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2017/10/17


Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus is releasing a new book celebrating the legendary band's remarkable career and legacy. Bauhaus – Undead The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus chronicles the pioneering goth band's visual journey from 1979 through their reunion in 1998. The 315 page hardcover book includes previously unpublished photos, a delicious array of memorabilia (handwritten lyrics, tour itineraries, set lists, ticket stubs, band flyers, etc), a Bauhaus comic strip, and personal stories/commentary from Haskins.

Bauhaus – Undead The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus will be released in December and will be available to pre-order here starting October 31st (note: until pre-orders open the listing comes up as "out of stock").

Meanwhile Bauhaus have officially released the version of "Bela Lugosi Is Dead" from The Hunger for the first time ever. The digital single of "Bela Lugosi Is Dead (The Hunger Mix)" is available to purchase through iTunes and is streaming on Spotify. Check it out below:



Published October 17th, 2017

Ramones announced a 40th anniversary edition of Rocket To Russia will be released on November 24th. The album was originally released November 4th, 1977 and was the band's third overall album and the second record they released in 1977 (Leave Home, which was previously reissued this summer, was originally released in January 1977).

The 3CD/1LP Rocket To Russia 40th anniversary deluxe edition includes a remastered version of the original stereo mix and a new 40th Anniversary Tracking Mix by original Rocket To Russia engineer/mixer Ed Stasium. The collection also includes previously unreleased studio recordings and a multi-track recording of the band's December 19th, 1977 show at the Apollo Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. This limited edition deluxe release comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book.


Stream the previously unreleased live version of "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" from the collection below and pre-order the limited edition release here.



Published October 17th, 2017

Morrissey premiered the video for his new single "Spent The Day In Bed" today. Moz lays down the law with his band in the performance video which also includes an appearance from UK football player Joey Barton. Check it out below:



Morrissey's new album Low In High School will be released on November 17th and is available to pre-order here.

Morrissey - U.S. tour

Oct 31 -- Portland, OR @ Schnitzer Concert Hall
Nov 02 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Nov 04 -- San Francisco, CA @ Masonic Auditorium
Nov 05 -- Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Nov 10 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Nov 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Nov 16 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
Nov 18 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
Nov 20 -- Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Nov 22 -- St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
Nov 25 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
Nov 28 -- Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
Nov 30 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Dec 02 -- New York, NY @ Theatre at Madison Square Garden
Dec 04 -- Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Dec 07 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Dec 10 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

Published October 17th, 2017

2017/10/15


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #28: Properly Dead

Rock it old school with another streaming celebration of classic alternative jams from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. This week's episode includes music from Peter Murphy, New Order, Ultravox, Ministry, Dinosaur Jr, The Charlatans, The Cult, Nitzer Ebb, Ride, The Replacements, plus a brand new song from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Stream below or here and catch up with the archive of previous episodes here or here.


Music news stories from the past week:

Stream new single from Null + Void ft Dave Gahan
Trent Reznor + Atticus Rose unveil spooky Halloween theme
Noel Gallagher premieres glammy new single "Holy Mountain"
Stream archive of Morrissey's Berlin concert
Midge Ure reworks Ultravox + solo classics for Orchestrated LP
The Charlatans premiere new song "I Like You"
Howard Jones strips down classics for new tour; plays Detroit
Tears For Fears announce Rule The World + premiere new single
The Church premiere "Undersea" video
Video: Liam Gallagher on James Corden
Video: William Patrick Corgan on Fallon

The Charlatans premiered a brand new song titled "I Like You." The track will serve as the b-side to their next single "Over Again" which will be released on limited edition green vinyl on December 1st. Stream "I Like You" below and head over to the Charlatans' official store to pre-order the 7" single.

The A-side "Over Again" is found on the band's latest album Different Days, which was released back in May. Different Days includes several amazing guest musicians including Stephen Morris, Johnny Marr, Paul Weller, and Pete Salisbury, among others. The album is available to stream on Spotify.



Published October 15th, 2017

2017/10/13


Swiss producer/electro-whiz Kurt Uenala has collaborated with Depeche Mode for years and now he's about to launch his own dark electro project titled Null + Void. The album Cryosleep features a few guests, including the one and only Dave Gahan, who contributes his sleek vocals on a song titled "Where I Wait." The official video for "Where I Wait" premiered today and is available to view below.

Cryosleep arrives November 1st and is available to pre-order here.



Published October 13th, 2017

In celebration of today - Friday the 13th - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross premiered their reinterpretation of the theme to the classic 1978 spooktacular Halloween. The haunting track was originally composed by John Carpenter, who has publicly given Reznor & Ross props for their updated version of his classic. Reznor has said of Carpenter's original theme:

"We were damaged and scarred, with the shit genuinely scared out of us and that theme stuck firmly in our heads. John Carpenter, it’s your fault that I turned out the way I did"

Reznor/Ross' take on Halloween is available to stream below and will be included on a new compilation Anthology: Movie Themes 1974 - 1988 which arrives October 20th. Pre-order here.



