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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Bob Mould returns with his new album Sunshine Rock on February 8th. The follow up to 2016's Patch The Sky has been described as a "personal" album and Mould's "catchiest and grabbiest" album since Sugar's Copper Blue. The record features strings by the Prague TV Orchestra (composed/arranged by Mould) plus a cover of Shocking Blue's "Send Me A Postcard." Last month Mould issued the album's title track, and now he's unveiled another song from the record titled "What Do You Want Me To Do."

Stream both tracks below along with footage from inside the studio during the making of the album. Head here to pre-order Sunshine Rock.

Mould hits the road in support of Sunshine Rock in North America in February. Check out the tour itinerary below.

Bob Mould - North American tour

Feb 14 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Feb 15 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Feb 16 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Feb 18 -- Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Feb 19 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Feb 21 -- New York, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Feb 22 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Feb 23 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Feb 25 -- Ft. Collins, CO @ Washington's
Feb 26 -- Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Mar 01 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Mar 02 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Mar 30 -- Minneapolis, MN @ The Palace
Mar 31 -- St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Apr 02 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada
Apr 03 -- Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Apr 05 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Apr 06 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Apr 07 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw

Published November 29th, 2018

Earlier this year Third Man Records and Touch And Go announced they were teaming up to reissue the legendary Detroit band Laughing Hyenas backcatalog. So far the reissues for Merry-Go-Round and You Can't Pray A Lie have been released. Now the second installment of the discography has been announced: Life Of Crime, the double LP Hard Times/Crawl, and a bootleg covers 7" will be released on December 7th.

For more info on the reissues and to order head to Third Man Records.

Meanwhile, in celebration of the latest set of reissues, Third Man/Touch And Go are throwing a release party at Marble Bar in Detroit on Saturday, December 15th. Along with door prizes and a slide show, exclusive versions of the records will be available to purchase.

An excellent and fascinating oral history on Detroit's punk scene including commentary from John Brannon of Laughing Hyenas is available to read here.

Published November 29th, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Liam Gallagher announced the release of a limited edition box set. Liam Gallagher As You Were 7" Collector Edition features 15 white 7" vinyl singles each with the lyrics etched on the flip side, all housed in a lift off lid box. The set is limited to 1000 copies worldwide and will be released January 4th exclusively through Gallagher's webstore. Pre-order now if interested, this will likely sell out fast.

Published November 28th, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #82: Ruin

This week's show includes music from Sonic Youth, David Bowie, Magazine, Ramones, Pale Saints, Madness, Big Star, Front 242, The Velvet Underground, Echo & The Bunnymen, and more.

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

Music news stories from the week
Bauhaus unearth previously unreleased material for The Bela Session
David Bowie Is exhibit transformed into app
Definitive Suede film Suede: The Insatiable Ones issued on DVD 

Bauhaus released a new five song EP The Bela Session on Friday. The EP contains previously unreleased material recorded during the band's first recording session which took place January 26th, 1979 -- only six weeks after Bauhaus formed. Among the highlights - "Bite My Hip," which was later reworked and released as "Lagaritija Nick" in 1983; and a previously unreleased song titled "Some Faces."

The EP is available on vinyl or digital download here and here. Stream "Some Faces" and "Bite My Hip" below.

Meanwhile Bauhaus have been reissuing their back catalog on colored vinyl in celebration of their 40th anniversary. The final two reissues -- Burning From The Inside (on blue vinyl) and Crackle (on ruby vinyl) -- will be released on December 7th and are available to pre-order here.

Bauhaus - The Bela Session tracklist

1. Bela Lugosi's Dead (official version)
2. Some Faces (previously unreleased)
3. Bite My Hip (early version of "Lagaritija Nick")
4. Harry (released in 1982)
5. Boys (early version; later reworked/released in 1979)

