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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THE VELVET UNDERGOUND Released Turbulent Album ‘WHITE HEAT/WHITE LIGHT’ 50 Years Ago Today

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

30 January 2018

BAND: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

ALBUM: WHITE LIGHT / WHITE HEAT

RELEASED: 30 January 1968 – 50 years ago – their second and final LP with John Cale

ROLLING STONE says: “Of all of The Velvet Underground’s officially released studio and live albums, ‘White Light/White Heat’ is by far the noisiest and most difficult. “No one listened to it,” said Lou Reed of the LP in 2013, just a few months before his death. “But there it is forever – the quintessence of articulated punk. And no one goes near it.” The album’s ugly and aggressive sound was an intentional reaction against the flower-power vibe of the “Summer of Love”. Though generally thought to be about methamphetamine, “White Light/White Heat” may also have been partly inspired by Lou Reed’s interest in metaphysics. With its needle-pinning assault of overdriven instruments, and lyrics about methamphetamine abuse (the title track), botched medical procedures (“Lady Godiva’s Operation”), grisly violence (“The Gift”), cries from beyond the grave (“I Heard Her Call My Name”) and heroin-dealing drag queens (“Sister Ray”), White Light/White Heat was all about pushing the boundaries of sound and taste.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Experimental noise adventure or ‘arty farty’ shit, or both?
I don’t know, I wasn’t there, but I don’t care. Put this pandemonium on your headphones, turn up the volume and you’ll experience the sound of the foreplay, orgasm and after-sex madness of Apocalypse Now’. Special, indeed. Legend goes that producer Tom Wilson spent more time chasing women than actually overseeing the album. I just think he was kicked out of the studio by the band itself who just didn’t want anybody other than themselves in there, already enough big ego’s to start with. Anyway, about 2203 bands were influenced by this pitch-black havoc trip. I’m quite sure Lou Reed‘s idea for ‘Metal Music Machine‘ popped up right there and then…

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THE RESIDENTS Released Mind-Expanding Musical ‘NOT AVAILABLE’ 40 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

26 January 2018

BAND: THE RESIDENTS

ALBUM: NOT AVAILABLE

RELEASED: 27 January 1978 – 40 years ago!…

ALL MUSIC wrote: “This is one of the strangest and most interesting recordings in rock history, which speaks volumes coming from one of the strangest and more interesting bands in rock history. Not Available used what was referred to as the theory of obscurity (which called for the album to not be released until its makers literally forgot about its existence). It is said to be, questionably, the Residents’ second recorded album (in 1974, only to be released in 1978 after utilizing “the theory of obscurity”). An underrated and forgotten achievement in the Residents’ body of work, Not Available is such an incredible recording to experience that it simply and truly cannot be classified as being like another. While the Residents have experimented within the confines of rock throughout their entire careers, with the exceptions of Eskimo, The Commercial Album, and God in Three Persons, this album achieves like no other. A surreal rock opera resulting in an incredibly weird circus of sound, it is one that simply must be heard to be believed.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: After all these years I still have no clue about who these weird eyeballs really are and I actually don’t want to know as it would spoil the mystery. The Residents are classical avant-garde wackos, telling unearthly stories while producing soundtracks on Mars, their favorite planet. Although they’re more accessible than so-called intellectual critics want you to believe. Just try these aliens and discover their fascinating universe. Switch off the TV, turn off your smart-phone, ignore social media and open your mind for this ‘NOT AVAILABLE’ musical, right here, right now. A surreal journey sounding like Mozart on LSD, sounding like their very own Space Odyssey. Step into their eccentric galaxy…

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BELLY – Magical Debut Album ‘STAR’ Turns 25…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

22 January 2018

BAND: BELLY

ALBUM: STAR

RELEASED: 25 January 1993 – 25 years ago / The LP was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of at least 500,000 units on February 21, 1994

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Tanya Donelly’s songwriting began to blossom on Throwing Muses’ Real Ramona, and Belly’s debut, Star, is where it reaches fruition. Using the trancy harmonies of dream pop as a foundation, Donelly expands the genre’s boundaries, trimming away its pretensions and incorporating a flair for sweet, concise pop hooks and folk-rock inflections. She also spikes her airy melodies with disarmingly disturbing lyrics. Images of betrayal and death float throughout the album, but what hits home initially — and what stays after the album is finished, are the hooks, whether it’s the rolling sing along of “Gepetto,” the surging “Slow Dog,” the melancholy ‘Stay’ or the cool, detached sexiness of ‘Feed The Tree.’ An enchanting debut.

