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TV on the Radio's Sitek launches solo NEW YORK (Billboard) - When Dave Sitek is described as ambitious, it's in relation to the intricate production and instrumentation he employs with his primary band, indie fave TV on the Radio. But Sitek's true ambition, he reveals, is a little more ... blond.

"I was trying to make Madonna's first record," Sitek says, punctuating the statement with a giggle. "I was trying to make something that was clear and bright and fast-paced."

Widely considered a hipster king and a Brooklyn mover and shaker, despite the fact that he now lives in Los Angeles, Sitek says he brought his '80s influences to bear on his forthcoming solo project, "Maximum Balloon," out September 21 on Interscope.

"Nile Rodgers is one of my favorite producers," Sitek says of the man behind such albums as Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and Duran Duran's "Notorious." "I feel like people have a hard time taking the '80s stuff seriously because not enough time has passed, but one day we'll look back and realize how important it was."

Sitek chose to do the album as a solo project rather than working on the music with his TV on the Radio bandmates because he "didn't want to have to convince people or apologize for wanting to make clever use of synthesizers." But he does bring some of his friends along on the album, including Theophilus London, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TVOTR compatriots Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone. The album is definitely rooted in the decade of decadence, but it manages to avoid sounding like a retro covers project.

"We know who the audience is for this record," says Luke Wood, president of Interscope auxiliary DGC Records and chief strategy officer at Interscope Geffen A&M. "And it's not just TV on the Radio fans. It's anyone who likes Arcade Fire or Spoon or Hot Chip or any of the other bands in that orbit."

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 15:30
 
(UK)

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Fans of Editors will be pleased to learn that Editors, The Complete Collection, is scheduled for release in February next year. The collectors' boxset is set to comprise seven 12” heavy weight vinyls, seven CD’s, a download of everything in high quality 320kbps mp3 format, and a book of photos and words. The news was announced in a message from frontman Tom Smith posted on Editors' website on Friday.

In his message to fans, Tom Smith said, "We’ve been picking through the archive recently, looking back at our 3 records, many many b-sides and some material that has never seen the light of day. It’s been addictive. We can’t leave it alone, much like picking a scab, and we’ve decided to package it all together and share it with our fans, officially."

The boxset will be made available to pre-order from the band's official website early on December 2nd, and the first 200 pre-orders will receive a special personalised surprise from Tom Smith.

Smith continued, "We’ve raided the vaults, searched through old CD-Rs, cassettes and photo albums and gathered it all together. We’d like you to have this music on any and every format we can produce and also share some photos and memories of the last 6 years in a volume that you can keep forever."

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