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In 2014 Oasis reissued Definitely Maybe and (What's The Story) Morning Glory as part of a larger reissue campaign Chasing The Sun: Oasis in the 90s. Mysteriously the band's 1997 album Be Here Now was not included in the 2014 reissue campaign -- was the album was omitted because Oasis themselves hated the record, was the overall campaign too ambitious for an already busy release schedule, or did the band just need more time to curate the collection?  Whatever the reason, Oasis has now announced details for the 2016 reissue of Be Here Now.

Be Here Now - Chasing The Sun: 1993 - 1997 is set for an October 7th release. Like the reissues for Definitely Maybe and (What's The Story) Morning Glory, the songs have been remastered from the original tapes, and several expanded editions featuring demos, outtakes, and live versions are available. Options include: the standard CD, Special Edition 3 CD set, 12" vinyl LP (with download code for bonus content), Super Deluxe Box Set (includes LP, Special Edition 3 CD set, hardback coffee table book, exclusive vinyl, and 12" white label sampler of Mustique demos & Oasis merchandise). View all the pre-order options here.

View the tracklisting for the Special Edition of Be Here Now - Chasing The Sun: Oasis In The 90's below, plus stream Noel Gallagher's 2016 remix of "D'You Know What I Mean" from the collection below:

Disc 1

01. D'You Know What I Mean? (Remastered) 07:44
02. My Big Mouth (Remastered) 05:11
03. Magic Pie (Remastered) 07:10
04. Stand By Me (Remastered) 05:55
05. I Hope, I Think, I Know (Remastered) 04:22
06. The Girl In The Dirty Shirt (Remastered) 05:49
07. Fade In-Out (Remastered) 06:51
08. Don't Go Away (Remastered) 04:48
09. Be Here Now (Remastered) 05:12
10. All Around The World (Remastered) 09:19
11. It's Gettin' Better (Man!!) (Remastered) 07:03
12. All Around The World (Reprise) (Remastered) 02:04

Disc 2

01. Stay Young (Remastered) 05:06
02. The Fame (Remastered) 04:36
03. Flashbax (Remastered) 05:07
04. (I Got) The Fever (Remastered) 05:15
05. My Sister Lover (Remastered) 05:59
06. Going Nowhere (Remastered) 04:42
07. Stand By Me (Live At Bonehead's Outtake) 06:03
08. Untitled (Demo) 04:44
09. Help! (Live In LA) 04:16
10. Setting Sun (Live Radio Broadcast) 04:01
11. If We Shadows (Demo) 04:52
12. Don't Go Away (Demo) 03:42
13. My Big Mouth (Live At Knebworth Park) 05:12
14. D'You Know What I Mean? (NG's 2016 Rethink) 07:24

Disc 3

01. D'You Know What I Mean? (Mustique Demo) 07:16
02. My Big Mouth (Mustique Demo) 05:18
03. My Sister Lover (Mustique Demo) 06:09
04. Stand By Me (Mustique Demo) 06:01
05. I Hope, I Think, I Know (Mustique Demo) 04:10
06. The Girl In The Dirty Shirt (Mustique Demo) 05:24
07. Don't Go Away (Mustique Demo) 04:29
08. Trip Inside (Be Here Now) (Mustique Demo) 04:50
09. Fade In-Out (Mustique Demo) 06:00
10. Stay Young (Mustique Demo) 04:59
11. Angel Child (Mustique Demo) 04:29
12. The Fame (Mustique Demo) 04:45
13. All Around The World (Mustique Demo) 06:31
14. It's Gettin' Better (Man!!) (Mustique Demo) 06:39

Published July 22nd, 2016

Exciting news for The The fans in the UK -- the band's legendary film Infected - The Movie is set to be screened for three consecutive nights at ICA Cinema. The screenings, which are the first public showings in almost 30 years, will be followed by a Q & A session with Matt Johnson and Tim Pope (Pope directed three videos for The The). And wait, this thrilling event gets even better (if that's possible!)  -- after the film screening, fans are treated to the premiere of a trailer for The The's forthcoming documentary Radio Cineola: The Inertia Variations (according to The The, the doc features footage from Matt Johnson's Radio Cineola broadcast events from 2015 and this past May -- you may recall that the May 14th, 2016 broadcast featured Johnson performing a glorious new The The song).

