Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Troye Sivan tour dates announced

photo: Danielle DeGrasse
Earlier this week, Troye Sivan appeared on the Today Show. Now, he has revealed the full itinerary for The Bloom Tour. Its North American headline run kicks off in September in Dallas. See below for details.

Fans who download the official Troye Sivan app, available on Apple Store and Google Play, will have access to a chance at advance tickets during the pre-sale, which begins on Tuesday, June 5, at 9:00 AM PT. Exclusive content, merchandise and more will also be available to app users.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 8, starting at 9:00 AM PT at and All tickets for the North American dates will include a CD copy of Troye’s new album, Bloom, which will be released by Capitol Records on August 31.

The album pre-order has launched at Troye’s online store. He performed two songs during his visit to NBC’s Today – his new single, “Bloom,” which already has over 10 million combined streams worldwide, and the album’s lead single "My My My!"

View Troye performing on Today
“My My My!”


The New York Times recently did a Sunday Arts & Leisure cover story on Troye. "My My My!" was the top trending topic worldwide on Twitter after its release in January. Combined global streams of the track, which Pitchfork named as one of the “first great songs” of 2018, are approaching 200 million. The official video, directed by Grant Singer (Lorde, The Weeknd), became the #1 trending clip on YouTube and has nearly 30 million views.

Cumulative streams of “The Good Side,” another track from the album, now surpass 40 million worldwide. Troye supported his 2015 debut album, Blue Neighbourhood (Capitol Records) with two sold-out North American tours. Blue Neighbourhood, which topped the iTunes charts in 66 countries, has sold more than 2.5 million adjusted albums worldwide and is certified Gold in the U.S. Streams across all platforms exceed 2.5 billion while video views have surpassed 500 million. The single “Youth” claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Club Play chart and has been certified Platinum in the U.S. Troye has appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone, Out and V Magazine. His numerous awards include a Billboard Music Awards trophy and two GLAAD Media wins.

North American Tour Dates:

6/8 Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh Pride 2018/Downtown Pittsburgh
8/4 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium/Show of the Summer
9/21 Irving, TX Pavilion @ Toyota Music Factory 
9/23 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater 
9/24 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Center 
9/26 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place Amphitheater 
9/28 St. Petersburg, FL Mahaffey Theater 
9/29 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheatre 
10/1 Atlanta, GA Coca-Cola Roxy 
10/2 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 
10/4 Washington, DC The Anthem* 
10/6 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theater 
10/9 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall 
10/11 Laval, QC Place Bell 
10/12 Boston, MA Boch Center – Wang Theatre 
10/14 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre 
10/15 Toronto, ON Sony Centre 
10/17 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre 
10/19 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre 
10/20 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom 
10/22 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium 
10/24 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre 
10/25 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU 
10/27 Anaheim, CA House of Blues 
10/30 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre 
11/1 San Francisco, CA The Masonic 
11/5 Portland, OR Roseland Theater 
11/7 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre 
11/8 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Lords of the New Church's debut album to get deluxe reissue treatment

The 1982 self-titled debut by post-punk supergroup the Lords of the New Church will be unearthed for a new generation of fans by Blixa Sounds Records on July 20.

This special edition two-CD set titled Lords of the New Church: Special Edition features all 10 tracks from the band’s 1982 self-titled debut, originally released by I.R.S. Records in the U.S., plus the B-side bonus tracks “Girls Girls Girls” and “Young Don’t Cry,” as well as the single version of the band’s modern rock hit, “Open Your Eyes.”

The album is augmented by a 13-track 1982 live set — culled from the band’s own vault — featuring the Lords in all their glory at My Father’s Place, the legendary Long Island, N.Y. nightclub. Aside from live versions of the songs on their debut, the second disc includes the Lords’ reading of the Allen Toussaint classic “Fortune Teller.” The set includes a 12-page, full-color booklet, featuring photos of the band, replicas of gig posters and new liners noted by music journalist Craig Rosen, who interviewed the band in 1983 for his college newspaper.

The Lords of the New Church were formed in 1980 by Stiv Bator and Brian James, both survivors of the punk wars of the late ’70s. James was a founding member and chief songwriter of U.K. punks the Damned, responsible for such classics as “New Rose” and “Neat Neat Neat.” Bator was the mouthpiece of young, loud and snotty Cleveland punks the Dead Boys, known for such classics as “Sonic Reducer” and “Caught With the Meat in Your Mouth.” It was record mogul Miles Copeland, founder of the I.R.S. Records label and older brother of Police drummer Stewart, who suggested the Bator-James alliance.

Initially, the Lords were a punk supergroup of sorts, with its first rhythm section consisting of ex-Generation X bassist Tony James and two-time Clash drummer Terry Chimes. Though they didn’t last, their song “Russian Roulette” stayed, and made the band’s debut album. Bassist Dave Tregunna of Sham 69 was eventually recruited with Damned drummer Rat Scabies joining the fold for a single 1980 gig billed as the Dead Damned Sham Band. By the time Scabies was replaced by Nick Turner, formerly of London-based neo-surf combo the Barracudas, the band was rechristened the Lords of the New Church.

Recorded at Farmyard Studios in the U.K. and produced by the Lords, the band’s 10-track 1982 debut is an unholy mix of punk, glam, garage rock and goth, giving those too young to catch the Damned and the Dead Boys in their prime the opportunity to experience the legends of Bator and James in real time.

Delivered at the beginning of the Reagan-Thatcher years, Bator’s lyrics perfectly caught the paranoia of the time, observing, “They threaten our lives with nuclear war” in the opening salvo “New Church.” He takes it a step further in the band’s biggest hit and album standout “Open Your Eyes.” Over a galloping punky reggae rhythm provided by James et al., Bator sings, “Video games train the kids for war / Army chic in high-fashion stores,” later adding “nuclear politicians’ picture show / the acting’s lousy but the blind don’t know.” Those lyrics were timely in ’82, and sadly they’re still relevant today; only the puppetheads in charge have changed.

