The Perfect Storm… Chaser

Erasure’s new EP Storm Chaser, was released in the US yesterday. It contains a variety of remixes from the Light at the End of the World CD released earlier this year. This album has had some of the best remixes to come Erasure’s way in a long time. In the past too many of their remixes, the song has gotten lost, and it really is no longer an Erasure song.

With this EP, we are given remixes of some songs that at first weren’t necessarily stand outs on the album, but the songs shine with the remix treatment. While Sunday Girl was my favorite track on the album at first, Storm in a Tea Cup has really become my stand out must listen on the album. The Koishi & Hush Club Mix really makes this little gem stand out even more! Keeping the original feel of the song, this hyped up techno mix will feel at home in any dance club.

For those of you that didn’t necessarily warm up to the album, I highly suggest that you give this remix EP a chance. If nothing else, you get a wonderfully funky duet with Andy Bell and Cyndi Lauper, who could ask for anything more! I think once you give Storm Chaser a listen you will agree that these are quite possibly the best remixes ever for Erasure! It even includes a fan submitted remix of When a Lover Leaves You. I only wish my remix skills had been good enough to try out for the competition!

To get you in the mood, I give you the Koishi & Hush Club Mix for your listening pleasure!

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Sunday Girl – US Release

outnow.jpgWow, I have been busy this week! I totally missed the release of Sunday Girl in the US this past Tuesday, July 17th! For those in the states that didn’t want to spend the money on this single as an import… It’s now available for a much more reasonable price! Of course you don’t get the pretty Picture Disc! But you can buy it in iTunes Plus format for $4.49. This to me is by far one of the best singles to come along from Erasure since Always in 1994. Also included is “Take Me On a Highway.” This is one of the best b-sides I have heard from them! For your enjoyment, I have included the song below for your listening pleasure.

Their next single has been announced as well. For those of you with a Mac with Garageband, and the desire to remix, you have until July 27th! They are having a competition, and the winning mix will be featured on the upcoming single for “When A Lover Leaves You.”

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True Colors – Red Rocks – June 10, 2007

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redrocks.jpgYesterday was the concert event I had been waiting for since January. Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors tour. For the Denver stop, they had The Cliks, The Dresden Dolls, Deborah Harry, Erasure and of course Cyndi with Margaret Cho hosting. I had not been to a Red Rocks concert since I saw Sting on the Soul Cages Tour in like 1991. It is such an amazing experience there! All the acts mentioned how humbled and in awe they were to be performing on the legendary stage that is truly the most beautiful place to experience a concert event in the world!

The show started immediately at 6pm on the dot, (the only concert I have been to that was that punctual!). And as is tradition with Red Rocks, 6pm also meant the start of rain… Although, thankfully, it was a sprinkle that lasted about 10 minutes, unlike the drenching rain that fell during Sting! But, it just isn’t a concert at Red Rocks if a little rain doesn’t fall!

margaretcho.jpgMargaret Cho was fantastic as the host. Her crass humor just added to the whole evening. She started off the night by saying that we were all here in celebration of Falwell’s death (to resounding cheers!). Her crassness definitely weeded a few people out. I know there was a couple in front of us that got offended by her and, I heard the wife say, that’s enough, and grabbed her husband and left… Oh well, they obviously didn’t know who Margaret Cho was in advance or they would have known to expect that. The one thing she kept stressing is that you straight guys out there need to clean down there! She said she would suck it if it’s clean! 😉

dresdendolls.jpgI was not all that excited about the first two acts as they weren’t really my kind of music (more suited for Dan, even if he doesn’t like the Dresden Dolls). I will say that the Cliks did a great cover of Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me a River. The Dresden Dolls give a great performance, and are quite funny, even if I didn’t care for their music that much.

deborahharry.jpgUnfortunately I was let down by Deborah Harry. She didn’t sing any of her Blondie day’s songs, it was all her solo material, and I was sadly bored. I had high hopes after seeing Blondie live in England back in 2002. I just didn’t find her solo material all that inspiring. It was still great to see her getting out there and supporting the cause! Although someone should of told her that the silver sequined mini tube skirt made her butt look like a mirrored ball, but hey, maybe that’s what she was going for.

