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...hang the dj is a music blog. Old school, shoegaze, psych, and darkwave are featured genres.

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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2015/01/31


Sonic Evolution, the Seattle Symphony's annual event celebrating Seattle's rich musical history, took place last night at Benaroyal Hall. The first half of the evening featured a piece influenced by Kurt Cobain titled "Ashes," a Pearl Jam inspired piece "Beyond Much Difference," and finally another piece composed by Mike McCready titled "Waking The Horizon."  After the intermission was over the Chris Cornell-fronted Mad Season reunion and bonus surprise Temple Of The Dog reunion took place. Cornell, McCready, Barrett Martin, Matt Cameron, Duff McKagan, and the Seattle Symphony began with a trio of Mad Season songs, then later Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard took the stage for a few Temple of the Dog songs. During the evening, several other guests including Kim Virant (Lazy Susan) and Jeff Angell (Walking Papers), and Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) also took the stage perform with the collective. The night ended on an emotional note -- the band performed Mad Season's "All Alone" using a recording of Layne Staley's haunting vocals.

The setlist and fan filmed video from the concert is available to view below. An excellent review of the show is posted here








01. "Ashes"
02. "Beyond Much Difference"
03. "Walking The Horizon"

Intermission

04. "Long Gone Day"
05. "River Of Deceit"
06. "I Don't Know Anything"
07. "Wake Up"
08. "Lifeless Dead"
09. "Call Me A Dog"
10. "Reach Down"
11. "All Alone"

Published January 31st, 2015 @ 12:36 PM

2015/01/27


Tennis System unleashed the official video today for their song "Memories & Broken Dreams." The track is taken from the band's swoon-worthy 2014 album Technicolour Blind (required listening for fans of Jesus & Mary Chain, Crocodiles, A Place To Bury Strangers, etc).



For more on Tennis System, visit them on Facebook.

Published January 27th, 2015 @ 2:49 PM

L7 officially announced their live return today with an entertaining return-from-the-dead video titled A Night At The Morgue. The video urges fans to visit their website, where a few tour dates (festival gigs in France and Spain) have been posted. According the band's website, more live dates will be announced tomorrow.

The band also launched a Kickstarter to fund their documentary, L7: Pretend We're Dead.  Learn more about the project by visiting the campaign page here.

Watch A Night At The Morgue below:



L7 tour

6/19 -- Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain @ Azkena Rock Festival
6/20 -- Clisson, France @ Hell Fest

Published January 27th, 2015 @ 1:09 PM

Primal Scream announced a short North American tour surrounding their appearance at Levitation (aka Austin Psych Festival).  So far a Detroit date has not been announced, however the tour will be rolling through the cities listed below, with tickets on sale Friday, January 30th. Primal Scream's last album, More Light, was released in 2013.

5/09 -- Austin, TX @ Levitation
5/11 -- New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theater
5/12 -- Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
5/14 -- Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
5/15 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
5/17 -- Boston, MA @ Royale
5/19 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
5/20 -- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
5/21 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

Published January 27th, 2015 @ 11:31 AM

2015/01/26


Inspiral Carpets released the video for their new delightfully organ-heavy single "Let You Down" today. The track is available on the band's latest album Inspiral Carpets, which was released last fall. The single and video features 70's punk poet John Cooper Clarke [Clarke performed at punk/post-punk shows in the 70s opening up for Sex Pistols, Joy Division, Siouxsie & the Banshees, New Order, and more].

Watch "Let You Down" below:



Published January 26th, 2015 @ 4:37 PM

The Jesus & Mary Chain announced a North American tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Psychocandy. The band will be performing Psychocandy in its entirety along with other greatest hits from their extensive catalog. The Detroit show is May 3rd at St. Andrew's Hall. The pre-sale kicks of Thursday, January 29th with the general onsale Friday, January 30th at 10am.  Tickets available here.

