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Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds hit the road in North American for a tour in support of their critically acclaimed 2019 album Ghosteen.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Influential DJ/producer and visionary Andrew Weatherall has died from a pulmonary embolism. He was 56 years old.

Sunday, February 16, 2020


Classic Alternative - Episode #143: Doomsday!

This week's show features music from Sad Lovers And Giants, The Modern Lovers, Sex Pistols, Happy Mondays, The Velvet Underground, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cure, and more.

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



Friday, February 14, 2020


An EP featuring the final pieces of music Gang Of Four's Andy Gill was working on before his death will be released on February 26th.
The mighty industrial collective Pigface announced dates for a tour of the USA. The almost 40 date tour kicks off in May and rolls through Detroit June 29th at El Club. Head here for details on tickets, VIP and Ultra VIP tickets.

View the tour itinerary below.

Pigface -- US Tour

May 21 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
May 22 -- Joliet, IL @ The Forge
May 23 -- East Moline, IL @ TBA
May 24 -- Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
May 26 -- Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
May 27 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
May 28 -- Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective
May 29 -- Spokane, WA @ Berserk
May 30 -- Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 31 -- Portland, OR @ Star Theater
Jun 01 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Jun 02 -- Sacramento, CA @ Colonial Theater
Jun 03 -- West Hollywood, CA @ TBA
Jun 04 -- Santa Ana, CA @ TBA
Jun 05 -- Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
Jun 06 -- Mesa, AZ @ TBA
Jun 07 -- Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Jun 09 -- El Paso, TX @ TBA
Jun 10 -- San Antonio, TX @ TBA
Jun 11 -- Austin, TX @ Elysium
Jun 12 -- Houston, TX @ TBA
Jun 13 -- Dallas, TX @ TBA
Jun 14 -- Memphis, TN @ Growlers
Jun 15 -- Baton Rouge, LA @ TBA
Jun 16 -- Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
Jun 17 -- West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street
Jun 18 -- Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Jun 19 -- Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Jun 20 -- Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall
Jun 21 -- Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
Jun 22 -- Millersville, PA @ TBA
Jun 23 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
Jun 25 -- Providence, RI @ TBA
Jun 26 -- Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
Jun 27 -- Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works
Jun 28 -- Columbus, OH @ Skully's Music Diner
Jun 29 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Jun 30 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
Jul 01 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Robert Smith of The Cure was interviewed earlier this evening and updated fans on a new Cure record.

The legendary Front 242 announced details behind a fall tour of the U.S.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Details behind a new Classic Alternative Coachella-esque festival in Los Angeles were announced today.

Sunday, February 9, 2020


Classic Alternative - Episode #142: Slings & Arrows

Monday, February 3, 2020


Heaven 17 announced dates for a North American tour.

Bauhaus added two more dates to their North American reunion tour.

Sunday, February 2, 2020


Classic Alternative - Episode #141: Travail

Andy Gill, guitarist and founding member of Gang Of Four has died.

Friday, January 31, 2020


Last night Michael Stipe appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Morrissey has premiered another song from his new album.

After leaving fans in suspense for days, today The Psychedelic Furs announced the release of their first new album in almost 30 years!

Thursday, January 30, 2020


The Psychedelic Furs will be making a big announcement tomorrow, January 31st. 
Today 4AD announced two more albums from Cocteau Twins will be reissued on heavyweight vinyl in March.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020


The mighty Michael Stipe will appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tomorrow, January 30th.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Legendary duo Sparks announced details behind their 24th studio album. 

Sunday, January 26, 2020


Classic Alternative - Episode #140: The Twelfth Of Never

This week's show features music from The Railway Children, The Afghan Whigs, The Stooges, Aztec Camera, The Jam, Acid Horse, Joy Division, and more.

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2020


A five disc set from The Primitives will be released March 20th. The Primitives: Bloom! The Full Story 1985 - 1992 collects three studio albums, along with related singles/b-sides, cover versions, demos, BBC sessions, live recordings, and four previously unreleased mixes. The material was compiled by Cherry Red Records with the full support of The Primitives -- an interview with core members Tracy Tracy and Paul Court appears as part of the liner notes for the set.

