Monday, 9 September 2013

What is the Gagging Law?

You might have heard about the “gagging law” currently being voted on by MPs. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s really bad news. If it goes through, it will have a chilling effect on British democracy and on our right to speak up on the issues that matter to us.

Basically, the law slashes the spending limits on campaigning for the year before any election. Campaigns that have impact don’t cost the earth, but they aren't free.

Community groups, charities and campaigning organisations would all be hit. Election time is when ordinary people have the most influence on our politicians. On the big issues of the day – whether or not to go to war, the future of our NHS, the environment, welfare, immigration, etc. – we'd all be gagged.

The problem is that this law has come out of nowhere and not many people have heard what’s going on. If we’re going to defeat it, we need to get the word out further. If every single person who’s ever joined a local campaign group or taken action with their favourite charity knew that they could be stopped from doing that again, the outcry could explode.

Here’s a simple five minute video you can watch for more information. Can you take a look, and then help get the word out by passing it on to your friends and family?

Monday, 25 February 2013

Return of Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor Announces the Return of Nine Inch Nails: Extensive Touring for 2013 and 2014

"The band is reinventing itself from scratch"

By Amy Phillips on February 25, 2013 at 09:00 a.m.

Trent Reznor Announces the Return of Nine Inch Nails: Extensive Touring for 2013 and 2014Photo by Rob Sheridan
It's been four years since Nine Inch Nails"Wave Goodbye" tour heralded the end of an era for Trent Reznor's pioneering project. But since that time, Reznor has maintained that NINwasn't over foreverjust changing focus.
Now, Reznor has announced that Nine Inch Nails will return to action in a big way in 2013. Tours are planned for this summer and fall, all the way into next year. The lineup will include Reznor, Eric Avery of Jane's Addiction, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv, as well as previous NIN collaborators Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin.
Here is the statement from Reznor:


Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.

I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked - which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.

The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.

Meanwhile, How to Destroy Angels, Reznor's project with his wife Mariqueen Maandig and longtime collaborators Rob Sheridan and Atticus Ross, will release their debut albumWelcome oblivion March 5 on Columbia. Listen to the album in full over at Pitchfork's streaming platform Pitchfork Advance.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Delta Machine Heaven

New Studio Album ‘Delta Machine’ Set For Release March 26th on Columbia Records Depeche Mode to Debut Video for First Single ‘Heaven’ on VEVO Next Friday, February 1st

(Columbia Records; New York, NY; January 24, 2013) – Depeche Mode have announced they will release their highly anticipated 13th studio album, entitled Delta Machine, on March 26th worldwide via Columbia Records. The album, recorded over the last year in Santa Barbara, California and New York City, was produced by Ben Hillier and mixed by Flood. In addition to the album announcement, Depeche Mode have also confirmed that the video for the first single “Heaven” will debut on VEVO next Friday, February 1st. Alongside a standard CD format, Depeche Mode will release Delta Machine in an exclusive Deluxe Edition with four additional new tracks and accompanied by a 28 page hardcover book including photos by longtime artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn (please see track listing, as well as album and single configurations below).

Martin Gore said of the release, “Writing this album was incredibly daunting as I wanted the sound of this collection to be very modern. I want people to feel good about listening to this record, to get some kind of peace. It’s just got something magical about it.”

Dave Gahan added, “With this release we’ve completely shifted our idea of how to create an album. When we hit a wall where we realize the album is beginning to sound too normal, we’ll mess it up and really give it that organic Depeche Mode Sound. Delta Machine is no different, and I can’t wait for all of our fans to hear it.”

