Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (2016)


“I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” is a song by English singer-songwriter Sting from his upcomingtwelfth studio album, 57th & 9th. It was released as the album’s lead single on 1 September 2016. The song peaked at number seven on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart in the United States, becoming Sting’s first hit on the chart since 2004’s “Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)”, which reached number 14.

Foxygen – America (2016)


It’s not easy to make sense of the latest song from Foxygen. One minute, “America” is lurching orchestral pop, complete with dramatic strings and woodwinds. The next, it’s a melancholy piano piece, followed by a sudden shift to oddball jazz punctuated by bursts of noise and orchestrated chaos. It’s an epic, head-spinning collision of sounds worthy of multiple listens. “If you’re already there, then you’re already dead,” the Los Angeles duo sings. “If you’re living in America.” Sam France and Jonathan Rado recorded the song with a 34-piece orchestra. It’s their first new music since 2014’s sprawling …And Star Power.

The Little Ships – Shiver (2016)


Cindy Teixeira writes:

Alone Together is persuasive. It invites the listener to slow dance, alone, with someone, or in that head space where one finds the perfect partner to hold and sway. This body of work from The Little Ships is capable of complete seduction in less than a full spin of the album. You will fall into it, breathing the barren landscape as it rolls past, surprising, impressing, and inviting you to strip and wait for the payoff.

Unless I already know the band, I purposely stay away from any research before my first listen. When I heard the vocals on the disc, I couldn’t be fooled. A familiar voice forced me to peek at the one-sheet, and I discovered it was Ty Willman. Rich, lovely and heartfelt, Ty’s storytelling is spot on.

Mastered by Floyd Reitsma, who worked with Willman and Regan Hägar on Fires’ recent release The Litho Roughs, the music demonstrates how clearly Reitsma understands the differences between the two bands and helped craft this haunting collection, which is so very different.

Alone Together is a weird, wonderful nine songs with Mike McNamara on piano, Kathy Moore on axe, Regan Hägar and McNamara on rhythm (the latter of whom is also on bass), and Willman. More familiar names that had a hand in making this are Happy Chichester and Stone Gossard.

Pink Floyd – Childhood’s End (2016 Remix)


Childhood’s End, from Obscured By Clouds, released June 1972 (2016 Remix)

Childhood’s End, from Pink Floyd’s seventh album Obscured By Clouds, has been remixed from the original master tapes in 2016 by Andy Jackson and Damon Iddins.

In February 1972, the band were already playing The Dark Side Of The Moon live and starting to record its songs, but production was briefly halted when they accepted their second commission for filmmaker Barbet Schroeder, to create the soundtrack for his feature film La Vallée.

In the last week of February 1972, Pink Floyd started work, at Strawberry Studios in Herouville, France, and as David Gilmour later described: “We sat in a room, wrote, recorded, like a production line.” The result was 10 pieces of music: six songs and four instrumentals, which Melody Maker described as “some of the most aggressive instrumentals the Floyd have recorded.”

David Gilmour’s Childhood’s End was one of the few songs from the soundtrack to be included in Pink Floyd’s live shows and was featured on European dates, starting on December 1, 1972, and at the start of the band’s March 1973 tour of North America, usually with an extended instrumental passage.

The definitive Early Years box set, released 11th November 2016.

The Rolling Stones – Just Your Fool (2016)


What does a new album from The Rolling Stones sound like in 2016? If “Just A Fool” is any indication, it’s a lot like the band’s earliest recordings from more than 50 years ago. This cover of a Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra tune is the kind of harmonica-honked, barroom piano-plonked, dirty blues that introduced the world to the Stones, when the British band made a name for itself by interpreting American blues songs. Mick Jagger is especially settling into his ragged older man voice like any bluesman should.

Recorded in British Grove Studios in Chiswick, West London, Blue & Lonesome features covers of Howlin’ Wolf (“Commit A Crime”) and Jimmy Reed (“Little Rain”), with Eric Clapton playing guitar on Otis Rush’s “I Can’t Quit You Baby” and Little Johnny Taylor’s “Everybody Knows About My Good Thing.” This will be The Rolling Stones’ first studio album in 11 years.

Blue & Lonesome comes out Dec. 2 on Polydor.

