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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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Thursday, December 31, 2015

East Berlin post-punks Diät released their highly anticipated debut album Positive Energy in September. The album is a stellar, yet intense and pummeling assault sure to impress fans of darkwave/coldwave/post-punk. This is by far the finest post-punk album of 2015, but sadly it's the most overlooked album of the year. Prepare yourself for awesomeness...

Full disclosure: New Order is one of my favorite bands of all time. Maybe even my most favorite.

In no way was expecting much from the New Order release, particularly considering their last few releases, and most of all, the departure of Peter Hook. But shocker of shockers -- Music Complete is a fantastic record! It grooves, blips, and booty-shakes in all the right ways, thanks in part to collaborators Tom Rowlands (of Chemical Brothers), La Roux (who provides backup vocals on several tracks), and Iggy Pop who adds a certain coolness to "Stray Dog." Yes, had Hooky been a part of the record it would have been EVEN better, but as it is, Music Complete is a surprisingly worthy and welcome addition to the New Order catalog.

Intense shoegaze/noise-rockers Swervedriver returned with their first full length album since the 90's. I Wasn't Born To Lose You rocks, sways, and swirls in all the right ways. Indeed the album is a magnificent return and certainly a major musical highlight of 2015.

Protomartyr assaulted fans with yet another post-punk masterpiece in 2015. The Agent Intellect finds the four piece in impeccable form both musically and lyrically. In 2015 Protomartyr became somewhat of a media-darling band -- glowing writeups appeared in mainstream mags like Rolling Stone and Spin; profiles also appeared in hipster mags like Pitchfork and Noisey, and they even got some ink in the New York Times. The glow still hasn't been enough to allow them to quit their dayjobs, but 2016 promises to be an even bigger year for Protomartyr. Stay tuned.

In October, just weeks after the release of Depression Cherry, Beach House stunned fans with the surprise release of another brand new album. Thank Your Lucky Stars is a stand alone record -- it's not a companion record, nor is it a b-sides/rarities album; it's yet another full length epic from the dreampop duo and another of 2015's best works.

Beach House graced the world with not just one, but two (!!) blissful and smooth albums in 2015. Depression Cherry was released in August, then in October Beach House stunned fans with the surprise release of Thank Your Lucky Stars. Each record is a stand-alone release -- these aren't companion records. Both are gorgeous and stand out as two of the strongest releases of the year.  Additionally, Depression Cherry's "Space Song" is unquestionably one of the best songs of the year.

Delve in and swoon...

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio (yes, he's related to 70's/80's heartthrob Scott Baio!) has been making sweet electro-dance tracks for several years. In 2015 he got around to releasing his debut full-length under the moniker Baio. The resulting effort is a majestic synth-groove-tastic solo album which will easily get you in the mood to go out for a night of partying or whatever. Enjoy below:

With Chasing Yesterday, Noel Gallagher's second solo record, the ex-Oasis chief picked up right where his debut solo record left off. The release also finds Gallagher exploring new sounds and rising to a new level of greatness with tracks like "The Right Stuff" and the Johnny Marr collaboration "The Ballad Of The Mighty I." Viva Noel!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

John 'Brad' Bradbury, drummer of the Specials has died at the age of 62. Bradbury joined the Specials in 1979 and had been a member of the band throughout their various incarnations (including Special AKA and Special Beat) and Specials' reunion in 2008. The news of his death was announced via the band's official website:

"It is with deepest regret that we have to announce the very sad news that our much loved husband and father John "Brad" Bradbury passed away on Monday the 28th of December. Brad's drumming was the powerhouse behind the Specials & it was seen as a key part to the Two Tone sound.

He was much respected in the world of drumming and his style of reggae and ska was seen as genuinely ground breaking when The Specials first hit the charts in 1979. He was an integral part of The Specials reforming in 2008 and toured with them extensively up to the present day.

His contribution to the world of music can not be understated and he will much missed by family, friends and fans alike. It is the families sincerest wish that they are allowed the time to remember him privately."

This is the second member of the Specials that died in 2015 -- longtime trombone player Rico Rodriguez died in September at the age of 80.

Published December 29th, 2015 @ 8:35 PM

Rock legend Lemmy (Ian Lemmy Kilmister) died yesterday at the age of 70. According to Motorhead's official site, Kilmister died after a short battle with an extremely aggressive form of cancer. He had just turned 70 years old on December 24th.

R.I.P. Lemmy, rock & roll will never be the same!

In 1991 Lemmy recorded a brilliant tribute to the Ramones -- the Ramones loved it so much, they in turn covered Lemmy's tribute.

Published December 29th, 2015 @ 5:39 AM

Friday, December 25, 2015

Radiohead revealed today that they were asked to compose a theme for Spectre. Though the Bond producers rejected the lush and haunting track, opting instead for the more commercial and cheesy Sam Smith theme,  Radiohead decided to share the track with fans worldwide. If "Spectre" is any indication as to where Radiohead is at musically these days, fans are sure to be in for quite a treat when the band's new album finally gets released (rumored in 2016). Stream "Spectre" in all its elegance and beauty below and grab a free download here.

"Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre.
Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much.
As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it.
Merry Christmas. May the force be with you."

Published December 25th, 2015 @ 7:44 PM

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Robert Smith re-recorded the Cure's 1985 track "A Few Hours After This" for the UK crime drama series Luther. Turns out the show's creator/screenwriter Neil Cross is a huge Cure fan and thought the obscure b-side would work as the perfect backdrop for an episode. When contacted by the show's producers, Smith agreed to record a new version, which was featured in an episode airing on the BBC this week. The re-recorded version will eventually be released on the Luther Season 4 soundtrack.

The original version "A Few Hours After This" was released as the b-side to "In Between Days" and was included on the Cure rarities compilation Join The Dots.

Stream both versions below:


Published December 23rd, 2015 @ 5:33 PM

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Helio Sequence have been creating alluring indie pop/rock somewhat reminiscent of James and Radiohead since 1999.  The duo returned with another solid release in 2015 -- their engaging and irresistible self-titled album was released in May via Sub Pop records and is one of the finest of the season.

Stream the mesmerizing video for "Upward Mobility" and a full stream of Helio Sequence below:

Wire is still going strong after all these years! The year saw the band return with a triumphant new studio album, its 13th studio album overall, and a successful North American tour, which included a stop in Detroit. Wire, released in April, is full of swooning post-punk, guitars, melodies, and hooks and is indeed one of the best of 2015. Stream Wire in full below:

Telekinesis (aka Michael Lerner) released the addictive Ad Infinitum in September. The record is a departure from the band's three previous albums -- Lerner ditched power-pop guitars and replaced them with vintage synthesizers and production techniques.  The result is an entrancing and dazzling electro-based album. Highly recommended listening for fans of classic New Order and OMD, or fans of newer based electro like Holy Ghost.

Stream Ad Infinitum in full below:

Saturday, December 19, 2015

As the story goes, Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks met Franz Ferdinand years ago in Los Angeles when they (FF) were touring behind their debut album. Soon after the sextet recorded a few demos together, but nothing ever came of the sessions due to schedules, etc. Years later Sparks and Franz revisited the idea of recording together, and not long afterward they booked studio time and recorded a full album over the span of two weeks. The album, FFS, finally came out in June and it's everything you'd expect -- it's an lively, quirky, and incredibly fun listen. If you enjoy either Sparks or Franz Ferdinand, you owe it to yourself to take a listen to FFS.

Stream FFS in full below:

Mark Gardener (Ride) and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) returned with a brilliant collaborative album Universal Road in 2015. The two shoegaze titans previously teamed up for their single, "The Places We Go" in 2012 and not long after the pair recorded a full 10 track album. Though the release was delayed due to several other projects Guthrie was working on, the album was finally released in March and was unquestionably worth the wait. Universal Road is indeed a masterpiece; the songs are alluring, elegant and breathtaking. Gardener's rich and soothing voice pairs perfectly with Guthrie's flowing, graceful guitars, resulting in one fantastic album.

Universal Road is available to purchase through iTunes, Amazon, and Robin Guthrie's website.

Stream Universal Road below along with footage of Gardener and Guthrie performing "Dice" captured live at their February 2013 show in London.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

In June Kitchens of Distinction vocalist/bassist Patrick Fitzgerald released an EP using his solo moniker Stephen Hero. The crown jewel of the release is the title track, features a gorgeous and ravishing collaboration with golden-voiced Tanya Donelly (Belly, Breeders), which Fitzgerald describes as "a sonic stratosphere of lovesong." If the Golden EP bypassed your radar this year, take a moment to enjoy the heavenly release. Stream "Golden" below and purchase The Golden EP through Bandcamp; the songs are available as individual downloads, but those who purchase the full EP receive two additional bonus songs. Go here to purchase.

Preview all the songs from Golden EP below.  The footage was shot at Luxor Temple in Egypt.

Ex-Czars leader John Grant blew everyone (ok, me, anyway) away with his previous record Pale Green Ghosts, and this year he returned with an equally stellar album.  With Grey Tickles, Black Pressures Grant continues to combine lush strings and electro sounds with his signature soul-baring, dark lyrics, which makes for a captivating and addicting record. Watch the official video "Down Here" and stream the full album below:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Let's be honest, you either LOVE Deafheaven or you abhor them; you either GET them, or you don't. All music comes down to preference, and with Deafheaven the vocals will be the factor that makes it or breaks it for you. 

At any rate, this fall Deafheaven followed up the release of their sublime 2013 album Sunbather with New Bermuda. It's hard to live up to the critical acclaim of the much beloved Sunbather, but Deafheaven aimed high and delivered with New Bermuda.

Full disclosure: Upon first listen I was slightly disappointed with New Bermuda as the songs have decidedly less shimmery, shoegaze interludes than Sunbather, but after a few spins it is quite apparent New Bermuda is a remarkable, intense, and solid record. Though not entirely devoid of shoegaze, some of those moments have been replaced with balls-out, high voltage, anthemic moments.

