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...hang the dj is a music blog. Old school, shoegaze, psych, and darkwave are featured genres.

Legal disclaimer: This blog is my personal, independent website. It is not affiliated with Bell Media, nor does it represents the thoughts, opinions, desires, etc of Bell Media

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Monday, November 18, 2019


Close Lobsters return with a new full length album Post Neo Anti: Arte Povera In The Forest Of Symbols on February 28th. The Scottish band's third studio album includes 10 songs, a few of which have been previously released ("Now Time" and "New York City In Space" are from 2014's Kunstwerk In Spacetime EP; "Under London Skies" and "Wander Pt II" were issued in 2016 on Desire And Signs).

The album will be preceded by the single "All Compasses Go Wild" which is slated for a digital premiere/release November 29th.

Neo Anti: Arte Povera In The Forest Of Symbols will be released on vinyl (choose from standard black, limited edition transparent orange, or limited edition transparent grey vinyl), CD, and digital album download. Fans in North America can order physical copies directly from Shelflife to avoid overseas shipping charges. Head here to pre-order and view the tracklisting for the album below.

Tracklisting

01. All Compasses Go Wild
02. The Absent Guest (No Thing, No There)
03. Johnnie
04. Bird Free
05. Godless
06. Let The Days Drift Away
07. Now Time
08. New York City In Space
09. Under London Skies
10. Wander Pt. II

Sunday, November 17, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #131: Supersonic Exothermic Front

A two hour hosted mix of classics and cult classics from the heyday of Classic Alternative.

This week's show features music from The Stranglers, The Stone Roses, Front 242, Slowdive, Ramones, Public Image Ltd, The Smiths, and more.

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




In celebration of the 40th anniversary of London Calling by The Clash, a new exhibit opened this week at the Museum Of London. The Clash: London Calling celebrates the seminal 1979 album and features over 200 items and artifacts that influenced the writing and recording of the masterpiece. The exhibit includes Joe Strummer's notebooks and the typewriter he used to document song ideas, original drafts/sketches of artwork, and Paul Simonon's iconic broken Fender bass which he destroyed onstage in New York City in September of 1970 (the photo capturing Simonon's onstage frustration that night serves as the iconic cover art for London Calling).

The Clash: London Calling exhibit is free at The Museum Of London through April 19th. For more info on the exhibit head here.


Meanwhile Sony Music just issued a 40th anniversary edition of London Calling on 2LP, CD, and cassette. Also available is a 120 page hardback book which serves as a companion to the album, and collects previous unseen archive material, lyric notes, and a CD copy of London Calling. Head over to the official Clash website here to view order options.

London Calling from The Clash was released December 14th, 1979 and remains one of the most important, influential, and celebrated records of all time.




Depeche Mode issued a press statement informing fans that their career spanning boxset MODE has been pushed back to January due to production issues. Read the statement below:

"Upon reviewing the first MODE boxes coming off the production line, we've identified a handful of places where the box is not up to our standards based on the prototypes that were approved, and we're insisting that these issues are fixed before any boxes go to retailers or to fans. Our top priority is to ensure that the quality of the box, artwork, and printing match what was designed and intended.

These issues have been resolved but the MODE box set will now be released on Jan 24th."


Meanwhile, Depeche Mode's new feature length film Spirits In The Forest screens worldwide this Thursday, November 21st at participating theaters. The film, directed by Anton Corbijn, is a concert film with live performances from the final shows on the Global Spirit tour plus includes a look into Depeche Mode fandom around the world. Head here to view a list of participating theaters.


Rachel Goswell of Slowdive has curated an online music auction to benefit The Deaf Academy. The auction features over 90 rare and unique items donated by shoegaze and classic alternative bands including Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, The Fall, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Ride, Chapterhouse, The Mission, Peter Hook, The Cult, The Specials and many more.

Items from this impressive collection were donated by musicians, artist, and record labels and include autographed set lists, lyric sheets, musical equipment, vintage art prints, and more. One of the rarities is an autographed 12" copy of The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary" with Ian Astbury's handwritten lyrics which he donated from his personal archive.


The auction is going on now through November 24th. View and bid on items here.

