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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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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The legendary Patti Smith will be playing a show February 19th at St. Andrew's Hall. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 18th at 10am through livenation.com
Chris Feinstein, bass player for Ryan Adams' band the Cardinals, was found dead in his home in Manhattan. The cause of death is unknown at this time and no other details have been revealed. Feinstein was 42 years old.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Velvet Underground reunited for an interview which took place earlier this week at a New York Library. Here's the video:

We're getting closer to the premiere of Maynard James Keenan's wine documentary, Blood Into Wine. The film will debut February 19th in Scottsdale, Arizona. A nationwide screening of the film is expected, however dates are not available yet.

Here's two trailers for Blood Into Wine:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Portishead signed with Amnesty International and released a new single, "Chase the Tear." The song is streaming here, and you can get the single here.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Morrissey canceled yet another concert. Last night's show in Indio, California was canceled last night after having "blown out his voice." No word on whether he'll be rescheduling the concert. Meanwhile Moz is expected to appear on Lopez Tonight December 9th.
Check out an audio interview with Ian McKaye:

The Sound of Young America

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

According to NME, Shane McGowan from the Pogues and his girlfriend Victoria will appear on a new tv series in the U.K. later this month. The program is called Victoria and Shane Grow Their Own, and it's all about the growing vegetables. Let's hope this makes it onto youtube...
Goldfrapp's new cd, Head First, is due out in March. According to the band's official website, "Rocket" will be the name of the first single from the cd. The band also recently composed the score to Nowhere Boy, the documentary about John Lennon's teenage years. The film opens in the U.K. on December 25th, however so far there isn't a North American release date.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will release a new cd titled Beat the Devil's Tattoo on March 9th. The band's fifth studio cd features new drummer Leah Shapiro. Check out the tracklisting here. BRMC launches a North American tour in February, however so far the tour itinerary doesn't include a Detroit date.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Mr. T (yes, that Mr. T) sez "Table the Label!!!" Definitely a WTF moment...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Morrissey and Paul McCartney's daughter Stella are collaborating on a line of vegan (leather free) shoes. Stella told the Daily Mail, "We are still in the early stages but the shoes could be launched next year."

Here's a link to the story via the Daily Mail. Be sure to scroll down the page past the tawdry gossip article on Chris Martin and Gwyenth Paltrow's marriage to read the shoe story.
Elizabeth Fraser from the Cocteau Twins granted a rare interview to the Guardian. In the interview, Fraser talks about the Cocteau's split, why she pulled out of the band's anticipated Coachella reunion, her relationship with bandmate Robin Guthrie, Jeff Buckley's death, and more. Read the lengthy interview here.

Fraser is set to release her solo single, "Moses" tomorrow in the U.K., and it looks like it will be available as an import vinyl single on December 15th. Check out a sample of the single here.
Jon Stevens, who briefly fronted INXS after Michael Hutchence's death, recently underwent open heart surgery after finding out one of his arteries was 99% blocked. Read about his ordeal (and see a picture of his scar from the surgery) here.
The autumn and winter collection from Pretty Green, Liam Gallagher's clothing line, is now available. Check it out here.
The Dandy Warhols have recorded the Christmas classic, "Little Drummer Boy." The band is offering a free mp3 download of the song here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Massive Attack will release a new cd in February. The band's fifth album, Heligoland, will drop February 8th. This is welcome news to Massive Attack fans considering the band's last proper cd came out in 2003. Heligoland features vocals from Horace Andy, Damon Albarn, and Hope Sandoval among others. Check out the band's official website for the cd's tracklisting and cover art.

