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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

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.

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

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.

Earlier this week Robert Smith announced he remixed Ride's classic song "Vapour Trail" for a new release titled Vapour Trail -- Disintegrated 2015. Smith's two mixes -- the Vapour Remix, and the Trail Remix -- are now available as digital downloads from iTunes and Amazon. Stream both mixes below.

Please note: Ride will release the 25th anniversary edition of Nowhere on November 6th -- these mixes are NOT included as part of the reissue.

Meanwhile the Cure announced they'll embark on a 25 date tour of North America in 2016. So far six dates on the tour have been announced and tickets for those shows are on sale now. The rest of the dates on the tour will be announced in January according to the Cure.

The Cure -- North American tour (dates announced so far)

05/22 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
05/23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
05/24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
06/10 -- Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavillion
06/18 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
06/19 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Now that we've had almost a week to chew on the Cure's announcement and/or pre-announcement for their 2016 tour, some questions come to mind about what to expect from the Cure (live and on record) in 2016. While there are no answers to the questions, it's fun to consider the possibilities while we wait for the full announcement in January.

Will the Cure play marathon shows and what about any potential Reflections/trilogy dates?

For the last several years, other than festival appearances, the Cure have been playing very LONG sets (35 - 40+ songs) with most shows lasting well over three hours and some as long as four. It seems a bit unlikely the Cure, or any band for that matter, would have the physical strength/stamina to keep up that pace for a 25 date tour. As for Reflections/trilogy shows, Robert Smith said in previous interviews that he's (eventually) planning to do another Reflections tour and perform The Top, The Head On The Door, and (Bob's favorite Cure album) Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me in full.

Tour predictions for 2016:

I'd guess the shows will be on average 2 to 3 hours long, packed with hits, fan favorites, and a few rarities. I'd expect that the "25 date North American tour" won't include many (if any) Reflections shows. I could see The Cure doing a trilogy show in a city with multiple dates (either New York or Los Angeles), but I'd bet against a full 25 date Reflections tour.

Will the Cure release a new album in 2016? What about the series of DVDs and those other limited edition collections Bob promised us last year?!?

It's hard to imagine that there won't be a new record in 2016 -- Smith stated he's interested in "moving forward" with the current lineup of the Cure and wants to record new material. Smith also has mentioned putting out a series of live DVDs, but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to release a live DVD series before heading out on the road to perform live.

The collections Smith announced in 2014 are a bit complicated -- last year Smith said he'd release an album titled 4:13 Scream, and two limited edition collections 4:26 Dream and 4:14 Scream (all three of these releases piggybacking off the 33 song project Smith began in 2007, read more about that here.) When Smith discussed the project last year, he seemed a bit conflicted about revisiting the project.

Release predictions for 2016:

I'd predict a brand new Cure album is released by late spring 2016 with the official announcement coming in January. I don't see the DVD series coming out in 2016, although they could release something in the fall in time for Christmas. I'd also bet the Scream/Dream releases continue to get scrapped/delayed for a while longer, likely not out in 2016.

Stay tuned, because the above are just my silly predictions -- anything could happen and you never know when more info will be announced and/or leaked!

The Cure -- North American tour (dates announced so far)

05/22 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
05/23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
05/24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
06/10 -- Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavillion
06/18 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
06/19 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

London's Sulk released its impressive (and Madchestery) debut album Graceless in 2013, and now the band is back with a new single titled "Black Infinity (Upside Down)." The track is in the same musical vein of Graceless, thus fans of Stone Roses, Charlatans, and other 90's British music will dig this delicious slice of excellence. So far Sulk hasn't announced details for a new album, but news on that is expected soon. For now stream the glorious "Black Infinity (Upside Down)" along with a few of older tracks below and catch up with Sulk here or on Facebook.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Robert Smith related news is coming fast and furious this week! Just yesterday Smith unveiled his remix of Ride's "Vapour Trail" (hinting that more mixes are coming), and today The Cure announced they're heading to North America in 2016 for a 25 date tour! So far only three of the dates have been announced -- Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York -- but the remainder of the dates will be announced in January. The Twilight Sad will serve as support for the tour which shouldn't come as too big of a surprise; Smith is a big fan of the Scottish band and recorded a cover their song "There's A Girl In The Corner" for a limited edition 7" release back in June. Dates/pre-sale info for the three Cure shows can be viewed below. Fans can also check out Smith's Twilight Sad cover and his Ride remix below.

UPDATE: The Cure added a second date in Los Angeles due to popular demand

The Cure -- North American tour (more dates TBA in January)

05/22 -- Los Angeles @ Hollywood Bowl (presale 10/7, password: curebowl)
05/23 -- Los Angeles @ Hollywood Bowl
06/10 -- Chicago @ UIC Pavillion (presale 10/8, password: thecure2016)
06/18 -- NYC @ Madison Square Garden (presale 10/10, password: disintegration)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ride's classic album Nowhere celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The album, which is THE gold standard when it comes to shoegaze, will be reissued on November 6th as a cd/dvd (featuring a live concert recorded in 1991) and as a double LP (pre-order here). Ever the Ride fan, Robert Smith of the Cure decided to pay tribute to the shoegaze classic "Vapour Trail" with his own remix, which he debuted yesterday. While it's certainly not better than the original, Smith's remix adds a spacey, shall we say, vapoury vibe to the song. Pitchfork confirms Smith's remix won't be released as part of the Nowhere reissue but the cover art (posted above) seems to indicate Smith has more remixes up his sleeve, so stay tuned.  For now, stream Smith's remix of "Vapour Trail" below.