Read more about the auction and The Deaf Academy here.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


The House Of Love's brilliant and timeless debut single "Shine On" is being reissued as a limited edition 7" on November 29th. The single was originally released in 1987 and despite its brilliance failed to impact the music charts. A new version was later recorded and issued on the band's second album The House Of Love (aka The Butterfly Album) in 1990; by that point The House Of Love had established themselves as a successful band and the re-recorded version turned out to be one of the band's biggest hits.

The original 1987 version has never been reissued/repressed until now and will be backed by the tracks that appeared on the original 12" ("Love" and "Flow"). The single, which is part of the Optic Seven 2.0 reissue series, has been pressed on colored vinyl and is limited to 1000 copies. Pre-order here.

"Shine On" (1987)



"Shine On" (1990)



Sunday, November 10, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #130: Escalations

A two hour hosted mix of classics and cult classics from the heyday of Classic Alternative.

This week's show features music from The Stooges, The Verve, Ministry, Bauhaus, R.E.M., Siouxsie And The Banshees, New Order, and more.

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




Ned's Atomic Dustbin have announced the release of an album titled Ned's Acoustic Dustbin. The album was recorded over four days and includes acoustic versions of 14 tracks from their catalog over the insistence of Miles Hunt of the Wonderstuff. Ned's Acoustic Dustbin will be released December 13th and is available to pre-order here.

Ned's Acoustic Dustbin tracklist

All I Ask Of Myself Is That I Hold It Together
Capital Letters
Cut Up
Grey Cell Green
Happy
Intact
Leg-End In His Own Boots
Song 11 Could Take Forever
Spring
Stuck
To Be Right
Trust
You Don’t Want to do That
23hr Toothache

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


Just a reminder on this -- the premiere is this Friday, November 8th!

New Order's 2018 documentary New Order: Decades premieres on Showtime this Friday, November 8th at 7:30pm (television) and also streaming/on-demand. Head here for more info.

New Order: Decades is a feature length film chronicling the unique and unprecedented series of wall-of-synth shows at the Manchester International Festival. The shows took place in 2017 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.

The film 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 premiered last September on Sky Arts. Read more about the film here and watch the trailer below.



New Order's live album ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes was captured during the MIF shows and was released on vinyl, CD, and digital album download over the summer.



Published November 5th, 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019


Last night Bauhaus reunited and returned to the stage for their first live show in 13 years. Original members Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, and David J performed a fifteen song set -- followed by a four song encore -- at their sold out show at the Hollywood Palladium. Tonight they'll return for their second show, followed by the third and final show December 1st.

Video is available to view below courtesy of J.P. Story.







Setlist

Rosegarden Funeral Of Sores
Double Dare
In The Flat Field
A God In An Alcove
In Fear Of Fear
Spy In The Cab
Terror Couple Kill Colonel
Swing The Heartache
She's In Parties
Bela Lugosi's Dead
Kick In The Eye
The Man With The X-Ray Eyes
Stigmata Martyr
Silent Hedges
Dark Entries
The Three Shadows Part II
Sister Midnight
Telegram Sam
Ziggy Stardust

Sunday, November 3, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #129: Cadence

A two hour hosted mix of classics and cult classics from the heyday of Classic Alternative.

This week's show features music from The Church, Pixies, Visage, David Bowie, XTC, The Jesus And Mary Chain, and more.

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



Sunday, October 27, 2019


Lurking In The Shadows: A Very Classic Alternative Halloween

A special presentation of Halloween classics and cult classics.

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



For more Halloween grooves, stream the previous Halloween episodes:





If Halloween is not your thing, catch up or revisit one of the many episodes in the archive:



Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Legendary post-punk band Wire return with a brand new album on January 24th. Mind Hive is the band's seventeenth studio album and first since the release of 2017's Silver/Lead. The album, which features nine songs, has been described as "the most masterful 35 minutes of post-punk you will hear this year."

Two different versions of the album will be released - both will include the same music/tracklist/etc, but feature different cover art. The standard edition features a black background and blue lettering; the limited edition version features a black background and red lettering. The standard edition is available to pre-order through Wire's webstore; the limited edition/alt version will be available exclusively through independent brick and mortar record stores in the UK in an effort to get fans out to support indie record shops.

Stream the first single "Cactused" from Mind Hive below.

Along with the album news, Wire also unveiled live dates in support of the album. The North American leg of the tour takes place in March and so far does not include a Detroit area stop.



