Sunday, October 30, 2011

Words and Facts, Morrissey and The Smiths in Mozpedia

Steven Patrick Morrissey, one of the most original musicians of all time and his former band The Smiths, one of the most influential bands of all time are a subject of a book called 'Mozpedia' which was released a year ago. The summation of years of interviews and meticulous research has been arranged and written by acclaimed music journalist Simon Goddard. His book 'Mozipedia' is the most in-depth and exhaustive book about the man, the myth, and the music that's ever been published. Bringing together every song, every album, every collaborator, and so much more in over 600 entries, this is a unique and sensational find for music fans and a must-have for Morrissey's legions of devoted admirers.

Friday, October 28, 2011

WAW: Chromatics- Kill for Love

Chromatics have recorded a new album 'Kill for Love' which will be out in January next year. Until then, as a warm-up, here is the video for their latest single "Kill for Love" which was released this month. It is out on iTunes. The video for the song was directed by Alberto Rossini.


Reissue: Dalek I -Compass Kum'pas

Dalek I's first album "Compass Kum'pas" is going to be released on vinyl for the first time since its original release date in 1980. Medical Records in collaboration with Dave and Alan are proud to present this seminal work on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years. LP includes all the tracks,  a bonus insert with early photos and a special written piece on the band by Kurt B. Reighley. As an extra to the LP, a bonus flexi-disc is included that includes the B-sides “Happy” and “This Is My Uniform”. Presented with much love on high-quality 180gram hot pink vinyl in a limited edition of 1000 hand-numbered copies.

More about the group:
Dalek I (Love You)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Morten Harket's New Solo Album Confirmed

A-ha's lead singer Morten Harket is working on a new solo album scheduled for release in March 2012. The album will be produced by Steve Osborne who has previously worked with New Order, Placebo and a-ha. The album will also feature special contributions by Pet Shop Boys and  Kent and it will be promoted during the full worldwide tour which will start in May 2012.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Next Wave: Montage Populaire

Montage Populaire is a Southampton based indie pop group whose music is an electric vintage box packed with lots of diverse musical influences. Freewheeling dance beat and seductive rhythms which gets you on your feet. Their debut EP "Nothing Serious" was released on October 11, 2011. 
Find out more about the group by clicking the links below.

  Montage Populaire Facebook

Monday, October 24, 2011

Instant Hit: The Monochrome Set- The Ruling Class

"The Ruling Class" was a big hit for The Monochrome Set in 1984. A year before this song appeared on a compilation 'Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... (Sessions & Singles Vol. 1)' with several other Monochrome Set hits. In the recent years the band mostly released compilations including 'Early Recordings: 1975-1977 "White Noise"' released last year. The band is currently touring Europe with following dates

Magazine - No Thyself

Magazine are back with the new album and tour this autumn. Their new album is entitled 'No Thyself' and it is their first studio album in 30 years which features new recording material. The album is out on October 24, 2011 and it is available on CD and digital worldwide. The band will also embark on the UK tour to promote new album during November. Find out more through Magazine's official website.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Section 25-Invicta

Section 25 have released a new EP entitled 'Invicta'. This is the first new material from the band since the passing of Larry Cassidy in February 2010 and sees Larry’s daughter, Beth Cassidy, take over on vocals. "Invicta" is a four track EP, released by Haçienda Records and features two new tracks, 'Colour, Movement, Sex And Violence' and 'Inner Drive' with a additional remix of each track.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

October Singles Round-up

October seems to be black and white with some great singles lined up. Our single of the months is the new Ropes single entitled "The Lack of Technology Made Me A Killer", available digital with three more tracks. Xeno & Oaklander have released "Sets and Lights" their second single from the album of the same name, also released this month. "Blood, Tears and Gold" is the sixth single  for Hurts from their debut album and one of their best so far. Kate Bush returned with the snowy "Wild Man" which announces the new album for November. Last but not least, REM have split, everyone knows by now. They officially say goodbye with their last single "We All Go Back to Where We Belong".

Friday, October 21, 2011

Heaven 17/BEF- "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" Live

Here is brilliant performance of the song "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by Heaven 17/ BEF during the two day music festival "Music of Quality and Distinction" live at London's Roundhouse. The song appeared on The Human League's album 'Reproduction' and was performed by Philip Oakey. Righteous Brothers' original was released in 1965.


