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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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Gary Numan has answered a series of fan-submitted questions on his official website.  He talks about some recent struggles he's had with the media, his anticipated move to Los Angeles (he almost bought a castle!), and the latest on his musical projects.  Numan reveals he's written quite a few new tracks and coming later this year a remix album will be released as a companion to Artrocker's upcoming Gary Numan iPad issue.  Get the full low-down straight from Numan here.

Gary Numan  "The Fall"

Deftones return with their seventh studio album Koi No Yokan on November 13th.  The album title translates from Japanese as 'the sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall into love.'  The full tracklisting for the album hasn't been unleashed by the band yet, so no word on whether any of the cover songs they were working on in the desert will appear on the record.

Deftones also announced dates for a fall North American tour with Scars On Broadway as support.  The tour kicks off October 9th and includes a Detroit area stop at the Royal Oak Music Theater on October 24th.  The pre-sale for most of the dates will be September 4th, however the pre-sale for the Detroit show kicks off September 5th at noon ET (pre-sale password: ROMTLIVE) and the general onsale is September 7th at noon ET.

Deftones live at the Shelter in Detroit, 1996

10/09 Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
10/10 San Francisco, CA - Warfield
10/12 Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
10/13 Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO
10/14 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
10/16 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10/17 Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
10/19 Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
10/20 Kansas City, MO - Harrah's
10/21 Columbia, MO - Blue Note
10/23 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
10/24 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theater
10/26 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
10/28 Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
10/29 Boston, MA - HOB Boston
10/30 New York, NY - Terminal 5


The Hollywood Reporter published a new interview with famed producer Steve Lillywhite. The interview mainly focuses on Lillywhite's upcoming releases and bands he's worked with lately - he talked about his working relationship with Dave Matthews, gave major props to Brandon Flowers and Jared Leto, and admitted he's still hoping for a job as a judge on a television talent show.  But the most revealing portion of the interview was Lillywhite's brief discussion of how he "got the U2 job" because of Martin Hannett:

"Martin Hannett produced U2's first single, and he was going to do the album. But then Ian Curtis [of Joy Division] committed suicide, and Hannett got all weird and said he wasn’t in the right head space to produce U2. So they went back to their list, and I was on it."

Read the full interview with Steve Lillywhite in The Hollywood Reporter.

U2's promo video for the Hannett-produced "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" is posted below. The video features the studio version of the single set to live footage:

The Presets premiered their video for "Ghosts," the first single from their new album Pacifica.  Take a look at the video below via ChannelV

The Presets drop Pacifica September 10th in the U.S. and September 16th in the U.K.

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My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult have added a Detroit date to their fall tour.  According to the band's website, the show is scheduled for October 28th at the Token Lounge in Westland.  Currently the Token Lounge appears to have the wrong date (October 12th) listed on their website and a link to buy tickets is not available yet.  I'm sure everything will be sorted out soon, however at least it's good news that a fall Detroit date has been added...

"The Devil Does Drugs"


Arcade Fire have announced details about the second annual Pop vs Jock charity basketball event.  This year's event will raise money for DJ Sports Club and will take place September 22nd at McGill University Sports Center in Montreal.  Win and Will Butler once again head Team Pop (which will also include Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes) and RĂ©gine Chassagne will provide music for the event, plus the halftime show features David Byrne & Moment Factory. Read more about the Pop vs Jock celebrity basketball game here.

Here's video of last year's event featuring Win & Will Butler

And since the opportunity has presented itself (again) here's the link to the legendary "Arcade Fire stole my basketball" post.  Be sure to read the comments too. :)
Deadmau5 premiered the video for "Professional Griefers" featuring Gerard Way. Check out the UFC cage match between Deadmau5 and Gerard. As always, Meowingtons is the real star of the show...

"Professional Griefers" is the first single from the new Deadmau5 full length Album Title Goes Here which drops September 25th.

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Muse drop their sixth album, The 2nd Law, in October and have announced a couple of live appearances around the record release:  Muse play London's Roundhouse as part of the iTunes Festival on September 30th (the full gig will stream live via iTunes and the iTunes Festival app, plus the concert will also be available for on-demand viewing for a limited time after the show.)  Muse have additionally announced an October 6th Saturday Night Live appearance. 