Peter Murphy - Ruby Celebration Tour

Jan 16 –- Anaheim CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim
Jan 18 -- Portland OR @ Roseland Theatre
Jan 19 –- Vancouver BC @ Vogue Theatre
Jan 20 –- Seattle WA @ The Neptune
Jan 22 –- Salt Lake City UT – Venue TBA
Jan 24 –- San Diego CA @ The Observatory North Park
Jan 25 –- Phoenix AZ @ The Van Buren
Jan 26 –- Albuquerque NM @ Sunshine Theater
Jan 27 –- Oklahoma City OK @ Tower Theatre
Jan 28 –- Kansas City MO @ The Truman
Jan 30 –- Dallas TX @ Granada Theater
Jan 31 –- Austin TX @ Paramount Theater
Feb 01 -– San Antonio TX @ Paper Tiger
Feb 02 -– Houston TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Feb 04 -– New Orleans LA @ Civic Theatre
Feb 06 -– Miami FL @ The Ground at Club Space
Feb 07 -– Orlando FL @ Plaza Live
Feb 08 -– Atlanta GA @ The Masquerade
Feb 09 -– Carrboro NC @ Cats Cradle
Feb 11 -– Baltimore MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Feb 12 -– Philadelphia PA @ Union Transfer
Feb 14 -– New York NY @ Terminal 5
Feb 15 -– Worcester MA @ The Palladium
Feb 16 -– Montreal QC @ Corona Theatre
Feb 17 -– Toronto ON @ Phoenix Theatre
Feb 19 -– Detroit MI @ St Andrews Hall
Feb 21 -– Columbus OH @ Columbus Athenaeum
Feb 22 -– Chicago IL @ Rockefeller Chapel
Feb 26 -– Denver CO @ Oriental Theater
Feb 28 -– Los Angeles CA @ The Novo DTLA

Peter Murphy - The Chapel Residency March 2019

Mar 05 -- Should The World Fail To Fall Apart
Mar 08 -- Love Hysteria 8pm / Love Hysteria 11pm
Mar 09 -- Deep
Mar 10 -- Deep
Mar 11 -- Deep
Mar 14 -- Deep / Love Hysteria encore
Mar 15 -- Cascade 8pm / Holy Smoke 11pm
Mar 18 -- Stripped
Mar 19 -- Dust 7pm / Ninth 10 pm
Mar 21 -- Mr. Moonlight
Mar 22 -- Mr. Moonlight
Mar 23 -- Mr. Moonlight

Published November 25th, 2018

David Bowie's critically acclaimed exhibition David Bowie Is has been adapted into a virtual reality/augmented reality mobile app. The exhibition, which was previously on display in 13 cities including Tokyo, New York, Paris, and Chicago in 2013 was a superb showcase of Bowie's music, costumes, lyrics, films, art, and other artifacts, along with immersive audio and narration.

The David Bowie Is app is the first of its kind and will offer the viewer the ability to view these Bowie artifacts in amazing 360 degree detail and will be available in seven different languages. Additionally the app will feature several pieces not included in the touring exhibition.

The app will be available starting January 8th (David Bowie's birthday) on iOS and Android.

For more info head here.

Published November 25th, 2018

The definitive band-approved documentary Suede: The Insatiable Ones debuted on Sky Arts in the UK last night. The 113 minute film tells the band's story through archival performance footage, candid interviews with band members (past and present) and other key players that were there along the way (Mike Joyce of The Smiths also appears). Mike Christie, who recently worked on the excellent New Order: Decades, directed the project. Christie goes way back with Suede -- he established a working relationship with the band in 1993 -- and was granted full access to the band's extensive archives.

After last night's premiere Suede announced that Suede: The Insatiable Ones will be released on DVD April 12th. The triple disc DVD will include bonus material not shown on the Sky Arts broadcast including an interview/conversation between Brett Anderson and Peter Saville; drummer Simon Gilbert's personal archive of photos and behind the scenes footage, and more.

Head here to view the pre-order options.

Published November 25th, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #81: Among The Vipers

This week's show includes music from The Clash, The Cure, Buzzcocks, Ramones, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The House Of Love, Public Image Ltd, The Waterboys, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, and more.

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

Music news stories from the week

Video: Swervedriver premiere "Drone Lover"
Siouxsie & The Banshees mark The Scream anniversary with lim/ed blue vinyl
Film 'Dennis And Lois' ft Happy Mondays, Peter Hook, & Andy Rourke
Video: Johnny Marr reunites with Matt Johnson onstage
Morrissey gets stage rushed; media over-reacts
Morrissey issues statement; calls San Diego show "dream night"

The documentary Dennis And Lois premiered in New York at the DocNYC film festival last week. The indie film directed by Chris Cassidy tells the story of the real life couple Dennis Anderson and Lois Kahlert, who were celebrated in Happy Mondays classic song "Dennis And Lois." The legendary couple met in 1975 and have been a major part of the NYC music scene -- they've thousands of shows, met countless bands, and even work the merch stands for bands. And they still do.

