Australian Singer-Songwriter COURTNEY BARNETT Smiles Real Nice

New sriking strokes

15 October 2021

Arresting Australian singer-songwriter COURTNEY BARNETT releases her
new album Things Take Time, Take Time on 12 November 2021. So far
she made me happy with three tracks (hear them below via Bandcamp)

But before the LP launch, she surprises us with a new, non-album, track
called SMILE REAL NICE. It’s the theme song for an upcoming animated
TV series adaptation of Harriet The Spy, which debuts on Apple TV+ next
month.

Listen and smile…

The three shared tracks
from her upcoming album…


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COURTNEY BARNETT: Facebook

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 39

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

‘Truck Songs’ by ANGEL DU$T (Baltimore)

Hardcore noiseniks Angel Du$t mellowed their sound a bit lately,
but still kick-ass, like here with the title track of upcoming album
A Collection Of Truck Songs, out 29th October.

Tripp(songwriter): “This is one of my favorite recordings of a song that
I’ve written. Plus, all my best homies got all up in this track’s ass and sent
it home. Was listening to Tom Petty a grip. If you don’t know who that is
check him out, I guess.”

Start the fire…

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‘Blood Moon’ by CONVERGE and CHELSEA WOLFE (USA)

The hardcore legends announced a new LP
featuring Goth heroine Chelsea Wolfe.

Lead-single Blood Moon sounds like an astonishing harbinger for
what is to come. It’s a disturbing, confusing, and flabbergasting
slam dunk.

Turn it up here…

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‘The Beachland Ballroom’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)

New album Crawler, out 12th November.

Expect the slower side of Idles with hefty eruptions now
and then and frontman Joe Talbot‘s blood cooking…

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‘7000 HOURS’ by THE CHELSEA CURVE (Boston)

With the snarl of the punk scene and the swagger of the mods,
The Chelsea Curve often earn comparisons to The Pretenders and
Husker Du (personal favorites of the trio). On their new single, the
band shows a deeper emotional side, setting a lovely mood of
autumnal longing.

Expect a twinkling tune that gets under your skin without asking.
Repeat buttons were invented for catchy corkers like these.

Start feeling good here…

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‘Text The Dead’ by ACTIVITY

The New York-based rockers’ new single is about broken-heartedness,
mournfulness and sadness following the passing of one of the most
beloved and closest person we all have, our mother.

Travis Johnson (the band’s songwriter) about the song: “My mom passed
away in February. I still can’t process it honestly… I was going through old stuff
and found it and started singing the verse melody. Then we all added our parts
and subtracted others, etc. It’s not a very ‘live’ song but we all came together
on it still.”

Text The Dead is a disturbing, confusing, strangely
infectious, and fascinating grief processing song…

Listen/watch here…

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‘Write A List of Things To Look Forward To’ by COURTNEY BARNETT

The wonderful singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett from down under,
unleashes her new longplayer Things Take Time, Take Time

Barnett: “It’s a song about darkness but also about friendship. I found
a deeper communication with people in my life — deeper conversations.
And a new level of gratitude for friendships that had been there for so
long that I had maybe taken for granted.”

Listen up…

COURTNEY BARNET: Facebook

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‘Blackouted’ by THE MANIC BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

Besides having a great band name these siblings from Toronto score big time with their new steaming single. A song “about what hides behind the smiles for social media. It can be described as a cry for help, disguised as an upbeat dance floor banger.”

Pithy, swirling, and as sticky as first-class glue. Add glamorous vocals and a glittering, full-on wall-of-electrical sound and the final result is an instant hit.

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‘Troubles A’ Comin’ by THE ROLLING STONES

The imperishable Stones have shared a previously unreleased cover of ‘Troubles A’ Comin’, a golden oldie hit of American soul legends The Chi-Lites. The song will feature on the upcoming 40th-anniversary reissue of their Tattoo You LP.

Here we go…

See/hear you next week, music junkies

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 38

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

1. Let’s Get The Party Started by TOM MORELLO feat. Bring Me The Horizon

From the RAGTM guitarist’s upcoming album titled The Atlas Underground Fire
with a series of big name guests. This is the clamorous belter featuring British noise
freaks Bring Me The Horizon

Deafening storm…

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2. ‘Black Widow Spider’ by PARQUET COURTS (New York City)

The jangly rockers drop album 7 Sympathy For Life on 21st October.
This is the third single. A rattling and rolling ripper.

