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Gorillaz/Blur Frontman Releases "Everyday Robots" From Solo Album

British singer/songwriter Damon Albarn (Gorillaz/Blur) will be releasing his debut solo album Everyday Robots on April 28th. The album, which is produced by XL‘s Richard Russell, will feature guest appearances from legendary musician/producer Brian Eno as well as Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes).

Albarn has just released the official music video for the title track of the album. It features a face being built from the base ingredient: the skull. From there it adds layer after layer of musculature, tendon, ligament, and more to create a fully recognizable visage.

You can pre-order Everyday Robots via iTunes. READ MORE

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[Contest] Win A Chance To See Bat For Lashes In New York City!

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with indie pop group Bat For Lashes to bring you a chance to win a pair of tickets to their headlining Webster Hall show in New York City a week from today! On top of that, the winner will also receive a copy of the latest album The Haunted Man (review) as well as an autographed 7″ cover of Depeche Mode’s “Strangelove”. Four runners up will each receive a copy of the album and an autographed 7″. All details on how to enter the contest are below.

Bat For Lashes is currently touring as direct support to Depeche Mode. All tour dates can be found here. READ MORE

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[Live Review] Depeche Mode Kicks Off The 'Delta Machine Tour' At The DTE Energy Music Theater

Last night I went to the DTE Energy Music Theater (forever known in my heart as Pine Knob) to see music legends Depeche Mode kick off their N. American “Delta Machine” headline tour. The band, whose influences have stretched beyond what any one can calculate, are known as the most successful electronic group in the world, with over 100 million worldwide album sales. But more importantly, they are a band that I love and, until last night, had never seen live before. And with that experience now firmly tucked under my belt I wanted to share my thoughts on the show.

Make sure to check out my review of the band’s latest album Delta Machine here. READ MORE

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 73: Bat For Lashes 'Lilies'

Lately, I’ve been feeling my age a little bit. Things like knowing that the original The Legend of Zelda came out 27 years ago as well as the 3D rerelease of Jurassic Park are sharp reminders that I’m no longer a spring chicken. These thoughts make me yearn for a time when things were a bit more innocent, a bit more simple.

That’s the feeling I get when seeing Bat For Lashes new video for ‘Lilies’, which comes off her latest album The Haunted Man (review“). Watching it, I’m reminded of films like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal and books like Where The Wild Things Are. There are strange, outlandish monsters but there is something playful and reassuring about them. Give it a view below and let nostalgia work its way into you. READ MORE

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Coachella 2013 Lineup Unveiled

The full Coachella 2013 lineup has been unveiled and…well, it’s pretty boring. There are some pretty cool entries, such as the first ever live performance of How To Destroy Angels, or Ghost and I’d definitely be up for Bat For Lashes and Wu-Tang Clan, but not terribly much else pops out. Then again, I will fully admit that Coachella is not the type of festival that is aimed at my type of audience, so I’m sure there are countless thousands of people that are collectively crapping their pants at this festival. Below is the official poster with the full lineup.

The festival will take place April 12th-14th and again on April 19th-21st. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 29th here. READ MORE

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[Best & Worst '12] Jonny Picks His Top 10 Albums Of 2012

And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!

Make sure to check out my worst 5 albums here. READ MORE

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2012 BLACK FRIDAY CHOPPING LIST: MUSIC

Yep! It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, which means dutiful consumers are already preparing for the Holiday Shopping Season. If you think you’re exempt from that, think again. Either you know a fellow horror fan (or family member) in need, or you want something for yourself! You can take this as advice for what to buy, or what to ask for.

So we’re kicking things off this year with our music list! I know a lot of you folks are into metal, and we’ve got plenty of that. But we’ve also got a few surprises tucked in there as well! Extra thanks to Jonathan Barkan for his suggestions, they’re designated as “JB”.

Btw, I’ve mainly included iTunes links – they have a “gift” option – to these releases. Even though I prefer discs, I realize I’m a relic so I’m saving links to physical products for the special Box Sets where it’s really worth it to go whole-hog and impress someone special. Head inside to check it out! READ MORE

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 56: Bat For Lashes "Daniel"

Alright, so I’ll fully admit that this edition of Twisted Music Video Of The Week is partly to promote our Bat For Lashes contest we have going on. But that doesn’t change the fact that the video for “Daniel” is dark, atmospheric, eerie, and those people dressed in black move like the nurses from Silent Hill (totally going to see the new movie later tonight). It’s also a beautiful song, one that I have to leave on once it starts. Check out the video below and, as always, leave a comment with your suggestion for next week’s video!

“Daniel” comes off of Two Suns (iTunes). READ MORE

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[Contest] Win The Bat For Lashes Discography PLUS Depeche Mode "Strangelove" Cover LP

Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you a chance to win the Bat For Lashes discography, which includes Fur And Gold, Two Suns, and The Haunted Man (review). On top of that, we’ll be also including an LP of the Depeche Mode cover of “Strangelove”. To find out how to enter, head on down below!

Bat For Lashes just released The Haunted Man on Oct. 12th. US touring plans are tentatively planned for early 2013. You can pick up a copy of The Haunted Man on iTunes. READ MORE

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[Album Review] Bat For Lashes 'The Haunted Man'

It was in 2009 that I got hooked into Bat For Lashes’ sophomore album Two Suns. Something about the haunting, ethereal songs touched me and I was unable to stop listening to the album for a good few weeks. I still come back to it on occasion, playing the album from beginning to end without skipping a single track. But there came a point where I realized that, for as much as I loved those songs, I wanted something new, a new journey to undertake.

So when I heard that a new album was on the way, I was immediately intrigued and full of anticipation. After all, Bat For Lashes puts out a style of music that I don’t really hear anywhere else, so it’s like getting a breath of fresh air, a new playground in which to have fun. And so I entered into The Haunted Man with somewhat baited breath, wondering if it could match what I had wanted for the past year. READ MORE

Veil Veil Vanish Announce Mini-East Coast Tour

San Francisco’s VEIL VEIL VANISH will be launching a quick East Coast tour to showcase tunes from their recently released and critically-acclaimed full-length debut, Change in the Neon Light on Metropolis Records. Named as one of Radio Free Silverlake’s ‘Bands to Watch in 2010′, the band blend atmospheric darkwave-tinged rock with grand pop hooks that make for an enthralling live experience. The band is also prepping the unveiling of their new video for the single “Change in the Neon Light” which will be in the next few weeks (more info soon!).
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Currently playing assorted dates on the West Coast, Veil Veil Vanish will be embarking for the East Coast, with a DJ set at NYC’s Home Sweet Home on June 16th to ease into their live shows, which begin the next day at Brooklyn’s Coco 66.

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