Marc Almond – Shadows & Reflections
Marc takes a lush orchestral trawl through a bunch of well-loved torch songs and 60s pop, as well as two new original compositions. The album features songs written or recorded by the likes of Burt Bacharach, The Action, The Yardbirds, Bobby Darin, Julie Driscoll, Billy Fury and the Young Rascals.
Marc Almond – How Can I Be Sure
Prophets of Rage - Prophets of Rage
A no-holds barred, take-no-shit rock-rap supergroup consisting of three members of Rage Against The Machine, with Public Enemy’s DJ Lord they are fronted by Chuck D, B-Real of Cypress Hill. The world needs a powerful voice of righteous indignation in the Trump era and there are few more powerful than the unambiguous messages from this crew. For added bite, the video of this song is directed by Michael Moore:
Prophets of Rage – Unfuck The World
Omni – Multi-Task
The Atlanta three-piece’s second album after last year’s Deluxe, another super-tight mixture of Talking Heads, XTC, Fire Stations, Wire, Devo, and Jonathan Richman. Tuneful and excellently experimental all and once, it’s really going places.
Omni – Southbound Station
The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful
So good they named it twice and, in the grand tradition of not upsetting a winning formula it's more stadium shuddering anthems from Brandon Flowers & Co.
The Killers – Run For Cover
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers
Third album is a four track effort informed by the following grand demands (you've got to admire their optimism):
+ an end to foreign invasions
+ an end to borders
+ the total dismantling of the prison-industrial complex
+ healthcare, housing, food and water acknowledged as an inalienable human right
+ the expert fuckers who broke this world never get to speak again
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Undoing A Luciferian Towers
The Horrors – V
Having knocked on the door of major success for a number of albums this may well be the crossover album that really cracks it for Farris Badwan and chums. The psyche element has perhaps been dialled down to accommodate the dance/pop sensibility of these songs .
The Horrors – Something To Remember Me By
Björk - The Gate
Not an album – yet – but the tender, emotional first single from her forthcoming new album doesn't disappoint. It's co-produced by Arca and there's a limited 12-inch vinyl version of this out this week.
Björk - The Gate
The Wedding Present – George Best 30
Georgie was well past his best by the time he hit 30, but has The Wedding Present's much loved album fared any better? It still scores. After completing a successful ‘twentieth anniversary’ tour for their debut LP George BestDavid Gedge suggested they lay down a 'live' version in the studio (producer Steve Albini was initially reluctant but stayed for the ride).
The Wedding Present – Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft (Live in Cork 2017)
This week's selection is by Michael Moloney, aka llamalpaca from the vinyl-only record and design store, Chameleon, with additions by The Landlord.
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