Fun fact 1: New Bermuda was influenced by Red House Painters, Low, Wilco, and according to the band, the album's closer -- "Gifts For The Earth" -- is an homage to Oasis.

Fun fact 2: There are only 5 songs on the album -- the shortest one clocks in at around 8.5 minutes.

Fun fact 3: Deafheaven's Halloween show at the Shelter in Detroit was explosive. Literally explosive.

Get ready to rock some devil horns and stream New Bermuda below:

Dinosaur Jr have been celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut, Dinosaur, with a series of shows in New York. The band promised they'd perform Dinosaur in full along and invite some "special guests" to join them.  Indeed they have delivered and then some -- over the past few shows Bob Mould, Kim Gordon, Frank Black, Don Fleming, Lee Ranaldo, Jeff Tweedy, and Kurt Vile have all showed up to perform.  Last night the elusive and brilliant Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, Mike Watt, and Sharon Van Etten were all in the house!

Tonight is the final show at the Bowery...should be interesting to see who shows up tonight!

Video of Shields performing "Thorn" with Dinosaur Jr is posted below, courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Glasgow's Dead Electric dropped a sweet slice of indie rock in March with the brilliant A11 S1x Num63r5. Shoegazers and Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr fans will dig the fuzzy, propulsive guitars, plus there's even a few lovely acoustic songs that wouldn't sound out of place on a Bon Iver album.

A11 S1x Num63r5 is a phenomenal indie rock album. Stream below and grab it as a name your own price download from Bandcamp. For more on Dead Electric visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

Viet Cong, featuring ex-members of the defunct band Women, released its debut album in January. The self-titled record is essential listening for post-punk fans -- it's dark, cold and fantastically bleak. Tracks like "Continental Shelf" and "Silhouettes" summon Joy Division, Chameleons, and Bauhaus; a few tracks will evoke a 60's psychedelic vibe; and the final track, the epic 11 minute "Death," will just astound you with its intensity.

Although Viet Cong was well received by critics, the music was ultimately overshadowed by the band's controversial name. After initially shrugging off complaints, the band eventually decided the public outcry was enough and decided to change their name:

"...we’ve been listening, talking and having lots of valuable conversations with the members of the Vietnamese community about the name. Through this dialogue and hearing about what the name means to so many people, we have decided we will be changing the name of our band.

Art and music are about creative expression. However, our band name is not our cause, and we are not going to fight for it. This is not what our band is about.

We are a band who want to make music and play our music for our fans. We are not here to cause pain or remind people of atrocities of the past.

We don’t know what the new name of our band will be, and we owe it to our fans to honour the concerts we have booked. We rushed into our last band name decision, we don’t plan to rush into this one, but know that will be rolling out a new name as soon as we agree upon one."

Read the full statement from the band formerly known as Viet Cong here, and stream the album in full below:

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Foals unleashed their aggressive fourth studio album What Went Down in August. In the weeks leading up to the release, leader Yannis Philipakis revealed in interviews that What Went Down was the band's most volatile, intense record yet. Fans learned Philipakis wasn't kidding about the album's intensity after Foals debuted the ferocious and dramatic video for the title track:

What Went Down is a powerful listen, yet also delivers catchy songs like "Mountain At My Gates," and the beautiful, swoony album closer "A Knife In The Ocean." Predictably the album received little coverage and tepid reviews from the usual suspects in the U.S., but don't fall victim to the media's ignorance. What Went Down is an exceptional record, chock full of beautifully harsh well-crafted songs that is easily one of the year's best.

Stream the full album below:

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Radio Dept delighted fans with a surprise three song EP titled Occupied in June. Though many fans were hoping that Occupied was the first taste of a forthcoming full length album (the band's last full length was released in 2009), a new album announcement never arrived. Still, beggars can't be choosers, and the sublime three tracks on Occupied more than deliver enchanting dreampop goodness, as did another surprise one-off track "This Repeated Sodomy" which dropped in September. Savor and treasure below.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Athens duo The Noise Figures recorded its awesomely ferocious album Aphelion over five days using a reel-to-reel machine, vintage instruments, and Pythagorean tuning (centuries-old technique). Though they certainly embraced ancient instruments and technology, the music is not a throwback; on the contrary, the Noise Figures whipped up a fresh and intense garage-rock album chock full of anthems. Stream two tracks from Aphelion below and catch up with The Noise Figures on Facebook.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Winter (not to be confused with the doom-metal band of the same name) is a four piece band out of Los Angeles serving up a swoonworthy blend of dreamy-psych-gaze pop. In the spring the band released a full length album on Lolipop Records titled Supreme Blue Dream featuring the simply outstanding and glorious lead track "Someone Like You."

Enjoy "Someone Like You" and the kitschy video for "Crazy" off Supreme Blue Dream below and stream Supreme Blue Dream by Winter in full here.

