Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November Singles Round Up

November Singles Round up is here. What was hot? Little Boots has returned with her first official release since 2009. The new single is called "Shake" and it's also announcing a new album, yet untitled, for 2012. Erasure have released a seven track CD single "Be With You" which includes five different remixes of the song. The Fall have issued "Laptop Dog", the first song from their new album released this month too. Closing this round up, comes Amanda Lear with her latest single Hi-NRG style "I Don't Like Disco", new album for her again next year.

That's it for this year.
Next Round up in January!
Stick Around!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Howard Jones announces 2012 UK Tour and radio series‏

Howard Jones will embark on a nationwide UK tour on Wednesday 11th April at the O2 Academy Bristol. This will be the first time that Howard will perform his first two studio albums 'Human’s Lib' and  back to back, live in their entirety, on a full-scale nationwide UK tour.

Tickets for what promises to be an unforgettable tour of ground-breaking, classic electronic pop, will go on sale to the general public on Friday 2nd December at 10am by booking online from or calling the 24 hour ticket hotline 0844 477 2000.

Fans that can’t wait for the general ticket on-sale date on Friday December 2nd will be able to take advantage of a special “Ticket Pre-sale” with Absolute 80’s radio at 10am on Wednesday 30th November via the following web links –

O2 Academy Bristol - Wed April 11
O2 Academy Sheffield - Thurs April 12
O2 Academy Liverpool - Fri April 13
O2 Academy Birmingham - Sat April 14
O2 Academy Newcastle - Tues April 17
O2 Academy Glasgow - Wed April 18

O2 Academy Bournemouth - Fri April 20
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London - Sat April 21
More info here:

Rational Youth and YUL Records Are Back!

The original YUL Records is back and celebrating it's 30th Anniversary with the return of Rational Youth whose original three members Tracy Howe, Bill Vorn & Kevin Komoda are back together and recording again. Back as well are Monty Cantsin, in the flesh and as a virtual apparition, Cham-pang. These are the three artists that started a Montreal electro-pop revolution! Joining them are new artists Derek Falls and Truth Division. The label YUL (aviation code for Montreal) is also back with original (d)istributor UNIDISC, who were incredibly instrumental in our success during the 80s.

 In early 1981, it only took a call from Tracy Howe armed with a freshly recorded demo, played over the phone to local scene maker & record store owner Marc De Mouy, to officially launch the YUL Records brand. Along with the self proclaimed motor mouth Pyer Desrochers, and disco producer Pat Deserio, this group of renegades carved out a slice of Montreal musical history by releasing such influential records as Rational Youth's debut LP "Cold War Night Life", Monty Cantsin's "Neoist Songs" and Cham-pang's "Tantum Ergo" which are all now regarded as 80's classics and vinyl collectables.

Now 30 years later we are putting together a series of very special limited edition extended play "CD EPs" priced as CD Singles all with 6 or more tracks and bonus tracks never previously available and brand new recordings. To complete the set of releases a full-length debut CD album from Truth Division. Later in 2012 we will start issuing special vinyl products such as a Collectors 180 Gram Audiophile 30th Anniversary Edition of "Cold War Night Life" and more vinyl 7 & 12 inches form our 80's vault and new recordings from the 21st century.

Follow the link to find out more about the first batch of releases will be available at the finest record stores across Canada, USA and Europe.

Monday, November 28, 2011

In Conversation: Claps

Claps are back! After two great EPs from last year, they have released their fantastic debut album entitled 'Wreck'. They might be the next Experimental Products singing and producing music for modern living in the 00's. A modern take on classic minimal synth. Let's hear what Pat, Sara and Jed said about their music, their influences and more.

What is the origin of your band name and what did you inspire to take this name? 

While we were trying to figure out a band name, we found ourselves reading old radio magazines in Jed’s room. We were reading some of the words out loud and most of them we decided were too complicated, and they were better off being album names. After awhile, we stumbled upon the word claps and we really liked the simplicity of how it sounded. 

Where do you come from?
Pat grew up in a small town in Southern Minnesota called Mankato. Jed is from a St. Paul suburb and Sara is from a Minneapolis suburb.

How did you guys meet and what inspired you to make music together?
We all met in college at the college radio station. We shared similar musical interests and soon became roommates so it was quite easy to start playing music together since we had a large basement we could play our instruments in.  From there we just started playing shows around town since Minneapolis is so welcoming to local bands. 

Who do you consider as a major influence? 
John Foxx, Vince Clarke, OMD, Mute records, Factory records

Is your music related to any specific genre in music?
Minimal Synth and Synth Pop. I think we are somewhere in the middle of those two.

What is the main topic of the songs, general mood and atmosphere?
Our singer likes to write about things based in real life. A lot of the reoccurring themes are destiny, permanence and isolation. A lot of the more dancer songs have a gloomy topic and we kinda like that juxtaposition. 

Any thoughts on your latest album?
We are very happy about how cohesive it ended up sounding. It’s our first album so we were worried it would sound unbalanced and weren't really sure if we could pull it off but are very happy with how it ended up sounding.

What do you listen to these days?
We seem to be listening to late 70’s instrumental synth stuff like Jean Michael Jarre and Tomita. And I guess a lot of R&B and Hip Hop in general.

