Sunday, September 30, 2012

September Singles Round-Up

1. The Temper Trap- Miracle 
2. Future Islands- Tomorrow 
3. Dead Can Dance- Opium 
4. Cold Cave- A Little Death to Laugh 
5. Bye Bye Bicycle- Empty Summer 
6. Deacon Blue- Hipsters 
7. Bright Light Bright Light- Feel It 
8. Hooverphonic- Renaissance Affair 2012 
9. Liars- Point Your Pistols to the Sigh 
10. Bat For Lashes- Marilyn 

Take a listen here

Bananarama, New EP, Pinktober Tour and more...

Bananarama are back with a brand new digital EP entitled 'Now or Never'. Your dancing shoes should be ready for this new four track EP which is out now. To promote this EP and to celebrate their 30th Anniversary Sara and Karen will tour in the US as part of Hard Rock International’s 'Pinktober' series, which aims to raise awareness of breast cancer. 


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Deacon Blue Are Back

Deacon Blue are back with their first album in eleven years. This release also marks the 25 anniversary of their debut release 'Raintown'. The album is ironically titled 'The Hipsters' and its release is preceded by the title track, as the lead-off single, with its brilliant accompanying promo-video. The band will be undertaking a nationwide promotional campaign and will be on a 15-date tour from 4th-22nd October, with two additional concerts in Scotland in December. 

 http://www.deaconblue.com
 

Friday, September 28, 2012

WAW: WAZU- Murder 1

The Australian/American industrial-pop/darkwave duo WAZU based in New York City have announced the release of their debut album 'Robobo' for October 31st. Their dark and danceable self-titled debut EP was a glorious, vicious little tease of what’s to come from this male-female duo on 'Robobo'. To experience the the sound and image check out the video for the song Murder 1 videographed by Benjamin Sidoti and directed by the band.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Out This Week: Clockwork Orchestra- Friends Without Names

'Friends Without Names' is the exciting debut album by Clockwork Orchestra (aka Irish songwriter Paul Mangan) set for release on White Label Music, an independent record label based in Windsor which is co-run by Ann Shenton, a founding member of art rockers Add N To (X). 
A chocolate box of melodic treasures, the album was recorded entirely within the confines of Mangan's bedroom studio and demonstrates his love of nursery rhymes, vintage keyboard instruments and lyrical storytelling. 'Friends Without Names' takes the listener on a unique journey through a frenzied world of vibrant colours, songs within songs, eccentric characters and chronic symphonies. 
The live incarnation of Clockwork Orchestra have recently returned from performing a series of shows in Germany and have an album launch set for November 3nd at the Twisted Pepper in Dublin to celebrate the release of Friends Without Names on compact disc. The digital album is released this week. 


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

John Taylor- In The Pleasure Groove- New Book

New item for the Duran Duran fans is out now, in particular for John Taylor fans. His latest book is entitled 'In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran' and in his frank, compelling autobiography, John recounts the highs and troubles during his career with Duran Duran. Told with humour, honesty and hard-won wisdom, and packed with exclusive pictures, 'In the Pleasure Groove' is a fascinating, irresistible portrait of a man who danced into the fire... and came through the other side. 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/In-The-Pleasure-Groove-Death

 

In Conversation: Detachments

Detachments is the creation of London-based musician and songwriter, Bastien Marshal. Along with drummer, Peter Dawson, and a cast of musicians and producers, Marshal has been the driving force behind the band since the mid-2000's. The sound is an intoxicating blend of 80's post-punk, synthpop, new wave, and even hints of darkwave in some places. Not to be clumped in with the wave of bands recreating these sounds as of late, Marshal and company do it very well and with an ultramodern feel in tow. The listener is mentally, physically, and rhythmically drowned in mood, atmosphere, and all that tugs at the heartstrings. Following a string of singles, the band released their self-tilted debut LP in September of 2010. Largely produced and performed by Marshal, Dawson, and producer James Ford ( Simian Mobile Disco), it offered more synth driven reworkings of previous singles as well as new and unheard tracks. Since that release, Marshal and Dawson have been touring, intermittently, to further promote the album and band while gaining many a new fan along the way. On September 3, 2012 the digital release of the "Fade EP" saw the light of day on UK-based Hacienda Records. The label has mainly been a vehicle for the output of Peter Hook (New Order / Joy Division) and are now taking on the task of releasing the work of new and established artists. With a follow up LP in the works, where will we see the band go from here? Who better to ask than Marshal himself? He kindly agreed to answer a batch of questions that i happily whipped up for him.


