Thursday, April 18, 2019

'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure' Soundtrack coming via Varèse Sarabande Records

Cool news for all fans of composer Danny Elfman, as well as the classic film "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"...



The beloved score to the classic 80’s film is back after a limited release last year.  This LP is pressed on red vinyl and includes not only the score to Pee-wee’s Big Adventure on side A, but is also accompanied by a bonus program of Danny Elfman’s score to Back to School on side B.  This LP can be purchased on and other fine retailers. 
In 1985, Tim Burton and Paul Reubens invited Elfman to write the score for their first feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. This is Elfman’s first score for film, kicking off his award-winning career. For Pee-wee’s Big Adventure he turned to Oingo Boingo guitarist and arranger Steve Bartek for orchestration assistance. With this iconic score Elfman achieved his goal of emulating the mood of such composers as Nino Rota and Bernard Hermann.
Danny Elfman is an American composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Elfman first became known for being the lead singer and songwriter for the band Oingo Boingo from 1974 to 1995. He is well known for scoring films and television shows, particularly his frequent collaborations with director Tim Burton with their latest project being Dumbo.  Among his many notable projects are the scores of all the 50 Shades film, The Simpsons theme song, The original Spiderman and Batman film series scores and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Side A
  1. Overture / The Big Race
  2. Breakfast Machine
  3. Park Ride
  4. Stolen Bike
  5. Hitchhike
  6. Dinosaur Dream
  7. Simone's Theme
  8. Clown Dream
  9. Studio Chase
  10. The Drive-In
  11. Finale
Side B
  1. Do Not Go Gently
  2. The Brawl
  3. Action Medley
  4. Classroom Secretary
  5. Triple Lindy
  6. Love Suite
  7. Study Magazine
Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers. From current box office hits and top television series to the classics of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Varèse Sarabande’s catalog includes albums from practically every composer in every era, covering all of film history; from Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith to Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino and Brian Tyler. Varèse Sarabande Records is distributed by Universal Music Group.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Cranberries release title track from final album 'In The End'

I've been impressed with all of the advance tracks off The Cranberries' forthcoming album In the End, including the wistful title track released today. Make sure to grab a listen...Robert Kinsler

The Cranberries release title track from final album 
"In The End" single release out today
New album to be released April 26, 2019 on BMG

Listen to "In The End":
Pre-order In The End:
"A fitting and powerful final chapter."
Hi-Fi Choice, 5 Stars
"11 songs of real quality....A fitting, touching elegy for a bewitching talent."
Mojo, 4 Stars
"Touching last will and testament."
Uncut 7/10
As they prepare to release their final album, The Cranberries share the record's title track "In The End." The last song recorded for the album, and the last track on the album, it is an apt conclusion to a record that pays tribute to Dolores O'Riordan and brings to a close the band's singular career.
"What a way to finish the record. To have "In The End" as the last song is just perfect," says Fergal Lawler"Lyrically it is self-explanatory," adds Noel Hogan. "It speaks for itself, it just is a lovely feeling and it's a gorgeous song"
Ain't it strange?
When everything you wanted
Was nothing like you wanted?
In the end
While many bands may aspire to be timeless, or have a sound that transcends the whims of musical fashion, The Cranberries are one of the few to have achieved that. Play one of the Irish rock group's early anthems such as "Linger" or "Dreams," and they sound as fresh - and deliver as much of an emotional sucker-punch - as when they captured a generation's hearts in the 1990s.
Now, nearly 30 years after the quartet of singer/songwriter and musician Dolores, co-songwriter and lead guitarist Noel, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal first appeared, they are releasing their eighth and final album In the End.

The genesis of In The End began in May 2017 while the band was on tour. By winter of 2017 Noel and Dolores had written and demoed the eleven songs, which would eventually appear on the album. "Dolores was so energised by the prospect of making this record and to getting back out on the road to play the songs live" recalls Noel.

