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Peter Hook and The Light appeared on BBC Radio 6 Music today for a live session. Hook and his band performed the New Order songs "Regret" and "Run," plus dedicated a cover of The Fall's "Totally Wired" to Mark E. Smith.

The session was hosted by BBC DJ Marc Riley, who is a former member of The Fall. Throughout the session Hook and Riley shared some memories (fuzzy memories at times) of back in the day. This led Riley to ask Hook if he kept a diary back in the Joy Division days. Hook reveals he did have one, but it's been lost for some time:

"I kept a diary for the first three years, which I lost, would you believe? And when I came to do the Joy Division book...turned the house upside down and couldn't find it, so I've no idea where those diaries went..

...the (Joy Division) book became my diary, which is quite interesting 'cause you did so much research it actually all came through in the end. It was actually really nice to do it, to fill in all those blanks, because I had a few blanks."

Hooky talked a bit about what it's like to play in the band with his son Jack:

"As long as I do what he says, then everything's fine...Jack has a little unique gift I don't have, he's got the ear to pick things out and I don't, I've always struggled with that, tone deaf. So he gets it right and I have to pretend he doesn't for awhile and then just do it the way he says...it is wonderful to play with him, and he's almost as good as me now."

On whether he still loves touring and playing cities worldwide:

"I do, it's quite a strange addiction I have to say and we've been at home for a couple of months and I'm really missing the chaos. You're coming together and you're doing the gig and it's a really strange thing to do, as everybody keeps telling me, especially when you've been doing it for as long as we have, but yeah, it's really enjoyable we had such a great time doing Substance when we went last time. The promoters asked us to do it again before we went into Technique and Republic. We were a little bit worried about it, whether we would pull it off but, we've done really well and it seems that people want to hear the two LPs, the LPs are such a great contrast. That's what I like about it."

The session wrapped up with Hooky dedicating "Totally Wired" to Mark E. Smith. Prior to playing the song he had some kind words to say about Smith:

"I just wanted to dedicate this last song to Mark E Smith who was absolutely unique at what he did. We banged heads many times, but I had great admiration for him, great respect for him, as a musician and a guardian you feel the same in some different ways I would imagine. But yeah he was so hardworking he believed completely in what he did. You know he was the true punk, he didn't care what anybody else thought and I think he's going to be very very sadly missed."

Stream the full session over at BBC Radio 6 Music.

21:00 short intro
22:05 performance of "Regret"
26:19 first segment finishes, resumes normal Radio 6 programming
46:13 second segment begins
46:35 performance of "Run"
50:44 interview with Hook
58:13 performance of "Totally Wired"

Peter Hook & The Light return to North America next month to perform the Joy Division and New Order compilations Substance in full. The tour includes a Detroit area stop at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on May 3rd and tickets are available here.

Peter Hook - Substance tour

Apr 24 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Apr 27 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Apr 28 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Apr 30 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
May 01 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
May 03 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 04 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 05 -- Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
May 07 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
May 08 -- Vancouver, BC @ Venue
May 10 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
May 11 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
May 12 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
May 14 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 15 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
May 17 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
May 18 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern*
May 19 -- San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
May 21 -- Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
May 22 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada
May 23 -- Austin, TX @ Mohawk
May 25 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
May 26 -- Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
May 27 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
May 29 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
May 30 -- San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
May 31 -- Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Jun 02 -- West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street
Jun 03 -- Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
Jun 04 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre

Published March 19th, 2018

Last year Depeche Mode launched a Facebook Fan Takeover series and selected a different fan each day to share their thoughts, memories, and love on the official Depeche Mode page. Yesterday was the final day of the takeover and Depeche Mode saved their most influential fan and biggest supporter for last - Daniel Miller.

Miller signed Depeche Mode to Mute Records in 1981 and gave them a launching pad for their career. He went on to co-produce several of their albums, offered guidance and helped develop the band artistically. During Miller's takeover yesterday, he posted several pictures of Depeche Mode from his collection and revealed that one of his big regrets is that he didn't document the band's early years enough. Check out Miller's introductory comments about Depeche Mode below and view all his posts on Facebook.

Meanwhile today Martin Gore officially wrapped up the takeover series by posting a video of himself thanking all the fans and those who participated in the fan takeover. Gore reveals the band enjoyed all the postings and stated that the other members of Depeche Mode will also be posting some comments about the series shortly.

UPDATE: Andy Fletcher has posted a thank you video and Dave Gahan posted a picture of his handwritten thank you letter to fans.

Daniel Miller comments on Depeche Mode:

"Hi, my name is Daniel Miller.

