I would go as far as saying there’s a little something for everyone this week. Paul McCartney has enlisted Blood Orange, Blur’s Damon Albarn, Anderson .Paak, Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme, St Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, Beck and more to cover tracks from his latest solo LP, 2020’s ‘McCartney III’. Meanwhile, The Offspring have returned with their first new album in nine years and Norah Jones has released her first live LP.
Head south for the rest of this week’s new releases.
Alex Henry Foster – ‘Standing Under Bright Lights (Live)’ (Hopeful Tragedy)
Eric Church – ‘Heart’ (EMI Nashville)
Garage a Trois – ‘Calm Down Cologne’ (Royal Potato Family)
Greta Van Fleet – ‘The Battle At Garden’s Gate’ (Lava/Republic)
Havelocke – ‘Arsonist’ EP (Silent Cult)
Holding Absence – ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ (Sharptone)
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).
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
The new year is in full swing, and don’t we know it! There’s a massive amount of new records out in the world this week. Sharon Van Etten has finally shared the highly anticipated full-length follow up to 2014’s ‘Are We There’, James Blake has finished teasing us and put out his new LP, and Future has dropped his 20-track strong album ‘The WIZRD’.
Not enough for ya? Head below for more.
Aesop Rock and Tobacco – ‘Malibu Ken’ (Rhymesayers)
Alice Merton – ‘Mint’ (Paper Plane Records International)
Cody Johnson – ‘Ain’t Nothin’ To It’ (CoJo Music/Warner Bros.)
Alas, your favourite columnist is back in work after a hedonistic, magical and other-worldly weekend at Green Man. She’s knackered, covered in bruises, and is also going through the classic post-festival flu. Cheer her up by reading about the things she has lovingly conjured up for you.
Boygenius is the brainchild of three badass musicians taking the indie-rock world by storm. Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus are teaming up for a new EP under the moniker, and early signs are that it couldn’t be better. Listen to three new tracks – each fronted by one of the artists in their individual styles, yet combining for a sound they all deliver impeccably – below.
Snoop Dogg – From Crook to Cook
Snoop Dogg is releasing a cookbook. Not the first rapper to release culinary literature, he follows in the footsteps of 2 Chainz and Kelis, but From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen will feature over 50 recipes from fine dining to wholesome favourites, and of course some snacks to satisfy those munchies. Oh – and of course, a recipe for gin and juice.
Sharon Van Etten covering LCD Soundsystem
As part of the BBC Proms’ annual concert series, Van Etten performed a version of New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down: fitting with the theme of celebrating a modern New York. The concert also saw sets from serpentwithfeet and Hercules and the Love Affair.
Van Etten’s recreation holds up her casual singing style against a full orchestral backdrop, rising into a huge moment of applause for the iconic song. Watch below.