Things We Love This Week: Julien Baker, Radiohead, Taylor Swift

Hi there friend! This weekend is going to be GOOD. Everyone in the office has exciting gigs to head to, including Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and Clutch! Let’s get in the mood for the weekend with some excellent new releases and news from the music world.

Radiohead

If you were about to blackmail someone, how would you do it? Target someone with lots of money, and something to lose? Probably. A well-loved band would be a good way to go… but Radiohead? Nah bro.

After hacking into the band’s storage files, the offending person managed to nab over 18 hours’ worth of footage, rare cuts, demos and recordings from their ‘OK Computer’ era. Jackpot! Give me £150, 000, Radiohead, or I leak this to the entire world! Mwahahaha!

Instead of paying the ransom, Radiohead decided to release the material themselves, with the proceeds going to Extinction Rebellion. Good on you, guys.


Julien Baker

It’s hard to believe that Julien Baker, save for her excellent Boygenius collab with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, hasn’t released any solo material since ‘Turn Out The Lights’, her 2017 LP. So, about time for some more, eh?!

Two new tracks arrived this week, which you may have already heard if you’re a vinyl enthusiast. Originally released as Record Store Day exclusives back in April, Baker has now shared Red Door and Conversation Piece. Both, like all Baker’s material, are extremely emotional and incredibly powerful, while at the same time taking on a poignant and delicate air. Good lord, its delicious. Take a listen.

Taylor Swift

[Snob alert] I know what you’re thinking: “I thought this was a good music blog!? I’m never coming back! [Storms ferociously out, slams door]” Well, yeah. I hold my hands up: musically, it ain’t all that. But it’s the message that rings through.

Tay Tay is calling out the homophobes, internet trolls and general haters, with some awesome lines: “say it in a tweet, that’s a cop-out”, “can you just not step on his gown?”, “Sunshine on the street at the parade, but you would rather be in the dark ages,” and finally the brilliantly blunt , “control your urges to scream about all the people you hate, ‘cos shade never made anyone less gay.” Damn right T-Swizzle.

‘Til next time, when after seeing Fleetwood mac (sans Buckingham, sob) I will be a different human. Good day.

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On This Day In Music: Radiohead At #1 With ‘OK Computer’

On June 28, 1997 Radiohead hit #1 on the UK album chart with their third studio album, ‘OK Computer’.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Beyoncé and Jay Z, Steven Tyler, The Rolling Stones, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Heaven 17, Thom Yorke and more…

BEYONCÉ AND JAY Z

Beyoncé and Jay Z will launch their On The Run 2 Tour in the UK, with massive shows planned at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on June 6, Glasgow’s Hampden Park on June 9, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 13 and London Stadium on June 15. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 23, priced from £25.00 plus booking fees.

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STEVEN TYLER

The Aerosmith vocalist, who released his debut solo album, ‘We’re All Somebody from Somewhere’, back in 2016, will call at the O2 Forum in London on August 7. Tickets are on sale at 9am on March 23.

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THE ROLLING STONES

The Rolling Stones will bring their No Filter Tour to Croke Park in Dublin on May 17 before additional stadium shows across the UK. Tickets go on sale at 9am on March 23.

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JEFF LYNNE’S ELO

Lynne and band will now play four shows at the O2 Arena in London with their new show falling on October 21. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 23 (Photo: Carsten Windhorst).

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HEAVEN 17

Heaven 17 will celebrate the 35th anniversary of their 1983 album, ‘The Luxury Gap’, across the UK throughout November and December. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on March 23.

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THOM YORKE

The Radiohead vocalist will perform with Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri at shows in the UK and across Europe in May and June, including stops at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on June 7, the Roundhouse in London on June 8 and Manchester’s Palace Theatre on June 10. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on March 23.

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Also announced this week

King Crimson, James, Somerset House Summer Series, Snow Patrol, Christine and the Queens, Plan B, Keifer Sutherland, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Animal Collective, Happy Mondays, Danzig, Employed To Serve, Protest the Hero and Norma Jean, the Used, Dopelord, Corrosion of Conformity, Palace Winter, Graham Nash, America, Carlos Vives, Hola! London, Colin Blunstone, Telepathy, Marmozets, William McCarthy, Wavves, Emp!re, Jake Quickenden, J.I.D and Earthgang, INK, Black Honey, Haux, Karine Polwart, the Cutkelvins, Gwenno, Lets Eat Grandma, Snail Mail, Mullally, Sam Amidon, Puma Blue, Andy Mineo, Iceage, WWE Live and more!

For more information and to find your tickets visit: http://www.stereoboard.com/ticket-news

 

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On This Day In Music: Radiohead At #1 With ‘OK Computer’

On June 28, 1997 Radiohead hit #1 on the UK album chart with their third studio album, ‘OK Computer’. Last week the band reissued the album to celebrate its 20th anniversary. In addition to the remastered record, ‘Ok Computer OKNOTOK 1997 – 2017’ also contained three previously unreleased tracks and eight b-sides.

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Video Of The Week: Radiohead – Man Of War

Radiohead have shared a video for Man Of War.

The song is the second previously unreleased track to come from the band’s ‘OK Computer’ reissue, ‘OKNOTOK’, which is release across multiple formats today (July for the box set).

Radiohead headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury tonight before dates in Manchester and Glasgow next month. Tickets are on sale now.

Head over to our music video page on the official Stereoboard website for the latest video releases.

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This Week’s New Releases: DJ Khaled, Radiohead And Algiers

Last week was packed with new records and although this week we may be missing the quantity, the quality is certainly high. DJ Khaled has dropped his ridiculously star-studded new record, with guest appearances including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Drake, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Future, Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj, among many others. Radiohead, meanwhile, have released their ‘Ok Computer’ reissue, ‘OKNOTOK’, which features previously unreleased tracks, and Algiers are finally following up their 2015 debut.