The new album from Muse, The 2nd Law, drops October 2nd.  Pre-order either the standard or deluxe version of the album on iTunes now and receive an instant download of their new single, "Madness." 

"Madness" (lyric video)

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Silversun Pickups performed on Conan last night.  Watch their performance of "The Pit" below:

Don't miss Silversun Pickups on the road this fall. A Detroit area show was added for October 23rd at Royal Oak Music Theater. The ROMT pre-sale starts tomorrow and general onsale is Friday at noon.

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The iTunes Festival is back this September for another year of free live music - this year the event features over 60 artists playing 30 consecutive nights of live music at the Roundhouse in London.  The festival kicks off September 1st and runs through September 30th.  Each night's concert will stream live and will be available after the show for on-demand viewing.  The shows will stream via iTunes, the iTunes Festival app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and Apple TV.   Select concerts are listed below and the full schedule of shows can be viewed here.

09/07 - Elbow w/ Bat For Lashes
09/08 - Jack White w/Band of Horses
09/10 - Norah Jones
09/11 - The Killers
09/12 - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds w/ The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
09/24 - Mumford & Sons
09/30 - Muse

Watch a few songs from Franz Ferdinand from iTunes Festival 2009.

"No You Girls"

"Do You Want To"

"Lucid Dreams"

Coheed & Cambria premiered the epic video for "Domino The Destitute" today.  Check it out below:

"Domino The Destitute" will appear on Coheed's new album The Afterman: Ascension which drops October 9th. The second part of the album The Afterman: Descention drops in February. Head over to Coheed's official site to pre-order the album.


Morrissey's upcoming tour of the U.S. will include a handful of late night tv gigs.  According to True To You, Moz will appear on Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and the Colbert Report.  Air dates are yet to be announced. 

Good thing Morrissey doesn't hold a grudge - last year his scheduled appearance on Jimmy Kimmel was canceled at the last minute.  Morrissey later explained the cancellation:

"We all enjoyed the Conan O'Brien Show, especially after the sinking loss of the Jimmy Kimmel Show being dropped. We only had one other free night to do the show, so Jimmy asked his booked guests 'Lady A' if they would switch their slot so that we could fit in; but they refused. Oh."

Morrissey's lone U.S. television gig in 2011 was on Conan last November. Watch "People Are The Same Everywhere" from his November 29th appearance:

Mark Gardener from Ride has been busy with a variety of projects lately. Besides preparing the 20th anniversary reissue of Ride's Going Blank Again, earlier this year Gardener announced a new collaborative music/art project Hush Delirium, recorded a song with Robin Guthrie, and has been on the road performing solo shows along with Sky Parade. Now comes news from self-titled mag that Gardener has hooked up with New York band Hopewell to record a cover of the Brian Eno song "Needle In The Camel's Eye." The cover is available as a 7 inch single and is the lead track on Hopewell's five song ep titled Another Music, which arrives on September 11th via Tee Pee. Stream "Need In The Camel's Eye" below via self titled mag and order the 7 inch and/or ep from Tee Pee here.

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Video: Mark Gardener acoustic session in New Zealand
Video: Mark Gardener live in Portland, Oregon
Video: Mark Gardener live in Seattle + Hush Delirium update

Silversun Pickups are heading out on the road for a fall run of North America and have just added a couple more dates to their tour itinerary - the tour now includes a Detroit area date October 23rd at the Royal Oak Music Theater.  Tickets for the Detroit show go on sale Friday at noon.  Head over to the official Silversun Pickups website to check out the full list of shows.

Be sure to tune into Conan tonight to watch Silversun Pickups perform their latest single, "The Pit."  While you're waiting for that, take a look at the band's recent Last FM acoustic session below

"Bloody Mary"

"The Pit"

"Dots & Dashes"

The Foo Fighters' full performance from Reading is posted below along with the tracklisting. If you prefer to watch individual songs without having to forward through the video, click over here.

