Turn Up The Volume’s 20 BEST TRACKS Of The Month – SEPTEMBER 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and magnific musings

All 20 on Spotify.

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TRACK BY TRACK

Band: AUS!Funkt
Who: Post-punk misfits from Toronto, embracing in the process
the elements of electronica, dub, disco, garage rock and blues
while maintaining grittiness, simplicity, and repetitiveness.

Track: PROLOGUE (SHALLOW).
My favorite cut of their new dance-crazy
EP Hey! I See You.

If your limbs don’t get activated by this stomping synth stunner
it’s time to get on the phone and fire your shrink. Right now.

For everybody else, shake your booty.


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AUS!FUNKT: Instagram – Facebook
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GORILLAZ share new – their 8th – album, titled Cracker Island with the world next year, on 24 February 2023. As usual Damon Albarn invited a big-name cast of guests, like here for this song, called New Gold with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Bootie Brown behind the mic.

Feel the vibe.

GORILLAZ: Instagram – All Albums
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Band: BURN THE LOUVRE
Who: The musical project of singer/songwriter Jordan Speare
assisted by guitarist/bassist and friend Andrew Billone

Their debut album Silhouettes lands after all this
year’s singles (one per month) are released. .

The September one, DUMB is my favorite (so far).

Frisky, tingling, and totally catching.

Earworm!


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BURN THE LOUVRE: Facebook – Instagram
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LUKE HAINES (mastermind of former Britpop-rock outfit The Auteurs
and R.E.M. guitarist PETER BUCK have their second collaborative album,
named All Kids Are Super Bummed Out on 26th October.

First single, titled Psychedelic Sitar Casual is a jangly R.E.M. like
rocker that gets under your skin sooner than you can say fuck Putin.

Tune in and pogo like you used to.

HAINES & BUCK; Website
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(Photo by Turn Up The Volume – Brussels, 2019)

Toronto‘s noise generator METZ celebrate the 10th anniversary
of their smashing self-titled debut LP with a new tour.

Along the tour announcement, the trio shared two tracks, of which one is
pretty special. COME ON DOWN features their longtime friend Joe Talbot
of Bristol punks Idles.

A perfect match in noise hell.

METZ: Bio – Discography – Instagram – Spotify
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Band: ON
Who: An punk-rock-experienced Toronto trio

New album: ON
Released: 20 September 2022 via Indiestructable Records

Closing cracker AMENDS is my kind of electrical eruption.
It’s an imposing Led-Zeppelin-like heavy blues-rock knockout
including unhinged wah-wah electricity. Nasty stuff!

No, it’s not Jimmy Page on guitar, or is it?


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ON: Facebook – Bandcamp
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American/Celtic punks DROPKICK MURPHYS have their 11th album, named
This Guitar Still Kills Fascists out on 30 September. The LP accentuates
the sharp-cutting lyrics of the late great and heavily influential (ask Bob Dylan)
American folk hero Woody Guthrie (1912-1967).

If you’re a Murphys fan you know what to do when
this massive chant ALL YOU FONIES comes on.
Yes, screaming your lungs out.

Hallelujah!

DROPKICK MURPHIES: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: DEAD LEVEE
Who: Old-school no-nonsense five-piece rock
band from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

New single SHOUT is a wallbreaker, a let-it-all-out loud haymaker.
Think The Black Crows and Guns ‘n Roses have a nasty rollicking riff fight.
I wonder if it’s Axl Rose who’s screaming his head off in the end.

Holy riff smoke.
Play it to the max.


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DEAD LEVEE: Facebook
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(Pic by Turn Up The Volume!)

Boston‘s noise rock icons PIXIES have no intention whatsoever to retire.
They have a new – their 9th – album out on 30th September. It’s baptized
Doggerel.

This taster, titled DREGS OF WINE
off the new LP is a burning belter.

Check it out.

PIXIES: Website – Instagram
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Band: ALEX JAMES
Who: A wheelchair-fronted, high-energy
alternative rock band from the North East.

New single: TELL ME

Expect a rollicking ripper bucking up all the way. A sterling crackerjack that
scurries full tilt with steamy swagger pushed by a flat-out rhythm section,
storming guitars – think Black Sabbath‘s Paranoid riff – and James‘ lively
vocals. When the sizzling chorus kicks in, it’s go mental time.

Tell all your friends about this exuberant score!

