15 October 2021
Artist: JOHNNY MARR
Who: The former musical director
of indie icons The Smiths
Solo albums: 4 (including the new one)
New album: FEVER DREAMS PTS 1-4
Release: 25 February 2022 – more info here
Marr: “There’s a set of influences and a very broad sound that I’ve been
developing – really since getting out of The Smiths until now, and I hear
it in this record. There are so many strands of music in it. We didn’t do
that consciously, but I think I’ve got a vocabulary of sound. And I feel very
satisfied that I’ve been able to harness it.”
A few weeks ago he shared the LP’s first single
Spirit Power And Soul. A high-spirited and
glittery power pop stroke.
Here’s the video…
JOHNNY MARR: Facebook
14 October 2021
Two years after Colorado work-alcoholic Neil Young & Crazy Horse
have another LP canned called Barn. Out 12 December.
Young: “We are so happy to be back in the barn. A barn built to replicate
the 1850s barn that had collapsed in exactly the same place, high in the
mountains of Colorado.”
You can hear lead-single Song Of Seasons but there’s a condition.
You need to subscribe to his website. Why Neil? Does you’re money-orientated
marketing team wants to build a database with our ID info? Sounds like the usual enterprise technique to sell their products in the end as your subscription form
indicates. Way to go, Neil. Rockin’ in the free world? I don’t think so. Of course, you
just do it or you don’t and countless artists use ordinary sales tricks, but that’s not
an excuse, Mister Young. Although I’m a vivid fan I can’t be bothered to hear the
new song under these circumstances.
Welcome to the Neil Young enterprise…
(Image on top: cover of Young’s ‘Comes A Time’ album)
8 October 2021
Band: DAVE GAHAN AND THE SOULSAVERS
Who: Side project of Depeche Mode’s frontman
that produced 2 studio albums so far.
New Album: IMPOSTER – covers LP
Release: 12th November 2021
Gahan: “When I listen to other people’s voices and songs, more importantly,
the way they sing them and interpret the words—I feel at home. I identify with it.
It comforts me more than anything else. There’s not one performer on the record
who I haven’t been moved by. I know we made something special, and I hope other
people feel that and it takes them on a little kind of trip – especially people who
love music and have for years.””
Trailer for the album…
01 The Dark End of the Street (Chips Moman and Dan Penn)
02 Strange Religion (Mark Lanegan)
03 Lilac Wine (James Shelton)
04 I Held My Baby Last Night (Jules Bihari and Elmore James)
05 A Man Needs a Maid (Neil Young)
06 Metal Heart (Cat Power)
07 Shut Me Down (Rowland S. Howard)
08 Where My Love Lies Asleep (Gene Clark)
09 Smile (Charlie Chaplin, John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons)
10 The Desperate Kingdom of Love (PJ Harvey)
11 Not Dark Yet (Bob Dylan)
12 Always on My Mind (John Lee Christopher, Jr., Mark James and Wayne Thompson)
Original – Cat Power…
DAVE GAHAN: Website
5 October 2021
Band: THE WHITE STRIPES (Detroit)
Who: Meg and Jack
Active: 1997–2011 / 6 studio albums
New album: THE WHITE STRIPES LIVE AT THE DETROIT ARTS CENTRE
Release: You need to sign up on the Third Man Records website
before 31st October if you want to buy the LP(s). More info here.
Third Man Records announces new White Stripes stuff: “We’re excited to present Vault Package #50: The White Stripes – Live At The Detroit Institute of Arts. The package, centered around the band’s monumental November 2, 2001 performance in the museum’s iconic Diego Rivera Court, features a 2xLP set on red and white vinyl taken directly from soundboard audio, a pro-shot DVD of the complete performance, unseen images by Detroit photographer Steve Shaw, and a custom gatefold jacket. Aside from being a defining document of the band’s global ascendancy 20 years ago, the performance is noteworthy for breaking the museum’s all-time single-day attendance record.”
