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2014/02/28


Bob Mould's brilliant debut solo album Workbook was reissued by Omnivore Recordings this week for its 25th anniversary. The Workbook 25 reissue includes the original material, the b-side "All Those People Know," plus an extra disc of mostly live material recorded in 1989 at Cabaret Metro in Chicago. The vinyl version of the release has been expanded to a 2 LP set (includes the extra b-side "All Those People Know" but the bonus live material is not pressed to vinyl). Jim Wilson, a sound engineer (previously played bass in Mould's live band in 1998) was enlisted to master the release and Mould is thrilled with the results. He told the Quietus:

"He really brought Workbook back to life. It is much better sonically, and it’s a little deeper and wider sounding. The test pressing sounded great."

Order Workbook 25 from Omnivore or Amazon.

Mould's woefully short anniversary tour kicked off last night in San Francisco.  He's performing Workbook in full along with other classics from his catalog.  Bonus: his live band includes a cellist -- check out a picture from last night's performance here and here.

For those of us who don't have a date on the tour itinerary, well, at least there's a Letterman performance to look forward to. Bob Mould is playing Letterman on Thursday, March 6th.

03/01 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town
03/02 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
03/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Women’s Club
03/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/07 – New York, NY @ City Winery
03/08 – New York, NY @ City Winery
03/12 - SXSW @ The Parish
03/14 - SXSW @ Blackheart Bar
05/23 - Sasquatch! Music Festival

Published on February 28th, 2014 @ 5:51 AM


Echo & the Bunnymen launched a funding campaign through Pledge Music for their new album Meteorites on Wednesday -- about 24 hours later, the campaign was fully (over 100%) funded! It's pretty rare to see a campaign funded so quickly; certainly fans are excited about the new album which, according to the band's comments earlier in the week, revives a "passion for the Velvet Underground" and will rank alongside some of Echo's classic albums like Crocodiles and Ocean Rain. It also didn't hurt that Echo offered concert tickets for their spring U.K. tour as pledge incentives, plus several options added an autographed CD to along with tickets.

Fans can still take advantage of pledge incentives and pre-order through April 27th. Meteorites will be released on April 28th. 

Ian McCulloch called Meteorites "untouchable, celestial, beautiful, and real" and said the album changed his life.

Catch up with Echo & the Bunnymen here.

Published on February 28th, 2014 @ 5:51 AM

2014/02/27


Brooklyn shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo are back with a new EP titled True.Deep.Sleeper. The four song ep is another brilliant serving of shimmery, elegant, and majestic dreampop/shoegaze. Check out the title track below, stream all four songs here, and order True.Deep.Sleeper on standard black or colored ink vinyl here.  A digital version is also available from iTunes and Amazon.



Those not already familiar with Dead Leaf Echo should check out the debut album Thought & Language which was produced by John Fryer (bonus: album artwork was created by noted 4AD artist Vaughan Oliver.)   The standout track from Thought & Language is "Kingmaker" -- watch the music video for "Kingmaker" below:



Dead Leaf Echo have toured in the past with greats like Psychedelic Furs, Chapterhouse, the Ocean Blue, and A Place To Bury Strangers. This time around they head out on their own for a tour of North America, which includes two stops in the Detroit area. The full tour itinerary is posted below:

2.28 -- Detroit MI @ New Way Bar
3.01 -- Toronto CA @ Smiling Buddha
3.02 -- Hamilton CA @ Casbah
3.03 -- Ann Arbor MI @ The Blind Pig
3.04 -- Ft. Wayne IN @ The Brass Rail
3.05 -- Cincinnati OH @ MOTR
3.06 -- Milwaukee WI @ Riverwest Public House Cooperative
3.07 -- Minneapolis MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
3.08 -- Chicago IL @ The Empty Bottle
3.09 -- St. Louis MO @ The Firebird
3.10 -- Lawrence KS @ Eighth St. Taproom
3.11 -- Ft. Worth TX @ Lola's Saloon
3.12 -- Dallas TX @ The Crown and Harp
3.13 -- Houston TX @ Fitzgerald's
3.13 -- SXSW
3.14 -- SXSW
3.15 -- SXSW
3.16 -- Mobile AL @ The Blind Mule Restaurant & Bar
3.17 -- Atlanta GA @ TBD
3.18 -- Asheville NC @ The Mothlight
4.19 -- New York NY @ PIANOS Opening for David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets)

For more on Dead Leaf Echo, visit them on their official website or Facebook page.

Published on February 27th, 2014 2 6:28 PM

As previously reported, Billy Corgan is performing a lengthy show at his teahouse, Madame Zuzu's, on February 28th. Corgan's ambient/musical interpretation of Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse's novel from 1922 is expected to last 8 or 9 hours at Madame Zuzu's. Due to extraordinary demand -- the event is free, but no tickets or reservations are being taken -- Corgan has decided to offer a live webcast of the festivities.   The performance is expected to begin at noon CST (1pm ET) and last until about 8:30 PM CST.   For more information on the event click here.


Published on February 27th, 2014 @ 5:56 PM

UPDATE: The song is no longer available as a free download, but it's still available to stream.

Franz Ferdinand premiered a b-side from their forthcoming single "Fresh Strawberries." The song is a German track "Erdbeer Mund" which is streaming below. The track is also available as a free download on Soundcloud at least for the time being. The "Fresh Strawberries" single will be released on April 7th and appears on the band's latest album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. Via The Line Of Best Fit.