Produced once again by Stephen Street, In the End sees the band coming full circle, with a collection that evokes their very first LP. "When we listened to the demos, the three of us and Stephen were thinking 'this sounds much closer to the first album than anything else'. Dolores was singing very softly on some songs, which was closer to how she would have sung back then, and the simplicity of some of the songs as well brought us back to that time," says Noel.
The album kicks off with a formidable one-two, which is a reminder of their range. The driving "All Over Now" is a classic, widescreen Cranberries anthem, with Dolores giving voice to the fractures of a relationship against a backdrop of chiming guitars; then, following it, the haunting string-swept ballad "Lost" dials the tempo right down, while giving space to Dolores' yearning vocals to soar to soul-piercing heights. Elsewhere, they veer from the grungy release of "Wake Me When It's Over" to the tender, country-inflected "A Place I Know" and the upbeat jangle-pop of "The Pressure."
If there's an overall lyrical theme, it's a sense of wiping the slate clean, and new beginnings, which reflected where Dolores was, both in her personal and her creative life: re-energised and ready for a new phase. "I remember talking to her that summer and she said 'I'm starting all over here' and a lot of the songs discuss that," says Noel. But, as ever with The Cranberries, lyrics that may derive from individual experience masterfully tap into universal emotions, framing them in terms that we can all relate to, whatever age, gender or nationality.
As the huge wave of public adulation in the wake of Dolores' passing showed, The Cranberries may be over, in one sense - but they will forever live on in the musical pantheon.

1. All Over Now
2. Lost
3. Wake Me When It's Over
4. A Place I Know
5. Catch Me If You Can
6. Got It
7. Illusion
8. Crazy Heart
9. Summer Song
10. The Pressure
11. In The End

Monday, April 15, 2019

Live-stream Brings Sights & Sounds of Coachella to All

Inspired, colorful artwork greets Coachellagoers in 2019.
Photo credit: Getty Images for Coachella
What better way to prep for hitting Weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival than watching hours and hours of coverage of Weekend 1 via YouTube's three channels of continuous live-streamed performances and artist interviews? 

Most of the Weekend 1's high-profile performances staged April 12-14 were streamed so music fans who were unable to hit the festival at Empire Polo Club in Indio were able to see and hear the parade of artists showcased at the event. Goldenvoice has announced Weekend 2 (April 19-21) will also be live-streamed  go to for all the details.

"Overview Effect," a roaming art installation shaped like an astronaut.
Photo credit: Getty Images for Coachella

In addition, the online coverage provided viewers with a close-up look at many of the one-of-a-kind, large-scale art installations set up on the expansive grounds.

Here are some of the musical highlights yours truly caught over Weekend 1 courtesy of the live-stream:

Kacey Musgraves, left, with Baddie Winkle.
Photo credit: Getty Images for Coachella
Kacey Musgraves made the most of her first-ever appearance at Coachellafest, performing most of her multi-Grammy winning album Golden Hour on Friday. Countrified pop tunes "Oh, What A World," "Butterflies" and "Lonely Weekend" were among the shining songs she delivered in flawless fashion during her crowd-pleasing set. In what would be the first of many high-profile guest appearances that artists would showcase over the fast-moving weekend, Musgraves welcomed 90-year-old internet star Baddie Winkle to the stage for her set-ending "High Horse."

A R I Z O N A was terrific on Saturday afternoon, thrilling with the uplifting originals "Let  Me Touch Your Fire," "Summer Days," "Annie," "I Was Wrong" and more. This is a young group out of New Jersey I definitely plan to catch for the first time when I hit Coachella this weekend. The group blends pop, alt rock and dance styles with confidence and passion. 

Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, left, with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of TLC
Photo: Getty Images for Coachella
Weezer was a featured artist at this writer's first Coachella experience in 2005, performing on an impressive weekend bill that included Coldplay, Keane, New Order and Nine Inch Nails. Fast forward to 2019 and much has changed; modern rock is no longer central to the festival and Weezer is now a bona fide veteran act. But make no mistake; the Los Angeles quartet killed it during an hour-long hits-heavy set on the main Coachella stage on Saturday night, clearly outdistancing the set I caught 14 years earlier. Taking the stage with a driving "Buddy Holly," singer-guitarist/frontman Rivers Cuomo and company tore it up with "Hash Pipe" and upped the power quotient when the two members of Tears For Fears (Curt Smith, Roland Orzabal) came on stage to perform an energetic cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (a featured cut on Weezer's "Teal Album" released earlier this year).  TLC's Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas joined Weezer  for a  cover  of "No Scrubs" from that same covers album, and the millennials went nuts when the band performed its faithful cover of Toto's "Africa." 

From left, TFF guitarist Roland Orzabal, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo and
TFF singer Curt Smith performing "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."
Photo: Getty Images for Coachella

Australian troupe Tame Impala thrilled throughout their Saturday night headlining appearance at the festival, performing an enthralling 90-minute set of psychedelic pop from across their catalog. Singer-guitarist Kevin Parker noted at one point: "Guess what? This is our fourth Coachella...we came to play for all you guys." The group then performed a dreamy take on the classic "It Is Not Meant To Be." Other cuts delivered included classics "Let It Happen" and "Elephant" as well as newer selections "Patience" and "Borderline."

Billie Eilish not only lived up to the hype that led up to her appearance on Saturday night, but in a virtual instant (with her opening cut "Bad Guy") proved she will undoubtedly be a top draw at any high-profile future music fests where she appears. Performing in the wake of the release of her full-length debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? the 17-year-old singer-songwriter jumped and sang and artfully shared haunting moodscapes with the maturity of a tunesmith twice her age. What's more, Eilish's genre-defying sound draws no comparisons to any other artist performing today. I can't wait to catch her set on April 20.

CHVRCHES performing with special guest Marshmello on April 14.
Photo: Getty Images for Coachella

This year marks the third time that Scottish trio CHVRCHES led by singer Lauren Mayberry has performed at Coachella. The group didn't waste its return to the fest on Sunday, kicking off its tour in support of the newly-released disc Love is Dead. That album's material was well-represented in the 45-minute set, including an intoxicating versions of "Get Out" that launched the outing. Other highlights included the pulsating "Leave a Trace" and tender "The Mother We Share." CHVRCHES was also joined by guest Marshmello for the catchy dance track "Here With Me."

CHVRCHES singer Lauren Mayberry led her Scottish band through
a fantastic set on April 14. Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella

Robert Kinsler

MUSIC WORTH BUYING episode: Gary Clark Jr., Elvis Presley releases

On the latest episode of MUSIC WORTH BUYING co-hosts Robert Kinsler and TJR discuss Gary Clark Jr.'s This Land and the vinyl edition of Elvis Presley's The King in the Ring:

Thursday, April 11, 2019

TOTO to release CD Box Set - 'All In' on May 24, 2019

Very exciting news this morning for fans of TOTO...

The Definitive CD Box Set Features 
11 Remastered Studio Albums, Live In Tokyo 1980 EP &
A Full Album Of Previously Unreleased Material – Old Is New
Los Angeles, CA --- TOTO is pleased to announce the release of their definitive CD box set: All In via Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music) on May 24th. In late 2018, a deluxe limited-edition vinyl/CD version of the set was released direct to consumers and quickly sold out (this is now out of print and will not be reprinted).  However, due to demand, a CD only box-set will available from all major retailers worldwide.  
All In features the following TOTO albums on thirteen CD’s:
Toto, HydraTurn BackIVIsolation, FahrenheitThe Seventh OneKingdom Of DesireTambuMindfields, and Toto XX. The set also includes a previously unreleased Live In Tokyo EPfrom their 1980 tour, along with an album titled Old Is New.  
The Old Is New CD features ten tracks, seven which are previously unreleased along with “Spanish Sea,” “Alone,” and “Struck By Lighting”which are featured on the band’s greatest hits collection 40 Trips Around The Sun.  All of the music in the box set was personally remastered by TOTO along with Elliot Scheiner.  

