This Week’s New Releases: Drake, Car Seat Headrest And JoJo

There are some big hitters dropping new music this week! Drake surprised everyone with the star-studded ‘Dark Demo Tapes’, Car Seat Headrest have put out the highly anticpated follow-up to 2016’s ‘Teens Of Denial’, and JoJo is back with ‘Good To Know’.

Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

Amyl and the Sniffers – ‘Live At The Croxton’ (Rough Trade)

Austra – ‘Hirudin’ (Domino)

Ben Lukas Boysen – ‘Mirage’ (Erased Tapes)

Boat – ‘Tread Lightly’ (Magic Marker Records)

Boston Manor – ‘Glue’ (Pure Noise Records)

Caleb Landry Jones – ‘The Mother Stone’ (Sacred Bones)

Car Seat Headrest – ‘Making A Door Less Open’ (Matador Records)

Curtis Stigers – ‘Gentleman’ (Emarcy)

Damien Jurado – ‘What’s New, Tomboy?’ (Mama Bird)

Devon Williams – ‘Tear In The Fabric’ (Slumberland Records)

Diet Cig – ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’ (Frenchkiss Records)

Drake – ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’ (OVO)

Dudley Simpson – ‘Doctor Who – The Sun Makers’ (Silva Screen Records)

Ghostpoet – ‘I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep’ (Play It Again Sam)

Gold Key – ‘Panic Machine’ (Venn Records)

Hala – ‘Red Herring’ (Cinematic Music Group)

Happyness – ‘Floatr’ (Infinit Suds)

Houses Of Heaven – ‘Silent Places’ (Felte)

Joan As Policewoman – ‘Cover Two’ (Sweet Police)

JoJo – ‘Good To Know’ (Warner Records)

liar, flower (Katiejane Garside) – ‘geiger counter’ (One Little Indian)

Man Man – ‘Dream Hunting In The Valley Of The In-Between’ (Sub Pop)

Mark Kingswood – ‘Brave Enough’ (21K Productions)

Ride – ‘Clouds In The Mirror (This Is Not A Safe Place Reimagined By Petr Aleksänder)’ (Wichita Recordings)

The The – ‘See Without Being Seen’ (Cineola)

Vader – Solitude In Madness’ (Nuclear Blast)

Yxng Bane – ‘Quarantime: The Lost Files’ (Disturbing London Records)

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This Week’s New Releases: Sleater-Kinney, Killswitch Engage And The Hold Steady

The day has finally arrived, Sleater-Kinney’s new album is here! However, it does mark their last with drummer Janet Weiss so it’s all a tad bittersweet.

This week we’ve also got Killswitch Engage following up 2016’s ‘Incarnate’ and the Hold Steady putting out their seventh studio album, plus much more.

Head below to check out the rest of the new releases on offer.

Blanck Mass – ‘Animated Violence Mild’ (Scared Bones)

Frank Turner – ‘No Man’s Land’ (Xtra Mile/Polydor)

Friendly Fires – ‘Inflorescent’ (Polydor)

The Hold Steady – ‘Thrashing Thru The Passion’ (Frenchkiss Records)

Ho99o9 – ‘Cyber Warfare’ EP (Toys Have Powers/999 Deathkult)

Illenium – ‘Ascend’ (Atralwerks)

Killswitch Engage – ‘Atonement’ (Metal Blade/Sony)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – ‘Infest The Rats’ Nest’ (Flightless Records)

Ludovico Einaudi – ‘Seven Days Walking – Day 6’ (Decca)

Mallory Knox – ‘Mallory Knox’ (A Wold At Your Door/Silva Screen)

The Murder Capital – ‘When I Have Fears’ (Human Season)

Off With Their Heads – ‘Be Good’ (Epitaph)

Oh Sees – ‘Face Stabber’ (Castle Face)

Red Hearse – ‘Red Hearse’ (RCA Records)

Ride – ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ (Wichita)

Rodney Crowell – ‘Texas’ (RC1 Records)

Shura – ‘Forevher’ (Secretly Canadian)

Sleater-Kinney – ‘The Center Won’t Hold’ (Mom + Pop)

