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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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Sunday, November 11, 2018

With Matt Johnson/The The back in action, it was only a matter of time before he'd reunite (again) with Johnny Marr. Tonight was the night! Johnny Marr performed a headline show at London at the Roundhouse earlier tonight and during the encore he brought on a very special guest...the one and only Matt Johnson! Johnson performed a cover of "Summer In The City" - check out fan filmed video below!

Johnny Marr appears on The The's comeback single "We Can't Stop What's Coming" which was released last spring, and has been asked countless times in interviews about reuniting with Johnson. Tonight we can all rest easy knowing it finally happened.

Published November 11th, 2018

Morrissey has been on the road playing a handful of shows in California and Mexico. Last night the tour rolled through Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego and from fan accounts Morrissey and his band delivered an excellent and on-point performance. Unfortunately for fans the encore was cut short after fans rushed the stage during Moz's performance of "Everyday Is Like Sunday."

It appears from fan-filmed video that it was a typical scenario for the most part: Morrissey was singing, fans were running on stage, and he was taking it all in stride -- he is well accustomed to stage rushers/huggers over the years -- until an unusually aggressive fan rushed the stage, was apprehended by security and Moz was ushered off the stage, thus ending the show.

Though the unschooled media is trying to claim Moz was attacked and a punch was thrown, Morrissey's management refutes those claims, calling it a typical scenario of fans merely wanting to get closer to the legend. The alleged fan in question, Carlos Rodriguez, also confirmed on FB that his intentions were only out of love and passion for Morrissey, making this essentially a non-story, but for ambulance-chasing TMZ and their slow news day.

View video of the encore along with the official Moz statement below.

Morrissey -- Setlist

William, It Was Really Nothing
Alma Matters
I Wish You Lonely
Is It Really So Strange?
Hairdresser On Fire
When You Open Your Legs
How Soon Is Now?
Back On The Chain Gang
The Bullfighter Dies
If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me
Munich Air Disaster 1958
Jack The Ripper
Break Up The Family
Hold On To Your Friends
Something Is Squeezing My Skull
Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage


Life Is A Pigsty
Everyday Is Like Sunday

Morrissey - North American tour

Nov 22 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional
Nov 23 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional

Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #30: Inverse Deviation, Part VII

This week's show includes music from The Church., Majesty Crush, Eric's Trip, Nitzer Ebb, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The House Of Love, The Ocean Blue, Public Image Ltd, New Order, Depeche Mode, and more.

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

Music news stories from the week

Peter Hook brings Technique/Republic tour to North America
Miki Berenyi's new band Piroshka announces LP; debuts single
Depeche Mode announce Some Great Reward and Construction Time Again box sets
Morrissey rocks out on Late, Late Show
New Suede documentary The Insatiable Ones
Johnny Marr live session
The House Of Love premiere 30th anniversary documentary

The House Of Love's shimmering and influential self titled debut album turned 30 years old this year. To commemorate the milestone The House Of Love issued an expanded 5 CD anniversary edition of the record in September and recently performed the original album in full on tour in the U.K. Now that the tour wrapped, the band are set to premiere a new 45 minute documentary featuring Guy Chadwick and Terry Bickers talking about the making of the classic album.

The film premieres today (Sunday, November 11th) at 1pm ET on the official The House Of Love Facebook page.

UPDATE: The full documentary has premiered and is now available to stream. This is an excellent film about the making of The House Of Love with fascinating insight and commentary from Chadwick and Bickers about the album's songs, artwork, and critical response. Highly recommended.

Published November 11th, 2018

A new feature length documentary about Suede is set to debut on Sky Arts later this month. Suede: The Insatiable Ones takes the viewer through the tumultuous world of Suede, chronicling their rise to megastardom in the 1990s with amazing archival performance footage, candid interviews with ex and current band members, and much more. The film was directed by Mike Christie, who directed the excellent Sky Arts documentary New Order: Decades. Suede's 113 minute film debuts November 24th on Sky Arts in the U.K. A North American screening/air-date has not been announced, however the intriguing trailer for Suede: The Insatiable Ones is available to view below.

As previously reported Brett Anderson recently announced he's written a sequel to his memoir Coal Black Mornings. The sequel Afternoons With The Blinds Drawn will be published in fall 2019 and covers Suede's rise to massive fame and beyond. Head here to learn more.

Published November 11th, 2018

While on tour in support of Call The Comet in North America, the legendary Johnny Marr stopped by KEXP in Seattle for a studio session. This is a fantastic live session -- Marr and his band were on point during their swoonworthy four song performance which included Marr's brilliant single "Hi Hello" and The Smiths' classic "The Headmaster Ritual."

In the middle of the session host Cheryl Waters displayed her interview chops by teasing out interesting and informative nuggets from Marr plus avoided badgering him with tired and awkward Smiths reunion questions. The topics covered included Marr's passion for performing, his Manchester band peers, how he developed his unique playing style/sound, the concept of making your own luck, and more. Check out the session below:

Hi Hello
The Headmaster Ritual
Easy Money

Published November 11th, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Depeche Mode launched their singles reissues box set series earlier this year which feature newly remastered vinyl editions of their singles along with rare tracks, live recordings, and alt mixes for each studio album. The series kicked off in August with the release of the box sets for Speak And Spell and A Broken Frame, and on December 14th the series continues with the next two box sets: Construction Time Again - The 12" Singles and Some Great Reward - The 12" Singles.

