Saturday, December 29, 2012

Best of 2012- The Singles List

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Burning Flame's Top 20 Reissues

01.The Blue Nile- Hats/The Walk Across The Rooftops
02.Hard Corps- Clean Tables Have To be Burnt
03.Dark Day- Exterminating Angel (Dark Entries)
04.Bronski Beat/ Communards- Album Series (Edsel)
05.Heaven 17- The Luxury Gap- (Virgin)
06.Everything But The Girl- Album Series (Edsel)
07.Mick Milk- 'Half Lives '(Anna Logue Records)
08.Drinking Electricity- 'Overload' + Singles (Medical Records)
09.The House of Love- 'The House of Love' (Cherry Red)
10.Vicious Pink- 'Vicious Pink' (Cherry Red)
11.The Chameleons- 'Script of the Bridge' (Blue Apple)
12.Josef K- 'Sorry for Laughing' Vinyl LP (LTM)
13.Ceramic Hello- ‘Absence of Canary’ (Suction Records)
14.Section 25- 'From the Hip' Vinyl LP (LTM)
15.Twilight Ritual- The Factory Scream (Onderstroom Records)
16.Die Doraus und die Marinas- First Two Albums (Bureau B)
17.Abecedarians- 'Eureka' (Pylon Records)
18.Paul Nova- Trees Without Leaves (Vinyl on Demand)
19.Aztec Camera- Album Series (Edsel)
20.Wall of Voodoo- 'Dark Continent' / 'Call of the West' (Raven)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Burning Flame's Top 10 Compilations of 2012

01.Simple Minds-X5
02.David Sylvian- A Victim of The Stars, 1982-2012
03.Bananarama- 30 Years of Bananarama
04.Various Artists- 'Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance Industrial / Post-Punk / Ebm : Classics & Rarities'
05.Sparks- 'Shortcuts: The 7" Mixes'/ 'Extended: The 12 Mixes'
06.Roxy Music- 'Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982'
07.Propaganda- 'Noise And Girls Come Out To Play - A Compact Introduction To Propaganda'
08.Flash and The Pan- 'The 12 Inch Mixes'
09.Giorgio Moroder- 'On The Groove Train, Vol. 1, 1975 - 1993'
10.Frankie Goes To Hollywood- 'Sexmix'

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Burning Flame's Top 20 EPs of 2012

Kill for Love

Linea Aspera

Linea Aspera 




The World Is Getting Colder

Soft Riot

Hyperbolic Masses 


Featureless Ghost

MindBody (2012)

Craft Spells

Craft Spell

Gallery (2012)

6.Xiu- Xiu 
7.Cold Colours- Regrets 
8.WAZU- s/t 
9.Echö- Daydream 
10.Dalis Car- In Glad Aloneness 
11.Savages- Live EP 
12.Detachments- Fade 
13.Blackbird Blackbird- Boracy Planet 
14.Martial Canterel- Empire 
15.Piano Magic- Chemistry 
16.Mode Moderne- Strange Bruises 
17.Phosphor- Fear 
18.Sylver Tongue- Something Big 
19.The Bilinda Butchers - Goodbyes 
20.Tropic of Cancer- Permission of Love

Monday, December 24, 2012

Best of 2012- The Album List

01.Chromatics-Kill for Love
02.Trust- TRST
03.Lebanon Hanover-The World is Getting Colder
04.Innergaze- Mutual Dreaming
05.Ultraista- Ultraista
06.Tame Impala- Lonerism
07.Grizzly Bear- Shileds
08.Twin Shadow- Confess
09.The KVB- Always Then
10.A Place to Burry Strangers- Worship
11.Amanda Mair- Amanda Mair
12.Rufus Wainwright- Out of the Game
13.Chairlift- Something
14.Kontravoid- Kontravoid
15.Liars- WIXIW
16.Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti- Mature Themes
17.Group Rhoda- Out Of Time - Out Of Touch
18.Linea Aspera- Linea Aspera
19.Featureless Ghost- Personality Matrix
20.Get Well Soon- The Scarlet Beast o’ Seven Heads
21.Disappears- Pre Language
22.iamamiwhoami- kin
23.Zambri- House of Baasa
24.Felix Kubin- Teenage Tapes
25.Light Asylum- Light Asylum
26.Tindersticks- The Something Rain
27.School of Seven Bells- Ghostory
28.The Phone- Songs for This Nuclear Age
29.Lust For Youth- Growing Seeds
30.WAZU- Robobo
31.Dead Can Dance- Anastasis
32.Lower Synth Depratment- Plaster Mould
33.The Wake- A Light Far Out
34.Ice Choir- Afar
35.Two Wounded Birds- Two Wounded Birds
36.Islands- A Sleep & A Forgetting
37.The Raveonettes- Observator
38.Beach House- Bloom
39.Bat For Lashes- The Haunted Man
40.Lescop- Lescop
41.Atrocowboys- Olympic
42.John Foxx & the Maths- Evidence
43.Magic Wands- Aloha moon
44.Bear in Heaven- I Love You It's Cool
45.Who Made Who- Brighter
46.The Macabees- Given To The Wild
47.Ultravox- Brilliant
48.Porcelain Raft- Strange Weekend
49.Night Jewel- One Second of Love
50.The Irrepressibles- Nude

