Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Best of 2009 - The Singles

The best singles of 2009!

1.a-ha- Foot of the Mountain
2.Bat for Lashes- Daniel
3.Detachments- The Flowers That Fell
4.Florence + The Machine- Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
5.Mando Diao- Dance With Somebody
6.White Lies- Farewell to the Fairground
7.Pet Shop Boys- Love etc.
8.Depeche Mode- Fragile Tension
9.Fleet Foxes- Mykonos / False Knight on the Road
10. Editors- Papillon
11.Animal Collective- Summertime Clothes
12.Phoenix- Lisztomania
13. Florence + The Machine- You've Got the Love
14.Little Boots- Remedy
15.La Roux- Bulletproof
16.The Radio Dept.-David
17.Kasabian- Underdog
18. Camera Obscura- The Sweetest Thing
19. Noisettes-Never Forget You
20.White Lies- To Lose My Life 
21.Natalie Imbruglia- Want
22.Empire of the Sun- We Are the People
23.Röyksopp- The Girl and the Robot
24.Metric- Help I'm Alive / Help I'm a B-Side
25.Animal Collective- My Girls
27.Little Boots- Earthquake
28.Tiga- Shoes
29.Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson- Relator
30. Ladyhawke- Magic 
31.Muse- Undisclosed Desires
32.Patrick Wolf- Vulture 
33.Fleet Foxes- Your Protector 
34. Metric- Sick Muse 
35. Lily Allen- 22 
36. Morrissey- I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris 
37. Voxtrot- Trepanation Party 
38.Datarock- Give It Up 
39.Bat for Lashes- Pearl's Dream 
40. Music Go Music- Warm in the Shadows
41. Sonic Youth- Antenna
42. a-ha- Shadowside
43. Franz Ferdinand- Ulysses 
44.Hockey- Song Away
45. Muse- United States of Eurasia 
46. Doves- Kingdom of Rust
47.Simple Minds- Rockets
48.Bad Lieutenant- Sink or Swim 
49.Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Zero 
50.Tesla Boy- Electric Lady

Monday, December 21, 2009

Best of 2009- The Album List

Ladies and Gentleman, our year in music in a quick overview!



1. Editors-  In This Light and on This Evening [Kitchenware]
2. Music Go Music- Expressions [Secretly Canadian]
3. Echo and The Bunnymen- The Fountain [Ocean Rain]
4. Metric- Fantasies [Metric]
5. Little Boots- Hands [679]
6. Mando Diao- Give Me Fire! [Universal/Vertigo]
7. Kasabian- West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum  [RCA/BMG]
8. Marc Almond- Orpheus in Exile - The Songs of Vadim Kozin [Cherry Red]
9. White Lies- To Lose My Life [Fiction/Geffen]
10. a-ha -Foot of the Mountain [Universal]
11. Papercuts- You Can Have What You Want [Gnomonsong]
12.Bat for Lashes- Two Suns [Parlophone]
13. The Mary Onettes- Islands [Labrador]
14.Neon Indian- Psychic Chasms [Lefse]
15.Pet Shop Boys- Yes [Parlophone/Astralwerks]
16. Phoenix- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix [V2]
17.The xx- xx [Young Turks]
18.Depeche Mode- Sounds of the Universe [Mute]
19. Swan Lake- Enemy Mine [Jagjaguwar]
20.Camera Obscura- My Maudlin Career [4AD]
21. Lightning Seeds- Four Winds [UMTV]
22. The Church- Untitled #23 [DA-SMR]
23. Manic Street Preachers- Journal for Plague Lovers [Columbia]
24. Handsome Furs- Face Control [Sub Pop]
25. Röyksopp- "Junior" [Wall of Sound]
26.Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavilion [Domino]
27. Atlas Sound- Logos [4AD]
28. Florence + The Machine- Lungs [Universal/ Islands]
29. The Clientele- Bonfires on the Heath [Unorthodox]
30. Simple Minds- Graffiti Soul [UMTV]
31. Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson- Break Up [Rhino/ Atco]
32. IAMX- Kingdom of Welcome Addiction [Metropolis]
33. Noisettes- Wild Young Hearts [Mercury]
34. Lily Allen- It's Not Me, It's You [Regal]
35. Fischerspooner- Entertainment [Lo]
36. Empire of the Sun- Walking on a Dream [Capitol/ Virgin]
37. Screen Vinyl Image-  Interceptors [Custome Made Music]
38. Muse- The Resistance [Warner Bros]
39. Annie- Don't Stop [Smalltown]
40.Hockey- Mind Chaos [Virgin/Capitol]

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Simple Minds & OMD- Neon Lights- Live

Simple Minds together with OMD cover the Kraftwerk classic "Neon Lights". This is from their live performance at the Heiniken Music Hall in Amsterdam, performed on November 26, 2009..