Dennis And Lois features tons of concert footage along with commentary from Peter Hook, Andy Rourke, and of course, Happy Mondays.

View the trailer below via Rolling Stone:

Published November 18th, 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

Swervedriver release their highly anticipated sixth studio record, Future Ruins on January 25th. Last month Swervedriver shared the lead single "Mary Winter" and now they've officially issued the video for another melodic spaced-out beauty titled "Drone Lover." The single is pure and classic swoonworthy Swervedriver! Stream "Drone Lover" below.

Swervedriver also introduced a few new bundles/merch items for Future Ruins including a t-shirts and slip mat - view over at Dangerbird Records, or visit Swervedriver's pre-order landing page here.

Published November 16th, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Morrissey has now issued his own statement about the fan/stage-rushing incident that took place during his encore in San Diego on November 10th. [The previous statement was from his management, not Morrissey himself.] Besides addressing the media-overblown-non-incident, he revealed the San Diego show was a "dream night" and that he was over the moon about his "outstanding" U.S. tour.

Additionally Carlos Rodriguez, the fan involved in the stage rushing incident, has issued a detailed, heartfelt, and classy statement about the matter and apologized to fellow concertgoers that were deprived of the full encore due to his actions that night.

Read both statements below:

"The only trouble at San Diego were the fictitious reports by TMZ that I had been attacked. This is absolute crap. The concert and the crowd were a dream night for me. I was honored and grateful for such an excited and loving response. It concluded an outstanding set of U.S dates and I am absolutely thrilled. TMZ, alas, live exclusively in a world of their own, and certain sections of the press seem enraged that there is nothing negative to report."


11 November 2018

Official Statement from Carlos Rodriguez:

Hello Moz Fam! I felt the need to write out an official statement about events that occured at the Morrissey concert at the Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego this past Saturday. Especially since there are still media outlets reporting inaccurate details on what took place. My name is Carlos Rodriguez and I was the man in question who made it on stage and past security to hug our beloved Morrissey. First and foremost I would like to apologize to the man Himself El Jefe, Mr. Morrissey for unintentionally being a part of the reason the show was stopped and more so that the media made false claims as to what transpired. I admit that on video it does look aggressive but honestly at that moment I literally was beside myself. Like an out of body experience. It was a rush of energy that I have never felt before. Grant it I am a 40 year old man and was able to move that quickly still is crazy to me. Lol. As I was able to hug the Master he was smiling and laughing. Especially after seeing me headlocked and escorted back to the pit. Thank you for confirming that you were not hit, injured, or attacked. As a loyal fan for the past 20+ years that would be the last thing I would ever want to do or any fan for that matter.

Secondly I would like to apologize to all the fans who were at the show at the Copley Center. It was not my intention nor any of the "stage invaders" to have the show stopped. I have been receiving both support and negative feedback to say the least. More the latter. Lol. And I get it. I understand. Moz was having a great show. His vocals were amazing and the setlist was on point! It was a magical night for everyone. So it to end the way it did I apologize. I do accept partial responsibility but right now it seems Im the posterboy for the show cancellation. So be it. Like all Moz concerts fans reach out and hope to have the opportunity to touch the mans hand, have a record signed, or for some even getting their armed signed, which I tried. Lol. But for the past 30 + years there are those fans that take a chance to get closer, to go in for a hug to show deep appreciation to the man whose songs have saved our lives. Most shows those who make it get their 5 sec hug and escorted back to their spot and the show goes on as is at the Tropicalia fest recently. But unfortunately this event ended differently. My actions as well as those of others with me have tarnished what would have been a perfect evening. Yes it was the encore but I know every fan wants to enjoy all we can. So for that I am deeply sorry.

