Sunday, December 15, 2013

Best of 2013- EP List

01. XEX- Change 
02. Cosmetics- Olympia
03. Mild Peril- Unknown Zones I
04. Annie- The A&R 
05. Inhalt- Occupations 
06. Ortotasce- Forgotten
07. Keluar- Ennoea 
08. Dopplereffekt - Tetrahymena 
09. Tuxedo Gleam- Pour Ferrari 
10. Echö- Intangible Pupa
11. Future- Abyss 
12. Be Quiet- Primal
13. Xiu- Possesions 
14. Widowspeak- The Swamps 
15. Engines of Malice (s/t) 
16. Programm- Everything at Once 
17. Quimper- Aleph Null 
18. Circa Tapes- Adam & Eve 
19. October Dance- October Dance 
20. Blablarism- Fugue

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Best of 2013- The Singles List

01. Goldfrapp- Drew
02. David Bowie- Where Are They Now?
03. Soap and Skin- Sugarbread
04. Mood Rings- The Line
05. Chvrches- Tether
06. Tropic of Cancer- More Alone
07. Manic Street Preachers- Anthem for The Lost Cause
08. Pet Shop Boys- Axis
09. Depeche Mode- Heaven
10. Suede- It Starts and Ends With You
11. The National- Demons
12. The Arcade Fire- Afterlife
13. Austra- Painful Like
14. Moby- A Case for a Shame
15. Young Galaxy- New Summer
16. Xeno & Oaklander- Sheen
17. Cold Cave- Nausa, the Earth and Me
18. Röyksopp- Something in my Heart
19. Cosmetics- Black Candy 
20. Arctic Monkeys- Do I Wanna Know?
21. Little Boots- Motorway
22. Crystal Castles- Sad Eyes
23. Daft Punk- Instant Crash
24. Cut Copy- We Are Explorers
25. Simple Minds- Blood Diamonds
26. Footprintz- Rush to The Capsule
27. Marc Almond- Burn Bright
28. Phosphorescent- Song for Zula
29. James Blake- Retorgrade
30. Lebanon Hanover- Gallowdance
31. Primal Scream- It's Alright, It's Ok
32. Trust- Heaven
33. The Actor- Unreal Personality
34. Pet Shop Boys-  Love Is a Bourgeois Construct
35. Atoms for Peace- Before Your Very Eyes
36. Blouse- No Shelter
37. Sigur Rós- Brennisteinn
38. Club 8- Kill Kill Kill
39. These New Puritans- Organ Eternal
40. Cold Cave- Black Boots
41. Editors- The Ton of Love
42. Broken Bells- Holding on for Life
43. Austra- Home
44. Annie- Tube Stops and  Lonely Hearts
45. OMD- Dresden
46. Lust for Youth- Chasing The Light
47. Chvrches- Gun
48. British Sea Power- Machineries of Joy
49. Coco Rosie- The Afterlife
50. Hooverphonic- Amalfi

Monday, December 9, 2013

Best of 2013- The Album List

01. Austra- Olympia
02. Pet Shop Boys- Electric
03. Arcade Fire- Reflektor
04. Jef Barbara- Soft to the Touch
05. Still Corners- Strange Pleasures
06. James Blake- Overgrown
07. Girls Names- The New Life
08. Prefab Sprout- Crimson/ Red
09. Makina Girgir- Torment
10. Automelodi- Surledemains Acides
11. Soft Metals- Lenses
12. The Mary Onettes- Hit the Waves
13. Midnight Juggernauts- Uncanny Valley
14. French Films- White Orchid
15. Crocodiles- Crime of Passion
16. Goldfrapp- Tales of Us
17. Visage- Hearts and Knives
18. Double Echo- Phantomime
19. Footprintz- Escape Yourself
20. A Terrible Splendour- Poseurs
21. Manic Street Preachers- Rewind The Film
22. She and Him- Volume Three
23. Terror Bird- All This Time
24. Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
25. Little Boots- Nocturnes
26. Editors- The Weight of Love
27. Lust for Youth- Perfect View
28. Var- No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers
29. Chvrches- The Bones of What You Believe
30. Cut Copy- Free Your Mind
31. John Grant- Pale Green Shots
32. The National- Trouble Will Find Me
33. Sally Shapiro- Somewhere Else
34. Tropic of Cancer- Restless Idylss
35. Lebanon Hanover- Tomb of Two
36. The Ropes- Post Entertainment
37. Young Galaxy- Ultramarine
38. The Men- New Moon
39. Nick Cave and Bad Seeds- Push The Sky Away
40. Savages- Silence Yourself
41. White Lies- Big TV
42. Suede- Bloodsports
43. Neon Neon- Praxis Makes Perfect
44. Unknown Mortal Orchestra- II
45. Jagwar Ma- Howlin
46. Sky Ferreira- Night Time My Time
47. Primal Scream- More Light
48. The KVB- Immaterial Visions
49. David Bowie- The Next Day
50. British Sea Power- Machineries of Joy

