The Week In Review (13 -19 Feb)


Which beloved Monopoly piece will soon pass go no more? Image by William Warby. Creative Commons

We round-up the last week in music, including news you might’ve missed, our #SongOfTheDay playlist and Classic Of The Week

Has it really been a week already? We can’t say that we’re unhappy to be back folks, because we’ve been dying to let you know what we’ve been up to since we last spoke. And just what is that you ask?

Well, we’ve read with interest the news of the UK woman who’s tied the knot to herself, chortled at the bleating firefighter and been saddened to hear that the thimble is be ousted from the monopoly board. All we can say to that last point is:

Anyway, if that wasn’t enough for you, here’s our weekly round-up of the last seven days in music. You’re welcome.

Classic Of The Week

‘Coffee And TV’ by Blur (1999)

Once upon a time the loudest and most vitriolic argument in indie was Blur vs. Oasis. We shan’t dredge up that debate now, as there is a split in opinion within the office of Team Songwriting. What’s undeniable, though, is the brilliance of this 1999 single. Written and sung by guitarist, Graham Coxon, it closed the 90s’ with one of the most recognisable videos of the decade. Enjoy.

News this week

  • Ed Sheeran has just announced a gig at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 17 February. The show is part of a series in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, with Olly Murs, The Who, Paul Weller and Pet Shop Boys (with Johnny Marr) also doing their bit.
  • Folk fans in the US are in for treat this June as Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Indigo Girls head out on a joint 10-date tour. The tour starts in Nashville on 3 June and winds up in Lenox, MA on 17 June.
  • And speaking of joint tours by US veterans, John Mellencamp’s tour in support of his 23rd album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies this summer will see him joined by Emmylou Harris. Also on the bill are Carlene Carter and folk duo Lily & Madeline, while Jewel will play two shows that Harris can’t.
  • A new solo album from Roger Waters called Is This The Life We Really Want? will be released “soon”, according to a teaser video posted on YouTube. A tour called Us & Them is also in the pipeline, while rumours of a reunited Pink Floyd playing Glastonbury continue to circulate…
  • St Vincent has been named the 2017 Record Store Day ‘Ambassador’. She is the first woman to be given the title in RSD’s history, with previous ambassadors having included Iggy Pop, Jack White, Chuck D, Dave Grohl and Metallica.
  • Charli XCX is giving away 10 brand new songs. She told NME this week that “It’s a ‘mixtape’ so it can go out for free, but it’s essentially a whole new album.” One of her compositions also appears on the new Blondie album – pretty impressive considering she wrote it when she was just 15!

Songs Of The Week

Song: Spirit Cold
Artist: Tall Heights

Song: Cold Hands
Artist: Nathan Ball

Song: Rooftops
Artist: Laura James

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