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Celebrating 25 years of the ultra-heavy beat, KMFDM proudly announces their new album on Metropolis Records, 'Blitz'. Blitz heralds the return to the five- letter album name, an 18-year tradition that the band obliterated with their recent ten-letter name albums, Tohuvabohu (2007) and Brimborium (2008).

Blitz contains 11 new sonic blasts from the Kapt'n and Krew. Under the direction of KMFDM founder, leader and vocalist Sascha K, 'Blitz' is dominated by analogue synthetics with high-powered hooks. KMFDM's female singer, Lucia, lends her vocal power to the groove-laden 'Bait & Switch', the dance-driven 'Never Say Never' and others. The tracks are rounded out by some assistance from the KMFDM line-up of the last half-decade – Jules Hodgson, Andy Selway and Steve White.

One surprise element of 'Blitz' is the return of wayward KMFDM-er Tim Skold, lending a hand throughout with instrumentation and production. Another unexpected reappearance comes in the form of singer Cheryl Wilson, dueting with Lucia on the disco-amped 'Strut'.

Adding to the growing list of languages sung in the KMFDM canon (English, German, Latin, Hebrew, Lingala and Spanish), KMFDM breaks new ground with 'Davai', sung in Russian. Of course there is still room in the catalogue for another German language track and KMFDM delivers with "Potz Blitz!".

Joining the pantheon of illustrious KMFDM covers is The Human League's seminal new wave juggernaut 'Being Boiled', given the full-on electro treatment by Sascha K. 'Blitz' provides the complete KMFDM experience, running the gamut of the band's expressive styles and themes, from the ultimate irony of 'Bitches' to the political militarism of the final track, 'Take'm Out'. KMFDM invites you to experience full blown chaos with 'Blitz', the ultimate blast!

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Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks will issue two solo releases on March 23rd on Reprise. Recorded at her Soundstage performance from October 2007, Nicks will release the 'Live in Chicago' DVD as well as 'The Soundstage Sessions' album that compiles a selection of the songs featured on the DVD release.

'Live in Chicago' features a selection of Stevie Nicks' most loved solo songs from her six solo studio albums as well as some Fleetwood Mac classics, with highlights including 'Stand Back', 'Rhiannon', 'Dreams', 'Sorcerer' and 'Edge Of Seventeen'. Also featured are interpretations of Led Zeppelin's 'Rock and Roll' (featuring a guest appearance from Vanessa Carlton) and the Dave Matthews Band's 'Crash'.

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Nickel Eye is the solo project of The Strokes' bassist Nikolai Fraiture. When The Strokes' hiatus began taking longer than expected, Nikolai reached into an old shoebox of poems and rants written years ago. With his free time, he began adapting them to music. Enlisting the help of UK band South, Nickel Eye was born and started recording in Hackney, London. With guest appearances by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Regina Spektor, 'The Time of The Assassins' was completed a few months later in New York City. It is musically influenced by some of Nikolai's favourite artists, such as Neil Young, Frank Black, Leonard Cohen and The Kinks. The lyrics and theme for 'The Time of The Assassins' found their impetus during a road trip across the United States of America when Nikolai was nineteen.

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Asia, featuring members of Yes, ELP and King Crimson, were the first 'supergroup' of the eighties. Their eponymous debut album, released in 1982, was a huge success racking up global sales in excess of 15 million copies. In 2006 the original four members reunited for the first time in over 20 years for a series of concerts in the US and the UK. The success of this tour led to a full-blown world tour running throughout 2007 in celebration of their 25th anniversary. This Blu-ray was filmed in Tokyo in March 2007 on the Japanese leg of the tour. In 2009 the band will be touring widely in support of their most recent studio album 'Phoenix'. Features the original line-up of Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitars), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (vocals and bass). This is the first Blu-ray release from Asia and the only filmed concert of the original line-up. Roger Dean designed cover. Bonus Features – Interview with all four band members (40 mins approx). TECHNICAL: Screen Format: 16:9. Sound Formats: DTS-HD, Dolby Digital 5.1, LPCM Stereo. Running Time: 155 mins approx. Certificate: E

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Paul Rodgers is the possessor of one of the great rock voices. As the frontman of first Free and then Bad Company he also established himself as one of the great rock performers and a classic songwriter. In 2005 he joined forces with Queen on their first full tour without Freddie Mercury, an association he has continued with their recent new studio album and accompanying tour. This Blu-ray was filmed in Glasgow on his sell out autumn 2006 UK tour and features powerful performances of songs from across his career. This is the first Paul Rodgers Blu-ray release and only solo concert to be filmed. Includes classic tracks 'All Right Now', 'Feel Like Makin' Love', 'Bad Company', 'Wishing Well', 'Can't Get Enough Of Your Love' and many more.

