Five Firecrackers To Stay On Track… In The Weekend

5 new firecrackers to fuel for the weekend…

‘I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN’ by MATT BERNINGER

The National’s frontman Matt Berninger is part of the impressive cast
of artists covering each a track of the historic 1967 debut LP on an
upcoming tribute album for The Velvet Underground.

Here comes your man…

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‘Monster Love’ by THE JACKLIGHTS (Boston, US)

This is my favourite track from this tight trio’s new 5-track EP Drift. It’s a jagged jackhammer that rotates full steam ahead driven by hammering drum beats, ablaze
guitar layers, and poppy vocals on top of it. Need electricity to load your batteries?
Monster Love will satisfy your needs. Damn right!

They just wanna turn you on


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‘Highway To Hell’ by TOM MORELLO feat. Bruce Spingsteen and Eddie Vedder

The Rage Against The Machine guitarist announced his new, third solo, album, titled
The Atlas Underground Fire, out in October. One of the tracks is a cover of AC/DC‘s
1979 massive slam dunk Highway To Hell with awesome vocals by Spingsteen and Pearl Jam‘s main man Eddie Vedder.

Hell is this way…

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‘The Blues Came In’ by THE BURNER BAND (Leeds, UK)

This Leeds’ rockabilly and roots duo brings the shake-and-twist of the 50s back to 2021. They rattle and roll, they riff and rock with a swirling pace. Get those dusty dance shoes out of the closet and make your move. Big fun guaranteed!

The track is from their debut album Sings and Wonders out 3 September
through Shed Load Records (vinyl) and digitally/CD via Bandcamp

Dance yourself dizzy right here…

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‘Be The Only One’ by RISE CARMINE (Canada)

A song “about catharsis. It invokes the feelings of those who are subservient
to an autocrat and their dreams for release from oppression; a Shakespearean
betrayal under cover of darkness.”

Expect a psychedelic groove with a bluesy touch, electrical vibe,
catching progression, and reflective vocals floating all over it. Yes!

Be the one here…

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See/hear you next week, music junkies

Five Firecrackers To Stay On Track… In The Weekend

Five new firecrackers to fuel the most popular days of the week

‘Work Energy Principle’ by THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS (Manchester, UK)

A 9-minute trance trip fabricated by the trance trip experts. Play this on your
headphones, very loud, and pirouette yourself into oblivion. Have yourself a
dance marathon with the Chemicals on repeat. It helps to forget these surreal
pandemic times for a while.

Start here…

‘Blame It’ by MARLOW (East Sussex, UK)

Marlow is a fervent outfit out of East Sussex, UK. The band sucks listeners into their
world through a dynamic surge and zesty, modern approach. Their music is purely
about a feeling, told from the depths of their hearts and delivered with a hint of
mystique.

Blame it is an instant knockout. A solid gold stormer “about the lack of communication in relationships and how people try to avoid responsibility for their issues by shifting the blame onto others and coming up with excuses.” In a normal world, this cracker should be a big hit. Its sickly sticky pop melodiousness, its speedy punch, its steamed-up vocals, and its fiery chorus are simply irresistible. Don’t blame Marlow. They rock big time!

Tune in…

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‘Honey I Believe’ by TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB

An ablaze band from Chicago prepping for their third studio release next week.

This first single made my fingers snap, my feet tap, and my head twist from the
flaming get-go. This rollin’ ripper gets under your skin and in your veins without
asking permission, and, trust me, you’ll love it. Clear your room and lose yourself.

Feel the beat here…

‘Trap Door’ by MOVIE CLUB

Formed in October 2018, Movie Club is instrumental power out of Venice Beach, California.
Their fifth studio album ‘Fangtooth‘ out August 10th.

If you look cool, you act cool, you produce cool instrumental electricity, and you visualize the vibes with a cool video you must be cool duo Movie Club. Invent your own lyrics while this psych blaster infiltrates your hungry ears.

Start the film…

‘Find My Way’ by PAUL McCARTNEY

For Find My Way, the opener of McCartney III: Imagined album, he invited his mate and funk junk Beck. So, get up and move to the groove while watching this special effects video clip.

Right here

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Five Firecrackers To Stay On Track… In The Weekend

17 July 2021

‘I’m Only Talking’ by MEWN (Manchester)

Frontman Daniel Bluer: “It is long but I think it does a lot with that time, it’s fully realised. Lyrically I just tried to mirror the emotion I felt from the sound, the way it felt to me. I think
I have tried to express loss, defiance and a melancholy that has some joy mixed in with it,
which personally feel like it always does.”

