This Week’s New Releases: Ozzy Osbourne, BTS And Grimes

It’s another week of big releases. Ozzy Osbourne is putting out his first solo album in 10 years, Grimes is following up 2015’s ‘Art Angels’ and BTS are sending K-Pop fans into overdrive with the release of ‘Map of the Soul: 7’.

Still in the mood for more? Head south.

Agnes Obel – ‘Myopia’ (Deutsche Grammophon)

Allie X – ‘Cape God’ (Twin/AWAL)

Best Coast – ‘Always Tomorrow’ (Concord Records)

Biff Byford – ‘School Of Hard Knocks’ (Silver Lining Music)

BTS – ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ (BigHit Entertainment)

Cate Le Bon and Group Listening  – ‘Here It Comes Again’ EP (Mexican Summer)

Courtney Barnett – ‘MTV Unplugged: Live in Melbourne’ (Mom + Pop Music)

Greg Dulli – ‘Random Desire’ (BMG)

Grimes – ‘Miss Anthropocene’ (4AD/Todo Mundo)

Guided By Voices – ‘Surrender Your Poppy Field’ (GBV)

Heart Bones – ‘Hot Dish’ (Love OnLine)

Humanist – ‘Humanist’ (Ignition Records)

King Krule – ‘Man Alive!’ (XL Recordings)

Kyle Forester – ‘Hearts in Gardens’ (‘Tis So Referent)

Lanterns On The lake – ‘Spook The Herd’ (Bella Union)

Lee Ranaldo and Raül Refree – Names Of North End Women’ (Mute)

Moses Sumney – ‘GRÆ Part One’ (Jagjaguwar Records)

Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Ordinary Man’ (Sony)

Pictish Trail – ‘Thumb World’ (Fire Records)

Rebecca Foon – ‘Waxing Moon’ (Constellation)

Sarah Harmer – ‘Are You Gone’ (Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.)

Sightless Pit – ‘Grave of a Dog’ (Thrill Jockey)

Six Organs Of Admittance – ‘Companion Rises’ (Drag City)

Wilsen – ‘Ruiner’ (Dalliance)

Wrekmeister Harmonies – ‘We Love to Look at the Carnage’ (Thrill Jockey)

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This Week’s New Releases: The Who, Camila Cabello And Liam Payne

In the run-up to Christmas new releases slow down, but there are some big names bringing this year to a close. The Who have put out their first studio record in 13 years, while Camila Cabello has dropped her second and Liam Payne has put out his first solo LP.

Not enough for ya? Take a look below.

Burial – ‘Tunes 2011 – 2019’ (Hyperdub)

Camila Cabello – ‘Romance’ (Syco)

Courtney Barnett – ‘MTV Unplugged Live In Melbourne’ (Marathon Artists)

Czarface – ‘The Odd Czar Against Us’ (Silver Age)

Eric Clapton – ‘ Crossroads Revisited: Selections From The Guitar Festivals (Vinyl Box Set)’ (Rhino)

Foo Fighters – ‘01999925’ EP (Sony)

Gentle Giant – ‘Unburied Treasure (Box Set)’ (Madfish/Burning Shed)

Jack Savoretti – ‘Singing To Strangers (Special Edition)’ (BMG)

Lee “Scratch” Perry – ‘Heavy Rain’ (On-U Sound)

Liam Payne – ‘LP1’ (Capitol)

Mary J. Blige – ‘HERstory, Vol.1’ (Geffen)

Original Cast Of Superhero – ‘Superhero (Original Cast Recording)’ (Sony)

Pitbull – ‘Libertad 548’ (Mr. 305)

Q Money – ‘How U Gon Hate’ (Warner)

Walker Hayes – ‘8Tracks, Vol. 3: Black Sheep’ (Sony)

The Who – ‘Who’ (Polydor)

Yann Tiersen – ‘Portrait’ (Mute)

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Things We Love This Week: Patti Smith, The War On Drugs, Courtney Barnett

Photo: Raquel Garcia

Hello! It’s me. Did you miss me? Here’s your weekly helping of music news, with a side order of mini live review. Grab a spoon and dig in.