Published October 13th, 2017

William Patrick Corgan aka Billy Corgan appeared on The Late Show starring Jimmy Fallon last night to showcase a new song from his solo album Ogilala. Watch Corgan's performance of "Aeronaut" below along with the music video for another new single titled "The Spaniards."

Ogilala is available now through Corgan's store or Amazon. Stream in full over on Spotify.





Published October 13th, 2017

Tears For Fears have announced a new greatest hits set titled Rule The World. The 16 track collection includes greatest hits along with two brand new songs "I Love You But I'm Lost" and "Closest Thing To Heaven." Rule The World will be released digitally and on CD November 10th; the vinyl edition arrives January 12th. Pre-order Rule The World from official Tears For Fears store or on Amazon.

Check out the tracklisting and stream one of the new songs "I Love You But I'm Lost" below:



01. Everybody Wants To Rule The World
02. Shout
03. I Love You But I'm Lost
04. Mad World
05. Sowing The Seeds Of Love
06. Advice For The Young At Heart
07. Head Over Heels
08. Woman In Chains
09. Change
10. Stay
11. Pale Shelter
12. Mothers Talk
13. Break It Down Again
14. I Believe
15. Raoul And The Kings Of Spain
16. Closest Thing To Heaven

Published October 13th, 2017

2017/10/11


Morrissey performed a concert at Schwuz in Berlin earlier today in promotion of his forthcoming album Low In High School. The set was broadcast live on ARTE TV in Europe and streamed live worldwide on the net.

Moz rocked out classics along with six songs from the new album, including the live debut of "My Love, I'd Do Anything For You." If you missed the action, check out a replay of the 14 song set below:



Published October 11th, 2017

Noel Gallagher debuted his new single "Holy Mountain" earlier this week and revealed the pop-glam track is about "the joy of love" and is "the best thing he's ever written." Gallagher has now unveiled the music video for "Holy Mountain" which is available to view below:



Who Built The Moon? arrives November 24th and is available to pre-order now.

Noel Gallagher - North American tour

Feb 09 -- Detroit, MI @ Scottish Rite Cathedral Theatre/Masonic Temple
Feb 10 -- Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
Feb 12 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Feb 13 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Merriam Theater, Kimmel Center
Feb 15 -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Feb 17 -- Boston, MA @ Boston Opera House
Feb 18 -- Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts
Feb 20 -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
Feb 23 -- Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater
Feb 24 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Feb 25 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre/Old National Centre
Feb 26 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Feb 28 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Mar 02 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
Mar 03 -- Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Mar 05 -- Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater
Mar 06 -- Dallas/Fort Worth @ Majestic Theatre
Mar 09 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea/The Cosmopolitan
Mar 10 -- San Francisco @ Fox Theater
Mar 12 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre

Published October 11th, 2017

2017/10/10


Midge Ure celebrated his birthday today by announcing details behind a new album. Ure's 12 track album titled Orchestrated features newly-recorded orchestral versions of Ultravox songs and tracks from his distinguished solo career. The album arrives December 1st and is available to pre-order now through Ure's official website.

Watch a teaser for Orchestrated here and check out the track listing below.

Orchestrated track list:

01. Hymn
02. Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
03. Breathe
04. Man of Two Worlds
05. If I Was
06. Vienna
07. The Voice
08. Ordinary Man
09. Death in the Afternoon
10. Lament
11. Reap the Wild Wind
12. Fragile

Published October 10th, 2017

Howard Jones brings his stripped-down The Songs And The Stories Tour to Saint Andrew's Hall March 11th. Jones will perform an intimate career-spanning set using only piano, plus he'll share the inspiration and stories behind the songs. Tickets for this rare engagement go on sale this Friday, October 13th. Details on the tour and tickets are posted here.

Published October 10th, 2017

Liam Gallagher appeared on the Late Late Show with James Corden last night.

It was somewhat of a surprise for Gallagher to even be invited onto the program, considering he called Corden a "knobhead" in a GQ interview back in August. After initially throwing a barb back at Gallagher, Corden (or his bookers) managed to rise above it all and Gallagher appeared on the program last night to perform "Wall Of Glass."

Gallagher later publicly rescinded his comments about the late night host, so the world can now rest easy. Check it all out below:





Published October 10th, 2017

2017/10/09


The Church released their 26th studio album Man Woman Death Infinity last week. Today they've premiered the official video for their latest single "Undersea" which was directed by Eden Mulholland and inspired by actor/director Wes Anderson.

Check out the video below:



The Church wrap up their North American tour in support of their new record this week before heading to Australia to play their first live hometown shows since 2015.