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: STAR still shines like a glittering diamond. Sparkling, twinkling and, yes, totally starry-eyed. Tanya Donnely‘s angelic voice gives the whole dreamy experience a special touch, a glamorous color and a lasting impression while
the mixed emotions keep it all human and real. Magnificent record by a magnificent
band with a magnificent singer/songwriter…

THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Feed The Tree / Gepetto / Full Moon, Empty Heart

* FEED THE TREE – the vibrant single…

* GEPETTO – elevating galvanism…

* FULL MOON, EMPTY HEART – magical in sound and vision…

Pop paradise in full

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And this year the great return with new album DOVE – All info on PledgeMusic

10 Fabulous Longplayers Turning 40 in 2018!…

1978: An effervescent year to dive into!
Here’s my selection – 10 superb ones!

1/ ‘All Mod Cons’ by THE JAM
NME wrote: “Not only several light years ahead of anything they’ve done before but also the album that’s going to catapult ‘The Jam’ right into the front rank of international rock and roll.”
Released: 3 November 1978 – their outstanding 3rd LP
Listen here

2/ ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ by BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Rolling Stone wrote: “It poses once more the question that rock & roll’s epiphanic moments always raise: Do you believe in magic? And once again, the answer is yes. Absolutely.”
Released: 2 June 1978 – passionate 4th longplayer
Listen here

3/ ‘This Year’s Model’ by ELVIS COSTELLO
All Music wrote: “The songs on This Year’s Model are typically catchy and help the vicious sentiments sink into your skin, but the most remarkable thing about the album is the sound. Costello and the Attractions never rocked this hard, or this vengefully, ever again.
Released: 17 March 1978 – sparkling second LP
Listen here

4/ ‘Another Music in a Different Kitchen’ by THE BUZZCOCKS
All Music wrote: “The big secret is Shelley’s worship of Krautrock’s obsessive focus on
repetition and rhythm, which transforms what would be “simply” basic punk songs into
at-times monstrous epics.”

Released: 10 March 1978 – their thunderous debut LP
Listen here

5/ ‘The Modern Dance’ by PERE UBU
All Music wrote: “The Modern Dance is the signature sound of the avant-garage:
art rock, punk rock, and garage rock mixing together joyously and fearlessly.”

Released: January 1978 – fascinating debut album
Listen here

6/ ‘Real Life’ by MAGAZINE
Melody Maker wrote: “No one that has the slightest interest in the present
and future of rock ‘n’ roll should rest until they’ve heard Real Life”

Released: June 1978 – their gloomy debut LP
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7/ ‘More Songs About Buildings And Food’ by TALKING HEADS
Rolling Stone wrote: “The eclecticism of ‘More Songs about Buildings and Food’, its witty distillations of disco and reggae rhythms, its reconciliation of ‘art’ and punk rock is masterful, The music represents a triumph over diversity.”
Released: 7 July 1978 – their funky second album
Listen here

8/ ‘Germ Free Adolescents’ by X-RAY SPEX
All Music wrote: “Poly Styrene’s frantic claustrophobia permeates the record. It’s full of kick-out-the-jams rockers, with a few up-tempo thrashers and surprisingly atmospheric pieces with
a raw, wailing saxophone.”

Released: 10 November 1978 – smashing debut
Listen here

9/ ‘The Scream’ by SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES
Melody Maker wrote: “Strong, abrasive, visceral and constantly inventive,
with a thrust that makes the spaces equal partners to the notes

Released: 13 November 1978 – black pitch debut longplayer
Listen here

10/ ‘Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!’ by DEVO
Rolling Stone wrote: “It’s a brittle, small masterpiece of Seventies pop irony, but its shriveling, ice-cold absurdism might not define the Seventies as much as jump the gun on the Eighties.”
Released: 28 August 1978 – mental debut LP
Listen here

10 Memorable Albums Turning 50 in 2018!…

When I went back in time to find out which outstanding
longplayers still sound spectacular today after 50 years I
was really surprised that some of them actually turn fifty
as you hear their influences daily in 21st century music.
Here’s my selection. Ten classics! Ten stunning survivors!…