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Top 20 Singles- Readers' List- 1982

The year 1982 will mostly be remembered as one of the fascinating years of the 80's decade. Why?....Many reasons...Yaz(oo) made their big breakthrough with "Don't Go" and "Situation", Duran Duran released 'Rio', probably their best album to date and  Human League and Martin Rushent won the  Brit Awards. Not enough reasons for 1982.... well, stay tuned for the 1982 singles roll to see what else was prime! 

01.Yazoo- Don't Go 
02.Tears for Fears- Mad World 
03.Heaven 17- Let Me Go 
04.Talk Talk- Talk Talk 
05.Yazoo- Situation 
06.Duran Duran- Rio 
07.Tears for Fears- Pale Shelter 
08.Soft Cell- Torch 
09. A Flock of Seagulls- I Ran (So Far Away) 
10.Japan- Ghosts 
11.The Psychedelic Furs-  Love My Way 
12.Visage- The Damned Don't Cry 
13.New Order- Temptation 
14.Eurythmics- Love is a Stranger 
15.Simple Minds- Promised You A Miracle 
16.Duran Duran- Hungry Like A Wolf 
17.Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark- Maid of Orleans 
18.The Associates- Party Fears Two 
19.Duran Duran- Save a Prayer 
20.ABC- Poison Arrow

Keep Up With OMD And 'English Electric' in 2013

OMD will be releasing their new album 'English Electric' in 2013. They have also announced a tour in support of the album. All tour dates and links to buy tickets are available over on the OMD's website. So far the group has announced dates in the UK, Germany, France and Belgium. On the UK tour, a series of very special VIP packages are available but be quick - they are nearly sold out! To keep up with all the OMD news, check out their website and facebook page.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

WAW: Featureless Ghost- Cover of Night

Featureless Ghost are back with a new single and a video for the song "Cover of Night" taken form their recently released LP 'Personality Matrix' which is out on Night People Records. The video was premiered on December 13th and it was created by Logan Owlbeemoth. To get more synth matrix goodness, check out the following sites.

Next Wave: Easter

Berlin based Easter is our new hip. Consisting of Max Boss and Stine Omar Midtsæter, the duo was formed few years ago after Max and Stine decided to make music together. Easter music is where cold and hypnotic electro beats meet with chic cheapness. Last year, they released their debut album on Ramin Ton and this year we are just days away from their second release. It's due out on December 20th. Stick around for this record, it might be your last one. 

The House of Love Announce New Album for 2013

The House of Love have revealed few details about their upcoming album release. The new album will be entitled 'She Paints Words in Red' and according to their recent Facebook announcements, it will be issued by Cherry Red Records in March or April next year. Last month, the same label also reissued band's debut album as a 3 CD deluxe edition. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Depeche Mode First Album Details

It's official, Depeche Mode have reveled some details about their upcoming album. Their brand new album is going to be released on Columbia Records in March 2013. It is reported that the new album will have similar vibe to 'Violator' and 'Songs of Faith and Devotion' and that the new songs are written by both Matin Gore and Dave Gahan. 
Following the release of their new album, Depeche Mode will embark on a European tour, kicking off in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on May 7. They will perform 34 shows in 25 European countries, featuring appearances at the Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium, BBK Festival in Spain and Optimus Alive Festival in Portugal. The band will go on to play at Rome’s renowned Olympic Stadium, the Stade De France in Paris, and Moscow’s Locomotive Stadium before wrapping up the European leg of their tour in Minsk, Belarus on July 29.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Section 25 Announce a New Album for February 2013

Section 25 have announced the release of a brand new album on the recently revived Factory Benelux label. The album will be entitled "Dark Light" and it will be available on CD and as a download. The sleeve artwork for this new (FBN 145) will be provided by Peter Saville. The album is due on February 25th 2013.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

WAW: Claudia Brücken- Whispering Pines

The video for Claudia Brücken's song "Whispering Pines" has been premiered on Youtube. "Whispering Pines" was written by Robbie Robertson and Richard Manuel and it is just one of the songs that can be found on Claudia Brücken's cover album 'The Lost Are Found' which was released last month. The video was filmed on purpose in an empty forest packed with hidden secrets, near a deserted English coastline, where something is about to happen, and was directed by Martin Gooch and Ray Moody. 

