15 August 2022
(Artwork new album)
American multi-instrumentalist Noah Benjamin Lennox better known as
PANDA BEAR and equally musical centipede Peter Kember aka SONIC BOOM
(co-founder of Spacemen 3) worked together again. The result is the new album,
titled Reset. It’s inspired by Kember’s collection of records from the ’50s and ’60s
and has several samples of hits of those memorable music decades on this new longplayer.
Pitchfork says: “Sharing equal billing for the first time, longtime collaborators Noah Lennox and Peter Kember achieve an intoxicating mind meld over a sample-heavy tribute to 1960s pop. Reset addresses our own troubled zeitgeist by avoiding the ambient dread, blithe critique, and seething anger that often characterize records we consider to be topical today… Less palliative than corrective, Reset is a dose of human lightness in the drudgery of the now. Conventional wisdom says that only younger performers have the unspoiled optimism and energy necessary to make such enthusiasm believable—the ardent songs Reset samples, after all, were sung by teens or twenty-somethings. But Panda Bear and Sonic Boom counter with the longevity of artists who have never compromised, and they give us the defiant Reset knowing that despair is a weapon in the hands of a present hell-bent on stamping out our souls.” Score: 8/10.
TUTV: Back to the future spirit all the way.
Singles/clips: Go On / Edge Of The Edge
– GO ON –
– EDGE OF THE EDGE –
Full album streams on Spotify.
PANDA BEAR: Instagram
SONIC BOOM: Instagram
14 August 2022
Two years ago flamboyant frontman Tom Meighan left KASABIAN following personal problems. The announcement came via this statement from the band: “Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent. Tom has struggled with personal issues that have affected his behavior for quite some time, and now wants to concentrate all his energies on getting his life back on track.”
(Serge Pizzorno – photo by Turn Up The Volume)
The band’s songwriter Serge Pizzorno, who occasionally
sang Kasabian songs in the past, is the new vocalist, on the
new full length, baptized THE ALCHEMIST’S EUPHORIA,
released 2 days ago.
NME says: “The band’s seventh album – and first with Serge Pizzorno on the mic – is a space-inspired recalibration that still boasts old-school anthems aplenty. Kasabian have always been about having a good fucking time, and although this is understandably their most introspective record yet, it does point to euphoria ahead. Back in May, the frontman told NME: “This album was just us saying, ‘Let’s see what we can do – let’s see where we can take this’. On the evidence of this surprising, eclectic and intimate record – which still finds time for the anthems of old – the answer is: as far as they want to”. Score: 4/5.
TUTV: Without rock frontman Tom Meighan I guess the band’s mastermind Serge Pizzorno made/released the synth-pop-symphonic orientated album he already had in his head for a long time, but was afraid to share it under the old Kasabian banner – the rock gang. So here it’s now. And hats off to Pizzorno for doing the bold thing: not looking back at the good old rock days, and instead re-start with a new(er) sound, the one he would have developed some time, anyway. On the other hand, honestly, I liked the first Kasabian version better.
Singles/clips: ALYGATYR / SCRIPTVRE / CHEMICALS
– ALYGATYR –
– SCRIPTVRE –
– CHEMICALS –
Stream the full album here…
KASABIAN: Facebook – Instagram
13 August 2022
Artist: MEAGN THEE STALLION
Who: Houston based rapper born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete 27 years ago
New album: TRAUMAZINE
Released: 12 August 2022 – order info here
Rolling Stone says: “On her new album, the rap superstar comes up with just the right balance of slick bops and searing confessionals. Traumazine is a thrill ride of a listen, a
motley mix of slick bops and searing confessionals that wonderfully encapsulate all of
her various vibes.” Score: 4/5.
TUTV says: Megan is a spectacular artist in sound and vision, in rap and hip-hop,
in clips and pictures. Traumazine will be her 2nd millionseller.
