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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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2013/12/31


Imagine My Bloody Valentine mixed with Explosions In The Sky mixed with Slayer. Enter Deafheaven and their stunningly beautiful album Sunbather. Much of the focus of the album has been on its pink cover -- indeed an interesting choice for a black metal/blackgaze album -- but you'll forget about the album cover once you delve into the music. This most certainly isn't for everyone - the album will be off-putting for many shoegaze fans mainly due to the vocals - but do yourself a favor and give it a listen. It's a beautifully intense piece of work and the one album I couldn't stop listening to in 2013. Stream it in full here and enjoy a few tracks below:

"Dream House"



"Sunbather"



The eerie "Windows" includes samples of a preacher mixed along with audio of an actual drug deal featuring guitarist Kerry McCoy



Published on December 31st, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

2013/12/21

Chino Moreno's electro-side project ††† (Crosses) has announced a mini-tour of the Midwest which includes a Detroit area stop. Don't miss ††† at the Crofoot on Monday, January 13th. Tickets are on sale now.

††† are set to release their self titled debut album on February 11th - the album compiles material previously released on their eps plus adds a handful of new songs. Check out the tracklisting to the album below their video for "Bitches Brew." Pre-order now through the band's official store, iTunes, and Amazon.



01. This Is A Trick
02. Telepathy
03. Bitches Brew
04. Thholyghst
05. Trophy
06. The Epilogue
07. Bermuda Locket
08. Frontiers
09. Nineteen Ninety Four
10. Option
11. Nineteen Ninety Seven
12. Blk Stallion
13. Cross
14. Prurient
15. Death Bell

Published on December 21st, 2013 @ 6:30 PM

2013/12/19

The Breeders have been on the road celebrating the 20th anniversary of Last Splash. Last night the band returned to Boston, and much like their May 2013 show at the Royale in Boston, ex-Breeder Tanya Donelly joined the band to perform Pod classic, "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" (Beatles cover). Check out video of the performance filmed at Paradise in Boston below:



The Breeders wrap up the Last Splash LSXX tour in Austin, Texas on New Year's Eve.

12/19 - NYC @ Webster Hall
12/20 - NYC @ Webster Hall
12/29 - New Orleans @ One Eyed Jacks
12/31 - Austin @ The Mohawk

Published on December 19th, 2013 @ 11:08 AM

2013/12/18

Concrete Blonde vocalist Johnette Napolitano has announced a Detroit area solo show. Don't miss her at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on March 25th. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 20th.

Earlier in the year, Napolitano released a book titled Rough Mix which includes a collection of songs, stories behind her songs, photos, sketches, and more.  A few physical copies are still available, and digital copies are on sale through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  For more on Napolitano and Concrete Blonde, visit the official site here.





Published on December 18th, 2013 @ 7:23 AM

2013/12/17

Last night Chris Cornell performed his new single "Misery Chain" along with Joy Williams on Letterman. Watch the performance below. "Misery Chain" is available on Music From & Inspired By 12 Years A Slave.



Published on December 17th, 2013 @ 5:17 PM
Rolling Stone announced the inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2014: Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, and Linda Ronstadt. The ceremony will take place April 10th at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and the event will be televised on HBO in May.

Not surprisingly the Replacements, who were nominated for induction, didn't make the cut. They join the long list of seminal acts who have been snubbed over the years: MC5, Roxy Music, Big Star, Joy Division, Sonic Youth, The Smiths, The Pixies, Kraftwerk, The Cure, New Order, Depeche Mode, The Jam, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Husker Du, XTC, etc. Even legends like Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and the Carpenters haven't been honored.

Regardless, it's a nice tip of the hat to Nirvana, and Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic have both commented publicly on Nirvana's inclusion in the Hall of Fame:

Grohl:

"For once... I'm speechless. From the basements, to the dingy clubs, to the broken down vans, to... the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I'd like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock and roll. Most of all, thank you to all of the fans that have supported rock and roll throughout the years, and to Kurt and Krist, without whom I would not be here today."

Novoselic:

"Thank you to the people who nominated and voted for us. Thank you most of all to Kurt Cobain. And to everyone who's kept Rock music going strong for 60 years and counting."

Interestingly enough, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place just days after the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death.

Published on December 17th, 2013 @ 12:43 PM

2013/12/16

Gary Numan announced a winter North American tour in support of his fantastic new album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind). The tour kicks off in March and includes a Detroit area stop at the Crofoot Ballroom on March 28th. Tickets for most of the dates including the Detroit stop go on sale Friday. Check out the tour itinerary below and if you haven't already, be sure to check out Numan's excellent new album.



