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Sunday, July 14, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #114: Slow Wave

Includes The Mighty Lemon Drops, Jellyfish, Nine Inch Nails, New Model Army, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Iggy Pop, New Order, and The Psychedelic Furs.

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



Wednesday, July 10, 2019


The Cure's feature concert film Anniversary 1978 - 2018 Live In Hyde Park London will be screened in theaters worldwide tomorrow, July 11th.

The film's director Tim Pope, who not only directed most of the Cure's iconic music videos but also The Cure's first concert film The Cure In Orange, was profiled today in The Quietus. The feature includes commentary about the anniversary film as well as a listing of Pope's favorite Cure videos.

Pope also had a few words on the Cure documentary that Robert Smith announced almost two years ago. The documentary, according to NME's recent feature on The Cure, is on the back burner for now but Pope gave a little more insight into the project:

"What you have to understand with Robert Smith is you go into Robert time and that doesn't necessarily relate to other time spans in the universe, if you like. And that's fair enough. Why should he do anything? He doesn't have to do anything. We decided to put out information because he was getting fed up and I was getting fed up with people writing to me every fifteen minutes, asking whether they could do this Cure documentary. It's very obvious that I'm going to do it!

To be a fan, to actually see this footage at that moment before he becomes who he was, it's amazing. So really, Robert is going to give me access to fifty boxes of film, of stuff, right from the get-go, which is amazing. And we're going to pool all the resources together. That's all great. When it's going to happen, no idea. That's the bad news."

Read the full feature on Tim Pope here.

The highly anticipated concert film The Cure - Anniversary 1978 - 2018 Live In Hyde Park London has been described as "enchanting" and a must see for Cure fans. Head here to view the list of participating theaters.

Detroit area screenings

Jul 11 -- Sterling Heights, MI @ AMC Forum
Jul 11 -- Windsor, ON @ Silvercity Windsor Cinemas

Jul 23 -- Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater



Published July 10th, 2019

British designer Paul Smith has created a 50th anniversary edition of David Bowie's landmark album Space Oddity. The multi-colored vinyl edition features the front cover artwork from the original 1969 release and the back cover is an illustration titled "The Depth of a Circle" created by George Underwood.

The vinyl itself is hand-designed blue and yellow splatter, making each copy unique.

The 50th anniversary edition of Space Oddity is limited to 3000 copies worldwide and will be released tomorrow, July 11th, to mark the 50th anniversary of Space Oddity.

The special edition release will be available exclusively through Paul Smith shops and the official Paul Smith webstore.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, a Space Oddity vinyl boxset will be released Friday, July 12th featuring the original mono single version of "Space Oddity" and a new 2019 mix by Tony Visconti.



Published July 10th, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019


The Cure's 40th anniversary concert film will screen this Thursday, July 11th at participating theaters worldwide. In advance of the screening, NME published a new interview with the legendary Robert Smith. As always, Smith provided many entertaining nuggets of information in the feature.

The bad news: Smith revealed the 40th anniversary documentary on The Cure that was to feature previously unseen archival footage and narration by Smith that he had hoped to create with director Tim Pope is on the back burner. From the article:

"After they found that the format didn’t hold together, they decided to just focus on the London gig. The original idea has not been totally shelved, but won’t be revisited just yet."

Smith also gave an update on The Cure's still unreleased 14th studio album that he hopes will be released in 2019:

"...it's changing. It's a work in progress."

"We did about 17 songs and almost all of them were really downbeat and heavy. There were a handful of others, and I really shouldn’t say this because you’ll go ‘oh no’, but in my head I wanted to do two albums – one after another. One was gonna be upbeat and the other downbeat, but the upbeat one I’m not so sure about now."

"Although the concept of what it’s going to be hasn’t really changed, I may have to change some bits of it. It’s kind of pushed me back a little bit because I thought I’d be in the mixing stage by the time we’d finished the festivals, but in fact we’re going to go back and re-record about three or four songs around the time we go and play Glasgow in August. I feel intent on it being a 2019 release and would be extremely bitter if it isn’t. At some point I will have to say ‘this is it’, otherwise we’ll just keep recording like we have done in the past. It never gets any better. We’re due one more session then we’re done."

Probably not a good idea to bet the house on a new Cure record in 2019, but you never know. As they say, stay tuned.

Read the full interview with Robert Smith here.

