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2015/07/03


Last week New Order announced details for their new studio record, Music Complete, which arrives on September 25th. The first single from the album will arrive in August, but until then, New Order have been debuting snippets of new music on You Tube. The band premiered the second trailer in the Music Complete preview series this week. Stream Music Complete: 2 below:



Music Complete is New Order's first proper studio album since 2005's Waiting For The Sirens' Call and notably New Order's first record since Peter Hook's departure (also the first record in almost 15 years to include Gillian Gilbert, who rejoined the band a few years ago). According to Bernard Sumner, this time around the band did NOT shy away from synthesizers.  The 11 track album features two collaborative songs with Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands -- "Singularity," the song New Order debuted live last summer, and another track titled "Unlearn This Hatred." In a previous interview, Sumner revealed New Order recorded 3 tracks with Rowlands, so it's possible the third song may wind up as a b-side down the road.

Also of note: The artwork for both the album and limited edition boxset was directed by longtime Joy Division/New Order/Factory Records' designer, the legendary Peter Saville.



Music Complete is available to pre-order as a standard 11 track digital album download through iTunes; Amazon is selling the physical CD, and double LP (on black vinyl).  New Order's official store is offering the digital album download, physical cd, double LP on black vinyl, the limited edition double LP (clear vinyl), and a massive limited edition 8 LP vinyl deluxe box set. The boxset includes Music Complete on double clear vinyl, extended versions of all 11 songs on red, blue, yellow, grey, white 12" vinyl, plus 1 sided black etched vinyl. Additionally, New Order will be signing 200 copies of the box set and the signed copies will be randomly be shipped to fans who purchase from the band's official store (box set ships in November).

Tracklisting for Music Complete is posted below:

01. Restless
02. Singularity
03. Plastic
04. Tutti Frutti
05. People On The High Line
06. Stray Dog
07. Academic
08. Nothing But A Fool
09. Unlearn This Hatred
10. The Game
11. Superheated

Published July 3rd, 2015 @ 5:57 PM

Veruca Salt are set to return with their first new album featuring all original members since 1997! The new album Ghost Notes arrives on July 10th, but is now available to stream ahead of its release over at NPR. Stream it here through July 9th. Pre-order Ghost Notes from iTunes, Amazon, and Pledge Music.

Watch the official videos for three tracks from Ghost Notes below:







North American tour dates

7/08 -- San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
7/10 -- San Francisco, CA @ Slims
7/11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
7/21 -- Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
7/22 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
7/23 -- Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar
7/26 -- Chicago, IL @ Wicker Park Fest
7/28 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
7/30 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise
7/31 -- New York, NY @ Webster Hall
8/01 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Published July 3rd, 2015 @ 5:56 PM

2015/07/01


Beach House debuted the first track from their highly anticipated album Depression Cherry today. Stream "Sparks" from the album below -- the mesmerizing 'gazey track will be available to download tonight at midnight. Fans can also pre-order Depression Cherry from iTunes, Amazon, or the Sub Pop store. FYI: the CD & LP versions of Depression Cherry come in a red velvet sleeve; additionally those who pre-order the LP from Sub Pop will receive the Loser edition of Depression Cherry on limited edition clear vinyl while supplies last.



Beach House are hitting the road for a North American tour. Tickets for all the shows, including the Detroit area stop on September 19th -- are on sale now:

Aug. 18 -- Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Aug. 19 -- Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Nightclub
Aug. 20 -- Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Aug. 21 -- Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Aug. 22 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s
Aug. 24 -- Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Aug. 25 -- Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Aug. 26 -- New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
Aug. 29 -- Baltimore, MD @ Windjammer @ Pier Six Pavilion*
Sep. 17 -- Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Sep. 18 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Sep. 19 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sep. 21 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
Sep. 22 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sep. 23 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sep. 25 -- Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Sep. 26 -- Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
Sep. 27 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Sep. 28 -- Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
Sep. 29 -- Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Oct. 01 -- Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Oct. 02 -- New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
Oct. 03 -- Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Oct. 04 -- Nashville, TN @ The Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 06 -- Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Oct. 07 -- Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
Oct. 08 -- Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
It's hard to believe, but the iconic Debbie Harry turns 70 today! Enjoy some video of the super cool legend showing the rest of us how it's done! 





2015/06/29


Dean Wareham has uploaded a handful of early Luna demos from 1991 onto Bandcamp to help raise funds for Terry Tolkin (music executive who signed Luna to Elektra back in the day).  Wareham reveals that Tolkin is now faced with a severe illness and mounting medical bills and he'll be donating all the funds from the demos directly to Tolkin:

"Luna (at this early stage Dean Wareham) was signed to Elektra by A&R man Terry Tolkin who had previously worked at Rough Trade, Touch & Go and Caroline Records. Terry now lives in New Orleans and is gravely ill. He is fighting a rare and aggressive virus that has his doctors perplexed, and facing huge medical bills for hospital visits, thrice-weekly dialysis and prescription drug co-pays."