What is your all time favorite record, song or album?
Pat- The Cure “Faith”
Jed- John Foxx “Metamatic”
Sara- OMD “Architecture and Morality”

How do you promote your live shows and your music, any tour plans?
A lot of stuff seems to be done on Facebook these days, so I think a lot of people mostly learn about our shows online. We plan on going east in the spring and hope to do an international tour someday.

How can fans gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or an official fan page?
Following us on Facebook is probably the best way to get the most recent up dates. Otherwise we have a twitter, tumblr and bandcamp where you can download our music and get updates about the band

Monday, November 21, 2011

Kate Bush- 50 Words For Snow

Today (Monday 21st November) marks the release of Kate’s 10th studio Album “50 Words For Snow”. It is the second album to be released on her own label, Fish People. It is her first all-new studio album since 'Aerial' from 2005, and marks the first time since 1978 that she has released two new albums in one year. The album consists of seven songs "set against a backdrop of falling snow" and has a running time of 65 minutes. The first single from the album, "Wild Man" was released on October 11, 2011.

80's Duets: Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush- Don't Give Up (version 2)

"Don't Give Up" was written by Peter Gabriel and recorded as a duet with Kate Bush for Gabriel's album 'So'. The single was released in 1986, peaking at number nine in the UK charts. It describes the despair of a man who feels isolated and defeated by the economic system, and the support and wise counsel sung in the refrain. There were two videos for this song directed by Godley & Creme. The first consisted of a single take of the singers in an embrace, as the sun enters total eclipse and re-emerges. The second featured Gabriel and Bush's faces superimposed over film of a town and its people in disrepair.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Reissue: The Cure: Classic Album Selection (1979-1984)

The Cure will release a five box CD set entitled "The Cure: Classic Album Selection (1979-1984)" this month. This 5CD box set includes mini-LPs housed in an attractive slipcase and provides the perfect album anthology of The Cure's career spanning the classic period 1979-1984 and includes:'Three Imaginary Boys', 'Seventeen Seconds', 'Faith','Pornography' and 'The Top'. The Box Set will be released in the UK on December 5, 2011 and it is available on pre-order.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Instant Hit: Perfect Strangers- My Kind of Love

Perfect Strangers were a duo consisting of Martha McGowan and Roderick Syers. During their brief existence, they released two singles in 1983 for Chrysalis. Their debut single "Without You" with a wonderful "My Kind of Love" as a b-side was produced by Anne Dudley of Art of Noise, who in the same year produced "The Entertainer" by the Belle Stars. 

Perfect Strangers- My Kind of Love
Perfect Strangers- Without You

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Order- Lost Sirens

The recently reunited New Order is set to release their first LP since "Waiting For The Sirens Call" this December. The new album which is entitled "Lost Sirens" will include all the tracks from the "Waiting for The Sirens Call" Session which were not included on the album. The album is out on December 14, 2011 and it is available on pre-order. They have also announced that they will be playing three concerts in South America this December. 

  Tour Dates

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Duranies, Supermodels and Glamour

The new exclusive video by Duran Duran for the song "Girl Panic" has arrived. It features model superstars Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Yasmin Le Bon, Cindy Crawford and Eva Herzigova role-playing as different Duran Duran band members. This is also the first video to see all the supermodels reunited in one video since George Michael's "Freedom" and "Too Funky" in the 90's. The video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund and it is their second promotional video for one of the songs from their big comeback album "All You Need is Now" released in December 2010.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Retrovision: Ultravox- The Voice

Thirty years ago, Ultravox had a huge hit with "The Voice", their second single which was taken form the album 'Rage in Eden' released in the same year. The song was recorded in Conny Plank's Studio in Cologne, Germany and it reached the top 20 in the UK peaking at # 16. There were two different videos made for the single. One has the band miming a performance in a slanted room with the band members appearing to be standing at an unnatural angle. The other video is more elaborate, contains war imagery, single-word slogans in knock-out text, features Billy Currie appearing as a radio announcer, and Midge Ure as a soldier.

Next Wave: Azure Blue

Azure Blue is a new side project by Tobias Isaksson, an established artist, talented songwriter and a colorful profile on the Swedish pop scene. His musical project is named after the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean as a paraphrase of Dennis Wilson's 'Pacific Ocean Blue'. Supplementing the blue colour come the summery, gentle and sentimental tones of his music. His debut album 'Rule of Thirds' will be released on November 17th 2011. "Catcher in The Rye" is one of the first single releases from the album.

The Catcher in the Rye by Azure Blue

Friday, November 4, 2011

Burning Flame Blog is officially Five!

Dear Readers, 

 *****Burning Flame Blog is officially five today. Thanks for following and reading our blog.***** 

 *****Have a nice weekend! 

 Bori Bron

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Soft Moon- Total Decay EP

The Soft Moon have released a follow-up to their self titled debut LP this week and as their previous record, the new EP was released on Halloween. The EP is entitled "Total Decay", features four brand new tracks and it is out Captured Tracks.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Fall- Ersatz G.B.

The Fall are releasing releasing a new album this November. Their new album will be called 'Ersatz G.B.' and it will be their 29th studio album and their first release for Cherry Red Records. 'Ersatz G.B.' will be issued on CD, LP and digital formats, and will be proceeded by a new 7” single, featuring an exclusive B-side track. The Fall will be playing several dates to promote the album’s release, including a UK tour in November and an appearance at All Tomorrow’s Parties in December. The album is out on November 14, 2011.