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Thursday, March 21, 2019


Today New Order debuted the third segment in their Transmissions docu-series. The latest episode is a candid interview with Peter Hook who recalls New Order's early days and the recording of Movement. Hooky considers Movement as an escape from dealing with Ian Curtis' death and said manager Rob Gretton was instrumental in keeping them going by lining up gigs for them.

Watch the interview with the always intriguing Peter Hook below and catch up with the previous episodes here.



Transmissions leads up to and celebrates the release of the Movement Definitive Edition box set. The four piece set (1LP/2CD/1DVD) arrives April 5th and contains a copy of Movement on vinyl, a copy of Movement on CD, a bonus CD with previously unreleased tracks (Western Works and Cargo demos, rehearsal versions and more), a DVD collecting live concert recordings from 1980/81 along with their Granada TV and BBC appearances, plus a hard back book. Pre-order here.

This month New Order issued remastered editions of four iconic Movement-era non-album singles. So far they've reissued both versions of "Ceremony," and "Everythings Gone Green" (with the correct tracklisting for "Mesh" and "Cries And Whispers!) This week they wrap up the reissue series with the remastered version of "Temptation." Head here to order.

Published March 21st, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


The Cure's Robert Smith was interviewed this week by the program CapeTalk in promotion of the band's first ever shows in South Africa. During the interview Smith revealed that he's just finished recording the Cure's still-untitled 14th studio album but says the record does not yet have a release date.

He also told interviewer John Maytham that even though he's spent 40 years focusing on the Cure he says it doesn't feel like he's "been doing it that long" and he especially loves playing live shows. He chalks that up to the Cure's varied catalog -- it's still very interesting to him because The Cure have tons of different songs and styles to draw from: dark, brooding, whimsical, emotional, melodic, and poppy.

Though not a punk band, Smith thinks The Cure drew inspiration from the punk movement:

"Really at heart, I think the Cure stayed with the punk ethic although we've had a degree of success and signed to major labels and stuff, at the heart of it, we've always slightly rejected doing things in a conventional way."

Near the end of the interview, Maytham, who didn't exactly come off as the world's biggest Cure fan asked Smith how his "look" evolved:

"When we first started we had no photos taken, we shied away from it. I didn't want people to know who we were, because I wanted them to listen to the music. I didn't want them to prejudge us and think we were a punk band because I thought we were kind of different. I played with a band called Siouxsie and the Banshees for a while, I saw the audience and I kind of liked that look, so I suppose that I just kind of like moved into that kind of look.

But I think the real reason was actually because I don't have well defined features and I just need make up when I'm on stage...for thousands of years people stand on stage and get made up to kind of project their features, and I just do the same.

I just liked doing it...as a Bowie fan from way back I liked the way he created characters although I've only ever created one character and it's pretty much me, it's just a bigger version -- a louder version of me -- it just allows me to be a little bit more kind of flamboyant. I'm not naturally a performer...it gives me...not courage, but a lack of self-awareness."

Head here to stream the full interview.





Published March 20th, 2019

In celebration of The The's 40th anniversary this year the band will release a line of t-shirts commemorating different eras of their history. The first two shirts have been unveiled and honor the band's classic 1983 album Soul Mining. The Soul Mining Artwork shirt features the classic album artwork designed by the late Andrew "Andy Dog" Johnson; the Soul Mining Lyric shirt features lyrics from "This Is The Day." Both shirts include a 40th anniversary logo on the sleeve.

The shirts are available to view below. Head here to order while supplies last.




Published March 20th, 2019



Morrissey has unleashed another single from his forthcoming covers album California Son. "Morning Starship" was originally written and released by Jobriath (Bruce Wayne Campbell) in 1973. Mozzer's cover serves as the second single from California Son and features Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear on backing vocals. Check it out below.

California Sun features 12 cover songs and is available to pre-order here or here.





Published March 20th, 2019

Andrew Golding best known for his work in the C86 band The Wolfhounds has launched an new project titled Dragon Welding. The self-titled debut album was released last week and includes an intriguing and diverse mix of sounds which run the gamut from buzzy guitar-driven to analog synth, to folk and ambient. Yet another glorious record from the uber-talented and pioneering musician.

Stream two tracks from Dragon Welding below and head to Bandcamp to stream/order.






