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Happy bday Richard(Hall +Ashcroft)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on September 11, 2012 by E.N.

Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965),known by his stage name Moby, is an American musician, DJ, and photographer. He is well known for his sample-based electronic music, his vegan lifestyle, and support of animal rights.
Moby gained attention in the early 1990s with his electronic dance music work, which dabbled in the techno and breakbeat hardcore (also known as “rave”) genres. With his fifth studio album, the electronica and house-influenced Play, he gained international success. Originally released in mid-1999 to an unflattering response, it re-entered the charts in early 2000 and slowly became an unexpected hit, producing eight singles and eventually selling over 10 million copies worldwide.
Moby followed the album in 2002 with 18, which was also successful, selling over 5 million copies worldwide and receiving mostly positive reviews, though some criticized it for being too similar to Play. His next offer, 2005′s mostly upbeat Hotel was a stylistic departure, incorporating more alternative rock elements than previous albums, and received mixed reviews. However, it still sold around 2 million copies worldwide. After 2008′s dance-influenced Last Night (2008), he returned to the downtempo electronica of Play and 18 with 2009′s mostly-ambient Wait for Me, finding higher critical acclaim and moderate sales. Moby’s latest album, Destroyed., was released on May 13, 2011.
Moby has co-written, produced, and remixed music for The Smashing Pumpkins, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Brian Eno, Pet Shop Boys, Britney Spears, New Order, Public Enemy, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, and others.
Worldwide, Moby has sold over 20 million albums.
Allmusic considers him “one of the most important dance music figures of the early ’90s, helping bring the music to a mainstream audience both in the UK and in America.”(WIKI)

Richard Paul Ashcroft (born 11 September 1971 in Billinge, Wigan) is an English musician and singer-songwriter. He was the lead singer and occasional guitarist of alternative rock band The Verve from their formation in 1990 until their split in 1999, and continues as a lead vocalist working with guitars and keyboards. He became a successful solo artist in his own right, releasing three UK top three solo albums. The Verve reformed in 2007 but again broke up by summer 2009. Ashcroft then founded a new band, RPA & The United Nations of Sound, and released a new album on 19 July 2010.(WIKI)

The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony (Glastonbury 2008)

R.I.P.Poly Styrene 1957-2011

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2011 by E.N.

We can confirm that the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter,  won her battle on Monday evening (4/25/11)  to go to higher places. Poly Styrene was born Marianne Elliot Said on June 3, 1957. She passed away due to cancer.
 
Poly Styrene was a punk amongst punks. A groundbreaking presence that left an unrepeatable mark on the musical landscape, she made history the moment she uttered, “Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard but I think oh bondage up yours!” The influence of Poly and X-ray Spex has been felt far and wide ever since. The seminal album Germ Free Adolescents is a landmark work and a primary influence on Britpop and Riot Grrrl. At the center of it was Poly Styrene, a bi-racial feminist punk with the perfect voice to soundtrack rebellion. Poly never sacrificed the intelligence or the fun in her music and style. Her trademark braces and dayglo clothes were a playful rejection of the status quo and of conformity and complacency. She dissected gender politics, consumer culture, and the obsessions of modern life in a way that made us all want sing along with her.
 
At the core of Poly’s work from Germ Free Adolescents through Generation Indigo, is a revolutionary with a genuine love for this world and the people and things in it. Her indomitable heart is all over the new material from her championing of cruelty free products and as she put it, “being conscious of the slaughterhouse culture” (“I Luv Ur Sneakers”) to giving voice to marginalized poor people worldwide (“No Rockefeller”) to tackling racism (“Colour Blind”). Poly Styrene never stopped exciting us with her incisive world-view, amazing wit, and her adventurous sound. It is impossible to imagine what modern music would be like without her incalculable contributions but it’s probably not worth imagining a world that never had Poly Styrene in it.
 