Wire - North American tour

Mar 03 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Mar 04 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Mar 06 -- Nashville, TN @ Mercury Lounge
Mar 07 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Mar 09 -- Washington, DC @ Union Stage
Mar 10 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Mar 11 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Mar 12 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Mar 13 -- Boston, MA @ Sinclair
Mar 14 -- Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
Mar 16 -- Toronto, ON @ Great Hall


The first two albums from The Ocean Blue have been repressed on vinyl and will be released next month. The self-titled 1989 dreampop classic The Ocean Blue has been newly pressed on translucent blue vinyl and 1991's Cerulean on clear vinyl. Copies will be available on The Ocean Blue's upcoming U.S. tour, or just head to their webstore to pre-order.

This summer The Ocean Blue released a glorious new album Kings And Queens/Knaves And Thieves -- one of the year's top dreampop records -- and they'll be back on the road in support of the album in November. The tour includes a Detroit area stop at The Magic Bag in Ferndale on November 1st.






The Ocean Blue - U.S. tour

Nov 01 -- Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag
Nov 03 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Nov 15 -- San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Nov 16 -- San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Nov 17 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Dec 05 -- Denver, CO @ The Soiled Dove
Dec 06 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
Jan 16 -- Dallas, TX @ Sundown at Granada
Jan 17 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Jan 18 -- Austin, TX @ 3TEN Austin City Limits Live

Sunday, October 20, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #128: A Casualty Of Failed Dreams

Includes Buzzcocks, Depeche Mode, Trashcan Sinatras, New Order, R.E.M., Catherine Wheel, and The Rain Parade.

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



Tuesday, October 15, 2019


After teasing fans for the last four days Depeche Mode announced a massive limited edition career-spanning boxset. MODE contains all 14 studio albums (Speak And Spell through Spirit) and four additional CDs featuring 63 non-album singles, b-sides and bonus tracks including the previously unreleased cover of David Bowie's “Heroes” (Highline Session Version). The boxset also includes a 228-page book with complete lyrics, career-spanning photographs, and the original album cover artwork.

Much of the bonus non-album material has been previously released but MODE is a fantastic comprehensive set for newer fans or those who missed out on some previous releases.

MODE arrives on November 22nd and is available to pre-order now. View the tracklisting below:

Discs 1 - 14: Depeche Mode studio albums

01. Speak And Spell
02. A Broken Frame
03. Construction Time Again
04. Some Great Reward
05. Black Celebration
06. Music For The Masses
07. Violator
08. Songs Of Faith And Devotion
09. Ultra
10. Exciter
11. Playing The Angel
12. Sounds Of The Universe
13. Delta Machine
14. Spirit

Disc 15: 1981 - 1985

01. Photographic (Some Bizarre Version)
02. Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead (Flexi-Pop Version)
03. Dreaming Of Me
04. Ice Machine
05. Shout
06. Any Second Now
07. Now, This Is Fun
08. Oberkorn (It's A Small Town)
09. My Secret Garden (Excerpts From)
10. My Secret Garden (Further Excerpts From)
11. Get The Balance Right!
12. The Great Outdoors!
13. Work Hard
14. Fools
15. In Your Memory
16. (Set Me Free) Remotivate Me
17. Shake The Disease
18. Flexible
19. It’s Called A Heart
20. Fly On The Windscreen

Disc 16: 1986 - 1990

01. Dressed In Black (Record Mirror Version)
02. But Not Tonight
03. Breathing In Fumes
04. Black Day
05. Christmas Island
06. Agent Orange
07. Fpmip
08. Pleasure, Little Treasure
09. Route 66
10. Stjarna
11. Sonata No. 14 In C#m (Moonlight Sonata)
12. Dangerous
13. Memphisto
14. Sibeling
15. Kaleid
16. Happiest Girl (Jack Mix)
17. Sea Of Sin (Tonal Mix)

Disc 17: 1993 - 2005

01. My Joy (Seven Inch Mix)
02. Death’s Door (Soundtrack Version)
03. Death’s Door (Jazz Mix)
04. Slowblow
05. Painkiller
06. Only When I Lose Myself
07. Surrender
08. Headstar
09. Easy Tiger
10. Dirt
11. Zenstation
12. Free
13. Newborn
14. Better Days
15. Martyr

Disc 18: 2006 - 2017

01. Oh Well (Single Version)
02. Oh Well
03. Light
04. The Sun And The Moon And The Stars
05. Ghost
06. Esque
07. Long Time Lie
08. Happens All The Time
09. Always
10. All That’s Mine
11. Heroes (Highline Session Version)

Sunday, October 13, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #127: A Flash Onto Ever

Includes Suede, Depeche Mode, Front 242, David Bowie, XTC, The Afghan Whigs, and The Jesus And Mary Chain.

