Turn Up The Volume’s 20 BEST TRACKS Of The Month – SEPTEMBER 2022

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

All 20 on Spotify.

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TRACK BY TRACK

Band: AUS!Funkt
Who: Post-punk misfits from Toronto, embracing in the process
the elements of electronica, dub, disco, garage rock and blues
while maintaining grittiness, simplicity, and repetitiveness.

Track: PROLOGUE (SHALLOW).
My favorite cut of their new dance-crazy
EP Hey! I See You.

If your limbs don’t get activated by this stomping synth stunner
it’s time to get on the phone and fire your shrink. Right now.

For everybody else, shake your booty.


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AUS!FUNKT: Instagram – Facebook
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GORILLAZ share new – their 8th – album, titled Cracker Island with the world next year, on 24 February 2023. As usual Damon Albarn invited a big-name cast of guests, like here for this song, called New Gold with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Bootie Brown behind the mic.

Feel the vibe.

GORILLAZ: Instagram – All Albums
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Band: BURN THE LOUVRE
Who: The musical project of singer/songwriter Jordan Speare
assisted by guitarist/bassist and friend Andrew Billone

Their debut album Silhouettes lands after all this
year’s singles (one per month) are released. .

The September one, DUMB is my favorite (so far).

Frisky, tingling, and totally catching.

Earworm!


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BURN THE LOUVRE: Facebook – Instagram
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LUKE HAINES (mastermind of former Britpop-rock outfit The Auteurs
and R.E.M. guitarist PETER BUCK have their second collaborative album,
named All Kids Are Super Bummed Out on 26th October.

First single, titled Psychedelic Sitar Casual is a jangly R.E.M. like
rocker that gets under your skin sooner than you can say fuck Putin.

Tune in and pogo like you used to.

HAINES & BUCK; Website
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(Photo by Turn Up The Volume – Brussels, 2019)

Toronto‘s noise generator METZ celebrate the 10th anniversary
of their smashing self-titled debut LP with a new tour.

Along the tour announcement, the trio shared two tracks, of which one is
pretty special. COME ON DOWN features their longtime friend Joe Talbot
of Bristol punks Idles.

A perfect match in noise hell.

METZ: Bio – Discography – Instagram – Spotify
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Band: ON
Who: An punk-rock-experienced Toronto trio

New album: ON
Released: 20 September 2022 via Indiestructable Records

Closing cracker AMENDS is my kind of electrical eruption.
It’s an imposing Led-Zeppelin-like heavy blues-rock knockout
including unhinged wah-wah electricity. Nasty stuff!

No, it’s not Jimmy Page on guitar, or is it?


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ON: Facebook – Bandcamp
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American/Celtic punks DROPKICK MURPHYS have their 11th album, named
This Guitar Still Kills Fascists out on 30 September. The LP accentuates
the sharp-cutting lyrics of the late great and heavily influential (ask Bob Dylan)
American folk hero Woody Guthrie (1912-1967).

If you’re a Murphys fan you know what to do when
this massive chant ALL YOU FONIES comes on.
Yes, screaming your lungs out.

Hallelujah!

DROPKICK MURPHIES: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: DEAD LEVEE
Who: Old-school no-nonsense five-piece rock
band from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

New single SHOUT is a wallbreaker, a let-it-all-out loud haymaker.
Think The Black Crows and Guns ‘n Roses have a nasty rollicking riff fight.
I wonder if it’s Axl Rose who’s screaming his head off in the end.

Holy riff smoke.
Play it to the max.


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DEAD LEVEE: Facebook
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(Pic by Turn Up The Volume!)

Boston‘s noise rock icons PIXIES have no intention whatsoever to retire.
They have a new – their 9th – album out on 30th September. It’s baptized
Doggerel.

This taster, titled DREGS OF WINE
off the new LP is a burning belter.

Check it out.

PIXIES: Website – Instagram
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Band: ALEX JAMES
Who: A wheelchair-fronted, high-energy
alternative rock band from the North East.

