Thank the internet for free translation websites, because there is damn near nothing about this band in English. Hailing from Paris, Aswefall appears to have not a lot of output, the most notable of which is this single from last year, "Nevermore". I didn't need to google translate the names of bands that kept coming up in reviews about them; it seems like everyone thinks they remind them of some band from the '80s, or maybe three or four of them, but no one agrees on which one. Like Colder, they're decidedly French, and appropriately, one of their songs is the official music for Air France. But what stands out to me here isn't their techno-slick repetitive new wave, but the dark atmosphere, Cure style bassline, and Poe-esque lyrics that bring to mind a goth warehouse party.
Whoever came up with the idea for this is brilliant. Superstar techno dj and producer Richie Hawtin interviews Daniel Miller, founder of legendary UK label
It was quite a long time later that I found out that Marcos actually made music. As Rayaline, he's on Kompute, one of Chicago's best electronic dance music labels. His output is as broad as his interests, with everything from electro bangers to thoughtful techno. He's supposed to put out an album soon, but I won't hold my breath; with all of his djing and vjing gigs, he's a busy guy. We're lucky to have him as a guest at Atomic this week, and I expect he'll be one of our best guest djs to date.
He sent me a couple of tracks, but I had to post "Ashland", as it reminds me just a wee bit of Yello. See you Thursday!
If you go back far enough in electronic music, it all sort of starts to sound like one genre--and in the very early '80s, it sort of was. Before Justice and The Presets, THIS was the original electro.
Juan Atkins will be performing live as Model 500 at Movement on May 31.
Note: Whether you've never been to Detroit or a seasoned DEMF-goer, if you're planning on attending, I highly recommend reading this article from our friends at
Posted: May 14th, 2010
at 11:36am by qbot
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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
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Ok, so… it's a bit hypocritical for me to post this, I'll admit it. I mostly make fun of
But I can't deny their influence, which is rampant everywhere from synthpop to Detroit techno and, of course, the industrial and EBM scenes that they had a hand in founding. Their style sounded very dated to me 10 years ago, but now the minimalism sounds fresh--all things come back again, of course.
I choose to post "Let Your Body Learn" from 1987's That Total Age release because to me, it relates well to new wave [and I'm sure the influence goes both ways]. I'm also including a new track from Neon Electronics vs
We're thrilled to be giving away tickets to their upcoming concert on Thanksgiving night. Though lacking in trees, Nitzer Ebb put on a great live show, and I'm sure they won't disappoint. Opening for them is my absolute favorite local-Chicago-via-way-of-Detroit band
Posted: November 19th, 2009
at 3:09am by qbot
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Although only a band for five short years, the dynamic duo of singer Josephine Warden and keyboardist Brian Moss formed Vicious Pink (originally Vicious Pink Phenomenon) in 1981 and got their start as backing vocalists for Marc Almond and Dave Ball's Soft Cell. With two new wave godfathers to guide them, the influence of Soft Cell's provocative, sexualized lyrics and dance beats were apparent in Vicious Pink's music. Through the course of their career, they earned three club hits rather than making any commercial impact.
The band made their biggest splash with the release of their third single "Cccan't You See..." Yes, stutter when you say it - it's necessary. Legend has it that Vicious Pink were actually the first band to coin the word "techno" in 1982 when describing their music to the press. Maybe not techno by today's standards, but certainly modern electro. Listen to anyone from Ladytron and Goldfrapp and tell me you can't hear the influence these pretty in pink things had on them.
There are several versions of the song. The original 12" version of the song is the most common (and certainly most addicting), though there is at 7" version that varies slightly. A year after the original was released, the song was remixed to have a French vocal, which was recently re-released in a limited pressing on vinyl. Vicious Pink have yet to release an official CD though their
Oh. Don't be fooled by the opening sample to the song either. Your shuffle didn't accidently turn on "This Corrosion" by the Sisters of Mercy. Now go bust out those poppers and shake a tailfeather!