A thrilling work from a true pioneer and rebel in every sense, Poly Styrene’s album Generation Indigo is out today through Future Noise Music and was produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, The Fireman, Edwyn Collins).The album’s fusion of punk spirit, and fresh sounds has already received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic from Spin, NPR, NME, MOJO and countless others. The forward looking Generation Indigo showcases Poly’s humorous musings on pop culture, the internet and fashion whilst also tackling heavier subject matter (war and racism) with her politically aware and intelligent lyrics all in the inimitable voice of a genuine icon. Listen to the full Generation Indigo record streaming on AOL Spinner.
 
Poly was very proud of Generation Indigo. See an interview where she discusses the album track by track here. The album is released in the US today.
 
iTunes
 
Album
http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/generation-indigo-exclusive/id428317002
 
“Virtual Boyfriend” single & remixes
 
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/virtual-boyfriend-single/id427784943
 
Amazon
 
Album
http://amzn.to/hhhOGr
 
Deluxe Album
http://amzn.to/fx2DU0
 
www.poly-styrene.com
www.twitter.com/poly_styrene
www.facebook.com/polystyrenemusic

Poly Styrene “Generatio​n Indigo” Minimix MP3, Album Out April 26!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2011 by E.N.

Generation Indigo Minimix MP3 Available Today,

Album Released April 26!

Download:Poly Styrene – Generation Indigo Minimix by Youth

“ … just as energetic and confrontational as the music she made over 30 years ago.”
– Rolling Stone
 
” …she presides over an atom-sharp array of digital dance rock, reggae, and ye olde buzz-saw guitar and sax. ”
– SPIN 8/10
 
“Poly Styrene’s made a record both defiant and full of grace”
– NME 7/10
 
“The fireball that is Ms. Poly Styrene has failed to disappoint.”
– BUST
 
Poly Styrene’s highly anticipated album Generation Indigo is almost here! For an early taste of what the album holds,  download this Minimix MP3 of Poly Styrene’s new album Generation Indigo, both produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, Edwyn Collins).   She’s a genuine icon and one of the premier influences on the Riot Grrrl and Britpop scenes.
 
X-ray Spex may have only been around for a couple of years but their star shone brightly. A true musical and fashion rebel, Poly Styrene has returned at her most thrilling. Generation Indigo is a fantastic return to form for Poly and a welcome comeback for her fans. The forthcoming album Generation Indigo is due on April 26 through Future Noise Music. With her never-failing ability to connect with her audience regardless of the year and their age, Poly Styrene’s remarkable voice sounds as vibrant and innocent as ever. To hear a full track, download the neo-X-ray Spex punk rock track “Thrash City”.
 
Pre-Order Generation Indigo Now!
iTunes
Amazon
Limited Deluxe CD on Amazon
 
www.poly-styrene.com
www.twitter.com/poly_styrene
www.facebook.com/polystyrenemusic

Poly Styrene Releases “Thrash City” MP3, Generation Indigo Out 4/26!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2011 by E.N.

Poly Styrene

Generation Indigo

(Future Noise Music; April 26)
 
“Poly, DayGlo heroine of playfully serious punk and icon to Beth Ditto among many others, makes an unexpected festive return”- NME
 
“The fireball that is Ms. Poly Styrene has failed to disappoint.”
- BUST
 
Generation Indigois not so much a comeback as it is a return, and a welcome return at that.”
- My Old Kentucky Blog
 
“’Generation Indigo’ is her most commercial record yet but remains spiritually, socially, and environmentally concerned”
- Mojo

X-ray Spex may have only been around for a couple of years but their star shone brightly. A true musical and fashion rebel, Poly Styrene has returned at her most thrilling.  The forthcoming album Generation Indigo is due on April 26 through Future Noise Music and was produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, The Fireman, Edwyn Collins). Poly Styrene’s return is highly anticipated as she remains a genuine icon and one of the premier influences on the Riot Grrrl and Britpop scenes. The forward looking Generation Indigoshowcases Poly’s humorous musings on pop culture, the internet and fashion whilst also tackling heavier subject matter (war and racism) with her politically aware and intelligent lyrics. Hot on the heels of the anthemic lead single “Virtual Boyfriend”, Poly gives us another taste of the album with the MP3 of “Thrash City” which RollingStone.com premiered today! 

