This Week’s New Releases: Pearl Jam, Dua Lipa And Waxahatchee

As the craziness around the world continues, the new releases are still rolling in and giving us some respite. Pearl Jam have finally followed up 2013’s ‘Lightning Bolt’, Dua Lipa has dropped her highly anticipated sophomore LP and Waxahatchee has put out her fifth.

Fancy some more new music? Head due south.

5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘C A L M’ (Interscope)

Basia Bulat – ‘Are You In Love?’ (Secret City)

Bon Iver – ‘Blood Bank’ EP (10th Anniversary Edition) (Jagjaguwar)

Brian Fallon – ‘Local Honey’ (Lesser Known Records)

The Chats – ‘High Risk Behaviour’ (Bargain Bin Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia)

Deeper – ‘Auto-pain’ (Fire Talk Records)

Dua Lipa – ‘Future Nostalgia’ (Warner Records)

Half Waif – ‘The Caretaker’ (Anti)

In This Moment – ‘Mother’ (Atlantic)

Lilly Hiatt – ‘Walking Proof’ (New West)

Little Dragon – ‘New Me, Same Us’ (Ninja Tune)

Lizzy Farrall – ‘Bruise’ (Pure Noise Records)

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real – ‘Naked Garden’ (Concord Records)

Melt Yourself Down – ‘100% Yes’ (Decca)

Milk Teeth – ‘Milk Teeth’ (Music For Nations)

Nap Eyes – ‘Snapshot of a Beginner’ (Jagjaguwar)

The Orb – ‘Abolition Of The Royal Familia’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Parkway Drive – ‘Viva The Underdogs’ (Epitaph)

PARTYNEXTDOOR – ‘PARTYMOBILE’ (OVO Sound)

Pearl Jam – ‘Gigaton’ (Monkeywrench/Republic)

Roddy Woomble – ‘Everyday Sun’ EP (A Modern Way)

Sarah Peacock – ‘Burn The Witch’ (Road Dog Enterprises)

Skepta, Chipz and Young Adz – ‘Insomnia’ (SKC M29)

Solomon Grey – ‘Music For Picture: Vol. I (Parallels)’ EP (Solomon Grey)

Sorry – ‘925’ (Domino)

Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams – ‘Aporia’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

Waxahatchee – ‘Saint Cloud’ (Merge Records)

Windy and Carl – ‘Allegiance and Conviction’ (Kranky)

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Things We Love: International Women’s Day Special

Oh, hi there. On this week’s edition of Thing We Love This Week, we’re giving it a twist. Get your eyes and ears ready for a bumper edition of your favourite blog celebrating women in all their amazing, musical forms. And it’s not just about what’s happened this week, for a change either, oh no. These are Women We Love This Year (And All The Time).

Little Simz

If you haven’t listened to ‘Grey Area’ yet, you need to. Right away. Little Simz is a name on everyone’s lips, and her excellent third record concerns that grey area of your mid-20s, trying to find your place in the world. But when you’re Little Simz, your world consists of a friend getting murdered, the monotony of touring and even working with Michael Kiwanuka. It’s emotional, cutting and heartfelt. It slays.

She’s just announced some new tour dates this week. Check ’em out here.

Queen Zee

Queen Zee are kiiiilllliiiing iiiiiit at the moment. They released their debut self-titled album last month, which saw an accompanying *almost* sold out headline tour of the UK. With frequent mentioning in 2018 end of year lists and some serious attention from BBC Radio 6 Music, RTE2, Amazing Radio and even BBC Radio 1, they’ve got a hell of a summer lined up: slots at BBC 6 Music Festival, French Escapade, and even Download. Woaah.

Judging by the abundance of joy and pure energy on their super fun punk-come-rock tracks, their live sets will be something special to behold.

Sharon Van Etten

The ever-prolific musician, singer and songwriter Sharon Van Etten seems like the busiest woman on the planet. While recording her latest album, ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, she became a mother, appeared in the Netflix series the OA, earned a psychology qualification at college, and wrote an entire film score for Katherine Dieckmann’s Strange Weather. With all that going on she still managed to craft an album about pursuing your passions, that is a brilliant piece of rich, intelligent, thought-provoking pop.

