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Friday, June 30, 2017

Liam Gallagher premiered "Chinatown," the second song from his forthcoming album As You Were. The song is available as a digital single on iTunes and Amazon, plus it's available on streaming services. Stream and view the tracklisting to As You Were below along with his recent Glastonbury performance of "Don't Look Back In Anger."

Pre-order As You Were from iTunes, Amazon, and Gallagher's store.

01. Wall Of Glass
02. Bold
03. Greedy Soul
04. Paper Crown
05. For What It's Worth
06. When I'm In Need
07. You Better Run
08. I Get By
09. Chinatown
10. Come Back To Me
11. Universal Gleam
12. I've All I Need

Liam Gallagher -- North American tour

Aug 03 -- Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Nov 13 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
Nov 18 -- Denver, CO @ Gothic
Nov 20 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov 21 -- Chicago, IL @ The Riviera
Nov 23 -- Toronto, ON @ Rebel
Nov 25 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Nov 27 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Nov 29 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Nov 30 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Published June 30th, 2017

The Morrissey biopic England Is Mine is set to premiere July 2nd as part of the Edinburgh Film Festival. The film is set in the 1970s and tells the story of Morrissey's early days, ambition, and struggle which famously led to him becoming one of the most iconic musicians of all time. The film was directed by Mark Gill and stars Jack Lowden as Morrissey.

Morrissey did not participate in the unauthorized biopic and previously revealed:

"I know nothing about it. I wasn’t consulted, so they obviously didn’t want my clarity to muddle up their perspective of how things were, or are, or should be."

The film opens in the U.K. on August 4th. A North American premiere has not yet been announced. Watch the trailer below:

Published June 30th, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

New Order kicked off their series of six mega-synthed out shows at the Old Grenada Studios tonight as part of the Manchester International Festival. The extraordinary gigs feature the legendary New Order backed by a 12 person wall-of-synth ensemble from the Royal Northern College Of Music with orchestrations conducted by Joe Duddell and visuals provided by Liam Gillick.

According to fans in attendance, tonight's show was nothing less than stunning. The synth players were set up behind the band in a wall of individual cubes, almost Hollywood Squares-style. The drool-worthy set list was phenomenal -- they dusted off Technique's "Dream Attack," and "Vanishing Point," and WOW, even "All Day Long" from Brotherhood!  Other highlights: "Elegia," "Your Silent Face," "Subculture," and a pair of Joy Division songs. 

View some fan-filmed snippets, pictures, and the full set list are available to view below. Post will be updated with more video when available.


Published June 29th, 2017

The Telescopes are back with a new album titled As Light Return July 7th. The album is the band's first since 2015's Hidden Fields, and their ninth album overall. The fuzz-noise/shoegazers say they're focused and in a comfortable creative place now, which wasn't quite the case in the 90s according to leader Stephen Lawrie:

"I found myself in a position in the early 90s where the main concern everyone around me had was whether or not the next song I wrote was a hit. Looking back now it’s obvious The Telescopes were never going to be that kind of a deal, but at the time it was a severe distraction that took a long while to shake off. I have learned more about keeping sight of the things that inspired me to create in the first place and not to compromise them in any way."

Stream the new single "You Can't Reach What You Hunger" off of As Light Return below. The album arrives July 14th in North America and is available to pre-order here.

For more on The Telescopes visit them on Facebook.

Published June 29th, 2017

Ministry announced the release of a new studio album titled Amerikkkant. The band's 14th studio album will feature guests DJ Swamp (Beck), Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory), Arabian Prince (NWA), and Lord of the Cello. The official release date has not been announced, but according to Ministry it will be out this fall (vinyl format will be released early 2018) with a new single on the way shortly (Ministry debuted the live version of the new song "Antifa" at recent live shows which may or may not turn out to be the album's first single).