Retrovision: Tori Amos- Winter

It's official, winter has come in our corner of the world. Looking back twenty years ago, Tori Amos released this beautiful winter anthem which was about Amos' relationship with her father. "Winter" was the first track and the fourth single taken from her debut album 'Little Earthquakes'. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Instant Hit: Virna Lindt- Intelligence

Virna Lindt, the Swedish model and star released two albums and several singles in the first half of the 80's decade. All her records were produced by Tot Tylor and they were issued by Compact Organisation label. Her music was mainly pop with some experimental inputs. Her third single "Intelligence" was released in 1983 and it was featured on her debut album 'Shiver'. In 2007 LTM Publishing (Les Temps Modernes) reissued her debut album with bonus tracks.  


Friday, December 7, 2012

Wire to Release a New Album in March 2013

Wire have announced a new album for March next year. The album will be entitled 'Change Becomes Us' and as it is reported, it will include some unrecorded material originally written in 1979–80 which had only ever existed as quickly prepared sketches for one-off performance. This album is also the first time where Matthew Simms, previously Wire's touring guitarist, has been an integral part of the Wire recording process. The 13 track record is due on March 25, 2013 and we hope to get more official news soon. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

In Conversation: Actors (Jason Corbett)

As promised, we bring you more news about the Canadian retro outfit Actors. Last month we featured the video for their brilliant single "Nightlife" and we wanted to find out more about the band and got in touch with the lead singer Jason Corbett. Here is what Jason told us about his band, inspiration and influences and their plans in music in 2013.

1. Tell us more about the band, when was it formed and who does it consist of?
The band was formed in early 2012. It consists of me(Jason Corbett-vocals/guitar) Arthur Guest- synth/guitar, Adam Fink-drums, Ryan McDonell-bass, and Mark Crickmay- guitar/synth.

2. What inspired you to make music together? How long have you guys known each other?
I wanted to get back to creating music that I would enjoy listening to and playing. Arthur and I prodded and poked until we hammered out a feasible way of making our music work for us. We have known each other for a few years now with one exception. Mark joined the band right before our first show.

3. There is a certain retro feel in your music. Your song “Nightlife” in particular recalls some Roxy Music. What influenced your music in general?
It’s wasn’t actually intentional to sound “retro”. I just gravitated to certain sounds while writing and producing the songs. I love David Bowie and Roxy Music but I also really enjoy bands like The Soft Moon and Grizzly Bear. All over the map.

4. Who writes the songs and what are they about?
I write the songs. I try to approach universal themes while coming at it from different directions. I’m an outgoing person but I have a dark side. My creativity comes in bursts then sometimes I have to walk away and let the dust settle so I can heal.

5. Is it true that a trip to Berlin has inspired you to form Actors and start recording music together?
Yes and no. I was inspired to do this music before my trip. But I looked at it as a pilgrimage to the holy land of David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy.

6. Where have you performed and what was the experience like? Any upcoming shows?
Over the years I’ve fronted several bands. Big shows. Small shows. Lot’s of touring.
So far ACTORS have remained a local only act. Fashion shows, our 7” release party, and local clubs. I don’t like to tour to be honest. It worries me.

7. What image do you think your music conveys?
I think it could be different for everyone. I want the listener to own that. I wouldn’t want to say.

8. Three singles have already been issued through Northern Lights Records. Will there be more, an album maybe next year?
There will be more yes. There is actually four right now. PTL, Nightlife, Forever, and XYX.
I’m still deciding how much I will be releasing at a time. One track, two tracks, an EP, or a full album. I’m leaning towards two at a time with videos.

9. What was the last record you bought?
I bought Tangerine Dream-'Phaedra' and Simple Minds-'Sister Feelings Call' last week.
Both on vinyl. 

