“The American Dream Is Not For Weak Soft-Hearted Fools” – JOHN GRANT On ‘BOY FROM MICHIGAN’

27 June 2021

Artist: JOHN GRANT
Born in Buchanan, Michigan, U.S. – now living in Iceland, Europe.
Who: Former member of alt-rockers The Czars (1994–2006) / so far
he made 4 solo albums.

New album: BOY FROM MICHIGAN
Released: 25 June 2021 via Bella Union

Info: John Grant arrived at the studio to begin recording his fifth solo record,
Boy from Michigan, on 1st March 2020. “So, basically right at the beginning of
the pandemic nightmare and all throughout the Presidential campaign,” he says.
For Grant, lockdown was largely academic. He is insular by nature and removed
himself from his native America in 2011, decamping to Iceland. From afar, the US
Presidential race loomed large, though, igniting potent memories of the country
which shaped John Grant. 2020’s temporary destabilising of world order suits
Boy from Michigan’s intent just fine.

John Grant on working with Cate Le Bon for this longplayer: “Cate and I
are both very strong-willed people. Making a record is hard on a good day.
The mounting stress of the US election and the pandemic really started to get
to us by late July and August last year. It was at times a very stressful process
under the circumstances, but one which was also full of many incredible and
joyful moments.”

NME says: “The electro-pop artist’s latest punctuates intense and dark
examinations of contemporary masculinity with moments of breathtaking
beauty… It’s an album that does not only confronts the cult of masculinity
and its endless tentacles, but ultimately overcomes it.”

Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: From nostalgia and heavyhearted reveries to
upbeat electro grooves (The Rusty Bull / Rhetorical Figure / Best In Me).
When you, like me, live in an uncertain weather country (Belgium) it’s
great to have records like these to keep your moods swings company
on rainy summer days.

Keylines: “The American Dream is not for weak soft-hearted fool The American
Dream can cause scarring / and some nasty bruising
/ The American Dream is
not for weak soft-hearted fools”
(from title track ‘Boy From Michigan.”

Singles: Billy / A Boy From Michigan

– BILLY –

– THE BOY FROM MICHIGAN –

Stream/buy album here…


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JOHN GRANT: Facebook

STEREOGUM Reveals List Of 50 Best 2021 Albums So Far

10 June 2021

STEREOGUM, the daily online publication that focuses
on music news, reviews, interviews, and commentary
(winner of several awards) revealed their list of
50 Best 2021 Albums so far.

1. ‘Between The Richness’ by FIDDLEHEAD
Hardcore from Boston.

Stream/buy here…


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2. ‘Ignorance’ by THE WEATHER STATION
Dream pop from Ontario, Canada.

Stream/buy here…


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3. Deacon by serpentwithfeet
Experimental gospel from Brooklyn, NY


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4. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders,
& The London Symphony Orchestra

Jazz

Stream/buy here…


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5. ‘An Overview On Phenomenal Nature’ by
CASSANDRA JENKINS
Singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY

Stream/buy here…


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for THE FULL LIST

Power Blues Rockers THE UGLY KINGS Announced New LP & Share Single ‘TECHNODRONE’

10 June 2021

Band: THE UGLY KINGS (Melbourne, Australia)
Who: A passion-filled gang that offers a stripped down but
powerful injection of energy and emotion to the modern rock
scene; formulating what can only be described as ‘Power Blues’

FFO: The Doors, Jack White, Black Sabbath, Arctic
Monkeys, Royal Blood, Rival Sons, The Dead Weather

New album: STRANGE, STRANGE TIMES
Out: Friday the 13th of August – order info here

New single: TECHNODRONE
A blistering powerhouse slam dunk. Beat-your-ass drums,
flaming guitars, high-octane vocals, massive tune. Heavy
rock emotions in motion. Touchdown!

Can you tell me how am I supposed to feel
I’m losing sight of everything that’s real
When you’re hypnotised left standing like a stone
Like a disillusioned technicolour drone

Here comes the explosion

THE UGLY KINGS: Facebook

(promo press photo – FB The Ugly Kinks)

New Zealand’s Retro Rockers THE DATSUNS Never Will Become FERRARI’S

4 June 2021

Band: THE DATSUNS
Who: Sharp and noisy rockers from New-Zealand
Active: Since 1998 / 5 studio albums so far with their
latest Deep Sleep released back in 2014

Album: EYE TO EYE – 5th LP
Released: 28 May 2021

Classic Rock Webzine Louder: “Engrossing are the moments when they embrace
prog, mating Deep Purple with Can for the compulsive In Record Time (complete with
authentic 70s poltergeist solos) or, on Moongazer, imagining what Pink Floyd’s Money
might have sounded like if David Bowie had replaced Syd Barrett.”
Score: 3/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Probably with getting older The Datsuns rock less hard
than they did in their early rowdy days. Although they will never become Ferrari’s,
if you are a fan of sharp-cutting riffs, nasty hooks, insane licks and a series of
wailing guitar solos this engine longplayer is for you. And me? I liked them live
better than on record.

