Americana Melancholia With JEFF TWEEDY’s Brand New Album ‘LOVE IS THE KING’

24 October 2020

Artist: JEFF TWEEDY (Wilco’s mastermind)
Released: 23 October 2020

Uncut Magazine says: “This album marries Tweedy’s mature
emotional outlook to the workaday manners of Uncle Tupelo
or the Woody Guthrie project, Mermaid Avenue.”

Turn Up The Volume: After one spin it’s clear.
Jeff Tweedy is a king of Americana melancholia.

Released: 23 October 2020

Title track

Stream/buy full LP here…


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN For President – New Longplayer ‘LETTER TO YOU’ Will Make America Great Again

23 October 2020

Released: 23 October 2020

NME says: “The Boss’ triumphant 20th album features three songs he wrote in his 20s, the
rest grappling with age and mortality… It’s a message that Springsteen returns to almost 40 years later on the meditative ‘Letter To You’, his triumphant 20th album. The question now, though, as Springsteen hits his 70s and watches good friends and family members pass away, is: do they actually? Where he once sang of the mortality of fictional characters, it’s now that much closer to home. That he seems a touch overwhelmed is no surprise… It’s also his best work in 20 years…A powerful synthesis of past and present, ‘Letter To You’ shows us the strength that can be found in sorrow. The result is Springsteen’s finest album since 2002’s ‘The Rising’.”

Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Bruce Springsteen: “I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.”

Turn Up The Volume: “The Boss for president.”

Key lines: “I’m alive / I can feel the blood shiver in my bones /
I’m alive and I’m out here on my own.”
– lines from Ghosts

Full album…


Vote For BELLY To Have Their Collection Of B-Sides, Rare EP Tracks & Covers On VINYL

10 October 2020

Boston’s power-pop band BELLY scored a terrific
comeback in 2018 with grand album Dove.

Now the quartet plans a limited vinyl production, a double LP
of B-sides, rare EP tracks, and some pretty cool covers. See
full tracklist of BEES below.

Run Out Groove is a vinyl-only label that releases high-quality,
limited-number pressings of fan-chosen records. Each month
a couple of potential releases are presented for a vote and the
one that receives the most fan interest goes into pre-order
for one month only, and then gets pressed.

Turn Up The Volume picked 3 tracks that should already be
convincing enough to vote and hear these three beauties and
so much more on vinyl…

(One of the B-sides of hit single Gepetto – 1992

(Jimi Hendrix cover)

(One of the B-sides of single Now They’ll Sleep – 1994)

I just give my vote. Let’s make this happen
together right here, via this link

The tracklist:

Side One– Dancing Gold, Star (full-band version), Dream On Me, Sweet Ride, Trust In Me
Side Two– Diamond Rib Cage, Sexy S, Baby’s Arm, Broken, It’s Not Unusual
Side Three– Are You Experienced, Spaceman, Hot Burrito #1, Think About Your Troubles, Hushabye Mountain
Side Four– Lilith, John Dark, Judas Mon Coeur (French version), Thief

BELLY: Facebook

IDLES Unleashed Their New Boiling Third Album ‘ULTRA MONO’ And A Video Clip For Opener ‘WAR’

26 September 2020

Bristol fierce punks IDLES released their third LP called ULTRA MONO confirming
their status of boiling-and-sharp-mouthed in-your-face misfits.

NME‘s verdict: “The Bristol punks’ third album is a juggernaut that roars through sarcasm, defiance, compassion and controversy… Talbot and the gang have built a wall around themselves and their followers, but also spend about half the record peering over at the
hostile world outside, before lobbing a few flares in its general direction… It’s a bumpy ride,
but one worth taking… This record fuses the first album’s goofy sense of humour with ‘Joy’s’ brazen manifesto for a healthier society. Despite their imperfections and the often justified criticism, IDLES are ultimately a good thing. The band want to take you on a trip and for you
to enjoy the ride, and for the destination to be serene. Hold on tight.”

Full review here. Score 4/5.

Frontman JOE TALBOT is 100% convinced that…

Check for yourself…

Simultaneously the band shared a video clip for the opening track WAR

IDLES: Facebook

(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)


Quarantine Juxebox – 45 Previously Unreleased ‘SIGN O’T HE TIMES’ Vault Tracks From Purple Genius PRINCE

25 September 2020

The Prince Estate dived into the archives of the late genius’ 1987 double
masterpiece album SIGN O’ THE TIMES. The result is a gigantic super deluxe
edition including 45 studio ‘vault’ tracks varying from okay to good to very
good to brilliant. A total of 92 songs and 8 hours & 2 minutes of music.