Tune in…

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3. Hard Skool by GUNS N’ ROSES

The second new track of the year from the macho Roses. Old Skool would
be a more appropriate song title. As usual Slash has sex with his guitar and
Axl Rose‘s vocal cords are still alive and kicking.

Enter paradise city here…

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4. ‘A Toxic Life’ by IMPERIAL ASHES (Toronto, CA)

A metal uppercut serving as an urgent call-to-action to address injustices
and atrocities that have plagued Indigenous communities for centuries.

Anger, rage and fury is what you get when awfully greedy governments
do what so many political sharks did in the past, taking the freedom, hope,
and future away of whole populations. Horrible.

We are connected, we’re feeling infected (a toxic life)
The treaty’s neglected, your laws are rejected (give up your fight)
Our colonial apathy, making the rivers bleed (things aren’t alright)
Your violations, stealing from nations (eating us inside)


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5. ‘Living in the Heart of Love’ by THE ROLLING STONES

A few weeks ago the imperishable Stones announced a deluxe edition for
one of their last great albums Tattoo You celebrating its 40th-anniversary.
It will feature several previously unreleased tracks from those recording
sessions.

R.I.P. Charlie Watts…

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6. ‘Bonnie’ by CUFFED UP (Los Angeles)

The band says that this new crackerjack is “an anti-love anthem about the grief and
pitfalls of a serious relationship crumbling due to lies and deceit. This is explored through
the eyes of Bonnie (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), in an alternative universe where Clyde selfishly leaves Bonnie for dead.”
Bonnie takes revenge because of the end of their romantic,
albeit toxic relationship.

Famous Bonnie (movie) quote (addressing Clyde): “What would you do if some miracle happened and we could walk out of here tomorrow morning and start all over again clean?
No record and nobody after us?”

Electrifying and fuming.
Here comes Bonnie (with mustache)…

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7. ‘Before You Gotta Go’ by COURTNEY BARNETT (Australia)

One of the catchiest tunes I’ve heard all year, proving that sticky simplicity works tremendously well when you can sing along, hum along, or whistle along.
I Love you, Courtney.

Can’t resist this…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – AUGUST 2021

Turn Up The Volume‘s 20 Knockout Tracks for August 2021!
A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams and romantic reveries.

All together on Spotify…

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Knockout by knockout…

‘Before You Gotta Go’ by COURTNEY BARNETT (Australia)

An infectious ditty, bouncing in your head before it ends. If this, simply irresistible, tune doesn’t do anything for  you, you gotta go to your shrink. From Barnett’s new, upcoming album Takes Time, Take Time, out 12th November.

Catchy
as hell…

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‘Hot Summer’ by PRINCE (US)

Summer is only over when it’s over. Still time to move and groove to this disco
stomper from the recently released lost Prince album Welcome To America.

Make your move here, ladies and gents…

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‘Go Get A Tattoo’ by FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES feat. Lynks

Why don’t we all get a tattoo, suggests Frank. I think he’s right, it’s
the only way to really go nuts to this bangtastic jackhammer. From
the band’s 4th longplayer called Sticky, arriving in October.

Smash your TV…

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‘Security’ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS (Australia)

“I’m not looking for trouble, I’m looking for love / Let me in your hard heart Let me in your pub” sings Amyl over and over again with fervency and tons of gusto, while flamed-up guitars go mental. A blast from new album Comfort To Me, out 10th September.

Hit hit hit, Amyl…

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‘Aire & Calder’ by ULTRASOUND (UK)

These passionate British glam-prog rockers unleash a deluxe edition of their
1999 double debut LP Everything Picture on 24 September. More info here.

Here’s a new video clip for one of the album’s highlights ‘Aire And Calder‘…

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‘Soap And Cigarettes‘ by Nun habit (London)

A queer five-piece from London who play fun, fuzzy garage rock. Their songs are a mishmash of influences all pulled together by a love of loud noises, pop tunes, and
having a good time. ‘Soap And Cigarettes‘ is a stand-out knockout from their brand
new album Hedge Fun.

Trust me, you can’t resist this vibrant vibe…


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‘You And Me’ by THE RUDDY RUCKUS (Canada)

This ardent 4-piece flames with force on this new riff-roaring ripper. They operate somewhere between Green Day and Weezer, with peppery panache, gusty guitars,
vivid vocals, and a cracking chorus.

