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2016/07/30



The original Smashing Pumpkins lineup may be reuniting!  Yesterday, Billy Corgan posted a video update telling fans to expect "something big" in the near future. Though Corgan isn't revealing what the big news is yet, it's entirely possible and likely that Smashing Pumpkins' original lineup -- Corgan, James Iha, D'Arcy Wretsky, and Jimmy Chamberlin -- will be reuniting for a tour in 2017. A reunion seemed wholly impossible up until recently -- though Corgan's been on great terms with Chamberlin (he's in the current SP lineup), the same can't be said for Wretsky or Iha.  Corgan's had nothing good or even decent to say about Wretsky or Iha for years, but somehow things turned around in March when Corgan shockingly reunited with Iha at Smashing Pumpkins shows in Los Angeles and Chicago. Not long after that, Corgan also reportedly commented that he'd like to make peace with Wretsky.

Adding to the likelihood of a reunion: in the same video update from yesterday Corgan announced he's forming a new project with all the existing/touring members of Smashing Pumpkins -- everyone that is, except Jimmy Chamberlin. This seems to suggest Corgan wants to continue making music with the current incarnation of the Smashing Pumpkins, but he'd like to call the band something else. Using a new band name would reserve the Smashing Pumpkins name for the original lineup, while giving him the ability to continue making music with his current bandmates.

Also: Corgan has allegedly been in contact with promoters to determine interest in booking the Smashing Pumpkins' original lineup at festivals in 2017, so...if this is true, it certainly seems like a foregone conclusion that a reunion announcement is imminent. Or not. Stay tuned, because things could get interesting.

In the meantime, watch Corgan's video announcement/update here.

Published July 30th, 2016

2016/07/28


U2 turns 40 this year -- in honor of the milestone, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has teamed up with U2 fansite ATU2 to present a massive two day celebration honoring the legendary band. On September 24th and 25th the Rock Hall in Cleveland hosts a weekend full of activities and events for U2 fans. It's doubtful U2 themselves will be attending this or ATU2's similar event in Dublin, but it promises to be a fabulous opportunity to meet, mingle, and gush with other U2 fans.  Full details and schedule for the weekend are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, but those interested should consider making travel arrangements now. ATU2 posted information on hotels/accomodations, etc here. More info on the tribute is also posted here.

Published July 28th, 2016


In June Teenage Fanclub announced details for a new studio album, Here, and debuted the first single "I'm In Love." Today TFC debuted the single's official video plus announced dates for a North American tour. Tickets for most of the shows on the 11 date tour, including the Detroit area stop October 25th at Loving Touch in Ferndale, go on sale Friday, July 30th.

Watch the video for "I'm In Love" plus view the tour itinerary below and pre-order Here here: iTunes, Amazon, Teenage Fanclub store



Teenage Fanclub -- North American tour

Oct 12 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Oct 14 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Oct 15 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Oct 16 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 17 -- Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Oct 18 -- Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Oct 20 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Oct 21 -- Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Oct 22 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Oct 23 -- Madison, WI @ High Noon
Oct 25 -- Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch

Published July 28th, 2016

2016/07/27


Morrissey announced a new batch of global tour dates including a few dates in the U.S. It's possible Mozzer will announced additional U.S. dates, but so far the only confirmed shows are posted below. Note: some of the dates (August dates & Riot Fest) were previously announced. All of the U.S. shows are indicated in bold

