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According to a report in U.K. paper The Sun, U2's new album, the follow up to No Line On The Horizon, will be released before year's end. From the report:

"The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy. But they're very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."

It should be noted that The Sun is a tabloid, however earlier this year a spokesperson for U2 told the Guardian that the band's 13th album would not pushed back until 2015, plus last month a new U2 record allegedly appeared on Universal Music's listing of fall releases.

It's interesting to point out that over half of U2's albums --  Boy, October, the Unforgettable Fire, Rattle & Hum, Achtung Baby, All That You Can't Leave Behind, and How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb -- have been released in the months of October and November.

Published July 23rd, 2014 @ 9:17 AM


The iTunes Festival returns to the Roundhouse in London this September for a monthlong series of shows. As in past years, each night's concert will stream live worldwide via iTunes, the iTunes Festival app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch; and Apple TV. So far a handful of acts have been announced including Beck, Chrissie Hynde, Blondie, Kasabian, and Robert Plant.  The full schedule/roster of bands is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, catch up with the iTunes Festival here.

Published July 21st, 2014 @ 9:40 AM

Johnny Marr returns with his new solo album Playland on October 6th. Marr reveals he began working on the new batch of songs immediately after his tour cycle from the Messenger was over:

"When The Messenger came out I kept on writing. I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record."

The first single from Playland, "Easy Money" will debut shortly.  In the meantime, fans can pre-order the album now through iTunes and Amazon. The tracklisting for Playland is available to view below:

Back In The Box
Easy Money
25 Hours
The Trap
Speak Out Reach Out
Boys Get Straight
This Tension
Little King

FYI, Marr says the album title was inspired by a book written in 1938 by Dutch historian Johan Huizinga which examines the importance of play element in culture and society.

Published July 21st, 2014 @ 9:14 AM


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

8 am hour

Velvet Underground "Sunday Morning"
Blondie "The Tide Is High"
Erasure "Oh L'Amour"
XTC "Radios In Motion"
24 Gone "Trust"
Primitive Radio Gods "Standing Outside A Broken Phonebooth With Money In My Hand"
Clash "Janie Jones"
English Beat "Twist & Crawl"
Church "Reptile"
Social Distortion "Story Of My Life"
Ned's Atomic Dustbin "Happy"
La's "There She Goes"
Jane's Addiction "Ocean Size"

9 am hour:

Smashing Pumpkins "Tonight Tonight"
Liz Phair "Supernova"
Nirvana "Breed"
Pixies "Velouria"
Flesh For Lulu "I Go Crazy"
Book Of Love "I Touch Roses"
Garbage "Queer"
Weezer "El Scorcho"
Pluto "When She Was Happy"
House Of Love "Marble"
James "Sometimes"
Neil Young "Rockin' In The Free World"

10 am hour:

Oasis "Morning Glory"
Radiohead "Karma Police"
Teenage Fanclub "What You Do To Me"
Stray Cats "Rock This Town"
Madness "Madness"
Specials "Rudy, A Message To You"
U2 "Two Hearts Beat As One"
R.E.M. "Finest Worksong"
Chris Cornell "Can't Change Me"
Sugar "The Slim"
Bad Religion "21st Century Digital Boy"
Pearl Jam "Go"
New Order "True Faith"

11 am hour:

Cure "Push"
Morrissey "Hairdresser On Fire"
Elvis Costello "Veronica"
Lenny Kravitz "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
Ramones "Palisades Park"
Sex Pistols "Pretty Vacant"
Beastie Boys "Body Movin'"
Lemonheads "It's A Shame About Ray"
Ash "Girl From Mars"
Buzzcocks "Why Can't I Touch It?"
Camper Van Beethoven "Take The Skinheads Bowling"
Ride "Vapour Trail"

Published July 20th, 2014 @ 11:51 AM


Stream a short documentary about the decline of sound quality in the age of compressed music, mp3s, and shitty computer speakers. The Distortion of Sound features several musicians, producers, and sound engineers lamenting about how they meticulously obsess over creating high quality music, only to have listeners "enjoy" the finished product on sub-standard equipment and/or use low quality sources (mp3s, You Tube, streaming services, etc).

