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2CD 30th Anniversary Edition of Carly Simon 1987 Classic, Coming Around Again

Carly Simon has an impressive catalog of twenty-three studio albums including Never Been Gone, an acoustic re-record of her classic hits. A few years back, it was noted that she signed a deal that included her current catalog (as far as I understand). With that announcement, I had a lot of hope that there would be magnificent editions of her great albums including No Secrets, Anticipation, and her self-titled album that started it all off with “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”. Of course, none of that came to fruition. For whatever reasons, Never Been Gone was the last album we received. That was back in 2009…eight long years ago. But…

On October 27, Hot Shot Records, a division of UK’s great Cherry Red Records’ umbrella labels, will release a 2CD 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Coming Around Again. Coming Around Again was responsible for a resurgence of interest in Carly Simon after a steady decline of sales over five releases (Spy – 1979, Come Upstairs – 1980, Torch – 1981, Hello Big Man – 1983, and Spoiled Girl – 1985). Coming Around Again, a clever title for the unexpected resurgence, was released in 1987 on a new label (Arista Records), and gave her a well-deserved platinum record with two Grammy noms to go along with it.

The album generated four strong singles (“Coming Around Again”, “Give Me All Night”, “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of”, “All I Want Is You”) that, along with a televised live special from Martha’s Vineyard, gained a new fanbase. (I should know as this edition of Carly Simon won the attention of my daughter, who may have played the CD more than I had!) The album also received strong FM play of”Two Hot Girls (On A Hot Summer Night)”.

This new 30th Anniversary Edition will feature new remastering, six bonus studio cuts, and eleven live performance tracks (see list below). An interview with Carly Simon is included.

Coming Around Again (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) – Carly Simon

CD1 (Original Album, Bonus Track Inclusions):
01. Coming Around Again
02. Give Me All Night
03. As Time Goes By
04. Do the Walls Come Down
05. It Should Have Been Me
06. The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of
07. Two Hot Girls (On a Hot Summer Night)
08. You Have to Hurt
09. All I Want Is You
10. Hold What You’ve Got
11. Itsy Bitsy Spider
Bonus Tracks
12. Raining
13. The Wives Are in Connecticut
14. If It Wasn’t Love (From “Nothing in Common”)
15. Let the River Run (From “Working Girl”)
16. Sleight of Hand
17. Give Me All Night (12″ Extended Remix)

CD2 (Live: Carly in Concert – Coming Around Again):
01. Nobody Does It Better
02. You’re So Vain
03. It Happens Everyday
04. Anticipation
05. The Right Thing to Do
06. Do the Walls Come Down
07. You Belong to Me
08. Two Hot Girls (On a Hot Summer Night)
09. All I Want Is You
10. Coming Around Again/Itsy Bitsy Spider
11. Never Been Gone


Four Carly Simon Classics To Be Reissued As Stereo SACD By MoFi

Carly Simon SACD MoFiIf you’re one of those die-hard Carly Simon fans (like someone I know), and you’re all about SACDs, then this piece of news is right up your alley. It’s not enough that we have duplicates of our favorite artists in several formats (which to play, which to play), but we need to hear it as pristine as humanly possible. That’s what helps to drive the small niche market of superior sound. This time around, the tireless Mobile Fidelity gives Carly Simon’s exemplary eponymous debut an audio cleaning.

This debut was home to Carly’s breakout single, “That’s the Way I Always Heard It Should Be”. The song rose to the Top10 on the charts. In additoon, the album was nominated for two Grammys, winning one of them for Best New Artist.

Carly Simon (the album) will be released on January 12 (today) and will be issued as a Stereo Hybrid SACD.

No Secrets has been released as SACD as an issue by noted high-quality Audio Fidelity. However, it is being remastered as a Stereo Hybrid SACD by MoFi as well as Anticipation (1971), and Hotcakes (1974). Those will be reissued soon as a date has been assigned to them. I will be sure to let you know when they do.

The SACDs (which can be played in standard CD players due to their Hybrid assembly, but will need SACD capability to decode the higher quality audio), can be pre-ordered by MoFi, Music Direct, and maybe even Amazon (if not Amazon, then shortly).