Morrissey -- 2016 World Tour

Aug 06 -- Bergen, Norway @ Grieghallen
Aug 08 -- Stavanger, Norway @ Konserthus
Aug 11 -- Goteborg, Sweden @ Way Out West festival
Aug 13 -- Helsinki, Finland @ Flow
Aug 16 -- Berlin, Germany @ Tempodrom
Aug 19 -- Istanbul, Turkey @ KüçükÇiftlik Park
Aug 20 -- Manchester, England @ Manchester Arena
Aug 23 -- Tel Aviv, Israel @ Charles Bronfman Auditorium
Aug 24 -- Caesarea, Israel @ The Ancient Roman Amphitheater
Sep 17 -- Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
Sep 20 -- Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
Sep 22 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
Sep 24 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
Sep 28 -- Tokyo, Japan @ Orchard Hall
Sep 29 -- Tokyo, Japan @ Orchard Hall
Oct 01 -- Yokohama, Japan @ Bay Hall
Oct 02 -- Osaka, Japan @ IMP Hall
Oct 06 -- Hong Kong, China @ MacPherson Stadium
Oct 12 -- Jakarta, Indonesia @ Senayan Golf Driving Range
Oct 15 -- Singapore City, Singapore @ Marina Barrage
Oct 18 -- Bangkok, Thailand @ Moonstar Studio
Oct 22 -- Melbourne, Australia @ Festival Hall
Oct 26 -- Adelaide, Australia @ Thebarton Theatre
Oct 28 -- Canberra, Australia @ Royal Theatre
Oct 29 -- Wollongong, Australia @ WIN Centre
Oct 31 -- Newcastle, Australia @ Civic Theatre
Nov 09 -- Irvine, CA @ Bren Events Center
Nov 11 -- Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre
Nov 14 -- Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
Nov 16 -- Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Auditorium
Nov 17 -- San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center
Nov 19 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Nov 23 -- El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre

Published July 27th, 2016

2016/07/26


Parlophone Records announced the second installment in their David Bowie boxset series will be released on September 23rd. David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976) follows 2014's David Bowie: Five Years (1969 - 1973), picking up where the first set left off and largely focusing on Bowie's "American" years. Released as a 12 CD or 13 LP set, the collection includes Diamond Dogs, David Live (original mix), David Live (2005 mix), The Gouster (previously unreleased as a complete album), Young Americans, Station To Station (1976), Station To Station (2010 Harry Maslin Mix), Live Nassau Coliseum '76, and Re:Call 2. A book featuring rare and previously unpublished photos, press releases, reviews, and technical notes from the album comes with the set (CD edition has 128 page book; LP edition has 84 pages).

Pre-order info will be announced shortly, but in the meantime take a look the tracklisting for The Gouster from the set below and read the press statement for David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? (1974 - 1976) here.

The Gouster

Side 1

1. John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)*
2. Somebody Up There Likes Me
3. It's Gonna Be Me

Side 2

1. Who Can I Be Now?
2. Can You Hear Me
3. Young Americans
4. Right

*According to Tony Visconti, the version of "John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)" on the Gouster is an "outrageous...funkafied version of David's classic "John, I'm Only Dancing," a single he wrote and recorded in 1972, only this time our version sounded like it was played live in a loft party in Harlem and he added (Again) to the title."

Published July 26th, 2016

2016/07/25


Over the last few months Elephant Stone issued a series of brilliant psych/rock singles, building anticipation for the announcement of its fourth full length record.  The band has now finally announced details for the new album Ship Of Fools. The 11 track record will include the three previously issued singles, plus the brand new single "Manipulator."  Ship Of Fools arrives digitally on September 16th and physically (LP/CD/cassette) on November 25th. Pre-order from iTunes, Amazon, or Pledge Music.

Watch the album trailer below, plus stream the four singles off of Ship of Fools below:











Published July 25th, 2016

2016/07/22


In 2014 Oasis reissued Definitely Maybe and (What's The Story) Morning Glory as part of a larger reissue campaign Chasing The Sun: Oasis in the 90s. Mysteriously the band's 1997 album Be Here Now was not included in the 2014 reissue campaign -- was the album was omitted because Oasis themselves hated the record, was the overall campaign too ambitious for an already busy release schedule, or did the band just need more time to curate the collection?  Whatever the reason, Oasis has now announced details for the 2016 reissue of Be Here Now.

Be Here Now - Chasing The Sun: 1993 - 1997 is set for an October 7th release. Like the reissues for Definitely Maybe and (What's The Story) Morning Glory, the songs have been remastered from the original tapes, and several expanded editions featuring demos, outtakes, and live versions are available. Options include: the standard CD, Special Edition 3 CD set, 12" vinyl LP (with download code for bonus content), Super Deluxe Box Set (includes LP, Special Edition 3 CD set, hardback coffee table book, exclusive vinyl, and 12" white label sampler of Mustique demos & Oasis merchandise). View all the pre-order options here.

