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...hang the dj is a music blog. Old school, shoegaze, psych, and darkwave are featured genres.

Legal disclaimer: This blog is my personal, independent website. It is not affiliated with Bell Media, nor does it represents the thoughts, opinions, desires, etc of Bell Media

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2013/07/31

Today Peta 2 announced the nominees for this year's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest. Nominees include Mike Ness, Jared Leto, Davey Havok (who won last year's title), and even full bands like Rise Against and Anti Flag. Vote now through August 16th here.

Guess who didn't get nominated?

Ian MacKaye is aware Urban Outfitters is selling Minor Threat t-shirts and is cool with it. MacKaye was contacted by Washington City Paper to get his reaction to his band's shirts being sold at UO. MacKaye told the newspaper the shirts are being sold with permission (the shirts are licensed) and he's contracted an outside company to deal with t-shirt merchandising/licensing because he doesn't have time to chase down bootleggers and all the other assorted drama that comes with it. He did tell Washington City Paper that the whole idea of Urban Outfitters selling the shirts (and for 28 dollars) is "absurd" but "that's what motherfuckers want to pay for their shirts." Read the full report here (via AV Club).

Because it's awesome:

Lollapalooza posted the schedule for this weekend's festival webcast. Check out the streaming schedule below (converted to Eastern Time).  It's likely more bands will be added, so check back for updates, and do keep in mind the schedule is subject to change. The live webcast will be available here.

Friday

03:30pm – Smith Westerns
04:30pm – Icona Pop
05:15pm – Crystal Castles
06:15pm – Imagine Dragons
07:15pm – Queens of the Stone Age
08:30pm – Band of Horses
09:30pm – The Killers
11:00pm – Nine Inch Nails

Saturday

03:15pm – Ben Howard
04:00pm – Court Yard Hounds
05:00pm – Local Natives
06:00pm – Ellie Goulding
07:00pm – The National
08:15pm – The Lumineers
09:30pm – The Postal Service
11:00pm – Mumford & Sons

Sunday

03:30pm – Alex Clare
05:30pm – Two Door Cinema Club
06:30pm – Alt-J
07:30pm – Steve Aoki
08:00pm – Vampire Weekend
09:15pm – The Cure
UPDATE: Two Detroit area screenings for Morrissey 25: Live have been announced. The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield will show the film twice on February 26, 2014 (matinee at 2pm, evening screening at 7:30 pm).  It's entirely possible other area screenings could be announced in the coming days.  To purchase tickets to see Morrissey 25: Live at the Berman Center click the links: 2pm showing, 7:30pm showing

Morrissey's performance at Hollywood High School was filmed in March and will be screened in theaters in August & September.  A comprehensive list of screening dates for the film has been compiled by Last of the Famous International Playboys and can be viewed here. Morrissey 25: Live will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the U.K. on October 21st, and a North American release for the DVD is expected to be announced soon. Fans in the U.K. can pre-order the DVD here.

Meanwhile the Guardian recently screened Morrissey 25: Live and posted a review here (via the awesome Roberto Ferdenzi).





01 Alma Matters
02 Ouija Board, Ouija Board
03 Irish Blood, English Heart
04 You Have Killed Me
05 November Spawned A Monster
06 Maladjusted
07 Still Ill
08 People Are The Same Everywhere
09 Speedway
10 That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
11 To Give (The Reason I Live)
12 Meat Is Murder
13 Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
14 Action Is My Middle Name
15 Everyday Is Like Sunday
16 I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
17 Let Me Kiss You
18 The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Kitchens of Distinction return with their first new album in 19 years!  Folly will be released September 30th through 3 Loop Records. Patrick Fitzgerald revealed that he started working with Julian Swales in June 2011 - at the time they had no intention to write a record - they just played to have fun.  The music flowed, and they eventually put together a 10 song album which they finished in April 2013 while Fitzgerald was recovering from a nephrectomy. Fitzpatrick discussed the evolution of the album in a new blog posting, and explained a bit of the meaning of the album title:

"Yes, it’s Folly to try again. Yes, it was Folly in the first place, the daft idea of a being in a band. But without this madness, how pale our lives would be. Without those strange useless Follies that dot Britain how plain the landscape would be. Folie á Deux – a medical condition where two people share the same psychotic delusion. Folie á Trois? What a marvelous crazed thing we have made, full of hope."

Stream "Japan To Jupiter" in full below or from the BBC archive (forward the BBC archive to ~ 1 hour 45 minutes in to hear it)



UPDATE (10/8/13): Stream another track from Folly titled "Photographing Rain"



Folly will be released on CD, LP, digital album download, and as a special bundle. The bundle includes a CD or LP copy of the album, plus a handmade, illustrated lyric book (first 200 copies come signed by Patrick Fitzgerald), and Kitchens of Distinction t-shirt.  Pre-order direct from 3 Loop Records, or fans in the U.K. can order through Amazon.  In North America, order through Amazon here.

Folly tracklisting

01. Oak Tree
02. Extravagance
03. Disappeared
04. Photographing Rain
05. Japan To Jupiter
06. Wolves / Crows
07. No Longer Elastic
08. I Wish It Would Snow
09. Tiny Moments, Tiny Omens
10. The Most Beautiful Day

UPDATE (11/10/13): Stream a incredible live session with Kitchens of Distinction here.

Published on July 31st, 2013 @ 8:53 AM

Nirvana's In Utero will be re-released September 24th to commemorate the album's 20th anniversary. The reissued version of In Utero will be available as standard, 2 CD deluxe, 3 LP vinyl, and a 3 CD/1 DVD super deluxe boxset. The tracklisting for the deluxe editions hasn't been announced however the press release for the collection states that the super deluxe version contains 70 remastered, remixed, rare and unreleased recordings, including B-sides, compilation tracks, and demos, plus both audio and video from Nirvana's 1993 Live & Loud concert will be included.