After studying film, a stint as an editor and doing some travelling and DJ'ing, I started Mute Records. That was 40 years ago this year. During those years I've had the privilege of working with some of the most talented and important artists of the era including Erasure, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Moby, Goldfrapp and many others including of course, Depeche Mode with whom I've collaborated for over 35 years co-producing their first five albums and then watching their evolution and artistic growth from the comfort of my Mute office desk, lending a hand in the studio whenever needed.
Over that time I’m seen them grow from supporting Fad Gadget at the Bridgehouse pub in the east end of London playing to 15 people to the incredible place they are today. To say its been a ‘journey’ would be the greatest understatement when its been such a life changing and enhancing experience for me personally.

Mute is still going strong and although the band are no longer ‘on' the label I continue to remain close to the guys and still help out a bit in the studio which continues be a great pleasure for me.

I'm going to post some photos today that show the band at work and play.

One of my regrets is that i didn’t document the early years nearly enough- maybe i was too focused on the job in hand, but i hope you find these interesting and they give you a little insight."

Depeche Mode - North American tour

May 22 -- Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
May 24 -- Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
May 27 -- San Antonio, TX @ AT & T Center
May 29 -- Tulsa, OK @ BoK Center
Jun 01 -- Chicago, IL @ United Center
Jun 03 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Jun 06 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Jun 09 -- Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Jun 11 -- Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

Published March 19th, 2018

Johnny Marr continues to tease his third solo album Call The Comet. Today he shared a short preview of a new song with the caption "make your way to the edge of the world" on social media. It may be only 10 seconds, but it'll fill your heart with joy and might just be the best 10 seconds of your day.

Check it out below:

Published March 19th, 2018

Wire's first three albums Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154 are undisputed post-punk classics that heavily influenced countless artists and still remain vital and relevant today. Today Wire announced the release of special expanded editions of these timeless albums, plus remastered standard editions of the original releases on vinyl and CD.

The expanded editions of Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154 are encompassing definitive versions. Pink Flag will be released as a 2CD set; Chairs Missing and 154 are both 3CD sets. The first disc in each set includes a remastered version of the original material, and the extra disc(s) come with a ton of bonus material including non-album singles, b-sides, alternate versions, demos, and previously unreleased material. The sets are packaged with an 80 page hardback book with lyrics, commentary, archival photos, and new interviews with Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Grey, and Bruce Gilbert. These special editions arrive May 18th and are available to pre-order through Wire's store. It should be noted that the extra/bonus tracks from these reissues will not be released digitally.

On June 22nd, Wire will issue standard CD and standard vinyl editions of Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154. Other than remastered audio, Wire attempted to keep these standard editions as similar to the original releases as possible. The vinyl releases have the same artwork as the originals (minus the Harvest logo). The digi-pack CDs have identical tracklistings to their vinyl counterparts. According to Wire, "these versions should be considered Wire’s classic 1970s albums, pure and undiluted."

Meanwhile Wire will be releasing a singles box set for Record Store Day in the U.K. on April 21st. The box set Nine Sevens collects nine 7-inch singles recorded between 1977 and 1980 along with the rare EP given away with the first pressings of 154. Though the release is restricted to the U.K., the singles will be individually released digitally after Record Store Day.

View the tracklistings for the Wire special editions + Nine Sevens box set below

Pink Flag - CD 1/Original album

Field Day For The Sundays
Three Girl Rhumba
Ex Lion Tamer
Start To Move
It's So Obvious
Surgeon's Girl
Pink Flag
The Commercial
Straight Line
106 Beats That
Mr. Suit
Different To Me
Feeling Called Love

Pink Flag - CD 2 demos/alt mixes

The Commerical
Mr. Suit
Pink Flag
Surgeon's Girl
Field Day For The Sundays
106 Beats That
Different To Me
Ex Lion Tamer
Start To Move
Three Girl Rhumba (alt mix)
Ex Lion Tamer (alt mix)
12XU (mono mix)
Mannequin (mono mix)
It's So Obvious (alt mix)

Chairs Missing - CD 1/Original album

Practice Makes Perfect
French Film Blurred
Another The Letter
Men 2nd
Sand In My Joints
Being Sucked In Again
Outdoor Miner
I Am The Fly
I Feel Mysterious Today
From The Nursery
Used To
Too Late

Chairs Missing - CD 2/singles, b-sides, studio recordings

I Am The Fly (single version)
Dot Dash
Options R
Outdoor Miner (single version)
Practice Makes Perfect (single version)
Underwater Experiences (advision version)

Chairs Missing - CD3 - studio demos

Practice Makes Perfect
Oh No Not So
Culture Vultures
It's The Motive
Love Ain't Polite
French Film Blurred (version 1)
Sand In My Joints
Too Late
I Am The Fly
Underwater Experiences
I Feel Mysterious Today
Dot Dash
French Film Blurred (version 2)
Options R
Finistaire (Mercy)
From The Nursery
Indirect Enquiries (version 1)
Outdoor Miner
Chairs Missing (Used To)
Being Sucked In Again
Men 2nd
Another The Letter
No Romans

