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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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2007/12/31

The Police turned out to be the highest earners (concert wise) in 2007. The band played 54 dates in North America and brought in 131.9 million bucks. That was almost double the second place act, Kenny Chesney.

2007/12/19

The Smashing Pumpkins will release a digital EP on January 2nd. American Gothic is a 4-song acoustic EP which will be available exclusively via iTunes in the U.S. The band will offer free downloads of the cover art on smashingpumpkins.com.

2007/12/15

Back in the day, life was simple. Chris Cornell was married to Susan Silver, and Silver managed Cornell's band, Soundgarden. Years later Soundgarden broke up, and eventually Cornell and Silver did too. Cornell moved on and eventually got remarried, had a couple of kids, and continued on with his musical career. Recently (in 2005) Cornell filed suit against Silver, alleging she ripped off Soundgarden, diverted the band's funds, and retained some of the band's possessions.

It sounds as if things have really taken a turn for the worse. Check out this article which was recently published by eonline. Yikes! The article discusses a recent break-in to the Cornell's residence. Apparently Cornell's wife was home with the kids when the intruder entered the home.
The fiasco ended with Cornell's wife jumping out the bathroom window with the children to escape. The Cornells believe Silver had something to do with this incident as well as a previous break-in at their house.

2007/12/11

Earlier this year the White Stripes canceled their North American tour due to Meg White's struggle with anxiety. Jack White was recently interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, who asked when the band would get back on the road again if ever. He said, "I don't know, it's up to Meg...The Beatles did it. I'm joking, but if we didn't ever tour again it wouldn't matter to me."
James will return with a new cd in the spring. Earlier this year the band decided to reunite and play some shows/festivals together. Things went so well they decided to record a full length cd together. Apparently progress is being made and they've decided to set an official release date for the new material they've recorded. The new cd, which is still untitled, is scheduled to drop April 7th.

2007/12/10

Marilyn Manson will kick off a North American tour in January. Don't miss Marilyn Manson at the Fillmore February 4th. Keep it on 89X for official ticket information.

2007/12/08

Bauhaus will return with their first cd in 24 years! Go Away White will drop on March 10th. According to NME, the band recently recorded the new material in California. The cd will have a somewhat live and spontaneous feel to it as the band used their first takes for the release.

2007/12/06

As you no doubt know, the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows, has been available as a free digital download since October. Well, if you haven't downloaded it yet, you only have a few days to get in on the action. The downloads will cease as of December 10th.

In Rainbows will see a physical release (vinyl & cd) on January 1st. The release will also be available as a download from XL Records starting December 31st--the downloads will NOT be free or name your own price, so if you're still into buying it for free/cheap, get in on the action before Monday.

2007/12/04

Here's a new Radiohead video! It's the band's video for "Jigsaw Falling Into Place." You can also check out "Bodysnatchers" here. The band's cd, In Rainbows, will see a physical release on January 2nd.

2007/12/01

After navigating some legal hurdles, Nine Inch Nails is proud to announce the launch of an official NIN remix website. Check it out here. It's pretty spiffy...you can remix songs, save them, make playlists and do all sorts of other cool things. Be warned--the site works best with Firefox/Mozilla and IE7, so if you're using IE6, you may want to consider using a different browser.

Nine Inch Nails recently released a remix CD/DVD, Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D.

2007/11/26

Interpol will release a special limited-edition six song ep tomorrow. The Live EP will be available tomorrow, but ONLY at certain indie record stores. Record Time will be the exclusive retailer in the Detroit area that will stock the EP. Click here to check out the participating retailers in other cities.

Here's the track listing for the EP:

1. Pioneer To The Falls
2. Obstacle 1
3. No I In Threesome
4. The Heinrich Maneuver
5. Mammoth

2007/11/23

Ministry will be at the Emerald Theater on May 7th. An internet presale is going on now, however you must register with Ministry's fan community to purchase presale tickets. Click here for all the details.

2007/11/22

Thom Yorke and Ed O'Brien from Radiohead were interviewed by the BBC Monday. Click here to enjoy the hour long interview.

The band's new record, In Rainbows, will be released on cd January 2nd.

2007/11/18

Interpol is reissuing their brilliant cd, Our Love To Admire, on Tuesday (November 20th). The newly souped up version will come with a DVD containing live performances and videos.
The Lemonheads will release a brand new studio cd in April. No other information on the record is available at this time.

In more Lemonheads news...Rhino will reissue the band's 1992 cd, It's A Shame About Ray, in March. The souped up version will contain some demos, bsides, and will also come with a bonus DVD.

Don't miss the Lemonheads at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on December 15th. Tickets are still available for this 89X show.
Ministry has decided to call it a day, but not before they do one last North American tour! The C U LaTour will kick off in April and it will stop at the Emerald Theater on May 7th. Keep it on 89X for official concert information.

