JOHNNY MARR Plans Double Album ‘FEVER DREAMS PTS 1-4’ For February Release

15 October 2021

Artist: JOHNNY MARR
Who: The former musical director
of indie icons The Smiths
Solo albums: 4 (including the new one)

New album: FEVER DREAMS PTS 1-4
Release: 25 February 2022 – more info here

Marr: “There’s a set of influences and a very broad sound that I’ve been
developing – really since getting out of The Smiths until now, and I hear
it in this record. There are so many strands of music in it. We didn’t do
that consciously, but I think I’ve got a vocabulary of sound. And I feel very
satisfied that I’ve been able to harness it.”

A few weeks ago he shared the LP’s first single
Spirit Power And Soul. A high-spirited and
glittery power pop stroke.

Here’s the video…

JOHNNY MARR: Facebook

4 Brand New ALBUMS: MANIC STREET PREACHERS – THE VACCINES – SLEIGH BELLS – METALLICA

Brand new longplayers…

The Ultra Vivid Lament by MANIC STREET PREACHERS

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Album: THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT
The Welsh rockers’ 14th longplayer

NME says: “The band delve into loss, insecurity and existential dread, resulting in some of the prettiest songs of their career… The record has its flaws, but in the end they are minor bumps
in a record of intense beauty, among the best of the Manics’ records this century.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Even after all these years, the Manics – one of my-all time favorite bands – do what they do terrifically best, writing adrenalin-fueled pop anthems that make your ears tremble the moment they stream out of your stereo speakers. I know, their slash-‘n’-burn punk edge of the early days is gone, and they pop more than they rock now, with sticking symphonic sparks, and they still tackle social issues/injustices – past and present – with a pointed knife. A band designed for life.

Stream here…

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MANICS: Facebook
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Band: SLEIGH BELLS
Album: TEXIS
The New York duo’s fifth full length

The Line Of Best Fit says: “TEXIS delivers everything that one could hope to find on a Sleigh Bells record: dance worthy beats, angelic vocals, and satisfying boisterousness. While TEXIS could have afforded more variability, it remains a testament to the act’s ability to express a range of emotions without killing the tempo.” Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Sleigh Bells combine half tunes, with half grooves, half beats and half booms, then throw the whole shebang in a bubbling electro bath. Don’t expect a Saturday Night Fever Party, but a rather Saturday Of Messed-Up Minds Madness. Actually, my messed-up cup of tea.

Stream here…


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SLEIGH BELLS: Facebook

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Band: METALLICA
Album: METALLICA BLACKLIST
What: A massive covers compilation called The Metallica Blacklist featuring
no less than 53 artists interpreting a Black Album song, the breakthrough LP
that celebrated its 30th last month.

Pitchfork writes: “There’s some great music on The Metallica Blacklist, but how great can
an album truly be if you can’t stomach listening to it in one sitting? The Black Album launched Metallica to superstardom because of its approachability, but in its attempts to offer something for everyone, Blacklist spreads itself too thin.”
Full review here. Score: 6/10.

Turn Up The Volume: 66 tracks, 5 hours and 56 minutes! No, thank you. Really too much for my ears. And, to be honest, I was never a devoted Metallica fan, but millions are, so there you go.

Stream here…

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METALLICA: Facebook

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Band: THE VACCINES
Album: BACK IN LOVE CITY
Fifth LP by the London indie rockers

DIY magazine‘s verdict: “The Vaccines allow their unashamed love for pop to soar
on ‘Back In Love City’. Against Justin’s increasingly interesting way with words, it feels
like the purest Vaccines album yet.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The one and only Vaccines album I frequently return to is their debut What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?. Its razor-sharp, no fillers all killers brilliance melted away along their long and winding road. Mind you, this new one has some big moments… but just not enough. Also, too much over-orchestrated bombast. Their first vaccine is still their most effective working in my book.

Stream here…

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THE VACCINES: Facebook

Sparkling Dream Pop Duo LIGHT BY THE SEA Releases Debut Album ‘ONLY DEATH MAKES ICONS’ Soon

4 September 2021

Band: LIGHT BY THE SEA
Who: The project is the lovechild of Eszter Anna Baumann
and Davy Knobel based in The Netherlands. Their music
consists of rock, avant-garde, and folk music elements with
a catchy pop vibe.

