Tag: Billy Bragg

New releases: The Ocean Blue, Billy Bragg, Kraftwerk’s Karl Bartos, Inspiral Carpets

New releases: The Ocean Blue, Billy Bragg, Kraftwerk’s Karl Bartos, Inspiral Carpets

This week’s new releases include ‘Ultramarine,’ the first new album from The Ocean Blue in a decade, plus new studio albums from Billy Bragg (‘Tooth & Nail’) and former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos (‘Off the Record’), as well as an expanded reissue of Inspiral Carpets’ 1990 debut ‘Life.’

Billy Bragg announces ‘Tooth & Nail’ album, U.S. tour — download ‘Handyman Blues’

Billy Bragg announces ‘Tooth & Nail’ album, U.S. tour — download ‘Handyman Blues’

Billy Bragg today announced he’ll release his first new album in five years this in March — the Joe Henry-produced ‘Tooth & Nail,’ which he compares to his ‘Mermaid Avenue records’ with Wilco — and then follow that with an extensive North American tour that’ll keep him on the road until early May.

The Week in Rock: Aug. 5-11, 2012

The Week in Rock: Aug. 5-11, 2012

This week’s round-up of headlines includes items about The House of Love, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Elizabeth Fraser, Robert Smith, World Party, My Bloody Valentine, New Order, Billy Bragg, The Stone Roses, Bob Mould, PiL, Paul Weller and more — plus our latest Auto Reverse mixtape.

Billy Bragg takes on Morrissey over slam of London Olympics’ ‘blustering jingoism’

Billy Bragg takes on Morrissey over slam of London Olympics’ ‘blustering jingoism’

Morrissey, as he’s wont to do, made headlines this week with a typically acerbic attack on his native England, this time blasting the London Olympics over “the blustering jingoism that drenches the event” and suggesting that the “spirit” of Nazi Germany no pervades modern-day Britain. Billy Bragg disagrees.

The Week in Rock: April 15-21, 2012

The Week in Rock: April 15-21, 2012

This week’s round-up of Slicing Up Eyeballs headlines includes news about The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure, Ride, Public Image Ltd., Men at Work’s Greg Ham, Devo, Squeeze, Paul Weller, The English Beat, Ultravox, The Primitives, Translator and much more.

Stream: Billy Bragg, ‘Song of the Iceberg’ — new track about iceberg that sank Titanic

Stream: Billy Bragg, ‘Song of the Iceberg’ — new track about iceberg that sank Titanic

Over this past weekend, BBC’s Radio 2 marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with ‘Minute By Minute,’ which recounted the disaster in real time — complete with a contribution from Billy Bragg, who wrote and performed a song from the oft-misunderstood iceberg’s point of view.

New releases: Billy Bragg and Wilco, Talk Talk, Spandau Ballet, Grinderman

New releases: Billy Bragg and Wilco, Talk Talk, Spandau Ballet, Grinderman

This week’s new releases include a new collection of Billy Bragg and Wilco’s ‘Mermaid Avenue’ recordings, plus two vinyl-and-DVD reissues from Talk Talk, a box set featuring the first four albums by Spandau Ballet and the U.S. release of remix album from Nick Cave’s Grinderman.

The Week in Rock: April 1-7, 2012

The Week in Rock: April 1-7, 2012

This week’s roundup of Slicing Up Eyeballs headlines includes news about The Cult, Billy Bragg, Ultravox, The Wedding Present, Duran Duran, Peter Gabriel, Morrissey, John Doe and Exene Cervenka, and Fad Gadget — plus a new Auto Reverse mixtape.

Billy Bragg to celebrate Woody Guthrie with ‘Mermaid Avenue’ sets on U.S. summer tour

Billy Bragg to celebrate Woody Guthrie with ‘Mermaid Avenue’ sets on U.S. summer tour

Billy Bragg this week announced an 11-date U.S. tour this summer — dubbed ‘The Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me Tour’ — that’ll find the troubadour performing a set of Woody Guthrie songs from his soon-to-be-three ‘Mermaid Avenue’ collaborations with Wilco and a second set of his own songs each night.

Download: Auto Reverse — Slicing Up Eyeballs Mixtape (January 2012)

Download: Auto Reverse — Slicing Up Eyeballs Mixtape (January 2012)

New (work) week, new month, new year… time, it would seem, for the latest in our monthly series of Auto Reverse mixtapes — two 45-minute sides to help you ease back into post-holiday life. Stream or download the two sides, crammed, as always, with some ’80s college-rock favorites and a few new tracks.

Linkage: Human League’s Philip Oakey, plus Billy Bragg, Kate Bush, Sonic Youth

Linkage: Human League’s Philip Oakey, plus Billy Bragg, Kate Bush, Sonic Youth

This week’s round-up of links includes an interview with The Human League’s Philip Oakey, an essay by Billy Bragg, a look at Kate Bush’s lack of success in the U.S. and recollections of the Sonic Youth’s and Nirvana’s infamous 1991 tour of Europe.

Free MP3: Billy Bragg, ‘Never Buy the Sun’ — protest song about News of the World scandal

Free MP3: Billy Bragg, ‘Never Buy the Sun’ — protest song about News of the World scandal

The News of the World scandal that’s currently rocking England has led outspoken folkie Billy Bragg to pick up his guitar and quickly pen a scathing new tune that he’s now giving away for free: ‘Never Buy the Sun,’ which he labels ‘an outspoken attack on press, police and politicians.’

Poly Styrene, of X-Ray Spex, 1957-2011

Poly Styrene, of X-Ray Spex, 1957-2011

Punk icon Poly Styrene — who fronted the late-’70s group X-Ray Spex, still best known for its anthem ‘Oh Bondage Up Yours!’ — succumbed to cancer Monday night on the eve of her new record’s U.S. release. She was 53.

Glastonbury 2011: U2, Morrissey, Big Audio Dynamite, Primal Scream and more

Glastonbury 2011: U2, Morrissey, Big Audio Dynamite, Primal Scream and more

The lineup for the 2011 installment of the venerable Glastonbury Festival was unveiled today, and, in addition to expected headliner U2, the massive fest also will feature sets by Morrissey, Big Audio Dynamite, Primal Scream, Hothouse Flowers, Robyn Hitchcock, Suzanne Vega, Billy Bragg and Nick Lowe.