Al Jourgensen launched a campaign for Amerikkkant through Pledge Music and there are several pre-order options/pledging exclusives available. Many of the exclusives are relatively standard for music campaigns (signed merchandise, pledgers name listed in the album credits, test pressings, etc), but there are also several intriguing exclusives for Ministry fans. For instance:

For $250 Al Jourgensen will play Happy Birthday on harmonica and record a special message for the birthday recipient! Here's a picture of Al's harmonica, btw:

For $10,000 Uncle Al will remix one of your songs:

"Send your song to Al, and he will put the apply his years of studio wisdom to the mix and add finishing touches to give it that Ministry sound."

And for $300 Al will personally handwrite out the lyrics to a Ministry song of your choice. BUT, be warned -- as you might have guessed, he isn't willing to write lyrics to certain songs for ANY price:

"A song of your choice written out by hand! Note Songs from “With Sympathy” are not eligible."

View all of the pledging options here.

Ministry have a handful of live dates planned for later this year. Their tour will include a stop in Chicago for day 1 of Riot Fest. The September 15th date is headlined by Nine Inch Nails and include sets from New Order, Buzzcocks, X, The Cribs, and Death From Above. Get details and tickets here.

Published June 29th, 2017

Curve, the U.K. shoegaze band that paved the way for many electro/alt bands, most notably Garbage, will reissue their first two albums as individual expanded 2CD sets and standard vinyl reissues. The Doppelgänger reissue includes original album material, singles, rarities, and newly remastered material from Curve's 3 EPs released prior to Doppelgänger (compiled previously on Pubic Fruit). The expanded Cuckoo set includes original album material, singles, remixes, and rarities. The releases arrive August 25th in the U.K/Europe and September 1st in North America.

Pre-orders are open now. FYI: 3 Loop Music is offering an exclusive print signed by Dean Garcia and Toni Halliday to the first 200 preorders.

View the tracklistings for the 2CD expanded edition of Doppelgänger and Cuckoo below.

Doppelgänger 2 CD set:

Disc 1:

01. Already Yours
02. Horror Head
03. Wish You Dead
04. Doppelgänger
05. Lillies Dying
06. Ice That Melts The Tips
07. Split Into Fractions
08. Think And Act
09. Fait Accompli
10. Sandpit
11. Fait Accompli (single version)
12. Arms Out
13. Sigh
14. Fait Accompli (extended)
15. Horror Head (single remix)
16. Falling Free
17. Mission From God
18. Today Is Not The Day

Disc 2

01. Ten Little Girls
02. I Speak Your Every Word
03. Blindfolded
04. No Escape From Heaven
05. Coast Is Clear
06. The Colour Hurts
07. Frozen
08. Zoo
09. Clipped
10. Die Like A Dog
11. Galaxy
12. Cherry
13. Falling Free (Aphex Twin remix)
14. Coast Is Clear (live, Manchester 1991)
15. Die Like A Dog (live, London 1991)
16. I Feel Love

Cuckoo 2 CD reissue

Disc 1:

01. Missing Link
02. Crystal
03. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
04. All Of One
05. Unreadable Communication
06. Turkey Crossing
07. Superblaster
08. Left Of Mother
09. Sweetest Pie
10. Cuckoo

Disc 2:

01. Missing Link (single version)
02. On The Wheel
03. Triumph
04. Superblaster (remix)
05. Low And Behold
06. Nothing Without Me
07. Missing Link (Screaming Bird mix)
08. Rising (Headspace mix)
09. Half The Time (Honey Tongue mix)
10. Rising (original version)
11. Half The Time (original version)

June 29th, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Iggy Pop and Nick Cave teamed up for PETA's latest campaign "be the person your dog thinks you are." The (mostly) animated video depicts what a very special dog thinks about when it dreams, and stars Iggy and is soundtracked by Cave's song "Breathless." Props to director Robert Sebree and his team for the fantastic attention to detail -- so many excellent moments here. Watch below via Consequence Of Sound. Find out more about PETA's campaign here.

Published June 28th, 2017
Guitarist Dave Rosser who played with Afghan Whigs, The Gutter Twins, and Twilight Singers has died at the age of 50 from colon cancer. Afghan Whigs broke the news on Facebook this morning:

"It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, brother and inspiration. Dave Rosser passed away peacefully last evening surrounded by love. Thank you to all who kept him in their hearts. He is forever in ours."