Singles/clips: Pressurelicious / Sweetest Pie
– PRESSURELICIOUS –
– SWEETEST PIE –
Stream full album on Spotify
MEGAN: Website – Instagram
6 August 2022
(Artwork new album)
Band: PUSSY RIOT
Who: The Russian feminist punk collective, of which members – including the main riot grrl and then 22-year-old Nadezhda Tolokonnikova – were thrown in jail for 2 years in Siberia following a guerrilla gig at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Before they were shut down they sangg their 40-second anti-Putin anthem “Punk Prayer: Mother of God Drive Putin Away”. It all happened 10 years ago. When they were released from prison they left the country and started to make outspoken records and to play remarkable gigs. And still do.
New album (actually a mixtape): MATRIARCHY NOW
Released: 5 August 2022
The Guardian (British newspaper) says: “Ideology grinds against a kitsch, hypersexual aesthetic in the Russian rebels’ bizarre yet sometimes brilliant debut mixtape. Yet Matriarchy Now is rebel music in the context of Pussy Riot’s origins – a deliberate “sellout” of punk purity, and an up yours to conservative Russian society and the patriarchs of the Orthodox church – that shows Tolokonnikova’s artistic ambitions clearly extend beyond her undoubted heroism. After years of being asked about Putin, whatever music she puts out, the confusion, glee and revulsion these seven songs evoke should start a new conversation.” Score: 3/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Although Pussy Riot still is presented as a group, it’s actually
key member Nadya Tolokonnikova collaborating with R&B/rap/hip-hop artists such as
Big Freedia, Salem Ilese, Kito, Hudson Mohawke, Slayyyter, Phoebe Ryan, and others.
The new look Pussy act still rebels as they used to – with the war in Ukraine and
abortion – as the expected main issues. What’s changed is the sound. No more
punk yelling, no more riotous havoc.
Slowly, with new releases, Nadya Tolokonnikova moved to synth-pop/R&B territory.
It’s clear that she wants to reach a wider public to spread her messages further than
now. Top choice! For my taste, the new sonic direction is too mellow and too sugary.
But I’ll back PR as long as they kick political ass. FUCK PUTIN!
Full mixtape via Spotify
PUSSY RIOT: Facebook – Instagram
5 August 2022
British electro-pop indies STEREOLAB (1990–2009, 2019–present)
announced details of the 5th part of their Switched On series
of compilation albums.
PULSE OF THE EARY BRAIN (Switched On – Volume 5) is
out on 2 September and contains 3LPs/2CDs. All info here.
Ahead of the release the band share two rare tracks which
were on a 1997 collaborative 12” with Nurse With Wound.
Audio and visualizers here.
– SIMPLE HEADPHONE MIND –
– TRIGGIN’ WITH THE BIRDS –
CANADA / US TOUR
STEREOLAB: Website – Bandcamp
3 August 2022
Band: STICK TO YOUR GUNS
Who: The famous Californian hardcore tormentors
Active: Since 2003 / 7 studio LPs (new one incl.)
New album: SPECTRE
Released: 29 July 2022 – order info here
Kerrang! says: “Life in 2022’s a bit shit, isn’t it? The planet is burning to death, the cost of living crisis has taken a bite out of everyone’s finances, and governments worldwide are sliding further and further to the right. As grim as this is, however, it means that hardcore heroes Stick To Your Guns are emerging from the woodwork at a time where they are needed most with their first album in five years. As with any record the Californians put their name to, Spectre is more than just a riff-fueled cathartic blast – it’s both astute in its commentary and revitalizing in its mood, brimming with the energy that could lift even the most desperate soul off their knees.” Score: 4/5.
(Credit: Press – FB band)
Turn Up The Volume: Their filthy-nasty-vicious blend of punk, metal, hardcore,
and hard rock the L.A. gunslingers will again ignite countless moshpits.
Expect crushing cacophonies, barb-wire scream-along headbutts and railroading escapades. At times – yes – monumentally catchy and terrifically melodious and
– yes – a melancholic ballad to close one of the best albums I heard all year long.
Spectre is a a loud and shout call to arms with a message of hope.
An outcry to join forces and turn the threatening tide of a world that
lost its marbles.
Let’s just do it! And, by the way,I wouldn’t mind if Spectre is played to
the max for a full 24 hours on earphones (with sharp pins) on Putin’s
ugly head. Fuck him!
