Two Door Cinema Club release rarities collection ‘Lost Songs (Found)’

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Two Door Cinema Club have released a surprise collection of rarities, entitled ‘Lost Songs (Found)’.

The band teased the release last night with a post to social media, and it has now appeared on streaming services with little information. Listen to it below:

The seven tracks appear to be mostly B-sides from their 2010 debut ‘Tourist History’. It includes an original demo of ‘Something Good For You’, and the first studio version of ‘Hands Off My Cash, Monty’, which the band regularly played live promoting ‘Tourist History’ in 2011.

The other tracks appear to be even older. Per Setlist.FM, the band have only played  ‘Tiptoes’, ‘Not In This Town’ and ‘Too Much Coffee’ live once, in small venues around the UK in 2008. The 2008 performance of ‘Too Much Coffee’ from The Speakeasy in York is available on YouTube below.

The band have never been recorded as playing ‘Impatience Is A Virtue’ and ’19’ live, though an unofficial version of the former has circulated on Youtube since the release of ‘Tourist History’.

Last month, Two Door Cinema Club released a charity cover of John Lennon‘s ‘Isolation’, aiming to raise funds for Ireland’s leading social justice charity Extern. It was recorded by frontman Alex Trimble in his makeshift home studio as the UK went into coronavirus-enforced lockdown.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Sideways To New Italy’ review: sunny indie hints at melancholia within

Life is rarely straightforward – as we’ve all been reminded lately – and it’s even less so on the road. Pre-lockdown, Melbourne band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – singer-songwriters and guitarists Tom Russo, Joe White and Fran Keaney and bassist Joe Russo and drummer Marcel Tussie – spent 18 months on a gruelling world tour, and it seems that endless staring out of plane windows left them questioning their identities.

This is surprising when you consider the quintet’s first two EPs, 2016’s ‘Talk Tight’ and 2017’s ‘The French Press’, which seemed so in-tune with who the band are. These records offered danceable, guitar-driven indie, their laid-back harmonies and louche lyrics putting a golden filter on the world.

The beauty lay in the simplicity of Rolling Blackouts’ sound. There were no fanciful tricks – just masterful songwriting. 2018 debut album ‘Hope Downs’ furthered this approach, sounding like a group of friends enjoying life’s simple pleasures. But second album ‘Sideways To New Italy’ is a bit more complicated.

This 10-track collection sees the band returning home and rediscovering themselves. The album’s title references New Italy, a village near Tussie’s childhood home in Bellingen, New South Wales. The idyllic destination has become something of a symbol of refuge for these young men; it was home to Venetian immigrants in the 1800s and the landscape is dotted with replica Roman statues. Russo has explained: “These are the expressions of people trying to find home somewhere alien, trying to create utopia in a turbulent and imperfect world.”

Musically, the euphoria remains. Opener ‘The Second Of The First’ nestles back into the band’s reclined, jangly groove and there’s a real sense of togetherness as Russo, White and Keaney share vocal duties. Despite the sunny sounds, though, White’s partner makes an appearance to deliver a spoken-word monologue steeped in confusion and displacement: “Nothing is the same, the street hasn’t changed / There is a light feeling in the back of my head and my mind is somersaulting.”

The jangly ‘Cars In Spaces’, which already feels like a familiar favourite, finds Rolling Blackouts reflecting on the sickly excitement of life on the road: “You trace your hands around the wheel / Your face it shines”. ‘The Only One’, with its blasts of harmonica, offers even more intimacy, dissecting the strange, bittersweet relief of returning home from an adventure: “Back into the new world / That looks exactly the same / When I walk through the gate / Cold sweat on my face.” ‘Not Tonight’ features a wistful refrain that would make Elliott Smith proud, replete with aching lyrics: “I’m burning all my candles down.

‘Sideways To New Italy’ might sound like sun-splashed indie for good times, but there’s a great deal of angst buried within. Yet this is clearly also the sound of a band excited to be in the studio together; warmth and friendship seeps through every note. Rolling Blackouts have obviously been reflecting heavily on home recently – who hasn’t? – and here it seems that they’ve found it in one another.