I’m all in!

Carly Simon Anticipation SACD

Carly Simon No Secrets SACD

Carly Simon Hotcakes SACD



Come Back To Us, Carly Simon!

Carly Simon is photographed in New York on April 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper)
Carly Simon is photographed in New York on April 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper)

Over the years, I’ve written a fair share of “where are you” and “time for a new album” pieces. This one will just be another in a long line of ignored pleas. But I have to ask the question: Why doesn’t Carly Simon continue to record music? What Carly has over long gone Rock classics is style of music. In her genre, the sounds have changed little, which means that whatever she does will fit in just as neatly as it always have.

Someone recently posted on a Carly Simon fan page a few lines from her magnificent “His Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin”, a love song sung to Robin Hood from the perspective of Maid Marion. I know what a beautiful album No Secrets is. But her previous two albums, (Carly Simon – 1971, Anticipation – 1971) were equally great.

Carly released quite a few hits, all contained on best-selling albums. She has released 23 studio works including three Platinum-selling hits (No Secrets – 1972, Boys In The Trees – 1978, Coming Around Again – 1987), and two Gold-selling sets (Anticipation – 1971, Hotcakes – 1974). But there’s not an album that isn’t enjoyed by her many fans. And yet, surprisingly, our last album from her was an acoustic rework of her hits (Never Been Gone) produced in 2009. And that album is good enough to still hit my rotation periodically. Her last album of original material was thee ill-fated (but excellent) This Kind Of Love, mishandled by Hear Music back in 2008.

And so:

Dear Carly…

After almost eight years without new music from you (not counting the excellent “I Can’t Thank You Enough”, a new song found on her ‘best of’ companion set, Songs From the Trees), your fans are getting a little antsy. The music you create exists within a barely changed genre, which is to your advantage.

I know it takes money to produce an album of songs. I also understand your reticence after the fiasco with Hear Music. Who wants a repeat of that mess. I’m sure it’s not you! But I cannot imagine there’s not a label out there that doesn’t want to provide a nice fan-base with new music from you.

New music? You cannot tell me that the creative side of you doesn’t want to produce another great album. Go back and listen again to your great early material. Start there. See if you can’t be inspired to create again. I’m betting you can.

With the recent release of your autobiography, you have a positive buzz going on. Release a statement and tell us that you’re working on a new album. Resolve! Provide!

You’re loved, Carly. You can do this.

The lyrics of “Anticipation” works quite well here!



New 2CD Carly Simon Collection, Songs From The Trees, In November

Carly Simon Songs From The TreesSeveral weeks back, I mentioned the companion album collection of Carly Simon songs meant to sidle up next to Simon’s upcoming autobiography, Boys In The Trees: A Memoir. I knew of a date and a title, but nothing else. Now, I know a bit more including a look at the track-list.

To recap, on November 20, Rhino Records will deliver a 2CD, 31-track set titled Songs From The Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection that will precede the arrival of the book, scheduled for November 24.

Songs From The Trees will offer two CDs with selections drawn from her time with The Simon Sisters, and going up to her 3CD collection Box, Clouds In My Coffee (1995). In addition, this new set will give us two previously unreleased tracks (“Showdown”, “I Can’t Thank You Enough”). Also, I’m very pleased to note the inclusion of “My Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin” from her excellent classic, No Secrets.

Songs From The Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection – Carly Simon


01 – Boys In The Trees
02 – Winken’, Blinkin’ And Nod (The Simon Sisters)
03 – Orpheus
04 – Older Sister
05 – It Was So Easy
06 – Embrace Me, You Child
07 – Hello Big Man
08 – Two Hot Girls (On A Hot Summer Night)
09 – It Happens Everyday
10 – His Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin
11 – I’m All It Takes To Make You Happy
12 – That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be
13 – I’ve Got To Have You
14 – Anticipation
15 – Legend In Your Own Time
16 – Three Days


01 – Julie Through The Glass
02 – We Have No Secrets
03 – You’re So Vain
04 – Mind On My Man
05 – Mockingbird
06 – After The Storm
07 – Haunting
08 – In Times When My Head
09 – You Belong To Me
10 – We’re So Close
11 – From The Heart
12 – Come Upstairs
13 – The Right Thing To Do
14 – Showdown (Boys In The Trees outtake, previously unreleased)
15 – I Can’t Thank You Enough (New, previously unreleased)


TAPSheet: Release Notes – 10/13/2015

XL Recordings will offer two different LP sets for the Badly Drawn Boy debut, The Hour Of Bewilderbeast (2000). The label will present a 3LP Deluxe Edition, as well as a 2LP standard set. Both are slotted for release on December 11.

