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

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2014/01/31

Peter Buck is preparing to release his new solo album,  I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once AgainAccording to Buck, the album will be released "any day now" through Little Axe Records along with other record shops.   In a posting on the official R.E.M. website, Buck explained the title of the new album as well as his philosophy on making and releasing music:

"No false modesty, maybe no modesty at all, I once saw an orangutan try to break into a box of live lobsters on Hollywood Blvd. That blew my mind. I am hoping my album does the same for yours"

The last record I put out I gave the working phone number of the record company as a contact point. I got a panicked phone call at 12:30pm the next day from Eric who owns and manages Mississippi Records. He was completely freaked out, their answering machine was full and the phone was ringing every 15 seconds. In an outraged voice he told me, "We had to unplug the phone!"

A sane person might ask, who wants to be on a record label who unplugs their phone on the day of release because of too many orders? That person would be me. I spent over 30 years in what is laughably called the professional music business, and I came to the conclusion that there were 3 things that I loved: writing songs, recording songs, and playing songs. So that is how I run my business in conjunction with Mississippi Records: no interviews, no photos, no videos, no promo copies for radio play or reviews. The record is out there. It can be found. And I am pleasured beyond belief that 6,000 of you managed to find the last one. We have pressed up more this time so they should be easier to get. I am doing exactly what I love in exactly the way I want to do it. 

For more on the new Peter Buck record, visit R.E.M.'s website.

Don't miss Peter Buck on tour this spring.  The Detroit area date is February 21st at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.

Published on January 31st, 2014 @ 6:48 AM
U2 are set to premiere their new song "Invisible" on Sunday. A portion of the song will be included in an ad running during the Superbowl -- the ad includes highlights of U2 performing the new track in Los Angeles. As previously reported, after the commercial airs, the single will be available as a free song download on iTunes for 24 hours after its premiere, courtesy of Bank of America. Bank of America announced that as part of their new partnership with (RED), they'll donate one dollar for each download of "Invisible" (up to 2 million dollars/downloads) to (RED)'s Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

Today U2 posted a trailer for "Invisible" which can be viewed below:



Published on January 31st, 2014 @ 5:34 AM

2014/01/30

Aztec Camera's debut record High Land, Hard Rain is being reissued as an expanded two-disc set on February 18th. The reissue celebrates the album's 30th anniversary even if a bit late -- HLHR was originally released in 1983 -- though last December Aztec Camera marked the anniversary with a handful of gigs in the U.K. Regardless, the 2014 version of the album boasts remastered original material plus a bonus disc with alternate mixes and live session tracks. Stream the anniversary edition in full ahead of its release now on Pitchfork. Pre-order through Amazon.

The tracklisting for the reissue is posted below some video of Roddy Frame performing "Oblivious" at the Aztec Camera 30th anniversary gig in Glasgow on December 4th, 2013:





Disc 1

01. Oblivious
02. The Boy Wonders
03. Walk Out to Winter
04. The Bugle Sounds Again
05. We Could Send Letters
06. Pillar to Post
07. Release
08. Lost Outside the Tunnel
09. Back On Board
10. Down the Dip

Disc 2

01. Pillar to Post (Single Version)
02. Queen's Tattoos
03. Orchid Girl
04. Haywire
05. Walk Out to Winter (John Brand Version)
06. Walk Out to Winter (Tony Mansfield Version)
07. Oblivious (Colin Fairley Remix)
08. Oblivious (Langer/Winstanley Remix)
09. Oblivious (US Remix)
10. Back on Board (Live on CFNY)
11. Walk out to Winter (Kid Jensen Session)
12. Down The Dip (Kid Jensen Session)
13. Back On Board (Kid Jensen Session)
14. Release (Kid Jensen Session)

Published on January 30th, 2014 @ 9:45 AM
New Order's classic album Technique was released 25 years ago today. Technique, recorded in Ibiza in 1988 and released in 1989, is a non-stop assault of infectious dance grooves.  The influential dance album sounds just as good in 2014 as it did when it was released.  Enjoy Technique's videos and the full album stream below:









Published on January 30th, 2014 @ 9:07 AM

2014/01/29

After announcing their official return yesterday, Slowdive's Nick Chaplin posted a blog on the official Slowdive website detailing the band's decision to return. In the posting he called band rehearsals "challenging, but fun" and said Slowdive will be announcing more shows over the coming weeks, revealing "we are looking forward to returning to some old haunts and especially going to some places we’ve never visited too."

