Good Vibrations – Here’s DANY LAY AND THE LOOKS With New Third Album ‘TEN EASY PIECES’

16 June 2021

Band: DANY LAJ AND THE LOOKS
Who: Dany Laj and Jeanette Dowling. Probably
the hardest working tandem in Canada.

New album: TEN EASY PIECES
Released: 11 June 2021

Info: “Soaked in enough songwriting craft and melody to make even Brian
Wilson blush, Dany Laj and the Looks have produced a genre straddling album
sure to please even the most discerning of music listeners… Laj’s heartfelt songs
seamlessly blend rock, folk and country elements, without straying too far from
the power-pop roots that give the melodies a certain joie de vivre.”

Turn Up The Volume‘s impressions: From elated guitar pop sparks (Smile /
You & Me / One More Hole
) to high-powered rock rippers à la Weezer (Pick It Up /
I Play Guitar / Till Jockey’s Lament)
), from melancholic daydreams (In Other Words /
Painting My Face
) to punky punches (Smoke In The Sun / Wanted To be Love). All
fired-up by exhilarating vocals and a non-stop electrical panache. Twelve easy
pieces, twelve good vibrations. The summer starts now and here.

Singles: You & Me / Don’t Keep Me Guessin’

– YOU & ME –

– DON’T KEEP ME GUESSIN’ –

Stream/buy the full album here…


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DANY LAJ AND THE LOOKS: FacebookInstagram

(photo via Nice Marmot PR)

THE SMITHS Released Highly Praised ‘THE QUEEN IS DEAD’ Album 35 Years Ago Today

16 June 2021

Band: THE SMITHS (Manchester)
Active: 1982–1987 / 4 studio albums

Album: THE QUEEN IS DEAD – 4th LP
Released: 16 June 1986 – 35 years ago today

AllMusic/Stephen Thomas Erlewine: “‘Meat Is Murder’ may have been a holding pattern, but The Queen Is Dead is the Smiths’ great leap forward, taking the band to new musical and lyrical heights. Opening with the storming title track, The Queen Is Dead is a harder-rocking record than anything the Smiths had attempted before, but that’s only on a relative scale — although the backbeat is more pronounced, the group certainly doesn’t rock in a conventional sense… The rich musical bed provides Morrissey with the support for his finest set of lyrics. Shattering the myth that he is a self-pitying sap, Morrissey delivers a devastating set of clever, witty satires of British social mores, intellectualism, class, and even himself.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: I’m a Johnny Marr fan. Unique fabricator of sticky melodies and a great personality. I never was a big fan of Morrissey’s moaning voice and I’m definitely not a fan of his nationalistic quotes/thoughts/bullshit but regarding the album, I can’t but say that this was their best one.

Singles: The Boy with the Thorn in His Side / Bigmouth Strikes Again /
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out

– THE BOY WITH THE TORN IN HIS SIDE –

– BIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN –

– THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT –

Full album…

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THE SMITHS: All Albums

Shake Your Booty To AILI x TRANSISTORCAKE And Their 爽快な EP ‘DANSU’

Daily electricity to load your batteries…

16 June 2021

Artists: Japanese/Belgian artist AILI and Belgian act TRANSISTORCAKE

Who: Two dance addicts bringing together elements of
Kosmiche Musik, Acid House, Electronica, Disco & Leftfield Pop.

EP: DANSU
“A hymn to dancing the night away, made more poignant being written
and recorded as Brussels’ club sat shut. Over a taut Motorik rhythms Aili’s
hushed vocals blending perfectly with lambent washes of synths to create
a hypnotic, languorously funky, track.”

Aili: “I left Tokyo for Belgium when I was 7 years old and in many ways my
Japanese stayed at that level. When I sing in Japanese it puts me into this
naive, almost childlike mindset that allows me to express what I feel right
away. You don’t need to understand the words just the feeling that they
convey.”