3/05 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
3/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre
3/07 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe
3/08 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
3/11 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
3/12-14 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/17 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
3/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
3/20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
3/22 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
3/24 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
3/25 – Montreal, QC @ Corona
3/27 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
3/28 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
3/29 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
3/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
4/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
4/02 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
4/04 – Denver, CO @ Gothic
4/06 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

Published on December 16th, 2013 @ 10:42 PM
Peter Murphy has finally commented publicly on his March 17th arrest for hit & run and drug possession. Murphy admits to being involved in an accident, however he vehemently denies being in possession (or being a user) of methamphetamine. In an interview with the Australian music site The Music.co.uk (via Louder Than War), Murphy reveals he's a "total teetotaler" and has no idea where the meth police discovered came from:

"If you read the police reports you will see that my drug tests were completely clean. It’s not clear where the meth came from, but I can tell you that I have never touched the stuff."

Murphy escaped jail time and was sentenced to three months of probation in October. He'll release his tenth studio album, tentatively titled Lion, in 2014. The album was produced by Youth and is projected to be completed by year's end.

Earlier in the year, Peter Murphy guested on the new Dark Flowers album. Stream the track "Clean Break" from the album below:

"Clean Break"



Published on December 16th, 2013 @ 10:27 PM

2013/12/15

Fresh off the release of the new album Ultramarine, the Ocean Blue are back with two more new songs on the newly released Korda 2 Komp. The tracks "No Money In That" and "Latin Blues" are streaming below, plus the full compilation which includes contributions from the Owls, Starfolk, Jim Ruiz Set and more is available to buy and stream here.





Published on December 15th, 2013 @ 6:18 PM
The Dead Weather have released a double A-side 7" single on Third Man Records as part of the label's exclusive Vault subscription series. The singles aren't yet available digitally (and knowing Jack White's penchant for vinyl, don't expect them anytime soon), so fans interested in streaming the tracks will have to settle for a Soundcloud stream of "Open Up" and a You Tube rip of "Rough Detective" below. The Dead Weather previously revealed they'll be releasing a series of singles individually over the coming months and the singles will eventually be compiled and released on an album sometime in 2015.





Published on December 15th, 2013 @ 6:01 PM

2013/12/11

Morrissey performed at the Nobel Peace Concert in Norway earlier today. The performance is his first live appearance since March 2013. Watch the three song performance below via Pitchfork.



01. People Are The Same Everywhere
02. Satellite Of Love
03. Irish Blood, English Heart

Published on December 11th, 2013 @ 6:59 PM

2013/12/10

Bob Mould's brilliant debut solo album Workbook is turning 25 years old and to celebrate, Mould is reissuing the classic record and hitting the road for a (ridiculously short) tour. The Workbook 25 reissue includes the original material, the b-side "All Those People Know," plus an extra disc of mostly live material recorded in 1989 at Cabaret Metro in Chicago. The reissue will also be released on 2 LP vinyl [note - the vinyl version won't include the extra live recordings, only the extra b-side "All Those People Know."] Workbook 25 will be released through Omnivore Recordings on February 25th. For more details, visit Bob Mould's official site or Omnivore Records. The tracklisting for Workbook 25 is posted underneath the dates for Mould' short anniversary tour.



Workbook 25 Tour

02/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop
03/01 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town
03/02 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
03/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Women’s Club
03/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/07 – New York, NY @ City Winery
03/08 – New York, NY @ City Winery

Disc 1

01. Sunspots
02. Wishing Well
03. Heartbreak A Stranger
04. See A Little Light
05. Poison Years
06. Sinners & Their Repentances
07. Brasilia Crossed With Trenton
08. Compositions For The Young & Old
09. Lonely Afternoon
10. Dreaming, I Am
11. Whichever Way The Wind Blows
12. All Those People Know

Disc 2 - Live at Cabaret Metro

01. Sunspots
02. Wishing Well
03. Compositions For The Young & Old
04. Heartbreak A Stranger
05. Dreaming, I Am
06. If You're True
07. Poison Years
08. Sinners & Their Repentances
09. Lonely Afternoon
10. Brasilia Crossed With Trenton
11. See A Little Light
12. Whichever Way The Wind Blows
13. All Those People Know
14. Shoot Out The Lights
15. Hardly Getting Over It
16. Celebrated Summer
17. Makes No Sense At All

Published on December 10th, 2013 @ 6:15 AM

Swervedriver's limited edition 7" of "Deep Wound" released earlier this year is now available as a digital download. "Deep Wound" b/w the dub version "Dub Wound" (featuring Ride's Mark Gardener on backing vocals) is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon. Swervedriver premiered the official video for "Deep Wound" yesterday which includes footage taken from their live session at KEXP in Seattle last April. Check out the official video and KEXP performance from 2012 below:

"Deep Wound" (official video)



"Deep Wound" (KEXP session, April 4, 2012)



As mentioned above, the remix version of "Deep Wound" (titled "Dub Wound") includes backing vocals from Ride's Mark Gardener. The "Deep Wound" single was recorded at Gardener's OX-4-Sound studios in Oxford, England (the home of Swervedriver, Ride, and tons of other awesome bands).



