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Tastes Like New Music Friday: February 11, 2022

It’s an Indie rock lover’s dream: new Spoon, Big Thief and Alt-J in one day!

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It’s another big day for new releases.

Last week was quite strong. We had Black Country New Road’s Ants From Up Here, Laurel Hell from Mitski, Time Skiffs from Animal Collective and Cate Le Bon’s Pompeii all drop to critical acclaim from critics (and from TLM, mostly).

This week we see the return of Spoon with Lucifer on the Sofa, their 10th album and first since 2017, a double album from Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You, Eddie Vedder’s third solo release, Earthling and Alt-J’s latest The DreamSo far, all of them are getting strong reviews.

Other releases include Shamir’s Heterosexuality, the latest from Foxes titled The Kick, a new one from venerable rock gods The Scorpions, who are back with their 19th studio album Rock Believerand Kim Petras’ Slut Pop. There’s also apparently a new one from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Their 19th album is called Timeland. It may or may not be releasing tomorrow. No one really knows. There’s also Chapter 1 which is part of Orville Peck’s new album Bronco. Chapter 1 consists of four new songs from the masked Canadian’s forthcoming album. The entire album will be released in April.

More releases

The Long Road North – Cult of Luna
Good Morning Gorgeous – Mary J. Blige
Synchro Anarchy – Voivod

Singles

Tears for Fears have released the official video of their first single Break the Man. The Tipping Point, their first album since 2004 will be out on February 25th.

A little Machine Gun Kelly + Willow, anybody? Blink-182 should probably be alerting their lawyers about this one.

Caroline Polachek has a new song, Billions. It’s a arty treat.

Not content to just guest on the best albums of the year (see The War on Drugs and Brandi Carlile’s latest) Lucius is back. Here’s a new song to tide you over until April.

Foals will be back this summer. Here’s the first single.

The best drummer in the world? She makes it look so easy AND like she’s having the time of her life.

Assorted News

Sting sells his catalogue.

The Super Bowl is Sunday, who’s ready for Snooooooooop.

Speaking of Snoop Dogg. He just bought the label he once helped make, Death Row Records.

Finally, RIP to Betty Davis. You owe it to yourself to listen to this underappreciated trailblazing artistic genius.

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Betty Davis was alright. I wouldn’t call her a genius or anything, but she was OK.

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