THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY’s Next Song Is For The GOOD, The BAD And The UGLY

21 December 2021

Band: THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY
Who: A Haarlem (The Netherlands) based rock band with
its roots firmly planted in both the regional and international
counterculture. The Dutch-American band produces a raw,
dirty groove that is heavily influenced by icons of beat-, Provo
and punk culture.

This high-voltage collective scored one of the most
outspoken, honest, and bewildering albums with
We… Are Doomed.

Turn Up The Volume wrote: “The rap and roll venom of
Rage Against The Machine
, the fuck-you-hypocrites grimness
of Black Flag, the punky saxophone of X-Ray-Spex, the sharp
poetic spit and sneer anarchy of Mark. E. Smith.”

And on that album is one of the best killer tracks of 2021.
AND THIS NEXT SONG rattles like crazy around a rip-roaring-riff
while frontman Joshua Baumgarten raps and rips and tells us who
the song is for. Have a look here at the lyrics and find out that
the song is for the good, the bad and the ugly, for all of us…

And this next song goes out to all the Transgender treehuggers out there
in the dark undefined forests of the world, where even the bears bitch and
moan about where Caitlyn Jenner should be legally allowed to take a shit.

And this next song goes out to all the immigrants everywhere, who don’t want
to go back to their homelands but just want to feel welcome and safe where
ever they land.

And this next song goes out to all the victims of depression contemplating
suicide, for I am here to tell ya that staying alive and growing old is where it’s at.

And this next song goes out to all the touchy-feely men who have been
called out and put up against the wall for exposing their balls.

And this next song goes out to all the over confident human assholes
who have had their asses handed to them by Mother Nature.

And this next song goes out to all the pro-life predators and anti-abortion
assholes who don’t believe in healthcare but do believe in capital punishment.

And this next song goes out to all the loose lipped boot licking
PC liberals living large on the Upper West Side.

And this next song goes out to all the gay and lesbian guys
and gals, may your sexual preferences one day become a non-issue.

And this next song goes out to Jesus Christ for having to put up
with what Christianity has become for the rest of his eternal life.

And this next song
And this next song
And this next song
goes out to you”

And he next video is a manifest
visualization of the next song…

Stream/Buy the album and find out
why we are doomed right here…


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THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY: Facebook

This Counterculture Band Matters – THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY Introduce New Clip For ‘THE ALGORITHM’

Watch/hear it here first…

13 May 2021

Band: THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY
Who: A Haarlem (The Netherlands) based rock band with its roots firmly planted in both
the regional and international counterculture. The Dutch-American band produces a raw,
dirty groove that is heavily influenced by icons of beat-, Provo- and punk culture.

Their new album We… Are Doomed is one of the best LPs of this (young) year.
Turn Up The Volume wrote: “The rap and roll venom of Rage Against The Machine,
the fuck-you-hypocrites grimness of Black Flag, the punky saxophone of X-Ray-Spex,
the sharp poetic spit and sneer anarchy of Mark. E. Smith.”

Single/clip: THE ALGORITHM – one of the highlights of the album
Who is he/she: “Director Marius Bruijn introduces us to a figure called ‘A.G. Rithm’, the personification of algorithms, digital systems and codes. He’s living as normal a life as possible. He tries to come across as a ‘regular’ person at all times, but despite his efforts, we notice he’s struggling. Especially interacting with truly alive beings turns out to be a problem. It shows how technology, with algorithms and even artificial intelligence, seems to become more and more human, but never really gets there.”

Turn Up The Volume: To be honest A.G. Rithm is a good friend of mine. Thanks to that smart and mysterious person I have 24/7 access to the greatest library in the world… the Internet. Right? On the other hand, I rather hug a real human, like my wife and my kids, instead of a PC, a smartphone, or a widescreen TV. Anyway, I like the substantive idea of this sticky and nasty bass-groove outcry and its spitting-spoken-word waterfall.

Overall (lots of more algorithms on the LP: stream/buy below) this band stands out because they care about the real social issues, the real Big Brother crimes that harm
our vulnerable minds, the real threat of a new, dangerous far-right-is-okay culture and
they embed all their anger in a sonic ass-kicking-doom-and-gloom-party katzenjammer.

