Depeche Mode Perform New Single “Heaven” in Studio

February 18th, 2013 · Comments Off on Depeche Mode Perform New Single “Heaven” in Studio

As a long-time Depeche Mode fan, I’ve been less than enchanted by the band’s last few records to put it lightly. A few glimpses of glory here and there but mostly, well, not. I was expecting more “meh” from the new single, “Heaven,” but I find myself reinvigorated a bit as a fan. Try as […]

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Depeche Mode Signs to Columbia, Leaves EMI

December 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Depeche Mode Signs to Columbia, Leaves EMI

Depeche Mode has signed a new record deal for its forthcoming album due out in March of next year. Columbia Records will release the as-yet-untitled album, which primary songwriter Martin Gore – in a message on the band’s website – describes as having “similar vibe to Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion.” I’m down […]

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Ex-Depeche Mode Keyboardist Curates Talk Talk Tribute Album

September 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ex-Depeche Mode Keyboardist Curates Talk Talk Tribute Album

Talk Talk’s final two albums, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock, respectively, are two of my favorite records, but they were Talk Talk’s least commercially successful because the band utterly ignored its synth-pop, new wave roots (and its audience) to embark an an experimental tangent that has influenced a generation of songwriters. Ex-Depeche Mode keyboardist […]

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Vince Clarke’s Collection of Synthesizers Will Blow Your Mind

August 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Vince Clarke’s Collection of Synthesizers Will Blow Your Mind

Fascinating interview and exploration of electronic music pioneer Vince Clarke’s home studio in Portland, Maine. First of all, Maine? Can’t seem to get my head around why the man who founded Depeche Mode, Yaz, and Erasure lives in Maine, but that’s of no importance once you get a peek inside his house. His home studio […]

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Alan Wilder rejoins Depeche Mode for one-off show

February 19th, 2010 · Comments Off on Alan Wilder rejoins Depeche Mode for one-off show

After a somewhat acrimoniously worded letter of departure some 14 years ago, Alan Wilder has returned to Depeche Mode for a one-off show at London’s Royal Albert Hall benefiting the Teenage Cancer Trust. The keyboardist and occasional drummer (and probably the most natural musician of the group) took to the stage to play piano on […]

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VIDEO: Depeche Mode “Hole to Feed”

September 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Depeche Mode “Hole to Feed”

If Robert Palmer’s backup singers got hit by a truck full of Bjorks, then you’d get the tacky, bored to death, technicolor robots that mime Depeche Mode’s new single off Sounds of the Universe, “Hole to Feed.” Inexplicable tongue dancing ensues. Utterly bewildering yet fascinating new video.

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VIDEO: Depeche Mode “Peace”

June 12th, 2009 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Depeche Mode “Peace”

Depeche Mode has dabbled in grandiose gestures throughout its career, so it’s not surprising that the second single from Sounds of the Universe is a bit heavy-handed. The video for “Peace” isn’t as preachy you might think; it’s more of an internal struggle than a political statement, despite the military backdrop. The song itself flirts […]

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