Everything You Need to Know About ‘Kraftwerk 3-D The Catalogue’ Live Box Set

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Despite the fact the its youngest member clocks in at 60 years young, electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk are thankfully showing no signs of slowing down. The influential German outfit announced today the upcoming release of Kraftwerk 3-D The Catalogue, a massive and highly drool-worthy live box set. Due May 26, the collection documents their 3-D multi-media art performances recorded in the museums around the world captured using high definition 3-D with Dolby Atmos surround sound.

The set features eight classic Kraftwerk albums in chronological order: Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991) and Tour De France (2003) – filmed and recorded between 2012 and 2016 on the band’s 3-D World Tour.

The locations include MoMA (New York), The Tate Modern Turbine Hall (London), Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo), Opera House (Sydney), Norske Opera (Oslo), Paradiso (Amsterdam), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris) and Neue National Galerie (Berlin).

As expected, Kraftwerk 3-D The Catalogue will be available in a number of formats including Blu-Ray, DVD, vinyl, CD and download.

Kraftwerk On The Road

02 June 17 Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre
03 June 17 Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre
04 June 17 Belfast, Waterfront Hall
06 June 17 Oxford, New Theatre
07 June 17 Brighton, Centre
09 June 17 Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
10 June 17 Edinburgh, Usher Hall
11 June 17 Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
13 June 17 Birmingham, Symphony Hall
14 June 17 Gateshead, The Sage
15 June 17 Sheffield, City Hall
17 June 17 Bristol, Colston Hall
18 June 17 Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
19 June 17 Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
21 June 17 London, Royal Albert Hall
22 June 17 London, Royal Albert Hall
23 June 17 London, Royal Albert Hall

Legendary Guitarist Allan Holdsworth Dead at 70

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Allan Holdsworth, the pioneering British guitarist who played with Soft Machine, Level 42, Gong, Jean-Luc Ponty and a myriad of other projects, passed away today at the age of 70.

News of the guitar hero’s passing was shared by his daughter, Louise, on Facebook:

“It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori.”

Holdsworth began his music career in 1969 with the band ‘Igginbottom on their only release, ‘Igginbottom’s Wrench (later reissued under the group name of Allan Holdsworth & Friends). He went on to play and record with well-known progressive rock and jazz fusion artists. During his career he recorded 13 solo albums and was reportedly in the process of putting together a new album.

While his name conjured respect and admiration from guitar aficionados, Holdsworth once said that he wasn’t financially secure. “Just because my name gets put in magazines, people seem to think that I must be earning a lot of money or something. But I’ve always had to struggle to pay the rent every month.”

Holdsworth meticulous style influenced a generation of guitarists including Yngwie Malmsteen, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Tom Morello.

More on this breaking story as it develops.

James Lavelle Readies UNKLE’s Fifth Album, The Road Part 1

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UNKLE, the group led by James Lavelle, have announced the upcoming release of their fifth studio album, The Road Part 1. News of the release comes after UNKLE dropped the video for “The Road” (watch the video below) directed by Norbert Schoerner in January.

As with previous UNKLE efforts the full-length features a coterie of notable contributors. This time around Lavelle has tapped the musical services of London folk-rock artist/poet Keaton Henson, Primal Scream’s Andrew Innes, The Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss, singer-songwriter/UNKLE collaborator Mark Lanegan, Mercury Prize nominee ​ESKA, Queens of the Stone Age drummer Jon Theodore and Beck drummer Justin Stanley. There’s also appearances by emerging artists Elliott Power, Mïnk and YSEÉ as well as contributions from long-time collaborators Philip Sheppard, Chris Goss, Twiggy and Troy Van Leeuwen.

According to a statement, The Road Part 1 was recorded in UK, Europe and Los Angeles’ Pink Duck Studios,

Obligatory press gush from Lavelle about the album: “I hadn’t made a record in a long time, and the incarnation of UNKLE had changed in that now, it was me on my own. For that reason, I wanted to make a record that I hadn’t been able to before, going back to the roots of where I came from, with a foot in modern London.”