Published March 20th, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019


Squeeze hit the road in the U.S. this summer for the Difford & Tilbrook Songbook tour which sees the band performing Squeeze classics written by founding members Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook. The U.S. dates will precede the previously announced European leg, which kicks off in October, however unlike the UK/Euro leg Heaven 17 will NOT serve as openers. Tickets for the U.S. tour go on sale this Friday, March 22nd.



Squeeze - Difford & Tilbrook Songbook tour

Aug 14 -- Pawling, NY @ Daryl's House
Aug 15 -- Derry, NH @ The Tupelo Music Hall
Aug 16 -- Bensalem, PA @ XCite Center at Parx Casino
Aug 17 -- Washington, DC @ The Kennedy Center
Aug 20 -- Englewood, NJ @ Bergen PAC
Aug 22 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
Aug 23 -- Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
Aug 24 -- New York, NY @ Pier 17
Aug 25 -- Cohasset, MA @ South Shore Music Circus
Aug 27 -- Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cod Melody Tent
Aug 29 -- Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood
Aug 30 -- Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
Aug 31 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Sep 01 -- Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
Sep 03 -- Minneapolis, MN @ The State Theatre
Sep 04 -- Omaha, NE @ Kiewit Concert Hall
Sep 06 -- Arvada, CO @ Arvada Center
Sep 07 -- Park City, UT @ Deer Valley Resort
Sep 09 -- Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Sep 10 -- Salem, OR @ The Elsinore Theatre
Sep 12 -- Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theatre
Sep 13 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Orpheum Theatre
Sep 15 -- Chandler, AZ @ The Chandler Center For The Arts
Sep 17 -- Austin, TX @ The Paramount
Sep 18 -- Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
Sep 19 -- Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Sep 21 -- Louisville, KY @ Bourbon & Beyond Festival
Sep 22 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

Published March 18th, 2019

Adam Ant returns to North American this fall to tour his debut solo album Friend Or Foe. Ant will perform the classic 1982 breakthrough album in full along with other favorites from his catalog. The tour kicks off in September and includes a Detroit area stop September 13th at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 22nd.

Friend Or Foe was a massive album for Adam Ant in the U.S. in part due to MTV banging out "Goody Two Shoes" and "Desperate But Not Serious" in heavy rotation. Good times.





Adam Ant -- North American tour

Sep 04 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
Sep 06 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Sep 07 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Sep 08 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
Sep 11 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
Sep 13 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sep 14 -- Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium
Sep 15 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Sep 17 -- Boston, MA @ Shubert Theatre
Sep 19 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Sep 20 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Merriam Theater
Sep 21 -- Mashantucket, CT @ Fox Theater
Sep 23 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Sep 25 -- Greensboro, NC @ Carolina Theatre
Sep 27 -- Atlanta, GA @ Symphony Hall
Sep 28 -- Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre
Sep 29 -- Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
Oct 01 -- Miami, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach

Published March 18th, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #97: Double Negative

This week: music from Killing Joke, Generation X, Book Of Love, Happy Mondays, Depeche Mode, Lou Reed, Pixies, The Stone Roses, Fad Gadget, and more.

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




Thursday, March 14, 2019


The second episode of New Order's docu-series Transmissions premiered today and features commentary from the intriguing and legendary Gillian Gilbert. Highlights include Gilbert's comments about working with Martin Hannett and talking about how Joy Division/New Order are pegged as dark, serious people even though the reality is they are quite the opposite.

Enjoy the all-too-short interview with Gilbert below.






Transmissions leads up to and celebrates the release of the Movement Definitive Edition box set. The four piece set (1LP/2CD/1DVD) arrives April 5th and contains a copy of Movement on vinyl, a copy of Movement on CD, a bonus CD with previously unreleased tracks (Western Works and Cargo demos, rehearsal versions and more), a DVD collecting live concert recordings from 1980/81 along with their Granada TV and BBC appearances, plus a hard back book. Pre-order here.

This month remastered editions of four iconic Movement-era non-album singles will be released. Last week both versions of "Ceremony" were reissued; tomorrow (March 15th) will see the reissue of "Everythings Gone Green" (with the correct tracklisting for "Mesh" and "Cries And Whispers!), and "Temptation" wraps up the reissue series on March 23rd. Head here to pre-order.

