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Friday, May 31, 2013

Front Line Assembly return with a new electronic album titled Echogenetic on July 9th. The first taste of the album comes by way of the track "Prototype," which the band unleashed earlier today. Take a listen:

UPDATE 5/31 @ 11:30 pm: Apparently Front Line Assembly & Metropolis Records pulled the track (it was their official upload/preview, not a leak), but will upload a new version shortly

UPDATE 6/7 @ 9:20 am: Metropolis Records has posted a short preview of "Prototype" - check it out below:

Echogenetic is available to pre-order through Amazon and Metropolis.
The Stone Roses' concert film The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone premiered in the U.K. yesterday. The Stone Roses (minus Reni, who according to Ian Brown had "a bad cold") and director Shane Meadows attended the Manchester screening and took part in a Q & A session afterwards which was broadcast to all participating theaters in the U.K. The BBC interviewed the Stone Roses on the red carpet prior to the event, and video of that and an additional interview can be viewed below:

Reviews of The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone are posted here, here, and here. Made Of Stone lands on DVD in the U.K. on June 5th. So far a North American release date has not been announced.

Official trailer

Video of David Bowie's 1975 appearance on Dinah! has surfaced on You Tube. The episode featured Bowie's live performance of "Stay," followed by an interview with Dinah Shore, who was later joined by the Fonz (Henry Winkler) and Nancy Walker! Near the end of the bizarrely awesome episode, Bowie even learned some karate moves from an instructor. Watch the zaniness (complete with cigarette smoking) below:

Another vintage video of Bowie performing "Fame" on Soul Train is posted here.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Legendary designer Peter Saville was interviewed recently by The Talks and discussed graphic design, pop culture, and hooking up with Factory Records. During the interview Saville talked about how he was on his own when it came to designing the album sleeves/covers for Joy Division and New Order.  Initially Stephen Morris gave him the idea for the Unknown Pleasures cover, but for subsequent records (Joy Division's Closer, then the New Order singles & albums), he was given the freedom to do what he chose:

"...the covers were about what I wanted to do, which was in some kind of weird, subconscious way about me and where I was going. New Order didn’t approve it, they rarely saw it...it was always, “Where is it? It’s late, it should have been done weeks ago, just get it to the fucking printer.” More often than not, New Order would get to see the covers when they were in the stores. And sometimes they liked them and sometimes they didn’t."

Read the full interview with Peter Saville over at the Talk. A few other video interviews with Saville are posted below:

Meanwhile, Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures cover art was recently printed in 3D and it's fascinating to look at.
Morrissey was rumored to be in attendance at last night's Scott Weiland show in Los Angeles. So far there doesn't appear to be photographic proof other than this placecard, however according to Twitter and a brief mention in a review on Grunge Report, the legend was in the house.

Perhaps Moz showed up to see whether Weiland would perform a "Reel Around The Fountain" cover?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

OMD appeared on Jools Holland earlier tonight - check out their performance of "Dresden" from English Electric, plus the classic "Enola Gay." OMD are scheduled to return for another performance on Later with Jools Holland this Friday.

UPDATE: Video of "Dresden" has been removed, however "Enola Gay" is still available to watch (for now) below and fans in U.K. can watch here.

Don't miss OMD on tour in North America this summer. Dates are posted below. For more info, visit the official OMD website.

07/11 - Toronto @ Danforth Music Hall
07/12 - Philadelphia @ Union Transfer
07/13 - Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
07/15 - Boston @ Paradise Rock Club
07/17 - New York City @ Terminal 5
07/19 - Toronto @ Danforth Music Hall
07/20 - Detroit @ St. Andrew's Hall
07/22 - Minneapolis @ Varsity Theater (rescheduled from July 8th)
07/23 - Chicago @ The Metro (rescheduled from July 9th)
Noel Gallagher was born on this day in 1967! Celebrate with some video from Noel's amazing career.

Short bit of video from when Noel was a roadie for the Inspiral Carpets!

The legendary Oasis gig at Knebworth in 1996. Watch the whole gig (starts with ~ 5 minute documentary) below:

Oasis 1996 gig for MTV with Noel on vocals (the classic gig where Liam bailed due to a sore throat, but much to his dismay, the show went on without him)

"Heroes" (Noel Gallagher sings David Bowie classic at 1998 gig)

September 2012 - iTunes Festival gig in London

Teenage Cancer Trust gig, March 2013

Visage return with a new album Hearts & Knives on June 11th. In 2010 visionary Steve Smith reunited with Steve Barnacle and the two began writing songs for a new album. According to the band, the sound of the new material is "classic Visage" with updated/modern production values. From the official press release:

The sound of Hearts and Knives is “classic Visage” but with modern songs and style. There is the odd tip of the hat to modern production values but the sound is 1980-1982 Visage. It's Vintage keyboards and synthesizers all the way. There's not software synths on this record! The production by John Bryan and analogue synthesizer collector Sare Havlicek is firmly rooted in the '80s. Many of the tracks are instantly recognizable as Visage (Moogs and the obligatory CR78 drum sound feature on several).

