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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

For music submissions, press releases, or questions/concerns:

hangthedjmag (at) gmail.com

Or hit me up on Twitter: @CristinaRocks

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Primal Scream will release a career-spanning greatest hits collection on May 24th. The collection will be released on CD and vinyl -- the CD version comes as a double disc set with ALL the singles; the vinyl edition is spread across TWO different volumes -- Maximum Rock 'n' Roll: The Singles Volume 1, a 2LP set which covers the singles from 1986 through 2000 and Maximum Rock 'n' Roll: The Singles Volume 2, a 2LP set with material from 2000 through 2016. A bundle which includes the 2CD and both of the vinyl editions is also available. Head here to view all the pre-order options.

CD 1

01. Velocity Girl
02. Gentle Tuesday
03. Imperial
04. Ivy Ivy Ivy
05. Loaded
06. Come Together
07. Higher Than The Sun
08. Don't Fight It, Feel It
09. Movin' On Up
10. Rocks
11. Jailbird
12. (I'm Gonna) Cry Myself Blind
13. Kowalski
14. Star
15. Burning Wheel
16. Swastika Eyes
17. Kill All Hippies

CD 2

01. Accelerator
02. Miss Lucifer
03. Autobahn 66
04. Some Velvet Morning
05. Country Girl
06. Dolls (Sweet Rock and Roll)
07. Sometimes I Feel So Lonely
08. Can't Go Back
09. Uptown (Weatherall mix)
10. 2013
11. It's Alright, It's OK
12. Goodbye Johnny
13. Where The Light Gets In
14. 100% Or Nothing

Maximum Rock 'n' Roll: The Singles Volume 1

Side A

Velocity Girl
Gentle Tuesday
Ivy Ivy Ivy

Side B

Come Together
Higher Than the Sun
Don't Fight It, Feel It
Movin' on Up

Side C

(I'm Gonna) Cry Myself Blind

Side D

Burning Wheel
Swastika Eyes
Kill All Hippies

Maximum Rock 'n' Roll: The Singles Volume 2

Side A

Miss Lucifer
Autobahn 66
Some Velvet Morning

Side B

Country Girl
Dolls (Sweet Rock and Roll)
Sometimes I Feel So Lonely

Side C

Can't Go Back
Uptown (Weatherall mix )
It's Alright, It's OK

Side D

Goodbye Johnny
Where the Light Gets In
100% or Nothing

Published March 24th, 2019

Buzzcocks will perform in London on June 21st to pay tribute to Pete Shelley. A Celebration Of The Life Of Pete Shelley will feature current and original/ex-members of Buzzcocks along with guest vocalists which will be announced in the coming weeks. The event takes place at Royal Albert Hall and will include support from Skids and Penetration.

Meanwhile, Steve Diggle from Buzzcocks discusses Pete Shelley, Buzzcocks, and his life as a musician in a new interview with John Robb of Louder Than War. The almost hour-long video interview is Diggle's first major interview since Shelley's death in December. Diggle called Shelley's tragic death a "massive loss" and said though he and his fallen bandmate were "polar opposites" they complemented each other and were "different sides of the same character."

Head here to stream the full fascinating interview with Diggle.

Published March 24th, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

Today Gary Numan has officially launched a campaign through Making Music for his forthcoming new album.

Numan revealed that he purposely avoided writing anything for this new record until today's launch of the campaign because he wants fans to witness the entire process. Much like his previous campaign for Savage, fans will see songs/lyrics/arrangements form and morph from ideas and concepts to the final result.

"Making an album is challenging on many levels. As I’ve said many times before, starting a new album project is very much like standing at the foot of a mountain, looking up and realizing that you have a long and difficult climb ahead. At times it will go well, at other times it will be incredibly difficult and stressful, and it’s always daunting. Confidence will be high one day, and destroyed the next. Frustrations will set in, tempers will flare and at times it will seem impossible, hopeless. Truly euphoric moments of triumph will be few but, hopefully, they will happen from time to time. You will witness songs develop from the very first note, through the many ups and downs of its tortuous path to the finished, produced, mastered piece of music that we will go on to play at shows all over the world."

The album is expected to be completed and released in 2020 (release date TBA). In the meantime fans can sit back and enjoy the ride.

As part of the campaign, Numan has offered up many rare items from his vaults including equipment like processers and dat machines; lyric sheets, printed music booklets, legacy tour books, test pressings (including pressings for Telekon, I, Assassin, and Music For Chameleons) along with other exclusive items. Head here to view Numan's full statement and pre-order options.

