Friday, July 15, 2011

The Horrors- Skying

The Horrors have released their third album 'Skying' this week on July 11, 2011 while the album release date for USA is scheduled for August 9, 2011. 'Skying' is the first record the group have produced themselves in their own built studio in London."Still Life" is the first track to be released as a single which also announces the new Horror direction. Numerous music publications confirmed it would be their album of the month in their upcoming issues including Mojo and Q. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tones on Tail

Tones on Tail was formed in 1981 as a duo of Bauhaus guitarist Daniel Ash and Bauhaus roadie-turned-bassist Glenn Campling. This eclectic side project of Daniel Ash recorded experimental material in various styles and it was psychedelic and light-hearted antithesis of Bauhaus’ gloom and doom reputation. Tones on Tail made their debut in 1982 with the self titled 12”EP announcing the new “doom-and- dance pop” and released their first single “There is Only One”.

After the breakup of Bauhaus in 1983, they were joined by drummer Kevin Haskins and Tones on Tail officially became a trio. During 1983, they released the “Burning Skies” EP which was also released as a single. They recorded material for their debut album ‘Pop’ which was released in 1984. The album featured some great songs which were released as singles during the same year including: “Christian Says”, “Lions” and “Go!” which was also a sample source for Moby’s “Go” The band did a short UK and USD tour and disbanded in 1984. A year later, three of the former Bauhaus member went on to form Love and Rockets.

The whole recording material has been reissued on CD in 1987 and 1998 appearing on compilations “Night Music” and “Everything”, both reissued by ‘Beggars Banquet’. This year the same record label has released a first vinyl compilation entitled ‘Weird Pop’ which contains 19 tracks by the group including all the singles.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

80's Duets: Midge Ure & Mick Karn- After Fashion

In 1983, just after Japan split, Mick Karn teamed up with Midge Ure to record a single "After Fashion" which was released in the same year and which entered the UK top 40. During 2010 has been diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer and died in January this year. Midge Ure was among the artists planning another fund raising concert for the old friend. Here is a rare video for the single "After Fashion"(poor quality).

INXS- 10 CD Box Set Remaster

The complete catalogue from one of Australia's greatest ever bands, INXS, is proudly reissued by Universal Music. The enviable body of work from one of the world's most popular bands of the past 30 years enjoys a long-overdue remaster and regeneration. This box set compiles the band's enviable 10-album catalogue, in a heavy card slipcase – available for a limited time only in Australia, UK & Europe. The 10 remastered albums will also be on sale individually and via iTunes.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Washed Out- Within or Without

Washed Out alias Ernest Greene has released his first full-length album 'Within and Without' on July 12th. Greene recorded 'Within and Without' with Ben Allen, who, among a great many other things, co-produced Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavillion, Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere and Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest. In 2009 Washed Out released two critically-acclaimed EPs; 'Life of Leisure (Mexican Summer)' and High Times (Mirror Universe Tapes). For more information check out the link.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Top 20 Albums- Readers' List- 1981

1.The Human League- Dare 

‘Dare’ was released in 1981 as Human League’s third album and most successful album to date. It was released shortly after the departure of founding members Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh and after the dancers/backing vocalists Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley joined the band and their music began to change from avant-garde to commercial pop. “Don’t You Want Me Baby”, “Love Action” and “The Sound of the Crowd” were just some of the hit singles that were released as singles. Martin Rushent received the 'Best Producer Award' at the 1982 Brit Awards for the production and the success of the album led to the band winning the award for 'Best British Newcomer'. ‘Dare; became critically acclaimed and has proved to be a genre-defining album, whose influence can be felt in many areas of pop music The album and its four singles were hugely successful commercially, with the album reaching #1 in the UK and being certified Triple Platinum by the BPI.

2.Soft Cell- Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret 

Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret was the debut album by Soft Cell originally released in the late 1981 by Vertigo. The album gained broader popularity when their second single “Tainted Love” was released as single. As a result of the single's success the album had reported advance orders of more than 200,000 copies. The album also featured the hit singles “Bedsitter”, “Memorabilia” and back then, the shocking “Sex Dwarf” and  was also included in Robert Dimery's book ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’. In 2002, it was remastered and reissued with bonus tracks.

3.Depeche Mode- Speak and Spell 
‘Speak and Spell’ was the debut album by Depeche Mode which was produced and released in 1981. It was the only album that featured Vince Clark before he left to form Yazoo and later Erasure. The album differs in tone and style if you compare it with band’s later work who will feature Martin Gore on songwriting duties. ‘Speak and Spell’ featured the hit singles “Dreaming of Me”, “New Life” and their big breakthrough “Just Can’t Get Enough”.  The album was originally released by Mute and it was reissued in 2006/2007 with bonus tracks. 

4.Orchestral Manouvers in the Dark- Architecture and Morality 

‘Architecture & Morality’ is the third album by the British synthpop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1981. Its associated singles – "Souvenir", "Joan of Arc", and "Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)" which sold more than 8 million copies combined. According to the album's credits, its title was suggested to the band by Martha Ladly, formerly of Martha and the Muffins, after the 1977 book Morality and Architecture by David Watkin. All songs were written by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys while the artwork has once again been provided by Peter Saville. ‘Architecture & Morality’ is widely regarded as one of the greatest electronic albums of all time which sold over 4 million copies.

