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2013/02/28

The new album from David Bowie, The Next Day, is streaming in full on iTunes! Take a listen to it here. Earlier this week Bowie premiered the short film for his new single, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" which is also posted below for your enjoyment:

Though it's not the North American tour announcement Depeche Mode fans have been waiting for, some exciting news was announced today! Depeche Mode kick off Live on Letterman's 2013 series with a live webcast from New York's Ed Sullivan Theater on March 11th. The hour long concert streams live starting at 8pm ET on the Live on Letterman site, Vevo, and in New York's Times Square!  The concert is expected to include the live debut of tracks from the forthcoming album Delta Machine, along with classics from their catalog.  After the live event is over, the webcast will be available for on demand viewing, plus Depeche Mode are scheduled to appear later that night on the Letterman show on CBS. The trailer for the Live on Letterman webcast is posted here.

Depeche Mode are expected to announce dates for their North American tour very soon. Dave Gahan said in a recent interview that the U.S. live dates will begin on the west coast, and will likely kick off near the end of the summer.

Depeche Mode return with their 13th studio album Delta Machine on March 26th.
U2's album War celebrates its 30th anniversary today!  War, U2's politically charged and critically acclaimed album, was released on February 28th, 1983.  This was the record that helped launch U2 into superstar territory thanks in part to MTV, who aired several videos from the album.  War was U2's first commercial success with four singles ("New Year's Day," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Two Hearts Beat As One," and "Surrender") landing in Billboard's Rock chart, and one ("New Year's Day") charting on Billboard's Hot 100.  The cover art features Peter Rowan (Bono's brother's friend, and now a noted photographer), who appeared in the music video for "Two Hearts Beat As One," and was also featured on other U2 releases, including the band's previous album Boy.

"Two Hearts Beat As One"



"Sunday Bloody Sunday"



"New Year's Day" (official video)


U2 - New Year's Day on MUZU.TV.

"New Year's Day" (studio footage)



"Surrender" (live in Germany)



"Seconds" (live in Germany)



Last night Johnny Marr, Blur, Muse, Foals, Arctic Monkeys, Rolling Stones, and more were honored at the NME Awards in London. At the end of the ceremony, NME rolled out a video tribute to Johnny Marr, who was honored with the Godlike Genius award. The tribute video included apperances from Bernard Sumner, Andy Rourke, Stephen Street, Suede, and Noel Gallagher (who won the award last year). After being crowned Godlike Genius, Marr performed a six song set and was joined by Justin Young of the Vaccines and Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones. 

Interview footage of Johnny Marr and Blur is posted below along with fan filmed video from Marr's set. The list of musical winners is also posted below:

Johnny Marr on Godlike Genius, why he played "I Fought The Law," and Ronnie Wood



Blur on winning 'Best Reissue'



Ronnie Wood crowning Johnny Marr Godlike Genius



Johnny Marr + Ronnie Wood "How Soon Is Now?"



Johnny Marr + Justin Young "I Fought The Law"



Johnny Marr "Upstarts"



Johnny Marr "Sun & Moon"



NME Awards (musical winners):

Best British Band  - Biffy Clyro
Best International Band - The Killers
Best Solo Artist  -  Florence + The Machine
Best New Band  -  Palma Violets
Best Live Band  -  Rolling Stones
Best Album  -  The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
Best Track  -  Foals - "Inhaler"
Dancefloor Anthem Calvin Harris ft Florence – "Sweet Nothing"
Best Video  -  Arctic Monkeys "R U Mine?"
Best Festival -  Reading & Leeds
Best Music Film -  Crossfire Hurricane
Best Reissue - Blur – 21
Music Moment Of The Year -  Olympics opening ceremony
Best Small Festival  -  Festival No.6
Worst Band  - One Direction
Best Fan Community  -  Muse
Hottest Man  -  Matt Bellamy
Hottest Woman -  Amy Lee

For more on the awards visit NME.

2013/02/27

Mad Season release a deluxe remastered version of their 1995 album Above on April 2nd. Last week, the newly finished track "Locomotive" featuring Mark Lanegan premiered online, and today Mad Season (via Pearl Jam) shared an electronic press kit featuring some rare live footage.  The EPK also features interview clips with Mike McCready and Barrett Martin discussing the band's history and Lanegan's contribution to the reissue. Take a look at the EPK below:


Mad Season - Above Deluxe - EPK from Pearl Jam on Vimeo.

The deluxe version of Above includes the original album material remastered, plus features a handful of previously unreleased (and newly finished) songs with Mark Lanegan on vocals. Pre-order now through the official Pearl Jam store and on Amazon.  Fans interested in just the digital version can pre-order through iTunes.  A double vinyl version will be released on Record Store Day. The tracklisting for the first disc of the reissue, plus info on Disc 2 and the DVD are posted below:

Disc 1:

01. Wake Up
02. X-Ray Mind
03. River Of Deceit
04. I'm Above
05. Artificial Red
06. Lifeless Dead
07. I Don't Know Anything
08. Long Gone Day
09. November Hotel
10. All Alone
11. Interlude (acoustic instrumental, previously unreleased)
12. Locomotive (previously unreleased w/ Mark Lanegan)
13. Black Book Of Fear (previously unreleased w/ Mark Lanegan)
14. Slip Away (previously unreleased w/ Mark Lanegan)
15. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier (remix of John Lennon cover)

Disc 2:

Previously unreleased full audio set of a show recorded at Moore Theater in Seattle on April 29, 1995.  Includes: "Wake Up," "Artificial Red," "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier," and "I'm Above" featuring Mark Lanegan.

DVD

Full video set of Live at The Moore (remixed/remastered/re-edited), New Year's Eve 1995 show filmed at RKCNDY in Seattle, and Self Pollution Radio session
Iggy Pop confirmed a new Iggy & the Stooges album, Ready To Die, will be released on April 30th. James Williamson has returned to the Stooges, which gives fans even more reason to be excited about the release! 

Iggy also filmed a couple of short videos for Ready To Die - one of the videos is a trailer for the record, and the other is a short interview with Iggy, who took the opportunity to slam Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins:

"...A real fucking group when they're an older group, they also make fucking records, they don't just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money...it's not the fucking Smashing Pumpkins we've got the bald guy and whoever...the Stooges are a real group..."

