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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gary Numan released the four song ep, I Am Dust, featuring the original version of the title track (taken from Numan's full album Splinter: Songs From A Broken Mind), a demo version, and two remixes. This week Numan unveiled the official video for "I Am Dust" which was directed by Chris Corner of IAMX. Corner had the following to say about working with Numan:

"When I saw Gary in Los Angeles performing "I Am Dust," I knew I had to try to capture his immense stage presence and energy in the video, and to combine it with the raw, abstract visual world that it evokes in my head. Primal, subconscious, mystical, wild. We asked Gary to do some strange things. He did them without question. A testament to his trust and professionalism."

Take a look at the video for "I Am Dust" below:

Published July 31st, 2014 @ 6:01 PM

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jack White threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Tigers' game last night. Watch the action below plus check out a short interview with White over at Fox Sports.

Tonight Jack White performs a sold out show at the Masonic Temple.

Published July 30th, 2014 @ 11:52 AM

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

J Mascis releases his new solo album Tied To A Star on August 25th. Last month Mascis unleashed the first taste of the album, "Every Morning," and now he's premiered another song from the album titled "Wide Awake."  Stream "Wide Awake," featuring Cat Power below and pre-order Tied To A Star from iTunes, Amazon, and Sub Pop.  Note: fans who pre-order through Sub Pop have access to an immediate full stream of the album.

J Mascis hits the road for a tour of North America this fall. Dates are posted below.

J Mascis North American tour

09/24 -- Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space
09/25 -- Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
09/26 -- Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
09/27 -- Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
09/28 -- Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
09/30 -- Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
10/01 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/IN
10/02 -- Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
10/03 -- Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
10/04 -- Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
10/05 -- St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
10/07 -- Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
10/08 -- Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
10/09 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
10/10 -- Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
10/11 -- Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/13 -- Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
10/14 -- Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
10/15 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
10/16 -- Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10/17 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/18 -- Boston, MA @ Sinclair
11/07 -- Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (Dinosaur Jr)
11/09 -- Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (J Mascis solo)
11/11 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
11/12 -- San Diego, CA @ Casbah
11/13 -- Long Beach, CA @ Alex's Bar
11/14 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
11/15 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
11/16 -- Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu
11/19 -- Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
11/20 -- Portland, Or @ Dante's
11/21 -- Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
11/22 -- Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

Published July 29th, 2014 @ 9:45 PM

Echo & the Bunnymen return to North America in August in support of the newly released album Meteorites. Several shows on the tour -- including the Detroit stop at St. Andrew's Hall on August 11th -- have sold out, however fans worldwide will still have an opportunity to see the legendary band live. Yahoo announced that Echo & the Bunnymen's show at the Showbox in Seattle will stream live on Yahoo Live on August 6th. The stream kicks off at 11:30 pm ET (8:30 pm PT) and details are available here.


Also: it appears Yahoo replays the concert the following day (continuously loops the concert archive the day after it airs up until ~ 1 hour before the next live streaming event), so if you can't stay up for the live broadcast on August 6th, head over to Yahoo during the day on August 7th to check out the re-run.

Published July 29th, 2014 @ 9:18 PM

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A newly synched concert video featuring the Cocteau Twins on 1990's Heaven Or Las Vegas tour has appeared on You Tube. The footage was captured in London on the January 11th stop of the tour, however the audio was replaced with soundboard recording from the Detroit date, which took place later that year, November 25th at the Latin Quarter. From the video uploader CocteauBuff:

"I've remastered the original Cocteau Twins London video and synched it to the superior remastered soundboard recording of the same show in Detroit. I was able to improve the video quality considerably and provide more depth to the colors. Fortunately, the video was shot well, by someone who knew the songs. Synching was possible because the Twins used backing tracks that played in perfect time. So enjoy, this is the closest thing we have to a live CT video."


