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...hang the dj

...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

For music submissions, press releases, or questions/concerns:

hangthedjmag (at) gmail.com

Or hit me up on Twitter: @CristinaRocks

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Over the years John Fryer has produced countless influential and important acts - This Mortal Coil, Depeche Mode, Love and Rockets, Clan Of Xymox, Cocteau Twins, Yaz, Nine Inch Nails, and SO many more. Last year Fryer launched his latest project Black Needle Noise and since then has released two full length albums, including an 11 track record titled Lost In Reflections

Lost In Reflections features several guest vocalists, including electro-industrial pioneer Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly/Delerium/Intermix/etc) on the standout track "A Shiver Of Want." The single is a rare one-off collaboration to feature Leeb on vocals - though he's highly sought after, Leeb is known to refuse most collaborative offers. He agreed to work with Fryer after the two met and hit it off in Norway a few years ago. Though it took some time for the stars to align, they finally got together and created the dark electro track.

Leeb revealed the inspiration behind the introspective lyrics to "A Shiver Of Want":

"To me, the lyrics are like you are peering through a looking glass at your life, as if it were a third person. You are trying to grasp its fluidity as it slips through your mind and soul, having absolutely no control of where it is truly taking you on its final journey. Somehow one tries to come to terms with this, but it never gives you a clear picture or resolves in your subliminal state or dreams.

Everyone knows it will end, but I do hope somehow a realm of consciousness will arise and we can all dream for eternity through our spirits. Yes maybe this sounds a bit optimistic, but we need to find hope in one form or another. A shiver of want."

Black Needle Noise recently premiered the video for "A Shiver Of Want" which was shot in Norway, the U.S., and Germany. Check it out below:

Lost In Reflections is available to purchase from Amazon, Bandcamp, and Pledge Music

Published October 23rd, 2017

Inspiral Carpets singer Stephen Holt is releasing a new single this week with his band The Rainkings. The song "Good Times" is in memory of Carpets' drummer Craig Gill, who took his life last year after suffering from tinnitus. Proceeds from the single will be donated to the British Tinnitus Association.

Holt was recently made an ambassador of the BTA's Plug'em campaign which seeks to spread the word about tinnitus and encourage music fans and concert attendees to use earplugs to help prevent tinnitus. Find out more about the campaign here.

The single will be released October 27th as a digital download. For now, stream a preview of the track below:

Published October 23rd, 2017


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #29: Tawdry Motives

Rock it old school with another streaming celebration of classic alternative jams from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. This week's episode includes music from Bauhaus, Ride, The House Of Love, The Cure, Blur, Tragically Hip, The Verve, Beck, Buzzcocks, and The Smiths.

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

Music news stories from the past week:

Bauhaus - Undead: The Visual History Of Bauhaus
Ramones announce 40th anniversary edition of Rocket To Russia
Patrick Fitzgerald of Kitchens Of Distinction writes palliative care self-help book
Liam Gallagher wins Q Awards
Morrissey premieres "Spent The Day In Bed" video
The Breeders BBC session + live video
The Mission announce double live LP Bending The Arc
Gord Downie, R.I.P.
Genesis Breyer P. Orridge reveals leukemia diagnosis
Bauhaus - The Sky's Gone Out turns 35

Psychic TV's Genesis Breyer P. Orridge has been diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. Orridge made the announcement on Facebook, revealing experimental chemotherapy treatments will begin on October 23rd. As a result Orridge will be unable to manage touring and has postponed all further tour dates which were scheduled for this year.

Send love and strength Orridge's way and read her indepth statement on her health here.

Published October 22nd, 2017

Patrick Fitzgerald is best known for his outstanding and brilliant work in Kitchens Of Distinction, however he is also a licensed and well-respected physician.

Fitzgerald studied medicine in London and became a doctor in 2007, and his medical interest is hospice/palliative care. He recently co-wrote a self-help book titled Making Peace With The End Of Life with Sarah Rayner. The book's aim is to help lessen the pain and anxiety of end of life issues and to and improve experiences for those facing their final days/weeks/months.

This weekend Fitzgerald is giving away Kindle copies of Making Peace With The End Of Life  -- just head over to Amazon to obtain your free copy.

The book was also recently published as a paperback, and it is available to purchase on Amazon.

Published October 22nd, 2017


Bauhaus released their third album The Sky's Gone Out on this day in 1982.

The essential and seminal goth masterpiece kicks off with the band's impeccable cover of Brian Eno's "Third Uncle" and includes the stunningly gorgeous "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything," emotional mini-opera "The Three Shadows," and wraps up with the supernatural "Exquisite Corpse" featuring Derek Thompson's dialogue and A+ snoring.

Insanely amazing, enthralling, haunting, and timeless.

Stream in full glory on Spotify.

Published October 19th, 2017

The Mission have announced plans to release a double live album titled Bending The Arc.

The album will be recorded November 7th in front of a studio audience in London at the Mission's final day of rehearsals for their upcoming UK tour. According to Wayne Hussey the live set will focus mostly on recent material as well as live versions of songs such as "Like A Child Again" and "Swoon" that have never been included on previous live releases. Additionally Hussey reveals that he's open to fan suggestions and encourages fan feedback on the band's official Facebook page.

Bending The Arc will be released December 11th (vinyl editions release date TBA) and is available to pre-order in a variety of formats and bundles. Head over to the Mission's store, Live Here Now or Pledge Music to check out all the options.

