Monday, March 31, 2008

R.E.M.- Accelerate

'Accelerate' is the fourteenth studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on March 31, 2008 in Europe and a day later on April, 1, in North America. Produced with Jacknife Lee, Accelerate is intended as a departure from the band's poorly-received 2004 album 'Around the Sun'. The first single from the album, "Supernatural Superserious", was released in February 2008. The video for this single was already featured on this blog.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Echo & The Bunnymen- The Works

Echo & The Bunnymen will release their best of compilation “The Works”, a three CD retrospective which will feature 45 songs including Echo & the Bunnymen’s biggest hits. The record will be released on March, 31st 2008.

Here’s the track list.

Disc 1
2.A Promise
3.Do It Clean
4.Villiers Terrace
5.All That Jazz
6.Over The Wall
7.The Disease
8.Going Up
9.Happy Death Men
11.The Puppet
12.Show Of Strength
13.Turquoise Days
14.No Dark Things
15.With A Hip

Disc 2
1.The Killing Moon
2.The Cutter
3.The Back Of Love
4.Never Stop
6.Seven Seas
7.Bring On The Dancing Horses
11.Gods Will Be Gods
12.My Kingdom
13.Crystal Days
14.Nocturnal Me
15.Thorn Of Crowns

Disc 3
1.Nothing Lasts Forever
2.The Game
3.Lips Like Sugar
4.Bedbugs & Ballyhoo
5.People Are Strange
7.Don't Let It Get You Down
8.I Want To Be There When You Come
9.All In Your Mind
10.Over You
11.All My Life
12.What Are You Going To Do With Your Life
13.When It All Blows Over
14.Get In The Car
15.Baby Rain

Friday, March 28, 2008

Next Wave: The Foxglove Hunt

The Foxglove Hunt is a project started by Rob Withem and Ronnie Martin. They got together in 2006 and recored the album 'Stop Heartbeat' which has recently been released. The album features ten synth-pop tunes with playful electronic sound including "Love My Way" which was originally recorded by the Psychedelic Furs back in the 80's.
The record is available digitally now on iTunes and CD Baby.

The Foxglove Hunt- It's Not Effective

The Foxglove Hunt-Love My Way


Never thought Rick Astley would ever gain such big popularity as he once had with the song "Never Gonna Give You Up" back in the late 80's. Recently he got Rick-Rolled as his video appeared under various popular links which lead to the "Never Gonna Give You Up" video. The video has been watched over a million times on YouTube and it also appeared in various situations on the main theme.
Astley himself has spoken about the phenomenon, telling the LA Times: "It's a bit strange to have videos of when you were a young guy out on the internet. It makes me laugh - I'm sure it annoys a lot of other people.
"It's a bit spooky. It's just one of those odd things when something gets picked up and people run with it. That's what's brilliant about the internet."


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Instant Hit: The Turqouise Swimming Pools- Burst Baloons

"Burst Balloons" was recorded in 1981 by the Turqouise Swimming Pools. This track later also appeared in 1982 on the compilation 'To The Shores Of Lake Placid' which was released on 'Zoo Records' and which also featured bands like Dalek I love You, Big in Japan, Teardrop Explodes and others. This song was written and performed by David Balfe and Troy Tate.

The Turquoise Swimming Pools - Burst Balloons

Retrovision: The Adventures- Broken Land


Monday, March 24, 2008

George Michael Hits America

After performing 80 shows in 12 European countries for a staggering 1.3 million fans over the past year alone, legendary superstar George Michael will be bringing his smash 25 LIVE tour to North American Arenas in the summer of 2008 in support of his new retrospective record. This will be Michael's first North American tour in 17 years
. The new record, titled Twenty-Five, will be released April 1st and is a 29-song, 2-CD set featuring several new songs (including duets with superstars Paul McCartney and Mary J. Blige.

More Info about the tickets in the comment.
George Michel Tour

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The B- 52's- Funplex

'Funplex' is the forthcoming eighth studio album recorded by The B-52's during 2006 and 2007. The album will be released on March 25, 2008.It is the first album of new material that the group has released since Good Stuff in 1992, although the band did record two new songs for their 1998 compilation album Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation.
The first single from the album was released digitally on 29 January 2008, and is the title track, "Funplex". The single was featured on this blog earlier this year.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Gang Of Four

Gang of Four are an English post-punk group from Leeds. Formed in 1977 by Leeds University students Jon King (vocals), Andy Gill (guitar), Dave Allen (bass), and Hugo Burnham (drums). Along with the Fall, Mekons, and Liliput they produced some of the most exhilarating and lasting music of the early English post-punk era of 1978-1983. They re-emerged twice in the 1990s with King and Gill. In 2004, the original line-up reunited.