Elektra Records, in anticipation of the upcoming autobiography (Nov 24) by Carly Simon, will release a companion CD, Songs From The Trees. This CD is slated for November 20. My speculation is that it will be a fresh collection of Simon classics, not necessarily a ‘best of’.

It’s good to see The Innocence Mission back with a new album. Hello I Feel The Same is being released October 16 via Korda Records.

The Innocence Mission Hello I Feel The Same

The new album from Trey Anastasio is on the calendar for release on October 30 via ATO Records. The new album, called Paper Wheels, is expected to issue on CD, LP, and DD.

Trey Anastasio Paper Wheels

Merge Records plan to reissue Gimme Fiction, the 2005 classic from Spoon. The reissue will be offered in a 2CD Deluxe Edition, and a 2LP Deluxe Edition on December 11.

Spoon Gimme Fiction 10th Anniversary Deluxe

UDR Records will release the new Europe album (See, there WAS a reason for their Geico commercial appearance) on December 4. the new album is called War Of Kings, and will be offered on a CD/DVD Special Edition, a CD/BD Special Edition, and Special SPECIAL Edition with CD/DVD/BD, along with a photobook.

War Of Kings - Europe

Reprise Records will reissue Noel, the XMas album from Josh Groban, on vinyl 2LP. It’s penciled in for December 4.

Soulfood Records will present a solo effort from Candice Night (Blackmore’s Night), Starlight, Starbright. This new set is expected on November 20.

Candice Night Starlight Starbright

Warner Brothers will release a new Enya album, Dark Sky Island, on CD and Deluxe Edition CD, both on November 30.

Enya Dark Sky Island

Jagjaguwar Records will reissue a 10th Anniversary Edition of Black Sheep Boy (2005) by Okkervil River. It will be issued on a 3LP and a 3CD set. Bonus to this album is the previously unreleased full-length album, There Swims A Swan, recorded six months prior to Black Sheep Boy). It is scheduled for reissue on December 4.

Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy 10th Anniversary

Warner Brothers Records will release a 20th Anniversary reissue of A Boy Named Goo by The Goo Goo Dolls. This set is planned for vinyl LP (with download card), and CD. The sets will feature seven previously unreleased live tracks. These are planned for November 27.

A Boy Named Goo The Goo Goo Dolls 20th Anniversary

Epitaph Records will reissue …And Out Come The Wolves, the 1995 release by Rancid, on 180g-weight vinyl LP. This limited Edition vinyl set will include a download card. It is expected on November 27.

Elektra Records has a ‘best of’ coming for Tracy Chapman on November 20. The collection, Tracy Chapman – Greatest Hits, will draw from six Elektra sets.

As if you’ll care (I know I don’t), Time/Life will release a 9DVD Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame set on November 17.  In it are reported to be 125 performances, over 24 hours of rare footage, and nine hours of bonus features. This set covers the first 24 years of the Hall.


On November 13, Reprise Records (Neil Young’s long standing label) will release Bluenote Café. The live set features various recorded captures on the Bluenote tour during 1988. The set contains 23 live performance tracks including seven previously unreleased tracks. Included is a wild 19+ minute version of “Tonight’s The Night”. I have seen Neil Young live during his peak years. I have to say that he can get inspired with a song or two. I was lucky to hear an extended version of “Like A Hurricane” at the old Chicago Stadium. Bluenote Café will be released on 2CD and 4LP sets. This set is considered Volume 11 in his Neil Young Archives Performance Series.