1. Can you give us some insight as to why you chose the name, Detachments? Is there any correlation between the name and your sound/lyrics?

•1 [mass noun] the state of being objective or aloof: he felt a sense of detachment from what was going on.
•2 Military a group of troops, aircraft, or ships sent away on a separate mission: a detachment of Marines [mass noun]: the Squadron went on detachment to Malta.
•a party of people separated from a larger group: a truck containing a detachment of villagers
•3 [mass noun] the action or process of detaching; separation:


Detachments means all of those things. The military edge gave us a sense of discipline and action. The detached, minimal approach of some of the lyrics e.g. HAL is symptomatic of intermittent misanthropic, nihilistic tendencies. There's also a Zen philosophical aspect. In many ways the more recent years of my life have seen me reject standard society to achieve a kind of state of detachment. It's quite a versatile word isn't it. The cold sound we have is in itself detached.
Just looking throughout the album...

“Audio/Video” – it's about a guy being isolated/detached from society, relying on technology and home entertainment.

“I Don’t Want To Play” - is about the desire to detach from the rat race and reject petit-bourgeois protocol.
“Art of Viewing” - is about single-handedly misusing Remote Viewing spying technology for romantic reasons.

“Holiday Romance” – it's about separation.

You Never Knew Me”– it's about cutting off an old close friend, whose ideals have changed.
“Sometimes” - is about the thrill of the idea of self-destruction and also messing about with smack (probably the most detached, insular of all drugs).

“H.A.L.”- is about media/government information manipulation.

“Circles” – is about a desire to detach from the rat race combined with being sick of being involuntarily preoccupied with lost love.

“Fear No Fear” – Zen detachment hurtling through deep space, somehow surrealistically combined with the will of Napoleon (I'd recently visited his tomb).

“Words Alone” –  is about atonement for an ex.

“Nothing You Can Do” – obviously about a separation, but from an observers point of view.

“Morning Light” – is about ushering in a radically new personal era after departing an old one.

“Until You Fadeaway” – reminds me of the grey/brown winter seas of Lancashire, being there alone...an 18 year old dreamer.

So yes, they all do actually involve “detachment” in some form or other.

2. As mentioned earlier, the "Fade EP" finds you settling into a new home on Hacienda Records. I'm aware that all of your previous releases were through THISISNOTANEXIT Records. Why the change in labels?

TINAE ran out of money. They're not releasing any more material for the foreseeable future. It's great being associated with Hacienda, that club meant so much on a lot of levels.

3. What influened the sound of the new EP? On the third track, "Until You Fadeaway", there's surely some New Order/Joy Division influences there. Was this an unofficial homage to those bands? Did it have anything to do with your past performance with Peter Hook or your covers of the aforementioned bands tracks?

I actually wrote that track years ago when I still lived in Blackpool and its first demo was recorded before Detachments even had a name. It seemed appropriate for The Hacienda release though. It is almost homage to the Fac lineage we have become part of. Each track on the "Fade EP" says 'fade away'  in the lyrics at crucial positions. Some people might think it's us toying with the idea of actually fading away as a band, quitting.

4. Who influenced you, musically, while growing up? Are there any particular favorites from the past or are there any current favorites?

Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure, and Joy Division, when I was at high school, all part of my DNA. I started clubbing and got into classic House, Techno, backtracked to Acid and Rave, Aphex Twin, My Bloody Valentine, Krautrock, etc at 6th form and art college. Current favourites are John Maus, Ariel Pink (the only downloads I've ever paid for from iTunes are by those two), The Knife, and These New Puritans.

5. Tell us about your relationship with Andrew Weatherall. How did that come about?

Ah, well we sent demos out back in 2002. R3mote was the group at that time. Andrew phoned us up at work and we were gobsmacked. What like The Andrew Weatherall?! He signed R3mote to RGC, put out the "Remotion" EP in 2003. Used to go round his studio now and then 2002-2006 having a smoke to e.g hanging out on New Years Eve one night with him DJing round the clubs, ending with a set at Fabric.Those were good times and more recently he's DJ'd at Detachments gig and remixed "H.A.L.".

