The particularly amazing thing is how while their early stuff still holds up pretty well after all this time, they've progressed so far as to sound almost nothing like those first albums--and yet still sound like the same band. To illustrate this, I've chosen to post "Monument", from the 1982 release A Broken Frame, a new wave track so minimal it can barely be danced to, whispering of techno and covered in fantastic '80s bleepy synths. In contrast, their recent single "Wrong" is loud and in-your-face, and the synths, now joined by guitars, are darker and harsher. This version is a remix by dubstep master Caspa [who coincidentally is playing at Smartbar on the same night]. The genre-overlay is really well done, and I think it says as much about the versatility of Depeche Mode's songwriting as Caspa's production skills.
Download and dig in, we'll see you on Thursday with a whole lot more!
Posted: March 22nd, 2010
at 3:44pm by qbot
Tagged with 1982, 2009, a broken frame, alan wilder, atomic, bleepy synths, caspa, dave gahan, depeche mode, dubstep, insane sample libraries, kraftwerk, martin gore, minimalism, monument, new wave, smartbar, sounds of the universe, synthpop, tribute, vince clarke, wrong
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It's 6am and the sun is coming up. Kamar just dropped me off and these potato things from Dunkin Donuts are soooo good, you have no idea...
Such a great evening at
I should probably go to bed, but I can't stop listening to this Lykke Li remix lately, which may have something to do with me starting off my set with it Thursday night.
Here's to hoping your weekend is going as well as mine.
Posted: February 28th, 2010
at 6:24am by qbot
Tagged with 2008, 6am, atomic, britpop, css, dave roberts, dunkin donuts, electro, kamar, late bar, lykke li, maker's mark, panic, Peroxide, potatoes, saturday night, scary lady sarah, stormy, sunrise, swedish, synthpop, up all night, whisky
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Last night started off really slow--after all, a good portion of our crowd was at
Such is the case with the Yello classic "Bostitch". It blows my mind that this single was released in 1979. Typical of Yello's style, it's sophisticated, dark, and avant-garde. It's very new wave, it's really tech-house, it's vaguely industrial…and no, that is not Douglas McCarthy from Nitzer Ebb singing. Actually it's Dieter Meier [
Now in their 60s, Meier and Blank are still making music as Yello, and it's still just as good. Most of their current work is in soundtracks these days. Recently, they've worked with Audi and been the subject of a documentary. I hope I'm half as cool as they are when I'm their age.
Posted: February 26th, 2010
at 6:25pm by qbot
Tagged with 1979, arturo, atomic, audi, avant garde, bostich, dark, dieter meier, douglas mccarthy, house, insane sample libraries, millionaire singers, new wave, nitzer ebb, old guys, qbot, queen is dead, swiss, techno, the handsome devilz, yello
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What I love about the Handsome Devilz is that they are the least pretentious musicians I have ever met. They know they’re talented and have had success in other bands playing their own music, but they absolutely love The Smiths and Morrissey and dedicate a night a month covering their heroes at the Abbey Pub. Lisa and I are big fans of their night “The Queen Is Dead” and look forward to hosting their after show party on the last Thursday of every month. If you go to the show this week, remember that Atomic is free with a wristband or ticket stub from the Abbey and you’ll get to hear Guest DJ Arturo spin a Smiths/Morrissey set!
In honor of the
This likely combo also dragged along Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys for the ride on their 1989 debut single "Getting Away with It." Rumor has it that the lyrics of the song were a parody on Morrissey's lyrics and public interviews, including the chorus: "However I look / It's clear to see / I love you more than you love me."
The first Electronic album of the same name is ranked highly among my favorite work of Sumner and is definitely worth pursuit if you are new to the band.
Hear this song and other New Order related tracks this week on Thursday, February 4th for Atomic at Neo... See you in the dark.
I still get excited every year when we do our
The two songs here represent two completely different New Order styles, but they share that sentimental touch that ties the history of the band together. "Dreams Never End" is from their debut album
I knew someone was going to ask me this. If I didn't know better, I'd probably think it was the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, too. Given the current resurgence of post-punk and new wave, this song doesn't necessarily sound like it was released in 1981. And I'm pretty sure that at least one of Karen O's personalities believes that she actually is Sarah Osborne*. Listen, though, and you'll hear the band's name chanted throughout the song. They want you to know that they're not Tegan and Sara, or Ting Tings, or Yeah Yeah Yeahs, or all that was to come after...
From their album African Queen, and also available on their
*A bit of '80s new wave trivia: Sarah Osborne left Allez Allez when she married the lead singer of Heaven 17.
I've always thought it was appropriate that we named our new wave night after a song that was both new wave and punk. Blondie ties the two together well, and it fits the spirit of our events; "new wave" is more of a guide than a rule. Given our interpretation, it also seems fitting to post, as our first song, not the original but rather a newer cover.
Sleeper didn't really put much of a stamp on this song; play it simultaneously with the original, and they're almost note for note the same. You might ask what the point is (and I'm not entirely sure), but I like to imagine that, sometime while this was being recorded, they realized there was no point in screwing with a good thing.
Available on the