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2017/12/13


Yesterday The Cure announced details for a massive gig July 7th in London celebrating their 40th anniversary and now more exciting news about project celebrating The Cure's 40th anniversary has been revealed!

Director Tim Pope, who has worked with the band throughout their career dropped bombshell news earlier this month on Twitter that The Cure had some special things planned for 2018. Over the last couple of weeks he threw out a couple of hints, but today he has let the proverbial cat out of the bag:

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, The Cure will be releasing a feature-length documentary chronicling the band's extraordinary career all the way from the 70s through present day. Pope reveals that Robert Smith will be heavily involved in the film, which will include "a cornucopia" of previously unseen material from Smith's archives including live performances, interviews, bootlegs, and other behind the scenes material. Pope was just sent 50 (!!!) boxes of archival material and he's getting ready to start on this sensational project.

The news from Pope is super-exciting! Check out the chronological series of Pope's tweets about the project below:













Published December 13th, 2017
Tragic and upsetting news coming out of New Jersey - Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens has died at the age of 62. The band broke the news overnight on their website and social media. It's been reported that DiNizio's health had been declining after suffering from neurological damage from a fall in 2015, though no cause of death has been announced.

DiNizio and The Smithereens crafted so many beloved songs and the band has been . It truly is a sad day in the world of music. R.I.P.

Read the announcement from The Smithereens below:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens - America's Band.

Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers.

Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio. Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll. Our journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun. We grew up together. Little did we know that we wouldn’t grow old together.
Goodbye Pat. Seems like yesterday.

Jimmy, Mike, Dennis
December 12, 2017







Published December 13th, 2017

2017/12/12


White Town's acclaimed massive synth-pop hit "Your Woman" was released 20 years ago. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, White Town (aka Jyoti Mishra) recorded a new breathtaking version of the classic track. "Your Woman 1917" isn't an updated version; it's an old school orchestral/chambery stripped down take that Mishra says "would have sounded pretty sweet 100 years ago."

This is SO incredibly good!

Stream the lovely "Your Woman 1917" along with the original version below. "Your Woman 1917" will be released as a digital single on December 20th.

Catch up with Jyoti Mishra/White Town on Facebook.





Published December 12th, 2017

Today Cleopatra Records hosted a Facebook live event with Kevin Haskins in celebration of the new coffee table book Bauhaus Undead: The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus.

Some of the highlights from the 15 minute broadcast:

Haskins originally wanted to self-release Bauhaus Undead, but ran into financial and logistical issues so he decided to enlist the help of Cleopatra.

The memorabilia is mostly culled from his own archive. He began saving press clippings, reviews, photos, doodles, artwork, tour schedules, recording schedules, etc from the very beginning, though friends and fans provided some items that were missing.

Haskins flipped through the book to give viewers an idea of what's inside and it looks incredible. This is something any Bauhaus fan will want to check out, not just for the previously unseen photos, etc, but also to read the commentary/stories from Haskins. Haskins says he wrote about 30 stories for the book.

Ultimately Haskins says he created Bauhaus Undead to celebrate the band, and says fans will get to see the more humorous side of Bauhaus.

Haskins says he'll consider creating a Love and Rockets memorabilia book down the road, though he admits that he has less archival material to draw from, plus right now he's quite busy with Poptone.

Check out the video archive of the Facebook event below and pre-order a copy here.



Published December 12th, 2017

The Cure announced that they'll celebrate their 40th anniversary in style next July with a swoonworthy anniversary concert. The legendary band will be joined by other incredible artists including Ride, Slowdive, The Twilight Sad, Interpol, Goldfrapp, and Editors (with more to be announced). The gig takes place July 7th at BST Hyde Park in London. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now (password: IMAGINARY) with the general onsale kicking off this Friday, December 15th at 4am ET (9am local time).

The Cure will be playing a 2 hour headline set at Hyde Park, and this show will be the band's only European show in 2018. No word on whether an equally awesome North American anniversary event is in the works, but fingers crossed...

The Cure have not made any other official announcements concerning their 40th anniversary, though if director Tim Pope is to be believed, The Cure have some very exciting things planned for 2018. Stay tuned!







