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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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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Johnny Marr performed yesterday at Glastonbury. Check out a short interview and video from his set below:

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Pixies premiered a new track titled "Bagboy" -  the band is offering the track as a free download plus the official video is posted below.   

UPDATE (6/28 @ 11:55am): It turns out that while it might sound like Kim Deal singing on the song, it isn't Kim at all.  Frank Black/Black Francis revealed on his fan forum earlier today (via DIY) that the Kim-esque vocals were sung by Jeremy Dubs:

"I agree, it does sound a bit like Kim, but it's my good friend Jeremy Dubs, one of the best people I've had the pleasure to know, both socially and professionally."

Interesting the Pixies would elect to use backing vocals that sound "a bit" like Kim Deal, especially after her departure. In any event, according to the band's publicist, there are no plans for the Pixies to release a full album (though some "insiders" are claiming a full album WAS recorded.)

Now might be a awesome time to remind you that earlier this year Kim Deal launched a solo 7" series and two singles have been released so far: "Walking With A Killer" b/w "Dirty Hessians" and "Hot Shot" b/w "Likkle More" (stream all four songs here).  The limited edition (artwork-less) version of both singles are sold out, but the non-limited edition version of "Walking With A Killer" b/w "Dirty Hessians" is available to pre-order now (ships in July). The digital versions of the singles are available through iTunes and Amazon.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The 90s shoegaze band Medicine regrouped last May to discuss reissuing some of their old material, and as it turned out, they decided to reunite and record new material.  The core trio of Beth Thompson, Brad Laner, and Jim Goodall picked up where they left off and completed an album's worth of swirling shoegaze.  To the Happy Few - the band's first output since 1995 - will be released August 6th on cd, vinyl, and as a digital download through Captured Tracks. The album is preceded by a new single, "It's Not Enough" which you can stream below along with the album track "Long As The Sun"("Long As The Sun" is available as a free download here). 

To The Happy Few tracklisting

01. Long As The Sun
02. It's Not Enough
03. Burn It
04. Holy Crimes
05. The End Of The Line
06. Butterfly's Out Tonight
07. All You Need To Know
08. Find Me Always
09. Pull The Trigger
10. Daylight

A trailer for Morrissey's upcoming DVD Morrissey 25: Live has surfaced. Check it out below via Roberto Ferdenzi and Morrissey News

The DVD will premiere in theaters worldwide in August and is expected out on DVD before year's end.  Read more here.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Front Line Assembly return with the new album Echogenetic on July 9th. Today the band premiered another new song from the album. Stream "Ghosts" below:

Pre-order Echogenetic through iTunes, Amazon, or Metropolis Records.  The tracklisting for Echogenetic is posted below:

01. Resonance
02. Leveled
03. Killing Grounds
04. Blood
05. Deadened
06. Ghosts
07. Echogenetic
08. Exhale
09. Exo
10. Prototype
11. Heartquake
Legendary drummer Alan Meyers died yesterday from brain cancer at the age of 58. Read Devo's tribute to Meyers here, and click over to read tributes from the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and Consequence Of Sound.

Enjoy a Devo special with music and commentary from Gerald Casale here.
More Mark Lanegan goodness is on the way! Today Lanegan announced a new solo album titled Imitations will be released on September 17th. According to Lanegan's press release, the album was inspired by late 60s/early 70s records from Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin and most of the 12 tracks on the album are cover songs. Imitations includes covers of originals by Frank Sinatra, Hall & Oates, Nick Cave, Bobby Darin, John Cale, and more. Take a listen to the first taste of the album - Lanegan's reinterpretation of "I'm Not The Loving Kind" (John Cale cover) below and catch up with Lanegan on Facebook.

01. Flatlands
02. She’s Gone
03. Deepest Shade
04. You Only Live Twice
05. Pretty Colors
06. Brompton Oratory
07. Solitaire
08. Mack The Knife
09. I’m Not The Loving Kind
10. Lonely Street
11. Elégie Funèbre
12. Autumn Leaves

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chino Moreno from Deftones has never shied away from his love of classic alternative music - last year he revealed to Noisecreep that his favorite band is Depeche Mode - and over the years, Deftones have covered several old school songs like Depeche Mode's "Sweetest Perfection" and "To Have And To Hold," not to mention the Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want," and Duran Duran's "The Chauffeur." Yesterday MTV Hive published an interview with Moreno and the topic of old school alternative was briefly discussed:

"For me, heavy music is something that came later in my life. I listened to a lot of British pop and New Wave [when I was younger]. I always connected with Depeche Mode and the Smiths. Then I got into heavier music over the years."

But the real shocker in yesterday's interview wasn't about Moreno...it was about ex-Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo being a fan of the Smiths! Moreno confirmed he caught Anselmo listening to the Smiths backstage in his dressing room once, which led to Anselmo professing his love for the band:

"It was like 1996. I was like, “You listen to the Smiths?” And he was like, “Yeah, I love the Smiths!”

Read the interview with Chino Moreno over at MTV Hive.

Fans of Moreno will also be excited to know that his side project Crosses will release a full length album in October, and his brand new side project Palms released a self-titled debut album today. Check out Palms' new song "Patagonia" below along with Deftones' cover of "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want."

