Music News: Spice Girls to reunite (without Posh)

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The Spice Girls perform the first concert of the UK leg of their world tour at the O2 Arena, December 2007. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mel B., a.k.a. Melanie James Brown, a.k.a. Scary Spice told James Corden that the Spice Girls are going to reunite for a tour — with at least four of five members. "We'll see about that one," Scary said about Victoria Beckham. "She might join us for a few [shows]. She better." The full five Spice Girls haven't shared the stage since 2012, at the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics. (Rolling Stone)

Ronnie James Dio estate selling 666 items

Tipper Gore must be fuming. On Friday and Saturday, the estate of the late heavy metal singer-songwriter Ronnie James Dio is auctioning 666 items. Dio's bass guitars, stage costumes, and original album art are among the items up for sale — as well as a 1993 passport, medieval weapons, and arcade game cabinets. (The Arkanoid cabinet went for $1,920.) (Stereogum)

Dio's eponymous band were heavy metal heroes in the '80s; he was also a sometime frontman of Black Sabbath. He died in 2010.

Aretha, Box Tops named for Memphis Music Hall of Fame

There aren't many American cities with richer musical heritage than Memphis, so it's no wonder that the city's Music Hall of Fame has some real ringers to choose from. This year's inductees were just announced: Aretha Franklin and the Box Tops lead the list of artists to be inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame on Nov. 1.

Franklin was best-known as a Detroit resident, but she was born in Memphis and recorded her most famous singles in the area, at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. The Box Tops had a string of hit blue-eyed soul singles ("The Letter," "Cry Like a Baby") in the late '60s — fronted by Alex Chilton, who would go on to front Big Star and inspire one of the Replacements' most beloved songs. (Billboard)

This week's new releases

Jungle: For Ever

Jungle, the once-mysterious producer-led U.K. indie-pop group, are back with their sophomore album, four years after their acclaimed self-titled debut. "Their milieu is cautionary party anthems about the folly of chasing cash at life's expense," writes the Independent about the new album. "With its righteous themes and slightly muffled sonics, For Ever sometimes approximates a lost trove of Curtis Mayfield-fashioned soul. At other times it's like walking out of a noisy club and into a smoking area full of marketing assistants denouncing their 9-to-5s."

Low: Double Negative

Low have never really had a slump, so it's not fair to call their recent successes a "comeback," but listeners are ever-more amazed at how the Duluth indie trio are, after a quarter-century, making music that stands up to anything they've ever released. 2015's Ones and Sixes was widely acclaimed, and their new Double Negative is meeting a similar reception.

"No 11-song statement has functioned quite like this," writes Pitchfork in a rave review of the alternately thorny and gorgeous album, which explores the meaning of music and life in today's troubled America. Recorded at Justin Vernon's April Base with Bon Iver collaborator B.J. Burton, Double Negative ends with "Disarray," a song on which Alan Sparhawk sings, "Before it falls into total disarray/ You'll have to learn to live a different way."

Willie Nelson: My Way

My Way is the 67th (!) studio album by 85-year-old Willie Nelson. It's a tasteful covers collection that pays tribute to Frank Sinatra — echoing recent releases by Bob Dylan. As Mikael Wood writes in the Los Angeles Times:

My Way closes with — what else? — the tune that Sinatra used to sing like a man who'd turned around at the finish line to sneer at his enemies. But Nelson takes a different tack, underselling Paul Anka's lyric about not having enough regrets to mention any of them. The music is hushed, the vocal unembarrassed by its vulnerability. Yet there's no mistaking the force of Nelson's cosmic-hillbilly charisma. You can picture him completely.

Capital Punishment: Roadkill

Ben Stiller's high school band Capital Punishment have reissued their lone album, 1982's Roadkill. The band, who were fairly legit back in the day, say they've recently reunited — including their famous drummer — to record new songs for a possible release and tour. (Consequence of Sound)

Mariah Carey: "GTFO"

"It's petty, and I love it." "We love Quiet Storm up late rambling with insomnia Mariah!" That's what people are saying about Mariah Carey's new single, "GTFO." It's a kiss-off break-up anthem...sort of Mariah's version of Beyoncé’s "Irreplaceable," with a sound that bridges Carey's classic ballads with the smoky R&B favored today by the likes of SZA, Solange, and Ariana Grande.

A video features, as Billboard puts it, "a bottomless glass of red wine and a strategically placed pillow." The song will appear on Carey's forthcoming album, which is due out sometime later this year; the next track, "With You," will drop on Oct. 5.


Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
Capitol Punishment: "Delta Time"
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
The Box Tops: "The Letter"
Jungle: "Heavy, California"
Low: "Disarray"
Willie Nelson: "Summer Wind"
Mariah Carey: "GTFO"


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