Entries tagged with: Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode songwriter Martin Gore will release an all-instrumental album, titled MG, via Mute on April 28. It's his first solo release since 2003 and Gore says...
As a songwriter, I am aware of the power of words. Especially when they are juxtaposed in the right way with chords and melody. I am also aware of the power of pure music and the emotions that can be created by musical atmospheres and that is what I wanted to capture with this project.You can stream the soundscape-y "Europa Hymn" and check out album art and tracklist, below...
I wanted to keep the music very electronic, very filmic and give it an almost sci-fi like qualit. Music is a necessity for me. I go into the studio at least 5 days a week, every week, so once I had the idea and the template, the process was quick and fun.
Mike Kinsella w/ American Football at Webster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, Mike Kinsella is releasing a new Owen album of covers called Other People's Songs on December 2 via Polyvinyl. He's already released the Smoking Popes cover and the Against Me! cover, and now he's put out his cover of Depeche Mode's "Judas." Like the others, he really makes it sound like an Owen song. Check it out below.
by Andrew Sacher
American Football's secret Chicago show in August (more by Jeff Ryan)
As you might have heard, American Football are reunited this year (and they just added four New Year's shows in Chicago), but singer Mike Kinsella is keeping busy in other ways too. On December 2 he'll release an album of covers under his Owen alias via Polyvinyl. Appropriately titled Other People's Songs, the record will feature covers of Lungfish, Blake Babies, Mojave 3, The Promise Ring, Depeche Mode, All, Against Me! and Smoking Popes. The Smoking Popes song he chose, "Under The Blanket," just premiered over at Stereogum and you can take a listen below. He does a great job with it and really makes it sound like an Owen song, which he's proved he's pretty good at on past covers like his version of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale."
In other news, a new article on Buzz Weekly mentions that there may be new American Football material:
"There are no plans to record any new material currently. I wouldn't rule it out, but the logistics of doing it are tough," [guitarist Steve] Holmes said. "That said, I do have a few parts in my back pocket for potential new songs. Mike and I have worked on one of these so far, and we may try to finish it up to include in this run of shows."The American Football NYC run begins this month with sold-out shows at Webster Hall on 10/10 with S. Carey, 10/11 with Into It Over It, and 10/12 with Matt Pond. Right before that, Owen plays the smaller Studio at Webster Hall on 10/9 with S. Carey (also sold out).
Smoking Popes cover and full Other People's Songs tracklist below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
UK chamber folk outfit SixToes released their debut album, Trick Of The Night, back in 2008. The record's dark, baroque sound drew acclaim and interest from the likes of Depeche Mode and Grinderman, who both asked the band to do remixes of their tracks. Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan returned the favor by singing on the band's single from last year, "Low Guns." (Stream that below.) That song features on the band's second album, The Morning After, which is due out July 14 on Toe Music. We've got the premiere of a new track from the album, the soaring "Pedestal," which is a lovely ease-in to your Monday. Stream it in this post.
Album art and tracklist, as well as the "Pedestal" stream, "Low Guns" video and another track from the album, below...
Vince Clarke / Daniel Miller
Two '80s synthpop pioneers are teaming up for a one-off DJ night in NYC. Vince Clark (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure) and Mute Records founder Daniel Miller (who also put out music as The Normal and Silicon Teens) will be spinning at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 3... which also happens to be Vince's birthday. (He'll be 54.) Tickets for this show go on sale Friday (4/25) with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/23) at noon.
A few of Vince and Daniel's notable contributions to music below...
photos by Greg Cristman
2013 has come and gone but we still have a couple year-end posts to go. Greg Cristman shot a whole lot for us last year -- everything from metal to synthpop and all points in between -- and he picked his 25 favorites from '13 which are in this post.