Weekend return with a new album titled Jinx on July 23rd through Slumberland Records. The band debuted the track "Mirror" a few months ago, and now a new song from Jinx is available to stream. Check out "It's Alright" below - it might remind you of "Fascination Street" somewhat, but that's not a bad thing!

Pre-order Jinx from iTunes, Amazon, or Slumberland Records and don't miss Weekend live on their North American tour.  Check out the dates below and catch up with Weekend on their official site and Facebook.

7/26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
7/28 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
8/16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/04 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
9/05 - Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
9/06 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
9/07 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
9/09 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
9/14 - San Diego, CA @ The Void
9/18 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
9/19 - Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
9/20 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
9/21 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
9/22 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
9/24 - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
9/25 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
9/26 - Atlanta, GA @ 529
9/27 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
9/28 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
10/19 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
10/20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
10/23 - Boston, MA @ Church
10/24 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
10/25 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
10/26 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar


Hugh Cornwell (ex-Stranglers) released a new album Totem & Taboo last autumn in the U.K., and now the album has a North American release. Totem & Taboo is out today through Red River Entertainment - order the physical version here (standard cd, autographed cd, and limited edition vinyl versions available), or grab a digital download from iTunes or Amazon.

Cornwell also announced dates for a North American tour which includes a Detroit area stop at Small's in Hamtramck in December. Take a look at the full tour itinerary below:

10/08 - San Francisco @ Cafe Du Nord
12/03 - Atlanta @ Smiths Olde Bar
12/04 - Charlotte @ Casbah/Tremont Music Hall
12/05 - Washington DC @ Black Cat
12/06 - New Jersey @ Record Collector (solo acoustic show)
12/07 - New Jersey @ The Brighton Bar
12/08 - New York @ Highline Ballroom
12/10 - Philadelphia @ Sellersville Theater
12/15 - Hamtramck @ Small's Bar

Meanwhile, the Stranglers (without Hugh Cornwell) released their 17th studio album Giants in May and a new live recording, Feel It Live, is coming next month.  The 21 tracks were recorded during various stops on the Stranglers' 2012 tour and will be released on import on July 9th. The Stranglers wrapped up their North American tour recently, but will be back for a Detroit make up date at the Magic Stick on September 12th.

"Mercury Rising" official video (studio recording with live footage)

Monday, June 24, 2013

If you're a fan of British indie, you'll want to sink your teeth into a new box set, Scared To Get Happy - A Story of Indie Pop 1980 - 1989. The 5 CD, 134 song box set boasts an impressive, impressive, impressive (did I mention impressive?) tracklist.  The collection compiles songs from well known artists like the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Stone Roses, the Boo Radleys, Primal Scream, Pulp, House Of Love, Primitives, Aztec Camera, James, and the La's; brilliant lesser known bands who SHOULD have been bigger, like the Wedding Present, The Mighty Lemon Drops, Close Lobsters, Milltown Brothers, and That Petrol Emotion; plus gems from obscure bands virtually unknown in North America like 14 Iced Bears, Bubblegum Splash, the Corn Dollies, and tons more. Scared To Get Happy - A Story of Indie Pop 1980 - 1989 is a big ball of British indie awesomeness.  The box set is out today in the U.K. through Cherry Red Records and will be available on import in North America on July 2nd.  For more info on Scared To Get Happy, visit the official Facebook page.

Delve into the collection via a 61 track playlist which is available to stream via Cherry Red below:

Scared To Get Happy - A Story Of Indie Pop 1980 - 1989 playlist

A few of the bands featured on Scared To Get Happy played the offical launch party Saturday night at Club 229 in London. Watch some video from the concert below:

Full tracklisting for Scared To Get Happy - A Story Of Indie Pop 1980 - 1989

CD 1

01. The Wild Swans - The Revolutionary Spirit
02. Girls At Our Best! - Getting Nowhere Fast
03. Art Objects - Showing Off to Impress the Girls
04. The Pale Fountains - (There's Always) Something On My Mind
05. Josef K - The Missionary
06. The Monochrome Set - The Jet Set Junta
07. Blue Orchids - Dumb Magician
08. Marine Girls - Don't Come Back
09. Fire Engines - Candyskin
10. TV21 - Ambition
11. Dolly Mixture - Everything and More
12. The Nightingales - Paraffin Brain
13. Scars - All About You
14. Jane - It's a Fine Day
15. The Farmer's Boys - I Think I Need Help
16. Room - Things Have Learnt to Walk That Ought to Crawl
17. The Weekend - Summerdays
18. Prefab Sprout - Lions in My Own Garden (Exit Someone)
19. The Lines - Nerve Pylon
20. Everything But The Girl - Feeling Dizzy
21. The Higsons - The Lost and the Lonely
22. Black - Human Features
23. The Daintees - Roll On Summertime
24. The Bluebells - Happy Birthday
25. Trixie's Big Red Motorbike - Norman and Narcissus
26. Television Personalities - A Picture of Dorian Gray

