THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 36

What happened this past week…

Turn Up The Volume‘s selection of 7 firecrackers
that burned his poor ears the past 7 days.

Let’s roll…

‘Oh Know’ by BEAK> (Bristol, UK)

Krautrock act BEAK> including Geoff Barrow (of Portishead), Billy Fuller (Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters) and Will Young (Moon Gangs) do once again what they’re addicted to. Producing synth loops with their fingers on the repeat button over and
over again, so their circling grooves can go on like forever.

Press play, press play, press play…

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‘Dick Pic’ by LEG PUPPY (London, UK)

The hardest working acid house junk on the planet gave birth – oh my, what a mess – to his sixth LegPuppy. He’s so proud of his newborn little monster. And so should you. To celebrate, here’s the dope opener ‘Dick Pic’.

Cut the navel cord and party, folks…


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‘Love’ by ROSA MYSTICA (Los Angeles)

Wow! This sultry psychedelic jackhammer just exploded in my face the moment it blasted out of my stereo, and I loved it so much that I started all over again. Mystica‘s ardent vox and her burning Courtney Love intensity makes the hair in your neck stand up. Wow!

“I was definitely inspired by grunge and the idea of a neo-psychedelic wall of sound. I wanted
it to sound dark and hypnotic. But with more direct and simple pop-like melodies and lyrics reminiscent of 90’s Britpop bands like Ride and Oasis. My vision for this song was to juxtapose these deeper story-like lyrics, with a more raw rock n’ roll inspired soundscape. I wanted it to feel like a balance of structure and stream of consciousness, especially in places like the outro
of the song. I wanted it to feel really free,
” says Rosa about her new slam dunk.

Feel the heat…


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‘crooked harmony’ by marcel (Arlon, Belgium)

Who? “Marcel is a carnival ghost who likes to make a lot of noise by rubbing himself on human cheeks with tenderness. Like a lame cat with cymbals attached to its tail. Insufferable but oddly sympathetic. Their music owes as much to Jonathan Richman as it does to the strained strikes of Steven Gerrard, the twisted guitars of Sonic Youth as it does to German expressionist painting, the silly cartoons of their teenage years, as it does to pre-Socratic philosophy.”

These slash and trash crackpots have a new boiling
self-titled EP out. You can stream the whole shebang here.

And hear/watch the riff-insane opener crooked harmony below.
Putain, putain, c’est vachement bien…

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‘Get The Money’ by ME ND ADAM (Austin, Texas)

“Get The Money” is an upbeat anthem about the incessant challenge of American work-life balance. “Get The Money” features witty lyrics accompanied by warm acoustic guitars before exploding into a chorus of wiry 90’s guitars, and funky bass lines creating an eclectic combination of instruments accompanied with the anthemic lyrics.

These are the hip-shaking slo-mo grooves that trigger your best moves once you finally
get yourself out of your lazy couch. And as it is about money and getting rich, you’ll start drooling from the very first second. Right here, right now…

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‘European Son’ by IGGY POP and MATT SWEENEY

A star-studded tribute to iconic band The Velvet Underground, and more
specific to their 1967 masterpiece debut LP hit the streets on 24 September.

Iggy Pop and Matt Sweeney joined the VU party too with their take on ‘European Son’.

And? It’s filthy, it’s nasty, it’s ear-piercing and totally MENTAL!

Here’s why…

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‘Pushing The Tides’ by MASTODON

Let’s have some mad metal with the infamous noise experts of Atlanta, Georgia to end this week’s M7 feature. Their new supersonic hardcore smack – from upcoming double album Hushed and Grim (out 29th October) – is what you need to start a mad-for-it moshpit. Got it? Now, go go go.

I think I’m ready to start
I thought I heard you scream
We’re all part of this fucked up devastation

See/hear you, next week, music junkies…

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

Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for May 2021!
A storming stream of rattling rippers and jagged jams…

All together on Spotify…

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One by one…

‘AMERICAN COCKROACH’ by DEAP VALLY (Los Angeles)
Deap Vally is back at their rock-blues meanest. Steaming,
intimidating, and totally fired-up. Touchdown!

The title track from their second EP of the year.

