New triple J hosts, iconic UK nightclub reopens and posthumous Phife Dawg album … here’s the latest in music news.
Triple J – out with the old, in with the new
It’s that time of year again, sadly. It’s time to say a farewell to your fave radio hosts.
Early this week, triple j breakfast hosts Matt and Alex announced they were leaving the radio station. Alex Dyson, who has been with triple j for a decade, hosted the breakfast segment with Tom Ballard. Tom left in 2013 and was replaced with stand-up comedian Matt Okine.
But the bad news doesn’t end there. The next day, listeners were informed that several other big names would be departing. Lunch time host Lewis (Lewi) McKirdy and weekend morning host Kyran Wheatley are among the names to hang up the headphones.
People were so upset about Lewi leaving that someone set up a change.org petition to have a 24/7 Lewi show on double j, triple j’s sister station, and the lads over at triple j threw together a mash-up of his best bits over the past several years, including that time Lewi scored an interview with then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard. This super casual chat is worth a listen!
Lewi! Please don’t leave us!
December 16 will be the last day on air before the Christmas shut-down period and then it’s time for the fresh blood to take over. All the program changes for 2017 are detailed here.
Fabric nightclub isn’t dead yet
A couple of months ago, we learned that the famous London electronic nightclub Fabric was denied a new license by the Islington Council and that the club would permanently close its doors. This came after the drug-related deaths of two men, which caused the club to temporarily close during a police investigation.
The move by the council meant the club would not reopen, which saddened the music community and led to a #savefabric campaign. The campaign worked and the club will now remain open, though not without hefty restrictions. A 155-page document sets out the new rules for the club including more CCTV monitoring and lifetime bans for anyone caught asking for drugs.
A posthumous album from A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor) could see a 2017 release. The rapper passed away early this year from complications relating to diabetes. In honor of the late rapper, a neighbourhood in Queens, New York was named Phife Dawg Way. At a press conference unveiling the new neighbourhood, Taylor’s widow, Head Taylor, announced the news of Malik’s album.
“His solo album will be out probably sometime during the first quarter of 2017. We’re working on it now,” she said. “He completed his entire solo album before he transitioned, so we’re excited about releasing that.”
A Tribe Called Quest released their latest (and final) album last week, debuting at the number one spot on the Billboard Artist 100 chart.
But the band aren’t the only ones calling it day. Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, announced the dates for his farewell shows. Set for January, the four dates in New York and Washington will be an end the legendary rapper’s career, who is considered one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Yasiin also made news this week when his 10-month long battle with South Africa Home Affairs department ended. Earlier this year, Yasiin was arrested as he attempted to leave the country on a “world passport”, which South Africa does not recognise as a legitimate travel document. As a result, he was detained within South Africa. Following an apology to the South African government, Yasiin has been allowed to leave, though he is unable to re-enter.
The heavy stuff
American metalcore rockers, Killswitch Engage, announced they would play the entirety of their 2002 album Alive or Just Breathing as part of their Aussie tour in January. The tour was announced a few months ago but this news is fantastic! Alive or Just Breathing is the second album from the Massachusetts metal five-piece and the last before vocalist Jesse Leach’s initial departure (he rejoined the band in 2012).
Here is something from that great album.
Tour details are here.
Pop music news
British pop-rockers Busted have been off the scene for 13 years but are back with a new album, called Night Driver. In case you don’t remember them, Busted were a trio pop-rock band from the early naughties, mostly famous for What I Go To School For and Year 3000, which was covered by the Jonas Brothers. They broke up after two albums in 2005. They left a legacy, with some bands such as 5 Seconds of Summer listing Busted as a major influence. Since then, the three members have continued with music. Guitarist and vocalist Charlie Simpson has kept himself busy with his post-hardcore band, Fightstar.
British pop singer Foxes seems to be up to something, posting to social media this short video.
It’s a short video but what caught my eye was the caption, “I think album 3 is coming together”. If this is her announcing a new album, it’s a quick turnaround from her previous album All I Need, which was released in February.
In other pop news, Icona Pop, the Swedish duo that brought you 2012’s club banger I Love It are back. Releasing a video for Brightside, which is set to feature on the duo’s upcoming sophomore album.
New release Friday
This week’s triple j feature album is from Aussie hip-hop duo A.B. Original (Briggs and Trials), releasing their debut Reclaim Australia, which hits store shelves today. The duo appeared on triple j’s Like A Version with legendary Aussie rocker, Paul Kelly. The Weekend releases his third album, Starboy. The album features collaborations with Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey and Kendrick Lamar. Legendary art-pop musician Kate Bush drops a live album today, titled Before the Dawn. And Busted is back, go check ’em out. – Compiled from online sources by Ben Rochlin
Top image from triple J’s Instagram account.