Last year Afghan Whigs performed two benefit shows to help with Rosser's medical bills. Despite his declining health, Rosser contributed and played on the band's new album In Spades.


Published June 28th, 2017

A five disc box set collecting dark alternative greats from Joy Division, The Cure, Bauhaus, Dead Can Dance, The Sisters Of Mercy, The Chameleons, Southern Death Cult, Fields Of The Nephilim, The Damned, The Birthday Party, Public Image Ltd, The Legendary Pink Dots, and so many more is set for release on June 30th. Silhouettes & Statues: A Gothic Revolution 1978 - 1986 is an exquisite excursion into the enchanting world of darkness. The album is available as an import through Cherry Red here, or pre-order through Amazon (U.S. release July 7th). View the tracklisting below.

Disc 1:

01. Joy Division -- Shadowplay
02. The Birthday Party -- Release The Bats
03. Rema-Rema -- Rema-Rema
04. Paranoia -- Shattered Glass
05. Section 25 -- Charnel Ground
06. The Sisters Of Mercy -- Floorshow
07. Clock DVA -- The Female Mirror
08. UK Decay -- The Black Cat
09. Alien Sex Fiend -- Dead And Re-Buried
10. Love And Rockets -- Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
11. The Associates -- Q Quarters
12. In Excelsis -- Carnival Of The Gullible
13. Nevilluxury -- Feels Like Dancing Wartime
14. Flesh For Lulu -- Vaguely Human
15. The March Violets -- Crow Baby
16. All About Eve -- D For Desire
17. Folk Devils -- Beautiful Monster

Disc 2:

01. Public Image Ltd -- Flowers Of Romance
02. Danielle Dax -- Bed Caves
03. Southern Death Cult -- Moya
04. 1919 -- Caged
05. The Cure -- The Hanging Garden
06. S-Haters -- Solitary Habit
07. Dead Can Dance -- The Arcane
08. Years On Earth -- Saving Face
09. In The Nursery -- Breach Birth
10. Play Dead -- The Tenant
11. Part 1 -- Ghost
12. 13th Chime -- Cuts Of Love
13. The Tempest -- Ice Cold In
14. Screaming Dead -- Night Creatures
15. Bushido -- Among The Ruins
16. Portion Control -- Friends
17. Actifed -- Creation

Disc 3:

01. Adam & The Ants -- Tabletalk
02. Balaam & The Angel -- The Darklands
03. The Legendary Pink Dots -- Love Puppets
04. Artery -- Into The Garden
05. Salvation -- Girlsoul
06. The Chameleons -- In Shreds
07. Schleimer K -- Fugitive Kind
08. The Bolshoi -- By The River
09. Gene Loves Jezebel -- Screaming (For Emmalene)
10. Lowlife -- Gallery Of Shame
11. And Also The Trees -- Out Of The Moving Life Of Circles
12. Siiiii -- Is Still
13. Tabathas Nightmare -- Heroin (live)
14. Brigandage -- Angel Of Vengeance
15. Penetration -- Stone Heroes
16. The Rose Of Avalanche -- L.A. Rain

Disc 4:

01. Furyo -- Legacy
02. The Mission -- Stay With Me
03. Nico -- Saeta
04. In Camera -- Fragments Of Fear
05. Dance Chapter -- Anonymity
06. Ausgang -- Sink Into You
07. Cocteau Twins -- In Our Angelhood
08. Sunglasses After Dark -- Morbid Silence
09. Fields Of The Nephilim -- Trees Come Down
10. Anorexic Dread -- Tracey's Burning
11. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry -- Take It All
12. Tones On Tail -- Burning Skies
13. Blood And Roses -- Spit Upon Your Grave
14. Threat -- High Cost Of Living
15. I'm Dead -- Storm Pause
16. Zero Le Creche -- Last Year's Wife

Disc 5:

01. Bauhaus -- Stigmata Martyr
02. The Wake -- Patrol
03. Specimen -- Returning From A Journey
04. Theatre Of Hate -- Original Sin
05. Attrition -- Birthrite
06. Sad Lovers And Giants -- Things We Never Did
07. The Damned -- Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hyde
08. Gloria Mundi -- The Hill
09. Dali's Car -- His Box
10. Inca Babies -- The Diseased Stranger's Waltz
11. Death Cult -- Ghost Dance
12. Modern Eon -- Euthenics
13. Ritual -- Mind Disease
14. Skeletal Family -- She Cries Alone
15. Bone Orchard -- Jack
16. Hula -- Ghost Rattle
17. Rubella Ballet -- Twister

Published June 28th, 2017

The The's new documentary The Inertia Variations is being screened this week at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and in promotion of the screenings, Matt Johnson appeared on BBC Radio 6 program Radcliffe and Maconie for a short interview. Much of the interview focused on Johnson discussing his struggles with depression and grief after the loss of two of his brothers and his mother. Johnson talked about giving up music for awhile because it felt irrelevant when there were deeper issues to tend to and certainly put life into perspective for him.

Johnson reveals that his passion for music is back and says he was heartened by the huge response to his new single "We Can't Stop What's Coming" -- The The's first new single in 15 years -- and is thankful to all the fans who reached out to him and sent letters/emails in support.

In response to being asked if he's working on a new album and if he'd consider touring again, Johnson replied that he has started working on some new songs, however due to his current focus on coordinating the release and screenings of The Inertia Variations he hasn't finished any new material yet. As for touring he was a little hesitant to say he would tour, though he considers it a possibility someday and said "never say never."

Screenings of The Inertia Variations are planned for later this year in England, however he did not mention anything about North America screenings.

Stream the interview here.

The The's single "We Can't Stop What's Coming" was repressed on white vinyl and is available here. The video for the single is posted below.

Published June 28th, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Joy Division's iconic anthem "Love Will Tear Us Apart" was released on this day in 1980. The 7" release (FAC 23) featured the single version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" backed by "These Days" and original "Love Will Tear Us Apart" recording (aka Pennine version) that Ian Curtis and Martin Hannett hated. A 12" version (FAC 23-12) with identical tracklisting, but different cover art was released later that year.

Official video/single version:

Pennine version:

Peel Session:

Nova Nova piano version ft Ian Curtis' original vocals:

Published June 27th, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Church have been busy working on a new studio album. The forthcoming record is their first since 2014's Further Deeper and their 26th studio album overall. A release date has not been announced and the album is currently untitled, however The Church premiered the first taste of the album this week ahead of their North American tour.

The new single is titled "Another Century" and it's a gorgeous slice of Church heaven. Steve Kilbey describes the track as "a romantic melodic stab of omnichord and guitars and quite unlike any past church song. The lyrics fell out of the sky very quickly and the music is dreamy and evocative of past futures."

Stream "Another Century" below and grab as a digital single here.

The Church kick off their North American tour this Wednesday at the Ark in Ann Arbor. Tickets are available here.

The Church -- North American tour

Jun 28 -- Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
Jun 29 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
Jun 30 -- Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward
Jul 01 -- Nashville, TN @ City Winery
Jul 03 -- Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Jul 04 -- Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Jul 06 -- Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
Jul 07 -- Ardmore, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall
Jul 08 -- Pawling, NY @ Daryl's House

Published June 26th, 2017

Gary Numan is set to return with his new studio album Savage in August. The album is the electronic pioneer's first new album since 2014's Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) and his 21st studio album overall. Today he announced a 22 date North American tour in support of Savage which brings him to St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit on November 30th. The general onsale is this Friday, June 30th and pre-sales kick off on June 29th. Limited meet and greet passes for the tour will be available through Numan's official store tomorrow. View the tour itinerary below:

Numan recently shot the video for his new single "My Name Is Ruin" and will be premiering the video and single shortly. In the meantime, view the pre-order options for Savage over on Pledge Music and catch up with Numan on his official website.