If you can't wait until February, visit Amazon.com or itunes to grab the album's first single, "Splitting the Atom."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Stooges will be playing their 1973's classic Raw Power in its entirety next year at a festival in New York. The All Tomorrow's Parties festival will run Labor Day weekend (September 3-5) and will also feature Mudhoney, the Scientists and more. Tickets for the ATP party are on sale now.
The Pixies will appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this Tuesday night. The band promised to play "Debaser" as the first song. The show plans to televise a second song from the Pixies, and the band has agree to allow fans to choose the second song. Read more about that here, and don't forget to tune in Tuesday to check it out.
Messiah "Temple of Dreams" was a huge Club X song back in the day. I played it this morning on Time Warp, and due to popular demand, here's the video:

XTC's alter ego, Dukes of Stratosphear, will release a career-encompassing limited edition boxset in December. The Complete And Utter Dukes will include the band's two releases (the 1985 ep, 25 O'Clock, the full length 1987 disc Psonic Psunspot) both on vinyl and cd, plus a 7 inch of Andy Patridge's "Tin Toy Clockwork Train", and Colin Moulding's demo of "the Affiliated" Besides the music, you also get a special 500 piece jigsaw puzzle and "play notes" which can be redeemed for a Dukes of Stratosphear t-shirt. For more info and to see the contents of the boxset click here. The collection will be available December 8th but you can order it now here or here.
A new Bryan Ferry CD/DVD collection, Best of Bryan Ferry, will be released in the U.K. on Monday. The cd features 19 singles and 2 bonus tracks (an alternate piano version of "A Fool For You" and a cover of the Drifters/Dusty Springfield song, "I Don't Want to Go On Without You"), while the dvd* compiles Ferry's promo videos, television performances and more. The collection will be available as an import--most online retailers will carry it starting December 1st.

*not all import DVDs will play on North American DVD players. You may want to check your DVD player before ordering to see if it is compatible.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Check out Pearl Jam's latest single, "Just Breathe."

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Kraftwerk will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Autobahn by releasing an 8-cd boxset, The Catalogue, on November 23rd. The boxset features 8 newly remastered cds from Kraftwerk: Autobahn, Radioactivity, Trans Europe Express, the Man Machine, Computer World, Techno Pop, the Mix, and Tour De France. Read more about the release and preorder here.
Morrissey cut short a show last night after only two songs. Apparently someone in the crowd whizzed a bottle at him and Mozzer had enough, said "goodnight" and left the stage. The crowd was notified a few minutes later that the show was canceled and refunds would be provided. Read more about the drama here.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Pixies have kicked off their North American Doolittle tour. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Doolittle, the band is offering a free live Doolittle ep to fans. Click the link below to enjoy!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Dandy Warhols will be hitting the road next month for a handful of tour dates. Unfortunately they are not planning on stopping in the D. Check out the dates here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Damned tour in the U.S. has been canceled, including the Detroit date which was scheduled for this Saturday at St. Andrew's Hall. Refunds should be obtained at point of purchase. According to a posting on the band's website:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, THE DAMNED regret to announce the cancellation of all of their October / Halloween U.S tour dates.

As of today, the band’s U.S. Visas were still not approved, thus forcing the immediate cancellation of the entire tour.

Refunds should be obtained at point of purchase

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Robert Smith has revealed that the Cure's 1989 cd Disintegration will be reissued next year as a three cd set. The first disc will contain the all the original material from Disintegration, the second disc will contain 20 songs (b-sides, demos, previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1988 & 1989), and the third disc features 12 live tracks from 1990. This box set does not have an official release date, however it is expected in 2010.

Smith also briefly mentioned in the posting on his blog that more Cure reissues will be available in 2010. Clicky here to read Smith's blog and tracklisting for the Disintegration boxset.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Here's video from the Pixies' Doolittle tour...

Thom Yorke and his new superstar band (includes Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker) played Los Angeles last night. The band played most of the songs from Yorke's solo album, the Eraser, plus they debuted four new tracks: "Open the Floodgates," "Lotus Flower," "Skirting on the Surface," and "Judge, Jury, Executioner."

Here's some video of the show:

Ian Brown (ex-Stone Roses vocalist) just released his 6th solo album, My Way. Brown recently was interviewed by British paper the Guardian and discussed his best and worst Stone Roses moments, ex-bandmate John Squire, the Oasis split and more. Read the article here.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thanks to Dan for the link...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The White Stripes' tour documentary, Under Great White Northern Lights premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. Jack White himself showed up for a special question and answer session at the festival and treated fans to, well, a Kanye moment.