New single: TELL ME

Expect a rollicking ripper bucking up all the way. A sterling crackerjack that
scurries full tilt with steamy swagger pushed by a flat-out rhythm section,
storming guitars – think Black Sabbath‘s Paranoid riff – and James‘ lively
vocals. When the sizzling chorus kicks in, it’s go mental time.

Tell all your friends about this exuberant score!

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ALEX JAMES: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: DETROIT REBELLION
Who: Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jeff Tostee uniquely exploring
a world of gritty blues and garage rock with drummer Micaiah
Castro
, taking their name from the 1967 Detroit Riot

New single: CLAP OF THUNDER
From the forthcoming – 3rd – album
Fake News, due this fall.

This red-hot-roaring corker thunders all the way with
turned-up decibels for the psychotic guitar-charged chorus.
Think Queens oF The Stone Age fronted by Jack White.

Hurry yourself to a green field and freak out.

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(Photo credit Paul Elledge – press via website)

Chicago‘s bombastic veteran rockers THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
orchestrated by main man Billy Corgan are back in town.

Next year, on 23 April, they’ll share their new longplayer
ATUM: A Rock Opera In Three Acts with the world,
with no less than 33 songs.

The first single is an uppercut called BEGUILED.
A mid-tempo upper with a rotating heavy metal riff.

Nice one, Billy.

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS: Facebook – Instagram
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Artist: JEEN
Who: All-round Canadian singer/songwriter who has written for many recording
artists such as ‘Great Big Sea’, ‘Serena Ryder’, ‘Res’, ‘Hawksley Workman’, ‘Brendan Canning’, ‘FUWA FUWA’, Martin ‘Doc’ McKinney and more. She was a member of ‘Cookie Duster‘ with ‘Brendan Canning‘ of ‘Broken Social Scene‘.

New single: CHEMICAL EMOTION
It’s the lead-off track of new – her 6th – album Tracer, out October 21st.

Jeen: “It’s about letting yourself drift in the flow of everything and hanging
on as hard as you can to what makes the shitty parts more tolerable.”

After only one spin, you’ll know that Chemical Emotion is a mesmerizing humdinger.
Jeen‘s emotive voice bewitches right away, the mid-tempo cadence emphasizes
the meditative reflection perfectly, the compelling chorus brings Alanis Morissette
to mind, and overall the orchestral sonority and the layered harmonies lead to
a thrilling triumph.

And I know it sounds trite, but you made impossible possible sometimes

JEEN: Facebook – Instagram
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(Press photo via YYYs)

Band: YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Who: Pop/rock trio from New York fronted
by the gorgeous Karen O

Today their new – 5th – longplayer Cool it down is out,
their first in 8 years. A few weeks ago my ears started
trembling when single BURNING came through my
speakers.

Still love you Karen.

YYYs: Facebook – Website
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(photo via AYU – press)

Artist: AYU
Who: Singer/songwriter/producer born in Bern (Switzerland), and living in Hamburg (Germany) delivering a mixture of contemporary pop, future-thinking electronics,
catchy RnB tunes and sweet indie.

AYU seduced me before with her infectious tunes and this one
is another one to embrace. Tremendously sticky with an irresistible
I love-you chorus.

Delightful!

AYU: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter 
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Artist: AUGUST GONZALEZ
Who: Drawing from an array of influences ranging from hip-hop, indie-pop,
to pop-punk, Gonzalez is an artist that refuses to be put into a box.

Track LXXKN 4 THE L!TE
From her upcoming debut solo EP

Gonzalez serves an effervescent cocktail of hip-hop-pop-rock sparks
inviting you to jump out of your lazy couch for a hip-swaying two-step.

Make your move here…

August Gonzalez: Instagram
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Band: WIDOWS GOLD
Who: Riveting rock outfit from Costa Messa, California that
made an auspicious entrance onto the music scene last year.

New single: I CAN’T HELP YOU
From their upcoming debut LP, out January 2013.

