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Black Country New Road

Jordan Hemingway

Once a year, the British Phonographic Industry And British Association Of Record Dealers picks one outstanding album from the UK or Ireland and awards it the Mercury Prize. There’s been a great deal of ceremony around the Mercury Prize ever since its 1992 inception, and while the prize has certainly gone in some unexpected directions over the years, the people in charge have recognized a handful of serious classics. (Last year, Michael Kiwanuka won for KIWANUKA, beating out stars like Dua Lipa, Stormzy, and Charli XCX.) The Mercury Prize overlords have just unveiled the 10 nominees for this year’s prize — a pool that’s grown since Rina Sawayama led an effort to expand eligibility last year. As ever, this year’s nominees are a diverse bunch, and it’s tough to imagine who might win.

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London musician Ethan P. Flynn has been in the orbit of Black Country, New Road for a while now. Today the two acts have released their first official collaboration, a live version of “Television Show” from Flynn’s 2020 debut mixtape B-Sides And Rarities Volume One. Fans of the volatile and ambitious post-rock sound hear on BCNR’s debut For The First Time will probably enjoy this one. It’s a slow-burn rock ballad fleshed out with glorious horns, centered on Flynn’s quivering Spencer-Krug-esque warble. By the halfway mark, it has erupted into chaos.

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The seven members skronky UK post-punk band Black Country, New Road have never been shy about covering other people’s songs. They’ve covered Weezer. They’ve covered MGMT. They’ve gotten together with black midi to cover Bruce Springsteen. And last night, when they got a chance to play in front of some actual people, Black Country, New Road took on ABBA.

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In the almost 60 years since Bob Dylan released his debut album, countless words have been spilled on his singular legacy. There are books and movies and over half a century’s worth of music journalism trying to dissect the mystery and pin down the multitudes. College courses unpack his lyrics. A Presidential Medal Of Freedom and a Nobel Prize and who knows how many other honors mark Dylan’s towering, seismic presence as not just a musician but a cultural and literary icon of the American Century. All of which is to say: You and I both know about Bob Dylan, and there’s little I could say to celebrate his 80th birthday that hasn’t been said many times before.

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Black Country, New Road have shared a new version of “Track X” from their debut album For The First Time. “Track X” is the penultimate song, the one that includes the memorable lyric “I told you I loved you in front of Black Midi.” It’s already one of the prettiest, quietest songs on the album, but the freshly released “Track X (The Guest)” strips the song back even farther.

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A couple years ago, the UK art-rock quintet Squid started building a ton of buzz in their homeland, thanks to the simultaneous idiosyncrasy and infectiousness of their early singles. They were part of a new generation of exciting English bands, working with Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey and pushing the outer limits of contemporary rock music. The well-deserved hype garnered them a record deal with Warp. They’ve been gearing up to release their debut album Bright Green Field for several months now, and today it’s finally here.

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“I’ve been so bored I’ve started rewatching The Sopranos,” Lewis Evans says via Zoom call. “How’s it going in L.A. now? [Is] everyone getting vaccinated?” It’s rare that casual small talk is interesting, but in this case, it is. Lewis is one of seven members of the highly acclaimed, genre-bending Black Country, New Road. He […]

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