|19 May, 2013|
Today the UK newspaper Sunday Times features the 4 millon UK pound house of Alan Wilder (ex-Depeche Mode) as 'Celebrity Home of the Week'. Here's the text that accompanies the above picture: "Owned by Alan Wilder, formerly of Depeche Mode, Storries, near Horsham, is an art-deco house with all the trappings of celeb life, from a multi-purpose gym to a steel & glass courtyard, a lift and build-in surround sound. The 1930s property has eight bedrooms, a wine cellar and staff accommodation, all set in 30 acres, with a Victorian Greenhouse, a pool and tennis court."
The house is currently for sale, if interested, hit Savills at 01444 446000. You can also check out the house on this website (worth a check). In all, 29.98 acres of history. (...)
|16 May, 2013|
In a post on Facebook Nine Inch Nails bassist (founding member of Jane's Addiction) Eric Avery has announced that he won't be touring with Nine Inch Nails. Says Avery: "its with very mixed emotions I tell you all that I'm pulling out of NIN. I know. its been a tough call and I don't know if its the right one. but I really want to focus on my musical life here in la, on film work in particular. as the tour dates kept growing… I just got overwhelmed. I just got home from a year of heavy travel with garbage, the idea of leaving town for another year and a half, and with all the intensity that nails demands… fortunately my friend Trent understands all this and appreciated my pulling the plug now instead of deep into 2013 and 14. go get em gentlemen."
No news on who will be replacing Avery.
In related news, if you expect new material to be played during the next concerts, cross your fingers because it doesn't look like it will happen. Trent Reznor was quoted saying "There isn't any new material to play except from a couple of tracks Adrian and I started experimenting on that were intended to go on a greatest hits record. We decided to push that back to 2014, and there's no new record scheduled at this point."
More info soon. (...)
|16 May, 2013|
For the first time in 15 years, electronica pioneering act Leftfield is recording new material that will be heard for the first time when Leftfield will appear at The Playground Festival the 7th June at Brixton Academy. Says Neil Barnes: "A lot of people were bugging us to make a new album, so I thought, ‘Sod it, yeah alright’. So that's what I've been doing the last two years. I'll probably play some new stuff in my set when I play Brixton."
Other bands playing at the festival are:
- SQUAREPUSHER - LIVE / LEFTFIELD / GARY NUMAN- (Full band LIVE) / DIGITALISM- LIVE / [UNKLE]- James Lavelle / VITALIC – LIVE / BOOKA SHADE- LIVE / JAMES ZABIELA / THE ORB – LIVE / JUAN ATKINS + MODEL 500- LIVE / DERRICK MAY / KEVIN SAUNDERSON / KAVINSKY / CASSIUS / PANTHA DU PRINCE- LIVE / TOKIMONSTA / CRAIG RICHARDS / X-PRESS 2 / JOHN FOXX & THE MATHS / WOLFGANG FLUR [ex Kraftwerk] / NATHAN FAKE / LUKE VIBERT / LUKE SOLOMON / BODDIKA / DEADBOY / KRYSTAL KLEAR / NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS / FANTASTIC MR. FOX / OM UNIT / WILDKATS / SEVERINO / DAN BEAUMONT / LUKE UNABOMBER / WHYT NOYZ / MOLO / THE NINETYS / DAKTYL / FLECHETTE / CHARLIE TRAPLIN / MAXX BAER / TEMPLA
In other words, a great line-up for the electronic music fans.
For those scratching their head and wondering who Leftfield is, here is some catching up data. Leftfield is a British electronic band which formed in 1989 in London, England and until recently consisted of Neil Barnes and Paul Daley (formerly of The Rivals, A Man Called Adam and the Brand New Heavies). Note that as of now Daley is no longer involved in the band and is instead focusing upon his solo career.
The duo were hugely influential in the evolution of electronic music in the 1990s and were notable for their use of guest vocalists in their electronic music. Among the more prominent were Toni Halliday, on "Original", Johnny Rotten on "Open Up", Djum Djum on "Afro-Left" and Earl 16 and Cheshire Cat on "Release the Pressure".
|16 May, 2013|
Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy has just started the Mr. Moonlight Tour, celebrating 35 years of Bauhaus as we reported earlier.