So far no comment from Billy Corgan, but you know it's only a matter of time. At any rate, watch both videos from Iggy and the Stooges below:




Iggy and the Stooges Interview from Fat Possum Records on Vimeo.
A new Morrissey interview was published yesterday and it's a great read, not just because it's a Moz interview, but because the piece is for teen site, The Rookie. Morrissey answered questions on arts, politics, teenage years, and even got in a few barbs in on pop music (also named Justin Bieber, Beyonce) and the Grammys.  He also was asked about huggers who attempt to jump on stage or get close to him at his live shows:

"In recent years I saw McDonna live, and no audience member reached up toward her to try to touch her. I see this so often with artists whom we’re told are global stars. It is a big lie. Or else, you might possibly be a big star, but you are not loved. My audience has an urgent need to touch, to shake hands, to move out of their seats, to defy so-called security, to make physical contact. They don’t simply sit and observe, but feel the urge to act. It’s a great compliment for me, and one that most Grammy winners could probably never imagine."

Yes, he called Madonna "McDonna."  Read the full interview, This Charming Man: An Interview With Morrissey here.

Earlier in the week, Morrissey announced rescheduled dates for his North American tour. The itinerary includes a few brand new dates, including a Detroit area stop at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint on April 8th. Tickets for the Flint show go on sale this Friday at 10am. The full itinerary is posted below fan filmed video from Mozzer's last live gig from the tour in January.   Morrissey returns to the road tonight in San Diego.



2/27 - San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theater
3/01 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
3/02 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood High School
3/04 - Davis, CA @ Robert Mondavi Center
3/06 - Seattle, WA @ Moore
3/08 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
3/09 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
3/18 - Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
3/19 - Lincoln, NE @ Rococo Theater
3/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum
3/23 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
3/27 - Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
3/29 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
3/30 - Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Theater
4/02 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
4/03 - Richmond, VA @ National (on sale 3/1)
4/06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower (on sale 3/1)
4/08 - Flint, MI @ Whiting Auditorium (on sale 3/1)
4/09 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theater (on sale 3/1)
4/12 - Beaumont, TX @ Jefferson Theater
4/13 - Pharr, TX @ Pharr Entertainment Center
4/15 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium
4/16 - Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
4/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
4/20 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea
4/23 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
4/26 - Denver, CO @ Temple Hoyne Buell Theater
4/28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
4/30 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater (on sale 3/1)

The Call announced they'll be reuniting for two shows in April. The shows are their first in twenty years and feature original members Scott Musick, Tom Ferrier, and Jim Goodwin. It probably won't be a huge surprise that Robert Been (from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) is stepping in to sing vocals as a tribute to his dad (and original vocalist) Michael Been.  Fans of both bands have likely heard BRMC's recent cover of the Call's 1989 hit, "Let The Day Begin." (For those who haven't heard the cover, stream it below and download it for free here.)

The live dates for the Call with Robert Been are listed below. For more info on the shows visit the Call on their official site.

April 18th: San Francisco, CA / Slim's
April 19th: Los Angeles, CA / The Troubadour



Black Rebel Motorcycle Club return with a new album Specter At The Feast on March 19th and hit the road for a North American tour in April and play St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit on May 10th.  The full tour itinerary is posted on the official BRMC site (scroll down the page).

2013/02/26

Johnny Marr returns today with his debut solo album The Messenger. Marr has been doing a lot of press to promote the album, and several interviews have been published over the past couple of weeks. An excellent video interview with Marr was recently uploaded - the interview was conducted by music journalist John Dolan for Noisey's series The British Masters. Dolan's interview is enjoyable to watch because he's old school, knows his music history, and perfectly balances being a big fan with not letting it get in the way of the interview.

Dig in to the awesome interview below - Marr told some great stories (especially the one about when the Smiths went to see Van Halen!) and Dolan got in a great question near the end about when fans can expect a Matt Johnson/Johnny Marr reunion, plus got Marr to reveal his favorite Smiths' song is "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me." 



Two other interviews from Noisey's series The British Masters are posted below - watch an interview with Bryan Ferry and Gary Numan.

Gary Numan interview



Bryan Ferry interview




David Bowie premiered the second single and video from his forthcoming album The Next Day. Watch the short film for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" below. The single is available to download through iTunes and Amazon and two lyric sheets for the single can be obtained for free from Bowie's official site (part 1, part 2).

"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"



Bowie's full album, The Next Day, will be released on vinyl, cd, and as a digital download on March 12th in North America.  Pre-order now from iTunes and Amazon.
The Ocean Blue are gearing up to release their new album Ultramarine - a few weeks ago they premiered the album's first single, "Sad Night, Where Is Morning" which followed up the unveiling of the video for "Blow My Mind" (Ultramarine album track, plus currently available on the Korda Kompilation). The full album is scheduled for a March 19th release through Korda Records, and more information on the release is expected soon.

Last weekend the Ocean Blue played a live show at Tractor Tavern in Seattle and performed a couple of new songs along with classic tracks. Watch some fan filmed video from the show, including the performance of their new single, "Sad Night, Where Is Morning."  The Ocean Blue head to Austin next month for South By Southwest, and are expected to announce more live dates shortly.

"Sad Night, Where Is Morning" (new single)



"Drifting, Falling"



"Ways And Means"



"Ballerina Out Of Control"



"Blow My Mind" (new song)




2013/02/25

Cold Cave return with a new ep titled Oceans With No End.  The two song ep features the title track along with a b-side titled "People Are Poison."  Stream "Oceans With No End" from the ep below:



The ep will be released on Deathwish shortly - release date TBA.

For those who haven't heard, Justin Benoit (former member of Cold Cave) passed away on February 20th at the age of 35. Read his obituary here.
Morrissey announced rescheduled dates for his North American tour and added several new shows, including a new date at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint on April 8th! Tickets to the Flint show go on sale this Friday, March 1st at 10am. Tickets to the other new shows (Richmond, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and San Francisco) also go on sale this Friday.

The 4/8 show at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint and 4/30 show at the Warfield in San Francisco are new shows and NEW TICKETS MUST be purchased. Fans who hold tickets to the previously canceled shows in Flint and San Francisco may receive a refund at point of purchase.

In more Morrissey news, tomorrow's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live has been canceled after Moz learned he'd be on the same night at duck hunters.  The official statement from True To You:

"Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow, February 26. However, he cannot morally be on a television program where the cast members of Duck Dynasty will also be guests. Morrissey would be honored to play the show, if Duck Dynasty were removed.

Morrissey stated, "As far as my reputation is concerned, I can't take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers. If Jimmy cannot dump Duck Dynasty then we must step away."


