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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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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Los Angeles psych/krautrock four piece Froth are set to return with their third album Outside (briefly) on February 24th. The band debuted their new single "Contact" recently and now the video is available to stream. Grab your favorite space helmet and jamming the majestic grooves below. Pre-order Outside (briefly) from Amazon, or view other options here.

Froth hit the road for a west coast tour in early 2017. View the itinerary below and catch up with Froth on their website or Facebook.

Jan 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat
Feb 22 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Feb 24 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Feb 26 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Feb 28 -- Felton, CA @ Bret Harte Hall
Mar 01 -- Nevada City, CA @ Miner's Foundry
Mar 02 -- Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
Mar 03 -- Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
Mar 04 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
Mar 05 -- Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Mar 09 -- Tijuana, MX @ Black Box
Mar 10 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Neon Reverb Music Festival
Mar 11 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Viva PHX Festival
Mar 12 -- Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
Mar 14 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 15 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 16 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 17 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees
Mar 18 -- Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live
Mar 19 -- San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger

Published December 27th, 2016

Not long ago shoegaze legends Ride announced they've been working on their first studio album in 20 years with producer Erol Alkan. The band has now confirmed that the album is due out next summer and is still untitled.  Andy Bell also revealed a few more exciting and intriguing details to Uncut: the "trashy and poppy" yet "ambient and psychedelic" album was recorded over 17 days and features material that developed from jams Ride recorded at soundchecks while on tour.  From the interview*:

"There's a couple where one person has brought in the entire thing, but there are far more where we've jammed out something and one of us has taken the initiative to do the melody and words, or some other permutation of it all. At times, it's quite trashy and poppy and other times it's quite ambient and psychedelic. It's equal parts Motorhead and William Basinski. Aggressive ambience!"

Ride's new album is sure to be a phenomenal sonic experience! Catch up with Ride on their official website, Facebook, and Twitter.

*The interview is part of Uncut's 2017 preview which is only available to subscribers, however Ride posted a scan of the interview here.

Published December 27th, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

8 am hour:

XTC "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul"
The Smiths "Reel Around The Fountain"
World Party "Put The Message In The Box"
Howard Jones "New Song"
Tragically Hip "Nautical Disaster"
The Orb "Little Fluffy Clouds"
Jane's Addiction "Ocean Size"
Pretenders "Mystery Achievement"
Echo & the Bunnymen "The Back Of Love"
Radiohead "Exit Music (For A Film)"
Sinead O'Connor "Nothing Compares 2 U"
Beastie Boys "Body Movin'"

9 am hour:

Temple Of The Dog "Say Hello 2 Heaven"
Weezer "Keep Fishin'"
Belly "Feed The Tree"
Style Council "My Ever Changing Moods"
New Order "Age Of Consent"
Roxy Music "Both Ends Burning"
The Clash "Train In Vain"
The Replacements "Alex Chilton"
Squeeze "Black Coffee In Bed"
Big Country "Fields Of Fire"
Primal Scream "Slip Inside This House"
Stereo MC's "Connected"
Depeche Mode "Lie To Me"

10 am hour:

Tears For Fears "Shout"
Erasure "Phantom Bride"
The Waterboys "A Girl Named Johnny"
Massive Attack "Teardrop"
Garbage "Vow"
Nirvana "Breed"
The Smiths "How Soon Is Now?"
Elvis Costello "What's So Funny 'Bout (Peace, Love & Understanding)"
The Housemartins "Happy Hour"
Sisters Of Mercy "Dominion/Mother Russia"
Tones On Tail "Go"
Afghan Whigs "Rebirth Of The Cool"

11 am hour:

Joy Division "Disorder"
Iggy Pop "Lust For Life"
Pixies "Gouge Away"
Ned's Atomic Dustbin "Grey Cell Green"
The Stone Roses "One Love"
Smashing Pumpkins "Rhinoceros"
Ramones "Do You Wanna Dance?"
Oasis "Live Forever"
Leonard Cohen "Hallelujah"
Prince "Purple Rain"
David Bowie "Heroes"

Published December 25th, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Morrissey has gotten into the spirit of Christmas. The legend shared a few pictures of himself with a cigar (festive!) and penned a few words about animals and animal cruelty on True To You. The posting titled Morry Christmas From Merrissey, 2016 can be viewed here.

Peter Murphy just wrapped up his Stripped tour, which featured the legend performing stripped down versions of career-spanning classics (Bauhaus, solo material, covers). Now Murphy has revealed that fans who missed the tour will have an opportunity to enjoy some of Stripped at home. He's releasing a live album titled Bare-Boned & Sacred which features 12 songs captured live during the New York stop of the tour. The tracklisting has not been posted, though it is confirmed that a cover of David Bowie's "Belway Brothers" will be included. Pre-order Bare-Boned & Sacred through Metropolis Records.

