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New Romantic Reunions: Spandau Ballet and Culture Club

The 80s revival has been going strong. In the last few years you may have had the opportunity to see New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, OMD and several other 80s pioneers in concerts. Two more pioneers are joining the mix – Spandau Ballet and Culture Club.

Spandau Ballet has just released a new greatest hits called “The Story” which features 19 songs, include 3 brand new tracks. Among the new tracks is This Is The Love which sounds like a perfect 80s new romantic hit single, complete with saxophone!
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Johnny Jewel releases new material from Chromatics

Pioneer of the Drive sound, Johnny Jewel, has been trickling in a series of new releases on his Soundcloud page over the last several weeks for our listening pleasure. From Chromatics, there are new songs Shadow and White Light, both of which are fantastic and will please fans who have been pining for more music from Chromatics. Additionally you will find a cover of Blue Moon and a track called I Can’t Keep Running, which is an alternate version of the fan favorite song Cherry.
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Download a FREE 13 track Depeche Mode Tribute from Synth Records!!!

It’s a Sea of Synth!!! The good folks at Synth Records, in conjunction with Trick or Treat Radio and have dropped an absolutely free love letter to Depeche Mode. The 13-track tribute, Enjoy The Covers, runs the gamut of classic hits like Never Let Me Down, People Are People, Stripped and Enjoy the Silence to obscure tracks like Corrupt and The Bottom Line.

The roster is a Who’s Who of Synth Records with a ton of artists you’re used to hearing on Strangeways Radio including Teeel, Alexis, BLSHS, Another Green World, Aeon Rings and The Deathless.
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Check out New Order’s Chicago setlist, live video of two new tracks!

Lots of Strangies trekked to Chicago last night to see New Order live at the Aragon Ballroom. All reports are of an amazing show. An added bonus was the premiere of a brand new track, Plastic! Check out a live video of the Plastic performance as well as Singularity from Lollapalooza Brazil. Singularity also made last night’s setlist.
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French Electronic trio Télépopmusik return with new single, Sound, ft. Ride’s Mark Gardener on vocals.

Oh the heyday of great songs in automobile commercials. Remember Télépopmusik’s Breathe from the Mitsubishi Outlander commercial back in 2003??? The French Electeonic trio has been fairly quiet since, with only their 2001 debut Genetic World and the follow up Angel Milk in 2005.

Following the release of their 2013 comeback EP, Try Me Anyway/Fever, they have announced a full length 3rd EP. Ears will definitely be perking up with the new single and video for Sound, featuring former Ride frontman Mark Gardener on vocals. The single is available digitally but you can stream it first below.
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Sinead O’Connor debuts new look and new single Take Me To The Church

Sinead O’Connor’s newest album, titled I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, is scheduled to be released on August 12th.  Today, she has released the very catchy first single Take Me To Church much to the delight of her fans.  Along with … Continue reading

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Stream 25-track Italian Joy Division tribute LP, 3.5 Decades, an Italian Webzine has released a 25-track Joy Divison tribute LP today. 3​.​5 Decades – A Joy Division Italian Tribute features takes on Joy Division classics like She’s Lost Control, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Atmosphere, Shadowplay, Ceremony and more. Also featured is The Shade, ft former Strangeways Radio DJ Derfel, turning in a take on These Days.
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Marc Spitz takes on Twee in his new book, Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film

Marc Spitz, author How Soon Is Never, Poseur: A Memoir of Downtown New York City in the ’90s, We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk, and biographies on Bowie, Jagger and Green Day is taking on relatively untouched subject….TWEE! For those in the know, you are surely enthralled with this idea. For others, this might sound like yet another ridiculous sub-genre.

Twee is a mostly British term, defined by Merriam-Webster as affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint. Musically, it has its origins in C86, a cassette mixtape put out by NME in 1986 that basically spawned a genre. Some of the names involved were Primal Scream, Soup Dragons, The Mighty Lemon Drops, The Wedding Present, Close Lobsters and The Shop Assistants. In 1987 Sarah Records was launched in this image, home to bands like The Wake, Ivy, Aberdeen, The Field Mice, Heavenly and East River Pipe. As the genre involved, some of the mainstays were bands like Saint Etienne, Aztec Camera, Club 8, Camera Obscura, Belle and Sebastian, Death Cab For Cutie and The Magnetic Fields.
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Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets set for UK theatrical release

Do you want to sing along with the common people? It looks like you will soon get your chance! A 90-minute film about Pulp got its world premiere screen at SXSW and now has set a UK theatrical release for June 6.

In Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets, the band find fame on the world stage in the 1990’s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’. 25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality – & car maintenance.
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Lamb announce details of 6th studio album – Backspace Unwind

Trip-hop icons Lamb have announced their sixth studio album, called Backspace Unwind. The band is taking pre-orders for a limited edition version of the album. The limited edition is a hand crafter double cd containing bonus artwork, lyrics and details about the making of the album. Additionally, there is a second cd which contains additional new songs and bonus mixes unavailable anywhere else. If that’s not enough, it also includes a 10-song live show recorded with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta Orchestra.
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The Cure announce 3 headlining Riot Festival dates this fall!

Ladies and Gents…the Riot Fest lineup just got a whole lot hotter…The Cure have announce that they will headline 3 Riot Fest dates in September!

The Toronto show Sept 6-7 at Downsview Park will also feature performances from The National, Metric, Death Cab For Cutie, Flaming Lips, The Buzzcocks, Stars, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Paul Weller and tons more.
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Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O’Connor announces new album – The Vishnu Room

Sinead O’Connor has revealed that she has signed a record deal with the Nettwerk Music Group and will release a new album with them on August 12th. The album is titled “The Vishnu Room”.
Sinead recently appeared on a show in Ireland called The Saturday Night Show where she debuted a new song off the album called “How Nice A Woman Can Be”.
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Tricky offers free download of 5 song package, 54U

Awesome news for Tricky fans…while he works on his new material he has unearthed a collection of 5 rare tracks from sessions from the past year. Best of all…he is offering them for FREE!
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Lykke Li releases 3rd LP I Never Learn – listen to 3 tracks

Swedish songstress Lykke Li is set to release her hotly anticipated 3rd LP, I Never Learn, next week. We’ve been tantalized by a few advance teases, but we’ve finally got a chance to hear the entire record. Gone are her earlier forays into dance-oriented pop like I Follow Rivers or I’m Good I’m gone. With the market currently flooded by contemporaries like Oh Land, Icona Pop, Robyn, Chvrches and Mr Little Jeans among others, Li has turned in 9 heartbreaking torch songs.

The new LP is the 3rd in a conceptual trilogy for Li and seems to center thematically around the break up of a relationship. While not dance oriented, the songs tend to build to an almost anthemic crescendo.
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Strangeways Featured Video: Ballerina Black – Brixton Rain

LA gloom-rockers Ballerina Black have released a new single and video for the song Brixton Rain and have been kind enough to let Strangeways host and feature the video on our Youtube page. The song mixes post-punk sounds with haunting vocals which is a perfect combination considering that they describe their music as Mope-Rock and Grave Wave.
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