A few months after the release of the album, Winter hooked up with Burger Records to release another blissful and heavenly one-off single titled "All The Things You Do" which is available to stream below:

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Suede return with the follow up to 2013's Bloodsports on January 22nd.  Night Thoughts is the band's seventh studio album and includes 12 tracks and a full string section.  Earlier this year Suede premiered the live version of "What I'm Trying To Tell You" at the NME awards, followed by the release of the single "Outsiders" in September.  Suede have now issued another new song and video for the track "Like Kids":

Night Thoughts is available to pre-order on standard CD, double heavyweight vinyl, and deluxe CD/DVD through the official Suede store. The DVD is a feature length film directed by Roger Sargent, who shared the following comments about the project:

"I was asked to pitch an idea for this film project… I really had no idea what they were wanting or expecting so I tried
 to write in the least self-conscious way possible. The record deals with a lot of familial themes — life, death, love, anguish and despair; themes that are expanded upon in its visual companion, providing a study of how those elements affect
the human psyche. It resonated with me for many reasons, not least because my mother passed away a few days after I started writing a story for the film. The film starts with a man drowning in the waters of a deserted beach at night, as he fights for life, his mind plays out the events that lead him to be there."

For more on Suede, visit the official site here

The Charlatans have consistently been putting out solid records since debuting in 1990. This year was no exception -- in 2015 the Charlatans dropped its sterling 12th studio album, Modern Nature. The album includes everything you've come to know and love from the Manchester band -- Modern Nature is a groovy, smooth, and engaging slice of indie pop. If this record wasn't on your radar (baffling how U.S. media completely ignored this release), spend some time getting to know Modern Nature, you won't regret it.

FYI: Modern Nature is the band's first album without original drummer Jon Brookes, who died in 2013 from brain cancer. The Charlatans respected Brookes' wishes and decided to keep the band going, but they elected not to replace Brookes.  Instead they enlisted notable guest drummers -- including Joy Division/New Order kingpin Stephen Morris, Pete Salisbury of The Verve, and Gabriel Gurnsey of Factory Floor -- to perform the drum parts on the album.

Enjoy the official video for "Talking In Tones" featuring British actor Nico Mirallegro rocking a Tim Burgess 'do.

The Charlatans played a short U.S. tour in November and stopped by the Late Late Show with James Cordon to perform "Let The Good Times Be Never Ending." Take a look:

Official video for the singles "So Oh" and "Come Home Baby"

Modern Nature full stream

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Django Django released its second full length studio album Born Under Saturn in May.  Born Under Saturn is easily one of the finest albums of 2015, but for some reason this talented band flies under the radar of the music media in the U.S. (too busy writing about Adele, Kayne, and Drake no doubt). Despite the lack of U.S. media love the Djangos are worthy of your attention, for the band busts out catchy melodic folky-psychedelic-electro-art-rock. Take a look at the newly released video for the Django's latest single "Shot Down" below and stream the full 13 track album here.

It's the first of December. Good time to rock out this timeless classic from Teenage Fanclub:

While you're at it, enjoy some footage of the Fannies performing at Reading 1992

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

As reported last week, James is set to return with a new studio record, Girl At The End Of The World, on March 18th. Today the band debuted a song titled "To My Surprise," which should make fans even more eager to hear the full album -- the single is beautiful and enchanting.  Delve into "To My Surprise" from James below:

Girl At The End Of The World, the band's 14th studio album, was recorded and written in Scotland, and musically picks up where Le Petite Mort (2014 LP) left off. James revealed in the album's official press release:

"The songs are big but personal, abrasive but warming and after taking you on a journey and throwing you a few curve balls, ultimately uplifting"

Girl At The End Of The World is available to pre-order now on CD, LP, limited edition cassette, and as a digital download. Several bundles are also available, so take a look at all the options here.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

James announced details for a new studio record titled Girl At The End Of The World. The band revealed that its 14th studio album was recorded and written in Scotland, and musically picks up where the last album (Le Petite Mort) left off. According to the official press release:

"The songs are big but personal, abrasive but warming and after taking you on a journey and throwing you a few curve balls, ultimately uplifting"

Girl At The End Of The World will be released on March 18th, with the record's first single set to premiere November 24th. Fans can pre-order the record now on CD, LP, limited edition cassette, and as a digital download. Several bundles are also available, so take a look at all the options here.

James also announced details for a tour, however so far only a UK leg has been booked. Dates are posted below live footage of James performing "Moving On" from Le Petite Mort.

