Misty Winter Song – Here’s New Somber Single ‘BLOOD’ By THE BANKROBBER

29 November 2020

With only two singles it was a relatively calm year for Italian
synth-pop songsmiths THE BANKROBBER with siblings Oberti.

Last June they released the intriguing and darksome saga I.A.M.N.A.Y.A.M.D (Always
In My Nightmare)
and to say goodbye to 2020 they just shared new moody emo ballad, titled BLOOD.

Starting with a short repetitive intro of ah ah ah’s bringing Laurie Anderson‘s 1981
hit O Superman to mind, you instantly enter a twilight zone with dreamy atmospherics, weeping guitars and poetical, alternating male/female vocals. A shadowy, somber, and pitchy meditation, a misty winter song, a double-edged candlelight beauty.

Listen here…

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THE BANKROBBER: 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

‘SOUND AFFECTS’ – Fifth Album By THE JAM Released 40 Years Ago Today

28 November 2020

Band: THE JAM
Album: SOUND AFFECTS – fifth LP

Released: 28 November 1980 – 40 years ago today
Score: #2 in the UK and New-Zealand

BBC Music wrote: “With six released in five years, each one of the Jam’s albums is a distinct stage on Paul Weller’s journey from callow, Thatcher-supporting yoof to mature writer with more on his mind than just teenage angst and political disatisfaction… Sound Affects shows
a band that was being pushed by its leader slightly beyond their level of ability. Buckler and Foxton’s propulsive acumen was already falling behind Weller’s ambitions. After the full-on
soul revival of The Gift he was to abandon the three-piece for pastures new. But on this LP
you get to hear the Jam at their absolute peak.”

Paul Weller: “Pop music was supposed to be a flash in the pan, but here we are 50 years
later and it means something to us, and it always will do. It’s incredibly important.”

Turn Up The Volume: Unforgettable band, unforgettable records, unforgettable
singles, unforgettable outfits, unforgettable gigs… that’s entertainment!.

Singles/clips: Start! / That’s Entertainment

– START! –

– THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT –

Full album…

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THE JAM: All Albums

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

Five new firecrackers to bang-up your favorite 48 hours…

‘Love In The Time Of Pestilence’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA

Sixth 2020 single. Sixth tour de force. These poetic metalsmiths honour all the real caring heroes in these hazardous times, with an ill-fate inspired roller coaster that “reflects upon the events of the ongoing pandemic and global crisis. The song is an appeal to humanity and an emergency broadcast to mankind at a critical moment in the current crisis. The music video is a tribute and homage to all the healthcare professionals around the world who have risked their own lives to save the lives of others.”

The accompanying video clip is a heart and soul touching then and now visualization

‘BL/FF (Fake Friends)’ by MONOWHALES (Toronto, Canada)

A boosting crackerjack to play on your car stereo when go out at night looking for a playmate. An electrifying ‘I Feel Donna Summer Love’ flare-up. A hormones-fueled slice
of peppery power-pop for (safe) Saturday Night feverishness. Go for it here…


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‘Blush’ by BEACH RIOT (Brighton UK)

At its heart ‘Blush’ is essentially just a soppy love song, two people recounting that magical feeling of falling for each other” says the band. To my ears, this is at its heart a full-steam-ahead knockout wanting you to leave your lockdown hole, roll over and over in the street and jump for joy. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! From the band’s upcoming debut album ‘Subatomic Party Cool’, out June 2021 via Alcopop! Records.


‘Scratchcard Lanyard’ by DRY CLEANING (London)

“In the search for your true calling in life, it’s easy to try so many things that you end up confused. It can lead to an enormous build-up of frustration.” That’s what this ongoing
rolling-guitar-and-bass-riff-driven jam is about. Sticky as first-class glue. Here’s why…


‘I Don’t Know Who I Am’
by THE CRIBS (UK)

Last week the Brit trio released their new, critically acclaimed, album Night Network.
On this highlight, good friend and ex-Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo joins them (again) for a dreamy groover. Tune in here…

See/hear you next week, music junkies...

MAXÏMO PARK Scores Big Time With New Steaming Stunner ‘I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M DOING’

28 November 2020

Newcastle upon Tyne rockers MAXÏMO PARK score again new
steaming stunner from their upcoming, seventh album titled
NATURE ALWAYS WIN (let’s really hope so), out next February.
You can pre-order here.

“Last time we wanted to make more political music, but we also didn’t want
to rely on the cliches of it being a punk record. We wanted to do something
you could dance to but also think about what you’re dancing to, which is
more of a post-punk or punk-funk sort of ideal…

With this one, I’ve become a parent over the past four years and the other guys
in the band have got kids as well and I didn’t want to ignore it but I also didn’t
want it to be the central aspect of the record because I want the record to be
open to all”
says spearhead Paul Smith about the new record.

After the previously shared splendid, reflective pieces Baby, Sleep
and Child Of The Flatlands (listen/watch below) ringleader Smith
climbs, higher and higher, upon the ladder with steaming stunner
I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M DOING.

The song is “about taking responsibility for how your own behaviour can affect
other people, and how nobody knows it all, but that doesn’t stop us from trying.
More personally, it’s about the fears and self-doubt I’ve experienced as a new parent.”

I Don’t Know What I’m Doing is an instant rollicking-guitar-crazy stormer. An agitated
and keyed-up ripsnorter on the run with an adrenaline-fueled chorus triggering your jump up-and-down button. One of the most intense rockers I heard all year. Bang-on big time! The proud fathers did it, again!

Going up

The two previously shared cuts…

– BABY, SLEEP –

– CHILD OF THE FLATLANDS –

On the road in 2021

MAXÏMO PARK: Facebook