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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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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

Friday, September 6, 2019


Morrissey kicked off his North American tour in fine form last night. Moz ripped through a 21 song set featuring material from California Son, classics from his solo catalog and a few Smiths tracks, then returned for a two song encore. During the show he also dryly acknowledged/admitted to a stage spitting incident from the '90s.

The tour heads to Forest Hill Stadium in Queens tomorrow night and rolls through the Detroit area next Friday, September 13th with a show at Meadowbrook.

View the setlist and fan filmed video (courtesy of Jim Powers) from the tour kickoff below:











Setlist

How Soon Is Now?
Alma Matters
Hairdresser On Fire
I Wish You Lonely
Satan Rejected My Soul
Morning Starship
Wedding Bell Blues
Lady Willpower
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself
If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me
Munich Air Disaster 1958
Seasick, Yet Still Docked
Never Again Will I Be A Twin
Spent The Day In Bed
The Bullfighter Dies
Back On The Chain Gang
Jack The Ripper
Some Say I Got Devil
Suedehead
Everyday Is Like Sunday
First Of The Gang To Die

Morrissey - North American tour

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
Oct 24 -- Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place
Oct 26 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

Published September 6th, 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019


Morrissey's North American tour kicks off tonight in Columbia, Maryland. The itinerary includes U.S. shows with Interpol serving as support along with several Canadian dates that were rescheduled from late spring.

Morrissey is touring in support of his recently issued covers album California Son BUT he's also recently recorded a new studio album so perhaps he'll test out something new tour (unlikely, but you never know). Either way, it should be quite thrilling to see the legendary Moz back on stage wowing fans as he did on his recent critically acclaimed Broadway stint.





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
Oct 24 -- Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place
Oct 26 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

Published September 5th, 2019

David Bowie's archive has announced a new Bowie boxset titled Conversation Piece will be released on November 15th.

The five disc set collects material from 1968 and 1969 including demos (home demos, Mercury demos), radio sessions, recordings from his experimental band Feathers, the 1969 stereo mixes and Tony Visconte's previously unreleased 2019 mixes of the original David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) album, and more.

FYI: Tony Visconte's 2019 mix of David Bowie/Space Oddity will also be released individually on vinyl and CD on November 15th.

Pre-order info will be announced shortly. For now, head here for more info on Conversation Piece and stream the 2019 mix of "Conversation Piece" below.

UPDATE: those interested in purchasing through Burning Shed can view pre-order options here.





Published September 5th, 2019


Pixies return with their new album Beneath The Eyrie on September 13th. In promotion of the release, last night the band played their latest single "Catfish Kate" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Check out the action below.

Head here to pre-order Beneath The Eyrie.



Published September 5th, 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #121: Quiet Despair

Includes Tears For Fears, Sugarcubes, Depeche Mode, Buffalo Tom, The Clash, Front 242, The Cure, and The Smiths.

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


News stories from the week
OMD issue 40th anniversary "Electricity" 7"
The Dukes Of Stratosphear release CD/Blu-Ray 'Psurroundabout Ride'
Liam Gallagher marks 10th anniversary of Oasis breakup with impassioned video

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Last week Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark announced a 7 disc career spanning collection Souvenir. This week OMD made another special announcement - in celebration of the 40th anniversary of their debut single "Electricity," they'll release a limited edition anniversary edition pressed on ultra clear vinyl.

The 7" single includes the original Factory version of "Electricity," a new mix of the b-side "Almost" remixed by Vince Clarke, plus cover art inspired/adapted by Peter Saville's original "Electricity" artwork.

Andy McCluskey: For Paul and I, holding in our hands an actual vinyl record of a song we had written as 16 year olds was one of the greatest thrills of our young lives. Forty years later, that original garage recording still has a charming energy that makes us proud. We are honoured that Vince Clarke has created such a distinctive personal remix of the B side "Almost."

The 40th anniversary edition of "Electricity" arrives on September 27th and is available to pre-order here.

