The Bonus Track: A.J.Ellis, Lana Del Rey, Grace Jones, Martyn Bennett and Damon Albarn
Sunday 20 April 2014
A hero is reborn
Brit-born former Five O’Clock Heroes frontman A. J. Ellis is launching a solo career. He moved to New York as a teenager in the mid-90s and his sound can best be described as a country version of The Strokes (Heroes toured with Albert Hammond Jr.) mixed with Elvis Costello. Listen to his debut single “Cheating The Czar”
Born to fly
Retro-sounding perma-pouter Lana Del Rey has released the first track off her tricky second album Ultraviolence (released 18 May). Titled “West Coast” and produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, it doesn’t stray far from her usual Twin Peaks-esque style, with a twangy guitar hook reminiscent of Blondie’s “Atomic”
What better excuse to revisit inimitable diva Grace Jones than a deluxe remastering of her 1981 album Nightclubbing? Featuring rare original sessions, including a cover of the Gary Numan/Tubeway Army classic “Me! I Disconnect From You!” and a smokingly cool cover shot, it’s a reminder of just how much she’s influenced today’s music scene. Watch Grace and Iggy Pop do “Nightclubbing”
An album by maverick Scottish musician Martyn Bennett, who died in 2005 aged just 33, is being reissued to coincide with the opening of a theatre production based on his life. His much-acclaimed Grit, which mixes traditional Scottish music with techno beats, will be re-released with new tracks on 19 May. Listen to “Move” (featuring Sheila Stewart)
Next week’s biggie ...
Kevin Harley reviews Damon Albarn’s debut solo album Everyday Robots, which features guest appearances from Brian Eno and Natasha Khan AKA Bat for Lashes. Listen to the title track
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 Kajieme Powell: Missouri police release video footage of second man killed by officers
- 4 Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
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Celebrity Big Brother 2014 line-up: Meet the contestants from Lauren Goodger to Kellie Maloney and Audley Harrison
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
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Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women