Paris Jackson opens up about dad Michael: “He’ll always influence everything I do in some way”

Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, has opened up about her father in a new interview.

Speaking to The Evening StandardParis discussed her new indie-folk album which has been influenced, as noted in the article, by artists including Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke and Grandaddy.

Whilst not leaning towards the pop music of her father, Paris said her father’s work will “always” influence her in some way.

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Paris said: “I think he’ll always influence everything I do in some way, whether it’s subconscious or intentional.

“I was around that creativity all the time, so I’m sure I learnt a lot of what I have from that.”

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She also spoke more about the music the two used to listen to together.

“We listened to Kanye West around the house as well,” Paris explained. “I was always singing growing up. It was cool seeing the look on my dad’s face when he realised I could match pitch and harmonise.”

Paris also revealed that her godfather, Home Alone’s Macauley Culkin, is encouraging her music career. “His music taste is really cool,” she said of Culkin.

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“He listens to stuff like Devendra Banhart and The Orwells, so when I do stuff closer to that kind of stuff I send it to him. He’s been really, really supportive.”

Meanwhile, The Struts have recently teamed up with Paris on new song ‘Low Key In Love’.

“‘Low Key In Love’ was written after a date in Los Angeles at 70’s retro bar, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s,” the band’s frontman Luke Spiller said of the track (via Classic Rock). “I walked into the studio explaining that we needed the song to have the essence you feel when entering the bar and absorb the vibe.”

Reviewing Paris’ recent album, ‘Wilted’, NME said: “‘Wilted’ feels caught between the twee folksy pop of Paris Jackson’s previous releases with The Soundflowers and the bewildering alt-rock icon she may become.

“As a musical introduction, it’s enthralling, inconsistent and, at times, excellent. Ultimately, this is a glimpse of the artist that Jackson could be.”

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Blossoms interview Aitch for their ‘Pubcast’ podcast

Blossoms have interviewed Aitch for the latest episode of their ‘Pubcast’ podcast – listen to it below.

As part of the episode, the rapper chose his top 5 songs from Manchester, which have been collated into a Spotify playlist.

The episode, titled The Incredible Look, sees Aitch picking Manchester classics from Oasis, The Stone Roses, and his own track ‘Taste (Make It Shake)’ for his top 5 tracks from the legendary musical city.

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Listen to the new episode below.

Last year, Aitch dropped his latest project in the form of the ‘Polaris’ EP, which followed the BRIT Award-nominated Manchester rapper’s 2019 EP ‘AitcH2O’.

Blossoms, meanwhile, were among the acts to take part in a charity livestream music festival back in January to raise vital funds for the fight against food poverty.

The two-day virtual festival Music Feeds saw Co-op donating a total of £1 million, which will go to FareShare to help fight food poverty – helping to provide around 2.5 million meals – as well as Help Musicians and Stagehand, who both are providing support for musicians and live production workers during the coronavirus crisis.

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Blossoms also recently rescheduled their upcoming UK tour for August and September this year. The dates, which will see the band supported by The Magic Gang, The Lathums and more, were originally set to take place in March 2020, but the coronavirus outbreak in the UK forced those shows to initially be moved to August.

The subsequent live music shutdown, however, prompted the second postponement of those dates in July as the gigs were then moved to March and April this year before now being pushed back once again.

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Listen to Caroline Polachek’s new remix of A. G. Cook’s ‘Oh Yeah’

Caroline Polachek has remixed A.G. Cook’s ‘Oh Yeah ‘ – you can listen to it below.

Her reworking of the track sees Polachek adding her add her own vocals, harmonies and bagpipes to the track which was the opening track on his last album, Apple.

Speaking about the remix, Polachek said: “Sometimes when autotuned vocals make those flickery clusters of missed-notes, it reminds me of bagpipe ornamentation.

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“And that place where the brutally casual and the technically virtuosic meet…well it feels very A. G. Cook.

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“So I transcribed his hard-tuned vocal solo into this massive bagpipe line to open and close the remix.