Expect a melancholic smooth guitar pop uplifter. The brisk combination of a jaunty rhythm section, flickering guitars, a toe-tapping melody, a contagious chorus, and last but not least Madeline Star‘s soulful and romantic voice, turn I Can’t Help You into a glam gem.

Help yourself right here.

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WIDOWS GOLD: Instagram
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PPhoto by Arne Frøkedal

Band: MISTY COAST
Who: Chamber psych-pop duo – Linn Frøkedal
and Richard Myklebust – from Norway.

New single: THE END OF THE BEGINNING

For this new composition, the duo’s minds went down memory lane
to get inspired by the musical preferences of their
adolescent years.

They came back and cemented the experiences of those bygone
times for the future, in a song. The End Of The Beginning is a shoegaze rainbow,
but one that’s sepia colored. The mood is blue-sky, idyllic, and halcyon. So is
the musing’s slo-mo progression, Frøkedal‘s foggy vocals, and the glowing
synth waves.

Start dreaming here.

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MISTY COAST: Facebook – Spotify
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Artist: COLESNO JONES
Who: Folk-pop singer-songwriter from West-Wales

Debut single: BISCUIT TIN

This is a firm energizer with a resistless pick-me-up groove
and a highly stimulating sonority from start to finish. Its lively
melodiousness, vigorous vivacity and zealous vocality make
you reach for the repeat button again and again.

Bingo!

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COLENSO JONES: Facebook
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(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Artist: EZRA FURMAN
Who: Chicago born singer songstress

Furman released her new album
All Of Us Flames last month.

A very notable one with this sepia-colored beauty, named
TRAIN COMES THROUGH as one of the many highs on
the record.

Enjoy.

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EZRA FURMAN: Instagram – Facebook
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See/hear you next month, music junkies

HIGH FIVE! 5 New Big Ones For The Weekend

5 new big ones to stay on track in the weekend

23 September 2022


(Photo credit Paul Elledge – press via website)

Band: THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

New album: ATUM: A Rock Opera In Three Acts
out on 23 April 2023.

No less than 33 songs, which will be revealed one at a time
chronologically via a new podcast called Thirty-Three With
Billy Corgan leading up to the album’s launching.

The first taster is a piece called BEGUILED.
A mid-tempo banger with a rotating heavy metal riff.

C’mon, Billy.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS: Facebook
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Artist: JAI BEAM
Who: Musician/producer/engineer from studio
NJ Sound in River Edge, NJ

New Single: I THINK YOU’RE WONDERFUL

“I wrote this song about my good friend Nicole who is dying of cancer and
autoimmune disease. She is an amazing person who is so full of life and joy
even though she’s been given up until 5 years to live. She infuses 70,000 people’s
white blood cells every week to stay alive because if she didn’t she could die of a
simple paper cut to her finger. Nicole is such a loving and free person who faces
death every day with strength and vigor. This song is dedicated to her and her life.

It’s a hypnotic electronic jam with Krautrock-like dynamics.

May the road rise with Nicole…

JAI BEAM: ReverbNation
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Band: SUEDE
New album: Autofiction
Their 9th LP. Their best in years.
Epic stuff. Released last week.

One of the stunning singles is She Still Leads Me On.

This live version is ace!

SUEDE: Instagram

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Band: ALVVAYS
Who: Celebrated indie-pop dreamers
from Charlottetown, Canada

New album: Blue Rev
The band’s 3rd.

New single: VERY ONLINE GUY

It’s a song about the whole culture of reply guys.
It’s a lively Alvvays pop tune, as we are used from
the Canadians.

ALVVAYS: Instagram
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Band: MAGNA ZERO
Who: Lifelong friends and bandmates who explore what it means to be human through the music of Magna Zero. A journey through a metaphorical black hole with the band as they meld an unforgettable musical experience into their colorful cauldron of Space Rock.

Single: WE ARE ALL

It’s a song for peace, calling on us all to find the common ground that can help heal the division that threatens further hatred, war, and genocide in the world today. The music video juxtaposes imagery of violence and destruction with scenes of human connection, friendship, and family to highlight the deepest bonds between each other as a starting point on the path to peace.

