GARBAGE Release 20th Anniversary Issue Of Their Third Album ‘BEAUTIFUL GARBAGE’ On October 1

18 August 2021

Band: GARBAGE
Active: 1993–2005, 2007, 2010–present
Albums: 7 studio LPs so far, including the
excellent new one No Gods No Masters

20 years ago – 1 October 2001 – ardent rockers Garbage, led by the charismatic
lady Shirley Manson, released their third triumphant LP BEAUTIFUL GARBAGE.

AllMusic wrote back then: “It’s unlikely to storm the charts like their first two records, especially since there aren’t standout singles like on the earlier albums, but overall the
record works better, perhaps their best album.”

Sorry, AllMusic, it was actually a huge commercial success. The LP topped the
UK’s independent charts, the US Dance/Electronic charts, and the Australian
charts. Rolling Stone Mag named it one of its top 10 albums of the year.

The splendid video for 2nd single ‘Cherry Lips’

On 1 October a 20th Anniversary Reissue is coming our way,
featuring B-sides, demos, and remixes. Order info here.

Shirley Manson: “We wanted to celebrate the release of our third album in the same manner as we have celebrated the 20th anniversaries of our previous two records, as we cherish this third child of ours just as much as its predecessors. Over time it has garnered more and more respect from our fans, with many of the songs remaining in rotation in our live sets to this day. We’ve always felt incredibly proud of this record and felt it was in many ways very much ahead of its time. Twenty years down the line, we are all exceedingly grateful to have such well-crafted songs in our discography and are very proud that against all the odds we are still standing and can give our beloved album the tribute it so very much deserves.”

First taster is a previously unreleased alternate
rough mix of the album’s lead single Androgyny

Full original album…

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Order info here.

Coming Soon… WHITE STRIPES Release 20th Anniversary Edition Of ‘WHITE BLOOD CELLS’

6 April 2021

Band: THE WHITE STRIPES
Meg & Jack from Detroit
Active: 1997–2011 – 6 albums

Album: WHITE BLOOD CELLS XX
Out: 4 June 2021 via Jack White’s
label Third Man Records.

Info: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Stripes’ 3rd LP
White Blood Cells, released on 3 July 2001, the aforementioned
special edition ‘Vault Package #48‘ comes in June.

Content: Two LPS – one white, one red – with 13 previously unreleased
tracks and an unreleased live set from 2001. Also a DVD with behind the
scenes
footage of the album’s recording process and a 12 X 12 booklet
with flyers and photos. More info and pre-order facilities here.

Here’s an alternate take of one of the longplayer’s highlights Fell In Love With A Girl

Full original LP…

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Original artwork…

KINGS OF LEON – Released Their Thunderous Debut Album ‘YOUTH & YOUNG MANHOOD’ 15 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

7 July 2018

Band: KINGS OF LEON

Album: YOUTH & YOUNG MANHOOD – debut LP

Released: 7 July 2003 – 15 years ago

NME said: “There aren’t many guitar bands with such a clear cut line etched down the middle of their career as Kings Of Leon. Their first phase was all grotty garage and country shakedowns and the second – post 2004’s ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’ – a raft of ambitious widdles, grandiose riffage and some seriously intense vibes. Some fans are loyal to the former and others to the latter, but whichever side of the fence you fall on, it’s hard to deny the sheer brilliance of their very first effort.” – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Red-hot rawk ‘n’ roll thunder from the bad-ass start to the shaking finish. An avalanche of nasty riffs, swirling hooks and filthy licks. Brawny shit!

THREE TOP TRACKS: Molly’s Chambers / Spiral Staircase / California Waiting /

* MOLLY’S CHAMBERS

* SPIRAL STAIRCASE

* CALIFORNIA WAITING

Album in full…

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BJÖRK Released Her First Supreme Solo Album ‘DEBUT’ 25 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

3 July 2018

Artist: BJÖRK

Album: DEBUT – her first solo album

Released: 5 July 1993 – 25 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Freed from the Sugarcubes’ confines, Björk takes her voice and creativity to new heights on Debut, her first work after the group’s breakup. With producer Nellee Hooper’s help, she moves in an elegantly playful, dance-inspired direction, crafting highly individual, emotional electronic pop songs. Possibly her prettiest work, Björk’s horizons expanded on her other releases, but the album still sounds fresh, which is even more impressive considering electronic music’s whiplash-speed innovations. Debut not only announced Björk’s remarkable talent; it suggested she had even more to offer.”
Score: 5/5 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: One of the most inventive, creative and entertaining artists in pop history, blessed with an other-worldly vox and outstanding songwriting qualities. This first-class debut started a spectacular career in sound and vision.