The sweaty album trailer…
THE WHITE STRIPES: All Albums
12 September 2021
RICHARD ASHCROFT, who celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday (11th September), announced a new album titled ACOUSTIC HYMNS VOL 1 featuring twelve acoustic versions of classic songs from his career – with The Verve and solo.
First taster: ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ (of course)…
1. Bittersweet Symphony
2. A Song For The Lovers
4. C’mon People (We’re Making It Now)
5. Weeping Willow
6. Lucky Man
7. This Thing Called Life
8. Space & Time
9. Velvet Morning
10. Break The Night With Colour
11. One Day
12. The Drugs Don’t Work
Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1 out on 29th October 2021 – more info here
4 September 2021
Band: LIGHT BY THE SEA
Who: The project is the lovechild of Eszter Anna Baumann
and Davy Knobel based in The Netherlands. Their music
consists of rock, avant-garde, and folk music elements with
a catchy pop vibe.
Influences: Dead Can Dance, U2, The Brian Jonestown Massacre,
Phil Collins, Clannad, Fleetwood Mac and The Dandy Warhols.
Debut album: ONLY DEATH MAKES ICONS
LBTS: “Writing this album together was the greatest musical adventure we could ever experience. Stuck in our apartment during lockdown, we were surrounding ourselves
with great icons in thought, who inspired our music and lyrics. We have been being nostalgic about the past, as the pandemic evoked a sort of obsession about the ‘good old times’ within
us. We think with a lot of people this has happened lately. Therefore we want you to dive into the forgotten sound with us and enjoy this musical ride together praising our eternal heroes. ‘Cause remember: only death can make icons, humans just play God. “
Expect spirited pop bliss, greatly orchestrated and richly layered, with Eszter
Anna Baumann‘s glowing voice elevating the duo’s dream pop symphonies to
a sparkling altitude where icons in heaven can dance to it.
The promo trailer including new single A Transition In Time…
The other three singles…
LIGHT BY THE SEA: Facebook
16 July 2021
Artist: ELVIS COSTELLO (age 66)
Active: Since 1970 / 31 studio LPs, so far
New album: SPANISH MODEL
What: An entire Spanish reimagining of his
outstanding 1978 LP This Year’s Model
recorded with The Attractions.
Release: 10 September 2021 via UMe
I don’t know if it’s due to the past lockdowns with artists having a lot
of time on their hands following canceled tours and shows, but in the
past 18 months, some of them came up with some weird ideas. But the
most bizarre project so far is Elvis Costello joining (armed) forces with
his frequent collaborator Sebastian Krys for a full Spanish remake of
This Year’s Model.
The duo picked a cast of Latin artists to sing each and every song
of the original – now remastered – album in Spanish. Que pasa?
Costello: “Part of the fun of this project is its unexpected nature. Although,
I think people in my audience that have been paying attention are pretty
much used to surprises by now.”
Krys: “When Elvis told me the idea, it took me about 15 seconds to answer.
I have been in so many situations where I was trying to turn Latin artists onto
Elvis’ music. The feedback I heard most often was ‘I love it. I wish I knew what
he was saying.’ Spanish Model is an opportunity to turn an entire side of the
world onto this great record and through these voices, get these ideas out. ”
Pump up the first taster right here…
1. Nina Diaz – “No Action”
2. Raquel Sofía y Fuego – “(Yo No Quiero Ir A) Chelsea ((I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea)”
3. Draco Rosa – “Yo Te Vi (The Beat)”
4. Juanes – “Pump It Up”
5. La Marisoul – “Detonantes (Little Triggers)”
6. Luis Fonsi – “Tu Eres Para Mi (You Belong To Me)”
7. Francisca Valenzuela y Luis Humberto Navejas – “Hand In Hand”
8. Cami – “La Chica de Hoy (This Year’s Girl)”
9. Pablo López – “Mentira (Lip Service)”
10. Jesse & Joy – “Viviendo en el Paraiso (Living In Paradise)”
11. Morat – “Lipstick Vogue”
12. Jorge Drexler – “La Turba (Night Rally)”
13. Sebastián Yatra – “Llorar (Big Tears)”
14. Fito Páez – “Radio Radio”
15. Gian Marco y Nicole Zignago– “Crawling To The U.S.A.”
16. Vega – “Se Esta Perdiendo La Inocencia (Running Out Of Angels)”
ELVIS COSTELLO: Facebook
16 July 2021
Album: I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR: A TRIBUTE TO THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
What: A star-studded (see tracklist below) tribute to iconic band
The Velvet Underground, and more specific to their 1967
masterpiece debut LP.