In The Mix: Synthematic 020

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Next Wave: Tuxedo Gleam

Tuxedo Gleam is Modesto, California based musical project of Aunt Gleam who writes and records as Tuxedo Gleam. Synth driven, dark, intense and with cold minimal blend might be just one formula to describe his/their music. To this date, Tuxedo Gleam has released three EPs and one video. Tuxedo Gleam perform as quartet and the line up includes AMRADIO-synthesizer, JB-synthesizer and SC-drum machine, synthesizer. Their most recent EP is entitled 'Pour Ferrari' and it was released in October. To preview the tracks from the new EP as well as from the older ones check out band's Bandcamp page.

Recent video for the song, "penetrate."

Section 25's 30th Anniversary Edition of From The Hip Announced for 2014

In 2014 Factory Benelux will mark the 30th anniversary of classic Section 25 album 'From The Hip' with an expanded double disc CD edition housed in a deluxe 6 panel digi pack. The bonus disc will feature several original album demos from 1983 as well as their BBC radio session (David Jensen) from 1984, along with remixes and a new group recording of Reflection. Reflection will also appear as a limited edition 7" single (500 copies only, 7 FBN 53) for Record Store Day in April 2014. 
As well as the original Fact 90 artwork by Peter Saville and Trevor Key, the anniversary edition will come with a 12 page booklet including unseen photos, and text by Jon Savage, Vin Cassidy and others.

Paul Haig to Release A Singles Compilation plus Previously Unreleased Material

'At Twilight' is a new 2CD compilation of singles and album tracks recorded by Paul Haig for Les Disques du Crépuscule which were variously produced by Alan Rankine, Cabaret Voltaire, Bernard Sumner, Mantronik, Lil Louis, Alex Sadkin and Man Parrish. 
The second CD includes all nine tracks from the lost Alan Rankine-produced second studio album from 1984 which has never before been released in its complete form. Plus it also includes 'The Executioner', the unreleased collaboration between Cabaret Voltaire and Paul Haig which was originally planned for release on Factory Benelux (FBN 47/48).
 It all comes packaged with a cover portrait by Charles Van Hoorick and the liner booklet includes archive images and track-by-track commentary by Paul Haig. 
The compilation will be out via Crépuscule on 20 January 2014. And don't forget that the brand new studio album by Paul Haig is out now.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Retrovision: Pet Shop Boys- Left to My Own Devices

Twenty five years ago, Pet Shop Boys released their single "Left To My Own Devices". Personally on of my favorite Pet Shop Boys to this date. The song was released as the second single from their third studio album, 'Introspective'. It became the first track that Pet Shop Boys recorded with an orchestra, arranged by Richard Niles reaching the top ten charts in several European countries including the UK. 
The music video, directed by long time Pet Shop Boys director, Eric Watson, primarily consists of Tennant and Lowe dancing on an invisible glass floor, with the camera angle facing upwards. 
In 2007, the song was covered by the Scottish electronic group Motormark and featured on the 2007 tribute compilation 'Very Introspective, Actually – A Pet Shop Boys Tribute'.

