Sad news to start with this week: Yes’ bassist Chris Squire passed away this Sunday from leukemia. Squire was a founding member of the band — best known for their song “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (video above) — and the only member of the group to appear on every Yes album. He was 67 years old, and had only announced his battle with the disease last month.
Consequence Of Sound reported Monday that Darren Seltmann has left the electronic music group The Avalanches. The bigger news might be that the “Frontier Psychiatrist” band is still together, and still working on their second album. The new LP, still without a release date, is looking like another Chinese Democracy situation; it’s been 15 years since their debut, Since I Left You, the same amount of time Guns ‘N Roses fans had to wait for Chinese Democracy after The Spaghetti Incident came out in ’93. Here’s hoping that the Avalanches’ album is worth the wait… though if Chinese Democracy is any indication, it won’t be.
This week, Donald Trump called Neil Young a hypocrite. Trump called out Young for wanting to be paid for the use of “Rockin’ in the Free World” during Trump’s announcement of his presidential bid, despite… Young previously seeking Trump’s involvement in a business deal? Perhaps someone should let Trump know that’s not the definition of the word “hypocrite”!
New releases this week: G. Love & Special Sauce have a new EP, Sweet N’ Blues (Extra Sugar).
Easton Corbin drops his new album, About To Get Real featuring “Baby, Be My Love Song”.
Classic folkie Harry Chapin has a new 2-CD live album, The Bottom Line Archive: Live 1980, featuring versions of some of his most popular songs like “Taxi” and “Cat’s In The Cradle”.
Two new Who-related releases this week: Concert film Live At Shea Stadium, 1982 is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, and Truancy, a Pete Townshend-solo best-of with two new titles, “Guantanamo” and “How Can I Help You”.
Senses Fail release their seventh album, Pull The Thorns From Your Heart.
New re-issues this week: Polydor drops 5 new Cream vinyl reissues: Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, Goodbye, Wheels of Fire and Live Cream Volume II.
Classic prog outfit Hawkwind also gets in on this vinyl action with reissues of 2012’s Onward, 2014’s Spacehawk and 1982’s Choose Your Masques.
Thick As A Brick by Jethro Tull is coming out on vinyl again for the
very first time 5,000,000th time.
As for the ’80s, there’s a new vinyl edition of Closer and Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division and a vinyl edition of the first Plasmatics album, New Hope for the Wretched.
Moby is releasing Hotel: Ambient on a 3-LP set, initially released as a bonus disc on a limited edition version of 2005’s Hotel.
Finally, we turn to a couple creepy artists. French chanteuse and possible murderer Claudine Longet’s Love Is Blue is getting a reissue, and so is Beach Boy abuser Murry Wilson’s solo album, The Many Moods Of.