French Electro Pop Collective PHOENIX Have New Album ‘ALPHA ZULU’ Out

6 November 2022

Band: PHOENIX
Who: French eletro-pop collective
Active: 1995-present / 7 studio LPs (new one included)

New album: ALPHA ZULU
Released: 4 November 2022

NME: “The French band recorded their seventh album amidst splendour in
Paris’ Louvre Palace, and the museum’s varied, often stunning, artefacts seep
into their ever-consistent songwriting… It’s like wandering the halls of the band’s
own personal gallery, a stroll through time, and a chance to see some of their
most glistening pieces yet up close.”
Score: 4/5.

Singles/clips: Tonight / Winter Solstice / Alpha Zulu

– TONIGHT –

– WINTER SOLSTICE –

– ALPHA ZULU –

Stream the full album here…

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PHOENIX: Facebook – Instagram All Albums

New Album Alert! PVA – THE BIG MOON – RED HOT CP

15 October 2022

Band: PVA
Who: Manic dance trio from London

Album: BLUSH – their debut
Released: 14 October 2022 – order info here

DIY magazine: “A collection of wonderful and curious songs perfect
for soundtracking that 3am dancefloor feeling – or maybe just your
nightmares
.” Score: 4/5.

TUTV: Old skool dance/techno, but it works.
Open the old skool discos again!

Key/single/clip: Untethered


Stream/buy
full longplayer here…


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PVA: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: THE BIG MOON
Who: Female dream-pop
quartet from London  

New album: HERE IS EVERYTHING
Released: 14 October 2022 – order info here

Juliette Jackson (voice/songwriter) about the album: “So much of the album I wrote
while I was pregnant and basically just wondering what the hell this was going to be like.
When I listen to it now, I can hear myself saying all these things and having all these anxieties. Those songs are a bit more floaty and just thinking about things and the songs I wrote after are more like the reality of extreme highs and extreme lows and the whole hormonal madness.”

NME:Lead singer Juliette Jackson’s pregnancy – and the band’s “recommitment” to each other – make the songwriting on album three immensely personal… From their pen through to their sound, ‘Here Is Everything’ is emotive and glossy; one that gives space to breathe in this busy world… Their deepest, most emotional album yet.” Score: 4/5.

Key single/slcip: Wide Eyes

TUTV: Their 3rd, their absolute best.
A blissful pop achievement.

Stream full album via Spotify

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THE BIG MOON: Facebook – Instagram
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Looks like the cover artwork was designed in the 60s for the Summer Of Love

Notorious funk-punk-rock celebrities RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS have their
second double LP of the year out only 6 months after Unlimited Love.

The new one is baptized RETURN OF THE DREAM CANTEEN and sounds
like the previous one, and the previsous one and the previsious one.
As the cliché goes it’s ‘a fan album’.

Rolling Stone Magazine: “At 75 minutes is even longer than its predecessor,
is essentially “Unlimited Love II.” it’s a bit of a stop-gap, but also a nice coda
.”
Score: 3.5/5.

TUTV: I just made a compilation of the best 12 tunes of both
double albums. Guess what? It’s one of the best RHC albums
I ever heard.

Key single/clip: Tippa My Tongue

Full album stream on Spotify

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RHCP: Instagram – Facebook

Psych Prog-Rock Centipedes KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Release 3 New Albums In 3 Weeks

12 October 2022

I don’t know what these guys eat, drink, sniff or
swallow, but their production is off the charts.

Psychedelic prog-rock centipedes KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD
– 20 albums in 10 years – launch this month, not one, not two, but three
new LPs.

The first one is named Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava
and just released. Luminated Denim arrives next week and the 3rd one
Changes
in two weeks. So, they’ll have a total of 25 longplayers on their
shelves. Incredible.


The Aussies play 3-hour sets

Let’s listen to ICE , DEATH, PLANETS, LUNGS, MUSHROOMS AND LAVA
(who invented this title?), that hit the Internet last Friday. It’s an out-and-out
KG a the LW record. From moody psych trippin’ to far-reaching, bluesy jammin’.

Stream/buy here…


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KG&LW: Facebook – Spotify

Saturday Day Night Fever With EDITORS And Their Seventh Album ‘EBM’

Standout longpplayers

23 September 2022

Band: EDITORS
Who: Beloved British electro-pop-rock combo
Active: Since 2002 / 7 studio LPs (new one incl.)


(Credit Press Editors)

New LP: EBM
Released: 23 September 2022 – order info here

CLASH MAG says: “Editors are no strangers when it comes to risk taking and genre bending and their seventh album ‘EBM’ is the true personification of this ethos. However, this might be Editors’ most leftfield and experimental body of work to date. ‘EBM’ is full of stadium-ready anthems and is a riveting, celebratory and bold musical odyssey that is both glorious and
gritty in equal measure. Ambitious, theatrical and utterly brilliant.”
Score: 8/10.