6. You've done quite a bit of touring since the debut album. Playing various UK and European locations, is there any particular country you feel gave the best reception? Are there any future plans of shows in the US?

Athens was fucking great! Afterwards we sold out of all merchandise, totally. Stockholm went off too, crowd bouncing off the walls. Leipzig, in eastern Germany, was a good one, kids going nuts stagediving and singing along. France receives us well. Nothing is set for US but would love to go. There's been hints at maybe some west coast dates, NYC would be good too. We have to wait for an approach.

7. Going more in depth in regards to touring, what types of changes are brought to your songs when performing them live vs. the album versions? Is there a little more or a little less of any particular component?

The drums are live courtesy of Pete Dawson. He's got skills and usually prefers an acoustic kit but sometimes uses electronic. Bass guitar is played on the tracks using that instrument. Things are a bit more raw/punk live, vocals sometimes slightly more raucous depending on how long I've had exposure to alcohol.

8. Through promo videos and performance clips, one will notice changes in the lineup over the years, yourself of course being the mainstay. Was your initial mindset that Detachments would be focused around the songs of Bastien Marshal? Was there an understanding between yourself and past members that their involvement could or would be a temporary arrangement?

Our first management co. wanted to sell us as a "band". I never felt completely comfortable with that and I predicted there would be problems. The mgt group got fired. The original guy I asked to be in Detachments got ousted by 2nd drummer Pete (Oct 2008 – present) and Max (occasional bass player is now back in his native Belgium). There's been a lot of various players in the cast. People think I like to fire people. Don't know if that's true, but we've had 2 mgt cos, booking agents, promo people, and musicians all fired. A couple of guys were sort of inched out after we recorded the album just with me and Ford, no one else required. Ha, I guess Detachments is a bit like The Fall – revolving door policy. Detachments by name detachments by nature.  Maybe I'll just fire myself one day.

9. Do you remember the first record you bought with you very own money? Are you a collector of tangible music?

First record was "Lovesong" byThe Cure. I've got loads of second hand vinyl including gems like Blue Monday (from a charity shop) and Human League's 'Reproduction". I don't get as many hard copies these days though I must admit.


10. And finally, let's talk about the upcoming LP. Have you settled on a name?  Will there be another EP or single preceding it?  Will there be an outside producer or will you be producing it as you did with the "Fade EP"?  What can we expect in contrast to the debut album?

Recording the debut album, with Ford, was a masterclass in production. I learnt a good working process, that can't be taught through words. The next album will be produced by me. We're thinking of releasing it on our own label and not even using iTunes or any other corporate outlet. People can download it directly from us, only then will we be truly independent. Also, we might actually distribute it in South America first and the rest of the world can have exports. We just got a distribution offer from down there including a tour.
 
The guitars of the" Fade EP", i like to think represent an intermission in the Detachments sound story. The next chapter will see a return to our default, more synth type sound but there will be more guitars than the debut album. The new album will be darker and more strange. Was thinking about calling it "Weird Knights" but not sure. Me and my old mates, day after the night before often used to say e.g. "what happened last? Fuckin 'ell, it's all fragmented - was a bit of a weird night."




For more Detachments info, videos, and sound samples, please visit: Detachments.co.uk, Detachments @ You Tube, Detachments @ Last.fm, and Detachments official @ Facebook.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Yazoo and Duran Duran Release Late Summer Best ofs

The brand new Yazoo collection of hits has been released by Music Club Deluxe. It marks the 30th anniversary of hits such as "Don't Go" and "Situation" which filled the 80's dance floors. This two CD compilation features Yazoo's biggest hits as well as 12" versions and stunning dance remixes. 
 Duran Duran have also released a new best of compilation entitled Duran Duran 'The Biggest And The Best'. This 2CD collection focuses on the period 1981-1990 and features some key album tracks, alongside 20 Top 40 hits and twelve Top 10 hits. 


