New Releases — June 11, 2018 at 10:06 am

This week’s new releases: Johnny Marr, Peter Buck, English Beat, Sisters of Mercy, King Blank

Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted.


Johnny Marr

RELEASE: Call the Comet
BACKSTORY: The legendary former Smiths guitarist this week releases his third proper solo LP, a 12-song collection featuring such titles as “The Tracers,” “Walk Into the Sea,” “Hi Hello,” “New Dimensions” and more.
BUY:,, iTunes


Arthur Buck

RELEASE: Arthur Buck
BACKSTORY: Former R.E.M. guitarist and nonstop collaborator Peter Buck this week debuts his new project Arthur Buck, a collaboration with singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur. Tracks include “The Wanderer” and “Are You Electrified?”
BUY:,, iTunes


The Beat starring Dave Wakeling

RELEASE: Here We Go Love
BACKSTORY: The Dave Wakeling-fronted English Beat this week releases a 13-song studio album, the first from a Wakeling under the Beat imprint since 1982’s Special Beat Service. Includes “How Can You Stand There.”
BUY:,, iTunes


The Sisters of Mercy

RELEASE: First and Last and Always, Floodland, Vision Thing, A Slight Case of Overbombing: Greatest Hits Volume 1
BACKSTORY: New vinyl reissues of The Sisters’ three studio albums, and one of their best-ofs, arrive in the U.K. this week.


King Blank

RELEASE: The Real Dirt plus Singles A + B Sides
BACKSTORY: Beggars Banquet reissues the debut album, along with singles and B-sides, recorded by King Blank, the project fronted by the late Ian Lowery, frontman of both Ski Patrol and Folk Devils. Features a total of 17 songs.






  1. I’m hopeful the remastered Sisters of Mercy show up somewhere besides vinyl, especially A Slight Case of Overbombing.

  2. Great to see King Blank in such esteemed company. Check out last October’s release ‘Agent Orange ’92 plus Drug of Choice sessions’

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