This Week’s New Releases: Alicia Keys, Green Day, And Neil Young and Crazy Horse

This will be our last new releases blog post of the year, so it’s a twofer, including this week and next’s new records.

Today we’ve got new music from Alicia Keys, who has dropped two versions of her new record; ‘Originals’ and ‘Unlocked’. Green Day have released a live LP that brings together the band’s sessions recorded for the BBC between 1994 and 2001, and Neil Young and Crazy Horse have put out their long awaited new album ‘Barn’.

Head below for the remainder of 2021’s new releases. See you in 2022!

December 10

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – ‘B4 AVA’ (EP) (Atlantic/Highbridge The Label)

Alicia Keys – ‘KEYS’ (RCA)

The Band – ‘Cahoots – 50th Anniversary’ (UMC – Virgin International)

Fleet Foxes – ‘A Very Lonely Solstice’ (Anti)

Green Day – ‘The BBC Sessions (Live)’ (BBC/Reprise)

Juice WRLD – ‘Fighting Demons’ (Grade A Productions/Interscope)

Monsta X – ‘The Dreaming’ (Starship Entertainment/BMG)

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – ‘Barn’ (Reprise)

Nicholas Britell and various artists – ‘Don’t Look Up (Soundtrack from the Netflix Film)’ (Maise Music/Republic/UMG)

Paul Weller, Jules Buckley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra – ‘An Orchestrated Songbook’ (Polydor)

Rick Ross – ‘Richer Than I Ever Been’ (Epic/Sony)

Tierra Whack -‘Pop?’ (EP) (Interscope)

December 17

The Communards – ‘Communards – 35th Anniversary’ (London)

Johnny Marr – ‘Fever Dreams, Pt.2’ (EP) (BMG)

Roddy Ricch – ‘LIVE LIFE FAST’ (Atlantic)

Tierra Whack – ‘R&B?’ (EP) (Interscope)

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This Week’s New Releases: Deftones, Idles And Public Enemy

The ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus has ramped up this week, but the calibre of new releases is more than high enough to combat the Covid blues.

Deftones have released the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Gore’, Idles’ third LP has arrived, and there’s a new Public Enemy album in the world.

Head below if you fancy some more, including new records from Fleet Foxes, Sad13, Surfer Blood and Machine Gun Kelly.

A Certain Ratio – ‘ACR Loco’ (Mute)

Action Bronson – ‘Only For Dolphins’ (Loma Vista/Concord)

Anna von Hausswolff – ‘All Thoughts Fly’ (Southern Lord)

Bad Boy Chiller Crew – ‘Full Wack No Brakes’ (Bad Boy Chiller Crew/House Anxiety)

Bob Mould – ‘Blue Hearts’ (Merge)

Cayucas – ‘Blue Summer’ (Park The Van)

Deftones – ‘Ohms’ (Reprise)

Dyble Longdon – ‘Between A Breath And A Breath’ (English Electric Recordings)

Fleet Foxes – ‘Shore’ (Anti-)

Hen Ogledd – ‘Free Humans’ (Domino)

Idles – ‘Ultra Mono’ (Partisan)

Jamie Lenman – ‘King Of Clubs’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Lou Red – ‘New York (Deluxe Edition)’ (Warner)

Machine Gun Kelly – ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ (Bad Boy/Interscope)

Marie Davidson / L’Œil Nu – ‘Renegade Breakdown’ (Ninja Tune)

Mint Field – ‘Sentimiento Mundial’ (Felte)

The Neighbourhood – ‘Chip Chrome & The Mono-Tones’ (Columbia)

Night Shop – ‘The Fountain’ (Night Shop/Salinas Records)

The Ocean – ‘Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic/Cenozoic’ (Metal Blade)

Prince – ‘Sign O’ The Times (Super Deluxe)’ (NPG/Warner Bros)

Profligate – ‘Too Numb To Know’ (Wharf Cat)

Public Enemy – ‘What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?’ (Def Jam)

Rituals Of Mine – ‘Hype Nostalgia’ (Carpark Recordings)

The Rolling Stones – ‘Steel Wheels Live’ (Eagle Rock)

Sad13 – ‘Haunted Painting’ (Wax Nine)

Shy Boys – ‘Talk Loud’ (Polyvinyl)

