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12 Great Comeback Albums Released in 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, December 6, 2013 03:03pm | Post a Comment

While plenty of new acts released great albums in 2013, a few heavy hitters came back with awesome records after years of either inactivity or critical/commercial depression. Here’s a list of 12 of those records.

David Bowie The Next Day

david bowie the next dayDavid Bowie had been relatively silent since 2003’s Reality. Then, out of nowhere, on his 66th birthday on January 8th, he announced a new album would be released in March. The Next Day largely blew away expectations, exceeding in quality just about anything else Bowie has done since the ’80s, harkening back to his most acclaimed phase, The Berlin Trilogy, comprising the albums Low, “Heroes” and Lodger. Romantic rockers like “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” live alongside alien funk (the title track) and searching ballads (“Where Are We Now?”). It’s classic Bowie, throughout. (See where The Next Day landed on Aaron Detroit’s top 50 albums of 2013 list.)

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Music History Monday: November 11

Posted by Jeff Harris, November 11, 2013 12:14pm | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: November 11, 1968 Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins by John Lennon and Yoko Ono is released (UK release date is on November 29, 1968). Produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, it is recorded at Kenwood Sun Room (John Lennon home studio) in Weybridge, Surrey, UK on May 19, 1968. The avant garde recording is the result of an all-night recording session consisting of tape loops combined with minimal instrumentation, sound effects, and ad-libbed dialogue between Lennon and Ono. The album will become infamous for its cover art which feature photos of the couple naked on both the front and back of the LP. This will stir up such great controversy that Apple Records' US distributor Capitol Records and UK distributor EMI will refuse to handle the album. Tetragrammaton Records will distribute it in the US, while Track Records will distribute it in the UK (limited to only 5,000 copies). Retailers outraged by the nudity on the cover will only agree to sell it if it is packaged in a brown paper bag. Though in one instance, 30,000 copies of the album are seized from a distributor in New Jersey. Treated more as a curiosity by fans, the album will be officially reissued in the US by Rykodisc in 1997. Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins will peak at #124 on the Billboard Top 200.

On this day in music history: November 11, 1975Gratitude, the seventh album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released. Produced by Maurice White, Charles Stepney, and Joe Wissert (live tracks), it is recorded in Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC from late 1974 - mid 1975 (live tracks) and Hollywood Sound and Wally Heider Studios in Hollywood in June of 1975 (studio tracks). Following their huge breakthrough success with "That's The Way Of The World," Columbia Records will request another album from the band to be released in time for the 1975 Christmas holiday season. Not having enough time or new material written to record a brand new studio album, they begin recording their live shows. The finished album will be a two-LP set with three sides of live material and a fourth side with five new songs. It will spin off the hits "Sing A Song" (#1 R&B, #5 Pop) and "Can't Hide Love (#11 R&B, #39 Pop). The album will be regarded by many fans and critics as one of the best live recordings of all time. "Gratitude" will spend three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, six weeks (non-consecutive) on the R&B album chart, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Congratulations to the Winner of Our Depeche Mode Contest!

Posted by Billy Gil, August 28, 2013 06:12pm | Post a Comment

Congrats to our latest contest winner, Kyle Watson. He won a pair of VIP tickets to see Depeche Mode at Staples Center Sept. 29, courtesy of Razorgator. They’ll be playing in support of their latest album, the terrific Delta Machine.

Don’t forget to sign up for our other contests — right now, you can win a signed copy of the new Nine Inch Nails LP, Hesitation Marks. Their eighth studio album (and first since 2007’s Year Zero) is due Sept. 3; you can win an autographed two-disc, 180 gram vinyl copy. Enter here now; contest ends Sept. 3!

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You can also win tickets to see the Pet Shop Boys Oct. 12 at the Shrine Auditorium here (contest ends Sept. 16) and tickets to see Vampire Weekend at the Hollywood Bowl Sept. 28 here (contest ends Sept. 20). Make sure to always check our frequently updated Contests page to see what we have going on.

This Friday: Trannyshack Presents Depeche Mode vs Siouxsie Tribute Night!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 12, 2013 07:18pm | Post a Comment

Break out your eyeliner, your guyliner, and your white jeans! Trannyshack, San Francisco's biggest drag club night, presents a tribute to Depeche Mode and Siouxsie Sioux on Friday, August 16th at the DNA Lounge! Be dazzled by performances by Heklina, Fauxnique, Raya Light, Lady Bear, Suppositori Spelling, and more! Plus do some spooky dancing of your own with the very special guest DJ Le Perv (Dark Room).

Get your tickets now!

 

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Amoeba Holds Depeche Mode VIP Contest, Attends Depeche Mode Convention

Posted by Billy Gil, July 31, 2013 11:00am | Post a Comment

depeche mode amoebaLots of news for Depeche Mode fans. The classic new wave band is appearing Sept. 29 at Staples Center, and you can win a pair of VIP tickets through Amoeba. Enter at our contest page starting Aug. 6! You can also buy tickets for that show here.

But there’s more, Depeche-heads. On Aug. 11 there will be a Depeche Mode Convention at The Avalon in Hollywood. The all-ages event takes place from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Famed new wave DJ Richard Blade hosts, and the event will feature live music from DM tribute band Strangelove and guest DJs, in addition to collectibles, videos, contests, prizes and dancing. The Avalon’s restaurant, Honey, also will be open for the event, and the venue has six full bars and bottle service.

depeche mode delta machineAmoeba will be on hand from 7 p.m. to midnight with lots of items for sale. Amoeba Hollywood also has tickets on sale to the event for $20 (plus a $2 service fee).

Don’t forget to check out the band’s excellent, recently released Delta Machine, as well.

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