“Five thoughts: Gary Numan”

gary_numan1. Riding up the escalator to the Hard Rock Cafe’s third-floor venue, I wonder how U.K. synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan, who penned his biggest hits in the late ’70s and early ’80s, would draw in 2014 for his first-ever Vegas concert. Turns out, not badly at all. Though the 1,200-capacity room is hardly packed, the showing feels quite respectable, with the floor full enough to send some good energy back at Numan and his four-piece band. Kudos to Hard Rock Live’s bookers for continuing to bring in important veteran acts (Dick Dale, Adam Ant, Os Mutantes) who might not be household names for the average listener.

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Jaz Coleman’s “The Symphonic Nirvana” set for US release 2nd September (on 429 Records)

jaz_colemanMore information is emerging about Jaz Coleman’s (Killing Joke‘s front-man) Nirvana Symphony project.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 11, 2014
429 Records is gearing up for the release September 2nd of The Symphonic Nirvana, the next in Jaz Coleman’s symphonic works and the Killing Joke legend’s first in over 15 years.

Following the successes of Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones, Us and Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd, and Kashmir: Symphonic Led Zeppelin which all reached #1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart, the Nirvana project is particularly close to Coleman’s heart given the influence Killing Joke had on Nirvana and their mutual appreciation (Dave Grohl played drums on a 2003 Killing Joke release).

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The Everlove’s cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Cities in Dust” used on Game of Thrones trailer

siouxsie_and_the_bansheesGame of Thrones is a big hit at G&A towers, but we didn’t catch the trailer for season 4 which has The Everlove’s “moody” cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees‘ “Cities in Dust”.  The production is definitely moody, but the song itself doesn’t really seem to have any edge.   Shame.

For fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones , the countdown to its Season Four premier was downright excruciating, exciting and exhausting.

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David J’s new video for his cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic”

David-JThe ex-Bauhaus members all seem to be busy at the moment, and none more so than the excellent Mr David J Haskins who has recently released a version of Britney Spear’s “Toxic”.   Interesting… (I couldn’t embed the video into this post, so the link is below).

There are many landmark moments in David J’s musical career, which purveyors of the seminal goth scene will well know: He is of course one of the founding members of iconic quartet Bauhaus, continuing into trio Love And Rockets, and then into a solo direction comprising an impressive number of albums and single releases.

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Joy Division rehearsals, 28 tracks cleaned up and remastered (Youtube & download – 1 hr 51 min)

JoyDivisionHere’s a real treat for Joy Division fans.

FageOner has collected together, and cleaned up, the best of Joy Division’s rehearsal recordings – and put it up for download, or to listen to via Youtube.

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Tones On Tail “Go! (HavocNdeeD BootleG)”

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David J on his new LP “An Eclipse of Ships”, SXSW and his favourite apps

David-JDavid J on his new LP “An Eclipse of Ships”, SXSW and his favourite apps…

David J, godfather of goth and founding member of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, chats about the inspiration behind his new solo album, “An Eclipse of Ships”; his SXSW appearances; which iconic actor he’d memorialize after Bela Lugosi; and his favorite apps.

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