Construction Time Again includes 6 vinyl singles - the original singles for "Get The Balance Right, "Everything Counts," and "Love In Itself" plus a limited edition version of those three singles backed with bonus material. Some Great Reward includes 6 vinyl singles including "People Are People," "Master And Servant" and "Blasphemous Rumours" along with limited edition version of the three singles backed with extra material. The artwork for the individual singles in both box sets are replicas of the original sleeves; the box itself includes newly created artwork inspired by the original album. Both sets include a poster and download card.

View the tracklistings for Construction Time Again and Some Great Reward below and head here to pre-order.

Construction Time Again - 12" Box

Get The Balance Right!

Get The Balance Right! (Combination Mix)
The Great Outdoors!
Tora! Tora! Tora! (Live)

Get The Balance Right!

Get The Balance Right! (Original Mix)
My Secret Garden (Live)
See You (Live)
Satellite (Live)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (Live)

Everything Counts

Everything Counts (In Larger Amounts)
Work Hard (East End Remix)

Everything Counts

Tracklist TBA

Love In Itself

Love In Itself•3
Fools (Bigger)
Love In Itself•4

Love In Itself

Love In Itself•2
Just Can't Get Enough (Live)
A Photograph Of You (Live)
Shout (Live)
Photographic (Live)

Some Great Reward - 12" box

People Are People

People Are People (Different Mix)
In Your Memory (Slik Mix)

People Are People

People Are People (On-U Sound Remix By Adrian Sherwood)
People Are People (Original 7")
In Your Memory (Original 7")

Master And Servant

Master And Servant (Slavery Whip Mix)
(Set Me Free) Remotivate Me (Release Mix)
Master And Servant (Voxless)

Master And Servant

Master And Servant (An On-U Sound Science Fiction Dance Hall Classic Re-Remixed By Adrian Sherwood)
Are People People? (Re-Remixed By Adrian Sherwood)
(Set Me Free) Remotivate Me (7" Mix)

Blasphemous Rumours

Blasphemous Rumours
Somebody (Live)
Two Minute Warning (Live)
Ice Machine (Live)
Everything Counts (Live)

Blasphemous Rumours

Somebody (Remix)
Everything Counts (Live)
Blasphemous Rumours (Single Version)
Told You So (Live)

Morrissey appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night to perform his cover of the Pretenders classic "Back On The Chain Gang." Moz ditched the guitar he used in the single's video, however it looks as if he might benefit from a tambourine. In any case, his performance is available to view below:

Morrissey released the studio version of "Back On The Chain Gang" last week and the track is also included as bonus material on the deluxe edition of Low In High School. The double vinyl edition of the album will be released on December 7th and is available to pre-order here.

Published November 8th, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Piroshka, the new superband featuring Miki Berenyi, KJ McKillop (Moose), Michael Conroy (Modern English), and Justin Welch (Elastica) announced details behind their debut album and premiered new music today.

Piroshka decided to give it a go as a band in late 2016, right as Lush's reunion came to an end. Berenyi obviously has a very distinctive voice and style, and though Piroshka is a different band, Lush fans will absolutely enjoy their debut album which is filled with melodic, gazey, and guitar-driven indie-rock. The 10 track album is titled Brickbat, which takes its name from a slang word for a weapon. According to the band, the title is quite fitting:

"The album is named after the word for a missile, which nails the record’s heavyweight lyrics if not the music’s gorgeous, bittersweet and euphoric pop."

Brickbat will be released February 15th on Bella Union, the label Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde (formerly of Cocteau Twins) launched in 1997. Stream Piroshka's wonderful debut single "Everlastingly Yours" below and head here to pre-order Brickbat.

Piroshka - Brickbat

01. This Must Be Bedlam
02. Village Of The Damned
03. Never Enough
04. Blameless
05. What's Next?
06. Hated By The Powers That Be
07. Run For Your Life
08. Heartbeats
09. Everlastingly Yours
10. She's Unreal

Published November 6th, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

To the insane delight of fans, Peter Hook along with his band The Light have been performing classic Joy Division and New Order albums in full over the last several years. So far they've performed massively successful and critically acclaimed tours in support/celebration of Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Movement, Power Corruption & Lies, Low Life, Brotherhood, and Substance.

Hooky's latest tour, which kicked off in the U.K. in September, features the legendary bassist performing two more New Order albums live: 1989's electro-Ibiza-groovy Technique and 1993's Republic with an opening set of Joy Division classics. Today Peter Hook & The Light announced plans to bring the tour to North America in 2019. Though we'll have to wait until next autumn, you totally know it will be worth the wait! Hooky and his band always put on a stellar, energetic (not to mention marathon-length) show.

The tour includes a Detroit stop October 31st -- HALLOWEEN -- at St Andrew's Hall. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, November 9th here.

FYI: Peter Hook recorded his September 28th performance of Technique and Republic at the Electric Ballroom in London. The 3CD live set is available to purchase here.

Peter Hook - Technique/Republic tour

Oct 24 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Oct 25 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Oct 26 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Oct 28 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Oct 29 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Oct 31 -- Detroit, MI @ St Andrew's Hall
Nov 01 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Nov 02 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov 04 -- Vancouver, BC @ Venue
Nov 05 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
Nov 07 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Nov 08 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Nov 09 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Nov 11 -- Austin, TX @ Emo's
Nov 12 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

Published November 5th, 2018