Reissue: Beograd-TV

One of the first synth-pop acts of the former Yugoslavia Beograd, named after the capital Belgrade has been reissued on CD for the very first time. Their debut  EP features the title track "TV" and three other minimal style synth-pop tracks and it is out on Anna Logue Records. This year also marks the 30 year anniversary of its original release.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Next Wave: Selebrities

The reason why every great musical movement has its revivial is because of the great bands whose music takes us back years and decades back. One of the bands which gives New Wave a new glamour is the Brooklyn based group Selebrities. The band consists of Maria Usbeck (vocals/synth), Jer Robert Paulin (guitars/synth) and Max Peterson (production/synth/drum). Along the New Wave style, their music delivers dark enchantment and artful melancholy with catchy synth pop beats, sinister guitar chords and dark and dreamy vocals. Their debut record 'Delusions' was released earlier this year and it is available on Cascine Records.

Class Actress- Rapprocher

'Rapprocher' the debut album by from Elizabeth Harper's Class Actress is out this week. The album is out on 'Carpark Records' and features among others the songs "Keep You" and "Weekend". 'Rapprocher' is where Harper's sexy voice meets the synth-pop beats and catchy melodies. The album is a follow-up to their 2010 EP release 'Journal of Ardency' which was released by 'Terrible Records'

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Retrovision: Laurie Anderson- O Superman

Laurie Anderson released 'O Superman' thirty years ago and entered the UK charts unexpectedly at number 2. Half-sung, half-spoken and in minimal and experimental style, it brought something new to the music world. The songs was later covered by David Bowie and elements of this song also inspired Army Lovers to record "Obsession", one of their biggest hits.


Kraftwertk 3D Static in Munich

Kraftwerk have recently played three 3D concerts in Munich which was a small introduction to their 3D video Installation exhibition in the Kunstbau at the Lenbachhaus in Munich. Kraftwerk’s programmed world of images and sounds, an immersive total work of art, will for the first time be experienced outside the concert hall. A multi-channel 3D video installation specially developed for the Kunstbau will make for a worthy presentation of Kraftwerk’s unique and influential position within the history of the fine and the performing arts. The exhibition will be opened from October,15 till November 13, 2011. 

Kraftwerk@ Lenbachhaus

Images source: Kraftwerk@ Lenbachhaus

Saturday, October 15, 2011

This Mortal Coil- HDCD Box Set

4AD will be issuing a boxset of all three This Mortal Coil albums on November 8th (US) / 14th (UK). Each record has been re-mastered from the original analogue studio tapes by John Dent at Loud Mastering, to achieve the best digital sound available today. Additionally there is a fourth album, Dust & Guitars, that compiles all the singles, including an unreleased one that was to have been part of the Rough Trade Singles Club and features the otherwise unavailable recording of Neil Young's 'We Never Danced'. 
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

80's Duets: Dusty Springfiled and Pet Shop Boys- Nothing Has Been Proved

Pet shop Boys had two collaborations with the female singer Dusty Springfiled. Their first hit "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" was released in 1987 and became a huge hit in the UK and USA as well as Springfield's biggest hit in the US. The song's success helped revive Springfield's career and led to a resurgence of interest in her music. Following the duet the Pet Shop Boys wrote and produced the singles "Nothing Has Been Proved" and "In Private" for Springfield, both included on her 1990 album 'Reputation'. The song prominently features an orchestral arrangement by Angelo Badalamenti and a tenor saxophone solo by Courtney Pine.
 "Nothing Has Been Proved" was composed specifically for the 1989 film 'Scandal' and the music video shows Springfield in the studio along with a Christine Keeler lookalike being interviewed with camera flash bulbs going off. Along with these come short reels from the film Scandal starring Joanne Whalley, John Hurt, Sir Ian McKellen, Britt Ekland, and Bridget Fonda as well as original news footage from 1963. The Pet Shop Boys play journalists interviewing Christine.


Xeno And Oaklander- Sets and Lights

Xeno and Oaklander's new album 'Sets and Lights' is out this week. This is their second release for the New York based label Wierd Records. Their latest single is also entitled "Sets and Lights" and it was released in September. You can stream the whole album here. Xeno and Oaklander will be joining John Foxx And The Maths for two shows on the forthcoming UK Tour – at London XOYO on 27 October, followed by Holmfirth (near Sheffield) on 28th October.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Next Wave: Soft Riot

Soft Riot is a one man band and a musical creation of Jack Duckworth also known as JJD and a member of the post-punk outfit Savage Furs. The concept of his music is ambient punk with elements of drone-y post-rock, minimal wave electronics and synthesizer-based cinema soundtracks. Soft Riot made a debut in 2010 with "No Longer A Stranger" on the Panospria label which featured six minimal, pulsing pop songs, the lyrics drawing from science fiction, isolation, politics, romance and psychedelia with an element of wry black humor. JJD is currently working on new material which will be released soon. Stay tuned for more info!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Instant Hit: Valerie Dore- The Night

Italian star Valerie Dore had her debut in 1984 with the melancholic synth-pop tune "The Night" which also became her biggest hit in Europe. The song was produced by Lino Nicolosi and Roberto Gasparini and it was released as both 7" and 12" inch record. Between 1984 and and today it has been released seven times on several different record labels. It also remained as one of the influential Italo-disco tracks which has been covered and remixed ever since the original release. 

