THE MUTINEERS – Portland’s Roots Rockers Triumph With Brand New ‘THRESHOLD’ EP…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

24 September 2018

Portland’s husband/wife duo THE MUTINEERS just released their brand new 5-track EP, entitled ‘THRESHOLD‘. It’s their fifth official release, but their 2nd since becoming a two-piece in 2016 and it’s a complete musical triumph. A truly amazing Americana and blues-rock influenced achievement. From swaggering rocker Hard Sell and red-hot bonus track Drug For That, to heavy-hearted reveries Couldn’t Get Over You – with the pair sounding like a modern-day Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood – the intense Afterthought with its glorious Neil Young-like guitar sequences and the stripped to the bone passion of acoustic Hourglass. Nothing but captivating crackers. Some to go nuts to, some to cry your eyes out to. Songs that ‘feature characters who are flawed, stubborn and struggling with their demons.’ Songs that sound for real with a natural, from the heart and soul, feel. And last but not least songs that come totally alive thanks to the impressive voices of both guitarist Brian Mathusek and spouse/drummer Merry Young. Overall a terrific score. Capture all the stirring splendor right here…

THE MUTINEERS: Website – Facebook – Twitter

THRESHOLD available via Bandcamp (with bonus track) and iTunes


Remarkable albums from the past…

‘The Crossing’ by BIG COUNTRY
Released: 15 July 1983 – The Scottish band debut LP

ROLLING STONE wrote: “Here’s a big-noise guitar band from Britain that blows the knobs
off all the synth-pop diddlers and fake-funk frauds who are cluttering up the charts these days. Big Country mops up the fops with an air-raid guitar sound that’s unlike anything else around, anywhere … Like the Irish band U2 (with whom they share young, guitar-wise producer Steve Lillywhite), Big Country has no use for synthesizers, and their extraordinary twin-guitar sound should make The Crossing a must-own item for rock die-hards…”

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: It wasn’t only about their pretty cool guitar sound. This band wrote some massive songs on their debut longplayer. From flaming rock anthems
(In A Big Country / Harvest Home / Fields Of Fire / Angle Park / Heart And Soul) to colorful pop symphonies (Chance / Angle Park / Close Action)

ALBUM in full…

BIG COUNTRY: Biography – Facebook – Albums

R.I.P. Stuart Adamson / (photo: Facebook Big Country)

Here’s The Legendary CAPTAIN BEEFHEART’s Reincarnation TZITZIFRIKI Going Paranoid On New Single ‘HIGH TEMPO LAUGH’…

24 September 2018


Who: A one-man music act created and performed by Sotiris Z. He was born in Ohio, US in 1995, moved to Greece when he was 7. After playing and recording with several bands he just released his solo debut album ‘Sun Sneeze‘.

Track: HIGH TEMPO LAUGH – first single from the album – a song about “an awkward feeling that peoples’ expressions and actions just don’t seem to make sense, and a general paranoia I have about passive-aggressive behaviour.”

Score: I’m quite sure this far-out musician is the sonic reincarnation of Captain Beefheart, the legendary, experimental blues rocker with his hellish vox. If you sound that freakish, that paranoid, and that kooky while trashing your creepy out of tune guitar like a madman on a maniacal mission and when you add a satanic sax to make sure that people will get scared when listening to you, than you’re definitely a spiritual descendant of The Captain. Have yourself a nervous breakdown right here…


Debut album SUN SNEEZE out via TBMR Records  – all info & order facilities right here

JOHNNY MARR Shares Pounding Glam Rocker ‘JEOPARDY’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

23 September 2018

JOHNNY MARR launched his third, stupendous solo album Call The Comet 
last June. He just started a North American tour and simultaneously shared
new shaking track JEOPARDY. Formerly available only as the vinyl B-side to
the album’s lead single Hi Hallo and it actually sounds more like a truly bona
fide A-side. Here’s the thumping crackerjack…


Singer/Songwriter RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Released Magnificent Album ‘WANT ONE’ 15 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

23 September 2018


Album: WANT ONE – third longplayer

Released: 23 September 2003 – 15 years ago

PITCHFORK review: “A Renaissance man in modern application, Wainwright’s grand
scope here covers a great deal of space and unwittingly mines the ground dug out by
many a contemporary artist. With multitracked vocals and lush, complex arrangements
(both, Wainwright staples), the ghost of Brian Wilson seems a ubiquitous presence…”

Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Fascinating vox. Fascinating songwriting.
Fascinating orchestrations. Overall a magnificent score!

ALBUM in full…

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT: Facebook – Website – Discography

Grand vox, multifaceted songwriter

(photo: FB Rufus Wainwright)

New JOY DIVISION By Notorious Rock Journalist JON SAVAGE Coming Next Year…

23 September 2018

A new JOY DIVISION book, entitled ‘This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division – The Oral History’ will be out on 7th March 2019 in the UK and a month later in the US. It’s written by former notorious rock journalist for NME, writer and broadcaster Jon Savage. He collected over three decades-worth of interviews with ex-band members and people who were very close to the legendary Great Manchester post-punks who turned into New Order sometime after charismatic and troubled frontman Ian Curtis committed suicide on 18 May 1980.

JOY DIVISION: Facebook – Fan Website

From Finland Here’s Sparkling Duo OH FOR With Dreamlike Pearl ‘WILLOW BARK’…

Relaxing musings for the laziest day of the week…

23 September

Finland’s impassioned duo OH FOR will release their debut EP, entitled curiously ‘It’s The Darkest Day Of The Year And I’m Stuck Here With You’. Ahead of its release here’s the first track. WILLOW BARK is a marvelous sonic rumination. Subtly arranged with a magical bass resonance, sensitive vocals, and an overall atmospheric feel. The song’s attractive strength is getting stronger with every spin. Capture the splendour right here…

OH FOR: Facebook – Instagram

BLONDIE Released Pop Masterstroke ‘PARALLEL LINES’ 40 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

22 September 2018


Album: PARALLEL LINES – third LP

Released: 23 September 1978 – 40 years ago

BBC MUSIC review: “The most perfect example of Blondie’s grafting of sixties power pop
with new wave, Parallel Lines was one of the biggest hits of 1978/9. Supremely assured, the group was unafraid to go disco, go art, or just play fine, fine pop. After years in the business, Debbie Harry was street-wise, confident, completely in control. Thousands of teenagers were enraptured – boys wanted to be with her, girls wanted to be her. With her musical partner Chris Stein, they created intelligent pop that referenced all of their 60s favourites, while embracing the CBGBs punk scene in New York that the group had grown out of.”
Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: With ‘Parallel Lines‘ Blondie had the guts and the incredible talent to reinvent pop music in a most thrilling way and say goodbye to punk which became a fashion brand by then. Respect! Sing along, folks, loud!

THREE TOP TRACKS (hard choice): Sunday Girl / Picture This / Heart Of Glass




ALBUM in full…

BLONDIE Website – Facebook – Twitter – All Albums

Picture them

(Photo: AP Press Blondie)