Turn Up The Volume picks 10 gems of favorite artists/bands

1 September 2022

Who doesn’t like making all sorts of (play)lists?

I do. Best of lists, end-of-the-year lists, golden oldies lists,
only family lists, guilty pleasure song lists, summer lists,
brand new song lists. Okay, stop, I think I made my point.


Californian-born/Berlin-based musical centipede Anton Newcombe and
his troops released so far 19 studio albums (and multiple collaborative projects),
with Fire Doesn’t Grow On Trees as the most recent and best one in years, and
number 20 The Future Is Your Past lands in October.

I know, you wonder, how is it possible to select
just 10 gems out of countless candidates? Well, I
picked the first ten that popped into my mind.

Enjoy this psychedelic mind massage.


TOUR 2022/2023

BJTM: Instagram – Bio – Discography

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 BEST KNOCKOUTS Of The Month – JULY 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and magnific musings

All 20 knockouts together on Spotify

Knockout by Knockout…

1. ‘Silenced’ by THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE (Los Angeles/Berlin)

Early this month psych rock virtuoso Anton Newcombe and his orchestra
released new LP Fire Doesn’t Grow On Trees. Their 19th and one of their
best to my keen ears.

And Silenced is one of its standout grooves.

Here’s why


2. ADD bY VIAGRA BOYS (Sweden)

The Swedish allies launched their 3rd longplayer CAVE WORLD a couple
of weeks ago. Another swell one with ADD as one of the pithiest tracks.

Make your best move here…


3. ‘Eight Fivers’ by GILLA BAND (Ireland)

The Irish noiseniks are back in town. Their 3rd
full-length Most Normal arrives in October.

With the lead-single they do again what
they do best, making bone-chilling
chainsaw music.

Cuts like a knife.


4. ‘Live To Love’ by ILA (Belgium)

Ila is a Belgian post-punk trio fronted by bewitching songstress Ilayda Cicek.
Last year they had their stunning debut album Felt out, containing one of the
best singles of 2021 with Leave Me Dry.

Brand new piece Live To Love confirms
the immense intensity of ILA.
They are here to stay!

Press play and get puzzled…


5. O.K. Sis by HEY TEAM (The Netherlands)

“This song is about a friend that you loved but just cannot be near. They always get
into trouble, always cause drama/fights, make a bunch of empty promises and get
you to do a bunch of intense stuff for them without getting anything in return.”

It’s a blazing bass/drum tandem that ignites this jiggish jackhammer with ardency
and flamboyance and keeps on steamrolling for the full 140 seconds.

And when an avid Amazon jumps in with pithy and bouncy vocals
you know, you feel and you hear straight away that we have a winner.

Check for yourself…


6. ‘Baby, I Had An Abortion’ by PETROL GIRLS (UK/Austria)

Last month this raging feminist post-hardcore 4-piece unleashed their 3rd album
named Baby. A badass beast of a record mixing raw power, mouthy screams, and a tsunami of loud and clear messages.

In the light of the incredible Roe v Wade debacle, disrespecting women’s fundamental
human rights, this LP’s sassy slam is a middle finger to all anti-abortion idiots.


7. ‘Kick Me’ by DANNY ELFMAN and IGGY POP (US)

American film soundtrack composer DANNY ELFMAN has a new album
out, titled BIGGER. MESSIER., on 12 August with reimagined versions of
songs from his last year’s Big Mess longplayer. More info here.

It features guest vocals from Trent Reznor, HEALTH, Zach Hill
of Death Grips, Xiu Xiu, Squarepusher, Ghostemane.

And the omnipresent Iggy Pop joined the fun too with this kick-ass jam.


8. ‘Living Dead’ by TV DEATH (Newcastle UK)

These psycho-billy maniacs produce a wall-of-holy-smoke havoc on this horror-ific haymaker with sawing guitars, punk turbulence, hellish vocals a pulverizing chorus.

Deadly knockout, right? You betcha.