Also included in the box set is a 24-page booklet which includes new essays, and previously unseen photos.  
Toto in concert. Photo: Darek Kawka
TOTO’s Greatest Hits package titled 40 Trips Around The Sun was released in early 2018 and impacted charts all over the world.  The band recently completed another set of tour dates in New Zealand, Australia and Japan.  European shows are already scheduled for this summer along with an upcoming North American tour in the fall (Sept/Oct).  Full details on the North American tour will be announced shortly.  The 40 Trips Around The Sun tour has been the band’s most extensive run in years.
Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO.  As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5,000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.  Collectively TOTO has over a billion streams worldwide on all streaming services.
With over 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.  Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television.  They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational worldwide fan base.
  1. Alone
  2. Devil’s Tower
  3. Fearful Heart
  4. Spanish Sea
  5. In A Little While
  6. Chelsea
  7. Chase The Rain
  8. Oh Why
  9. Struck By Lightning
  10. We’ll Keep On Running - What So Not & TOTO (Featuring Skrillex) 
6/13    London, UK                  Live at Chelsea
6/15    Cork, IRL                      Live at the Marquee - Cork
6/18    Gavle, SE                    Gasklockorna
6/20    Oslo, NO                      OverOslo
6/21    Langesund, NO            Wrightegaarden
6/22    Sarpsborg, NO             Kulasparken
6/23    Aarhus, DK                  Ceres Arena
6/25    Sopot, PL                     Opera Lesna
6/27    Budapest, HU              Budapest Arena
6/28    Klam Bei Grein, AT      Clam Rock
6/29    Eisenstadt, AT             Lovely Days
6/30    Berlin, DE                    Zitadelle Open Air
7/02    Munich, DE                 Tollwood Festival
7/03    Marostica, IT                Piazza Degli Scacchi
7/04    Rome, IT                     Auditorium Cavea
7/05    Lucca, IT                     Piazza Napoleone
7/07    Albi, FR                       Pause Guitare
7/08    Cognac, FR                Cognac Pubic Garden
7/10    Barcelona, SP             L’Auditori del Forum
7/11    Nimes, FR                   Festival de Nimes
7/14    Gelsenkirchen, DE     Gelnsenkirchen Amphitheater
7/16    Pratteln, CH                Z7 Summer Nights Open Air
7/17    Fussen, DE                Barockgarten
7/18    Salem, DE                 Schloss Open Air
7/20    Pori, FI                      Pori Jazz Festival 

Additional appearances will be announced in the coming months.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

2019 Coachella Preview

A huge crowd greets Northern Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club at Coachella in Indio, CA on 
April 22, 2017. Photo: Greg Noire courtesy of Goldenvoice
Several impressive art installations loom over Coachellagoers as dusk arrives in Indio
 in April 2017. Photo credit: Christine Spidell
After a seemingly-forever wait, the SoCal music festival season kicks off with the arrival of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio over the next two weekends. Weekend one is April 12-14, 2019 and weekend two is April 19-21, 2019.

The highly-anticipated event will feature headliners Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande, with the event's diverse lineup also hosting appearances from Janelle Monáe, the 1975, Kacey MusgravesKid Cudi, Khalid, Zedd, Dillon Francis, CHVRCHES, Aphex Twin and Weezer.

This column will highlight a number of performances that I hope to catch at Coachella. With more than 160 acts performing, it is simply impossible to see every artist at the festival. And it would be criminal to not carve out some time to enjoy the always-impressive art installations from the celebrated likes of Poetic Kinetics, Office Kovacs, Do LaB and NEWSUBSTANCE that inhabit the expansive festival grounds during the event.