OMD's career spanning collection Souvenir arrives October 4th and is available to pre-order here.



Published August 29th, 2019

Over the last few years XTC's catalog has been remixed by audio whiz Steven Wilson, and now the latest installment in the series has been announced.

Coming October 11th both full length albums from XTC's psychedelic pseudonym/alter ego/side project The Dukes Of Stratosphear will be reissued. Like the previous XTC collections, the original material has been remixed in 5.1 audio and surround sound by Steven Wilson and approved by Andy Partridge.

The complete Dukes recordings have been compiled on a CD/Blu-Ray release titled Psurroundabout Ride -- the collection includes the original and new mixes of 25 O'Clock and Psonic Psunpot, along with demos, instrumentals, and two bonus tracks. Additionally 25 O'Clock and Psonic Psunspot will be reissued individually on 200 gm vinyl.

Psurroundabout Ride and the vinyl reissues arrive October 11th and are available to pre-order here.



Published August 29th, 2019




Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Ten years ago today is an important one in Oasis history -- the night of the legendary Noel Gallagher /Liam Gallagher backstage argument in Paris which ended with Noel leaving the band and shattering Oasis. Liam marked the tenth anniversary of the fateful discombobulation with a poignant, heartwrenching video.

"One Of Us," which appears on Liam's new solo album Why Me? Why Not., is an emotional musing about Oasis and his relationship with Noel and older brother Paul, who has been stuck in the middle of the family fray. The message is abundantly clear; Liam wants Oasis and his brothers back.

Check out "One Of Us" below.

Why Me? Why Not. arrives on September 20th and is available to pre-order here.



Liam Gallagher - North American tour

Oct 09 -- San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
Oct 16 -- San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Oct 19 -- Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
Oct 21 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
Oct 24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

Published August 28th, 2019

Sunday, August 25, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #120: Alas, Perhaps Onto The Horizon

Includes Oasis, Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, New York Dolls, Monaco, Northside, The Wedding Present, Pixies, and The Smiths.

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


News stories from the week

Peter Murphy: "I have made a full recovery"
R.I.P. Tim Walsh, Northside guitarist
Oasis announce Listen Up - The Oasis Podcast
Simple Minds announce Live In The City Of Angels
Swervedriver announce U.S. tour; play Detroit
OMD announce career-spanning anniversary collection Souvenir

Definitely Maybe, the debut album from Oasis turns 25 years old this week. To mark the grand anniversary, Oasis announced a four-part podcast Listen Up - The Oasis Podcast. The series includes stories behind the album and interviews with Oasis and their inner circle. The launch date for the premiere episode has not been announced, however the trailer is available to stream on Spotify.




Simple Minds have announced details behind a new live release. Live In The City Of Angels was captured during last year's career spanning 31 date North American tour. The collection will be released on 4CD, 2CD, 4LP, and more. Head here for all the pre-order options. Live In The City Of Angels arrives on October 4th.

Stream "Love Song" from the collection below:

Saturday, August 24, 2019


Peter Murphy postponed his New York residency earlier this month after suffering a heart attack. Yesterday Murphy revealed in a new statement that he's made a "full recovery" and thanked fans, his hospital care team, and tour staff for saving his life. Perhaps the most uplifting part of the statement -- other than knowing he's doing just fine -- is the final line of the statement where he mentions being grateful for his Bauhaus band mates.

Read the full statement from Peter Murphy below:

A personal statement from Peter:

Following my recent episode in New York City with my heart attack and being admitted into Lenox Hill Hospital and seeing myself go through the rigors of intensive care, I am very happy to say that I have made a full recovery. Thanks to the superb team of doctors, specialists, nurses and care staff. I am so glad to say I am up and running again.

