Widely Praised Nostalgic Psych Pop Album ‘HALCYON DIGEST’ By DEERHUNTER Is 10 Today

28 September 2020

Band: Deerhunter (Georgia, US)
Album: Halcyon Digest – the band’s fifth LP
Released: 28 September 2020 – 10 years ago today

NME said: “For all its occasional lack of bite and drama, ‘Halcyon Digest’’s
tender, transgressive pop proves a fine and focused addition to a uniquely
haunting body of work. Cherish it like you would a phantom limb.”

Bradford Cox (the band’s singer/songwriter) “The more you try to sound original and non-derivative, the less you allow yourself to write freely. Our songs are written as improvisations, either individually at home or as a group. The album’s title is a reference to a collection of fond memories and even invented ones, like my friendship with Ricky Wilson (note: the founder of
glorious The B-52’s who died, only 32, due to Aids-related complications) or the fact that I live in an abandoned victorian autoharp factory. The way that we write and rewrite and edit our memories to be a digest version of what we want to remember, and how that’s kind of sad.”

Full album…


(band photo: FB Deerhunter)

KURT VILE Shares The JOHN PRINE Song ‘HOW LUCKY’ He Recorded Together With The Late Country Legend

28 September 2020

The legendary American country singer/songwriter JOHN PRINE passed away on
7 April due to that horrible coronavirus. He was 73. The praise from young and old musicians around the world was enormous and several covers of his songs already
came up afterward to honor Prine‘s huge talent and great career.

KURT VILE recorded two Prine songs some time ago. Speed Of Sound Of Loneliness
and How Lucky which he recorded with the man himself.

The two tracks will be on his new 5-track EP called Speed, Sound, Lonely KV together with a cover of a Jack Clement song, as well as two originals. The EP was recorded over a span of four years at The Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville.

Vile about singing with Prine: “Probably the single most special musical moment in my life.”

The duet performance…

The original

JOHN PRINE: Biography

Up And Coming Glasgow Mavericks MEMES With Brand New Brawny Cut ‘SO WHAT’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

28 September 2020

Turn Up The Volume featured Glasgow’s cutting-post-punk duo MEMES several times before. Their full-charged electricity and manic turmoil is what you need to ventilate
your isolation demons.

On their brand new cut SO WHAT they ramble, rumble, and rattle with jagged puissance and saw-edged Sleaford Mods like vocals. More infectious than that horrible coronavirus, deeper carving than a Swiss knife, 103 seconds of high-energy swagger.

Can’t wait for their new EP, coming in November via the pretty cool Fierce Panda label.

But first SO WHAT

Also on Spotify

MEMES: Facebook

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Hallucinate On The Debut Album ‘CULT CASUAL’ By Manchester Collective HEAVY SALAD

28 September 2020

Meaning: “When something is stressful or too demanding it is heavy salad.”
Who: A trio formed in 2018 in Manchester that works in the space between
perceived reality and the abyss of your mind. Melt yourself! Bonding over a
joint interest in psychedelic horror films, they loved the idea of being in a band
like a psychedelic cult, albeit a cult with no rules.

Released: 25 September 2020

Dipped Into Gold Recordings label: “A loose concept-album-of-all-sorts ‘Cult Casual’ explores the idea of finding your own reality in the modern world. The album takes you backwards through the very experiences of existence… Charged-up on a myriad of musical influences from surf-rock and free-jazz to over driven pop and experimental rock… Adding another dimension to its textured sound the trio are joined by live backing singers… Despite its kaleidoscopic and far-reaching sound palette, the band confirm that no distortion pedals were used in the making of ‘Cult Casual’.”

Lee Mann (frontman): “It’s an exploration of the experience of modern reality. It feels like the LP exists for this exact moment in time.”

John Lennon: “The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that’s making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?”

Turn Up The Volume: “If you’re going to Manchester be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. If you’re going to Manchester you’re gonna meet some gentle people there. All across the nation such a strange Heavy Salad vibration, people in motion. They are a whole generation with a new explanation.”

Keywords: Heavy Salad’s lonely hearts club band / Inner visions and gospel hymns / Grateful death / Black Sabbath / Doo-wop and Da-doo-ron harmonies / Space Odyssey

Singles/clips: It’s OK To Bleed /




Stream/buy the full album…


The whole orchestra…

(photos: via FB -Heavy Salad)

More Epic Songs From The Wonderful SHARON VAN ETTEN – Listen To ‘ALL OVER AGAIN’

New sonic impulses

28 September 2020

The second album Epic by compelling singer/songwriter
SHARON VAN ETTEN turned 10 last week.

And 5 years ago she dropped a 5-track EP, titled I Don’t Want To Let You Down
with songs that didn’t make it onto her excellent fourth LP Are We There (2014).
The EP’s title track was released on a 7-inch single with the B-side All Over Again.

Van Etten about ‘All Over Again’: “ It’s a deeply personal song. Broken-hearted years
ago and driven to find true love, it’s hard to believe I was ever there when I look back
now from such a fulfilled space. I’m humbled to share yet another
vulnerable moment with you.”

For the first time online.
Listen to All Over Again


‘THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS’ – The Only No 1 UK Longplayer (So Far) For The MANICS This Day In 1998

27 September 2020

Welsh emotive rock legends MANIC STREET PREACHERS scored their one and only
No 1 UK album (so far) with the 1998 marvelous feat ‘THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS’, their fifth LP. It topped the Britannia charts starting 27 September 1998.
Twenty-two years ago.

With a little luck, they would have had several chart-topping longplayers as they had no less than five number two scores with Everything Must Go in 1996, Know Your Enemy
in 2001, Send Away The Tigers in 2007, Futurology in 2014, and their latest Resistance
Is Futile
in 2018. Pretty superb for a band that tackled social and all sort of unjust human issues with razor-sharp lyrics and a loud and clear sound. Not exactly birds and bees music for the masses.

James Dean Bradfield about TIMTTMY: “To be universal you’ve got to stain the consciousness of the people. You’ve got to dig out a truth that everybody knows, but they don’t want to hear, then tell it in a manner that’s so indignant, so beautiful, that they’ve got to accept it back into their lives again.”

Pitchfork about TIMTTMY : “They manage to infuse some quite dour lyrics with some of the most haunting melodies in rock this side of Radiohead. Bradfield and Moore seldom choose the obvious chords, arrangements and melodies, resulting in music that is heads- and- tails above almost any band on the planet.”

Singles/clips: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next /
You Stole the Sun from My Heart / Tsunami / The Everlasting





Full album…

MANICS: Facebook