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.