My tour manager Brian Lowe and my assistant Chantal Thomas were directly instrumental in saving my life and to whom I cannot thank enough. I also want to thank every single friend and fan who has been supporting me throughout this ordeal. I remain grateful especially to my Bauhaus band mates.

xxx Peter

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


Tim Walsh, guitarist for the legendary Manchester band Northside has died. The band broke the tragic news to fans on social media yesterday (August 20).

Northside formed in 1989 and were a staple of the Madchester/baggy scene in the early 90s alongside The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and The Farm. The band released several singles and their sole full length record, Chicken Rhythms on Factory Records in 1991 (Geffen later released the album stateside). After a long hiatus all four original members reunited in 2013 and played several live shows in 2014 and 2015.

Walsh's cause of death has not been announced.

R.I.P.





Published August 21st, 2019

Swervedriver hit the road for a new round of tour dates in the U.S. this fall. The tour includes a Detroit stop October 27th at El Club in Detroit. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, August 23rd at 10am.

Swervedriver released their sixth studio album Future Ruins in January and toured behind the record in the spring along with Failure.



Swervedriver - U.S. tour

Oct 10 -- San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Oct 11 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Oct 13 -- Dallas, TX @ Dada
Oct 14 -- Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
Oct 16 -- Atlanta, GA @ Hell
Oct 17 -- Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Oct 18 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
Oct 19 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct 20 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall
Oct 21 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
Oct 22 -- New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Oct 23 -- Astbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents
Oct 24 -- Boston, MA @ Sonia
Oct 27 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Oct 28 -- Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge (React)
Oct 30 -- Denver, CO @ Bluebird
Nov 01 -- Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
Nov 02 -- Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
Nov 03 -- Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theatre
Nov 05 -- San Francisco, CA @ Slims
Nov 06 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram

Published August 21st, 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark announced a new career spanning greatest hits package titled Souvenir. The seven disc (5CD/2DVD) collection features all the band’s singles from their debut "Electricity" to "What Have We Done," as well as a brand new single "Don’t Go," which premiered on British radio yesterday. The set includes live material captured on their 1981 Architecture & Morality, 1983 Dazzle Ships, and 1985 Crush tours, 22 previously unreleased tracks, Crush The Movie, television appearances, and more.

Along with the limited edition 5CD/2DVD set, a condensed 2CD edition and 3LP edition of Souvenir will be released. All three editions arrive October 4th and are available to pre-order now.

Stream OMD's new single "Don't Go" below.



OMD - North American tour with B52's (bold dates are their only headline/solo dates)

Aug 21 –– San Antonio, TX – The Majestic Theater
Aug 22 –– Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
Aug 24 –– Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre
Aug 25 –– New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
Aug 28 –– Tampa, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
Aug 30 –– Ponte Vedra, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Aug 31 –– Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Sep 03 –– Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
Sep 04 –– Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Sep 06 –– Greensboro, NC – White Oak Amphitheatre
Sep 07 –– Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bak Amphitheatre
Sep 08 –– Dayton, OH – Rose Music Centre at the Heights
Sep 11 –– Grand Rapids, MI – Meijer Gardens (onsale May 11th)
Sep 13 –– Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Sep 14 –– Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Sep 17 –– Washington, DC – The Anthem
Sep 19 –– Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center
Sep 20 –– Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
Sep 24 –– New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage

Published August 20th, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #119: Dynamic

Includes The Jam, Bauhaus, Nitzer Ebb, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Gary Numan, The Fall, Joy Division, Teenage Fanclub, and The Smiths.

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


News stories from the week

Peter Murphy suffers heart attack in NYC
The Cure share "Disintegration" live video
The Fall reissue studio LPs + live material from 1982

Three reissues involving The Fall's output from 1982 have been announced.

The Fall's fourth studio album, Hex Induction Hour, which was original released in March 1982 will be reissued on triple vinyl with original material, Peel Sessions, and other live material.

The Fall's fifth studio album, Room To Live, originally issued in November 1982, will be reissued on double vinyl with original and live material.

