THE STROKES – Striking Debut Album ‘IS THIS IT’ Released 20 Years Ago

30 July 2021

Band: THE STROKES (New York City)
Active: Since 1998 / 6 studio albums (so far)

Album: IS THIS IT – debut LP
Released: 30 July 2001 – 20 years ago today
Came out first in Australia, later in the UK, and US
Score: #2 in the UK, #5 in Australia, #33 in the US

Pitchfork: “The Strokes have struck an incredible balance between
the two extremes of rock music: sentimentality and listlessness. Any
sentimentality in these songs’ lyrics is countered by Casablancas’ self-
reliant indifference, and his listless delivery is offset by the band’s fervid
attack. Beyond that, it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly it is about the
Strokes that keeps me listening. All I know is that it’s not easy to come
by, and I like it. A lot.”
Full review here. Score: 9/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Along with The White Stripes these New York
darlings – the champions of jingle-jangle rock – dominated the first
years of the new Millenium. The Strokes looked cool, acted cool, and
made a tremendously cool debut album. This was it.

Singles: Hard To Explain / Last Nite / Someday

– HARD TO EXPLAIN –

– LAST NITE –

– SOMEDAY –

Full album…

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MUDHONEY Released Second Album ‘EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FUDGE’ 30 Years Ago Today

26 July 2021

Band: MUDHONEY (Seattle, WA)
Active: Since 1988 / 10 studio albums (so far)

Album: EVERY BOY DESERVES FUDGE
Released: 26 July 1991 – 30 years ago today

Steve Turner (guitarist): “My favorite Mudhoney album as a whole.”

AllMusic/Ned Raggett : “Whether it was Conrad Uno’s production, the addition
of more instruments to the Mudhoney arsenal (notably, Mark Arm adds organ, as
can be enjoyably heard on “Who You Drivin’ Now,” among other numbers), a slew
of brilliant songs, or a combination of the above, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
found Mudhoney coming into their own album-wise… It’s not so much grunge as
speed-freak energy, and all the better for it given the caricatures of Sub Pop’s sound
that would soon take over the airwaves… The six-minute “Broken Hands” is the one
point on the album where the band completely freaks out, but unlike the takes-too-long moments of Mudhoney, it’s all worth it here, down to the final chaotic amplifier abuse.”

Full review here . Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: It’s crystal clear here why Kurt Cobain was mad about
these grunge crusaders, still alive and kicking hard, loud and speedy today.

Single: Good Enough…

Stream/buy the 30th birthday deluxe edition


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THE BLACK CROWES – THREE SNAKES AND ONE CHARM 25 Years Ago

23 July 2021

Band: THE BLACK CROWES (Marietta, Georgia, U.S.)
Active: 1984–2002, 2005–2015, 2019–present
8 studio albums (so far)

Album: THREE SNAKES AND ONE CHARM – 3rd LP
Released: 23 July 1996 – 25 years ago

Rolling Stone said: “Though no less derivative of Jeff Beck Group-era Rod Stewart,
Chris Robinson’s vocals sound better than ever, and the band has tightened into the
kind of Southern-rock machine Lynyrd Skynyrd eventually became. But the Crowes still
haven’t fully found their focus. Three Snakes works best when it forsakes album-oriented pretension for singular clarity, from the oblique Beatles references on “Nebakanezer” and
“Bring On, Bring On” to the Sly Stone-cum-Al Green funk of (Only) Halfway to Everywhere.”
Score: 3/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Good on record, better on stage.

Single: One Mirror Too Many

– ONE MIRROR TO MANY –

Full album…

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Celebrating their debut album Shake Your Money Maker

BLACK SABBATH – Metal Monster Album ‘MASTER OF REALITY’ Released 50 Years Ago Today

21 July 2021

Band: BLACK SABBATH
Active: 1968–2006, 2011–2017 / 19 studio albums

Album: MASTER OF REALITY
Released: 21 July 1971 – 50 years ago today
Score: #5 in the UK, #8 in the US

AllMusic wrote: “The shortest album of Black Sabbath’s glory years, Master of Reality is also their most sonically influential work. Here Tony Iommi began to experiment with tuning his guitar down three half-steps to C#, producing a sound that was darker, deeper, and sludgier than anything they’d yet committed to record. (This trick was still being copied 25 years later by every metal band looking to push the limits of heaviness, from trendy nu-metallers to Swedish deathsters.) … If Paranoid has more widely known songs, the suffocating and oppressive Master of Reality was the Sabbath record that die-hard metalheads took most closely to heart.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The masters of droning.

Single: Children Of The Grave

Full album…

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THE BETA BAND – Second Album ‘HOT SHOTS II’ Came Out 20 Years Ago

17 July 2021

Band: THE BETA BAND
Who: Wayward Scottish rockers.
Famous for saying to the press that their
debut LP was rubbish, the day it came out.

Active: 1996–2004 / 3 studio albums.