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Landscape

Landscape was a British group which remained best known for their hits "Einstein A Go Go" and "European Man". The group was led by Richard Burgess who was previously a member of soft rock group Easy Street. In the mid 70's, he left the group to form Landscape. He also remained as one of the best record producers of the 80's era.


In 1976 Burgess left Easy Street to form a group that would eventually play some fusion of slick synth-op music mixed with funk and jazz. Landscape was formed and already in the 70's they released few singles and toured. The group compromised of Andy Pask on bass, Chris Eaton on keyboards, John Walters on keyboards and woodwinds, Pete Thomas on trombone and keyboards and the master himself Richard Burgess on drums and vocals. Not like other popular New wave groups they employed both electronic and traditional instruments. The band released their self titled debut album 'Landscape' in 1979. The album was produced by Greg Walsh with a big jazz/funk influence. It sold rather poorly and so Landscape decided to accent the synthesizers more in their music.

 

In 1981 they produced their second album in a collaboration with Colin Thurston. The album was titled 'From the Tea-rooms of Mars ... to the Hell-holes of Uranus'. They scored their first top ten hit in the UK with the catchy tune "Einstein A Go-Go" and two more songs followed, "Norman Bates" and "Shake The West Awake". Landscape released their last album 'Manhattan Boogie-Woogie' in 1982. This album was also produced by Lanscape and this time they were a trio also know under the moniker Landscape III.
Landscape broke up for good in 1984. Burgess started to concentrate more on his producing career. While he was still a member of Landscape, he produced Shock and the first two albums by Spandau Ballet and many other popular artists of that time including Adam Ant, Kim Wilde and Visage. He also used the pseudonym Caleb Kadesh for his production skills. Burgess is also credited with coining the term New Romantic encompassing the early 80's British music, club and fashion scene and with conceptualizing and designing the first electronic drumset the Simmons SDS-V. The first two albums by Landscape were reissued on CD in 1992.

 



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

'Japan and Self Existence'

Japan's Mick Karn has just published his autobiography which is titled 'Japan & Self Existence' and is described as 'a personal insight into life as a musician and artist spanning more than 30 years'.The 387 pages include 24 photos, of which only 7 have ever been published before. The Book is available on lulu.com

http://www.mickkarn.net/

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Instant Hit: Alan Rankine- The World Begins To Look Her Age (Single)

"The World Begins To Look Her Age" was the third and the last single Alan Rankine has released as solo artist. In the early 80's he was a producer and member of the British group the Associates. This single was released on Virgin, in 1987 and appeared on the album of the same name released the year before, in 1986.


Friday, November 27, 2009

OMD- Sister Marie Says (Demo)

OMD has announced the first track from their upcoming album 'The History Of Modern' which will be released in 2010. Their demo single "Sister Marie Says" has classic OMD sound and shows the hooks and choral samples that have established the band as one of the UK's premier acts. Visit this site to download the song.

http://www.omd.uk.com/

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pet Shop Boys- Christmas EP

Pet Shop Boys will end this year with another release. They have confirmed their 'Christmas' EP release which is set to be released on several different dates in the world starting December 11, 2009 in Europe. The EP includes a cover of Madness' song "My Girl", along with a remix of it, as well as a medley of the Pet Shop Boys classic "Domino Dancing" with Coldplay's popular single "Viva la Vida" and two more songs.

www.petshopboys.co.uk

WAW: Tesla Boy- Electric Lady official

Circuit 7- Video Boys

Minimal Wave presents a full length album by cult UK duo Circuit 7, founded by Martyn Good and Andy Partington. They released 2 singles: "Modern Story" and the amazing "Video Boys", and a few tracks on the legendary "Offering of Isca" compilation between 1984 and 1985. The album features the single version of "Video Boys" as well as an unreleased studio version, and other incredible tracks like "Beat Tonight", "The Force", and "Modern Story". The record is pressed on 180 gram neon green vinyl and comes in a matte printed inner sleeve with lyrics and is housed in a matching matte outer jacket.