“The original ‘Oh Yeah’ makes a brilliant centerpiece of probably the most banal lyric ever, so for the remix I stretched and repeated it to the point that it devolves into this relentlessly sincere affirmation, oh yeah.”

Last year, Cook spoke about the track’s creation. He said: “The notion of pure, classic songwriting is one of the core aspects of the album and ‘Oh Yeah’ is maybe my most direct attempt,” he said.

“I was really inspired by Shania Twain and how her clean, slinky vocals tell you as much about the song as her lyrics. The song itself – like most pop music – is really about confidence and escapism, and how bittersweet those things can feel.”

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Last December, Polachek and Cook shared a winter remix of Polachek’s single ‘So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings’.

The aptly-titled ‘So Cold You’re Hurting My Feelings’ repurposed the original track’s lyrics to suit the winter months.

Explaining the idea behind the track on Instagram at the time, Cook wrote: “I remember sitting by the fireplace one eventide, listening to the waxen clicks of the Pang vinyl – as I tend to do in the witching hours between dusk and dawn – when a gift was delivered to the flocculent chamber of my imagination.”

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Listen to Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Lamentations’, the second part of his five-part album

Sufjan Stevens has shared the second part of his upcoming five-part album – listen to ‘Lamentations’ below.

The track is included on the second part of Stevens’ new 49-track album ‘Convocations’, which is due out next month.

Each of the five parts of the album are being released one-by-one in the run-up to the album’s full release. Earlier this month, Stevens shared the album’s first part, ‘Meditations’, before the ‘Lamentations’ release was previewed earlier this week by new track ‘Lamentation II’.

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Following them will be ‘Revelations’ (April 22), ‘Celebrations’ (April 29) and ‘Incantations’ (May 6). The new instrumental record from Stevens will be released digitally on May 6 via Asthmatic Kitty. A 5xLP coloured vinyl edition of ‘Convocations’ will follow on August 20.

Listen to the 30-minute ‘Lamentations’ below.

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The forthcoming project is comprised of five volumes – ‘Meditations’, ‘Lamentations’, ‘Revelations’, ‘Celebrations’ and ‘Incantations’ – and sees Stevens reflect “on a year of anxiety, uncertainty, isolation and loss” through 49 new songs.

Stevens created the album in tribute to his biological father, who died just two days after his 2020 album ‘The Ascension’ was released. According to a press release, each ‘Convocations’ volume represents “a different stage” of the mourning process.

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Reviewing ‘The Ascension’ upon its release last year, NME said: “The unashamed pop feel of ‘The Ascension’ is regularly coupled with the sort of wiry electronics you might expect to hear in a Glastonbury dance tent at 4am.

“These anxious instrumentals echo the album’s uneasy outlook and fear of the future, and when they combine forces it often makes for an astonishing listen. The world is pretty shitty at the moment and it’s easy to feel helpless, but as the horror show that is 2020 continues to rumble on, ‘The Ascension’ is yet another ample soundtrack to rage-dance to.”

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Daniel Avery announces new album ‘Together In Static’

Daniel Avery has announced details around his forthcoming album ‘Together In Static’, as well as dropping its lead single ‘Endless Hours’.

The album’s first offering dropped today (April 16). ‘Endless Hours’ is a sleek, vibrant effort, and follows the release of last November’s double release ‘Petrol Blue’ and ‘Into The Voice Of Stillness’.

Listen below:

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The forthcoming album – due for release on June 24 via Phantasy + Mute – is comprised of music created for a Covid-safe live show at London’s Hackney Church on May 29.

In a press statement, Avery said of the ‘Together In Static’ collection, “As with many things this past year, the project took on a power and a life of its own right in front of me.

“The original idea was to simply play a couple of small gigs at Hackney Church during the last lockdown. I started to make music specifically for the shows yet, as plans continued to shift, I fell deeper into the waves.

“By the time I came up for air, I realised I had a complete record I wanted to share. I feel it’s some of my best work and I’m gassed for you all to hear it.”

Prior to the album’s release, Avery will return to Hackney Church to give a livestreamed performance of the album in full on June 23, with tickets available here.