WAW: Marc Almond- Burn Bright

The fantastic new single "Burn Bright" by Marc Almond is out now. Following the release of single, a video has been premiered on Youtube on November 3rd. It was directed by Jamie McLeod and video artist 3P. New Marc Almond album is expected to be released in summer 2014.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

In The Mix: Synthematic 019

Next Wave: Quimper

'Unreasonable music for unreasonable people' is the parole of our new Next Wave duo from London. Consisting of Jodie Lowther and Johnny Vertigen, Quimper write ethereal, electronic songs that veer between dreams and nightmares, lullabies and hysterics. Coupling psychedelic and surreal visuals with their music, they create haunting yet beautiful soundscapes. 
 After the success of their previous 'Overgrown EP' released Autumn 2012 (available here), Quimper have spent the first part of the year 2013 mulling over sounds, playing a gig or two, stroking their collective chins and eventually committing to (digital) tape a follow-up EP entitled 'Aleph Null'.

More info about the group:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

In Conversation: Echö

One of the great things about surfing the internet is that you just never know what or who you might stumble upon. Yes, there are some things you wish you had never found. Though, that wasn't the case when i came across the Soundcloud page of  Echö. I felt as if i had struck audible gold. After induling myself in the synthesized infection of their track "Daydream" i had to hear and know more. I immediately got in touch with vocalist, Mickaël (aka Mika) to inquire about the possibility of an interview. At that particular time, the band was on the verge of releasing their debut EP of the same name. He promised me an interview once their release plans were a bit more stable. This was close to 2 years ago and i honestly had forgotten about our talk and the pending interview. True to his word and to my delight, Mika got back in touch with me this past September. He let me know that the band was about to release their second EP, "Intangible Pupa" and to see if i was still interested in doing an interview. Of course i said yes! How could i not?!

The two man outfit comes to us from Barcelona / France and is comprised of Mika and Alexandre Portils Torner. Again, they released the delightfully awesome "Intangible Pupa" EP on September 30 of this year. Doing the release honors is Belgian based label Romance Moderne who, in my opinion, are the perfect vehicle in presenting Echö to the masses. So now, let's find out more about the band, shall we? Here are a few questions i happily whipped up for Mika.

1) Tell us how the two of you came together and what sparked the decision to start the band.

Mika: I moved to Barcelona because i was invited to a fellow artists' residence to work on my photography.  I was at this party at Alexandre's place because we had friends in common and that's how we met. We then started to talk about music and he asked me if i wanted to experiment music with him and i directly said no because i felt unable to do this. I felt so lonely at the artists' residence so i began to write "Fleur Fatale" on a piece of paper. I then came back to Alexandre and things took off from there.

2) What particular aspects of everyday life influence your lyrics and the music itself?

Mika: I would say that i'm totally against pornography and things of that nature. But more subtle pornography like what you see on TV commercials and what children are seeing everyday. Pornography, violence, and sexism seems to be all the rage these days. People nowadays seem not to care about nature and the simple things like taking care of each other, offering a bunch of flowers to the one you love, or even the names of the flowers. I am very influenced by this kind of thing. How there actually are people who care for and love one another. I'm also influenced by nature, emotions, and innocence.

3) Who are some of your past and current musical influences?

Mika: Obviously electronic music and the pioneers of this genre. Really, just concrete music in general.

4) Can you elaborate on your recording processes?

Mika: Lots of beers and cigarettes! As well as spontaneous and naïve recording on the bed.

5) Have there been any live performances so far? If so, did you feel a warm and positive reception from your audiences?

Mika: We've been performing in Brussels for Romance Moderne but also in Paris for Le Bonbon Nuit. In both cities people were very attentive. In Brussels people were dancing and drinking of course. Though in Paris people were sitting, more like we were in a cabaret or theatre type of setting.  One super drunk guy fell on the floor and and then screamed that i was a punk. You just never know what's going to happen.

6) How did your deal with the Romance Moderne record label come about?

Mika: It was really easy, actually. Label boss, Coco, is the best and prettiest boss ever. "une main de fer dans un gant de velours" and sort of the godmother of Echö.

7) Being that you've released two EP's at this point, do you feel this format works best for you. I ask this in a manner of quality over quantity.

