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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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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