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


"...and yonder, the winter is coming. The lens of reflection of glory days dims, yet shall never us part"

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


The 2018 documentary New Order: Decades will finally be available to view in the United States. The fascinating film premieres on Showtime November 8th at 7:30pm (television) and will also be available for streaming/on-demand viewing November 8th. Head here for more info.

New Order: Decades is a feature length film chronicling the unique and unprecedented series of wall-of-synth shows at the Manchester International Festival. The shows took place in 2017 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.

The film 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 premiered last September on Sky Arts. Read more about the film here and watch the trailer below.



New Order's live album ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes was captured during the MIF shows and was released on vinyl, CD, and digital album download over the summer.



Published October 9th, 2019

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark released their 40th anniversary boxset and singles collection Souvenir last week. The limited edition career-spanning set includes singles, a ton of previously unreleased bonus material from their archive, and one brand new song titled "Don't Go" (a condensed 2CD version with just the singles is also available). Today OMD premiered the official video for "Don't Go" on You Tube. Check it out below.

Meanwhile the band's 40th anniversary edition of "Electricity" backed by a brand new Vince Clarke remix of "Almost" was released as a vinyl 7" single in the U.K. last week and has debuted at number one on the vinyl singles chart there. Not only did the single debut at number one, but it outsold the rest of the Top 20 combined!





Published October 9th, 2019

Dead Can Dance announced dates for a North American leg of A Celebration - Life & Works 1980 - 2020.  The spring tour will see the legendary band performing a career-spanning set from their critically acclaimed catalog. The tour includes a Detroit area stop April 28th at the Masonic Temple. View the tour itinerary below and head here for more details on the tour.

Dead Can Dance released their last album Dionysus in November of 2018.

Dead Can Dance - North American tour

Apr 17 -- Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
Apr 19 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Apr 21 -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Apr 24 -- Boston, MA @ Boch Center
Apr 26 -- Toronto, ON @ Meridian Hall
Apr 28 -- Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
Apr 29 -- Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theeatre
May 03 -- Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
May 04 -- Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
May 07 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
May 09 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
May 11 -- San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theatre
May 14 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auitorio Nacional
May 16 -- Guadalajara, MX @ Teatro Diana

Published October 9th, 2019

Sunday, October 6, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #126: Scriptorium

Includes Happy Mondays, The Clash, Depeche Mode, Bob Mould, Sex Pistols, The Legendary Pink Dots, and The Jesus And Mary Chain.

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


News stories from the week
Stream Depeche Mode film Our Hobby Is Depeche Mode
Happy Mondays announce boxset Early Eps
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds release Ghosteen
Peter Murphy announces makeup dates for NYC residency
The Legendary Pink Dots kick off 40th anniversary tour
Michael Stipe releases debut solo single
New book on The Smiths: The Day I Was There

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The fascinating world of Depeche Mode fandom is the focus of the 2008 documentary Our Hobby Is Depeche Mode. The lost film, by Jeremy Deller and Nicholas Abrahams, features stories of fans from all over the world discussing the importance and impact of the legendary band. The film includes many charming tales from fans young and old and illustrates the power and importance of music. Other than screenings at film festivals, the work has never been available for public viewing until now. View the documentary in full below via The Quietus.

Bonus: also includes some Depeche Mode love from Trent Reznor


Our Hobby is Depeche Mode from nicholas abrahams on Vimeo.


Happy Mondays have dug deep and announced the release of a four piece colored vinyl boxset. The Early Eps collect the band's first four EPs – Forty Five (green vinyl), Freaky Dancin/The Egg (orange vinyl), Tart Tart (blue vinyl), and 24 Hour Party People (yellow vinyl). The material has been remastered from the original analog tapes with restored artwork (redrawn and digitized) by original designers Central Station Design. The limited edition colored boxset arrives October 25th with a digital edition to follow on October 27th.