The Cure return to North America in August for the Pasadena Daydream Festival and again in October to headline both weekends at Austin City Limits. Details on those shows are posted here.

Don't miss The Cure Anniversary 1979 - 2018 Live In Hyde Park London on the big screen on July 11th. Head here for a list of screenings/participating theaters.





Published July 7th, 2019

David Bowie's classic single "Space Oddity" turns 50 years old this week. The single was originally issued July 11th, 1969, only five days before the launch of Apollo 11.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the man on the moon landing and Bowie's iconic single, NASA is holding a special event on July 20th at Kennedy Space Center. During the festivities a brand new "Space Oddity" video featuring archival performance footage of Bowie will be unveiled. The video includes footage of Bowie performing the classic track at his Madison Square Garden 50th birthday party in 1997 as well as footage from the 1990 Sound and Vision tour. The video will also be available to view on You Tube shortly after the NASA premiere on July 20.

Additionally, a Space Oddity double 7" vinyl boxset will be released this Friday, July 12th. The boxset includes two singles -- the original single version of "Space Oddity" plus the 2019 version newly mixed by Tony Visconti. The singles will be backed with the b-side "Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud" (original and new mix, again by Tony Visconti).

View the tracklisting for the boxset below.

Space Oddity double 7" vinyl boxset

Single 1

Side A

Space Oddity (Original Mono Single Edit)

Side B

Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Original Mono Single Version)

Single 2

Side A

Space Oddity (2019 Mix - Single Edit)

Side B

Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (2019 Mix - Single Version)


Published July 7th, 2019

On Friday night Peter Hook performed a set of Joy Division songs backed by the Manchester Camerata Orchestra. Hooky curated the event and served as executive producer with Tim Crooks onboard as musical director.

Hook previously worked with Manchester Camerata for a series of Hacienda Classical performances over the last few years. The Joy Division Orchestrated event at Royal Albert Hall presented orchestral workings of Joy Division classics with guest vocalists to "pay homage to the band and the spirit which defines their heritage" with "a state-of-the-art concert setting and highest standards of production."

The production received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Fan filmed video from Joy Division Orchestrated is available to view below:















Published July 7th, 2019

Matt Talbot of Hum will be hitting the road this fall on another living room tour where he'll perform solo material and more. Talbot is still looking for spaces to host some of the dates on the tour. From the official announcement:

"We’re looking for people to host Matt Talbott (from HUM) Living Room Shows in September and October. Do you have big living room, loft space, community space, art gallery, yoga studio, recording studio, coffee shop or other space where we can do a private show that can comfortably and safely host 40-60 people? If so, please read everything below and get in touch if you live in or near these areas and want to host. Matt would love to play a show at your place!"

Those interested in hosting a living room show should head here or here for more info.

Matt Talbot - living room tour

Sep 25 - Madison, WI
Sep 26 - Minneapolis, MN
Sep 27 - Sioux Falls, SD
Sep 29 - Rapid City, SD
Oct 01 - Victor, ID
Oct 02 - Missoula, MT
Oct 03 - Walla Walla / Spokane, WA
Oct 04 - Seattle, WA
Oct 05 - Portland, OR
Oct 06 - Portland, OR
Oct 08 - Reno, NV
Oct 09 - Oakland, CA
Oct 10 - San Francisco, CA
Oct 11 - Los Angeles, CA
Oct 12 - San Diego, CA
Oct 13 - Las Vegas, NV
Oct 16 - Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 17 - Grand Junction, CO
Oct 18 - Fort Collins / Boulder, CO
Oct 19 - Denver, CO
Oct 21 - Lawrence, KS
Oct 22 - Lincoln, NE
Oct 23 - Omaha NE
Oct 24 - Des Moines, IA
Oct 25 - Chicago, IL
Oct 26 - Champaign, IL

Published July 7th, 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019


Today Joy Division premiered the second video in their Transmissions docu-series. This video features the band discussing the iconic Unknown Pleasures cover art, Bernard Sumner's infatuation with the classic sci-fi film 2001, and the band's distaste for promotional t-shirts (and promotion in general).



Published July 5th, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019


The Cult celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sonic Temple with three expanded anniversary editions. The 1989 release, which has been out of print on vinyl for 20 years will be available on black double vinyl and will include original material and b-sides. Also available: a 5 CD set featuring 53 tracks (6 previously unreleased tracks) with original material, b-sides, demos, alternate edits/mixes, acoustic and live material; and a limited edition 3LP vinyl box set with 40 tracks, bonus cassette, tour memorabilia and more.