Single/clip: Hush / Open Up My Head
– HUSH –
– OPEN UP MY MIND –
Release the dogs.
Stream/buy full album here…
STICK TO YOUR GUNS: Website
29 July 2022
Band: of MONTREAL
Who: Indie pop outfit from Georgia, Athens
orchestrated by Kevin Barnes
Active: Since 1996 / 18 LPs, new one incl.
New album: FREEWAVE LUCIFER F<ck F^ck F<ck
Out: 29 July 2022 – more info here
The third longplayer in 3 years
Turn Up The Volume: Put The Beatles (their dope years), Tame Impala,
Vampire Weekend in a bag, shake real hard for 10 minutes, than open
and empty the content What you get is flipped pop psychedelia with
layers of harmonies and symphonic LSD rainbows. Far-out!
Singles/clips: Marijuana’s A Working Woman / Blab Sabbath Lathe Of Maiden
– BLAB SABBATH LATHE OF MAIDEN –
– MARIJUANA’S A WORKING WOMAN –
Stream full album on Spotify
oF MONTREAL: Facebook
25 July 2022
There are so many Leonard Cohen tribute albums already around and another one is
coming up on 11 November via the iconic jazz label Blue Note (in business since 1939).
Here It Is: A Tribute To Leonard Cohen will feature covers of 12 of his countless pearls performed by artists such as Peter Gabriel, Iggy Pop, James Taylor and Mavis Staples.
Here is the song that inspired the new tribute album’s title.
1. ‘Steer Your Way’ – Norah Jones
2. ‘Here It Is’ – Peter Gabriel
3. ‘Suzanne’ – Gregory Porter
4. ‘Hallelujah’ – Sarah Mclachlan
5.‘Avalanche’ – Immanuel Wilkins
6. ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye’ – Luciana Souza
7. ‘Coming Back to You’ – James Taylor
8. ‘You Want It Darker’ – Iggy Pop
9. ‘If It Be Your Will’ – Mavis Staples
10. ‘Seems So Long Ago, Nancy’ – David Gray
11. ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ – Nathaniel Rateliff
12. ‘Bird on the Wire’ – Bill Frisell
LEONARD COHEN: Bio – Discography
September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016
23 July 2022
Artist: TY SEGALL
Musical Californian centipede entered the rock arena in 2004
and fabricated 14 studio albums (including the new one) so far.
New album: HELLO, HI
Released: 22 July 2022 – order info here.
His 14th solo LP
Pitchfork: “The prolific songwriter’s latest is an acoustic detour, a quiet
soundtrack for overcast days… Ty Segall is an expert craftsman. The dead
space and repetition are what give the album its momentum, and the
ambling detours have an idiosyncratic charm that belongs entirely
to Segall.” Score: 7/10.
Turn Up The Volume: After dropping his previous LP Harmonizer last year, without
any warning Segall has already another one out. Now and then noiseniks need a break from turning up the volume and do a sort of acoustic, moody Neil Young thing. That’s what Segall tries here too. Unfortunately, the result is lukewarm. Come back soon Ty and keep on rockin’ in the free world again.
Stream album on Spotify
TY SEGALL: Facebook Discography
22 July 2022
Busy bee JACK WHITE has his 2nd LP of 2022 out. Following the fired-up
Fear Of The Dawn last April here’s ENTERING HEAVEN ALIVE.
From the first spin on, this new one struck me as the best of the two. Its mellow, smooth, yet impassioned, and poignant soulfulness touched me directly. Bluesy reveries, bluesy lullabies, and bluesy introspections, and most of all bluesy top tunes. His best solo work ever? Could be. But first, a couple of listens more, to find out.
Rolling Stone says: “Entering Heaven Alive presents him as a flesh-and-blood creature, chewing over his past and future before a full moon transforms him in a different kind of beast.”
Singles/clips: If I Die Tomorrow / Love Is Selfish
– IF I DIE TOMORROW –
– LOVE IS SELFISH –
Stream the full album on Spotify.
JACK WHITE: Facebook