TUTV: Saturday night fever the Editors way with lots of shadow dancing.
E(lectronic) B(ody) M(usic) is what this new LP is about with a series of
towering tunes and dazzling synth orchestrations.

Singles/clips: Vibe / Kiss / Karma Climb / Heart Attack

– VIBE –

– KISS –

– KARMA CLIMB –

– HEART ATTACK –

Stream the full album on Spotify

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EDITORS: All ALbums – Website – Instagram

Don’t Believe The Hype – L.A. Glam And Glitter Rockers STARCRAWLER Have Their Third Album ‘SHE SAID’ Out

New longplayers

19 September 2022

Band: STARCRAWLER
Who: Glam and glitter rockers from Los Angeles,
fronted by the utterly charismatic Aaron Dewilde.
Albums: Starcrawler (2018), Devour You (2019)
and now the new one.

New album: SHE SAID
Released: 16 September 2022 – buy here

Classic Rock Mag: “When you’ve built a reputation around taking it to the limit,
where do you go next? After two albums of high-intensity, febrile punk rock, you get the
feeling that Californian urchins Starcrawler were finding that to be a pressing question. Whirlwind frontwoman Arrow de Wilde has hinted that being stuck in top gear is beginning
to feel limited, while stage stunts such as spitting fake blood over the audience have
begun to “feel like a schtick”.
Score: 3/5.

Henri Cash (guitarist): “We wanted to make songs on this record
for everyone. For people that weren’t just into punk rock.”


(Photo by Turn Up The Volume – 2018 in Brussels)

TUTV: Starcrawler promised a more varied, sonically, LP than the 2 previous ones.
But the new record is still filled, mostly, with classic retro rock jackhammers, but less punky and fierce than before, with echoes of West-Coast glam legends Mötley Crüe and Quiet Riot (Roadkill / She Said / Stranded / True / Runaway) a couple of dream pop ditties (Broken Angels / Midnight) and a smooth candlelight closer Better Place. Except for a couple tracks, this LP is too mediocre to remember… in a week. Don’t believe the hype.

Singles/clips: Stranded / Roadkill / Broken Angels

– STRANDED –

– RODAKILLER –

– BROKEN ANGELS –

Full album stream on Spotify

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STARCRAWLER: Spotify – Instagram

THE CHATS Say/Scream/Yell Loud And Clear ‘GET FUCKED’ Like It’s 1977 All Over Again

21 August 2022

Band: THE CHATS
Who: Three punks from Australia who
turn up the havoc decibels since 2016.

New album: GET FUCKED – 2nd LP

NME: “The group don’t preach their politics; ‘Get Fucked’ is simply a defiant
middle-finger to those in charge, as The Chats strive to offer moments of joy in
a world that seems very much against that mission.”
Full review here. Score 4/5.

TUTV: These Australian kick-ass dogs have an unstoppable appetite for adrenalin
injected blitzkrieg slams, as we know, from their 2020 debut LP High Risk Behaviour.
A bulldozer of a record propelled by 70s punk-a-billy bricks. So far so good.

The bad news: with Get Fucked they just made a copy of the first one, but with lesser
top-notch tank tunes on. They keep on going to the same year – 1977 – for inspiration, musically and lyrically, which gets boring in the end, certainly when you sound exactly
like a 1977 band that fuck up their dad’s garage (they all did back then).

I don’t understand the jubilant press this trio’s get. But as long as everybody’s happy, I’m happy too. Although I’m sure that The Chats will stick their middle finger in my eyes and yell get fucked in my ears when they hear about this review.

GET FUCKED


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THE CHATS: Facebook

KASABIAN Is Dead! Long Live KASABIAN! New Album ‘THE ALCHEMIST’S EUPHORIA’ Out Now

14 August 2022

Two years ago flamboyant frontman Tom Meighan left KASABIAN following personal problems. The announcement came via this statement from the band: “Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent. Tom has struggled with personal issues that have affected his behavior for quite some time, and now wants to concentrate all his energies on getting his life back on track.”


(Serge Pizzorno – photo by Turn Up The Volume)

The band’s songwriter Serge Pizzorno, who occasionally
sang Kasabian songs in the past, is the new vocalist, on the
new full length, baptized THE ALCHEMIST’S EUPHORIA,
released 2 days ago.

NME says: “The band’s seventh album – and first with Serge Pizzorno on the mic – is a space-inspired recalibration that still boasts old-school anthems aplenty. Kasabian have always been about having a good fucking time, and although this is understandably their most introspective record yet, it does point to euphoria ahead. Back in May, the frontman told NME: “This album was just us saying, ‘Let’s see what we can do – let’s see where we can take this’. On the evidence of this surprising, eclectic and intimate record – which still finds time for the anthems of old – the answer is: as far as they want to”. Score: 4/5.

