Tag Archives: Alan Wilder

Coming Soon: A Strange Hour in Budapest

This was posted a couple of weeks ago on Alan Wilder’s blog:  A concert film will be released of Recoil’s “A Strange Hour in Budapest”, which was a show that came at the end of 2010 (the leg that I attended here in San Diego).   Per the blog:  “The proposed package will feature the full concert film, running at approximately 84 minutes in HD resolution and with 5.1 & stereo audio options. Also included will be some extra promo films and live projections. It has been decided to limit the format to Blu-ray only for a couple of reasons – the main being that the film works infinitely better at its highest resolution and we don’t want to compromise this aspect.”

There has been some discussion in the blog comments of choice to release it to Blu-ray, but I think it’s an excellent idea because the show was both musically and visually stunning and the best format to capture it would be Blu-ray.  Either way, I’m very excited to finally have a copy of a show from the “Selected” tour.  I’ll post when it’s available as soon as I find out!

(Photos taken by me during the “Selected” tour in San Diego, October 2010)

Depeche Mode/Recoil Updates

New Life:  VCMG – Remember when I reported that Vince Clarke and Martin Gore were going to collaborate (post here)?  They’ve gone and done it!  Depeche Mode’s official site has announced that EPs will be released first by the end of November 2011, followed by a full album (full article here).

Cover Me – Depeche Mode have covered “So Cruel” for the AHK-Toong BAY-Bi Covered album, which consists of covers of songs from U2’s Achtung Baby.  It also features artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Garbage and The Killers.  It’s available for download exclusively on iTunes with proceeds benefitting Concern Worldwide.  If you were one of the lucky ones, you would have received a copy with your Q Magazine back in October (full articles here).

Added to my Collection – I received my “Collected” DVD last week (my actual copy is pictured above).  I’m always reminding those of you who are also fans, like myself, to get these rare items when they become available because of the limited stock, and this is a must have.  The entire “Collected” series is on one DVD, along with extended footage and photos.  Click here for the Recoil store to get your copy, while it lasts!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have a great weekend!

(Photos 1 & 2 courtesy of depechemode.com)

Totally Random iPhone Pictures

You can stay healthy with these magazines.

These are some completely random iPhone pictures from the last couple of weeks, no true rhyme or reason.  If you follow me on Twitter (@any2ndnow) or Instagram (any2ndnow), you will recognize some of these images.  In the end, does it really matter why, when you start the randomness with stunning photos of Alan Wilder and Gerard Butler?  No, it doesn’t.

Happy Friday!

Oh. My. Goodness. (Courtesy of The Red Radio)

Originally posted for comparison with the photo above.  But do I really need a reason?  (Courtesy of Comic Vine Forum)

I have been reminiscing about when I met Alan Wider last year (hence the first photo). This was one of at least ten items he autographed for me.  He said “Wow, this takes me way back…”  Was it the fact that it was his first EP as Recoil or that it was actually on vinyl?  Methinks both.

Aren’t these just pretty?

My companion while at jury duty (thanks Janice for loaning it to me). Read all 358 pages!

If only I had planned it right, I would have dressed like her for Halloween…

Dominic says, “Let it be…”

I love my little family *sigh*

Wore this in honor of my father on Veteran’s Day: it was one of his first uniform shirts.

FTC Disclosure: Although this is a sponsored post, the opinions, pictures & content of this post are strictly my own.

New Recoil DVD + Calendar Release November 1, 2011

I received an email from The Shunt Staff last week, and put my order in.  It’s for the limited edition “Collected” DVD and new 2012 calendar.  If you want your own copies, details are below!


From the Shunt Staff:

On November 1st, Dentez Lab and Shunt will release a limited edition, remastered DVD of Martin Vladar’s documentary film which accompanied the AW/DM historic equipment, vinyl and memorabilia auction.

Thank you for all the feedback following our request for a response on this. As the original auction run proved so popular and to satisfy many who missed out, we have decided to produce this superior quality transfer of the film. Based on your comments, we are manufacturing a limited run of 1000 copies, with extra material available, entitled ‘Alan Wilder Collected +

Directed and edited by Vladar and featuring new artwork and photo manipulations by Akos Szenasi, the ‘Collected +’ DVD comes shrink-wrapped in a cardboard sleeve and includes 4 extra scenes of unseen footage – with more Emax demos from Alan, other outtakes which never made the final cut, a film review of the day at Zion in Manchester, and a 67-shot photo gallery. Total running time – about 62 minutes.

