This Week’s New Releases: John Grant, Doja Cat And Jack Savoretti

The new releases are rolling out at an exciting rate. John Grant has shared the Cate Le Bon-produced follow-up to 2018’s ‘Love Is Magic’, Doja Cat has dropped her highly anticipated third album, and Jack Savoretti has put out LP #7.

Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases, including the tenth anniversary edition of Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’.

Beartooth – ‘Below’ (Red Bull)

Brainstory – ‘Ripe’ (Big Crown)

Buckcherry – ‘Hellbound’ (Earache)

Cautious Clay – ‘Deadpan Love’ (Cautious Clay)

Dan Bettridge – ‘Good People. Bad Habits’ EP (Channel Analog)

Doja Cat – ‘Planet Her’ (Kemosabe/RCA)

Drug Church – ‘Tawny’ EP (Pure Noise Records)

Eve 6 – ‘Grim Value’ EP (Velocity)

Gaspard Augé – ‘Escapades’ (Ed Banger/Because)

Goo Goo Dolls – ‘Rarities’ (Warner)

Gorgon City – ‘Olympia’ (Positiva)

Hiatus Kaiyote – ‘Mood Valiant’ (Brainfeeder)

Hiss Golden Messenger – ‘Quietly Blowing It’ (Merge)

Island – ‘Yesterday Park’ (Frenchkiss)

Jack Savoretti – ‘Europiana’ (EMI)

Jennifer Nettles – ‘Always Like New’ (Concord)

John Grant – ‘Boy From Michigan’ (Bella Union)

John Murry – ‘The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes’ (Submarine Cat)

JP Saxe – ‘Dangerous Levels Of Introspection’ (Arista)

Lady Gaga – ‘Born This Way The Tenth Anniversary’ (Interscope)

Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band – ‘Banned’ (Anti-)

Lissie – ‘Watch Over Me (Early Works 2002-2009)’ (Cooking Vinyl)

L’Rain – ‘Fatigue’ (Mexican Summer)

Lucy Dacus – ‘Home Video’ (Matador)

Maple Glider – ‘To Enjoy Is The Only Thing’ (Partisan)

The Mountain Goats – ‘Dark In Here’ (Merge)

Pabllo Vittar – ‘Batidão Tropical’ (Mataderos)

The Roots – ‘Do You Want More?!!!??!’ (Geffen)

Toto – ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ (Mascot)

Tyler, The Creator – ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’ (Columbia)

UB40 – ‘Bigga Baggariddim’ (SRG)

 

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This Week’s New Releases: The Script, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Hawkins

There are some big hitters putting out records this week. The Script have dropped their sixth studio album, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders have released a star-studded LP, and the Rolling Stones have shared a previously unreleased live album and concert film recorded during the last of their five shows in Argentina’s capital city in 1998.

Still want more? Really? Take a look below. We’re particularly excited about the new material from FKA Twigs and Lucy Dacus.

Andrea Bocelli – ‘Si Forever: The Diamond Edition’ (Decca)

FKA Twigs – ‘Magdalene’ (Young Turks)

The Flower Kings – ‘Waiting For Miracles’ (Sony/Inside Out)

Gene Clark – ‘No Other – Reissue’ (4AD)

George Michael and Wham! – ‘Last Christmas: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ (Sony Music)

John Fogerty – ’50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks’ (BMG)

Kele – ‘2042’ (Kola)

Lucy Dacus – ‘2019’ EP (Matador)

Luke Combs – ‘What You See Is What You Get’ (Sony)

Matt Maltese – ‘Krystal’ (7476)

Matt Valentine – ‘Preserves’ (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)

Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron – ‘Lost Wisdom, Pt. 2’ (P.W. Elverum & Sun)

Pond – ‘Sessions (Live)’ (Marathon Artists)

The Rolling Stones – ‘Bridges To Beunos Aires’ (Eagle Rock)

The Script – ‘Sunsets & Full Moons’ (Sony)

Simply Red – ‘Blue Eyed Soul’ (BMG)

Slayer – ‘The Repentless Killogy (Live At The Forum in Inglewood, CA)’ (Nuclear Blast)

Sparks – ‘Past Tense: The Best Of Sparks’ (BMG)

Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders – ‘Get The Money’ (RCA)

Tom Walker – ‘What A Time To Be Alive (Deluxe)’ (Relentless)

Tsunami Bomb – ‘The Spine That Binds’ (Alternative Tentacles)

Various Artists – ‘Death Stranding: Timefall (Original Music from the World of Death Stranding)’ (RCA)

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Things We Love This Week: Lucy Dacus, Queen Kwong, Heavy Lungs

IT ISN’T HALLOWEEN YET, GUYS. CAN WE PLEASE STOP WITH THE PUMPKINS? But… if we must continue on this godforsaken path, I have collated a bunch of ghoulish and *almost* scary tracks to darken your week. Have fun, darkness, my old friend.

