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The Limiñanas teamed up with Peter Hook a couple of years ago for the single "Garden Of Love." The French duo announced that they've once again collaborated with the bass legend on a brand new song titled "The Gift," which appears on their new album Shadow People.

The single premieres January 19th, and in anticipation of the release the band premiered a behind the scenes video on the making of "The Gift" which features interview clips with Hooky. He revealed that he plays bass and sings on "The Gift" and said he agreed to sing on the track because he loves Marie Limiñanas voice and the pairing of their vocals. He also described the flow of the single to being similar to "La Vie En Rose" by Grace Jones and said he hopes to someday record a third song with The Limiñanas.

Watch the making of video featuring Peter Hook below.

Shadow People arrives January 19th and also includes a song featuring Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre - the official video for "Istanbul Is Sleepy" featuring Newcombe is available to view below.

Published January 17th, 2018

Holy Psychedelica! The Black Angels are hitting the road with Black Lips this spring in North America. The Birds and the Bees Tour includes a stop at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit on March 31st. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 19th.

The Black Angels frontman Alex Maas commented on the tour: "Unlike a lot of things right now, touring with Black Lips just makes sense. It's something that we have wanted to do for a long time."

The Black Angels are touring in support of 2017's Death Song; Black Lips released their last album Satan's Graffiti or God's Art? in 2016.

Black Angels/Black Lips - North American tour

Mar 20 -- Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theater
Mar 21 -- Kansas City, MO @ Voodoo Lounge
Mar 22 -- Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
Mar 23 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Mar 24 -- Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
Mar 26 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Mar 27 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Mar 29 -- Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
Mar 30 -- Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
Mar 31 -- Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater
Apr 01 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Apr 03 -- New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
Apr 04 -- Boston, MA @ Royale
Apr 05 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Apr 07 -- Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
Apr 08 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Apr 09 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Apr 11 -- Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
Apr 13 -- Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
Apr 14 -- St. Augustine, FL @ Backyard St Aug. Amphitheater
Apr 16 -- Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
Apr 17 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
Apr 18 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
Apr 19 -- Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Apr 20 -- New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre

Published January 17th, 2018

Trashcan Sinatras celebrated their 30th anniversary last year with an acoustic North American tour. The band captured the final date of the tour which took place November 4th at the Swing House Studios in Los Angeles, and they'll release the show as a live DVD + CD set titled All Night In America. The show featured 3 sets and 42 songs (see set list below), though not all of the songs will make it to the final cut.

All Night In America will be released later this year and is available to pre-order now through Pledge Music.

Set 1

Only Tongue Can Tell
All the Dark Horses
Got Carried Away
January’s Little Joke
Thrupenny Tears
The Sleeping Policeman
The Perfect Reminder
What Women Do to Men
I’m Immortal
The Main Attraction
No Gasoline
Drunken Chorus

Set 2

Even the Odd
Easy On The Eye
Send For Henny
Orange Fell
Maybe I Should Drive
A Boy and a Girl
Best Days on Earth
Worked a Miracle
I Hung My Harp Upon The Willows
Circling the Circumference
Twisted and Bent

Set 3

All Night
The Best Man’s Fall
How Can I Apply…?
Trouble Sleeping
You Made Me Feel
Ain’t That Something
I’ve Seen Everything
Obscurity Knocks

Published January 17th, 2018
Earlier this month William Patrick Corgan/Billy Corgan urged fans on social media to follow him on Instagram. He has now delivered the ultimate present to old school fans - Corgan posted a picture of himself in the studio alongside original Pumpkins members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin.

In March 2016 Corgan and Iha performed a few songs together at Smashing Pumpkins shows in Chicago and Los Angeles. Later that year Corgan hinted at a 2017 Smashing Pumpkins reunion/tour which never materialized, however perhaps 2018 will be a different story.

Check out the photo below or over on Corgan's Instagram.

Published January 17th, 2018


Shane MacGowan turned 60 in December and to celebrate, his musical friends came together in Dublin last night to pay tribute and perform in his honor. MacGowan's star studded 60th Birthday Concert included Nick Cave, Bono, Sinéad O'Connor, Bobby Gillespie, Johnny Depp, and more. At the end of the concert MacGowan was also presented with a lifetime achievement award.

