New music releases, 21st August 2015

Here are this week’s new and notable releases in the world of music:

Ghost Meliora cover
Meliora, Ghost

Immortalized, Disturbed
M, Myrkur
Rock N Roll, Buckcherry
Male, Natalie Imbruglia
Star Wars, Wilco
Houston: Publishing Demos 2002, Mark Lanegan
Birth And The Burial, Act Of Defiance
Heartbreaker Of The Year, Whitney Rose

All of the above – and many more – are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store.

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Wilco release surprise new album ‘Star Wars’ for free

Wilco March 2015

Wilco have released a surprise new album and have made it available to download for free for the next 30 days.

Star Wars is available now via and, as well as the usual digital music distributors.

Writing via Facebook, Wilco mainman Jeff Tweedy said: “It felt like it would be fun. What’s more fun than a surprise?”

The full track list for Star Wars is:

01. “EKG”
02. “More….”
03. “Random Name Generator”
04. “The Joke Explained”
05. “You Satellite”
06. “Taste the Ceiling”
07. “Pickled Ginger”
08. “Where Do I Begin”
09. “Cold Slope”
10. “King Of You”
11. “Magnetized”

The new LP is Wilco’s ninth studio album and their first since 2011’s The Whole Love. You can listen to Star Wars in full via the stream below.

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New music releases, 1st December 2014

Here are the new and notable album releases this week, 1st December 2014:

Rock Or Bust cover
Rock Or Bust, AC/DC

Demolicious, Green Day
John Grant & The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, John Grant
Live In Dublin, Leonard Cohen
Doolittle 25 (Boxset), Pixies
Winterland Night (Live), Bruce Springsteen
Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1, Mogwai
Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994 – 2014, Wilco
…All That Might Have Been… (A Complete Box Set), Peter Hammill
Classics, She & Him
Gone Girl (Original Soundtrack), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Live Chicago 1992, Pearl Jam
The Elements Tour Box 2014, King Crimson
Many Faces Of Yes, Various Artists
Crossfire, White Widdow
Sacred Warpath, Sodom
Send Them All To Hell, The German Panzer
Meo Vaettum, Skalmold
V, The Flight of Sleipnir
Theatre Of Redemption, Harmony
Strangers In Paradise, Neonfly
Where Dreams Are Forgotten, Axenstar
Freaks, Rigor Mortis
The Slaughter Never Stops, Avenger
Transilvanian Hunger (2CD 20th Anniversary Edition), Darkthrone

All of the above and many more are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store!

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Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy announces solo tour and album

Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy, front man with Wilco, has announced a series of solo tour dates and a new solo album.

The tour will culminate with Tweedy performing at this year’s Newport Folk Festival, and sees the singer, songwriter and guitarist accompanied by a new backing band, featuring his son Spencer Tweedy on drums, as well as guitarist Jim Elkington, bassist Darin Gray, and keyboardist Liam Cunningham.

The upcoming tour will find the band performing material from Tweedy’s forthcoming record. Tweedy will also play solo acoustic versions of songs from the Wilco and Uncle Tupelo catalogues.

The confirmed solo tour dates are as follows:

5th of Jun: Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple
6th of Jun: Pittsburgh, PA – Three Rivers Arts Festival
7th of Jun: Hunter Mountain, NY – Mountain Jam
9th of Jun: Baltimore, MD – Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
10th of Jun: Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
11th of Jun: Louisville, KY – The Brown Theatre on Broadway
16th of Jun: Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater
17th of Jun: Columbia, MO – Missouri Theatre
18th of Jun: Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
21st of Jun: Austin, TX – Texas Union Ballroom
22nd of Jun: Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
24th of Jun: Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
4th of Jul: Ottawa, Ontario – Ottawa Bluesfest
6th of Jul: Toronto, Ontario – Toronto Urban Roots Fest
12th of Jul: Chicago, IL – Taste of Chicago
27th of Jul: Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival

Further details of the forthcoming solo album will be released in due course.

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Wilco to head into the studio in 2010

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy has said that as soon as the band have finished their current touring commitments, they will head into the studio to record the follow up to their last LP, Wilco (The Album)

“We’re getting into the studio later this month to start recording the next Wilco record,” Tweedy said in an interview with “The way we’ve been touring the past year, there’s been a dividing line between one record and the next as there ever had been because we’ve been touring so intensively and we haven’t been able to do any recording on the side. But this is usually the way we seem to work when we have downtime, we generally spend it in the studio.”

Tweedy also talked explicitly about how they might release the new music, referring specifically to Radiohead’s recent digital ‘pay what you want’ releases: “I know some of the guys in Radiohead and talk to them, but our manager pays more attention to the business models than I do,” he admitted. “When Radiohead streamed their album and let people pay what they wanted, I thought that was similar to what we had been doing for years, but we didn’t take the money because we were on a major at the time; we ended up giving the money to charity.”

The album will be their first since parting ways with their label, Nonesuch.