Download it here
Generation Indigois a fantastic return to form for Poly and a welcome comeback for her fans. With her never-failing ability to connect with her audience regardless of the year and their age, Poly Styrene’s remarkable voice sounds as vibrant and innocent as ever.
 
www.poly-styrene.com
www.twitter.com/poly_styrene
www.facebook.com/polystyrenemusic

iTunes links
Generation Indigo (album pre-order)
Virtual Boyfriend (single and remixes)

A Statement From Poly Styrene

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by E.N.

Poly Styrene Statement:
 
It comes as a huge shock to all those who know Poly Styrene and X-ray Spex that Poly has been diagnosed with cancer, she is currently undergoing various treatments in her battle with this illness.
 
She is devastated that she cannot commit to any live dates at this stage, but her album remains a very positive force in her current journey.
 
Poly has been tweeting about her illness and will continue to keep in touch with fans: “It’s been a bit of a battle fighting this cancer but hey ho I’m still alive, Luv Poly x”. She also recently added via Twitter “Hoping & praying I can fight this cancer. Thank u all 4 ur positive vibes, I’m overwhelmed, ur keeping me in the land of living.
Luv Poly X”
Poly Styrene
Generation Indigo
(April 26, Future Noise Music)
 
“Poly, DayGlo heroine of playfully serious punk and icon to Beth Ditto among many others, makes an unexpected festive return”
- NME
 
“’Generation Indigo’ is her most commercial record yet but remains spiritually, socially, and environmentally concerned”
- Mojo

At the end of 2010, Poly Styrene, the unforgettable frontwoman and iconic face of the seminal band X-ray Spex announced her return to the music scene by releasing a free download of alternative festive anthem ‘Black Christmas’. Poly’s reggae tinged track took on the commercialism that has infected the holidays and served as a reminder of how much we need her voice. Along with her ahead-of-their-time sound and vocal styling, her lyrics have been amazingly prescient. A true musical; and fashion rebel, Poly Styrene has returned at her most thrilling.
 
“Black Christmas” was just the beginning of what Poly Styrene has in store. The forthcoming album ‘Generation Indigo’ is due on April 26 through Future Noise Music and was produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, The Fireman, Edwyn Collins).
 
X-ray Spex may have only been around for a couple of years but their star shone brightly. Poly Styrene’s return is highly anticipated; she remains a genuine icon and one of the premier influences on the Riot Grrrl and Britpop scenes. Currently, a new set of young American bands like the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, The Gossip and countless others recognize her fiery, irrepressible presence. With her great self-styled image, brilliantly sharp lyrics and powerful presence, Poly’s indomitable spirit still inspires.
 
After reforming the band for a one off show at The Roundhouse, Camden in 2008, Poly was persuaded to start writing a solo album. Armed with a record’s worth of songs, Poly met Youth who added his own epic style to the tracks.
 
The resulting LP kicks off with the mighty, power-pop of ‘I Luv Ur Sneakers’, and maintains the quick pace with forthcoming single ‘Virtual Boyfriend’ – before then moving into dubstep territories on the title track ‘Generation Indigo’. The album takes in everything from neo-X-ray Spex punk rock on ‘Thrash City’ and ‘L.U.V’ to the Trojan-reggae infused grooves of ‘No Rockefeller’, ‘Code Pink Dub’ and ‘Colour Blind’ whilst one of the stand out songs, ‘White Gold’ attests to the power of Poly’s soaring vocals.
 
The forward looking ‘Generation Indigo’ showcases Poly’s humorous musings on pop culture, the internet and fashion whilst also tackling heavier subject matter (war and racism) with her politically aware and intelligent lyrics.
 
‘Generation Indigo’ is a fantastic return to form for Poly and a welcome comeback for her fans. With her never-failing ability to connect with her audience regardless of the year and their age, Poly Styrene’s remarkable voice sounds as vibrant and innocent as ever.

www.poly-styrene.com
www.twitter.com/poly_styrene
www.facebook.com/polystyrenemusic

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