BANDCAMP Will Donate All Proceeds From This Friday’s (February 3) Sales To The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

This action deserves a very loud…

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Ethan Diamond founder & CEO of Bandcamp, the American online music store,
released this press message today (31 January)…

“Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants—my great-grandparents came to America from Russia and Lithuania as teenagers and worked in sweatshops until they were able to afford to bring the rest of their families over. Most everyone you speak to in this country has a similar story to tell, because we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue
a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.

Contrary to the assertions of the current administration, the order will not make us safer (an opinion shared by the State Department and many members of Congress including prominent Republicans). Christian religious leaders have denounced both the ban, as well as the exception prioritizing Christian immigrants, as inhumane. It is an unequivocal moral wrong, a cynical attempt to sow division among the American people, and is in direct opposition to the principles of a country where the tenet of religious freedom is written directly into the Constitution. This
is not who we are, and it is not what we believe in. We at Bandcamp oppose the ban wholeheartedly, and extend our support to those whose lives have been upended.

And so all day this Friday, February 3rd (starting at 12:01am Pacific Time), for any purchase
you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working tirelessly to combat these discriminatory
and unconstitutional actions.

As another way of showing solidarity with the immigrants and refugees from the seven banned countries—as well as those impacted by the construction of the Mexican border wall—we’ve compiled a list of albums made by artists from the affected countries (Bandcamp may be incorporated in the United States, but we host artists from every corner of the world). We believe that knowledge and empathy are crucial weapons against fear and intolerance. We hope that, as you listen to these albums, you’ll not only discover some great new artists, but will also gain
a further appreciation and understanding for the way music transcends all borders, and remember that, even in the darkest of times, there is more that unites us than divides us.”

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Experience MOON DUO’s Fascinating Video For ‘COLD FEAR’ – New Track From Upcoming Concept Album…

lips that will impress your ears and your eyes…

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‘Cold Fear’ by MOON DUO

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Portland’s psychedelic adventurers MOON DUO will release no less than two related concept albums this year, both built around the idea of hidden patterns in our world.
“The two records are intended to represent inverted components of a singular entity, like two faces on the same head which stare always in opposite directions but are inextricably driven
by the same brain”
explained keyboardist Sanae Yamada in a press message with guitarist Ripley Johnson adding: “There’s something really powerful about the changing of the seasons in the Northwest, the physical and psychic impact it has on you, especially after we spent so many years in the seasonal void of California. I became interested in gnostic and hermetic literature around that time, especially the relationship between music and occult qualities and that fed into the whole vibe.” The first record, titled OCCULT ARCHITECTURE VOL. 1 will be out on 3 February via Sacred Bones Records. The pair already shared new, magnetizing song COLD FEAR a few months ago and now launched a quite spectacular, animated
video to visualize the track’s repetitive, mind-exploring electronic wave. Dim the lights
and get yourself ready for a creepy and fascinating eyeballs journey…

MOON DUO: Tour – Facebook – Twitter

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Occult Architecture Vol. 1 – Out 3 February

To Hell With Blue Mondays – Cut It With… ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN

Weekly firework to splinter Blue Mondays into a thousand pieces…

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‘The Cutter’ by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN

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ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN is one of my all time favourite bands and one of the most influential post punk bands of the eighties and still playing tremendous live shows with key founders Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant. Here is their 1983 monumental score THE CUTTER with those spectacular Eastern sounding, psychedelic strings from their third album PORCUPINE . A superb masterstroke to split Blue Mondays right in the middle…

Who’s on the seventh floor
Brewing alternatives
What’s in the bottom drawer
Waiting for things to give

Spare us the cutter
Spare us the cutter
Couldn’t cut the
Mustard

Conquering myself until
I see another hurdle approaching
Say we can, say we will
Not just another drop in the ocean

Come to the free for all
With cello-tape and knives
Some of us six feet tall
We will escape our lies

Spare us the cutter
Spare us the cutter
Couldn’t cut the
M-m-mustard

Conquering myself until
I see another hurdle approaching
Say we can, say we will
Not just another drop in the ocean

Am I the happy loss
Will I still recoil
When the skin is lost
Am I the worthy cross
Will I still be soiled
When the dirt is off

Conquering myself until
I see another hurdle approaching
Say we can, say we will
Not just another drop in the ocean

Watch the fingers close
When the hands are cold

Am I the happy loss
Will I still recoil
When the skin is lost
Am I the worthy cross
Will I still be soiled
When the dirt is off

Am I the happy loss
Will I still be soiled
When the dirt is off

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: Website – Facebook – Discography

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From PORCUPINE album – 1983

CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Top Of The Underground Scene…

Weekly fuel to soundtrack your favorite 48 hours…

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After four albums the Kentucky indie rockers CAGE THE ELEPHANT are on top of te underground scene. Inspired by the best sounds of the mid-Sixties pop & rock they became succesful experts in turning those elevating vibes into nowadays emo-tional
and spectacular alternative firework. This live rendition of CRY BABY, one of the many highlights of latest album Tell Me I’m Pretty will vitalize all your senses…