Mika: Yeah, it's worked out the best. We were thinking about concept Ep's. The "Daydream" EP was very light, naïve, and with a common flowery theme as compared to "Intangible Pupa". That one is the dark twin, where insects dance. So yeah, it's a great format and we are working on a very peculiar physical release of "Intangible Pupa".

8) Now that your second EP is out there, are there any promotional band activities planned for the future? Future releases?

Mika: At this moment, a video for "Bloody Party" by Bertrand Le Pluard and a remix of a track from "Intangible Pupa" To be remixed by one who is pretty well known on the more undergound electronic music scence. For now, his identity is a secret but all will be revealed soon enough.

*You can check out the music video for "Unknown Park" @ Echö - "Unknown Park"

For more info and sounds from Echö, please visit the following: Echo @ Facebook Echö @ Soundcloud and Romance Moderne @ Facebook

Monday, November 4, 2013

Jesus and The Mary Chains' Vinyl Box Set Announced for December.

Demon Music Group has announced the release of 'The Complete Vinyl Collection' box set by The Jesus and Mary Chain. The box set will include the band's six studio albums, along with a live album. Other items featured on the box set will include two-LP collection of  all the band’s BBC studio recordings, B-sides and rarities LP with a fan-picked tracklist, a 32-page hardcover book with photographs, essays and interviews, and a poster, on which fans will be able to upload a photo of their face for possible inclusion. It will be released on December 12th marking the band's 30th anniversary.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In Conversation: Terror Bird

A while back when I was cruising through the Night People Records catalogue, I discovered Terror Bird. Two or three songs and I was on the Terror Bird boat. The DIY aesthetic, Nikki's voice and  the indie synth pop beat made Terror Bird's music becoming an instant part of my daily airplay. Originally from Canada, based in Europe, Terror Bird is Nikki Nevver's musical projects which also involves other artists. Since 2009, Terror Bird has released several albums and been on tour through out Canada and Europe. She has released a brand new album this year entitled 'All This Time'. More about this, the early starts and future plans in this special interview.

1. Tell us more about Terror Bird’s early starts and what inspired you to take this name?

I started writing solo music in 2004. Before that, I sang in a really high-pitched voice in an all-female Stooges-esque band called Automatic Fancy. Around this time, I learned about Siouxie and the Banshees, and wanted to sound like Siouxsie Sioux for a little while. I really only ever liked the album, “The Scream” but I thought they had few other good songs. I think this band might have influenced me to sing lower. But I know I wanted to sound like a British man from an 80’s pop group too. Anyway, by the time I was in my twenties, I think I was bored of Siouxsie and the Banshees, at least musically. I still love the way Siouxsie Sioux looks. Anyway, I’m getting a little off-track.

In 2004, I borrowed the electric piano and acoustic guitar of my roommate, and wrote songs about Bill Murray, surgery, ex-boyfriends and things like that. When I moved back to Vancouver, I bought an organ from a thrift store and started to record onto tapes at my mom’s condo. Eventually, I came up with the name, Terror Bird. I’d gotten the idea for this name from a kids’ movie about extinct animals that I’d watched when I was actually 18, the song “Danger Bird” by Neil Young (who I love), and the terrorizing anxiety I often dealt with.

My boyfriend and future husband told me the project reminded him of Daniel Johnston, who I had never heard of before, but started listening to after he told me this. I was happy that someone else had been successful in making crappy recordings famous just by writing great songs and handing cassettes out. I think I handed cassettes out with a bunch of songs to all my new friends, copying Daniel Johnston. But it’s a good idea. It’s cute.

2. Who is/are the artist(s) behind the name Terror Bird? Is it a permanent collective of musicians or a loose line up of artists?

The only constant member of Terror Bird is me. But my ex-husband, Jeremiah was in the band from around 2006 until the spring of 2012 when he quit. He normally played drums but in 2012 I asked him to switch to synthesizer so I could have electronic drums, and I think this made him enjoy the band a lot less. I think playing synth live is not nearly as cathartic as playing drums.

