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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Liam Gallagher debuted his new single "Wall of Glass" today on BBC Radio 1. As part of the exclusive first play event, Gallagher joined host Mistajam for a short interview. During the interview he confirmed his debut solo album is called As You Were, and is filled with "rock and roll, in-your-face bangers," though there are also some "calmer" songs. He says as far as the future goes, he's trying to live in the moment  -- do one record, go on tour, do great gigs -- and see what happens next.

He also briefly discussed his relationship with brother Noel who he refers to as "our kid." Liam reveals, "we had some good times...some proper, proper moments" but confirms he currently doesn't speak with Noel and says it's very sad. He does predict that he'll reconcile with Noel eventually if only for his mother's sake.

Stream the audio of the interview over at BBC Radio 1. BBC Radio 1 has also uploaded a video excerpt of the interview which you can view below along with the official "Wall of Glass" video. The single is available to purchase as a digital download through iTunes and Amazon.

For more on Liam Gallagher, visit his official website.

Published May 31st, 2017

Violent Femmes are set to release a new live album 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America. The collection of live recordings include newly arranged versions of classics, improvisations, spontaneous requests, and songs performed live for the first time. The album was recorded last year at public radio stations and during other promo sessions in support of their ninth studio album We Can Do Anything.

Brian Ritchie reveals in the album's press release:

"This is the first time we've delivered a full scale recording to the public which captures the sound and spirit of the band the way we play together when we're working out songs in the hotel or dressing room. This project refocuses attention upon the repertoire as a whole by stripping songs to their essentials, conveying them without artifice, and removing them from any timeline. It's the closest we've gotten to the essence of Violent Femmes."

The album 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America arrives July 7th and is available to pre-order here.

Violent Femmes hit the road with Echo & The Bunnymen for a co-headline tour this summer. The Detroit area date is July 18 @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre. The itinerary is posted below.

Echo & the Bunnymen/Violent Femmes tour

Jul 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at the Mann
Jul 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Ford Ampitheater at Coney Island
Jul 14 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage
Jul 15 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Jul 17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Jul 18 - Rochester, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheater
Jul 19 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live Outdoor Stage
Jul 21 - Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavillion
Jul 23 - Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion
Jul 25 - Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads KC
Jul 26 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Jul 29 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Pacific Ampitheatre
Jul 30 - Saratoga/San Jose, CA @ The Mountain Winery
Aug 01 - Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Ampitheatre
Aug 02 - Seattle, WA @ Woodland Park Zoo Ampitheatre
Aug 03 - Vancouver, BC @ PNE Ampitheatre

Published May 31st, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Eddie Vedder kicked off a string of solo shows in Amsterdam over the weekend. According to fan reports, Vedder was grieving Chris Cornell's death and the entire show was an emotional tribute to Cornell. Though he never specifically mentioned Cornell by name, he made many references to death, loss, grieving, and healing and it was clear to concertgoers exactly what Vedder was trying to convey. Read a report about the concert here.

If there's any doubt as to how much Vedder loved and respected Cornell, watch the video below. Listen to Vedder's opening comments and how he looks at Cornell before the two perform this beautiful and intense version of "Hunger Strike." This breathtaking video will tear you up.

R.I.P. Chris Cornell

Published May 29th, 2017

A few weeks ago Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark announced the release of their new album The Punishment of Luxury and debuted the song "La Mitrailleuse." Today they premiered the album's first single "Isotype," which will be released digitally tomorrow. Stream the Kraftwerk-influenced single below:

UPDATE (5/30): OMD have now debuted an animated video for the single as well. Check it out below:

The Punishment of Luxury will be released September 1st on seven formats: CD, CD/DVD, standard LP, limited yellow vinyl LP, cassette, digital album download, deluxe set with book. Pre-order through OMD's store or Amazon.

OMD will be hitting the road overseas later this year. The North American leg is expected to kick off in early 2018.

Published May 29th, 2017

Evil Presidentes has created several excellent Depeche Mode mixes over the last few years. In (black) celebration of Depeche Mode's new album Spirit and their forthcoming Global Spirit tour, the DJ has created another fine mix of tracks covering 1990 - 2017. Stream Depeche Mode 90>17 [vinyl mix] below.  The previous three mixes are available to stream and download on Soundcloud (Vol 1, Vol 2, and Vol 3)

FYI: Evil Presidentes also recently launched his own record store in Dundalk, Ireland! Check out Classified Records online here.

Published May 29th, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Presenting a new episode of the online Time Warp-inspired classic alternative music show. Classic Alternative - Episode 8: Revolve features music from Kraftwerk, Oasis, The Breeders, Echo & The Bunnymen, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Catherine Wheel, Soundgarden, and more. Stream down below or on Mixcloud.

