May 25th, 2020

808 State unveil charitable new track Where Wye & Severn

Posted on 25 May 2020 at 9:17am

808 State are supporting their booking agent Ben ‘BK’ Kouijzer‘s battle with the rare and aggressive form of cancer MPNST via the release of a new track entitled Where Wye & Severn.

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We Are Scientists support CALM’s #BigBuzzOff campaign with new track I Cut My Own Hair

Posted on 25 May 2020 at 8:18am

We Are Scientists have gotten active for the first since 2018’s Megaplex album with the lockdown-themed track I Cut My Own Hair.

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Live4ever Interview: After a turbulent decade, Badly Drawn Boy returns with new album Banana Skin Shoes

Posted on 25 May 2020 at 7:06am

Damon Gough is in demand this sunny Wednesday afternoon.

England may still be in a sort of lockdown (based on the official advice, who knows), but our trans-Pennine phone call is one of many he’s taking, a fate he was long resigned to when operating as a one man band. “My mates (the platinum selling, Mercury nominated) Doves always ask me how I do it,” he mock laments good naturedly. “There’s three of them and they share the interviews around.”

Such, we agree, is an occupational hazard of the setup, but despite flitting between podcasts and endless chats with German media (‘I reckon this record is the only one being released over there this week’), he’s a happy man as the hullabaloo means that his solo venture Badly Drawn Boy is back.

It’s been eight years since Being Flynn – a movie starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore which was soundtracked by Gough – an age in music terms, but there were compelling reasons for the absence. Indeed, the singer is disarmingly open about them, preferring to tackle the break-up with his partner of fifteen years and mother of his oldest children, depression, alcoholism and struggles with Crohn’s disease head on, being refreshingly frank and without any hint of self-pity. Alongside this, he adds, in the background was the constantly building mental pressure to get back to resurrecting an on-hold career.

The picture now is brighter, the focus sharp. A successful period in rehab during 2015 came after he met his new partner; they now have a three-year-old son, and for the first time in nearly a decade there’s an excellent Badly Drawn Boy record, Banana Skin Shoes, ready to go.

Owen Pallett digitally releases new album Island

Posted on 25 May 2020 at 6:14am

Owen Pallett has digitally released his new album Island.

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Lana Del Rey shares ‘patent leather do-over’, first piece of spoken word collection ‘behind the iron gates’

Posted on 25 May 2020 at 5:42am

Lana Del Rey has shared the first piece of her forthcoming spoken word collection ‘behind the iron gates – insights from an institution’.

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Courtney Barnett airs acoustic version of Sunday Roast for The Tonight Show: At Home Edition

Posted on 25 May 2020 at 3:23am

It was just Courtney Barnett and her acoustic guitar on a recent episode of The Tonight Show: At Home Edition.

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