Watch some fan filmed video from MacGowan's 60th Birthday Concert below.

Published January 16th, 2018

A few years ago 4AD launched a Cocteau Twins vinyl reissue campaign. To date Blue Bell Knoll, Heaven or Las Vegas, Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay and The Pink Opaque have been repressed/reissued as part of the campaign.

Today 4AD announced two more represses are on the way: the 1983 album Head Over Heels featuring "Sugar Hiccup" and "In Our Angelhood," and the timeless ultimate dreampop classic Treasure (1984) are set for a March 16th release.

Like the previous reissues, new masters of Head Over Heels and Treasure were created from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, and will be released on 180 gm heavyweight vinyl. Digital HD audio versions of both albums will also be available on March 16th.

For more details on the reissues and to pre-order, head over to 4AD.

Published January 16th, 2018

The Afghan Whigs are heading back out on the road for another run of North American dates in support of their excellent album In Spades. The spring tour, which also includes Built To Spill, unfortunately bypasses the Detroit area. The full list of dates are posted below.

Meanwhile KEXP's live session with Afghan Whigs featuring four songs and an interview is available to view below. The session was recorded October 18th, 2017 and features an intriguing cover of The Beatles' "Dear Prudence." Check it out below:

The Afghan Whigs - North American tour

Apr 11 -- Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Apr 12 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Apr 13 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue
Apr 14 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Apr 16 -- Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
Apr 18 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Apr 20 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Apr 21 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Apr 23 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Apr 24 -- Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Apr 25 -- Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
Apr 27 -- Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
Apr 28 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Apr 29 -- Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
Apr 30 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
May 02 -- New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
May 03 -- Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
May 04 -- Austin, TX @ Emo's
May 05 -- San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
May 08 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
May 09 -- San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
May 10 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 11 -- Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
May 15 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Published January 16th, 2018

Preoccupations return with a new studio album titled New Material (yes, that is really the name). The eight track album is the follow up to 2016's self titled album and the band's third album overall. Today Preoccupations premiered the video for the album's first track "Espionage" which was created by Nathan David Smith and features artwork by Marc Rimmer.

New Material arrives March 23rd and is available to pre-order here.

Preoccupations also announced dates for a North American tour which bypasses the Detroit area. Check out the dates along with the video for "Espionage" below:

Preoccupations - North American tour

Apr 14 -- Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Apr 18 -- Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Apr 19 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Apr 20 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (Zone One)
Apr 23 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Apr 24 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Apr 26 -- Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar
Apr 27 -- Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Apr 29 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
May 01 -- Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
May 03 -- Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
May 04 -- Calgary, AB @ Palomino
May 05 -- Calgary, AB @ Palomino
May 09 -- Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
May 11 -- Seattle, WA @ Barboza
May 12 -- Portland, OR @ Star Theater
May 14 -- San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
May 18 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
May 19 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
May 22 -- Austin, TX @ Barracuda
May 23 -- Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
May 24 -- St. Louis, MO @ Firebird

Published January 16th, 2018

David Byrne returns with his new solo album American Utopia on March 9th. Today Byrne announced an extensive North American tour in support of the release, which he says will be "the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense, so fingers crossed."

The tour includes a Detroit stop August 10th at the Fox Theater. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, January 19th.