Super Deluxe Edition:

1 - In Utero (original LP) with b-sides
2 - Previously unreleased demos/remixes/alt versions
3 - 1993 Live and Loud concert (audio)
4 - 1993 Live and Loud concert DVD + other videos

Vinyl version - 180 gram vinyl:

1 - In Utero remastered at Abbey Road Studios
2 - In Utero remastered at Abbey Road Studios
3 - Remastered b-sides, mixes, bonus tracks (on 33 1/3 RPM)

Deluxe version

1 - In Utero original recording remastered
2 - Remastered b-sides, mixes, demos, bonus tracks

Standard version

1 - In Utero original recording remastered

All of the In Utero 20th anniversary editions pre-order now: Standard, deluxe, 3LP vinyl, Super Deluxe set.

2013/07/30

Westbam released a new album titled Götterstrasse in April.  The album includes tons of great guest including Iggy Pop, Bernard Sumner, Brian Molko, Richard Butler, and Hugh Cornwell. Check out the official music video for "She Wants" featuring Bernard Sumner from New Order below (thanks to the awesome Zumby from Strangeways Radio for the tip!)

"She Wants" (official video)



Götterstrasse from Westbam is available now in Europe as a standard and deluxe album (the deluxe edition adds a bonus disc with dub versions). Fans in North America can purchase the album through Amazon subsellers or on import. The tracklisting for the album is posted below audio of the Iggy Pop, Brian Molko, and Richard Butler collaborations. For more on Westbam visit his official site.

"Iron Music" ft Iggy Pop



"Sick" ft Brian Molko



"You Need The Drugs" ft Richard Butler



01. You Need The Drugs ft Richard Butler
02. Kick It Like A Sensei ft Lil Wayne
03. Rebel Heart ft Katt Rockell
04. Iron Music ft Iggy Pop
05. She Wants ft Bernard Sumner
06. Götterstrasse No. 1 ft Inga Humpe
07. Sick ft Brian Molko
08. To The Middle Of Nowhere ft Inga Humpe
09. Radio Siberia ft Kanye West
10. We Feel Love ft Afrika Baby Bam
11. Solid Sound ft Andrew Tyler
12. Where We're From ft Katt Rockell
13. A Night To Remember ft Hugh Cornwell
14. Reprise

Bonus disc

01. Rebel Dub
02. Memorable Dub
03. Dub It Like A Sensei
04. You Need The Dub
05. Götterdub
06. Sick Dub
07. Iron Dub
08. Solid Dub
09. To The Middle Of Dub
10. Rebel Without A Voice

White Lies debuted another new song from their forthcoming album Big TV yesterday. Stream the slow and sweet "Change" below:



Earlier this month White Lies played a studio session in Belgium and covered the Prince classic "I Would Die 4 U" - check out video of the performance below:



Big TV from White Lies arrives August 13 in North America and a day earlier internationally. The standard version includes 12 songs, and the deluxe edition adds seven demo tracks.  Pre-order through iTunes and Amazon. Tracklisting for the standard and deluxe edition is posted below along with the music video for the album's first single, "There Goes Our Love Again," and another album track "Getting Even" which is available as a free download from Soundcloud. Fans in the U.K. can also download the band's three song Amazon Artist Lounge session for free here (U.K. only).

Also: White Lies have just been confirmed to perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 9th.






2013/07/29

This weekend, the Daily Record published an interview with Primal Scream's new bassist Simone Butler (Butler replaced Mani, who left to rejoin the reunited Stone Roses).  In the report there's a short mention of Butler beating out ex-New Order bassist Peter Hook for the job.  The article is available to read here.  Hooky, of course, is a legend and doing just fine on his own.  Don't miss him live when he tours North America this fall (Detroit show is September 11th at the Magic Bag and the full tour itinerary is posted here).

Meanwhile, Primal Scream unleashed the latest video from More Light today. Can't say it's the most exciting or visually stimulating video (it's basically Bobby Gillespie driving around) but the song is one of the best tracks from the critically acclaimed album.  Check out "Invisible City" below:



Primal Scream are playing shows in Europe over the next few months in support of More Light. So far, no U.S. dates have been announced.
Sinéad O'Connor announced dates today for a fall North American tour. O'Connor's tour is called 'American Kindness' and she explained why in her tour press statement: 

I’m beside myself with excitement about returning to the States as its always so much fun to tour there, and in my experience American people are extremely kind as a national trait and that’s why I’ve called the tour ‘American Kindness’

The tour itinerary is posted below some live footage captured at O'Connor's July 17th show in Lyon, France.





11/04 - Chicago, IL @ City Winery
11/05 - Chicago, IL @ City Winery
11/06 - Chicago, IL @ City Winery
11/08 - New York, NY @ City Winery
11/09 - New York, NY @ City Winery
11/10 - New York, NY @ City Winery
11/12 - Buffalo, NY @ Riviera Theater
11/13 - Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
11/24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Luckman Fine Arts Complex
11/26 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
11/27 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Granada Theater
11/29 - Carmel, CA @ Sunset Center
11/30 - San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium
12/02 - Oakville, Ontario @ The Oakville Centre for Performing Arts
12/03 - Oakville, Ontario @ The Oakville Centre for Performing Arts
Urban Outfitters in the U.K. is now selling Johnny Marr t-shirts.  Marr's legendary 'Johnny Fuckin Marr' tees for both men and women have been available on Marr's official store (the red one pictured below is badass!) since May, and now fans in the U.K. can also purchase a grey version of the shirt from Urban Outfitters.




Marr recently played a five song session for XFM - stream the audio archive here.  Marr's full set from Glastonbury is posted below:



J Mascis is playing with the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight, so tune in to check him out!

UPDATE: The full episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon featuring J's appearance with the Roots is available to stream below. For those who just want to see J's part of the show: scroll to 6:18 to watch Fallon introduce J. Then scroll to 17:00 - 17:50 to see J play a bit of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven" and Fallon asks J about his guitar (Fallon's hinting worked! J gave Fallon a guitar after the show). At 29:38 - 29:55 J & the Roots play "Feel the Pain."