5.The Cure- Faith 

‘Faith’ is the third studio album by the Cure, released on 14 April 1981 by record labels Fiction and Polydor. The album was a moderate success commercially and received ambivalently critics. It saw the Cure continuing in the gothic rock vein of 1980's ‘Seventeen Seconds’, which would conclude with the band's next album, ‘Pornography’. The album featured only one single release which was covered by the Dandy Warhols for the Cure tribute album ‘Perfect as Cats: A Tribute to The Cure’. ‘Faith’ was reissued in the UK  in 2005 as part of Universal Music's Deluxe Edition series. 

6.Kraftwerk- Computer World 

“Computer World” is the eighth studio album by Kraftwerk, released on 10 May 1981. The album deals with the themes of the rise of computers within society and critics see this album as a peak in the career of Kraftwerk, along with ‘The Man-Machine’ and ‘Trans-Europe Express’.  “Computer Welt” was the only single release from the album which was backed by “The Model” previously released in 1978. The album was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Slant Magazine placed the album at number twenty-five on its list of "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s". The album was remastered in 2009.

7.Japan- Tin Drum 
‘Tin Drum’ is the fifth and final studio album by Japan released on Virgin Records on 13 November 1981.The band continued to work with electronic music leaning more towards the eastern elements and style. Four of the eight tracks from the album were released as singles including album’s most successful and most memorable song “Ghosts”. The album itself peaked at #12 in the UK and was certified "Gold" by the BPI in 1982. It was awarded BBC Radio 6 Music's 'Goldie' award for the best album of 1981. ‘Tin Drum’ was reissued in 2004. 

8.Ultravox- Rage in Eden 

‘Rage in Eden’ was the fifth album by the British new wave band Ultravox  released in 1981 on Chrysalis. The album reached #4 in the UK album charts and was certified Gold by the BPI for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. The album featured the singles “The Voice” and “The Thin Wall”, both reaching top 20 in the UK charts. The album sleeve for ‘Rage in Eden’ was designed by Peter Saville while all the reissues after 1981 featured different artwork, due to licensing problems concerning the original cover. The remastered definitive edition, released in 2008, features a second disc containing rare and previously unreleased material. In addition to this, the original front cover artwork has been reinstated.

9.Duran Duran- Duran Duran 

Duran Duran released their self-titled debut album on EMI Records in the summer of 1981. The album reached No. 3 on the United Kingdom charts and remained in the UK Top 100 for 117 weeks, achieving platinum status by December 1982. It featured a mixture of different music styles from New romantic to synth-pop. “Planet Earth”  was the first official release while the album also featured “Girls on Film”, the best-selling single from it. The album was reissued in 1983 following the success of ‘Rio’ in the US and it was remastered in 2010 as a special edition.

10.New Order- Movement 

‘Movement’ was the debut studio album by the English rock band New Order, released in November 1981 on Factory Records. The album was released a year after the Joy Division have split after the tragic death of Ian Curtis and it was not particularly well received by critics or consumers. The album  was produced by Martin Hannett while the artwork was once again created by Peter Saville. In 2015, after the release of their tenth album, Music Complete, the album was remastered and released in the US iTunes Store.

11.Heaven 17- Penthouse and Pavement 
12.Echo and The Bunnymen- Heaven Up Here 
13.Siouxsie and the Banshees- Juju 
14.Simple Minds- Sons and Fascination 
15.John Foxx- The Garden 
16.The Sound- From Lion's Mouth 
17.Bauhaus- Mask 
18.The Associates- Fourth Drawer Down 
19.Gang of Four- Solid Gold 
20.Pete Shelley- Homosapien

Monday, July 4, 2011

Retrovision: P. Lion- Happy Children

The Italian born singer and producer Pietro Paolo Pelandi aka P.Lion made a big breakthrough with "Happy Childern" in 1983. The song was produced by Davide Zambelli of the band Scotch. In 1984, he then released his debut album and several singles followed. Since the original release date in 1983, "Happy Children" has been remastered several times and the most recent one is on 'Nocolors' which also features a remix and instrumental version of the song.

Elektrana Line Up 2011

One of the outstanding stages of the Exit festival in Serbia has revealed a brilliant line up for this years festival. Elektrana stage that promotes electro music scene in Serbia and regional will be a host of many young performers and music creators and it will also feature international artists and bands whose music is associated with synth-pop, new wave and electro. Client, We Have Band, Tesla Boy and Juvelen are among the artist who performed in the recent years and this year Elektrana will welcome Alexander Robotnick, The Hacker, Marsheux, Grum, Anoraak, Cinnamon Chasers many others. See you there!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Parade Ground- The Golden Years

Parade Ground from Belgium will release a compilation album 'The Golden Years' on July 12, 2011. This compilation includes few songs from their debut album 'Cut Up' as well as their 12" singles released between 1984 and 1988, all remastered. 'The Golden Years' will be out on vinyl released through 'Dark Entries'