vince.jpgandy.jpgThen Erasure came out. The entire audience was on their feet for the performance! It was great seeing that large an audience give them such a great reception! They started off with Sunday Girl, then played a few classics, and some more new tracks. The set felt very short, and seemed over in no time.. but still an amazing performance from the Duo! Vince was hilarious in his camo jumpsuit and white wig. His wig reminded me of Carol Channing, and his overall look was very Pet Shop Boy-esque. That was a bit strange to me, but fun none-the-less! They definitely still have a huge following here in the states even if most people won’t admit it. 😉

cyndi.jpgFinally Cyndi… What can I say… I have never been to a performance of hers, but I have a whole new respect for her… She is such an honest caring person! She gave a very heartfelt speech at the beginning of her set about the need for society to learn how to co-exist. Her experiences with Matthew Shepherd’s mother made her realize that we can’t get past the hate if we ourselves turn to hate over those that start the hate. I could tell that, myself included, much of the audience was in tears over her speech. She emphasized how one person can make a difference, and asked that everyone make sure to write their senators about the pending vote on the Matthew Shepard Hate Crime bill.

Her performance was amazing… Such emotion in her singing, and interaction with the audience. She went down into the audience many times to shake hands and be close to her peeps! She has got to be one of the most real people in the entertainment business, what you see is what you get with her! After the show, she came down to be with the people left, and would have stayed longer, but the Red Rocks staff wanted the people to leave so they made her go back stage, but you could tell that was not her desire.

For the end of the show, all the performers came back out on stage and did a great performance of “Take a Chance on Me” from ABBA, and then finished of the show with her song that inspired it all “True Colors.” They brought out a children’s choir with kids from CO Springs to perform with her. How great it was to see Andy and Cyndi performing together! For all those who get to go to the future performances on the rest of the tour, you are in for one amazing show!

I will get the rest of my pictures from the concert uploaded as soon as possible!

I was able to get two songs recorded with my digital camera… I apologize the quality is poor, but it wasn’t meant for recording video!

Erasure: Sunday Girl
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Cyndi Lauper: I Drove All Night

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Sunday Girl Live!

In preparation for the True Colors concert this Sunday at Red Rocks, I bring you this wonderful acoustic rendition of my favorite song off the new album!

Also announced is a True Colors CD with songs from many of the artists performing on the Tour that starts today in Las Vegas. It includes a special duet with Erasure and Cyndi Lauper!!! It is available for pre-order right now at Tommy Boy Records, and to be available online later.

The full track listing is:

Full tracklisting:
Cyndi Lauper – True Colors (Morel Mix)
Erasure – Early Bird (DJ Manolo’s True Colors Mix)
Debbie Harry – What Is Love
The Dresden Dolls – Shores of California
The Gossip – (Take Back) The Revolution
Indigo Girls – Rock & Roll Heaven’s Gate
The Cliks – Oh Yeah
Rufus Wainwright – Gay Messiah
Jeffree Star – Plastic Surgery Slumber Party
Cazwell – Watch My Mouth

Erasure: Sunday Girl

sundaygirl.jpgI am very excited to make you all aware of Erasure’s next single “Sunday Girl!” In my opinion, this is quite possibly the best song to come from the duo since their heyday in the 80s. It’s infectious, bubbly and happy! Everything that defines an Erasure Song. Being released on July 17th here in the states, you can listen to the full radio mix at their official myspace page.

I know that many people haven’t enjoyed the new Erasure album as much as past albums, and overall I think that this is not their strongest album, but “Light at the End of the World” is a return to the fast paced, make you wanna get up and dance album! Other stand out tracks on the new album include: “Storm in a Teacup,” “When a Lover Leaves You,” and “Golden Heart.”

Even more exciting is that, with the release of iTunes Plus, much of Erasure’s catalog is now available in the new DRM-Free version at the higher bitrate. Their new album is just one of those available.

True Friends = True Colors!

m_10a7bfacc4de64b5ea37bcfa3b5ff91e.jpgWhile today is my official birthday, we had my party last night. My close friends and family joined me at Red Lobster for a wonderful evening of seafood! I have been craving lobster for quite some time now and had to satisfy that urge! Thanks to Dan for making that happen! I want to thank everyone that came. It meant a lot to me to have all of you come out last night!