The Manchester Connection Art Exhibition

The Movie Poster Art Gallery is pleased to announce a fascinating exhibition of original and rare music posters entitled “The Manchester Connection”, a celebration of Manchester's legendary renaissance in musical and design creativity that exploded in the wake of the Sex Pistols' legendary 1976 Free Trade Hall gig.

Highlights include rare original music posters from The Smiths, New Order, A Certain Ratio, Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, The Haçienda, plus an ultra rare poster of Joy Division's debut album “Unknown Pleasures,” rare sleeve proofs of The Smiths, A Certain Ratio, New Order, and a unique Morrissey hand-annotated sleeve proof for his album "Your Arsenal," plus rare artefacts including the original FAC51 embosser used at the HAÇIENDA, the original "Gay Traitor" bar menu poster from the HAÇIENDA.
The exhibition runs from 12th-25th November at the Movie Poster Art Gallery, 1 Colville Place, London, W1T 2BG.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Golden Filter- Syndromes

The Golden Filter's new album 'Syndromes' is out today. This is the second album for the duo from NYC who released their debut last year. This album has been done in in collaboration with Norwegian Grammy winning director Kristoffer Borgli and as a result came a ten-minute short film titled 'Syndromes'. The first single from the album is entitled Mother and it was released on September 11th.

WAW: Future Islands- Before The Bridge

The Future Islands are releasing their third studio album 'On The Water' this week, on October 11th. The album is available as a CD and LP via Thrill Jockey. Below is the video for the first single "Before The Bridge" which was released in July. The video for the song was directed by Abe Sanders.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bill Nelson's Forty Years Anthology out in November

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Bill Nelson's recording career. To celebrate this occasion Esoteric Recordings/ Cocteau Discs will release 'THE PRACTICE OF EVERYDAY LIFE Celebrating Forty Years of Recordings'. This is the most extensive and detailed anthology of Bill's astoundingly creative career to date.
All tracks are listed by Bill himself and this deluxe anthology gathers together more than 150 tracks over Eight CDs. The set begins with his earliest recordings and includes previously unreleased material by Be Bop Deluxe, along with examples from Bill's extensive solo catalogue, exploring a wide range of styles. The anthology also includes a selection of material from his more recent albums, self-released by Bill on his Sonoluxe label. The set is rounded off by the inclusion of a bonus CD featuring two previously unreleased BBC Radio One sessions from 1981 and 1983 respectively.
The record is out on 21st of November and it is avilable on pre-order. For more info click the link below.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Diogenes Club's Debut Out Now

The debut album by The Diogens Club is out today. Their self titled debut is available as digital download via bands official bandcamp page. It features 11 track written, recorded and produced at home by the Diogenes Club. Their musical style is cheerful synth pop with elements of house and micro electronica.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thomas Dolby- The Map of The Floating City

Thomas Dolby's latest release is almost completed. Following the release of 'Americana' and 'Oceanea' EPs which were released in 2010/11, it is expected that the third part 'Urbanoia' will complete the new album trilogy 'The Map of The Floating City'. The songs from 'Urbanoia' were premiered online as part of the Floating City game. 
'Map Of The Floating City' game is a multiplayer online game that shares a title with the full-length album release planned to follow after the game's conclusion. The game included elements of trading, mystery, competition, and cooperation where players earned free song downloads. The completed new album will be his first one in twenty years.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Retrovision: Visage- Visage

Thirty years ago Visage had a hit with "Visage", not as big as its predecessor "Fade To Grey" from 1980, but the video was a soundtrack the New Romantic generation introducing the Blitz Club.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Erasure- Tomorrow's World

Erasure have released their fourteenth studio album entitled 'Tomorrow's World' this Friday, September 30th. The album was written in New York, London, and at Vince Clarke's cabin studio in Maine, between January and June 2011 and it was produced by Frankmusik and mixed by Rob Orton, who has previously remixed other well-known electronic artists such as Lady Gaga and Pet Shop Boys. The first single is titled "When I Start To (Break It All Down)" and was released on 23 September 2011. Like all the previous records, this album is out on Mute Records.