That fantastic Australian act, Parralox, will be supporting legendary* synthpop duo Erasure in London on December 15th, 2014. Sometimes it feels painfully obvious to me that I live on the wrong damned continent–I can’t justify the $2,000 USD (or whatever it would cost) to head out there, but its damned tempting nonetheless.
If you’re a Parralox fan who can actually make it to London, you should buy tickets while you still can. If you’re an Erasure fan who hasn’t heard of Parralox, you owe it to yourself to check out Metropolis, consider whether you’ve become a Parralox fan, and restart this paragraph from the beginning.
Also on the Parralox front, while I missed the opportunity to tell you to go pre-order Electricity Expanded and get your name mentioned in the booklet, you can still order the cd (which is still a pre-order, just without the name check). It’s a re-release of their debut album with mixes, goodies, etc. It will also be released for digital download. The release date seems set for Halloween or November, depending on where you look (cd orders have 10/31 ship date, digital download is listed as November 2014).
Buy tickets for Parralox/Easure on December 15th
Pre-order Electricity Expanded 2CD Set
* Yes, legendary. Thousands of years from now, there will be tales told to children in caves of a time when two men made brilliant music from the metal we call copper and the soft and seemingly eternal mineral known only as “plastic”.
A little late to the party (story of my life… except for actual parties, where I’m awkwardly early), but Northern Kind broke up around the start of the year. Either there really isn’t much out there on the topic, or I’m absolutely terrible at searching Google. The indication that tipped me off was via the store on Northern Kind’s website, which they’ve named Sexy Units after the band’s third (and depressingly final) album. Available on the store is a new EP, Becoming Undone, only that EP is by a band called Dancing With Ruby. Curious.
Continue reading Late to the Party: Northern Kind Breaks up / Dancing With Ruby Formed
Norwegian band-that-forces-me-to-copy/paste, Röyksopp, has said (literally) “Goodbye to the traditional album format…” while announcing their next and supposedly final album, “The Inevitable End”. In the announcement, they state “we have been able to say what we want to say and do what we want to do with the LP”. Media seems to be reporting this quite bluntly as their final album, though still including the “we just mean the traditional album format” bit in the body of the article somewhere and the mention that they still plan to release music, somehow, outside of this format.
Continue reading Röyksopp announces “The Inevitable End”
In the late ’90’s, the Justin Strauss Remix was my introduction to The Great Commandment. I was a very solitary teenager living in a virtual bubble: In the space of a year, my mother died, I moved states, wasn’t going to school, had no job and was too far out in the boonies to really go out and do much of anything. It was me, a flaky landline and a USRobotics 33.6k modem that could only hack 26.4k if the electrical interference gods were smiling on me. My time was divided between fucking around on the internet back when stories about Barney collapsing the universe and Usenet were still a thing, and tooling around in Impulse Tracker.
Continue reading Synthpop Track of the Week: The Great Commandment (Justin Strauss Remix)
On September 9th, Helen Marnie posted a SoundCloud link on her Twitter account (@marnieofficial) to her new song, “Wolves”. Five days later it was available to purchase in iTunes (and presumably elsewhere).
It’s not only a fantastic song that should appeal to any fans of last year’s Crystal World or Ladytron in general, but also a song with a message about self-determination.
Continue reading Marnie: Wolves single