This Week’s New Releases: Kid Cudi, Deftones, Belle and Sebastian

This is going to be our last new releases blog post of 2020, a year that saw live shows disappear but that brought about more new music than we could have hoped for.

This week, Kid Cudi has put out the third instalment in his ‘Man On The Moon’ series that started in 2009, Deftones celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘White Pony’ with a deluxe reissue and remix LP called ‘Black Stallion’, and Belle and Sebastian have dropped a double LP.

Next week, you can look forward to new records from Paul McCartney and Lanterns On The Lake, among a few others.

Merry Christmas, and enjoy the new music below!

Alanis Morissette – ‘Such Pretty Forks In The Mix’ EP (HE.SHE.THEY. Records)

The Avalanches – ‘We Will Always Love You’ (Modular)

Belle and Sebastian – ‘What To Look For In Summer’ (Matador)

Bladee and Mechatok – ‘Good Luck’ (YEAR0001)

Boris / Merzbow – ‘2R0I2P0’ (Relapse Records)

BOYO – ‘Alone Together In Los Angeles’ (Park The Van)

Deftones – ‘White Pony (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)/Black Stallion’ (Reprise Records)

Fetty Wap – ‘You Know The Vibes’ (300 Entertainment/RGF Productions)

Ghostpoet – ‘I Grow Tired But I Dare Not Fall Asleep (Again)’ (Play It Again Sam)

Guided By Voices – ‘Styles We Paid For’ (GBV)

James Blake – ‘Covers’ EP (UMG/Republic/Polydor)

JPEGMAFIA – ‘EP!’ (EQT Recordings/Republic Records)

Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams – ‘Plastic Bouquet’ (New West)

Kid Cudi – ‘Man On The Moon III: The Chosen’ (Republic Records)

The Kills- ‘Little Bastards’ (Domino)

The Kinks – ‘Lola vs Powerman and the Moneyground Part 1 (50th anniversary box set)’ (BMG/Sanctuary)

Landshapes – ‘Contact’ (Bella Union)

Less Than Jake – ‘Silver Linings’ (Pure Noise Records)

M.Ward – ‘Think Of Spring’ (Anti-)

Nilüfer Yanya – ‘Feeling Lucky?’ EP (ATO/[PIAS])

The Neighbourhood – ‘Chip Chrome and the Mono-Tones (Deluxe)’ (Columbia)

ShitKid – ‘CROTCHROCK’ EP (PNKSLM Recordings)

Sturgill Simpson – ‘Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 2 (Cowboy Arms Sessions)’ (High Top Mountain Records/Thirty Tigers)

Various Artists – ‘Independent Venue Week LIVE 2020’ (IVW)

Various Artists – ‘Cyberpunk 2077: Radio Vol.1 – OST’ (Lakeshore)

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Things We Love This Week: Panda Bear, James Blake, Christine and the Queens

This week, I learned what krumping is. Why, you ask? I’ll get to that. Patience, young music lover.

Panda Bear – Buoys

I’m not entirely sure why, but I can’t stop looking a French bulldog with human teeth. It’s an image that will haunt me for probably about an hour. The latest video from Noah Lennox, otherwise known as the experimental pop musician Panda Bear, is an… interesting watch.

We all love dogs. There’s nothing new there — but dogs hosting game shows? Someone call HBO! You’ve got yourself a hit TV show.  Beatrice the Frenchie is looking for love in the Danny Perez-directed video, which is full of wacky, ‘70s inspired graphics and colours.

Panda Bear plays Electric Brixton next week. Head here for tickets.

James Blake: ‘Assume Form’ Tour

James Blake kicked off the UK leg of his ‘Assume Form’ tour this week, and I was lucky enough to nab some tickets to the second Bristol show. With songs galore from his new album, as well as audience favourites like Retrograde, The Wilhelm Scream, and Limit To Your Love, he took the O2 Academy’s breath awayI had never felt bass vibrations in my nostrils before, but goddammit James you made it happen.

Although the record has a what feels like hundreds of collaborations on it, Blake didn’t bring anyone on tour with him. He did an excellent job with vocal samples instead. The vibe transcended expectations, ranging in mood from intense and brooding on Mile High, to club-like trance toward the end of Voyeur and back down to earth again with Lullaby For My Insomniac, performed solely on loops, to close.

Blake finishes off the tour with two London dates next week. Head here for tickets.

Christine And The Queens – Comme Si Video

As promised, here is your lesson in krumping. A horrible word that sounds like something your stomach might do after eating something out of date, it actually has a more wholesome definition. It’s a form of street dance popular in the US as a way to express emotions in a non-violent, but equally as powerful way.

So why all the krumping talk? Christine and the Queens can explain through the power of motion picture. Héloïse Letissier is an impressive dancer, and in her latest video, Comme Si, she performs a routine inspired by Orphelia, a painting inspired in turn by the Shakespeare play Hamlet.

Check out the superb video here, then, it’s pretty much a given that you’re going to want to purchase tickets to her All Points East show.