James -- 2016 UK tour

5/02 -- Bristol @ Colston Hall
5/03 -- Southend-on-Sea @ Cliffs Pavilion
5/04 -- London @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
5/06 -- London @ The O2 Forum, Kentish Town
5/07 -- London @ Brixton Academy
5/09 -- Norwich @ The UEA
5/10 -- Bournemouth O2 Academy
5/12 -- Llandudno @ Venue Cymru
5/13 -- Manchester @ Manchester Arena
5/14 -- Leeds @ Leeds First Direct Arena
5/16 -- Hull @ Hull City Hall
5/17 -- Newcastle City Hall
5/19 -- Glasgow @ The Hydro,
5/20 -- Birmingham @ Barclaycard Arena
5/21 -- Nottingham @ Royal Concert Hall

Cherry Red is releasing an immense five disc shoegaze boxset, Still In A Dream: A Story Of Shoegaze 1988 - 1995. All the legendary and notable bands are featured on the compilation -- Ride, Lush, Jesus & Mary Chain, Slowdive, Swervedriver, Catherine Wheel, Chapterhouse, Boo Radleys, Loop, Pale Saints, Cocteau Twins, Kitchens Of Distinction, Galaxie 500, House Of Love, Curve, Ultravivid Scene, Revolver, Majesty Crush...the list goes on and on! The set comes out January 29th and is the perfect gift for a shoegaze fan or for someone just getting into the genre. So far there isn't a pre-order option for those in North America, but one should be available on Amazon shortly. For now, take a look at the tracklisting below and view the listing on Amazon UK via Creation Records.

Disc 1

01. The Jesus & Mary Chain – Rollercoaster
02. The Cocteau Twins – Cherry-Coloured Funk
03. The House Of Love – Christine
04. A.R. Kane – Baby Milk Snatcher (12” Version)
05. Ultra Vivid Scene – Mercy Seat (12” Version)
06. Spacemen 3 – Hypnotized
07. Loop – Arc-lite (sonar)
08. 14 Iced Bears – Surfacer
09. Galaxie 500 – Tugboat
10. The Prayers – Puppet Clouds
11. Kitchens Of Distinction – The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule
12. A.C. Marias – One Of Our Girls Has Gone Missing
13. The Telescopes – Precious Little
14. Pale Saints – Sight Of You
15. Jane From Occupied Europe – Ocean Run Dry
16. Sonic Boom – Angel

Disc 2

01. Ride – Drive Blind
02. Lush – De-luxe
03. See See Rider – Slip So Slow
04. Nightblooms – Crystal Eyes
05. The Darkside – Waiting For The Angels
06. Velocity Girl – I Don’t Care If You Go
07. Cranes – Inescapable
08. Chapterhouse – Falling Down
09. Whipping Boy – Switchblade Smile
10. The Boo Radleys – Kaleidoscope
11. Swervedriver – Rave Down
12. Slowdive – Slowdive
13. The Charlottes – Liar
14. Dr. Phibes & The House Of Wax Equations – Sugarblast
15. Bleach – Decadence
16. Catherine Wheel – She’s My Friend (wilde Club Version)
17. Blow-up – Somersault Sunrise
18. Bark Psychosis – All Different Things

Disc 3

01. Curve – Ten Little Girls
02. The Dylans – Godlike
03. Th’ Faith Healers – Gorgeous Blue Flower In My Garden
04. The Lilys – February Fourteenth
05. The Honey Smugglers – Good Afternoon
06. Spirea X – Chlorine Dream
07. Moonshake – Gravity
08. Spitfire – Translucent
09. Moose – Suzanne
10. Spiritualized – Run
11. Revolver – Heaven Sent An Angel
12. Lowlife – June Wilson
13. The Ecstasy Of Saint Theresa – Square Wave
14. Black Tambourine – By Tomorrow
15. Whipped Cream – Explosion
16. Smashing Orange – My Deranged Heart
17. The Hinnies – Gong
18. Bang Bang Machine – Geek Love (original 12” Version)

Disc 4

01. The Sunflowers – Closer
02. Drop – Mirrored
03. The Belltower – In Hollow
04. Sweet Jesus – Phonefreak Honey
05. Adorable – Sunshine Smile
06. Sun Dial – I Don’t Mind
07. Swallow – Sugar Your Mind
08. Drop Nineteens – Winona
09. Flaming Lips – Talkin’ ’bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues
10. Medicine – Aruca
11. Coaltar Of The Deepers – Charming Sister Kiss Me Dead!!
12. The Honey Buzzards – Starhappy
13. Loveliescrushing – Babysbreath
14. Majesty Crush – No. 1 Fan
15. The Swirlies – Park The Car By The Side Of The Road
16. Submarine – Chemical Tester
17. Bailter – Space Shine
18. Spectrum – True Love Will Find You In The End
19. Blind Mr. Jones – Spooky Vibes

Disc 5

01. An April March – Memory
02. Flying Saucer Attack – Soaring High
03. Drugstore – Alive
04. Secret Shine – Loveblind
05. Mercury Rev – Bronx Cheer
06. The Curtain Society – Chelsea
07. Seefeel – Plainsong
08. Spindrift – Surround Sound
09. Rollerskate Skinny – Miss Leader
10. Bardo Pond – Die Easy
11. Alison’s Halo – Dozen
12. Swirl – The Last Unicorn
13. Bowery Electric – Next To Nothing
14. Bethany Curve – Me Voy
15. Astrobrite – Orange Creamsickle
16. Luna – 23 Minutes In Brussels

David Bowie premiered the title track from his forthcoming album Blackstar earlier this week. The album, which is Bowie's 28th (!) arrives on January 8th, which just so happens to be his birthday. View the trippy and fantastic video for "Blackstar" below and pre-order the full album through Bowie's webstore -- there are several deluxe, limited edition versions, and bundles (some of which include limited edition lithographs). Blackstar is also available to pre-order through iTunes and Amazon.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Michael Stipe was the unannounced special guest opener for Patti Smith at her show in New York City last night. He performed a set of covers -- originals from David Bowie, John Lennon, Neil Young, the Doors, Boy George & more. Smith also invited Stipe on stage to perform a few songs together during her set.  Indeed what a treat for fans attending the show -- it's rare for Stipe to perform live these days -- Stipe's last performance was December 2014 when he opened for Patti Smith for her birthday shows in New York City.

