Coming Soon… New Album By Enterprise NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE

14 October 2021

Two years after Colorado work-alcoholic Neil Young & Crazy Horse
have another LP canned called Barn. Out 12 December.

Young: “We are so happy to be back in the barn. A barn built to replicate
the 1850s barn that had collapsed in exactly the same place, high in the
mountains of Colorado.”

You can hear lead-single Song Of Seasons but there’s a condition.

You need to subscribe to his website. Why Neil? Does you’re money-orientated
marketing team wants to build a database with our ID info? Sounds like the usual enterprise technique to sell their products in the end as your subscription form
indicates. Way to go, Neil. Rockin’ in the free world? I don’t think so. Of course, you
just do it or you don’t and countless artists use ordinary sales tricks, but that’s not
an excuse, Mister Young. Although I’m a vivid fan I can’t be bothered to hear the
new song under these circumstances.


Welcome to the Neil Young enterprise…

(Image on top: cover of Young’s ‘Comes A Time’ album)

Coming Soon… DAVE GAHAN AND THE SOULSAVERS With Covers Album

8 October 2021

Band: DAVE GAHAN AND THE SOULSAVERS
Who: Side project of Depeche Mode’s frontman
that produced 2 studio albums so far.

New Album: IMPOSTER – covers LP
Release: 12th November 2021

Gahan: “When I listen to other people’s voices and songs, more importantly,
the way they sing them and interpret the words—I feel at home. I identify with it.
It comforts me more than anything else. There’s not one performer on the record
who I haven’t been moved by. I know we made something special, and I hope other
people feel that and it takes them on a little kind of trip – especially people who
love music and have for years.””

Trailer for the album…

Tracklist

01 The Dark End of the Street (Chips Moman and Dan Penn)
02 Strange Religion (Mark Lanegan)
03 Lilac Wine (James Shelton)
04 I Held My Baby Last Night (Jules Bihari and Elmore James)
05 A Man Needs a Maid (Neil Young)
06 Metal Heart (Cat Power)
07 Shut Me Down (Rowland S. Howard)
08 Where My Love Lies Asleep (Gene Clark)
09 Smile (Charlie Chaplin, John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons)
10 The Desperate Kingdom of Love (PJ Harvey)
11 Not Dark Yet (Bob Dylan)
12 Always on My Mind (John Lee Christopher, Jr., Mark James and Wayne Thompson)

First cut…

Original – Cat Power…

DAVE GAHAN: Website

Coming Soon… THE WHITE STRIPES Live At The Detroit Arts Centre – 2001

5 October 2021

Band: THE WHITE STRIPES (Detroit)
Who: Meg and Jack
Active: 1997–2011 / 6 studio albums

New album: THE WHITE STRIPES LIVE AT THE DETROIT ARTS CENTRE
Release: You need to sign up on the Third Man Records website
before 31st October if you want to buy the LP(s). More info here.

Third Man Records announces new White Stripes stuff: “We’re excited to present Vault Package #50: The White Stripes – Live At The Detroit Institute of Arts. The package, centered around the band’s monumental November 2, 2001 performance in the museum’s iconic Diego Rivera Court, features a 2xLP set on red and white vinyl taken directly from soundboard audio, a pro-shot DVD of the complete performance, unseen images by Detroit photographer Steve Shaw, and a custom gatefold jacket. Aside from being a defining document of the band’s global ascendancy 20 years ago, the performance is noteworthy for breaking the museum’s all-time single-day attendance record.”

The sweaty album trailer

THE WHITE STRIPES: All Albums

RICHARD ASHCROFT – New Album ‘ACOUSTIC HYMNS VOL. 1’ Out 29th OCTOBER

12 September 2021

RICHARD ASHCROFT, who celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday (11th September), announced a new album titled ACOUSTIC HYMNS VOL 1 featuring twelve acoustic versions of classic songs from his career – with The Verve and solo.

First taster: ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ (of course)…

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Tracklist

1. Bittersweet Symphony
2. A Song For The Lovers
3. Sonnet
4. C’mon People (We’re Making It Now)
5. Weeping Willow
6. Lucky Man
7. This Thing Called Life
8. Space & Time
9. Velvet Morning
10. Break The Night With Colour
11. One Day
12. The Drugs Don’t Work

Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1 out on 29th October 2021 – more info here

Coming Soon… New THE KILLERS Album

26 July 2021

Band: THE KILLERS (Las Vegas)
Active: Since 2001, for 20 years now.
7 studio albums (including the new one)

New album: PRESSURE MACHINE
Out: 13 August – order info here

Brandon Flowers
(frontman): “I had a lot of time on my hands.
Before I’d normally be gearing up to tour, all of that time has gone
back into writing more songs. It’s been pretty fruitful.”

2022 Tour

My special Killers memory – Brussels, 2004 – max 100 people in a 150 cap. club

Star-Studded VELVET UNDERGROUND Tribute Album In September

16 July 2021

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

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

Release: 24 September via Verve Records

Producer: Hal Willner, a longtime Saturday Night Live co-operator. He passed away last year due to complications from COVID-19 at the age of, only, 64. He had just finished working on an all-star T. Rex tribute LP (AngelHeadedHipster came out last September). Furthermore, he was also the driving force behind this VU tribute longplayer.

Here’s the first taster with Kurt Vile covering track 5
Run Run Run. Pretty cool version. Good job, Kurt.