The Sonic Temple 30th anniversary editions arrive on September 13th and are available to pre-order here.

View the tracklisting for the 5 CD edition of Sonic Temple and teaser/trailers below:









Disc 1

01 Sun King
02 Fire Woman
03 American Horse
04 Edie (Ciao Baby)
05 Sweet Soul Sister
06 Soul Asylum
07 New York City
08 Automatic Blues
09 Soldier Blue
10 Wake Up Time For Freedom

Disc 2

01 Sonic Temple Radio Promo
02 Fire Woman (Edit)
03 Messin' Up The Blues (from the Fire Woman single)
04 Medicine Train (From the Edie (Ciao Baby) single)
05 Fire Woman (NYC Rock Mix) (from the Fire Woman CD EP)
06 Edie (Ciao Baby) (Edit)
07 Bleeding Heart Graffiti (from the Edie (Ciao Baby) CD EP)
08 Sun King (Edit)
09 Sweet Soul Sister (Edit)
10 The River (From the Sweet Soul Sister single)
11 Soldier Blue (Werman Extended Version)
12 Fire Woman (LA Rock Mix)
13 Sweet Soul Sister (Rock's Mix)
14 Edie (Ciao Baby) (Acoustic) (From The Heart Of Soul CD single)

Disc 3

01 Medicine Train (demo)
02 New York City (demo)
03 American Horse (demo)
04 Sun King (demo)
05 Automatic Blues (demo)
06 Yes Man (demo)
07 Fire (demo)
08 Wake Up Time For Freedom (demo)
09 Citadel (demo)
10 The River (demo)

Disc 4

01 The Crystal Ocean (demo)
02 Cashmere (demo)
03 Edie (Ciao Baby) (demo)
04 Bleeding Hearts Revival
05 My Love (demo)
06 Star Child (demo)
07 Medicine Train (Rock Demo)
08 New York City (Rock Demo)
09 Fire (rock Demo)
10 Spanish Gold (jam Demo)

Disc 5

01 New York City (live) *previously unreleased
02 Automatic Blues (live) *previously unreleased
03 American Horse (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single)
04 Sun King (live) *previously unreleased
05 Soul Asylum (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single)
06 Rain (live) *previously unreleased
07 Sweet Soul Sister (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single)
08 She Sells Sanctuary (live) *previously unreleased
09 Fire Woman (live) *previously unreleased

Published July 3rd, 2019

Morrissey premiered the video for his cover of Melanie Safka's 1971 original "Some Say I Got Devil." View the official video below.

Morrissey's version of "Some Say I Got Devil" is the stunning album closer on his new covers album California Son which was released in May.



Morrissey -- North American tour

Sep 05 -- Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sep 07 -- Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
Sep 09 -- Camden, NJ @ BB & T Pavilion
Sep 11 -- Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
Sep 13 -- Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Sep 14 -- Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
Sep 18 -- Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
Sep 20 -- Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Sep 21 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall - Outside
Sep 26 -- Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
Sep 28 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Saltair
Sep 30 -- Portland, OR @ Theatre Of The Clouds
Oct 01 -- Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theatre
Oct 03 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Oct 05 -- Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheatre
Oct 06 -- San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena
Oct 10 -- Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta
Oct 11 -- Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Oct 14 -- Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 15 -- Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 21 -- Winnipeg, MB @ Centennial Concert Hall

Published July 3rd, 2019

Ride return with their sixth studio album This Is Not A Safe Place next month. They previously issued "Future Love" from the album in April and now they've followed up the single with another song off the record titled "Repetition." The track, which is a big-time musical departure for the legendary shoegaze band, is available to stream below.

This Is Not A Safe Place arrives on August 16th and is available to pre-order here.





Ride -- North American tour

Sep 16 -- Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew's Hall
Sep 17 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Sep 18 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Sep 20 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Sep 21 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Sep 22 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Sep 24 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sep 26 -- Nashville, TN @ EXIT/IN
Sep 27 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Sep 28 -- Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Sep 29 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Oct 01 -- Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Oct 02 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct 04 -- Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
Oct 07 -- Vancouver, BC @ Venue
Oct 08 -- Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Oct 09 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Oct 11 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Oct 14 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
Oct 15 -- San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues San Diego
Oct 16 -- Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

Published July 3rd, 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019


In less than two weeks, New Order release the live album ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. (Live at MIF) which was captured during their wall of synth shows at the Manchester International Festival in 2017. The previously issued "Sub-Culture" from the release and now they've unveiled the live version of the Power, Corruption & Lies classic "Ultraviolence." Stream below.



∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. (Live at MIF) arrives July 12th on limited edition triple colored vinyl, double CD, and digital album download. Head here for all the pre-order options.



New Order - ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. (Live at MIF)

01. Times Change
02. Who's Joe
03. Dream Attack
04. Disorder
05. Ultraviolence
06. In A Lonely Place
07. All Day Long
08. Shellshock
09. Guilt Is A Useless Emotion
10. Subculture
11. Bizarre Love Triangle
12. Vanishing Point
13. Plastic
14. Your Silent Face
15. Decades
16. Elegia
17. Heart & Soul
18. Behind Closed Doors

Published July 1st, 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019


Tim Burgess of The Charlatans has written an annotated lyric book titled One, Two, Another: Line By Line: Lyrics from The Charlatans, Solo and Beyond. The book provides a window into Burgess' unique creative process. According to Burgess:

"That's the thing. I imagine almost everybody writes songs in different ways, but then again each person may use all the different ways to come up with the lyrics to a song. From lists to experiences and stories, there are no rules. A good song is a good song whoever writes it and however the writing happens. I only know what I do. In this here book I have collected some of the ideas and thoughts and words."

The 240 page book will be published November 14th. Pre-order here.





Published June 30th, 2019

Morrissey posted a top 10 list of the records he deems as the "most important records of all time" on his website. It shouldn't be too hard to guess which record/band tops his list, but NO SPOILERS other than to say he made some excellent choices for the most part.

Head this way to check them all out.

Notice he titled the post "For Historic Record Before I Die" and ended his list with "buy these today or drop dead."

Meanwhile, Nick Cave dedicated the latest issue of his newsletter The Red Hand Files to the topic of Morrissey and freedom of speech. Read the piece in full here.

Morrissey -- North American tour

Sep 05 -- Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sep 07 -- Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
Sep 09 -- Camden, NJ @ BB & T Pavilion
Sep 11 -- Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
Sep 13 -- Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Sep 14 -- Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
Sep 18 -- Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
Sep 20 -- Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Sep 21 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall - Outside
Sep 26 -- Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
Sep 28 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Saltair
Sep 30 -- Portland, OR @ Theatre Of The Clouds
Oct 01 -- Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theatre
Oct 03 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Oct 05 -- Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheatre
Oct 06 -- San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena
Oct 10 -- Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta
Oct 11 -- Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Oct 14 -- Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 15 -- Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 21 -- Winnipeg, MB @ Centennial Concert Hall

Published June 30th, 2019

Liam Gallagher has premiered more music from his forthcoming album Why Me? Why Not. Watch the official video for the new song "The River" below.

Why Me? Why Not. includes eleven tracks and includes Gallagher's son Gene on bongos. Although the former Oasis leader co-wrote a few songs on his debut album As You Were, this time he stepped up his game and co-wrote all of the songs on his new record.

"I know my strengths and I know my limitations. I’m an ok songwriter, but I’m a great singer and frontman. I want the second album to be a step-up because the hardest thing to do is to make something the same, only better. So that’s what we’ve done. It’s a better record than As You Were. Which is saying something, as that was epic, wasn’t it?"

Why Me? Why Not. arrives on September 20th. The album is available to pre-order on vinyl, picture disc, CD and digital album download. Head here to view the pre-order options..



Published June 30th, 2019

Joy Division marked the 40th anniversary of Unknown Pleasures by enlisting 10 acclaimed directors to create new visuals and videos for each song on the classic record. This week the band debuted the reimagined video for "Insight" which is available to view below.

If you're having trouble with the series, you are far from alone. No offense to any of the directors involved in the project -- in theory Reimagined is great concept -- but these visual pairings clash with the music and detract from the message, intensity, and emotion of the music. Difficult viewing to say the least.



Published June 30th, 2019

The Velvet Underground have announced the release of a limited vinyl edition of The Matrix Tapes on July 12th. The collection was captured on a tape deck during The VU's 18 date residency at The Matrix in San Francisco in November 1969. The eight LP, 43 track box set features recordings that have been mixed down directly from the original in-house multi-tracks and will be the first time all the available tapes will be released on vinyl (CD + digital format was released previously in 2015).

