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...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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Today is Blue Monday, the day experts consider the most depressing and melancholy day of the year. Who knows if the experts are worth their salt, but in any event it's a great excuse to rock out to the most epic dance groove of all time.

Enjoy the official videos for "Blue Monday" below and read a feature about New Order's iconic anthem here.

Published January 16th, 2017


8 am hour:

Talk Talk "Life's What You Make It"
Stone Roses "Love Spreads"
Ride "Vapour Trail"
Depeche Mode "Behind The Wheel"
Skinny Puppy "Ode To Groovy"
Peter Gabriel "Games Without Frontiers"
The Clash "London Calling"
Psychedelic Furs "Love My Way"
Love And Rockets "No New Tale To Tell"
Hum "Stars"
Garbage "Stupid Girl"
OMD "Enola Gay"

9 am hour:

U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
R.E.M. "The One I Love"
English Beat "Mirror In The Bathroom"
Screaming Trees "Shadow Of The Season"
Oasis "Hey Now!"
The Waterboys "The Whole Of The Moon"
Roxy Music "Dance Away"
Madness "It Must Be Love"
Bronski Beat "Smalltown Boy"
Buffalo Tom "Taillights Fade"
Hole "Asking For It"
Veruca Salt "Volcano Girls"
Yaz "Don't Go"

10 am hour:

The La's "There She Goes"
White Town "Your Woman"
New Order "Round And Round"
Nine Inch Nails "Suck"
Ministry "Burning Inside"
Talking Heads "Road To Nowhere"
The Police "Spirits In The Material World"
Kate Bush "Running Up That Hill"
The Cure "A Forest"
David Bowie "Always Crashing In The Same Car"
Smashing Pumpkins "Bury Me"
Nirvana "Sliver"
The Smiths "Girlfriend In A Coma"

11 am hour:

Pixies "Where Is My Mind"
Pearl Jam "Not For You"
Faith No More "Falling To Pieces"
Dinosaur Jr "Freak Scene"
Sonic Youth "100%"
Cowboy Junkies "Sweet Jane"
Tears For Fears "Pale Shelter"
The Sundays "Here's Where The Story Ends"
The Charlatans "Then"
The House Of Love "Shine On"
Revolver "Cradle Snatch"

Published January 15th, 2017


This week Billy Corgan launched his new travelogue project Thirty Days, announced an acoustic collection titled 50 x 50, and the April release of a new solo album. In promotion of his new whirlwind of activity, he stopped by Chicago radio station The Loop to chat it up with radio host Mancow. During the interview Corgan revealed he's been talking to original members of Smashing Pumpkins about getting back together to play. According to Corgan, he's up for a reunion, but it's complicated:

"There's a willingness for us to play, but...also, the world's changed a lot since we didn't play...the reunion thing is always a bit weird because people come in with their expectations.

"My whole thing is, if we're going to do it, I think we do it to make people happy and not sort of go against the tide of what people would want to hear and that sort of stuff. But my interest is sort of limited -- I'm not going to do it for 14 years of my life"

Watch the video clip of the interview below:

Meanwhile, Corgan is going live with daily Thirty Days updates on Periscope and Facebook so fans can follow along on his journey. Archives of the updates are posted on the Smashing Pumpkins You Tube channel and available to view below:

Published January 14th, 2017


Bronski Beat keyboardist Larry Steinbachek has died at the age of 56. The news has been confirmed by Steinbachek's sister Louise Jones, who revealed to the BBC that Steinbachek died from cancer last month.

Bronski Beat rose to fame in 1984 after the release of "Smalltown Boy," which became a massive hit worldwide and tackled the subject of homophobia.

After Bronski Beat broke up, Steinbachek went on to develop and work on other musical projects.


Published January 12th, 2017

Iggy Pop and Danger Mouse worked together previously on the Sparklehorse posthumous release Dark Night Of The Soul. The pair teamed up again to collaborate on a song for the upcoming crime adventure film Gold. The song, also titled "Gold," premiered today and is full of all sorts of spaghetti-western goodness. Stream it below via Pitchfork.

Gold opens in theaters on January 27th and the soundtrack is scheduled for a February 17th release. The tracklisting for Gold soundtrack has not yet been revealed.

Published January 12th, 2017

Over 10 years ago Marc Durif of French electronic project Nova Nova created a mix of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" featuring the original Ian Curtis vocal paired with acoustic piano. Durif sat on the mix for some time but eventually sent a copy to Peter Hook, who loved the mix (Hook would later collaborate with Nova Nova on the 2013 track "Low Ends"). After gaining approval from Joy Division's management and label, the haunting arrangement was released in 2016 as a very limited edition 7" single pressed on blue vinyl, which sold out immediately.

Fans who missed out on the release have another shot at a physical edition of the single. Five hundred copies of the Nova Nova/Joy Division 7" have just been repressed -- this time on white vinyl -- and will be released on January 20th.  Pre-order a copy while supplies last through Rough Trade.

Stream Nova Nova's mix of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" below:

If you've never had the pleasure of Nova Nova's "Low Ends" featuring Peter Hook, enjoy below:

Published January 12th, 2017

Temples are set to release Volcano, the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut Sun Structures, on March 3rd. The album is tipped to be one of 2017's best albums based on the material released so far. Volcano features the infectious single "Certainty" which premiered in the fall, and now the band unleashed another glistening single titled "Strange Or Be Forgotten." Temples debuted the single on tour last year, but the studio version which premiered earlier this week is even more magical!

Stream "Strange Or Be Forgotten" below and pre-order Volcano from iTunes or Amazon.

Temples return to North America for a late winter tour of the West Coast. Dates are posted below:

Temples -- North American tour

Feb 22 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Feb 24 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Feb 25 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
Feb 26 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Feb 28 -- Felton, CA @ Don Quixote's
Mar 01 -- Nevada City, CA @ Miners Foundry Cultural Center
Mar 02 -- Pomona, CA @ Glass House
Mar 03 -- Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy And Harriet's
Mar 04 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Mar 05 -- Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Mar 09 -- Tijuana, MX @ Black Box
Mar 10 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Neon Reverb
Mar 11 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Viva Phx
Mar 12 -- Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
Mar 17 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees
Mar 18 -- Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Mar 19 -- San Antonio, TX @ Burger Records Hangover Fest V

Published January 12th, 2017

Slowdive delighted fans in 2014 when they announced their reunion, and since then the shoegaze titans have given fans the ultimate gift of stunning live shows. Today the reunion advances to the next amazing level as Slowdive return with new music -- their first new song in 22 years.

Prepare for eternal bliss: "Star Roving" features everything you've come to expect -- dreamy vocals and expansive swirling guitars.

And the good news keeps coming. Though Slowdive haven't announced details for a new album, they've been working on "a bunch of new tracks" so it seems like only a matter of time before we hear a new album.

Read Slowdive's official statement below and download "Star Roving" from Bandcamp

"When the band decided to get back together in 2014 we really wanted to make new music. It’s taken us a whole load of shows and a few false starts to get to that point, but it’s with pride and a certain trepidation we unleash "Star Roving". We really hope folks enjoy it, it’s part of a bunch of new tracks we’ve been working on and it feels as fun, and as relevant playing together now as it did when we first started."

Published January 12th, 2017