Published December 12th, 2017

Jack White and Third Man Films unleashed a new video titled Servings and Portions from my Boarding House Reach. The video, directed by White, features a collage of sounds which presumably are taken from White's forthcoming solo album. This delicious pairing of vintage and cutting edge sounds will make you yearn for White's new offering, which is still shrouded in mystery.

Dig in below:



Published December 12th, 2017

2017/12/11


As previously reported a new coffee table book about Bauhaus by Kevin Haskins will be released early next year. 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.

In celebration of the upcoming release Cleopatra Records is holding a Facebook live event tomorrow (December 12th) featuring Kevin Haskins. Haskins will be signing copies of the book and answering questions starting at 2pm ET (11am PT) on the Cleopatra FB page here.

UPDATE (12/12): During today's event Haskins signed copies of the book and revealed a bit about how things came together: over the years he collected Bauhaus press clippings, flyers, artwork, doodles, tour schedules/recording schedules, etc, and most of the material included in the book comes from his archive, though friends and fans provided some material he couldn't otherwise locate. He also revealed that fans will be able to see the humorous side of Bauhaus.

The archive of the live chat is available to view below - it starts off a bit slow, but eventually Haskins answers questions and flips through the book to give fans an idea of how packed with awesomeness Bauhaus Undead is.

FYI Haskins also said it's possible he'll do a Love And Rockets memorabilia book eventually though he has less material. He says he'll consider putting one together down the road, though says Poptone is currently occupying most of his time.



Bauhaus - Undead: The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus is available to pre-order here.



Published December 11th, 2017

Earlier this year a documentary on XTC titled This Is Pop premiered on British television. Today Andy Partridge revealed on social media that fans in the U.S. will be able to view the documentary next month on Showtime. Save the date (or set the DVR) for January 11th.

Meanwhile, last month XTC released an remixed/expanded 5.1 edition of Black Sea with previously unreleased bonus material including instrumentals and demos. Grab a copy here.



Published December 11th, 2017


Morrissey posted a statement today clarifying his stance on a variety of issues and reaffirming his declaration to deny print interviews. In the post titled The Slander System he continues to dispute the veracity of statements attributed to him in a recent interview with Der Spiegel, and goes to on claim that the newspaper refused to provide his team with an unedited audio copy of the interview.

Morrissey also took aim at the vapidness that plagues the current state of affairs in the music industry and decreed the need for change in 2018.

"Music is eternity, and the call of 2018 is the time to be new and different."

Read Morrissey's statement in full below or over on Facebook.

UPDATE (12/12): Der Spiegel posted audio of their interview with Morrissey. Stream the interview here via Morrissey-Solo.


Published December 11th, 2017

Johnny Marr and actress Maxine Peake teamed up for a socially conscious new song titled "The Priest," which debuted today. The song is a narrative depicting a homeless girl's experiences on the street.

Marr tells The Guardian the song was inspired by the mounting homelessness in London

"I would notice the youngish to middle-aged man who just seemed to be on his first or second step towards the great downfall. I don’t know any other way of putting it … It was like seeing a homeless man in training. There might be a few homeless men together, who’d obviously been on the street for a while. And you’d notice the guy who’d obviously not been on the street that long, who had just joined the fray. And you’d think: ‘Where’s this going to end?’"

The lyrics for "The Priest" were taken from the diaries of a writer named Joe Gallagher who documented his experiences living on the street for a Scottish paper in Edinburgh. Though the words were written by a man, they opted to use Peake's voice to give the song "a gender-less universality."

Marr was intent on making a social statement, but also wanted the song to be a "good listen." He told The Guardian:

"As a musician, that’s my priority, no matter what the subject matter is. I always want to honour that. Ultimately, that’s my job."

The striking video for "The Priest" was shot on the streets in Manchester and is available to view below via The Guardian.



Published December 11th, 2017

2017/12/10


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #35: The Cognoscenti Shuffle

Rock it old school with a new streaming episode of Time Warp. This week's show includes music from Buffalo Tom, The Stooges, The Ocean Blue, Killing Joke, The Pogues, Blur, James, Roxy Music, New Order, and more.

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



2017/12/07


Seminal singles from two Classic Alternative behemoths were released on this day in 1987...both incredible and iconic singles continue to impress and amaze with their brilliance.