Mika Vainio, of Pan Sonic, Dies at 53

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Pioneering experimental electronic music producer Mika Vainio, of highly influential Finnish duo Pan Sonic, has died at the age of 53. The cause of death has not been made public.

Vainio began his career in 1993 with the release of the Kvantti EP (“Quantum” in English) under the pseudonym Ø. That same year he formed Panasonic with Ilpo Väisänen and Sami Salo (who later left the group). The outfit released a stream of well-received albums and explored a wealth of styles ranging from minimal to noise. In 1998, they collaborated with Suicide’s Alan Vega for Endless (released as Vainio / Väisänen / Vega).

The group changed its name to Pan Sonic in 1999 after electronics giant Panasonic threatened legal action.

In December 2009, Pan Sonic officially disbanded. They released their final album, Gravitoni, on Blast First Petite in May 2010.

Vainio went on to work on various projects. In 2015, Pan Sonic produced a soundtrack for Return of the Atom, a documentary directed by Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola about the construction of the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant in Finland. That same year Vainio’s collaborative project with Frank Vigroux released Peau froide, léger soleil on Cosmo Rhythmatic after a three-year recording process that came about after a series of shared live experiences.

In 2016, he scored the music for the film Atomin paluu with Väisänen.

More on this breaking story as it develops.

Toby Smith, Co-Founder of Jamiroquai, Dies at 46

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Keyboardist/producer/songwriter Toby Smith, a co-founder of influential UK band Jamiroquai, died today at the age of 46. Smith produced his first record at 17, then signed his track “Kleptomaniacs” to London Records/ffrr.

During his tenure with Jamiroquai Smith, who was a classically trained musician who gravitated toward dance music in the late ’80s, co-wrote and played keyboards on top-selling albums including 1993’s Emergency on Planet Earth, 1994’s The Return of the Space Cowboy, 1996’s Travelling Without Moving and 1999’s Synkronized.

Citing fatigue and a desire to cease touring and pursue other projects, he departed Jamiroquai in 2002 after the release of the band’s 2001 album A Funk Odyssey.

Jamiroquai issued a brief statement on their website about Smith’s death:

It is with great sadness to hear and relay the news that original Jamiroquai keyboard player Toby Smith died on 11th April 2017. He was an original member of the band until 2002 when he left to spend more time with his family. He set up a recording studio at his home, started producing cider with some friends, built up a love (and garage) of classic cars and was a keen horse rider. This is a very sad day for all Jamiroquai fans. Much love to his wife, children and the rest of his family.

In his post-Jamiroquai life Smith went on to open Angelic Recording Studios based near Banbury. He produced and managed English indie-pop band The Hooisers. In 2013, he produced Matt Cardle’s third album, Porcelain, as well as provided writing contributions to several songs.

More on this story as it develops.

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EDM DJ Duo Vicetone Handcuffed, Dragged Off Stage At Frat Party

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Dutch DJ duo Vicetone — Ruben Den Boer and Victor Pool — took to Twitter early Saturday morning, claiming they were handcuffed and dragged off state after telling partygoers during their set at a University of Alabama frat party to “put yo’ hands up.”

The Dutch duo, who were dressed in a hospital gown drinking 4 Loko, followed up the tweet at 1:15 a.m. Saturday by saying, “Obviously got released cause I did nothing wrong – also huge shoutout to University of Alabama for throwing down tonight.”

The tweets were subsequently deleted from the twosome’s account.

A University of Alabama police officer told People that neither Den Boer nor Pool were arrested, but said officers were called to the party for “crowd control.”

In a statement, the university said, “According to campus officials, the party continued past the designated curfew. As the music was turned off and party was being shut down because of the curfew violation, the DJs interfered and began to incite the crowd.

“To ensure safety and assist the officers, one of the DJs was briefly restrained and taken off stage while the crowd was being dispersed. They were not arrested. The incident had nothing to do with what the DJ said, only that he interfered with the process of ending the party.”