View the tracklisting for the Special Edition of Be Here Now - Chasing The Sun: Oasis In The 90's below, plus stream Noel Gallagher's 2016 remix of "D'You Know What I Mean" from the collection below:



Disc 1

01. D'You Know What I Mean? (Remastered) 07:44
02. My Big Mouth (Remastered) 05:11
03. Magic Pie (Remastered) 07:10
04. Stand By Me (Remastered) 05:55
05. I Hope, I Think, I Know (Remastered) 04:22
06. The Girl In The Dirty Shirt (Remastered) 05:49
07. Fade In-Out (Remastered) 06:51
08. Don't Go Away (Remastered) 04:48
09. Be Here Now (Remastered) 05:12
10. All Around The World (Remastered) 09:19
11. It's Gettin' Better (Man!!) (Remastered) 07:03
12. All Around The World (Reprise) (Remastered) 02:04

Disc 2

01. Stay Young (Remastered) 05:06
02. The Fame (Remastered) 04:36
03. Flashbax (Remastered) 05:07
04. (I Got) The Fever (Remastered) 05:15
05. My Sister Lover (Remastered) 05:59
06. Going Nowhere (Remastered) 04:42
07. Stand By Me (Live At Bonehead's Outtake) 06:03
08. Untitled (Demo) 04:44
09. Help! (Live In LA) 04:16
10. Setting Sun (Live Radio Broadcast) 04:01
11. If We Shadows (Demo) 04:52
12. Don't Go Away (Demo) 03:42
13. My Big Mouth (Live At Knebworth Park) 05:12
14. D'You Know What I Mean? (NG's 2016 Rethink) 07:24

Disc 3

01. D'You Know What I Mean? (Mustique Demo) 07:16
02. My Big Mouth (Mustique Demo) 05:18
03. My Sister Lover (Mustique Demo) 06:09
04. Stand By Me (Mustique Demo) 06:01
05. I Hope, I Think, I Know (Mustique Demo) 04:10
06. The Girl In The Dirty Shirt (Mustique Demo) 05:24
07. Don't Go Away (Mustique Demo) 04:29
08. Trip Inside (Be Here Now) (Mustique Demo) 04:50
09. Fade In-Out (Mustique Demo) 06:00
10. Stay Young (Mustique Demo) 04:59
11. Angel Child (Mustique Demo) 04:29
12. The Fame (Mustique Demo) 04:45
13. All Around The World (Mustique Demo) 06:31
14. It's Gettin' Better (Man!!) (Mustique Demo) 06:39

Published July 22nd, 2016

Exciting news for The The fans in the UK -- the band's legendary film Infected - The Movie is set to be screened for three consecutive nights at ICA Cinema. The screenings, which are the first public showings in almost 30 years, will be followed by a Q & A session with Matt Johnson and Tim Pope (Pope directed three videos for The The). And wait, this thrilling event gets even better (if that's possible!)  -- after the film screening, fans are treated to the premiere of a trailer for The The's forthcoming documentary Radio Cineola: The Inertia Variations (according to The The, the doc features footage from Matt Johnson's Radio Cineola broadcast events from 2015 and this past May -- you may recall that the May 14th, 2016 broadcast featured Johnson performing a glorious new The The song).

Infected - The Movie screenings take place September 2nd through September 4th at ICA Cinema. Visit the official site for tickets and more info.

Published July 22nd, 2016

If you dig classic synth artists like Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, and Marc Almond, or newer synth acts like TR/ST you'd be wise to check out a intriguing newish retro-electro trio out of Oakland named Introflirt. The band describes itself as "croonwave" which kind of makes sense once you hear the songs -- the dark electro vibe pairs nicely with vocalist Ben Benjamin's silky/croony vocals and alluring lyrics. Introflirt releases its compelling second album, Temporary Heaven, on August 2nd and has premiered two singles (with alluring cover art). Enjoy both tracks -- "Orange Light" and "Frozen Lace" -- from the album below.







Catch up with Introflirt on Facebook and Bandcamp.

Published July 22nd, 2016

2016/07/20


Temple Of The Dog -- Chris Cornell, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron -- have reunited and will perform anniversary shows this November. According to Cornell, the band "wanted to do the one thing we never got to do -- play shows and see what it feels like to be the band that we walked away from 25 years ago."