For more J Mascis awesomeness, stream his cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" below, plus watch Dinosaur Jr's set captured at Glastonbury 2013.





While you're at it, check out J's solo performance captured last October at Kennedy Center



Perry Farrell revealed on Twitter that a new Jane's Addiction song titled "Another Soulmate" will debut August 6th. Farrell also revealed that the song is Minutemen-short (clocks in at 2:30) but has a Led Zeppelin vibe. Check out Farrell's tweets below:







Though Farrell indicated the new song will debut on August 6th, one wonders if Jane's Addiction might just preview the song at Lollapalooza, which is this weekend in Chicago's Grant Park [after all, Lollapalooza is Farrell's party and he's definitely going to be there, so why not?]

Jane's Addiction hit the road for this summer's Uproar Festival, which also includes Alice In Chains, Coheed & Cambria, and more. Jane's Addiction tour dates (including some non-Uproar dates) are posted below:

8/09 - Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
8/10 - Hartford, CT @ Comcast Center
8/11 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/13 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/14 - Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
8/16 - Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/17 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/18 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
8/20 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/22 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/23 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
8/24 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE
8/25 - Cincinnati, OH @ Horseshoe Casino (not Uproar Festival)
8/27 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
8/28 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/29 - The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/31 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
9/01 - Englewood, CO @ Fiddlers Green Amphitheater
9/02 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
9/04 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater (not Uproar Festival)
9/05 - Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
9/07 - George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheater
9/08 - Ridgefield, WA @ Sleep Country Amphitheater
9/09 - Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort (not Uproar Festival)
9/11 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
9/13 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
9/14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion
9/15 - Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
9/21 - Ft. Myers, FL @ Jet Blue Park (not Uproar Festival)

2013/07/27

Paul Weller is in the U.S. playing shows on his incredibly short tour. Last night Weller played Webster Hall in New York City and video from the show is posted below.









Paul Weller U.S. tour

7/27 - Brooklyn @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
7/28 - Boston @ Boston Royale
7/30 - Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club
7/31 - Philadelphia @ Union Transfer

2013/07/26

Nine Inch Nails played their first live show since 2009 today at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. Unfortunately, the live stream from the festival was geo-blocked and was only accessible in Japan, or for those using a proxy. Fans who were able to access the stream reported there was some trouble with the feed cutting out, but it did work fine for others. The setlist was pretty phenomenal and included fan favorites, a few songs that haven't been performed since the 90s, and the live debut of "Came Back Haunted," "Copy of A," and "Find My Way." It's also worth mentioning that Rob Sheridan announced yesterday that the festival gigs will NOT have the same setlist as the Tension 2013 shows. Check out the setlist below via Reflecting In The Chrome. Post will be updated with video once it's available.

Full performance:



"Copy of A" + "Sanctified"



"Find My Way"



Last 30 minutes of concert (starts at "Wish")



01. Copy Of A (new song)
02. Sanctified
03. Came Back Haunted
04. 1,000,000
05. March of the Pigs
06. Piggy
07. Reptile
08. Terrible Lie
09. Closer
10. Gave Up
11. Help Me I Am In Hell
12. Me I'm Not
13. Find My Way (new song)
14. The Way Out is Through
15. Wish
16. Survivalism
17. The Good Soldier
18. Only
19. The Hand That Feeds
20. Head Like A Hole
21. Hurt
More screening dates for Morrissey's live concert DVD Morrissey 25: Live are slowly rolling in. A list of theaters and showtimes in the U.K. is posted here. As for North America, the film will mostly screen one night only - most of the participating theaters are screening the film on August 29th, but there are a few theaters showing the film in September (theaters pick the screening date, so be sure to read the listings for the theater in your city closely.) A list of participating theaters is posted below via Last of the Famous International Playboys. More theaters are expected to be announced in the coming days/weeks, so stay tuned.  List below updates the previous post.



Confirmed cities and theaters updated below and include links to screening info and tickets.  Note most screenings are for August 29th, but some are in September.

Arizona - Chandler
Arizona - Flagstaff
Arizona - Peoria
Arizona - Phoenix
California - Moreno Valley 
California - Palm Desert 
California - Pasedena
California - San Francisco
Colorado  - Northfield
Connecticut -New Haven
Connecticut -West Hartford
Delaware - Wilmington
Georgia -  Alpharetta
Illinois - Bolingbrook
Illinois - South Barrington
Illinois - Wheaton
Massachusetts - Arlington
Missouri - Kansas City
New Hampshire - Concord
New Jersey - Ocean, Parsipanny, Ridgewood, South Orange
New York - Albany
New York - Buffalo
New York - New York, Port Washington, Schenectady
North Carolina - Charlotte
Ohio - Cleveland
Ohio - Columbus
Oklahoma - Bricktown
Texas - Arlington
Texas - Dallas
Texas - Dallas
Texas - Fairview
Texas - Houston
Texas - Houston
Texas - Lewisville
Texas - Plano
Virgina - Richmond
New Order appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon yesterday and performed two classic tracks! First New Order played the Low-Life favorite "Love Vigilantes" for the television broadcast and then rocked out 1993's "Regret" as a web exclusive. Check out the awesomeness below (wonder if that's Fallon's actual copy of Low-Life? He seemed pretty excited to have New Order on the program and seems like a big fan!)





New Order's North American tour continues tonight in Philadelphia

7/26 - Philadelphia @ Mann Center For The Performing Arts
7/28 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/31 - Boston @ Bank Of America Pavilion
8/02 - Chicago @ Lollapalooza
8/04 - Montreal @ Osheaga

2013/07/25

Weekend, the fantastically fuzzy, post-punk band finally returned with the follow up to 2010's Sports, this week and it was indeed worth the wait. Their new album Jinx is a must listen for those who enjoy darker alternative bands like Joy Division, the Cure, Chameleons, and Jesus & Mary Chain. The album isn't quite as shoegaze/noise-heavy as Sports - but it's still full of brilliant gothy-retro sounds and is highly recommended listening. Also, it's worth mentioning that Jinx was written and recorded before Weekend relocated from San Francisco to New York City (the band's move isn't the reason for the different sound, instead they wanted to change things up to avoid repeating the past).

