Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The band released their debut album Colour It In in 2007, which spawned a number of catchy, cheerful singles filled with art-pop hooks and jangly guitars. Two years later they are a back with sophomore Wall of Arms, a record that shows a dramatic shift in tone. Leaving behind their upbeat early cuts, the quintet roped in producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Bjork, Coldplay) to add some of his brooding quality to the table. This resulted in a distinctly darker long player that will please fans of Arcade Fire, Editors or White Lies.
Wall of Arms is set for a May 4, 2009 release, preceded by the single Love You Better (out this week). Visit The Maccabees on MySpace for more details and tour dates.
Monday, April 27, 2009
tenek released their eponymous debut EP CD in September 2007 before returning to the studio to work on their first long player. Stateless was finally released through the Toffeetones label on the 20th March 2009 under critical acclaim. This is a record filled with great melody and hooks, the perfect marriage of pop and despair wrapped up in an industrial strength electro jacket that is destined to bring mayhem to dancefloors all around the globe.
If you're into synthpop pioneers such as The Human League and Depeche Mode or dig Cicada, The Crystal Method, Infusion and Mesh, you've just discovered your record of the month. So forget for a moment all the hype that surrounds acts like La Roux or Little Boots and give these newcomers a chance. They may lack in terms of PR but they surely have the tunes. Highly recommended!
Visit tenek on MySpace for upcoming show details and buy their album from Toffeetones here.
tenek - I Don't Cry For You (Teaser)
Bynar - Heaven In My Sombre World (tenek vs. David Guetta vs. UNKLE)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
PS. A big shout out to Rob Dust who added some of his magic in the mastering. Live long and prosper Rob!
Bynar - Heaven In My Sombre World (David Guetta vs. UNKLE vs. Tenek) (Rapidshare)
Cof Cof are from Valencia, ES.
Visit their myspace profile (click to the link above) for listening to their music and learn more about them.
illustration by David Gómez
Ana & Alex are very good friends. Their friendship started because of this band.
They started adding beer and good wine to their meetings, and that's how their friendship started.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||M - Th 11p / 10c|
|The Stockholm Syndrome|
I personally love her attitude.
Ballard's visionary imagination grew in the realms of dreamlike, subjective science fiction and gradually came to embrace an aseptic hyperrealism. His precise, disenchanted intuitions of a future life governed by the concepts of anti-utopia and disaster inspired numerous artists. Examples include albums such as Metamatic by John Foxx, various songs by Joy Division (most famously The Atrocity Exhibition from Closer), the songs Down in the Park and Cars by Gary Numan and Warm Leatherette by The Normal.
This influence goes beyond the British post-punk groups, though. The 2007 album by the British "new rave" act the Klaxons takes its name from Ballard's collection of short stories Myths of the Near Future, while an earlier recording of him speaking in an interview is sampled in the Manic Street Preachers' song Mausoleum from the 1994 album The Holy Bible. In the sample, Ballard, probably referring to his novel, Crash, states : "I wanted to rub the human face in its own vomit, I wanted to force it to look in the mirror...".
Still not convinced? Suede's sound might have been a retro-leaning Bowie/Smiths homage, but their lyrics depicting high rises, asphalt underpasses and dysfunctional lovers adrift in the city are unashamedly Ballardian; Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke posted extracts from Ballard's anti-consumerist novel Kingdom Come on the band's blog, in the months leading up to the release of their 2007 album, In Rainbows; Andrew Eldritch, frontman of The Sisters of Mercy has posted his favourite works of Ballard on his site; the much hyped Empire Of The Sun took their name from Ballard's novel; Nine Inch Nails' concept album Year Zero describes a world where the governments put sedatives in the water to keep the masses blinkered, dirty bombs go off in Los Angeles, climate change wreaks havoc and war is a constant reality. Sounds familiar? Even the opening song title of Madonna's Ray of Light album, Drowned World/Substitute for Love (and the Drowned World tour title) is said to be inspired by the apocalyptic 1962 novel The Drowned World.
