Here is the official video for OMD’s latest single, one of the two title tracks for last year’s History of Modern. It was directed by a Swedish team that won a band-sponsored contest. To these eyes, the win was well-deserved.
“History of Modern (Part I)” is released February 28. Like OMD’s previous single, it appears in remixed form. Apparently the band’s contract has a stipulation that all singles will be released in altered versions that include dated “club-friendly” elements. Oh, well. Still a good song.
Baltimore’s the Bridge released their fifth studio album, National Bohemian, 1 February 2011 on Woodberry Records/Thirty Tigers. The album is an Americana stew of blues, rock, funk, soul and jam, seasoned with a dash of Cajun spice. National Bohemian is a spirited release that road trips across the U.S., trucking day and night through mountains of emotions and sunny pastures of optimism. Check out the video of “Rosie” off National Bohemian.
The Bridge is currently on tour supporting Tea Leaf Green, then Galactic, followed by a string of headlining U.S. dates.
Two decades ago, dance music visionary Carl Craig helped marshal in the second wave of Detroit techno by launching the leftfield-leaning label Planet E. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the imprint, Craig is set to release on 22 February a Planet E “best of” digital compilation entitled 20 F@#&ING Years - We Ain’t Dead. The 25-track project will include electronic music classics like Moodymann’s “Dem Young Sconies” and Innerzone Orchestra’s “Bug in the Bassbin”, along with next-generation mindbenders like Recloose’s “Can’t Take It [ft. Dwele]” and a previously unreleased remix by Craig of Kenny Larkin’s “You Are”.
And in conjunction with the digital release, Craig will be hosting on his website craigcarl.net a competition for fans to vote on tracks that should be pressed onto a limited edition Planet E vinyl box set.
Finally, starting in March Planet E will also began releasing singles from its back catalogue, which will chosen and remixed by, among others, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson and Mad Mike Banks. First up will be a Luciano remix of Recloose’s “Can’t Take It”.
The tracklisting for the compilation and the dates for Craig’s Planet E tour are listed below.
Forget about the cheery presence of Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer” in The Karate Kid. Is not this a goth song incognito? There is undoubtedly a distinct sense of isolation, alienation and melancholy in it, and the lyrics betray as much. But it’s mainly viewed as a happy, perfunctory, feel-good summertime song. For instance, one is easily tempted to hear “cool” instead of “cruel” in the song’s refrain. This track is begging for a certain band—Marilyn Manson—to cover it. After all, Manson’s most peculiar cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” essentially put Manson on the radar. Marilyn Manson has previously covered Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” and, of course, Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” with considerable success. Why not cover another esteemed 1980s song?
Happy Valentine’s Day, Radiohead fans! Earlier today, the band made the surprise announcement that they’ll be releasing their eighth studio album, The King of Limbs, and it will be available as a digital download on Saturday, Feb. 19. Yes, that’s in five days!
But unlike the band’s last album, 2007’s In Rainbows, the digital release of King of Limbs will have a set price. An MP3 version of the album will cost $9 and a CD-quality WAV version will go for $14.
Radiohead also plans to offer up this spring a so-called “newspaper album” edition of The Kings of Limbs, which will consist of two 10-inch vinyl LPs and a CD, along with “many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-color piece of oxo-degradable plastic to hold it all together”. This deluxe edition of the release will cost either $48 (which will also include the MP3 digital files) or $53 (for the WAV files), and will ship on May 9.
According to Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, “standard CD and vinyl versions of the album will be made available March 28 in retail outlets through a partnership with XL Recordings.”
Head over to thekingoflimbs.com to preorder the album.
"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.