Interactive map inspired by Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” LP artwork

joy-division-unknown-mapThis is really cool – world maps with contours displayed using a design similar to Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasure LP cover.

Over the years Joy Division’s iconic Unknown Pleasures cover art has been copied/imitated for all sorts of different things — Disney famously ripped off the design for a line of Mickey Mouse t-shirts and other bands have nicked the t-shirt idea too. There’s also been music videos, oven mitts (no doubt inspired by Half Man Half Biscuit’s song) and even pasta designs.  Now Google Maps Mania discovered a series of maps utilizing data visualization similar to the artwork for Unknown Pleasures.

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“The 10 Best Joy Division songs” (apparently)

joy_divisionThis article is beautifully written but, IMHO, the actual 10 tunes, and their order, are way off beam.   The ten best Joy Division tracks and no She’s Lost Control? Hmmmmm.  Anyway, here’s the top three.

3. “Passover” (from Closer, 1980)

An often overlooked track, “Passover” is Joy Division at their most introspective, both lyrically and musically. Hook and Morris provide a low, discordant rumble for the song’s ethereal movement, with Sumner’s guitar randomly puncturing the fog, while Curtis delivers lines more devotional than mournful, trading abbreviation for the space between the edges of his voice and the furthest echo from the instruments.

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“Why the Nephilim upset me”


The Nephilim upset me.

Is it the use of flour? The music which references ancient biblical peoples, fallen angels and chaos magic? The fact that 1988′s amazing ‘Moonchild’ was released in the same year as Tiffany’s ‘I think we’re alone now’? Is it their laissez-faire attitude to touring? Their choice of encore, t-shirt or touring partner? Is it the fact that I have spent many a failed lunchtime ‘al desco’ trying to understand the difference between The Fields of The Nephilim, The Nefilim and The Nephilim? Nope.

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“A writer and the Nephilim”

Carl McCoy of Fields of the NephilimIn the bible the Nephilim were giants, supposedly produced by the coupling of a god and a human woman.  Doesn’t get more goth than that.

The post below got me thinking and I found the video at the bottom – fascinating, and worth four minutes of your time.

It was around 1986 when a new great goth band emerged …  A handsome post-apocalyptic cowboy growled through amazing music, smoke and flour ; supported back then by a fantastic band… The band’s name was equally mysterious and you had to try to remember it…

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“The long shadow” – Andy Gill talks about post-punk

andy-gillAndy Gill (Gang of Four) talks about “charting the influence of a genre that opened the door for rock”.

It didn’t last long but it made a noise that still echoes today. After disco and punk started waning in the late ’70s, and before new romantic and synth-pop started ruling the airwaves in the early ’80s, a clutch of unaligned British bands were pushing musical boundaries. They called it post-punk.

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“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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