All the tracks from Luna Demos 1991 were recorded after the breakup of Galaxie 500 and before the release of Luna's debut album Lunapark in 1992 (finished versions of all the songs were released on Lunapark). The EP is available to download off Bandcamp for 7 dollars (fans can donate more if they desire). Stream the demo version of "Anesthesia" below and purchase Luna Demos 1991 here.



Published June 29th, 2015 @ 6:04 AM

Johnny Marr released the third single off his solo record Playland. "Candidate" is available as a 7" single and digital download and is backed with a brand new song titled "Exit Connection." Order the 7" single from your favorite record store or purchase the digital version off iTunes. Both tracks are available to stream below along with the official video for "Candidate."







Published June 29th, 2015 @ 5:48 AM

2015/06/28


2016 marks Placebo's 20th anniversary, and to celebrate the band announced plans to reissue its first five studio albums, Placebo, Without You I'm Nothing, Black Market Music, Sleeping With Ghosts, and Meds. Over the course of the next year, each album will be re-issued on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, beginning with the reissue of Placebo's 1996 debut self-titled release on July 31st. To coincide with the reissue of Placebo, the band will also release a separate b-sides compilation on July 31st which collects 18 songs recorded during (and around the time of) the Placebo recording sessions and tour cycle. If that wasn't enough, Placebo will also celebrate the release of the reissues by uploading rare archival footage of performances, interviews, and other videos from each album's era/tour cycle onto the official Placebo You Tube channel.

The release dates and limited edition colors for the other albums in the reissue series are as follows:

09/25/15 -- Without You I'm Nothing on yellow vinyl (pre-order here)
11/27/15 -- Black Market Music on bronze vinyl (pre-order here)
02/19/16 -- Sleeping With Ghosts on blue vinyl (pre-order here)
04/08/16 -- Meds on pink vinyl (pre-order here)

Standard versions of each release (on standard black heavyweight vinyl) are also available to pre-order from Placebo's store.



The tracklisting for the Placebo b-sides collection:

01. Drowning By Numbers
02. Oxygen Thief
03. Dark Globe
04. Hare Krishna
05. Been Smoking Too Long
06. Hug Bubble
07. Teenage Angst (Amsterdam VPRO Session)
08. Flesh Mechanic (Demo)
09. Slackerbitch
10. Bigmouth Strikes Again
11. Hug Bubble (Brad Wood Mix)
12. Nancy Boy (Sex Mix)
13. Eyesight To The Blind
14. Swallow (Designer & U-Sheen Mix)
15. Miss Moneypenny
16. Then The Clouds Will Open For Me
17. Bruise Pristine (One Inch Punch Remix)
18. Waiting For The Son Of Man

Published June 28th, 2015 @ 9:15 PM

We're getting closer to the release of Monumentary, the highly anticipated Wax Trax! documentary which tells the story of the legendary music store and record label. Julia Nash, daughter of Wax Trax! co-founder Jim Nash, has been overseeing everything Wax Trax! since the death of her father and co-founder Dannie Flesher, including the Monumentary film.  Though Nash and the producers have been able to self-fund most of the project, they need to raise some extra funds to help offset post-production costs (music clearance, audio mixing, etc).  Rather than get deep pockets involved (which can lead to control issues, creative differences, etc), Nash decided to launch a 30 day Kickstarter campaign and offer up some rare and unique items for campaign rewards.  Some of the items available include test pressings, vintage posters, and the film's soundtrack on limited edition colored vinyl.

So far the campaign is on track to be fully funded -- only three days in and the Kickstarter is already 75% funded!  Still, this is an all or nothing campaign (plus don't miss an opportunity to snag some rare Wax Trax! merch), so be sure to head over and check out the Kickstarter here.  The campaign video is available to view below:



Published June 28th, 2015 @ 8:22 PM
Time Warp airs every Sunday from 8am until noon ET on 89X and streams live on the net. For more on artists played on the show, visit my blog, which is updated throughout the week with music news, etc.

8 am hour:

808 State "Pacific 202"
Tears For Fears "Mothers Talk"
David Bowie "Modern Love"
Big Audio Dynamite II "Rush"
Howard Jones "What Is Love"
Cult "She Sells Sanctuary"
Smithereens "Blood & Roses"
Concrete Blonde "Caroline"
Depeche Mode "Policy Of Truth"
Portishead "Sour Times"
Morrissey "Suedehead"
Blondie "Hanging On The Telephone"
Clash "Police On My Back"

9 am hour:

