The Portland Mercury: The Many Moods of Bill Rieflin

April 17th, 2014

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Viewed through a wide-angle lens, the line that runs through Bill Rieflin’s projects seems to follow the trend of many musicians who came out of the punk era. There’s the furious, angst-driven beginning that coasts steadily downward into calmer, more middle-of-the-road fare.

In the case of Rieflin, the 53-year-old musician made a name for himself in the late ’80s when he joined forces with industrial-rock carpet bombers Ministry and Revolting Cocks, while also helping form the equally brutal collective Pigface. So his moving into the world of straightforward rock like the Minus 5 and R.E.M. (he was their drummer from 2003 until the band split up in 2011) might seem like he’s gone soft in his later years.

• Continue reading at The Portland Mercury.

The Humans: Newsy Bits & Pieces!

April 16th, 2014

humans14q• Toyah tweeted post-first gig: “20:30 Seattle time 14/4/14: THE HUMANS have just come off stage! AWESOME! Full house, great audience and we rocked“.

• Toyah instagrammed a photo of The Humans soundchecking for their second gig at The Triple Door in Seattle yesterday.

• View more soundcheck photos from Seattle at the Official Toyah Facebook…

• View the (unconfirmed) set list at the Sugar Rush Facebook page…

• The Humans third gig of the week is tonight at Doug Fir Lounge, Portland…

The Stranger: 7 Remarkable Robert Fripp Moments (Not With King Crimson): Robert Fripp is performing tonight with Slow Music at the Triple Door (he’s also playing at Washington Hall May 25 with the League of Crafty Guitarists). In honor of this occasion, here are seven of his most memorable moments on record, as recollected by me in the last couple of hours – Continue reading…

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Toyah on TV: The Corn Is Green

April 16th, 2014

The Corn is Green: True Movies 2: Wednesday 30th April: 5.00am
Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn stars as a schoolteacher determined to help the people of a turn-of-the-century Welsh mining town. With Ian Saynor, Bill Fraser, Patricia Hayes, Anna Massey, Artro Morris, Dorothea Phillips, Toyah Willcox, Huw Richards, Bryn Fon, Dyfan Roberts and Robin John. Directed by: George Cukor (1979).

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Toyah/The Humans Newsy Bits & Pieces!

April 14th, 2014

humans14jThe Humans in America #1: The Humans’ first West Coast USA live date is tonight!! At the Triple Door Club, Seattle – Wishing the band a great, sold out, gig!

The Humans in America #2: Toyah has been tweeting over the last few days about The Humans: “THE HUMANS r sounding awesome….really excited as TRIPLE DOOR is a sell out“… “THE HUMANS are sounding fab. it’s a five piece presently….sax added“… “I love THE HUMANS so much! STRANGE TALES material is rocking“.

Willamette Week: Slow Music, the Humans: It’s In The Name – Over four-plus decades, visionary prog-rock legend Robert Fripp has founded and maintained King Crimson, performed in other ensembles like the League of Crafty Guitarists and appeared on literally hundreds of releases, including celebrated albums with Brian Eno, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, David Byrne, David Sylvian and many others – Continue reading…

Seattle KEXP 90.3FM: Track #7 was included in Larry Mizell Jr’s show playlist: The Slow Music Project is directed by Bill Rieflin and features Peter Buck, Fred Chalenor, Matt Chamberlain, and Robert Fripp. You can catch them at the Triple Door on April 14 and 15 – View here…

Official Toyah: Toyah Joins Rock Choir This July…: Toyah will be joining Caroline Redman Lusher and 1,000 Midlands Rock Choir members for a very special performance this July at Birmingham Symphony Hall which include a new song written by Toyah, Simon Darlow and Caroline – Continue reading…

Chester Chronicle: Spend this summer travelling back to the Eighties: Rewind The 80s Music Festival cwill take place in the beautiful surroundings of Capethorne Hall, situated between Maccesfield and Wilmslow, on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 31 – Continue reading…

Somer Valley 97.5FM: Read a full transcript of Toyah’s recent interview at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive…

Rainbow Hair Colour: Pink Hair – It’s A Love Affair: In the past the music industry has had it’s share of pink haired divas, Cyndi Lauper and Toyah Willcox are some of the earliest… 1980′s Toyah Willcox trend-setter with her paintbox pink locks – Continue reading…

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The Stranger: Slow Music, The Humans

April 14th, 2014

stranger14aHoly shit, Robert Fripp’s going to be playing two dates in Seattle! But don’t expect selections from Evening Star or Exposure or a medley of greatest non-hits by King Crimson (who are reunited, by the way). The British guitar innovator’s here as part of the ensemble Slow Music, an odd conglomeration of rock vets including R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, percussionist Bill Rieflin (Swans, R.E.M.), drummer Matt Chamberlain (Critters Buggin, Pearl Jam), and bassist Fred Chalenor (Hughscore). As Slow Music, they create a kind of intimate ambient sound that hints at ECM-ish chamber jazz abstraction. It’s super-refined and minimal, demanding utmost focus to appreciate the minute, elegant contours and subtle gestures.

• Continue reading at The Stranger.

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Toyah on TV: TOTP: The Story Of 1976

April 14th, 2014

Top Of The Pops: The Story of 1976: Yesterday: Sunday 20th April: 10pm
Documentary examining how the BBC’s flagship pop show reflected changes in British music and culture during 1976. As the popularity of glam rock faded, no dominant musical scene emerged to replace it, leading to chart success for bands including Abba, Showaddywaddy, the Brotherhood of Man and the Wurzels – while outside the mainstream, punk rock was rapidly growing in popularity. Featuring contributions by Tony Blackburn, Paul Morley, Toyah Willcox and David Hamilton.

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The Seattle Times: It’s Bill Rieflin Times Two

April 11th, 2014

seattletimes14aA great new interview with Bill Rieflin, by The Seattle Times, ahead of next week’s The Humans/Slow Music US live dates in Seattle and Portland.

It’s Bill Rieflin times two at Slow Music and Humans show next week | Concert preview

Bill Rieflin will be on double duty next week when he appears at the Triple Door on April 14 and 15. The multi-instrumentalist, who boasts a wide-ranging resume (Ministry, R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails, Robyn Hitchcock), will headline both shows with his improvisational group Slow Music, which also includes legendary English guitarist Robert Fripp, as well as playing in the evening’s opening act, the Humans, which features Fripp’s wife, English singer/actress Toyah Willcox.

“Believe me, it’s not my idea,” Rieflin said of the double billing. It all began when Rieflin was recently out dining in London with Fripp, Willcox, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck (another Slow Music member), and Young Fresh Fellows/R.E.M. guitarist Scott McCaughey.

• Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

American Days: The Humans/Slow Music

April 11th, 2014

The poster for the double-bill appearance in Seattle….  in the car, photo by Robert :-)“, Toyah tweeted this morning. Not long now until the US dates begin. View another photo at Facebook. Click below to visit The Humans Official Website. (Photo © Robert Fripp)

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The Crack: Dress Down Friday Has Let Itself Go

April 11th, 2014

thecrack14aToyah was never a shrinking violet when it came to rummaging through the dressing up box, and she’ll no doubt be done up like Fenwick’s Christmas window when she gets out her greatest hits at Blyth’s lovely Phoenix Theatre this May.

Has Toyah released an autobiography yet? If not she needs to get scribbling as she’s got a tale to tell. From playing ‘Mad’ in Derek Jarman’s punk film Jubilee (and ‘Monkey’ in mod epic Quadrophenia) to colourful pop star, to stage performer, to a whole range of TV presenting jobs (she’s ran the full gamut on the small screen from The Good Sex Guide to Songs Of Praise), she’s a woman who’s been constantly on the move. And her pop career, which has yielded thirteen top 40 singles and twenty albums, has won her an enormous army of fans who will no doubt be in force on her Crimson Queen tour in which she’ll be playing all her greatest hits. X-Factor? Toyah’s still got the Max-Factor.

Toyah Willcox, Saturday 10 May, Phoenix Theatre, Blyth, 7pm, £20/£23. thephoenixtheatre.org.uk

• Read the article at The Crack website.

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Dreamscape Toyah Fanzine: Issues 3&4

April 11th, 2014

Exciting news (well, I’m excited I don’t know if anyone else is lol!), there will be, not one but, two issues of Dreamscape’s Toyah Fanzine in June! More details in the next fanzine newsletter which will be emailed very soon. Click below to visit the fanzine’s new website.

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The Humans: Live At Scala London (Purple Haze)

April 7th, 2014

humansscala14aToyah and Robert left the UK yesterday, flying to the US for some adventures of The Humans (and Slow Music) variety.

To mark The Humans making their West Coast appearances to promote Strange Tales the band’s live cover of the Hendrix classic Purple Haze is available to stream over at Soundcloud. This final track from the Scala live recordings means the entire 2010 gig is available across the various digital live releases or website exclusives.

THE HUMANS with guest human ROBERT FRIPP
Purple Haze [Live at Scala, London 2010]
Audio recorded/mixed by Paul Nicholson
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THE HUMANS are Toyah Willcox, Bill Rieflin & Chris Wong
www.thehumansofficial.com

Live 2014: CQ/GH…Live!: St Mary In The Castle, Hastings

April 7th, 2014

More fantastic photos from the Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! UK Tour. These are from Saturday night’s gig at St Mary In The Castle, Hastings. Click below to view the full versions of these photos, and more, at Dreamscape Gallery. (Thanks to Angus (1&5), Brian (2&4) and Paul and Merx (3&6) | Photos © Angus Turner, Brian Marsh & Paul Stephens)

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Official Toyah: April 2014 Blog / More Gigs

April 7th, 2014

Toyah’s April blog is now available at The Official Toyah Willcox Website. Click below to read.

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Official Toyah Gigs: More concerts for 2014 are sporadically being added to Toyah’s live schedule - View all of the confirmed live dates for 2014 at The Official Gigs page.

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Dreamscape Toyah Postcards (Non Profit)

April 7th, 2014

Some of you have been asking about the Toyah postcards I gave away as prizes via the fanzine newsletter recently, and whether they were for sale. They weren’t but now they are for a very limited time. This is being done in a completely non-profit way, as inexpensively as possible, and in association with the third issue of the fanzine – Further info by clicking below. Issue Three of the fanzine will be available to pre-order at the beginning of May.

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Dreamscape Toyah Fanzine: New Website

April 7th, 2014

A news update for those who are interested in Dreamscape’s Toyah Fanzine. The new dedicated website for the fanzine is finally complete and is available via the url www.ieya.co.uk. Please click below to visit the site.

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