More info

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gary Numan live session with Little Boots

As a part of BBC 6 Music live stand synth legend Gary Numan and electro diva Little Boots and will record a duet. The pair, who have previously expressed an interest in working together, will record the collaboration at Maida Vale Studios in London next month. The collaboration will be broadcast on BBC 6 Music on December 7 and will be available on the BBC Red Button for a week from January 29.
Heaven 17 collaboration with La Roux coming soon.


Kraftwerk- The Catalogue

Kraftwerk have released the long awaited 8-CD boxset entitled 'The Catalogue'(der Katalog) containing digitally remastered editions of the classic albums 'Autobahn', 'Radio-Activity', 'Trans Europe Express', 'The Man Machine', 'Computer World', 'Techno Pop', 'The Mix' and 'Tour De France'. All albums on this compilation were released from 1974 to 2003, they are digitally remastered, with most of the cover art redesigned, including rare photographs in the liner notes that were not part of each album's original release.



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Next Wave: Fan Death

Fan Death is one of the new interesting Canadian outfits which consists of Dandilion Wind Opaine, Marta Jacuibek and producer Szam Findlay. They say, their music is a gloriously downcast and sad symphonic disco. You might put them next to Baccara and Glass Candy and the Chromatics. To date they have released 2 12” records: "Veronica’s Veil" on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sounds imprint and "Cannibal" on Tokyo based Big Love Records. Their debut LP is going to be released soon.

www.myspace.com/fandeath

Monday, November 9, 2009

Howard Jones- Ordinary Heroes

Howard Jones has released his ninth studio album entitled 'Ordinary Heroes'. The very special limited edition of the album is not avaliable anymore, but you can still pre-order the Standard Edition with a special 24 page booklet. The promo single "Soon You'll Go" is released limited on 250 CDs through Dtox.

www.howardjones.com/

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Mary Onettes- Islands

The long awaited new album by the Swedish group The Mary Onettes has been released in the USA today, November 3, 2009. This is the follow-up to their self-titled debut album from 2007. The second album is entitled 'Islands' with the title track "Puzzles" which was released as a single in September. Two songs from the 'Dare' EP are also included on the album.

www.myspace.com/themaryonettes

Monday, November 2, 2009

Instant Hit: Cowboys International- Aftermath

"Aftermath" was among the first single releases for the British group Cowboys International. The song was released in 1979 with "Future Noise" as a b-side. Both songs appeared on their debut album 'The Original Sin' released in the same year. The album was reissued in 2003 with a title 'Revisited'. It included songs from 'The Original Sin' as well as other single releases form 1979 and 1980.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Freur- 'Get Us Out of Here' Reissue

Freur's second album "Get Us Out Of Here" has been reissued on CD for the fist time. It's coupled with the band's much loved debut album "Doot Doot" together on one CD. 'Doot Doot' was alreday issued in France and Germany in 2000. The CD features the full original track-listings of both albums including versions of the band's six single releases. The CD booklet features a biography, an extensive UK discography and features all the single sleeves from the time of the original release.

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/cherryred/artists/freur.php#cdmred419

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Paul Haig- Relive

Paul Haig, the former front man of the Scottisch group Josef K. will release another solo album this year on November 16, 2009. It's his third album in the recent years which has been released on Rhythm Of Life Records. The album is already available at CD Universe and Amazon. Check out the official site for the album preview.

http://www.rolinc.co.uk/index.html

Saturday, October 24, 2009

OMD and Simple Minds to perform Kraftwerk's Neon Lights‏

Simple Minds and OMD will appear on stage together for the very first time when they perform Kraftwerk's "Neon Lights" on their forthcoming UK tour which kicks off at the Newcastle Metro Arena on 30th November.
The news follows OMD's recent appearance in the BBC 4 television documentary 'Synth Britannia' that chronicled the rise of electronic and industrial pop music in the mid 70s and early 80s. "Neon Lights," originally released on Kraftwerk's 1978 album "The Man Machine," will be performed together by OMD and Simple Minds during Simple Minds' set on every date of their UK tour. Both bands have previously performed Neon Lights in their own right.

