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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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Yesterday The Cure announced details for a massive gig July 7th in London celebrating their 40th anniversary and now more exciting news about project celebrating The Cure's 40th anniversary has been revealed!

Director Tim Pope, who has worked with the band throughout their career dropped bombshell news earlier this month on Twitter that The Cure had some special things planned for 2018. Over the last couple of weeks he threw out a couple of hints, but today he has let the proverbial cat out of the bag:

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, The Cure will be releasing a feature-length documentary chronicling the band's extraordinary career all the way from the 70s through present day. Pope reveals that Robert Smith will be heavily involved in the film, which will include "a cornucopia" of previously unseen material from Smith's archives including live performances, interviews, bootlegs, and other behind the scenes material. Pope was just sent 50 (!!!) boxes of archival material and he's getting ready to start on this sensational project.

The news from Pope is super-exciting! Check out the chronological series of Pope's tweets about the project below:

Published December 13th, 2017
Tragic and upsetting news coming out of New Jersey - Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens has died at the age of 62. The band broke the news overnight on their website and social media. It's been reported that DiNizio's health had been declining after suffering from neurological damage from a fall in 2015, though no cause of death has been announced.

DiNizio and The Smithereens crafted so many beloved songs and the band has been . It truly is a sad day in the world of music. R.I.P.

Read the announcement from The Smithereens below:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens - America's Band.

Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers.

Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio. Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll. Our journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun. We grew up together. Little did we know that we wouldn’t grow old together.
Goodbye Pat. Seems like yesterday.

Jimmy, Mike, Dennis
December 12, 2017

Published December 13th, 2017


White Town's acclaimed massive synth-pop hit "Your Woman" was released 20 years ago. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, White Town (aka Jyoti Mishra) recorded a new breathtaking version of the classic track. "Your Woman 1917" isn't an updated version; it's an old school orchestral/chambery stripped down take that Mishra says "would have sounded pretty sweet 100 years ago."

This is SO incredibly good!

Stream the lovely "Your Woman 1917" along with the original version below. "Your Woman 1917" will be released as a digital single on December 20th.

Catch up with Jyoti Mishra/White Town on Facebook.

Published December 12th, 2017

Today Cleopatra Records hosted a Facebook live event with Kevin Haskins in celebration of the new coffee table book Bauhaus Undead: The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus.

Some of the highlights from the 15 minute broadcast:

Haskins originally wanted to self-release Bauhaus Undead, but ran into financial and logistical issues so he decided to enlist the help of Cleopatra.

The memorabilia is mostly culled from his own archive. He began saving press clippings, reviews, photos, doodles, artwork, tour schedules, recording schedules, etc from the very beginning, though friends and fans provided some items that were missing.

Haskins flipped through the book to give viewers an idea of what's inside and it looks incredible. This is something any Bauhaus fan will want to check out, not just for the previously unseen photos, etc, but also to read the commentary/stories from Haskins. Haskins says he wrote about 30 stories for the book.

Ultimately Haskins says he created Bauhaus Undead to celebrate the band, and says fans will get to see the more humorous side of Bauhaus.

Haskins says he'll consider creating a Love and Rockets memorabilia book down the road, though he admits that he has less archival material to draw from, plus right now he's quite busy with Poptone.

Check out the video archive of the Facebook event below and pre-order a copy here.

Published December 12th, 2017

The Cure announced that they'll celebrate their 40th anniversary in style next July with a swoonworthy anniversary concert. The legendary band will be joined by other incredible artists including Ride, Slowdive, The Twilight Sad, Interpol, Goldfrapp, and Editors (with more to be announced). The gig takes place July 7th at BST Hyde Park in London. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now (password: IMAGINARY) with the general onsale kicking off this Friday, December 15th at 4am ET (9am local time).

The Cure will be playing a 2 hour headline set at Hyde Park, and this show will be the band's only European show in 2018. No word on whether an equally awesome North American anniversary event is in the works, but fingers crossed...

The Cure have not made any other official announcements concerning their 40th anniversary, though if director Tim Pope is to be believed, The Cure have some very exciting things planned for 2018. Stay tuned!

Published December 12th, 2017

Jack White and Third Man Films unleashed a new video titled Servings and Portions from my Boarding House Reach. The video, directed by White, features a collage of sounds which presumably are taken from White's forthcoming solo album. This delicious pairing of vintage and cutting edge sounds will make you yearn for White's new offering, which is still shrouded in mystery.

Dig in below:

Published December 12th, 2017


As previously reported a new coffee table book about Bauhaus by Kevin Haskins will be released early next year. Bauhaus - Undead: The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus chronicles the pioneering goth band's visual journey from 1979 through their reunion in 1998. The 315 page hardcover book includes previously unpublished photos, a delicious array of memorabilia (handwritten lyrics, tour itineraries, set lists, ticket stubs, band flyers, etc), a Bauhaus comic strip, and personal stories/commentary from Haskins.

In celebration of the upcoming release Cleopatra Records is holding a Facebook live event tomorrow (December 12th) featuring Kevin Haskins. Haskins will be signing copies of the book and answering questions starting at 2pm ET (11am PT) on the Cleopatra FB page here.

UPDATE (12/12): During today's event Haskins signed copies of the book and revealed a bit about how things came together: over the years he collected Bauhaus press clippings, flyers, artwork, doodles, tour schedules/recording schedules, etc, and most of the material included in the book comes from his archive, though friends and fans provided some material he couldn't otherwise locate. He also revealed that fans will be able to see the humorous side of Bauhaus.

The archive of the live chat is available to view below - it starts off a bit slow, but eventually Haskins answers questions and flips through the book to give fans an idea of how packed with awesomeness Bauhaus Undead is.

FYI Haskins also said it's possible he'll do a Love And Rockets memorabilia book eventually though he has less material. He says he'll consider putting one together down the road, though says Poptone is currently occupying most of his time.

Bauhaus - Undead: The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus is available to pre-order here.

Published December 11th, 2017

Earlier this year a documentary on XTC titled This Is Pop premiered on British television. Today Andy Partridge revealed on social media that fans in the U.S. will be able to view the documentary next month on Showtime. Save the date (or set the DVR) for January 11th.

Meanwhile, last month XTC released an remixed/expanded 5.1 edition of Black Sea with previously unreleased bonus material including instrumentals and demos. Grab a copy here.

Published December 11th, 2017

Morrissey posted a statement today clarifying his stance on a variety of issues and reaffirming his declaration to deny print interviews. In the post titled The Slander System he continues to dispute the veracity of statements attributed to him in a recent interview with Der Spiegel, and goes to on claim that the newspaper refused to provide his team with an unedited audio copy of the interview.

Morrissey also took aim at the vapidness that plagues the current state of affairs in the music industry and decreed the need for change in 2018.

"Music is eternity, and the call of 2018 is the time to be new and different."

Read Morrissey's statement in full below or over on Facebook.

UPDATE (12/12): Der Spiegel posted audio of their interview with Morrissey. Stream the interview here via Morrissey-Solo.

Published December 11th, 2017

Johnny Marr and actress Maxine Peake teamed up for a socially conscious new song titled "The Priest," which debuted today. The song is a narrative depicting a homeless girl's experiences on the street.

Marr tells The Guardian the song was inspired by the mounting homelessness in London

"I would notice the youngish to middle-aged man who just seemed to be on his first or second step towards the great downfall. I don’t know any other way of putting it … It was like seeing a homeless man in training. There might be a few homeless men together, who’d obviously been on the street for a while. And you’d notice the guy who’d obviously not been on the street that long, who had just joined the fray. And you’d think: ‘Where’s this going to end?’"

The lyrics for "The Priest" were taken from the diaries of a writer named Joe Gallagher who documented his experiences living on the street for a Scottish paper in Edinburgh. Though the words were written by a man, they opted to use Peake's voice to give the song "a gender-less universality."

Marr was intent on making a social statement, but also wanted the song to be a "good listen." He told The Guardian:

"As a musician, that’s my priority, no matter what the subject matter is. I always want to honour that. Ultimately, that’s my job."

The striking video for "The Priest" was shot on the streets in Manchester and is available to view below via The Guardian.

Published December 11th, 2017


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #35: The Cognoscenti Shuffle

Rock it old school with a new streaming episode of Time Warp. This week's show includes music from Buffalo Tom, The Stooges, The Ocean Blue, Killing Joke, The Pogues, Blur, James, Roxy Music, New Order, and more.

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