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Mark Hollis – “ARB Section 1″

Mark Hollis, former frontman of British proto-post-rock mind-shatterers Talk Talk, has been more or less off the grid since the release of his self-titled 1998 solo album. But he recently resurfaced in a deeply unexpected way: He’s doing music for Boss, a new Starz drama in which Kelsey Grammar plays a corrupt Chicago mayor. Below,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 24, 2012 - 9:25 am

Jason Lytle – “Tomorrow Started” (Talk Talk Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

On the new tribute album Spirit Of Talk Talk, a number of prominent musicians assemble to show love to Talk Talk, the great British experimental pop band. Depeche Mode’s Alan Wilder curated the tribute, and the roll call of contributors includes King Creosote, Turin Brakes, and members of Arcade Fire, Pink Floyd, and the Verve,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 26, 2012 - 10:39 am

20 Songs Named After The Bands That Played Them

Self-titled albums are one thing. But when a band names one of its songs after itself — or, alternately, when a band names itself after one of its songs — it’s a pretty big deal. The song itself comes off looking something like a mission statement, an encapsulation of everything that the band means. Whe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 19, 2012 - 11:46 am

Weezer Cover Talk Talk

Following in the footsteps of Shearwater, Weezer have their very own Talk Talk cover. When we were rounding up Red’s b-sides, their version of “Life’s What You Make It” came up in the comments, but we hadn’t heard it. Now we have. It’s a UK standard/Deluxe Edition and Japanese bonus. (If I’ve done my Weezer… More »

By: brandon / July 2, 2008 - 9:09 am

Shearwater Cover Talk Talk

Shearwater hooked us into their new material with the lovely, melancholic, horn-threaded, feather-and-ambulance-themed lead track “Rooks” and now they’ve got us with the “Rooks” b-side as well. Surprise: It’s a cover of Talk Talk’s Spirit Of Edem opening epic, “The Rainbow.” Jonathan Meiburg & Co. keep it expansive and atmospheric, letting the track unroll slowly… More »

By: brandon / May 15, 2008 - 12:38 pm