Scream along…

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‘What’s Wrong With People?’ by PESCH (Belgium)

Darkwave electricity from Belgium. Haunting and ominous. You can smell Doomsday waiting around the corner. It’s 2021, folks, we need to fix our problems now. This sickly sticky roller coaster is a call to arms.


What’s wrong
with all of us..

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‘Highway To Hell’ by TOM MORELLO feat. Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello launches his new album titled
The Atlas Underground Fire on 15 October. He invited several friends, like
Springsteen and Vedder for a bombastic version of AC/DC’s classic headbanger.

Yessssss

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‘Queen Of Swords’ by TYPHOID ROSIE (Brooklyn, US)

The speedy and steamy title track is one of the fired-up highlights of the new album of this punked-up Brooklyn squad. A zigzagging collection of amplified belters to start and end post-lockdown parties with. More info here.


Rock
your ass off here…

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‘Money Song’ by ROYAL CASTLES (Canada)

Wham bam, bloody bam! From the kick-off Money Song booms, bangs and batters. Hefty guitars blare in between and raise your blood pressure on the spot. And when the blissful chorus pops up it’s time to leave your cocoon and let your body do its thing. Don’t wait to boost your stream of adrenalin.

Act now, dance now, party now.

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‘And Tomorrow’ by LORE CITY (Portland, US)

A stunning and shadowy top piece from this duo’s equally stunning
album Participation Mystique. And Tomorrow sounds cinematic,
atmospheric and spacey. Join Lore City on their journey.


Listen
today and tomorrow too…


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‘No Regrets’ by SHE/BEAST (Sweden)

Wurlitzer jukeboxes were invented for these 60s inspired humdingers, so they could be played in dark bars downtown were broken hearts gather at midnight. One more thing:
do not mess with SHE/BEAST, she’s not in the mood for fucking assholes and psychos.
And she’s absofuckinglutly right.

Press
play…


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‘Popstar’s Daughters’ by SHAUN RYDER (Manchester, UK)

The Happy Mondays frontman’s brand new solo album
Visits From Future Technology is hip-shaking proof
that he still can fill dance floors.

Here’s the trippy and poppy single…

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‘All Nations’ by NADINE GAGNE and The Star Nation Collective (British Columbia)

This resonates as a bright sonic light at the end of our troubled world tunnel. Only with togetherness, friendship, mutual respect, equality, harmony and tolerance, humankind can have hope for the future. This tremendously catching chant reflects all that. It’s a joyful, anthem that should be played on radios all over the planet.

“We are all stars, all stars come on now. Rise, rise and shine, gotta stay proud!”

Let’s get together…

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‘Heart Like Chernobyl’ by SOFT CELL (UK)

The song’s title is the gloom and doom harbinger for
a scary, realistic vision of how we live on the edge.

Tainted love…

Lead-single from new album *Happiness Not Included,
out in the Spring of 2022.

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‘See The Light’ by SHAUNA SEETEENAK (Iqaluit, Canada)

We need songs like these in the restless times we live in. Songs of hope, songs of consolation, songs of inspiration. Shauna wants humankind to fight to see the light
(at the end of the tunnel) again. Her thoughts are embedded in a starry-eyed and
instantly enthralling groove that hops from dreamy pop to hip-swaying rap and back.

See the light here…

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‘Nowhere’ by THE BLACK FEVER (Toronto)

Nowhere sounds like a desperation song, but one that has a deeply felt effect on your psyche, on your state-of-2021-mind. This spellbound jam is driven by melancholic guitar lines, reminding me of Interpol‘s electrically-charged drive. Affecting and soul-stirring fever.

Check it out…


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‘Skin’ by BASEMENT REVOLVER (Hamilton, Canada)

An inspiring reverie for the countless girls/women and boys/men worldwide, struggling with the looks of their body when it doesn’t correspond with society’s everlasting sexist perception of how a body should look like, as we all know. Skin is an instantly heartfelt
slo-mo musing, turning after a distorted guitar intro, into a vocal and musical pearl, with touching piano play. I’m sure The Sundays‘s Harriet Wheeler would love it.

