Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Brendan Perry- Ark

'Ark'is the second solo album by Brendan Perry, previously the male half of the band Dead Can Dance. It is Perry's first studio album in 11 years. It was officially released worldwide on 7 June 2010, both as CD albums and MP3 download. Check out Brendan Perry official for more info and the tour dates.

Grace Jones- Slave To the Rhythm

The music video for the title track 'Slave to the Rhythm' was directed by Nick Hooker in 1986 and featured scenes from the 1986 series of French television advertisements for the futuristic Citroën CX GTi Turbo automobile. The spots also featured Ms. Jones and other models in rear nudity or semi nude in various poses.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Instant Hit: Data- Fallout

Thirty years ago Data debuted with their first single release "Fallout" which was written and produced by Georg Kajanus . The song was released in several European countries during 1980 and 1981 through different record labels with the song "Politics" as a b-side. The song also appeared on their first album 'Opera Electronica'.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

OMD's New Website

OMD have launched a new official website. The site features the lastest album announcements and  blog postings from Andy and Paul. It is also officialy confirmed that their album 'History of Modern' will be released on September 20, 2010. with the following track listing. 

1.New Babies: New Toys
2. If You Want It
3.History Of Modern (part I)
4. History Of Modern (part II)
5. Sometimes
7. New Holy Ground
Side Two
8. The Future, The Past, and Forever After
9. Sister Mary Says
10. Pulse
11. The Night
12. Bondage Of Fate
13. The Right Side?

Check out the website for more updates and announcements and the limited edition box set.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Daybehavior- City Lights

Daybehavior is back! After 7 years of waiting, the band today release their first new song, called "City Lights". The band is now in the studio mixing their forthcoming album and as a taste of what's going to come, you can now listen to one track in full, "City lights" , and extracts from two other tracks will be online soon. The songs are available for listening on Facebook, Myspace and on this site for free download as well.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

WAW: Zola Jesus- Night

Monday, June 21, 2010

Laurie Anderson- Homeland

Laurie Anderson will release her first studio album since 2001. The album is entitled 'Homeland' and it is scheduled for release on June 22, 2010. The record was produced by Anderson, Lou Reed and Roma Baran. At 66 minutes, it is to be Anderson's longest studio album.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A-ha's Last Hurrah

"Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)" is officialy the last single release by   a-ha as they have previously announced that the will split after finnishing their worldwide concert tour. The song will be sold digitally in Norway from July 5. It will be included on “25″, a new best-of compilation to be released on July 19, 2010.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Mick Karn Appeal

A message from official:

"With great sadness we regret to inform you that Mick has recently been diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer. Mick is currently in a positive mood and undergoing further tests and treatment. His family and friends are close with him, supporting him in practical ways, and surrounding him with their love, friendship and care.
Mick has been struggling financially for some considerable time now and we are hoping that this appeal may help to raise funds for any necessary treatment and perhaps go some way towards providing a small degree of financial support whilst Mick's immediate family provide the care and comfort we would all wish for him. Quite aside from the sheer brunt of daunting medically-related costs, Mick's clear and major concern is for the security and well being of his wife and young son."
If you purchase any portrait from his website collection and state that you are purchasing as a means of donating to the Mick Karn appeal the funds will be be donated to the fund. Any Mick Karn portrait purchased will automatically be donated to the fund.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Daniel Miller / The Normal / Silicon Teens

Daniel Miller is one of the most influential figures in the history of British electronic music. Inspired by Krautrock and early electronic music of the 70’s as well as the 60's rock 'n' roll, he began to experiment with the sound of the synthesizers. In the late 70’s, he was working as a DJ and started his first band projects The Normal and Silicon Teens. Around that time he decided to found his own record label, 'Mute' records, which would eventually release his own music. During the 80’s Mute expanded and Daniel worked as a producer, managing among others Yazoo, Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode and Erasure.

Miller was born February 14, 1951 in London and was attracted to the wild rock 'n' roll of Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry and Beatles from a very early age. In the early-'70s he was turned on to the electronic music of German groups like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Neu, Faust, Amon Duul, Can, and the like, affectionately known as "Krautrock."