Published March 14th, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


Slowness have been creating dreamy and mesmerizing post-punk soundscapes since their formation in 2008 and soon they'll return with yet another brilliant recording. The band's new full length album Berths follows the release of 2014's How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain and arrives via Schoolkids Records on June 5th. The album is preceded by the phenomenal new single "Rose" which gets its official release on April 3rd, but is available to stream now ahead of its release.

Envelope yourself in the entrancing beauty of Slowness below and catch up with the band here.










Published March 13th, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris are warning fans/collectors about buying vintage instruments purported to be authentic instruments previously used and/or built by New Order and Joy Division.

The legends have posted a warning on New Order's website cautioning "buyer beware" to those thinking of buying their vintage gear. As you might guess, though the posting doesn't mention him by name, it essentially calls out Peter Hook and his recent auction.

The posting features a picture of Mark Reeder posing with a vintage synth. [Reeder is an electronic wizard and was previously a member of Frantic Elevators -- he's collaborated with Sumner in the past and Sumner considers him a friend.] The posting reveals that the picture is of Joy Division's only Transcendent 2000 which Sumner built himself and eventually gave to his friend.

Note: Peter Hook's recent auction included a Transcendent 2000, though Hook was very open and honest that the synth he was auctioning off was NOT Sumner's original.

There is, however, a dispute between parties regarding chimes that were allegedly used on Joy Division's classic single "Atmosphere."

Peter Hook's Signature Collection included a bell tree/chimes that Hook claimed were used on "Atmosphere." The chimes ended up selling for $6,000 U.S. in the auction.

From Hook's Omega Auction listing:

"As used very distinctively on ATMOSPHERE by JOY DIVISION instigated by Martin Hannett. These were lying around Cargo Studios for years along with along with Nico’s old harmonium. When I changed Cargo to Sweet Sixteen this had gone. Then John Brierley returned them for The Joy Division Exhibition at The Factory. I have no idea what happened to the Harmonium."

However Sumner and Morris claim in their post that Morris did NOT use a bell tree or chimes on "Atmosphere" and instead fashioned the sound using a tambourine, scissors, and a delay. As proof of their allegation, they included a screenshotted excerpt from the 2009 book Totally Wired highlighting Morris' comments about how he created the sound.

Despite taking shots at Hook, New Order's posting is great advice that should be taken to heart when buying items online: it makes sense to take caution when buying vintage items that are allegedly authentic, especially with so many fraudsters circling around. Buyer beware, indeed.

Read the posting in full here.

Head back to happier New Order times with the band's Reading Festival performance from 1989. Courtesy of uploader Shugzv.



Published March 12th, 2019

Television return to Detroit May 4th for an all ages show in celebration of El Club's 3rd anniversary. Tickets to see the legendary band go on sale tomorrow morning at 10 am. Head here or here for details.



Published March 12th, 2019

David Bowie's archive has uploaded two classic Bowie videos -- the remastered original (1969) version of "Space Oddity" and the original uncensored version of "China Girl" (featuring Bowie's bare behind) below:

The "Space Oddity" video was created February 6th, 1969 as a segment for the larger promotional Bowie film Love You Till Tuesday. "Space Oddity" would later debut on the BBC in 1975; the film Love You Till Tuesday was shelved and eventually released on home video in 1984. Read more about the video here.

The "China Girl" video was originally released in 1983 and was one of Bowie's "very simple, very direct" statements on racism. Read more about the video here.

Meanwhile two separate David Bowie collections are due out this spring in celebration of the 50th anniversary of "Space Oddity": Spying Through A Keyhole is a 7" box set which collects nine rare and previously unreleased demos (including 2 early demos of "Space Oddity"). The set arrives April 3rd and is available to pre-order here. The Clareville Grove Demos 7" vinyl singles box features a different (later) demo of "Space Oddity" along with five other home demos (four previously unreleased demos total) and will be released May 15th. Pre-order here.





Published March 12th, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019


The Waterboys have announced they'll release a new album titled Where The Action Is on May 24th. This is the band's 13th studio album overall and follows their 2017 album Out Of All This Blue. The standard edition of the record contains 10 tracks; the deluxe edition adds an 11 track "mashed" version of the album -- all of the album's tracks were remixed/mashed, plus a "reprise" version of the title track is included. Head here to check out all the options.

