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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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When Suede releases The Best of Suede on November 1, the album will not be its last. As reports of the 90's Britpop group working on new material and of a new record deal with Warner Music Group remain unconfirmed, a spokesperson revealed that the band has "found some rarities and unreleased material."

In response to fans' questions on Suede's website, the official said that the songs found are "just not right for this [The Best of Suede] release" and that "perhaps they will get an outing at some point."

"I can confirm that there is not a bonus disc available," she added later in the thread. The double album will also be available as a download, with a bonus filmed interview included through iTunes featuring founders Brett Anderson and Mat Osman.

Taking its name from Morrissey's "Suedehead" single and officially known as the London Suede in the United States, British music weekly Melody Maker called the group "the best new band in Britain" in 1992 - before they had released even a single. Suede "have it in them to be just about the most extraordinary, intelligent and potentially enormous guitar band this country has seen in a decade," Q Magazine said.

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