Tuesday, October 21, 2008

new wave mixtape volume I side II

side II

yaz - ode to boy
gary numan - i sing rain
pet shop boys - west end girls
prefab sprout - when love breaks down
thompson twins - if you were here
omd - souvenir
modern english - hands across the sea
the passions - i'm in love with a german film star

Monday, October 20, 2008

punk movie series at BAM

i'm psyched i just found out about this.
all kinds of punk rock related movies are playing at the brooklyn academy of music in november. 24 hour party people, the joy division documentary, the joe strummer one, rough cut & ready dubbed [really, really want to see this one], depeche mode 101 and a bunch more... let's go!

details here:

pre-synth madonna

so, madonna had a brief stint in a rock band before her career took off. the daily beast just released an exclusive recording that has a few clips of her earliest work. one of them is the first song she wrote. its kinda refreshing to hear her voice in a different format. it would be sooo cool to hear finished versions of these songs. but it goes without saying that she made the right move when she switched to the new wave sound.

read the full story here.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

new wave mixtape volume I side I

new wave's been sounding nice lately. that and concise little mini mixes...

heaven 17 - let me go
depeche mode - lie to me
icehouse - hey little girl
japan - quiet life
the comsat angels - not a word
modern english - chapter 12
new order - the perfect kiss

Friday, October 3, 2008

new wave soundtrack

a little selection of some of the more theatrical or "soundtracky" new wave songs in my collection. i tried to compile this mix in such a way that tells a story, that is, it has a beginning, middle, and end. that doesn't really account for the lyrical content - i don't know what this story would be about exactly. but i'm sure you can dream up something. enjoy...

omd - messages [peel session]
the human league - dreams of leaving
simple minds - fear of gods
gary numan - stormtrooper in drag
romeo void - going to neon
depeche mode - waiting for the night
wang chung - dancing
thomas newman - st. marks place
tears for fears - the working hour
wang chung - don't let go
b movie - nowhere girl
real life - exploding bullet
ultravox - vienna

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Echo & the Bunnymen at Radio City

Echo & the Bunnymen played Radio City Music Hall last night and of course i had to go. all in all, i was satisfied. i was feeling full of doubts during the first half. they played a sampling of songs from different albums and some covers, like "people are strange" by the doors and "a walk on the wild side" by lou reed. i wasn't so thrilled about the covers as some of the crowd. but there were some classics that i was pleased to hear live, like "dancing horses" and "cutter".

it was a little odd sitting down while they played what i feel is one of their most rambunctious {and best} songs "all that jazz". my friend commented that it made her feel geriatric to sit while this upbeat danceable music was playing. which brings me to another point, the crowd was surprisingly older than i imagined, and button-down, literally. the dress code for men [way more men to women ratio than i imagined as well] was close cropped hair, light colored oxford shirts and khakis. very few people were under 30. there were pockets of the crowd that looked like happy hour in the financial district. no offense, its just surprising is all. but i thought there would be more savvy young ones. it could have been the price, 60 clams after ticketmaster's filthy fingers take their 10 dollar "got you by the short and curlies" fee from your wallet, eh-hem... sorry, money is a sensitive spot these days, no pun intended.

okay, what made the show worthwhile and then some was the second half. this is where they did the 11 piece orchestra Ocean Rain album thing. the orchestra began and the band rowed out in a little boat just like on the cover of the album! actually the boat part didn't happen. the set was impressive though, the songs "nocturnal me" and "ocean rain" sounded amazing with the lush arrangements they...arranged. and were particularly and comfortably stuck in my head on the way home. the sitting-down aspect started to make sense, it was more than a rock show. the second half made the first half seem like they were just messing around, warming up or waiting for the orchestra to arrive. even so, and even without an encore [yep, crazy right?], it was still worth it for me.

the moral of the story is; i don't know when they're playing around here again, but if they have the orchestra with them, you should go see them before they are completely absorbed into music history.