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: 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: Kehlani, Migos And Japandroids

This week you’ve got the debut album from R&B newcomer Kehlani, Japandroids have finally followed up 2012’s ‘Celebration Rock’ and Migos have released ‘Culture’, a record which boasts appearances from DJ Khaled, Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chainz and Travis Scott.

If none of that takes your fancy, make sure to have a gander at the rest of our pick of this week’s new releases below.

Allison Crutchfield – ‘Tourist In This Town’ (Merge)

Aquilo – ‘Silhouettes’ (Island)

Cloud Nothings – ‘Life Without Sound’ (Wichita)

Hawkwind – ‘The GWR Years: 1988-1991’ (Atomhenge)

Japandroids – ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’ (Anti-)

Kehlani – ‘SWEETSEXYSAVAGE’ (Atlantic)

Lucy Spraggan – ‘I Hope you Don’t Mind Me Writing’ (Ctrl02)

Migos – ‘Culture’ (Quality Control Music)

Priests – ‘Nothing Feels Natural’ (Sister Polygon Records )

Sacred Paws – ‘Strike A Match’ (Rock Action)

Sam Duckworth – ‘Kingdoms’ (Xtra Mile Recordings)

Sleater-Kinney – ‘Live In Paris’ (Sub Pop/Inertia Music)

Toothless – ‘The Pace Of The Passing’ (Caroline/Island)

Train – ‘A Girl A Bottle A Boat’ (Columbia)

Ty Segall – ‘Ty Segall’ (Drag City)

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Staff Picks: Laura ‘Riot Goth’ Johnson

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This was my first year with Stereoboard and I think it’s fair to say it’s been my best yet. Professionally that is, I don’t want to shortchange 1996, the year D3: The Mighty Ducks came out. I’ve met bands I’ve idolised since my teens, new artists that have gone on to grace magazine covers and watched some of my favourite artists reform and perform shows I never thought I would have the privilege to see. Below is just a snapshot of my favourite things from the past year.

ALBUMS

‘23 Live Sex Acts’ – Against Me!

‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’- Courtney Barnett

‘Welcome Back To Milk’ – Du Blonde

‘Perpetual Motion People’ – Ezra Furman

‘Blossom’ – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

‘Get A Witness’ – Queen Kwong

‘No Cities To Love’ – Sleater Kinney

‘Imaginary Life’ – Worriers

SONGS

Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett

The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive – Death Cab For Cutie

Ordinary Life – Ezra Furman

Devil Inside Me – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Broken Hands – Fraser. A. Gorman

Raising The Skate – Speedy Ortiz

Under A Rock – Waxahatchee

Glutton For Distance – Worriers

GIGS

Courtney Barnett (supported by Spring King and Fraser A. Gorman) – The Fleece, Bristol – March 28

FrnkIero AndThe Cellabration – The Globe, Cardiff- April 22

Babes In Toyland (supported by Skating Polly) – Trinity Centre, Bristol – May 24

Julie Ruin – Electric Ballroom, London – May 26

L7 – Electric Ballroom, London – June 16

Against Me! (Reading Set) – Richfield Avenue, Reading Festival – August 30

Jack Off Jill – Electric Ballroom, London – October 21

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (supported by Blackhole and Creeper) – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – October 28

THE WORST OF ALL THE AWFUL BAND NAMES I’VE HEARD THIS YEAR

Arse Full Of Chips

Barren Womb

Cock And Ball Torture

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard

Pissgrave

Prostitute Disfigurement

Shaving The Werewolf

Sodomized Cadaver

MY STOCK OF SHAMELESS SELFIES

Courtney Barnett

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The Used

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Queen Kwong (Wes Borland and Carré Callaway)

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Nick Oliveri

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Ginger Wildheart

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Frank Iero

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Dallas Green (City & Colour/ Alexisonfire)

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Against Me! (Laura Jane Grace and Atom Willard)

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OTHER STUFF I’VE ENJOYED THIS YEAR

BOOK: Girl In A Band by Kim Gordon

VIDEO: New Wave – Sleater Kinney

FILM: The Voices

MERCH: Fraser A.Gorman – Tea Towel

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DRINK:Punk IPA by Brewdog

FOOD: Peanut Butter (this was the same last year and will probably feature next year)

INSULT: “I envy people that don’t know you!”

STUPIDEST COMMENT OF THE YEAR

Me: “Who’s that guy on Brooklyn Nine-Nine that looks like Andy Samberg?”

Huw Baines: “Andy Samberg.”

 

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Things We Love This Week

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Happy Friday, everyone. Another week closer to Christmas and, whaddaya know, this week’s list of good shit even contains a festive album! Without further ado, wrap your ears/eyes around these treats. Here are the things we love this week…

Chris Farren – Like A Gift From God Or Whatever

We’ve featured Antarctigo Vespucci, Farren’s power-pop band with Jeff Rosenstock, on this list a few times and now he’s done it again with this all-original Christmas album. It’s sad, funny and all that stuff, along with featuring some great songs and vocals from a smorgasbord of punk luminaries, including Rosenstock, Laura Stevenson, Jenny Owen Youngs and Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad. Oh, and Mae Whitman, you know, from Arrested Development. A portion of the record’s December sales will benefit NAMI, too.

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Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy

I try not to get too excited about things for fear of soul-crushing disappointment, but I’ve convinced myself that this Sleater-Kinney record is going to be amazing. Very confident in that prediction at the minute.

Title Fight – Chlorine

New album coming from these guys and it promises to be something completely different. ‘Hyperview’ is out in February through ANTI-, but they’ve rolled out Chlorine, and a cool, boat-heavy video, for us to get a taste of their new moves.

Bye. @huw_baines

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