154 - CD1/original album

I Should Have Known Better
Two People In A Room
The 15th
The Other Window
Single K.O.
A Touching Display
On Returning
A Mutual Friend
Blessed State
Once Is Enough
Map Ref. 41°N 93°W
Indirect Enquiries
40 Versions

154 - CD 2/singles, B-sides and studio recordings

A Question Of Degree (single)
Former Airline (single)
Go Ahead (single)
Our Swimmer (single)
Midnight Bahnhof Cafe (single)
Our Swimmer [2nd length] (single)
Catapult 30 (single)
Song 1 (154 EP)
Get Down 1 + 2 (154 EP)
Let's Panic Later (154 EP)
Small Electric Piece (154 EP)

154 - CD3/studio demos

40 Versions
Ignorance No Plea (I Should Have Known Better)
Blessed State
A Touching Display
The 15th
A Mutual Friend
Once Is Enough
The Other Window
Stepping Off Too Quick
Indirect Enquiries v2
Map Ref. 41°N 93°W
Single K.O.
On Returning
A Question Of Degree
Former Airline
Two People In A Room

Nine Sevens - boxset

#1 - Mannequin
Feeling Called Love

#2 - I Am The Fly
I Am The Fly
Ex Lion Tamer

#3 - Dot Dash
Dot Dash
Options R

#4 - Outdoor Miner
Outdoor Miner
Practice Makes Perfect

#5 - A Question Of Degree
A Question Of Degree
Former Airline

#6 - Map Ref. 41°N 93°W
Map Ref. 41°N 93°W
Go Ahead

#7 - Our Swimmer
Our Swimmer
Midnight Bahnhof Café

#8 - 154 EP
Song 1
Get Down pts 1 & 2
Let's Panic Later
Small Electric Piece

#9 - 2nd Length
2nd Length (Our Swimmer)
Catapult 30

Published March 19th, 2018

Swoon city: Richard Ashcroft and Liam Gallagher are playing a few shows overseas together later this year and now they've announced they're teaming up for a North American tour. The two legends head to North America in May for a six-date engagement which does NOT include a Detroit date. If you'd like to see this dream tour, the general onsale for tickets is Friday, March 23rd. Pre-sales start March 21st and March 22nd, depending on the show. See the tour itinerary and ticket info down below.

In the early 90s prior to becoming massive, Oasis opened up for The Verve and later eclipsed their success. Liam Gallagher (and for that matter Noel) maintained a close friendship with Ashcroft and Liam appeared on a few Verve recordings, including "History," "Space and Time," and the brillant "Come On." In 2012 Ashcroft revealed a bit about Gallagher's participation on "Come On":

"If you concentrate you can hear some demented guy screaming "COME ON" and I imagine everyone thinks that's me, but I remember him doing it. He arrived at the studio in Barnes with a tape of a song he'd just done with John Squire. So he proceeded, as he does, and played it 15 times in a row in the studio, so I played him "Bittersweet" and I said we're doing "Come On" now -- you've got to be on it. He went into this booth with someone else and he was going ballistic at the end of it, smashing his tambourine against the side of the vocal booth."

In recent months Ashcroft also paid tribute to Gallagher at the Q Awards, calling him "the real fucking thing" and "the legend."

Liam Gallagher is touring in support of his debut solo album As You Were; Richard Ashcroft's latest solo record These People was released in 2016.

Liam Gallagher - Richard Ashcroft North American tour

May 10 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic (pre-sales start 3/21)
May 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre (pre-sales start 3/22)
May 13 -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre For The Performing Arts (pre-sales start 3/21)
May 14 -- Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (pre-sales start 3/21)
May 16 -- New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage (pre-sales start 3/21)
May 17 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn's Landing (pre-sales start 3/22)

Published March 19th, 2018


It turns out Morrissey was fibbing a bit in his song "Spent The Day In Bed." He hasn't really stopped watching the news, or the very least he hasn't stopped reading the news. The legend was pretty ruffled by yesterday's feature in The Independent titled This Charmless Man: How Morrissey's big mouth struck again...and again.  The piece was by no means complimentary, however it doesn't particularly stand out all that much from other op-ed/commentaries that have been omnipresent since last fall.

At any rate, Morrissey wasn't having any of it and called out the paper for being "fake news," "old news" and "no news." Later in a subsequent post he urged fans that were "tired of reading the same old shit" from The Independent to contact them and complain. [He made it clear that doesn't hate all media - BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, Q, and Clash Magazine were acknowledged for their support]. 