The Temple of the Dog reunion tour will be short and sweet -- only 5 dates are planned and tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, July 29th. Pre-sale tickets for all of the shows are going on now (Password: "Phrases").  For more details click here.

Temple of the Dog tour

Nov 04 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
Nov 07 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Nov 11 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Center
Nov 14 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Nov 20 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater

Meanwhile a 25th anniversary edition of Temple Of The Dog will be released on September 30th. The original material has been newly mixed and remastered. Four editions will be available -- single CD, deluxe double CD, double LP, and a four disc Super Deluxe set. The Super Deluxe set is packaged in a magnetic flip top box and features 2 CDs, 1 DVD, and 1 Blu-ray Audio disc, with 51 tracks total (many are previously unreleased tracks/mixes). Additionally the set comes with a lenticular sticker, poster, 12 x 12 litho, and booklet featuring liner notes by David Fricke. View the tracklisting for the Super Deluxe set below and pre-order here.

CD 1

-- Original album newly mixed in 192/24 stereo by Brendan O’Brien
-- Plus 3 Alternate Mixes newly mixed: “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” “Wooden Jesus” and “All Night Thing”

CD 2:

-- 7 demos: 5 unreleased including 2 songs that didn’t make final album sessions -- “Angel of Fire” and “Black Cat”
-- 5 Studio Outtakes newly mixed -– “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” “Reach Down,” “Pushin Forward Back,” “Wooden Jesus” and “All Night Thing”

Disc 3 (DVD):

-- 11/13/90: Off Ramp Cafe previously unseen/unreleased video – “Hunger Strike,” “Wooden Jesus,” “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” “Reach Down,” “Call Me A Dog” and “Times of Trouble”
-- 12/90: “Say Hello 2 Heaven” originally shot on film and newly transferred to HD (newly edited and never before seen in its entirety)
-- 9/8/92: Lollapalooza, Phoenix “Hunger Strike” surprise performance
-- Official “Hunger Strike” music video
-- 9/11 PJ20 Alpine Valley fan shot and edited videos including:
-- 9/3/11: “Say Hello 2 Heaven”
-- 9/4/11: “Hunger Strike,” “Call Me A Dog,” “All Night Thing” and “Reach Down”
-- All HD quality; includes Pearl Jam’s stereo mix from the live multi-tracks from this event plus HD pit footage from the Pearl Jam archives
-- 1/15: “Call Me A Dog” and “Reach Down” from Madseason’s 2015 Benaroya Hall concert (newly edited and never-before-seen)

Disc 4 (Blu-ray Audio):

-- Newly mixed 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround mix by Adam Kasper (Superunknown 5.1 mixer)
-- 96kHz 24-bit stereo mix by Brendan O’Brien
-- Official “Hunger Strike” music video in 5.1
-- HD versions of the bonus videos in stereo only

Published July 20th, 2016

2016/07/19


Elvis Costello and The Imposters bring the Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers tour to North America this fall. According to Costello, the tour will "frame selections from 1982's Imperial Bedroom album with the songs that led in and out of that velvet-trimmed playhouse." He also reveals "You'll hear all the songs that fit the bill; hits and headlines, waifs and strays. In the words of the great Eric Morecambe, ‘I am playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order.’"

The tour plays the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on October 30th. The general onsale is Friday, July 22nd at 10am; Pre-sales for the show kicked off today and run through July 21st.

For more on the Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers tour click here.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters Tour

Oct 22 -- Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Casino
Oct 23 -- Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Oct 25 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 26 -- TBA
Oct 28 -- Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Center
Oct 29 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Oct 30 -- Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theatre
Nov 01 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
Nov 02 -- Buffalo, NY @ Shea's Pac
Nov 03 -- Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
Nov 05 -- Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale
Nov 06 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theater

Published July 19th, 2016

2016/07/17

Legendary electro/proto-punk pioneer Alan Vega has died at the age of 78. Henry Rollins broke the news yesterday and passed along the following message from Vega's family:

"With profound sadness and a stillness that only news like this can bring, we regret to inform you that the great artist and creative force, Alan Vega has passed away.

Alan passed peacefully in his sleep last night, July 16. He was 78 years of age.

