Album Of January 2023 – Imperishable JOHN CALE With His Spellbinding 17th Longplayer ‘MERCY’

30 January 2023

No retirement for the 80-year-old JOHN CALE. He’s one of
the many musicians that will go on until their last breath.

The Welsh icon released his 17th solo longplayer,
called MERCY this month via Double Six/Domino.

The album features a cool club of guests. Animal Collective, Sylvan
Esso, Laurel Halo, Tei Shi, Actress
, and yes, Fat White Family too.

Press info: “Cale’s first full album in a decade, moves through true dark-night-of-the-soul electronic torment toward vulnerable love songs and hopeful considerations for the future with the help of some of music’s most curious young minds. Cale has always searched for new ways to explore old ideas of alienation, hurt, and joy; Mercy is the latest transfixing find of this unsatisfied mind.”

Rolling Stone said: “Even as Mercy glares into the void, Cale demonstrates his optimism
by hanging out with younger musicians and often centering the album around contemporary rhythms, like the hip-hop he’s long considered to be a modern avant-garde.Like his Welsh brother and hero Dylan Thomas, Cale is going to fight against the dying of the light until the light is no more, but the ghosts of his past will be with him until the end.”

TUTV: No earworms, no feel good tunes, no pop hits. At 80 Cale still explores his mind and soul and he does it with shadowy introspections and chilling musings. Gloomy electronics create an obscure atmosphere and sometimes it feels like Cale is trapped in the labyrinth of his own psyche. You need several spins to get into the former VU legend’s world, but once you’re there the experience is spellbinding.

SINGLES: Night Crawling / Story Of Blood / Noise Of You

– NIGHT CRAWLING –

– STORY OF BLOOD –

– NOISE OF YOU –

FULL ALBUM

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JOHN CALE: Bio – Discography – Instagram

At 80 JOHN CALE Still Explores His Own Mind And Soul – New Album ‘MERCY’ Out Now

Standout longplayers

21 January 2023

No retirement for the 80-year-old JOHN CALE. He’s one of
the many musicians that will go on until their last breath.

The Welsh icon just released his 17th solo longplayer.
It’s called MERCY and is out via Double Six/Domino.

The album features a cool club of guests. Animal Collective, Sylvan
Esso, Laurel Halo, Tei Shi, Actress
, and yes, Fat White Family too.

Press info: “Cale’s first full album in a decade, moves through true dark-night-of-the-soul electronic torment toward vulnerable love songs and hopeful considerations for the future with the help of some of music’s most curious young minds. Cale has always searched for new ways to explore old ideas of alienation, hurt, and joy; Mercy is the latest transfixing find of this unsatisfied mind.”

UNCUT: “Mercy is the most out-there work Cale has made in some time. The presence of Cale’s voice – familiar, rich and avuncular – almost disguises just how radical much of the music is.” 9/10.

TUTV: No earworms, no feel good tunes, no pop hits. At 80 Cale still explores his mind and soul and he does it with shadowy introspections and chilling musings. Gloomy electronics create an obscure atmosphere and sometimes it feels like Cale is trapped in the labyrinth of his own psyche. You need several spins to get into the former VU legend’s world, but once you’re there the experience is spellbinding.

SINGLES: Night Crawling / Story Of Blood / Noise Of You

– NIGHT CRAWLING –

– STORY OF BLOOD –

– NOISE OF YOU –

FULL ALBUM

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TOUR

JOHN CALE: Bio – Discography – Instagram

Picked By TURN UP THE VOLUME – 10 Big Albums Turning 50 In 2023

Back in time

2 December 2022

Band: PINK FLOYD
Album: THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
8th longplayer

Released: 24 March 1973
Score: #2 in the UK and Australia,
#1 in the US and Canada

Full LP Stream

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PINK FLOYD: Bio – Discography

Artist: DAVID BOWIE
Album: ALADDIN SANE

Released: 20 April 973
Score: #1 in the UK, #17 in the US

Full LP Stream

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DAVID BOWIE: Bio – Discography
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Artist: TOM WAITS
Album: CLOSING TIME
His debut LP

Released: 6 March 1973

Full LP Stream

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TOM WAITS: Bio – Discography
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Band: THE STOOGES
Album: RAW POWER
Third longplayer

Released: 7 February 1973

Full LP Stream

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THE STOOGES: Bio – Discography
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Band: NEW YORK DOLLS
Album: New York Dolls
Debut longplayer

Released: 3 July 1973
Score: #116 in the US

Full LP Stream

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NYD: Bio – Discography

Artist: LOU REED
Album: BERLIN
Third LP

Released: 5 October 1973
Score: #7 in the UK

Full LP Stream

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LOU REED: Bio – Discography

Artist: JOHN CALE
Album: 1919 PARIS
Third longplayer

Released: 25 February 1973

Full LP Stream

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JOHN CALE: Bio – Discography
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Band: ROXY MUSIC
Album: FOR YOUR PLEASURE
2nd LP