Check out the posts below or over on Facebook:

Meanwhile, Morrissey played an hour long set at Vive Latino 2018 in Mexico City last night. His set was part of the festival's live stream - if you missed the performance or just want to relive the magic, check it out in full below.

Published March 18th, 2018


Nine Inch Nails appeared on BBC Music 6 today in promotion of two upcoming London shows - they play Meltdown festival on June 22nd, and a newly announced show June 24th at London's Royal Albert Hall. Near the end of the interview, host Tom Ravenscroft asked for a progress report on the band's third and final installment in their EP trilogy. Reznor revealed that they were still completing work on the EP but it will be out before the shows take place in June. According to Reznor, the final EP took a bit longer than originally planned due to an unexpected creative delay:

"We started out with a pretty rigid concept of what the three EPs were going to be, having not written them all, but had a kind of blueprint for the trajectory and the sound. And then as we finished the last one, Add Violence, and started work on what we thought was going to be the third EP, we found ourselves - it felt too predictable. It felt like what we originally -- the map we'd kind of drawn out, the plot line -- felt like we were forcing things musically and storytelling-wise, just the whole trajectory.

We thought it was a brief phase and we kept at it and it still inherently felt wrong, so we -- the reason it's been a little bit delayed, is it took us awhile to, for what has become the third EP, to reveal itself to us. It was kind of a left turn, a surprise, it took us awhile to wrap our heads around it, but we're in the process of finishing that right now and that should be out before these shows take place."

Reznor also briefly talked about playing Meltdown, which is being curated by Robert Smith this year:

"We absolutely love The Cure and Robert Smith. I've been a lifelong fan. To be asked (to play), it didn't take much thought on our part."

Stream the full interview with Nine Inch Nails here (begins ~ 1:46:30).

Published March 15th, 2018
Drummer Charlie Quintana has died at the age of 56. Quintana was a founding member of The Plugz and over the years played with numerous artists including Bob Dylan, Cracker, Mike Ness, and Social Distortion. Quintana was an official member of Social Distortion from 2000 and played on 2004's Sex, Love and Rock N Roll before departing the band in 2009.

The cause of death has not been announced. Read more over at Billboard.


Published March 15th, 2018

Morrissey appeared on the Mexican daytime television show Sale el Sol today ahead of his March 17th gig at Vive Latino in Mexico City. Moz's performance was somewhat unusual for him - he and the band roughly re-enacted the kitschy music video for "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage," blue suits and all.

As it was Morrissey's first ever appearance on Mexican TV, the show's hosts spent a few minutes to explain to viewers why Morrissey is a music icon, then rolled a montage of video featuring Morrissey and The Smiths, then finally Moz and his band took the stage and did their thing.

Watch how it all went down below.

FYI: the interview and montage is in Spanish. In case you don't want to watch the interview/montage, I posted three versions of the video so you can easily skip over the parts you don't want to watch.

This video is forwarded to Morrissey's performance

Video forwarded to the montage + performance

Full video - interview, montage, and performance

Published March 15th, 2018

Johnny Marr is preparing to release his third studio album Call The Comet later this year. Marr previously described the album as "out there," "dramatic," and "emotional," and now he's offered up a few more nuggets about the record. In a new interview with Uncut he revealed that the big challenge to writing the record was the current global political climate. He did his best to not let politics hamper his creativity, but it was a challenge to rise above it and make the best record he possibly could under the circumstances:

“I almost had to make a pact with myself to get around the political issue, so that my record wouldn’t be spoilt by it. The best thing I can do is let the people who are interested in me know that I’m still one of the good guys; that I’m feeling it with them."

Asked to shared his thoughts on Morrissey's political views, he said "I never thought about that. I have other concerns," and he also revealed that he predicts an alternate society will emerge in the future with compassion and love for people and animals.

The full interview was published in the latest issue of Uncut which hit newstands this week. An excerpt from the interview is available to view here.

Call The Comet will be released later this year. An official release date has not yet been announced.

Published March 15th, 2018

Liz Phair celebrates the 25th anniversary of her landmark album Exile In Guyville with a boxset. Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Boxset will be released on 7LPs or 3CDs and includes a remastered version of the groundbreaking album along with restored audio of the complete set of the previously unreleased Girly-Sound tapes. The set also includes an extensive book featuring essays by Liz Phair, an oral history, previously unpublished photos, unreleased artwork, memorabilia, and more. The boxset will be released on May 4th and is available to pre-order now.

The big draw of this boxset is twofold: Exile In Guyville has been out of print on vinyl for years. But the most exciting and exclusive component is the inclusion of the Girly-Sound tapes. In 1991 Phair recorded three cassettes of her songs using the name Girly-Sound. She dubbed copies for her friends, but never released the cassettes. As time went on, copies of the tapes circulated and eventually came to the attention of Matador, who were blown away by Phair's raw, uncompromising sound and went on to sign her, and the rest is history. Years later the cassettes are released officially for the first time as part of the boxset.

