Hear Depeche Mode Delta Machine Full Album Now

Depeche Mode, Delta Machine

I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the new Depeche Mode album (to be released March 26th), and now it’s streaming free on iTunes a week early!

Delta Machine has the classic DM vibe we all know and love, with a definite modern edge. It’s a really strong record; awesome sounds, and cohesive all the way through. Lots of gooey modular synth goodness, which we got a peek at in the studio teaser video they released last year. The album was recorded in New York City & Santa Barbara, was produced by Ben Hillier and mixed by Flood.

Here’s the tracklist:

01. Welcome to My World
02. Angel
03. Heaven
04. Secret to the End
05. My Little Universe
06. Slow
07. Broken
08. The Child Inside
09. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
10. Should Be Higher
11. Alone
12. Soothe My Soul
13. Goodbye
14. Long Time Lie (Bonus track)
15. Happens All the Time (Bonus track)
16. Always (Bonus track)
17. All That’s Mine (Bonus track)

2013 Tourdates:

04/5 – Nice, FR @ Palais Nikaia
05/07 – Tel Aviv, IL @ Hayarkon Park
05/10 – Athens, GR @ Terra Vibe
05/12 – Sofia, BG @ Georgi Asparuhov Stadium
05/15 – Bucharest, RO @ National Stadium
05/17 – Istanbul, TR @ Kucukciftlik Park
05/19 – Belgrade, RS @ Usce Park
05/21 – Budapest, HU @ Puskas Ferenc Stadium
05/23 – Zagreb, HR @ Hippodrome
05/25 – Bratislava, SK @ Inter Stadium
05/28 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
06/01 – Munich, UK @ Olympic Stadium
06/03 – Stuttgart, DE @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
06/05 – Frankfurt, DE @ Commerzbank Arena
06/07 – Berne, CH @ Stade De Suisse
06/09 – Berlin, DE @ Olympic Stadium
06/11 – Leipzig, DE @ Red Bull Arena
06/13 – Copenhagen, DK @ Parken
06/15 – Paris, FR @ Stade De France
06/17 – Hamburg, DE @ Imtech Arena
06/22 – Moscow, RU @ Locomotive Stadium
06/24 – St. Petersburg, RU @ SKK Arena
06/27 – Borlange, SE @ Peace & Love Festival
06/29 – Kiev, UA @ Olympic Stadium
07/03 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Esprit Arena
07/07 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/11 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live
07/13 – Lisbon, PT @ Optimus Alive! Festival
07/16 – Nimes, FR @ Antic Arina
07/18 – Milan, IT @ San Siro Stadium
07/20 – Rome, IT @ Olympic Stadium
07/23 – Prague, CZ @ Olympic Stadium
07/25 – Warsaw, PL @ National Stadium
07/27 – Vilnius, LT @ Vingis Park
07/29 – Minsk, BY @ Minsk Arena
08/22 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/24 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
08/27 – St. Paul, MN @ Minnesota State Fair
09/01 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Ampitheatre
09/03 – Montreal, QC @ Belle Centre
09/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
09/08 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
09/10 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
09/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
09/14 – Tampa, FL @ Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds
09/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
09/18 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/20 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
09/22 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre
09/24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
09/26 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Ampitheatre
09/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
09/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
10/08 – Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion

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Squarepusher News

Squarepusher, Ufabulum, Enstrobia, LED helmet

I’ve been meaning to post about Squarepusher for ages.

Tom Jenkinson dropped his latest album Ufabulum last year, along with a wild new live show. Consisting of an LED helmet and fantastic visuals that respond to sound, the experience created by the venerable Squarepusher really takes his music over the top. As if it weren’t explosive enough already!

Nowadays there are plug-ins and apps (such as iZotope’s Stutter or Glitchbreaks for iPhone & iPad) that can produce similar effects to the inimitable Squarepusher’s sound. And of course there are generative video programs as well. What makes Squarepusher special is not just his technical wizardry, but that he is a truly innovative Artist. He doesn’t use the fanciest new equipment to create his work. He painstakingly programs things from scratch, and culls otherworldly sounds from his bass rig that are utterly futuristic. Jenkinson is a sculptor of sound – a visionary, mad genius.

Squarepusher has a new EP entitled Enstrobia available.

Originally released exclusively with the vinyl or double CD versions of his 2012 album Ufabulum, this is the first time the tracks have been available as a standalone EP.