Patti Smith at Cardiff’s Festival Of Voice

On Monday, more than half of the Stereoboard office went to see the legendary Patti Smith. Performing poetry and acoustic songs in the intimate setting of a small church just outside Cardiff, this truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As well as still having a fantastically strong voice at the age of 71, reading us snippets of poetry and performing classics Because The Night, she also came across as the loveliest human being – letting the audience in on an old crush she once had on a baseball player, informing us of a little bubble she gets in her throat sometimes while singing, and the heartfelt, particularly poignant statement about her late husband Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith: “He was my boyfriend, and he will always be my boyfriend”. She managed to bring a tear to everyone’s eye and I desperately want Patti to be my best friend forever.

Photo: Matt Wright

The War On Drugs at The O2

Adam Granduciel and co are doing pretty well at fighting this war. Formed back in 2005 as a collaboration with Kurt Vile, they’ve released a bunch of albums, each a conquest, including last year’s acclaimed ‘A Deeper Understanding’. Every album is another step forward in the battle, striking down contemporaries with melodic synth lines and striking guitar chords.

So where will the band’s next crusade take them, aside from a handful of massive festival performances this summer? They’re only heading to the O2 Arena in December!

With a capacity of 20,000, they’ll be treading the boards of a stage already graced by giant artists such as Queen, Britney Spears, 50 Cent and Demi Lovato.

The War is still going strong. Good for you lads.

Tickets go on sale next Friday at 10am. Get ’em here.

Courtney Barnett Tour

Honesty alert: I was fully prepared to attend Barnett’s Bristol show last week, but totally forgot about it and missed it. *Facepalm* How do I really feel? Gutted, Courtney. If, like me (but hopefully for a more viable reason) you didn’t get to go to any of her recent May/June tour, you’re in luck!

‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ is getting a whole new batch of tour dates, especially for you!

The Aussie songstress will head to Dublin, London, Oxford, Brighton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle between November 12 and 21. Yay!

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Festival Preview: What To Expect From All Points East

The festival market is HUGE. There are hundreds to choose from in the UK alone. So, taking a huge leap and starting a brand new one in the current landscape is a risky decision. How do you stand out?

Well, it helps to be backed by the organisers of Coachella, and to slot in at a venue that’s been part of the scene for a while. All Points East will take place in London’s Victoria Park this weekend, and it’s being pitched as a fest for discerning music fans.

It arrives complete with claims of the best sound the park has ever heard, along with the obligatory fairground rides and hipster street food vans. But the real answer to standing out? Same as it ever was. Get the right line up.

On paper, the All Points East bill is forward-thinking, eclectic, and most of all cool. Just like you, right? First up, comeback kings LCD Soundsystem take over the East Stage on Friday night. Last September saw the release of their critically acclaimed comeback ‘American Dream’, the first new material from the Brooklyn dance-punks since their 2011 Madison Square Garden sign off.

Frontman James Murphy will be hitting the decks throughout the weekend too, with his side project Despacio – a collaboration with David and Stephen Dewaele of Soulwax and 2manydjs.

The Saturday night headliners showcase smooth laid back beats, distinctive vocals, flawless productions skills and even a Mercury Prize – it could only be the XX. The idea will very much be to lose yourself in a concoction of Jamie XX, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim’s vocal plaits, delicate reverb and ambient backgrounds.

Sunday’s headliner might be one of the most eclectic singers of a generation, and one of the few genuine legends we have left. Björk will draw a line under things with colourful art-pop and avant-garde everything. There’s a decent gender balance on the bill – no, it ain’t a 50/50 split, we’re a long way off that yet – but it is far more diverse than some.

Across the weekend, expect to see performances from genre-spanning giants like Sampha, the international-pop-band-of-the-moment Superorganism, the returning shimmering indie band Friendly Fires, as well as the hugely popular Lorde, Father John Misty, Glass Animals, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Stefflon Don, Soulwax… you get the picture.

