THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN! The 7 Knockout Albums That Energized My Ears And Mind In 2016…

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1/ ‘Peace & Truce Of Future Of The Left’ by FUTURE OF THE LEFT (Wales/UK)
The slashing combination of frontman Andrew Falkous’ sarcastic, verbal virtuosity & explosive vocals with the band’s smashing hacksaw drones make me feel MENTAL!…
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THE PEACE & TRUCE on Spotify 
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FUTURE OF THE LEFT: Website – Facebook

2/ ‘Femejism’ by DEAP VALLY (Los Angeles, CA, US)
This merciless hittin’ female duo’s second album is a badass killer opus filled with tons of dynamite blues rock. Troy‘s borderline vox & Edwards’ fierce drumming are lethal weapons!
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FEMEJISM on Spotify
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DEAP VALLY: Website –  Facebook – Twitter

3/ ‘The Dancer’ by COCAINE PISS (Liege, Belgium)
Deafening exorcism with 90 seconds hardcore sledgehammers attacking all your senses non-stop. This 4-piece explores the sharp edge of insanity with mind-boggling outbursts…
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THE DANCER on Bandcamp
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COCAINE PISS: Facebook – You Tube

4/ ‘Chaosmosis’ by PRIMAL SCREAM (Scotland)
Best amplified pop album of the year to soundtrack your 24-hour Saturday Night Fever…
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CHAOSMOSIS on Spotify
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PRIMAL SCREAM: Website – Facebook

5/ ‘Songs For Our Mothers’ by FAT WHITE FAMILY (London, UK)
Maddest, most controversial and anarchistic gang in years producing mind-blowing electronic guitar grooves. From ecstasy injected euphoria to lazy lo-fi Valium chants…
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SONGS FOR OUR MOTHERS on Spotify
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FAT WHITE FAMILY: Facebook – Twitter

6/’Honeymoon on Mars’ by THE POP GROUP (Bristol,UK)
The legendary post-punk prostitutes still funk acutely against the grain with abrasive flare and adrenaline injected dance eccentricity for all the surviving citizen zombies out there…
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HONEYMOON ON MARS on Bandcamp
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THE POP GROUP: Website – Facebook – Twitter

7/ ‘Tracks Of Wire’ by DEUX FURIEUSES (London, UK)
Loud and proud debut album by two outspoken and deeply caring female rebels.
An unambiguous, honest and challenging powerhouse LP about social injustices…
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TRACKS OF WIRE on Bandcamp
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DEUX FURIEUSES: Website – Facebook – Twitter

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 Memorable Moments To Commemorate… LOU REED

A series of seven outstanding songs by outstanding artists…

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The Magnificent LOU REED Seven

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Already three years – 27 October 2013 – since LEWIS ALLEN ‘LOU’ REED passed away, at 71. Singer. Songwriter. Poet. Rock and roll animal. Controversial and genial artist (both go together mostly). We probably will never know the real person behind that world-famous name, although his widow gave us a (musical) insight on the man recently. Laurie Anderson composed a truly touching playlist with songs of her late husband that reflect the New York legend’s character perfectly to her. You can listen to the 13 songs she selected on Deezer. As a long-life fan I couldn’t resist myself to pick – man, oh, man, that took really some time, most of all because I wanted to avoid the most obvious ones – seven magnificent songs, to remember his demise three years ago. Seven memorable moments from an exceptional singer/songwriter who loved to walk on the wild side and created innumerable pieces of brilliant music along his fascinating journey…

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1. ‘Waves Of Fear’
The raging intensity here is spine-chilling, like he’s going completely out of his troubled mind… right here, right now: “I curse my tremors / I jump at my own step / I cringe at my terror / I hate my own smell / I know where I must be, I must be in hell...” Mind-twisting!
Album: THE BLUE MASK (1982)
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2/ ‘Dirty Blvd.’
Observations on the poignant gap between the poor and the rich in his beloved
New York City and at the end of this pearl we will all sing ‘Fly-fly away‘ with him…
Album: NEW YORK (1989)
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3/ ‘Ooohhh Baby’
Reed having fun again after scaring the world with Metal Music Machine the year before…
Album: CONEY ISLAND BABY (1976)
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4/ ‘Sweet Jane’
To my ears his most uplifting performance of this classic. Like it was recorded in one take.
Album: LOADED (The Velvet Underground – 1970)
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5/ ‘Turn To Me’
Lou denies being egocentric, narcissist and asocial. He’s actually a Good Samaritan
Album: NEW SENSATIONS (1984)
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6/ ‘Street Hassle’ (live)
Album: ANIMAL SERENADE (live LP recorded in Los Angeles in 2003)
“I wanted to write a song that had a great monologue set to rock. Something that could
have been written by William Burroughs, Hubert Selby, John Rechy, Tennessee Williams,
Nelson Algren, maybe a little Raymond Chandler. You mix it all up and you have ‘Street Hassle’…
” Hypnotizing riff, going on and on, while Reed tells three different stories…
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7/ ‘Open House’ (with John Cale)
One of the magic songs on Reed’s and Cale‘s homage LP for their mentor Andy Warhol
Album: SONGS FOR DRELLA (1990)
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LOU REED: Bio – Discography – Website In Memoriam