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Last year Avery released his album ‘Love + Light’. In a review of the album, NME said the release “perfectly captures the euphoria of club culture”.

“‘Love + Light’ feels like it soundtracks your entire night out – from your first steps into the club to arriving home after hours of raving.”

Daniel Avery’s ‘Together In Static’ tracklist is:

1. ‘Crystal Eyes’
2. ‘Yesterday Faded’
3. ‘Nowhere Sound’
4. ‘The Pursuit of Joy’
5. ‘Fountain of Peace’
6. ‘Together in Static’
7. ‘A Life That Is Your Own’
8. ‘Hazel and Gold’
9. ‘[hope comes in many forms]’
10. ‘Endless Hours’
11. ‘The Midnight Sun’

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Chvrches appear to tease new music with creepy “video diary” clip

Chvrches appear to be teasing new music with a series of cryptic posts – you can check them out below.

The synth-pop trio – comprised of Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook – are due to release their fourth studio album in 2021, having written and recorded it over the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

Taking to social media last week, the group began posting screenshots displaying iPhone-style notifications, which included the message “It’s all in your head” above the options “Trust” and “Don’t Trust”.

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Now, Chvrches have shared a grainy video of frontwoman Mayberry applying makeup in a mirror. The singer, now sporting blonde hair, screams in split-second shots before smudging lipstick across her face.

The clip is soundtracked by distressed, filtered audio that sounds like it’s being played backwards. “Video Diary 001: I feel like I’m losing my mind,” the post’s caption reads. Watch below.

Mayberry offered fans some hints at what to expect from Chvrches’ next record, which will follow 2018’s ‘Love Is Dead’, back in December of last year.

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She said the new album had “definitely got the Chvrches DNA” but that the songs featured on it couldn’t “slot into any of the first three records”.

Last September, the singer explained that the band would be following a “theme” on their next full-length. “For me, it’s been interesting to look at the records and see the progression of the storytelling, for lack of a less wanky word,” she said.

“I feel like it’s about the marriage between the stuff that’s purely personal, and the stuff that’s more imagery, and narrative [based]. We have a pretty specific theme in mind for the whole thing, so yeah, I feel like it’ll be a marriage of those things.”

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Hear Low’s beautiful cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ to mark his 80th birthday

Low have shared their take on Bob Dylan‘s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’, recorded to mark Dylan’s 80th birthday next month.

You can hear Low’s beautiful cover below, which is being released as part of Uncut magazine’s new ‘Dylan Revisited’ compilation.

‘Dylan Revisited’ also features covers by the likes of Flaming Lips, Courtney Marie Andrews, Weyes Blood and Richard Thompson, and is included with the latest issue of Uncut which you can purchase here.

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“Being asked to cover a Dylan song is quite difficult,” Thompson said in the magazine. “You think, ‘How do you do that?’ After all, his personality is so interwoven into the songs.”

The full tracklisting is as follows:

Bob Dylan – ‘Too Late (Acoustic Version)’
Richard Thompson – ‘This Wheel’s On Fire’
Courtney Marie Andrews – ‘To Ramona’
The Flaming Lips – ‘Lay Lady Lay’
The Weather Station – ‘Precious Angel’
Cowboy Junkies – ‘I’ve Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You’
Thurston Moore – ‘Buckets Of Rain’
Fatoumata Diawara – ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’
Brigid Mae Power – ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’
Low – ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’
Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg – ‘Dark Eyes’
Patterson Hood & Jay Gonzalez – ‘Blind Willie McTell’
Frazey Ford – ‘The Times They Are a-Changin”
Jason Lytle – ‘Most Of The Time’
Weyes Blood – ‘Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands’

Dylan’s birthday will also be celebrated next month with a special tribute concert in New York led by Patti Smith.

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Last year saw Dylan release the acclaimed ‘Rough And Rowdy Ways‘, before going on to sell his entire songwriting catalogue to Universal Music.

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The National, Julien Baker and more to auction off items to fight climate change

The National and Julien Baker are among the acts to auction off items in aid of charities fighting the climate crisis.