Infected - The Movie screenings take place September 2nd through September 4th at ICA Cinema. Visit the official site for tickets and more info.

Published July 22nd, 2016

If you dig classic synth artists like Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, and Marc Almond, or newer synth acts like TR/ST you'd be wise to check out a intriguing newish retro-electro trio out of Oakland named Introflirt. The band describes itself as "croonwave" which kind of makes sense once you hear the songs -- the dark electro vibe pairs nicely with vocalist Ben Benjamin's silky/croony vocals and alluring lyrics. Introflirt releases its compelling second album, Temporary Heaven, on August 2nd and has premiered two singles (with alluring cover art). Enjoy both tracks -- "Orange Light" and "Frozen Lace" -- from the album below.

Catch up with Introflirt on Facebook and Bandcamp.

Published July 22nd, 2016


Temple Of The Dog -- Chris Cornell, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron -- have reunited and will perform anniversary shows this November. According to Cornell, the band "wanted to do the one thing we never got to do -- play shows and see what it feels like to be the band that we walked away from 25 years ago."

The Temple of the Dog reunion tour will be short and sweet -- only 5 dates are planned and tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, July 29th. Pre-sale tickets for all of the shows are going on now (Password: "Phrases").  For more details click here.

Temple of the Dog tour

Nov 04 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
Nov 07 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Nov 11 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Center
Nov 14 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Nov 20 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater

Meanwhile a 25th anniversary edition of Temple Of The Dog will be released on September 30th. The original material has been newly mixed and remastered. Four editions will be available -- single CD, deluxe double CD, double LP, and a four disc Super Deluxe set. The Super Deluxe set is packaged in a magnetic flip top box and features 2 CDs, 1 DVD, and 1 Blu-ray Audio disc, with 51 tracks total (many are previously unreleased tracks/mixes). Additionally the set comes with a lenticular sticker, poster, 12 x 12 litho, and booklet featuring liner notes by David Fricke. View the tracklisting for the Super Deluxe set below and pre-order here.

CD 1

-- Original album newly mixed in 192/24 stereo by Brendan O’Brien
-- Plus 3 Alternate Mixes newly mixed: “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” “Wooden Jesus” and “All Night Thing”

CD 2:

-- 7 demos: 5 unreleased including 2 songs that didn’t make final album sessions -- “Angel of Fire” and “Black Cat”
-- 5 Studio Outtakes newly mixed -– “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” “Reach Down,” “Pushin Forward Back,” “Wooden Jesus” and “All Night Thing”

Disc 3 (DVD):

-- 11/13/90: Off Ramp Cafe previously unseen/unreleased video – “Hunger Strike,” “Wooden Jesus,” “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” “Reach Down,” “Call Me A Dog” and “Times of Trouble”
-- 12/90: “Say Hello 2 Heaven” originally shot on film and newly transferred to HD (newly edited and never before seen in its entirety)
-- 9/8/92: Lollapalooza, Phoenix “Hunger Strike” surprise performance
-- Official “Hunger Strike” music video
-- 9/11 PJ20 Alpine Valley fan shot and edited videos including:
-- 9/3/11: “Say Hello 2 Heaven”
-- 9/4/11: “Hunger Strike,” “Call Me A Dog,” “All Night Thing” and “Reach Down”
-- All HD quality; includes Pearl Jam’s stereo mix from the live multi-tracks from this event plus HD pit footage from the Pearl Jam archives
-- 1/15: “Call Me A Dog” and “Reach Down” from Madseason’s 2015 Benaroya Hall concert (newly edited and never-before-seen)

Disc 4 (Blu-ray Audio):

-- Newly mixed 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround mix by Adam Kasper (Superunknown 5.1 mixer)
-- 96kHz 24-bit stereo mix by Brendan O’Brien
-- Official “Hunger Strike” music video in 5.1
-- HD versions of the bonus videos in stereo only

Published July 20th, 2016


Elvis Costello and The Imposters bring the Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers tour to North America this fall. According to Costello, the tour will "frame selections from 1982's Imperial Bedroom album with the songs that led in and out of that velvet-trimmed playhouse." He also reveals "You'll hear all the songs that fit the bill; hits and headlines, waifs and strays. In the words of the great Eric Morecambe, ‘I am playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order.’"