Lastly for the negative press this has brought upon Moz. Media is always trying to create news or spin stories in order to gain views and likes. Even after refuting stories of being attacked or hurt some media outlets are continuing to report falsely and create nonsense to further their agenda. And no I was not paid to rush the stage so He could stop the show or cancel current tour dates as some idiots reported. And to security I am sorry we put you in that predicament. You were clearly outnumbered and you did the best you could given the circumstances. You did what you had to do to protect our beloved Moz. Again, I hope this clears up all the rumors and such and gives me an opportunity to apologize to all parties involved and help others on the outside to have a glimpse into the World of Morrissey.


Introducing the shimmering brand new single from Superfizzee, a captivating long-distance four piece featuring members from Ann Arbor, Orlando, and Los Angeles. To date the impressive surfgaze noise-rock project released a full length album Carbon Nation in 2011 along with a handful of well crafted top shelf singles. Last week they issued their new single "Back To The Old Beach," a catchy and delightful indiepop gem which is available digitally (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play). Stream the awesomeness below.

Expect more brilliance from Superfizzee in 2019; a new EP is expected out in the spring.

Catch up with Superfizzee on Facebook.

Published November 14th, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The debut album from Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Scream, was released 40 years ago today. To mark the important milestone they'll release a special edition pressed on blue vinyl this Friday, November 16th. The reissue should be a sonic delight -- the record was remastered and cut at half speed from the original tapes at Abbey Road; Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin were both actively involved in the artwork restoration and audio remastering for the reissue.

View the pre-order options for the limited edition blue vinyl repress here.

Siouxsie and the Banshees began reissuing newly remastered editions of their albums earlier this year. So far Join Hands, Juju, Tinderbox, Through The Looking Glass, A Kiss In The Dreamhouse, The Scream, and Superstition have all been reissued. The reissue campaign concludes on November 30th with the reissues of Peepshow, Hyena, and The Rapture.

Published November 13th, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

With Matt Johnson/The The back in action, it was only a matter of time before he'd reunite (again) with Johnny Marr. Tonight was the night! Johnny Marr performed a headline show at London at the Roundhouse earlier tonight and during the encore he brought on a very special guest...the one and only Matt Johnson! Johnson performed a cover of "Summer In The City" - check out fan filmed video below!

Johnny Marr appears on The The's comeback single "We Can't Stop What's Coming" which was released last spring, and has been asked countless times in interviews about reuniting with Johnson. Tonight we can all rest easy knowing it finally happened.

Published November 11th, 2018

Morrissey has been on the road playing a handful of shows in California and Mexico. Last night the tour rolled through Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego and from fan accounts Morrissey and his band delivered an excellent and on-point performance. Unfortunately for fans the encore was cut short after fans rushed the stage during Moz's performance of "Everyday Is Like Sunday."

It appears from fan-filmed video that it was a typical scenario for the most part: Morrissey was singing, fans were running on stage, and he was taking it all in stride -- he is well accustomed to stage rushers/huggers over the years -- until an unusually aggressive fan rushed the stage, was apprehended by security and Moz was ushered off the stage, thus ending the show.

Though the unschooled media is trying to claim Moz was attacked and a punch was thrown, Morrissey's management refutes those claims, calling it a typical scenario of fans merely wanting to get closer to the legend. The alleged fan in question, Carlos Rodriguez, also confirmed on FB that his intentions were only out of love and passion for Morrissey, making this essentially a non-story, but for ambulance-chasing TMZ and their slow news day.

View video of the encore along with the official Moz statement below.

Morrissey -- Setlist

William, It Was Really Nothing
Alma Matters
I Wish You Lonely
Is It Really So Strange?
Hairdresser On Fire
When You Open Your Legs
How Soon Is Now?
Back On The Chain Gang
The Bullfighter Dies
If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me
Munich Air Disaster 1958
Jack The Ripper
Break Up The Family
Hold On To Your Friends
Something Is Squeezing My Skull
Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage


Life Is A Pigsty
Everyday Is Like Sunday

Morrissey - North American tour

Nov 22 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional
Nov 23 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional

Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #80: Inverse Deviation, Part VII

This week's show includes music from The Church., Majesty Crush, Eric's Trip, Nitzer Ebb, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The House Of Love, The Ocean Blue, Public Image Ltd, New Order, Depeche Mode, and more.