Oct 10 -- Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Oct 11 -- Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater
Oct 12 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
Oct 13 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 14 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Press Room

Published October 10th, 2017

Morrissey appeared on the French television show C à Vous earlier this evening and performed his single "Spent The Day In Bed." Check out the performance below:

Meanwhile Morrissey is scheduled to perform a concert showcasing his new album in Berlin on Wednesday, October 11th. The performance is scheduled to stream live at 1pm ET here.

UPDATE: The archive of the Berlin show is also posted below:





Low In High School arrives on November 24th and is available to pre-order here.

Morrissey -- U.S. tour

Oct 31 -- Portland, OR @ Schnitzer Concert Hall
Nov 02 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Nov 04 -- San Francisco, CA @ Masonic Auditorium
Nov 05 -- Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Nov 10 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Nov 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Nov 16 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
Nov 18 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
Nov 20 -- Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Nov 22 -- St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
Nov 25 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
Nov 28 -- Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
Nov 30 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Dec 02 -- New York, NY @ Theatre at Madison Square Garden
Dec 04 -- Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Dec 07 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

Published October 9th, 2017

Noel Gallagher released the first single from his forthcoming album Who Built The Moon? today.

"Holy Mountain" is a colossal departure from what we've come to expect from Gallagher - not just musically, but with Gallagher's vocals. "Holy Mountain" is a slickly produced glam-pop throwback track, which is a bit of a surprise considering Gallagher's third album has previously been described as a "psychedelic rock record with cinematic production." Gallagher reveals "Holy Mountain" is about "the joy of love" and told the BBC that had the song come out in the '90s "it would have been huge."

Brace yourself for something quite different and take a listen to "Holy Mountain" (featuring Paul Weller on organ!) below or on Spotify:

UPDATE: Gallagher has now also unveiled the music video for "Holy Mountain"



Who Built The Moon? arrives November 24th and is available to pre-order here.

Noel Gallagher - North American tour

Feb 09 -- Detroit, MI @ Scottish Rite Cathedral Theatre/Masonic Temple
Feb 10 -- Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
Feb 12 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Feb 13 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Merriam Theater, Kimmel Center
Feb 15 -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Feb 17 -- Boston, MA @ Boston Opera House
Feb 18 -- Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts
Feb 20 -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
Feb 23 -- Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater
Feb 24 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Feb 25 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre/Old National Centre
Feb 26 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Feb 28 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Mar 02 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
Mar 03 -- Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Mar 05 -- Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater
Mar 06 -- Dallas/Fort Worth @ Majestic Theatre
Mar 09 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea/The Cosmopolitan
Mar 10 -- San Francisco @ Fox Theater
Mar 12 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre

Published October 9th, 2017

2017/10/08


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #27: Defenestration of the Foiled

Rock it old school with another streaming celebration of classic alternative jams from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. This week's episode includes music from The Stone Roses, Roxy Music, Psychedelic Furs, Sonic Youth, David Bowie, Electronic, Bauhaus, Happy Mondays, Trashcan Sinatras, plus a brand new song from The Breeders.

Stream below or here and catch up with the archive of previous episodes here or here.


Music news stories from the past week:

My Bloody Valentine announce analog reissues
UUUU new project featuring members of Wire + Coil
The Smiths premiere "I Know It's Over" demo
Belly launch campaign for new LP
The Breeders premiere new single + 7" series
Thom Yorke announces reissue of Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
The Smiths unearth "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" live
Watch OMD's launch party for The Punishment Of Luxury
Mute chronicles history with photobook Mute - A Visual Document
Third Man Records announce The White Stripes live in Detroit
Video: Morrissey showcases new LP + covers The Pretenders at live session
Video: The legendary Paul Weller on Stephen Colbert
Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nominees announced
Video: Depeche Mode on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Upcoming late night TV:

10/09 (Mon): Liam Gallagher on The Late Late Show With James Corden
10/12 (Thu): Billy Corgan on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

My Bloody Valentine announced analog reissues for their seminal albums Isn't Anything and Loveless. Both of these influential and beloved albums were remastered using the original 1/2" and 1/4" tapes and will be released on January 18th. Kevin Shields offers up further details on the remasters:

"The 180 gram vinyl albums are mastered from analog tapes using Studer A80 VU PRE and Neumann VMS 80 cutting lathe for full analog signal path.

They come in heavy weight tip-on style gatefold sleeves with poly lined printed inner sleeves.

The vinyl is purely analog cut and does not include downloads"

These reissues should be a sonic treat - Kevin Shields does not release anything unless it meets his incredibly high standards. Both Isn't Anything and Loveless are available individually or bundled and will be released on January 18th. Pre-order directly from the newly launched My Bloody Valentine store here.



Published October 8th, 2017

2017/10/06


New in the record store today is the debut record by UUUU. UUUU is the new project featuring Thighpaulsandra (Coil and Spiritualized), Wire members Graham Lewis and Matthew Simms; and Valentina Magaletti. The mostly instrumental self-titled album is an outstanding trippy-experimental-noise cauldron of awesomeness which seamlessly incorporates elements of electro, post-punk, drone, synth, and fuzz. The percussion on this record alone makes it a phenomenal listen - fans of Test Dept, Einstürzende Neubauten will love this.