TOP TRACKS: Human Behaviour / Venus As A Boy / Big Time Sensuality

* HUMAN BEHAVIOUR

* VENUS AS A BOY

* BIG TIME SENSUALITY

DEBUT in full…

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BJÖRK: Website – Facebook – Discography

EVAN DANDO Released His Emotive Solo Beauty ‘BABY I’M BORED’ 15 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

22 February 2018

ARTIST: EVAN DANDO

ALBUM: BABY I’M BORED – his solo debut Lp (with Dando’s ex-wife
Elizabeth Moseson the album’s cover)

RELEASED: 25 February 2003 – 15 years ago…

BBC Music wrote: “It’s hard to write any review of Evan Dando’s debut album without using phrases like ‘return from the wilderness’ or ‘long-awaited comeback’. However recent interviews with Dando reveal a man hardly contrite about his lost weekend that lasted 5 years! It has to be argued that being lazily labelled as grunge’s poster boy and hanging around with Courtney Love would send any man over the edge. Yet let’s not forget that Dando is the king of the dissolute lyric, and there’s definitely something awry if this album doesn’t make you feel like curling up with a bottle of Tequila. Don’t worry it does. The lo-fi production by Bryce Goggin and Jon Brion (who contributes several co-writing credits) focuses firmly on Dando’s voice. It’s lost none of its ability to deliver memorable hooks with the kind of insouciant charm that thankfully hasn’t been diminished by his legendary self-abuse. For all its low-key charms, this is a positive reaffirmation of the talent we all knew Dando had in him. Let’s just hope that he’s now on to more productive ground. Give us more Evan, now!”

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: a poignant album for the midnight hours, a sonic companion for lonely moments, a string of unpolished, honest songs for melancholic reflections. Half-light reveriers and semi-darkness musings…

THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Hard Drive / It Looks Like You / All My Life

* HARD DRIVEthis is what quality songwriting is all about…

* IT LOOKS LIKE YOUsweet, catchy humdinger…

* ALL MY LIFEjust b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l

Here’s the deluxe edition of BABY I’M BORED
released in June, last year…

RADIOHEAD’s First Step To Awesomeness – Debut Album ‘PABLO HONEY’ Turns 25…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

20 February 2018

Band: RADIOHEAD
Album: PABLO HONEY – the band’s debut
Released: 22 February 1993 – 25 years ago…
Rolling Stone wrote: “Flashing a song called ‘Creep’ as a musical ID takes cheek, but then, everything about these Brits is unabashed. On their debut, the swagger affected by every
arch-Anglo since the Kinks is already in full effect. Three guitars (and bass) and a singer
whose narcissistic angst rivals Morrissey’s (‘I will not control myself!’) Thom Yorke screams on ‘Vegetable’ and on ‘Prove Yourself’ he mourns, ‘I’m better off dead’), these five Oxford lads come on extreme. What elevates them to fab charm is not only the feedback and strumming fury of their guitar work — and the dynamism of their whisper-to-a-scream song structures — which recall the Who by way of the early Jam, but the way their solid melodies and sing-along choruses resonate pop appeal. If they don’t implode from attitude overload, Radiohead warrant watching.”

Turn Up The Volume! says: their very first step to awesomeness,
geniusness and massiveness…
Three Top Tracks: How Do You? / Creep / Thinking About You

* HOW DO YOU? – Radiohead would never rock like this again – nasty and rowdy…

* CREEP – simply unavoidable, because it’s a 24 Karat Gold classic…

* THINKING ABOUT YOU – vulnerable and gripping…

PABLO HONEY in full…

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RADIOHEAD: Website – Facebook –  Twitter Discography

KATE BUSH Released Her Phenomenal Debut Album ‘THE KICK INSIDE’ Forty Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

15 February 2018

Artist: KATE BUSH

Album: THE KICK INSIDE – debut LP

Released: 17 February 1978 – 40 years ago

BBC Music wrote (in 2008) : “The tale’s been oft-told, but bears repeating: Discovered by a mutual friend of the Bush family as well as Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Bush was signed on Gilmour’s advice to EMI at 16. Given a large advance and three years, ‘The Kick Inside’ was
her extraordinary debut. To this day nothing sounds like it. Using mainly session musicians,
‘The Kick Inside’ was the result of a record company actually allowing a young talent to blossom. Some of these songs were written when she was 13! Helmed by Gilmour’s friend, Andrew Powell, it’s a lush blend of piano grandiosity, vaguely uncomfortable reggae and intricate, intelligent, wonderful songs. All delivered in a voice that had no precedents. Even so, EMI wanted the dullest, most conventional track, James And The Cold Gun as the lead single, but Kate was no push over. At 19 she knew that the startling whoops and Bronte-influenced narrative of Wuthering Heights would be her make or break moment. Luckily she was allowed her head.