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Willy DeVille is undoubtedly a true original. From his early days with Mink DeVille at New York's infamous CBGB's club through to his later solo career he has always created a unique blend of blues, pop, Cajun and soul and seasoned it with pure DeVille magic. He's even been nominated for an Oscar. Willy has made a number of visits to Montreux and this DVD captures him at his absolute peak in 1994, with a stunning band and a superb set list. Tracklist includes the classics 'Spanish Stroll', 'Cadillac Walk' and 'Mixed Up Shook Up Girl' plus cover versions of 'Hey Joe', 'New Orleans' and 'Stand By Me'.

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Only previously available from the Carbon/Silicon website this live album is the result of seven successive and incredible Friday nights in Feb/March 2008 spent under The Westway in London, when The Inn On The Green became The Carbon Casino. With pastiche and impromptu appearances from Sienna Miller, Rhys Ifans, John Cooper Clarke, James Dean Bradfield, Topper Headon, Glenn Matlock, The Alabama Three, Pete Wylie, and many, many more, The Carbon Casinos became the hottest and coolest ticket in town for some time. Several hundred baffled punters, some of whom had travelled from Europe were regularly caught out and turned away by the "no advance ticket – and a tenner on the door" policy, which only Mick Jones and Tony James could come up with. This album captures the magic of Casino #7 recorded live and capturing all the magic of Feb 28. 2008

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Musically experimental and melodically addictive,Gomez' new album is full of flavours of delta blues, psychedelia and krautrock. · UK headlining tour to run in April (includes a show at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London). · Produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron And Wine).

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Since the initial groundbreaking release of 'The World of Arthur Russell' five years ago, the man has become the subject of intense media interest, with the recent release of a film about his life, as well as a new album of unreleased recordings. Holding a unique place in the history of dance music, as an artist he had the admiration of everyone from Philip Glass to Todd Terry, and as well as his solo work he also formed the seminal groups Dinosaur L and Loose Joints, redefining Dance music as both an intelligent and subversive form.

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Produced by Paul Epworth, 'Tonight's Today' sounds a world away from anything on Jack Peñate's acclaimed, gold-selling 2007 debut album 'Matinée'. It's a track that oozes confidence and is a giant leap forward, fusing Peñate's wide-eyed pop songwriting with classic house influences; a blissed-out paean to still being out as the sun comes up. · With 'Tonight's Today' Jack's found a new groove and others have taken notice very quickly. Within a day of the song appearing unannounced on an XL Recordings label sampler, Radio 1's Zane Lowe made the track his Hottest Record In The World Right Now ahead of plays and plaudits from the likes of Pete Tong, Sara Cox, Rob Da Bank, Annie Mac and John Kennedy. · The brilliant response to this exciting, forward-thinking track has led to it now getting a full single release. Available on 7" and 12" vinyl and CD single, 'Tonight's Today' will also feature remixes from Juliana Barwick, Micky Moonlight and Leo Zero plus an extended mix across the various formats. · Meanwhile, Jack Peñate is currently putting the finishing touches to his second as-yet-untitled album, also produced by Paul Epworth. · "The first great single of 2009… Jack Peñate used to sound like the past, now he sounds like the future" – NME.com.

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Rightfully regarded as the world's biggest and most influential band, U2 consistently set the benchmark for modern day rock music. Boasting a career that's has spanned four decades and a line-up that has never changed, this unique group produce classic album after classic album and perform astonishing sell-out show after sell-out show all as though they were changing their socks. U2: The Lowdown is a 2 CD collection which celebrates the huge achievements this once-in-a-lifetime band have fostered. Featuring more than 2 hours of audio biography telling the full story of the group, all interjected with interview clips with all members giving their own account of events, the set is completed with rare photos, booklets, posters and much more besides, making this package a sure-fire future U2 collectable of the first order.

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One of the world's most successful female artists, not to mention being a member of the biggest selling girl-group of all time, Beyonce Knowles is a global phenomenon. With an aspiring acting career, the small matter of being Jay-Z's wife and the talent to write, produce and sell millions of award winning albums can only make her one of the most important artists today, with her relentless release and tour schedules keeping her firmly in the public eye. Beyonce: The Lowdown is a 2 CD set featuring interviews with the lady herself as well as an audio biography on her outstanding career. Also included is the fascinating success story of her former band, Destiny's Child, with interviews with Beyonce and the rest of the girls who talk openly about life in the world's premiere female band. Completed with posters, booklets, rare photos and limited edition packaging, this collection will prove a unique and essential collectable for the millions of Beyonce fans out there.