Snoh Aalegra – ‘-Ugh, Those Feels Again’ (Artium Recordings)

Various Artists – ‘Quality Control: Control The Streets, Vol.2’ (Quality Control Music/Motown Records/UMG)

Young Thug – ‘So Much Fun’ (300 Entertainment/Atlantic)

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This Week’s New Releases: Lorde, Royal Blood And Beth Ditto

This week is bonkers! You’ve got Lorde finally releasing the follow up to 2013’s ‘Pure Heroine’, Royal Blood returning with a sophomore LP and former Gossip vocalist Beth Ditto putting out her debut solo album. There’s also new records from Ride, Big Boi, Fleet Foxes and 2 Chainz.

But if none of that is up your street there’s a lot more on offer below.

2 Chainz – ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’ (Def Jam)

Alison Moyet – ‘Other’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Beth Ditto – ‘Fake Sugar’ (Virgin EMI)

Big Boi – ‘Boomiverse’ (Sony)

Young Thug – ‘Beautiful Thugger Girls’

Broadside – ‘Paradise’ (Victory)

Com Truise – ‘Iteration’ (Ghostly International)

The Drums – ‘Abysmal Thoughts’ (Anti-)

Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’ (Nonesuch)

Hey Violet – ‘From The Outside’ (Virgin EMI)

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – ‘The Nashville Sound’ (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers)

Kevin Morby – ‘City Music’ (Dead Oceans)

Lorde – ‘Melodrama’ (Virgin)

Matthew Sweet – ‘Tomorrow Forever’ (Honeycomb Hideout)

Nickelback – ‘Feed The Machine’ (BMG)

Oh Wonder – ‘Ultralife’ (Island)

Portugal. The Man – ‘Woodstock’ (Warner)

Ride – ‘Weather Diaries’ (Wichita)

Royal Blood – ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ (Warner Bros)

Royal Trux – ‘Platinum Tips And Ice Cream’ (Domino)

Steve Earle – ‘So You Wannabe An Outlaw’ (Warner Bros)

The Strypes – ‘Spitting Image’ (Virgin EMI)

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Staff Picks: Graeme Marsh

It’s been a funny old year. One memorable for the wrong reasons in many households, what with Brexit and Trump dominating the news at every turn. And then there are the deaths, of course. David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and Pete Burns were just four of many music icons to pass away but there were endless other greats wherever you looked. Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Paul Daniels, Ronnie Corbett, Victoria Wood, Muhammed Ali, Caroline Aherne, Gene Wilder and Andrew Sachs were all great losses in their fields. It seemed at one point that you couldn’t turn on the TV or radio without hearing about the latest celebrity death.

As always, though, music proved to be a safe haven where you could escape the madness of the world and retreat into a secluded place. Having spent 2015 being whisked back to Planet Vinyl, an extended hospital stay and subsequent recuperation period in 2016 reaffirmed the necessity and value of MP3s and CDs (let’s ignore the dreaded streams, shall we?). All formats enjoyed a considerable share of the overall playing time. Indeed, a pie chart would probably have portrayed an even spread between the three for the first time ever from a personal perspective.

So here we go, once again into the fray of lists – and who can resist a good, or even bad, list, eh?

Albums of 2016:

  • Suede – Night Thoughts
  • White Lies – Friends
  • Black Mountain – IV
  • The Veils – Total Depravity
  • Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Third World Pyramid
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Love And Hate
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  • FEWS – Means
  • Garbage – Strange Little Birds

Songs of 2016:

  • Suede – I Don’t Know How To Reach You
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost
  • White Lies – Hold Back Your Love
  • TOY – Clear Shot

Most Awesome Of Awesome Gigs:

  • Ride – Brighton Concorde 2: Simply amazing. First of a two night stint. Unfortunately lack of babysitters prevented attendance at the second show. Ecstatic and gutted all at the same time.
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Brighton Concorde 2: Almost as amazing as Ride. First of a two night stint once again, and yes, no babysitter for the second night. Gah!
  • The Cult – Brixton Academy: At last, a chance to see the incredible Rain and She Sells Sanctuary, two of the greatest songs in history. I can play ‘em on the electric too (but admittedly, they sound like shit).
  • Black Mountain – Brighton Concorde 2: Brilliant, first class performance and Amber’s vocals were tremendous.
  • The Cure – SSE Arena Wembley: Simply incredible, another band from my youth that I had for whatever reason never been able to see previously. And fellow Crawley-ite Robert Smith proved that his voice has not aged one iota. Superb.