In more Ministry news...the band will release their long-awaited covers cd next year. The cd, Cover Up, is a collection of cover songs the band has recorded throughout the years.

2007/11/12

Radiohead has set a release date for their new cd In Rainbows. The international release (everywhere but North America) will be December 31st. The North American release of the cd will be January 2nd.

2007/11/07

Apparently, it's official! My Bloody Valentine is reuniting, and a new cd is in the works.

2007/11/04

Morrissey's manager has confirmed that his client will sign a new record deal this month. The new deal calls for Morrissey to release a brand new cd in 2008, and he's also agreed to release a separate greatest hits package. Morrissey's manager has revealed that the Man, the Myth, the Legend will be back on the road for a new round of tour dates in March.
Placebo has parted ways with drummer Steve Hewitt. According to Placebo it was an amicable split. The band's official press statement (posted below) indicates the band members grew apart musically and personally. Placebo has not named a replacement for Hewitt.

Official statement from the band's website:

Placebo have parted company with drummer of 11 years, Steve Hewitt, due to personal and musical differences.

Brian Molko commented "Being in a band is very much like being in a marriage, and in couples - in this case a triple - people can grow apart over the years. To say that you don't love your partner anymore is inaccurate, considering all that you've been through and achieved together. There simply comes a point when you realize that you want different things from your relationship and that you can no longer live under the same roof, so to speak."

The split is amicable and a sad time for both parties. Steve Hewitt replaced Robert Schultzberg behind the drum kit in 1996 whilst the band were promoting Placebo’s eponymous debut album and went on to record the following 4 studio albums ‘Without You I’m Nothing’, ‘Black Market Music’, ‘Sleeping With Ghosts’ and most recently ‘Meds’.

Placebo have just returned from the USA where they were part of the high profile ‘Projekt Revolution Tour’ alongside Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance. The band are now taking a well earned break.

Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal will begin work on Placebo’s 6th studio album next Spring and are in no rush to find an immediate replacement for Steve.

2007/10/21

The Ian Curtis biopic will premiere in Detroit this Friday at the Maple Art Theater (Maple Art Theater, not the Main Art Theater). Here's the theater info, if you want to check it out. Scroll down the page for the info...
This news is breaking now. It came from the official Ministry myspace page, so sadly it is true.


The 13th Planet family is saddened to confirm the devastating news of the sudden and unexpected death of Ministry's bassist, Paul Raven. Raven was working with French recording artists Treponem Pal on their new collaboration with Ted Parsons (ex-Prong/ex-Killing Joke/Jesu) and members of The Young Gods in a small village on the French/Swiss border. Initial reports indicate Raven's passing was the result of a heart attack.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Raven's family and friends around the world. His love of life, artistic creations and joyful laughter touched and moved all of us deeply. The loss of this extraordinary artist, unique individual and loyal friend will be felt by many. The impact of his talents will be remembered forever but his contribution to the lives of everyone who knew him is his greatest legacy.

2007/10/14

REM

CNN (yes, CNN) debuted a new REM song, "Until the Day Is Done" this week. While it sounds odd that CNN would be debuting music, here's the deal--the song is featured in the CNN documentary Planet In Peril, so REM allowed CNN's Anderson Cooper to debut the track on his show. If you missed it, you can click here to check out a live version of the song which was recorded earlier this year in Dublin.
Believe it or not, Jack & Meg will be selling cameras starting tomorrow! True enough, the incredibly special, limited edition cameras will go on sale tomorrow starting at noon. Choose from the "Meg Diana Camera" or the "Jack Holga Camera" or, heck, buy them both...

2007/09/30

The new Radiohead cd is going to be available sooner than expected. The band, currently without a record label, has decided to sell the cd through their official website. Click here to find out how to pre-order the band's new material. You can order the "discbox" or the "download" from the band's website. The download will be available starting October 10th, and the discbox will be shipped in December. The best part? The discbox, which contains 2 discs and 2 records, will sell for 40 pounds (about 85 dollars U.S.) and the download will cost whatever you feel like paying. No, I'm not kidding, it's a name your own price thing. Click here if you don't believe me.

2007/09/25

Maynard James Keenan's new project, Puscifer, will release its long awaited debut cd next month. V Is For Vagina, drops on October 30th. The first single, "Cuntry Boner" is now available as a pre-order through the band's official website. Click here to check out a trailer for the band's forthcoming cd, and to find out more about the band.

2007/09/09

Here's a news item about Joy Division that Yahoo published yesterday. I checked the rhino website for the vinyl release that is supposed to be out on Tuesday, but it appears it is not available yet. Stay tuned...

Thanks to Rob for the heads up!

2007/09/06

Tickets for the October 19th Morrissey show at the Royal Oak Music Theater will go on sale tomorrow at 5pm. Grab tickets starting tomorrow at tickets.com.