Highly awesome. Highly recommended.

Stream the lead track "Verlagerung, Verlagerung, Verlagerung" below and head to Spotify to stream the album in full. Order a physical copy of the album here or grab a digital download through Bandcamp.



Published October 6th, 2017

The Smiths reissue their seminal 1986 album The Queen Is Dead as three expanded sets on October 20th, and all three versions of the release -- 2CD, 5LP, and 3CD/1DVD box -- include eight previously unreleased tracks. The Smiths premiered the first ever demo "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Take 1)" in July when they announced the expanded sets. Now they've debuted another rarity - the demo of "I Know It's Over." Stream this incredible version of "I Know It's Over" below:



The Queen Is Dead deluxe reissues are available to pre-order The Queen Is Dead through Amazon. 2CD, 3CD/1DVD, 5LP

Head here for a rundown of the tracklistings of each edition The Queen Is Dead.

Published October 6th, 2017

Last year Belly reunited for a handful of live shows and since then they've been on a tear writing and recording new music. Though the album is still untitled and doesn't have a release date, Belly officially launched a Pledge Music campaign for the album.

They promise to give fans a glimpse into the making of the album, as well as share exclusive music and other updates with those who pre-order. They also reveal they recently recorded a cover of "Hush-a-Bye Mountain" and will be releasing a digital download version of the track as an exclusive shortly. Additionally Belly will be donating a portion of profits to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Fans can visit Belly's Pledge Music campaign here.



Published October 6th, 2017

2017/10/05


Last night Depeche Mode appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in support of Spirit. Watch the legends knock out a live performance of their latest single "Cover Me" below or head over to Kimmel's website here.



Depeche Mode are among the nominees for the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They join MC5, Radiohead, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, The Cars and more. The Class of 2018 will be announced in December with the induction ceremony taking place in April.

Depeche Mode - North American tour

Oct 06 -- San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Oct 08 -- San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
Oct 10 -- Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Oct 12 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct 14 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct 16 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct 18 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct 21 -- Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
Oct 23 -- Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Oct 25 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
Oct 27 -- Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place

Published October 5th, 2017
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2018 were announced overnight.

The nominees this year: MC5, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Radiohead, The Cars, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, The Meters, The Zombies, Moody Blues, Nina Simone, Link Wray, Rufus ft Chaka Khan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Rage Against The Machine, Dire Straits, J Geils Band, and Bon Jovi.

The inductees -- selected by a different committee -- for the Class of 2018 will be announced in December with the induction ceremony scheduled to take place April 14th in Cleveland.

Don't expect miracles - the Rock Hall is notorious for snubbing classic alternative acts. The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order, Pixies, Bauhaus, The Replacements, The Cure, Roxy Music, XTC, Can, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Kraftwerk, The Jam, Sonic Youth, and SO many more have been bypassed over the years.

Now would be a great time to revisit the t-shirt Jeff Ament wore to this year's induction ceremony when Pearl Jam got inducted. The shirt was a nod to all the legendary bands that have been snubbed by the Rock Hall institution.

A post shared by Pearl Jam (@pearljam) on


Published October 5th, 2017

2017/10/04


The Horrors released their fifth studio album V last month, and though the cover art might be a bit...hmmm...interesting...the music is indeed brilliant. Like their previous output, this new 10 track album by the London five piece is another delicious platter of the band's intriguing mix of shoegaze, krautrock, and indie-pop. Grab a copy here or stream on Spotify.

In promotion of the album the Horrors just released the music video for V's infectious single "Something To Remember Me By." The video is truly something to behold - somewhat disturbing yet simultaneously compelling. Experience the video below:

Shout out to drummer Josh Hayward who - ahem - goes the extra mile and beyond.



Published October 4th, 2017

Third Man Records announced details today for Vault Package #34 which continues the year long celebration of the 20th anniversary of The White Stripes. If you are a fan of The White Stripes, especially a fan in Detroit, you are going to LOVE this package!

The White Stripes Live in Detroit: 1999-2000-2001 includes three White Stripes' concerts: July 30th, 1999 at the Magic Bag in Ferndale; August 18th, 2000 at the Magic Stick in Detroit, and June 7th, 2001 at the Gold Dollar in Detroit. Distorted bootleg recordings of these concerts (or portions thereof) have made the rounds on the net for years, but finally these legendary concerts will be released as proper live recordings through Third Man.

The albums were pressed on 180 gram red, white, and black vinyl by Third Man Pressing in Detroit and are housed in custom die-cut sleeves, plus include high quality reproduction prints of posters Jack White created for the shows. As noted on Third Man's website, White only made 20 copies of each flyer for the shows back in the day - it cost a dollar for each color copy at Kinko's back then! Third Man promises the replicas in the Vault Package are "gorgeous, instantly frame-worthy and much lighter on the pocketbook than the costly originals."

