We round-up the last week in music, including news you might’ve missed, our #SongOfTheDay playlist and Classic Of The Week
It’s been an interesting week folks, one which has brought the stunning opening ceremony to the Rio 2016 Paralympics, claims that Daniel Craig could continue as James Bond for 002 further films and news that you could soon pick up a snozzcumber from your local supermarket. To top it all off, Team Songwriting are here with a whiz pop and a whiz bang to bring you the first of our weekly round-up specials.
Classic Of The Week
‘Flame!’ by Heatmiser (1994)
You may know the late great Elliott Smith for his devastating indie-folk and benevolent baroque pop. What you may not know, though, is that prior to becoming the kitsch Cobain, Smith was one of the primary songwriters behind blistering Portland post-hardcore band Heatmiser. Listen to this superb track from their sophomore album Cop And Speeder below and be blown away.
News this week
- The Weeknd has spoken of his desire to write more political songs, telling VMAN magazine that writing songs with a political theme is “an art and a talent that I admire tremendously.”
- Pop-punkers Green Day announced tours of both Europe and North America this week. They start with 12 US dates in September/October, then come to Europe for 15 shows in January/February, including three UK arena gigs.
- Also on tour is Kate Nash, with the LA-based Brit returning to these shores to play 12 dates in February. The tour starts in Glasgow on 6 February and ends in London on 14 February.
- Dave Grohl’s mum has written a book about what it’s like being mother to a rock star. The book features contributions from the mothers of Dr Dre, Michael Stipe, Amy Winehouse, Adam Levine and Haim, among others.
Songs Of The Week
Song: Building A Beginning
Artist: Jamie Lidell
Song: My Name Is Human
Artist: Highly Suspect
Song: Home Sweet Home
Artist: THE RHYTHM METHOD
Song: War On Dreams
Artist: Ruth A-D
Song: The Greatest
Song: Tenement Song