Morrissey returns to the road February 27th in San Diego. Full itinerary is posted below:



2/26 - Jimmy Kimmel Live
2/27 - San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theater
3/01 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
3/02 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood High School (on sale 2/26)
3/04 - Davis, CA @ Robert Mondavi Center
3/06 - Seattle, WA @ Moore
3/08 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
3/09 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
3/18 - Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
3/19 - Lincoln, NE @ Rococo Theater
3/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum
3/23 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
3/27 - Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
3/29 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
3/30 - Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Theater
4/02 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
4/03 - Richmond, VA @ National (on sale 3/1)
4/06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower (on sale 3/1)
4/08 - Flint, MI @ Whiting Auditorium (on sale 3/1)
4/09 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theater (on sale 3/1)
4/12 - Beaumont, TX @ Jefferson Theater
4/13 - Pharr, TX @ Pharr Entertainment Center
4/15 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium
4/16 - Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
4/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
4/20 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea
4/23 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
4/26 - Denver, CO @ Temple Hoyne Buell Theater
4/28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
4/30 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater (on sale 3/1)
Today Trent Reznor shared some exciting news about Nine Inch Nails - NIN will be hitting the road for live dates later this year.  According to Reznor's statement, NIN are playing some initial dates this summer, which will be followed by an arena tour of the U.S. in the fall.  Reznor also confirmed his new touring lineup, which includes Adrian Belew, Eric Avery*, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, and Ilan Rubin.  Details and dates are expected to be announced shortly.  Read the full statement below (via Pitchfork).

"I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show.  Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked - which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.

"The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me.  The first shows will begin this summer followed by a full on arena tour of the US this fall and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

Lots of details and dates to come.  See you soon."



*Over the last couple of weeks Eric Avery has been debuting songs from his new solo album on bandcamp. The tracks are available as free downloads and are somewhat dark/NINish. Check 'em out here.

Details for the 2nd annual Orion festival (curated by Metallica) were announced today.  Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Rise Against, Foals, Gogol Bordello, Tomahawk, Flag, Silversun Pickups, Joy Formidable, Japandroids, Dirtbombs, FIDLAR, the Bronx, and more are playing! This year's event takes place June 8th and 9th at Belle Isle in Detroit.  Pre-sale tickets go on sale tomorrow (Metallica/band presale) and Wednesday (elist presale), and the general onsale is this Friday, March 1st.



For more info on the lineup and tickets, visit Orion's official site.
On Sunday, a fan attending Soundwave 2013 in Sydney smuggled in a flare and set it off in the crowd during the concert, injuring three. According to initial reports, a female sustained a "disfiguring" burn, but was later downgraded to a less serious burn.

After the incident, Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah was on a hunt to find out the identity of the perpetrator and had been sending out tweets pleading for information from anyone who might have witnessed anything at the show.  A fan who happened to be filming the concert managed to capture video of the individual with the flare, and subsequently turned the video over to Maddah, who in turn handed it over to the police (other reports claim the flare-thrower was caught after bragging about the incident on Facebook.).  Police are currently investigating the situation.  Read the latest report on the case here.  An earlier report with a few pictures of the fire and video is posted here.

Another fan shot video of the fire is posted below:

Last night Searching For Sugar Man, the film about Sixto Rodriguez, won the Oscar for best documentary.  The film, directed by Malik Bendjelloul, was released in 2012 on Light In The Attic (distributed through Sony Pictures).  Several links about Rodriguez and the film are posted below for fans interested in learning more.  Searching For Sugar Man is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray. 

Searching for Sugar Man wins Oscar... (Detroit Free Press)
Searching for Sugar Man...wins Oscar (Detroit News)
Searching for Sugar Man gives Overlooked Icon His Due (Detroit Free Press)
Meet Sixto Rodriguez, the subject of Oscar nominated... (WXYZ)
Interview: Rodriguez and Malik Bendjelloul (Fader)
Live From Newport Folk: Rodriguez (Paste)
Cult Singer Rodriguez Risen in New Film (Billboard)
Singer-Songwriter Rodriguez on New Documentary (Rolling Stone)
Finding 'Sugar Man': Rodriguez Reflects on a Crazy Year (Hollywood Reporter)
Rodriguez: searching for SA royalties (Mail & Guardian)

Links to buy music:

Coming From Reality: Amazon, iTunes
Cold Fact: Amazon, iTunes
Searching For Sugar Man (soundtrack): Amazon, iTunes

Video/audio/film trailer



"Sugar Man" (live performance)



"Only Good For Conversation"



Searching For Sugar Man (official trailer)




Yesterday on Time Warp, the Blue Stahli remix of "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys was featured.  As was mentioned on the show, the remix is available for free - stream and download the remix below or just grab it here.



Here's another free Blue Stahli track - it's a smooth and cool cover of the David Lynch track "Ghost Of Love" - stream and download below:



Over the past few years, Blue Stahli has created music for a massive amount of films and television shows (including Knight Rider!), plus he's released quite a few of his own albums.  Take a look at his latest bloodyriffic video for "ULTRAnumb" (shot recently in the Detroit area)



"ULTRAnumb" is taken from the self-titled 2011 album which is available here.

There's tons of other cool stuff in the Blue Stahli catalog - check out Antisleep Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3 (the third volume is all instrumental, btw). If you don't know where to start, head over to Soundcloud, where you can stream a variety of tracks from all three albums, or click here for a whole bunch of other free downloads.

Find out more about the intriguing Blue Stahli by reading an interview published in Muen magazine here, plus catch up with him on his official website, or connect on Twitter or Facebook.

2013/02/24

Inspiral Carpets are releasing a 7" vinyl single "Fix Your Smile" backed with "Save Me" for Record Store Day.  The songs were recorded near the end of last year in Manchester and will be available as a limited edition release via OGenesis* on April 20th.  It's unclear at this time whether any vinyl copies will be available for RSD in North America - so far the official release lists have not been published, but are expected shortly.  A digital (download) release is scheduled for May 4th.

For more on Record Store Day visit the U.S. site here, or the U.K. site here.

Meanwhile, check out a video with of all sorts of old school Manchestery goodness: Inspiral Carpets performing "I Want You" with Mark E. Smith (from the Fall) followed by Morrissey's "The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get" - both are from Top of the Pops in 1994!



Finally, here's a short documentary/interview on the Fall from 1994 (via Dangerous Minds)



*Tim Burgess from Charlatans runs OGenesis.  Visit the label's official site here.
Time Warp airs every Sunday on 89X from 8am until noon and also streams live on the net.  For more on artists played on Time Warp, be sure to check out my blog, hang the dj, updated daily with music news, video, and other kernels of awesomeness.