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Sideways To New Italy

  • Release date: June 5
  • Record label: Ivy League Records / Sub Pop

Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker cover of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ for Black Lives Matter

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Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker have shared a joint cover of Rage Against The Machine‘s ‘Killing In The Name’ in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

A number of BLM protests have been held in the US over the last week following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25.

MGK and the Blink-182 drummer, who have collaborated on multiple occasions in the past, took to the streets of Los Angeles in the fight against police brutality towards African Americans.

 

Following their participation in the event, the pair recorded a cover of RATM’s 1992 protest single ‘Killing In The Name Of’. “They wrote this song in 1992. It’s been 28 years since, and every word still applies,” MGK wrote on Twitter.

“Me and Travis Barker wanted to bring it back for these times…”

In the cover’s accompanying video, black and white footage of the musicians protesting on the LA streets is interspersed with clips of them tracking the song in the studio. In one scene, MGK holds a sign reading: “Stop arresting protestors! Arrest killer cops!!”

Machine Gun Kelly had previously expressed his thoughts on Twitter, where he wrote “fuck white privilege” and “fight the system” among other comments regarding recent events.

Barker, meanwhile, has since tweeted a video of himself at the protests. “NO JUSTICE NO PEACE,” he captioned the clip, referencing the message written on his placard. You can see those posts below.

George Floyd was killed when a white police officer appeared to kneel on his neck as he lay on the ground during an arrest.

The officer in question, Derek Chauvin, has since been fired and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Three of his colleagues – Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Keung – are now all facing charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

 

 

Ridley Scott has considered making ‘Alien: Covenant’ sequel

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Ridley Scott has revealed that he’s considered making a third Alien prequel, with the director believing “there’s a lot of mileage” left in the series.

The filmmaker, 82, helmed the original 1979 Alien film, which was set in the year 2122. Three sequels – Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection – followed in 1986, 1992 and 1997 respectively, though Scott did not direct these titles.

He later returned to the director’s chair for a prequel spin-off made up of 2012’s Prometheus and 2017’s Alien: Covenant.

In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, Scott discussed the prospect of potentially revisiting the Alien world in future movies.

“I still think there’s a lot of mileage in Alien, but I think you’ll have to now re-evolve,” he said.

“What I always thought when I was making the first one [was] why would a creature like this be made and why was it travelling in what I always thought was a kind of war-craft, which was carrying a cargo of these eggs. What was the purpose of the vehicle and what was the purpose of the eggs?

“That’s the thing to question – who, why, and for what purpose is the next idea, I think.”

Shortly after the release of Covenant, Scott suggested that the series may have run its course. “I think the beast has almost run out, personally,” he said, despite there being plans in place for at least two more films at that time.

In a four-star review of Alien: Covenant, NME wrote: “If you’ve ever enjoyed an Alien film, this one is worth spending two hours in space for.”

Last year, footage from a New Jersey high school’s impressive production of Alien was shared online. A trailer for their theatrical adaptation of the sci-fi had previously become a viral hit across social media.

 

Dub Pistols detail eighth album ‘Addict’ and share new song ‘Stand Together’

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Dub Pistols have announced details of their upcoming eighth album ‘Addict’, and shared new single ‘Stand Together’ – listen below.

The London group will release the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Crazy Diamonds’ on September 11 via Sunday Best Recordings. Pre-order it here.

According to a press release, the project will be “a melting pot of dubwise sensibility, junglist riddims, and feelgood party anthems”. Dub Pistols co-founder Barry Ashworth revealed that the LP had been recorded over the course of two years, “but has been 25 years in the making”.

“I recorded over 3 albums worth of music to get to the finished version of ‘Addict’,” he explained. “Every time I finished a song, I would come up with another idea for a track and an artist I wanted to work with.

“It’s been incredible to collaborate with all the legends that I have on this record, but it’s also the new emerging talent such as Natty Campbell and Gardna that have really given me new enthusiasm.”

As for new song ‘Stand Together’, Ashworth said that the Rhoda Dakar collaboration was penned “about how far we’ve come, but how much further we still have to go when it comes to the war against racism”.

The single’s accompanying video intersperses new clips with footage from the civil rights movements of the 1950s and ’60s. “To watch what is going on over in America and how racism is still so seismic in our society is devastating,” Ashworth said.

Dub Pistols Addict
Dub Pistols – ‘Addict’ artwork

“We need to stand together, learn from history, and move forward – united.”

You can see the full ‘Addict’ tracklist below.

1 – Addict (Feat. Cheshire Cat)
2 – Dark Days Dark Times (Feat. Mc Navigator & Seanie T)
3 – Old Skool (Feat. Horseman)
4 – Stand Together (Feat. Rhoda Dakar)
5 – Chalice (Feat. Jah Mikey)
6 – Wicked & Wild (Feat. Natty Campbell)
7 – Cool Out (Feat. Lindy Layton & Seanie T)
8 – Two Generals (Feat. Ragga Twins)
9 – Sound Sweet (Feat. Natty Campbell)
10 – Camberwell Carrot (Feat. Natty Campbell)
11 – Sound Boy (Feat. Cheshire Cat)

Dub Pistols are set to head out on a UK tour in support of ‘Addict’ this October, with performances scheduled for Bedford, Leicester, Newcastle, Leeds and Birmingham. The dates were previously postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Back in April, Dub Pistols shared a cover of The Clash’s ‘Bankrobber’ along with an official video recorded during the COVID-19-enforced lockdown.

 

 

EA brings more games to Steam, EA Access coming this summer

EA has today released 25 of its games on Steam and announced that their EA Access service will launch on the Valve platform sometime this summer.

Two games from BioWare’s award-winning RPG-series Dragon Age series, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Dragon Age II, are now available on Steam, alongside FPS Crysis 3 and the remastered version of Burnout Paradise.

Multiple titles from the highly popular Need For Speed series, such as Need For Speed: Rivals and the recently released Need For Speed: Heat, have also been launched. There are plans for further games to be added over the summer.

In a press release Mike Blank, EA’s senior vice president of player networks, stated that “we want to make it easy to play the games you love, wherever you want to play. Delivering games to the Steam community is an important step in achieving this goal”.

He then went on to mention the integration of EA Access into Steam by saying that “not only are we excited to have our games on Steam, but we look forward to bringing them even more value when our subscription becomes available this summer”.

The two companies announced their partnership last year, bridging the gap between them and allowing EA titles to be released on Steam. It was also revealed that that EA Access, its subscription-based service which allows players to a library of games, would also be coming to Steam.

There’s no specific release date for when EA Access will be available on Steam outside of a summer release window.

 

 

 

Steve Priest of The Sweet has died aged 72

Steve Priest, bassist, vocalist and founding member of glam rockers The Sweet, sometimes called Sweet, has died aged 72, the band have confirmed.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce at 8:25am PT today, Steve Priest, founding member of The Sweet, passed away,” reads a post on the band’s Facebook. “He is survived by his wife, Maureen, three daughters, Lisa, Danielle & Maggie and 3 grandchildren, Jordan, Jade & Hazel.”

Dear Friends and Fans,We have very sad news – Please see the below statement from Steve Priest’s…

Posted by The Sweet on Thursday, June 4, 2020

By 2020 there were two iterations of The Sweet: ‘Steve Priest’s Sweet’ who were based in the US and ‘Andy Scott’s Sweet’ in the UK, the latter led by the band’s founding guitarist.

“I am in pieces right now,” Scott wrote on Facebook. “His wife Maureen and I have kept in contact and though his health was failing I never envisaged this moment. Never. My thoughts are with his family.

Then there was one! I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away. His wife Maureen and I have kept in…

Posted by The Sweet on Thursday, June 4, 2020

“He was the best bass player I ever played with. The noise we made as a band was so powerful. From that moment in the summer of 1970 when set off on our Musical Odyssey the world opened up and the rollercoaster ride started! He eventually followed his heart and moved to the USA. First New York then LA. Rest in Peace brother. All my love.”

Priest and Scott formed The Sweet in London in 1968, alongside lead singer Brian Connolly, who died in 1997, and drummer Mick Tucker who died in 2002.

The band scored 13 Top 20 hits in the 1970s, including number one single ‘Block Buster!’ in 1973, ‘The Ballroom Blitz’ that same year, and ‘Fox On The Run’ in 1975.

Rush’s Alex Lifeson says he no longer wants to play music following Neil Peart’s death

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson says that he no longer feels motivated to play music, following the death of the band’s drummer Neil Peart earlier this year.

Speaking on the sports radio program Talkin’ Golf (via Rolling Stone) Lifeson was asked whether Rush would continue without their influential percussionist.

“After Neil passed in January, I’ve played very little guitar. I just don’t feel inspired and motivated,” he said.

“I don’t know if the motivation is there for us to really do anything now. We’re certainly proud of our track record, and we still love music. But it’s different now.”

Lifeson likened his emotions to those he felt when Peart’s daughter died in a car crash in 1997, followed by the death of the drummer’s wife from cancer a few months afterwards.

“I didn’t really play for about a year [after that],” he said. “I just don’t feel it in my heart right now. Every time I pick up a guitar, I just aimlessly mess around with it and put it down after 10 minutes.”

Peart died in January after a three year battle with brain cancer, prompting tributes from across the world of music, among them Dave Grohl, who called him “An inspiration to millions with an unmistakable sound who spawned generations of musicians – like myself – to pick up two sticks and chase a dream. A kind, thoughtful, brilliant man who ruled our radios and turntables not only with his drumming, but also his beautiful words.”

Creeper are auctioning off gig jackets, lyric sheets and more in aid of Black Lives Matter

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Creeper are auctioning off a selection of special items on eBay in aid of the Black Lives Matter movement.

A number of BLM protests have been held in the US, UK and other locations across the globe over the last week following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Southhampton band, who are set to return with a new album in July, have now offered their support by giving their fans the chance to bid on jackets worn onstage by frontman Will Gould – as well as other band members’ past gig gear.

Also up for grabs are lyric sheets for songs featured on Creeper’s 2017 debut album ‘Eternity In Your Arms’, vinyl, cassette tapes and photograph prints.

The auction is set to end next Wednesday (June 10) – visit Creeper’s official eBay store to find the full listings.

All proceeds from these sales will go directly to various Black Lives Matter fundraisers including split community bail funds and radical justice organisers. Find more information here.

Meanwhile, the likes of Florence Welch, Primal Scream, Dua Lipa and Sam Smith joined the Black Lives Matter protests in London yesterday (June 3). Beginning in Hyde Park, the event saw many participants chanting George Floyd’s name while carrying signs.

Elsewhere, John Boyega received widespread praise for addressing the huge crowd with a powerful speech.

“Black lives have always mattered We have always been important. We have always meant something,” he said. “We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.”

 

EA DICE releases final major update for ‘Battlefield V’

EA DICE has released the final major update for Battlefield V, which adds new maps and gadgets.

EA DICE shared the patch notes via the Battlefield V Reddit page with a breakdown of everything that has been changed. The update introduces two new maps that will work for conquest, breakthrough, team deathmatch and squad conquest

The first map is Al Marj Encampment, which is set in Libya and infantry-only map, where players can expect to be thrust into both close-quarters and ranged combat. The second is a redesigned and expanded version of Provence, which now includes farm land and more areas on the outskirts of town for vehicle combat.

This final patch also adds a slew of new weapons, gadgets and grenades across all four classes. Six never-seen-before vehicles have also been added, five for the U.S. Faction and one for the German Faction. The patch also includes a number of UI and bug fixes.

DICE also noted that it had held off on published promotional material around the update as it recognises that “there are more important conversations taking place in the world today”.

“We’re otherwise encouraging that we all take notice of what’s happening in the United States, as well as other places around the world, and ask how we can all do more, as we must do more,” DICE added. “Racism should not exist in our society. We stand with all of our African-American / Black colleagues and partners, families and friends, and everyone around the world who is ready to see it end.”

EA recently announced a USD$1million contribution “to organizations dedicated to the fight for racial justice in the U.S. and against discrimination around the world.” The company will also double any employee contributions to supported organisations.

In other news, Infinity Ward have taken the decision to postpone the launch of their latest season of Call of Duty this week as they decided “now is not the time” in light of recent events.