Video story: In the clip, A.G. Rithm is performed by drummer Lars van der Weiden,
but with a sharp eye you’ll also spot several political cartoons by TRIK out of the book
We… Are Doomed
. This way the video The Algorithm captures the world of The Irrational Library: absurdist, incredibly groovy, and at times… irrational.

Watch and learn…

Buy/stream the album here…


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THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY: Facebook

The band’s brand new official CITY POET Joshua Baumgarten

(photos/info via Treetop Agency)

Going Down With A Big Rap And Roll Bang – Here’s THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY With ‘WE… ARE DOOMED’

26 January 2021

Band: THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY
Who: The Irrational Library is a Dutch-American rock band with its roots
firmly planted in both the regional and international counterculture. The
Dutch-American band produces a raw, dirty groove influenced by punk,
provo and punk icons. Their poetry is packed with social criticism.

References: The Minutemen, Gil Scott Heron, The Mekons, The Fall, Iggy Pop

Album: WE… ARE DOOMED
Released: 15 January 2021

Turn Up The Volume says: The rap and roll venom of Rage Against The Machine,
the fuck-you-hypocrites grimness of Black Flag, the punky saxophone of X-Ray-Spex,
the sharp poetic spit and sneer anarchy of Mark. E. Smith, the challenging spirit of an
open-minded-plainspoken-asskicking-anti-establishement-and-other-scumbags force
of doom and gloom. Sounds exactly like 2020/2021, like the end of the world as we
know it, but also like an album that’s going to be on my earphones for a long time.

Title track

Full stream…

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Buy… here

THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY: Bandcamp Facebook

BJÖRK Reveals Her Most Played Song Of The Past 20 Years

25 December 2022

Fairytale star BJÖRK revelaed the song she played the most
in the past 20 years. It’s called Kijom Kijom and is performed
by Indonesian artists Haba Haba Group.

“I’ve decided to play for you this song which is in my music library as the most played
song of the last 20 years. It’s by a band called Haba Haba Group, who are from Sumatra, Indonesia. This song is called ‘Kijom Kijom’.

“It’s almost like an Indonesian RnB tune before RnB was invented, from the 70s I think
this is. I really love this tune, everything about it: it’s sassy, sensual, picks up the energy
in the room. I just love it.”

BJÖRK: Instagram

SUMMER JUKEBOX PARTY – 20 Far-Out Knockouts Part 4

Weekly playlist for all party animals out there

It’s summer time.
It’s cocktail time.
It’s shake your hips time.

Move your furniture, make some room,
pick your favorite drink, and start
a wild Wurlitzer jukebox party.

20 Far-Out Knockouts
Old and New

This week’s entertainers

Prince
The Dandy Warhols
The Moonlandingz
Lucy Dacus
The Irrational Library
Millionaire
Billie Eilish
Fat White Family
Terouz
Elefant
KOKOKO!
Common Flaws
Revolution Above Disorder
Chateau Chateau
Odawin
Deadletter
GmBt Life
TMCF
Francine Honey
Love Itoya

Move to the grooves here…

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THE LINDA LINDAS Have A Cat Playing Piano On New Single Called ‘NINO’

3 December 2021

The half Asian/half Latinx family (sisters, cousins and some friends) calling
themselves THE LINDA LINDAS went viral on YouTube last May with a loud
and clear
power-pop song called Racist, Sexist Boy played live a Los Angeles
Library
(watch here).

The cool teenagers followed it
up with catchy single Oh!

And now they have a special one. It’s about frontgirl Bela‘s cat
Nino that was jealous of Bela‘s other cat Monica that already got
a Linda Lindas song last year.

The LLs: “If you listen carefully, there is a real-life, remarkably talented
cat named Lil Dude playing piano on ‘Nino’. We have the footage! Enjoy!

While waiting for that footage,
let’s miaow here along with Nino

THE LINDA LINDAS: Facebook

NICK CAVE: THE EXHIBITION

What’s up?

