Coming Soon… LEONARD COHEN Tribute Album Via BLEU NOTE

25 July 2022

There are so many Leonard Cohen tribute albums already around and another one is
coming up on 11 November via the iconic jazz label Blue Note (in business since 1939).

Here It Is: A Tribute To Leonard Cohen will feature covers of 12 of his countless pearls performed by artists such as Peter Gabriel, Iggy Pop, James Taylor and Mavis Staples.

Here is the song that inspired the new tribute album’s title.


1. ‘Steer Your Way’ – Norah Jones
2. ‘Here It Is’ – Peter Gabriel
3. ‘Suzanne’ – Gregory Porter
4. ‘Hallelujah’ – Sarah Mclachlan
5.‘Avalanche’ – Immanuel Wilkins
6. ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye’ – Luciana Souza
7. ‘Coming Back to You’ – James Taylor
8. ‘You Want It Darker’ – Iggy Pop
9. ‘If It Be Your Will’ – Mavis Staples
10. ‘Seems So Long Ago, Nancy’ – David Gray
11. ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ – Nathaniel Rateliff
12. ‘Bird on the Wire’ – Bill Frisell

LEONARD COHEN: Bio – Discography

September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016

New Album Of Old MARIANNE FAITHFULL Songs Lands In September

24 July 2022

Record label UMC announced in a press statement
details of a new MARIANNE FAITHFULL.

SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE 1965-1995 is the definitive overview
of the first 30 years of Marianne Faithfull’s recording career on the Decca and
Island labels. The 2 LP/2 CD formats land on 16th September.

This collection features all of Marianne’s notable singles, which are often represented in collectible 12” and 7” versions. Particularly rare is the original issue of her final Decca 7” ‘Something Better’ / ‘Sister Morphine’; subsequent releases used different masters, but
these original recordings have been unavailable since 1969.

Further unreleased tracks are live versions of ‘Brain Drain’ and ‘The Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ recorded during Marianne’s now legendary performance at St Anne’s in Brooklyn, highlights of which were released on the 1990 album Blazing Away. This collection also includes 2 previously unheard songs; a traditional blues ballad ‘I’m In Love Again’ cut during the Strange Weather sessions in 1987 and ‘The Calm Before the Storm’ written by Lou Reed and Rubén Blades which Marianne recorded for an abandoned studio album in 1989.

Marianne’s cover of Donovan’s song Sunny Goodge Street

The title Songs of Innocence and Experience acknowledges Marianne’s poetic influences with its reference to the work by William Blake, whilst also reflecting the change in style from the orchestral folk-pop and high pure voice of Marianne’s ‘60s career to her new wave punk influenced comeback at the end of the 70s with Broken English which featured her now trademark fractured vocals.

The front cover features a hand-drawn pencil image by Lithuanian artist Aistė Stancikaitė, commissioned exclusively for the project and the packaging also contains many rare and unseen images taken from the original album and single photo shoots.
The collection has been remastered from the original tapes by the Grammy-nominated compiler Andrew Batt, who also contributes sleeve notes.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL: Facebook – Instagram

Coming Next Week… New REGINA SPEKTOR Album

16 June 2022

Born Regina Iljinitsjna Spektor (Регина Ильинична Спектор)
Who: Russian-American singer-songwriter, and pianist
Active: Since 1997 / 7 LPs (new one incl.)

Out: 24 June 2022 – order info here

Spektor on her FB page: “What a crazy world it has been. And still is.
I’m just so glad it IS… cause knowing us humans, that’s not always a given.
I’m full of extra gratitude and love for the world these days. Just glad to
be here.”

Singles/clips: Up The Mountain / Coming All Alone / Loveology

(Sublime pop earworm)

(Symphonic mid-tempo lullaby)

Piano-driven grandeur

REGINA SPEKTOR: Spotify – Instagram

Coming In 2022 – New ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Album

19 December 2021

Who: Trippy electro-pop act from Baltimore, Maryland
Active: Since 2003 / 11 studio LPs (including new one)

New album: TIME SKIFFS
Out: 4th February 2022 – more info here

(Artwork LP)

Time Skiffs’ nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder. Harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources. Here is Animal Collective’s past two decades, still in search of what’s next.