The Mission's last studio album Another Fall From Grace was released in 2016 and features guest appearances from Gary Numan and Martin L Gore.

Published October 19th, 2017

The Breeders are on the road in the UK this month and in promotion of the tour they stopped by BBC 6 Music. During the live session the band played two songs - the new single "Wait In The Car" and Title TK track "Off You." They also revealed their new album will be released in 2018, though declined to offer up additional info other than to say it'll be released on 4AD. Stream the audio from the live session here (heads up: it autoplays).

"Wait In The Car" is available now as a digital single and three different 7" physical editions are in the works. All three 7" singles include unique cover art backed with a different b-side, and come pressed on colored vinyl. Learn more here.

Meanwhile, check out some fan-filmed video of The Breeders in action below:

The Breeders -- North American tour

Oct 29 -- St. Paul, MN* @ Xcel Energy Centre
Oct 30 -- Chicago, IL* @ United Center
Nov 01 -- Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Nov 03 -- Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Nov 04 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Nov 05 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Nov 06 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 08 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Nov 09 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox at Market
Nov 11 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Nov 12 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Nov 13 -- Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

Published October 19th, 2017

Liam Gallagher was honored yesterday at the Q Awards. Gallagher scored two trophies - Best Live Act and Icon - at the magazine's annual award ceremony which was held at the Roundhouse in London. Musical genius Richard Ashcroft of The Verve showered his BFF Gallagher with praise while presenting him the award for Best Live Act, calling him "the legend" and "the real fucking thing."

Video of Ashcroft's full commentary isn't available to view online, but you can enjoy a clip with Gallagher's acceptance speech below along with some fan filmed photos.

Other Q Award winners include Kelley Deal (Gibson Les Paul Award), Gorillaz (Best Album), and Manic Street Preachers (Inspiration Award).

Published October 19th, 2017
Every Tragically Hip fan hoped and prayed the day would never come, but sadly Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip has died. The heartbroken band announced the news on their website revealing the rock legend passed away on the evening of October 17th at the age of 53. Read the full statement from the Tragically Hip below:

"Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by.

Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips.

Gord said he had lived many lives. As a musician, he lived “the life” for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one.

We would like to thank all the kind folks at KGH and Sunnybrook, Gord’s bandmates, management team, friends and fans. Thank you for all the help and support over the past two years.

Thank you everyone for all the respect, admiration and love you have given Gord throughout the years – those tender offerings touched his heart and he takes them with him now as he walks among the stars.

Love you forever Gord."

Downie remained a creative force to be reckoned with until the very end - he recorded his final solo album Introduce Yerself over a four day period earlier this year. Downie was unable to live to see the album's release, which had already been slated to arrive on CD and digital album download on October 28th with the vinyl edition (double gatefold vinyl) following on December 1st. The release plans will stay intact and those interested can pre-order here.

R.I.P. to a legend.

Published October 19th, 2017


Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus is releasing a new book celebrating the legendary band's remarkable career and legacy. Bauhaus – Undead The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus chronicles the pioneering goth band's visual journey from 1979 through their reunion in 1998. The 315 page hardcover book includes previously unpublished photos, a delicious array of memorabilia (handwritten lyrics, tour itineraries, set lists, ticket stubs, band flyers, etc), a Bauhaus comic strip, and personal stories/commentary from Haskins.

Bauhaus – Undead The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus will be released in December and will be available to pre-order here starting October 31st (note: until pre-orders open the listing comes up as "out of stock").

Meanwhile Bauhaus have officially released the version of "Bela Lugosi Is Dead" from The Hunger for the first time ever. The digital single of "Bela Lugosi Is Dead (The Hunger Mix)" is available to purchase through iTunes and is streaming on Spotify. Check it out below:

Published October 17th, 2017

Ramones announced a 40th anniversary edition of Rocket To Russia will be released on November 24th. The album was originally released November 4th, 1977 and was the band's third overall album and the second record they released in 1977 (Leave Home, which was previously reissued this summer, was originally released in January 1977).

The 3CD/1LP Rocket To Russia 40th anniversary deluxe edition includes a remastered version of the original stereo mix and a new 40th Anniversary Tracking Mix by original Rocket To Russia engineer/mixer Ed Stasium. The collection also includes previously unreleased studio recordings and a multi-track recording of the band's December 19th, 1977 show at the Apollo Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. This limited edition deluxe release comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book.

Stream the previously unreleased live version of "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" from the collection below and pre-order the limited edition release here.

Published October 17th, 2017

Morrissey premiered the video for his new single "Spent The Day In Bed" today. Moz lays down the law with his band in the performance video which also includes an appearance from UK football player Joey Barton. Check it out below:

Morrissey's new album Low In High School will be released on November 17th and is available to pre-order here.

Morrissey - U.S. tour

Oct 31 -- Portland, OR @ Schnitzer Concert Hall
Nov 02 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Nov 04 -- San Francisco, CA @ Masonic Auditorium
Nov 05 -- Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Nov 10 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Nov 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Nov 16 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
Nov 18 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
Nov 20 -- Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Nov 22 -- St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
Nov 25 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
Nov 28 -- Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
Nov 30 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Dec 02 -- New York, NY @ Theatre at Madison Square Garden
Dec 04 -- Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Dec 07 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Dec 10 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

Published October 17th, 2017