Grab Jinx from iTunes, Amazon, or Slumberland Records . It's also streaming on Spotify, Rdio, Sony Music Unlimited, and Google Play.

"Mirror"



Weekend debuted Jinx album track "Celebration, FL" live recently during a studio session for BTR. Check out the song and short interview with Weekend:



Weekend play a few one-off shows over the next month before kicking off their North American tour in September. Don't miss Weekend live if they're playing near you. The North American tour itinerary is posted below.  For more on Weekend visit their official site.

07/26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
07/28 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
08/16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/04 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
09/05 - Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
09/06 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
09/07 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
09/09 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
09/14 - San Diego, CA @ The Void
09/18 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
09/19 - Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
09/20 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
09/21 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
09/22 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
09/24 - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
09/25 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
09/26 - Atlanta, GA @ 529
09/27 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
09/28 - 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

OMD posted two short updates on drummer Malcolm Holmes, who was rushed to the hospital July 19th after the band's show in Toronto.  The first update re-affirms that OMD will not be playing any live shows this year and also thanked Toronto Fire Department Paramedics for taking good care of Holmes:

OMD drummer Malcolm Holmes suffered from heat exhaustion that adversely affected his heart. As he has previously experienced serious heart problems, doctors have advised that he does not play drums for at least a few months. The band are not prepared to jeopardise Malcolm's long term health and have, therefore, decided to stop touring for this year.

The second update indicates that Holmes is now out of the hospital and will return to the U.K. on July 30th:

Update: Mal is finally out of hospital in Toronto and flies home next Tuesday. Once again thanks to all who have sent him their good wishes.

Catch up with OMD on their official website.

Rolling Stone premiered the alternate video for the Pixies' new single "Bagboy." The band released a new video, not because some media outlets criticized the original, but because they filmed two and couldn't really choose which one they liked best.  Black Francis told Rolling Stone both clips are creative and were made by up and coming filmmakers so they decided to release both.  Watch the alternate clip by Kestrel Media below [or if you don't want to suffer through the 30 second ad at the beginning visit Rolling Stone to check it out (ad free)].



The band's previous video for "Bagboy" by Lamar + Nik is posted below. 



UPDATE: The Pixies have now confirmed a set of dates in Los Angeles and tickets for those shows go on sale Saturday at 10am PT. The North American tour itinerary has been updated below to reflect all the announced dates.

The Pixies have announced four NYC shows which take place September 17 through 20th.  Tickets for the new shows go on sale Saturday morning at 10am ET.  The Pixies previously announced they'll play September 15th at Riot Fest in Chicago. Single day passes for Riot Fest are on sale now. The band is expected to announce a full North American tour shortly.

September 09 - Los Angeles @ El Rey Theater
September 10 - Los Angeles @ El Rey Theater
September 11 - Los Angeles @ El Rey Theater
September 12 - Los Angeles @ Mayan Theater
September 15 - Chicago @ Riot Fest
September 17 - New York @ Bowery Ballroom
September 18 - New York @ Bowery Ballroom
September 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 20 - New York @ Bowery Ballroom
The last time most saw Kim Wilde on video, she was spreading holiday cheer with her antler antics. Now she's gone to the dark side and is hunting vampires in the new British Electric Foundation video for "Every Time I See You I Go Wild." Check out the campy fun below:



British Electric Foundation is the long time collaborative effort from Heaven 17's Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh. The project's latest collection, Dark: Music of Quality & Distinction Volume 3, is out now and includes the Kim Wilde version of "Every Time I See You Go Wild," plus contributions from Boy George (covering the Stooges!), Andy Bell, Green Gartside from Scritti Politti, and more. Purchase from iTunes or Amazon.  For more info on the release, visit the official British Electric Foundation website.
Franz Ferdinand premiered the video for "Love Illumination" - and there's a LOT of craziness going on in the video! Check it out below:



"Love Illumination," (previously titled "The Blackpool Illuminati") was released as a 7" single through Domino Records, and is available as a digital single from iTunes and Amazon. The song also appears on the forthcoming album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, which drops on August 27th. Pre-order the full album from iTunes, Amazon, or Domino Records. The deluxe version of the album comes with a bonus live disc titled Right Notes, Right Words, Wrong Order.

If you missed Franz Ferdinand's Live on Letterman concert, or their appearance on Letterman's show, watch the archive here.

2013/07/24

The single day lineups for Riot Fest Chicago were announced today and single day passes are now on sale. From the looks of it, Riot Fest, which takes place September 13 through the 15 in Chicago's Humboldt Park, will go out in style: Sunday's lineup includes The Replacements, the Pixies, Bob Mould, Peter Hook & the Light, Quicksand, Mission of Burma, Brand New, AFI, and more. Set times weren't announced, so it's unknown what scheduling conflicts lie ahead, however, organizers confirmed that the Replacements and Pixies will NOT conflict:


View the single day lineups here and purchase tickets here.

2013/07/23

Peter Murphy is set to return with a new studio album soon. Murphy's 10th studio album, Lion, was produced by Youth, and is expected out in the coming months. According to a report in Exclaim! Murphy's manager announced the new album and played a preview video with song samples from Lion before Murphy took the stage at his show in Vancouver on July 20th. An official release date for Lion was not announced.

Peter Murphy wraps up his Bauhaus 35th anniversary Mr. Moonlight tour in North America this week. He'll return to Mexico for a one-off show in August before heading to South America for the tour's conclusion.  Reviews of most of Murphy's gigs have been very positive, though it's worth noting that some critics almost seemed disappointed they didn't see the disheveled-March 2013-mug-shot-version of the Bauhaus legend.