10. Where can people get access to your music?
The best place to download our music is at
You can watch our videos at

To win "Nightlife" 7" single answer the following question.  
What is the name of the Canadian New Wave band which released "Nova Heart" 30 years ago?  
Leave your answer in a comment. The first reader with the correct answer gets the single.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Kraftwerk Announce Eight Albums, Eight Nights Residency in London

After New York and Düsseldorf, Kraftwerk have announced eight live performances in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London. 'KRAFTWERK - THE CATALOGUE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8' is a chronological exploration of the group’s sonic and visual experiments and presents eight classic master works from across their celebrated repertoire with spectacular 3D visualisations and effects. 
The shows will kick off on Wednesday 6th February till Thursday 14th February 2013. Tickets go on sale Wednesday 12th December 2012 at 07:30 GMT. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Factory Benelux Reissues :The Wake- Harmony

Following the news about the recent Names reissue announcements, Factory Benelux presents a new CD edition of 'Harmony', the debut album by influential Scottish group The Wake, The album was originally released by Factory Records in December 1982 and this December it celebrates the 30th Anniversary. 'Harmony' was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport with producer Chris Nagle and it was originally released as Fact 60. 
This new CD version includes bonus include second single, "Something Outside", and their John Peel session from July 1983, plus enhanced artwork featuring previously unseen images of the band by noted photographer Paul Slattery, taken at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. The album ids due for release on February 11, 2013. 
The band released a new album 'A Light Far Out', which is among our favorites for this year.

1. Favour
2. Heartburn
3. An Immaculate Conception
4. Judas
5. Testament
6. Patrol
7. The Old Men
8. Chance
9. Something Outside
10. Host
11. The Drill
12. Uniform
13. Here Comes Everybody
14. On Out Honeymoon
15. Give Up

Monday, December 3, 2012

WAW: School of Seven Bells- Scavenger

The Bowery presents recently featured this performance by School of Seven Bells which took place in a  NYC model-form shop. Surrounded by mannequins, the band performed "Scavenger", the fourth single from their album 'Ghostory' which was released earlier this year.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Next Wave: Inouwee

Inouwee is a Danish indie pop electro duo from Copenhagen consisting of Kaare Hansen and Signe Marike. Their passion for music brought them together and they launched Inouwee in 2009. Since then they were continuously making songs, developing their music and growing with their name. 
Their music is reflecting the matter of life, death, loss, hopes and ambitions. Signe's soft and honest vocal, combined with heavy beats and Kaare's melodic guitar and keyboard, creates a genre somewhere in between trip-hop and electro and delivers a pure nordic excellence in sound. . Their debut EP 'Ghosts and Shadows' is out now while their album "Based On An Untrue Story" is expected to be released by the end of the year.

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Ocean Blue- New Album Announced

The Ocean Blue is back! The band’s highly anticipated new record, the first full length in 10 years, is scheduled for release on January 15, 2013 on Korda Records. The band will have two new songs on the Korda Kompilation which is out this week (November 27th)and they will playing the Korda Records label show in Minneapolis January 12th and their own show in Chicago on January 13. More shows and news coming in 2013.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Flash and The Pan- 12-Inch Singles

Repertoire Records have announced the release of Flash & the Pan's 12-inch singles compilation. This compilation combines 18 dance mixes of 11 tracks that appeared in their original form on Flash & The Pan’s six albums. Highlights are ‘Waiting For A Train’ which reached Number 7 UK in the summer of 1983, and ‘Walking In The Rain’ – a club classic since being covered by Grace Jones. This compilation will be officially released on December 3rd and it is available on Amazon. 

Instant Hit: Thomas Leer- Private Plane

Thomas Leer made his debut in 1978 with his first single release "Private Plane". This song was recorded in his home and it is considered a seminal example of DIY electronic and the beginning of minimal. The song was self financed and it was released for Oblique Records. Together with Normal's 'T.V.O.D', this song opened new horizons and bedrooms became the new playground to experiment with sound and music.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Ceramic Hello- 'The Absence of a Canary' Reissue

Ceramic Hell's classic album 'The Absence of a Canary' has been reissued by Suction Records. The duo was formed in 1980 after the former member of Spoons joined forces with Roger Humphreys to produce at that time a very obscure and avantgarde minimal-synth album. Ceramic Hello made their debut in 1980 with the single “Climatic Nouveaux” and the album followed a year later in 1981. The German label Vinyl on Demand reissued the album in 2006 and it was sold out. Despite not being the first official reissue of the LP, it is the first time it will be reissued in its original single-LP format, with the original artwork. It is also the first time that the LP will be reissued in CD / digital download format.

