Five Firecrackers To Stay On Track… In The Weekend

5 new firecrackers to fuel for the weekend…

‘I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN’ by MATT BERNINGER

The National’s frontman Matt Berninger is part of the impressive cast
of artists covering each a track of the historic 1967 debut LP on an
upcoming tribute album for The Velvet Underground.

Here comes your man…

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‘Monster Love’ by THE JACKLIGHTS (Boston, US)

This is my favourite track from this tight trio’s new 5-track EP Drift. It’s a jagged jackhammer that rotates full steam ahead driven by hammering drum beats, ablaze
guitar layers, and poppy vocals on top of it. Need electricity to load your batteries?
Monster Love will satisfy your needs. Damn right!

They just wanna turn you on


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

The Rage Against The Machine guitarist announced his new, third solo, album, titled
The Atlas Underground Fire, out in October. One of the tracks is a cover of AC/DC‘s
1979 massive slam dunk Highway To Hell with awesome vocals by Spingsteen and Pearl Jam‘s main man Eddie Vedder.

Hell is this way…

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‘The Blues Came In’ by THE BURNER BAND (Leeds, UK)

This Leeds’ rockabilly and roots duo brings the shake-and-twist of the 50s back to 2021. They rattle and roll, they riff and rock with a swirling pace. Get those dusty dance shoes out of the closet and make your move. Big fun guaranteed!

The track is from their debut album Sings and Wonders out 3 September
through Shed Load Records (vinyl) and digitally/CD via Bandcamp

Dance yourself dizzy right here…

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‘Be The Only One’ by RISE CARMINE (Canada)

A song “about catharsis. It invokes the feelings of those who are subservient
to an autocrat and their dreams for release from oppression; a Shakespearean
betrayal under cover of darkness.”

Expect a psychedelic groove with a bluesy touch, electrical vibe,
catching progression, and reflective vocals floating all over it. Yes!

Be the one here…

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See/hear you next week, music junkies

THE NATIONAL Frontman MATT BERNINGER Is Waiting For The Man

30 July 2021

Artist: MATT BERNINGER
Frontman of American band The National

Album: I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR: A TRIBUTE TO THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

What: A star-studded tribute to iconic band
The Velvet Underground
, and more specific
to their 1967 masterpiece debut LP.

Release: 24 September via Verve Records

The second taster of this tribute LP (after Kurt Vile’s Run Run Run) is for
The National frontman MATT BERNINGER who’s waiting for the man…

VU: History

Crooner MATT BERNINGER Shares New Dreamy Lullaby ‘LET IT BE’

New sonic impulses…

21 February 2021

Last October The National maestro MATT BERNINGER released his praised solo debut album Serpentine Prison. The LP was canned with the legendary musician/producer Booker T. Jones.

All recorded tracks – including some covers – didn’t show up on the longplayer. One of them is LET IT BE. The song will, along with some other unreleased pieces appear on a new deluxe edition of Serpentine Prison, out digitally in March.

Let it be here…

MATT BERNIGER: Facebook

MATT BERNINGER Is Waiting For The Man On American TV

2 December 2020

Last night The National ringmaster MATT BERNINGER performed live
on the American TV show Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. Instead of picking
one of his songs from his recent solo debut LP Serpent Prison he went
for a cover of the Velvet Underground classic I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN,
written and sung by the late glorious Lou Reed.

Bernigner‘s rendition sounds rather happy.
In any case not as haunting as the VU version.

Judge for yourself here…

The original

MATT BERNIGNER: Facebook

ON REPEAT – Solo Debut ‘SERPENTINE PRISON’ By MATT BERNINGER

18 October 2020

Artist: MATT BERNINGER (Cincinnati) – frontman of The National
Album: SERPENTINE PRISON – his first solo LP
Released: 16 October 2020

NME: “The singer takes in rich influences for a deep, intimate listen to be filed next to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ ‘Boatman’s Call’ and Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want It Darker’… The result is an open and timeless collection that finds the singer kneeling at the altar of classic songwriting… Sure, it rests in a lot of the sonic territory of The National, and this isn’t the departure that his peppy indie-pop side-project EL VY represents, but what we do have is an intimate and generous offering from one of 21st Century rock’s most prominent voices.” Score: 4/5.

Berninger: “Between the pandemic and the fires and raging facism and everything, it’s grim.
It’s sometimes tough to process.”

TUTV: “A shiny diamond!”

On repeat

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MATT BERNIGER: Facebook

THE NATIONAL’S Frontman MATT BERNINGER Covers MERCURY REV…

29 February 2020

THE NATIONAL‘s frontman MATT BERNINGER covered the tremendously moving song ‘HOLES‘ by one of my longtime favorite bands MERCURY REV. He did it for 7 inches for PLANNED PARENTHOOD joining other big-name acts such as Foo Fighters, St Vincent and Bon Iver who also contributed to the cause. Matt Berninger’s version is intimate, tender and just magical. A touching pearl that touches heart and soul.

Capture the magnificence here…

And here the heavenly original by Mercury Rev

MERCURY REV: Facebook