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IAMX Has Come Back Home

25 Oct

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After months of silence, IAMX has released their new video for Come Home.

As many IAMX fans might know, frontman and singer Chris Corner has unfortunately been battling health problems which caused the band to reschedule several tour dates so that he would be able to recover. While get well wishes poured in, Corner flew back to the UK for extensive treatment but has finally broken the silence to give back the love by releasing a new music video.

Last week, Chris posted a blog update to let fans know of the video release and that it is in no way an official single release, but simply a “gift to you”. The video for Come Home, from the album The Unified Field, was directed and edited by Chris Corner himself, with added help from Janine Gezang during the filming process.

Corner writes that the release of the video pushes him “forward with a feeling of wonder and positivity for the future” and we can only agree with the sentiment. It is a clear sign that the IAMX magic is there in full force.

Enjoy this hauntingly beautiful video below or on Youtube.

Onion Talking: Noblesse Oblige – It’s An Affair Of The Heart

24 May

With a new album out today, The Velvet Onion took the chance to welcome Noblesse Oblige onto the TVO roster. In order to give you, the peelers, a proper introduction we exchanged a few words with the band to discuss the new release and to find out a bit more about who they were.

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Valerie Renay and Sebastian Lee Philipp are the duo known as Noblesse Oblige and they came to our attention through their collaborations with familiar TVO names Chris Corner, IAMX and James Cook. Renay and Philipp formed the band after having met at a masked ball in London in 2004 and two years later they released their debut album Privilege Entails Responsibility. The album generated a lot of buzz on the international club scene and cemented the musical success of the band. Noblesse Oblige made the move from London to Berlin in 2007 and began working on their second album In Exile, a move which signalled a change from electro-indie music to chanson pop.

The duo is constantly evolving and their fourth album Affair Of The Heart marks the end of the voodoo inspired area of Malady (2010) and welcomes a Noblesse Oblige that breathes electropop and modern 80s energy. With Affair Of The Heart, the ties between TVO familiars and the band strengthened as the album was recorded at Chris Corner’s Berlin studio Turmwerk and the duo enlisted the IAMX frontman to direct the first single Runaway.

Today the album is officially released and The Velvet Onion had a chitchat with Noblesse Oblige to celebrate the occasion.

Hello and welcome to TVO! For our readers who don’t know much about you, could you describe Noblesse Oblige in one sentence?

Sebastian: We’re a French/German, black/white, hot/cold duo that likes electronic music and red wine.

When you initially met in London in 2004, was it infatuation at first sight or what made you get together and decide to form Noblesse Oblige?

Valerie: I was looking for a musician while Sebastian was already making music with a singer. We instantly ‘clicked’ and started working on songs together. We then had our first gig, went on tour with the Dresden Dolls and got signed by UK label HorseGlue that released our first single the following year. It all happened very fast!

Noblesse Oblige is of course French for “nobility obliges” but how did you decide on that name?

V: I used to do a party called Aristocracy in a London gallery and when the gallery closed Noblesse Oblige was going to be the name of the next soiree… I never found a venue but instead I found Sebastian who instantly liked the name! Continue reading

Runaway With Noblesse Oblige

3 Apr

Electropop duo Noblesse Oblige have unleashed their latest music video, and it’s directed by none other than Chris Corner.

The IAMX star is no stranger to the other side of the camera, having previously directed videos for James Cook, who lent a helping hand to the making of this super-shiny production, which perfectly complements the Human League meets Timo Maas vibe of the track.

You can see the video below.

More Cook

16 Mar

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With his European live dates winding down with a final gig in Prague yesterday, James Cook has been busy grabbing a few column inches.

He has just been interviewed by Czech magazine, Protisedi. In the interview, James talks about his myriad of current projects, his time playing with IAMX and Nemo, and the inspiration behind his music. Of his professional relationship with Chris Corner he says, “Chris is one of my best friends, he is a musical and artistic visionary. It was a life changing experience being in IAMX, it opened my musical world and I have never looked back.”

To read the interview in full and to find out precisely what percentage of James’ music comes from his dreams click here.

Cook also features in a podcast from the Estuary Radio Edges Review Show earlier this month. Click on this to have a listen.

Quiet Your Mind At Christmas

24 Dec

As a special treat at Christmas Eve, IAMX has released a video for Quiet The Mind!

The song is a part of the single The Unified Field, which was released earlier this month. So go forth and frolic in the musical treat IAMX has made for you. All directed, shot and edited by Chris Corner and Danny Drysdale in the lovely city of Berlin, and you can enjoy the video below or over at IAMX’s Youtube channel.

