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FFS: Johnny Delusional

Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand teamed up with iconic L.A. new wave act Sparks for a new album. The track Johnny Delusional feels like it crash landed on our planet from early ’80s time travelers. Pre-order the album on iTunes now.

FFS – “Johnny Delusional”

Earlier this year Franz Ferdinand and Sparks announced that they’d be forming a super group called FFS and releasing a self-tilted collaborative album. We previously heard “Piss Off” and a few brief seconds of another track “The Domino Effect,” but today they’ve given us a full new one called “Johnny Delusional.” It splits the difference […]

Franz Ferdinand & Sparks share "Piss Off" from collaborative FFS album which is out in June

by Bill Pearis Franz Ferdinand and Sparks have details on their collaborative FFS album. That self-titled LP (cover art above) will be out June 9 via Domino and you can check out the tracklist below. (Preorders are available.) While the...

FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) – “Piss Off”

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Last month, we learned that all four members of Franz Ferdinand had teamed up with Sparks, the culty, idiosyncratic ’70s group who served as an inspiration to them, to form a new band called FFS. Together, the six members of the supergroup have recorded a self-titled debut album that’ll be out later this spring. They […]

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks Announce Self-Titled Album as FFS

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks have announced a self-titled debut album under their combined alias FFS, a collaboration that they previously teased with a short trailer. FFS was produced by John Congleton and is set for release on June 8 via Domino. Show More Summary

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

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

2 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

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

8 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)

8 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

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