Timing is everything, and there couldn’t be a more perfect time for “Where’s the Revolution?” the first and newest single from Depeche Mode’s upcoming 14th studio album, Spirit.
Directed by Anton Corbijn with a WWII era filter, the lyrics resonate with the political and cultural climate that’s been percolating since the early Bush years (“They manipulate and threaten / With terror as a weapon”) and are fully boiling over in the Trump era (“Scare you till you're stupefied / Wear you down until you're on their side”).
It was a little over a year ago when I first heard that Lol Tolhurst was writing his memoir from his wife Cindy Levin, as the three of us were having lunch in a cafe near their hometown of Venice. To then hold the book, "Cured - The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys," with it's purple and black artwork, and picture of Lol and his childhood friend, Robert Smith, felt like Christmas. Like finding a secret treasure, especially for Cure fans, but also for those who enjoy reading one person's journey though life. The highs and the lows. Captivating tales to break heartstrings or to laugh out loud while reading alone in a cafe (with people looking at you sideways).
"People don't expect us to have any levity. They expected us to be super serious," Lol said during his appearance and interview with Lyndsey Parker at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. "The thing is, what you have to understand is, we were always serious about what we did. We took what we did very seriously, but we never took ourselves that seriously."
Brands are in a current state of flux in how they reach consumers. The ad-blocking Tsunami - which equals 415 million people, or about 22% of the world’s smartphone owners -- has thrown off brands’ traditional advertising practices.
“We like it rough and raw. Nasty. Messed up,” said Mike Brandon, lead singer of Mystery Lights, in Wick Records’ video series, ‘Live From The House of Soul’.
It was 4:03am when my phone beeped, displaying the NYT Now notification, “A shooting at an Orlando nightclub has left ‘mass casualties,’ police said.” Learning it was the dance club Pulse in downtown Orlando, I knew there was a chance my daughter may have been there. Thankfully, that was not the case. A huge wave of relief and gratitude twisted with deep heartache for all those whose lives would change forever and for those lives tragically lost.
Fifty years ago when Midem launched its international music business conference, it was the only game in town, state or country for that matter. This year, it's reported that Midem's attendance fell 20% from 5,500 in 2015 to 4,400 in 2016.
Skrillex's gorgeous remix of "Show Me Love" by Hundred Waters will make its way to television tonight on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In addition to the angelic vocals of Hundred Waters' Nicole Miglis, Chance the Rapper, Moses Sumney, and Robin Hannibal are also featured on the track.
You know it's going to be a good day when upon waking and grabbing your mobile (a habit I can't seem to break, thankfully), a new music video from David Bowie is waiting for your sleepy eyes to gaze upon. Yes, another song in visual form has emerged from the Blackstar album, "I Can't Give Everything Away," with the creative component delivered by Jonathan Barnbrook, who was also responsible for the album's artwork.
2016 is flying by, and as we speed along towards the end of March, it’s time to prep ourselves for summer festivals. The Underground Music Showcase (UMS) kicked fest prep into gear with the announcement of pre-sale tickets for the Denver street festival, which takes place July 28th through July 31st.