New Order's "Touched By The Hand Of God" was originally written for the Salvation! soundtrack, but ahead of the soundtrack's 1988 release, New Order released a single version and dub mix on the 7" and 12" (respectively). The anthem is one of the many, many gems in New Order's brilliant catalog and is unquestionably the most entertaining video New Order released. New Order taking a fantastic dig at crappy hair bands that were at that point dominating MTV and radio. MTV wasn't amused and gave it no airtime.




The Smiths ended on a high note with Strangeways Here We Come - every track on their swansong is a classic. But the haunting single "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" remains a cut above all other Smiths songs  - it is the quintessential Smiths song. This enduring and beloved song remains not only a fan favorite, but Johnny Marr and Morrissey also consider it the crown jewel in their incredible catalog.

No hope, no harm...



Published December 7th, 2017

Earlier this week Morrissey canceled his Philadelphia show and his appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It should come as no surprise that Morrissey has now cancelled tonight's show in Boston. The cancellations are due to "an illness in the touring party" though it has not been revealed which member of the band is unwell.

Though Mozzer's proper tour is now over, he still has a couple of gigs left on the tour itinerary - he is scheduled to play a radio festival in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 10th, and the CBS program Saturday Sessions on December 16th.

UPDATE (12/9): Morrissey's appearance at KROQ's Xmas show has now officially been canceled.



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 (canceled)
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 (canceled)
Dec 07 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre (canceled)
Dec 10 -- Inglewood, CA @ The Forum (KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas)

Published December 7th, 2017

2017/12/04


Morrissey's tour hit another snag. Tonight's show in Philadelphia was postponed due to "an illness in the touring party." The Fillmore Philadelphia broke the news to fans a few hours before doors were scheduled to open. Read the announcement from the Fillmore below.

Morrissey is scheduled to perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tomorrow (December 5th) then is scheduled to return to the road December 7th in Boston.

UPDATE (12/5): Morrissey will not be appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight. Morrissey was still listed as a guest on Colbert's website this afternoon (see below), but his name was removed from Colbert's website about an hour ago.








Morrissey - U.S. tour

Dec 07 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Dec 10 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

Published December 4th, 2017

2017/12/03


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #34: Dining At The All-You-Can-Eat Outrage Buffet

Rock it old school with a new streaming episode of Time Warp. This week's show includes music from Sonic Youth, The Fall, Depeche Mode, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Sex Pistols, The Cure, The Stone Roses, New Order, and The Smiths.

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


Music news stories from the past week:
The Charlatans rock out with Stephen Morris + more at epic live set in Manchester
Morrissey appearing on late night TV this week
The Damned collect early singles for new boxset
Morrissey video premiere "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage"
The Fall cancel shows; Mark E. Smith posts message of hope & announces new songs
Video: The Breeders, Stephen Malkmus + more play Bedstock
Pearl Jam launch 8-bit video game
Gary Numan looks to the future with his principled vision
Peter Hook talks HaƧienda Classical gigs + New Order
Liam Gallagher & Noel Gallagher share Rolling Stone Best of 2017 ranking
Noel Gallagher Q + A video

The Charlatans played a sold-out show in Manchester last night at The Manchester Apollo. The performance included an epic display of drumming - Stephen Morris (Joy Division/New Order), Pete Salisbury (The Verve), and Donald Johnson (A Certain Ratio) all joined The Charlatans on stage and rocked out together! Talk about a triple threat!

The show also included a tribute to Mark E. Smith with a fantastic cover of The Fall's "Totally Wired"

Check out video and pictures from the show below:









Published December 3rd, 2017

2017/12/02


Morrissey is winding down his U.S. tour in support of Low In High School. Part of next week's itinerary includes a rare late night television appearance - Moz is scheduled to play The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, December 5th.

Moz just released the video for "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage," so it's a good bet that's what he'll be performing on Tuesday. Tune in!

UPDATE (12/5): Looks like Morrissey will not be appearing on the program tonight. Morrissey's name was listed on Colbert's website as a guest earlier this afternoon (see screenshot below), but the listing was updated around 6pm ET and Morrissey's name has been removed. A tweet promoting tonight's show also makes no mention of Morrissey. Considering yesterday's show cancellation in Philadelphia, this shouldn't be surprising news.