Head here to pre-order and watch the new animated video for "The Egg" created by Pete Fowler below.



Published October 3rd, 2019

After suffering a heart attack in August, Peter Murphy was forced to postpone the remainder of his residency at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. Today Murphy announced makeup dates which are posted below. Tickets for the shows are on sale now. Head here for more info.

Murphy will take the stage with his Bauhaus bandmates Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, and David J, for three Bauhaus reunion shows in Hollywood in November and December.

Bauhaus - reunion shows

Nov 03 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Nov 04 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Dec 01 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

Peter Murphy - NYC Residency

Jan 20: Solo Greatest Hits + Signature cuts from Lion‬
‪Jan 21: Mr Moonlight: Bauhaus Greatest Hits ‬
‪Jan 23: Tribute to David Bowie‬
‪Jan 24: Tribute to David Bowie‬

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds premiered the new studio album Ghosteen today. The album will be available digitally and on streaming services tomorrow (October 4th) and physically on November 8th.

Enjoy the Ghosteen album premiere via You Tube below:




A new book about The Smiths was released this week. The Smiths - The Day I Was There by Richard Houghton tells the story of the Smiths through fan anecdotes/stories, memorabilia, photographs and more from over 400 fans from the UK and the US. The 320 page book includes commentary from the early club shows all the way through to the Smiths' last ever gig at Brixton Academy in London.

The Smiths - The Day I Was There is available at booksellers everywhere now on hardback and paperback. Head here to view the book's official website; a paperback version on Amazon is available here.






This week The Legendary Pink Dots kicked off their North American tour in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Though technically formed in August of 1980, they decided to kick off the anniversary celebrations this year which extend well into their proper anniversary year in 2020. The Legendary Pink Dots have released over 40 studio albums over the span of their career and are most definitely a band to experience live. Go see them in a city near you.

FYI: The Legendary Pink Dots released their new studio album Angel In The Detail in August. Check it out here.

Meanwhile a 30th anniversary edition of the stellar The Crushed Velvet Apocalypse featuring bonus material will be released on November 6th. Head here to pre-order.

The Legendary Pink Dots - North American tour

Oct 03 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
Oct 04 -- Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Oct 05 -- Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Oct 06 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Oct 07 -- Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
Oct 08 -- Montreal, QC @ L'Esco
Oct 10 -- Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Oct 11 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
Oct 12 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Oct 13 -- Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Oct 15 -- Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Oct 16 -- Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory
Oct 17 -- New Orleans, LA @ Santos Bar
Oct 18 -- Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
Oct 19 -- Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Oct 20 -- Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Oct 22 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
Oct 23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Oct 24 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
Oct 25 -- Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall
Oct 26 -- Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
Oct 27 -- Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Oct 30 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Oct 31 -- Denver, CO @ Ophelia's

Michael Stipe is set to release his debut solo single "Your Capricious Soul" on October 5th. Stipe debuted the single live earlier this year at Webster Hall but has now decided to release a studio version of the track. Says Stipe:

"I took a long break from music, and I wanted to jump back in. I love “Your Capricious Soul” – it’s my first solo work. I want to add my voice to this exciting shift in consciousness. Extinction Rebellion gave me the incentive to push the release and not wait. Our relationship to the environment has been a lifelong concern, and I now feel hopeful—optimistic, even. I believe we can bring the kind of change needed to improve our beautiful planet earth, our standing and our place on it."

"Your Capricious Soul" will be released exclusively as a digital single through Stipe's newly launched website on October 5th. Proceeds from the single for the next 365 days will benefit climate change non-violent protest organization Extinction Rebellion.

The single will be priced at 77 cents (name your own price beginning at 77 cents), and will also be available as a free download.

Visit Stipe's website here (fair warning: the site's volume is somewhat jolting).

Earlier this year Stipe guested on the new single from Rain Phoenix "Time Is The Killer." The video for that single is available to view below:

Sunday, September 29, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #125: Solid State

Includes The Stranglers, The Normal, Depeche Mode, Buffalo Tom, Roxy Music, Cocteau Twins, The Church, and The Smiths.