Following the release of their new album, Depeche Mode will embark on a European stadium tour, kicking off in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on May 7th. They will perform 34 shows in 25 European countries, featuring appearances at Milan’s famed San Siro Stadium, the Stade De France in Paris, and Moscow’s Locomotive Stadium before wrapping up the European leg of their tour in Minsk, Belarus on July 29. A full North American tour will follow, with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

The tracklisting for Delta Machine is as follows:

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

DELUXE EDITION: (includes hardcover 28-page booklet)
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

1 - Long Time Lie
2 - Happens All The Time
3 - Always
4 - All That’s Mine

The tracklisting for the “Heaven” CD single is as follows:
“Heaven” CD SINGLE:
1 - Heaven
2 - All That’s Mine (b side bonus track)

“Heaven” CD MAXI:
1 - Heaven
2 - Heaven (Owlle Remix)
3 - Heaven (steps to heaven rmx)
4 - Heaven (Blawan Remix)
5 - Heaven (Mathew Dear vs Audion Remix)

Saturday, 11 August 2012


Today I received my copy of the new In This Moment CD , Blood; two days before its official release. It is another amazing album from Maria Brink, Chris Howorth and co but was let down by their record label.

The European arm of Century Media (the band's label) where unwilling to allow non-US fans to order the US t-shirt/CD combo pack which they allowed with In This Moment's previous release, A Star-Crossed Wasteland, instead forcing non-US fans to miss out on the t-shirt designed for the album release. No alternative method of buying the t-shirt or any similar promo offer was given to European fans who now starting to miss out as a result of the greed of one arm of the Century Media label. The same thing has happened with other Century Media artists and is likely to continue due to greed and the inability of these companies that expand across the globe whilst being unwilling to work as one instead of lots of small companies trading with the same name passing the buck to every other branch instead of taking collective responsibility under the one name.

No doubt the band had nothing to do with this it's just record label ethics to screw over the very people that are providing them with the money to survive.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

Having not read the Seth Grahame-Smith book and only having a basic knowledge of the Lincoln legacy I didn't know what to expect. What I found however was a great action movie that both educated and entertained.

Ok so the vampires weren't real in the true Abraham Lincoln story but everything else was. After watching the movie I was left wanting to know more about the history and impact that Abraham Lincoln had on the world. As I delved into various historical sources I found that the Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter movie was pretty much true to the Lincoln diaries and that Seth Grahame-Smith had creatively spliced the vampire storyline into them. I'm sure there are many people (no doubt the majority being from the USA) who find this to be some kind of blasphemy against Lincoln and his legacy but to me it highlighted his achievements and life struggles whilst adding a nice twist to them.

With how well done this movie was I look forward to seeing movie adaptations of other historical pieces that have had a horror twist intertwined. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, another Seth Grahame-Smith book, being one of those that I'd love to see adapted to film.

I can't wait for Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter to hit DVD and Blu-Ray.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Wednesday 20th June 2012 sees the UK cinema release of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, the movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's best selling book of the same name. I like the idea of adding a new fictional twist to the story of a well known historical figure and hopefully the movie will see the fictional merge seemlessly and effectively with the reality the way it does in the novel.

From the trailers I've seen it looks like it will be a pretty good action film and I for one can't wait to go and see it. Hopefully it will be on TheLight in New Brighton on release day.

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.

Benjamin Walker...
Abraham Lincoln

Dominic Cooper...
Henry Sturgess

Anthony Mackie...
Will Johnson

Mary Elizabeth Winstead...
Mary Todd Lincoln

Rufus Sewell...

Marton Csokas...
Jack Barts

Jimmi Simpson...
Joshua Speed

Joseph Mawle...
Thomas Lincoln

Robin McLeavy...
Nancy Lincoln

Erin Wasson...

John Rothman...
Jefferson Davis

Cameron M. Brown...
Willie Lincoln

Frank Brennan...
Senator Jeb Nolan

Friday, 11 November 2011

Don't forget that today 11.11.11 is Mein Land day!

Today see's the première of the official video for Rammstein's new song "Mein Land"
Click here to enjoy it now.

Honour the memory of those who sacrificed their lives by enjoying this video. Music and humour are the few things in this world worth enjoying.

If those who died fighting for their country could see the sorry state of the world as it is today I doubt they would think their sacrifice was worth it.