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Thursday, August 16, 2018


Mike Ness has been accused of assaulting a fan (ex-fan?) at Social Distortion's July 17th show in Sacramento. The altercation reportedly began after the concertgoer got annoyed by political comments Ness made between songs. The offended fan, who was somewhat close to the stage, displayed his anger by flipping Ness off for an extended period of time. Ness then took matters into his own hands and allegedly pummeled the fan. The alleged victim claims he suffered a concussion from Ness' beating and will be pressing charges.  Read his side of the story here and watch video of the incident in question here.

Social Distortion and Mike Ness have not issued a statement or commented publicly regarding the incident. A police investigation is ongoing.

Social Distortion's Sacramento show was the final date on their summer tour, but they'll be back on the road next month for another leg of North American dates. View the tour itinerary below:

Social Distortion - North American tour

Sep 11 -- Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Sep 13 -- Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre
Sep 14 -- Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Sep 15 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Sep 18 -- New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
Sep 20 -- Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
Sep 22 -- Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
Sep 25 -- Richmond, VA @ The National
Sep 26 -- Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
Sep 28 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Sep 29 -- Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore Silver Spring
Sep 30 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ Sea Hear Now
Oct 03 -- Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
Oct 04 -- Providence, RI @ The Strand Ballroom & Theatre
Oct 05 -- Hampton Beach, NH @ Casino Ballroom
Oct 06 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Oct 09 -- Montreal, QC @ Mtelus
Oct 10 -- Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
Oct 12 -- Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
Oct 13 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
Oct 14 -- Greensburg, PA @ The Palace Theatre
Oct 16 -- Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Oct 19 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
Oct 20 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room/Old National Centre
Oct 21 -- Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
Oct 23 -- Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
Oct 24 -- Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Oct 26 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl

Published August 16th, 2018

Ireland's premiere DJ, the always on-point Evil Presidentes (aka Neil Waters) has whipped up another glorious mix of post-punk excellence. His brilliant Anti-Matter Mix was featured as part of Classified Records' event The Dystopian Disco and included a stellar and timeless mix of ultimate post-punk classics. Envelop yourself in the extraordinary passion and power of Evil Presidentes' phenomenal mix below or over on Soundcloud.

Evil Presidentes has created several other enchanting sets focusing on Depeche Mode and David Bowie. Be sure to dig in and visit Classified Records here.



01 New Order - Elegia
02 Joy Division - Atmosphere
03 Suicide - Cheree
04 Fad Gadget - Back To Nature
05 Can - Moonshake
06 The Strokes - Drag Queen
07 Joy Division - Transmission
08 New Order - Age Of Consent
09 Harmonia - Monza
10 Cocteau Twins - Pandora
11 Just Mustard - Tennis
12 The Velvet Underground - Guess I'm Falling In Love
13 Brian Eno - King's Lead Hat
14 Joy Division - No Love Lost
15 Television - Marquee Moon
16 The Cure - A Forest
17 New Order - Ceremony
18 Gang Of Four - I Found That Essence Rare
19 Talking Heads - Psycho Killer

Published August 16th, 2018

A multimedia exhibition showcasing the history and influence of The Velvet Underground opens in New York this fall. The Velvet Underground Experience previously was on display in Paris in 2016 and now this fantastic exhibit comes to The Velvet Underground's stomping grounds. The exhibit is similar to the critically acclaimed David Bowie Is -- the exhibit is an exploration of VU's music, fashion, art, and influence on popular culture. Delve into the VU's history and legend with over 1000 vintage multimedia pieces including six films, 350 photos, a virtual reality recreation of Andy Warhol's iconic album artwork, and more.

The Velvet Underground Experience opens October 10th and runs through December 30th. Find out more about this incredible opportunity to celebrate The Velvet Underground and their powerful impact on music here.



Published August 16th, 2018
Legend. The world weeps.

R.I.P.



Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Richard Ashcroft revealed earlier this year that he'd release a new album this autumn. Today he's announced full details behind his fifth studio record. The album is titled Natural Rebel and arrives on October 19th. The follow up to 2016's These People will be released via Ashcroft's new imprint label RPA (Richard Paul Ashcroft) which is distributed through BMG. The ten track album was written solely by Ashcroft (take that, Noel) and was co-produced by Ashcroft, Jon Kelly and Emre Ramazanoglu.

Ashcroft hasn't issued any of the songs from the album yet, however he has opened up pre-orders. Natural Rebel will be released on CD, cassette, standard black vinyl, and limited edition clear blue vinyl; a variety of merch bundles are also available. Check out all the pre-order options here.

Ashcroft also announced a handful of "album preview" dates in the U.K. in support of the release. Fans who pre-order Natural Rebel prior to August 22nd will receive a pre-sale code. More details on that are posted here.

View the tracklisting and tour dates below some video of Ashcroft in action.



Natural Rebel - tracklisting

01. All My Dreams
02. Birds Fly
03. Surprised by the Joy
04. That's How Strong
05. Born to Be Strangers
06. That's When I Feel It
07. We All Bleed
08. A Man in Motion
09. Streets of Amsterdam
10. Money Money

Richard Ashcroft - U.K. tour

Oct 26 -- Glasgow @ Barrowland
Oct 28 -- Middlesbrough @ Town Hall
Oct 29 -- Nottingham @ Rock City
Oct 31 -- Manchester @ Albert Hall
Nov 02 -- London @ O2 Forum

Published August 15th, 2018

Suede return with their extraordinary new studio album The Blue Hour on September 21st. Today the band unveiled yet another incredible song from the sure-to-be majestic record. The wonderful new track "Life Is Golden" ever-so-slightly channels Bowie's "you're not alone" lyric from "Rock & Roll Suicide" and is accompanied by a compelling video. Check it out below along with the previously issued tracks "The Invisibles" and "Don't Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You."

