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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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Or hit me up on Twitter: @CristinaRocks

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Monday, January 21, 2019

As previously reported Peter Hook is auctioning off Joy Division, New Order, Factory-related items, and more from his personal collection on March 2nd. Today Omega Auctions posted the full catalog of items online - it is truly a drool-worthy treasure trove of unique items that Joy Division and Factory Records fans would kill for!

Among the items: Joy Division's Ford transit van with Peter Hook's original driver's license, ticket stub from the legendary 1976 Sex Pistols' Free Trade Hall gig, reels of Martin Hannett's recording/rehearsal tapes including outtakes from Unknown Pleasures and Closer sessions; handwritten, signed lyrics to "Ceremony" and "Failures," an Ian Curtis nameplate (used as a prop in 24 Hour Party People), a ton of Factory Records white label test pressings, Warsaw studio master tape, cassette masters, tons of record sleeves, photos, clothing, CDs, and SO much more.

FYI: there's even some non-Joy Division/New Order/Factory items, including an IKON VHS video of The Smiths and The Birthday Party.

Dig into the online catalog here and read more details about the auction here.

The Peter Hook Signature Collection auction starts March 2nd at 1pm UK time. Viewing exhibitions for the auction kick off February 25th. Proceeds from the auction benefit the suicide prevention charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) as well as an epilepsy charity.

Published January 21st, 2019

Today is Blue Monday, the day "experts" deem to be the most depressing day of the year. Two different equations have been utilized by "experts" to determine the exact date of Blue Monday - debt, weather, stress, and travel all factor in - however most scientists consider the concept of Blue Monday to be questionable at best.

Blue Monday has only been a thing (such that it is) since 2005 and has nothing at all to do with New Order's iconic anthem, but what an excellent excuse* to bust out the vinyl/cassette/CD/whatever and enjoy this timeless classic.

Meanwhile, the BBC also posted a short clip of Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert discussing New Order's "angriest" gig - their live instudio Maida Vale performance from 1984. Morris reveals the band made it just in time for their performance and took out their anger/frustration out during the performance. Check out the interview clip and performances from the session below which featured "Sooner Than You Think," "Age Of Consent," "Blue Monday," "In A Lonely Place," and "Temptation."

Audio of the full session:

*Keep in mind you never EVER need an excuse to listen to New Order. Just saying.

Published January 21st, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #89: Cascade

This week's program includes music from The The, Psychic TV, Book Of Love, XTC, New Order, Roxy Music, Catherine Wheel, Cabaret Voltaire, The Fall, Buzzcocks, Cocteau Twins, and more.

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

Music news from the week:

Depeche Mode, New Order, The Normal, Laibach + more cover John Cage
90s UK/indie collected on 4CD set Lost Alternatives
Piroshka debut new single "What's Next?"
Colin Moulding bows out of music
Bryan Ferry announces North American tour; plays Detroit

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Mute recording artists including The Normal, Depeche Mode, New Order, Shadowparty, Erasure, Afghan Whigs, Laibach and more are featured on a unique new audio/visual boxset titled STUMM433. The 50+ artists featured on the set have all covered/interpreted one piece of music: 4'33" - the experimental mind-bending John Cage composition. Cage's unconventional composition challenged society to think outside the box -- the 1952 score instructs the performer to NOT play their instrument/s for the duration of the piece to allow ambient noise to take center stage, thereby forcing artists and listeners to experience silence and sound in a different way.

Each artist on STUMM433 has created a visual to accompany their performance of 4'33" - to illustrate, view the first taste of the collection -- Laibach's interpretation/performance of 4'33" -- below and head here for more info on the release.

STUMM433 will be released in May (date to be announced) and is part of Mute's ongoing 4.0 (1978 > Tomorrow) series that kicked off in 2018 and features special events and releases. Proceeds from STUMM433 benefit two charities - British Tinnitus Association and Music Minds Matter. These charities were chosen in honor of Inspiral Carpets' drummer Craig Gill. Gill suffered from depression and anxiety secondary to tinnitus and died by suicide in 2016.

“Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise” – John Cage

Published January 16th, 2019

Steve Lamacq, the famed BBC radio presenter, has announced the release of a 4CD set he curated. Lost Alternatives is an impressive selection of UK indie/alternative 90s artists and boasts an extraordinary mix of well known and obscure tracks, plus many limited edition singles are also featured. This worthwhile collection leans way heavier on the obscure than the well-known, which is what makes this set stand out from previously released UK alternative compilations.

Lost Alternatives will be released in the UK on March 22nd and is available to pre-order now. Check out the tracklisting for the set via Demon Music below:

CD 1

01. Ride - Chelsea Girl
02. The Charlatans - Indian Rope
03. Northside - Shall We Take A Trip
04. Flowered Up - It's On
05. New Fast Automatic Daffodils - Big
06. Slowdive - Catch The Breeze
07. Curve - Ten Little Girls
08. Kitchens Of Distinction - Prize
09. Pale Saints - Throwing Back The Apple
10. Family Cat - Place With A Name
11. Senseless Things - Is It Too Late?
12. Mega City Four - Words That Say
13. Teenage Fanclub - Everything Flows
14. Silverfish - Big Bad Baby Pig Squeal
15. Daisy Chainsaw - Love Your Money
16. Voodoo Queens - Supermodel Superficial
17. Cornershop - Waterlogged

CD 2

01. S*M*A*S*H - Real Surreal
02. These Animal Men - Speeed King
03. Blessed Ethel - Rat
04. Suede - The Drowners
05. The Auteurs - Showgirl
06. Elastica - Stutter
07. Sleeper - Alice In Vain
08. Tiny Monroe - VHF 855V
09. Whiteout - Starrclub
10. China Drum - Wuthering Heights
11. Snuff - Caught In Session
12. 60Ft Dolls - Happy Shopper
13. Salad - Drink The Elixir
14. Drugstore - Solitary Party Groover
15. Ash - Uncle Pat
16. Northern Uproar - Rollercoaster
17. Perfume - Lover
18. Mansun - Take It Easy Chicken
19. Bluetones - Are You Blue Or Are You Blind?

CD 3

01. Bis - School Disco
02. Travis - All I Want To Do Is Rock
03. Catatonia - Sweet Catatonia
04. Marion - Violent Men
05. Audioweb - Sleeper
06. Rialto - Monday Morning 5:19
07. Tiger - Race
08. Strangelove - Greatest Show On Earth
09. Animals That Swim - Pink Carnations
10. Linoleum - Dissent
11. Scarfo - Alkaline
12. Kenickie - Come Out 2nite
13. Helen Love - Does Your Heart Go Boom
14. Jocasta - Go
15. Livingstone - Good Intentions
16. Geneva - No-One Speaks
17. Whipping Boy - When We Were Young
18. Earl Brutus - Life's Too Long

CD 4

01. Arab Strap - The First Big Weekend
02. Mogwai - New Paths To Helicon Part 1
03. Idlewind - Satan Polaroid
04. Symposium - The Answer To Why I Hate You
05. 3 Colours Red - This Is My Hollywood
06. The Delgados - Pull The Wires From The Wall
07. The Beta Band - Dry The Rain
08. The Hitchers - Strachan
09. Wubble U - Bit Like You
10. Ten Benson - The Claw
11. Clinic - I.P.C. Subeditors Dictate Our Youth
12. Cay - Better Than Myself
13. Cable - Freeze The Atlantic
14. Seafood - This Is Not An Exit
15. Llama Farmers - Paper Eyes
16. Ultrasound - Stay Young
17. Morgan - Miss Parker (The Dust Brothers Mix)

Published January 16th, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Piroshka, the new superband featuring Miki Berenyi, KJ McKillop (Moose), Michael Conroy (Modern English), and Justin Welch (Elastica) release their debut album Brickbat on February 15th. The band debuted their first single, the lovely "Everlastingly Yours" back in November and this week they issued another fine track titled "What's Next?" which was mixed by Alan Moulder and is available to stream below.

Head here to pre-order Brickbat.

Published January 15th, 2019