12 April 2021
Band: GUIDED BY VOICES (Dayton Ohio)
Who: Imperishable and terrifically productive
veteran rockers, 33 albums in 38 years!
Active: 1983– 2004, 2010–2014, 2016–present
Album: EARTH MAN BLUES
Out: 30 April 2021 – Order info here
Info: “A magical cinematic rock album, full of dramatic and
surreal twists and turns. Lyrics and liner notes trace the growth
of young Harold Admore Harold through a coming of age and
a reckoning with darkness. Vivid scenes appear: snapshots of
youth, fantastical nightmares, unknown worlds.”
Maestro Robert Pollard told Rolling Stone: “ It’s a collage
of rejected songs. I combined some of them and created new
arrangements. Others I just left the way they were.”
Singles: Free Agents / Trust Them Now
– FREE AGENTS –
Speedy 2-minute, riff-fueled stunner that
razzles and dazzles as if nothing else matters.
– TRUST THEM NOW –
Full-steam-ahead rocker that sticks
after 3 seconds. Hail hail GBV!
GUIDED BY VOICES: Facebook
New albums to look out for…
8 April 2021
Band: BLOODY HEAD
Who: Rebels producing broken (brain/dick/mind) blues and
battling against things (mind/body/spirit) going very wrong.
Home: Nottingham, UK
Album: THE TEMPLE PILLARS DISSOLVE INTO THE CLOUDS
(talking about a striking LP title … and striking artwork!)
Out: 21 May via Hominid Sounds. Order info here.
Turn Up The Volume says: For these loudmouthed in-your-face outlaws
punk is a religion and they are devilishly obsessed apostles. They trash and
smash all evil sinners. They make your neighbours move house. They generate
deafening pleasure for your pierced ears, for your fucked-up soul & your angry
heart. No arty farty BS. No special effects. These punk junks will save you!
Hallelujah. May Satan bless them!
Be ready for the lead-single
HOMINID SOUNDS: Bandcamp
7 April 2021
Band: BLACK MIDI
Who: Young tremendously compelling guitar-noise-explorers
from London scoring one of the best albums of 2019 with their
otherworldly debut Schlagenheim.
Out: 28 May via Rough Trade
Order info: here
Info: Black Midi began writing music for a new album in late 2019, not long
after the release of their debut studio album, Schlagenheim, in June of that
year. The band chose to have a less improvisational approach to writing their
second studio album, in contrast to Schlagenheim which was crafted around
jam sessions. Prior to the recording sessions for the album, guitarist Matt
Kwasniewski-Kelvin took a break from the band, citing a need to focus on his
mental health, he took part in the writing sessions for Cavalcade, however.
Single: John L…
BLACK MIDI: Facebook
(photo by Turn Up The Volume! Brussels 2019)
6 April 2021
Band: THE WHITE STRIPES
Meg & Jack from Detroit
Active: 1997–2011 – 6 albums
Album: WHITE BLOOD CELLS XX
Out: 4 June 2021 via Jack White’s
label Third Man Records.
Info: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Stripes’ 3rd LP
White Blood Cells, released on 3 July 2001, the aforementioned
special edition ‘Vault Package #48‘ comes in June.
Content: Two LPS – one white, one red – with 13 previously unreleased
tracks and an unreleased live set from 2001. Also a DVD with behind the
scenes footage of the album’s recording process and a 12 X 12 booklet
with flyers and photos. More info and pre-order facilities here.
Here’s an alternate take of one of the longplayer’s highlights Fell In Love With A Girl …
Full original LP…
15 March 2021
Band: MY NAME IS IAN
Who: Alt-electronic trio from Wales
Album: FANTASTIC COMPANY
Release: 4 June 2021 via Bubblewrap Collective
Info: “The band’s standard ‘prolific-and-terrific’ approach, culminating in no less than 18 releases since 2010, has been put to one side, with their latest being written and recorded over two years. The resultant LP takes a substantive shift from the garage-pop of previous records and leaps double-footed into a charmingly wonky, indie-dance parallel universe where almost anything seems possible.”
Lead-single: FOR LOVE
Imagine Talking Heads going dance with Nile ‘Chic’ Rodgers on guitar. Only one eye wink
and this crazily funky earworm makes your head rotate like a glimmering disco ball. This
is an incredibly vitalizing injection of addictive rapture. Shake your booty here…
Also on Spotify…
I AM IAN: Website
12 March 2021
Last December, beetle Paul McCartney released his acclaimed
McCartney III LP, a follow-up to his 1970 solo debut McCartney
and 1980’s McCartney II.