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

Music news stories from the week

Peter Hook brings Technique/Republic tour to North America
Miki Berenyi's new band Piroshka announces LP; debuts single
Depeche Mode announce Some Great Reward and Construction Time Again box sets
Morrissey rocks out on Late, Late Show
New Suede documentary The Insatiable Ones
Johnny Marr live session
The House Of Love premiere 30th anniversary documentary

The House Of Love's shimmering and influential self titled debut album turned 30 years old this year. To commemorate the milestone The House Of Love issued an expanded 5 CD anniversary edition of the record in September and recently performed the original album in full on tour in the U.K. Now that the tour wrapped, the band are set to premiere a new 45 minute documentary featuring Guy Chadwick and Terry Bickers talking about the making of the classic album.

The film premieres today (Sunday, November 11th) at 1pm ET on the official The House Of Love Facebook page.

UPDATE: The full documentary has premiered and is now available to stream. This is an excellent film about the making of The House Of Love with fascinating insight and commentary from Chadwick and Bickers about the album's songs, artwork, and critical response. Highly recommended.

Published November 11th, 2018

A new feature length documentary about Suede is set to debut on Sky Arts later this month. Suede: The Insatiable Ones takes the viewer through the tumultuous world of Suede, chronicling their rise to megastardom in the 1990s with amazing archival performance footage, candid interviews with ex and current band members, and much more. The film was directed by Mike Christie, who directed the excellent Sky Arts documentary New Order: Decades. Suede's 113 minute film debuts November 24th on Sky Arts in the U.K. A North American screening/air-date has not been announced, however the intriguing trailer for Suede: The Insatiable Ones is available to view below.

As previously reported Brett Anderson recently announced he's written a sequel to his memoir Coal Black Mornings. The sequel Afternoons With The Blinds Drawn will be published in fall 2019 and covers Suede's rise to massive fame and beyond. Head here to learn more.

Published November 11th, 2018

While on tour in support of Call The Comet in North America, the legendary Johnny Marr stopped by KEXP in Seattle for a studio session. This is a fantastic live session -- Marr and his band were on point during their swoonworthy four song performance which included Marr's brilliant single "Hi Hello" and The Smiths' classic "The Headmaster Ritual."

In the middle of the session host Cheryl Waters displayed her interview chops by teasing out interesting and informative nuggets from Marr plus avoided badgering him with tired and awkward Smiths reunion questions. The topics covered included Marr's passion for performing, his Manchester band peers, how he developed his unique playing style/sound, the concept of making your own luck, and more. Check out the session below:

Hi Hello
The Headmaster Ritual
Easy Money

Published November 11th, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Depeche Mode launched their singles reissues box set series earlier this year which feature newly remastered vinyl editions of their singles along with rare tracks, live recordings, and alt mixes for each studio album. The series kicked off in August with the release of the box sets for Speak And Spell and A Broken Frame, and on December 14th the series continues with the next two box sets: Construction Time Again - The 12" Singles and Some Great Reward - The 12" Singles.

Construction Time Again includes 6 vinyl singles - the original singles for "Get The Balance Right, "Everything Counts," and "Love In Itself" plus a limited edition version of those three singles backed with bonus material. Some Great Reward includes 6 vinyl singles including "People Are People," "Master And Servant" and "Blasphemous Rumours" along with limited edition version of the three singles backed with extra material. The artwork for the individual singles in both box sets are replicas of the original sleeves; the box itself includes newly created artwork inspired by the original album. Both sets include a poster and download card.

View the tracklistings for Construction Time Again and Some Great Reward below and head here to pre-order.

Construction Time Again - 12" Box

Get The Balance Right!

Get The Balance Right! (Combination Mix)
The Great Outdoors!
Tora! Tora! Tora! (Live)

Get The Balance Right!

