10 Memorable Albums Turning 50 in 2018!…

When I went back in time to find out which outstanding
longplayers still sound spectacular today after 50 years I
was really surprised that some of them actually turn fifty
as you hear their influences daily in 21st century music.
Here’s my selection. Ten classics! Ten stunning survivors!…


1/ ‘ASTRAL WEEKS’
by VAN MORRISON
Rolling Stone wrote: “Van Morrison never sounded more warm and ecstatic,
more sensual and vulnerable, than on his enigmatically beautiful solo debut”

Released:  29 November 1968
Listen: here

2/ ‘BEGGARS BANQUET’ by THE ROLLING STONES
Time Magazine: “England’s most subversive
roisterers since Fagin’s gang in Oliver Twist

Released: 6 December 1968
Listen: here

3/ ‘THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY’ by THE KINKS
Rolling Stone: “Each new hearing is a combined joy of renewal and discovery”
Released: 22 November 1968
Listen: here

4/ ‘WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT’ by THE VELVET UNDERGOUND
All Music wrote: “It’s easily the least accessible of VU’s studio albums, but anyone
wanting to hear their guitar-mauling tribal frenzy straight with no chaser will love it.”

Released: 30 January 1968
Listen: here

5/ ‘GRIS-GRIS’ by DR.JOHN
Rolling Stone:A swamp-funk classic. ‘Gris-Gris’ blends
New Orleans R&B, voodoo chants and chemical inspiration.”

Released: 22 January 1968
Listen: here

6/ ‘THE BEATLES / THE WHITE ALBUM’ by THE BEATLES
All Music wrote: “None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together,
but somehow The Beatles create its own style and sound through its mess.”

Released: 22 November 1968
Listen: here

7/ ‘OGDENS’ NUT GONE FLAKE’ by THE SMALL FACES
All Music wrote: “The ballsiest-sounding piece of
full-length psychedelia to come out of England in 1968”

Released: 24 May 1968
Listen: here

8/ ‘DANCE TO THE MUSIC’ by SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE
Rolling Stone: “Overall the album is uneven, but its highs are intense,
prolonged and ecstatic. Seductive melodies and horn lines tickle your mind.”

Released: 27 April 1968
Listen: here

9/ ‘ELECTRIC LADYLAND’ by JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
All Music: “Jimi Hendrix takes his funk and psychedelic sounds to the absolute limit.”
Released: 16 October 1968
Listen: here

10/ ‘MUSIC FROM BIG PINK’ by THE BAND
Rolling Stone: “The rustic beauty of The Band’s music and the drama of their own
reflections on family and obligations made ‘Big Pink’ an instant homespun classic.”

Released: 1 July 1968
Listen: here

Canadian Noiseniks METZ Get ‘ LOST IN THE BLANK CITY’ With A Big Bang…

Smashing live performances…

Who: METZ (Toronto)
Track: LOST IN THE BLANK CITY
Where: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Studios.
When: September 2017
What: this three-headed high-voltage Ontario turbo creates a tranche of noise when playing live. Metallic exorcism it is. Robustious riffage, walloping drums/bass demonic wailing and an overall sonic experience of Dante’s Inferno. Something like this big bang…

METZ: Website – Facebook –  Twitter


From new album STRANGE PEACE – Stream here – Available via Sub Pop


Hellish hammering in Kortrijk, Belgium – 10 November 2017… (photo by TUTV)

Philadelphia’s DIY Pyschobilly Duo INSTANT SMILE Will Give You A ‘SPECTACULAR TIME’…

Sonic vibrations that thrill us in a way we want to scream out loud…

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29 November 2017

Artist: INSTANT SMILE

Home: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Who: husband-wife duo, with guitarist Greg Phoenix producing an unmistakable twang
that he honed picking on his 1963 Guild Starfire in rockabilly bands early on, he was also
in New Jersey-based psychobilly outfit ‘Speed Crazy’. Spouse Erin took up sitting behind the kit at the inception of the duo back in 2013 after being vocalist in various bands…

Track: SPECTACULAR TIME – It’s the pair’s 3rd single of the year. They took timely inspiration from Guy Debord’s 1967 book The Society Of The Spectacle (a Marxist philosophy critique), contemplating the pervasive obsession with ‘the image’, which has grown exponentially since Paris 1967 with modern social platforms and technology. From the first riff beginnings, to the mastering, to the final video edit, the entire package was created by themselves in their own house…

Score:Spectacular Time‘ is a seducing, teasing and flashy psychobilly resonance, sounding actually like sonic foreplay. Lyrically it reflects today’s grim reality perfectly, it emphasises the troubled times we live in. I guess the orgasm will not be as euphoric as we expected. Here are the images

You’re watching the great decline
You can’t even close your eyes
for a minute just in case the lies start to fly
and one might get by
The next thing you know, it’s all done
Ten seconds of fame, and there you are alone again

The spectacle now abounds
We walk with a lonely crowd
Our pictures the only thing left that’s allowed
No waking up now
The next thing is here, we’re all done
Two minutes of fame, then here we are alone again

What you’re looking for, you’ll never find
What you’re searching for, you’ll never find
What you’re waiting for, you’ll never find

Machinery’s all in place
Real life gone without a trace
of the actions that made us who we used to be
It’s all what we see
and not what we do, that’s all done
A lifetime of fame, but still we’re all alone again
And what good is fame, when only images remain


INSTANT SMILE: More smiles on Bandcamp – Facebook

THE BREEDERS Perform ‘DRIVIN ON 9’ In Bed To Raise Funds For Children Facing Cancer…

Special live performances…

Bedstock is a one-of-a-kind, life-changing online music festival, where artists play from bed for sick kids stuck in theirs. It helps raise funds and awareness for MyMusicRx , a program that delivers the healing power of music to hospitalized kids across the country. On November 28 nearly hundred artists (such as Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, Ringo Starr, Iron
and Wine, Songhoy Blues, Cheap Trick, Lemon Twigs, Deer Tick
…) sang from their beds to show solidarity with thousands of sick kids spending the holidays in hospital beds.

! You can support the cause by sharing the video’s of those
unique performances and donating here at Bedstock !

Here are THE BREEDERS who participated with one of their cool lullabies ‘DRIVIN ON 9‘…

ALL performances right here

Shoegaze Dreamers MINIATURES Scintillate With Sensitive Symphony ‘HONEY’…

Sonic vibes that thrill us in a way we want to scream out loud…

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28 November 2017

Band: MINIATURES

Who: New Zealand expatriates Ché Walden and Annemarie Duff craft cinematic and emotive soundscapes since 2012. Bassist Chris MacLean makes the trio complete.

Influences: The Sundays, Lush, Cocteau Twins, Ride, Slwodive

Track: HONEY – track from debut album ‘Jessamines

Score: This multi-layered rainbow is a shiny example of what Miniatures is all about. ‘Honey’ radiates glistening elegance, starry-eyed beauty, and invigorating sentiment. Affectionate music to get lost in, atmospheric music to soundtrack your daydreams. Press the button and float away…

MINIATURES: Facebook – Instagram – Label: Saint Marie Records


JESSAMINES – album out now – stream/purchase here on Bandcamp.

SEVEN IN THE MIX! 7 Crackers For Week 48…

A brand new SEVEN IN THE MIX for a brand new week!
Seven way-out strokes I played on repeat these past days
Seven charged tracks to feed body and soul all week long
Turn up the volume! Music is the dope! Here’s the stuff!

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1/ ‘Doppler’ by CIRCO BOIA (Grosseto, Italy)
This rowdy kick-ass Italian duo roars fiercely! ‘Doppler‘ is a mighty rockin’ trash drone with charismatic singer Erika Fassari spitting furiously like a young, badmouthed Courtney Love. A raw power ripper from brand new album ‘CIRCOBOAI’ – stream/buy here on Bandcamp.

CIRCO BOIA: Facebook – Label: Wiener Records

2/ ‘Wasted Youth’ by ANNIE TAYLOR (Zurich, Switserland)
Here’s a girl fronted garage grunge gang describing themselves as ‘a rusty dog searching
for his bone in the expanding universe’
. A hungry and energetic beast it is. This thunderous stroke will make your tail go completely gaga. No time to waste, follow your sonic nose…

ANNIE TAYLOR: Facebook – Instagram – ‘Wasted Youth’ available on Bandcamp

3/ ‘O’Caledonia by THE JUST JOANS (Motherwell, Scotland)
Scottish ‘life is a fairy tale‘ cynicism wrapped in amplified guitar pop snappiness with an irresistible chorus and choir-like siblings harmonies. It’s gonna be a swinging Xmas in hell this year, folks. From brand new album ‘You Might Be Smiling Now’ – all info on Bandcamp

THE JUST JOANS: Facebook – Twitter

4/ ‘Weak’ by BLUSHING (Austin, Texas, US)
A bewitching dream pop rainbow sonically colored with angelic vocals and sparkling guitar sequences. A gloomy, melodic pearl glowing like a shiny disco ball in the dark. Delightful track from the band’s sophomore EP – out 18 January 2018 – all info here on Bandcamp.

BLUSHING: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

5/ ‘Sons Of Rage’ by THE DECREES (Dunfermlinen Scotland)
Here’s some Celtic folk inspired pop punk catchiness fueled with festive horns. A vital scream along earworm that will charge your deflated batteries instantly. This euphoric banger is on their 4-track EP ‘Screams From Suburbia’ – available here on Google Play.

THE DECREES: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

6/ Glass Floors by VVYNN (Aalst, Belgium)
Fascinating Belgian trio generating powered pop electricity reminding me of the wonderful Throwing Muses. Passionate vocals, glimmering guitars and a vivacious, pushing rhythm engine. A winning cut from their new 4-track EP ‘LUX’ – available here on Google Play.

VVYNN: Facebook – Bandcamp – You Tube

7/ ‘Miles’ by SHORE (Swindon, UK)
Blissfull pop melancholia for heart and soul with wistful, yet luminous Interpol guitar scintillations. From the band’s 5-track EP ‘From The Start’ – check out here on Bandcamp .

SHORE: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

See/hear you, next week, music junkies…