Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Eleven Pond's 'Bas Releief' on CD

A Rochester based darkwave electro band Eleven Pond will see their only album 'Bas Relief' reissued on CD for the first time. The album was originally released as 500 copies limited edition in 1986 and it was reissued on vinyl by Dark Entries in 2009. Find out more about the latest release by clicking on the link below. 

  www.othervoicesrecords.com/pages/vox10.htm

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

WAW: Sally Dige- Immaculate Deception

Sally Dige from the band Petroleum by Product which we already featured on Burning Flame has recorded her first demo single. Her song "Immaculate Deception" gives you an instant dive into analogue beats and synthetic rythms. Complemented with living-room taping, it displays a radiant act of 80's sound and vision. Well done Sally!

Monday, September 26, 2011

September Singles Round Up

With September almost over, here come the singles highlights of the month. We start with Twin Shadow's "Changes" which is a cover of an old Bagarre hit "Circus is Gone" put in a new arrangement. Duran Duran have released "Leave A Light On" which is widely considered as "Save A Prayer" for new generations. Snow Patrol went pop on their fantastic new single entitled "Called Out in the Dark" which also announces a new album "Fallen Empires" for November. Coldplay have released a second single "Paradise" from their new studio album 'Mylo Xyloto' which is going to be released in October. Manic Street Preachers have covered The The's "This is The Day"The video for the song  features retrospective images and videos from their musical career. Austra have returned with the third single "Spellwork" taken form their debut album 'Feel it Break'. Last but not least, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti have returned with his epic new single “Witch Hunt Suite for World War III” a 16-minute synth opus which marks the ten year anniversary since the terrorist attacks of September 11.

The Smiths Deluxe Remaster Boxset Available on Pre-Order

Rhino Records UK is proud to present ‘Complete’, eight albums by The Smiths lovingly reworked by Johnny Marr and Rhino UK and packaged together for the first time - the ultimate The Smiths remasters collection.
 The collection includes all four of the band's studio albums – ‘The Smiths’ (1984), ‘Meat Is Murder’ (1985), ‘The Queen Is Dead’ (1986), ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ (1987) and their sole live album ‘Rank’ (1988) as well as firm fan favourite compilations ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ (1984), ‘The World Won’t Listen’ (1987) and ‘Louder Than Bombs’ (1987). Each has been taken back to original tape sources and remastered by Johnny Marr and Frank Arkwright at the world famous Metropolis Studios in London. 

  http://www.rhino.co.uk/the-smiths-complete-deluxe-collectors-boxset



Sunday, September 25, 2011

Instant Hit- 2 Belgen- Lena

"Lena" was a hit for the Belgian group 2 Belgen in 1985. Before the song got its high energy arrangement, it was released as b-side single on "Quand Le Film Est Triste" in 1982. Their 1985 version which was written and produced by Rembert De Smet became a club hit around Europe, even a lot bigger than it's '82 original and it was also released as a club mix during the same year.


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Friday, September 23, 2011

Analogue Shape of Things with John Foxx and the Maths

John Foxx and the Maths have completed their second album which is the follow-up to "Interplay" which was released earlier this year. The album, entitled "The Shape Of Things", will be a limited edition special package accompanied by a bonus disc of remixes. It is reported that the album is a lot rougher around the edges and more experimental than "Interplay" - with songs and stark, minimal sketches mixed in with some instrumental interludes. All of the tracks were recorded at Benge's studio in London. 
  http://blog.thequietman.co.uk

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

80's Duets: Robert Görl & Annie Lennox- Darling Don't Leave Me

Robert Görl released his second single “Darling Don’t Leave Me” in 1983. The song featured Annie Lennox as guest vocalist at the time she already enjoyed some success with her original band Eurythmics. The song was written by Robert Görl, produced by Mike Hedges and released on Mute.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

dEUS- Keep You Close

Antwerp based group dEUS have released a follow-up to their album 'Vantage Point' which came out in 2008. Their sixth stidio album is called 'Keep You Close' and it has already reached gold in Belgum. The album will be avaiable in the UK on October 3rd 2011. Listen to the full album exclusively through the band's own SoundCloud page