Elsewhere, the Lords served up the defiantly politically incorrect “Eat Your Heart Out,” aimed at a “rich bitch” Stiv wants to “shut up and sit down,” a killer cover of the Balloon Farm nugget “Question of Temperature,” and other raging originals, including the tribal stomp of “Portobello,” the big beat psych-pop of “Livin’ on Livin’,” and the eve-of-destruction rocker “Holy War.”

While the band was touring to support the album in March 1983, an aspiring college journalist caught up with the Lords prior to a gig at Perkins Palace in Pasadena, California. What he witnessed was not rock ’n’ roll excess, but rather a group of seasoned professionals working hard to break through. Their day consisted of a TV appearance, interviews, soundcheck, a quick trip back to the hotel, and then the gig. Bator was wisecracking and rail thin; James, more soft-spoken and serious. “We’re four geezers who got together because we got along with each other,” James noted. Bator, at the time, was down on punk, which had been co-opted by violent skinheads, and was seeking to offer fans an alternative. “It’s all just a repeating of clichés and slogans of the past,” he said. “It’s become a fashion instead of a movement of passion like it was.”

While the Lords went on to record two other studio albums, their self-titled debut remains their finest hour (actually, a quick-hit 34 minutes). Bator died in 1990 after being hit by a car in Paris. According to legend, his girlfriend snorted some of his ashes and sprinkled the rest on the grave of Jim Morrison

Stiv may be gone, but it’s not too late for you to worship at the altar of the Lords and join the New Church. Shut up and sit down, and give it a listen.

Lords Of The New Church: Special Edition

Disc One:
1. New Church
2. Russian Roulette
3. Question of Temperature
4. Eat Your Heart Out
5. Portobello
6. Open Your Eyes
7. Livin’ On Livin’
8. Li’l Boys Play With Dolls
9. Apocalypso
10. Holy War

Bonus Tracks
11. Girls, Girls, Girls
12. Young Don’t Cry
13. Open Your Eyes (Single Version)

Disc Two:
(Live From My Father’s Place 1982)
1. New Church
2. Question of Temperature
3. Girls Girls Girls
4. Livin’ On Livin’
5. Eat Your Heart Out
6. Russian Roulette
7. Fortune Teller
8. Open Your Eyes
9. Li’l Boys Play with Dolls
10. Holy War
11. Portobello
12. Apocalypso
13. New Church

Florence + the Machine news

Florence + the Machine have confirmed a North American fall headline tour today, kicking off in August.

Tickets are on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. local time at American Express Card Members can purchase tickets for select dates before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 29 at 12 p.m. local time, through Thursday, May 31 at 10 p.m. local time. Visit for more information.

Fourth studio album High As Hope—co-produced by Florence and Emile Haynie and featuring contributions from Kamasi Washington, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr, Kelsey Lu, Jamie xx and Thomas Barlett—is out June 29 on Republic Records. Watch the A.G. Rojas-directed video for first official single “Hunger” here.

Tour dates:

August 5 Montreal, QC, Canada Osheaga
August 9 Lake Tahoe, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys*
August 11 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands
September 8 Vancouver, BC, Canada Skookum Festival
September 10 Seattle, WA KeyArena†
September 11 Portland, OR Moda Center†
September 14 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center†
September 15 Denver, CO Grandoozy Festival
September 22 Las Vegas, NV Life Is Beautiful
September 23 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University‡
September 25 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl‡
September 29 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory‡
September 30 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion‡
October 2 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena§
October 3 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center§
October 5 Washington, D.C. The Anthem**
October 9 New York, NY Barclays Center
October 12 Boston, MA TD Garden
October 13 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena††
October 14 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center††
October 16 Toronto, ON, Canada Air Canada Centre††
October 19 Chicago, IL United Center‡‡
October 20 Minneapolis, MN Target Center‡‡

*with Wet
†with St. Vincent and Lizzo
‡with Kamasi Washington
§with Billie Eilish
**with Beth Ditto
††with Grizzly Bear
‡‡with Perfume Genius

Track listing:

1. June
2. Hunger
3. South London Forever
4. Big God
5. Sky Full of Song
6. Grace
7. Patricia
8. 100 Years
9. The End of Love
10. No Choir

Out now: Parquet Courts - 'Wide Awake'

Wide Awake, the new album from Parquet Courts, is available now. Learning more about the meaning behind the songs of Wide Awake at NPR Music, where guitarist/singer A. Savage and Austin Brown provided some details behind their creations. The album was produced by Brian Burton, better known as Danger Mouse.

“The ethos behind every Parquet Courts record is that there needs to be change for the better, and the best way to tackle that is to step out of one’s comfort zone,” Savage says of the unlikely pairing.

“I personally liked the fact that I was writing a record that indebted to punk and funk, and Brian’s a pop producer who’s made some very polished records. I liked that it didn’t make sense." It was Danger Mouse, an admirer of the Parquet Courts, who originally reached out to them, presenting them with just the opportunity to stretch themselves that they were hoping for.

The songs were written by Savage and Brown and musically by Max Savage (drums) and Sean Yeaton (bass). Savage was determined not to make another ballad heavy record like the band's 2016 Human Performance.

"I needed an outlet for the side of me that feels emotions like joy, rage, silliness and anger," he says. They looked to Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits and Black Flag as insiration. "All those bands make me want to dance and that's what I want people to do when they hear our record," adds Savage. 

For Brown, death and love were the biggest influences. Brown has never been so vulnerable on a Parquet Courts record, and the band, for all their ferocity, has never played so movingly; it’s a prime example of Brown “writing songs I’ve been wanting to write but never had the courage.”

The two primary songwriters explored the duality of coping and confrontation. “In such a hateful era of culture, we stand in opposition to that — and to the nihilism used to cope with that — with ideas of passion and love," says Brown. For Savage, it comes back to the deceptively complex goal of making people want to dance, powering the body for resistance through a combination of groove, joy, and indignation, “expressing anger constructively but without trying to accommodate anyone.” 