Released: 23 March 1973
Score: #4 in the UK,

Full LP Stream

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ROXY MUSIC: Bio – Discography
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Band: CAN
Album: FUTURE DAYS
4th longplayer

Released: August 1973

Full LP Stream

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CAN: Bio – Discography
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Band: WINGS
Album: BAND ON THE RUN
Third LP

Released: 30 November 1973
Score: #1 in the UK and the US

Full LP Stream

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WINGS: Bio – Discography

20 BEST TRACKS OCTOBER 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and magnific musings

All 20 on Spotify

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Track by Track

Blood-tingling Scottish dance-funk-punk trio YOUNG FATHERS
have their new, 5th LP, called Heavy Heavy out on 3 February 2023.

Sickly sticking stunner I SAW. is the first taster.
I added this spicy scream-along earworm to
my best-tracks-of-2022 list.

Touchdown!

YOUNG FATHERS: Facebook – Instagram

Finally back on track. James Murphy and his musical vehicle LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
are part of the soundtrack of the movie White Noise based on the 1985 novel by
American author Don DeLillo.

LCD Soundsytem still sounds like LC Soundsystem. New track NEW BODY RHUMBA
has that familiar hypnotic and groovy speed-up rhythm propelled by a steady bass riff, guitars popping up now and then and Murphy singing with his characteristic, nervous voice.

Catch the catchy vibes.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM: Facebook – Instagram

Band: DECIUS (UK)
Who: Members of Trashmouth Records, Fat White Family (frontman Lias Saoudi)
& Paranoid London finding themselves climbing out of a hole together at a disco
after hours.

Single: SHOW ME NO TEARS

Put up your make-up and shake
your booty to the techno beat.

DECIUS: Facebook
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Last month dark-Goth-wave artist Raymond Watts aka PIG
unleashed his gloom and doom album The Merciless Light
.

Hammering brainbreaker THE DARK ROOM is one
of the many highlights on Turn Up The Volume‘s album
of the month.

Let’s roll…

PIG: Facebook – Instagram – Spotify
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Band: GLYTSH
Who: 2 seasoned female musicians from the London music scene.
They mix their love for metal music with their passion for dark and
haunting sonic soundscapes and visuals.

Single: SAV@GE

Want some references: Ho99o9, Skunk Anansie, Nova Twins. Fucking cool, right?
You betcha. Sav@ge is a badass piece, a metal beast. Hell bloody hell yeah!

GLYTSH: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: THE BYKER GROVE FAN CLUB
Who: Ponderous post-punk three-piece from the UK.

I heard and watched this British post-hardcore bulldozer play
in Antwerp, Belgium recently. They blew my mind and turned
me into an instant fan. What a find.

Here’s why…


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T.B.G.F.C: Facebook – Instagram – Spotify
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(photo by Niklas Hawkesworth)

Band: RED LAMA
Who: Formed by five friends from Svendborg, Denmark in 2011. Since then, the sextet has been refining their unique take on psych rock, music for the inner journey, carried forward by melody, groove and soundscapes exploding in grand crescendos.

Single: CHAOS IS THE PLAN
Third shared track from the upcoming new
album – their 3rd – Memory Terrain, landing
on 4 November.

Expect a hypnotic and magnetic psych jam moving
hauntingly, propelled by a groovy bass riff, sinister
synth layers, weeping guitars and emotive vocals.

Grand score!


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RED LAMA: Facebook – Instagram
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(Credit: Luci Lux, Chiara-Meattelli & Dominic Lee)

Band: THE PULL OF AUTUMN
Who: The art-rock collective of Rhode Island musician Daniel Darrow,
from 80s post-punk group Johanna’s House Of Glamour. working
constantly with other notable artists

New album – the 4th – Beautiful Broken World is a 15-track
undertaking that involves a number of experienced musicians.
It arrives on 18 November. Pre-order info here

The first single, named OUTLAW EMPIRE grooves and moves with Massive Attack‘s
trip-hop swagger, spacey reverberance, and a mesmeric, ongoing dub rotation. If you were/are a Pop Group fan you’ll recognize Maffia Godfather Mark Stewart‘s voice from
the first note.

It’s a beautiful swing-and-sway activator
for a broken world, as we know it.

Stream/buy here.