As an aside, pretty cool to see old Ride bandmates Mark Gardener and Andy Bell tweeting to one another...



Published on December 9th, 2013 @ 6:00 AM
Test your Joy Division knowledge by taking the Ultimate Joy Division Quiz over at Shortlist. Though there are a few throwaway/easy questions, only huge fans are going to ace this one. Take the 20 question test here.

Published on December 10th, 2013 @ 5:33 AM

2013/12/09

The Pixies announced Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, ZWAN) will be joining the band as their touring bassist for their live dates in North America and Europe in 2014:

"We are really looking forward to playing with her on these dates,” said Lovering. “Working with different bass players is very new for the band, but we’re having a great time doing it."

Dates for their North American tour and summer festival schedule can be found below the band's new video for "Another Toe In The Ocean."



1/15 - Toronto @ Massey Hall
1/16 - Montreal @ Metropolis
1/18 - Boston @ Orpheum
1/19 - Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater
1/21 - Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1/22 - New Haven, CT @ Shubert Theater
1/24 - Philadelphia @ Electric Factory
1/25 - Pittsburgh @ Carnegie Music Hall
1/26 - Washington DC @ Strathmore
1/29 - Richmond, VA @ National Theatre
1/31 - Durham, NC @ Durham PAC
2/01 - Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
2/02 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
2/04 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
2/06 - St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
2/07 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
2/08 - Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
2/09 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
2/11 - Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
2/13 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore
2/14 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Tavern
2/15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
2/17 - Vancouver @ Orpheum Theatre
2/18 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
2/19 - Portland, OR @ Schnitzer
2/21 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
2/22 - San Jose, CA @ Civic Theater
2/23 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
2/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
2/25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
2/27 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
2/28 - Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
3/01 - Austin, TX @ Music Hall
3/29 - 3/30 - Lollapalooza Chile
4/01 - Uruguay - Rock & Fall Festival
4/01 - 4/03 - Lollapalooza Argentina
4/03 - 4/05 - Bogota, Colombia
4/05 - 4/06 - Lollapalooza Brazil
5/29 - 5/31 - Primavera Sound
6/05 - 6/07 - Primavera Sound
6/08 - London @ Field Day
6/15 - Risskov, Arhus - Denmark - Northside
6/20 - Hilvarenbeek @ Best Kept Secret Festival
6/20 - 6/22 Neuhausen auf den Fildern - Southside
6/20 - 6/22 Hurricane Festival
6/22 - 6/22 Southside Festival
6/25 - Croatia
6/29 - Dublin, Ireland
6/30 - Cork, Ireland
7/05 - Rock Werchter Festival
7/06 - Beauregard Festival

Published on December 9th, 2013 @ 6:06 AM

2013/12/07

R.E.M. guitarist, Peter Buck announced a Detroit area date - he's playing the Magic Bag in Ferndale on February 21st. Alejandro Escovedo is also performing at the Magic Bag that night.  Grab tickets here.

Peter Buck released his debut solo album last year as a limited edition vinyl pressing and is expected to release a follow up to that soon. Like the first record, the new record is likely going to be a vinyl only release - he told Salon earlier this year that he enjoys releasing music that way.

"...honestly, when I download a record, do I really care about it as much as if I’ve gone somewhere and actually walked a mile? So if you want my record you either have to write away to order it or you have to drive or walk somewhere to pick it up. I mean there’s less than 6,000. I’m not going to sell a million records."

Stream Buck's solo record below



Published on December 7th, 2013 @ 3:35 PM
Pearl Jam played their first show in Seattle in four years - the 37 song set last night at Seattle's Key Arena included rarely performed songs as well as cover songs.  During the second encore Kim Thayil from Soundgarden and Mudhoney's Mark Arm & Steve Turner joined Pearl Jam and rocked out a  cover of MC5's "Kick Out The Jams." Check out fan filmed video of "Kick Out The Jams" plus Pearl Jam's performance of "Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns" and "Breath" below:



Different angle of "Kick Out The Jams" with video of Eddie Vedder welcoming Kim, Mark & Steve onstage (~ 5 minutes in) plus you can see Mark crawling through the band's legs on stage as they're playing (starts around 7:30)







Published on December 7th, 2013 @ 11:36 AM

Swervedriver's limited edition 7" of "Deep Wound" released earlier this year is now available as a digital download. "Deep Wound" b/w the dub version "Dub Wound" (featuring Ride's Mark Gardener on backing vocals) is on Bandcamp now and will be available through iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play on December 9th.  Stream both tracks below.





