music update #19

It was reported last week that The Horrors are working on a new album. Speaking to NME the band revealed that sessions for the recording of the 4th album are well underway and the album could well be released this year, stating that the album should be out in September. Tom Cowan has said that the album is different but he doesn’t want to give too much away at this stage. After a successful 3rd album throwing them into the spotlight a lot more it will be interesting to see where the band go now on their 4th album.

There was album streams aplenty this week with The Strokes, PEACE and Depeche Mode all streaming their albums or part of them online. The Strokes streamed previews of tracks online while PEACE streamed their entire album over on NME’s website while Depeche Mode streamed their new record on iTunes. All 3 albums have been released today, PEACE’s album is definitely worth picking up have a read of my review here, The Strokes should be an exciting new one from reviews so far and Depeche Mode’s album I’ve only listened to once, it’s not too bad but I definitely think I need some more listens before I make up my mind completely on this one.


It’s less than a month until Record Store Day on 20th April now and this week some more record store releases have been confirmed. This time from Jesus and The Mary Chain, Suede, Chas and Dave to name but a few, here is the list of some of the big releases that have been confirmed for the day so far:

– David Bowie – ‘The Stars / Where are we now’ 7″, reissues of Drive-In Saturday & 1965 EP
– Paul McCartney & Wings – ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ 12″
– Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – ‘Animal-X’ 7″ picture disc
– Tame Impala – ‘Desire be Desire’ 12″ red vinyl
– Bat For Lashes – ‘Laura/Marilyn’ Vogue sessions 7″
– TOY / The Horrors split 12″
– Foals – ‘My Number’ 7″
– Jake Bugg – ‘Kentucky / Swept Away’ 7″
– Frank Turner – ‘Recovery’ burgundy 7″
– Biffy Clyro marbled live vinyl

All that along with the world’s shortest album being put out by Earache records and featuring short snippets of songs from metal bands such as Napalm Death and Morbid Angel. The album only lasts around 82.8 seconds and therefore has been named the ‘World’s Shortest Album’ by Guinness World Records.

The big news for me personally this week was that My Chemical Romance have decided to call it a day. After 12 years and 4 studio albums, world tours and plenty of reinvention one of the most iconic bands of the past decade of rock music have split up. This was the statement that the band left on their website to mark the split:

“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”
It’s safe to say that the band will definitely be missed as one of the most exciting acts around it seems like such a waste of potential, talent and creativity.

Round up of some other music news:

Paul McCartney is set to work with Mark Ronson for some tracks on his new album while Daft Punk have announced their new album ‘Random Access Memories’ to be released in May. Swim Deep announce debut album ‘Where The Heaven Are We’ for release in July and Ty Segall’s side project, Fuzz, is set to release debut album and new single later on in 2013. In festival news, Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt have all confirmed for T In The Park while Primal Scream, Bastille, John Talabot, Madeon, Little Green Cars and more all announced for this year’s Benacassim festival in Spain. Finally, ITV are set to produce a new ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ documentary discussing the growth and impact those albums had on the music industry and charts.


The Horrors picture.
Record Store Day Logo.


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