On June 25, 2009 Michael Jackson, the King Of Pop, died aged 50.
On June 23, 1929 June Carter Cash, American singer, dancer, songwriter, member of the Carter Family and the second wife of Johnny Cash, was born. She died on May 15, 2003 aged 73 following complications from heart surgery.
Also born on this day were Alan Vega of Suicide, who sadly passed away in 2016, and Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall.
Happy Friday one and all. For those of you who are new to the class, this blog is a lovely list that features cool new musical things that happened this week – all of which will be far more relevant than the announcement of an eighth studio album from the Plain White T’s.
Mothers – Blame Kit
Fancy something to catch you off guard? Listen to this. Blame Kit starts off with fast guitar patterns and complex rhythms that, although they sound all over the place for the first few seconds, fall into place quite neatly. A perfectionist’s dream.
Just over a minute in – right when you’re getting the hang of it – the song drops to ¾ time and has a completely different, more serene feel. Maybe I’m reading to much into it, but it’s wacky and pretty awesome in a psycho-genius kind of way.
They’ve also got an album on the way: ‘Render Another Ugly Method’ is due on September 7.
Deerhoof – Ay That’s Me
More indie-pop for you! Just what you always wanted. Deerhoof have shared a video for one of the tracks from their latest album, ‘Mountain Moves’, which dropped last year. They have been described as “sugary” and that’s the perfect word to tag this song, which is buoyant and fun. Additionally, I chose this track because of its fantastic title. Ay!
The animated video runs a bit like one of those flip books you’d draw as a kid, with landscapes, mushrooms and dancing people. Was I the only one who drew tiny stick men on skateboards? This, though, is far better than any of my school book corners. Have a watch.
Underworld & Iggy Pop – I’ll See Big
Having worked together on the soundtrack for T2 Trainspotting, Underworld and Iggy Pop had some leftovers that didn’t quite make the final cut, which they’ll release as a four track EP titled ‘Teatime Dub Encounters’. The first track, Bells and Circles, is hilarious and random and awesome. All Rick Smith, Karl Hyde and Iggy want to do is smoke cigarettes on an aeroplane. The new one, out today, is far more ambient, sounding a little like the soundtrack you’d have while travelling through space.
Iggy recounts how his dysfunctional friends “saved him from a lifetime of bad decisions”, inspired by a conversation he had with Danny Boyle about friendship. So wholesome. So lovely. The full EP is due for release on July 27.
Till next time, music lover. FYI, ‘Parallel Universe’ by The Plain White T’s will arrive on August 24 through Fearless Records.
This week has got some seriously awesome new music coming out! Nine Inch Nails have completed the trilogy that started with 2016’s ‘Not The Actual Events’ and continued with ‘Add Violence’ in 2017, Panic! At The Disco have followed up 2016’s ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ and Kamasi Washington has put out his sophomore LP, which is actually a double album.
Still want more? Go below.