CD 2

01. Hurrah! - The Sun Shines Here
02. Fantastic Something - If She Doesn't Smile (It'll Rain)
03. Pulp - Everybody's Problem
04. Strawberry Switchblade - Dark 7
05. The Suede Crocodiles - Stop the Rain
06. Grab Grab The Haddock - I'm Used Now
07. Del Amitri - Sense Sickness
08. Friends Again - Honey at the Core
09. Aztec Camera - Oblivious
10. Lloyd Cole and The Commotions - Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?
11. The Cherry Boys - Kardomah Cafe
12. In Embrace - This Brilliant Evening
13. Microdisney - Dolly
14. The Woodentops - Plenty
15. Jazz Butcher - Southern Mark Smith
16. Jasmine Minks - Where the Traffic Goes
17. The Hit Parade - Forever
18. The June Brides - Every Conversation
19. Revolving Paint Dream - In the Afternoon
20. James - Hymn from a Village
21. Jesus & Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
22. Biff Bang Pow - The Chocolate Elephant Man
23. Yeah Yeah Noh - Temple of Convenience
24. The Bodines - God Bless
25. Big Flame - Debra
26. The Loft - Up the Hill and Down the Slope

CD 3

01. Primal Scream - Velocity Girl
02. The Wedding Present - Go Out and Get 'Em Boy!
03. The Primitives - Thru the Flowers
04. BMX Bandits - Sad?
05. Shop Assistants - All Day Long
06. The Mighty Lemon Drops - Something Happens
07. We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Going To Use It - X X Sex
08. Mighty Mighty - Is There Anyone Out There?
09. The Soup Dragons - Quite Content
10. McCarthy - Red Sleeping Beauty
11. Age Of Chance - Motor City
12. The Chesterfields - Completely & Utterly
13. Wolfhounds - Cut the Cake
14. The Servants - Loggerheads
15. Close Lobsters - Don't Worry
16. Pop Will Eat Itself - Sick Little Girl
17. Razorcuts - Big Pink Cake
18. That Petrol Emotion - It's a Good Thing
19. The Weather Prophets - Almost Prayed
20. Jamie Wednesday - Vote for Love
21. Talulah Gosh - Beatnik Boy
22. The Dentists - She Dazzled Me With Basil
23. Railway Children - A Gentle Sound
24. The Groove Farm - Baby Blue Marine
25. Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes - The Rain Fell Down
26. Rosemary's Children - (Whatever Happened To) Alice?
27. 14 Iced Bears - Balloon Song
28. The Wonder Stuff - A Wonderful Day

CD 4

01. House Of Love - Shine On
02. The Shamen - Something About You
03. The Bachelor Pad - Albums of Jack
04. Gol Gappas - Albert Parker
05. Hangman's Beautiful Daughters - Love Is Blue
06. Whirl - Heaven Forbid
07. The Brilliant Corners - Delilah Sands
08. The Flatmates - Shimmer
09. The Wake - Gruesome Castle
10. This Poison! - Engine Failure
11. The Darling Buds - If I Said
12. The Boy Hairdressers - idalwave
13. The Waltones - She Looks Right Through Me
14. The Rosehips - Room in Your Heart
15. Apple Boutique - Love Resistance
16. Laugh - Take Your Time Yeah!
17. Raw Herbs - She's a Nurse But She's Alright
18. The Heart Throbs - Toy
19. Clouds - Tranquil
20. The Groovy Little Numbers - You Make My Head Explode
21. Siddeleys - My Favourite Wet Wednesday Afternoon
22. Rumblefish - Tug-boat Line
23. The Hepburns - World Is
24. Bubblegum Splash - One of Those Things
25. The Corn Dollies - Be Small Again
26. The King Of Luxembourg - Lee Remick
27. The La's - Sun of a Gun

CD 5

01. The Stone Roses - The Hardest Thing in the World
02. Inspiral Carpets - Keep the Circle Around
03. The Pooh Sticks - Indiepop Ain't Noise Pollution
04. Sea Urchins - Solace
05. Cud - Only (A Prawn in Whitby)
06. Popguns - Landslide
07. One Thousand Violins - All Aboard the Love-mobile
08. Another Sunny Day - I'm in Love With a Girl Who Doesn't Know I Exist
09. East Village - Strawberry Window
10. Bad Dream Fancy Dress - Choirboys Gas (Hack the Cassock)
11. Rodney Allen - Circle Line
12. The Orchids - I've Got a Habit
13. Bradford - Skin Storm
14. The Charlottes - Are You Happy Now?
15. The Claim - Picking Up the Bitter Little Pieces
16. The Poppyheads - Dreamabout
17. The Sun and the Moon - Adam's Song (Pour Fenella)
18. The McTells - Jesse Man Rae
19. Would Be Goods - Cecil Beaton's Scrapbook
20. The Desert Wolves - Speak to Me Rochelle
21. The Rain - Dry the Rain
22. Blow Up - Forever Holiday
23. The Fanatics - Suburban Love Songs
24. Milltown Brothers - Roses
25. The Seers - The Sun Is in the Sky
26. The Telescopes - The Perfect Needle
27. The Boo Radleys - Catweazle

Saturday, June 22, 2013

New Order's live album Live at Bestival 2012 will be released next month. As the title suggests, the recording is from last year's set at Bestival.  Live at Bestival 2012 will be released as on CD and as a digital download on July 8th.  As you might expect, not everyone's a fan of "New Odour" and this Hooky-less release.

