Not that we need a reason to give women in music the credit they deserve, but in honour of International Women’s Day this weekend we’re going to use our limited time and word count to put the spotlight on releases by ladies this week.
Mandy Moore is back with her first new album in over 10 years, while Megan Thee Stallion and Ani Glass have both put out their debut LPs. We’ve also been treated to ‘Hunted’ from Anna Calvi, a reworking of her 2018 album ‘Hunter’ featuring collaborations with Courtney Barnett, Joe Talbot of Idles, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Julia Holter.
More? MORE? Fill your boots below.
Ani Glass – ‘Mirores’ (Recordiau Neb)
Anna Calvi – ‘Hunted’ (Domino Records)
Cornershop – ‘England Is A Garden’ (Ample Play)
Deacon Blue – ‘City Of Love’ (EarMusic)
Disq – ‘Collector’ (Saddle Creek Records)
Esmé Patterson – ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ (BMG)
Jonathan Wilson – ‘Dixie Blur’ (Bella Union)
Kleerup – ‘2’ (U OK?)
Lauv – ‘How I’m Feeling’ (Lauv (Kobalt))
Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Eternal Atake’ (Atlantic)
Mandy Moore – ‘Silver Landings’ (Verve)
The Mastersons – ‘No Time For Love Songs’ (Red House Records)
Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Suga’ (300 Entertainment)
Military Genius – ‘Deep Web’ (Unheard of Hope)
The New Regime – ‘Heart Mind Body & Soul’ (Elitist Enterprises LLC)
Overcoats – ‘The Fight’ (Loma Vista)
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – ‘Manchester Calling’ (Virgin EMI)
Rory Gallagher – ‘Check Shirt Wizard – Live In ’77’ (Chess/UMC)
The Saxophones – ‘Eternity Bay’ (Full Time Hobby)
Stephen Malkmus – ‘Traditional Techniques’ (Domino Records)
Thick – ‘5 Years Behind’ (Epitaph)
U.S. Girls – ‘Heavy Light’ (4AD)
Worriers – ‘You or Someone You Know’ (6131 Records)
X Ambassadors – ‘Belong’ EP (KidinaKorner/Interscope)
Following the fun of our Work Day Out on Sunday, it’s been a fairly quiet week here at Stereoboard…we have listened to a lot of things and have eaten a lot of cake. Head below to check out a few cool things that arrived in our inbox this week. Or don’t. It’s up to you.
Big Scary Monsters Pop-Up Event
Laura, Huw and I headed down to Cardiff’s Duke Street Arcade on Sunday to catch a pop-up event run by the indie-punk label Big Scary Monsters. It was awesome.
We caught Lauren playing Worriers songs first, before they hot-footed it off to Bristol to support Tigers Jaw on their UK tour. Then, on came Em from Nervus, who filled the room with renditions of our favourite pop-punk songs from their latest album. Despite the nerves of playing in such an intimate fashion to a crowd of perhaps 20, both musicians built up nicely for Slaughter Beach, Dog (ex-Modern Baseball co-frontman Jake Ewald), whose quiet, heartfelt performance of narrative lyrics and finger-picked guitar we watched sat cross-legged on the wooden floor. Magical.
Nervus – Fall Apart
To continue in a similar vein, Nervus have also shared a new video. Fresh off last month’s bleakly-titled sophomore album ‘Everything Dies’, the video for Fall Apart dropped on Wednesday, created by the film company Theatre on Wax.
The video narrates the Flight Of Icarus tale in stop-motion light-box form. The DIY style gives it a humble and endearing quality as we follow the little cut-out fellow on his endeavours. The director of the company, Mark Crane, said of Theatre on Wax’s work: ”Desire, dereliction and a sense of just being outside, on the fringe of something beautiful or dark that echoes in our lives… Sometimes we peek through the crack, and sometimes we dive in”
There’s something alluring about this sentiment that really strikes a chord within the video.
Father John Misty’s Self-Deprecating Meme
First of all, a disclaimer: I don’t think I could ever enjoy the music of a man who describes his genre as a “post-modern self-reflexive semi-ironic renunciation of originality”. Father John Misty announced a new album, ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ on Wednesday morning, which was previewed by two brand new tracks and an accidental album leak by Apple Music. The whole record was briefly available to stream by fans until being removed by the proper authorities. The sardonic singer-songwriter responded by changing his Facebook profile picture to a meme. Lol.
‘God’s Favorite Customer’ is actually due for release on June 1 through Sub Pop/Bella Union.
I could flesh this out with some context about the controversial Morrissey interview that exploded onto our interweb earlier this week, but I won’t bore you with him. Instead, here’s a lovely image of his cat. What a cutie.
As always, thanks for the attention of your eyes and ears. See ya next week.