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Retrovision: Boy George- The Crying Game

Boy George hit the charts twenty year ago with "The Crying Game". The song was originally performed by Dave Berry and it reached #5 in the UK charts in 1964. Both songs appeared in the movie of the same name which was directed by Neil Jordan. Boy George's version of this song was produced by Pet Shop Boys and entered the charts at #22. The song was also covered bu the Associates and Kylie Minogue. 

Daybehavior- Follow That Car

The Swedish electro-pop trio Daybehavior are back with their third album 'Follow That Car'. This time they have chosen to do all by themselves, in full control and no obligations to other record companies. The album is described as suggestive and cinematic and features 12 brand new tracks including the single releases "It's a Game" and "Silent Dawn". The album was officially released on September 14th through Graplur.  

www.daybehavior.com
 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Instant Hit: Microdisney- Pink Skinned Man

"Pink Skinned Man" was the second single release for the Irish indie pop group Microdisney. It was released in 1983 through Kabuki and featured the wonderful and acoustic "Fiction Land" as a b-side. Perfect soundtrack to the late summer. 
 

Next Wave: Glitter

Glitter is a Philadelphia based indie pop group fronted by Jaymie Guokas. The music of Glitter was influenced by the carefree swing of the pastels and Aussie love songs of the Go Betweens. Their songs are the soundtrack to strange science fiction dreams where love and heartbreak are filtered through the AM radio of subconscious. Their brand new album 'WYLD HRTS' is out now. 
More about the band and their music:  

http://glitter.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/glitterphiladelphia
 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Out This Week: The Raveonettes- Observator

The Danish indie rock duo The Raveonettes have released their sixth studio album this week. The album is entitled 'Observator' and it was issued on Vice Records. It features three singles, "Observations" and "She Owns The Streets" were released earlier this summer, while their third single "The Enemy" is due on September 24th. 


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Heaven 17- 'The Luxury Gap' Reissues and Tour

Heaven 17 have announced the reissue of their second album 'The Luxury Gap' in October. This will be another expanded reissue which will feature three-disc (2CD and DVD). The original album from 1983 will be on one CD along with a second CD of remixes and a DVD of promo videos and live performances. 
The band will also go on tour and perform the classic album in its entirety including the hits "Temptation" and "Let Me Go". Several tour dates have been confirmed for October, November and December in the UK and Germany. 

More info via Heaven 17 official

 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

WAW: Trust- Dressed for Space

Trust is back with a brand new video for the song "Dressed for Space" from the debut album 'TRST'. This clip recalls some of the best videos from the late 80's and early 90's choreographed with neon lights. It tas premiered on Pitchfork TV today.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bill Nelson's 'Trial by Intimacy' to be Reissued

A limited edition reissue of Bill Nelson's 4 disc ambient boxed set 'Trial By Intimacy (The Book of Splendours)' has been announced for reissue. Originally released on Bill's Cocteau Records label in October 1984, 'Trial By Intimacy' comprised recordings made by Bill at his Echo Observatory home studio. Containing around eighty pieces of music, the work presented examples of Bill Nelson's Ambient experiments. 
This newly re-mastered Cocteau Discs edition restores the original elements of the 'Trial By Intimacy' box and is an exact facsimile, reproducing the 48 page book and eight art postcards that featured in the original set. Available on pre-order for 29th October.  

www.burningshed.com
 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Factory Dance Series Continue with 'Factory. Dance 02'

Strut records will release the second album in the ‘Fac. Dance’ series bringing together sought after 12” versions and rarities from Manchester’s revered Factory Records imprint. Revisiting the peerless studio work of Martin Hannett, Be Music and ACR drummer Donald Johnson, among others, Fac. Dance 02 fleshes out Factory’s varied early forays into dance territory, widening the spectrum yet further from Volume One. The CD and LP packages feature detailed track notes by Factory biographer James Nice, together with rare photos and they are officially out on September 17th. 


