Monday, November 9, 2009

Music News & Notes

Depeche Mode to release ‘Fragile Tension,’ ‘Hole to Feed’ as double A-side single

Depeche Mode next month will release the third single from this year’s Sounds Of The Universe — a double A-side featuring “Fragile Tension” and “Hole to Feed” — on CD, 12-inch vinyl and as a digital download.

Showing uncharacteristic inconsistency, DM isn’t issuing the new double-sided single as a 7-inch, even though the album’s first two singles, “Wrong” and “Peace,” are available as 45s. Yet “Fragile Tension”/”Hole to Feed” is being released as a double 12-inch; the decision not to issue “Peace” in that format (the first Depeche Mode single since 1981’s “Dreaming of Me” not to be on 12-inch) already has sparked a fan petition in protest.

Out Dec. 7 in Europe (a U.S. digital release is still pending), the new single collects umpteen new remixes of the two title tracks, as well as album tracks “Come Back” and “Perfect.” It’s only the third double A-side single from Depeche Mode, following 1984’s “Blasphemous Rumors”/”Somebody” and 2006’s “John the Revelator”/”Lilian.”

It’s not known yet whether Depeche Mode plans a video for “Fragile Tension,” but the band already has released a face-licking-filled clip for “Hole to Feed.”

Double 12-inch vinyl:

1. “Fragile Tension” (Stephan Bodzin Remix) 9.14
2. “Fragile Tension” (Kris Menace’s Love On Laserdisc Remix) 6.24
3. “Hole To Feed” (Popof Vocal Mix) 8.42
4. “Hole To Feed” (Paul Woolford’s Easyfun Ethereal Disco Mix) 9.24
5. “Perfect” (Roger Sanchez Club Mix) 7.24
6. “Perfect” (Ralphi Rosario Dub) 8.26
7. “Peace” (Herve’s ‘Warehouse Frequencies’ Remix) 5.10
8. “Peace” (Sander Van Doorn Remix) 8.02


Get Some Balls, The Show Must Go ON!

Morrissey’s reputation as the world’s most unreliable concert draw remains solidly intact, thanks to incoming reports he walked offstage just one-and-a-half songs into tonight’s Liverpool concert after a fan tossed a drink at him.

Disgruntled fans are documenting the incident on Twitter, and reports vary as to whether Moz actually was hit or not, and whether the offensive projectile was a beer bottle, a plastic water bottle, a cup of some variety or some other kind of liquid-bearing vessel. (Watch the video of it below and you can be the judge.)

According to a fan posting on, Moz took the stage and said, “It’s Saturday night. It’s raining. It’s Liverpool. And it’s perfect,” then opened with The Smiths’ “This Charming Man.” He was playing the night’s second song, “Black Cloud,” when, the Liverpool Echo reports, “he was struck just moments after shaking hands with members of the audience by what appeared to be a half-full plastic glass.”

Morrissey plainly took offense at the gesture, and left the stage, along with his band, leaving 7,000-odd befuddled fans at the Echo Arena in Liverpool having just witnessed a very short concert. Fans report the following announcement was made: “Morrissey’s been hit in the head with a bottle of beer. The show won’t be continuing.”

Grow some balls, these people actually paid money to see you 'perform' (obviously-I'm not a big fan of 'Moz')


Pixies Play Subdued Cut On Conan

The Pixies appeared on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” last Friday to perform the closest thing the band ever had to a pop hit, Doolittle’s “Here Comes Your Man.” Get a load of the sheer size of the Minotaur box set that Conan holds up in the intro!



Up To Now the best of Snow Patrol is now available in the shops and to download.

The thirty track, double album of singles, cover versions, rarities and compositions by The Reindeer Section, is available on CD & DVD, Standard CD, download and Limited Edition Box Set, which is available exclusively from and not available in the shops.

The beautiful heavyweight box sets are numbered and contain the double disc album on CD, three heavyweight vinyl’s, two DVDs, a lithograph print by Bradley Quinn and an LP-sized booklet. To order the box sets simply click here.