A six CD boxset titled The Fall: 1982 collects Hex Induction Hour, Room To Live, and the live album In A Hole, which was captured on the final date of the band's tour of New Zealand in 1982.

All three releases arrive on October 25th and are available to pre-order now.

Published August 18th, 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Peter Murphy was rushed to the hospital yesterday (August 13th) after feeling short of breath and suffering a heart attack. Murphy remains in New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.

Lenox Hill Hospital cardiologist Jason Song issued the following statement:

"Mr. Murphy was admitted for treatment of a myocardial infarction, had two stents placed in his right coronary artery, and was started on medications to manage his heart condition. He remains in the hospital for continued monitoring of his condition."

Murphy's family issued the following statement:

"We would like to thank the fans for their undying support and hope that Peter will be back on stage with a refreshed heart, stronger than before!”

Murphy has been in New York performing his solo album residency at Le Poisson Rouge. The four remaining residency shows (August 15, 16, 18, 19) have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later time. Refunds are also available for ticketholders if they so choose.

Much love and healing thoughts to the legendary Peter Murphy as he recuperates.

Published August 14th, 2019

The Cure announced details for their double concert film The Cure: 40 Live last week. The release features the band's two career spanning 40th anniversary shows of 2018 -- CURÆTION-25 and Anniversary 1978 - 2018 Live In Hyde Park London. Today The Cure shared the full video of "Disintegration" which is available to view below along with the trailer for the release.

The Cure: 40 Live will be released October 18th as a limited edition deluxe boxset featuring 2 Blu-ray + 4 CD, or 2 DVD + 4CD; hardbook editions featuring 2DVD or 2Blu-ray are also available. Head here to view pre-order options.





Published August 14th, 2019

Sunday, August 11, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #118: Pipe Down

Includes The Damned, Bauhaus, Dinosaur Jr, The Stranglers, Railway Children, Depeche Mode, The Stone Roses, and The Smiths.

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


News stories from the week

Factory Records celebrate 40th anniversary with two boxsets
The Cure announce double concert film The Cure: 40 Live
Oasis announce 25th anniversary Definitely Maybe picture disc
The Telescopes debut new single + reissue Taste for 30th anniversary
Dinosaur Jr announce remastered expanded editions of classic albums
Johnny Marr unleashes "The Bright Parade"
Pixies debut "Catfish Kate" single and video
Oasis' debut album Definitely Maybe turns 25 years old this month. To mark the momentous occasion, the band will be releasing a limited edition 25th anniversary picture disc edition of the classic record. The picture disc will be released exclusively through the official Oasis store on August 30th and is available to pre-order here.

Definitely Maybe was released August 29th, 1994 and was the fastest selling debut album in the U.K. at the time of release.



Noel Gallagher is currently on the road with Smashing Pumpkins in North America and will release a new EP This Is The Place on September 27th. Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher returns with his second solo album Why Me Why Not? on September 20th.




The Telescopes have announced a 30th anniversary edition of their debut album Taste will be released on clear and purple vinyl on September 13th. The album originally released in June of 1989 and remains a seminal noise/shoegaze album.

The Telescopes debuted a new song "Strange Waves" earlier this month and will be releasing the track as a vinyl single September 6th.

Pre-order both of the releases here.



Published August 11th, 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019


Four classic albums from Dinosaur Jr will be reissued as deluxe editions on September 27th. Green Mind (1991), Where You Been (1993), Without A Sound (1994), and Hand It Over (1997), have been remastered and expanded with related b-sides, singles, live material, and other extras. The albums will be released as 2CD sets and colored double vinyl (2LP double gatefold) on September 27th.

Green Mind will be released on green vinyl; Where You Been on blue vinyl; Without A Sound on yellow vinyl; and Hand It Over on purple vinyl. All of the vinyl editions include b-sides and live material, some of which has been previously unavailable on vinyl.

Pre-order info is available to view through Cherry Red here.