The film was shot during the band's unique 2007 tour--shows took place in non-conventional venues including a YMCA, bowling alley, & hospital, and eventually ended with a one-note show in Newfoundland.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Here's the video to the first single from Bernard Sumner's new project Bad Lieutenant.
New music from Smashing Pumpkins is on the way for free! Billy Corgan goes on to sort of confirm the information in the article* on the band's official website:

I did a small interview via email with Paste magazine today. I thought the article itself was very positive, but unfortunately the information in it is somewhat misleading about the release schedule of 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope'.

I have no plans to release 44 songs by the spring of 2010. Because my intention is to only put out music of the highest caliber, I will be only be recording about 4 songs at a time and then releasing them one by one shortly after their completion. 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope' will be a new kind of album, an album you can hear as its being made. That process will unfold over the next few years.

*the linked version of the Paste article has been edited to fix the information Corgan found misleading
Jim Carroll died of a heart attack on September 11th at his home in Manhattan. He was 60 years old.
The Coldplay/Joe Satriani lawsuit has been "dismissed" by a British court. Apparently the parties have reached some sort of (undisclosed) settlement. Earlier in the year Satrini filed suit against Coldplay claiming the song "Viva La Vida" was a ripoff of Satriani's 2004 song, "If I Could Fly."
Leonard Cohen collapsed on stage while performing his song, "Bird on the Wire" in Spain. Cohen was rushed to the hospital where he was treated for suspected food poisoning. According to reports, Cohen had been experiencing stomach cramps before performing that evening. He's currently on the mend and is expected to make a full recovery.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A big yellow spider has been named after David Bowie. Heteropoda davidbowie is native to Malaysia and is said to be endangered. Peter Jager, German spider specialist, decided to name the spider after Bowie to bring some attention to endangered spiders.

Read more about this fascinating story here.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

For those that haven't seen it yet...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The official statement from Noel Gallagher:

“Dearly beloved, it is with a heavy heart and a sad face that I say this to you this morning.

As of last Friday the 28th August, I have been forced to leave the Manchester rock’n'roll pop group Oasis.

The details are not important and of too great a number to list. But I feel you have the right to know that the level of verbal and violent intimidation towards me, my family, friends and comrades has become intolerable. And the lack of support and understanding from my management and band mates has left me with no other option than to get me cape and seek pastures new.

I would like firstly to offer my apologies to them kids in Paris who’d paid money and waited all day to see us only to be let down AGAIN by the band. Apologies are probably not enough, I know, but I’m afraid it’s all I’ve got.

While I’m on the subject, I’d like to say to the good people of V Festival that experienced the same thing. Again, I can only apologise - although I don’t know why, it was nothing to do with me. I was match fit and ready to be brilliant. Alas, other people in the group weren’t up to it.

In closing I would like to thank all the Oasis fans, all over the world. The last 18 years have been truly, truly amazing (and I hate that word, but today is the one time I’ll deem it appropriate). A dream come true. I take with me glorious memories.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have a family and a football team to indulge.

I’ll see you somewhere down the road. It’s been a fuckin’ pleasure.

Thanks very much.


– Noel Gallagher

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Two Morrissey 7-inch boxsets will be released in the fall, however Morrissey is not pleased. Apparently Morrissey was not consulted in the selection of the singles, and furthermore does not approve of these releases. Read Mozzer's official statement regarding the releases here.

The 7-inch singles included in Morrissey, 7 inch singles, '88-'91:

Everyday Is Like Sunday
the Last of the Famous International Playboys
Interesting Drug
Ouija Board, Ouija Board
November Spawned a Monster
Piccadilly Palare
Our Frank
Sing Your Life
Pregnant For the Last Time

The 7-inch singles included in Morrissey, the HMV/Parlophone singles '91-95:

My Love Life
We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful
You're the One For Me, Fatty
Certain People I Know
the More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get
Hold On to Your Friends

Morrissey, 7 inch singles, '88-'91 will be released October 12th
Morrissey, the HMV/Parlophone singles '91-95 will be released November 2nd

As you've no doubt heard, 80's film king, John Hughes, died Thursday from a heart attack. If you were a fan of Hughes and his films, you may find this blog entry interesting. It was written by someone who was penpals with Hughes in the eighties.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Morrissey fell ill last week and was forced to postpone the launch of his North American tour. Morrissey hasn't decided whether he'll make up the postponed dates later in the year, but be rest assured that the March 31st show at the Michigan Theater will go on as planned.