Gary Numan - North American tour

Nov 15 -- San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
Nov 16 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Nov 17 -- Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Nov 19 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Nov 21 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Nov 22 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune
Nov 23 -- Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre
Nov 24 -- Calgary, AL @ Commonwealth
Nov 26 -- Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
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 04 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Dec 06 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Dec 07 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Street
Dec 09 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Dec 11 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade/Heaven Stage
Dec 12 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/IN
Dec 14 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees
Dec 15 -- Houston, TX @ The Mohawk

Published June 26th, 2017

Nine Inch Nails, or shall we say The Nine Inch Nails, appeared in last night's episode of Twin Peaks and performed "She's Gone Away" at the old Roadhouse. Check it out the dark and dusky performance below.

"She's Gone Away" is taken from the band's 2016 EP Not The Actual Events. Trent Reznor recently revealed Not The Actual Events is the first release in a trilogy of EPs. The second EP is scheduled to be released prior to NIN's summer shows, though an exact release date hasn't been announced. NIN's first live show is July 23rd, so the release is imminent.

Nine Inch Nails -- tour

Jul 23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
Jul 30 -- New York, NY @ Panorama
Sep 15 -- Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
Oct 21 -- Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

Published June 26th, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Liam Gallagher played Glastonbury yesterday and though he revealed in a recent interview that he wouldn't be performing "Don't Look Back In Anger" live, he must have decided better of it. Gallagher finished off his Glastonbury set with an acoustic performance of the Oasis classic along with some help from the crowd. Watch the performance along with his new single "Wall Of Glass":

Published June 25th, 2017

It appears the Stone Roses reunion is over. The band just wrapped up a string of shows in the U.K. last night, however since the tour began rumors were swirling that Saturday night's show in Glasgow would be their swansong due to escalating tension in the band and Ian Brown's desire to rekindle his solo career. Though the band didn't confirm a split through an official announcement, at last night's show, Brown implied as much by reportedly telling the crowd "don't be sad that it's over, be happy that it happened."

The Stone Roses originally broke up in 1996 but after years of insisting they wouldn't reunite, they surprised the world by doing just that in 2011. Since reuniting they've played countless MASSIVE headline shows overseas. Though the crowd response was predictably tepid stateside (particularly at their U.S. Coachella appearances in 2013), the rest of the world recognizes the Stone Roses to be a legendary and iconic band.

Props to the Stone Roses for a wildly successful reunion and incredible career.

"I Am The Resurrection" (final song of the show, starts ~ 1 minute in, shaky video at times but full audio; Ian Brown & John Squire hug at the end)

Published June 25th, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

As reported yesterday, Liam Gallagher set an October 6th release date for his debut solo album As You Were and opened up pre-orders today. The album contains 12 tracks including the current single "Wall Of Glass," and another highly anticipated song titled "For What It's Worth" which Gallagher describes as "Oasis-y" with a "Don't Look Back In Anger" vibe. Another song from the record "China Town" will be released next Friday, June 30th.

As You Were will be available on LP (standard black and limited edition white), CD, and digital download; a deluxe edition on CD & digital download adds three extra songs (15 total). A limited edition box set with 12" vinyl, CD, bonus etched 7", art print, hardcover book, and more is also available. Check out all the options here.

Liam Gallagher also announced details for a short North American tour (he's recently said of touring "I just want to get out of the house to be completely honest"). The tour bypasses Detroit, however if you're up for a road trip check out the itinerary below. The general onsale for all shows is June 29th at 10am local time and pre-sales for all of the shows are going on now through June 28th.

Liam Gallagher -- North American tour

Aug 03 -- Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Nov 13 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
Nov 18 -- Denver, CO @ Gothic
Nov 20 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov 21 -- Chicago, IL @ The Riviera
Nov 23 -- Toronto, ON @ Rebel
Nov 25 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Nov 27 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Nov 29 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Nov 30 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Published June 23rd, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Depeche Mode debuted the video today for "Going Backwards," the latest single from Spirit. Timothy Saccenti, who uncoincidentally took over Depeche Mode's Facebook page today, directed and shot the video live at highline stages in New York City. View both the 360 version and non-360 Highline Sessions version below.

Depeche Mode are set to kick off their North American tour in August. Tickets for the Detroit area stop August 27th at DTE are available to purchase here.