Neil Young Bluenote Cafe

Rock Ridge Music will release a new Steve Forbert album with Compromised, which is scheduled for a CD release on November 6. This new album features 15 tracks with three of them bonus Americana versions of songs on the album. In addition, the album will give you download rights to two more songs (“Rain And Sleet And Snow”, “Katherine”).

Steve Forbert Compromised

As a reminder, Warner Brothers, and Rhino Records will release a new 2CD collection of Faces tracks, Stay With Me: Faces Anthology. This 2CD set will include 36 classic tracks and will feature remastering from 2006.

Faces Anthology Stay With Me

Rounder Records will release R40 Live featuring Rush on 3CD, Deluxe Edition 3CD/1BD, and a Deluxe Edition 3CD/2DVD set, all scheduled for November 20. There will also be a 2DVD set, and a single Blu-ray (BD) set as well.

Rush R40 Live

Republic Records will release The Collection featuring the music of Amy Winehouse. This is planned for November 20.

On November 20, S-Curve Records will release Magazines Or Novels, by Andy Grammer.

Audio Fidelity will release a 4-channel Quad SACD of Muscle Of Love, the underrated 1973 Alice Cooper final album (as an original band) on December 11.

Alice Cooper Muscle Of Love SACD

Real Gone Music will reissue The Dictators (with Handsome Dick Manitoba) Go Girl Crazy! in a 40th Anniversary Edition. This set will feature the original album remastered along with additional bonus material that will add in nine extra tracks. This is on schedule for December 4. YAY! I’m in!

The Dictators Go Girl Crazy

And finally, Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings will release 2CD, 180g 3LP, and DD of The Wall by Roger Waters, scheduled for November 20.

Roger Waters The Wall


TAPSheet: Release Notes – 04/23/2015

There are a series of interesting things being released on both vinyl LP and CD, enough that they bear mentioning in a post.

On the LP side there will be:

Apple Records will release a John Lennon vinyl LP box that will include all eight albums. The entire collection has been remastered for vinyl and cut to 180-weight. All artwork will adhere to the original UK releases. The Box, Lennon, will release on June 9, with each album being made available individually on August 21.

Lennon Vinyl Box


Friday Music, who creates spectacular vinyl LP reissues, with plans for Limited Edition gatefold , 180g-weight gems for Hotcakes (1974) by Carly Simon, and the St Elmo’s Fire sounstrack (1985). Both are scheduled for June 23.

Carly Simon - Hotcakes

Also scheduled for June 23 is a reissued vinyl LP for Americana (1998) by The Offspring, coming via ORG Music.

Beggar’s Banquet will reissue The Fall titles on vinyl LP with This Nation’s Saving Grace (1985), The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall (1984), The Wonderful And Frightening Escape Route To The Fall, and Schtick – Yarbles Revisited. These titles are planned for June 16.

On June 16, Atlantic Records will re-release an LP edition of 4 by Foreigner.

Foreigner 4

Rhino and Parlophone will re-release two vinyl 180g LP sets for Beth Orton, of Comfort Of Strangers (2006), and Daybreakers (2002). these are on the calendar for June 9.

Also scheduled for June 9, via Friday Music, is a vinyl LP edition of Always On My Mind (1982) by Willie Nelson.

Reprise Records will re-release Crack The Skye (2009) by Mastodon, on Baby Blue colored vinyl. It is planned for June 2.

Mastodon Crack The Skye

Friday Music will reissue Two For The Show, the 1978 live set by Kansas scheduling for May 26.

Friday Music will revisit The Yes Album (1971) in a unique way that includes 180g vinyl in a 2LP box set with the album remixed to 45RPM. It’s planned for May 26. The label will also add Sweetnighter (1973) by Weather Report to the list of their titles coming back to LP, same date.

Also on May 26, Rhino Vinyl plans a 2LP Deluxe Edition of Tutu (1986) by Miles Davis.

Miles Davis Tutu

Rhino plans two LP re-releases on May 26, both for a-ha. The titles include Scoundrel Days (1986), and Hunting High and Low (1984). Hunting High And Low, of course, contained the band’s big hit, “Take On Me”.

Atlantic Records will re-release Loaded by The Velvet Underground on vinyl LP planning for My 26.