David Byrne - North American tour

Mar 03 -- Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
Mar 04 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA @ FM Kirby Center
Mar 06 -- Buffalo, NY @ Center For The Arts
Mar 07 -- Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theatre
Mar 09 -- Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
Mar 10 -- Kingston, NY @ Ulster Performing Arts Center
Apr 03 -- Mexico City, MX @ Metropolitan Theater
Apr 05 -- Monterrey, MX @ Auditorio Pabellon
Apr 07 -- Guadalajara, MX @ Corona Capital
Apr 14 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
Apr 15 -- Tuscon, AZ @ Centennial Hall
Apr 17 -- San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theater
Apr 18 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center For The Arts
Apr 19 -- Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center - Ikeda Theater
Apr 21 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
Apr 24 -- Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
Apr 25 -- Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
Apr 27 -- San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center For The Performing Arts
Apr 28 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall - Outside Lawn
May 04 -- Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
May 06 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 08 -- Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium
May 09 -- Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
May 10 -- Durham, NC @ Durham Pac
May 12 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
May 13 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center For The Arts
May 15 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
May 16 -- Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
May 17 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater
May 19 -- Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place
May 20 -- Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
May 21 -- Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
May 23 -- Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 24 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
May 27 -- Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
May 28 -- Eugene, OR @ Hult Center
May 30 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theater
Jun 02 -- Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater/Roosevelt University
Jun 05 -- Des Moines, IA @ Des Moines Civic Center
Jun 07 -- Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center For The Arts
Jun 08 -- St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
Jun 09 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Farmers Bureau Lawn
Jul 27 -- Camden, NJ @ Xponential Music Festival
Jul 31 -- Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavillion
Aug 01 -- Shelburne, VT @ Shelburne Museum - The Green
Aug 03 -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
Aug 05 -- Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation/Marvin Sands Performing Arts
Aug 08 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ Devos Performance Hall
Aug 10 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Aug 11 -- Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights
Aug 12 -- Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavillion at Riverbend
Aug 16 -- Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Aug 18 -- San Jose, CA @ City National Civic Auditorium
Aug 21 -- Sacramento, CA @ Community Theater
Aug 24 -- Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara County Bowl
Aug 28 -- Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Published January 16th, 2018

Jack White announced an extensive North American tour in support of his forthcoming album Boarding House Reach. The tour kicks off April 19th in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena - White's biggest show to date in Detroit.

The general onsale for all the dates on the tour is January 26th. The Third Man Records Vault pre-sale for Vault members kicks off January 22nd at 10am (info on Vault subscriptions is posted here). A Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale will also take place starting January 24th - register now to become a verified fan (deadline to register is January 19th at 11:59pm).

Additionally, every online ticket purchased in North America for the headline shows (non-festival dates) will include a physical copy of Boarding House Reach on CD. Fans will also have the option to upgrade their CD to the standard black vinyl LP.

White releases his third album Boarding House Reach on March 23rd. The first single "Connected By Love" was released last week as a physical 7" single and digital download.

Jack White - North American tour

Apr 19 -- Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
Apr 20 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
Apr 21 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe
Apr 23 -- Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena
Apr 24 -- Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Apr 25 -- St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
Apr 27 -- Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
Apr 29 -- Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
Apr 30 -- Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
May 01 -- Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
May 02 -- Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
May 27 -- Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang
May 29 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Jun 04 -- Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheater
Jun 06 -- Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Jun 07 -- Rochester, NY @ Dome Arena
Jun 08 -- Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Mainstage Theater
Jun 09 -- Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Aug 06 -- Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
Aug 08 -- Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
Aug 09 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ SaltAir
Aug 11 -- Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Aug 12 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
Aug 13 -- Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theatre
Aug 15 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Aug 19 -- Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
Aug 21 -- San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Aug 22 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Aug 23 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea @ The Cosmopolitan

Published January 16th, 2018


Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries has died.

According to the BBC, O'Riordan's death was been confirmed by her publicist, who offered no additional details other than to report that O'Riordan had been in London for a recording session and her death was sudden/unexpected.

The Daily Mail reports O'Riordan was found dead in her London hotel room.

O'Riordan was 46 years old.


Published January 15th, 2018

Today is Blue Monday 2018 - the day considered by some to be the saddest, most depressing day of the year. Two different equations have been utilized by "experts" to determine the exact date of Blue Monday - debt, weather, stress, and travel all factor in - however most scientists consider the concept of Blue Monday to be questionable at best.

Blue Monday has only been a thing (such that it is) since 2005 and has nothing at all to do with New Order's iconic anthem, but what an excellent excuse* to bust out the vinyl/cassette/CD/whatever and enjoy this timeless classic.

*Keep in mind you never EVER need an excuse to listen to New Order. Just saying.

Published January 15th, 2018


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #38: Ahoy!

Rock it old school with a new streaming episode of Time Warp.

This week's show includes music from New Order, Buffalo Tom, Ministry, Afghan Whigs, Temple Of The Dog, Magazine, Suede, The Neon Judgement, David Bowie, The Smiths, and more.