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 June 22nd, 2017

Liam Gallagher has unveiled the cover art for his full length debut solo album As You Were. The album will be released October 6th and will be available to pre-order at midnight.

Meanwhile Gallagher was interviewed by music journalist John Dolan for his video series British Masters. Like brother Noel, Liam is a fantastic interview and provides tons entertainment and laughs. Dolan, who is a seasoned journalist and uber music fan, ends the interview by asking "the burning question that everyone wants to know." Nope, didn't ask about Oasis reuniting, but instead asked Liam how to cook a potato. Good times. View below.

"I see myself as one of the fucking true great rock and roll singers on the planet without a doubt. [I'm] certainly better than Johnny Marr and better than John Lydon."

Published June 22nd, 2017

Mark Lanegan has been on tour in Europe in support of his new album Gargoyle. As previously reported, Lanegan has been performing Joy Division covers at his recent shows. Last night the tour rolled through the O2 Ritz in Manchester and Lanegan brought out a special guest for the encore -- the one and only Peter Hook. The bass legend joined Lanegan and ripped through "Atmosphere" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

Watch video of "Atmosphere" shot by Lanegan75 and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" shot by Brigitta Kozma. Fan-filmed snippets courtesy of Twitter's Limberstar and IG's NickSpragg are also posted below along with some pictures from the show.

Published June 22nd, 2017

Radiohead's 20th anniversary edition of OK Computer is out tomorrow. OKNotOK 1997 - 2017 collects a newly remastered version of the original album along with eight b-sides and three previously unreleased songs. They debuted one of the previously unreleased tracks "I Promise" from the collection two weeks ago, and today they've premiered the video for "Man Of War" (aka "Big Boots"). Watch below:

Pre-order OKNotOK 1997 - 2017 through Radiohead's microsite, iTunes, or Amazon.

OK Computer: OKNotOK 1997 - 2017

01. Airbag
02. Paranoid Android
03. Subterranean Homesick Alien
04. Exit Music (For A Film)
05. Let Down
06. Karma Police
07. Fitter Happier
08. Electioneering
09. Climbing Up The Walls
10. No Surprises
11. Lucky
12. The Tourist
13. I Promise (previously unreleased)
14. Man Of War (previously unreleased)
15. Lift (previously unreleased)
16. Lull
17. Meeting In The Aisle
18. Melatonin
19. A Reminder
20. Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)
21. Pearly
22. Palo Alto
23. How I Made My Millions

Published June 22nd, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mazzy Star's drummer Keith Mitchell passed away suddenly last month. Over the weekend, many musicians and artists gathered together to celebrate his memory. Hope Sandoval also took to Facebook last night to post some loving words and memories she had of Mitchell:

"Keith and I took many road trips to Berkeley CA in the late 80s together. We recorded a lot of Mazzy Star's music there. He would pick me up in his little Datsun station wagon car, jam-packed with his drum kit and various other percussive instruments.

Keith had superb taste in music and a vast collection of well known and obscure artists. He would always bring a batch of cassettes with interesting sounds along with him. I remember the fist time I heard 'Can,' it was in Keith's car driving along the 5. Their sound was strange wild and beautiful, all at the same time. Keith always had an introduction before he'd play something, the first time he played me Leonard Cohen he said; "this music has the best backing vocals ever!"

Keith absolutely loved Tom Waits and played him every trip, the first few times I would say to Keith; "Oh no, not him, his voice is too drunk and scratchy sounding," and Keith would say; "you have to listen to the music and his words, then you'll be hooked!" Of course it wasn't long before I'd get into his car and request the man with the scratchy voice.

So much great music and company on all those Northern California drives... Thank you Keith for all the inspiration, elevation, communication, levitation, education, intoxication and reverberation. I'll always have and keep you in my heart and soul."

Read the full posting on Facebook.

