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Morrissey - I Have Forgiven Jesus

The Smiths - How Soon Is Now

Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round

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Propaganda - P:Machinery

Scritti Politti - Wood Beez

Shakespears Sister - Break My Heart

Bonk - The Smile And The Kiss

The Human League - Don't You Want Me

Soft Cell - Torch

The Lover Speaks - No More I Love You's

Mariaane Rosenberg - Ich Bin Wie Du

Axelle Red - Sensualité

Saint Etienne - Like A Motorway

Adele - Make You Feel My Love

Billie Ray Martin - Your Loving Arms

Sunscreem - Love U More

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Home Counties

The town crier was unfortunately fully booked today so instead we are using the internet for this momentous announcement:

Our new album will be out on Jun 2nd 2017

It's called 'Home Counties'

It contains 19 'tracks' inspired by our bitter-sweet relationship with the eponymous shires that have always been part of our lives.

We recorded it in the summer and autumn of 2016 and it's co-produced by Shawn Lee of Wall Of Sound and Young Gun Silver Fox fame.

You can pre-order now on limited edition gatefold double vinyl, cd and of course cassette - with some exclusive extras - from our shop here.

Sarah Cracknell says: "We had so much fun writing for this album, drawing influence from our teenage years growing up in the home counties. Bob, Pete and I led almost parallel lives while I was in Windsor and they were in Surrey, developing our passion for music and London. Shawn Lee was a joy to work with, he's a wonderful multi-instrumentalist who seemed to have some kind of telepathy with us and translated our ideas perfectly. The record is quite varied in styles and brings together a little something from all our past albums whilst sounding completely new."

Bob Stanley says "Suburbia's anonymity is exactly why it's a source of inspiration. They said it couldn't happen here - and it didn't."

Whilst Pete added "We took a ride and ran with the dogs"

As a taster of what's to come we're streaming a special preview song from the album entitled 'Heather' here.

We set off on a UK tour in June but before that have three special warm up dates as follows....


Fri 26 Hebden Bridge Trades Club

Sat 27 Oxford Common People Festival

Wed 31 Barcelona Primavera Sound

Our tour kicks off in London on the day 'Home Counties' is released and we're pleased to be playing a few of our favourite venues....

Fri 02 London Royal Festival Hall

Sat 03 Cardiff Tramshed

Sun 04 Birmingham Town Hall

Tue 06 Bexhill De La Warr

Thu 08 Newcastle Sage

Fri 09 Edinburgh Queens Hall

Sat 10 Sheffield City Hall Ballroom

Sun 11 Manchester RNMC Concert Hall

Tickets for all of these go on sale at 9am this Friday and you'll find links to buy at our website here or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We'll also be bringing you news of festival performances and a US tour in Sep/Oct later this week so stay tuned.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Lots of love,

Bob, Pete and Sarah xxx

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25 Mar 2017 - Lisa Loeb - NYC Concerts

NYC Concerts
I've got news!  I'm coming to New York for three very different performance experiences including my first ever two week residency at Café Carlyle in June. (Yes! The same place that Woody Allen plays on Monday nights!)

Next Thursday (March 30) I'm playing at the Y Boulton Center in Bay Shore. I know it's too complicated for some of you to drive into the city, so I'm coming to you! Get tickets below before it's too late! 
Boulton Center Tickets
Cafe Carlyle
In June, as I mentioned, I will be playing a two week run at the iconic Café Carlyle.  This is a big deal for me, guys (and gals,) so I'd love to see you there.  Each show will be different during the run, so feel free to come to the show more than once! (Plus, you can eat classic dishes like Lobster Bisque, Filet Mignon, and Bittersweet Flourless Chocolate Cake. In fact, you will be forced to order a meal. and some drinks.) Click your preferred date to buy tickets while you can!
June 2017 (Select Dates Below)
Cafe Carlyle at the Carlyle Hotel
35 East 76th Street
New York, NY 10021

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'Cinematography II' EP Announced : Pre-Order Now!

As people seemed to have a blast with the last 'Cinematography' EP, I recorded a second one while hibernating in NYC this winter. 6 more tracks that inspired 'Choreography' that were a lot of fun to record! The EP is available as last time as a limited edition CD with fold-out poster commissioned by TOMMOKEN, and as a digital download.