Sleeper and Snake – ‘Fresco Shed’ (Upset The Rhythm)

Sufjan Stevens – ‘The Ascension’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

SuperM – ‘Super One – The 1st Album’ (SM Entertainment)

Surfer Blood – ‘Carefree Theatre’ (Kanine Records)

Thurston Moore – ‘By The Fire’ (Daydream Library)

Tim Heidecker – ‘Fear Of Death’ (Spacebomb Records)

Wax Chattels – ‘Clot’ (Captured Tracks)

Will Butler – ‘Generations’ (Merge)

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Things We Love This Week: Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac, Bohemian Rhapsody, Beirut

This week, it seems that the cool things are Fleet based. If the things that we loved this week were a group of ships instead of a listicle-style blog post, they would definitely be a fleet. Excuse my ramblings. It’s been a long week.

Fleet Foxes – Icicle Tusk

Indie-folk band Fleet Foxes are releasing a special edition collection of rarities, b-side, and early records. For the die-hard mega fans who say they liked the band before they were cool (you know who you are), this will be a dream come true.

‘First Collection 2006-2009’ will consist of the band’s self-titled debut LP, ‘The Fleet Foxes’ EP on 10″, the ‘Sun Giant’ EP on 10″ vinyl, and a handful of b-sides and rarities on 10″. Check out the full track listing of what’s involved here. For now, you can listen to Icicle Tusk, one of the early songs from their debut. It’s b.e.a.u.t.

Fleetwood Mac

Lindsay Buckingham was dropped from the line up just a few months ago, but the remaining members of the band have announced they will touch down in London, Dublin and Berlin in June 2019. You can kick out one of the lead singers, but you can never break the chain.

Bohemian Rhapsody

A biopic based on the meteoric rise of Queen was released this week. Original plans were for Sacha Baron Cohen to take the lead role, but it is Rami Malek (of Mr Robot) who takes over the God-like role of Mr Mercury. It’s had mixed reviews. Is this the real life? Uh, no. Is this just fantasy? Nope, not quite that either. You’ll just have to find out yourself.

Beirut – ‘Gallipoli’

Beirut are back! A new album, their first since 2015’s ‘No No No’ is due for release on February 11.

‘Gallipoli’ has an extensive back story behind it, which details Zachary Condon’s falling out of love with New York, recording crunchy noise through only broken amplifiers, uprooting to Berlin and a priest-led, brass band procession in a small village in rural Italy. Do give it a read, it’s very interesting.

First up from the new album is its title track, featuring not only those scraps of fuzzy brass and a pulsing beat to mirror the procession but also Condon’s soothing vocals that fans have become so familiar with over the past decade or so. The track was recorded in one 10 hour studio frenzy.

Beirut also announced UK and European tour dates – check them out here.


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Things We Love This Week: Phoebe Bridgers, Prince, Fleet Foxes, David Crosby

Hello! Guess what? It’s September. There are only three months left until Christmas…here are some things you might like a bit more than those two facts.

Phoebe Bridgers – Scott Street

In this new video, Bridgers hires a collection of lookalikes to dress up like her, to the point where it actually gets a bit difficult to tell them apart. They sing, have a bit of a dance, play on trampolines, ride the bus, and hit a piñata together. Where can I sign up?

Prince – 17 Days

A new version of Prince’s song, 17 Days, has been shared. Originally released in 1984 as a b-side to When Doves Cry, the new rendition is, in true Prince style, super funky and has a whole lot for rhythm for just one singer and his piano. It also features snippets of comments and chat between the musician and the sound engineers. I could listen to this all day.

The track comes off a posthumous album, ‘Piano & A Microphone 1983’, due for release on September 21.

Fleet Foxes – I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar

The ever-enticing folk band have shared a video for the opener from their latest album, ‘Crack-Up’.

Shot in Alabama Hills, a desert in Lone Pine, California, a house in Palm Springs, the video sees a man running – towards or away – a surreal, digital red cube.

Watch the video, directed by Sean Pecknold – frontman Robin’s older brother – below.

David Crosby – Glory

To finish, here’s just a really nice song. Some chilled-out guitar chords to take you into the weekend. Crosby is joined by Becca Stevens, Michael League of Snarky Puppy and Michelle Willis for this track, and a full album, ‘Here If You Listen’, due for release on October 26.

