Monday, April 30, 2012

April Singles Round-up

The Record Store certainly was the main event of the month April and few really great singles were released on that day. Here comes, what else we thought was smashing. The Canadian band Spoons are celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Nova Heart", their third single release. "Nova Heart 2012" includes the original and live version of the song, as well as two remix versions. Florence and The Machine released the fourth single from the album 'Ceremonials' entitled "Never Let Me Go". As already reported, the Primitives have returned with a new album this year and their new indie-pop jam is called "Turn off The Moon", our single of the month. Devo have released their first single since "Fresh" in 2010. The new song is "Monster Man" and it was recorded as a theme song for 'Monster Man', a show on the SyFy network about one of Hollywood's most respected monster prop building workshops. iamamiwhoami has released another two singles during this month, "Idle Talk" and "In Due Order". Singer's face slowly showing on the single covers. Last but not least, Spiritualized have returned with their first album and single in four years, both out this month. Their latest single is called "Hey Jane", don't miss the video for that.
See you in May! 

Out This Week: Light Asylum- Light Asylum

Light Asylum are releasing their self titled debut album this week. The album will be out on May 1st and it is the follow-up to their 2011 EP 'In Tension'. First single from the album "Shallow Tears" was re-recorded and mixed w/ previously unreleased b-side "Genesis". The musical style is a rugged mixture of coldwave, EBM and electro-industrial structured through pop of the toughest sensibilities. The album is out on Mexican Summer.  

 www.lightasylum.com

 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Instant Hit: Fatal Charm- Paris (1981)

"Paris" was the first single for Fatal Charm which was released in 1979. The song was written by the lead singer Paul Arnall who also sang the original version. In 1980, Sarah Simmonds joined the band and a year later "Paris" was re-released. Sarah's voice and Midge Ure production skils gave the record a whole new feel. They also recorded a video for it. The record featured "Christine" on a b-side and it was issued by Ariola. 


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Reissue: Paul Nova- Trees Without Leaves

The German record label Vinyl on Demand (VOD Records) has reissued Paul Nova's debut album "Trees Without Leaves". The albums is considered as one of the Holy Grails of Minimal/Synth/80’s-Cold Wave music and it was originally released in 1984 his own label Exhibit One Records. The reissue also features the singles "Famous Boys" and "Julie-Ann", unreleased tracks as well as demos which were released on the same label. It is out as a limited edition of 500 copies. Click the link for more info.

 www.vinyl-on-demand.com/releases
 

WAW: No Ceremony ///- Heartbreaker

"Heartbreaker" is another track by the enigmatic Manchester based group or artist known by the name No Ceremony /// also NOC ///. The video shows baby dolls glowing in the dark in the play of neon lights. The music is noisy synth-pop electro lost in the shoegaze darkness. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Duran Duran- A Diamond In The Mind (Live Video)

Duran Duran will release 'A Diamond in the Mind', a stunning live performance filmed at the Men Arena in Manchester on December 16, 2011. This performance combines great music with amazing visuals and iconic style which has been the band’s trademark throughout their career The live set includes new songs from their latest album 'All You Need is Now' as well as classic Duran Duran hits. The release date is set for July. 

www.duranduranmusic.com
 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Reissue: The Chameleons- Script Of The Bridge

The Chameleons seminal debut album 'Script of the Bridge' has been restored and re-mastered for vinyl at Abbey Road Studios, London. The gatefold package contains two heavyweight (180g) vinyl discs and also includes a CD, produced without the use of a 'limiter', which greatly increases the dynamic range of the recordings. 
 The restoration project was undertaken by production team Guy Massey and Steve Rooke, who received a Grammy Award last year for their work on the Beatles Box Set.This is the first time Script has been made available as a 'double album'. By dividing the tracks onto two 12" discs, the sound quality greatly increases with none of the compression that hampered the original vinyl. 

 www.blueapplemusic.co.uk

 

Out This Week: Rufus Wainwright- Out of the Game

Rufus Wainwright will release his seventh studio album this week. The album is entitled 'Out of the Game' and it was produced by Mark Ronson. Songs appearing on the album were influenced by the music of David Bowie, Elton John and Queen. To promote the album, Wainwright will begin touring in late–April 2012. He will perform songs from the album during a six-date European tour including performances in Denmark, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and Spain. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Retrovision: Kim Wilde- View From The Bridge

Thirty years ago Kim Wilde had a hit with "View Form The Bridge". It was the second single to be released from her second album 'Select'. The song was produced by Ricky Wilde and told a story of a girl committing suicide by jumping off a bridge. "View From The Bridge" reached the top ten in Australia and in several European countries including Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium and Germany. 

Men Without Hats Are Back

Men Without Hats will return with a brand new album next month. This will be their first release in almost ten years and the follow-up to their 2003 record 'No Hats Beyond This Point'. The new album is entitled 'Love in the Age of War' and it is scheduled for release on May 22, 2012. The first single from the album "Head Above Water" was premiered on CHOM-FM Montreal and you can stream the song below. The song starts after a short interview segment. Stay tuned for  more info.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

It's The Record Store Day!

