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NEWS Freak Invention | This Day 78-Years Ago Frank Zappa Was Born

Freak Invention | This Day 78-Years Ago Frank Zappa Was Born

21st of December 2018, 09:24

Today 78-years ago the greatest musical-innovator of the twentieth-century was born, Frank Zappa.
(°21.12.1940 / + 04.12.1993)

"The Modern Day Composer Refuses To Die"
Frank Zappa made that quote about Edgar Varese, but so many could have made it about Zappa.
Reasons abound as to the importance of this genius, one might be his output, between ‘Freak Out!’ released in June 1966 to his last album ‘The Yellow Shark’ in 1993, Frank Zappa released 102 albums, some live, some studio and live intercut and some out of these were other-worldly instrumental albums made up purely of guitar solos.

A lot of fans were guided to his ‘Hot Rats’ release first, almost totally instrumental apart from the mesmerising ‘Willie the Bimp’ with his old friend Captain Beefheart, their paths were intertwined so much throughout Zappas career, ‘Bongo Fury’ the only proper duet to speak of.

One of the best stories about Frank Zappa surrounds an album that was not released until long after his death,
‘Lather’.
A triple disc set, some had been heard before on ‘Live in New York’ and ‘Waka Jawaka(Hot Rats 2)’ but there is a legend as to why a few years after his death it was finally got released in its original form.

Frank prepared the release of the quadruple set ‘Lather’ by the mid 70s, after setting release dates etc for Halloween 1977.
Warner Brothers, his then label, refused to release it in its Intended state.

Zappa managed to get an agreement with Phonogram to release ‘Lather’ in its original format, and test pressings were made, but of course Warner stepped in and put a claim to the music and so blocked its release.
What Frank did next defines the man, he responded by appearing on the Pasadena, California radio station KROQ, allowing them to broadcast ‘Lather’ over the six sides while all the same time encouraging listeners to make their own tape recordings of the album.

Frank Zappa had the power, not driven by money, greed or chart positions but rather his art and getting it out to his fans regardless of how.


NEWS The Cure - New Album, New Ambition & The Hall Of Fame

The Cure - New Album, New Ambition & The Hall Of Fame

20th of December 2018, 17:17

The Cure face into 2019 with what may be their most exciting year of recent times whilst giving the fans everything they have wished for.

“I think people admire us, even if they don’t particularly get the music”.-Robert Smith

On the back of this year’s successful fortieth-anniversary show with the very well received Hyde Park concert in London, which presented the band with a new leash of life as they blasted through a twenty-nine song set.

At the time however news slowly filtered through surrounding the band booking studio time, which has now been confirmed, The Cure will release their first album in over a decade in 2019.Since the start of October with the string of European dates were announced by The Cure to peak excitement, some, including the Dublin show at Malahide castle sold out within three-hours, showing the fan base for the band which is still as strong as ever.

This month though things took a twist as all Cure fans got an early Christmas present. It was announced on December-13th that the band are being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for 2019 in March.

With this announcement, frontman Robert Smith used it as the launch pad to break the news that The Cure are returning to the studio in six-weeks to put the finishing touches to album number fourteen, the follow up to 2008’s “4:13 Dream”. Of course there is another factor to get excited about, this will be the first album to feature Bowie-sideman Reeves Gabrels who will bring his unique, ambient-blast of screaming guitar to proceedings. The pairing of Gabrels and Smith should make for a very interesting album indeed.

To wet your appetite, the 40th anniversary show set list from the eight-of-July;

“Plainsong”
“Pictures of You”
“High”
“A Night Like This”
“The Walk”
“The End of the World”
“Lovesong”
“Push”
“In Between Days”
“Just Like Heaven”
“If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”
“Play for Today”
“A Forest”
“Shake Dog Shake”
“Burn”
“Fascination Street”
“Never Enough”
“From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea”
“Disintegration”
Encore:
“Lullaby”
“The Caterpillar”
“Friday I’m in Love”
“Close to Me”
“Why Can’t I Be You?”
“Boys Don’t Cry”
“Jumping Someone Else’s Train”
“Grinding Halt”
“10:15 Saturday Night”
“Killing an Arab”

Check out the below clip which shows Gabrels in full feedback mode.

Kevin Burke Dec 2018


NEWS Joan's In Prison, the 7th single release in a row by The Arch!

Joan's In Prison, the 7th single release in a row by The Arch!

19th of December 2018, 17:20

EN

If you had some doubts, now it is sure: The Arch is back on a roll! Quick reminder: early 2018 the band from Breendonk started to release each month a new song along with a video, which should then form around the end of the year a new album with 12 tracks. It seemed a bit ambitious. The intervals between songs got longer, but the quality has been impressive. The last single 'Yoga Noise' was released early November, and look: one month later we're surprised again with 'Joan's In Prison'. Again you'll hear a nice combination of guitars and electronics, and again there's a beautiful video where the band asked some common friends and acquaintances to sing the song in front of the camera. (xk)

Last week The Arch also proved to be in great shape live at our Dark Entries Night. Anyone who wants to see the band live in the coming months can do so at the following locations:

Read our interview where The Arch speaks about the first six singles of 2018


NL

Zevende single op rij van The Arch: Joan's In Prison

Er was even twijfel, maar nu is het zeker: The Arch is terug op dreef! Ter herinnering: begin 2018 nam de groep uit Breendonk zich voor om maandelijks een nummer met video uit te brengen, die dan tegen het eind van het jaar een nieuwe plaat met 12 nummers moesten vormen. Het bleek wat hooggegrepen. De intervallen tussen de nummers werd langer, ook al was de kwaliteit indrukwekkend. De laatste single 'Yoga Noise' verscheen begin november, en zie: een maand later worden we alweer verrast met 'Joan's In Prison'. Opnieuw horen we een knappe combinatie van gitaren en elektronica, en opnieuw is er een knappe video waarin de groep aan een resem vrienden en kennissen gevraagd heeft om het nummer mee te zingen voor de camera. (xk)

Verleden week bewees The Arch op onze Dark Entries Night ook liev in topvorm te verkeren. Wie de groep de komende maanden aan het werk wil zien kan dat op de volgende plaatsen:

Lees ons interview waarin The Arch tekst en uitleg geeft bij de eerste zes singles uit 2018


Not a love song by OOMPH!