Posted on February 27th, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Good news for Smiths' fans -- not only will Morrissey release a new solo album this year, but now Johnny Marr confirms he's releasing his new album, the follow up to 2013's The Messenger, this fall. Marr was at the NME Awards last night and gave the mag the scoop:

"I've got a new record coming out in the end of September, the follow-up to last year's," he said. "I wanted to do the second one really quick. For me, it was just about being on tour and wanting to capture the spirit of the band and the audience before it wears off. I'd been touring for 11 months so I wanted to keep that same energy. I didn't want to overthink it."

Check out NME's report here.

FYI: Marr did another interview with Absolute Radio yesterday and told them the album is coming out in October, so expect a late September/early October release date if things stay on schedule.  Marr also told Absolute Radio he's busy working on the Spiderman soundtrack (he's a big Spiderman fan!) and "something else" he's forgotten. He also sang the praises of Blondie, who were honored with the Godlike Genius Award last night.  Watch the interview with Marr below.



Marr was at the NME Awards to present Arctic Monkeys with the award for Best British Band.  How awkward would it have been for him to give out the award for Best Book -- Morrissey's Autobiography was the winner, though he wasn't at the ceremony.  Other winners at the NME Awards: The Stone Roses film Made of Stone won Best Music Film, Damon Albarn was named Best Innovator, the Clash collection Sound System was named Best Reissue, and Blondie was presented the Godlike Genuis Award.

Published on February 27th, 2014 @ 10:46 AM

The ultra cool and talented Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna) is releasing his debut solo album on March 11th. Wareham's album was produced by Jim James (My Morning Jacket), who also plays on the album along with backing band Britta Phillips and Anthony LaMarca. Dean Wareham will be released on limited edition translucent yellow vinyl* (with yellow cover art), CD (purple cover art), and as a digital album download. Fans who pre-order from Wareham's store will receive a free 4 track live EP as a bonus.

Don't miss Dean Wareham on tour this spring -- the North American tour includes a Detroit area stop at the Magic Bag on April 10th. Check out the rest of the dates below along with two songs from the new album.





4/01 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
4/03 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
4/04 -- Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
4/05 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
4/06 -- Philadelphia, Pa @ The Boot & Saddle
4/09 -- Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
4/10 -- Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag
4/11 -- Chicago, IL @ Old Town School
4/12 -- St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

*Wareham announced yesterday that the vinyl edition will be delayed a few weeks due to technical issues, but download codes will be emailed out on release day.

Published on February 27th, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

2014/02/26


Echo & The Bunnymen return with a new studio album, Meteorites, this spring. The band revealed in a posting that they've partnered with Pledge Music to release the album, and say Meteorites will rank alongside some of their best records:

"Believe us when we say the eleventh album proper will rank alongside the likes of ‘Crocodiles,’ ‘Heaven Up Here,’ and ‘Ocean Rain’ and is in some sense a come back album in the mould of ‘Evergreen.’ It’s been five years since the last record and the interim has seen us involved in numerous side-projects that have leant a new perspective on working together for METEORITES. With Killing Joke: Official's Youth called in for production duties, the record revives a passion for the Velvet Underground, the bluest depths of 60s and 70s soul and soaring rock scripture where ‘Killing Moon’ came from."

Meteorites will be released on April 28th.  For more on the album, visit the Pledge Music campaign here.

Echo & The Bunnymen kick off a tour of the U.K. in May. Dates for North America are expected to be announced soon. Catch up with Echo & the Bunnymen on Facebook.

Posted on February 26th, 2014 @ 5:50 AM


Oasis is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a reissue series Chasing The Sun - Oasis In The '90s. The first reissue in the series will be the band's 1994 album Definitely Maybe, which will be released as a standard cd, 3 disc special edition with rare recordings and demos, 12" vinyl version, and CD/LP deluxe box set on May 19th.

A limited edition cassette replica of the band's 1993 demo tape (pictured above) is available to purchase on the official Oasis website, which re-launched today and has been updated with tons of multi-media anniversary features.

Oasis' first single, "Supersonic" will be re-issued as a 12" single for Record Store Day (April 19th).

Oasis will reissue What's The Story Morning Glory and Be Here Now as part of Chasing The Sun - Oasis In The '90s later this year. More details on that are expected soon.

Watch the band's short video announcement about the reissue series below and check out the new Oasis website here.



Published on February 26th, 2014 @ 5:36 AM

2014/02/25


Joy Division are reportedly reissuing An Ideal For Living EP on 12" vinyl for Record Store Day. The info hasn't been confirmed on the official Record Store Day website yet.  The original version of the ep was released in 1978 and includes (A side) "Warsaw" & "No Love Lost," (B side) "Leaders Of Men" & "Failures." More info on official Record Store Day releases should be available soon.  This year Record Store Day is Saturday, April 19th.  Via  Joy Division Central.



Published on February 25th, 2014 @ 5:51 PM

Manchester's Honeyfeet have been around since 2012 with their magical mix of folk, blues, and jazz led by frontwoman Rioghnach Connolly and her smokey vocals.  Last fall Honeyfeet's debut full length album It's A Good Job I Love You was released on Debt Records (home to Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam Six), and they've just premiered a video for "Buried My Husband."  Check out the video below and catch up with Honeyfeet on their official site and purchase It's A Good Job I Love You on Amazon or Bandcamp.