Van Etten’s UK tour kicks off next week, and heads around Europe too. You should head to a show. Check out our review of the album here before you go.

The Beths

WE LOVE THIS BAND. Ever since the release of their debut full length ‘Future Me Hates Me’ last year, we can’t stop listening to their impressive, punk-inflected guitar and harmony-laden pop tracks.

They too, tour the UK in May, and we will definitely be in attendance. (Although, disappointingly, none of the members are named Beth. Wouldn’t it be great if they were all named Beth? Alas.)

Em from Nervus/Milk Teeth

As well as their own band Nervus, Em Foster is now a fully fledged member of the punk band Milk Teeth too. What a busy time. Come the summer, they are going to be just the second trans woman EVER to play on the main stage at Reading and Leeds, following Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace in 2015. The world needs to catch up.

Catch Milk Teeth support PUP on their upcoming UK and European tour or at a shedload of festivals this summer.

Billie Eilish

The biggest (and let’s face it, most interesting) name in mainstream pop at the moment, Eilish is the American-Irish pop star you need to know about. If you like creepy, dark lyrics and catchy pop songs, this is the woman for you. Oh, and did I mention she’s only 17? By 20 she’ll have taken over the entire world. Eilish for President!

Check out our analysis on how she got everyone under her spell here.

Lizzo

If you’re a regular reader of Things We Love This Week, you’ll already know why Lizzo. Is. The. Best. She needs no more words. Watch any interview with her and you will see why her bubbly personality is one of the best in the business. Oh, and her voice is INCREDIBLE. 

Lizzo is set to release her new album ‘Cuz I Love You’ on April 19 and will follow it up with a North American tour this spring and two UK dates in May — Manchester’s O2 Ritz and the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London.

So happy International Women’s one and all, regardless of where you stand on the ever-irrelevant spectrum. Peace and love.

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This Week’s New Releases: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Morrissey And Sia

Today sees the release of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ final LP. ‘Soul Woman’ arrives almost a year on from the soul vocalist’s death at the age of 60.

We also have a new offering from Morrissey, who has finally followed up 2014’s ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’, and Sia, who has put out her first Christmas album.

If that isn’t enough for you there’s plenty more to shake a stick at below.

Aquilo – ‘ii (Side A)’ (Island)

Barenaked Ladies – ‘Fake Nudes’ (Vanguard/Concord)

Brooke Bentham – ‘This Rapture’ EP (AllPoints)

Charlotte Gainsbourg – ‘Rest’ (Because Music)

Fieldy – ‘Bassically’ (Fieldy)

GBH – ‘Momentum’ (Epitaph)

Ghost Atlas – ‘All Is In Sync, And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About’ (Ghost Atlas)

Godflesh – ‘Post Self’ (Avalanche)

Green Day – ‘Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band’ (Warner)

In Flames – ‘Down, Wicked & No Good’ (Nuclear Blast)

Jaden Smith – ‘SYRE’ (MSFTSMusic/Roc Nation Records)

Jeff Lynne’s ELO – ‘Wembley Or Bust’ (Columbia)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – ‘Polygondwanaland’ (self-released)

L Devine – ‘Growing Pains’ EP (Warner Bros.)

Mavis Staples – ‘If All I Was Was Black’ (Anti-)

Milk Teeth -‘Go Away’ EP (Roadrunner)

Morrissey – ‘Low In High School’ (BMG)

Omar Souleyman – ‘To Syria, With Love’ Remixes EP (Mad Decent/ Because Music)

Paloma Faith – ‘The Architect’ (RCA)

Queen – ‘News Of The World’ (40th Anniversary Edition) (Universal)

Robyn Paige – ‘Genesis’ EP

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – ‘Soul Of A Woman’ (Daptone)

Sia – ‘Everyday Is Christmas’ (Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic)

Talib Kweli – ‘Radio Silence’ (Javotti Media/3D)

Tame Impala – ‘Currents’ Collectors Edition (Caroline)

Tigertown – ‘Warriors’ EP (Neon Gold/Atlantic Records)

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – ‘The Rest Of Our Life’ (Sony)

Tokio Myers – ‘Our Generation’ (Syco)