Turn Up The Volume: Oh my, oh my, this feels so good. A hip-shaking
vibration (Dansu), a techno stomper (Oki), an ambient Orbital-like bass
banger (Pari Pari), exotic Chem Bros dance bleeps (Genki) and deep chill-
out beats (Futsu). Get the ecstatic feeling? And Aili is totally right: you don’t
need to understand the words. Her soulful voice has a sensual, sexy and
stimulating touch. Get up, stand up and shake your booty.

Right here, right now…


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Eskimo Recordings: Website


(Photo credit: Illias Teirlinck 2021)

爽快な: exhilarating

THE GO! TEAM With Detroit Teenager On Vocals – Hear New Single ‘A BEE WITHOUT ITS STING’

New sonic impulses…

16 June 2021

Band: THE GO! TEAM
Who: Brighton’s exhilarating soul/funk/pop 6-piece band
Active: Since 2000 / 6 studio albums (including new one)

New album: GET UP SEQUENCES PART ONE
Out: 2 July 2021 via Memphis Industries
Press info: “It’s a place where routine is outlawed and perfection is the
enemy. Where Ennio Morricone meets the Monkees armed with flutes,
glockenspiels, steel drums and a badass analogue attitude. We’re talking
widescreen, four-track, channel hopping sounds that are instantly
recognisable.”

New single: A BEE WITHOUT ITS STING
Already the 4th single from the upcoming LP.

Ian Parton (the team captain): ““When I was working on the last Go! Team record
‘Semicircle’ I approached the choir leader of a Detroit school called the Detroit Academy
For Arts And Sciences and asked if any of her students were interested in singing on a
Go! Team song. So when it came to finding the singer for ‘A Bee Without Its Sting’ I thought
again of the choir. One of the singers was a teenager called Jessie Miller whose voice was
perfect for the song. She’d never been into a recording studio before, but her voice is so
full of character.”

Seems like The Jacksons 5 are back in town.

Here we go!…

THE GO! TEAM: Facebook


(Belgium 2018)

Happy 75 To NODDY HOLDER – Loudmouth Of Glam Rock Legends SLADE

15 June 2021

Neville John “Noddy” Holder was born on 15 June 1946. Happy 75 to the
brilliantly loudmouthed frontman of glam rock legends SLADE who scored a
stunning series of massive get-down-and-get-with-it hits in the 70s. He left the
band in 1992, starting a new career as radio presenter, television personality,
actor and voice-over artist. Back in 1980 after Bon Scott, singer of legendary
hard rockers AC/DC passed away he was asked to replace Scott. Holder said
no: “My loyalty is to Slade”.

Well alright everybody, let your hair down
Want to see everybody get up off their seat
Clap your hands stamp your feet, get down
get with it

Three big Slade moments to
celebrate Noddy‘s birthday…

– GET DOWN AND GET WITH IT –

– CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE –

– COZ I LUV YOU –

SLADE: BioDiscography

(photo on top: cover of Holder’s book: ‘The World According To…)

NIRVANA Released Rowdy Debut Album ‘BLEACH’ This Day In 1989

15 June 2021

Today 32 years ago, on 15 June 1989 grunge icons NIRVANA released
their debut longplayer BLEACH (its working title was ‘Too Many Humans‘).

Despite raving reviews the LP failed to chart. The record was re-released by
Geffen Records, 3 years later, in 1992 after the band became globally famous
with follow-up blockbuster album ‘Nevermind‘ that came out in 1991.

ALL MUSIC formulated the album’s true worth precisely well: “Bleach is more
than a historical curiosity since it does have its share of great songs, but it isn’t a
lost classic, it’s a debut from a band that shows potential but haven’t yet achieved
it.”
Score: 4/5.

Singles: Love Buzz / Blew

– LOVE BUZZ –

– BLEW –
(Smoking live version)

Album in full…
(Original tracklist: #1 – #11)

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NIRVANA: Website – Facebook – All Albums