The Blue Hour is Suede's eighth studio album and the third and final part of the triptych of albums they've recorded and released since reforming in 2013. Brett Anderson describes the record as "diverse" and "complicated" and reveals the band is a bit of a sonic departure with experimental elements including the use of spoken word passages, a choir, and lush orchestral instrumentation courtesy of The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pre-order The Blue Hour here.







Published August 15th, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


As previously reported a double disc set featuring rare and unreleased songs from Joe Strummer will be released on September 28th. Joe Strummer 001 collects classics, demos, and previously unreleased material spanning his work outside The Clash including solo material, soundtrack works, and his bands 101ers, and The Mescaleros.

Two songs from the compilation were issued last month -- "London Is Burning" (the last song Strummer recorded) and "It's A Rockin' World" (originally featured on season 2 of South Park and released on Chef Aid: The South Park Album). Today a previously unreleased song titled "Rose Of Erin" has been issued. Stream all three tracks below.

Joe Strummer 001 will be released on double CD, heavyweight vinyl, and digital download, plus several limited editions containing photos and sketches taken from Strummer's personal archive are available. View all the pre-order options here.







Tracklisting

01. Letsagetabitarockin' (2005 Remastered Version) - The 101ers
02. Keys To Your Heart (Version 2) [2005 Remastered Version] - The 101ers
03. Love Kills - Joe Strummer
04. Tennessee Rain - Joe Strummer
05. Trash City - Joe Strummer & The Latino Rockabilly War
06. 15th Brigade - Joe Strummer
07. Ride Your Donkey - Joe Strummer
08. Burning Lights - Joe Strummer
09. Afro-Cuban Be-Bop - The Astro-Physicians
10. Sandpaper Blues - Radar -
11. Generations - Electric Dog House
12. It’s A Rockin' World - Joe Strummer
13. Yalla Yalla - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
14. X-Ray Style - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
15. Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
16. Minstrel Boy - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
17. Redemption Song - Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer
18. Over The Border - Jimmy Cliff & Joe Strummer
19. Coma Girl - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
20. Silver & Gold / Before I Grow Too Old - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

01. Letsagetabitarockin' (Strummer Demo) - Joe Strummer
02. Czechoslovak Song / Where Is England - Strummer, Simonon & Howard
03. Pouring Rain (1984) - Strummer, Simonon & Howard
04. Blues On The River - Joe Strummer
05. Crying On 23rd - The Soothsayers
06. 2 Bullets - Pearl Harbour
07. When Pigs Fly - Joe Strummer
08. Pouring Rain (1993) - Joe Strummer
09. Rose Of Erin - Joe Strummer
10. The Cool Impossible - Joe Strummer
11. London Is Burning - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
12. U.S. North - Joe Strummer & Mick Jones

Published August 14th, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018


Echo & The Bunnymen release their new orchestral album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon on October 5th. The legendary band have now announced dates for a North American tour in support of the record. The tour includes a Detroit stop at The Fillmore on November 23rd (aka Black Friday). The pre-sale kicks off this Thursday, August 16th at 10am and the general onsale is Friday, August 17th.

The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon features orchestral reinterpretations of beloved Echo & The Bunnymen songs along with two brand new tracks. The 15 track album is heavy on strings, however there are no drums on the reworkings out of respect to late drummer Pete de Freitas.

Ian McCulloch explained in a recent interview that he wanted to revisit Echo's classic material and record a version that captures his voice the way he sounds now. He is surprisingly critical of his early work and says he can't listen to a lot of it due to the sound of his voice. He claims his vocal delivery was "false" and that back in the day he was trying too hard to copy his hero, David Bowie.

Even though some fans may think it's blasphemous to re-record such iconic Echo songs, McCulloch can't be bothered with that opinion:

"I've been on that moon...it's my moon, I can sing it how I want."

Pre-order The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon here and view the album tracklisting and North American tour itinerary below:



Echo & The Bunnymen - North American tour

Nov 17 -- Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Nov 19 -- Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre
Nov 20 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Nov 21 -- New York, NY @ Town Hall Theatre
Nov 23 -- Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
Nov 24 -- Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Nov 26 -- Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Nov 27 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Union Event Center
Nov 29 -- Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Nov 30 -- Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Dec 01 -- Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
Dec 03 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
Dec 04 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary/Immanuel Presbyterian Church

The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon tracklist

01. Bring On The Dancing Horses
02. The Somnambulist
03. Nothing Lasts Forever
04. Lips Like Sugar
05. Rescue
06. Rust
07. Angels & Devils
08. Bedbugs & Ballyhoo
09. Zimbo
10. Stars Are Stars
11. Seven Seas
12. Ocean Rain
13. The Cutter
14. How Far
15. The Killing Moon

Published August 13th, 2018

A documentary on New Order's exquisite synth-ed out production will air in the UK in September. New Order: Decades is a feature length film chronicling the unique and unprecedented series of shows at the Manchester International Festival. The shows took place last June and featured New Order performing a life-affirming set of iconic songs backed by a 12 piece synthesizer ensemble from the Royal Northern College Of Music with orchestrations conducted by Joe Duddell and stunning visuals provided by Liam Gillick.

This is more than a concert film, it's a celebration of New Order, their music, and their aesthetic. The documentary explores the initial concept, production, and technical aspects of the MIF shows and includes commentary from New Order, Liam Gillick, and Peter Saville.  New Order: Decades is a rare glimpse into the creative and technical strategy of this massive undertaking, plus also showcases performance footage from these extraordinary wall-of-synth concerts.

New Order: Decades was directed by Mike Christie and airs September 22nd on Sky Arts. Read more about the film here.

Watch the trailer below and pray for this to get picked up in North America.













