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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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Or hit me up on Twitter: @CristinaRocks

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2016/12/01


Ride reunited in 2014 to the utter delight of fans around the world.  Their reunion has been triumphantly celebrated by fans (many of them new fans!) and music critics alike.  Ride debuted three new songs recently leading fans to assume a new album is on the way, but assume no more: it is confirmed that Ride are currently in the studio working on their first set of new songs since 1996's Tarantula. Photographic proof comes from producer Erol Alkan, who posted a picture of Ride in the studio and revealed he is producing their new album. Ride haven't confirmed a release date for the album, but NME and Pitchfork are reporting/guessing that the album will be released in 2017.

Ride reformed in 2014 after being inspired by the Stone Roses and the Mancunian band's successful reunion. Though Ride intended to reunite to play fan favorites and hits, they never ruled out creating new music. Here's a quote from a 2014 Mark Gardner interview with the BBC:

"People bought our records first time round but our music has grown in significance since we've been away... We want to give the people what they want. We'd be idiots to go out and play a new album, but that's not to say we wouldn't make new music."

"We have to learn the old chords again, but you never know what can happen with these things. I just want to plug an electric guitar in again, I've enjoyed acoustic things and stuff, but I'm greatly inspired to plug in and make noise again."

View Erol Alkan's picture of Ride in the studio below via NME along with video of Ride performing three new songs:

A photo posted by Erol Alkan (@erolalkan) on








Published December 1st, 2016

Buffalo Tom are back in action and ready for a busy year! The band launched a campaign on Pledge Music to help fund their ninth studio album which is due out in late summer/early fall of 2017. In even more exciting news the band will be releasing a special anniversary edition of their 1992 album Let Me Come Over, plus the band will be playing shows in celebration of the album. Bassist Chris Colbourn revealed in the band's campaign video:

"We're going to release our third album Let Me Come Over. Beggars Banquet is going to put a special edition out with extra tracks, we're going to play concert dates that feature Let Me Come Over, it's going to come out on vinyl. It's going to be really fun, we're going to play concerts in the United States and in Europe. In the Boston area there's going to be a lot of special shows that you can come to, we'll offer special concerts for people who want to get further involved."

Further info on the reissue is expected in 2017.

Meanwhile Buffalo Tom's ninth studio record is available to pre-order now through Pledge Music. Many many cool and unique pledging incentives are available including handwritten lyric sheets, limited edition prints, private Buffalo Tom shows, Skype lessons, and dinner with the band. View the  pledging options and campaign video here.

Watch video of Buffalo Tom performing with Dinosaur Jr below -- the video was filmed November 25th in Boston.



Catch up with Buffalo Tom on Facebook.

Published December 1st, 2016

2016/11/30


Back in September Black Marble released It's Immaterial, an album drenched in lavish darkness, sinewy bass, and glorious, hazy vocals.  The album is unquestionably one of the year's best post punk albums.  And now they're taking the show on the road to conquer the world one city at a time. Don't miss the opportunity to catch Black Marble live on their North American tour. You'd be a fool to pass on this.  Dates are posted below:



Black Marble -- North American tour

Jan 23 -- Hortonville, WI @ Standard Projects
Jan 24 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Jan 25 -- Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Jan 26 -- Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club
Jan 27 -- Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Jan 29 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Bootleg
Jan 31 -- Nashville, TN @ The End
Feb 01 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Purgatory
Feb 02 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Feb 03 -- Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Feb 04 -- Washington, DC @ DC9
Feb 06 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
Feb 07 -- Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
Feb 08 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
Feb 09 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Feb 10 -- Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PBD
Feb 11 -- Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Feb 12 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Feb 14 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater

Published November 30th, 2016

The Smiths announced two previously unreleased tracks will see light of day shortly. The demo mix of "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" backed by a previously unissued version of "Rubber Ring" will be released as a physical single by Warner Brothers. The news was announced via Morrissey's website and according to the post, release dates/details will be announced shortly.

The cover art, which is posted above, was designed by Morrissey and features actor Albert Finney.



Morrissey will be back on the road next week to kick off a handful of rescheduled tour dates.

Morrissey tour

Dec 07 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Dec 09 -- Cleveland, OH @ State Theater/Playhouse Square
Dec 10 -- Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Dec 14 -- Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Dec 16 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Dec 17 -- San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater

Published November 30th, 2016

2016/11/29


Brooklyn's dreamy Cigarettes After Sex announced a handful of shows in North America. Dates are posted below.

Cigarettes After Sex released their latest single "K." just a few weeks ago and are expected to release a full length album in 2017, which will hopefully lead to a more expansive tour.