Tour dates:

Fri. June 1 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada w/ Goat Girl
Sat. June 2 - St Louis, MO @ Ready Room w/ Goat Girl
Sun. June 3 - Nashville, TN @ Basement East w/ Goat Girl
Tue. June 5 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel w/ Goat Girl
Wed. June 6 - Carborro, NC @ Cat's Cradle w/ Goat Girl
Thu. June 7 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ Goat Girl
Fri. June 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ Goat Girl
Sat. June 9 - New York, NY @ Public Arts w/ Flexi
Sun. June 10 - New York, NY @ Liberty Belle at Pier 36/ Hailu Mergia
Mon. June 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (roof) w/ Goat Girl
Fri. June 15 - Richmond, VA @ Friday Cheers at Brown's Island
Wed. July 4 - Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Thu. July 5 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
Fri. July 6 - Groningen, NL @ Vera
Sun. July 8 - Hérouville saint Clair, FR @ Festival Beauregard Festival
Thu. July 12 - Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Festival
Sat. July 14 - Beccles, UK @ Latitude Festival
Sun. July 15 - Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
Tue. July 17 - Duedingen, CH @ Bad Bonn
Thu. July 19 - St. Tropez, FR @ Plage de Rock
Fri. July 20 - Biarritz, FR @ Biarritz En Ete
Sun. July 22 - Benicassim, ES @ Benicassim Festival
Fri. Aug. 3 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapolooza
Sat. Aug. 4 - Sun. Aug. 5 - Missoula, MT @ Travelers' Rest Festival
Mon. Sept. 17 - Sat. Sept. 22 - Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Calling Festival
Sun. Sept. 23 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Mon. Sept. 24 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
Tue. Sept. 25 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Thu. Sept. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Fri. Sept. 28 - San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
Sat. Nov. 3 - Dublin, IRL @ Academy 2
Sun. Nov. 4 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
Mon. Nov. 5 - Newcastle, UK @ Boiler Shop
Tue. Nov. 6 - Galsgow, UK @ SWG3
Wed. Nov. 7 - Leeds, UK @ The Church
Sat. Nov. 10 - Bristol, UK @ SWX
Mon. Nov. 12 - London, UK @ Roundhouse
Wed. Nov. 14 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Fri. Nov. 16 - Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmarte
Sun. Nov. 18 - Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9
Mon. Nov. 19 - Munich, DE @ Ampere
Tue. Nov. 20 - Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Public Image Ltd. career box set on the way in July

This sounds amazing. I've always been a big fan. Read all the details...

To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, John Lydon’s Public Image Ltd (PiL) announce The Public Image is Rotten (Songs from the Heart) Box Set, released on July 20. It will contain a 5CD/2DVD set as well as a 6LP set. The box set will feature the PiL Singles Collection (1978-2015), B-sides, Rarities and Radio Sessions, 12” Mixes, Unreleased Mixes and Tracks and a Live concert from New York Ritz in July 1989.

The DVD includes PiL promo videos + footage from the BBC’s Top Of The Popsand Old Grey Whistle Test. They’ve included two live concerts, the first is PiL’s appearance at the Tallinn Rock Summer Festival in Estonia 1988 (still part of the USSR at the time) and the second is from 2013’s Enmore Theatre in Australia during the This is PiLtour. See below for full track listing.

The box set coincides with the release of a career-spanning documentary film about Public Image Ltd (also titled The Public Image is Rotten), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York last year and then had its European premiere at London’s Raindance Festival in 2017. Directed by Tabbert Fiiller, it will be released later this year in select theaters.

In 2015 the band released their 10th studio album What The World Needs Now…which followed the huge critical success of 2012’s This is PiL, the band’s first album in 17 years. What The World Needs Now peaked at number 29 in the official U.K. album charts and picked up fantastic acclaim from both press and public. (The album also peaked at number 3 in the official U.K. indie charts and number 4 in the official U.K. vinyl charts). What The World Needs Now…was self-funded by PiL and released on their own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution.

John Lydon, Lu Edmonds, Scott Firth and Bruce Smith are PiL.

Public Image Ltd:

John Lydon - After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses and has recently released the autobiography Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored.

Lu Edmonds - Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned, Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album Happy? and co-writing the album9,adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.

Bruce Smith - Drummer in The Pop Group and formerly of The Slits, Bruce became percussionist for PiL in 1986 playing and recording on the albums Happy?and 9. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce brought his unique style into the fold.

Scott Firth -A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn and Elvis Costello.

Public Image Ltd - Singles 1978-2015
1. Public Image
2. Death Disco
3. Memories
4. Flowers of Romance
5. This is Not a Love Song
6. Bad Life
7. Rise
8. Home
9. Seattle
10. The Body
11. Disappointed
12. Warrior
13. Don’t Ask Me
14. Cruel
15. One Drop
16. Reggie Song
17. Out of the Woods
18. Double Trouble

Public Image Ltd - B-sides, Rarities & Radio Sessions
1. The Cowboy Song
2. Half Mix / Megga Mix
3. Another
4. Home is Where the Heart is
5. Blue Water
6. Question Mark
7. Selfish Rubbish
8. USLS1 (mix)
9. Turkey Tits
10. Pied Piper
11. Criminal
Radio Sessions
12. Poptones - BBC, John Peel Sessions (1979)
13. Careering - BBC, John Peel Sessions (1979)
14. Chant - BBC, John Peel Sessions (1979)
15. Cruel - BBC, Mark Goodier Live Session 1992
16. Acid Drops - BBC, Mark Goodier Live Session 1992
17. Love Hope - BBC, Mark Goodier Live Session 1992

Public Image Limited - 12" Mixes & Dance Tracks
1. Death Disco (12”)
2. Flowers of Romance (Instrumental)
3. This is Not a Love Song (12”)
4. Rise (Bob Clearmountain Mix)
5. Seattle(US Remix 12”)
6. The Body (US Remix Extended 12”)
7. Disappointed (12”)
8. Happy (US Remix 12”)
9. Warrior (Extended 12” Mix)
10. Lollipop Opera
11. Shoom (from What The World…)
Bonus Tracks
12. Death Disco (Original Monitor Mix)
13. This is Not a Love Song (12” Remix)

