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watch depeche mode 'live on letterman'

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Depeche Mode is cranking up the PR machine for 13th studio album Delta Machine, due out in two weeks. They just announced a North American tour that will kick off in August, they’ve got a panel appearance and exclusive showcase scheduled Friday at sxsw, and last night they paid a visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Their 9-song set kicked off the 2013 “Live On Letterman” webcasts, which was streamed live at 8pm ET on CBS.com, VEVO.com and CBS radio stations around the nation. The trio of David Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher were joined on stage by touring members Christian Eigner and Peter Gordeno.

It was a “bluesy” set, with Gore playing guitar almost exclusively. Five of the selections were taken from Delta Machine, including previously unheard “Should Be Higher”, “Soft Touch/Raw Nerve” and “Soothe My Soul”. The new material held its own against classics “Personal Jesus” and “Walking In My Shoes” but stood apart due to its gurgling studio backing tracks. Of course the highlight was “Enjoy The Silence” which closed the show with a pretty enthusiastic sing-along. Check out the full 48-minute set here:

Live on Letterman set list:

  1. Angel
  2. Should Be Higher
  3. Walking In My Shoes
  4. Barrel of a Gun
  5. Heaven
  6. Personal Jesus
  7. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
  8. Soothe My Soul
  9. Enjoy the Silence

And for good measure, here’s the version of “Heaven” the band laid down for the Letterman broadcast:

stream new depeche mode single, remix & b-side

 
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Depeche Mode‘s new album Delta Machine is set for a March 26 release, but the first official single drops this Friday. If this 13th DM album is indeed a “bit of a hybrid” of Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion, then “Heaven” definitely skews toward the latter.

With soulful backing vocals and blues guitar, the dirge is reminiscent of the Soulsavers record David Gahan provided vocals for last year:

The single will feature several “Heaven” reworks, the “Owlle Remix” among them. I’m usually not one for remixes, but I prefer this one to the original:

Superior to both is the b-side, “All That’s Mine”, which will also appear on the deluxe edition of Delta Machine. It’s the kind of dense synthpop we’ve all been hoping for since Violator:

For a further glimpse of the new album, check out the studio video for “Angel” released last fall.

stream untitled new depeche mode track

 

Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher appeared at a morning press conference in Paris today to announce the 2013 return of Depeche Mode. The band will hit the road in early May beginning in Tel Aviv, with several European festival dates and a one-off performance at London’s O2 Arena on May 28th.

More importantly, they revealed that recording sessions for the follow-up to 2009’s Sounds Of The Universe wrapped up last Friday. The as yet untitled album should see a spring release and was described by Gore to have “a bit of a feel of Violator on some of the songs and a feel of Songs of Faith and Devotion on other songs.”

That combination can definitely be heard in the brand new song the band debuted today. A video of the unnamed track was played prior to the presser, with lots of great footage of DM’s impressive studio set up. Presumably titled “Angel Of Love,” it starts out with the brooding mood of ‘Faith and Devotion’ but morphs into an almost “Personal Jesus” style stomp when it kicks in at the 1:40 mark:

(via slicing up eyeballs)

That’s one of 20 new songs the band recorded for the new album and b-sides. Photos of the press conference can be found here, and full tour dates — which does not include North America yet — are available here.

watch/download 'take me back home' — soulsavers feat. david gahan

 

A few months back, we featured the new album from UK duo Soulsavers, notable for its guest vocals from Depeche Mode’s David Gahan. The Light The Dead See is exactly what the title suggests, a soulful, introspective look at mortality and one’s purpose in life.

The latest video from the album for “Take Me Back Home” is a heart wrenching example, showing a man and his younger self taking the same beach-bound journey for very different reasons:

Gahan has hinted this partnership with Soulsavers might become ongoing, however he and the rest of Depeche Mode are currently working on the follow-up to Sounds of the Universe, due early 2013.

stream david gahan & soulsavers 'the light the dead see' lp

 

Next week, the fourth full length from UK duo Soulsavers, The Light The Dead See, will arrive via V2. This is easily Rich Machin and Ian Glover’s most anticipated release, thanks to a full album’s worth of guest vocals from Depeche Mode’s David Gahan.

As this promo clip indicates, a one-off contribution evolved into a full-blown collaboration thanks to DM’s extended hiatus following the Sounds of the Universe tour:

Gahan’s voice is dramatic and powerful as ever, but rather than cloaked in gloomy synthesizers it’s swept up in a symphony of strings, soulful backing vocals, strummed acoustic guitars and live percussion. It’s a decidedly grown up turn for the recently turned 50 frontman. Close the blinds, pour yourself a drink and check out the full album stream:

soulsavers 'longest day' feat. david gahan

 

English duo Soulsavers have tapped plenty of guest vocalists over the course of three albums, featuring the likes of The Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan, Faith No More’s Mike Patton, Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce, The Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes and Pulp’s Richard Hawley. For their latest album, The Light The Dead See, Rich Machin and Ian Glover scored Depeche Mode’s David Gahan.

Soulsavers opened a portion of DM’s Tour Of The Universe, which is when the seeds of the collaboration were sown. So while Martin Gore was emailing techno tracks back and forth with Vince Clarke, Gahan decided to sit in on Soulsavers’ sessions, saying “Everything about it was relatively unplanned, surprising: a magical thing. We were a perfect match and I’m very, very excited about this record.”

The first single, “Longest Day,” is a pretty soulful lament with swelling strings, gospel backup singers and Gahan’s trademark baritone:

That’s awesome. A digital download of the single will be released April 7th, with the full album due May 21st on V2 .

stream 'ssss' lp from vince clarke & martin gore

 

Former Depeche Mode bandmates Vince Clarke and Martin Gore have reunited under the collective acronym VCMG, with their debut full length Ssss due to arrive next week.

Though they were only in Depeche Mode together for a short time, Clarke and Gore’s relationship was icy at best for decades. That all changed with an email from Clarke asking Gore to collaborate on a techno project. What followed was a “Postal Service” arrangement — pinging tracks back and forth, adding bits and making edits, until they were both satisfied with the result.

And that result is darker, harder and more challenging than anything either have done independently. Despite their shared Speak & Spell roots, Ssss has nary a nod to pop. Still, it’s fascinating to hear the soundscapes two of electronic music’s most successful artists have built together:

(via mixmag)

Meanwhile, work is about to begin on the follow up to Depeche Mode’s 2009 album Sounds Of The Universe with a targeted release date late this year or early 2013.

depeche mode 'everything counts' cutified

 

So maybe you’ve seen this on your favorite mommy blog, or some other viral video clearing house, but it’s new to me. Dicken Schrader, a Columbian video artist, is doing a most admirable thing — brainwashing his young children with Depeche Mode.

So far, he, Milah and Korben have covered “Shake The Disease” and “Strangelove”, but their most recent effort is the best. Posted in December, which would explain the “Jingle Bells” bit at the beginning, their version of “Everything Counts” is incredible.

With household items like a Coke bottle, cheese grater and wind chimes accompanying a cheap synth, xylophone, kazoo and recorder, it sounds way bigger than the sum of its tinker-toy parts:

Now I’m not a huge fan of singing kids or anything, but you’ve got to admit that’s pretty cool. Bravo, Dicken.

If you’d like a refresher on the masterful original, watch it below, and click here to check out another cover song feature on a significantly more polished version of The Cure’s “Disintegration.”