Also Matt Friedman of Tanner Friedman interviewed me recently and wrote a most gracious and glowing feature about the new online version of Time Warp. Be sure to read his phenomenal piece here.

Don't forget to come back for next week's show -- it's already shaping up to be magnificent. Episode 9 will include a "new" song from Radiohead, the new Liam Gallagher single, and (as always) tons of great classics from the heyday of alternative music.

Published May 28th, 2017

BBC Radio 4 profiled XTC's Andy Partridge in a new episode of their docu-series The Voices Of... This episode is highly recommended for longtime fans of Partridge and XTC or those who just want to learn more about the man who penned countless legendary and influential songs. Stream the episode here.

Near the end of the episode Partridge discusses "Easter Theatre," revealing he tried to sing about Easter and new life, while musically he created sounds to represent nature budding and coming into bloom. Partridge called it his "Beatle-y" moment, one that rivaled Paul McCartney. Stream the brilliant track below:

If you're a fan of Andy Partridge, be sure to check out his Fuzzy Warbles series. The eight volume collection contains career-spanning demos, songs that were later recorded by XTC, some that were intended for XTC, and other songs he's written that didn't fit anywhere else. Purchase through XTC's store. A few volumes are also available on Amazon.

Published May 28th, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Liam Gallagher made good on his word this morning and made an announcement -- he'll perform his first solo gig next Tuesday, May 30th. The show takes place at the O2 Ritz in Manchester and will be a benefit to raise money for families that were affected by this week's bombing attack in the city. Gallagher told the Manchester Evening News that he knew he had to step up and help:

"I just knew I had to. I’m not in it for the money. The gig was going to happen anyway and we all have to do what we can. I want to try and help pick people up. People like me, doing what we do, it’s our duty to give people a good time."

Though the world had hoped for an official announcement regarding his debut solo record today, that info is coming very soon. Today Gallagher launched a website today with artwork for a song titled "Wall of Glass," which debuts next week and shared a 30 second snippet of the song on Spotify:

The release of the full single is imminent. Zane Lowe is reportedly premiering the song on his show early next week, while U.K. station Radio X is reporting they'll have their "first play" of the song on Wednesday. iTunes has a listing for a June 2nd digital release for "Wall of Glass," which makes sense that Gallagher would want at least one new song out in advance of his lengthy summer festival itinerary.

UPDATE (5/29/17): The single will premiere worldwide on the BBC Wednesday, May 31st at 2:30 pm ET

The full album is reportedly titled As You Were and will be released in October.

Gallagher hits the road for a handful of solo shows and previously announced festival dates. His sole U.S. appearance takes place at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 3rd.

Liam Gallagher -- Solo tour

May 30 -- Manchester, England @ O2 Ritz
Jun 01 -- London, England @ Electric Brixton
Jun 02 -- Nuremberg, Germany @ Rock im Park
Jun 03 -- Landgraaf, Netherlands @ Pinkpop Festival
Jun 10 -- Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia Theater
Jun 11 -- Glasgow, Scotland @ Barrowland Ballroom
Jun 14 -- Bergen, Norway @ Bergenfest
Jul 06 -- Novi Sad, Serbia @ Exit Festival
Jul 09 -- Liege, Belgium @ Les Ardentes
Jul 13 -- Benicassim, Spain @ Benicassim Festival
Jul 21 -- Turku, Finland @ Tall Ships Festival
Jul 22 -- Paris, France @ Lollapalooza Paris
Aug 03 -- Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Aug 04 -- Montreal, QC @ Osheaga
Aug 08 -- Jakarta, Indonesia @ Taman Impian
Aug 10 -- Beijing, China @ Olympic Sports Arena
Aug 12 -- Shenzhen, China @ Shenzhen Bay
Aug 14 -- Manila, Phillipines @ Mall of Asia Arena
Aug 18 -- Tokyo, Japan @ Sonic Mania
Aug 20 -- Osaka, Japan @ Summersonic 2017
Aug 22 -- Seoul, Korea @ Jamsil Sports Complex
Aug 25 -- Reading, England @ Reading/Leeds Festival
Aug 30 -- Treviso, Italy @ Home Festival

Published May 26th, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Liam Gallagher is set to make the big announcement about his debut solo album tomorrow. He's previously said on twitter that the new album is titled As You Were and the debut single is titled "Not For Sale." iTunes has a listing for a Liam Gallagher song titled "Wall of Glass" that goes on sale on June 2nd, so it's possible that 1) "Wall of Glass" isn't the first single, 2) he changed his mind, and/or 3) he's been f-ing with everyone regarding the titles.