Published December 2nd, 2017
Updated December 5th, 2017

2017/11/30


The Damned announced a five piece vinyl set The Damned: Stiff Singles 1976-1977. The limited edition 7" set contains the band's early singles including the band's previously issued fan-club exclusive "Stretcher Case Baby," (originally sent to fans in celebration of the band's first anniversary in 1977). The boxset will feature five 7" singles (see tracklisting below) with recreated original artwork, original press clippings, and an embroidered patch.

The Damned: Stiff Singles 1976 - 1977 is available exclusive through Pledge Music. Check out the tracklisting below and pre-order here.

The Damned teamed up with super-producer Tony Visconti and will return with a brand new studio record in 2018. The album is also available to pre-order through Pledge Music.

The Damned: Stiff Singles 1976-1977


Single 1: New Rose

1. New Rose
2. Help

Single 2: Neat Neat Neat

1. Neat Neat Neat
2. Stab Your Back
3. Singalonga Scabies

Single 3: Problem Child

1. Problem Child
2. You Take My Money

Single 4: Don't Cry Wolf

1. Don't Cry Wolf
2. One Way Love

Single 5: Fanclub single

1. Stretcher Case Baby
2. Sick Of Being Sick

Published November 30th, 2017

The Soft Moon (aka Luis Vasquez) return with a new studio album Criminal on February 2nd. The follow up to 2015's Deeper promises to be another sizzling darkwave-ish extravaganza. Last month Vasquez issued the first song "Burn" and this week sees the premiere of another track titled "It Kills," which is about guilt and "a continual battle with the conscience."

Check out both singles below along with dates for a 2018 run of North America. Pre-order Criminal here and catch up with The Soft Moon here.





The Soft Moon - North American tour

Mar 27 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
Mar 28 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Mar 29 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Mar 30 -- Toronto, ON @ Longboat Hall
Mar 31 -- Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Apr 02 -- Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Apr 04 -- Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Apr 06 -- Portland, OR @ Mississipi Studios
Apr 07 -- Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Apr 08 -- Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Apr 11 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Apr 13 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Apr 14 -- San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Apr 16 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse
Apr 17 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Apr 19 -- Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Apr 20 -- Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Apr 21 -- San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Apr 22 -- New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Apr 24 -- Gainesville, FL @ The Wooly
Apr 25 -- Miami, FL @ Gramps
Apr 26 -- Tampa, FL @ The Crowbar
Apr 27 -- Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
Apr 28 -- Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
Apr 29 -- Washington, DC @ DC9

Published November 30th, 2017

Morrissey premiered the official video for "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage." The catchy track is one of the stand out singles from Moz's new album Low In High School.

The video includes some incredibly awkward dancing/maneuvering but is otherwise a relatively straight forward performance clip. Check it out along with the previously issued video for "Spent The Day In Bed" below.





Published November 30th, 2017

Devastating news for fans of Mark E. Smith and The Fall: last night's show in Bristol was canceled at the last minute due to Smith's failing health. The band told the sold out crowd at Fiddlers that Smith had recently undergone surgery and though he had made the trip from Manchester to Bristol, he was too ill to leave his hotel room.

Smith was hospitalized earlier this year for respiratory illness. He later was forced to cancel The Fall's U.S. shows after doctors advised him that traveling would negatively impact his ability to recuperate. Smith returned to the stage last month and performed in a wheelchair - fans reported he sounded great and was in good spirits.

The Fall are scheduled to play London tonight, however it seems unlikely the show will go on due to Smith's declining health.

Sending love, strength, and support to Mark E. Smith and The Fall.

UPDATE: Tonight's show in London has official been canceled + Mark E. Smith posts message to fans:

The Fall's manager Pam Vander posted a message on social media announcing the cancellation of tonight's gig in London. As part of the posting, Vander included a brief message from Mark E. Smith. Smith apologized for the show cancellations and revealed The Fall have recorded eight brand new songs and hope to premiere some of the music before year's end. Read Smith's message below along with Vander's full Instagram posting via The Fall Things.

A message to All, to All. From Mark E. Smith/The Fall group.

As I, like Pr Rupert leave Bristol with my tail between my legs, I wish to give my great apologies to everybody. This idiotic idea to do both shows was purely my idea, against the advice of Pamela and The Fall group, agent & promoter. Hope to replace shows within 4 - 6 weeks. In the interim we have eight new songs ready to go and will try and let you hear a few before Christmas. From head patient to you, the patients.