1/ ‘ASTRAL WEEKS’
by VAN MORRISON
Rolling Stone wrote: “Van Morrison never sounded more warm and ecstatic,
more sensual and vulnerable, than on his enigmatically beautiful solo debut”

Released:  29 November 1968
Listen: here

2/ ‘BEGGARS BANQUET’ by THE ROLLING STONES
Time Magazine: “England’s most subversive
roisterers since Fagin’s gang in Oliver Twist

Released: 6 December 1968
Listen: here

3/ ‘THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY’ by THE KINKS
Rolling Stone: “Each new hearing is a combined joy of renewal and discovery”
Released: 22 November 1968
Listen: here

4/ ‘WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT’ by THE VELVET UNDERGOUND
All Music wrote: “It’s easily the least accessible of VU’s studio albums, but anyone
wanting to hear their guitar-mauling tribal frenzy straight with no chaser will love it.”

Released: 30 January 1968
Listen: here

5/ ‘GRIS-GRIS’ by DR.JOHN
Rolling Stone:A swamp-funk classic. ‘Gris-Gris’ blends
New Orleans R&B, voodoo chants and chemical inspiration.”

Released: 22 January 1968
Listen: here

6/ ‘THE BEATLES / THE WHITE ALBUM’ by THE BEATLES
All Music wrote: “None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together,
but somehow The Beatles create its own style and sound through its mess.”

Released: 22 November 1968
Listen: here

7/ ‘OGDENS’ NUT GONE FLAKE’ by THE SMALL FACES
All Music wrote: “The ballsiest-sounding piece of
full-length psychedelia to come out of England in 1968”

Released: 24 May 1968
Listen: here

8/ ‘DANCE TO THE MUSIC’ by SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE
Rolling Stone: “Overall the album is uneven, but its highs are intense,
prolonged and ecstatic. Seductive melodies and horn lines tickle your mind.”

Released: 27 April 1968
Listen: here

9/ ‘ELECTRIC LADYLAND’ by JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
All Music: “Jimi Hendrix takes his funk and psychedelic sounds to the absolute limit.”
Released: 16 October 1968
Listen: here

10/ ‘MUSIC FROM BIG PINK’ by THE BAND
Rolling Stone: “The rustic beauty of The Band’s music and the drama of their own
reflections on family and obligations made ‘Big Pink’ an instant homespun classic.”

Released: 1 July 1968
Listen: here

SLEATER-KINNEY Released Powerhouse Punk Album ‘DIG ME OUT’ Twenty Years Ago…

Memorable moments in sonic history!…

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‘Dig Me Out’ by SLEATER-KINNEY
8 April 1997 – 20 years ago

Mighty powerful trio SLEATER-KINNEY reinjected female punk back in the nineties with passionate fire, ardent rage and outspoken leftist statements. Third album DIG ME OUT released 20 years ago today, 8 April 1997, was a smashing powerhouse from start to finish and definitely a key album in their exciting career. Riot grrrll fury at its very best. Hell yeah!

What the press said…

SPIN
“Dig Me Out captures the noise of a soul-filled body shaking itself awake, and that’s an experience that bridges any gender divide. In it, guys as well as girls will hear the rattle of their brains and the flash of their libidos. The catharsis Sleater-Kinney seek is more than just fun. It’s a battle in earnest for the human right to know and possess yourself. Feminism was supposed to be about that fight, too, but it’s still sputtering under the weight of its own complacency. Sleater-Kinney push us back into the fray. If they wanna be our Simone de Beauvior, Dig Me Out proves they’re up to it.”

ROLLING STONE
“When Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein proclaimed “I Wanna Be Your
Joey Ramone” on 1996’s Call the Doctor, they were laying down a dare to themselves and the Nineties indie-rock scene. The band’s next album, Dig Me Out, made good on that promise. Adding powerhouse drummer Janet Weiss, the Olympia, Washington, trio’s feminist punk hit hard — from the elated rush of “Words and Guitar” to the raw romantic torment of “One More Hour.”