Published July 23rd, 2014 @ 6:14 PM

Outward, aka Corey Philpot is a unique one-man musical project out of London, Kentucky creating a elegant blend of synth/electronic, shoegaze, and alternative. Philpot has been composing and producing music from a young age, utilizing soundscapes to explore abstract questions such as:

"What does the sound of the soul feeling its eternity of nothing and everything sound like? What would a thought sound like if it could be heard by others? What would death sound like?"

Outward certainly composed some breathtaking answers to these questions and more in last year's 4 song EP, The King's Ascension which deservedly captured the attention of Ox-4-Sound, the studio and production company founded by Ride's Mark Gardener. Come this fall a full length album from Outward titled Reverie Remedy will be released (date TBA). For now, stream The King's Ascension EP in full here, plus enjoy a few other tracks (two not featured on the EP) below. For more on Outward, visit the official website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Published July 23rd, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

Monday, July 21, 2014

Johnny Marr returns with his new solo album Playland on October 6th. Marr reveals he began working on the new batch of songs immediately after his tour cycle from the Messenger was over:

"When The Messenger came out I kept on writing. I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record."

The first single from Playland, "Easy Money" will debut shortly.  In the meantime, fans can pre-order the album now through iTunes and Amazon. The tracklisting for Playland is available to view below:

Back In The Box
Easy Money
25 Hours
The Trap
Speak Out Reach Out
Boys Get Straight
This Tension
Little King

FYI, Marr says the album title was inspired by a book written in 1938 by Dutch historian Johan Huizinga which examines the importance of play element in culture and society.

Published July 21st, 2014 @ 9:14 AM

Friday, July 18, 2014

Stream a short documentary about the decline of sound quality in the age of compressed music, mp3s, and shitty computer speakers. The Distortion of Sound features several musicians, producers, and sound engineers lamenting about how they meticulously obsess over creating high quality music, only to have listeners "enjoy" the finished product on sub-standard equipment and/or use low quality sources (mp3s, You Tube, streaming services, etc).

Though some believe this film is only for snobby audiophiles, I choose to differ. Fans who stream music, tape recordings off You Tube, or purchase mp3s should at least get an idea of a musician's stance. Besides, the film illustrates the difference (with samples) of compressed vs non-compressed music.

Warning: there's a LOT of Linkin Park in the film, especially the first half, but regardless if you love or hate the band, the film is still educational. The Distortion of Sound also features Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Slash, Hans Zimmer, Steve Aoki, and more.

Published July 18th, 2014 @ 6:37 PM

Erasure premiered the first single from its 16th studio album the Violet Flame today. Stream "Elevation" below:

"Elevation" will be released as a digital single on July 22nd (July 21st in UK/Europe) and a CD single version with extra tracks will be available in September. The Violet Flame will be released on September 23rd and is available to pre-order now through Pledge Music; more pre-order options (including iTunes) will be announced next week to coincide with the release of the digital single.

Don't miss Erasure on the road in North America this fall.

09/12 -- Miami, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach
09/13 -- Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
09/14 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theatre
09/17 -- Atlanta, GA @ Symphony Hall
09/19 -- Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club
09/21 -- Reading, PA @ Santander Performing Arts Center
09/26 -- Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata, The Music Box
09/27 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
09/28 -- Homestead, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
09/30 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
10/01 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/03 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
10/04 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
10/05 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
10/08 -- Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
10/10 -- Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
10/11 -- Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
10/12 -- San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center For the Performing Arts
10/14 -- Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
10/15 -- Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
10/17 -- New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
10/18 -- Austin, TX @ ACL Live
10/19 -- Austin, TX @ ACL Live
10/21 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
10/22 -- San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's
10/24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
10/25 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
10/26 -- Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
10/28 -- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre
10/31 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Palms Casino Resort
11/01 -- Oakland, CA @ The Fox
12/30 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
12/31 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Published July 18th, 2014 @ 5:24 PM

Very bad news indeed: Only a few weeks after the release of its new album, German darkwave/post-punk/psych band Blue Angel Lounge has decided to pack it in and call it a day. The band posted the following announcement on Facebook:

"For many reasons internal and external, we have come to the conclusion to go on separate ways, new projects and discover what we we’ve been missing while working ambitiously on this project for almost a decade.

