Music Roundup: Killing Joke Reigns Again on ‘Absolute Dissent’

 It's getting to be that time of year where the music release schedule stars to wind down with holiday albums and various reissues. But luckily Killing Joke sneaks in their long-awaited Absolute Dissent LP in the U.S. today.

The dozen-song marks the Killing Joke's 14th overall studio effort and their first in nearly three decades to feature the band's original lineup: vocalist Jaz Coleman, bassist Youth, guitarist Geordie Walker and drummer "Big" Paul Ferguson. The London-bred post-punk dance aggressors have arrived at some of their sharpest material of the last 15 years, as hinted in lead single "European Super State". For true KJ loyalists, get your hands on the two-disc deluxe package entitled Absolute Respect on Friday (November 26), which includes various covers by the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters, Nouvelle Vague and more.

Frontman Jaz Coleman recently spoke candidly with Crave Online about how the band still feels a "sense of duty" in making music:

"If there’s anything I have to reflect on over the last twenty years, it’s the way Killing Joke has been like a renaissance for so many people, not just with music," Coleman says. "I call it the mirror effect, where people come to a Killing Joke show and see us a**holes and think ‘Wow, anybody can do anything’ and that’s basically it. I think just by tenacity and will power, and picking yourself up off the floor when they say nobody is interested and punching at them again and putting out another album, it all pays off. Just by not going away."

He adds, "When we started Killing Joke, something we all agreed on was that every single human being is born innately gifted, and life is locating your gift. This is where the renaissance started in Killing Joke, the go do it yourself aspect of it. It’s had this effect on people, artists and musicians and people of alternative lifestyles I guess."

Killing Joke – "European Super State"

Other notable releases out this week:

Kate BushThe Document (2 CD/DVD retrospective)
Regina SpektorLive In London
Robyn HitchcockMoss Elixir/Mossy Liquor (Reissue)
RobynBody Talk
StingSting: Live In Berlin
Various Artists127 Hours: Music From the Motion Picture
Various ArtistsThe King's Speech

In other music news:

Damon Albarn and a few of his Gorillaz cohorts stopped by BBC Radio 1 for a mini concert, which featured a cover of The xx's "Crystalised". (Some Kind of Awesome)

Brian Eno says he was light years ahead of Lady Gaga's much-talked about "meat dress". When the Roxy Music musician was an art student in the '60s, he actually had a similar fashion idea. Eno, however, does praise Gaga's wild sense of style, calling her gown "a bloody sight better" versus the outfit he created. (The Daily Telegraph)

Radiohead's Thom Yorke is joining Stanley Donwood, the artist behind all of the band's album sleeves, to build a human sculpture in Brighton, England this weekend. He's hoping 2,000 of the band's most dedicated fans can help bring this bizarre installation to life. (NME)

John Lydon has graciously put off plans to record a new Public Image Ltd. album, as he and his wife Nora Forster continue to grieve for the loss of Ari Up. The 48-year-old Slits frontwoman, who passed away from cancer in October, is Lydon's stepdaughter.

"We were going to go into the studio but in light of my step-daughter's death, I really can't be doing that at the moment," Lydon said. "I don't want to leave my wife alone for any length of time right now. So the music side has had to be held." (BBC)

In case you missed it, the fabulous Florence + the Machine descended the Saturday Night Live stage last weekend, where she performed "Dog Days Are Over" and "You've Got the Love". This week, MTV revealed that Glee adores Flo, too, and will be covering "Dog Days Are Over" in an upcoming episode.

"Dog Days Are Over":

"You've Got the Love":

What are you listening to this week?

by MacKenzie Wilson