Monday, March 30, 2009

The Horrors: I can hardly understand this post

Only a partial Grammar-Nazi, it's with some pain that I am just going to re-post this "sic" Rough Trade / The Horrors thingy I saw I the myspace on the Internets:

THE HORRORS - Primary Colours
Rough Trade exclusive with a bonus mix cd by tom furse and rhys webb and if you know anything about the horrors you will know this mix is worth the admission price alone. 'primary colours' is a total revelation and demands you forget all pre conceptions of the horrors. 'primary colours', the follow up to their 2007 debut 'strange house', features ten tracks and was recorded last summer with chris cunningham and portishead's geoff barrow. much as my bloody valentine went from crampsesque rockers to sonic wanderers, primal scream dropped the cosmic garage rock jangle for insanely popular crossover sounds of 'screamadelica' and and liars threw away trucker cap hipster rhythms in favour of a concept album about witches, the horrors have returned with an album that cries re-invention and modern day classic at the same time. in parts it's dark and claustrophobic like the cure's 'faith' and bauhaus and in others it has the groove of neu! and the pop of the psychedelic furs. this is a fantastic album and an equally fantastic mix tape.

Trent Reznor and Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose (Digg) is going to ask Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (NIN) a bunch of "the most popular questions as submitted and voted upon by you". You have until April 4th to submit questions.
I'm sure my question about Exotic Birds will be vote-less.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Intimacy Remixed - Bloc Party

Bloc Party announced that on the 11th of May they will be releasing ‘Intimacy Remixed’ on limited edition CD or triple 12”. It will also be available digitally.

The album will include remixes by Gold Panda, Mogwai and Filthy Dukes and will lead off with a remix of ‘Signs’ by Armand Van Helden which will be released on the 27th of April.

The full tracklisting is:
1. Ares – Villains remix
2. Mercury – Herve is in Disarray remix
3. Halo – We Have Band Dub
4. Biko – Mogwai remix
5. Trojan Horse – John B remix
6. Signs – Armand Van Helden remix
7. One Month Off – Filthy Dukes remix
8. Zephyrus – Phase One remix
9. Talons – Phones RIP remix
10. Better Than Heaven – No Age remix
11. Ion Square – Banjo or Freakout remix
12. Letter To My Son – Gold Panda remix
13. Your Visits are Getting Shorter – Double D remix.

The video for ‘Signs’ (Armand Van Helden remix) is available to view on the band’s official site and YouTube.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cranes 1994 album 'Loved' re-issued in the UK

I am a HUGE Cranes fan. Leave me a hello comment if you are too! Oddly, this is the one concert that my then-girlfriend passed-out at. Poor Karin. It was simply too hot and overcrowded in the club.

Cranes 1994 album 'Loved' is being re-issued by Cherry Red Records in the UK.
The re-issue features 18 songs (including 7 extra tracks from
theShining Road single and B-sides) plus a 16 page booklet
with the cover artwork and photos from the period, plus
new sleeve-notes about the making of the album.
The album is now available in limited quantities on CD by
mailorder from

Tracklisting is:

1. Shining Road
2. Pale Blue Sky
3. Reverie
4. Lilies
5. Are You Gone?
6. Loved
7. Beautiful Friend
8. Bewildered
9. Come This Far
10. Paris and Rome
11. In The Night
12. Shining Road (Brauer Mix)
13. Lilies (Flood Mix)
14. Don't Close Your Eyes
15. Organ Song
16. Paris and Rome (Flood Mix)
17. September
18. Green Song

If you would like your cd to be signed, please mention it in the
comments box on your order form.

The 2008/9 album 'Cranes' is now available on CD in USA.
It is released by Forced Exposure Records and should be
available through most record shops, as well as at on-line
shops. But if you can't find it in your local store,
please ask them to order it in for you!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Todd Durrant asks "When Did Synthpop Become Industrial?"

Todd Durrant has a posed a very interesting question on his new blog "Todd Durrant’s Random Thoughts"

I have a such a weak opinion on this. I can't gather my thoughts in any coherent way. I think it best to lurk and read what others say. After a while, someone is sure to conjure an argument that makes sense to me. Then I can say "What he/she said" and earn more Internet commenter Smart-ass Points!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I've Always Loved Everyday Sensations


Now they are offering a free double-A side! Just go here:

The tracks are Step 2 Steps and Who Put The Heart In You.

This band was kind enough to send me a CD with great sleeve artwork a couple years ago. I played "Things We Never Had" on my previous podcast project (called CTRL-ALT-F6).

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Anneli Drecker touring with Royksopp

Anneli appears on three tracks on Röyksopp's new album "Junior" which will be released on March, 20th. She will also contribute on their European tour during the Easter Holidays.

"My Emily " remix released on iTunes.
"There will be more good news when spring comes along", Anneli said after an exclusive release of "My Emily (Birthday Remix)" on the iTunes Store. The song from the "Frolic" album has been remixed by "Lost Memories" to a spheric, trancy, dance version.

A previously unreleased Bel Canto track "Flowerbeds" has been released officially on a Norwegian rarities double CD compilation "Maskindans: Norsk synth 1980-1988" called "Flowerbeds".

Video: Anneli Drecker - You Don't Have To Change

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Help Color Theory win the John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Recently the Color Theory song “If It’s My Time to Go” took the Grand Prize in the electronic category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
On Thursday, the next phase of the contest begins, and Brian of Color Theory needs your help to win it. He's only up against one other person, so he's got great odds! Whoever gets the most votes on the John Lennon Songwriting Contest web site wins a 1,000 custom CD package from Disc Makers, and a 1 in 12 chance for $20,000 cash!

