The Null Device
Far and Wide just played two tracks from the upcoming New Order album. Interesting; one wasn't too bad, but another just sounded like boring guitar-rock.
Penguinheads, take note: Borland's Kylix development environment for Linux is now available for free , but only for developing GPLed software. Which is a nice gesture on Borland's part, giving something back to the free software community and all. (you probably saw this on Slashdot already)
Some good news from the 4AD record label. (1) they've now signed Piano Magic (previously on a small label named Rocket Girl), which means they may get more exposure (as they should; they're pretty impressive, in an understated sort of way); (2) Neil Halstead (of Slowdive/Mojave 3) is working on a solo album, which is nearing completion, and is said to include "analogue synths, strings and layers of guitars", which should be interesting. (I must confess I never got into Mojave 3; they were a bit too Country & Western for my liking, though Slowdive are one of my All-Time Favourite Long-Defunct Bands.) And finally, there will be a Dead Can Dance box set.