Today Phair shared the Girly-Sound version of "Divorce Song" plus announced a handful of live dates in support of the release (no Detroit date). Check it all out along with the full tracklisting for Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Boxset below.

Liz Phair - tour

May 31 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge
Jun 01 -- San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Jun 02 -- Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
Jun 04 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
Jun 06 -- Boston, MA @ Sinclair
Jun 07 -- Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust
Jun 09 -- Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Boxset - Tracklisting

Exile In Guyville (double LP)

01. 6’1”
02. Help Me Mary
03. Glory
04. Dance Of The Seven Veils
05. Never Said
06. Soap Star Joe
07. Explain It To Me
08. Canary
09. Mesmerizing
10. Fuck and Run
11. Girls! Girls! Girls!
12. Divorce Song
13. Shatter
14. Flower
15. Johnny Sunshine
16. Gunshy
17. Stratford-On-Guy
18. Strange Loop

Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Mutha (Double LP)

01. White Babies
02. Shane
03. 6 Dick Pimp
04. Divorce Song
05. Go West
06. Don’t Holdyrbreath
07. Johnny Sunshine
08. Miss Lucy
09. Elvis Song
10. Dead Shark
11. One Less Thing
12. Money
13. In Love w/Yself

Girls! Girls! Girls! (Double LP)

01. Hello Sailor
02. Wild-Thing
03. Fuck And Run
04. Easy Target
05. Soap Star Joe
06. Ant In Alaska
08. Polyester Bride
09. Thrax
10. Miss Mary Mack
11. Clean
12. Love Song
13. Valentine

Sooty (one LP)

01. Gigolo
02. Flower
03. Batmobile
04. Slave
05. Open Season
06. Suckerfish
07. California
08. South Dakota
09. Bomb
10. Easy
11. Chopsticks

Published March 15th, 2018

Beck hits the road later this month for a tour in support of his album Colors. Today he expanded the tour by adding a string of summer dates to the tour. The new leg kicks off in Detroit July 6th at the Fox Theatre. The pre-sale kicks off Tuesday March 20th and the general onsale is Friday, March 23rd. Head here for tickets.

Along with the tour announcement Beck shared a new remix of "Up All Night" which is available to stream below.

Beck - North American tour (new dates in bold)

Mar 23 -- Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Mar 24 -- Houston, TX @ In Bloom Music Festival
Apr 07 -- Toluca, MX @ Ceremonia 2018
Apr 26 -- Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
Apr 27 -- Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
Apr 29 -- Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Amphitheater
Apr 30 -- Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 01 -- Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 04 -- New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest
May 05 -- Birmingham, AL @ Concert Hall at the BJCC
May 06 -- Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
Jul 06 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Jul 07 -- Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Jul 10 -- Montreal, QC @ Place Bell
Jul 15 -- Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Jul 19 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Jul 20 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
Sep 22 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverick Center

Published March 15th, 2018


Morrissey's debut solo album Viva Hate was released 30 years ago today. As the story goes, as The Smiths combusted in August 1987, Morrissey decided he wanted to do a solo album. Months later he was in the studio recording Viva Hate. The sessions began in October and wrapped up by year's end, with the album being released March 14th, 1988. Led by the debut single "Suedehead," Viva Hate was a majestic and sonic launching pad to Morrissey's successful solo career and is one of the most beloved gems in his enduring and artistically credible catalog.

Morrissey enlisted Stephen Street to produce and write the music for Viva Hate, but over recent years there's been a bit of controversy as to who should receive songwriting credit. As with The Smiths, Morrissey wrote the lyrics to all of the songs, and there is no doubt over Morrissey's contributions, however the debate is over who wrote the music. In addition to producing, Street received credit for writing Viva Hate, however guitarist Vini Reilly (best known for leading Factory's influential post-punk band The Durutti Column) has claimed that he was the one to write every track on Viva Hate except for "Suedehead," and even did some of the production.

Street calls Reilly's claims preposterous, especially since Street began writing songs for Morrissey before they had even entered the studio in October 1987, but Reilly maintains that he was the one that wrote the songs along with Morrissey. Reilly claims he never pushed for songwriting credit because he just wanted to work on the music and knew that Street was paranoid that Reilly was trying to take over as songwriter. Reilly now feels that it was "bad manners" for Morrissey, Street, and Morrissey's management to use his talents without the courtesy of songwriting credit.

Watch video of Street and Reilly telling their version of the story in separate interview with The Prism Archive plus stream Viva Hate in full below.