Squarepusher says – “The Ufabulum live show has been constantly developing over the last year of touring – including using parts of Enstrobia at specific events. Although not originally part of the project, these pieces seem very integrated with it now and have triggered a lot of interest from fans who hadn’t heard them before.”

He also has a remix contest

Squarepusher, Ufabulum, Enstrobia, LED helmet, Remix,

Download stems here: https://bleep.com/release/42392-squarepusher-squarepusher-remix-stems#description

Here are some great interviews and live clips:

Catch Squarepusher at one of his very limited live shows this month:

 

Dave Grohl SXSW Keynote Speech

Dave Grohl, SXSW,

Today, Dave Grohl took to the stage at SXSW, donned drugstore hipster glasses, and delivered one hell of an inspirational keynote speech.

He talks about hanging with last year’s speaker, Bruce Springsteen (you know, no big deal, just THE BOSS), his humble beginnings as a young punk rocker in the DC area, demonstrates “multitrack recording” using two tape recorders, describes his life-changing years with Nirvana, Kurt Cobain (of course), recording Nevermind at Sound City (the studio he made a film about), changing the world, the again life-altering aftermath that resulted in Foo Fighters, and finally  becoming a cool dad. His mantra throughout the speech is that “the musician comes first.” He stresses the ultimate importance of the human element in music, communicating without words, finding your own voice, and screaming it out til it’s gone. Weirdly, though this is a tech blog, I share the same values and that is why time and again, no matter what toys come out, I always return to the guitar for inspiration.

Grohl is undoubtedly at SXSW this year to promote his new movie, and although he preaches the DIY ethos of his youth, he has become over the course of his astounding career too hugely successful to be considered ‘indie.’ But the thing is, he HAS followed the beat of his own drum and forged his path on his own terms, and is still the living embodiment of RAWK. He is today’s rock superhero, in a world where there may not really be any more on the way. Although he has entered the pantheon of  immortal ‘classic’ rockers, Dave is one of the last of these dinosaurs championing the rock and roll dream and telling you to pick up a guitar and start a band. So if you haven’t already, watch his speech and BE INSPIRED, punk!

Nine Inch Nails Returns To Tour Your Face Off Again

NIN, Nine Inch Nails,

Trent Reznor has announced that he will hit the road with Nine Inch Nails after a four year hiatus. Beginning this summer and continuing into next year, the tour features a new lineup: Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction), Adrian Belew (King Crimson), Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv), Alessandro Cortini (SONOIO) and Ilan Rubin (Lostprophets).

Here is the word from Reznor himself:

NOTE FROM TRENT:

Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.

I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.

The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.

TR

Trent is also going on a short jaunt with his other band, How to destroy angels. Their debut LP, Welcome Oblivion, is scheduled to drop March 5th and is streaming now at Pitchfork.

Pre-order How to destroy angels : Welcome Oblivion

Download NIN : The Slip

Empty Mansions: Sam Fogarino of Interpol [Interview]

Sam Fogarino, Empty Mansions, Interpol, Drummer

Looks like Paul Banks isn’t the only Interpol member with new tricks up his sleeve.

Ladies and gents, please welcome Sam Fogarino, as he steps out from behind the drums with his new band. Empty Mansions features Fogarino on lead vocals, guitar, keys, and, well, *cough* drums… The sonic stew is spiced up by Duane Denison (one of my all time fave, guitarist extraordinaire of The Jesus LizardTomahawk) and Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines) on bass and keyboards.

Empty Mansions was conceived on the road during an Interpol tour. Brandon was playing live keys for the band, while Sam was writing his own songs on the sly. After a show one night, the two ended up getting to talking, one thing led to another, yada yada, and nine months or so later, a record popped out!

Polished by Denison’s wiry licks and coddled by Curtis’ production chops, Empty Mansions is certainly a wild child. The man behind the mic is usually the one held accountable for such things, and Sam was gracious enough to answer some questions. Listen to ‘Lyra’ off snakes/vultures/sulfate while you read his musings:

Maybe an obvious question but: How does it feel to go from behind the drums to being a frontman?

