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Andrew Collins presenting a documentary of Goth? Count me in...

'Professional ex-goth' Andrew Collins speaks to key musicians about the emergence of goth rock, finding out more about its genesis and transformation.

It's on Saturday 28 Feb, 7pm on BBC Radio 2.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00fh4pv
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We've been busy over at http://www.hard-wired.org.uk, so why not take a trip over there to read some of our latest reviews:

Ultravox* - Quartet. Classic 80s synthpop gets remastered and expanded...
Eyelash - Recession. Worth looking up if they're gigging near you...
Grand Duchy - Lovesick EP. Tuneful ditties from ex-Pixies singer and friend...
Jackie Leven - The Haunted Year - Winter. A tonic for sore ears...
S-Core* - Gust Of Rage. A gust of rage or a load of old wind?
Imatem - Journey. Project Pitchfork, Santa Hates You & now this, can Peter Spilles do any wrong?
Tenek - Stateless. Geoff Pinkney & Pete Steer return to give British synthpop another shot in the arm
Amduscia - Madness In Abyss. Hocico soundalikes no longer, the Mexican trio's latest opus is hot than a flaming tortilla!!!
Eden Synthetic Corps - Enhancer. Dark EBM at its deepest & best

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk

* These ones are mine.
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Goth reviews for:
Rajna - Duality. Let Rajna provide the soundtrack to your imaginary travels...
Rome Burns - The Static Murmur. Emotional and literate music that was worth the wait...
Scratched Surface - Nine Novembers Fall. Mixing thrash metal and gothic sounds to produce an uneasy marriage...

Other reviews for:
Danko Jones - Never Too Loud. Ruthless efficiency to be applauded, if not admired...

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk
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PROG ROCK BRITANNIA Fri 2 Jan http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/progbritannia/

As part of Prog Rock at the BBC, we're showing a new feature-length documentary exploring prog rock, one of music's most misunderstood genres. To coincide with Prog Rock Britannia, we've got everything from ELP on The Old Grey Whistle Test to The Pink Floyd Story, plus Phil Collins and Genesis, all starting Friday 2 January.
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Other genres reviews for:

Grand Duchy* - Petits Fours. Ex-Pixies singer teams up with Violet Clark. Sparks ensue...
Various Artists* - Messages Des Fees. Compilation from French label Prikosnovenie, for lovers of the fey...
Sikh* - One More Piece. Don't know what 'neo-giga-brutal' means? Me neither...
Maple Bee* - Home. Let's hope that Maple Bee is a longer lived project than many of Melanie Garside's previous incarnations...

EBM reviews for:

Cephalgy - Herzschlag. Their third album & their best to date, this sees the German trio finally making a claim for greatness.
Autofadeh - Hunt For Glory. Almost a tribute to the old EBM masters, this Swedish band don't try to hide their influences

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk

* These are mine.
sadaprilsky: (whitby)
Gothic rock review for:

The Damned* - Islington Carling Academy. The Damned fizz and sparkle with fire and dynamism while launching their new album...

Other genres reviews for:

Mediavolo** - Unaltered Empire. If you like dark atmospheric indie then you should investigate further...
Marillion** - Early Stages: The Official Bootleg Box Set 1982-1987. Six CDs of Fish-era Marillion live...

Electronica reviews for:

Dysfunctional By Choice** - Travelling in Travel . Imaginative and dedicated they may be, but they are also exhausting company...

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk

* Not sure what this is doing filed under Gothic rock. I guess we don't have a punk category.
** These are mine.
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We live in uncertain times. Earthquakes, hurricanes, the ever-present threat of zombies—do you have a disaster plan ready in case one of these things happens to you?

The above made me laugh. The bit about 'the ever-present threat of zombies' anyway.
sadaprilsky: (Lone Wolf)
Gothic rock review for:

Dawn Of Winter - The Peaceful Dead. For those who like classic rock and don't mind an unchanging tempo...

Other genres reviews for:

Todd Rundgren - Arena. Don't be put off by the man wearing only boots and black pants...
The Damned - So, Who's Paranoid?. A damn fine listen...

Synthpop review for:

OMD - Messages - Greatest Hits. If you're a fan of the 80s you need this CD...

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk
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New This Week: Site Last Updated:November 10, 2008

Synthpop review for:

Digitalis - Collections Of Conditions. Proof there's more to British electropop than Mesh.

EBM reviews for:

Leaether Strip - Civil Disobedience. 3 CDs with 34 tracks that proves genius is forever.
Essence Of Mind - Insurrection. A no-frills, no-nonsense & solidly enjoyable debut.

Industrial Reviews for:

The Strand - Destroyers Of That Which Is Destroyed. An unpredictable, off the wall album that doesn't play by the rules.
C/A/T - The Great Crisis. Danceable electro with an experimental edge
Amnistia - Blackguard. Yet another German Band? Yes, but this is one well worth hearing.
Various - Capture & Tension. Some exciting new names for all electroheads to check out from this exciting label.

Gothic rock reviews for:

The Gathering* - Downfall. Does The Gathering's past bode well for the band's future?
Killing Joke* - The Peel Sessions 1979-1981. This collection of BBC Sessions will appeal to hardened fans and the less devoted...
Battlelore* - The Last Alliance. Do you like 'epic fantasy metal'? If so, read on...
Heavenwood* - Redemption. This album has a uniformity of sound which soon gets repetitive...

