Category Archives: New Music

The English Beat Starring Dave Wakeling With New Album, Here We Go Love

The English Beat were one of few legitimate bands that captured the unique ska movement of the late ’70s/early ’80s. Unfortunately, the band- with Dave Wakeling, and Ranking Roger only churned out three best-sellers (I Just Can’t Stop It – 1980, Wha’ppen? – 1981, Special Beat Service – 1982) before breaking up in 1983. From there, both Wakeling and Ranking Roger went to form the equally successful General Public, while others went on to form Fine Young Cannibals, also with a few hits.

In 2016, Ranking Roger formed The New English Beat featuring Ranking Roger, and released a UK hit album with Bounce. With that in the mirror, Dave Wakeling has formed a version of The English Beat (or The Beat) and is set to release a new album with that version of the band called Here We Go Love.

On June 15, watch for the Wakeling version of The Beat/The English Beat with Here We Go Love. It will offer thirteen new songs. This edition of The English Beat will be touring to promote the new album.

Here We Go Love will be presented on CD, DD, and on vinyl LP.

There’s no doubt that Here We Go Love will do as excellent as had Ranking Roger’s version of the band had with Bounce. Fix your attention (below) to “How Can You Stand There?”, a song from the new Dave Wakeling edition of The English Beat.

Dead Can Dance Expected To Release New Studio Album Soon

The Dead Can Dance band is, of course, not for everyone. But if you’re one of those that can merge exotic music, classical, chorale, and the unusual, then this blend of unclassified Rock from Dead Can Dance will certainly fulfill all of those whims in a single fell swoop.In fact, they’ve done i officially for seventeen years beginning in 1981 on through 1998. During that time, the major components of Dead Can Dance (DCD), Brendan Perry, and Lisa Gerrard churned out seven splendid studio releases. In 2012, DCD reformed and released their eighth studio album, Anastasis. Since then, the band has remained quiet.

Recently, it was noted in a Brendan Perry tweet, and mentioned on Slicing Up Eyeballs that the band would be releasing their next album soon. In fact, it was said that the album was completed bu was going through the mastering process. Remember, there is no current date for the new album. Bu I felt it a good thing to let you in on this if you were unaware.

Watch for more information as I get it. In the meantime:

New Gang Gang Dance Album, Kazuashita, For June

The legendary 4AD label has released some of Rock’s best loved independent bands, bands like Dead Can Dance, Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters, Pale Saints, Clan of Xymox, Bauhaus, and a wealth of other shoegaze bands. While many of those bands have ceased heir recording and touring, the label is still active in searching out endearing bands to keep things fresh. Current bands on 4AD include The National, Deerhunter, The Lemon Twigs, Daughter, and Gang Gang Dance.

It’s been seven years since we’ve last heard from Gang Gang Dance. Their last album, Eye Contact, was released back in 2011. The band is an interesting mix of jazz-influenced electronic ambient music, coupled with the hallmark of 4AD’s shoegaze preference. With five albums in release (Eye Contact is the band’s ONLY 4AD LP issue), the band has provided more than enough back catalog to discover.

On June 22, 4AD will release the next Gang Gang Dance album, Kazuashita. The new album will offer ten new songs with the hypnotic vocal style of Lizzi Bougatsos merged with the current music style of Brian DeGraw, and Josh Diamond.

Kazuashita is planned for CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

New Album From Folk Artist, Olivia Chaney, Is Expected In June – Shelter

Olivia Chaney is a folk artist who delivers a strong quality of work in her folk-styled music. Her debut album, The Longest River, was released back in 2015. Issued by Nonesuch Records, it is a collection of twelve folk tunes that have Joni Mitchell at its beating heart. Since, she has played with Kronos Quartet as well as other artists like her. The Longest River impressed many of her musical peers and continues to do so. Even Robert Plant has invited her to the stage.

Olivia Chaney has a voice suited for her chosen style. With her composition skills, she can put together intriguing albums with the songs she creates.

On June 15, Nonesuch Records will release the next musical chapter from Olivia Chaney named Shelter. Currently, the song “IOU” is available as a forerunner of the upcoming album.  (You can listen to that song below.) Shelter will issue on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. A pre-order at the webstore of Nonesuch will net you a signed print.

I recommend (strongly) a music journey backwards to her first album. If you’re a Folk fan, you’ll find much beauty in the songs of The Longest Road. And if “IOU” is an apt indicator, you’ll feel just as strongly with Shelter when it releases.

 

New Album By The Paper Kites – On The Train Ride Home – Is Uhhh, Out Now

In a surprising but head-scratching moment, The Paper Kites attended Twitter with an immediate announcement that their new album (the one they’ve been teasing fans with for a bit now) was out! There were no upcoming notices. Just a small sampling of a song the previous evening before the announcement. Now, with that aside…

On April 17, uhh, now, the new album from the Australian gem of a band, The Paper Kites will be is available. The new album is called On The Train Ride Home. With its eight new tracks, the album returns the band to an acoustic display of their music. Currently, you can listen to the new album via streaming services like Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, Apple Music, and purchase it digitally via iTunes and Google Play.