Published August 13th, 2018

Thom Yorke has announced a series of North American live electro performances. Each night he'll perform a live electronic set similar to the Tomorrow's Modern Boxes gigs he played earlier this year in Europe and will be joined by special guests Nigel Godrich and Tarik Barri. London composer/producer Oliver Coates will serve as the opening act for the tour. The tour includes a Detroit stop at the Masonic Temple Cathedral Theatre on December 2nd. Tickets for all of the dates on the tour go on sale this Friday, August 17th. For more info head here.

Thom Yorke released Tomorrow's Modern Boxes as an experimental legal download through BitTorrent in 2014. The album was reissued through XL last December.



Thom Yorke - North American tour

Nov 23 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov 24 -- Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre-Boch Center
Nov 26 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
Nov 27 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
Nov 30 -- Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center
Dec 01 -- Cleveland, OH @ Keybank State Theatre
Dec 02 -- Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Cathedral Theatre
Dec 04 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Dec 05 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Dec 06 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop/University of Minnesota
Dec 08 -- St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre
Dec 09 -- Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre Midland
Dec 11 -- Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Dec 13 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
Dec 15 -- San Francisco, CA @ Graham Civic Auditorium
Dec 17 -- San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
Dec 19 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
Dec 20 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
Dec 22 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea/Cosmopolitan

Published August 13th, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #68: Destruction Coil

Rock it old school with a brand new episode of Time Warp. This week's show includes The Cure, The Verve, Garbage, The Jam, Felt, Ministry, The Sound, Fad Gadget, Jane's Addiction, Killing Joke, and more.

Stream below or here and check out the full archive of Time Warp episodes here or here.


Classic Alternative stories from this week:

David J reissues solo LP 'Crocodile Tears And The Velvet Cosh'
Remembering the legendary Tony Wilson
The Chameleons debut LP 'Script Of The Bridge' turns 35
A Certain Ratio announce 'acr:set' + debut single ft Tony Wilson
Salford Lads Club benefit: 'Touching Bass - An Evening With Hooky & Mani'
Suede announce The Blue Hour deluxe box
The Breeders announce U.S. tour + debut puppet video

David J's 1985 album Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh will be re-released on September 7th. The album was J's second solo release after the dissolution of Bauhaus and is a sonic mix of mellow, somewhat folk-based songs along with a jazzy flair. The acclaimed album will be issued on 180 gm heavyweight clear vinyl and is available to pre-order now.

David J on the album:

“This is a personal pastoral favourite and the album that really set the tone for all of my future solo endeavors. Now it is being re-released as a limited edition on beautiful high quality 180 g clear vinyl by the newly rebooted Glass Modern label. ‘Feels like coming home!”

David J will be teaming up with his old bandmate Peter Murphy for the 40 Years of Bauhaus tour. The pair will tour Europe later this year performing Bauhaus' debut album The Flat Field in full along with other Bauhaus classics. No North American dates have been announced as of yet.



Tracklisting

01. Crocodile Tears And The Velvet Cosh
02. Too Clever By Half
03. The First Incision
04. Imitation Pearls
05. Light And Shade
06. René
07. Stop This City
08. Justine
09. The Ballad Of Cain
10. The Vandal And The Saint
11. Boats
12. Slip The Rope
13. Greener

August 12th, 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018


The legendary broadcaster, music mogul, and Factory kingpin Tony Wilson died on this day in 2007. Wilson aka Mr. Manchester introduced the world to soon-to-be iconic bands on his television programs. And he made more than a significant mark on music history with Factory Records and the Hacienda, putting Manchester atop the music scene. Music just wouldn't be the same without him. Wilson spent his 57 years making the world a musically rich place, and his musical and cultural revolution will always live on.















Published August 10th, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


The Chameleons debut album Script of the Bridge was released 35 years ago today. The seminal album is a masterpiece filled with majestic classics and is one of the most influential post-punk albums ever recorded. As is the case with many influential and significant records, Script of the Bridge wasn't exactly a commercial success, though its first single "Up The Down Escalator" garnered some well-deserved attention and placed the band on radar of tastemakers worldwide.

Happy 35th!





Published August 8th, 2018
A Certain Ratio announced the release of acr:set, a collection of the band's greatest hits. The career-spanning compilation includes beloved songs that frequently appear in the band's live sets (thus the title acr:set), rare 7" and 12" mixes, and two brand new tracks "Make It Happen" and "Dirty Boy" which were recently recorded at Oxygene in Manchester.

Of note, "Dirty Boy" is a funkified jam featuring a sample of Factory kingpin Tony Wilson preparing the band for their 1980 recording session of "The Fox." The track also includes guest vocals from Barry Anderson.

acr:set will be released on colored double vinyl, CD, and digital download October 12th. Pre-order here.

A Certain Ratio formed in Manchester in 1978 and were one of the first signings to Factory Records. The band announced a handful of live dates taking place in the U.K. this fall and are planning on more live dates in 2019 in celebration of their 40th anniversary.



acr: set tracklisting

01. Do The Du (Casse) (1979)
02. Wild Party - 12” version (1985)
03. Flight - 12” version (1980)
04. And Then Again - 12” version (1980)
05. Forced Laugh (1981)
06. Wonder Y (1992)
07. Mickey Way (12” version, 1986)
08. 27 Forever - 7” version (1991)
09. Won’t Stop Loving You - Bernard Sumner mix (1990)
10. Good Together - 12” version (1990)
11. Be What You Wanna Be - 12” version (1990)
12. Shack Up - 7” version (1980)
13. The Fox - US 12” version (1980)
14. Knife Slits Water - 7” version (1982)
15. Si Firmir O Grido (1986)
16. Dirty Boy Extended - featuring Barry Adamson (2018)
17. Make It Happen (2018)

Published August 8th, 2018

Manchester bass legends Peter Hook and Mani (Gary "Mani" Mounfield) will be holding a talk at the iconic Salford Lads Club on September 22nd. Touching Bass - An Evening With Hooky and Mani promises to be quite a unique experience - the two supreme bassists will be sharing their experiences, tales of life on the road, Q & A with the audience, and more "special surprises." Proceeds from the event will go to support the Salford Lads Club and its youth programs.

