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BONO, the lead singer for U2, has written a letter on the band’s website explaining why iTunes is offering their new album, Songs of Innocence, for free. Read on.
Hello, bonjour, ciao, hola, hallo, zdravo, dobar dan, Dia duit, hæ, hej,hei, cześć, olá, ćao, namaste, sawatdee, jambo, pozdravi, Γεια σου, привіт, שלום, مرحبا, こんにちは, , سلام, 你好, Привет….
Remember us? Pleased to announce myself, Edge, Adam and Larry have finally given birth to our new baby… Songs of Innocence. It’s been a while. We wanted to get it right for you/us. We just finished it last week and thanks to Apple and iTunes it’s with you today. That’s already amazing to me as it normally takes a few months to turn this stuff around.
Part of the DNA of this band has always been the desire to get our music to as many people as possible. In the next 24 hours, over a half a billion people are going to have Songs of Innocence… should they choose to check it out. That is so exciting. People who haven’t heard our music, or weren’t remotely interested, might play us for the first time because we’re in their library. Country fans, hip hop afficionados from east LA, electro poppers from Seoul, Bhangra fans from New Delhi, Highlifers in Accra… might JUST be tempted to check us out, even for a moment. What a mind blowing, head scratching, 21st century situation. Over 500 million people… that’s a billion ears. And for the people out there who have no interest in checking us out, look at it this way… the blood, sweat and tears of some Irish guys are in your junk mail.
You’ll have noticed the album is free to U2.com’ers from the band. It’s also free to everyone on iTunes thanks to Apple. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of our iPod commercial, they bought it as a gift to give to all their music customers. Free, but paid for. Because if no-one’s paying anything for it, we’re not sure “free” music is really that free. It usually comes at a cost to the art form and the artist… which has big implications, not for us in U2, but for future musicians and their music… all the songs that have yet to be written by the talents of the future… who need to make a living to write them.
We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed. We’ll keep you posted. If you like Songs of Innocence, stay with us for Songs of Experience. It should be ready soon enough… although I know I’ve said that before…
I hope after listening to our new long player a few times, you’ll understand why it took so long. We really went there… it’s a very, very personal album. Apologies if that gets excruciating… actually, I take that back. No apologies if it gets excruciating. What’s the point in being in U2 if you can’t go there?
There is no end to LOVE.’
I devoured Morse’s autobiography a few years ago. It’s excellent. This week, Radiant is offering it in a variety of formats for very reasonable prices.
To order it, go here: http://www.radiantrecords.com/products/314-testimony-the-book.aspx
In August 2010, Prog Sphere released its first ever Progstravaganza compilation. After four years, twenty compilations, over 460 bands showcased, and more than 65,000 downloads, Prog Sphere Promotions is ready to release its first physical compilation CD. Progstravaganza: Beyond Frontiers, is ready for pre-order Progify store, and will be released on October 14th, 2014. This new compilation includes twelve progressive rock and metal bands from all around the world who are itching to show their talent to global audience.
From the very beginning, Prog Sphere Promotions has sought to bring the very best upcoming progressive rock and metal bands to its audience, while also offering a presentation that the discerning prog lover has come to expect from his or her collection. To this end they have enlisted the talent of Frank Gingeleit of Living Tunes Mastering to master the newest compilation. For those with an eye for beautiful album covers, Prog Sphere Promotions have retained the services of the talented Chris van der Linden of LindenArtwork for the artwork and six-page digipak.
In addition to being the first physical release of the Progstravaganza series, Beyond Frontiers will also be accompanied by Prog Sphere’s first printed magazine. All of the artists from Progstravaganza: Beyond Frontiers will be featured in this issue with reviews and interviews. All of the artists will also be featured in an upcoming documentary about Progstravaganza: Beyond Frontiers.
Naturally, the first physical release of a Progstravaganza compilation is only the beginning! Prog Sphere plans to continue releasing Progstravaganza compilations into the far future. Interested artists can get in touch with Prog Sphere for inclusion in future editions. In addition to be included on a future compilation, interested parties will receive a six month PR campaign through Prog Sphere Promotions.