Release: 24 September via Verve Records
Producer: Hal Willner, a longtime Saturday Night Live co-operator. He passed away last year due to complications from COVID-19 at the age of, only, 64. He had just finished working on an all-star T. Rex tribute LP (AngelHeadedHipster came out last September). Furthermore, he was also the driving force behind this VU tribute longplayer.
Here’s the first taster with Kurt Vile covering track 5
Run Run Run. Pretty cool version. Good job, Kurt.
1. Michael Stipe – “Sunday Morning”
2. Matt Berninger – “I’m Waiting For The Man”
3. Sharon Van Etten – “Femme Fatale” (Feat. Angel Olsen)
4. Andrew Bird & Lucius – “Venus In Furs”
5. Kurt Vile & The Violators – “Run Run Run”
6. St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett – “All Tomorrow’s Parties”
7. Thurston Moore – “Heroin” (Feat. Bobby Gillespie)
8. King Princess – “There She Goes Again”
9. Courtney Barnett – “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
10. Fontaines D.C. – “The Black Angel’s Death Song”
11. Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney – “European Son”
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Discography
14 July 2021
Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Active: Since 1986 / 14 studio albums,
including the new one.
Note: One of my all fav bands,
on record and on stage.
New album: THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT
Out: 3 September 2021 / Pre-order info here.
Press info: ” ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ is both reflection and reaction;
a record that gazes in isolation across a cluttered room, fogged by often
painful memories, to focus on an open window framing a gleaming vista
of land melting into sea and endless sky.
“The track is about the battle to claim meaning, the erasing of context within
debate, the overriding sense of factional conflict driven by digital platforms
leading to a perpetual state of culture war”.
Official video clip…
UK Tour dates
MANIC STREET PREACHERS: Facebook
21 June 2021
Band: THE MOODS (Manchester, UK)
Who: A caring and outspoken 9-piece collective of producers,
poets and musicians from the Northwest of England. A band
that matters, a band that made an album that matters.
(photo by CM Taylor Photography)
New album: SOMEBODY’S HERO NOBODY’S SOLDIER
Out: This Friday – 25 June 2021
Pre-order info: here
The Moods about the new longplayer: “Our new album ‘Somebody’s Hero, Nobody’s Soldier’ is now finished. Due to the current situation we have had to delay the release and postpone the accompanying tour. However, don’t despair! We have a whole load of new material for you to check out in the coming months including live videos, new single releases and special acoustic versions of the new tracks. The new album marks a massive step forward in terms of writing and production and we can not wait for you to all hear it. In the meantime, check out our Spotify and Youtube channels for all of our existing music and we look forward to seeing
you all when this is all over and things return to normal.”
Turn Up The Volume says: The new LP is a multi-layered melting pot of drum & bass, acid house, hip-hop and R & B. A multi-voiced mishmash of raps, rants and chants. This united Manc team brings the multi-colored spirit of The Specials, the razor blade passion of Public Enemy and the 24-hour party addiction of of Happy Mondays to mind. They celebrate all things good in life, they protest against all things bad in life. They sing, spit and sneer about love and hate, (in)tolerance and (in)justice, equality and solidarity, life and death. Moodchester is the new Madchester. Welcome to the real world. Doors open this Friday.
To get in the right mood, check the album’s striking singles…
– RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA –
– STRONG –
THE MOODS: Website – Facebook – Interview with Turn Up The Volume