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


News stories from the week

Johnny Marr announces Singles Life box
Nick Cave announces double LP Ghosteen
Kitchens Of Distinction's Patrick Fitzgerald announces final LP
Depeche Mode screenings for Spirits In The Forest

Johnny Marr will be releasing a 7" singles boxset in December. Single Life collects Marr's first 10 solo singles (releases from 2012 through 2018) on limited edition colored vinyl. Included is Marr's cover of Depeche Mode's "I Feel You," backed by Marr's live version of "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want."

The collection arrives in early December and is available to pre-order. View the singles contained in the boxset below.

Johnny Marr - Singles Life

1. "The Messenger"/"New Town Velocity (demo)" on clear vinyl
2. "Upstarts"/"Psychic Beginner" on red vinyl
3. "New Town Velocity"/"The It-Switch" on silver vinyl
4. "Easy Money"/"Use Me Up" on white vinyl
5. "Dynamo"/"Struck" on yellow vinyl
6. "I Feel You"/"Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (live)" gold vinyl
7. "Candidate"/"Exit Connection" blue vinyl
8. "Hi Hello"/"Jeopardy" orange vinyl
9. "Spiral Cities"/"Spectral Eyes" magenta vinyl
10. "Armatopia"/"The Bright Parade" turquoise vinyl


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds return with a new double album titled Ghosteen this week. Cave revealed the details earlier this week via his newsletter The Red Hand Files. Part one of the album includes eight songs; part two features two "long" songs linked by a spoken word piece. Cave describes the songs on the first album as "the children" and the songs on the second album as "their parents." He adds that Ghosteen is "a migrating spirit."

This Thursday, October 3rd Cave will debut Ghosteen at select listening events worldwide and on You Tube, then on October 4th the record will be released digitally and on streaming platforms. Physical editions on CD and vinyl follow on November 8th. Head over to Cave's website to view the pre-order options.

Kitchens Of Distinction vocalist Patrick Fitzgerald announced that he'll release a new solo record in November. The news is bittersweet as Fitzgerald, who has been releasing solo material under the moniker Stephen Hero since 2000, has also revealed that this new album will be his final record. The album titled Deciduous Eccentric features ten tracks and will be released on November 1st through Bandcamp.

Stream the first song off the album titled "Patient Here Myself" below and head here to pre-order.

Thursday, September 26, 2019


Tickets for Depeche Mode's concert film Spirits In The Forest went on sale today. A listing of participating theaters in the metro Detroit area is posted below. Note that some theaters will be screening the film on November 21st AND/OR November 24th. For the most current list of theaters and showings, visit the film's official website here.

Spirits In The Forest was directed by Anton Corbijn and is a concert film, but not JUST a concert/performance film; along with live footage captured on the final date of the Global Spirit tour in Berlin, the film will include "emotional stories" from six different Depeche Mode fans around the world with intimate documentary footage filmed in the hometowns of the fans.

Spirits In The Forest - participating theaters

AMC Forum, Sterling Heights
Emagine Birch Run
Emagine Canton
Emagine Novi
Emagine Rochester Hills
Emagine Royal Oak
Silvercity Windsor Cinemas

Sunday, September 22, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #124: Lost In Space

Includes Gang Of Four, The Stone Roses, Depeche Mode, Teenage Fanclub, Pixies, Love And Rockets, Television, and The Smiths.

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


News stories from the week
Depeche Mode announce concert film Spirits In The Forest
Peter Hook memoir adapted into TV series
Ministry announce career-spanning picture book
Liam Gallagher debuts MTV Unplugged performance
Trashcan Sinatras tour North America; play Detroit

A new Ministry photo book will be released in December. Ministry: Prescripture The Visual History is a 200 page career-spanning book featuring rare and unseen photos -- some from Al Jourgensen's personal archive -- artwork, commentary/quotes from Ministry band members plus other bands/musicians including Bauhaus, Killing Joke, Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, Ramones, and more.

Some copies of the book come with a bonus 7" featuring an acoustic studio recording of "Everyday Is Halloween" which also features Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction.

Al Jourgensen revealed to Rolling Stone that after years of distancing himself from his "Everyday Is Halloween" synthpop days, he warmed up to the idea of performing the iconic 1985 track after some urging from Navarro. He's since come to almost embrace his past:

“It’s a period of my career I never thought I would revisit, but in the end it was cathartic. After playing it a few times both in North America and in Europe on Ministry’s latest tours, I’ve come to realize what a call to arms it is for teens everywhere.”