In any event, he'll be making an announcement tomorrow. He also appears as the cover boy on the new issue of NME which hits streets in the U.K. tomorrow.

UPDATE (5/26): Gallagher announced a benefit gig in Manchester & shared a snippet of "Wall of Glass." Read the full update here.

UPDATE (5/29): The new single officially premieres on Wednesday, May 30th at 2:30 PM ET on the BBC.

Meanwhile brother Noel Gallagher will be releasing a new solo album later this year. He's previously said in interviews that album will be released in November.

Published May 25th, 2017

Dinosaur Jr have been immortalized with a set of their very own emojis. The emoji and sticker set features band members J Mascis, Lou Barlow, & Murph (in different emotional states of course!) plus band logos, eye goggles from the "Freak Scene" video, guitars, amps, pedals, and more. The emojis were created by Emoji Fame and cost 1.99 to download. Head here to grab yours.

Dinosaur Jr -- U.S. tour

Aug 03 -- Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon 2017
Sep 15 -- Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest (playing You're Living All Over Me in full)
Sep 27 -- Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
Sep 28 -- Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Sep 29 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sep 30 -- Ithaca, NY @ State Theater
Oct 02 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 03 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 04 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Oct 05 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Oct 08 -- Richmond, VA @ The National
Oct 10 -- Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Oct 11 -- Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
Oct 12 -- Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Oct 13 -- Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
Oct 14 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Oct 16 -- Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Oct 17 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
Oct 18 -- Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Oct 20 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Oct 21 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Oct 24 -- Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre
Oct 26 -- St. Paul, MN @ The Palace Theatre
Oct 27 -- Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow
Oct 28 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewing Co.
Oct 29 -- Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre

Published May 25th, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins formed a new project titled Poptone and have been performing classics from their ex-bands Tones on Tail, Love & Rockets, and Bauhaus. The band played a few one-off shows in Los Angeles last month, but now they're gearing up to take the show on the road in North America. Sadly there's currently no Detroit area date, however if you'd like to see Poptone live, be sure to take a look at the tour itinerary below and prepare your roadtrip.

Poptone -- North American tour

May 30 -- Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
May 31 -- Fresno, CA @ Strummer's
Jun 02 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
Jun 03 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Jun 04 -- Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw
Jun 06 -- Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Jun 07 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Jun 21 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Jun 22 -- Englewood,CO @ Gothic Theatre
Jun 23 -- Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
Jun 25 -- Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theatre
Jul 06 -- St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Jul 08 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
Jul 09 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Aug 03 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
​Aug 04 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
​Aug 05 -- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
​Aug 08 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
​Aug 11 -- Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

Published May 24th, 2017

U2 are on the road celebrating the 30th anniversary of the seminal album The Joshua Tree. The band stopped by Jimmy Kimmel last night for an interview and live performance. The band performed an emotional version of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" backed by a gospel choir, plus debuted a song from their forthcoming album Songs of Experience titled "The Little Things That You Give Away." Watch the performances and interview clips below.

The 30th anniversary reissue of The Joshua Tree will be released on June 2nd. Several editions be released, including a 7 LP Super Deluxe Box Set, 4 CD Super Deluxe Set, and 2 CD Deluxe set. The expanded versions include live material recorded during The Joshua Tree tour in 1987, b-sides/outtakes from the original singles, and brand new remixes by Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, Steve Lillywhite, Flood, and more. View all the options and pre-order from the U2 store.

The Joshua Tree -- 30th anniversary tour

May 24 -- Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
May 26 -- Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium
Jun 03 -- Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
Jun 04 -- Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
Jun 07 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
Jun 08 -- Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
Jun 11 -- Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
Jun 14 -- Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium
Jun 18 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
Jun 20 -- Washington, DC @ FedEx Field
Jun 23 -- Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
Jun 25 -- Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium
Jun 28 -- East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
Jun 29 -- East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
Jul 01 -- Cleveland, OH @ First Energy

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

KMFDM debuted a badass new single today titled "Hell Yeah." The track is featured on the band's new five song EP titled Yeah!, which arrives on June 23rd. If that's simply not enough KMFDM for you, you're in luck because a full length studio album is in the works and slated for an August release (date and titled still to be announced).

Watch the official lyric video for "Hell Yeah" below and pre-order the Yeah! EP through iTunes or Amazon. The tracklisting for the release is posted below. For more on KMFDM, catch up with them on Facebook.

