Inspirational Carpets have confirmed they will release their first new album in 20 years this September. The band are currently working with poet John Cooper Clarke on lyrics.
Speaking to Gigwise, The National's Matt Berninger said the band will being work on a new album this October. Berninger said, "We always work on little things and email back and forth. We have no idea whether it's going to work or not, but that's as far as we've got with the new record: trying to work out a plan and a different approach. That might fail miserably, but then we'll try it a different way.Everybody's been talking about it and people have different ideas about what kind of record they want to make. But every time we all talk about that, it never helps anyone figure it out. It's never a very good creative catalyst to say 'I'm going to make this kind of record'. It's never been that helpful for me at least, let's just wait to see where things go organically and naturally. It's not going to be a hip-hop record, I'm pretty sure. I wish we could but I'm terrible at that, I've tried."
This fall, The Beatles will release a 14-LP box set of their recordings in mono. The packaging will also include a 108-page hardcover book with new essays and insights into the records.
Speaking to Billboard over the weekend at Bonnaroo, James Blake confirmed his is half-way done with his new album and is looking to release it early next year. Blake confirmed he is working with Kanye West and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on the new record. He also said, "I've had a completely different life since the first album. I’ve had a lot more freedom since the first album, too. The [album] I'm writing now, I've had more focus doing this than I have before. I’m having more fun.It’s hard to say what will end up on the record, but it’s exciting."
Could a new Libertines album be on the way? It might just happen. Speaking to The Daily Record, Pete Doherty said, "A new record is exactly what we're talking about, that's the dream, really. Finish off all those ideas that we never completed back in the day, all those songs we never played for anyone else that have been floating around in the ether. We're also wanting to try out a few new ideas so it wouldn't just be old stuff. I don't want to tempt fate but we both have the desire, so I think it will happen. It's important to be honest and there's still a lot we have to say. We're still relevant."
Billy Idol will release his autobiography, Dancing with Myself, this October.