Published March 22nd, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Today New Order debuted the third segment in their Transmissions docu-series. The latest episode is a candid interview with Peter Hook who recalls New Order's early days and the recording of Movement. Hooky considers Movement as an escape from dealing with Ian Curtis' death and said manager Rob Gretton was instrumental in keeping them going by lining up gigs for them.

Watch the interview with the always intriguing Peter Hook below and catch up with the previous episodes here.

Transmissions leads up to and celebrates the release of the Movement Definitive Edition box set. The four piece set (1LP/2CD/1DVD) arrives April 5th and contains a copy of Movement on vinyl, a copy of Movement on CD, a bonus CD with previously unreleased tracks (Western Works and Cargo demos, rehearsal versions and more), a DVD collecting live concert recordings from 1980/81 along with their Granada TV and BBC appearances, plus a hard back book. Pre-order here.

This month New Order issued remastered editions of four iconic Movement-era non-album singles. So far they've reissued both versions of "Ceremony," and "Everythings Gone Green" (with the correct tracklisting for "Mesh" and "Cries And Whispers!) This week they wrap up the reissue series with the remastered version of "Temptation." Head here to order.

Published March 21st, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Cure's Robert Smith was interviewed this week by the program CapeTalk in promotion of the band's first ever shows in South Africa. During the interview Smith revealed that he's just finished recording the Cure's still-untitled 14th studio album but says the record does not yet have a release date.

He also told interviewer John Maytham that even though he's spent 40 years focusing on the Cure he says it doesn't feel like he's "been doing it that long" and he especially loves playing live shows. He chalks that up to the Cure's varied catalog -- it's still very interesting to him because The Cure have tons of different songs and styles to draw from: dark, brooding, whimsical, emotional, melodic, and poppy.

Though not a punk band, Smith thinks The Cure drew inspiration from the punk movement:

"Really at heart, I think the Cure stayed with the punk ethic although we've had a degree of success and signed to major labels and stuff, at the heart of it, we've always slightly rejected doing things in a conventional way."

Near the end of the interview, Maytham, who didn't exactly come off as the world's biggest Cure fan asked Smith how his "look" evolved:

"When we first started we had no photos taken, we shied away from it. I didn't want people to know who we were, because I wanted them to listen to the music. I didn't want them to prejudge us and think we were a punk band because I thought we were kind of different. I played with a band called Siouxsie and the Banshees for a while, I saw the audience and I kind of liked that look, so I suppose that I just kind of like moved into that kind of look.

But I think the real reason was actually because I don't have well defined features and I just need make up when I'm on stage...for thousands of years people stand on stage and get made up to kind of project their features, and I just do the same.

I just liked doing it...as a Bowie fan from way back I liked the way he created characters although I've only ever created one character and it's pretty much me, it's just a bigger version -- a louder version of me -- it just allows me to be a little bit more kind of flamboyant. I'm not naturally a performer...it gives me...not courage, but a lack of self-awareness."

Head here to stream the full interview.

Published March 20th, 2019

In celebration of The The's 40th anniversary this year the band will release a line of t-shirts commemorating different eras of their history. The first two shirts have been unveiled and honor the band's classic 1983 album Soul Mining. The Soul Mining Artwork shirt features the classic album artwork designed by the late Andrew "Andy Dog" Johnson; the Soul Mining Lyric shirt features lyrics from "This Is The Day." Both shirts include a 40th anniversary logo on the sleeve.

The shirts are available to view below. Head here to order while supplies last.

Published March 20th, 2019

Morrissey has unleashed another single from his forthcoming covers album California Son. "Morning Starship" was originally written and released by Jobriath (Bruce Wayne Campbell) in 1973. Mozzer's cover serves as the second single from California Son and features Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear on backing vocals. Check it out below.

California Sun features 12 cover songs and is available to pre-order here or here.

Published March 20th, 2019

Andrew Golding best known for his work in the C86 band The Wolfhounds has launched an new project titled Dragon Welding. The self-titled debut album was released last week and includes an intriguing and diverse mix of sounds which run the gamut from buzzy guitar-driven to analog synth, to folk and ambient. Yet another glorious record from the uber-talented and pioneering musician.

Stream two tracks from Dragon Welding below and head to Bandcamp to stream/order.

Published March 20th, 2019