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

Music news stories from the week

Duran Duran release early rare demos
David Bowie, R.I.P.
Juliana Hatfield pays tribute to Olivia Newton-John on covers record
Chris Carter announces new solo LP Chris Carter's Chemistry Lessons Vol 1
Ride announce new EP; premiere single "Catch You Dreaming"
The Breeders announce 5th LP All Nerve
David Byrne announces new LP & debuts song
David Bowie's "Let's Dance" demo released


Cleopatra Records unearthed and released four rare early recordings from Duran Duran - including the original demo version of "Girls On Film" and "See Me Repeat Me," which was later reworked and became the classic "Rio."

The recordings were made in 1979 with vocalist Andy Wickett. Rounding out the rest of Duran Duran: John Taylor on guitar, Roger Taylor on drums, and Nick Rhodes on keyboards. [Founding member Stephen Tin Tin Duffy parted ways with Duran Duran in 1978 and Simon Le Bon hadn't joined Duran Duran yet - Le Bon would later meet up and go on to become Duran Duran's vocalist in 1980]

"Girls On Film" became a mega-hit for Duran Duran and is well known for its provocative music video, however the original Wickett version sounds much different - and much darker sounding - than the re-worked version featuring Simon Le Bon. Wickett reveals that his original lyrics to "Girls On Film" were inspired by the lives of the stars of old black and white movies:

"This song was inspired by the dark side of the glitz and glamour, where these perfect idols suffered tragedy and addiction. The film Sunset Boulevard was also a big influence with its tale of a fading movie star."

Stream "Girls On Film" (original demo)

Meanwhile, Duran Duran's song "Rio" was adapted from Wickett's song "See Me Repeat Me" ("See Me Repeat Me" was previously titled "Stevie's Radio Station" which was written by Wickett's old band TV Eye). While the early version of "See Me Repeat Me" is a long way from what eventually became "Rio" you can hear formative elements of the classic song.

Stream "See Me Repeat Me"

The four song EP Girls On Film - 1979 Demo is now available on CD, LP (red and clear vinyl) and as a digital download. Stream all four tracks in full and order directly from Bandcamp.

FYI: Andy Wickett and his band World Service released a new album titled Creatures Of Love in the fall. The album will be released as a physical CD on March 9th.

Published January 12th, 2018

The Smithereens are paying tribute to Pat DiNizio tomorrow (Saturday, January 13th) with a special concert/live streaming event titled Time And Time Again A Celebration of Pat Dinizio. The surviving members of The Smithereens will be performing at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey and will be joined by special guests including Dave Davies of The Kinks, Patty Smythe and Scandal, Steven Van Zandt (Little Steven), and more, plus a video tribute is planned. A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to establish the Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship.

The show had been planned before DiNizio's tragic passing according to Van Zandt:

"I was set to host this Smithereens and Patty Smyth and Scandal show as part of Citi’s Underground Garage at the Basie series. With the sudden, tragic passing of Pat DiNizio, I think it’s appropriate that we take this moment to pay tribute to him. I will be honored to sing a few of his songs with the band, and I’m asking any friends of mine if they can make themselves available for a song or two."

The concert will stream live worldwide January 13th at 8PM ET. The stream will be hosted over at The Count Basie Theatre's website. For more details head here.

Published January 12th, 2018

Jack White premiered new music from his third solo album a few days ago, and today he's announced official details for the album. Boarding House Reach includes 13 songs and is a sonic mix of rock 'n' roll, electro and hard funk, proto punk, hip hop, gospel blues, and country. The album, which arrives March 23rd, was recorded in Nashville at Third Man, as well as studios in New York and Los Angeles.

The cover art for the standard version of the record is posted above; a limited edition version with different (and almost Daft Punkish) cover art (posted below) will be released exclusively as part of the new Vault Package (Package #35) and is available to pre-order through January 31st. Read more about Vault Package #35 here.

As previously reported the limited edition tri-colored 7" for "Connected By Love" b/w "Respect Commander" will be available tomorrow at the Third Man Record Cass Corridor storefront and the TMR Nashville storefront starting at 10am. Be sure to get there early - Third Man will continue to sell copies as long as there is "a line" (at least a 3 person queue). Once the "line" is serviced they will stop selling copies. Read more about that here.