Album: HOT SHOTS II – 2nd LP
Released: 16 July 2001 – 20 years ago

Pitchfork wrote: “While it certainly doesn’t live up to the adventurousness of
its predecessors, Hot Shots II is a pretty damned fine album, and easily surpasses
previous outings in the realm of accessibility… It also does away with the bizarre
rap numbers and twelve-minute psych pastiches that put so many eager listeners
off in the first place. To me, though, that thrown-together sound was one of the
things that made the Beta Band’s music so exciting.”

Full review here. Score: 8.5/10.

Stream here…

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FUNKADELIC – Third LP ‘MAGGOT BRAIN’ Turns 50

Back in time

12 July 2021

Band: FUNKADELIC with multi-colored-hair
funk icon George Clinton as the orchestrator.

Active: 1968-1982, 2014 / 15 studio albums


(cover of his greatest hits LP)

Album: MAGGOT BRAIN – third LP
Released: 12 July 1971 – 50 years ago today

Clinton about the album: “Maggot Brain was going places that
Black groups hadn’t gone, into questions about whether America
was still on the right path or whether the promise of the late ’60s
had completely evaporated.”

Pitchfork: “For a group rumored to record while zonked out of their minds,
Funkadelic really held it together on Maggot Brain. They may not have been
as tight as James Brown’s backing band the J.B.’s, but Funkadelic wheeled out
the sort of soulful funk-rock that could fuel world-class parties… In the seven
songs, you can hear Funkadelic attempting to make sense of the turmoil of the
times, as they express the euphoria and anguish of being born and dying in
the most extraordinary ways.”
Full review here. Score: 10/10.

TUTV: Shake your funky booty.

Singles: Can You Get To That / You And Your Folks, Me And my Folks

– CAN YOU GET TO THAT –

– YOU AND YOUR FOLKS, ME AND MY FOLKS –

Full album…

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DEEP PURPLE – Fifth Album ‘FIREBALL’ Came Out 50 Years Ago

10 July 2021

Band: DEEP PUPRLE
Active: 1968–1976, 1984–present
21 studio albums (so far)

Album: FIREBALL – 5th LP
Released: 9 July 1971 in the US, 1 Sept 1971 in the UK – 50 years ago
Score: #1 in the UK and several European countries, #4 in the US

AllMusic / Eduardo Rivadavia: “One of Deep Purple’s four indispensable
albums (the others being In Rock, Machine Head, and Burn), 1971’s Fireball
saw the band broadening out from the no-holds-barred hard rock direction
of the previous year’s cacophonous In Rock… Sure, the following year’s Machine
Head would provide Deep Purple with their commercial peak, but on Fireball,
the formidable quintet was already firing on all cylinders.

Full review here. Score: 4.5/5.

Singles: Strange Kind Of Woman / Fireball

– STRANGE KIND OF A WOMAN –

– FIREBALL –

Full album…

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THE WHITE STRIPES Released Their Cooking ‘WHITE BLOOD CELLS’ Album 20 Years Ago

3 July 2021

Band: THE WHITE STRIPES
Meg & Jack from Detroit
Active: 1997–2011 – 6 albums

Album: WHITE BLOOD CELLS
Released: 3 July 2021 – 30 years ago today

Pitchfork said: White Blood Cells doesn’t veer far from the formula of past
White Stripes records; all are tense, sparse and jagged. But it’s here that they
have finally come into their own, where Jack and Meg White finally seem not
only comfortable with the path they’ve chosen, but practiced, precise and able
to convey the deepest sentiment in a single bound. It’s hard to know at this point
in the game where they’ll head from here, but what matters is right now.
Full review here. Score: 9/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Cooking record, and I’ve still a cooking remembrance of
their cooking gig a few months later in Brussels, after the LP’s cooking release…

Singles/clips: Hotel Yorba / Fell In Love With A Girl /
Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground

– HOTEL YORBA –

– FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL –

– DEAD LEAVES AND THE DIRTY GROUND –

To celebrate the 20th anniversary a deluxe birthday edition
came out early June. You can stream the XX right here…

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MUSE Released Their Fourth Album ‘BLACK HOLES AND REVELATIONS’ 15 Years Ago Today

30 June 2021

Band: MUSE (Teignmouth, Devon, UK)
Active: since 1994 / 8 studio albums so far

Album: BLACK HOLES AND REVELATIONS – 4th LP
Released: 30 June 2006 – 15 years ago today
Score: #1 in the UK, Australia, and several
European countries / #9 in the US

POPMATTERS wrote: “Muse impresses, and continues to impress
on Black Holes, not only because they have the Romantic classical
harmony-fueled huge stadium sound down pat, but in the details
that show a band mature and talented.”
Score: 7/10.

Turn Up The Volume: A series of Spaceship symphonies.

Singles/clips: Supermassive Black Hole / Starlight / Invincible

– SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE –

– STARLIGHT –

– INVINCIBLE –

Full album…

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