Drop the bomb on me
Drop the bomb on me
I got armor on me Feed me anarchy
I am perfect, Evolutionary
You can’t kill me,
The world belongs to me


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‘GUIDED BY ANGELS’ by AMYL & THE SNIFFERS (Australia)
Amyl rants again like a riot-gun rap punkette on an all-conquering mission.
From the gunslingers’ new, second album Comfort To Me, out in September.

Make way, folks, here she comes…

‘HEAT’ by WHISPERING SONS (Belgium)
This is the best Whispering Sons crackerjack my ears ever heard. Haunting, chilling,
and catchy as hell. This is a mad motherrocker with frontwoman Fenne sounding like
a female Scott Walker. A speedy stomper. Bingo!

From their 2nd album Several Others.

Turn up the heat here…

‘ZOOM ZOOM’ by TOYAH (Birlingham, UK)
With beloved husband Robert Fripp, Toyah puts up a hilarious cover show every Sunday
for months now, but now she’s back in her own special way. Zoom Zoom rattles and rolls with funky flair, hip-shaking hooks, and glamorous gusto. This sticks all the way. Score!

From her upcoming album Posh Pop, out 27th August.

Start a revolution, talk like Andy Warhol and become a millionaire here…

‘OH!’ by THE LINDA LINDAS (Los Angeles)
After going viral with previous single Racist, Sexist Boy the young Riot grrls hit again with
a pithy pop-punk roller that thunders ahead from the flashy get-go and rushes to its hurrah finale.

Pretty cool, pretty wild, pretty Lindas…

‘I, MORON’ by LOVELY EGGS feat. Stooges icon Iggy Pop
The menacing way immortal icon Iggy Pop pronounces moron several times, makes
you desperately hope you’re not one, all the more so that a jackhammer is drilling
along Pop‘s intimidating tone. Bang-on stunner!

Moron, moron, moron…

‘COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN’ by REAL SICKIES (Edmonton, Canada)
No brakes. No special effects. Only red-hot-blooded hullabaloo. Louder than
the Ramones. Sickies don’t talk, they roar. Sickies don’t pretend, they are 4 real.
Real Sickies are for rockers, for punks, and for noisemakers. Hallelujah!

From their smoking new album Love Is For Lovers.

Play this loud, very loud…

‘BLAME IT’ by MARLOW (East Sussex, UK)
I have had this instant knockout on repeat since I discovered it last week.
A solid gold stormer “about the lack of communication in relationships and
how people try to avoid responsibility for their issues by shifting the blame onto
others and coming up with excuses.

Its sticky pop melodiousness, its hefty panache, its passionate vocals, and
its fiery chorus are simply irresistible. Don’t blame Marlow. They rock big time!
One of the best singles of 2021! Fact!

Here‘s why…

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‘WHEN THE WHIP GOES CRACK’ by THE BATTERY FARM (UK)
This spine-chilling, self-flagellation outcry sizzles like a vicious serpent. Prepare yourself
for a demons-inflicted nervous breakdown, for a jagged jam that makes the hair in your neck stand up. Slowly but surely the intensity goes up and the insanity kicks in. Infuriating powers take over until the out-of-breath end. Goodness, gracious!

Get impressed right here…

‘DEFEND YOUR TEMPLE’ by TYPHOID ROSIE (Brooklyn)
Imagine imperishable rockers Green Day fronted by a rousing female fury.
A loud and clear feminist you better not mess with her. This punk ‘n slam
stonker will get you out of your lazy couch in a blink of an eye.

From the band’s upcoming LP Queen Of Swords.

Wham! Bloody bam…


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‘OLD JOE’ by SEADOG (Brighton, UK)
Old Joe moves and grooves from the kick-off. Its ongoing Krautrock-like hypnotizing spell, its energizing synth mesmerism, its repetitive beat, its echoing vocals, all contribute to the psychedelic impact of this exciting trip. Once you’ve joined the ride, you won’t get off. Clear-cut crackerjack!

Experience the vibrant vibe…

‘MAKE UP YOUR DAMN MIND’ by SINGLE RUIN (Brighton, UK)
Swirling electro-pop with an unwavering ongoing bass beat à la Modest Mouse that gets under your skin before turning and twisting surprisingly towards the end. Fascinating piece! From the new 7-track EP Unique.

