The Week In Review (6 -12 Feb)


Don’t go celebrating Easter early. Image by Alex Grichenko

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

We’re back folks and boy have we missed you! Since we last spoke we’ve been wowed by the Australian ‘half cat-half kangaroo,’ horrified that a man had a cockroach stuck in his ear for three days and amazed to discover that The Easter Act 1928 means that in the UK you can be arrested for celebrating Easter at any time of the year other than Easter itself. Yep, it’s been a dull week!

Hopefully yours has been much more exciting and if it’s not then our weekly round-up of the world of music should cheer you up!

Classic Of The Week

‘Obstacle 1’ by Interpol (2002)

Boy did we feel old when we realised that this summer it’ll be 15 years since these brilliant New York post-punkers released their stunning debut album, Turn On The Bright Lights. This was the track that got us hooked on that album and if this is your first time listening to it, then it’ll do just the same for you.

News this week

  • Indie-rockers The Cribs have announced a UK tour to mark the 10th anniversary of their third album Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever. The band, currently the subject of a museum exhibition in their home town of Wakefield, will play six dates in May.
  • Bush, meanwhile, announced this week that a new album entitled Black And White Rainbows will be released on 10 March. It’ll be the indie veterans’ seventh full-length, and their third since reforming in 2010.
  • Tuesday 7 February saw radio stations around the world celebrating International Clash Day. The annual event, now in its fifth year, was also formally recognised by nine towns and cities – mostly in the US and Canada, but also including the Somerset town of Bridgwater here in the UK.
  • Reel-to-reel tapes of four 1970s Bob Marley concerts in London and Paris have been discovered in the basement of a London hotel where Marley once stayed. The tapes, recorded on the Rolling Stones’ 24-track mobile studio, were water-damaged and are currently being restored.
  • MIA has been announced as this year’s curator of the Meltdown festival at London’s ICA. She follows in the foosteps of Guy Garvey, Jarvis Cocker, Yoko Ono, Morrissey, David Byrne, Massive Attack and Anohni. Meltdown 2017 will be held on 9-18 June.
  • And finally… wartime forces’ sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn is to release a new album on 17 March – just three days before her 100th birthday. Respect is most definitely due.

Songs Of The Week

Song: Nothing Lasts Forever
Artist: Flora Cash

Artist: Élan Vital

Song: Mercury Vapor
Artist: 20 Minute Loop

Song: Caught Up
Artist: The Justin Kemp Band

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