WAW: Complicated Universal Cum- Beyond or Below (NSFW)

Frederik Valentin is back with his music project Complicated Universal Cum. Two years ago we were put under the spell of his magic dreamy ballad "I Can Hardly Wait". This time things got wild, weird and noisy. Influenced by British shoegaze and 90's American noise rock, this new song seduces us with some heavy bass line and expressive guitar noise. The video (NSFW) for the song "Beyond Or Below" was directed by Schwartz.

Retrovision: Shock- Dynamo Beat

The London based dance troupe Shock was in the vanguard of the New Romantic cult of the early 80's in company with Boy George, Duran Duran, Steve Strange and Spandau Ballet. The group performed in clubs like The Haçienda, The Blitz Club and The Venue(London). Alongside performing and working with other artists, they also released two singles in the early 80's. Their second single "Dynamo Beat" was produced by Richard James Burgess of Landscape and it was released in 1981 on RCA Records. The music video for this song was recorded around 1982 and featured Tik and Tok, Barbie Wilde and Carole Caplin. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Names' Debut 'Swimming' to be Reissued via Factory Benelux

Factory Benelux has announced the new Names reissues to be released in February next year. Their debut album 'Swimming' which was originally released in June 1982 will be reissued on both CD and Vinyl. Both versions will feature the original album, bonus tracks and band's February 1982 Peel session. This new editions also feature original artwork and poster design by Benoit Hennebert, and photographs by Marc Portée. 
More about the upcoming releases:

Friday, November 16, 2012

Spoons- 'Arias and Symphonies'- 30th Anniversary Edition

'Arias and Symphonies', the second album by the Canadian new wave/synth pop pioneers Spoons has been reissued for the first time. 'Arias and Symphonies' was originally released in 1982 and it was one of the ground breaking records for the Canadian music industry. To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, Sparks Music/Ready Records have created a special edition of the album - available now for sale on iTunes. This special iTunes exclusive version features a complete one hour live concert which was recorded at the El Mocambo in Toronto back in 1982. 

Disc 1
1. Trade Winds 
2. Smiling In Winter 
3. One In Ten Words  
4. No Electrons 
5. No More Growing Up  
6. Arias & Symphonies   
7. Nova Heart   
8. South American Vacation   
9. A Girl In Two Pieces   
10. Walk The Plank   
11. Blow Away   
12. Test Sample (Live at Barrymore's Ottawa, ON 1982)  
13. Tunnels For Testing Wings (Live at Barrymore's Ottawa, ON 1982)  
14. Broken (Live at Barrymore's Ottawa, ON 1982)    
15. Walk The Plank (Live at Barrymore's Ottawa, ON 1982)    
16. Symmetry (Live at Barrymore's Ottawa, ON 1982)    
17. Blow Away (Live at Barrymore's Ottawa, ON 1982)
18. Nova Heart (Singularity Mix) (Radio Edit)   
Disc 2
1. Nova Heart (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)     
2. No Electrons (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)   
3. One In Ten Words (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)   
4. Red Light (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)   
5. No More Growing Up (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)    
6. Arias & Symphonies (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)   
7. Ice Age (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)   
8. Walk The Plank (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)     
9. Western Romance (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)     
10. Friends In The Media (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)   
11. Symmetry (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)     
12. Annita (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)    
13. Spanish Eyes (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)     
14. Nova Heart (Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Canada 1982)  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Out This Week: Crystal Castles - (III)

Crystal Castles are back with their third studio album out this week. 'III' is the title of the new album which was produced entirely by Ethan Kath. The album's first two singles, "Plague" and "Wrath of God" were released during this summer and they were available for free download on the duo's Soundcloud page. The album cover features a picture by Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda. European tour dates to promote the album were announced on October 17, 2012, on the band's official website. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

WAW: Actors- Nightlife

Actors is a five piece New Wave band from Vancouver. The group was formed around the core of the singer Jason Corbett earlier this year and they have released several singles including "Post Traumatic Love"/"​Nightlife" that was released in October. We thought that "Nightlife" would be perfect way to start with the music of Actors. You will love this tune, especially if you are a Gary Numan and Roxy Music fan. The video for the song was directed by Richard Pyra and the single is available as a free download via We hope to have more on Actors soon.

Instant Hit: Blackway- New Life

Blackway was a three-song Italo Disco project involving roughly the same personnel as B.W.H. and Mr. Master. "New Life" was their second single released on Moon Records Association in 1982. This and two other singles were reissued on 'Blackway' EP which also featured the remix versions of the songs. This release was issued by 'Music Control Italo' in 2009.   