Read the full posting over at the official Slowdive website

Another interview with Slowdive is expected to be posted up on The Quietus later today.



Published on January 29th, 2014 @ 5:36 AM

2014/01/28

Afghan Whigs announced they've returned to Sub Pop and are set to release their first album in 16 years on April 15th. So far the band has only revealed the album title, Do To The Beast, and cover art (posted above), but promise more info will be announced soon.

Afghan Whigs reunited in 2012 for live shows and released a couple of cover songs (Marie "Queeny" Lyons' "See and Don't See" and Frank Ocean's "Love Crimes") through their official website.





Published on January 28th, 2014 @ 6:57 PM

Over the last couple of weeks rumors have been swirling about a Slowdive reunion, and today the band made it official. In a message posted on their newly launched site, they annnounced they'll make their grand live return at Primavera Sound 2014 in Barcelona in May. Additionally, in an interview with the Quietus, Neil Halstead revealed that they're considering putting together a new album:

"We had our first rehearsal last week, which was fun. We were surprisingly good. Quite a few of the songs came back quickly"

"The initial impetus was the idea of doing some new music. It seemed easier to do that because it’s not so public. But then we thought it would be good if we could raise a bit of money to make the record, and doing a couple of gigs would enable us to do that. And that’s the way it shaped up – while we’re rehearsing we can see if we’ve got another record in us."

A full interview with Slowdive premieres tomorrow on the Quietus, but for now you can read their preview article here.

UPDATE: A new posting about the band's reunion has been posted on Slowdive's official site. More tour dates will be announced soon!

Follow Slowdive on Twitter and visit their official site here.





Published on January 28th, 2014 @ 3:30 PM
Oakland guitar wizards/shoegazers Wander formed in 2012 and released a four song ep Short Story Collection last year, and now they've released their stellar debut full length album Mourning. Fans of instrumental shoegaze or guitar rock like Explosions in the Sky will swoon over this beautiful record. Enjoy a few tracks below, plus stream it in full and grab Mourning as a name-your-own-price download on Bandcamp.





Catch up with Wander on Facebook and Tumblr.

Published on January 28th, 2014 @ 1:25 PM
The Dandy Warhols are releasing their first-ever live album on March 25th. Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia Live was recorded last June in Portland on the 13/13/13 tour (13 date tour marking the 13th anniversary of the 13 track album Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia). The live album will be available on cd, double vinyl, and as a digital download - the vinyl version will include two bonus tracks.

The Dandy Warhols also announced they're hitting the road in 2014 and will (mostly) play some cities they haven't been to in awhile. Dates for the tour and tracklisting for the album are posted below some video filmed on last year's tour:






North American tour

4/23 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
4/24 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
4/28 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
4/29 - Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Sol Stage
5/01 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
5/03 - Plano, TX @ Suburbia Music Festival
5/04 - Plano, TX @ Suburbia Music Festival
5/05 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
5/06 - Louisville, TN @ Mercury Ballroom
5/08 - St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
5/09 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
5/10 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater

Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia Live

01. Godless
02. Mohammed
03. Nietzsche
04. Country Leaver
05. Solid
06. Horse Pills
07. Get Off
08. Sleep
09. Cool Scene
10. Bohemian Like You
11. Shakin
12. Big Indian
13. The Gospel
14. Genius (bonus track)
15. Pete International Airport/Boys Better (bonus track)

Published on January 28th, 2014 @ 11:03 AM
Arctic Monkeys performed their smooth and cool smash hit "Do I Wanna Know" from AM on Letterman last night. Check out the performance below:



Arctic Monkeys kick off their North American tour January 30th in Miami.  All of the dates on the tour, including the February 12th show at the Fillmore Detroit, are sold out.

1/30 - Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
1/31 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
2/01 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
2/03 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
2/04 - Richmond, VA @ The National
2/06 - Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
2/07 - Portland, ME @ State Theater
2/08 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Gardens
2/10 - Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
2/11 - Columbus, OH @ LC Indoor Pavilion
2/12 - Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
2/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
2/15 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

Published on January 28th, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

2014/01/27

The Pixies premiered the video for their new song "Magdalena" today and is posted below along with the band's last video "Blue Eyed Hexe." Both songs are from EP 2 which was released at the beginning of January.