So put something to drink, turn down the lights and immerse yourself in the world of a Ballardian band, while reading The Atrocity Exhibition. R.I.P. J.G. Ballard. You will be missed.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
- The Dandy Warhols - And Then I Remixed Of Yes
- Pop Noir - DIY
- Stellastarr* - Graffiti Eyes
- Art Brut - DC Comics And Chocolate Milkshake
- Maximo Park - A Cloud Of Mystery
- The Rakes - That's The Reason
- Green Day - Know Your Enemy
- Bowling For Soup - I Ran So Far Away
- I Hate Kate - Bed Of Black Roses
- InnerPartySystem - Don't Stop
- The Officers - Red Chapter
- Sleepin Pillow - Instrument Of Time
- Placebo - For What It's Worth
- silentAGE - Only The Good Die Young
- Gran Ronde - Set It Off
- Sleepercurve - Vultures
- Shiny Toy Guns - Major Tom
- Love-fine - Black Sunglasses
- Fangs - AC/DC
- The Ting Tings - Fruit Machine (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit)
- The Sounds - Painted By Numbers (Hassassins Remix)
- The Prodigy vs. Underworld - Omen Girl (DJ Torley Mashup)
- Future Funk Squad vs. Muse - Knights Of Cydonia (Breaks Mix)
- The Cure - A Forest (Plati/Slick Version)
- Bynar - A Prayer In The Forest
- Depeche Mode - Perfect
- 4TUNE8 - It Feels So Bad
- Annie - Anthonio (Designer Drugs Remix)
- Cowboy X - Japanese Toy
- Joy Division - Atrocity Exhibition
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Set somewhere in the dynamic field between The Cure, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Tiamat, the Scandinavian singer's songs touch and move you. Mezmerized and Fall With Me are catchy wave-jewels while Naked and Dying are full of dark atmosphere. The fabulous Beatles cover Help gives the impression the original was by Pink Floyd.
Floating above it all is the ghostly voice of (((S))), like Johan Edlund from a far and more "comfortably numb" than David Gilmour. Ghost is the ideal soundtrack to an evening with wine and candlelight but also an earthquake on the dancefloor.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
- White Lies - Unfinished Business
- InnerPartySystem - Night Is Alive
- Paper Route - Wish
- IAMX - You Can Be Happy
- Julien-K - Look At U
- War Tapes - Mind Is Ugly
- I Hate Kate - Then You Kiss
- The Prodigy - Omen (wOMAN iN pANIC Remix)
- Depeche Mode - Oh Well (Edit)
- Booka Shade - Control Me
- The Cure - Sleep When I'm Dead
- Kasabian - Vlad The Impaler
- Lowe - The Vanishing (Radio Edit)
- Mesh - Let Them Crush Us
- Fosca - It's Going To End In Tears (All I Know)
- Analog Angel - High Heels
- She Wants Revenge - Animal Attraction
- Fotonovela - Story Of My Love
- Shiny Toy Guns - Rainy Monday (Bimbo Jones Vocal Master)
- Chinese Theatre feat. Distain - Sounds Like A Melody
- Alphaville - Forever Young (Hamel Album Mix)
- MGMT - Kids
- Carolina Liar - I'm Not Over
- Apoptygma Berzerk - Trash
- Suede - Can't Get Enough
The Horrors have their origin in the early 2000s where they became interested in obscure vinyl and DJing. During trips to London and on the Southend circuit, Rhys Webb met Faris Badwan and Tom Cowan, who had attended Rugby School together, through their shared interests in 60s garage rock, and, in 2005 the three formed a band with Joshua Hayward and Joseph Spurgeon.
The band received great support from the British music press (NME in particular) and as a result their hyped to death debut Strange House (2007) entered the UK album charts at #37. A gorgeous and strange blend of punk, surf and gothic organs, this particular brand of retro goth garage is obviously built on an extremely derivative foundation of 60s garage, the Cramps, the Damned, the Birthday Party and Ministry.
Two years later, and where most bands would be happy to rest on their laurels, the black clad quintet returns with sophomore LP Primary Colours (out in May 5th on XL Recordings). Instead of trying to perfect the garage punk stylings of yore, they brought in Geoff Barrow to produce a record that sounds as if it comes from an entirelly different band. Mr. Portishead gave the boot to most of Strange House's influences in order to make way for My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Can and Joy Division. The result is in parts dark and claustrophobic like The Cure's Faith and Bauhaus and in others it has the groove of Neu! and the pop of the Psychedelic Furs. So, it is this reinvention of The Horrors that proves wrong anyone who believes they are at their best in front of a camera rather than behind instruments.