1 March 2022

Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition is an unprecedented look into
the creative world of musician, storyteller, and cultural icon Nick Cave. With more than
300 objects collected or created by Nick Cave through six decades of his creative and private life brought together in large-scale installations, the exhibition is an artwork in itself.

Created for The Black Diamond of The Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen, and with
Cave
as a co-curator and co-designer, the exhibition is an unorthodox fusion of
biography, autobiography, and fiction, asking what shapes our lives and makes us
who we are.

It covers the journey from Cave’s childhood in 1960s Wangaratta, Australia, through
the chaotic years with his first bands, The Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party, and his relocation to Berlin and then London. Central is the ever-evolving collaboration in Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, from the band’s inception in Cave’s most obsessive period in Berlin, up to their latest release Ghosteen (2019), widely acknowledged as their best work ever. The exhibition reveals how Nick Cave’s life, music, archives and fictions continue to intertwine, inform and inspire each other.

Here’s the trailer for the exhibition….

The exhibition opens Friday, April 8 at the Galerie de la Maison Du Festival Montreal.

These Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 20 Knockout Tracks Of 2021 (So Far)

This year’s best tracks (so far)…

Yes, we have already reached the middle of 2021. The world, finally, looks brighter
than last year. Mad summer parties are just around the corner. And here’s the perfect soundtrack… Turn Up The Volume’s 20 best knockout tracks of 2021, so far!

All together on Spotify…

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Track by Track

1. ‘Finger Pies’ by ANIKA (Berlin)
Electro earworm that moves and grooves from the get-go driven by a rolling
bass riff. Strangely catchy, mysteriously designed with a hypnotic effect. Top!

Catch the vibe…

2. ‘Nike Soldier’ by ALAN VEGA (US)
Alan Vega is dead! Long live Alan Vega! This spine-chilling
slo-mo groove comes from his lost album Mutator.

Check in…

3. ‘Night Is Mine’ULTRA SUNN (Brussels, Belgium)
Combine D.A.F.‘s industrial vibes, Sisters Of Mercy‘s gloom and doom hallucinations, and Depeche Mode‘s pop-noir thrills and you know it’s time for a dazzling night. It’s the title track from their standout debut EP.

Put on your leather jacket and dance…

4. ‘One + One’ by DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 (Canada)
With Is 4 Lovers the Canadian champions of drone noise rock made one of their best
full-lengths (so far). And the lead-single ‘One + One’ is a bulldozing, yet catching power blast that comes right at you.

Get slammed…

5. ‘Ten Points On The Damage Meter’ by HOW TO LOOT BRAZIL (Germany)
No rest for all who are addicted to dance their asses off. This is a hip-shaking belter, 145 seconds of steamed-up pop-punk euphoria. Imagine German dark disco legends D.A.F. on speed, fronted by Brit-girls Shampoo who are in trouble again.

Here comes the shot of adrenalin…

6. ‘Coma-Inducing Gibberish‘ by PIZZA CRUNCH (Scotland)
Scottish hit the bullseye with this sturdy stunner. A fab-tastic masterstroke to shut up all narcissists. Beware of getting too excited. It can lead to a rock ‘n’ roll coma. Whatever! Go for it!

Right here, right now…


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7. ‘Stay’ by ONISM E (New York)
A soul-stirring and highly affecting vocal highlight – from one of the best albums of 2021 – by this rad emo-striking NY-based outfit. Stream/buy ‘Survivors’ LP here.

And stay for this pearl…

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8. ‘Fall Of The Big Screen’ by DEADLETTER (South London)
Imagine George Orwell fronting The Fall back in Nineteen Eighty-Four scaring the
world with a grim, futuristic vision of humankind about to collapse in 2021 due to
a deadly virus. Scary!

Turn up the heat here…

9. ‘Wake Up’ by LOBSTERBOMB (Berlin, Germany)
A screaming triumph. This up-and-coming Berlin trio combines Bikini Kill‘s rough
outcries, L7‘s detonating gusto, and B-52‘s peppery liveliness. Touchdown!

Wake up here…

10. ‘Heroin’ by PERMO (Scotland)
A sizzling slice of trash and slash punk. Expect 135 striking seconds of heavy thunder
and creepy lighting. Totally insane drums and bass, deranged guitar frenzy, and cranked-up, psych-o-tic howling. Fucktastic intensity!