Published on December 7th, 2013 @ 9:40 AM

2013/12/05

As reported previously Nine Inch Nails premiered their 90 minute concert film on Vevo today. The footage was shot November 8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as part of the Tension tour. The concert is streaming below, and a physical version (DVD/Blu-Ray) will be released next year. Those interested in obtaining the physical version can sign up for the mailing list over at the NIN website.

Also: NIN is doing a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) at 3PM ET today





Published on December 5th, 2013 @ 12:48 PM
The War On Drugs premiered a fantastic new song titled "Red Eyes" yesterday. The song appears on the new full length album, Lost In The Dream, which arrives March 18th. Stream "Red Eyes" below and pre-order Lost In The Dream on iTunes and Amazon.



The War On Drugs announced a North American tour to coincide with the new album. Dates are posted below. For more on The War On Drugs visit the official site.

03/18 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
03/20 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
03/21 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg
03/22 Pittsburgh, PA Altar
03/23 Chicago, IL Metro
03/26 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
03/28 Seattle, WA Neptune
03/29 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
03/30 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
04/01 San Francisco, CA The Independent
04/04 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
04/06 San Diego, CA Casbah
04/07 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
04/08 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
04/10 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
04/11 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century
04/12 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
04/13 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
04/14 Toronto, ON Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
04/17 Boston, MA Paradise
04/18 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Published on December 5th, 2013 @ 5:56 AM
David Bowie premiered a new video for the Venetian mix of "I'd Rather Be High." The new remix is featured on Bowie's forthcoming "Love Is Lost" single. The limited edition 12" single comes pressed on white vinyl and includes the James Murphy mix of "Love Is Lost" b/w "I'd Rather Be High" and the edited version of "Love Is Lost." The single will be released on December 16th.



Published on December 5th, 2013 @ 5:49 AM

2013/12/04

Mark Lanegan releases his 32 track collection Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011 on January 14th. The collection features material from his solo career and includes 12 previously unreleased tracks.  Pre-order on vinyl or cd through Amazon.

Lanegan released a covers album titled Imitations in September and he release a single with Moby for Record Store Day in April. In May, Lanegan teamed up with Duke Garwood for the project Black Pudding. Download a remix of Black Pudding's "Cold Molly" below for free from Soundcloud:



In 2012 Mark Lanegan discussed several of the albums he's worked on over the years, plus talked about working with Josh Homme, Isobel Campbell, and his unfinished collaboration with Kurt Cobain. Read the article here.

Published on December 4th, 2013 @ 6:57 PM
A graphic novel by the Pixies' Black Francis titled The Good Inn will be published by SelfMadeHero in May. The book has been described as "a fantastical piece of illustrated fiction based on a yet-to-be-written soundtrack to a movie that doesn't yet exist." The Good Inn was co-written by Pixies biographer, Josh Frank. Read more about the book over at the Guardian.

Meanwhile, back in October, the Pixies played an hourlong session at the famed Maida Vale Studios in London for the BBC. The session includes 18 songs and a couple of short interview segments with Black Francis. Enjoy the Maida Vale session below:



Setlist

Bone Machine
Break My Body
Monkey Gone to Heaven
Bagboy
I've Been Tired
Hey
Indie Cindy
Gouge Away
Havalina
Velouria
Mr. Grieves
Another Toe in the Ocean
What Goes Boom
Isla de Encanta
Winterlong
Here Comes Your Man
Vamos
Where Is My Mind?

Posted on December 4th, 2013 @ 4:27 PM
Nine Inch Nails are premiering a 90 minute concert film on Vevo tomorrow (December 5th) at noon ET. The footage was shot in Los Angeles on the November 8th stop of the Tension 2013 tour. While you're waiting for that, check out part 2 of NIN's behind the scenes look at the Tension tour below:



Trent Reznor also announced his streaming music service Beats Music launches in January. Find out more about that here.

Published on December 4th, 2013 @ 2:20 PM

2013/12/03

Two classic Camper Van Beethoven albums will be reissued on vinyl and CD in February.

Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart will be available on vinyl for the first time since its original pressing in 1988, and the expanded 2 CD version adds 10 bonus tracks (includes a live recordings of "The Day That Lassie Went To The Moon," "Smash It Up" and more).