To get a taste of Hearts & Knives, stream the new track "Shameless Fashion" below, and download it for free in exchange for a "like" on the official Visage Facebook Page.

Take a look at the tracklisting for Hearts & Knives below and pre-order now from iTunes, Amazon, or your favorite record store.


01. Never Enough
02. Shameless Fashion
03. She's Electric (Coming Around)
04. Hidden Sign
05. On We Go
06. Dreamer I Know
07. Lost In Static
08. I Am Watching
09. Diaries Of A Madman
10. Breathe Life
11. Shameless Fashion - The Extened Mix (Bonus Track Exclusive to U.S. CD)

For more on Visage, visit their official website or Facebook, plus check out a great history of Visage via the video below.

Cold Cave released a 7" single, "Black Boots" b/w "Meaningful Life" earlier this month and today Pitchfork TV premiered the official "Black Boots" video. Check it out below:

Purchase the 7" single through Heartworm, or download a digital version from iTunes and Amazon.

Don't miss Cold Cave on their North American tour next month.

6/13 - San Diego @ The Void
6/14 - Los Angeles @ Center for the Arts
6/15 - San Francisco @ The Public Works
6/19 - Philadelphia @ Morgan's Pier
6/20 - Washington D.C. @ Rock & Roll Hotel
6/21 - Pittsburgh @ 6119 Penn Avenue
6/22 - Columbus @ Skully's
6/24 - Chicago @ The Empty Bottle
6/25 - Detroit @ Pike Room inside Crofoot (moved from Trinosophes)
6/26 - Toronto @ Parts & Labour
6/28 - Boston @ T.T. The Bears
6/29 - Brooklyn @ 285 Kent Avenue

For more on Cold Cave, visit the official website or Facebook Page.
On April 19, 2011 Iggy & the Stooges and guests including Henry Rollins, and Deniz Tek (aka Radio Birdman), got together and performed an intense, powerful concert in tribute to Ron Asheton. The concert (which featured a string section for part of the Stooges' set) was filmed and will be released on DVD on June 18th, with proceeds going to the Ron Asheton Foundation. Today, two Detroit area screenings surrounding the DVD release were announced:

June 6th @ Michigan Theater
June 9th @ Detroit Film Theater

Tickets for both of the screenings are on sale now (follow the links above).

Pre-order A Tribute to Ron Asheton with Iggy & the Stooges on DVD from MVD or Amazon now.  Check out the tracklisting and performance of "I Got A Right" featuring Iggy & the Stooges + Henry Rollins below courtesy of Rolling Stone .

01. I Got a Right (with Henry Rollins)
02. Raw Power
03. Search and Destroy
04. Gimme Danger
05. Shake Appeal
06. 1970
07. L.A. Blues
08. Night Theme
09. Beyond the Law
10. Fun House
11. Open Up And Bleed
12. Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
13. I Wanna Be Your Dog
14. TV Eye
15. Loose
16. Dirt
17. Real Cool Time
18. Iggy's Speech
19. Ron's Tune
20. No Fun

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

In the 90s, MTV broadcast a concert series, Live in the 10 Spot. In October, 1997, the Rolling Stones were scheduled for one of their shows to be broadcast on the program, but ended up canceling their performance at the last minute. MTV was left without a concert until the legendary David Bowie swooped in to save the day. Watch Bowie's Live at the 10 Spot concert, which was recorded at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York on October 14, 1997 while in support of Earthling. Note: the performance includes the awesome Reeves Gabrels, who was part of Bowie's band during this era.

The Jean Genie
I'm Afraid Of Americans
Look Back In Anger
Scary Monsters
Little Wonder
Hallo Spaceboy
All The Young Dudes
Back in March, the Go-Go's parted ways with original bassist Kathy Valentine, and now Valentine is suing her ex-bandmates. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Valentine is entitled to 20 percent share of the band's revenues as a partner of Ladyhead LLC and Smith-Pocket Industries, Inc. – the entities authorized to conduct the group’s business. The suit claims that the Go Go's formed a new business corporation - GoGoCorp - which cuts Valentine's share to 2 percent. Valentine calls the move a scheme which deprives her of at least 1 million dollars. Read the court documents here.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Gary Numan appeared on the BBC Radio 6 program Radcliffe & Maconie on May 26th to discuss his forthcoming album Splinter. According to Numan, the album was completed last week and is a mix of anthems and ethereal sounds, though many of the tracks have an industrial feel to them.  Numan, whose music has influenced countless industrial acts over the years, told the BBC hosts that it felt natural and like coming home to record industrial sounds for the album. Take a listen to the new track "I Am Dust," which Numan premiered during the BBC interview:

Numan's forthcoming album Splinter is scheduled for worldwide release on October 14th. Prior to the record release, Numan is hitting the road for a handful of live gigs in the U.S., then will be touring the U.K. after the album launch.  Check out the tour itinerary plus stream the full BBC interview with Numan below, and click here to check out a pic of Numan in the studio.