Meanwhile, Murphy has revealed he's working on other projects and has "so many plans afoot" so it sounds like 2017 may be an exciting one for Peter Murphy fans. Read more about that here.

Published December 24th, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Nine Inch Nails unearthed their first set of songs since 2013's Hesitation Marks today, lead by the first single "Burning Bright (Field On Fire)." Trent said of the EP "It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make."  And he didn't lie.

Nine Inch Nails are back with a darkness, heaviness and intensity not seen/heard for some time.  Stream the phenomenal "Burning Bright (Field On Fire)" here.

The physical edition of Not The Actual Events is available to pre-order (ships in the spring) but comes with an immediate download. The high resolution digital download is available now exclusively from NIN's store. The EP will be released through other digital platforms tomorrow (December 23rd).

You know what to do.

"Digital formats and streaming are great and certainly convenient, but the ideal way I’d hope a listener experience my music is to grab a great set of headphones, sit with the vinyl, drop the needle, hold the jacket in your hands looking at the artwork (with your fucking phone turned off) and go on a journey with me."

~ Trent Reznor

Published December 22nd, 2016

Joe Strummer died on this day in 2002. Look back at Strummer's remarkable life with some video below, plus at the bottom of the post there's a collection of tributes/stories written about Strummer from the past week. Viva Joe Strummer! May his memory and music last forever...

Joe Strummer remembered in the Guardian in a 2014 piece written by his children.

"(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais" (one of Strummer's final performances - this was shot in London in November 2002)

"Straight To Hell", performed by Strummer & The Latino Rockabilly War 1988

The Clash interviewed on Tom Snyder, 1981

"The Magnificent Seven" (performance from Snyder's program)

Viva Joe Strummer: The Story Of The Clash (full documentary from 2005)

Television coverage of Strummer's death from 2002

Published December 22nd, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Paul Weller returns with a new studio album titled A Kind Revolution in the spring. The Modfather teased the album last week on social media, and today confirmed the title of the album and a few other details in an interview with Uncut

He told the mag A Kind Revolution includes some material written around the time of Saturns Patterns, though most of the songs were written in 2016. The album includes a few guests including Boy George, who is featured on a song titled "One Tear":

"It's quite housey. George sings the first verse and then he comes in on the chorus. Our voices sound really good together."

Weller also briefly discussed another project -- he wrote the soundtrack to the upcoming film Jawbone, which is expected out in the first quarter of 2017.

Weller promises more details on A Kind Revolution and the Jawbone soundtrack will be announced in early 2017.

Catch up with Paul Weller here.

Published December 20th, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

A collection of songs that New Order produced/remixed and released on Factory Records circa 1982 - 1985 is set for release early next year. Back in 1981, all four members of New Order (Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, and Gillian Gilbert) used the generic Be Music moniker for their production work, remixing/producing songs for Quando Quando, Section 25, A Certain Ratio, and many others. As New Order's popularity rose in the mid-80's, the band eventually abandoned Be Music to focus on producing their own material (as opposed to other bands' material), but recently Stephen Morris resurrected the Be Music name for recent remix efforts involving Factory Floor, Tim Burgess and Fujiya & Miyagi.

New Order Presents Be Music will be released February 17th as a standard 2 LP set or expanded 3 CD set. One of the noteworthy bonus tracks included on the 3 CD set (but not the LP edition) is the 1979 recording of Section 25's "Knew Noise" produced by Joy Division's Ian Curtis and Rob Gretton.

View the tracklistings for both editions below via Impose Magazine and pre-order here.

CD 1

01. Quando Quando "Love Tempo"
02. Marcel King "Reach For Love"
03. 52nd Street "Cool As Ice"
04. Section 25 "Looking From A Hilltop" (Megamix)
05. Nyam Nyam "Fate/Hate"
06. The Beat Club "Security" (Remix)
07. Paul Haig "The Only Truth"
08. Shark Vegas "You Hurt Me"
09. Marcel King "Keep On Dancin"
10. Section 25 "Reflection"
11. Quando Quango "Tingl"
12. Surprise "Over Italia"

CD 2

01. 52nd Street "Can't Afford"
02. Thick Pigeon "Babcock + Wilcox"
03. A Certain Ratio "Bootsy" (Swingfire Mix)
04. Factory Floor "(Real Love)"
05. Section 25 "Another Hilltop"
06. The Other Two "Inside"
07. Marnie "The Hunter" (Remix)
08. Fujiya & Miyagi "Daggers" (Remix)
09. Tim Burgess "Oh Men" (02 Remix)
10. Factory Floor "A Wooden Box" (Remix)
11. Life "Tell Me"
12. Life "Tell Me (Theme)"

