5 Outstanding Albums Turning 20 In 2022

Back in time

1. ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ by INTERPOL (New York City)

Released: 15 August 2002

The band’s jarring debut album with single NYC
as one of my all-time favorite rock standouts.

AllMusic said: “One might go into a review like this one wondering
how many words will pass before Joy Division is brought up. In this
case, the answer is 16. The music made by both bands explores the
vast space between black and white and produces something pained,
deftly penetrating, and beautiful.”
Score: 5/5.

Stream album here…

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2. ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’ by THE FLAMING LIPS (Oklahoma)

Released: 16 July 2002 – their 10th LP

One of the best works by one of the
best bands ever, on record and live.

Alternative Press said: “Smartly packaged pop that’s
as slick as Stereolab, but human enough–thanks to Coyne’s
earnestness and sincerity, to malfunction in all the right places.”

Score: 9/10.

Stream here…

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3. ‘Songs For The Deaf’ by QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (L.A. California)

Released: 27 August 2002 – their third full length
With Dave Grohl on drums

The macho stoner rockers speeding like a hot-rod
on the run in the blistering Los Angeles desert.

Mojo Magazine: “All the elements which made its
predecessor so great are here, but in excelsis, and
occasionally excess.”
Score: 8/10.

Steam up here…

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4. ‘Highly Evolvded’ by THE VINES (Sydney, Australia)

Released: 14 July 2002

Red-hot-blooded debut longplayer by these Nirvana fans from down
under, fronted by fanatic demon-fighter frontman Craig Nicholls

NME wrote: “They’re a shaggy-haired, surf’s up pop
band and painfully vulnerable all at the same time.”

Score: 4/5.

Turn it up…

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5. ‘Source Tags And Codes’ by …. AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD

Released: 26 February 2002 – third LP

Post-punk madness and prog-rock-noise from Austin, Texas.
Heavy on record, manic on stage (saw them about a dozen
times live smashing up their instruments now and then).

Uncut Magazine said: “Compared to so many noisemongers,
TOD understand that restraint enables unleashed firepower to
be exhilarating and awesome.
” Score: 8/10.

Cracked-up noise…

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A Match Made In Heaven – 13-Year Old Singer NELL SMITH And THE FLAMING LIPS Cover NICK CAVE

2 December 2021

Artists: THE FLAMING LIPS and NELL SMITH

Nell is a 13-year old fan of Oklahoma’s eccentric Lips.
Frontman Wayne Coyne spotted her at one point as she
attended several gigs with her father. They got in touch
and after Coyne found out that she’s a singer he proposed
her to work with the band on a Nick Cave tribute album he
already had in mind for some time.

They got all in the studio and the result is a 9-song Nick Cave
covers album baptized WHERE THE VIADUCT LOOMS with
Nell Smith on vocals.

Released: 26 November 2021
Order info (MP3 and cassette): here

Coyne: “It is always great to meet excited, young creative people.
With Nell we could see she is on a journey and thought it would be
fun to join her for a while and see if we could get things going. It was
a great way to connect with her and help harness her cool attitude
to making music.”


(The Flaming Lips – Amsterdam 2018 – photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Smith: “I still can’t really believe it. It was a really steep learning curve
but Wayne was so encouraging when I was struggling with a few of the
songs that I kept going. I hadn’t heard of Nick Cave but Wayne suggested
that we should start with an album of his cover versions, and then look at
recording some of my own songs later. It was cool to listen and learn about
Nick Cave and pick the songs we wanted to record.”

Nick Cave: “I’m a fan.”

Turn Up The Volume: Covers/tribute albums are a tricky thing, certainly
when it’s about songs of a famous artist. In that case, millions know the tunes
grooved in their memory by heart and stick with the original version, like me.
Therefore the majority of covers LPs vanish very quickly into oblivion. But not
this one.

Why?

One: Nell Smith has an entrancing
and starry-eyed vox.

Two: Her near-whispering timbre, her spot-on
phrasing, her overall approach to the chosen
tracks resonates like an experienced pro at work.

Three: The musical framework is vintage Flaming Lips,
fairytale-like and crystal-clear, and never gets in the way
of Nell‘s voice. It’s a match made in heaven.

Four: I’m a devoted Nick and Lips fan.

Five: Kudos to Nell. A teenager taking on Cave songs is simply
sensational as such, and doing it this way – with the majestic
orchestral help of Flaming Lips – is nothing less than maestoso,
also knowing that she never heard of the Australian star crooner
before (or maybe that actually helped?).

