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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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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Peter Buck announced details for a new solo album titled Warzone Earth. In a posting on R.E.M.'s official website, Buck called Warzone Earth his best solo work to date. The vinyl only release features a ton of guests including Krist Novoselic, Jeff Tweedy, and Bill Rieflin plus it comes in two editions with each sporting a different cover designed by folk art legend Mingering Mike. Warzone Earth will be released October 9th through Little Axe Records and will also be available in limited quantities at independent record stores. For more on Warzone Earth, read Buck's announcement here.

Published September 29th, 2015 @ 8:32 PM

Protomartyr are set to return with their third album The Agent Intellect on October 9th. So far they've premiered a few songs from the record ("Why Does It Shake" and "Dope Cloud") and now another Protomartyr song has been unleashed! Stream "I Forgive You" below via Soundcloud and pre-order The Agent Intellect from iTunes, Amazon, and Hardly Art (first press of LP available on opaque green vinyl).

Protomartyr's Joe Casey was interviewed by UK mag Overblown and was asked about being from Detroit:

"Detroit offers basements and garages for relatively cheap (although that is changing) in which to practice, many bars and friend’s houses in which to play, and a citizenry that are, for the most part, into getting their drink on and music appreciators. So that’s where we come from. Also, because that scene isn’t about "flash" or "making it", a band of nobodies with rudimentary skills can feel okay playing out."

Read the full interview here.

Protomartyr play two record release shows in Detroit at the Marble Bar, then they'll kick off their North American tour in support of the Agent Intellect. Check out the list of dates below.

Protomartyr tour

10/09 Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
10/10 Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
10/11 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
10/12 Montreal, QB @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
10/13 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
10/15 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
10/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
10/17 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
10/18 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
10/20 Raleigh, NC @ King's Barcade
10/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/22 Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox
10/23 Bloomington, IN @ Blockhouse
10/24 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club

Published September 29th, 2015 @ 6:02 AM

Back in 2013 shoegaze fans worldwide were blown away by Zeit's EP Life Is Such A Blur, so it's highly exciting to hear the Swedish band is back with a brand new single. Zeit's new track "Your Eyes" is another slice of glorious dream pop/shoegaze heaven! Envelop yourself in the beauty of "Your Eyes" below and grab it as a name-your-own-price download from Bandcamp.

Catch up with Zeit on Facebook.

Published September 29th, 2015 @ 5:38 AM

Lush confirmed they have officially reunited and announced plans for their grand return!  So far plans include the release of a limited edition anthology boxset, vinyl release of their 2001 greatest hits collection, and worldwide live dates.

The five disc limited edition Lush anthology titled Chorus will house all three of the band's studio albums, two compilations, and previously unreleased demos, radio sessions, remixes and rarities. Chorus is set for an early December release through 4AD.  The boxset will be preceded by the vinyl release of the band's 2001 greatest hits compilation Ciao!, which arrives in November. Official release dates and pre-order info for both collections will be announced shortly.

Along with the release info, Lush has announced one live date -- they'll perform at the Roundhouse in London on May 6th and tickets go on sale September 30th.  More worldwide tour dates are in the works and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Miki Berenyi revealed to BBC Radio 6 that after 20 years Lush decided to reunite but it was a difficult decision. Berenyi said it was impossible for the surviving members to even consider a reunion for the longest time due to Chris Acland's tragic suicide, however for the last several years fans had been encouraging Lush to reunite and they finally decided to give it a go. Though the band has discussed the possibility of writing and recording new music they are taking things one step at a time and will see what develops. For now, they're focused on relearning their old songs (Berenyi's been utilizing old Lush videos on You Tube to relearn her guitar parts!) and are preparing for some live shows. Listen to Berenyi discuss the Lush reunion below:

For more on Lush, visit the band's newly launched website here.

Published September 29th, 2015 @ 5:25 AM

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tom Furse of the Horrors returns with a new solo EP titled Run To Me Suite on October 9th. Besides playing in the Horrors, Furse is an experienced remixer having remixed tracks songs for the Vaccines, Elephant Stone, Temples, and Django Django among others.  Accordingly, Run To Me Suite sounds less like the Horrors and instead has more of an energetic and delightful mix of synth sounds clearly influenced by Kraftwerk and Detroit techno.. Stream a song titled "Run To Me Pt 3" ahead of the EP's release below via soundcloud. Pre-order the EP through iTunes, Amazon, or Kick & Clap records (Kick & Clap is run by Django Django drummer Dave Maclean who describes himself as "first and foremost a DJ and record collector.")

