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New Order's epic and iconic Substance turns 30 years old today. The classic album, released August 17th, 1987, is a superb collection of the band's definitive 12" singles and is an essential piece in New Order's remarkable and distinguished catalog. Substance is an extraordinary album from front to back. It is perfect. There is no filler, there is no "skip" track; everything is in its right place.

The idea for Substance was conceived by Factory kingpin Tony Wilson, who wanted all of New Order's singles on one CD so he could rock out while driving his snazzy new sports car. At that point, none of New Order's singles were available on CD format, and only a couple of songs ("The Perfect Kiss," "Sub-Culture") appeared on their studio albums; (let's be honest here, the versions of "The Perfect Kiss" and "Sub-Culture" that appeared on Low-Life paled in comparison to the 12" versions, and let's not get started on the brutally chopped up versions that appear on various greatest hits collections).

Though most of the versions included on Substance were previously issued, not every track was the original 12" mix: New Order went into the studio in May of 1987 to re-record "Confusion" and "Temptation"; an edited version of "Sub-Culture" appears on all formats; and 40 seconds of "The Perfect Kiss" was edited out for space on CD (the full glorious and epic 12" appears on the LP edition).

One new song appeared on Substance -- "True Faith," which was released as a 12" in July of 1987 backed with the b-side "1963." The iconic video for "True Faith" enjoyed a ton of radio and MTV airplay, and was a massive hit in the U.S. This propelled sales of Substance and earned New Order legions of new and passionate fans.

The CD and some cassette versions of Substance included a bonus disc of material -- Substance Disc 2 -- which collected the b-sides to the 12" singles along with the instrumental "Murder." The disc also includes a legendary "Mesh" tracklisting error which continues to haunt New Order to this day.

"Mesh" and "Cries And Whispers" both appeared as b-sides on 1981's "Everything's Gone Green," but the tracks were listed in the wrong order on some of the 12" editions. Years later the tracklisting error followed New Order onto Substance: "Mesh" was listed as track 3 on Disc 2, however in reality "Cries And Whispers" is the song that really appears as track 3, leading to a whole lot of confusion still to this day.

Substance is peak New Order. New Order have released many seminal, iconic, and influential albums, but no release ever captured the intensity, magic, brilliance, and beauty of New Order quite like Substance. This distinguished record stands alone and is the crown jewel in New Order's illustrious catalog.

Viva Substance!

Published August 17th, 2017


Noel Gallagher announced he's headlining Manchester Arena's reopening show September 9th. The venue reopens with We Are Manchester, a benefit concert to honor those impacted by the events of the May 22nd attack. All profits from the concert will benefit the Manchester Memorial Fund, which aims to establish a permanent memorial for the victims.

Noel Gallagher was unable to attend the One Love Manchester benefit on June 4th, but donated proceeds from "Don't Look Back In Anger" to the victims and families impacted by the attack.

Gallagher returns with his third studio album in November.

Published August 16th, 2017

Detroit's Protomartyr return with their fourth studio album Relatives In Descent on September 29th. The band previously issued the single "A Private Understanding" and now they've premiered a new single titled "My Children." Stream below and pre-order here.

Protomartyr previous revealed Relatives In Descent isn't a concept record, however there is a running theme:

"The unknowable nature of truth, and the existential dread that often accompanies that unknowing. This, at a moment when disinformation and garbled newspeak have become a daily reality."

Don't miss Protomartyr's massive record release party aboard the Detroit Princess on September 22nd. Metz, Adult., Preoccupations, and Tyvek are also coming along for the ride! Grab tickets here.

Published August 16th, 2017

Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark are set to release their new album The Punishment Of Luxury on September 1st. They appeared on BBC Radio 2 a few days ago for a live sesssion, during which they paid tribute to David Bowie with a cover of the classic "Heroes." Watch how it went down below.

The Punishment Of Luxury arrives September 1st and is available to pre-order here.

Published August 16th, 2017


L7's highly anticipated documentary L7: Pretend We're Dead is set to be released worldwide October 13th on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD. The film, produced by Blue Hats Creative, will also exclusively screen in select cities this fall starting September 1st.

L7: Pretend We're Dead tells the story of the influential band's 20 year history and includes previously unseen raw performances, interviews, and personal home video. The documentary also features interviews with Exene Cervenka, Lydia Lunch, Joan Jett, Shirley Manson, Louise Post, Brody Dalle, Allison Robertson, and more.

View the screening dates below. For more on L7: Pretend We're Dead, visit the official site here.

L7: Pretend We're Dead -- Screening dates

Sep 01 -- Portland, OR @ Hollywood Theater
Sep 08 -- Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Sep 08 -- Chicago, IL @ The Vic/Brew & View
Sep 08 -- Santa Ana, CA @ Frida Cinema
Sep 09 -- Santa Ana, CA @ Frida Cinema
Sep 10 -- Santa Ana, CA @ Frida Cinema
Sep 12 -- Long Beach, CA @ Art Theatre
Sep 14 -- Boston, MA @ Regent Theater
Sep 15 -- Boston, MA @ Regent Theater
Sep 16 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Sep 17 -- Austin, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse
Sep 19 -- Washington DC @ The Black Cat
Sep 27 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Roxie
Oct 05 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Nitehawk Cinema

L7 - tour dates

Sep 26 -- Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
Sep 27 -- San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Sep 30 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre

Published August 15th, 2017


Liam Gallagher is appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight. Tune in tonight and check back tomorrow to stream the archive of the performance.

UPDATE (8/15): Gallagher performed his new single "For What It's Worth" along with "Wall Of Glass" - watch the performance below:

Meanwhile Gallagher has gone on a tweeting binge about Lee Mavers of The La's. Enjoy the outburst below.

Published August 14th, 2017

It's Monday, which means The Smiths have unleashed a previously unreleased live song from their vaults in celebration of their forthcoming The Queen Is Dead expanded reissues. Today they've shared an epic live version of "I Know It's Over" recorded live in 1986. Stream below or on Spotify.

Fans are encouraged to post memories of The Queen Is Dead and/or The Smiths on social media with a fitting hashtag (for example, #TQID2017) for inclusion on The Queen Is Dead official tribute site. View the page here.

The Queen Is Dead will be reissued as a 2CD, 5LP, and 3CD/1DVD box on October 20th. All three editions are available to pre-order through Amazon. 2CD, 3CD/1DVD, 5LP

Published August 14th, 2017