You can also watch the video for The Unified Field here, and to make it a true IAMX Christmas – head over to PledgeMusic to listen to and download the free version of Douce Nuit (Silent Night) as performed by Chris Corner himself.

Don’t forget that IAMX will be heading out on tour soon, take a look at the tour dates here to find your nearest one. Merry Christmas!

The Unified Mind

4 Dec

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The new IAMX single is officially available for download!

Eager fans can now find The Unified Field, the new single from the forthcoming fifth IAMX album, on all major online stores worldwide.

As we mentioned earlier, the double A-sided single features more than just this track. You will also get two remixes of the song and an additional track called Quiet the Mind.

Furthermore, if you want some visuals to go along with your music – you are in luck. You can watch the recently released video for The Unified Field and simply revel in its cinematic glory.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Amazon or iTunes to download your copy!

We Are One In The Unified Field

30 Nov
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© Chris Corner

At last! The official video for IAMX‘s new single The Unified Field is out now for your viewing pleasure!

While IAMX’s fifth album The Unified Field will be released in early 2013, the first single from the album will be hitting the shelves already on December 3rd. Chris Corner, singer and front-man, explains that the single, which has given the album its name, is based on “scientific theory rooted in quantum physics, that intends to bring together all other scientific theories and to bridge the gaps between consciousness, spirituality and science”. While that whole concept might make your head spin, just know that it fits in just as well at a dance club as in a haunted forest.

The video for The Unified Field has been modified from a short film made by a groups of Australian film makers. Chris Corner reportedly approached the film makers after stumbling upon their work online and loved their stuff. After working together to make some tweaks and modifications – a music video had been made. You can watch the brand spanking new video on YouTube or here below.

As mentioned, the official single release is set for December 3rd but you can already listen to snippets of the songs on Amazon. The double A-sided single will include The Unified Field, remixes of the single and a second track, Quiet the Mind. A music video for the latter will be released around Christmas.

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Orphic Music Mysteries

18 Oct

© Chris Corner / IAMX

Art enthusiasts and IAMX fans can now feast their eyes on a Orphic showreel.

Orphic is Chris Corner‘s art collective which makes “images for music”, both still and moving. In this showreel, made by Chris, you can see highlights from music videos made by Orphic (including James Cook‘s music videos!) as well as unseen material from coming music videos.

In true CC fashion, it’s all very stylistic and sharp and it is well worth watching two or three (or ten) times in case you missed something the first time. The video features an IAMX soundtrack so it’s a delight for both ears and eyes.

Watch the showreel on the IAMX Youtube channel or here below.

Moreover, all fans can rejoice because the first single of the new IAMX album is going to be released in early December! The single will be released digitally and the release will have two new songs, two remixes as well as two music videos. As you can see in the photo adorning this post, Chris is already making use of the Pledge money to make these glorious new music videos.

Don’t forget that IAMX is going on tour with their new material in 2013. Six shows have been announced so far but there are plenty more to come. All tickets links can be found at the official tour page.

Mar 28th Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
Apr 4th Roxy Prague, Czech Republic
Apr 11th Astra Berlin, Germany
Apr 13th Gasometer Vienna, Austria
Apr 18th Electric Ballroom London, UK
May 25th Gagarin 205 Athens, Greece

I Am Successful And Pledged For

5 Oct

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It has been a mere five days since the Pledge project for the fifth IAMX album was launched  and the target was smashed in less than an hour.

Chris Corner‘s solo project managed to reach its initial target within an hour and then quickly doubled and tripled. Corner replied to this response with an eloquent “Fuck me outrageously”. And now, five days in, the meter stands at 353% of target and keeps going up. A staggering number of 1191 pledges have been made as of this moment and this is with another 161 days to go.

Due to this response and high demand, IAMX will be adding more items to pledge for. If you did not manage to snag one of those highly sought after signed CDs or wanted to get your hands on a piece of Chris’ artwork – you now have a second chance. Other items including more Golden Tickets will also be available, this being a ticket which gives you free entrance to all IAMX club headline shows in 2013 and lets you be the first to enter the club.

The new incentives will be available at the PledgeMusic project page at around 6pm (GMT +2) today.

Moreover, there have been additional dates added to the 2013 tour. IAMX are set perform in Greece on May 25th at the Gagarin 205 in Athens and UK fans will be delighted to hear that a London show will take place! Tickets for the show at the Electric Ballroom on April 18th will be released on  Monday, October 8th, at 9am over at Ticketweb.

The current tour schedule looks as follows:

Mar 28th Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
Apr 4th Roxy Prague, Czech Republic
Apr 11th Astra Berlin, Germany
Apr 18th Electric Ballroom London, UK
May 25th Gagarin 205 Athens, Greece

More shows will be added to the tour schedule so keep yourself updated by looking at IAMX’s  Facebook page and their official website.