Preorder Primary Colours from Rough Trade here to get an exclusive bonus mix CD by Tom Furse and Rhys Webb, and visit The Horrors on MySpace for more info and tour dates.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Starting out on London’s live circuit in early 2004, London-based four piece Remodel started to come into their own in mid-2006. Since then, they have supported the likes of Babyshambles, The Holloways, The Sunshine Underground and The Paddingtons, taking their short sharp shots of pop-punk-perfection to new audiences. Partly mod-inspired, Remodel's tunes combine catchy lyrics with racing guitars and prove that this lot have got talent by the bucketful.
Their long anticipated debut single, the double A-Side British Racing Green / That Obscure Subject Called Desire was released in April 2007 on Sad Gnome Records, followed by Formula / Cognoscenti in early 2008. The latter song in particular is the best track Kaiser Chiefs never wrote and one of my top dancefloor fillers so far; suffice it to say that it will have you dancing your tits off in no time.
A year later the lads are back with a brand new single. La Belle Dame Sans Merci will be out next month backed with Us And Them and you can listen to both of them at the band's MySpace. So if you are a fan of Maximo Park or The Rakes stop reading now and go check Remodel out!
Remodel - Cognoscenti (free download)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home
Au Revoir Simone - Take Me As I Am
Bon Iver - Blood Bank
Feist - The Water
Papercuts - You Can Have What You Want
Waz - Hardly Enough
The Bird and The Bee - Lifespan Of A Fly
Hari and Aino - On My Usual Catch Up With Cecilia
Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band - Nikorette
No Doubt - Stand and Deliver
Little Joy - The Next Time Around
Metric - Parkdale
Awesome New Republic - Birthday
Franz Ferdinand - What You Waiting For?
Polyphonic Spree - Lithium
Florence and The Machine - Dog Days
/Are Over (Otimo Remix)
Violens - Already Oslo (Lilys Remix)
Annie - Anthonio (Designer Drugs Remix)
YACHT - Summer Song
Lady Gaga - Money Honey
Peaches - Talk To Me
The Marches - 4 a.m. Is The New Midnight
Asobi Seksu - Lions and Tigers
Bat For Lashes - Use Somebody
Pete Yorn - Lose You
Patrick Watson - Tracy's Waters
Trifonic - Lies
Greater California - Disappearing
The Dears - Lights Off
I brake for Easter.
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Patrick Wolf and Bebo are joining forces to give one girl and one boy the opportunity to win a music lesson with Patrick in London.
To enter, get yourself on film playing an instrument of your choice then send it to email@example.com.
You can record any song you like, it’s how you play it that matters!
Patrick will pick his 2 favourites and the winners will be invited to come to London in June 2009, for their music lesson.
The closing date for entries is May 31st 2009
You can watch the entries HERE
Friday, April 10, 2009
Their early work combined low-fi technology and emotional sincerity to create a sound both warm and alienating that inspired today's artists like Tiga, Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Dave Clarke and Black Strobe. Tracks like The Fashion Party sound fresh even 20 years after their release, thus proving that these two Belgians have been way ahead of their time.
Now, 11 years after their last release, The Neon Judgement return with a brand new album. April 28th sees the release of Smack, a record that proves the relevancy of their presence on today's music scene. Here's a band that is still angry - song titles like The Great Consumer, Leash and Smack! live up to their promise - and, most of all, still vintage Neon Judgement: recognisable yet firmly rooted in the new century, brawly and without compromise yet swinging and hopeful. It's good to know they're there.
Sons of an artist who designed record sleeves for such Mancunian luminaries as Joy Division, Slaughter & The Dogs and Jilted John, and played in bands alongside the likes of Primal Scream’s Toby Toman and Donald Johnson of A Certain Ratio, the McGarry brothers were weaned on the post-punk sounds that emanated from the North West of England in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Echoes of the era’s influence can be heard in the music that Joe and Luke create: hook-laden songs that delight in dragging indie rock out on the dance floor for a whirl. The first thing that comes to mind when listening to their tunes is New Order. 'Nuff said...
Visit Pop Noir on MySpace for a taste of pop at its most infectious and stay tuned for their forthcoming EP.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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Alex & Liane directed the video. They are two English people who live in Berlin, as they say. This talented duo, has also directed:
The Ting Tings - Shut up and Let me go
Scissor Sisters - Laura
and many many more, which you will find HERE
Tiga's forthcoming album will be released on April 27th and we are going to have fun with Tiga on May 9th in Thessaloniki for the Pre-Reworks Event.