Stream the first single "Right Side Of Heartbreak (Wrong Side Of Love)" and view the album tracklisting below.



Standard edition

01. Where The Action Is
02. London Mick
03. Out Of All This Blue
04. Right Side Of Heartbreak (Wrong Side Of Love)
05. In My Time On Earth
06. Ladbroke Grove Symphony
07. Take Me There I Will Follow You
08. And There's Love
09. Then She Made The Lasses-O
10. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Bonus mash version (included with deluxe edition)

01. Where The Action Is (Mash)
02. London Mick (Jess'n'Zeenie Mix)
03. Out Of All This Blue (Soul Choir)
04. Right Side Of Heartbreak (Box & Vox)
05. In My Time On Earth (Scott & Wickham Mix)
06. Ladbroke Grove Coda
07. I Will Follow You Take Me There
08. And There's Love (Mashtrumental)
09. Then She Made The Lasses (Mash)
10. Where The Action Is (Reprise)
11. Piper At The Gates of Dawn (Instrumental)

Published March 8th, 2019

Massive Attack issued a statement today announcing the postponement of their upcoming North American tour. The mostly sold out Mezzanine XXI tour was scheduled to kick off March 11th in Montreal but will be rescheduled due to illness within the band. The rescheduled dates will take place in the fall and will be announced on March 14th.

UPDATE (3/16): Make up dates have been announced. See the updated tour itinerary below.

The official statement from Massive Attack is posted below:

"We regret to announce that the upcoming Mezzanine XXI shows in the USA and Canada have been postponed due to illness. The shows will be rescheduled for this fall, with a full announcement to be made on Thursday March 14th. All current tickets will be valid for the new dates.

The band are deeply sorry for any inconvenience and are looking forward to bringing the show to the USA and Canada soon."

Massive Attack - Mezzanine XXI North American tour

Sep 01​​ -- San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater
Sep 03​​ -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Sep 04​ -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Sep 05​​ -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Sep 07​​ -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Sep 10​​ -- Saint Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Sep 11​ -- Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theater
Sep 12​ -- Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
Sep 14​ -- Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre,
Sep 17​​ -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
Sep 18​ -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
Sep 20​​ -- Philadelphia, PA @ Metropolitan Opera House
Sep 21​ -- Boston, MA @ Boch Center
Sep 24​​ -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Sep 26​ -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Sep 27​​ -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall

Postponed Massive Attack North American tour dates

Mar 11 -- Montreal, QC @ Place Des Arts (sold out)
Mar 12 -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre For Performing Arts (sold out)
Mar 14 -- Boston, MA @ Boch Center (sold out)
Mar 15 -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall (sold out)
Mar 16 -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Mar 19 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Metropolitan Opera House
Mar 20 -- Washington, DC @ Anthem
Mar 22 -- Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
Mar 23 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (sold out)
Mar 24 -- Saint Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre (sold out)
Mar 28 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (sold out)
Mar 29 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium (sold out)
Mar 30 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium (sold out)
Mar 31 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium
Apr 02 -- San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Open Air Theatre

Published March 8th, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019


The first episode of New Order's docu-series Transmissions premiered today. The first installment is an interview with Bernard Sumner - among the highlights: Sumner explains the difficulty/awkwardness of learning how to sing in public plus discusses the devastation of New Order having their gear stolen while on the road in the U.S.

Watch Transmissions below (note: Sumner's f-bomb was hilariously bleeped with a few notes from "Bizarre Love Triangle")



Transmissions leads up to and celebrates the release of the Movement Definitive Edition box set. The four piece set (1LP/2CD/1DVD) arrives April 5th and contains a copy of Movement on vinyl, a copy of Movement on CD, a bonus CD with previously unreleased tracks (Western Works and Cargo demos, rehearsal versions and more), a DVD collecting live concert recordings from 1980/81 along with their Granada TV and BBC appearances, plus a hard back book. Pre-order here.

This month remastered editions of four iconic Movement-era non-album singles will be released. The series launches tomorrow (March 8th) with "Ceremony" (the original version and re-recorded version with Gillian Gilbert will be reissued separately); "Everythings Gone Green" (with the correct tracklisting for "Mesh" and "Cries And Whispers!) will be reissued March 15th; and "Temptation" wraps up the reissue series on March 23rd. Head here to pre-order.