U.S. Tour

08/28 Sacramento @ Ace Of Spades
08/29 Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
08/31 Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival
09/01 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
09/03 Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
09/04 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/26 Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Festival
10/27 Washington, DC @ Black Cat

U.K. Tour

11/07 Bristol @ 02 Academy
11/08 Dublin @ Button Factory
11/11 Sheffield @ 02 Academy
11/12 Newcastle @ 02 Academy
11/13 Glasgow @ 02 ABC
11/14 Manchester @ Academy
11/15 Oxford @ 02 Academy
11/16 London @ Roundhouse
11/18 Brighton @ The Dome
11/19 Wolverhampton @ Wulfrun Hall

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A new interview with Johnny Marr was published in today's Independent. You can't help but feel bad for Marr...he's released an excellent new album The Messenger, and he's trying to focus on the future, but of course the question on many minds (both fans and interviewers') seem to be 'well, is a Smiths' reunion ever going to happen?'  This time around, The Independent grilled Marr about the possibility of a Smiths' reunion in the future, and a frustrated Marr made the following comments:

"It's impossible for that group to re-form. That's it. That's my answer."

The interviewer pressed on and asked if Marr and Morrissey were in contact, which led to this:

"You're just interested in asking the question, and really you shouldn't be. Because who cares about some emails that we send to each other every few years, that aren't particularly in-depth. I mean, is that interesting for people to read about? I don't think it is really. It's not as interesting as my new songs, and why some songs are called what they are. If you want to know about me and Morrissey, just Google it...

"...There have been emails. Just emails. That's it. That's all I can say"

And that was that. The whole interview with Marr is a great read, so head over to the Independent to check it out (via Roberto Ferdenzi).

By the way, Morrissey made comments about the Smiths, reunions, and rumors during his Mexico City interview in March.  Listen to his comments below, or read the transcript below.

"Well, they persist ALL the time every day, every year, yes, constantly and I, I constantly have requests to reform. But people forget that I did not break up the Smiths, so I don't know why people ask me about reformations, but I would always say no because we're all very different people now, and it's been a very long time, and the truth is, we don't know each other, we're not friends, so why would you be in a band with people who you don't really know? We're linked because of the distant past, but we have no links in our lives now. So it doesn't really make any sense to me. Also, I'm very, very happy with my life, with my musical life as it is now, so I don't feel any to, for, a musical reformation. I don't see the point. If I'm so happy singing now, why would I want to play with strangers?"

"Because when you, when you first form a band you have a certain attitude, the world isn't listening to you, and you want to make it listen to you. But if you're in a situation where everybody's waiting it's not the same thing. And it can never be the same thing. And you're not the same person. But people, people have, it fixed in their mind, when they listen to music and when they listen to older music, that the person who made that music is still the same person. But they're not. And if you meet many people, like, David Bowie, etc, etc, and you talk to him about the past, he doesn't really know. Because he's not that person anymore. He's not there and he doesn't feel all those things anymore, and he's quite rightly, living in the now. But the listener, the person who listens to the music always thinks, that the person is still the same, and it's not true."

The full Moz interview/transcript is posted here.

Enjoy what's probably the closest fans will ever get to a Smiths' reunion - video of Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke performing "How Soon Is Now?" May 3rd in New York City:

Jesus & Mary Chain performed at Primavera Sound in Barcelona yesterday. During their set, Bilinda Butcher from My Bloody Valentine joined them for their classic "Just Like Honey." Watch the awesomeness below:

Watch more video from the set below:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Celebrate World Goth Day with the Siouxsie & the Banshees 'Play at Home' special.  The 1983 BBC/Channel 4 special features an Alice In Wonderland-esque re-enactment (featuring Siouxsie and Robert Smith), and includes live concert footage from Siouxsie & the Banshees. Watch the gloriousness below:

Cold Cave is back with yet another awesome 7" single - "Black Boots" comes backed with "Meaningful Life" and is available to pre-order through Heartworm.  Fans who prefer digital can download the tracks now through iTunes and Amazon.  Stream "Black Boots" below:

Cold Cave have been on a roll releasing singles in 2013. In March Cold Cave released two 7" singles: "God Made The World" b/w "Dandelion" and "Oceans With No End" b/w "People Are Poison." Both singles are available physically through Deathwish and digitally on iTunes and Amazon.

"God Made The World"

"Oceans With No End"

Morrissey turns 54 years old today. Happy Birthday, Moz!

Morrissey & Johnny Marr filmed on Charlie's Bus with a group full of kids.

On Data Run

Discussion of music videos

Johnny Marr on meeting Morrissey

The Smiths: These Things Take Time

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Julian Cope is back with a new album titled Revolutionary Suicide. The two disc set features new songs, new poems, and new concepts according to Cope's site:

"Weep along with the dreadful beauty of the Archdrude’s most epic ever song ‘The Armenian Genocide’, sway with the bucolic agricultural rhythms and devotional lyrics of ‘Hymn to the Odin’, pump your fists in the air to the Detroit soul of the title-track, or just give yourself entirely to the divine-but-gaping 70-minute-long musical maw, nay, the Hot Mess that is REVOLUTIONARY SUICIDE. New poems? You got it! New concepts? You got it! We got the Mayans’ predictions out the way and we’re all still here. So maybe everything that went before 2013 was just a dry-run for what’s to come. Perhaps you’ll even believe that once you’ve heard the enormous scope and vision of REVOLUTIONARY SUICIDE."

