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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

For music submissions, press releases, or questions/concerns:

hangthedjmag (at) gmail.com

Or hit me up on Twitter: @CristinaRocks

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The new Christmas single from the Killers is now available digitally. "Don't Shoot Me Santa" can be downloaded now from iTunes. All proceeds benefit The Global Fund to fight AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis in Africa.

The Killers just released their new b-sides/rarities collection titled Sawdust, so check it out now if you're a Killers fan.


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


No, a sex tape featuring Pete Wentz has not been leaked. It's not a sex tape, it's an actual scene from a film called Goodnight Moon. Watch all the uncomfortable action here.
Rivers Cuomo from Weezer is getting ready to release a collection of his demos. Alone--the Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo will drop December 18th. The release features 18 demos, including the original demo for "Buddy Holly", "Superfriend", and "Blast Off!"

In other Weezer news, the band has NOT revealed the name of their upcoming cd. A few music websites (not this one!) revealed a "official title" last week, but it was a hoax--the band insists they have NOT named their new cd yet. The untitled cd is expected to drop in the spring.
Chad Kroeger made a rare appearance last week--in a Canadian courtroom. Kroeger pled not guilty to impaired driving last Wednesday. It all stemmed from an incident in June that found Kroeger pulled over by the 5-0 after some "erratic" driving. Once the cops pulled him over they claimed to smell booze, so Kroeger submitted to a breathalyser and promptly blew a 0.14.

If convicted Kroeger faces a $600 fine and a one year driving ban. But he'll still be free to make music that drives you to drink.
Billie Joe Armstrong's fashion line, Adeline Street Clothing, is looking for male and female models. A casting call is being held this coming Saturday in California. If you're hot and you think you have what it takes, by all means, click here for details.
A television station has been erroneously reporting that Flea (RHCP bassist) lost his home in the recent fires in Malibu. Flea's home has not burnt down according to his manager. Axl Rose's home sustained a bit of damage though. Check out a video report here.
The guitarist for Hawthorne Heights has died. Casey Calvert died in his sleep on November 24th. According to the band, Calvert was in good spirits on Friday evening and was shocked to find out about his death Saturday afternoon when the band met for soundcheck. The cause of death is unknown. Casey Calvert was 26 years old.

The band has posted the following press statement on their official website:

Today is probably the worst day ever. It's with our deepest regrets that we have to write this. Casey Calvert passed away in his sleep last night. We found out this afternoon before sound-check. We've spent the entire day trying to come to grips with this and figure out as much as possible. At this time we're not sure what exactly happened. Just last night he was joking around with everyone before he went to bed. We can say with absolute certainty that he was not doing anything illegal. Please, out of respect to Casey and his family, don't contribute or succumb to any gossip you may hear. We don't want his memory to be tainted in the least. Casey was our best friend. He was quirky and awesome and there will truly be no others like him! His loss is unexplainable. As soon as we know more we will let you know.

Sincerely, Hawthorne Heights Eron, JT, Micah and Matt


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.


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.
The Goo Goo Dolls will be a part of the halftime show at today's Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field. The band is expected to play 2 songs as part of the festivities.
The show is now officially sold out. 89X is proud to present Jimmy Eat World, Coheed & Cambria, Plain White T's, Paramore, and Mute Math December 17th at the Fillmore. If you missed out on tickets, keep it on 89X in the coming weeks to win your way into the show. Your chance to win starts this Monday morning on the Morning X!
Linkin Park with special guest Coheed & Cambria will play Joe Louis Arena on February 16th. Tickets go on sale next Saturday (December 1st) at 10am.

89X will be giving away win it before you can buy it tickets to the show all weekend long, so be sure to tune in this weekend!


Finch is reuniting for a show in Pomona, California this Friday. It looks like the reunion may be a more permanent one...they've also signed on to play the Bamboozle festival in Rutherford, New Jersey next May. You can catch up with Finch here.
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.
It's official. The new Weezer cd drops on April 22nd.

In more Weezer news...Rivers Cuomo will release a cd full of demos on December 11th.
Krist Noveselic now writes a weekly blog for the newspaper, Seattle Weekly. Check it out here. New postings magically (or not so magically) appear on Tuesdays.
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.


Recently Serj Tankian posted an in depth question and answer blog on his myspace page. Here's an excerpt from it:

What is the concept behind creating a video for each track on the album?

There's a two-fold idea behind it. One is to multiply the artistic factor of the record, and the second reason is in today's music industry, with file sharing and downloading we have to offer something a lot more than just 12 songs on a record. We need to offer multiple ways of connecting with our fans, with the people that listen to our music. I always like involving really artsy friends, whether we're going to do artwork for the record, website stuff or videos. So I gave 12 different video director friends songs, one for each, and a small budget, and said "He, go crazy. Do whatever art idea you've wanted to experiment with in the past. I don't want a treatment, I don't want to see it until it's done". It turned out to be some of the more amazing videos I've ever seen coupled with music.

Read the entire FAQ posting here.


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.
The Foo Fighters will play Joe Louis Arena on February 24th. Tickets go on sale this Friday morning at 10 at all ticketmaster locations and ticketmaster.com


Angels & Airwaves will kick off their North American tour in January. Don't miss the band February 23rd at the Fillmore. Keep it on 89X for official ticket information.


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


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.
The Smashing Pumpkins were forced to postpone their tour after drummer Jimmy Chamberlin suffered a bout of chest pain. It turned out Chamberlin had some blockage in a coronary artery. Chamberlin is currently resting up, but will return to the road with the Smashing Pumpkins on Wednesday. The band has not announced any makeup dates for the 5 shows that were postponed.
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.