2007/09/04

Watch the 'stashed Corgan answer seven questions.

2007/09/02

Come on out tonight for the official 89x Time Warp party at Luna! DJ Tom and I will be spinning 80's & 90's alternative all night! If you dig Time Warp, you'll have an extraordinary time tonight! The folks at Luna are offering dollar drinks from 9-11pm, so get there early! 21 and over are welcome. Luna is on Main Street north of 12 mile in Royal Oak.

The 89x royalty have promised me they'll be there, including the mysterious Vince Cannova, the always intriguing Lisa Way, and our hyperspasmotic Cal Cagno. Perhaps other 89x-lings will be there too...so come mingle with us. We smell good.

2007/08/25

Morrissey is planning one last run of the United States in the fall. Luckily, he's found it fit to return to the Detroit area. Don't miss Morrissey at the Royal Oak Music Theater on October 19th. Keep it on 89x for official ticket information.

2007/08/18

A new Coheed & Cambria song is available on iTunes. "The Running Free" will serve as the first single to the band's forthcoming disc, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume 2: No World For Tomorrow. The full length release will drop on October 23rd. Coheed just launched a website to promote the new cd. Check it out here.
An Oasis DVD will be released in October. The two disc set will feature a concert from 2005, as well as interview footage, and a very special question and answer session with Noel Gallagher. The still untitled DVD set will be released on October 29th.
NIN's most recent release, Year Zero, will be issued on vinyl on August 28th.

In other Nine Inch Nails news, a remix cd is due out in the fall. Y34R Z3R0 R3MIX3D will be a big compilation of remixes that fans have submitted through garageband.com

2007/08/12

Tony Wilson, co-founder of Factory Records and the legendary Hacienda night club in Manchester, England has died at the age of 57. He had been receiving chemotherapy for kidney cancer, however it was a heart attack that killed him. He died Friday, August 10th.

Here's a story that ran on sky news:

TV presenter Tony Wilson, one of the leading lights in the Manchester music scene, has died after suffering a heart attack while receiving cancer treatment aged 57.

Mr Wilson, who set up the Factory Records label and the Hacienda Club, was associated with groups like New Order and the Happy Mondays.

He was also a reporter and presenter on TV and radio in the Manchester area.

His life was depicted in the film 24 Hour Party People.He had been suffering from kidney cancer.

Mr Wilson was surrounded by family at his when he passed away.

A spokesman for Christie Hospital in Manchester said: "Tony Wilson died peacefully at 6.05pm this evening with his family by his bedside."

Tony was a very great supporter of the Christie and this is extremely sad news.

"We would like to extend our sympathy to Tony's family."

An outspoken campaigner for regional self-government in the North West, Wilson was passionate about his home city of Manchester.

2007/08/07

Click here to check out Helmet's new song, "Revenge Destroys Everything." The song will be featured in the upcoming film Tatua.

Helmet is currently on the road promoting the 2006 cd Monochrome. Don't miss Helmet at the Magic Stick on August 29th.

2007/08/05

Iggy & the Stooges will be at Meadowbrook on Tuesday. If you'd like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, e-mail me before 11:30 am. I'll put you in the drawing...

cristina@89xradio.com

2007/07/29

A special 30th Anniversary edition of the classic Sex Pistols cd, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols, will be released on October 29th.

2007/07/22

Radiohead's cd, Ok Computer, is officially 10 years old this year! Stereogum has put together a "tribute cd" to commemorate this important milestone. Click here to check out covers from Cold War Kids, Chris Walla, Doveman, and others.

FYI: Radiohead is said to be in New York City mixing the new cd, so progress is allegedly being made. Check back for updates.
Last week I posted an "Open Letter From Billy Corgan" that was published in the Seattle 'zine, the Stranger. Pretty much everyone figured out that Billy Corgan himself hadn't penned the letter, however it was a pretty entertaining read anyway.

Billy Corgan eventually got wind of the letter and decided to post his own tongue in cheek response on the official Smashing Pumpkins website:

In the July 12 issue of Seattle's weekly publication The Stranger, an article headlined "An Open Letter From Billy Corgan" to fans--purportedly written by Corgan himself--appeared.

Truth to tell, the letter was not written by Corgan, a Smashing Pumpkins band member or anyone affiliated with the group. Upon finding the letter posted on the publication's website, several reputable national news outlets picked up the story and printed abbreviated quotes from it, thinking the letter was legitimate.

Although this "open letter" is apocryphal, there are some references and statements in it that do in fact make a few interesting points that should be pondered:

The letter states in Billy's words that there would be no My Chemical Romance or Panic! at the Disco without the Pumpkins. While this isn't so, it is a little-known fact the Pumpkins' music is responsible for the swing dance craze of 1997.