Miscellaneous:

  • AC/DC’s Brian Johnson losing his voice and being replaced by Axl Rose. Ahem, Wembley tickets sold in a flash, thanks all the same.
  • Most annoying song was easily Mr Birdsong by Arbor Labor Union. Check out the vocal performance, possibly the most irritating like, ever.
  • Biggest let down – the Dandy Warhols’ Distortland being way short of what they’re capable of yet people were still swooning over it. Not me.
  • On the plus side, rediscovered Brighton’s Resident Records, a treasure trove of vinyl. Get your ass to Brighton, you won’t be disappointed. If new records aren’t your thing, cross the street and go into the wonderful Snoopers Paradise instead. Sublime.

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Staff Picks: Graeme Marsh

CAR SEAT HEADREST

By Graeme Marsh

Some people do the stupidest things, don’t they? While 2015 boasted some great albums, singles and live shows, for me it marked the return of vinyl after the end of last year saw a tidy sum invested in a new turntable, amp and speakers following years of indecision. With the vinyl market enjoying a huge resurrection, the pennies have continued to flow in an often uncontrollable fashion (much to the annoyance of my nearest and dearest) and with both the front and spare rooms now creaking under the encroaching hordes after relatives, friends and car boot sales also contributed to the influx with their unwanted records, both myself and my vinyl may well be looking for a new home in 2016…there are also about 2,000 7” singles still at me mum’s gaff too, of course…

Vinyl aside, I tend to judge a year in music in three sections: albums, tracks and gigs. But being first and foremost an album reviewer, LPs are my main thing these days. Having reviewed something like 50-60 albums this year alone, it’s often a struggle to listen to anything other than what your latest deadline is telling you to concentrate on, which makes that vinyl blitz even stupider, eh?

Without a doubt, my number one album of this year goes to Will Toledo’s simply brilliant Car Seat Headrest album ‘Teens Of Style’. Yes, I know it’s a compilation so that’s cheating a bit, but I’m still reeling as to how Bainesy gave it a meagre 4/5 in his review, such is its brilliance. Favourites come and go so definitive lists are impossible to produce, but the current snapshot of top albums of the year also includes a pair of Mercury nominees in the excellent Wolf Alice with ‘My Love Is Cool’ and Gaz Coombes’ exceptional effort ‘Matador’.

Manchester veterans The Charlatans rarely let me down in any respect, and their ‘Modern Nature’ collection is right up there with their very best (and the gold vinyl looks, smells and, er, tastes delicious, too). At the other end of the career path, Hooton Tennis Club defied their shite name to release a brilliant debut in ‘Highest Point In Cliff Town’. Other honourable mentions go to lo-fi eponymous genius from American Wrestlers, the burgeoning talent that is Kurt Vile with ‘b’lieve I’m going down’ and the mesmerisingly sublime the Black Ryder for ‘The Door Behind The Door’. But in all honesty the list goes on and on, a bit like this blog.

Concentrating on albums means I know fuck all about singles, the opposite of my earliest recollections of an interest in music, when I would sit in my bedroom on a Sunday evening taping select choices from the latest top 40 on my radio cassette recorder. And I have no idea if a track was a single or not, or if it was even released this year, maybe preceding an album. But bollocks to that. The list of the best tracks I’ve heard this year changes every five minutes, but at the moment it reads something like this…in no particular order, of course:

Foals – Mountain At My Gates

Gaz Coombes – 20/20

Noel Gallagher – The Right Stuff

Wolf Alice – Swallowtail

Car Seat Headrest – Strangers

The Black Ryder – Let Me Be Your Light and also Santaria (pts 1&2)

Stereophonics – Mr & Mrs Smith (everyone has some uncool favourites, right?)