Bring Me Back A Pledger

1 Oct

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At last, at last – the day has come. The fifth IAMX album is finally available for pre-order!

Today, October 1st, the new IAMX album can be pledged for over here at PledgeMusic. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg. You can not only pre-order the new album but the fans who help with funding have the opportunity to pledge for other amazing items (and events)!

Have you ever fancied owning your very own IAMX stage costume or a signed poster? What about exchanging emails with the one and only Chris Corner? Or you’ve maybe taken it a step further and dreamed of having dinner with him? It’s all there, within your reach.

Posters, lyric-sheets, DVDs, signed guitars and having Chris Corner remix one of your songs (!) and so much more is available. We are already drooling at the mere thought of it all.

Don’t worry, even if you only pre-order the album you will still get the royal treatment. Everyone who pledges will get exclusive, special updates regarding the album which includes artwork and lyrics.

Head over to PledgeMusic now to read more about how pledging works and to see what other grand items can be yours. Be quick though, some items are available in limited quantity.

This is not the only exciting IAMX news. Slowly but surely the band is adding new tour dates for 2013. It is during these shows that the brand new material will be played. It is worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page and their official website to be 100% up to date.  So far the announced dates are:

Mar 28th Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
Apr 4th Roxy Prague, Czech Republic
Apr 11th Astra Berlin, Germany

There will be many more shows and not only in Europe. Impatient North American fans can rejoice and celebrate the fact that IAMX will come visit and play in 2013. They have started to book an American tour but there are no exact dates are available yet. We promise to keep you updated.

Overwhelmed? Overjoyed? Excited? Check, check, check! Go pre-order the new album immediately and join us as we joyously await the day we have the album in our hands.

I AM Hijacked

10 Sep

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After what seems like long, endless days where nothing happens, there comes these moments where the stratosphere is bursting with IAMX news.

Firstly, the fifth video journal has been released and this time Chris Corner and IAMX have had their journal hijacked by Danny Drysdale (indie film and music video maker). The fans are treated to a glimpse into the process of recording and writing IAMX5, and we also get to see some glorious footage from the old days.

If you’ve been wondering what made Corner involve more people in the making of this album, this is your chance to find out. This journal is a treat for anyone who’s been longing to hear more tasters from the upcoming album, so if you still haven’t seen this thing of beauty, head over to Youtube or watch the video below.

Secondly, October will mark the beginning of an IAMX crowd-funding campaign which will begin on October 1st; and that’s all the information the fans have been teased with so far. Hold out for the next newsletter from the band to get all the details.

If you’ve been dying to get your mitts on some IAMX merchandise, this is the time to strike! Boutique IAMX is having its summer sale, so head on over to see what bargains you can find. You have until September 30th to shop ’til you drop!

Last but not least, new shows have been announced in Istanbul and Ankara. Delighted fans will be able to see CeeCee and the band at the end of November. YOu can read more about the current shows and find out more news at IAMX’s official website.

Chris is Cornered

20 Jun

It’s that time of the month again when we are let into the world of IAMX.

As we have mentioned frontman Chris Corner has been uploading some exclusive footage of himself, his band and any one/thing that crosses his path in his video journals.

This fortnight Chris is put under the spotlight, as band-member Janine Gezang represents the fans and asks those probing questions we’ve wanted to ask like: Will US fans see him again? Does Chris like a doobey? And of course – will Chris ever make it down the aisle?

“My music, my songs are my children – and my fans of course – and they take up too much of my attention and energy to put human life into the world”

Have a look at CeeCee’s answers in his journal below and you can find all his previous videos on the official IAMX YouTube Channel!

I-AM-Vlog

21 May

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Chris Corner of IAMX has released the first of his series of video journals and he is certainly living up to eXpectations.

The twisted, poetic mind of Corner is finally going to be brought to life after we’ve followed his blog for a number of years – a blog which has awarded him nicknames such as ‘Capslock Corner’ and ‘Heir CeeCee’. The former speaks for itself, but to have a read of what Chris’ mind has jotted down in the past, take a look on IAMX’s official page.

Now, Chris has posted a video introducing what is to come from his bi-weekly video-journals.

“You will see music, you will see video, you will see art, you will get an insight into how we make music, how we survive as musicians, how we create independently and how we hold our spirit in a very difficult business”

This is video-blogging like you’ve never seen it before. To watch what is to come, have a look at the aforementioned video below.

Echarse Una Siesta Con IAMX

13 Mar

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Good news for all IAMX fans – the band is scheduled to play shows again later this year!

