FOO FIGHTERS Released Their 4th Album ‘ONE BY ONE’ 20 Years Ago

Back in time

23 October 2022

Band: FOO FIGHTERS
Who: Immensely famous and beloved
rockers with Dave Grohl in the middle
Active: Since 1994 – 10 studio LPs, so far

Anniversary LP: ONE BY ONE
Released: 22 October 2002 – 20 years ago

Pitchfork: “I expect to see the Foo Fighters featured in “Have You Seen Me?”
ads on the backs of milk cartons… I just can’t help but miss the sincerity of their
older material. At one time, Foo Fighters could pull off “great” with a fraction of the
technical support; One by One had its sights set on “good enough” from the very
beginning.”
Score: 5.5/10.

TUTV: Great singles, but it doesn’t save the overall mediocre album.

Singles/clips: All My Life / Times Like These / Low

– ALL MY LIFE –

– TIMES LIKE THESE –

– LOW –

Stream full album via Spotify

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FOO FIGHTERS: All Albums – Instagram

American Alt Duo LOW Released Their 6th Album ‘TRUST’ 20 Years Ago

Back in time

22 October 2022

Artists: LOW
Who: Alan Sparhawk (guitar and vocals) and his wife Mimi Parker (drums and vocals).
Active: Since 1993 / 13 studio LPs so far, with last year’s Hey What as the most recent one.

Anniversary album: TRUST
Released: 21 October 2002 – 20 years ago

AllMusic said: “As the follow-up to Low’s universally acclaimed Things We Lost in The Fire, Trust comes with a set of expectations that might be impossible to meet. To the band’s credit, Low doesn’t just rehash the territory they covered on their previous album; instead, Trust goes in several different directions, mixing dark, sweeping epics with smaller, unpretentious songs and eclectic productions and arrangements. It’s Low’s most diverse work yet, but as it turns out, also their most uneven, which is somewhat surprising considering how their previous album was both consistently inventive and familiar.” Score: 3.5/5.

Stream full album via Spotify

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LOW: Facebook – All Albums

A High From His Low Album – DAVID BOWIE Released ‘SOUND AND VISION’ 45 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past

11 February 2022

The late great musical genius DAVID BOWIE released
striking single SOUND AND VISION on 11 February 1977,
today 45 years ago.

A high from his masterly album LOW,
one of my all-time favorite Bowie LPs.

The track was co-produced with Tony Visconti and was originally meant
to be released as an instrumental (bar the backing vocal performed by
Visconti’s wife, Mary Hopkin) but Bowie decided later to add vocals, one
night when everybody had already left the studio.

An electronic diamond, still
astounding 45 years later…

DAVID BOWIE: Facebook – Instagram

Turn Up The Volume’s TOP 5 DAVID BOWIE Albums

Back In Time

Today, already 6 years ago – 10th January 2016 – since pop/rock genius DAVID BOWIE passed away. He was only 69. A day to play my TOP 5 of BOWIE ALBUMS .

1. ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS OF MARS

Released: 16 June 1972

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2. LOW

Released: 14 January 1977

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3. ALADDIN SANE

Released: 13 April 1973

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4. HEROES

Released: 14 October 1977

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5. THE NEXT DAY

Released: 8 March 2013

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Influential Webzine STEREOGUM Reveals Best Albums Of 2021

1. ‘I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE’ by THE WAR ON DRUGS (Dream pop)

Arriving to the highest levels of anticipation in the War On Drugs’ career, I Don’t Live Here Anymore showed up — right on time, in autumn — and exceeded already stratospheric expectations.

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2. ‘VALENTINE’ by SNAIL MAIL (Power pop)

“Valentine is a document of a love gained and lost, and
all the second chances squandered along the way.”

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3. ‘GLOW ON’ by TURNSTILE (Post-punk-core)

“Turnstile have kept the reckless physical abandon of their early records, polished their gleaming-chrome hooks, and cranked out a half-hour barrage of joyous positivity,
where even the experimental left turns hit hard.”

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4. ‘HEY WHAT’ by LOW (Alt psych rock)

“Low’s third collaboration with BJ Burton, HEY WHAT continues where 2018’s Double Negative left off, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker grappling with dire times by making damaged, celestial music.”

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5. ‘JUBILEE’ by JAPANESE BREAKFAST (Dream pop)

“Jubilee is a vibrant, orchestral dream-pop record, drawing
aesthetic influence from a host of classic indie greats.”

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6. ‘DEACON’ by serpentwithfeet (Psychedelic soul)

“If it’s possible to get high on intimacy, then Deacon is a classic of psychedelic soul.”

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7. ‘SUPERWOLVES’ by MATT SWEENEY and BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY (Singer-songwriters)

“Somehow, they topped their 2005 collaboration Superwolf with these
deeply moving reflections on grief, romance, and familial love.”

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8. ‘IGNORANCE’ by THE WEATHER STATION (Dream pop)

“With Ignorance, Tamara Lindeman’s made her biggest statement yet, without
losing the aching human core that defines the Weather Station’s music.”

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9. ‘HALL OF FAME’ by POLO G

“It can’t be easy to convey emotional rawness in the context of an ultra-commercial
rap record, but Polo’s writerly grace and hypnotic hooks are up to the task.”

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10. ‘AN OVERVIEW ON PHENOMENAL NATURE’ by CASSANDRA JENKINS

“The album does indeed feel like some potent encapsulation of
the entirety of this fantastical, dreadful world we all live in.”

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The Full TOP 50 list HERE

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The Beauty And The Beast – Nightmare Pop Duo LOW Released Their New Album ‘HEY WHAT’

13 September 2021

Band: LOW (Duluth, Minnesota)
Who: Longtime noise-exploring duo with key members
Alan Sparhawk (guitar and vocals) and Mimi Parker (drums,
vocals) who entered the scene back in 1993 / 13 studio
albums so far (including the upcoming new one)

New album: HEY WHAT – out 10th September via Sub Pop

Pitchfork says: On the follow-up to 2018’s astonishing Double Negative,
Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk push deeper into abstraction, finding fresh
angles on the themes that have animated them since the beginning… HEY WHAT
is more like a surge of information through a corroded terminal, or an electrical
storm in the cavern between two earbuds.
” Full review here. Score: 8.5/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Ever heard Lou Reed‘s 1975 Metal Music Machine? No?
Well don’t listen to it, because it’ll ruin your poor ears for about a week. It was
the late great genius’ sonic middle finger to the music business, or was he just
bored and let his engineer have some fun, or was he looking for a noise overdose?
I have no idea, nor had he, I guess. Anyway, the distortion pieces of HEY WHAT
wouldn’t be out of place on MMM. But LOW are certainly not bored.

They challenge noise, they create noise that’s both disturbing and thrilling.
They construct, they do not destruct.

Their twilight chaos is accessible as they alternate surreal sounding synth noise
with real sounding nightmare pop sequences (mostly the vocal parts). The whole resonates as a conflicting Beauty and the Beast record.

Also Low‘s twilight chaos makes sense. Not that I know what actually happens in their
obscure minds and I don’t need to as long as they inspire the dark side of MY mind. An experience I prefer over the daily confrontation with our surreal pandemic reality.

Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most intriguing longplayers of 2021.

Singles/clips: Days Like These / More / Disappearing

– DAYS LIKE THESE –

– MORE –

– DISAPPEARING –

Stream/buy HEY WHAT here…


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LOW: Facebook

HEY WHAT out now – order info here

Wall-Of-Synths – LOW Share New Piece ‘DISAPPEARING’ From Their Upcoming Album

New sonic impulses

23 July 2021

Band: LOW (Duluth, Minnesota)
Who: Longtime dream pop band with key members
Alan Sparhawk (guitar and vocals) and Mimi Parker (drums,
vocals) who entered the scene back in 1993 / 13 studio
albums so far (including the upcoming new one)

New album: HEY WHAT – out 10th September via Sub Pop

New-single: DISAPPEARING
The second taster after lead-single  Days Like These.

Disappearing is a harmonious vocal duet in slow motion
against a wall of distorted synths.

Special stuff…

LOW: FacebookAll Albums

HEY WHAT out on all formats on 10 September 2021 – order info here

(photo on top: DB LOW)

Confusing Pearl – LOW Returns With New Single ‘DAYS LIKE THESE’ From Upcoming LP

New sonic impulses…

21 June 2021

Band: LOW
(Duluth, Minnesota)
Who: Longtime dream pop band with key members
Alan Sparhawk (guitar and vocals) and Mimi Parker (drums,
vocals) who entered the scene back in 1993 / 13 studio
albums so far (including the upcoming new one)

New album: HEY WHAT – out 10th September via Sub Pop

Lead-single: DAYS LIKE THESE

What a confusing pearl this is, starting with a vivid vocal first part
and after some crushing electro interventions the song starts floating
towards the dark, ominous clouds up there in the sky. Atmospheric
synths change the course and the color of this compelling composition.
Both in a dreamy and haunting way. Our troubled and confusing days
aren’t over yet.

Get impressed here…

LOW: FacebookAll Albums

HEY WHAT out on all formats on 10 September 2021 – order info here

(photo on top: DB LOW)