>> The Depeche Mode catalog is apparently getting the expanded, SACD reissue treatment. The first batch is said to be hitting racks at the end of March and will include 1981's Speak And Spell, 1987's Music For The Masses and 1990's excellent set Violator. A purportedly legit list of all the planned reissues, which will see the light of day in dribs and drabs through November 2006, is at this ILM thread. Depeche Mode is still out on the road supporting its 2005 release Playing The Angel, and has dates scheduled through August.
>> We don't suppose it will be a revelation to anyone that some who market music online engage in less-than-forthright behavior. From trolling message boards to setting up fake web sites, pretty much every sneaky trick that can be done when it comes to pushing pablum on music fans has been done already. You may be surprised to know that there is a trade association of sorts that aims to keep the play clean and the punches above the belt. It's discussed in a recent Nick Sylvester Village Voice piece here. The piece engages in a little bit of inside baseball talk, but that's the sort of thing we dig.
>> Cokemachineglow has a very nice feature on twee heartbreakers The Softies, with MP3s and such to boot. Check it out here.
>> J. Mascis' stoner rock project Witch is playing SXSW after all, according to the festival web site. This is in constrast to what we reported and then unreported last week. For all the latest on where Witch will and won't be, watch this FreakScene thread.