Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spent The Day In Bed


Morrissey's new single already has an official video!
The video for Spent The Day In Bed is a full song film (not like the lyric-films from World Peace Is None Of Your Business) and features a very familiar face if you are a football fan: the problematic English player Joey Barton, which retired not long ago. Barton is a well-know Smiths fan.
The video also features, Morrissey, his band and David Hoyle. It was directed by Sophie Muller.
Check it right here.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Too Late And Too Soon


Charles Bradley appeared on the international music industry too late, and has gone for the other world too soon.
Rest in peace friend, it's never too late to follow your dreams, and no one is ever too old to do anything, and Bradley showed us that.
I was lucky enough to see him performing once in Portugal. I didn't have many expectations from the concert but it turned out to be the best moment of the festival I was in.
The music remains.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Morrissey Unveil New Song And New Album


Morrissey, the legendary British artists released a new single and a new album is coming up!
The new song is called "Spent The Day In Bed" and it's available on YouTube through a lyrics video.
Well, the song didn't catch my attention during the first take.
The "Spent The Day In Bed" lyrics is catchy and it really gets inside your mind.
The instrumental is a little bit disappointing for me. The keyboards sound a little bit like a really from Falco or something like that form the 80's. The lyrics are fine, typical Moz style. Hopefully the song will sound better with time. The chorus is fine, the middle eight is also good, the surrounding keyboard sound is great, but the main synth riff isn't really my type.
The melody is great, the instrumental is just average.

The new album is called "Low In High School" and it's going to be released on the 17th of November. The tracklist is:

01 My Love, I’d Do Anything for You
02 I Wish You Lonely
03 Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up on the Stage
04 Home Is a Question Mark
05 Spent the Day in Bed
06 I Bury the Living
07 In Your Lap
08 The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel
09 All the Young People Must Fall in Love
10 When You Open Up Your Legs
11 Who Will Protect Us From the Police?
12 Israel

Some really interesting titles. Really hoping for a #1 album. Morrissey deserves it, cares about it, and then he would have a number 1 album in 4 different decades.

Listen to the new single here:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Playlist Explained


On this week's playlist we have a new single by Beach House. The band just released a compilation album of b-sides and rarities and Chariot is one of the two new exclusive songs from the album.
To commemorate Depeche Mode's concert in Portugal, I included their new single "Going Backwards" in a live session redemption only included on the single.
Supergrass' Alright has been my wake up song this week and it really gives your energy for the rest of the day!
Also, Arcade Fire's new album is almost coming out and they launched a new single called Creature Comfort. Great as always, one of the best bands around.
Travis annouced a 18-anniversary edition of The Man Who and Turn is one of my favourite songs from the album.
The Horrors also have a new single, and it's also in Strange Sound. Machine, everyone.
The Moonlandingz, Temples, Josh Rouse are just songs that were playing on the radio and I memorised them because they are cool!
To end the playlist, ladies and gentlemen, the one and only Ringo Starr! The legendary drummer is going to release is new album soon and Give More Love is the new single! Peace and Love everybody everywhere!
Listen here:


Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Man Who Is An Adult


Travis, the super nice Scottish band are going to re-release their fantastic "The Man Who" album as a 18-year old anniversary edition.
The special box-set will include 2 LPs and 2 CDs .
The main LP and CD will include the album, and the second will include B-Sides.
This is an amazing album, that pushed Travis to the high lights. The Man Who includes songs like "Why Does It Always Rain On Me",  "Writing To Reach You", "Turn", "Driftwood" or "Luv".
Wait for the 08.09.2017.
Superb.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Depeche Mode At NOS Alive


Yestarday I went to see one of my favourite bands again, after some years. Depeche Mode played at the critically acclaimed festival NOS Alive.
Before the British band there was Kodaline and Imagine Dragons, good concerts, not really my type, but they did created a fantastic atmosphere with the public. 