Published on February 25th, 2014 @ 5:40 PM


A documentary on Smart Studios, the legendary recording studio in Madison, Wisconsin owned by Butch Vig and Steve Marker is in the works. Many influential bands including Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, L7, Archers Of Loaf, Tad, and Killdozer recorded at Smart Studios over the years. After the studio shut down in 2010, cinematographer Wendy Schneider started working on a film to memorialize the studio's history and tell the story of the independent music scene. So far, a ton of artists including Billy Corgan, Shirley Manson, Dave Grohl, Chris Walla, and of course Vig and Marker, have participated in interviews for the film.




Schneider has captured over 70 hours of interview footage, however she needs help with funding to complete the project. A Kickstarter campaign launched this week to raise money to finish the film, which Schneider hopes to premiere at film festivals that embrace the spirit of the documentary and the underground.  Read more about the Smart Studios Story and back the campaign, which runs through March 30th, here. The trailer for the Smart Studios Story is posted below:



Published on February 25th, 2014 @ 1:43 PM

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has spent much of the last 10 years composing film scores and soundtracks. For his latest endeavor he's teamed up with the National's Bryce Dessner to release the modern classical album St. Carolyn By The Sea. The first three pieces of music were composed by Dessner, and the rest of the album is a series of Greenwood compositions originally released on the 2007 soundtrack There Will Be Blood. The symphonic album was performed with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra and was conducted by Andree de Ridder.

St. Carolyn By The Sea is out on March 3rd and is streaming ahead of its release this week over at Pitchfork.

Meanwhile Greenwood performing some new material in London on Sunday night. Read more about the performance here and enjoy some video below:



Published on February 25th, 2014 @ 11:55 AM

Trust -- the synth project from mastermind Robert Alfons -- is releasing the follow up to 2012's excellent album TRSTJoyland is full of electro-synthastic sounds, some of which have an interesting story behind them -- Alfons revealed that "Are We Arc" was written on the side of volcano while in Argentina, inspired by patience and lava. Take a listen to Joyland in full ahead of its March 4th release over at Pitchfork. Pre-order Joyland from iTunes and Amazon.

Enjoy the video for the standout track on the album, "Rescue, Mister" below:



Trust hit the road for a North American tour this spring and so far does not include a Detroit area stop. Dates are posted below.

3/07 -- Montreal, QC @ SAT
3/08 -- Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
4/10 -- New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
4/11 -- Boston, MA @ Great Scott
4/12 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Voyeur
4/13 -- Washington DC @ Black Cat Backstage
4/15 -- Durham, NC @ Pinhook
4/16 -- Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
4/18 -- Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
4/19 -- Austin, TX @ Red 7
4/22 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
4/23 -- San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
4/24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos
4/25 -- San Francisco, CA @ Popscene
4/27 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
4/28 -- Seattle, WA @ Barboza
4/29 -- Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
5/02 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
5/03 -- Madison, IL @ The Frequency
5/04 -- Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

Published on February 25th, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

The newly remastered version of Morrissey's 1992 album Your Arsenal is out today in North America on cd, vinyl, and as a digital music download. The cd version of comes with a bonus DVD filmed at Morrissey's October 31st, 1991 show at the Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, California. NME posted exclusive video of "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" taken from the DVD which you can watch here.

Meanwhile, two screenings of Morrissey: 25 Live will take place in the Detroit area on February 26th at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield.  Purchase tickets for the 2pm screening and the 7:30 screening.

Morrissey launches his North American tour in May. Several shows on the tour -- Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Jose, Wilmington, Austin, Dallas, St. Petersburg, Baltimore, and Hershey -- have already sold out.

5/07 -- San Jose CA City @ National Civic Auditorium
5/10 -- Los Angeles CA @ Los Angeles Sports Arena
5/13 -- El Paso TX @ Plaza Theater
5/14 -- Albuquerque NM @ Sunshine Theater
5/16 -- Salt Lake City UT @ Kingsbury Hall
5/17 -- Denver CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
5/19 -- Lincoln NE @ Rococo Theatre
5/20 -- Lawrence KS @ Liberty Hall
5/22 -- Dallas TX @ Majestic Theatre
5/24 -- Austin TX @ Austin Music Hall
5/25 -- Beaumont TX @ Julie Rogers Theatre
5/27 -- Memphis TN @ Orpheum Theatre
5/28 -- Nashville TN @ Ryman Auditorium
5/30 -- St Petersburg FL @ Mahaffey Theater
5/31 -- Miami FL @ Knight Concert Hall
6/04 -- Atlanta GA @ Cobb Energy Center
6/06 -- Atlantic City NJ @ Revel Ovation Hall
6/07 -- Boston MA @ Boston Opera House
6/10 -- Baltimore MD @ Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
6/13 -- Chicago IL @ Civic Opera House
6/14 -- Flint MI @ James Whiting Auditorium
6/16 -- Lewiston NY @ Artpark Main Stage Theater
6/17 -- Wilmington DE @ Grand Opera House
6/19 -- Hershey PA @ Hershey Theatre
6/21 -- New York NY @ Barclays Center Arena

Published on February 25, 2014 @ 9:24 AM

2014/02/24


James return with its 13th studio album La Petite Mort in June.  The album is the band's first record in seven years and was created in Athens, Lisbon, the Scottish Highlands, and tropical paradise of Ancoats.  James revealed that putting the album together was a long and tough journey, but it pushed them to "new heights in craftsmanship and intensity."

La Petite Mort will be released June 2nd in Europe and will be preceded by the song "Frozen Britain," which is available as a free download to those who pre-order the album.  Another song, "Moving On" will be released in April and will be available at that time as a free download to those who pre-order.

Stream "Frozen Britain" below:



For more on James, visit the official site.

