Ashes to Ashes. – R.I.P. David Bowie

The big news today is that David Bowie has passed away. (Bloody cancer again..)
This explains why he suddenly started making music again – he knew he didn’t have long.

I have to say that I only like some of his music, but that’s the point: how can you not like some of it? His musical output is so diverse that I don’t think you can dislike all of it..
Personally, I started with “Ashes to Ashes” and Fashion in the eighties, and then retrospectively found the “Low” and Berlin period stuff to be to my taste.

His influence is everywhere, though.

He will be missed.


News | Sweet Manufacturer Gives Away Gems In Lollipop Wrappers

You couldn’t make this stuff up, could you?
Sweet manufacturer Chupa Chups are giving away REAL gems hidden in their lollipop wrappers..
Don’t believe me? have a look at the official press release, below..


Chupa Chups releases limited edition

precious stone lollipops into worldwide distribution

 Milan, April Ist, 2014 – The next time you open up a Chupa Chups lollipop, it could well be an emerald, sapphire or ruby stone worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 Chupa Chups, the world’s most loved lollipop announced today that it has released a series of extremely limited edition, 50-carat precious stone lollipops into its worldwide distribution.

 The limited edition lollipops  – made of entirely of emerald, ruby, sapphire, diamond and giant black pearl – all shaped and priced as an original Chupa Chups – have been distributed randomly across the world as part of a marketing campaign to surprise and delight customers everywhere.

 Chupa Chups has released a total of 1 of each of these gemstone lollipops into their worldwide distribution.

 At a press conference held at holding company Perfetti Van Melle headquarters in Milan, Italy,

Chupa Chups Chief Marketing Officer, Marco DiPaulo confirmed that the campaign began a month ago, and has already created overwhelming excitement in Argentina where the first gemstone lollipop has been discovered.

 “You may ask why Chupa Chups has decided to do this. Well, just imagine if the next person who happens to be lucky enough to uncover a precious gem stone is you,” Mr. DiPaulo said.

 The campaign is expected to run for as long as until all precious gemstone lollipops are uncovered.


There, it’s official! Here’s what to look out for:

Chupa Chups Gems Promotion

Seriously, they are giving away Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds. (no diamonds, though – cheapskates.. 🙁 )

Right – I’m off to the local 24hr supermarket. You never know.



John Foxx & The Maths | Benge – Twenty Systems

The new re-issue is available HERE

‘A brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music’ Brian Eno

20 tracks made on 20 synthesisers spanning 20 years, accompanied by 60 page colour book with a foreword by Robin “Scanner” Rimbaud, Twenty Systems is Benge’s acclaimed concept album, first released in 2008.

His tenth solo album, this ambitious project combines an audio CD of new music with a hardbound full colour book containing photos and diagrams of the electronic instruments used, along with a detailed history documenting the development of synthesisers between 1968 and 1988. Each track is the pure sound of an individual instrument, with no additional processing, sequencing or effects applied to any of the recordings. If a system was equipped with an in-built sequencer, it was used, and there are several examples of sound-on-sound processes, where a track is made up of multiple layers of the same synthesiser recorded in parallel. To put it simply, Benge lets the instruments speak for themselves and influence the way each piece is composed.

‘Indicates what a deliriously desirable thing the synthesis of sound has historically been’The Wire

‘Absolutely cast iron irrefutable proof that synthesisers are better than guitars’Vice Magazine