Revolutionary Suicide is available now in the U.K. from Heritage Head, but fans interested in purchasing from other etailers will have to wait until at least June 17th. Check out the tracklisting for Revolutionary Suicide below:

Disc 1

01. Hymn To The Odin
02. Why Did The Chicken Cross My Mind?
03. The Armenian Genocide

Disc Two

01. Revolutionary Suicide
02. Paradise Mislaid
03. Mexican Revolution Blues
04. Russian Revolution Blues
05. They Were On Hard Drugs
06. In His Cups
07. Phoney People, Phoney Lives
08. Destroy Religion

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Nitzer Ebb's first recording, Basic Pain Procedure, is celebrating its 30th anniversary and will be reissued worldwide in June. The original version of the recording was a cassette-only release and was designed mostly for label interest, though fans were able to purchase it directly from the band at shows.  Nitzer Ebb went on to record a whole new batch of songs for their debut album That Total Age, and with the exception of "The Home," which was reworked/retitled for Belief, the songs from Basic Pain Procedure were never reused or re-recorded.  Last year Pylon released a remastered version of Basic Pain Procedure on vinyl, and now for the 30th anniversary the label is releasing it on CD and adding a live concert recording taken from a December 1983 U.K. gig.   Basic Pain Procedure will be released worldwide on June 11th, though Amazon has a June 28th listing.

Nitzer Ebb uploaded a few tracks from the live album onto soundcloud and they are available to stream below. For more on the reissue, visit the official Nitzer Ebb website or Facebook page.

On this day in 1980, Ian Curtis hanged himself at the age of 23.

Curtis' life was featured on the BBC program Great Lives in 2008. Host Matthew Parris, British poet Simon Armitage and Peter Hook discussed Curtis' life, musical impact, and his final days. During the show, Hook played a short snippet of an unreleased version of Ian Curtis singing "Love Will Tear Us Apart" recorded by Malcolm McLaren. Stream the episode of Great Lives below - more info on the episode is posted here.

In 2007 a excellent documentary on Joy Division was released featuring interviews with band members and key players like Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton, Peter Saville, Anton Corbijn, Kevin Cummins, and more.  Watch Joy Division below and buy a copy here.

The Ian Curtis biopic Control, directed by Anton Corbijn was released in 2007 and was based on Deborah Curtis' book, Touching From A Distance.  The trailer is posted below along with links to watch and purchase:

Official trailer

Control is available to purchase here.  Some of the film is available to view on YouTube.  Part 1 starts here.

Q & A with director Anton Corbijn

Curtis took his own life the day before Joy Division were scheduled to leave England to come to America for their first tour. The full Joy Division North American tour itinerary isn't officially available to view, however this website attempted to piece the tour together using Rob Gretton's notes, club ads, and other scraps of info. FYI, there was a Detroit date scheduled for May 26th at Bookies.

Here's a collection of Joy Division live appearances

Stream (audio only) a full concert recorded in London in February 1980:

Stream Joy Division Peel Sessions.  Both sessions were recorded in 1979

Peel Session #1 recorded January 1979

Peel Session #2 recorded November, 1979

FYI, the Joy Divison Peel Sessions were released as separate eps, then later were compiled on one disc.

2012 interview with Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris discussing Ian Curtis published in Sabotage Times

Finally, Peter Hook recently released his Joy Division memoir Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division which is available to purchase here. A very entertaining interview with Hook is posted here and a recent audio interview with Hook discussing Joy Division and Ian Curtis was featured on the May 17th episode of Sound Opinions here (starts at 6:30 into the show).  

Friday, May 17, 2013

Peter Hook announced today that he's heading back to North America this fall for a handful of live dates where he'll perform New Order's albums Movement and Power, Corruption and Lies in full. Like his January/February promo tour for Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, he's visiting very few cities, and he's not scheduled to play Detroit. As for Chicago, there isn't a date for the Movement/PCL tour, but Hook will be playing a Joy Division set at this year's Riot Fest, which is scheduled to take place September 13th - 15th at Humboldt Park (looks like he'll be playing the September 15th date). Check out Hooky's Movement/PCL tour dates below:

UPDATE: A Detroit date might actually happen according to this awesome Peter Hook tweet!

