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coming april 10 – world party arkeology

It’s been a great year for older music fans. The methods for finding new music continue to grow, and some of the great bands of the past are continuing to put out new and great music.

This year alone, Thomas Dolby is touring, Joe Jackson is releasing a new album and touring and Dead Can Dance is touring (and I think putting out a new album, as well).

And today, I just learned that Karl Wallinger is releasing a new 5 disc World Party set called Arkeology. Thanks to the good folks at, I learned that the new World Party retrospective will include 5 discs of music that Wallinger’s had laying around for the past 25 years. The set will include many covers, unreleased originals and live versions we’ve never heard unless we got them from bootlegs.

Here’s the tracklist. Look for this sure to be great set on April 10:


  • 1. “Waiting Such A Long Time”
  • 2. “Nothing Lasts Forever”
  • 3. “Everybody’s Falling In Love”
  • 4. “Where Are You Going When You Go”
  • 5. “Photograph”
  • 6. “Everybody Dance Now”
  • 7. “Closer Still”
  • 8. “I Want To Be Free”
  • 9. “I’m Only Dozing”
  • 10. “No More Crying”
  • 11. Interview/”Sweet Soul Dream” (Live Radio)


  • 1. “Lucille”
  • 2. “The Good Old Human Race”
  • 3. “Put the Message in the Box” (Live)
  • 4. “Trouble Down Here”
  • 5. “Basically”
  • 6. “Silly Song”
  • 7. “Man We Was Lonely”
  • 8. “She’s The One” (Live)
  • 9. “Ship of Fools”
  • 10. “Mystery Girl”
  • 11. “This is Your World Speaking”
  • 12. “All The Love That’s Wasted”
  • 13. “Lost in Infinity”
  • 14. “New Light”


  • 1. “Words”
  • 2. “Dear Prudence”
  • 3. “Call Me Up” (Live Radio)
  • 4. “Like A Rolling Stone”
  • 5. “Sooner Or Later”
  • 6. “Love Street”
  • 7. “Time On My Hands”
  • 8. “Who Are You”
  • 9. “Sweetheart Like You”
  • 10. “Another World”
  • 11. “You’re Beautiful, But Get Out of My Life”
  • 12. “Living Like The Animals”
  • 13. “Stand” (Live)
  • 14. “Thank You World” (Original Jam)


  • 1. “Break Me Again”
  • 2. “Baby” (Demo)
  • 3. “Ship Of Fools”
  • 4. “Put The Message In The Box”
  • 5. “When Did You Leave Heaven”
  • 6. “Nature Girl”
  • 7. “It’s A Pity You Don’t Let Go”
  • 8. “My Pretty One”
  • 9. “De Ho De Hay”
  • 10. “We Are The Ones”
  • 11. “World Groove”/”Mind Guerilla”
  • 12. “Happiness Is A Warm Gun”
  • 13. “Kuwait City”
  • 14. “Do What I Want”
  • 15. “All We Need Is Everything”
  • 16. “Outro”


  • 1. “Mystery Girl” (Early Version)
  • 2. “What Is Love All About” (Outtake)
  • 3. “I Hope it All Works Out For You”
  • 4. “And God Said” (Long version)
  • 5. “It Ain’t Gonna Work”
  • 6. “Another One”
  • 7. “I Am Me”
  • 8. “It’s Gonna Be Alright”
  • 9. “In Another World”
  • 10. “Thank You World”
  • 11. “Cry Baby Cry”
  • 12. “Temple Of Love”
  • 13. “Fixing A Hole”
  • 14. “Way Down Now” (Live)
  • 15. “Change The World”

six degrees of sinead o’connor

I was driving home from NewTunes last night and my iPod served up “Kingdom of Rain” – a song from The The featuring Sinead O’Connor.

This is not only one of my favorite songs from The The, but one of my all time favorites, in general. And it got me thinking about Sinead O’Connor.

I’ve never been a huge fan. I enjoyed the first album, but nothing she did after really resonated with me. However, she somehow has been involved in some of my favorite songs from other artists who’s music I’ve always enjoyed.

Check out her work with The Edge on “Heroine,” a song from his soundtrack album for a film called “Captive.” (no video for this, but someone did put it to YouTube)

Thanks to Julia Turner, who turned me onto this album – and specifically, this song – while at college. The rest of this album is very moody and ambient and not really like this song. But this song made it on most of my college mix tapes and still stands as one of my favorite.

It is the feeling one gets from discovering a little known song like this that attracts me every day to the potential of NewTunes. It is my hope that people have experiences like finding a song like this every day on our site.

But, back to Sinead O’Connor. One of Peter Gabriel’s more moving songs – Blood of Eden – featured none other than our own Sinead O’Connor.

O’Connor’s first album, The Lion and the Cobra, was released in 1987. While working on that, she also provided backing vocals for Karl Wallinger’s band, World Party. Not only did she sing on the song “Private Revolution,” but she also appeared in the video.

As I said, I’ve never been enough of a fan to purchase any of her music past Lion and the Cobra, but I’m fascinated by how entranced I am every time she performs with someone else. I don’t want to fill this post with videos, but here’s a short list of others with whom she’s been involved…

But I wonder if she knows Kevin Bacon.


big blue ball… a world party

[Part eight of the New Music from the Past 30 Years series… with an asterisk]

I can’t think of an album that better fits the description “new music from the past 30 years” more than Big Blue Ball, which was released this week.

Big Blue Ball is really the brainchild of Peter Gabriel (you remember him, one of the many artists who were using world beats and supporting world music WAY before Paul Simon got all the credit for his “groundbreaking” use of African rhythms on Graceland), with an assist from Karl Wallinger. In the early 90s, Gabriel gathered many relatively unknown (at the time) artists to collaborate on a series of songs that would be truly “world” music – or music written and influenced by artists from all over the world.

The album includes work from:

As you listen to this album and consider the timing of its creation, you can almost put yourself back in the time when Live AID, Band Aid, WOMAD and other world music collaborations were really taking off. If you’re a Peter Gabriel fan, than you will also see past the supporting players and see that, at its core, this is a Peter Gabriel album, all the way.

Here’s a short promotional video for the album. Note the amount one ages in 15 years.

But even more exciting to me is that it is also, in lesser ways, a new World Party release.

World Party is essentially Karl Wallinger, who played mostly all of the instruments on the first studio release – Private Revolution. Karl Wallinger, to me, is the indie category version of Prince. He has mastered all of the “main” instruments and is far more prolific than his studio album output would let on.

In the late 90s, the World Party website had an area called “dropbox” that contained random recordings that Karl Wallinger was making between albums. It was home to many germs of music ideas and also Wallinger’s love for a good Beatles cover, which he largely reproduced note-for-note.

Not only can Wallinger play many instruments, but his music captures so many genres that its hard to classify. Most of his songs span the time between psychedelic rock and current funk and hip-hop. I can’t think of too many bands that have created music that captures so many time periods and ideas and ties them together so well.

Wallinger disappeared for a number of years earlier this decade. I didn’t think much of it, because there always seemed to be about four years in between his studio work. However, I finally got curious and learned that he had a brain aneurysm in 2001 that took him about five years to recover from.

There aren’t many artists who’s music I’d insist on you purchasing without hearing, but World Party is certainly one.

World Party has too many great songs to pick, but here’s “Is It Too Late” into “Radio Days”…

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