Get The Balance Right! (Original Mix)
My Secret Garden (Live)
See You (Live)
Satellite (Live)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (Live)

Everything Counts

Everything Counts (In Larger Amounts)
Work Hard (East End Remix)

Everything Counts

Tracklist TBA

Love In Itself

Love In Itself•3
Fools (Bigger)
Love In Itself•4

Love In Itself

Love In Itself•2
Just Can't Get Enough (Live)
A Photograph Of You (Live)
Shout (Live)
Photographic (Live)

Some Great Reward - 12" box

People Are People

People Are People (Different Mix)
In Your Memory (Slik Mix)

People Are People

People Are People (On-U Sound Remix By Adrian Sherwood)
People Are People (Original 7")
In Your Memory (Original 7")

Master And Servant

Master And Servant (Slavery Whip Mix)
(Set Me Free) Remotivate Me (Release Mix)
Master And Servant (Voxless)

Master And Servant

Master And Servant (An On-U Sound Science Fiction Dance Hall Classic Re-Remixed By Adrian Sherwood)
Are People People? (Re-Remixed By Adrian Sherwood)
(Set Me Free) Remotivate Me (7" Mix)

Blasphemous Rumours

Blasphemous Rumours
Somebody (Live)
Two Minute Warning (Live)
Ice Machine (Live)
Everything Counts (Live)

Blasphemous Rumours

Somebody (Remix)
Everything Counts (Live)
Blasphemous Rumours (Single Version)
Told You So (Live)

Morrissey appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night to perform his cover of the Pretenders classic "Back On The Chain Gang." Moz ditched the guitar he used in the single's video, however it looks as if he might benefit from a tambourine. In any case, his performance is available to view below:

Morrissey released the studio version of "Back On The Chain Gang" last week and the track is also included as bonus material on the deluxe edition of Low In High School. The double vinyl edition of the album will be released on December 7th and is available to pre-order here.

Published November 8th, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Piroshka, the new superband featuring Miki Berenyi, KJ McKillop (Moose), Michael Conroy (Modern English), and Justin Welch (Elastica) announced details behind their debut album and premiered new music today.

Piroshka decided to give it a go as a band in late 2016, right as Lush's reunion came to an end. Berenyi obviously has a very distinctive voice and style, and though Piroshka is a different band, Lush fans will absolutely enjoy their debut album which is filled with melodic, gazey, and guitar-driven indie-rock. The 10 track album is titled Brickbat, which takes its name from a slang word for a weapon. According to the band, the title is quite fitting:

"The album is named after the word for a missile, which nails the record’s heavyweight lyrics if not the music’s gorgeous, bittersweet and euphoric pop."

Brickbat will be released February 15th on Bella Union, the label Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde (formerly of Cocteau Twins) launched in 1997. Stream Piroshka's wonderful debut single "Everlastingly Yours" below and head here to pre-order Brickbat.

Piroshka - Brickbat

01. This Must Be Bedlam
02. Village Of The Damned
03. Never Enough
04. Blameless
05. What's Next?
06. Hated By The Powers That Be
07. Run For Your Life
08. Heartbeats
09. Everlastingly Yours
10. She's Unreal

Published November 6th, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

To the insane delight of fans, Peter Hook along with his band The Light have been performing classic Joy Division and New Order albums in full over the last several years. So far they've performed massively successful and critically acclaimed tours in support/celebration of Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Movement, Power Corruption & Lies, Low Life, Brotherhood, and Substance.

Hooky's latest tour, which kicked off in the U.K. in September, features the legendary bassist performing two more New Order albums live: 1989's electro-Ibiza-groovy Technique and 1993's Republic with an opening set of Joy Division classics. Today Peter Hook & The Light announced plans to bring the tour to North America in 2019. Though we'll have to wait until next autumn, you totally know it will be worth the wait! Hooky and his band always put on a stellar, energetic (not to mention marathon-length) show.

The tour includes a Detroit stop October 31st -- HALLOWEEN -- at St Andrew's Hall. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, November 9th here.

FYI: Peter Hook recorded his September 28th performance of Technique and Republic at the Electric Ballroom in London. The 3CD live set is available to purchase here.

Peter Hook - Technique/Republic tour

Oct 24 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Oct 25 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Oct 26 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Oct 28 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Oct 29 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Oct 31 -- Detroit, MI @ St Andrew's Hall
Nov 01 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Nov 02 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov 04 -- Vancouver, BC @ Venue
Nov 05 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
Nov 07 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Nov 08 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Nov 09 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Nov 11 -- Austin, TX @ Emo's
Nov 12 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

Published November 5th, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #79: Presage

This week's show includes music from R.E.M., The La's, The Mission U.K., XTC, Buffalo Tom, The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, New Order, Book Of Love, The Cure, and more.