Key Lime Pie, originally released in 1989, has been pressed onto 2 LPs for better sound and includes one bonus track, while the expanded 2 CD version adds 9 bonus tracks (including a live recording of "Take The Skinheads Bowling," along other demo/live material).

All of the reissues include new liner notes and photos, and will be released by Omnivore Recordings on February 4th. View the tracklisting for the reissues and pre-order through Omnivore Recordings.  A pre-order option on Amazon is also available.

Camper Van Beethoven released La Costa Perdida, their first new album since 2004, earlier this year.





Published on December 3rd, 2013 @ 5:57 AM
Erasure is giving away a free download of "Bells Of Love (Isabelle's Of Love)" this week in support of World Aids Day. Click the download link on Soundcloud through December 7th to obtain your free copy.



"Bells Of Love (Isabelle's Of Love)" appears on Erasure's new festive holiday album Snow Globe which was released last month. Find out more about Snow Globe by streaming Andy Bell & Vince Clarke's track by track Snow Globe commentary/podcast here.

Published on December 3rd, 2013 @ 5:20 AM
Morrissey's cover of the Lou Reed classic "Satellite of Love" was released today in North America. The cover was recorded at The Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on November 25, 2011 and is available as a digital single from iTunes or Amazon. A 7" picture disc of "Satellite of Love" will be released on January 28th, and will be backed with Moz's 1992 track "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" produced by Mick Ronson (co-producer of Reed's original version of "Satellite Of Love" and its parent album, Transformer) as well as a previously unreleased live version of "You Say You Don't Love Me," recorded live in Hyde Park on July 4, 2008.

Autobiography by Morrissey is also out today.



Published on December 3rd, 2013 @ 5:05 AM

2013/12/02

TOY is one of the best bands around right now.  If you enjoy psychedelica and you're not familiar with this band, you need to stop everything and check them out.  Last year they released their debut full length album TOY (check out the epic "Kopter" from TOY below), and they've already followed up the debut with a brilliant new album titled Join The Dots.  The album arrives December 10th, which is well after every music publication known to man shuts down for the season so don't expect this to appear on too many year end lists (since they're already written). Stream Join The Dots in full ahead of its release over at the Guardian.





TOY have a North American tour planned for January. Go see them:

1/09 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery
1/10 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
1/14 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
1/15 - Detroit, MI @ PJ's Lager House
1/16 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
1/18 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
1/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

Catch up with TOY on the web.

Published December 2nd, 2013 @ 7:34 PM

2013/11/30


U2 released a limited edition 10" single for Black Friday Record Store Day. Stream "Ordinary Love" and the b-side "Breathe (Mandela version)" below. The single "Ordinary Love" will be released on the Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom soundtrack December 10th.





Published on November 30th, 2013 @ 11:01 AM
Kim Shattuck, who had been playing bass on tour with the Pixies for the past few months announced on Twitter yesterday that she's no longer going to be performing with the band.



So far the Pixies haven't commented on Shattuck's departure, and the rumor mill is churning away at full speed. It's important to note that Shattuck never officially joined the Pixies - months ago the Pixies reported Shattuck as would be performing bass and backing vocals on tour, but never called her an official member of the Pixies. The Pixies have made several comments in interviews over the past few months stating that original bassist Kim Deal was always welcome to come back, and Shattuck's departure leaves fans wondering if Deal will be returning.

The Pixies hit the road in North America in January, so they'll likely be making some announcement regarding who will be playing bass shortly.

1/15 - Toronto @ Massey Hall
1/16 - Montreal @ Metropolis
1/18 - Boston @ Orpheum
1/19 - Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater
1/21 - Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1/22 - New Haven, CT @ Shubert Theater
1/24 - Philadelphia @ Electric Factory
1/25 - Pittsburgh @ Carnegie Music Hall
1/26 - Washington DC @ Strathmore
1/29 - Richmond, VA @ National Theatre
1/31 - Durham, NC @ Durham PAC
2/01 - Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
2/02 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
2/04 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
2/06 - St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
2/07 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
2/08 - Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
2/09 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
2/11 - Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
2/13 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore
2/14 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Tavern
2/15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
2/17 - Vancouver @ Orpheum Theatre
2/18 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
2/19 - Portland, OR @ Schnitzer
2/21 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
2/22 - San Jose, CA @ Civic Theater
2/23 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
2/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
2/25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
2/27 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
2/28 - Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
3/01 - Austin, TX @ Music Hall

Published on November 30th, 2013 @ 9:22 AM

2013/11/27

Last week Sinead O'Connor axed the remainder of her North American tour due to acute laryngitis. Prior to the tour cancellation, O'Connor visited the WSJ Cafe and performed a couple of songs live.   Check out the live session below:





Published on November 27th, 2013 @ 5:40 PM

2013/11/26

A new Depeche Mode live DVD is reportedly in the works.  Both of the band's shows in Berlin are rumored to be filmed by Anton Corbijn for a future DVD release. Depeche Mode played Berlin's O2 World last night and returns for a second show tomorrow. So far there's been no confirmation about the filming or release by Depeche Mode, but it seems likely, especially considering the band loves performing in Berlin. plus Corbijn was spotted by fans at the show.  Read a report about the DVD over at a Depeche Mode fansite via Side Line.