Morrissey's solo cd, Years of Refusal, is out now.
Fans of the Jesus Lizard rejoice! A boxset titled Inch will be released on Record Store Day*, April 18th. Inch will be available exclusively at independent record stores, so if you want a copy, make sure to visit an indie store.

Jane's Addiction will also be releasing Nothing's Shocking and Ritual De Lo Habitual on vinyl for Record Store Day.

*The idea behind Record Store Day is for you to get your butt out of the house and go inside a real record store to (hopefully) buy physical product.
Jane's Addiction will release a rarities boxset on April 21st. A Cabinet of Curiosities will contain 3 cds and 1 dvd. The cd portion will contain all of their unreleased demos from 1986-1987, as well as live tracks, rarities and more. The dvd portion will be the documentary Soul Kiss (previously unavailable on dvd) as well as some unedited videos and home movies. The boxset will come in a wooden case (kinda like a cabinet).

Jane's Addiction will be hitting the road in the late spring for a co-headline tour with Nine Inch Nails. There will be a Detroit date, so keep it on 89x for the official announcement.
Dinosaur Jr. will release a new cd in the summer. The band has decided to take it to the road and test out their new material before releasing the new cd. There won't be a Detroit date, however if you're in the mood to travel you can check them out April 9th at the Small Planet in East Lansing. As an added bonus, if you buy a ticket to any of the shows on this tour, you score two free Dinosaur Jr downloads (including one brand new song). More details are provided here.
XTC's "project" Dukes of Stratosphear will reissue the EP 25 O'Clock and the full length cd, Psonic Psunspot, next month. Both of these releases will be available separately on April 7th.
Bob Mould is set to release a new cd titled Life & Times on April 7th. Mould has set up a handful of dates for the spring and is expected to launch a full scale tour (with a full backing band) in the fall.

Click here to read a recent article in the Los Angeles Times on Mould.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Stone Roses released their debut, self-titled cd in 1989. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the cd and the band has decided to release a special box set to commemorate this important milestone. Details are sketchy as to what will be contained in the set, however it looks like the box set will be released sometime in June.
The long awaited Chris Cornell solo disc, Scream, will drop March 10th. Don't miss Chris Cornell live and in the flesh April 14th at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.
A new Sonic Youth cd--the band's 16th studio cd--will drop June 9th. The cd is expected to be titled the Eternal.
The now defunct Ministry will release a live album next month. Adios...Puta Madres will drop March 31st. The 12 track cd was recorded on the band's final tour.
Depeche Mode will return with a new cd, Sounds of the Universe, April 21st. There will be a few different versions to choose from:

  • the standard version
  • the special edition (standard version plus another cd and dvd)
  • the box set (special edition, plus yet another cd with demos and remixes, and 2 hardcover books with lyrics and the evolution of the cd
Depeche Mode will launch a North American tour on July 24th in Toronto. So far, a Detroit date has not been added to the itinerary.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Bono will be writing a weekly op-ed column for the New York Times. You can read his very first piece here.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

According to nin.com over 405 gigabytes of Lights in the Sky HD footage has made its way on the net.

Trent Reznor has posted this blurb on his fan forum:

Your gift...

The internet is full of surprises these days.
I was contacted by a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives who SOMEHOW managed to film a substantial amount (over 400 GB!) of raw, unedited HD footage from three separate complete shows of our Lights in the Sky tour. Security must have been lacking at these shows because the quality of the footage is excellent.

If any of you could find a LINK to that footage I'll bet some enterprising fans could assemble something pretty cool.

Oh yeah, you didn't hear this from me.

Clicky the linky to find the goods...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tomorrow night, Spectacle: Elvis Costello with the Police airs on the Sundance Channel. Here's a little, "Walking on the Moon" to get you in the mood...

Ron Asheton, guitarist for the Stooges, was found dead in his home in Ann Arbor this morning. Asheton was 60 years old. Read more here.