This Week’s New Releases: Halsey, Chvrches and Turnstile

First things first, an apology is necessary as we didn’t bring you last week’s edition of the blog due to sickness in the Stereoboard camp. But, we’re going to make it up to you of course! Below we’ve got the new releases from August 20, which includes Lorde, Deafheaven, Between The Buried And Me, Jake Bugg and Anderson East, alongside this week’s new records.

Today, Halsey has dropped the highly anticipated Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross-produced follow-up to 2020’s ‘Manic’, and Chvrches have released album number four, while American hardcore punks Turnstile have put out their third.

AUGUST 27

Au/Ra – ‘Soundtrack To an Existential Crisis’ (Loudmouth/Sony)

Baba Ali – ‘Memory Device’ (Memphis Industries)

The Beach Boys – ‘Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969–1971 (Super Deluxe)’ (Capitol)

Becky Hill – ‘Only Honest On The Weekend’ (EKO/Polydor)

Belly – ‘See You Next Wednesday’ (XO/Roc Nation)

Big Red Machine – ‘How Long Do you Think It’s Gonna Last?’ (Jagjaguwar)

Bobbi Phillie – ‘Barz ‘n’ Cruz Tha (EP)’ (Yezzir)

The Bronx – ‘Bronx VI’ (Cooking Vinyl)

The Bug – ‘Fire’ (Ninja Tune)

Chvrches – ‘Screen Violence’ (EMI)

Dean Friedman – ‘American Lullaby’ (Real Life)

Diane Warren – ‘Diane Warren: The Cave Sessions, Vol. 1’ (BMG)

Goat – ‘Headsoup’ (Rocket)

Halsey – ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ (Capitol/UMG)

Indigo De Souza – ‘Any Shape You Take’ (Saddle Creek)

Jo O’Meara – ‘With Love’ (Metrophonic)

The Kooks – ‘Inside In/ Inside Out (15th Anniversary Edition)’ (Virgin/UMC)

Maisie Peters – ‘You Signed Up For This’ (Gingerbread Man/ Asylum)

New Order – ‘Be A Rebel Remixed’ (Mute)

Nite Jewel – ‘No Sun’ (Gloriette)

Not3s – ‘3 Th3 Album’ (Sony BMG)

OneRepublic – ‘Human’ (Republic/Island)

SL and Baih Records- ‘Haxixe’ (Baih)

Steve Gunn – ‘Other You’ (Matador)

Takida – ‘Falling From Fame’ (BMG)

Toyah – ‘Posh Pop’ (Demon)

Turnstile – ‘Glow On’ (Roadrunner)

Wizkid – ‘Made In Lagos (Deluxe)’ (Starboy/RCA)

 

AUGUST 20

Anderson East – ‘Maybe We Never Die’ (Elektra/Atlantic)

Angel Olsen – ‘Aisles (EP)’ (Jagjaguwar)

Bakey – ‘Bring It Back (EP)’ (Shall Not Fade Ltd)

Between The Buried and Me – ‘Colors II’ (Sumerian)

Blanco – ‘City Of God’ (Polydor)

Deafheaven – ‘Infinite Granite’ (Sargent House)

Debbie Gibson – ‘The Body Remembers’ (Stargirl)

Eric Clapton – ‘Eric Clapton (Anniversary Deluxe Edition)’ (Polydor)

Fink – ‘IIUII’ (R’Coup’D)

Jake Bugg – ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’ (Sony)

James McMurtry – ‘The Horses and The Houds’ (New West)

Lorde – ‘Solar Power’ (Virgin)

Maggie Rose – ‘Have A Seat’ (Starstruck Records/Soundly Music)

Martha Wainwright – ‘Love Will Be Reborn’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Molly Burman – ‘Fool Me With Flattery (EP)’ ( Prolifica via [PIAS])

Morrisson – ‘Guilty (EP)’ (Since ’93)

Newton Faulkner – ‘Interference (Of Light)’ (Battenberg)

Sam Williams – ‘Glasshouse Children’ (UMG/ Mercury Nashville)