This is what epicness is all about. An experience that makes you feel out-of-your-daily-mind, an experience that makes you forget anything and everybody except for what’s going on in your headphones. Melodrama, heartache, despair, and tears. It’s all part of human nature, as we know it. Throwing in melancholic Interpol guitars and a Verve-esque sentimentally lifts this song to a cry-your-heart-out anthem. Ignore the machos.

Just listen and feel…


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‘Big Appetite’ by LIARS (Australia)

Wayward as we know Liars for years now, meaning: wayward as we know them
for years now. From upcoming album The Apple Drop, their 10th, out 6 August.

Eat here…

‘I Am A Situation’ by AUTOGRAMM (Chicago)

This synth-Krautrock-like jam grooves and moves under your skin from the kick-off, without asking. Again, the hypnotic force of sonic repetition proves its trance-inducing effect. You want this situation to continue, on and on. From the band’s Rules album.

Press the repeat button…

‘Transparent Love’ by SUPER SPACE NATION (Los Angeles)

These Los Angeles power pop-punks are “on a mission to fight toxic masculinity in the rock scene.” Their new electrifying cracker is about “taking full accountability for one’s actions and communication in relationships.” Damn right. Be who you are, but respect others. That’s the only way to keep this troubled world going. And don’t forget to rock your ass off.

Right here, right now

‘Lover Baby’ by THE DILL (Canada)

Be ready for some funky monkey business. Get up, stand up and make your move while savoring the moment. Don’t worry be happy. Have yourself a careless I’ll-see-what-happens moment and have your head floating in the clouds. Listen up: “Sometimes we need to just
go for a walk and dance down the street for the hell of it – taking the piss out of life.”
Bingo!

Tune in and go apeshit…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Five Firecrackers To Stay On Track… In The Weekend

10 July 2021

5 new firecrackers to fuel your favorite 48 hours…

‘We Are Between’ by MODEST MOUSE (Portland)

The veteran indie rockers still deliver the goods. The lead single from their
new triumphant album The Golden Casket sets the tone for their 7th longplayer.
Brisk, bustling, and blissful.

Press play here…

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‘Dissonance’ by VEDA RAYS (Brooklyn)

“This song speaks to the psychological stress of our times as the byproduct
of cognitive dissonance en masse, and the collective shadows it projects. Yet,
the hopeful message implied is that if we can shine a light, shadows disappear.”

Roaring rippers like this one make my day on the spot. Big tune, big drive,
big chorus, big guitars, big vocals, big intensity. Adrenalized top stroke!

And a great animated video clip…

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‘Time Will Define’ by FEVER (UK)

Electrifying Britpop at its instantly sticking best. Somewhere between
Supergrass
(in the 21st Century), The La’s and The Bluetones. The singer’s
feverish vocals stand out. What a vox! He lifts this arresting stunner to
a remarkable level. Touchdown!

Tune in here…

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‘Can’t Forget’ by NAPOLEON (Toronto, Canada)

A riff monster. A flabbergasting uppercut with all cylinders fired up, making your
head spin uncontrollably. Alert your neighbors before you put this blustery blast
on your stereo. From the band’s new wham-bam-slam EP Empty Within.

Clear your room and start a one-man moshpit…

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‘Look What You’ve Done’ by KEEGAN CHAMBERS (Toronto, Canada)

This is classic rock explosiveness. Eddie Van Halen guitars, a towering chorus,
and what a tremendous voice overwhelming your ears. High-powered, immensely energetic, and totally titanic. Makes your hair in the back of your neck stand up.
Huzzah!

From Chambers‘ varied Out Of My Head EP.

Turn up the heat here…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

2 July 2021

Here come 5 new firecrackers to fuel your weekend…

‘Lipstick’ by NOTHINGHEADS (London, UK)

Kamikaze guitars à la Link Wray and Dick Dale, Ramones sniffin’ glue again, and devilish
Lux Interior howls. Yes, it’s psycho-surf-billy time, folks. Get your leather jacket out of the closet and pretend you’re a member of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. This is the first single off their upcoming EP ‘Machine in the Monkey’.

Press play right here…


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‘Sad But True’ (Metallica song) by ST. VINCENT (Tulsa, US)

Metallica sounding sexy, sultry, and snappy? Like the late great funk genius
Prince? Yes, it happens right here, thanks to disco queen St. Vincent.

Wham bam…

‘Lineage’ by SMOKE (Holland)

Louisiana Swamp Blues sultriness from… The Netherlands. No frontiers when it comes
to stirring up the steam, turning up the heat, and pumping up the decibels. This red-hot ripper is about “brotherhood and supporting your friends and family during hard times.”