Last Tuesday they played in The Netherlands as part of a(nother) short European tour.
As they ignored Belgium I crossed the border to see them in the legendary Paradiso in Amsterdam . Wow! I was aware (long live YouTube) of the band’s live reputation but the tsunami I experienced was nothing less than overpowering with a remarkably young crowd jumping up and down from start to finish and singing every single word of each song. Really stunning. An unstoppable stream of adrenalin, on and off the stage. Here
are some pics…

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CAGE THE ELEPHANT: Website – Facebook

PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT – Tireless Bass Legend Plays Marathon NEW ORDER and JOY DIVISON Set…

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PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT – Het Depot in Leuven, Belgium – 26 January 2017

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After a successful appearance at a Belgian festival last summer flamboyant bass player PETER HOOK, former member/co-founder of legendary bands JOY DIVISION and NEW ORDER already returned to my home country to play a staggering 31-song set. The almost 61-year-old, tireless Mancunian musician got into a nasty legal fight with his lifelong friends Bernard Sumner & Stephen Morris when they decided a few years ago to reform New Order without him. In return Hooky started to play extensively with his proper, excellent, band THE LIGHT, performing only songs from his two best known old bands’ repertoire and… with success. On his current tour the show starts with an elevating, dancy New Order set and continues after a short break with a Joy Division mix of early punk anthems and some of the dark greatest hits. Here’s the setlist…

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Nostalgia drove the highly excited crowd, with a legion of loyal British fans in front of the venue, to ecstasy and spirited sing-alongs. Peter Hook isn’t the best singer in the world but his vocal achievement is genuine, intense and honest (a couple of ones are sung by his splendid guitarist). What struck me (again) was the timeless power of most of the songs. Like they were written only yesterday. In the end it’s that imperishable quality that turns a PETER HOOK (and his cracking band) show into a fantastic night out. Here’s some magic footage of an old Mexico City concert to illustrate yesterday’s atmosphere in Belgium

TEMPTATION (New Order)

LOVE WILL TEAR US APART (Joy Division)

And some of my pics from yesterday’s triumphant gig…

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Dance, dance, dance to the radio…

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Classic Hooky pose…

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Tireless and victorious…

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Father and son…

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Peter Hook also published recently a new book ‘Substance: Inside New Order’
You can read an extensive review by British newspaper The Guardian here .

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PETER & THE LIGHT: Facebook – Twitter

THE STRANGLERS – Debut Single (GET A) GRIP (ON YOURSELF) Released 40 Years Ago…

Timeless in sound and vision.…

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THE STRANGLERS, regarded as the ‘old men‘ of punk back then and criticised by the Pistols and Clash focused music press but with more talent and more creativeness than many of the young brats surrounding them at the time, released their steamy, keyboards driven, debut single (GET A) GRIP (ON YOURSELF) on 28 January 197740 years ago. The track, written by frontman Hugh Cornwell (and featuring a Welsh coal miner on saxophone) was included on their debut album RATTUS NORVEGICUS and reached number 44 of the UK singles chart…

Didn’t have the money ’round to buy a Morry Thou
Been around and seen a lot to shake me anyhow
Begged and borrowed, sometimes I admit I even stole
The worse crime that I ever did was play some rock ‘n’ roll

But the money’s no good
Just get a grip on yourself
But the money’s no good
Just get a grip on yourself

Suffering convictions on a two-way stretch inside
The air in here is pretty thin, I think I’ll go outside
Committed for insanity and crimes against the soul
The worst crime that I ever did was play some rock ‘n’ roll

But the money’s no good
Just get a grip on yourself
But the money’s no good
Just get a grip on yourself

And you should know

Now I find from week to week the sentence sticking fast
Turn the corner, rub my eyes and hope the world will last
Stranger from another planet welcome to our hole
Just strap on your guitar and we’ll play some rock ‘n’ roll

But the money’s no good
Just get a grip on yourself
But the money’s no good
Just get a grip on yourself

And you should know

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THE STRANGLERS: Biography – Discography

THE POP GROUP – New Single ‘WAR INC.’ In Aid Of ‘MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES’…

Vibes that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…

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THE POP GROUP have released anti-war song WAR INC. from their latest album HONEYMOON ON MARS – their second LP since the still highly relevant post-punk veterans reformed – as a single in aid of Medecins Sans Frontiers / Doctors Without Borders to help with their incredible work in war zones throughout the world. In 2015 they provided over a million consultations across war torn regions of Asia and Africa,
and also provide nutrition & psychological help to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable, innocent civilians. The protest song was produced by Hank Shocklee, hip-hop wizard of Public Enemy. Here’s the audio clip…

You can download the track here and support this much-needed organisation…

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THE POP GROUP: Tour dates – Website – Facebook

BATZ – Energizing Firework From Down Under…

Vibes that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…

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Darlin’ by BATZ

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High energy Melbourne rockers BATZ just released brand new flashing single DARLIN’.
A loud and clear swipe at all bullies and haters who think they can suppress others…

Frontwoman Christina Aubry said in a press message: “The song is basically about any given situation where another person might think they’re the one with the upper hand and therefore begin to undermine you. ‘Darlin’’ is pretty much about making them realize that you’ve seen through the cockiness and that you are in fact stronger, smarter and overall more powerful than they gave you credit for.”

Electricity from start to finish.
Charge your batteries here…


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BATZ: Facebook – 2016 ‘Night Terrors’ EP on Itunes

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