Album News Weekly: 30th September 2016.

This week in album news…Simple Minds have announced the release of a new acoustic album, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry’s collaborative project is out now, Honeyblood comes through with Babes Never Die, Jeff Rosenstock pops up with WORRY. and more!

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SIMPLE MINDS

The iconic group have announced a brand new acoustic album, due out for release this November. Coming off the back of their Australian and New Zealand tour dates in 2017, Simple Minds have noted the relationship they’ve shared with Aussie fans in particular with the announcement of the new album.

“It’s been said Simple Minds has a love affair with Australia and I think it’s true.” Jim Kerr has said. “It was the first country anywhere in the world to give us success and from our very first tours, we’ve always had a wonderful bond with Australian audiences.”

Simple Minds Acoustic is out via Caroline Australia on November 11th, but it available for pre-order HERE.

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MENISCUS

The Sydney band is gearing up to release their sophomore album Refractions on October 21st! The first lot of new material from the band since “DBT” dropped in 2014 and is oozing ambience and textured goodness. Meniscus will also be on the road through November and December for the album tour, playing some of their biggest venues yet. Having earned acclaim globally since their debut record War of Currents was released in 2011, Meniscus have been constantly going from strength to strength.

Refractions is out via Bird’s Robe Records/MGM on October 21st. Pre-order the album HERE.

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BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry’s collaborative effort, Shine A Light – Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad is out now! The songs, originally made famous by the likes of Hank WilliamsLead BellyJimmie Rodgers and Dean Campbell were originally laid down during the course of a 65 hour journey across the US on the Texas Eagle railroad service. A killer lesson in musicology, Shine A Light… is 13 tracks of brilliance.

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HONEYBLOOD

Scottish duo Honeyblood are set to release their sophomore album Babes Never Die this November! Following on from their acclaimed debut record Honeyblood, which brought the band much positive attention upon its 2014 release, Babes Never Die is already generating the great momentum the duo deserves. Riffs and punk rhythms galore, the melodies and wildness Honeyblood capture on track is infectious and it’s impossible not to be hooked on it.

Babes Never Die is out on November 4th via Cooking Vinyl Australia. Pre-order the album HERE.

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JEFF ROSENSTOCK

Rosenstock’s new album comes to us in the form of WORRY., released on October 14th! The 17 track album takes on themes of police brutality, gentrification and over-consumption, with Rosenstock branching out from his normal comfort zone and bringing the heat on his new material.

WORRY. is released in Australia on October 14th via Cooking Vinyl Australia. Pre-order the album HERE.

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PETER DOHERTY

The artist formerly known as ‘Pete’ is preparing to release a new solo album in Hamburg Demonstrations this December. Pre-orders come with instant-grat tunes “I Don’t Love Anyone (But You’re Not Just Anyone)” and “The Whole World Is Our Playground”. The album was produced, recorded and mixed in Hamburg by Johann Scheerer, a location Doherty had always wanted to record, particularly because it’s where The Beatles cut their teeth in the early days.

Hamburg Demonstrations is out via Liberator Music/BMG on December 2nd – pre-order the album HERE.

Photo: Dana Trippe
Photo: Dana Trippe

JACK RIVER

Jack River’s new single “Palo Alto” is friggin’ brilliant, if you haven’t already (if not, hit play below), and is another great example of the direction this new artist is heading in. The latest I OH YOU signee has confirmed that her forthcoming EP will be out October 7th, titled Highway Songs No.2. “Palo Alto” is the second track to be released from the EP.

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