Austin's Feathers have had a busy year. They released their debut album, If All Here Now, have toured the country (they played NYC in May) and opened for Depeche Mode during SXSW. 2014 looks to be exciting for them as well, with a new EP, Only One, and a trip across the Atlantic next month where they'll be opening up for Depeche Mode again, this time on a few European dates. On their way there, they'll stop in NYC for a warm-up show, playing Mercury Lounge on January 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
This tour will mark a new line-up for the band, with Christine Aprile (ex-Sleep Over, Silent Diane), Su Swann (Hussle Club), Jon Minor and Destiny Montague (Midnight Masses, Carl Sagan). All tour dates are listed below.
Feathers frontperson Anastasia Dimou was nice enough to give us her Top 10 Records of 2013, including commentary on some of them. Her list doesn't stray to far from the style of music she makes, which means if you like Feathers, you may want to check some of these out. Read her list below....
photos by P Squared Photography
Depeche Mode @ Barclays Center, 9/6/2013
Hearing tracks such as "Policy of Truth," "Walking In My Shoes," "Personal Jesus," and "Enjoy The Silence," pretty much made the crowd go completely ballistic and even though at times, one would rather hear really obscure songs instead of the obvious hits, being in a stadium full of people reaching out to touch faith still gives me chills every time! Another major highlight was the not very often played "Black Celebration," which was a stadium sing-a-long and is such a welcomed fuck you to mainstream radio! - [According2G]As mentioned, Depeche Mode were in the NYC area over the weekend for two shows. We already posted pictures from Sunday's Jones Beach show, but here's a set from Friday night at Barclays Center. Comparing the setlists between the two shows, Jones Beach got more "classics," but Barclays Center was treated to deep cut "Black Celebration," the title track to their 1985 LP and gloomy lifestyle anthem. Full Barclays setlist is below.
Like at Jones Beach and other dates on this leg of the tour, Bat for Lashes opened at Barclays and we also caught her headlining show at Webster Hall the week before. More pics from Friday's Barclays Center show below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Depeche Mode @ Jones Beach 9/8/2013
Depeche Mode released their "classic sounding" new LP, Delta Machine, earlier this year and have been touring the hell out of it ever since. That trek hit the NYC-area over the weekend for two shows: Barclays Center on Friday (9/6) and Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Sunday (9/8), both of which were with opener Bat for Lashes. The Jones Beach show, which was the last show at the outdoor venue for the 2013 season, was about half-and-half "hits" and new material, giving longtime fans favorites like "Behind the Wheel," "Policy of Truth," "A Question of Time," "Black Celebration," Personal Jesus" and more. How was the new/old ratio for you? Setlist from Jones Beach and pictures from the show are in this post.
Depeche Mode recently played Atlantic City on this tour too. We'll have pictures from Barclays Center coming soon, but you can check out more pics from Jones Beach below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Depeche Mode @ Revel - 8/30/2013
"Frontman Dave Gahan played with his mic and shared it with the crowd on a few occasions while busting some moves. Gahan didn't remain the center of attention for the entire show though as Martin Gore, the band's principal songwriter, got up and shared vocal duties on a handful of songs. He even sang a few on his own, including a haunting version of "Higher Love." Fans exploded in applause when the band performed popular numbers like "Enjoy the Silence" and "Personal Jesus." However, the biggest highlight of the night was when they returned to the stage for an encore and played their synth-pop classic "Just Can't Enough." It was a wonderful throwback for older fans and a nice counter to the outfit's gloomier songs. In a way the band's setlist came full circle that night, some of the new with some of the old - something for everyone." [BV Chicago]Not long after hitting Chicago, Depeche Mode brought their North American tour to Ovation Hall at Revel Casino in Atlantic City last night (in 2009 they played the Borgata). Pictures, the setlist and video from the NJ show are in this post.
Depeche Mode continue their tour this weekend in Canada before returning to the NYC-area to play both Barclays Center and Jones Beach with tour-mate Bat For Lashes who didn't play with them in Atlantic City and headlined Webster Hall in NYC the same night instead. All tour dates are listed with the rest of the AC pictures and stuff below...
