We round-up the last week in music, including news you might’ve missed, our #SongOfTheDay playlist and Classic Of The Week
It’s Sunday and that can mean only one thing: another disappointing England performance in the latest batch of qualifiers for the next international football tournament and renewed clamor to remove an unimaginative manager.
Except, unlike the clockwork-like consistency of your beloved week in review, today saw Southgate’s scamps put in a credible performance and score a deserved victory over the mighty Lithuania, with a goal for the returning Jermain Defoe. Well done lads.
However, despite this good news, our thoughts this week have been dominated by the tragic attack at Westminster on Wednesday. Our thoughts go out to the friends and loved ones of those who were injured and lost their lives, in what was a terrible day for humanity.
Today’s week in review is dedicated to those affected both directly and indirectly by the events of 22 March.
Classic Of The Week
‘Static Buzz’ by Snail Mail (2016)
Snail Mail is the Baltimore based solo project of lo-fi pop songwriter Lindsey Jordan. Gloomy, infectious and relentless, Static Buzz is the centerpiece of Snail Mail’s excellent 2016 EP, Habit. If you like your indie-pop longing and melodic then we suggest that you give it a listen, NOW.
News this week
- Down in Cornwall, the 2017 season of summer concerts at the Eden Project will now feature a gig by Foals on 11 July. They join Madness (16 June), Royal Blood (22 June) and Bryan Adams (6 July) on this year’s schedule.
- Also gigging this summer, for the first time in three years, are Nine Inch Nails. Reznor and co head to the US festivals FYF (Los Angeles, 21-23 July) and Panorama (New York, 28-30 July).
- The The, AKA Matt Johnson and a revolving cast, will release a seven-inch single for Record Store Day (22 April) called You Can’t Stop What’s Coming. The single sees Johnson working once more with Johnny Marr, a The The member from 1988 to 1994.
- Remember the Spirit vs Led Zep plagiarism case re: Stairway To Heaven? Evidently the fat lady hasn’t sung yet, as Spirit have just launched an appeal, claiming their suit was unfairly represented in the June 2016 hearings.
- Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe is working on “a series of books” about his life. The first volume, a collection of photographs taken during his time in R.E.M., will be out later this year.
- Country/southern rock veterans The Allman Brothers Band, are releasing an eight-disc live album of their three shows at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre in 2004. The 53-track boxset is out now digitally, but physical copies drop on 28 April.
Songs Of The Week
Song: My Willing Heart
Artist: James Blake
Song: The Dam
Artist: Callum Stewart
Song: Someone Just Like You
Artist: The Franklin Electric
Song: The Fuzz And All That They Feed
Artist: Port Erin
Artist: Jack Vandervelde
Song: Make Believe
Artist: Alex Francis