LUCY DACUS

Lucy Dacus can do no wrong. She could skin a puppy alive and we’d still love her. Actually, now I think about it, probably not! Anyway, Dacus has experimented with auto-tuning for her latest cover, and embraces the spooky season with some eerie backing synths and double-tracked vocals on her version of Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight. It’s even got that drum fill. Check it out below.

Dacus will put out the ‘2019’ EP on November 8. You should buy it, then go see her on tour.

QUEEN KWONG

Aside from their brilliant band name, Carré Callaway and co, aka Queen Kwong, have a great song under their belts. Oh Well, the title track from the group’s forthcoming EP, is a hard-hitting banger made up of flourishing dynamic changes and a delicious guitar tone. Callaway’s vicious, biting vocals make this song perfect for your raucous Halloween party. Oh, wait, the party’s not going to be raucous? It is now.

‘Oh Well’ is yet to have a release date, but keep your eyes fully peeled.

HEAVY LUNGS

Skeletons, ghosts and dismembered body parts are all part of the fun on Halloween. Why not lungs, too? Bristol noise-punks Heavy Lungs, led by frontman Danny Nedelko (where have we heard that name before..?), have released a new EP this week, and IT. IS. HEAVY. Give it a spin below as it’s definitely worth your time, then check out our recent chat with Nedelko about the band’s plans to perform an entire set of Lighthouse Family covers on their upcoming tour and wanting to be bigger than Oasis.

Their headline UK tour starts TONIGHT in Reading, and keeps going until Bristol’s Thekla gig on November 16. See you at the back, to avoid the tinnitus. Tickets are on sale now.

That’s it for another week, my scary friends. Sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite!

(PSA: if you actually have bed bugs you really should get that sorted.)

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Things We Love This Week: The Who, Lucy Dacus, Noel Gallagher

It’s time for some more #WholesomeContent from me, your friendly neighbourhood blogger. Welcome! Chance The Rapper is at it too, having recently postponed some tour dates to spend more time with his family. Cute huh? Here’s some more…

Lucy Dacus

Dacus. Springsteen. Two great musicians in two pretty different worlds. But what happens when they cross? Well, here’s your chance to find out. Lucy Dacus has covered Dancing In The Dark, somehow managing to make a great song even MORE special. Goddamn Lucy, you absolute hero.

Dacus’ version features a typical indie-rock band setup with delightfully twanging, slightly distorted guitars and her soothing vocal tone, which works for both lullabies and covers of the Boss. She dedicated the song to her father, a big Springsteen fan. Told you there’d be wholesome content! We love.

The Who

Who? The Who, that’s who! The seminal English rock band have announced a UK and Ireland tour with a full orchestra for spring 2020. THIS IS HUGE NEWS. They’ll take over arenas in Manchester, Dublin, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and London. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday September 20. I suppose we can expect some big old booing when they play Boris the Spider after the chaos in parliament over the last few weeks. Pete Townshend said:

“This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice. Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are OK, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today. I made new home studio demos of all these songs in the summer of 2018 using a wide collection of instruments old and new. We started recording as The Who in March 2019, and have finished now in late August just in time to make some vinyl………maybe even some cassettes……ready for release in November”.


Pardon me? New album?! You heard correctly, my friend. ‘WHO’ is out on November 22, containing 11 brand new tracks, including first cut Ball and Chain. Roger Daltrey even said it’s their “best album since Quadrophenia”. Woah!

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher’s description of his latest track is what makes it. “To my ears,” he says, “it sounds like one of those iconic B-sides by The Smiths, only obviously not as good. A song that was born very quickly which is always a good sign… like it’s always existed… somewhere… Manchester probably.”

