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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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2017/05/21


The The released a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day titled "We Can't Stop What's Coming." The new single was recorded live during Johnson's Radio Cineola broadcast last May (May 2016), as a tribute to Johnson's brother Andrew, who passed away in January of last year (the cover art for the single features drawings found in Andrew's sketchbook). "We Can't Stop What's Coming" is included in the new The The documentary The Inertia Variations and is also slated to be released as part of a larger multi-media project Johnson is working on.

Though Johnson initially told the BBC that he had no plans to release the single digitally, but he has since changed his mind after seeing copies the single being flipped on ebay for ridiculous amounts of money. He wanted to give true fans the opportunity to hear and enjoy "We Can't Stop What's Coming" without being taken advantage of, so the single is now available digitally on iTunes.

Watch the official video for "We Can't Stop What's Coming," which features footage of Andrew (as well as Matt) Johnson and serves as a beautiful and heartfelt tribute.



"We Can't Stop What's Coming" is the third song Johnson has written for a family member. "Love Is Stronger Than Death" was written for Johnson's brother Eugene, and "Phantom Walls" was written as a tribute to his mother.

Published May 21st, 2017

Presenting a new episode of the online Time Warp classic alternative music show. Classic Alternative - Episode 7: Shattered features music from Chris Cornell's distinguished career as well as classics from Mazzy Star, Cocteau Twins, David Bowie, Pixies, The The, The Dandy Warhols, and more. Stream below or over on Mixcloud.

If you missed the Chris Cornell tribute show I posted on Thursday, it too is available to stream on Mixcloud or down below.

I would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported this online show over the last two months. Thank you for streaming and helping spread the word. It means everything to me.





Published May 21st, 2017

2017/05/18


Heartbreaking and stunning news: Chris Cornell died in Detroit last night. Soundgarden was in town last night and performed a show -- what would be their last show -- at the Fox Theatre. Afterwards details are still developing, but Cornell was later found dead in his hotel room at the MGM Grand. Suicide is the suspected cause of death. An investigation is ongoing. Cornell was 52 years old.

Cornell was and will always be a legend. Cornell's music -- Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave, not to mention his solo recordings -- influenced and impacted generations. His voice and glorious music will truly live forever.

R.I.P. Mr. Cornell. Thank you for the music and memories. You are loved and will be missed dearly.

I posted a few things in memory of Cornell, including an hour long radio tribute, along with a Cornell Spotify playlist. Additionally some video from Soundgarden's final show is also posted below along with last night's setlist.





Stream some of Cornell's finest moments on this Spotify playlist.



Update: Watch the final Soundgarden show at the Fox Theatre shot by The World Gone Crazy. If you prefer, you can also watch individual songs shot by VideoGremmie and Uncle Sam - Alive In Detroit





























Soundgarden -- Setlist 5/17/17

Ugly Truth
Hunted Down
Non-State Actor
Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Spoonman
Outshined
Kickstand
Black Hole Sun
By Crooked Steps
The Day I Tried to Live
My Wave
Been Away Too Long
Fell on Black Days
Mailman
A Thousand Days Before
Burden in My Hand
Blow Up the Outside World
Jesus Christ Pose
Rusty Cage
Slaves & Bulldozers

Ian Curtis died on this day in 1980. Though Ian is gone, his music and memory -- not to mention his impact on music and culture -- will never be forgotten. Keep Ian in your thoughts today and enjoy some music and discussion about Ian Curtis and Joy Division.



The following videos are taken from Joy Division: Interviews, and include discussion from the band's inner circle -- key players like Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Anton Corbijn, Annik Honore, and others close to Curtis and the Joy Division family.

Video #1: Joy Division/New Order drummer Stephen Morris explains why the band didn't do interviews, and how they repositioned themselves into New Order after the death of Ian Curtis.



Video #2: Ex-manager Terry Mason talks about being asked about Ian Curtis' death and discusses early Joy Division shows.



Video #3: Bernard Sumner talks about synthesizers and how Ian Curtis introduced him to the music of Kraftwerk. Anton Corbijn reveals Unknown Pleasures inspired him to leave Holland.



Video #4: Bernard Sumner discusses some of his experience with auditioning drummers, and Tony Wilson talks about the Hacienda.



Video #5: Bernard Sumner discusses the meaning of "The Eternal," plus some Joy Division touring stories



Video #6: Peter Saville on Joy Division imagery, the design of Joy Division's cover art, plus the addition of Gillian Gilbert after the death of Ian Curtis



Video #7: Peter Hook talks about Ian Curtis' epilepsy and how the band members never questioned the idea of continuing after Curtis' death.





2017/05/17


Wire released their driving and brilliant new 15th studio album Silver/Lead earlier this year and played a handful of U.S. dates on the west coast to celebrate the release. Today they announced they'll return to North America in the autumn for dates in the midwest and east coast. Don't miss the post-punk titans at El Club in Detroit on September 17th. Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon.



Wire -- North American tour

Sep 16 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sep 17 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Sep 18 -- Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
Sep 19 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Sep 20 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Sep 21 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Sep 22 -- Portland, ME @ Space
Sep 23 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Sep 25 -- Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Sep 26 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sep 28 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
Sep 29 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
Sep 30 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right

Published May 17th, 2017

The Jesus & Mary Chain appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night in support of their new album Damage & Joy. The legendary band enlisted the help of Sky Ferreira for the performance of "The Two Of Us." Though the singer/actress doesn't guest on the studio version of the song -- the vocals are handled by Isobel Campbell on the album -- Ferreira appears on another Damage & Joy track "Black & Blues" (and she also appears on Primal Scream's latest album Chaosmosis).

Watch the performance below:



The Jesus & Mary Chain -- North American tour

May 19 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 20 -- Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theatre
May 22 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
May 23 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
May 25 -- Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre

Published May 17th, 2017

2017/05/16


A 4K restoration of Sid & Nancy will be released August 22nd by Criterion Collection. Directed by Alex Cox, the cult classic tells the story of Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious & his doomed tumultuous relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The sex and drugs and punk rock biopic stars Gary Oldman as Sid and Chloe Webb as Nancy (Courtney Love famously has a minor role as Spungen's friend Gretchen). The Sid & Nancy soundtrack is also legendary -- it includes the alternative staple "Love Kills" by Joe Strummer, along with classic tracks from The Pogues, Circle Jerks, and Oldman's version of "My Way" which all too often gets mistaken for Vicious' original by unsuspecting ears.

The restored edition of Sid & Nancy will be available as a 2DVD set or as a 1 disc Blu-ray. The director-approved special edition Blu-ray will feature a ton of exciting bonus material: the uncompressed stereo soundtrack, alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, two audio commentaries (including commentary from the filmmakers, cultural historians, actors, etc), archival footage and interviews including a rare telephone interview with Vicious, a 1987 documentary on the making of Sid & Nancy, and more. Read more about the release and pre-order here. Via Pitchfork.





Published May 16th, 2017

Sparks debuted another song off their forthcoming studio album Hippopotamus. The new track is called "What The Hell Is It This Time," which according to Ron Mael is "an often uttered phrase when people listen to a new Sparks song." As you would imagine, the song is super excellent quirky fun that only the Mael Brothers can expertly provide. Stream the official video for the song below.

Sparks release Hippopotamus September 8th on CD, 2 LP, 2 LP picture disc, limited edition cassette, and digital album download. Several bundles are available as well. View all the pre-order options here.



Published May 16th, 2017