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk

* These are mine.
sadaprilsky: (whitby)
Gothic rock reviews for:
Vic Anselmo - Trapped In A Dream. Vic's no pop puppet or Stepford Wife...
Coronatus - Porta Obscura. Dramatic over-the-top rock opera...

Electronica review for:

Collide - Two Headed Monster . Are they throwing kitchen knives at sound engineers and breaking bottles of absinthe over each other's heads? No...

Other genres review for:

Nanas Revenge - Man Down. Angsty nu-punk from Leeds...

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk

I can claim no credit for these words, but I've got my reviews for next week already written.
sadaprilsky: (Lone Wolf)
Gothic rock reviews for:

The Opposite Sex - Violent Heartstrings. The Opposite Sex may sound as if they were made in the 80s, but they have yet to reach their Sell By date...
Descendants Of Cain - The Tao Of Wisdom And Misery. A logical progression of their dark and doomy sound from previous releases...
Magazine - The Complete John Peel Sessions. Want all of Magazine's Peel Sessions in one place? Check this out...
Whispers In The Shadow - Into The Arms Of Chaos. Heralding the return of Satan! Beelzebub! Leviathan! Asmodeus!

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk
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Synthpop review for:

Andy Taylor - Wild Boy: My Life In Duran Duran.* Essential reading for any Duran Duran fan...

Electronica review for:

Nitin Sawhney - Distant Dreams. Suitable for those going through a peacenic beatnic-bongo phrase...

Other genres reviews for:

Jay Brannan - Goddamned. Chill-out music with a political sentiment...
P.O.D. - When Angels & Serpents Dance. Heavy rawk and heavy themes...

Check out: http://www-hard.wired.org.uk

* This one is mine.
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I'm pleased to find the my letter below published in this week's Epsom Guardian newspaper:

I was dismayed to read your story 'Credit crunch takes a bite out of historic pub's trade' (Epsom Guardian, October 2). It would be such a shame if the historic White Horse pub was forced to close. It is such a friendly little place, which I am proud to call my local. Landlords Stuart and Gemma have always made me and my friends very welcome. They are working very hard to provide a wide range of entertainments - so there really is something for everyone. I would encourage everyone to try this pub out while they still can.

I can't imagine this will encourage hundreds of people to flock to the pub, but I'd like to do what I can for the current management who have made us so welcome.
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Other genres reviews for:

The Vines - He's A Rocker. Pacing along determinately, it kicks the odd mod out of the way...
The Hyenas - Dirty Little Love Song. A down and dirrrrty bass, Cramps-esque guitar, and decidedly suggestive lyrics...
The Datsuns - Headstunts. Time to ignite your inner reprobate...
The Bedroom Project - The World Is Not Watching. Walking in the shadows of the people they could be?

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk

I can claim credit for none of these, but I've got four reviews ready. It's a good job as I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment.
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Other genres reviews for:

Levelload - HND In RNR. Simon Le Bon approves, will you?
Gabriella Cilmi - Lessons To Be Learned. Subtle 80s/electronica influences that encourage further investigation...
Deerhunter - Microcastle. Exactly the sort of band 4AD should be signing...
Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life. Angry, inventive and original but also exhausting...

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk

It's all my own work this week.
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... which I always suspected existed somewhere, probably in Camden. Yes, I was immensely entertained by yesterday's Scene Stealers. Indeed watching The X-Factor afterwards I couldn't help but wish I could swap Simon, Louis and Danni for Samara, Sinbad and Natasha. I'm not really a fan of 'reality' TV, but it seemed as if in this case everyone came out a winner. If greater understanding between different groups is fostered as a result of this programme then I am satisfied. I've certainly learned a few things. I hope that I am never in the position of interviewing someone, as I won't be able to resist asking: "Show me how you would dance to VNV Nation..."
sadaprilsky: (Stan)
Gothic rock reviews for:

Trevor Tanner* - Belch (Bullish, Bellyache & Belch) Volume 3. Fans of The Bolshoi looking for examples of spiky alternative pop will find much to enjoy here...
Mediaeval Baebes - Live. Baebes prove to be engaging, outstanding and illuminating...
Lord Agheros* - As A Sin. Bow before the magpie random nature of Lord Agheros' talent...
Nahui* - A Blue Fire. Competent alternative rock which lacks the spark to make it required listening...

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk

* These are mine.
sadaprilsky: (Lone Wolf)
Gothic rock reviews for:

Golgatha: & Dawn and Dusk Entwined - Sang Graal. Quite heavy going, but distinctly wholesome – like hard baked soda bread fresh from the oven, covered in unpasturised butter...
Passione Nera - Research EP. Growly, groovy, atmospheric and definitely Lynchian...

Other genres review for:

The Coast - Killing Off Our Friends. It's friendly, indie, jingly and jangly summertime music for shiny happy people...

Electronica review for:

Heaven 17 - Live at Last. Digestible politics you can dance to...

I can claim the no credit for writing the above reviews, but I've already written mine for the next update.

Check out: http://www.hard-wired.org.uk
sadaprilsky: (Lone Wolf)
Trevor Tanner - Bellyache (Bullish, Bellyache & Belch) Volume 2. A few misteps aside, this is another fine collection of Tanner classics...
American Music Club - All The Lost Souls Welcome You To San Francisco . While the A-Side is a little bland, the B-sides are much more interesting...
Laaz Rockit - Left For Dead. Thrash metal from Californian journeymen...
Falchion - Chronicles Of The Dead. Consistency wins out over innovation, with an unrelenting puppy dog energy…

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