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…
ST. VINCENT: Facebook
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 –
DELTA KREAM in full…
THE BLACK KEYS: Facebook
Order info 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
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 –
THE CORAL: Facebook
26 April 2021
Who: Influential post-punk explorers from London.
Active: 1976–1980, 1985–1992, 1999–present
18 studio albums so far
New album: A deluxe edition of PF456 Redux.
An LP released in 2003 featuring tracks from two EPs and 2003 album
Send, all of which were edited in length to accommodate the vinyl format.
2×10” singles + 1×7” single housed in a hardback book designed by Jon Wozencroft, including a 6000 word essay from writer Graham Duff, with new interviews with WIRE’s Bruce Gilbert, Colin Newman, Robert Grey and Graham Lewis, as well as complete lyrics and recording details, plus many previously unpublished photographs. Will also be released
Out: On Record Store Day, 12 June 2021 – order into here
Original artwork – 2003…
WIRE: All Albums – Facebook
25 April 2021
Band: DINOSAUR JR.
Who: Longtime slacker rockers from Amherst, Massachusetts
Active: 1984–1997, 2005–present / 12 albums (so far).
New album: SWEEP INTO SPACE – 12th LP
Released: 23 April 2021
J Mascis: “I was listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy, so I was trying to get some
of that dueling twin-lead sound. But the recording session was pretty well
finished by the time things really hit the fan. When the lockdown happened
in March, that meant I was on my own. But it was cool.”
Pitchfork: “Against steep odds, the Western Massachusetts noisemakers’ classic
lineup has made more records in the 21st century than they did in the ’80s, and
unlike Pixies, they’ve achieved a kind of lineup equilibrium that eluded them the
first go-round… Featuring co-production from Kurt Vile, the classic trio’s latest
reunion album is their breeziest and most melodically generous yet.”
Turn Up The Volume: This could easily be one of their 90s albums.
Same fuzz, same buzz. Still slacking like in the early days. Too familiar
for my liking.
Singles/clips: I Ran Away / Garden
– GARDEN –
– I RAN AWAY –
Stream/buy full LP…
DINOSAUR JR.: Facebook
24 April 2021
Band: FEAR FACTORY
Who: Veteran wellheads from Los Angeles (different line-ups over the years)
Active: 1989–2002, 2003–2006, 2009–present / 10 albums (so far)
Album: AGGRESSION CONTINUUM – 10th LP
Out: 18th June – Order info here
Dino Cazares (co-founder/guitarist) about the new LP: “This record is one of my
proudest achievements. There were a lot of personal struggles, sacrifices, and legal issues involved. But through passion determination, lots of hard work and not giving up the fight,
it’s finally ready for the world to hear. I felt that I needed to prove myself once again as I always try and make each record better than the last. Listen, and understand! This album is pissed! It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear and it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are hooked. You must fight to survive in the Aggression Continuum.”
Also on Spotify…
FEAR FACTORY: Facebook – All Albums
22 April 2021
Band: THE MOUNTAIN GOATS
Who: Indie folk-rockers led by founder
and singer-songwriter John Darnielle
From: Claremont, California, US
Active: Since 1991 / 20 albums (so far) /
Latest: Getting Into Knives (2020)
New album: DARK IN HERE – 20th LP (third in 18 months)
Cover artwork: Walpurgis Night in Bergslagen, Grandgärde in Dalarna
by Swedish painter Anshelm Schultzberg – 1896 – from the collection
of the Swedish National Museum.
Out: 25th June via Merge Records – Order info: here.
Peter Hughes (The Goat’s multi-instrumentalist): One of the words that
John (Darnielle) used when we were talking about the direction for ‘Dark in Here’
was “wild,” which I liked a lot. Not wild in the sense of abandon—these aren’t those
kind of songs. But wild in the sense of something undomesticated, untamable. Wild
like the immutability of nature, the way it will take back any piece of untended space
as its own…. Wild like the whale; like a powerful animal. Or a virus—the beast that
awakes, emerges from a forest, and stops the world. You can fight the calamity all
you want, but either way, it’s going to demand your surrender.
A moody beauty…
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: Facebook
(photo: Jade Wilson / received via Silver PR)
19 April 2021
Active: 1992–1998, 2000–present
15 albums (so far)
Album: VAN WEEZER – 15th LP
Note 1: The album is dedicated to the late Eddie Van Halen
Note 2: Recordings started in 2019 and a release was planned
for a 15 May 2020 release, but postponed for a year, until next
Release: 7 May 2021 – only 4 1/2 months after
their previous excellent album OK Human.
Singles: Hero / The End Of The Game / Beginning Of The End
– HERO –
– THE END OF THE GAME –
– BEGINNING OF THE END –
15 April 2021
The late great ROKY ERICKSON (15 July 1947 – 31 May 2019) was one of the pioneers
of psychedelic rock back in the sixties as founder/frontman/guitarist of The 13th Floor Elevators and kept on rolling afterward as a solo performer.
The legend will be honored with a tribute album, titled May The Circle Remain Unbroken: A Tribute To Roky Erickson, featuring artists such as Jeff Tweedy, Margo
Price, Ty Segall, Lucinda Williams, Mark Lanegan, Neko Case, Chelsea Wolfe and The Black Angels.
The LP (clear/purple vinyl with a bonus RSD-only flexi disc featuring an unreleased early-’70s Roky Erickson track, ‘Love Hieroglyphics’) comes out on Record Store Day,
on July 17. A CD version will be available later in 2021. More info here.
Here’s Roky fronting the 13th Floor Elevators (60s)…
01 Billy F Gibbons: “(I’ve Got) Levitation”
02 Mosshart Sexton: “Starry Eyes”
03 Jeff Tweedy: “For You (I’d Do Anything)”
04 Lyyn Castle / Mark Lanegan: “Clear Night for Love”
05 The Black Angels: “Don’t Fall Down”
06 Neko Case: “Be and Bring Me Home”
07 Margo Price: “Red Temple Prayer (Two-Headed Dog)”
08 Gary Clark Jr. / Eve Monsees: “Roller Coaster”
09 Ty Segall: “Night of the Vampire”
10 Lucinda Williams: “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
11 Chelsea Wolfe: “If You Have Ghosts”
12 Brogan Bentley: “May the Circle Remain Unbroken