Full North American schedule below:

5/01 -- Toronto, ON @ TBA
5/03 -- Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
5/05 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera
5/07 -- Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
5/09 -- Austin, TX @ Levitation
5/11 -- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
5/13 -- Vancouver, BC @ Vogue
5/14 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox
5/16 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield

Published January 26th, 2015 @ 3:37 PM

The first authorized Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck debuted Saturday night at Sundance.  Cobain's estate gave director Brett Morgen unprecedented access to Cobain's archive which includes audio, video, photographs, notebooks, and more, though reportedly the only "never before heard" song in the film is Cobain's acoustic cover of the Beatles' "And I Love Her."

Much ado was made over the absence of commentary/interview clips from ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, however it wasn't an oversight, it was more of a scheduling issue with Grohl. Morgen told reporters that Grohl has participated in interviews for Montage of Heck, but due to time issues he was unable to include the footage in the version of the film that premiered on Saturday. Morgen suggested to reporters that he may re-edit the film at a later time to add in some commentary/insight from Grohl. Montage Of Heck is scheduled to premiere on HBO on May 4th.



Published January 26th, 2015 @ 12:16 PM

2015/01/25

Time Warp airs every Sunday from 8am until noon ET on 89X and streams live on the net. For more on artists played on the show, visit my blog, which is updated throughout the week with music news, etc.

8 am hour:

Cure "Fire In Cairo"
David Bowie "Rebel, Rebel"
Talking Heads "Psychokiller"
Siouxsie & the Banshees "Dear Prudence"
Cult "Revolution"
Tragically Hip "Nautical Disaster"
Mad Season "River Of Deceit"
Chris Cornell "Can't Change Me"
Dambuilders "Shrine"
Amps "Pacer"
Jim Carroll Band "People Who Died"
Social Distortion "Ring Of Fire"
Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog"

9 am hour:

Blondie "Rapture"
Elvis Costello "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding"
Madness "House Of Fun"
New Order "1963"
Smiths "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
Depeche Mode "I Feel You"
Ramones "Rockaway Beach"
Dinosaur Jr "Freak Scene"
Pailhead "I Will Refuse"
Smashing Pumpkins "Eye"
Concrete Blonde "Everybody Knows"
R.E.M. "So. Central Rain"
INXS "Need You Tonight"

10 am hour:

Killing Joke "Eighties"
Echo & the Bunnymen "Do It Clean"
Love & Rockets "Mirror People"
Replacements "Kiss Me On The Bus"
Ani DiFranco "31 Flavors"
Radiohead "Fake Plastic Trees"
Beastie Boys "Body Movin'"
Whale "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe"
Nine Inch Nails "Wish"
Nitzer Ebb "Murderous"
Pixies "Here Comes Your Man"
Nirvana "Sliver"
Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

11 am hour:

Patti Smith "Because The Night"
Clash "Clampdown"
XTC "Making Plans For Nigel"
Asexuals "Walt's Wish"
David Bowie "Queen Bitch"
Roxy Music "Avalon"
Veruca Salt "Seether"
Lemonheads "Luka"
Oasis "Acquiesce"
Catherine Wheel "Crank"
Inspiral Carpets "Two Worlds Collide"
Smiths "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want"
Stone Roses "Going Down"
Buzzcocks "Orgasm Addict"

Published January 25th, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

2015/01/23


Protomartyr is helping MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) kick off its next exhibition season. On February 6th, MOCAD hosts a member preview from 6 to 7pm, followed by a public preview from 7 to 9; then at 10pm Protomartyr and Double Winter perform live sets as part of the newly launched Detroit Stages series.  The Protomartyr/Double Winter concert is free to MOCAD members; non members can purchase tickets for 10 dollars here. For more on the event, visit MOCAD's website or Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Protomartyr will be one of the bands participating in Joyful Noise's 2015 flexi-disc series. Each month Joyful Noise will release a limited edition single-sided flexi-disc with never-before-heard recordings and original artwork. Only 1000 copies of each flexi-disc will be released, and the songs will NOT be released digitally, so this is a very limited type of release. Cloud Nothings, Lee Ranaldo, and Wye Oak are among some of the other artists taking part in the series.  To obtain a subscription (five dollars a month, or 55 dollars for the full year) head here.

UPDATE: The Joyful Noise 2015 flexi-disc series is now sold out.