"A Strange Kind Of Love/Bela Lugosi's Dead" medley



7/23 - San Francisco @ The Fillmore
7/24 - Las Vegas @ LVCS
7/26 - Los Angeles @ The Fonda Theater
7/27 - Los Angeles @ The Fonda Theater
7/28 - Solana Beach @ Belly Up Tavern
8/08 - Mexico @ Teatro Metropólitan
8/10 - Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Caupolican
8/12 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Teatro Vorterix
8/13 - Montevideo, Uruguay @ La Trastienda
8/14 - Sao Paolo, Brazil @ Carioca Club
Weezer played the San Diego Comic Con on July 19th as part of the 10th anniversary celebration for Walking Dead.  Video from the set is posted below along with other fan-filmed footage captured at Weezer's July 14th gig at the Rock the Shores festival in Victoria, British Columbia.

"Say It Ain't So" (July 19, San Diego)



"Pork & Beans" (SDCC)









"The Greatest Man That Ever Lived/Undone - The Sweater Song"

Franz Ferdinand showcased their forthcoming album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action during their Live on Letterman webcast at the Ed Sullivan Theater last night.  The band ripped through a 12 song set which included six songs from the new album along with some of their greatest hits.  Hours later Franz Ferdinand appeared as the musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman to perform their new single, "Right Action."  Check out video from both performances below.

Franz Ferdinand release their fourth album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action on August 27th. Pre-order from iTunes, Amazon, or Domino Records. The deluxe version of the album comes with a bonus live disc titled Right Notes, Right Words, Wrong Order.

"Right Action" (Late Show with David Letterman)



Live on Letterman (full webcast archive also available here)



Right Action
Tell Her Tonight
Stand on the Horizon
No You Girls
Evil Eye
Dark of the Matinee
Bullet
Treason! Animals
Do You Want To?
Ulysses
Take Me Out
Love Illumination

2013/07/22

Nine Inch Nails make their grand live return at the Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Japan on Friday, July 26th and fans will be able to witness it live. According to the Fuji Rock Festival website, NIN's set -- their first live show since 2009 -- streams live from the Green Stage this Friday. The only drawbacks: the set is scheduled to stream at 9:30 pm (Fuji time) which converts to 8:30 am ET, and it's unclear whether the stream will be accessible in North America. Please note this IS a rock & roll event, which means it's possible the set/stream time could change, so be sure to check back for updates.

UPDATE: 7/26 - Setlist posted & some video

UPDATE: 7/26 - Stream not available in North America.

UPDATE: Unknown at this point if the show will be geoblocked - if it is, the set will be available for archive streaming later in the day.

Nine Inch Nails return with a new album Hesitation Marks on September 3rd and is preceded by the new single, "Came Back Haunted." Pre-order Hesitation Marks from the official NIN site, iTunes, or Amazon.



Nine Inch Nails live - September 10, 2009

The legendary Patti Smith plays the Majestic Theater in Detroit on September 7th. Tickets go on sale July 24th at 10am.

Watch Patti Smith's 1979 appearance on the children's program Kids Are People Too. Smith answers questions posed by the kiddies and performs "You Light Up My Life" with composer Joe Brooks.

Faye Hunter, best known as the founding bassist of Let's Active died July 20th at the age of 59. The News & Observer is reporting the cause of death was an apparent suicide. Read the report here.

R.I.P. Faye.



Kraftwerk performed at the Latitude Festival in the U.K. on July 20th. Check out the televised portion of their set below:



The Robots
Numbers
Computer World
Home Computer
Computer Love
The Man Machine
The Model
Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth loosely started an experimental project with Bill Nace a few years ago titled Body/Head. The pair invited guests and recorded the debut (limited-run) release Glare Luring Yo and September 10th they'll follow up that release with a new album Coming Apart, plus they'll hit the road for a handful of dates. Pre-order Coming Apart through Matador or Amazon and check out dates and a live video of Body/Head below via Pitchfork.



Sept 10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
Sept 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sept 13 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Music Thing
Sept 14 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Sept 21 - Lexington, KY @ Boomslang Festival
Sept 24 - Chicago, IL @ Museum of Contemporary Art
Sept 25 - Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Oct 02 - Augusta, GA @ Westobou Festival

Meanwhile Lee Ranaldo & the Dust are releasing a new album in October (title and release date TBA) and today they announced dates for a North American tour. Check out the dates below. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday.



Oct 08 — Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki
Oct 09 — Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
Oct 11 — Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Oct 12 — Detroit, MI @ Trinosophes
Oct 13 — Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Oct 14 — Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Oct 15 — Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Oct 17 — Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
Oct 18 — Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Oct 19 — Lawrence, KC @ The Bottleneck
Oct 20 — St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
Oct 22 — Nashville, TN @ Exit/Inn
Oct 23 — Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
Oct 25 — New York, NY @ The Bell House
Dec 06 — Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Dec 07 — Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Dec 08 — Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Dec 11 — San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Dec 13 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Richard Ashcroft's performed a solo acoustic set at Latitude Festival on July 20th.  The Guardian briefly mentioned his set (as part of their festival coverage) and had this to say:

'As for Richard Ashcroft, he got one of the most baffled responses. Playing a solo acoustic set, he struck a slightly unnerving note with his cropped hair and Edward Snowden T-shirt), ranting about "the Orwellian nightmare" that is our lives and berating other bands for being "fakers"'

FYI, one of the commenters on the Guardian piece called Ashcroft's performance "probably the best performance of the weekend" and pointed out that Ashcroft's t-shirt was about Bradley Manning, not Snowden. The t-shirt reads "Free Bradley Manning," so it's unclear where the Guardian went wrong with that, however in Ashcroft's July 9th interview with the BBC he said the following:

"I'd like to dedicate the whole performance to Mr. Snowden and I wish him good luck and a safe journey to somewhere potentially where he won't be hunted down and also Bradley Manning so basically anyone, any lovers of free speech, and freedom, and real art, come down and see me play."

The audio from the BBC interview (which also mentions new music coming in September) is posted below.  As for video from Ashcroft's Latitude set, not much has appeared other than this FANTASTIC pro-shot video of "Lucky Man":

UPDATE: Pro-shot video of "The Drugs Don't Work" plus fan-filmed video of "Sonnet" and "Bitter Sweet Symphony" are posted below.