Alan was not only relentlessly creative, writing music and painting until the end, he was also startlingly unique. Along with Martin Rev, in the early 1970’s, they formed the two person avant band known as Suicide. Almost immediately, their incredible and unclassifiable music went against every possible grain. Their confrontational live performances, light-years before Punk Rock, are the stuff of legend. Their first, self-titled album is one of the single most challenging and noteworthy achievements in American music.

Alan Vega was the quintessential artist on every imaginable level. His entire life was devoted to outputting what his vision commanded of him.

One of the greatest aspects of Alan Vega was his unflinching adherence to the demands of his art. He only did what he wanted. Simply put, he lived to create. After decades of constant output, the world seemed to catch up with Alan and he was acknowledged as the groundbreaking creative individual he had been from the very start.

Alan’s life is a lesson of what it is to truly live for art. The work, the incredible amount of time required, the courage to keep seeing it and the strength to bring it forth—this was Alan Vega.

Alan is survived by his amazing family, wife Liz and son Dante. His incredible body of work, spanning five decades, will be with us forever."

Vega's work -- he was in the band Suicide and released several solo records -- inspired countless bands and helped shape electro-synth/alternative music.  Everyone from Joy Division, Sisters Of Mercy, Ultravox, Depeche Mode, R.E.M., Radiohead, Spiritualized, Jesus & Mary Chain, and so many more considered Vega an influence. 

R.I.P.















2016/07/14


Preoccupations, the band formerly known as Viet Cong, premiered another intense and badass new song from its forthcoming self-titled album. Stream "Degraded" below along with the previously issued track "Anxiety" below.





Preoccupations arrives on September 16th and is available to pre-order through iTunes, Amazon, and the band's official store. Preoccupations' store is offering the album on vinyl, CD, and cassette, plus they're offering a limited edition package which includes the album on clear vinyl, CD, a bonus 7" with 2 cover songs, and a poster.

Preoccupations -- North American tour

Aug 21 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Aug 22 -- Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
Aug 24 -- El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
Aug 28 -- Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Festival
Aug 29 -- Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery
Aug 30 -- Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
Sep 01 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Sep 02 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Sep 28 -- North Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Oct 03 -- Winnepeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
Oct 04 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
Oct 05 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Oct 07 -- Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot
Oct 08 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Oct 11 -- Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
Oct 12 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Oct 14 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Oct 15 -- Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Oct 16 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct 18 -- Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Oct 19 -- New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Oct 21 -- Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Oct 25 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Oct 26 -- San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
Oct 28 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Oct 29 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Nov 02 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumos

Published July 14th, 2016

2016/07/12


Melbourne, Australia's Flyying Colours released two brilliant EPs and a few one-off singles since forming in 2011. The alluring psych/shoegaze band announced that its highly anticipated debut album, Mindfullness, will be released in late September (official date to be announced), and a swoonworthy track from the record titled "It's Tomorrow Now" is available to stream.   Fans of classic shoegaze artists like My Bloody Valentine, Pale Saints, and Ride need to listen to this.  Crank up the volume and bliss out to "It's Tomorrow Now" below.



Catch up with Flyying Colours here. Enjoy some of the band's previous singles below:







Published July 12th, 2016

The incredibly cool indie label Sonic Cathedral is releasing a fantastic new Kraftwerk covers EP on July 23rd. The very limited edition EP was pressed on glow in the dark vinyl! YES, THE VINYL GLOWS IN THE DARK! Obviously the music is cool too -- Kraftwerk? Ja Bitte! features four Kraftwerk songs reinterpreted by Remover (MB & JN from Hookworms), Cloudland Canyon, Disappears, and White Manna.

Now for the bad news: vinyl fans in North America won't have a crack at obtaining a copy -- only 266 copies of the exclusive EP were pressed, and they'll only be available at Independent Label Market in London on July 23 (remaining copies will later be sold at the Sonic Cathedral Shop in London). A non-glow-in-the-dark digital (download) release is planned for July 29th.

Stream Remover's cover of "Neonlicht" (aka "Neon Lights") taken from the EP below and read more about Kraftwerk? Ja Bitte! here.