If you have been following IAMX on their Facebook page or through Chris Corner‘s blog, you are fully aware that the 5th IAMX project is underway. While we all patiently wait for brand new music, we can already now make sure we get ourselves a healthy dose IAMX later this year.

The band is scheduled to perform at Siesta Festival in Hässleholm, Sweden on June 3rd. The three-day festival has a line-up featuring IAMX, Death Cab For Cutie and The Hives so why not head down to beautiful Sweden? Go to the official website for more information regarding the Siesta festival.

Fear not – if you cannot make it to Sweden then maybe Russia or Ukraine is a better option for you? IAMX will visit St. Petersburg on 1 November and then head to Moscow on 3 November. Ukrainian fans will have the opportunity to see Corner play live on November 10th when they perform in Kiev.

Keep your eyes peeled for more news regarding live shows and who knows – if you are lucky enough maybe you will get to hear some of the new material during these shows!

*Editor’s note: The Spanish phrase in the title might be incorrect.

I AM eXpected

9 Feb

© Chris Corner

The sensual IAMX collaborative can been seen around the world a couple of times later this year!

The first being a special evening, said to have been organised by their dear and dedicated fans in Ukraine.
Chris Corner & Co can be found this Saturday in Kiev blasting their usual extrovert sounds and not only that, Alberto Alvarez – IAMX guitarist – will be DJing after the gig!

Find out more right here and as the event states: “let’s remember how we became part of the IAMX FAMILY!”

Secondly, for all our Swedish peelers out there (or dedicated travelers), the band will also be attending the Siesta Festival in May.
Exact dates for IAMX’s slot are unavailable as of yet, but find out the rest of the line up plus anything else you need to know over here!

Keep peeling for all the latest IAMX news as Corner continues to work on the 5th IAMX project and make his various welcoming appearances around the globe!

2011 Pops Off With a Bang!

8 Jan

The final months of 2011 were an exciting time for the Booshniverse. Join us for now for the final instalment of our four-part retrospective as we relive it all over again. . .

October

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October began buzzing with Booshy delights. The month’s start saw previews for the upcoming 25th series of Never Mind The Buzzcocks.  Meanwhile, Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher continued on their North American Snuff Box DVD tour in Canada, Los Angeles, and Fulcher in NYC.

While London Madcaps prepared to get their books scribbled by Noel Fielding and Dave Brown, the BBC were busy at work filming the Victorian spoof drama Bleak Old Shop of Stuff. The series, starring TVO regulars Katherine Parkinson and James Bachman, as well as Stephen Fry, is meant to start airing in the New Year. The Sightseers, the Alice Lowe/Steve Oram film collaboration was also underway by mid-October. For the nostalgic at heart, cult DJ extrodinaire Pogo released “Zoo Zoo”, a Mighty Boosh mash-up.

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The first of four TVO Scribblings wristband competitions was announced, with peelers in London, and soon thereafter Edinburgh vying for guaranteed admission to meet the Shambletons. Psycho Delia mixed some tunes, and IAMX fans were pleased to see the band’s triumphant return to a London stage in one hell of a show! Friend of TVO, Hayden Black, saw Goodnight Burbank, his series that started as webisodes with cameos from the likes of Rich Fulcher and John Barrowman, make its North American televisual debut. Familiar face Alan Partridge, the infamous alter ego of Steve Coogan, announced his returning to both radio and TV.

© Steve Agee

Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet was unveiled, Booshy jaunts included! Lucky American peelers got the opportunity to catch the Matt Berry/Steve Agee film Angry White Men as it enjoyed a limited release in California and North Carolina. In yet another bout of nostalgia, Vlad the Impaler returned to the handlebars of Serge and the rest of Kasabian’s musical bicycle.

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A Not-So-Summery 2011…But Here’s A Summary Of July-Sept

4 Jan

When you think of last summer, what do you think of? Rain? Rioting? Well don’t think about that – if your memory fails you, first have a look at our reviews of January to June, and then let’s take a look at what happened in the world of Booshdom from July to September, in Part 3 of our review of 2011...

JULY

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2011 may have been a dreary and somewhat brief summer, but July kicked off with some magic as Dynamo showed off his skills to Noel Fielding, stunning him with a rogue deck of cards right in the palm of his hand!

The comedy world also saw acts big and small peeking out into the non-sunlight as they prepared for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! It was a busy month for comics, including Rich Fulcher who arranged warm ups left right and centre. As they all profusely scribbled down their work in the build-up to the festival, the musical Booshdom also picked up its pace. Robots In Disguise released their fourth album (funded by their fans!) Happiness vs Sadness. We were eager to listen to it ourselves and bring you a song-by-song evaluation of it.