Foo Fighters Reading 2012


01. White Limo
02. All My Life
03. Rope
04. The Pretender
05. My Hero
06. Learn To Fly
07. Arlandia
08. Breakout
09. Cold Day In The Sun
10. I'll Stick Around
11. These Days
12. Monkey Wrench
13. Hey Johnny Park
14. Alone + Easy Target
15. Bridge Burning
16. This Is A Call
17. In The Flesh
18. Best Of You
19. Times Like These
20. Winnebego
21. Wattershed
22. For All The Cows
23. Exhausted
24. Everlong
The Black Keys played the Reading Festival this weekend and video of their performance taken from the BBC telecast is available to view below:

01. Gold On The Ceiling
02. Run Right Back
03. Same Old Thing
04. Little Black Submarines
05. Tighten Up
06. Lonely Boy

Foo Fighters closed out the Reading Festival on August 26th with a ripping two and a half hour set.  David Grohl opened the show telling the audience it would be the band's final show for a long time, and they'd be digging out a few old songs.  They made good on that promise and dusted off a handful of songs they hadn't played in awhile - "Winnebego," "Alone + Easy Target," and "I'll Stick Around."  Grohl was clearly having a great time at the gig, and had fun with the audience.  Before performing "Times Like These," Grohl told a story about joining Nirvana, and after that encouraged the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to his mother, who was in the audience.  The Foos also paid tribute to the late Neil Armstrong (check out the picture on Taylor Hawkins' bass drum.) The BBC broadcast the concert and individual songs from the telecast is posted below.  Watch the full concert here.  

"Learn To Fly/Arlandia"

"Times Like These"

"I'll Stick Around"




"Best Of You"

"My Hero"

"The Pretender"

"All My Life"

"Monkey Wrench"



Quicksand played two gigs in New York City over the weekend.  Watch video of the band's entire August 25th gig at Music Hall in Williamsburg below courtesy of AntonChigurh6:

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Kelley Deal has formed a new project along with Ampline's Mike Montgomery.  The pair have named the project R. Ring and will release their debut single on October 30th.  Take a listen to the single, "Fallout & Fire" below (via Stereogum).


The Smashing Pumpkins have announced details for the Oceania U.S. tour.  The tour visuals were created by Sean Evans, who worked with Roger Waters for the recent staging of The Wall.  Evans and the Smashing Pumpkins are utilizing new video mapping technology for an enhanced visual experience.  According to Billy Corgan, the Smashing Pumpkins will be performing a mix of tracks from Oceania, some classic songs, and "deeper" cuts.  The North American tour kicks off October 2nd in Winnepeg and includes a Detroit area stop October 23rd at the Palace.  Canadian dates are on already on sale, and the pre-sale for most of the other dates (including the Detroit show)  kicks off September 4th.  Take a look at the official Smashing Pumpkins tour video and full tour itinerary below:

10/02  Winnipeg @ MTS Center
10/04  Calgary @ Scotiabank Saddledome
10/05  Edmonton @ Rexhall Place
10/07  Vancouver @ Rogers Arena
10/10  Seattle @ Comcast Arena (Pre-sale Sept 4)
10/12  San Francisco @ Bill Graham Civic (Pre-sale Aug 27)
10/13  San Diego @ Viejas Arena (Pre-sale Sept 4)
10/14  Los Angeles @ Gibson Amphitheatre (Pre-sale Aug 28)
10/16  Denver @ 1st Bank Center (Pre-sale Aug 27)
10/18  St. Louis @ Chaifetz Arena (Pre-sale Aug 27)
10/19  Chicago @ Allstate Arena (Pre-sale Sept 4)
10/20  Minneapolis @ Roy Wilkens Auditorium (Pre-sale Sept 4)
10/23  Detroit @ Palace of Auburn Hills (Pre-sale Sept 4)
10/25  Toronto @ Air Canada Centre
10/27  Boston @ Agganis Arena (Pre-sale Aug 27)
10/28  Montreal @ Bell Centre
10/31  Brooklyn @ Barclays Arena (Pre-sale Aug 27)
11/02  Camden @ Susquehanna Bank Center (Pre-sale 9/4)
11/03  Fairfax @ Patriot Center (Pre-sale 9/4)
11/04  Hartford @ Mohegan Sun Arena (Pre-sale 9/4)
The Cure played Reading 2012 on August 24th.  The first hour of their set aired on the BBC and can be viewed below.  More content on the Cure's set at Reading is posted here:


Watch a fantastic live acoustic session with Mark Gardener below.  The session was recorded at 95bFM in New Zealand earlier this month.  The performance is guaranteed to make you swoon. :)

"Vapour Trail"

"Drive Blind"

"The Places We Go"

"Love Like Ghosts"

The 10:04's are a pretty cool new band out of Edinburgh and they have just released a new single, "Lights Out." I first heard this on Going Underground a few weeks ago and fell in love with the track instantly! Watch the official video for "Lights Out" below and grab it on iTunes now:

"Lights Out"

If you liked "Lights Out," you may also want to check out the band's first single, "S.O.S." which was released digitally earlier this year. Catch up with The 10:04's on Facebook.