Head here to pre-order and view the tracklisting for the boxset below.

LP #1

Side 1

I'm Waiting For The Man (Version 1)
What Goes On (Version 1)

Side 2

Some Kinda Love (Version 1)
Heroin (Version 1)

LP #2

Side 1

The Black Angel's Death Song
Venus In Furs (Version 1)
There She Goes Again (Version 1)
We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 1)
Over You (Version 1)

Side 2

Sweet Jane (Version 1)
Pale Blue Eyes
After Hours (Version 1)

LP #3

Side 1

I'm Waiting For The Man (Version 2)
Venus In Furs (Version 2)
Some Kinda Love (Version 2)
Over You (Version 2)

Side 2

I Can't Stand It (Version 1)
There She Goes Again (Version 2)
After Hours (Version 2)


LP #4

Side 1

We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 2)
Sweet Bonnie Brown (It's Just Too Much)
Heroin (Version 2)

Side 2

White Light/White Heat (Version 1)
I'm Set Free

LP #5

Side 1

We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 3)
Some Kinda Love (Version 3)
There She Goes Again (Version 3)

Side 2

Heroin (Version 3)
Ocean

LP #6

Side 1

Sister Ray Part 1

Side 2

Sister Ray Part 2

LP #7

Side 1

I'm Waiting For The Man (Version 3)
What Goes On (Version 2)
Some Kinda Love (Version 4)

Side 2

We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 4)
Beginning To See The Light
Lisa Says
New Age

LP #8

Side 1

Rock & Roll
I Can't Stand It Anymore (Version 2)

Side 2

Heroin (Version 4)
White Light/White Heat (Version 2)
Sweet Jane (Version 2)

Published June 30th, 2019

Thursday, June 27, 2019


Pixies premiered the first episode in their podcast series It's a Pixies Podcast. The 12 part docu-series chronicles the making of the new album Beneath The Eyrie and is an audio diary of Pixies interspersed with nuggets of their history, creative inspiration, and more. Pixies gave unprecedented studio access to the podcast creators and promises to be a fascinating listen for fans.

It's A Pixies Podcast is available to stream globally on Apple, Spotify, Deezer & Stitcher. Head here to link over.

Beneath The Eyrie arrives September 13th and is available to pre-order here.



Published June 27th, 2019

The The announced the reissue of the limited edition EP Interpretations Issue 1: ShrunkenMan. The EP consists of four versions of "ShrunkenMan" performed by The The, Daau, John Parish & Foetus. Copies of the extremely limited edition release are available here while supplies last.

Interpretations Issue 1 was the first in a planned series of four EPs, however the rest of the series was shelved and never released.

The The's version of "ShrunkenMan" was released as the first single from the parent album NakedSelf, which was released in 2000.



Published June 27th, 2019

The Damned have announced a career spanning greatest hits collection. Black Is The Night (The Definitive Anthology) will be available on 4LP or 2CD starting October 25th. View the tracklisting below and head here to pre-order. Note: the final artwork for the anthology has not yet been revealed.



The Damned - Black Is The Night (The Definitive Edition)

Love Song
Wait For The Black Out
Generals
I Just Can't Be Happy Today
Bad Time For Bonzo
Democracy
White Rabbit
Antipope
Ignite
Melody Lee
Smash It Up Pt 1 & 2
New Rose
Machine Gun Etiquette
Neat, Neat, Neat
Stretcher Case Baby
Sick Of Being Sick
Born To Kill
Rabid (Over You)
Problem Child
1 Of The 2
So Messed Up
Disco Man
Fan Club
Suicide
Eloise
Plan 9 Channel 7
Grimly Fiendish
The Shadow Of Love
The History Of The World (Part 1)
Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
Streets Of Dreams
Curtain Call
Alone Again Or
Lively Arts
Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow
Stranger On The Town
Fun Factory
Under The Floor Again
Black Is The Night

Published June 27th, 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


In August, Mute will reissue two Cabaret Voltaire rarities - Chance Versus Causality and 1974-76.


Cabaret Voltaire's complete version of their 1979 soundtrack to Chance Versus Causality will be officially released for the first time.