North American tour itinerary

September 10th - Boston @ Paradise Rock Club
September 13th - NYC @ Webster Hall
September 14th - Philadelphia @ The Trocadero
September 18th - Montreal @ Club Soda
September 19th - Toronto @ The Hoxton
September 21st - Los Angeles @ Henry Fonda Theater
September 23rd - Vancouver @ Venue
September 25th - Seattle @ Decibel Festival
September 26th - Portland @ Wonder Ballroom
September 27th - San Francisco @ Mezzanine
September 28th - Denver @ Gothic Theater

Peter Hook's tour announcement comes on the heels of his newly released live album, Peter Hook & the Light perform Movement & Power, Corruption and Lies. The digital release was recorded at his sold out January 18th gig at Manchester Cathedral and was the final date on his initial U.K. run of playing New Order albums. The recording is available to download here.  For a limited time, fans can download a free mp3 of  "Everything's Gone Green" from the live album  - stream it below and grab a free download here.

Peter Hook recently appeared on the Chicago based program Sound Opinions - stream the interview here (starts around 6 minutes in)

Watch some video taken from the January 18th Manchester show below:

Additional video from the Manchester Cathedral show is posted here.

The Ivor Novello Awards, which honor excellence in songwriting, were handed out yesterday at a ceremony in London. Noel Gallagher received the award for Outstanding Song Collection and accepted the award from Ray Davies. Other winners included Marc Almond (best known for his work in Soft Cell) was presented the Ivors Inspiration Award, and DJ/producer Calvin Harris won the prestigious Songwriter of the Year award, marking a huge breakthrough for the electronic/EDM scene. Other winners included Alt J, Randy Newman, Emeli Sandé, and Gavin Rossdale.

Since Noel Gallagher won Outstanding Song Collection, why not enjoy some performances from his amazing career below:

(cover of the Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony")

Weapon, the new album from Skinny Puppy, is streaming in full over at Revolver. The album will be released in Germany on May 24th, North America on May 28th, and everywhere else on May 27th. Pre-order now from iTunes, Amazon, or the Metropolis store.

FYI: Earlier in the week Rolling Stone featured the album track "saLvo" as the free download of the day and the link appears to still be active.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

An Iggy & The Stooges concert filmed April 2nd in Sydney is the Moshcam 'Gig of the Week.' The concert was shot at Hordern Pavillion and featured the Stooges performing a collection of their greatest hits plus the song "Burn" from their newly released album Ready To Die. Check out the concert below:

Raw Power
Gimme Danger
Search & Destroy
Fun House
Night Theme
Beyond The Law
Kill City
Cock In My Pocket
I Wanna Be Your Dog
No Fun
I Gotta Right
Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
Open Up & Bleed

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

In 2012, Swervedriver reunited for a late night appearance on Jimmy Kimmel and a handful of live shows.  At the time things were looking up for Swervie fans, especially after the band debuted a new track, "Deep Wound," on Kimmel.  The band indicated in interviews that other new music was in the works (in April 2012 leader Adam Franklin disclosed they were planning to do some new music, but didn't have firm plans for a record or release.  In a separate April 2012 interview the possibility of new music was discussed with Glasgowest and Franklin again said they were working on new stuff but that they'll "see how that goes.")  Not too surprisingly, nothing new has surfaced from Swervedriver.

While we may or may not hear new music from Swervedriver in the future, some new music from Franklin is indeed on the way, and soon.  Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody has three full length releases under its belt, and a fourth one is coming this summer.  On July 16th Black Horses, the follow up to the 2010's album,  I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years, will be released. Pre-order now through iTunes. A listing for Amazon and Goodnight Records will be available soon. Check out the tracklisting and cover art for the album is posted below. 

01. Asha
02. When I Love You (I Love You All The While)
03. I Used To Live For Music
04. Boocat Leah
05. Shining Somewhere (Horses version)
06. Passenger Train, Warped By The Rain
07. Coda Code
08. I Used To Live For A Thousand Years
09. Boom!
10. Long Way Home

Meanwhile Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody have created a video for the 2012 track "I Want You Right Now" featuring Mad Men actress Jessica Pare. Check out the awesomeness via Old Waver (who you can also follow on Twitter here) below:

Fans can stream previous releases from Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody over on Bandcamp.
Peter Murphy is currently on tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of Bauhaus. So far he's stuck to his promise of playing only Bauhaus material with the exception of his encores which have included a few different covers. At the May 10th stop in Toronto, Murphy's encore included a cover of Joy Division's "Transmission." Before playing the song, Murphy made a few comments about Joy Division, which ended with "God rest Ian's soul," then he launched into the song. Check out video from the performance below:

The first video is shorter - cuts off the end - but is better video.  The second includes Murphy's comments and full song, but not as up close.

