R.E.M. offer free download from forthcoming ‘Collapse Into Now’ album. R.E.M. are set to release their eagerly anticipated new album, ‘Collapse Into Now’, on March 7th 2011. To celebrate their 30th anniversary and the release of their 15th album, R.E.M. are currently giving away the epic ‘Discoverer’, the first song from ‘Collapse Into Now’, as a free download on their website www.remhq.com. Recorded in Berlin’s legendary Hansa Studios (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Brian Eno, Depeche Mode) as well as Nashville and New Orleans, ‘Collapse Into Now’ was produced by Jacknife Lee, who also produced their acclaimed ‘Accelerate’ album, alongside the band themselves.
The ‘Collapse Into Now’ tracklisting is:
2. ‘All the Best’
4. ‘Oh My Heart’
5. ‘It Happened Today’ (featuring Eddie Vedder)
6. ‘Every Day Is Yours to Win’
7. ‘Mine Smell Like Honey’
8. ‘Walk It Back’
9. ‘Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter’ (featuring Peaches and Lenny Kaye)
10. ‘That Someone Is You’
11. ‘Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I’
12. ‘Blue’ (featuring Patti Smith)
The Roundhouse and EMI dedicate September to emerging talent with 30/30. The Roundhouse has joined forces with EMI for the second year for 30/30, a groundbreaking youth project designed to cultivate and develop new and emerging talent. Every day this September, 30/30 will offer unsigned artists – between the ages of 16-25 – free recording time in the Roundhouse’s PRS/EMI Live Music Studio, along with top guest producers to professionally record and mix their track for free. Across the summer, the Roundhouse invited unsigned artists to submit their tracks for a chance to be included in 30/30 ‘ the result was an eclectic mix of music from hopefuls across the UK which has been whittled down to a selection of winners, ranging from Brighton’s young indie hopeful Max Pope to acoustic folk outfit Ajimal from North Shields. Confirmed producers include Joe Fields (Amy MacDonald, Mystery Jets), Kevin Paul (Mute Records artists including Nick Cave and Depeche Mode, David Bowie), and Abbey Road Studio’s Pete Hutchings and Mirek Stiles. On 13 October, the lucky acts chosen by the Roundhouse team will have the opportunity to put their questions to a panel of EMI experts from all areas of the music industry – from artist management and marketing, through to publishing and A&R. Last year’s project was a huge success, attracting submissions from hundreds of aspiring artists, which culminated in the 30/30 Compilation Album 2009, a collection of 30 tracks featuring artists such as Ghosts You Echo, Hella Better Dancer and Ken Kobayashi, all of which have since signed recording deals with the Roundhouse’s in-house label, Roundhouse Records. Albums cost just £8 and all proceeds go directly back into providing more opportunities to aspiring musicians.
Thirty Seconds To Mars massive tour. Fast on their way to becoming one of the world’s biggest bands, Thirty Seconds To Mars’ status in the UK has already been proven with shows this year that include a sold-out arena tour as well as a headline slot on the second stage at Download Festival. Their undeniable popularity continues to grow with the confirmation of their biggest UK tour to date which commences at the end of November. The tour, including a show at London’s 02 Arena on November 30th, will see the band play to a combined audience of over 50,000 people (support provided by Enter Shikari).
29th – The Brighton Centre
30th – London, The O2 Arena
1st – Birmingham, NIA
3rd – Aberdeen, AECC
4th – Manchester, Central
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 18th June at a price of £23.50 for London and £22 for all other dates. www.gigsandtours.com & www.ticketmaster.co.uk Aside from the arena shows and Download, Thirty Seconds To Mars are also set to play further festival dates at Oxegen and T in the Park. Thirty Seconds To Mars will follow their triumphant Download set with the July 19th release of the new single ‘Closer To The Edge’. Co-produced by Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails), Steve Lillywhite (The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel) and Thirty Seconds To Mars, the uplifting ‘Close To The Edge’ is led by Jared Leto’s soaring vocals and backed with an undercurrent of electronic flourishes. Taken from the global hit album ‘This is War’, ‘Close to The Edge’ features backing vocals courtesy of the band’s fan community The Echelon, who contributed to the album’s recording during sessions in nine different countries stretching from America to Australia. Formed by brothers Jared and Shannon Leto and completed by Tomo Milicevic, Thirty Seconds To Mars have won numerous awards and accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award, three MTV EMAs, an MTV Latin and Asia Award, a Fuse Award, and three Kerrang! Awards.