UPDATE (10/10/14): Depeche Mode has now officially announced the release of Depeche Mode: Live In Berlin, which arrives on November 17th. Additional details are posted here.

Video from last night's show is posted below:



Published on November 26th, 2013 @ 6:10 AM
Mazzy Star performed their new single "California" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon yesterday. Watch the performance below. Mazzy Star's excellent new album Seasons of Your Day is out now.



Published on November 26th, 2013 @ 5:44 AM
Morrissey confirmed that he'll perform at this year's Nobel Peace Prize event December 11th in Oslo, Norway. The performance will be Morrissey's first live appearance since his ill-fated North American tour which was axed in March. Moz is set to perform three songs at the event. Previous Nobel Peace Prize concerts have been broadcast live to 130 countries including the United States and Canada, so it's likely fans across the globe will be able to watch Morrissey's grand return to the stage. More details are expected closer to the show. More info on the concert is posted here.

Morrissey has a busy December - besides the Nobel Peace Prize gig, his book Autobiography is out in North America on December 3rd; a hardcover version of Autobiography will be published in the U.K. December 5th; and he's releasing a live cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" as a digital download on December 5th.

Published on November 26th, 2013 @ 5:38 AM

2013/11/25

Shirley Manson was honored November 23rd at the Tartan Clefs (aka Scottish Music Awards) with the Innovation Award and later performed with Goodbye Mr Mackenzie’s Martin Metcalfe for the first time in 20 years [Manson was a member of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie before forming Angelfish, and later, Garbage]. Together Manson and Metcalfe paid tribute to Lou Reed with a cover of "Candy Says" and also performed the Angelfish song "Sleep With Me."

Other Tartan Clefs winners include Camera Obscura, Mogwai, and Twin Atlantic.  The annual awards ceremony recognizes musical achievement and doubles as a fundraising event - this year proceeds from the ceremony helped raise funds for Nordoff Robins Music Therapy charity. Pictures from the event are posted over at Herald Scotland.

Watch video featuring part of Manson and Metcalfe's performance below:

"Candy Says" (Lou Reed cover)



"Sleep With Me" (Angelfish cover)



Published on November 25th, 2013 @ 11:28 AM

2013/11/24

Bono, the Edge, and Nile Rodgers rocked out a few funky covers last night at the Project (RED) auction afterparty in New York City. Watch the Bono & the gang cover David Bowie, Daft Punk, and Chic below via Annie Zaleski.







The Project (RED) auction was organized in part by Bono and raised an estimated 26 million dollars to benefit victims of AIDS in Africa . FYI: the item that fetched the most money was a white Steinway piano - Bono and Coldplay's Chris Martin performed two songs on the instrument which later was auctioned for $1.6 million. Read a full report on last night's auction here. Check out Martin and Bono performing a cover of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" and a snippet of U2's "Beautiful Day" below:





Published on November 24th, 2013 @ 5:27 PM

2013/11/23

Athens electro project X-Radio-X released a trio of albums on Bandcamp this month, including a free download album titled Igniis Fatuus.  The leadoff song on Igniis Fatuus is "Kyoto Minimal" - a song that isn't technically a remix of the Cure's "Kyoto Song" but it might as well be.  The song includes the melody of the Head on the Door track plus features samples of Robert Smith's vocals. Stream "Kyoto Minimal" below and download it for free (along with the rest of X-Radio-X's catalog) on Bandcamp:



Because why not, check out a live version of the Cure's "Kyoto Song" with a montage of cool Robert Smith pics below:



Published on November 23rd, 2013 @ 7:56 PM
Kitchens Of Distinction premiered the video for their new single, "Tiny Moments, Tiny Omens." The clip was filmed in Derbyshire, England; Versailles, France; and County Sligo, Ireland.  Check it out below:



"Tiny Moments, Tiny Omens" is available on the new Kitchen Of Distinctions album Folly, which was released in September. Meanwhile, a fantastic four song acoustic set (including a breathtaking version of "Drive That Fast") is available to stream here.