http://www.noblepr.co.uk

Peter Godwin is Nuevo

Peter Godwin has returned to the music scene with a new band. He teamed up with Johnson Somerset to form Nuevo. Somerset who worked with artists like Simple Minds, Duran Duran and Bryan Ferry has co-produced the record, while Godwin provided the vocals for the songs. Their debut album is entitled “Sunset Rise” and it is available on the nuevomusic.com

http://www.nuevomusic.com/

Sorry no newer photo.

Siobhan Fahey is back with Shakespears Sister

Shakespears Sister will return with a new album in November. After the split in 1993, Siobhan Fahey carried on as Fahey by herself using the Shakesperas Sister moniker. This is her first official release after 1996, when she released one single only using the name Shakespears Sister. The new album is entitled 'Songs From The Red Room' and will be released on 'Palare' label. Check out here official Myspacepage for possible new songs from the album.

http://www.myspace.com/siobhanfaheyshakespearssi

Thursday, October 22, 2009

WAW: The Mary Onettes- Islands

The second album by the Swedish indie pop group is about to be released on November 4, 2009. The album is entitled 'Islands' and will be available worldwide. Earlier this year they released the 'Dare' EP with three tracks. The first single from the album "Puzzles" was released on September 30, 2009. Watch the video for it!


The Mary Onettes 'Puzzles' from Labrador Records on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Spandau Ballet- Once More

As already confirmed in March, Spandau Ballet have reformed for another album release and tour this year. "Once More" is their first single in 20 years which has been released on October 19, 2009. The single is followed by the homonymus album which mainly contains cover versions of old Spandau Ballet songs. The band are offering fans the chance to download a new version of old song 'Only When You Leave' from their official website, Spandauballet.com, from October 25.

Check out more exciting news and info at:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Comsat Angels- New Gigs

The Comsat Angles who have inspired some great bands including Interpol, White Lies and Editors will perform three gigs in October 2009. The gigs are presented by The Gig Cartel and will include Glasgow, Manchester and London.

http://www.comsatangels.net/

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Instant Hit: Romeo Void- "Girl in Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing)"

"Girl in Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing)" was a minor hit for the American group Romeo Void in 1984. Earlier, in 1982 they had their biggest hit with the song "Never Say Never". Both singles were recorded for Columbia Records. "Girl in Trouble" appeared on the album 'Instincts' which was released in 1984. The song was written by D. Iyall and P. Woods and it was produced by David Kahne.



Monday, October 12, 2009

Editors- 'In This Light and On This Evening'

The British group Editors have released their third studio album entitled 'In This Light and On This Evening'. Both, the album and the single "Papillon" have been released on Ocotber 12, 2009. As the band says, the new material will have a more raw and anthemic sound compared to their previous work and they also added that the heavily synthesised and industrial feel of the album had evolved in a recording session that took place in 2008, before they settled on Flood as a producer.

http://www.editorsofficial.com/


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Synth Britannia on BBC Four

The BBC has announced that it will be airing Synth Britannia, a documentary "exploring the impact of electronic music on popular culture in Britain," as part of its autumn/winter schedule.
Set to be shown on digital channel BBC Four the programme will trace synthpop's invention back to Gary Numan's 1979 appearance on Top Of The Pops before going on to explain how this new genre formed the soundtrack to the '80s.
Contributors will include some of the scene's heaviest hitters: Philip Oakey, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Bernard Sumner, Gary Numan and Neil Tennant...

Source:
http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/synth-britannia-documentary-to-be-shown-on-bbc-four-220090

Monday, October 5, 2009

Air- Love 2

Air have released a first album on their recording facility Atlas Studio. 'Love 2' is the name of their sixth album which was already released in Japan in September. The album was streamed worldwide for an interactive "listening party"on September 28, 2009, starting at 12:00 CET for exactly 24 hours. Track names were not shown, but the album was played in order. The first single from the album "Sing Sang Sung" was released in August and the official album release date for Europe is October 5, 2009.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Bad Lieutenant - Never Cry Another Tear!