Published August 9th, 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019


In 2018 The Cure played two career-spanning shows in the U.K. in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Today The Cure announced CURÆTION-25 and Anniversary 1978 - 2018 Live In Hyde Park London will be released as a double concert film titled The Cure: 40 on DVD/Blu-Ray/CD on October 18th.

CURÆTION-25 took place June 24th, 2018 on the tenth and final night of the Meltdown Festival at Royal Festival Hall in London. The 28 song set featured two songs from each of the Cure's 13 studio albums performed in chronological order along with two new non-album tracks.

Two weeks later -- July 7th, 2018 -- The Cure performed another career-spanning set at Hyde Park in London to a crowd of 65,000 fans. The 29 song Anniversary 1978 - 2018 Live In Hyde Park London performance went on to screen at select theaters worldwide last month.

The Cure - 40 Live will be released as a 2DVD/4CD deluxe box (DVD of each concert; the audio portion of each concert spread over two discs), 2Blu Ray/4CD deluxe box (blu ray of each concert; audio portion spread over two discs each), 2DVD hardbook, and 2Blu Ray hardbook. Head here to view all the pre-order options.

View the trailer and the tracklisting for the release below:




Disc 1 - CURÆTION 25 (DVD or Blu Ray)

01. Three Imaginary Boys
02. At Night
03. Other Voices
04. A Strange Day
05. Bananafishbones
06. A Night Like This
07. Like Cockatoos
08. Pictures Of You
09. High
10. Jupiter Crash
11. 39
12. Us Or Them
13. It's Over
14. It Can Never Be The Same
15. Step Into The Light
16. The Hungry Ghost
17. alt.end
18. The Last Day Of Summer
19. Want
20. From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
21. Disintegration
22. If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
23. Sinking
24. Shake Dog Shake
25. One Hundred Years
26. Primary
27. A Forest
28. Boys Don't Cry

Disc 2 - Anniversary 1978 - 2018 (DVD/Blu Ray)

01. Plainsong
02. Pictures Of You
03. High
04. A Night Like This
05. The Walk
06. The End Of The World
07. Lovesong
08. Push
09. Inbetween Days
10. Just Like Heaven
11. If Only Tonight
12. Play For Today
13. A Forest
14. Shake Dog Shake
15. Burn
16. Fascination Street
17. Never Enough
18. From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
19. Disintegration
20. Lullaby
21. Caterpillar
22. Friday I'm In Love
23. Close To Me
24. Why Can't I Be You
25. Boys Don't Cry
26. Jumping Someone Else's Train
27. Grinding Halt
28. 10:15 Saturday Night
29. KAA

Disc 3 - CURÆTION 25 (audio CD)

01. Three Imaginary Boys
02. At Night
03. Other Voices
04. A Strange Day
05. Bananafishbones
06. A Night Like This
07. Like Cockatoos
08. Pictures Of You
09. High
10. Jupiter Crash
11. 39
12. Us Or Them
13. It's Over
14. It Can Never Be The Same

Disc 4 - CURÆTION 25 (audio CD)

01. Step Into The Light
02. The Hungry Ghost
03. alt.end
04. The Last Day Of Summer
05. Want
06. From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
07. Disintegration
08. If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
09. Sinking
10. Shake Dog Shake
11. One Hundred Years
12. Primary
13. A Forest
14. Boys Don't Cry

Disc 5 - Anniversary 1978 - 2018 (audio CD)

01. Plainsong
02. Pictures Of You
03. High
04. A Night Like This
05. The Walk
06. The End Of The World
07. Lovesong
08. Push
09. Inbetween Days
10. Just Like Heaven
11. If Only Tonight
12. Play For Today
13. A Forest
14. Shake Dog Shake

Disc 6 - Anniversary 1978 - 2018 (audio CD)

01. Burn
02. Fascination Street
03. Never Enough
04. From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
05. Disintegration
06. Lullaby
07. Caterpillar
08. Friday I'm In Love
09. Close To Me
10. Why Can't I Be You
11. Boys Don't Cry
12. Jumping Someone Else's Train
13. Grinding Halt
14. 10:15 Saturday Night
15. KAA

Published August 8th, 2019

Johnny Marr is not one to sit around loafing. Last year he released his third solo record Call The Comet and since then he's been on the road touring in support of the album. Earlier this year Marr debuted a fantastic one-off single "Armatopia" and now he's gone and debuted yet another glorious non-album single titled "The Bright Parade." Stream "The Bright Parade" below and head here for more streaming/download options.



