New Order has announced the release of their new album,Music Complete, out on September 25, 2015.
The long awaited album will be New Order’s first full studio release since 2005's Waiting For The Siren's Call, and their debut for Mute. Music Complete finds the group revitalized, and where the group has previously pushed toward electronics or guitars, here the two are in balance. Music Complete also marks a return to the studio for Gillian Gilbert; this is her first album with New Order since 2001's Get Ready.
The album will be released on CD, download, black vinyl and limited edition clear vinyl. In addition, there will be an exclusive 8-piece deluxe vinyl collection that includes the album plus extended versions of all 11 tracks on colored vinyl – Pre-order HERE.
New Order is: Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris, Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham.
Music Complete is produced by New Order, except ‘Singularity’ and ‘Unlearn This Hatred’, both produced by Tom Rowlands, while ‘Superheated’ features additional production by Stuart Price. Long-term collaborator Peter Saville provides art direction.
DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS: THE TEAM THAT DREAMS IN CAFFS by Geoff Blythe
The Team That Dreams in Caffs is the first book written by a member of Dexys Midnight Runners from the period of their debut album Searching For the Young Soul Rebels.
This book is the story of the making of that album and what it was like being a member of the band and working with the genius Kevin Rowland. Alongside Geoff Blythes and the authors narrative the book includes contributions from a selection of fans and people that were connected with the making of the album and the band at the time.
The Team That Dreams in Caffs also includes photographs from Mike Layes collection. Mike was the bands official photographer between 1979 and 1980 and captured that iconic image that the band displayed of donkey jackets, wooly hats, brogues and carrying northern soul style holdalls. All the photographs are black and white, which adds to the atmosphere of the book.
Searching For The Young Soul Rebels was the album that gave the world such songs as Geno and There There My Dear and put Dexys Midnight Runners on the map. The album is regarded as many as one of the greatest debut albums of all time and this book is an attempt to celebrate that fact.
In the summer of 2014, I went googling to see if any episodes of Noise The Show were on youtube (there are) or on blogs similar to this one (there are.) I even stumbled across a facebook group dedicated to the show. Earlier this year, a group member mentioned having a box of tapes of a bunch of episodes, and lacked the gear necessary to digitize them. I spoke up and offered to get these tapes into a format that’s sharable on the internets. Which brings us to this post. Continued at the following link:
99 Records storefront, MacDougal St, NYC, by Ian Robb
A short, interesting interview with 99 Records founder & owner, Ed Bahlman. Unfortunately I don't know the date or origin of the interview, but it obviously dates to the early 80's as he's speaking of the bands in the present tense. It definitely pre-dates ESG's debut album.
This classic show has been bouncing around for a while in different shapes, sizes & formats, but someone has finally gone and put all 25 episodes up on YouTube. New Wave Theatre, along with Glenn O'Brien's TV Party, can be looked at as one of the better examples of cool in the oasis of mayhem that was early cable TV.
Performances included are by Dead Kennedys, Fear, Plugz, Johanna Wendt, Carnival of Souls, Zoogz Rift, Geza X, Legal Weapon, Unknowns, Angry Samoans, D.I., Los Microwaves, Vox Pop, Circle Jerks, Rayonix, Levi Dexter & the Tribe, UXA, The Blasters, 45 Grave, The Models, X, The Church, Bad Religion, Suburban Lawns, and many others.
The playlist below shows all 25 shows. If you want to see them one at a time, I suggest going to the uploader's YouTube page, and beginning there.
Back by no demand whatsoever, I felt inspired to continue the series of NME year-end lists, so here you go - 1980 in all of its glory. Lake Placid, Russian boycott, great records & more video with each release. You could easily do a second, completely different, list, and it would be just as good. Please note that the Spotify list is not as complete as the YouTube list due to availability.
01. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
02. The Jam - Going Underground
03. The English Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom
04. Joy Division - Atmosphere
05. David Bowie- Ashes to ashes
06. Bow Wow Wow- I Want My Baby On Mars
07. Grace Jones - Private Life
08. David Bowie - Fashion
09. BOW WOW WOW - C30 C60 C90 Go!
10. Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
11. The Teardrop Explodes - Treason
12. Dexys Midnight Runners - Geno
13. The Jam - Start
14. UB40 - Food for Thought/King
15. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - New Amsterdam
16. A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
17. Echo and the Bunnymen - Rescue
18. UB40 - My Way Of Thinking
19. Kurtis Blow - The Breaks
20. The English Beat - Best Friend
21. Elvis Costello & The Attractions ~ I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down
For those of you who may have walked out of CBGB following a DNA gig, circa, 1978, and thought "Gee, I wish they had some merch," wish no longer! Some entrepreneurial individual has answered your dreams! You can now relax & sip some coffee from your very own DNA branded coffee mug. Or take some on the go with the stainless steel travel mug!
Here's a good one thats been in the works for a while, so keep an eye out for it! Big Gold Dream is a feature length doc from director Grant McPhee, and tells the tale of Scotland’s post-punk & indie music scene circa 1977-1985. It will apparently premiere, naturally, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on the 19th June.
Tom Waits' 10th appearance on Letterman over the last 32 years...not bad, and the new tune, "Take One Last Look" - apparently written especially for Dave - sounds great. I have no idea why George Clooney was handcuffed to Dave, but it makes for a suitably absurd scenario.
A nice surprise this morning with news of some new music from Mick Jones. Recorded at his home, Ex-Libris is a collection of six tracks meant to accompany the opening of Jones' Rock & Roll Public Library opening in Venice. I dig the relaxed, I'm-only-recording-this-for-myself, vibe of it all.
Available on 180 gram vinyl, and limited to 1000 copies, visit the Vinyl Factory for ordering information.