The long awaited debut album by Bernard Sumner's latest formation Bad Lieutenant has been released around the world October 5, 2009.During recording sessions Blur bassist Alex James and ex-New Order drummer Stephen Morris worked with the band on some of the tracks.The lead single "Sink or Swim" was released on September 28, 2009 and it was available for download through their official page.

www.myspace.com/badlieutenantmusic

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Who is this 80's star?

The answer is Andrew Ridgley. Now and then!

Torch Song

Torch Song was a British synthpop and dance band of the early 80’s. The band consisted of William Orbit, Laurie Mayer and Grant Gilbert. They released two albums and several singles during the 80’s. In the 90’s they teamed up with Rico Conning to record their last one in 1997.


Torch Song as a trio were already writing and recording since 1981. In 1983, they were launched by IRS Records and they released their first single "Prepare to Energize”. Their debut single was a surprise hit which was played in nightclubs and discos. It also appeared in the Tom Hanks movie ‘Bachelor Party’. Their debut album ‘Wish Thing’ was released a year later in 1984. The singles “Don’t Look Now” and “Tattered Dress” followed. There were also rumours that Torch Song would eventually produce next Sting album.

In 1985, William Orbit co-produced Sting’s song "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", Torch Song released their third single “Ode To Billy Ray” which was followed by their second album ‘Ecstasy’ in 1986. In the same year Orbit continued remixing and producing music for other artists including his first famous remixes on the chart-topping singles by Belinda Circle “In the Sand” & “Mad About You” The Torch songs released two more songs this year including the “White Night” which appeared on the ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre III’ soundtrack.
After the release of the compilation album ‘Exhibit A’, Torch Song disbanded in 1987. William Orbit retained contract with I.R.S. records and launched his solo career. He released two albums and few singles and continued remixing and working with Erasure, the Human League, Gary Numan and Jimmy Sommerville.



Torch Song were reformed in 1995 and joined by Rico Conning for the third album release which was entitled "Toward The Unknown Region". Orbit’s career was radically put in the public eye with the production of a long-awaited Madonna album "Ray of Light" in 1997. Today William Orbit still does the remixing as well as producing his own music. The female vocalist Laurie Mayer released her first solo album in 2006 entitled 'Black Lining' which was co-producd by Rico Conning.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Echo & The Bunnymen- The Fountain

Echo & The Bunnymen are going to release their eleventh studio album on October 12, 2009. The album is entitled 'The Fountain' and it was produced by John McLaughlin, and Coldplay singer Chris Martin has collaborated with the band on one of the album's tracks. "Think I Need It Too" is the first single from the album which has been released on September 28, 2009.
 

Friday, September 25, 2009

Bad Lieutenant - Sink Or Swim

The official video for the song "Sink or Swim" by Bad Lieutenant has been put up on Youtube. The song is due to be released September 28, 2009, followed by the album 'Never Cry Another Tear' on October 5, 2009. The album features collaborations with New Order drummer Stephen Morris and Blur bassist Alex James.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Instant Hit: Baltimora- Chinese Restaurant

Baltimora was an Italian dance outfit which scored a big hit in both Europe and the USA with the song "Tarzan Boy". The album 'Living in the Background' which was released in the same year, was not as successful as the first single and charted only moderately by entering the Top 20 album charts in only a few countries in Europe. "Chinese Restaurant" is another fine track from the album which was released as their debut single in 1985.




Monday, September 14, 2009

Muse- The Resistance

Muse have released their fifth studio album entitled 'The Resistance'. The albums was produced by a band and mixed by Mark Stent who also worked with Depeche Mode and Massive Attack. All songs were written and arranged by Matthew Bellamy (with exception to the piano outro of "United States of Eurasia", Collateral Damage, which is a loose recital of Nocturne In E-Flat Major, Op.9 No.2 by Frédéric Chopin. The firts single "Uprising" has already been released on 7 September 2009.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bananarama- Viva

