heard on the wire

Where’s the revolution?

2017 is barely six weeks old and Depeche Mode have made an early bid for single of the year with their first release in four years.

This may be their best record yet in a 26-year career, remarkable as much for the survival of rock ’n’ pop’s most notorious drug takers as it has been for the music.

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Under-passing all your dreaming

Underpass

A year ago I bought a CD. It was an accident and I’m not quite sure how it happened.

I thought I’d bought a download, but a week later a CD turned up, from Pittsburgh, PA, bearing the three songs that make up the most recent single from City Steps.

I’ve never played the CD. I don’t have a CD player. But thankfully, having purchased it through Bandcamp, I was entitled to the download I’d initially sought.

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You’re the pretty camouflage

Tommy Simpson

I downloaded some really disappointing LPs in May. Well, if I’m to be perfectly honest, quite disappointing would be a better description, but where’s the hyperbole in that‽

First there was the latest from Wire, Beatle-esquely entitled Wire, then LPs from The Mountain Goats, Best Coast and Joanna Gruesome, all artists who’ve graced these pages. It was deflating, which is probably taking the experience too seriously. But if you can’t invest emotion in music, where can you‽

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