Here’s what you get…

CD1 or LP 1- Sign O’ The Times (Remastered)
CD2 or LP 2 – Sign O’ The Times (Remastered)
CD3 or LP 3 & 4 – Singles Mixes / Edits / B-Sides (Remastered)
CD4 or LP 5 & 6 – Vault Tracks (Unreleased)
CD5 or LP 7 & 8 – Vault Tracks (Unreleased)
CD6 or LP 9 & 10 – Vault Tracks (Unreleased)
CD8 or 9 / LPs 11-13 – Live In Utrecht June 20th 1987 (Unreleased)
DVD – Live at Paisley Park December 31st 1987 (Unreleased
Sign O’ The Times show ft Miles Davis)

If you’re a fan of his Purple Highness I propose
to lock yourself down at home for an 8-hour quarantine,
with your disinfected headphones on, for an isolated
and safe ‘Sing O’ The Corona Times’ experience…

Info & expensive prices here

Speed Kings Stick To Same Old Sound – Hard Rock Icons DEEP PURPLE Released 21st Album ‘WOOSH!

9 August 2020

Band: Deep Purple
Active: 1968–19761984–present
Album: Woosh!

NME wrote: “This is music for the car stereo next time you’re stuck in traffic. And we mean that as a heartfelt compliment… A full 48 years since the release of their stone-cold classic hit ‘Smoke On The Water’ and with enough line-up changes to put The Fall to everlasting shame, Deep Purple have managed to wade through the rocky waters of the entire history of heavy metal and always come up smiling… Packed full of decadent riffs, haunted house keyboards and frontman Ian Gillan’s gloriously hammy vocals, ‘Whoosh!’ isn’t just a testament to their staying power, but perhaps one of the most stupidly fun and outrageously silly albums of the year – and goodness, we’re all in need of a bit of fun right now, aren’t we?… ‘Whoosh!’ might not sound like it was created in 2020, but considering the last few months we’ve had, maybe that’s a good thing.” Score: 3/5

Key tracks: Oops

Clips: Throw My Bones / Man Alive



Full album…


Back then

Read My Lips: This Is Great Pop Music – ‘GASLIGHTER’ By THE CHICKS

20 July 2020

Who:  Country trio formed in 1989 as Dixie Chicks featuring singer Natalie Maines
and multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Strayer
Album: GASLIGHTER– eight LP (first as The Chicks)
Released: 17 July 2020 – the first LP in 14 years

Key phrase: “Either you love country music or you’re wrong.”Earl Dribbles

Rolling Stone wrote: “The Chicks are ready to speak the thorny truth once more. This time,
the conflict is coming from inside the house: Much of Gaslighter is centered on Natalie Maines’ acrimonious divorce from her longtime husband… The resulting album is uneven and heartfelt, polished in its production and yet at times so brutally honest that Pasdar tried to block its release based on a confidentiality clause in his and Maines’ prenup. Emotions feel immediate
on the LP, as though the ink were still drying on the page… It makes sense, then, that while the Chicks have always stood for liberation and speaking truth to power… It suggests that the band is ready to escape the madness and settle down, or at least settle in, to more languid careers at their own pace. Maybe this time, they’ll finally outpace the flames.
” Score: 3/5.

Singles: Gaslighter / Julianna Calm Down / March March





THE CHICKS: Facebook

Classy Chrissie Coolness – Listen To ‘HATE FOR SALE’ By PRETENDERS

18 July 2020

The band’s eleventh LP
Released: 17 July 2020
Info: “Hate For Sale, produced by the revered Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur), is
the latest studio album by The Pretenders via BMG. The album features 10 new songs written collaboratively by Chrissie Hynde and the electrifyingly dynamic guitarist James Walbourne, in what is the first Hynde/Walbourne songwriting collaboration to date.”

THE INDEPENDENT: “Thigh boots hoiked rakishly over denim, the swashbuckling queen of British new wave Chrissie Hynde has always trodden a singular rock’n’roll path. A feminist
icon renowned for snarling and snorting her way through a man’s world without compromise…Reunited with drummer Martin Chambers, the only other surviving original member, they attack the record with a reunion band zeal. Sultry and uncompromising variety from a music icon.”
Full review here. Score: 3/5

Key phrase: “Rebel with a cause.”

Singles: The Buzz / Hate For Sale



Full album…