Posted on February 24th, 2014 @ 8:28 AM

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart is releasing its third album -- the follow up to 2011's Belong -- later this year. The band posted a teaser video which includes a snippet of the new song "Art Smock." More news on the album is expected shortly -- the band is playing South By Southwest in March -- but for now enjoy the clip below:



Published on February 24th, 2014 @ 5:48 AM

UPDATE: Soundgarden has confirmed the 20th anniversary edition of Superunknown. Post updated below.

Soundgarden's 1994 album Superunknown turns 20 years old this March and to celebrate, Soundgarden is releasing a 20th anniversary edition of the album. Two anniversary editions will be available starting June 3rd, and both include rare demos, rehearsal recordings, and other extra material. The 'deluxe edition' is a two disc set -- the first disc includes all of the original Superunknown material remastered plus adds a bonus disc with demos, rehearsal recordings, and remixes.  The 'super deluxe edition' is a five disc set and includes the original Superunknown material remastered as well as a disc each of b-sides, demos, rehearsal recordings, plus a Blu-Ray audio 5.1 mix of Superunknown.

Additionally, Soundgarden will release a limited edition set of five 10" vinyl singles. The release will ONLY be available in record stores on Record Store Day (April 19th).

Check out tracklistings for all of the anniversary editions here, and enjoy rehearsal audio of "The Day I Tried To Live" below.





Published on February 24th, 2014 @ 5:31 AM

Erasure is releasing "Make It Wonderful" as a single in North America tomorrow. The song was released on their Christmas/holiday album Snow Globe, and the official video has a Christmas theme (replete with an animated Andy Bell & Vince Clarke in a flying sleigh), but the song itself has a message that can be relevant year round. Check out the official video for "Make It Wonderful" below:




Published on February 24th, 2014 @ 5:20 AM

2014/02/23


Echo & the Bunnymen are releasing a new album produced by Youth later this year. The band will officially announce details of the release this week, but for now they've unveiled the artwork and title for the new album which will be called Meteorites.  Check out the artwork above. 

Dates for a U.S. tour are also expected to be announced shortly.

Published on February 23rd, 2014 @ 8:41 AM
The first annual Kurt Cobain Day was held in Aberdeen, Washington on February 20th. As part of the festivities, a tearful statue of Kurt Cobain was unveiled at the Aberdeen Museum of History.  The sculptor, Randi Hubbard, told the Seattle PI that she worked on the statue for about 20 years. Take a look at the statue here.

A news report on the statue and Kurt Cobain Day aired on local news channel. The television report referred to Cobain as "a well know heroin user who killed himself, not exactly George Washington." The report concluded by suggesting Cobain would have liked the celebration, which is pretty laughable. Watch the report below via Stereogum.



Meanwhile, tickets for the 29th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 1st at 10am. A pre-sale for American Express cardholders kicks off February 24th at 9am. Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, KISS, and Hall & Oates will be among this year's inductees. The ceremony takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday, April 10th and will air on HBO sometime in May (date TBA). Barclays Center holds 18 thousand people, but the organizer of the event told reporters that due to the staging of the ceremony, the capacity will be around 10 thousand.

Published on February 23rd, 2014 @ 7:53 AM

2014/02/22


Solids premiered the official video for their song "Haze" -- check out the sweet animation in the video below via NME.



Solids released their debut full length album Blame Confusion and will be on the road supporting the release in North America through April. Tonight they play PJ's Lager House in Detroit.

2/22 -- Detroit @ PJ's Lager House
2/23 -- Chicago @ Schubas Tavern
2/25 -- Winnepeg @ Union Sound Hall
2/26 -- Regina @ O'Hanions Pub
2/27 -- Saskatoon @ Vangelis Tavern
2/28 -- Edmonton @ New Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus
3/01 -- Calgary @ The Palomino
3/03 -- Vancouver @ The Media Club
3/04 -- Seattle @ Sunset Tavern
3/05 -- Portland, OR @ Holocene
3/07 -- San Francisco @ The Milk Bar
3/08 -- Los Angeles @ The Chapel
3/09 -- San Diego @ The Void
3/10 -- Scottsdale, AZ @ The Western
3/12 -- Austin @ SXSW
3/13 -- Austin @ SXSW
3/14 -- Austin @ SXSW
3/15 -- Austin @ SXSW
3/16 -- New Orleans @ Circle Bar
3/17 -- Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry's
3/18 -- Nashville @ The End
3/20 -- Atlanta @ 529
3/21 -- Chapel Hill @ Local 506
3/22 -- Baltimore @ The Gold Bar
3/23 -- Philadelphia @ Kung Fu Necktie
3/24 -- Brooklyn @ Glasslands
3/25 -- New York @ Mercury Lounge
3/27 -- Allston, MA @ Great Scott
3/28 -- Montreal @ TRH Club
3/29 -- Montreal @ TRH Club
4/09 -- Hamilton @ Casbah Lounge
4/10 -- St Catharines @ Detour Music Hall
4/11 -- Guelph @ Jimmy Jazz

Published on February 22nd, 2014 @ 4:15 PM

Seattle's KEXP hosted a live session with The Pixies on February 18th. The band performed four songs -- "Space," "In Heaven/Andro Queen," "Green And Blues," and "Monkey Gone To Heaven" -- plus chatted with host Cheryl Waters. Stream the full performance below (individual tracks also posted).











