‘Cold Comfort’ by CROWS – Best EP Of 2016 On My Earphones…

Music that strikes us in an overwhelming way so that we want to hear it…

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‘Cold Comfort’ by CROWS

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With smashing, second EP COLD COMFORT, released last November, London’s raging four-piece CROWS not only confirmed the crushing impact of their massive noise-rock bravado of their 5-track debut Unwelcome Light but made a giant step to bigger crowds who like it gloriously loud and sharply outspoken with a dark edge focused on messing up people’s minds. The four new sledgehammers certainly twisted mine in the last weeks of 2016…

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Madman in the middle & songwriter JAMES FOX revealed all about the new 4-track monster in an interview with Gigwise recentlyLyrically, it ranges from dark things I read and researched, like religious homophobia, bizarre psychological warfare operations during the Vietnam war and the closure of mental institutions in the UK during the ’70’s. Musically its a correlation of all our different musical tastes combined with our frustration of working life. Getting in a room together and playing as loud and as angrily as we can gets us through the mundane shift work we have to endure to do what we love. We wanted to still retain some of the viciousness of our live sound though, and we think we achieved that, Steve broke a microphone with the volume coming out his guitar amp during one take…”

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And if that wasn’t enough to entertain my hungry ears I also experienced their scorching and impressive fury live for the first time, in my hometown Ghent.
You can check my reflections here.

P1130050.JPG CROWS: Facebook – Twitter – ‘Cold Comfort’ on iTunes 

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(concert pics by TurnUpTheVolume!)

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN! The 7 Knockout Albums That Energized My Ears And Mind In 2016…

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1/ ‘Peace & Truce Of Future Of The Left’ by FUTURE OF THE LEFT (Wales/UK)
The slashing combination of frontman Andrew Falkous’ sarcastic, verbal virtuosity & explosive vocals with the band’s smashing hacksaw drones make me feel MENTAL!…
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THE PEACE & TRUCE on Spotify 
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FUTURE OF THE LEFT: Website – Facebook

2/ ‘Femejism’ by DEAP VALLY (Los Angeles, CA, US)
This merciless hittin’ female duo’s second album is a badass killer opus filled with tons of dynamite blues rock. Troy‘s borderline vox & Edwards’ fierce drumming are lethal weapons!
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FEMEJISM on Spotify
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DEAP VALLY: Website –  Facebook – Twitter

3/ ‘The Dancer’ by COCAINE PISS (Liege, Belgium)
Deafening exorcism with 90 seconds hardcore sledgehammers attacking all your senses non-stop. This 4-piece explores the sharp edge of insanity with mind-boggling outbursts…
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THE DANCER on Bandcamp
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COCAINE PISS: Facebook – You Tube

4/ ‘Chaosmosis’ by PRIMAL SCREAM (Scotland)
Best amplified pop album of the year to soundtrack your 24-hour Saturday Night Fever…
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CHAOSMOSIS on Spotify
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PRIMAL SCREAM: Website – Facebook

5/ ‘Songs For Our Mothers’ by FAT WHITE FAMILY (London, UK)
Maddest, most controversial and anarchistic gang in years producing mind-blowing electronic guitar grooves. From ecstasy injected euphoria to lazy lo-fi Valium chants…
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SONGS FOR OUR MOTHERS on Spotify
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FAT WHITE FAMILY: Facebook – Twitter

6/’Honeymoon on Mars’ by THE POP GROUP (Bristol,UK)
The legendary post-punk prostitutes still funk acutely against the grain with abrasive flare and adrenaline injected dance eccentricity for all the surviving citizen zombies out there…
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HONEYMOON ON MARS on Bandcamp
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THE POP GROUP: Website – Facebook – Twitter

7/ ‘Tracks Of Wire’ by DEUX FURIEUSES (London, UK)
Loud and proud debut album by two outspoken and deeply caring female rebels.
An unambiguous, honest and challenging powerhouse LP about social injustices…
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TRACKS OF WIRE on Bandcamp
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DEUX FURIEUSES: Website – Facebook – Twitter

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ACTING STRANGE – Saving Themselves with Invigorating Glam Kick…

Music that shakes us in a way we want to scream out loud…

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Glaswegian band ACTING STRANGE just released brand new single SAVE ME from their forthcoming debut album to be launched next March. Legend goes the trio records their glam & glitter injected jams on a good old, reliable 8-track, as the Strange boys opted to embrace its limitations by going for a ‘straight the point‘ organic sound. Here’s the result…


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ACTING STRANGE: Facebook – In Black Records

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To Hell With Blue Mondays – Here Are… KINGS OF LEON

Weekly firework to splinter Blue Mondays into a thousand pieces…

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In 2003, long before they became today’s clean shaved boys-band, KINGS OF LEON
kicked ass with their irresistible stream of swirling Southern Americana Rock killers on
debut album Youth & Young Manhood. Here’s MOLLY’S CHAMBERS, one of their rollin’ slam dunks on that smoking LP, that will make you forget that you ate and drunk too much yesterday and that this year’s Second Day of Christmas is a bloody Monday…

KINGS OF LEON: Website – Facebook

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THE POP GROUP – Intriguing New Video For Cruel Brittania Single ‘LITTLE TOWN’…

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LITTLE TOWN is the 2nd single from cutting new Honeymoon On Mars album by the former late 70s/early 80s frantic Bristol funksters THE POP GROUP. Only one of the few bands that really has, after reuniting many years after they first formed, something challenging, highly inspiring and compellingly perspicacious to say in caustic words
and in absorbing sound. Douglas Hart directed the clip and visualized optimally the
song’s content: “The video attempts to capture the feel of towns beyond the big metropolises. Towns that suffer most from the brutal post capital culture we live in now.” The band’s riveting frontman and biting voice Mark Stewart added: “Doug has documented Cruel Britannia, the hidden truly frightening little Britain. Perhaps the real battle for Britain has truly begun.” Seems like we’ll have a post-Brexit walk here…

THE POP GROUP: Website – Facebook

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5 Soul-Touching Pearls For… 25 December 2016

Mesmeric nostalgia you want to hear a over and over again…  

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For me the Xmas period is about melancholic reveries, soul-touching reflections and doubtful thoughts about the future certainly in this tremendously disappointing year
for humanity around this messed up planet. Here are 5 gripping symphonies I have
on repeat as a part of a 3-hour handkerchief at hand mix on 25th December 2016…

1/ ‘A Design For Live’  by MANIC STREET PREACHERS

2/ ‘Goodbye Kiss’ by KASABIAN

3/ ‘Sometimes I Feel So Lonely’ by PRIMAL SCREAM

4/ ‘Despair’ by YEAH YEAH YEAHS

5/ ‘ Satellite Of Love’ by LOU REED

Have A Smashing Xmas Day With… THE DOLLYROTS

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25 December 2016

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L.A.’s hot bubblegum punk duo THE DOLLYROTS have made their own dynamite version of one of their all time favorite Christmas songs. They turned golden oldie ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU into a steamy jump up & down and shout along cracker. Open your windows and doors, press start and wake up your neighborhood. About time to
start the party. Good old Santa is on his way…
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THE DOLLYROTS: Website – Facebook

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I told you, he’s coming…

RICK PARFITT – You Rocked Like The Best – R.I.P.

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12 October 1948 – 24 December 2016 

Message from Quo’s manager Simon Porter:

“On behalf of family, band, management, crew, Rick’s many friends and, not least, Quo’s huge army of fans, I would like to thank everyone who has sent messages of sympathy and support today.

It is very much appreciated and perhaps now is the time to reflect at the end of a terrible day, coming at a time when we should all be celebrating both Christmas and the end of another year.

On a personal note, I have known Rick for over thirty years as a friend, PR and, for the past fifteen years, as Quo’s manager. There have been incredible highs, numerous laughs and some extremely dark periods. It has been an absolute rollercoaster and I probably wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I really think that we all thought that Rick was invincible, given his numerous and astounding recoveries from situations which would certainly have killed the average human being. Indeed, early this morning when I initially heard the news that he had taken a serious turn, my mind instantly thought that he would come around by Boxing Day.

Sadly, as we now know, his luck had run out and his line that ‘it will take more than death to kill me’ has taken a hollow ring. Quo fans should know and take comfort in the fact that his passing has, ironically, come at a time when Rick was in a happier place career wise than he had been for a long, long, time.

I had dinner with Rick in Malaga on Tuesday evening and met with him again on Wednesday morning. Although he was in pain from a shoulder injury incurred as a result of an accidental fall, he was in good spirits and extremely excited about the future. Rick had come to terms that he would be unable to tour with Quo again, but he continued to be very much part of the Quo machine and we discussed future plans for the band. More importantly, however, Rick was ecstatic and excited with the news and contracts that I was able to give him for his autobiography, a solo album and a UK ‘evening with’ tour, all scheduled to take place in May of next year.

Sadly and less than three days later, all of our exciting plans have now gone bust in an instant.

Rick was the ultimate Rocker and lived the dream, plus a whole lot more. In perhaps the worst ever year for showbiz deaths, it is perhaps fitting that he topped the list right at the end of the year. He would have liked that…

My first ever concert when I was a 17-year old kid was STATUS QUO

STATUS QUO: Website – Facebook

Let’s Drink To Legend SHANE MACGOWAN’s 59th Birthday And The Best Christmas Anthem Ever…

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24/25 December 2016

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FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK is without a shadow of a doubt the best Christmas song ever.
It is, isn’t it? THE POGUES‘ banjo player Jem Finer came up with the gorgeous melody and the original concept for the anthem in 1985 – two years before its release – while infamous frontman, full-time drunk and extremely gifted songwriter SHANE MACGOWAN wrote the song’s magical story, containing some of the best (egoistic) love lines ever when the late, wonderful late Kirsty MacColl sings “You took my dreams from me / When I first found you” and Shane answers with “I kept them with me babe /  I put them with my own / Can’t make it all alone / I’ve built my dreams around you…

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MacGowan himself was born on Christmas Day 1957 in Kent, England! Happy 59 to one of the most colorful, talented & troubled (broke his pelvis last year) musician in history! Let’s toast and listen once again to this timeless, melancholic diamond…

Shane on writing the lyrics in 1985: “I sat down, opened the sherry, got the peanuts out
and pretended it was Christmas. It’s quite sloppy, more like ‘A Pair of Brown Eyes’ than ‘Sally MacLennane’, but there’s also a céilidh bit in the middle which you can definitely dance to.
Like a country and Irish ballad, but one you can do a brisk waltz to, especially when you’ve got about enough drinks. But the song itself is quite depressing in the end, it’s about these old Irish-American Broadway stars who are sitting round at Christmas talking about whether things are going okay.”

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With thanks to British music magazine NME check
25 facts about Fairytale in New York right… here 

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Music For Your Favorite Nightmare – Here’s… NIGHT NAIL

Music that shakes us in a way we want to scream out loud…

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3/ ‘Night Shift’ by NIGHT NAIL (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Dark, melodic synth waves to soundtrack your favourite goth nightmares before
the daylight fills your room again and ruins your gloomy colored experience. Trippy vibe…

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NIGHT NAIL: More shadows on Bandcamp – Facebook – Twitter

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Not really looking forward to see Santa…                                             (photo: Gina Canavan)