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN! 7 Memorable Anthems from RICHARD ASHCROFT…

The Magnificent Seven = a series of 7 outstanding tracks by outstanding artists…

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The eccentric Northern Soul Man from Wigan, England is finally back. Six years after
his RPA and The United Nations Of Sound project, eight years after reunion album
Forth with The Verve and ten years after his last proper solo album Keys To The World.
New album THESE PEOPLE is a tremendous emotions filled body of work about love
and fear in 2016. To celebrate his return here are seven epic symphonies illustrating the sonic radiance of RICHARD ASCHCROFT‘s flamboyant career…

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1/ Slide Away
The wild years. A dreamy and mind-blowing trip, with Ashcroft eight miles high…

On album: Storm In Heaven (1993)
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2/ This Is Music
Electrifying soul thunder à la The Verve . Fully charged and grand orchestration…

On album: Northern Soul (1995)
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3/ Bittersweet Symphony
I heard this a million times but still his most bewitching anthem ever. Just unavoidable…

On album: Urban Hymns (1997)
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4/ Buy It In Bottles
One of the best ballads – to my ears – he ever wrote. Melodic splendor…

On album: Human Conditions (2002)
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5/ Why Not Nothing
RA on a roll. King-sized chorus to scream along out loud. Vibrant power…

On album: Keys To The World (2006)
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6/ Velvet Morning
This is music! Pure beauty. One of his most intense moments…
On album: Urban Hymns (1997)

7/ This Is How It Feels
Back in grand style. Vintage majesty. Glorious return…

On album: These People (2016)
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RICHARD ASHCROFT : Website – Facebook – Twitter

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN! 7 Crushing Slams from PIXIES…

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I loved this Boston noisemakers from the first minute. Pixies, the magic quartet of Black Francis, David Lovering, Joey Santiago and Kim Deal already formed in 1986 – sounds like a couple of centuries ago – and became everybody’s favorite loud/quiet/loud/quiet band.

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Young and vital…

After 3 and a 1/2 brilliant albums they stopped digging for fire and called it a day in 1993.
I suppose that boredom and dollar signs brought them back together in 2004.. But one of those rare reunions you were hoping for to happen.

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Older and reunited…

But then Kim Deal left the band/got kicked out (all parties have their story) and the band released their 5th studio album ‘Indie Cindy’‘ without Kim! What a shame! Nobody, can replace that natural-born bass player/damn cool lady & breeder. But they did it anyway and are still touring without her. Enough said, time for some loud havoc. Here are 7 crushing slams from PIXIES

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PIXIES: Website – Facebook – Twitter

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN! 7 Mesmeric Anthems From RICHARD ASHCROFT…

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The eccentric Northern Soul Man from Wigan, England is finally back. Six years after
his RPA and The United Nations Of Sound project, eight years after reunion album
Forth with The Verve and ten years after his last proper solo album Keys To The World.
New album THESE PEOPLE will be out 20th of May. And this summer, August 8th, he
will play Belgium at the Lokerse Feesten Festival. I will be in the front row, oh yes. Reasons enough for a Magnificent Seven selection. Here are seven epic symphonies illustrating the sonic radiance of RICHARD ASCHCROFT‘s flamboyant career…

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1/ Slide Away
The wild years. A dreamy and mind-blowing trip, with Ashcroft eight miles high…

On album: Storm In Heaven (1993)
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2/ This Is Music
Electrifying soul thunder à la The Verve . Fully charged and grand orchestration…

On album: Northern Soul (1995)
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3/ Bittersweet Symphony
I heard this a million times but still his most bewitching anthem ever. Just unavoidable…

On album: Urban Hymns (1997)
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4/ Buy It In Bottles
One of the best ballads – to my ears – he ever wrote. Melodic splendor…

On album: Human Conditions (2002)
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5/ Why Not Nothing
RA on a roll. King-sized chorus to scream along out loud. Vibrant power…

On album: Keys To The World (2006)
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6/ Velvet Morning
This is music! Pure beauty. One of his most intense moments…
On album: Urban Hymns (1997)

7/ This Is How It Feels
Back in grand style. Vintage majesty. Glorious return…

On album: These People (2016)
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RICHARD ASHCROFT : Website – Facebook – Twitter