The Blue Angel Lounge has always been a project above a conceptual band, rather a musical community of friends and people in our close environment that eventually led us to an almost predictable but unfortunately abrupt end.

We would like to thank all of our fans and admirers for all the incredibly great support and for all the unforgettable moments we will never forget.

Last but not least. We would like to apologize to all the people that were involved at Paris Psych Fest and all the fans who wanted to see us play. We are deeply sorry but we could not find a way to get everybody together for one last time to give it the proper ending it definitely deserved.

We hope the music we have managed to achieve will outlast our short existence."

R.I.P. Blue Angel Lounge.

Blue Angel Lounge was unknown in mainstream music circles, however the band was loved and respected by bands such as Interpol, Dandy Warhols, A Place to Bury Strangers, and most notably, Brian Jonestown Massacre. [The band's swan song, Sea of Trees, was released a few weeks ago through A Recordings, Anton Newcombe's record label.] The band's biggest influence was Nico and the Velvet Underground: Blue Angel Lounge was named for the New York City club which hosted Nico's first American performance, and leader Nils Ottensmeyer's vocal style has often been compared to that of a male Nico.

Sea of Trees, the new and final album, compiles a few previously released singles ("Walls") along with brand new material, including the haunting single "Desolate Sands." Take a look at the videos for "Desolate Sands" and "Walls" below, and grab Sea of Trees on CD, vinyl, or as a digital album download (links to purchase: iTunes, Amazon).

Since you won't get the chance to see them perform live again, watch a high quality recording of Blue Angel Lounge performing below:

Enjoy the video for "In Distance" (from the Ewig EP, released in 2012)

Stream the self titled album from 2008 below (buy on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp )

Narcotica, the second full length album released in 2010 (buy on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp)

Published July 18th, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

As previously reported, David J is launching a ticketed Living Room tour of North America this fall in support of his album An Eclipse of Ships. The tour will see the ex-Love & Rockets/Bauhaus bassist performing house party gigs hosted by fans! David J will perform a Living Room show in Detroit on October 16th, plus he'll perform two other gigs (a Bela performance and DJ gig) on October 17th and 18th respectively, inside the Theatre Bizarre in Detroit. Tickets for the Living Room tour dates are available exclusively through David J's official website, and come with a free download of "All The Girls I've Never Kissed" (Frank Sinatra cover).  Once a ticket is purchased all the pertinent info for the event such as location, parking info, etc, will be emailed out.

David J Living Room tour

09/07 -- Buffalo, NY (private show)
09/10 -- Baltimore, MD
09/11 -- Philadelphia, PA
09/12 -- Lancaster, PA
09/18 -- San Diego, CA
09/19 -- Bakersfield, CA (private show)
09/20 -- Orange, CA (private show)
09/21 -- San Francisco, CA
09/27 -- Petaluma, CA
09/28 -- Seattle, WA
09/29 -- Portland, OR
10/02 -- Pioneertown, CA @ Desert Stars Festival
10/08 -- Long Beach, CA (private)
10/11 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar & Billiards
10/16 -- Detroit, MI
10/17 -- Detroit, MI @ Theatre Bizarre (Bela performance)
10/18 -- Detroit, MI @ Theatre Bizarre (DJ gig)
10/21 -- Des Moines, IA (private)

Published July 16th, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

As previously reported, Mark Lanegan will be releasing his new album Phantom Radio in October. The album will be preceded by a limited edition five song EP titled No Bells On Sunday, which arrives on July 29th. "Sad Lover," the first song and video from No Bells On Sunday, is available to stream below and fans can pre-order the EP here (only 1500 copies are available in North America).  The material from No Bells On Sunday will also be released as bonus content on the deluxe edition of Phantom Radio this October (release date to be announced).