Published March 14th, 2018

Ten years ago The Mission UK performed a series of live "farewell" shows in London at Shepherd's Bush Empire. The band played four of their albums in full over four consecutive nights, culminating with a second/bonus show on the final night featuring hits and fan favorites. The Mission later compiled portions of the concert for a DVD release The Mission - The Final Chapter, which was released in 2009. Now the full audio from live concert recordings will be immortalized on a new 5 disc box.

For Ever More Live At London Shepherd's Bush Empire 2008 features The Mission performing the 1987 compilation The First Chapter, albums God's Own Medicine, Children, and Carved In Sand; and the second/bonus show featuring hits and fan favorites. For Ever More Live At London Shepherd's Bush Empire 2008 will be released March 30th and is available to pre-order through Amazon and Cherry Red.

View the trailer for the 5CD set below along with the tracklist. FYI: the video for "Deliverance" below is taken from the 2009 DVD release which is available to purchase here.

The First Chapter: Wednesday, 27th February 2008

01. Tomorrow Never Knows
02. Serpent's Kiss
03. Over The Hills And Far Away
04. Naked And Savage
05. Garden Of Delight
06. Afterglow
07. Wishing Well
08. Wake (RSV)
09. The Crystal Ocean
10. Like A Hurricane
11. 1969
12. Dancing Barefoot
13. Beyond The Pale
14. Shelter From The Storm

God's Own Medicine - Thursday 28th February 2008

01. Wasteland
02. Bridges Burning
03. And The Dance Goes On
04. Grip Of Disease
05. Dance On Glass
06. Stay With Me
07. Island In A Stream
08. Love Me To Death
09. Severina
10. Let Sleeping Dogs Die
11. Blood Brother
12. Deliverance
13. Garden Of Delight
14. Evangeline
15. Sacrilege

Children - Friday 29th February 2008

01. Beyond The Pale
02. A Wing And A Prayer
03. Fabienne
04. Divided We Fall
05. Heat
06. Heaven On Earth
07. Dream On
08. Like A Child Again
09. Child's Play
10. Hymn (For America)
11. Forevermore
12. Black Mountain Mist
13. Breathe
14. Kingdom Come
15. Tower Of Strength

Carved In Sand - Saturday 1st March 2008

01. Amelia
02. Hands Across The Ocean
03. Into The Blue
04. Paradise (Will Shine Like The Moon Tonight)
05. Butterfly On A Wheel
06. Sea Of Love
07. Grapes Of Wrath/Lovely
08. Bird Of Passage
09. Belief
10. Hungry As The Hunter
11. Deliverance
12. Like A Child Again
13. Mr Pleasant
14. Serpent's Kiss
15. Wasteland

Bonus Disc - Saturday 1st March 2008

01. Like A Hurricane
02. Over The Hills And Far Away
03. Bridges Burning
04. Dance On Glass
05. Stay With Me
06. Island In A Stream
07. Love Me To Death
08. Dream On
09. Fabienne
10. Severina
11. Wake (RSV)
12. Forevermore
13. 1969
14. Shelter From The Storm
15. Tower Of Strength

Published March 14th, 2018

Synth mastermind and genius Chris Carter of the legendary Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey returns with a new solo album this month. He's previously issued the tracks "Blissters" and "Cernubicua" over the last few weeks and today he's premiered an impressive and smooth new creation titled "Moon Two." Check out the official video for "Moon Two" below.

Carter says his album includes 25 songs and Chris Carter's Chemistry Lessons Volume One was influenced by '60s radiophonic. Along with the music, Carter also created all the videos and visuals at his home studio. The album will be released on March 30th and is available to preorder through Amazon and Mute.

Meanwhile, Carter recently whipped up a sensational hourlong mix of tracks featuring artists and songs he's been influenced by for The Synth Hero Show. Check out the mix below or on Soundcloud.

Published March 14th, 2018

A new 5 disc box set collecting demo sessions and live recordings from The New York Dolls will be released this spring. Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975 features demos, live shows, and radio sessions from the legendary band. The set captures the band at their best - raw, intense, and powerful.

The demos are taken from three sessions prior to the band's short lived stay on Mercury Records and includes early versions of "Trash," "Personality Crisis," "Pills," "Jet Boy," and more. It should be noted that these demos were previously released in 2006 on Private World: The Complete Early Studio Demos 1972 - 1973, however the compilation is now out of print. The bulk of the material on the set - three discs - is taken from live shows from 1973 through 1975. Of note one of the live sets is the band's Detroit performance captured on New Year's Eve 1973 at the Michigan Palace. All of the material - demos and live material - has been remastered and comes packaged in a clamshell box.

Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972 - 1975 arrives April 27th and is available to pre-order through Amazon and Cherry Red. View the tracklisting below:

Disc 1 - Studio Demos 72 - 73

Blue Rock Studio, NYC, June ‘72

01. Bad Girl
02. Looking For A Kiss
03. Don't Start Me Talkin'
04. Don't Mess With Cupid
05. Human Being
06. Personality Crisis
07. Pills
08. Jet Boy
09. Frankenstein

Escape Studios, UK, Oct ‘72

10. Personality Crisis
11. Looking For A Kiss
12. Bad Girl
13. Subway Train

Planet Studios, NYC, March '73

14. Seven Day Weekend
15. Frankenstein
16. Who Are The Mystery Girls?
17. (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown
18. Back In The USA

Disc 2 - Studio Demos 1973

Planet Studios, NYC, March '73

01. Endless Party
02. Jet Boy
03. It's Too Late (False Start)
04. It's Too Late (Full Version)
05. Bad Detective
06. Lonely Planet Boy
07. Subway Train
08. Private World
09. Trash
10. Human Being
11. Don't Start Me Talkin'
12. Hoochie Coochie Man
13. (Give Him A) Great Big Kiss
14. Vietnamese Baby
15. Babylon
16. Bad Girl
17. Pills
18. Personality Crisis
19. Houdini
20. One Night In Texas
21. After The Storm
22. Percy The Pimp
23. Running Wild
24. All In Your Mind
25. Suicide
26. Feel Like I've Been Here Before
27. Who Do You Love
28. The Best Friend I've Ever Had

Disc 3 - Live

Bataclan, Paris, December 23rd, 1973

01. Trash
02. The Milk Man
03. Puss n' Boots

Michigan Palace, Detroit, December 31st, 1973

04. Intro/Personality Crisis
05. Bad Girl
06. Looking For A Kiss
07. Who Are The Mystery Girls?
08. Stranded In The Jungle
09. Human Being
10. Pills
11. Trash
12. The Milk Man
13. Puss 'N' Boots
14. Babylon
15. Lone Star Queen
16. Don't Start Me Talkin'

My Father's Place, Long Island, April 14th, 1974 (WBAB Radio Broadcast)

17. Puss N Boots
18. Looking For A Kiss
19. Trash
20. Stranded In The Jungle
21. Personality Crisis
22. Bad Girl
23. Pills

Disc 4 - Live

My Father's Place, Long Island April 14th, 1974 (WBAB Radio Broadcast)

01. Hoochie Coochie Man
02. It's Too Late
03. Chatterbox
04. Human Being

Vancouver, Circa June/July 1974

05. Hoochie Coochie Man
06. (Give Him A) Great Big Kiss
07. Don't Mess With Cupid
08. Chatterbox
09. Babylon
10. (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown
11. Who Are The Mystery Girls?
12. Jet Boy
13. Human Being

Dallas, September 1974

14. Intro/Personality Crisis
15. Vietnamese Baby
16. Bad Girl
17. (Give Him A) Great Big Kiss

Disc 5 - Live

Dallas, September 1974

01. Pills
02. Frankenstein
03. Lone Star Queen
04. Don't Start Me Talkin'

New York, 1975

05. Red Patent Leather
06. On Fire
07. Something Else
08. Daddy Rolling Stone
09. Ain't Got No Home/Dizzy Miss Lizzy
10. Girls Girls Girls
11. Down Down Downtown
12. Pirate Love
13. Pills
14. Teenage News
15. Personality Crisis/Looking For A Kiss
16. Stranded In The Jungle

Published March 14th, 2018

Violent Femmes announced new dates for a West Coast headline tour. No word yet if a more extensive tour will be announced. View the full itinerary below.

Last year Violent Femmes released a collection of recordings taken from their live radio sessions titled 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged and Unhinged In America. Head to Spotify to stream the album in full or purchase it here.

Violent Femmes - North American tour

Jun 11 -- Denver, CO @ Botanic Gardens
Jun 13 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden
Jun 14 -- Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Jun 16 -- Portland, OR @ Portland Zoo Amphitheatre
Jun 17 -- Seattle, WA @ Woodland Park Zoo
Jun 20 -- Reno, NV @ Cargo
Jun 21 -- Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
Jun 22 -- Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
Jun 24 -- Pasadena, CA @ Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018
Jun 25 -- San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's

Published March 14th, 2018
David Byrne released his new solo album American Utopia earlier this month. This week he premiered the first official video from the album, "Everybody's Coming To My House." Byrne teamed up with some talented local students from The Detroit School of Arts for the video - he enlisted the school's vocal jazz ensemble to sing the song plus the video was filmed in part by the school's radio and television department. Byrne paid the students for their contributions and he plans on donating all the streaming royalties from the video to the school.

Check out "Everybody's Coming To My House" below. A longer version of the video featuring interviews with the students and teachers from the Detroit School of Arts is available to view here.

Byrne will be on the road in support of American Utopia for most of the year. The tour brings him to the Fox Theatre in Detroit on August 10th.

