This Week’s New Releases: Pearl Jam, Dua Lipa And Waxahatchee

As the craziness around the world continues, the new releases are still rolling in and giving us some respite. Pearl Jam have finally followed up 2013’s ‘Lightning Bolt’, Dua Lipa has dropped her highly anticipated sophomore LP and Waxahatchee has put out her fifth.

Fancy some more new music? Head due south.

5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘C A L M’ (Interscope)

Basia Bulat – ‘Are You In Love?’ (Secret City)

Bon Iver – ‘Blood Bank’ EP (10th Anniversary Edition) (Jagjaguwar)

Brian Fallon – ‘Local Honey’ (Lesser Known Records)

The Chats – ‘High Risk Behaviour’ (Bargain Bin Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia)

Deeper – ‘Auto-pain’ (Fire Talk Records)

Dua Lipa – ‘Future Nostalgia’ (Warner Records)

Half Waif – ‘The Caretaker’ (Anti)

In This Moment – ‘Mother’ (Atlantic)

Lilly Hiatt – ‘Walking Proof’ (New West)

Little Dragon – ‘New Me, Same Us’ (Ninja Tune)

Lizzy Farrall – ‘Bruise’ (Pure Noise Records)

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real – ‘Naked Garden’ (Concord Records)

Melt Yourself Down – ‘100% Yes’ (Decca)

Milk Teeth – ‘Milk Teeth’ (Music For Nations)

Nap Eyes – ‘Snapshot of a Beginner’ (Jagjaguwar)

The Orb – ‘Abolition Of The Royal Familia’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Parkway Drive – ‘Viva The Underdogs’ (Epitaph)

PARTYNEXTDOOR – ‘PARTYMOBILE’ (OVO Sound)

Pearl Jam – ‘Gigaton’ (Monkeywrench/Republic)

Roddy Woomble – ‘Everyday Sun’ EP (A Modern Way)

Sarah Peacock – ‘Burn The Witch’ (Road Dog Enterprises)

Skepta, Chipz and Young Adz – ‘Insomnia’ (SKC M29)

Solomon Grey – ‘Music For Picture: Vol. I (Parallels)’ EP (Solomon Grey)

Sorry – ‘925’ (Domino)

Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams – ‘Aporia’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

Waxahatchee – ‘Saint Cloud’ (Merge Records)

Windy and Carl – ‘Allegiance and Conviction’ (Kranky)

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Things We Love This Week: Sufjan Stevens, Girlpool, Glastonbury

The time has come young (and young at heart) music lovers, for this is the final instalment of Things We Love This Week by me, your trusty and silly provider of musical news and fun, as I am moving on to the faraway shores of the Bristol music scene. Maybe I’ll see you at a gig there?  But fear not! The lovely Sophie Williams will be taking over the reins from here on in, so you’ll be in good hands.

Sufjan Stevens

Oh Sufjan, can you do no wrong? His latest work, ‘Aporia’ is due to arrive on March 27 via his own label Asthmatic Kitty. It’s a collaboration with his stepfather, Lowell Brams, the eponymous latter half of Steven’s 2015 LP, ‘Carrie and Lowell’.

The latest cut arrived this week in the form of Climb That Mountain, a truly magnificent instrumental with mountainous highs and needle-thin lows. The duo put it best themselves when they said: “‘Aporia’ approximates a rich soundtrack from an imagined sci-fi epic brimming with moody, hooky, gauzy synthesizer soundscapes.”

Girlpool

Girlpool have dropped a new single! But it’s not like their normal output. Like I’m Winning It is a little darker than what we’re used to, with layered, breathy vocals and some meditative guitar lines. Its video is a bit of a wacky one too. Set in a nightclub, everyone is dressed in Renaissance-inspired outfits, before Avery Tucker heads out into the spooky, smoky abyss outside.

Girlpool’s latest record was last years ‘What Chaos Is Imaginary’, and they don’t have any tour dates lined up for 2020 (yet!). That’s probably a good thing for now, what with all the coronavirus cancellations going on. Fingers crossed we get some more soon!

Glastonbury

Despite seemingly every event around the world being cancelled because of this inescapable coronavirus, Glastonbury, at the moment, is going ahead. The legendary festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary (yes, 50!) with some massive names this year. Emily Eavis said:No one has a crystal ball to see exactly where we will all be 15 weeks from now, but we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed that it will be here at Worthy Farm for the greatest show on Earth!”

And what a show it will be, with some top names having joined the bill only yesterday. Aside from your mahoosive headliners and mainstream stars like Kendrick Lamar, Camila Cabello and Dua Lipa, we also will be treated to the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Brittany Howard, Big Thief, Laura Marling, Caribou, Confidence Man, Metronomy, Nadine Shah and Thundercat, among many, many more. Check out the full line up here, and Bridgers’ latest single, Garden Song, below.