Published on February 22nd, 2014 @ 4:11 PM

2014/02/21

A few weeks ago Billy Corgan announced on Twitter that he'd be performing some sort of show at his teahouse, Madame Zuzu's, on February 28th:


Corgan has now revealed the full details about the performance: it'll be an ambient/musical interpretation of Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse novel (German book written in 1922 about self-discovery and enlightment). The show is free, starts at noon (CST), and is expected to last 8 or 9 hours. Read the full posting about the show below:

"On 2//28 I'll be doing a show at Madame ZuZu's Teahouse; start time noon, and due to nature of performance it'll last 8-9 hours. So see http://MadameZuzus.com/ in coming days for details on seating and admissions. As with all our events there is no charge. Performance will be centered around an ambient/musical interpretation of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha; built by modular synthesis, on the fly. Readings of the text to go hand in hand with whatever is created; + the first @Hexistential poster, and event t-shirts too. Hope to see you there."

Tea lovers who aren't in the Chicago area may also be interested in checking out Madame Zuzu's online store. Exclusive gourmet teas and a 6 month surprise-tea-of-the-month subscription are available through mail order here. Check out a short video featuring Billy Corgan discussing teas below:



Published on February 21st, 2014 @ 6:33 AM

2014/02/20


One of the greatest albums of all time was released on this day in 1984 -- the debut album from the Smiths turns 30 today. Trip back in time and enjoy the music videos from The Smiths, plus watch the band's legendary December 1983 concert which preceded the album's release. The show featured much of the material that would end up on The Smiths.







01. Handsome Devil
02. Still Ill
03. This Charming Man
04. Pretty Girls Make Graves
05. Reel Around The Fountain
06. What Difference Does It Make
07. Miserable Lie
08. This Night Has Opened My Eyes
09. Hand In Glove
10. These Things Take Time
11. You've Got Everything Now

Johnny Marr revealed in a new interview with NME that the Smiths (who signed to Rough Trade) were never turned down by Factory Records. Marr said the Smiths were not interested in recording for Factory:

"So much has been made of Factory apparently turning The Smiths down, but that's a crock of shit. The Smiths would have signed to Factory over my dead body... I didn't want to be assimilated into the Factory aesthetic...

If you were a musician in Manchester at that time, it was almost the law that you went on your hands and knees and begged Tony Wilson for his papal blessing to stick you in the studio, and I wasn't about to do that"

Read the full article over at NME.

Published on February 20th, 2014 @ 5:31 AM

Kurt Cobain was born on this day in 1967. Aberdeen, Washington -- Cobain's hometown -- is celebrating the Nirvana frontman today with the first annual Kurt Cobain Day.  As part of today's events, the Aberdeen Museum of History will unveil a new Cobain statue, which will be on display with other Nirvana memorabilia and exhibit items.

Meanwhile, the neighboring city of Hoquaim, Washington is staging its own Nirvana Day on April 10th, which is the same day Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.



Published on February 20th, 2014 @ 5:23 AM


Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records and the legendary Hacienda nightclub was born on February 20th. Watch the BBC documentary Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to the Happy Mondays, which was created as a tribute to Wilson (originally aired a month after his death in August 2007).

Factory Records documentary



Tony Wilson interviews the Smiths



Johnny Marr recently made some comments about Factory Records. Read the interview here.

Published on February 20th, 2014 @ 5:22 AM

2014/02/19


Tori Amos revealed the artwork and release date for her new studio album Unrepentant Geraldines.  The album will be released May 13th and is available to pre-order now -- fans who pre-order will receive an access code for an exclusive pre-sale for her U.S. tour.

Tori Amos plays the Fox Theater in Detroit on August 6th. Tori's exclusive pre-sale begins March 4th; Live Nation and OEI launch separate pre-sales on March 6th, and the general onsale is March 7th.

Tour itinerary

7/16 -- Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
7/17 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
7/18 -- Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
7/21 -- Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
7/23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
7/24 -- San Diego, CA @ Humphreys
7/25 -- Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
7/27 -- Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
7/29 -- Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
7/30 -- Austin, TX @ Long Center
8/01 -- St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
8/02 -- Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
8/03 -- St. Paul, MN @ The O'Shaughnessy
8/05 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
8/06 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
8/07 -- Cleveland, OH @ Cain Park
8/08 -- Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
8/10 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Verizon Hall
8/13 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
8/15 -- Boston, MA @ Opera House
8/16 -- Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
8/18 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
8/19 -- Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy PAC
8/20 -- Durham, NC @ Durham PAC
8/22 -- Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/23 -- Orland, FL @ Bob Carr Auditorium
8/24 -- Miami, FL @ Fillmore at The Jackie Gleason Theatre

Published on February 19th, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

Weezer wrapped up their second Weezer Cruise last weekend -- Weezer, along with other bands including Palma Violets, Cribs, Ash, and Toro Y Moi, sailed from Miami to the Bahamas, and performed gigs for fans. Weezer ended all three of their concerts with a brand new song titled "Back To The Shack" which will appear on the band's forthcoming ninth studio album. Check out Weezer performing "Back To The Shack" below via Punk News:

"Back To The Shack" (Bahamas show)



"Back To The Shack" (Miami show)



Rivers Cuomo also performed an 'Alone' set during the cruise (included material from Cuomo's two Alone/Home Recordings collections). Here's a pic of Cuomo onstage in action.   Video from the set is posted below:





Published on February 19th, 2014 @ 12:12 PM

Afghan Whigs premiered a sultry new song titled "Algiers" - the track serves as the first single from Do To The Beast, the band's first new album in 16 years.  Do To The Beast arrives April 15th and is available to pre-order through SubPop, iTunes, and Amazon (bonus: SubPop's store is offering the "Loser Edition" pressed on white vinyl while supplies last).