Read more about Touching Bass - An Evening With Hooky and Mani here.

Back in May of this year, Salford Lads Club hosted a similar fundraising event with The Smiths' Mike Joyce and Inspiral Carpets' Clint Boon.

View photos of The Smiths Room inside Salford Lads Club here.

Published August 8th, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Suede return with their stunning new studio album The Blue Hour on September 21st. Today the band revealed the details for a deluxe box edition of the release. The set includes the album on vinyl and CD, a 7" single for the exclusive bonus track "Manipulation," an instrumental CD, DVD with album commentary from Suede, lyric sheets and more.

View a picture of the contents of the deluxe box below and pre-order here.




Published August 7th, 2018

The Breeders released their new album All Nerve earlier this year. Today the band announced a slew of new U.S. tour dates in support of the record. The new leg kicks off September 27th and wraps in Cleveland on November 1st. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, August 10th.

The Breeders also unleashed a homemade video for the latest single "Nervous Mary" which features puppet versions of Kim and Kelley Deal. The puppets were crafted by Finnish puppeteer Milla Risku who also just happens to be a huge Breeders fan. Check the video out here or down below.



The Breeders - U.S. tour

Aug 08 -- Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
Aug 09 -- Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
Aug 11 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn
Sep 27 -- Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
Oct 01 -- Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
Oct 03 -- Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Oct 04 -- San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
Oct 06 -- Austin, TX @ ACL Fest
Oct 09 -- Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
Oct 10 -- Springfield, CO @ Gillioz Theatre
Oct 11 -- Wichita, KS @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 13 -- Austin, TX @ ACL Fest
Oct 15 -- New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
Oct 16 -- Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Oct 18 -- Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Oct 19 -- Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
Oct 20 -- Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Music Hall
Oct 21 -- Columbia, SC @ The Senate
Oct 23 -- Richmond, VA @ The National
Oct 24 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
Oct 25 -- Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Oct 27 -- Providence, RI @ The Strand
Oct 28 -- Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Oct 30 -- Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Oct 31 -- Columbus, OH @ Columbus Athenaeum
Nov 01 -- Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium

Published August 7th, 2018

Sunday, August 5, 2018


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #67: Honey, Somebody's Got To Be The Villain

Rock it old school with a brand new episode of Time Warp. This week's show includes Teenage Fanclub, Radiohead, Pixies, Joy Division, Jellyfish, Majesty Crush, Nitzer Ebb, The Replacements, The Damned, The House Of Love, Bauhaus, and more.

Stream below or here and check out the full archive of Time Warp episodes here or here.


Classic Alternative stories from this week:

Paul Weller debuts new single "Movin' On"
David Sylvian's 'Dead Bees On A Cake' reissued
Alan McGee launches new label Creation23
Elvis Costello records "Unwanted Number" for new LP 'Look Now'
Yazoo/Yaz 'Four Pieces' will also be released on CD
Pixies announce 3 CD/LP set 'Come On Pilgrim...It's Surfer Rosa'
Trent Reznor talks NIN, The Cure, + meeting Robert Smith
New Order issue 35th anniversary 'Power, Corruption and Lies' art print
Spiritualized premiere another divine jam from new LP
Nitzer Ebb announce vinyl box set 'Nitzer Ebb 1982 - 2010'



Paul Weller releases True Meanings, the follow up to 2017's A Kind Revolution, on September 14th. Weller previously issued the delicate song "Aspects" as his birthday present to fans on his 60th birthday in May. He's now debuted another track from the album titled "Movin' On," which is available to stream below.

Weller describes True Meanings as "string-laden, largely acoustic and Nick Drake-esque." The record (and deluxe edition of the album, which adds 5 bonus tracks) is available to pre-order here.



Published August 5th, 2018

Friday, August 3, 2018


A limited edition pressing of David Sylvian's 1999 album Dead Bees On A Cake was issued earlier this year for Record Store Day. The expanded white vinyl edition was the first ever vinyl pressing of the release and included four bonus tracks, along with artwork/photographs by Anton Corbijn and Chris Bigg. As you might imagine, the release was immediately snapped up by fans (and/or RSD flippers).

Sylvian has now announced that a standard (2LP) black vinyl version of the album with different artwork pictured above (inner sleeves identical but new gatefold cover) will be released on October 19th. The release is available to pre-order now at select record retailers.



Published August 3rd, 2018


Thirty five years after founding the beloved and highly influential Creation Records, home to Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub, Swervedriver, Oasis, and more the label's legendary Alan McGee has launched a new record label. McGee revealed his motivation behind his new 7" label Creation23:

"I’ve missed it, there’s a lot of good music around and it feels like a good time to do it. Twenty-three is my lucky number.”

Creation23's first release is the debut single from the English band Rubber Jaw. The single "Feeling Funny" b/w "Bumpy Faces" will be pressed on blue vinyl and released on October 5th. View the video for "Feeling Funny" and pre-order here.


Published August 3rd, 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Elvis Costello and The Imposters have re-recorded "Unwanted Number" for the band's new studio album Look Now. Costello originally wrote the track for the Grace of My Heart soundtrack in 1996 but he wasn't featured on the recording. "Unwanted Number" appeared in the film and was performed by the fictional band The Luminaries; the version on the film's soundtrack was performed by For Real. Stream Costello's official recording of "Unwanted Number" below.

Look Now features 12 songs -- including two with the legendary Burt Bacharach. The album arrives October 12th and is available to pre-order now.



