26 September 2020
Band: Public Enemy
Album: What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? – 15th LP
with a long cast of guests: Cypress Hill, Mike D & Ad Rock, Run DMC, Nas,
Rhapsody, Ice-T, James Bomb, and more.
Released: 25 September 2020
NME says: Still bringing the noise after being in the game for over 30 years, this album is Public Enemy’s best effort since 1998’s ‘He Got Game’. Continuing to hold leaders accountable in a time when it’s truly needed, the group’s fearless expressions of truth sound right at home pinned to a jet-fuelled backdrop of rip-roaring beats that hammer your eardrums and capture everything hip-hop should stand for.” – Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Chuck D.: “My battle is with Trump – to look at this guy that I’ve known since the early ‘80s. I’m from New York and I’ve seen all his bullshit and the mind games that he’s played on the country and the world. He’s just got to go. Fuck waiting ‘til November. We’re trying to Nixonise this guy. We’re trying to get him to step down quick now. If the world can’t stand him and half the country can’t stand him, then why is he there?”
PUBLIC ENEMY: Facebook
25 September 2020
First album in 12 years
AllMusic/Andy Kellman verdict: “ACR Loco is freer in spirit and lighter in touch than their previous LP, Mind Made Up. While ACR could be forgiven for feeling the weight of a 40-year history, there’s a spring in their step… They’re as comfortable with referring to their past as they are with exhibiting old and new inspirations… it’s all put together in a way that only A Certain Ratio could possibly manage… forward motion and eternal optimism.”
Full review here.
Turn Up The Volume‘s first impressions: sounds like the late great sex machines Prince and James Brobn teamed up in ACR’s notorious Manchester haven, recording together in the infamous Haçienda night club with the band’s Jez Kerr in the production room.”
The good old days
R.I.P. Denise Johnson
22 September 2020
Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Album: Epic – her second LP
Released: 21 September 2010 – 10 years ago
SHARON VAN ETTEN: Sharon Van Etten
Meeting the wonderful Sharon (photos by Turn Up The Volume!)
‘Postcards From A Young Man’ by Manic Street Preachers
Released: 20 September 2010 – 10 years ago.
Outstanding track: Some Kind Of Nothingness…
13 May 2020
‘Making A Door Less Open’ by WILL TOLEDO and his band CAR SEAT HEADREST
12th longplayer – released: 1st May 2020
A word from Toledo:“Each track is the result of an intense battle to bring out its natural
colors and transform it into a complete work. The songs contain elements of EDM, hip hop, futurism, doo-wop, soul, and of course rock and roll. But underneath all these things I think these may be folk songs, because they can be played and sung in many different ways, and they’re about things that are important to a lot of people: anger with society, sickness, loneliness, love…the way this album plays out is just our own interpretation of the tracks,
with Andrew, Ethan and I forming a sort of choir of contrasting natures.
TUTV score: 4/5
Toledo about wearing a mask: I decided to start wearing a mask for a couple of reasons. One, I still get nervous being onstage with everybody looking at me. If everyone is looking at the mask instead, then it feels like we’re all looking at the same thing, and that is more honest to me. Two, music should be about enjoying yourself, especially live music, and I think of this costume as a way to remind myself and everyone else to have some fun with it.”
CAR SEAD HEADREST: Facebook
Brand new album by MARK LANEGAN, the hardest working artist in rock.
Here’s STRAIGHT SONGS OF SORROW
MARK LANEGAN: Discography
1 December 2019
Who: “The Toronto-based art-pop project of Rachael Cardiello.
With layered synth and driving beats she brings an explosive range
to her writing, equal parts intimate and fierce.”
Album: SENSATIONS IN TWO DOT
Released: 22 November 2019
Zinnia about her alluring debut: “‘Sensations in Two Dot’ focuses on moments of
doubt, creative, societal, and persona, exploring what it means to hold compassion
through the multifaceted, grey areas of life. Whether in the isolated town of Two Dot,
Montana (population 143) or the buzzing streets of Toronto (population 2.6 million),
these nine songs probe the complex, unsettling similarities found in the human experience:
the hauntings of unrelenting dreams, tensions and tender triumphs in relationships, systems
of abuse threaded through communities, and the search for compassion and visibility in everyday interactions.”
TUTV says: Mesmeric vox and gripping songwriter you can file
easily next to Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten and St. Vincent
28 November 2019
Artist: OLLIE TREVERS
Who: A London based singer-songwriter, who studied at Leeds College Of
Music and ICMP. He was in several bands before deciding to become a solo
artist. He started writing and performing music from fourteen years old and
cannot remember a time when he didn’t want to be an artist.
New Release: 5-track EP titled ‘CORDELIA‘,
it’s his second EP and came out on 15 November.
Sound: Ollie Trevers is blessed with a phenomenal voice and a tremendous skill
for writing captivating and spine-tingling songs with a wayward, unconventional
and venturesome touch as the late great songwriters Jeff Buckley and Elliot Smith
did so touchingly brilliant. His new second EP ‘Cordelia‘ features songs about all
things human. About personal observations, heartache, solitude, worthlessness,
catharsis and emotional claustrophobia. The way he performs each and every
song is most gripping and absorbing. Pure heart and soul bewitchment.
Here are his wholehearted meditations…
On the video for key track ‘Stage Of Fools’ you
can watch Ollie Trevers in action with his band…
OLLIE TREVERS: Facebook
26 November 2019
Band: PSYCHIATRIC METAPHORS
Who: The musical project of New Jersey artist Sam Taylor.
Album: HOTEL RADIATION – released 19 October
Sound: Mastermind Sam Taylor describes in detail the side effects of listening to his new record: “Welcome to Hotel Radiation. Please enjoy your stay at our lovely establishment. Many of our visitors see or hear things that do not exist. They also experience Dilated pupils, increased blood pressure, increased body temperature, loss of organs, depression and psychosis all of which are all typical to any guest and shouldn’t frighten you in any way Effects typically begin within half an hour and can last for up to 12 hours after leaving. Other side effects include Radiation poisoning, suicidal thoughts, and flashbacks, and enslavement to the American government.”
Discover the psych-o-delic
madness right here…
10 November 2019
Band: 10000 RUSSOS
Who: A trio that emerged from what they call “a dark, decadent city of a peripheral country in a peripheral continent”: Porto, Portugal. They formed in 2012 and soon released a four-track EP, triggering some national buzz and, as many great guitar bands these days, they stumbled upon the international Psych community.
Sound: “In opposition to most of their peers, 10,000 Russos have concentrated on creating soundscapes of the subconscious. Recalling the savage and repetitive progressions of Neu!
and the longest and grimmest drones of Suicide, the marching heartbeat in the background gives the music the stomp of a solemn drumming ritual across the wastelands of the mind.”
Album: KOMPROMAT – the band’s third longlayer –
released 8 October 2019 – available via Fuzz Club
Score: ‘Kompromat’ is an endless mind-blowing psychedelic journey that will transfer you to a trance-like state of escapism once you pressed play. Droning groove extravaganza and inexhaustible Krautrock eccentricity from another galaxy, far away from the boredom of our daily reality. Your aural perception will never be the same again after this trip.
Stream/purchase album here…
10000 RUSSOS: Facebook
(photo: FB 10000 Russos)