Public Image Ltd - Unreleased Mixes & Tracks
1. Annalisa (“New Mix” - Townhouse 1979)
2. Albatross (“Monitor Mix” 1979)
3. Careering (Live Paris 1980) (Previously Unreleased)
4. Banging The Door (Alternative Mix, Townhouse 1980) (aka The Door)
5. Vampire (Unreleased Track - Townhouse 1981)
6. Nineteen Eighty One (Original Version, Townhouse 1981)
7. Bad Night (Unreleased Track - Park South 1983)
8. Things in E (aka Ease) (Alternative Laswell mix 1985)
9. Can you Feel the Fours (Unreleased Instrumental - Farmhouse 1987)
10. Open and Revolving (Alternative Mix - Farmhouse 1987) (aka Spy Thriller)
11. Kashmir (Unreleased Renovations Mix 1987) (Instrumental)
12. Cajun (Unreleased Bill Laswell Instrumental 1988)
13. Worry (“Ruff Mix” - Advision 1988)
14. Think Tank (“Outtake” - Eldorado 1991)

Public Image Ltd - Live @ New York Ritz - July 16th 1989
1. Warrior(with intro)
2. Happy
3. This is Not a Love Song
4. Home
5. Round
6. Brave New World
7. Same Old Story
8. The Body
9. Open & Revolving
10. Rise
11. Disappointed
12. Public Image
13. Seattle
14. World Destruction

Public Image Ltd – DVD 1
Promo videos
1. Public Image
2. Death Disco
3. This is Not a Love Song
4. This is Not a Love Song (live in Tokyo)
5. Bad Life
6. Rise
7. Home
8. Seattle
9. The Body (uncensored)
10. Disappointed
11. Warrior
12. Don’t Ask Me
13. Cruel
14. Covered
15. One Drop
16. Reggie Song
17. Out of the Woods
18. Lollipop Opera (unreleased)
19. Double Trouble
20. Bettie Page
21. The One

Tallinn Rock Summer Festival, Estonia August 26th 1988
1. Public Image
2. FFF
3. Seattle
4. Home
5. Bags
6. Rise
7. Hard Times
8. Religion
9. Rules & Regulations
10. Angry
11. Open & Revolving
12. Holidays In The Sun
13. The Body
14. World Destruction

Public Image Ltd – DVD 2
BBC TV Performances - Archive 
1. Death Disco - BBC, Top of the Pops 1979
2. Poptones - BBC, Old Grey Whistle Test 1980
3. Careering - BBC, Old Grey Whistle Test 1980
4. Flowers of Romance - BBC, Top of the Pops 1981
5. Rise - BBC, Top of the Pops 1986
6. Home - BBC, Old Grey Whistle Test 1986
7. Round - BBC, Old Grey Whistle Test 1986
8. Disappointed - The Late Show 1989

Sydney, Enmore Theatre, Australia, April 10th 2013
1. Four Enclosed Walls
2. Albatross
3. Deeper Water
4. Memories
5. Reggie Song
6. Disappointed
7. Warrior
8. Flowers of Romance
9. One Drop
10. Death Disco
11. This is Not a Love Song
12. Public Image
13. Out of the Woods
14. Rise
15. Open Up

Record 1: Singles 1978-1989
1. Public Image
2. Death Disco
3. Memories
4. Flowers of Romance
5. This is Not a Love Song
6. Bad Life
1. Rise
2. Home
3. Seattle
4. The Body
5. Disappointed

Record 2: Singles 1989-2015
1. Warrior
2. Don’t Ask Me
3. Cruel
4. One Drop
1. Reggie Song
2. Out of the Woods
3. Double Trouble

Record 3: B-sides
1. The Cowboy Song
2. Half Mix / Megga Mix
3. Another
4. Home is Where the Heart is
1. Blue Water
2. Question Mark
3. Selfish Rubbish
4. USLS1
5. Turkey Tits

Record 4: 12” Mixes & Dance Tracks
1. Death Disco (12”)
2. This is Not a Love Song (12”)
3. Flowers of Romance (instrumental)
4. Rise (Bob Clearmountain Mix)
1. Seattle (US Remix 12”)
2. The Body (US Remix Extended 12”)
3. Disappointed (12”)

Record 5: 12” Mixes & Dance Tracks
1. Happy (US Remix 12”)
2. Warrior (Extended 12” Mix)
3. Lollipop Opera (from This is PiL)

1. Shoom (from What The World Needs Now…)
Bonus Tracks
2. Death Disco (Original Monitor Mix)
3. This is Not a Love Song (12” Remix)

Record 6: Unreleased Mixes and Tracks
1. Annalisa (“New Mix” - Townhouse 1979)
2. Banging The Door (Alternative Mix, Townhouse
1980) (aka The Door)
3. Vampire (Unreleased Track - Townhouse 1981)
4. Nineteen Eighty One (Original Version, Townhouse
5. Bad Night (Unreleased Track - Park South 1983)
1. Can you Feel the Fours (Unreleased Instrumental -
Farmhouse 1987)
2. Open and Revolving (Alternative Mix - Farmhouse
1987) (aka Spy Thriller)
3. Kashmir (Unreleased Renovations Mix 1987)
4. Cajun (Unreleased Bill Laswell Instrumental 1988)
5. Think Tank (“Outtake” - Eldorado 1991)

To pre-order The Public Image is Rotten (Songs from the Heart) Box Set go to 

Goo Goo Dolls set live album, tour

Goo Goo Dolls have announced The Audience is This Way, a 10-track live album recorded on the band's recent tours. It is due for release on July 21 via Warner Bros. Records and will be physically available as an exclusive limited edition black vinyl at indie-retail stores nationally as part of Record Store Day Crawl. There are only 3,000 copies made of this pressing. The album will also be available for digital download and streaming on August 24.

The Audience is This Way was recorded by John Schimke, and was produced and mixed by John Rzeznik, Chris Szczech and Brad Fernquist. The album has never-before released live concert recordings of 10 tracks spanning their full career.

Last month the band announced that they would be embarking on the SiriusXM Presents: Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up The Girl 20th Anniversary Tour, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their iconic album, Dizzy Up The Girl. The band will be performing the record in its entirety at each show, followed by an additional set. Please see below for a full list of dates.