Watch some video from New Order's Bestival '12 performance and check out the tracklisting for the live album below.

01. Elegia
02. Regret
03. Isolation
04. Krafty
05. Here To Stay
06. Bizarre Love Triangle
07. 586
08. The Perfect Kiss
09. True Faith
10. Blue Monday
11. Temptation
12. Transmission
13. Love Will Tear Us Apart

Friday, June 21, 2013

Prior to their June 17th appearance on Russian television, Public Image Limited held an hour long press conference in Moscow. Lucky for us all, the peeps at Rock N Roll TV rolled tape and captured the awesomeness. Enjoy.

If you don't want to watch the whole hourlong interview, at least check out John Lydon begging the staff for more alcohol (cued up below). Comedy gold

Full interview

Related post:

Video: PiL release 'First Issue' & perform "Rise" on Russian TV

Nine Inch Nails revealed the official tracklisting and list of guests appearing on the band's new album Hesitation Marks. It was widely know that Adrian Belew would appear on the album, but who knew Trent Reznor hooked up with Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham? Others featured on the album include Pino Palladino (the Who), Eugene Goreshter (Autolux), and members of the NIN camp/touring band like Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, and Ilan Rubin. Hesitation Marks was produced by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Alan Moulder and will be released on September 3rd as a standard cd, deluxe cd (adds 3 remixes and 28 page hardcover book), digital album download, and 180 gram double LP on black vinyl (includes cd insert of the album).

Trent Reznor announced earlier in the week that he's teamed up with David Lynch for the "Came Back Haunted" video. A premiere date for the video hasn't been announced yet.

Hesitation Marks tracklisting

01 - The Eater of Dreams
02 - Copy of A
03 - Came Back Haunted
04 - Find My Way
05 - All Time Low
06 - Disappointed
07 - Everything
08 - Satellite
09 - Various Methods of Escape
10 - Running
11 - I Would for You
12 - In Two
13 - While I'm Still Here
14 - Black Noise

Thursday, June 20, 2013

It's been a LONG time since we've heard new music from Kitchens of Distinction, however the band is poised to return with a brand new album later this year! Today the band announced the new album has been mastered and is pretty much finished other than one song that needs a bit of tweaking. The album includes 10 new songs and will be released "late summer" through 3 loop music. KOD further teased fans by revealing the album has a title and cover, but apparently that info is still classified.

A few weeks ago vocalist Patrick Fitzgerald revealed some other kernels of info regarding the sound of the new recording on his official site:

"Jules thinks it sounds nothing like old Kitchens, but like a new version sucked through time and space. Dan said he thought it would fit neatly between Death of Cool and Cowboys. Me? Well it certainly sounds like nothing I’ve recorded these past stephenhero years, so I’m glad as I wanted a change. It’s definitely a hark back to the sonic noise of KOD, but the lyrics are wiser, and the songs less fraught. But don’t get me wrong, they are no less intense."

Stay tuned for further updates.  In the meantime, catch up with Kitchens of Distinction on Twitter, and on Fitzgerald's official site.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

White Lies return with the new album Big TV on August 12th. A few weeks ago the band gave fans the first taste of the new LP with a free download of album track "Getting Even." Today they debuted the first official single from the album, "There Goes Our Love." Stream the single below. Links to pre-order Big TV in the U.K. are posted on the official White Lies website.  So far a North American release date hasn't been announced.

White Lies talk Big TV with NME

Morrissey's upcoming Hollywood High DVD release is reportedly going to be screened in theaters in North America according to a Facebook post by Sam Esty Raynor (aka Morrissey's nephew).  Read Raynor's post below (via Morrissey News). 

"So the film of the Morrissey show at The Hollywood High School will be shown at 47 cinema across the United States of America, you lucky bastards. Available in IMAX 3D."

UPDATE IV (June 27): Official trailer for Morrissey 25: Live is posted below (via Roberto Ferdenzi & Morrissey News)

Additionally some info on the release was posted on More 2 Screen about the release which is going to be available for screening at theaters worldwide beginning August 26:

"Morrissey 25: LIVE is a legacy concert film marking 25 years of the solo career of one of the world's most iconic and enigmatic performers. Shot during Morrissey's most intimate gig in decades at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles on 2 March 2013, the film opens with fans talking about their unwavering devotion to the singer and the unique appeal of this unusual venue -- a striking contrast to the sold out arena concert at the Staples Centre on the previous night."

Check out the full listing over at More 2 Screen via Roberto Ferdenzi.

UPDATE III (June 23): True To You has announced Morrissey 25: Live will be shown in theaters WORLDWIDE in August, plus a great pic of Moz was also posted.

UPDATE II (June 21): A press release is circulating confirming August screening and title: Morrissey 25: Live From Hollywood High . The statement also reveals a montage of fan tributes will be featured at the beginning of the DVD. FYI, no screening dates were listed in the press release.

UPDATE (June 21): According to a report in today's Express the screenings are going to take place in August (via the awesome Roberto Ferdenzi).

No official word on the dates, where the screenings will take place, or for that matter, when the DVD will be released.  The concert film is expected to be released on DVD later this year, though an official date has not been announced. 

