This Week’s New Releases: Vampire Weekend, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes And L7

There are some highly anticipated records dropping this week. Following teaser posts that date all the way back to January, Vampire Weekend have finally put out the follow up to 2013’s ‘Modern Vampires of the City’, while Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes have released LP #3 and L7 are back with their first new album in 20 years.

More you say? Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

Anderson East – ‘Alive In Tennessee’ (Low Country Sound/Elektra)

Bad Religion – ‘Age Of Unreason’ (Epitaph)

Barrie – ‘Happy To Be Here’ (Winspear)

Benedict Benjamin – ‘Truant’ (Sugarcoat Records)

Big Thief – ‘U.F.O.F.’ (4AD)

Caroline Spence – ‘Mint Condition’ (Rounder)

Diplo – ‘Higher Ground’ EP (Mad Decent)

Drahla – ‘Useless Coordinates’ (Captured Tracks)

The Dream Syndicate – ‘These Times’ (Anti)

Filthy Friends – ‘Emerald Valley’ (Kill Rock Stars)

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes – ‘End Of Suffering’ (International Death Cult)

Jessy Wilson – ‘Phase’ (Thirty Tigers)

Joy Williams – ‘Front Porch’ (Sensibility/Thirty Tigers)

L7 – ‘Scatter The Rats’ (Blackheart Records)

Little Steven and the Disciples – ‘Summer Of Sorcery’ (Wicked Cool/UME)

Lucy Spraggan – ‘Today Was A Good Day’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Patience – ‘Dizzy Spells’ (Night School)

Pile – ‘Green and Gray’ (Exploding In Sound)

Saint Agnes – ‘Welcome To Silvertown’ (Death Or Glory Gang)

Tacocat – ‘This Mess Is A Place’ (Sub Pop)

Ten Tonnes – ‘Ten Tonnes’ (Warner Bros)

Vampire Weekend – ‘Father Of The Bride’ (Columbia)

Versing – ‘10000’ (Hardly Art)

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Things We Love This Week: Tacocat, Nile Rodgers, The Dirty Nil

Has anyone else noticed that it’s no longer DARK ALL THE TIME? Driving to work in daylight is a godsend. Smiles and sunshine all round from now on, please. It’s almost the weekend, and your favourite blog post is strictly POSITIVE VIBES ONLY.

Tacocat – Grains of Salt

“Don’t forget to remember who the fuck you are!” Wise words from vocalist Emily Nokes of the indie surf-pop band Tacocat — one of the best names in the business. The twangy guitar-led track is the first cut from their upcoming album, ‘This Mess Is A Place’, which will arrive on May 3.

And, if room temperature milk, dyed blue, stood in giant wine glasses while some of Seattle’s best performers bust a move is your thing — because why wouldn’t it be? — be sure to check out the colourful video!

Nile Rodgers Curating Meltdown Festival

It’s time to freak out. The funk legend has been confirmed to curate the 2019 instalment of Meltdown Festival, and it’s gonna be huuuugeeeeee. The 26th edition of the event will take place at the Southbank Centre in London, with acts selected especially by the producer, songwriter, musician, composer, guitarist and sonic trendsetter Mr Rodgers himself, of course synonymous with the 1970s disco band CHIC.

Meltdown has previously been helmed by Robert Smith of the Cure, M.I.A, Guy Garvey, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, and Massive Attack, to name a few.

Of this prestigious position, he noted:

“To be able to curate and produce nine days of live music for the city of London, the UK and music enthusiasts visiting from all over the world is truly a dream come true. Anyone who knows my career knows that Funk, Disco, Jazz, Soul, Classical, POP, New Wave, R&B, Fusion, Punk Rock, Afrobeat, Electronic and Dance music all play a role and you can expect that to be reflected in the performances we are planning.”

The Dirty Nil – Pain of Infinity Video

The Canadian punk trio have released another wacky video. If you like punks playing guitars and eating doughnuts, I’m sure you’ll like grim reapers playing guitars and eating doughnuts. Struggling at work to get their soul count up, the slackers end up hotboxing and playing their catchy song in the woods rather than doing any work. Don’t go getting any ideas, though…

Unless the idea is making a last minute trip to London tonight to catch their headline show at the Moth Club, which unbelievably is not yet sold out.