Over and out, FOR GOOD!

**Silently weeps**

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This Week’s New Releases: Foals, Jimmy Eat World And Battles

Things are not slowing down this week. Foals have released their second album of the year, Jimmy Eat World have put out their tenth LP, and Battles are back with their first full-length in four years.

Head below for the rest of today’s new releases, including Refused, Alter Bridge, Kash Doll, Rob Halford, Common Holly, and loads more.

A Killer’s Confession – ‘The Indifference Of Good Men’ (Wake Up! Music Group)

Alter Bridge – ‘Walk The Sky’ (Napalm)

Ariel View – ‘Until My Lungs Are Cleared’ (Epitaph)

Battles – ‘Juice B Crypts’ (Warp)

Carla dal Forno – ‘Look Up Sharp’ (Kallista)

Clipping. – ‘There Existed An Addiction To Blood’ (Sub Pop)

Common Holly – ‘When I Say To You Black Lightning’ (Dalliance Recordings)

Dead Soft – ‘Big Blue’ (Arts & Crafts)

Deux Furieuses – ‘My War Is Your War’ (Xtra Mile)

Foals – ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2’ (Warner)

Foxes In Fiction – ‘Trillium Killer’ (Orchid Tapes)

Garcia Peoples – ‘One Step Behind’ (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)

Gucci Mane – ‘Woptober II’ (Guwop Enterprises/Atlantic)

Homebody Sandman – ‘Dusty’ (Mello Music Group)

Hovvdy – ‘Heavy Lifter’ (Specialist Subject Records)

Jacques Greene – ‘Dawn Chorus’ (LuckyMe)

James Arthur – ‘You’ (Columbia)

Jim James, Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra – ‘Order Of Nature’ (Decca Gold)

Jimmy Eat World – ‘Surviving’ (RCA)

Kash Doll – ‘Stacked’ (Republic Records)

The Magpie Salute – ‘High Water II’ (Eagle Records)

Mark Lanegan Band – ‘Somebody’s Knocking’ (Heavenly)

The Milk Carton Kids – ‘The Only Ones’ (Milk Carton Records)

Patrick Cowley – ‘Mechanical Fantasy Box’ (Dark Entries)

Patrick Watson – ‘Wave’ (Domino)

Refused – ‘War Music’ (Spinefarm)

Rob Halford – ‘Celestial’ (Sony Music)

Sorry Girls – ‘Deborah’ (Arbutus Records)

Sufjan Stevens and Timo Andres – ‘The Decalogue’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

Tourist – ‘Wild’ (Monday Records)

Vagabon – ‘Vagabon’ (Nonesuch)

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Things We Love This Week: PEOPLE, Public Service Broadcasting, Idles, Interpol

Oh, hi there. I see you’re looking for some great new music? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

PEOPLE

Seemingly coming out of nowhere on Wednesday, there is now an entirely new streaming platform in the world.

PEOPLE is based around a collection of artists, including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, members of the National, Kate Stables from This Is The Kit, Lisa Hannigan, Phoebe Bridgers, Sufjan Stevens and loads more (you can check out the full list of people involved here), all working collaboratively “for the benefit and development of the artists involved and just as importantly, for those who would like to access and enjoy the output.” Put simply, an enviable group of people who you’d love to be friends with. Wouldn’t it be great to nip to the pub for a cheeky pint with Justin?

It also boats zero commercial interest or sponsorship, which is great. Independent artists making music for making music’s sake. *Sighs dreamily*

One of the featured projects on the site comes from Vernon and Aaron Dessner from the National, Big Red Machine. The only trouble is, I want to be able to download or have physical copies of this four track EP because it is brilliant. With the guitar expertise of Dessner and the iconic vocals of Vernon, both of their creative minds work in harmony to make perfect rainy-day music. Listen hereThere so much music to get your ears around. Good job I have zero weekend plans…

Public Service Broadcasting

J Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth, plus full band, have announced they’ll finish touring their latest album, ‘Every Valley’ with a string of intimate Welsh shows.

Based on the coalfields of south Wales, the record follows the story of the rise, progress, fall, and strikes of the industry, from the perspective of workers, women, and politicians. It’s such an interesting idea. There’s no place better for such a tour than in the valleys themselves, but they’ll culminate with a huge show at the Royal Albert Hall in November. You can check for dates here.

Idles – Danny Nedelko

We’ve got the second cut from the Bristol post-punks’ new album! Danny Nedelko is fun, fast and perhaps too catchy, with a singalong chorus that goes “yadda yadda yadda yadda ay ay ay ay” – something you might not expect from a band who are used to pissing in the kitchen sink. But it’s great fun. I’ve just listened to it four times in a row and would advise you to do the same.