One of the highlights ‘One More Hour‘ live in 1998 in a record shop in New York…

Here’s the hammer in full…

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THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS Released Breakthrough Album ‘DIG YOUR OWN HOLE’ 20 Years Ago…

Memorable moments in sonic history!…

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‘Dig Your Own Hole’ by THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
Released 7 April 1997 – 20 years ago…

Although they didn’t look as party animals themselves, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons
created smoking dance trance firework to soundtrack every rave in the late nineties,
I know, I was there and their second album DIG YOUR OWN HOLE still feels today as
their best and most adventurous, yet accessible achievement ever. Tons of rockin’ beats.

What the press said…

ROLLING STONE
“The British DJ duo shows that playing other people’s records — sliced, diced and blown to ingeniously reconfigured bits — is a valid form of composition, and dance music is a matter
of both mind and body…”

ALL MUSIC
“The Chemical Brothers might not push forward into self-consciously arty territories like some of their electronic peers, but they have more style and focus, constructing a blindingly innovative and relentlessly propulsive album that’s an exhilarating listen…”

BBC
“Tom and Ed can harvest up the minds and mess up the hearing of a whole new crowd of converts, and remains an immense, far out and most staggering work. A key text. Literally amazing.”

SPUTNIK MUSIC
‘I like to imagine Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons as two mad and brilliant chemists who play with musical machines in their laboratory and set free monstrous things, kind of like Doctor Octopus in the Spider-Man mythology…”

Here are three highlights…

SETTING SUN (with Noel Gallagher on vocals)

BLOCK ROCKIN’ BEATS

IT DOESN’T MATTER

The full masterpiece here on Spotify…

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THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS: Website – Facebook – Discography

SPIRITUALIZED – Debut Album ‘LAZER GUIDED MELODIES’ Is 25 – Spiritual Dream Pop Odyssey…

Memorable moments in sonic history!…

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‘Lazer Guided Melodies’ by SPIRITUALIZED
Released 30 March 1992 – 25 years ago

What the press said…

MELODY MAKER
“The sound of heaven at times, Spiritualized are making 21st Century gospel.”

ALL MUSIC
“The melodies shimmer and drone and hum like otherworldly pop tunes. One of
the premier dream pop albums, this album is both beautiful and innovative.”

SELECT
“This arsenal of music technology, old and new, lets Spiritualized work a magic on us
that’s part nostalgia, part sci-fi thrill”

SPUTNIK MUSIC
“Lazer Guided Melodies is a mesmerizing journey into another dimension, an experience
not easily matched. The best way to understand this album is to suspend reason and to momentarily leave the left side of your brain at the door.”

Here are three of my favorite tracks…

YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE

RUN

SHINE A LIGHT

The cosmic odyssey in full…

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Amsterdam 2015 – a spiritual experience… (photo: Turn Up The Volume!)

THE DAMNED Released DAMNED DAMNED DAMNED 40 Years Ago…

Looking back in time. Memorable moments in sonic history!

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‘Damned Damned Damned’ by THE DAMNED
Red-hot debut LP released 18 February 1977

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Here’s a public announcement from the veteran punk band’s record label BMG:

“The Damned blazed a trail when they became the very first British punk band to release a single, the mighty New Rose on October 22nd 1976, which was swiftly followed by the release
of the very first British punk album, their classic debut long-player Damned Damned Damned originally released by a nascent Stiff Records on February 18th 1977. Now, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s dramatic breakthrough, BMG will release a very special Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition of that incredible debut album on February 17th, almost exactly 40 years to the day since its original issue.”

All details about the Deluxe Edition here.

Eccentric bassist Captain Sensible reflecting on that smashing first LP: “ ’Damned
Damned
Damned’ was almost ‘un-produced’ by our Stiff stablemate Nick Lowe, who managed to capture the energy of our live set spectacularly. Nick was known as ‘Basher’ as there was no messing about. It’s fairly manic, but also tuneful and, listened to now, still sounds pretty fresh to my ears. The guitars don’t sound nice – they’re a raw, fuzzed-out thrash – that’s punk rock. Pathway was a rough and ready studio round the back of an Islington garage. It was so dark and dingy in there – you had to be careful or you’d knock your beer over. The sessions took two days, after which the tape was recycled for an Elvis Costello album so there’s no chance of a remix… Not that you’d want one – it’s perfect!”

About time to hear that thunderous beast
in full and going MAD MAD MAD…

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The band (with original members Captain Sensible & Dave Vanian) start a massive tour in North America on April 6th. Tour dates here. And if that’s not enough the band revealed
to be working on a brand new album too. For more info visit Pledgemusic.

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