Depeche Mode Remasters

Posted by The G on August 31, 2009 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

Martin Gore and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode.  Photo by G.

Martin Gore and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode. Photo by G.

If you are a Depeche Mode fan, you need to pick up the 2006 remasters.  Each album from “Speak and Spell” through “Exciter” has been remastered – as disc one�and disc 2 features a DVD with the entire album in 5.1 surround sound, all the b-sides from that album and documentaries about each record.

I watched all of the documentaries this weekend, as I’d never seen them before and I was blown away by how cool they are.  Each documentary runs from 30 minutes to 1 hour in length and there are interviews with all band members, recording engineers, producers, video directors and you’ll see live clips, rehearsal footage and clips of most videos from the album.

Here’s some fun facts that I learned watching these documentaries:

– Martin Gore recorded “Somebody” completely naked.

– The Pet Shop Boys opened for Depeche Mode at their infamous “101” concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California

– The band hate their songs “People are People” and “It’s Called A Heart,” so they refuse to play them live.

– Ironically, during the mixing of the song “Get The Balance Right,” they had a hard time getting the balance right.

– Depeche Mode recorded their albums and then after the fact participated in B-Side sessions for each record.

– Most of the album “Ultra” was recorded with Dave Gahan completely addicted to heroin and Martin Gore was drunk during most recording sessions for his vocals.

– “Fly on the Windscreen” was nearly a single, but the label decided to change it as the first word of the song was “death.”  In retaliation, the band reused this b-side as an album track on “Black Celebration.”

-When Alan Wilder left the band (after the Songs of Faith and Devotion Tour), he had to tell Dave Gahan via fax as Dave was too messed up on heroin to answer his phone.

-Dave Gahan thinks his best vocal of all time is on the song “Condemnation.”

There were so many more great stories, so I urge you to pick these up if you are in a Depeche Mode.

Garage Magazine

Posted by The G on under Artsy Fartsy | 2 Comments to Read

G and designer Amy Norris

G and designer Amy Norris

We at According2G would like to wish the amazing designer Amy Norris a very happy birthday.  Aside from being the coolest person west of the Mississippi, Amy’s accomplishments include designing Carmen Electra’s logo and art directing Garage Magazine, which hits stores tomorrow!  Kisses to you, my sister!

Federico Uribe

Posted by The G on August 30, 2009 under Artsy Fartsy | 2 Comments to Read

All art by Federico Uribe.  All photos by G.

Bull by Federico Uribe

Bull by Federico Uribe

At the Chelsea Art Museum, there is a really cool exhibit by Colombianartist Federico Uribe called Pencilism. He has created works of art entirely out of pieces of colored pencils.  After the jump, see a magnification of a part of the above picture.

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Street Art of the Day

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Artist Unknown.  Photo by G.

Artist Unknown. Photo by G.

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Dorothy Iannone: Lioness

Posted by The G on August 29, 2009 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Dorothy Iannone: Lioness now at the New Museum.  Photos by G

Dorothy Iannone: Lioness now at the New Museum. Photos by G

The work of American born artist Dorothy Iannone is currently being featured at New York’s New Museum (now through October 18, 2009).  This is the first exhibition of her work in New York since 1967, so if you like the prospect of erotic images running through your head, this is the exhibit for you.  You can read more about Iannone here.

See another not-so-safe-for-closed-minded-people image after the jump, but first let me remind you – it’s only art, so lighten up!

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