Well, first of all, although NOS Alive has always the best line up (and it really has) the location is a little poor. It's not big enough for everyone, the toilets are all located in only one place, there's no grass, always cement, and  everything is at the same height, there's no little valleys like there is in Paredes de Coura or Primavera festival. This valleys really contribute to a better sound.
Also, I probably was unlucky but I watched the concert from a place where the sound was not very good. Christian Eigner bass drum was too loud and it kinda drowned the rest of the sounds.

However, the band, as always were great! The set was a little bit shorter than usual (because it was on a festival). They started with Going Backwards, their new single. Here, and also during In Your Room and Barrel Of A Gun, the bass drum killed the songs, which was a pity. One of the best moment for me was, surprisingly, Wrong, the lead single from Sound Of The Universe. I always liked the song but their new live redemption gives a lot to the song. More aggression, more despair, it was perfect. Stripped, I Feel You and World in My Eyes were very enjoyable.
The sing-a-long in Never Let Me Down, Everything Counts and Enjoy The Silence was good and showed a good chemistry between the band and the public. Martin's songs were Judas and Home, both of them great, and Home is much better as a full band than acoustic, 
Cover Me, from the new album was the most atmospheric song, worked very well with the film in the background. 
Personal Jesus was obviously the perfect song for the end, a stadium anthem.

It was the birthday of Andy Fletcher, and people sang Happy Birthday To You with the melody of Judas, that was beautiful!

In resume, Depeche Mode are always great, however, the festival didn't help to make the best of the concerts. Set-list reduced, too full (but not only with DM fans), sound was not perfect. 
Still, something I will take with me forever but, I am hoping for a winter show announcement in a closed arena, tat would be perfect! 

The full concert is available online here:

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The Horrors Announce New Album And Tour


The Horrors are going to release their fifth album on the 22nd of September, later this year.
The album, called "V" is going to be supported by a tour that is going to pass by Portugal. I already bought my ticket for their show in Porto on Hard Club's stage.
The first single is called Machine and, as its name suggests, it's a much more electronic orientated song. Some fans said that they are sounding look like Depeche Mode, and I agree. Their time together during DM's new tour has influenced them.
The song is great. More aggressive from their previous work, less catchy, more complex. It's cool.
Take a listen to Machine here:

Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Patrick Duff


Today is the birthday of one of my favourite artists and the only one that I met in real life. Patrick Duff
I met him during a concert in London. He dedicated me a song and we have a super great and lovely chat. Can't never forget that moment, actually, the concert and some personal issues, made one of the most intense days I ever had in my entire life. It was 4 years ago, a different life.

Patrick made brilliant music in Strangelove, in Moon and as a solo artist. A true hero, all of his songs are more than amazing.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY FRIEND!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

We're Back With A New Playlist



We're back with a new playlist.
Sometime life is hard and keep us very very busy, however, there is always time for music.
Although I didn't post anything since May, I didn't stop listening to music and here is a playlist of 10 songs that were under my radar.
Enjoy!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Eurovision


I never took much attention to Eurovision The style of music that they usually play there, the "Europop" is terrible. Now, they are singing songs more "international". Actually, most of them are almost copying songs that are huge success. If you saw the show you could see some imitations of guys like Justin Timberlake or Adele.

There are always some amusing moments. No one will ever forget the legendary sax guy. And he was back this year, to do some non-sense dance with his saxophone!

However, there was a huge difference this year, and the difference was the huge quality of the Portuguese song. Salvador Sobral sang (in Portuguese) a super beautiful song, written by his sister, internationally famous composer Luísa Sobral. 
The song is a very soft and romantic ballad that actually, I can't find too many words to describe it.
It's calm, peaceful, lovable, heartbreaking really. That song was like a big big bag of fresh air.
So beautiful, so emotional. Perfect.
Oh, and by the way, we fucking won the competition! And broke the record! YAY!
That a look on it, it is really something.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Depeche Mode Covered David Bowie