Morrissey's show at Hollywood High, which sold out in a matter of minutes, took place on March 2nd and was one of Mozzer's final shows in the U.S. before scrapping the tour for medical reasons. Enjoy Morrissey's beautiful version of "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" and his "Speedway"/"Asleep" combo from the show below.

"Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (Hollywood High, March 2, 2013)

"Speedway/Asleep" (Hollywood High, March 2, 2013)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On June 18th 1988, Depeche Mode played a show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to celebrate the 101st show of their Music For The Masses tour. The band partnered with Los Angeles station KROQ (who was celebrating their own 10th anniversary) and staged Concert For The Masses - a day long festival which also featured Wire, Thomas Dolby, and OMD as openers. Depeche Mode rolled taped and eventually released their set as the double live CD 101, and 101 documentary. Today Depeche Mode commemorated the 25th anniversary of Concert For The Masses by sharing an 18 minute video with interviews, performances and more from that historic event. Check it out below:

It's only taken decades, but Public Image Limited's debut album First Issue has finally been released domestically. The album was originally released in the U.K. in 1978 and was the first taste of what John Lydon was up to after the breakup of the Sex Pistols (a U.S. release was planned but then scrapped by their record label.)  The classic album has been digitally remastered and is now available as a 2CD set which adds the rare b-side "The Cowboy Song," and a 56 minute unedited 1978 BBC audio interview with Lydon. The LP version includes the material on the CDs plus comes with an archive replica fold-out poster, set of stickers, and download card. The release is also available as a digital download (for download versions, the BBC interview is 'album only' download). Purchase from Light in the Attic Records, Amazon, or iTunes.

Check out the First Issue tracklisting below along with PIL's June 17th performance of "Rise" on Russian television (video via urgantshow). 

Disc 1

01. Theme
02. Religion I
03. Religion II
04. Annalisa
05. Public Image
06. Low Life
07. Attack
08. Fodderstompf

Disc 2

01. The Cowboy Song
02. BBC Radio 1 interview with John Lydon
Ministry return with its fourth live release Enjoy The Quiet - Live at Wacken 2012 in August. The recording is taken from the band's August 3, 2012 appearance at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. The massive festival gig was the band's last stop on their tour in support of Relapse, and includes the last pro-shot footage of guitarist Mike Scaccia performing with Ministry. Enjoy The Quiet will debut at this year's Wacken Festival (August 1st - 3rd) and will be released on CD, DVD, deluxe 2CD/DVD (includes bonus CD), Blu-Ray, vinyl, and digital download on August 13th. Check out the trailer below:

The tracklisting for Enjoy The Quiet - Live At Wacken 2012 is posted at the bottom of the page.

Ministry is also releasing its final album From Beer To Eternity on September 6th, with the album's first single, "Permawar," to drop in late July (pushed back from June). Ministry began working on the album in December, just days before Mike Scaccia's death. According to Al Jourgensen, the December session was like no other session:

"We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before...everything went so smoothly, it was surreal. And Mikey was so on fire and inspired, and really a driving force for this record."

Months later, Jourgensen decided to finish up the album, and though it was a bittersweet experience, he says he's proud of the result:

"I'm super proud of From Beer to Eternity because it's my tribute to Mikey's incredible talent, and I feel it honors him and all of the years we spent together making music.”

Read more about From Beer To Eternity here.

Finally, don't forget about the book that will most likely be the best read of 2013: Al Jourgensen's autobiography, The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen, is due to be published on July 9th. Read more about the book here.

Enjoy The Quiet - Live At Wacken 2012 tracklisting

01 Ghouldiggers
02 No “W“
03 Rio Grande Blood
04 LiesLiesLies
07 99 Percenters
08 Life Is Good
09 Waiting
10 Relapse
11 New World Order (N.W.O.)
12 Just One Fix
13 Thieves

Bonus Disc Live at Wacken 2006 (bonus material from deluxe 2CD/DVD)

01 Fear Is Big Business
02 Señor Peligro
03 No W
04 Rio Grande Blood
05 The Great Satan
06 Waiting
07 LiesLiesLies
08 Worthless
09 Wrong
10 New World Order (N.W.O.)
11 Just One Fix
12 Thieves
13 Khyber Pass
14 Psalm 69

Read more about Enjoy The Quiet - Live At Wacken 2012 here.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Dead Milkmen played a show in St. Louis on June 8th at the Firebird. Prior to the gig that evening, they performed a four song session for local station KDHX. Stream the live session and watch their performance of "Bitchin' Camero" (complete with ~ 5 minute intro from leader Rodney Linderman, who at one point announced to the crowd the band is NOT a novelty act, and their new songs are "faster and angrier" than the old ones).

"Bitchin' Camero"

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Joe Strummer mural was unveiled in London on June 13th. Gary Loveridge came up with the idea after seeing a mural of Strummer in New York City.  Artist Emma Harrison eventually put Loveridge's idea into motion and the rest is history.  On Thursday night the mural was unveiled in a (sadly windy) ceremony, but the turnout was great and was attended by Strummer's ex-bandmate Mick Jones. Check out video from the unveiling below and read more about how the mural came about here.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Don't let the name fool you: Unhappybirthday aren't a Smiths' cover band, nor do they sound anything like the Smiths. Instead, this trio from Wismar, Germany probably should have named themselves Transmission or Shellshock, because they immediately bring to mind the post-punk and synth of Joy Division and New Order . To date Unhappybirthday have two releases under their belt: 2012's full length debut Sirup*; and Kraken, a five song ep which followed in February. I found both releases to be highly enjoyable and purchased them immediately after streaming on Bandcamp.  Go ahead and listen to some sounds from Unhappybirthday below:

[Full disclosure: they sing in German so I have no idea what the songs are really about, but they sure sound cool.]