Rod Stewart – The First Cut Is The Deepest (1977)


Rod Stewart recorded the song at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, United States, and it appeared on his 1976 album A Night on the Town. It was released as a double A-side single with “I Don’t Want to Talk About It”. It was a huge success, and spent four weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart in May 1977, number 11 in April in Canada, and also reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. In a departure from the original, Stewart excludes the concluding “But when it comes to being loved, she’s first” from the refrain. In 1993, he recorded a live version during a session of MTV Unplugged. This was included on the album Unplugged…and Seated.

The Modern Lovers – Astral Plane (1976)


Tonight I’m all alone in my room
I’ll go insane if you won’t sleep with me
I’ll still be with you
I’m gonna meet you on the astral plane
The astral plane for dark at night
The astral plane or I’ll go insane

Well I don’t see you and it’s getting dark
Today we should have gone to a-Central Park
Well don’t you want to see me ever again?
If not I’ll meet you on the astral plane
Astral plane for late at night
The astral plane or I’d go insane

Well we’ve known each other from other lives
I want to see you today
But I’ll prove my knowledge of what’s inside
When I intercept you on the astral plane
The astral plane for late at night
The astral plane or I’d go insane


Alright, well I don’t see you and it’s getting dark
I’d have a lot to say
But you’re not the one that I can say it to
At least not today
Oh, well I don’t remember it afterwards
I don’t yet know the words!
But I know we’ve been together just this week
We’ve been together on the astral plane
The astral plane for late at night
The astral plane or I’d go insane

Well tonight I’m all alone in my room
I’ll go insane if you won’t sleep with me
I’ll still be with you
I’m gonna meet you on the astral plane
The astral plane for dark at night
The astral plane or I’ll go insane

EZTV – High Flying Faith (2016)


‘High Flying Faith’ – the first song written for the album – is a refutation of urban weariness, it’s title perhaps acting as a makeshift motto for the optimism (and stubbornness) that is key to New York bands like EZTV. Inspired by the lyrics of ‘Broken Heart’ by Skip Spence, it’s a 12-string-propelled nugget that best shows how EZTV operate: toeing the line between past and present, with a keen ear for left-of-the-dial experimentation that never lets the songs hew too far into pastiche and genre nostalgia. Many of the band’s foundational inspirations – the Feelies’ upstart jangle, the upside-down pop architecture of Arthur Russell’s power pop band The Necessaries, Shoes’ aching harmonies – are back in play on ‘High in Place’, their sophomore album, though new instruments and feels abound throughout. Produced and engineered by the band themselves, a baby grand piano rings and 12-string acoustic guitars shimmer throughout the album, recalling the clear-eyed production techniques of Jeff Lynne. One great advantage to living in New York: eventually all your friends come to visit. Taking advantage of tour stopovers, trips to attend weddings, or even just commandeering someone’s vacation for a few days, EZTV invited some like-minds and fellow songwriters into the studio – Jenny Lewis, Chris Cohen, Martin Courtney and Matt Kallman of Real Estate, John Andrews of Quilt, Nic Hessler and Mega Bog – to guest on ‘High in Place’. Aptly recorded on a tape machine purchased from a Lower East Side Studio that was going out of business, in a space where the New York City skyline both loomed and inspired through its glass windows, ‘High in Place’ is an album of ten golden pop songs worthy of any era.LP – With Download.

Bon Iver – 22 (OVER S∞∞N) (2016)


’22, A Million’ is part love letter, part final resting place of two decades of searching for self- understanding like a religion.

And the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding. The album’s 10 poly-fi recordings are a collection of sacred moments, love’s torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard as coincidence. If ‘Bon Iver, Bon Iver’ built a habitat rooted in physical spaces, then ’22, A Million’ is the letting go of that attachment to a place.

LP – Single Black Vinyl LP, Gatefold sleeve, comes with download card.

2LP – Limited Double Vinyl. The black vinyl LP comes shrinkwrapped together with a random coloured 12″ plus download card. The 12″ features ’22 (OVER S∞∞N)’ (Bob Moose Extended Cab Version) and ’10 d E A T h b R E a s T’ ⚄ ⚄ (Extended Version).

Tape – No Download.