You can pre-order your copy right now! The DVD will ONLY be purchasable from the new Recoil Official Store

Full content details:


01 ‘Collected’ (running time : 36.10)

02 ‘Collected +’ : 4 additional scenes (18 mins)

a) Overview
b) Fanatics
c) Emax 2
d) Auction day

03 Auction gallery : 67 photographs (8 mins)

All regions : PAL 16:9 : PCM Stereo : Subtitles: English

(Note: ‘All region’ discs will play in any DVD player)


Also available for pre-order at the store (shipped from November 1st) – the brand new Recoil Calendar 2012 presenting 13 large photographs by Steve Gullick, all chosen by Alan. The A3 calendar is produced using waterproof, resin-coated, high gloss photographic paper. If you need an Xmas present for your fellow Recoil friends, here it is! Order yours soon as this is a very limited run up until the new year.

The Shunt team plans to bring more items to the store in the future, including a new selection of T-shirts and some other merchandise. Keep checking back and let us know which products you would most like to see appear there. Contact: [email protected]

For further details about the AW/DM auction :


Official catalogue

Secret is Out: Alan Wilder Confirmed to do a Secret Gig 9/3/2011

In searching for news about Alan Wilder, I came across a soon-to-be-new-addtion to my blogroll:  Gothic News.  They have confirmed that Alan Wilder has decided to play a “virtually free concert” on September 3, 2011, following the “Collected” main sale event in Manchester at the Zion Arts Centre, which is the Alan Wilder/Depeche Mode memorabilia auction.  All the details can be found on the Gothic News post about the concert here.  The only way to get tickets is to register by contacting the company running the online auction, Omega.

Seeing Recoil/Alan Wilder in concert is a must for any fan, so if you have the opportunity to go and you are in the Manchester area, hop to it!

My family and I are off to Vegas for the holiday weekend.  Hope you have a good one!

(Image courtesy of auction.recoil.co.uk)

Randomness: Music for the Masses

I see that I have a few new followers, so firstly I would like to say “Welcome to my blog!”  Although this blog is heavier on personal style and fashion, I definitely have a keen interest in music.  Be forewarned that my musical interests are mainly tied to 80’s alternative, especially Depeche Mode, Recoil, Joy Division, OMD, Duran Duran and bands in the same genre.  This means that most of the music news that I report on will be centered around these groups and this type of music.  If you want to get to know more on my musical taste and interest, the “Musically Inclined” category is a great start.  In the meantime, here are some musical tidbits that I’ve either received an email about, found on Facebook or have received a Tweet about.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Independence (Record Store) Day – With the release of Depeche Mode’s Remixes: 81-11 on June 7th came several exclusives.  One I nearly had in my hands, had I gotten myself together earlier in the day.  On Depeche Mode’s official site, they posted several independent record stores that would have a very rare and exclusive 12″ single as a gift when purchasing the 3 CD or 6 LP Remixes release.  Pictured on the left, it was a four song, promo only 12″ single of “Personal Jesus”.  This is how I discovered “Record Store Day“.

The gist of what I understand this to be is that artists create special and exclusive products for their new record/album releases, and distribute these items to only independently owned record stores.  These stores cannot be corporate chain stores and truly celebrates the indie record business.

I think this is a great endeavor because I have almost exclusively patronized independent record stores my entire life and I only go to the bigger chains when I have no alternative.  Since I was a teen, I have gone to local stores like Licorice Pizza before they were sold to a large chain, and Blue Meannie before they became exclusively a store for the metal genre.  The only “large chain” music store I frequented before their demise in 2006 was Tower Records because of the music they stocked and the awesome people that worked there.  Music stores that I shop at now include CSL, Lou’s Records, M-Theory and Amoeba (they all participate in Record Store Day).   I firmly believe that all music enthusiasts should do their part and support independently owned music stores and I’m excited to know that artists feel the same way by driving sales towards these types of stores.

(Image courtesy of Record Store Day)

Alan Wilder Auctions His Goods – I’m now on Twitter more and more, and I discovered that this is also a great place to get news as it happens.  Through Recoil (@recoilofficial and @Recoilboss), it has been announced that Alan Wilder has decided to sell some of his beloved equipment, vinyl and memorabilia that he has collected over the years.  The items range from Depeche Mode rarities, instruments that he’s held on to, and even clothing he has worn to pictorials and videos (although I find it odd to purchase his pants).  You can browse through the items at  The Alan Wilder/Depeche Mode Collection website.  One of my friends stated that he spent 2 hours looking through everything and reading Alan’s comments because it’s like a history lesson Depeche Mode and Recoil.  The actual auction takes place on September 3, 2011 in Manchester, England and online.  If you are a die-hard fan, you will not want to miss this fantastic opportunity.

(Image courtesy of Shunt)

Girl Panic” Video Shoot – I follow John Taylor of Duran Duran on Twitter (@ThisIsTheRealJT and @duranduran), and there was Tweets galore regarding the new video for the song “Girl Panic” from their album “All You Need is Now”, filmed earlier this week.  Yasmin Le Bon was reunited with her model friends Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, and Helena Christensen for this video.  I’m excited to see the new video, but still worried about Simon Le Bon, who is recovering from a throat ailment that has sidelined their tour in the UK and Europe.   In the meantime, here are some shots from the video shoot on Fashionologie here.

(Image courtesy of Record Store Day)

It’s Time to DANCE with DJ Lance Rock!  If you have kids, you definitely know about the phenomenon that is Yo Gabba Gabba!  It’s a show about four crazy characters (Brobee, Toodee, Foofa, Muno and Plex) and their adventures with their ringleader, DJ Lance Rock aka Lance Robinson.  What I love about the show is that they feature so many good sing-a-long songs that teach lessons in an incredible fun and catchy way.  But the best part of the show are their musical and celebrity guests.  Past performers and guests include The Faint, The Shins, Jimmy Eat World, Chromeo, The Ting Tings, The Roots, Jack Black, and Elijah Wood.

I received a Tweet from @amoebamusic that you can see DJ Lance Rock up close and personal because he performs a DJ set on June 25, 2011 at Hollywood Amoeba location (details here).  Maybe he’ll do a little “Dancey-Dance” with his Gabbaland pals!

(Photo of Dominic dressed as DJ Lance Rock for Halloween last year)

Depeche Mode’s New Remix Album Arrives June 6th & 7th 2011

Here it is, the full listing of the 3 disc version of Depeche Mode’s “Remixes 2: 81-11”.  This is a very exciting remix album!  I see some classic mixes that I already own, in addition to mixes by Alan Wilder, Vince Clark and Röyksopp.  I have the US Reprise triple CD version of the “Remixes 81-04” album, so this will definitely be another “must add” to my collection.

3-Disc version
Disc 1:
1. Dream On – Bushwacka Tough Guy Mix (2001)
2. Suffer Well – M83 Remix (2006)
3. John The Revelator – UNKLE Reconstruction (2006)
4. In Chains – Tigerskin’s No Sleep Remix (2011)
5. Peace – SixToes Remix (2009)
6. Lilian – Chab Vocal Remix Edit (2006)
7. Never Let Me Down Again – Digitalism Remix (2006)
8. Corrupt – Efdemin Remix (2009)
9. Everything Counts – Oliver Huntemann And Stephan Bodzin Dub (2006)
10. Happiest Girl – The Pulsating Orbital Vocal Mix (1990)
11. Walking In My Shoes – Anandamidic Mix (1993)
12. Personal Jesus – The Stargate Mix (2011)
13. Slowblow – Darren Price Mix (1997)

Disc 2:
1. Wrong – Trentemøller Club Remix (2009)
2. World In My Eyes – Dub In My Eyes (1990)
3. Fragile Tension – Peter Bjorn and John Remix (2009)
4. Strangelove – Tim Simenon/Mark Saunders Remix (1988)
5. A Pain That I’m Used To – Jacques Lu Cont Remix (2005)
6. The Darkest Star – Monolake Remix (2006)
7. I Feel You – Helmet At The Helm Mix (1993)
8. Higher Love – Adrenaline Mix Edit (2004)
9. Fly On The Windscreen – Death Mix (1985)
10. Barrel Of A Gun – United Mix (1997)
11. Only When I Lose Myself – Dan The Automator Mix (1998)
12. Ghost – Le Weekend Remix (2009)

Disc 3:
1. Personal Jesus – Alex Metric Remix Edit (2011)
2. Never Let Me Down Again – Eric Prydz Remix (2011)
3. Behind The Wheel – Vince Clarke Remix (2011)
4. Leave In Silence – Claro Intelecto ‘The Last Time’ Remix (2011)
5. In Chains – Alan Wilder Remix (2011)
6. When The Body Speaks – Karlsson And Winnberg Remix (2011)
7. Puppets – Röyksopp Remix (2011)
8. Tora! Tora! Tora! – Karlsson And Winnberg (from Miike Snow) Remix (2011)
9. Freestate – Clark Remix (2011)
10. I Want It All – Roland M. Dill Remix (2011)
11. A Question Of Time – Joebot Presents ‘Radio Face’ Remix (2011)
12. Personal Jesus – Sie Medway-Smith Remix (2011)

(Track listing and image courtesy of depechemode.com)