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I guess you could say today has been a very good music day in various ways.

The Fields of The Nephilim (one of my all time fave bands) has announced two special shows at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on July 12th and 13th (their only UK dates this year apparently).

Nine Inch Nails have released a free album, 'The Slip', which you can sign up and get on http://theslip.nin.com/

The Birthday Massacre have put up a cover of Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now" on their Myspace Page (along with the rest of their new EP) which is from their new EP 'The Looking Glass' which was released today.

I've also had some other possibly very interesting and exciting news which could herald a few changes. But more on that later if it actually happens :)

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hybridartifacts
May. 7th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
hmmm... similar music taste... The Birthday Massacre are great. I shall have to check out the new EP.
I am still listening to the NIN album. Not sure what I think yet. It seems a little lacklustre compared to some of theirs, but maybe it will grow on me with time.
angusabranson
May. 7th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
I'm going to have to pick up the new Birthday Massace EP too after listening to bits of it online.

I listened to the NIN album last night whilst doing some work but didn't really take it in. I need to have a better listen (maybe stick it on the iPod when I go for a long walk) but it certainly hasn't got any 'club' tracks on it that would help fill the dancefloor.

Have you got their Ghost I-IV album? That's entirely instrumental and makes good background music for working or gaming - a bit like a movie soundtrack in many ways. Pretty mellow.
hybridartifacts
May. 7th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
I haven't heard Ghost yet no. I really should. For years I used instrumental music to work to (mostly ambient stuff like Tangerine Dream) but lately I have been enjoying some *embarrassed cough* retro rock stuff like early Kansas or Van der Graff Generator. I fit my music to the sort of feel I want in my art to be honest- my Book of Days series was VERY Kansas inspired. I think for darker art, something less wistful, I would choose NIN or Rammstein, for more 'fey' art Delirium has been a staple for me. If I want to bring up emotions in my work I had a lot when I was younger it would probably be early Tears for Fears or Depeche. In the end it all depends really on the mood.

For gaming-well I do a lot of Cthulhu and always found, bizarrely, that Ultravox 'Rage in Eden' worked really well. I would mix it in with Tangerine Dreams early albums and the soundtrack to Alien. Nobody let's me do it anymore though because they get too scared when I do and can't sleep afterwards.
angusabranson
May. 7th, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
I miss playing Cthulhu :(

It's by far my favourite RPG.

Hey, fancy running a game? :p

Have you heard Conjure One? It's a Delerium/Front Line assembly side project and is also very good.

I must say that I tend to play a lot of Delerium/Conjure One/Enigma/Dead Can Dance and Fields of the Nepilhim (Elizium CD) and Diary of Dreams/In Strict Confidence when I'm working.
hybridartifacts
May. 7th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
I still run the occasional game of Cthulhu, and you would be more than welcome to join us if you wanted :) I'm located in Haywards Heath which is right on the London/Brighton line train wise (we actually live almost next to the station or A23/A272 by road). I have a friend who comes down to play sometimes from West Ealing (It's a horrible journey by train but the times he has tried it by car he says are even worse).

I haven't heard Conjure One yet. My wife Suzette is the one who introduced me to Front Line Assembly a few years back. That sort of Industrial/Darkwave/EBM kind of music is very big in Canada where she is from. Prior to meeting her and getting good internet access my ability to hear a lot of those bands was rather limited since I didn't know anyone who liked that sort of music except for one friend who was very into NIN. I mostly listened to New Wave and Electronic music (Depeche and Gary Numan being big favs), ambient and stuff like David Sylvian, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil and proto punk early Banshees or The Stranglers with a smattering of rock thrown in for good luck that I inherited a liking for from an older brother. Most of my friends seemed to like U2, the Alarm, Queen and Marrillion (though one was also into The Mission/Cult/Sisters/Nephilhim side of things which was great.

I am still (8 years since marrying Suzette) discovering a lot of her music! Its been taking us both into exploring a lot of new bands (too many to easily assimilate actually). New discoveries for both of us have been VNV Nation, Covenant and ironically The Birthday Massacre (since I believe they are based in her home turf of Toronto). I shall have to check out Conjure One.
morthrai
May. 7th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
Currently reduced to using the public library for my net access (for reasons too long to go into here) I found that I couldn't actually download The Slip because of their stupid filter that stops you actually doing almost anything on the net that's worth doing! Grrr.
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