Though some believe this film is only for snobby audiophiles, I choose to differ. Fans who stream music, tape recordings off You Tube, or purchase mp3s should at least get an idea of a musician's stance. Besides, the film illustrates the difference (with samples) of compressed vs non-compressed music.

Warning: there's a LOT of Linkin Park in the film, especially the first half, but regardless if you love or hate the band, the film is still educational. The Distortion of Sound also features Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Slash, Hans Zimmer, Steve Aoki, and more.

Published July 18th, 2014 @ 6:37 PM

Erasure premiered the first single from its 16th studio album the Violet Flame today. Stream "Elevation" below:

"Elevation" will be released as a digital single on July 22nd (July 21st in UK/Europe) and a CD single version with extra tracks will be available in September. The Violet Flame will be released on September 23rd and is available to pre-order now through Pledge Music; more pre-order options (including iTunes) will be announced next week to coincide with the release of the digital single.

Don't miss Erasure on the road in North America this fall.

09/12 -- Miami, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach
09/13 -- Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
09/14 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theatre
09/17 -- Atlanta, GA @ Symphony Hall
09/19 -- Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club
09/21 -- Reading, PA @ Santander Performing Arts Center
09/26 -- Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata, The Music Box
09/27 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
09/28 -- Homestead, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
09/30 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
10/01 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/03 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
10/04 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
10/05 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
10/08 -- Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
10/10 -- Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
10/11 -- Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
10/12 -- San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center For the Performing Arts
10/14 -- Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
10/15 -- Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
10/17 -- New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
10/18 -- Austin, TX @ ACL Live
10/19 -- Austin, TX @ ACL Live
10/21 -- Phoenix, AX @ Comerica Theatre
10/22 -- San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's
10/24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
10/25 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
10/26 -- Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
10/28 -- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre
10/31 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Palms Casino Resort
11/01 -- Oakland, CA @ The Fox
12/30 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
12/31 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Published July 18th, 2014 @ 5:24 PM

Very bad news indeed: Only a few weeks after the release of its new album, German darkwave/post-punk/psych band Blue Angel Lounge has decided to pack it in and call it a day. The band posted the following announcement on Facebook:

"For many reasons internal and external, we have come to the conclusion to go on separate ways, new projects and discover what we we’ve been missing while working ambitiously on this project for almost a decade.

The Blue Angel Lounge has always been a project above a conceptual band, rather a musical community of friends and people in our close environment that eventually led us to an almost predictable but unfortunately abrupt end.

We would like to thank all of our fans and admirers for all the incredibly great support and for all the unforgettable moments we will never forget.

Last but not least. We would like to apologize to all the people that were involved at Paris Psych Fest and all the fans who wanted to see us play. We are deeply sorry but we could not find a way to get everybody together for one last time to give it the proper ending it definitely deserved.

We hope the music we have managed to achieve will outlast our short existence."

R.I.P. Blue Angel Lounge.

Blue Angel Lounge was unknown in mainstream music circles, however the band was loved and respected by bands such as Interpol, Dandy Warhols, A Place to Bury Strangers, and most notably, Brian Jonestown Massacre. [The band's swan song, Sea of Trees, was released a few weeks ago through A Recordings, Anton Newcombe's record label.] The band's biggest influence was Nico and the Velvet Underground: Blue Angel Lounge was named for the New York City club which hosted Nico's first American performance, and leader Nils Ottensmeyer's vocal style has often been compared to that of a male Nico.

Sea of Trees, the new and final album, compiles a few previously released singles ("Walls") along with brand new material, including the haunting single "Desolate Sands." Take a look at the videos for "Desolate Sands" and "Walls" below, and grab Sea of Trees on CD, vinyl, or as a digital album download (links to purchase: iTunes, Amazon).

Since you won't get the chance to see them perform live again, watch a high quality recording of Blue Angel Lounge performing below:

Enjoy the video for "In Distance" (from the Ewig EP, released in 2012)

Stream the self titled album from 2008 below (buy on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp )

Narcotica, the second full length album released in 2010 (buy on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp)

Published July 18th, 2014 @ 5:00 PM