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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

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Classic Alternative - Episode #114: Slow Wave

Includes The Mighty Lemon Drops, Jellyfish, Nine Inch Nails, New Model Army, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Iggy Pop, New Order, and The Psychedelic Furs.

Stream below or here and catch up with the archive of previous episodes here or here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Cure's feature concert film Anniversary 1978 - 2018 Live In Hyde Park London will be screened in theaters worldwide tomorrow, July 11th.

The film's director Tim Pope, who not only directed most of the Cure's iconic music videos but also The Cure's first concert film The Cure In Orange, was profiled today in The Quietus. The feature includes commentary about the anniversary film as well as a listing of Pope's favorite Cure videos.

Pope also had a few words on the Cure documentary that Robert Smith announced almost two years ago. The documentary, according to NME's recent feature on The Cure, is on the back burner for now but Pope gave a little more insight into the project:

"What you have to understand with Robert Smith is you go into Robert time and that doesn't necessarily relate to other time spans in the universe, if you like. And that's fair enough. Why should he do anything? He doesn't have to do anything. We decided to put out information because he was getting fed up and I was getting fed up with people writing to me every fifteen minutes, asking whether they could do this Cure documentary. It's very obvious that I'm going to do it!

To be a fan, to actually see this footage at that moment before he becomes who he was, it's amazing. So really, Robert is going to give me access to fifty boxes of film, of stuff, right from the get-go, which is amazing. And we're going to pool all the resources together. That's all great. When it's going to happen, no idea. That's the bad news."

Read the full feature on Tim Pope here.

The highly anticipated concert film The Cure - Anniversary 1978 - 2018 Live In Hyde Park London has been described as "enchanting" and a must see for Cure fans. Head here to view the list of participating theaters.

Detroit area screenings

Jul 11 -- Sterling Heights, MI @ AMC Forum
Jul 11 -- Windsor, ON @ Silvercity Windsor Cinemas

Jul 23 -- Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater

Published July 10th, 2019

British designer Paul Smith has created a 50th anniversary edition of David Bowie's landmark album Space Oddity. The multi-colored vinyl edition features the front cover artwork from the original 1969 release and the back cover is an illustration titled "The Depth of a Circle" created by George Underwood.

The vinyl itself is hand-designed blue and yellow splatter, making each copy unique.

The 50th anniversary edition of Space Oddity is limited to 3000 copies worldwide and will be released tomorrow, July 11th, to mark the 50th anniversary of Space Oddity.

The special edition release will be available exclusively through Paul Smith shops and the official Paul Smith webstore.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, a Space Oddity vinyl boxset will be released Friday, July 12th featuring the original mono single version of "Space Oddity" and a new 2019 mix by Tony Visconti.

Published July 10th, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Cure's 40th anniversary concert film will screen this Thursday, July 11th at participating theaters worldwide. In advance of the screening, NME published a new interview with the legendary Robert Smith. As always, Smith provided many entertaining nuggets of information in the feature.

The bad news: Smith revealed the 40th anniversary documentary on The Cure that was to feature previously unseen archival footage and narration by Smith that he had hoped to create with director Tim Pope is on the back burner. From the article:

"After they found that the format didn’t hold together, they decided to just focus on the London gig. The original idea has not been totally shelved, but won’t be revisited just yet."

Smith also gave an update on The Cure's still unreleased 14th studio album that he hopes will be released in 2019:

"...it's changing. It's a work in progress."

"We did about 17 songs and almost all of them were really downbeat and heavy. There were a handful of others, and I really shouldn’t say this because you’ll go ‘oh no’, but in my head I wanted to do two albums – one after another. One was gonna be upbeat and the other downbeat, but the upbeat one I’m not so sure about now."

"Although the concept of what it’s going to be hasn’t really changed, I may have to change some bits of it. It’s kind of pushed me back a little bit because I thought I’d be in the mixing stage by the time we’d finished the festivals, but in fact we’re going to go back and re-record about three or four songs around the time we go and play Glasgow in August. I feel intent on it being a 2019 release and would be extremely bitter if it isn’t. At some point I will have to say ‘this is it’, otherwise we’ll just keep recording like we have done in the past. It never gets any better. We’re due one more session then we’re done."