On May 19, Rhino will re-release This Is The Sea by The Waterboys on 180g-weight vinyl.

Waterboys This Is the Sea

Now…since you made it through the vinyl, here’s the CD pay-off for those that waited for it:

On May 26, Rhino and Parlophone will offer the Steven Wilson remix of Aqualung by Jethro Tull, on both a standard issue CD (all by its lonesome), and a vinyl LP edition.  Also planned for CD only release is the Steven Wilson remix of Benefit, by Jethro Tull.

Aqualung Jethro Tull

Fantasy Records will deliver a 3CD collection for Little Richard, highlighting Specialty Records, and Vee-Jay Records. The set is called Directly From My Heart: The Best Of The Specialty and Vee-Jay Years. It’s scheduled for My 26.


TAPSheet: Release Notes – 09/30/2014 (US Report)

On December 9, Inside Recordings will release a 2LP version of the new Jackson Browne album, Standing In the Breach. The set will be pressed on 180g-weight vinyl. The CD version is slated for October 7.

Jackson Browne Standing In the Breach


The Lonesome Crowded West reissue by Modest Mouse arrives on November 11 on CD, DD, and vinyl LP (slated a week earlier on November 4).

Epitaph Records will release a remastered 20th Anniversary Edition LP set for NOFX of their 1994 album, Punk In Drublic, on November 24.  Epitaph will also release a 20th Anniversary Edition LP of Let’s Go, the 1994 album by Rancid. Both LPs are remastered, and pressed on 180g-weight vinyl. Both LPs will contain the CD of the newly remastered album.

Annie Lennox‘s new one, Nostalgia, is slated for release on October 21.

Warner Brothers have new Bette Midler music coming (15 tracks) on November 4 with It’s the Girls.

Bette Midler Its The Girls

Arista and Legacy Recordings will team to release a collected set featuring Carly Simon on their Playlist series. Playlist: The Very Best Of Carly Simon is slated for October 27.  Any Carly Simon fan could have produced a better set, if you ask me (look at that awful track-list).

1. Coming Around Again
2. Give Me All Night
3. All I Want Is You
4. Nobody Does It Better (Live)
5. You Belong To Me (Live)
6. My New Boyfriend
7. Let the River Run
8. The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of
9. Better Not Tell Her
10. You’re So Vain (Live)
11. Touched by the Sun (Live)
12. Anticipation (Live)
13. Never Been Gone (Live)
14. Our Affair

Fantasy Records will release a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition of Thompson, an album by Family, scheduled for November 18.

Welk Music Group will release new Marianne Faithfull music with Give My Love To London. That new album will release on CD, scheduled for November 11, and on vinyl LP, scheduled later for December 9.

Faithfull Give My Love To London

Varese Sarabande will release Infinity, by Shawn Phillips, on November 11. If you followed his career from way back in the ’70s, you may just be in for a treat.

November 17 is the date of the new Bryan Ferry album, Avonmore.

Eagle Rock Entertainment have Aquostic (Stripped Bare) from Status Quo, planned for November 11. The label also intends another From The Vault series featuring live Rolling Stones, in From the Vault – LA Forum (Live In 1975), scheduled for CD, and LP, both on November 18. This Stones title will also release on DVD, same date.

ATO Records will deliver English Oceans from Drive-By Truckers, on November 18.

English Oceans Drive By Truckers

Decca Records plan three BD-Audio (Blu-ray Audio) titles from Luciano Pavarotti on December 9. The high resolution sets include Donizetti: L’Elisir d’amore (1969), Puccini: Madama Butterfly (1974), and Puccini: Turandot (1972).

Atlantic Records will release CD for Greatest Hits So Far…featuring the Zac Brown Band. This set is planned for November 11.

Righteous Babe Records will release new Ani DiFranco on November 4 (CD, DD), and on November 11 (LP). The new album is called Allergic To Water.

The new anthology for Queen, Forever, is slated for November 11, in a 20-track CD set, and a 36-track 2CD Deluxe Edition.

Queen Forever

Secretly Canadian Records will release 2CD, DD, and 2LP for the Deluxe Edition reissue of Didn’t It Rain (1997), by Songs: Ohia (Jason Molina) on December 2. The Deluxe Edition will feature eight previously unheard demo tracks, as well as new Jason Molina artwork for the new package.