All together now…

‘Ladylike (Don’t Hold Her Back)’ by CUBS REFRAIN (Toronto, CA)

Band member Erin Roblin reflects on her experiences with society’s expectations of her as a woman, including the fight for control of her own choices in her life and career. It’s 2021 and women still have to suffer from external pressure. Incredible. Therefore, encouraging earworms like these are always welcome for everybody – regardless the gender – who struggles with being pushed for the wrong reasons by the wrong people. Ladylike is a frisky and sprightly humanlike booster. Get up, stand up and fight for your right to be who you are.

Jive to the beat…

‘Glide’ by THE DAILY SPREADSHEETS (Divinópolis, Minas Gerais)

Brazilian singer/songwriter Henrique Neves is the man behind The Daily Spreadsheets.
Riff-roaring rock ‘n’ roll streams through his sonic veins for years now. On Glide he lets
The Beach Boys sound like if they were a speed-up garage band. Good vibrations indeed.

Read all about it here…


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Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

25 June 2021

Five new firecrackers to boost your weekend…

‘How Not To Drown’ by CHRVCHES and Robert Smith
The original track was released early this month. And this version is remixed by
the hands of The Cure‘s mastermind Robert Smith. He pumped up the volume and
build a titanic wall-of-sound.

Press play here…

‘Cannonball’ by EAMON MCGRATH (Toronto)
This instantly affecting country rock anthem “alludes to the opportunity to reflect
and look back on moments in your life as a musician with love and desire, but also a deep realization that they will never return.”
. The captivating duet vocals with Cayley Thomas – think Emmylou Harris on a high – are nothing less than overwhelming. You’ll understand why Eamon McGrath is a Gram Parsons and Lee Hazlewood fan. Top stuff!

Buy/stream here…


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‘Sirens’ by FUZZY LIGHTS (Cambridge UK)
“Its a dark love song that tries to figure out how can we live with one another when there
is so much hate and resentment.”
Sings of the times indeed. Sirens has an ominous psych flow while the ghostly vocals emphasize the song’s haunting atmospherics. An amplified mediation about the uncertain future. From the band’s new album Burials, out 2nd July.

‘Boston Lager’ by THE RUDDY RUCKUS (Hamilton, Canada)
Remember those crazy nights out on the town when you’re with your friends and things are starting to get a little too carried away? It’s possible you can’t remember those out-of-your-mind drink sessions because you had way to much Boston Lager in your bloodstream.

Anyway, this swaggering rocker feels like a sober reflection about marathon booze excesses. This is the second single from our upcoming debut album Wentworth And
Main
out September 10th,

Buy/stream the booze here…


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‘We Are Between’ by MODEST MOUSE (Portland, US)
Today, the Portland veterans released their 7th album, titled The Golden Casket. Without a shadow of a doubt one of their best works. The adrenaline lead-single ‘We Are Between‘ is definitely my favorite.

Here’s why…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

18 June 2021

5 New Firecrackers To Boost Your Weekend!

‘Lumberjack’ by TYLER, THE CREATOR (California)
Almost 2 million views on YT in just two day. Wow! Our star rapper has a gigantic
and fanatic fan base. His new album Call Me If You Get Lost out next week.

Let’s hop…

‘I Just Can’t Keep Myself From Loving You’ by THE INSTITUTES (Coventry, UK)
These young dogs nail it with a flaming Britpop guitar cracker driven by a fervent flair, melodious magnetism and an anthemic sing-along chorus. They’re definitely mad for it.

Get rollin’ here…


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‘Four Years Later’ by NOTHING SPECIAL (Toronto, Canada)
Seems like fab arena punks Green Day have written a roaring ripper for these Toronto rockers. Full steam ahead from start to finish. Screeching guitars, overwhelming rhythm, and a scream along chorus. Bingo!

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‘The Angel Of 8th Ave.’ by GANG OF YOUTHS (Australia)
The Australian heroes are back with a massive belter to play out loud on your car
stereo, hair in the wind, pumping a fist in the air when the catchy chorus pops up.

Here we go…

‘Call Me Back’ by THE HIGH LOVES (Toronto, Canada)
This smells like summer spirit. Jingle jangle delirium and pop ravishment. But… call your lover back to fully enjoy – together – this sickly sticky earworm. Right here, right now…


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See/hear you next week music junkies…

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

4/5/6 June 2021

5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

‘So May We Start’ by SPARKS (Los Angeles)
A sparkling pocket pop opera with Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard joining the Mael
brothers on vocals. From upcoming movie Annette for which they also wrote the script.

Listen here…

‘Stand Down’ by THE SARANDONS (Toronto, Canada)
A cracker “about letting down your guard…maybe doing something crazy like picking up the phone and calling a friend. How punk is that?!”. These Canadians know how to rattle and roll with some Tom Petty gusto and some Stones-esque riffs. Big fun, folks! From their brand new 5-track EP Outrunning. Stream here.