Watch Greg Dulli wreak havoc in the western themed video for "Algiers" below.  The video was filmed in Agua Dulce, just northeast of Santa Clarita, California.



Afghan Whigs have also announced initial dates for a North American tour. More dates are expected to be announced soon.

4/10 -- Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet's
4/11 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/14 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
4/15 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
4/17 -- San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
4/18 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
5/15 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
5/16 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise
5/17 -- Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar

Published on February 19th, 2014 @ 11:22 AM

2014/02/18

Bob "Bob 2" Casale of Devo passed away last night from complications related to heart failure. Casale's brother and founding member of Devo, Gerald Casale broke the news to fans on Facebook in a message:

As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.

Casale was 61 years old.







Published on February 18th, 2014 @ 9:17 PM

U2 performed on the premiere of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on February 17th. The band performed their new single "Invisible" atop the Rockefeller Center, then performed an acoustic version of "Ordinary Love" on Fallon's couch. Check out the performances while you can below:







Published on February 18th, 2014 @ 6:21 AM

2014/02/17

Wattie Buchan of legendary punk band The Exploited suffered a heart attack on stage at a gig in Portugal on February 13th. According to reports, Buchan dropped to the floor, remained unconscious, and was rushed to the hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment. The Exploited posted a message on Facebook thanking fans for their support. The band has canceled all tour dates through May.

The Exploited had recently signed a recording contract with Nuclear Blast and were planning to release a brand new record before the end of 2014. Three of their previous albums -- Beat The Bastards, Fuck The System, and The Massacre -- will be reissued as expanded sets on March 14th.

Published on February 17th, 2014 @ 5:38 PM
Beck returns with his 12th studio album, Morning Phase, on February 25th. The album is the sequel to his 2002's Sea Change and is Beck's first full length release since 2008 (not counting his sheet music collection Song Reader from 2012). Stream the smooth and mellow album ahead of its February 25th release this week over at NPR. If you just want a taste of the album, stream two tracks from Morning Phase below. Don't miss Beck on Saturday Night Live on March 1st.





Published on February 17th, 2014 @ 5:41 AM

Jimmy Fallon takes the reins of the Tonight Show this evening and U2 will be on the program as the musical guest to perform their new single "Invisible." Prepare for tonight by checking out the black & white video for "Invisible" below.

UPDATE (February 18th, 2014 @ 6:21): Watch the performance of "Invisible" and "Ordinary Love" below:







FYI: U2 are also performing at the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2nd and will perform their Oscar nominated song "Ordinary Love."

Published on February 17th, 2014 @ 5:19 AM

2014/02/16


Damon Albarn performed a live session for the BBC on February 15th. Albarn talked about his career, solo album, and future projects plus he performed the new track "Lonely Press Play" and a cover of "Seasons In The Sun" (Rod McKuen song made popular by Terry Jacks in 1974). Check out audio from the session below and stream the full session with interview here.



Albarn's solo album Everyday Robots is out on April 28th in North America. Watch the video for the first single and title track below:



Published on February 16th, 2014 @ 8:03 PM

2014/02/15


A funding campaign for the highly anticipated Wax Trax! documentary is expected to launch in the coming weeks. Wax Trax! Chicago emphasized in a posting that they're not looking for a free handout, but need some help to pay for logistical and licensing expenses. In exchange for pledging, they're planning to offer some exciting incentive items like limited edition merchandise, rare collectibles, and possibly the opportunity to connect with some of the artists. More info on the campaign is expected to be announced soon.

Meanwhile, the Wax Trax! update also dropped an interesting nugget that should be of interest to music fans: Dave Grohl's production company Roswell Films is working on a new cable series which highlights music scenes in different cities. The full roster of cities hasn't been announced, but Wax Trax! revealed that they were interviewed and featured in the Chicago episode (perhaps yet another reason Grohl was hanging out in Chicago a couple of weeks ago). No details have been announced about the series, so no word on when the series will launch, or where it will ultimately premiere. Stay tuned.


Finally, in even more Wax Trax! related news, Chris Connelly's new project Bells Into Machines will be releasing a full album later this year. A few days ago the band debuted a promo video featuring snippets of four new songs ("Your Crime Scene - My Career," "Missions," "Wretched Little Deity," and "Sweet Life In Soaring Light") which you can check out below:



Published on February 15th, 2014 @ 6:24 PM


The Pixies are performing a live session on Tuesday afternoon ahead of that night's concert in Seattle. The performance will stream live from the KEXP studios and is scheduled to start at 12:30 PM ET. The event launches the station's live video stream and will be available to access here on Tuesday.

Prepare for the live event by watching an awesome acoustic session with rehearsal footage filmed in 2005.



Published on February 15th, 2014 @ 5:41 PM

A few years ago You Tube user Gigawipf came up with the brilliant idea of rigging up floppy disk drives (and in some cases, hard drives) to make music. To date, he's used his contraption to play songs from Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, REO Speedwagon, Gotye, the Batman theme, and my personal favorite -- Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water." Recently Soft Cell's Marc Almond caught wind that Gigawipf covered "Tainted Love" and was so intrigued that he added his vocals to it and uploaded it to his official You Tube account.  Bask in the glory below courtesy of  PolicyMic (via Salon):

(version without Almond's vocals)



(version with Almond's vocals)



Gloria Jones released the original version of "Tainted Love" (written by Ed Cobb) in 1965 and over the years the track has been covered by tons of artists including Coil, Inspiral Carpets, Marilyn Manson, and Paul Young. Soft Cell's version, released in 1981, has enjoyed the most commercial success.