Warner Brothers Records will release new Damien Rice with My Favourite Faded Fantasy, scheduled for CD, and vinyl LP, on November 11.

Rhino Records will release a 6DVD collection of video featuring R.E.M. featuring all things video from the R.E.M. camp. The set, called REMTV, is slated for release on November 24.

Alucard Records will release Live At The Bicentennial featuring Gentle Giant, on November 18.

Gentle Giant Live

Fantasy Records will release The Complete Studio Albums from Creedence Clearwater Revival, all collected in an LP Box set, on November 11.

Finally, Raven Records will produced a 2CD collection of Foghat classics called Drivin’ Wheels (Best Of 1972-1982). This will drop on November 18. The only bad thing about this collection is that it unfairly overlooks Tight Shoes(1980), and Girls To Chat & Boys To Bounce (1981) with nary a modest representation. Nevertheless, a grand ‘best of’ and an excellent choice to be in your collection, especially if the tracks have been remastered, and remastered well.

Foghat Drivin Wheels


01. I Just Want To Make Love To You (Foghat – 1972)
02. Trouble, Trouble (Foghat – 1972)
03. Maybelline (Foghat – 1972)
04. Ride, Ride, Ride (Rock and Roll – 1973)
05. What A Shame (Rock and Roll – 1973)
06. Long Way To Go (Rock and Roll – 1973)
07. Couldn’t Make Her Stay (Rock and Roll – 1973)
08. Honey Hush (Energized – 1974)
09. Home In My Hand (Energized – 1974)
10. Wild Cherry (Energized) – 1974)
11. Eight Days On The Road (Rock And Roll Outlaws – 1974)
12. Trouble In My Way (Rock And Roll Outlaws – 1974)
13. Rock And Roll Outlaws (Rock And Roll Outlaws – 1974)
14. Chateau Lafitte ’59 Boogie (Rock And Roll Outlaws – 1974)
15. Drive Me Home (Fool For The City – 1975)
16. My Babe (Fool For The City – 1975)
17. Slow Ride (Fool For The City – 1975)


1. Fool For The City (Fool For The City – 1975)
2. Take It Or Leave It (Fool For The City – 1975)
3. Drivin’ Wheel (Night Shift – 1976)
4. Night Shift (Night Shift – 1976)
5. Take Me To The River (Night Shift – 1976)
6. Fool For The City (Live) (Foghat Live – 1977)
7. I Just Want To Make Love To You  (Live) (Foghat Live – 1977)
8. Road Fever (Live) (Foghat Live – 1977)
9. Honey Hush (Live) (Foghat Live – 1977)
10. Stone Blue (Stone Blue – 1978)
11. Easy Money (Stone Blue – 1978)
12. It Hurts Me Too (Stone Blue – 1978)
13. Chevrolet (Stone Blue – 1978)
14. Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was A Fool) (Boogie Motel – 1979)
15. And I Just Do What I Want (In The Mood For Something Rude – 1982)


Poll: Best Female Artists of This Time Worthy Of Remembrance

Florence WelchPoll time again!

We have so many female artists that have legitimately gained our love and respect. A look through the ’60s, we have Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Laura Nyro, Barbra Streisand, while the ’70s plump up with even more.  For the ’70s, there are Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Helen Reddy, Karen Carpenter, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Patti Smith, and a whole bunch more.  The ’80s delivered Kate Bush, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, to name a few. Even the ’90s had a few icons. Those were Toni Childs, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morrissette, Sarah Maclachlan, and a few others. The interesting thing is that the ’90s produced female artists that are not as memorable as the previous decades (for many).

My poll question is this? Which female artists of the current generation, or since 2000, should be remembered as being extraordinary for their time. I have a few.

My list includes Florence Welch, Lykke Li, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), and Amy Winehouse and Adele (for different reasons). If we forego the usual Pop icons ( I have), we can safely eliminate artists like Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, Britney Spears, and others of their kind.

So, what are your choices of era 2000- now artists that should be remembered decades from now?

Lykke Li