Hell yeeeaaahhhh…


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11. ‘We… Are Doomed’ by THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY (Dutch-American)
A challenging rap and roll rant by an open-minded-plainspoken-ass-kicking-anti-establishement-and-other-scumbags force of doom and gloom. The title track from
this caring collective’s excellent new album.

Apocalypse now…

12. ‘Boilermaker’ by ROYAL BLOOD (UK)
The blues-rock tandem is back with this motherfucker of
a slam dunk from their brand new album Typhoons.

Wham bloody wham bam…

13. ‘The Men Who Rule The World’ by GARBAGE (US/Scotland)
A surprisingly funky disco banger that triggers your head’s up-and-down movement the very moment the money drops into the corrupt politicians’ pockets. I still love you, Shirley!

Let’s roll…

14. ‘This Is Not’ by CROWS ON WIRES (Germany)
Sultry synths, punchy percussion, glimmering guitar lines, and vibratory vocals.
Sounds like Sisters of Mercy are back, produced by Bauhaus who listened to Soft
Cell
on repeat. A stunner, indeed!

Get magnetized here…

15. ‘Vendetta’ICEAGE (Denmark)
An intoxicating jam with a threatening pace. A glam
power punch from their best-ever album Seek Shelter.

Press play and get moved…

16. ‘Not To’ by WOLFVANWYMEERSCH (Belgium)
Melancholia at its starry-eyed, synth-pop best. Here’s a romantic at heart, going
solo, who’s sanely obsessed with creating music, playing music, and enjoying music,
if possible, all at the same time. Damon Albarn‘s moody side comes to mind.

Dim the lights and enjoy…

17. ‘Unspoken’ by ANNIE TAYLOR (Switzerland)
A troubled love reverie with a sorrowful touch. Heartbreaking romanticism at its balladesque best, notable for its vocal splendour and silver-toned resonance.

Enjoy the sweet little pearl…


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18. ‘Carry Me On’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)
This new musing feels like a nightly gloaming. Acoustic soul-searching and intimate tenderness. The darksome sorrowfulness of several past and present crooners come
to mind when hearing this gloomy song.

Dream away…

19. ‘Man Alone (Can’t Stop The Fadin’)’ by TINDERSTICKS (Nottingham, UK)
Surprising stonker! An 11-minute psychedelic and epic journey. Trippy and spacey.
From their new, 13th album, Distractions.

Follow the flow…


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. ‘Amsterdam’ by MOONLIGHT PARADE (UK)
Magical and red-colored ballad, combining the melodic melancholia of Teenage Fanclub and The Coral. A sweet little gem about a wonderful city I’m in love with for a long time now. Press play and let your thoughts drift away on a cloud.

Listen to the beauty here…

See/hear you next time, music junkies…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – Turn Up The Volume’s 7 Best Albums First Trimester 2021

The 7 best albums Turn Up The Volume had on repeat the first 3 months of 2021.

‘FULL SPECTRUM’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA (Singapore/Italy)

Released: 26th February – debut LP

TUTV said: Manimal and Samara are a poetallica sensation. A new laser light at the end of
a mythical tunnel where anything can happen. Imagine Sylvia Plath fronting a theatrical and mind-challenging psychedelic noise band. Their debut album is a multi-faceted opus in sound and vision. Compelling poetry exploring life, death, birth, past, present, and future embedded
in a titanic thunder and lighting symphony going from perplexing metal to chill-out ambient. The final result is at times jaw-dropping, at times weirdly confusing, at times dumbfounding
but always flabbergasting and fascinating. When surreality becomes reality you know something is about to happen.

Key single: Psychopath’s Monologue…


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Stream album here…

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‘SURVIVORS’ by ONISM E (San Antonio / NYC)

Released: 19th February

TUTV wrote: Gusto, high-spiritedness and anxiety are the keywords here.
This warm-blooded record is a heart-rending reflection of the group’s state of
2021 mind. A galvanizing collection of cohesive poignant emo songs influenced by
the disturbing way our troubled world is handling human issues, once-in-a-lifetime
dramas, and the personal turmoil of frontwoman Chavez. Her soul-stirring and
powerful (Aretha Franklin / young Tina Turner) voice, weeping guitars, and the
electrical intensity are at times overwhelming and heartbreaking. Impressive!