View the tracklisting for The Primitives: Bloom! The Full Story 1985 - 1992 below and head here to pre-order.



Disc One - The Lazy Years

01. Crash (Demo)
02. Across My Shoulder (Demo)
03. Spacehead (Demo)
04. Really Stupid (Demo)
05. Nothing Left (Demo)
06. Thru The Flowers
07. Across My Shoulder
08. She Don't Need You
09. Lazy
10. Really Stupid
11. We Found A Way To The Sun
12. Where The Wind Blows
13. Stop Killing Me
14. Buzz Buzz Buzz
15. Laughing Up My Sleeve
16. Ocean Blue
17. Shadow (Guitar Version)
18. Thru The Flowers (New Version)
19. Everything Shining Bright
20. Nothing Left (Sounds Version)
21. I’ll Stick With You (1987 Version)
22. Dreamwalk Baby (1987 Version)
23. Buzz Buzz Buzz (1987 Version)
24. Nothing Left (1987 Version)
25. Out Of Reach (1987 Version)
26. Carry Me Home (1987 Version)
27. Don't Want Anything To Change(1987 VERSION)

Disc Two - Lovely (plus bonus tracks)

01. Crash
02. Spacehead
03. Carry Me Home
04. Shadow
05. Thru The Flowers
06. Dreamwalk Baby
07. I’ll Stick With You
08. Nothing Left
09. Stop Killing Me
10. Out Of Reach
11. Ocean Blue
12. Run Baby Run
13. Don't Want Anything To Change
14. Buzz Buzz Buzz
15. I’ll Stick With You (Single Version)
16. Things Get In Your Way
17. Crash (live in the studio)
18. Out Of Reach (Single Version)
19. Dreamwalk Baby (live)
20. Really Stupid (live)
21. Crash (live)
22. I Wanna Be Your Dog (live)

Disc Three - Pure (plus bonus tracks)

01. Outside
02. Summer Rain
03. Sick Of It
04. Shine
05. Dizzy Heights
06. All The Way Down
07. Secrets
08. Keep Me In Mind
09. Lonely Streets
10. Can't Bring Me Down
11. Way Behind Me
12. Never Tell
13. All The Way Down (Beat Version)
14. Way Behind Me (Acoustic Version)
15. Noose
16. I'll Be Your Mirror
17. As Tears Go By
18. I Almost Touched You
19. Secrets (demo)
20. Secrets (Zeus B Held Version 12" Mix)(previously unreleased)
21. Secrets (Zeus B Held 12" Dub)(previously unreleased)
22. You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care)

Disc Four - Galore (plus bonus tracks)

01. You Are The Way
02. Lead Me Astray
03. Earth Thing
04. Give This World To You
05. Slip Away
06. Cold Enough To Kill
07. Hello Jesus
08. Empathise
09. See Thru The Dark
10. Kiss Mine
11. Smile
12. The Little Black Egg
13. In My Dream
14. Sunpulse
15. Flow (previously unreleased)
16. Stop Killing me (acoustic)
17. You Are The Way (September Mix)
18. You Are The Way (Re-Ravishing Mix)
19. You Are The Way (God's Own Garage Band Mix - Alt version)(previously unreleased)
20. Under My Spell
21. Haunted

Disc Five - BBC Sessions 1986-1987/Live At Bath Moles

BBC Sessions 1986 - 1987

01. Really Stupid
02. Nothing Left
03. Run Baby Run
04. I’ll Stick With You
05. Where The Wind Blows
06. Across My Shoulder
07. Spacehead
08. Crash
09. Stop Killing Me
10. Shadow
11. Buzz Buzz Buzz
12. As Tears Go By
13. Dreamwalk Baby
14. Ocean Blue
15. Everything's Shining Bright
16. She Don't Need You