Idles have confirmed details of their sophomore LP, ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’, out on August 31 through Partisan Records.

Interpol – The Rover

I’M SO GLAD INTERPOL ARE BACK. After missing their ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ 15th anniversary shows last year, this news gives me hope that I will one day be able to cross off seeing Paul Banks and co. from my bucket list. They’ve announced a new album, and have shared the first cut. ‘Marauder’ is due for release on on August 24 via Matatdor Records, prior to a world tour – which includes a stop at the Royal Albert Hall.

The frontman has stated:

“’Marauder is a facet of myself. That’s the guy that fucks up friendships and does crazy shit. He taught me a lot, but it’s representative of a persona that’s best left in song. In a way, this album is like giving him a name and putting him to bed. This record is where I feel touching on real things that have happened to me are exciting and evocative to write about… I think in the past, I always felt autobiography was too small a thing for me to reference. I feel like now, I’m able to romanticise parts of my own life.”

Over and out. 👋

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This Week’s New Releases: Björk And Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

This week is all about one woman, Björk. The Icelandic artist has finally followed up 2015’s ‘Vulnicura’ and we, along with everyone else, couldn’t be happier.

You’ve also got a new record from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and plenty more to keep you busy below. Fill your boots!

Alexander Armstrong – ‘In A Winter Light’ (Rhino)

Almanac – ‘Kingslayer’ (Nuclear Blast)

Amy Macdonald – ‘Under Stars (Live In Berlin)’ (Virgin EMI)

Andre Rieu – ‘Amore’ (Decca)

BDY_PRTS – ‘Fly Invisible Hero’ (Aggrocat Records)

Björk – ‘Utopia’ (One Little Indian)

Bob Seger – ‘I Knew You When’ (Virgin EMI)

Daniel Alexander – ‘Unfree’ EP (Maison Ainsi)

Drahla – ‘Third Article’ EP (Blank Ad)

DRAM – ‘#1EpicHoliday’ EP

Elbow – ‘The Best Of (Deluxe)’ (Polydor)

Frank Turner – ‘Songbook’ (Polydor)

Matt Terry – ‘Trouble’ (Syco)

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Who Built The Moon?’ (Sour Mash Records)

Ramones – ‘Rocket To Russia (40th Anniversary Deluxe)’ (Rhino)

Saxon – ’10 Years Of Denim And Leather – Live 1990′ (Demon)

SECT – ‘No Cure For Death’ (Southern Lord Recordings)

Sufjan Stevens – ‘The Greatest Gift’ mixtape (Asthmatic Kitty)

Wilson Pickett – ‘The Complete Atlantic Albums Collection’ (Rhino)

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This Week’s New Releases: Chuck Berry, Katy Perry And London Grammar

It’s another busy week for new releases. The late Chuck Berry’s first new album since 1979’s ‘Rock It’ has arrived, Katy Perry has finally followed up 2013’s ‘Prism’ and London Grammar have released their long-awaited sophomore LP.

If none of that piques your interest there’s plenty more to check out below.

Anathema – ‘The Optimist’ (Kscope)

Ani DiFranco – ‘Binary’ (Righteous Babe/Aveline Records)

Chuck Berry – ‘CHUCK’ (Devva)

Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ (Partisan Records)

Gov’t Mule – ‘Revolution Come…Revolution Go’ (Spinefarm)

INVSN – ‘The Beautiful Stories’ (Dine Alone)

Katy Perry – ‘Witness’ (Virgin EMI)

Lady Antebellum – ‘Heart Break’ (UMG Nashville)

London Grammar – ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’ (Ministry Of Sound)

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie – ‘Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie’ (East West)

Mr Jukes – ‘God First’ (Universal/Island)

Phoenix – ‘Ti Amo’ (Atlantic)

Rancid – ‘Trouble Maker’ (Hellcat/Epitaph)

Rise Against – ‘Wolves’ (Virgin EMI)

Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister – ‘Planetarium’ (4AD)

SZA – ‘CTRL’ (Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA Records)

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This Week’s New Releases: Gorillaz, Mary J. Blige And Thurston Moore

This week is absolutely bonkers! Gorillaz are finally following up ‘The Fall’, Mary J. Blige has released a new record and Thurston Moore has offered up a new solo LP, which he recorded with a little help from his friends, namely Deb Googe, of My Bloody Valentine and Primal Scream, guitarist James Sedwards, of N?ught and Chrome Hoof, and drummer Steve Shelley, of Sonic Youth and Sun Kil Moon.

If none of that is up your street there’s plenty more to cast your eye over below.