Those who haven't checked out Lanegan's recent KEXP live session are strongly encouraged to do so. Watch the magic below:

1. Judgement Time
2. interview segment
3. The Cherry Tree Carol
4. interview segment
5. I Am The Wolf
6. interview segment
7. Reaching for the Moon

Published July 15th, 2014 @ 5:56 AM

Afghan Whigs debuted the video for the new single "Matamoros," which features an impressive array of breakdancing moves. "Matamoros" is the second single from the highly recommended new album Do To The Beast. Check out the video below and don't miss the Afghan Whigs on the road in North America later this year.  Tickets for their September 10th show at St. Andrew's Hall are available here.

08/26 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
08/27 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
08/29 -- Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
08/30 -- Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival
08/31 -- Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
09/03 -- Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
09/05 -- Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
09/06 -- Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest
09/09 -- Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
09/10 -- Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
09/12 -- St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
09/12-14 Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/16 -- Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
09/18 -- Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
09/19 -- Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
09/20 -- New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theater
09/26 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Mid Point Music Festival
09/27 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
10/01 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/03 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/04 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
10/07 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
10/08 -- Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
10/11 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/23 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/24 -- Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
10/25 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
10/28 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/29 -- Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/31 -- Austin, TX @ The Mohawk

Published July 15th, 2014 @ 5:35 AM

Sunday, July 13, 2014


22 -- Heaven @ Magic Stick
23 -- Dick Dale @ Magic Bag
24 -- Camera Obscura @ Loving Touch
26 -- Soundgarden/NIN @ DTE
27 -- The Fixx @ Magic Bag
28 -- Jack White @ Fox Theater
28 -- Crocodiles @ PJ's Lager House
29 -- Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ Masonic Temple
30 -- Jack White @ Masonic Temple
31 -- Vance Joy @ Liberty Plaza


01 -- 89X Birthday Bash @ DTE
02 -- Thornetta Davis @ Magic Stick
03 -- Hospitality @ Loving Touch
06 -- Tori Amos @ Fox Theater
07 -- The Cult @ Royal Oak Music Theater
07 -- Ziggy Marley @ Soundboard
09 -- Boris @ Magic Stick
11 -- Echo & The Bunnymen @ Saint Andrew's Hall
17 -- David Gray @ Meadow Brook
22 -- Polyphonic Spree @ Magic Bag
26 -- Bleachers @ St. Andrew's Hall


06 -- 89X Chill on the Hill Day 1 @ Freedom Hill
06 -- X @ Magic Bag
06 -- New Pornographers @ Majestic Theater
07 -- 89X Chill on the Hill Day 2 @ Freedom Hill
07 -- English Beat (w/ Dave Wakeling) @ Magic Bag
08 -- Paul Weller @ St. Andrew's Hall
08 -- Elvis Costello @ Michigan Theater (rescheduled from 6/13)
10 -- Afghan Whigs @ St. Andrew's Hall
12 -- Black Keys @ Joe Louis Arena
14 -- Spoon @ Royal Oak Music Theater
14 -- Buzzcocks @ St. Andrew's Hall
16 -- Bob Mould @ Magic Stick
16 -- The War On Drugs @ Saint Andrew's Hall
16 -- Dandy Warhols @ Magic Bag
19 -- Living Colour @ Magic Bag
19 -- Shonen Knife @ Magic Stick
20 -- Gaslight Anthem @ Fillmore
20 -- Tobacco @ The Loving Touch
21 -- Hall & Oates @ Freedom Hill
21 -- GBH @ St. Andrew's Hall
21 -- Twin Shadow @ Magic Stick
23 -- Mark Kozelek @ Magic Bag
23 -- Freeman @ Magic Stick
24 -- Black Lips @ Magic Stick
30 -- Coheed & Cambria @ Fillmore Detroit
30 -- Cloud Nothings w/ Tyvek @ Magic Stick