Shaun Ryder – ‘Visits From Future Technology’ (SWRX)

Shaybo – ‘Queen Of The South’ (Black Butter)

Sturgill Simpson – ‘The Ballad Of Dood & Juanita’ (High Top Mountain Records/Thirty Tigers)

Tom Rosenthal – ‘Denis Was A Bird’ (Tinpot)

Trippie Redd – ‘Trip At Night’ (1400 Entertainment, Inc./10K Projects)

Ty Dolla $ign and DVSN – ‘Cheers To The Best Memories’ (OVO Sound)

Villagers – ‘Fever Dreams’ (Domino)

Yousef and Camelphat – ‘One Summer (EP)’ (Knee Deep In Sound)

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This Week’s New Releases: Kid Cudi, Deftones, Belle and Sebastian

This is going to be our last new releases blog post of 2020, a year that saw live shows disappear but that brought about more new music than we could have hoped for.

This week, Kid Cudi has put out the third instalment in his ‘Man On The Moon’ series that started in 2009, Deftones celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘White Pony’ with a deluxe reissue and remix LP called ‘Black Stallion’, and Belle and Sebastian have dropped a double LP.

Next week, you can look forward to new records from Paul McCartney and Lanterns On The Lake, among a few others.

Merry Christmas, and enjoy the new music below!

Alanis Morissette – ‘Such Pretty Forks In The Mix’ EP (HE.SHE.THEY. Records)

The Avalanches – ‘We Will Always Love You’ (Modular)

Belle and Sebastian – ‘What To Look For In Summer’ (Matador)

Bladee and Mechatok – ‘Good Luck’ (YEAR0001)

Boris / Merzbow – ‘2R0I2P0’ (Relapse Records)

BOYO – ‘Alone Together In Los Angeles’ (Park The Van)

Deftones – ‘White Pony (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)/Black Stallion’ (Reprise Records)

Fetty Wap – ‘You Know The Vibes’ (300 Entertainment/RGF Productions)

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

Guided By Voices – ‘Styles We Paid For’ (GBV)

James Blake – ‘Covers’ EP (UMG/Republic/Polydor)

JPEGMAFIA – ‘EP!’ (EQT Recordings/Republic Records)

Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams – ‘Plastic Bouquet’ (New West)

Kid Cudi – ‘Man On The Moon III: The Chosen’ (Republic Records)

The Kills- ‘Little Bastards’ (Domino)

The Kinks – ‘Lola vs Powerman and the Moneyground Part 1 (50th anniversary box set)’ (BMG/Sanctuary)

Landshapes – ‘Contact’ (Bella Union)

Less Than Jake – ‘Silver Linings’ (Pure Noise Records)

M.Ward – ‘Think Of Spring’ (Anti-)

Nilüfer Yanya – ‘Feeling Lucky?’ EP (ATO/[PIAS])

The Neighbourhood – ‘Chip Chrome and the Mono-Tones (Deluxe)’ (Columbia)

ShitKid – ‘CROTCHROCK’ EP (PNKSLM Recordings)

Sturgill Simpson – ‘Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 2 (Cowboy Arms Sessions)’ (High Top Mountain Records/Thirty Tigers)

Various Artists – ‘Independent Venue Week LIVE 2020’ (IVW)

Various Artists – ‘Cyberpunk 2077: Radio Vol.1 – OST’ (Lakeshore)

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This Week’s New Releases: Tom Petty, Beabadoobee And Matt Berninger

There are some highly anticipated records being released into the world this week. Tom Petty’s posthumous album that was recorded during the original sessions for 1994’s ‘Wildflowers’ has finally arrived, as has the debut solo LP of the National’s frontman Matt Berninger, and Beabadoobee’s first full-length effort.

Head below for even more new music, including a surprise bluegrass double album from Sturgill Simpson and Katie Melua’s new record.