8 am hour:

Blondie "Heart Of Glass"
Pearl Jam "Crazy Mary"
Blue Rodeo "Lost Together"
Oasis "Whatever"
New Order "Run"
Cult "Sweet Soul Sister"
R.E.M. "Shaking Through"
Nirvana "Territorial Pissings"
Placebo "You Don't Care About Us"
Clash "I Fought The Law"
XTC "Earn Enough For Us"
Fad Gadget "Collapsing New People"

9 am hour:

Sundays "Here's Where The Story Ends"
Echo & the Bunnymen "The Killing Moon"
Ramones "Do You Wanna Dance"
Pixies "Monkey Gone To Heaven"
Psychedelic Furs "The Ghost In You"
Call "Let The Day Begin"
U2 "Love Is Blindness"
Peter Murphy "All Night Long"
Depeche Mode "Enjoy The Silence"
Concrete Blonde "Everybody Knows"
Catherine Wheel "Black Metallic"
Jesus & Mary Chain "Just Like Honey"

10 am hour:

Garbage "Push It"
Eels "Novocaine For The Soul"
Gandharvas "First Day Of Spring"
Mad Season "I Don't Know Anything"
Meat Puppets "Backwater"
Smiths "Big Mouth Strikes Again"
General Public "Tenderness"
Stranglers "Golden Brown"
Bob Mould "See A Little Light"
Social Distortion "Ball & Chain"
Joy Division "Novelty"

11 am hour:

Madness "Our House"
INXS "Need You Tonight"
Replacements "Can't Hardly Wait"
Dinosaur Jr "Feel The Pain"
Rodriguez "Sugar Man"
Rodriguez "Only Good For Conversation"
Beastie Boys "Sabotage" (Blue Stahli remix)
Jane's Addiction "Stop!"
Clash "Rock The Casbah"
Cure "Just Like Heaven"
Ash "Girl From Mars"
Blur "Song 2"
Stone Roses "Going Down"
Dead Milkmen "Punk Rock Girl"

2013/02/23

Today is David Sylvian's 55th birthday.  Read a short interview with Sylvian published in the Wall Street Journal (from 2009*) and enjoy Sylvian's exquisite 1988 album Secrets of the Beehive below.  This is truly one of the best albums ever recorded. 



*article retweeted out by WSJ's Jim Fusilli, who appears to be the only music journo/critic to have remembered Sylvian's big day.


It seems like forever since Ash toured the U.S. (other than a handful of gigs opening up for Weezer), but fans can rejoice - they've just announced dates for a run of North America.  Don't miss Ash at the Majestic/Magic Stick on March 20th. Besides the awesome live show, Ash are also bringing along copies of their 20th anniversary collection, A-Z, so look for it at their merch booth.  A-Z compiles 27 singles, 20 bonus tracks, a seven song cover ep, and more. Fans can currently purchase physical copies of A-Z through Noyes Records (the triple vinyl set comes with a download code), plus a digital version of A-Z is available through iTunes and Amazon.

The tour itinerary is posted below along with a stream of Little Infinity (seven song cover ep) and 27 singles from A-Z.

U.S. tour itinerary

03/12 - Dallas, TX @ Cambridge Room/HOB
03/13 - Austin, TX @ Buffalo Billiards
03/15 - Austin, TX @ Irish Full Breakfast
03/17 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
03/18 - Minneapolis MN @ Varsity Theater
03/20 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
03/21 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House
03/22 - Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
03/23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

Little Infinity (tracklisting below)



01. Do You Wanna Dance? (Ramones)
02. Coming Around Again (Carly Simon)
03. Lay All Your Love On Me (ABBA)
04. Hello Goodbye (Beatles)
05. Pledging My Love (Johnny Ace/Elvis Presley)
06. What Ever Happened (The Strokes)
07. Teenage Wildlife (David Bowie)



Related post:

Little Infinity + Ash live in London
Morrissey has been on fire with posts recently on his official site True To You. Yesterday's entry was about Mozzer's recent encounter with Kirk Douglas - apparently Morrissey was taking a walk around Los Angeles and found himself "walking alongside" Douglas.  From the sounds of it, words were not exchanged:

"I suddenly felt like the fat half of a pair of bow-legged twins. I froze, my eyes welled-up, my feet sank into imaginary mud. Only Kirk Douglas could reduce me to such an irrational fear of breathing, but here it was. It was one of those very silly moments where we act on the second instinct whilst ignoring the first instinct, and of course, the second instinct always warns us to "do nothing." Too incurably demented to tap his shoulder and pledge eternal thanks and servitude, I stood and I watched as my hero walked away."

And this was the awesome end to his post:

"If male desire is tension, then Kirk Douglas had this more than any other screen star - yes, King Kong included. Last night I went to bed exhausted. But I couldn't sleep."

Read the full post here.

Meanwhile a few rescheduled Morrissey dates are starting to surface - newly rescheduled dates for shows in Texas (El Paso and Pharr), Chicago, Atlanta, and Minneapolis, and a new date in Upper Derby, Pennsylvania have appeared on Ticketmaster. There's also sad news for fans who held tickets to the February 24th show in San Francisco - the show has been canceled. An updated itinerary is posted below.

Morrissey is set to make his live return this week with a February 26th performance on Jimmy Kimmel, and the tour kicks off the next night in San Diego.



North American tour

2/26 Jimmy Kimmel Live
2/27 San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theater
3/01 Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center (sold out)
3/02 Sparks, NV @ John Ascuaga's Nugget - Rose Ballroom
3/04 Davis, CA @ Robert Mondavi Center at UC Davis
3/06 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
3/08 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
3/09 San Francisco @ Regency Ballroom
3/22 Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum
3/23 Chicago @ Chicago Theater
3/30 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Center
4/06 Upper Derby, PA @ Tower (new show, tix 3/1)
4/13 Pharr, TX @ Pharr Events Center
4/23 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

Postponed shows (new dates to be announced shortly)

1/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater (rescheduled 3/22)
1/27 Chicago, IL @ Chigago Theater (sold out)(rescheduled for March 23)
1/28 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel (sold out)
1/29 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium (sold out)
1/31 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Center for the Performing Arts (sold out)(resked 3/30)
2/02 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall (sold out)
2/05 Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
2/06 Lincoln, NE @ Rococo Theatre (sold out)
2/09 Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
2/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
2/12 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls (rescheduled for April 23)
2/13 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
2/15 Pharr, TX @ Pharr Events Center (rescheduled for April 13)
2/16 Beaumont, TX @ Jefferson Theater (sold out)
2/18 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
2/21 Denver, CO @ Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
2/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall

*The January 24th show at Whiting Auditorium in Flint has been canceled and the February 24th show at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco has been canceled.

2013/02/22

Johnny Marr is preparing to release his debut solo album the Messenger - the album drops worldwide on February 25th and in North America on February 26th.  The album is streaming in full online - fans in the U.S. can stream it via Rolling Stone and it's available in the U.K. via the Guardian (the Guardian stream is no longer available in the U.S.)