Depeche Mode started this weekend their Europeen Tour.
The setlist consisted of 5 songs from their new album "Spirit" and a lot a classics. The band played in total 22 songs.
But, the biggest surprise of all was, undoubtedly, that they covered David Bowie playing "Heroes".
Heroes is a very important song for the band, specially for Dave Gahan. Martin Gore, Andre Fletcher and Vince Clark, back in 1980 decided to hire Gahan for vocals, after they heard him singing Heroes.
Also, all of its members praised David Bowie several times in the past.
Can't wait to see them in Portugal this summer!
Take a look of their version here.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Ok, Not Ok Computer


Ok Computer, the 1997 legendary Radiohead album, turns 20 this year.
To celebrate it, the band decided to release OKNOTOK, the 20th anniversary re-issue of the album.
OKNOTOK will include a CD of the original album remastered and a bonus disc that will include 3 previously unreleased songs and 8 b-sides from that era.
It will be available digitally, in double CD format and in a triple LP boxset which will include a book with Yorke's notes of the album and a cassete with demos and sessions from OK Computer.
Now, you just have to wait to June to hear it, and to July to grab it!

OKNOTOK:

Disc 1
1. "Airbag"
2. "Paranoid Android"
3. "Subterranean Homesick Alien"
4. "Exit Music (For a Film)"
5. "Let Down"
6. "Karma Police"
7. "Fitter Happier"
8. "Electioneering"
9. "Climbing Up the Walls"
10. "No Surprises"
11. "Lucky"
12. "The Tourist"

Disc 2
1. "I Promise"
2. "Man of War"
3. "Lift"
4. "Lull"
5. "Meeting in the Aisle"
6. "Melatonin"
7. "A Reminder"
8. "Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)"
9. "Pearly*"
10. "Palo Alto"
11. "How I Made My Millions"

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Depeche Mode Spirit Review


As an overall, Spirit is an excellent album, both melodically and lyrically.
When you listen the entire album from track 1 to 12, you keep the idea that it's a really powerful album, but you can't choose the best songs, or the best singles (except from Where's The Revolution). So, basically, Spirit really works as an album, it doesn't work so good as separate songs, however, I think the most important thing is right that, the sequence of the songs, of the lyrics is very tied up, very natural, you imagine it as a testimonial, not as a mix of songs.

Instrumentally, the sound is very particular to Depeche Mode, the alternative electronic rock music. At their age, and at their position in life, I think the band can't reinvent themselves anymore (like they did with Songs of Faith And Devotion) and that's good for us. The sound is again, very personal, there aren't so many bands doing anything like that around. In my view, the band, since Playing The Angel, found their musically place, and there's no need to get too much away from that. The sounds is still fresh and different from anyone else. Of course each album has it own way of flowing and Spirit is a more aggressive one, more dirty, less danceable, more desperate, which reflects perfect with the lyric content.

Now, talking about the lyrical part of the album, there a huge and different improvement. As Dave Gahan once said, Depeche Mode's songs are all about pain, suffering and death, well, not anymore. A big part of the album (specially Martin Gore's songs) are about the political state in the world. Brexit, Trump, refugees, racism, they are all there. The band,actually felt really affected by the last people's choices all over the world and were shocked by it. That's where songs like Going Backwars, Where's The Revolution or Fail came.

The production, was on the duty of James Ford, world-famous for his work with Arctic Monkeys' AM album. Well, Depeche Mode is such a studio machine that his influence is kinda difficult to see. The electronic sound is in the same line as the last album but, as I said, it's much more aggressive. The songs where you can a bigger influence from Ford would be The Worst Crime and No More (This Is The last Time).

