NO ENCORE #103 | Do The Barkman

Emerging from their respective snow-caves, blinking at the sun, Colm and Craig are back in studio. Dave, however, is otherwise engaged – busy crushing the dreams of nine hopefuls at the Choice Music Prize. Filling his pristine white shoes is Totally Irish head honcho and all-round good egg John Barker. The new LP from David Byrne, the surprise return of Sade, and the sad demise of two much-loved music institutions are all part of a jam-packed agenda, so let’s crack on…

ACT ONE: Having each served time on the judges’ bench, the boys remember the fun, fights and free booze of Choice Prize nights past; Future Dave, meanwhile, checks with first hand news of Ships’ victory.

ACT TWO: State no more, NME RIP – it’s not been a happy week as far as music journalism is concerned. Elsewhere, Vince Staples eyes the pipe and slippers; the Fred Durst/John Travolta collaboration we’ve all been waiting for is happening; and we’re converting our PRSAs into ODB.

ACT THREE: David Byrne has titled his album American Utopia – but just how perfect can it be? Find out whether the former Talking Head has given us reason to be cheerful.

ACT FOUR: DJ Khaled and some famous friends pimp their ride, Sade scratches a seven year itch, the .Paak is back, Lost Under Heaven resurface, and Chvrches call for National assistance – it’s Songs of the Week, yo!

EXIT MUSIC: Zombie Picnic – ‘Anger In Storage (Denial Will Follow)