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

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

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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