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View Article  Autoclav1.1 nominated as Best of 2008
They Fell, have nominated Autoclav1.1 for Best Album Of The Year for "Love No Longer Lives Here". This is the band I'm now playing with. The album rocks listen to it http://www,

Plus, congratulations are in order to Tympanik Audio for their nomination as Label Of The Year in new online reader's poll.

Please consider taking a moment to vote and show your support!
Thank you!
View Article  Motorcycle Emptiness

Missing guitarist 'presumed dead'

Missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards has been declared as presumed dead, a spokeswoman for the band has said.

The musician from Blackwood, south Wales, disappeared nearly 14 years ago.

Despite alleged sightings all over the world many believe Edwards, whose car was found near the Severn Bridge, took his own life at the age of 27.

His parents Graham and Sherry Edwards have been granted a court order for him to be declared presumed dead.

Edwards' father said he did not wish to comment on the matter.

BORN: 22 December 1967, Blackwood, south Wales
EARLY LIFE: Went to Oakdale Comprehensive with future band members and studied for a political science degree at Swansea University
MANICS: Joined after designing the cover for the band's first single Suicide Alley in 1989. He was also their van driver, 'Minister of Information' and later guitarist and lyricist
CONTROVERSY: Carved 4 REAL into his arm with a razor blade in an interview with the NME's Steve Lamacq in 1991
ILLNESS: Spent time in hospital in Wales and a rehab centre for treatment for alcoholism and anorexia in 1993/94
LAST SEEN: 1 February 1995 in the Embassy Hotel, London checking out at 7am. His car was found at services near the Severn Bridge on 17 February

The band's publicist Terri Hall said the move was "hugely emotional" for remaining band members James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore.

The band are unavailable for comment as they are currently abroad, she said.

She told the Mail on Sunday: "This is the parents' choice and the band is happy to go with what the parents decide is best.

"We all dream Richey will come back one day. You hope he is still around somewhere.

"But it is no longer a realistic hope and if this offers some kind of closure then the band will be content with that."

Edwards, whose unused lyrics for the band are set to be used in new Manics material due for release next year, was last seen in London on 1 February 1995.

It is believed Edwards returned to his Cardiff flat, but then drove to the original Severn Bridge where his car was later found.

View Article  Walk in the Park
Well here I am sitting under a tree in the park just about to start reading war and peace on my iPhone. I thought I make my first ebook a challenge. Stanza is a great app and very useable.

Having just walked via speaker corner and taken a few picture. I never thought I'd get accuse of being one of her majesty finest by some random preacher. Oh well something to aspire to.

By the way Love No Longer Lives Here by Autoclav1.1.hasn't not been off the Zune all week. Awesome album All ForYou is an amazing track. You really need to check it out.

View Article  SEIZE - Teacher

Any if you see someone you that looks like a long haired Geordie jumping at the back its not me honest
View Article  The band began to tune up which seemed a pointless excerise given the type of music they were about to play
No more listening to the guitarist tune up between songs, oh bliss! Guitar manufacturer Gibson has started to produce the self-tuning Robot Guitar.

The technical details of how the axe keeps the strings nicely in tune - via pitch-monitoring bridge, CPU, and servo-motored machine heads - is available here.

Also a great training vid HTTP://
View Article  always have been and always will be!
After yesterday post about the deaths of Rock stars I went back and listen to a few tracks and this morning I found this on youtube.
I've always loved the Manic Street Preachers and always will be a sad old Manics fan, its for performances like this. Manic Street Preachers - Sleepflower - Live Sapporo 21-10-1993. You can take the band but you'll never destroy the spirit!!!

View Article  Whatever happened to the Heroes?
You know your getting old when your heroes start dying, this week we've lost Paul Raven the bassist from Killing Joke he was found on Saturday in Geneva, where he was recording dead in a chair from a suspected heart attack. And today I find out Jacqueline Breyer (Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge), of Psychic TV Lady Jaye died suddenly on Tuesday 9th October 2007 at home in Brooklyn, New York from a previously undiagnosed heart condition which is thought to have been connected with her long-term battle with stomach cancer. Lady Jaye collapsed and died in the arms of her heartbroken "other half" Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.
View Article  Random Rules

Mark Reed popped this up on this blog so I thought I'd copy him and do it too

Iris - Lands of Fire (from the album Wrath)

Probably the nicest and that's not a bad thing, band i've ever met. Really cool guys writing great goth/emo. Hailing from Austin Texas they remind me of a lost weekend in Gothenburg at Sama. Prictures on link. Regan Jones and Andrew Sega and of course Brian

Apoptygma Berzerk - Kathy Song (c64 mix ) Single

Apop was my first look into future pop/darkwave as it is now. I was lent a cd by an ex girlfriend and it all went from there. Contrary to popular opinion "i'm not a goth" and was always indie dance boy.

