Well it’s been a while, for which I apologise. I’ve been working on some new online radio stations connected to Ireland’s Today FM. Check out Today FM 80s, Today FM 90s and Today XM (Alternative Music) here. We’re very proud of them and hope you enjoy.
Back to the matter at hand, that of the best new music from the past seven (or ten, at this stage) days:
Johnny Marr – The Tracers
This is the lead single from Johnny‘s new album Call The Comet, which will be with us on June 15th. He also plays a show in Dublin’s Button Factory on May 12th. Good man Johnny.
Friendly Fires – Love Like Waves
Hard to believe it, but this is the first new music in 6 years from Friendly Fires. No word yet on an accompanying album, but we’re glad to have them back
Le Galaxie – L.I.E.
Now with added MayKay (ex-Fight Like Apes) as a full band member, Le Galaxie return with Pleasure, an album that’s easily the equal of their last, Le Club. ‘L.I.E.’ is our favourite track on it from our first two listens
Chris Cornell – You Never Knew My Mind
Cornell’s death last year provides added poignancy to this track from a new various artists compilation called ‘Johnny Cash: Forever Words’. The album comprises original music put to previously issued poems by Johnny Cash, and is out today (April 6th)
New Album Of The Week:
Various Artists – Revamp
Wherein a collection of contemporary artists present their take on various gems from Elton’s terrific back catalogue. Some work really well, like Coldplay tackling ‘We All Fall In Love Sometimes’ and Alessia Caro’s waltz take on ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’. Others are less impressive, such as the ubiquitous Ed Sheeran draining all the longing and tension out of ‘Candle In The Wind’. All in all though, well worth investigating
Reissue Of The Week:
Elvis Presley – The Searcher
We’ve written previously about the state of Elvis’ legacy, so it’s good to see Sony issuing a new box set focusing on The King’s influence on music and popular culture in general. It’s a companion piece to a new Elvis documentary of the same name. The Searcher is available as a 2LP set, a single CD set, and a deluxe 3CD set, which is the one to go for. The first two discs contain some of his biggest hits, and alternative versions of key Presley tracks, while the third disc cherry-picks from the documentary’s soundtrack, featuring tracks by the incomparable Odetta, The Prisonaires, and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.
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