The letter also states that the song "United States" on the new album Zeitgeist was refracted and stretched to 9 minutes. In truth, this song in its original form was well over an hour and included a reciting of the Declaration of Independence narrated by all original cast members of the film "Reality Bites" starring Winona Ryder.

Another mistruth in this letter is the statement that the Pumpkins were once the most important band in the world. If the facts are what we are all seeking, everyone knows that Citizen Dick has always been and will forever be the most important band in the world.

Despite all the hearsay and innuendo, the Zeitgeist CD is the top-selling rock album in the country, moving almost 150,000 CDs the first week. It entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #2 and made Top 5 entries in Canada (#1), New Zealand (#1), the U.K. (#4), Italy (#5) and Switzerland (#5), with more Top Ten debuts in Germany (#7), Holland (#7) and Australia (#8).

Meanwhile, 8 out of 10 purchasers of the new album Zeitgeist have confirmed that they have experienced increased muscle mass after only two listenings.

All facts and figures in this document provided by the Zeitgeist and Klotz LLP.

2007/07/17

Bjork will be making a rare concert appearance at the Fox Theater September 11th. Tickets for the show will go on sale this Friday morning at 10. Tickets will be available at the Fox Theater Box Office, livenation.com, ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

2007/07/14

An "open letter from Billy Corgan" appeared in a Seattle newspaper earlier this week. Corgan isn't taking credit for it, so it appears to be a rather entertaining parody...

My Dear Friends,

Today is the greatest day you've ever known.

Seven years, seven months, and ten days ago, the clock struck midnight, 2000, and the world began turning faster. Back then, I disbanded the Smashing Pumpkins because the new millennium demanded it. A new age needed a new start—cleanliness and unity, not the confused, confusing wreck I let the band become.

We were once the most important band in the world, and everyone—me, you, Courtney Love—knew it. The Smashing Pumpkins drew the line between Black Sabbath, the Bee Gees, and the Cure, and that line caught a generation like a leash around a wayward puppy. We founded Alternative Nation, and the kids and advertisers flocked around. But because the band had become bloated, overbearing, headstrong, because it grew beyond my control, it had to die. I killed it before it killed me.

And now, after all those years of self-imposed obscurity, of forced poetry, of side projects mired in mediocrity and too many guitarists, I bring us, together, here, to the corner of Future Avenue and Now Street. This is our moment! This is our day! This is Zeitgeist! (That's "Spirit of the Age" in German. Trust me: I've read Hegel.)

This band has always been the headlight on the barreling locomotive of modern youth; with a title like Zeitgeist, nobody can argue. I brought back original Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain—recovered and reverent of yours truly, he's the epitome of a new leaf turned over—plus another chick bassist and some new guitar guy. Zeitgeist (Say it! It feels good!) arrives this week, in four different forms: The Best Buy version is different from the Target version is different from the iTunes version, which is different from everyone else's version. Most zeits would've settled for a single geist, but ours demands more marketing strategies, so I offer it four.

As for the music, the critics won't get it. They never have. My old fans—the ones whose lives were changed by Gish and Siamese Dream—won't get it. They will complain that the sound is too dense, too severe, too, yes, overbearing. But the New Generation is the one I'm speaking to, the one that needs to know that My Chemical Romance and Panic! At theDisco couldn't exist without me. Whether they want to know doesn't matter. This Zeitgeist is not consensual—it's here, whether you understand it or not.

Several weeks ago, I released "Tarantula" to prime the public for the coming onslaught. The song is the sound of one ego exploding (mine), the sound of an entire album in just one song. You'll like it because it has the same skyrocketing guitar riff as "Cherub Rock," and you liked "Cherub Rock" back in 1993. You still like it, because it is one of the best songs ever recorded. But now, instead of one guitar playing one riff, there are more—way more—guitars. And more riffs. It's awesome, in the original sense of the word. It might scare you.

Fear is the effect I'm going for. Fear and exhaustion. But "Tarantula" is not the scariest or most exhausting song on the album. That honor goes to "United States"—a triumphant teenage anthem that sounds like the closing solo of "War Pigs," refracted and stretched into nine minutes. Remember, I was subtle once: "Drown," from the Singles soundtrack, was haunting in its minimal, dissonant beauty. But the Zeitgeist has no time for subtlety, friends, and neither do you. Hence song titles like "United States" and "For God and Country" and "Pomp and Circumstance." Even more than you need more guitars, you need more meaning. And I bring it to you:

Dulcet tones whisper fast
Refuse your yearns, renounce the past
Rouse me soon, the end draws nigh
Whose side are you on
Your blood you cannot buy.
Revolution!
Revolution!
Revolution!
Yes!
Zeitgeisty!

Every revolution needs a counterpoint, and that would be "Bring the Light," the one song with a discernable, singable hook, the one song that's remotely accessible. It's got a melody that burns with the same adolescent struggle as those Siamese Dream days. Naturally, it stands out: Hooks and singability are not really the zeitgeist. At least not this Zeitgeist.