The Pixies are currently on tour in North America and play the Fillmore Detroit on February 8th. As part of their tour, the Pixies will perform a live session for Seattle's KEXP on February 18th at 12:30 PM ET. The session is scheduled to stream live via KEXP's newly launched video channel. More info on that is posted here.

1/29 - Richmond, VA @ National Theatre
1/31 - Durham, NC @ Durham PAC
2/01 - Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
2/02 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
2/04 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
2/06 - St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
2/07 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
2/08 - Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
2/09 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
2/11 - Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
2/13 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore
2/14 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Tavern
2/15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
2/17 - Vancouver @ Orpheum Theatre
2/18 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
2/19 - Portland, OR @ Schnitzer
2/21 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
2/22 - San Jose, CA @ Civic Theater
2/23 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
2/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
2/25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
2/27 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
2/28 - Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
3/01 - Austin, TX @ Music Hall

Published on January 27th, 2014 @ 7:02 PM
Kraftwerk was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 56th annual Grammy Awards this weekend. The band was honored at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception held January 25th (a day prior to the live televised ceremony) and Kraftwerk's Ralf Hütter was on hand to accept the golden gramophone on behalf of the band. During Hütter's acceptance speech, he reportedly quoted lyrics to "the Robots":

“We’re charging our battery.
And now we’re full of energy.
We’re functioning automatic.
And we are dancing mechanic
We are programmed just to do
Anything you want us to
We are the robots.
Thank you.”

Video of a portion of Hütter's acceptance speech is included in the Special Merit Awards Ceremony highlight reel posted here and check out pictures of Hütter snapped at the ceremony here and here.





Published on January 27th, 2014 @ 5:14 AM

2014/01/25

Black Submarine, the new band featuring ex-Verve members Nick McCabe and Simon Jones release their debut album, New Shores, on March 9th in the U.K. (Amazon is showing a February 3rd release date for North America). Last year the band debuted the album track "Black Submarine" (written when the band was still calling themselves Black Ships) and is still offering it as a free download.  Black Submarines has now premiered the video for the new song "Here So Rain" which is posted below along with the tracklisting for the album.





New Shores tracklisting

01. Black Submarine
02. Here So Rain
03. Heart First
04. The Love In Me
05. Move Me A Mountain
06. Is This All We Feel
07. Everything That Happened To Me Is You
08. Lover
09. Heavy Day
10. You've Never Been Here

Published on January 25th, 2014 @ 7:05 PM

U2 are just days away from unveiling their new single, "Invisible." The Danger Mouse-produced track will be included in a commercial airing during the Superbowl (February 2nd), and after the ad airs "Invisible" will be available as a free download from iTunes for 24 hours after its premiere, courtesy of Bank of America. Bank of America announced that as part of their new partnership with (RED), they'll donate one dollar for each download of "Invisible" (up to 2 million dollars/downloads) to (RED)'s Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

U2's Superbowl commercial is a video featuring highlights of the band performing "Invisible" - the full song/performance video directed by Mark Romaneka will be released in the coming weeks.

For more info, visit the official U2 website.

Published on January 25th, 2014 @ 4:18 PM

2014/01/23

As the Pixies kicked off their North American tour last week, Salon caught up with Black Francis for an interview. The Pixies leader discussed the music industry, social media, technology, and how Kim Shattuck scooped them on announcing her departure from the tour ("we didn't feel it was necessary to say anything...it's not like we had a big fistfight on stage or something like that.") The most interesting part of the interview was when the discussion turned to Kim Deal and the emotional connection fans have with her:

"There’s a lot of emotional attachment. I think when there is a woman involved, there is more emotion involved...people feel emotional about our band and its magical lineup, Kim Deal especially."

"Kim Deal only has to play one fucking note,” he laughs. “She walks out there puffing a cigarette and everyone goes, ‘Yeah! I wanna marry you!’ That’s the reaction, you know? I can scream my brains out, lay out all this pathos, expunge my soul in front of everybody, but they just go, ‘Yeah right, that’s a pretty good trick but where’s Kim Deal?’ I’m just saying."

Read the full interview with Black Francis over at Salon.

