ICYMI: This week in music – June 23

New albums from Foo Fighters and Jay-Z, Paul McCartney tour and legendary electronic producer teasing something… Here’s what you missed this week.

Foo Fighters made of ‘concrete and gold’

Dave Grohl doesn’t seem to take a break. Always keeping himself busy with side projects or playing with a broken leg, he never stops! No rest for the wicked: another Foo Fighters album is on the way, Concrete and Gold.

In a BBC Radio 1 interview, Dave was eager to chat with host Annie Mac about the new album.

“This is our biggest record… I wanted to make a record that sounds like Motorhead doing Sgt Pepper’s,” he said. Concrete and Gold is full of guest sports. Some that “will surprise us”, Dave said, dropping a little hint that one is the “biggest pop star in the world”.

The Foo Fighters recently released a new single, Run.

Concrete and Gold is out September 15.

Paul McCartney returns!

It’s confirmed, Paul McCartney tours Australia in December! Last week reports of the Beatle icon returning to our shores were all the rage, fuelling fan speculation about his first Aussie tour since 1993. Paul will play shows around the country beginning in Perth’s nib Stadium on December 2 and finishing at Qudos Bank Area in Sydney, December 11. Presales begin June 29. (Tickets to the Perth show are available here.)

Urban beats

Jay-Z will release his 14th album, 4:44 next Friday. Speculation surrounding a new album had been rife after mysterious 4:44 banners appeared in subway stations and references online contained code links to companies affiliated with the the legendary New York rapper.

Jay-Z owns a large stake in the music streaming service, Tidal. So it’s not surprising that 4:44 is a Tidal exclusive.

California experimental hip hop trio Death Grips announced a three-date east coast tour. Death Grips formed in 2010 and with their unique blend of rap, punk rock and electronic music, they have built a reputation online. If you’re unfamiliar with them, check these tracks. They’re amazing, but weird. You have been warned!

Death Grips recently released a 22-minute mash-up of new music, titled Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix).

All the details about their tour, kicking off August 2, are available here.

Aphex Twin’s mysterious countdown

Aphex Twin (Richard D. James) is up to something. A quick visit to his website will show a countdown clock that has been ticking down days since early this month. What will happen it expires is unclear, though some theorise a collaboration with an American producer named Jlin? is on the cards. A new track appeared in one of Aphex Twins‘ sets early this month which seemed to credit Jlin?

Check a fan’s recording of that track below.

Richard is major influence in contemporary electronic music; The Guardian labelled him “the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music”.  He has adopted multiple pseudonyms over the past three decades including Aphex Twin, AFX, Caustic Window. In 2014 he announced the first Aphex Twin album in 13 years via the deep web. Since then, we’ve overdosed: in 2015 he dumped 170 unreleased Aphex Twin tracks on SoundCloud and he released a 12″ vinyl disc (labeled London 03.06.17) at the London Field Day festival. (It’s now on Discogs, if you have a spare few hundred dollars.)  If you refuse to throw all that cash on 11 tracks, a generous soul has put it online:

Aphex Twin’s last retail release was last year’s Cheetah EP.

The heavy stuff

Thy Art Is Murder, the deathcore outfit from Blacktown, Sydney, return with their fourth album, Dear Desolation on August 18.

The band released Slaves Beyond Death, the first single from that album. last week.

Rolling Stone published its “100 greatest metal albums of all time” list yesterday. If you’re after a history lesson in hard rock and metal, take a peek. There are some absolute gems here: Opeth’s Blackwater Park, Iron Maiden’s Powerslave and Carcass’s Heartwork are on list.

New release Friday

It’s Friday and that means new releases! Rapper Vince Staples releases his second album Big Fish Theory. Municipal Waste bring the thrash metal with their new album, Slime and Punishment. And Aussie psychedelic rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard release their 10th album in five years, Murder Of The Universe.  Compiled from online sources by Ben Rochlin

Top photo from Foo Fighters Facebook.

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