This Week’s New Releases: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Big Moon And Tove Lo

The new music just keeps on coming, and we love it! Red Hot Chili Peppers are back with their first record with returning guitarist John Frusciante since 2006’s ‘Stadium Arcadium’, while The Big Moon have released their third LP and Tove Lo her fifth.

There are also new albums from The 1975, Boston Manor, Betty Boo, Lil Baby, and Sleeping With Sirens, among many others.

Head below for a buttload of new music.

The 1975 – ‘Being Funny In a Foreign Language’ (Dirty Hit)

ALASKALASKA – ‘Still Life’ (Marathon Artists)

Alela Diane – ‘Looking Glass’ (Naïve)

Alter Bridge – ‘Pawns & Kings’ (Napalm)

A.O. Gerber – ‘Meet Me at the Gloaming’ (Hand In Hive/Father Daughter Records)

Backstreet Boys – ‘A Very Backstreet Christmas’ (BMG)

Banji – ‘Freshcakes’ ([PIAS])

Betty Boo – ‘Boomerang’ (Betty Boo)

Betty Who – ‘BIG!’ (BMG)

The Big Moon – ‘Here Is Everything’ (Fiction)

Boston Manor – ‘Datura’ (SharpTone)

Brian Eno – ‘FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE’ (Universal)

Central Cee – ‘No More Leaks’ EP (Central Cee)

Cerrone – ‘Cerrone by Cerrone’ (Because Music)

Charlotte Dos Santos – ‘Morfo’ (Because Music)

The Claudettes – ‘The Claudettes Go Out!’ (Forty Below)

Enumclaw – ‘Save The Baby’ (Luminelle Recordings)

Field Medic – ‘Grow Your Hair Long If You’re Wanting To See Something That You Can Change’ (Run For Cover)

Florence + The Machine – ‘Dance Fever (Live at Madison Square Garden’  (Universal/Polydor)

Girls In Synthesis – ‘The Rest Is Distraction’ (IT/Cargo Records)

Grace Davies – ‘It Wasn’t Perfect, But We Tried’ EP (Grace Davies)

Gun – ‘The Calton Songs’ (Gun)

Jake Bugg – ‘Jake Bugg: 10th Anniversary’ (Mercury)

Kodaline – ‘Our Roots Run Deep (Live)’ (Fantasy/ Concord)

Lacuna Coil – ‘Comalies XX’ (Century Media)

L.A. Salami – ‘Ottoline’ (Sunday Best)

Leatherette – ‘Fiesta’ (Bronson Recordings)

The Lightning Seeds – ‘See You In The Stars’ (BMG)

Lil Baby – ‘It’s Only Me’ (Quality Control/Motown/UMG)

Lolo Zouaï – ‘PLAYGIRL’ (Keep It On The Lolo/RCA Records/Since 93)

Lucrecia Dalt – ‘¡Ay!’ (RVNG Intl.)

Mabe Fratti – ‘Se Ve Desde Aquí’ (Unheard of Hope)

Meat Wave – ‘Malign Hex’ (Big Scary Monsters)

M.I.A. – ‘MATA’ (Island)

Mightmare – ‘Cruel Liars’ (Kill Rock Stars)

Native Sun – ‘Off With Your Heads’ EP (Grand Jury)

Nothing More – ‘Spirits’ (Better Noise)

Ocean Alley – ‘Low Altitude Living’ (Ocean Alley)

October Drift – ‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’ (Physical Education Recordings)

Palm – ‘Nicks and Grazes’ (Saddle Creek)

Phlake – ‘Phine’ (7 Wallace)

POND – ‘Live At The BBC’ EP (Spinning Top)

Pony Girl – ‘Enny One Wil Love You’ (Paper Bag)

Poppy – ‘Stagger’ EP (Republic/UMG/Lava Music)

Press Club – ‘Endless Notion’ (Hassle)

PVA – ‘Blush’ (Ninja Tune)

QUARRY – ‘Positioning The Sun’ (LOWFIEYE)

Rachael Dadd – ‘Kaleidoscope’ (Memphis Industries)

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – ‘Return Of The Dream Canteen’ (Warner)

Rimzee – ‘Cold Feet’ (Rimzee/Virgin)

Skid Row – ‘The Gang’s All Here’ (earMUSIC)

Skullcrusher – ‘Quiet the Room’ (Secretly Canadian)

Sleeping With Sirens – ‘Complete Collapse’ (Sumerian)

Todd Rundgren – ‘Space Force’ (Cleopatra)

Tove Lo – ‘Dirt Femme’ (Pretty Swede/Mtheory)

Zella Day – ‘Sunday In Heaven’ (Concord)

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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: Ryan Adams, Future And Meat Wave

This week is bonkers! Ryan Adams is following up 2015’s ‘1989’, his take on Taylor Swift’s album of the same name, Future has dropped his self-titled new LP, the follow up to last year’s ‘EVOL’, and Chicago punks Meat Wave have put out their Steve Albini-produced album ‘The Incessant’. Add to that a new EP from Animal Collective and new records from Dutch Uncles, Johnossi and Jidenna and you’ve got yourself a fun-filled weekend my friends.

But if none of that is to your taste then there’s plenty more to choose from below.

Animal Collective – ‘The Painters’ EP (Domino)

The Courtneys – ‘The Courtneys II’ (Flying Nun Records)

Danny Worsnop – ‘The Long Road Home’ (Earache Records)

Dutch Uncles – ‘Big Balloon’ (Memphis Industries)

Eisley – ‘I’m Only Dreaming’ (Equal Vision Records)

Flume – ‘Skin Companion EP II’ (Future Classic)

Future – ‘Future’ (Epic Records)

Frontier Ruckus – ‘Enter The Kingdom’ (Loose Music)

Hanni El Khatib – ‘Savage Times’ (Innovative Leisure)

Jens Lekman – ‘Life Will See You Now’ (Secretly Canadian)

Johnossi – ‘Blood Jungle’ (Polydor)

Jidenna – ‘The Chief’ (Wondaland Records/Epic Records)

Lorna Shore – ‘Flesh Coffin’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Meat Wave – ‘The Incessant’ (Big Scary Monsters)

The Orwells – ‘Terrible Human Beings’ (Atlantic)

Ryan Adams – ‘Prisoner’ (Pax Am/Blue Note/Virgin EMI)

Son Volt – ‘Notes Of Blue’ (Transmit Sound)

Strand of Oaks – ‘Hard Love’ (Dead Oceans)

Tim Darcy – ‘Saturday Night’ (Jagjaguwar)

VANT – ‘Dumb Blood’ (Parlophone)

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