I’ll admit to first hearing Moby from his Play album, the one with “Natural Blues”. 18 took me a while to get into but I eventually did. Since, I’ve been a Moby fan, I haven’t always gotten into some of his music, but he’s definitely worth listening to. But that Play album! I STILL listen to that one.
On March 2 of 2018, Mute Records will release his next set. With a line taken from Kurt Vonnegut, the Moby album is being called Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt. The new album contains twelve tracks.
Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.
Short of acquiring a new Talking Heads album, it’s always great news to hear of a new David Byrne album in the queue. His last was Grown Backwards waaaaay back in 2004. Not discounting the excellent sets of Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008) with Brian Eno, and Love This Giant (2012) with St. Vincent, but those were collaborative albums. He hasn’t lost his sense of songwriting since his was eclectic enough to not have a time anchor to it. Again, I love the news when a favorite is coming out. And David has one.
On March 9, a new album by David Byrne will be in our anticipating hands. The new album is being called American Utopia and will be released via Nonesuch Records. This new album will be made available on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.
As of now, there is little information as to song content or a cover shot. But as soon as we get one, we’ll definitely come back with it.
David Byrne will be supporting this new album release with a tour. On the tour, it is expected to have David Byrne include some classic Talking Heads songs as well as a sweet handful of his solo gems. (I’d like to hear something from My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, even if somewhat taped.)
Neal Morse rose to prominence as a member of the highly regarded Spock’s Beard. For those who are unaware, Spock’s Beard is a progressive rock band that got its start with Neal Morse and brother, Alan Morse. Not long after their formation, Neal left to pursue more fully, his started solo career. Spock’s Beard still performs and records music with Alan Morse at the helm.
In 1999, Neal Morse released his first solo effort, followed by his second, It’s Not Too Late in 2002. After leaving Spock’s Beard, Neal released a large array of solo works that have endeared him to fans greatly.
On February 16, Neal will release his ninth album (not counting his religious albums or albums with other bands). The new album is being called Life And Times, and will contain mostly acoustic tracks. The new album is being supported by a tour in both Europe and the US.
In the ’80s, Echo & The Bunnymen provided their music in what I often call the richest vein in Rock history (1976-1985). Formed in 1978, with a first label issue in 1980 (Crocodiles), and their major label debut, the self-titled Echo & The Bunnymen, the band enjoyed hits like “The Pictures On My Wall” (1980), “A Promise” (1981), and sustaining well into the ’80s with hits like “Lips Like Sugar” (1987), and “The Game” (1987). In fact, Rolling Stone Magazine’s oft consulted 500 Greatest Albums of All Time pegged the band’s second release, Heaven Up Here (1982) as important enough to be included.
Over time, Ian McCulloch would leave to a solo career, and the band would become a shell of itself. Nevertheless, things being what they are, McCulloch would come back with Will Sergeant, and briefly with Les Pattinson. Together, they would release What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? (1999), Flowers (2001), Siberia (2005), The Fountain (2009), and Meteorites (2014).
On May 18, 2018, core members McCulloch, and Sergeant, (as Echo & the Bunnymen) will release their next studio set, The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon. The new album will consist of Echo & The Bunnymen classics reformed and reimagined with strings. It’s an album that McCulloch says he had to do for himself. We just get lucky enough to join in. Additionally, there will be some new songs as well. All in all, here will be fifteen tracks (unknown at this point).
The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon will be released on CD, 2LP, DD, and Cassette. Extra bonuses include 2LP picture discs, if ordered though band’s online store.
In 2014, Simple Minds revitalized interest in the band by releasing a new set of recordings that provided acoustic versions of their classic songs. It also helped that their 2014 studio set, Big Music, performed well. With that interest still high, it’s good to see the band plan a return to the studio realm with brand new music.
On February 2, BMG will release the 20th studio set by Simple Minds, which will be called Walk Between Worlds. The new album will feature eight new songs! (I’m so pleased to see a return to well thought out quality songs by releasing less tunes rather than cramming a CD with tracks because you can!)
Walk Between Worlds will be a somewhat different approach with half the album revisiting the sounds and styles of post-punk era dance-oriented songs, and other parts using orchestrations. I’m interested for he promise of this album.
Walk Between Worlds will be released on CD, Deluxe CD (with extra songs), DD, LP, and 2LP Deluxe. Here’s the breakdown:
The Deluxe CD, Deluxe DD, and Deluxe 2LP will provide three extra songs (a live version of “Dirty Old Town”, and studio tunes “Silent Kiss”, “Angel Underneath My Skin”.
Well, the holidays are running toward us…or we to them (which all depends on your personal viewpoints, I guess). But holidays are certainly not as much fun without holiday music to accompany them. For many of us, the traditional songs done up by contemporary artists are pretty cool. But when you look back at some artists who have created solidly entrenched songs (like Lennon’s “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” , or Joni Mitchell’s “River”, you realize that originals can become traditional.
Every year, recording artists try hard to become one of the next to become immortalized. This year, we have a new attempt by Sia, who will release her holiday album with a collection of ten original songs. And although it’d have been nice to hear a singer like Sia make a traditional song her own, I’m still excited to get something from the singer.
Sia has released a single from Everyday Is Christmas. The single is “Santa’s Coming For Us” (watch and listen below).