Track listing:
Side One:
Long Way Down
The Pin
January Friend

Side Two:
Big Machine
So Alive
Better Days

Tour Dates:

Sun., September 30 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
Tues., October 2 Houston, TX House of Blues
Wed., October 3 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Fri., October 5 Saint Louis, MO The Pageant
Sat., October 6 Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre
Sun., October 7 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Tues., October 9 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
Wed., October 10 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
Fri., October 12 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
Sat., October 13 Washington, DC The Anthem
Mon., October 15 New York, NY Beacon Theatre

Tues., October 16 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Wed., October 17 Boston, MA House of Blues
Fri., October 19 Buffalo, NY Shea's Performing Arts Center
Sat., October 20 Buffalo, NY Shea's Performing Arts Center
Sun., October 21 Toronto, ON Rebel Complex
Tues., October 23 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
Wed., October 24 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
Fri., October 26 Chicago, IL Chicago Theater
Sat., October 27 Minneapolis, MN State Theater
Sun., October 28 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
Tues., October 30 Denver, CO Paramount Theater
Thurs., November 1 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Sat., November 3 Seattle, WA The Paramount THeater
Thurs., November 8 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Fri., November 9 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
Sat., November 18 Las Vegas, NV The Joint

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Rodney Crowell puts his classics in acoustic setting for new album

Grammy-winning roots troubadour Rodney Crowell announces the July 13 release of his new album, Acoustic Classics, the debut entry from his newly-launched imprint, RC1. Exclusive pre-order bundles featuring the new cd and vinyl can be found on Crowell's website,

This acoustic presentation of tunes from his 40-plus-year career was done in an intimate setting. “With the help of some of my favorite musicians, I’ve made all acoustic instrument recordings of ten of my most recognizable songs. Also included is a couple more recently written that I want people to hear. There’s even a revised version of my most commercially successful song, "Shame on the Moon,” said Crowell. “All in good fun.”

Marking Crowell’s 19th solo effort and the first release from his new label, RC1, the project features songs originally made famous by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, The Oak Ridge Boys, Bob Seger, Tim McGraw and more.

Track listing:

1. “Earthbound”
2. “Leaving Louisiana In the Broad Daylight”
3. “Anything but Tame”
4. “Making Memories of Us”
5. “Lovin’ All Night”
6. “Shame on the Moon Redux”
7. “I Couldn’t Leave You if I Tried”
8. “She’s Crazy for Leaving”
9. “After All This Time”
10. “Tennessee Wedding”
11. “Ain’t Living Long Like This”
12. “Please Remember Me”

Immediately following this release, Crowell will host his inaugural songwriting camp on July 16-20 at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Carmel, California. The event will feature Crowell giving his songwriting expertise alongside Lisa Loeb, Joe Henry, Allen Shamblin, Brennen Leigh, Don Peake and special guests Bernie Taupin and Benmont Tench. For more information, please visit:

Crowell and Emmylou Harris will then team up to co-headline the first annual TrouBeliever Festival on Aug. 3-4 at the Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, Utah. The lineup will also feature Shawn Colvin, Billy Dean, David Pack, Richard Page, Jim Peterik, John Elefante and festival founders Monty Powell and Anna Wilson. For more information, log on to

Tour dates:

5/26 Boothbay Harbor, ME Opera House
5/27 Brownfield, MA Stone Mountain Arts Center
6/8 Cincinnati, OH Memorial Hall
6/9 Bristol, TN The Paramount Center for the Arts
6/10 Rocky Mount, VA Harvester Performance Cente
6/14 Franklin, TN The Franklin Theatre
7/14 Vancouver, BC Vancouver Folk Music Festival
7/16-20 Carmel, CA Adventures in Songwriting Camp
7/26 London, UK Nell’s Jazz & Blues Club
7/27 Perth, Scotland Southern Fried Festival
7/28 Portaferry, Ireland Portico Arts Centre
7/29 Nual, Ireland Seamus Ennis Arts Centre
8/4 Huntsville, UT TrouBeliever Fest
8/25 Washington, DC Hamilton Live
8/26 Richmond, VA Tin Pan
9/1 Copper Mountain, CO Copper Country Festival
9/20 Concord, NH Capitol Center for the Arts
10/4 Sutter Creek, CA Sutter Creek Theatre
10/7 Nicasio, CA Nicasio Town Square
11/15 Palm Desert, CA McCallum Theatre
11/18 San Luis Obispo, CA The Fremont Theater

Years & Years news

A week before the July 6 release of their forthcoming album “Palo Santo” (Interscope Records), Years & Years have announced they will be bringing their Palo Santo Parties to North American shores for three very special headlining tour dates in June. Tickets are available on pre-sale; to register and get more details go to:

Earlier this month, the band released their official single “If You’re Over Me,” as well as the official music video to accompany it. Watch the official video for ‘If You’re Over Me” HERE.

If You’re Over Me” follows the British trio’s teaser track “Sanctify,” which dropped earlier this year and provides a window into the unique world of “Palo Santo,” though its euphoric melodies and effortlessly infectious refrain conceals a more melancholic, universal truth.

As Olly explains: “This is a song about trying to stay friends with an ex. Spoiler alert - it doesn't often work. In fact, in my experience, the relationship often ends up ruined. ‘If You're Over Me’ is about the emotional torture that ensues - meeting up and making out, then breaking up all over again, then making out some more.”

Olly Alexander's collaborators on the new tunes include Greg Kurstin, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and others. The concept behind Years & Years’ second album is explored in the upcoming short film directed by Fred Rowson and starring Olly Alexander, Judi Dench and cult Thai actor Vithaya Pansringarm amongst others.

The album takes its name from a sacred wood but, in the densely woven fictional backstory of the music video and short film, Palo Santo has also become a city on a distant planet, on which human beings are a rare commodity, worshipped and idolized by an android society. 

Watch the trailer HERE.

“Palo Santo” follows Years & Years’ debut album “Communion,” which debuted in the Billboard 200, reached Number 1 in US Billboard Dance/Electronic Album Charts, Top 10 in the Billboard Digital Album Charts, and Number 1 in the UK Album Charts, where they sold more than 1.5 million copies and were nominated for 5 BRIT Awards.

