This Week’s New Releases: Iggy Pop, Bat For Lashes And Mahalia

What a week! Iggy Pop and Bat For Lashes have both put out new records, while Mahalia has finally shared her debut album with the world.

If that wasn’t enough for you, there’s plenty more new releases to fill your boots with below.

Aitch – ‘AitcH20’ EP (Since 93)

Alessia Cara – ‘This Summer’ EP (Def Jam Recordings)

Barb Jungr – ‘Bob, Brel and Me’ (Kristalyn via Absolute)

Barns Courtney – ‘404’ (Virgin EMI)

Bat For Lashes – ‘Lost Girls’ (Bat For Lashes/AWAL)

Black Star Riders – ‘Another State Of Grace’ (Nuclear Blast)

Chrissie Hynde – ‘Valve Bone Woe’ (BMG)

Christof van der Ven – ‘You Were The Place’ (Planet Zog Records)

Death Cab For Cutie – ‘The Blue’ EP (Atlantic)

Dunes – ‘Take Me To The Nasties’ (Sapien)

Flor – ‘Ley Lines’ (Fueled By Ramen)

Foy Vance – ‘To Memphis’ (Gingerbread Man/Asylum)

Frankie Cosmos – ‘Close It Quietly’ (Sub Pop)

Grayscale – ‘Nella Vita’ (Fearless)

The Highwomen – ‘The Highwomen’ (Low Country Sound/Elektra)

Kindness – ‘Something Like War’ (Female Energy)

Mahalia – ‘Love and Compromise’ (Warner)

Melanie Martinez – ‘K-12’ (Atlantic)

The Messthetics – ‘Anthropocosmic Nest’ (Dischord)

Muna – ‘Saves The World’ (RCA)

Professor Green – ‘M.O.T.H.’ EP (Gang Green)

Roam – ‘Smile Wide’ (Hopeless)

Royal Trux w/ Ariel Pink – ‘Pink Stuff’ EP (Fat Possum)

Sleeping With Sirens – ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’ (Sumerian)

Status Quo – ‘Backbone’ (EarMUSIC via Absolute)

Tinariwen – ‘Amadjar’ (Wedge [PIAS])

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Staff Picks: Laura ‘Riot Goth’ Johnson

You know the drill, another year has passed, new records have come out, some I’ve liked, some not so much. Below is a list of those that struck a chord with me in 2016. I also ventured out to some gigs so decided to share the best of that bunch too, along with all the shameless selfies I took with bands this year, and some other bits and bobs.

ALBUMS

‘Paradise’ – White Lung

‘Shape Shift With Me’ – Against Me!

‘A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings’ – Beach Slang

‘Afraid Of Heights’ – Billy Talent

‘Painkillers’ – Brian Fallon

‘The Bride’ – Bat For Lashes

‘Hit Reset’ – The Julie Ruin

‘Skeleton Tree’ – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

‘The Big Fit’ – Skating Polly

‘Lost Time’ – Tacocat

‘Weaves’ – Weaves

GIGS

Funeral For A Friend (farewell show performing ‘Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation’ in its entirety) – University Y Plas, Cardiff – April 6

Brian Fallon & the Crowes – O2 Academy Bristol – April 10

Tacocat – Moon Club, Cardiff – May 5

Iggy Pop – Royal Albert Hall, London – May 13

White Lung – Start The Bus, Bristol – May 25

Heck @ Camden Rocks – Underworld, London – June 4 (pictured below)

Skating Polly – Moon Club, Cardiff – June 15

L7 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London – September 13

Weaves (supporting Dilly Dally) – The Globe, Cardiff – September 20

The Julie Ruin – KOKO, London – December 2

ALL THE AWFUL BAND NAMES I’VE HEARD THIS YEAR

The String Cheese Incident
Holocausto Cannibal
Basement Torture Killings
Bangover
Scum Pulse
Premature Birth
Destiny Potato
Make Me A Donut
Penguin Prison
Dog Chocolate
Anal Floss Is Boss
Bad II Dreems
Palace Of Worms
Cancerous Womb
Girth Control
Cry Wank
Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing
Rectal Smegma
Infant Death
Grilled Human Brain
Oozing Wound
Marianne Toilet & The Runs
Breast Massage
Mountain Of Wizard
Fat Stupid Ugly People
Faces Of The Bog
Witch Vomit

MY STOCK OF SHAMELESS SELFIES

Alex Rosamilia – The Gaslight Anthem/Brian Fallon & The Crowes

Ben Kowalewicz – Billy Talent

Chris Farren

Demob Happy

Tacocat

Jasmyn Burke – Weaves

Kenny Mellman – The Julie Ruin

Mish Way-Barber – White Lung

Skating Polly

OTHER STUFF I’VE ENJOYED THIS YEAR

FESTIVAL: ArcTanGent – Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin – August 18-20

VIDEO: Heck – Good As Dead

FILM: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

TV: Atlanta

BOOK: Tranny – Laura Jane Grace & Dan Ozzi

FOOD: Frank’s RedHot Original Sauce

DRINK: Black coffee

MERCH: Tacocat T-shirt (pictured below)

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This Week’s New Releases: Bat For Lashes, Blink 182 And Metronomy

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This week we are very excited about the arrival of ‘The Bride’, Bat For Lashes’ follow up to 2012’s ‘The Haunted Man’. The album is based around the story of a woman whose fiancé is killed on the way to their wedding and was inspired by a film Natasha Khan wrote and directed called I Do, which made its debut in April this year at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

As if that wasn’t enough Dev Hynes only went and dropped the new Blood Orange album three days early. So, even though today was officially the release date, you’ve probably been lucky enough to give it a few spins already. We’ve also got Blink 182 offering up their first record since the departure of Tom DeLonge, who was replaced by Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, and Metronomy following up 2014’s ‘Love Letters’ with ‘Summer 08’.

Check out the rest of our pick of this week’s new releases below.

Bat For Lashes – ‘The Bride’ (Parlophone)

Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve – ‘The Soft Bounce’ (Phantasy Sound)

Blink 182 – ‘California’ (BMG)

Blood Orange – ‘Freetown Sound’ (Domino)

Maxwell – ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ (RCA/Columbia)

Metronomy – ‘Summer 08’ (Because)

Thee Oh Sees – ‘Live In San Francisco’ (Castleface)

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