Everyday Is Christmas arrives on November 17 via Atlantic Records. If you visit Sia’s webstore (here), you have opportunity to purchase Everyday Is Chrismas with a variety of bonus-filled ways. There’s wrapping paper, Santa hats, ornaments, stockings, toppers, gloves, and scarves. Why, there’s even a Sia-inspired wig colored green and red. Or, of course, you can just get the CD.
If you want vinyl, Everyday Is Christmas will be released on December 15 in that format.
The late ’70s and early ‘8os were a rich fertile ground for Rock and Roll when its greatest level of evolution occurred. Sounds were simplified, music was crafted in different ways than they were previously. And for fans, there were a wealth of great bands like Talking Heads, Buzzcocks, OMD, Joy Division, Tears For Fears, Simple Minds,Skafish, The Police, Elvis Costello, and hundreds more. One of the bands of the late ’70s was Ultravox!
Ultravox! released their first album for Island Records. For vocals, there was John Foxx. That incarnation was a post-punk styled sound that was exciting and quite listenable. This lineup lasted through the first three albums before Island dropped them for poor sales. (Yeah, it surprises me, too!). But after Foxx, along with Robin Simon, went on to other things, the remaining members refused to die. Instead, they brought in Midge Ure, the singer from Rich Kids, and Visage. Drawing interest from Chrysalis Records, Ultravox released Vienna, essentially remaking the band into something more powerful. And for five magnificent albums (Vienna – 1980, Rage In Eden – 1981, Quartet – 1982, Lament – 1984, U-Vox – 1986), the band thrived.
On December 1, Midge Ure will revisit some classic Ultravox songs – including “Vienna”, “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes”, “Hymn”, and “Lament”, and reimagine those songs in a uniquely orchestrated way. In addition, Midge Ure also revisits songs from his own solo works, songs that include “Breathe”, “If I Was”, “Fragile”, along with a brand new Midge Ure tune, “Ordinary Man”.
The new album is being called Orchestrated. It’s promised to be different than you might expect. Listen below to the provided track (“Breathe” for your personal assessment.
Thus far, this is a UK issue only.
Orchestrated – Midge Ure
02. Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
04. Man of Two Worlds
05. If I Was
07. The Voice
08. Ordinary Man
09. Death in the Afternoon
11. Reap the Wild Wind
Glen Hansard has a rich history of music that not everyone is aware of. A shame since his style is easy to listen to, catering to a wide body of listeners. With our introduction to Glen Hansard via The Frames for a satisfying run of original music, we became more enamored with Glen Hansard via his appearance in Once, a film that netted him an Oscar for the Best Original Song (“Falling Slowly”). Since that movie, we have enjoyed two classy solo efforts, Rhythm and Repose (2012), and Didn’t He Ramble (2015). Now, with an obvious itch to create more quickly, we get the announcement of his next set.
On January 19, Anti-Records (his consistent label) will release the singer/songwriter’s next set, Between Two Shores. The new album will offer ten new Hansard compositions, two of which can be currently heard on YouTube (embedded below, or streamed somewhere). And if the two songs have any indication of what the new album will bring, then fans are in for a gem from the folk singer.
Between Two Shores will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP (with download rights).
Neil Young has wasted little time in bringing his next album to the strong collection of fans he has amassed over the decades since his arrival in the ’60s. Earlier, Neil Young has released his previously unreleased acoustic set from the ’70s, Hitchhiker. But hat’s material from the past and thus a curiosity. What’s he doing now?
On December 1, his longtime record label, Reprise, will release his 42nd(!) studio set (counting the curiosities). The new album is being called The Visitor. This album’s collection of ten songs were recorded with Promise of the Real band, a band he worked with on The Monsanto Years in 2015. Peace Trail followed in December of 2016. there is a song off The visitor that has been in circulation for a while, “Children of Destiny”. That song was released on YouTube in June (listen below).
Neil Young does not sleep!
The Visitor will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl 2LP. The 2LP set is scheduled for 2018, on January 5.
For quite some time, the public has waited to see what U2 can come up with musically. After the release of Songs of Innocence, which hasn’t exactly become he band’s next Joshua Tree, the band has teased the upcoming Songs of Experience. While U2 has long passed the time of expiration for me, this isn’t the forum to express any subjective assessments of a band that many still love. Therefore:
On December 1, Island Records will release the next U2 album, Songs of Experience. The band has released two singles from the new album tha are easy track down and listen to.
Interestingly, it appears that Songs of Experience was financed through Pledge Music. It is there that there are several packages available that should prove exciting pick-ups for the fan. There will be a Box Set Deluxe, featuring a 12″ x 12″ rigid casing. Inside there are 2LP, pressed on 180g-weight vinyl in cyan blue color. The 2LPs will contain 16 tracks. Inside the gatefold jacket, a six-panel oversized book is included. A 17-track Deluxe Edition CD is inside along with a poster, a Songs of Experience newspaper, and a download card for the digital tracks.
The album will issue individually on CD, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition, and DD.
U2 has a 15-date tour ready to promote this new album.
Songs of Experience – U2
01. Love Is All We Have Left
02. Lights of Home
03. You’re The Best Thing About Me
04. Get out of Your Own Way
05. American Soul
06. Summer of love
07. Red Flag Day
08. The Showman (Little More Better)
09. The Little Things That Give You Away
12. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
13. 13 (There is a Light)
14. Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)
15. Book Of Your Heart
16. Lights of Home (St Peter’s String Version)
17. You’re The Best Thing About Me (U2 vs Kygo) [This song is NOT included on the 2LP set]