Patrick Jones - There Life in Their Hands  (from album  Commemoration and Ammesia)

Six form poets of the world unite. Particks work resinate in the soul speaking from a perspective of honesty. Seeing Patrick at Water Rats Theatre in Kings Cross when the album came out was a great experience.  The music on this album is  great from Super Furries to the Manics and Julian Cope.

Body Count - D Roc (RIP) (from the album Murder 4Hire)

Ah my rock roots comes out, BC, BC, BC...what does this say well...Graham, Riverside Studios club, Friday night. A pillar, My nose work the rest out for yourself. Great. Oh to be young and stupid. When you look back and see that  a lot of the  orgianl  memebers of  Body Count are now dead.

The Derek Trucks Band - Sahib Teri Bandi - Maki Madni (from the album Songlines)

I got introduced to this by my boss. This track completely rocks all 9.53 amazing guitar. Done by the same guy who played on the track used on the top gear theme tune. The break at about 2mins40 is sublime.  Put it on turn it up and  space out.

Nine Inch Nails - Wish (live) (from the album  And All That Could Have Been)

Trying not to be a teenager to this song is impossible. Everything comes flooding back, the copperidge on the quayside, riverside, bulletpoof dodgy old goths. hairspray  and thursday nights of  fun at 70p a pint.

View Article  If your life was a movie, what would the soundtrack be?
Meme stolen from Planet Mark


So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (Zune, iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc.)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool!

Waking Up         

UB. Jesus - David Byrne

First Day At School

die wunderwelt der technik - welle:erdbell

Falling In Love        

Gamma Ray Blue  - Cleaner from Venus

Fight Song

DSMO (VNV Remix) - Front 242


Crazy - Aerosmith


This Is My Hollywood - 3 Colours Red

Mental Breakdown     

NRG: That's What You Want? - Eskimos & Egypt


The Same Hole As Yesterday - Autoclav1.1


 Citylights remix - Revolution By Night

Getting Back Together   

Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd


A Day in the Life –The  Beatles

Birth of Child              

Forever - Bruderschaft

Final Battle                     

Raverbashing - Atari Teenage Riot

Death Scene                

Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles

Funeral Song                  

Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division

Remembrance Song       

Tainted Love - Soft Cell

End Credits                   

A Design For Life - Manic Street Preachers




I thought this was so good that I’d better comment on the tracks that the meme popped into the slots

Waking Up :                     UB. Jesus - David Byrne

What a great opening for a movie, I can see it now it’s a montage. “Breathing  like humans do”

First Day At School :        die wunderwelt der technik - welle:erdbell

The translation of the title of this track is “the miracle world of the technology” I think that it does sum up my schooling, it introduced me to the world of electronics and technology  and I haven’t looked back.

Falling In Love:                 Gamma Ray Blue  - Cleaner from Venus

“I’m so in love with Gamma Ray Blue” I forgot I had this in my mp3 collection till I did this meme, the cleaner from venus were a great avant garde act. Must make a point of getting the Vinyl out and play it later.

Fight Song:                     DSMO (VNV Remix) - Front 242

Two of my favourite bands working together, I’ve had some of my best nights out and festivals  with Ronan and Mark and there is nothing like taking the Headhunters music and putting a spin on it.

Front 242 - Brussels
March 2006

The photo is from Brussels at the Front 242 25th Anniversary show. © All rights reserved (K2 Visuals 2006)

Prom:                                    Crazy – Aerosmith

Well  what would a movie of my life be without a Aerosmith track, yes I used to be “Rock Boy” Aerosmith, Thunder, Quire boys etc oh how I loved the guitar sound. Donnington 1994 watching Extreme getting bottled off stage, then Aerosmith came on and blew me away.

Life:                                       This Is My Hollywood - 3 Colours Red

3CR a great Newcastle band who made it, the album Pure that this track was on was stolen when I got mugged in Walker. “This is success” was the word that rang out in my head when I got my first Job in television. “Who wants  to be in Hollywood” was what rang out a few months later when the reality set in.