Courtney Taylor-Taylor from the Dandy Warhols has created his own limited edition wine.  For years Taylor-Taylor hoped someone would come along and make a red wine to pair perfectly with spicy foods.  Frustrated with no one else stepping up to the plate, he concocted his own - the Chateau Taylor-Taylor Bocca d'Avolo 2010.  Taylor-Taylor explained a little bit about the wine recently on the Dandy's official site

I ended up getting a lot of help, advice, and experience and finally came up with a blend of two fairly obscure Sicilian grapes that deliver an earth and mineral old world red with a vaguely bright opening bouquet.  Do I sound like an asshole yet?  Well I’m pretty serious about wine so believe me, this is beautiful in the order of older Borolo, Rioja and Bordeaux or even a little Barbaresco except bigger.  You’ll shit.  It’s awesome.

The Chateau Taylor-Taylor Bocca d'Avolo 2010 is a red Sicilian is made from 90% Nero d’Avola/10% Grillo grapes, and is certified organic.  Pre-order the limited edition (only 75 cases being sold) wine here.  Expected ship date is late October/early November.

In more Dandy-related news, during a June unplugged gig at the Bing Lounge in Portland, Oregon, the band dusted off a Brian Jonestown Massacre song, "Stars." Before playing the song, Taylor-Taylor, who has previously commented about his unfair portrayal in the 2004 film Dig, made a few more, uh, digs about the production, and also talked about recently hanging out with BJM's Anton Newcombe. Check it out along with some other songs from the session below:

"Stars" (Brian Jonestown Massacre cover)

"We Used To Be Friends"

"Sad Vacation"

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Tears For Fears played shows in Manila on August 10th and 11th. Watch fan shot video from the August 10th show at the Smart Araneta Coliseum below.  The band also played the Summer Sonic festival in Japan last weekend.  Stream the full show (audio only) here :

"Mad World"

"Pale Shelter"


"Memories Fade"


"Head Over Heels"

"Sowing The Seeds Of Love"

"Everybody Wants To Rule The World"

"Break It Down Again"

"Woman In Chains"

Watch pro-shot video of Franz Ferdinand and Garbage from the Summer Sonic 2012 festival in Japan:

Franz Ferdinand "No You Girls"

Garbage: "Supervixen" + "I Think I'm Paranoid"

Quicksand performed on Jimmy Fallon last night. The band played "Omission" live on the show, then played "Fazer" as a web-exclusive.  Watch the performance of both songs below:



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Bryan Ferry is offering a free download of "When She Walks In The Room."  The track was recorded live while on 2007's Dylanesque tour.  Stream and download "When She Walks Into The Room" below.

Bryan Ferry will post another live recording on Soundcloud next week - the song will be determined by fan votes on Facebook, so click over and vote for your favorite live track here.

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Deadmau5 and Gerard Way collaborated earlier this year on the song "Professional Griefers."  The track is available as a digital single and will also appear on Deadmau5's new full length, Album Title Goes Here, which arrives September 25th.  The official video for "Professional Griefers" is being billed as the most expensive electronic music video ever made. The full video premieres August 29th, but in the meantime you can take a look at the 'making of' the official video below:

Quicksand reunited in June for Revelation Records' 25th anniversary celebration in Pomona, California. Tonight Quicksand play Jimmy Fallon ahead of a pair of shows in New York City on August 24th and August 25th. The band has only one other gig scheduled for this year (the FYF Fest on September 1st in Los Angeles.) It's unclear if more live gigs or anything else is in the works - leader Walter Schreifels told the crowd at the Revelation show in Pomona, "I don't know where all of this is going to lead, but be good to yourself and be good to your friends and family."

Prepare yourself for tonight's Fallon gig by watching Quicksand's full set from the Revelation Records anniversary show (Walter makes comments about hardcore, Revelation Records, and the Smiths ~ 16 minutes in, right before the band's cover of "How Soon Is Now")

01. Omission
02. Unfulfilled
03. Fazer
04. Dine Alone
05. How Soon Is Now

Clinic drop their seventh album, Free Reign, worldwide on November 12th and a day later (November 13th) in the U.S.  The album will be available on the standard formats (cd, vinyl, and as a digital album), but there's also a super-cool UFO limited edition release!  According to Clinic, the UFO version is an exclusive, glow-in-the-dark, cosmic flying disc which comes with the album download code ( a pretty nifty Frisbee).  

Come on, you KNOW you want the UFO version.  Pre-order it (or any of the formats) here and preview all nine tracks from Free Reign below.


Joe Strummer would have been 60 years old today. Look back upon Strummer's remarkable life with video posted below.

1. Joe Strummer - The Future Is Unwritten. A documentary about Strummer released in 2008. If the Greek subtitles are too annoying for you, the film is also available to watch in 15 parts starting here

2. The Clash - Westway to the World. The 2000 film directed by Don Letts, the influential DJ, director and musician:

3. The Punk Rock Movie. Another film directed by Letts - the film features live footage of the Clash, Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & the Banshees, and more:

4. Punk Britannia Part 2. The second hour of the 2012 BBC documentary on punk music in Britain features some Clash music/footage. (Links for the other two hours of the film: Part 1 - pre-punk, Part 3 - post-punk)

5. Because it's awesome: stream Joe Strummer + Johnny Cash "Redemption Song"

Finally, Joe Strummer's daughters Lola and Jazz were interviewed ahead of last weekend's Strummer of Love festival, a major concert event that celebrated the life and career of Strummer. Read the interview here, and here's an article on Strummer of Love.


Muse released the first official single from their forthcoming album The 2nd Law.  The track, "Madness," recalls 90's era U2 - parts of the track brought Zooropa's "Numb" to mind upon first listen.  It also took a couple of spins (streams?) for me to get into "Madness" so it's more of a grower than a show-er, so to speak.  Check out the song/lyric video to "Madness" below and grab the digital single on iTunes or Amazon

So far, two other tracks from The 2nd Law have been unveiled - the dubsteppy "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable," and the Olympic 2012 theme, "Survival." The 2nd Law drops on October 2nd on a variety of formats.  Pre-order The 2nd Law here.

The Stranglers played the V Festival on August 18th and video from their set is posted below.  Meanwhile, ex-lead singer Hugh Cornwell recently finished up work on his new solo album, Totem & Taboo.  The album was recorded in Chicago, produced by Steve Albini, and will be released on September 10th.  Dates for Cornwell's U.K. tour were recently announced and are posted here

"Golden Brown"


"No More Heroes"


Watch video of Madness recorded at the V Festival on August 19th:

"Baggy Trousers"

"Our House"

"Showtime" "House Of Fun"

"The Sun & The Rain"



On August 15th, Third Man Records sent out a tweet informing fans of an impromptu Jack White show at a laundromat in Portland, Oregon!

Not too long after the tweet was sent out, fans gathered at City Laundry for a three song set. Watch video of Jack's arrival and the performance of "Freedom At 21" below:

Last weekend, Jack White played another secret show in the woods at the Outdoor Lands Festival in San Francisco. Watch video of the show here.
The Killers have been on the road playing European festival over the last couple of weeks.  The band has been playing a mix of new and old classics, plus some interesting cover songs.  Watch a collection of fan shot video from recent shows below.  The Killers drop their fourth album Battle Born on September 18th and the track listing for the album is posted here (thanks Brad!):

"Don't Look Back In Anger" (Oasis cover, V Festival, August 18)

"Forever Young" (Alphaville cover, Frequency Festival, August 15)

"Read My Mind" (Leeds, August 17)

"Runaways" (Leeds, August 17)

"Smile Like You Mean It" (V Festival, August 18)

"Miss Atomic Bomb" (V Festival, August 18)

Watch pro-shot video of Social Distortion's set captured August 17th at the Area 4 Festival in Germany.

