28 June 2022
Artwork of new album
Band: HOT CHIP
Who: Veteran dance heroes from London
Active: Since 2000 / 8 LPs (new one included)
New album: FREAKOUT/RELEASE
Out: 19 August 2022 – more info here
Press info: Freakout/Release is another dizzying high in a multi-decade career that’s seen Hot Chip continuing to innovate and develop a rich, resonant songcraft. And while they continue to operate at peak form, the album also feels like a new chapter for the group – a collection of flesh-and-blood songs that finds the band reaching into the darkness to emerge as a true creative unit, their gazes fixed positively on the future ahead. The album features Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon, British DJ and musician Lou Hayter and production work from Soulwax.
Lead single: the up-lifting Down
HOT CHIP: Facebook
27 June 2022
Who: Veteran metal freaks from Los Angeles
Active: 1983–2002, 2004–present / 16 studio LPs (new one incl.)
New album: THE SICK THE DYING… AND THE DEAD
Out: 2 September 2022
Pre-order info: here
TRACKS (Cute titles)
1. The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!
2. Life In Hell
3. Night Stalkers
4. Dogs Of Chernobyl
8. Killing Time
9. Soldier On!
11. Mission To Mars
12. We’ll Be Back
Lead-single: We’ll Be Back
Mega trash fury…
MEGADETH: All Albums – Website
24 June 2022
Artist: REGINA SPEKTOR
Born Regina Iljinitsjna Spektor (Регина Ильинична Спектор)
Who: Russian-American singer-songwriter, and pianist
Active: Since 1997 / 7 LPs (new one incl.)
New album: HOME, BEFORE AND AFTER – her 1st in 6 years
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
NME says: “As emotional as ‘Home, before and after’ is, there’s a playful, punk attitude to every experimental flourish. This is a colourful, energised collection of work from an artist who could comfortably stay in her own lane, but chooses not to. With twee, indie sleaze and ‘00s alt-rock all finding new footholds in 2022, Spektor finds joy in creating a world all of her own.”
Turn Up The Volume: Topnotch record. A pop opera backed by a symphonic orchestra. Every song enthralls. Every song is a Spektor fantasy about love, pain, about her heart and soul. She’s back in supreme style. Welcome.
Singles/clips: Up The Mountain / Coming All Alone / Loveology
– UP THE MOUNTAIN –
(Sublime pop earworm)
– BECOMING ALL ALONE –
(Symphonic mid-tempo lullaby)
– LOVEOLOGY –
(Piano colored grandeur)
Stream full album on Spotidy
REGINA SPEKTOR: Spotify – Instagram
17 June 2022
High-passionate mavericks AFGHAN WHIGS from Cincinnati, Ohio
with general GREG DULLI upfront will share their 9th longplayer
named HOW DO YOU BURN? with the world on 9 September.
Work on it was begun in September 2020 – the COVID pandemic having forced Whigs frontman/songwriter Greg Dulli to abandon plans to tour his highly-praised solo album, ‘Random Desire’ – and continued over the next 14 months. The global pandemic dictated
also that the band record largely apart from, and in different locations to, each other: Dulli,
his co-producer Christopher Thorn and drummer Patrick Keeler together in California; bassist John Curley, guitarist Jon Skibic and strings man Rick Nelson laying down and engineering
their own parts in Cincinnati, New Jersey and New Orleans, respectively.
PRE-ORDER INFO HERE
The late monumental voice Mark Lanegan came up with the LP’s title.
He contributed backing vocals to two tracks on the record before his
sudden death last February.
Singles/clips (so far): I’ll Make You See God / The Getaway
– I’LL MAKE YOU SEE GOD –
A blistering blast
– THE GETAWAY –
Sepia-colored Dulli reflection
I’ll Make You See God
Catch A Colt
Please, Baby, Please
A Line Of Shots
Domino and Jimmy
Take Me There
AFGHAN WHIGS: Website
Tour 2022 – all dates HERE
13 June 2022
Band: FUTURE WEST
Who: 4 indie rockers from County Louth, Ireland
conducted by singer/songwriter Francis Watters.
New album: WHO WILL FORGIVE ALL MY SINS
Out: 19th August – more info/pre-order here.
The band’s second longplayer after their 2017
debut Holy Shit… Here Come The Future West.
The first 10 LP pre-orders will come with a unique handwritten, numbered lyric booklet by frontman Francis. These will never be printed or written out again so grab one while they’re available. The album features beautiful artwork from David Noonan of Just Mustard and includes a printed lyric insert.
This terrifically impassioned, full-hearted and flamboyant Irishmen have shared 3 tasters off their upcoming full length, so far. Three fervid cuts making you want to hear the other 6 ones too. Now.
References? British bands such as Hard-Fi and The Futureheads popped up in my mind
but also the guitar-fueled swagger of NYC heroes Interpol with Paul Banks‘ melodramatic vocals resonated on my inner stereo. Three bands also driven by an eager temper and affective acuteness. Trust me, you will rave about this quartet after absorbing these
three emo-charged zingers. Holy shit.