YEAH! Tracklisting

1. Hell Yeah
2. Freak Flag (edit)
3. Hell Yeah (Lord of the Lost version)
4. Attak 2017 (KMFDM remix)
5. Hell Yeah (edit)

Published May 23rd, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The The released a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day titled "We Can't Stop What's Coming." The new single was recorded live during Johnson's Radio Cineola broadcast last May (May 2016), as a tribute to Johnson's brother Andrew, who passed away in January of last year (the cover art for the single features drawings found in Andrew's sketchbook). "We Can't Stop What's Coming" is included in the new The The documentary The Inertia Variations and is also slated to be released as part of a larger multi-media project Johnson is working on.

Though Johnson initially told the BBC that he had no plans to release the single digitally, but he has since changed his mind after seeing copies the single being flipped on ebay for ridiculous amounts of money. He wanted to give true fans the opportunity to hear and enjoy "We Can't Stop What's Coming" without being taken advantage of, so the single is now available digitally on iTunes.

Watch the official video for "We Can't Stop What's Coming," which features footage of Andrew (as well as Matt) Johnson and serves as a beautiful and heartfelt tribute.

"We Can't Stop What's Coming" is the third song Johnson has written for a family member. "Love Is Stronger Than Death" was written for Johnson's brother Eugene, and "Phantom Walls" was written as a tribute to his mother.

Published May 21st, 2017

Presenting a new episode of the online Time Warp classic alternative music show. Classic Alternative - Episode 7: Shattered features music from Chris Cornell's distinguished career as well as classics from Mazzy Star, Cocteau Twins, David Bowie, Pixies, The The, The Dandy Warhols, and more. Stream below or over on Mixcloud.

If you missed the Chris Cornell tribute show I posted on Thursday, it too is available to stream on Mixcloud or down below.

I would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported this online show over the last two months. Thank you for streaming and helping spread the word. It means everything to me.

Published May 21st, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Heartbreaking and stunning news: Chris Cornell died in Detroit last night. Soundgarden was in town last night and performed a show -- what would be their last show -- at the Fox Theatre. Afterwards details are still developing, but Cornell was later found dead in his hotel room at the MGM Grand. Suicide is the suspected cause of death. An investigation is ongoing. Cornell was 52 years old.

Cornell was and will always be a legend. Cornell's music -- Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave, not to mention his solo recordings -- influenced and impacted generations. His voice and glorious music will truly live forever.

R.I.P. Mr. Cornell. Thank you for the music and memories. You are loved and will be missed dearly.

I posted a few things in memory of Cornell, including an hour long radio tribute, along with a Cornell Spotify playlist. Additionally some video from Soundgarden's final show is also posted below along with last night's setlist.

Stream some of Cornell's finest moments on this Spotify playlist.

Update: Watch the final Soundgarden show at the Fox Theatre shot by The World Gone Crazy. If you prefer, you can also watch individual songs shot by VideoGremmie and Uncle Sam - Alive In Detroit

Soundgarden -- Setlist 5/17/17

Ugly Truth
Hunted Down
Non-State Actor
Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Black Hole Sun
By Crooked Steps
The Day I Tried to Live
My Wave
Been Away Too Long
Fell on Black Days
A Thousand Days Before
Burden in My Hand
Blow Up the Outside World
Jesus Christ Pose
Rusty Cage
Slaves & Bulldozers

Ian Curtis died on this day in 1980. Though Ian is gone, his music and memory -- not to mention his impact on music and culture -- will never be forgotten. Keep Ian in your thoughts today and enjoy some music and discussion about Ian Curtis and Joy Division.

The following videos are taken from Joy Division: Interviews, and include discussion from the band's inner circle -- key players like Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Anton Corbijn, Annik Honore, and others close to Curtis and the Joy Division family.

Video #1: Joy Division/New Order drummer Stephen Morris explains why the band didn't do interviews, and how they repositioned themselves into New Order after the death of Ian Curtis.

Video #2: Ex-manager Terry Mason talks about being asked about Ian Curtis' death and discusses early Joy Division shows.

Video #3: Bernard Sumner talks about synthesizers and how Ian Curtis introduced him to the music of Kraftwerk. Anton Corbijn reveals Unknown Pleasures inspired him to leave Holland.

Video #4: Bernard Sumner discusses some of his experience with auditioning drummers, and Tony Wilson talks about the Hacienda.

Video #5: Bernard Sumner discusses the meaning of "The Eternal," plus some Joy Division touring stories

Video #6: Peter Saville on Joy Division imagery, the design of Joy Division's cover art, plus the addition of Gillian Gilbert after the death of Ian Curtis

Video #7: Peter Hook talks about Ian Curtis' epilepsy and how the band members never questioned the idea of continuing after Curtis' death.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wire released their driving and brilliant new 15th studio album Silver/Lead earlier this year and played a handful of U.S. dates on the west coast to celebrate the release. Today they announced they'll return to North America in the autumn for dates in the midwest and east coast. Don't miss the post-punk titans at El Club in Detroit on September 17th. Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon.

