OASIS – ‘Lyla’ Number One In The UK On 23 May 2005…


11 years ago today – 23 May 2005…


…Manchester legends OASIS scored their seventh UK number one with LYLA.
It was the first single from their sixth studio album DON’T BELIEVE THE TRUTH.
Chief NOEL GALLAGHER revealed at the time: “I wrote it much earlier. It dates
from the Heathen Chemistry-era, our previous album. The title for the song should
have been “Smiler”, but was changed as guitarist Gem Archer’s previous band had
also a song with that title years before…”
He also said that it was only after the LP
was recorded that he actually realised that he didn’t write a proper single, but
that Lyla was the song that could do the job just fine. Absolutely, It’s great to
hear this cracker’s smoking drive again. Play loud…

Calling all the stars to fall
And catch the silver sunlight in your hands
Call for me to set me free
Lift me up and take me where I stand

She believes in everything
And everyone and you and yours and mine
I waited for a thousand years
For you to come and blow me off my mind

Hey Lyla
The stars about to fall
So what you say Lyla
The world around us makes me feel so
Small Lyla
If you can’t hear me call
Then I can’t say Lyla
Heaven help you catch me if I fall

She’s the queen of all I’ve seen
And every song and city far and near
Heaven help my mademoiselle
She rings the bell for all the world to hear

Hey Lyla
The stars about to fall
So what you say Lyla
The world around us makes me feel so
Small Lyla
If you can’t hear me call
Then I can’t say Lyla
Heaven help you catch me if I fall

Hey Lyla
The stars about to fall
So what you say Lyla
The world around us makes me feel so
Small Lyla
If you can’t hear me call
Then I can’t say Lyla
Heaven help you catch me if I fall

Hey Lyla ( x4)


OASIS: Website – Facebook – Twitter


JAMBINAI – Spectacular Korean Drones in Brussels…


JAMBINAI – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels – 19 May 2016


JAMBINAI is a fascinating South Korean trio (with two extra musicians on stage) mixing dark post punk turbulence and metallic drones with Korean roots folk using conventional rock instruments as well as traditional native ones, such as bamboo flutes and a zither. Their live performance in Brussels was just the most spectacular, sonic experience I had
in a long while. Long, quiet Eastern sounding intro’s grow slowly into a monstrous wall-of-noise. And from there on it’s Apocalypse Now! all the way. Deafening tempo shifts created
a constant feel of inflammable danger and menace. An impressive, powerful tour de force. Experimental electricity from start to finish…


The band will release their second album HERMITAGE on 17th June.
This track will give you a sensational idea of their glorious thunder…

JAMBINAI: Facebook – Twitter

(Photos by Turn Up The Volume!)

SEVEN IN THE MIX! 2016 – Weekend 21/22 May…


A new weekend, a new edition of this flashing mix
with seven striking tracks to play loud, very loud!…

1/ ‘A Ride’ by KEEP UP
This British quartet develops a mesmerizing pop drive that will draw your attention
from the first chord. Magnetic & captivating cruise with an elevated finale. Big score!
On: 5-track debut EP ‘Fear’ – stream on Spotify
Home: East Anglia, UK
KEEP UP: Website – Facebook – Twitter

2/ ‘Fickle Heart’ by CANARY
A remarkable performance. It seems like you get two different songs in one magic pop symphony. An amplified tempo and tone changing rollercoaster with harmonic vocals…
Home: Melbourne, Australia
CANARY; Website – Facebook – Twitter

3/ ‘Lost Control’ by PRETTY CITIZENS
The hypnotic backbone of this highly promising debut single is a bluesy groove that turns
slowly into a mind-bending guitar solo in the end. Smoking way to get started. Welcome!
Home: Nottingham, via Barnsley, UK
PRETTY CITIZENS: Facebook – Twitter

4/ ‘Other Side’ by PURE YOUTH
Melancholic power pop anthem spiced with glimmering guitars to spoil your ears. Melodic splendor strengthened with electrifying panache midway and a catchy chorus. A beauty!
PURE YOUTH: Website – Facebook – Twitter

5/ ‘Ordinary Daze’ by SEA PINKS
Belfast band allegedly inspired by sea glass, bleached grass & ghost guitars. Whatever. They sound bloody cool. Jingle jangle beats and shiny guitars escort a whirling melody
with a young Billy Bragg vibe. Top cut from excellent Soft Days album, here on Bandcamp
SEA PINKS: Facebook – Twitter

6/ ‘Acosta’ by SKYJELLY
Guitar sound wizard Skyjelly Jones & friends is back. This ongoing, repetitive jam moves
like a nasty serpent on too much speed. Mind-twisting & menacing. Playing it loud on
your earphones will help to get completely mad. Don’t miss this rattling, groovy trip…
From: brand new 5-track cassette ‘Blank Panthers‘ – here on Bandcamp
Home: Boston, Massachusetts, US
SKYJELLY: Website – Twitter

7/ ‘Don’t Take It Personal’ by NATHANIEL STEPHEN
This Boston-based singer/songwriter plays and sings the blues with a candid heart
and a sensitive soul. His authentic and melancholic mood will touch your imagination…
NATHANIEL STEPHEN: Reverbnation – Twitter

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Apocalyptic Two Part Single by BIG BAD ECHO…

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I recently discovered BIG BAD ECHO. A most intriguing band out of Brisbane, Australia
that started as a songwriting outlet for frontman Mick Reddy back in 2013. Their overall intriguing 7-track debut EP titled ‘It Takes A Big Dog To Weigh A Tonne’ (Soundcloud link below) blew me away. A record packed with impressive, psychedelic post punk jams
that messed up my mind regularly. And now they just shared new – two part – single HISTORY REPEATING Part 1 and 2. Very unusual in format and quite freaky in content
and performance.

Drummer Michael Swift told me more about their new, compelling release: “The song is loosely based around the feeling that the end is just around the corner. Every news program feels like a confirmation that we’re truly fucked. Global warming, financial issues, terrorism, food shortages, droughts etc. Is the end nigh? A topic that humans are fascinated with, obsessed by. Everyday becomes a part of history, you don’t feel it, It just happens. The idea of the two part single is just a different way to approach the format of a song. Art has no rules, we just do what we think sounds good to us.”

The Horsemen of the Apocalypse have arrived. Their message is scathing, their thunder is paralyzing. Feel the growing menace here…

BIG BAD ECHO: Facebook


MAGNETIC ALBUM COVERS! 7 Big Ones from 1987…


It’s all about the music as we know it
but powerful images are the timeless
faces for all big albums made then & now
Here are the covers from 7 big 1987 LP’s…

1/ ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ by THE SMITHS
Their fourth and final studio album by the most famous British indie band ever…

2/ ‘Calenture’ by THE TRIFFIDS
Fourth album by the underrated Australian band led by the late David McComb

3/ ‘George Best’ by WEDDING PRESENT
Calling your debut LP after Northern Irish football legend George Best is cool. Putting the man on the cover is double cool. Great player, great band from Leeds (UK), great album…

4/ ‘Come On Pilgrim’ by PIXIES
Mini 8-track debut album by the Boston loud/quiet/loud noisemakers…

5/ ‘Darklands’ by THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
Second album by the eccentric Scottish Reid brothers…

6/ ‘Floodland’ by SISTERS OF MERCY
Second LP by the English gloom rockers with magnetizing frontman Andrew Eldritch

7/ ‘Locust Abortion Technician’ by BUTTHOLE SURFERS
Third, critically acclaimed, LP by the experimental punk rockers from San Antonio, Texas…

VIXANS – They Look And Sound Like Trouble…



Who/home: fresh power three-piece out of Croydon, UK

Members: Michael Hopkins (lead guitarist and vocalist),
James Carpenter (bassist) and Joe Kajdi (drummer)

Track: I DON’T CARE – their debut single…

Score: this nasty, noise making trio likes it rough. Expect a caustic groove with an
I Don’t Care attitude à la Johnny Rotten and a sonic thunder sounding as if stone
rocker Josh Homme, chief of Queens Of The Stone Age, was in the production chair.

VIXANS: Facebook – Twitter


Stellar Covers – JAKE BUGG goes JIMI HENDRIX…


Not many artists covered guitar legend JIMI HENDRIX just because the man’s virtuosity
is matchless and frightens musicians to interpret one of his powered exploits. Except
for young British world troubadour JAKE BUGG. The quiet and highly talented songsmith isn’t afraid of playing songs of giants. He did Neil Young, Donovan and Johnny Cash amongst others with flare, respect and his own touch. He covers songwriters just because he loves their timeless classics. He don’t care about the purists who condemn his audacity and guts and who think that icons should only be admired and nothing more. I must admit myself that covering Hendrix was maybe a bridge to far. I thought wrong. His live rendition, a shortened version, of VOODOO CHILE is quite special. Get electrified…

JAKE BUGG: Website – Facebook – Twitter


ACTING STRANGE – Glam Rock Stomper To Inflame Your Day…


Who/Home: exciting, parties starting duo out of Glasgow, Scotland
Track: SHARP END – newest single…
Score: Amplified glam & glitter pop mirth taking you right back to
the swinging mid-seventies. Elevating fun to blow off the roof and
to forget all bloody daily worries. Inflammable stuff! Get up and
go completely bananas…

ACTING STRANGE: Facebook – Twitter

“And on the 8th day God created Acting Strange…”

RICHARD ASHCROFT – New Video for ‘Hold On’…

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RICHARD ASHCROFT will release his new album THESE PEOPLE next Friday. He already shared two tracks of the new record: This Is How It Feels and Hold On. Now he just issued
a new video for the latter. An optimistic symphony for troubled times…

RICHARD ASHCROFT: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Comeback album finally out next Friday…

THE GUN CLUB – Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s Dark World…


16 May 2016


The Gun Club’s mad man
was a tortured soul
singing gripping stories…
like this cutting CRY TO ME
captivating blues sadness…

Yes indeed
base our sympathy
you were down
with a southworn heart
deep in your tent
never end
let me be your friend
you can cry to me

Yes I’ve heard
of your misfortune
our misfortunes
are nothing new
yes it’s true
I’m watchin’ you
this my wish is
to be with you
you can cry to me

So you’re man
he can’t agree now
well your man
ain’t here at all
love is strange
ain’t it strange
let’s just re-arrange
and you can cry to me
yes you can cry to me

Whoah I was thinkin’ of you
whoah I might’ve called
you were sad
makes me mad
of all the love you had
things you cry to me
you can cry to me
All right…

On their last album LUCKY JIM (1993)…