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ALEX JAMES: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: DETROIT REBELLION
Who: Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jeff Tostee uniquely exploring
a world of gritty blues and garage rock with drummer Micaiah
Castro
, taking their name from the 1967 Detroit Riot

New single: CLAP OF THUNDER
From the forthcoming – 3rd – album
Fake News, due this fall.

This red-hot-roaring corker thunders all the way with
turned-up decibels for the psychotic guitar-charged chorus.
Think Queens oF The Stone Age fronted by Jack White.

Hurry yourself to a green field and freak out.

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(Photo credit Paul Elledge – press via website)

Chicago‘s bombastic veteran rockers THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
orchestrated by main man Billy Corgan are back in town.

Next year, on 23 April, they’ll share their new longplayer
ATUM: A Rock Opera In Three Acts with the world,
with no less than 33 songs.

The first single is an uppercut called BEGUILED.
A mid-tempo upper with a rotating heavy metal riff.

Nice one, Billy.

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS: Facebook – Instagram
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Artist: JEEN
Who: All-round Canadian singer/songwriter who has written for many recording
artists such as ‘Great Big Sea’, ‘Serena Ryder’, ‘Res’, ‘Hawksley Workman’, ‘Brendan Canning’, ‘FUWA FUWA’, Martin ‘Doc’ McKinney and more. She was a member of ‘Cookie Duster‘ with ‘Brendan Canning‘ of ‘Broken Social Scene‘.

New single: CHEMICAL EMOTION
It’s the lead-off track of new – her 6th – album Tracer, out October 21st.

Jeen: “It’s about letting yourself drift in the flow of everything and hanging
on as hard as you can to what makes the shitty parts more tolerable.”

After only one spin, you’ll know that Chemical Emotion is a mesmerizing humdinger.
Jeen‘s emotive voice bewitches right away, the mid-tempo cadence emphasizes
the meditative reflection perfectly, the compelling chorus brings Alanis Morissette
to mind, and overall the orchestral sonority and the layered harmonies lead to
a thrilling triumph.

And I know it sounds trite, but you made impossible possible sometimes

JEEN: Facebook – Instagram
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(Press photo via YYYs)

Band: YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Who: Pop/rock trio from New York fronted
by the gorgeous Karen O

Today their new – 5th – longplayer Cool it down is out,
their first in 8 years. A few weeks ago my ears started
trembling when single BURNING came through my
speakers.

Still love you Karen.

YYYs: Facebook – Website
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(photo via AYU – press)

Artist: AYU
Who: Singer/songwriter/producer born in Bern (Switzerland), and living in Hamburg (Germany) delivering a mixture of contemporary pop, future-thinking electronics,
catchy RnB tunes and sweet indie.

AYU seduced me before with her infectious tunes and this one
is another one to embrace. Tremendously sticky with an irresistible
I love-you chorus.

Delightful!

AYU: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter 
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Artist: AUGUST GONZALEZ
Who: Drawing from an array of influences ranging from hip-hop, indie-pop,
to pop-punk, Gonzalez is an artist that refuses to be put into a box.

Track LXXKN 4 THE L!TE
From her upcoming debut solo EP

Gonzalez serves an effervescent cocktail of hip-hop-pop-rock sparks
inviting you to jump out of your lazy couch for a hip-swaying two-step.

Make your move here…

August Gonzalez: Instagram
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Band: WIDOWS GOLD
Who: Riveting rock outfit from Costa Messa, California that
made an auspicious entrance onto the music scene last year.

New single: I CAN’T HELP YOU
From their upcoming debut LP, out January 2013.

Expect a melancholic smooth guitar pop uplifter. The brisk combination of a jaunty rhythm section, flickering guitars, a toe-tapping melody, a contagious chorus, and last but not least Madeline Star‘s soulful and romantic voice, turn I Can’t Help You into a glam gem.

Help yourself right here.

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WIDOWS GOLD: Instagram
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PPhoto by Arne Frøkedal

Band: MISTY COAST
Who: Chamber psych-pop duo – Linn Frøkedal
and Richard Myklebust – from Norway.

New single: THE END OF THE BEGINNING

For this new composition, the duo’s minds went down memory lane
to get inspired by the musical preferences of their
adolescent years.

They came back and cemented the experiences of those bygone
times for the future, in a song. The End Of The Beginning is a shoegaze rainbow,
but one that’s sepia colored. The mood is blue-sky, idyllic, and halcyon. So is
the musing’s slo-mo progression, Frøkedal‘s foggy vocals, and the glowing
synth waves.

