The snow was fun yesterday, wasn’t it? I built a big snowman and had a snowball fight. See, I’m wholesome. It was less fun this morning now it’s turned all grey and icy. But, hey, it’s going to rain later and wash it all away, and then the whole thing will be officially forgotten. Allowing brain space for this week’s recommended musical delights…
01: Tinnitus Awareness Week. Every year in February the British Tinnitus Association organises Tinnitus Awareness Week, which, if you suffer with tinnitus always raises a wry smile: it would be lovely if I was only aware of tinnitus for one week of every year, rather than on every single day of the year. And mine always seems to get louder around this time of year, as if to mock me. Not that I want any sympathy, I brought it on myself by going to too many gigs without earplugs. I’m the idiot. I just wanted you to be aware of it – look after your ears.
02: Grammy Awards. Can it be that time already? Yes it can. It’s time for the Grammy Awards yet again, which means American music industry types will be rewarded with many parties in return for sitting through the longest and most tedious awards ceremony the world has to offer. But Adele will perform live for the first time since undergoing throat surgery last year, which is nice. And there might be protests against recent cuts to some of the many thousands of Grammy categories. And who doesn’t like a good protest?
03: Xfm New Music Award. Xfm will announce the winner of its annual New Music Award this Wednesday. The prize is given to one debut album each year from a shortlist selected by the station’s listeners. A panel of artists, Xfm presenters and other music industry types select the overall winner, so that the public don’t give it to Beady Eye or something silly like that. Both Gallaghers Noel and Liam appear on the shortlist, along with James Blake, Ed Sheeran, The Vaccines and more.
04: New releases. Sharon Van Etten and Blondes both release albums this week, which you should definitely go out and buy. Or stay in and buy, I suppose. Anything’s possible with digital music. Why not go out and then buy them through your phone? The possibilities are endless. Also out this week are new albums from Of Montreal, Lindstrom, Die Antwoord and Air, plus the first of a four part twelve-inch remix series from Battles and a new EP from A Place To Bury Strangers.
05: Gigs. Things to be excited about this week are the following: Mastodon are playing Brixton Academy on Saturday with support from The Dillinger Escape Plan, Friends are playing in Manchester and London tonight and tomorrow night respectively, Justice are on tour, and, quite possibly best of all, Japanese Queen tribute band Queer are playing their second show of a brief trip to the UK in London tomorrow night. Who needs an Adam Lambert fronted official reunion tour?
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