Earlier this year, “Sanctify” and the official video became the #1 most trending video on YouTube upon release, surpassing 6 million views.

Watch the official video for "Sanctify" HERE.

Track listing:

1. Sanctify
2. Hallelujah
3. All For You
4. Karma
5. Hypnotised
6. Rendezvous
7. If You’re Over Me
8. Preacher
9. Lucky Escape
10. Palo Santo
11. Here (Interlude)

Live dates:

/24 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
06/27 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
06/28 – The Belasco Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

The Jayhawks visit 'Back Roads and Abandoned Motels'

Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment, will release Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, a new studio album from The Jayhawks, on July 13.

Available in Digital, CD, and 12" vinyl formats, it is The Jayhawks' 10th studio album and first for Legacy Recordings (who issued the group's first compilation, Music From The North Country - The Jayhawks Anthology, in 2009 followed by releases of expanded Legacy Editions of the group's fabled American breakout titles--Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass--in 2011). Pre-order Back Roads and Abandoned Motels now at:

Watch a video trailer for Back Roads and Abandoned Motels: here

First track, “Everybody Knows” premiered today and is available everywhere.

Following the release of Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, The Jayhawks will perform select concert dates throughout 2018 beginning with a performance at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on June 16 (see concert schedule below).

Produced by Gary Louris, John Jackson and Ed Ackerson at Flowers Studio, Minneapolis, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels sets nine songs co-written by Louris with other artists alongside two of Gary's latest compositions.

Recorded in two sessions in 2017, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels finds the current incarnation of The Jayhawks--Louris (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Marc Perlman (bass), Tim O'Reagan (vocals, drums, percussion), Karen Grotberg (vocals, piano, keyboards), John Jackson (mandolin, violin, acoustic guitar)--expanding the group's repertoire with 11 new performances of Gary's songs.

Karen and Tim each sing lead on two songs on the album. Tim performs "Gonna Be a Darkness" and "Long Time Ago" while Karen takes lead vocals (for the first time on a Jayhawks album) on the opener, "Come Cryin' to Me (featuring a soulful horn section arranged by David Ralicke) and on "El Dorado."

The new songs co-written by Louris includes "Come Cryin' to Me" (originally released on Natalie Maines' Mother in 2013); "Everybody Knows" and "Bitter End" (released on Dixie Chicks' Taking The Long Way in 2006); "Gonna Be a Darkness" (written and performed by Louris and Jakob Dylan for True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series - Volume 3 in 2011); "Need You Tonight" (originally released on Scott Thomas' Matson Tweed in 2015); "El Dorado" (originally released on Carrie Rodriguez' She Ain't Me in 2008); "Bird Never Flies" (originally released on Ari Hest's The Break-In in 2007); "Backwards Women" (written with Wild Feathers but never recorded) and "Long Time Ago" (written with Emerson Hart of Tonic but never recorded).

Back Roads and Abandoned Motels debuts two of Gary's latest songs, "Carry You To Safety" and "Leaving Detroit."

For more than three decades, The Jayhawks' deeply melodic, harmony-rich blend of rock, folk and country have earned them consistent praise from fans and critics alike. Back Roads and Abandoned Motels expands the group's repertoire with brand-new recordings of songs that frontman Gary Louris has co-written with other acts.

"If you want a chorus, you'd better call Louris," it's been said and Gary's tackle-box of hooks and easy approach to collaboration have made him an in-demand songwriting partner. He co-wrote four songs with the Dixie Chicks on their Grammy Award-winning album Taking The Long Way (2006) and later contributed to Mother, the 2013 solo debut by Natalie Maines, the group's lead singer. Louris has also collaborated with such notable singer-songwriters as Jakob Dylan and Ari Hest, along with country and rock acts like Carrie Rodriguez and Wild Feathers.

Track listing: 

1. Come Cryin' To Me (Gary Louris, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, Emily Robison)
2. Everybody Knows (Gary Louris, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire)
3. Gonna Be A Darkness (Jakob Dylan, Gary Louris)
4. Bitter End (Emily Robison, Natalie Maines, Gary Louris, Martie Maguire)
5. Backwards Women (Gary Louris, Joel King, Taylor Burns, Ricky Young)
6. Long Time Ago (Emerson Hart, Gary Louris)
7. Need You Tonight (Scott Thomas, Gary Louris, Kristen Hall)
8. El Dorado (Carrie Rodriguez, Gary Louris, Malcolm Burn, Sandra Jennifer (Sandrine) Daniels)

9. Bird Never Flies (Ari Hest, Gary Louris)
10. Carry You To Safety (Gary Louris)
11. Leaving Detroit (Gary Louris)

Tour dates:

June 16 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival - Brooklyn, New York
June 23 Shake the Lake Festival - Madison, Wisconsin
July 13 Thalia Hall - Chicago, Illinois
July 14 Square Roots Festival - Chicago, Illinois
July 15 Minnesota Zoo - Apple Valley, Minnesota
July 21 Stillwater Lumberjack Days, Stillwater, MN
September 6 Mercy Lounge - Nashville, Tennessee
September 7 RiverMusic Festival - Asheville, North Carolina
September 8 Hopscotch Music Festival - Raleigh, North Carolina
September 21 World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 22 Bowery Ballroom - New York, New York (SOLD OUT)
September 23 Tarrytown Music Hall - Tarrytown, New York
October 11 The Birchmere - Alexandria, Virginia
October 12 Outpost in the Burbs - Montclair, New Jersey
October 13 Somerville Theatre - Somerville, Massachusetts

Thomas Dolby readies new compilation, set to head out on brief tour

I've always been a big fan and interviewed Dolby several years ago. These shows and the retrospective sound very cool. Get all the latest details from the press release below...

Thomas Dolby — musician, video director, author, and now a university professor — is set for a short U.S. tour in July and August 2018 with a show titled An Evening of Music and Storytelling With Thomas Dolby.

The tour coincides with the July 27 release of his 2-CD greatest hits collection Hyperactive, as part of BMG’s Masters Collection series.