Fridays, April 12 and 19
Hurray for the Riff Raff singer Alynda Lee Segarra
performing at the Stagecoach Festival in 2014.
Photo: Robert Kinsler

Hurray for the Riff Raff, a New Orleans collective fronted by singer/guitarist/banjoist Alynda Lee Segarra, was an emerging newcomer when I saw them at the Stagecoach festival in April 2014. Fast forward five years and the collective is one of the leaders of the celebrated Americana music scene, having released two potent titles with ATO Records (2014's Small Town Heroes and 2017's The Navigator). Segarra has a wonderful voice and uses that potent alto soprano in the service of songs that are literate and often address issues related to social justice.

Kacey Musgraves performing at the Stagecoach
Festival in 2015. Photo: Kelly A. Swift
Kacey Musgraves has lassoed a slew of prestigious awards (six Grammys along with Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music honors) since releasing her stellar debut Same Trailer Different Park in 2013. Musgraves' winning fourth studio album Golden Hour, released in 2018, helped the Texas songstress nab all four of its nominated Grammy Awards categories earlier this year. Musgraves' sound blends contemporary country and pop artfully, and the singer-guitarist's ability to connect with multiple generations of fans makes her a strong candidate to remain relevant for decades to come. Among the hits the artist is likely to deliver in the desert are the beautiful "Butterflies," shining "Golden Hour" and introspective "Space Cowboy."

What would a music festival be without some melodic sounds from across the Pond? The 1975 are an English pop-rock outfit from Manchester that has scored success in the United Kingdom and here in the U.S. via hit singles including "Chocolate," "Sex" and "Robbers." Other favorites include "Somebody Else," "Love It If We Made It" and . The 1975's most recent album "A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships" is the band's most challenging and acclaimed album release to date, with the group's modern-day sound blending pop, indie rock and dance in increasingly creative ways.

Beach Fossils are a Brooklyn, New York-based band formed in 2009 that offers up original songcraft hewed out of indie pop, rock, lo-fi shoegaze and other modern styles. Among my faves from the band is the hypnotic "Down the Line," longing "Sugar" and chamber pop sortie "St. Ivy."

Saturdays, April 13 and 20

A R I Z O N A will make their Coachella debut in 2019.
A R I Z O N A is a fast-rising trio whose enticing brand of electro-pop should go over big at Coachella. Comprised of Zach Hannah (lead vocals), Nate Esquite (guitar) and David Labuguen (keyboards), A R I Z O N A has amassed more than a billion worldwide streams via a string of strong singles and remixes. Not bad for a musical trio that only released their debut album (Gallery) in May 2017. The Atlantic Records recording artist blends the best of '80s electronica and 21st century pop as evidenced by the reflective "I Was Wrong," inspired "Running,"  retro-mining gem "What She Wants" and hypnotic "Freaking Out." 

Billie Eilish is only 17 but already a major name on the crowded Coachella lineup. The Los Angeles-based teen's full-length debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was released on March 29 on the heels of a string of well-received advance singles including "Bury a Friend," "You Should See Me in a Crown" and "When the Party's Over" that are featured on the disc alongside many previously-unheard originals including the new single "Bad Guy." Coachella will be a tremendous stage to introduce the rising singer-songwriter to an even larger audience.

Aphex Twin is the stage moniker for British musician Richard David James, a groundbreaking artist who has pioneered sounds in the electronic genres of ambient techno, experimental and dance music during the 1990s. Like Radiohead and Blur, Aphex Twin is one of the most important and influential U.K. artists to emerge that decade. The range of moodscapes created by James in his sonic creations defies easy categorization but Coachellagoers will definitely respond to an artist who has influenced subsequent heroes such as Daft Punk and Atoms for Peace. After releasing the studio LP Drukqs in 2001, James went into hiatus as Aphex Twin (although he continued to release new music under alternative aliases). However, in 2014 Aphex Twin returned with Syro, which won a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album.

