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July 15, 2021

Henry Bruce-Jones Mark Leckey, Philomène Pirecki and Oona Doherty exhibit at Art Night 2021 Marathon

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Will Richards Iggy Pop, Sharon Van Etten, Michael Stipe, St. Vincent and more set for The Velvet Underground & Nico’tribute album

Iggy Pop, Sharon Van Etten, Michael Stipe, St. Vincent, Matt Berninger new tribute album to ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico

Iggy Pop, Sharon Van Etten, Michael Stipe, St. Vincent, Matt Berninger and many more are all set to contribute to a new tribute album to The Velvet Underground & Nico.

The 1967 album paired the Lou Reed-fronted New York rock legends with German singer Nico, and became one of the most lauded albums of all time.

On September 24, Verve Records – the original home of The Velvet Underground – will release I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico, which will feature every song on the album covered by an array of stars. The album was produced by the late Hal WillnerLou Reed’s dear friend who died last year, making it the final album he ever worked on.

Joining the names above will be Fontaines D.C., King Princess, Courtney Barnett, Thurston Moore, Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Bird and Kurt Vile, the latter of whom has shared his version of “Run Run Run” yesterday (July 14) to announce the album.

“I literally covered ‘Run Run Run’ when I was a kid, in my late teens with my band at the time,” Vile, who recently signed to Verve Records himself, said in a statement.

“So it was pretty cosmic, let’s say. There is a direct connection to certain indie bands and beyond w/ the Velvets. That’s why the Velvets are a classic. You know it can have doo-wop in there and things like that, but it can also have this jagged noisy thing, and it immediately let me feel like I could do anything.

“The possibilities are endless. You’re completely free. Unapologetic and effortless.”

Listen to the cover and see the tracklisting for I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico below. Pre-orders for the album are available here.

1. “Sunday Morning” – Michael Stipe
2. “I’m Waiting For The Man” – Matt Berninger
3. “Femme Fatale”– Sharon Van Etten (w/ Angel Olsen on backing vocals)
4. “Venus In Furs” – Andrew Bird & Lucius
5. “Run Run Run” – Kurt Vile & The Violators
6. “All Tomorrow’s Parties” – St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett
7. “Heroin” – Thurston Moore feat. Bobby Gillespie
8. “There She Goes Again” – King Princess
9. “I’ll Be Your Mirror” – Courtney Barnett
10. “The Black Angel’s Death Song” – Fontaines D.C.
11. “European Son” – Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney

Meanwhile, The Velvet Underground were recently subject to a new documentary from Todd Haynes.

In our first-look review of The Velvet Underground, which came out this month, we wrote: “Director Todd Haynes is looking at the band from the perspective of a fellow artist rather than an archivist. The director of I’m Not There is trying to understand what the Velvets achieved rather than laying out the facts of where and when they did it. Which is just as well, because the Velvets story is famously slippery.”

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Will Richards Billy Bragg announces details of 10th studio album, The Million Things That Never Happened

Billy Bragg The Million Things That Never Happened

Billy Bragg has announced the release of a new album – get all the details on The Million Things That Never Happened below.

The legendary songwriter’s 10th studio album will come out on October 8 via Cooking Vinyl, and was previewed yesterday (July 14) with first single “I Will Be Your Shield”.

“To m, ‘I Will Be Your Shield’ is the heart and soul of the album,” Bragg said in a statement. “I’ve come to the conclusion that empathy is the currency of music – that our job as songwriters is to help people come to terms with their feelings by offering them examples of how others may have dealt with a situation similar to that in which listeners find themselves.

“After what we’ve all been through, the idea of being a shield, physically, emotionally, psychologically, really resonates,” he added.

Watch the video for the new single and a trailer for the forthcoming album below:

The Million Things That Never Happened was produced by Romeo Stodart and Dave Izumi at Echo Zoo studios in Eastbourne, Sussex. The record features a song called “Ten Mysterious Photos That Can’t Be Explained”, a track that closes the album and was co-written with Bragg’s son, Jack Valero.

See the artwork and tracklisting for The Million Things That Never Happened below:

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1. “Should Have Seen It Coming”
2. “Mid-Century Modern”
3. “Lonesome Ocean”
4. “Good Days And Bad Days”
5. “Freedom Doesn’t Come For Free”
6. “Reflections On The Mirth Of Creativity”
7. “The Million Things That Never Happened”
8. “The Buck Doesn’t Stop Here No More”
9. “I Believe In You”
10. “Pass It On”
11. “I Will Be Your Shield”
12. “Ten Mysterious Photos That Can’t Be Explained”

On September 9, ahead of the album’s release, Bragg is set to play a special livestreamed concert called Billy Bragg On…, which will see him perform songs from the new album as well as from across his back catalogue. Donations can be made to the Music Venue Trust during the show.

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Sam Moore Bruce Springsteen says he hopes to resume touring next year

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Bruce Springsteen has said that he hopes to resume touring next year.

While he is currently continuing with his solo Broadway residency at the St. James Theatre in New York, Springsteen previously confirmed that he won’t be touring in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball yesterday (July 14), Springsteen said that he is now hoping to restart touring in 2022.

“We’ll be touring next year if everything goes well,” he told Ball. “The E Street Band will be back on the road – you know, depending, of course, on the virus and what’s opening up.”

Bruce Springsteen
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Springsteen also took time during the interview to praise his fans in the UK, saying: “I’d like to take one moment to thank my UK fans, particularly for the support they’ve continued to give to my new music.

Letter To You was so well-received in the UK and it really touched by heart, and I deeply deeply appreciate it.”

Springsteen last performed with the E Street Band during his appearance on Saturday Night Live back in December, marking their first live performance together since 2017.

The artist is set to headline a “homecoming” concert at Central Park in New York this summer alongside the likes of Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson.

“This is going to be one of the greatest Central Park concerts in history,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the show, which is being organised by veteran music mogul Clive Davis. “This is something for the ages.”

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Andrew Trendell Bobby Gillespie: “Everyone in Primal Scream is really flattered that Lorde was influenced by ‘Loaded’”

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns) and Lorde (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/WireImage)

Primal Scream‘s Bobby Gillespie has spoken of how “flattered” the band are that Lorde was influenced by their seminal “Loaded” for her recent single “Solar Power”.

The New Zealand musician made her return last month, four years after the release of her critically-acclaimed second album Melodrama. She went on to speak about Primal Scream’s influence on her comeback single – pinpointing “Loaded” as a key inspiration behind it – before the indie veterans took to Twitter to share that they “loved” the song.

Now, frontman Bobby Gillespie has revealed that the whole band are “flattered” that they had inspired Lorde.

“I need to hear [the whole album],” Gillespie told NME. “I’ve heard that one track. I was watching the Italy vs Spain match and they were playing Lorde over the goals at the end. It’s incredible.”

He continued: “I’m really, really flattered, we all are. Everyone in Primal Scream is flattered that she was influenced by ‘Loaded’. It’s really cool.”

Lorde had previously revealed that she had spoken to Gillespie about the similarities between the songs and that he was “so lovely about it”.

“He was like, ‘You know, these things happen, you caught a vibe that we caught years ago,’” she explained. “And he gave us his blessing.

“So let the record state ‘Loaded’ is 100 per cent the original blueprint for this, but we arrived at it organically. And I’m glad we did.”

This comes after George Michael’s estate recently praised Lorde when connections were made between the singer’s new single “Solar Power” and Michael’s hit “Freedom ’90”.

“We are aware that many people are making a connection between “Freedom ’90” by George Michael and “Solar Power” by Lorde which George would have been flattered to hear, so on behalf of one great artist to a fellow artist, we wish her every success with the single,” the short statement from Michael’s estate reads.

Lorde will release her new album Solar Power on August 20, before heading out on a huge world tour next year.

Gillespie meanwhile, recently released Utopian Ashes – a collaborative album with Savages’ Jehnny Beth.

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Tom Pinnock Lindsey Buckingham: “We slapped everyone across the face going from Rumours to Tusk!”

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Lindsey Buckingham steps out into the afternoon heat of west Los Angeles. Surrounded by dogs, he takes the short walk across the yard from his home to his out-house studio.

“We’ve got way too many actually,” he explains. “We’ve got one miniature poodle, a miniature Australian shepherd, a white lab and two Pomeranians. Yeah, I think one is enough…”

Based around an old reel-to-reel tape machine, the studio appears to be a fairly primitive set-up – at least for a man of Buckingham’s wealth and reputation. But then, Lindsey Buckingham has always been one to confound expectations. He hasn’t used the studio much since 2018, when the 10 songs on his new, self-titled solo album – his first in a decade – were recorded. Back then, things were different. Buckingham’s heart was doing fine, Covid was unheard of, and he was still a member of Fleetwood Mac.

In fact, the subject of Buckingham’s departure from the group in 2018 – after he requested a delay to their upcoming tour so he could release his own album – comes up early in our conversation, after Buckingham himself raises it. It is, he explains, inexorably tied in with the origins of this new album.

“Once I’d been ousted from the band – which in itself was just so absurd after all the troubles we’d been through and managed to overcome for 40-plus years – I was poised to put the album out. Then I ended up having a bypass operation, so we had to kick it down the road a little further. And then the pandemic hit. So it’s been a sort of running gag, to have so many false starts.”

Here at last, post-Macxit, the Lindsey Buckingham album has many highlights – including the chiming, propulsive I Don’t Mind and the striking and experimental Power Down – that bring into focus Buckingham’s melodic gifts as well as his hunger for unconventional thinking.

“It’s just a one-man show, me playing and engineering,” he says. “It’s like painting. It does start to become a one-on-one, like with a canvas.”

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN UNCUT SEPTEMBER 2021

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