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Earlier this month Martin Gore announced he'll release an instrumental/ambient solo album titled MG on April 28th. Today he shared the video for the album's first single "Europa Hymn" which is available to view below. Pre-order MG through iTunes, Amazon, and Gore's website.

Meanwhile Gore's ex-bandmate Vince Clarke announced he's teamed up with Analogue Solutions to launch his own line of synthesizers. So far one synth is available -- the VCM20 Auto Tune. Learn more about the VCM20 and Vince Clarke Circuits in the video below and on his official website here.


Published March 27th, 2015 @ 11:18 AM


Ceremony announced they'll release their fifth studio album The L-Shaped Man on May 19th. The band's new material marks a different sound for the five-piece -- they've abandoned their intense hardcore sound and are delving into Interpol-esque territory. Ceremony premiered a video featuring two tracks from the record -- stream "The Separation" and "The Understanding" below and pre-order The L-Shaped Man through iTunes, Amazon, and the Matador store.  FYI vinyl fans, the Matador store is offering the LP on colored seafoam green vinyl, plus fans can also opt for a 36 page limited edition book of poems written by Ceremony's Ross Farrar.

Published March 26th, 2015 @ 10:25 AM


Morrissey's appearance on the Alan Carr: Chatty Man program which was scheduled for March 27th has been canceled, reportedly because Morrissey is "stuck in Belfast." Apparently Morrissey is having "transport issues" and cannot make it for the show's taping (the show was scheduled to tape earlier today). Carr himself announced the news on Twitter:

Meanwhile, Morrissey upset some fans at his show in Belfast after he made fun of the late Margaret Thatcher. Moz sang "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" while projecting a few pics of Thatcher on the screen, and later made some barbs about Queen Elizabeth. It's hard to imagine anyone attending a Morrissey show would be set off by this, considering it's par for the course at his shows, but whatever. Read more about the Belfast gig here.

Morrissey also announced he's releasing "Kiss Me A Lot" as a digital single tomorrow. The song appeared on 2014's World Peace Is None Of Your Business, and shortly after the record's release, Morrissey and label Harvest Records parted ways.  Though Moz is reportedly still without a label deal, and even though he's not listed on the artist roster for Atom Factory, he credits the Los Angeles based entertainment/artist management company for assisting with the "Kiss Me A Lot" digital release. The single will be available on iTunes (and presumably other digital outlets) tomorrow. Morrissey's official statement on the matter is posted below via True To You:

"I humbly ask for all and any support with this download release, which, has always been waiting in the wings if not for unpleasant circumstances familiar enough not to be repeated here. Thank you to Atom Factory for making this happen, and here's to sound reason, good times, and music that matters."

Published March 25th, 2015 @ 5:04 PM

Palma Violets are set to return with new album Danger In The Club on May 5th. The band shared the title track from the album a few weeks ago, and now they've announced details for a North American tour which brings them to the Loving Touch in Ferndale on May 14th. Tickets for go on sale Friday March 27th at 10 am through Ticketweb.

Pre-order Danger In The Club from Palma Violets through iTunes, Amazon, and Rough Trade. Rough Trade is selling a deluxe edition with 4 extra tracks, plus they're adding a free 8 page booklet titled Circus to the first 200 orders. iTunes and Amazon also are selling the deluxe edition (17 tracks total).

May 10 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
May 11 -- Washington, DC, @ Rock & Roll Hotel
May 12 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
May 14 -- Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
May 15 -- Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
May 16 -- Montreal, QB @ Petit Campus
May 18 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
May 19 -- Allston, MA @ Great Scott
May 20 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 21 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
May 22 -- Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
May 23 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
May 25 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
May 26 -- Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
May 29 -- Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
May 30 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
June 1 -- Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
June 2 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

Published March 25th, 2015 @ 6:01 AM


The shoegaze band Megawave is a bit of a mystery -- though the band has gigged in and around their hometown of Athens, Ohio, they don't appear to have a presence on social media. It's a bit of a shame because the band just released a sonically SOLID five song EP and the stellar release deserves a ton of recognition and attention. Fans of intense, swirling guitars owe it to themselves to stream the five song EP from Megawave below, and be sure to head over to Bandcamp and grab it as a name-your-own-price download.  Let's hope there's more Megawave goodness in store for all of us in the future.

Published March 24th, 2015 @ 8:31 PM

Mark Gardener (Ride) and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) released their highly anticipated collaborative album Universal Road this week. The two shoegaze titans previously released a single titled "The Places We Go" in 2012 and not long after the pair recorded a full 10 track album. Though the release was delayed due to several other projects Guthrie was working on, the album is finally out and was unquestionably worth the wait. Universal Road is indeed a masterpiece!  The songs are alluring, elegant and breathtaking. Gardener's rich and soothing voice pairs perfectly with Guthrie's flowing, graceful guitars, resulting in one fantastic album.

Universal Road was released this week through Soleil Apr├Ęs Minuit and is available to purchase through iTunes, Amazon, and Robin Guthrie's website. The tracklisting is posted below along with footage of Gardener and Guthrie performing "Dice" captured live at their February 2013 show in London.

Universal Road tracklisting

01. Universal Road
02. Dice
03. Amnesia
04. Old Friend
05. Yesterday's News
06. Cry For Survival
07. Sometime
08. Triumphant
09. Reason
10. Blind

Published March 24th, 2015 @ 8:09 PM