Published September 27th, 2015 @ 8:35 PM

Deafheaven return with a new studio album titled New Bermuda on October 2nd. The band's last record, 2013's Sunbather, was so very epic that it was unreasonable to expect that they'd top it. Sunbather was an all-out metal assault mixed with beautiful, shimmering shoegaze -- much like chocolate and peanut butter the sonic blend was an unexpected mixing of styles, but yet, inexplicably  SO, SO, GOOD. Enter New Bermuda. It's not that the record is terrible, because on the contrary, New Bermuda is actually quite good...it's just a little disappointing due to the absence of shoegaze moments. But the album is solid nonetheless: the Slayer-ish moments are still there, the vocals are a bit more up in the mix, there's a bit more piano, and the songs still clock in at epic lengths -- the shortest song is 8 and a half minutes long.  One more awesome fact: the record 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.

Bottom line: though initially a little disappointing compared to Sunbather due to lack of glistening, shimmering shoegaze moments, New Bermuda is worth checking out. Stream the record in full ahead of its release over at NPR.

Deafheaven hit the road for a North American tour which includes a stop at the Shelter on October 31st. The full list of dates is posted below:

North American tour

Oct 15 -- San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Oct 16 -- Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
Oct 17 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Oct 19 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Oct 20 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Oct 21 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Oct 23 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Oct 24 -- Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Oct 25 -- Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
Oct 26 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
Oct 28 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Oct 29 -- Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Oct 30 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Oct 31 -- Detroit, MI @ Shelter at St. Andrews
Nov 01 -- Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Nov 03 -- Boston, MA @ Royale
Nov 05 -- New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Nov 06 -- Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
Nov 07 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 08 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Nov 10 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Downstairs
Nov 11 -- Orlando, FL @ The Social
Nov 13 -- Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
Nov 14 -- Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Nov 15 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees
Nov 17 -- Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
Nov 18 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Nov 20 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Nov 21 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

Published September 27th, 2015 @ 7:04 PM

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A new David Bowie tribute record titled will be released next month.  A Salute To The Thin White Duke - The Songs Of David Bowie features covers by indie bands such as Dum Dum Girls, Electric Six, the KVB, The Muffs, the Vacant Lots and more. The full record arrives on October 2nd, but one track from the album -- the KVB's shimmering take on "Rebel Rebel" -- is available to stream in advance of the release. Take a listen below plus view the full tracklist for the CD/digital and LP versions.  A Salute To The Thin White Duke is available to pre-order now through iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.

CD/digital download version

01. Rogue Wave - Modern Love
02. Jesca Hoop - John, I'm Only Dancig
03. Dum Dum Girls - Letter To Hermione
04. The Tulips - Heroes
05. Icky Blossoms - Ashes To Ashes
06. The Deer Tracks - Starman
07. The KVB - Rebel Rebel
08. Magic Wands - Cat People
09. Electric Six - Blue Jean
10. Heartless Bastards - Jean Genie
11. Ume - Suffragette City
12. The Vacant Lots - Fame
13. Kittie - Space Oddity
14. Boy Hits Car - Moonage Daydream
15. Coves - Absolute Beginners
16. The Muffs - Changes

LP version

Side A

1. Rogue Wave - Modern Love
2. Jesca Hoop - John, I’m Only Dancing
3. Dum Dum Girls - Letter To Hermione
4. The Tulips - Heroes
5. The KVB - Rebel Rebel

Side B

1. Magic Wands - Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
2. Electric Six - Blue Jean
3. Heartless Bastards - Jean Genie
4. The Vacant Lots - Fame
5. Kittie - Space Oddity
6. The Muffs - Changes

Published September 26th, 2015 @ 6:04 PM

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Noise Figures is a fuzzy guitar and drum project hailing from Athens, Greece. The duo went about recording its new album Aphelion in the most retro way possible -- the album was recorded over five days using a reel-to-reel machine, vintage instruments, and employing Pythagorean tuning (centuries-old technique). The result is a splendid fuzz/garagey-rock album chock full of awesomeness.   Aphelion will be released September 28th and is available to pre-order now (on red vinyl!) through Inner Ear Records and Bandcamp. Stream two tracks from Aphelion below and catch up with The Noise Figures on Facebook.

Published September 23rd, 2015 @ 9:01 PM

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A few months ago Johnny Marr mentioned he was planning on releasing a live album and now he's proved that he'll make good on that promise! Marr announced details for his very first live album titled Adrenalin Baby. The double album (go big or go home!) was captured live over the span of three years while Marr was promoting his solo albums The Messenger and Playland. The tracklist looks pretty strong -- besides the singles from his two albums, he's included performances of Smiths' classics such as "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again," plus Electronic's anthem "Getting Away With It."