CD 3

01. Peter Hook "Lavolta Lakota Theme"
02. Section 25 "Knew Noise"
03. Stockholm Monsters "All At Once"
04. The Royal Family & The Poor "Motherland"
05. Winston Tong "Theoretical China"
06. The Beat Club "Security" (Dub)
07. Marcel King "Reach For Love" (US Mix)
08. Thick Pigeon "Jess + Bart" (Remix)
09. Red Turns To "Deep Sleep"
10. Ad Infinitum "Telstar"
11. Section 25 "Sakura"
12. New Order "Video 586"

2LP set

LP 1

A1. 52nd Street "Can't Afford"
A2. Section 25 "Looking From A Hilltop"
A3. The Beat Club "Security" (Remix)
B1. Marcel King "Reach For Love"
B2. Quando Quango "Love Tempo"
B3. Nyam Nyam "Fate/Hate"

LP 2

C1. A Certain Ratio "Bootsy" (Swingfire Mix)
C2. Section 25 "Another Hilltop"
C3. Marnie "The Hunted" (Remix)
D1. The Other Two "Inside"
D2. Fujiya & Miyagi "Daggers" (Remix)
D3. Tim Burgess "Oh Men" (Remix)

Published December 19th, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Michael Stipe appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night. During the six minute chat, Stipe discussed his "biblical" beard, the 25th anniversary of Out Of Time, and the electoral college. He also gave R.E.M. fans a scintilla of hope -- Colbert asked him if he ever feels like jumping onstage to perform, to which Stipe replied:

"I saw PJ Harvey...Radiohead...you see them up there, and it's like, wow, I kinda wanna jump up there again. But I had to step away from music for awhile."

Before Colbert could tease more out of Stipe's most intriguing revelation, the R.E.M. leader quickly moved along to mention he recently produced and co-wrote a new album for Fischerspooner which is due out next year.  Stipe called the collaboration "a complete surprise...I didn't anticipate doing it, but they asked me to help them with a couple of songs and I wound up co-writing everything."

Watch the interview below along with video of Stipe, Colbert, and James Franco performing an updated-for-2016 version of "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)":

Published December 17th, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

A year ago -- December 2015 -- Trent Reznor promised he'd release new Nine Inch Nails music in 2016. Just days ago Rolling Stone pinned down Reznor to ask him whether he'd meet his deadline, to which Reznor responded "wait and see what happens." Well, it turns out Reznor is making good on his promise -- today NIN announced a slew of exciting things, not the least of which is the band's first new music since 2013's Hesitation Marks.  A new five song EP titled Not The Actual Events will be released December 23rd.  According to Reznor:

"It's an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make. It's an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story."

Reznor also announced that "Definitive Editions" of Broken, The Downward Spiral, and The Fragile will be released on vinyl in the spring. The reissues include "careful remastering of the audio from the original sources, a painstaking recreation of the artwork...No extra bullshit and gimmicks – the ‘real’ records in their truest form."

Fans of 1999's the Fragile have even more to get excited about -- an expanded edition of the album titled The Fragile: Deviations 1 will be released as a limited edition 4LP set with 37 bonus tracks!  Reznor explains:

"I was going through a turbulent time in my life when making it and revisiting it has become a form of therapy for me. As an experiment, I removed all the vocals from the record and found it became a truly changed experience that worked on a different yet compelling level.

The Fragile: Deviations 1 represents Atticus and I embellishing the original record with a number of tracks from those sessions we didn’t use before...the result paints a complimentary but different picture we wanted to share."

All the NIN releases are available to pre-order now from the band's webstore. The vinyl editions will ship in the spring; digital formats will be available to download on December 22nd.

Finally, Reznor shared his thoughts on the physical experience of vinyl -- read his "vinyl mission statement" below:

"Vinyl has returned to being a priority for us - not just for the warmth of the sound, but the interaction it demands from the listener. The canvas of artwork, the weight of the record, the smell of the vinyl, the dropping of the needle, the difficulty of skipping tracks, the changing of sides, the secrets hidden within, and having a physical object that exists in the real world with you… all part of the experience and magic.

Digital formats and streaming are great and certainly convenient, but the ideal way I’d hope a listener experience my music is to grab a great set of headphones, sit with the vinyl, drop the needle, hold the jacket in your hands looking at the artwork (with your fucking phone turned off) and go on a journey with me."

Amen, Mr. Reznor!

Published December 16th, 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

El Club is hosting the inaugural Barely Human Fest February 10th through February 12th. The three day post-punk/dark-alt/industrial extravaganza features headliners ESG, ADULT., and Black Marble along with a ton of awesome Detroit acts (including Ritual Howls, YOU., Paint Thinner), plus talent from Chicago, Cincinnati, and New York. Doors open each day at 5pm and music starts at 8pm. Grab a three-day pass or purchase single day tickets: (2/10, 2/11, 2/12).  For more info, visit El Club.

