11 January 2021
The 24/7 working Aussie prog-psych-rock junks KING GIZZARD
AND THE LIZARD WIZARD started releasing albums last year
to be bootlegged!
The band introduced the ultra rare project with this message: “Yo indie labels,
bootleggers, fans, weirdos. We’ve got a deal for ya. If anyone wants to release these
albums, you’re free to do so. Only deal is you’ve gotta send us some of them to sell on Gizzverse.com Ideas: double LPs, 7”, remix, reimagined cover art, bizarre-looking wax,
live show box sets, tapes. Or keep it simple, that’s totally ok. Anyone keen?”
Belgian record label Exag Records got to action and will release a double live LP
of 17 KGATLW tracks recorded at Brussels’ legendary venue Ancienne Belgique
from their two gigs, played there on 8 and 9 October 2019.
Only 300 copies are available. More details and pre-order facilities right here.
All benefits will go to the label’s artists. Shipping expected to arrive at the end
of March – early April 2021.
The brilliant art-work is by Belgian artist David Crunelle.
The LP contains two white and red marbled Eco-Vinyls, the official colours of
the Ancienne Belgique venue. Furthermore, they are manufactured in Holland
using only eco-responsible methods.
11 January 2021
Album: MODERN LOVE – David Bowie tribute LP
Label: Barely Breaking Even (UK)
Out: 28 May 2021
Label executive (and DJ) Drew McFadden about the project: “I felt that the connection between Bowie and R&B, jazz, funk, gospel and all things soulful, had never really been
explored before — at least not so much in covers, which tend to lean more towards rock and pop. Certainly, there’s been plenty of Bowie covers over the years, but none that have really tapped into what seems to have been a big part of his core musical style and direction.”
Artists: Khruangbin, Helado Negro, Jeff Parker, L’Rain, Bullion,
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Meshell Ndegeocello, and more.
First taster is by famous, female Minneapolis
twin sister R & B duo We Are KING (formerly King).
They picked Bowie‘s massive hit Space Oddity to cover.
Their version is floating in a the-stars-are-out-tonight
galaxy. Like a starry-eyed dream in motion. A beauty…
We Are KING: Facebook
BBE Music: Website
10 January 2021
Band: THE PRETTY RECKLESS
Who: Hard rockin’ New York band fronted
by the utterly charismatic Taylor Momsen.
Album: DEATH BY ROCK AND ROLL – 4th LP
Out: 12 February 2021
THE PRETTY RECKLESS: Facebook
6 January 2021
Band: KID KAPICHI
Who: Alive and kicking 4-piece from Hastings, UK
Album: THIS TIME NEXT YEAR – debut LP
Out: 5 February 2021 – Pre-order facilities here.
Jack Wilson (co-singer/guitarist) “The album title has two meanings. Sometimes you find it hard to see what you have achieved and how far you’ve come because you’re always looking ahead to that next thing. It can be a toxic way to view life, and one that is quite often the norm. On the other hand, it’s also relevant to what’s going on right now. Everyone’s lives are on pause. We’re all waiting and hoping for this time next year.”
TUTV: Expect muscular grooves, manically driven haymakers, zippy sucker-punches, vehement vocals and in-your-face lyrics. Yes, the first great album of 2021 is coming
our way soon.
Singles: Glitterati / Working’s Man Town / Thugs / Self-Saboteur…
– GLITTERATI –
– WORKING’S MANN’S TOWN –
– THUGS –
– SELF-SABOTEUR –
KID KAPICHI: Facebook
(photo via Angela-Owen PR UK)
4 January 2021
Band: MOGWAI (Scotland)
Album: AS THE LOVE CONTINUES – 10th LP
Out: 19th February 2021 – Pre-order facilities here.
The release date is the exact 25th anniversary of
Mogwai’s first single, Tuner / Lower.
Producer: Dave Fridmann
Single: Dry Fantasy
A worldwide live performance will premiere the new LP on 13 February at 8pm GMT
3 January 2021
Band: CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH
Who: American indie band formed in 2004, that
turned into the solo project of Alec Ounsworth
over the years.
Album: NEW FRAGILITY – 6th album
Release: 12th February 2021
Alec Ounsworth: “These songs are politically motivated, which
is unusual for me. t’s about what I think we’re all experiencing at the
moment, certainly here in the United States, anyway, trying to move
forward amidst an almost cruel uncertainty.”