Key track: Stay


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Stream/buy album here…


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‘PUTAIN ROYALE‘ by PINK ROOM (Belgium)

Released: 12 March 2021 – second LP

TUTV wrote: “The essential message of this new powerhouse album is loud and clear:
noise-challenging turbo Pink Room is here to stay! Their tsunami energy is beyond any
decibel regulation. Again, loudmouth Bart Cocquyt leads the rip-roaring troops. As I said
before his vocal range is out-of-this-world. He easily could front a death metal band (Stay Black/Stay White) or a Nirvana reunion (Losing/Skin) or kick Ozzy Osbourne‘s ass (Hail Satan). Expect ear-shattering jackhammers, over-the-top frenzy, and an overall sonic lockdown paranoia.”

Key single: Losing

Stream album here…

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‘IS 4 LOVERS’ by DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 (Canada)

Released: 26 March 2021 – 4th LP

TUTV wrote: “The masters of drone rock are back, and they’re getting better over the years. Gigantic fuzz and buzz jackhammers but also some softer – yes, since they became fathers they let their heart & soul speak/play more – stuff. This stunning work will end up on many end-of-the-year lists.”

Key single: One + One

Stream album here…

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‘i became birds’ by home is where (florida, us)

Released: 5 March 2021

tutv wrote: “i’m damn sure this incredible punch-powered-punk-passion turbo was here before, about 40 years ago, inspiring bored kids like black flag , shellac, melvins, jello biafra, and other anarchist snotnoses, to leave home, steal guitars and drums in order to have some wild fun while scaring bad people with their deafening racket that’ll teach those old-fashioned adults watching fox.news all day long. so here they are back again, inspiring young social media junkies to steal guitars and drums instead of watching their phones all day long. home is where it all starts when you have no money to rent a smelly rehearsal room to rock your heads off. so you move into your own smelly basement and scream your poor lungs to pieces. listen up all you lost teenagers out there, play i became birds over and over again ’cause these hungry florida misfits can and will save your lives.”

Key track: sewn together from the membrane of the great sea cucumber


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Stream/buy here…


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‘CARNAGE’ by NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS (Australia)

Released: 25 February

TUTV wrote: “A mix of the romantic crooner and the haunting crooner. Growing with every spin. Compelling orchestrations, classical arrangements, with Ellis showing his musical skills once more. Can’t remember when Cave made an average album. Did he, actually? Okay, Carnage once again on my headphones.”

Key track: White Elephant

Stream album here…

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‘WE… ARE DOOMED’ by THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY (The Netherlands)

Released: 15 January

TUTV wrote: “The rap and roll venom of Rage Against The Machine, the fuck-you-hypocrites grimness of Black Flag, the punky saxophone of X-Ray-Spex, the sharp poetic spit and sneer anarchy of Mark. E. Smith, the challenging spirit of an open-minded-plainspoken-asskicking-anti-establishement-and-other-scumbags force of doom and gloom. Sounds exactly like 2020/2021, like the end of the world as we know it, but also like an album that’s going
to be on my earphones for a long time.”

Title track: We… Are Doomed

Stream album here…

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Steamy Pop Punk Roller – THE LINDA LINDA’S Go ‘OH!’

22 July 2021

Band: THE LINDA LINDAS
Who: Half Asian / Half Latinx. Sisters, cousins and
friends who play music together because it’s fun!

New single: OH!

Last May these outspoken punky teenagers went viral on YT
with a live performance in a Library when playing their brilliant
Riot grrrl rant Racist, Sexist Boy.

The zealous lasses follow that glorious moment now with a new
single, titled OH!. A steamy pop-punk roller that storms ahead from
the flashy get-go and rushes to its hurrah finale. Bingo! Pretty cool,
pretty pithy, pretty fun! Another hit score for the Linda’s.

Oh, oh, oh,
here we go…

THE LINDA LINDAS: Facebook