Published January 23rd, 2015 @ 7:46 PM


The Twilight Sad announced the release of a limited edition picture disc for "I Could Give You All That You Want" on February 9th. The vinyl only release will be backed by a new song titled "The Airport," which is available to stream below. "I Could Give You All That You Want" appears on the band's excellent 2014 album Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave.



North American tour dates

2/23 -- Allston, MA @ Great Scott
2/24 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
2/25 -- Philadelphia, PA @ The Boot & Saddle
2/26 -- Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
2/27 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
2/28 -- Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
3/02 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
3/03 -- Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
3/05 -- Missoula, MT @ Stage 112
3/06 -- Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
3/07 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
3/08 -- Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
3/11 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
3/12 -- Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer
3/14 -- Phoenix, AZ @ VivaPHX
3/17 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW

Published January 23rd, 2015 @ 3:51 PM

2015/01/22


Delerium returns with an an EP titled Glimmer on January 27th.  The lead track features vocals by Emily Haines of Metric and was recorded back in 2005.  Delerium mastermind Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy) explained in a press release that Delerium recently unearthed the long-forgotten song while digging through the band's archive:

"Glimmer reads a bit like a Hollywood mystery having been lost for years, has resurfaced by happenstance. When our music engineer and mixer, Greg Reely, was pilfering through some recordings, he stumbled upon this song that features Emily Haines of Metric. As it turns out, this track comes from the Chimera album sessions when I collaborated with Carmen Rizzo and Jamie Muhoberac. The song's words remind us even in the darkest moments when it seems all is lost, with perseverance and a little luck, we can find our own place and keep that glimmer of hope."

The EP features six tracks -- the single version of "Glimmer" along with five alternate versions/remixes -- and will be available to download from iTunes starting January 27th.  "Glimmer" will also be included on a forthcoming b-sides/rarities collection due out later this year (details still to be announced). Stream "Glimmer" below:



Published January 22nd, 2015 @ 7:36 PM

Chris Connelly's (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, etc) David Bowie tribute band Sons of the Silent Age was back in action over the weekend.  The band headlined the 2015 Pablove benefit in Milwaukee on January 17th to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research.  Like the band's Pablove benefit in 2013, Shirley Manson from Garbage was once again invited onstage to rock out a few Bowie covers. Watch some fan filmed video from the event below.







Meanwhile, Garbage has been busy in the studio working on new material. According to the latest update, the band has two original tracks recorded and ready for mastering.  Fans should likely expect something new to be released soonish, possibly for Record Store Day.

Published January 22nd, 2015 @ 6:44 PM

Perry Farrell, Patti Smith, and the Edge from U2 are among the musicians appearing in the new series Feedback Kitchen. The musicians, who are featured in separate episodes, talk creativity, creation, and the similarities between food and music with host and chef Mario Batali. All five episodes debut on the show's Daily Motion channel Monday, January 26th. For now watch a few trailers below:


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Published January 22nd, 2015 @ 4:43 PM

A Place To Bury Strangers release a new album titled Transfixiation on February 17th. Last month the band premiered the song/video for "Straight," and now they've debuted another song titled "We've Come So Far." Stream "We've Come So Far" below and pre-order Transfixiation through iTunes and Amazon, and the band's webstore. The webstore is selling a bundle with limited edition pink/blue vinyl, plus a standard version on black vinyl is also available.





North American tour (more dates TBA)

02/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
02/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Black Box
02/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
02/20 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
02/21 – Asheville, NC @ New Mountain Theatre
02/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
02/23 – Nashville, TN @ The End
02/25 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
02/26 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
02/27 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
02/28 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
03/06 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sisters
03/07 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
03/09 – Tuscon, AZ @ Hotel Congress
03/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
03/11 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
03/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
03/17 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
03/18 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile

Published January 22nd, 2015 @ 3:18 PM

Post-punks Viet Cong released their impressive debut self-titled album this week, and now they've unveiled the official video for "Silhouettes." Watch the trippy video below:



If you haven't already, be sure to check out the full album from Viet Cong -- it will definitely be an Album of the Year contender. Stream the EPIC album closer "Death" below:



Published January 22nd, 2015 @ 3:02 PM

A Jack White baseball card will be released next month.  Topps is introducing a new series of insert cards titled First Pitch, which memorialize celebrities who have thrown out the first pitch at baseball games over the years. The photo of White was captured at last year's Detroit Tigers' game (July 29th, 2014), and features him decked out in a vintage Detroit jersey. Fifteen different cards are included in the First Pitch series -- other musicians appearing in the series include Eddie Vedder (Chicago Cubs), Tom Morello (Chicago Cubs), Macklemore (Seattle Mariners), and 50 Cent (New York Mets).

