This Week’s New Releases: Babymetal, Elbow And Kim Gordon

What a week! Babymetal have released their third album, Elbow have finally followed up 2017’s ‘Little Fictons’, and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon has put out her debut solo record.

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Allah-Las – ‘Lahs’ (Mexican Summer)

Babymetal – ‘Metal Galaxy’ (EarMusic via Absolute)

Big Thief – ‘Two Hands’ (4AD)

Blut aus Nord – ‘Hallucinogen’ (Debemur Morti)

Bodega – ‘Shiny New Model’ (What’s Yr Rupture?)

The Body – ‘Remixed’ (Thrill Jockey)

Chris Farren – ‘Born Hot’ (Polyvinyl)

Cody Jinks – ‘After The Fire’ (Late August Records)

Comet Gain – ‘Fireraisers Forever’ (Tapete Records)

The Devil Wears Prada – ‘The Act’ (Tooth & Nail)

Elbow – ‘Giants Of All Sizes’ (Polydor)

Emptyset – ‘Blossoms’ (Thrill Jockey)

Fabienne Delsol – ‘Four’ (Damaged Goods)

Fantasia – ‘Sketchbook’ (BMG/ Rock Soul)

Grade 2 – ‘Graveyard Island’ (Hellcat)

The Hecks – ‘My Star’ (Trouble In Mind)

Katinka Kleijn / Bill MacKay – ‘STIR’ (Drag City)

Kelley Stoltz – ‘My Regime’ (Banana & Louie Records)

Kim Gordon – ‘No Home Record’ (Matador)

Lacuna Coil – ‘Black Anima’ (Century Media)

Lightning Bolt – ‘Sonic Citadel’ (Thrill Jockey)

The Lilac Time – ‘Return To Us’ (BMG (via Absolute))

Pizzagirl – ‘First Timer’ (Heist or Hit)

Petra Haden / Mark Kozelek – ‘Joey Always Smiled’ (Caldo Verde Records)

Richard Dawson – ‘2020’ (Domino)

Rocketship – ‘Thanks To You’ (Darla Distribution)

Simple Creatures – ‘Everything Opposite’ EP (BMG)

Starcrawler – ‘Devour You’ (Rough Trade)

Steve Miller Band – ‘Welcome To The Vault’ (UMC/Ume)

Suggested Friends – ‘Turtle Taxi’ (HHBTM)


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Things We Love This Week: Chris Farren, Michael Kiwanuka, Big Thief, Migos

Happy Friday! The weather has turned, and just as suddenly as we had a heatwave in February, we’re now into relentless rain. Time to curl up with a cuppa and some great new music.

Chris Farren

The Fake Problems frontman and one half of Antarctigo Vespucci is continuing his solo career. Farren’s second album under his own steam is called ‘Born Hot’, will arrive on October 11, and will feature the single Search 4 Me. While the song is a harmless, indie-pop number, the video is anything but. Meet ResistCat, the latest viral phenomenon.

Big Thief

Even though they’ve already released what’s in the running to be a contender for Album Of The Year, Big Thief just aren’t content with that, and have confirmed another. ‘Two Hands’ will arrive on October 11, ahead of tour dates around the UK in 2020. Check out the hypnotic, dark indie rock of its first cut, Not, then book some sweet, sweet tickets.

Michael Kiwanuka

If modern soul is your jam, then you’re in luck. Kiwanuka, who released the anthemic ‘Love & Hate’ in 2016, will release a new, almost self-titled LP at the end of October, which will get support from a ten-date UK tour in March 2020.  Hell yeah. If you like the sound of that, you’ll definitely enjoy the first taste of ‘Kiwanuka’. You Ain’t The Problem hits all the right notes with African skipped rhythms and ’70s-esque production.


Those amigos are at it again, but this time they’re robbing a bank. In the video for Frosted Flakes, Quavo and Takeoff conduct an elaborate heist, and almost get away with it. The track comes from a compilation album comprised of artists on the Quality Control roster, such as fellow Migos member Offset, Lil Yachty, City Girls, 24Heavy and Stefflon Don, as well as appearances from Megan Thee Stallion, Meek Mill, French Montana, Gunna, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott and Young Thug.

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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.


‘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


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


The String Cheese Incident
Holocausto Cannibal
Basement Torture Killings
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


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

Ben Kowalewicz – Billy Talent

Chris Farren

Demob Happy


Jasmyn Burke – Weaves

Kenny Mellman – The Julie Ruin

Mish Way-Barber – White Lung

Skating Polly


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)

Follow @riotgoth on Twitter for my reviews, features, shameless selfies, pictures of my dog, etc.


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Things We Love This Week


Happy Friday, everyone. Another week closer to Christmas and, whaddaya know, this week’s list of good shit even contains a festive album! Without further ado, wrap your ears/eyes around these treats. Here are the things we love this week…

Chris Farren – Like A Gift From God Or Whatever

We’ve featured Antarctigo Vespucci, Farren’s power-pop band with Jeff Rosenstock, on this list a few times and now he’s done it again with this all-original Christmas album. It’s sad, funny and all that stuff, along with featuring some great songs and vocals from a smorgasbord of punk luminaries, including Rosenstock, Laura Stevenson, Jenny Owen Youngs and Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad. Oh, and Mae Whitman, you know, from Arrested Development. A portion of the record’s December sales will benefit NAMI, too.


Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy

I try not to get too excited about things for fear of soul-crushing disappointment, but I’ve convinced myself that this Sleater-Kinney record is going to be amazing. Very confident in that prediction at the minute.

Title Fight – Chlorine

New album coming from these guys and it promises to be something completely different. ‘Hyperview’ is out in February through ANTI-, but they’ve rolled out Chlorine, and a cool, boat-heavy video, for us to get a taste of their new moves.

Bye. @huw_baines

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