Influences: Dead Can Dance, U2, The Brian Jonestown Massacre,
Phil Collins, Clannad, Fleetwood Mac and The Dandy Warhols
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Debut album: ONLY DEATH MAKES ICONS

LBTS: “Writing this album together was the greatest musical adventure we could ever experience. Stuck in our apartment during lockdown, we were surrounding ourselves
with great icons in thought, who inspired our music and lyrics. We have been being nostalgic about the past, as the pandemic evoked a sort of obsession about the ‘good old times’ within
us. We think with a lot of people this has happened lately. Therefore we want you to dive into the forgotten sound with us and enjoy this musical ride together praising our eternal heroes. ‘Cause remember: only death can make icons, humans just play God. “

Expect spirited pop bliss, greatly orchestrated and richly layered, with Eszter
Anna Baumann
‘s glowing voice elevating the duo’s dream pop symphonies to
a sparkling altitude where icons in heaven can dance to it.

The promo trailer including new single A Transition In Time

The other three singles

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LIGHT BY THE SEA: Facebook

SMELLS LIKE NEW VINYL – Four New LPs Out Today

3 September 2021

Band: MEATBODIES
Who: Alt-rock group formed in 2013 in Monrovia,
California
by Chad Ubovich / 3 studio albums

New album: 333
Released: 3 September 2021 via In The Red

Chad Ubovich (frontman): “Here in America, we’re watching the fall
of U.S. capitalism, and 333 is a cartoonish representation of that decline.”

Turn Up The Volume: A wall-of-fuzzing-and-buzzing guitar rock.
No wonder Ubovich plays with the equally fuzzing and fuzzing Ty
Segall
 in one of the latter’s bands called, eh, Fuzz.

Stream
here…

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MEATBODIES: Facebook

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Band: SUUNS
Who: Psych Krautrockers from Montreal, Canada
Active: Since 2007 / 5 studio albums

New album: THE WITNESS
Released: 3 September 2021 – order info here

Loud and Quiet Magazine says: “Listening on headphones, especially, heightens
the many intricacies and textures permeating the record. In particular, the twinkling
chimes and glimmering guitars punctuating ‘The Fix’ are all the more rewarding when consumed with no external distractions.”
Full review here.

Turn Up The Volume: For (only) 37 minutes, Suuns infiltrates your ears for
a relaxing electro pop trip with soothing effect. Not their best, but grows on
you after a couple of spins.

Stream here…


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SUUNS: Facebook
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Band: IMAGINE DRAGONS
Who: Famous pop/rock quartet from Las Vegas, Nevada
Active since 2008 / 5 studio LPs so far

New album: MERCURY – ACT 1
Released: 3 September 2021
Order info: here

USA Today says: “It’s a cohesive expression of celebration and mourning,
of affirmations and struggles, all packaged with newfound candor.”
Full review here.

Turn Up The Volume: Vegas’ synth pop darlings move as a roller coaster
on this new one. From sensitive to aggressive, from brisk to feverish.

Stream here…

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IMAGINE DRAGONS: Facebook

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Band: TONER
Who: Indie rockers from Oakland, California

New album: WHITE BUFFALO ROAM
The group’s 3rd LP – order info: here

Turn Up The Volume: Classify this amplified-guitar-extravaganza
longplayer somewhere between your Dinosaur Jr. and your Pavement
LPs and your cracking Nirvana bootlegs.

Stream here…

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TONER: Facebook

STEELY DAN Do It Again With New Live Albums

27 July 2021

Band: STEELY DAN (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York)
Who: Donald Fagen (age 73) and the late Walter Becker
(20 February 1950 – 3 September 2017)

Active (as a duo): 1971–1981, 1993–2017 / 9 albums

When his musical companion passed away Fagen promised to
“keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the
Steely Dan band.”

New live albums: Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live!
and The Nightfly Live (Donald Fagen’s 1982 debut solo LP)

Out: CD & Digital on 24 September and 180g-vinyl on 1 October

Order info: here

The Steely Dan Band will take
the road again in the Fall. Dates here

Donald Fagen‘s 1982 solo LP
The Nightfly

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STEELY DAN: Facebook

In The Pipeline… New THE VELVETEERS Album – Hear The Rad Lead-Single

21 July 2021

Band: THE VELVETEERS
Who: Ardent trio out of Denver, Colorado playing heavy
but agile, theatrical but nuanced, grounded in rock
history but wholly idiosyncratic.

New album: NIGHTMARE DAYDREAM
Out: 8 October 2021
Pre-order info: here

Info: Nightmare Daydream finds The Velveteers stripping down
rock and roll to its most primal elements—the riff, the rhythm,
the snarl, and rebuilding it in their own image.

“We don’t want to sound like a band from a different time. We want to
sound like a band that’s right here right now—in this very moment? ”

says singer/guitarist Demi Demitro.

Lead-single: CHARMER AND THE SNAKE

Baby Pottersmith (drummer): “It’s about certain types of older guys
in music scenes who think they are charming and all that but are just
lizards trying to take advantage of you. They think they can manipulate
you to get what they want by saying a bunch of nonsense but all the while
you are aware of their true intentions and just watch as they talk themselves
deep into a ditch of delusions.”

