TANGERINE DREAM Honor Their Original Mastermind EDGAR FROESE With New Upcoming LP ‘RAUM’

16 January 2022

Band: TANGERINE DREAM

Who: German electronic band, formed in 1967 by mastermind Edgar Froese.
The line-up changed frequently over the years with Froese as the only continuous
member until his death in 2015. Present line-up: Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko
Yamane, and Paul Frick
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Active: 1967-present / over more than 100 LPs


The early days (Edgar Froese on the right)

New album: RAUM
Out: 25th February 2022

Info: “Composed and produced with full access to Edgar Froese’s Cubase arrangements (and Otari Tape Archive with recordings from 1977-2013). Raum is the band’s second studio album after the passing of the founder Edgar Froese in 2015. With deep respect for the sound of the previous five decades, this record continues in the ever-evolving pathway of Tangerine Dream.”

Singles: Raum / You’re Always On Time

– RAUM –

– YOU’RE ALWAYS ON TIME –

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TANGERINE DREAM: Facebook

ARAB STRAP Plan 7″ Single For March Release – Hear The A-Side ‘APHELION’ Here

Band: ARAB STRAP (Scotland)
Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton
Active: 1995–2006, 2011, 2016–present
7 studio albums so far.

Last year the Scots scored with their excellent album
As Days Get Dark. And now they announced a new
limited edition 7”, out on 4th March, featuring two
tracks Aphelion and ‘Flutter.

Moffatt: “These two songs were written, recorded and mixed during
the sessions for As Days Get Dark but as much as we loved them, we
couldn’t find a place for them on the final album. Maybe it’s because
they seem to have their own distinct identities, but sometimes a song
just sounds better on its own, when it’s not part of a crowd and vying
for attention. So, to celebrate the anniversary of the album’s release,
we present ‘As Days Get Dark”s two runaway loners; a couple of black
sheep who might not click with the rest of the family but, even though
they aren’t very happy, are still worth a cuddle.”

Hear the moody Aphelion here.

ARAB STRAP: Facebook

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers From The Past Week

7 new firecrackers from the past 7 days

1. Forgotten by KORN (Bakersfield, CA)

This new single is vintage Korn. Uncomplicated nu-metal for everybody
who wants their ears to go bonkers. From their forthcoming, 14th LP
Requiem, out early next month.

Arggghhh…

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2. Won’t Stand Down by MUSE (UK)

This comeback haymaker is” “about standing your ground against bullies, whether that
be on the playground, at work or anywhere.”
I was a fan of early Muse exploits (their 2004 masterwork Absolution still gives me goosebumps). Their stardom made them go a bit too artificial and predictable for my liking. But this new one roars hard with a metallic sound as big as St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Cast-iron!

Turn up the heat…

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3. UZI by BLURT (Gloucestershire, UK)

The late 70s cult post-punks (Factory Records) are back and their free-jazz-punk
firework is still intact. Led by poet/musician Ted Milton the mavericks groove as hell.
Message to all young bands out there: listen and take notes.

Let’s roll…

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4. Wrong Answers Only by THE STREETS and MASTER PEACE (UK)

The Streets‘ musical brain Mike Skinner and rapper Master Peace
joined forces for this easy-going hip-pop jingle.

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5. Be The Hook by PAVEMENT (Stockton, CA)

Not really a new track. It’s a previously unrealized song from their Twilight Terror
album sessions (their final LP – 1999). It will be part of a deluxe reissue edition titled Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal’, out next April. More info here.

Get hooked here…

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6. Brother The Cloud by EDDIE VEDDER (Seattle)

Eddie Vedder has his third solo album Earthling. I could swear
that this explosive single comes from a lost Pearl Jam longplayer.

Here’s why…

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7. Love Is Selfish by JACK WHITE (Detroit)

Busy bee Jack White (real name: John Anthony Gillis )
gives birth to his 5th solo LP Fear Of Down in April.

Hear his acoustic lullaby track…

THE WOMBATS – Liverpool’s Indie Rockers Fixed Their 5th Album

15 January 2022

Band: THE WOMBATS
Who: Indie rock trio from Liverpool
Active since 2003 / 5 studio albums
(including the new one)

New album: FIX YOURSELF NOT THE WORLD
Out: 7th January 2022
Order info: here

NME: “Anyone surprised at the trio’s continued success clearly hasn’t been listening.
Pop ambition, indie ideals and sonic experimentation: it’s all here. ‘Fix Yourself…’ is
the first indie release of 2022 that might weigh into Ed Sheeran and Adele’s mud fight
at the top of the album charts, and it might not even be long before The Wombats are headlining major festivals. Don’t look so surprised.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: This one will catapult the Liverpool trio up high on the charts.
They apply here the quintessential formula for pop-ular indie success: irresistible tunes,
a bit cheesy here and there (they know) but always groovin’ and movin’ (you can dance
to most of the tracks). The Wombats fixed themselves, now the rest of the world.

Singles: Method To The Madness / If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You /
Everything I Love Is Going To Die / Ready For The High

– METHOD TO THE MADNESS –

EVERYTHING I LOVE IS GOING TO DIE –

– READY FOR THE HIGH –

– IF YOU EVER LEAVE, I’M COMING WITH YOU –


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Play the full longplayer here…

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THE WOMBATS: Facebook