Last week, Marr was interviewed on the BBC - one of the interesting parts of the interview comes at the beginning when Marr revealed he was inspired to start singing after the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde called him "a chicken" for not singing.  Marr also told a story about Bernard Sumner being inspired by Kraftwerk, and how Sumner got some electro tips from Karl Bartos when they were on tour together in Dusseldorf.  Near the end of the interview Marr discussed being a front man and gave praise to Morrissey, calling him "super brave."  

Radiohead's debut album Pablo Honey was released 20 years ago today. The album is generally not considered one of Radiohead's finest moments by critics, but it arguably has some fantastic songs and helped pave the way for Radiohead's world domination.







Take a look at an early Radiohead performance filmed at the beginning of the touring cycle for Pablo Honey.  The concert below was filmed at the Metro in Chicago on June 30th 1993 and includes some interview footage with Thom Yorke at the end:



Here's some more Radiohead live footage - the following series of videos are from a concert filmed April 3rd, 1995 - only a few weeks after the release of the band's second album the Bends and is one of the first live performances of their "new" songs in the U.S.

"Fake Plastic Trees"



"Street Spirit"



"My Iron Lung"



Note Yorke's comments before playing "Creep"- the band were clearly tired of playing "the hit" at that point...


Last night Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds performed a show at the Fonda in Hollywood.  The concert streamed live on the net last night but for fans who missed it, fans can watch it below, along with a stream of audio from Cave's recent concert in Berlin which was broadcast on German radio earlier this month.  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds released the new album Push the Sky Away earlier this week - a deluxe box set version is also available to purchase here (ships in April).

Full concert



"We No Who U R"



"Jubilee Street"



Audio stream of Berlin concert

2013/02/21

Fans of Mark Lanegan have even more to look forward to this spring! As widely reported, Lanegan is featured on three newly finished tracks on Mad Season's reissue of Above, plus he'll also be on the forthcoming Queens of the Stone Age album. Now Lanegan has another musical project - he teamed up with one of his favorite artists, Duke Garwood, for a collaborative album. The two recorded a full length album titled Black Pudding - the album was mixed by Alain Johannes of Queens of the Stone Age - which will be released May 13th through Heavenly Recordings. Details on the album's first single will be announced soon, but for now stream an album track titled "Pentecostal" below.



Related post:

Stream Mad Season's newly finished song "Locomotive" from the upcoming deluxe reissue
Morrissey made good on his "you may see me out and about next week..." statement that he made on Saturday.  Last night he attended the LA Galaxy game in Los Angeles and met footballer Robbie Keane afterwards.  Moz even posted photographic proof and ended his commentary with, "Robbie, the pleasure, the privilege, is mine."  Take a look at the picture here.

Morrissey resumes his North American tour next week in San Diego on February 27th.  The night before, February 26th, Morrissey is scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Make up dates for the postponed shows are expected to be announced soon.



North American tour

2/26 Jimmy Kimmel Live
2/27 San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theater
3/01 Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center (sold out)
3/02 Sparks, NV @ John Ascuaga's Nugget - Rose Ballroom
3/04 Davis, CA @ Robert Mondavi Center at UC Davis
3/06 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
3/08 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
3/09 San Francisco @ Regency Ballroom

Postponed shows (new dates to be announced shortly)

1/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater
1/27 Chicago, IL @ Chigago Theater (sold out)
1/28 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel (sold out)
1/29 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium (sold out)
1/31 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Center for the Performing Arts (sold out)
2/02 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall (sold out)
2/05 Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
2/06 Lincoln, NE @ Rococo Theatre (sold out)
2/09 Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
2/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
2/12 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
2/13 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
2/15 Pharr, TX @ Pharr Events Center
2/16 Beaumont, TX @ Jefferson Theater (sold out)
2/18 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
2/21 Denver, CO @ Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
2/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
2/24 San Francisco, CA @ Davies Symphony Hall (sold out)

*The January 24th show at Whiting Auditorium in Flint has been canceled.
KMFDM return with their new album Kunst on February 26th.  The album is streaming in full this week exclusively over at Revolver Magazine.  Pre-order Kunst from the band's official store or through Amazon.  KMFDM hit the road in March for a tour of North America, dates are posted below. 

03/08 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
03/09 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
03/10 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
03/11 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
03/12 - Phoenix - AZ - Crescent Ballroom
03/17 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
03/18 - Falls Church, VA - State Theatre
03/19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero Theatre
03/20 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
03/21 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
03/22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
03/23 - Chicago, IL - HOB
03/24 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
03/25 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03/27 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
03/28 - Salt Lake City UT - The Depot
03/29 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
03/30 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo

Eric Avery (ex-Jane's Addiction bassist) has recorded new solo material and has been offering up the songs as free downloads. Fans of dark/electro/moody/Nine Inch Nails material will likely really enjoy the new tracks, which appear to be the first taste from a fuller release titled LIFE.TIME. Stream two new songs Avery has released below and download them for free on his Bandcamp page.  Fans can also sign up to his email list to receive the downloads (he's indicated he'll release a new song each week).

"The Only Secret Is There's No Secret"



"Beneath The Ground"


2013/02/20

The Brit Awards took place earlier tonight in London - the biggest news of the night wasn't about the winners, it was about Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn:




As it turned out, Albarn was on hand to present an award to the charity War Child, and War Child's director of fundraising, Ben Knowles invited both Albarn and Gallagher to sit at his table. According to XFM, Knowles revealed he had always wanted to get the two together:

"It's been really nice to have Noel Gallagher and Damon on our table together this evening! When we put together the first album Help back 1995, it was very much an ambition of War Child to not only help children in conflict but to bring together Blur and Oasis on one album."

Gallagher and Albarn are scheduled to perform at the benefit for Teenage Cancer Trust March 23rd London's Royal Albert Hall. Albarn is performing with Blur's Graham Coxon, and Gallagher closes out the show as the evening's headliner. It seems highly likely at this point that the three will share the stage together for at least a couple of songs, though nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Stay tuned!

As for the Brit Awards, take a look at the list of winners below, plus watch two Brit Award interviews with Dave Grohl (he was on hand to accept the Black Keys' award on their behalf) and an interview with Muse, who performed "Supremacy" live.