"Lucky Man"



"The Drugs Don't Work"



"Sonnet" (fan-filmed song clip)



"Bitter Sweet Symphony" (with Ashcroft commentary on the song, Google Glasses, & not being a robot)



BBC interview with Richard Ashcroft

In 2011 and again in 2012, Shaun Ryder announced he was participating in a new History Channel series on UFOs, titled Shaun Ryder on UFOs. The series follows Ryder around the globe in search of UFOs, exploring the history of UFO sightings, and separating fact from fiction. Ryder says he's been interested in UFOs after spotting one when he was a teenager in 1978. According to a 2012 interview with NME, part of the reason he decided to participate in the program is to give UFOlogists a better image:

"The thing is, right, a lot of UFOlogists, are fucking up it mate, they’re fucking proper, proper up it, and they give it a bad name," says Ryder. "You know, some are not UFOlogists, just fucking raving bonkers, you know, they’re just absolute knobheads. Then you’ve got some that are really smart and intellectual, and you’ve got real scientists as well."

Though the program was originally slated to air in 2012, the series has been pushed back to 2013.  Though no broadcast dates for Shaun Ryder on UFOs have been announced, it seems likely it'll premiere in the fall.  Ryder has been posting UFO news updates on the show's official Facebook Page.  Those interested in the program should give the page a 'like' to get updates on UFOs and the show.

To give you a taste of Shaun Ryder on UFOs, check out video of Ryder discussing UFOs below.



Another clip which mostly includes footage from the above video is posted here.





Published on July 22nd, 2013 @ 10:48 AM

2013/07/21

New Order kicked off a new leg of North American tour dates over the weekend. Though they're playing very few shows on this mini-tour, they are confirmed to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Thursday, July 25th. No word on which songs they'll play on Fallon, but if the gig is anything like April's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, they'll likely perform a newish song for the television broadcast and a classic song as a web-exclusive.

UPDATE (7/26 at 0705): New Order played "Love Vigilantes" and "Regret" on Fallon. Watch it here.

If you happened to miss New Order's April 2013 performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, check it out below:





New Order North American tour

7/24 - Brooklyn @ Williamsburg Park
7/26 - Philadelphia @ Mann Center For The Performing Arts
7/28 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/31 - Boston @ Bank Of America Pavilion
8/02 - Chicago @ Lollapalooza
8/04 - Montreal @ Osheaga

2013/07/20

Paul McCartney performed at Safeco Field in Seattle last night. Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear joined McCartney onstage during the encore to perform a few songs including "Cut Me Some Slack" from the Sound City Movie soundtrack Sound City: Real to Reel. So far, most of the video from the show is pretty shaky, but a few clips are posted below.

"Helter Skelter"



"Cut Me Some Slack"



"Get Back"



Pearl Jam played last night at Chicago's Wrigley Field. Mother Nature took the title of the band's forthcoming album Lightning Bolt a little too literally - HUGE thunder and lightning storms ripped through the area, forcing the band to halt the show a half hour into their set. Fans were directed to areas for shelter, and once the storms blew through (over two hours later!) Pearl Jam returned to the stage and treated fans to a fantastic show, which included the live debut of "Lightning Bolt" and "Future Days" (PJ brought out Brendan O'Brien to play keyboards on "Future Days"!)  Some fan filmed video is posted below and will be updated as more video appears. 

Update: My friend who went to the show offered up this review: "WILD FUCKING NIGHT - AMAZEBALLS SHOW." Perhaps a longer review is forthcoming, but in the meantime you can read the Chicago Tribune's review here.













Setlist

01. Release
02. Nothingman
03. Present Tense
04. Hold On
05. Lowlight
06. Come Back
07. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town

-- Show halted for weather --

08. All The Way
09. All Night
10. Do The Evolution
11. Setting Forth
12. Corduroy
13. Faithfull
14. Mind Your Manners
15. Lightning Bolt
16. State Of Love & Trust
17. Wishlist
18. Even Flow
19. Leatherman
20. Eruption
21. Bugs
22. Why Go
23. Unknown Thought
24. Rearviewmirror

Encore

25. Future Days
26. Mother
27. Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns
28. Porch
29. Wasted Reprise
30. Life Wasted
31. Black
32. Rockin In The Free World
Morrissey has announced that his South American tour has been axed after being fraught with issues.  Apparently this time, the cancellation is due to funding issues and the dates will NOT be rescheduled.  Read his official statement on the matter below:

"I am informed today that the projected tour of South America is snuffed out, thus euthanized - due, I'm reliably advised, to lack of funding. It's quite easy to sell tickets, yet impossible to transport band and crew from F to G.

In a year when far too many disappointments have been buried this really is the last of many final straws, and I am not alone in feeling this. The future is suddenly absent, and my apologies are now so frequent as to be somewhat ridiculous, and it is I who apologize because no one else would bother. It is agonizing to be responsible for imparting such news - especially when it springs upon me unexpectedly and inexplicably. But the collapse of South America rings the curtain down with a colossal thud, and the major problems remain as insoluble now as they were in 2009. The obvious conclusion stares back at me from the mirror, and the wheels are finally off the covered wagon. Cancellations and illness have sucked the life out of all of us, and the only sensible solution seems to be the art of doing nothing.

As always I ask your pardon, and I offer pangs of overwhelming love and gratitude to the band and the crew, whose loyalty stretched above and beyond.

I shall see you in my dreams,

Morrissey"

Meanwhile screening dates for Morrissey's live concert DVD Morrissey 25: Live are slowly rolling in. A list of theaters and showtimes in the U.K. is posted here. As for North America, the film will screen one night only - most of the participating theaters are screening the film on August 29th, but there are a few listings for other dates (theaters pick the screening date, so be sure to read the listings for the theater in your city closely.) A list of participating theaters is posted below via Last of the Famous International Playboys. More theaters are expected to be announced in the coming days/weeks, so stay tuned.