Visit War Tapes on MySpace to listen to even catchier tunes and buy their self-titled EP before it sells out!
The Continental Divide Track list:
- The Night Unfolds
- Dreaming of You
- She Lied
- Start Again
- Use Me
- All the World's a Stage
- Mind is Ugly
- Rightfully Mine
- Air Filled Romance
- For Eternity
- Fast Lane
- The Strokes - Hard To Explain
- The Kilians - Fight The Start
- War Tapes - Dreaming Of You
- The Cure - The Only One
- The Killers - Spaceman (Steve Aoki & The Bloody Beetroots Remix)
- Pop Noir - Santa Ana
- Low vs. Diamond - Cinema Tonight
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Hysteric (Acoustic)
- The Kooks - Kids (Acoustic)
- David Gray - Smile Like You Mean It (Acoustic)
- Pulp - Razmatazz (Acoustic)
- James - Laid (Acoustic)
- The Smashing Pumpkins - Sweet Sweet
- Editors - An End Has A Start (Acoustic)
- Madrugada - Vocal
- White Lies - The Price Of Love
- Paper Route - Carousel
- InnerPartySystem - Heart Of Fire
- Shiny Toy Guns - Don't Cry Out
- Information Society - Run Away
- Armin Van Buuren feat.Sharon Den Adel - In & Out Of Love
- Lichtenfels - Kill The Silence
- The Prodigy - Warriors Dance
- Bynar - John & Lillian (Bynar's Revelation Remix)
- DJ not-I - MORE Cowbell (No Mercy Mix)
- Bynar - A Prayer In The Forest
- Divide & Kreate - Not My Song
- IAMX - My Secret Friend (feat. Imogen Heap)
- Depeche Mode - Wrong (Bare)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
LACRIMOSA counts to the worldwide most successful and most respected acts of the alternative music scene. Over the years the band released 9 studio albums, two live double albums, several singles, VHS and DVDs. In the German Media Control charts her albums place themselves in the foremost ranks. A collaboration with
After 4 years comes now "Sehnsucht" (longing) the long expected 10th studioalbum, which will be released on
IPS have a distinctive vision as their songs incorporate electronic beats that nod towards Pendulum, The Chemical Brothers and Squarepusher but also the melodic and aggressive energy that’s not far from what you’d find in Nine Inch Nails, Julien-K or even hardcore punk. Add to that some influence by The Killers and Shiny Toy Guns and you get the picture.
Their self-titled debut (2008) reeks of talent and shows a band with great potential. Hefty dance grooves, soaring guitars, emotive vocals and heavy synths are perfectly mixed, thus creating an undeniable energy destined to bring havoc to any dance floor cloaked in black. Fans of White Lies should really check them out.
The quartet is now putting out a new single filled with unreleased tracks, so head over to their MySpace page for more info and tour dates.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Since my last mash-up effort turned into an electro banger (Metallica vs. Black Strobe), I decided to change genre and see if I could get away with drum & bass. Still affected by The Cure gig in London, the idea of messing around with Robert Smith and Co. came naturally, but I still had to find another track to fiddle with. Luckily, a few minutes later I read about Bloc Party's forthcoming remix album and that was it. Why not make my own bootleg remix, I wondered. Thus A Prayer In The Forest was born. Give it a listen and send me your comments. You can also check out my previews mashups, too.
BTW if you feel like making your own Bloc Party mash-up, head over to www.blocparty.com. These Brits are offering the parts of Signs, Ares and Ion Square as a free download for your remixing pleasure.
Bynar - A Prayer In The Forest (Bloc Party vs. The Cure vs. Ror-Shak) (Mirror)
Bynar - Abwehr Sandman (Metallica vs. Black Strobe) (Mirror)
Bynar - Flesh Of The Problematique (Muse vs. The Hacker) (Mirror)
Bynar - I Found You After A Hundred Years (The Cure vs. Axwell) (Mirror)
Bynar - John & Lillian (Depeche Mode) (Mirror)
Sunday, April 5, 2009
The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
Lady Gaga - Poker Face (Acoustic Version)
Metric - Help I'm Alive (Acoustic)
Florence And The Machine - Girl With One Eye
Tori Amos - Welcome To England
Bang Gang - Stop In The Name Of Love
O+S - Lonely Ghosts
The Ballet - I Hate The War
Psapp - Mister Ant
Mike Flowers Pops - Venus As A Boy
Death Cab For Cutie - Talking Bird (Demo)
Harlem Shakes - Unhurried Hearts (Passaic Pastoral)
The Main Drag - Take Them Down
VV Brown - Leave!