Rivers Cuomo performing in Costa Mesa, CA, in
August 2011. Photo: Kelly A. Swift
Weezer is coming to Coachella in the wake of the release of not just one, but two terrific albums this year. In January, the Los Angeles quartet surprised the world with the release of Weezer (the Teal Album), a previously-unannounced album of wide-ranging covers. Weezer injected its signature sound into shining versions of Toto's "Africa,"  the Turtles' intoxicating '60s classic "Happy Together," ELO's masterpiece "Mr. Blue Sky" and other favorites. In early March, the modern rockers released Weezer (the Black Album), a 10-track disc featuring material penned by lead singer Rivers Cuomo. Featuring some of the band's most catchy songs in memory, standouts on that newer disc include the dance-minded "Can't Knock the Hustle," wistful High as a Kite" and sardonic "I'm Just Being Honest." I caught Weezer at my first Coachella (back in 2005) and it's great to see the band is returning to the event in 2019.

Four Tet is the stage name for Kieran Hebden. The English artist's music is electronic and involving enough to imagine it will make for an interesting visit in the desert. Having explored the musical universe via experimental, alt rock, jazz and other styles, Four Tet's set promises to be fun.

Coachella 2012 at dusk. Photo: Robert Kinsler

Sundays, April 14 and 21

CHVRCHES is a Glasgow, Scotland-spawned band whose synth-pop and indie pop sound is sure to keep Southern California's premiere event moving on Sunday. The group's parade of solid releases (Recover, The Bones of What You Believe and Every Open Eye) has yielded a string of infectious material.

Emily King will perform at Coachella on Sundays,
April 14 and 21. Photo courtesy of the artist.
ATO Records recording artist Emily King is an R&B and soul singer who has connected with audiences via striking and original material including her debut album East Side Story, sophomore EP Seven and this year's full-length stunner Scenery. The New York-based artist is a wonderful and expressive singer, as evidenced by her affecting tracks "Distance" (off 2015's The Switch) and "Remind Me" (from Scenery). Don't miss her.

H.E.R. (an acronym for Having Everything Revealed) is a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter who first found fame as Gabriella "Gabi" Wilson as a participant in Radio Disney's Next Big Thing a decade ago. At the mere age of 14, she was signed to RCA Records. But it was her artistic renewal as H.E.R. in 2016 that has yielded bona fide interest in the artist, included five Grammy Awards nominations earlier this year (she won Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album).

Robert Kinsler

Editor's Note: This is an expanded version of the story also available on the Desert Star Weekly site here.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

MUSIC WORTH BUYING episode: The Doors, Joe Jackson

On the latest episode of MUSIC WORTH BUYING co-hosts TJR and Robert Kinsler discuss new titles featuring The Doors and Joe Jackson:

Friday, April 05, 2019

The Rolling Stones' "Bridges To Bremen" to be released June 21, 2019

While we wait for singer Mick Jagger to make a complete recovery following his successful heart valve procedure called TAVR at a New York Hospital (according to reports in Billboard and Rolling Stone magazine), here is some great news for Rolling Stones fans!




New York, NY (April 5, 2019) – Bridges To Bremen was announced today by The Rolling Stones for release on June 21st. Presented by Eagle Vision, the previously unreleased concert film has been completely restored, remixed and remastered and will be available on digital, DVD + 2CD, Blu-ray + 2CD, triple vinyl and digital audio (pre-order here).
Bridges to Bremen captures a complete show from the final leg of the Rolling Stones year-long tour in support of their Bridges to Babylon album, which achieved Platinum and Gold status in multiple markets upon the album’s original release in 1997.
Ever the innovators, The Bridges To Babylon Tour was one of firsts – the first time the band went on the road with a permanent, and now infamous, B-stage, and also the first time that fans could vote on the band’s website for a track they wanted to hear at the show – “Memory Motel” in the case of the Bremen fans, making each show on the tour unique.
Opening with “Satisfaction”, a snake-hipped Jagger, sporting a bright yellow shirt & scarf, is a streak of canary-colored lightning, while Keith prowls the stage in a tiger print duster coat. Lisa Fisher accompanies Jagger on vocals for a storming version of “Gimme Shelter”, and Bridges single “Saint of Me” receives a rousing welcome. By Stones standards, Bremen was an intimate show, a 40,000 fan-strong hot ticket, for which the band enthusiastically kicked out 155 minutes of unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll.
This concert film has been meticulously restored from the original masters, and the audio remixed and remastered from the live multi track recordings. Four tracks from the band’s Soldier Field performances in Chicago are included as bonus features on all physical visual formats.
The release of Bridges To Bremen comes at a busy time for the band - Honk, a brand new Best Of compilation featuring 36 essential Stones tracks from 1971 to 2016’s Blue & Lonesome (with the deluxe also featuring 10 live tracks recorded at stadiums around the world) is released on April 19th by Polydor (full details here).