18th of December 2018, 17:16

EN

PiL used to sing back then 'This is not a lovesong'. Now guess who's imitating them... Before Rammstein there was Oomph, the pioneers of what was later called the Neue Deutsche Härte. This mix of electro and guitars has not gone unnoticed and the band experienced one success after the other in the 90's. They've kept being active and will come back early 2019 with their 13th album. It will be released on January18th but a first extract is already available. And so let's get back to 'This is not a lovesong', as the song is called 'Kein Liebeslied'. The song's not about love, but about the evolution of mankind and the question about what we have already achieved after all this 'progress'. The new album promises Oomph grand cru! (xk, Dark Entries Magazine)

Oomph: website / facebook


NL

'This is not a lovesong', zong PiL destijds, en raad eens wie hen dat nu nadoet... Voor Rammstein was er reeds Oomph, de pioniers van wat later de Neue Deutsche Härte zou worden genoemd. De mix tussen electro en gitaren sloeg vonken en de jaren 90 vloog de groep van het ene succes naar het andere. De groep is nooit gestopt en komt begin 2019 terug met hun dertiende studioplaat. Die komt op 18 januari uit, maar er is nu reeds een eerste nummer vrijgegeven. En dan komen we terug bij 'This is not a lovesong', want het nummer heet 'Kein Liebeslied'. Het nummer gaat niet over liefde, maar over de evolutie van de mensheid en de vraag wat we na al die 'vooruitgang' reeds bereikt hebben. De nieuwe plaat belooft Oomph grand cru te worden! (xk, Dark Entries Magazine)

Oomph: website / facebook


NEWS Life On Mars?-Hunky Dory Is 47 Today!

Life On Mars?-Hunky Dory Is 47 Today!

17th of December 2018, 10:18

Today, forty-seven years ago the late David Bowie released his first masterwork, Hunky Dory.

“Look out, you rock & rollers."

Following on from the garage-rock of “The Man Who Sold The World” the formula was now in place for Bowie to push the boundaries that bit further and make the world sit up and take notice, his travels to America had inspired the writing of his first masterpiece, the culture and the music soaked into his songs, from the Velvet Underground to Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol, all would play a role in the dynamic of David Bowie’s creativity.

From the infectious opener “Changes”, an instant pop-classic with the catchy chorus which would foretell Bowie’s career, the path he would take and the warning to the music world of his arrival.

“Oh! You Pretty Things”, this was “Starman” part-one, the full lineup of the Spiders coming into their own for the first time with the aid of Rick Wakeman on piano.
As “Life On Mars?” became the pivotal Bowie track of the day, the transcendent chorus, the uplifting piano working in partnership with the guitar solos, images of America and childhood dreams:

“It's on America's tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lennon's on sale again”.


On “Quicksand” he went shoulder to shoulder with the songwriting greats of the day in this tale which dealt with the occult, the Second World War and most surprisingly Aleister Crowley and The Golden Dawn. Bowie was at his darkest, pulling images and characters from the abyss and casting them in his latest play;

“I'm the twisted name on Garbo's eyes,Living proof of Churchill's lies, I'm destiny. I'm torn between the light and dark, Where others see their targets, divine symmetry”


The driving acoustic guitar of “Andy Warhol”, a psychedelic-ballad, an ode to art and it’s creator, though being able to sum up Bob Dylan in one line is an accomplishment all of its own, in his tribute to the folk-troubadour Bowie nailed it perfectly on “Song For Dylan”;
“With a voice like sand and glue”

“Queen Bitch”, was the template for the following albums, Bowie on acoustic guitar, Ronson tearing up a riff similar to The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane”, the melodic bass-run by Trevor Bolder and Mick Woodmansey hammering out the drums, Bowie went at a sonic pace into area of a Glam-Rock.

The sinister folk of “The Bewlay Brothers”, a nightmare which would have fit in on the “The Man Who Sold The World”, the schizophrenic lyrics are terrifying, closing the album in a weirdness, to leave fans and critics warped;
“With our backs on the arch
And if the Devil may be here
But he can't sing about that
Oh, and we were gone”.

The songs were refined so well the album only took two-weeks to record at Trident Studios, he always worked at a frantic speed, creating the cabaret melodrama set the course for his career, his partnership with The Spiders and a world ready for the name Bowie.
A year later the glamrock-alien Ziggy Stardust would land to earth, taking the guitar driven elements of ‘Hunky Dory’ and releasing an album which would change music forever.

Tracklist:
01 “Changes”

02 “Oh! You Pretty Things”

03 “Eight Line Poem”

04 “Life on Mars?”

05 “Kooks”

06 “Quicksand”

07 “Fill Your Heart”

08 “Andy Warhol”

09 “Song for Bob Dylan”

10 “Queen Bitch”

11 “The Bewlay Brothers”

Kevin Burke Dec18

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