Hello. My favourite thing about end of year lists is finding stuff that I missed out on the first time around. In that spirit, here’s a massive stack of records I enjoyed this year (and some wibble that I wrote about some of them) in no particular order.
I hope that this time next year my list will consist of a single album by Dillinger Four.
I’ve survived another year! In the process I’ve gained a few pounds and new friends, lost my voice after screeching along at numerous gigs and a shedload of money by spending way more than I should on fantastic records and merch.
It may be a sombre subject, but I didn’t feel I could reflect on the year without commenting on how I’ve been inspired by the strength of the victims who have stood up against their abusers within the music industry, and elsewhere, throughout this year, and many more prior. It is heartbreaking that we cannot go a day on Twitter without another instance surfacing, but I am glad that the true extent of the problem is finally beginning to be seen and challenged.
That being said, I refuse to let those awful humans detract from what has been an otherwise great year for new music. Check out what caused my ears to prick and heart to swell, Grinch-like, below.
The whole end of year list thing is stressful. I set some basic rules for these blogs to make sure we got the big things covered, but I’ve broken pretty much all of them because I’m a nightmare and can’t make decisions. One thing that’s certain, though, is that all of the lists below contain great music that I’ve revisited time and time again throughout 2015.
So, that’s something at least. They’re not in any real order because that would mean another set of (arbitrary) decisions altogether and fuck that.
You can shout at me about any of this on Twitter here.
This was my first year with Stereoboard and I think it’s fair to say it’s been my best yet. Professionally that is, I don’t want to shortchange 1996, the year D3: The Mighty Ducks came out. I’ve met bands I’ve idolised since my teens, new artists that have gone on to grace magazine covers and watched some of my favourite artists reform and perform shows I never thought I would have the privilege to see. Below is just a snapshot of my favourite things from the past year.
‘23 Live Sex Acts’ – Against Me!
‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’- Courtney Barnett
‘Welcome Back To Milk’ – Du Blonde
‘Perpetual Motion People’ – Ezra Furman
‘Blossom’ – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
‘Get A Witness’ – Queen Kwong
‘No Cities To Love’ – Sleater Kinney
‘Imaginary Life’ – Worriers
Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett
The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive – Death Cab For Cutie
Ordinary Life – Ezra Furman
Devil Inside Me – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Broken Hands – Fraser. A. Gorman
Raising The Skate – Speedy Ortiz
Under A Rock – Waxahatchee
Glutton For Distance – Worriers
Courtney Barnett (supported by Spring King and Fraser A. Gorman) – The Fleece, Bristol – March 28
FrnkIero AndThe Cellabration – The Globe, Cardiff- April 22
Babes In Toyland (supported by Skating Polly) – Trinity Centre, Bristol – May 24
Julie Ruin – Electric Ballroom, London – May 26
L7 – Electric Ballroom, London – June 16
Against Me! (Reading Set) – Richfield Avenue, Reading Festival – August 30
Jack Off Jill – Electric Ballroom, London – October 21
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (supported by Blackhole and Creeper) – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – October 28
THE WORST OF ALL THE AWFUL BAND NAMES I’VE HEARD THIS YEAR
Arse Full Of Chips
Cock And Ball Torture
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
Shaving The Werewolf
MY STOCK OF SHAMELESS SELFIES
Queen Kwong (Wes Borland and Carré Callaway)
Dallas Green (City & Colour/ Alexisonfire)
Against Me! (Laura Jane Grace and Atom Willard)
OTHER STUFF I’VE ENJOYED THIS YEAR
BOOK: Girl In A Band by Kim Gordon
VIDEO: New Wave – Sleater Kinney
FILM: The Voices
MERCH: Fraser A.Gorman – Tea Towel
DRINK:Punk IPA by Brewdog
FOOD: Peanut Butter (this was the same last year and will probably feature next year)
INSULT: “I envy people that don’t know you!”
STUPIDEST COMMENT OF THE YEAR
Me: “Who’s that guy on Brooklyn Nine-Nine that looks like Andy Samberg?”
This is an exciting week for new music. We’ve got Chelsea Wolfe offering up her fifth studio album, ‘Abyss’, Public Enemy releasing their thirteenth, ‘Man Plans God Laughs’, and in contrast Mac DeMarco with his mini album ‘Another One’. Make sure to take a look at the rest of this week’s new releases below.
Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Abyss’ (Sargent House)
Health – ‘Death Magic’ (Fiction Records)
Mac DeMarco – ‘Another One’ (Captured Tracks)
The Mynabirds – ‘Lovers Know’ (Saddle Creek)
Public Enemy – ‘Man Plans God Laughs’ (Spit Digital)
Sweat Lodge – ‘Talismana’ (Ripple Music)
Titus Andronicus – ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’ (Merge Records)
Worriers – ‘Imaginary Life’ (Don Giovanni Records)