Singles: Suspicion / Dehumanise

– SUSPICION –

– DEHUMANISE –

Stream/buy album…


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THE DATSUNS: Facebook

New York’s 70s Glam Nights And Aftermath Mornings – New Album ‘DADDY’S HOME’ By ST. VINCENT Out Now

15 May 2021

Artist: ST. VINCENT (New York)

New album: DADDY’S HOME – 6th LP
St. Vincent: “Daddy’s Home collects stories of
being down and out in downtown NYC. Last night’s
heels on the morning train. Glamour that’s been up
for three days straight.”

Released: 14 May 2021

Rolling Stone says: Annie Clark has framed her frenetic and unabashedly retro new album Daddy’s Home as a kind of reckoning. Her father has returned home from prison, where he served 12 years for his involvement in a multi-million-dollar stock manipulation scheme; in the meantime, Clark radically transformed her St. Vincent music persona, evolving from a small-time indie artist with a cult following to a self-proclaimed “near-future cult leader” within pop music. While her last album Masseduction peered at her newfound fame through an electro-pop funhouse mirror, Daddy’s Home looks backward, examining Clark’s relationship with her father — and her own self-discovery with “becoming Daddy,” as she’s put it — through the
funky stylings of Sly Stone, Pink Floyd, and other artists of the mid-Seventies.
” Score: 4/5.

Score: The lady of sensual pop returns to the aftermath of the glam drug days of New York’s nightlife in the 70s, when white lines were popping up everywhere. The soundtrack at play features echoes of David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson among others. From Perfect Day to Fame and a lot of slo-mo reflections in between. Most of the critics rave wildly about Daddy’s Home, but I’m not convinced yet. Let’s have a couple of more spins and hear what my ears have to say afterward.

Singles/clips: Pay Your Way In Pain / The Melting Of The Sun / Down

– PAY YOUR WAY IN PAIN –

– THE MELTING OF THE SUN –

– DOWN –

Stream/buy album here…


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ST. VINCENT: Facebook

THE BLACK KEYS Honor Their Blues Idols – Covers Album ‘DELTA KREAM’ Out Now

14 May 2021


(artwork photo: William Eggleston)

The famous blues-rock tandem THE BLACK KEYS went back to the roots that inspired
and fueled their successful career. Today their album of covers of golden blues oldies, titled DELTA KREAM arrived. A collection honoring the heroes of the Mississippi Hill Country Blues.

NME says:“The duo have never courted celebrity, and here they delve deeper than ever before into the swampy roots of their genre’s forefathers… This record reinforces a willing and gradual retreat from the rock juggernaut space The Black Keys once occupied. The moody jams bubble with authenticity in a deeply satisfying trip back in time. While this record is unlikely to bring the band or the cultural touchstones they cover back to the top, it’s a soul-searching move that satisfies their own fandom while showing they’ll never compromise.”
Read the full interview here. Score: 3/5.

Two of the originals that got a Black Keys touch…

– CRAWLIN’ KING SNAKE –
John Lee Hooker

– DO THE ROMP
Junior Kimbrough


DELTA KREAM
in full…

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THE BLACK KEYS: Facebook

Order info here

Coming Soon… New JAKE BUGG Album – Hear The Singles Here

11 May 2021

Artist: JAKE BUGG (UK)
Active since 2011 – 4 albums so far

New album: SATURDAY NIGHT SUNDAY MORNING – 5th LP
Release date: 20 August 2021
Order facilities: here

Info: ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’ marks a bold and exciting new chapter
for Jake Bugg. His 5th studio album is filled with catchy guitar hooks, rhythmic
base lines & anthemic choruses giving the record a huge euphoric feel. Cleverly
set against more introspective songs with beautifully crafted lyrics, the album
plays with a spectrum of emotions that we can all relate to.”

Jake Bugg: “The most fun I’ve ever had making a record.”

Singles: Lost / Kiss Like The Sun / All I Need

– LOST –

– KISS LIKE THE SUN –

– ALL I NEED –

JAKE BUGG: Facebook

Familiar Seabreeze Tunes – THE CORAL Released Double Album ‘CORAL ISLAND’

5 May 2021

Band: THE CORAL (Hoylake, Merseyside, England
Active: Since 1996, this year 25 years / 10 studio albums (so far)

Album: CORAL ISLAND – double LP
Released: 30 April 2021

NME‘s verdict: “This bold and nostalgic double album from the legendary Merseyside indie experimentalists features their most adventurous writing so far… Sprinkled with the sound of distant seagulls and Hawaiian guitars for good measure, along with vivid storytelling, it’s a bold move for The Coral to come out with something so intricate at this stage of their career, even taking the time to pen an accompanying book. But immerse yourself in this heavily themed epic and you’ll be rewarded with a nostalgic trip that showcases some of their most adventurous writing to date. Full review: here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Just like with the brand new Teenage Fanclub album the overall feeling is that The Coral keeps on coming up with the same melodiousness as, let’s say, their 5 previous longplayers. Mind you, many feel-good, mellow and sepia-colored tunes, but nothing to get really excited about. A single album would have been a better idea.

Singles: Faceless Angel / Lover Undiscovered / Vacancy

– FACELESS ANGEL –

– LOVER UNDISCOVERED –

– VACANCY –

Full album…

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THE CORAL: Facebook