In this intimate solo performance, Thomas will allow members of the audience to randomly pick songs from his 30-year catalog. He will tell the story behind the genesis of each, while simultaneously deconstructing its musical parts, synth sounds, and lyrics. The resulting music will be output from his laptop and keyboards, and projected on a screen behind him, along with personal photos and memorabilia. Each performance will therefore be a slightly different audiovisual experience, with surprises each night.

Aside from his successful solo hits such as “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive,” Dolby is known as a synthesist and producer for the likes of David Bowie, Roger Waters, Stevie Wonder, Foreigner, Def Lepperd, George Clinton, and Joni Mitchell. His acclaimed memoir The Speed of Sound (Flatiron/Macmillan) was an Amazon Bestseller in its category, and a 2016 NPR Book of the Year.

“These shows will give me an opportunity to expand on some of the stories in my book — without pulling any punches!” said Dolby. “I’ll be unstitching the songs, as I’ve found audiences love to get a peek ‘under the hood’ and into an artist’s creative methods."

Since completing 12 years as Music Director of the TED Conferences in 2012, Prof. Dolby has been teaching music at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. This Fall he will launch a new undergraduate degree course at the Peabody Institute, focusing on music composition and 3D sound design for virtual and augmented reality — the first of its kind at a major U.S. university.

The tour is sponsored in part by Roland Corp., manufacturer of the world’s most iconic synthesizers, guitar pedals and drum machines.

Tour dates:

Wed. July 25 LOS ANGELES, CA Largo at the Coronet
Fri., July 27 LOS ANGELES, CA Microsoft Theater (supporting Blondie)
Mon. July 30 ALEXANDRIA, VA (DC)The Birchmere
Tues. July 31 ANNAPOLIS, MDRam’s Head
Wed. Aug 1 SELLERSVILLE, PA (PHILADELPHIA)Sellersville Theater
Fri. Aug 3 NEW YORK, NYThe Cutting Room
Sat. Aug 4 NATICK, MANatick TCAN Center for the Arts
Sun. Aug 5 NEW HAVEN, CTState House
Mon. Aug 6 ATLANTIC CITY, NJ Dante Theater
Wed. Aug 8 BALTIMORE, MDCenter Stage

For full list of venues and ticket links, go to

Track listing

1. Hyperactive!
2. Europa And The Pirate Twins
3. Radio Silence
4. Screen Kiss
5. Valley Of The Mind's Eye
6. I Scare Myself
7. The Devil Is An Englishman
8. Windpower
9. Dissidents
10. Eastern Bloc
11. Airhead
12. Cruel
13. The Ability To Swing
14. Neon Sisters

1. She Blinded Me With Science
2. One Of Our Submarines
3. The Flat Earth
4. Beauty Of A Dream
5. Budapest By Blimp
6. I Love You Goodbye
7. Urges
8. Pulp Culture
9. Close But No Cigar
10. Leipzig
11. Silk Pyjamas
12. May The Cube Be With You
13. Airwaves
14. My Brain Is Like A Sieve

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Michael Ray unveils track listing for next album

Allister Ann
“Some relationships aren’t meant to last, however that doesn’t mean they are any less significant,” Michael Ray says, referring to his newest track “One That Got Away,” from his forthcoming album Amos, which celebrates that one person who might be out of your league yet you pursue them anyway.

His forthcoming album is set for June 1.

“‘One That Got Away’ takes what would normally be a sad experience and flips it to embrace those moments. I think this song really celebrates one of the best parts of growing up – taking that risk on a relationship and opening yourself up to something that could be really great," shares Ray. The track was written by Josh Osborn, Matthew Ramsey (Old Dominion), Josh Rosen and Jesse Frasure.

“One That Got Away” is the newest song available to fans when they pre-order Amos and follows the release of the poignant breakup ballad “Her World Or Mine,” the pop-heavy album opener, “Fan Girl” and the Top 20-and-climbing single “Get To You.”

Pre-order Ray's new album here. 

Track listing:

1. “Fan Girl” (Matt Jenkins/Brad Tursi/Josh Osborne)
2. “One That Got Away” (Josh Osborne/Matthew Ramsey/Josh Rosen/Jesse Frasure)
3. “Summer Water” (Heather Morgan/Lee Thomas Miller)
4. “Get To You” (Abe Stoklasa/Pavel Dovgalyuk)
5. “Forget About It” (Luke Laird/Jaren Johnston)
6. “Her World Or Mine” (Brett Beavers/Jamie Paulin/Travis Denning)
7. “You’re On” (Chase McGill/Jessi Alexander/Matt Jenkins)
8. “I’m Gonna Miss You” (Corey Crowder/Matt McGinn)
9. “Dancing Forever” (Ross Copperman/Shane McAnally/Matt Ramsey/Trevor Rosen)
10. “Girl From Spring Break” (Ben Hayslip/Emily Weisband/ Rhett Akins)
11. “Drink One For Me” (Josh Thompson/Jimmy Robbins/Jon Nite)

Ben Rector conjures up some 'Magic'

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben Rector releases "Magic," his new album, June 22 on OK Kid Recordings via AWAL. Two tracks -- "Old Friends" and "I Will Always Be Yours" -- are available now.

Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, M83) and John Fields (Goo Goo Dolls, All Time Low) were among the
producers on the album. 

"There's magic in reminiscing, as we probably remember everything a little better than it actually was," says the Oklahoma native and Nashville resident. "At the same time, my wife just had our first child Jane. That was literal magic."

"Sometimes" was co-written by Rector and Grammy-award winning songwriter Dan Wilson, while "I Will Always Be Yours" makes a stylistic nod to Huey Lewis and the News, a longtime favorite of Rector's, and features a guitar solo from Steve Stevens, known for this work with Billy Idol, Michael Jackson and the theme from the 1986 film Top Gun.

"Magic" follows Rector's breakout 2015 album "Brand New," which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and yielded a Top 5 radio hit in the form of the title track. "Brand New" has 41 million-plus Spotify streams and more than 40 film and TV placements, including trailers for The Edge of Seventeen and Disney's Moana, a multi-national campaign for Weight Watchers featuring Oprah, plus promos for the MLB World Series and Olympics. Each of Rector's four previous albums has charted better than the one preceding it.