The musicians will join Propeller’s NOW: Climate Action Campaign to design their own custom Solé bicycles, with proceeds going towards the Natural Resources Defense Council and other “leading environmental groups”.

Other acts including A-Trak, Bob Moses, AC Slater, Lauren Ruth Ward and Craze will offer up different prizes and virtual experiences to entrants, who may be required to sign up to causes or donate.

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Lil Dicky, meanwhile, is giving fans the chance “to see the impacts of climate change firsthand” with a “trip to an exotic location”.

“Climate change is only going to be solved with sustained attention and pressure from all of us, and we see this campaign as a way to help energize the movement,” Propeller founder Brandon Deroche said.

He explained that the organisation aims to allow musicians, influencers and fans “get involved and use their platform for good” from Earth Day (April 22) and throughout 2021.

You can find further details on Propeller’s official website.

Earlier this week, the likes of ColdplayAnna CalviGlass Animals curated new playlists for the climate change campaign Playlists For Earth a new initiative by non-profit ClientEarth.

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“We should be talking about the climate crisis now more than ever, and taking action to protect the planet we love,” Calvi said. “We need to see a massive cultural change and an immediate government response.”

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Radiohead dig out Thom Yorke’s rare 2005 ‘From The Basement’ solo piano set

Radiohead have shared rare footage of Thom Yorke performing ‘In Rainbows‘ cuts in 2005 as well as his solo material.

Nigel Godrich, the band’s longtime producer who is often dubbed their “sixth member”, unearthed the From The Basement session footage, which was posted on Radiohead’s official YouTube channel today (April 14).

Yorke’s performance includes early versions of ‘In Rainbows’ (2007) song ‘Videotape’ as well as ‘Disk 2’ cuts ‘Down Is the New Up’ and ‘Last Flowers’. The frontman also played ‘Analyse’ from his debut solo album ‘The Eraser’ (2006). Watch in full below.

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It comes as Radiohead continue to add more archival videos to their YouTube channel. On Friday (April 9) they live-streamed their 2008 impromptu performance at London’s 93 Feet East, which you can rewatch. Details on remaining editions of live-streamed archival content have not been revealed.

Announcing the seven-week run of releases earlier this month, bassist Colin Greenwood wrote: “We rummaged in the Radiohead Public Library and found a few more concerts from a life we all yearn to return to. Thanks to science and the vaccines, we are a step closer to that.”

The band dug into the archives and aired various classic concerts last year in a bid to entertain fans during the first coronavirus lockdown, releasing performances on a weekly basis “until either the restrictions resulting from [the] current situation are eased, or we run out of shows”.

Radiohead recently unveiled a new series of T-shirts, with proceeds benefitting stage and crew organisations supported by #WeMakeEvents.

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Guitarist Ed O’Brien also appeared on a new podcast yesterday (April 13) that shines light on music’s fight against climate crisis. Read more about Sounds Like A Plan here.

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Listen to Girl In Red’s energetic new song ‘You Stupid Bitch’

Girl In Red has shared her new song ‘You Stupid Bitch’ – listen to the track below.

The track is the latest preview of Marie Ulven’s upcoming debut album ‘If I Could Make It Go Quiet’, which is set for release on April 30.

Speaking about the complicated friendship that inspired ‘You Stupid Bitch’, Girl In Red explained in a press release: “There’s this line from this movie I love, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, that goes: ‘We accept the love we think we deserve.’

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“It’s a very heartbreaking line, but it’s really what I was experiencing in this situation, where I was always there for this person who would get their heart broken, and I would just come running. I would drop everything just to be there for them. That person would never see me as anything else than just a friend, even though I feel like I could’ve made her so happy…”

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Girl In Red added that “the core essence” of this track, which you can hear above, is “like, I’m obviously here for you, and I want to be with you, but you keep messing around with other people, and you keep getting broken. It’s this really direct, straightforward track.”