The full length album Sirup is a bit more varied with post-punk/noise elements, while the Kraken ep is more of a synth/electro love letter to New Order. Start off with a few tracks from Sirup:

"Pyramiden" (official video)



*Sirup was originally released in 2012, but was re-issued with new cover art and two extra tracks last month.  I highly recommend the new version (with the purple flower cover art) over the 2012 version.  Purchase Sirup from iTunesAmazon, or Bandcamp.

Now take a listen to a few tracks from the Kraken ep:

Stream three songs from Kraken below: "Koma," "Fluorid," and "Himitsu"

Download the Kraken ep from iTunes, Amazon, or Bandcamp and catch up with Unhappybirthday on Facebook and Tumblr.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Perhaps Bernard Sumner was inspired (annoyed) by Peter Hook's book Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, or he was planning his own memoir/autobiography all along. Regardless, Transworld Publishers announced today that Sumner's book, which is still untitled, will be released this fall. Here's what Sumner himself had to say about the forthcoming book in a press release (via The Bookseller):

"Joy Division and New Order have both left quite a legacy but up until now I've been happy to let the music speak for itself.  Somehow it feels like the right time to give my personal perspective both on my own life story and the many bands I've been in.  I'm very excited to be working with Transworld on this book and to be published by the same company as the guy who gave us our first break, John Peel, as well as our former label mate Shaun Ryder."

The release date has not been announced, but it will be published in fall 2014.  Maybe this will spur Hooky on to write his New Order book (the one he revealed will contain "filthy, dirty, dark secrets") a little sooner, than later.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Stone Roses For Piano is exactly what you'd expect from the title - a soothing collection of Stone Roses' songs performed by pianist Richard Thomas. The recordings are somewhat different from the popular Rockabye Baby series - these piano versions are indeed great for indoctrinating the babies, but they're also perfect for more adult occasions like dinner parties or weddings.  The first album (pictured above) was released in 2009, and the second volume, Second Symphony, followed in 2011.  Additionally a cover of "Love Spreads" was released last year as a one-off single (presumably for the Roses' reunion).  Stream a few songs and check out the tracklistings below.  Links to download are posted underneath the tracklistings.

"Made of Stone"

"I Wanna Be Adored"

"I Am the Resurrection"

Stone Roses for Piano tracklisting

01. I Wanna Be Adored
02. Waterfall
03. Made Of Stone
04. Sally Cinnamon
05. Where Angels Play
06. (Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister
07. I Am The Resurrection

Purchase Stone Roses for Piano on iTunes or Amazon.

Stone Roses For Piano: Second Symphony

01. Ten Storey Love Song
02. Elephant Stone
03. She Bangs The Drums
04. Going Down
05. Your Star Will Shine
06. Mersey Paradise
07. Elizabeth My Dear
08. This Is The One
09. One Love

Purchase Stone Roses For Piano: Second Symphony on iTunes or Amazon

Purchase Stone Roses For Piano "Love Spreads" on iTunes or Amazon.

Published on June 13th, 2013 @ 6:05 AM

Ex-Joy Division members Peter Hook and Stephen Morris may be on opposite ends of the New Order battle, but there's one thing they agree on - Macclesfield, the birthplace of Ian Curtis, isn't doing enough to honor the late singer. Last week Hook told the Macclesfield Express he's surprised more isn't done to honor Curtis and suggested a statue of Curtis should be erected in the town center:

"It’s always struck me that Macclesfield don’t do much to celebrate one of its most famous sons...What about an Ian Curtis statue with him dancing away in the town centre?"

In today's Macclesfield Express, Stephen Morris agrees Curtis isn't honored enough, but thinks a dancing statue isn't the best idea. 

"I don’t like the idea of seeing Ian like that. I also believe Ian would have hated the idea of a statue of him, especially of him dancing"

Morris suggested a more artistic memorial, like a column might be a better way to honor Curtis.  Read Morris' comments here.

Curtis' ashes are buried in the Macclesfield Cemetery, and tons of fans visit the site each year to pay respect.

Video of Curtis' gravestone

Video tribute recorded by two Mexican fans who visited the site last year

Published on June 13th, 2013 @ 6:04 AM

Last night the Replacements announced they'll reunite and perform a trio of shows later on this year. The three shows are headline slots for this year's Riot Fests in Chicago, Toronto, and Denver. One of the reunion shows will take place in Chicago, which is pretty fitting considering the band's final show took place in the Windy City back in 1991.

Tickets for all three Riot Fests are on sale now:

Chicago's Riot Fest is September 13 through 15 and also features old school acts Blondie, Violent Femmes, Dinosaur Jr, X, Peter Hook, Bob Mould, and more. Tickets are available here.

Toronto's Riot Fest is August 24 & 25 and includes Iggy & the Stooges, Dinosaur Jr, Rocket From the Crypt, and more. Tickets are available here.