He now broke the news that McCartney III Imaged is on its way.
An album of covers and remixes by an impressive cast of artists such as
Damon Albarn, Blood Orange, Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent, Beck, Anderson,
Paak, Idris Elba, Khruangbin, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Josh Homme & more.
Here’s a first taster. A remixed version of
The Kiss Of Venus with rapper Dominic Fike.
Check it out…
01 “Find My Way” (Feat. Beck)
02 “The Kiss Of Venus” (Dominic Fike)
03 “Pretty Boys” (Feat. Khruangbin)
04 “Women And Wives (St. Vincent Remix)”
05 “Deep Down (Blood Orange Remix)”
06 “Seize The Day” (Feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
07 “Slidin’ (EOB Remix)”
08 “Long Tailed Winter Bird (Damon Albarn Remix)”
09 “Lavatory Lil” (Josh Homme)
10 “When Winter Comes (Anderson .Paak Remix)”
11 “Deep Deep Feeling (3D RDN Remix)”
12 “Long Tailed Winter Bird (Idris Elba Remix)”*
* Physical release exclusive track
McCartney III Imagined is out 16 April.
Order info here.
The original III
7 March 2021
Band: THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH
Who: Manchester-born, Berlin-based
group led by Craig Dyer
Album: THE FALLING – 10th LP
Out: 12 March via Fuzz Club
Order info: here
Info: “The new album sees Craig and the band trade their acerbic post-punk
melancholy for a more refined and stripped-back sound which enters the world
of romantic, shadowy folk-noir. A marked departure from the primal intensity
often heard on the band’s previous work, The Falling showcases a softer, more
cinematic musical landscape shaped by acoustic guitars, piano, accordion and
a heavy presence of violin and string arrangements.”
Singles: A Sorrowful Race / Vergiss Mich Nicht / For You Are The One
– VERGISS MICH NICHT –
– A SORROWFUL RACE –
– FOR YOUR ARE THE ONE-
THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH: Facebook
Craig Dyer (Belgium – photo by Turn Up The Volume!)
4 March 2021
(Artwork new LP)
Band: GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
Who: Wayward and enigmatic, experimental
collective from Montreal, Canada active since 1994
New album: G d’s Pee at STATE’S END! – 7th longplayer.
Follow-up to 2017 LP Luciferian Towers (stream below)
Format: The 4 tracks – all around the 20-minute mark –
will be on one 12″ LP and one 10″ record.
Release: 2 April 2021.
No streaming services. Instead, label Constellation Records has
sent over 100 advance 10-inch vinyl records to independent record
stores, who can do what they want with the release.
Pre-order (via stores) info here.
Press statement from the band: “this record is about all of us waiting for the end.
all current forms of governance are failed. this record is about all of us waiting for the beginning, and is informed by the following demands= empty the prisons take power
from the police and give it to the neighbourhoods that they terrorise. end the forever
wars and all other forms of imperialism. tax the rich until they’re impoverished. much
love to all the other lost and lovely ones, these are death-times and our side has to win.
we’ll see you on the road once the numbers fall.”
GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR: Facebook
Luciferian Towers (2017)…
27 February 2021
Band: THE WHO
Deluxe Edition: THE WHO SELL OUT
Third LP originally released in 1967
Content: 122 tracks – 46 unreleased
+ 80-page book
Out: 23 April
Hear 3 previously unheard tracks all by
Pete Townshend himself without the band,
which he didn’t like anyway… bastard.
‘Pictures Of Lily’
‘Kid! Do You Want Kids’
THE WHO SELL OUT: Order facilities
25 February 2021
Retro-styled ads of ST. VINCENT announcing a new album
obviously titled DADDY’S HOME popped up on Reddit and
social media. You can see the LP’s artwork bigger below.
Message on the ad: “St. Vincent is back with a record of all-new songs.
Warm Wurlitzers and wit, glistening guitars and grit, with sleaze and style
for days. Taking you from uptown to downtown with the artist who makes
you expect the unexpected. So sit back, light up, and by all means have that
bourbon waiting, because … DADDY’S HOME.”
Release date: 14 May and a lead-single is expected soon…