Tune in here…

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‘TIME TRAVEL‘ by PARTEFACTS (Berlin, Germany)
Imagine: Hundreds of sweaty bodies dancing hyperkinetically in a shadowy Berlin discotheque on a feverish Saturday night. Everybody minds their own business,
everybody ignores the pandemic reality for a while. Funky shake-your-booty bangers
like these are ravishing and rapturous. Exactly what we need right now.

Get up and go gaga ..

‘THE EAR FAIRY’ by MONSIEUR POMPIER’S TRAVELLING FREAKSHOW (Dublin, Ireland)
Puzzling eccentricity by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Freaks Club Band. This town ain’t big enough for Sparks and Mister Pompier jumping out-t of-the-normality box with synth-asia pop. Don’t worry, be a weirdo and do the French cancan.

From the new bizarro album Teatime Terrors.

Start the show here…

‘HONEY I BELIEVE’ by TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB (Chicago)
This first upbeat single made my fingers snap, my feet tap, and my head twist from the flaming get-go. This rollin’ ripper gets under your skin and in your veins without asking permission, and, trust me, you’ll love it. Clear your room and lose yourself.

Move here to the beat…

‘DIG ME UP’ by HANNAH ROBINSON (England)
The rock swagger of Sheryl Crow, the melodramatic richness of
Florence Welch, and a vivid voice as imposing as St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The combination of those envigorating elements leads to emotional
resurrection. Dig Me Up is Robinson’s sonorous and liberating triumph.

Press play here…


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‘FRIENDLY IS BETTER’ by WOLF VANWYMEERSCH (Belgium)
Wolf could be the singer of Belgian top band Balthazar, Wolf could be the unknown
brother of Bonnie “Prince” Billy, but at the end of the day, Wolf is Wolf. After his wistful debut single Not To he continues his musing journey, on his horse, with this slo-mo meditation. Friendly is better, Wolf is better.

Catch the friendly mood here…

‘ALL THE LOVE YOU GIVE‘ by THE FOREIGN FILMS (Canada)
After a bang bang bang intro, you enter Beatles territory. Melodic splendor polyphonic harmonies and All You Need Is Love trumpets. This is 60s pop splendor at its sunlit finest. Feels like we’ll have new flowers in our hair this summer. The swinging sixties spirit. Lovely!

New album Starlight Serenade out today.

Enjoy the sun here…


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‘THE LIONS DEN‘ by TMCF (UK)
A shadowy dream-tune with a rotating rhythm making you run to the first dance
floor you find around. Pirouette yourself dizzy, folks, and forget these viral lion’s
den times for 339 seconds. Trust me, it helps to activate your body’s movements.

Make your best moves here…

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‘REMEMBER WE WHERE LOVERS’ by Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth
Surprising collaboration between the frontman of Primal Scream and front lady of Savages. They bring those 60s melancholia stars Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood back to life, and it works wonderfully. Dim the light and hit some candles. From the new album Utopian Ashes.

Time to relax…

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

THE LOVELY EGGS + IGGY POP = DYNAMITE MORONS

Daily electricity to load your batteries…

12 July 2021

Band: THE LOVELY EGGS
Who: A boiling psychedelic punk rock duo from the UK.
Happy married couple: Holly Ross and David Blackwell.
Active since 2006 / 5 studio albums

New single: I, MORON feat. Iggy Pop

Holly about the collaboration with Mister Pop: “It’s actually unbelievable.
For him just to say nothing but “moron” over and over again fitted in with
the sentiment of the song perfectly. He just got it. We are all morons. In a
world of moronic things. In a world of moronic ideas. ”

Turn Up The Volume: The start of this nasty punked-up groove is just awesome.
The menacing way immortal icon Iggy Pop pronounces moron several times, makes
you desperately hope you’re not one, all the more so that a jackhammer is drilling
along Pop‘s intimidating tone. But before you can say hell yeah, this synth injected steamroller detonates with brain-breaking force. Holly’s moronic, overdubbed voice
adds a psych-o-delic effect while the ongoing battering beat does your head in without asking! Wow, what a bang-on motherrocker! Hell yeeaaaaahhhh!

You are moron. I am moron. We are moron

THE LOVELY EGGS: Facebook

The single sold out in hours. So the band decided to re-press on red vinyl. Only
available in record stores. Pre-order your copy at your local record shop.

