Sunday, 26 February 2017

WTF Did I Miss This Week? #21 (w/c 20/02/17)

The publishing world:

My shelves are straining, but I'm not going to be able to resist picking up some of these new releases:
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There were a couple of cover reveals, including one that proved TV tie-ins CAN be beautiful:
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In other news:
  • There's going to be a Red Rising comic book
  • Simon and Schuster FINALLY cancelled Milo Yiannopoulos's contract, following some controversial thoughts about paedophilia...
  • ...and Roxane Gay made a very eloquent statement about the entire affair. 
  • Another piece of news that involves both the publishing and music worlds: Corey Taylor will be releasing his fourth book, 'America 51', on August 15th. 
  • Fierce Reads have announced the touring schedule for their upcoming Fierce Reads tour, calling at bookshops across America throughout May 2017...
  • ...while YALLWEST released their line-up.
  • Maggie Harcourt will be releasing her next novel, 'Theatrical', in 2018 with Usborne
  • The MOST EXCITING BOOK OF ALL TIME has been announced, and it's called 'Floored'. Being released in 2018, it's a collaboration between seven authors: Holly Bourne, Sara Barnard, Non Pratt, Eleanor Wood, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Tanya Byrne. WOAH NELLY. 
  • Most irritatingly, the Daily Mail decided to shit on teenage reading once again. We should be celebrating the fact that people are reading, not dismissing the titles they choose to pick up.
  • Scarily, it seems 25 million books might be missing from public libraries throughout the UK. I knew it was going to be a high figure, but that's ridiculous.
The music world:

Could only find two new releases (and one was actually out at the end of last week, and I forgot to feature it. SUE ME!):
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More new music, including another pop comeback:

Yep, Lana Del Rey has returned with 'Love':

It's going to be a 'Long Night' at the With Confidence show that I'm going to in a couple of hours:

There's now an official video for that irritating new Katy Perry song. Groan:

Architects released a live video for 'Gravity', filmed at last year's triumphant headline show at Brixton O2 Academy:

Highly Suspect reminded the world that their name is human:

Blessthefall have been having some Star Wars themed escapades:

While The Maine have been getting up to some 'Bad Behaviour':

And While She Sleeps have been hanging out with one of their least famous friends:
Also this week, Knuckle Puck released their first new song since 'Copacetic', The Chainsmokers and Coldplay surprised the world with one of the weirdest collaborations ever, The 1975 covered Sade's 'By Your Side', Boston Manor threatened to 'Burn You Up', SWMRS really need to know if you have a car, and Grumble Bee's new song 'Red' is definitely not a Daniel Merriweather cover.

Even more tour announcements:
  • Vicky Speedboat are returning to the UK for a headline tour in April and May.
  • I Prevail have announced a huge US tour throughout April and May. Support comes from Starset, As Lions, Vamps and Cover Your Tracks.
  • PVRIS are finally returning, playing five European headline dates in May (including that extra UK show). 
  • To celebrate the release of new album 'Outsiders', Gnarwolves have announced an extensive UK headline tour, also in May...
  • ...while Twin Atlantic have also announced a UK tour in May, playing much more intimate venues than they would normally call at...
  • ...and SayWeCanFly will also be returning to our shores that same month. 
  • Korn are touring North America in May. Support comes from Animals As Leaders and DED.
  • Meanwhile PUP are focusing on the East Coast on their North American headline tour, also taking place in May
  • Against Me! and The Bronx are co-headlining shows throughout France in May and June.
  • Knuckle Puck will be playing headline shows across the UK in June, around their Download festival appearance...
  • ...while Coheed and Cambria have announced a one-off headline show following their Download appearance, playing 'Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness' in full at Koko in London on June 18th.  
  • Alter Bridge have added a bunch of shows to their European touring schedule, which sees them playing a variety of festivals and headline shows during June and July.
  • All Time Low are going to be touring North America from June to August, taking SWMRS, Night Riots, Waterparks and The Wrecks on the road with them.  
  • Young The Giant are touring North America during August and September. Support comes from Cold War Kids. 
  • New Found Glory added more dates to their twentieth anniversary UK tour in September.
In other news:
  • This week contained the Brit awards 2017. Check out the list of winners here.
  • Dead! took a stand against venues who take a large cut of merch sales, by selling their merch outside after the show. Risky business.
  • On what would have been Kurt Cobain's fiftieth birthday, Frances Bean Cobain paid tribute to her father.
  • Even more festival announcements, including the third headliner from Reading and Leeds, 11 more bands for Slam Dunk, a huge announcement from Pukkelpop and the news that Foo Fighters will be headlining the Saturday night at Glastonbury
  • Quite a lot of new albums were announced this week. First up, At The Drive-In announced the details of their first album in 17 years...
  • ...Kingdom of Giants will be releasing their new album on May 5th...
  • ...Seether will be releasing their new album, 'Poison The Parish', a week later on May 12th...
  • ...while Biters announced their new album, 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be', which will be out on May 19th...
  • ...the same date that The Mountain Goats will be showing their 'Goth' side to the world...
  • ...and Employed To Serve will be releasing their next album, 'The Warmth of a Dying Sun'. Spooky.  
  • Then there was that new All Time Low album announcement, for 'Last Young Renegade'. Being released on June 2nd, it has one of the most beautiful, intricately detailed pieces of album artwork I have ever seen:
  • All Time Low also announced that they're matching the money that their fans raised for ACLU, meaning that altogether they've raised $24,000 for the charity. Impressive. 
  • PRIDES announced the support for their upcoming UK tour: Twin Wild
  • Alan Ashby has spoken out about Austin Carlile's departure from Of Mice and Men...
  • ...while The Word Alive have revealed the identity of the drummer replacing Luke Holland: former drum tech Matt Horn
  • Three more bands were robbed: GuttermouthMalignancy and Islander. What is going on?
  • Slaves have had to postpone their shows in Texas and New York following Jonny Craig undergoing back surgery. No news yet as to whether this will include the UK tour scheduled for the end of March. 
  • Avenged Sevenfold cancelled their show in Milan, citing M. Shadows' laryngitis, but it may have also been a way of paying their respects to a 19-year-old stage hand who died in Germany
  • Because twenty one pilots aren't tired of doing impressive things, they've now earned the record for most consecutive weeks at the top spot of Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. 
Okay, so now that's done I'm off to see With Confidence. See y'all next time, losers.

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