Brian says: "I want to manufacture my next album with that CD package. If you help me win it, I’ll include your name in the liner notes as a sponsor."

I say,"How cool is that?!" Electronic music lovers need to support our dearest artists! Read more and lend a hand with Color Theory's efforts here.

You can get the excellent song "If It’s My Time to Go" for free here. I absolutely adore this very warm track and I am happy to see it available for free!

Did I mention Color Theory are huge Depeche Mode fans?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A New Labrador

Labrador Records have signed "Little Big Adventure". The name reminds me of the video game Little Big Planet...but, then, there is always something there to remind me.

"All my songs are about hate," says Magnus, of Little Big Adventure.

Labrador writes: "Little Big Adventure - a superb one man band that moves in inexplicable ways. We'll release the debut "The Hateful Eye EP" on May 13. You'll get to hear them long before that of course... today to be exact. Enjoy!"

Here's the link to The Hateful Eye mp3.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Here's a bid o' nerd for ya:

I wish I could hit The Pig's Ear tonight. Alas, this legendary bar closed years ago and I now live 100 miles away. I miss my Irish friends. They told me they have never heard of corned beef and cabbage. I always wondered why they left Ireland for The Inland Empire. I did wear a green plaid shirt today.

Friday, March 13, 2009


I waited until this weekend to watch the Blu-ray DVD of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall". I laughed pretty hard. It's been exactly two years since my wife walked out on me and this was exactly the film for a sad sack like me! Don't worry about me. I can honestly say my life is better than it's every been. Lonely. But better. Yet... lonely. But, better is better than lonely, right!
Here's a taste of what you can expect from this hilarious movie:

Don't forget, Like Sugar PopCast 22 is out. DOWNERload it here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Shout Out Loud: I Smiled Yesterday!

I am passing along a link to a great podcast called "I Smiled Yesterday". Here's what the original poster said:
"I Smiled Yesterday is back! This time abetted by like-minded podcasters Ben from the excellent fire escape talking blog and your own Kid Frostbite, ISY vs FET vs SLR hits all the usual post-punk, soul, garage and indie-pop targets squarely."

You can find it here.

While I am re-posting band news, I may as well mention one of my favorites, Shout Out Louds, has spoken up. Here's what they said (I am not sure how to link to a myspace blog entry):
Ohoy friends and fiends,
Just a few words to let you all know that so far we have all survived our time apart!
We are now back in our practice space, a little bit fatter, a little bit braver, and very eager to each bring the results of his or her own musical fast to the all we can eat buffet table. In all honesty, when we all gathered in there for the first time in months of being everywhere but there, talking about anything but it, and doing many things but that, we found ourselves a little rusty and quite unable to express ourselves without ending up in rather upsetting discussions concerning matters such as how to distinguish Carole King from Chicago, beer from supper, and boogie woogie from John Cale. A fairly simple task in essence, a strangely excruciating one in reality.
What about the music, you may ask?
For now, friends and fiends, our lips are sealed like mean little clams on a poor cod's tail.
But rest assured, we shall return with aces up our sleeves.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sharing Sounds

I wanted to share a couple acts that I have followed for a short while. For no particular reason, I'm connecting with their music tonight. I am working on Like Sugar #23, so I am re-re-re-listening to my collection of unsorted mp3s. It's nice to discover several new tracks from an artist that you've been into.

So, check out Everyday Sensations here. This is synthpop with less of the dance-floor in mind and more intelligent in general.

Computerclub released their album in October 2008, but I just now began exploring more of it. Find them here. I really find their sound a perfect mesh of genres, and if you listen to my my podcasts, you'll hear why (a Joy Division / Editors / Interpol sound with a bit 'o shoegazer).

Also want to mention a great new synthpop track from Ostrich. It's called "Press Hold" and I hope to include it on Like Sugar 23.

Division Kent
have a new remix by p e a c e FIRE and it's available for preview here.


ps Burn down the disco, we don't need it anymore.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Like Sugar PopCast 22 now available!

Yes, it's finally here. Recorded over the whole of February. Not that that means that it's more just means I took a long time to get it out the door. Again, the music was easy to assemble. The talky part is the delay. Hope you enjoy it. I think it came out well. It's got more rock, by design, than then the last episode. I want to appeal to a broad audience (but not too broad).
Download the show directly at 128 kbps quality here.
Stream it on Odeo here.
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(fill) The Go! Team - Get It Together
01 - Cowboy X - Break Me
02 - Burning Hearts - I Lost My Colour Vision
03 - The Wild Swans - Revolutionary Spririt
04 - My Raining Stars - Head Over Heels
05 - The Go-Betweens - Right Here
(fill) RL Burnside - It's Bad You Know
06 - The Dandy Warhols - T.V. Theme Song
07 - The Razorcuts - Sorry To Embarrass You
08 - The Magnetic Fields - I Don't Want To Get Over You
09 - Shout Out Louds - Streams Of Whiskey
10 - The Mary Onettes - Make Me Last
11 - Glasvegas - Lonesome Swan
12 - Rialto - The Car That Took My Love Away
13 - Kent - Revolt III
14 - Anymore - Shameless
15 - The Smiths - Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
16 - Lush - The Childcatcher
17 - Vampire Weekend - M79
(fill) M83 - Couleurs
18 - Dave Gahan - Kingdom
19 - Emiliana Torrini - Big Jumps