Also, I need to have a special work for Gahan's songs on this album. I am a huge fan of Martin Gore, for me, he will be forever, the soul and main part of Depeche Mode. However, Dave's songs are excellent, Poison Heart and No More are among the best moments of the entire album. Actually, as separated songs, I think Gahan's songs call more your attention than Martin's ones. However the climax of the album is, without a doubt, the first single Where's The Revolution,

Going Backwards is a great starting, Martin's backing voices are great, and talks about how mankind has shown less solidarity with each other. Where's the Revolution is the key track of the album. The Worst Crime and Cover Me are great ballads, with amazing guitars on it. Poison Heart is the typical painfully Depeche Mode song, So Much Love looks too much like Soft Touch / Raw Nerve from Delta Machine. You Move is the seducing song of the album (first album track by Gore and Gahan). Scum is not easy to listen at first but then appears as a powerful, very aggressive song, the keyboards lines from the chorus turns the song fabulous. Poorman is Martin under influence of blues and No More (This Is The Last Song) is a really easy-going song, really relaxing.
Martin sings Eternal, probably, the best and most beautiful song sung by him since Home. Just has a huge problem: it's too short. His vocals on this one are perfect, really shows the best side of the artist.
The album ends with Fail. It's not one of my favourites, I think almost all of their previous albums finish in a better way, however, what really matters on Fail are the lyrics. The song works as a break down, as that the resume of the album is that mankind failed and that we're fucked. It's like a message to everyone, saying that we reached the lowest level of humanity. Instrumentally is not a outstanding song, but lyrically is very strong. Also, it's the fist time that a song sung by Martin closes the album.

The album is amazing, and Depeche Mode can't make bad music. Lyrically, there's an improvement comparing to their catalogue, and melodically is more aggressive, the message that the world is fucked, is passed very well to the songs.

Hoping that it reaches the top albums and gets a worldwide recognition, the band really deserve it.    

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Playlist # 6



This week's playlist features:

- Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen - To celebrate his life and music.
- Depeche Mode - Cover Me - The British band released their new album, called "Spirit", here's a good song from it.
- Brett Anderson - Song For My Father The Suede leader re-released all of his albums in CD and Vinyl last Friday. And also, it was father's day two days ago!
- Kasabian - You're In Love With A Psycho - New single for the forthcoming album, to be released on the 28th of April.
- U2 - Mothers Of The Disappeared - Joshua Tree, their classic album, turned 30!
- Gaz Coombes - Seven Walls - Bought Matador, his second solo album this week, and this is my favourite song from it. 

And then, some fantastic songs that I heard randomly on the radio, Best Coast, Rialto, Sequin and Youth Lagoon.

Listen to it here:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Goodbye Chuck Berry


If most of the post 60's music is influenced by The Beatles, The Beatles were mainly influenced by Little Richard and Chuck Berry.

Chuck, unfortunately, died 2 days ago.
He leaves behind a great, unimaginable legacy.
If you doubt it, click here and you'll understand what I'm saying.
Berry was planning to released a new studio album this year, the first with original music in 38 years. Still is unknown what will happen now.

Rest in peace Chuck Berry, thank you for changing Rock n' Roll music forever. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary


U2 are going to re-release their classic album "Joshua Tree" to remark its 30th anniversary.
It's the second time the album is re-released (it exists also a 20th anniversary edition) but this time the tracks are massive.
Well, you can get almost everything that exists from this period of U2. The entire album, plus b-sides, live versions, outtakes, demos or new remixes.
Also, to celebrate (not promote) Joshua Tree the Irish band is going for a tour across North America and Europe, where they'll play, for the first time ever, the entire album live.

Joshua Tree is one of the most emblematic albums of U2. It was their album that lead them to world mainstream and, probably, the most sweet and romantic of the band, exploring themes like loss, love and world peace. A great and fantastic album, much different from their next direction in the 90's,

Check out the tracklist of the celebratory editions:

THE JOSHUA TREE – 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - FORMATS

1. VINYL SUPER DELUXE BOXSET (with digital download card)
LP 1+2 – The Joshua Tree album
LP 3+4 – The Joshua Tree Live at Madison Square Garden 1987
LP 5+6+7– The Joshua Tree Remixes / Outtakes / B-Sides

LP 1+2 – The Joshua Tree album
Where The Streets Have No Name
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
With Or Without You
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
In God's Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill
Exit
Mothers Of The Disappeared