Other members have come and gone, mostly based on whether they could afford to (meaning afford the time and/or the money) come on tour or not. There’s been Daniel (from Nu Sensae), Daniel and Tommi (from unhappybirthday), Leanne and Jen (from Certain Breeds and Demian), Bianca (who used to play in a band with Nic from Cosmetics and the Riff Randells), Mel, and Jesse (from Twin Crystals). I would like to find more constant members, and I think I’ve finally found that in Leanne. She’s self-employed and will join me on her third Terror Bird tour next year. We get along really well.

3. How would you describe your music? What are the main topics, elements and what style?

I like to describe Terror Bird as “Nu New Wave”, because a lot of the songs sound like a new take on 80’s new wave. Or bedroom pop, since I write most of the songs in my bedroom. But both are tongue in cheek. There’s also some songs that sound 60s influenced, jazzy, or like weird indie music. So I don’t think Terror Bird has one particular style. Maybe it would make the project more marketable, but I don’t want to limit myself by writing in one style. Music is one of the few things that makes me very excited about life, so I shouldn’t wreck this. The main elements? There is nearly always piano, quite a bit of reverb, and romantic, bittersweet lyrics. I write a lot about love, people, the weather, and small parts of life that I find create a romantic or nostalgic feeling. I like to focus a lot on mood, lyrics, and melody. Of course the instruments are important too, but it’s more important to create feelings and to follow my intuitions about what sounds good than to write something musically complex. It’s influenced by everything I listen to, which is pretty diverse..but mostly from the past.

4. Are there any particular artists who influenced your decision to start making music?

I had a boyfriend when I was 16 who got me into Roxy Music, Gary Numan, Ultravox, T-Rex, Depeche Mode, and a bunch of other 80s music. He wore eyeliner and dressed very eighties glam. He showed me the movie, Velvet Goldmine. Back then, I started to listen to the hits of the eighties and thought most of the music was cheesy but fun and danceable. But actually a lot of that music isn’t cheesy and is dark, romantic, and (at times) deep. I’ve figured this out.

Now I’m trying to think back to the artists I wanted to emulate as a teenager, because my I was in my first bands when I was 18. I think I really liked Hole, Veruca Salt, Nirvana, Garbage and Babes in Toyland and was just starting to learn about punk music beyond The Ramones. Those bands didn’t really influence Terror Bird, but they influenced me wanting to be in a band. I think I also wanted to show up my makeup wearing boyfriend once he broke up with me and might have had the intention of being in a band as yet another way to get attention. I couldn’t use my looks, since he introduced me to pot and therefore “the munchies” making me gain a bunch of weight. I also had an awkward haircut for my face shape and wore men’s dress pants. Anyway, it was also a lot of fun to play electric guitar.

Terror Bird started when I listened a lot to Philip Glass, Tim Buckley, Neil Young, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Hayden, Leonard Cohen, and early Bowie. There was also this inspiring group of people in Montreal who wrote songs on acoustic guitar together, like this guy that called his project “Bedbox”. I still think it’s great because I love his voice. Duchess Says from Montreal was inspiring too...and Channels 3 and 4 from Vancouver. And I loved early Madonna when I was younger. Later I learned about Kate Bush from my bandmate and after I got used to her, she inspired me a lot. I still try to copy Kate Bush’s dance moves. I’ve written a few songs that in my eyes blatantly ripping off (or “paying tribute to”) Death in June (Say It), The Rolling Stones (Beat Off Queen), Kate Bush (All This Time), and OMD (Vacation).

I was also inspired by Sonic Youth, Young Marble Giants, Jeremy Jay, The Raincoats, PJ Harvey, and Wire.

5. From 2009 to date you have released several albums and EP/ singles. What do you consider your best work to be?

I always feel more attached to whatever is newest, because I’m most excited by novelty. I really like “All This Time” because to me it sounds electronic, and nostalgic but modern. But on “Secret Rituals” there are a lot of live instruments like organ, piano and drums... and I really love and miss that now that I haven’t recorded in studio for over a year. Both are quite poppy, but I think “All This Time” is more experimental regarding song structures and vocals. I wrote a new song called “The Cloak” and I think it’s one of the best things I’ve done so far. Actually, never mind all that...I think the best thing I did was with Cyan Kid. We wrote 16 songs together in Berlin last year and he did a great job in producing them and writing. I really like male-female vocal duets. The album we made is called “Cut-Outs” and you can find it on Spotify, bandcamp, iTunes, etc.