For more information on Vault Package #34, visit Third Man Records. [Vault members receive the quarterly package as part of the subscription. The deadline to become a Vault subscriber in order to be eligible to receive this package is October 31st, 2017.]

Stream a preview of three songs from the collection below. "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground" is from the 1999 show at the Magic Bag; The cover of "Ashtray Heart" (originally by Captain Beefheart) is taken from the 2000 show at the Magic Stick; and "Fell In Love With A Girl" is from the 2001 show at The Gold Dollar.







Published October 4th, 2017

Paul Weller kicked off his North American tour in support of A Kind Revolution on Sunday. Yesterday before his show at New York's Irving Plaza he stopped by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert for a performance. Decked out in a funky jacket and sweet spectacles, the Modfather and his amazing band rocked out a rousing version of "Woo Sé Mama." Check it out below:



Weller will be in town October 11th at Saint Andrew's Hall and tickets are available here.

Meanwhile a 5 disc boxset celebrating the Jam's 40th anniversary will be released on October 20th. Details on that are posted here.

Paul Weller -- North American tour

Oct 04 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
Oct 06 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Oct 07 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Oct 08 -- Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
Oct 10 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Oct 11 -- Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
Oct 12 -- Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Oct 13 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
Oct 16 -- Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Oct 17 -- Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Oct 18 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
Oct 20 -- Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
Oct 21 -- Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
Oct 22 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Oct 24 -- Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
Oct 25 -- San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
Oct 27 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theatre

Published October 4th, 2017

2017/10/03


Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark released their new album The Punishment of Luxury on September 1st. The night of the release the band played an hourlong launch show at Tape in London. Full video of the performance was captured by a fan and was uploaded to You Tube. Check it out below via Corky100.



OMD will be hitting the road in North America in support of The Punishment Of Luxury in next year. The band revealed that each night of the tour the audience will get to vote on one of the songs in the band's setlist, so if you're going to see OMD get there early and take your smartphone along.



OMD - North American tour

Mar 06 -- Washington D.C. @ Black Cat
Mar 07 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of The Living Arts
Mar 09 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Mar 10 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Mar 12 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Mar 14 -- Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Mar 16 -- Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Mar 17 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Northern Lights Theatre
Mar 18 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
Mar 20 -- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Mar 21 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Mar 23 -- Vancouver, B.C. @ Commodore Ballroom
Mar 24 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox/The Market
Mar 25 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Mar 27 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Mar 29 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theatre
Mar 30 -- Anaheim, CA @ The House Of Blues
Mar 31 -- San Diego, CA @ The House of Blues
Apr 02 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Apr 05 -- Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Apr 06 -- Austin, TX @ Emos
Apr 07 -- Houston, TX @ House OF Blues
Apr 09 -- New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
Apr 10 -- Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Apr 12 -- Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
Apr 13 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
Apr 14 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live

Published October 3rd, 2017

Morrissey appeared on Later...with Jools Holland earlier tonight in the U.K. and performed his single "Spent The Day In Bed."

Watch the performance below while you can below - this video is likely going to get pulled shortly.



Published October 3rd, 2017

After pretty much taking a week off The Smiths are back with another full live track from their archives. This week's gem is "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" from their December 12th, 1986 performance at Brixton Academy in London and features some impressive Moz growling. Like the previous installments in the series, this live version will not be included on the newly expanded editions of The Queen Is Dead. Stream below or on Spotify.

UPDATE: The Smiths have now also uploaded the full version of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" live in Chicago. [This was last week's song, however they originally only uploaded a short snippet, but have now righted that wrong.]





Fans are encouraged to post memories of The Queen Is Dead and/or The Smiths on social media with a fitting hashtag (for example, #TQID2017) for inclusion on The Queen Is Dead official tribute site. View the page here.

The Queen Is Dead will be reissued as a 2CD, 5LP, and 3CD/1DVD box on October 20th with previously unreleased material. The material (original, demos, and previously unreleased material) included on these expanded editions was remastered by engineering guru Bill Inglot who worked with the Smiths previously on The Very Best Of The Smiths (Dan Hersch also contributed to that 2001 compilation).

All three editions of The Queen Is Dead are available to pre-order through Amazon. 2CD, 3CD/1DVD, 5LP

Published October 3rd, 2017

The Breeders have returned with their first new song in years. The incredibly fantastic new single is called "Wait In The Car" and features the band's classic Last Splash lineup -- Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson. The quartet reunited in 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Last Splash, and since then they've been working on new material. Today they've unveiled the first taste of their labor -- the short and sweet and oh-so-catchy single "Wait In The Car."

The video for "Wait In The Car" was created by Chris Bigg and Martin Andersen and stars...a brick (or two). Bigg and Andersen explain their brick fascination:

"We both liked the idea of using something iconic yet quite banal. An old brick has a story and it’s a beautiful raw object. We started collecting more and more (some intact, some broken) and realised how different they all appear, each one having its own identity."