Published December 15th, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kitchens Of Distinction are releasing a limited edition boxset Watch Our Planet Circle through One Little Indian on March 3rd. The 6 CD set includes remastered editions of the band's influential and brilliant first four studio albums, plus a disc each of b-sides (including "Quick As Rainbows" produced by Martin Hannett) and previously unreleased BBC sessions. The set also comes with a foiled-cover 36 page hard book featuring essays, photos, memorabilia, and more.

Pre-order Watch Our Planet Circle through One Little Indian or Pledge Music -- those who pre-order through Pledge Music also receive access to KOD's updates on the making of the box set, photos, video, etc. View the tracklisting for Watch Our Planet Circle below.

Catch up with Kitchens Of Distinction here. Fans should also check out Patrick Fitzgerald's recent projects Oskar's Drums and the April Seven.

Disc 1 – Love Is Hell (1989)

In A Cave
Time To Groan
The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule
Her Last Day In Bed
Courage, Mother
Mainly Mornings
Margaret¹s Injection
1001st fault
Anvil Dub

Strange Free World (1991)

Quick As Rainbows
He Holds Her, He Needs Her
Gorgeous Love
Drive That Fast
Within The Daze Of Passion
Under The Sky, Inside The Sea

The Death of Cool (1992)

What Happens Now?
4 Men
On Tooting Broadway Station
Breathing Fear
Gone World Gone
When In Heaven
Mad As Snow
Blue Pedal
Can’t Trust The Waves

Cowboys and Aliens (1994)

Sand On Fire
Get Over Yourself
Thought He Had Everything
Cowboys And Aliens
Come On Now
Remember Me?
One Of Those Sometimes Is Now
Here Come The Swans
Now It’s Time To Say Goodbye
Prince Of Mars


Prize (The Demo Version)
4 Men
Quick As Rainbows (Martin Hannett version)
Mainly Mornings (Live)
In A Cave (Live)
Shiver (Live)
These Drinkers
Three To Beam Up
Goodbye Voyager
Air Shifting
Glittery Dust
Don’t Come Home
Jesus Nevada
White Horses

BBC Sessions

Four Men
Mad As Snow
When In Heaven
Blue Pedal
Sand On Fire
Come On Now
Cowboys And Aliens
Prince Of Mars

Published December 13th, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

Richard Ashcroft announced a handful of North American dates in support of his new album These People. Unfortunately the ex-Verve leader's tour looks to be dreadfully short, so start thinking about a road trip.  The general onsale for tickets is Friday, December 16th at 12pm (local time). Pre-sales kick off December 15th (Chicago) and December 16th (Toronto, Oakland, Los Angeles). View the tour itinerary and a live set from Ashcroft below:

Richard Ashcroft -- North American tour

Mar 27 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Mar 29 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Mar 30 -- Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Apr 03 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Apr 05 -- Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Apr 07 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

Published December 12th, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Liverpool's Echo Arena was host to an incredible show last night featuring legendary bands The Charlatans and James! Highlights from the evening included the Charlatans along with Tim Booth and Andy Diagram of James covering Echo & the Bunnymen's "Rescue," plus Tim Booth joined James during their encore to perform "Laid." Watch fan filmed video from the show below:

Published December 11th, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

In 2014 The Vacant Lots wowed psych-rock fans with their stellar debut album Departure.  Now the New York duo have upped their psych game with the release of a new EP titled Berlin. Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre mixed, produced, and plays on the record (as the story goes, the Vacant Lots opened for BJM and Newcombe was so impressed with the band he offered to work with them on the EP). The results are nothing less than fantastic -- if you dig psychedelic music, this EP is for you.

Berlin is available now to download and stream. The import vinyl version will be available stateside later this month.

Check out the official video for "Verschwinden" by The Vacant Lots below:

Catch up with the Vacant Lots on their official website.

Published December 9th, 2016

Bob Mould appeared on Last Call With Carson Daly last night and rocked out with his band. Interestingly enough Mould chose to play something off 2014's Beauty & Ruin instead of a track from his latest album Patch The Sky. But don't question greatness -- just enjoy the performance of "I Don't Know You Any More" below:

Mould's latest album Patch The Sky is pretty terrific. View the video for "Hold On" below:

And here's some fan filmed video of Mould performing Hüsker Dü classics at a recent show in Italy:

Published December 9th, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Modern English have returned with a new studio album!  Take Me To The Trees is the band's first studio album in 30 years to feature the band's original lineup. The 10 track album is available now through Pledge Music, and will enjoy a wider release through Amazon and other retailers in February.  Stream the post-punkish new single "You're Corrupt" below via Brooklyn Vegan.