Wire -- North American tour

Sep 16 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sep 17 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Sep 18 -- Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
Sep 19 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Sep 20 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Sep 21 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Sep 22 -- Portland, ME @ Space
Sep 23 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Sep 25 -- Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Sep 26 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sep 28 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
Sep 29 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
Sep 30 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right

Published May 17th, 2017

The Jesus & Mary Chain appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night in support of their new album Damage & Joy. The legendary band enlisted the help of Sky Ferreira for the performance of "The Two Of Us." Though the singer/actress doesn't guest on the studio version of the song -- the vocals are handled by Isobel Campbell on the album -- Ferreira appears on another Damage & Joy track "Black & Blues" (and she also appears on Primal Scream's latest album Chaosmosis).

Watch the performance below:

The Jesus & Mary Chain -- North American tour

May 19 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 20 -- Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theatre
May 22 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
May 23 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
May 25 -- Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre

Published May 17th, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A 4K restoration of Sid & Nancy will be released August 22nd by Criterion Collection. Directed by Alex Cox, the cult classic tells the story of Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious & his doomed tumultuous relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The sex and drugs and punk rock biopic stars Gary Oldman as Sid and Chloe Webb as Nancy (Courtney Love famously has a minor role as Spungen's friend Gretchen). The Sid & Nancy soundtrack is also legendary -- it includes the alternative staple "Love Kills" by Joe Strummer, along with classic tracks from The Pogues, Circle Jerks, and Oldman's version of "My Way" which all too often gets mistaken for Vicious' original by unsuspecting ears.

The restored edition of Sid & Nancy will be available as a 2DVD set or as a 1 disc Blu-ray. The director-approved special edition Blu-ray will feature a ton of exciting bonus material: the uncompressed stereo soundtrack, alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, two audio commentaries (including commentary from the filmmakers, cultural historians, actors, etc), archival footage and interviews including a rare telephone interview with Vicious, a 1987 documentary on the making of Sid & Nancy, and more. Read more about the release and pre-order here. Via Pitchfork.

Published May 16th, 2017

Sparks debuted another song off their forthcoming studio album Hippopotamus. The new track is called "What The Hell Is It This Time," which according to Ron Mael is "an often uttered phrase when people listen to a new Sparks song." As you would imagine, the song is super excellent quirky fun that only the Mael Brothers can expertly provide. Stream the official video for the song below.

Sparks release Hippopotamus September 8th on CD, 2 LP, 2 LP picture disc, limited edition cassette, and digital album download. Several bundles are available as well. View all the pre-order options here.

Published May 16th, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mazzy Star drummer Keith Mitchell has died. The band broke the news in a tribute posted on their Facebook page:

"Our hearts are broken. We have lost the much beloved Keith Mitchell, a very talented and amazing drummer that we have had the privilege to work with for many years, he will live in all of our hearts forever... We'll miss you Big Fella."

Mitchell was an original member of Opal, the early incarnation of Mazzy Star. He played on all of Opal's releases and later all of Mazzy Star's studio albums including their most recent album Seasons of Your Day, which was released in 2013. No further info on Mitchell's death has been announced.

Published May 15th, 2017

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart return with a new studio album The Echo Of Pleasure on July 14th. The New York indie band announced the news today and shared the album's first single "Anymore," which is available to stream below.

The Echo Of Pleasure features nine songs and is available to pre-order on CD, standard black vinyl, limited edition gold vinyl, limited edition cassette, and digital album download.  Check out the options here.

Don't miss The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on the road in North America ahead of the record's release. The Detroit show is June 20th at El Club. View the full itinerary below.

North American tour

Jun 08 -- Hamden, CT @ The Outer Space
Jun 17 -- Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Jun 19 -- Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Jun 20 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Jun 23 -- Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Jun 24 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall + Schubas
Jun 25 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
Jun 27 -- Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
Jun 30 -- Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Jul 01 -- Washington, DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel
Jul 02 -- Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live

Published May 15th, 2017

The Jesus & Mary Chain are in the midst of their North American tour in support of their new album Damage and Joy. Tomorrow the legendary band is set to appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The Jesus & Mary Chain rarely do television gigs, so take full advantage of the situation and tune in! 

UPDATE (5/17):

The Jesus & Mary Chain performed "The Two Of Us" along with Sky Ferreira last night. Though Ferreira doesn't sing on the studio version of "The Two Of Us" (Isobel Campbell handles the vocals on the album) the singer/actress appears on another track on Damage & Joy titled "Black & Blues."

