Released: 30 October 1995 – 25 years ago Score: #1 in the UK
Pitchfork wrote: “On 1995’s Different Class, Pulp and Jarvis Cocker were arty
outsiders worming their way into the lives of ordinary folk, and they became pop
in its most democratically widespread sense.” Full review here. Score: 9/10.
Turn Up The Volume: Perfect pulp pop for common people like you and me.
Who: A two-piece performing stoner-witch-doom-grunge and hail from the fringes
of Leeds’ city centre. A combination downbeat, sludgy guitar riffs with scuzzy, opiatic
drum beats, the duo’s musical output is uncomplicated. That’s not to say it isn’t frank, assertive and incredibly direct.
Pick: FOR DAZE – new single “written by the two-piece in late 2019, the song muses
the lyricist’s sense of isolation and hopelessness that was once felt. Yet, as they persevered throughout the pains of growing up, they’ve arrived at a point where they can reflect on
what they’ve accomplished many years later.”
Score: Passion, desperation, devotion, distress and heartache. All these keywords are associated with the late great Kurt Cobain. Also the perfect keywords for this anxiety-driven outburst making your hair in the back of your neck stand up. Haunting groovy guitar riffs move with a burning pace, forth and back. Strong, emotive vocals drag you to the dark side of your soul, and the exploding full-grunge chorus messes up your mind. Smells like heart-shaped box melodrama to me.
NME says: “Mark ‘E’ Everett’s 13th album under his melancholic indie moniker is a life-
worn collection that charts the rise and fall of a relationship, exuding fragile hope… Eels’
most complete and self-contained record, arguably the epitome of their ouvre and a record
that places E – in his own gruff, xylophone-toting way –alongside the great downtrodden romantics: Cohen; Rufus Wainwright; Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields; Nick Cave. Just the
sort of bullheaded optimism we need, in fact, to see us through the cold winter ahead.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Pick your favorite bottle of wine. Dim the lights. Relax on
your couch and press play with the remote control. Let Eels entertain you with his
break-up reveries, mixed emotions meditations and melancholic nightdreams. You’ll
feel better afterward because, after all, it’s about other people’s misery. That’s what
the E crooner accomplishes over and over again.
Key singles: Who You Say You Are / Baby Let’s Make It Real
Five new firecrackers to bang-up your favorite 48 hours…
‘I Eat You’ by MIHI NIHIL (Los Angeles, CA)
From the city of angels, here’s skate punk force Mee-Kee Nee-Keel with a stonking speedball from their upcoming debut LP. Expect a roaring race against the clock with insane guitars, a hammering beat and spicy vocals. All you need to look forward to their first longplayer.
‘Wyttch’ bySMASHING PUMPKINS (USA)
This is another track from the new upcoming double LP – out 27th November – by loudmouth Billy Corgan and his team. A multi-layered, haunting, bass-driven groove.
‘TLT001’ by THE LISBON TREATY (UK)
Wow! Double wow! Need a boost to jack up your lockdown mood? Check this mighty electronic bass stunner and go berserk. A non-stop jungle drum beat that does your head in while striking synths built a wall-of-king-sized resonance. Like I said, this is exactly what you need. Turn it up, folks!
. ‘Scramble Experiment’ by OSEES (Rhode Island, US) John Dwyer, the hardest working man in noise business has no intention whatsoever to take a rest. It’s impossible to follow how many tracks and how many albums he produced just this year. This ripper is pretty weird and pretty kooky. Ding dong!
‘Fatalist‘ by WAXEATER (Louisville, US)
This crazed trash and slash punk trio welcomes you on their social media with a loud
and clear message: ‘Your Misery Is Our Pleasure‘. And they do anything to make you feel miserable like with this savage-cutting-guitar-and-sick-drum-beat attack. No mercy, no prisoners, no pussies. Guess what? After only one spin, I feel gloriously miserable. Their shit is my salvation. Yeeeaaah!
After last years Eton Alive album Nottingham’s street poet rappers SLEAFORD MODS already have another new, their sixth, longplayer finished to hit the world. SPARE RIBS
will be out in January.
In a statement frontman Jason Williamson said about the new full length’s title: “It comes from “the idea of the amount of people that died from the first wave of coronavirus. Human lives are always expendable to the elites. We’re in a constant state of being spare ribs.”
And about lead single MORK N MINDY Williamson revealed that “the sound of the central heating and the dying smells of Sunday dinner in a house on an estate in 1982. Concrete, dinted garages, nicotine. Where beauty mainly exists in small cracks on the shell of your imagination.”
The fresh knife-sharp track features Billy Nomates. Catchy as
bloody hell and just like that one of the best singles of 2020.