New Order

Quick quips: U2, Michael Jackson, Reba McEntire, Bob Dylan, Guns N’ Roses, Peter Hook, New Order

Bono announced at a press conference in Toronto that a covers version of the U2 album Achtung Baby is on its way. Commissioned by the British magazine Q, the album will include Patti Smith (Until the End of the World), Depeche Mode (So Cruel), Jack White (Love is Blindness) and Damian Rice (One).

Even more trouble for the Michael Jackson tribute scheduled for October 8 in Cardiff, Wales. Global Events Live, who is putting on the show with part of the Jackson family, recently offered tickets “buy 1 get 1 free” which outraged those who have already purchased tickets and gave the over thirty Jackson fan clubs who were calling for a boycott of the show more fodder.

Reba McEntire may be returning to TV. ABC has announced that they have picked up the pilot for a series called Malibu Country. Reba will play a mother of three who divorces her cheating husband and moves from Nashville to Mailbu where she’ll try to restart her music career and not let her family be influenced by the materialistic world around them. Dave Stewart is one of the producers.
McEntire previously spent six years on the series Reba.

An exhibit of the art of Bob Dylan is coming to New York’s Gagosian Gallery. 18 drawings and paintings will be on-display from September 20 to October 22.

Dates are starting to leak out for an October tour by Guns N’ Roses. At this point, only Orlando, Miami and Kansas City have been mentioned but further dates are sure to be announced in the coming days.

Peter Hook has told Rolling Stone how disappointed he is that New Order will reunite without him.
“Ultimately it’s my music they’re playing so it’s not the end of the world. I was instrumental, excuse the pun, in New Order for 34 years and they won’t take that from you unless they started releasing new records that eclipsed all the New Order stuff. And maybe they’ll do that, I don’t know. But I do know at this point in time there have been some really underhand, dirty business dealings that have enabled them to do this that I don’t agree with and I’m very saddened and upset by it. But it’ll come out in the wash.”

After a multi-year battle, it looks like artists will be granted a longer copyright period in Europe. Currently, the limit is set at 50 years which means some of the earliest records of the rock era, including those of artists like Cliff Richard, are coming into the public domain. According to an unnamed source within the European Union, that is likely to be extended to 70 years on Monday.
The move will be good for artists and labels alike as catalog sales have been growing over the last few years with the addition of digital downloading of older songs.

The Sunshine Underground ‘Spell It Out’

The Sunshine Underground 'Spell It Out'

The Sunshine Underground 'Spell It Out'

The Sunshine Underground ‘Spell It Out’ . The Sunshine Underground has announced details of the release of a new single. Spell It Out will be released through City Rockers/EMI on Monday 17th May 2010.  Taken from their second album, Nobody’s Coming To Save You, which was released earlier this year, the single will be released on download and will feature a Cenzo Townsend (U2, New Order, Bloc Party) mix of Spell It Out, radically different versions of Spell It Out and We’ve Always Been Your Friends and a previously unreleased track, Fall In Line. The single, and album, were produced by the band and Barny (Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian).  Following their successful headline UK tour in February, which culminated in sold-out shows at London’s Koko and a triumphant home-coming at the O2 Academy in Leeds, the band have announced a number of festival appearances in April and May. The full list of dates is as follows:

9th Barnsley Che Bar

1st Leeds Live in Leeds
2nd London Camden Crawl
3rd Middlesbrough Empire
5th Hull Love Music Hate Racism
6th Manchester Clint Boon, XFM presents
15th Brighton The Great Escape, Coalition
16th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
22nd Liverpool Sound City

The band will be announcing further UK festival and headline shows shortly. The Sunshine Underground are: Craig Wellington (vocals /guitar), Stuart Jones (guitar), Daley Smith (bass) & Matthew Gwilt (drums)

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frYars A universe of dueling strangers, deserted lakehouses, speeding cars, and a lonely mail-order bride. A place of violent encounters with bakers, where simpletons and the treacherous mingle in a dreamland of the absurd. A place where a blissfully infectious electro-pop song can hide dark and turbulent lyrical depths under it’s glistening surface. The visionary behind this vivid, abstract world, is 19-year old Ben Garrett, a self-taught musician who is living years beyond his peers in both talent and creative scope. Having already been called upon to Continue reading →

The Dykeenies free download and tour dates

the-dykeeniesThe Dykeenies, Brian (vocals/synth), Andy (bass), Steven (guitar) and John (drums), have been locked up in the studio for the past six months – recording new material and preparing to hit the road as a four piece after the departure of original band mate, Alan, earlier this year.