Ministry: Prescripture The Visual History ships around December 6th and is available to pre-order here.






Trashcan Sinatras return to North America for another One Night, Two Albums acoustic tour. Last year they performed their first two albums Cake and I've Seen Everything in full; this year's tour will see the band playing their next two albums -- A Happy Pocket (1996) and Weightlifting (2004) in full. The tour, which was announced earlier this year, now includes a Detroit area stop at the Magic Bag in Ferndale on October 21st. Tickets are on sale now.

FYI: two stops on the tour -- November 9th and November 15th -- are "all request" shows.



Trashcan Sinatras - One Night, Two Albums tour

Oct 04 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
Oct 05 -- San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Oct 06 -- Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
Oct 08 -- Portland, OR @ White Eagle Saloon
Oct 09 -- Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
Oct 10 -- Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Oct 12 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Rye
Oct 13 -- Denver, CO @ The Soiled Dove
Oct 15 -- St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill
Oct 17 -- St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Oct 18 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
Oct 21 -- Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag
Oct 22 -- Evanston, IL @ Space
Oct 23 -- Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Oct 25 -- Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room
Oct 26 -- New York, NY @ The Cutting Room
Oct 27 -- Boston, MA @ City Winery
Oct 29 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
Oct 30 -- Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
Nov 01 -- Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
Nov 02 -- Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse
Nov 04 -- Atlanta, GA @ Smith's Olde Bar
Nov 06 -- Austin, TX @ 3Ten ACL Live
Nov 08 -- Dallas, TX @ Opening Bell Coffee
Nov 09 -- Dallas, TX @ House Party (all request show)
Nov 11 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Nov 12 -- Tuscon, AZ @ Hotel Congress
Nov 15 -- Las Vegas, NV @ House Party (all request show)
Nov 16 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
Nov 17 -- San Diego, CA @ Amsdconcerts @ SCC

Liam Gallagher released his second solo record Why Me? Why Not on Friday. Over the summer Gallagher recorded an acoustic concert for MTV Unplugged, and now that his record is out, MTV Europe is set to premiere the episode on September 27th. To prepare the world for greatness, Gallagher premiered one of the songs from the episode - enjoy the unplugged version of "Now That I've Found You" below:



Published September 22nd, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019


A new Depeche Mode film directed by Anton Corbijn will screen in theaters one night only in November. Spirits In The Forest is a concert film, but not JUST a concert film; along with concert footage captured from the Global Spirit tour, the film will include "emotional stories" from six different Depeche Mode fans around the world with intimate documentary footage filmed in the hometowns of the fans.

Spirits In The Forest screens on November 21st for one night only and tickets will go on sale starting September 26th. So far theaters have not yet been announced but will be revealed shortly. For now, Depeche Mode encourages fans to sign up for more info here.

Depeche Mode's classic concert film (and live album) 101 was released in 1989. A documentary on the making of 101 is available to view below:




Published September 19th, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Peter Hook's sensational memoir recalling the rise and fall of The Haçienda is being transformed into a six part television series. According to Deadline, Witchery Pictures, which is owned by the British production company All3Media acquired the rights to The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club. Ed Whitmore has been enlisted for the daunting task of adapting Hooky's book into a series for the small screen.

The Haçienda: How Not To Run A Club is a spellbinding tale chronicling the glory days and epic failure of the iconic and infamous Manchester institution.

The riveting work was published in 2010 and is Hooky's first memoir. He has since written two other fascinating memoirs focusing on his days in Joy Division (Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division) and New Order (Substance: Inside New Order).

Meanwhile Peter Hook is gearing up to bring his Technique/Republic tour to North America next month. Tickets for all the shows on the tour are on sale now.

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 September 18th, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #123: Naturally Enough...

Includes Happy Mondays, The Pop Group, Nitzer Ebb, Depeche Mode, Lou Reed, Ramones, Lush, and The Smiths.

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


News stories from the week

Bauhaus reunite for Hollywood show
Video: Pixies play live session
Thurston Moore covers New Order
Supergrass announce career-spanning boxset
R.E.M. release rarity for charity

Friday, September 13, 2019


Pixies return with their seventh studio album Beneath The Eyrie today. In promotion of the record the band recently visited the BBC and performed a live session for Radio 6. Check out a few tracks from the session including "Gouge Away" and "Here Comes Your Man" below.

