Tonight I will be going to the IFC Theater (323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014) to see a screening of Depeche Mode 101. Any reader of this blog will know I was one of the lucky contest winners to go along on tour with DM in 1988 and be in this film. Jay Serken & Chris Hardwick will be coming with me and there will be a Q&A after the movie. Come and enter a time machine for a few hours tonight!
“Three weeks into the filming, the band’s producers suggested a dance contest where a busload of fans would win a trip across the country and meet up with Depeche Mode at the final Rose Bowl concert. New York radio station WDRE and DJ Malibu Sue hosted the event which drew thousands of fans. Somehow eight fantastic kids were chosen and we put two of our favorite filmmakers, Jeff Kreines and Joel DeMott, on the bus with them. Some people say that the bus kids were the first of the MTV Real Life series.” – DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus
For more info: ifccenter.com/films/depeche-mode-101
Ah, two of my favorite things: Berlin and Daniel Miller. Slice (also based in Berlin) visits Daniel Miller in his home. I love seeing which Eurorack modules he has, the art on his walls and just hearing him talk all things Depeche Mode and anything else!
“Daniel Miller has earned his place among the most influential figures in the music business from the last three or four decades. Throughout his career, Miller has often showed great vision and an excellent taste in music; he founded the legendary Mute Label, discovered and produced Depeche Mode, signed classic acts like Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget, Erasure, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds as well as contemporary greats such as Moby, Goldfrapp, The Knife. For this Slices feature on Electronic Beats TV we had the honor of joining him in his Berlin home.” – Slices
For more info: mute.com
LEGO, Robots and a Depeche Mode song. Obviously I love this. It amazes me all the work that went into recreating Everything Counts in such a way. I hope someone in NYC books the Toa Mata Band band because I would love to see it in person.
“Toa Mata Band is known as the World’s first LEGO robotic band controlled by Arduino Uno which is hooked up to a MIDI sequencer. In this video, the third episode, the robots are playing some unconventional drum-percussions made by some food packaging are captured by a contact microphone (piezo) and processed in real time in the D.A.W. Ableton Live. A brand new device appears for the first time, it’s a moving platform on x-axis, made of Lego bricks, gears and servo motors that permits to move with semitones-steps the tiny synth. The song is a cover of the famous synth-pop band Depeche Mode, it’s a personal tribute to the band who made my days in the 80’s. The performance was recorded live in July 2014.” – Opificio Sonico
For more info: facebook.com/ToaMataBand
On July 1st I will be siting with my old friends Jay Serken & Chris Hardwick talking about our time going across country with Depeche Mode. We all won a contest to be in the movie Depeche Mode 101. The talk will be broadcast on a radio show called Black Door. It is hosted by DJ Andi. It’s live and drinks will be served so expect a few fun stories!
“The Boys on the Bus: DM 101 Revisited LIVE on WFKU RADIO – 8 PM. This special edition of BLACK DOOR will feature the stars from the infamous 101 documentary. OLIVER CHESLER, JAY SERKEN, and CHRISTOPHER HARDWICK will take you back to 1988 to the Music for the Masses tour! For two hours, they will answer your questions, reminisce about old times and play special Depeche Mode tracks!” – Black Door
For more info: facebook.com/events/1494001460833691/
Here’s a cover of Depeche Mode’s song To Have and to Hold. The Korg Volcas and Arturia Microbrute help out. From the greatest album of all time Music for the Masses.
“I need to be cleansed, It’s time to make amends. For all of the fun. The damage is done.” – Depeche Mode
For more info: depechemode.com
Here is Peter Last’s latest acoustic Depeche Mode cover. This time he does Master & Servant. I think if we wait long enough he will cover every DM song. I really love these as they show how great the original songs. It shows how well the songs work in any format.
“Domination’s the name of the game. In bed or in life. They’re both just the same. Except in one you’re fulfilled. At the end of the day Let’s play master and servant. Let’s play master and servant.” – Depeche Mode
For more info: youtube.com/user/georgiarose16
About six months ago I was asked to take part in a then secret music project. Tom J Carpenter and Jason Subtractive of Analogue Solutions were planning an ambitious string of Synthpop/New Wave releases. They were going to work with different vocalists, create music videos and promised a high quality package. I knew Jason’s synth work from his synth demos so I didn’t hesitate in saying yes. To say he has the Depeche Mode sound down is an understatement. On the song I gave my voice to titled The Last Martian listen to filtering bassline, high pitched delaying notes and at 43 seconds in there is a panning mid range sound that I’ve only heard Alan Wilder himself create. I knew that Tom was friends with Alan helping him repair some synths and selling him a Telemark. In fact, I question if Jason is actually who he says he is. This was also the first time I recorded my own vocal to someone else’s lyrics. Vile Electrodes and Chad Glenn also remixed the track. Here he comes with his gun the last martian.
“Sound of Science is pleased to announce the availability of our 2nd EP, “The Last Martian”, featuring THE HORRORIST (Oliver Chesler). Included are remixes by Vile Electrodes, Chad Glenn (The Coil), and SOS!” – Sound of Science
Buy now: iTunes or CD Baby
Want to hear a choir singing Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence? Head over to composer Eric Whitacre’s genero.tv page to hear it (link). I really like it. He is asking for money to create a music video for the song.
Eric Whitacre, one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, wants you to make the official music video for Enjoy The Silence, from his new EP album. Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His first album as both composer and conductor on Decca/Universal, Light & Gold, won a Grammy® in 2012, reaped unanimous five star reviews and became the no. 1 classical album in the US and UK charts within a week of release. His second album, Water Night, was released on Decca in April 2012 and debuted at no. 1 in the iTunes and Billboard classical chart on the day of release. It features seven world premiere recordings and includes performances from his professional choir, the Eric Whitacre Singers, the London Symphony Orchestra, Julian Lloyd Webber and Hila Plitmann. His compositions also feature on multiple other recordings made in Europe, North America and Australasia.” – genero.tv/ericwhitacre
For more info: genero.tv/ericwhitacre
Martin Gore performed a reworked version of the Depeche Mode song When The Body Speaks at Jones Beach last night. This live version makes my heart explode. If anyone knows of a full length recording of this specific concert and song please let me know.
“To the soul’s desires. The body listens. What the flesh requires. Keeps the heart imprisoned. What the spirit seeks. The mind will follow. When the body speaks. All else is hollow. I’m just an angel. Driving blindly. Through this world. I’m just a slave here. At the mercy of a girl” – Depeche Mode
For more info: depechemode.com
Last night I went to a birthday party in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When it was over I went out with some friends and was surprised to find out that Michal Matejcík was performing at the Sullivan Room. I raced over there to him. I’ve mentioned him on this blog before. He plays covers of Depeche Mode songs on the harp. Check out the video I recorded of Michal performing Halo.
“The night will kick off at 10pm with a unique performance by the renowned Slovakian harpist Michal Matej?ík who presents Depeche Mode songs rearranged for the harp combined with audio mixes as well as visuals on screen. Michal performed as an opening act for Depeche Mode in two shows this year…” – DJ Shred
For more info: michalmatejcik.com