The Jim Jones Revue released their new album, The Savage Heart, this week (8/27) and it's another blast of their signature punk rock blues. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify and check out "Where Da Money Go?" from it below. They also have a new, non-LP single, "Collision Boogie," coming out in October and you can stream that below too.
Jim Jones also recently remixed Depeche Mode's "Should Be Higher" and it's a pretty radical version of the song. You can stream that below too.
Depeche Mode's tour is inching towards NYC, hitting Atlantic City tonight (8/30) (look out for pictures from that). Then they'll play Brooklyn's Barclays Center next Friday (9/6) and Jones Beach the next day (9/7). Bat for Lashes, who plays NYC tonight, opens both shows and tickets are still availble.
Depeche Mode and Jim Jones Revue tour dates are listed, along with DM remix and JJR streams, below.
Bat for Lashes at Rock Werchter 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Depeche Mode's previously announced tour is kicking off later this summer, and as mentioned, art pop musician Bat for Lashes is opening some of the dates, including both NYC area shows: 9/6 at Barclays Center and 9/8 at Jones Beach (tickets). During that tour, Bat for Lashes will stop off in NYC for her own headlining show here, which happens on August 30 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale Friday (7/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/17) at noon.
Bat for Lashes also plays Boston Calling on September 7 in between the two NYC-area shows with Depeche Mode. Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Before and after: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
As you surely remember, last October's Hurricane Sandy put a lot of things underwater. One of them was outdoor concert amphitheater Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre. Live Nation has been busy renovating ever since the water receeded:
Along with much of the coastal regions throughout New York and New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy inflicted catastrophic damage on the venue. Sandy generated a storm surge of 8--10 feet, and the ground floor, sub-structures and pathways under Jones Beach Theatre, which sits right on Zachs Bay, were submerged. Much of the 14,000 seat venue was impacted from the surge, from the stage to the seats, the backstage and concessions and VIP areas were all severely damaged.The renovated Nikon at Jones Beach Theater was finished just in time for the 2013 season that kicks off Friday (5/31) with...Rascal Flatts.
But before construction could even commence, more than 3 million gallons of sea water had to be pumped out of the venue, which then had to be cleaned from top to bottom. Hundreds of tons of debris and damaged structures and equipment had to be removed from the site...
...The stage and boardwalk and their substructures had to be completely rebuilt from scratch. More than 9 miles of special MCM cable had to be replaced in the tunnels and access ways below the venue. All the doors on the main level, more than 200 in total, had to be replaced. Where possible the venue's infrastructure was redesigned to mitigate any future damages (i.e. the main electrical system was relocated to the second floor, above the 100 year floodplain) and replacement appliances and equipment were upgraded to energy efficient models.
Concerts at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater that you might be more interested in include, Fleetwood Mac on June 22, Bob Dylan/Wilco/Beck on July 27, and Depeche Mode/Bat for Lashes on September 8. The outdoor venue's entire summer schedule is below.
Ghost at Webster Hall earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Sweden's favorite Satan-loving rockers Ghost B.C., who recently toured North America in support of their new album, Infestissumam, released one of that album's Japan-only bonus tracks onto the internet this week. The bonus track is a very Ghost-ian cover of Depeche Mode's "Waiting For The Night" from their Violator album. It's not the first time Ghost covered an entirely non-metal song.
Check it out below...
Bat for Lashes, whose album The Haunted Man came out last year, will be touring the West Coast around her appearances at the two weekends of Coachella 2013. For those on the East Coast, Natasha Khan and her band will be opening for Depeche Mode on previously announced dates from August 22 - September 15, which includes both NYC-area shows: Barclays Center on September 6 and Nikon at Jones Beach on September 8. Tickets for those two shows go on Facebook presale today at 10 AM (password is "DELTA"). The general on-sale happens Saturday (4/6) at 10 AM.
All Bat for Lashes tour dates are below.
by Bill Pearis
Depeche Mode's new album, Delta Machine, is out soon (3/26) and if first taste, "Heaven," didn't quite do it for you, the album's second single, "Soothe My Soul" is definitely more what most people were expecting. You can stream it below.