Turn Up The Volume: The Charmer and The Snake is a funky slow-burning
up and down uppercut, fuming and spooking to a seductive and threatening
groove and exploding with force when the glam chorus hits your stereo. Watch
out, all you drooling machos out there. Don’t mess with The Velveteers, ’cause
they will kick your sexist butts. Capice?

Look in Demitro‘s eyes here…

THE VELVETEERS: Facebook

New album NIGHTMARE DAYDREAM – out 8th October 2021 – order info here

GILLESPIE and BETH Echo 60s Glam Duo SINATRA and HAZLEWOOD

2 July 2021

Artists: Bobby Gillespie and Jenny Beth
Who: Frontman of Primal Scream and frontwoman of Savages

Album: UTOPIAN ASHES
Released: 2 July 2021

NME: “Rock’n’rollers singing heartbroken country duets? It sounds dystopian on
paper – but this thoughtful collaboration both surprises and delivers… On paper,
‘Utopian Ashes’ sounds like an unusual – and potentially risky – endeavour. Two of
rock’n’roll’s brightest stars (one established for decades, the other still staking a
rightful claim) teaming up to record a fictionalised pre-divorce album inspired by
classic country duets is the definition of a niche undertaking…

With ‘Utopian Ashes’, Beth and Gillespie continually harness such pain – and the
strange bravery of a couple trying desperately to keep their lives together even as
things fracture around them. It’s understated, and a quietly affecting success.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: I love Bobby, I love Jehnny and I like what they’re doing
here, but I love Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood better as their heartbreakers and tearjerkers back then – in the 60s, in the unsurpassed decade of romanticism and nostalgia – sounded/sound more authentic and more natural and Nancy & Lee had (unforgettable) hit tunes which you will not find on Utopian Ashes.

Single: Remember When We ere Lovers

Full album…

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Order info: here


Together on the cover of Rolling Stone (France)

A Band That Matters Made An Album That Matters – Welcome To MOODCHESTER

 

21 June 2021

Band: THE MOODS (Manchester, UK)
Who: A caring and outspoken 9-piece collective of producers,
poets and musicians from the Northwest of England. A band
that matters, a band that made an album that matters.


(photo by CM Taylor Photography)

New album: SOMEBODY’S HERO NOBODY’S SOLDIER
Out: This Friday – 25 June 2021
Pre-order info: here

The Moods about the new longplayer: “Our new album ‘Somebody’s Hero, Nobody’s Soldier’ is now finished. Due to the current situation we have had to delay the release and postpone the accompanying tour. However, don’t despair! We have a whole load of new material for you to check out in the coming months including live videos, new single releases and special acoustic versions of the new tracks. The new album marks a massive step forward in terms of writing and production and we can not wait for you to all hear it. In the meantime, check out our Spotify and Youtube channels for all of our existing music and we look forward to seeing
you all when this is all over and things return to normal.”

Turn Up The Volume says: The new LP is a multi-layered melting pot of drum & bass, acid house, hip-hop and R & B. A multi-voiced mishmash of raps, rants and chants. This united Manc team brings the multi-colored spirit of The Specials, the razor blade passion of Public Enemy and the 24-hour party addiction of of Happy Mondays to mind. They celebrate all things good in life, they protest against all things bad in life. They sing, spit and sneer about love and hate, (in)tolerance and (in)justice, equality and solidarity, life and death. Moodchester is the new Madchester. Welcome to the real world. Doors open this Friday.

To get in the right mood, check the album’s striking singles…

– RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA –

– STRONG –

THE MOODS: WebsiteFacebookInterview with Turn Up The Volume

THE BLACK KEYS Honor Their Blues Idols – Covers Album ‘DELTA KREAM’ Out Now

14 May 2021


(artwork photo: William Eggleston)

The famous blues-rock tandem THE BLACK KEYS went back to the roots that inspired
and fueled their successful career. Today their album of covers of golden blues oldies, titled DELTA KREAM arrived. A collection honoring the heroes of the Mississippi Hill Country Blues.

NME says:“The duo have never courted celebrity, and here they delve deeper than ever before into the swampy roots of their genre’s forefathers… This record reinforces a willing and gradual retreat from the rock juggernaut space The Black Keys once occupied. The moody jams bubble with authenticity in a deeply satisfying trip back in time. While this record is unlikely to bring the band or the cultural touchstones they cover back to the top, it’s a soul-searching move that satisfies their own fandom while showing they’ll never compromise.”
Read the full interview here. Score: 3/5.

Two of the originals that got a Black Keys touch…

– CRAWLIN’ KING SNAKE –
John Lee Hooker

– DO THE ROMP
Junior Kimbrough


DELTA KREAM
in full…

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THE BLACK KEYS: Facebook

Order info here