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Staff Picks: Laura ‘Riot Goth’ Johnson

You know the drill, another year has passed, new records have come out, some I’ve liked, some not so much. Below is a list of those that struck a chord with me in 2016. I also ventured out to some gigs so decided to share the best of that bunch too, along with all the shameless selfies I took with bands this year, and some other bits and bobs.


‘Paradise’ – White Lung

‘Shape Shift With Me’ – Against Me!

‘A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings’ – Beach Slang

‘Afraid Of Heights’ – Billy Talent

‘Painkillers’ – Brian Fallon

‘The Bride’ – Bat For Lashes

‘Hit Reset’ – The Julie Ruin

‘Skeleton Tree’ – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

‘The Big Fit’ – Skating Polly

‘Lost Time’ – Tacocat

‘Weaves’ – Weaves


Funeral For A Friend (farewell show performing ‘Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation’ in its entirety) – University Y Plas, Cardiff – April 6

Brian Fallon & the Crowes – O2 Academy Bristol – April 10

Tacocat – Moon Club, Cardiff – May 5

Iggy Pop – Royal Albert Hall, London – May 13

White Lung – Start The Bus, Bristol – May 25

Heck @ Camden Rocks – Underworld, London – June 4 (pictured below)

Skating Polly – Moon Club, Cardiff – June 15

L7 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London – September 13

Weaves (supporting Dilly Dally) – The Globe, Cardiff – September 20

The Julie Ruin – KOKO, London – December 2


The String Cheese Incident
Holocausto Cannibal
Basement Torture Killings
Scum Pulse
Premature Birth
Destiny Potato
Make Me A Donut
Penguin Prison
Dog Chocolate
Anal Floss Is Boss
Bad II Dreems
Palace Of Worms
Cancerous Womb
Girth Control
Cry Wank
Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing
Rectal Smegma
Infant Death
Grilled Human Brain
Oozing Wound
Marianne Toilet & The Runs
Breast Massage
Mountain Of Wizard
Fat Stupid Ugly People
Faces Of The Bog
Witch Vomit


Alex Rosamilia – The Gaslight Anthem/Brian Fallon & The Crowes

Ben Kowalewicz – Billy Talent

Chris Farren

Demob Happy


Jasmyn Burke – Weaves

Kenny Mellman – The Julie Ruin

Mish Way-Barber – White Lung

Skating Polly


FESTIVAL: ArcTanGent – Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin – August 18-20

VIDEO: Heck – Good As Dead

FILM: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

TV: Atlanta

BOOK: Tranny – Laura Jane Grace & Dan Ozzi

FOOD: Frank’s RedHot Original Sauce

DRINK: Black coffee

MERCH: Tacocat T-shirt (pictured below)

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Video Of The Week: Tacocat – Dana Katherine Scully


Tacocat have unveiled the video for Dana Katherine Scully.

The song, inspired by Gillian Anderson’s X-Files character, is cut from the band’s current album, ‘Lost Time’, while the video was directed by the band’s Emily Nokes and Lelah Maupin.

The Seattle band tour the UK next month, with stops planned in Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Brighton and London. Tickets are on sale now.

Head over to our music video page on the official Stereoboard website for the latest video releases.

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This Week’s New Releases: Babymetal, The Last Shadow Puppets And Weezer


What a week! We’ve got Babymetal putting out their sophomore album, the Last Shadow Puppets returning with their first LP together since 2008 and Weezer are racking up record #10 with their latest self-titled offering, which is also being referred to as ‘The White Album’.

There are a shedload of other albums out this week so make sure to cast your eye over our pick of the bunch below.

Babymetal – ‘Metal Resistance’ (EarMUSIC/Edel)

Bleached – ‘Welcome To The Worms’ (Dead Oceans)

Cheap Trick – ‘Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello’ (Big Machine)

Explosions In The Sky – ‘The Wilderness’ (Bella Union)

Frankie Cosmos – ‘Next Thing’ (Bayonet Records)

Lukas Graham- ‘Lukas Graham’ (Warner Brothers)

Moderat – ‘III’ (Monkeytown)

Mogwai – ‘Atomic’ (Rock Action)

Pet Shop Boys – ‘Super’ (X2)

Tacocat – ‘Lost Time’ (Hardly Art)

The Last Shadow Puppets – ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ (Domino)

Three Trapped Tigers – ‘Silent Earthling’ (Superball)

Yeasayer – ‘Amen & Goodbye’ (Mute)

Weezer – ‘The White Album’ (Atlantic)

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