Modern English will be hitting the road in support of Take Me To The Trees in the spring. The U.S. leg of the tour hits 10 cities and features a Detroit area stop April 7th at the Loving Touch in Ferndale. Tickets go on sale December 9th. View the tour itinerary below:

Modern English -- U.S. tour

Mar 21 -- Phoenix, AX @ Valley Bar
Mar 22 -- San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Mar 23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
Mar 28 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Apr 03 -- St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
Apr 05 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
Apr 06 -- Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Apr 07 -- Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
Apr 10 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Apr 14 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade

Published December 8th, 2016

The Jesus & Mary Chain officially announced details for their first new album in 18 years. The new album Damage & Joy was produced by Youth; the legendary producer also plays bass on the album.  Phil King (Lush) and JAMC touring drummer Brian Young have also contributed to the album. The Jesus & Mary Chain premiered the first new track from the record today on BBC Music 6. Stream "Amputation" below.

UPDATE (12/9): The Jesus & Mary Chain debuted a video for "Amputation" + opened up pre-orders. Check it out below:

Damage & Joy will be released March 24th. Pre-order a bundle through the JAMC store or pre-order a digital version through iTunes or Amazon.  View the track listing below:

01. Amputation
02. War On Peace
03. All Things Pass
04. Always Sad
05. Song For A Secret
06. The Two Of Us
07. Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)
08. Mood Rider
09. Presidici (Et Chapaquiditch)
10. Get On Home
11. Facing Up To The Facts
12. Simian Split
13. Black And Blues
14. Can't Stop The Rock

As previously reported The Jesus & Mary Chain are stateside bound later this month. The following dates are only part of a mini-tour, but don't worry -- the band will return to North America as part of their world tour in support of Damage & Joy (dates TBA).

Jesus & Mary Chain -- U.S. tour

Dec 13 -- Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater
Dec 14 -- Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Dec 16 -- New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater
Dec 17 -- Houston, TX @ Day For Night Festival

Published December 8th, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dinosaur Jr rocked out on Conan last night! If you missed their performance of "Goin Down" check it out below.

As previously reported, Dinosaur Jr announced a new batch of North American tour dates. Tickets for the tour, including the March 11th stop at Saint Andrew's Hall, go on sale Friday, December 9th, and a pre-sale is going on now.

Dinosaur Jr -- North American tour

Mar 09 -- Montreal, QC @ The Corona Theatre
Mar 10 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Mar 11 -- Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew's Hall
Mar 12 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Mar 13 -- Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Mar 16 -- Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Mar 17 -- Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre
Mar 18 -- Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Mar 19 -- St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Mar 22 -- Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
Mar 23 -- Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Mar 24 -- Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre
Mar 25 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Variety Playhouse
Mar 28 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
Mar 29 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room
Mar 30 -- Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
Mar 31 -- Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks
Apr 01 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

Published December 7th, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dinosaur Jr announced a new batch of tour dates in support of their latest album Get A Glimpse Of What Yer Not. The late winter tour includes a stop at Saint Andrew's Hall in Detroit on March 11th -- the general onsale for tickets is Friday, December 9th, and a pre-sale is going on now.

Tonight don't miss Dinosaur Jr on Conan. And if you missed J Mascis on @Midnight last night, head here to check out the fun.

Dinosaur Jr -- North American tour

Mar 09 -- Montreal, QC @ The Corona Theatre
Mar 10 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Mar 11 -- Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew's Hall
Mar 12 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Mar 13 -- Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Mar 16 -- Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Mar 17 -- Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre
Mar 18 -- Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Mar 19 -- St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Mar 22 -- Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
Mar 23 -- Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Mar 24 -- Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre
Mar 25 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Variety Playhouse
Mar 28 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
Mar 29 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room
Mar 30 -- Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
Mar 31 -- Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks
Apr 01 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

Published December 6th, 2016

J Mascis appeared on Comedy Central's @Midnight last night and competed alongside Dave Hill and Steve Agee. Mascis held his own and then some with his quiet and awesomely dry responses. Watch some highlights below and stream the full episode here.

Tonight Mascis returns to his main gig and rocks out with Dinosaur Jr on Conan.

Published December 6th, 2016

TOY released their excellent third album Clear Shot in October and today they premiered the video for their second single. Enjoy the triptastic "Another Dimension" below:

In addition to Clear Shot, TOY released a four song EP Spellbound in November. The EP includes additional material from the Clear Shot sessions. Stream the title track below and grab a copy from iTunes or Amazon.

Published December 6th, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ministry/Al Jourgensen rarities collection Trax! Rarities is set for release this Friday, December 9th. The limited edition double LP collects rare tracks from Ministry and Uncle Al's Wax Trax! projects Revolting Cocks, 1000 Homo DJs, Pailhead and PTP. Also included are four tracks captured live in Detroit in July 1982. All of these rare tracks with the exception of RevCo's "Drums Along The Carbide" were previously released on CD in 2015 as part of the limited edition Ministry Trax! Box.