Pixies "Hey"
Hüsker Dü "Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely"
Replacements "Shooting Dirty Pool"
XTC "Earn Enough For Us"
Nine Inch Nails "Down In It"
Bjork "Army Of Me"
Social Distortion "Cold Feelings"
R.E.M. "Orange Crush"
Oasis "Supersonic"
Soundgarden "Hands All Over"
Stone Roses "Waterfall"
Material Issue "Valerie Loves Me"
Stranglers "Golden Brown"
Radiohead "High & Dry"

10 am hour:

Jane's Addiction "Stop!"
Nirvana "Territorial Pissings"
Placebo "Brick Shithouse"
Catherine Wheel "Show Me Mary"
Sparks "Angst In My Pants"
Dream Warriors "Wash Your Face In My Sink"
Iggy Pop "Real Wild Child"
Patti Smith "People Have The Power"
Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop"
Screaming Trees "Nearly Lost You"
Alice In Chains "Would?"
Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You"
Smiths "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"
Smiths "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
Madness "Our House"

11 am hour:

Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Cure "Jumping Someone Else's Train"
Public Image Limited "Seattle"
Elvis Costello "Radio, Radio"
Blur "Beetlebum"
Pavement "Cut Your Hair"
Smashing Pumpkins "Mayonaise"
Beck "Jack-Ass"
Mazzy Star "Fade Into You"
Depeche Mode "Somebody"
Verve "On Your Own"
Church "Ripple"

Published June 28th, 2015 @ 11:48 AM

The Detroit area concert list is BACK! Updated 6/21.

JUNE

06/28 -- ELECTRIC FOREST @ Rothbury, MI
06/28 -- Tanlines @ Loving Touch

JULY

07/01 -- Death Grips @ St. Andrew's Hall
07/05 -- Brian Wilson w/ Rodriguez @ Fox Theater
07/07 -- Ceremony w/ Pity Sex @ Marble Bar
07/08 -- Morrissey @ Masonic Temple/Jack White Theater
07/08 -- Jane's Addiction @ Common Ground Festival
07/08 -- Rolling Stones @ Comerica Park
07/11 -- David J @ TBA (living room show)
07/12 -- Flaming Lips @ Common Ground Festival
07/14 -- Neil Young w/ Band Of Horses @ DTE
07/15 -- Empires @ Majestic Cafe
07/16 -- Matthew Sweet @ Magic Bag
07/16 -- Stiff Little Fingers @ St. Andrew's Hall
07/19 -- Run DMC @ DTE
07/22 -- Incubus/Deftones @ DTE
07/24 -- X @ Magic Bag
07/25 -- R.Ring (ft Kelley Deal) @ BFF Fest/Detroit
07/25 -- MO POP FESTIVAL @ West Riverfront Park
07/26 -- MO POP FESTIVAL @ West Riverfront Park
07/27 -- Steely Dan w/ Elvis Costello @ DTE
07/30 -- Brand New @ Meadow Brook
07/31 -- Lord Huron @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

AUGUST

08/01 -- The Kills @ St. Andrew's Hall
08/02 -- Primus w/ Dinosaur Jr @ Freedom Hill
08/05 -- Smashing Pumpkins/Marilyn Manson @ DTE
08/05 -- Jamie xx @ Majestic Theater
08/14 -- Derrick May & Detroit Symphony Orchestra @ Chene Park
08/15 -- Social Distortion @ Royal Oak Music Theater
08/22 -- Psychedelic Furs & Church @ Royal Oak Music Theater
08/24 -- Foo Fighters w/ Royal Blood @ DTE
08/26 -- Earth Wind & Fire/Chicago @ DTE

SEPTEMBER

09/10 -- Swervedriver @ Blind Pig
09/10 -- The Damned @ St. Andrew's Hall
09/12 -- of Montreal @ Majestic Theater
09/12 -- Eagles Of Death Metal @ Shelter
09/12 -- Chill On The Hill @ Freedom Hill
09/13 -- Chill On The HIll @ Freedom Hill
09/13 -- Echo & the Bunnymen @ St. Andrew's Hall
09/19 -- Beach House @ Royal Oak Music Theater
09/19 -- Fidlar @ The Loving Touch
09/22 -- alt-J @ Meadow Brook
09/24 -- Tears For Fears @ Freedom Hill
09/26 -- The Orb @ Magic Bag
09/29 -- 89X Fall Ball @ Masonic Temple

OCTOBER

10/01 -- Ride @ St. Andrew's Hall
10/01 -- Chameleons Vox @ Small's
10/03 -- A Place To Bury Strangers @ Majestic Cafe
10/05 -- Kraftwerk @ Masonic Temple
10/13 -- The Neighborhood @ Fillmore
10/15 -- Luna @ St. Andrew's Hall
10/19 -- Garbage @ Royal Oak Music Theater

NOVEMBER

11/14 -- Youssou N'Dour @ Hill Auditorium
11/21 -- Prong @ Token Lounge

December

12/08 -- Sleater-Kinney @ Royal Oak Music Theater