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...hang the dj

...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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hangthedjmag (at) gmail.com

Or hit me up on Twitter: @CristinaRocks

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

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.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

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.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

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.

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

Sunday, July 8, 2007

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.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

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

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

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.