Published on February 15th, 2014 @ 4:06 PM
Nine Inch Nails announced today that their episode of Austin City Limits premieres on PBS on April 5th. The episode was filmed at the Moody Theater last November on NIN's Tension 2013 tour. Check out the performance of "Came Back Haunted" from the episode below:



Tonight's Austin City Limits program features Arcade Fire.

Published on February 15th, 2014 @ 3:26 PM

2014/02/14

Chino Moreno has been in the news a lot recently promoting the excellent debut record from his electro side-project ††† (Crosses). Moreno, or at least record label Ipacac, has decided to seize the moment to remind you of Moreno's other side project Palms.  Palms premiered the epic, almost 10 minute short film for "Mission Sunset," which was created by filmmaker/director/videographer Adam Mason.  Enjoy below:



Published on February 14th, 2014 @ 5:47 AM
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. released their album The Speed of Things last fall and followed that up a few weeks ago with the mixtape Produce (download it for free here). Now a short documentary series about Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. titled Wherever We Are is set to premiere on February 18th. The series follows the band around on tour and includes footage shot at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. The trailer for the series is available to view below.



Don't miss Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at the Royal Oak Music Theater on April 19th for a low-dough 89x show -- tickets are only 89 cents and go on sale at noon ET today.



Published on February 14th, 2014 @ 5:28 AM

Fishbone have been ordered to pay 1.4 million dollars to a woman injured at the band's February 2010 show in Philadelphia. The Huffington Post reports the woman suffered a broken skull and collarbone after being "knocked to the floor" by stage-diving lead singer Angelo Moore. The federal judge in the case ordered Fishbone to pay 1.1 million in compensatory damages and added another 250 thousand dollars for punitive damages. The article notes that the judge wasn't pleased that Fishbone continue to stage-dive at shows since the incident and the band refuses to issue warnings about their live shows because it detracts from the "theatrics" of the act.

Read the full report here.

Published on February 14th, 2014 @ 5:11 AM


2014/02/13

Echo & The Bunnymen are finishing up work on their new Youth-produced studio album.  In a new posting on Facebook today, the band revealed they've come up with a title and artwork for the album and will be announcing the details (and release date) for the record soon.  The posting also confirmed that a U.S. tour will be announced shortly. Read the full posting below:

"Echo & The Bunnymen New Album & Tour Announcement very soon.

We are very excited to announce that the brand new studio album produced by Youth (The Verve, embrace etc) is nearing completion and that a title and artwork are decided plus a full European tour already booked. US dates to follow.

Ian feels it's the bands best work for a very long time.

More details to follow."

Seems like a good excuse to post some awesome live video of Ian McCulloch in action!







Published on February 13th, 2014 @ 9:55 AM

UPDATE (February 13th at 12:00 PM): Morrissey confirmed dates for a full U.S. tour.  Tickets for most of the shows including the Detroit area show on June 14th go on sale Friday, February 21st.  Some of the shows will have pre-sales -- Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, Memphis, Atlantic City, and Brooklyn have already announced pre-sales -- possibly more will be announced in the next few days.

UPDATE: (February 20th at 5:30 AM): Pre-sales for Chicago and Detroit/Flint have been added and start February 20th. Flint password: MOZFLINT

5/07 -- San Jose CA City @ National Civic Auditorium
5/10 -- Los Angeles CA @ Los Angeles Sports Arena
5/13 -- El Paso TX @ Plaza Theater
5/14 -- Albuquerque NM @ Sunshine Theater
5/16 -- Salt Lake City UT @ Kingsbury Hall
5/17 -- Denver CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
5/19 -- Lincoln NE @ Rococo Theatre
5/20 -- Lawrence KS @ Liberty Hall
5/22 -- Dallas TX @ Majestic Theatre
5/24 -- Austin TX @ Austin Music Hall
5/25 -- Beaumont TX @ Julie Rogers Theatre
5/27 -- Memphis TN @ Orpheum Theatre
5/28 -- Nashville TN @ Ryman Auditorium
5/30 -- St Petersburg FL @ Mahaffey Theater
5/31 -- Miami FL @ Knight Concert Hall
6/04 -- Atlanta GA @ Cobb Energy Center
6/06 -- Atlantic City NJ @ Revel Ovation Hall
6/07 -- Boston MA @ Boston Opera House
6/10 -- Baltimore MD @ Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
6/13 -- Chicago IL @ Civic Opera House
6/14 -- Flint MI @ James Whiting Auditorium
6/16 -- Lewiston NY @ Artpark Main Stage Theater
6/17 -- Wilmington DE @ Grand Opera House
6/19 -- Hershey PA @ Hershey Theatre
6/21 -- New York NY @ Barclays Center Arena

Morrissey has officially announced a pair of one-off shows later this year: May 10th he'll perform at Los Angeles Sports Arena, and June 21st he plays Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The opening acts for the shows are intriguing: Tom Jones supports Morrissey at the L.A. show and Cliff Richard will open the Brooklyn show. Kristeen Young also is on the bill for both shows. Ticket information is expected to be announced shortly.

Morrissey announced earlier in the year that he's signed a worldwide recording contract and will be releasing a new album later in the year.

Reminder: Two screenings of Morrissey: 25 Live will take place in the Detroit area on February 26th at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield.  Purchase tickets for the 2pm screening and the 7:30 screening.