The Pixies are on the road playing dates in North America with touring bassist Paz Lenchantin. Check out the dates below the band's video for new single "Blue Eyed Hexe" (from EP 2) and some live footage.





1/24 - Philadelphia @ Electric Factory
1/25 - Pittsburgh @ Carnegie Music Hall
1/26 - Washington DC @ Strathmore
1/29 - Richmond, VA @ National Theatre
1/31 - Durham, NC @ Durham PAC
2/01 - Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
2/02 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
2/04 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
2/06 - St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
2/07 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
2/08 - Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
2/09 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
2/11 - Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
2/13 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore
2/14 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Tavern
2/15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
2/17 - Vancouver @ Orpheum Theatre
2/18 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
2/19 - Portland, OR @ Schnitzer
2/21 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
2/22 - San Jose, CA @ Civic Theater
2/23 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
2/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
2/25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
2/27 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
2/28 - Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
3/01 - Austin, TX @ Music Hall

Published on January 23rd, 2014 @ 5:24 AM
Last night Arcade Fire played a show in Melbourne ahead of their dates on the Big Day Out Festival. During the show, as a nod to Australian royalty/legends INXS, Arcade Fire covered the classic "Devil Inside." Some fantastic fan footage was captured at the show by mcharge2 - check out the performance of "Devil Inside" and Reflektor's "Here Comes The Night" below. Yes, they wore the masks at least for part of the set.  Via Consequence of Sound and NME.



Arcade Fire play Big Day Out through February 2nd and kick off their North America tour on March 6th before heading to the Palace on March 10th. Dates are posted below:

3/06 Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
3/08 Minneapolis, MN — Target Center
3/10 Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
3/13 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
3/14 Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
3/16 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
3/17 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
3/18 Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena
4/09 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
4/10 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
4/23 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
4/26 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
4/27 St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
4/29 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
5/01 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
5/02 Atlanta, GA – Aaron's Amphitheare at Lakewood
7/30 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
8/08 Seattle, WA – Gorge Amphiteater
8/11 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
8/12 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
8/14 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
8/17 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
8/19 Boston, MA – Comcast Center
8/22 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
8/23 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
8/26 Chicago, IL – United Center
8/30 Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau

Published on January 23rd, 2014 @ 5:01 AM

2014/01/22

Band leader Matthew Hilt moved from Wales to New York City to form post-punk outfit Drowners back in 2011. Last spring the four piece released an ep titled Between Us Girls and later wowed fans at Lollapalooza in Chicago. The band's highly anticipated self-titled debut album Drowners finally drops January 28th and includes 12 (13, if you buy the version on Amazon) catchy guitar driven tracks in the vein of the Strokes, Parquet Courts, Vaccines, and Palma Violets. I loved this band and record upon first listen, and if you love Drowners' aforementioned influences you likely will too. Stream the record in full over at Gigwise or Rolling Stone.

Check out two videos from the album along with a handful of Drowners' tour dates below:





1/30 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
1/31 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
2/06 - Washington DC @ DC9 Nightclub
2/07 - Philadelphia, PA @ KungFu Necktie

Published on January 22nd, 2014 @ 3:43 PM

2014/01/21

The Foo Fighters were hanging in Chicago last night at Piece, which is owned by Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick. According to a posting on Reddit, Dave Grohl and the band took the L (public transportation) to the pizza place and were allegedly chewed out by one of the Chicago Transit Authority associates on board for filming on the train (which is prohibited). 

Check out a few pictures uploaded on Twitter of Grohl & the gang below via Piece and Jim Hanke 







Published on January 21st, 2014 @ 5:04 PM
The new dreampop Cocteau Twins spinoff band Snowbird releases its debut album Moon in the U.K. on January 28th. The project features Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins) and singer Stephanie Dosen, who does her best to channel Elizabeth Fraser's velvety vocals. The album also features Radiohead's Philip Selway and Ed O'Brien. Moon will be released on February 4th (in the U.S.) and the album is streaming in full ahead of its release this week over at Pitchfork. Stream the album here and check out the official video for "Porcelain" as well as some live footage of Snowbird performing after they first formed in 2009.





