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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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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #163: Static

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #162: Vector

Thursday, June 25, 2020

New Order introduced a new limited edition t-shirt to benefit their touring crew.

The Touring Technique t-shirt is a nod to New Order's Technique and uses a black/purple combo similar to Technique's iconic artwork. All proceeds will be donated to New Order's crew members who have been out of work since the pandemic hit.

Read New Order's comments on the t-shirt and head here to pre-order. The t-shirt ships July 24th.

"We’ve toured the world with our crew, they work really hard, they’re really professional, kind, funny people who we care about enormously. They are all facing no income for some time to come because of the current pandemic. Our shows are nothing without them and we need them to be able to come back and work with us next year otherwise we can’t tour! 100% of the proceeds from this specially designed exclusive crew shirt are being donated to them, thanks to Warner merchandising for helping us facilitate this.

If you like New Order live and want to see us play next year, please buy a shirt and help our crew keep going!"

Wayne Hussey is releasing a 2020 remake of The Mission's classic "Tower Of Strength" featuring a lineup of musical luminaries.

The collective is titled Re-Mission Interational and includes Martin Gore, Gary Numan, Budgie, Lol Tolhurst, Andy Rourke, Jay Aston, Michael Aston, Michael Ciravolo, Rachel Goswell, Billy Duffy, and more. Proceeds from the single will be donated to several Covid19 related charities chosen by the artists involved in the project.

Hussey revealed a few details surrounding the project last month, and this past week he shared another list of participating musicians. The single is still a work in progress and no details regarding the release date have been made available yet, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, since Hussey announced both Jay and Michael Aston are involved in ReMission International, inquiring minds want to know how exactly Hussey was able to convince the estranged twins to agree to work together again. It turns out Michael Ciravolo of Beauty In Chaos addressed that very issue in a blog he posted earlier this week:

"I guess I take the blame or credit, depends how you look it it of suggesting them. I have remained friends with Michael Aston since being part of the Gene Loves Jezebel Anniversary tour in 1997-1998...I can’t say I remained friends with Jay, as in his brain, I sided with his brother in their ‘dispute’. Wayne however, has remained in touch Jay as his ‘version’ of GLJ has supported The Mission over the years, even on the most recent pre-covid tour. So he and I both reached out to our respective Aston and asked them to sing on this.

As for the future? Who knows.. I don’t think this will lead to an Aston brothers reunion, but stranger things have happened. Hopefully, it as least opens the door to some sort of reconciliation, even if it doesn’t include GLJ."

Read Ciravolo's full blog post here.

Mark Gardener and 2Square (aka Telepopmusik's Stephan Haeri) premiered the video for their fantastic new collaborative single "Chained."

Michael Stipe and Big Red Machine (Aaron Desner of The National) filmed a performance for Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show: At Home Edition which aired earlier this week.

Stipe and Desner performed the new single "No Time For Love Like Now" which was written last year prior to the pandemic, though perfectly captures 2020.

Other than a slight wardrobe change (button up/crewneck combo) the Tonight Show performance appears to have been filmed in the same studio around the same time as the official video which premiered a few weeks ago.

Watch the elegant performance from Stipe and Desner below.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Hum are back with a brand new studio album.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Depeche Mode have announced a global LiVE SPiRiTS concert streaming event.

The never before seen full concert will stream live one time only this Thursday, June 25th at 3pm ET on You Tube. The concert stream is in celebration of the release of Spirits In The Forest, which arrives on BluRay and DVD this Friday, June 26th.

Live Spirits was captured live on the Global Spirit tour in Waldb├╝hne, Berlin on July 23rd and July 25th 2018 and is included as bonus material on the Spirits In The Forest BluRay/DVD. A companion audio-only version of the Live Spirits concert (aka Live Spirits soundtrack) will also be released on June 26th. Head here to view all the pre-order options.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #161: Confession By Fire

Original German versions of five Kraftwerk albums will be issued digitally for the first time in July.

Radiohead are set to release their very own jigsaw puzzle.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #160: Those Who Find Danger

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Michael Stipe has teamed up with Big Red Machine for a new song titled "No Time For Love Like Now."

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Third Man Records has announced plans to release a live album from The Stooges.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #159: Indulgent Self

Echo & The Bunnymen’s live EP Shine So Hard has been reissued by Rhino.

Legendary photographer Kevin Cummins is set to release a new book While We Were Getting High: Britpop & The 90s.

Milltown Brothers are back with new music this week.

Erasure return with a brand new album this summer.

The Waterboys announced details behind a new album.