Watch some fan filmed video snippets of his set below.

UPDATE: More video is available to view below, thanks to You Tube uploaders!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Cure announced details for their 2016 North American tour today. According to the band's press release, the Cure will perform songs from their entire catalog -- hits, rarities, fan favorites, and some "as of yet previously unreleased material" (aka new songs).  The Cure's touring band will be: Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper, Roger O'Donnell, and Reeves Gabrels.

Sadly, there is no Detroit date, so take a look at the tour itinerary below and start mapping out your road trip. Note: the Toronto & Seattle dates are TBA, and some of the venues are also TBA. For more on the tour, visit the Cure's official site.

2016 North American tour

5/11 -- New Orleans, LA @ TBA
5/13 -- Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
5/14 -- Houston, TX @ TBA
5/15 -- Dallas, TX @ TBA
5/17 -- El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
5/19 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea Theater/The Cosmopolitan
5/20 -- Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
5/22 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl (SOLD OUT)
5/23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl (SOLD OUT)
5/24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl (SOLD OUT)
5/26 -- Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
5/31 -- Vancouver, BC @ Festival Lawn/Deer Lake Park
6/03 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center
6/05 -- Denver, CO @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheater
6/08 -- Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theater
6/10 -- Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavillion (SOLD OUT)
6/11 -- Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavillion (SOLD OUT)
6/14 -- Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
6/15 -- Boston, MA @ TBA
6/18 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden (SOLD OUT)
6/19 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden (SOLD OUT)
6/20 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
6/22 -- Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavillion
6/24 -- Atlanta, GA @ Aarons Amphitheater Lakewook
6/26 -- Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater

*Toronto date TBA (will be 6/12 or 6/13)
*Seattle date TBA

Monday, November 2, 2015

This morning Stone Roses fans in Manchester woke up to find the band's trademark lemon posters were plastered everywhere around the city.

As it turns out, the posters were placed to generate excitement for the band's eventual tour announcement. The Stone Roses will perform two shows in Manchester in June, and they'll play the T in the Park festival in Scotland in July. All of this is certainly exciting news for fans in those areas, and it certainly opens the door to the possibility of other festival dates in 2016. The announcement was a bit of a letdown for those hoping for news about an album (or even a song!), but considering the band has allegedly been in the studio working, it's highly possible they'll release something prior to the live dates. On the other hand, this IS the Stone Roses we're talking about, so new music could truly be years away!

For more on the Stone Roses and their live shows, visit the official site here.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Over the last few years Peter Hook has been performing Joy Division and New Order albums in full on tour -- to date he's played Closer, Unknown Pleasures, Movement, Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life, and Brotherhood. Today he announced plans for his newest tour, Substance: Joy Division & New Order, which will see him perform the Joy Division and New Order compilations Substance on tour in 2016. Both of these Factory classics will be performed live, sequentially, and in full, so expect a lengthy and intense concert experience! Hooky is a legend and BRINGS it at his live shows -- Joy Division and New Order fans will NOT leave disappointed.

The Substance: Joy Division & New Order tour debuts in September 2016. So far only three UK dates have been announced, but more dates will be revealed soon as Hook intends to bring this tour to North America in 2016.

For more on Peter Hook's Substance tour, visit his official site.

Peter Hook -- Substance tour

9/15 -- Glasgow @ Barrowlands
9/16 -- Manchester @ 02 Apollo
9/17 -- London @ Kentish Town Forum

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nine Inch Nails will release a limited edition Halo I-IV vinyl box set for this year's Black Friday Record Store Day, which takes place November 27th. The set contains the original 12” singles for “Down In It” (originally released 9/15/89), “Head Like A Hole” (originally released 3/22/90), and “Sin” (originally released 10/10/90) all pressed on 120 gram black vinyl.  Additionally the set includes Pretty Hate Machine (originally released 10/20/89) pressed on 180-gram black vinyl. The tracklisting for the set is posted below. Keep in mind this is a limited edition release and will only be available at participating record stores -- it's best to contact your favorite store ahead of time to see if they'll be stocking the release.  For more on Record Store Day, visit the official site here.

halo one - Down In It

A1. Down In It (Skin)
A2. Down In It (Shred)

B1. Down In It (Singe)

halo two - Pretty Hate Machine

A1. Head Like A Hole
A2. Terrible Lie
A3. Down In It
A4. Sanctified
A5. Something I Can Never Have