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 Killers From Swedish Tornado… THE HIVES

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Swedish punk tornado THE HIVES will play ROCK ZOTTEGEM FESTIVAL in Belgium this year. So what? One: The Hives is one of the best live bands I ever witnessed (more than once, actually). They were born to set stages on fire around the world. Loud, spectacular, fast & funny and with a gigantic smile on their sweaty faces. Led by madman PELE, their hyperkinetic frontman, they deliver 150% Rock and Roll Entertainment! Two: the field
in question those cowboys will invade next July is close to my backyard. With 15.000 crazy music junkies jumping up and down it will be the greatest and hottest rock & roll BBQ of the summer. Time for a MAGNIFICENT SEVEN selection to warm up! Now, move your furniture and start the party…

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1/ ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’

Album: YOUR NEW FAVORITE BAND (2001)

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2/ ‘Walk, Idiot, Walk’

Album: TYRANNOSAURUS HIVES (2004)

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3/ ‘Main Offender’

Album: VENI VIDI VICIOUS (2000)

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4/ ‘Tick Tick Boom’

Album: THE BLACK AND WHITE ALBUM (2007)
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5/ ‘Here We Go Again’

Album: BARELY LEGAL (1997)

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6/ ‘Go Right Ahead’

Album: LEX HIVES (2012)

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7/ ‘Wait A Minute’

Album: LEX HIVES (2012)

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THE HIVES: Website – Facebook – Twitter

 

THE MAGNIFICENT 7 – Seven Killer Tracks From 20 Years Of PLACEBO…

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PLACEBO will be heading out on a world tour next October to celebrate the
20th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album. The band
promise a set list spanning their whole back catalogue…

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BRIAN MOLKO teased: “Let’s just say there will be songs in the set that I’ve sworn never to play again. I think it’s time that we purposefully acknowledged what a lot of Placebo fans really want to hear. They’ve been very patient with us since we rarely play our most commercially successful material. A 20 year anniversary tour seems like the right time to do so. That’s our intention. This tour is very much for the fans and a chance for us to revisit a lot of our early material. So, if you want to see us play songs like ‘Pure Morning’ and ‘Nancy Boy’ which we haven’t played in almost ten years and may not play again, then you’d better come along to these shows! We’ll have some surprises in there too.”

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Time for a Magnificent 7 selection. Hello, Brian, I’ll be at a couple of
the anniversary shows if you play the following seven killer tracks

1/ NANCY BOY – on debut album (1996)

2/ BIONIC – on debut album (1996)

3/ PURE MORNING – on 2nd LP ‘Without You I’m Nothing’ (1998)

4/ SLAVE TO THE WAGE – on third album ‘Black Market Music’ (2000)

5/ ’20TH CENTURY BOY – T.Rex cover (they performed the song in the 1998 glam rock movie Velvet Goldmine and was released as 2nd track on double A-side single ‘You
Don’t Care About Us’)

6/ FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH – on 6th longplayer ‘Battle For The Sun’ (2009)

7/ BURGER QUEEN – brill ballad on 2nd LP ‘Without You I’m Nothing’ (1998)

PLACEBO: Tour dates – Website Facebook – Twitter

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THE MAGNIFICENT 7 ! Back to the Year Of 2004 for Seven Memorable Album Tracks…

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The Magnificent 7!
Seven outstanding tracks from
big albums released in the same year…

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1/ ‘Spectacular’ by GRAHAM COXON
Irresistible banger from Blur‘s rocker at heart guitarist…

Album: HAPPINESS IN MAGAZINES – his fifth solo LP
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2/ ‘Pistol Of Fire’ by KINGS OF LEON
The mighty Americana family rockers on a smoking roll…

Album: AHA SHAKE HEARTBREAK – their third LP
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3/ ‘Test Transmision’ by KASABIAN
One of the killer tracks on the Leicester gang’s debut…

Album: KASABIAN – their first, self-titled, LP
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4/ ‘Your Honor’ by REGINA SPEKTOR
The New York singer/songwriter/pianist goes bananas. Rousing drive.