The album is titled Good Luck, Seeker and arrives on August 21st. The first offering from the record is titled "My Wanderings In The Weary Land" and is available to stream below. Head here to view pre-order options for the record.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Matt Johnson of The The has revealed frightening details behind his recent hospitalization and throat infection.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #158: Deletion Alley

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #157: Dissociate

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Trent Reznor revealed to fans today that plans were in place for Nine Inch Nails to play another North American leg of the Cold and Black and Infinite tour in the fall with Jehnny Beth (of Savages) opening. The 24 date tour included a stop in Grand Rapids and multiple-night stands in Seattle, Vancouver, and Toronto among other cities. Sadly due to the pandemic NIN won't be touring in 2020, however Reznor has put the merch created for the tour on sale through the official NIN store and will be donating profits to food banks.

Meanwhile Reznor has other things in store for the rest of the year:

"The current plan is to finish up some scoring projects, work on my limited patience skills, deep dive into new NIN material, and hopefully be playing music live for you in 2021. In the meantime… listen to Jehnny’s record (comes out June 12), continue to listen to Bowie, and don’t be too hard on yourself."

Along with the announcement, Reznor shared an impressive fan-filmed show from Cold and Black and Infinite tour which is available to view below along with Reznor's full posting to fans.

"I was just reminded today marks the two year anniversary of when we made you show up in person for the Cold and Black and Infinite tour. Strange to think about with the world the way it is now. I look forward to the day we can once again safely be in the same space and share the experience of screaming at the top of our lungs at each other.

Speaking of which, I suppose I can let you know we HAD a tour booked this fall that continued and expanded Cold and Black and Infinite. Jehnny Beth was coming along with us. We were excited. I’m bumming myself out right now. The what-could-have-been dates are below and we had some merch for that tour in production that we’re putting in the store with all of NIN’s profits going to local food banks in the cities we were going to play.

The current plan is to finish up some scoring projects, work on my limited patience skills, deep dive into new NIN material, and hopefully be playing music live for you in 2021. In the meantime… listen to Jehnny’s record (comes out June 12), continue to listen to Bowie, and don’t be too hard on yourself.

TR 5.19.20"

Monday, May 18, 2020

Forty years ago today the world lost the brilliant and legendary Ian Curtis.

Curtis was one of the greatest lyricists and songwriters of all time and touched so many lives with his incredible talent. He left behind a catalog of beautiful, dark and haunting music that was way ahead of its time. Without Curtis and Joy Division, the world would be an empty and less meaningful place.

Countless tributes have been posted to mark the 40th anniversary, but truly the best tribute of all is to spend time today listening to Joy Division and reflect upon the unique brilliance of Ian Curtis and how his life and timeless music resonated and impacted the world and continues to span generations.


Sunday, May 17, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #156: Swagger In The Grandstands

Friday, May 15, 2020

So This Is Permanent, Peter Hook and The Light's three hour Joy Division tribute is set to premiere on Monday, May 18th, to mark the 40th anniversary of Ian Curtis' death.

The 2015 concert, which featured a performance of every song in Joy Division's catalog was captured live during Peter Hook and The Light's show in memory of Ian Curtis. The show took place five years ago -- May 18th, 2015 -- at Christ Church in Macclesfield to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Curtis' passing.

So This Is Permanent will stream for 24 hours starting Monday, May 18th at 7am ET/12pm BST on Joy Division's You Tube channel and Facebook page. Though the concert is free to stream, fans are encouraged to donate to the Epilepsy Society in memory of Curtis.

Meanwhile as previously reported Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris will be part of another special event on Monday, May 18th in memory of Ian Curtis. Moving Through The Silence features Curtis' ex-bandmates discussing his life and legacy plus feature other tributes, music, and poetry. The event takes place Monday, May 18th May 18th from 3pm to 5pm ET (8pm - 10pm UK time) here.

Morrissey is making Fridays even better by sharing concerts from his archives.

The Charlatans' breakthrough single "The Only One I Know" turned 30th years old on May 14th.

Devo launched new merchandise today including personal protection equipment.

The new line of merch includes Energy Domes with faceshields, individual faceshields (without the dome), cotton facemasks, Energy Domes, t-shirts and much more!

Gerald Casale of Devo says he can now reveal the "plain truth" behind Devo's iconic Energy Dome:

"It was designed according to ancient ziggaurat mound proportions used in votive worship. Like the mounds it collects energy and recirculates it.

In this case the Dome collects energy that escapes from the crown of the human head and pushes it back into the Medula Oblongata for increased mental energy.

It's very important that you acquire a plastic hard hat liner, adjust it to your head size and affix it with duct tape or Super Glue to the inside of the Dome. This allows the Dome to "float" just above the cranium and this do its job.

Unfortunately, sans hard hat liner, the recirculation of energy WILL NOT occur."

ClubDevo just launched and is a bit slow at the moment, but well worth the wait for Devo fans!

Check it all out here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris will pay tribute to Ian Curtis on May 18th as part of an online two-hour streaming event.

Joy Division's seminal album Closer turns 40 years old in July.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Loz Colbert of Ride is participating in a TWELVE HOUR NON STOP drum marathon tonight.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #155: KW1

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark premiered OMD: Live From Your Sofa on Saturday, May 9th.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The legendary Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk has died.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark are holding a streaming concert event this Saturday, May 9th.

