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Depeche Mode – “Heaven”

Last week, Depeche Mode announced a forthcoming new album called Delta Machine, and today they’re giving us its first single. “Heaven” is a moany, turgid electro ballad, and it’s closer to a lighters-up arena ballad than the dark, playful things that even the band’s last few albums have brought. It doesn’t exactly fill me with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Depeche Mode Delta Machine Details

Depeche Mode, the synthpop originators who became dark-pop elder statesman, have just announced plans for a new studio album, the follow-up to 2009’s Sounds Of The Universe. The new one is called Delta Machine, and hopefully that title does not imply that they’re trying to make electronic blues now. Ben Hillier produced the album, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 24, 2013 - 9:28 am

Watch Röyksopp & Susanne Sundfør Cover Depeche Mode, Debut “Running To The Sea” On Norwegian TV

On a recent episode of the Norwegian TV show Lydverket, Röyksopp, the superstar electronic duo who call Norway home, teamed with vocalist Susanne Sundfør and a crew of mechanistic drummer-boys to play a couple of songs. Together, they covered “Ice Machine,” a 1981 Depeche Mode B-side, and they also debuted a heartsick new track called… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 3, 2012 - 1:21 pm

The 10 Best Depeche Mode Songs

The singular genius of Depeche Mode’s music might be the way their songs inspire a gut-wrenching personal response. The best music is, of course, meant to do this, but when Depeche Mode started their career in the early ’80s, pop music was as expendable as it was in the 1950s: a product meant for easy… More »

By: Justin M. Norton / November 7, 2012 - 12:47 pm

Listen To A New Depeche Mode Song

At a news conference in Paris today, Depeche Mode confirmed dates of a 2013 European tour and debuted a new song from their forthcoming release. The album is due sometime next year; though no date has been set, it’s probably safe to assume it will drop sometime in early May, based on the tour kickoff. More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 23, 2012 - 1:42 pm

VCMG – “Spock”

Vince Clarke co-founded Depeche Mode in 1979 or thereabouts, wrote early singles like “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Dreaming Of Me” and “New Life,” and then left the band before they took on a broodier and more goth-informed tone. After leaving Depeche, he went on to form Yaz and Erasure. He is an all-time no-shit… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 30, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Hear Nine Inch Nails, Killers, Depeche Mode Cover U2

U2 were awarded the Greatest Act Of The Last 25 Years at this week’s Q Awards. The mag lovefest continues today with the newsstand release of issue #305, which is mounted with AHK-toong BAY-bi, an original tribute CD to Achtung Baby. We’ve heard cuts from Garbage, Damien Rice, and Jack White. Now take a liste… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 25, 2011 - 2:09 am

Susan Boyle Covers Depeche Mode

The viral-video feelgood story and lite-FM radio star Susan Boyle has done something vaguely unexpected on her new album. She’s included a cover of “Enjoy The Silence,” Depeche Mode’s classic 1990 Violator single. “Enjoy The Silence” was a massive song, and Boyle’s quietly tasteful version isn’t a huge stretch, so it’s not like she’s singing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 29, 2011 - 2:38 pm

Jack White, Depeche Mode To Appear On U2’s Achtung Baby Tribute Album

Achtung Baby, the album on which U2 discovered dance beats and self-awareness and essentially cemented their all-timer credentials, turns 20 in November. The band is already celebrating that big anniversary with the release of a titanic box set, which includes the documentary film From The Sky Down. And at a Toronto Film Festival press conference… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2011 - 3:08 pm

Download Bat For Lashes’ 10 Best Cover Songs

Yesterday we posted a live version of an ethereal new tune Bat For Lashes did at Australia’s Vivid Festival. The second part of the Opera House set was performed acoustic with a string quartet — six songs of which five were covers (The Cure, Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Dimitri Tiomkin/Ned Washington). Over the past… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 7, 2011 - 3:29 pm

The 7 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we’ve got new clips from Depeche Mode, James Blake, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Princeton, and Alcoholic Faith Mission. The Depeche Mode clip is directed by Patrick Daughters. He’s one of my favorite directors, but it looks like he’s been focusing on commercials more and more. The Alcoholic Faith Mission video has been out for… More »

By: jessica / May 20, 2011 - 4:43 pm

NY Times Puts Old Rockers In New Suits

In a photo spread titled “Ballad Of A Thin Man” and subtitled “Godfathers Of Glam” and basically boiling down to “Someone Old, Something New,” this Sunday’s T Mag juxtaposed the exquisitely preserved mortal coils of a few elder rock gods with some very fancy, very NEW designer threads. There’s Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Dave Gahan,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 14, 2011 - 10:36 am

Bat For Lashes Covers Depeche Mode

Gucci Guilty For Him, a new men’s cologne from the Italian label, hired Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan to do this cover of “Strangelove” for the “soundtrack for the upcoming release” of the fragrance. I’m guessing it’ll appear in an upcoming commercial. The debut of Guilty for women came with a commercial starring Evan Rachel… More »

By: jessica / February 22, 2011 - 9:51 am

The 10 Most NSFW Music Videos Of 2009

Why all the nudity in 2009? Well, look at this way: The affordability of video production technology has made it easier for everybody to get in the game; the unceremonious death of music television has shifted the means of music video distribution to the internet, where it’s less about FCC than about NSFW; and let’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 26, 2009 - 4:11 pm

New Depeche Mode Video (Directed By Eric Wareheim) – “Hole To Feed”

Eric Wareheim directed a music video for Depeche Mode, and needless to say, it is gross. And NSFW. But perfect for alternative-future-underage-carnival-band fetishists who engage in aggressive athletic FACE FUCKING. More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 28, 2009 - 2:51 pm

Depeche Mode/Peter Bjorn & John @ Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara 8/20/09

This is a special Depeche Mode photo set Andrew Youssef delivered: there are no photos of Dave Gahan with his shirt off! Increyable. The singer’s recent illness forced the band to cancel a spate of dates, so chalk it up to health concerns rather than a latter day bout of self-consciousness, but still, that’s gotta… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 21, 2009 - 9:54 am

Lollapalooza 2009 Wrap-Up

If you weren’t talking about the weather in Grant Park this weekend, you weren’t in Grant Park this weekend. And really that would’ve been a shame. It was oppressive at times, but despite — or as these things go, perhaps because of — the inclement weather conditions (APW-styled rain Friday, sweltering heat and humidity the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2009 - 3:11 pm

Sigur Rós, Not MGMT Remix Depeche Mode

It’s unclear if Depeche Mode made the shift because they realized they were “Wrong” to mix and match songs on a single or because they wanted to replace psychedelic college rock with something more befitting “Peace.” What we do know is that instead of MGMT’s “Fragile Tension” backing the Sound Of The Universe soul searcher… More »

By: brandon / June 25, 2009 - 9:11 am

New Depeche Mode Video – “Peace”

Pairing the “Peace will come to me” refrain with opening images of an androgynous beauty in uniform, Depeche Mode’s video for “Peace” appears to be headed down a heavy-handed militarily metaphorical road from the start. Which is so not as fun as self-propelled homicidal cars! The video doesn’t belabor the G.I. Jane stuff though, which… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 10, 2009 - 5:23 pm

Stream Nouvelle Vague’s NV3

Those Frenchies who record bossa nova versions of your favorite ’80s songs are back, and this time some of the source material’s original vocalists (Martin Gore, Terry Hall, Ian McCulloch, Barry Adamson) join in. Listen at MySpace. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 8, 2009 - 12:40 pm