The First Pitch insert cards are rarer than the regular cards and will be randomly included in the Topps Series 1, which arrive on February 6th. For more details visit Beckett (via CBS Sports) and Topps.



Published January 22nd, 2015 @ 2:50 PM

2015/01/20


Interpol announced a new batch of tour dates and this time they're playing cities they missed on the last tour.  Don't miss Interpol at the Fillmore Detroit on May 13th.  The general onsale is Friday, January 23rd at 10am, and a pre-sale through Live Nation kicks off January 22nd at 10am.



4/08 -- Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
4/09 -- San Diego, CA @ Humphreys
4/10 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/15 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan
4/17 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/20 -- Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
4/21 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
5/07 -- Richmond, VA @ The National
5/08 -- Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
5/09 -- Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
5/11 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
5/12 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
5/13 -- Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
5/15 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
5/16 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
5/20 -- Portland, ME @ State Theatre
5/21 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn!
5/23 -- Boston, MA @ House of Blues
5/24 -- Boston, MA @ House of Blues
5/25 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier @ Penn’s Landing
7/27 -- Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
7/28 -- Washington, DC @ Echostage
7/29 -- Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
7/31 -- Montreal, QB @ Metropolis

Published January 20th, 2015 @ 9:18 PM

Vaccines return with a new single, "Handsome" on January 27th. Today the band premiered the video for the track, which is available to view below. News on a full length album is expected to be announced soon.



Published January 20th, 2015 @ 8:48 PM

Noel Gallagher announced dates for a North American tour in support of his new album Chasing Yesterday. Gallagher will play the Royal Oak Music Theater on May 31st. The pre-sale kicks off January 22nd and the general onsale is January 23rd.

Gallagher has released a few tracks from Chasing Yesterday including the latest single, "Ballad Of The Mighty I" which features Johnny Marr on guitar ( he has a brief appearance in the video too).



Pre-order options for Chasing Yesterday are posted here. Chasing Yesterday arrives March 3rd in North America.

05/03 -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
05/10 -- New Orleans @ Civic Theatre
05/13 -- Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
05/14 -- Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater
05/16 -- San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's Concert By The Bay
05/18 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
05/20 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
05/22 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel
05/29 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
05/30 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
05/31 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
06/02 -- Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
06/04 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theater
06/06 -- Boston, MA @ Opera House
06/07 -- New York, NY @ Governor's Ball Festival

Published January 20th, 2015 @ 11:31 AM

2015/01/17


Mark Gardener announced today that the album he recorded with Robin Guthrie from Cocteau Twins is called Universal Road and will be released in March (exact release date TBA). The two legends recorded the collaborative album in France over the past couple of years. Back in May of 2013, Gardener had this to say about the album:

"We’ve just finished a new 10-track album together...it's one of the best albums I have ever been involved in – I’m looking forward to releasing and playing more shows with Robin and the band."

A tracklisting and cover art for the collaborative album have not yet been revealed.



While you're waiting for the new album, revisit Gardener and Guthrie's breathtaking single from 2012 titled "The Places We Go."



Gardener fans should also enjoy the track he released with Telepopmusik in 2014. Watch the creepy video for "Sound" below:



The reunited Ride hit the road for a handful of shows later this year. Dates are posted below and more info can be found on the official Ride website.