British Single: Adele "Skyfall"
British Album Of The Year: Emeli Sandé ‘Our Version Of Events’
British Male Solo Artist: Ben Howard
British Female Solo Artist: Emeli Sandé
British Group: Mumford & Sons
British Breakthrough Act: Ben Howard
British Producer: Paul Epworth
British Live Act: Coldplay
International Group: The Black Keys
International Male Solo Artist: Frank Ocean
International Female Solo Artist: Lana Del Rey
Special Recognition Award: War Child
BRITs Global Success Award: One Direction
Critics’ Choice: Tom Odell






Black Rebel Motorcycle Club release a new album titled Specter at the Feast on March 19th.  Ahead of the release the band is offering a free download of a three song ep - the ep features a live recording of "Let The Day Begin" recorded at the Troubador, as well as a studio version of "Let The Day Begin," plus the song "Returning." Download the ep here. A lyric video for "Returning" plus the studio version of "Let The Day Begin" are posted below:





BRMC covered the Call's "Let The Day Begin" as a tribute to Michael Been from the Call, who died in 2010 and was the father of BRMC's Robert Been. The original version of "Let The Day Begin" is posted below:



Don't miss Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on their spring tour. The itinerary includes a stop at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit on May 10th. The full tour itinerary is posted here.
Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records and the legendary Hacienda nightclub was born on February 20th. Watch the BBC documentary Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to the Happy Mondays, which was created as a tribute to Wilson (originally aired a month after his death in August 2007).

Factory Records documentary



Video of Wilson introducing Happy Mondays at Coachella in 2007



Ian Brown from the Stone Roses was born on February 20th - take a look at some video of the Stone Roses and Brown in action!

The first video is Brown's appearance on the docu-art series Brush With Fame, where he was captured sitting for a portrait by John Myatt (an artist who had his own brush of fame after being arrested and convicted for art fraud in the 90s). During the episode, Myatt painted a portrait of Brown, and while doing so, he interviewed Brown and discussed the history of the Stone Roses.



Blood on the Turntable - War of the Roses (BBC documentary from 2004)



The Stone Roses' first live television appearance (Brown yells "amateurs" after power is shut off)



Video of the Stone Roses performing at the Hacienda in Manchester in 1985:

Kurt Cobain was born on February 20th - he would have turned 46 years old today. Watch some interview videos and live footage of Cobain and Nirvana below:











2013/02/19

Mad Season's 1995 album Above will be re-released as an expanded set on April 2nd - the deluxe version will be released as a 2 CD/1 DVD set.  The release includes the original material remastered, live concert footage, a documentary, plus three previously unreleased songs written in the 90s but never finished/recorded by Mad Season before the death of Layne Staley and John Baker Saunders.  Last year, the remaining members of Mad Season enlisted Mark Lanegan to help finish up the songs - Lanegan contributed lyrics and vocals on the three songs, and Peter Buck from R.E.M. also helped out on one of the previously unreleased tracks.  One of the tracks, "Locomotive" is streaming this week exclusively over at Rolling Stone - check it out here.

The Mad Season Above 2 CD/1DVD reissue is available to pre-order through the official Pearl Jam store and on Amazon.  Fans interested in just the digital version can pre-order through iTunes.  A double vinyl version will be released on Record Store Day. The tracklisting for the first disc of the reissue, plus info on Disc 2 and the DVD are posted below:

Disc 1:

01. Wake Up
02. X-Ray Mind
03. River Of Deceit
04. I'm Above
05. Artificial Red
06. Lifeless Dead
07. I Don't Know Anything
08. Long Gone Day
09. November Hotel
10. All Alone
11. Interlude (acoustic instrumental, previously unreleased)
12. Locomotive (previously unreleased w/ Mark Lanegan)
13. Black Book Of Fear (previously unreleased w/ Mark Lanegan)
14. Slip Away (previously unreleased w/ Mark Lanegan)
15. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier (remix of John Lennon cover)

Disc 2:

Remaster of full audio set from performance at Moore Theater in Seattle on April 29, 1995

DVD

Live at The Moore (remixed/remastered/re-edited)
New Year's Eve show from 1995 at RKCNDY in Seattle
Self Pollution Radio session
The Killers performed make-up dates in Manchester on February 17th and 18th at Manchester Arena (the shows had originally been scheduled for last November, but Brandon Flowers developed laryngitis and couldn't perform). During both shows the Killers paid tribute to Manchester Musical Royalty - during the February 17th show the Killers played a cover of Joy Division's "Shadowplay" and the Smiths' classic "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out," and during last night's show they performed a cover of Oasis' "Don't Look Back In Anger," plus they invited Bernard Sumner from New Order onstage to perform the song "Crystal." Before Sumner came on stage, Flowers introduced Sumner and explained to the crowd that the Killers named themselves after watching New Order's video for "Crystal" (the drum kit in the video has "the Killers" displayed on it).

Take a look at fan filmed video below, including Flowers' awesome Bernard Sumner intro ("the sheriff of Manchester"):

"Crystal" (with Bernard Sumner, February 18th)



"Don't Look Back In Anger" (February 18th)



"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" (February 17th)



"Shadowplay" (February 17th)



FYI, this isn't the first time Bernard Sumner and Brandon Flowers performed "Crystal" together - New Order invited Flowers onstage to perform "Crystal" at T in the Park in 2005 (in happier, Hookier times)



"Crystal" (official video)



2013/02/18

Johnny Marr releases his debut solo album The Messenger on February 25th worldwide and on February 26th in North America (pre-order links posted here).  Take a listen to a full stream of the album ahead of its release exclusively on Rolling Stone (in the U.S.) and The Guardian (in the U.K.)

A couple of videos of Johnny Marr discussing the making of the Messenger are posted below, plus read a recent BBC interview with Marr here.  FYI, the last song Marr recorded with the Cribs before he exited the band is the subject of another NME 'Song Stories' video - take a look at the Cribs discussing "Leather Jacket Love Song" (with brief mention of Marr) here.

NME TV (on "Upstarts")



Spin (on The Messenger)


Johnny Marr North American tour dates

4/11 Las Vegas @ The Cosmopolitan (with New Order)
4/12 Coachella
4/13 San Francisco @ The Fillmore
4/15 Seattle @ Neumos
4/16 Portland @ Aladdin Theater
4/18 Santa Barbara @ County Bowl (with New Order)
4/19 Coachella
4/21 Denver @ Bluebird
4/22 Omaha @ The Waiting Room
4/23 Minneapolis @ Varsity Theater
4/25 Chicago @ Metro
4/26 Detroit @ Magic Stick
4/27 Toronto @ Phoenix
4/29 Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club
4/30 Philadelphia @ Trocadero
5/02 NYC @ Irving Plaza
5/03 Brooklyn @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
5/04 Boston @ Paradise Rock Club
Two more unreleased Noel Gallagher songs have surfaced! The first track, "Come On Outside" is rumored to have been recorded by Oasis (minus Liam, who was busy getting married at the time) in winter 2008. The second demo, "Just Let It Come Down Over Me" was likely recorded during Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' sessions. Stream both tracks below (before they get pulled):

"Come On Outside"



"Just Let It Come Down Over Me"



Two other Noel Gallagher demos surfaced in January and can be streamed here.