Blood Command – ‘Cult Drugs’ (Fysisk Format)

Cashmere Cat – ‘9’ (Mad Love/Interscope Records)

Feist – ‘Pleasure’ (Polydor)

Gorillaz – ‘Humanz’ (PLG UK Frontline)

Hajk – ‘Hajk’ (Jansen Plateproduksjon)

JMSN – ‘Whatever Makes U Happy’ (White Room Records)

John Mellencamp – ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’ (Universal/Island)

Juliana Hatfield – ‘Pussycat’ (American Laundromat Records)

Lea Michele – ‘Places’ (Columbia)

Life Of Agony – ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’ (Napalm Records)

Little Cub – ‘Still Life’ (Domino)

Lonely Robot – ‘The Big Dream’ (InsideOutMusic)

Mark Lanegan Band – ‘Gargoyle’ (Heavenly Recordings)

Mary J. Blige – ‘Strength Of A Woman’ (Universal/Island)

Mew – ‘Visuals’ (Play It Again Sam)

New Found Glory – ‘Makes Me Sick’ (Hopeless)

Sufjan Stevens – ‘Carrie & Lowell Live’ (Asthmatic Kitty Records)

Sylvan Esso – ‘What Now’ (Caroline)

Thurston Moore – ‘Rock N Roll Consciousness’ (Caroline)

True Moon – ‘True Moon’ (Lövely Records)

Wale – ‘Shine’ (Atlantic)

Willie Nelson – ‘God’s Problem Child’ (Sony)

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Capital FM’s Summertime Ball Steals #1 Spot On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart

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Capital FM’s Summertime Ball has made Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse‘s stay at #1 a short one. The comedy duo have been knocked off the top spot and have left the chart completely.  Also joining the chart and going straight into the top 10 are 50 CentBob Dylan and Wireless Festival.

In addition to the above, EditorsUB40Take That and Eric Clapton are new to the chart this week. However, as new entries arrive, others must leave, and so this week we say goodbye to Foo FightersThe VaccinesDisney On IceNeil DiamondMadonnaDynamoSufjan Stevens and Ben Howard.

1. Summertime Ball
2. Bob Dylan
3. Take That
4. Eric Clapton
5. AC/DC
6. Wireless Festival
7. 50 Cent 
8. Ed Sheeran
9. The Prodigy
10. Taylor Swift
11. Editors
12. One Direction
13. Madness
14. UB40
15. Olly Murs
16. Nick Cave
17. Fleetwood Mac
18. The Vamps
19. Paloma Faith
20. Michael McIntyre

On sale this week – can they break the top 20?

1. Blur

2. Status Quo

3. Brit Floyd

4. Tom Jones

5. Of Monsters and Men

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Harry Enfield And Paul Whitehouse Top Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart

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So, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse have knocked the kings off their throne and stolen Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart top spot from AC/DC, who still remain in a strong position at #2.  Also climbing the chart this week are Foo Fighters and The Prodigy.

However, where some go up, others must come down, and this week we see Ed Sheeran leave the top 5 and slide down to #11.  Joining him in his descent on the chart are Fleetwood MacBen Howard and Michael McIntyre.

In better news, we welcome some newcomers to the chart this week, including Josh GrobanThe VaccinesSufjan Stevens and Nick Cave.

1. Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse
2. AC/DC
3. Foo Fighters
4. Josh Groban
5. The Vaccines
6. Fleetwood Mac
7. Disney On Ice
8. Neil Diamond
9. Madonna
10. The Prodigy
11. Ed Sheeran
12. Olly Murs
13. Dynamo
14. Sufjan Stevens
15. The Vamps
16. Madness
17. Taylor Swift
18. Nick Cave
19. Ben Howard
20. Michael McIntyre

On sale this week – can they break the top 20?

1. 50 Cent 

2. Deftones

3. Summertime Ball

4.  Joe Bonamassa

5. Wu Tang Clan

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This Week’s New Releases: Death Cab For Cutie, Sufjan Stevens And The Prodigy

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If you thought last week was packed with big name releases then strap yourselves in for another intense week of album drops. We’ve got Death Cab For Cutie’s first album sans Chris Walla, ‘Kintsugi’, The Prodigy’s ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ and the much talked about Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Carrie & Lowell’. Check out the rest of this week’s new releases below.

Death Cab For Cutie – ‘Kintsugi’ (Atlantic)

The Prodigy – ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ ( Take Me To The Hospital/ Cooking Vinyl)

Sufjan Stevens – ‘Carrie & Lowell’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

Ludacris – ‘Ludaversal’ (Def Jam)

Circa Waves – ‘Young Chasers’ (Virgin EMI)

Hudson Taylor – ‘Singing For Strangers’ (Polydor)

Jodeci – ‘The Past, The Present, The Future’ (RCA)

Ringo Starr – ‘Postcards From Paradise’ (UMC)

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