Published January 12th, 2018


The legend, the icon, the genius, the visionary...the one and only David Bowie died on this day in 2016.

There will never be another David Bowie. No one has come close to reaching his decades-spanning level of originality, creativity, ingenuity, and influence. His career, his life, was stunning.

Certainly January 10th is a difficult day for Bowie fans, however if Bowie was around to offer up his thoughts I'm sure he would prefer for us to celebrate his extraordinary life rather than mourn his death. In that spirit, keep Bowie in your thoughts and watch some video of the king of innovation and ingenuity in action below.

Published January 10th, 2018

Jack White premiered new music today from his forthcoming third solo album Boarding House Reach. The single "Connected By Love" features White on vocals, synthesizer, and acoustic guitar; the single is backed by another album track titled "Respect Commander."

Third Man Records released the physical 7" single on standard black vinyl today. The songs are also available as digital downloads and on streaming services. Check out all the online options here.

Meanwhile fans in Detroit have the unique opportunity to purchase the limited edition tri-color 7" single for "Connected By Love" this Saturday, January 13th. According to Third Man, copies will go on sale at the Third Man Records Cass Corridor storefront starting at 10am but will only be available as long as there is a line of people waiting to purchase the single:

"The limited edition tri-color 7" will be on sale for one day only, Saturday, January 13th, exclusively at Third Man Records storefronts in Nashville and Detroit, available, first come, first served only for as long as the line for them lasts and never to be made accessible online. A "line" qualifies as 3+ people. This does not mean that you necessarily have to be in line when the store opens at 10am, but it does mean that if you arrive after the line has been serviced, the tri-colors will no longer be available. No exceptions. Plan your morning and assess your risk accordingly. Tri-colors will be one-per-person."

The official street date for Boarding House Reach is still to be announced.

Published January 10th, 2018


Juliana Hatfield is releasing an Olivia Newton-John covers album on April 13th. Hatfield considers Newton-John a hero that inspired her to become a musician. Hatfield tackled 13 of her favorite ONJ songs for the record and will be donating a portion of all sales to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre.

Read Hatfield's commentary on the album below and pre-order here. [A bonus 7" featuring cover art by Paul Westerberg is one of the pre-order options!]

"I have never not loved Olivia Newton-John. Her music has brought me so much pure joy throughout my life. I loved her when I was a child and I love her still. Her voice and her positive energy and her melodies have stood the test of time and they give me as much pleasure now as they ever did. Listening to her is an escape into a beautiful place. She has inspired me so much personally and I just wanted to give something back; to share some of these tremendous songs, reinterpreted, with love, by me."

Meanwhile Hatfield's debut album Hey Babe will be released on vinyl March 23rd to mark the record's 25th anniversary.  Hey Babe has been newly mastered from the original analog tapes and is available to pre-order here.

Published January 9th, 2018

Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle/Chris And Cosey announced details for his first new solo album in 17 years today and debuted the first taste of the album.

The innovative electo pioneeer's new full length is titled Chris Carter's Chemistry Lessons Vol 1 and was recorded inside his home studio. Carter also created all the artwork and accompanying videos for the release.

Mute Records describes the album as being "populated with insistent melodic patterns and a distinct sense of wonderment at the limitless possibilities of science."

Carter reveals his album was influenced by "60s radiophonic" and features skewed vocals -- a vocal technique Carter had been working on with ex-bandmate Sleazy (aka Peter Christopherson).

"Sleazy and I had worked together on ways of developing a sort of artificial singing using software and hardware. This was me trying to take it a step further. I’ve taken lyrics, my own voice or people’s voices from a collection that I’d put together with Sleazy, and I’ve chopped them up and done all sorts of weird things with them.”

Stream the enchanting new song from the album titled "Blissters" below:

Chris Carter's Chemistry Lessons Vol 1 arrives March 30th and is available to pre-order here or on Amazon.

Published January 9th, 2018

Ride are set to release a new four song EP titled Tomorrow's Shore on February 16th. The EP includes the previously released single "Pulsar" along with three brand new tracks. One of the new tracks, the smooth slow-jam "Catch You Dreaming," debuted today.