Beabadoobee – ‘Fake It Flowers’ (Dirty Hit)

Cordovas – ‘Destiny Hotel’ (ATO)

The Dead C – ‘Unknowns’ (Ba Da Bing! Records)

Eagles – ‘Live From The Forum MMXVIII’ (Rhino)

Goldmund – ‘The Time It Takes’ (Western Vinyl Records)

Guy Sebastian – ‘T.R.U.T.H.’ (Guy Tunes)

Katie Melua – ‘Album No.8’ (BMG)

Kevin Morby – ‘Sundowner’ (Dead Oceans)

Lucy Spraggan – ‘Choices’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Matt Berninger – ‘Serpentine Prison’ (Book’s Records)

Open Mike Eagle – ‘Anime, Trauma And Divorce’ (AutoReverse Records)

The Struts – ‘Strange Days’ (Interscope/Polydor Records)

Sturgill Simpson – ‘Cuttin’ Grass Vol 1 – The Butcher Shoppe Sessions’ (High Top Mountain Records via Thirty Tigers/The Orchard)

Tommy Lee – ‘ANDRO’ (Better Noise Music)

Tom Petty – ‘Wildflowers and All The Rest’ (Warner)

Various artists – ‘Blue Note Re:Imagined’ (Decca Records/Universal)

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This Week’s New Releases: Tegan and Sara, Noel Gallagher and The Beatles

This week is so busy! Tegan and Sara have released an album consisting of songs they wrote in high school and recently recorded, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have offered up a new EP and The Beatles are celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘Abbey Road’ with an impressive reissue.

If none of that floats your boat, head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

Automatic – ‘Signal’ (Stones Throw)

The Beatles – ‘Abbey Road (50th Anniversary)’ (Calderstone Productions Ltd/Apple Corps Ltd)

David Hasselhoff – ‘Open Your Eyes’ (Cleopatra Records)

DaBaby – ‘KIRK’ (South Coast Music Group/Interscope Records)

Dragonforce – ‘Extreme Power Metal’ (EarMusic via Absolute)

Girl Band – ‘The Talkies’ (Rough Trade)

Grateful Dead – ‘Saint of Circumstance: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 6/17/91’ (Rhino)

HELLYEAH – ‘Welcome Home’ (Eleven Seven Music)

John Coltrane – ‘Blue World’ (Impulse! Records/Universal)

John Newman – ‘A.N.i.M.A.L’ EP (Island)

Kaputt – ‘Carnage Hall’ (Upset The Rhythm)

Kefaya + Elaha Soroor – ‘Songs Of Our Mothers’ (Bella Union)

KMFDM – ‘Paradise’ (Metropolis Records)

Last Temptation – ‘Last Temptation’ (EarMusic via Absolute)

Moon Duo – ‘Stars Are The Light’ (Sacred Bones)

Nervus – ‘Tough Crowd’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘This Is The Place’ EP (Sour Mash Records)

Nothing,Nowhere. and Travis Barker – ‘Bloodlust’ EP (Fueled By Ramen)

Opeth – ‘In Cauda Venenum’ (Nuclear Blast)

Prefab Sprout – ‘A Life Of Surprises’ (Sony)

Red River Dialect – ‘Abundance Welcoming Ghosts’ (Paradise of Bachelors)

The Replacements – ‘Dead Man’s Pop’ (Rhino/Warner Records)

Sturgill Simpson – ‘Sound & Fury’ (Atlantic)

Tegan and Sara – ‘Hey, I’m Just Like You’ (Sire)

Telefon Tel Aviv – ‘Dreams Are Not Enough’ (Ghostly International)

Temples – ‘Hot Motion’ (ATO)

Thigh Master – ‘Now For Example’ (Goner Records)

Trentemøller – ‘Obverse’ (In My Room)

Wednesday 13 – ‘Necrophaze’ (Nuclear Blast)

 

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Staff Picks: Jacob Brookman

Jacob’s Albums of 2016

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

For his third studio release, Sturgill ‘Future of Nashville’ Simpson has delivered a concept album of incredible poise with a lyrical cogency that elevates it beyond its country roots to something altogether more ambitious and emotionally versatile. ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’ is a series of life lessons to his newborn son, and yet never veers into cloying sentimentality, instead taking the listener on a journey over the high seas rich in humour, sensitivity and love. But the best thing about this record is the near-perfect arrangement and production, which utilises the the late Sharon Jones’ Dap Kings brass section to devastating effect. An actual modern classic.