Snow Patrol


D-A-D: 'Behind The Seen' Limited-Edition Vinyl Released

While the band is touring Europe, Danish hard rockers D-A-D are celebrating their 25-year anniversary by offering the very limited "Behind The Seen" vinyl on November 16 featuring rare, unreleased and B-side songs. Only 500 copies were made worldwide.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Strong Where You Belong
02. Women Are Crazy
03. Wonderful
04. Stop Me
05. The Dentist
06. Motorlove
07. Big Ones
08. Look What The Drug Dragged In
09. Burn The Bridges
10. Last Mango In Paris
11. I'm A Little Cloud
12. In Real Life
13. Favours
14. Horizon
15. You Filled My Head
16. Jacketless In December
17. Tyrants
18. Time Swallows Time

"The Overmuch Box", a collection of D-A-D's complete works in a box, is due on November 16. It contains — besides a CD with never previously released tracks and b-sides and a 160-page book about the band — remastered versions of the bands ten albums. All albums have been remastered by Chris Athens, who has previously mastered albums such as COLDPLAY's "X & Y", N*E*R*D's "Fly Or Die" and KELIS's "Tasty". Athens has also worked with remastering music of world artists like OZZY OSBOURNE and JOHNNY CASH.

"The Overmuch Box" will celebrate D-A-D's 25th anniversary by containing 10 remastered studio albums:

* Call Of The Wild (1985)
* D.A.D. Draws A Circle (1987)
* No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims (1989)
* Riskin' It All (1991)
* Helpyourselfish (1995)
* Simpatico (1997)
* Everything Glows (2000)
* Soft Dogs (2002)
* Scare Yourself (2005)
* Monster Philosophy (2008)

The package will also contain D-A-D's first release ever, the EP "Standin' On The Never Never" (1985) — remastered and released on CD for the first time. "The Overmuch Box" will also contain the bonus album "Behind The Seen" (2009), featuring eight previously unreleased tracks plus 10 rare b-sides and bonus tracks. Also included will be a book in English about the life and times of D-A-D, based on a number of recent interviews with the band, by author Michael Valeur. The 160 pages are generously illustrated by D-A-D bass player Stig Pedersen.

Besides the regular version, "The Overmuch Box" comes as a deluxe limited edition in a cow-skull-shaped metal box containing both "The Overmuch Box" and a cow-skull-shaped USB key. The 2GB USB contains all 10 studio albums, the "Standin' On The Never Never" EP, the "Behind The Seen" bonus album, plus ultra-rare live recordings, not available anywhere else!!!


KISS: Video Interview Posted Online

The members of KISS were interviewed by Altitude and Sprint TV prior to their October 31, 2009 performance at the 11th annual Voodoo Experience music festival in New Orleans. Watch the chat below.

More than 150 acts played on eight stages in three separate areas — named Le Ritual, Le Flambeau and Le Carnival — around the city.

Other major acts on the Voodoo Experience bill included JANE'S ADDICTION, WOLFMOTHER, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, MEAT PUPPETS and DOWN.

Guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley says that he feels no shame in KISS being lumped in with other vintage, or classic rock acts — in fact, the band is thrilled with the fact that they're now spanning there different generations with their music and bombastic live shows.

Stanley, who's out on the road with KISS in support of their first album in a decade, called "Sonic Boom", told Metal Hammer magazine, "I'm proud to be in the category of classic rock bands — what's better than the word 'classic?' Are you kidding? If you want to call LED ZEPPELIN a classic rock band and then you want to call us a classic rock band, I'm not fighting. If I'm going to be lumped in with anybody, let me be lumped in with my heroes. That doesn't preclude you from being current. It means that you have a solid history and a foundation, which most bands will never achieve because they won't survive that long."


!!! Drummer Jerry Fuchs Dies After Falling Down Elevator Shaft
In New York yesterday...

!!! drummer Gerhardt (Jerry) Fuchs has tragically died after falling down five stories of an elevator shaft in Williamsburg, New York.

The 34-year-old fell to his death at 12.30am (EST) yesterday morning when a manual freight lift stopped slightly above the fifth floor.

Fuchs and his friend attempted to jump the few feet to the floor, but the New York Times reports that the drummer's clothing got caught as he jumped and he fell through the gap. His friend landed safely.

He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, but died at 3.30am.

!! had earlier performed with MSTRKRFT on the Late Show With David Letterman in the city.

As well as !!!, Fuchs had played drums for Turing Machine, Maserati and The Juna MacLean.


Arctic Monkeys To Release New Single Through Oxfam

Arctic Monkeys will release their next single 'Cornerstone' exclusively through the charity shops of Oxfam.

The band previously did the same thing with their last single 'Crying Lightning' which went on to sell 10,000 vinyl copies.

The limited edition 'Cornerstone' 10” record will go on sale in 50 of Oxfam's stores on November 16th. Fans who buy the vinyl will get a code which allows them to download the MP3 files of the songs.

Additionally the band will be planting 'Golden Tickets' inside the records enabling fans the chance to win tickets to see Arctic Monkeys forthcoming UK tour.

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