I love you all but cannot embrace you all, Mark E. Smith

FALL NOTICE: Good morning. Unfortunately as with The Fall show last night in Bristol (cancelled last minute) I'm sorry to say the same will be happening tonight. The London KoKo Club show is now CANCELLED. Can anyone who knows people going etc help get the word out... I really don't want people travelling for no reason in this bitter cold. I know it's not as last minute as last night, but it's still last minute in my eyes. And I'm really, really sorry. I can't think of much to say today, as all my focus is on Mark. And we are all a bit gutted. It's been a weird year. But the man himself has a message for you all, so I'm gonna post that right here, under this... Best, Pam V, manager. P.S big thanks to the promoter for both shows, Tobi, for being a real stand-up guy. A Message to All, to All. From Mark E. Smith/The Fall group. As I, like Pr Rupert leave Bristol with my tail between my legs, I wish to give my great apologies to everybody. This idiotic idea to do both shows was purely my idea, against the advice of Pamela and The Fall group, agent & promoter. Hope to replace shows within 4 - 6 weeks. In the interim we have eight new songs ready to go and will try and let you hear a few before Christmas. From head patient to you, the patients. I love you all but cannot embrace you all, Mark E. Smith
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Published November 30th, 2017
Edited @ 6:50am to add update

2017/11/29

The Breeders, Stephen Malkmus, and Methyl Ethyl were among 100 acts that participated in Bedstock, the online music festival designed to support hospitalized kids with cancer and other serious illnesses across the country. Yesterday participating artists performed songs in bed for children spending the holidays stuck in bed, while also raising funds and awareness.

The festival was organized by MyMusicRx, an organization that provides hospitalized children with musical instruments, iPads with music apps and games, and more. Bedstock was part of GivingTuesday yesterday, however it's not too late to donate to the cause. Head here to learn more and to donate.

Check out some video from Bedstock below.









Published November 29th, 2017

U2 return with their new album Songs Of Experience on Friday, December 1st. In celebration of the release, the band partnered with Amazon for a 24 hour streaming event The U2 Experience. Amazon promises that the listening journey will look back on 40 years of U2 history and include 24 hours of music, exclusive interviews, and live performances.

It all starts today (November 29th) at 6pm ET right here on Amazon.

Published November 29th, 2017

Pearl Jam launched an 8 bit video game inspired by their new live concert film Let's Play Two.

The game, also titled Let's Play Two, is a home run hitting contest. Swing and hit the ball as far as you can. High scores unlock exclusive Pearl Jam content, so warm up your biceps (or at least your spacebar finger) and head here to play the free game.

Let's Play Two (the concert film) is available to purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray here.





Published November 29th, 2017

2017/11/28


Gary Numan released his post-apocalyptic/concept album Savage: Songs From A Broken World in September. The concept: a future world in ruins; no technology, no food, no water; just desolation. A harsh savage environment destroyed by one man.

Numan is enjoying well-deserved success with the album, which did exceptionally well in the U.K. and received favorable to glowing reviews worldwide. His musical output from the last 10 years continues to experiment with new sounds and has gained him an exciting new fanbase with plenty of younger faces showing up at his gigs.

Numan has emphasized his principled vision many, many times in the past: his focus is solely on moving forward, experimenting with technology, and trying new things. He isn't interested in an idealized past, revisiting his impressive back catalog, or nostalgia of any sort. But Numan is constantly at battle with this because the music industry would rather he celebrate his past.

In a new interview with Noisey, Numan re-asserted his position on moving forward and shared his distaste for those who want him to live in the past:

"What they never get is, yesterday doesn't interest me. When something is 30 or 40 years in the past, I don't give a shit about it. What I care about is what I'm doing now, and what excites me is what I could be doing tomorrow.

"I never look back. If the best of me came out 40 years ago, what's the point in continuing? Why try to distill a creative life into one single moment? That kind of idea is so typical of journalists...How could anyone think that you belong to a finished era and that what you do today no longer matters? That would mean you gave your best at age 20. And after that, what – nothing? That's ridiculous."

"Frankly, all these comeback tours we're seeing from has-been 80s and 90s artists – it's ridiculous...I'd never participate in that kind of thing. When you do, it's basically admitting you have nothing new to give. And even if that were the case, I'd never accept it.