Hope Sandoval will be hitting the road with her band The Warm Inventions for a short tour of North America. Dates are posted below:

Oct 08 -- Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery: Old Redwood Barn
Oct 10 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Oct 11 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune
Oct 13 -- Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
Oct 14 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
Oct 15 -- Joshua Tree, CA @ Desert Daze Festival
Oct 18 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
Oct 19 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Oct 21 -- Boston, MA @ Royale
Oct 22 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

Published June 21st, 2017

Ramones previously announced the release of an expanded 40th anniversary edition of Leave Home. The limited edition 3CD/1LP set includes the original album remastered, a brand new 40th anniversary mix by original album engineer Ed Stasium, plus other bonus live recordings and previously unreleased mixes. Ramones have now premiered the brand new 40th anniversary mix of "Pinhead" which you can stream below along with the original.

The 40th anniversary deluxe edition of Leave Home arrives July 21st and is limited to 15,000 copies worldwide. Pre-order here.

Published June 21st, 2017

Paisley Underground legends The Dream Syndicate broke up in 1989, but reformed in 2012 for live shows. This February the band announced plans to release their first new album since 1988, and today they've shared details behind the record as well as a new song. The band's fifth studio album is titled How Did I Find Myself Here? and will be released September 8th. The band lineup is currently Steve Wynn, Mark Walton, Dennis Duck and Jason Victor. Original bass player Kendra Smith appears on one of the songs on the record titled "Kendra's Dream."

The Dream Syndicate shared the groovy sprawling title track today along with the album trailer. Check out both below.

Pre-order How Did I Find Myself Here? through iTunes and Amazon, or check out the bundles and other exclusive items through Pledge Music.

Published June 21st, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mark Lanegan is on tour overseas in support of his new album Gargoyle. Last night at his show in Birmingham, England he performed a cover of the Joy Division classic "Atmosphere." Lanegan previously covered the iconic song at shows in 2015 and so far has played it a handful of times on his current tour. Watch last night's performance below.

UPDATE (6/21): Lanegan performed "Love Will Tear Us Apart" in Glasgow. Video below.

Lanegan kicks off his U.S. tour in support of Gargoyle this August. Tickets for the Detroit stop August 21st at El Club are available here.

Mark Lanegan -- U.S. tour

Aug 16 -- Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
Aug 17 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Aug 18 -- New York, NY @ Gramercy
Aug 19 -- Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Aug 21 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Aug 22 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Aug 24 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Aug 25 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Aug 27 -- San Francisco @ The Independent
Aug 28 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Aug 29 -- Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

Published June 20th, 2017

Luna announced a handful of new tour dates in North America and they're coming back to Detroit. Don't miss this legendary band November 7th at the Magic Stick. Tickets are available here. Luna also revealed that more dates will be announced soon for Atlanta, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, and Chicago; west coast dates are being mapped out for next year.

Luna are set to return with a 10 track covers album A Sentimental Education, which includes covers from The Cure, Fleetwood Mac and more. Luna know how to do justice to an original -- over the years they've released amazing versions of songs by Kraftwerk, Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, The Dream Syndicate, Guns & Roses, Paula Abdul, and more. They're also set to release a 6 song instrumental EP A Place Of Greater Safety.

Both the album and EP are scheduled to be released in September and are available to pre-order through Pledge Music.

Luna -- North American tour

Sep 30 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Swing House (meet & greet/release party)
Nov 01 -- Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar
Nov 02 -- Chicago, IL @ Park West
Nov 03 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
Nov 04 -- St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
Nov 05 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Nov 07 -- Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Nov 08 -- Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
Nov 09 -- Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
Nov 10 -- Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
Nov 11 -- Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Nov 12 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Nov 14 -- Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Nov 15 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ The Warhol at Carnegie Lecture Hall
Nov 16 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 17 -- Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
Nov 18 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

Published June 20th, 2017

Last week Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark appeared at the BBC Music 6 studios in Liverpool for a live session. As the session took place on BBC Music Day, Andrew McCluskey and Paul Humphreys were asked about Factory Records, which released their debut single "Electricity" after getting wind of them at their first show in 1978 opening for Joy Division. OMD spoke fondly of Factory and shared a story about going to the label's headquarters and finding out they themselves had to physically place the "Electricity" vinyl into the sleeves.

OMD also briefly discussed their forthcoming album The Punishment Of Luxury before performing a three song set, which included the first live performance of the new single "Isotype" along with classics "Enola Gay" and "Electricity." McCluskey dedicated "Electricity" to his dying mother and shared a story about how she inspired him to pursue music.