Probably not a good idea to bet the house on a new Cure record in 2019, but you never know. As they say, stay tuned.

Read the full interview with Robert Smith here.

The Cure return to North America in August for the Pasadena Daydream Festival and again in October to headline both weekends at Austin City Limits. Details on those shows are posted here.

Don't miss The Cure Anniversary 1979 - 2018 Live In Hyde Park London on the big screen on July 11th. Head here for a list of screenings/participating theaters.

Published July 7th, 2019

David Bowie's classic single "Space Oddity" turns 50 years old this week. The single was originally issued July 11th, 1969, only five days before the launch of Apollo 11.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the man on the moon landing and Bowie's iconic single, NASA is holding a special event on July 20th at Kennedy Space Center. During the festivities a brand new "Space Oddity" video featuring archival performance footage of Bowie will be unveiled. The video includes footage of Bowie performing the classic track at his Madison Square Garden 50th birthday party in 1997 as well as footage from the 1990 Sound and Vision tour. The video will also be available to view on You Tube shortly after the NASA premiere on July 20.

Additionally, a Space Oddity double 7" vinyl boxset will be released this Friday, July 12th. The boxset includes two singles -- the original single version of "Space Oddity" plus the 2019 version newly mixed by Tony Visconti. The singles will be backed with the b-side "Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud" (original and new mix, again by Tony Visconti).

View the tracklisting for the boxset below.

Space Oddity double 7" vinyl boxset

Single 1

Side A

Space Oddity (Original Mono Single Edit)

Side B

Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Original Mono Single Version)

Single 2

Side A

Space Oddity (2019 Mix - Single Edit)

Side B

Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (2019 Mix - Single Version)

Published July 7th, 2019

On Friday night Peter Hook performed a set of Joy Division songs backed by the Manchester Camerata Orchestra. Hooky curated the event and served as executive producer with Tim Crooks onboard as musical director.

Hook previously worked with Manchester Camerata for a series of Hacienda Classical performances over the last few years. The Joy Division Orchestrated event at Royal Albert Hall presented orchestral workings of Joy Division classics with guest vocalists to "pay homage to the band and the spirit which defines their heritage" with "a state-of-the-art concert setting and highest standards of production."

The production received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Fan filmed video from Joy Division Orchestrated is available to view below:

Published July 7th, 2019

Matt Talbot of Hum will be hitting the road this fall on another living room tour where he'll perform solo material and more. Talbot is still looking for spaces to host some of the dates on the tour. From the official announcement:

"We’re looking for people to host Matt Talbott (from HUM) Living Room Shows in September and October. Do you have big living room, loft space, community space, art gallery, yoga studio, recording studio, coffee shop or other space where we can do a private show that can comfortably and safely host 40-60 people? If so, please read everything below and get in touch if you live in or near these areas and want to host. Matt would love to play a show at your place!"

Those interested in hosting a living room show should head here or here for more info.

Matt Talbot - living room tour

Sep 25 - Madison, WI
Sep 26 - Minneapolis, MN
Sep 27 - Sioux Falls, SD
Sep 29 - Rapid City, SD
Oct 01 - Victor, ID
Oct 02 - Missoula, MT
Oct 03 - Walla Walla / Spokane, WA
Oct 04 - Seattle, WA
Oct 05 - Portland, OR
Oct 06 - Portland, OR
Oct 08 - Reno, NV
Oct 09 - Oakland, CA
Oct 10 - San Francisco, CA
Oct 11 - Los Angeles, CA
Oct 12 - San Diego, CA
Oct 13 - Las Vegas, NV
Oct 16 - Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 17 - Grand Junction, CO
Oct 18 - Fort Collins / Boulder, CO
Oct 19 - Denver, CO
Oct 21 - Lawrence, KS
Oct 22 - Lincoln, NE
Oct 23 - Omaha NE
Oct 24 - Des Moines, IA
Oct 25 - Chicago, IL
Oct 26 - Champaign, IL

Published July 7th, 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019

Today Joy Division premiered the second video in their Transmissions docu-series. This video features the band discussing the iconic Unknown Pleasures cover art, Bernard Sumner's infatuation with the classic sci-fi film 2001, and the band's distaste for promotional t-shirts (and promotion in general).

Published July 5th, 2019