And so we come, finally, to gigs. But it was just as much the year that wasn’t as the year that was, with the pain of missing out on Foo Fighters at the tiny Concorde 2 in Brighton (under the guise of The Holy Shits), Muse at the cosy Brighton Dome, and the irrepressible AC/DC at Wembley all making me weep silently at my luckless ticket acquiring efforts. Better luck was had with Kurt Vile at Concorde 2 – the most chilled out gig of the year by a mile – while Brixton Academy was visited on many life-affirming occasions.

I’ve been lucky enough to meet Mark Gardener a couple of times at super low-key solo performances, but to see him in all his splendour with the brilliant Ride was unforgettable from the spine-tingling opening bassline of an all-time favourite in Leave Them All Behind, easily the single biggest live highlight of the year. New Order, despite missing my favourite band member in the iconic Peter Hook, put up a great show to enable me to finally see three quarters of quite possibly my favourite band of all-time, while Brighton Dome played host to another contender in the Jesus And Mary Chain as they toured their supreme debut ‘Psychocandy’.

The unlikely venue of Worthing Pavilion also saw another memorable show when The Charlatans took to the stage, the band leapfrogging Manc neighbours James for the most times I’ve seen a band live with the upcoming Brixton show in December also pushing them further ahead of Tim Booth and co.

And so, back to the vinyl. With car boot sale raids and charity shop visits seeing ‘Ocean Rain’ (Echo & The Bunnymen), ‘Darklands’ (Jesus And Mary Chain) and numerous 12”s purchased for bargain prices, this evening can only end one way.

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AC/DC Are Back On Top Of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart

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You can’t keep AC/DC down for long and this week we see them return to the top of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart. Trailing close behind are chart regulars Fleetwood Mac.  Ed Sheeran has also done well to creep back up into the top five, but not enough to get ahead of his BFF Taylor Swift.

It seems as though our new sellers from last week weren’t able to break into the chart this week. Let’s see if Alice CooperThe FratellisMiguelMercury Rev and Mallory Knox can do better next time.

Meanwhile, this week the chart says goodbye to Take ThatBlurBBC Radio 2 LiveRideMichael McIntyreThe 1975Black Stone CherrySimply Red and U2.

1. AC/DC
2. Fleetwood Mac
3. Wireless
4. Taylor Swift
5. Ed Sheeran
6. British Summer Time
7. Dixie Chicks
8. Mötley Crüe
9. Lionel Richie
10. Paloma Faith
11. Neil Diamond
12. James Bay
13. Duran Duran
14. Frankie Valli
15. Paul Weller
16. Def Leppard and Whitesnake
17. One Direction
18. Kacey Musgraves
19. Florence And The Machine
20. Fall Out Boy

On sale this week – can they break the top 20?

1. A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa

2. Lianne La Havas

3. Caro Emerald

4. Judas Priest

5. Years & Years

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Motley Crue Hit #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart

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Legendary rockers  Mötley Crüe have shot straight to the top of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart, relegating AC/DC to their still very respectable spot at #2.  Meanwhile, Taylor Swift continues her rise up the chart and jumps two places from last week to sneak in at #3.

It has also been a good week for the chart newcomers, Duran Duran and Dixie Chicks have both broken into the top 10, while Black Stone Cherry have come in with a bit less of a bang, ranking #18.

Our farewells this week are many and we say goodbye to Foo FightersJack and JackWill Young5 Seconds Of SummerFaith No MoreBellowheadElton John and Yes.

1. Mötley Crüe
2. AC/DC
3. Taylor Swift
4. Duran Duran
5. Fleetwood Mac
6. Dixie Chicks
7. Ed Sheeran
8. Take That
9. Blur
10. Paloma Faith
11. Florence And The Machine
12. BBC Radio 2 Live
13. Wireless
14. Neil Diamond
15. Ride
16. Michael McIntyre
17. The 1975
18. Black Stone Cherry
19. Simply Red
20. U2

On sale this week – can they break the top 20?

