ast night was the 4th annual Release Athens festival in Athens, Greece. The festival featured performances from Iggy Pop, New Order, James, Johnny Marr, Morcheeba, Hooverphonic, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and more. During Johnny Marr’s performance, he invited Bernard Sumner on stage to join him for a reunion of their classic Electronic song Get The Message.
A new project called Humanist is in the work which features the music of Rob Marshall. The record will feature the vocals of Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, in addition to Mark Gardener from Ride, Mark Lanegan from Queens Of The Stone Age and Screaming Trees and more.
20 years ago, Vancouver electronic act Delerium struck gold when then collaborated with Sarah McLachlan for the track Silence, which became one of the biggest and most recognizable dance songs in the world. In honor of the anniversary, the band enlisted remix artist Youngr to create the anniversary remix of the song.
Uknown Pleasures ReImagined is a new project where 10 acclaimed directors will create brand new music videos for every track off of Unknown Pleasures. This is in celebration of the albums 40th anniversary.
On July 19, Lloyd Cole will release his 15th studio album called Guesswork. The first single is Violins and it has a surprising resemblance to OMD.
On September 6, Bat For Lashes will release their 5th studio album titled “Lost Girls”. The first single, “Kids In The Dark”, was released today. The single is a beautifully sung ballad showcasing the talents of singer Natasha Khan.
Song Of The Year candidate : The Way You Look At Me by The Blue Herons with Krissy Vanderwoude and Marty Willson-Piper
The lyrics of this song start of as “You make me happy”, which exactly describes my first experience listening to his song. The song I’m talking about is the latest release from The Blue Herons called The Way You Look At Me.
Swedish synthpop artist, Azure Blue, have released a new single Event Horizon. If I were going to introduce someone to modern synthpop, I very well might start with this song
On July 4th, a Richard Lowenstein film chronicling the life of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence will be released. The traiiler for the film dropped today. Take a look.
The much anticipated 30th Anniversary Disintegration tour made it’s start with a 4 day run at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. The show was a treat for all hard core fans of The Cure. Not only did they get to hear Disintegration in it’s entirety, but The Cure surprised the crowd with an encore of b-sides and rarities, playing all of the b-sides from the Disintegration era.
Bitter Sweet Gesture : Rolling Stones grant full publishing rights to Bitter Sweet Symphony to The Verve
One of the marquee songs from The Verve (and of the Brit Pop era in general), Bitter Sweet Symphony, is a song with legal controversy. It was determined that the song was based on the Rolling Stones song The Last Time. The Verve had originally received permission to sample the song but were sued by the Rolling Stones manager claiming that they used more of the song than was agreed upon.
The Dublin band INHALER has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Fronted by Bono’s son Eli Hewson, the band has just released a slobberknocker of a new single called My Honest Face. Noel Gallagher has described the band as a mix between Echo And The Bunnymen with old U2, which seems appropriate given their lineage.