Live At Bath Moles

17. All The Way Down (live)
18. Sick Of It (live)
19. Give This World To You (live)
20. Outside (live)
21. Slip Away (live)
22. You Are The Way (live)
23. Earth Thing (live)
24. See Thru The Dark (live)
25. Stop Killing Me (live)
26. Way Behind Me (live)

Last month Greg Dulli announced details behind his debut solo album Random Desire, and now he's premiered the official video for the album's first single "Pantomima." Dulli reveals "Pantomima" has a show tune vibe, thus it seemed appropriate to create a video he calls "a homage" to the film All That Jazz. The video was directed by long-time Afghan Whigs collaborator Philip Harder who also stars in the video.

Random Desire features ten tracks and arrives on February 21st. Head here to view the pre-order options.

Along with the video premiere Dulli announced dates for a North American tour, which includes a Detroit stop at St. Andrew's Hall on April 26th. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, January 24th.

View the video and tour itinerary below.



Greg Dulli - North American tour

Apr 24 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Apr 25 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Apr 26 -- Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
Apr 28 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Apr 29 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater
Apr 30 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
May 01 -- Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
May 03 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 05 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 06 -- New York, NY @ Webster Hall
May 07 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
May 09 -- Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
May 10 -- Carrboro, NO @ Cat’s Cradle
May 12 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
May 15 -- New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
May 16 -- Austin, TX @ 3Ten @ ACL Live
May 17 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
May 19 -- Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
May 22 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
May 23 -- Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
May 26 -- San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
May 28 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palace Theatre

Monday, January 20, 2020


Bad news for industrial fans that were looking forward to seeing Chris Connelly reunite with Al Jourgensen on this summer's Industrial Strength Tour.

Only days after announcing he was going to be part of the tour, Connelly announced via Twitter that he has dropped off the tour due to "unforseen circumstances" and deleted his previous tweet. Connelly didn't go into details, but it's possible he's withdrawn due to recent reports regarding Ministry's current guitarist Sin Quirin.

Whatever the reason, be advised Connelly has dropped off.

The Industrial Strength Tour, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste kicks off July 1st in Seattle and features performances from Ministry, KMFDM and Front Line Assembly.



The Industrial Strength Tour

Jul 01 -- Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Jul 02 -- Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Jul 03 -- Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre
Jul 05 -- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Jul 07 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Jul 09 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Jul 10 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Jul 11 -- Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre
Jul 12 -- Niagara Falls, NY @ The Rapids Theatre
Jul 13 -- Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater & Ballroom
Jul 15 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues Boston
Jul l6 -- Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Jul 17 -- Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater
Jul 18 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
Jul 19 -- Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Jul 21 -- Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Jul 22 -- Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando
Jul 24 -- Houston, TX @ House Of Blues Houston
Jul 25 -- Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Jul 26 -- San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
Jul 28 -- Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Jul 29 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Jul 30 -- San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
Jul 31 -- Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
Aug 01 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

Sunday, January 19, 2020


Classic Alternative - Episode #139: Demystify

This week's show features music from The House Of Love, The Icicle Works, Madness, Catherine Wheel, The Fall, Pixies, New Order, Wire, and more.

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



Johnny Marr has announced he's teaming up with Hans Zimmer for another project -- together the pair will score the next James Bond film No Time To Die. Marr and Zimmer previously collaborated on The Amazing Spider-Man.

Marr could not be more thrilled. He revealed to New Musical Express:

"Part of the legacy of the Bond films is iconic music, so I’m very happy to be bringing my guitar to No Time To Die."

No Time To Die arrives in theaters in April. Read more about the collaboration here.

Never Mind The Bollocks from Sex Pistols is being issued on pink vinyl. The iconic album from 1977 was the only proper album from the legendary band and is considered one of the most influential rock and roll records of all time.


The reissue arrives on January 24th and is available to pre-order here.



Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Prepare for a black celebration: Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails are among this year's inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock Hall has confirmed that along with Depeche Mode's core lineup of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher, ex-members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder are included in the induction. Clarke wrote most of Depeche Mode's first album Speak & Spell but left the band prior to its release in 1981. Wilder joined Depeche Mode in 1982 and helped create Depeche Mode's darkest and strongest material before leaving in 1995. All five members are integral to Depeche Mode's legacy.