Head here to order or stream Beneath The Eyrie.







Published September 13th, 2019



Thursday, September 12, 2019


R.E.M. unearthed the rarity "Fascinating" and released it today as a charity single to benefit Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts.

"Fascinating" is an outtake from the Reveal sessions and said to be Michael Stipe's favorite song from the sessions. As the story goes the song didn't make it onto Reveal and was shelved; R.E.M. later revisited the track and re-recorded it in Nassau for inclusion in their next album Around the Sun, but once again it was shelved because it didn't fit the vibe of the album.

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, R.E.M. decided it was important to do something to help victims affected by the catastrophic event and have now made "Fascinating" available to fans. The rarity is available to download through Bandcamp with proceeds going to support Mercy Corp's humanitarian efforts in the Bahamas.

Head here to download.



Published September 12th, 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Thurston Moore unleashed a cover of New Order's "Leave Me Alone" today. Moore recorded his version of the Power, Corruption and Lies staple in Salford and will be releasing it as the b-side to three different 7" singles which are set for release November 8th. The trio of singles each feature a different A side ("Spring Swells," "Three Graces," and "Pollination") captured live earlier this year. His New Order cover is a new studio recording and serves as the b-side to all three singles.

Moore's version certainly doesn't outshine New Order's brilliant classic -- that would be an impossible feat -- however Moore has provided a respectable version.

Stream "Leave Me Alone" below.





Published September 11th, 2019



Over the last week Supergrass reunited and played two comeback shows in London. Now they've announced details behind a new career spanning boxset Supergrass: The Strange Ones 1994 - 2008. The 6LP/13CD boxset collects their studio albums (I Should Coco, In It For The Money, Supergrass, Life On Other Planets, Road To Rouen, and Diamond Hoo Ha) on 6 vinyl picture discs AND 6 CDs, plus 8 more CDs featuring live material, B-sides, remixes, rarities, studio out-takes, demos, acoustic versions, oddities, new mixes, and more (over 6 hours of previously unreleased audio material is included). The massive set also includes a 7" single of "Caught By The Fuzz," a deluxe book, posters, and buttons.

Supergrass: The Strange Ones 1994 - 2008 arrives January 24th and is available to pre-order here. Stream a previously unreleased track (cover of The Police classic "Next To You") from the boxset below.

Along with the boxset announcement, Supergrass announced dates for a 2020 reunion tour. The tour includes two North American shows: April 1st at The Wiltern in Los Angeles and April 9th at Brooklyn Steel in New York.



Published September 11th, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Bauhaus have announced they will perform a show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on November 3rd. The show will feature ALL four members -- Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, and David J. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 13th at 10 am local time.

This is hugely exciting news for Bauhaus fans -- the band last performed together almost 15 years ago, in 2006.

No other dates have been announced, but stay tuned!


Sunday, September 8, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #122: Nuance

Includes XTC, Supergrass, Felt, Severed Heads, David Bowie, Luna, The Cure, Dinosaur Jr, 999, and The Smiths.

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


News stories from the week
Morrissey triumphantly kicks off North American tour
Video: Sinéad O'Connor performs on Irish television
Supergrass reunite in London
David Bowie's 1968-69 output collected on 5CD set Conversation Piece
Video: Pixies play The Late Show
Sinéad O'Connor appeared on Irish television yesterday for an interview and live performance. Her performance included a stunning version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Rainy Night In Soho" backed by an orchestra. Watch video of her breathtaking performance from RTE One below:





Saturday, September 7, 2019


Britpop hearts melted last night as Supergrass reunited and played their first show together in almost 10 years. The reunion rumors had picked up steam over the last couple of weeks after Glastonbury festival bigwig Michael Eavis revealed a "big name band" would be reuniting and playing his Pilton Party event in London. As it turned out, the Supergrass prediction proved true as the foursome hit the stage in London and ripped through an 11 song set filled with classics.

The reunion wasn't just a one-off event -- another "surprise" Supergrass show takes place in London on September 9th and considering the band have been tagging social media with #Supergrass2020, it appears even more is in store for next year.





Published September 7th, 2019