2/19 -- London, England @ 100 Club (Mark Gardener/Andy Bell acoustic show)
4/10 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/13 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
4/17 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
5/22 -- Glasgow, Scotland @ Barrowland
5/23 -- Manchester, England @ Albert Hall
5/24 -- London, England @ Roundhouse
5/26 -- Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
5/27 -- Paris, France @ Olympia
5/29 -- Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Festival
6/02 -- Toronto, ON @ DanForth Music Hall
6/04 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
6/06 -- Porto, Portugal @ Primavera Sound
6/07 -- London, England @ Field Day

Published January 17th, 2015 @ 10:06

2015/01/13


Peace return with a new studio album Happy People on February 10th in North America. Today the band debuted an interactive lyric video for the song "I'm A Girl" -- four different versions of the video are available to view by clicking the peace signs on the left side of the screen, or just let the video roll to watch all four versions.



Pre-order Happy People from iTunes, Amazon, or the Peace webstore and watch the previously issued songs from the album below:





Published January 13th, 2015 @ 5:46 PM

Last week Swervedriver announced the March 2nd release of the new studio album I Wasn't Born To Lose You and premiered the single "Setting Sun."  Today they've premiered the official video for the track which is available to view below.  The single, backed with a cover of Television's "Days" was released today and is available physically in record shops and digitally on iTunes



Don't miss Swervedriver on the road in North America.

03/04 -- San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/05 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
03/06 -- San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
03/08 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumo's Crystal Ball
03/09 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/12 -- St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
03/13 -- Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
03/14 -- Chicago, IL @ TBA
03/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
03/16 -- Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
03/17 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Duck Room @ Blueberry
03/19 -- Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
03/20 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/21 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/23 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Hell Stage
03/24 -- Durham, NC @ Motorco
03/25 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
03/27 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/28 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
03/29 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Published January 13th, 2015 @ 5:16 PM

American Wrestlers is the name of a mysterious new project by an artist who used to record using a different name (he isn't saying who he is, or what band he was in previously). At any rate, he moved to Missouri last year where he wrote and recorded a set of songs on 8 track cassette. So far American Wrestlers premiered the debut single "I Can Do No Wrong" which will be released on January 27th backed by the song "The Rest Of You." Take a listen to "I Can Do No Wrong" and pre-order the 7 inch single here. The single is also available on Bandcamp.



Published January 13th, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

2015/01/12


Twenty five years ago today, Nirvana played a concert at an intimate Portland venue, Satyricon. A fan who attended the show taped the entire performance and uploaded it today to mark the 25th anniversary of the concert. Melvins' Dale Crover played drums for Nirvana during this show (at this point, Dave Grohl was still a member of Scream and hadn't joined Nirvana yet) and according to legend, Kurt Cobain met Courtney Love at this show.

Stream the audio archive below via NME:



Published January 12th, 2015 @ 5:40 PM

Calgary's Viet Cong are set to release their highly anticipated debut album Viet Cong on January 20th. The album features seven songs filled with post-punk and psychedelic elements -- some tracks like "Continental Shelf" and "Silhouettes" have more of a Joy Division/Chameleons/Interpol sound; others have more of a 60's psychedelic vibe; and the final song, the 11 minute "Death" will just astound you with its intensity. 

Viet Cong is a stellar, stellar record.  Though we're only two weeks into 2015 it's too soon to talk 'Best Albums of the Year,' but there's not doubt Viet Cong is going to be a 'Album of the Year' contender, at least in my world. Stream it in full ahead of its release over at NPR (through January 18th) and pre-order Viet Cong from iTunes, Amazon, and Viet Cong's webstore.

UPDATE: Stream no longer available on NPR. Stream full LP below









Viet Cong hits the road for a North American tour this winter.  Dates are posted below.

01/28 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool w/ PC Worship
01/29 -- New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
02/27 -- Edmonton, AB @ The Artery
02/28 -- Calgary, AB @ Nite Owl
03/03 -- Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/05 -- San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
03/06 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
03/07 -- San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
03/08 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
03/11 -- Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
03/12 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
03/14 -- Oberlin, OH @ Dionysus Club at Oberlin College
03/24 -- Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
03/25 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/26 -- Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
03/27 -- Seattle, WA @ Barboza
03/28 -- Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

Published January 12th, 2015 @ 11:21 AM

Noel Gallagher premiered a new single from his forthcoming album Chasing Yesterday. "Ballad Of The Mighty I" features Johnny Marr on guitar, and Marr also appears in the video for the track which is posted below. The single will be available as an immediate download January 13th to those who pre-order the album through iTunes. Pre-order options are posted here. Chasing Yesterday arrives March 3rd in North America.