Published on November 23rd, 2013 @ 6:24 PM
Morrissey is one of the stars included on PETA's 2013 edition of Vegetarian Celebrity U.S. PhotoStamps. Belinda Carlisle, Joan Jett, Russell Simmons, Bob Barker, and Pamela Anderson are some of the other celebrities included in the series.  Check out the full series here, and order here.

Published on November 23rd, 2013 @ 6:08 PM
Black Friday Record Store Day is almost upon us. Might be a good time to take a look through the special releases available for November 29th and map out your plan of attack. Some of the highlights include U2's "Ordinary Love" 10" single, Duran Duran's No Ordinary ep (a three song acoustic session recorded in 1993), Nirvana's In Utero 2013 mix cut to copper plates, and a Nick Lowe Quality Street 12" picture disc. Several other releases will be available as Record Store Day First releases (indie-stores will have these releases two months before other retailers) including remastered albums from the Clash (available individually on cd and vinyl), a Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds live album (on cd and vinyl), and two classic albums available on vinyl for the first time ever--the Replacements' All Shook Down and Failure's Magnified.

The full list of Black Friday and Record Store Day First releases is posted here. A list of participating record stores is posted here. It's also important to note that not every participating record store will stock every exclusive release, so it might be a good idea to contact stores ahead of Black Friday to save time.

To the haters: obviously it's a great idea to support independent record stores throughout the year, but if it takes limited edition releases to get fans out to record stores, what's the problem?

Published on November 23rd, 2013 @ 5:15 PM

2013/11/22

Psychedelic fans have another record to look forward to in early 2014 - the debut record from English band Temples. The full length record Sun Structures will be released on February 11th in North America on Fat Possum Records.  Take a listen to their brilliant new song "Mesmerise"



Temples were in Detroit a few nights ago at the Loving Touch and spent a little time before their show sightseeing in Motown. Check out some of their pictures here and don't miss them on the road over the next week if they're playing near you.

Temples North American tour itinerary

22 Boston, The Pill @ Great Scott
23 Philadelphia, Kung Fu Necktie
25 New York, Bowery Ballroom
26 Brooklyn, Union Pool
27 Washington, DC9

Published on November 22nd, 2013 @ 6:17 AM
OMD posted an update on drummer Malcolm Holmes, who suffered cardiac issues after experiencing severe heat exhaustion while on tour in Toronto on July 19th:

"Malcolm's recovery continues slowly but surely. He is now driving, which makes life a little easier. The doctor says 6-12 months for him to be as fully recovered as he can be. Once again he thanks everyone for their continued good wishes"

After the July incident, OMD canceled all touring plans in 2013 to allow Holmes to recover. Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys recently announced a one-off show March 22nd, 2014 at the Night of the Proms festival in Poland.



Published on November 22nd, 2013 @ 6:03 AM

2013/11/21

Weekend (the Brooklyn band, not the R & B artist) played a session inside a New York church at CMJ last month in promotion of their new album Jinx. The session was sponsored and professionally filmed by Seattle's KEXP.  Stream the five song set below:



Published on November 21, 2013 @ 8:07 PM

2013/11/20

Ran into an excellent song today from a darkwavish New York band called Suntalk. Their impressive debut single "Darkness" is available now as a single download on Bandcamp and will also be released on the Darkness EP in January. If the rest of Suntalk's music is like "Darkness" I predict big things for these guys. Stream "Darkness" below and download it from Bandcamp.  Catch up with Suntalk on Facebook.



Published on November 20th, 2013 @ 7:01 PM
Note: There has been some confusion behind today's DEMF announcement because over the years many people have been incorrectly referring to the annual Movement Festival as the DEMF. The annual Hart Plaza festival on Memorial Day weekend was originally called DEMF when it began in 2000, but after a few years (change in organizers, legal issues, and other city of Detroit drama) the festival was re-named Movement. Though many people have continued to refer to Movement as DEMF they are NOT the same thing. Movement Detroit is organized by Paxahau Event Productions, and the DEMF is organized by Carol Marvin (who was previously involved in the original DEMF festival at Hart Plaza and has retained the rights to the DEMF name).

Detroit gets two techno festivals in 2014 - the annual Movement Festival takes place Memorial Day weekend (May 24 - May 26) at Hart Plaza, and as announced earlier this morning, DEMF returns for the first time since 2002 to celebrate Detroit's 313th birthday (celebrating the 313 in the 313). DEMF takes place July 4th through July 6th and will actually be two simultaneous techno festivals - the free version of DEMF takes place at Campus Martius, and a paid version which has been named FEMT (Federation of Electronic Music Technology) takes place inside Ford Field. The lineup for DEMF/FEMT has not been announced yet other than Underground Resistance, Model 500, and Cybotron, which will be the legendary project's first live appearance ever!  Pre-sale tickets for FEMT are on sale now - there's a three day package for $250 and a three day VIP package for $1200.  General onsale is Friday, November 22nd and three day passes increase to $300; VIP passes increase to $1500, so get in on the pre-sale to save some money.  More info on DEMF/FEMT will be announced shortly, so it's not a bad idea to keep the DEMF Facebook page handy.

