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...hang the dj is a music blog. Old school, shoegaze, psych, and darkwave are featured genres.

Legal disclaimer: This blog is my personal, independent website. It is not affiliated with Bell Media, nor does it represents the thoughts, opinions, desires, etc of Bell Media

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Liam Gallagher heads to North America later this week for a handful of live appearances -- first up is a "secret" show on July 28th at New York's McKittrick Hotel and an instore at NYC's Rough Trade on July 30th. Then on August 3rd he'll perform an hour-long set at Lollapalooza in Chicago before heading back home to the U.K. 

He returns to North America in November for a club tour in support of his debut solo album As You Were, which he describes as full of "passion for life, people, music...and clouds." As You Were is set for release October 6th and is available to pre-order here.

Gallagher performed at Lollapalooza Paris yesterday -- watch video of his full set along with a short interview below.

Liam Gallagher -- North American tour

Jul 28 -- New York, NY @ McKittrick Hotel
Jul 30 -- New York, NY @ Rough Trade
Aug 03 -- Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Nov 13 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
Nov 18 -- Denver, CO @ Gothic
Nov 20 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov 21 -- Chicago, IL @ The Riviera
Nov 23 -- Toronto, ON @ Rebel
Nov 25 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Nov 27 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Nov 29 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Nov 30 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Published July 24th, 2017

The legendary post-punk/synth-pop band Ultravox will be making some sort of announcement this Thursday, July 27th.

What will it be?!? New studio album? Reissue? Tour?

Stay tuned...

Published July 24th, 2017


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode 16: Emiteröm ◄

Settle in and rock it old school with a new episode of Time Warp online. Today's show includes music from The Smiths, The Replacements, Ministry, Smashing Pumpkins, Felt, The House Of Love, The Cure, The Stooges, and more.

Stream below or here and catch up with the archive of previous episodes here or here.

Music news stories from the past week

New Order's "True Faith" turns 30
The Smiths officially announce expanded The Queen Is Dead sets
Nine Inch Nails pay tribute to David Bowie
Peter Hook brings Substance to Detroit in 2018
The Replacements unearth live recording from 1986 for double LP
OMD premiere "The Punishment Of Luxury"
David Bowie 40th anniversary "Heroes" picture disc
Excellence: NIN premiere "This Isn't The Place"
R.I.P. Mick Bund of Felt & Mexico 70
Ministry hit the road & play Detroit
Joy Division Closer anniversary
The Waterboys premiere new single
Updated Detroit Concert Calendar

Published July 23rd, 2017


New Order's beloved smash single "True Faith" was released on this day in 1987 and remains one of the all-time New Order greats. The classic yet timeless single, which takes its name from a line in a book Peter Hook was reading at the time (Texas by James A. Michener referred to Catholicism as being "the only true faith") was backed by another massive fan favorite, "1963" and released on 7" and 12" formats.

Both "True Faith" and "1963" were recorded over a 10 day period with Stephen Hague. New Order had a 10 day deadline to write, record, and mix both songs -- though they weren't usually given deadlines, Factory forced a 10 day deadline on them in order to have the tracks included on New Order's compilation Substance, which was released less than a month later (August 17, 1987).

Hook revealed in his latest book Substance: Inside New Order that the sessions were uncomfortable as Hague was brought in to help New Order deliver a breakthrough pop hit (he'd previously helped Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, OMD, and others), but unbeknownst to the band, Hague was used to co-writing with the artists he worked with, which was not something New Order were used to or down for.

Hooky was also personally disenchanted with the recording sessions and how his bass parts were buried in the final mix of "True Faith" and almost totally absent in "1963" though Hooky got his comeuppance on the bassier Arthur Baker remix. (Hook also claims that Hague now admits it was a mistake to have the bass mixed so low on "True Faith").

"True Faith" turned out to be a major success for New Order -- it enjoyed tons of radio and MTV airplay and was the band's highest charting single in the U.S. at the time. ["Regret," released in 1993 would eventually hold the crown as the band's highest charting single on the U.S. Hot 100 chart though the dance charts were another matter altogether -- "Touched By The Hand Of God," "Round & Round," "Regret," "World (The Price Of Love)," and "Crystal" all hit #1.]