David Byrne - North American tour

Mar 03 -- Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
Mar 04 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA @ FM Kirby Center
Mar 06 -- Buffalo, NY @ Center For The Arts
Mar 07 -- Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theatre
Mar 09 -- Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
Mar 10 -- Kingston, NY @ Ulster Performing Arts Center
Apr 03 -- Mexico City, MX @ Metropolitan Theater
Apr 05 -- Monterrey, MX @ Auditorio Pabellon
Apr 07 -- Guadalajara, MX @ Corona Capital
Apr 14 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
Apr 15 -- Tuscon, AZ @ Centennial Hall
Apr 17 -- San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theater
Apr 18 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center For The Arts
Apr 19 -- Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center - Ikeda Theater
Apr 21 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
Apr 24 -- Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
Apr 25 -- Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
Apr 27 -- San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
Apr 28 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall - Outside Lawn
May 04 -- Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
May 06 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 08 -- Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium
May 09 -- Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
May 10 -- Durham, NC @ Durham Pac
May 12 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
May 13 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center For The Arts
May 15 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
May 16 -- Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
May 17 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater
May 19 -- Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place
May 20 -- Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
May 21 -- Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
May 23 -- Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 24 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
May 27 -- Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
May 28 -- Eugene, OR @ Hult Center
May 30 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theater
Jun 02 -- Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater/Roosevelt University
Jun 05 -- Des Moines, IA @ Des Moines Civic Center
Jun 07 -- Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center For The Arts
Jun 08 -- St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
Jun 09 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Farmers Bureau Lawn
Jul 27 -- Camden, NJ @ Xponential Music Festival
Jul 31 -- Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavillion
Aug 01 -- Shelburne, VT @ Shelburne Museum - The Green
Aug 03 -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
Aug 05 -- Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation/Marvin Sands Performing Arts
Aug 08 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ Devos Performance Hall
Aug 10 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Aug 11 -- Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights
Aug 12 -- Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavillion at Riverbend
Aug 16 -- Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Aug 18 -- San Jose, CA @ City National Civic Auditorium
Aug 21 -- Sacramento, CA @ Community Theater
Aug 24 -- Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara County Bowl
Aug 28 -- Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Published March 14th, 2018

Pearl Jam have returned with a fiery new song titled "Can't Deny Me." The band recorded the single in Seattle last month with Brendan O'Brien and surprised Ten Club members with the free download last week. This week Pearl Jam officially released the track as a digital single and has also made available to streaming services (other than You Tube).

"Can't Deny Me" is the first single from the band's forthcoming new album. No further details regarding the album have officially been announced yet but will likely be released prior to their upcoming baseball stadium tour.

Stream "Can't Deny Me" below:

Pearl Jam - Stadium Tour

Aug 08 -- Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field
Aug 10 -- Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field
Aug 13 -- Missoula, MT @ Washington-Grizzly Stadium
Aug 18 -- Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
Aug 20 -- Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
Sep 02 -- Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
Sep 04 -- Boston, MA @ Fenway Park

Published March 14th, 2018

Brian Eno announced details for a new boxset titled Music For Installations. The extensive set arrives on May 4th and features new, rare, and previously unreleased recordings from audio-visual installations from 1986 to present. Three versions of the boxset will be released: standard 6CD set, 9 piece LP set pressed on 180 gram vinyl, and limited edition super-deluxe 6CD set. Each edition includes an original Eno essay and for the deluxe CD, a unique, individually numbered Plexiglass cover book. View the tracklisting below and pre-order now through Amazon.

Meanwhile Eno's recent collaboration with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine will be released as a 12" single on April 21st for Record Store Day. The release features two songs: "The Weight Of History" and "Only Once Away My Son," the latter of which premiered last October as part of Adult Swim's singles series.

Music For Installations

Disc 1:

1:Kazakhstan (20:30)
2:The Ritan Bells (17:05)
3:Five Light Paintings (19:56)
4: Flower Bells (18:49)

Disc: 2

1: 77 Million Paintings (43:57)

Disc: 3

1: Atmospheric Lightness (30:40)
2: Chamber Lightness (25:00)

Disc: 4

1: I Dormienti (39:42)
2: Kites I (8:07)
3: Kites II (14:29)
4: Kites III (7:34)

Disc: 5

1: Needle Click (4:09)
2: Light Legs (3:38)
3: Flora and Fauna / Gleise 581d (3:56)
4: New Moons (4:03)
5: Vanadium (1:56)
6: All The Stars Were Out (3:53)
7: Hopeful Timean Intersect (5:13)
8: World Without Wind (5:24)
9: Delightful Universe (seen from above) (7:33)

Disc: 6

1: Unnoticed Planet (7:45)
2: Liquidambar (6:55)
3: Sour Evening (Complex Heaven 3) (8:12)
4: Surbahar Sleeping Music (18:16)

Published March 14th, 2018