Mental Breakdown:           NRG: That's What You Want? - Eskimos & Egypt

Graham Moore (from Crave, Electrocide, Wisconsin Terror Project and In Virtue of Being) was the guy who introduced me to E&E with a great album that had Side A, Side B, Side C and Side DJ. NRG riff is ”Guns and Roses  O’ Sweet Child of Mine” played backwards and then a massive bass line popped over the top of it. Yes I think I was having a mental breakdown when I was listening to this, my father had just died and life was at a very low point. Somewhere I still go the first recording of “Away – Crave” which Graham record in my bedroom that song also means so much to me. “Electrocide, inside your mind, never let the lights go down on me”

Driving:                                The Same Hole As Yesterday - Autoclav1.1

Taken from Autoclav1.1’s first album by Tony Young, I’ve just started driving and this would be one messed up car journey if this was my movie, a bit scary and mood swinging. Great tune though..

Flashback:                           Citylights Remix (demo)- Revolution By Night

RBN was a band I used to play in and this was the last track they worked on before I left the band due to having too much going on at work, I was just starting a new job and things were moving forward.

Getting Back Together:       Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd

Another song Graham introduced me too, it was the first thing he taught me to play on the guitar, bar chords all the way.

Wedding:                                A Day in the Life – Beatles

The best story about a song being made ever “The beginning was based on 2 stories John Lennon read in the Daily Mail newspaper: Guinness heir Tara Browne dying when he smashed his lotus into a parked van, and an article in the UK Daily Express in early 1967 which told of how the Blackburn Roads Surveyor had counted 4000 holes in the roads of Blackburn and commented that the volume of material needed to fill them in was enough to fill the Albert Hall. Lennon took some liberties with the Tara Browne story - he changed it so he "Blew his mind out in the car."

This boy is not the marrying type.

Birth of Child:                        Forever – Bruderschaft

This song could have gone down one place but as you not allowed to cheat. Rexx Arkana’s father died of Cancer in 1999 and during the last few days that his father spirit was around on this planet Rexx wrote “Forever”. It then took some years to get the track release but it brings together some of the greatest dark wave musicians with the most powerful lyrics ever in a song. It brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it. Rexx’s dediiation on his website says it all.

“I  humbly dedicate this song, "Forever," to my father: Charles Richard Millhouse, 1942-1999. I am sentry to you now, until we meet again.......... “Rexx Arkana

Final Battle:                       Raverbashing - Atari Teenage Riot

From heart felt tune to one of complete noise, ATR were one of the bands I saw at the Purcell Rooms on the South Bank Centre, they  blew me away. The power the energy. Perfect for a battle. So what I’m I Rocker, Indie kid, Metaller, Goth, Raver?

Death Scene:                     Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles

I don’t know about this one but I suppose it works, it was the first song played on MTV when it launched and being a techie I live in video…..Living on Video by Trans X remember that one. Lets go down how I’ve lived in technology

Funeral Song:                    Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division

Someone has been playing with my record collection again as this one is too good, the best version of this is a “A plus D” mashup  “Love Will Tear You Apart (She Wants Revenge vs. Joy Division vs. Bauhaus)” its brilliant and if anyone wants a copy drop me a comment. I’ve never been a Goth honest, its not just about wearing black. But you try and tell the EMO kids that these days.

Remembrance Song:      Tainted Love - Soft Cell

Marc Almond is a God, this song has been killed by so many bands in the past. The pussycat dolls should be ashamed of version that they did. Some of the best versions are by Depeche Mode(it hurts to say that) and Deathline International.

End Credits:                       A Design For Life - Manic Street Preachers

I love the world of chaos and randomisation as the most perfect song and the band that mean the most to me in all my life land on the final credits. The Manics they are a band that have gone through a lot and come out the other end fighting. It doesn’t matter what people say about them, they do there own thing in the best way possible. That’s how I want to live my life. You don’t have to win ever battle as long as you know how to fight a war.

 If you want to listen to any of the tracks mentioned drop a comment in and I'll see what I can do

View Article  SYNNACK MP3

 Want some music for your mp3 player then check out Synnack, Clint of Monochrome and Cut.Rate.Box fame
19 minutes of IDM to relax on the train to on a morning.