Here is what you must understand: Nothing has changed since 1999, except my budget. And Pro Tools. I am still the same alt-rock messiah I was. You are still my teenage flock.

Trust me.

Your zero,

Billy Corgan

2007/07/08

Bob Mould will be in town Thursday to play a show at Henry Ford Museum.

Catch up with Bob Mould here, and check out his official blog here.

Bob Mould will release a live DVD, Circle of Friends, on October 9th. October 9th is 89x's own Vince Cannova's birthday. Coincidence?
Check out Placebo's version of the old Kate Bush song, "Running Up That Hill" in the band's myspace player. Placebo's version is also on their latest cd, Meds.

Placebo will release an 8-song ep on July 31st. The ep, Extended Play 07, will contain 5 classic Placebo songs, plus there will be 3 previously unreleased live tracks.

Don't miss Placebo on the Projekt Revolution tour. They'll join Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, H.I.M., Mindless Self Indulgence and more, August 22nd at DTE.
The new disc from the Smashing Pumpkins, Zeitgeist, will drop in stores on Tuesday. The disc is currently streaming here.

Don't miss the Smashing Pumpkins at the Fox Theater on October 7th. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday morning (July 14th) at 10.
Buffalo Tom has a new cd coming out on Tuesday. The disc is called Three Easy Pieces. You can check out some of their new material on myspace. The band has lined up some tour dates, however a Detroit date has not been scheduled as of yet.

2007/07/07

Here's the Smashing Pumpkins video for "Tarantula."

2007/07/04

Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam composed all of the music on the Into the Wild soundtrack. Vedder has a small role in the film as well. The soundtrack drops September 18th and the film opens September 21st.
The Smashing Pumpkins have lined up a North American tour. The tour kicks off at the end of September, and the band will be at the Fox Theater in Detroit on October 7th. Keep it on 89x for official ticket information.

2007/06/30

Stars will return with a new cd on September 25th. The band's 4th studio record is titled In Our Bedroom After the War. The first single from the cd, "the Night Starts Here" is streaming here, and you can even download it for free here.
Click here to check out a new song from the Smashing Pumpkins. The song, "Doomsday Clock" will be on the band's forthcoming cd, Zeitgeist, which will drop July 10th.

2007/06/24

Social Distortion will release a greatest hits cd on Tuesday. The cd contains 10 of the band's hits, plus one brand new song, "Far Behind." Social D has been busy writing other new material, however a new, full length studio cd won't be released until early next year.

Don't miss Social Distortion at the 89x Birthday Bash August 2nd at Freedom Hill!

2007/06/20

Iggy & the Stooges will rock Meadowbrook on August 7th. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday morning at 10.

2007/06/13

Ed O'Brien from Radiohead posted a very short update on the band's progress in the studio. Don't blink or you'll miss it:

"Yes I know its been a while ..... but we've been working on this album for a while ...... BUT WE ARE NEARLY THERE ....."

Whatever that means.

2007/06/10

Here's a working link to view the Control trailer. The older one was taken down due to legal issues, but the Joy Division folks have settled the issue, so the trailer can be viewed guilt-free.

2007/06/04

Chris Cornell will release his second solo cd tomorrow. Carry On is currently streaming on myspace, but will be available on cd tomorrow.

Cornell will embark on a full North American tour in July. The Detroit date is July 22nd at the State Theater. Keep it on 89x for official ticket information.

2007/06/03

Blur will enter a recording studio this summer to record a reunion cd. Bassist Alex James says they'll give it their best shot, but if things go sour they'll split for good this time.

Click here to read an indepth article on Blur published today in the Independent.
Control has been picked up for North American distribution!

Here's the info straight from a bulletin the Joy Division myspace page sent out this morning:

The Weinstein Co. scored a triple play at the tail end of the Festival de Cannes, nabbing North American rights for Anton Corbijn's Joy Division biopic "Control," North American home video rights to Tom Shankland's detective thriller "Waz" and Australian rights to the animated "Persepolis."

"Control," the feature directorial debut of music video vet Corbijn, unspooled in the festival's Directors' Fortnight sidebar and earned three awards there: the CICAE Art & Essai prize for best film, the Regards Jeunes Prize for best first or second feature film and the Europa Cinemas Label prize for best European film. The black-and-white portrait of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, who committed suicide at age 23, stars Sam Riley and Samantha Morton.

First Independent Pictures and Wagner/Cuban Cos. were in serious negotiations to jointly acquire the film until late Thursday, but the Weinstein Co. stepped in and closed the deal Friday.