Elvis Costello & The Imposters - North American tour

Nov 02 -- Bethlehem, PA @ The Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Nov 04 -- Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
Nov 06 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
Nov 07 -- Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino
Nov 09 -- Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
Nov 10 -- Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
Nov 11 -- Buffalo, NY @ Shea's Performing Arts Center
Nov 13 -- Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
Nov 15 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
Nov 17 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
Nov 19 -- Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
Nov 21 -- St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
Nov 23 -- Thackerville, OK @ WinStar World Casino
Nov 25 -- Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Nov 27 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Nov 28 -- Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim
Nov 29 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Dec 01 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
Dec 03 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Dec 04 -- Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Published August 1st, 2018

Last week Yazoo (aka Yaz) announced Four Pieces - A Yazoo Compendium collecting their studio albums, remixes, and BBC sessions. The band announced today that due to an outpouring of requests from fans, they've decided to also release the boxset on the CD format. The CD edition will offer the identical tracklisting as the vinyl format though they're still working out the packaging details, etc. Pre-order info for the CD release will be announced once everything is sorted.

The previously announced vinyl edition of Four Pieces - A Yazoo Compendium will be released on October 26th and is available to pre-order here.

Stream the previously unreleased version of "Don't Go" taken from the band's 1982 BBC session and view the Four Pieces - A Yazoo Compendium vinyl tracklisting below.



LP1 – Upstairs At Eric's

Side A

1. Don’t Go
2. Too Pieces
3. Bad Connection
4. I Before E Except After C
5. Midnight
6. In My Room

Side B

1. Only You
2. Goodbye 70’s
3. Tuesday
4. Winter Kills
5. Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I)

LP2 – You And Me Both

Side A

1. Nobody’s Diary
2. Softly Over
3. Sweet Thing
4. Mr Blue
5. Good Times

Side B

1. Walk Away from Love
2. Ode to Boy
3. Unmarked
4. Anyone
5. Happy People
6. And On

LP3 – Eight Remixes

Side A

1. Nobody’s Diary – Extended Version
2. Situation – Richard X Remix
3. Don’t Go – Remix
4. Only You – Orchestral Mix

Side B

1. Situation – The Aggressive Attitude Mix
2. Don’t Go – Tee’s TNT Radio Mix
3. State Farm – Madhouse Mix Edit
4. Winter Kills – Minute Taker Remix (Previously Unreleased)

LP4 – Two BBC Sessions

Side A

John Peel, June 1982

1. Don’t Go (Previously Unreleased)
2. Midnight (Previously Unreleased)
3. In My Room (Previously Unreleased)
4. Winter Kills (Previously Unreleased)

Side B

David Jensen, September 1982

1. Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I)
2. In My Room
3. Situation (Previously Unreleased)
4. Too Pieces (Previously Unreleased)

Published August 1st, 2018

Pixies are releasing a 30th anniversary set collecting their debut EP Come On Pilgrim and debut full length album Surfer Rosa. The set is titled Come On Pilgrim...It's Surfer Rosa and features new artwork by Vaughan Oliver, includes both seminal records, and adds a live album Live From The Fallout Shelter. The concert was captured in 1986 in Lowell, MA, and is considered one of the earliest recordings of Pixies raw and intense live shows.

Come On Pilgrim...It's Surfer Rosa will be released September 28th as a 3CD set and standard triple vinyl set pressed on gold vinyl (comes with download code). A limited edition triple vinyl version pressed on clear vinyl is also available to pre-order. The limited edition boxset includes a clothbound hardbook, lyric booklet, and art book. Release date for the lim/ed set is TBA.

Check out the trailer and tracklisting below. View the pre-order options here.

Last September marked the 30th anniversary of Come On Pilgrim; Surfer Rosa, the highly influential Steve Albini-produced masterpiece turns 30 in 2018 (released March 1988 in the UK; released August 1988 in the U.S.)



Come On Pilgrim

1 A1 Caribou
2 A2 Vamos (pilgrim)
3 A3 Isla De Encanta
4 A4 Ed Is Dead
5 B1 The Holiday Song
6 B2 Nimrod's Son
7 B3 I've Been Tired
8 B4 Levitate Me

Surfer Rosa

01 A1 Bone Machine
02 A2 Break My Body
03 A3 Something Against You
04 A4 Broken Face
05 A5 Gigantic
06 A6 River Euphrates
07 B1 Where Is My Mind?
08 B2 Cactus
09 B3 Tony's Theme
10 B4 Oh My Golly!
11 B5 Vamos (Surfer Rosa)
12 B6 I'm Amazed
13 B7 Brick Is Red

Live From The Fallout Shelter

01 A1 Holiday Song
02 A2 I'm Amazed
03 A3 Rock A My Soul
04 A4 Isla De Encanta
05 A5 Caribou
06 A6 Broken Face
07 A7 Subbacultcha
08 A8 Build High
09 B1 Ed Is Dead
10 B2 Nimrod's Son
11 B3 Down To The Well
12 B4 I've Been Tired
13 B5 Boom Chicka Boom
14 B6 Vamos
15 B7 In Heaven
16 x Pixies Interview (exclusive to CD format)

Published August 1st, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


Nine Inch Nails released Bad Witch last month and have been promoting the EP with a series of interviews with the press. In an excellent new interview with legendary music journalist John Dolan of The Quietus, Trent Reznor spoke at length about the music industry, alt bands that have given up, playing saxophone, touring, and the new EP. But the most intriguing part of the piece was Reznor discussing The Cure.

Reznor revealed that he discovered the Cure at the age of 18 with The Head On The Door, a record that he says spoke to him and got him through a lot of dark times. He went on to work his way backwards through the Cure's catalog and was blown away by the music. Then years later, after being a successful musician, Reznor met Robert Smith for the first time in New Orleans.

The Cure happened to be in town and Reznor got word from his people that Smith was at a nightclub and was interested in meeting Reznor. So of course, you go. As Reznor remembers the meeting:

"It’s the sort of club that no matter what time you turn up, they’re always playing ‘Blue Monday’ by New Order. I walked in and there is Robert Smith, all by himself dancing in the middle of the dancefloor but with a circle of goth girls all around him just watching him move. I walked out, he sees me and I see him and we’ve never met before but he just gives me a big hug. And we were just hugging for about two minutes and I think by the time we stopped ‘Blue Monday’ actually was playing. And we were just looking at each other and he was just [nods head slowly]. And that was it! My meeting with Robert Smith!"