Kraftwerk? Ja Bitte! tracklist

1. Remover "Neonlicht"
2. Cloudland Canyon "Radioaktivität"
3. Disappears "Trans Europa Express"
4. White Manna "Die Roboten"

Published July 12th, 2016

2016/07/11

If you were around in the 90s you're most likely familiar with the 90's band Mono -- the band's ethereal and Bond-esque song "Life In Mono," which was featured on the Great Expectations soundtrack was a mammoth alterna-hit.  Mono's silky-toned vocalist Siobhan De Mare eventually moved to work on other projects, notably Violet Indiana which also featured legendary Cocteau Twins' guitarist Robin Guthrie.

Fast forward to 2016 and De Mare has an entirely new project -- she's teamed up with Gary Bruce for a bewitching new band titled Swoone. The duo just signed to Saint Marie Records and they've debuted their first song titled "This Bullet Never Kills." Fans of Mono and enchanting dream pop need to delve in below.



Swoone recently wrapped up recording a full album, and release details should be announced soon.  In the meantime, catch up with the band on Facebook and read more about Swoone here.



Published July 11th, 2016

2016/07/09

The Stone Roses played their sole North American gig at New York's Madison Square Garden on June 30th. The band was in fine form firing on all cylinders for a magical night of Madchester perfection -- Ian Brown effortlessly belted out anthem after anthem while dancing with his jinglestick; Mani & Reni provided infectious propelling rhythms, and John Squire magnificently proved he is truly a guitar god. Superb.

Enjoy some excellent fan-filmed video from the Roses' triumphant return courtesy of Steve Easton.













If you missed out previously -- the Stone Roses released two new singles this year. Stream both below:





Published July 9th, 2016

Soundgarden announced two of their albums -- 1989's Louder Than Love and 1996's Down On The Upside -- will be released on 180 gram vinyl. Louder Than Love will be released as a single LP; Down On The Upside will be available for the first time as a double LP in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary. The albums have been newly remastered from original analog tapes, feature the original artwork, and come with a bonus download card.  Both will be released on August 26th but fans can pre-order now via Soundgarden's store. The tracklistings are posted below.

(FYI: Badmotorfinger turns 25 in 2017; expect special things next year!)

Louder Than Love

Side One
1. “Ugly Truth”
2. “Hands All Over”
3. “Gun”
4. “Power Trip”
5. “Get on the Snake”
6. “Full on Kevin’s Mom”


Side Two
1. “Loud Love”
2. “I Awake”
3. “No Wrong No Right”
4. “Uncovered”
5. “Big Dumb Sex”
6. “Full On (Reprise)

Down On The Upside

Side One
1. “Pretty Noose”
2. “Rhinosaur”
3. “Zero Chance”
4. “Dusty”

Side Two
1. “Ty Cobb”
2. “Blow Up the Outside World”
3. “Burden in My Hand”
4. “Never Named”

Side Three
1. “Applebite”
2. “Never the Machine Forever”
3. “Tighter & Tighter”
4. “No Attention:

Side Four
1. “Switch Opens”
2. “Overfloater”
3. “An Unkind”
4. “Boot Camp”

Published July 9th, 2016

2016/07/07


Dave Gahan and Mark Lanegan teamed up with Martyn LeNoble and Christian Eigner to record a cover of David Bowie's "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)." According to LeNoble, the track was recorded as a benefit single for the American Liver Foundation . The cover was uploaded to LeNoble's Bandcamp page by mistake a few days ago, but has since been pulled down. The single will officially be released digitally on August 2nd.

LeNoble was a founding member of Porno For Pyros and has worked with Mark Lanegan and Soulsavers in the past; Eigner collaborated with Dave Gahan on several Depeche Mode songs released on 2005's Playing The Angel and 2009's Sounds Of The Universe.

The original version of "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" was recorded by David Bowie and Giorgio Moroder in 1981 and served as the theme song for the 1982 remake of the film Cat People. Bowie went on to re-record the track and released a new version on 1983's Let's Dance.



Published July 7th, 2016

Crocodiles are set to release Dreamless, their sixth studio album this fall. The band just debuted the album's first single "Telepathic Lover," which is an enticing New Order-ish pop gem. Dig in below.



Dreamless will be released by Zoo Records on October 21st. So far no pre-order info has been posted.

