ARCTIC MONKEYS ! The Big One 10 Years Ago Today…

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Ten years ago today – October 17, 2005 – four young Sheffield punks released their first single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’. It caused immediately an impressive breakthrough for Arctic Monkeys. They already had a huge fan base following the regularly release of demo’s of songs on their Internet blog and also because of their spectacular live shows where an unofficial demo compilation CD ‘Beneath the Boardwalk‘ was sold and shared afterwards online. But that brilliant debut single was the real official wake-up call to all youngsters around the globe that a new gang arrived in town with Alex Turner on the first horse. Sonically they were different to anything else and Turner proved from day one that he was an amazing observer/songwriter. The rest is history. They released five albums so far with ‘AM‘ as their masterpiece and in between Alex Turner got himself an Elvis quiff, started dressing sharp and America went down too.
Now let’s go back 10 years ago. Here’s the legendary live performance clip that was made to promote the big one…

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[Verse]
Stop making the eyes at me,
I’ll stop making my eyes at you.
What it is that surprises me is that I don’t really want you to

And your shoulders are frozen (as cold as the night)
Oh, but you’re an explosion (you’re dynamite)
Your name isn’t Rio, but I don’t care for sand and lighting
The fuse might result in a bang b-b-bang-go

[Chorus:]
I bet that you look good on the dance floor
I don’t know if you’re looking for romance or…
Don’t know what you’re looking for
I said I bet that you look good on the dance floor
Dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984
Well, from 1984!

[Verse]
I wish you’d stop ignoring me because it’s sending me to despair,
Without a sound yeah you’re calling me and I don’t think it’s very fair

That your shoulders are frozen (as cold as the night)
Oh, but you’re an explosion (You’re dynamite)
Your name isn’t Rio, but I don’t care for sand and lighting
The fuse might result in a bang with a bang-go

[Chorus]

Oh, there ain’t no love, no Montagues or Capulets
Are just banging tunes and DJ sets and…
Dirty dance floors, and dreams of naughtiness!
Well,
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[Chorus]

AM

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SEVEN IN THE MIX! Weekend 17-18 October …

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Seven thrilling tracks to listen to on repeat this weekend…


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1/ ‘I Feel’ by BAD SOUNDS
British brothers with new poptastic single to start euphoric parties – big score !
Home: Bath, UK
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2/ ‘Pretty People’ by THE SUNDAY REEDS
90s post-punk groove spiced with seducing Garbage vocals.
Home: Melbourne, Australia
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

3/ ‘Dreamin’ by TUFF SUNSHINE
Swirling, sharp rock swagger from start to finish – towering cracker!
Album: debut album ‘Fire in the Hero Building’ out on Halloween…
Home: New York City, US
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More Sunshine on Bandcamp – Facebook – Twitter

4/ ‘Mickey 66’ by THE HANDCUFFS
Smoking glam riffs, catching garage hooks and sexy vocals – addictive stroke.
Cassette: to commemorate Cassette Store Day (Oct 17) the band releases ‘All The Way From Chicago’ a ‘best of ‘ sampled from their first three albums – listen/buy here
Home: Chicago, US
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

5/ ‘Sitting Pretty’ by NIGHT FLOWERS
Gorgeous dream pop electricity – flourishing & harmonious B-side to new single. ‘Sleep’
Home: London
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6/ ‘Shade’ by CHAIN WALLET
Brand new single – sparkling moony pop with exciting guitar waves.
Home: Bergen, Norway
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Facebook – Twitter

7/’ Consolidated Identity’ by SANDY’S
This sweet trippy gem gamboled into my head a couple of days ago and never left since.
Who/EP: SANDY’S is songwriter Alexi Glickman’s new band –
They released a 5 track ‘Prom’ EP – listen on Bandcamp
Home: San Francisco, California, US
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Facebook – Twitter

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See/hear you next week, music junkies…

METZ ! Smashing New Single – ‘Eraser’…

14 October, 2014…

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The Toronto noisemakers METZ have just shared new single ‘Eraser’. The track is part of a new double track single and will arrive backed with ‘Pure Auto’ on January 22, 2016. All details and pre-order on Sub Pop . ‘Eraser’ is another slice of glorious heavy tumult. Hell yeah! Here’s the audio clip….

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Coming tour dates – Facebook – Twitter

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METZ last June in Brussels – Louder than war… (my pic)
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THE LIBERTINES ! ‘I Get Along’ – 13 years ago….

14 October, 2015…

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The Libertines released their debut album ‘Up The Bracket’ 13 years ago today – October 14, 2002. They became the new ‘Last Gang in Town’. They stumbled constantly, they fell several times but got up again and again. Survivors against all odds and back now with their 3rd album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth‘. They still get along…

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Website – Facebook – Twitter

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See you early next year in Brussels…

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FERAL FIVE Remixes DEUX FURIEUSES Into A Banging Bass Blast…

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deux furieuses are London duo Ros (guitar & vocals) and Vas (drums). Two socially engaged and politically outspoken artists who soundtrack their views on society with
loud wake-up calls and passionate post-punk energy and released three captivating
singles so far.

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Two Angry Ones…

Their stunning 2014 debut single ‘Can We Talk About This?’ is remixed now by
electro-disco-punk-pair and friends Feral Five also based in Great England’s capital.

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Electro punk saints…

The result is titanic. Nasty banging bass drones and a steamy sensual swagger to shake your hips too. Rousing electro dynamite. It reminds me of the best days of Leftfield. The single will be released on 30th October. You can pre-order via iTunes. Now turn up the volume, throw your furniture through the window to create some room and make your moves…

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7 Big Album Tracks – Week 42…

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1/ ‘Dust Bunnies’ by KURT VILE
Vintage Vile groove – his most enthralling album so far.
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Album: ‘b’lieve i’m going down’

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2/ ‘No End’ by LOW
Vibrant pop beauty from te harmonies masters.
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Album: Sixes and Ones

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3/ ‘Black Widow’ by REVEREND AND THE MAKERS
‘Sympathy for the Devil’ intro followed by some nasty riffage – perfect!
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Album: Mirrors

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4/ ‘Sunflower’ by MERCURY REV
They’re back and having the time of their lives.
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Album: The Light In You

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5/ ‘Back In The Box’ (live) by JOHNNY MARR
Electricity on stage – from Marr’s brand new live album.
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Album: Adrenalin Baby

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6/ ‘I Need To Be Your Only’ by THE STRYPES
New album, new sound, new smoking drive.
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Album: Little Victories

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7/ ‘Feuiho Boogie’ by SWIM DEEP
Towering eight-and-a-half minute killer jam – titanic!
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Album: Mothers

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SEVEN IN THE MIX! Weekend October 10-11…

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Seven striking tracks that will make you turn the volume up this weekend!


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1/ ‘I’m Strange’ by THE NAYSAYERS
A contagious 60s beat and fiery guitar licks recorded in a garage.
Home: Melbourne, Australia
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

2/ ‘In The City’ by VITA BERGEN
Thunderous straight in your face rock monster aiming at your throat.
Album: debut ‘Disconnection out October 23rd via Woah Dad 
Home: Gothenburg, Sweden
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

3/ ‘Hell Is My Head’ by BLAENAVON
Three youngsters producing anxious post-punk waves – intriguing black stuff!
EP: ‘Miss World’ out October 30th via Transgressive Records
Home: Liss, Hampshire, UK
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Bandcamp – Facebook – Twitter

4/ ‘I’ll Wait’ by HUNCK
A floating spaced-out slice of psychedelic dream pop – addictive flow.
Home: London, UK
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Facebook – Twitter

5/ ‘I Can See The Sunshine’ by ZOOZ
Shiny transatlantic pop gaiety – I can’t get that sticky hook out of my head.
Release: Oct. 17th as part of Cassette Store Day via Super Fan 99/ Alcopop! Records
Roots: San Francisco/London
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Debut EP here on Bandcamp – Facebook – Twitter

6/ ‘Oldest Friend’ by MOSKI JO
A magic touch of Australiacana spiced with captivating vocals and angelic harmonies.
Album: self-titled debut just released – stream via Bandcamp
Home: Brisbane, Australia
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Website – Facebook

7/ ‘J’me fends’ by BETTY ARGO
Highly sensual Franco-Swedish electro-pop with 60s melancholic echoes.
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EP: ‘Aftonfrid’ out December 12th
Base: Paris, France
Facebook – Twitter – Instagram

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See/hear you next week, music junkies…

THE CHARLATANS – Debut Album ‘SOME FRIENDLY’ Is 25 Today…

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8 October, 2015…

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THE CHARLATANS – ‘Some Friendly’ – Released October 8, 1980

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Some Friendly was the start of a superb career for the British band. Right in the middle
of the Madchester tumult it was almost impossible not being influenced sonically by its soundtrack. But as frontman Tim Burgess once said: “The thing that we had that no-one else had was Rob Collins. We thought, John Squire is a brilliant guitar player for The Stone Roses and he can have solos, but we’ve Rob who can do equally great solos but on a Hammond.” Indeed, organ virtuoso Robert James Collins made The Charlatans sound different from day one – and irresistibly recognizable ever since – from the rest of the gangs.
Of course The Only One I Know was the key track (although not included on the very first vinyl edition) containing the hottest ‘purple colored’ organ riff ever. But with tracks such as opener You’re Not Very Well (psych glory) White Shirt (poptastic), Then (‘baggy’ single), Polar Bear (trippy beat ) and Sproston Green (awesome groove) they proved they came to stay. The production of the record wasn’t perfect but The Charlies’ bluesy swagger was striking enough to go straight to number one on the UK albums chart. On stage they were a mighty electrifying force turning up the volume to a hypnotic level. I saw them playing several times and they always delivered the shaking goods as they still do 25 years later, live and on record. Happy Birthday !…

Music, Maestro, Please…

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Rest in peace, Rob and Colin, you’re unforgettable…

SLAVES ! Amsterdam – April 24, 2015…

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Looking back to some concerts I’ve seen this year…
SLAVES was one of the best – 100% dynamite !
If you never heard of these two loud British punks,
then here’s the noise…

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And here are some of my Amsterdam photos

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Aaaarghhhhhhhhh…

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Pleased to meet you…

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The other side of Slaves…

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No encores I guess…

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See you soon in Antwerp (November 9)…

Here’s their smashing debut album ‘Are You Satisfied?’

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