Read the full fascinating interview with Trent Reznor over at The Quietus.

Nine Inch Nails hit the road with The Jesus & Mary Chain this fall. View the itinerary below:

Cold and Black and Infinite tour

Sep 13 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Sep 14 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Sep 18 -- Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
Sep 19 -- Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
Sep 24 -- Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
Sep 26 -- Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
Sep 27 -- Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
Sep 29 -- Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre
Oct 09 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Oct 13 -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct 14 -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct 16 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theater
Oct 17 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theater
Oct 19 -- Boston, MA @ Boch Centre
Oct 20 -- Boston, MA @ Boch Centre
Oct 22 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Oct 23 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Oct 25 -- Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Oct 26 -- Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Nov 23 -- New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Nov 24 -- New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Nov 25 -- New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Nov 27 -- Irving, TX @ The Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory
Nov 28 -- Irving, TX @ The Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory
Dec 03 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Dec 04 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Dec 07 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec 08 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec 12 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec 14 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec 15 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium

Published July 31st, 2018

This year marks the 35th anniversary of New Order's masterpiece Power, Corruption and Lies. New Order have now issued a limited edition print 35th anniversary print of Peter Saville's iconic artwork. The artwork is on premium glossy paper and features a new message created by Peter Saville using the original color code specifically for the anniversary. The PCL 35th anniversary print is limited to 150 copies worldwide and is available while quantities last through New Order's store. View the artprint below.


The cover art for Power, Corruption and Lies was inspired by Henri-Fantin Latour's painting A Basket Of Roses which is still on display in London. The album's artwork included a color code on the front of the sleeve with a key to the code in a color wheel on the back. Saville was inspired by the emergence of digitally archived artwork and his color code concept was his interpretation of "historic works with the futuristic hieroglyphs of computer code."



Published July 31st, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018


Spiritualized previously announced their eighth studio album And Nothing Hurt and issued a pair of songs from the record last month. Today they debuted another divine new jam titled "Here It Comes (The Road) Let's Go." Stream the official audio below.

Pre-order And Nothing Hurt through the official Spiritualized store.







Published July 30th, 2018

Nitzer Ebb announced the release of a career-spanning vinyl box set Nitzer Ebb 1982 - 2010. The set collects their five Mute/Geffen studio albums which have been out of print since the early 90s: That Total Age, Belief, Showtime, Ebbhead, and Big Hit; plus the remix EP AS/IS.

Each album has been expanded on double vinyl and includes bonus tracks and rare 12" mixes. The original artwork has also been expanded into gatefold sleeves, with embossing and spot UV finish. It also contains a large size booklet with liner notes by the band's co-founders Douglas McCarthy and Bon Harris, along with unseen photos, flyers and artwork, detailing their entire career in chronological order.

There are TWO editions of the boxset; the standard 10 piece LP boxset and an 11 piece limited colored vinyl edition. The colored vinyl box set includes a copy of Basic Pain Procedure, Nitzer Ebb's debut self-released album pressed on limited edition red/clear/white splatter vinyl. The limited edition colored vinyl box is ONLY available through Pylon Records.


The standard vinyl box edition is available through record distributors and includes extra space inside the box itself to house Basic Pain Procedure and Nitzer Ebb's most recent album Industrial Complex. [A black vinyl edition of Basic Pain Procedure and Industrial Complex were both recently issued and are widely available, thus Nitzer Ebb opted to omit these from the box set].

Nitzer Ebb 1982 - 2010 will be released on October 5th. Pre-order here.

Meanwhile Nitzer Ebb announced their live return. Douglas McCarthy and Bon Scott have been performing together as Nitzer Ebb but have been on hiatus since 2010. Today Nitzer Ebb announced that along with McCarthy and Scott, original NEP (NitzerEbbProdukt) members David Gooday and Simon Granger will join them onstage to perform at the Amphi festival in Cologne next July. This marks the first time all four members have performed together since 1987. More dates featuring the original expanded lineup will be announced soon.

Nitzer Ebb - 1982 - 2010 tracklisting

That Total Age

(limited edition colored edition will be pressed on red translucent vinyl)

Side 1

1.Fitness To Purpose
2.Warsaw Ghetto
3.Violent Playground
4.Murderous

Side 2

1.Smear Body
2.Join In The Chant
3.Alarm
4.Let Your Body Learn

Side 3

1.Let Beauty Loose
2.Into The Large Air
3.Murderous (Instrumental) – Bonus
4.Fitness to Purpose (Mix Two) – Bonus

Side 4

1.Join In The Chant (Burn! 12” Mix) – Bonus
2.Let Your Body Learn (12” Mix) – Bonus
3.Join In The Chant (Metal Mix) – Bonus

Belief

(limited edition colored edition pressed on clear vinyl)

Side 1

1.Hearts and Minds
2.For Fun
3.Control I’m Here
4.Captivate
5.T.W.A

Side 2

1.Blood Money
2.Shame
3.Drive
4.Without Belief

Side 3

1.Control I’m Here (Command Control Confront Mix) – Bonus
2.Shame (Mix no 2 William Orbit) – Bonus
3.K.I.A. (PK Mix) – Bonus

Side 4

1.Captivate (William Orbit Mix) – Bonus
2.Hearts & Minds (Mix Subsonic) – Bonus
3.Backlash (William Orbit Mix) – Bonus