Teenage Cancer Trust auction exclusive signed merchandise. To celebrate 10 years of music and comedy at the Royal Albert Hall, Teenage Cancer Trust is auctioning exclusive signed merchandise from legendary artists. The exclusive catalogue includes signed t-shirts, programmes and show laminates from this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall concerts. The star studded line up includes The Who, Noel Gallagher, Depeche Mode, Suede, JLS, Arctic Monkeys, The Specials, Them Crooked Vultures, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding and more. In addition to the show merchandise, a one-off signed Marshall Amp by Muse is also up for grabs. Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual concerts have become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the British music calendar. Now into their tenth year, the concerts were the brainchild of Teenage Cancer Trust Patron and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE. Each year, the shows have featured some of the world’s biggest bands and artists. Teenage Cancer Trust believes that teenagers should not have to stop being teenagers, just because they have cancer. The charity funds and develops specialist teenage cancer units within NHS hospitals which enable young people to be treated together, by an expert team, in the best possible environment. Teenage Cancer Trust focuses on quality of life and aims to improve the chances of survival for young people with cancer. Since its inception in 1990, the charity has opened a total of 15 units and plans to build enough so that, by 2012, every single teenager in the UK can have access to the support they provide. To find out more or to make you bid visit www.teenagecancertrust.org
The Specials are to receive the Outstanding Contribution prize at this year’s NME Awards. The British ska band – whose career has spanned over 30 years and who are known for their political lyrics – will be presented with the prestigious accolade at the music magazine’s annual ceremony on February 24 at London’s 02 Academy Brixton. The band – fronted by Terry Hall – will close the event with a performance of their biggest hits, which include ‘Ghost Town’, ‘Too Much Too Young’ and ‘Rat Race’. In recognition of the Teenage Cancer Trust’s work, NME has renamed the accolade The Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award. NME Editor Krissi Murison said: “There are few bands you can truly call revolutionary, but The Specials are certainly one of them. After 30 years of entertaining and inspiring in equal measure, it is an honour to have them at the NME Awards.” Other nominees at this year’s NME Awards include Arctic Monkeys who are up for seven accolades and Kasabian who have six nominations. It was also announced yesterday (01.02.10) The Specials will perform at one of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust concerts on March 29. The charity was created ten years ago by The Who and aims to provide specialist teenage cancer units at UK hospitals. It has so far raised over £8.7 million. Other acts confirmed to perform this year include Noel Gallagher – who will be playing his first shows since quitting Oasis – Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys and The Who.
The unstoppable rise of Thirty Seconds To Mars continues with the confirmation that they will play their biggest UK tour to date in February 2010. The tour heralds the band’s ascension into British arenas and includes a major show at London’s Wembley Arena. Thirty Seconds To Mars previewed the December 7th release of their highly anticipated new album ‘THIS IS WAR’ with an intimate low-key show at London’s Koko on November Continue reading →
A universe of dueling strangers, deserted lakehouses, speeding cars, and a lonely mail-order bride. A place of violent encounters with bakers, where simpletons and the treacherous mingle in a dreamland of the absurd. A place where a blissfully infectious electro-pop song can hide dark and turbulent lyrical depths under it’s glistening surface. The visionary behind this vivid, abstract world, is 19-year old Ben Garrett, a self-taught musician who is living years beyond his peers in both talent and creative scope. Having already been called upon to Continue reading →
Innerpartysystem have put their own unique spin on a new Beastie Boys track, available for streaming at www.myspace.com/innerpartysystem. Their bootleg was enabled by a much sought-after Beastie Boys vinyl, only 500 of which were made. Somehow, Innerpartysystem managed to get their hands on one of the vinyls which were inserted into random packages for the ‘Check Your Head’ reissue that was released recently. The tracklisting for this strictly limited vinyl was. The Innerpartysystem remix is of an a capella titled BBoys in the Cut. IPS just released their Heart of Fire EP in the UK and have recently returned to their native US after a series of packed-out headline shows plus stunning performances at Camden Crawl and Give It A Name. The four members of innerpartysystem hail from the small towns that surround Reading, Pennsylvania. The rural, stark nature of the landscape has certainly had an effect on the band’s sound which incorporates throbbing electronic beats with the aesthetic of a rock band whom, like Nine Inch Nails, Pendulum and Prodigy, aren’t afraid to mix styles and mess with the formula. Innerpartysystem worked with a stellar line-up of producers and engineers on their self-titled debut album, released last year – Stuart Price (Madonna, Missy Elliott, The Killers, Gwen Stefani), Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine) and Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, Goldfrapp).
