reissue which you can read here. Interestingly, he mentions that Blondie has been including "See No Evil" in their setlist as recently as their 2003 tour.
- 1.19.04: So, do the Strokes sound like Television?
Not according to the band themselves, who don't even have a single Television album between them.
- 1.16.04: Go Home Productions' "Bring The Television" now available
As promised on 12.25.03, you can now download "Bring The Television" from tv.obbard.com.
Right click here and choose "Save As.." to begin your download.
- 1.15.04: Ithaca Journal reviews No Thanks!
Jim Catalano of the Ithaca Journal has a review of the No Thanks! box. Additionally, he mentions the Marquee Moon album among his "must-haves from the era".
- 12.31.03: South Brunswick Post's quick nod to Adventure
Hank Kalet of the South Brunswick Post, NJ, has some nice things to say about Adventure here.
- 12.31.03: Rolling Stone's Critics Top Albums of 2003
Rolling Stone's critics have named the Marquee Moon reissue several times in their year-end selection of 2003's best. The full list can be found here.
- 12.25.03: Eye Weekly's Anti-Hit List for 2003
Eye Weekly puts the 'mash up' of "Marquee Moon" and Public Enemy's "Bring The Noise" created by Go Home Productions at #3 in their year-end "Anti-Hit" list, which you can read here. Unfortunately, Go Home no longer appears to have the track available for download, but I'll make it available in the next few days.
- 12.10.03: Pitchfork reviews the reissues
Chris Dahlen of Pitchfork Media has a lengthy review up of the reissues today which you can read here.
- 11.22.03: Brief review of Marquee Moon reissue
The Toronto Star's "In Rotation" column this week features Television. Click here to read it.
- 11.20.03: Froggy's Delight reissue review now available in English
Several days ago, a review of the reissues from Froggy's Delight, "le site web qui excite vos oreilles", was linked to this page. Thanks to the efforts of Emilie Hsu of the Marquee Moon Mailing List, an English translation of that lengthy review is available here!
- 11.14.03: Yet more positive reissue reviews
Phillyburbs has a review up of both reissues; they even include specific details about why they like Adventure, which is unusual and great to see. You can read the Television pieces, along with other "Punk rock and roll" reviews by Dave McGurgan here.
- 11.13.03: CNN reviews
CNN has a new article on Television which you can read here, entitled "Turning Television on again", featuring a number of quotes from Richard Lloyd. They've also got a piece on the Rhino's new punk-themed No Thanks box set, modestly entitled "The revolution that saved rock", with more quotes from Richard. You can read it here.
- 11.11.03: Reissues reviewed... in French!
Froggy's Delight, "le site web qui excite vos oreilles", has a review up of both reissues and the Old Waldorf disc. You can read it here. I'll try to get an English translation up in the next few days. Update 11.20.03: The translation is now available here.
- 10.23.03: Reissues review in the Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Richmond Times-Dispatch has an article on the reissues and the Old Waldorf disc which you can read here.
- 10.14.03: Rhino has fan mail
Rhino has just published the letter of a grateful fan here.
- 10.8.03: LA Weekly live review
Television just played in LA; read a brief review here.
- 10.7.03: BBC review of the reissues
The BBC has a long review of the reissues which you can read here.
- 9.30.03: Boston Globe review, news from Rhino Handmade
The Boston Globe has a brief, positive review of the three new Television releases, written by Ty Burr, which you can read here.
Also, this comes from Rhino Handmade's latest newsletter:
In a week of frenzied sales, Rhino Handmade's recent release of Television's
Live At The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, 6/29/1978 has become the label's
fastest seller EVER! With expanded and remastered reissues of the band's
classic Marquee Moon and Adventure albums and recent reunion performances,
interest in this seminal alternative outfit is high. If you've been thinking
about picking up this never-before-released live set from the group's '70s
heyday, don't hesitate - like all Rhino Handmade limited editions, once
Television has been sold out, there won't be any "reruns."
- 9.25.03: Commentary on the reissues
I've got 'em, and they are fantastic. Rhino has done a beautiful job and both discs are nearly flawless in terms of sound, packaging, liner notes, and bonuses. The sonic upgrade and extra tracks on Adventure are particularly essential. Maurice Rickard did a great job writing-up the reissues on the Marquee Moon Mailing List. You can read his comments here, here and here. My own comments appear here and here.
Thanks again, Rhino! I can't wait to hear Live At The Old Waldorf. Also, Rhino now has a lengthy article on their site called "Tell a Vision: The Unified Field of Tom Verlaine" by Barry Smolin.
- 9.23.03: The Television reissues are out today!
Marquee Moon and Adventure are out and early reports are positive. Remember that Rhino Handmade's Live At The Old Waldorf is an Internet-only release you can order here. You can also listen to samples - it's a big improvement on the old bootlegs!
Unfortunately, for those of you in the UK, the release date for Marquee Moon and Adventure has been moved to October 6th.
- 9.22.03: Important notice on review copies of Marquee Moon and Adventure reissues
Good news: It turns out that "review copies" of the Rhino reissues aren't really review copies at all, and early negative reports of sound quality issues might be moot. Read this post to the Marquee Moon Mailing List for more information.
- 9.2.03: Tom Verlaine's Flash Light reissue is out
The CD reissue of Flash Light from Collectors' Choice Music is out now. You can read some of my initial thoughts on the reissue here and my observations on the sound quality here.
- 8.1.03: Television back in the studio?
Richard Lloyd has told Billboard that Television is considering spending some time in the studio. You can read the Billboard.com article here.
- 7.22.03: ICE Article, Rhino's Press Release
The latest issue of ICE magazine has a detailed article on the upcoming Television reissues and the Old Waldorf disc. Click here to read it. Also, Rhino/WMG has issued a press release which you can read here.
- 7.21.03: Television Reissues!
On September 23rd, 2003 both Marquee Moon and Adventure are due to get expanded reissues courtesy of Rhino! This is the best news for Television fans since the band started sporadically touring again in 2001. Both reissues will feature bonus material. Highlights: Marquee Moon will contain the first-ever official CD release of the complete 7-minute "Little Johnny Jewel", Television's first single (originally released across two sides of a 7" inch single in 1975), as well as a number of alternate mixes of tracks from the album. Adventure will include the legendary lost title track and the sought-after 7" mix of "Ain't That Nothin'", among other things.
If you're in the UK/Europe, Reflex CD is accepting pre-orders for the reissues! Marquee Moon is priced at £12.99, Adventure at £9.99, with free shipping in the UK. (Shipping is £1 for Europe, £2 for the rest of the world). To pre-order, send an email to Reflex.
- 7.21.03: Historic Television performance to be released!
Also, on September 23rd, 2003 Rhino's internet-only label, Rhino Handmade, will released the oft-bootlegged June 29, 1978 performance as Live at the Old Waldorf. This 66-minute CD will be drawn from the master tapes delivered to Elektra back in 1978 by KSAN, the radio station that originally broadcast this stellar Television performance. This show has been bootlegged for years under titles like Live Adventures, Live in San Francisco, and Portable Electricity, but all have suffered from subpar sound, gaps in tracks, etc.
- Tom Verlaine's Flash Light to be reissued
On August 5th, Collectors' Choice Music is due to reissue Tom Verlaine's 1987 solo album Flashlight on CD. Not only is this often cited as Verlaine's best or second-best solo effort, but it's been out-of-print almost since the day it was released, making a reissue well overdue. You can order your copy direct from them here. Collectors' Choice has previously reissued Verlaine's self-titled solo debut and Richard Lloyd's 1979 debut Alchemy. Both are highly recommended.