OZZY OSBOURNE Released His Acclaimed New Album – Here’s ‘ORDINARY MAN’…

Old and new albums to make your day

24 February 2020

Eccentric metal legend OZZY OSBOURNE released his twelfth solo album called ORDINARY MAN last week. Partly a hot-blooded powerhouse, partly a surprisingly personal and touching reflection (“I was unprepared for fame / Then everybody knew
my name”)
digging up memories. Even at 71 and dealing with health problems the
past few years and still today (he had to cancel a new tour as he was diagnosed with Parkinson) he sounds as hot-blooded and bloodthirsty as in the early days, but also melancholic, heavyhearted (like in the emotive ballad, the title track featuring, yes,
Elton John) and aware of his mortality. The Prince Of Darkness is no ordinary man!

Rolling Stone
“With a mix of soulful midnight confessionals and free-spirited rockers, the Prince of Darkness bares his soul on his 12th solo album.”

NME
“Undimmed by ill health and still having an absolute blast, the Wizard of Ozz remains a force to be reckoned with on his uproarious 12th solo album.”

The Guardian
“The elegiac lyrics on Osbourne’s 12th solo album stand in contrast with the off-the-cuff vibe of its music.

Album in full…

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Singles

– STRAIGHT TO HELL –

– TAKE WHAT YOU WANT –

– UNDER THE GRAVEYARD –

OZZY OSBOURNE: Facebook

LED ZEPPELIN Released Masterpiece ‘PHYSICAL GRAFFITI’ 45 Years Ago

24 February 2020

Today 45 years ago, on 24 February 1975 icons LED ZEPPELIN released their magnum opus ‘PHYSICAL GRAFFITI’. Their sixth album, a double album, probably their best ever.
It went straight to the top spot in both the UK and the US.

It was a multi-faceted work, covering multiple genres. Hard rock (‘Custard Pie’, ‘The Rover’, ‘The Wanton Song’, ‘Sick Again’, ‘Houses Of The Holy‘), eastern-influenced bombast (‘Kashmir’), progressive rock (‘In The Light’), rip-roaring funk ( ‘Boogie With Stu’, ‘Black Country Woman’) acoustic songs (‘Then Years Gone), a love ballad ( ‘Ten Years Gone‘), blues electricity (‘In My Time Of Dying‘), soft reverie (‘Down By The Side’) and country ripper (‘Night Flight‘). Top stuff!

AllMusic wrote: “Led Zeppelin returned from a nearly two-year hiatus in 1975 with the double-album ‘Physical Graffiti’, their most sprawling and ambitious work. ‘Physical Graffiti’ captures the whole experience of Led Zeppelin at the top of their game better than any of their other albums.” Full here. Score: 5/5

Three highlights: Trampled Under Foot / Kashmir / Houses Of The Holy

– TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT –

– KASHMIR –

– HOUSES OF THE HOLY –

Album in full…

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LED ZEPPELIN: Facebook

Synth Duo USE KNIFE Released Doom & Gloom Single ‘TROPENTARN’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

24 February 2020

Band: USE KNIFE

Who: Belgian two-piece – Stef Heeren and Kwinten Mordijck, born out of the mutual love for analog and modular electronic machinery. Use Knife is the duo’s musical vehicle to explore and express hallucinatory freethinking visions to contemporary living.”

Track: TROPENTARN – the title track from the band’s debut EP, which is being released on 6 March

Score: When you know what Tropentarn actually means – a camouflage pattern used by the Bundeswehr in arid and semi-arid regions – and you hear the song’s doom and gloom lyrics you know something is rotten in the state of Use Knife who reflect the explosive times we all experience in today’s troubled world. The duo camouflaged their apocalyptic view to avoid you will run away screaming in an accessible, yet ominous synth-driven slow-mo pop tune, spiced with a hypnotic chorus, that gets under your skin slowly but surely. Ängstliche Träumerei! Götterdämmerung ist hinter der Ecke!

Here’s ‘the way the world ends’…

USE KNIFE: Facebook

Up And Coming Trio VVYNN Launched Clip For Vulnerable Introspection ‘MOANING’…

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…

VIVA VIDEO

24 February 2020

Belgian indie rock trio VVYNN (read: win) released last December two new stirring
tracks, Exhale reminding me of PJ Harvey’s deep digging intensity and ‘Moaning’, a poignant introspection causing goosebumps. Two affecting, amplified musings lifting
the band to a higher and must hear level.

Last month they launched a graceful and expressive clip for EXHALE and recently
an equally emotive video went online for MOANING. Check it out below…

I’ve been moaning in the sun
Where no one no one
Is hearing my song
When did I ever become
The one I was hiding from
The one that started
The moaning

In case you missed the Exhale clip, discover the beauty here…

VVYNN: Facebook

(photo on top: FB VVYNN)

‘Counting Backwards’ By THROWING MUSES (1991)

Top singles from the past

24 February 2020

Band: Throwing Muses 
Single: Counting Backwards 
B-sidesAmazing Grace  on 7″ and
Amazing Grace, Same Sun and Cottonmouth on CD
Released: 28 January 1991 via 4AD
Album: The Real Ramona – third LP
(last album with Tanya Donelly in the band)

Here’s the original video clip & lyrics…

Counting backwards I count you in
I don’t remember him
I don’t remember
In time I rope you in again
I try and turn you back through him
I built a tower in my bones
I spill the mortar through my home
Don’t let your heartbeat keep you safe
No telling what keeps me awake
One hundred fingerprints I hear
A hundred linger in my ear
Measure fortune killing tim

KRISTIN HERSH: Facebook / TANYA DONELLY: Facebook

‘THIS IS YESTERDAY’ By MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Glastonbury 2003…

Amazing live moments…

Watch MANIC STREET PREACHERS play ‘THIS IS YESTERDAY‘ at Glastonbury Festival
in 2003. It’s still one of my all-time favourite Manics beauties. It has that characteristic, warm melancholic and wistfully romantic feel we all know from the Welsh legends’ other touching ballads. The song, with lyrics written by the late Richey Edwards, appeared on their gloomy milestone album ‘The Holy Bible’, their last LP before Richey went missing on 1 February 1995.

And I stare at the sky
And it leaves me blind
I close my eyes
And this is yesterday

MANIC STREET PREACHERS: Facebook

richety
This is yesterday…

WAXAHATCHEE Shares New Folky Track From Upcoming Album – Here’s ‘LILACS’…

Reveries for the laziest day of the week

23 February 2020

WAXAHATCHEE aka KATIE CRUTCHFIELD releases her fifth album, titled ‘SAINT CLOUD‘ on 27 March. After sharing lead-single Fire’ last month here’s another new one. Although ‘LILACS‘ isn’t an optimistic song as it’s about “backsliding into old behaviors that don’t serve you and sort of letting your worst self get the best of you” it sounds uplifting and light-hearted. A bit folky and country balancing between Dolly Parton and Lucinda Williams.

Enjoy here…

WAXAHATCHEE: Facebook

‘The Only Boy Living In New Cross’ By Punk Duo CARTER THE UNSTOPPABLE SEX MACHINE (1992)…

Top singles from the past

23 February 2020

Band: Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine (UK)
Single: The Only Living Boy In New Cross
B-side: Watching The Big Apple Turn Over and Panic
Released: April 1992
Album: 1992 – The Love Album
Note: The song’s title is a pun on Simon and Garfunkel‘s
song ‘The Only Living Boy in New York
Score: The single peaked at #7 in the UK and at #25 in
the US on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart.

Here’s the original video clip…

CARTER THE UNSTOPPABLE SEX MACHINE: Facebook