One of the highlights…

Full album stream via Spotify…

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NELL SMITH: Facebook
THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – NOVEMBER 2021

Turn Up The Volume‘s 20 Knockout Tracks for November 2021!
A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams and romantic reveries.

All together on Spotify

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Knockout by knockout…

1. ‘Miami Lounge’ by PEEPING DREXELS (London, UK)

I discovered this brilliant post-punk turbo last month at an indoor festival in Amsterdam. The whole crowd went bananas. These motherrockers slash and trash with a burning vehemence and a flabbergasting fervency. Miami Lounge is the crackerjack opener of this year’s released 5-track EP Bad Time.

Now it’s your turn to discover this awesome London squad.

Right here, right now…


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2. ‘Ded Würst’ by DITZ (Brighton, UK)

Earlier this month this dynamite hit team blew all punters away with their jaw-dropping gig in my hometown Ghent (Belgium). They razzled and dazzled with ebullient exertion, blistering British bluster, and a fuck Brexit fierceness. The roof went off.

Ded Würst, their newest single, is nothing less
than a nasty and filthy sledgehammer. Das super!

Here’s why…


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3. ‘Traps’ by BLOC PARTY (London, UK)

Kele Okereke‘s band returns next year – 29 April 2022 – with
new LP Alpha Games, the first in 5 years.

Talking about a comeback! Traps is a stunning stormer, a killer
single, a whopping whirlwind. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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4. ‘Against The Blade’ by THE HORRORS (Southend-on-Sea, UK)

After dropping one of the best knockout blows of 2021 with Lout
The Horrors followed it up this month with new EP Against The Blade.

The title track is brutal, rough, and rowdy. Like Nine Inch Nails on acid.

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5. ‘Tsunami’ by DEAP VALLY

The Los Angeles sisters in rock crime just launched
their new LP Marriage, celebrating their 10 years of
rockin’ out together.

Tsunami is one of my favorites. A glam wham-bam
banger with a feverish impact.

Play it loud…

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6. ‘His Ilk’ by BRONSON ARM (Kalamazoo, Michigan, US)

From Michigan here come 2 Pc Noisey Slacker Psychedelic Sludge Punks.
They joined Canada-based indie label Off White House Records
this year with a big bang.

Their newest outburst is a riffin’ rollercoaster that makes the hair in
your neck stand up with its metallic resonance and relentless bass
frenzy. Add nightmarish vocals and I’m sure Santa Claus will run
away in fear.

Turn up the jingle bells here…

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7. ‘Never Ready’ by WÏLDERMAN

The alias of British singer-songwriter of Bobby Anderson.

Never Ready is a vicious droning blast. Wïlderman rankles,
rages, and has a bad taste in his mouth. Never ready for
her look and her voice. 133 seconds of sonic sex.

Hot groove, hot intensity, hot slam dunk. Fucktastic!

Get ready here…

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8. I Don’t’ Love You Anymore’ by CHATEAU CHATEAU (Tucson, Arizona, US)

Glam and glitter riot tattoo grrl Blue attracts all attention,
sonically as well as visually. She swirls and scintillates on this
new kick while cursing idiots who hate the LGBTQ+ community,
who hate tattoos, and who hate anybody who doesn’t live by
their ultra-conservative rules.

To hell with all these idiots.

Meanwhile, enjoy this jangly earworm that sticks as
first-class glue and reaches an aural orgasm every
time the chorus pops up.

Get up, stand up and move…

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9. ‘Absent Transient’ by IT’S KARMA IT’S COOL (Lincoln, UK)

One of the highlights from the group’s excellent new album
Homesick for our Future Destinations. Check TUTV’s raving
review here.

With Absent Transient they show their masterly skills of writing ear-and-mind
pleasing pop tunes charged-up with rotating riffs and dreamy vocal harmonies.

Press play here…


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10. ‘Better Than Life’ by GLASS SANDS (London, UK)

Here’s the title track of TUTV’s best album of last month.
Read the review here.

A guitar-driven ripsnorter that gets more intense along its way.
This one-man band slips under your skin without asking and
you’ll love it big time.

Roll along…


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11. ‘Let’s Stick Around’ by DJ RITON and JARVIS COCKER (UK)

When an old skool DJ teams up with Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker you
get a sizzling acid house corker to start and end all upcoming
New Year’s Eve parties with.