Peter Murphy's North American tour continues tomorrow night in Chicago. The remaining tour dates are listed below along with some video shot at different spots on the tour:

5/16 - Chicago @ House of Blues
5/18 - Mexico City @ FMX Festival de Mexico
7/13 - Phoenix @ Crescent Ballroom
7/14 - El Paso @ Tricky Falls
7/16 - Denver @ Summit Music Hall
7/17 - Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge
7/18 - Boise @ Visual Arts Collective
7/19 - Seattle @ Showbox At The Market
7/20 - Vancouver @ TBA
7/21 - Portland @ Hawthorne Theater
7/23 - San Francisco @ The Fillmore
7/24 - Las Vegas @ LVCS
7/26 - Los Angeles @ The Fonda Theater
7/27 - Los Angeles @ The Fonda Theater
7/28 - Solana Beach @ Belly Up Tavern

"She's In Parties" (Philadelphia, 5/9)

"Bela Lugosi's Dead" (NYC, 5/7)

"Adrenalin" (Boston, 5/5)

"Ziggy Stardust" (Detroit, 5/13)

Skinny Puppy returns with the new album Weapon later this month.  Last week the band debuted the new song "ParagUn" and now another new song from the album is available as a free download. Grab "saLvo" now from Rolling Stone (it was the mag's free daily download yesterday, but you can still download it free).  Stream "saLvo" below:

Weapon has three release dates: May 28th in North America, May 24th (Germany), and May 27th (everywhere else). Pre-order now from iTunes, Amazon, or the Metropolis store.


Detroit King of Awesomeness Blue Stahli released a new 80s infused single, "Never Dance Again" yesterday, and it is Dyn-O-Mite! Go pull out your legwarmers and crank up the speakers, this is a JAM!  Stream it below:

Download the digital single of "Never Dance Again" now from iTunes, Amazon, or the FiXT store.  A dubsteppy remix of "Never Dance Again" by Josh Money is available to stream and download for free below:

But wait! There's another Blue Stahi release to check out!

Last week Blue Stahli released a new compilation titled B-Sides and Other Things I Forgot. In case you didn't figure it out from the album title, it's a collection of songs that were released as b-sides or one-off songs from the last few years. The collection shows the depth of Blue Stahli - there's badass mixes, covers, and even an acoustic track. Order now from iTunes, Amazon, or the FiXT store.

01. Takedown (Xina Version)
02. Kill Me Every Time
03. The Pure and the Tainted
04. Burning Bridges
05. Celebrity Mashup
06. Rebellion Anthem
07. Fashionista
08. Scrape (Acoustic)
09. Kill Me Every Time (Hypnotic Mix)
10. Ghost of Love (David Lynch Cover)
11. This Will Make You Love Again (Iamx Cover)
12. Ultranumb (Mariachi Version)

Stream the awesome David Lynch cover of "Ghost Of Love" from the compilation below. For more on Blue Stahli visit his official website, Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the Smiths - the band released their debut single, "Hand In Glove," on May 13, 1983. To mark the milestone, over the weekend the BBC aired a 30 minute special titled The Smiths: Not Like Any Other Love. The program features performance clips and interviews with the band, plus commentary from musicians, artists, designers, poets and more (Noel Gallagher provides some entertaining moments).  Watch the program below, courtesy of HipsterDisco

Meanwhile, a 2008 documentary examining the Smiths' 1986 album The Queen Is Dead has surfaced (in part) on You Tube.

The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead - A Classic Album Under Review features interviews with the band and key players like Tony Wilson and Stephen Street, plus some rare footage and performances are included. A portion of the two-hour doc has appeared online and can be viewed below. A few copies of the DVD are available to purchase through Amazon (note DVD specs before purchasing).

Last year while Iggy Pop was in Europe promoting his French covers album Apres, he sat down for an interview with Jean Boué. Iggy Pop - Call Me Iggy examines Iggy's exceptional career and includes a ton of performance footage.  The documentary was rebroadcast on French television over the weekend and it's available to view in full below:

Iggy & the Stooges released a new album, Ready To Die, a few weeks ago and is available from iTunes, Amazon, or your favorite record store.

Meanwhile, The Ron Asheton Tribute Concert that took place April 19th, 2011 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor will be released on DVD on June 4th. The concert was a celebration of Asheton's life and music and included a full set from the Stooges (and a string section on some tracks) with guests Henry Rollins and Deniz Tek (aka Radio Birdman). Profits from the sale of the DVD will go to the Ron Asheton Foundation. Watch the performance of "I Got A Right" from the DVD below courtesy of Rolling Stone .

Pre-order The Ron Asheton Tribute Concert here and check out the tracklisting for the DVD below:

01. I Got a Right (with Henry Rollins)
02. Raw Power
03. Search and Destroy
04. Gimme Danger
05. Shake Appeal
06. 1970
07. L.A. Blues
08. Night Theme
09. Beyond the Law
10. Fun House
11. Open Up And Bleed
12. Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
13. I Wanna Be Your Dog
14. TV Eye
15. Loose
16. Dirt
17. Real Cool Time
18. Iggy's Speech
19. Ron's Tune
20. No Fun

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Smiths' debut single, "Hand In Glove" was released on this day in 1983! The single was the public's first taste of the band that would go on to be one of the most influential bands of all time. 

One night in January 1983 Johnny Marr wrote the riff and knew immediately he had something great, and he couldn't wait to get the music to Morrissey. He revealed to the Daily Mail that he didn't have anything to record the riff on, so he had to play it over and over in the car on the way to get his creation to Moz. Morrissey wrote the lyrics that night and the song came together the next day. 