Start dreaming here.

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MISTY COAST: Facebook – Spotify
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Artist: COLESNO JONES
Who: Folk-pop singer-songwriter from West-Wales

Debut single: BISCUIT TIN

This is a firm energizer with a resistless pick-me-up groove
and a highly stimulating sonority from start to finish. Its lively
melodiousness, vigorous vivacity and zealous vocality make
you reach for the repeat button again and again.

Bingo!

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COLENSO JONES: Facebook
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(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Artist: EZRA FURMAN
Who: Chicago born singer songstress

Furman released her new album
All Of Us Flames last month.

A very notable one with this sepia-colored beauty, named
TRAIN COMES THROUGH as one of the many highs on
the record.

Enjoy.

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EZRA FURMAN: Instagram – Facebook
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See/hear you next month, music junkies

YEAH YEAH YEAHS – Comeback Album ‘COOL IT DOWN’ Is A Surprising And Compelling Revelation

Standout longplayers

30 September 2022


(Press photo via YYYs)

Band: YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Who: pop/rock trio from New York
fronted by the gorgeous Karen O
Active: Since 20000 / 6th LP (new one incl.)

New album: COOL IT DOWN – first in 9 years
Out: 30 September 2022 – order info here

The title is taken from the Velvet Underground song
of the same name from their 1970 LP Loaded.

Karen O: “To all who have waited, our dear fans, thank you, our fever to tell has returned, and writing these songs came with its fair share of chills, tears, and euphoria when the pain lifts and truth is revealed. Don’t have to tell you how much we’ve been going through in the last nine years since our last record, because you’ve been going through it too, and we love you and we see you, and we hope you feel the feels from the music we’ve made. No shying away from the feels, or backing down from what’s been gripping all of us these days. So yes we’ve taken our time, happy to report when it’s ready it really does just flow out.”

Mojo Magazine says: “Even though it’s only eight tracks long – a rare example of the band having some chill – their fifth album feels like it’s operating on a cosmic scale.” Score: 4/5.

TUTV: Sonically and stylistically, it’s a totally different affair compared to everything they did before. More polished – from young punks to grown-up songwriters – mellow and starry-eyed. Four touching ballads and four funky grooves (yes, only 8 tracks).

A compelling revelation. A comeback success.

Singles/clips: Burning / Spitting Of The Edge Of The World

– BURNING –

– SPITTING OF THE EDGE OF THE WORLD-
Featuring Perfume Genius

Stream/buy ‘COOL IT DOWN’
here via Bandcamp.


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YEAH YEAH YEAHS: ‘Cool It Down’ on SpotifyFacebook – Instagram

Acoustic And Melancholic Diamond Of A Record – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Released ‘NEBRASKA’ 40 Years Ago Today

Back in time

30 September 2022

Living legend BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN released one of his most compelling and gripping longplayers 40 years ago today with his 6th one NEBRASKA. A diamond of a record with The Boss at his melancholic and stripped-down, acoustic best. This record feels like he’s
a troubadour wandering on the road to Atlantic City.

Pitchfork said: “It’s an essential record in the history of home recording, but it was sort of a cul-de-sac for Springsteen himself. He has returned twice to the general format of the record, releasing the mostly solo and mostly acoustic albums The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995) and Devils & Dust (2005), but neither comes close to the alchemy of Nebraska. This one just happened. Springsteen covers the entire episode of the record in just a few pages in Born to Run, and there isn’t a lot to say. He wrote the songs, he put them down on a demo, and that demo became the record.” Score: 10/10.

Singles: Atlantic City / Open All Night

– ATLANTIC CITY –

– OPEN ALL NIGHT –

Stream full LP on Spotidy

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Bio – Discography – Website

WAKE-UP CALL – The Return Of JAMES MURPHY And LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

Works faster than caffeine

30 September 2022

Finally back on track. James Murphy and his musical vehicle LCD SOUNDSYTEM
is part of the soundtrack of the movie White Noise based on the 1985 novel by
American author Don DeLillo.

LCD Soundsytem still sounds like LC Soundsystem. New piece NEW BODY RHUMBA
has that familiar hypnotic and groovy speed-up rhythm propelled by a steady bass riff, guitars popping up now and then and Murphy singing with his characteristic, nervous voice. Just what you need to make your day.

Catch the catchy vibes.

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LCD SOUNDSYSTEM: Facebook – Instagram

DAVID BOWIE – Masterpiece ‘HUNKY DORY’ Gets Deluxe Reissue Edition To Celebrate Its 50th Birthday

Last December 50 years ago, the late genius DAVID BOWIE
had his masterpiece LP HUNKY DORY out.

A deluxe boxset edition, named Divine Symmetry (An Alternate Journey
Through Hunky Dory
arrives on 25 November. Pre-order info here

Content: Unreleased home demos, live recordings, radio
sessions, and more from the rock legend’s fertile 1971.

The 4CD/1Blu-ray set, features 48 unreleased tracks in total, including Bowie’s own home and hotel recordings for tracks that wound up on Hunky Dory, as well as unreleased songs like ‘King of the City’, ‘Tired of My Life” ‘Right On Mother’, ‘How Lucky You Are (Miss Peculiar)‘ and more.

The additional discs are filled out with Bowie’s entire John Peel session from June 1971 — only a handful of the recordings previously appeared on the Bowie at the Beeb compilation, plus additional never-officially-released BBC recordings, the unearthed BOWPROMO EP, single mixes, b-sides, and alternate versions of the Hunky Dory tracks.

Hear a taster here.
Bowie’s unreleased rendition of the LP’s track Kooks
from the BBC’s Sounds of the 70s With Bob Harris.

Original full album via Spotify

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DAVID BOWIE: Website – Instagram

Unbridled Punkettes GHOST CAR Have Their New Truly Trash Single/Video ‘SELFISH, SPOILED’ Out

Daily electricity to load your batteries

29 September 2022

Band: GHOST CAR
Who: London-based international punk quartet. As activists for feminism
and members of the LGBTQ+ community, Ghost Car practice what they
preach, and aim to spread their mantra of inclusivity and equal rights as
loud as possible.

Debut album: TRULY TRASH
Release: 28 October 2022 via One Little Independent Records


Album artwork

“The album provides Ghost Car with a platform to rage against political injustices,
as their unified battle cries attack patriarchal inequality, homophobia, racism and
toxic relationships. ‘Truly Trash’ is a call to reclaim autonomy and to revolt against
the powers that uphold an archaic nationalist system.”

New single: SELFISH, SPOIIED CAR
The third piece from their forthcoming LP

TUTV: Oh my, I love these utterly cool punkettes. They sound unbridled,
they look unbridled and they have an unbridled video clip out for this new
single. References? Scottish 90s indie misfits BIS, The B-52‘s if they would
have been a punk band, and the glorious X-Ray Spex‘s day-glo swagger.

Bingo.

Watch/listen

Claudia Torán (video director): “The story behind the video is that dinner guests
played by the band represent ‘the system’ itself, (politicians, bourgeoisie, etc. portrayed
in an exaggerated, ironic, sarcastic way) whilst ‘enjoying’ what appears to be a lavish dinner party. With fake attitudes and ungrateful behaviour. They don’t want to face any problems or injustices. Only interested in their egos. It’s later revealed that the dinner party, like ‘the system’, is rotten. Nothing is what it appears to be. Everything is now chaotic and the characters destroy everything, transforming into crazed guests, challenging the camera, trying to get the message through “will you ever open your eyes?”

GHOST CAR: Facebook – Instagram – Spotify

Metal Grunge Titans ALICE IN CHAINS Released Herculean 2nd Album ‘DIRT’ 30 Years Ago Today

Back in time

29 September 2022

Band: ALICE IN CHAINS
Who: Metal grunge titans from, of course, Seattle
Active: 1987–2002, 2005–present / 6 studio LPs (so far)

Anniversary LP: DIRT
Released: 29 September 1992 – 30 years ago today

Pitchfork: “Dirt is, on one hand, the most elemental album of the grunge era, tackling the big questions with bluesy and Biblical seriousness: a busted dam, a rainstorm, a flood, a big old pile of them bones. For dirt thou art, And unto dirt shalt thou return. It’s also an album about feeling like dirt, and knowing that others see you that way. Dirt is by and for a dispossessed generation who came of age in the shadow of Vietnam, amid skyrocketing divorce rates, hard drugs, and an ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots.” Score: 8.5/10.

TUTV: Titanic tour de force!

Singles/clips: Would? / Them Bones / Angry Chair

– WOULD? –

– THEM BONES –

– ANGRY CHAIR –

Stream full album on Spotify

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ALICE IN CHAINS: Bio – Discography –