Press play here…

‘Worry With You’ by SLEATER-KINNEY (Washington)
A song about being stuck on the other side of an ocean from someone else.
Pretty funky, brisk, and edgy. From their new, upcoming  LP Path Of Wellness.

Tune in…

‘Never Be The Shame’ by FURTHER THE LION (Hamilton, Ontario)
The song “reminds the listener that sometimes something profound can happen to
you that changes you to your core and it’s not always a negative thing.”
Expect emo-grunge melodiousness with a passionate edge, a romantic feel, and a gripping chorus that sticks instantly. Touchdown!

Here’s why…

‘Something Real’ by FHANG (Canada)
Mishka (half of this Canadian duo): “At the beginning of lockdown I would quietly dance in my living room at 3am listening to a rough version of the tune. It would turn into a disco with all the fire trucks and ambulances lighting up our curtains.” Weird experiences in weird times. This second single is movin’ smoothly on a groovin’ bass line while the sensitive mid-tempo ballad resonates like a reflective and melancholic The National reverie. I love it!

Check it out…

See/hear you next week, music junkies

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

‘Psalm 23’ by COLD CAVE (L.A./New York)
This darksome Krautrock groove gets under your skin from the get-go and moves like a
nasty serpent. From the nightmare rockers’ new EP Fate In Seven Lessons out 11 June.

Press play…

‘Under The Waves’ by FUZZY LIGHTS (Cambridge, UK)
The song deals with the devastation of coral reefs, ocean resources, and our natural world. It’s a multi-waves-layered cruise, with featherlight romantic vocals à la The Sundays‘ lovely vox Harriet Wheeler, violin flashes, gusty drums and a charged guitar finale. This is a band that cares about nature and their music. From the band’s new 4th album Buriels.

Enjoy here…

‘The Garden’ by 3 LITTLE WOLVES (Birmingham)
Sounds like a little symphonic psych-rock trip starting with a rambling drum riff
that comes and goes and ghostly vocals floating all over it. Sonic spiritually, that
grows on you after a couple of plays.

Here’s why…

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‘Born 2 Boogie’ by SUNSHINE & THE BLUE MOON
Some are born to be wild, some are born 2 boogie as did the late great Marc Bolan
(T. Rex) back in the 70s and these Canadians know how to move and groove too. Glorious organ, glorious flow, glorious swagger, glorious vocals. From their upcoming album, out 25th June.

Turn it up right here…

‘How Dare You Want More’ by BLEACHERS (NYC)
Jack Antonoff and his band premiered this new track on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.
A tremendously uptight tune with a shake & swing sax climax. From upcoming album
Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night.

Dance here…

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See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

‘Stick By Stick’ by LITTLE MUSGRAVE (Brussels)
Lighten up, folks. Joey Wright aka Little Musgrave activates your feet, hips, and head with
this ongoing funky groove. Its hypnotic vibe triggers your best body moves. Shake and quake is what you’ll do when this inflammable crackerjack hits your ears. EP ‘Matches’ coming up via Wild Goose Chase Records.

Here‘s the vibe…

‘High & Hurt’ by ICEAGE (Denmark)
One of the best pieces these Danish rockers ever recorded. Amplified passion,
anthemic swagger, and a titanic chorus. From the band’s new, very impressive
fifth LP Sheek Shelter. Actually their best (so far). Hurrah!

Feel the glow…


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‘Non-Dramatic Break-Up Song’ by LINNEA’S GARDEN (Boston, MA)
The happiest break-up song I heard in ages. All lovers out there, listen and learn. This electrical earworm will make you stay good friends after you called it a day with your partner. Heads up, put Linnea on the stereo and your broken heart will be healed in no time (I hope). From her new 5-track sensual party EP Nowhere Friday’s Night.

Let’s roll…

‘Sketch Of Light’ by THURSTON MOORE (US)
One of those 24/7 musicians who breathe music, who dream about music, who are obsessed about music and who only make music they want to make. Like this sparkly, instrumental jam you wanna hear when you get up in the morning (well, I do).

A sonic veteran with a youthful heart…


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‘Save Yourself’ by THE NEVERLUTIONAIRIES (North-Carolina, US)
Wow! This pumping psych knockout grabs you by the throat from the get-go with its Black Sabbathesque drone hammering all the way and its thunder and lighting beat doing your head in. The band’s brainchild Christopher Harold Wells: “I wrote ‘Save Yourself ‘ about a dear friend of mine who had serious substance abuse issues that eventually claimed his life. Though he had a crazier existence than mine, he always tried to give me advice about getting myself together.”

Feel free to bang your head

See/hear you next week, music junkies…