TUTV: Without rock frontman Tom Meighan I guess the band’s mastermind Serge Pizzorno made/released the synth-pop-symphonic orientated album he already had in his head for a long time, but was afraid to share it under the old Kasabian banner – the rock gang. So here it’s now. And hats off to Pizzorno for doing the bold thing: not looking back at the good old rock days, and instead re-start with a new(er) sound, the one he would have developed some time, anyway. On the other hand, honestly, I liked the first Kasabian version better.

Singles/clips: ALYGATYR / SCRIPTVRE / CHEMICALS

– ALYGATYR –

– SCRIPTVRE –

– CHEMICALS –

Stream the full album here…

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KASABIAN: Facebook – Instagram

From Punk To Synth-Pop – PUSSY RIOT Still Rebellious In Views But Not In Sound

New longplayers

6 August 2022


(Artwork new album)

Band: PUSSY RIOT
Who: The Russian feminist punk collective, of which members – including the main riot grrl and then 22-year-old Nadezhda Tolokonnikova – were thrown in jail for 2 years in Siberia following a guerrilla gig at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Before they were shut down they sangg their 40-second anti-Putin anthem “Punk Prayer: Mother of God Drive Putin Away”. It all happened 10 years ago. When they were released from prison they left the country and started to make outspoken records and to play remarkable gigs. And still do.

New album (actually a mixtape): MATRIARCHY NOW
Released: 5 August 2022

The Guardian (British newspaper) says: “Ideology grinds against a kitsch, hypersexual aesthetic in the Russian rebels’ bizarre yet sometimes brilliant debut mixtape. Yet Matriarchy Now is rebel music in the context of Pussy Riot’s origins – a deliberate “sellout” of punk purity, and an up yours to conservative Russian society and the patriarchs of the Orthodox church – that shows Tolokonnikova’s artistic ambitions clearly extend beyond her undoubted heroism. After years of being asked about Putin, whatever music she puts out, the confusion, glee and revulsion these seven songs evoke should start a new conversation.” Score: 3/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Although Pussy Riot  still is presented as a group, it’s actually
key member Nadya Tolokonnikova collaborating with R&B/rap/hip-hop artists such as
Big Freedia, Salem Ilese, Kito, Hudson Mohawke, Slayyyter, Phoebe Ryan,
and others.

The new look Pussy act still rebels as they used to – with the war in Ukraine and
abortion – as the expected main issues. What’s changed is the sound. No more
punk yelling, no more riotous havoc.

Slowly, with new releases, Nadya Tolokonnikova moved to synth-pop/R&B territory.
It’s clear that she wants to reach a wider public to spread her messages further than
now. Top choice! For my taste, the new sonic direction is too mellow and too sugary.
But I’ll back PR as long as they kick political ass. FUCK PUTIN!

Single: Plastic

Full mixtape via Spotify

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PUSSY RIOT: Facebook – Instagram

Busy Bee TY SEGALL Says HELLO And HI

New longplayers

23 July 2022

Artist: TY SEGALL
Musical Californian centipede entered the rock arena in 2004
and fabricated 14 studio albums (including the new one) so far.

New album: HELLO, HI
Released: 22 July 2022 – order info here.
His 14th solo LP

Pitchfork: “The prolific songwriter’s latest is an acoustic detour, a quiet
soundtrack for overcast days… Ty Segall is an expert craftsman. The dead
space and repetition are what give the album its momentum, and the
ambling detours have an idiosyncratic charm that belongs entirely
to Segall.”
Score: 7/10.

Turn Up The Volume: After dropping his previous LP Harmonizer last year, without
any warning Segall has already another one out. Now and then noiseniks need a break from turning up the volume and do a sort of acoustic, moody Neil Young thing. That’s what Segall tries here too. Unfortunately, the result is lukewarm. Come back soon Ty and keep on rockin’ in the free world again.

Stream album on Spotify

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TY SEGALL: Facebook Discography

JACK WHITE – His Second LP (Also His Best) Of The Year ‘ENTERING HEAVEN ALIVE’ Out Now

Standout longplayers

22 July 2022

Busy bee JACK WHITE has his 2nd LP of 2022 out. Following the fired-up
Fear Of The Dawn last April here’s ENTERING HEAVEN ALIVE.

From the first spin on, this new one struck me as the best of the two. Its mellow, smooth, yet impassioned, and poignant soulfulness touched me directly. Bluesy reveries, bluesy lullabies, and bluesy introspections, and most of all bluesy top tunes. His best solo work ever? Could be. But first, a couple of listens more, to find out.

Rolling Stone says: “Entering Heaven Alive presents him as a flesh-and-blood creature, chewing over his past and future before a full moon transforms him in a different kind of beast.”

Singles/clips: If I Die Tomorrow / Love Is Selfish

– IF I DIE TOMORROW –

– LOVE IS SELFISH –

Stream the full album on Spotify.

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JACK WHITE: Facebook