Hallelujah! Holy Mary!

C’mon, Jarvis

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12. ‘The Magic’ by EELS (Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California)

Mark Oliver Everett and his Eels mates plan to release their
new album Extreme Witchcraft on 28th January 2022.

Ahead of it comes this magic groover.
Eels are alive and kick with a dash.

Roll the dice here…

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13. ‘What You Keep Telling Yourself’ by DOWN WITH SPACE (Montreal, Canada)

The motorik and magnetic rhythm of this electronic exploit makes your head
turn 360°. The catching combination of near whispering vocals, scintillating David
Gilmour
guitar vibrance and cybernated elegance create an overall ear-ecstatic
vibe culminating in a dynamic finale.

Dive here into space…

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14. ‘Dissonance’ by VEDA RAYS (Brooklyn, NY)

From the Brooklyn duo’s new Crucial Fictions LP. TUTV’s review here.

Expect flashy echoes of the 80s British New Romantics movement with
this instant catching pop spark, fueled with glimmering guitar/play,
impassioned vocals, and a non-stop drum beat.

Touchdown!

Stand up and shake your pelvis…

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15. ‘Still’ by TINY DYNO (Bristol, UK)

This sugary pop bliss feels good at first, better the second time,
and the best with all other spins. Great pop-ular music is about
lifting up the listener’s mood to a euphoric level for about
3/4 minutes. Easier said than done, but not here.

Still is a glorious harmonious touchy-feely gem that appeals from
the kick-off with Gardiner‘s tantalising voice and Kuras‘ vitalizing
guitar ravishment. Add a delirious chorus and you have yourself
a 24-Carat top thrill.

Play it here…

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16. ‘Knight Of Cups’ by ODAWIN. (Italy)

This Italian singer-songwriter, born Patrizio Ottavianiiter,
produces a blend of psychedelic rock and Arabic harmonies.

Knight Of Cups is the latest single in a series of monthly releases this year.
Electric dream-pop at its tempting best. Sparkling, spirited, and seductive.

An orchestral triumph. Score!

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17. ‘Monterey’ by OCEANOGRAPHY (US)

Oceanography is the solo project of Oakland-based singer,
songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Kelly.

This sweet little pearl comes from his new album
Thirteen Songs About Driving Nowhere
in Alphabetical Order
(awesome title).

“A tribute to my big sister who I lost last year. I hope you enjoy
it and it provides some comfort for any loss you’ve experienced.”

Monterey is a heartfelt ode to a beloved one that passed away,
evoking recognizable, universal feelings of loss, mourning, and
tristesse.

Listen and watch the touching video clip…

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18. ‘The Ship Song’ by NELL SMITH and THE FLAMING LIPS (US)

Nell Smith is a 13-year old fan of Oklahoma’s eccentric stargazers Flaming Lips
(one of my all-time fav bands). Frontman Wayne Coyne spotted her at one point
as she attended several gigs with her father. They got in touch and after Coyne
found out that she’s a singer he proposed her to work with the band on a Nick
Cave
tribute album he already had in mind for some time.

They got all in the studio and the result is a 9-song Nick Cave
covers album baptized Where The Viaduct Looms with
the nightingale voice of Nell as the heroine in the middle.
You can stream the brand new record on Spotify

One of the standouts is her version of
the heart and soul ballad The Ship Song.

Special, wonderful, lovey-dovey.

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19. ‘Always Together With You’ by SPIRITUALIZED (Rugby, UK)

Jason Pierce and his orchestra have a new LP,
called Everything Was Beautiful coming on
25 February 2022

With this spellbinding symphony, he does what he does so splendidly for so long. This
first new piece is another soulful spiritual growing slowly into a gospel-like trance. Epic!

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20. ‘We Are Not Alone’ by NICK CAVE and WARREN ELLIS (Australia)

Last June mega-star-crooner Cave and his bad seed friend Warren Ellis
signed for one of the best LPs of 2021 with their astonishing Carnage opus.

And they’re not done yet. The duo releases the soundtrack they wrote for the French nature documentary Panthère Des Neiges (The Snow Leopard) on 17 December.

Here’s the magnificent taster We Are Not Alone.
A characteristic Cave humdinger. Tender and gripping.