2007/05/30

Here's the video for the new Garbage single, "Tell Me Where It Hurts." The single will be on the new Garbage cd/dvd set, Absolute Garbage. The collection features 2 audio cds and 1 dvd. The first cd is a greatest hits cd, the second disc is full of remixes, and the dvd contains the band's music videos and some live concert footage. Look for Absolute Garbage to drop on July 17th.

2007/05/29

Yesterday I got a "friend" request on myspace from a band called Polaroid Kiss. Polaroid Kiss is from Salt Lake City and their music is pretty sweet! Click here to check out the band's latest single, "White Lies & White Lines."
The Violent Femmes will bring their tour to the Royal Oak Music Theater on July 12th. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 5pm. Tickets will be available via tickets.com.

2007/05/27

You can check out the trailer to the Ian Curtis biopic, Control, here.

2007/05/21

You can download a new single from The The's official website. "Mrs. Mac" is available for your enjoyment here.
Morrissey was in town last Monday playing a show at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. During Time Warp, Sharon called in to report that the Morrissey show was outstanding. She said that Moz played about 10 songs from the Smiths (this should be considered a delicious treat considering he normal only plays 2 or 3 songs from the band's catalog).

Max e-mailed with some more comments regarding the show:

Besides being an awesome show with Smiths songs and all he made a couple funny comments. First he said that after announcing the North American tour, Ann Arbor was the first show to sell out, he said " we were afraid you might eat us alive", after the huge response he added, "but the night is still young". Later he said while walking around our little town he was looking for our statue of Iggy Pop, he joked about expecting to see one, and we should build one. " Besides Iggy being a huge influence on a lot of people he also is a really great guy" He referred to him as Jimiggy too.

2007/05/20

Click here to check out some stills from the upcoming Ian Curtis biopic, Control.

2007/05/19

The new Interpol single, "the Heinrich Maneuver" is streaming here. The band's third cd, Our Love to Admire, drops July 10th.

Interpol will play the State Theater on July 28th. Keep it on 89x for official ticket information.
The new single from the Smashing Pumpkins is streaming here. "Tarantula" is the first single from the band's new full length cd, Zeitgeist. The disc drops July 10th.

2007/05/17

Buffalo Tom will return with a new cd in July. Three Easy Pieces drops July 10th. You can check out two new songs (including the cd's title track) on the band's official myspace page. Buffalo Tom has also lined up a short U.S. tour which is not expected to feature a Detroit date.

2007/05/13

Interpol will release a new cd, Our Love To Admire, on July 10th. The first single, "the Heinrich Maneuver" can currently be heard on 89x. FYI--the title of the single reportedly refers to music theorist Heinrich Schenker.

Interpol is expected to make a Detroit appearance sometime in July. Keep it on 89x for official concert information.
Erasure's new cd, Light At the End of the World will drop May 22nd. The band will hit the road for a short tour to promote the record in July. Don't miss Erasure July 31st at Music Hall in Detroit. Keep it on 89x for official ticket information.

2007/05/03

The new Dinosaur Jr. cd, Beyond, is streaming here.

2007/04/28

Join 89x for this special one night event--Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 27th. Click the flyer to enlarge in a major way.

Catch up with the magnificent DJ Tom here.
As mentioned previously, the White Stripes will be at the RBC Theater at the John Labatt Centre in London on July 7th. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 4th at 10am. You will be able to purchase tickets online here or here.

2007/04/25

A new single from the White Stripes will be available on iTunes starting tonight at midnight. The single, "Icky Thump" is just one of 13 new songs on the cd. The full length disc, also titled Icky Thump, will drop on June 19th.

The White Stripes will kick off a tour of North America in June. The band plans on playing shows in cities that they've bypassed in recent years. Don't miss the White Stripes at the John Labatt Centre in London on July 7th. Tickets are not on sale yet, so keep it on 89x for official ticket information.

2007/04/22

Click here to read some little known David Bowie facts.

2007/04/21

The new Arctic Monkeys cd, Favourite Worst Nightmare, is streaming on the band's myspace page. Don't miss Arctic Monkeys at Clutch Cargos on May 9th.
Don't miss Bjork on Saturday Night Live tonight!

Bjork will release her new cd, Volta, on May 8th. Another new track from the cd has been posted on Bjork's official myspace page.

2007/04/17

Social Distortion will release a greatest hits disc in the fall. The cd will boast a whole bunch of the band's greatest hits, but there will also be one new song on the disc. The song, "Far Behind," has been a staple on the band's recent tour, and fans that have heard it say it "rawks." The greatest hits disc drops in the fall, and a cd with all new material should be out sometime next year.
Well, it's not the new cd you've been waiting for, however a Radiohead ep will be released in May. The ep, Com Lag (2+2=5a), was originally released in Japan as a companion disc to Hail To The Thief, but it will finally see light of day in the U.S. on May 8th.

There's still no official word on the release date for the brand new Radiohead disc, although it will most likely drop near the end of the year.