Viva "True Faith"!

*The original version of "True Faith" is not available digitally, which is truly a tragedy. The original version of "1963" received a better fate and was included as bonus material on the 2008 Collectors Edition of Brotherhood.

**My advice: pony up for a CD or LP version of Substance if you can find one, you won't regret it.

Full disclosure: Substance is one of my favorite records of all time. I've owned multiple copies on multiple formats over the years and probably the record I've listened to the most in my life, so perhaps I'm biased.

Published July 20th, 2017

Nine Inch Nails returned to the stage last night performing their first show since 2014. As part of the show, Trent Reznor paid tribute to David Bowie with an exquisite and emotional cover of  Bowie's Blackstar epic "I Can't Give Everything Away." Reznor revealed to the crowd in Bakersfield, California that he reworked the song after Bowie's death for his own closure, but never released it. Watch the performance below (the first video includes Reznor's comments; the second is a more close-up view).

Meanwhile, NIN release the new EP Add Violence tomorrow and perform at FYF Festival on Sunday, July 23rd. FYF has announced that they'll stream the festival live on Twitter, yes, Twitter -- this is the first festival to live stream on the platform. So far FYF has not confirmed whether Nine Inch Nails will be one of the acts to stream live. Also keep in mind the festival takes place in Los Angeles, so NIN's headlining set -- if it streams -- will take place very late (west coast time).


Copy of A
Less Than
March of the Pigs
The Frail
The Wretched
Give Up
I Can't Give Everything Away
The Lovers
The Great Destroyer
Burning Bright (Field On Fire)
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole

Published July 20th, 2017

As previously reported, over the last week The Smiths have been torturing fans by teasing a reissue of their seminal album The Queen Is Dead. Today they made good on their word and revealed the details for three expanded sets.

All three editions -- 2CD set, 3CD/1DVD box, and 5LP set -- arrive October 20th and feature eight previously unreleased versions, including the first ever demo of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" (Take 1).

Full details on all three sets are posted below.

Morrissey: "You cannot continue to record and simply hope that your audience will approve, or that average critics will approve, or that radio will approve...you progress only when you wonder if an abnormally scientific genius would approve – and this is the leap The Smiths took with The Queen Is Dead."

Johnny Marr: "The Queen Is Dead was epic to make and epic to live."

2CD set

Two CD set includes the original album material newly remastered (2017), plus a disc of demos, b-sides, and alternate versions. Of the 13 songs found on Disc 2, the following 8 songs are previously unreleased:

"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" (Take 1) -- first EVER demo
"The Queen Is Dead" (FULL version)
"Frankly Mr. Shankly" (demo)
"I Know It's Over" (demo)
"Never Had No One Ever" (demo)
"Cemetry Gates" (demo)
"Bigmouth Strikes Again" (demo)
"Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" (demo)

3CD/1DVD boxset

The boxset comes housed in a lift off lid box with a 12 page booklet. CD1 & CD 2 are identical to the 2CD set, and adds a third live audio disc, plus DVD with enhanced audio and the previously released film The Queen Is Dead.

Disc 1: newly mastered 2017 edition of original material
Disc 2: demos, b-sides, alternate versions
Disc 3: Live In Boston -- full show recorded August 5th, 1986 at the Great Woods Center For The Performing Arts in Boston
DVD: The Queen Is Dead - A Film By Derek Jarman, along with the 2017 master of album in 96kHz / 24-bit PCM stereo. The box set is housed in a lift off lid box with a 12 page booklet

5LP vinyl boxset

The 5LP set includes everything from CD1, CD2 & CD3, and comes housed in a lift off box with 2 double gatefolds and 1 single.