Published on January 21st, 2014 @ 12:42 PM



2014/01/20

Over the last few years Billy Corgan has been on a tear reissuing the Smashing Pumpkins' back catalog as expanded sets with an extraordinary amount of bonus material.  So far deluxe editions of Gish, Siamese Dream, The Aeroplane Flies High, Pisces Iscariot, and Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness have all been reissued, and next on the list is 1998's Adore.  Today Corgan confirmed the bonus material for the reissue will include five discs: four audio CDs and one DVD. Adore is currently being remastered by Howie Weinberg. An official release date for the Adore reissue has not been announced, but it's expected later this year. Corgan previously announced that he's planning on reissuing the entire Smashing Pumpkins' catalog as well as material he released with Zwan. His announcement video about the reissue project (from 2011) is posted below:



Published on January 20th, 2014 @ 7:13 PM
Today Damon Albarn premiered the title track to his debut solo album Everyday Robots and confirmed the album's April 28th release date. Check out the super cool video for "Everyday Robots" below and pre-order the album on iTunes. The title track will be available as a digital single on iTunes and Amazon on January 21st (cover art for the single is posted above).



Published on January 20th, 2014 @ 6:42 PM

Psychedelic gazers Temples release their album Sun Structures on February 11th. The band premiered the video for the new single "Mesmerize" today on Fader and can be viewed below.  The 60s-ish single was released digitally by Heavenly Records last week in the U.K. but won't be available in the U.S. until the full record gets released in February.



Temples return to the U.S. in April to play Coachella. So far no other North American dates have been announced.

Published on January 20th, 2014 @ 6:41 PM
U2 have been confirmed as the first musical guest on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Current host Jay Leno officially hands the reins of the Tonight Show over to Fallon on February 17th. U2 are expected to perform a new song on the program and it's highly likely the band will be interviewed by Fallon as well.  U2 are scheduled to release the follow up to 2009's No Line On The Horizon in June, and a new video is expected to premiered during the Superbowl festivities on February 2nd.



Published on January 20th, 2014 @ 6:22 PM

2014/01/19

In December, Damon Albarn premiered a trailer informing fans he was planning on releasing a solo album at some point in 2014, and today more details regarding the release have been floating around the internet. The source of the news is Revolt, who reports a single "Everyday Robots" (the album's title track) will be released as a digital download and limited edition 7" single on March 3rd, then the full 12-song album Everyday Robots arrives on April 28th. Additionally a deluxe edition of the release is expected to include a bonus DVD with live material.

None of the release dates have been officially confirmed, but Albarn is playing a gig at Sundance tonight and will likely be confirming details later tonight. For now check out the tracklisting for the standard version of Everyday Robots below via Pitchfork as well as a new album trailer.



01. Everyday Robots
02. Hostiles
03. Lonely Press Play
04. Mr. Tembo
05. Parakeet
06. The Selfish Giant
07. You and Me
08. Hollow Ponds
09. Seven High
10. Photographs (You Are Taking Now)
11. The History of a Cheating Heart
12. Heavy Seas of Love

Published on January 19th, 2014 @ 7:18 PM
Al Jourgensen has announced he's checking himself in for rehab in February for alcohol. Jourgensen quit heroin and crack several years ago on his own, but he's decided rehab is the way to go for help with his drinking issues. He posted the following message on Facebook last night:

"My sobriety will not and I repeat not knock off my sarcasm...if anything....it will intensify....I appreciate the support from my brother and family.....kicked dope and crack by myself...but I need help on this one....so all your thoughts and prayers are more than welcome......thanx !"

Jourgensen has been very candid about his drug and alcohol use (and other debauchery!) in interviews and his recent autobiography Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen

Published on January 19th, 2014 @ 7:49 AM

2014/01/15

Suede guitarist Bernard Butler is running the London Marathon on April 13th to raise money for children with cerebral palsy. He's set up a fundraising page for the Bobath Centre in London, which provides therapy and support for children with cerebral palsy.

"Running the London Marathon will be a challenge and I am already training to make sure I get round in one piece. However, it will all be over in a few hours, but for children with cerebral palsy the challenges last a lifetime."

Those interested in donating can visit Butler's fundraising page here.



