Things We Love This Week: Bombay Bicycle Club, Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith, Sleater-Kinney

Happy Friday you lovely readers. It’s the start of the weekend! The pinot grigio is in the fridge ready and waiting, the sun is *trying* to shine, and Nicki Minaj has supposedly retired from music. Does it get better than this? You bet…

Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club have FINALLY confirmed what we all knew was coming: an album! Tour dates! Thank the indie-pop Gods for this special moment in all of our lives. About the new record, the band poignantly stated:

“This is an album for anyone who’s ever turned to music in a time of crisis, whether personal or political. It’s about the solace one can get from listening to music or playing music when everything else in your life or the world has gone wrong. It’s about finding kernels of hope and renewal in dire situations.”

Feel ya, guys. I’m ready. However ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’ isn’t coming until JANUARY. How will we cope? With singles, that’s how. We were treated to their first new song in five years, Eat Sleep Wake, earlier this summer, and now it has an accompanying tongue-in-cheek video. Watch below, then check out their newly announced tour dates for March 2020, which go on sale at 10am on September 13.

Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith

Now for something a little different. And when I say different, I think I mean a little bit hippy-dippy. Patti Smith has teamed up again with Soundwalk Collective for something very interesting indeed.

‘Mummer Love’ is the second in a three-part series of albums inspired by French poets. For this body of work, due on November 8 via Bella Union, Soundwalk Collective traveled to Africa to explore a period of work by Arthur Rimbaud, and its release will coincide with the anniversary of his death. Heavy stuff, but important. The first track, Eternity, features some rhythmic chanting and spoken word. Delightful.

Sleater-Kinney

Sleater Kinney released ‘The Center Won’t Hold’ last month. Their new album was produced by St Vincent, and it shows, taking the riot-grrl band into intelligent pop territory. Sadly, it’s the last with drummer Janet Weiss, who left the band in July.

Today saw the release of a video from the gang to accompany Can’t Go On. It features Lauri Guzda and Mami Kimura as a pair of serious ladies, whose afternoon tea turns into a crazy mud fight involving spilled drinks and smashed plates. Sleater-Kinney also have what can only be described as a butt-load of tour dates in both 2019 and 2020. You should get tickets.

Gros bisous, à la prochaine xo

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This Week’s New Releases: Miley Cyrus, Soundwalk Collective With Patti Smith And Sacred Paws

What a week! Miley Cyrus has dropped the ‘She Is Coming’ EP — one of three that will make up her new album, ‘She Is: Miley Cyrus’, Soundwalk Collective have again joined forces with Patti Smith, and Rachel Aggs and Eilidh Rodgers are back with a second Sacred Paws LP.

You want more? MORE? Fill your boots below with the rest of this week’s new releases.

Chase & Status – ‘RTRN II JUNGLE’ (Virgin EMI)

Depeche Mode – ‘Black Celebration – The Singles’ (Sony)

Depeche Mode – ‘Music For The Masses – The Singles’ (Sony)

Duff McKagan – ‘Tenderness’ (Universal)

Frank Iero and the Future Violents – ‘Barriers’ (UNFD)

J. Robbins – ‘Un-becoming’ (Dischord)

Joanovarc – ‘Joanovarc’ (Holier Than Thou Records)

Kevin Richard Martin – ‘Sirens’ (Room40)

Lise Davidsen – ‘Lise Davidsen’ (Decca Classics)

Miley Cyrus – ‘She Is Coming’ EP (RCA)

Pip Blom – ‘Boat’ (Heavenly)

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’ (Marathon Artists)

Remo Drive – ‘Natural, Everyday Degradation’ (Epitaph)

Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts – ‘This Is The Sound’ (Wicked Cool)

Sacred Paws – ‘Run Around The Sun’ (Rock Action)

Sarah Davachi – ‘Pale Bloom’ (W. 25th)

Sinkane – ‘Dépaysé’ (City Slang)

Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith – ‘The Peyote Dance’ (Bella Union)

Thomas Rhett – ‘Center Point Road’ (Big Machine)

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Things We Love This Week: Patti Smith, The War On Drugs, Courtney Barnett

Photo: Raquel Garcia

Hello! It’s me. Did you miss me? Here’s your weekly helping of music news, with a side order of mini live review. Grab a spoon and dig in.

Patti Smith at Cardiff’s Festival Of Voice

On Monday, more than half of the Stereoboard office went to see the legendary Patti Smith. Performing poetry and acoustic songs in the intimate setting of a small church just outside Cardiff, this truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As well as still having a fantastically strong voice at the age of 71, reading us snippets of poetry and performing classics Because The Night, she also came across as the loveliest human being – letting the audience in on an old crush she once had on a baseball player, informing us of a little bubble she gets in her throat sometimes while singing, and the heartfelt, particularly poignant statement about her late husband Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith: “He was my boyfriend, and he will always be my boyfriend”. She managed to bring a tear to everyone’s eye and I desperately want Patti to be my best friend forever.