Gotta love that they used dangling shoes in a few shots in the video.  Wonder if it's the same pair as the ones in the previous video for "Everybody's On The Run."

Published January 12th, 2015 @ 9:54 AM

2015/01/11


Having completed a recent tour in European/UK, Morrissey has now announced a new batch of U.K. dates. No North American dates have been announced, and no word on whether the new U.K. tour will include longtime bassist Solomon Walker (who abruptly disappeared from the European tour and was left off Morrissey's thank you posting at the completion of the tour).

Morrissey recently revealed that he's written the follow up to 2014's World Peace Is None Of Your Business and is planning on recording the album in February so it's possible fans attending the U.K. shows will hear a new song or two.

Morrissey 2015 tour 

3/13 -- Nottingham, England @ Captial FM Arena
3/14 -- Bournemouth, England @ International Centre
3/18 -- Cardiff, England @ Motorpoint Arena
3/20 -- Leeds, England @ First Direct Arena
3/21 -- Glasgow, Scotland @ SSE Hydro
3/27 -- Birmingham, England @ Barclaycard Arena

Published January 11th, 2015 @ 6:11 PM

2015/01/10


The Waterboys return with a new studio album titled Modern Blues on January 20th. The album was recorded in Nashville and features some material the band premiered live over the last few years. Three tracks from Modern Blues, including the album's first North American single "Beautiful Now," are available to stream below. Pre-order Modern Blues through iTunes, Amazon, and the band's webstore -- note the vinyl version is pressed on 2 LPs and includes a bonus demo of album closer "Long Strange Golden Road" which occupies all of side 4.







1. Destinies Entwined
2. November Tale
3. Still A Freak
4. I Can See Elvis
5. The Girl Who Slept For Scotland
6. Rosalind (You Married The Wrong Guy)
7. Beautiful Now
8. Nearest Thing To Hip
9. Long Strange Golden Road

Published January 10th, 2015 @ 6:51 PM

Marky Ramone's memoir Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone will be released on January 13th. Ramone (previously known as Marc Bell until the Ramones knighted him "Marky Ramone" in 1978) told Billboard he spent five years writing the book:

"It's not just about the Ramones; it's my whole life story leading up to that, and afterwards. But, y'know, 95 percent of the time I was in a van with those guys, stuck in assigned seats, and you can't jump out the window or anything. So I wanted to tell people what it was really like."

An excerpt (full chapter) from the book is available to read here, and an interview with Ramone discussing the book is available to view below.  Pre-order Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Pledge Music.



Ramone will be hitting the road for a short tour to promote Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone. Dates are posted below.  More details about each stop on the tour can be found on Marky Ramone's website.

1/17 -- New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
1/20 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Gramercy Theater
1/21 -- Pasadena, CA @ Vroman's Bookstore
1/22 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Skylight Books
1/24 -- San Francisco, CA @ Jewish Community Center
1/26 -- Austin, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
1/28 -- Ridgewood, NJ @ Bookends
1/29 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Free Library of Philadelphia
2/03 -- Huntington, NY @ Barnes & Noble
2/04 -- Staten Island, NY @ Barnes & Noble
2/05 -- New Haven, CT @ RJ Julia & Toad's Place

Published January 10th, 2015 @ 5:07 PM

Last month L7 announced that they're regrouping in 2015, and they encouraged fans to sign up to the official mailing list for updates. Yesterday subscribers were given a sweet treat -- a free download of the band's 1999 album Slap Happy, which has never been released as a (legal) digital download. According to the email, the band will be releasing it on iTunes shortly, but for now they are giving it away free to fans. If you love L7, be sure to sign up now to receive your free download, and more importantly, to get updates from the band because more exciting things are on the way in 2015.

You can also visit L7 on Facebook and Twitter.