Once upon a time, R.E.M. sang about the end of the world as we know it. Humankind survived since then, but Doomsday glares again at the horizon. Pandemics, wars, intolerance, racism, and so forth. It doesn’t look good… again. Only together we
can change the threatening tide.

We Are All is an amplified darkwave stroke with an ominous tone and
a shadowy feel, yet it’s about hope, about us all, about our future.

Here comes the call to peaceful arms.

MAGNA ZERO: Facebook

See/hear you next week, music junkies

Waking Up With… New Single ‘BEGUILED’ By THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

Works faster than caffeine

Chicago‘s bombastic veteran rockers THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
orchestrated by Billy Corgan are back in town.

Next year, on 23 April, they’ll share their new longplayer ATUM: A Rock Opera In Three Acts with the world, with no less than 33 songs, which will be revealed one at a time chronologically via a new podcast called Thirty-Three With Billy Corgan leading up to the album’s launching.

The first taster is a piece called BEGUILED.
A mid-tempo banger with a rotating heavy metal riff.

Nice one, Billy.

On Spotify

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS: Facebook – Instagram

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Live From Their Homes

4 December 2020


THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
are back in town. Last week they unleashed
their double album CYR, followed by press features & interviews everywhere.
And a couple of days ago they played the title track live, from their homes, for
The Tonight Show feat. Jimmy Fallon

Shake right here…
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CYR in full…

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THE PUMPKINS: Facebook

Double Album ‘CYR’ By THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

29 November 2020

Band: THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
Album: CYR – the band’s 11th LP
Released: 27 November 2020

NME says: “It’ll be interesting to see where The Smashing Pumpkins frontman goes with his next magnum opus. But in ‘CYR’ Corgan has undoubtedly created the “contemporary record” he so craved; it’s far better than anything Corgan produced when he was running with the Pumpkins name on his own. It’s also amazing that after all the bad blood and messy break ups, he’s more adept at penning an accessible tune than he’s ever been.”
Full review here. Score: 3/5.

Billy Corgan: “I got sick of making music that people kept telling me didn’t sound contemporary. So I took that on and I was like, ‘OK I’m gonna make a contemporary
music record, I don’t care what it takes’.”

Turn Up The Volume: Not bad at all, Billy. But not as good as your classic double
one Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, released 25 years ago, 24 October 1995.”

Key singles: Ramona / Wyttch / The Colour Of Love

– RAMONA –

– WYTTCH –

– THE COLOUR OF LOVE –

Full album…

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS: Facebook

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Share Another Duo Of Songs From Their New Upcoming Double Album ‘CYR’

20 November 2020

The new SMASHING PUMPKINS album (a double one) called CYR comes out next
week, on 27 November. General Billy Corgan produced the records and James Iha,
Jimmy Chamberlin, and Jeff Schroeder
joined him in the studio. ‘We made a classic
Corgan recently said.

The band already shared no less than 8 songs (out of a total of 20)
And here are two more, two musing ones…

– PURPLE BLOOD –

– DULCET IN E –

All 10 tracks together on Spotify

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PUMPKINS: Facebook

(photo: still from Ramona clip)

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Released Ace Double Album ‘MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS’ 25 Years Ago Today

24 October 2020

Band: THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
Active: 1988–2000, 2006–present

Album: MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS
Released: 24 October 1995 – 25 years ago today

Pitchfork said: “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was one of the most generous
records of the 90s. Smashing Pumpkins took it upon themselves to make a record that
only teenagers could love and for many it was the only one they needed.”
Score: 9/10.

Billy Corgan: “Do I belong in the conversation about the best artists in the world?
My answer is yes, I do.”

THE WORLD IS A VAMPIRE

Turn Up the Volume: Their career classic. Big sound. Big tunes.

Key singles/clips: Bullet With Butterfly Wings / 1979 / Zero

– BULLET WITH BUTTERFLY WINGS –

– 1979 –

– ZERO –

Full album…

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS: Facebook


Artwork of the Deluxe Edition