View the tracklisting below and pre-order Trax! Rarities from Amazon or Bandcamp.

Al Jourgensen debuted his latest musical project Surgical Meth Machine in the spring. Read more about that here.

Trax! Rarities -- Tracklisting


1. Ministry - Never Asked For Nothing (Detroit 7.10.82)
2. Ministry - Love Change (Detroit 7.10.82)
3. Ministry - What Is The Reason (Detroit 7.10.82)
4. Ministry - America (Detroit 7.10.82)


1. Ministry - Same Old Madness (1982 Demo)
2. Ministry - Game Is Over (1983 Demo)
3. Ministry - Let’s Be Happy (1983 Demo)
4. Ministry - Same Old Scene (1983 Demo)
5. Ministry - Wait (1983 Demo)


1. Ministry - I See Red
2. Ministry - Self Annoyed
3. Revolting Cocks - Fish In Cold Water
4. Revolting Cocks - (Let’s Get) Physical (Banned Version)


1. PTP - Show Me Your Spine
2. Pailhead - Don’t Stand In Line (Dub Mix)
3. Revolting Cocks - Drums Along The Carbide
4. 1000 Homo DJs - Supernaut (Dub Remix)

Published December 5th, 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Dinosaur Jr wrap up their U.S. tour in support of Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not December 10th then pack up and head for Australia. But before they leave, they've got a few appearances lined up:  J Mascis is scheduled to appear on Comedy Central's At Midnight tomorrow night (December 5th), and Dinosaur Jr rock out on Conan Tuesday, December 6th. Tune in!

Published December 4th, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Morrissey has now canceled the remaining 6 dates of his rescheduled U.S. tour. In an announcement titled "There Is A Light That Now Goes Out" Morrissey made it official on True To You:

"The band, the crew and I are heartbroken to hear that the final six shows of our triumphant tour will be 'pulled down'. The shock and sadness that we all feel - for ourselves, and for our devoted friends in Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, has left us in unrecoverable despair."

The posting went on to discuss Morrissey's favorite cities on the tour, then made another comment about the canceled shows:

"We expect no further chances in Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Dallas or San Antonio ... nights destroyed by the ephemeral damagers ... who do their worst ... and slip away.

I can only stress my sincere thanks once again to YOU for giving the band, the crew and I a phenomenal year - scarred at the end, but drenched in beauty until then.

I will see you in extremely far-off places."

Read the full posting here.

Morrissey tour

Dec 07 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Dec 09 -- Cleveland, OH @ State Theater/Playhouse Square
Dec 10 -- Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Dec 14 -- Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Dec 16 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Dec 17 -- San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater

Published December 3rd, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ride reunited in 2014 to the utter delight of fans around the world.  Their reunion has been triumphantly celebrated by fans (many of them new fans!) and music critics alike.  Ride debuted three new songs recently leading fans to assume a new album is on the way, but assume no more: it is confirmed that Ride are currently in the studio working on their first set of new songs since 1996's Tarantula. Photographic proof comes from producer Erol Alkan, who posted a picture of Ride in the studio and revealed he is producing their new album. Ride haven't confirmed a release date for the album, but NME and Pitchfork are reporting/guessing that the album will be released in 2017.

Ride reformed in 2014 after being inspired by the Stone Roses and the Mancunian band's successful reunion. Though Ride intended to reunite to play fan favorites and hits, they never ruled out creating new music. Here's a quote from a 2014 Mark Gardner interview with the BBC:

"People bought our records first time round but our music has grown in significance since we've been away... We want to give the people what they want. We'd be idiots to go out and play a new album, but that's not to say we wouldn't make new music."

"We have to learn the old chords again, but you never know what can happen with these things. I just want to plug an electric guitar in again, I've enjoyed acoustic things and stuff, but I'm greatly inspired to plug in and make noise again."

View Erol Alkan's picture of Ride in the studio below via NME along with video of Ride performing three new songs:

A photo posted by Erol Alkan (@erolalkan) on

Published December 1st, 2016

Buffalo Tom are back in action and ready for a busy year! The band launched a campaign on Pledge Music to help fund their ninth studio album which is due out in late summer/early fall of 2017. In even more exciting news the band will be releasing a special anniversary edition of their 1992 album Let Me Come Over, plus the band will be playing shows in celebration of the album. Bassist Chris Colbourn revealed in the band's campaign video:

"We're going to release our third album Let Me Come Over. Beggars Banquet is going to put a special edition out with extra tracks, we're going to play concert dates that feature Let Me Come Over, it's going to come out on vinyl. It's going to be really fun, we're going to play concerts in the United States and in Europe. In the Boston area there's going to be a lot of special shows that you can come to, we'll offer special concerts for people who want to get further involved."

Further info on the reissue is expected in 2017.