Published July 7th, 2016

2016/07/06

Pixies announced their new album Head Carrier will be released on September 30th. The album is the band's sixth studio album, and their second without founding member Kim Deal (Paz Lenchantin is currently playing bass for Pixies). The album is preceded by the new single "Um Chagga Lagga" which is available to stream below. 

Pre-order Head Carrier from Pixies' store -- fans can choose from the album on 180 gm vinyl, CD, digital album download, or select a limited edition box set which includes vinyl, CD, poster, and t-shirt.



Pixies also announced dates for European tour. North American dates have not yet been announced.

Nov 15 -- Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle
Nov 16 -- Poznan, Poland @ Hala Arena
Nov 17 -- Prague, Czech Republic @ Forum Karlin
Nov 18 -- Montreux, Switzerland @ Auditorium Stravinski
Nov 20 -- Barcelona, Spain @ Sant Jordi Club
Nov 21 -- Porto, Portugal @ Coliseu
Nov 23 -- Paris, France @ Zenith
Nov 25 -- Antwerp, Belgium @ Lotto
Nov 27 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands @ HMH

Published July 6th, 2016

2016/07/02


As previously reported, Book Of Love celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a new compilation and anniversary tour. MMXVI – The 30th Anniversary Collection was just released and includes newly remastered versions of Book Of Love's greatest hits along with previously unreleased demos and two brand new songs "All Girl Band" and "Something Good." The new tracks are the band's first new material in over 15 years -- their last new song "Try" was released in 2001 on their greatest hits collection I Touch Roses: The Best Of Book Of Love.

Check out one of the brand new songs titled "All Girl Band":



Ted Ottaviano from Book of Love explained to Rhino how the new compilation came about:

"We had people asking us to do certain things, so when John Hughes [at Rhino] saw us do a show in L.A. last year and asked, “What about freshening up some tracks and getting them out there, now that there’s a whole new streaming world of people listening to your music?” I was excited by the idea. Even though our stuff is still around, it hasn’t really been newly mastered in quite a long time...So I wanted to go ahead and just polish up the tracks that I feel like should still be out there just doing their thing, so we put together a compilation of tracks that we loved."

"They asked us if we would get back in the studio and create two new tracks. So that’s what we’ve been working on since the late winter and early spring: these two new songs. One’s called “All Girl Band,” the other’s called “Something Good,” and…it was fun! I actually just loved doing it."

As for the future of Book of Love, Ottaviano isn't revealing too much other than they're back together:

"I don’t want to really lay out what our next plan is, but we’re back in action."

Read the full interview with Ottaviano here.

Order your copy of MMXVI - The 30th Anniversary Collection from iTunes and Amazon and view the tracklisting below:

01. Boy (2016 Remastered)
02. Book Of Love (2016 Remastered)
03. I Touch Roses (2016 Remastered)
04. You Make Me Feel So Good (2016 Remastered)
05. Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (2016 Remastered)
06. Tubular Bells (2016 Remastered)
07. Pretty Boys & Pretty Girls (2016 Remastered)
08. Lullaby (2016 Remastered)
09. Witchcraft (2016 Remastered)
10. Alice Everyday (2016 Remastered)
11. Sunny Day (Radio Remix) (2016 Remastered)
12. Counting The Rosaries (2016 Remastered)
13. Hunny Hunny (Radio Remix) (2016 Remastered)
14. Chatterbox, Pt. 2 (2016 Remastered)
15. Something Good
16. All Girl Band
17. Boy (Demo)
18. I Touch Roses (Demo)
19. We Three Kings (2016 Remastered)

As part of Book Of Love's reunion, all four original members are performing a series of live dates. Last week they played a sold out anniversary show in New York City, and several more dates take place later this month (more dates are expected to be announced soon). View the tour itinerary along with some fan filmed video captured at the NYC show below:

Book Of Love -- U.S. tour

Jul 08 -- New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
Jul 09 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Jul 10 -- Charleston, SC @ Performing Arts Center (w/Culture Club)
Jul 15 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents
Jul 31 -- Houston, TX @ Reinvention Center (w/Culture Club)
Aug 27 -- Austin, TX @ Austin Pride Fest







Catch up with Book Of Love on their official website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Published July 2nd, 2016

2016/07/01


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Published July 1, 2016