Listen here…

Tracklist

1. Michael Stipe – “Sunday Morning”
2. Matt Berninger – “I’m Waiting For The Man”
3. Sharon Van Etten – “Femme Fatale” (Feat. Angel Olsen)
4. Andrew Bird & Lucius – “Venus In Furs”
5. Kurt Vile & The Violators – “Run Run Run”
6. St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett – “All Tomorrow’s Parties”
7. Thurston Moore – “Heroin” (Feat. Bobby Gillespie)
8. King Princess – “There She Goes Again”
9. Courtney Barnett – “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
10. Fontaines D.C. – “The Black Angel’s Death Song”
11. Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney – “European Son”

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Discography

Coming Soon… 14th MANIC STREET PREACHERS Album

14 July 2021

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Active: Since 1986 / 14 studio albums,
including the new one.

Note: One of my all fav bands,
on record and on stage.

New album: THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT
Out: 3 September 2021 / Pre-order info here.

Press info: ” ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ is both reflection and reaction;
a record that gazes in isolation across a cluttered room, fogged by often
painful memories, to focus on an open window framing a gleaming vista
of land melting into sea and endless sky.

Lead-single: ORWELLIAN
“The track is about the battle to claim meaning, the erasing of context within
debate, the overriding sense of factional conflict driven by digital platforms
leading to a perpetual state of culture war”.

Official video clip…

UK Tour dates

MANIC STREET PREACHERS: Facebook

Coming Soon… New Album By The Swedish Residents ‘GOAT’

7 July 2021


(Photo Credit: Andreas Johansson)

Band: GOAT
Who: Formed in 2012, the experimental band’s anonymous members
claimed to hail from the remote and cursed village of Korpilombo in northern
Sweden
, where inhabitants had for centuries been devoted to a form of voodoo
introduced by a traveling witch doctor – there was no one else on earth quite
like them. They have delivered 3 studio albums so far.

New album: HEADSOUP
Info: A globetrotting acid trip of an album, collecting rarities spanning
the band’s career – standalone singles, B-sides and two brand new tracks.

Out: 27th August 2021 via Rocket Recordings
Order info: here

These out-of-this-world voodoo priests remind me of those other weirdos,
Louisiana-based The Residents as both bands wear masks since day 1, and
we have no clue who they really are. But that’s actually the only similarity as
The Residents are a one-eyeball-prog-rock-opera ensemble who is totally
unpredictable but harmless, whereas GOAT is a mind-bewitching psych-o-delic
tribe who put a spell on you and you never know what happens next. Spooky!

Ahead of Headsoup comes new single Queen Of The Underground. A puzzling-electrifying trance groove moving like a vicious snake climbing out of its basket.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard will love this to death.

Be ready

GOAT: Facebook

HEADSOUP out 27 August – order info here

“The American Dream Is Not For Weak Soft-Hearted Fools” – JOHN GRANT On ‘BOY FROM MICHIGAN’

27 June 2021

Artist: JOHN GRANT
Born in Buchanan, Michigan, U.S. – now living in Iceland, Europe.
Who: Former member of alt-rockers The Czars (1994–2006) / so far
he made 4 solo albums.

New album: BOY FROM MICHIGAN
Released: 25 June 2021 via Bella Union

Info: John Grant arrived at the studio to begin recording his fifth solo record,
Boy from Michigan, on 1st March 2020. “So, basically right at the beginning of
the pandemic nightmare and all throughout the Presidential campaign,” he says.
For Grant, lockdown was largely academic. He is insular by nature and removed
himself from his native America in 2011, decamping to Iceland. From afar, the US
Presidential race loomed large, though, igniting potent memories of the country
which shaped John Grant. 2020’s temporary destabilising of world order suits
Boy from Michigan’s intent just fine.

John Grant on working with Cate Le Bon for this longplayer: “Cate and I
are both very strong-willed people. Making a record is hard on a good day.
The mounting stress of the US election and the pandemic really started to get
to us by late July and August last year. It was at times a very stressful process
under the circumstances, but one which was also full of many incredible and
joyful moments.”

NME says: “The electro-pop artist’s latest punctuates intense and dark
examinations of contemporary masculinity with moments of breathtaking
beauty… It’s an album that does not only confronts the cult of masculinity
and its endless tentacles, but ultimately overcomes it.”

Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: From nostalgia and heavyhearted reveries to
upbeat electro grooves (The Rusty Bull / Rhetorical Figure / Best In Me).
When you, like me, live in an uncertain weather country (Belgium) it’s
great to have records like these to keep your moods swings company
on rainy summer days.

Keylines: “The American Dream is not for weak soft-hearted fool The American
Dream can cause scarring / and some nasty bruising
/ The American Dream is
not for weak soft-hearted fools”
(from title track ‘Boy From Michigan.”

Singles: Billy / A Boy From Michigan

– BILLY –

– THE BOY FROM MICHIGAN –

Stream/buy album here…


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JOHN GRANT: Facebook

Power Blues Rockers THE UGLY KINGS Announced New LP & Share Single ‘TECHNODRONE’

10 June 2021

Band: THE UGLY KINGS (Melbourne, Australia)
Who: A passion-filled gang that offers a stripped down but
powerful injection of energy and emotion to the modern rock
scene; formulating what can only be described as ‘Power Blues’

FFO: The Doors, Jack White, Black Sabbath, Arctic
Monkeys, Royal Blood, Rival Sons, The Dead Weather

New album: STRANGE, STRANGE TIMES
Out: Friday the 13th of August – order info here

New single: TECHNODRONE
A blistering powerhouse slam dunk. Beat-your-ass drums,
flaming guitars, high-octane vocals, massive tune. Heavy
rock emotions in motion. Touchdown!

Can you tell me how am I supposed to feel
I’m losing sight of everything that’s real
When you’re hypnotised left standing like a stone
Like a disillusioned technicolour drone

Here comes the explosion

THE UGLY KINGS: Facebook

(promo press photo – FB The Ugly Kinks)