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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, September 27, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #175: Secrets

OMD's classic single "Enola Gay" turned 40 years old this week.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Legendary drummer Budgie (aka Peter Clarke) gave fans quite a scare on social media yesterday!

Budgie posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed, revealing he was "just out of the ICU" but didn't provide any other info other than to thank fans for their support.

After speculation and fear from fans ramped up online, Budgie's team provided a statement on Facebook confirming Budgie's situation was not dire and was instead just "routine maintenance" and he would be back to work behind the drums in a few days.

View Budgie's picture and team statement below.

"Just a quick note to reassure you that Budgie is absolutely fine and very grateful for all of your messages. This was just a little routine maintenance and he’ll be back behind the drum kit working on new projects in a couple of days. - team Budgie"

Budgie has several projects in the works - he and Lol Tolhurst announced a new project L X B earlier this year. The project is said to channel "the spirit of 1977" and new music is expected before the end of the year. Meanwhile Budgie and Tolhurst are collaborating on a podcast/series tentatively titled The Bleak End (details and premiere date still to be announced).

Most recently Budgie and Tolhurst were among the guests on ReMission International's cover of The Mission's classic anthem "Tower Of Strength." The cover version titled "TOS2020" which includes contributions from Martin Gore, Midge Ure, Gary Numan, was issued digitally in August. The physical edition arrives October 2nd and is available to pre-order here.

Pixies return with a new single "Hear Me Out."

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #174: Fraught With Peril

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
are set to play a livestreaming event in October.

Depeche Mode announced the release of Songs Of Faith And Devotion | The 12" Singles.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The film Shoplifters Of The World will be coming to screens in the U.S. next year.

New Order posted an official lyric video for "Blue Monday."

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #173: Sordid Alliance

festival goes virtual this weekend.

The The's brand new 7 inch single "I Want 2 B U" is available now.

The Style Council release a three LP anthology in October.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Robert Smith was interviewed along with Damon Albarn by BBC Music 6 today to discuss the new Gorillaz song "Strange Timez" featuring Smith.

Gorillaz premiered a new song featuring Robert Smith of The Cure.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

New Order's seminal singles masterpiece Substance is finally available digitally!

New Order issued a brand new single "Be A Rebel."

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #172: Impaled By Delusion

Nick Cave announced details behind a concert film and live album.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

New Order have something up their sleeve!

Today New Order posted a teaser suggesting an announcement of some sort will be made on September 8th, which is next Tuesday.

No word on what they'll be unveiling, but perhaps: A song? Album? Remix? Live (or virtual) show? Merchandise? Art print?

Unlikely this will be some sort of reissue news since they've already announced the definitive edition of Power, Corruption, & Lies along with the reissue of the PCL-era non-album singles which arrive in October.

The mystery builds. Stay tuned.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Morrissey announced the release of a 7 inch version of "That's Entertainment."

Peter Hook + The Light covered a live version of the New Order rarity "Homage."

Hook and his band dusted off the unreleased Movement-era New Order track and performed it live yesterday (August 30th) during a John Peel tribute concert. The socially distant tribute was held yesterday to celebrate what would have been John Peel's 81st birthday. Hook revealed that New Order originally planned to perform "Homage" as part of their 1981 Peel Session, though they decided against it at the last minute.

View Peter Hook + The Light's performance of "Homage" below.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #171: Depth Of Insincerity

Friday, August 28, 2020

ReMission International released the 2020 version of "Tower Of Strength" ("TOS2020") today.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The 1995 War Child charity album Help will be re-released to mark its 25th anniversary.

The album features a stunning array of UK artists including The Stone Roses, Radiohead, The Charlatans, The Boo Radleys, Blur, Suede, Oasis, Portishead, Sinéad O'Connor, and The Smokin' Mojo Filters (aka Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, and Noel Gallagher) among others.

The legendary compilation was inspired by John Lennon's quote:

"The best record you can make, is recorded on Monday, cut on Tuesday, pressed up on Wednesday, packaged on Thursday, distributed on Friday, in the shops on Saturday."

Inspired, participating artists went into studios all over Europe on September 4th and within 24 hours 20 tracks were recorded. Help came together so quickly that the artwork for the album did not contain a tracklisting because at the time organizers didn't know which songs and artists would completed in time.

Recording began September 4th and only days later, September 9th, the album went on sale in shops and sold 70,000 copies that day. The compilation raised over 2 million dollars and launched War Child, which protects, educates, and supports children in war. To date the charity has aided over a million children caught in the crossfire of war.