Confirmed cities/screenings so far - click links for ticket info

Arizona:  Phoenix
California - Moreno Valley 
California - Palm Desert 
Colorado  - Northfield
Deleware - Wilmington
Maryland - Arlington
Missouri - Kansas City
New York - Buffalo
Ohio - Cleveland
Ohio - Columbus
Oklahoma - Bricktown




OMD's drummer, Malcolm Holmes was taken to the hospital last night in Toronto. He's expected to make a full recovery, however OMD has canceled ALL of their live dates for the remainder of the year, which includes the Detroit date which was scheduled for tonight at St. Andrew's Hall. Read the band's official statement below:

We are sorry to inform you that Malcolm was taken ill during last nights show in Toronto. He's currently being treated for heat exhaustion in hospital but is recovering well. Sadly however we have to cancel the remaining shows of the year (including Rewind festival). Please accept our sincere apologies, we really appreciate your understanding at this very difficult time. We will give you more news on Malcolm as and when.

2013/07/19

Mark Gardener from Ride will be releasing a new album this year. In a May interview with Stereoboard Gardener revealed he recorded several more tracks with Robin Guthrie (they released a single last year "The Places We Go") and the collaborative album will likely be out in September or October:

"I've just listened to the rough mixes of all the tracks and I'm totally buzzed up with it. It's one of the best albums I have ever been involved in. I'm looking forward to releasing and playing more shows with Robin and the band."

During the interview, Stereoboard also asked Gardener what his favorite Ride song is:

"I don't really know what my favourite Ride song is but playing it live it always used to be 'Leave Them All Behind' as this, along with a few other songs in the set, gave me a transcendental kind of taking off with the crowd feeling."

Read the full awesome interview over at Stereoboard .

For more on Mark Gardener, visit his official website . Download the Gardener/Guthrie single "The Places We Go" from Amazon or your favorite digital retailer.

"Leave Them All Behind"



"The Places We Go"



"Vapour Trail"




2013/07/18

J Mascis performed an acoustic set at Amoeba Records in Hollywood on July 14th to celebrate the launch of the Dinosaur Jr Aviator Skullcandy headphones. Video from Mascis' set is posted below:







The Dinosaur Jr/Skullcandy limited edition Aviator collector's set is available at select music retailers. To celebrate their collaboration, Skullcandy is offering two free Dinosaur Jr song downloads. Grab them here.

Dinosaur Jr also teamed up with Keep to release a limited edition Dinosaur Jr shoe. The vegan shoe is purple and has an embroidered guitar strap accent on the back patterned after one of J’s straps. The shoe comes along with a J Mascis limited edition 7" picture disc containing his cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You." The 7" is not available to purchase separately. Order here.
Soundgarden Live From the Artists Den premiered last weekend on PBS. The episode was filmed at the band's sold out show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles on February 17, 2013. Ten songs from the concert were included in the program - one of the songs that didn't make it onto the show was their performance of "Slaves & Bulldozers." Soundgarden shared that performance yesterday, which you can stream below along with the episode (while it lasts).  For more on Live From the Artists Den visit the official site here.

"Slaves & Bulldozers"



"A Thousand Days Before"



Full episode



2013/07/17

Grant Hart returns with a double album, The Argument, based on John Milton's epic Paradise Lost on July 23rd. Stream the first single, "Is The Sky The Limit?" below:



Ahead of the album's release Hart was interviewed by The Fly. As always, Hart had a lot of interesting things to say.  He re-affirmed there won't be a  Hüsker Dü reunion***:

"First off, it would be a move motivated only by the wrong reasons. I’m afraid it would overshadow the good work we’re doing without that band’s name."

He also said part of the reason Hüsker Dü broke up was because Bob Mould's affinity for R.E.M.'s sound:

"they had such an influence on what Bob was trying to write after that."

Hart called Dave Grohl "a piece of shit" and though he didn't expound too much on that, he seemed to have an issue with Grohl's business practices.  Read The Fly's interview with Grant Hart here.

The Argument will be released on July 23rd on cd, double vinyl, and as a digital album download.  Pre-order from iTunes, Amazon, or Domino Records. The tracklisting is posted below:

01. Out Of Chaos
02. Morningstar
03. Awake, Arise!
04. If We Have The Will
05. I Will Never See My Home
06. I Am Death
07. Sin
08. Letting Me Out
09. Is The Sky The Limit?
10. Golden Chain
11. So Far From Heaven
12. Shine, Shine, Shine
13. It Isn't Love
14. War In Heaven
15. Glorious
16. (It Was A) Most Disturbing D
17. Underneath The Apple Tree
18. The Argument
19. Run For The Wilderness
20. For Those Too High Aspiring

***For those interested, Hart previously talked about reunions in a Facebook Q & A after a fan asked him about Black Flag and Flag reuniting. The archive is posted here.
Johnny Marr premiered a video today for "New Town Velocity" from his debut solo album The Messenger. The single will be released July 22nd digitally and as a limited edition 7" (U.K. only release) and comes backed with the new track "The It Switch," which is streaming here.



Meanwhile Johnny Marr has also announced new North American tour dates which includes cities he missed on the spring tour. The itinerary is posted below:

10/31 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
11/01 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
11/02 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theater
11/03 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
11/08 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Festival
11/09 Dallas, TX @ The Granada Theater
11/11 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Fun House
11/13 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
11/16 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/17 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
11/19 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/20 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
11/22 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
11/23 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
11/24 Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
11/25 Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre
11/26 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

For more on Johnny Marr, visit his official site or on Facebook.

Enjoy Marr's full Glastonbury 2013 set (while you can) below:

Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd premiered another song from his solo album In Deep Owl. Stream "Collide" below:



Shepherd's solo album will be released under the name HBS (stands for his birth name Hunter Benedict Shepherd) on August 27th. Matt Cameron and Matt Chamberlain also guest on In Deep Owl.   Pre-order the full album (digital album download) through Amazon or limited edition 12" vinyl through Bandcamp and if you can't wait for the album, download the songs "Collide" and "Baron Robber" now through Bandcamp.  For more on HBS his page on Facebook.  The tracklisting for the album is posted below along with the previously released track "Baron Robber."