"Wait In The Car" is out now as a digital download and on streaming services. The single will be released physically on limited edition 7" colored vinyl. Three different colored vinyl editions with a different b-side and cover art will be released - each edition is limited to 1500 copies:

1. Orange vinyl edition b/w "Archangel's Thunderbird" (Amon Düül II cover) will be for sale on the Breeders' upcoming live shows

2. Yellow vinyl b/w a cover of Devo's "Gates Of Steel" will be released October 27th and available exclusively at independent record stores

3. Red vinyl edition featuring Kim Deal's cover of Mike Nesmith's "Joanne" (details will be announced later this year)

For more details on any of the 7" singles, visit the official website here.

The Breeders hit the road later this month in the UK and kick off their North American headline tour at the Magic Stick in Detroit on November 1st. Tickets for most of the shows are already sold out, however tickets for the Detroit show are still available, so if you're thinking of going don't wait on it.

The Breeders -- North American tour

Oct 29 -- St. Paul, MN* @ Xcel Energy Centre
Oct 30 -- Chicago, IL* @ United Center
Nov 01 -- Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Nov 03 -- Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Nov 04 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Nov 05 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Nov 06 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 08 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Nov 09 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox at Market
Nov 11 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Nov 12 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Nov 13 -- Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

*the Breeders open for Arcade Fire October 29th and October 30th; the rest are headline dates

Published October 3rd, 2017

2017/10/02


Mute Records announced a book detailing the definitive visual history of the influential label. Mute: A Visual Document: From 1978 - Tomorrow was curated by Mute founder Daniel Miller and London author/musician/producer Terry Burrows.

Miller originally founded Mute to release his debut single "Warm Leatherette" but the label soon went on to launch the careers of soon-to-become electro behemoths including Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure, Cabaret Voltaire, Fad Gadget, and Nitzer Ebb. Miller would eventually snag other iconic acts including The Birthday Party, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and I Start Counting plus he obtained rights to archival material from other well established artists including Throbbing Gristle, Einstürzende Neubauten, A Certain Ratio, and more.

The 320 page hardcover book includes over 500 illustrations - many of these previously unseen - plus the book is filled with commentary and stories from various Mute bands and those who worked with the label over the years.

Mute: A Visual Document: From 1978 - Tomorrow will be released November 28th and is available to pre-order now from Amazon.

Published October 2nd, 2017

Thom Yorke announced today that his second solo album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes will be reissued via XL in December 8th.

Yorke originally self-released the album through BitTorrent (as a legal download) in September 2014 and hoped his experiment might be a useful option for other artists. At the time he made the following comments about his Bit Torrent experiment:

"The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files. The files can be anything, but in this case is an 'album'. It's an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around. If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work. Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.

If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done. The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or 'cloud' malarkey. It's a self-contained embeddable shop front. The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network."

Though Yorke's experiment was successful - the album was 2014's most legally downloaded release and has racked up over 4 million legal downloads - other artists didn't exactly jump on the BitTorrent train.

Pre-order Tomorrow's Modern Boxes through Radiohead's store.

Additionally Yorke announced a handful of solo dates which are available to view below. Ticket info is posted here.



Thom Yorke - Solo tour

Dec 12 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theater
Dec 14 -- Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Dec 17 -- Houston, TX @ Day For Night Festival

Published October 2nd, 2017

Morrissey kicked off BBC 6 Music Week today with a rare performance at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in London. Moz ripped through a 16 song which showcased seven songs from his forthcoming album Low In High School. He also covered The Pretenders' "Back On The Chain Gang," and performed several other classics from his solo catalog.

As you would expect, Morrissey was full of quips between the songs. He thanked BBC 6 Music for inviting him, then said "we don't get many invitations." Before performing "When You Open Your Legs" he referred to the song title claiming "it's about cycling," then after playing it he claimed the song would be chopped from the broadcast and said "the fun is knowing it's going to be chopped." There were a few cringeworthy moments when he attempted a political joke as well as a joke about Chrissie Hynde, referring to her as "B Hynde." Awkward.

The full performance airs on the BBC tonight, which means it's highly likely the full set will also be streaming on the internet soon. In the meantime, enjoy video of three songs from the set courtesy of BBC 6 Music. Additionally, audio of the entire performance is also available to stream here (forward to 2:00:00).

UPDATE: Video of full performance is also now available to stream









Morrissey - setlist

You Have Killed Me
I Wish You Lonely
Spent The Day In Bed
Speedway (in English)
Speedway (shortened version in Spanish)
Istanbul
Ganglord
Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage
Back On The Chain Gang
World Peace Is None Of Your Business
The Bullfighter Dies
When You Open Your Legs
Jack The Ripper
Home Is A Question Mark
All The Young People Must Fall In Love
My Love, I'd Do Anything For You
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris

Published October 2nd, 2017

2017/10/01


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #26: Leaky Boat

Rock it old school with a new episode of Time Warp online. This week's show includes music from Public Image Ltd, Garbage, XTC, Aztec Camera, Radiohead, Luna, Psychic TV, Front 242, Lush, Echo and the Bunnymen, and more.

