4 September 2021
Artist: AMY WINEHOUSE (London)
14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011
Anniversary album: BACK TO BLACK
Her second and final LP
Released: 4 October 2006 – 15 years ago
To celebrate the anniversary, a picture disc of the album will
see the day of light on 15th October. Pre-order info here.
AMY WINEHOUSE: Facebook
22 August 2021
Artist: RORY GALLAGHER
Who: Late legendary guitar-rock hero from Ireland.
He was born in 1948 and passed away in 1995 due to
complications after a liver transplant. He was only 47.
Works: He released 11 studio albums and
sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
Anniversary album: Gallagher’s self-titled debut LP,
released 23 May 1971 – 50 years ago
Content: 4CD+1DVD deluxe box set, 2CD, limited 3LP
edition, 1LP neon orange vinyl, super deluxe digital
All details and order info: here
Full original LP…
RORY GALLAGHER: All Albums
18 August 2021
Active: 1993–2005, 2007, 2010–present
Albums: 7 studio LPs so far, including the
excellent new one No Gods No Masters
20 years ago – 1 October 2001 – ardent rockers Garbage, led by the charismatic
lady Shirley Manson, released their third triumphant LP BEAUTIFUL GARBAGE.
AllMusic wrote back then: “It’s unlikely to storm the charts like their first two records, especially since there aren’t standout singles like on the earlier albums, but overall the
record works better, perhaps their best album.”
Sorry, AllMusic, it was actually a huge commercial success. The LP topped the
UK’s independent charts, the US Dance/Electronic charts, and the Australian
charts. Rolling Stone Mag named it one of its top 10 albums of the year.
The splendid video for 2nd single ‘Cherry Lips’
On 1 October a 20th Anniversary Reissue is coming our way,
featuring B-sides, demos, and remixes. Order info here.
Shirley Manson: “We wanted to celebrate the release of our third album in the same manner as we have celebrated the 20th anniversaries of our previous two records, as we cherish this third child of ours just as much as its predecessors. Over time it has garnered more and more respect from our fans, with many of the songs remaining in rotation in our live sets to this day. We’ve always felt incredibly proud of this record and felt it was in many ways very much ahead of its time. Twenty years down the line, we are all exceedingly grateful to have such well-crafted songs in our discography and are very proud that against all the odds we are still standing and can give our beloved album the tribute it so very much deserves.”
First taster is a previously unreleased alternate
rough mix of the album’s lead single Androgyny…
Full original album…
Order info here.
31 July 2021
Band: THE POP GROUP
Who: Legendary, sound-exploring
and outspoken Bristol post-punks
Album: Y IN DUB
Info: ‘Y in Dub’ is a 9-track collection of heavyweight dub versions that match the
prodigious intensity of their source material. The release reflects the enterprising
originality of the dub and reggae music that inspired The Pop Group, as well as the
legendary ingenuity of their longstanding collaborator Dennis Bovell, recently awarded
an MBE for his services to music, might we add… The original material is submerged and prolonged, shattered, splintered, and sculpted into turbulent, contrasting forms which
deviate from the original tracks in compelling, unexpected ways.
Release: Via Mute on CD and digitally on October 29th, 2021, with the vinyl release
set to follow at a later date due to ongoing worldwide production issues with vinyl.
Order info: here
L to r: Dub expert Dennis Bovell, frontman Mark Stewart, multi-instrumentalist Gareth Sager
Mark Stewart (frontman): “Dub to me is the music of chance.
A teenage dream come true – at last – this one’s for the explorers.”
AllMusic said about the original LP: “Y sounds like a call for revolution, a fearless salvo on behalf of a creative vision without compromise of any form. Decades after its release, Y remains a challenging work that feels contemporary, and much of the experimental rock community is still trying to catch up with it.”
First taster: Words Disobey Me…
1. Thief of Fire (Dub Version)
2. Snowgirl (Dub Version)
3. Blood Money (Dub Version)
4. Savage Sea (Dub Version)
5. We Are Time (Dub Version)
6. Words Disobey Me (Dub Version)
7. Don’t Call Me Pain (Dub Version)
8. Boys From Brazil (Dub Version)
9. Don’t Sell Your Dreams (Dub Version)
(group photo via Mute)
27 July 2021
Band: STEELY DAN (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York)
Who: Donald Fagen (age 73) and the late Walter Becker
(20 February 1950 – 3 September 2017)
Active (as a duo): 1971–1981, 1993–2017 / 9 albums
When his musical companion passed away Fagen promised to
“keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the
Steely Dan band.”
New live albums: Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live!
and The Nightfly Live (Donald Fagen’s 1982 debut solo LP)
Out: CD & Digital on 24 September and 180g-vinyl on 1 October
Order info: here
The Steely Dan Band will take
the road again in the Fall. Dates here
Donald Fagen‘s 1982 solo LP
STEELY DAN: Facebook
26 July 2021
Band: THE KILLERS (Las Vegas)
Active: Since 2001, for 20 years now.
7 studio albums (including the new one)
New album: PRESSURE MACHINE
Out: 13 August – order info here
Brandon Flowers (frontman): “I had a lot of time on my hands.
Before I’d normally be gearing up to tour, all of that time has gone
back into writing more songs. It’s been pretty fruitful.”
