This Week’s New Releases: Ghost, Ho99o9 And Jenny Hval

This week is chock-full of new music! Ghost have followed up 2018’s ‘Prequelle’, Ho9909 have dropped their Travis Barker-produced sophomore LP, and Jenny Hval has put out her eighth studio album. Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

Ben Abraham – ‘Friendly Fire’ (Atlantic)

Benny The Butcher – ‘Tana Talk 4’ (Griselda/Empire)

Bodega – ‘Broken Equipment’ (What’s Your Rupture?)

The Boo Radleys – ‘Keep On With Falling’ (Boostr)

Bryan Adams – ‘So Happy It Hurts’ (BMG)

Charlie Simpson – ‘Hope Is A Drug’ (Komorebi)

The Districts – ‘Great American Painting’ (Fat Possum)

Drug Church – ‘Hygiene’ (Pure Noise)

Ella Henderson – ‘Everything I Didn’t Say’ (Asylum/Major Toms)

For King & Country – ‘What Are We Waiting For?’ (Curb)

Franz Ferdinand – ‘Hits To The Head’ (Domino)

Ghost – ‘Impera’ (Loma Vista/Concord)

Ho99o9 – ‘Skin’ (DTA/Elektra)

Jenny Hval – ‘Classic Objects’ (4AD)

Jeremy Ivey – ‘Invisible Pictures’ (Anti-)

John Adams – ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (Tristar)

Loop – ‘Sonancy’ (Cooking Vinyl/Reactor)

The Monochrome Set – ‘Allhallowtide’ (Tapete Records)

The Mysterines – ‘Reeling’ (Universal)

PJ Harvey – ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project – Demos’ (Island)

Rex Orange County – ‘Who Cares?’ (Columbia)

Set It Off – ‘Elsewhere’ (Fearless/Concord)

Shenseea – ‘ALPHA’ (Rich Immigrants/Interscope)

The Shires – ’10 Year Plan’ (BMG)

The Undertones – ‘Dig What You Need’ (Dimple Discs)

Widowspeak – ‘The Jacket’ (Captured Tracks)

Wolfgang Flür – ‘Magazine 1’ (SFE/Wolfgang Flür)

Young Guv – ‘GUV III’ (Run For Cover)

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This Week’s New Releases: Sleater-Kinney, Killswitch Engage And The Hold Steady

The day has finally arrived, Sleater-Kinney’s new album is here! However, it does mark their last with drummer Janet Weiss so it’s all a tad bittersweet.

This week we’ve also got Killswitch Engage following up 2016’s ‘Incarnate’ and the Hold Steady putting out their seventh studio album, plus much more.

Head below to check out the rest of the new releases on offer.

Blanck Mass – ‘Animated Violence Mild’ (Scared Bones)

Frank Turner – ‘No Man’s Land’ (Xtra Mile/Polydor)

Friendly Fires – ‘Inflorescent’ (Polydor)

The Hold Steady – ‘Thrashing Thru The Passion’ (Frenchkiss Records)

Ho99o9 – ‘Cyber Warfare’ EP (Toys Have Powers/999 Deathkult)

Illenium – ‘Ascend’ (Atralwerks)

Killswitch Engage – ‘Atonement’ (Metal Blade/Sony)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – ‘Infest The Rats’ Nest’ (Flightless Records)

Ludovico Einaudi – ‘Seven Days Walking – Day 6’ (Decca)

Mallory Knox – ‘Mallory Knox’ (A Wold At Your Door/Silva Screen)

The Murder Capital – ‘When I Have Fears’ (Human Season)

Off With Their Heads – ‘Be Good’ (Epitaph)

Oh Sees – ‘Face Stabber’ (Castle Face)

Red Hearse – ‘Red Hearse’ (RCA Records)

Ride – ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ (Wichita)

Rodney Crowell – ‘Texas’ (RC1 Records)

Shura – ‘Forevher’ (Secretly Canadian)

Sleater-Kinney – ‘The Center Won’t Hold’ (Mom + Pop)

Snoh Aalegra – ‘-Ugh, Those Feels Again’ (Artium Recordings)

Various Artists – ‘Quality Control: Control The Streets, Vol.2’ (Quality Control Music/Motown Records/UMG)

Young Thug – ‘So Much Fun’ (300 Entertainment/Atlantic)

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Staff Picks: Laura ‘Riot Goth’ Johnson

I’ve survived another year! In the process I’ve gained a few pounds and new friends, lost my voice after screeching along at numerous gigs and a shedload of money by spending way more than I should on fantastic records and merch.

It may be a sombre subject, but I didn’t feel I could reflect on the year without commenting on how I’ve been inspired by the strength of the victims who have stood up against their abusers within the music industry, and elsewhere, throughout this year, and many more prior. It is heartbreaking that we cannot go a day on Twitter without another instance surfacing, but I am glad that the true extent of the problem is finally beginning to be seen and challenged.

That being said, I refuse to let those awful humans detract from what has been an otherwise great year for new music. Check out what caused my ears to prick and heart to swell, Grinch-like, below.

ALBUMS

Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’

Beth Ditto – ‘Fake Sugar’

Bully – ‘Losing’

Diet Cig – ‘I Swear I’m Good At This’

Downtown Boys – ‘Cost Of Living’

Idles – ‘Brutalism’

Japandroids – ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’

Kamikaze Girls – ‘Seafoam’

Sacred Paws – ‘Strike A Match’

Weaves – ‘Wide Open’

Worriers – ‘Survival Pop’

GIGS

Beach Slang – The Exchange, Bristol – January 20

Petrol Girls – Le Pub, Newport – March 16

Idles – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – April 5

Meat Wave – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – April 24 (pictured at the top of the page)

Japandroids – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – May 6

Kamikaze Girls (supporting Gnarwolves) – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – May 17

HCBP (debut headline show) – The Moon, Cardiff – June 1

Sad13 – The Big Top, Cardiff – June 25

Ho99o9 (ArcTanGent Set) – Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin – August 18

HCBP (ArcTanGent Set) – Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin – August 19

Asphalt (Japan) – Le Public Space, Newport – August 28

Dead Arms/Twisted Ankle/ Eva Bartok/ Salt Bath – The Moon, Cardiff – September 15

Sacred Paws – Transport Club, Cardiff – September 22

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Bournemouth International Centre – September 24

Baby In Vain – The Moon, Cardiff – October 13

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – O2 Academy Bristol – December 1

Marilyn Manson – Newport Centre, Newport (Wales) – December 8

DIY Cardiff’s Third Birthday feat Apologies, I Have None/Kamikaze Girls/The Doublecross/Masts/Esuna- Cathays Community Centre, Cardiff – December 16

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

Yes Lad

Elephant Stone

Evil Triplet

Mr Irish Bastard

Bum Freak In Egypt

Exactly Violent Style

Rat In  A Bucket

Spunk Volcano and the Eruptors

Hello Moth

The Buttery Trio

Warcrab

Incontinence

Cocaine Piss

Mexican Chili Funeral Party

Drug Honky

Prosthetic Cunt

Corpsefucking Art

Egomunk

Henry Metal

Soul Enema

Terror Pigeon

Glory Hole Guillotine

Spiritual Bat

Teen Mortgage

Dildo’s Panda Fight

Bed Wettin Bad Boys

Infected

Torso Murder

Septic Flesh

Pile Of Priests

Cyanide Sundae

Infected Syren

Fistula

THE BEST OF THE AMAZING BAND NAMES I’VE HEARD THIS YEAR

Foetal Juice

Tyrannosorceress

Hallouminati

OTHER STUFF I’VE ENJOYED THIS YEAR

SONG: First Aid Kit – You Are The Problem Here

TV: Big Mouth

PODCAST: My Brother, My Brother And Me – I don’t listen to nearly enough podcasts so feel free to send me recommendations!

MERCH: Kamikaze Girls’ ‘Nervous Millennials’ t-shirt and ‘I’m not your fucking sweetheart mate’ tote bag.

FOOD: Red’s Devil Wing BBQ Sauce

DRINK: Almond Butter Crunch Shake from Anna Loka in Cardiff

COMEBACK: Me: “Dad, when you die if we cremate you we can put your ashes into a vinyl record of your favourite song if you want? A band called Idles did it recently!”

Dad: “Are you joking? I don’t want to be going around in circles forever!”

**You can find Laura on Twitter and Instagram

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This Week’s New Releases: Blondie, At The Drive In And Mac DeMarco

Okay, when I said last week was bonkers I may have jumped the gun as this week’s list of new releases is truly overwhelming.

Blondie are putting out a new LP, on which they collaborated with Sia, Johnny Marr, TV on The Radio’s Dave Sitek, Charli XCX, Dev Hynes and Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, At The Drive In are releasing their first new album in 17 years, and Mac DeMarco is finally following up 2014’s ‘Salad Days’. Wowser! But if none of that tickles your fancy there’s plenty more to choose from below.

The Afghan Whigs – ‘In Spades’ (Sub Pop)

Amanda Palmer & EdwardKa-Spel – ‘I Can Spin A Rainbow’ (Cooking Vinyl)

At The Drive In – ‘in·ter a·li·a’ (Rise Records)

Black Lips – ‘Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art?’ (Vice Music)

Blondie – ‘Pollinator’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Bonny ‘Prince’ Billy – ‘Best Troubador’ (Drag City/Palace Records)

Cayetana – ‘New Kind Of Normal’ (Plum Records)

Chris Stapleton – ‘From A Room: Vol.1’ (UMG Nashville)

Clean Cut Kid – ‘Felt’ (Polydor)

Day Wave – ‘The Days We Had’ (Fiction)

Diana Krall – ‘Turn Up The Quiet’ (Decca/Verve)

Fazerdaze – ‘Morningside’ (Flying Nun Records)

Gnarwolves – ‘Outsiders’ (Tangled Talk Records/Big Scary Monsters)

Hawkwind – ‘Into The Woods’ (Cherry Red)

Ho99o9 – ‘United States of Horror’ (Toys Have Powers)

Hoops – ‘Routines’ (Fat Possum Records)

Kasabian – ‘For Crying Out Loud’ (Columbia)

Leftfield – ‘Leftism 22’ (Sony)

Mac DeMarco – ‘This Old Dog’ (Captured Tracks)

Motionless In White – ‘Graveyard Shift’ (Roadrunner)

Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (Matador)

Pond – ‘The Weather’ (Marathon Artists)

The Rifles – ‘The Rifles Unplugged Album: Recorded at Abbey Road Studios’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Sigrid – ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ (Island)

Slowdive – ‘Slowdive’ (Dead Oceans)

Various Artists – ‘Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child’ (Legacy Records)

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