Adrenalin Baby will be released on October 9th, and pre-order info will be available soon. In the meantime, take a look at the tracklisting for the double album below video of Marr rocking out:

01. Playland
02. The Right Thing Right
03. Easy Money
04. 25 Hours
05. New Town Velocity
06. The Headmaster Ritual
07. The Messenger
08. Back In The Box
09. Generate! Generate!
10. Bigmouth Strikes Again
11. Boys Get Straight
12. Candidate
13. Getting Away With It
14. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
15. Dynamo
16. I Fought The Law
17. How Soon Is Now?

Published September 16th, 2015 @ 4:21 PM

New Order premiered another song from the band's forthcoming studio album Music Complete. If the last single "Restless" left you a little disappointed, not to worry, because this new single "Plastic" is a tasty all-out driving dancefloor booty jam.  Stream "Plastic" in all its awesomeness below:

Music Complete will be released on September 25th. Pre-order now from New Order's store.

FYI, New Order will be live streaming the full album & participating in a Q & A session on September 25th. More details on that are posted here.

Published September 16th, 2015 @ 4:07 PM

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Dead Weather return with a new album Dodge & Burn on September 25th. The band won't be doing any touring behind the album, but they did appear on Late Night with Stephen Colbert last night to rock out their new single "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)." Watch the intense, blistering performance below.  [Sadly, Jack White missed his opportunity to show up in a Zero t-shirt.]

Published September 15th, 2015 @ 5:40 AM

Monday, September 14, 2015

Shirley Manson reunited with her old band Angelfish on Saturday night. The one-off show was a benefit staged by Scottish Circle to help raise funds for women's charities in Rwanda and Nepal. Watch fan-filmed footage from the event below and check out pictures here and here.

Manson is preparing to hit the road with Garbage for the North American leg of the 20 Years Queer tour, which sees Garbage performing their debut album in full. A 20th anniversary edition of Garbage is also set for release on October 2nd. Pre-order info is posted here.

Also: Garbage is doing an AMA on Reddit October 2nd at 3pm ET, so get your questions ready!

Garbage 20 Years Queer tour

10/06 -- San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
10/07 -- Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
10/08 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
10/10 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Cosmopolitan
10/13 -- Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
10/14 -- Austin, TX @ Stubb's Amphitheatre
10/15 -- Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
10/17 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera
10/18 -- Madison, WI @ Orpheum
10/19 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater
10/21 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum
10/23 -- Westbury, NY @ The Space
10/24 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theater
10/26 -- Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/28 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/29 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Published September 14th, 2015 @ 8:25 PM

Sunday, September 13, 2015

New Order is gearing up for the release of its 10th studio album Music Complete and has announced a couple of promo events:

In conjunction with Germany's annual electronic music conference Reeperbahn Festival, Electronic Beats will be staging a special live streaming event with New Order on September 25th. The event includes a full stream of Music Complete, followed by an interview session with New Order. After the Q & A session, drummer Stephen Morris will be among a handful of DJs firing up the wheels of steel to spin some groov-a-licious tracks. According to Electronic Beats, the entire event -- including Morris' DJ set -- will stream worldwide beginning at 7pm CET (1pm ET). Details for accessing the stream will be posted soon.  Fans interested in posing a question to New Order can submit questions now on social media (Twitter/Facebook) using #AskNewOrder.

Meanwhile on October 9th New Order will be playing a live session at the legendary Maida Vale studios in London for BBC Music 6. The interview and live performance will be available to stream live on BBC Music 6, and the archive will be available to stream on demand for a limited time after the session airs. More details on the session will be available closer to the event, so check back soon for details/linkage.

New Order's 10th studio album Music Complete will be released on September 25th and is available to pre-order now. Additionally the first single "Restless" will have its own remix EP, Restless (Remixes) EP, which will be released on October 9th. One of the remixes is available to stream below along with the official music video for "Restless."

Published September 13th, 2015 @ 7:59 AM

Killing Joke announced details for a new studio album titled Pylon. The band calls the record, "simple...stark brutal industrial suicide" with "heavy and uncompromising, bleak dystopian lyrics" and "lots of black pain emotion." The record serves as the final piece in their triptych of albums (alongside the previous releases Absolute Dissent and MMXII).