LP 3+4 – The Joshua Tree Live at Madison Square Garden 1987
Where The Streets Have No Name
I Will Follow
Trip Through Your Wires
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
MLK
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
In God's Country
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Exit
October
New Year's Day
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
With Or Without You
Party Girl
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
"40"

LP 5 – Remixes
One Tree Hill 2017 Remix (St Francis Hotel)
Bullet the Blue Sky 2017 Remix (Jacknife Lee)
Running To Stand Still 2017 Remix (Daniel Lanois)
Red Hill Mining Town 2017 Mix (Steve Lillywhite)
With or Without You 2017 Remix (Daniel Lanois)
Where The Streets Have No Name 2017 Remix (Flood)

LP 6 – Outtakes
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Lillywhite Alternative Mix ’87)
One Tree Hill Reprise (Brian Eno 2017 Mix)
Silver and Gold (Sun City)
Beautiful Ghost/Introduction To Songs Of Experience
Wave Of Sorrow (Birdland)
Desert Of Our Love
Rise Up
Drunk Chicken/America

LP 7 – B–sides
Luminous Times (Hold On To Love)
Walk To The Water
Spanish Eyes
Deep In The Heart
Silver And Gold
Sweetest Thing
Race Against Time

Book: Photographs by The Edge, a hardback collection of previously unpublished personal photographs from the original Mojave Desert sessions in 1986. Foreword by The Edge.

Plus: Folio of 8 Anton Corbijn Color Prints from 1986

2. CD SUPER DELUXE BOXSET (with digital download card)
CD1 - 2007 Joshua Tree album
CD2 - The Joshua Tree Live at Madison Square Garden 1987
CD3 – The Joshua Tree 2017 Remixes
One Tree Hill 2017 Remix (St Francis Hotel)
Bullet the Blue Sky 2017 Remix (Jacknife Lee)
Running To Stand Still 2017 Remix (Daniel Lanois)
Red Hill Mining Town 2017 Mix (Steve Lillywhite)
With or Without You 2017 Remix (Daniel Lanois)
Where The Streets Have No Name 2017 Remix (Flood)

CD 4 – The Joshua Tree B-sides / Outtakes
Luminous Times (Hold On To Love)
Walk To The Water
Spanish Eyes
Deep In The Heart
Silver And Gold
Sweetest Thing
Race Against Time
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – Lillywhite Alternative Mix ’87
One Tree Hill Reprise (Brian Eno 2017 Mix)
Silver and Gold (Sun City)
Beautiful Ghost/Introduction To Songs Of Experience
Wave Of Sorrow (Birdland)
Desert Of Our Love
Rise Up
Drunk Chicken/America

Book: Photographs by The Edge – collection of never seen before personal photographs from the original Mojave Desert sessions in 1986 in a hardback book, with foreword written by The Edge.

Plus: Folio of 8 Anton Corbijn Color Prints from 1987

3. 2 CD DELUXE
CD 1 – The Joshua Tree album
CD 2 – The Joshua Tree Live at Madison Square Garden 1987
Where The Streets Have No Name
I Will Follow
Trip Through Your Wires
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
MLK
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
In God's Country
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Exit
October
New Year's Day
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
With Or Without You
Party Girl
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
"40"

4. STANDARD VINYL
The Joshua Tree (double heavyweight vinyl)

5. STANDARD CD
The Joshua Tree

6. DIGITAL FORMATS
3 x digital products: Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe audio as outlined above.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Depeche Mode, Global Love


Richard Spencer, an american racist jackass, told recently that "Depeche Mode was the official band of the alt-right". Obviously, the band said that they have nothing to do with that guy and don't support his movement.

However, the press took (as always) advantage of it, in order to create a scandal, etc.
Titles like "Personal Hitler" "Depeche Mode related with the alt-righ" "Depeche Mode is the alt-right band" surfaced online and that is a pity. In order to see the main message (that Depeche Mode denies any relation with this kind of ideology) you would have to open the link and read everything until the end.

