Ska Legends THE SPECIALS Released Self-Titled Stellar Debut LP 40 Years Ago…

Classics from the past

18 October 2019

40 years ago, on 19 October 1979, Coventry legends THE SPECIALS reworked 60s Jamaican ska music with their gloriously stimulating, self-titled, Elvis Costello produced debut album on Jerry Dammers‘s Two Tone Records label. Led by charismatic frontman Terry Hall the band injected the original genre with a high dose of punk vitality, politically and socially charged outspokenness and a series of amazeballs top tunes, including some covers of older Jamaican songs such as ‘Monkey Man‘ (by Toost And The Maytals), ‘Too
Hot
‘ (by Prince Buster) and hit single ‘A Message To You Rudy’ (by Dandy Livingstone).
The longplayer hit the UK albums top 5 and remained for 45 weeks on the charts.

NME wrote at the time: “Although the predominant musical influence is black (ska, bluebeat, reggae and soul), it’s wrapped in ferocious rock’n’roll: the kind of hybrid that so many other British bands have tried to contrive but, in comparison, failed to make convincing … This LP embraces two decades of black and white music, gives it perspective and then goes on to
reflect the modern rock’n’roll culture … It’s the kind of album that’s musically fathomless and
it will probably establish The Specials as true hopes for the ’80s. At the very least this debut is essential for anybody who wants to know what’s going on in rock’n’roll today”

Three of the many highlights

– GANGSTERS –

– A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDY –

– TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG –
(live version)

Album in full…

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THE SPECIALS: Facebook


Back sleeve

OUT TODAY! Second LP By London’s Battling Noise Rock Tandem DEUX FURIEUSES – Here’s ‘MY WAR IS YOUR WAR’…

Just released!…

18 October 2019

Band: deux furieuses
Album: My War Is Your War – the duo’s second LP
Released: 18 October 2019
Sound: Since their raging, anti-injustice debut album ‘Tracks Of Wire‘ back in 2016
the world is, unfortunately, in an even worse state than back then. Sexism, racism,
egoism, intolerance, inequality on many levels and repression are back stronger than
ever, thanks mostly to a new breed of narcissistic and nationalistic politicians ruling our so-called civilized world. deux furieuses‘s second full length tackles all those human-destroying issues with cutting statements packed in highly emotive and vehement songs expressing all their frustration and fury with the underlying vital message that life is too valuable to mess it up by hating each other for all the wrong reasons. For me, personally, ‘My War Is Your War‘ is a beseeching and vociferous call-up for solidarity, unity, universal respect and mutual understanding. A call-up to survive together with the one and only
way possible: side by side. A call-up to save this terribly divided planet which is its way to self-destruction if the current ‘My, myself and I‘ status quo remains.

Stream the album in full here…

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Singles/clips…

– LET THEM BURN –


– MY WAR IS YOUR WAR

– CIVILIANS –

deux furiesues: Website – Facebook – Instagram

You can stream/buy MY WAR IS YOUR WAR right here

OUT TODAY! Brand New Darksome LP By MARK LANEGAN BAND – Here’s ‘SOMEBODY’S KNOCKING’…

Just released

Band: Mark Lanegan Band
Album: Somebody’s Knocking
Released: 18 October 2019
Sound: Mark Lanegan looked at the world and saw, like (almost) all of us that we experience dangerous and explosive times. As an artist Lanegan translated his disbelief, anger and silent hope into a bewitching collection of impressive songs that hits bullseye
on many levels. Remarkable artist with another remarkable achievement.

Stream album here…

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Singles/clips…

– STITCH IT UP –

– NIGHT FLIGHT TO KABUL –

– LETTER NEVER SENT –

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MARK LANEGAN: Facebook

BECK Launches Two Tracks From His New Upcoming LP – Here’s ‘HYPERLIFE’ And ‘UNEVENTFUL DAYS’…

New sonic impulses

17 October 2019

Musical octopus BECK launches his new album HYPERSPACE on
22 November and today he shared two tracks of the record. The
otherworldly meditations ‘HYPERLIFE‘ and ‘UNEVENTFUL DAYS‘.

Check both atmospheric pieces right here…

– HYPERLIFE –

– UNEVENTFUL DAYS –

BECK: Facebook


New album HYPERSPACE out 22 November – more info here

London’s High-Energizing Dance Act TWO TRIBES Takes You On A Non-Stop Trance Trip – Here’s ‘VIDEODRONE’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

17 October 2019


(Credit: Alex Waespi)

London‘s high-energizing dance act TWO TRIBES just dropped their new, second single called VIDEODRONE. In a press statement its described as ‘A 7-minute dance-punk tinged rally against information overload, spiky synths bubbling up to a symphonic hook, suspense-building breakdown and cathartic reprise’ about “ the idea of a digital identity, over-stimulation from technology and the internet can perpetuate disillusion and desensitisation in the real world. For some of us, the amount of information available can be a difficult thing to process sometimes, we wanted to explore in this song that increasingly blurred line between mind and mechanism. The title takes inspiration from David Cronenberg’s 1983 film ‘Videodrome’, which carries similar themes about the cult of technology.”

When listening to this dance floor standout it feels like Madchester is happening all over again but this time in London. Not any nerve in your body can resist this non-stop impulse generating trance-like escapade. Its ongoing tribal krautrock eurythmics and trippy Balearic beats turn up your bloodstream’s flow and disconnect your tired mind from reality’s pressures.You will be intoxicated before your even realize it. C’mon, get up and shake your booty!

Press play here and enter two tribes’ rapturous galaxy…

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TWO TRIBES: Facebook

NOW PLAYING! Barbed Debut LP By US Punk Gang DUMP HIM – Here’s ‘DYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR’…

17 October 2019

Band: DUMP HIM
Who: Kinda good queercore band then, queercore now, and
queercore forever from Northampton & Boston, MA, US
AlbumDYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR 
Released: 30 August 2019
Sound: A band that cares about all the oppressed ones, the mistaken ones, the confused ones, the lost ones, the queer ones and about all sorts of human inequality. And the music I hear you ask? A boiling mix of punk extravaganza and razor-sharp rockers spiced with an avalanche of jittery riffs, straight-out ranting vocals and an overall uproarious edginess.

Stream/purchase the biting agitations right here…


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DUMP HIM: Facebook

SUPERGRASS Released Debut Single ‘CAUGHT BY THE FUZZ’ 25 Years Ago…

Knockouts from the past

17 October 2019

25 years ago today, on 17 October 1994, Oxford’s sharp rockers SUPERGRASS released their debut single ‘CAUGHT BY THE FUZZ‘. An alacritous ripper written about lead singer Gaz Coombes‘ arrest for being caught in possession of cannabis. The track peaked at #43 on the UK Singles Chart and was included on their debut LP I Should Coco, that appeared
a year later. The band released 7 albums during their 17-year stint (1993-2010) and they decided some time ago to reunite. They will be touring throughout 2020. Live dates here.

Here’s the buzz about the fuzz…

SUPERGRASS: Facebook