Legendary guitarist Johnny Marr is first up this week, with the release of his second solo album, Playland. The follow up to The Messenger, Marr has been busy with film soundtracks as well, with Inception and The Amazing Spiderman 2 getting the Marr treatment along with Hans Zimmer. He also embarks on a UK tour this month to coincide with the new album’s release. Just don’t keep asking him if The Smiths will ever reunite. Available on the New Voodoo label, this is the first single, “Easy Money”. www.johnny-marr.com | Get the music on iTunes
Apparent geek rockers Weezer return this week, with the release of their ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End. 2011 was the intended year of release for this, with the then producer describing the songs as, “sounding like you are 16, riding your bicycle to get a Slurpee”. Needless to say, the songs got shelved until now, as did the producer. But with 200 songs to choose from, you could forgive them for taking a bit of time with the release. Available on the Republic label, this is the first single from the album, “Back To The Shack”. www.weezer.com | Get the music on iTunes
Radiohead sticksman Philip Selway is here this week, with the release of his second solo album, Weatherhouse. Whilst the world waits for a new album from his day job, Selway has kept himself busy being part of 7 Worlds Collide with Crowded House’s Neil Finn, and indeed was part of the band in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, alongside Jarvis Cocker and his Radiohead bandmate, Jonny Greenwood. This album should be able to wet the appetite of all ‘Head fans till the new stuff comes along. Available on the Bella Union label, this is the single, “Coming Up For Air”. www.philipselway.com | Get the music on iTunes
And finally this week, German alternative rockers Tokio Hotel are here with the release of their new album, Kings Of Suburbia. And it’s a first for the band, as this is their first album to be released solely in English, with their previous efforts being done in both German and English. And it’s a difference of genres for the band on this album, with Bill and Tom Kaulitz’s experience of the Los Angeles nightlife being the main influence of the music. Should be interesting if they ever bumped into Motley Crue during that time. Available on the Island Records label, this is the single, “Love Who Loves You Back”.
www.tokiohotel.com | Get the music on iTunes
And that’s about your lot for this week. Join me next week as we go on searching for the four tracks you need to know about. Keep on keeping on…