Other 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees include T. Rex, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., and The Doobie Brothers.

The MC5, Kraftwerk, and Soundgarden were nominated for the Class of 2020, but did not receive enough votes to be inducted.

The ceremony takes place May 2nd in Cleveland and will air live on HBO.

Read more about the Rock Hall and this year's class here.


Meanwhile Depeche Mode release Mode, their career-spanning boxset (all 14 studio albums plus additional non-album material) on January 24th. Head here to pre-order.




One of the ALL time indie greats, The House Of Love announced dates for a North American tour. The tour is in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band's landmark self-titled debut album and the first tour of North America since 1992.

The stellar album, The House Of Love was released in 1988; in 2018, the band released a five disc expanded edition of The House of Love, plus performed a handful of celebratory 30th anniversary gigs in the U.K.

The North American tour will be similar to the UK anniversary shows, however it is important to note that the shows will NOT include the current House Of Love lineup. Instead, Guy Chadwick will be performing with a "new band of great musicians." According to Chadwick, he was unable to persuade the other members of The House Of Love to tour North America:

"Over the years we have had many offers to come to North America but I have sadly never been able to persuade the band, which is why I have put together a fantastic new band of great musicians to do this tour - and it sounds like vintage House of Love."

The tour bypasses the Detroit area, but rolls through several other road-trippable cities including Chicago, Toronto, and Philadelphia. View the tour itinerary below and head here to grab tickets.



The House Of Love - 30th Anniversary tour

May 06 -- New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
May 07 -- Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
May 08 -- Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
May 10 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
May 11 -- Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
May 12 -- St. Paul, MN @ First Avenue
May 14 -- Vancouver, BC @ Fox Theatre
May 16 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumos
May 17 -- Portland, OR @ Star Theater
May 19 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
May 23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Part Time Punks

Monday, January 13, 2020


Exit Calm guitarist/producer Rob Marshall has launched a new project titled Humanist. The project features Marshall and an all star cast of collaborators/vocalists including Dave Gahan, Mark Gardener, Mark Lanegan, John Robb, and many more. The self-titled album from Humanist features 15 tracks and arrives February 21st. Check out the full tracklisting below and pre-order Humanist here.

Along with the album announcement today Humanist premiered the single + video for "Shock Collar," featuring the legendary Dave Gahan. Take a look at the video along with a previously issued savory krautrockish gem from the album titled "English Ghosts" featuring John Robb of The Membranes.





Humanist - tracklisting

01. Introduction
02. Kingdom (feat. Mark Lanegan)
03. Beast Of The Nation (feat. Mark Lanegan)
04. Shock Collar (feat. Dave Gahan)
05. Lie Down (feat. Madman Butterfly)
06. Ring Of Truth (feat. Carl Hancock Rux)
07. Skull (feat. Mark Lanegan)
08. English Ghosts (feat. John Robb)
09. In My Arms (feat. Joel Cadbury)
10. When The Lights Go Out (feat. Mark Gardener)
11. Truly Too Late (feat. Ilse Maria)
12. How're You Holding Up (feat. Ron Sexsmith)
13. Mortal Eyes (feat. Carl Hancock Rux and Joel Cadbury)
14. Shoot Kill (feat. Jim Jones)
15. Gospel (feat. Mark Lanegan)

Get up, get on your feet!

Ministry hit the road in North America this summer in celebration of The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste. The legendary album turned 30 years old last fall, but they'll be paying tribute to the record this summer with a sure-to-be amazing performance. No telling what the full touring lineup will be, however Chris Connelly has already confirmed that he will indeed be part of the tour! (Connelly now says he's dropping off the tour; see update below).

But the news gets better yet -- The Industrial Strength Tour will also feature industrial stalwarts KMFDM and Front Line Assembly!