It has been a rough year this past year while I tried selling my condo. As a result, when the HRC announced the True Colors concert, I was saddened as I knew I would not be able to afford to go. I was excited by the opportunity to get to see Cyndi Lauper finally! And yes, of course, Erasure! 🙂 What an outstanding line-up it was to be. Erasure, Cyndi, Debbie Harry, The Dresden Dolls, The Gossip, The Misshapes, The Clilks and Margaret Cho hosting! As Dan put it, the Gayest Concert on Earth! So, I decided to leave it to the fates and ask for the concert for my birthday. Thanks to Dan, Howard and Lorne, I am going to get to go to the concert! They all went in on buying me tickets together so that myself and a guest could go! Thank you three sooo much for making it such a wonderful birthday present!

I only wanted two things for my birthday… Selling the condo, and tickets to the concert, and I got both! I feel very blessed to have such great friends and a great boyfriend to make the latter a reality for me! I look forward to the concert!!! Thank you to Robin for the iTunes giftcard! Always a welcome gift! 🙂 Matthias and Adam for the Lowe’s giftcard (new kitchen light here you come!). I also want to thank Howard for a wonderful tribute post to our friendship over the last decade! It is hard to believe it has been that long already!

I am sure this concert is a dream come true for Erasure as well, since they will be touring with Debbie Harry, one of their major influences. They have done many covers of Blondie songs over the years! Maybe I will get to see the two performing a duet together! I am already expecting a duet with Andy and Cyndi since they have collaborated on a song together!

Erasure – I Could Fall In Love With You

I came across a fan slide show that has the entire new Erasure single in it to listen to! Some of you may remember them from their big hits in the 80s “Chains of Love” and “A Little Respect.” I have been asked to be part of the Virtual Street Team for Erasure, so I will be trying to help promote the album in what ever way possible.

“I Could Fall In Love With You” will be released in the UK on April 2nd and the US on April 3rd. A clip can be heard via their myspace site. The new album “Light at the end of the world” will be released on May 21st in the UK, and the 22nsd of May in the US.

They will also be touring in June with Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, The Dresden Dolls and The Gossip (amongst others) on the True Colors festival in North American and Canada to support the Human Rights Campaign.

On The Road To Nashville

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Out yesterday here in the States, Erasure’s latest DVD/CD is now in my collection. The audio portion is also available on the iTunes Music Store.

Since I was uncapable of waiting till the record stores opened, and since I had recently received a very nice early early B-day present for iTunes, I went ahead and bought it off iTunes so I could listen to it on the way into work. It is apparent listening to Andy speak in between songs, that he is in awe of playing at the Ryman Auditorium (The Grand Ole Opery as it used to be known).

I then proceded to stop by Twist & Shout on the way home to pick up the DVD/CD with the video of the concert. I wasn’t able to watch the concert yet, but watched some of the making of documentary on the DVD. And was fascinated by the influences behind the acoustic album. There were many older influences like Simon and Garfunkel, which I expected, but what was unexpected was the mention of current artists, the likes of Aimee Mann and Rufus Wainwright as influences as well! Both, artists that are quite regularly in my music rotation.

It is definitely a treat listening to this rare interpretation of their Electronic classics. But, at the same time, I look forward to the return of their Electronic roots on the new album in May!

On The Road To Nashville

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Out yesterday here in the States, Erasure’s latest DVD/CD is now in my collection. The audio portion is also available on the iTunes Music Store.

Since I was uncapable of waiting till the record stores opened, and since I had recently received a very nice early early B-day present for iTunes, I went ahead and bought it off iTunes so I could listen to it on the way into work. It is apparent listening to Andy speak in between songs, that he is in awe of playing at the Ryman Auditorium (The Grand Ole Opery as it used to be known).

I then proceded to stop by Twist & Shout on the way home to pick up the DVD/CD with the video of the concert. I wasn’t able to watch the concert yet, but watched some of the making of documentary on the DVD. And was fascinated by the influences behind the acoustic album. There were many older influences like Simon and Garfunkel, which I expected, but what was unexpected was the mention of current artists, the likes of Aimee Mann and Rufus Wainwright as influences as well! Both, artists that are quite regularly in my music rotation.

It is definitely a treat listening to this rare interpretation of their Electronic classics. But, at the same time, I look forward to the return of their Electronic roots on the new album in May!

We Have Lift Off!!!

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Today marked the sneak preview of Erasure’s new single “I Could Fall In Love With You!” Above is the artwork for said single, and you can click here to get a snippet of the new song!!!

I CAN’T WAIT!

And for those of you in the UK, On the Road to Nashville is now on iTunes! This would be the live recording from their concert tour last year for Union Street (their acoustic album) filmed live at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.