Phoenix debuted the first song from their forthcoming album Bankrupt! today - this is the band's first output since 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Check out "Entertainment" below:



Bankrupt!, the band's fifth studio album, arrives on April 23rd (tracklisting posted below).  Catch up with Phoenix on their official website.

01. Entertainment
02. The Real Thing
03. S.O.S. In Bel Air
04. Trying To Be Cool
05. Bankrupt!
06. Drakkar Noir
07. Chloroform
08. Don't
09. Bourgeois
10. Oblique City
Alison Moyet debuted a brand new song from her forthcoming album today and is giving the track away as a free download! Stream "Changeling" below and download your free copy here. Moyet's eight studio album is titled the minutes, and is expected out in May.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of War Child, a compilation album featuring many of the best tracks from the War Child discography has been released by Parlophone.  The album features tracks from New Order, Oasis, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Portishead, Muse, and more (full tracklist below) and is available as a digital only release and is available through iTunes in the U.K.  So far it appears the release won't be available for fans out of the U.K. to download, however some of the older collections, including the classic 1995 compilation Help (featuring Stone Roses, Radiohead, Sinead O'Connor, Portishead, and more) can be purchased here. FYI, the New Order track "Vietnam" was also released on the 2003 War Child album Hope available on import here. War Child provide medical care, safe havens, and more for children in conflict-affected countries. For more on War Child visit the official site.



Tracklisting for War Child 20: the best of:

01. McCartney/Weller/Gallagher "Smokin' Mojo Filters"
02. Radiohead "Lucky"
03. Oasis "Fade Away"
04. Portishead "Mourning Air"
05. Massive Attack "Fake The Aroma"
06. Manic Street Preachers "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head"
07. Suede "Shipbuilding"
08. U2/Pavarotti "Miss Sarajevo: Passengers"
09. Muse "House Of The Rising Sun"
10. The Prodigy "Ghost Town"
11. Paul McCartney "Calico Skies"
12. David Bowie "Everyone Says Hi" (Metro Mix)
13. New Order "Vietnam"
14. Coldplay "How You See The World No. 2"
15. Gorillaz "Hong Kong"
16. Keane "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
17. Hot Chip "Transmission"
18. Beck "Leopard-Skin-Pill-Box-Hat"
19. Lily Allen ft. Mick Jones "Straight To Hell"
20. Elbow "Running To Stand Still"


Primal Scream debuted the first taste of new music from their forthcoming album titled More Light. Check out the video for the song "2013" below, a song which features the guitar stylings of My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields as well as Debbie Googe!



"2013" will be available as a digital single on February 25th, and More Light arrives May 6th worldwide. Primal Scream have previously announced a couple of one-off gigs, most notably the Noel Gallagher curated Teenage Cancer Trust benefit on March 21st.  The full itinerary of gigs is posted here.

2013/02/17

Time Warp airs on 89X every Sunday from 8am until noon ET and streams live on the net.  For more on artists played on Time Warp be sure to check out my blog hang the dj, which is updated daily with music news, video, and other kernels of awesomenss!

8 am hour:

Depeche Mode  "Shake The Disease"
Morrissey  "Moon River"
INXS  "Listen Like Thieves"
Grapes Of Wrath  "I Am Here"
Police  "Spirits In The Material World"
Primitive Radio Gods  "Standing Outside A Broken Phonebooth With Money In My Hand"
Cocteau Twins  "Iceblink Luck"
Cure  "Lullaby"
Clash  "Clampdown"
Elvis Costello  "Radio, Radio"
Church  "Don't Open The Door To Strangers"
Tori Amos  "Cornflake Girl"
Sponge  "Molly"

9 am hour:

Seal  "Crazy"
Beck  "The New Pollution"
Smashing Pumpkins  "Eye"
Jesus & Mary Chain  "Coast To Coast"
Ciccone Youth  "Addicted To Love"
Sloan  "Penpals"
U2  "Even Better Than The Real Thing"
R.E.M.  "Driver 8"
Belly  "Feed The Tree"
Radiohead  "Just"
Electronic  "Feel Every Beat"
Yaz  "Only You"
The 3'O Clock  "I Go Wild"

10 am hour:

Foo Fighters  "I'll Stick Around"
Pearl Jam  "Go"
Liz Phair  "Supernova"
Dandy Warhols  "Bohemian Like You"
David Bowie  "Sound & Vision"
Nick Lowe  "Cruel To Be Kind"
Meryn Cadell  "The Sweater"
INXS  "Never Tear Us Apart"
Chris Cornell  "Can't Change Me"
Oasis  "She's Electric"
Rentals  "Friends Of P"
La's  "There She Goes"
Nine Inch Nails  "March Of The Pigs"
Wire  "Three Girl Rhumba"
Mission  U.K.  "Tower Of Strength"

11 am hour:

Depeche Mode  "Policy Of Truth"
Big Audio Dynamite II  "Rush"
Garbage  "Special"
Teenage Fanclub  "What You Do To Me"
Pixies  "Here Comes Your Man"
Cranberries  "Dreams"
Stereo Mcs  "Lost In Music"
Jamiroquai  "Virtual Insanity"
Catherine Wheel  "I Want To Touch You"
Revolting Cocks  "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"
Nick Cave  "Do You Love Me"
Charlatans U.K.  "Sproston Green"
The self titled debut album from Electronic (90s supergroup featuring Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr), has been physically out of print for years, but EMI has come to the rescue and will be releasing a remastered double disc 'Special Edition' version of the record on April 8th. The expanded version will include a newly remastered (2012/2013) version of the original material, plus a bonus disc filled with rarities, alternate versions, and more. The 'Special Edition' remaster will be available as a physical release in the U.K. and fans in North America will be able to purchase the collection on import (Amazon U.S. should have an import link shortly). Fans worldwide can pre-order through Amazon U.K. or Record Store.  The tracklisting for the Special Edition remaster is posted below:

1. Idiot Country (2013 - Remaster)
2. Reality (2013 - Remaster)
3. Tighten Up (2013 - Remaster)
4. The Patience of a Saint (2013 - Remaster)
5. Getting Away With It (2013 - Remaster)
6. Gangster (2013 - Remaster)
7. Soviet (2013 - Remaster)
8. Get the Message (2013 - Remaster)
9. Try All You Want (2013 - Remaster)
10. Some Distant Memory (2013 - Remaster)
11. Feel Every Beat (2013 - Remaster)

1. Disappointed (Stephen Hague 7" Version) (2013 - Remaster)
2. Second to None (2013 Edit)
3. Lean to the Inside (2013 Edit)
4. Twisted Tenderness (Guitar / Vocal Mix)
5. Idiot Country Two (12" Version - Edit) (2013 - Remaster)
6. Free Will (Edit)
7. Until the End of Time (Edit)
8. Feel Every Beat (2013 Edit)
9. Getting Away With It (Instrumental) (2013 - Remaster)
10. Turning Point (Edit) (2013 - Remaster)
11. Visit Me (Edit)
12. Twisted Tenderness (Instrumental)

"Feel Every Beat" (filmed at Martin Hannett tribute concert Cities In The Park in Manchester, 1991)



*Interestingly enough another 'Special Edition' remastered version (with a different collection of rarities) was released digitally in the U.K. in 2007.