As mentioned, Depeche Mode were in NYC yesterday to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman and you can watch them performing new single "Heaven" (from Delta Machine, out 3/26) below. Additionally, the band stuck around to play the "Live on Letterman" webcast series. The band's nine-song set gave a first listen to a few Delta Machine cuts, plus old favorites "Walking in My Shoes," "Barrel of a Gun," "Personal Jesus" and "Enjoy the Silence." You can watch the whole thing below.
Meanwhile, the synthpop legends will be in Austin for SXSW this week and have announced their North American tour with two stops in the NYC area in September.
Synthpop icons Depeche Mode will release their new album, Delta Machine, in a couple weeks. Tonight (3/11) they'll play The Late Show with David Letterman. We knew they'd be announcing the North American wing of their 2013 tour sometime soon and now we have details. They'll be in the NYC area for two shows, including Barclays Center on September 6 and Nikon at Jones Beach on September 8. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 6 at 10 AM, with a CiTi presale starting April 1 at 10 AM, an Amazon presale beginning April 3 at 10 AM, a Facebook presale on 4/4, and LiveNation mobile and venue presales hitting 4/5. That's a lot of presales!
Meanwhile, Depeche Mode are in Austin later this week for SXSW where they'll play on Friday night with Feathers (who play our day party the next day) opening. All Depeche Mode North American dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
You already (maybe) listened to the song and now you can watch the video to Depeche Mode's somewhat turgid new single "Heaven" from the forthcoming Delta Machine. The clip was directed by Timothy Saccenti (Animal Collective's "Peacebone") and features the band performing in an old church while some weird, possible supernatural phenomena happens around them. Watch it below.
by Bill Pearis
Depeche Mode held a press conference in Paris today (10/23) to discuss more details on their new album and world tour, which will take place in 2013. The tour kicks off May 7 in Tel Aviv and will hit 25 countries before reaching North America sometimes in the late summer or fall. European tour dates are below.
As for the new album, the still-untitled record -- the band's 13th in their 33-year career -- was produced by Ben Hillier and the band. Twenty songs have been recorded, whether they'll all appear on the LP when it's released in April 2013 is unclear. You can, however, hear one of the tracks (no title for it either, but has a "I Feel You" vibe) right now, below.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan recently did some moonlighting as the singer on the new Soulsavers album The Light The Dead See. And [Saturday] night in L.A. at the famed studios of the Capitol Records building, the collaborators came together on the stage for a stunning seven-song set.More pictures from the intimate LA show, below...
Backed by a six-piece band, Gahan and Soulsavers brought to life the full drama of the haunting new album. Opening with the gorgeous gothic tune "Presence Of God," a track that marries the sounds of Johnny Cash and Nick Cave, the group delivered one standout after another for a crowd of at most 150 people.
After the orchestral swirl of "In The Morning," Gahan said, "I've never been this close to people." This was likely true for a guy who's spent the last three decades in arenas and stadiums. And following the forty-five minute set, Gahan and Soulsavers' Rich Machin were overheard walking through the crowd talking about the sensation of playing at "eye level" for people.
It may have been unusual for them, but the performance was only enhanced by the intimacy. Among the other standouts were the simple ditty "Just Try," a song Gahan introduced as "the fun one," and the album's lead single, "Take Me Back Home," which took on a gospel feel with the back-up vocalists doing a call and response to Gahan's soulful wails of desperation.
Following the closing "Gone Too Far," Gahan said, "Thank you, that's all we've got," which wasn't an exaggeration. As of now, this was the only U.S. show scheduled for the group. After the set, Depeche Mode manager Jonathan Kessler explained that Gahan is now fully immersed in his day job. He is recording the new Depeche album in Santa Barbara, California, where Martin Gore resides, for an April 2013 release with a full world tour to follow, according to Kessler. [Rolling Stone]