Monday, November 12, 2012

Claudia Brücken Celebrates the History of Pop with 'The Lost are Found'

Claudia Brücken's brand new 'The Lost are Found' is out now. On this album she has worked with famed producer Stephen Hague (New Order, Pet Shop Boys, OMD, Robbie Robertson) on an exhilarating collection of intensely atmospheric songs by other people. These ‘other people’ are some of the favourite writers and artists of both Claudia and Stephen, expressing their particular obsession with the history of the pop song. Some might say it is definitely up there with the classic albums Claudia has been involved with from Propaganda’s 'A Secret Wish' to Onetwo’s 'Instead'. 
The album is both a celebration of the mood, majesty and mystery of a great pop song, and also a journey along an imaginary coast line of an imaginary country, a soundtrack to a view out to sea, and the thoughts of what lies ahead. 
 'The Lost are Found' is available on record in a limited edition of 500. The first 200 of these will be individually numbered and signed for extra specialness by Claudia Brücken and Stephen Hague and be available to buy only through our web site. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Next Wave: Savages

Savages is one of the finest post punk outfits which has emerged during this year. The group is from London and it was formed in late 2011. Savages are fronted by Jehnny Beth who is also associated with the duo John & Jehn and the line up also includes Gemma Thompson (guitar) Ayse Hassan (bass) and Fay Milton (drums). Their music is a mixture of all the different post-punk influences and also described as "the all-girl Joy Division". 
They had their first gig in January 2012 supporting rock band British Sea Power. They also released a live EP 'I Am Here' which includes songs from their live sets in Nottingham and Bristol. A great live band to watch out for in 2013. 

Kraftwerk- Eight Albums Eight Nights Exhibition

From 11th - 20th January 2013 the Electro Pioneers Kraftwerk will present their complete catalogue at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf. Within the framework of the concert series „Der Katalog – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8“ Kraftwerk will perform at eight nights. 
Each night consists of a live performance and 3-D visualization of one of Kraftwerk's studio albums – Autobahn (1974), Radio-Aktivität (1975), Trans Europa Express (1977), Die Mensch-Maschine (1978), Computerwelt (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991) and Tour de France (2003) – in the order of their release. 
The program ‘Der Katalog – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8´ at the Kunstsammlung NRW is Kraftwerk’s first performance since 1991 in Düsseldorf. On the occasion of the concert series in Düsseldorf, the photo exhibition KRAFTWERK / ROBOTER / FOTOGRAFIE PETER BOETTCHER will open on 11th January 2013 at the Forum NRW. Furthermore a limited edition of Kraftwerk’s catalogue in a black box will be released: `Der Katalog – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8´ in the German version and digitally remastered. 
Official pre-sale for all the concerts will exclusively be operated via


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Adam Ant to Return with a New Album Next Year

Pop icon Adam Ant is making his eagerly-awaited comeback with his first album and single in 17 years, a world tour and a film. The national treasure, who rose to fame as lead singer of post-punk group Adam and the Ants in the early 80's, before embarking on a hit solo career, earned ten UK top ten hits - including three number ones - and became a figurehead for the New Romantic movement in the UK. 

After overcoming a well-documented battle with depression and bi-polar disorder, the London legend has finally bounced back with the eagerly-awaited album - Adam Ant is 'The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner's Daughter'. His first single in 17 years, "Cool Zombie" will be fully released on November 19th - and the album will be released in on Monday 21st January. 

1. Cool Zombie
2. Stay In The Game
3. Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter
4. Vince Taylor
5. Valentines
6. Darlin' Boy
7. Dirty Beast
8. Punkyoungirl
9. Sausage
10. Cradle Your Hatred
11. Hardmentoughblokes
12. Shrink
13. Vivienne's Tears
14. Who’s A Goofy Bunny?
15. How Can I Say I Miss You?
16. Bullshit
17. How Can I Say I Miss You? (reprise)

Out This Week: Motorama- Calendar

One of the most acclaimed Russian indie acts in recent years, Motorama is back with a brand new album out this week. The five musicians of Motorama have inked a deal with 'Talitres' for the release of their second full-lenght "Calendar". This is a follow up to their 'Alps' which was released in 2010. The album was officially released on Monday, November 5th and it is available on CD and LP. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Abecedarians' Album 'Eureka' to be Reissued