Cigarettes After Sex -- North American tour

Jan 25 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jan 27 -- Washington, DC @ DC9
Jan 28 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Jan 29 -- Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Jan 30 -- Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
Jan 31 -- Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Feb 02 -- Chicago, IL @ Schubas



Published November 29th, 2016

Producer John Leckie has worked with legions of incredible bands over the years including Ride, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, The Verve, The Fall, Trash Can Sinatras, XTC, and Magazine. Leckie recently sat down with Iain McNay, founder of Cherry Red Records to discuss his incredible career as part of Cherry Red's Adventures In Music television series. The two part video interview is a fascinating window into music recording and is recommended for anyone show shares a love of music, especially U.K. music, and music history.

The interview begins with Leckie explaining how he began as a tape operator at Abbey Road where he worked alongside the Beatles on their solo projects, and detailed how he was able to advance to become an engineer and eventually a producer. Throughout he shared stories about bands he's worked with: "rude and aggressive" Public Image Ltd, the "fun, loud rock and roll" of The Fall, and how he's especially proud of producing Magazine's Real Life, an album he considers timeless.



Leckie discussed recording the seminal debut album from The Stone Roses, revealing there were "good vibes" in the recording studio for the entire 55 day process. He called the Roses "good fun to be with," "well rehearsed," and contrasted that with the recording of The Second Coming, which took much longer to record and was an overall dramatically different experience because the bond between band members had deteriorated.



As time went on bands requested to work with Leckie, though he turned many down. The one and only band that he actively pursued was the Verve -- he revealed he knew he had to work with them after seeing their "classic cosmic psychedelic" live show and was blown away by their guitar sounds he hadn't heard before. He's pleased he produced the seminal A Storm In Heaven but suggests it would have been even better had the songs been kept longer (the band's label Virgin requested the songs be chopped from 10 minutes to a more radio friendly three or four minutes).



Other fun stories include Leckie discussing how he recorded XTC's early material on the sly because his studio wouldn't allow him to do it, how Radiohead were in awe of Ride, and confirmation that Syd Barrett really did mysteriously appear in the studio during Pink Floyd's recording of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."

And there are so many more great stories...

Watch the interview below -- the interview is cut up into two parts: part one focuses on Leckie's beginnings, includes stories about the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Be Bop Deluxe, XTC and Public Image Ltd. Part two focuses mostly on the late 80's and 90's era with stories about The Stone Roses, The Verve, Radiohead, Alan McGee, and the evolving music industry.





Published November 29th, 2016

2016/11/28


Scottish shoegaze/noisegazers The Cherry Wave have been teasing a new album for the last few weeks. Though they haven't announced album release details yet, they have unleashed the first magnificent taste of the album. The intense and superbly fuzzy new single "Softwater" will make your life instantly better. Stream below and pick it up as a name-your-own-price download from Bandcamp.



Catch up with The Cherry Wave on Facebook and Twitter.

Published November 28th, 2016


Yesterday Deafheaven wrapped up a U.S. tour in support of 2015's New Bermuda, so what better time to announce a new run of dates? The band's winter tour kicks off in January and includes a stop in Detroit at the Shelter on March 17th. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am.



Deafheaven -- U.S. tour

Jan 12 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
Jan 13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
Feb 23 San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop
Feb 26 Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
Feb 28 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
Mar 02 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Mar 03 Dallas, TX @ Trees
Mar 04 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
Mar 05 New Orleans, LA @ The Republic
Mar 07 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Mar 08 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Mar 10 Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
Mar 11 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
Mar 12 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
Mar 13 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Mar 14 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Mar 15 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Mar 17 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
Mar 18 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
Mar 19 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
Mar 20 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Mar 21 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Mar 23 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
Mar 24 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Mar 26 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Mar 27 Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall

Published November 28th, 2016

Bad news: the cold and bleak winter is coming. Good news: Cold Cave is heading out on the road for a North American tour! Don't miss Wesley Eisold and his band as they bring their divine darkwave to a venue near you. The tour includes a stop at the Magic Stick in Detroit on January 18th and tickets are available here. The full tour itinerary is posted below:



Cold Cave -- North American tour

Jan 12 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse
Jan 13 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Jan 14 -- Denver, CO @ Lipgloss/Larimer
Jan 15 -- Omaha, NB @ Waiting Room
Jan 18 -- Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Jan 19 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Jan 20 -- Montreal, QC @ Fairmont
Jan 21 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Jan 22 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Jan 25 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Jan 26 -- Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Jan 27 -- Durham, NC @ Motorco
Jan 28 -- Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Jan 29 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Feb 01 -- Houston, TX @ Walters
Feb 02 -- San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Feb 03 -- Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Feb 04 -- Dallas, TX @ Dada

Published November 28th, 2016