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: “I still remember being completely struck dumb when I
first heard this album (some years after its release, actually). That otherworldly voice. Those peculiar song structures. Those daring, mature and outspoken stories. It took
some time to fully understand the genius of this young, experimental pop phenomenon. Special then, still special now. Oh yeah, after a couple of spins yesterday and today this magnum opus sounds as spectacular and compelling as back then. Well, this is what outstanding artists are all about…

Three highlights: Wuthering Heights / Strange Phenomena / The Man With The Child In Eyes

* WUTHERING HEIGHTSunavoidable and imperishable…

* STRANGE PHENOMENAangelic and mysterious…

* THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYESa beauty of a different kind

The kick in full…

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KATE BUSH: Website – Facebook – Discography

DINOSAUR JR Released Supreme Album ‘WHERE YOU BEEN’ 25 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

8 February 2018

BAND: DINOSAUR JR

ALBUM: WHERE YOU BEEN

RELEASED: 9 February 1993 – 25 years ago

ROLLING STONE wrote: “On their second major-label album, these college-underground champs recall the shambling lope of ‘Crazy Horse-era Young’, as well as hints of minor Seventies icons from ‘Blue Oyster Cult’ to ‘Humble Pie’. But far from being derivative, leader J Mascis takes a familiar deck of cards and deals out a new game. While for Young guitar clamor signaled rage and desperation, for Mascis it’s retreat. Before a roiling torrent of distorted guitars and oceanic drum bash, Mascis sings in a laid-back croak, like a character talking calmly to the camera in the midst of a riotous crowd scene. The turmoil on Where You Been is a relationship crippled
by misunderstanding, detailed in a poignant second-person narrative that consumes virtually every song on the album. Like many of its peers, Dinosaur Jr is a musical cargo cult, turning the detritus of another culture into something that can be used — and maybe even worshiped. For one of the crowning glories of slacker culture, look no further.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: to my ears one the best Dinosaur longplayers – with an arresting mix of sparkling electricity, poppy grunginess and amplified balladry

THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Get Me / Out There / Not The Same

* GET ME – galvanizing mixed emotions romanticism

* OUT THERE – crackling leccy…

* NOT THE SAME – melancholic splendour at its very best…

In full

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DINOSAUR JR : Website – Facebook –  Twitter – Discography

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Released Heartfelt ‘NOCTURAMA’ Album 15 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

1 February 2018

Artist: NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
Album: NOCTURAMA
Released: 3 February 2003 – 15 years ago
NME wrote: “Linking up with producer Nick Launey, who first worked with Cave on The Birthday Party’s 1981 single ‘Release The Bats’, has rejuvenated the Bad Seeds’ dormant Fury Gene and what emerges is a vibrant volley between the who’s been handcuffed to a piano with a bucketful of opium since 1997 and the smack-riddled Nick Cave who’d have happily kicked your teeth in if you’d insulted his big goth quiff in 1983. Nocturama’ is one of Nick’s very finest – uniting his two dramatic alter-egos in devilish harmony. It’s what The Velvet Underground would’ve sounded like if they’d been psychopaths. With a heart.”
TURN UP THE VOLUME says: one of his finest longplayers, but barely mentioned when I read about the man’s many great achievements. An affecting work for mind, heart & soul.
Three selected highlights: Bring It On / He Wants You / Rock Of Gibraltar

* BRING IT ON – the vibrant single feat. Chris Bailey,
former frontman of Aussie punk legends The Saints

* HE WANTS YOU – heartwarming, truly heartwarming…

* ROCK OF GIBRALTAR – one of the best love songs ever…

Let me say this to you
I’ll be steadfast and true
And my love will never falter

The sea would crash about us
The waves would lash about us
I’ll be your Rock of Gibraltar

Sometimes it’s hard
And we’re both caught off guard
But there’s nothing I would ever alter

The wind could howl round our ears
For the next thousand years
I’d still be your Rock of Gibraltar

The best thing I done
Was to make you the one
Who I’d walk with down to the altar

You’d stand by me
And together we’d be
That great, steady Rock of Gibraltar

Under the big yellow moon
On our honeymoon
I took you on a trip to Malta

And all through the night
You held me so tight
Your great, steady Rock of Gibraltar

Could the powers that be
Ever foresee
That things could so utterly alter?

All the plans that we laid
Could soon be betrayed
Betrayed like the Rock of Gibraltar

The pearl in full

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NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS: Website – Facebook – Discography

THE POGUES Released Masterpiece ‘IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE WITH GOD’ 30 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

16 January 2018

BAND: THE POGUES

ALBUM: IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE WITH GOD – their 3rd and best-selling album…

RELEASED: 18 January 1988 – 30 years ago

ALL MUSIC said: “If ‘Rum Sodomy & the Lash’ captured The Pogues on plastic in all their rough-and-tumble glory, ‘If I Should Fall from Grace with God’ proved they could learn the rudiments of proper record making and still come up with an album that captured all the sharp edges of their musical personality, Frontman Shane MacGowan continued to grow as a songwriter, as his lyrics and melodies captured with brilliant detail his obsession with the finer points of Anglo-Irish culture. Brilliantly mixing passion, street smarts, and musical ambition, this LP is the best album the band would ever make with Steve Lillywhite in the producer’s chair. “

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: one of the best bands ever in my book, on and
off stage. This exceptional longplayer is a solid gold classic. Big tunes, mythical
stories, heartwarming instrumentation, drunk moods and Shane of course…

THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Thousands Are Sailing / Fiesta / Fairytale Of New York

* THOUSANDS ARE SAILING – gripping romanticism…

* FIESTA – the one to start and finish all parties with…

*FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK – unavoidable, imperishable, incomparable masterstroke – R.I.P. Kirsty MacColl

The diamond in full…

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THE POGUES: Website – Facebook – Discography