'Viva' is the tenth album by the british duo Bananarama. It is scheduled for release by Fascination Records on September 14, 2009 within the U.K. only thus far. The album contains tracks co-written by Dallin and Woodward as well as few cover versions both on the album, as well as bonus tracks. The first single taken from the album "Love Comes" has alredy been released on Setember 6, 2009.

http://www.bananarama.co.uk/


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Next Wave- Music Go Music

Music Go Music is a three piece music group from LA. The group consists of Gala Bell (vocals), Kamer Maza (keyboards) and Torg (bass). Earlier this year they released a song "Warm in The Shadows" which is available on youtube as a live preformance. Their debut album 'Expressions' is ready to be released in October. Their music certainly expresses a lot and you can hear many great influences including Abba and the ELO. Check the links for more info.

Links:
www.myspace.com/musicgomusic
http://www.secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=musicgomusic

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Marc Almond- Orpheus In Exile

Marc Almond will release a new album on September 7, 2009. The album is entitled 'Orpheus In Exile' and it celebrates the sentiment and the genious of the soviet writer Vadim Kouzin. A microsite with details of the album along with audio and video clips is now available from the link on the front intro page and this one.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Landscape- 'From The Tea-rooms Of Mars...

Cherry Red Records have reissued the second album 'From The Tea-rooms Of Mars……To The Hell-holes Of Uranus' by the electro pop pioneers Landscape. Originally released in 1981 on RCA Records, the album enjoyed both commercial and critical success with a string of chart hits. The band's over-riding achievement was the way technology was used to create such a mainstream but also unusual sound….

Source:
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/cherryred/artists/landscape.htm

Image: discogs.com

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Department S- Wonderful Day

Department S will release a new single on August 10th 2009. The song is entitled "Wonderful Day" and it is is the lead song on a 4 track EP and comes in coloured vinyl style CD's. 5 different colours in all and limited edition. Guest appearances from Sex Pistol Glen Matlock on bass and Adams chief Ant, Marco Pirroni on guitar.

Source:
http://www.myspace.com/departments

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman

Sparks' Ron and Russell Mael have been commissioned by the Swedish National Public radio Sveriges Radio to write and produce an original radio musical. Sparks’ creation, "The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman," is a musical fantasy based on the internationally acclaimed film director Ingmar Bergman.
The radio musical will be broadcast in Sweden in August 2009. An album with the original Swedish version will be released as a limited edition in Sweden. An English version will subsequently be released internationally...

Friday, July 31, 2009

The Lightning Seeds- Four Winds

The Lightning Seeds returned after almost ten years break in May with a new album release. The album is entitled 'Four Winds' and it was released under Universal's Stage Three Records on 25 May 2009. The record was produced by Ian Brodie himself.
This an extra note to the album:
"After a 10 year Hiatus Ian Broudie, after suffering some personal turmoil over the past few years with the death of his parents, brother, sister and the breakdown of his marriage, has ressurected the Lightning Seeds name for his latest album "Four Winds".

http://www.lightning-seeds.co.uk/discog/fourwinds.htm

The first single from the album "Ghost" was released a week before the album came out. Check out the video!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Next Wave: Sensual Harassment

This is my recent discovery in music, a trio from Brooklyn, called Sensual Harassment. This is how they describe themselves and their music.

"Sensual Harassment is a Reptilian Humanoid alliance utilizing sonic mind control through beat-driven psych-pop. In their debut broadcast, the scaly Brooklyn trio seamlessly shape-shifts from reverb-drenched post-Apocalypic new wave to epileptic space disco."

Their first EP is produced by Jesse Cannon who use to work with Animal Collective and the Cure. Definetly something to check out.
Their songs are streaming and available for download on their official webpage:

http://www.sensualharassment.com/
http://www.myspace.com/shnyc

Lost Videos: The Human League- Path of Least Resistance

video

Friday, July 24, 2009

Henry Badowski

Henry Badowski is known as the British songwriter and composer as well as a multi instrumentalist. At the beginning of his career he used to play in many Punk and New wave bands. In the early 80's he released few singles and recorded one LP, after which he withdrew from the music and public life.


Henry's career started in a punk band Chelsie where he was a bassist. He later joined Wreckless Eric's band as a drummer, he sang and played keyboards with short-lived King a punk/psychedelic group. He also played briefly with Alternative TV. Before launching his solo career he was temporary member of the Damned off-shoot, the Doomed, playing bass guitar.

