Some time ago in Tallinn, Estonia, I went to a Depeche Mode bar. That such a thing exists is emblematic of the deeply devoted fan following that the band has commanded since its inception. That Depeche Mode is a phenomenon that is hard describe is old news – it’s essentially a pop band that has blundered into the zeitgeist, instinctively grasped it and has held it tight to its chest for decades, more often than not not knowing exactly how or why. Depeche Mode is simultaneously surface and depth, lightness and darkness, seriousness and silliness. Its range of work runs from the cringe-inducing to awe-inspiring. It’s a band that has often been bewildered by its wild success, one whose members who for the first time knew they had a sure hit in “Enjoy The Silence,” ten years after they began making music. In other words, Depeche Mode is a band that despite its mostly electronic sound is quintessentially human. Perhaps this is why the world has been so generous to it, so patient with its failures, and so richly rewarding in its successes. Not to mention that the band’s influence on electronic music, from techno to industrial, cannot be underestimated, but that’s a whole different story.
We recently got a rare chance to photograph Nine Inch Nails in concert at Riot Fest in Chicago. Our photo essay is below
On Saturday Boris Bidjan Saberi New York hosted the musicians Tale of Us and Philipp Return for a private fashion week event. Below is our coverage of the event.
Ali ‘Dubfire’ Shirazinia proudly wears the battle wounds of public self-realization not often found in the “everyone’s a techno DJ and producer” scene of today.
This past Friday, Black Asteroid, who often spins at our events, dropped a new album called “Thrust” on the Last Gang Records label.
Please join us for our biggest Black Celebration party in Paris with a special guest.
Out now on Disorder Records are three LPs by Alejandro Jodorowsky, OSTs to his films The Holy Mountain, El Topo, and Dance of Reality.
Under the moniker of Silent Servant the DJ, producer, and visual artist Juan Mendez has built an inner and outer world so meticulously precision perfect that it demands we creep in closer, listen harder.
At first listen to noise-industrial-techno stalwart Dominick Fernow, (a.k.a Vatican Shadow) ears dive deep into the producer’s signature cauldron of doomsday heavy beats and grinding techno structures.