To my ears, All I Need To Get By, although featuring a vocal line identical to every other Gallagher brother-made track, has a really interesting array of backing instruments, including various worldly rhythms and percussion. Production wise, we’re talking bass high up in the mix and a full kit that sounds as if the microphones were placed deliberately a little far away to further the spacey, buoyant vibes of the whole thing. How pleasant.

Happy Friday 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

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: Sports Team, Wild Nothing, Alaskalaska, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker Gossip

It’s August. Already. Time is slipping away. Life is fleeting. Spend it wisely. (Listening to these songs and watching these videos).

Sports Team – Margate

In the past nine months, this band have gone from “Who?” zeros to indie-post-punk heroes. They’ve got a massive buzz around them – and this is why.

Margate is an energetic track with some ridiculously catchy guitar riffs and an invigorating rhythm. The video alone will have you itching to get up and dance like good ol’ Alex Rice there. Margate celebrates summertime and Englishness in all its lacklustre glory, as the band note.

“Margate’s a song about English summers. Hosepipe bans. Overgrown hedgerows. Frayed tempers. The season of Reeling in the Years and tailbacks on the A303. We went in to record it with Burke during the first group stage games, when things were looking up. Some of that optimism rubbed off.”

It’s a shame the World Cup is finally over and we don’t have to talk about it ever again. A real shame.

Wild Nothing – Letting Go

New single Letting Go airs a nod to the War On Drugs in its vast production and reverb heavy vocals. But the video is why we’re really here. Mourning a dummy, growing mushrooms like pets, hundreds of snails, bodybuilders and a vampire-esque widow… it’s all over the place. You’ll love it.

Alaskalaska – Monster

This perfectly named band followed up April’s offering of Meateater, a synth-pop triumph, with the more sedate and leisurely Monster. It oozes just the right amount of alt-pop, hazy, sickly sweet and a just a little bit sad.

Additionally, there seems to be a running theme of glitter-tassle backdrops lately. I want more.

Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker

SUPERGROUP ALERT! The three musicians, who have released some of the best female-indie-folk-rock that 2018 and 2017 has to offer, including ‘Stranger in the Alps’, ‘Historian’ and ‘Turn Out The Lights’, have a collaboration in the works. Suspicions have been confirmed. YES!

While on the panel at NPR’s Turning The Tables Live event in NYC, Bridgers spoke to Ann Powers, divulging the rumours to be true. No more info as of yet… Keep those peepers peeled.

In the meantime, enjoy watching a video of the three musicians as Sims that a YouTuber has painstakingly made. There’s three parts, each over an hour long. Watch the entire thing. I dare you.

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This Week’s New Releases: Camp Cope, The Breeders, Andrew W.K. And Rolo Tomassi

This week there is some essential listening to do! Camp Cope have released their sophomore LP, Andrew W.K. has finally returned with the follow up to 2009’s ’55 Cadillac’, the Breeders have offered up their first full-length in a decade and Rolo Tomassi have put out album #5.

If none of that tickles your fancy there’s plenty more to check out below.

Alma – ‘Heavy Rules’ mixtape

Andrew W.K. – ‘You’re Not Alone’ (Red Music/Sony Music)

Anna von Hausswolff – ‘Dead Magic’ (City Slang)

The Breeders – ‘All Nerve’ (4AD)

Camp Cope – ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ (Run For Cover Records)

Embrace – ‘Love Is A Basic Need’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Gwenno – ‘Le Kov’ (Heavenly Recordings)

Joan Baez – ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ (Proper Records)

Jonathan Wilson – ‘Rare Birds’ (Bella Union)

Lucius – ‘Nudes’ (Mom+Pop)

Lucy Dacus – ‘Historian’ (Matador)

The Men – ‘Drift’ (Sacred Bones)

Moby – ‘Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt’ (Little Idiot)

Moaning – ‘Moaning’ (Sub Pop)

Prism Tats – ‘Mamba’ (Anti/Epitaph)

Rolo Tomassi – ‘Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It’ (Holy Roar)

Ruby Throat – ‘Baby Darling Taporo’ (sleeplikewolves)

Soccer Mommy – ‘Clean’ (Fat Possum)

Sonny Smith – ‘Rod For Your Love’ (Easy Eye Sound)

Valee – ‘GOOD Job, You Found Me’ EP (G.O.O.D. Music)

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