VARIOUS BITS AND PIECES:a-ha
have announced only three concert dates (Update: extra gigs in L.A. and New York have been added, up to five now) for North America in May as part of their 'Ending On A High Note' tour, and they are in New York and Los Angeles. To say this is a big disappointment is a major understatement, still hoping they manage to add some Canadian gigs to the list. I bought a ticket to one of the New York shows and will plan a road trip to see them if that is the only option.
Speaking of a-ha, band member Magne Furuholmen has teamed up to form a group called Apparatjik
with Coldplay's bassist Guy Berryman and singer/guitarist Jonas Bjerre from the band Mew. They have just released their debut cd called "We Are Here", I look forward to hearing what it is like.Lo-Fi-Fnk
have leaked a song of their forthcoming album, the song is called "Marchin' In" and it is available to download from their blog. The song is good, a bit mellow, but it is great knowing that we are getting closer to the album finally being released, 4 years after the amazing 'Boylife' cd.Nik Kershaw
just released a cool solo acoustic album called "No Frills" on Monday. You can order it here
from his new nicely redesigned website (and they accept PayPal which is great).
Loving the new Two Door Cinema Club
album 'Tourist History'. Favourite tracks are the previously leaked demo track "Something Good Can Work', 'Come Back Home', 'Do You Want It All' and 'This Is The Life'. Check them out if you are a fan of a band like 'Upper Room'.
U.K. band Captain
are on a bit of a hiatus (after their second album 'Distraction' ended up not getting officially released by EMI) but a couple of months ago started a new mailing list (sign up here
) to try and gauge fan support. When you sign up you also get a free download of an unreleased Captain song called "Back In The Knife Drawer". This track was part of sessions they did in Oxford prior to the recording of 'Distraction'. Teitur
has finished writing his next album and plans to record it in March, hopefully it will get released over the summer. The Human League
have signed with Wall Of Sound Records, hopefully their new cd will be out this year.
I just found the Facebook page of Viv who ran the Thompson Twins Fan Club 'Teefax' back in the day, may try and get in touch to see what she has been up to, hope she is doing well.
Labels: a-ha, Apparatjik, Captain, Lo-Fi-Fnk, Nik Kershaw, Teefax, Teitur, The Human League, Thompson Twins, Two Door Cinema Club