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".

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:

Lost Videos: The Human League- Path of Least Resistance


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.

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.


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.

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.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Vitamin Z Reissue

The long awaited debut album by Vitamin Z, 'Rites of Passage' has been released on CD. You will probably remember them by their biggest hit "Burning Flame" which was released in 1985. The track listing also includes the remix version of the songs "Burning Flame" and "Circus Ring". The album is available through Amazon, Renaissance and CD Universe.

More about Vitamin Z

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bernard Sumner Announces New Project

Bad Lieutenant, a new group put together in 2007 by New Order’s Bernard Sumner (guitar and vocals) alongside Phil Cunningham (guitar) and Jake Evans (guitar and vocals) are pleased to confirm they have completed their long awaited debut LP, which is set for release in autumn this year.
Together, the band have spent over a year writing, recording and mixing the album near Manchester, drafting in additional musicians including Stephen Morris and Alex James. Song titles and live dates will be announced in due course. A new single is expected to be released prior to the LP.