Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G., and Whitney Houston are among the newly released 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees

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Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G., and Whitney Houston are among the newly released 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomineesDepeche Mode Press

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees for the 2020 class are in, and unlike previous nomination classes, a majority of this year’s nominees are on the ballot for the first time ever. In order to be eligible, each nominee’s first single or album had to be released in 1994 or earlier. Highlights of the nominees include Soundgarden, The Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, and Dave Matthews Band, among others. First-time nominees include Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, and Whitney Houston. A full nominee list can be found here.

Some may be surprised by this year’s nominees, who are overwhelmingly not classical rock acts. Incoming Rock Hall chairman John Sykes spoke to Rolling Stone about the evolution of the Hall of Fame, stating, “Nothing stays the same in music…Therefore, really, the institution that honors it has to evolve with all the music. Just like hip-hop is very much a part of the Hall of Fame now, everything we do — the board members we have, the events we build on — has to reflect a changing culture without ever disregarding or turning our backs on the ideals and fundamentals of the Rock Hall.”

Iconic English band Radiohead were inducted during the 2019 ceremony, where The Talking Heads’ David Byrne gave the induction speech with Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway of Radiohead in attendance.

Voting will be done by a pool of more than 1,000 artists, journalists, and music historians among others, who cast their votes to decide on the new class. Fans will be able to influence the vote by voting at rockhall.com or at the museum in Cleveland. The top-scoring acts will be announced in January and inducted May 2, 2020 at a ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

H/T: Rolling Stone

Notorious B.I.G., Soundgarden, Dave Matthews, Whitney Houston Among First-Time Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees

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Notorious-BIGIt’s that time again! Once a year, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announces a list of 15 artists who may join next year’s class of inductees. Only seven artists will make the cut. For artists to be eligible for nomination, it must be at least 25 years since they released their debuts, so … More »

Depeche Mode foreshadow documentary depicting Global Spirits Tour [Watch Preview]

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Depeche Mode foreshadow documentary depicting Global Spirits Tour [Watch Preview]Depeche Mode Live Nation

New wave electronic trailblazers of Depeche Mode will be releasing an Anton Corbijn-directed film titled SPIRITS in the Forest, which takes viewers on a journey through the group’s 2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour. Corbijn is a longtime collaborator with the group.

Depeche Mode performed a whopping 115 shows across the globe during the filming of the documentary. Although the film shows highlights of the group’s tour, the story is a fan-centric piece that follows six fans, in the time leading up to the band’s final stop on the tour in Berlin, at the famed Waldbühne (“Forest Stage”), interspersed with intimate documentary footage filmed in fans’ hometowns across the globe.

“I’m exceptionally proud to share this film and the powerful story that it tells,” said Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan. “It’s amazing to see the very real ways that music has impacted the lives of our fans.”

Depeche Mode has released a 60-second trailer preceding the film. The documentary will be in cinemas worldwide for one night only on November 21. Fans can check here to see if the documentary is playing in a city nearby.

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Watch Charli XCX & Jimmy Fallon Mash Up Depeche Mode & Icona Pop

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Charli-XCX-and-Jimmy-FallonJimmy Fallon does a lot of irritating things, but there is at least one thing that he still does extremely well: The note-perfect impression of the bygone-era rock star. Some of Fallon’s impressions — Barry Gibb, Mick Jagger, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen — are the stuff of legends. And it turns out that he does … More »

MUTE announce compilation of John Cage’s famously silent “4’33”” interpreted by over 50 artists, somehow expect us to pay more than $0.00 for it

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If the headline of this news article made you instinctively look at your calendar to make sure it’s not April 1, you’re not alone. However, there’s more to this story than just a money-thirsty label figuring out how to sell a five-LP worth of silence on wax. Heck, by the end of this post, you might even be heading to their website to pre-order the damn thing.

As part of the imprint’s 40th anniversary celebration, London heavyweight MUTE has announced the May 2019 release of STUMM433, a box set collecting over 50 renditions of John Cage’s “4’33”” performed (“performed?”) by the label’s vast roster of artists. Depeche Mode, New Order, Liars, Moby, Wire, Ben Frost and others will all refrain from playing their instruments for exactly four minutes and thirty three seconds, in a homage to the 1952 piece that did for music what Duchamp’s Fountain did for art.

Here’s why the box set might actually be worth your money (and time): each artist has also created an appealing visual to accompany their “cover” of the composition, and the proceeds from the sales of the entire compilation will be split evenly between the British Tinnitus Association and Music Minds Matter charities; these organizations have been chosen to pay tribute to Inspiral Carpets’ late founder Craig Gill, who had battled tinnitus-related anxiety and depression in the years leading up to his death.

The very first visual from STUMM433 is available now and comes from the Slovenian avant-garde group Laibach. Watch it below (but first, here’s some white space):

STUMM433 featured artists:

A Certain Ratio, A.C. Marias, ADULT., The Afghan Whigs, Alexander Balanescu, Barry Adamson, Ben Frost, Bruce Gilbert, Cabaret Voltaire, Carter Tutti Void, Chris Carter, Chris Liebing, Cold Specks, Daniel Blumberg, Depeche Mode, Duet Emmo, Echoboy, Einstürzende Neubauten, Erasure, Fad Gadget (tribute), Goldfrapp, He Said, Irmin Schmidt, Josh T. Pearson, K Á R Y Y N, Komputer, Laibach, Land Observations, Lee Ranaldo, Liars, Looper, Lost Under Heaven, Maps, Mark Stewart, Michael Gira, Mick Harvey, Miranda Sex Garden, Moby, Modey Lemon, Mountaineers, New Order, Nitzer Ebb, NON, Nonpareils, The Normal, onDeadWaves, Phew, Pink Grease, Pole, Polly Scattergood, Renegade Soundwave, Richard Hawley, ShadowParty, Silicon Teens, Simon Fisher Turner, The Warlocks, Wire, Yann Tiersen

Watch Smashing Pumpkins Cover The Cure And Break Out Some Rarities In Madison

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The Smashing Pumpkins’ 30th anniversary tour is now in full swing. After a special precursor show in New Jersey in August, which saw them teaming up with Courtney Love and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, the tour got underway in earnest on Wednesday night with a show at The Sylvee in Madison, WI. The … More »

8 Memorable Depeche Mode Covers

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Depeche ModeHere’s a phrase that tends to bug me when it comes up in music criticism: “style over substance.” It’s usually thrown around when a writer wants to talk about how a band’s flashy but doesn’t have much to say, or how they’ve got some high concepts but no real complexity to them, or even just … More »

Goldfrapp – “Ocean” (Feat. Dave Gahan)

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Goldfrapp-OceanLast year, the long-running UK electro-pop duo Goldfrapp returned with Silver Eye, their first new album in four years. It ended with “Ocean,” a piece of foxy, moody synthpop that was eventually released as a single. This summer, Goldfrapp will release a deluxe edition of Silver Eye with a few bonus tracks added on. More »

38 Essential ’80s Songs About Nuclear Anxiety

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We talk about the ‘80s a lot. Nostalgia for that decade and its pop culture has both seemed to move in cycles and be ever-present for something like the last 15 years. It’s an interesting paradox: We often remember the decade and its pop music in fond, neon hues, the same decade that was shot … More »