Though he's widely considered a pioneer in electronic music, Numan insists that he's not:

"Take Jean-Michel Jarre, for example. He was there years before me. Years! Now that's a pioneer, a man who did something completely different from what had come before, and not just from a conceptual or design point of view. What he was doing was radical. Even if I'm often presented as a pioneer, I don't feel it in my soul. I don't feel worthy of it. Jarre is one, though.

When I was starting out I made pretty unusual music, but more by accident than anything. I didn’t know how to write a song, and I hadn't completely mastered the electronic material that I had. So I was experimenting, trying things out. And maybe by pure luck, I ended up doing something pretty original."

The full interview is highly recommended reading. Numan discusses Savage, songwriting, synthesizers and more. Check it out over at Noisey.

Don't miss Gary Numan on the road in North America in support of Savage: Songs From A Broken World. Though Numan is focusing forward, fans can expect a few classics in the setlist. The tour plays Saint Andrew's Hall in Detroit on Thursday, November 30th. Tickets are available here.





Gary Numan - North American tour

Nov 28 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov 29 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Nov 30 -- Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
Dec 01 -- Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Dec 02 -- Buffalo, NY @ Town Hall
Dec 04 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Dec 05 -- Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
Dec 06 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Dec 07 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Street
Dec 08 -- Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Dec 09 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Dec 11 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade/Heaven Stage
Dec 12 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/IN
Dec 13 -- New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
Dec 14 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees
Dec 15 -- Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
Dec 16 -- Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Dec 18 -- Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Dec 19 -- Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen

Published November 28th, 2017

HaƧienda heavyweights - Peter Hook, Graeme Park, and Mike Pickering - have announced a HaƧienda ClassiƧal tour of the U.K. which will see the trio performing Madchester/HaƧienda club classics backed by the Manchester Camerata Orchestra.

Hook was interviewed by NME about the classical gigs and told the mag that the setlists are still being worked out but loves the juxtaposition of "real instruments" and synthesizers:

"For me, I’m gonna be pushing for the ol’ Acid House for some nice aggression. I love the counter-point in the synthesisers and the orchestra in the same way that New Order did with ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’. We had a great competition between synthesisers and the real instruments. That’s what turns me on.”

The discussion turned to New Order, and Hooky says he's relieved that the legal battle with his ex-bandmates has been resolved:

"I’m happy to get my life back and I’m happy for my family. I haven’t got that hanging over me. I don’t think there will be a reunion soon, sadly – but you know, that’s life."

Hooky also revealed he still pays attention to New Order "it's like looking at your ex-girlfriend on Facebook" and said he's listened to their last album Music Complete.

"I enjoyed it, I have to say. It sounded like Electronic to me, you know. I think that’s my answer to it."

Read the full article over at NME.

Peter Hook returns to North America in 2018 to perform Joy Division and New Order albums Substance in full. The tour includes a Detroit area stop May 3rd at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

Peter Hook - Substance tour

Apr 24 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Apr 27 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Apr 28 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Apr 30 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
May 01 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
May 03 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 04 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 07 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
May 08 -- Vancouver, BC @ Venue
May 10 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
May 11 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
May 12 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
May 14 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 15 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
May 17 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
May 18 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern*
May 19 -- San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
May 21 -- Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
May 22 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada
May 23 -- Austin, TX @ Mohawk
May 25 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
May 26 -- Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
May 27 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
May 29 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
May 30 -- San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
May 31 -- Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Jun 02 -- West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street
Jun 03 -- Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
Jun 04 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre

*Wiltern show Hook will perform Unknown Pleasures and Closer

Published November 28th, 2017

Liam Gallagher returns to late night TV tonight in support of his solo album As You Were. Don't miss Gallagher on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon tonight (November 28th).

UPDATE (11/29): Gallagher performed "Come Back To Me" on Fallon last night. Check out the performance below or here.



While you're waiting for the action, check out Liam's new video for "Come Back To Me," which was directed by Shane Meadows, who among other projects directed Made Of Stone, the 2013 documentary about The Stone Roses.

FYI: Liam Gallagher's album As You Were has made a few 'Best of 2017' lists so far including NME, Q, and Rough Trade.

