The Week In Review (12-18 Sep)
We round-up the last week in music, including news you might’ve missed, our #SongOfTheDay playlist and Classic Of The Week
We can barely believe that it’s been a full seven days since we gifted you, our dear readers, the first of our weekly round-up specials. So, you ask, what have Team Songwriting been up to since we last touched base?
Well folks, we’ve discovered that scientist and cellist David Teie will be releasing an album designed for cats (despite being allergic to them), had our hearts melted by news that a husband celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary by buying his wife a replica of the double decker bus they met on and sat in disbelief when we found out that Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan has created an 18-carat toilet for the Guggenheim museum in New York. Thankfully you’ll be relieved to hear that there’s nothing crap about this week’s round-up.
Classic Of The Week
‘All That Ever Mattered’ by Shop Assistants (1986)
The 1980s’ was a magnificent era: shoulder-pad heavy power-suits, piano neckties, flock of seagulls haircuts and C86. Edinburgh band Shop Assistants released only one album (1986s’ Will Anything Happen) during their all too brief career, but what a record it was. Listen to the glistening melodies and cardigan friendly distorted fuzz of this brilliant song and we’ve no doubt you’ll agree.
News this week
- The line-up has been announced for an official Prince tribute concert in St Paul Minnesota on 13 October. Stevie Wonder will headline, with Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Christina Aguilera and Doug E Fresh among the other artists appearing.
- A new BBC-made Oasis documentary called Oasis In Their Own Words will be available to watch on iPlayer from 30 September – shortly before the arrival of the film Supersonic in cinemas.
- Primal Scream will be touring the UK this winter. The 14-date trek begins in Edinburgh on 21 November and finishes at 02 Academy, Brixton on 15 December.
- Congratulations to Bastille, whose second album Wild World tops the UK charts this week just as its predecessor Bad Blood did in 2013. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds sit at No 2 with Skeleton Treee, while The Beatles’ reissued Live At The Hollywood Bowl completes the Top 3.
- The Music Venue Trust is staging a benefit show called Fightback at London’s Roundhouse on 16 October, to raise campaign funds to fight the closure of UK live venues. The line-up is still TBA, but expect to see some top acts on the bill.
- And finally… a conspiracy theory doing the rounds online argues that Peruvian singer Ramiro Saavedra is actually Kurt Cobain. But after the story made the Daily Mail, a sarcastic response appeared on the Nirvana Facebook page suggesting that – guess what? – it’s not actually true…
Songs Of The Week
Song: So Bad
Artist: Alexander Jean
Artist: The Lumineers
Song: I May Not Be An Angel
Artist: The Mutter Slater Band
Song: Come On
Artist: White Lies
Song: Black Car
Artist: Leon Else
Song: Funny How Good It Feels
Artist: Fred Abbott
Song: The Weight