Originally a product of Britain’s new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electro-pop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era. The roots of Depeche Mode date to 1976, when Basildon, England-based keyboardists Vince Clarke and Andrew Fletcher first teamed to form the group No Romance in China. The band proved short-lived, and by 1979 Clarke had formed French Look, another duo featuring guitarist/keyboardist Martin Gore; Fletcher soon signed on, and the group rechristened itself Composition of Sound. Initially, Clarke handled vocal chores, but in 1980 singer David Gahan was brought in to complete the lineup. After one final name change to Depeche Mode, the quartet members jettisoned all instruments excluding their synthesizers, honing a slick, techno-based sound to showcase Clarke’s catchy melodies. After building a following on the London club scene, Depeche Mode debuted in 1980 with “Photographic,” a track included on the Some Bizzare Album label compilation. After signing to Mute Records, they issued “Dreaming of Me” in early 1981; while neither the single nor its follow-up, “New Life,” caused much of a stir, their third effort, “Just Can’t Get Enough,” became a Top Ten U.K. hit, and their 1981 debut LP, Speak and Spell, was also a success. Just as Depeche Mode appeared poised for a major commercial breakthrough, however, principal songwriter Clarke abruptly exited to form Yazoo with singer Alison Moyet, leaving the group’s future in grave doubt. As Gore grabbed the band’s songwriting reins, the remaining trio recruited keyboardist Alan Wilder to fill the technological void created by Clarke’s departure. While 1982′s A Broken Frame deviated only slightly from Depeche Mode’s earlier work, Gore’s ominous songs grew more assured and sophisticated by the time of 1983′s Construction Time Again. Some Great Reward, issued the following year, was their artistic and commercial breakthrough, as Gore’s dark, kinky preoccupations with spiritual doubt (“Blasphemous Rumours”) and psychosexual manipulation (“Master and Servant”) came to the fore; the egalitarian single “People Are People” was a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic and typified the music’s turn toward more industrial textures. Released in 1986, the atmospheric Black Celebration continued the trend toward grim melancholy and further established the group as a major commercial force. After the superb single “Strangelove,” Depeche Mode issued 1987′s Music for the Masses; a subsequent sold-out tour yielded the 1989 double live set 101 as well as a concert film directed by the legendary D.A. Pennebaker. Still, despite an enormous fan base, the group was considered very much an underground cult phenomenon prior to the release of 1990′s Violator, a Top Ten smash that spawned the hits “Enjoy the Silence,” “Policy of Truth,” and “Personal Jesus.” With the alternative music boom of the early ’90s, Depeche Mode emerged as one of the world’s most successful acts, and their 1993 LP Songs of Faith and Devotion entered the charts in the number one slot. However, at the peak of its success, the group began to unravel; first Wilder exited in 1995, and then Gahan was the subject of a failed suicide attempt. (He later entered a drug rehabilitation clinic to battle an addiction to heroin.) After a four-year layoff, Depeche Mode continued onward as a trio and released 1997′s Ultra, which featured the hits “Barrel of a Gun” and “It’s No Good.” A year later, the band embarked on a tour in support of their newly released hits album, The Singles 86>98. Depeche Mode played 64 shows in 18 countries for over one million fans. Each member took some considerable time off after the tour’s completion, and Depeche Mode would not regroup for another three years. Exciter, the band’s follow-up to Ultra, was released in 2001, with the singles “Dream On” and “I Feel Loved” finding