Eventually the Smiths recorded a demo for "Hand In Glove."  In the Daily Mail interview Marr talked about how he stopped by the Rough Trade offices to drop off the demo and have an in person discussion with label boss Geoff Travis, but he was turned away. Determined to have the song heard, he hung around outside and snuck back into the building by pretending he worked there:

'I found my way to Geoff’s office. He looked really busy. I hung around until he was on his own...I just grabbed him and said, “Hey Geoff, uh, hi, my name’s Johnny. I’m in a band from Manchester and you won’t have heard anything like this…”

Three days later, the Smiths found out that Rough Trade was interested in releasing "Hand In Glove" as a single. And the rest is history.  Read the full interview with Marr about the making of "Hand In Glove" here.

The version of "Hand In Glove" found on the 7" single is slightly different from the version that would eventually be released on the band's full length debut album the Smiths in 1984.  [The 7" version found renewed light of day on the Smiths' compilation album Hatful of Hollow.]  A live version of "Handsome Devil" was the b-side to the "Hand In Glove" single.

Version from Troy Tate session

Demo version (no harmonica)

Original single version (also appeared on Hatful of Hollow)

Version from the 1984 album The Smiths

Live version with Sandie Shaw

One of my favorite newish acts is back with a brand new single today! Edinburgh five piece The Machine Room wowed critics in 2012 with their shimmery indie pop on the four-song Love From A Distance ep. Today they return with the swoon-worthy single, "Sweden" which is released as part of Fandango's '12 singles' series. [London's Club Fandango is turned 12 years old in April, and to celebrate, they're releasing 12 singles - one at a time for 12 consecutive months - featuring some of their favorite new acts.] If you've heard The Machine Room before, it should come as no surprise that they were chosen as part of the singles series, because they really are THAT good.

Download "Sweden" now through iTunes and Amazon. U.K. peeps can also subscribe to receive all 12 singles in the series by ordering the singles subscription directly from Club Fandango.  However you do it, just do it. SERIOUSLY, IT'S LESS THAN A DOLLAR FOR THE DOWNLOAD AND IT WILL BRING YOU SO MUCH JOY.

Stream "Sweden" over at Soundcloud.

Catch up with The Machine Room on Facebook and Twitter, and if you haven't checked out the Love From A Distance ep, remedy that immediately.  Stream it over on Bandcamp, and purchase through iTunes or Amazon.

Published on May 13th, 2013 @ 5:47 AM
If you're into industrial music and were thinking of visiting Chicago this fall - you have even more reason to book your trip now! Coldwaves II organizers recently firmed up the lineup for this year's festival, and it doesn't disappoint: Cocks Members (ex- Revolting Cocks' members Paul Barker, Chris Connelly, and others), En Esch (from KMFDM), Douglas McCarthy (from Nitzer Ebb), Prong, Die WarzauSkrew, Hate Department, and more have been confirmed for the two day extravaganza happening September 27th and 28th at the Metro in Chicago. Two-day passes (quantity limited, move fast) and single day passes are available to purchase here. For more on Coldwaves II visit the festival's official website, Facebook, or Twitter.

"Evangelical Sound Barrier" Paul Barker & Chris Connelly

*song appears on Fix This, Paul Barker's audio companion to Fix: The Ministry Movie

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Last week Primal Scream appeared on the Italian show Quelli che for a performance of their new song, "It's Alright, It's OK" - watch the performance below:

Primal Scream return with the new album More Light which will be released internationally on May 14th. Fans in North America will either have to wait for the domestic release on June 18th, or pony up some extra cash for the import version, which is available starting May 21st.

Stream a few tracks from the deluxe edition of More Light below:

Friday, May 10, 2013

Jane's Addiction is prepping a new live release: Live in NYC. The recording was captured at the free concert held at New York City's Terminal 5 in July 2011 for the launch of The Great Escape Artist (the band's fourth studio album wasn't out at that point, and was eventually released in October of that year). The show included the live debut of "Irresistible Force" along with many of the band's classics. Live in NYC will be released as a standard CD, double LP, DVD, CD/DVD, and Blu-Ray on June 25th. Pre-order the release now from Amazon and take a look at the tracklisting below.

01. Whores
02. Ain't No Right
03. Just Because
04. Ted, Just Admit It...
05. Been Caught Stealing
06. Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object)
07. Up The Beach
08. Ocean Size
09. Three Days
10. Mountain Song
11. Stop!
12. Jane Says

Fun fact: the July 2011 concert was webcast live through a partnership with LG and was the first user generated 3D concert film - fans were given an LG 3D phone to shoot the concert from 100 different angles. An archive of the webcast is streaming below.

The Breeders are out on the road on their 20th anniversary Last Splash tour - last night in Boston the band brought ex-Breeder Tanya Donelly onstage for a performance of the classic "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" (Beatles cover which appeared on the Breeders' 1990 album Pod).  Watch video of the performance below:

Don't miss the Breeders on the road as they finish up their North American tour. FYI: tickets are still available for the May 12th Detroit show at the Majestic Theater. A short interview with Kelley Deal in yesterday's Detroit News is posted here.