During the punk explosion, he began listening to punk because of the energy and excitement of the music. He liked the whole do it yourself attitude that came with the style of music. This do it yourself attitude had spilled over into the electronic music scene. Synthesisers were becoming cheaper to buy and new bands were appearing such as Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire. This inspired Miller to create his own music. Making some money from film editing and working ridiculous hours he gathered enough money to buy a cheap Korg 700S synthesiser and a four track tape recorder. This led to the creation of The Normal.

Miller recorded two songs, 'Warm Leatherette' and 'TVOD' (Television Overdose). The former was inspired by J.G. Ballard's novel Crash. Not knowing anything about retail or distribution he approached 'Rough Trade Records'. They loved the recording and helped him press 2000 copies of the single. "Warm Leatherette" was released in May 1978 and sold out very quickly. After receiving critical acclaim for the project, Miller decided to explore further. After returning from the live tour, Miller found a pile of demo tapes on his doorstep. Because he had included an address on the ‘Warm Leatherette’ single cover, people had wanted to do a similar small scale deal with Mute. The turning point for Mute Records came when Miller listened to a tape by an artist called Fad Gadget and liked what he heard. In 1979 Mute Records began releasing singles by Fad Gadget including "Back to Nature", the follow up to "Warm Leatherette".

Another early 'Mute' signing was the synthpop band, Silicon Teens; Comprising of four imaginary band members Darryl, Jacki, Paul and Diane. The Silicon Teens were produced by Larry Least (Daniel Miller). The recordings were all recorded by Miller himself and engineered by Eric Radcliffe, who would later work on many other Mute releases. An album was recorded titled ‘Music for Parties’ it consisted of classic rock’n’roll songs like 'Memphis, Tennessee' and ‘Just Like Eddie’. The album became a cult classic with some major record labels approaching Miller with offers for a band that didn’t actually exist. The Silicon Teens gave an insight into Miller’s idea of an all-synthesizer, teenage pop group.

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In 1982 Daniel teamed up with Graham Lewis and Bruce Gilbert of Wire to record an album titled ‘Or So it Seems’. All three had been friends for a long time. They had all been using Blackwing Studios, and had shared the same engineer, Eric Radcliffe. Duet Emmo was an anagram of Mute and Dome.

Alongside being involved in his own musical projects, he continued to run 'Mute Records' which  grew in stature, especially with the growing popularity of Depeche Mode around the globe. In 2002 EMI acquired Mute Records and still today, Daniel Miller is responsible for all of the company’s global activities.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bow Wow Wow- See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!'

Cherry Red Records will reissue the second album by Malcolm Maclaren managed group Bow Wow Wow. The album 'See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!' which was originally released in 1981, will be reissued as a double CD and features the album and b sides and rarities from the Bow wow Wow song catalog. The album is released on June 21, 2010.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Next Wave: Terminal Twilight

Terminal Twilight is a Los Angeles based duo which comprises of Molly Frances (vocals, synthesizer) and M Frohman (vocals, synthesizer, guitar, drums). Their music combines heavy disco beats with minimal dark wave forming the unique sound which the duo like to call teardrop electro.
Earlier this year, in March they released the three song digital single, among which is the famous "The Fire of Love" originally performed by Jody Reynolds’ in 1958. Check out other promotional sites for more info about Terminal Twilight.

“Do you ever think about what would have
happened if Twin Peaks had lasted longer? ....
It's a thought I have kind of a lot, but here's one
reason why it's recently come to mind: Terminal
Twilight's cover of Jody Reynolds' 1958 song The
Fire of Love. That would be the perfect song for
Terminal Twilight as a 2010 version of The
Roadhouse band to play."

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Marc Almond- Varieté

Marc Almond is up to release a new album this June on Cherry Red Records. The album is entitled 'Varieté' and it is released on June 7, 2010. 'Varieté' is Marc's first complete album of self-written songs since 'Open All Night', over a decade ago. In this, Marc's 30th year as a recording artist, 'Varieté', revisits the eras of Marc's personal and musical life providing an eloquent and sometimes nostalgic, insight into what defines him as a performer.
Follow the link for more information on the album release