On December 4th, 2012, Pylon Records will release, The Abecedarians 'Eureka' album in its entirety for the first time on vinyl and CD. The band fronted by Chris Manecke, John Blake & Kevin Dolan , have roots in both post-punk and atmospheric 4AD pop, much like the Joy Division/New Order axis. They are also the only American band to have a single on the legendary Factory Records. 
This release collects all the songs from the 'Eureka' era, including the demos, which were mixed down in the early 90s. Eureka will be a double vinyl, in a beautiful card stock gatefold jacket with a UV varnish of the memorable artwork, which has been restored, full lyric sheet and unseen photos of the band. The first 300 copies of the 'Eureka' album will be on blue colored vinyl, which will also come with a bonus CD, that will include rest of the 'Eureka' era tracks. This will be only available from the Pylon website, the bonus CD will not be available with the commercial CD or the regular black vinyl version. 
Pylon records has worked closely for the past year, with all three band members to make this release become a reality. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Retrovision: Fad Gadget- Life on The Line

Thirty years ago Mute released "Life on the Line" by Fad Gadget. The song was taken from Fad Gadget's third album 'Under the Flag' which was released in the same year. During this performance (Hotel Suburbia 1983) the group also performed their biggest hits "For Whom The Bells Toll", "Lady Shave" and "Back to Nature". The whole performance and a lot more was featured on Fad Gadget/Frank Tovey compilation which was released by Mute in 2006. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

In Conversation: WAZU

Back in September we introduced the Australian/American industrial pop duo WAZU. Since their formation in 2010, they were building up their distinctive music style which tends to be alternative and pop at the same time mixing electro and rock with high level of a dark tones. Earlier this week, on Halloween they released their debut album 'Robobo' and they  are currently touring the USA. On top of all this, here is our very special WAZU interview where they reveal more about the band, their influences, their debut album and more. Enjoy!

1.WAZU was formed 2010 and have been around for quite some time. Who is the driving force behind the music of WAZU?
We both are. We have our roles as far as the writing, but generally that’s just a process that we go through. The inspiration part, well that comes from both of us living our lives and having our eyes open.
2.Where did you first meet and when did you decide to do music togehter?
We first met at music college, and we decided to start making music in a death metal band. I (Matt) played drums and Rizz sang lead. It was a pretty spontaneous thing, but our chemistry was obvious and we went from there. 
3.Which artist, band or genre has influenced your music?
That’s hard to say, exactly. We have a lot of extra-musical influences like certain films and film composers. Philip Glass, Giorgio Moroder & John Barry for instance. But musical artists, David Bowie, Bauhaus, Suicide, Front 242, Depeche Mode…. Then there’s the less stylistically direct ones like Kate Bush, PJ Harvey, Talking Heads and such. 
4.You are originally from Australia and this is where you started making music. What other bands or musical projects were you invloved in before starting WAZU?
We both met at music school so we played around in a lot of College bands. I had started an experimental surf-rock band called Captains during high school that Rizz later joined so there was that. Rizz was composing sound design pieces for art shows and fashion runway shows with her college friends. We were always in about 4 or 5 different not so serious bands with our friends for fun. It was a period for experimentation.
5.When did you decide to move to New York and how did the New York's music scene affect your music?
We decided when we were in LA to move to New York. That was 2010. The New York scene hasn’t affected our music much...we tend to make the same music no matter what’s around us. We kind of can’t help it. But we have seen a lot of things in our time in the US that help give us material or inspiration to write about. Some of it has just been living our lives here and going through what we do every day. 
6.You full lenght debut album 'Robobo' is out on October 31st. This is you second release for this year and a follow up to your self titled EP. Is the EP the introduction to the album or can we expect different sound on 'Robobo'
It’s the same band, but the sound is a little different. We wanted to maintain the urgency we had on the WAZU EP, twist and refine the darkness, but add some pop to it. We’re huge pop fans, from Cindy Lauper to 2Unlimited. 
7.What can you tell us about Robobo, the album title, song topics and the release date?
Robobo just means what it sounds like. It’s a name, just like you would name your kid Simon or Rachel. The song topics are meant to be open to interpretation... they all mean something to us, but the point is it’s up to the listener to create their own meaning. I get a lot of inspiration from relationships, but a lot of it is larger than that, and also a lot of it’s metaphorical. With the release date, we just circled the scariest date on the calendar.  
8.You recently premiered the video for the song Councillor on 'Vice'. Will this song also be released as a single? Any other outstanding tracks on the album?
Yes, that’s the single so to speak, and obviously the video, but as far as releasing it, it’s just part of the album. Other tracks - we like It’s a "Trick", "Symbol System", and "Bones", but it always changes and there’s plenty of stuff to choose from on there so I wouldn’t want to play favorites.  
9. What music do you listen to when you are not WAZU. Any favorite albums so far this year?
Rizz has been getting into Belgian Electronic Body Music, and I’ve been getting into random stuff, actually rediscovering some of my old stuff that I never got into that much. Utah Saints, Boyz 2 Men, Arrested Development, The Shamen… And for some reason we’ve both been playing The Prodigy a lot.
10. What is your favorite source for new music?
Don’t have a favorite really. I’ll get it from anywhere. I’m pretty pragmatic about how and where I get it.
11.Any tour plans and further releases and future plans in music?
Just about to start an Eastern tour in a few days which will take up all of November, then we’ll be touring again for as much of 2013 as we can. We’re always writing, so a new release is not too far around the corner. 
12. Where can fans gain acces to your music?, or on itunes worldwide. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