As the story goes, the film's director Babeth Mondini enlisted the band to create the soundtrack, which was a live-to-tape improvised set by the original members of Cabaret Voltaire (Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson) and  was captured at their Western Works studio. Only one copy of the soundtrack was created -- on two reel to reel tapes -- which they handed over. An abridged version of the soundtrack was later used and released by Rough Trade in 1979. The reel to reel tapes were in limbo for years, but were eventually returned to Cabaret Voltaire in the 90s and have been part of the band's impressive archive. Mute have now seen fit to release the FULL unabridged version of Chance Versus Causality August 30th on limited edition transparent green vinyl, CD, and as a digital download.


Mute announced plans to reissue the compilation 1974-76 for the first time on vinyl. The release includes reel-to-reel recordings captured in Chris Watson's attic during their formative years. The collection was originally released on cassette in 1980 and reissued on CD in 1992. The rarity has been pressed on transparent orange vinyl and arrives August 30th.

Head here to pre-order Chance Versus Causality and 1974-76.



Published June 26th, 2019

Elvis Costello and The Imposters hit this fall in the U.S. The Just Trust tour kicks off in October and includes a Detroit area stop at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor on November 20th. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, June 28th. View the tour itinerary below and find out more about the tour here.

Elvis Costello and The Imposters - U.S. tour

Oct 23 -- Charlottesville, VA @ Sprint Pavilion
Oct 24 -- Hershey, PA @ The Hershey Theatre
Oct 26 -- Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
Oct 27 -- Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Oct 29 -- Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
Oct 30 -- Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
Nov 01 -- Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
Nov 02 -- Greensboro, NC @ Piedmont Hall
Nov 04 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Nov 05 -- Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
Nov 07 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for Performing Arts
Nov 08 -- St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Nov 10 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
Nov 11 -- Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Nov 13 -- New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
Nov 15 -- Memphis, TN @ Graceland Soundstage
Nov 16 -- Carmel, IN @ Center for Performing Arts
Nov 17 -- Louisville, KY @ The Palace Theatre
Nov 19 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
Nov 20 -- Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theatre
Nov 22 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Nov 23 -- Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
Nov 24 -- Madison, WI @ The Orpheum Theater
Nov 26 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre

Published June 26th, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019


Morrissey was interviewed by his nephew Sam Esty Rayner in April. The interview was finally published today and is a fascinating read. The pair covered a lot of ground in the extensive interview including Mozzer's new album California Son, his convoluted traffic incident/altercation with police in Rome, show cancellations, being maligned by the press, and a clarification of his political views.

One of the more intriguing portions of the interview was when Mozzer apologized to Robert Smith -- the topic of Smith came up when Morrissey was asked if he had any small regrets:

"Oh, I never make my regrets small … if I can help it. Oh. Umm. Robert Smith. I said some terrible things about him 35 years ago … but I didn’t mean them … I was just being very Grange Hill. It’s great when you can blame everything on Tourette’s syndrome. [laughs]

Oddly, I was in a pub near Buckingham Palace perhaps ten years ago … and there he was … staring over confrontationally. I take no moral responsibility for whatever I said in 1983 … after all … who does?"

Other nuggets from the interview with Morrissey:

On show cancellations:

"...as far as I can see, many bands cancel and nothing is ever said about it. The song and dance made about my cancellations is usually from people who wouldn’t go to the concert in the first place."

On being a Buzzcocks fan:

"I believe I was the first person ever to write about them. I saw their first ever gig and the next day I was at the post office with a 3p stamp."

On Lou Reed:

"He was a lovely person. He had a great smile which he almost never used. We had a great afternoon in Rome once, and he seemed very happy."

The Seventies band he would like to see reform:

"I suppose the only band that would please millions of people would be The Jam, and although I’m not certain, I gather they don’t much care for each other … so we can be excused for giving up hope on that one!"

Read the full interview with Morrissey here.

Morrissey -- North American tour

Sep 05 -- Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sep 07 -- Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
Sep 09 -- Camden, NJ @ BB & T Pavilion
Sep 11 -- Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
Sep 13 -- Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Sep 14 -- Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
Sep 18 -- Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
Sep 20 -- Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Sep 21 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall - Outside
Sep 26 -- Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
Sep 28 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Saltair
Sep 30 -- Portland, OR @ Theatre Of The Clouds
Oct 01 -- Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theatre
Oct 03 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Oct 05 -- Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheatre
Oct 06 -- San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena
Oct 10 -- Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta
Oct 11 -- Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Oct 14 -- Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 15 -- Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 21 -- Winnipeg, MB @ Centennial Concert Hall

Published June 24th, 2019

New Order return to the U.S. in January for a four-date residency at Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. Four At The Fillmore: A New Order Residency takes place January 14, 15, 17, and 18 and includes support from legendary DJ/collaborator Arthur Baker and special guests to be announced. Individual tickets for all four shows go on sale this Friday, June 28th at 10am and hotel packages go on sale Wednesday, June 26th. Head here for all the details.

