Things We Love This Week: Methyl Ethel, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, LCD Soundsystem

First on the list of for Things We Love This Week is a new track from Muse! Just kidding. It’s terrible. If you want some delicious musical things that aren’t embarrassing, head below.

Methyl Ethel – Scream Whole

A juicy, sensual new pop track from the Australian band, whose most famous song so far asked us “Why’d you have to go and cut your hair?” The new release combines overlapping vocal harmonies and a catchy bassline to create a sound that wouldn’t be out of place on a Metronomy record, and the off-beat, reverberating synths, for whatever reason, make you feel like you’re in a haunted house. Its accompanying video focuses on the senses. Check it out.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hanoi 6

Ruban Neilson is releasing an instrumental album. The recording of UMO’s latest release, ‘Sex and Food’, saw travels across the world including stops in Seoul, Hanoi, Reykjavik, Mexico City and Auckland, as well as his hometown of Portland. While visiting these far-flung destinations, Neilson recorded what he heard along the way, and ended up doing live sessions with local musicians, his brother and father in a studio in Hanoi.

These sessions became ‘IC-01 Hanoi’, a new supplementary release. On the first cut, it’s clear to hear the worldly influences, flecks of jazz and the avant-garde, wrapped up in a distinct feeling of the warm rain and thunder of a monsoon. Want.

LCD Soundsystem – Oh Baby Video

With a weekly column, there’s always a risk of repetition if bands you love keep releasing awesome stuff. Despite my pitiful attempts to keep it varied, I couldn’t resist dropping this sucker-punch of a video in this week. LCD Soundsystem are still at the forefront of whichever category you want to place them in, with last year’s ‘American Dream’ being an all-round banger.

This week came a video for the opener, Oh Baby, and oh baby, will it get you in the feels. Directed by Rian Johnson, fresh from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it finds a husband and wife (played by  David Strathairn and Sissy Spacek) working tirelessly on a vague scientific experiment or invention of some sort. No spoilers. Watch the rest.

Au revoir x

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Things We Love This Week: Boygenius, Snoop Dogg, Sharon Van Etten

Alas, your favourite columnist is back in work after a hedonistic, magical and other-worldly weekend at Green Man. She’s knackered, covered in bruises, and is also going through the classic post-festival flu. Cheer her up by reading about the things she has lovingly conjured up for you.


Boygenius is the brainchild of three badass musicians taking the indie-rock world by storm. Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus are teaming up for a new EP under the moniker, and early signs are that it couldn’t be better. Listen to three new tracks – each fronted by one of the artists in their individual styles, yet combining for a sound they all deliver impeccably – below.

Snoop Dogg – From Crook to Cook

Snoop Dogg is releasing a cookbook. Not the first rapper to release culinary literature, he follows in the footsteps of 2 Chainz and Kelis, but From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen will feature over 50 recipes from fine dining to wholesome favourites, and of course some snacks to satisfy those munchies. Oh – and of course, a recipe for gin and juice.

Sharon Van Etten covering LCD Soundsystem

As part of the BBC Proms’ annual concert series, Van Etten performed a version of New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down: fitting with the theme of celebrating a modern New York. The concert also saw sets from serpentwithfeet and Hercules and the Love Affair.

Van Etten’s recreation holds up her casual singing style against a full orchestral backdrop, rising into a huge moment of applause for the iconic song. Watch below.

Happy bank holiday weekend!

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Things We Love This Week: LCD Soundsystem, Bully, Liam Gallagher

School’s out for summer! Maybe I should’ve gone into teaching for my share of those sweet, sweet six week holidays. Instead, I’ve gathered a list of things that I think you’ll love as much as I have, and will bask in the glory of the weekend.

Side thought: how awful is that new Muse track? Awkward.

LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’ Remixes

‘American Dream’ came out last September after a five year hiatus from the New York group. It was awesome. The album reached #1 on many Albums of the Year lists, had loads of critical acclaim and even won a Grammy. It was also just really fucking good.

James Murphy and co. have now announced that they’ll be sharing some remixes as 12″ vinyl singles on August 10, with re-works from Dixon and Lovefingers.

While we wait, have a listen to this banger.

Bully – Guess There

Look at this video! It’s a little snail going about his day! Making coffee, going for a walk (?), playing video games, riding a skateboard, having dinner, then chilling with his whole snail family. All the usual things snails do. It’s so cute and I love it. Have a watch.