Published on January 15th, 2014 @ 6:45 PM
After seven years of being without a label deal, Morrissey signed a worldwide record contract and will return with a new album later this year. According to a report in Music Week, Morrissey's new album will be released on Harvest Records/Capitol Records (parent company Universal Records) during the second half of 2014. The report includes a statement from Capitol Records' bigwig Steve Barnett:

"Morrissey is clearly one of music’s most important and influential artists. He is the rare soul who has stayed consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he first exploded onto the scene in the 1980s. We are so happy that he has chosen Capitol Music Group as his home and that his forthcoming album on Harvest will bring new Morrissey music to the world."

Morrissey is scheduled to record his new album in France on February 1st. 

The above news has also been confirmed by Morrissey's press site True To You:

"Morrissey has signed a two-album deal with Capitol Music in Los Angeles. He is set to record a new album in France starting on February 1st. Producer is Joe Chiccarelli, and musicians are Boz Boorer (guitar), Jesse Tobias (guitar), Gustavo Manzur (piano), Solomon Walker (bass guitar) and Matt Walker (drums). This will be Morrissey's first album since Years Of Refusal, which was recorded in 2008. Morrissey has been signed by Steve Barnett at Capitol Music."

Published on January 15th, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

2014/01/14

Over the past few weeks French metal-turned-shoegaze duo Alcest debuted a couple of tracks from their fourth full length album Shelter , and now the record is streaming in full ahead of its January 21st release. Envelop yourself in the ethereal, dream-gaze grooves this week over at Pitchfork Advance. Pre-order Shelter from Amazon (there's a standard, deluxe, and colored vinyl version to choose from), and catch up with Alcest on Facebook.



Published on January 14th, 2014 @ 9:20 PM

2014/01/13

Kraftwerk are coming to North America for a residency in Los Angeles as well as a handful of dates surrounding the L.A. gigs. Kraftwerk will tackle each of their albums during the residency, and the remainder of the dates will (according to a press release) include "perfectly synchronized audiovisual spectacle complete with pristine digital sound and 3-D projections." Dates for the tour are posted below. For more info on Kraftwerk, visit their official site.



3/13 - Mexico City, Mexico @ El Plaza Condesa
3/14 - Mexico City, Mexico @ El Plaza Condesa
3/15 - Mexico City, Mexico @ El Plaza Condesa
3/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
3/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
3/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
3/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
3/20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
3/20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
3/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
3/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
3/23 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
3/24 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
3/25 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
3/27 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
3/29 - Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
3/30 - Montreal, QB @ Metropolis
4-24 & 25 - Asheville, NC @ Moogfest

Published on January 13th, 2014 @ 9:23 PM

2014/01/12

David Bowie announced today that Parlophone is releasing a limited edition 40th anniversary "Rebel Rebel" 7" picture disc. The A-side features the original single mix of "Rebel Rebel" which has been unavailable on vinyl single since the 80s (never released on cd), and the AA-side is a remixed edit of the US version of the single. The photographs on the disc were taken of Bowie while in Amsterdam promoting the single and recording the "Rebel Rebel" video for Dutch television in February 1974. "Rebel Rebel" originally was released in 1974 on Diamond Dogs.

The "Rebel Rebel" picture disc is the seventh in the limited edition 40th anniversary series and will be released on March 10th.

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Published on January 12th, 2014 @ 7:05 PM

Nitzer Ebb's Douglas McCarthy & Cyrusrex formed a new electro project last year called DJMREX and released a six-song ep titled EP1 on December 30th. Stream "Rules Of History" from EP1 below and stream it in full over at Bandcamp. Purchase EP1 from iTunes, Amazon, or Bandcamp. Catch up with DJMREX on Facebook.



Published on January 12th, 2014 @ 6:32 PM



U2 are preparing to announce details for their new album - their first since 2009's No Line On The Horizon. The band reportedly spent the week in Santa Monica shooting an album video/trailer which is expected to air during the Super Bowl. Other reports suggest the band will unveil a new song along with the video during the Super Bowl. The new album from U2 is expected to be released in April though the band has not confirmed a release date.

UPDATE @ 11:08 AM: U2 performed an unannounced three song acoustic set last night at Sean Penn's Help Haiti Home Gala benefit at the Hollywood Ballroom. So far video of the performance isn't available but a collage of photos has appeared on You Tube and can be viewed below:



Check out the official music video for U2's latest single, "Ordinary Love," which was released as a limited edition 7" single for Black Friday Record Store Day and appears on the soundtrack to Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.