Singles: Where They Perform Miracles / Hesitating Nation / Thousand Oaks
All 3 here on Spotify…
(photo by Turn Up The Volume! Brussels – Belgium)
Important TUTV note! CYHSY wrote one of the best tracks of
this century with Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)
(from self-titled 2005 debut LP)…
2 January 2021
Band: THE NOTWIST
Who: Successful German indie rockers who
hit the scene in 1989, formed Acher brothers
Album: VERTIGO DAYS – their 9th LP
Release: 29th January 2021
Pre-order facilities here
Info: “It’s the first album in six years for one of Germany’s most iconic independent groups. Their music has long been open-minded and exploratory, but from its engrossing structure, through its combination of melancholy pop, clangorous electronics, hypnotic Krautrock and driftwork ballads, to its international musical guests, *Vertigo Days* is both a new step for The Notwist, and a reminder of just how singular they’ve always been. Most importantly, the core trio of Markus and Micha Acher and Cico Beck are reaching out: as Markus reflects, “we wanted to question the concept of a band by adding other voices and ideas, other languages, and also question or blur the idea of national identity.”
– OH SWEET FIRE –
All the 5 shared tracks
here together on Bandcamp…
THE NOTWIST: Facebook
29 December 2020
Band: Rats On Rafts
Who: Dutch punk-laced noiseniks from Rotterdam
Album: Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths
Info: A psyche-fuelled journey into the id punctuated with rhythmic kabuki
modal mood swings, thunderstorms, digital beeps, traffic noise, and just plain
old beautiful cacophonous reverb-drenched sound when needed.
Out: 29th January 2021 via Fire Records.
Turn Up The Volume: Devo backed by Siouxsie‘s Banshees and fronted by
a manic voice with the high-powered energy of Jello Biafra. Get out of your
straitjacket, throw your meds in the dustbin, and fire your shrink. Trust me,
this record will cure you (well sort of). On your bucket list, NOW!
The two singles: A Trail Of Wind And Fire / Tokyo Music Experience
– A TRAIL OF WIND AND FIRE –
– TOKYO MUSIC EXPERIENCE –
RATS ON FIRE: Facebook
New longplayers in 2021…
26 December 2020
Artist: THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA
Who: London-based duo comprising Daphne Ang (Singapore) and Andrea Papi (Italy). They’re pioneers of a new form of expression through the performance of poetry in their genre-defying music. Drawing inspiration from TOOL and Kraftwerk, as well as the poetry
of Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and Jim Morrison, TCOMAS continues to fill a gap in music by bringing literature, art, and history together into a space where rock and metal meets electronica
Spotify said: “The most innovative and forward thinking metal of today”.
TUTV calls it poetallica from now on.
Album: FULL SPECTRUM
Expect: One of the best albums of 2021. I know, it’s very early, but I repeat with conviction… FULL SPECTRUM will be one of the best albums of 2021 where poetry and metallic turbulence come together as one. Encounters of the third kind. Why do I know? Because 6 of the 11 tracks were released the past 12 months as singles and are already worth an album on its own. And I had the privilege to hear the other four gangbuster trips. So there you go. And TCOMAS deserve also five-stars for their videos and artwork. Ang and Papi care about their art.
Three of the sterling 2020 singles…
– MATA HARI –
– PSYCHOPATH’S MONOLOGUE –
– ATOMS –
THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA: Website – Interview with TUTV!
25 December 2020
Band: CLOUD NOTHINGS
Who: Cleveland’s noise junks, led by
singer-songwriter Dylan Baldi, fooling
around with poppy edges.
Album: THE SHADOW I REMEMBER – 8th LP
Produced by Steve Albini.
Out: 26 February 2021 – details here.
Info: The songs are kept trim, mostly around the three-minute mark,
while being gleefully overstuffed. Almost every musical part turns into
at least two parts, with guitar and drums opening up and the bass
switching gears. “That’s the goal—I want the three-minute song to be
an epic,” Baldi says. “That’s the short version of the long-ass jam.”
Singles so far…
– THE SPIRIT OF –
– AM I SOMETHING –
CLOUD NOTHINGS: Facebook