As Scotland’s best loved indie popsters are putting their finishing touches to their second album, which they are planning to release later on in the summer, The Dykeenies have announced that fans can get their hands on a new track for FREE! The exclusive version of Are You With Me Now can be downloaded from

The Dykeenies are also heading out on a 16 dates UK Tour in March.

Here are full dates:

10 March – Exeter – The Cavern
11 March – Brighton – Digital
12 March – Southampton – Talking Heads
13 March – Portsmouth – The Cellars
14 March – Coventry – Kasbah
15 March – Manchester – Moho Live
17 March – London – Underworld
18 March – Derby – Rockhouse
19 March – Leeds – The Cockpit
20 March – Glasgow – QMU – SOLD OUT
21 March – Liverpool – Carling Academy
24 March – Inverness – Ironworks
25 March – Aberdeen – Moshulu
26 March – Dundee – Fat Sams
27 March – Edinburgh – Studio 24 – SOLD OUT
28 March – Newcastle – Carling Academy

Tickets for the shows are available now by logging onto or by calling 08444 999 990.

The Dykeenies are an art pop four piece named after a phrase in the eighties fantasy film, “Willow”.

Hailing from the Glaswegian satellite town of Cumbernauld, they comprise of two brothers – Brian (vocals/synths), and Andrew Henderson (bass) – and two childhood friends, Steven Ramsay (guitar) and John Kerr (drums), all aged between 20 and 25. There were originally 5 members but Alan Henderson (guitar) left in December 2008.

Since they formed in the summer of 2005, The Dykeenies have played numerous sold out shows around Scotland, as well as supporting the likes of Maxïmo Park, The Fratellis and Mystery Jets.

The band got their big break when they played the “Your Sound” night – a platform for unsigned talent, at Glasgow’s legendary King Tuts, the venue where an unknown Oasis were signed on the spot by the then head of Creation Records, Alan Mcgee in 1993. The Dykeenies became the first signing to the King Tuts’ Recordings label, whose aim is to release one off singles by new bands with a view to bringing them to the attention of other labels.

The double A side single, “New Ideas/Will It Happen Tonight” was released in July 2006 and was a perfect showcase for their angular punk pop melodies. It did the trick. They have secured reams of glowing press from the Scottish media as well as a playlist on XFM Scotland and London. The single also brought them to the attention of Steve Lamacq, who supported the release and invited the band to do a live session.

The Dykeenies are now turning their attention south of the border. Having been championed by the New Music editor at NME after he received an early demo, they secured an opening slot on the NME Rock ‘n Roll Riot tour with The Horrors, The Maccabees and The Fratellis.

Now signed to Lavolta Records, The Dykeenies released debut EP “Waiting For Go”, on the label on November 27th. Written by the band, the eighties inspired lead track was produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys/Kasabian/Editors) and mixed by Cenzo Townshend (New Order/U2/Kaiser Chiefs). The EP also features “Things You Cannot See”, “Feels Like Sleep” and “Dark Time”, which showcase the band’s unique brand of spiky, indie pop and flair for infectious choruses that whirl around your head long after the CD has left your stereo.

In April of 2007 the band released “New Ideas”, which debuted at #54 in the UK, whilst entering at #2 in Scotland. They have since embarked on two UK tours and have just released “Clean Up Your Eyes”, with the album “Nothing Means Everything” due for release in September 2007.

Never forget…The Dykeenies love you!

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