According to guitarist Andy Bell, "Catch You Dreaming" is a love song of sorts:

“Catch You Dreaming” is written from the perspective of being one of the last two people alive, watching as the Universe is ending. The protagonist looks back over the time when humanity existed, realising that we as humans brought about our own inevitable demise. Then the couple look back over their own lives of shared memories and as they are sharing this moment, everything vaporises. It’s a love song about fate, nostalgia, and having no regrets."

Though "Catch You Dreaming" was originally intended to be released on the band's reunion album Weather Diaries, they weren't able to capture a "definitive" version of the track in time for the release. They later revisited and revamped the track which is available to stream below.

Tomorrow's Shore will be released on 12" vinyl and as a digital EP. Pre-order here or on Amazon.

Published January 9th, 2018

The Breeders return with their fifth studio album All Nerve on March 2nd. The album features the Breeders' classic lineup - Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson. All Nerve includes 11 songs, including 2017's comeback single "Wait In The Car."

Along with the album announcement The Breeders premiered the album's title track. Stream "All Nerve" plus check out the album trailer below.

All Nerve will be released on CD, standard black vinyl, limited edition orange vinyl (alternative cover art, available at indie stores only), and digitally. Pre-order here or on Amazon.

The Breeders are hit the road in support of All Nerve in North America this spring. So far a Detroit area date has not been announced.

The Breeders - North American tour

Apr 06 -- Los Angeles, Theatre at Ace Hotel
Apr 07 -- Santa Ana, The Observatory
Apr 08 -- San Francisco, The Masonic
Apr 10 -- Portland, McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Apr 11 -- Vancouver, Commodore Ballroom
Apr 13 -- Seattle, Showbox SoDo
Apr 15 -- Boise, Knitting Factory
Apr 16 -- Salt Lake City, The Grand at The Complex
Apr 18 -- Denver, Ogden Theatre
Apr 19 -- Albuquerque, Sunshine Theatre
Apr 21 -- Austin, Emo's
Apr 22 -- Dallas, House of Blues
Apr 23 -- Houston, House of Blues
Apr 25 -- Birmingham, Iron City
Apr 26 -- Nashville, Cannery Ballroom
Apr 30 -- Brooklyn, Brooklyn Steel
May 02 -- Port Chester, Capitol Theatre
May 04 -- Boston, House of Blues
May 05 -- Montreal, Corona Theatre
May 06 -- Toronto, Phoenix Concert Theatre
May 08 -- Chicago, Vic Theater
May 09 -- Milwaukee, The Rave
May 11 -- Kansas, The Truman
May 13 -- Minneapolis, First Avenue

Published January 9th, 2018

David Byrne has announced details for American Utopia, his first new solo album since 2004's Grown Backwards.

The ex-Talking Heads leader officially announced the album during his Reasons To Be Cheerful talk he gave at New School in New York yesterday, plus he debuted the first song "Everybody's Coming To My House," a track he co-wrote with Brian Eno (Eno co-wrote several of the songs on American Utopia).

Byrne explained the theme/inspiration behind American Utopia:

"These songs don’t describe an imaginary or possibly impossible place but rather attempt to depict the world we live in now. Many of us, I suspect, are not satisfied with that world—the world we have made for ourselves. We look around and we ask ourselves—well, does it have to be like this? Is there another way? These songs are about that looking and that asking."

Byrne plans on hitting the road in support of American Utopia later this year. The extensive tour is currently in the pre-production phase, but Byrne says it will focus on human interaction (his large group of musicians relating to the audience) and will be the most ambitious show he's done since Stop Making Sense.

So far only a handful of live dates have been announced but many more are on the way, so stay tuned.

American Utopia arrives March 9th. Pre-order here and watch the video for "Everybody's Coming To My House" below.

*The archive of the Reasons To Be Cheerful talk is available to view here.

Published January 9th, 2018


David Bowie may have left this mortal coil in 2016 but his spirit and legend lives on.

In celebration of what would have been his 71st birthday*, a demo version of "Let's Dance" has been released as a digital single.