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Label Spot: Anna Logue Records

Anna  Logue Records is an independent record label based in Germany. It was founded by Marc Schaffer in March 2005 in order to release previously unreleased material by original early 80's bands that made a special kind of electronic music generally described as "Electropop", "Technopop", "Synth-pop", "Minimal Electronics" or "Cold Wave" spanning a period from 1979 to 1984. Label's intention is not commercial, their goal is to satisfy the small amount of passionate music fans and collectors who love such music.
Anna Logue Records releases include: Camera Obscura- 'Horizons of Suburbia' LP, Poeme Electronique 'The Echoes Fade' LP/CD, Car Crash Set 'Join the Car Crash Set' LP and many more.
For all the info about the past and upcoming releases and all the contact details check out this site

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Deux- Golden Dreams EP Out Soon

Minimal Wave has announced the release of 'Golden Dreams' EP by the French duo Deux. This is the their second release for this label. Already in 2010 Minimal Wave released 'Decadence', a compilation of previously unreleased tracks. This follow up EP features four previously unreleased newly remastered studio and demo tracks, pressed on 180 gram gold vinyl. 'Golden Dreams' is due for release on October 6th while the highly sought 'Decadence' compilation is going to be repressed and released in 2013.

http://minimalwave.com

 

WAW: Sally Dige- Doppelgänger

Sally Dige is back with a brand new video for a German titled "Doppelgänger", a b-side of her debut single which is due for release this autumn. This is her second video and a follow up to "Immaculate Deception" which was also featured here a year ago. The single will be issued as a limited 7" on Fabrika Records.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

David Bowie's Retrospective Art Exhibition to Open in London Next Year

The Victoria and Albert museum have announced the opening dates of the first international retrospective David Bowie exhibition entitled "David Bowie is" The exhibition will feature handwritten lyrics, original costumes and set designs alongside the 65-year-old star's own instruments.The V&A said it would explore Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon. More than 60 stage costumes will be on display, including original Ziggy Stardust bodysuits from 1972 and outfits designed for his Aladdin Sane and Thin White Duke characters. Bowie distanced himself from the show and added that he will not participate in any decisions relating to the exhibition. 'David Bowie Is' is due to open early next year from March 23rd to July 28th. 

Source:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Next Wave: Ice Choir

A Brooklyn based musician Kurt Feldman, originally a member of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, has a new band project called Ice Choir. Ice Choir's smooth and glossy retro synth-pop reminds of Scritt Politti, late OMD and even Johnny Hates Jazz. Just close your eyes to their music and you will dream of 1985.  
Ice Choir is from Brooklyn, it was formed in 2010 and consists of Kurt Feldman, Raphael Radna, Avery Brooks and Patrick South. Their debut album 'Afar' was released on July 31st and it is available on CD and LP.

More info here:
www.icechoir.com
http://www.facebook.com/theicechoir
 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Wired for Sound- The New Book About 80's Music Childhood

This summer Simon & Schuster Ltd have released 'Wired for Sound' by Tom Bromley who is know for his mixture of fiction and non-fiction, mainly with a pop culture slant. 
'Wired For Sound' chronicles the rise and fall of eighties music, from the Band Aid highs of Duran Duran, Wham! and U2 to the Band Aid II lows of Bros, Jason Donovan and Wet Wet Wet. In loving detail, it explores the themes that defined the charts of the time: from music videos to VW badges, synthesisers to stadium rock and from Radio One to Frankie saying "Relax". 
Tom Bromley captures, too, the experiences of the small town boys and girls who grew up listening to the music: a generation of 'Smash Hits' readers and Sony Walkman owners, 'Top of the Pops' viewers and C90 cassette compilers. Evoking an era when it really mattered who was number one, Wired for Sound is an affectionate celebration of both a musical youth and the decade when young guns really went for it.  

www.tombromley.co.uk
 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Instant Hit: Vogue- Sahara

Vogue was a Los Angeles based group consisting of Aret Michel Madilian, Julie Kubat and Teresa Kubat. They released their only single, a wonderfully synth driven and very atmospheric "Sahara" in 1983. The song was issued as 12" for Aret Records and featured "Shattered Peace" on a b-side. The song appeared on 'A.A.V.V. Your Silent Face' compilation which was released in 2010.  

 

Retrovision: Marquis de Sade- Wanda's Loving Boy

French post punk group Marquis de Sade fronted by singer Philippe Pascal and guitarist Franck Darcel released "Wanda's Loving Boy" in 1981. The song was the last release for the group in the early 80's before they split. The song appeared on their second album 'Rue de Siam', released during the same year.