Meanwhile Buffalo Tom's ninth studio record is available to pre-order now through Pledge Music. Many many cool and unique pledging incentives are available including handwritten lyric sheets, limited edition prints, private Buffalo Tom shows, Skype lessons, and dinner with the band. View the  pledging options and campaign video here.

Watch video of Buffalo Tom performing with Dinosaur Jr below -- the video was filmed November 25th in Boston.

Catch up with Buffalo Tom on Facebook.

Published December 1st, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Back in September Black Marble released It's Immaterial, an album drenched in lavish darkness, sinewy bass, and glorious, hazy vocals.  The album is unquestionably one of the year's best post punk albums.  And now they're taking the show on the road to conquer the world one city at a time. Don't miss the opportunity to catch Black Marble live on their North American tour. You'd be a fool to pass on this.  Dates are posted below:

Black Marble -- North American tour

Jan 23 -- Hortonville, WI @ Standard Projects
Jan 24 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Jan 25 -- Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Jan 26 -- Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club
Jan 27 -- Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Jan 29 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Bootleg
Jan 31 -- Nashville, TN @ The End
Feb 01 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Purgatory
Feb 02 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Feb 03 -- Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Feb 04 -- Washington, DC @ DC9
Feb 06 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
Feb 07 -- Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
Feb 08 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
Feb 09 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Feb 10 -- Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PBD
Feb 11 -- Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Feb 12 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Feb 14 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater

Published November 30th, 2016

The Smiths announced two previously unreleased tracks will see light of day shortly. The demo mix of "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" backed by a previously unissued version of "Rubber Ring" will be released as a physical single by Warner Brothers. The news was announced via Morrissey's website and according to the post, release dates/details will be announced shortly.

The cover art, which is posted above, was designed by Morrissey and features actor Albert Finney.

Morrissey will be back on the road next week to kick off a handful of rescheduled tour dates.

Morrissey tour

Dec 07 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Dec 09 -- Cleveland, OH @ State Theater/Playhouse Square
Dec 10 -- Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Dec 14 -- Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Dec 16 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Dec 17 -- San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater

Published November 30th, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Producer John Leckie has worked with legions of incredible bands over the years including Ride, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, The Verve, The Fall, Trash Can Sinatras, XTC, and Magazine. Leckie recently sat down with Iain McNay, founder of Cherry Red Records to discuss his incredible career as part of Cherry Red's Adventures In Music television series. The two part video interview is a fascinating window into music recording and is recommended for anyone show shares a love of music, especially U.K. music, and music history.

The interview begins with Leckie explaining how he began as a tape operator at Abbey Road where he worked alongside the Beatles on their solo projects, and detailed how he was able to advance to become an engineer and eventually a producer. Throughout he shared stories about bands he's worked with: "rude and aggressive" Public Image Ltd, the "fun, loud rock and roll" of The Fall, and how he's especially proud of producing Magazine's Real Life, an album he considers timeless.

Leckie discussed recording the seminal debut album from The Stone Roses, revealing there were "good vibes" in the recording studio for the entire 55 day process. He called the Roses "good fun to be with," "well rehearsed," and contrasted that with the recording of The Second Coming, which took much longer to record and was an overall dramatically different experience because the bond between band members had deteriorated.

As time went on bands requested to work with Leckie, though he turned many down. The one and only band that he actively pursued was the Verve -- he revealed he knew he had to work with them after seeing their "classic cosmic psychedelic" live show and was blown away by their guitar sounds he hadn't heard before. He's pleased he produced the seminal A Storm In Heaven but suggests it would have been even better had the songs been kept longer (the band's label Virgin requested the songs be chopped from 10 minutes to a more radio friendly three or four minutes).

Other fun stories include Leckie discussing how he recorded XTC's early material on the sly because his studio wouldn't allow him to do it, how Radiohead were in awe of Ride, and confirmation that Syd Barrett really did mysteriously appear in the studio during Pink Floyd's recording of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."

And there are so many more great stories...

Watch the interview below -- the interview is cut up into two parts: part one focuses on Leckie's beginnings, includes stories about the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Be Bop Deluxe, XTC and Public Image Ltd. Part two focuses mostly on the late 80's and 90's era with stories about The Stone Roses, The Verve, Radiohead, Alan McGee, and the evolving music industry.