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

Buzzcocks announced plans to release 40th anniversary editions of their first two albums in January. Another Music In A Different Kitchen (released in March of 1978) and Love Bites (released September 1978) have been newly remastered from the original tapes and come with original sleeve design, expanded liner notes, previously unreleased pictures and more (vinyl editions come with download card). The releases will be available individually on LP and CD on January 25th and are available to pre-order here.

Another Music In A Different Kitchen

Side A

01. Fast Cars
02. No Reply
03. You Tear Me Up
04. Get On Our Own
05. Love Battery
06. Sixteen

Side B

01. I Don't Mind
02. Fiction Romance
03. Autonomy
04. I Need
05. Moving Away From The Pulsebeat

Love Bites

Side A

01. Real World
02. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
03. Operators Manual
04. Nostalgia
05. Just Lust
06. Sixteen Again

Side B

01. Walking Distance
02. Love Is Lies
03. Nothing Left
04. E.S.P.
05. Late For The Train

Published November 4th, 2018

Each month Nick Cave answers a fan-submitted question and sends his response via his newsletter and website The Red Hand Files. This month Cave tackled a very personal issue - he was asked about whether he communicates through dreams with his son Arthur, who tragically died in an accident in 2015 at the age of 15. Cave's response was exquisite, beautiful, and full of love. An excerpt from his response is below. View his full response here.

"It seems to me, that if we love, we grieve. That’s the deal. That’s the pact. Grief and love are forever intertwined. Grief is the terrible reminder of the depths of our love and, like love, grief is non-negotiable. There is a vastness to grief that overwhelms our minuscule selves. We are tiny, trembling clusters of atoms subsumed within grief’s awesome presence. It occupies the core of our being and extends through our fingers to the limits of the universe. Within that whirling gyre all manner of madnesses exist; ghosts and spirits and dream visitations, and everything else that we, in our anguish, will into existence. These are precious gifts that are as valid and as real as we need them to be. They are the spirit guides that lead us out of the darkness."

Published November 4th, 2018

Last week Ian Brown announced his new solo album Ripples and issued the new single "First World Problems." The Stone Roses legend has now premiered the official video for the single - Brown directed and stars in the video. Check it out below.

Ripples arrives on March 1st and is available to pre-order now. Head here to check out the options.

Published November 4th, 2018

Some upcoming shows coming through the Detroit area.


Nov 05 -- Low @ El Club
Nov 06 -- Roky Erickson @ El Club
Nov 10 -- Wild Nothing @ El Club
Nov 10 -- Deafheaven w/ DIIV @ Pyramid Scheme
Nov 13 -- Elvis Costello & The Imposters @ Fillmore Detroit
Nov 17 -- Death From Above @ Magic Stick
Nov 17 -- Lindsey Buckingham @ Michigan Theater
Nov 18 -- Brian Setzer Orchestra @ Fox Theatre
Nov 23 -- Echo & The Bunnymen @ Fillmore Detroit
Nov 24 -- Martin Atkins (talk, My Time In And Out Of PiL) @ Smalls
Nov 26 -- Cloud Nothings @ El Club
Nov 30 -- J Mascis @ El Club
Nov 30 -- VNV Nation @ St. Andrew's Hall


Dec 01 -- Book Of Love @ Magic Bag
Dec 01 -- Ministry @ Majestic Theater
Dec 02 -- Thom Yorke @ Masonic Temple Cathedral Theatre
Dec 04 -- Protomartyr + Preoccupations @ Blind Pig
Dec 05 -- John Grant @ El Club
Dec 06 -- Stars @ St. Andrew's Hall
Dec 14 -- Richard Thompson @ Majestic Theater


Jan 23 -- The Lemon Twigs @ El Club
Jan 27 -- The Soft Moon @ El Club


Feb 13 -- Sharon Van Etten @ Majestic
Feb 19 -- Peter Murphy @ St. Andrew's Hall
Feb 19 -- Kurt Vile and the Violators @ Majestic Theatre
Feb 23 -- A Bowie Celebration @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Feb 24 -- Morris Day & The Time