Coming Soon… THE WHITE STRIPES Live At The Detroit Arts Centre – 2001

5 October 2021

Who: Meg and Jack
Active: 1997–2011 / 6 studio albums

Release: You need to sign up on the Third Man Records website
before 31st October if you want to buy the LP(s). More info here.

Third Man Records announces new White Stripes stuff: “We’re excited to present Vault Package #50: The White Stripes – Live At The Detroit Institute of Arts. The package, centered around the band’s monumental November 2, 2001 performance in the museum’s iconic Diego Rivera Court, features a 2xLP set on red and white vinyl taken directly from soundboard audio, a pro-shot DVD of the complete performance, unseen images by Detroit photographer Steve Shaw, and a custom gatefold jacket. Aside from being a defining document of the band’s global ascendancy 20 years ago, the performance is noteworthy for breaking the museum’s all-time single-day attendance record.”

The sweaty album trailer


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – The Legendary 1979 NO NUKES Concerts On Vinyl And Film

28 September 2021

From 19 to 23 September 1979 No Nukes: The Muse Concerts for
a Non-Nuclear Future
were organized in Madison Square Garden in
New York City. Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, and John Hall
were the key artists behind the massive event. One of the biggest acts
was Bruce Springsteen And The E-Street Band. A new DVD/Blu-Ray
and two vinyl LPs of The Boss performances will arrive in November.

“The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts” represent the highest quality and
best recorded Bruce performances from an explosive, ascendant and rarely
filmed era of the E Street Band. The film will be released in HD on physical
formats on November 19, including on two CDs with DVD, two CDs with Blu-
Ray, and two LP formats. Available globally in HD for digital download on
November 16 and digital rental on November 23.

Pre-order info here.

The promo trailer



12 September 2021

RICHARD ASHCROFT, who celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday (11th September), announced a new album titled ACOUSTIC HYMNS VOL 1 featuring twelve acoustic versions of classic songs from his career – with The Verve and solo.

First taster: ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ (of course)…


1. Bittersweet Symphony
2. A Song For The Lovers
3. Sonnet
4. C’mon People (We’re Making It Now)
5. Weeping Willow
6. Lucky Man
7. This Thing Called Life
8. Space & Time
9. Velvet Morning
10. Break The Night With Colour
11. One Day
12. The Drugs Don’t Work

12 September 2021

RICHARD ASHCROFT, who celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday (11th September), announced a new album titled ACOUSTIC HYMNS VOL 1 featuring twelve acoustic versions of classic songs from his career – with The Verve and solo.

First taster: ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ (of course)…


THE POP GROUP And DENNIS BOVELL Bring ‘Y’ Back In Dub Next Month

4 September 2021

Who: Legendary, sound-exploring
and outspoken Bristol post-punks

Album: Y IN DUB

Info: ‘Y in Dub’ is a 9-track collection of heavyweight dub versions that match the
prodigious intensity of their source material. The release reflects the enterprising
originality of the dub and reggae music that inspired The Pop Group, as well as the
legendary ingenuity of their longstanding collaborator Dennis Bovell, recently awarded
an MBE for his services to music, might we add… The original material is submerged and prolonged, shattered, splintered, and sculpted into turbulent, contrasting forms which
deviate from the original tracks in compelling, unexpected ways.

Release: Via Mute on CD and digitally on October 29th, 2021, with the vinyl release
set to follow at a later date due to ongoing worldwide production issues with vinyl.

Order info: here

L to r: Dub expert Dennis Bovell, frontman Mark Stewart, multi-instrumentalist Gareth Sager

Mark Stewart (frontman): “Dub to me is the music of chance.
A teenage dream come true – at last – this one’s for the explorers.”

Here’s the video clip for first taster WORDS DISOBEY ME

Original artwork

Original album

THE POP GROUP: WebsiteSpotify

(group photo via Mute)