"Story Of My Life"

"Far Behind"

"Ring Of Fire"

"Folsom Prison Blues"

"Sick Boys"


The Stone Roses have been on the European Festival circuit this summer.  Yesterday the band played Belgium's Pukkelpop Festival.  Watch some close up video from the show below:

"I Wanna Be Adored"

"Shoot You Down"

If you like Joy Division, Bauhaus, or any of the newer darkwave bands (for example, Mode Moderne, Blue Angel Lounge, or Cold Cave), you're going to love Philadelphia's Night Sins.  Delve into the awesomeness with the video for their song "Playing Dead" below:

"Playing Dead"

Grab a free download of "Playing Dead" plus another track titled "Eternal Giver" on Bandcamp, and stream yet another track titled "Spectral Bliss" below:

"Spectral Bliss"

According to the 'Fork, "Spectral Bliss" is on the band's debut album New Grave which will be released through Avant! this September. If you just can't wait, a cassette version of New Grave can be obtained directly from the band here.

Sugar's 1992 record Copper Blue/Beaster was reissued a few weeks ago and Bob Mould is currently on the road performing the classic album in its entirety. The tour will visit a handful of cities in North America next month, so be sure to grab tickets if you're lucky enough to have a date in your town.  If not, well, there's always You Tube...

Watch about 30 minutes of Mould's Copper Blue set captured at the August 6th stop in Helsinki, Finland below:

On August 15th Dave Grohl invited Bob Mould onstage to play with the Foo Fighters at their show in Italy. Mould ended up joining the Foos for two songs: Wasting Light's "Dear Rosemary," and a cover of Tom Petty's "Breakdown." Watch video of the performance below (the first video captured Grohl's full introduction of Mould and "Dear Rosemary." The second video cuts off part of Grohl's introduction, but includes both songs and has clearer audio).

(Full introduction, performance of "Dear Rosemary)

(Partial introduction, performance of "Dear Rosemary" + "Breakdown")

Bob Mould recently announced a new solo record, Silver Age, will drop on September 4th. Stream the first single, "The Descent" below and pre-order the full album through the Merge Records store or on Amazon.


Foo Fighters' guitarist Chris Shiflett and bassist Nate Mendel have partnered with Fender for a line of signature instruments this fall. Take a look at Shiflett's Signature Telecaster Deluxe and Mendel's Signature P Bass and sign up for info on the instruments here.

Foo Fighters are currently on the road for a handful of live shows. Watch video from some of their recent gigs including a performance of "Dear Rosemary" featuring Bob Mould on guitar.

"Aurora" (8/12, San Francisco)

"Learn To Fly" (8/12, San Francisco)

"Walk" (8/15, Prague)

"Dear Rosemary" w/ Bob Mould (8/13, Italy)

"Dear Rosemary" w/ Bob Mould (8/13, Italy - better video, but audio distorted)

"The Pretender" + "My Hero" (8/13, Italy)


A 2010 documentary on Brian Eno which explores Eno's early days in Roxy Music and his remarkable solo career has appeared on You Tube.  Watch Brian Eno - 1971 -1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth below. 

By the way, Oblique Strategies (the deck of cards with motivational ideas designed to help musicians in the studio) is still available today. The first edition of cards was published by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt in 1975 and is extremely rare, however subsequent editions are floating around on Ebay, albeit for a considerable amount of money. Eno is selling the most recent edition of Oblique Strategies on his official website for a reasonable price.

Envelop yourself in the glammy awesomeness of Roxy Music below.  The live performance of "Ladytron" is taken from the band's 1972 appearance on the BBC show Old Grey Whistle Test.  Bonus: the video begins with a closeup of a mirror ball.  Good times!


Noel Gallagher revealed he had to give his consent for Beady Eye to perform "Wonderwall" at the Olympics.  Speaking with XFM last night before his concert at Dingwalls, Gallagher explained Olympic organizers contacted him for permission. Organizers sent a recording of a newly arranged version of the song to Gallagher, who eventually consented to the performance, but not before drawing it out a little bit. Gallagher told XFM:

"I did play a bit of cat and mouse with them for a few days - I took it 'til Friday night at ten o'clock before I said yes and they were shitting it.  Not Beady Eye, the organisers.  Because I had to say yeah and I was like...I'm not sure with this new string arrangement' and they were like 'fuck! the gig's on Sunday' so I was like 'okay, alright, you can have it then'."