Chaleur Humaine – Christine and the Queens

It’s been a mega year for Héloïse Letissier, AKA electro-pop rising star Christine and the Queens. Her stunning debut album, ‘Chaleur Humaine’  is a record of intelligence, guile and delicacy, and rejoices in its synthetically swaggering electro stylings. Letissier is a performer capable of conveying Bowie-esque otherness through tightly choreographed performances, while her blend of Franglais confessional lyrics and electro grooves makes ‘Chaleur Humaine’ an album of fine emotional control. Rightly or wrongly, there is often an intellectual gap between performers who dance, and ones that play their instruments. ‘Chaleur Humaine’ bridges this gap with distinction, and makes it seem ridiculous.

A Tribe Called Quest. We Got it from Here- Thank You 4 Your Service



In a year where musical heroes seemed to drop like flies, one name that may not have made the front pages in the UK was that of ATCQ founder-member and solid gold hip hop pioneer Phife Dawg who passed away in March at the age of 46. He managed to lay down the majority of his vocals for his band’s first release in 18 years – ‘We Got It from Here – Thank You 4 Your Service’ prior to his death. It’s an album shot through with the conscientious and erudite rhymes that made them one of hip hop’s most popular groups during their 80s and 90s heyday, and despite its complex and tragic creation, confidently demonstrates an aristocratic mastery of hip hop production. It’s a shame that Phife Dawg is not around to enjoy the acclaim the record deserves.

Common – Black America Again

Though Common’s 11th studio album was recorded before the November 8 election of Donald Trump, its themes clearly recognise the deep rooted cultural challenges that persist in America. Little wonder; Common is wordsmith who has spent his career honing a distinctive style of syncopated jazz-rap that is heavily informed by politics, society and the artist’s own Christian faith. ‘Black America Again’ is a superb record of rootsy sample-led hip-hop cuts interlaced with complex lyrical stylings and elegant turntablism. He’s an artist who sometimes goes under the radar – especially in the UK –  but who continues to be one of hip-hop’s most vital voices.

Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks and, like fellow rock leviathans U2 and Coldplay, The Rolling Stones know their format and are not changing it anytime soon. ‘Blue and Lonesome’ – the Stones’ first album in 11 years – was recorded over three days at British Grove Studios in West London, and is a collection of rough ‘n’ ready blues covers for the connoisseur. It won’t change anyone’s mind about The Rolling Stones, and they will continue to be treated with derision by hipsters universally, but this is their best album in years. Loud, obnoxious and they sound like they’re having fun.

Jacob’s Music Videos of 2016

Jamie xx – Gosh


Taken from Jamie xx’s  ‘In Colour’, October saw the release of a new video from Greek-French director Romain Gavras, the London-based visionary behind promos for M.I.A.’s Bad Girls and Jay-Z & Kanye’s No Church in the Wild. The video is coming-of-age story set in Tianducheng – a Chinese city conceived as a recreation of Paris – and features an albino teen, Hassan Kone, who is worshipped by peroxided school kids. Completely unique, sinister and hyper-real, the promo marks out a director who has spent the past 10 years developing a visual language of gritty realism and high-impact physicality.

Beyoncé – Formation


During a year when ethnic divisions in Western societies have been radically realigned, Queen Bey has formalised herself as an essential spokesperson for many American minorities and women everywhere. Her video album, ‘Lemonade’ has managed to channel many of the hopes and fears of people of colour while the music promo to lead single Formation – directed by Melina Matsoukas – delivers a host of brilliantly executed set pieces. Flooded suburbs, abandoned swimming pools and grand French Quarter mansions play host to her oft-otherworldly ability to move.

