Finally! I'm allowed to tell you that my brand new album 'Choreography' is released on 15th July, and you can pre-order it NOW! Here are some fun facts about it:
I'm THRILLED to have an incredible line up of guests: Sir Elton John, Alan Cumming(!!), all of the Scissor Sisters - Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis & Babydaddy,Mykal Kilgore of The Wiz Live and my friends Bridget Barkan & Xavier.
All the videos for the album were filmed in January with the incredible Steven Hoggett (Once, Curious Incident Of The Dog in The Night Time, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) with a team of 6 fantastic dancers. The first - 'All In The Name' - you can watch now HERE! And also buy on iTunes!
The album is available on Digipack CD, Deluxe 2xLP Vinyl, Download and very limited edition Coloured Cassette (4 colours to choose from)
There's a brand new webstore where you can order physical copies of the record, the back catalogue digitally and physically, and a ton of new 'Choreography' merchandise including: Tshirts, Tote Bags, Stickers, Badges, Notebooks, Highlighters Pens, Posters, Guitar Picks and Postcard Sets. Have a look here now!
Over the course of this year I'll be hitting the road again. Here are dates that you can put in your diaries. Tickets go onsale May 27th for UK and May 25th US!
JUNE 25 - NYC PRIDE : Everybooty Party @ BAM - onsale now!
JULY 9 - Bristol: Pride Official Afterparty @ O2 Academy
JULY 23 - Neath: Gwyn Hall - special album show 'Choreography' start to finish
JULY 25 - Glasgow: Hug & Pin
JULY 26 - Manchester : Sound Control
JULY 28 - London : Oslo
SEPTEMBER 2 - Chicago : Schubas
SEPTEMBER 7 - Washington DC : DC9
SEPTEMBER 9 - New York : Rough Trade
SEPTEMBER 10 - Philadelphia : Coda
SEPTEMBER 14 - Los Angeles : The Satellite
SEPTEMBER 15 - San Francisco : Rickshaw Shop
Oh ... and TUNE IN TO GRAHAM NORTON'S TV SHOW TONIGHT and watch me play 'All In The Name' WITH SIR ELTON JOHN :)
Thanks for your patience over the last few months, I hope you like the new song and can't wait to share the new album with you!
Written by Pmachineposted in News 19 May 2016, 12:0017 Views
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At the end of July, Universal Music will reissue Simple Minds' acclaimed fifth studio album, New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), across a number of formats, including a six-disc super deluxe edition box set…
The 1982 album was the Scottish band's second on the Virgin label and the first to feature drummer Mel Gaynor (recruited after producer Peter Walsh declared himself unsatisfied with Mike Ogletree's playing). New Gold Dream launched Simple Minds' career worldwide and delivered the hit singles Promised You A Miracle, Glittering Prize and Someone Somewhere In Summertime.
The new super deluxe edition of New Gold Dream boasts an abundance of material. Disc one features a 2016 remaster (by Andrew Walter at Abbey Road) approved by Charlie Burchill and the second disc gathers 12-inch remixes and instrumentals of the singles, a few of which enjoy their CD debut.
Various edits and B-sides can be found on the third CD in the set while disc four features previously unreleased BBC John Peel and Kid Jensen radio sessions, recorded in February and August 1982.
All ten tracks on disc five are previously unreleased; made up of alternative mixes and demos and the icing on the cake is the sixth and final disc which is a DVD, featuring Charlie Burchill and Ronald Prent's 5.1 surround sound mix, first released on the now long out-of-print DVD-Audio in 2005. This mix of the album is a unique 'full duration' mix which is different to the standard version. DVD also includes promo videos and a few Top of the Pops performances. Note, this is a DVD-V unlike the DVD-A/V disc from previous Simple Minds box sets.
The super deluxe includes a 36-page booklet with sleeve notes by journalist and broadcaster, Billy Sloan including new interviews with Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill.
The reissue is being issued on two-CD deluxe and vinyl LP. The DVD content is also put out as a blu-ray audio.
New Gold Dream is reissued on 29 July 2016. At the time of writing it's currently a great price on Amazon UK - little more than £6 per disc.
Written by Pmachineposted in News 18 May 2016, 12:0020 Views
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Etienne Gonna go to Heaven *
*and other choice establishments and festivals
It's 25 years since Foxbase Alpha was born and a similar length of time since the fledgling Saint Etienne took their first teetering steps into the live arena. The venue was Heaven in Villiers Arches, London and Bob and Pete, armed with DAT and smoke machine took to the stage, resplendent in polo neck sweaters and necklaces of candy, their synthesisers perched on ironing boards...
To celebrate this momentous occasion we are returning to Heaven (whipped into shape this time by Sarah Cracknell of course) on Wednesday the 5th of October to play a special anniversary Foxbase set (plus bonus beats hits).
Tickets go on sale - to Saint Etienne subscribers only - tomorrow morning at 9am. That's9.00 on Wednesday 4th May and tickets can be found here. As Etienne fans you have a48 hour head start to bag the best tickets before the rest go on sale to the general public on Friday at 9am.
We will be warming ourselves up (literally) with a show at Gagarin 205 in Athens, Greece on October 1st - tickets here - and will round the week out with our last ever UK performance of the full album at the Rockaway Beach Festival in Bognor Regis on Saturday 8th October - tickets here.
Come join us and we'll celebrate in style before putting Foxbase to bed - at least in the UK for another 25 years.
But before all this ...
Following sold out gigs in Glasgow (Art School on June 23rd) and Hebden Bridge (Trades on June 24th) we will be playing the Park Stage at Glastonbury on Sunday 26th Juneshortly after ELO finish their set on the Pyramid stage.
We also headline two festival stages this summer:
Indietrax in Ripley Derbyshire on July 30th - tickets here - and the Heavenly Stage at On BlackHeath, London on Sunday 11th September - tickets here.
All this, a new album in the works plus news of some special vinyl and Foxbase related releases soon.
Marsheaux's new single 'Safe Tonight' is taken from the new album for 2016 called 'Ath.Lon'; the title is derived from the first syllables of the two cities which served as the background for their new material: Athens and London. It also brings to mind the Greek word 'athlos' meaning the achievement, the feat. 'Ath.Lon' could indeed be Marianthi and Sophie's 'athlos'. Considering the circumstances in which the ten songs on 'Ath.Lon' were created, observers will recognize it as an achievement, the crown of their twelve year career and a new chapter in their creativity.