The track list for Progstravaganza: Beyond Frontiers, is as follows:
01. Seconds Before Landing – I’m All Alone (USA)
02. Fughu – Quirk of Fate (feat. Damian Wilson) (Argentina)
03. Traffic Experiment – The Weight of the World (UK)
04. Machines Dream – Broken Door (Canada)
05. The Moonling – Backstage (Switzerland)
06. Rolf Remlinger – Corrosive Exponent Too (USA)
07. Riccardo Sandri – Campi Verdi (Italy)
08. Cea Serin – The Victim Cult (USA)
09. Overhaul – Three Judges (The Netherlands)
10. Celluloid Winter – Feigning Insanity (Part I) (USA)
11. The Amber Herd – Tin Man (UK)
12. Fred Colombo – Midgar (France)
Progstravaganza: Beyond Frontiers is out on October 14th, 2014 and is available for pre-order from Progify Store.
Det Skandaløse Orkester (The Scandalous Orchestra), is at satirical music group from Bergen, Norway. Since 2011 they have garnered a reputation for being an exeptional live band with a lot of energi, humour and antics. This spring they have played at lot of concert, one of them being “Nattjazz”, one of the biggest jazz festivals in Norway.
In June 2014 they released their debutalbum “NO HAR DE LAGET SKANDALE IGJEN!”, an albumtitle which is based on a typical catchphrase in the norwegian media and tabloids. An english translation of this would be something like “Yet another scandal!”
Their main influence is the music of Frank Zappa, something which becomes clear when you hear this exotic blend of musical madness and inappropriate blending of genres. Other important referances are Yes, Pink Floyd and music from cartoons, all of which reveals the ambitions of the music itself and the level of musicianship within the band.
More about the lyrics and concepts behind “NO HAR DE LAGET SKANDALE IGJEN”:
The album functions as a sosial commentary on how the media and the society we live in perceive and react to people who don’t fit into the mainstream. The lyrics make a point on how easily we transform a small and seemingly insignificant event into a scandal of epic proportions in the media. This is exemplified in stories about various public figures that in some way or another have felt the mercilessness of being scrutinized in the media. If you want more information about the lyrics let us know.
Download or stream the album here: https://skandalose.bandcamp.com/album/no-har-de-laget-skandale-igjen
Press foto: Thomas Owren
Cover Art: Sondre Jørgensen
Det Skandaløse Orkester
New Dodson and Fogg video, from upcoming album…
And, COMING SOON… Chris Wade’s acclaimed recording project continues with ‘In A Strange Slumber’. the sixth release by Dodson and Fogg. The album centres around the concept of dreams and death, and the connections between both subjects. At times a collage of nightmarish and dream-like imagery, the songs weave around colourfully, mixed in with short stories narrated by acclaimed British actor Nigel Planer (young Ones, Comic Strip), as if to give the listener a bed time story crackling away on an old record player. Surreal, varied and mixing numerous musical styles, including folk, rock, prog, blues and more. The album features Canadian musician Kevin Scott on piano and other instruments, Ricky Romain returns on the sitar, and appearances are made by Trees’ legend Celia Humphris and Mellow Candle’s Alison O’Donnell.
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Seven Impale release their new album, City of the Sun, today. Progarchy reviewed the album here: http://progarchy.com/2014/08/21/seven-impale-basking-in-the-city-of-the-sun/ , but continues to be so dazzled that in honor of the occasion thought we’d post a live performance of Extraction, which blazes with energy. City of the Sun, indeed.
Amazon’s got the MP3 album for a very reasonable price ($4.95 at this writing). You could do worse than head on over and get a copy: http://www.amazon.com/City-Sun-Seven-Impale/dp/B00N2GS44S/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1409922998&sr=8-3&keywords=seven+impale
Yesterday, our favorite Dutch rocker and master of sci-fi prog, Arjen Lucassen, announced the name of his new project: Gentle Storm. I have no doubt it will be incredible. I’m sure–genetically!–Lucassen is constitutionally incapable of anything less than perfection. Equally exciting, Gentle Storm will be performing live.
Here’s hoping they come to Red Rocks!
We are excited to announce that Arjen’s collaboration with Anneke van Giersbergen will be called The Gentle Storm. The album is planned for release in early 2015.
Arjen likes to say that his touring days are over, but he’s helped Anneke form a stellar band for live dates in support of the album. You can find out more at your favorite social media pitstop:
More details to follow!