Published March 7th, 2019

The new Iggy Pop produced docu-series Punk premieres March 11th on Epix. Punk explores the history of the genre and includes legends such as John Lydon, Wayne Kramer, Debbie Harry, Marky Ramone, Jello Biafra and more.

Earlier this week a launch event for the series took place in Hollywood and featured a panel discussion which included John Lydon, Marky Ramone, Henry Rollins, Donita Sparks, and producer John Varvados. Egos clashed and quickly spun out of control -- Lydon and Rollins shared a few uncomfortable barbs, then Lydon turned his attention to lash out at Ramone.

Watch how the drama unfolded below via Rolling Stone.











Published March 7th, 2019

Marty Willson-Piper's fifth studio album Hanging Out In Heaven is being reissued on vinyl next month for Record Store Day. The double album is pressed on blue vinyl, includes brand new artwork plus two bonus tracks "Queen In Her Jeans" and "Dressed Up As You." The album was originally released in 2000 (without the bonus tracks) and was always intended to be released on vinyl according to Willson-Piper:

"At last, my fifth solo album, Hanging Out In Heaven, will be released through Schoolkids Records on Record Store Day. It's been a long wait for one of my most well-received records. The album has new artwork and comes on blue double vinyl with two extra tracks. Recorded in sessions in L.A. and Sweden with the two added songs recorded in London, the album contains some of the most emotional and poignant songs I ever wrote."

Though almost 20 years old, the album truly holds up. The powerful message of the galvanizing single "Forget The Radio" is more relevant than ever in 2019, plus namechecks the mighty Andy Partridge of XTC!

The Record Store Day release is limited to 1000 copies, so as always, it's best to contact your favorite record store ahead of time to see if they'll be stocking the release.



Hanging Out In Heaven - Tracklist

01 Forget the Radio
02 Swan
03 Wondering
04 Sanctuary
05 Waves Towards the Moon
06 Goodbye
07 I Don’t Think So
08 Watching Us
09 You Bring Your Love to Me
10 After Eight
11 All Those Wires
12 1929 Vintage Wine
13 Wreck (A Sea Shanty)
14 What Is Her Name
15 All That Remains
16 Queen In Her Jeans (bonus track)
17 Dressed Up As You (bonus track)

Published March 7th, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019


New Order's iconic single "True Faith" appears in a new Calvin Klein commercial. Some of today's pop-music/popculture stars are featured singing to and/or enjoying the timeless gem.

Say what you will about these "stars" but at least New Order are getting some well-deserved recognition from a new generation. Check it out below.



Meanwhile Peter Hook's Signature Collection was auctioned off last Saturday with proceeds going to benefit Epilepsy UK, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), and The Christie. According to Omega Auctions auctioneer Paul Fairweather, the event's sales results were unprecedented with memorabilia commanding prices well above expectations:

“It was a huge honour to have the opportunity to sell a collection of items that tell a very important story about Manchester’s musical history, and fantastic to have the chance to work so closely with Hooky over the last year. We would describe the sale results as unprecedented, with prices often far exceeding our expectations. The fully signed Ideal For Living single attained a price in excess of what we would expect for a full set of Beatles signatures, suggesting a fascinating shift in the spending habits of some of the biggest collectors.

Some of the highly sought after items:

*chimes used on "Atmosphere" sold for £5,800 ($7639)
*Factory Records hanging table sold for £9,000 ($11,800)
*an original ‘FAC1’, the very first Factory club poster sold for £9,000 ($11,800)
*Hooky’s first ever bass sold for £10,000 ($13,170)
*bass used on Closer sold for £15,500 ($20,414)
*original Joy Division flight case sold for £21,000 ($27,658)

Note: some controversial items were withdrawn prior to the auction, notably private letters Ian Curtis and Annik Honoré wrote to each other.

Souvenir catalogs for the auction are available to purchase here.

Published March 6th, 2019


Meat Beat Manifesto will follow up 2018's Impossible Star with a double album titled Opaque Couché. Jack Dangers and company will release the 16 track record on May 10th. A special limited edition picture disc version pressed on brownish gold vinyl will be released exclusively through Electronic Sound while supplies last (only 150 copies available) and Bandcamp (another 150 copies available).

