The Week In Review (20-26 Feb)


Happy 20th birthday ‘Either/Or’. Image by Constintina Trainwreck. Creative Commons.

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

Folks, we can’t believe that it’s already this time again, truly. You might think that this is because of our glamorous and hecitic schedules. Well, it is… No, we couldn’t fool you. While our week’s not been a deary affair, what’s excited us most is our work on the latest edition of our app.

Why? Because we’ve got some stunning names line-up and know that you’re just going to love it. Other than that, our CLassic Of The Week will explain what’s been helping to grease the wheels, as we work on bringing you another knock-out app.

Anyway, in the meantime please find the latest in our weekly round-up in the world of music…

Classic Of The Week

‘Ballad Of Big Nothing’ by Elliott Smith (1997)

Yesterday (25 February 2017) marked the 20 year anniversary of the third album by Portland indie-folk songwriter, Elliott Smith. Almost any track from Smith’s finest (and this writer’s all-time favourite) LP would be a fitting candidate for today’s classic of the week. Ballad Of Big Nothing wins out because its marriage of cutting and poetic lyrics, together with songwriting that’s both deceptively simple and disarmingly complex, sums up the genius that is Either/Or and towering writing talent of Elliott Smith.

News this week

  • A new coffee table book about Garbage called This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake will be out on 4 July. Written by Rolling Stone journalist Jason Cohen and the band themselves, it’ll be accompanied by a six-track live mini-album.
  • Also on the comeback trail are US post-hardcore outfit At The Drive In, whose fourth album in-ter-a-li-a, released on 5 May, will be their first since 2000’s Relatonship Of Command.
  • London is getting a new one-day festival called Community, which will take place in Finsbury Park on 1 July. Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Wombats and Slaves top the bill.
  • London Grammar have been confirmed for this year’s Glastonbury. The Ivor Novello winners’ second album is also expected to be announced very soon.
  • David Bowie fans have launched a crowdfunding campaign to have a giant statue of the Aladdin Sane lightning flash erected in the late star’s birthplace of Brixton, south London.
  • Songwriting congratulations go this week to Rag N’ Bone Man, whose album Human not only sits at No 1 on the UK albums chart this week, but is also the fast-selling debut by a male solo artist so far this decade.

Songs Of The Week

Song: Miguel
Artist: Emmecosta

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