01 -- Erasure @ Royal Oak Music Theater
05 -- il songo del marinaio (ft Mike Watt) @ Magic Stick
07 -- Agent Orange @ Magic Stick
08 -- Sharon Van Etten @ The Loving Touch
13 -- J Mascis @ Blind Pig
16 -- Pearl Jam @ Joe Louis Arena
16 -- David J (Living Room show, info here)
17 -- David J (Bela performance) @ Theatre Bizarre
18 -- David J (DJ Gig) @ Theatre Bizarre
17 -- Henry Rollins (spoken word) @ Royal Oak Music Theater
20 -- We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Magic Stick
23 -- Bastille @ Masonic Temple
28 -- The Horrors @ Magic Stick


10 -- alt-J @ Fillmore Detroit
11 -- Gruff Rhys @ The Loving Touch
13 -- Peter Hook @ Magic Bag
18 -- 89X Fall Ball w/ Fitz & the Tantrums & Big Data @ Fillmore
19 -- Julian Casablancas + the Voidz @ St. Andrew's Hall
22 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr @ Crofoot
23 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr @ Crofoot
26 -- Death From Above 1979 @ Crofoot


18 -- Adrian Belew Power Trio @ Magic Bag

Originally posted July 13th, updated/edited July 18th

Saturday, July 12, 2014

In April, Live Nation and Yahoo announced plans to launch a live streaming channel, providing fans a new free streaming concert 365 days a year.  Billboard reports Yahoo Live In Concert launches Tuesday, July 15th with its first free all-access concert.  Sadly, the Buggles* did not reunite for the momentous occasion, instead fans will have to settle for a Dave Matthews Band concert live from Jacksonville, Florida.

The tentative Yahoo Live In Concert schedule through mid-August is posted below, though please note the schedule is subject to change and the artists for some dates are yet to be announced. The channel will be featuring a variety of genres, so it's likely some more adventurous acts will be announced in the weeks to come.

Visit Yahoo Live In Concert here.

7/15 -- Dave Matthews Band
7/16 -- The Fray
7/17 -- The Neighbourhood
7/18 -- Michael Franti & Spearhead
7/19 -- KISS
7/20 -- Chevelle
7/21 -- Common
7/22 -- Everclear
7/23 -- Jurassic 5
7/24 -- 311
7/25 -- TBA
7/26 -- Ray LaMontagne
7/27 -- Three Days Grace
7/28 -- Jesse McCartney
7/29 -- Gogol Bordello
7/30 -- TBA
7/31 -- TBA
8/01 -- Toad the Wet Sprocket
8/02 -- Rixton
8/03 -- Daughtry
8/04 -- Sick Puppies
8/05 -- Gavin DeGraw
8/06 -- TBA
8/07 -- MKTO
8/08 -- The Kooks
8/09 -- David Gray
8/10 -- OneRepublic
8/11 -- Lila Downs
8/12 -- TBA
8/13 -- Emblem3

*I have no idea whether the Buggles were asked to reunite for this project, but it would have been fitting. Interestingly enough, a Buggles reunion isn't out of the question. Geoff Downes (who went on to play in Asia & Yes) was asked about the possibility of a reunion during a fan Q & A last year and he said this about ex-bandmate Trevor Horn:

"Well you never know! Trevor’s a really busy guy most of the time with his wide variety of projects and productions, but I don’t think we’d ever discount the possibility. It’s always a challenge working on new stuff, and I’d love to collaborate with Trevor again. As you know, I’m pretty busy myself right now working on new material with both Yes and Asia, as well as several other projects. So yeah, it’s not impossibility, just a matter of making the planets align so that one day we can hopefully make it happen."

Watch the first few moments of MTV's launch from August 1st, 1981 (full disclosure: this video contains a remixed version of "Video Killed The Radio Star")

Published July 12th, 2014 @ 7:01 PM

KMFDM leader En Esch launched a crowdfunding campaign through Pledge Music to fund his forthcoming solo record. Esch describes his new music as "fresh, heavy electronic and guitar driven material" and reveals ex-KMFDM/Slick Idiot guitarist Guenter Schulz guests on the record. The campaign was launched in hopes of raising money to help offset recording/production costs as well as travel expenses and visa application fees for his live band. Additionally, Esch promises to donate 10 percent of funds raised (after reaching his pledge goal) to animal protection organizations in Berlin.