And I think that the band don't deserve nothing like that, specially, as a fan, this is, undoubtedly, very unfair. Depeche Mode have a long list of love song and songs about community tolerance. Yes, their main topics are pain and suffering (from relationships), but they have a some beautiful songs about acceptance.

Martin Gore (born from a black american man) wrote some beautiful lines like "When you're born a lover, you're born to suffer, like all soul sisters and soul brothers", "If for kindness, you substitute blindness please open your eyes" or the new line "Scare you till you're stupefied, wear you down until you're on their side, where's the revolution?"


Take a look on this songs and you'll understand what I'm saying:

- Everything Counts
- Somebody
- Condemnation
- Freestate
- Freelove
- Goodnight Lovers
- Peace
- Where's The Revolution

Everyone should remember now, more than ever, the contribute Depeche Mode has given to cultural acceptance and not that some freak guy talked about them.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Beatles Reunited


The Beatles, the world's biggest band ever, never reunited after their break up in 1970, however, during the following years, we saw some very happy collaboration between them. Over the years we say Ringo playing drums in a lot of George's albums, or Lennon giving some songs and participating on Starr's album.
Well, looks like there is going to be a new collaboration with the 2 remaing Beatles alive.
According to Ringo Starr official Twitter, Paul McCartney was with him in studio recording some bass lines to his next solo album.
They look good and happy on the shared photo. Good to see old mates still caring with each other.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Week #3



Another week, another playlist.
This weeks we have:

01 - Pete Yorn - Life On A Chain - This week's morning music. What a fantastic album.
02 - Cage The Elephant - Too Late To Say Goodbye - Last monday I saw them live and it was super amazing. a great, long and full concert, with pure rock n' roll. This song was probably the first I really liked from them. The guitar slide solo is great.
03 - Depeche Mode - Walking In My Shoes - Today I received by mail a t-shirt with the artwork of this song. Great t-shirt, but even better song. Actually, it was this song that brought me to like Depeche Mode.
04 - The Cardigans - Higher - This week I bought the CD of Pale Honey, a Swedish band, so I listened to Gran Turismo from start to finish. Fantastic album but another Swedish band.
05 -  Suede - Sound Of The Streets - It isn't everyday that you listen to a b-side of your favourite band on the radio. It happened this week.
06 - David Bowie - No Plan - Bowie will release is final EP in physical formats also.
07 - Pale Honey - 0100 - Bought the CD from this amazing Swedish band. Loved all the songs, but this one is special because of its uplifting melody.
08 - Bob Marley & The Wailers - The Heathen - If Bob was alive, he would have been 72 this week.
09 - GNR - Que Importa? - The legendary Portuguese band will give a very special concert tomorrow in Porto, celebrating 35 years of activity.
10 - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave announced an European tour.

Hope you enjoyed it, listen here:

Saturday, February 04, 2017

This Week In A Playlist


This week Strange Sound playlist covers again then songs on Spotify.



They are:
01 - Depeche Mode - Where's The Revolution - Depeche Mode's comeback single was released yesterday.
02 - Underworld - Born Slippy (Nuxx) - T2, new Trainspotting movie is already in the cinemas in the UK.
03 - Franz Ferdinand - Darts Of Pleasure - Their debut album was my morning soundtrack during this week.
04 - Pet Shop Boys - Rent - Pet Shop Boys were announced as the 2017 NME Godlike Genius Awards.
05 - Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions - Let ME Get There (feat. Kurt Vile) - Heard this song on the radio and has a really great vibe.
06 - Brett Anderson - Thin Men Dancing - Brett Anderson will re-release all of his solo albums with extras and also on vinyl for the first time.
07 - Goldfrapp - Anymore - New single from their new album "Silver Eye" that will be released in March
08 - Bon Iver - Blood Bank - Bought this week the ticket to Primavera Sounds, which Bon Iver will headline.
09 - The Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes -  This album was playing all the week on my car.
10 - Madrepaz - Novas Pontes - Heard this brilliant song on the radio, didn't know this band before, but this song is really fantastic. The greatest surprise of the week.

Have a great weekend!