5/11 - Toronto @ Danforth Music Hall
5/12 - Detroit @ Majestic Theater
5/14 - Nashville @ Mercy Lounge
5/15 - Atlanta @ Variety Playhouse
5/17 - Gulf Shores, Alabama @ Hangout Music Fest

The Breeders release a 20th anniversary edition of Last Splash next week. LSXX (Last Splash 20) will be released as a 3 CD and 7 LP set on May 13th.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Peter Murphy is on the road performing Bauhaus classics - at the May 7th stop at Webster Hall in NYC, Murphy dedicated the song "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything" to his mother-in-law who passed away only a few hours before the show. Check out up close video of the performance which begins with Murphy telling the yappy crowd to STFU!

"All We Ever Wanted Was Everything"

The Peter Murphy Celebrates 35 Years of Bauhaus tour continues to roll through North America - check out the remaining dates below. A pre-trial hearing for Murphy's legal drama (March 17th arrest for DUI, hit and run, and drug possession) is scheduled to take place on May 17th. It's unknown at this point whether Murphy will appear at the hearing.

5/09 - Philadelphia @ Trocadero
5/10 - Toronto @ Lee's Palace
5/11 - Buffalo @ Town Ballroom
5/12 - Pittsburgh PA @ Mr Smalls
5/13 - Detroit @ Magic Stick
5/15 - Indianapolis @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
5/16 - Chicago @ House of Blues
5/18 - Mexico City @ FMX Festival de Mexico
7/13 - Phoenix @ Crescent Ballroom
7/14 - El Paso @ Tricky Falls
7/16 - Denver @ Summit Music Hall
7/17 - Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge
7/18 - Boise @ Visual Arts Collective
7/19 - Seattle @ Showbox At The Market
7/20 - Vancouver @ TBA
7/21 - Portland @ Hawthorne Theater
7/23 - San Francisco @ The Fillmore
7/24 - Las Vegas @ LVCS
7/26 - Los Angeles @ The Fonda Theater
7/27 - Los Angeles @ The Fonda Theater
7/28 - Solana Beach @ Belly Up Tavern

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A few months ago news broke* that Creation Records kingpin Alan McGee was set to return to the music business and was preparing to launch a new record label. Yesterday McGee made it official and launched 359 Music which is a partnership with Cherry Red Records. Read McGee's statement on the partnership below:

"Recently I found myself reinvigorated by new music again after being 5 years away from music living in rural Wales, and from which there has been much talk about how I will return to music. As recently talked about in the press, my original plan was to do a deal with major label backing in Japan. But when it came down to it I realised that I didn't want to come back to music through a major music label - that's not what I want to be part of. That's when I had a chat with Iain McNay from Cherry Red and we quite quickly put our heads together and developed between us a much better deal for 359 Music which will be a joint venture with Cherry Red. The first ever person to ever approach me about music when I was 19 was Iain McNay from Cherry Red."

Creation Records was home to MANY influential bands like Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub, Boo Radleys, and Oasis, so all eyes (and ears) are focused on what new bands McGee will be signing. McGee is still looking for interesting bands to sign too (maybe someone can also give him a heads up about gmail?):

Check out 359 Music on Facebook and Twitter.

Stream an excellent interview with Alan McGee over at The Dumbing of America - McGee talks about My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, major labels and more, plus check out the trailer to Upside Down: The Creation Records Story below:

*(previous reports indicated the label was going to be named 1153 Records, but it's been changed to 359 Records).
Detroit's own ADULT. are back with the new album The Way Things Fall May 14th. Though Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus released their last album Why Bother? way back in 2007, they've been abundantly busy with other creative projects - including the completion of three films, building renovation (Hernan Bas' building in Eastern Market), and visual art/photography. Last year ADULT. headed back to the studio to record two tracks for a 12", but they felt so rejuvenated they ended up putting together a full album. The result is The Way Things Fall - stream the album in full below via Fader, and pre-order the album through iTunes, Amazon, or Ghostly.

The Breeders played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night - the band performed "Cannonball" then returned to perform "Drivin' On 9" as a web-exclusive. Watch both performances below:

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Breeders are currently on the road in support of their 20th anniversary edition of Last Splash, and tonight they'll perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. While you're waiting for that, enjoy some vintage video from a few television appearances in the 90s below:

UPDATE: May 7th Jimmy Fallon performance posted here.

First late night appearance (in support of Safari)

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (performance & interview -bonus: Coco gets a hickey from one of the Breeders!)

Letterman (1993 appearance)


LSXX, the Breeders 20th anniversary edition of Last Splash, will be released as a three CD deluxe set and seven LP limited edition vinyl box set on May 13th.

Last Splash anniversary tour

5/09 - Boston @ Royale Nightclub (sold out)
5/11 - Toronto @ Danforth Music Hall
5/12 - Detroit @ Majestic Theater
5/14 - Nashville @ Mercy Lounge
5/15 - Atlanta @ Variety Playhouse
5/17 - Gulf Shores, Alabama @ Hangout Music Fest