Well, I don’t really feel all that much of a difference. For me, there’s no line of separation between the instruments I play when I’m chasing down an idea–be it of a melodic or rhythmic nature. With EmptyMansions (Interpol as well) some songs start from behind the drum kit. Not always with a defined beat, but rather a feel. That said, with the drum kit not being my sole priority, oddly, I feel a sense of freedom not having to anchor the band. I now get to steer the shipinto stormy seas, with someone else in charge of the life line!

Your drumming in Interpol was probably the most exciting and creative element of the band to me. How does your rhythmic sensibility inform the way you write songs for Empty Mansions?

Thank you. The biggest difference is that, the songs from one band to the other are worlds apart, stylistically. The drum patterns will change, but the sensibilities remain. In other words: same approach to coming up with totally different parts/beats/fills/et al.

What was it like to work with Duane Denison on guitar? Did it change the way you thought about playing or songwriting?

Getting to work with and befriend Duane, has been a highlight of the past few years. Only topped by the birth of my Daughter during the summer of ’09. An important thing that Duane gave me was a true boost of confidence in my songwriting– Simply by contributing his time and massive, unique talent to the record. He’s not one to blow smoke and waste his time. Plus, when on a few of the songs, he refused to re-record my original guitar parts, saying they were right on, and sounded great, I was blown away. Can’t argue with Duane about anything relating to the six-string.

What was the process like working with Brandon Curtis?

I don’t think there would be a record to release without him. The fact that we’ve played and spent a lot of time together on the most recent Interpol tour, I believe really aided in the process of making an album together. But, also, he understood, without question, just what I was aiming to do via EmptyMansions. After a short time tracking, we didn’t even need to speak to each other before trying out random ideas. Overall, it was a seamless process–Brandon’s abilities stretch far and wide as a songwriter, musician, engineer, producer. I’m lucky and better, having worked with him on-stage, and in the studio, and to have him as a friend.

Are you a gearhead? Does any specific gear inspire you? What piece of gear is absolutely essential to your music?

I’m a big gearhead (I ride a 1976 Honda MR175 Elsinore, which I tweak constantly. I’m a freak on both sides of the term!) Compression. I love compressors. In my rack I have about 16 channels of compression. Tube and transistor, from a Valley People Dynamite, to the recent re-issue of the Compex, the “Levee” compressor, famous for the drum sound on Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks”…. There’s just something special about the way you can shape an envelope with them. Even when used conservatively; either as sonic glue, or to keep the peaks at bay, they’re the things that make good sounding records sound good.

The Empty Mansions bio lists some of your lyrical and musical influences [“Lyrically, the songs are the result of, Sam, reading much postmodern fiction by writers such as Hubert Selby Jr (‘Sulfate’); discovering an appreciation for aerial dance and a fascination with outer-space (‘Lyra’); the TV-drama Justified (‘Up In The Holler’), and Black Francis of Pixies fame (‘That Man’). Musically, Sam drew upon classic heavyweights; Neil Young (The closing track on snakes is a cover of ‘Down By The River’), The Stones, Zeppelin—filtered through his affinity with the likes of Sonic Youth and Pixies.”] Are there any other less obvious influences you’d like to share (experiences or music that maybe doesn’t immediately come through in these songs)?

Along with the points of reference I site, there’s quite a big auto-biographical component to the record. Life lived has a lot to say.

What are you listening to these days?

I haven’t been listening to much lately. I’m in the studio just about everyday. If it’s not for creative purposes, it’s maintenance, or wiring, re-wiring, etc… When I’m not in the studio, I’m either riding, or working on my dirt bike. Then there’s Fatherhood. I’m not left with much mental room (or time) to just sit and listen to music….

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Empty Mansions – snakes/vultures/sulfate is available now on Riot House Records and

Flaming Lips Riff On Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody [VIDEO]

Flaming Lips

After announcing a new record, The Terror, and appearing in a Superbowl commercial last week, the Flaming Lips continue their decades-long ascent into the public sphere with another eye & ear popping video. This one shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as they’ve been known to tackle major cover projects in the past, such as Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon and King Crimson’s In The Court Of The Crimson King. The Lips are also rumored to be working on a cover of the Stone Roses’ debut LP.

Here’s their premium psyched-out take on Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ featuring an obligatory nude girl sunbathing [NSFW]:

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The Melvins To Release Covers Album

Melvins, Everybody Loves Sausages

Everyone’s favorite sludge rockers The Melvins have a new record on the way, and this time it’s all covers!

