THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Share Synths Infused Ripper ‘SPELLBINDNG’ From Act III Of Their Rock Opera

New striking strokes

28 March 2023

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will complete their three-part
rock opera ATUM with Act III, out on 5 May.

You can stream ACT I & II right here.

Along with the news comes the first piece off Act III. SPELLBINDING
is a robust rocker infused with radiant synths, exploding now and then
into a ripper on its steaming chorus and ending with a dreamy fade out.

No bombast this time, only ebullient energy. One of the
best Pumpkins tracks I heard so far from this project.


Check it out.

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9 March 2023

Cover star PETER GABRIEL, holding court in his London home studio, rock’s most progressive nabob exclusively unveils his ambitious plans for i/o to Uncut, his first
album of new music for 20 years.

The Beatles, Rickie Lee Jones, The Damned, OMD, David Berman and more also feature in the new Uncut, This issue comes with an exclusive free 15-track CD of the month’s best new music.

You can order a copy and let it be sent to your home. Info HERE

UNCUT: Website

TURN UP THE VOLUME JUKEBOX 2023 – 10 New Tracks Added Every Week

In order to not miss a beat Turn Up The Volume scans the musical
horizon daily (doing it for years now, actually) to stay in touch with
all new things sonically great and shares the results on a weekly

Another 10 new ace tracks added.


Sleaford Mods
Purling Hiss
Black Honey
Fontaines D.C.
The Feelgood McClouds


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FONTAINES D.C. Cover NICK DRAKE On Tribute Album

On 7th July a new NICK DRAKE tribute album, named
The Endless Coloured Ways – The Songs Of Nick Drake
will be released.

Folk songsmith Drake (1948-1974) was/is an inspiration for many singer-songwriters.
His 3 LPs Five Leaves Left (1969), Bryter Layter (1970) and Pink Moon (1972) were and
still are widely lauded. The trouble artist died following an overdose of amitriptyline,
an antidepressant, aged only 26.

25 covers will feature on the compilation. Involved among others are Bombay
Bicycle Club & The Staves
, Let’s Eat Grandma, Ben Harper, John Parish, David Gray,
Craig Armstrong, Liz Phair, John Grant and Irish post-punk heroes Fontaines D.C.

The latter are the first to be heard. They picked ‘CELLO SONG from Drake’s
1969 debut LP Five Leaves Left. The Irishmen’s version is just splendid in their
own haunting way.




THE VELVET UNDERGROUND – 4th LP ‘LOADED’ Gets A Deluxe Vinyl Treatment

26 February 2023

Legendary NYC icons THE VELVET UDERGROUND‘s 4th LP
LOADED gets a super-deluxe limited vinyl edition.

LOADED (FULLY RE-LOADED EDITION is a new vinyl box set that includes
nearly all of the music from its expansive 2015 CD reissue but comes with
nine LPs boasting stereo, mono and full-length mixes of the original album.

Demos, studio outtakes and live recordings also feature in the box
set and several tracks will be available on vinyl for the first time.

The special edition comes in foil-wrapped slipcase containing the vinyl,
a poster of the album’s cover art, and an illustrated booklet with liner notes
by Lenny Kaye that appeared in ‘Loaded: Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition’.

By then John Cale and Nico had left the band

In addition to the nine LPs, the set also comes with four 7″s that
reproduce the official singles and B-sides released from ‘Loaded’.

Out 24 March. Pre-order here

Original 1970 LP

VU: Bio – Discography

Moody Pop Blues And Purifying Introspection – dEUS Back With New Album ‘HOW TO REPLACE IT’

20 February 2023

Belgian art-rock heroes dEUS unleashed their
8th LP, named HOW TO REPLACE IT last Friday.

Pias (record label): “Some bands age gracefully, slipping into something a little more comfortable. Others fade to irrelevance, with nothing left to say. Twenty-eight years after their debut record, dEUS have done neither – they remain indie stalwarts, pushing ever forward, endlessly curious and creatively restless.”

Tom Barman at work – photo by Turn Up The Volume

Tom Barman (frontman/songwriter): “You don’t want to repeat yourself, but
you have your style. You want to try new stuff and just react to whatever feels
fresh at the time.

“I like the openness of the album’s title. Follow the lyrical clues, and you might conclude “it”
concerns romance and ageing; squint a little, and you might alight on modernity being the malaise described. Either way, fueling intrigue is by design. It’s a question, it’s an answer…
it’s up to the listener to decide.”

“I had a pretty dramatic time – very personal, very painful. But ‘How To Replace It’ doesn’t scan as sad or downbeat; it’s quite the opposite. It’s defiant. And has some distance. It’s not just the raw emotion speaking – there’s the hindsight and introspection that comes after all that. And room for forgiveness.”

Full Barman interview here.

TUTV: It’s the best-ever Belgian band’s first longplayer in almost 11 years, not that
they disappeared from the earth as they released a ‘Best Of’ in between and kept playing live, mostly at festivals. How To Replace It is definitely family of 2012 album Following Sea
in tone, timbre, and moodiness.

No fireworks, no killer singles, no classic anthems. For the greater part this
new full-length breaths moody blues pop and purifying introspection musings following Tom Barman‘s heart-piercing relationship breakup and family strife. At this moment – after 3 spins – I’m not really excited, but I know, of course, that dEUS songs – definitely their soft ones – grow slowly until they capture your psyche. So, we’ll see/hear. But I’m optimistic. Their high-quality songwriting is no less than an unquestionable fact.

Singles: 1989 / How To Rpalce It

– 1989 –




Europe Tour

dEUS: Linktree

Waking Up With FLORENCE + THE MACHINE Remixed By Bristol Punks IDLES

Works faster and harder than caffeine

9 October 2023

her 5th album Dance Fever last May.

Recently, she shared a remixed version of the longplayer’s track
HEAVEN IS HERE by, surprise-surprise, IDLES, yes the fierce punks
from Bristol.

Let’s hear what both parties have to say about the collaboration.

Florence: “IDLES are one of my favourite bands and I’ve been wanting to work on something together for a while.” explains Florence. “It might be strange for people to think but I see a lot of symbiosis in what we do in terms of live performance. Connection above all else. Joyful rage and togetherness. A lot of people wished that Heaven Is Here was longer. And I think IDLES have done the perfect job at turning it into a much demanded dance track that loses nothing of the hex at its heart.

Mark Bowen (guitarist Idles): “Dance Fever is quite a cathartic album for me, speaking a lot to the yearning for the release of performing but also introspecting on the need itself. It lives on the line of tension between the need for release and getting it (is that not the best bit?) no more is this encapsulated on ‘Heaven is Here’. I wanted to sit with that tension but then also lavish in the release on this remix.”

Don’t expect something spectacular. It’s not a post-punk
turnover. It’s more of an injection of techno beats.

Tune in.