Stream below or here and catch up with the archive of previous episodes here or here.


Music news stories from the past week:

Depeche Mode set Kimmel appearance + Dave Gahan ft on electro project
Morrissey - BBC 6 Music live performance on Monday
Strangeways, Here We Come 30th anniversary
Depeche Mode/Pixies 30th anniversary
Liam Gallagher debuts "Greedy Soul"
Trashcan Sinatras 30th anniversary tour
XTC announce expanded edition of Black Sea
Noel Gallagher announces LP Who Built The Moon? + tour
The Smiths "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" live
Peter Murphy reunites with David J for trio of shows

Upcoming late night TV appearances:

10/3 (Tue): Paul Weller on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
10/4 (Wed): Depeche Mode on Jimmy Kimmel Live
10/9 (Mon): Liam Gallagher on Late Show with James Corden



Depeche Mode continue on the road in the U.S. in support of Spirit. In addition to their dates on the west coast this week, they'll appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live this Wednesday, October 4th for a performance. They'll likely be performing their latest single "Cover Me" on the program - watch the official video for the single below:



Meanwhile Dave Gahan is featured on the new album from Swiss producer/electro-whiz Kurt Uenala. Uenala collaborated with Depeche Mode for years and now he's launching his own dark electro project titled Null + Void. Gahan contributes his sleek vocals to a song titled "Where I Wait" on the forthcoming album Cryosleep. The full version of "Where I Wait" is expected to be released soon, but in the meantime enjoy a short preview of the track below along with the previously released single "Paragon." Cryosleep arrives November 1st and is available to pre-order here.





Published October 1st, 2017

Morrissey will perform live for BBC 6 Music as part of their Music Week festivities. Moz's performance is scheduled to take place tomorrow (October 2nd) around 6:30 AM ET (11:30 UK time). The live performance may be geoblocked, but if you're up and around at that time tomorrow morning you may want to check it out here just in case. The BBC website indicates the archive of performance will also be available to stream on their website starting at 2pm ET (7pm UK time) here.

UPDATE (10/2): Watch three songs from the performance here.

Morrissey returns with his new studio album Low In High School on November 17th and is available to pre-order here.

Don't miss Morrissey on his U.S. tour. Tickets for all the shows are on sale now.



Morrissey -- U.S. tour

Oct 31 -- Portland, OR @ Schnitzer Concert Hall
Nov 02 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Nov 04 -- San Francisco, CA @ Masonic Auditorium
Nov 05 -- Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Nov 10 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Nov 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Nov 16 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
Nov 18 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
Nov 20 -- Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Nov 22 -- St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
Nov 25 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
Nov 28 -- Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
Nov 30 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Dec 02 -- New York, NY @ Theatre at Madison Square Garden
Dec 04 -- Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Dec 07 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

Published October 1st, 2017

2017/09/28


Thirty years ago today The Smiths released their seminal studio album Strangeways, Here We Come. The band's fourth and final proper studio album was released after the band had broken up, but what a way to go out. Strangeways is a Morrissey/Marr masterpiece.

Indeed The Queen Is Dead most often receives praise by critics and fans for being the Smiths' crown jewel, however it is a colossal mistake to dismiss Strangeways. Like TQID, the rich and insightful final album by the Smiths is another collection of timeless songs, and boasts even stronger songwriting, lyrics, and production than its predecessor.

The brilliance is non-stop on Strangeways - "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" and "Death Of A Disco Dancer" are incredible album highlights, but those influential songs only scratch the album's surface. Morrissey's prescient and biting commentary never sounded better than on "Paint A Vulgar Picture," not to mention the classics "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" and "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish."

And yet, there are even more timeless treasures! From the haunting opening of "A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours" to Moz's forlorn insistence on album closer "I Won't Share You," Strangeways is a flawless non-stop battery of gems.

Strangeways has more than earned its place in music history. Give it some love today.

Happy Birthday, Strangeways!









Published September 28th, 2017

Besides the 30th anniversary of Strangeways, Here We Come, two other very important classic alternative albums were released on this day in 1987.

By the time Music For The Masses was released, Depeche Mode were already well established as dark synth rock legends worldwide, but much less so in the United States. Music For The Masses changed that. The album's trio of alt-rock staples - "Never Let Me Down Again," "Strangelove," and "Behind The Wheel" - received much love and airplay on MTV's 120 Minutes and alternative radio, exposing new ears to the alluring melodic sexy magic of Depeche Mode.






Meanwhile, a then-mostly unknown band from Boston named Pixies released their debut album. Despite Come On Pilgrim being a mini-album/EP of demos, the raw material was a jolt of exciting, intriguing, unique indie rock. Many/most of the songs on the EP would later be re-recorded and released on subsequent albums, but Come On Pilgrim was a impressive introduction to a band that would go on to become legends and in turn inspire other legendary acts.