2013/02/16

New York artist Derrick Cruz recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a piece of art he created as a tribute to Ian Curtis.  The sculpture*, Digital 18:05:80, is a minimalist cold cast porcelain block of Curtis' face and according to Cruz, was intended to "pay homage to the monolithic impact of the late Ian Curtis." The sculpture itself is complete, but Cruz needs financial backing for the casting and supplies. Take a look at the sculpture in the short video below:



The pledge goal for Digital 18:05:80 has been met, which means the project will be fully funded on March 2nd, but anyone interested in contributing can still take advantage of the pledge incentives here.  I'd recommend clicking over to check it out, if for no other reason than to read Cruz's commentary 'Buses, Malls, & Intercoms or How I Found Joy Division,' which tells the story of how Cruz discovered Joy Division and Unknown Pleasures after getting into New Order (first introduction to either band was through a random purchase of NO's Substance on vinyl.)  Those interested can check out Cruz's other designs/art by visiting his website.



*the sculpture's title, Digital 18:05:80, comes from the Joy Division song "Digital" and date of Curtis' death - May 18th, 1980.
Morrissey postponed three more shows on his ill-fated North American tour which is now scheduled to resume February 27th in San Diego (though his live return will be the night before, February 26th, on Jimmy Kimmel). According to his official statement posted on True To You, Mozzer spent the last three weeks in a Los Angeles hospital where he was treated for anemia secondary to bleeding ulcers and Barrett's Esophagus.  He reveals he was recently discharged and warned fans that he may be seen "out and about this week in the Hollywood area." Apparently he's already been out and about, because according to a fan posting on a Morrissey fansite forum, he was spotted last night outside Soundgarden's show in Los Angeles at the Wiltern (with pics to prove it!

Detroit fans should also take heart, because as part of today's statement, Morrissey once again made reference to Flint, which combined with his previous comments about the city, seem to point to a high likelihood of a new show being announced shortly.  Though the January 24th show in Flint has officially been canceled (not postponed) it seems likely a new show will be added, so stay tuned. In the meantime, read Mozzer's full statement below along with the latest tour itinerary:

(statement broken up into paragraphs for ease of reading)

"I am terribly sorry that the next three shows have been moved back. The worst is for the best. I am certainly on the road to recovery, but caution and prevention demand further IV blood work lest I keel over and die before your very eyes. I apologize to an almost annoying degree for any trouble I've caused to anyone by way of travel plans and dog-sitters and ticket-outlay and re-molded hairstyles. I should be as fit as a ferret for San Diego. Please don't be too appalled if you see me out and about this week in the Hollywood area. Perversely, it's all in accordance with doctor's orders: to have myself re-integrated with the call of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd; the flash of light and the full thrust of mosh-pit sound. Illness turns the body into a complete stranger, and I'll be testing the capabilities of my strides at the most unlikely music shows this week.

The will to get on with it runs strong. Even death can be used as a springboard. For those scholars who are heatedly curious, my ulcer is now under reins, even if neither asleep nor dead, but the continued cause for concern is a slightly embarrassing absence of blood – most of which the bleeding ulcer relieved me of. Anemia sets its own terms with quite obvious biological conclusions, and I have spent these last weeks under expert medical care in Los Angeles with an almost erotic dependency on various IV drips. Sitting around reading indecent books is no substitute for continuing the tour, but my progress holds great promise and Flint shall not escape quite so lightly. We are all at the mercy of biological chance, and I once again beg for your liberal tolerance. If you bump into me this week at a heavy rock show, please understand that I'm lowering myself into the cut and thrust after weeks on ice - horizontal, with sockets empty of eyes.

In the midst of the abyss, I'm saved by the news that tickets for the tour continue to sell very well, and my straightjacket twitches with excited gratitude. But the patient must be patient. Our goal, now, is San Diego, by which time my blood-work shall have finally taken its course and I shall be shot from a cannon and might even be equipped with an extra eye. We just never know, do we? Being on life's danger list, I've found, actually prevents you from thinking about how you are, and there's a bread-like warmth in giving in to whatever was meant for you and whatever wasn't. The only critical mistake might be to confuse your pre-med with creativity - which is certainly worth the confusion if it renders you not fully present in your own life.

Finally, I gorge myself on thanks for the many and varied messages of support that I've received over these recent four weeks. They have yanked me out of prolonged mood dips and cured a crisis of spirits. I fully realize that the word 'cancellation' in every known dictionary is followed by my own name, but no morale drops as low as my own at the mere suggestion of re-jigging shows. I sincerely ask for your pardon and your understanding. As for those of you who claim to now be officially sick to death of me - if this is really true, then why exactly are you reading this? As a matter of fact, I am even prepared to humble myself to nothing before those who carp; you see, any hospital-stay leaves us in danger of becoming unnecessarily agreeable. Life will right itself.

Whatever happens, I love you."


"How Soon Is Now?" (filmed in Columbus on January 22nd, the last song from his last show)



Postponed shows (new dates to be announced shortly)

1/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater
1/27 Chicago, IL @ Chigago Theater (sold out)
1/28 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel (sold out)
1/29 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium (sold out)
1/31 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Center for the Performing Arts (sold out)
2/02 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall (sold out)
2/05 Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
2/06 Lincoln, NE @ Rococo Theatre (sold out)
2/09 Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
2/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
2/12 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
2/13 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
2/15 Pharr, TX @ Pharr Events Center
2/16 Beaumont, TX @ Jefferson Theater (sold out)
2/18 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
2/21 Denver, CO @ Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
2/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
2/24 San Francisco, CA @ Davies Symphony Hall (sold out)

Tour set to resume:

2/27 San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theater
3/01 Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center (sold out)
3/02 Sparks, NV @ John Ascuaga's Nugget - Rose Ballroom
3/04 Davis, CA @ Robert Mondavi Center at UC Davis
3/06 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
3/08 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
3/09 San Francisco @ Regency Ballroom

*The January 24th show at Whiting Auditorium in Flint has been canceled.