January 28, 2006

Hope of the States – The Lost Riots

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 9:36 pm

Hope of the States - The Lost RiotsHow painful it must be, to loose a long time friend, musician when you are only weeks from releasing your debut album. This is exactly what happened to Hope of the States when they lost their guitarist founder James Lawrence after he committed suicide. It must be very sad especially after all these years of hard work and only a touch away from success.

The first track of the album “The Black Amnesias” is a pumped up instrumental guitar storm reminding me of rockers Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky. Track two “Enemies – Friends” sets a slightly different direction of the album. Brit pop at its Best? But there is much more to it a we proceed from track to track.


dEUS – Pocket Revolution

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 8:13 pm

dEUS - Pocket RevolutiondEUS released a new album!! Yes!! It’s been 6 years since their latest release “The Ideal Crash” 1999. dEUS come from Belgium and you may or may not know them by their previous fantastic albums “Worst Case Scenario” 1995, “In a Bar, Under the Sea” 1999 or “The Ideal Crash” 1999.

I was very excited when listening to their new album “Pocket Revolution” for the first time. The opener “Bad Timing” caught my attention from the very first moment. A very dEUS-like song structure, slow build up with familiar vocals and an expected explosion somewhere halfway through the song.


Antony and the Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 4:51 am

Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird NowI Am a Bird now is Antony Johnson’s second full length album released in February 2005. Antony is a very versatile artist. He worked with Boy George, Lou Reed and other famous names. Antony participated in couple of underground movies and cabarets. There is a slight uncertainty about his sexual orientation what makes him even more mysterious. Woman trapped in man’s body? What does it matter lets talk about Antony’s beautiful music.


January 22, 2006

The state of online music business

Filed under: News — Svato @ 12:57 pm

As Herald Tribune reports, music business has little to sing about, although the online music sales last year nearly tripled to $1.1 billion, which is robust 6% of all industry’s sales. Only 2 years ago this figure was just 1%. Where is the problem then? The fact is that total music sales are down by 20% (or $33.6 billion in 2004 compared to $39.7 billion in 2000) from five years ago. The number subscribers of online music websites like Rhapsody and Napster grew from 1.5 million to 2.8 million.

Yet, Britain’s traditional retailer HMV ended up with a loss in December and threw out its chief executive. Rio, a portable players manufacturer, went out of business. A music pirates party has been formed in Sweden. Read the full story…

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