Showtime

limited edition colored edition pressed on orange vinyl

Side 1

1.Getting Closer
2.Nobody Knows
3.One Mans Burden
4.All Over
5.My Heart

Side 2

1.Lightning Man
2.Rope
3.Hold On
4.Fun To Be Had

Side 3

1.Lightning Man (The Industry Vs. The Ebb Remix) – Bonus
2.Fun To Be Had (Long Mix George Clinton) – Bonus
3.Getting Closer (The Kitchen Mix) – Bonus

Side 4

1.Fun To Be Had (Dust Brothers Master Mix) – Bonus
2.Lightning Man (RSW Mix) – Bonus
3.Getting Closer (The Trance Mix) – Bonus

Ebbhead + AS/IS EP

limited edition colored version includes one green record and one red record

Side 1

1.Reasons
2.Lakeside Drive
3.I Give To You
4.Sugar Sweet
5.DJVD

Side 2

1.Time
2.Ascend
3.Godhead
4.Trigger Happy

Side 3

1.Family Man (Jaz Coleman Mix) –Bonus
2.Come Alive (Alan Wilder Mix) – Bonus
3.Lovesick (Flood Mix) - Bonus
4.Higher (Barry Adamson Mix) – Bonus

Side 4

1.Ascend (Vince Clarke Anonymous Mix) – Bonus
2.I Give To You (Pestilence Mix) – Bonus
3.Godhead (Remix) - Bonus

Big Hit

limited edition colored edition pressed on yellow vinyl

Side 1

1.Cherry Blossom
2.Hear Me Say
3.Kick It
4.I Thought

Side 2

1.Flood Water
2.Border Talk
3.In Decline
4.Living Out Of A Bag

Side 3

1.Boy
2.Our Own World
3.Friend (Brittle Mix) - Bonus
4.Beats Me – Bonus

Side 4

1.Kick It (Adrian Sherwood Compulsion Edit) -- Bonus
2.Kick It (Popular Music Mix) -- Bonus
3.I Thought (Final Sin) -- Bonus

Basic Pain Procedure

This record only included with limited edition colored boxset and is pressed on red/clear/white splatter vinyl (2012 master)

Side 1

1.Faded Smiles
2.Tradition
3.The Home
4.Star

Side 2

1.The Passage
2.The Book
3.Crane
4.Trust Ran In Colours

Published July 30th, 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #66: Unsavory Character

Rock it old school with a brand new episode of Time Warp. This week's show includes music from Pixies, Wire, Echo & The Bunnymen , Joy Division, Japan, Roxy Music, Cocteau Twins, Dinosaur Jr, Mazzy Star, Kraftwerk, and more.

Stream below or here and check out the full archive of Time Warp episodes here or here.


Classic Alternative stories from this week:

Peter Murphy + David J team up for 40 Years Of Bauhaus tour; reissues on the way

ohGr (Ogre of Skinny Puppy) releases new LP 'Tricks' + tours North America w/ Lead Into Gold; plays Detroit

Yazoo (aka Yaz) announce 'Four Pieces' vinyl boxset + stream previously unreleased version of "Don't Go"

John Lydon voicing animated Mutant Ninja Turtle character

Morrissey unearths another "lost" studio track

James premiere new music from 'Living In Extraordinary Times'

Blur's Graham Coxon tours North America; plays Detroit


Friday, July 27, 2018


This year marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of Bauhaus. The gold standard of gothic formed in 1978 and went on to release four massively influential, impressive, and magnificently dark experimental albums which cemented their place and importance in music history before disbanding in 1983.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary, original Bauhaus members Peter Murphy and David J will hit the road for a global tour which will see the legends perform the band's debut album In The Flat Field in full along with an extended encore of Bauhaus classics. The first leg of the tour has been announced and will kick off in October. North American dates are expected to eventually be announced once Murphy's visa issues have been ironed out with the U.S. government. [As it stands now, Murphy has rescheduled his San Francisco solo residency at least 4 times over the last year, with the residency now scheduled for March 2019.]

Meanwhile Murphy has revealed on his website that a series of Bauhaus albums will be reissued later this year on colored vinyl. Details on the reissues have not yet been announced.

View the global list of dates for the 40 Years of Bauhaus tour below.



40 Years of Bauhaus tour

Oct 18 -- Wellington, NZ @ San Fran
Oct 19 -- Christchurh, NZ @ Foundry
Oct 20 -- Auckland, AU @ Powerstation
Oct 22 -- Adelaide, AU @ Governor Hindmarsh
Oct 25 -- Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo
Oct 26 -- Melbourne, AU @ Max Watts
Oct 27 -- Sydney, AU @ The Factory
Oct 28 -- Perth, AU @ The Capitol Theatre
Nov 06 -- St. Petersburg, RS @ Aurora Hall
Nov 07 -- Moscow, RS @ Glavclub
Nov 09 -- Belgrade, RS @ Dom Omladine Beograda
Nov 10 -- Frankfurt, DE @ Das Bett
Nov 12 -- Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
Nov 14 -- Paris, FR @ Bataclan
Nov 18 -- Madrid, ES @ La Riviera
Nov 19 -- Barcelona, ES @ Razzmataz
Nov 21 -- Rome, IT @ Orion Live Club
Nov 22 -- Milan, IT @ Fabrique
Nov 23 -- Munich, DE @ Ampere
Nov 24 -- Bochum, DE @ Christuskirche
Nov 26 -- Wroclaw, POL @ A2
Nov 27 -- Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
Nov 28 -- Hamburg, DE @ Knust
Dec 04 -- Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
Dec 05 -- Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
Dec 06 -- Northampton, UK @ Roadmender
Dec 08 -- Leeds, UK @ Leeds Beckett SU
Dec 09 -- London, UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town
Dec 11 -- Copenhagen, DK @ Store Vega
Dec 12 -- Stockholm, SW @ Nalen
Dec 14 -- Athens, GR @ Gazi Music Hall
Dec 15 -- Thessaloniki, GR @ Principal Club Theater