All three editions are available to pre-order through Amazon: 2CD, 3CD/1DVD, 5LP

View the tracklisting below:

The Smiths -- The Queen Is Dead 2017

Disc 1

01. The Queen Is Dead (2017 master)
02. Frankly, Mr. Shankly (2017 master)
03. I Know It's Over (2017 master)
04. Never Had No One Ever (2017 master)
05. Cemetry Gates (2017 master)
06. Bigmouth Strikes Again (2017 master)
07. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (2017 master)
08. Vicar In A Tutu (2017 master)
09. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (2017 master)
10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (2017 master)

Disc 2

01. The Queen Is Dead (full version, previously unreleased)
02. Frankly, Mr. Shankly (demo, prev unreleased)
03. I Know It's Over (demo, prev unreleased)
04. Never Had No One Ever (demo, prev unreleased)
05. Cemetry Gates (demo, prev unreleased)
06. Bigmouth Strikes Again (demo, previously unreleased)
07. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (demo, previously unreleased)
08. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (demo mix)
09. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Take 1, previously unreleased)
10. Rubber Ring (single b-side, 2017 master)
11. Asleep (single b-side, 2017 master)
12. Money Changes Everything (single b-side,2017 master)
13. Unloveable (single b-side, 2017 master)

Disc 3

Live In Boston (tracklist for this disc has NOT been released. This is the setlist from the show and it is possible some songs may be omitted)

How Soon Is Now?
Hand In Glove
I Want The One I Can't Have
Still Ill
Frankly, Mr. Shankly
Never Had No One Ever
Stretch Out And Wait
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Cemetry Gates
What She Said (with Rubber Ring intro and outro)
Is It Really So Strange?
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
The Queen Is Dead
Money Changes Everything
I Know It's Over
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Bigmouth Strikes Again


-2017 master of album in 96kHz / 24-bit PCM stereo
-The Queen Is Dead - A Film By Derek Jarman

Published July 20th, 2017


The Smiths revealed on social media that the official announcement behind The Queen Is Dead reissue is coming tomorrow...and in the meantime Morrissey and Johnny Marr continue to tease the reissue.

Earlier this week, a leaked listing on Amazon revealed the reissue is slated for release on October 20th and deluxe editions will contain an extra disc of b-sides and more.

Stay tuned...

UPDATE (7/20): Three expanded editions of The Queen Is Dead have been announced -- 2CD, 3CD/1DVD, 5LP -- all three include 8 previously unreleased songs (alternate versions of previously released songs); the 3CD/DVD set also includes a live concert captured in Boston and The Queen Is Dead - A Film by Derek Jarman.

Read more about the reissues here and stream the very first demo version of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" Take 1 from the reissue below:

Published July 19th, 2017

Peter Hook has announced a new North American tour!

Peter Hook & The Light will perform the Joy Division and New Order albums Substance in full in North America next spring. The tour includes a Detroit area show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on May 3rd and tickets go on sale this Friday. Don't miss out on seeing the legendary Peter Hook in action -- his live shows are INCREDIBLE.

UPDATE: Pre-sale is going on now. Password: ROMTLIVE

Earlier this year Hooky released his excellent book Substance: Inside New Order, which is filled with tons and tons of delicious and sordid tales -- and is required reading for any New Order and Joy Division fan. The book was recently published on paperback (different cover art than the hardcover edition). Grab a copy here.

Peter Hook - Substance tour

Apr 24 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Apr 27 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Apr 28 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Apr 30 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
May 01 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
May 03 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 04 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 07 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
May 08 -- Vancouver, BC @ Venue
May 10 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
May 11 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
May 12 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
May 14 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 15 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
May 17 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
May 18 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern*
May 19 -- San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
May 21 -- Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
May 22 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada
May 23 -- Austin, TX @ Mohawk
May 25 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
May 26 -- Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
May 27 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
May 29 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
May 30 -- San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
May 31 -- Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Jun 03 -- Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
Jun 04 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre

*Wiltern show Hooky will perform Unknown Pleasures & Closer

Published July 19th, 2017
Mick Bund, who appeared on Felt's 1988 album The Pictorial Jackson Review and played live with the band for a short period of time has died. The news of Bund's July 6th death was shared by Lawrence on Felt's social media yesterday.

"Once again, we are sad to hear about the sudden death last week of Mick Bund, a former Felt bass player. We extend our deepest condolences to his wealth of friends and family.

Mick played live with Felt for a couple of years towards the end of the 80s and played phenomenal bass on the album 'The Pictorial Jackson Review'. We will all miss him deeply."

In addition to Felt, Bund played in Airstream, Mexico 70, and Templeroy. His cause of death has not been announced.


Published July 19th, 2017

The Replacements unearthed a incredible concert captured live on a 24 track in 1986. Bootleg recordings of this intimate Hoboken show have circulated over the years on fan sites because it was indeed legendary -- the last show to feature the band's classic lineup of Paul Westerberg, Bob Stinson, Tommy Stinson, and Chris Mars (Bob Stinson was fired from the band -- or quit, depending on who you ask -- a short time later). The recording of this remarkable concert has sat in the vaults for over 30 years, but Warner/Rhino has finally dug through the archives and greenlit an official release.

The Replacements are famous for their live shows, which could be a hit or a drunken, drunken, sloppy miss. This particular concert is ON POINT and features the Replacements ripping through 29 songs, including an early version of "Can't Hardly Wait," which the band would eventually record (of course, with out Bob Stinson) and release on 1987's Pleased To Meet Me.

For Sale: Live At Maxwell's 1986 arrives October 6th and is available to pre-order now as a 2CD or 2LP set, or pre-order a digital copy.

Stream "Can't Hardly Wait" from the album and view the tracklisting below.

Disc 1

01. Hayday (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
02. Color Me Impressed (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
03. Dose Of Thunder (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
04. Fox On The Run (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
05. Hold My Life (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
06. I Will Dare (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
07. Favorite Thing (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
08. Unsatisfied (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
09. Can't Hardly Wait (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
10. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
11. Takin A Ride (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
12. Bastards Of Young (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
13. Kiss Me On The Bus (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
14. Black Diamond (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)

Disc 2

01. Johnny's Gonna Die (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
02. Otto (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
03. I'm In Trouble (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
04. Left Of The Dial (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
05. God Damn Job (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
06. Answering Machine (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
07. Waitress In The Sky (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
08. Take Me Down To The Hospital (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
09. Gary's Got A Boner (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
10. If Only You Were Lonely (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
11. Baby Strange (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
12. Hitchin' A Ride (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
13. Nowhere Man (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
14. Go (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
15. Fuck School (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)

Published July 19th, 2017

Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark premiered another song from their forthcoming full length The Punishment of Luxury. The title track its accompanying animated video is the band's commentary on indulgence in 2017.  Andy McCluskey's explains:

"Most people in the Western world are materially better off than their predecessors ever were and yet we are unhappier. Now we have many possessions we don’t need because we’ve been persuaded to buy. This is the punishment of luxury."

Check out "The Punishment Of Luxury" from OMD below.

A limited edition 12" single of "The Punishment Of Luxury" featuring the album version, remixed version, and backed by previously unreleased track "Lampe Licht" will be released October 13th; the parent album The Punishment Of Luxury arrives September 1st. Both are available to pre-order here.

Published July 19th, 2017

Fresh off the announcement of the forthcoming boxset David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town, a 40th anniversary limited edition "Heroes" picture disc is now set for release.

The "Heroes" picture disc includes a newly remastered (2017) single version of the beloved song backed by a previously unreleased live version -- Bowie's live debut of "Heroes" -- which he recorded September 7th, 1977 for Marc Bolan's television show (episode aired September 20th, 1977).

The 7" will be released September 22nd. Check out the listing here.

Published July 19th, 2017

London's Swimming Tapes follow up their intriguing debut EP Souvenirs with another slice of glistening indie pop. The refreshing track "What's On Your Mind" is the latest single from the band's upcoming EP Soft Sea Blue which arrives on September 15th. Stream "What's On Your Mind" below and check out pre-order and other streaming options here.

Catch up with Swimming Tapes on Bandcamp and Facebook.

Published July 19th, 2017