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Volumes 1 and 2 of "Genius of Modern Music" are finally available for the first time as one deluxe double LP set, featuring the original track listings from the first 12" versions, originally released on Blue Note in 1956. Sides A & B, originally released as "Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 1" (BLP-1510), feature Monk's recordings as a bandleader in 1947 and Sides C & D, originally released as "Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 2" (BLP- 1511), feature his recordings as a bandleader for Blue Note in 1951-1952. The 1947 recordings, recorded when Monk was 30 years old, are Monk's first as a bandleader and just a glance at the track listing makes one understand why Blue Note felt it appropriate to use that title for these albums. This was Monk's first major recording, and many of the tracks here have become jazz standards.

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1956 debut album by piano genius Bill Evans. His label, Riverside Records, agreed to record him after a friend played Evans' demo tape over the telephone for one of the producers! Two years later the young Evans would already be playing in the legendary Miles Davis sextet!

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"Singin' To My Baby" is Eddie "Summertime Blues" Cochran's first LP, originally released in 1958, just two years before he was tragically killed in a car accident (rockabilly king Gene Vincent was also in the car, but lived) at the age of 21, while touring the UK. Despite his early death, Cochran left a lasting mark on rock & roll history. The epitome of the fifties 'rebel rocker,' and also, as music journalist Bruce Eder so rightfully put it, "rock's first high-energy guitar hero, the forerunner to Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman and, at least in terms of dexterity, Jimi Hendrix." His influence was felt on everyone from the Beatles, to Blue Cheer, to the Sex Pistols (who covered Cochran's "Something Else"). Although "Summertime Blues" was his biggest hit, becoming an anthem for teen rebellion and disenchantment, many of his songs were along this vein, making him a hero to generations of disgruntled teens.

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One of Lee Hazlewoods rarest recordings Movin On was only ever released in Sweden on Polydor in 1977. * Mastered from the original mastertapes the sound is crystal-clear. * The sleeve notes include reminiscences from the producer and musicians involved. Includes previously unseen photographs.

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3 FORMATS FOR £8 White Lies have announced details of the release of a new single, 'Farewell To The Fairground', through Fiction Records on March 23rd 2009. The single is a new mix by Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins,My Bloody Valentine) of the song taken from their debut number 1 album, To Lose My Life, which was released in January. The single will feature an M83 mix of Nothing To Give and a cover of Kanye West's Love Lockdown, which the band performed for a recent Radio 1 Live Lounge session. It will be available on CD, 2x 7" & download. Currently on the road as part of this year's NME Awards Tour,alongside Glasvegas, Florence & The Machine & Friendly Fires,the band have also recently announced their own headline shows in May. The Leeds, Glasgow & Manchester venues have since been upgraded due to phenomenal demand and the London shows sold out within minutes. Prior to these dates White Lies head to the U.S. in March to coheadline the 'NME Presents' tour alongside Friendly Fires. They also play the SxSW festival in Austin, Texas in March at legendary outdoor venue Stubbs, the Coachella Festival, Indio, California in April and will make their U.S. TV debut on the David Letterman show. The band have also a number of European dates in early March and another trip to Tokyo in April. Their album also reached gold status (100,000+ sales) in the U.K. within 2 weeks of release.

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Two years on from a debut album awash with punk spirit and scorching blues-rock, London trio Noisettes make their return with 'Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go baby go) – the debut single to be released from 'Wild Young Hearts', a set of sleek pop songs steeped in soul, dizzy on disco and harking back to the days of blues and jazz greats. The Jim Abiss produced lead single is an infectious piece of contempory disco-funk that has been the soundtrack to a major Mazda TV campaign. March sees the Noisettes embark on a headline tour which is followed up by a May tour supporting Maximo Park. Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go baby go) is released on 23rd March and available on download, limited numbered 7" Picture disc and CD Single.

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Following the monumental live performance of all 21 of their albums in 21 nights in London in 2008 Sparks return for two special nights at The Forum. On March 20 Sparks will perform their most recent album 'Exotic Creatures Of The Deep' and 1974's sensational 'Kimono My House', to be followed by a selection of assorted Sparks favourites. On March 21 Sparks will perform 'Exotic Creatures Of The Deep' and 1979's Giorgio Moroder collaboration 'No. 1 In Heaven', plus a selection of assorted Sparks favourites. Whilst a repeat of the 21 night marathon of the Sparks Spectacular is extremely unlikely….ever…the demands for Sparks to return to Britain were such that Los Angelean brothers Ron and Russell Mael welcomed the opportunity to perform once again in the city that has embraced their music so wholeheartedly. Choosing to partner two profoundly different albums with their current, and 21st, album 'Exotic Creatures Of The Deep' – as if to underline the diversity of a career that spans four decades – the two nights will see the masters of reinvention taking genre-hopping to a new level as they embrace glam rock, disco, art rock and pop opera. JONATHON ROSS ON 20TH MARCH

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