New Bryan Ferry LP and Tour info…

BF-Bitter-Sweet-Announce.jpgThe album, which has been inspired by Bryan’s work on the Sky Atlantic/Netflix television series ‘Babylon Berlin’ (a German period drama based on the books by Volker Kutscher set in the 1920s), takes the musical stylings from that era and puts a new twist on well loved Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry tracks including ‘While My Heart is Still Beating’, ‘Sign of the Times’, ‘Bitter Sweet’ and ‘Dance Away’.  Whereas Ferry’s previous album in this genre The Jazz Age consisted of instrumentals, Bitter-Sweet includes 8 vocal tracks.

The album embraces ragtime, blues, and jazz, and whilst they evoke nostalgia, hearing beloved songs in a fresh and exciting way gives the record an edge of modernity; jazz in the 1920s was the soundtrack of popular culture – itself a modern invention and it’s almost as if we’re hearing it for the first time.

The album will be available on all streaming platforms and also on special CD and vinyl formats, available from the Official Bryan Ferry Store. (Please note that signed editions have now sold out.)

The Deluxe CD comes with an 18-page case bound book printed on Fine Linen uncoated paper. The Limited-Edition vinyl format includes an 180g black vinyl album in a wide spine sleeve with printed inner sleeve, both on uncoated paper with a matte dispersion finish and includes a 16-page booklet on uncoated offset paper.

The album artwork, designed in the style of the period, includes a written introduction by Princeton University musicologist Simon Morrison, and in his analysis he points out “Bitter-Sweet accomplishes what the modernists of the past, in their youthful enthusiasm, could not. Ferry’s music embraces the artifice of art as well as the artlessness of emotion so that the ‘sad affair’ described at the start leads you to ‘break down and cry’ by the end. Thus we are transported to the Berlin of the Tacheles club and the Chamäleon, to the zeitgeist of that jazz-friendly metropolis in the young 20th century – the hedonistic world of Babylon Berlin.”

Pre-order Bitter-Sweet from the Official Bryan Ferry store now!

For those of us in Germany:

Bryan Ferry is happy to announce that he will be joining this year’s 2018 Night Of The Proms tour in Germany this December.

This special 25th anniversary of The Proms in Germany will feature many guest artists playing their most well-known tracks backed with a full orchestra. Bryan Ferry will join other artists on the night for these special concerts.

Tickets for all Night Of The Proms Germany shows are now on sale – full program information can be found on the official German Night Of The Proms website.

PLEASE NOTE: These are not Bryan Ferry headline shows, and will feature multiple artists

Additional tour dates are avail here.

 

Track List for “BitterSweet”

Alphaville
Reason Or Rhyme
Sign Of The Times
New Town
Limbo
Bitter-Sweet
Dance Away
Zamba
Sea Breezes
While My Heart Is Still Beating
Bitters End
Chance Meeting
Boys And Girls

Great record store in KC: Sister Annes Records and Coffee

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If you visit Kansas City, there’s more than good BBQ in store for you. There’s great record stores too.

I had the pleasure to visit Sister Anne’s in KC this weekend.  You’re in for a treat here, as you can get an excellent cup of coffee at a reasonable price, and shop for tunes at the same time.

The store is named after Anne Winter, who sadly passed a few years ago. Anne was a moving force in the KC scene, promoting events at her record store, Recycled Sounds, running a program on indie radio, and constantly supporting the local music scene.

I found some great gems :  Silverhead’s “16 and Savaged” and a few reasonably priced James Bond OST’s to round out my collection (I like having all the different pressings of the Bonds).   They had some rarities including some amazing Brigette Bardot and KISS rarities. I was also impressed they had a limited edition set of Jamie Reid post cards, being that I have a few of his works in my own collection.

Here’s how to find them, they also have a facebookpage:

901 E 31st St
Kansas City, Missouri 64109-1444

(816) 248-0528

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Kellindo Parker talks vinyl

I first met Kellindo when I was producing an event that Janelle Monae and her band performed on a few years ago. I was already a fan, but after seeing them live I became a fan for life. One of the reasons for that is this amazing human, who plays like he was  born with the guitar in his hands.

I call his solo material Glam-Funk because it’s like Bowie meets P-Funk to me. He’s an obsessive music fan, and musician that you should get to know. You can catch him on tour with Janelle Monae’s incredible Dirty Computer tour, or if you’re lucky on one of his solo gigs.

You can check out his website  for more info on him, his work with MS Monae, and as a solo artist.

He was kind enough to talk to us about one of his favorite pieces of vinyl and you can check that out here:

 

 

 

 

50 Years of Photo Design: HIPGNOSIS

If you are going to be in Berlin — This is a not to miss:

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In 1917 Marcel Duchamps forever changed the understanding of modern art with his urinal “Fountain” and other ready-mades. His position, not the object is to be considered as art but rather the act of choosing, became the foundation of pop and conceptual art 50 years later. The thought also guided the creative approach of nowadays legendary British design studio Hipgnosis which was founded in London in 1968 by two young photographers, Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson.

During the next 15 years Hipgnosis designed some of the most iconic album covers in music history. With their radical, often surreal image compositions and innovative photographic designs they influenced generations of photo designers and created images which transformed album cover design into art, admired and loved by millions of people all over the world: Atom Heart Mother, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals (Pink Floyd), Houses of the Holy (Led Zeppelin), Scratch (Peter Gabriel), How Dare You (10cc) oder Love Drive (Scorpions) – to name only a few.

To the advent of Hipgnosis 50th birthday Browse Gallery presents a series of large format prints of  iconic Hipgnosis album covers and a number of black & white photo portraits of cult rock bands like the Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Paul McCartney and the Wings etc.. Some of these photographs have never been exhibited before.

Short texts along the images will provide insights into the creative process, idea and concept development in the art house Hipgnosis as well as the extravangant practices and logistical challenges of epic photography and complex photo design production processes before the invention of Photoshop. In a 16 min documentary video from 1975, the young photo designers Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson talk about their work and the history of Hipgnosis – often with a sense of self-irony and subversive dry humour – a feature which is often found in their creative works as well.

Exhibition dates: 30.9. – 28.10.2018
Open: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 8 pm
Location: Bergmannstr. 5, 10965 Berlin, 1st Floor (courtyard to the right)
Admission: free

 

Will Sergeant’s “Space Junk Radio”

 

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I first met the guys in the Bunnymen in the late 1980s, interviewing them while on tour. I’ve stayed in touch with them over the years, and have always remained a fan.

Will Sergeant is one of my favorite guitarists, he’s written so many clever songs-from The Killing Moon, to The Cutter, to lesser known fan-favorites like Angels and Devils; he’s also released a lot of ambient/experimental work under various monikers.  Will is a passionate music fan and record collector, so I was thrilled to see he’s doing radio podcasts taking us through his record collection.

His latest Mixcloud features Eno, Modern Lovers and anecdotes about a wasp nest outside his front door….have a listen.

Echo and The Bunnymen have an imminent new release, The Stars, The Oceans and The Moon, featuring revised versions of classic tunes and a few new ones.  Available for pre-order on their site. 

They are out on tour soon promoting the new record, and you can find dates here. 

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Let’s explore Kraftwerk….

Jean Marc Lederman just presented an interesting review of work of German kraut rock legends, Kraftwerk, on the Word website. Word Radio is from Belgium and is English speaking, presents some really interesting stuff. The Kraftwerk bit is a nice distraction from the news today….

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