The album will be reissued September 9th -- 25 years to the day of the original release physically on black vinyl and digitally on streaming services. Along with the original material, the 2020 version of Help will include a newly recorded version of The Smokin' Mojo Filters (McCartney, Weller, and Gallagher) covering The Beatles classic "Come Together."

View the tracklisting for the original Help release below and learn more about War Child here.

Help -- tracklisting

01. Oasis and Friends - Fade Away
02. The Boo Radleys - Oh Brother
03. The Stone Roses - Love Spreads
04. Radiohead - Lucky
05. Orbital - Adnan
06. Portishead - Mourning Air 07. Massive Attack - Fake The Aroma
08. Suede - Shipbuilding
09. The Charlatans - Time For Livin'
10. Stereo MC's - Sweetest Truth (Show No Fear)
11. Sinéad O'Connor - Ode To Billy Joe
12. Levellers - Searchlights
13. Manic Street Preachers - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
14. Terrorvision - Tom Petty Loves Veruca Salt
15. The One World Orchestra (aka The KLF) - The Magnificent
16. Planet 4 Folk Quartet - Message To Crommie
17. Terry Hall And Salad - Dream A Little Dream
18. Neneh Cherry and Trout - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
19. Blur - Eine Kleine Lift Musik
20. The Smokin' Mojo Filters - Come Together

John Lydon is releasing a new book I Could Be Wrong I Could Be Right.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #170: Departure

Friday, August 21, 2020

Luna released a cover of Televison's classic "Marquee Moon" today.

Their sprawling cover is true to the epic original 1977 version and was recorded earlier this summer while the band social distanced; they recorded each instrument one at a time in their respective homes in Auckland, Austin, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The video was created by Justin Harwood (ex-Luna bassist) using iPhone footage shot by band members.

Luna's cover of "Marquee Moon" is available to download and stream on bandcamp and other streaming services. View the video for "Marquee Moon" below.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Echo & The Bunnymen announced the release a live album Do It Clean.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Cabaret Voltaire announced a new album Shadow Of Fear.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #169: Superimpose

Bob Mould
will release his anthology in October.

Distortion 1989 - 2019 collects Mould's non-Hüsker Dü output, beginning with his debut solo album Workbook. The anthology includes 18 studio albums, 4 live albums, two compilations with rarities and collaborations, plus a 72 page booklet.

The CD edition features 24 CDs. The vinyl edition will be split into four separate boxsets; the first of these is titled Distortion 1989 - 1995. The 8 LP set includes the output from Workbook through the Sugar b-side/rarities collection Besides along with a new collection of rarities titled Distortion Plus, and a 28 page book.

The CD and vinyl editions will be released October 2nd. Head over to Bob Mould's website to learn more and to view the order options.

The Damned return with a new EP in October.

Monday, August 10, 2020


The Mission announced details behind the 2020 version of "Tower Of Strength." 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #168: Protract

XTC's eleventh studio album Oranges And Lemons will be reissued on heavyweight vinyl on September 4th.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

New Order announced the release of the Definitive Edition of their seminal 1983 masterpiece Power, Corruption & Lies.

Zee Productions announced the release of two limited edition jigsaw puzzles celebrating The Clash.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Pixies shared a previously unreleased alternate video version of "Velouria."

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #167: Strewn About

Lou Reed's 15th studio album New York will be issued as a 6 piece box set.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Gutting news - Denise Johnson has died.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #166: Phaseshifter

Monday, July 20, 2020

In celebration of the 33rd anniversary of New Order's "True Faith," the legendary band launched a line of merchandise inspired by the iconic single.

Several items are available including True Faith totes (white and black versions), True Faith mug, black embossed notebook,4 piece button set, plus other non-True Faith items including a knit hat and Substance tote.

The items are available to pre-order while they last from New Order's UK store and will be released on August 28th.

Q magazine has folded. The legendary British magazine's final issue hits newsstands on July 28th.

The news was announced by Q's editor Ted Kessler, who shared the tragic news and posted a picture of the final issue. According to Kessler, the magazine had run a "lean" ship prior to the pandemic, however Covid19 financially wiped out Q for good.

View Kessler's post and scan of the farewell letter below.

Q was established in 1986 and had been publishing issues on a monthly basis.


A previously unreleased recording of Chris Cornell covering "Patience" was released today.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #165: Plots, Schemes, Intrigue

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Swervedriver announced plans to release the original version of their debut EP, Son Of Mustang Ford.