The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists  in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

Here is our selection of some of the fines records released today:

Arcade Fire- Sprawl II Ready to Start
Simple Minds- Theme for Great Cities (Moby Remix)
The Black Angels- Watch Out Boy
Belle And Sebastien- Crash
Beach House- Lazuli
Public Image Ltd- One Drop
Kate Bush- Lake Tahoe
Neon Indian- Hex Girlfriend
School of Seven Bells- Kiss Them for Me
Dirty Beaches/ Xiu Xiu- Tu Ne Dis Rien
Richard Hell and the Voidoids- Blank Generation
O Children- PT Cruiser


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Primitives Return with a New Album

The Primitives will return after 17 years away with a brand new studio album. The album will be called 'Echoes and Rhymes' and it will feature cover songs from semi-obscure bands from the 60s with women lead singers. 'Echoes and Rhymes' is available on pre-order and it will be released on Elefant Records on April 30th.  


The video for the new single "Turn Off The Moon" which is out this month.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Everything But The Girl To Reissue The First Four Albums

The British sophisti pop duo Everything But The Girl will reissue first four albums which were originally released from 1984-1988. The expanded, two-disc editions of 'Eden' (1984), 'Love Not Money' (1985), 'Baby the Stars Shine Bright' (1986) and 'Idlewild' (1988), come repackaged in casebound, book-style packaging with new liner notes from the duo and all original lyrics. It will also feature bonus discs littered with excellent treats for hardcore fans, including single-only A and B-sides. EBTG albums are reissued by Edsel/Demon and will be available from May 28th.  

http://www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk

Next Wave: Sylver Tongue

The former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley is back with a new project. Her new moniker is Sylver Tongue, she has dismissed the guitar pop and switched over to the synth department. "Purple Rain" obsessed girl was also inspired by 70s sci-fi movies, psychedelic pop and the prowling grooves of Grace Jones and her warm leatherette. She released the first single "Hook You Up" in January and her next single "Creatures" is announced for May. Both songs were produced by James Rutledge who worked with Everything Everything and Fever Ray.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lost Videos: Nini Raviolette - Suis-Je Normale?

Nini Raviolette made her debut 32 years ago with her only single release "Suis-Je Normale?". This minimal-synth gem appeared on a compilation album 'So Young But So Cold: Underground French Music 1977-1983'. Enjoy the artwork of squares, hearts, lips and blips.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Instant Hit: The Names- Calcutta

The Names released their last single "Calcutta" in 1982 on Factory Benelux. The song was written by M.Smordynia and produced by M.Hannett. The single was issued as both 7" and 12" with "Postcards" as a b-side. This song and other single releases were included on a remastered edition of the album 'Swimming' from 1982 which was reissued in 2000 by LTM Publishing


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Reissue: Robin Crutchfield's Dark Day- Exterminating Angel

Dark Entries will reissue 'Exterminating Angel' by Dark Day in April. The record was originally released in 1980 and featured 13 experimental tracks written and produced by Robin Crutchfield. The album was originally released on Vinyl and featured the single "Trapped" which was released in 1981. Now it's available through amazon.com and it will also be reissued on Vinyl.






Mute Tribute: Fad Gadget / Frank Tovey 1956 - 2002

Ten years have passed since Frank Tovey aka Fad Gadget passed away in April 2002. Tovey was regarded alongside Cabaret Voltaire and Human League as one of the finest exponents of the early 80's electronic dance movement in the UK. Daniel Miller said that Frank was the first artist he has ever worked with on Mute and added that he made some very special and influential records and that he was an exceptional live performer. His former label is honoring its famed first signee with a new video tribute, which we’ve posted above. The label writes: “We miss him dearly. Play your favourite Fad Gadget or Frank Tovey tune really loud today. In loving memory.”



 

Monday, April 2, 2012

WAW: Morten Harket - Scared Of Heights

Morten Harket has recorded a video for the single 'Scared of Heights' from his new solo album 'Out of My Hands' which is out on April 13th. The video was shot in Berlin and directed by Wolf Gresenz, and produced by Mutter & Vater Filmproduktion.

 

Out This Week: Bear in Heaven- I Love You, It's Cool

Bear in Heaven are releasing their third studio album this week. The brand new album is entitled 'I Love You, It's Cool' and it is a follow up to 'Beast Rest Forth Mouth' which was released two years ago. 'I Love You, It's Cool' features the hit single "The Reflection of You" and the song “Sinful Nature” has been announced as the next single. The album is out on April 4th on Dead Oceans.

www.deadoceans.com

Sunday, April 1, 2012

And Also The Trees Are Back with a New Album

And Also The Trees are back with a new album entitled 'Hunter Not The Hunted'. Their brand new studio release features 13 tracks and it was recorded at Hellens Manor, England, between April and July 2011. The album is available on mail order and it will also be released on vinyl as a special double 10 inch gatefold edition. This will be on sale during their tour in April and May and from this website in June.

www.andalsothetrees.co.uk