Monday, December 28, 2009

Artemis - Auralei

Artemis are to officially release their new 8-track ep - Auralei, that features a few tracks that will be on their full-length album "Body of Glass" (due for release in the Spring), as well as a few remixes from "Gravity", as well as other aural delights.

Sign up for their mailing list and you will receive an invitation to preview the ep.

artemis myspace

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Explorers

Not to be confused with the early eighties band of the same name that contained the members of Roxy Music.

They are a synth duo hailing from Sheffield, UK, and at the present moment are unsigned. They have on their myspace page a couple of their tracks (my favourite being "Melting In The Rain"), give them a listen and see what you think.

The Explorers myspace

Monday, December 21, 2009

BBC FOUR : Queens Of British Pop

BBC FOUR is showing its Queen Of British Pop two-part documentary, featuring Kate Bush, Annie Lennox, Suzi Quatro, Siouxsie Sioux and more. (you could probably give the last 20 minutes or so of the second part amiss as it looses its way, going on to feature Geri Halliwell, Amy Whinehouse etc)

More details can be found at the BBC website.

BBC FOUR - Roxy Music

BBC has been showing The Roxy Music Story, check the bbc website to check when its next on, you can also catch it on the BBC iplayer.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rage Against The Machine

Congratulations to Rage Against the Machine for keeping another talentless turd from the king of crap Simon Cowell and his steaming pile of sh*te factory the X-factor, off the top of the charts this Christmas, it just goes to show that there are still genuine music fans out there. (shame the record industry doesn't see it)

Friday, December 11, 2009

NEWS : Editors on TV and next single

For those in the UK, Channel 4 will be airing the Editors' performance at Mencap's Little Noise Sessions from London's Union Chapel, it will be broadcast this Friday night (11th December) at 12.30am GMT (so actually Saturday morning). There's an interview too.

There will also be a one-hour special of Editors performing in Budapest exclusively for MTV in the Play To Stop: Europe For Climate Change campaign (anyone else see this as ever so slightly hypocritical - MTV that is). This'll be on MTV Two on Sunday night (13th December) at 10pm.

The next single by the Editors will be "You Don't Know Love", and will be released on the 25th of January 2010.

Editors' myspace

Sunday, December 6, 2009

NEW RELEASE : DM's next single

The next single from Depeche Mode will be released from 7th December, it is a double a-side - Hole to Feed / Fragile Tension. It will be available as a CD (Release 7th December), a 2 x 12" pack (Release 28th December) and you can also order a 2 formats pack that contains both the CD and 12"'s, it will also be available as a digital download.

You can watch the video here and order it from Mutebank here.

Friday, December 4, 2009

NEWS : Return to Eden Tour part deux

Ultravox have announced that their spectacular reunion tour will continue in 2010 with Return to Eden part 2, that dates so far are :

April 2010 - UK

06 Birmingham - Symphony Hall
07 Liverpool - Philharmonic
08 Manchester - Apollo
10 Oxford - New Theatre
11 Hammersmith - Apollo
12 Bristol - Colston Hall

April 2010 - Europe

15 Zurich, Switzerland - The Volkshaus
17 Munich, Germany - TonHalle
18 Offenbach, Germany - CAPITOL
19 Cologne, Germany - Musical Dome
21 Hannover, Germany - CAPITOL
23 Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36
24 Berlin, Germany - Admiralspalast
26 Amsterdam, Netherlands - The Paradiso
27 Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
28 Stockholm, Sweden - Berns
30 Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene

May 2010

01 Bergen, Norway - Old Bull Theatre,
Bergen Music Festivla
03 Bochum, Germany - Zeche
05 Luxembourg - Den Atelier

and Midge Ure and Glen Matlock have come together to organise a celebratory benefit concert in London. This very special evening will see the coming together of original Rich Kids guitarist Steve New and drummer Rusty Egan. The event will take place at the O2 Academy, Islington on Thursday 7th January 2010. The show will start promptly at 7pm.

London Calling

The 14th of December will mark the 30th Anniversary of the classic release, London Calling from the Clash.

Converse have collaborated with the Clash to produce a new range of limited edition of shoes, expected to hit the shops in January.

The Royal Mail will also be releasing a a special series of stamps for 2010, the Classic Covers series will feature a range of classic album covers including London Calling.

NEW RELEASE : Spandau Ballet Live @ The O2

Spandau Ballet have released their DVD Spandau Ballet Live at The O2, and it is available now, filmed during their sell out concerts at London's O2 Arena as part of their Reformation 2009 Tour, footage was filmed over 3 nights and features the classics as well as some new material from their latest album.

Track listing is as follows :

1. To Cut a Long Story Short
2. The Freeze
3. Highly Strung
4. Only When You Leave
5. I'll Fly For You
6. How Many Lies
7. Virgin
8. She Loved Like Diamond
9. Once More
10. Round and Round
11. Man in Chains
12. With the Pride
13. Through The Barricades
14. Instinction
15. Communication
16. Lifeline
17. Chant no 1/ Paint Me Down
18. True
19. Fight for Ourselves
20. Gold

The DVD also includes behind the scenes footage. You can get it here.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Posters Came From The Walls

"The Posters Came from the Walls" is a recently released film about Depeche Mode fans which will be showing simultaneously in several cinemas throughout the UK on Tuesday Dec 1st.

"For those of you in the London area, the film will be showing at Clapham Picturehouse where Alan will be attending the screening and taking part in a q & a session afterwards, along with directors Jeremy Deller and Nick Abrahams. "The Posters Came from the Walls" (or How Basildon ended the Cold War and other stories..) features interviews with some highly devoted fans worldwide - from Mexico to Romania, from East Germany to Iran - and shows us the impact DM has had on their lives. Described as "sweet, warm and moving" in Alan's own words, we highly recommend seeing it."