Stream the first single "Pin Drop" and check out the tracklisting below.

FYI: The record is named after the brownish-gold-green color that is often referred to as "the ugliest color in the world." The color was deemed the most "unappealing" by 1000 smokers in a market research survey commissioned by the Australian government; subsequently the Australian government ruled that all outer surfaces of tobacco packaging must be this color by law in hopes the ugliness would deter sales.

The name "opaque couché" isn't the real name of the color; the true name is Pantone 448 C, but is commonly referred to as "opaque couché" due to a French translation mishap.

REGARDLESS, don't let the color deter you from enjoying the awesomeness of Meat Beat Manifesto. Pre-order a copy here or here.



Opaque Couché tracklisting

01. Untroduction
02. Pin Drop
03. [Ear-Lips]
04. Agelast
05. Hailing Frequencies Open
06. Bolinas
07. Call Sign
08. Moving Pulse
09. No Design
10. C/2015 V2
11. CarrierFreq
12. Forced To Lie
13. Break Test
14. Present For Sally
15. Critical Soul Vibrations
16. Wandering Soul #11

Published March 6th, 2019

The legendary Creation band The Jasmine Minks are releasing a brand new 7" single "Step By Step" on March 22nd. The limited edition double A-side has been pressed on blue vinyl and is limited to 300 copies. A digital release will also be available. Stream "Step By Step" below and pre-order here or here.

The Jasmine Minks formed in 1983 and are notable not just for their incredibly addictive and timeless indie singles but also for being the very first band Alan McGee signed to Creation records.







Published March 6th, 2019

Sara Romweber, the drummer for the influential college rock band Let's Active has died. The news was first reported by journalist David Menconi and has been confirmed by her manager. Romweber died from a brain tumor. She was 55 years old.

Romweber was the original drummer of Let's Active and played with the band through 1984 and is featured on their debut EP Afoot and full length album Cypress.

R.I.P.






Tuesday, March 5, 2019


The mighty Noel Gallagher is hitting the road this summer. Gallagher and his band The High Flying Birds are part of a co-headline package tour that also includes Smashing Pumpkins and opening support from AFI. The tour kicks off in August and includes a Detroit area stop at DTE on August 14th. The general onsale for tickets is this Friday, March 8th, with pre-sales kicking off today (Tuesday, March 5th) at 10am. View the full itinerary below.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds return with a new EP for Record Store Day (April 13th). The Wait And Return EP includes three remixes of songs that appeared on Gallagher's latest album Who Built The Moon? The release is limited to 2500 copies and will be pressed on teal vinyl (the EP cover art is featured at the top of this post). If interested in obtaining a copy contact your favorite record store ahead of time to see if they'll be stocking the release.

Meanwhile Noel Gallagher has signed to Warner Brothers much to the dismay of his brother Liam who took the opportunity to call him out. (NG established Sour Mash in 2000 and has been releasing his records independently through his label).







Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Wait And Return tracklist

A1. She Taught Me How To Fly (The Reflex Revision)
A2. Keep On Reaching (The Reflex Revision)
B1. Black & White Sunshine (Richard Norris Remix)

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds/Smashing Pumpkins tour

Aug 08 -- Camden, NJ @ BB & T Pavilion
Aug 09 -- Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug 10 -- Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
Aug 13 -- Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Aug 14 -- Clarkston, MI @ DTE
Aug 15 -- Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino amphitheatre
Aug 17 -- Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug 19 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Aug 20 -- Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Aug 21 -- Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Aug 23 -- Rogers, AR @ The Walmart AMP
Aug 24 -- Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
Aug 25 -- The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 28 -- Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Aug 30 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Banc Of California Stadium
Aug 31 -- Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

Published March 5th, 2019

Violent Femmes are teaming up with Ben Folds for a summer tour. The tour kicks off at the end of July and includes a Detroit area stop August 11th at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 8th at 11am.

Prior to the Ben Folds tour, Violent Femmes will tour the U.S. with X. View the itinerary for both tours below.