Meanwhile as previously reported, New Order are set to release a live album of material recorded in 2017 at their wall-of-synth residency at the Manchester International Festival. ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. (Live at MIF) was captured July 13th, 2017 along with three additional tracks recorded at their other residency shows that week.

The live album arrives July 12th and is available to pre-order here.



New Order - ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. (Live at MIF)

01. Times Change
02. Who's Joe
03. Dream Attack
04. Disorder
05. Ultraviolence
06. In A Lonely Place
07. All Day Long
08. Shellshock
09. Guilt Is A Useless Emotion
10. Subculture
11. Bizarre Love Triangle
12. Vanishing Point
13. Plastic
14. Your Silent Face
15. Decades
16. Elegia
17. Heart & Soul
18. Behind Closed Doors

Published June 24th, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #111: Extinguish

Includes Echo & The Bunnymen, Pixies, The Church, Radiohead, 808 State, Suede, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, and Buzzcocks.

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


Music news from the week
Buzzcocks + guests pay tribute to Pete Shelley
808 State announce EP Initial Granada Report
Thom Yorke announces solo LP Anima
Joy Division premiere Unknown Pleasures video docu-series
Johnny Marr + Bernard Sumner reunite Electronic in Athens


Buzzcocks paid tribute to the legendary Pete Shelley on Friday at Royal Albert Hall in London. A Celebration Of The Life Of Pete Shelley featured current and original/ex-members of Buzzcocks ripping through an 18 song set of classics with special guest vocalists including Captain Sensible and Dave Vanian from The Damned, Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

View pictures and fan filmed video from the event below:

























Setlist

Fast Cars
Promises
Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore
Autonomy
Boredom
Love You More
Why Can't I Touch It?
Fiction Romance
What Do I Get?
Something's Gone Wrong Again
Time's Up
Noise Annoys
Sixteen Again
You Say You Don't Love Me
Harmony In My Head
Orgasm Addict
I Don't Mind
Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)

Published June 23rd, 2019

Manchester legends 808 State announced they'll return with new music over the next few months. The band's first new material since 2002 will be released in the form of two EPs. The first one is a four song EP titled Initial Granada Report and arrives July 12th. Stream "Tokyo Tokyo," off the EP below and catch up with 808 State here.



Published June 23rd, 2019


After teasing the project for weeks, Thom Yorke has now officially announced he'll release a new solo album. The nine track album is titled Anima, was produced by Nigel Godrich, and will be released digitally on June 27th. Several Anima physical editions, including standard CD, standard black double vinyl, and limited edition deluxe orange vinyl arrive on July 19th. Head here to view the pre-order options.

Yorke teamed up with Paul Thomas Anderson to create a short music film to promote the record. The "one reeler" film includes three songs from Anima and premieres June 27th.

View the Anima film trailer below.



Published June 23rd, 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019


As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations for Unknown Pleasures, the surviving members of Joy Division created a short documentary series about the making of the seminal album. The three part series is titled Joy Division: Transmissions and is in the same vein as New Order's recent Transmission series that focused on their debut album Movement.

Watch Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris talk about Ian Curtis, Martin Hannett, brown ale, and the making of Unknown Pleasures below.



Published June 20th, 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019


Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner staged a mini-Electronic reunion last night at the Release Athens Festival. Both Marr and New Order performed separate sets at the festival - during Marr's set he welcomed Sumner onstage and together they performed "Get The Message." The track was one of two Electronic tracks Marr played during his set - he also played "Getting Away With It" earlier in the night without Sumner.

View pictures and a fan-filmed video of the performance below:







Published June 17th, 2019


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019


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

Happy 40th anniversary to a monumental work.

To mark the milestone Joy Division released a limited edition version of the seminal album pressed on ruby red vinyl. The official New Order store has sold out of copies, but some are still available through Rhino's store.


This afternoon, Joy Division marked the 40th anniversary by distributing Unknown Pleasures t-shirts to fans in Manchester.