Murphy, who has started working with producer Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve) on the follow up to his 2011 solo effort, "Ninth" (Nettwerk), will spend 3 months touring North America and Europe with a full band performing only Bauhaus material.
Says Peter: "Since 2006, I have included my Bauhaus work into my solo work as a way of tipping my hat to my own audience… those who discovered my early work as well as new and old fans of those years strong wishes to hear the music of my band crackle and spark in the live arena. Being the foremost advocate of this Bauhaus work, I decided the time was ripe to at last give a pure Bauhaus experience in one Mr. Moonlight world tour. Mr. Moonlight is alive and well, don't doubt it."
On June 3rd, Murphy will land in Brussels for a concert at the Ancienne Belgique. Tickets can be bought right here. (...)
|16 May, 2013|
Google has launched a competitor to Spotify, Deezer, Rdio etc. Yes, the mogul has launched itself on the music streaming market (something we talked about not so long ago actually) in order to defend the market position of its Android mobile product offering one can assume.
The on-demand subscription music service is called Google Play Music All Access (a name they partially nicked from MOG's first incarnation in 2009 which was called 'All Access') and launched today in the US for $9.99 / month (there is no free version). It comes with a free trial month, and sign-ups before June 30th get it for $7.99 / month.
So what's the difference with Spotify, Deezer etc? Nothing really except for the not so important extra that everything from your Google Music locker will be automatically pulled into Google Play Music All Access. 'Not so important' because this is actually only interesting when you have a bootleg collection or other unreleased tracks because all the rest of the music will (or should) most probably be available in the service. But before you think this is unique to the new Google service, known that by syncing your smartphone you can do exactly the same on Spotify for example.
The only big players that are now left behind to join the music streaming race are Apple and Amazon. Apple lives some delicate negotiations with the main major record labels due to the low pay that Apple has in mind for its streaming radio offering (Apple wanting to pay a similar sum per stream like Pandora does which is far less - 10 times less - than Spotify for instance pays) and Amazon hasn't really shown an interest yet (they are probably too busy preparing their own smartphone and OS). To be continued.
More countries will get Google Play Music All Access soon. Let's hope that Google will also soon stop financing illegal music download sites… (...)
|15 May, 2013|
Last night I received a mail from the PR-agent from the Luxembourg based act Monophona if I could check his band out. You could think, 'so what?', but I get hundreds of these mail each week, and usually I don't bother checking them out. Why? The mails often have no link to sound files to start with and usually only have 2 or 3 lines of text (mostly selling 'this is the best band ever'). But this particular e-mail had sound file links. And despite the mail being a mass mail-out, the message appealed to me and so I decided to check out the links. And I'm glad I did. (You can actually check them out as first track in our Spotify playlist.)
The trio from Luxemburg consists of electronic producer Chook, folk songwriter Claudine and drummer/percussionist Jorsch. Their debut album "The Spy" came out in November 2012 and is a pearl I must say (I have been listening to it since last night). Below you can listen to a free download of "Give Up" from the band's debut album "The Spy" and their cover of Morrissey's "Everyday Is Like Sunday". The band has an own sound that dwells between Portishead or even Björk but with a more melodic feel to it.
Or how an e-mail can change things if it is well written and holds the correct links… The band will play their first UK live shows at The Great Escape on May 17 (Queens bar - The Great Escape, Brighton) and May 18 (Komedia bar - The Great Escape, Brighton) this weekend, check it out if you can. (...)
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In a post on Facebook Nine Inch Nails bassist (founding member of Jane's Addiction) Eric Avery has announced that he won't be touring with Nine Inch Nails. (...)
For the first time in 15 years, electronica pioneering act Leftfield is recording new material that will be heard for the first time when Leftfield will appear at The Playground Festival the 7th June at Brixton Academy. (...)
Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy has just started the Mr. Moonlight Tour, celebrating 35 years of Bauhaus as we reported earlier. (...)
Google has launched a competitor to Spotify, Deezer, Rdio etc. Yes, the mogul has launched itself on the music streaming market. (...)
Last night I received a mail from the manager from the Luxembourg based act Monophona if I could check his band out. (...)
Zarthas, the self-proclaimed electrorockers from Oulu, Finland are back with their 2nd album entitled 'Spit/Ignite'. (...)
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