By the way that isn't Clint on the video that's Neil his pet Monkey, he's dances and everything???
View Article  Automatic - Red Eyes On
Many years ago, well 1998 I made a video for the band Automatic....they were a load of old punks from Newcastle making great tunes and were a great bunch of lads. Well I finally got around to encoding it and its down below. A small bit of history. Enjoy

Automatic - Red Eyes On

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View Article  James Brown dead

to quote Pop Will Eat Itself "Not now James, We're busy!"
View Article  If you thinking of using Parcels2go, think twice
You might have noticed a comment I made about my Zune on arriving la few weeks ago. .It finally arrived no thanks to the couier company Parcel2go are ...   more »
View Article  probably the best rider in the world
This is probably the best rider in the world... if you need another reason to love Iggy Pop, the veteran rocker. The document--all 18 pages of which you'll find below--describes Iggy's requirements in terms of amplifiers, security, lighting, stage set up, and dressing rooms. But unlike most similar documents, Iggy's rider is written in a rollicking, stream-of-consciousness fashion that delivers multiple laughs per page. Apparently written by roadie Jos Grain, the Iggy rider is peppered with witty gems, tasteless asides, and typos. For example, in describing how Iggy's dressing room should be made to "look less like a typical rock & roll dressing room," the rider suggests that promoters "just let someone loose with a little bit of artistic flair...Er, do you know any homosexuals?" Explaining the need for two heavy duty fans, Grain notes, "So that I can wear a scarf and pretend to be in a Bon Jovi video." Also, don't miss the backstage requirements of a Bob Hope impersonator and "a copy of USA Today that's got a story about morbidly obese people in it. Most amusing!" (18 pages)

View Article  thank God for US postal addresses

Microsoft's Zune music player and online content store combo is "way off launch" in Europe and the UK, the company has admitted. The "earliest date" it might appear here? The end of 2007, or possibly even 2008, a Microsoft executive has revealed.

"The earliest date it will be in the UK is towards the end of 2007. However, it could easily be 2008," Microsoft media and entertainment alliance manager Dene Schonknecht said, according to UK trade paper New Media Age.


I'm so glad I ordered mine from the US I'll have it by the 20th :-)

View Article  The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is calling for a "private right to copy".

UK copyright law should be changed to include a ‘private right to copy’ that protects users of ipod and other MP3 players, according to a new report published today (Sunday) by the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr). The UK’s current copyright laws mean that millions of Brits break the law each year when they copy their CDs onto their computers.

ippr says that the forthcoming review of Intellectual Property, set up by Chancellor Gordon Brown and chaired by Andrew Gowers, should update the 300-year-old copyright laws to take account of the changes in the way people want to listen to music, watch films and read books.

ippr recommends a legal ‘private right to copy’ that would allow people to make copies of CDs, or DVDs for personal us. The report says a new right would legalise the actions of millions of Britons without any significant harm to the copyright holders.

The report, Public Innovation: Intellectual property in a digital age, also recommends that:

The Government should reject calls from the UK music industry to extend copyright term for sound recordings beyond the current 50 years. The report argues that there is no evidence to suggest that current protections provided in law are insufficient.

The Government should act to ensure that Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology does not continue to affect the preservation of electronic content by libraries. The British Library should be given a DRM-free copy of any new digital work and libraries should be able to take more than one copy of digital work. It also recommends that circumvention of DRM technology should stop being illegal once copyright has expired.

View Article  Cubase SX4

Early/leaked images from Cubase SX4, now its looking like Ableton Live and as ever the loyal fanbase at already has tens of pages of people saying how much it's going to suck...good boys.....control room patching is here and channel strip is here,
View Article  Second John Peel day is announced, its 12 October
John Peel

A second John Peel day will be held on 12 October to mark the anniversary of the late DJ's last ...   more »
View Article  Houston...not just Oil but a Zoo too

Just left Houston had a great time and met some great people, never one to shy away from going clubbing on a night. I tried Houstons local alt. club Numbers and was pleasantly suprised. Met some great people in there and danced to some classic 80's tunes. Also ventured out to the Zoo to please my monkey fetish and I was not disappointed. (see pictures here)
View Article  Digital music player for the serious
Wi-fi music player gets serious

it plays
for Compressed formats (MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP2, MusePack, WMA), Uncompressed formats (AIFF, WAV, PCM) and of course Lossless Formats (Apple Lossless, FLAC, WMA Lossless)

It seem they really have up'd their game and not compromised with any of the parts or connectors in this one and at $1,999 (£1,079)  is not that too pricey for the audiophile pockets.

Manufactures website
View Article  The man is a god
 Stay Beautiful's pavement is normally covered in glitter on the best of night but tonight was special the Manics ...   more »
View Article  James Dean Bradfield
James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers is playing University London Union on Tuesday the 11/07/2006    more »