Friday, August 17, 2007

Roisin Murphy- Overpowered

Overpowered is the title of the second solo album by former Moloko vocalist Róisín Murphy. It will be released in her native Ireland on October 12 followed by scheduled for release in the UK and rest of Europe on October 15, 2007, and was preceded by the single of the same title on July 9, 2007. Murphy's official webpage announced on Friday July 6, 2007 that the song "Overpowered" would not be chart eligible but instead be used as a introduction-single for her start at EMI. This means that the first physical single release from Overpowered will be the song "Let Me Know".

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Retrovision: Images In Vogue- Lust For Life


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Tony Wilson Dies!

Anthony H. Wilson, co-founder of Factory Records, has died of a heart attack yesterday(August 10) at the age of 57. Wilson is best known for signing legendary bands including Joy Division and New Order to his label, and as owner of the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester.He played a key role in the Madchester scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, signing the Happy Mondays.

Wilson passed away on this evening in the hospital after suffering a heart attack that his doctor said was unrelated to his recent battle with cancer.

Thanks for Joy Division, the "Factory" , the music. RIP Tony!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Dalek I Love You Website

Great news for all Dalek I (Love You) fans! Their new web site is up.The main menu includes news, topics and downloads. In the download section, there is a very obscure track from "Naive", the third DILY realese from 1985. They promise more. We'll see.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Midnight Juggernauts- Dystopia

Midnight Juggernauts are an indie-electro-synth group from Melbourne.Their debut album, “Dystopia”, was released in Australia on August 4, 2007, with an international release to follow at a later date. The album was previewed by radio station Triple J as the "Album of the Week". Vincent from the band has provided Triple J with previews for most of the tracks, citing Electric Light Orchestra as one of their influences, a key sound in some of their tracks, particulary “Into the Galaxy”. Singles released by the group include “Raised By Wolves”, “Shadows”, “Road to Recovery” and “Into the Galaxy”.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Instant Hit: The Sound- Contact The Fact

"Contact The Fact" is a song that got me into this band. I discovered it as a top song on their list. It was never released as a single and it appeared on the album 'From The Lions Mouth' which was released in 1981 through Korova and WEA records. The album has been reissued in 2012 by 1972.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Paul Haig-Electronik Audience

Music has previously always struggled to keep pace with Paul Haig. His 80's angular Edinburgh post-punk outfit Josef K were way ahead of their time, influencing numerous contemporary bands (most notably Franz Ferdinand). His last few solo releases too - the ‘Cinematique’ albums - were eminently futuristic.
On Electronik Audience it’s Haig that seems to be playing catch up though. Resembling a bunch of dodgy early 90s house anthems - all flimsy processed beats and ambient synths - much of this record simply sounds dated. Only ‘Reason’ and ‘Thieves’ show real flashes of inspiration, their sneering vocals suggesting - frustratingly, if nothing else - that the trailblazing old punk is actually still in him, somewhere. ~Malcolm Jack

1 Electronik Audience
2 Get On
3 Traumatik
4 Departure 60
5 Reason
6 Hard Alright
7 Disco Gem
8 Symptomatik
9 Beat Dream
10 Thieves
11 Life Goes On

"Reason" is the first single which was released in May.The new single is out this week an it is called "Thieves/Ready To Go".

Retrovision: Billy Mackenzie- Breakfast -live-

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Robin Crutchfield / Dark Day

Dark Day was the minimal electronics brainchild of Robin Crutchfield following his separation with no wave band DNA. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Crutchfield was fascinated with both performance art and the most esoteric edge of pop music.

After making his escape to New York City in the mid-seventies, he presented several noteworthy performance pieces at the New York Avant Garde Festival, Stefan Eins' 3 Mercer Street Store and Artists' Space. Inspired by Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band and Lydia Lunch's Teenage Jesus and The Jerks, he made the transition into the new music of downtown Manhattan and formed the "no wave" band DNA with Arto Lindsay and Ikue Mori in 1977. This lineup recorded a single and 4 tracks with Brian Eno for the seminal "No New York" album.

In 1979 Crutchfield left DNA to pursue a series of musical projects under the name Dark Day. The first Dark Day single, "Hands In The Dark/Invisible Man" on the Lust/Unlust label, featured Robin's singing and modified electric piano backed by Nina Canal (of the Gynecologists and more recently, Ut) and Nancy Arlen (of Mars).

By the time of Dark Day's first album, 'Exterminating Angel' (Lust/Unlust, 1980), the group consisted of Robin, Phil Kline, Barry Friar and a revolving lineup of artists which included Steven Brown and Peter Principle of Tuxedomoon, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Nina Canal and David Rosenbloom. During this period Dark Day performed at the Mudd Club, CGBG's and Max's Kansas City. After a tour of Europe, Robin re-formed Dark Day in 1981 as a synthesizer duo with Bill Sack and released the album 'Window' (Plexus, 1982). Over the next few years Robin resumed his work as a performance artist at such venues as Club 57 and Joseph Papp's Public Theatre. In 1985 he recreated Dark Day as an acoustic chamber ensemble performing atmospheric music in a medieval vein and released his 'Darkest Before Dawn' disc in 1989.

For most of the 1990's, Robin concentrated on his work in graphic design and performance art while editing the music newsletter "Quirky". In 1999 Robin utilized the new technology available to musicians and returned to the ambient and techno genres that he helped pioneer, on his disc 'Strange Clockwork'.
In August of 2000, Dark Day releases its 5th album of original music -- "Loon" ('the mental health project') featuring 7 short instrumental works to exorcise the demons of the mind. In the the Spring of 2002, the next Dark Day album was issued under the alias darkdayrobin, entitled 'The Happy Little Oysters'. The material is in the same vein as the previous two outings - - gear-like layers of melody and rhythm with a comically sinister edge. Robin also resumed painting and writing, two activities he had not tackled since the early '80s. He self-published a number of faerie tales, and they are available for inspection elsewhere on this site.

In 2006, after having purchased a number of harps and psalteries, and having happened upon the spiritually profound "magic scale", Robin retreated from the cyclic electronic keyboard influences of the 20th century, to embrace acoustic material more in keeping with the ancient past, and released two solo albums, 'SongsForFaerieFolk', and 'ToadstoolSoup'. These feature glissando and drone improvisations on harp, tanpura, lyre, box drum and pixiefone based on some of the thematic elements suggested by the faerie lore of his self-penned tales.
“I seem to spend all of my time in the past as the present slips away into the future” ~R.L.Crutchfield
Dark Day reissues are available here.