2007/04/09

The newly reunited Smashing Pumpkins will release a cd titled Zeitgeist on July 7th. The big Mystery regarding the project was who (besides Billy Corgan) was involved in the reunion. It has been pretty well publicized that drummer Jimmy Chamberlain is involved, but what about D'Arcy and James Iha? It turns out that neither of them will be a part of the reunion, which isn't all that shocking, especially considering rumors that have swirled over the years that Corgan played D'Arcy and Iha's parts on all the band's studio records. Iha recently confirmed that he is not involved in the reunion, revealing that he hasn't spoken to Corgan in "several years." Iha says that he is busy working on a new solo record and wants no part of the ol' Glory Days.

2007/04/08

Ministry will release a remix cd in June. Rio Grande Dub will feature remixes of all of the songs from Ministry's Rio Grande Blood cd.

Ministry is currently finishing up work on their final cd. Yes, it will be their last cd ever. The Last Sucker drops on September 18th.
Sonic Youth will play their 1988 cd, Daydream Nation, live in its entirety on the road next month. Sadly, tour dates are only scheduled for three cities: Chicago, Berkeley, and Los Angeles. Yes, we lose again.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters have an upcoming show at the State Theater on May 11th. Tickets are on sale now through ticketmaster and livenation.

In other EC news, the first 11 releases from Elvis Costello will finally be available on iTunes starting May 1st.
Bjork will return with a new cd, Volta, on May 8th. The first single "Earth Intruders" will be available as a digital download starting tomorrow. You can check out Bjork's official website to check out the cd's cover art. While you're there, why not e-mail her to find out why her world tour isn't stopping in the Detroit area?

2007/04/04

NIN's new cd, Year Zero, is streaming here.

2007/03/26

According to ticketmaster, tickets for the upcoming Morrissey show at the Michigan Theater will go on sale this Saturday morning at 10am. Ticketmaster also notes that an internet presale will begin Thursday at 10am and will run through Friday at 10pm.

2007/03/18

An Afghan Whigs cd, Unbreakable, will drop on May 1st. The cd is mainly a greatest hit release, but there are two new songs on the disc. "Magazine" is a song that the band had started working on right before they split up, and "I'm A Soldier" is a song that Greg Dulli wrote right after he watched a documentary about Iraq. "I'm A Soldier" is currently streaming on Spin's website, so click here to read more about the Afghan Whigs and enjoy the new single.

2007/03/17

Dinosaur Jr. will be back with a new cd, Beyond, on May 1st. That will be followed by a DVD release, Live From the Middle East, on May 29th.

Dinosaur Jr. is also getting ready to hit the road for a short North American tour. The band will be at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on June 3rd and June 4th! Yes, that's right, TWO shows. Grab tickets now at www.ticketmaster.com

2007/03/14

Morrissey is going to tour North America this spring/summer! Moz will be at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on May 14th. Keep it on 89x for official ticket information.

2007/03/10

Queens of the Stone Age is busy working on a new cd. The cd, Era Vulgaris, is expected in June. Click here to check out some footage of the band in the studio.
Here's the video for "Survivalism" by Nine Inch Nails.

2007/03/05

A Nine Inch Nails Year Zero listening party has been scheduled for March 22nd at St. Andrew's Hall. Trent & the gang WILL NOT be there, however the band's new cd will be played in its entirety, so you'll have the chance to hear the whole thing while hanging out with other NIN fans. The listening party is all ages and is free. Keep in mind that you will not be able to bring any recording devices, and you will not be allowed to bring a cell phone with you.

NIN's new cd, Year Zero, will drop in stores on April 17th. You can also check out a few new songs from the cd here.

2007/03/04

Looks like you'll be waiting a bit longer for the new Chris Cornell solo cd. Carry On was scheduled to be released in May, but the release was just pushed back to June 5th. The cd is finished, but apparently Cornell's label wanted to go with a later release date. Carry On contains 14 tracks including a stripped down acoustic cover of the old Michael Jackson classic, "Billie Jean."

2007/02/23

There is finally a Detroit date for the Police reunion tour. The Police will play the Palace on July 17th. Tickets go on sale NEXT Saturday, March 3rd. Ticket prices (not including service charges, etc) are: $52.50, $92.50, and $227.50. There is a 4 ticket limit.

2007/02/22

A new Nine Inch Nails song has been leaked on the net. "Me, I'm Not" can be heard here. The new cd, Year Zero, is expected to drop on April 17th.

2007/02/21

Tickets to see Iggy & the Stooges go on sale this Friday at 10am. The show is Friday, April 13th at the Fox Theater.

2007/02/18

Nine Inch Nails posted two new songs from the forthcoming cd, Year Zero. You can check out "My Violent Heart" and "Survivalism" right here.