Published on January 12th, 2014 @ 6:59 AM

2014/01/11

An excellent documentary on New Order's classic anthem "Blue Monday" made the rounds on the 'net this week after debuting on Swedish public broadcasting service (SVT) show Hitlåtens Historia in December. The 30 minute film explores the history and making of "Blue Monday" and includes vintage video as well as new interviews with the band and graphic artist Peter Saville. Check out the documentary here. "Blue Monday" celebrates its 31st anniversary in March.  Here's another look back at "Blue Monday" I posted last year for the 30th anniversary.

New Order is heading back to the U.S. for a performance at the 24th annual Tibet House benefit concert on March 11th at NYC's Carnegie Hall. Other artists scheduled to perform include Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and the National. Read more about the event here and catch up with New Order here.

In November Peter Hook announced he'll continue to tour New Order albums in 2014. Hooky has announced live dates in the U.K. for his Low Life/Brotherhood tour and is expected to tour the albums eventually in North America. Catch up with Peter Hook here.

Published on January 11th, 2014 @ 11:53 AM
John Grant performed his Pale Green Ghosts hit "GMF" on Letterman January 8th. Interestingly enough Grant sang the MF part of the song (which was bleeped) during the first chorus then he seemed to catch himself later in the song and changed the lyrics to "greatest living creature." After the song was over Letterman shook hands with Grant and made a bit of a joke over the MF dropping. Check it all out below.



Grant's brilliant album Pale Green Ghosts was released in 2013 and includes backing vocals from Sinead O'Connor. Stream the album in full here and check out video of Grant & O'Connor performing "GMF" together in Dublin below:



Published on January 11th, 2014 @ 10:58 AM

2014/01/08

A report is circulating on the internet that the Brothers Gallagher (Liam Gallagher & Noel Gallagher) have patched things up and are planning to open a pub in Manchester titled Champagne Supernova. The feuding Oasis brothers are alleged to have reunited last month after their mother forced them to attend a family wedding in Ireland ("a few family members are expecting it to be awkward" lol). The well known U.K. tabloid, The Daily Star is reporting the story and is citing an anonymous source and "insider" so take it for what you will.  The Daily Star's report isn't accessible online but a regurgitated version is posted here. [Link via an awesome musician in Manchester named Louis Barabbas. Check out his music here.]



Published on January 8th, 2014 @ 6:29 PM
Fans of synthy 80s influenced music take note: Toronto's dark synthwave act Trust (aka Robert Alfons) return with a new album Joyride on March 4th. From the sounds of things, Joyride pretty much picks up where the 2012's full length TRST left off. Stream the new track "Rescue, Mister" and album teaser below, and pre-order Joyride from Arts & Crafts.





Catch up with Trust on Facebook.

Published on January 8th, 2014 @ 4:10 PM

Buzz-worthy psychedelic U.K. band TOY released their second album Join The Dots in the U.K. last month and the album was finally released in North America this week. If the album somehow escaped your radar in the busy month of December, be sure to check out the album and TOY now. Order from iTunes, Amazon, or your favorite record store. Don't miss TOY on their short & sweet North American tour which is coming to Detroit on January 15th. Full itinerary is posted below:





TOY North American Tour

1/09 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery
1/10 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
1/14 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
1/15 - Detroit, MI @ PJ's Lager House
1/16 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
1/18 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
1/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

Published on January 8th, 2014 @ 3:37 PM

2014/01/05

U2 were honored with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 2014 Palm Springs Film Festival Gala last night. Though past recipients of the award have been film directors, festival chairman Harold Matzner decided to honor U2 for their "unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease and social injustice." Watch video of Bono & the Edge accepting the award along with a short interview clip below via U2 News and scatterolight:





Published on January 5th, 2014 @ 3:48 PM

French shoegaze duo Alcest return with their fourth album Shelter on January 21st. The new album is a further departure from the band's metal roots and thrusts them fully into the shoegaze/ethereal genre with the help of producer Birgir Jón Birgisson (Sigur Ros) and Slowdive's Neil Halstead.  Stream the new track "Délivrance" and enjoy the band's brilliant and colorful video for another track titled "Opale" below. Pre-order Shelter from Amazon and catch up with Alcest on Facebook.





