A Year in Music, All Nerve, Amy Winehouse, Back to Amy, Back to Black, Beautiful Game, Blake Wood, Bobbie Gentry, Cat Power, Charles Moriarty, Chris Wade, Comeback Kid, David Bowie, Fado, Jack Antonoff, Lana Del Rey, Lissie, Madonna, Madonna in the Eighties, Mariners Apartment Complex, Matthew Rettenmund, Mazzy Star, Mercury Rev, MLVC60, My Wild West, Nico, Nico 1988, Norman Fucking Rockwell, Piano & A Microphone 1983, Portugal, Prince, Quentin Harrison, Record Redux: Madonna, Record Store Day, Sharon Van Etten, The Breeders, The Girl From Chickasaw County, Wanderer, Woman
She may have left the stage decades ago, but 2018 was a vintage year for die-hard fans of the mysterious Bobbie Gentry, with a rare vinyl release on Record Store Day followed in September by a career-spanning CD box-set, The Girl From Chickasaw County.
Another of music’s great enigmas, Mazzy Star are among the guest stars on Bobbie Gentry’s Delta Sweete Revisited, contributing their cover of ‘Big Boss Man‘ to the upcoming tribute album from Mercury Rev. Hope and David also released a new EP, Still, featuring the lovely ballad, ‘Quiet, The Winter Harbour‘.
For the millions of us still mourning Prince, there was an exquisite album of acoustic demos, Piano & A Microphone 1983. David Bowie’s headline set from Glastonbury 2000 was released in full, and Trine Dyrholm starred in Susanna Nicchiarelli’s biopic, Nico, 1988.
Sharon Van Etten gave us a first listen of her next album, Remind Me Tomorrow, with the 80s rock-influenced ‘Comeback Kid’…
Another welcome return, Cat Power’s Wanderer featured the lead single ‘Woman’, with backing vocals from Lana Del Rey…
Norman Fucking Rockwell, Lana’s fifth album (sixth or seventh, if you count her Lizzy Grant/May Jailer days) will be out on March 29, 2019. Produced with Jack Antonoff, early glimpses suggest she’s going back to her roots.
Madonna, who turned sixty this year, has been busily working on her next album (expected in spring of 2019) with her old collaborator Mirwais and hip-hop producer Mike Dean. It’s said to be influenced by the ‘fado’ music she’s been soaking up in Portugal. At the Met Ball in May she owned the Catholic Art theme with a dramatic performance, including a preview of a new track, ‘Beautiful Game’.