27 June 2022
In wake of the Roe v. Wade reversal, New York’s pop heroine CYNDI LAUPER
has re-recorded her 1993 abortion rights anthem SALLY’S PIGEONS.
Lauper: “In my childhood, women didn’t have reproductive freedom and 50 years later
we find ourselves in a time warp where one’s freedom to control their own body has been stripped away. When I wrote this song with Mary Chapin Carpenter in 1991, we wrote about
two little girls who dreamt of stretching their wings like the pigeons they watched that flew above them. They dreamt of being free. But freedom then for women and unfortunately now comes at a big price. If we don’t have control over our own bodies then we have no real freedom. We are second class citizens. We need to mobilize. We need to let our voices be heard.”
The song was inspired by the death of a childhood friend of Lauper‘s
who got pregnant in her teens following a back-alley abortion.
When I was eight I had a friend
With a pirate smile
Make believe and play pretend
We were innocent and wild
Hopped a fence and slammed the gate
Running down my alleyway
In time to watch Sally’s pigeons fly
We loved to watch them dive and soar
Circle in the sky
Free as a bird from three to four
And never knowing why
Neighbors pulled their wash back in
Put away my Barbie and Ken
Look out overhead
While Sally’s pigeons fly
I had a fool’s confidence
That the world had no boundaries
But instincts and common sense
Come in different quantities
My heart began to skip to the beat
Of the boy next door
She had her eye across the street
On someone shy and tall
We lived our dreams
And challenged fate
In tears she told me she was late
And Sally let his pigeons out to fly
On the dresser sits a frame
With a photograph
Two little girls in ponytails
Some twenty one years back
She left one night with just a nod
Was lost from some back alley job
I close my eyes and Sally’s pigeons fly
She never saw those birds again
And me, I can’t remember when
A pirate smile hasn’t made me cry
I close my eyes
And Sally’s pigeons fly
CYNDI LAUIPER: Instagram
(Image on top: cover of Lauper‘s best of album)
When Turn Up The Volume is excited…
All you hungry music junkies out there I recommend you to open your
ears for pumped-up Belgian misfits DIRK. I’ll give you 5 reasons why.
1. They’re garage rock fanatics with an unstoppable appetite for riff-schizophrenic rippers.
2. They fuck things up the way we like to fuck things up too.
3. Jimi Hendrix played guitar with his teeth. DIRK.’s frontman
can play guitar lying on his back with one leg in the air.
4. That same guy does the duck walk as well as Chuck Berry did it.
5.. DIRK. is a kids-friendly band.
Not convinced yet?
DIRK: Facebook – Instagram
Today Belgium, tomorrow the world.
(Pics by Turn Up The Volume – Rock Affligem Fest, 21 May 2022)
MUSIC DECLARES EMERGENCY is a group of artists, music
industry professionals and organisations who believe that…
MUSIC, MUSICIANS AND MUSIC BUSINESSES, THROUGH THEIR UNIQUE CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC POWER, CAN LEAD THE WAY IN DEMANDING THE SYSTEMIC CHANGES REQUIRED TO SECURE ALL LIFE ON EARTH.
MDE has now launched its US initiative with support from artists who are passionate about the climate crisis, with artists including Billie Eilish, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and Brian Eno supporting the cause and many more join on a daily basis.
Initially started in the UK in 2019, MDE is now also operational in France, Germany, Switzerland, Chile and Canada. It’s gathered over 6000 signatures from across the music industry supporting a declaration that calls for an immediate governmental response to do more to combat climate change.
In a new statement, MDE said: “Now, more than ever is the time for the United States to loudly and proactively join the rally to curb and reverse greenhouse gas emissions. The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our time, and the power of music should take its place at the forefront of this important movement to create a safer, fairer, more sustainable world. The climate crisis is about science, not politics. There is #NOMUSICONADEADPLANET.
Chrissie Hynde: “This declaration needs to be the moment where music steps up and really pushes the truth to our audiences and confronts governments so that things happen much more quickly.”
MUSIC DECLARES EMERGENCY: Website
Liam Gallagher dedicated Oasis classic Live Forever to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins last Saturday at his concert in the historic Royal Albert Hall in London, a day
after Hawkins passed away (probably due to a heart attack) in his hotel room, totally unexpected, the day before, on Friday.
Info: Gallagher wrote his newest single Everything’s Electric
with FF’s frontman and former drummer of Nirvana Dave Grohl
“I dedicate this last song to the one and only Taylor fucking Hawkins. This is for you, brother.”
All together now…
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance
Peace, with a little help from our friends around the world…
17 March 2022
The perfect combination for Saint Patrick’s Day
2 March 2022
Seems like the times never changed at all.
The masters of war still rule the world.
To hell with all the power-greedy criminals.
MASTERS OF WAR – 1963
Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks
You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly
Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain
You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you sit back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
While the young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud
You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins
How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
That even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do
Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul
And I hope that you die
And your death will come soon
I’ll follow your casket
By the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand over your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead
No, when it comes to war, the times didn’t change at all…
24 December 2021
Who: Noise punk tandem – Blake Bickel and Garrett Yates
from Kalamazoo, MI. – producing a percussive dissonance
that refuses to be ignored.
References: Metz, Sonic Youth, Fugazi,
and KARP among others.
More info about the band here.
If you like vociferous noise you’ll dig this two-man army and vice versa. If you
never heard of this mean manic machine than this EP featuring their 5 singles
so far is a spot-on, loud and clear introduction for your ears.
Wait. One more thing before you put your earphones on. These guys are not only
about noise. Their jams are constructed like the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral
(before the fire). Sturdy, solid, and sizable.
Characteristically for Blake Bickel and Garrett Yates is their appetite for building up
and breaking down, for throwing metallic punches, for testing your new speakers’ resilience with ruthless baritone guitar riffs and cast-iron drum diabolism, for being
Don’t miss this towering tandem, don’t miss this TOSSER collection.
Perfect to say goodbye to this surreal pandemic 2021 with a big bang.
Release the bats here…
BRONSON ARM: Facebook
24 June 2021
Artist: AB TOBLER
Who: Annapurna “AP” Tobler is a 16-year old multi-instrumentalist musician,
singer, and songwriter based in San Jose, CA. Often described as a “grunge poet.”
AP writes music with heavy riffs and complex themes, holding mental health topics
as vital influences in her songwriting. AP aims to share her experiences with anxiety
and depression by crafting songs rooted in grunge and alternative rock, with hopes
that these thematic elements will speak to listeners who are going through similar experiences.
New single: EYE FOR AN EYE
About the experience of realizing that you’re in a toxic friendship. AP uses
the song as a way of releasing the negative emotions after ending things with
her best friend. A flaming banger from her upcoming EP ‘Alternate Vision’.
Score: An Eye For An Eye rattles and rolls from the riff-driven kick-off. Full steam
ahead. Imagine Joan Jett fronting Green Day with Courtney Love in the production chair. Pretty wild, right? This thunderous corker smells like teen spirit. Open-minded, crystal grunge clear and undismayed. AP sounds cool, looks cool and plays cool. Power to the youth! Damn right!
Go nuts right here…
AP TOBLER: Facebook
Debut EP ALTERNATIVE VISION out this summer