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. This week’s releases include titles from Shriekback, The Smithereens, The Fall and Bow Wow Wow.
After returning to the concert stage for the first time in a quarter century last year, Shriekback next will deliver its 14th studio album, with the 10-song collection Why Anything? Why This? — the group’s first in three years — due later this month. Today we’re thrilled to premiere a track off that album: “Catmandu.”
After successfully crowdfunding its return to the stage for the first time in a quarter-century last year, Shriekback is now setting its sights on America. Looking to mount a rare U.S. tour this summer, the band — led by Barry Andrews and Carl Marsh — is again turning to its fans to help fund the trek.
Shriekback — self-described “weirdshit danceband, now very old indeed” — is planning to play live for the first time in nearly 25 years, and is soliciting fans to help fund a U.K. and European tour with the promise that, if successful, a North American outing could follow by summer 2018.
This week’s new releases include multi-disc box sets from Simple Minds, Alien Sex Fiend, Roxy Music and The Farm, new albums from Shriekback, The Rezillos and The Monochrome Set, a reissue from Game Theory, and a compilation of late-’70s and early-’80s post-punk tracks.
This week’s new releases include Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s ‘The History of Modern Tour: Live in Berlin’ CD/book combo, plus a 2CD reissue of Shriekback’s ‘Oil and Gold,’ a reissue of Sonic Youth’s 2008 Starbucks exclusive best-of ‘Hits Are For Squares’ and the archival ‘Live at Montreaux 1980’ from Rockpile.
The celebrated third album from dancefloor-ready post-punk act Shriekback — 1985’s ‘Oil and Gold,’ featuring signature song ‘Nemesis’ — will be reissued next week in the band’s native U.K. as a 2CD set featuring a remastered edition of the original album and a bonus disc with 10 B-sides and live tracks,
The highlights of tonight’s ‘Dark Wave’ on Sirius XM’s 1st Wave include a couple album cuts off The Cure’s ‘Disintegration,’ a Tones on Tail song that’s not ‘Go!,’ Shriekback’s excellent ‘My Spine Is the Bassline’ and Wax Trax! industrial act Braindead Soundmachine’s cover of Patsy Cline’s ‘Walkin’ After Midnight.’