Watch the performance below:

The Jesus & Mary Chain -- North American tour

May 19 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 20 -- Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theatre
May 22 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
May 23 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
May 25 -- Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre

Published May 15th, 2017

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark announced the release of a new album titled The Punishment of Luxury. The 12 track album will be released on September 1st and is available to pre-order on seven formats: CD, CD/DVD, standard LP, limited yellow vinyl LP, cassette, digital album download, deluxe set with book.

OMD also announced details for a tour in support of the album. So far they've only announced dates overseas, however they will be announcing U.S. dates later this year. The U.S. leg will take place in early 2018.

Watch the animated video for their new song "La Mitrailleuse" below:

The Punishment of Luxury tracklist

01. The Punishment of Luxury
02. Isotype
03. Robot Man
04. What Have We Done
05. Precision & Decay
06. As We Open, So We Close
07. Art Eats Art
08. Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang
09. One More Time
10. La Mitrailleuse
11. Ghost Star
12. The View From Here

Published May 15th, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday means it's time to rock it old school with my online Time Warp radio show. Sure, it's technically not on the radio, but I'm still here hosting and playing several solid hours of classic alternative gems.

Today's episode Classic Alternative - Episode 6: Disasterpiece features music from Joy Division, The Clash, The Stooges, David Bowie, Soundgarden, Jane's Addiction, Catherine Wheel, and Gary Numan. Plus you'll also hear the brand NEW 7" single "We Can't Stop What's Coming" from The The.

Stream Classic Alternative - Episode 6: Disasterpiece below or over on Mixcloud. If you missed out on any of the previous episodes, stream away right here.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher are reportedly working on a potential song for the new James Bond film. Weller revealed in a recent BBC interview that he's interested in doing a Bond theme and he's got some ideas that he's been working on. He told the BBC he has "half a song that me and Noel Gallagher worked on and I think it would be great for a Bond theme. There’s a bit of minor key going on. That would be an ambition definitely."

No announcements have been made about the new Bond film. Keep in mind that even if Weller and Gallagher were commissioned to write a theme there's no guarantee their collaboration would be accepted for the film. Just ask Radiohead -- the Oxford band famously wrote a lush and haunting track titled "Spectre" for the last Bond film, but it was rejected by producers who opted for a mainstream and cheesy Sam Smith song instead.

Paul Weller releases his new album A Kind Revolution tomorrow and heads to North America this autumn. Tickets for all the shows go on sale tomorrow.

Paul Weller -- North American tour

Oct 01 -- Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Oct 02 -- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Oct 03 -- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
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 May 11th, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Depeche Mode have been letting a different fan "take over" their Facebook page each day to post tributes and share stories. Today professional skater Tony Hawk was honored with the opportunity to take over the page and he did Depeche Mode proud. He not only showered them with high praise, revealing Black Celebration is his "favorite album from top to bottom," but he allowed his friend Trent Reznor to wax poetic. Trent took the ball and ran with it, revealing he was inspired to begin writing Pretty Hate Machine after seeing Depeche Mode on the Black Celebration tour in 1986.

Reznor's glowing tribute is yet another brilliant example of legendary bands inspiring and influencing other artists to go forth and be awesome. Read his posting in full below:

"It was the summer of ’86. I’d dropped out of college and was living in Cleveland trying to find my way in the local music scene. I knew where I wanted to go with my life but I didn’t know how to get there. A group of friends and I drove down to Blossom Music Center amphitheater to see the Black Celebration tour. DM was one of our favorite bands and the Black Celebration record took my love for them to a new level.

I’ve thought about that night a lot over the years. It was a perfect summer night and I was in exactly the right place I was supposed to be. The music, the energy, the audience, the connection… it was spiritual and truly magic. I left that show grateful, humbled, energized, focused, and in awe of how powerful and transformative music can be… and I started writing what would eventually become Pretty Hate Machine.

Many times, particularly when we’re playing an amphitheater, I’ll think of that show while I’m onstage and hope someone in the audience is in the midst of a perfect summer night feeling how DM made me feel so many years ago."

Hawk also posted tributes to Depeche Mode written by Cold Cave mastermind Wesley Eisold and artist Inocente.

Depeche Mode -- North American tour

Aug 23 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Aug 25 -- Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Aug 27 -- Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 30 -- Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep 01 -- Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Sep 03 -- Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Sep 05 -- Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
Sep 07 -- Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Sep 09 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Sep 11 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Sep 13 -- Tampa, FL @ Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sep 15 -- Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
Sep 18 -- Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
Sep 20 -- Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheatre
Sep 22 -- Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
Sep 24 -- Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sep 27 -- Phoenix, AZ 2 AK-Chin Pavilion
Sep 30 -- Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Oct 02 -- Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara County Bowl
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 May 10th, 2017

Blondie appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to play a song off their new album, Pollinator. Check out the performance of "Long Time" below:

Pollinator was released last week and features the legendary Johnny Marr on the song "My Monster." Check it out below:

Published May 10th, 2017

Erasure unleashed another track from their new studio album World Be Gone. "Still It's Not Over" is a beautifully layered reflective song about equal rights. Stream it below along with Erasure's previously issued single "Love You To The Sky."