Malajube - Porte Disparu
Animal Collective - My Girls
Little Boots - Stuck On Repeat
The Freemasons - Heartbreak
/Make Me A Dancer (feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor)
Ladytron - Tomorrow
Patrick Wolf - Vulture
Dolly Parton - Jolene (Jonathron Remix)
The Killers - Four Winds
Beirut - My Night With The Prostitute From Marseille
Fever Ray - Seven
Uh Huh Her - Common Reaction
PJ Harvey & John Parish - Black Hearted Love
Gomez - Airstream Driver
The Marches - Cold Shoulder
Rod Thomas - Same Old Lines
I was gonna give you naked people. But this is funnier.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
The band is currently invading Europe with more US tour dates to follow. The final UK date is Saturday April 18th at Brixton Academy and Liam has promised to drop a couple of old tunes for the lucky bastards who will make it on that day. Visit theprodigy.com, vote from the following list and you'll get to hear the two most requested tracks on the night.
RHYTHM OF LIFE / WIND IT UP / GIRLS / THE HEAT THE ENERGY / MESCALINE / BREAK N ENTER / NO GOOD
My vote would certainly go to Break And Enter and Rhythm Of Life ;-)
The Prodigy - Warrior's Dance
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Anyway, their debut full length Stop Heartbeat followed last year, and we're talking about a record filled with synth textured chambers and dance-pop beats. These blokes are huge fans of the 80's New Wave movement and electro-pop outfits and it shows as they are definitely channeling Bernard Sumner and Co. Culling from influences from New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Tears For Fears and even The Cure (I know, you saw that one coming from a mile away :-P), The Foxglove Hunt manage to produce upbeat and danceable tracks destined to make your day and leave a smile upon your face. At least all the necessary elements are there: catchy electronic beats, dreamy synths and high-pitched, breathy boy vocals.
With all this '80s nostalgia revival that is evident in today's music, especially due to The Killers and their peers, one can only wonder why The Foxglove Hunt haven't make it big yet. I mean, just look at the hype surrounding bands like Cut Copy and Empire Of The Sun. The Phoenix duo runs circles around them! This is one of the rare times I listen to an album and dig ALL of its tracks! So what are you waiting for? Visit The Foxglove Hunt on MySpace now!
- Black Room - Italian Girlfriend
- White Lies - Taxidermy
- White Rose Movement - London's Mine
- CatPeople - Coohagen
- Julien-K - Kick The Bass (She Wants Revenge Remix)
- War Tapes - The Night Unfolds
- Interpol - Slow Hands
- The Exloding Boy - Shot Down
- The Killers - Four Winds
- Eagle Seagull - You Can't Call Yourself A Secret
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero (Radio Edit)
- Chew Lips - Solo
- I Hate Kate - Major Tom
- Apoptygma Berzerk - Trash
- Echo Image - The Neverending Story
- Pet Shop Boys - Flamboyant
- IAMX - The Negative Sex (I Will Shank You For A Penny Remix)
- Lethargy - Ginger Up
- Freeland - Under Control (Alex Metric Remix)
- Aggro1 - The Clash vs. The Bloody Beetroots
- Bynar - A Prayer In The Forest (Bloc Party vs. The Cure)
- John B feat. Marcy Meow - Tainted Love
- Shiny Toy Guns - Stripped
- Hooverphonic - In Bloom
- Marilyn Manson - We're From America
- Placebo - Nancy Boy (Sex Mix)
- Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
- Primal Scream - Suicide Sally & Johnny Guitar
- The Sisters Of Mercy - We Are The Same Susanne (Live)
- The Cure - A Strange Day
Inspired by groups such as The Comsat Angels, The Manic Street Preachers, Suede, The Sound and For Against, Blacklist is simultaneously celebratory and melancholy, replacing the hysterical protest song of the 20th century with anthems for a new generation weaned on amusement and starved for confrontation. In today's world of faith-based violence, global disjuncture and volatile identity politics, they create the soundtrack to an explosive resistance. The snide refusal of nihilism makes a loud and heavy romantic sound.
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