New Releases — October 20, 2014 at 12:01 am

New releases: Thurston Moore, Billy Idol, Half Man Half Biscuit, Inspiral Carpets, Annie Lennox

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Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.


Thurston MooreThurston Moore

RELEASE: The Best Day
BACKSTORY: The Sonic Youth co-founder returns this week with a new eight-song solo album on which he’s backed by former bandmate Steve Shelley on drums and My Bloody Valentine’s Debbie Googe on bass.


Billy IdolBilly Idol

RELEASE: Kings & Queens of the Underground
BACKSTORY: Billy Idol returns this week with his seventh studio album, and first in nine years. The 11-song collection features longtime collaborator Steve Stevens on guitar and is produced by Trevor Horn.


Half Man Half BiscuitHalf Man Half Biscuit

RELEASE: Urge For Offal
BACKSTORY: Half Man Half Biscuit this week releases, in the U.K., its 13th album, and first since 2011. The 13-track record features “Theme Tune for Something or Other,” “Old Age Killed My Teenage Bride” and more.


Inspiral CarpetsInspiral Carpets

RELEASE: Inspiral Carpets
BACKSTORY: The reunited Madchester vets this week release, in the U.K. via Cherry Red Records, their first new studio album in two decades. The 12-song collection will be released in the U.S. early next month.


Annie LennoxAnnie Lennox

RELEASE: Nostalgia
BACKSTORY:  The ex-Eurythmics frontwoman this week releases a collection of covers of songs originally performed by the likes of Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.


The Pop GroupThe Pop Group

RELEASE: We Are Time, Cabinet Of Curiosities, Curiosities
BACKSTORY: The U.K. post-punk favorites this week reissue their 1980 compilation We Are Time, release a new compilation called Cabinet of Curiosities and packages them together as the 2CD set Curiosities.



RELEASE: Nowhere Is Home
BACKSTORY: This 6-disc box set from Dexys Midnight Runners includes the film “Nowhere Is Here,”  plus a full concert on DVD, three CDs of live material and a remastered edition of reunion album One Day I’m Going to Soar.




One Comment

  1. A little off-format, but you forgot to mention Aretha Franklin’s new album. No disrespect to Annie Lennox, but I’d rather hear the Queen of Soul tackle the “great American songbook.”

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