World Be Gone, the band's 17th studio album arrives May 19th and is available to pre-order on a variety of formats from Erasure's official store. Fans may also be interested in the Love You To The Sky maxi CD/digital EP which arrives June 2nd and features remixes of the single from Vince Clarke, Ladytron, and others along with one b-side titled "Nothing I Could Say."

Published May 10th, 2017

Social Distortion announced details for a summer tour of the U.S. The 30 date tour bypasses Detroit, but if you're interested in a road trip check out the tour itinerary below. Tickets for all the dates go on sale this Friday, May 12th.

Social Distortion -- U.S. tour

Jul 22 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Jul 25 -- Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
Jul 26 -- St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Jul 28 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside
Jul 29 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
Jul 30 -- Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Aug 01 -- Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
Aug 03 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Aug 04 -- Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Aug 05 -- Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Aug 08 -- Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
Aug 09 -- New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
Aug 11 -- Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Aug 12 -- Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Aug 13 -- Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Aug 15 -- Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
Aug 18 -- Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
Aug 19 -- Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Aug 20 -- Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
Aug 22 -- Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
Aug 23 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Aug 25 -- Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
Aug 26 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Aug 27 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
Aug 30 -- New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
Sep 01 -- Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
Sep 02 -- San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
Sep 05 -- El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
Sep 06 -- Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Sep 08 -- Dana Point, CA @ The Ohana Fest

Published May 10th, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross announced that they're "playing" at Banksy's Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem "over the next several weeks." The Oscar winning songwriting duo won't actually be performing themselves, rather they created arrangements of new and old material for the hotel's piano player to perform in the lounge each night at 8PM. Today they shared one of the new compositions titled "Green Lines" which is available to stream below. Learn more about the Walled Off Hotel here.

Nine Inch Nails released a five song EP Not The Actual Events in December and they'll head out on the road in support of the release later this year. So far three dates have been announced.

Nine Inch Nails -- tour

Jul 23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
Jul 30 -- New York, NY @ Panorama
Sep 15 -- Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

Published May 9th, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

The legendary Paul Weller is set to follow the release of Jawbone with a proper studio album titled A Kind Revolution this Friday. Today Weller announced details for a North American tour in support of the album. Don't miss the sweet soulful sounds of the Modfather at St. Andrew's Hall on October 11th. The general onsale for tickets is Friday, May 12th and the first pre-sale kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday, May 9th) at 10am.

A Kind Revolution features 10 songs including a unique "housey" duet with Boy George titled "One Tear." The album is available to pre-order on CD, special edition three-CD set, 12-inch vinyl LP, and limited edition deluxe 10-inch vinyl box set (special edition includes instrumentals, alternate versions and remixes) through Weller's webstore.

Weller's creative streak continues to burn bright and shows no signs of stopping -- he's already begun work on his NEXT album, which he hopes to have out in 2018 to coincide with his 60th birthday.

Paul Weller -- North American tour

Oct 01 -- Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Oct 02 -- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Oct 03 -- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
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 May 8th, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

On November 19th, 1981 New Order performed a gig at Ukrainian National Home in New York. The show was captured live by Michael Shamberg and was later released by Factory as New Order's first video release, Taras Shevchenko. As Peter Hook remembers in his memoir Substance: Inside New Order:

"It was the last gig on that US tour and recorded at a Ukraine National Home, not a normal gig venue...it wasn't a great gig. I remember the hall being so big and noisy; it ruined everything. It was quite a restrained performance..."

Peter Hook may not think it was a great gig, but New Order fans worldwide beg to differ. This is a truly amazing (yes, raw, but amazing) video of a band that was still developing both in the studio and on stage (not to mention still reeling from the loss of Ian Curtis).

This show took place the day New Order released their debut full length album Movement, and includes cuts off the album as well as their previously issued singles "Ceremony" and "Procession" along with their (at the time) soon to be issued single "Everything's Gone Green." One of the true highlights is the raw version of "Temptation," which at that point had made its live debut only two months earlier and was still a work in progress ("Temptation" would not be released until 1982).