moderate success on international radio outlets. Two years later, Gahan issued his debut solo album, the dark and sultry Paper Monsters. Gore also followed suit by issuing the all-covers Counterfeit², a full-length sequel to his similarly themed 1989 EP. Each member supported his work with respective tours of the U.S. and Europe; however, the band soon resumed working together, and Playing the Angel, their 11th studio album, became a Top Ten hit upon its release in October 2005. Produced by Ben Hillier (Doves, Blur, U2, Elbow) and studded with singles like “Precious” and “John (The Revelator),” it topped the album charts in 18 countries and went multi-platinum and/or gold in 20 countries. Depeche Mode went on to play for more than 2.5 million fans worldwide, and the DVD release Touring the Angel: Live in Milan (2006) captured one of the band’s greatest shows. Sounds of the Universe, also made with the assistance of Hillier, arrived in early 2009. Gigs:
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PINKPOP, Landgraaf, Holland, 30 May-1 June Rock festival Pinkpop celebrates its 40th instalment this year. Set in the town of Landgraaf, also home to the largest indoor ski piste in Europe and 134 miles from Amsterdam, thedemocratic festival invites its 100,000 guests to have a say on three of the acts. Booked to headline this momentous year are Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, The Kooks, Depeche Mode, Bruce Springsteen and Placebo and many more.
Festivalbus coaches depart the UK on 29th May, cross the channel on a late night ferry and arrive in the morning on the 30th, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to sort your camping area out before the music starts.
This year Festivalbus is running coaches to Pinkpop from Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, London, Manchester and Southampton so it’s even easier to get to Pinkpop!
Head over to www.festivalbus.co.uk/booking.asp to get your tickets
Depeche Mode’s chart topping album ‘Sounds Of The Universe’ soared into the No.1 spot this week, across 14 countries in Europe and South America. It also went straight in at No.2 in the UK (narrowly missing out on No.1), France, Norway, Portugal and No.3 in the US. The album proved to be a huge hit in the US, hitting the top spot in the Alternative, Digital and Electronic charts. Depeche Mode’s exquisite new single ‘Peace’ is out June 15th – an album highlight and the follow-up to ‘Wrong’. Their seismic ‘Tour of the Universe’ kicks off this month in Israel (May 10th), which features a sold-out show at London’s O2, May 30th. The band made their debut performance on Later With Jools Holland on Tuesday, which included their recent single ‘Wrong’ and the classic ‘Personal Jesus’. The extended show goes out tonight, on BBC2. Depeche Mode performing ‘Wrong’ live on Later .
The London/Brighton based four piece returned to the studio a few weeks ago with Luke Smith (formally of Clor) to record some tracks that will form a new EP entitled ‘Matching Hearts/Similar Parts’. Luke Smith has just returned from L.A. where he has been working on Depeche Mode’s forthcoming album.
The EP is due for release on legendary label Geffen on 8th June 2009.
The band are fast developing as one of the most intelligent, forward thinking bands around, and although having only left school last year, the EP will be the band’s third release so far.
Tracks to be included on ‘Matching Hearts/Similar Parts’ are ‘St.George’, ‘I Don’t Not Love You’, ‘Bells At Midnight’ and ‘Racing Race’.
Full live dates are below:
29 – Snowbombing Festival, Austria
24 – Camden Crawl
25 – Camden Crawl
01 – London Calling, Amsterdam
08 – Red Room, Nottingham – w/Hockey
11 – Plug & Play, Reading – w/Hockey
12 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – w/Hockey
13 – The Cellar, Portsmouth – w/Hockey
14 – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton