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Peter Hook and The Light return to North America this spring to perform classic Joy Division material. Hooky will perform Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures and Closer in full along with other JD songs from 1978 through 1980, plus he'll open up each show with a set of New Order songs. Unfortunately, the tour is only visiting the Southwest, so might not be a bad idea to prep the car for a roadtrip.  The full tour itinerary is posted below along with video from Hooky's recent tour (including some pro-shot footage filmed from the stage).

Peter Hook & the Light - 2015 North American tour

04/17 -- Miami, FL @ Grand Central
04/18 -- Saint Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
04/19 -- Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
04/21 -- Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
04/22 -- New Orleans, LA @ Republic
04/24 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
04/25 -- Kansas City, MO @ Middle Of The Map Festival
04/27 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
04/28 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/IN
04/29 -- Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
05/01 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
05/02 -- Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

Published March 2nd, 2015 @ 7:26 PM

Toronto synth project TR/ST (aka Robert Alfons) posted a brand new song titled "Slug" on Soundcloud.  No release info has been announced, so it's unknown whether a new album (the proper followup to 2014's Joyland) is on the way, or if "Slug" is intended to be a one-off single.  Regardless, it's a cool song.  Stream "Slug" below and catch up with TR/ST on Facebook

Published March 2nd, 2015 @ 7:12 PM

Martin Gore has announced he's releasing a solo album titled MG on April 28th. The ambient/electronic instrumental album includes 16 songs and is available to pre-order now through Gore's website. Stream the album's first single "Europa Hymn" from MG below.

Published March 2nd, 2015 @ 1:33 PM


Time Warp airs every Sunday from 8am until noon ET on 89X and streams live on the net. For more on artists played on the show, visit my blog, which is updated throughout the week with music news, etc.

8 am hour:

Siouxsie & the Banshees "Spellbound"
Big Audio Dynamite II "Rush"
Tones On Tail "Go"
Madness "One Step Beyond"
English Beat "Twist & Crawl"
Lloyd Cole "Chelsea Hotel"
Grapes Of Wrath "I Am Here"
Beck "Where It's At"
Bjork "Human Behavior"
Stereo MCs "Lost In Music"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Taste The Pain"
Damned "Alone Again Or"
David Bowie "Heroes"
Smiths "Girlfriend In A Coma"
Joe Strummer "Love Kills"

9 am hour:

Icicle Works "Understanding Jane"
Replacements "Can't Hardly Wait"
Echo & the Bunnymen "People Are Strange"
Tears For Fears "Laid So Low"
Lemonheads "It's A Shame About Ray"
Radiohead "Just"
Luna "Sweet Child O' Mine"
Cocteau Twins "Lorelei"
Sonic Youth "100%"
Veruca Salt "Volcano Girls"
Smashing Pumpkins "Ava Adore"
Primal Scream "Movin' On Up"
Julian Cope "Beautiful Love"
Social Distortion "Ball & Chain"

10 am hour:

Depeche Mode "Never Let Me Down Again"
Gary Numan "Down In The Park"
U2 "Bad" (live)
James "Born Of Frustration"
Alice In Chains "No Excuses"
David Bowie "Young Americans"
Talk Talk "It's My Life"
Kraftwerk "The Model"
Elvis Costello "Pump It Up"
Sparklehorse "Someday I Will Treat You Good"
Stray Cats "Rock This Town"

11 am hour:

Cure "Shake Dog Shake"
Nine Inch Nails "Get Down Make Love"
Garbage "Special"
Nirvana "Sliver"
Sugar "If I Can't Change Your Mind"
R.E.M. "Can't Get There From Here"
Violent Femmes "Prove My Love"
Peter Murphy "Cuts You Up"
Whipping Boy "Twinkle"
Pixies "Gouge Away"
New Order "Ceremony"
Skinny Puppy "Smothered Hope"

Published March 1st, 2015 @ 11:50 AM


Matt Johnson of The The teamed up with his brother Gerard for a new film titled Hyena. The crime thriller was written and directed by Gerard Johnson, who directed the critically acclaimed Tony in 2009; the score was created by Matt Johnson, who is best known for his work in The The, but of late has been composing scores and soundtracks (not to mention creating the music app Yello). Hyena opens March 6th and the official trailer featuring Johnson's music is available to view below:

Ahead of the film's opening, Johnson revealed some of his philosophy on the relationship between film and music with Filmic 2015:

"What makes a soundtrack great? Well, it’s not just the melodies, rhythms and production quality of the music itself, of course, but fundamentally the way in which it interacts with the cinematography, the dialogue and the performances of the actors. A great soundtrack can create an additional dimension to the experience of watching a film by communicating between the lines of dialogue and the frames of celluloid.

Music possesses a unique power to cut deep into the soul of human beings and consequently imbue a film with an emotional intensity it would otherwise be impossible for it to possess. But, on the other hand, what is the most wonderful soundtrack without a great film to accompany it? The soundtracks I love the most also happen to form part of the films I love the most too."

In celebration of Hyena's release Matt and Gerard selected five films which will be screened on Sundays at a Bristol, U.K. theater. The pair chose Forbidden Planet, Vertigo, Paris Texas, Aguirre Wrath of God, and Midnight Cowboy. For more info on Filmic 2015, visit the official site here.

In more Matt Johnson related news, it turns out that a new The The album is in the works. In an interview with the magazine Uncut Johnson explained that he's currently working on a proper The The album:

"...the important thing is getting yourself in the frame of mind for it...Having been away so long I have almost forgotten who I used to be. I almost forgot I was a songwriter in the first place, which is a horrible thing to say. But if all goes to plan the album will have freshness to it. It'll be a new start for my career."

The full interview with Johnson is in the latest edition of Uncut which is available to purchase here.

Published February 26th, 2015 @ 11:46 AM

Swervedriver is about to release a new studio album I Wasn't Born To Lose You on March 3rd. Today the band debuted the official video for the song "Lone Star" which is posted below. The full album, by the way, is still available to stream over at NPR (stream through March 1st). Pre-order I Wasn't Born To Lose You from iTunes, Amazon, or your favorite record store.

Meanwhile Swervedriver's Adam Franklin was interviewed by Noisey and discussed the new album, shoegaze, and reunions. During the interview Franklin revealed that Swervedriver is hoping to eventually reissue the albums Ejector Seat Reservation (which never saw a North American release) and 99th Dream:

"Though the first three [albums] were re-released on CD, but Ejector Seat still didn’t get released in the US. Sony were like, “Hold off on Ejector Seat.” So, there is a plan to get those two out again. But then 99th Dream is also tied up in ludicrous litigation at the moment...But it is an album we will be re-approaching for release on CD and vinyl. Hopefully in the next 12 months."

Franklin also discussed how back in the day Swervedriver came close to giving their demo tape to J Mascis and Sonic Youth instead of Creation's Alan McGee. Franklin acknowledges that had they given the tape to the more guitar-oriented artists, Swervedriver would have been perceived differently and not be lumped in with other "shoegaze" bands like Creation label mates Ride and My Bloody Valentine:

"It would have been quite a different perception of the band. We wouldn’t have been called shoegaze...But back then we only had a certain number of cassettes, so we stuck to the original plan. It could’ve been quite interesting had they heard it because the perception of the band would’ve been different."

Read the full interview with Adam Franklin here.

Swervedriver North American tour

03/01 -- Costa Mesa, CA @ Maison
03/03 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
03/04 -- San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/05 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
03/06 -- San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
03/08 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumo's Crystal Ball
03/09 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/12 -- St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
03/13 -- Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
03/14 -- Chicago, IL @ TBA
03/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
03/16 -- Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
03/17 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Duck Room @ Blueberry
03/19 -- Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
03/20 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/21 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/23 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Hell Stage
03/24 -- Durham, NC @ Motorco
03/25 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
03/27 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/28 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
03/29 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
03/30 -- New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

Published February 26th, 2015 @ 10:57 AM


Attention fans of Jesus & Mary Chain, Bauhaus, Joy Division, or newer darkwave acts like A Place To Bury Strangers and Crocodiles: Swedish psych-noise-goth-post-punk-darkwave band Then Comes Silence is set to release its third album Nyctophilian on March 13th.  The band just premiered an intense new single titled "She Loves The Night" which is posted below for your listening pleasure.  Take a listen then download the track from iTunes or Amazon, or pre-order the full length album Nyctophilian from bandcamp. For more on Then Comes Silence, visit the band on Facebook.

If you dig "She Loves The Night," stream a few other stellar tracks from Then Comes Silence below:

"Fingers" released on 2013's Then Comes Silence II (Purchase on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon)

"Deepest Darkest" from the band's self-titled debut album (Purchase on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon)

Published February 25th, 2015 @ 8:34 PM