Bonobo – Kerala

This alt-electro video features a terrified Gemma Arterton stumbling around a London suburb as a sequence of supernatural visions appear before her. Adopting a variety of glitchy video loops that have previously been used by the director Bison in his work for Jon Hopkins and London Grammar the promo is half-nauseating, half-instantly re-watchable. Furthermore, the visuals offer more hidden phenomena with every watch – from levitating rocks and chameleonic cars to vast, twisting buildings. See if you can spot them all.
 

Coldplay –  Up & Up


Hate Coldplay as much as you want, it only makes them try harder. The third single from their seventh studio album, ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ isn’t just the best music video they’ve ever produced – it’s the best thing they’ve ever done. Directed by two highly talented Israeli filmakers, Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia, the Grammy-nominated video features a host of impossible situations mixing space, time, scale, form and more. Stunningly imaginative, rich and resonant.

Grimes – Kill v. Maim


The visuals for Kill V. Maim are half Tank Girl, half Cameo’s Candy, and feature the singer – who co-directed the video with her brother Mac – in a series of increasingly kinetic cyber dystopias. Whether Grimes is hurtling through a fantastical cityscape in a pink convertible, doing battle in a grotty subway station or rocking out in a warehouse club, the world of the video is frenetic, hyper-real and psychedelic. She’s a unique talent, a proper artist.

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Staff Picks: Simon Ramsay

I can’t really think about anything musical without first noting that, in many ways, 2016 has well and truly sucked donkey balls.It’s certainly been one of the most shocking and surprising years in recent memory. Forget about Brexit and Donald Trump, what about Leicester City winning the Premiership and Beyoncé somehow getting nominated for a rock Grammy? Yet it’s the beloved legends we’ve lost that has made the last 12 months feel like the equivalent of a cruel, and repeated, kick to the nether regions.  

It was bad enough beginning this annum with the news about Lemmy ringing in the ears he’d been abusing for decades, but then David Bowie passed and it was clear the Grim Reaper wasn’t fucking about. Since then he’s taken Glenn Frey, Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Merle Haggard and way too many more to mention without blubbing like a baby.  

So how do we rally ourselves in the face of such mortal misery? What can resurrect our spirits and allow our sense of purpose to be refreshed and reborn? No, not a chat with David Icke, but the healing power of music. Here’s some things that have helped make the rock ‘n’ roll year of death a bit more bearable.

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

  • The Struts – Everybody Wants
  • The Cadillac Three – Bury Me In My Boots
  • Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor
  • Joanne Shaw Taylor – Wild
  • Rival Sons – Hollow Bones
  • Brian Fallon – Painkillers
  • Neal Morse Band – The Similitude Of A Dream
  • Another Long Year – Alien Architect
  • Joe Bonamassa – Live At The Greek Theatre
  • The Temperance Movement – White Bear

SONGS OF THE YEAR

  • The Cadillac Three – Graffiti
  • Another Long Year – He Took Beautiful Away
  • Panic! At The Disco – Crazy=Genius / The Good The Bad And The Dirty
  • Eden’s Curse – Jericho
  • Neal Morse Band – All The Ways Of A Fool / The Man In The Iron Cage
  • Alter Bridge – My Champion
  • Miranda Lambert – Tin Man
  • Kenny Chesney – Rich And Miserable / Setting The World On Fire
  • Blossoms – Charlemagne
  • Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Jesus Alone
  • Blackberry Smoke – The Good Life
  • Whiskey Myers – Stone
  • Airbourne – Breakin’ Outta Hell
  • The Temperance Movement – Oh Lorraine
  • Joe Bonamassa – Mountain Climbing / How Deep This River Runs
  • Joanne Shaw Taylor – No Reason To Stay
  • Dan Patlansky – Run
  • John Paul White – Hope I Die
  • Maren Morris – My Church
  • Albany Down – Feeding The Flame

BEST COUNTRY ALBUMS

Listening to a lot of country this year so here’s a shout out for some very strong records if you’re also that way inclined:

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Not to be confused with Homer.

Margo Price – Farmer’s Daughter

Thankfully unrelated to Katy.