Published November 29th, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Bad news: the cold and bleak winter is coming. Good news: Cold Cave is heading out on the road for a North American tour! Don't miss Wesley Eisold and his band as they bring their divine darkwave to a venue near you. The tour includes a stop at the Magic Stick in Detroit on January 18th and tickets are available here. The full tour itinerary is posted below:

Cold Cave -- North American tour

Jan 12 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse
Jan 13 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Jan 14 -- Denver, CO @ Lipgloss/Larimer
Jan 15 -- Omaha, NB @ Waiting Room
Jan 18 -- Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Jan 19 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Jan 20 -- Montreal, QC @ Fairmont
Jan 21 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Jan 22 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Jan 25 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Jan 26 -- Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Jan 27 -- Durham, NC @ Motorco
Jan 28 -- Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Jan 29 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Feb 01 -- Houston, TX @ Walters
Feb 02 -- San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Feb 03 -- Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Feb 04 -- Dallas, TX @ Dada

Published November 28th, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

As previously reported, Morrissey postponed the three remaining dates on his U.S. tour to give keyboardist Gustavo Manzur more time to heal. Shows in Royal Oak, Cleveland, and Chicago have all been rescheduled for December and tickets for the rescheduled shows will be honored. Meanwhile, Morrissey has announced three additional shows in Texas. View the updated tour itinerary below:

Morrissey tour

Dec 07 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Dec 09 -- Cleveland, OH @ State Theater/Playhouse Square
Dec 10 -- Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Dec 14 -- Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium (tickets)
Dec 16 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Dec 17 -- San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater (tix on sale 11/30 @ 10am local time)

Published November 23rd, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Morrissey's tour was sidelined last week after keyboardist Gustavo Manzur fell ill. The tour was scheduled to resume tomorrow night at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, however Manzur needs more time to heal. Tomorrow's show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre has been postponed and moved to December 7th. Tickets to the November 23rd show will be honored on December 7th.  Visit the ROMT for more info.

UPDATE 11/23 (10am): The Cleveland and Chicago dates have also been moved. New dates are posted below.

UPDATE: 11/23 (6:30pm): Morrissey has now announced three shows in Texas. See the updated tour itinerary below:

Morrissey tour

Dec 07 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Dec 09 -- Cleveland, OH @ State Theater/Playhouse Square
Dec 10 -- Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Dec 14 -- Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Dec 16 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Dec 17 -- San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater

Published November 22nd, 2016

The Pretenders released their new Dan Auerbach-produced album Alone in October, and they're currently on the road in support of the album.  Last night the band appeared on Late Night with Stephen Colbert to perform the single "Holy Commotion."  Check out Chrissie Hynde and the gang rocking out below:

The Pretenders are currently on the road supporting Stevie Nicks -- the tour rolls through the Detroit area on November 27th.

Stevie Nicks w/ The Pretenders

Nov 23 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
Nov 25 -- Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov 27 -- Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace
Nov 29 -- Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Dec 01 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Dec 03 -- Chicago, IL @ United Center
Dec 05 -- Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Dec 06 -- St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Dec 09 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Center
Dec 11 -- Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
Dec 13 -- Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Dec 14 -- San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
Dec 18 -- Inglewood, CA @ The Forum

Published November 22nd, 2016

Inspiral Carpets founding member and drummer Craig Gill has died at the age of 44. The band broke the news in a statement posted on the band's official website and social media. The cause of death has not been announced.

Inspiral Carpets formed in 1983 and rose to fame during the Madchester scene. The band split in 1995, but had reformed several times since then. Their last studio record was released in 2014.

View the band's statement below along with tributes from Manchester music royalty below.

A photo posted by Graham Lambert (@inspiralgraham) on

"It's with heavy hearts that we announce the death of our drummer and close friend, Craig Gill. We are all absolutely devastated by the news.

Craig was our brother.

We were honoured to work alongside him for the last 30 years.To say we'll miss him is an understatement.  He was the beating heart of the Inspirals in more ways than one.

Our love and thoughts go out to all Craig's family and friends and especially his wife, Rose and their beautiful children, Georgia, Orla and Levon.

Clint, Graham, Martyn, Stephen"

Published November 22nd, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Sisters Of Mercy have been out on tour and are about to wrap things up later this month with a string of dates in the U.K.  Though the band's last album was released back in 1990, over the years they've performed some new material at their shows.  As it turns out, it looks like fans may just get a brand new Sisters record in the future if Andrew Eldritch keeps his promise.

In an interview with Team Rock back in June, Eldritch gave many reasons NOT to make an album -- time, effort, money, society's devaluation of music, and discord between the band and their (now ex) record label.  However near the end of that same interview the topic of discussion turned to the U.S. presidential election and Eldritch dropped this bomb:

"If Donald Trump actually does become President, that will be reason enough for me to release another album. I don't think I could keep quiet if that happened."

Your move, Andrew!

Read the full interview in Team Rock and enjoy some vintage footage of The Sisters Of Mercy along with an awkward interview from 1985 below:

June 1983:

June 1985:

"It's a grim world, even in Belgium it's a grim world..."

August 2016

Sisters Of Mercy -- 2016 tour

Nov 22 -- Birmingham UK @ O2 Institue
Nov 23 -- Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
Nov 25 -- Liverpool, UK @ Olympia
Nov 26 -- Sheffield, UK @ University Foundry

Published November 21st, 2016