Published August 8th, 2019

Wednesday, August 7, 2019


Factory Records was established 40 years ago last year and to mark the important milestone Warner has announced the release of two limited edition boxsets celebrating the hugely influential and important label.

Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-79 collects the first ten FAC issued items: Joy Division's "Digital" single and seminal debut album Unknown Pleasures; OMD's "Electricity" single, A Factory Sample (double 7" compilation), three original Factory posters, film, stationery, and egg timer. Additionally a 60 page book, bonus 12" single, and two Joy Division interview CDs will be included in the boxset. Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-79 is limited to 4000 copies worldwide and will be released October 11th. Pre-order here and view the tracklisting below.

The second boxset Factory: Communications 1979 - 1992 compiles 63 tracks from Factory artists including Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, Section 25, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Electronic, Revenge, The Other Two, James, The Railway Children, Northside, and many more. The compilation was previously issued on CD as a four disc set in 2009 and will receive a limited edition pressing on silver vinyl on November 8th. View the tracklisting below and pre-order here.


Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-79

FAC 1: 1978 Poster

FAC 2: A Factory Sample double 7" vinyl compilation:

Joy Division: "Digital"
Joy Division: "Glass"

Durutti Column: "No Communication"
Durutti Column: "Thin Ice"

John Dowie: "Acne"
John Dowie: "Idiot"
John Dowie: "Hitler’s Liver"

Cabaret Voltaire: "Baader-Meinhof"
Cabaret Voltaire: "Sex in Secret"

FAC 3: 1978 Poster

FAC 4: 1978 Poster

FAC 5: A Certain Ratio: "All Night Party" / "Thin Boys" 7” single

FAC 6: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: "Electricity" / "Almost" 7” single

FAC 7: Stationery - May 1979

FAC 8: Menstrual Abacus aka The Factory Egg Timer – presented on A4 Print

FAC 9: No City Fun aka The Factory Flick, 1979, (film) presented on DVD

FACT 10: Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures LP, June 1979


Factory: Communications 1979 - 1992 tracklisting

LP 1

Joy Division - Digital
Cabaret Voltaire - Baader Meinhof
A Certain Ratio - All Night Party
OMD - Electricity (Factory version)
Joy Division - She’s Lost Control
The Distractions - Time Goes By So Slow

Joy Division - Transmission
The Durutti Column - Sketch For Summer
X-O-Dus - English Black Boys
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
A Certain Ratio - Shack Up

LP 2

Section 25 - Girls Don’t Count
Crawling Chaos - Sex Machine
A Certain Ratio - Flight
The Names – Nightshift

New Order - Ceremony (original version)
Minny Pops - Dolphin’s Spurt
John Dowie - It’s Hard To Be An Egg
Crispy Ambulance - Deaf
Section 25 - Dirty Disco

LP 3

New Order - Everything’s Gone Green
Tunnelvision - Watching The Hydroplanes
The Durutti Column - Messidor
A Certain Ratio - Knife Slits Water (LP version)

Royal Family and the Poor - Art on 45
Swamp Children - Taste What’s Rhythm
New Order - Temptation

LP 4

52nd Street - Cool As Ice
New Order - Blue Monday

Cabaret Voltaire - Yashar (John Robie remix)
Quando Quango - Love Tempo
The Wake - Talk About The Past Side 9 (1983-84)