Denver's Riot Fest is September 21 & 22nd and includes Iggy & the Stooges, Naked Ray Gun, Flag, Bad Religion, the Stranglers, and more. Tickets are available here.

For more on the Replacements and the reunion gigs, read more at the Chicago Tribune and Pitchfork.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Beady Eye released the new album Be earlier this month and the band has been on a whirlwind publicity tour ever since. British GQ spent some time recently interviewing the band, and as you'd expect, Liam Gallagher provided tons of entertaining material. Some nuggets: Gallagher thinks Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers "Islands in the Stream" would be the song he'd choose to karaoke to, he'd love a Smiths' reunion (even though he says he was never a big fan), and he admitted his "Jesus center parting" haircut from years ago made him look like a "dick." But by far the most entertaining quote from the article was his commentary on Kanye West. The interviewer asked Gallagher what he thought of West naming his album Yeezus:

"I couldn't give a f**k what that f***in clown gets up to. Have you seen when he bumped his head? He's coming out of the gym with that bird and there are geezers taking pictures. You have to put your head up and carry on walking. He's gone [mimes putting his head down] and walked straight into a f***king pole. You hear it go "dink" and him tell people to stop taking pictures. Put your head up so you know what you're doing! Smashed his head up: he's a f***ing idiot. You'll never see Jesus banging his head."

Read the full piece on Beady Eye over at GQ.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The official Nine Inch Nails internet pre-sale begins today over at NIN.com!  Read up on the rules for the presale here (you need a free NIN account to participate in the pre-sale) and here's the link to check out onsale times - different cities have different on-sale times for the pre-sale (the presale for the Detroit area October 7th show at the Palace starts today at 12:30 pm ET).  Again, please be sure to read all of the information provided at NIN before purchasing tickets.

Info for the Detroit show only:

There will be a Live Nation pre-sale on Thursday, June 13th from 10 am through 5pm. Password: Tension

The general onsale for many of the dates on the tour (including Detroit) is June 14th.

Ministry's classic track "You Know What You Are" from the wildly influential album Land of Rape and Honey was remixed recently. The dOGstep DJ edit 2012 offers up a more dancefloor friendly version, with a faster beat, and decidedly clearer vocals. The intention of the remixer was to make the song more club friendly, allowing DJs to help mold young minds. Sort of. Stream it below and download it for free:

dOGulas also remixed the Mirorrball remix of KMFDM's "Split" (the Mirrorball remix was released by KMFDM in 1992, so the remix below is actually a remix of a remix).  Stream and grab a free download:

Here's the original badass version of Ministry's "You Know What You Are" from The Land of Rape and Honey which is available here.

KMFDM "Split" (Mirrorball Mix) is available digitally here.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Front Line Assembly premiered the full version of their new song "Killing Grounds" from their forthcoming album Echogenetic. Check it out below:

Additionally a short preview of the album track "Prototype" is now available to stream (the full version was uploaded two weeks ago, but pulled by due to an error.)

Echogenetic will be released on July 9th. Pre-order the album via iTunes, Amazon, or Metropolis Records.  The tracklisting for Echogenetic is posted below:

01. Resonance
02. Leveled
03. Killing Grounds
04. Blood
05. Deadened
06. Ghosts
07. Echogenetic
08. Exhale
09. Exo
10. Prototype
11. Heartquake
Time for another Rodriguez-esque Detroit success story: A documentary about the virtually unknown 70s Detroit punk band Death is getting ready to open for a limited engagement this month. The film tells the story of the trio, which is credited as "the first black punk group" and whose music pre-dated well known punk acts like the Ramones and Sex Pistols. The band, (three brothers - Bobby, David, and Dennis Hackney), was active from 1974 through 1977 and released only a 7 song demo and one 45 single before disbanding. Years later (2009) an old Death demo somehow resurfaced and started making the rounds, which led to the demo being re-released, this time as a full album titled ...For The Whole World To See.  Death became active again (minus the late David Hackney), and just this weekend they performed at the Orion Festival on Belle Isle.

A Band Called Death will open for a limited engagement on June 28th. For more on A Band Called Death, visit the film's official site, read this weekend's piece in the Detroit Free Press (via Mr. Magoo).  The film's official trailer and short interview with the band is posted below:

A Band Called Death (official trailer)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Gary Numan returned to the road and performed a gig at the Assembly in Leamington Spa, U.K. last night. As promised, Numan performed brand new material at the show - check out video of a new song (title unknown) from last night's performance:

Gary Numan's new album, Splinter, will be released on October 14th. A few weeks ago Numan appeared on BBC Radio 6 and premiered a new song titled "I Am Dust" - stream the song and full BBC interview with Numan here.

"Cars" (6/7/13)

Gary Numan kicks off a tour of North America later this summer, and he'll also serve as the opening act for the two NIN shows scheduled for Florida in October.