Bowie and Nile Rodgers (who would go on to produce the full album Let's Dance) recorded the demo in December 1982 with local artists at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland. Rodgers recently mixed the demo at his studios in Connecticut especially for this Very Special Bowie Birthday Surprise!

The "Let's Dance" demo is available now as a digital single and on streaming services. Check out the demo along with commentary from Nile Rodgers via David Bowie's website below:

“I’ve been blessed with a wonderful career but my creative partnership with David Bowie ranks very, very, very high on the list of my most important and rewarding collaborations. This demo gives you, the fans, a bird's eye view of the very start of it! I woke up on my first morning in Montreux with David peering over me. He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, “Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!”.

This recording was the first indication of what we could do together as I took his 'folk song' and arranged it into something that the entire world would soon be dancing to and seemingly has not stopped dancing to for the last 35 years! It became the blue print not only for Let’s Dance the song but for the entire album as well.

If you played 2nd guitar or drums let us know who you are!

The time we spent mixing it just before Christmas was full of tears as it felt like David was in the room with us. Happy Birthday David, I love you and we all miss you!"

Nile Rodgers previously revealed how "Let's Dance" came together in 2015. Check out video of Rodgers in action below:

*David Bowie's birthday is January 8th; the single was released January 8th at midnight UK time (January 7th, 7pm ET)

Published January 7th, 2018

Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #37: Have A Look

Rock it old school with a new streaming episode of Time Warp. This week's show includes music from David Byrne, Loop, Mudhoney, Spiritualized, The Ocean Blue, Cocteau Twins, Lush, The Clash, David Bowie, and more.

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

Music news stories from the week
R.E.M. members reunite at Scott McCaughey benefit
Tony Visconti talks Bowie, Morrissey, Perry Farrell + more
Video: Morrissey in Santa Barbara
Book Of Love announce anthology 'Sire Years 1985 - 1993'
David Byrne 'Reasons To Be Cheerful' live stream
Simple Minds premiere "Magic" single/video
January 4th: Classic Alternative birthday bonanza
Reminder: XTC documentary premieres January 11th

The Help The Hoople benefit for Scott McCaughey took place over the last two nights in Portland. McCaughey suffered a stroke last fall and this weekend his musical friends came together to celebrate his recovery and raise money for medical bills, etc. McCaughey himself appeared and rocked out along with a talented bunch of musicians including members of Sleater-Kinney, The Shins, The Decemberists and...R.E.M.!

Peter Buck and Mike Mills had been scheduled to perform, so the crowd was expecting to see these R.E.M. legends. On Friday Buck and Mills performed - however during Saturday's benefit Bill Berry showed up unannounced and joined his old bandmates on stage for an even bigger R.E.M. reunion! Fans who were at the show (including my friend Dexter who attended both nights) were FREAKING OUT wondering if Michael Stipe was backstage getting ready to join the fray, but not to be.

Still, what an amazing treat to see all these incredible musicians come together for a great cause.

Check out some video shot at this weekend's shows:

Published January 7th, 2017


A new interview with Tony Visconti has been published by Irish Times. The ever-intriguing producer spoke about several iconic musicians he's worked with and about a few projects he has in the pipeline.

Visconti revealed he is still grappling with David Bowie's death:

"I'm still very much in a state of grief...I'm always reminded of him. It hasn't been easy, but playing his music onstage helps."

He also shared a few words about Morrissey, stating that he's proud of the album he produced for Morrissey (2006's Ringleader of the Tormentors) and would love to work with the ex-Smiths frontman again, but alas they have not been in touch:

"He has a knack for pushing people away from him. That's how he lives his life."

Other interesting kernels from the interview: Visconti worked with Perry Farrell on an album that's due out later this year; work just wrapped up on the new album from The Damned which is out in the spring, and he's working on a new album with The Good, The Bad, and The Queen (project featuring Damon Albarn of Blur/Gorillaz, Paul Simonon of The Clash, Simon Tong of The Verve) which he says will be out before 2019.

Read the full fascinating interview with Visconti here.