Violent Femmes co-headline tour with X

May 03 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 04 -- Redondo Beach, CA @ BeachLife Festival
May 05 -- San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's
May 07 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
May 09 -- Austin, TX @ ACL Live at Moody Theater
May 10 -- Houston, TX @ House Of Blues Houston
May 11 -- Arlington, TX @ Kaaboo Texas
May 13 -- San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Center
May 14 -- Tulsa, OK @ Cane's Ballroom
May 16 -- Memphis, TN @ Graceland
May 17 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
May 18 -- Madison, WI @ The Sylvee

Violent Femmes co-headline tour with Ben Folds

Jul 28 -- Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul 30 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Aug 01 -- New York, NY @ Pier 17
Aug 02 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
Aug 03 -- Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Aug 04 -- East Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park
Aug 06 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Aug 08 -- Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Aug 09 -- Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug 10 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Lawn at White River State Park
Aug 11 -- Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Aug 14 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Surly Brewing
Aug 15 -- Des Moines, IA @ Water Works Park
Aug 16 -- Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
Aug 23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

Published March 5th, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019


Morrissey is heading to Broadway! The legend will be performing a seven date residency at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre May 2nd through the 11th in promotion of his forthcoming covers album California Son. Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday, March 8th.

No other U.S. dates have been announced in promotion of his record so far, but he'll head to Canada for the first time in years this April.

Morrissey's new album California Son will be released on May 24th and is available to pre-order here.



Morrissey -- Canadian tour

Apr 15 -- Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Apr 17 -- Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Apr 18 -- Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta
Apr 20 -- Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place
Apr 22 -- Winnipeg, MB @ Centennial Concert Hall
Apr 26 -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
Apr 27 -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
Apr 29 -- Montreal, QC @ Mtelus

Morrissey -- Broadway residency

May 02 -- New York, NY @ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
May 03 -- New York, NY @ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
May 04 -- New York, NY @ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
May 07 -- New York, NY @ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
May 08 -- New York, NY @ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
May 10 -- New York, NY @ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
May 11 -- New York, NY @ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

California Son - tracklisting

01. Morning Starship (Jobriath)
02. Don't Interrupt The Sorrow (Joni Mitchell)
03. Only A Pawn In Their Game (Bob Dylan)
04. Suffer The Little Children (Buffy Sainte Marie)
05. Days Of Decision (Phil Ochs)
06. It's Over (Roy Orbison)
07. Wedding Bell Blues (Laura Nyro / The Fifth Dimension)
08. Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets (Dionne Warwick)
09. Lady Willpower (Gary Puckett & The Union Gap)
10. When You Close Your Eyes (Carly Simon)
11. Lenny's Tune (Tim Hardin)
12. Some Say I Got Devil (Melanie)

Published March 4th, 2019
Keith Flint, the enigmatic leader of The Prodigy has died. Flint was found dead this morning at his home in Essex. The Prodigy issued a statement on social media confirming the utterly tragic news. According to bandmate Liam Howlett, Flint died by suicide this weekend. Flint was 49 years old.

R.I.P.










David J has revealed details behind two special releases for Record Store Day.

The iconic bassist told fans via video that he's releasing a new full-band recording of "Thoughts And Prayers," the vitriolic song he wrote last year in response to the Parkland high school shootings. The single will be backed by a cover of Emily Jane White's "Hole In The Middle" and proceeds from the single will go to benefit the victims affected by the shootings.

The second RSD offering is a repress/reissue of "V For Vendetta," which was originally released on 12" in 1984.

Record Store Day takes place Saturday, April 13th. If you're interested in these (or any) Record Store Day releases, be sure to contact your favorite record store ahead of time to see if they'll be stocking the release. View the official Record Store Day website here.

Head here to watch David J's video announcement regarding both releases.

Published March 4th, 2019

Sunday, March 3, 2019


Classic Alternative - Episode #95: Transcend

Includes music from: Shriekback, The Mighty Lemon Drops, Gary NumanU2, The Stranglers, The Wedding Present, New Order, The Cure, Peter Murphy, Teenage Fanclub, Talk Talk, and more.

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


Music news from the week:

New Order announce docu-series Transmissions
XTC's Oranges & Lemons turns 30
New Order's "Round & Round" turns 30
Modern English, The Alarm + Gene Loves Jezebel team up for summer tour
Andy Anderson, R.I.P.
Morrissey debuts "It's Over" from California Son
Gang Of Four cut U.S. tour short after Andy Gill hospitalized
Peter Murphy details Live In London LP
Mark Hollis, R.I.P.