Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese dies, 70 years old

26 Jan, 2015

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Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese dies, 70 years old

Very bad news reaches us from the Tangerine Dream camp. Edgar Froese unexpectedly passed away in Vienna last Tuesday from the effects of a pulmonary embolism. Tangerine Dream was a very influential German electronic 'Krautrock' band which Froese founded in Berlin in 1967. Our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to his family.

In 2011 another Tangerine Dream member, Conrad Schnitzler, lost his battle against stomach cancer. (...)

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D.A.F. calls it quits and announces farewell-tour

26 Jan, 2015

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D.A.F. calls it quits and announces farewell-tour

It's over for the German band D.A.F. (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft). The duo Gabriel "Gabi" Delgado-López and Robert Görl R.Goerl co-formed D.A.F. in 1978 together with Kurt "Pyrolator" Dahlke, Michael Kemner and Wolfgang Spelmans. Daniel Miller signed D.A.F. to Mute Records but when the band shrank to just Delgado and Görl, the duo decided to leave Mute and sign to Virgin Records.

It's not the first time that the duo calls its quits, the band also split during the recording of "Für immer", but they reunited in 1985 to record "1st Step to Heaven", their only album in English. They also reformed for the 2003 album "Fünfzehn neue D.A.F.-Lieder" and again split before they could make another album. In 2010 the band returned with a new single "Du Bist DAF", limited to 2010 copies.

The band leaves a string of hits including "Kebab-Träume" and "Der Mussolini".

To end (again) in beauty, the band now plans a 'Goodbye Tour' which starts later in May in Moscow, Russia. Know that both members have unreleased solo material waiting to be released, so you haven't heard the last word from them yet. (...)

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The Frozen Autumn launch new EP 'Lie in wait' as picture vinyl - order here

23 Jan, 2015

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The Frozen Autumn launch new EP 'Lie in wait' as picture vinyl

Out via Calembour Records by early February is The Frozen Autumn's new EP "Lie in wait". Released as a 12" 45rpm picture vinyl and limited to just 500 hand-numbered copies, this maxi-single contains 3 completely unreleased tracks + a new remix of the song "Sidereal Solitude", taken from their previous album "Chirality".

You can order your copy right here, but be fast! The band is currently working on their new full-length album. (...)

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Here's what the vinyl 'comeback' really looks like

22 Jan, 2015

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Here's what the vinyl 'comeback' really looks like

Max Roser, researcher at the university of Oxford posted a graphic showing what the vinyl 'comeback' really looks like. And it's not one that looks like a comeback. The info is not all that shocking to those who know the ins and outs of the music industry. The fact that the market is slightly growing is already a small miracle. Note that Roser posted no links to the research on which this graphic is based on, but still, you can be pretty sure that what he posted on Twitter corresponds with reality.

Earlier articles have already shown that the vinyl industry is depending on very few vinyl production companies, old machines and a constant risk of failing press plants. Nevertheless, vinyl remains a product which many audiophiles like to cherish, if not for the audiophile qualities, it is for the collector's value of it.

Speaking about the audiophile qualities of vinyl, a few days ago we were discussing vinyl with Alan Wilder from Recoil (ex-Depeche Mode) and here is what he said: "A ‘pure' analogue signal is indeed very desirable. However utilising vinyl, to extract it, is highly overrated - there are many restrictions & compromises one has to make to cut to vinyl, mainly at the bass end and the only way to really get the best out of it is by using extremely high-end equipment. Most people don't but go on about the wonderful warmth and so on. They ignore the compressed thin bass, the surface noise and distortion but somehow hear all the magic. I’d stick to digital - but not MP3 - Apple lossless or higher. The best thing about owning the vinyl is not the listening but the caressing and smelling:)."

Don't it stop you to check out these fine vinyl releases from the electro-industrial world! (...)

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Orders accepted now for new Energy Rekords compilation 'Anarchy in the E.Y. – Eletronically Up Yours'

21 Jan, 2015

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Orders accepted now for new Energy Rekords compilation 'Anarchy in the E.Y. – Eletronically Up Yours'

As you could read 2 days ago on Side-Line, Energy Rekords returns after lying dormant for many many years. One of the 2 brand new releases for this swedish cult label is the wave punk rock cover compilation called "Anarchy in the E.Y. – Eletronically Up Yours" for which orders are being accepted right now.

The 19 track compilation "Anarchy in the E.Y. – Eletronically Up Yours" features 19 artists doing electronic versions of 1977 first wave punk rock songs. Songs included are tracks from the Sex Pistols, Ramones, Buzzcocks, Damned, Generation X, Sham 69 etc. all done in electronic synthpop, minimal, EBM versions. The bands who covered these songs include Page, Biomekkanik, Sista Mannen På Jorden, Compute, Counterfeit, Clark Gable, Independent State etc. The release was compiled by Eddie Bengtsson (Page, S.P.O.C.K., Last Man on Earth, Sista Mannen på Jorden etc. ).

The tracklist:

  1. Biomekkanik - Young Savage 3:24
  2. 12th House - No More Heroes 3:46
  3. The Future - Nervous Wreck 2:22
  4. Counterfeit - Set Myself on Fire 4:04
  5. Sista Mannen På Jorden - Actiontime Vision 2:46
  6. Den Där Killen - Fan Mail 4:18
  7. Clark Gable - Ready steady go 3:02
  8. Compute - Hong Kong Garden 2:56
  9. Arachnophobias - London Girls 3:52
  10. Steelberry Clones - Watching the Detectives 3:46
  11. Amusik - God save the Queen 4:56
  12. Dvala - Problem Child 4:30
  13. 319 T - Don't push Me around 3:30
  14. aKenny-1 - Ever fallen in Love 2:48
  15. Angaudlinn - Just 13 3:38
  16. DJ Man-Machine feat. Sleezy - Gary Gilmores Eyes 2:58
  17. MrDoonut - The KKK took My Baby away 2:56
  18. Independent State - Borstal Breakout 3:19
  19. Page – Commando 3:06
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March release for new Prager Handgriff album 'Roburit' - get yours now

21 Jan, 2015

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March release for new Prager Handgriff album 'Roburit' - get yours now

"Roburit" is the brand-new 10th album by Stefan Chaefer and Volker Rathmann aka. Prager Handgriff. The album arrives just in time for the band's 25th anniversary and will be out by mid-March. The album was recorded during 2014 and consists of 14 all new tracks.

Get it right here. (...)

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D.A.F. calls it quits and announces farewell-tour

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