Published January 10th, 2015 @ 8:49 AM

Pittsburgh's Tragic Impulse debuted a pretty fun song titled "Mr. Stompy" this week. The industrial/electro track pokes fun at "Mr. Stompy" aka the annoying person at the dance club who hogs the entire dancefloor, and while doing so, pokes/rams/slams into others with blatant disregard.  You've seen this play out a zillion times and it's always annoying, so let's revel in the satire!

Stream "Mr. Stompy" below and grab it as a name-your-own-price download from Bandcamp.



For more on Tragic Impulse, visit the official website here.

Published January 10th, 2015 @ 8:48 AM

Afghan Whigs premiered the official video for the song "The Lottery," which is the latest single from the band's stellar album Do To The Beast. At first glance you might think this is some non-official video a fan uploaded onto You Tube, because the entire clip is footage of a tattooed guy dancing around to the song. But as it turns out the man in the video is the Afghan Whigs' monitor engineer Ryan O'HaraGreg Dulli explains the significance:

"Meet Ryan O'Hara, our monitor engineer and cougar magnet. He wakes up everyday with a smile on his face and something positive to share with you. Every night during the gig he performs a parallel show behind the board and it's phenomenal to watch. Occasionally, I'll forget to sing because I'm watching him turn into Bez from Happy Mondays. But that's rock and roll for you. It keeps you young."

Pretty cool stuff. Check out the video for "The Lottery" below:



Published January 10th, 2015 @ 8:47 AM

2015/01/07


Shoegaze greats Swervedriver return with a new studio album titled I Wasn't Born To Lose You on March 3rd. The 10 track album includes the previously released single "Deep Wound" and features cover art by Eddie O'Keefe. Today Swervedriver premiered a song from the album titled "Setting Sun" on Pitchfork which is available to stream below. "Setting Sun" will be released as a single backed with a cover of Television's "Days" on January 13th.





Don't miss Swervedriver on the road in North America.

03/04 -- San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/05 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
03/06 -- San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
03/08 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumo's Crystal Ball
03/09 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/12 -- St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
03/13 -- Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
03/14 -- Chicago, IL @ TBA
03/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
03/16 -- Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
03/17 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Duck Room @ Blueberry
03/19 -- Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
03/20 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/21 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/23 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Hell Stage
03/24 -- Durham, NC @ Motorco
03/25 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
03/27 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/28 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
03/29 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Published January 7th, 2015 @ 12:20 PM

2015/01/06


Third Man Records unveiled the details for Vault Package 23, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of the White Stripes' album Get Behind Me Satan. The package includes a double album titled Under Amazonian Nights, which captured the White Stripes' June 1st, 2005 show in Brazil at Teatro Amazonas Opera House. The 23 track double album was pressed on blood red vinyl with stark black wisps. The Vault Package also includes a companion DVD with footage from the Brazil performance, a 7 inch single of "Let You Down," recorded by Jack White in 2000, and some newly designed White Stripes postcards.

For more info on Vault Package 23, visit Third Man Records. The deadline to order is January 31st.

Published January 6th, 2015 @ 1:50 PM

Chameleons Vox (featuring Mark Burgess) has announced the band will be performing the Chameleons' classic album Script Of The Bridge in full in North America this fall. Dates for the tour are available to view below (via Brooklyn Vegan) and venue info will be announced shortly.



North American tour (venues TBA)

09/16 -- Vancouver, BC
09/17 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumos
09/18 -- Portland, OR
09/20 -- Oakland/Sacramento, CA
09/21 -- San Francisco, CA
09/22 -- Los Angeles, CA
09/23 -- Phoenix, AZ
09/25 -- Austin, TX
09/26 -- Dallas, TX
09/27 -- Memphis, TN
09/28 -- St. Louis, MO
09/29 -- Chicago, IL
09/30 -- Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
10/01 -- Detroit, MI
10/02 -- Toronto, Ontario
10/03 -- Montreal, Quebec
10/04 -- Boston, MA
10/05 -- New York, NY
10/06 -- Philadelphia, PA
10/07 -- Baltimore, MD

Published January 6th, 2015 @ 10:52 AM

2015/01/05


Erratic on-again, off-again electro hip hop band Death Grips called it quits last year just weeks before they were scheduled to hit the road with Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails (much to Trent Reznor's dismay). Today the DG dudes surprised us all and dropped a new album titled Fashion Week. The instrumental album is packed with sweet driving beats and is available to download for free (legal download). Grab it here and stream it in full below via Pitchfork.