Rector will tour nationally this fall and dates will be announced soon.

Track Listing:

1. Extraordinary Magic
2. I Will Always Be Yours
3. Drive
4. Old Friends
5. Duo
6. Kids
7. Green
8. Sometimes
9. Wherever You Are
10. Over and Over
11. Boxes
12. Peace
13. Love Like This

Nicki Bluhm about to hit the road for upcoming album

photo: Noah Adams
Nicki Bluhm's new solo album, "To Rise You Gotta Fall," is due out June 1 via Compass Records. The video to the title track was directed by Grammy winning songwriter Scot Sax.


After six years with her Americana band the Gramblers and recent high-profile collaborations (Phil Lesh, Ryan Adams), Bluhm wrote the new songs over a two-year period, during which she got divorced and moved to Nashville.

The album is a chronicle of her state of mind following these deep and fundamental life changes. Bluhm's divorce, along with the need to challenge herself, inspired the West Coast native to make her spur-of- the moment, cross-country move to Tennessee in 2017.

"Nashville was inspiring because of all the songwriting going on here," Bluhm says. "When I would come to Nashville on writing trips it was just was intoxicating. So I very hastily, in a matter of days, decided to move. I just had this gut feeling."

Tour dates:

May 27 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Meadowgrass Music Festival
May 28 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
May 31 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
June 1 - Eagle, CO @ Bonfire Brewing Block Party
June 2 - Taos, NM @ Music on the Mothership
June 3 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Hullabaloo
June 5 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
June 7 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
June 8 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
June 10 - Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Club Casino
June 12 - Chico, CA @ Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
June 13 - Arcata, CA @ Humbrews
June 14 - Eugene, OR @ HiFi
June 15 - Portland, OR @ Dog Fir Lounge
June 16 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
July 13 - Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Botanical Gardens
July 14 - Charlotte, NC @ Knight Theater
July 19 - Scranton, PA @ Peach Music Festival
July 20 - Alexandria, VA @ Hamilton
July 22 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 25 - Floyd, VA @ FloydFest
July 25 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
July 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
July 29 - Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley

Reissues of Soul Asylum's first two LPs due this summer

Omnivore always does a fantastic job on their reissue projects. Diehard fans should savor this news. Read more from the press release below...

Soul Asylum's first two Twin/Tone Records releases, 1984’s Say What
 You Will . . . Everything Can Happen and 1986’s Made To Be Broken, both originally produced by Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü, have been remastered and expanded by Omnivore Recordings and are due out July 20. 

The band first hit the Minneapolis music scene in late 1981. Core members Dave Pirner, Dan Murphy and Karl Mueller met at local punk rock shows. With all the incredible bands they saw in those days, like Hüsker Dü and The Replacements, it was daunting for them to share the same stages but, ultimately, it inspired them to work all that much harder. Soul Asylum stood out immediately because of that work ethic and their smart, punky hard rock sound. They made four records for hometown label Twin/Tone before moving on to the majors; first A&M, then Columbia, where they scored two platinum albums and won a Best Rock Song Grammy® for “Runaway Train.” They even played Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration gala.

This reissue of Soul Asylum’s debut, Say What
 You Will . . . Everything Can Happen, collects the original album, plus rare 
outtakes and demos from the band’s
 early years, including an unreleased
 song and many long-out-of-print tracks.
 The packaging provides an array of never-before-seen photos, artwork, and hand-written lyrics from Pirner’s collection. It also includes a brilliant historical essay, written by academicRobert Vodicka, that illuminates Soul Asylum’s lasting importance.

The Made To Be Broken set contains 15 bonus tracks, nine of which are previously unreleased. It includes an impassioned, thought-provoking, frequently hilarious essay— written by legendary Bay Area music journalistGina Arnold — that puts Soul Asylum’s influence in perspective and tells the story of how the band’s live show knocked the writer flat.

Both reissues were co-produced by Twin/Tone Records co-founder and Replacements
 manager Peter Jesperson, who first signed Soul Asylum, and Grammy® winner Cheryl Pawelski, with remastering by Grammy® winner Michael Graves.

According to Jesperson, an early observer of the Twin Cities scene: “When this band first hit the Minneapolis scene they went toe-to-toe with some heavy (and healthy) competition, and, remarkably, they held their own. Soul Asylum achieved an international prominence the others didn't but these reissues are their punky roots and will make you feel like you were there.”

Say What You Will … Everything Can Happen Track Listing:

1. Long Day

2. Voodoo Doll
3. Money Talks
4. Stranger

5. Sick Of That Song
6. Walking
7. Happy

8. Black And Blue
9. Religiavision

Bonus Tracks:

10. Draggin Me Down
11. Do You Know

12. Spacehead

13. Broken Glass
14. Masquerade

15. Black And Blue (Demo) – Loud Fast Rules
16. Job For Me (Demo) – Loud Fast Rules

17. Cocktails (Demo) – Loud Fast Rules*

18. Nowhere To Go (Demo) – Loud Fast Rules
19. Out of Style (Demo) – Loud Fast Rules 

20. Your Clock (Demo) – Loud Fast Rules
21. Propaganda – Loud Fast Rules
22. Bad Moon Rising – Proud Crass Fools
23. Happy – Proud Crass Fools

* Previously Unissued

Made To Be Broken Track Listing:

1. Tied To The Tracks
2. Ship Of Fools
3. Can’t Go Back
4. Another World, Another Day
5. Made To Be Broken
6. Never Really Been
7. Whoa!
8. New Feelings
9. Growing Pain
10. Lone Rider
11. Ain’t That Tough
12. Don’t It (make your troubles seem small)

Bonus Tracks:

13. Long Way Home
14. Another World, Another Day (Alternate Version)*
15. Fearless

16. Freeway

17. The Snake

18. Hey Bird

19. Friends

20. Can’t Go Back (Alternate Version)*

21. Swingin’*

22. Lost In Your Face*

23. Catch Me If You Can*

24. Song Of The Terrorist*
25. To Go There*

26. 20 Year Itch*

27. Ramblin’ Rose*

* Previously Unissued