Published July 27th, 2018

ohGr featuring Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy returned with an enchanting new album titled Tricks last month and now a North American tour in support of the record has been announced. The tour kicks off next month in San Diego and includes a Detroit area stop September 18th at Small's in Hamtramck. Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

Lead Into Gold, the awesome Wax Trax! project featuring Paul Barker will be opening for ohGr on the tour.



ohGr - North American tour

Aug 14 -- San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
Aug 15 -- San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Aug 17 -- Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Aug 18 -- Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Aug 19 -- Vancouver, BC @ Red Room
Aug 21 -- Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
Aug 22 -- Calgary, AB @ Dickens
Aug 24 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro
Aug 25 -- Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
Aug 27 -- Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Aug 28 -- Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Aug 29 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Aug 31 -- Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Sep 01 -- West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectables
Sep 02 -- Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
Sep 05 -- Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Sep 07 -- Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Hell
Sep 08 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Sep 09 -- Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Sep 11 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Sep 12 -- Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Sep 13 -- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Sep 15 -- Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
Sep 16 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Sep 18 -- Hamtramck, MI @ Smalls
Sep 19 -- Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
Sep 21 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sep 22 -- St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Sep 25 -- Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Sep 26 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Sep 27 -- Los Angeles, CA @ 1720

Published July 27th, 2018

Thursday, July 26, 2018


Iconic electro duo Yazoo (aka Yaz) featuring Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke have announced the release a 4 piece vinyl set Four Pieces - A Yazoo Compendium. The deluxe reissue boxset arrives on October 26th and includes the two studio albums Upstairs At Eric's and You and Me Both, along with the remix LP Eight Remixes, and a previously unreleased compilation collecting their BBC sessions.

All of the material has been remastered and pressed on heavyweight black 180 gm vinyl. Also included is four exclusive art prints, posters, and six pocket-sized photos. The boxset cover is white, soft-touch, matt laminate printed with silver foil on the front and back.

Pre-order Four Pieces here.  Stream the previously unreleased version of "Don't Go" taken from the band's 1982 BBC session and view the Four Pieces tracklisting below.

UPDATE (8/1/18:) Yazoo announced that due to an outpouring of requests from fans Four Pieces will also be released on CD format. The tracklisting will be identical to the vinyl edition, though they're still working out the packaging details, etc. Pre-order info for the CD release will be announced once everything is sorted.




LP1 – Upstairs At Eric's

Side A

1. Don’t Go
2. Too Pieces
3. Bad Connection
4. I Before E Except After C
5. Midnight
6. In My Room

Side B
1. Only You
2. Goodbye 70’s
3. Tuesday
4. Winter Kills
5. Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I)

LP2 – You And Me Both

Side A

1. Nobody’s Diary
2. Softly Over
3. Sweet Thing
4. Mr Blue
5. Good Times

Side B

1. Walk Away from Love
2. Ode to Boy
3. Unmarked
4. Anyone
5. Happy People
6. And On

LP3 – Eight Remixes

Side A

1. Nobody’s Diary – Extended Version
2. Situation – Richard X Remix
3. Don’t Go – Remix
4. Only You – Orchestral Mix

Side B

1. Situation – The Aggressive Attitude Mix
2. Don’t Go – Tee’s TNT Radio Mix
3. State Farm – Madhouse Mix Edit
4. Winter Kills – Minute Taker Remix (Previously Unreleased)

LP4 – Two BBC Sessions

Side A

John Peel, June 1982

1. Don’t Go (Previously Unreleased)
2. Midnight (Previously Unreleased)
3. In My Room (Previously Unreleased)
4. Winter Kills (Previously Unreleased)

Side B

David Jensen, September 1982

1. Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I)
2. In My Room
3. Situation (Previously Unreleased)
4. Too Pieces (Previously Unreleased)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


John Lydon's surly tones will be featured in Nickelodeon's animated series Rise Of The Mutant Ninja Turtles. Lydon himself announced the news on social media, revealing he'll be the villainous voice of Meat Sweats, a "power-hungry mutant pig" pictured below:


The season featuring Lydon debuts on September 22nd.

Watch a trailer for the new season below (video is forwarded to Lydon's character bellowing "unleash the flavor"). Read more about the series here.

Meanwhile Public Image Ltd released a boxset anthology The Public Image Is Rotten (Songs From The Heart) last week. A North American tour celebrating PiL's 40th anniversary kicks off in October.



Public Image Ltd - North American tour

Oct 09 -- New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre
Oct 10 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Oct 12 -- Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Oct 13 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
Oct 15 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Oct 16 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Oct 18 -- Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Oct 19 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Oct 21 -- Detroit, MI @ The Majestic
Oct 22 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Oct 24 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
Oct 25 -- Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Oct 28 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Oct 29 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Oct 31 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Nov 01 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Nov 03 -- Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
Nov 06 -- Mexico City, MX @ Pepsi Centre

Published July 25th, 2018

Morrissey unearthed a new "lost" studio track this week titled "Blue Dreamers Eyes." The video was created by Sam Esty Rayner (Mozzer's nephew) and includes footage captured at recent shows.

Earlier this year Morrissey posted the "lost" track titled "By The Time I Get To Wherever."

Morrissey released a new compilation This Is Morrissey earlier this month on CD. The album will be released on vinyl August 31st.





Published July 25th, 2018

Yaz/Yazoo are teasing an announcement. The influential electro duo featuring Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet began posting cryptic images on social media this week with the words "four pieces" and the date October 26th, 2018.

While Yaz could be teasing a reunion, it seems highly likely the announcement will involve vinyl reissues. Mute has been on a tear reissuing vinyl releases lately -- next month sees the first two releases in the Depeche Mode vinyl singles collection; they've recently reissued Throbbing Gristle's and A Certain Ratio's back catalog on vinyl. Additionally, October 26th is a Friday (Fridays are universal record release days).

We shall see. Stay tuned.







Published July 25th, 2018