Rolling Stone ranked As You Were number 37 - right alongside Who Built The Moon? by Noel Gallagher. Yes, they ranked BOTH albums at #37, so they get to share the prize, such that it is.

Who Built The Moon? hasn't shown up on any other year end lists so far, however considering many of these lists were published/created prior to the release of Noel's record, it's hardly surprising.



Published November 28th, 2017

2017/11/27


Noel Gallagher appeared on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday in promotion of his new album Who Built The Moon? The outstanding eight minute feature included a overview of Oasis with thoughtful yet probing questions from interviewer Anthony Mason.

Through part of the interview Noel was walking around outside with Mason - it was later revealed they were walking through Manchester. Noel pointed out some of his old hangouts including the legendary record store Sifters, (namedropped in "Shakermaker") and they went inside the old apartment where Noel wrote "Rock N Roll Star" and the bulk of Definitely Maybe.

The subject inevitably turned to the possibility of Oasis reforming and Noel blankly stated "If anyone doubts my resolve, I pity them."

He acknowledged that he could never have succeeded in Oasis without Liam:

"no chance. I wouldn't have gotten anywhere without him and he wouldn't have gotten anywhere without me. Simple as that."

As for if the relationship between Noel and Liam is beyond repair:

"For me it is, yeah. Now we got personal and he kind of brought my wife and kids into it very publicly. And I'm like, if you wanna go there, be prepared to take this shit to the grave. That sounds callous and cold, but that's who I am, I'm afraid."

Check out the excellent interview feature below:



Published November 27th, 2017

2017/11/26


Morrissey has stopped watching the news and now, he's decided to stop doing print interviews. After the fallout from last week's interview with the German press, last night at his show in Chicago Morrissey told the sold out crowd he will no longer do print interviews. He then said "unless you see the words form in my mouth and then you see the words, or hear the words come out of my mouth...please, if you don't see that, I didn't say them."

Watch Moz deliver his comments in the video below via BeardedSteven.

Morrissey stopped doing live interviews in 2007 after his famous libel incident with New Musical Express. Morrissey sued NME for libel and eventually the two parties settled out of court. Part of the terms of the settlement included a public apology from NME. At that point Morrissey vowed to stop doing live interviews and would only consent to interviews if he was emailed the questions and he could write out his responses, however over the last few years Morrissey started doing select live interviews again. Those days are over once again.



Morrissey continues his tour in support of Low In High School. The next stop is at the Fillmore Detroit on Tuesday!

Morrissey - U.S. tour

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 November 26th, 2017

Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #33: Apathy, Wrath, And The Destruction Of Devoir

Rock it old school with a new streaming episode of Time Warp. This week's show includes music from Gary Numan, XTC, Killing Joke, The Charlatans, Jane's Addiction, Mazzy Star, Sex Pistols, Echo and the Bunnymen, The House Of Love, Felt, and The Smiths.

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


Music news stories from the past week:
Echo and the Bunnymen announce new LP
Noel Gallagher video interview
Historical recording studios in Manchester
Felt reissue series A Decade Of Music
Simple Minds announce LP Walk Between Worlds
The Cure unveil 40th anniversary calendar


2017/11/24


Back in April Echo & The Bunnymen's Will Sergeant revealed the band was "on the verge" of signing a new record deal which, if finalized, would likely see the release of a new album as well as an "orchestrated album."

Echo eventually went on to sign with BMG, and now they've announced details behind their brand new orchestral album. The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon will feature 15 tracks - orchestral reinterpretations of classic Echo songs along with a few brand new tracks. Core members Sergeant and Ian McCulloch worked along with producer Andy Wright on the album, which is set to arrive May 18th.

The track listing for The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon hasn't been announced, however pre-orders for the release opened today. Choose from a variety of physical formats - CD, double LP, double picture disc, limited edition test pressing vinyl, and cassette. All formats are available to pre-order now through the band's official store.