LP 5

New Order - Confusion
Marcel King - Reach For Love
Section 25 - Looking from A Hilltop (Megamix)

Stockholm Monsters - All At Once
Life - Tell Me
The Durutti Column - Without Mercy (Duet)
James - Hymn From A Village
Kalima – Trickery

LP 6

A Certain Ratio - Sounds Like Something Dirty
Quando Quango - Genius
Happy Mondays - Freaky Dancin’
Miaow - When It All Comes Down

The Railway Children - Brighter
Biting Tongues - Compressor
New Order - True Faith
Happy Mondays - 24 Hour Party People

LP 7

New Order - Fine Time
Happy Mondays - W.F.L. (Think About the Future)
Revenge - Seven Reasons

Happy Mondays - Hallelujah (Club mix)
Electronic - Getting Away With It
Happy Mondays - Step On
Northside - Shall We Take A Trip

LP 8

England New Order - World In Motion
Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro
The Durutti Column - Home
Electronic - Get The Message (DNA remix)

Northside - Take 5
Cath Carroll - Moves Like You (remix)
The Other Two - Tasty Fish
Happy Mondays - Sunshine and Love (Lionrock remix)

Published August 7th, 2019

Pixies return with their seventh studio album Beneath The Eyrie next month. They've previously issued "On Graveyard Hill" and now they've unleashed the second single "Catfish Kate." Watch the animated video for the new single below.



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

Pixies have been detailing the making of Beneath The Eyrie in the 12 episode series It's A Pixies Podcast. Catch up with all the episodes here.

So far Pixies have not announced a North American tour behind their new record, though they will be a part of The Cure's Pasadena Daydream festival on August 31st along with Twilight Sad, Mogwai, Throwing Muses, and more.



Published August 7th, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #117: Listless Shallows

Includes Gang Of Four, Bauhaus, Pulp, The Clash, Depeche Mode, Talk Talk, Trashcan Sinatras, and KMFDM.

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


If you stream the program outside of the U.S. take note: Mixcloud will be implementing some changes soon which will slightly alter the streaming experience by removing a few features. It appears the changes shouldn't impact anyone streaming legally in the U.S. considering the involved features (rewind capabilities, limitless streaming) were never available in the United States to begin with.

The Classic Alternative shows I've created over the last two years have always followed the more restrictive U.S. content/streaming laws (no more than 4 songs per artist, etc) so the show archive should continue to be available to stream worldwide without issue.

Read Mixcloud's open letter regarding the changes here.


In 2006 Robyn Hitchcock and Andy Partridge created some music together. The music will finally be released as a four song EP on September 6th. Planet England will be available as a 10" vinyl release and on CD. Both formats are available to pre-order here.

Robyn Hitchcock:

“Andy is the only person that I can easily write songs with. They simply appear, as if we were at a seance. He’s perhaps more logical than me, but it’s not really a contest, is it? A lot of song-writing is solving a puzzle that you’ve set for yourself; I really enjoy going round to his place in Swindon and puzzling with him. I live just up the road, in Nashville...”

Andy Partridge:

"Robyn's fierce inventiveness is a joy to work with. Like bathing in the sparks from some surreal angle grinder...I can cheerfully tell you that it's been one rather beautiful crashing creative event. ...that I want to repeat. Feels like being in a group again."

Published August 4th, 2019


Gang Of Four's seminal debut album Entertainment! turns 40 years old in September. Rhino UK is offering a limited edition version of the album pressed on red vinyl. The pressing is limited to 500 copies and will be released September 20th. Head here to pre-order.




Ride return with their sixth studio album This Is Not A Safe Place on August 16th. A few weeks ago they premiered the single "Repetition" and now they've unleashed the accompanying music video which stars a washing machine. Check it out below.

This Is Not A Safe Place 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

Sunday, July 28, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #116: Awakening

Includes Gary Numan, Swervedriver, Ian Dury, R.E.M., David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Wire, Talk Talk, Depeche Mode, and The Smiths.