But…there is definitely more to this. Given  that On The Train Ride Home is somewhat of an unusual offering by a band who is ascending as their designated ‘next album’, I believe that it is a forerunner of their next official – and electric – album. And while it is absolutely a full-length album, my guess is that these are written songs that didn’t make the  new album cut but were too good to not release. Because…

In August, The Paper Kites will release another new album (I am assuming their intended follow-up to the brilliant TwelveFour (2015). This is an album I saw them support on a tour). The new album will be called On The Corner Where You Live.  More as that album date approaches.

As for On The Train Ride Home, it has a definite Neil Young vibe, especially on “Between The Houses”. If you’re a Paper Kites fan, then you will love this new and surprising album. As for me, I’ll be at their next concert showing, for sure!

Here’s a link to get you to the album on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Google Play.

On The Train Ride HomeThe Paper Kites

01 – Nothing More Than That
02 – On The Train Ride Home
03 – Arms
04 – Between The Houses
05 – Only One
06 – It’s Not Like You
07 Standing In The Rain
08 – How Long

Matthew Sweet To Release Tomorrow Forever Sessions Extension Album, Tomorrow’s Daughter

Following Richard Lloyd of Television fame, I first ran into Matthew Sweet with his 1989 album, Earth. Since that album, Matthew Sweet has released a healthy display of music including his well-received covers sets with Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles).

On May 18, Matthew Sweet will release a brand new album, his follow-up to 2017’s Tomorrow Forever. The new album is being called Tomorrow’s Daughter and will contain twelve Sweet compositions that were written and recorded during the Tomorrow Forever sessions. It could be called an extension of that album. The recently released “I Belong To You” single comes out ahead of the album (hear below). Megaforce is the releasing label.

Tomorrow’s Daughter will be issued on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.  There are no proper artwork for the new album to see.

Matthew Sweet has a lot of musical history since his debut from  1986 (Inside). If you like this track, then you have plenty to backtrack with.

Ry Cooder To Release New Album, The Prodigal Son

Ry Cooder is a name well known for his quality roots music, and his guitar work, especially his slide guitar. He’s had more than a few solo albums amid his sessions works and involvements (he was essential to the stunning Crossroads soundtrack to the Ralph Macchio film (don’t knock it until you’ve seen it). His sessions work is a veritable grocery list of great Rock bands and singers. To date, he has sixteen solo albums out including the immensely popular Bop Til You Drop (1979). Needless to say, his involvement is immeasurable and essential to Rock,

On May 11, Fantasy Records will release a new Ry Cooder album, The Prodigal Son. His last, Election Special, was released in 2012, so it’s time.

The Prodigal Son will contain eleven new songs, a collection of covers and originals. It is planned to be released on CD, DD, and 180g-weight black vinyl LP. You can enjoy the title track below.

New Florence + The Machine Album, High As Hope, Is Rumored Near

The last time that Florence Welch graced us with great new original music was back in 2015 with How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. With that album, we were given “What Kind of Man”, “Ship to Wreck”, and “Queen of Peace” to enjoy and return to periodically. (Today’s playlisting trend typically doesn’t allow for return trips to songs other than a ‘catch’ on YouTube or radio.) Today, I still frequently return to “Dog Days Are Over”, and “Drumming Song” from her first album, Lungs (2009).

Recently, it’s been rumored that the new Florence + The Machine have a new album arriving. The sources are credible and so, with that, I’ll simply repeat the ‘rumors’ for you, just so you’re aware.

On June 29, a new Florence + The Machine album is expected to be released. The new album is being called High As Hope, and will deliver ten new songs in the standard release, leaving speculation to an expanded Deluxe Edition. A new song, “Sky Full of Song” is expected this week.

I’ll be sure to keep a sharp eye out for official announcements!

New Arctic Monkeys Album, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

Arctic Monkeys have been delivering great music since 2006 when their best-selling debut set, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not released to strong acceptance. From an independent perch, there really aren’t that many alternative bands with that kind of movement.  Since then, they have five studio sets out with their last issued in 2013 (AM). It delivered six singles.

On May 11, the new Arctic Monkeys album will arrive. Called Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, it will provide eleven new songs and is planned for CD, DD, and three colors of vinyl editions including standard black, and limited editions of silver color, and a clear vinyl.

The album will be released with an expansive 16-page booklet. Watch for the band to tour the album for the summer months. Currently, many of the shows are already sold out.

Tranquility Base Hotel & CasinoArctic Monkeys

01 – Star Treatment
02 – One Point Perspective
03 – American Sports
04 – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
05 – Golden Trunks
06 – Four Out of Five
07 – The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip
08 – Science Fiction
09 – She Looks Like Fun
10 – Batphone
11 – The Ultracheese

 

New Johnny Marr Album, Call The Comet, In June

The Smiths are a revered UK band from the early ’80s. Not that you didn’t know that, but since their retirement in 1987, both Johnny Marr, and Morrissey have gone on to measured success with solo outings. Although late in his career, Johnny Marr has previously released two albums (The Messenger – 2013, Playland – 2014). Previously, Marr had occupied himself with session work.

On June 15, Johnny Marr will release his third solo album, Call The Comet. This new album will feature twelve new songs. A listen to the first single from the album (below) will confirm that Johnny Marr fits well within the framework of today’s Rock and Roll.

The new album is scheduled for release on CD, DD, Cassette, and vinyl LP (a limited edition silver vinyl, and standard black). There will be a 7″ vinyl single for sale as well. (See all that here.)