In fact the term "Gang of Four" refers to the "big four" Structuralist theorists: Claude Lévi-Strauss, Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, and Jacques Lacan, not to be confused with the Maoist Gang of Four in China. They play a stripped-down mix of punk rock, with strong elements of funk music, minimalism and dub reggae and an emphasis on the social and political ills in society. Song titles sounded like the titles of radical political essays: "At Home He's a Tourist", "Damaged Goods", "It's Her Factory", "Love Like Anthrax," "To Hell With Poverty," all of it openly challenging the audience's preconceived notions about rock music, performance, the cult of celebrity, and the nature of politics.

Their musical work was heavily influenced by a university-funded trip to New York, where they saw Television and the Ramones at CBGB. The Gang's debut single, "Damaged Goods" b/w "Love Like Anthrax" and "Armalite Rifle", was recorded in June 1978 and released on 10 December 1978, on Edinburgh's Fast Product label. It was produced by the Gang and Fast Product honcho Bob Last. It was a #1 indie chart hit and John Peel radio show favourite. Later, they were then signed by EMI records. The group's debut single with this label, "At Home He's a Tourist", charted in the British Top 40 in 1979.After three consecutive sensational albums, as well as a handful of EPs and singles including "I Love a Man in Uniform" and "Call Me Up" , Allen left in 1982 to form the more danceable and less overtly political Shriekback, while Gill, King, and Burnham recorded the misguided "radical soul/R&B" record Hard with veteran American producers Ron and Howard Albert.

Gang of Four experienced a mini-renaissance in the early '90s with the release of two excellent collections (A Brief History of the Twentieth Century and The Peel Sessions Album). King and Gill put together a new Gang of Four and released the tepid but not disgraceful Mall in 1991. The original lineup reconvened in 2004 to tour extensively and release 2005's Return the Gift, featuring re-recordings of their early material. They have always remained, to the ears of those opened wide by punk rock, an extremely important band.
Great news is that the guys are working on a new album which is scheduled to be released in June this year. They will also be playing few gigs in Europe. Belgrade and Zagreb are already confirmed for the 9.-10. of May 2008.

Friday, March 14, 2008

B-Movie's April Gig

Great news for all B-Movie fans as the band will play live gig on April 12th at the Metro 19-23 Oxford Street in London. Videos from their last gig, held in 2007 were already posted here earlier.

More info:

Monday, March 10, 2008

Instant Hit: Afraid Of Mice- Intercontinental

The Liverpool based group Afraid of Mice released a number of singles in 1981 and 1982 before disbanding. "Intercontinental" was their second single issued on Charisma and also featured on their only album released in the same year.

WAW: R.E.M.-Supernatural Superserious

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Kills- Midnight Boom

Midnight Boom is the third album from The Kills which is slated for release on March 10, 2008 through Domino Records (March17, 2008 in the United States)."Midnight Boom" refers to the moment the moon comes up and everyone else goes to bed.The album was preceded with a site, also titled Midnight Boom, dedicated to the videos and remix tracks for 'U.R.A. Fever' and 'Cheap And Cheerful'.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Miro Miroe

Miro Miroe, pronounced "ME-ROE ME-ROE" was born in Cricklewood, England in the early when Ian Ritchie met Miss Bee. Ian has a chemistry degree from Liverpool University, and Miss Bee started her entertainment career with Thames Television as a lavatory cleaner. Miss Bee was doing Blonde impersonations with "the most mediocre band in the world" and Ian was looking for a singer/lyricist. Evidently they met one night in a pub where Ian was performing jazz with a Texas guitarist, and Bee requested Wagner's "Ring Cycle." Bee sang "Die Walkure" while Ian played "Ornithology" in accompaniment.

Miro Miroe were signed on CBS and released three singles including “Nights Of Arabia”, the first single which did do fairly well. Unfortunately this was a massive surprise to CBS, who did not have enough copies made to properly service the record. The sales and chart position faded away as there was no re-stocking of the single in the shops. No promotional video was ever made. Two more singles were released. “Islands” from the Colin Thurston sessions and “Ready, Steady” which was produced by Steve Levine. Again, limited copies were pressed, insuring no possibility of chart success.

Later Ritchie went on to produce Pete Wylie, Roger Waters, Hugh Cornwell and Laurie Anderson amongst others.
in 2014, after more than thirty years, all their recording material has been released on CD under the title 'The Face'. This record is available on CD Baby.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Retrovision: Zaine Griff- Figures


Monday, March 3, 2008

The Charlatans- You Cross My Path

'You Cross My Path' is the tenth album by British band The Charlatans, released on March 3, 2008 as a free download from the XFM website. The album will then get a physical release, in the form of CD and vinyl 45 box set on May 19, 2008.

Bauhaus- Go Away White

'Go Away White' is the fifth studio album by British gothic rock band Bauhaus. It will be the band's first new album since 1983. This will be their final record and the end of the band. There will be no tour to support the album. The release date, March 4, 2008.

Instant Hit: Fiction Factory- Ghost of Love

"Ghost of Love" was the second release for the British group Fiction Factory. This single was released in 1983 on CBS and appeared as both 7" and 12" record. The band didn't last long and disbanded soon after the album release in 1985.