6. What is your live set up? What do you try to achieve when you play shows? Do you prefer the studio to the stage or the stage to the studio? What is your experience with both? 

Right now, my live set up is just myself with backing tracks, singing and playing synth. My band lives in Canada and I haven’t had the motivation to find more people to play with me in Europe. Although, when I have a band, there’s cello and one to two synthesizers and backing tracks and I just sing and dance. I try to do everything well and put on a good performance. I like to try to do dances and movements that look visually interesting and exert a lot of energy. I really like dancing and exercising and I sometimes feel very dead standing still. And I used to be self conscious about moving on stage, but now I love it. I love performing and the studio/recording, but both can be a rush. At least with recordings, you can cover your mistakes...ha ha.

7. How would you describe your last three months in music? Recording sessions, tours, promotions…

My last three months have been a bit mellow. There was a four week tour and lots of interviews for “All This Time” ...but that was back in May. Since May, I have been taking it easy. I just play a few shows here and there (Cologne, Frankfurt, Karlruhe, Leipzig, the UK, Czech Republic). I’ve still been writing lots of songs though. I have the tour bug again though, and would like to visit the USA next year and also visit some European countries I’ve never been to.

8. What music are you listening to when you are not recording or producing your own?

The new stuff I’m listening to is Koban, Molly Nilsson, Merchandise, unhappybirthday, Blouse, Chevalier Avant Garde, The Felines, Lana Del Ray and The Mary Onettes. The older stuff I’m listening to is Depeche Mode, Four Tops, Roxy Music, The Adverts, Kate Bush,, Elliot Smith, Christian Death, and Pulp.

9. What are your future plans for Terror Bird? More releases? Is there a possibility of any live performances? 

I want to do some more shows in Europe in December. I am writing a song with Carson Cox from Merchandise and have the intention of doing split record with Sally Dige. Night School Records and I are also talking about doing a piano based record, which I really like the idea of. I think I’d also like to self-release a set of tapes of old songs that were never released. And I want to write an album of club bangers, but I might save that for the new project with my friend, Szam. I’m playing “Queer Noises” in Prague in December, and might also go to Dresden, Berlin, and Vienna that month.

10. Where can fans gain access to your music and find regular updates?

They can go to these fine places:

Thanks for the interview!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lou Reed Dies Aged 71

One of the most influential artist and musician of all time who helped and changed the face of music almost 50 years has passed away. Born Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed was principal musician and the mastermind behind the music of Velvet Underground and he was also known for his solo career, which has spanned several decades. Reed was believed to have been in poor health since he underwent a liver transplant in May.
 He remained an avid and interesting artist, branching out into photography and released two book of his work, 'Emotions in Action' and 'Lou Reed's New York.' Reed interacted with fans regularly, with a Facebook page and a Twitter account with more than 42,000 followers. His last Tweet was posted this morning. 


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Retrovision: Erasure- A Little Respect

Twenty five years ago Erasure released their tenth single, one of their biggest hit and certainly one of our favorite. Known as one of their signature tunes, "A Little Respect" continued Erasure's success on the UK Singles Chart, where it hit number four to become the band's fifth Top 10 single. It was also Erasure's second consecutive Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it climbed to number 14, and hit number two on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs chart. The music video was directed by The Malloys and premiered in July 2001. It featured actor Shawn Hatosy and actress Brittany Murphy. 
Meanwhile imapatiently waiting for the brand new Erasure album 'Snow Globe' which will be out next month.