Wire will return with a new compilation titled 10:20 on June 19th.

Ireland's premiere DJ, the always on-point brilliant music maven Evil Presidentes (aka Neil Waters) is back with some brand new mixes.

Evil Presidentes created two new chilled out mixes to help ease the pain and boredom of troubling quarantine days and nights. The soothing mixes include music old and new and are available to stream below or over on Soundcloud. Alien Happiness Mix is here and instore sessions #1 is here.

Over the years Evil Presidentes has created several other enchanting sets focusing on Depeche Mode and David Bowie, plus he's also served up the superb Anti-Matter Mix that was featured as part of Classified Records' event The Dystopian Disco which included a stellar and timeless mix of ultimate post-punk classics.

For more from Evil Presidentes dig in here and visit Classified Records here.

Beggars Arkive has announced the release of expanded editions of The Charlatans second album Between 10th and 11th.

The expanded editions will contain the original album plus a bonus live disc of a concert captured live in Chicago at The Metro on February 21st 1991. Bootlegs of the show, titled Isolation, has been circulating among fans for years however it will now be given a proper release as part of the reissue.

Between 10th and 11th will be issued on 2LP clear vinyl and 2CD on July 3rd. View the options and pre-order here.

In more Charlatans news, this Sunday, May 10th marks the 30th anniversary of the mad classic "The Only One I Know." The band revealed on social media that they're planning to mark the anniversary Sunday by sharing a demo of the iconic single. So stay tuned.

Update: Whoops -- The Charlatans have determined "The Only One I Know" was originally issued May 14th, 1990 and not May 10th. Thus the 30th anniversary unveiling of the demo will take place a few days later than previously planned. Check back with them on Thursday to hear the demo!

Meanwhile Tim Burgess is prepping the release of his new solo album I Love The New Sky which is set to arrive on May 22nd (pre-order here). He's also keeping busy with his "full time job" which is holding Twitter listening parties to celebrate classic albums with fans around the globe.

View a selection of up and coming listening parties below and head here to view the full schedule and to replay any of the listening parties.

***Please note The The's Soul Mining listening party scheduled for Saturday, May 9th has been postponed - Matt Johnson was hospitalized earlier this week due to illness and is said to be on the mend. He plans to reschedule once is he is feeling better. A listening party for The Libertines' self-titled album will take the place of the Soul Mining party this Saturday.

UPDATE: Listening parties in honor of Dave Greenfield of The Stranglers and Florian Schneider have been added. Kraftwerk's Computer World takes place Thursday, May 7th and The Raven by The Stranglers takes place Saturday, May 9th.

NOTE: all times listed in Eastern Time

Thu May 07 - Kraftwerk Computer World (1pm ET)
Sat May 09 - The Stranglers The Raven (2pm ET)
Sat May 09 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome w/Holly Johnson (3:30pm ET)
Sat May 09 - The Libertines The Libertines (5pm ET)
Sun May 10 - Ride Weather Diaries (5pm ET)
Wed May 13 - Tim Burgess Oh No I Love You (5pm ET)
Thu May 14 - Lush Lovelife w/ Miki Berenyi (3pm ET)
Fri May 15 - Gene Olympian (3pm ET)
Sun May 17 - The Specials The Specials (2pm ET)
Tue May 19 - Throwing Muses University (5pm ET)
Wed May 20 - Sparks A Steady Drip, Drip Drip (5pm ET)
Thu May 21 - 10cc The Original Soundtrack (4pm ET)
Fri May 22 - Joy Division Unknown Pleasures w/ Peter Hook (5pm ET)
Sat May 23 - Alison Moyet Hometime w/Alison Moyet (3pm ET)
Wed May 27 - Duran Duran Rio w/Simon Lebon (4pm ET)
Sat May 30 - The Cure Faith w/ Lol Tolhurst (5pm ET)
Mon Jun 01 - Spandau Ballet True (4pm ET)

Dave Greenfield, the man behind the magical keyboard wizardry of The Stranglers has died.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #154: On Returning

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #153: Imperil

In an effort to cure boredom and restlessness in these strange times, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds launched a 24/7 streaming channel.

Guy Chadwick of The House Of Love was scheduled to perform his first tour of North America in years in May, however due to the Covid-19 pandemic the tour has been postponed. But there is some good news.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Tim Burgess of The Charlatans is continuing to hold Twitter listening parties to celebrate classic albums with fans around the globe.

Steve Kilbey has been live streaming acoustic performances of classic albums from The Church on Instagram.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Classic Alternative - Episode #152: Transmutation

Tim Burgess of The Charlatans is continuing to hold Twitter listening parties to celebrate classic albums with fans around the globe.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Last night New Order's majestic album Power, Corruption & Lies was the subject of a listening party on Twitter.