Happy weekend x

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Top Tours This Week: Queens Of The Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, The Libertines, Stereophonics, Fleet Foxes, Dizzee Rascal, Future, St. Vincent and more…

A busy week of tour news leading up to this weekend’s Glastonbury festival. Queens of the Stone Age have announced their return with details of their new LP and a world tour, while LCD Soundsystem have confirmed autumn shows. Also, the Libertines have expanded their autumn trek with Scottish dates.

Queens of the Stone Age

The US rock giants will call at Manchester Arena, the O2 Arena in London, Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and Dublin’s 3Arena between November 19 and 24 in support of their upcoming new record, ‘Villains’, which arrives on August 25 via Matador Records.
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LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy and band will follow the release of their new album, ‘American Dream’, out on September 1, with shows in Manchester, Glasgow and London in September.
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The Libertines

The Libertines have added a trio of Scottish dates to their …Tiddely Om Pom Pom UK tour, including shows in Dunfermline, Inverness and Kilmarnock on September 17, 18 and 19 respectively.
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The indie-rockers will perform at Plymouth’s Pavilions and Swindon’s Oasis Centre prior to their festival sets at Kendal Calling and Y Not.
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Fleet Foxes

The band, who recently put out ‘Crack-Up’, will play two nights at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on November 26 and 27, alongside a date at Manchester’s O2 Apollo.
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Dizzee Rascal

The gime star will support his upcoming new record, ‘Raskit’, which is expected on July 21, with shows in Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield, Leeds, Norwich, London, Cambridge, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, Southend, Birmingham and Brighton in October.
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Future will bring the Future HNDRXX tour to Manchester Academy and the O2 Academy Birmingham before a massive date at the O2 Arena in London this October.
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St. Vincent

Annie Clark will perform at the O2 Academy Brixton, Manchester’s O2 Apollo and Dublin’s Olympia on October 17, 18 and 20 respectively, prior to additional shows across Europe and North America as part of her Fear The Future tour.
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Also announced this week, so far

Busted, Deaf Havana, The Duke Spirit, Leif Erikson, LP, Playboi Carti, Lambchop, CC Smugglers, Dinosaur Pile Up, Trevor Sensor, Bad Pop, Superglu, Eighteen Visions, Stray From The Path, R5, The Skints, Laura Mvula, Denai Moore, Stiff Little Fingers, Nils Frahm, Alter Bridge, Single Mothers, Matthew E. White and more!

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This Week’s New Releases: Lorde, Royal Blood And Beth Ditto

This week is bonkers! You’ve got Lorde finally releasing the follow up to 2013’s ‘Pure Heroine’, Royal Blood returning with a sophomore LP and former Gossip vocalist Beth Ditto putting out her debut solo album. There’s also new records from Ride, Big Boi, Fleet Foxes and 2 Chainz.

But if none of that is up your street there’s a lot more on offer below.

2 Chainz – ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’ (Def Jam)

Alison Moyet – ‘Other’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Beth Ditto – ‘Fake Sugar’ (Virgin EMI)

Big Boi – ‘Boomiverse’ (Sony)

Young Thug – ‘Beautiful Thugger Girls’

Broadside – ‘Paradise’ (Victory)

Com Truise – ‘Iteration’ (Ghostly International)

The Drums – ‘Abysmal Thoughts’ (Anti-)

Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’ (Nonesuch)

Hey Violet – ‘From The Outside’ (Virgin EMI)

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – ‘The Nashville Sound’ (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers)

Kevin Morby – ‘City Music’ (Dead Oceans)

Lorde – ‘Melodrama’ (Virgin)

Matthew Sweet – ‘Tomorrow Forever’ (Honeycomb Hideout)

Nickelback – ‘Feed The Machine’ (BMG)

Oh Wonder – ‘Ultralife’ (Island)

Portugal. The Man – ‘Woodstock’ (Warner)

Ride – ‘Weather Diaries’ (Wichita)

Royal Blood – ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ (Warner Bros)

Royal Trux – ‘Platinum Tips And Ice Cream’ (Domino)

Steve Earle – ‘So You Wannabe An Outlaw’ (Warner Bros)

The Strypes – ‘Spitting Image’ (Virgin EMI)

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