Patrick Cowley's Compilation School Daze out on Dark Entries

Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem have teamed up to release the gay porn soundtrack work of San Francisco-based musician and producer, Patrick Cowley. Perhaps one of the most revolutionary and influential people in the cannon of disco music, Cowley created his own brand of Hi-NRG dance music coined “The San Francisco Sound.” 
Featuring over 80 minutes of music, this compilation contains soundtrack music from two Fox Studio films, “Muscle Up” and “School Daze”, never before released on vinyl. The tapes were restored and transferred using the same speed and pitch settings, then remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. The vinyl comes housed in a glossy dual pocket gatefold featuring classic gay porn imagery from the Fox Studio vaults plus an essay from Indoor Life vocalist, Jorge Soccarras. 
 For Patrick’s 63rd birthday, Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem present a glimpse into the instrumental world of a young genius. These recordings shine a new light on the experimental side of a disco legend who was taken too soon. All proceeds from “School Daze” will be donated to Project Open Hand and the AIDS Housing Alliance. 

More info:


Friday, October 18, 2013

Ultravox' - Ultra Box Set Announced for Late October

Chrysalis Records have announced the release of a new Ultravox box set. 'The Albums 1980-2012' is a nine-CD collection featuring the six Midge Ure era studio albums – 'Vienna' (1980), 'Rage in Eden' (1981), 'Quartet' (1982), 'Lament' (1984) and 'U-Vox' (1986) – as well as live records 'Monument' (1983) and 'Return to Eden' (2009). The story is brought right back up to date with the inclusion of 'Brilliant', last year’s studio album featuring the classic line-up after a recording hiatus of almost three decades. All the LPs from the 1980s have been newly remastered by Steve Rooke at Abbey Road Studios. 
The CDs will be in card sleeves and housed in a clamshell box. The Albums 1980-2012 is released on 28 October 2013.


WAW: Soft Metals- On a Cloud

"On a Cloud" is a brand new video for Soft Metals which was premiered yesterday on Youtube. The video for the song was directed by Erica Schreiner and the song is taken from their second album 'Lenses' which is out now.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Next Wave: Schonwald

Schonwald is an Italian cold wave duo consisting of Alessandra Gismondi and Luca Bandini. This two-piece unit has been surreptitiously dwelling in the shadowy corners of the European underworld for a few years now, releasing their debut LP in 2009 and performing at festivals with the likes of UK Decay, and other similar bands. Schonwald are now encroaching on world submission with the unleashing of their long-anticipated “Mercurial” single. A chilling and hopelessly bleak drum-machine rhythm sets the tone, parting the waves of rippling darkness into a massive surge of inescapable, hushed-yet-crushing electronic melancholia. European post punk at it’s finest, Alessandra and Luca of Schonwald create a pulsing, black-lit atmospheric electronic vibration so cold, hypnotic, and simple, it’s perfect for our endlessly frozen world. 

Take a listen here:
Like of follow:!/weareschonwald

Rational Youth's Live Recordings and Archive Tracks to be Released as Magic Box

Artoffact Records have announced the release of 'Magic Box', a compilation which includes Rational Youth's live Recordings from 1983 as well as previously unreleased material. This three CD collection includes the double-CD Live 1983 and a third, limited edition CD that collects Rational Youth archive tracks, demos, 7" remixes, as well as solo tracks from Bill Vorn, Kevin Komoda, and Tracy Howe. The CDs also includes two tracks from the infamous "Affection" cassette, and a track from Heaven Seventeen, a pre-Rational Youth project. All tracks have been remastered from original tapes where possible. Limited to 390 copies worldwide. 'Magic Box' will be out on November 5th. 

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Marc Almond Returns with a New Single and Announces New Album for 2014

Marc Almond has announced the release of double A side single, "Burn Bright/The Dancing Marquis", on 4 November 2013, the stunning result of his collaboration with legendary record producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex, The Moody Blues, Morrissey). Marc defines the partnership as one of the highlights of his career. "Burn Bright/The Dancing Marquis" will be available as a download from all usual retailers. For the die hard fans looking for a highly collectable piece, Strike Force Entertainment will print 1,000 copies on 7" purple coloured vinyl in a beautifully designed gatefold sleeve, complete with a CD version of the tracks. The double A single precedes an EP/Mini Album out early next year, with a full studio album to follow in the summer.

More info: