2017 ALL STAR LIVE TEAM – Here Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 11 Most Ecstatic Gig Experiences!

I witnessed 147 artists this year, from sweaty performances in cafes to some big ones
at festivals, from many club gigs to mid-range venue shows. I need live music to fuel
my engine, to get loaded, to make my adrenalin stream faster, to keep balance on this troubled planet – and live music certainly helps me to get away from daily, disturbing worries and have some thrilling time instead. Here are TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 11 most ecstatic gig experiences of 2017!…

Where/when: Nosta, Opwijk – 13 December
Voodoo noise and the sound of breaking glass…
My review

Listen to GRUPPO’s newest album here / Social link: Facebook  

2/ IT IT ANITA (Liege, Belgium)
Where/when: Charlatan, Ghent – 17 July
Deafening, crazed, mind-blowing and non-stop exorcism…
My review

Listen to IIAA here / Social media: Facebook – Twitter

3/ PRIMAL SCREAM (Scotland/England)
Where/when: Melkweg, Amsterdam / Roma, Antwerp – 15 June / 16 June
Getting my rocks off (again) with the fabulous and imperishable SCREAM turbo…
My review

Here’s latest album CHAOSMOSIS / Social media: Website – Facebook

4/ THE FLAMING LIPS (Oklahoma, US)
Where/when: Roma, Antwerp – 4 February
Dazzling fairytale spectacle – impressive  ‘phantasy’ paradise …
My review

Listen here to The Lips  / Social media: Website – Facebook

Where/when: Paradiso, Amsterdam – 27 April
Punk disco grooves for the outsiders injected with electro punches to go bananas to …
My review

Listen to their debut LP here / THE MOONLANDINGZ: Facebook – Twitter

6/ DUDS (Manchester, UK)
Where/when: Kinky Star, Ghent – 13 November
Deranged punk funk bravado with mental trumpets…
My review

Listen here to DUDS’ debut LP / Social media: Facebook – Label: Castle Face Records

7/ U2 (Ireland)
Where/when: Koning Boudewijn Stadion, Brussels – 1 Augustus
‘Joshua Tree’ in full + a jukebox filled with solid gold classics – loud and clear…
My review

Listen to THE JOSHUA TREE here  / Social media: Website – Facebook – Twitter

8/ BOSS HOG (New York, NY, US)
Where/when: Vooruit, Ghent – 3 November
Electrifying trash blues steamroller with a nasty and witchery edge…
My review

Listen to BROOD X album here / Social media: Facebook – Twitter

9/ RICHARD ASHCROFT (Wigan, England)
Where/when: Crammerrock Festival, Stekene, Belgium – 1 September
Anthemic knockouts for heart and soul from start to finish…
My pics

Listen to RA here / RICHARD ASHCROFT: Website – Facebook

10/ LA JUNGLE (Mons, Belgium)
Where/when: Handelsbeurs, Ghent – 20 July
Perfect soundtrack to start a devilish insane moshpit in hell…
My review  
Listen to the duo’s explosive watermelons here / LA JUNGLE: Facebook

11/ SHHT (Ghent, Belgium)
Where/when: Nest, Ghent – 29 November
Spectacular and chaotic cabinet of curiosities…
My review

Listen to new single MAO here / SHHT: Facebook – Instagram

5 Best of the rest: Temples /  / The Kills / Inheaven / Millionaire / Peter Hook & The Light

(All concert pics by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

Happy 60th Christmas Birthday To Living Legend SHANE MACGOWAN


25 December 2017


Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan  was born in Turnbrigde Wells, England  on 25 December 1957. His parents were Irish who moved to England to find work. Shane is a living legend most notorious for being a sublime romantic singer-songwriter,  for being drunk every day since the age of 9,  for being the turbulent frontman of Celtic folk punk gang THE POGUES and for being a unique survivor. To celebrate here are three classics to celebrate the man’s 60 birthday…

STREAMS OF WHISKEY –  smashing cracker…

SUMMER IN SIAM – pure melancholia

FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK – eternal classic…



With legends THE POGUES…


(photo on top: Getty Images /The Pogues)

Hellish 2017 Xmas Q & A With Garage Hot Rods… DEATH VALLEY GIRLS


Here’s my interview with steamy all-female garage gang DEATH VALLLEY GIRLS wich I did for my American fellow music junkies at 50THIRDAND3RD a couple of weeks ago…


“Everybody’s gotta be in a gang…”

Calling Los Angeles’ sonic inferno DEATH VALLEY GIRLS an extraordinary force is a lame understatement. The following description details far better what this awesome unit is truly about: “an acid-tripping science experiment that’s been buried alive, and resurrected as a sexually liberated dystopian chain-gang.” Fronted by the charismatic Bonnie Bloomgarden
this 4-headed squad produces garage punk ecstasy to go bananas to. Doom punk boogie
to set fire to in underground discotheques. Flaming havoc for straitjacket psychos, thirsty bloodsuckers and horror junkies. They have otherworldly friends, living in another galaxy,
who write all their boiling crackers for them. They prefer Halloween to Christmas. They are utterly cool and they agreed to leave their cave to talk to 50thirdand3rd. Wham Big Bang!
Let’s have some firing foreplay with this steamy live footage…

I guess we’re all ready now for the Xmas interview with Death Valley Girls!
Release the bats…

The seeds of the band germinated within the walls
of a mental institution. Fake or real fact?

DVG: “Fact. Mental institution and rehab. The band formed in 2013 after we all met at therapy and through mutual friends. We played our first show 4 months later.”

So happy together in therapy…

‘Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’ named themselves after Marlon Brando’s motorcyle gang in 1953’s movie ‘The Wild One’. Any idea if a leathern ‘Death Valley Girls’ movie gang ever existed?
DVG: “No such movie gang existed but we did take some inspiration from the gang in the movie Switchblade Sisters “The Jezebels”. The name is inspired by our Southern California home, Death Valley & Valley Girls signify both the darkness and light of California. Death Valley is beautiful but nothing can survive out there. The stereotypical California Valley Girls were much cooler in real life than depicted in movies. Cherie Currie from The Runaways was a Valley girl, she got out and joined a rock n’ roll band cause nobody wants to stay and die in the valley either.”

Spiritual sisters ‘The Jezebels’

Is the band an alibi to get rid of nasty demons in public and
go bananas on stage or were you all born to be wild?

DVG: “Born to be wild but the stage is a good place to exorcise those demons!”

Why is ‘black’ such a cool rock ‘n’ roll color?
DVG: “It just is! Black is the color of night, Black leather jackets,
Black boots, Black Sabbath…”

Who’s the alien in the band pictured on last year’s
burning album ‘GLOW IN THE DARK’?

DVG: “The girl is a freedom fighter! Our interest in aliens perhaps comes from the fact that “somebody” somewhere creates all songs and art! We are merely conduits of music that already exists in the ethos. We are eager to learn more about all spirits and entities, it’s perfectly natural!”

Since the release of the new record the band toured extensively. How do
you trigger yourselves every night to generate that amount of energy?
DVG: “Tequila & Red Bull! Listening to Iggy helps too!”

Tequila & Red Bull work perfectly..

When I look at the clip for ‘Disco’, my favorite cracker on the LP, it looks
like ‘Saturday Night Fever’ on a gory dance floor. Should we be scared?

DVG: The video was filmed on Super 8 by Kansas Bowling. We had LA radio legend Rodney Bingenheimer play himself Djing at his old 70’s glam club Rodney’s English Disco. No real storyline or plot here, just like all the best low budget horror movies, just one of our bandmates killing all the people at the disco, a disco blood bath!”

Freddy Krueger or Micheal Meyers?
DVG: Micheal Meyers, cause he’s real! We’ve been to his house in Pasadena too!”

Best horror movie ever?
DVG: “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Classic killer stuff…

The worst Xmas song ever?
DVG: “Deck the halls” – the worst … but “Christmas with the devil” – the best”

Will you have a cozy family diner on Christmas Day or lying in bed
with a hangover from the night before?

DVG “We’ll be in the studio recording new music!”

Worst Xmas present you ever got?
DVG: “We can’t be mean to presents!”

Christmas season: nostalgic tradition or greedy business?
DVG: “A tradition of greedy business! We prefer Halloween!”

This looks more like DVG’s fav Santa…

Why is it that humans, in general, aren’t capable of living in harmony and with respect for each other, even after more than 2000 years?“
DVG: “Religion.”

How does it feel to be a woman in a country of a sexist President?
DVG-: “Can not wait til 2020.”

Prick of the year?
DVG: “Donald Trump.”

Hero(ine) of 2017
DVG: “Iggy.”

If you could travel in time what artist would you look for to jam with?
DVG: ‘Mo Tucker (legendary drummer of The Velvet Underground) cause
she always played the perfect beat.”

Joan Jett or Cherie Currie?
DVG= “Joan cause she never stopped playing rock n’ roll, inspiring.”

The Cramps or The Stooges?
DVG: “Tough one, but we have to go with The Stooges here and
without The Stooges we wouldn’t have The Cramps, thank you for everything Iggy!”

No Stooges, No Cramps…

Vinyl, cassette or compact disc?
DVG: “Vinyl.”

Best album of the year?
DVG: ” ‘Introduction to Escape-ism‘ by Escape-ism.”

Best track of 2017?
DVG” ‘Almost No One (Can Have My Love)’ by Escape-ism.”

The song that made you cry this past year?
DVG: Two songs: Iggy singing “Lust For Life” at Desert Daze & Roky Erickson singing
“You’re Gonna Miss Me” with all of us on stage the last night of tour with Roky.”

Hail hail, Roky…

Any new ‘Death Valley Girls’ music in the pipeline for the new year?
DVG: “Yes, new album!”

The band’s wishes for 2018?
DVG: “Tour, tour, tour… and peace on earth too!”