Liam Gallagher’s Use of Grammar and Punctuation in his Tweets

His spelling really is the BeZarist thing I’ve ever seen. 

As you were x

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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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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Morrissey, Rita Ora, Tears For Fears, Flight Of The Conchords, Franz Ferdinand, All Points East Festival and more…


The former Smiths frontman, who will release ‘Low in High School’ on November 17, will call in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dublin, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, Brighton and London, where he is set to play shows at the Royal Albert Hall and Alexandra Palace, during February and March. Tickets go on sale at 10am on November 3, priced between £35.00 and £55.00 plus fees.

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The pop vocalist, who recently put out Anywhere and Your Song, has now confirmed shows in Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Bristol in May. Tickets go on sale at 10am on November 3, priced £26.50/£29.50 plus booking fees.

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Tears For Fears have announced a spring arena tour of the UK and Ireland. Tickets are on sale at 9am on November 3, priced £35.00/£45.00 plus fees.

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Flight of the Conchords have extended their UK and Ireland tour due to demand, with extra shows confirmed at Dublin’s 3Arena on April 2 and London’s O2 Arena on April 3 alongside new dates in Portsmouth, York and Milton Keynes. Tickets go on sale at 10am on November 3, priced £25.00 plus fees.

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The Glasgow quintet will release ‘Always Ascending’ on February 9 through Domino, with a UK and Ireland tour set to kick off the following day in Galway and conclude at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on February 24. Tickets go on sale at 9am on November 3, priced between £27.50 and £29.50 plus booking fees.

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ALL POINTS EAST Feat. LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Björk

LCD Soundsystem, The xx and Björk will headline a new London festival, All Points East. The 10 day event will take over Victoria Park between May 25 and June 3, opening with a three day music festival, followed by a four day community focused midweek event and culminating with three headline shows. Tickets on sale at 9am on November 3, priced from £59.95 plus fees.

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Also announced this week

The Vamps, Stereophonics, First Aid Kit, Sheridan Smith, A Perfect Circle, Kygo, The Temperance Movement, Trevor Noah, Isaac Gracie, Mo Gilligan, Baxter Dury, British Sea Power, Keywest, The Handsome Family, Frightened Rabbit, Black Label Society, Testament, Carnifex, Don Broco, Gnarwolves, Hed PE, Marmozets, Arcane Roots, The Wailers, Walking With Dinosaurs: Arena Spectacular, Big Business, Young Fathers, August Alsina, Ellie Goulding, Hollie Cook, Cassia, Big Thief, Gnarwolves, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hookworms, The Selecter, The Beat feat. Ranking Roger, Dreadzone, Pinegrove, Alvarez Kings, Tyler Childers and more.

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This Week’s New Releases: LCD Soundsystem, Mogwai And Motörhead

This week LCD Soundsystem return with ‘American Dream’, their highly-anticipated follow up to 2010’s ‘This Is Happening’. Also hitting shelves is Mogwai’s follow up to 2014’s ‘Rave Tapes’ and Motörhead’s covers compilation.

If none of that tickles your fancy, there’s plenty more to listen to below.

Cloud Control – ‘Zone’ (Votiv/Umgd)

Hercules & Love Affair – ‘Omnion’ (Big Beat Records)

InHeaven – ‘InHeaven’ (PIAS)

Joan Osborne – ‘Songs Of Bob Dylan’ (Womanly Hips Records)

LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’ (Columbia)

Madeline Kenney – ‘Night Night At The First Landing’ (Company Records)

Mogwai – ‘Every Country’s Sun’ (Rock Action)

Motörhead – ‘Under Cöver’ (Motörhead Music)

Mount Kimbie – ‘Love What Survives’ (Warp)

OMD – ‘The Punishment Of Luxury’ (100%)

Starsailor – ‘All This Life’ (Cooking Vinyl)

The Knife – ‘Shaking The Habitual: Live At Terminal 5’ (Rabid Records)

The Script – ‘Freedom Child’ (Columbia)

Walter Trout – ‘We’re All In This Together’ (Mascot Records)

Were I Blind – ‘Were I Blind’ (Were I Blind)

Yassassin – ‘Vitamin Y’ (Babelogue)

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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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Tickets go on sale at 9am on June 23, priced £30.00 plus fees.


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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Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 23, priced £25.00/£27.50 plus fees.


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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Tickets are on general sale at 10am on June 23, priced from £45.00 plus fees.

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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Tickets are on general sale at 10am on June 30.

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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