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
10/30 - Sunrise, FL @ BB & T Center (opening for NIN)
10/31 - Orlando, FL @  Amway Center (opening for NIN)

The best DieHard battery commercial you'll ever see (from 2010)

Earlier in the week Johnny Marr performed two songs ("The Right Thing Right" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again") on Late Night with Jools Holland. Last night the BBC program aired Marr's third and final performance, a cover of the Smiths' classic "How Soon Is Now." Check out the performance (which some have nicknamed "How Swoon Is Now") is posted below:

Watch all three songs from the Jools Holland performance below:

A great article on the BBC performance and why it's ok for Marr to perform Smiths' classics is posted here.

Friday, June 7, 2013

It's been almost a year since the fatal Radiohead stage collapse at Downsview Park in Toronto. Tragically the stage collapsed about an hour before gates opened on June 17, 2012, killing Radiohead drum tech Scott Johnson and injuring three others. The Ministry of Labour in Canada spent time investigating the cause of the collapse, and today they announced 13 charges have been filed: 8 against Live Nation Canada; 4 against Optex Staging; and 1 against an individual engineer. According to the Toronto Star the first court date related to the charges is scheduled for June 27th.

Global News video report from June 2012

Alison Moyet's new album the minutes has been out in the U.K. since April but it's finally coming out in North America next week on Metropolis Records.  Check out her video for "Love Reign Supreme" below:

Pre-order the minutes from iTunes, Amazon, or Metropolis Records.

Related post:

Video: Alison Moyet debuted songs from new LP at intimate show in London

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Dandy Warhols are on the road supporting the anniversary edition of Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia. Last night, the tour played Toronto, which was reason enough for the Dandys to perform a cover of the Gordon Lightfoot classic "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Before performing the song, Courtney Taylor-Taylor revealed to the crowd that the song wasd one of his father's favorites and he played the song at his father's funeral. Check out the cover below:

The anniversary edition of Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia will be released on June 11th and includes a bonus disc of previously unreleased material. Pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, or from your favorite record store, and check out the tracklisting below:

Disc One

01. Godless
02. Mohammed
03. Nietzsche
04. Country Leaver
05. Solid
06. Horse Pills
07. Get Off
08. Sleep
09. Cool Scene
10. Bohemian Like You
11. Shakin’
12. Big Indian
13. The Gospel

Disc Two

01. Later The Show
02. Ras Tafar and I
03. Godless (Alt Vox Melody)
04. Cool Scene (Early Mix)
05. Country Leaver (Early Mix)
06. Bohemian Like You (Courtney Home Demo)
07. Mohammed (Courtney Home Demo)
08. Big Indian (Courtney Cassette 4-Track)
09. Big Indian (Courtney Home Demo)
10. Unknown
11. Godless (Courtney Home Demo)
12. Cool Scene (Courtney Home Demo)
13. Dub Song (Courtney Home Demo)

Last week, Nine Inch Nails revealed a full new album was recorded over the past year in secret, and today they debuted a new song "Came Back Haunted" from the forthcoming album Hesitation Marks (Halo 28), which drops September 3rd. "Came Back Haunted," which is available to download later today from iTunes and NIN.com, is the first taste of music since 2008's Ghosts I-IV and the Slip, and it's fantastic! Give a listen below:

Nine Inch Nails also announced dates an extensive North American tour which includes an October 7th stop in the Detroit area. Dates are posted below via Pitchfork. Explosions In The Sky open dates 9/28 - 10/8 and again from 11/5 - 11/22, while Godspeed You! Black Emperor open 10/11 - 10/24. Opening acts for other dates will be announced shortly. Tickets for the North American arena tour go on sale 6/14, but according to the NIN press release sent out this morning, fans who pre-register at NIN.com will have "exclusive first access" to tickets before they go on sale.

07/26 - Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
07/28 - Ansan, South Korea @ Ansan Valley Festival
08/02 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/9 - 8/11 @ San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
08/15 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop Festival
08/16 - Biddinghuizen, Holland @ Lowlands Festival
08/18 - Hockenheim, Germany @ Rock'n'Heim Festival
08/21 - Belfast, Ireland @ Belsonic Festival
08/23 - West Yorkshire, U.K. @ Leeds Festival
08/24 - Paris, France @ Rock en Seine Festival
08/25 - Reading, U.K. @ Reading Festival
08/28 - Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
08/29 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Zurich Open Air
08/31 - 9/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Made In America Festival
09/28 St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
09/30 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
10/01 - St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena
10/03 - Montreal, Quebec - Centre Bell
10/04 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
10/05 - Cleveland, OH - Wolstein Center
10/07 - Auburn Hill, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
10/08 - Pittsburgh, PA - Petersen Events Center
10/11 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
10/14 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
10/15 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
10/18 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
10/19 - University Park, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
10/21 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
10/22 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
10/24 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
10/25-27 Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10/30 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
10/31 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
11/01-03 New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Music Experience
11/05 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
11/08 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
11/09 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
11/11 - El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Center
11/13 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center
11/15 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
11/16 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
11/18 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena
11/19 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
11/21 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Rogers Arena
11/22 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena
11/24 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
11/25 - Calgary, Alberta - Scotiabank Saddledome

For more on Nine Inch Nails visit the official NIN website and Tumblr.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Peter Hook is bringing his Movement/Power, Corruption & Lies tour to Detroit! Don't miss Hooky at the Magic Bag in Ferndale on September 11th! Tickets are on sale this Friday!


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.

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

Additional video from the Manchester Cathedral show is posted here.