Check out campaign incentives (including a lifetime guest list/access pass!) and pledge here.

By the way, Esch hasn't decided on the album title, but over the next few days he'll post a couple of different titles to see what fans think.

Published July 12th, 2014 @ 5:42 PM

Radiohead is at least starting to work on its new record in September according to guitarist Jonny Greenwood. Greenwood was interviewed by BBC Radio 6's Stuart Maconie about some of his other orchestral projects, but the host couldn't resist asking Greenwood about what was going on with Radiohead. Greenwood told Maconie that Radiohead will start "playing, rehearsing, recording" in September and will "see how it's sounding." BBC host Mary Anne Hobbs aired a snippet of the interview today (listen here around the 1:20:00 mark), and the full interview with Greenwood premieres July 20th.

Published July 12th, 2014 @ 3:45 PM
Drummer, songwriter, producer, and rock hero Tommy Ramone has died.  Ramone had been in hospice and died last night from bile duct cancer.  He was 65 years old.  The Ramones' official Facebook page announced the sad news last night:

"We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones, earlier today, 11 July 2014.

"It wasn't just music in The Ramones: it was an idea. It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music – it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different. Originally it was just an artistic type of thing; finally I felt it was something that was good enough for everybody." - Tommy Ramone, 1978"

The Ramones' Facebook page confirmed Tommy was 65 years old (born January 29th, 1949). Several news reports have erroneously been reporting his age as 62.

Tommy Ramone was the last living original member of the Ramones: Joey Ramone died in 2001, bassist Dee Dee Ramone in 2002, and guitarist Johnny Ramone in 2004.

R.I.P. Tommy Ramone

Links to Tommy Ramone tributes/obituaries:

Rolling Stone
The Guardian
Los Angeles Times
BBC News
BBC video interview

Published July 12th, 2014 @ 8:27 AM

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Veruca Salt's original lineup reunited last year and in the spring they released a 10" single -- their first new material in 16 years. They aren't stopping there -- according to Nina Gordon and Louise Post, a new full length album is in the works. The pair told City Pages that they just finished tracking the album and will likely release it this fall. Gordon and Post also talked at length about how things are going post-reunion, and from the sounds of it, their relationship couldn't be better:

"We've also been co-writing now and it's been really fun. It's something that we didn't do before. Now we're literally throwing ideas back and forth at one another and working together. For some reason that seemed too threatening when we were working together originally.

I think it's because we were trying too hard to figure out who we were as songwriters independent of one another. We were in our 20s and thought we had to be really precious about our lyrics and the song structure as we were finding ourselves. Now we feel confident in our songs and in each other's talents and abilities."

Veruca Salt is currently touring the U.S. and for the most part seem to be preaching to the converted according to Nina Gordon:

...these shows that we've played (only 5 so far) have really been mostly ├╝ber-fan shows, you know what I mean? They're small clubs and the people that are coming are people that either were too young to see us when were playing back then or people who did and have just been waiting and hoping that we would reunite."

Read the full interesting interview with Nina Gordon and Louise Post here .

07/09 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
07/10 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
07/11 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Festival
07/12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07/13 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
07/14 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
07/21 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
07/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
07/24 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
07/25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
07/26 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Published July 9th, 2014 @ 7:42 PM

The brilliant shoegazey band Whirr returns with a new album titled Sway on September 23rd. Today the band premiered a single from the album plus announced dates for a North American tour. Check out their blissful new track "Mumble" below along with the tour dates. Pre-order Sway through Graveface Records or Amazon.