B1. Kinda I Want To
B2. Sin
B3. That's What I Get
B4. The Only Time
B5. Ringfinger

halo three - Head Like A Hole

A1. Head Like A Hole (Slate)
A2. Terrible Lie (Sympathetic Mix)
A3. Head Like A Hole (Clay)

B1. Head Like A Hole (Copper)
B2. You Know Who You Are
B3. Head Like A Hole (Soil)
B4. Terrible Lie (Empathetic Mix)

halo four - Sin

A1. Sin
A2. Sin

B1. Get
B2. Sin

This Friday Peter Murphy releases the digital album download edition of his live album Mr. Moonlight Tour: 35 Years Of Bauhaus. The download edition features 19 songs -- 9 of the songs were NOT included on the CD edition of the live album. Stream one of the previously unreleased tracks -- Murphy's cover of "Ziggy Stardust" -- and view the complete tracklisting for the digital release below.

01. King Volcano (Live)*
02. Kingdom’s Coming (Live)*
03. Double Dare (Live)
04. In the Flat Field (Live)
05. A God in an Alcove (Live)
06. Boys (Live)*
07. Silent Hedges (Live)
08. Endless Summer of the Damned (Live)*
09. The Spy in the Cab (Live)
10. A Strange Kind of Love (Live)*
11. Bela Lugosi’s Dead (Live)
12. The Passion of Lovers (Live)
13. Stigmata Martyr (Live)
14. Dark Entries (Live)*
15. Severance (Live)*
16. Hollow Hills (Live)
17. Spirit (Live)
18. Telegram Sam (Live)*
19. Ziggy Stardust (Live)*

Los Angeles band Winter released its glorious debut album Supreme Blue Dream just a few months ago and this week the dreampop four piece has returned with an equally brilliant new single. Enjoy the video for the shimmery "All The Things You Do" below and grab it now through Burger Records, iTunes, and Amazon (also available to stream on Spotify).

Be sure to catch Winter on the road in support of the new single and album -- the tour includes a stop at the Pike Room in Pontiac on Friday, October 30th. Dates for the full itinerary are posted below.

For more on Winter visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

10/27 -- Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
10/28 -- Minneapolis, MN @ The Nether Bar
10/29 -- Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
10/30 -- Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
10/31 -- Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
11/02 -- Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
11/03 -- Montreal, QC @ Bar La Ritz PDB
11/04 -- Somerville, MA @ Cuisine en Locale
11/05 -- Hamden, CT @ The Space
11/06 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/07 -- Harrisburg, PA @ Milworks
11/08 -- New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
11/09 -- Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
11/10 -- Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/12 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Purgatory
11/13 -- Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
11/14 -- Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
11/16 -- Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live
11/17 -- San Antonio, TX @ Korova Basement
11/18 -- Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
11/19 -- Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Backroom
11/20 -- Albequerque, NM @ Launchpad
11/21 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
11/22 -- San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
11/24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

On the heels of last week's album announcement, Savages have now confirmed dates for a North American tour. Tickets for the shows will be "on sale soon" according to the band's official site, but fans can view the tour itinerary now.  Check it out below along with Savages' new single "The Answer." The full album Adore Life arrives on January 22nd.

UPDATE: Tickets for the April 5th show at St. Andrew's Hall go on sale Friday, October 30th at 10am.

Savages North American tour

3/27 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
3/28 -- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/29 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
3/31 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
4/01 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
4/02 -- Montreal, QB @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
4/04 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
4/05 -- Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
4/07 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
4/08 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
4/09 -- Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
4/11 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/12 -- Austin, TX @ Emo's Austin

Sunday, October 25, 2015

This weekend the Times of London reported a new David Bowie album, Blackstar, would be released on January 8th. The paper also described the album as possibly Bowie's "oddest" work to date and claimed the record was influenced by Kraftwerk and jazz elements. Today Bowie posted a short statement confirming the record's title and January 8th release, but revealed that reports regarding the sound and content of the album are "inaccurate." In any case, the album's first single will be issued on November 20th.

Read Bowie's statement about Blackstar below:

"It can now be confirmed that ‘Blackstar’ is the forthcoming single and album from David Bowie. Contrary to inaccurate reporting on the sound and content of the album, only the following can be confirmed:

The single will be released on November 20th and is not part of David’s theatre piece ‘Lazarus’.

The album will be released on David’s birthday, January 8th 2016."

Saturday, October 24, 2015

David Bowie will reportedly release a new album on his birthday, January 8th. According to the Times, Bowie's new album Blackstar was heavily influenced by Kraftwerk and jazz. The paper went on to describe Blackstar as Bowie's "oddest" and most experimental work to date revealing the album's title track includes "Gregorian chants, a soul section, various electronic beats and bleeps, and Bowie's distinctive vocal." So far Bowie himself hasn't confirmed the album on social media. Read the full piece in the Times here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Savages announced they'll return with their highly anticipated new album early next year. Adore Life, the band's second full length album, will be released on January 22nd. Today they unleashed the first song, a brutally intense scorcher titled "The Answer." Stream the single and read the band's statement about Adore Life below. Pre-order options are available through iTunes, Amazon, and Matador Records.