Watch the magic, hear the magic…

See/hear you next month with the best 20 knockouts of 2021

THE FLAMING LIPS And Their 13-Year Old Fan NELL SMITH Cover NICK CAVE

Daily electricity to load your batteries

12 November 2021

Artists: THE FLAMING LIPS and NELL SMITH

Nell is a 13-year old fan of Oklahoma’s eccentric Lips.
Frontman Wayne Coyne spotted her at one point as she
attended several gigs with her father. They got in touch
and after Coyne found out that she’s a singer he proposed
her to work with the band on a Nick Cave tribute album he
already had in mind for some time.

They got all in the studio and the result is a 9-song Nick Cave
covers album baptized When The Viaduct Looms covers LP,
with Nell on vocals.

Release: 26 November 2021

Coyne: “It is always great to meet excited, young creative people.
With Nell we could see she is on a journey and thought it would be
fun to join her for a while and see if we could get things going. It was
a great way to connect with her and help harness her cool attitude
to making music.”

Nell: “I hadn’t heard of Nick Cave but Wayne suggested that we should
start with an album of his cover versions, and then look at recording some
of my own songs later. It was cool to listen and learn about Nick Cave and
pick the songs we wanted to record.”

Nick Cave: “I’m a fan.”

A first cover Girl In Amber was shared a few weeks ago and now we get an
amazing interpretation of one of my all-time Cave favorites The Ship Song
(my wedding song 12 years ago). Smith‘s vocals are just splendid…

The Cave original

Tracklist

1. ‘Girl In Amber’
2. ‘Weeping Song’
3. ‘Into My Arms’
4. ‘O Children’
5. ‘The Kindness Of Strangers’
6. ‘No More Shall We Part’
7. ‘Red Right Hand’
8. ‘The Ship Song’
9. ‘We Know Who You Are’

THE FLAMING LIPS Cover BOB DYLAN – Hear ‘LAY LADY LAY’

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2 May 2021


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

British music monthly UNCUT will celebrate the imperishable and legendary
troubadour BOB DYLAN‘s 80th birthday (born Robert Zimmerman, in Duluth,
Minnesota
on 24th May 1941) with a CD of covers.

Uncut‘s June issue comes with DYLAN REVISITED: “A covermount CD made up
of 14 cover versions of choice cuts from Dylan’s songbook recorded exclusively for
Uncut, as well as a previously unreleased track from the man himself.”

You can order the special issue here.

One of the artists paying tribute are The Flaming Lips. They picked that gentle pearl
Lay, Lady, Lay from Dylan’s 1969 Nashville Skyline LP and give it their characteristic,
head-in-the-clouds twist.

Listen here…

The original

BOB DYLAN: Website

THE FLAMING LIPS Played The Club Where They Started Back In 1983

27 April 2021

Fairy tale pop/rock surrealists THE FLAMING LIPS
impressed lately with some spectacular space bubble
shows.

And last night they played the Blue Note club, in their hometown of
Oklahoma City, where the band performed live for the first time, back
in 1983. The performance aired on the American TV show Jimmy Kimmel
Live.

They played gripping ballad Will You Return / When You Come Down
from their formidable 2020 album American Head.

Micah Nelson (who played with his own band on tour with The Lips before),
the youngest son of his world-famous father Willie joined on vocals and guitar.

Here we go…

THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

THE FLAMING LIPS – 7th Album ‘AT WAR WITH THE MYSTICS’ Released 15 Years Ago Today

Back in time…

3 April 2021

Band: THE FLAMING LIPS (Oklahoma, US)
Active since 1983 / 16 albums (so far)

Album: AT WAR WITH THE MYSTICS
Released: 3 April 2006 -15 years ago today

The Guardian wrote: “At War With the Mystics falls short of
being a masterpiece, but the more you listen to it, the more it
adds up. Goin’ On closes the album by weaving its spaghetti-like
threads into a gently cathartic ballad about plugging on despite
the odds. And if anybody has earned the right to hymn the virtues
of perseverance, it’s the Flaming Lips.”

Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn U The Volume: Yeah Yeah Yeah.

Singles: The W.A.N.D / The Yeah Yeah Song

– THE W.A.N.D. –

– THE YEAH YEAH YEAH SONG –

Full album…

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THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

PICTURE THIS!

THE FLAMING LIPS chief WAYNE COYNE already in quarantine since
their spectacular spectacle in Antwerp, Belgium on 3 February 2017

Photos by Turn Up The Volume!