Tour, tour, tour…

Many thanks for this glowing jingle bells interview. May the road rise with DEATH VALLEY GIRLS. I don’t know about you, folks, but I need some DVG injection; right now, right here…

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS: Facebook – Twitter – DVG on iTunes

To all people of evil will… have a Happy Chainsaw Xmas!…

GARETH SAGER – The Pop Group’s Multi-Instrumentalist Has ’88 TUNED DREAMS’…

Weekly fuel to soundtrack your favorite 48 hours…


Dedicated followers of this blog know that this weekly feature ‘Weekend Beat‘ is about elevating party crackers to soundtrack the two most popular days of the week. For this long Xmas weekend I picked something unusual but truly fitting. Something to go with
the genuine Xmas feel, something far away from the greedy business side of this festive season, something to relax your busy mind and your pushed soul to, something to reflect to on the past year. Already inspired in his early years by virtuoso composers Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy and Erik Satie, the Scottish multi-instrumentalist GARETH SAGER, co-founder of the legendary dub funk punks The Pop Group, released his classic piano debut album, titled 88 TUNED DREAMS last October and, to my ears, it’s perfect to calm down for some time while looking back and forth, quietly and dreamily…

Dim the lights, sit down, repose and enjoy his mesmerizing piano beats…

“I entered Studio One, Abbey Road as a piano playing punk, I had the biggest studio in Europe at my disposal with one of the greatest pianos, and a few hours, time was of the essence. I felt the gods had opened the doors to me to be in that studio at that time so I could express the feelings of ghosts, time lost, emotions found. I was given the chance to totally express the inexpressible.”
Gareth Sager

88 TUNED DREAMS available on iTunes and BandcampGareth Sager on Twitter

ALL STAR TRACKS TEAM OF 2017! Party Hard With This Year’s 20 Standout Crackers!…

2017 was a damn awful year for humanity, tolerance, equality and peace, but, fortunately, we had enough smashing tracks to keep up the spirit, to keep hope alive and to keep us all going mental now & then! Here are 20 Rippers – 20 Knockouts – 20 Winners! Party Hard!

1/ ‘Black Hanz’ by THE MOONLANDINGZ (Sheffield, UK)
“They can hit us but they won’t beat us, Black Hands, Do it Again!!!“
Debut AlbumInterplanetary Class Classics

2/ ‘I’d Kill For Her’ by THE BLACK ANGELS (Austin, Texas, US)
Psych cracker about love leading to violence, pushed by a hypnotizing riff…
Album: Death Song

3/ ‘Fol De Rol’ by THE FALL  (Manchester, UK)
Vintage The Fall drone, vintage Mark E.Smith rant…
Album: New Facts Emerge

4/ ‘Drained Lake’ by METZ (Toronto, Canada)
Crushing stroke roaring viciously…
Album: Strange Peace

5/ ‘LC Over Lithuania’ by GRUPPO DI PAWLOWSKI (Hell, Belgium)
Voodoo noise rock at its psycho best…
AlbumInhuman Hands

6/ ‘Holy Mountain’ by NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS (Manchester, UK)
Noel beats Liam easily with this massive glam banger…
Album: Who Built The Moon?

7/ ‘call the police’ by LCD SOUNDSYTEM (New York, NY, US)
Made LCD Soundsytem great again…
Album: American Dream

8/ ‘Little Boy Blue’ by MILLIONAIRE  (Belgium)
Nasty, mind-bending groove going on forever and ever…
Album: Sciencing

9/ ‘Istanbul Is Sleepy’ byTHE LIMIÑANAS   feat. ANTON NEWCOMBE
Pounding knockout that will make your adrenalin stream faster…
EP: Istanbul Is Sleepy

10/ ‘Professional Dreamer’ by SLEEPTALKING
Explosive roller coaster with scary edge…
EPOh, Isn’t It Strange?

11/ ‘Life’ by SHHT (Ghent, Belgium)
Deranged eruption to go completely bananas to…

12/ ‘Beating Hard’ by LAS COBRAS (Uruguay)
Afro-beat psychedelia mixed with tropicalia krautrock…
Album: Temporal

13/ ‘Castle Spell‘ by SUNFLOWERS (Porto, Portugal)
Fuzzy blues punk rumble, injected with black magic…
New album: out 9 Feb 2018 – info on Bandcamp

14/ ‘Headless Children’ by MADONNATRON (London, UK)
Witchery priestesses messing up your mind with a horrific story…
Debut Album: Madonnatron

15/ ‘Get Messy’ by THE DARTS (United States of Cool Cats)
Perfect garage firework to say goodbye to 2017. PARTY NOW!
Debut Album: Me.Ow.

16/ ‘Serve The Rich’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)
Rage against injustice, intolerance and all sorts of inequality in our society…

17/ ‘Keeper’ by THE FRANKLYS (UK)
Hot-blooded, rowdy and obsessive. Ace cut from debut LP…

18/ Hit The Bottle by THE PEARL HARTS (UK)
A blitzkrieg hammer kicking ass from start to finish….

19/ ‘Man Cat Doll Machine’ by FERAL FIVE (London, UK)
Swirling disco fireball made to fill dance floors on New Year’s Eve…
4-Track EP: Man Cat Doll Machine

20/ ‘Too Much To Love’ by TomZack (London, UK)
Mind-twisting electro trash groove with a dark, scathing cadence and psycho vocals. Lovely!