Everybody Loves Sausages will be released April 30th on Ipecac Records and includes some predictably unpredictable cuts: David Bowie, Queen, Divine, and Throbbing Gristle all get the Melvins treatment on this one! The album will also feature lots of great guests like Mark Arm, JG Thirwell, and Scott Kelly of Neurosis, to name a few.

Here’s the full tracklist in all its glory:

01. Venom – Warhead (feat. Scott Kelly of Neurosis)
02. Queen – Best Friend (feat. Caleb Benjamin of Tweak Bird)
03. Black Betty (original artist unknown)
04. The Scientists – Set It On Fire (feat. Mark Arm)
05. David Bowie – Station To Station (feat. JG Thirlwell)
06. The Kinks – Attitude (feat. Clem Burke of Blondie)
07. Divine – Female Trouble
08. The Fugs – Carpe Diem
09. Pop-O-Pies – Timothy Leary Lives
10. Roxy Music – In Every Dream Home A Heartache (feat. Jello Biafra and Kevin Rutmanis)
11. Tales of Terror – Romance
12. The Jam – Art School (feat. Tom Hazelmeyer)
13. Throbbing Gristle – Heathen Earth

How to destroy angels: New Videos

HTDA, How to destroy angels, Welcome oblivion, glitch

I’ve been on a music video binge for a while here, but I somehow missed not one but TWO new videos from Trent Reznor’s band How to destroy angels. I’ve written about them a bunch on this blog, and everything they do continues to be artistically stunning.

This video is for the song ‘How Long?’ from their forthcoming LP Welcome Oblivion, due March 5th. Directed by Shynola, the visuals are an extremely dark, cinematic, post-apocalyptic meditation on life and death, while the music features bitcrushed beats cut with pretty poppy vocals.

The second video is for ‘The Loop Closes,’ from last year’s An Omen EP. Here, hardcore lo-fi glitchy video sputters out into spectrum shards of color. Rob Sheridan and HTDA have truly outdone themselves with this clip!

HTDA will be making their live debut this year at Coachella.

Download How to destroy angels_: An Omen – EP

Download How to destroy angels_: How Long? – Single

Depeche Mode: Heaven [Video]

Depeche Mode, Heaven, Delta Machine
Depeche Mode have a video for the first single off their upcoming album Delta Machine. It’s set to be released March 26th, 2013. For a glimpse into the studio, which means some serious gear porn, go here.

The video for “Heaven” features classic DM interplay between darkness and light, masked shrouded females, and cosmic melancholia unfolding in the milieu of an abandoned gothic mansion.


Go to Heaven
Buy Depeche Mode: Heaven – Single
Buy Depeche Mode: Heaven – EP
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NEW MY BLOODY VALENTINE ALBUM!!!

My Bloody Valentine, shoegaze, MBV

OMFG!!!!!!

My Bloody Valentine finally made good on the promise of a new album, after more than 20 years since their landmark 1991 record Loveless.

Bloody good news! I feel a childlike glee washing over me! If you do too, then go get the new record right this instant at mybloodyvalentine.org

***ADDENDUM***

I was initially floored and speechless about the new MBV, but now that I’m absorbing the songs I have this to say: MBV is more MBV than MBV.

First some facts: The album was released online yesterday and the rush of fans immediately broke their website. By the time they got it back up, torrents had already started sprouting. MBV leaked the album themselves on their youtube channel.

If you’re into doing the right thing, the new record is available for download via their site at up to 24bit 96k quality (the obvious choice for audiophiles who need instant gratification.) If you’re still into physical media, you could also order an actual CD or better yet a vinyl record.

“The vinyl has been recorded, mixed and mastered in analogue. It is manufactured on 180 gram vinyl and comes in a gatefold sleeve with the CD in a card wallet. The vinyl will be limited due to manufacturing restrictions.”

Anyway back to the music. It sounds lush, drums are more prominent, the mix is a bit clearer overall than their past work, and musically it goes to further experimental depths.

There’s always the fear that a band reunion might ruin their legacy. This clearly isn’t the case here. MBV has retained the classic sound they cultivated in their infancy, and given it an air of maturity that makes it even more poignant. Like a fine wine that’s grown better with age, this album really feels like a more distilled version of what came before.  And most importantly, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Stream the rest of the album at http://www.youtube.com/theofficialmbv