The tour includes a Detroit area stop at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on July 10th. If you feel like showing up, tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, January 17th. For more info head here.

UPDATE: 1/19/20 -- just days after he confirmed his participation in the tour, Connelly announced he's not going to be part of the tour (and deleted his previous tweet). He didn't go into detail, but it's possible he's withdrawn due to recent reports regarding Ministry's current guitarist Sin Quirin. Or not.





The Industrial Strength Tour

Jul 01 -- Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Jul 02 -- Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Jul 03 -- Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre
Jul 05 -- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Jul 07 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Jul 09 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Jul 10 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Jul 11 -- Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre
Jul 12 -- Niagara Falls, NY @ The Rapids Theatre
Jul 13 -- Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater & Ballroom
Jul 15 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues Boston
Jul l6 -- Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Jul 17 -- Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater
Jul 18 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
Jul 19 -- Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Jul 21 -- Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Jul 22 -- Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando
Jul 24 -- Houston, TX @ House Of Blues Houston
Jul 25 -- Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Jul 26 -- San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
Jul 28 -- Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Jul 29 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Jul 30 -- San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
Jul 31 -- Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
Aug 01 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

Sunday, January 12, 2020


Classic Alternative - Episode #138: Wire Simulator V2

This week's show features music from David Bowie, The Cure, The Chameleons, Pixies, New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, Oasis, and more.

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



Friday, January 10, 2020


Morrissey unleashed the first taste of his forthcoming album I Am Not A Dog On A Chain. The track "Bobby, Don't You Think They Know?" debuted today and features guest vocals from the legendary Thelma Houston. Aside from Houston's killer vocals, the single also features some groovy sax!

The full album I Am Not A Dog On A Chain features 11 songs and arrives on March 20th. The album will be issued on standard (black) and limited edition (clear) vinyl, CD, cassette, and digital album download. Pre-order here. Test pressings are also available here.

Interesting to note the release of I Am Not A Dog On A Chain was pushed back a week and was initially scheduled for Friday, March 13th -- unknown if Moz/BMG deemed the release date a bad omen or if it was another scheduling issue...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020


Wire return with their 17th studio album Mind Hive on January 24th. The follow up to the band's critically acclaimed 2017's Silver/Lead album features nine tracks and clocks in at 35 minutes. Wire previously issued the first taste of the album "Cactused" in October, and now they've unleashed another track "Primed And Ready." Stream below and head here to pre-order Mind Hive.

In other Wire news, a late 2020 release is planned for the highly anticipated career-spanning Wire documentary People In A Film.




In celebration of what would have been David Bowie's 73rd birthday, today Parlophone announced the release of a new streaming Bowie EP. David Bowie Is It Any Wonder? is a six track EP collecting unreleased and rare tracks. The EP will be released over a period of six weeks -- the first track is streaming now in honor of Bowie's birthday and the remaining five songs will be issued one-by-one on a weekly basis beginning January 17th.

Today's celebratory birthday track is a previously unreleased version of "The Man Who Sold The World" taken from a nine-song session titled ChangesNowBowie. The mostly acoustic session was recorded in November of 1996 and was broadcast by the BBC on Bowie's 50th birthday in 1997. The radio broadcast also included commentary and birthday messages from Robert Smith, Bono, Damon Albarn, and more; the session was produced by Bowie, Reeves Gabrels (who is featured on guitar), and Mark Plati (featured on keyboards).

Though ChangesNowBowie aired on the BBC, the session was never released, however today Parlophone also announced that a limited edition version of ChangesNowBowie will be issued on vinyl and CD on April 18th for Record Store Day. The tracklisting and more info on ChangesNowBowie will be revealed in the weeks to come.

In summary (since it may be confusing): David Bowie Is It Any Wonder? is a streaming-only six track EP featuring previously unreleased versions of Bowie material. ChangesNowBowie was a radio/session broadcast that WILL be released physically for Record Store Day. The ChangesNowBowie version of "The Man Who Sold The World" was issued as a streaming-only track today and serves as the first song from David Bowie Is It Any Wonder, BUT it will also be released physically on the ChangesNowBowie LP/CD on Record Store Day. A betting person would assume the rest of the streaming-only EP will feature other tracks from ChangesNowBowie, but they haven't said as much at this point.