Bebe Rexha – ‘Expectations’ (Warner Bros)
Best Coast – ‘Best Kids’ (Amazon Original)
Dawes – ‘Passwords’ (HUB)
Death Grips – ‘Year Of The Snitch’ (Third Worlds/Harvest Records)
Freddie Gibbs – ‘Freddie’ (ESGN/Empire)
Gang Gang Dance – ‘Kazuashita’ (4AD)
Garbage – ‘ Version 2.0 – 20th Anniversary Edition’ (SunVolume/PIAS)
Jack River – ‘Sugar Mountain’ (Hopeless Utopian)
Jane McDonald – ‘Cruising With Jane McDonald’ (JMD via Absolute)
Jeffrey Foucault – ‘Blood Brothers’ (Jeffrey Foucault/Tone Tree Music)
Jill Barber – ‘Metaphora’ (Outside Music)
Kamasi Washington – ‘Heaven And Earth’ (Young Turks)
Marshmello – ‘Joyride II’ (Marshmello)
Nine Inch Nails – ‘Bad Witch’ (Null Corporation/Caroline)
The Orb – ‘No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds’ (Cooking Vinyl)
Panic! At the Disco – ‘Pray For The Wicked’ (DCD2/Fueled By Ramen)
Pantera – ‘Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998’ (F.R.E.T. Dynamo/Caroline)
Paul Rodgers – ‘Free Spirit (Live)’ (Quarto Valley)
Phillip Sheppard – ‘Fall From Earth’ (Phillip Sheppard/RadioMovies)
Project Pablo – ‘Come To Canada You Will Like It’ (Verdicchio Music)
The Record Company – ‘All Of This Life’ (Concord Records)
The Sea Within – ‘The Sea Within’ (InsideOutMusic)
Soulfly – ‘Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998’ (F.R.E.T. Dynamo/Caroline)
Street Dogs – ‘Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing’ (Century Media/Sony)
Swing Out Sister – ‘Almost Persuaded’ (Miso)
This Wild Life – ‘Petaluma’ (Epitaph)
Yukon Blonde- ‘Critical Hit’ (Dine Alone Records)
Years & Years will follow up the release of ‘Palo Santo’ on July 6 with dates in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton and London between November 28 and December 5. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22.
The Smashing Pumpkins will bring the Shiny And Oh So Bright tour to the SSE Arena Wembley in London on October 16. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22 (Photo: Olivia Bee).
The Cardigans will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their fourth album, ‘Gran Turismo’, by playing it in full at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, O2 Academy Glasgow, O2 Academy Birmingham, and the Eventim Apollo in London between December 3 and 7. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22 (Photo: Derrick Santini).
Snow Patrol, who put out ‘Wildness’ last month, will now call at Bournemouth International Centre on January 27 and the SSE Arena Wembley on February 2. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22.
Counting Crows will perform at BluesFest at London’s O2 Arena on October 28, where they will be supported by Alison Krauss. Tickets go on sale at 9am on June 22.
The band, who released ‘A Deeper Understanding’ last summer, will return to play their only UK headline show this year at London’s O2 Arena on December 13 with special guests Slowdive. Tickets go on sale at 10am on June 22.
The pop group will bring their Thank You And Goodnight – The Farewell tour to arenas in Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, Brighton, London, Birmingham, and Bournemouth between January 23 and February 9. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22.
The band, who are set to release ‘Thank You For Today’ on August 17, will head to Dublin, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol and London, where they will play the Eventim Apollo, between January 24 and February 1. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22.
Pusha T will bring his Daytona tour to London’s O2 Forum on December 12, with tickets set to go on sale at 10am on June 22.
Also announced this week
Courtney Barnett, Collabro, The Beach Boys, Villagers, Thunderpussy, Fizzy Blood, Roger Hodgson, Dream Wife, Dashboard Confessional, Kina Grannis, Turnstile, Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big, Serpentwithfeet, Bad Touch, Soulfly, Conan, A Place To Bury Strangers, 10 Years, Sigrid, Gaz Coombes, Boy Pablo, The Voidz, Gabrielle, Ocean Alley, Grace Carter, Amorphis, Soilwork, Enslaved, High On Fire, Mono, The Growlers, Gang of Four, The LaFontaines, Dan and Shay, Kojey Radical, The Midnight, Delta Sleep, A Pale Horse Named Death, Becky Hill and more.
Head here for more information and to find your tickets.
The Dirty Nil have released a video for Bathed in Light.
The track serves as the first single from the Canadian punk ‘n’ roll trio’s new album, ‘Master Volume’, which is out through Dine Alone Records on September 14.
Head to our music video page on the official Stereoboard website for the latest video releases.
The vocal group will kick off their Road To The Royal Albert Hall tour on February 10 at Customs House in South Shields, culminating with a massive show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 20. The tour shares its name with their upcoming fourth studio album, which is set to arrive on August 31, four years since the release of their debut LP, ‘Stars’.
Pre-sale opens at 10am on June 21, prior to general sale at 10am on June 22.
Check back for further pre-sale ticket offers.