Fans and audiophiles of legendary UK electronic band Depeche Mode can rejoice as the band’s catalog (minus last year’s Delta Machine) is being reissued on 180 gram vinyl beginning today! News coming from Music On Vinyl show that four of the band’s albums, Black Celebration, Music For The Masses, Some Great Reward, and Songs Of Faith And Devotion, are available at local and online retailers (such as Amazon). There will be another burst of four reissues on March 24th and a final burst on May 28th. Each album will come in glossy gatefold sleeves, be pressed on 180 gram black vinyl, and all will contain inserts and liner notes.
I personally cannot wait to pick up Playing The Angel on May 28th. That is one of my all-time favorite albums and it’s SUPER rare on vinyl, often going for well over $100 if not higher (Discogs has one that is almost $300). I’m so excited for this! READ MORE
One of the many aspects about horror that I fall in love with over and over again is just how beautiful it can often be. Meticulous attention is paid to the lighting, the gore, the music… The full mise-en-scène, if you will. Films like Suspiria, Pan’s Labyrinth, Se7en, Oldboy, The Shining, and many more rank amongst movies that always capture my attention not only for the horror but also because they’re just so beautiful to look at, even with all the death and violence.
It’s with that attitude in mind that I wanted to bring a list of songs that I feel had the same kind of impact, that same eeriness yet beauty. So, join me below to hear 6 Eerily Beautiful Songs! READ MORE
Sometimes there’s nothing I enjoy more than a rainy, stormy evening and a good album to pop on and lose myself in. It’s calming, it’s soothing, and it’s the best way I’ve found to completely and utterly decompress. Admittedly it’s not that often that I have a rainy day, so I take advantage of them whenever they arise. And since we’re soon going to be heading into Fall and rainy days are on the horizon, I decided that I would compile some of my favorite albums for just such an occasion. Below is a list of my 10 Albums That Are Perfect For A Rainy Day! READ MORE
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
If you follow some of my articles or my twitter (hint hint), you know by now that I’m a huge fan and supporter of UK electronic band Depeche Mode. Since I was a young ‘un adjusting the antenna on my radio to get the local pop/rock radio station (how many of you can say you’ve done that?), their sound and attitude always appealed to me. I don’t know if it was Martin Gore’s fantastic songwriting, Andy Fletcher’s mesmerizing sounds, or Dave Gahan’s incredibly unique and versatile voice (I would probably commit some grave crimes to be able to sing like that man) or if it was simply the group as a whole, but I was always hooked when they came on.
Fast forward some 20 years later and I’m still a fan, as eager to hear new music from them as ever. That’s why I’ve been chomping at the bits for a chance to listen to their latest release Delta Machine. Now, having spun the record several times and thinking about it more than is probably healthy, I’ve come to a rather interesting theory. In my mind, I think that Depeche Mode wanted the listener to go through a religious experience when listening to this album.
If you’re scratching your head and asking yourself, “What the hell is he talking about?”, then I encourage you to head on below to hear me out. And if you have a different theory, I’d love to hear it! READ MORE
UK electronic band Depeche Mode have announced that they will be releasing a new album in March 2013 via Columbia Records. As-of-yet-untitled, this will be the first release through Columbia for the band. The band released a video showing them recording the album set to new music, which you can watch below.
“I am very happy with how the album turned out,” comments Martin Gore. “The music has a similar vibe to Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion and I think the songs on the album are among some of the very best we’ve done.”
Singer Dave Gahan comments, “The album has a very organic and direct feel to it. It’s not a blues record, but it definitely has a soulful vibe. During the recording process we really tried to get the elements of performing and the live show into the album more.”
Playing The Angel is one of my favorite albums of all time, so I’ll DEFINITELY be checking this album out the day it’s released! READ MORE
One of my dreams in life is to see Depeche Mode live and it’s looking like that dream may have a chance of coming true next year! The band has posted several European tour dates on their Facebook. The tour will actually kick off in Asia, with a show in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 7th before heading into Europe for a full tour that lasts until July 29th. Afterwards, the band says that they will be bringing the tour to N. America.
Per their Facebook, “Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher will play 34 must-see shows in 25 European countries to an audience of more than 1.5 million fans, before taking the tour to North America.” You can see the full touring schedule below.
Playing The Angel is one of my all-time favorite albums. It’s one of those discs that I pop in, hit ‘Play’ and just let it go the whole way through. READ MORE