Gallagher also confirmed he was asked to perform at the Olympics, but turned it down because they wanted him to sign a confidentiality agreement and originally wanted him to mime the performance!

Read more about the XFM interview with Noel Gallagher here and watch the full interview below (the comments about the Olympics are ~ 5:44 into the video):

Stream the full Noel Gallagher acoustic set below and click here to watch fan filmed video from the show:

Dallas Green answered fan questions backstage at Outside Lands 2012 in San Francisco last weekend.  Green answered questions about playing live, interacting with fans, and his tattoos. Watch his video answers plus an acoustic performance of "Fragile Bird" below:

"Fragile Bird"

Blaqk Audio, the electro side project featuring Davey & Jade from AFI, are gearing up to release their new album Bright Black Heaven on September 11th.  The band posted a lyric video for the album's first single, "Faith Healer."  Take a look at the video below and grab "Faith Healer" now from iTunes. 

Noel Gallagher played an intimate acoustic show Dingwalls in London last night. The charity gig for War Child was broadcast live on London's XFM, and Noel didn't disappoint. He ripped through an 11 song set of mostly Oasis songs, including the rare performance of the Oasis b-side "Angel Child." Noel also dedicated "Wonderwall" to "Stratford's finest Oasis tribute band," a barb unquestionably directed at Beady Eye's performance at the Olympics closing ceremony.

Stream the full concert below (Noel begins ~ 3:00 after XFM introduction)

Video of "Angel Child"


"If I Had A Gun"

"It's Good To Be Free"

Short video clip of "Don't Look Back In Anger"

It's Good To Be Free
Talk Tonight
If I Had A Gun
AKA...What A Life
D'Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman
Half The World Away
Angel Child
Don't Look Back In Anger


Madness are giving away a free mp3 of their brand new song "Death Of A Rude Boy."  The track is from their forthcoming new album.  Download the track via the widget below or here.

Damon Albarn from Blur was interviewed by Absolute Radio prior to the band's Hyde Park gig. Albarn discussed a broad range of subjects - the band's early days, commercial success, the music industry, London, and even the decline of tea. Take a listen to the 30 minute interview below.  Fans can also listen to a full stream of Blur's Hyde Park performance here and buy a digital version of Parklive here.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Blur "Tender" (Hyde Park)

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Bloc Party are streaming their new album, Four, a week ahead of its release.  Take a listen to the full album here and pre-order hereFour will be available digitally, as a standard and deluxe cd, and on vinyl on August 21st. 

Bloc Party's tour hits Europe next, but they'll be back in North America for a full tour in September.  The tour includes a Detroit area stop at the Royal Oak Music Theater on September 19th.  Take a look at the full tour itinerary here.

"Helicopter" (live at Terminal 5)

"Octopus" (live session in Los Angeles)


Watch Beady Eye's performance of "Wonderwall" from the Olympic closing ceremony. 

Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher previously stated he's all for Beady Eye playing songs he wrote since he receives songwriting/performance royalties. In June he told The Sun, "Beady Eye have my permission to play my songs and they should do whatever they like. I say he should go around the world, do those songs and fill out the PRS* forms."

New Order released their seventh studio album, Get Ready, in August 2001. Prior to the release the band debuted a number of songs from the album at a gig in Liverpool at the Olympia.  The show was a big event at the time, as New Order hadn't gigged since 1998.  To make the show even more noteworthy, Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan was featured on guitar and backup vocals (though Corgan only sang backup on "Turn My Way.") Take a listen to the full July 18th show below.  A transcript of New Order's onstage comments and some other show info is posted here.

New Order, The Olympia, Liverpool, 2001

01. Atmosphere
02. Slow Jam
03. Crystal
04. Regret
05. Love Vigilantes
06. Isolation
07. Your Silent Face
08. Turn My Way
09. Close Range
10. Touched By The Hand Of God
11. Bizarre Love Triangle
12. True Faith
13. Temptation
14. Love Will Tear Us Apart


01. Ruined In A Day
02. 60 Miles An Hour
03. Blue Monday

*Corgan's involvement with New Order wasn't a one off thing - he toured with the band, playing several dates in 2001, though he never joined as an official member.

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