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fra Lippo Lippi Release 6 LP Vinyl Box Set

Rune Grammofon have released a 6 LP remaster compilation which features all Fra Lippo Lippi's albums. None of group´s six studio albums have been avaiilable on vinyl since they were first released and ”Dreams” has never been available on vinyl. This 6 LP box collects all studio albums, "In Silence" (1981), "Small Mercies (1983), ”Songs” (1985), ”Light and Shade” (1987), ”The Colour Album” (1989) and ”Dreams” (1992) and comes in a limited edition of 300 with personal liner notes from Rune Kristoffersen on each album and stunning design by internationally acclaimed designer Magnus Voll Mathiassen. 

  Official Label Site
More about the band...

OMD Revisit Eric's Club

The legendary music club in England has opened its doors again. Eric's Club which was opened in Liverpool on October 1, 1976 in a building basement on Mathew Street, has became notable for hosting early performances by many punk, new wave and post-punk bands as well as by The Beatles. Joy Division, Ultravox, Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Clash are among of the groups who performed some of their first gigs there. For OMD it all started at the Eric's club where they had their debut in 1978 and they came back to re-open the club after 33 years.
 
OMD performing "Electricity"

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Next Wave: HNN

Gregg Anthe, formerly know as a member of the band In Broken English is back with a new solo project. His new band project is called HNN and his music combines modern synth pop and vintage electronics with experimental and artistic vision. HNN's debut album "Pièce Radiophonique" has been released on September 11th and the official release party will be held in Paris (Le Klub) on the September 30, 2011. The release party will include a premiere live performance by Automelodi and HNN. The whole show which will also feature diverse DJ sets will be presented by La Forme Lente and Bunker Bal. Follow HNN on Facebook to get details about the main event.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Kate Bush Announces A New Album Release

Kate Bush will return with a new album this autumn. The album will be called "50 Words For Snow", will feature seven brand new tracks set against a background of falling snow. and it will be released November 21, 2011. The album will be the second release from Kate's own label 'Fish People' and comprises all new material that was recorded during the same period that Kate worked on her album “Director’s Cut”. 
Check out http://www.katebush.com for additional information.

Ladytron- Gravity The Seducer

Ladytron are releasing their long awaited fifth studio album 'Gravity The Seducer' this week. The album is their second release for Nettwerk and it is going to be released on September 12/13, both in UK and in the USA. The album features the songs "Ace of Hz" and "White Elephant" which were previously released as singles.


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We Are Watching: PJ Harvey- On The Battleship Hill

This year PJ Harvey has won the Mercury for the best album of 2011. Her album 'Let England Shake' is her second to win this prestigious award. It's exactly ten years since she won her first Mercury for the album 'Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea' in 2001. Among the contenders for this years Mercury Prize were also Adele, James Blake and Elbow. The video for the songs is from the series of 12 Short Films by Seamus Murphy.
 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Heaven 17 Present The 80's

To dovetail Heaven 17’s world premiere of “The Luxury Gap” album performed in its entirety in 3D sound at the London Roundhouse on Friday October 14th, and songs from B.E.F.’s Music of Quality & Distinction albums the following night on Saturday October 15th, Heaven 17 have launched their own weekly radio series on Absolute 80s entitled “Electronic 80s with Heaven 17.” Click here for more info about the series.
 The hour long radio show will see Heaven 17 play the best of electronic 80s music from Kraftwerk, Human League to Scritti Politti and Blancmange. Each week the show will include a special guest. This week’s guest on the Sunday September 11th show is Kim Wilde, who, along with a number of other guest vocalists, will also participate in the “B.E.F. presents “Music of Quality & Distinction” concerts at the London Roundhouse on October 15th.