01. Stone Pale
02. Koda
03. Collide
04. Loose Ends
05. Neverone Blues
06. Veritas
07. Baron Robber
08. The Blue Book
09. Keystone
10. The Great Syrup Accident
11. The Train You Can't Win (Holes)

2013/07/16

Kitchens of Distinction confirmed their new album will be released on September 30th through 3 Loop Music. Patrick Fitzgerald announced last month that the album has been mastered and will include 10 tracks. The tracklisting and album title have not been revealed, however news on both should be announced shortly...

Watch Kitchens of Distinction's 1990 appearance on 120 Minutes



Mazzy Star return with a full length new album titled Seasons of Your Day on September 24th. The news of the album shouldn't be too shocking to fans - back in 2011 Mazzy Star released two songs, "Common Burn" and "Lay Myself Down," (which both appear on the upcoming album) and last year they performed at a few festivals, including Coachella and Primavera Sound. On the other hand, it IS the band's first full length album since 1996, which almost rivaled My Bloody Valentine territory (though in Mazzy Star's defense, they never taunted fans like Kevin Shields).

Along with the album news, Mazzy Star also debuted a song from Seasons of Your Day - stream "California" below:



Check out the tracklisting for Seasons of Your Day below (via Spin) plus stream two previously released album tracks below:

Track list 

01. "In the Kingdom"
02. "California"
03. "I've Gotta Stop"
04. "Does Someone Have Your Baby Now"
05. "Common Burn"
06. "Seasons of Your Day"
07. "Flying Low"
08. "Sparrow"
09. "Spoon"
10. "Lay Myself Down"

"Common Burn"



"Lay Myself Down"



*The timing of the Mazzy Star news is odd because just yesterday J Mascis' cover of "Fade Into You" was featured on several music sites.  The cover is included on a bonus 7" that comes with the new limited edition Dinosaur Jr shoe.  
Alison Moyet recorded a live acoustic cover of Elvis Costello's "Shipbuilding" for One's agit8 'power of protest songs' campaign. Check out Moyet's fantastic performance below:



Moyet released her eighth studio album, the minutes, in June (the record came out a month earlier in the U.K.) and she'll announce some live dates in North America soon, so stay tuned!

Ghostly International has been home to some of the most creatively innovative musicians and artists around since 1999.  Ghostly's latest endeavor is a partnership with eyewear company Warby Parker.  The two recently announced they've teamed up to create a new collection of sunglasses.  One pair in the collection is titled Curtis - inspired by Ian Curtis, the late singer of Joy Division.  How does it all relate?  Founder of Ghostly, Sam Valenti IV, sees a pretty major parallel between enveloping yourself in music and throwing on a fantastic new pair of new shades:

"putting on a fresh pair of sunglasses transforms your mood as fundamentally as putting on a song you love."

Curtis is available in Ghostly Grey Matte (pictured above), or Revolver Black (pictured below).  Take a look at the whole Ghostly/Warby Parker collection here.


For every pair sold, Warby Parker will donate a pair of sunglasses to someone in need as part of their Buy A Pair, Give A Pair campaign. Find out more about the campaign here.
David Bowie returns with the new single "Valentine's Day." The track will be released as a 7" picture disc backed with the instrumental track "Plan" on August 20th in North America (August 19th in Europe). Today Bowie premiered the video for "Valentine's Day" - check it out below:



David Bowie released the new album The Next Day in February. So far he has not announced any live dates in support of the album.  For more on Bowie, visit his official site.
Adam Ant was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night and performed the new track "Vince Taylor" and the web-exclusive performance of "Goody Two Shoes." Watch both songs backed with dual drummer goodness below:





Adam Ant released the new album Adam Ant is The BlueBlack Hussar In Marrying The Gunners Daughter in January.  According to Ant, the album title in part refers to his experience with major labels (the phrase "marrying the gunner's daughter" is a naval term for punishment).  Some of the album was recorded at Boz Boorer's home studio.  [Boorer worked with Adam Ant previously and is best known as Morrissey's guitarist.]

Adam Ant will be on the road supporting the album in North America this summer. Tour dates are posted below:

7/17 - San Diego, CA, Bilboa Theater
7/19 - Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
7/20 - Los Angeles, CA, Club Nokia
7/23 - Salt Lake City, UT, The Grand
7/24 - Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
7/26 - Austin, TX, Belmont
7/27 - Houston, TX, Warehouse Live
7/28 - Dallas, TX, Granada Theater
7/30 - Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
8/01 - Chicago, IL, Congress Theater
8/02 - St Louis, MO, Plush
8/05 - Nashville, TN, The Cannery Ballroom
8/06 - Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
8/08 - Miami, FL, Grand Central
8/09 - St Petersburg, FL, Palladium Theater
8/10 - Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
8/12 - Charlotte, NC, McGlohon Theater
8/13 - Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
8/15 - Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre
8/16 - New York, NY, Irving Plaza
8/17 - New York, NY, Irving Plaza
8/19 - Boston, MA, Royale Boston
8/20 - Toronto, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre
8/22 - Buffalo, NY, Thursday at Canalside
8/23 - Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
8/24 - Covington, KY, Madison Theater
8/26 - Columbus, OH, The LC Pavilion
8/27 - Detroit, MI, Cathedral Theatre
8/28 - Cleveland, OH, The Agora Theatre
8/30 - Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre
8/31 - Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom
9/01 - Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights
9/04 - Garden City, ID, Revolution Concert House and Event Center
9/06 - Vancouver, BC, Vogue Theatre
9/07 - Seattle, WA, Showbox at the Market
9/08 - Portland, OR, Roseland Theatre
9/10 - Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
9/11 - Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades
9/12 - San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom
9/14 - Honolulu, HI, The Repiblik
9/17 - Fresno, CA, Tower Theater
9/18 - San Luis Obispo, CA, Fremont Theatre
9/20 - Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip