Black Francis Covers Love & Rockets

Looking at the darker, gothier fare popping up via such current buzzed bands as Dum Dum Girls, Blank Dogs, and Crocodiles and groups like A Place To Bury Strangers, etc., it’s fitting the glammy, briefly reunited post-Bauhaus trio Love & Rockets are about to receive an official tribute album. The 18-track New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets includes a varied cast that includes the aforementioned APTBS along with the Flaming Lips, Monster Magnet, the Dandy Warhols, Puscifer, Better Than Ezra, and Snowden. The collection opens with a cover of Express’s “All In My Mind” by Black Francis, a man most definitely familiar with tributes. He gives the dreamy, soft-focus 1986 tune a soulful preacher-rock urgency. (Who’ll be the first to give us the “Where Is My Mind?”/”All In My Mind” mashup?) Even if you prefer the original, he definitely tears into his take.

The tracklist:
01 Black Francis – “All in My Mind”
02 Puscifer – “Holiday on the Moon”?
03 War Tapes – “Love Me”
?04 Blaqk Audio – “No New Tale to Tell”?
05 Dubfire – “I Feel Speed”
06 The Dandy Warhols – “Inside the Outside”
?07 The Flaming Lips – “Kundalini Express”
08 Sweethead – “Life in Laralay”?
09 Film School – “An American Dream”?
10 A Place to Bury Strangers – “The Light”?
11 Monster Magnet vs Adrian Young – “Mirror People”
?12 The Stone Foxes – “Fever”?
13 Frankenstein 3000 – “No Big Deal”?
14 VEX – “It Could Be Sunshine”?
15 Better Than Ezra – “So Alive”
?16 Chantal Claret vs Adrian Young – “Lazy”
?17 Ian Moore – “Sweet F.A.”
?18 Snowden – “No Words No More”

New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets is out digitally 7/28 and physically 8/18 via Justice. You can hear samples at loveandrocketstribute.com and the official MySpace. On 7/29 at Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles there’s also an official Love and Rockets Tribute show with VEX, the Invisible Humans, Astra Heights, and DJ Shepard Fairey.