08/30 -- San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
09/01 -- San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
09/02 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
09/03 -- Tempe, AZ @ 51 West
09/05 -- Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
09/06 -- Austin, TX @ Red 7
09/07 -- Houston, TX @ Mangos
09/09 -- Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
09/10 -- Savannah, GA @ Graveface Records
09/11 -- Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
09/12 -- Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
09/13 -- Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
09/14 -- Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
09/15 -- New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
09/16 -- New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
09/17 -- Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
09/18 -- Hamden, CT @ The Space
09/19 -- Montreal, QB @ Pop Montreal
09/20 -- Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
09/21 -- Cleveland, OH @ Mahalls
09/22 -- Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
09/23 -- Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
09/24 -- St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
09/26 -- Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Collective
09/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed
09/28 -- Boise, ID @ The Crux
09/29 -- Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
09/30 -- Vancouver, BC @ The Electric Owl
10/01 -- Portland, OR @ Slabtown

Published July 9th, 2014 @ 7:23 PM

Mark Lanegan performed a live session for Seattle's KEXP last week. During the session, Lanegan revealed his new solo album, Phantom Radio, will be released in October.  He also performed two songs from the album, "Judgement Time," and "I Am The Wolf," during the live session.  Stream the session and interview below:

1. Judgement Time
2. interview segment
3. The Cherry Tree Carol
4. interview segment
5. I Am The Wolf
6. interview segment
7. Reaching for the Moon

For those who just want to watch the new songs:

Published July 9th, 2014 @ 6:55 PM

The Breeders announced dates for a short run of North America today, plus informed fans that they're going to perform some new songs on the tour. Back in March, Kim Deal revealed that the Breeders were just starting to record some new songs, so from the sounds of things, a new album might be released by year's end.

Read the Breeders' short update and check out the tour itinerary below:

"Since completing our eight-month, 60-date world tour performing Last Splash, we’ve been working on new material.

This September, we will debut a selection of new songs with a series of dates leading up to a show at the Hollywood Bowl where—joined by Carrie Bradley—we’ll share the stage with Neutral Milk Hotel."

9/02 -- St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
9/03 -- Kansas City, MO @ the Record Bar
9/05 -- Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
9/07 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
9/08 -- Garden City, ID @ Visual Arts Collective
9/10 -- Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
9/11 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
9/13 -- San Jose, CA @ C2SV
9/16 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
9/17 -- San Diego, CA @ Casbah
9/18 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

Published July 9th, 2014 @ 6:31 PM

Monday, July 7, 2014

Morrissey releases his new studio album World Peace Is None Of Your Business on July 15th. The album is streaming ahead of its release all this week over at NPR. Check it out here.

Pre-order World Peace Is None Of Your Business through iTunes, or Amazon. Several exclusive bundles, including a limited edition box set edition, are available to order here.

Published July 7th, 2014 @ 5:43 AM

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Morrissey's record label, Harvest Records, launched a website today titled Letters To Morrissey. Though there's no guarantee Moz will actually read anything posted on the website, fans are urged to submit any thoughts or commentary they'd like to share with the legend. Sounds like there's potential for things to get out of hand, but do check it out here.

Morrissey returns with his new album World Peace Is None Of Your Business on July 15th. Fans can enjoy an exclusive stream of the album on record release day on the official Peta website.

Published July 3rd, 2014 @ 9:08 PM

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

French electronic duo Telepopmusik teamed up with Ride's Mark Gardener for a collaborative track titled "Sound." The digital single was released this week on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, plus the video for the track is available to view below. 

The video features Japanese visual artist Pyuupiru, who portrays a "snow monster queen that lives in the heart of the main character of the film Monster Club." The end is kind of creepy, fyi.

A full length album from Telepopmusik will be released in the fall. Mark Gardener is expected to release his collaborative album with Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie later this year.