My special Killers memory – Brussels, 2004 – max 100 people in a 150 cap. club
22 July 2021
Artist: BOB DYLAN
The troubadour celebrated his 80th birthday this year.
Active: Since 1961, yes, 60 (!) years / 39 studio albums (so far)
Album: (Take a deep breath) BOB DYLAN: SPRINGTIME
IN NEW YORK – The Bootleg Series 1980-1985
Info: The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg
Series revisits an often-forgotten, rich vein in Dylan’s vast and complex catalog, shining fresh light on the provocative new musical directions Dylan was taking as a songwriter
and a recording artist from 1980 through 1985.
In the early 1980s, while the music industry was grappling with the arrival of new trends and technology, from MTV to compact discs to digital recording, Bob Dylan was writing
and recording new songs for a new decade, creating an essential new chapter in his studio catalog. Bob Dylan – Springtime In New York (1980-1985) celebrates the rich creative period surrounding Dylan’s albums Shot Of Love (1981), Infidels, and Empire Burlesque with previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live performances, and more.
Content: Deluxe 5-CD package, also available in 2-CD and 2-LP highlight editions, will feature 54 previously unreleased recordings, including outtakes, rehearsal recordings,
and live performances from Dylan’s early-’80s albums Shot Of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque.
Out: 17 September 2021
More info and tracklist: here
The original of Jokerman, the opener of Infidels…
16 July 2021
Album: I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR: A TRIBUTE TO THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
What: A star-studded (see tracklist below) tribute to iconic band
The Velvet Underground, and more specifically to their 1967
masterpiece debut LP.
Release: 24 September via Verve Records
Producer: Hal Willner, a longtime Saturday Night Live co-operator. He passed away last year due to complications from COVID-19 at the age of, only, 64. He had just finished working on an all-star T. Rex tribute LP (AngelHeadedHipster came out last September). Furthermore, he was also the driving force behind this VU tribute longplayer.
Here’s the first taster with Kurt Vile covering track 5
Run Run Run. Pretty cool version. Good job, Kurt.
1. Michael Stipe – “Sunday Morning”
2. Matt Berninger – “I’m Waiting For The Man”
3. Sharon Van Etten – “Femme Fatale” (Feat. Angel Olsen)
4. Andrew Bird & Lucius – “Venus In Furs”
5. Kurt Vile & The Violators – “Run Run Run”
6. St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett – “All Tomorrow’s Parties”
7. Thurston Moore – “Heroin” (Feat. Bobby Gillespie)
8. King Princess – “There She Goes Again”
9. Courtney Barnett – “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
10. Fontaines D.C. – “The Black Angel’s Death Song”
11. Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney – “European Son”
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Discography
7 July 2021
(Photo Credit: Andreas Johansson)
Who: Formed in 2012, the experimental band’s anonymous members
claimed to hail from the remote and cursed village of Korpilombo in northern
Sweden, where inhabitants had for centuries been devoted to a form of voodoo
introduced by a traveling witch doctor – there was no one else on earth quite
like them. They have delivered 3 studio albums so far.
New album: HEADSOUP
Info: A globetrotting acid trip of an album, collecting rarities spanning
the band’s career – standalone singles, B-sides and two brand new tracks.
Out: 27th August 2021 via Rocket Recordings
Order info: here
These out-of-this-world voodoo priests remind me of those other weirdos,
Louisiana-based The Residents as both bands wear masks since day 1, and
we have no clue who they really are. But that’s actually the only similarity as
The Residents are a one-eyeball-prog-rock-opera ensemble who is totally
unpredictable but harmless, whereas GOAT is a mind-bewitching psych-o-delic
tribe who put a spell on you and you never know what happens next. Spooky!
Ahead of Headsoup comes new single Queen Of The Underground. A puzzling-electrifying trance groove moving like a vicious snake climbing out of its basket.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard will love this to death.
HEADSOUP out 27 August – order info here
4 July 2021
Band: DEATH VALLEY GIRLS
Who: Garage rock fury from Los Angeles, led by
vocalist/guitarist/organist and charismatic voodoo
doll Bonnie Bloomgarden, fabricating Californian
Active since 2013 / 4 albums so far
Debut album STREET VENOM – released in 2014, only on
a small run of cassettes – comes back 30th July, for the first
time on vinyl, courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records.
This deluxe edition is a fully remixed and remastered version
of Street Venom plus two bonus tracks. The initial vinyl pressing
is limited to 2000 copies—1,500 on Satan’s Fingerprint (retail only),
300 on Full Moon Fever, and 200 on Eye of the Beholder (both available
only direct from the label store and Bandcamp). A digital issue is
also obtainable. More info right HERE.
I still love you, Bonnie (photo by Turn Up The Volume)
To get in the right mood, the band shared a psychedelia-colored
video clip for Sanitarium Blues, one of the album’s highlights.
Bonnie Bloomgarden about the song…
“When I was a kid, I ended up in a mental institution after trying to finish my life!
I eventually found out that I am bipolar and extremely empathetic. Life just got too intense/scary to know how to deal with alone! I didn’t know how to get help or that
help would work… This song is about my stay at the institution! The combination of
stuff I do that is currently keeping me alive/balanced is taking antidepressants,
walking a lot, meditating, therapy, plant medicine, space from humans, and my dog.”
Listen/watch here below…
(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume)