SOULFUL SUNDAY – 10 Musings For The Laziest Day Of The Week

2 October 2022

The 7th day is one to be lazy, to relax, to walk in slow-mo
from your bed to your couch, to have a glass of wine and
to listen to musings/reveries/ballads that massage your
ears and mind gently.

Turn Up The Volume picked 10 to create the fitting
atmosphere to lose yourself in a blissful trance.

Old and new.

This Sunday’s musers

The Big Moon
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bergamot
Subatomic Strangers
Kurt Vile
Cory Singer
Matthew Connor

Start dreamin’…



23 February 2022

Yesterday came the incredible news, totally unexpected, with this
message on his Twitter account that MARK LANEGAN passed away…

“Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney,
Ireland. A beloved singer, songwriter, author and musician he was 57 and is survived
by his wife Shelley. No other information is available at this time. We ask Please respect
the family privacy.”

The unique bariton voice and terrific songwriter born on November 25, 1964 in Ellensburg, Washington had a roller-coaster career along with Screaming Trees, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Gutter Twins (with Greg Dulli), with countless collaborations (with Isobel Campbell, Kira Skov, The Twilight Sisters, The Walkabouts, Soulsavers and plenty more) and with, most of all, his 12 remarkable solo albums.

He was a 24/7 artist who also lived as fast as he could during the 90s and early 2000s, at times with life-threatening consequences. He credited Courtney Love for paying 1 year of his rehab in the late 90s.

Last year, in March – being clean and healty for more than a decade – he caught Covid-19 in a devastating degree. In a book called Devil In Coma a few months later he described his comatose battle with the virus that almost killed him.

“From the moment I was brought out of my chemically induced sleep and was told what had happened and where I had been, I was determined to survive this nightmare, even though I had very little say, actually, no say in the matter, and had zero ammo to fight with.” The cause of his premature death isn’t revealed yet, but that bloody virus made him very vulnerable.

To salute this phenomenal rock warrior I picked
15 career-spanning highlights and called the playlist…


MARK LANEGAN: Bio – All Solo Albums

(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

(Image on top: Cover of his 2001 solo album ‘Field Songs’)

MARK LANEGAN Wrote Memoir About His Near-Death Experience Due To Covid-19

14 November 2021

Washington born singer-songwriter MARK LANEGAN (Screaming Trees, QOTSA,
solo and countless collaborations) got infected with COVID-19 last March.

He went deaf, couldn’t walk for months, had cracked ribs, and had breathing
problems. He was hospitalized and slipt in and out coma for months.

He wrote a memoir about his life-threatening misfortunes
and the near-death experience he suffered.

The book, titled DEVIL IN A COMA comes out
on 14th December via White Rabbit Books.

(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Press statement: One morning in March 2021 with the second wave of infections
ripping through Ireland where he was newly resident, Mark Lanegan woke up breathless, fatigued beyond belief, his body burdened with a gigantic dose of Covid-19. Admitted to
Kerry Hospital and initially given little hope of survival, Lanegan’s illness has him slipping
in and out of a coma, unable to walk or function for several months and fearing for his life.

As his situation becomes more intolerable over the course of that bleakest of springs he
is assaulted by nightmares, visions and regrets about a life lived on the edge of chaos and disorder.

He is prompted to consider his predicament and how, in his sixth decade, his lifelong battle
with mortality has led to this final banal encounter with a disease that has undone millions, when he has apparently been cheating death for his whole existence. Written in vignettes of prose and poetry, DEVIL IN A COMA is a terrifying account of illness and the remorse that
comes with it by an artist and writer with singular vision.”

Gone But Not Forgotten! SCREAMING TREES

Three top tracks from the past by top artists/bands of the past

9 November 2021

Who: Grunge rockers from Ellensburg, Washington. The group was
formed in 1985 by Mark Lanegan (vox), Gary Lee Conner (guitarist),
Van Conner (bassist) and Mark Pickerel (drummer), later replaced
by Barrett Martin.

Active: 1985-2000 / 7 studio LPs

After the split, Mark Lanegan started a successful solo career and also
played/recorded (and still does) with multiple artists (Queens Of The Stone
Age, Isobel Campbell, The Gutter Twins with Greg Dulli, Soulsavers

In March 2020 Lanegan was infected with Covid-19, went into a coma,
he couldn’t walk for months, and got completely deaf. While recovering
he started to write a memoir called Devil In A Coma, out in December.

1-2-3 top tracks…

(From 1992 LP Sweet Oblivion)

(From 1996 album Dust

(From 4th LP Buzz Factory – 1989)



New sonic impulses…

17 April 2021

Dance-pop-and-soul star MOBY releases REPRISE. An album of orchestral reimaginings
of a selection of songs he wrote in the past inspired by a classical performance of his music that took place in 2018.

After sharing Porcelain with My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James signing, comes a magical
version of his 2013 song The Lonely Night with two splendiferous crooners on vocals, Kris Kristofferson Mark Lanegan. Goosebumps all the way.

Listen here…

MOBY: Facebook

Happy Birthday To Two Giant Voices ALISON MOSSHART and MARK LANEGAN – Why Not A Duet, Guys?

25 November 2020

The wonderful, Florida-born Alison Nicole Mosshart of THE KILLS, one of my favorite rock bands ever turned 42 yesterday. She was also the captivating blues voice of Jack White’s The Dead Weather and part of countless one-time collaborations. Utterly cool
vox and persona and a dazzling performer on stage, as I experienced myself several times.

Here are two big ones to celebrate…



THE KILLS: Facebook

And the darkest crooner around Mark William Lanegan was born 56 years ago today
in Ellensburg, Washington. He started his remarkable career in 1985 with grunge band Screaming Trees (1985-2000), was a notable voice on a couple of LPs of stone cowboys Queens Of The Stone Age, made an impressive series of solo albums and was/still is a guest vocalist who worked with tons of artists.

Two big ones to celebrate…

(With Screaming Trees)

(From 2019 album Somebody’s Knocking)

As they are probably the most wanted guest vocalists on this
planet, why not doing a duet together? Hello Alison? Hello Mark?

(both photos by Turn Up The Volume!)

The Perfect Nightmare For MARK LANEGAN’s Voice – HEY COLOSSUS Share New Pitch Black Track ‘MIRROR’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

5 September 2020

Seems like all artists want to collaborate with the hardest working man in rockbizz.
This time it’s London’s pretty awesome post-punk noise bulldozer HEY COLOSSUS
that invited MARK LANEGAN to join them for a track of their upcoming, 13th album, Dances/Curses out 20 November via bassist Joe Thompson’s own Wrong Speed
Records label.

“The lucky thirteenth record by Hey Colossus is the work of six musicians in tune with the dualities of life as a loud rock band, fit to channel both the dances of aspiration and the
curses of reality into a record that transcends all limitations in a blinding volley of incandescence.”

The collaborative song called MIRROR is a pitch-black slow moving serpent. Creepy, ominous and enigmatic. A fitting piece for the midnight hours. I’m sure that the devil’s voice matches Lanegan‘s voice. And I’m sure that Hey Colossus wrote this nightmare
with the ex-Screaming Trees’ frontman’s unique vox. Scary but hauntingly perfect!

“Yanking a knife from the
lifeless flesh lump by my feet.”

Lyric video…


New album Dances/Curses out 20 November. All info here.

(photo on top: by TUTV!)