As previously announced, tickets for Movement went on sale last month.  Visit the official Movement Detroit website and Movement Detroit Facebook page for more info (official website was down earlier, may want to try again shortly).

Published on November 20th, 2013 @ 12:49 PM

2013/11/19

Decades create glorious, sparkling, indie/dreampop out of Canada. The Toronto four-piece released a couple of eps in 2012 before signing with White Girl Records earlier this year. The band's full length self-titled debut is a pretty impressive album full of sweet melodies and solid grooves.  Stream Decades in full here, and purchase as a digital download through iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. Preview a couple of the standout tracks from the album below:







For more on Decades visit White Girl Records or follow Decades on Twitter.

Published on November 19th, 2013 @ 9:16 PM


U2 returns with a new single "Ordinary Love" on November 29th. The track will be released as a limited edition single for Black Friday Record Store Day backed with "Breathe" (Mandela version). "Ordinary Love" is featured in the trailer for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and appears on the soundtrack which arrives December 10th.

UPDATE (November 21st, 2013 @ 4:50 PM) U2 debuted the lyric video for "Ordinary Love" -- check it out below:



Published on November 19th, 2013 @ 7:24 PM
Industrial kings Skinny Puppy released their excellent album Weapon back in May, and this week they premiered the official video for the latest single "illisiT."  The video was directed by graphic artist Jason Alacrity (the man behind industrial/EDM project The Alacrity) and has a bit of everything you'd expect from a Skinny Puppy video: dark and textured graphic scenes, plenty of blood and gore, and even a few insects. Check out the awesomeness below:


Skinny Puppy: illisiT [OFFICIAL VIDEO] from Jason Alacrity on Vimeo.

Skinny Puppy hit the road for a tour of North America in 2014. Though Ogre recently revealed he has an allergy to red dye (apparently it makes him hoarse if he swallows it), Ogre confirmed his allergy isn't going to prevent Skinny Puppy from using blood on their tour.   

1/24 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
1/25 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
1/28 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
1/30 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
2/01 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
2/03 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinas Uptown
2/04 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage Theater
2/05 - Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
2/07 - Miami, FL @ Grand Central
2/08 - Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
2/10 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
2/11 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
2/13 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
2/14 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
2/15 - Boston, MA @ Royale
2/16 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
2/18 - Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
2/19 - Detroit, MI @ The Majestic
2/21 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic
2/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
2/23 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
2/24 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
2/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Cafe
2/28 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
3/01 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
3/02 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Theatre
3/04 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/05 - Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater

Published on November 19th, 2013 @ 6:51 PM
Morrissey posted a new essay for True To You titled The World Won't Listen. The lengthy essay mostly attacks the recent celebrities who have proudly killed animals for sheer enjoyment. He also gives props at the end to Russell Brand, endorsing his view on voting and lamenting the end to thoughtful debate, calling the U.K. a "cabbagebrain" nation. Read the full essay over at True To You.

Published on November 19th, 2013 @ 6:12 AM

2013/11/18

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds return to North America in 2014 in support of the album Push the Sky Away. The 19 date tour includes a stop at the Masonic Temple Theater in Detroit on July 29th, which should be an AMAZING place to see Cave. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 22nd, but there are several presales leading up to Friday's general onsale including an exclusive 24 hour presale through the Association of Alternative Newspapers (find out more about that here).  For more on the tour, visit the official Nick Cave website.

6/16 - Louisville, Ky @ Louisville Palace Theater
6/18 - Kansas City, MO @ @ Midland Theater
6/20 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Milwaukee Theater
6/21 - Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
6/24 - Denver, CO @ The Buell Theater
6/27 - Calgary, Alb @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
6/28 - Edmonton, Alb @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
6/30 - Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theater
7/02 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
7/05 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
7/07 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theater
7/11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
7/19 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live At Moody Theater
7/21 - New Orleans, LA @ Mahalia Jackson Theater
7/23 - Washington D.C. @ Dar Constitution Hall
7/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center
7/26 - New York, NY @ Prospect Park
7/29 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
7/31 - Toronto, Ont @ Sony Centre

Published on November 18th, 2013 @ 10:12 PM