Mar 07 -- Teenage Fanclub @ El Club
Mar 22 -- Massive Attack @ Masonic Temple

Friday, November 2, 2018

As previously reported Massive Attack hit the road next year in celebration of the 21st anniversary of Mezzanine. Mezzanine XXI promises to be a stellar audio/visual production which includes the legendary Elizabeth Fraser (of Cocteau Twins) and other guest collaborators. The North American leg kicks off March 11th in Montreal and includes a stop at the Masonic Temple in Detroit on March 22nd. The pre-sale for the Detroit show kicks off Wednesday, November 7th at 10am with the general onsale to follow on Friday November 9th. For more details head here.

View the North American tour itinerary below:

Mar 11 -- Montreal, QC @ Place Des Arts
Mar 12 -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre For Performing Arts
Mar 14 -- Boston, MA @ Boch Center
Mar 15 -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Mar 19 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Metropolitan Opera House
Mar 20 -- Washington, DC @ Anthem
Mar 22 -- Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
Mar 23 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Mar 24 -- Saint Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Mar 28 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Mar 29 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium
Mar 30 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium
Apr 02 -- San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Open Air Theatre

Published November 2nd, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November indeed spawns a monster -- Morrissey is back in action! Last night the legend performed a 21 song show at the Majestic Theater in Ventura, and today he's premiered the official video for his cover of "Back On The Chain Gang" and opened up pre-orders for the deluxe double vinyl edition of Low In High School.

As previously reported the deluxe edition has new cover art, four new tracks (including the "Back On The Chain Gang" cover) and five live tracks, including his live cover of "Judy Is A Punk," "Rose Garden," and more. The deluxe edition will be released on December 7th and is available to pre-order now, meanwhile the 7" single for "Back On The Chain Gang" will be released on November 23rd.

View the tracklisting below along with the video for "Back On The Chain Gang." Of interest in the video: Boz Boorer is notably absent and oddly enough Morrissey poses/performs with a guitar in the video!

Morrissey resumes his North American mini-tour tonight in Los Angeles; he'll appear on the Late Late Show with James Corden on November 7th.

Low In High School - Deluxe Edition

LP 1

01. My Love, I'd Do Anything For You
02. I Wish You Lonely
03. Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage
04. Home Is A Question Mark
05. Spent The Day In Bed
06. I Bury The Living
07. In Your Lap
08. The Girl From Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel
09. All The Young People Must Fall In Love
10. When You Open Your Legs
11. Who Will Protect Us From The Police
12. Israel

LP 2

01. Lover-To-Be
02. Back On The Chain Gang
03. Never Again Will I Be A Twin
04. This Song Doesn't End When It's Over
05. You'll Be Gone (live)
06. Rose Garden (live at The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville)
07. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (live)
08. I Didn't Know What To Do (live)
09. Judy Is A Punk (live)

Morrissey - North American tour

Nov 01 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
Nov 03 -- Long Beach, CA @ Tropicalia Festival
Nov 10 -- San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
Nov 22 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional
Nov 23 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional

Published November 1st, 2018

As previously reported 80s Symphonic featuring symphonic arrangements of 80s mega-hits will be released on November 9th. The album includes David Bowie's classic "Let's Dance" (re-arranged by Nile Rodgers), along with classics from Echo & The Bunnymen, Ultravox, Howard Jones, Simple Minds, and more. The songs do not include new vocals -- they are the original 80s vox and tracks newly embellished by a 50 piece orchestra.

Today another track from the album has premiered - the symphonic version of Simple Minds' classic "Alive and Kicking." Stream below along with the previously issued symphonic edition of A-ha's "Take On Me" below and pre-order here:

01. David Bowie -- Let's Dance (Nile Rodgers' String Version)
02. a-ha -- Take On Me
03. Simple Minds - Alive and Kicking
04. Ultravox - Vienna
05. Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
06. Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
07. Howard Jones - What Is Love
08. Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
09. Simply Red - Holding Back The Years
10. Chris Rea - Josephine
11. Chicago - Hard Habit To Break
12. Roxette - It Must Have Been Love
13. Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
14. The Cars - Drive
15. Pretenders - 2000 Miles

Published November 1st, 2018