Photo: Matt Wright

The War On Drugs at The O2

Adam Granduciel and co are doing pretty well at fighting this war. Formed back in 2005 as a collaboration with Kurt Vile, they’ve released a bunch of albums, each a conquest, including last year’s acclaimed ‘A Deeper Understanding’. Every album is another step forward in the battle, striking down contemporaries with melodic synth lines and striking guitar chords.

So where will the band’s next crusade take them, aside from a handful of massive festival performances this summer? They’re only heading to the O2 Arena in December!

With a capacity of 20,000, they’ll be treading the boards of a stage already graced by giant artists such as Queen, Britney Spears, 50 Cent and Demi Lovato.

The War is still going strong. Good for you lads.

Tickets go on sale next Friday at 10am. Get ’em here.

Courtney Barnett Tour

Honesty alert: I was fully prepared to attend Barnett’s Bristol show last week, but totally forgot about it and missed it. *Facepalm* How do I really feel? Gutted, Courtney. If, like me (but hopefully for a more viable reason) you didn’t get to go to any of her recent May/June tour, you’re in luck!

‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ is getting a whole new batch of tour dates, especially for you!

The Aussie songstress will head to Dublin, London, Oxford, Brighton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle between November 12 and 21. Yay!

See you lot next time for another striking rendition of Things We Love This Week.

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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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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Patti Smith!

On December 30, 1946 American singer-songwriter, poet and artist Patti Smith was born. She shares her birthday with Davy Jones, Jeff Lynne and Ellie Goulding. Happy birthday all!

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Patti Smith!

On December 30, 1946 American singer-songwriter, poet and artist Patti Smith was born.  She shares her birthday with Davy Jones, Jeff Lynne and Ellie Goulding. Happy birthday all!

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This Week’s New Releases: Jamie T, The Divine Comedy And Angel Olsen

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If you’re having a quiet weekend after a crazy bank holiday last week you’ve got plenty to keep you occupied. Jamie T is putting out the follow up to 2014’s ‘Carry on the Grudge’, Angel Olsen is releasing ‘My Woman’ and The Divine Comedy are leading the charge with LP #11.

If you get the chance, make sure to check out the rest of our pick of this week’s new releases below.

Angel Olsen – ‘My Woman’ (Jagjaguwar)

Beach Baby – ‘No Mind No Money’ (Island)

The Divine Comedy – ‘Foreverland’ (Divine Comedy Records)

Izzy Bizu – ‘A Moment Of Madness’ (RCA)

Jamie T – ‘Trick’ (Virgin EMI)

King Creosote – ‘Astronaut Meets Appleman’ (Domino)

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – ‘Familia’ (EBGB’s and Red/Essential)

Soundwalk Collective & Jesse Paris Smith feat Patti Smith – ‘Killer Road’ (Bella Union)

The Wedding Present – ‘Going, Going…’ (Scopitones)

Wretch 32 – ‘Growing Over Life’ (Polydor)

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Florence And The Machine, Jess Glynne, Stereophonics, Bellowhead And Patti Smith

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FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE

Florence And The Machine have lined up September dates for their first full UK tour since 2012, including four shows in London. Florence Welch, who put out ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ last week, will take the How Big Tour to arenas in Belfast, Sheffield, Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham before four nights in the capital at Alexandra Palace. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 12, priced at £35.00 (£37.50 in London), plus fees.

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JESS GLYNNE

Jess Glynne has announced a new autumn UK tour. The synth-pop star will visit Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, London, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester between October 31 to November 11. Tickets go on sale at 9am on June 12, priced at £14.00 (£17.50 in London), plus fees.

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STEREOPHONICS

Stereophonics will play the O2 Academy Sheffield prior to their festival appearances this summer. The Welsh rockers, who will release ‘Keep The Village Alive’ on September 11, will play the venue on July 8 ahead of sets at T In The Park, Belsonic and V Festival. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 12, priced at £35.00 plus fees.

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BELLOWHEAD

Bellowhead have announced they will split following a two-part final farewell tour. The British 11-piece folk troupe will sign off with an extensive two-part nationwide tour in November this year and April 2016, with their final show taking place at the intimate Oxford Town Hall, where they played their first ever show in April 2004. Keston Cobblers Club provide support at all November shows, while tickets are on sale at 9am on June 12, priced from £19.50 plus fees.

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PATTI SMITH

Patti Smith will be joined by her band for two special London shows this autumn. The legendary songstress will celebrate the 40th anniversary of her ‘Horses’ album at Camden’s Roundhouse on October 30 and 31, performing the album in full. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 12, priced at £35.00 plus fees.

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Check out Stereoboard’s event pages for a full list of latest announcements.

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On This Day In Music: Patti Smith Is Born

On December 30, 1946, Patti Smith, one of the most fiercely original and creative artists to emerge from New York’s punk scene, was born.

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