The tour plays the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on October 30th. The general onsale is Friday, July 22nd at 10am; Pre-sales for the show kicked off today and run through July 21st.

For more on the Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers tour click here.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters Tour

Oct 22 -- Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Casino
Oct 23 -- Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Oct 25 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 26 -- TBA
Oct 28 -- Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Center
Oct 29 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Oct 30 -- Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theatre
Nov 01 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
Nov 02 -- Buffalo, NY @ Shea's Pac
Nov 03 -- Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
Nov 05 -- Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale
Nov 06 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theater

Published July 19th, 2016


8 am hour:

Railway Children "Every Beat Of The Heart"
Love & Rockets "Mirror People"
World Party "Way Down Now"
Sugarcubes "Coldsweat"
Moev "Yeah Whatever"
Gin Blossoms "Found Out About You"
Counting Crows "Sullivan Street"
Love Spit Love "Am I Wrong"
Nine Inch Nails "Get Down Make Love"
Cure "Shake Dog Shake"
Clash "London Calling"
Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen"
Doughboys "Shine"
Echo & the Bunnymen "Bedbugs & Ballyhoo"

9 am hour:

Blur "Girls & Boys"
Elastica "Stutter"
Charlatans "Weirdo"
Talking Heads "Psycho Killer"
Cult "Rain"
Matthew Sweet "Sick Of Myself"
Breeders "Cannonball"
Eric's Trip "Hurt"
Jane's Addiction "Summertime Rolls"
New York Dolls "Trash"
Ramones "Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio"
Stooges "No Fun"
U2 "The Unforgettable Fire"

10 am hour:

R.E.M. "Superman"
Camper Van Beethoven "Take The Skinheads Bowling"
Suicide "Ghost Rider"
Suicide "Wild In Blue"
Alan Vega "Saturn Drive"
Nirvana "Dive"
Smashing Pumpkins "Zero"
Dandy Warhols "Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth"
Placebo "You Don't Care About Us"
Dinosaur Jr "Quicksand"
Church "Under The Milky Way"
Blondie "Call Me"

11 am hour:

Depeche Mode "A Question Of Lust"
Tears For Fears "Pale Shelter"
Human League "(Keep Feeling) Fascination"
MC 900 Ft Jesus "The City Sleeps"
De La Soul "Eye Know"
Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Massive Attack "Teardrop"
Luna "Sweet Child Of Mine"
Lou Reed "Satellite Of Love"
Trashcan Sinatras "Only Tongue Can Tell"
Teenage Fanclub "The Concept"
MC5 "Kick Out The Jams"

Published July 17th, 2016
Legendary electro/proto-punk pioneer Alan Vega has died at the age of 78. Henry Rollins broke the news yesterday and passed along the following message from Vega's family:

"With profound sadness and a stillness that only news like this can bring, we regret to inform you that the great artist and creative force, Alan Vega has passed away.

Alan passed peacefully in his sleep last night, July 16. He was 78 years of age.

Alan was not only relentlessly creative, writing music and painting until the end, he was also startlingly unique. Along with Martin Rev, in the early 1970’s, they formed the two person avant band known as Suicide. Almost immediately, their incredible and unclassifiable music went against every possible grain. Their confrontational live performances, light-years before Punk Rock, are the stuff of legend. Their first, self-titled album is one of the single most challenging and noteworthy achievements in American music.

Alan Vega was the quintessential artist on every imaginable level. His entire life was devoted to outputting what his vision commanded of him.

One of the greatest aspects of Alan Vega was his unflinching adherence to the demands of his art. He only did what he wanted. Simply put, he lived to create. After decades of constant output, the world seemed to catch up with Alan and he was acknowledged as the groundbreaking creative individual he had been from the very start.

Alan’s life is a lesson of what it is to truly live for art. The work, the incredible amount of time required, the courage to keep seeing it and the strength to bring it forth—this was Alan Vega.

Alan is survived by his amazing family, wife Liz and son Dante. His incredible body of work, spanning five decades, will be with us forever."

Vega's work -- he was in the band Suicide and released several solo records -- inspired countless bands and helped shape electro-synth/alternative music.  Everyone from Joy Division, Sisters Of Mercy, Ultravox, Depeche Mode, R.E.M., Radiohead, Spiritualized, Jesus & Mary Chain, and so many more considered Vega an influence.