Speaking about the forthcoming release of her debut album, the Norwegian artist added: “‘If I Could Make It Go Quiet’ is an attempt to learn what it’s like to be human; to deal with the scariest parts of myself; to live with the pain of knowing I’m only flesh and bones; to be angry, broken and unforgiving, yet still able to wear my heart on my sleeve.

“I’m shedding light on the darkest parts of my mind and I’m letting everyone in. ‘If I Could Make It Go Quiet’ is me simply trying to understand what the fuck is going on.”

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Last week Girl In Red was included in Forbes’ European ’30 Under 30′ list for 2021, which spotlights “some of Europe’s most popular social media entertainers, as well as the continent’s most promising talents”.

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JARV IS… share new ‘Swanky Modes’ remix and reschedule their UK tour

JARV IS… have shared a new remix of their song ‘Swanky Modes’ and announced details of their rescheduled UK tour.

The Jarvis Cocker-led band released their debut album ‘Beyond the Pale’ back in July, which featured the original version of ‘Swanky Modes’.

JARV IS… have today (April 14) shared reggae pioneer and innovator Dennis Bovell’s remix of ‘Swanky Modes’, as well as an additional dub cut and a dub mix instrumental of ‘Swanky Modes’.

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A two-track 7-inch vinyl single (featuring the Dennis Bovell Mix and the Dennis Bovell DubMix) will be released in June. You can hear the three Bovell remixes below via Spotify or by heading here.

JARV IS… have also announced plans to reschedule their upcoming UK tour, with the dates now set to take place in November. Two more live shows, in Newcastle and Sheffield, have also been announced.

November
2 – Albert Hall, Manchester
3 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle *NEW SHOW*
5 – Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
6 – Marble Factory, Bristol
8 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
9 – The Roundhouse, London
11 – Barrowlands, Glasgow
12 – Octagon, Sheffield *NEW SHOW*

Original tickets for the tour remain valid, while tickets for the new shows are available now from here.

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Back in September JARV IS… launched their own strain of tea and a ‘Beyond The Pale’ jigsaw puzzle.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with the people at Dragonfly to produce a bespoke tea blend to complement the ‘Beyond the Pale’ album,” Cocker said in a statement at the time.

“I always thought it would be a nice idea to create a tea to accompany our album, but Dragonfly have made that idea a reality. What message awaits you on the tag attached to the tea bag? Only one way to find out… Welcome to the Peppermint Jungle!”

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Ducks Ltd return with new single ‘As Big As All Outside’

Ducks Ltd (formerly known as Ducks Unlimited) have shared a new single, ‘As Big As All Outside’, part of a new re-release of their debut EP, ‘Get Bleak’.

The re-release will arrive May 21 with three additional songs, and comes as Ducks Ltd sign to independent label Carpark. The new single picks up where the band left off, sharing similar jangle pop stylings to the EP’s original tracks.

Listen to ‘As Big As All Outside’ below:

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As the Toronto band explained in a statement, the new song is about living in decline and eventually escaping the sense of dread that constantly hangs overhead.

“Over the last several years I don’t think I was alone in the sense of decline that seemed to be hanging over a lot of day-to-day existence, and on my bad days I can really let that feeling permeate everything. I’m consistently awed by all of the little things that can pull me out of it though,” the band said.

“Things as simple as the extended Canadian Club mix of the 1991 Sisters of Mercy single ‘Vision Thing’ which gets a mention in the third verse. The original version of ‘Vision Thing’ is good, but for the extended mix they just add on two and a half minutes at the end of Andrew Eldritch doing spooky laughs and vamping and it totally fucking rules.

“Never fails to remind me that in spite of everything the world is capable of being very good and fun sometimes.”

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Ducks Ltd were featured in the NME 100 for 2020, with ‘Get Bleak’ praised for “[echoing] the jangly glory days of Sarah Records and [bringing] to mind the likes of Belle & Sebastian and Johnny Marr”.

It isn’t immediately clear why the duo changed their name slightly, but an Instagram post suggests a legal threat may have had something to do with it: “We’re called Ducks Ltd. now and we are absolutely NOT going to get sued by any wetland conservation organisations.”

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