Published January 5th, 2015 @ 7:46 PM

Calgary post-punk four piece Viet Cong release their debut self-titled album on January 20th. Today the band premiered a new cold, dark song titled "Silhouettes" which will unquestionably remind you of Interpol. Stream "Silhouettes" along with another song titled "Continental Shelf" below. Pre-order Viet Cong from iTunes, Amazon, and Viet Cong's webstore.





Viet Cong hits the road for a North American tour this winter.  Dates are posted below.

01/28 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool w/ PC Worship
01/29 -- New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
02/27 -- Edmonton, AB @ The Artery
02/28 -- Calgary, AB @ Nite Owl
03/03 -- Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/05 -- San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
03/06 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
03/07 -- San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
03/08 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
03/11 -- Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
03/12 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
03/14 -- Oberlin, OH @ Dionysus Club at Oberlin College
03/24 -- Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
03/25 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/26 -- Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
03/27 -- Seattle, WA @ Barboza
03/28 -- Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

Published January 5th, 2014 @ 7:26 PM

It looks like the classic shoegaze world should prepare for more good news: Curve may very well be reuniting in 2015. The band's Facebook page, run by founding member Dean Garcia, had been pretty dormant for most of 2014 however near the end of the year the page sprang back in action.  The latest update, posted on January 1st, is a picture of Curve with the caption "2015 has a nice ring to it!"  So it might just happen...

In the meantime, stream Curve's b-sides and rarities collection Rare and Unreleased. The compilation was self-released by the band in 2010 and is available to purchase digitally through Bandcamp.







Published January 5th, 2015 @ 7:04 PM

2015/01/01


Bono encapsulated 2014 with a big long post on U2's official website. The post, titled Little Book Of A Big Year: Bono's A to Z of 2014 was written after his recent shoulder accident, which sidelined U2's album launch festivities, and required Bono to take some pretty massive painkillers.  He revealed to fans that during his downtime he decided to look back and review his year in an attempt to learn from his mistakes. The missive is a whole lot of Bono, so the more casual U2 fan may want to just quickly scroll through it, while hardcore fans will likely savor every Bono morsel.

Interestingly enough, the "I" entry of Bono's posting was his commentary on the iTunes release and aftermath of Songs of Innocence and can be read below. The full A to Z posting is available to view here.

"Our album was to be like a bottle of milk dropped at the door of anyone interested in music and iTunes. As I understand it, the journey from the front door to the fridge and into what to some people felt was their bowl of cereal has something to do with a switch called "automatic download" — if you turn it on, you sign up for being pushed stuff.

That's about it...no flagrant abuse of human rights, but very annoying to people who a) like being annoyed, and/or b) felt it was like someone robbing their phone in the pub and taking a couple of photos before leaving it back on the table... some kind of breach of privacy which was really not intended. I empathise with the b)'s, but for the a)'s I've started referring them to the philosopher Jimmy Kimmel.



That Apple remains a music company is the best news for any one who wakes up with a melody in their head or wanting to hear one. Apple is unique in big tech in trying to get artists paid. That they would agree to pay Universal for SONGS of INNOCENCE, and then gift it to all the people who still believe music is worth paying for, both makes sense and is a beautiful thing."

Published January 1st, 2014 @ 6:10 PM

This Heel is a pretty sweet stripped down/post-punk/noisepop band from Sweden. The band is a one man project from mastermind Martin Månsson Sjöstrand and today the debut EP, simply titled e.p., was released via Small Bear Records.  Check out the official video for the single "Selfish Food" and stream another song from the release titled "Mars About To Leave" below. All four songs are available to stream and purchase as a 'name your own price' download on Bandcamp. For more on This Heel, visit Sjöstrand on his official site.





Published January 1st, 2014 @ 5:42 PM