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Franz Ferdinand + Sparks share LP teaser & 2015 tour dates

We mentioned before that Franz Ferdinand and Sparks are teaming up for an album and tour this year. While they haven't set a date for it yet, FFS have released a short album teaser with a bit of music....

Franz Ferdinand & Sparks Form Supergroup FFS

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The members of Franz Ferdinand have long admired the ’70s sophisti-pop cult stars Sparks. And today, we learn that they like Sparks so much that they’ve gone ahead and started a band with them. The new side project FFS will feature Ron and Russell Mael, the two brothers who founded Sparks in 1971, alongside all […]

Sparks played 'Kimono My House' w/ orchestra in LA (setlist, video), working w/ Franz Ferdinand for 2015 LP & tour

photo: Sparks @ Theatre at Ace Hotel, 2/15/2015 (via @sparks_official) Art pop greats Sparks just played two nights at Lost Angeles' Theater at Ace Hotel where they performed their 1974 classic Kimono My House in full with a 38-piece orchestra....

Sparks, Franz Ferdinand to join forces for 2015 album, tour

Sparks trotted out some intriguing news — and a special guest — during the Los Angeles duo’s homecoming performances over the weekend at the Theater at Ace Hotel in downtown L.A.

Will Islamic State pay for killing Jordanian pilot?

2 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Acts of individual violence and terror can at times be transformative, representing extraordinary tipping points that changed history. The 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, for example, triggered a set of pre-wired alliances that led to World War I; the self-immolation of a...

Tetlock and Counter-factual History

(February 5, 2015 12:17 AM, by Bryan Caplan) I've long been fond of counter-factual history. Like: If Prinzip hadn't assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, North Korea wouldn't be a Communist dictatorship. Or: If Lenin had died in early 1917, the Communists wouldn't have taken over Russia, and the Nazis... (0 COMMENTS)

Gang of Four - Broken Talk (Ft. Alison Mosshart)

Sounds like: Franz Ferdinand, Radio 4, The Rapture Song: Gang of Four - Broken Talk (Ft. Alison Mosshart) What's so good? English post-punk group Gang of Four is alive and well. It's been three years since the release of their albumShow More Summary

Gift from tragic Archduke Franz Ferdinand among Viennese treasures at Bonhams

5 months agoArts : Artdaily

A smoking set given to the 9th Earl of Denbigh by Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose assassination at Sarajevo in 1914 sparked the events which led to the First World War, is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Silver and Gold Boxes Sale in London on 12 November. Show More Summary

Archduke Franz Ferdinand's 'Cursed' Death Car

The Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the throne of Austro-Hungary, but never made it to that position due to his assassination, which eventually brought about war between Austria and Serbia. This is one of the starting points to World War I. Show More Summary

Franz Ferdinand’s Fateful Phaeton Update

7 months agoVehicles / Cars : Hemmings.com

1910 Graef & Stift Type 28/32 Double Phaeton loaned by Count Franz Harrach to the Archduke for his use in the June 28, 1914, motorcade through Sarajevo. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Military History in Vienna.   Recently, Hemmings Daily ran a story on the car that shaped the events that touched off The Great […]

Modern Vices – “Taller In The Sunshine” (Stereogum Premiere)

7 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Chicago rockers Modern Vices describe their sound as “dirty doo-wop,” but that’s not a very good description of what they do on “Taller In The Sunshine.” The song is much closer to the Strokes and Franz Ferdinand — swaggering urban garage rock with discordant guitar leads and a battered, hi-hat-heavy drumbeat topped off by a [...]

Could One Piece of Clothing Have Prevented World War I?

In 1914, the shot that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand was fired and World War I began. The Archduke knew that there was a risk of an assassination attempt, but he chose not to wear the body armor that Polish inventor Casimir Zeglen had created for him. Researchers

Franz Ferdinand – “Stand On The Horizon” Video

8 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

In Franz Ferdinand’s strange, striking new video for the shiny, horn-laced “Stand On The Horizon,” we see the band playing in a dark and mysterious seaside resort. It turns out to be the sort of place where younger men dance stiffly and robotically with older women, with everyone lit as dramatically as possible. The song [...]

The other assassination that led up to World War I

8 months agoNews : BlogPost

World War I, we have long been told, was a fait accompli after an assassination. The murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian emperor, by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo set into motion a chain of events that would explode into the Great War, a hideous conflict that led to the deaths of millions and redrew the world map. Show More Summary

The other assassination that led up to World War I

8 months agoNews : BlogPost

World War I, we have long been told, was a fait accompli after an assassination. The murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian emperor, by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo set into motion a chain of events that would explode into the Great War, a hideous conflict that led to the deaths of […]

8 Great Films About The Great War

Exactly one month after the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Bosnia, and after weeks of diplomatic negotiations that went nowhere, Austria-Hungary declared war on July 28, 1914 — a date often regarded as the first day of what would come to be known as The Great War, now better known as World War I. Show More Summary

Today in World War I -- July 4-10, 1914

A Botched Murder On July 4, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife the Countess Sophia were buried at Artstetten, about 50 miles west of Vienna. The Archduke had never been particularly popular in Austria-Hungary. Show More Summary

Frankie & The Heartstrings – “Stand On The Horizon” (Franz Ferdinand Cover)

8 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Sunderland indie rockers Frankie & The Heartstrings have covered a song by their friends and neighbors from the north, Franz Ferdinand. Frankie Francis and company’s favored Franz song is “Stand On The Horizon,” a typically swaggering disco-punk track from last year’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions. The Heartstrings’ version amps up the nervous tension. [...]

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