Badowski's solo career began in the summer of 1979, with the release of "Making Love With My Wife" on Deptford Fun City label.The single drew favourable reviews and within a month he had signed a contract with A&M Records, releasing a further two singles "My Face" and "Henry's In Love", closely followed by the album 'Life Is Grand...', His album displayed strong 60's and 70's influence and Henry himself played the most of the instruments except the violin and the guitar. After his album release and no new follow-up Henry has withdrawn from music and public life. His album has never been remastered.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Echo & The Bunnymen- News

Echo & The Bunnymen have announced first official details about their tenth album which is due to be released later this year. The album will be entitled "The Fountain" and it will be available as a digital and CD release in October. The first single "Think I Need It Too" will be available as a digital single release on the 28th September. This song and three others are streaming on Bunnymen official. Check the link for more info.

http://www.bunnymen.com/Echo_%26_The_Bunnymen.html

The band original members Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, plus assorted sidemen — also have begun announcing North American dates at which they will perform 1984’s classic Ocean Rain in its entirety. The Bunnymen toured that album throughout 2008 and earlier this year, but only played one U.S. show, in New York. So far, concerts have been announced in Toronto, Ontario; Oakland, Calif.; and Los Angeles.

Source:
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2009/07/22/echo-bunnymen-ocean-rain-tour-dates-fountain-album-streaming/


Echo & The Bunnymen tour dates:

12/09/09 Zaidin Festival Granada Spain
19/09/09 Jelen Live Belgrade Serbia
12/10/09 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
13/10/09 Manchester Ritz
14/10/09 Glasgow Barrowlands
15/10/09 London Roundhouse
20/10/09 Queen Elizabeth Theartre Toronto
Thu, Oct 22 Fox Theater - Oakland CA
Sat, Oct 24 NOKIA Theatre LA LIVE Los Angeles, CA
15/11/09 Atlanta GA on sale Sept 11th
17/11/09 Washington DC Black Cat on sale Sept 11th
18/11/09 State College Pittsburgh PA State Theatre on sale Sept 11th
20/11/09 Glenside PA Kewsick Theatre on sale Sept 12th
21/11/09 Fairfield CT Stage One on sale Sept 13th
22/11/09 New York NY Hammerstien on sale Sep12th
23/11/09 Boston MA House Of Blues on sale Sept 12th
25/11/09 Chicago IL Metro on sale Sep 12th
12/12/09 Oxford 02 Academy SOLD OUT
14/12/09 Newcastle O2 Academy
15/12/09 Leeds O2 Academy
17/12/09 Liverpool O2 Academy
18/12/09 Liverpool O2 Academy SOLD OUT
19/12/09 Liverpool O2 Academy SOLD OUT

Monday, July 20, 2009

Instant Hit: Blancmange- The Day Before You Came

"The Day Before You Came" was originally released by Abba in 1982. It was one of their last single releases and some consider it as a flop and a career mistake . In 1984, Blancmange recorded their own cover version of the song for London Records. The song appeared both as 7" and 12" record with "All Things Are Nice" as a b-side. It certinly lived up to the original version and today most people remember it as theirs.

Bananarama on Fascination

Bananarama, the most successful girl group of all time, have just signed a new album deal with Fascination Records, home of Girls Aloud and the Saturdays. Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward have written and recorded their 10th studio album ‘VIVA', which will be released on September 14th. The first single 'Love Comes' will be released on September 6th.

http://www.bananarama.co.uk/


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Next Wave: Florence & The Machine

Florence and The Machine is a British group that consists of Florence Welch and her backing band of several musicians which is a reffernce to "the Machine". The music of Florence & The Machine is generally reffered to indie, pop-rock and bit of tribal and folk and this is what Florence thinks music should sound like: “I want my music to sound like throwing yourself out of a tree, or off a tall building, or as if you’re being sucked down into the ocean and you can’t breathe”.
The band's debut album, 'Lungs', will be released on 6th July 2009. The albums was preceded by few brilliant songs including the cover version of "You've Got The Love" and their latest release "Rabbit Heart" which were released earlier this year.

http://florenceandthemachine.net/