Miranda Lambert – The Weight Of These Wings.

Possibly married to Rickie.

Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah

Not the one and only

ALBUMS I’VE PREVIOSULY MISSED, EITHER BY A YEAR OR A NUMBER OF DECADES

  • Eric Church – Mr Misunderstood
  • Neal Morse – Momentum
  • Kansas – Leftoverture
  • Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
  • Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit
  • Cam – Untamed
  • Little Big Town – Tornado and Painkiller
  • Lady Antebellum – 747
  • Zac Brown Band – Uncaged and the Grohl Sessions
  • Everything by the wonderful Gov’t Mule.
  • The Top Gun Soundtrack!

COMEBACKS OF THE YEAR

Cheap Trick – Bang Zoom Crazy….Hello

Best album title ever.

The Rolling Stones – Blue And Lonesome

It’s easy to take them for granted, but this showed exactly why the venerable rock n’ roll rascals are one of the all-time greats. We should really value them while they’re still going as they won’t be around forever. Apart from Keith. Obviously.

Metallica – Hardwired….To Self-Destruct

Assuming we just pretend that most of the second disc doesn’t exist.

THE YEAR’S BEST MEAT LOAF IMPERSONATION

Avantasia – Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose

It’s hard to believe Jim Steinman didn’t write this intoxicating slab of overblown, bombastic brilliance in the late 1970s.

THE YEAR’S WORST MEAT LOAF IMPERSONATION

Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are

Seemingly unaware his voice is now more fragile than a neurotic actor’s confidence after a scathing review, the big man claimed this is one of the best things he’s ever done. What’s the auditory equivalent of Specsavers?

ELSEWHERE…

HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR:  

Liverpool 4- 3 Borussia Dortmund

Unbelievable Jeff.

LOWEST MOMENT OF THE YEAR:

Sevilla 3 – Liverpool 1

Unbelievable Jeff.

VILLAIN OF THE YEAR

3:  Donald Trump

The world is doomed.  The hair piece industry is thriving.

2:  Nigel Farage

Redefining the word serpentine. Send him to America and don’t let him back in. Like, ever.

1:  Alberto Moreno

Even Dracula is less afraid of crosses than Liverpool’s lobotomised full back.

FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE YEAR

All the internet trolls on the latest season of South Park being locked away by the Danish and subjected to constant Rick-rolling. Oh, and Mr Garrison becoming President of The United States on the back of a campaign that involved an endless tirade of racist, misogynist rhetoric.  Then donning a blonde wig once in power. Like that could ever happen.

FAVOURITE TV SHOWS

Game of Thrones Season 6

Hold The Door. Holy shit.

12 Monkeys Season 2

Gripping, surprising and much better than you might expect given that it’s derived from a hit movie.

The Americans Season 4

Imagine something really tense and then multiply it by the highest number you can think of.  Then triple that. Finally getting recognition and it’s about time.  

Westworld – Season 1

A bit narratively wonky and, at times, too clever and convoluted for its own good, but looked fantastic and was one hell of a fun ride.

Person Of Interest Season 4

If you gave up early on in season one that was a mistake as this swiftly became the most original, intelligent and terrifyingly prescient show ever. While still delivering superbly directed – and narratively crucial – action set pieces. And this season’s spine tingling finale?  Welcome To The Machine indeed.  

HOPES FOR 2016

  • That Kiss are as brilliantly over the top as ever when I see them in Manchester.
  • A new Bruce Springsteen album.
  • A new album from the recently reformed Live.
  • Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart’s third album is as good as the last one.
  • Certain bands from America come over here and play outside of bloody London.  I’m looking, or rather glaring, at you Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
  • An older James LaBrie doesn’t die while attempting to hit all the insane high notes on Dream Theater’s forthcoming ‘Images & Words’ tour.
  • That Liverpool pull out of their mini- slump and win the league. Or Man Utd get relegated.  Either one will do.
  • Channel 5 show the fifth and final season of Person Of Interest. Assuming they find time to squeeze it in between documentaries on body mass and anal lice.

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