1. Alice Cooper

2. The Fratellis

3. Miguel

4. Mercury Rev

5. Mallory Knox

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Mötley Crüe, Duran Duran, Dixie Chicks, Black Stone Cherry, Marilyn Manson And Ride

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MÖTLEY CRÜE

The legendary rockers will be joined by Alice Cooper for their British farewell at arenas in Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and London between November 2 and 6, before heading off across Europe. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 19, priced at £45.00 (£47.50 in London), plus fees.

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DURAN DURAN

The legendary synth-pop group will support their fourteenth new album, ‘Paper Gods’, at arenas in Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Brighton, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, London, Bournemouth, Nottingham and Liverpool between November 27 and December 12. Tickets on sale at 9am today, priced from £35.00, plus fees.

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DIXIE CHICKS

Dixie Chicks will return to the UK and Ireland next spring for shows in Birmingham, Manchester, London, Glasgow and Dublin between April 29 and May 4, with a stop in Amsterdam also in the diary. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 19, priced between £42.00 and £48.50 plus fees.

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BLACK STONE CHERRY

Black Stone Cherry will be joined by Shinedown, Halestorm and Highly Suspect for the Carnival Of Madness Tour between January 28 and February 6 next year, stopping in Cardiff, Nottingham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Leeds and Manchester. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 19, priced at £31.50 (£35.00 in London), plus fees.

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MARILYN MANSON

Manson returns to the UK in support of his ‘Pale Emperor’ album, calling at London’s Eventim Apollo, Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall, O2 Academy Glasgow and Manchester’s O2 Apollo between November 19 and November 23. Tickets go on sale June 19 at 9.00am, priced at £29.50 (£33.50 in London), plus fees.

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RIDE

Having been on the road for the last few months, the reformed shoegaze troupe will head out again for eight shows between October 11 and 22, stopping in Leeds, London, Liverpool, Bristol, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Birmingham. Tickets on sale at 10am on June 19, priced at £25.00 (£27.50 in London), plus fees.

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

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Fleetwood Mac At #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart

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Now that their tour has started Fleetwood Mac have knocked Wet Wet Wet off the Hot Ticket Chart top spot and they’ve fallen all the way to #17. Keeping them company in the bottom five are 5 Seconds Of Summer, who have actually risen two places this week.

AC/DC are still holding strong a #2, while Foo Fighters and Maroon 5 have both improved their positions. Catfish And The Bottlemen have had a strong first week, entering the chart at #4. However, we have had to say goodbye to a few people, including James BayEric Clapton and Ride.

1. Fleetwood Mac
2. AC/DC
3. Foo Fighters
4. Catfish And The Bottlemen
5. Maroon 5
6. Ed Sheeran
7. Take That
8. Dynamo
9. Taylor Swift
10. The Prodigy
11. One Direction
12. Michael McIntyre
13. Hozier
14. U2
15. Mrs Brown’s Boys
16. Tom Jones
17. Wet Wet Wet
18. 5 Seconds Of Summer
19. Dave Chappelle
20. Madness

On sale this week – can they break the top 20?

1. The 1975

2. Jason Derulo

3. Will Young

4. A Ha

5. The Janoskians

 

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Wet Wet Wet Top Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart

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Well, well, well, Wet Wet Wet have done it, they’ve knocked AC/DC off the top of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart. However, the kings of the chart did not move far and are sitting comfortably at #2, as are Fleetwood Mac, who have not changed position since last week.

This week a number of familiar faces have returned to the chart, including HozierPaul McCartney and Mrs Brown’s Boys. We also welcome newcomers Bullet For My ValentineTaylor Swift and Ride.

1. Wet Wet Wet
2. AC/DC
3. Fleetwood Mac
4. Take That
5. Foo Fighters
6. Ed Sheeran
7. Michael McIntyre
8. Taylor Swift
9. Maroon 5
10. Paul McCartney
11. Mrs Brown’s Boys
12. U2
13. Hozier
14. Eric Clapton
15. Bullet For My Valentine
16. Ride
17. One Direction
18. Summertime Ball
19. James Bay
20. 5 Seconds Of Summer

On sale this week – can they break the top 20?

1. The Prodigy

2. Catfish And The Bottlemen

3. Maximo Park

4. Steven Wilson

5. Beach House

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