9. ‘Blue Skies’ by FEVA (Newcastle, UK)

This razzle-dazzle master blaster races and rushes with vivid vigor and fervid
firmness. Punk ‘n roll at its razor-sharp best. And when the towering chorus kicks
in the sky-screaming vocals go through the roof. Amazeballs energy in overdrive.

Steaming score!

Go beserk


10. ‘Love Is Free’ by THEM VIBES (Nashville)

A few years ago I saw these striking Nashville gunslingers
live in Belgium. A sweaty rawk and roll gig I’ll never forget.

The band’s new single is another convincingly proof of their
let the good times roll spirit.

Its bang-on boogie woogie drive awakes your lazy limbs
and invites you to jump around to the heated beat.

Elevating – in sound and story – corkers like
this are totally welcome in these grim times.

Hail hail


11. ‘Repetition’ by HATIF (Sweden)

If this Krautrock-like rotating electro ripper doesn’t trigger
your body, mind, and senses you need to change your meds.

Its repetitive rhythm mesmerizes and stupefies. Its sickly sticky synth swirl is simply irresistible and its magnetic voice brought the late great Talk Talk leader Mark Hollis
to mind.

Check the vibes here…


12. ‘Bystander’ by DROPBEAR (Boston)

Talking about a victorious debut single.

On this Herculian stroke metal, shoegaze and classic guitar rock mania (think Eddie Van Halen and Neil Young‘s Crazy Horse) meet with forceful effect, while Rachel Bacon‘s vocals float above the giant raucousness. Bystander is a slow-burning torch, a powerhouse with mammoth riffs. Hefty score from their sterling 5-track EP Spiralized.

Tune in here…


13. ‘No Exit’ by HVIRESS (Brighton UK)

The obscure slow-progressing synth/guitar intro could easily be the shadowy intro
theme of a film noir starring this duo – Hana Piranha and Mishkin Fitzgerald – as Femmes Fatales with spine-chilling voices that cause a sensation of puzzlement and perturbation strengthened by the heavy metallic reverberations in the back.


Roll the tape below.


14. ‘You Don’t Live Around Here Anymore’ by THE CRAWLING EYE (UK)

This splendid mid-tempo electronic-pop-rock belter wouldn’t
be out of place on a Garbage album, especially vocally.

Singer Regan Meredith has that charismatic Shirley Manson tonality.
When her vivid voice reaches for the sky midway, shivers roll down
your spine.

What a thrill!


15. ‘No More Good News’ by JO-JO & THE TEETH (London)

When you look glamorous, move glamorous, and sound glamorous,
you have my attention in a flash. This London’s colorful gang’ new wallop
mourns the loss of heroes such as Tom Petty and genius Bowie.

Its avid flow gets under your skin from the get-go. A voltaic retro-resounding
guitar goes solo midway and challenges the somber mood. And Amazon
Jo-Jo spices the ripper with her notable rock voice.

A solid gold glam rock punch.


16. ’20 Questions’ by LITTLE FUSS (Boston MA)

This starry-eyed pop peach with a booming bass beat and
a vibrant flavor entertains your eager ears on the spot.

This is what pop-ular music is all about. You can sing along,
hum along, whistle along and it puts a big smile on your face.

Any questions? Ask Little Fuss.


17. ‘A Line Of Shots’ by THE AFGHAN WHIGS (Cincinnati)

High-passionate mavericks The Afghan Whigs from Ohio
with general Greg Dulli upfront will share their 9th longplayer
named How Do You Burn? with the world on 9 September.

A Line Of Shots is one of the brill tracks we heard so far off the LP.

A slo-mo diamond.


18.Too Close To The Sun‘ by THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT (Los Angeles)

Vince Grant is no stranger to Turn Up The Volume. His dedication to darkwave
is infectious as he shows again here with his new shadowy single. Sonically you still
hear Joy Division and The Cure echoes.