In Conversation: Xiu

Back in October i did a short feature on Milan based musician Xiu. At that moment she was on the verge of releasing a limited edition, 55 copy cassette of her official debut EP. Now that it's sold out but still available in a download version, i wanted to know more about the woman herself. It must be said that her sounds have captured my entire being in a way that very few have this past year. With that in mind, i decided to get in touch with her about the possibility of answering a few question. To my sheer delight she said yes and here it is.

1) Just so we can get an idea, could you tell us a little about who you are?

    The first question and such a difficult one. Who am i? Well, i'm a woman who loves music very much and maybe that sounds banal. Though it is an honest answer. I started to sing before i even started to speak. I started playing piano at the age of 2 years old so i really don't remember myself without music. I'm a musical woman!

2) Are there any particular artists who influenced your decision to persue music?

    There are so many! When i was a child, i loved listening to melodic songs with beautiful
voices. ABBA were a favorite as well as various Soviet and European folk and classical singers. I come from a family where most of the women were singers. It's a tradition that has carried on to this day. Also, it's a Russian tradition to sing Russian folk songs, at the table, when family gets together. I wrote my first song when i was 12 years old. It was just some silly lyrics with piano accompaniment. Tragically sad and melancholic from what i remember. Not much has changed since then.

3) What can you tell us about the writing and recording process of your music?

    2 years ago i bought my first analog synth and started learning how to use it. It has been a bit of a process as it is more technical than just playing a piano. I just try to unite my capacity to play with my emotional state, and programming. I find it all very interesting.

4) There seems to be more DIY female musicians taking control of their destinies these days. Writing, producing, and performing their own material. Do you feel they get the attention and credit they deserve as opposed to male musicians or even female artists who don't?

     Good question! Not every female artist can perform the difficulties that sometimes go along with using music technology and do it as well as a male artist would. I don't want to go off on a tangent that some might see as chauvinistic as it's not my intention. Though i will say i've experienced questions and assumptions concerning my music. Many people are always very surprised when i tell them i have no help and do it all on my own. Female vocalists have always received attention but there has normally been a man behind the scenes producing and writing. I've seen this in electronic music as well. It still exists but i do see the situation changing. More women are learning the process of writing and producing music by themselves and getting more attention. But still not in the way that males do.

5) Is there any kind of music scene in Milan? Do you venture out to local live gigs? Does it inspire you or do you find it from within and other sources?

     I honestly don't see any form of a concrete music scene in Milan. There are many good musicians and bands but i can't say i was inspired during my past outings. I realized that a musical underground culture doesn't exist here. Not even by way of the internet. Those who i know personally and share this mutual interest are very few.

6) The Berlin based [aufnahme + wiegergade] label is home to your most recent EP release. Their amazing roster includes Die Selektion and Lebanon Hanover amongst others. How did you get involved with them?

     I got in touch with [a + f] after their compilation, "Forward + Rewind: The Future Echo Tapes, featured Etromix. That is my side-project with Luca Morte from Die Selektion. I simply asked Phillip if he would be interested in releasing my Xiu material and he agreed. I'm very grateful to him for doing that.

7) And finally, what are your future plans for Xiu? More releases? Is there a possibility of any live performances?

     I have many plans for Xiu! In early 2013, i'll be releasing my second tape on the Swedish label Belaten . I'm also in talks with an American label called Night People Records . At this moment i'm preparing for my debut live performance. This will take place in Switzerland in January. And last, i've met a guitarist, here in Milan, who i've been collaborating with. So another side-project is sure to come.

I just want to say thank you to Oksana for for her time and answers. You can see and hear more of Xiu at the following links. Xiu @ Facebook , Xiu @ SoundCloud , and Xiu @ Bandcamp . We'll leave with the video for Xiu's forthcoming release on Belaten.