Have you ever wondered what makes a song sad? Is it simply lyrical content? Is it the personal feelings you prescribe to that song, your recollections of it? Are there simply chords or intonations of voice that can stir this feeling in us. Is it scientific or formulaic? Certainly there are artists who are known as dark, or depressing but even some of these artists have other tracks that are more buoyant or jubilant. If you are interested in these answers or simply like most of us, have compiled lists or mixtapes in your head of the saddest songs of all time, then this book is for you.
This weeks playlist celebrates the catalog of the legendary Peter Murphy. This features selections from all of his solo albums plus a few choice Bauhaus tracks. When making the playlist, I fully expected to have quite a few selections from Deep and Cascade. But, I was a bit surprised at how many songs from Unshattered would end of making it. This just proves that it’s good to go back and examine an artists entire catalog.
The 2019 Lost 80’s line up has been announced and it lives up to it’s name. This years line up consists mostly of one hit wonder 80’s bands, coupled with a few 3-4 hit wonders. Among the artists on this years tour are Boy’s Don’t Cry, A Flock Of Seagulls, Farrington + Mann (original members of When In Rome), Trans-X, Missing Persons, Animotion, The Motels, Christopher Anton (Information Society), Dramarama, The Flirts and Wang Chung.
DJ Mikey presents some his favorite indie rock, post punk and shoegaze tracks from 2019. This is a great way to hear a ton of new releases and familiarize yourself with some up and coming bands. This playlist is updated daily, so feel free to follow it on Spotify to keep up with some of the latest tunes in this genre.
Last year, I had the privilege of attending an Actors concert in Detroit and that was my introduction to their talented keyboard player, Shannon Hemmett. I was thrilled to find out that she was working with Actors front man Jason Corbett on new solo material recorded under the name LEATHERS. Today we are treated with…
oday may be the birthday of Cold Cave frontman Wesley Eisold, but we are the ones getting the gift. As the band embarks on their 2019 tour, they released a new single called Promised Land. The timing is perfect because this is definitely one of those songs that you can’t wait to hear live. It’s a dark, romantic track that would do well in any dark wave / post punk club scene.
A genuine treat for Valentine’s Day: Vancouver post-punk band ACTORS has gifted us all with a cover of The Sound’s “Mining For Heart” (1985) just this morning, swiveling from the shining nostalgic brightness of their 2018 full-length release ‘It Will Come To You’ into a sound straddling grit without resorting to harshness. Jason Corbett’s vocals imbue the song with a strange warmth that is signature ACTORS; the definitive bassline, too, carries Jahmeel Russell’s hallmark sound and is borne gracefully by Corbett’s guitar and Shannon Hemmett’s subdued, moody synths.
Now here’s a little story I’ve got to tell, about three bad brothers you know so well. But do you? Do you really know the Beastie Boys? When you think of Adrock, MCA and Mike D, what image do you have? Are they the hardcore punks who wrote songs about Carvel Ice cream? Are they the white rappers, who wrote juvenile lyrics about White Castles, girls doing their laundry and mom throwing away their porn? What about the band that put out a critically acclaimed comprised entirely of samples they found while digging through record crates?
Beastie Boys Book offers amazing behind the scenes peeks at 3 buddies from Brooklyn that parlayed their love of music and their enduring friendship into a groundbreaking, genre-bending career.
The weeks compilation of music includes some of the best new modern rock tracks spanning the last few months. There are a number that we think you will enjoy, including the track from Spector which reminds us of what OMD would sound like if they were a guitar based band. There are plenty of heavy hitters included this time around which include an exciting new track from White Lies, the return of Smashing Pumpkins, brit legends James and Johnny Marr, and bangers from Metric and The Faint. We also have the latest from Piroshka, a brand new band featuring the lovely Miki Berenyi from Lush.
Mere days before Valentine’s Day, Robert Alfons and his musical powerhouse of a project, TR/ST, return to remind everyone that love is often challenging and can leave one lonelier than one began. “Gone” is the first single from TR/ST’s first full album release since 2015’s ‘Joyland’. The highly anticipated ‘The Destroyer, Part One’ album is slated for release in April. “Gone”
Richard regales us with stories from the likes of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Berlin and many other 80’s legends about the songs that meant the most to him personally, and the tracks he was quite literally responsible for breaking in America. Through hosting his many Video shows and his radio gigs, Richard became a rock star himself
The English synth-pop duo, Pet Shop Boys, will be releasing a song a day this week, leading up to their new EP called Annually. Annually will be a 64 page hard covered book which will feature behind the scenes footage, interviews, photography plus answers to personal letters from fans.