Five Firecrackers To Stay On Track… In The Weekend

10 July 2021

5 new firecrackers to fuel your favorite 48 hours…

‘We Are Between’ by MODEST MOUSE (Portland)

The veteran indie rockers still deliver the goods. The lead single from their
new triumphant album The Golden Casket sets the tone for their 7th longplayer.
Brisk, bustling, and blissful.

Press play here…

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‘Dissonance’ by VEDA RAYS (Brooklyn)

“This song speaks to the psychological stress of our times as the byproduct
of cognitive dissonance en masse, and the collective shadows it projects. Yet,
the hopeful message implied is that if we can shine a light, shadows disappear.”

Roaring rippers like this one make my day on the spot. Big tune, big drive,
big chorus, big guitars, big vocals, big intensity. Adrenalized top stroke!

And a great animated video clip…

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‘Time Will Define’ by FEVER (UK)

Electrifying Britpop at its instantly sticking best. Somewhere between
Supergrass
(in the 21st Century), The La’s and The Bluetones. The singer’s
feverish vocals stand out. What a vox! He lifts this arresting stunner to
a remarkable level. Touchdown!

Tune in here…

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‘Can’t Forget’ by NAPOLEON (Toronto, Canada)

A riff monster. A flabbergasting uppercut with all cylinders fired up, making your
head spin uncontrollably. Alert your neighbors before you put this blustery blast
on your stereo. From the band’s new wham-bam-slam EP Empty Within.

Clear your room and start a one-man moshpit…

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‘Look What You’ve Done’ by KEEGAN CHAMBERS (Toronto, Canada)

This is classic rock explosiveness. Eddie Van Halen guitars, a towering chorus,
and what a tremendous voice overwhelming your ears. High-powered, immensely energetic, and totally titanic. Makes your hair in the back of your neck stand up.
Huzzah!

From Chambers‘ varied Out Of My Head EP.

Turn up the heat here…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

New Book: IGGY POP & THE STOOGES ON STAGE – 1967 To 1974

11 June 2021

Book: IGGY POP & THE STOOGES On Stage – 1967 To 1974
Author: Per Nilsen
A leading authority on Iggy and the Stooges. He’s a behavioural
economist from Stockholm School of Economics. Music has been
a life-long passion since he discovered the Beatles at the age of 5.

Content: The book explores, in depth, all the concerts the Stooges
played between 1967-74, bringing the live experience to life through
eyewitness accounts, press reports and other source materials, to
present an unprecedented account of the Stooges’ performances
during this period.

Publisher: Burning Shed – you can buy a copy via their
website or Amazon and other well known online shops.
Out: 25th June 2021

Louder Than War says: “Fans of Iggy and the Stooges will be smitten with
the material contained within these pages. They’ll also love the way Nilsen
invites the reader to imagine the venues and cities left undescribed. For
example, on Tuesday, 22 July 1969, The Stooges played at Detroit’s Grand
Ballroom, but Nilsen’s gig description is nearly blank: “No details are known.”
While the breadth of information that accompanies so many of the other on
stage appearances is enthralling, these occasional lacunae are also intriguing.
I wonder what went on at that gig.”
Long full review here.

HAPPY B. IGGY!

James Newell Osterberg Jr.
was born on 21 April 21
in Muskegon, Michigan, US

Happy 74, Iggy!

Three to party…

– LUST FOR LIFE –
(Memorable TV performance in Holland)

– NO FUN –

– JAMES BOND –

DR. LONNIE SMITH & IGGY POP Cover Sixties Sunshine Superman DONOVAN

5 March 2021

Jazz icon DR. LONNIE SMITH and the everywhere-and-anytime-present
IGGY POP
teamed up for a smooth cover of SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, a hit
by sixties Scottish folk-pop legend DONOVAN, which will feature on Smith’s
new album Breathe – produced by Don Was– out at the end of this month.

Smith: “I was playing with my trio at Arts Garage in Delray Beach in Florida.
Iggy would come by and say he wanted to play with me. I let him play slaparoo
and he loved it. He enjoyed playing with us. We thought about recording a few
songs, so we went in with my trio backing us up, and it worked.

Sunshine came softly through my a-window today
Could’ve tripped out easy a-but I’ve a-changed my ways
It’ll take time, I know it but in a while
You’re gonna be mine, I know it, we’ll do it in style
‘Cause I made my mind up you’re going to be mine

The original

Breathe album out 26 March via Blue Note Records