Too Close To The Sun is an addictive melody at heart locked in tenebrous eurhythmics. Think of lots of The Cure hits (Close To You / Friday I’m In Love / Lovecats and so many more). They were experts in writing uncomplicated pop tunes and made them sound instantly captivating.

Grant also unites aural catchiness with shady musicality including
a melancholic saxophone solo in this new composition. Top.

Press play here.


19. ‘Big Shot City’ by INTERPOL (NYC)

Two weeks ago New York City‘s darlings dropped their 7th LP titled
The Other Side Of Make Believe. In my aural opinion their best
since their 2002 debut.

Big Shot City is a musing for the midnight hours.

Moony and moody.


20. ‘Great White Shark’ by JESSIE KILGUSS (Brooklyn, NY)

Kilguss‘s voice is just amazing. Resonating somewhere between the magnific
voices of nightingales Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten. Yes, that is amazing and
Great White Shark is also a heartfelt sort of musing that those two emotive ladies love. Say no more.

He tears open
From the heart
From the root
From intuition
He tears open
From the gut
From the soul
From inner vision


See/hear you next week, music junkies


Standout longplayers

10 July 2022

Who: The gang of psychedelic music expert Anton Newcombe
Active: Since 1990 / 19 studio LPs incl. new one.

Order info: here

Anton Newcombe: “When you are compelled to do the right thing, when you live by some internal code, and you don’t shy away from standing up to and in the face of adversity or against the mob or the man no matter what that might mean to ‘your fame or prospects’,
it’s doing the right thing…for some it might be taking a knee, or even a baton or bullet.

That’s a fire inside you, and it doesn’t grow on trees. I create my own culture because it is what I need and what I feel isn’t being provided. It doesn’t exist unless I participate… A lot of the album is about affirmation by just living. Existentially, this time period has felt pretty dark so it’s about fighting the good fight. I’m singing to empower other people. First of all, I’m getting whatever I need out of it, but I can see it as something other people can identify with.”

(Anton Newcombe – photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Turn Up The Volume: Best BJTM album in years with a lot of familiar BJTM fuzz/buzz, fervent feedback, and jingle jangle brilliance, as we know for years now, but with a richer, yes even poppier and more mellow resonance at times (like on ballad diamonds Whats In
A Name?
and Before and Afterland) and overall with feverish and impassioned vocals that affect me more with every spin, sending shivers down my spine.

On the other hand, it’s another BJTM record that easily could have been recorded in the mid-60s when psychedelic pop/rock was all over the place. That’s the sound-exploring decade Anton Newcombe loves so much and inspires his own sonic universe so much.
From the past to the future.

But, as ever, with great albums – whether musically influenced by the past or not – it’s always about containing top tunes that you’ll listen to for a very long to come. And here you get 10 standout ones out of 10. The cliché ‘all killer, no filler‘ is totally applicable here. Trust me, this is one of the best LPs of 2022. FACT!

Stream full album on Spotify

TBJTM: Facebook – Instagram – Discography


18 June 2021

Who: The gang of psychedelic music expert Anton Newcombe
Active: Since 1990 / 18 studio albums (so far)

Released: 18 June 1996 – 25 years ago today

AllMusic/Jason Ankeny: “Truth in advertising: the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s sophomore album does, as promised, spring forth from the Rolling Stones’ long-underrated 1967 masterpiece ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’, copping not only Mick and Keith’s leering bad-boy attitude but also their rock-and-roll-circus spirit… ‘Second Request’ is painted by Eastern drones and psychedelic tangents, each track bubbling with dozens of sound effects including sitars, mellotrons, farfisas, didgeridoos, tablas, congas, and glockenspiels. Travelling through the past, darkly, the Massacre arrives on the other side unscathed; their music is too rich to be merely retro, and too knowing to be merely slavish, the Stones themselves haven’t made a record this strong or entertaining in years.” Score: 4.5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Petrifying psychedelia in motion.

Stream album…

BJM: Facebook


27 May 2021

Who: The gang of psychedelic music expert Anton Newcombe
Active: Since 1990 / 18 studio albums (so far)

Released: 28 May 1996 – 25 years ago

AllMusic/Jason Ankeny: “The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s obsession with
the Rolling Stones continues unabated on the brilliant Take It From the Man!;
where the group resurrected psychedelic-era excesses on the previous Their
Satanic Majesties’ Second Request, here they jump further back in time to the
Stones’ mid-’60s period, with even more superlative results… the BJM is a group
that believes in killing their idols, and their intensity begs the question: just who
is the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band again?”
Full review here. Score: 4.5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: If you talk about the crème de la crème of psychedelic
music it would be a disgrace not to mention the BJTM. The psych-junk-gang
led by the acid son of Brian Jones’ ghost. Hands down!

HQ live rendition of standout track WHO?

Full album…

THE BJTM: FacebookAll Albums


The Jukebox Series: only the greats can fill a Wurlitzer with fifteen memorable moments…

31 January 2018

A psychedelia turbine generating 60s kaleidoscopic escapades
since 1990, from San Francisco to Berlin, from mind-expanding
Beatles to satanic Stones echoes, from Methrodrone to Don’t
Get Lost
. Dim the lights, sit down, relax, open your mind
Here are TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s 15 favorite revelations
by trip mastermind ANTON NEWCOMBE and his longtime
psychotropic orchestra THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE


THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE: Website – Facebook – Discography

(pic on top by Turn Up The Volume – Botanique Venue, Brussels 2014)

ANTON NEWCOMBE – The ‘Record Store Day UK 2017 Champion’ Is Making Art Everyday…

Vibes that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…


Sometimes I wonder if the days in Berlin count 48 instead of 24 hours because the longtime psychedelia explorer Anton Newcombe who lives in Germany’s capital for
some years now is unquestionably the most productive and creative artist on this
planet. He’s the mastermind of The Brian Jonestown Massacre (four albums in the last
four years), the inspiring soul of several collaborations and the producer of many like-minded musicians. His motto is ‘MAKE ART EVERYDAY’ and that is exactly what the Californian 24/7 sonic addict does. Experience here two new trippy works in progress…

The Maharishi’s Underpants
(feat. the voice of legendary, spiritual guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Man þegar þeir stoppuðu tíma?

As part of Anton‘s official involvement with the 10th birthday (next Friday, 22 April) of Record Store Day UK, he will re-release The Brian Jonestown Massacre‘s 1991 Pol Pot’s Pleasure Penthouse LP for the very first time on vinyl. Years ago, the album was only released on cassette format (limited to 500 copies) via Burger Records. The music was recorded back in 1990/91 at Newcombe’s home in San Francisco. “I used to make up songs everyday on the 4 track just to teach myself how to write. I understood what I liked about music, I just didn’t know how to pull it out of the ether and bring them into being. I would make demo tapes and share them with friends, endless demo tapes, I would send them to magazines and record labels with no return address, just for the fuck of it. It was never my intention to actually release this music. For instance if I came up with a country song, I would finish it just to learn more about writing. I didn’t want to be in a classic country group, this is a document of my learning process. Good times…”

Here’s this year’s Record Store Day UK Champion talking about collecting records …

ANTON NEWCOMBE: Website – Facebook – Twitter


Weekly fuel to soundtrack your favorite 48 hours…




Psychedelia expert Anton Newcombe is probably the hardest working and most productive artist on the planet. Brand new album DON’T GET LOST, released yesterday 24 February, is his 4th release of new music in the past two years and his 16th longplayer overall with his band featuring this time Ricky Maymi, Dan Allaire, Collin Hegna & Ryan Van Kriedt, and with contributions from Also Emil Nikolaisen from Norwegian group Serena-Maneesh and Pete Fraser (The Pogues, New Young Pony Club) on saxophone, plus vocal performances
from Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Tess Parks and Shaun Rivers. Time to discover the San Francicso born and Berlin based psych wizard’s new groovy jams, all weekend long…

THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE: New album on iTunes – Website – Facebook