Stream "The Man Who Sold The World" below:



Monday, January 6, 2020


New Order return to Miami Beach next week for their Four at the Fillmore residency and the City of Miami Beach couldn't be more excited. The City of Miami Beach declared January 15th to be New Order Day and as part of the festivities the city's Commissioner Michael Góngora will present the legendary band the key to Miami Beach. This high honor was previously bestowed upon New Order almost a year to the day -- New Order were honored with the key to Miami Beach prior to performing a sold out show at the Fillmore on January 12th, 2019 (see pictures below).

New Order's Four at the Fillmore residency kicks off next Tuesday, January 14th with a show titled ∑(No,5m,20Mia) which is inspired by their critically acclaimed Manchester International Festival shows. Though New Order won't be bringing a synthesizer orchestra or the art installations along, the evening of January 14th will feature a special performance of songs and arrangements taken from the acclaimed MIF gigs.

Meanwhile, New Order: Decades, the documentary chronicling the creation of New Order's Manchester International Festival gigs premiered on Showtime last month and is now available to view on demand.



Sunday, January 5, 2020


Classic Alternative - Episode #137: Adelante

This week's show features music from David Bowie, The Cure, Modern English, Pixies, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Verve, and more.

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

Saturday, January 4, 2020


Michael Stipe is 60 years old today and to coincide with his birthday he's released a brand new solo single. "Drive To The Ocean" is the follow up to Stipe's debut single "Your Capricious Soul" which was released back in October. Stipe is donating proceeds from the first 365 days of the release of single to the climate change organization Pathway To Paris.

The single is available to download via Stipe's website and costs 77 cents to download (or name your own price starting at 77 cents). Along with the single, the download comes with the official video, lyric video, single art, and more.

It is indeed lovely to hear Stipe back in action. Happy Birthday, Stipey!

Friday, January 3, 2020


Morrissey has revealed that BMG will now officially release his Roy Orbison cover "It's Over" as a vinyl single on January 24th. The history of the release is a bit of a convoluted story...

"It's Over," which includes guest vocals from singer LP was featured on Morrissey's 2019 covers album California Son. After Morrissey insisted that the single was his "greatest vocal performance" of his career, BMG agreed to release "It's Over" as a single on November 22nd. But November 22nd came and went with no copies of the single making it into record shops.

In the days/weeks that followed Morrissey called out BMG's ineptitude on his website, which resulted in BMG pushing the release to January 10th. Some time later, copies of "It's Over" began to appear in numerous HMV outlets throughout the UK, and the single became such a hot seller that it landed at number 2 on the UK vinyl chart.

Despite the charting position in December, the single has been given a January 24th release. For now, anyway. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile BMG will issue Morrissey's new studio album I Am Not A Dog On A Chain on Friday, March 13th. The first single from the record "Bobby, Don't You Think They Know" features disco legend Thelma Houston and will be backed by a cover of "Rainbow Valley" (originally performed by The Love Affair).

Several other titles in Morrissey's catalog including Southpaw Grammar, Maladjusted, You Are The Quarry, Ringleader Of The Tormentors, Years Of Refusal, and Live At The Hollywood Bowl will be reissued sometime in 2020.

Morrissey returns to the stage in May for a weeklong residency in Harlem. Dates/ticket info will be announced shortly.




Michael Stipe is celebrating his 60th birthday tomorrow with the release of a new single. "Drive To The Ocean" is the follow up to Stipe's debut single "Your Capricious Soul" which was released back in October. Proceeds from the first 365 days of the release of single will be donated to climate change organization Pathway To Paris.

The single will be released via Stipe's website and costs 77 cents to download (or name your own price starting at 77 cents).

A video to accompany "Drive To The Ocean" will also be released tomorrow.

UPDATE: Stream "Drive To The Ocean" below: