New music releases, 6th October 2014

Here are the new and notable music releases for this week, 6th October 2014:

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Steve Nicks, 24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault
Johnny Marr, Playland
Hozier, Hozier
Jackson Browne, Standing In The Breach
Sixx A.M., Modern Vintage
Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Leonard Cohen, The Spirit of Radio Box Set
Bill Frisell, Guitar In The Space Age
Orange Goblin, Back From The Abyss
New Found Glory, Resurrection
Vashti Bunyan, Heartleap
Godflesh, A World Lit Only By Fire
The Hawklords, Censored
Winterfylleth, The Divination of Antiquity
Smashing Pumpkins, Adore (Deluxe Edition)
Sanctuary, The Year The Sun Died (Ltd Edition)
North Atlantic Oscillation, The Third Day

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Johnny Marr announces new solo album, ‘Playland’

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Guitar legend Johnny Marr has announced details of his new solo album.

The former Smith’s man will release Playland on the 6th of October. It will be the follow up to his debut solo album, The Messenger, that was released in 2013.

The new album was recorded in London at Tritone Studios, and the lead single, “Easy Money”, will be released on the same day.

In interview with NME, Marr said: “It was deliberate to work in London. Where you work definitely affects how it sounds and seeps into the music, and I’ve developed a really good feeling for London in the past couple of years, I like the frenetic atmosphere.”

“The album’s main themes are the atmosphere of the city, and the preoccupations of the people who live in them,” Marr continued. “Those preoccupations being consumerism, sex and anxiety, or distraction and transcendence from those things.”

Playland was co-produced by Marr and bandmember and co-producer Doviak. Mixing was handled by Claudius Mittendorfer in New York, and mastering at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright, who has in the past worked with Arcade Fire, The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Coldplay, Oasis and Primal Scream.

The full tracklist for Playland is as follows:

Johnny Marr Playland“Back In The Box”
“Easy Money”
“Dynamo”
“Candidate”
“25 Hours”
“The Trap”
“Playland”
“Speak Out Reach Out”
“Boys Get Straight”
“This Tension”
“Little King”

Marr and his band will embark on a series of live dates in the UK during October, playing:

13th of Oct: Lincoln The Engine Shed
14th of Oct: Southend Cliffs Pavillion
15th of Oct: Bexhill De La Warr
17th of Oct: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
18th of Oct: Cardiff Great Hall
20th of Oct: Bournemouth O2 Academy
21st of Oct: Cambridge Corn Exchange
23rd of Oct: London O2 Academy Brixton
24th of Oct: Bath Pavilion
25th of Oct: Manchester O2 Apollo
27th of Oct: Glasgow O2 Academy
28th of Oct: Newcastle O2 Academy
29th of Oct: Leeds O2 Academy

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Johnny Marr: Factory Records story is “a crock of s**t”

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Renowned guitarist Johnny Marr has dismissed years of gossip about Factory Records turning down The Smiths as “a crock of shit.”

Speaking in an interview in this week’s edition of NME, Marr says that the band were never refused a deal by the infamous Manchester label. “If you were a musician in Manchester at that time, it was almost the law that you went on your hands and knees and begged Tony Wilson for his papal blessing to stick you in the studio, and I wasn’t about to do that,” he says.

“So much has been made of Factory apparently turning The Smiths down, but that’s a crock of shit,” he continues. “The Smiths would have signed to Factory over my dead body… I didn’t want to be assimilated into the Factory aesthetic. Before we knew it, we would’ve had side-partings and khaki shorts, with bongos round our necks… No disrespect to A Certain Ratio.”

The new edition of the NME is a 30th anniversary special celebrating the release of The Smith’s debut album from 1984. The magazine is on newsstands now.