Published September 28th, 2017

2017/09/27


Liam Gallagher unleashed a performance video of his new song "Greedy Soul." Like last month's video of "For What It's Worth," the new clip was shot live at Air Studios in the U.K. View the performance below:



"Greedy Soul" is the fourth song Gallagher has debuted off his forthcoming solo album As You Were. The album will be released on October 6th and is available to pre-order through Gallagher's store.

Last night Gallagher appeared on Later...With Jools Holland last night and performed "Wall Of Glass," and "Greedy Soul." The performance is archived on the BBC's website but is geoblocked, thus fans outside the U.K. cannot stream it, however a portion of the performance is available to stream here.

Published September 27th, 2017

2017/09/26


The Smiths were a bit off their game when it came to unleashing another live song from their archives this week. This week's live song was posted today instead of Monday, and besides being somewhat tardy they've opted to share only short snippet of the recording. Regardless, a tiny bit of The Smiths is better than entire catalogs of many, many bands. In that spirit, enjoy a taste of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" which was captured in August 15th, 1986 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago below:

UPDATE (10/3): The Smiths have now uploaded the full version of the song. Stream below or on Spotify.





Fans are encouraged to post memories of The Queen Is Dead and/or The Smiths on social media with a fitting hashtag (for example, #TQID2017) for inclusion on The Queen Is Dead official tribute site. View the page here.

The Queen Is Dead will be reissued as a 2CD, 5LP, and 3CD/1DVD box on October 20th with previously unreleased material. The material (original, demos, and previously unreleased material) included on these expanded editions was remastered by engineering guru Bill Inglot who worked with the Smiths previously on The Very Best Of The Smiths (Dan Hersch also contributed to that 2001 compilation).

All three editions of The Queen Is Dead are available to pre-order through Amazon. 2CD, 3CD/1DVD, 5LP

Published September 26th, 2017

Trashcan Sinatras kick off their 30th anniversary tour this week in Virginia. As previously reported, the acoustic tour All Night With The Trashcan Sinatras will see Frank Reader, Paul Livingston, and John Douglas performing two unique sets packed with beloved/well-known songs as well as covers, obscurities, songs they've never performed live, and songs they'll likely never again play live. Over the course of the tour every song they've released and recorded will be performed (the set list will vary from show to show -- they will not be playing 100 songs each night!).

Guitarist John Douglas recently revealed to The Art Of L.A. that an acoustic tour was appealing to the band because it challenges them to utilize their abilities in a different way, plus a stripped down affair is easy to navigate on the road. Douglas also discussed what fans can expect at these acoustic shows:

"We will be playing songs we have rarely or never played live before — b-sides, album tracks. These are the ones I’m most excited about playing — the shunned ones. I am finding myself being quietly impressed at our way with chords and words over the years, especially true in our quirkier moments. There are one or two tunes that time has been unkind to, but, as we Scots often say, ‘Failure is the manure of success’ and I honor the part they play in our tale."

Read the full interview with Douglas here.

Meanwhile Frank Reader was interviewed by The Washington Times - in the interview Reader discussed TCS' beginnings as a bar band, brushed off early comparisons to The Smiths, and explained how their recording modus operandi has changed over the years. He also suggested the band's longevity is in part due to the band writing and working as a team:

"Four people doing the work. I don’t think any band can sustain themselves with just one songwriter. A solo artist or songwriter can do that because he can go around and do his thing with different people. But an actual band with just one songwriter? Maybe The Who is the exception.
Nowadays everybody has help from outside forces. Like Radiohead."

Read the full interview with Reader here.

Don't miss the mighty Trashcan Sinatras when the acoustic tour rolls through the Magic Bag in Ferndale on October 8th. Tickets are available here. View the full tour itinerary below, and be sure to catch up with Trashcan Sinatras on Facebook and Twitter.





Trashcan Sinatras -- U.S. tour

Sep 27 -- Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
Sep 28 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ The Sain
Sep 30 -- Highland Lakes, NJ @ Seckler Stage
Oct 01 -- New York, NY @ Joe's Pub
Oct 03 -- Somerville, MA @ Once Ballroom
Oct 04 -- New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
Oct 06 -- Cleveland, OH @ Winchester Music Tavern
Oct 08 -- Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag
Oct 09 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Oct 11 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
Oct 12 -- St Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Oct 14 -- Kansas City, MO @ Gospel Lounge
Oct 16 -- Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Oct 17 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro
Oct 19 -- Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey
Oct 20 -- Portland, OR @ Dante's
Oct 23 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Oct 24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
Oct 29 -- Austin, TX @ 3Ten
Oct 31 -- Nashville, TN @ Blue Bar
Nov 01 -- Atlanta, GA @ Smith's Olde Bar
Nov 02 -- Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse

Published September 26th, 2017