Published on January 5th, 2014 @ 3:10 PM

2014/01/03

Morrissey's official site True To You posted answers to part six of his ongoing fan Q & A series. Moz discussed several subjects near and dear to him like animal rights and vegetarianism, plus he discussed his influences and his own impact.  He also took a few swipes at the music industry:

"I am not given credit for being a universal voice, yet I see the incredible results all around me. If a record company ever promoted me on a worldwide level it would explode. I have never been with a label that saw me as anything but an oddity. I am not at all odd. I am simply speaking for now.

"The actuality is that radio stations will not play my music, and the majority of people have lost faith in the music industry, and it's generally assumed - quite rightly - that the number one chart positions are "bought" by the major labels, so there really is no passion left in pop or rock music, and I don't think people believe for an instant that the faces we constantly see on television and in magazines are remotely popular. It's all, now, solely a question of marketing. All success stories are safe and dreary, and you will never be taken by surprise by a hit song that sounds out of place."

Morrissey also revealed that he's halfway through writing a novel, plus he's about to go into the studio to record a new album. He didn't go into details about the new material other than to say one of the new songs is titled "Istanbul" which is named for one of his favorite places in the world. Read the full Q & A session with Morrissey here.

Meanwhile, Morrissey's cover of "Satellite Of Love" will be released physically on January 27th. The single will be available as a 12 inch disc as well as a 7 inch picture disc that comes with a b-side exclusive to each format. A digital release will also be available on January 27th.

Published on January 3rd, 2014 @ 9:31 PM
The Pixies return with a new EP today - EP 2 features four new songs and is available to purchase on limited edition 10" vinyl and as a digital download here. The Pixies also premiered the video for the new track "Blue Eyed Hexe" which Black Francis describes as "a witch woman kind of song."  Check out the video below the tracklisting for the EP and read more about EP 2 here.

01. Blue Eyed Hexe
02. Magdalena
03. Greens and Blues
04. Snakes



The Pixies kick off their North American tour on January 15th which includes a stop at the Fillmore Detroit on February 8th. As previously announced in December, Paz Lenchantin will serve as the bassist for the North American leg. The Pixies' 2014 tour itinerary is posted below:

1/15 - Toronto @ Massey Hall
1/16 - Montreal @ Metropolis
1/18 - Boston @ Orpheum
1/19 - Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater
1/21 - Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1/22 - New Haven, CT @ Shubert Theater
1/24 - Philadelphia @ Electric Factory
1/25 - Pittsburgh @ Carnegie Music Hall
1/26 - Washington DC @ Strathmore
1/29 - Richmond, VA @ National Theatre
1/31 - Durham, NC @ Durham PAC
2/01 - Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
2/02 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
2/04 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
2/06 - St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
2/07 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
2/08 - Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
2/09 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
2/11 - Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
2/13 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore
2/14 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Tavern
2/15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
2/17 - Vancouver @ Orpheum Theatre
2/18 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
2/19 - Portland, OR @ Schnitzer
2/21 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
2/22 - San Jose, CA @ Civic Theater
2/23 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
2/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
2/25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
2/27 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
2/28 - Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
3/01 - Austin, TX @ Music Hall
3/29 - 3/30 - Lollapalooza Chile
4/01 - Uruguay - Rock & Fall Festival
4/01 - 4/03 - Lollapalooza Argentina
4/03 - 4/05 - Bogota, Colombia
4/05 - 4/06 - Lollapalooza Brazil
5/29 - 5/31 - Primavera Sound
6/05 - 6/07 - Primavera Sound
6/08 - London @ Field Day
6/15 - Risskov, Arhus - Denmark - Northside
6/20 - Hilvarenbeek @ Best Kept Secret Festival
6/20 - 6/22 Neuhausen auf den Fildern - Southside
6/20 - 6/22 Hurricane Festival
6/22 - 6/22 Southside Festival
6/25 - Croatia
6/29 - Dublin, Ireland
6/30 - Cork, Ireland
7/05 - Rock Werchter Festival
7/06 - Beauregard Festival

Published on January 3rd, 2014 @ 5:44 AM

2014/01/01


Check out a great new track from indie London band Sisteray called "Rollin' Over." The song will be released on their ep She Likes The Drama which arrives on February 17th.



For more on Sisteray visit their official site.

Published on January 1st, 2014 @ 11:50 PM