Thankfully, there isn’t too much overlap in terms of stage clashes – a sticking point often met with disappointment from die-hard festival-goers. On this bill, the most difficult decision you’ll make will be between Flying Lotus 3D and Father John, or Rex Orange County and Laura Misch.  

Possibly one of the most interesting parts of All Points East is the accompanying side shows. They make the festival feel like more of a sprawl, with an eclectic list of big names set to step in. On June 1, indie types Catfish and the Bottlemen like will be joined by fellow indie types Blossoms and the Hunna, while the National take over on Saturday June 2 with their biggest headline show to date.

Support there comes from from the War On Drugs, Public Service Broadcasting, This Is The Kit and loads more, while Nick Cave and some particular Bad Seeds close the entire event – after sets from none other than Patti Smith, St. Vincent and Courtney Barnett – on June 3.

All Points East is an interesting proposition. It could be big, judging from the organisers and stellar line up. By the time Björk is done with us, it might be one of those events that elicits a response of jealousy and awe from your mates.

But it if it sounds like an overload of great bands all in one go, you’re also possibly on the money. Like most festivals it’ll likely be chaotic, expensive, and difficult to see past the tall guy in front of you while Matt Berninger does his thing or the many colours of Beck pass you by.

These are the risks, but early suggestions are that All Points East will hand you some of the best around on a historical-park-shaped platter.

 

When? May 25 – June 3

Where? Victoria Park, London

How much? £39.95 – £169.95

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This Week’s New Releases: Courtney Barnett, James Bay And Quiet Slang

This week is chock-full of new releases! Courtney Barnett’s sophomore LP is FINALLY here, James Bay has also put out his second album, and Warpaint’s Theresa Wayman has released her debut solo album under the moniker TT.

Not quite your cup of tea? There’s a shedload to check out below.

Ash – ‘Islands’ (BMG)

At The Gates – ‘To Drink From The Night Itself’ (Century Media Records)

Big Ups – ‘Two Parts Together’ (Exploding In Sound)

Blair Dunlop – ‘Notes From An Island’ (Gilded Wings)

Brad Mehldau Trio – ‘Seymour Reads The Constitution!’ (Nonesuch)

Burn The Priest – ‘Legion: XX’ (Nuclear Blast)

Charles Watson – ‘Now That I’m A River’ (Moshi Moshi)

​​Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ (Marathon Artists/Milk!)

Five Finger Death Punch – ‘And Justice For None’ (Eleven Seven)

Frog Eyes – ‘Violet Psalms’ (Paper Bag Records)

GAS – ‘Rausch’ (Kompakt)

Guvna B – ‘Hands Are Made For Working’ (Allo Mate)

James Bay – ‘Electric Light’ (Virgin EMI)

Joe Bonamassa – ‘British Bles Explosion Live’ (Mascot)

John Maus – ‘Addendum’ (Ribbon Music)

Jon Allen – ‘Blue Flame’ (Monologue)

Kelly Willis – ‘Back Being Blue’ (Premium Records)

Kyle – ‘Light Of Mine’ (Atlantic)

The Last Poets -‘Understand What Black Is’ (Studio Rockers)

Lewis Watson – ‘nineties, noughties, tennies’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Mamas Gun – ‘Golden Days’ (Candelion)

Matthew Sweet – ‘Tomorrow’s Daughter’ (Honeycomb Hideout)

Michael Rault – ‘It’s A New Day Tonight’ (Wick Records)

Nick Mulvey – ‘Dancing For The Answers’ EP (Fiction Records)

Now Now – ‘Saved’ (Lab Records)

Otis Redding – ‘Dock Of The Bay Sessions’ (Rhino)

Parquet Courts – ‘Wide Awake!’ (Rough Trade)

Postdata – ‘Let’s Be Wilderness’ (Paper Bag Records)

Quiet Slang – ‘Everything Matters But No One Is Listening’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Ray LaMontagne – ‘Part Of The Light’ (RCA)

Ryley Walker – ‘Deafman Glance’ (Dead Oceans)

The Sidekicks – ‘Happiness Hours’ (Epitaph)

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – ‘Sparkle Hard’ (Domino)

TT – ‘LoveLaws’ (LoveLeaks/Caroline)

Vitamin X – ‘Age Of Paranoia’ (Southern Lord)

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Things We Love This Week: Courtney Barnett, Jungle, Albert Hammond Jr., Smashing Pumpkins

This week we shared one of the most special, loving days of the calendar. PANCAKE DAY!

Although, if you forgot to buy pancake ingredients and actually just ate your body weight in chocolate like I did, then praise be to you. When I wasn’t snacking, I was listening to some sweet new tunes and keeping an eye on the music news…here are some cool things I discovered.

Courtney Barnett

Oh, she’s a teaser. Although we had her Kurt Vile collaboration, ‘Lotta Sea Lice’, last year, we’re still waiting for more of that charming single-handed Barnett sound. Her last solo record was released back in 2015, so it’s about time we had some new stuff.

On Tuesday, a video hit the internet depicting the musician flitting around the studio, hitting toms, plucking at an acoustic guitar and sat at a piano, playing what appeared to be fresh material. Exciting stuff! Both at the end of the video and on her website she asked fans “Tell Me How You Really Feel”.

Then, in a not particularly surprising twist, we had Nameless Faceless dropped in our laps. It’s the first cut from her upcoming album, which will (shock!) be titled ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’. Start a countdown now – the record is due for release on May 18, and it’s going to be awesome. The track, meanwhile, boldly addresses and explores themes of misogyny and patriarchal structures, paraphrasing Margaret Atwood in the chorus: 

“Men are scared that women will laugh at them / I wanna walk through the park in the dark / Women are scared that men will kill them”. She’s not wrong.

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JUNGLE ARE BACK!

The neo-soul band have announced a new tour to take place throughout America, Europe and here in the UK in May!

Their debut record dropped back in 2014 to positive critical reception, and a place on the Mercury Prize shortlist. Dripping like a magical musical faucet with bangers such as The Heat, Busy Earnin’ and (my personal favourite) Julia, the self titled album got a big thumbs up.

Tickets went on sale on Monday. The announcement of new tour dates came with the hint of new music, too. This is not a drill! Here’s the actual real-life proof.

Albert Hammond Jr – Far Away Truths

This new track by the Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr is the latest cut from his upcoming album, ‘Francis Trouble’, which is scheduled for release on March 9. 

I’m currently halfway through Lizzy Goodman’s revealing time-capsule Meet Me In The Bathroom and duly going through a big Strokes/Interpol/LCD Soundsystem/New York post-punk revival phase. This new track from Hammond Jr., although distinctly his, embodies the Strokes-esque choppy, tight guitar structures that fans have become obsessed with. Although perhaps not as intricate and detailed as some of the tracks on his last solo outing, ‘Momentary Masters’, Far Away Truths is catchy and perfect for the car.

The Smashing Pumpkins’ Reunion Tour

What is going on with this!? Rumours are flying around the office and in the press. No D’Arcy? What’s up with those texts between her and Billy Corgan?

Yesterday the band teased big news with a countdown clock on their website, then at 5pm they announced their Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour for 2018. Reunion Time!

It’s all very mysterious and hazy as to whether Wretzky was officially asked to join in or not – and there must be more beneath the surface story – but three quarters of the classic line up will perform on the upcoming US tour: Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha, alongside Jeff Schroeder.

See you next time!

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This Week’s New Releases: St. Vincent, Wu-Tang Clan And Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

This week we’ve got some big hitters. St. Vincent has finally followed up her 2014 self-titled LP, there’s a new Wu-Tang Clan record and Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile have released their collaborative album.

Not for you? Head below for more.

Andrew Savage – ‘Thawing Dawn’ (Dull Tools)

The Barr Brothers – ‘Queens Of The Breakers’ (Secret City Records)

Beck – ‘Colors’ (Virgin EMI)

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ (Marathon Artists/Matador/Milk! Recordings)

Daniel Cavanagh – ‘Monochrome’ (Kscope)

DVSN – ‘Morning After’ (OVO Sound/Warner Bros.)