Other guest vocalists who will perform at the B.E.F. concert at the London Roundhouse concert on Saturday October 15th will include La Roux’s Elly Jackson, Sandie Shaw, Glenn Gregory, Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, Boy George, Midge Ure, Polly Scattergood, the Noisettes’ Shingai Shoniwa, plus Kate Jackson (former lead singer of The Long Blondes). B.E.F. will perform songs from their first two “Music of Quality & Distinction albums, plus new songs their forthcoming third MQD album, “Dark.”

Click here for more info:
http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/meanfiddler/heaven17-bef.htm

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sinner's Day Festival 2011

The Belgian retro festival 'The Sinner's Day' comes with its third edition this year. It will be held on October 30, 2011 in Hasselt, Belgium and it will feature some great names from the world of New Wave and post-punk. The line-up includes Blancmange, John Foxx and the Maths, Visage, The Psychedelic Furs and Recoil and many more. To get all the details visit www.sinnersday.be.

Instant Hit: Still Life- War and Technology

Still Life released their only EP with the title 'Desert City' in 1987.  The record was released on Cave Canem and Spray Records and contained five tracks. One of the outstanding tracks from the EP is the powerful and gloomy "War and Technology" with great female vocals. A good evidence that Italy had some great underground acts back in the day. For the whole pleasure, visit this page

Still Life- War and Technology


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We Are Watching: Geneva Jacuzzi- Clothes on the Bed

We haven't had some Geneva Jacuzzi around for a while on our blog. Here is the video for the song "Clothes on the Bed" which was directed by Eric Fensler and produced by Hilary Olson and Jay Rajeck. The song is a first track on her album 'Lamaze' which was released last year.

 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Icehouse- 'White Heat- 30 Hits' Compilation Released

Universal Music and Iva Davies are excited to announce the release of Icehouse's 'White Heat: 30 Hits' compilation which brings together every single from the Icehouse pantheon ever released worldwide. Available August 26, 2011, 'White Heat: 30 Hits', will reunite and excite fans from all over the world with a 3 disc set containing two audio CDs, each with 15 songs in chronological order of their release, and a DVD with 32 film clips from over the years. The album will take you on a journey through the band’s amazing music career, combining decades of history in one album with hit songs, such as Great Southern Land, Hey, Little Girl, Crazy and Electric Blue that have won fans all over the world. 

  www.spellbound-icehouse.org

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Rapture- 'In the Grace of Your Love'

The Rapture are releasing a new album this week. Their new album is called 'In the Grace of Your Love' and this is their first album release since 2006. The album was produced by Phoenix producer Philippe Zdar and it was recorded in Brooklyn and Paris. "How Deep is your Love?", the first single form the album was already released in July. 


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Books: Electric Dreams: The Human League, Heaven 17 and the Sound of the Steel City

"Electric Dreams', the long awaited super book by David Buckley which tells the story of how a band, a city and a lot of synthesizers provided the ultimate soundtrack to the Eighties. David Buckley, the acclaimed author of 'Strange Fascination: David Bowie – The Definitive Story', charts the Human League’s unlikely rise from avant-garde veterans of the punk wars to international pop sensations and reveals how a small number of bands in Sheffield created the music that came to define an era: electro-pop. The release of the book also marks the thirtieth anniversary of 'Dare', the Human League’s seminal third album. Pre-order your book here.  

More about the Author: /www.david-buckley.com/

Friday, September 2, 2011

Mick Milk for World Citizens

One of the New York's multi-media underground acts known as Mick Milk has surfaced on the internet. Mick Milk was a one-man DIY synth-master and guitarist who played a mix of experimental synth pop and technology-inspired dance music. He has recorded one album 'Song for the Citizens', a single and a couple of unreleased tracks in 1982/83. The whole recording material has been considered as ultra rare, but thanks to this site, everyone has the chance to listen to the remastered versions of the songs. Let's hope the records get a proper reissue.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Retrovision: Eurythmics- Thorn in My Side

25 years ago Eurythmics released "Thorn in My Side" and enjoyed some chart success around Europe. The single reached the top 10 in the UK, Sweden and Ireland. The song was written by both members of the group and it was by Dave Stewart.