Watch the glorious concert below (the audio portion in the video was remastered by RK Music Produktion)

01. 00:00 Chosen Time
02. 04:05 Dreams never end
03. 07:20 Everything's Gone Green
04. 12:35 Truth
05. 17:15 Senses
06. 21:50 Procession
07. 25:50 Ceremony
08. 30:35 Denial
09. 35:30 Temptation

Published May 7th, 2017

Welcome to Sunday and a brand new episode -- Episode 5 -- of the online version of Time Warp featuring classic alternative music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Today's episode includess music from Nine Inch Nails, Television, Inspiral Carpets, Talking Heads, Bauhaus, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr, and more.

Stream Classic Alternative - Episode 5: File/Fillet below or over at Mixcloud.

If you've missed out on the previous episodes of my show, find them all here and stream away!

Meanwhile, there's an ADDITIONAL unhosted three hours of classic alternative music to stream over on Spotify. This week's playlist features music from My Bloody Valentine, Prodigy, Pearl Jam, Sparks, The Clash and more. Stream here.

Published May 7th, 2017

Buffalo Tom are releasing a 25th anniversary edition of Let Me Come Over. The expanded double album includes the original material from 1992 along with a live concert the band performed at the University of London Union prior to the record's release. The tracklist varies slightly depending on the format: the double LP version includes the original album (12 tracks) plus 10 songs from the concert, while the 2CD and digital album download contain the full concert (17 songs), plus one extra track "Crutch" not included previously on Let Me Come Over. All formats of the 25th anniversary release arrive May 19th and are available to pre-order here.

Additionally Newbury Comics is releasing an exclusive colored vinyl edition of Let Me Come Over pressed on red and yellow split vinyl which is available to purchase here.

As previously reported, Buffalo Tom are busy working on their 9th studio album which is expected out in the autumn through Pledge Music.

Buffalo Tom - Let Me Come Over 2CD/digital album tracklisting

CD 1 - Let Me Come Over

01. Staples
02. Taillights Fade
03. Mountains Of Your Head
04. Mineral
05. Darl
06. Larry
07. Velvet Roof
08. I’m Not There
09. Stymied
10. Porchlight
11. Frozen Lake
12. Saving Grace
13. Crutch *cd/digital bonus track

CD 2 - Live From London, ULU 1992

14. Birdbrain
15. Staples
16. Taillights Fade
17. Impossible
18. Enemy
19. Larry
20. Velvet Roof
21. Fortune Teller
22. Sally Brown
23. The Bus
24. The Crawl
25. Mineral
26. Sunflower Suit
27. I’m Not There
28. Bleeding Heart
29. Skeleton Key
30. Reason Why

Published May 7th, 2017

Inspiral Carpets drummer Craig Gill died last November, and recently an inquest into his death took place in Manchester. The Guardian reported that at the inquest Gill's wife, Rose Marie, revealed that her husband had been suffering from tinnitus and took his own life. She went on to explain that his tinnitus was so unbearable he felt there was no cure. He also suffered from sleep deprivation and anxiety due to the tinnitus, but was unable to reach out for help.

Inspiral Carpets members Graham Lambert, Stephen Holt and Clint Boon attended the inquest and during the proceedings Boon read a prepared statement:

"We will always remember Craig for his great sense of humour, his passion for music, his incredible skills as a musician and his devotion to his family.

Craig was a friend, a loyal son and brother, philosophical father and important member of our gang. We feel extremely privileged to have spent the last 30 years making music with him."

Gill's death was recorded as hanging and the inquest returned an open conclusion. Read the full report over at The Guardian

View the full statement from Inspiral Carpets here.

A photo posted by Graham Lambert (@inspiralgraham) on

Published May 7th, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Detroit synth-art duo ADULT. released their new album Detroit House Guests last month. The album features appearances by several notable musicians including Nitzer Ebb's Douglas McCarthy, who guests on two tracks on the album. Today ADULT. premiered the official video for "We Are A Mirror" which features the incredibly suave McCarthy. Check it out below:

ADULT. are currently on the road in support of Detroit House Guests and will be playing two events in Detroit in May. They'll play a Movement after party May 26th at Marble Bar, and they were just added to Movement's RBMA Stage on May 28th. More details on that are posted here.

ADULT. North American tour

May 05 -- Dallas, TX @ Three Links
May 06 -- Tulsa, OK @ Tulsa Overground
May 10 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
May 11 -- Washington, DC @ DC9
May 13 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
May 17 -- Allston, MA @ Great Scott
May 19 -- Montreal, QC @ NewSpeak
May 20 -- Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
May 26 -- Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
May 28 -- Detroit, MI @ Movement
Jun 01 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Jun 03 -- Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Jun 07 -- San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Jun 08 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Jun 09 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Jun 10 -- Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
Jun 15 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Jun 17 -- Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

Published May 4th, 2017