Published on February 13th, 2014 @ 9:16 AM

2014/02/12


Cleopatra Records is releasing A Psych Tribute To The Doors on March 4th. The album includes classics from The Doors covered by Black Angels, Raveonettes, Psychic Ills, Elephant Stone, and more! So far two of the covers -- Black Angels' take on "Soul Kitchen" and Elephant Stone's cover of "L.A. Woman" -- have appeared online. Stream the songs and check out the full track listing for the compilation below. Pre-order A Psych Tribute To The Doors on iTunes and Amazon. [Note: the Black Angels track is available to purchase digitally now.] Thanks to Goodsoul Promotions for the heads up!





SIDE A

1. Elephant Stone - L.A. Woman
2. The Black Angels - Soul Kitchen
3. Psychic Ills - Love Me Two Times
4. Dark Horses - Hello, I Love You
5. Camera - People Are Strange
6. Dead Meadow - The Crystal Ship

SIDE B

1. Sons Of Hippies - The Soft Parade
2. Dead Skeletons - Riders On The Storm
3. Wall Of Death - Light My Fire
4. Clinic - Touch Me
5. VietNam - Roadhouse Blues
6. The Raveonettes - The End

Published on February 12th, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

Montreal band Solids are set to release their debut album Blame Confusion on February 18th. If you dig blissfully noisy bands like Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Gumball (or anything Don Fleming's ever produced) you will LOVE this. Check out the single "Traces" below:



Stream the full album from Solids this week over at Pitchfork and pre-order Blame Confusion from iTunes, Amazon, or Fat Possum. Catch up with Solids on Facebook and don't miss them on their North American tour. Dates are posted below:

2/20 -- Toronto @ The Silver Dollar
2/21 -- London, ON @ Call The Office
2/22 -- Detroit @ PJ's Lager House
2/23 -- Chicago @ Schubas Tavern
2/25 -- Winnepeg @ Union Sound Hall
2/26 -- Regina @ O'Hanions Pub
2/27 -- Saskatoon @ Vangelis Tavern
2/28 -- Edmonton @ New Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus
3/01 -- Calgary @ The Palomino
3/03 -- Vancouver @ The Media Club
3/04 -- Seattle @ Sunset Tavern
3/05 -- Portland, OR @ Holocene
3/07 -- San Francisco @ The Milk Bar
3/08 -- Los Angeles @ The Chapel
3/09 -- San Diego @ The Void
3/10 -- Scottsdale, AZ @ The Western
3/12 -- Austin @ SXSW
3/13 -- Austin @ SXSW
3/14 -- Austin @ SXSW
3/15 -- Austin @ SXSW
3/16 -- New Orleans @ Circle Bar
3/17 -- Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry's
3/18 -- Nashville @ The End
3/20 -- Atlanta @ 529
3/21 -- Chapel Hill @ Local 506
3/22 -- Baltimore @ The Gold Bar
3/23 -- Philadelphia @ Kung Fu Necktie
3/24 -- Brooklyn @ Glasslands
3/25 -- New York @ Mercury Lounge
3/27 -- Allston, MA @ Great Scott
3/28 -- Montreal @ TRH Club
3/29 -- Montreal @ TRH Club
4/09 -- Hamilton @ Casbah Lounge
4/10 -- St Catharines @ Detour Music Hall
4/11 -- Guelph @ Jimmy Jazz

Published on February 12th, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

††† (Crosses) made their late night television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night -- watch them perform "The Epilogue" and "Bitches Brew" below. The debut self-titled album from ††† was released yesterday and is available on cd, vinyl, and as a digital album download.





Published on February 12th, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

2014/02/11


Radiohead released a free multi-media app for iOS and Android today. The app, titled PolyFauna, uses the imagery and sounds from The King of Limbs song "Bloom" and according to Thom Yorke, the creation was inspired by "an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious."

Download it for free: iOS or Android



Published on February 11th, 2014 @ 9:15 PM
U2 premiered the official video for their new single "Invisible" today. The Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) directed black and white video was shot over three days January.  Check it out below. "Invisible" is available to download from iTunes and Amazon.  A portion of the proceeds from every download goes to the (RED) global fund to fight AIDS, malaria, and TB.



Published on February 11th, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Two exciting new bands are hitting the road together for a spring tour and there's a Detroit date! Temples with special guest Drowners play the Magic Stick in Detroit on April 27th. Advance tickets are available here. If you're not familiar with either of these bands, read on...

Temples released their psychedelic-cosmic-glamorific album Sun Structures this week and the album has been enjoying rave reviews.  It's one of the best releases of 2014 so far -- the album instantly brings to mind the Beatles and the Byrds, yet also newer psychedelic rock-influenced bands like the Dandy Warhols, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Angels, label mates TOY, etc. Check out a couple of songs from Temples below and purchase the whole stellar album here.







Meanwhile, opening act Drowners also released one of 2014's best albums so far. Drowners hail from NYC via Wales and there's no way to avoid the comparison -- they sound more like the Strokes than the last couple of Strokes' records. The songs are short, sweet, and catchy as hell. Fans of the Strokes, Vaccines, Palma Violets, and Parquet Courts will dig this album. Check out the video for "Luv, Hold Me Down" (listen for the Johnny Marr-"This-Charming-Man"-like guitar around 2 minutes in) and stream the full debut album from Drowners below. FYI: The digital version of the album is only 4.99 at Amazon right now.





Published on February 11th, 2014 @ 5:44 AM