Pylon is available to pre-order as a digital album download, or as physically on deluxe 2 CD, standard 2 LP, and deluxe 2 LP. The two CD set includes 10 album tracks along with a bonus disc with five extra songs; the standard 2LP version is pressed on black heavyweight vinyl and features 10 album tracks along with one bonus track; the limited edition deluxe 2LP version is pressed on magenta vinyl and includes the 10 album tracks and two bonus tracks (deluxe 2 LP edition is limited to 1000 copies). Take a look at all the options including merch bundles here.

Brace yourself and stream the first song from Pylon titled "I Am The Virus" below:

Published September 13th, 2015 @ 7:58 AM

A Place To Bury Strangers appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly earlier this week. Stream their intense two-song performance -- "Fill The Void" and "We've Come So Far," both from the band's latest album Transfixiation -- below:

*Kudos to Carson Daly (or his bookers) for having both APTBS and Jesus & Mary Chain on the show this week!

A Place To Bury Strangers are currently on the road in North America. Dates are below the band's new video for "Now It's Over"

A Place To Bury Strangers -- North American tour

09/13 -- Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
09/14 -- Portland, OR @ Star Theater
09/19 -- Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
09/20 -- West Sacramento, CS @ TBD Festival
09/22 -- San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
09/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
09/25 -- Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
09/27 -- St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
09/29 -- Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
09/30 -- Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
10/01 -- Covington, KY @ Madison Live
10/02 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
10/03 -- Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe
10/06 -- Montreal, QB @ La Sala Rossa
10/09 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar

Published September 13th, 2015 @ 7:58 AM

The Radio Dept. followed up the release of this spring's Occupied EP with a fantastic new single. "This Repeated Sodomy" was released as a digital single yesterday and is available to purchase now through iTunesAmazon, and Google Play. The track is also available to stream through Spotify.

No info regarding a full length record (or other future releases) was announced, but fans can catch up with the Radio Dept. here.

Published September 13th, 2015 @ 7:58 AM

The Jesus & Mary Chain appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly and performed three Psychocandy tracks on the program in celebration of their recent release Live at Barrowlands. Stream their performance of "The Living End" and "A Taste Of Cindy"/"Never Understand" from Carson Daly below.

[Live at Barrowlands was captured during the band's 30th anniversary Psychocandy tour in November 2014. More info on the release is posted here.]

Published September 13th, 2015 @ 7:57 AM

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Dave Gahan and Soulsavers announced their new collaborative album Angels & Ghosts will be released on October 23rd. This is the second Gahan/Soulsavers album -- in 2012 the pair teamed up for The Light The Dead See. Angels & Ghosts is available to pre-order starting September 11th, but the first track from the album "All Of This And Nothing" is available to stream below.

Additionally Gahan & Soulsavers have announced two U.S. dates -- October 19th in Los Angeles and October 22nd in NYC. Tickets for the shows go on sale September 18th. More details on the shows is posted here.

Published September 10th, 2015 @ 10:27 AM

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Garbage release a 20th anniversary version of their self-titled album on October 2nd. The album was newly remastered from the original analog tapes and features a ton of remixes and previously unreleased tracks. Garbage will be available in physical (CD/LP) and digital formats, and fans will have several options to choose from. The standard edition is a remastered version of the album's original material; the deluxe edition adds a 9 song companion disc titled g sides, and the super deluxe edition includes the g sides compilation, along with 29 remixes, and 12 alternate versions. Take a look at all the options and pre-order here.

Garbage will be celebrating their 20th anniversary on the 20 Years Queer tour. Tickets for all the shows, including the Detroit area stop on October 19th at the Royal Oak Music Theater, are on sale now.

Garbage 20 Years Queer tour

10/06 -- San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's Concerts By the Bay
10/07 -- Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
10/08 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
10/10 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Cosmopolitan
10/13 -- Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
10/14 -- Austin, TX @ Stubb's Amphitheatre
10/15 -- Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
10/17 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera
10/18 -- Madison, WI @ Orpheum
10/19 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater
10/21 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum
10/23 -- Westbury, NY @ The Space
10/24 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theater
10/26 -- Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/28 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/29 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Published September 2nd, 2015 @ 4:47 PM

New Order premiered their new single "Restless" a few weeks ago, and now a remix of the track done by French DJ/producer Agoria (aka Sebastien Devaud) is available to stream and download. The Agoria remix will be released as part of the Restless (Remixes) EP which arrives on October 9th. The EP, which also includes remixes of "Restless" by xxxy, RAC, and Andrew Weatherall, is available to pre-order from iTunes and Amazon.

The original version of "Restless" appears on New Order's new album Music Complete which is due out September 25th. A limited edition vinyl boxset featuring extended versions of all 11 tracks on the record (on colored vinyl!) is available to pre-order here.

Published September 2nd, 2015 @ 4:20 PM