Published July 2nd, 2014 @ 2:13 PM

Oasis announced the latest reissue in the Chasing The Sun - Oasis in the 90s series. The 1995 classic album (What's the Story) Morning Glory will be reissued on September 30th (a day earlier in UK/Europe) and will include tons of bonus material such as previously unreleased demos and live material. Similar the reissue for Definitely Maybe, several versions of the remastered edition of (What's the Story) Morning Glory will be available: standard CD/digital download, 3 CD special edition/digital download, vinyl edition (comes with download code for bonus material), super deluxe box set (special packaging, 3 CD set and vinyl edition of the album, coffee table book, extensive sleeve notes, replicated 12" promo, 7" vinyl, and a replicated cassette).

Pre-order from the official Oasis website and check out a teaser for the reissue below along with the tracklisting for the 3 CD special edition set:

Disc 1

1. Hello
2. Roll With It
3. Wonderwall
4. Don’t Look Back In Anger
5. Hey Now!
6. [Untitled]
7. Some Might Say
8. Cast No Shadow
9. She’s Electric
10. Morning Glory
11. [Untitled]
12. Champagne Supernova

Disc 2

1. Talk Tonight
2. Acquiesce
3. Headshrinker
4. It’s Better People
5. Rockin’ Chair
6. Step Out
7. Underneath The Sky
8. Cum On Feel The Noize
9. Round Are Way
10. The Swamp Song
11. The Masterplan
12. Bonehead’s Bank Holiday
13. Champagne Supernova (Brendan Lynch Mix)
14. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

Disc 3

1. Acquiesce (Live At Earls Court)
2. Some Might Say (Demo)
3. Some Might Say (Live at Roskilde)
4. She’s Electric (Demo)
5. Talk Tonight (Live At Bath Pavilion)
6. Rockin’ Chair (Demo)
7. Hello (Live At Roskilde)
8. Roll With It (Live At Roskilde)
9. Morning Glory (Live At Roskilde)
10. Hey Now (Demo)
11. Bonehead’s Bank Holiday (Demo)
12. Round Are Way (MTV Unplugged)
13. Cast No Shadow (Live At Maine Road)
14. The Masterplan (Live At Knebworth Park)

Published July 2nd, 2014 @ 9:45 AM

New Order kicked off its North American tour in Chicago last night. Along with a set of greatest hits, the band performed their new song "Singularity" and debuted a brand new song tentatively titled "Plastic." Watch video of "Plastic" plus check out the setlist below.

New Order fans may also be interested in this: Bernard Sumner's autobiography Chapter and Verse [New Order, Joy Division, and me] will be released on September 25th.

Age of Consent
Your Silent Face
Californian Grass
Bizarre Love Triangle
5 8 6
True Faith
The Perfect Kiss
Blue Monday
Love Will Tear Us Apart

New Order continue to tour North America this month. Dates are posted below.

7/03 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
7/06 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
7/08 -- Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
7/11 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater

Published July 2nd, 2014 @ 9:15 AM

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bernard Sumner's highly anticipated autobiography will be released in September 25th in the U.K. Chapter and Verse [New Order, Joy Division and me] details Sumner's extraordinary life as a member of seminal band Joy Division and frontman of New Order. From the official listing:

"Chapter and Verse includes a vivid and illuminating account of Bernard's Salford childhood, the early days of Joy Division, the band's enormous critical and popular success, and the subsequent tragic death of Ian Curtis. Bernard describes the formation of New Order, takes us behind the scenes at the birth of classics such as 'Blue Monday' and gives his first-hand account of the ecstasy and the agony of the Ha├žienda days.

Sometimes moving, often hilarious and occasionally completely out of control, this is a tale populated by some of the most colourful and creative characters in music history, such as Ian Curtis, Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton and Martin Hannett. Others have told parts of the story, in film and book form. Now, for the first time, Bernard Sumner gives you chapter and verse."

Pre-order Chapter and Verse from Random House or Amazon UK. A North American release has not yet been announced.

Meanwhile New Order kicks off its mini-tour of North America with a sold out show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom tonight.

7/03 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
7/06 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
7/08 -- Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
7/11 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater

Published July 1st, 2014 @ 5:43 AM