Not your cup of tea? Cast your eye over some other new releases below.

Algiers – ‘The Underside Of Power’ (Matador)

The American Professionals – ‘Sympathetic Overdrive’ (Charlie in the Box Music)

Banditos – ‘Visionland’ (Bloodshot Records)

Bent Knee – ‘Land Animal’ (InsideOutMusic/Sony)

Captain, We’re Sinking – ‘The King of No Man’ (Run For Cover)

DJ Khaled – ‘Grateful’ (Black Butter)

Imagine Dragons – ‘Evolve’ (Polydor)

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – ‘Murder Of The Universe’ (Heavenly Recordings)

Radiohead – ‘Ok Computer OKNOTOK 1997 – 2017’ (XL)

Stiff Little Fingers – ‘Best Served Loud (Live At Barrowlands)’ (EarMUSIC via Absolute)

Vince Staples – ‘Big Fish Theory’ (Virgin EMI)

The White Noise – ‘AM/PM’ (Universal)

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Celine Dion, John Mayer, Idina Menzel, Sigur Rós, Jamiroquai And TRNSMT Festival

CELINE DION

The vocalist, who last performed live in the UK on her 2008 Taking Chances tour, has announced shows in London, Manchester and Birmingham in June and July as part of a European summer tour. Tickets are on general sale at 9am on February 3, priced £45.00 plus fees.

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JOHN MAYER

John Mayer will launch his The Search for Everything world tour with a run of dates across North America, commencing on March 31 in Albany, New York, before heading to Europe in early May including a stop at London’s O2 Arena on May 12. Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 3, priced from £38.50/£46.00 plus fees.

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IDINA MENZEL

Idina Menzel, noted for her Broadway performances in Rent, Wicked and more recently her success with Let It Go, from Disney’s Frozen, will call in Bristol, London, where she will play the Royal Albert Hall, Portsmouth, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow, between June 14 and 20. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 3, priced £35.00/£50.00 plus fees.

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SIGUR ROS

Sigur Rós will call at the O2 Apollo in Manchester on September 16 and 17, London’s Eventim Apollo on September 20 and 21, and the Clyde Auditorium at Glasgow’s SECC on September 25. Tickets are on general sale at 9am on February 3, priced £27.50/£31.25 plus fees.

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JAMIROQUAI

Jamiroquai will accompany the release of ‘Automaton’, the follow up to 2010’s ‘Rock Dust Light Star’, with a show at London’s Roundhouse on March 31. Tickets go on sale at 10am on February 3, priced £55.00 plus fees.

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TRNSMT

Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro will headline the new festival TRNSMT, which takes over Glasgow Green between July 7 and 9. Organisers have made it clear that it is not a replacement for T In The Park, which will take a break in 2017. Early bird tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 3, with prices starting at £59.50 for the day and £149.00 for the weekend plus fees.

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

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Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart 2016 Countdown: Part Three

So, the big day is only two sleeps away and our countdown of the year’s top 50 best-selling artists on Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart is in full swing. We’ve been working our way from the bottom up, counting through 10 a day, until we reach the top and crown the successor to Adele, who took the crown in 2015. Make sure to check back tomorrow to see who’s in the running for a Stereoboard Christmas #1. If you missed them, make sure to check out Parts One and Two.

 

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Staff Picks: Liam Turner

TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2016

The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’

‘I Like It When You Sleep…’ is an overproduced, overwrought and overindulgent mishmash of a thing. So, just how Matt Healey and co. have managed to take such inauspicious ingredients and turn them into the musical equivalent of a moreish Eton mess is all the more mind boggling. Indie-pop has never had it quite so good.

Bon Iver – ‘22, A Million’

Cryptic and convoluted, Bon Iver’s third full-length release may have lacked appeal on paper. However, on ‘22, A Million’ mainman Justin Vernon does what he does best by distilling raw human emotion into a delicate, finely crafted musical experience. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what the bloody hell he’s on about, only that you feel what it is that he’s saying.

Conor Oberst – ‘Ruminations’

Featuring just a guitar, harmonica, piano and, of course, Oberst’s voice, ‘Ruminations’ is easily one of the most sparse records of 2016. Such minimalism completely works in the record’s favour, though, as we are truly able to focus on the carefully-woven tales of heartbreak and tragedy that Oberst so plaintively tells. Sometimes the simplest music really is the best.

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Love & Hate’

From the epic grandiosity of opener Cold Little Heart, you know you’re in for a treat with Kiwanuka’s second full-length LP. The album certainly doesn’t hold back in terms of its scope, with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. But rather than its scale, its Kiwanuka’s increasing ability to blend sentiment with soul that truly sets ‘Love & Hate’ apart.

David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’

A swansong like no other, ‘Blackstar’ is Bowie’s final gift to the world.The record represents the singer’s unparalleled ability to turn even the most lamentable of circumstances into something worth celebrating, while simultaneously bookending what is an incredibly vast and varied body of work. An artist in the true sense of the word.

Honourable mentions: Radiohead – ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, Teleman – ‘Brilliant Sanity’, Metronomy – ‘Summer 08’, Green Day – ‘Revolution Radio’, C Duncan – ‘The Midnight Sun’.

TOP 5 SINGLES OF 2016

Francis and the Lights – Friends (feat. Bon Iver)

The 1975 – Somebody Else

Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions

Warpaint – New Song

Christine and the Queens – Tilted

Honourable mentions: The xx – On Hold, VANT – PEACE & LOVE, Blossoms – Charlemagne, Mystery Jets – Bubblegum, Creeper – Suzanne

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