New Peter Murphy LP ‘Lion’ announced, due for release in 2014

murphyLots of chatter about the new Peter Murphy LP…

Peter Murphy may be on the road playing Bauhaus songs at the moment, but his next batch of new music won’t be far behind.

The singer is eyeing an early 2014 release for “Lion,” the follow-up to 2011’s “Ninth.” The album was hatched during sessions with producer Youth, an old friend who Murphy got together with “just to see how it went. We did it ourselves, just like a week to see what would go over, and basically we did the album in four and a half days. It was like dropping off the edge of a cliff and no turning back, and it was really exciting.”

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BBC Radio 6 Music, Gary Numan in conversation with Radcliffe and Maconie (streaming)

numan blueGary Numan in conversation with Radcliffe and Maconie


Gary Numan speaks to Mark and Stuart about his brand new album Splinter, its industrial sound and moving to the US west coast.

Thanks to Dd – the original Numanoid – for the heads up!

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The Boys Next Door “These Boots Are Made For Walking” video (1978, YouTube)

Nick Cave‘s first incarnation – “The Boys Next Door”.  Their only LP “Door, Door” is worth checking out for historical value alone, but the excellent track “Shivers” is a real treat – and a real indication of where Cave’s sound would be a dozen years later…

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UK Decay release new album ‘New Hope For The Dead’, their first LP since 1981


Originally formed in Luton in early 1979, UK Decay were leaders of the then emerging post-punk scene and are widely credited (or derided) with coining the term ‘Goth’ in a music press interview in Sounds music paper that subsequently inspired a movement. Part of a musical lineage that saw them emerge after Siouxsie & The Banshees and pre-fame Adam & The Ants alongside the likes of Bauhaus and Killing Joke, their single/EP releases and debut studio album For Madmen Only were substantial Independent Chart topping records , while they were also session regulars on John Peel’s Radio 1 show. Extensive touring in the UK and mainland Europe led to tours of North America – including memorable treks supporting Dead Kennedys and then headlining above a new LA punk scene containing Circle Jerks, Black Flag, DOA , Social Unrest , The Subhumans, etc – while current iconic names such as Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and Tool have all cited UK Decay’s music and incendiary live performances as influences on their own careers.

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Postal Service, “I am a visitor here” badges

2013-05-23 20.00.35If you happened to be at the rather excellent Postal Service gig last Saturday (18th May 2013) at Manchester Academy 2, you may well have ended up with one of the 100 “I am a visitor here” badges (left) which my mate Jason made specially for the gig.

Hope you enjoyed the gig.

…and thanks to Jason for the spectacular effort.


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