The city of Manchester also paid tribute to the seminal album today.





Peter Hook on Unknown Pleasures:



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



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



Friday, June 14, 2019


Peter Murphy has announced an eleven night solo album residency in Manhattan’s historic Greenwich Village. Similar to his recent residency in San Francisco, the legendary singer will focus on a different album/theme each night. He's scheduled to perform eight of his solo albums in full, plus he'll dedicate the final few shows to greatest hits, Bauhaus, and David Bowie tribute.

The residency takes place August 2nd through the 18th at le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Tickets for all of the shows go on sale Wednesday, June 19th at 10am ET. Head here for more ticket info.

View the residency itinerary below.

Peter Murphy -- le Poisson Rouge Residency

Aug 02 -- Should The World Fail To Fall Apart
Aug 03 -- Love Hysteria
Aug 05 -- Deep
Aug 08 -- Holy Smoke
Aug 09 -- Cascade
Aug 10 -- Dust
Aug 12 -- Ninth
Aug 13 -- Lion
Aug 15 -- Peter’s Solo Greatest Hits
Aug 16 -- Mr Moonlight:Bauhaus
Aug 18 -- Tribute to David Bowie

Published June 14th, 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019


Joy Division's debut album Unknown Pleasures was released June 15th, 1979 and is days away from turning 40 years old. As reported yesterday, Joy Division are marking this important milestone with a project titled Unknown Pleasures: Reimagined.

For the project Joy Division enlisted 10 acclaimed directors to create new visuals and videos for each song on Unknown Pleasures. The first video in the series premiered today.

The reimagined video for "I Remember Nothing" was directed by Helgi & Hörður and is available to view below.



Published June 13th, 2019

Liam Gallagher announced details behind his second solo record Why Me? Why Not. The eleven track album was recorded in London and Los Angeles with producers Greg Kurstin and Andrew Wyatt and includes Gallagher's son Gene on bongos. Although the former Oasis leader co-wrote a few songs on his debut album As You Were, this time he stepped up his game and co-wrote all of the songs on his new record.

"I know my strengths and I know my limitations. I’m an ok songwriter, but I’m a great singer and frontman. I want the second album to be a step-up because the hardest thing to do is to make something the same, only better. So that’s what we’ve done. It’s a better record than As You Were. Which is saying something, as that was epic, wasn’t it?"

Why Me? Why Not. arrives on September 20th. The album is available to pre-order on vinyl, picture disc, CD and digital album download. Head here to view the pre-order options.

Along with the album announcement today, Gallagher unleashed the official video for his new single "Shockwave" which is available to stream below.



Published June 13th, 2019

The critically acclaimed documentary Big Gold Dream was released in 2015 and chronicles the Scottish independent music scene in the 80s. The influential film includes Alan McGee, Peter Hook, Norman Blake, Martyn Ware, Bob Last, and more.

Honoring the DIY spirit of the artists, and as a way to give back to the music community, filmmakers are making this fascinating documentary available to view for free on You Tube through June 19th. Be sure to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to learn more about this essential piece of alternative music history. Head here or watch below.



Published June 13th, 2019



Helmet announced the North American leg of their 30th anniversary tour. The band embark on a 30 city tour this fall where they'll perform a 30 song set each night with no opening act. Tickets for the tour, which includes a Detroit stop November 29th at St. Andrew's Hall, go on sale on Friday, June 14th.

View the tour routing below and head here for more info.

Helmet - 30th anniversary tour

Oct 23 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Oct 25 -- Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Oct 26 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Oct 27 -- Washington, DC @ Union Stage
Oct 29 -- Columbia, SC @ The Senate
Oct 30 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Oct 31 -- New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues New Orleans
Nov 01 -- Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Nov 02 -- Austin, TX @ Mohawk Austin
Nov 03 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees
Nov 05 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Nov 07 -- Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Nov 08 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
Nov 09 -- Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
Nov 10 -- Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Nov 12 -- Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
Nov 13 -- Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
Nov 14 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Nov 15 -- Medford, OR @ Howlee's On Front
Nov 16 -- Portland, OR @ Dante's
Nov 17 -- Seattle, WA @ Substation
Nov 19 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell
Nov 20 -- Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Nov 22 -- Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Nov 23 -- Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Nov 24 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
Nov 26 -- Saint Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Nov 27 -- Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Nov 29 -- Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew's Hall
Nov 30 -- Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

Published June 13th, 2019