It’s Not Dark Yet – Happy 81 To Living Songwriter Icon BOB DYLAN

24 May 2022

Robert Zimmernan was born on 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota.
Happy 81 to my all-time favorite singer-songwriter.

To mark the day here’s one of the most
affecting songs about getting older,
written by the man himself.

Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day
It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal
There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there’s been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writing what was in her mind
I just don’t see why I should even care
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, I’ve been to London and I’ve been to gay Paree
I’ve followed the river and I got to the sea
I’ve been down on the bottom of a world full of lies
I ain’t looking for nothing in anyone’s eyes
Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

I was born here and I’ll die here against my will
I know it looks like I’m moving, but I’m standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don’t even hear a murmur of a prayer
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there


24 May 2022

Who: Toronto born, London based singer-songwriter
Active: Since 2013. One solo album and two collaborative
ones with Anton Newcombe, the mastermind of psych squad
The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

The title refers to a quote by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche:
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by
those who could not hear the music.”

Released: 22 April 2022 via Fuzz Records

Parks: “I really felt discouraged to complete this album. I stopped listening to music for honestly about a year altogether and turned to painting instead. I really had to convince myself again that it’s important to just share whatever good we can – having faith in ourselves to know that our lights can shine on and on through other people and for other people. The thought of anyone not sharing their art or being shy of anything they create seems like a real tragedy to me. Even if it’s not perfect, you’re capturing a moment.”

(photo by Brent Goldsmith)

Uncut Magazine says: “An album that feels charged by forward momentum
while also embracing the comforting pulse of a locked groove.” Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Parks embedds her mood-swings in sedate-moving, symphonious musings (Suzy & Sally’s eternal Return / We Are The Music Makers / Brexit At Tiffany’s / I See Angels) with Parks‘ voice echoing like the twin one of Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), in both gloomy and sultry psych grooves (WOW / Happy Birthday Forever / Brexit At Tiffany’s) and in one rollicking piano-boogie ripper.

Even after a couple of spins and checking out the songs’ lyrics Parks‘ world still is an enigmatic one (for me) but also teasing and defiant. I just love her mysterious side, far more challenging than an open book. In the end, on Saint Michel, it feels like she’s grateful she can share new music after 9 years. So are we.

Et madames, et monsieurs
Merci, merci, merci beaucoup
Et madames, et monsieurs
Merci, merci, merci beaucoup

Singles/clips: Do You Pray / Brexit At Tiffany’s / Happy Birthday Forever


(Great song title)


Stream/buy the full album here…

TESS PARKS: Facebok – Instagram –

Born In The USA – Touring In Europe In 2023

There goes The Boss

04-28 Barcelona, Spain – Estadi Olímpic
05-05 Dublin, Ireland – RDS Arena
05-07 Dublin, Ireland – RDS Arena
05-13 Paris, France – La Défense Arena
05-18 Ferrara, Italy – Parco Urbano G. Bassani
05-21 Rome, Italy – Circo Massimo
05-25 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Johan Cruijff ArenA
06-11 Landgraaf, Netherlands – Megaland
06-13 Zurich, Switzerland – Stadion Letzigrund
06-21 Düsseldorf, Germany – Merkur Spiel Arena
06-24 Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi
06-26 Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi
06-30 Oslo, Norway – Voldsløkka
07-11 Copenhagen, Denmark – Parken
07-13 Copenhagen, Denmark – Parken
07-15 Hamburg, Germany – Volksparkstadion
07-18 Vienna, Austria – Ernst Happel Stadion
07-23 Munich, Germany – Olympiastadion
07-25 Monza, Italy – Prato della Gerascia, Autodromo di Monza


British Gunslingers MIMOSA Have A CONTAGIOUS Impact On Your Ears

Daily electricity 2022

24 May 2022

Who: Northern indie lads from Sheffield, UK
making noise since 2022

New single: CONTAGIOUS

“Contagious was written during the second lockdown after being cooped
up at home like cattle but still having to attend work. It’s needless to say,
‘the times are scary’- essentially the song was written with the mentality
that music is the escape.”

Turn Up The Volume: What do you think of this? Topliners Arctic Monkeys
turning up their amps or Liverpool legends The La’s if they would have been
a rapid-fire punk turbo. Sounds mental, right? You bet your ass. Spiky guitars
zigzagging madly all over the place, John Bonham-like drum brutality, and Alex
‘s younger brother on vocals. Be ready to move like a nutter on a pogo
stick. Contagious badass pyrotechnics. Blitz-tastic.

Play it to the max…

Also streaming on Spotify

MIMOSA: Instagram – Facebook

Britpop Glam Legends SUEDE Announce New Album And Share Aflame Single ‘SHE STILL LEADS ME ON’

New striking strokes

24 May 2022

Who: Britpop glam champions from London
Active: 1989–2003, 2010–present
Albums: 9, new one included

Out: 16 September 2022 – more info here

Brett Anderson (frontman/songwriter): “Autofiction is our punk
record. No whistles and bells. Just the five of us in a room with all
the glitches and fuck-ups revealed; the band themselves exposed in
all their primal mess.

30 years ago

Brett wrote it for his late mother.

After all these years Brett Anderson & co still
know how to set the place aflame.

My stereo is impressed with this new heated hurry-scurry…

Also streaming on Spotify

SUEDE: Discography – Website

New UNCUT Issue Out Now

24 May 2022

British monthly music magazine Uncut has its new issue out.

By royal appointment, Queen are on the cover as we celebrate their 30 greatest songs with two collectors covers. The issue also comes with a 15-track CD of the month’s best new music, plus The Clash, Levon Helm, King Crimson, Nancy Sinatra, The Delines, Motown’s psychedelic guru, Billy Childish, Yo La Tengo and plenty more!

You can purchase a copy and let it send to your home here.

Crystal Voice ELIZABETH FRASER And Partner DAMON REECE Shared Second Piece From Their New Project

New striking strokes

24 May 2022

(Press pic by Ben Part)

Former Scottish Cocteau Twins voice and face ELISABETH FRASER and her partner,
former Spiritualized and Echo and the Bunnymen drummer DAMON REECE started
now a musical partnership called SUN’S SIGNATURE.

Anytime soon they will release their 5-track eponymous debut EP via Partisan Records. Highly evolved, yet simultaneously primal the extended play is an original, compelling,
and genre-defying collection of songs that has developed through anAlice in Wonderland journey through life and music.

Ahead of it comes UNDERWATER.
It’s the second track the duo shares
from that EP.

Underwater is a breezy reverie. Minimalistic at first, then evolving slowly into
a poppy hymn-like humdinger. Luminous as crystal with starry-eyed synths
and Fraser‘s moony vocality bringing Kate Bush to mind. Just resplendent.

Start dreaming here…

ELISABETH FRASER: Facebook – Instagram