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


Music stories from the week:

Echo & The Bunnymen to release 'The John Peel Sessions 1979 - 1983'
Midge Ure announces 2CD/DVD set Soundtrack 1978 - 2019
808 State announce 7th studio LP Transmission Suite
Fad Gadget reissue greatest hits on vinyl; box set planned for 2020
Peter Hook premieres Joy Division Orchestrated documentary

Echo & The Bunnymen have collected their Peel Sessions recordings from 1979 through 1983 and will be releasing them in the U.K. on September 6th. The session tracks were recorded for The John Peel Show on BBC Radio 1 and have been released on a limited basis over the years. This is the first time to collect all of the Peel Sessions from the golden formative era of The Bunnymen.

The John Peel Sessions 1979 - 1983 has been pressed on limited edition red vinyl and standard black vinyl (both vinyl editions include 2LPs); the collection will also be released on CD and as a digital album download. So far there is no news of a North American release but fans can pre-order copies on import through Rhino or Amazon U.K.

Will Sergeant:

"Without John Peel sessions, Echo And The Bunnymen in my opinion, would not exist! It’s that simple. The band got so much support from him and John Walters (Peel’s producer). Recording a Peel session was essential to the development of our songwriting skills while at the same time giving us amazing exposure and self-belief."




LP 1

01. Read It In Books
02. Stars Are Stars
03. I Bagsy Yours
04. Villiers Terrace
05. The Pictures On My Wall
06. All That Jazz

01. Over The Wall
02. All My Colours
03. That Golden Smile
04. Heaven Up Here
05. Turquoise Days

LP 2

01. Taking Advantage
02. An Equation
03. No Hands
04. Silver
05. Seven Seas

01. The Killing Moon
02. Nocturnal Me
03. Watch Out Below
04. Ocean Rain
05. My Kingdom

Published July 28th, 2019


Midge Ure has announced plans to release a career-spanning set. Soundtrack 1978 - 2019 includes tracks from Ultravox, Ure's solo catalog, collaborations, and a few previously unreleased tracks. The 2CD/1DVD set includes 32 songs in all (many are 7" versions) spread over two audio discs and a DVD with promo videos, audio commentary, biography and more. Ure has also announced a limited edition clear vinyl collection titled Soundtrack: The Singles 1980 - 1988. which features 10 singles. Both the CD/DVD + LP releases arrive September 20th and can be pre-ordered here.



Published July 28th, 2019

Earlier this month Peter Hook teamed up with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra for the critically acclaimed production Joy Division Orchestrated. Next week, Hook takes the production to Australia where he'll perform Joy Division classics backed by the Metropolitan Orchestra. In advance of the five date stand Hook has debuted a short documentary on how the Joy Division Orchestrated production came together. View the film below:

Peter Hook & The Light return to North America this fall to perform Technique and Republic in full. View the tour itinerary below.



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 July 28th, 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019


Fad Gadget's debut single "Back To Nature" was released 40 years ago this year, and Mute Records announced today they'll be celebrating the occasion with a few Fad Gadget releases over the next year. [Fad Gadget was the first band signed to Mute; "Back To Nature" was the second release on the label.]

The collection The Best Of Fad Gadget receives its first vinyl release through Mute on September 6th. The 2LP set will be pressed on silver vinyl and features the identical 18 tracks as the 2001 CD release. Frank Tovey hand selected the tracks for the compilation which doubled as a greatest hits set for established fans, and served as an introduction to his work for new fans (the collection was released prior to Tovey joining the European leg of Depeche Mode's Exciter tour in 2001). The Best Of Fad Gadget arrives on vinyl September 6th and is available to pre-order here.

Along with the greatest hits announcement, Mute also revealed a Fad Gadget box set will be released in 2020 that has the full support and cooperation of Tovey's family (Tovey died tragically in 2002). The set is in the works and details will be announced closer to the release.



Published July 24th, 2019