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THE PULL OF AUTUMN/RBM Records: Facebook
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(Press photo via C & The R)

Scottish post-hardcore punk and tattoo artist FRANK CARTER
and his RATTLESNAKES had their 4th longplayer Sticky out last year
(Carter also released 3 albums with his first band Gallows and 1 under
the moniker of Pure Love)

For new single THE DRUGS Carter invited his friend Jamie T to the studio.

An anti-drugs slam.
A nasty rant. Holy cow.

FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES: Facebook – Instagram
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Artist: HANG LINTON

Who: British musician, visual artist, filmmaker
and avant-funk enchanter based in Berlin.

Debut single: SALE feat. LeBron Aggressive

TUTV: This funky hip-hop uplift does what great hip-hop vibes do. Having
a prompt impact on your hips’ movements that in turn activate your whole
body’s spryness. Think of rap hero Roots Manuva‘s flamboyant flow.

SALE is for sale, go get it.


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HANG LINTON: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: BUGEYE
Who: Female pop quartet from London blending cherry-liqueur lyrics, bubblegum-kneecap bass electrics, goth-heavy drum compactions & hi-rise guitar sculptures.

Single: SUMMER IN THE CITY
“A song that explores the highs and lows and stories of life in the city. From feeling like you’re winning in life, to turning a corner to tensions and violence, to dating app cringeworthy dating experiences and the death of David Bowie. It is a playful song that highlights our fickle nature and our scrolling boredom obsession.”

Time flies. It’s already 2 years since these 4 colorful Amazons had their swinging
dance-punk debut LP Ready Steady Bang out. But the wait is over with this new
firecracker. It’s sexy bugglegum pop, it’s groovy electro-funk, it’s effervescent fun.

Helloooo!


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BUGEYE: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: PAISLEY PARC
Who: Robust rockers from
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Single: COMPLICATED

“The song captures the frustrations of people across the globe as we all try to make
sense of our new emerging world following the pandemic and the economic mayhem
it has created.”

This Welsh turbo bring their celebrated countrymen Stereophonics to mind here, but
with three guitarists, a John Bonham drummer and a red-hot-blooded vocalist who’s alarming voice fits the confusing times we live in. Wowzers!

“Don’t call the doctor he won’t save you tonight”

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PAISLEY PARC: Facebook – Instagram
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(Press photo via YYYs)

Band: YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Who: Pop/rock trio from New York
fronted by the gorgeous Karen O
Active: Since 20000 / 6th LP (new one incl.)

Their new album Cool It Down – first in 9 years – is out now.
The title is taken from the Velvet Underground song of the same name
from their 1970 LP Loaded.

YYYs burn again…

YYYs: Facebook
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(Photo by Rose Dekker)

Band: BLACK NITE CRASH
Who: A psych collective started by Jim Biggs (vocals, guitar) twenty years ago
in Seattle Washington. The band had more than 30 members over the years.

They just released a new full length, baptized Washed In The Sound
Of Black Nite Crash
, the band’s fifth. A must hear psychedelic journey.

Opener THE TAKE sets the tone for the full remarkable longplayer.
Influences by masters of the genre such as jangly hero Anton Newcombe
and his Brianjones Town Massacre gang, The Black Angels, and Heart
are all around.

Top stuff!

BLACK NITE CRASH: Facebook
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KAT KOAN is a Berlin-based artist with a passion for expressing intense emotions through music and visuals. With her Belgian musical partner Raymond Rose she canned her second album Coccoon and released it on 7 October.

A sonically versatile and compelling record with Koan speaking and singing
her mind and her heart out. Think Garbage‘s charismatic lady Shirly Manson.

One of my fav tracks is this moody pearl titled STAY
featuring Freddie Dickson and her band The Lost Souls.

KAT KOAN: Website – Instagram – Linktree
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Band: CMON CMON
Who: Indie rock trio from Belgium, signed by renowned manager
Stephen Budd (Gang Of Four, Heaven 17, The Magic Numbers)

Single: SAY WHAT IT MEANS
From their new self-titled debut EP.

The jangly guitars and the glossy resonance of R.E.M. and Teenage Fanclub are obvious,
but my ears also detect the slacker rock mood of Dinosaur Jr. ‘Say What It Means’ is an
ideal post-summer musing for grey Autumn days for confused and vulnerable souls.

Listen/watch

CMON CMON: Facebook
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(Photo by Jeremy McGuire)

Band: MIKE & THE NERVE
Who: A Florida-based folk punk band.

Debut single: CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER

Mike Llerena (vocalist/songwriter) “This song is our love letter to The Fest, a punk rock festival held in Gainesville every year during Halloween weekend. I’ve attended, volunteered, and/or played at Fest almost every year for the past decade and I’ve made a lot of great friendships and memories because of it.”

Melancholia on Halloween? Why not? When it sounds moony, warm
and romantic as Christmas In October does I’m all ears. So should you.

