2021 Was A Year Full Of Covers – TURN UP THE VOLUME Picked 10

1. ‘Where Is My Mind’ by NANDI BUSHELL

Original by Pixies.
From their 1988 debut LP Surfer Rosa.

This 11-year-old British-Zulu musician of South African
descent and media star is just brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

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2. ‘The Ship Song’ by NELL SMITH and THE FLAMING LIPS (USA)

Original by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The cover is part of a full Nick Cave tribute LP called
Where The Viaduct Looms by The Flaming Lips and
the wondrous voice of 13-year-old songstress Nell Smith.

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3. ‘You Are A Runner And I Am Your Father’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

Original by Canadian indie rockers Wolf Parade.

Porridge Radio vox Dana Margolin sends shivers
down your spine. Goosebumps all the way.

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4. ‘Highway To Hell’ by TOM MORELLO, THE BOSS and EDDIE VEDDER

Original by AC/DC.

Part of Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello‘s
2021 album The Atlas Underground Fire.

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5. ‘Stayin’ Alive’ by LEE ROGERS (Northern Ireland)

Original by Bee Gees.
This warm Americana voice out of Northern Ireland slows
the classic down, drenches it in a nostalgic sepia bath, and
gives it a haunting and soul-stirring twist corresponding with
the somber lyrics. Compelling version!

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6. ‘Run Run Run’ by KURT VILE

Original by The Velvet Underground.

From I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground and Nico,
celebrating the iconic NYC mavericks, and more specifically their debut
masterpiece LP of 1967.

Kurt Vile‘s pumped-up version of ‘Run Run Run’ is a striking steamroller…

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7. ‘Finest Worksong’ by DESPERATE JOURNALIST (UK)

Original by R.E.M.

This North London band nailed it, spot-on!

From A Carnival of Sorts: R​.​E​.​M. Covers Compilation,
released last August.


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8. ‘Paperback Writer’ by SAXON

Original by The Beatles

Britsih veteran metalheads seem to have big fun with this cover, so am I.

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9. Sad But True’ by ROYAL BLOOD (UK)

Original by Metallica.

From the massive covers compilation called The Metallica Blacklist
featuring no less than 53 artists interpreting a Black Album song, the
breakthrough LP that was released 30 years ago.

Wham royal bloody wham bam…

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10. ‘Silver Machine’ by TOYAH and ROBERT FRIPP

Original by Hawkind (with Lemmy)

Every Sunday for about two years now, the famous British songstress and
her King Crimson husband Robert Fripp entertained us (and still do it) via
YouTube with covers of big crackers. Their performances were/are ridiculously
hilarious. Definitely the stand-up rock comedians of 2021.

Let’s roll…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 40

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

1. ‘Off With His Head’ by FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES (UK)

Razzle dazzle punk and tattoo artist Frank Carter unleashes his 4th LP
Sticky next week. Ahead of it, we can taste this new crashing cannonball
feat. loudmouth Cassyette.

Sometimes I wonder when Frank Carter‘s lungs will collapse. At times his vocal powerfulness is off the charts causing the impression that an explosion is in the
air. And when Cassyette joins the scream contest the decibels go up to an illegal
level. Holy smoke!

Here we go…

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2. ‘Pink Lunettes’ by POND (Australia)

Yesterday these psych-rockers from down under released their 9th longplayer called, yes, 9. A surprising mix of bangers to fill dance floors with and reflective ballads. My standout favorite is Pink Lunettes. A kick-ass jackhammer that does your head in, the way you like it.

Here‘s why…

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3. ‘This Blue Mob’ by SHAM FAMILY (Canada)

Fresh band, fresh blood. With their sharp-cutting debut single, they target the never-ending police ferocity/racism as we, unfortunately, know. It’s still a worldwide disease.

“It’s about the aggression and brutality towards people, predominantly BIPOC and
marginalized individuals, alongside the disregard of matters that call for REAL assistance.
We will stand with this message until real change is made in policing
says the band.

This Blue Mob is a turbulent whirlwind storming, with no brakes, towards the
abrupt finish. Blustery guitars, quick-fire pace, and robotic vocals. Touchdown!

Feel the anger here…

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4. ‘In The Padlocked Night’ by COLD EXPECTATIONS (Boston, MA)

Songwriter Steve Prygoda describes what inspired the song: “Love locks, they call
‘em. You see them on fences, overpasses, bridges. In Paris, Amsterdam, or in your own
city. Padlocks encoded with secret messages from lovers, for viewing by strangers. They symbolize love, however transient or permanent.”

This tremendously rushing earworm made me smile instantly, so does the universal
story of expressing your romantic state of mind via a sort of all you need is love graffiti.
And when you embed these fervent feelings in an irresistible, adrenaline-driven stunner,
you want to go out in the street and scream your amorous heart out.

Do it here…

COLD EXPECTATIONS: Facebook

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5.’Run Run Run’ by KURT VILE (USA)

Two weeks ago album I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground
and Nico
came our way, with a cast of big names honoring the iconic band and more
specific their debut masterpiece LP of 1967.

Although – in general – tribute albums are a tricky affair (certainly when you want to honor one of the most iconic bands in rock history), they’re several notable performances on this one. Like here with Kurt Vile doing a great job with one of the key tracks of VU’s classic.

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6. ‘Mass Produce Your Revolution’ by FERAL VICES (Louisville, KY)

This rumbling rock tandem release a 5 song EP titled ‘With Offerings‘ on December 3rd.

About this EP’s taster: “The song is about how we give these massive platforms to people
who really don’t actually know all that much of what they’re talking about. The second part of the song is about how these ultra-rich business people or specifically celebrities are throwing their pocket change into something just for the press and getting even more money out of it than they put in and it all becomes this vicious cycle that we all participate in
.”

‘Mass Produce Your Revolution reflects loud and clear what we can expect next.
The pithy pair balances somewhere in between The Black Keys and Royal Blood.
Boisterous, determinant, and with uncurbed force. Bingo!

Turn up the heat…

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7. ‘Gotta Light‘ by MILD HORSES (London)

Ongoing Krautrock jam spinning around in your head before you’re aware of it.
Magnetic, hypnotic and energetic. Closing piece from new album Ignorance To Enlightenment And Back Again.

The trip
starts here…

KURT VILE Runs, Rolls And Rocks On His VELVET UNDERGROUND Cover

4 October 2021

Two weeks ago album I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground
and Nico
came our way, with a group of big rock names honoring the iconic band
and more specifically their debut masterpiece LP of 1967.

As it goes with these sorts of albums, some covers work, but mostly it’s about
a couple of exceptions. Yet, here on this tribute of an (almost) uncoverable band
several interpretations actually work. Michael Stipe doing ‘Sunday Morning‘, Sharon
Van Etten
turning into a ‘Femme Fatale‘, Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney trashing ‘European
Son’
, The National‘s maestro Matt Berninger with ‘I’m Waiting For The Man‘ and my
favorite: Kurt Vile‘s pumped up version of ‘Run Run Run’.

Let’s run, roll and rock with Kurt…

The original VU stroke…

Stream full tribute album here.