According to Trent Reznor, Year Zero is part 1 of a 2 part concept record. The concept? This is what Trent had to say:

What's it about? Well, it takes place about fifteen years in the future. Things are not good. If you imagine a world where greed and power continue to run their likely course, you'll have an idea of the backdrop. The world has reached the breaking point - politically, spiritually and ecologically. Written from various perspectives of people in this world, "year zero" examines various viewpoints set against an impending moment of truth.

How does it sound? You will hear for yourself soon enough, but given the point of this document is to provide information... This record is much more of a "sound collage" than recent efforts from me. A lot of it was improvised.

It is very tedious describing your own music.

It's not just music.

It's probably too long, but it felt like the right thing to do to paint the complete picture.

It will sound different after a few listens.

You can think about it and it will reveal more than you were expecting.

Iggy & the Stooges will be at the Fox Theater on April 13th. According to the band, the internet presale starts this Tuesday morning (February 20th) at 10am. To grab tickets, use this link.

2007/02/12

As expected, the Police held a press conference today to announce their intention to reunite and go out on the road this summer. The band also treated the fans to "Can't Stand Losing You" and "Roxanne."

So far, there is no "official" Detroit date scheduled, but the band does plan on coming here, as per the message on Sting's official website.

Tickets will be $50, $90, and $225. There will be pre-sale opportunities for fan club members, so if you want a head start on tickets, you should consider joining the band's fan club, however it does cost 100 bucks to join. The fan club info can be found here.

Here's the official tour dates, straight from www.sting.com (the onsale date is listed after the venue)

Here are the dates of the moment, official off Sting.com

28-May Vancouver, BC GM Place Saturday, Feb. 17
06-June Seattle, WA Key Arena To Be Announced
09-June Denver, CO Pepsi Center To Be Announced
15-June Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena To Be Announced
16-June Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival To Be Announced
18-June Phoenix, AZ US Airways Arena To Be Announced
26-June Dallas, TX American Airlines Center To Be Announced
30-June New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena To Be Announced
02-July St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center To Be Announced
22-July Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Saturday, Feb. 17
25-July Montreal, PQ Bell Centre Saturday, Feb. 17
28-July Boston, MA Fenway Park Tuesday, Feb. 20
01-Aug New York, NY Madison Square Garden Tuesday, Feb. 20
03-Aug New York, NY Madison Square Garden Tuesday, Feb. 20

Additional North American concert dates in Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Tampa, San Francisco's Bay Area, Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Washington/Baltimore area will be announced in the next few weeks.

Additional cities and venues to be announced soon.

2007/02/11

The Police will reunite for tonight's Grammy Awards (8pm CBS). They are scheduled to open the show. Tomorrow the band is holding a press conference to (presumably) announce the details for their reunion tour.

Check back tomorrow for info on the Police tour. I'll post after the info is available.
Dinosaur Jr. will release a new cd on May 1st. Beyond features the band's original lineup.

In addition, Dinosaur Jr needs your help! They'd like you to send them any pictures or video you might have of them. They are hoping to compile a bunch of fan-shot photographs and videos for their website and future releases. Visit the band's website to find out more.
Iggy & the Stooges will be at the Fox Theater on April 13th.

Keep it on 89x for official ticket information.

The Stooges will release their first new cd in 33 years, the Weirdness, on March 20th. Check out the band's myspace page to hear the first single, "My Idea Of Fun."

2007/02/10

NIN

Nine Inch Nails has a new cd coming out in April. Year Zero will drop on April 17th. You can check out some goodies from the record on the special website the band created for Year Zero. In addition, you can check out some video clips from the band's forthcoming dvd Beside You In Time at this special website. Beside You In Time drops on February 27th.

2007/02/04

The Mission U.K. is preparing to release a new single and cd in the coming months. The new single, "Keep It In the Family" is due in March, and the full length cd, God Is A Bullet, drops in late April. Two samplers filled with new music has been posted on the band's myspace page. Click here to check it out.
A new cd from the Stooges is coming next month. The Weirdness drops March 20th. You can check out the first single, "My Idea Of Fun," on the band's official myspace page. Click here!
A new Franz Ferdinand track has been posted on the band's myspace page. The track, "Hallam Foe, Dandelion Blow," was written for an upcoming Scottish film.

The band is planning to start work on a new cd later this spring, with a possible release date in the fall.

2007/01/31

NIN has set a release date for the new cd. Year Zero will be in stores on April 17th. Don't forget that NIN will release a DVD titled, Beside You In Time on February 27th. The theater debut of the DVD happens next Tuesday at St. Andrew's Hall.

2007/01/13

Perry Farrell recently formed a new project called Satellite Party. The debut cd from the band is called the Ultra Payload, and it will drop May 15th. The first single, "Kinky" will be out sometime in March.

2007/01/07

Check out this website--it explains the meaning behind many songs from the 80's. For a good time, click here.

Thanks to Michael for passing the link along!