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IAMX were also in the midst of releasing their new single Bernadette and at the same time brought us two alternative versions of the music video – we would expect nothing less from perfectionist Chris Corner!

This summer was also a lucky time for the Velvet Onion in terms of tracking down some great talent. We attended a Q&A with the cast of How Not To Live Your Life, then Richard Ayoade also answered some of our questions following the release of Submarine. Then there was even more excitement with the release of our chat with the delectable Hot Brew!

Someone who’s also always up for a debate is Steve Coogan, who voiced his opinions on Newsnight this month regarding the recent closure of News Of The World!

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Spring Back In Time: A Look Back At April-June 2011

2 Jan

So far our review of 2011 has covered January to March. Today we bring you the sequel: April to June. Aaaah, Springtime…the time of fresh starts and new beginnings! And it turned out to be a very busy time in the Booshniverse too!

April

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April started with the news of Chris O’Dowd’s appearance in The Crimson Petal and The White, a Victorian drama adaptation miles away from The IT Crowd! It was a fantastic production with a great cast and Chris was excellent in it.

The London Comedy Writers Festival took place this month, with input from TVO favourites Alice Lowe, Jaqueline Wright and Colin Hoult. It was a very busy month for Alice, she starred in  Tap at the Window, appeared with Antony Elvin at Popcorn Comedy, and had the pilot  Alice’s Wunderland broadcast on BBC Radio 4. At the time we were lucky to bag an interview with her which you can read here. We also reviewed Jackal films 2010 calendar project.

Colin Hoult announced the second New Adventures show and Paul Foot was in Australia, tweeting as he went.

TVO enjoyed a bit of a spring clean itself in April with a revamp of the TVO Amazon store, making it even easier to cater for all your comedy needs!

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I AM L.A.

31 Dec

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Chris Corner and IAMX have made it over to the city of Angels, Los Angeles, where they will soak up the sun and of course, work on new IAMX things.

The arrival in L.A prompted Corner to publish a blog post of his “unedited collection of thoughts” from months and months back. A terrific read for any IAMX fan and anyone who likes to have their mind blown by words. You can read this blog right over here.

Accompanying his written words is a project titled LA in Grey, a weekly photographic documentation. In this, Corner will post seven pictures every week of everything and anything he fancies to share with eager viewers.

The LA in Grey photos can be seen for free but you can also download them in high quality for a price of your choice. By doing so, your contribution will aid the development of the special contents section which of course means that there will be more gems unveiled in the future!

You can buy all IAMX albums over at The Velvet Onion store as well as buy them or download them (with lyrics and artwork) at the official IAMX site.

Forgotten Favourites: Sneaker Pimps

17 Nov

Following IAMX’s London gig earlier this year – our minds were blown at the thought of how IAMX has developed to the loud, electric machine that it now is after it’s birth from Sneaker Pimps. Here we bring to you the journey that Chris Corner has been on up to today – with the fame, fortune, joys and lows we would like to take a moment to appreciate his contribution to the music industry and to the Booshdom.

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The Sneaker Pimps first formed in 1994 by Chris Corner and Liam Howe after a plethora of experiments with sounds and synthesiser. This culminated in the idea to begin a not-too-serious band project that they developed from their first band F.R.I.S.K, to Line Of Flight and then after discovering Kelli Dayton performing in a pub, The band took on Kelli who provided vocals on their debut album Becoming X – and so, Sneaker Pimps was born. From this, the band made up of Chris as lead guitarist, Liam Howe on Synthesiser, Joe Wilson on bass, David Westlake on drums (who has since gone on to become the Boosh Band drummer) and Ian Pickering providing lyrics.

The Sneaker Pimps’ sound has been described popularly as ‘Trip Hop’, with it’s dark and atmospheric tunes and expressionist lyrics – even back then you can sense the ‘X’ in Corner itching to be released.

The band shot to success by 1997 – by then they had played several festivals including Glastonbury and also had a Top Of The Pops appearance under their belt. Their carefree and aloof reputation was lost in their own hype and this brought on the decision to create a fresh start for themselves. The band asked Kelli to leave and once Corner found his own voice in their lyrics, they released the album Splinter which was predominately Chris’ vocals and lyrics.
Splinter, compared to Becoming X, is an album that can turn its audience into a puddle of goo and take you through a cacophony of experimental sounds. They took 90′s pop to the next level and after originally fitting the conventions of music at that time with Becoming X, they finally found a voice that gave them a cult reputation, and that took them to a level that their fans couldn’t comprehend. Continue reading

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