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MIKE & THE NERVE: Facebook – Instagram
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No retirement for 80-year-old JOHN CALE.

The Welsh icon will release his 17th solo longplayer, titled Mercy
on 20 January 2023 via Double Six/Domino.

Single NIGHT CRAWLING was written with David Bowie in mind when
both had fun in New York City in the 70s. It’s a synth-trippy and chilling
reflection.

Watch/listen here.

JOHN CALE: Facebook
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Band: MODERN STARS
Who: Spacey shoegazers from Italy. Their work is loaded with stringed
and electronic sounds laid down through a multilayering approach that
has more in common with Indian traditional music and Techno,

Single: DROWNING
New piece from the trio’s upcoming third album,
named Space Trips For The Masses.

If I tell you that my ears here echoes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre
and The Black Angels on Drowning you know that you’ll enter a dark space
with enigmatic, psychedelic encounters.

Roll the tape and get puzzled…

MODERN STARS: Facebook
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Band: USE KNIFE
Who: Started as a Belgian duo – Stef Heeren and Kwinten Mordijck – born out of the mutual love for analog and modular electronic machinery. They explore and express hallucinatory freethinking visions to contemporary living. Iraqi artist Saif Al-Qaissy recently joined the duo, making a trio now.

Track: TO FEED THE GENTRY

A spectacular ambient jam from their spectacular debut album The Shedding Of Skin.
An intriguing and fascinating piece featuring Iraqi, Brussels-based artist Saif Al-Qaissy
adding Eastern vibes.

Press play here…

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USE KNIFE: Facebook

JOHN CALE Announces New Album ‘MERCY’ And Shares Track ‘STORY OF BLOOD’ Feat. WEYES BLOOD

19 October 2022

No retirement for the 80-year-old JOHN CALE.

The Welsh icon just announced the release of his 17th solo longplayer. It’s called MERCY and lands on 20 January 2023 via Double Six/Domino. Cale already shared a taster with first single Night Crawling a few weeks ago.

The album features a cool club of guests. Animal Collective, Sylvan Esso, Laurel Halo, Tei Shi, Actress, and yes, Fat White Family too. The news comes with a another new track named STORY OF BLOOD. A 7-and-a-half minute piano ballad featuring American songstress Weyes Blood who co-sings at times.

It comes with a bloodcurdling video clip.

Watch/listen here…

JOHN CALE: Website – Instagram

JOHN CALE – 40 Years Ago Today His Album ‘MUSIC FOR A NEW SOCIETY’ Came Out

Back in time

21 September 2022

Artist: JOHN CALE (80)
Active: Since 1957 (starting with The Velvet Underground)
Albums: 16 solo studio LPs and multiple
collaborative albums and soundtracks

Anniversary LP: MUSIC FOR A NEW SOCIETY
Released: 21 September 1982 – 40 years ago today

AllMusic/Mark Deming: “The aural chaos and intense paranoia of John Cale’s “comeback” albums Sabotage/Live and Honi Soit seemingly left him with very few places left to go, short
of setting back-issues of Soldier of Fortune to music. 1982’s Music for a New Society was, from
a musical standpoint, a remarkable about-face, sounding calm, spare, and spectral where his
last few albums had been all rant and rage; the arrangements were dominated by Cale’s open, languid keyboard patterns, and there was far more aural “white space” in their framings than he had permitted himself since The Academy in Peril.”
Score: 4.5/5.

Single/clip: Close Watch

Full album stream on Spotify.

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JOHN CALE: Bio – Discography

JOHN CALE – New Trippy Single ‘NIGHT CRAWLING’ With Animated Clip Feat. DAVID BOWIE

Daily electricity to load your batteries

2 August 2022

No retirement for the 80-year old JOHN CALE.

He has a new single out (following the 2020 piece Lazy Day).

NIGHT CRAWLING was written with his time in the 1970s
New York City with David Bowie in mind. It’s a synth trippy
and chilling reflection.

Cale about Bowie: “There was this period around mid-late ’70s when David and I would run into each other in NY. There was plenty of talk about getting some work done but of course we’d end up running the streets, sometimes until we couldn’t keep a thought in our heads, let alone actually get a song together! One night we managed to meet up for a benefit concert where I taught him a viola part so we could perform together. When I wrote ‘Night Crawling,’ it was a reflective moment of particular times. That kind of NYC that held art in its grip, strong enough to keep it safe and dangerous enough to keep it interesting. I always figured we’d have another go at the two of us recording together, this time without the interference of being perpetually off our heads! The thing about creating music is the ability to divine a thought or feeling even when reality says it’s a logical impossibility.”

Watch/listen here.

JOHN CALE: Facebook