"It’s about change and the power to change. It’s about metamorphosis and evolution. It’s about sticking to your guns and toughing it out. It’s about now, not tomorrow. It’s about recognizing your potential. It’s about self-doubt and inaction. It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about you and me and the others. It’s about the choices we make. It’s about finding the poetry and avoiding the cliché. It’s about being the solution, not the problem. It’s about showing weakness to be strong. It’s about digging through your dirt to look for diamonds. It's about claiming your right to think unacceptable thoughts. It’s about boredom and the things we do to drive it away. It’s about being on your own so you can be with people. It’s about knowing what it means to be human and what it might mean one day. It’s about the parts and the sum of the parts. It's about the music and the message: together, one and the same. It’s about bass, guitars, drums, and vocals. It’s about opening-out and never, ever dying. But most of all it’s about love, every kind of love. Love is the answer."

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs announced an intimate solo tour for early 2016 which will see Dulli perform songs, fan favorites, and a few new songs in small clubs, churches and synagogues. Along with the tour announcement Dulli premiered his cover of the Sharon Van Etten original "A Crime," which also features guest Ani DiFranco. "A Crime" is available to download for free here.

Tickets for A Night With Greg Dulli go on sale Friday, October 23rd and the fan pre-sale kicks off Wednesday, October 21st (password for all dates: Dulli2016). More info on the tickets & tour is posted here. The pre-sale for the Detroit show kicks off tomorrow at 10am here.

A Night With Greg Dulli

3/10 -- Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
3/11 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Roulette
3/12 -- Washington, DC @ 6th & I Synagogue
3/13 -- Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
3/15 -- Toronto, ON @ Great Hall
3/16 -- Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
3/17 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater
3/18 -- Chicago, IL @ Old Town School Of Folk
3/19 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
3/21 -- Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
3/22 -- Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
3/23 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
3/25 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
3/26 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teregram Ballroom
3/29 -- Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
3/30 -- Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian Church
4/01 -- New Orleans, LA @ Preservation Hall
4/02 -- New Orleans, LA @ Preservation Hall

Monday, October 19, 2015

Dave Gahan & Soulsavers release a new album titled Angels & Ghosts on October 23rd. In promotion of the record they're playing two shows in the U.S. this week.  Tonight is the first of those concerts and it will stream live from Los Angeles starting at midnight ET. In case you can't stay up to watch the concert, the archive will also be available to stream for ~ 24 hours after the show is over. Head here to catch the live stream and view the archive post-show.

Angels & Ghosts is streaming ahead of its release over at NPR -- stream the album here. The official video for the new single "All of This And Nothing" is available to view below:

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sneaker Pimps' founding member Chris Corner has been making music with his dark, goth-electro solo project IAMX for over ten years. The band's newly released sixth studio record, Metanoia, continues in the same vein as previous releases -- cold, dark, smoldering, and sexy beats. IAMX issued a video for the album's second single "Oh Cruel Darkness Embrace Me," which is available to view below. Grab Metanoia from iTunes and Amazon, and be sure to catch IAMX on the road this month. For more on IAMX, visit the official site here.

RIYL: Gary Numan, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson

IAMX North American tour

10/13 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
10/16 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Urban Lounge
10/17 -- Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
10/19 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
10/20 -- Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/22 -- Detroit, MI @ Shelter
10/23 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
10/24 -- Montreal, QB @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
10/26 -- Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/27 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/29 -- Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
10/30 -- New York, NY @ Webster Hall

John Grant released his third solo album Grey Tickles, Black Pressures earlier this month. The album is musically more experimental, utilizing more strings and electro elements than his previous record Pale Green Ghosts. Lyrically the record is dark and intense -- Grant tackles his struggle with HIV as well as complex personal relationships. Somehow Grant's upbeat music and dark lyrics are a perfect pairing; Grey Tickles, Black Pressures is a captivating and addicting record. Stream one of the album highlights, "Down Here" below and purchase from iTunes or Amazon.  Catch up with John Grant here.

John Grant North American tour

10/13 -- Washington, DC @ The Hamilton
10/14 -- Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
10/16 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
10/17 -- New York, NY @ (le) poisson rouge
10/19 -- Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Theatre
10/21 -- Chicago, IL @ Martyrs
10/22 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
10/24 -- Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater
10/27 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Troubador
10/29 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
10/30 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

Saturday, October 10, 2015

New Order appeared at the legendary Maida Vale studios in London yesterday for a BBC Radio 6 live session.  The band's nine song set was a mix of classics and fresh tracks from New Order's impressive 10th studio album Music CompleteLa Roux, who is one of the guests on Music Complete, also appeared with New Order for the Maida Vale session.  Audio of the entire session is available to stream here, and video of a few songs from the performance is below:

Meanwhile New Order released their 6 track Restless remix EP on Friday -- the Andrew Weatherall remix is SO MASSIVE! Stream below and grab the EP on iTunes or Amazon.