Echo also announced a tour of the UK. Dates are posted below:

Echo & The Bunnymen - UK tour

May 23 -- Edinburgh Usher Hall
May 25 -- Liverpool Philharmonic
May 26 -- Birmingham Symphony Hall
May 28 -- Manchester Bridgewater Hall
May 30 -- Gateshead Sage
Jun 01 -- London Royal Albert Hall

Published November 24th, 2017

2017/11/23


Noel Gallagher's new album Who Built The Moon? arrives tomorrow. While you count down to the new album, Noel posted a Q & A session with interviewer Matt Morgan below. Among the highlights, Noel reveals he'd bring back David Bowie from the dead; sings the praises of Morrissey, Paul Weller, Stevie Wonder, and Iggy Pop; reveals the first autograph he signed in the U.S. was for Lars Ulrich; and when forced to choose between never having sex or never playing live again chooses...well, be sure to watch the rapid-fire Q & A to find out.

Check out the Chief in action below:



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 November 23rd, 2017

2017/11/21


Saint Marie Records is the preeminent record label giving exposure to incredible established and emerging shoegaze/dreampop bands. This week the label releases the latest installment in their annual blissed out compilation series. Static Waves 6 includes 22 tracks (15 of these are previously unreleased) from Bloody Knives, When The Sun Hits, Static Daydream, Miniatures, Amusement Parks On Fire, Spotlight Kid, and so many more. The compilation arrives on November 24th and is available to pre-order here.

Stream two previously unreleased gems - "Lose Control" from brilliant noise band Bloody Knives and "Heavenly" from the truly divine Static Daydream below. The full enchanting compilation is available to stream ahead of its release here.





Published November 21st, 2017
HaƧienda DJ/journalist Dave Haslam has written a piece for I Love Manchester about legendary recording studios in Manchester. Among the iconic studios featured:

Spirit, the 4 track studio where The Stone Roses recorded their first demo tape in 1984 (the space was also used by The Smiths for rehearsals); Decibel Studios inside Beehive Mill, site of the first recording from The Smiths; Indigo, where Buzzcocks recorded the debut EP Spiral Scratch; and Cargo which was utilized by Joy Division, A Certain Ratio, The Chameleons and more.

Read Haslam's fascinating piece on Manchester recording history here.





Published November 21st, 2017

2017/11/20


Exciting news for fans of the influential UK band Felt: Cherry Red Records has finally announced the release of A Decade In Music - a series of long awaited Felt reissues.

Felt's vinyl catalog, largely out of print for years, commands BIG bucks on the resale market (even CD copies can be a pretty major financial outlay). But Cherry Red has come to the rescue and next year Felt's first five albums will be reissued on vinyl and as CD boxsets. All five definitive editions have been remastered by Lawrence and will be released February 23rd. The albums are: 

Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty
The Splendour Of Fear
The Strange Idols Pattern And Other Short Stories
Ignite The Seven Cannons
The Seventeenth Century

All five albums will be reissued individually on limited edition vinyl and as CD boxsets. The vinyl editions feature deluxe gatefold sleeve; the CD boxsets for each reissue are packaged in a 7" box with the original album in special gatefold sleeve, 7" vinyl singles, reproduction gig flyers, posters, and buttons, plus the initial run of the boxsets are stickered and hand-signed by Lawrence. All are available to pre-order now through Cherry Red.

Meanwhile Lawrence announced a brand new Go-Kart Mozart album titled Mozart's Mini-Mart, a 17 track record which also arrives on February 23rd. Lawrence debuted the first track "When You're Depressed" which is available to stream below. Pre-order now from Cherry Red.



Published November 20th, 2017

Simple Minds announced details for a new album today. Walk Between Worlds is the follow up to 2014's Big Music and will be released on February 2nd.

The eight song album has two distinct sides: side one includes guitar and "new wave dance grooves of the post-punk era" while the flip side include lush, layered, cinematic orchestrations. The album is available to pre-order on CD, standard vinyl, picture disc, or choose from a variety of bundles. Check out all the options over at the band's store.

Simple Minds also announced a series of European shows in support of Walk Between Worlds. These unique three-part shows will include a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic set of hits and fan favorites. So far no North American shows have been announced.

Simple Minds - European tour

Feb 13 -- Glasgow @ Barrowland Ballroom
Feb 14 -- Manchester @ Albert Hall
Feb 15 -- London @ Roundhouse
Feb 17 -- Paris @ Salle Pleyel
Feb 18 -- Brussels @ Ancienne Belgique
Feb 19 -- Amsterdam @ Paradiso
Feb 20 -- Copenhagen @ Vega

Published November 20th, 2017