Open your ears and eyes here…

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‘You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

Porridge Radio‘s leading Amazon Dana Margolin is a fan of Canadian rockers Wolf Parade. Here’s her  terrifically gripping rendition of the band’s 2005 composition.

Just beautiful…

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

Here Is Your VELVET UNDERGROUND Mirror… COURTNEY BARNETT

30 August 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 specific to their 1967
masterpiece debut LP.

Release: 24 September via Verve Records

One of the covering artists is the wonderful
Australian songstress Courtney Barnett.

Here’s her I’ll Be Your Mirror version…

COURTNEY BARNETT: Facebook

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 32

What happened this past week…

Turn Up The Volume‘s selection of
7 firecrackers from the past 7 days.

This week’s Magnificent Seven on Spotify

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1. ‘Not Alone But Not With You’ by ARXX (Brighton, UK)
Rollicking-riff-rocker from start to finish. These two frisky Brighton amazons know
how to make your head spin 360°. Touchdown. Just added it to my end-of-the-year list.

2. ‘Horse Latitudes’ by VOKA GENTLE (Wigan, UK)
Identity crisis? Play this punked-up, sickly sticky steamroller on repeat. I’m
sure it will help to find your way, and it’s so much cheaper than therapy.


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3. ‘Before You Gotta Go’ by COURTNEY BARNETT (Australia)
An impossible-to-resist earworm from her new, upcoming album.
Things Take Time, Take Time, out 12th November

4. ‘Future Stuff’ by JONFIN (Chicago, US)
Imagine the Lemonheads getting under your skin with a jiving
jingle jangle vibe like this. Yes, pretty ear-pleasing stuff. Score!


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5. ‘Go Get A Tattoo’ by FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES (UK)
Frank advises everybody to smash their TV and get a tattoo. Sounds like big fun. This bangtastic jackhammer is part of his upcoming longplayer Sticky. Out on 15 October.

6. ‘No Regrets’ by SHE/BEAST (Malmö, Sweden)
For smooth romantic tunes like these, Wurlitzer jukeboxes were invented so
these humdingers could be played in shadowy bars downtown at midnight.


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7. ‘Harmonizer’ by TY SEGALL (Los Angeles)
Fuzzing and buzzing title track from the album that fell out of
the blue sonic sky without a warning. That’s Ty Segall for you, folks.

See/hear you next week, music junkies

COURTNEY BARNETT – New Single ‘BEFORE YOU GOTTA GO’ Is Simply Irresistible

New sonic impulses

12 August 2021


(pic by Turn Up The Volume)

Artist: COURTNEY BARNETT
Who: Standout singer/songwriter from down
under (33 years old) who already won tons of awards
Active: 2009 / 3 studio albums (including the new one) and
a couple of EPs, also a collaborative album with Kurt Vile

New album: THINGS TAKE TIME, TAKE TIME
Out: 12th November 2021 – order info here

New single: BEFORE YOU GOTTA GO
Second taster of the upcoming LP, after lead single Rae Street

This is a magic little pearl, already dancing in your head before it
ends. If this, simply irresistible, tune doesn’t anything for you, you
should consult your shrink. You gotta go.

“Before you gotta go, I wanted you
to know, you’re always on my mind.”

COURTNEY BARNETT: Facebook

New album THINGS TAKE TIME, TAKE TIME out 12th November

Australian Songstress COURTNEY BARNETT Announces New LP And Shares Lead-Single

9 July 2021

Artist: COURTNEY BARNETT
Who: Standout singer/songwriter from down
under (33 years old) who already won tons of awards
Active: 2009 / 3 studio albums (including the new one) and
a couple of EPs, also a collaborative album with Kurt Vile

New album: THINGS TAKE TIME, TAKE TIME
Out: 12th November 2021 – order info here

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Barnett calls the album her attempt
to find “some sort of joy and gratitude, out of some sort of pain and sadness.”
She wrote the bulk of the material at her friend’s apartment in Melbourne,
where she was crashing to self-quarantine upon returning from L.A. at the
start of the pandemic: “I ended up staying there for the whole year. It was this
amazing little flat, and it had these beautiful big windows and big light. I was
really lucky to get that place.”

Lead-single: RAE STREET
A vintage mid-tempo, moody – Barnett slacker – reflection.

Check it out…

COURTNEY BARNETT: Facebook

New album THINGS TAKE TIME, TAKE TIME out 12th November 2021