This Week’s New Releases: The Specials, Busted And Girlpool

Forget the snow. Dig in to this week’s new releases. The Specials have released their first new music for 37 years, Busted are back with the follow up to 2016’s ‘Night Driver’ and Girlpool have treated us to their third full-length.

Head below if you’re still in the mood for more.

Andy Burrows and Matt Haig – ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ (Fiction/Caroline)

Beirut – ‘Gallipoli’ (4AD)

Broods – ‘Don’t Feed The Pop Monster’ (Atlantic)

Busted – ‘Half Way There’ (Juno Music)

Cherry Glazerr – ‘Stuffed & Ready’ (Secretly Canadian)

Girlpool – ‘What Chaos Is Imaginary’ (Anti-)

Ian Brown – ‘Ripples’ (Virgin EMI)

Le Butcherettes – ‘Bi/Mental’ (Rise)

Luttrell – ‘Into The Clouds’ (Anjunabeats)

Metallica – ‘Helping Hands…Live & Acoustic at The Masonic’ (Virgin EMI)

Nina Nesbitt – ‘The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Prefab Sprout – ‘I Trawl The Megahertz’ (Sony)

Rustin Man – ‘Drift Code’ (Domino)

The Specials – ‘Encore’ (Universal)

Spielbergs – ‘This Is Not The End’ (By The Time It Gets Dark)

Within Temptation – ‘Resist’ (Universal)

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This Week’s New Releases: Janelle Monáe, Speedy Ortiz And Willie Nelson

There’s plenty to fill your boots with this week! Janelle Monáe’s hightly anticipated new album is finally here, Speedy Ortiz have put out the follow up to ‘Foil Deer’, and Willie Nelson has released his new record just two days ahead of his 85th birthday.

Still want more? There’s a buttload below.

Anne-Marie – ‘Speak Your Mind’ (Major Toms/Asylum)

The Beat Escape – ‘Life Is Short The Answer’s Long’ (Bella Union)

Blossoms – ‘Cool Like You’ (Virgin EMI)

Boss Keloid – ‘Melted On The Inch’ (Holy Roar)

Cold Cave – ‘You & Me & Infinity’ EP (Heartworm Press)

DMA’s – ‘For Now’ (BMG)

Dylan Carlson – ‘Conquistador’ (Sargent House)

Foreigner – ‘Foreigner With The 21st Century Orchestra & Chorus’ (EarMUSIC via Absolute)

Grouper – ‘Grid Of Points’ (Kranky)

Godsmack – ‘When Legends Rise’ (Spinefarm)

Half Waif – ‘Lavender’ (Cascine)

Janelle Monáe – ‘Dirty Computer’ (Bad Boy)

Matt Cardle – ‘Time To Be Alive’ (Columbia)

Poo Bear – ‘Poo Bear Presents: Bearthday Music’ (UMG)

Post Malone – ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ (Republic/Island)

Okkervil River – ‘In The Rainbow Rain’ (ATO)

Speedy Ortiz – ‘Twerp Verse’ (Carpark Records)

Spielbergs – ‘Distant Star’ EP (By The Time It Gets Dark)

Twin Shadow – ‘Caer’ (Reprise)

Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco – ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’ (Exile/Sony)

We Are Scientists – ‘Megaplex’ (100%)

Wiley – ‘Godfather II’ (CTA)

Willie Nelson – ‘Last Man Standing’ (Legacy Recordings)

485C – ‘485C’ (Fierce Panda)

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Things We Love This Week – Spielbergs, Bodega, Camp Cope

The Beast From The East is here, and the country has gone insane. My mother is telling me to stock up on milk and bread (because apparently that’s all we’re allowed to eat when it’s snowing) and not to leave my house until Tuesday. Everyone needs to calm the fuck down. Here’s my pick of some of the best music out this week to distract you from the impending doom caused by a little bit of pretty snow.

Spielbergs – We Are All Going To Die

It definitely seems that way. Despite its on-the-nose title and bleak exploration of mortality, this track from the Oslo power trio stood out for me because of its production style. The drums are placed with more importance than the usual go-to of lead vocals, and even bash around proudly in front of the guitars.  Coming in at four minutes and 36 seconds, it could be a little shorter, but it’s cool, unusual to hear, and also really catchy. Thumbs up.

Their debut EP ‘Distant Star’ is due to arrive on April 27, and it’s going to be available on a blue and gold glitter cassette, because why not. I want in.

Bodega – How Did This Happen!?

This New York band have recently signed to What’s Your Rupture?, and for a debut single, How Did This Happen!? is great. After opening with a simple, yet immediately likeable, bassline that drives throughout the track, the main vocals stampede in like a young James Murphy with the anti-consumerist line “everyone is equally a master and a slave”. Heavy. I feel ya.

The accompanying video is worth a watch, too, with a 360-degree view of an (admittedly, pretty empty) gig at their favourite Brooklyn venue, Alphaville.

Bodega will head to the UK in May for two shows, a headlining slot at London’s Social and a set at Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Definitely worth checking out, and definitely not one to get confused with the traditional folk band of the same name they share a profile with on Spotify…

Camp Cope – ‘How To Socialise and Make Friends’

The Australian trio’s sophomore album dropped today through Run For Cover. Aside from its warming title, the record is sure to strike a chord with practically any female in this patriarchal world we call the music biz, because girls just aren’t treated the same. The album’s opener, deftly titled The Opener, slams this prejudice:

“Yeah tell me again, there just ain’t that many girls in the music scene.”

“It’s another man telling us we can’t fill up the room.”

“It’s another man telling us to book a smaller venue.”

“Yeah just get a female opener, that’ll fill the quota.”

Ugh. Finally, someone said it! Preach sisters.

Listen. Share. Repeat.

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