Tom Chaplin – ‘Twelve Tales Of Christmas’ (Island)

Tove Lo – ‘Blue Lips’ (Polydor)

T-Pain – ‘Oblivion’ (Nappy Boy/Konvict Muzik/RCA Records)

Trudy and the Romance – ‘Junkyard Jazz’ EP (B3SCI)

Virgil and Steve Howe – ‘Nexus’ (InsideOutMusic/Sony)

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Staff Picks: Alec Chillingworth

So 2016’s been a bit weird. The Misfits reformed, a reality star is set to be president of the US and loads of people got robbed playing Pokémon. I cut out dairy and egg and started shitting everywhere, I worked with children for a month and I thought moving all my belongings from Zone 6 to Zone 2 in London, on the tube, was a great idea. It wasn’t. But some brilliant albums came out and I saw some of the best live shows ever. So here you go.

BEST ALBUMS:

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

Dillinger are going out on top, aren’t they? Jesus Christ. Literally not a second wasted here, the final two songs being the most surprising moments of this band’s entire career. See them live before it’s too late.

The Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

Just Devin being Devin, innit? Grandiose, overblown and yet another slew of songs that’ll fit perfectly in the multi-instrumentalist’s setlist.

Gojira – Magma

A stylistic shift had Gojira turning up the groove and phasing out the speed. There’s still traces of death metal, it’s still the heaviest matter in the universe and now it’s ready for big stages.

Milk Teeth – Vile Child

The best 90s rock album that wasn’t released in the 90s. As if this is their debut.

Perturbator – The Uncanny Valley

Dance music for people who want to just hail Satan.

Venom Prison – Animus

An actual deathcore album – death metal mixed with hardcore, properly. The most pissed-off thing in 2016 apart from post-Trump Twitter.

Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor

Frank Sinatra channelling Queen through a synthesiser and doing a premeditated backflip. Probably Panic!’s finest moment and, let’s face it, they’re gonna be dragging this through UK arenas soon.

Ihsahn – Arktis.

Brain-bending post-black metal with pop-ready melodies stapling it to the ears. Not as good as ‘After’ but still rather good.

Weezer – Weezer (The White Album)

Happiness wrapped up in ten songs. Best Weezer record since The Green Album.

Rotting Christ – Rituals

Got that one wrong, didn’t I? Gave it three stars first time round. That was foolish. This is fully ferocious.

BEST GIGS:

letlive. – Underworld, London

Haven’t seen letlive. since Download Festival 2011. This was even better. Jason Butler’s a beast and this generation’s greatest frontman; a ridiculous stage presence with something to actually say.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Old Blue Last, London

Just Dillinger.

Gojira – O2 Arena, London

Made Volbeat and Alter Bridge look like damp snot-rags. The best live band in metal.

Architects – Brixton Academy, London

Possibly the most powerful show Brixton Academy’s ever witnessed. A special moment for a special band.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Ricoh Arena, Coventry

First time seeing the Boss; he did Save My Love and it was beautiful. Saw him two days later and he was just as perfect but, y’know, first time and everything.

SHITTEST THINGS:

Everyone dying, Kings Of Leon releasing an album and not having enough money to see the reformed Misfits.

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This Week’s New Releases: Bloc Party, Milk Teeth And Sia

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This week we’ve got some biggies being released! Bloc Party’s fifth album, ‘Hymns’, is finally out, Sia is racking up LP #7 with ‘This Is Acting’ and Milk Teeth are finally releasing their debut out into the world. As you can see from the below, there are a shed load of other new releases out this week so make sure to check them out.

Bloc Party – ‘Hymns’ (Infectious/BMG)

Bury Tomorrow – ‘Earthbound’ (Nuclear Blast)

Charlie Puth – ‘Nine Track Mind’ (Atlantic)

Milk Teeth – ‘Vile Child’ (Hopeless)

Moby – ‘Hotel Ambient’ (Mute/Bmg)

Money – ‘Suicide Songs’ (Bella Union)

Seafret – ‘Tell Me It’s Real’ (Columbia)

Sia – ‘This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA)

Tuff Love – ‘Resort’ (Lost Map/Caroline)

Wet – ‘Don’t You’ (Columbia)

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