– LATE LAST NIGHT –
A fired-up bass-riff eruption with
Interpol guitar lines in the back
– ALL MY SINS –
A burning goosebumps torch
– GIVE YOU MY TIME –
Romanticism in motion
All songs written and performed by Francis Watters.
Additional recording by John Mellon, Peter McCoy and Pauric McCrum.
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Peter McCoy and Pauric McCrum.
Additional mixing by Francis Watters.
Mastered by Tony Fitz.
Artwork by David Noonan.
FUTURE WEST: Facebook – Instagram
Virginia’s heavy thrash metal veterans LAMB OF GOD (also known as Burn The Priest between 1994-1999) will make their millions of dedicated followers go daffy in October with their 9th album as LoG (they made two as Burn The Priest). The new one is baptized OMENS. Pre-order here.
TOUR NORTH AMERICA
LOG: Facebook – Website
9 June 2022
A new posthumous LOU REED album titled WORDS & MUSIC, MAY 1965
lands on August 26 via Light In The Attic, in partnership with Reed’s widow
Content: Previously unheard songs and alternate versions Of famous ones like
‘I’m Waiting For The Ma‘n, ‘Pale Blue Eyes’ ‘Heroin‘ and recorded to tape by VU mate
John Cale. Reed posted the tape to himself as a ‘poor man’s copyright‘ and it
remained sealed in its original envelope for nearly 50 years.
A deluxe 45-RPM double LP edition of the album will be limited to 7,500 copies worldwide and will include two 12-inch LPs, a bonus 7-inch including six previously-unreleased bonus tracks such as a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” a saddle-stitched, die-cut 28-page book featuring lyrics, archival photos and liner notes.
Order info here.
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC RECORDS: Website
28 May 2022
Living legend NEIL YOUNG has a new, old album out in July ,
titled TOAST. It was recorded in 2001. Pre-order info here.
Young about the album: “Toast is an album that stands on its own in my collection.
Unlike any other, Toast was so sad that I couldn’t put it out. I just skipped it and went
on to do another album in its place. I couldn’t handle it at that time. 2001.
John Coltrane, one of my heroes, made some music at ‘Toast’ studio back in the day. It may have been called ‘Coast’ then, but maybe not. The name changed a few times back and forth. It was on Mission in SF. The back door opened onto an alley. It was so stuffy in there that we left the door open until one day we saw rats coming in and out. After that, we just went outside for a smoke.
The music of Toast is about a relationship. There is a time in many relationships that go bad, a time long before the break up, where it dawns on one of the people, maybe both, that it’s over. This was that time.”
Ahead of the release, we get one track.
Standing In The Light Of Love is a vintage Young cracker.
Keep on rockin’ in the free world, Neil…
NEIL YOUNG: Website
JEFF TWEEDY and his band WILCO
launch their 12th studio album today.
A double one called Cruel Country.
It features 21 Jeff Tweedy-penned tracks,
made almost entirely of live takes,
created with all six members together.
Pitchfork says: “On a 21-track double album recorded live in the studio, Wilco embrace
a simple, buoyant approach that hearkens back to Jeff Tweedy’s earliest work… There may
be a gentle current flowing through its 21 songs, but the sheer abundance can also feel overwhelming. As lovely as they often are, the songs seem to drift and float, and Cruel
Country plays less like a sculpted double album than a vividly detailed snapshot of a
particular moment in time.” Score: 7/10.
Turn Up The Volume: Chicago songsmith Jeff Tweedy and his amigos are experts of electrical country music as they prove once more on this double LP. But as it often happens with double albums they’re too long which makes the quality go downwards.
Also here, it would have been a lot better to select the 11 best songs on 1 longplayer.
Singles/clips: Falling Apart (Right
– FALLING APART (RIGHT NOW –
– TIRED OF TAKING IT OUT ON YOU –
Stream the full album here…
WILCO: Facebook – Albums
22 May 2022
Band: DUNE RATS
Who: A rowdy let’s rock til we drop trio from out of AC/DC’s country
Albums: Dune Rats (2015), The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit (2017)
and Hurry Up And Wait (2020)
New album: REAL RARE WHALE
Release: 24 June 2022 – order info here
Rough Trade says: ‘Real Rare Whale’ is Dune Rats 4th long player and was recorded
with acclaimed producer Scott Horscroft. The band relocated to Eden on the south coast of New South Wales for three months at the height of the pandemic and set out to write an album that was opposite to the negativity going on in the world. The result is an album full of fun and melodic rock n’ roll.
The band says: “Real Rare Whale is hands down the fastest, funnest and most insane
album we’ve ever recorded. It’s an album that expresses the love of music and writing
songs. Songs that will be epic to play live to thousands of sweaty bodies having a great
Singles/clips: What A Memorable Night / Melted Into Two
– WHAT A MEMORABLE NIGHT –
– MELTED INTO TWO –
DUNE RATS: Facebook – Spotify