Published January 6th, 2018

Photographer Sam Esty Rayner - aka Morrissey's nephew - has uploaded a full Morrissey concert. The footage was captured during Mozzer's World Peace Is None Of Your Business stop at the Santa Barbara Bowl on November 5th, 2016. Morrissey was in a pretty great mood and appeared to be having a grand time with the audience and performing in general.

Check it out below:

FYI: the show was a Day Of The Dead celebration which explains the band's costumes (or not). Additionally Moz made a few comments about voting; the show took place just days before the U.S. presidential election.

Published January 6th, 2018


Book Of Love's original lineup - Susan Ottaviano, Ted Ottaviano, Lauren Roselli and Jade Lee - reunited in 2016, released a 30th anniversary edition of their classic debut album, and enjoyed a run of successful live shows.

The synth dynamos have now announced a new anthology set for release January 19th. Book Of Love - The Sire Years: 1985 - 1993 includes 20 songs from the Sire era along with an 8 page booklet with rare photos and memorabilia.

In addition to the release the band will also head back out on the road for a 2018 Sire Years tour in North America. Dates and cities are yet to be announced, so stay tuned.

Pre-order Book Of Love - The Sire Years: 1985 - 1993 here and check out the tracklisting below:

01. Book Of Love
02. Boy
03. I Touch Roses
04. Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)
05. You Make Me Feel So Good
06. Yellow Sky
07. Tubular Bells
08. Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls
09. With A Little Love
10. Lullaby (7" version)
11. Witchcraft
12. Alice Everyday
13. Counting The Rosaries
14. Sunny Day
15. Miss Melancholy
16. Sunday A.M.
17. Hunny Hunny
18. Sound And Vision
19. Boy Pop
20. Chatterbox (Pt. 2)

Published January 4th, 2018
David Byrne announced he's giving a short talk on January 8th as part of his ongoing project Reasons To Be Cheerful. The talk takes place in New York, however he's revealed that he is going to live stream it on Facebook.

UPDATE (1/9/18): The archive of the talk is available at the bottom of this post.

Read Byrne's comments about the project below and join him January 8th at 12:30 PM on Facebook to experience and be inspired by his wisdom and creativity.

"At 12:30 on January 8th at the lovely New School Auditorium on 12th St., I’m doing a short introductory talk as part of my continuing Reasons To Be Cheerful project.

This is an online project that is an continuation and extension of some writing and talks I’ve done recently. The project will be cross-platform—some elements may appear on social media, some on a website and some might manifest as a recording or performance. I’ve done these talks elsewhere, at BRIC Arts Center in Fort Greene and at IdeasCity with the New Museum, and now I’m hoping to bring the idea to a wider audience.

Briefly, here’s what it is—I began to look for encouraging things that are happening anywhere, and if they have been tested, if they have been proven to work, if they can be transferred and adopted in other places, if they can scale up—then let’s hold them up for consideration, and let’s invite others to add to this project. There are actually a LOT of encouraging things going on around the world—they’ve given me hope, and I’d like to share them.

As I was beginning to compile these examples, I was also making a record—songs that I suspect were informed by much of this material."

Byrne also announced a handful of other engagements for 2018. View his U.S. itinerary below:

Jan 08 -- New York, NY @ The New School (Reasons To Be Cheerful talk)
Mar 03 -- Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
Mar 04 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA @ FM Kirby Center
Mar 06 -- Buffalo, NY @ Center For The Arts
Mar 07 -- Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theatre
Mar 09 -- Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
Mar 10 -- Kingston, NY @ Ulster Performing Arts Center
Apr 14 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
Apr 21 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella

Published January 4th, 2018

Simple Minds return with the new album Walk Between Worlds on February 2nd. The band premiered two songs on the BBC today, and later debuted the video for the album's first official single "Magic" which is available to view below.

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

Published January 4th, 2018
January 4th is an incredible day for Classic Alternative birthdays.

Bernard Sumner of Joy Division/New Order turns 62
Michael Stipe of R.E.M. turns 58
Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins 56
Mark Hollis of Talk Talk turns 63
Beth Gibbons of Portishead turns 53

Legends, each and every one!

Published January 4th, 2018