That’s all for now, folks! Tune in next week for another episode of Things We Love This Week, where I’ll be discussing more gigs, videos and tracks. #FridayFeeling


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Things We Love This Week: James Blake, Potty Mouth, Foals

Good afternoon dear music lover. The new year is upon us and, in all honestly, is leaving us in its tracks, racing ahead faster than we can blink into the winter sun.

No doubt you’re back to setting stupidly early alarms and running off coffee fumes, but now you’ve made it. ‘Tis Friday! Congratulations. Reward yourself by catching up on some of our favourite new tracks and music news from this week.

James Blake – ‘Assume Form’

James Blake has been teasing us for a while now. We knew that the follow up to ‘The Colour In Anything’ would be out soon – but nobody thought it’d be THIS soon. There’s been posters in South Kensington, projections in Times Square, leaks on Amazon and even a mysteriously vague website. Now, everything has been confirmed.

‘Assume Form’ is out on Friday January 18 (NEXT WEEK!), and it’s set to be pretty epic. I mean it features Travis Scott, André 3000, Metro Boomin, Moses Sumney, and ROSALÍA. Fiiire.

He’s coincided this announcement with UK tour dates, which are a long time coming. Catch him in Manchester, Bristol and London in April. Don’t miss it.

Potty Mouth – 22

Potty Mouth are a punk rock trio from Western Massachusetts. They arrived onto the scene in the early 2010s, though they sound just like the attitude that ’90s punk thrived on; not caring about anything, but kinda actually caring quite a lot.

After six long years, the band are finally ready to release their second album. ‘Snafu’ is out on March 1 through Get Better Records and comes with a shiny and new punk rock single, 22. This is one for the millennials.

“Don’t you think it’s strange, that number’s just an age, but a change is good.” Preach sister.

Foals – ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’

There seems to be a running theme with bands teasing things lately. After a countdown clock on their Instagram Story, Foals have finally confirmed a new album is on the way.

But wait! It’s not just one new album, oh no. This year fans will be treated to TWO LPs: ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’, Parts 1 and 2. But what can we expect from this new material? Their sound has changed so dramatically since 2008’s indie-math-rock ‘Antidotes’. Will it be a continuation of their heavier, more rocky sound? Here’s a teaser clip to keep your little ears well and truly pricked.

Happy weekend. Go and catch up on that much-needed sleep.

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Top Tours This Week!!


Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath will bring The End, their final tour, to Dublin, Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds before two nights apiece in London and Birmingham, between January 20 and February 4 next year.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 17, priced at £60.00/£65.00/£75.00 plus fees.

Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne has confirmed a winter tour of the UK and Ireland, with stops planned in Birmingham, Liverpool, Dublin, Leeds, Newcastle, Brighton, Plymouth, London and Cardiff during November and December.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 17, priced from £25.00/£26.00/£28.50 plus fees.

James Blake

James Blake has confirmed stops in Dublin, Belfast, Bristol, London, Leeds and Manchester during October and November, in support of his surprise new record ‘The Colour in Anything’.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 17, priced from £19.50 plus fees.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will perform at the O2 Academy Brixton on September 6, marking the first time the former Oasis guitarist has played the venues as a headline act.
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Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 17, priced at £60.50 plus fees.

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams has added shows in Crewe, Durham and Kent to his summer tour plans, with performances at Durham Country Cricket Ground on August 12, Kent County Cricket Ground ton August 13, following a headline slot on the opening night of the Betley Concerts in Crewe on August 11.
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Tickets are on general sale at 9am on June 17, priced from £37.50 plus fees. Click here for pre-sale tickets.

A Conversation On Making A Murderer

Dean Strang and Jerry Buting have announced UK and Ireland dates for A Conversation on Making a Murderer, which will see the pair talk about their work as defence attorneys for Steven Avery, which was the focus of the popular Netflix series. The tour visits Cork Opera House and Vicar Street in Dublin, plus the London Palladium, the RNCM Theatre in Manchester and the O2 Academy Glasgow in October.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 17, priced from £30.00 plus fees..

Also announced this week, so far

Fatboy Slim, Lukas Graham, Whiskey Myers, The Cadillac Three, Augustana, Kaiser Chiefs, Matt Berry, Whitechapel, Good Charlotte, Sons Of Pitches, The Invisible, Gutterdammerung, Joan As Police Woman, Alien Ant Farm, Goat, Beartooth, Royal Republic, The Amity Affliction, Rat Boy, Skinny Living, Amon Amarth, July Talk, The Lovely Eggs, The Wonder Stuff, Michael Franti, Sundara Karma, Self Defense Family, Preoccupations, Bad Breeding, Dilly Dally, The Vryll Society, Billy Ocean, The Wailers, Hidden Charms, Jagwar Ma, Ward Thomas, Black Honey, Eden, Dan And Shay, Amber Arcades, CC Smugglers, Palace, Frightened Rabbit, Warpaint, Felix Riebl, Heck, Black Peaks, Bugzy Malone, Cigarettes After Sex, Louis Berry, The Vintage Caravan, Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band and many more!

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