Fozzy – ‘Judas’ (Century Media Records)

Gucci Mane – ‘Mr. Davis’ (Guwop Enterprises/Atlantic)

Knuckle Puck – ‘Shapeshifter’ (Rise Records)

Kodaline – ‘I Wouldn’t Be’ EP (B-Unique/Sony)

L.A. Guns – ‘The Missing Peace’ (Frontiers Records)

Lenka – ‘Attune’ (Skipalong Records)

Nerina Pallot – ‘Stay Lucky’ (Idaho Records)

Pale Honey – ‘Devotion’ (Bolero Recordings)

P!nk – ‘Beautiful Trauma’ (RCA Records Label)

Prequell – ‘The Future Comes Before’ (Mercury Music Group/Pantheon)

The Rural Alberta Advantage – ‘The Wild’ (Paper Bag/Saddle Creek)

Sisters – ‘Wait Don’t Wait’ (Tender Loving Empire)

St. Vincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’ (Caroline International)

Squeeze – ‘The Knowledge’ (Love/ADA)

William Patrick Corgan – ‘Ogilala’ (BMG)

Wu-Tang Clan – ‘Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues’ (36 Chambers)

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Staff Picks: Laura ‘Riot Goth’ Johnson

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This was my first year with Stereoboard and I think it’s fair to say it’s been my best yet. Professionally that is, I don’t want to shortchange 1996, the year D3: The Mighty Ducks came out. I’ve met bands I’ve idolised since my teens, new artists that have gone on to grace magazine covers and watched some of my favourite artists reform and perform shows I never thought I would have the privilege to see. Below is just a snapshot of my favourite things from the past year.

ALBUMS

‘23 Live Sex Acts’ – Against Me!

‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’- Courtney Barnett

‘Welcome Back To Milk’ – Du Blonde

‘Perpetual Motion People’ – Ezra Furman

‘Blossom’ – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

‘Get A Witness’ – Queen Kwong

‘No Cities To Love’ – Sleater Kinney

‘Imaginary Life’ – Worriers

SONGS

Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett

The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive – Death Cab For Cutie

Ordinary Life – Ezra Furman

Devil Inside Me – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Broken Hands – Fraser. A. Gorman

Raising The Skate – Speedy Ortiz

Under A Rock – Waxahatchee

Glutton For Distance – Worriers

GIGS

Courtney Barnett (supported by Spring King and Fraser A. Gorman) – The Fleece, Bristol – March 28

FrnkIero AndThe Cellabration – The Globe, Cardiff- April 22

Babes In Toyland (supported by Skating Polly) – Trinity Centre, Bristol – May 24

Julie Ruin – Electric Ballroom, London – May 26

L7 – Electric Ballroom, London – June 16

Against Me! (Reading Set) – Richfield Avenue, Reading Festival – August 30

Jack Off Jill – Electric Ballroom, London – October 21

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (supported by Blackhole and Creeper) – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – October 28

THE WORST OF ALL THE AWFUL BAND NAMES I’VE HEARD THIS YEAR

Arse Full Of Chips

Barren Womb

Cock And Ball Torture

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard

Pissgrave

Prostitute Disfigurement

Shaving The Werewolf

Sodomized Cadaver

MY STOCK OF SHAMELESS SELFIES

Courtney Barnett

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The Used

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Queen Kwong (Wes Borland and Carré Callaway)

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Nick Oliveri

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Ginger Wildheart

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Frank Iero

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Dallas Green (City & Colour/ Alexisonfire)

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Against Me! (Laura Jane Grace and Atom Willard)

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OTHER STUFF I’VE ENJOYED THIS YEAR

BOOK: Girl In A Band by Kim Gordon

VIDEO: New Wave – Sleater Kinney

FILM: The Voices

MERCH: Fraser A.Gorman – Tea Towel

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DRINK:Punk IPA by Brewdog

FOOD: Peanut Butter (this was the same last year and will probably feature next year)

INSULT: “I envy people that don’t know you!”

STUPIDEST COMMENT OF THE YEAR

Me: “Who’s that guy on Brooklyn Nine-Nine that looks like Andy Samberg?”

Huw Baines: “Andy Samberg.”

 

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