Suede – Bloodsports

s-bHaving enjoyed Suede’s fantastic debut album, I would like to get Suede’s sixth album Bloodsports which is released 18th March 2013 and sees the Britpop progenitors back on yelping, yearning form on an album which is full of thrilling British rock highly charged with sneer and leers.  The Debut album also won the 1993 Mercury Prize, sadly though the group disbanded shortly after the original guitarist Bernard Butler left. However the new album has guitarist Richard Oakes ploughing into some unabashedly Butler-esque riffs, making the album sound almost like it could be a lost record from the band’s electrifying mid-Nineties period. Lead singer Brett Anderson has said that there was no point in coming back and trying to reinvent the band, and this has paid off, reigniting a chemistry that pounds to life in the heart-thudding opener Barriers, which sets the tone for the drama, grandiosity and vitality that Suede sustain across 10 exhilarating tracks:

 

 

  • Barriers
  • Snowblind
  • It Starts And Ends With You
  • Sabotage
  • For The Strangers
  • Hit Me
  • Sometimes I Feel I’ll Float Away
  • What Are You Not Telling Me?
  • Always
  • Faultlines

Depeche Mode – Delta Machine

I would like to get the new album by Groundbreaking, chart-topping electronic legends Depeche Mode. Entitled Delta Macine, it is released on March 25th 2013 and is the first album since the 2009 album Sounds Of The Universe.

Depeche Mode were formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group’s original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan (lead vocals), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, vocals, chief songwriter after 1981), Andy Fletcher (keyboards) and Vince Clarke (keyboards, chief songwriter 1980–81). Vince Clarke left the band after the release of their 1981 debut album, Speak & Spell, and was replaced by Alan Wilder (keyboards, drums, occasional songwriter) with Gore taking over songwriting. Wilder left the band in 1995 and since then Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher have continued as a trio. Martin Gore has also collaborated with Vince Clarke on the Album VCMG-Ssss.

Depeche Mode have had 48 songs in the UK Singles Chart including “Enjoy the Silence” “Policy of Truth” “Personal Jesus“  “World in My Eyes””Never Let Me Down Again” and “Walking in My Shoes” twelve top 10 albums in the UK charts, two of which debuted at #1. According to EMI, Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most successful electronic band in music history. Q magazine calls Depeche Mode “The most popular electronic band the world has ever known” and included the band in the list of the “50 Bands That Changed The World!”. In 2010 Depeche Mode were ranked No. 98 on VH1′s list of the “100 greatest artists of all time”. The new album finds Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy “Fletch” Fletcher back at the top of their game after almost 30 years together. Eclectic and energised, they sound like a band reborn.

Disc: 1
1. Welcome To My World
2. Angel
3. Heaven
4. Secret To The End
5. My Little Universe
6. Slow
7. Broken
8. The Child Inside
9. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
10. Should Be Higher
11. Alone
12. Soothe My Soul
13. Goodbye
Disc: 2
1. Long Time Lie
2. Happens All The Time
3. Always
4. All That’s Mine

Australian Grand Prix 2013

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The 2013 Formula One Season got underway on 17th March 2013 with an exciting Australian Grand prix taking place in Melbourne , with the 2007 world Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen eventually proving victorious in his Lotus Renault, 12.4 Seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso in second and 22.3 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel in third, while Lewis Hamilton had to be content with fifth after Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg went out with electronic failure.

1 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
3 S. Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
6 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault
7 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes

 

 

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)

Billy Corgan, the frontman with American alternative rock bands Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, Spirits in the Sky, and Starchildren was born 17th March 1967. The Smashing Pumpkins were formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988 with Billy Corgan on lead vocals, lead guitar and James Iha playing rhythm guitar, the band has also included Jimmy Chamberlin (drums), D’arcy Wretzky (bass), and currently includes Jeff Schroeder (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) Mike Byrne (drums), and Nicole Fiorentino (bass guitar, backing vocals) amongst its membership.

Frontman Billy Corgan is the group’s primary songwriter—his grand musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band’s albums and songs, which all have a diverse, densely layered and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, grunge, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock and shoegazer-style production, as well as full string arrangements and radiant orchestral chimes.

SP-mc-isThe Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, Siamese Dream in 1993, which is Considered by many to be the best album in the Smashing Pumpkins catalogue of Alternative Rock, and was Produced by Butch Vig (who also produced Garbage, Sonic Youth and Nirvana’s Nevermind). It is full of Billy Corgan’s angsty lyrics , which have been variously described as “anguished, bruised reports from Billy Corgan’s nightmare-land” which are delivered in his signature breathy whine. while James Iha’s & Darcy Wretsky’s provide a suitably awesome guitar sound, which was reinforced by Jimmy Chamberlin’s power drumming.(Until he left), although current drummer Mike Byrne is pretty cool too.

Unfortunately in 2000, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing record sales led to a break-up of the band. However In 2006, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin reconvened to record a new Smashing Pumpkins album, the splendidly noisy “Zeitgeist” (One of the songs “Doomsday Clock” is also used in the first Transformers Movie).The band toured with a rotating lineup of between five and nine musicians through much of 2007 and 2008 before Chamberlin left the band in early 2009. New drummer Mike Byrne and bassist/vocalist Nicole Fiorentino solidified a new lineup with Corgan and Schroeder, toured through much of 2010, I also think The latest albums Teargarden by Kaleidyscope and Oceania are both rather good too.

Saint Patrick’s Day

hd-Saint-Patricks-Day-Space-Alien-1March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day A.K.A the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”).  St Patrick is the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.  Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century  and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of  Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick, his death and entrance into heaven, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. In addition, the Irish as well as Irish heritage and culture is celebrated in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

Little is known of Patrick’s early life, though it is known that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century  (c AD387-461), into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest

In 432, he again said that he was called back to Ireland, though as a bishop, to Christianise the Irish from their native polytheism. Irish folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people. After nearly thirty years of evangelism, he died on 17 March 461, and according to tradition, was buried at Downpatrick. Although there were other more successful missions to Ireland from Rome, Patrick endured as the principal champion of Irish Christianity and is held in esteem in the Irish church.

According to legend, St. Patrick used the 3-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans. Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the colour green and its association with Saint Patrick’s Day grew. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the ubiquitous wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs has become a feature of the day. In the 1798 rebellion, to make a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching public attention. The phrase “the wearing of the green”, meaning to wear a shamrock on one’s clothing, derives from a song of the same name.