Pre-Order CD & Poster:

Pre-Order Digital EP:

If you pre-order digitally on iTunes, Bandcamp, or from my BLBL store, or if you pre-order the CD from my BLBL store, you get an instant download of 'Causing A Commotion' (which you can also stream on Spotify here now).
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Alison Moyet's has announced the release of her ninth studio album 'Other'.

It is now available to pre-order with a range of benefits and options,
including signed copies and exclusive artwork by Alison herself,
plus the title track to download right now. Pre-order via

'Other', released by Cooking Vinyl, finds Alison at the top of her game
making exactly the music she wants to at this moment in time.

This is intelligent, adventurous electronic pop that's defined by Guy Sigsworth's signature soundscapes.

Alison Moyet also announced she will be taking 'Other' on the road:

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17 Mar 2017 - Depeche Mode - Spirit

Depeche Mode have released their 14th studio album, Spirit, globally today via Columbia Records.
The album, available both digitally and physically, has delighted fans and critics alike,
with USA Today proclaiming "...Depeche Mode is back with its timeliest work yet"
and Entertainment Weekly naming Spirit an official music pick.

Listen below, now!

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Events Calendar

March 2017
Current/Coming Events
Mar 24-30: A Flock Of Seagulls - Remixes & Rarities (2CD)
Mar 27-Mar 27: Bowie Songs One
Apr 7-9: Scritti Politti at the Laugharne Weekend Literary Festival
Apr 16: Empathy Test: live in Antwerp (BE)
Apr 17: Empathy Test: live in Oberhausen (DE)
Apr 19: Empathy Test: live in Cologne (DE)
Apr 20: HAEVN live: TivoliVredenburg @ Utrecht, Netherlands
Apr 20: Empathy Test: live in Hannover (DE)
Apr 21: HAEVN live: Oosterpoort @ Groningen, Netherlands
Apr 21: Empathy Test: live in Cologne (DE)
Apr 22: Empathy Test: live in Erfurt (DE)
Apr 23: Empathy Test: live in Vienna
Apr 24: Empathy Test: live in Munich (DE)
Apr 25: Empathy Test: live in Stuttgart (DE)
Apr 26: Empathy Test: live in Magdeburg (DE)
Apr 27: Empathy Test: live in Wiesbaden (DE)
Apr 28: Empathy Test: live in Kortrijk (BE)
Apr 28: Scritti Politti at the Donaufestival
Apr 28-Apr 28: Bright Light Bright light - Cinematography II
Apr 29: Empathy Test: live in Bielefeld (DE)
Apr 30: Empathy Test: live in Hamburg (DE)
May 1: Empathy Test: live in London
May 19-25: Erasure - World Be Gone (CD & LP & Cassette)
May 26: Saint Etienne live in Hebden Bridge (UK)
May 27: Saint Etienne live in Oxford (UK)
May 31: Saint Etienne live in Barcelona
Jun 2-8: Saint Etienne - Home Counties (CD & LP & Cassette)
Jun 2: Saint Etienne live in London
Jun 3: Saint Etienne live in Cardiff (UK)
Jun 4: Mari Wilson live in London
Jun 4: Saint Etienne live in Birmingham (UK)
Jun 6-10: Lisa Loeb @ Cafe Carlyle, NYC
Jun 6: Saint Etienne live in Bexhill (UK)
Jun 8: Saint Etienne live in Newcastle (UK)
Jun 9: Saint Etienne live in Edinburgh (UK)
Jun 10: Saint Etienne live in Sheffield (UK)
Jun 11: Saint Etienne live in Manchester (UK)
Jun 13-17: Lisa Loeb @ Cafe Carlyle, NYC
Jul 1: Mari Wilson live in Huntingdon, UK
Jul 4-10: Garbage - This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake (Book)
Jul 7: Mari Wilson live in Tring, UK

Classic Albums

Morrissey - You Are The Quarry

The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

Propaganda - A Secret Wish

Billie Ray Martin - Deadline For My Memories

Dead Or Alive - Youthquake

Sunscreem - O3

Thomas Leer - The Scale Of Ten

Mari Wilson - Showpeople

Adele - 19

Depeche Mode - Black Celebration

Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay

Axelle Red - Sans Plus Attendre

Visage - Beat Boy

Scritti Politti - Cupid & Psyche '85