Time for a round up of all the news that’s fit to print gang and we’ll kick off with the return of The Feeling who come back to the fray on the 18th February with their new album ‘Join With Us’ (preceded by the single ‘I Thought It Was Over’ on February 11th) which follows up their debut ‘Twelve Stops and Home’ and for those of you that want the opportunity to catch them in the raw, they’re out on the road on the 7th March.

Here be those all important dates…

07-Mar Birmingham Academy
09-Mar Bristol Academy
10-Mar Nottingham Rock City
11-Mar Newcastle Academy
13-Mar Manchester Academy
14-Mar Glasgow Barrowland
15-Mar Leeds University
17-Mar Southampton Guildhall
18-Mar Cambridge Corn Exchange
19-Mar London Shepherds Bush Empire

Elsewhere The Eels announce the second leg of their UK having sold out their first run of dates which are serving as a run up to their long awaited best of and rest of collection ‘Meet The Eels’ which out on the 21st January. Here’s the dates…
Mar 17 2008 – Dublin, Vicar St
Mar 18 2008 – Dublin, Vicar St
Mar 19 2008 – Belfast, Mandela Hall
Mar 21 2008 – York, Opera House
Mar 22 2008 – Sheffield, City Hall
Mar 23 2008 – Oxford, New Theatre
Mar 24 2008 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange

Mary J Blige’s up and coming single has already got a mention on this site but for fans of the soul songstress we have a link for her new video for the single at the bottom of the page.
Rufus Wainwright meanwhile releases his eagerly anticipated “Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall” on January 21st though Polydor. Released as a double live CD, Wainwright revives Judy Garland’s famous Carnegie Hall shows and collects together 27 songs complete with orchestral adaptations of the original scores, expect to hear such Judy favourites as “Over The Rainbow”, “Zing!, Went The Strings Of My Heart” and of course “Get Happy”.
Parmore another band we have mentioned favourably in the past have a new single out on February 11th, “Misery Business” will be available in the traditional 2 CD format backed with “This Circle” and a live version of the lead track. I would tell you about all their dates, even the rescheduled ones. However they’ve all sold out, so there’s not much point. Rather than strain your eyes looking for the gig you would have liked to have seen. Now spend the afternoon using them to weep at your misfortune instead.

Meanwhile, the up and coming big noise for 2008 Duffy releases her second single from the album we are all waiting for ‘Rockferry’ (which is out on March 3rd) . The single ‘Mercy’ will be out on 28th February and we’ve got a link to her performing the track taken from Later… that was recorded last month at the bottom of the page. Those wanting to catch Duffy can see her on the following dates.

16 January – Pigalle, London (residency)
23 January – Pigalle, London (residency)
30 January – Pigalle, London (residency)
06 February – Pigalle, London (residency)
21 February – Thekla, Bristol
22 February – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
23 February – King Tuts, Glasgow
24 February – Cluny, Newcastle
26 February – Brudenell Social, Leeds
28 February – Clwb ifor Bach, Cardiff
01 March – Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales
05 March – Central Station, Wrexham
07 March – Bodega, Nottingham
09 March – Academy, Oxford
10 March – Komedia, Brighton
11 March – Glee Club, Birmingham

Also as a prelude to the release of his ‘Greatest Hits’ album Morrissey is on the look out for his greatest most dedicated fan to feature in the album’s advertising campaign. So if you have gone that one step further than most and perhaps had a Moz tattoo, or even if you have just shown a penchant for sticking a bunch of gladioli down the back of your trousers while crooning in a mirror (and had the tenacity or shamelessness to catch yourself on camera doing it) then by all means submit your potential grab for temporary infamy at the following address morrisseyadvert@googlemail.com, you never know. Sometime this year you could be the envy of all your friends in the pub…or at your bedsit. Whatever the die hards are up to these days.