Album: SOVIET KITSCH – her third LP…
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5/ ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ by THE CONCRETES
Stellar pop cut (not The Supremes hit) from a Swedish 8-piece collective…

Album: CONCRETES – self titled debut LP
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6/ ‘Jacqueline’ by FRANZ FERDINAND
One of the dazzling guitars loaded highlights on the Scots’ first longplayer…

Album: FRANZ FERDINAND – self-titled debut LP
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7/ ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’ by THE LIBERTINES
Undoubtedly one of their finest moments. Touching nostalgia…

Album: their second, self-titled body of work
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All 7 crackers together on Spotify…

 

THE MAGNIFICENT 7! Big New 2016 Album Tracks – Week of March 7…

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Seven rousing tracks from brand new albums
that will turn up the volume of your mood
every day of your week – play them loud!…

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1/ ‘Music Takes Me’ by SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS
Following the tragic death of founding member Benjamin Curtis in 2013 this will be the electro band’s final album including Curtis‘ last work – impressive farewell pop opus…
Album: SVIIB – on iTunes
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SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS: Website – Facebook
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2/ ‘Million Eyes’ by THE CORAL
The Wirral (UK) psych pop maestro’s are back after five years and a spectacular return it is. Million Eyes is only one of the many magical highlights on their eight album. Hallelujah!
Album: DISTANCE INBETWEEN – on iTunes
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THE CORAL: Website – Facebook
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3/ ‘Posture’ by BIG UPS
This smashing quite.loud sledgehammer is the trigger that will motivate you to scream out loud to get rid of your frustrations. 2nd, excellent, album from the NY nerdcore punks.
Album: BEFORE A MILLION UNIVERSES – on iTunes
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BIG UPS: Bandcamp – Facebook
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4/ ‘Nicotine Girl’ by DOUBLE VETERANS
Actually young Belgian garage noisemakers with their 2nd, adrenalin injected, album. Mad frontman Lee Swinnen will wake up your neighbours with a nasty grin on his agitated face.
Album: SPACE AGE VOYEURISM – on Noisesome Recordings
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DOUBLE VETERANS: Facebook – Bandcamp
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5/ ‘Cannonball’ by YUCK
Third album by the London ramshackle rockers. Their powered slacker assaults will
make many heads move up and down fiercely especially with this Cannonball.
Album: STRANGER THINGS – on Bandcamp
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YUCK: Website – Facebook
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6/ ‘I Could Be Anything’ by VIOLENT FEMMES
First album in 16 years from the screaming Milwaukee folk punks, first formed in 1980.
The blustery ladies still produce stomping anthems, like this crazy polka, to start parties.
Album: WE CAN DO ANYTHING – on iTunes
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VIOLENT FEMMES: Website – Facebook
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7/ ‘You Know Who You Are’ by NADA SURF
Another imperishable power pop band from the nineties. The New Yorkers still know
the electrifying, sonic tricks to invigorate catchy, nostalgic melodies. Turn it up, folks!
Album: YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE – on iTunes
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NADA SURF: Website – Facebook
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THE MAGNIFICENT 7! Big New Album Tracks – 2016 Week 8…

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Seven rousing tracks from brand new albums
to test your speakers every day of the week!…

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1/ ‘That’s Why’ by THE CAVE SINGERS
That repetitive, strolling bass riff will get you in the end, whether you
like it or not – haunting opener on the Seattle rockers’ fifth longplayer…
Album: BANSHEE – on Bandcamp
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THE CAVE SINGERS: Website – Facebook
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2/ ‘Gypsy Caravan’ by WOLFMOTHER
Andrew Stockdale, joined by his hair and a band, is back – prepare yourself for stoner grooves interwoven with Ozzy howls and hard glam rock riffs to turn it all up – heavyyyy !…
Album: VICTORIOUS – on iTunes
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WOLFMOTHER: Website – Facebook
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3/ ‘feed me’ by SO PITTED
Give this doom punk Seattle trio anything eatable, before their scary drones hypnotize
you completely while the band rips your soul into a thousand pieces – gloomy debut…
Album:  neo – on Bandcamp
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SO PITTED: Facebook – Twitter
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4/ ‘On Delay’ by ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
Great album title, great cover sleeve, great 10th album with this pumping track and its booming synths as one of the highlights – still innovating and highly entertaining…
Album: PAINTING WITH – on iTunes
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ANIMAL COLLECTIVE: Website – Facebook
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5/ ‘Samarra’ by LNZNDRF
Some The National & Beirut members needed another band to get rid of
their demons – this dark & explosively drums driven instrumental sounds
like an exorcistic Lanzendorf session in sonic progress – magnetizing ride…
Album: LNZNDRF – on iTunes
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LNZNDRF: Website – Facebook
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6/ ‘Falling To Believe’ by DOUG TUTTLE
1st solo album after the break-up of New Hampshire lo-fi psych popsters Mmoss – once again heartbreak inspires intense a touching songwriting…
Album: IT CALLS ON ME – on iTunes
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DOUG TUTTLE: Facebook – Twitter
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7/ ‘Take Us Back’ by MAVIS STAPLES
Genuine blues/soul legends are forever – this is what Mavis Staples proves gloriously with this Benjamin Booker (could be her grandson) song and much more pearls on her new LP…
Album: LIVIN’ ON A HIGH NOTE – iTunes
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MAVIS STAPLES: Website – Facebook
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