Stream the archive of the full session here.

Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark return with The Punishment Of Luxury on September 1st. The album is available to pre-order here.

Published June 20th, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

The The are launching a festival within a festival on June 21st in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Film Festival takes place June 21st through July 2nd and features over 300 films and media presentations. As part of this year's event, The The will present special screenings of the brand new documentary The Inertia Variations, along with Infected - The Movie, plus after the screenings Matt Johnson will participate in a special Q & A session. Additionally two films directed by Matt's brother Gerard Johnson -- Tony, and Hyena -- are also scheduled to be a part of The The's mini-festival.  For more info on the Edinburgh Film Festival visit the festival's site here.

So far North American screenings for The Inertia Variations have not been announced.

The The's new first new single in 15 years is titled "We Can't Stop What's Coming" and is featured in The Inertia Variations. The track was released as a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day and later as a digital single on iTunes. Due to overwhelming demand, The The recently greenlit a second pressing of the 7" on white vinyl (V2) which is available to purchase here.

"We Can't Stop What's Coming" was written as a tribute to Matt's brother Andrew, who passed away in January 2016. Fifty percent of the profits from website sales of V2 will be donated to St Nicholas Hospice Suffolk, the hospice center that cared for Andrew in his final days.

Published June 19th, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Welcome to Sunday and Happy Father's Day! Let's rock it old school!

Classic Alternative - Episode 11: Deleterious includes classic alternative gems from The Smiths, Joy Division, Killing Joke, R.E.M., Jane's Addiction, Bob Mould, and many more.

Stream below or over here. If you missed any of the shows to date, get up to speed here or here.

Catch up with music news stories from this past week:

Slowdive announce North American tour & play Detroit
Dave Gahan stars in Dior Homme ad campaign
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds played Colbert. Watch here
Factory Records honored by BBC
Feature: Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures
The Smiths mark anniversary of The Queen Is Dead with vinyl releases

Published June 18th, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

As reported last week, The Smiths have released "The Queen Is Dead" as a 12" single and 7" picture disc today. The limited edition vinyl releases mark the anniversary of the full length album The Queen Is Dead, which was released June 16th, 1986.

The 12" single is backed with three previously released instrumental tracks "Oscillate Wildly," "Money Changes Everything," and "The Draize Train"; the 7" picture disc is backed with the rarity "I Keep Mine Hidden." Both releases are available now exclusively in HMV record shops. View the announcement from the Smiths here.

Morrissey previously revealed that he was hoping to reissue TQID for its 30th anniversary last year, but was shot down by Warner Brothers. Read part of his May 2016 statement:

"I am sorry that Warner UK or Sire US cannot provide any celebrations for the anniversaries of both recordings, but, perhaps some label bosses have their eye on a tatty OBE, and perhaps others simply have detachable heads. It would not quite be the Smiths if not classically ignored by the dried-out lawns of the establishment. I urged Warner UK to issue a special 'The Queen Is Dead' single release for the first week of June ... but ... brick wall."

Moz didn't issue a statement about today's releases but posted a short teaser video on Facebook. View below.

UPDATE (6/17): Morrissey has now posted some comments and is annoyed over HMV's "one copy per customer" sticker and calls the sticker "an attempt to freeze sales" and "an overwhelming insult to the Smiths." Read his statement here.

Published June 16th, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Joy Division's debut album Unknown Pleasures was released on this day in 1979. The seminal album is one of the most important and influential records of all time. From the intensity and raw emotion of the music and lyrics to the iconic cover art, everything about Unknown Pleasures is perfect and timeless.

Peter Hook on Unknown Pleasures:

Peter Saville created the original artwork for Unknown Pleasures which was adapted from an pulsar image Stephen Morris saw in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy. Watch Saville discuss the iconic artwork below:

Anton Corbijn on hearing Unknown Pleasures for the first time and how the album inspired him to leave Holland: (taken from Joy Division: Interviews):

Published June 15th, 2017