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Dead Can Dance unveils "The Invocation" music video

Lisa Gerrard, left, with Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance.
Photo: Jay Brooks
Dead Can Dance is one of the most inspired and interesting artists of their time. Make sure to read my review of the duo's latest album 'Dionysus' (click here) that ran in November, and check out the new video for "The Invocation" here...

“As with all Dead Can Dance records, [Dionysus is] like an anthropological encyclopedia without any words: orchestral strings play obtuse melodies that split the difference between traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music, percussion instruments stutter and shake in curious ways and both he and Gerrard tap into the most primal, Dionysian parts of their souls for stirring vocals they sing in languages they seem to have divined." - Rolling Stone

Dionysus is grand, not unlike its namesake, and it aims to break down the distinction we tend to make between studio music and the sounds our everyday environments and cultural rituals generate in the world around us.” - The A/V Club

"a gorgeous, enigmatic, distinctive piece of work." - The Big Takeover

"This is music of grandeur and grand humanity.” - Pitchfork
new album 
Out Now

Taken from the critically-hailed album DIONYSUS, the video for "The Invocation" by DEAD CAN DANCE was directed by the Bulgarian company Wonderswamp, who state:

“When we were contacted by Dead Can Dance we were very excited, as we had been fans of the
band for many years and this was a great opportunity to create something for an act we admire. When we heard ‘The Invocation’ the excitement grew as the song features motifs inspired by Bulgarian folklore music, and to see that our music and traditions can inspire them motivated us further. It was also an opportunity to create a narrative for a video based on ancient traditions that used to be practiced in our country and are still somehow preserved to the present day. The match between these peculiar rituals and the band’s music could not be better."

Released in November 2018, Dionysus is the duo’s first album in six years and consists of two acts across seven movements that represent the different facets of the Dionysus myth. Recorded with an array of folk instrumentation and field recordings, the recording takes the form of an oratorio with the voices used imagined as communities celebrating - in communion with each other at times via call and response, chanting, and often conveying emotion beyond the boundaries of language itself. With its musical inspiration still drawn from across the world, this new album shows that Dead Can  Dance continue to mine a rich creative and spiritual seam.

Dead Can Dance will embark on an extensive European tour throughout May and June 2019, celebrating their life and works from 1980 to the present day. See the announced tour dates for Dead Can Dance below:


May 02: Le Liberte, Rennes, France
May 04 / 05: 
Eventim Apollo, London, UK
May 07 / 08: Cirque Royale, Brussels, Belgium
May 10 / 11: Grand Rex, Paris, France
May 13 / 14: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 16 / 17: Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
May 20 / 21: Barts, Barcelona, Spain
May 23 / 24: 
Aula Magna, Lisbon, Portugal
May 26 / 27: Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
June 16: Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany
June 18 / 19: Ruhrcongress, Bochum, Germany
June 21 / 22: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland
June 24: Kongresove Centrum Praha, Prague, Czech Republic
June 26: Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena, Budapest, Hungary
June 28: Sava Centar, Belgrade, Serbia
June 30: Roman Theatre Of Philippopolis, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

July 01: Dassous Theatre, Thessaloniki, Greece
July 03: Herodion Theatre, Athens, Greece