ALBUM OF THE MONTH – Power Trio METZ With ‘LIVE AT THE OPERA HOUSE’

30 August 2021

Band: METZ (Toronto, Canada)
Who: Titan noise junks based in Toronto, Canada.
Active: Since 2008 / 4 studio albums so far

New album: LIVE AT THE OPERA HOUSE
Released: 4 August 2021
Order info: here

The band: “We were determined to find a way within the confines of the pandemic
to create a live experience that felt dynamic and let us connect with you all. So we
took to the stage in October 2020 at the Opera House in Toronto, a hometown favorite
independent venue, to livestream a performance of Atlas Vending in its entirety.”

The live performance (2020 album Atlas Vending and two older tracks) is available on all digital service providers, with bundles at Bandcamp and Sub Pop that include also a film of the of the full concert.

Turn Up The Volume: To be honest, most live albums do not reflect what artists accomplish on a podium. Its hard to capture the live sound on a record. But this one is remarkably different. As I saw these wall-of-havoc crusaders multiple times, I know what they’re capable of. From the first chord on, the trio explodes as if they’re on a kamikaze mission.

They develop a slash and trash amount of illegal decibels. You actually feel the noise physically. Fact! Several times I really thought that frontman Alex Edkins would run out of oxygen. This live record is what you can expect from these noise titans when they hit the stage. Their sound is bigger than the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (before the fire).

ALBUM OF AUGUST 2021

Alert your neighbors before you press play…


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METZ: FacebookAll Tour Dates 2021-2022

(Live photos by Turn Up The Volume)

BOB DYLAN Released His Back To The Roots Album ‘MODERN TIMES’ 15 Years Ago

30 August 2021

Artist: BOB DYLAN
Active: since 1961 – 50 years
39 studio albums so far

Anniversary album: MODERN TIMES
Released: 26 August 2006 – 30 years ago today

Pitchfork said: “The music legend returns with a companion piece
to 2001’s Love and Theft, offering new tracks of jazz-inspired, rockabilly-
scamming, ragtime-aping rock’n’roll, more heavily indebted to blues
and honky-tonk than Woody Guthrie and Folkways.

Full review here. Score: 8/10.

Turn Up The Volume: My all-time favorite singer-songwriter goes back
to the 50s/60s on this one. Several musical genres that inspired his
extraordinary career are featured. Retro rather than modern times,
but Dylan is a supreme retro master.

Single

Full album…

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BOB DYLAN: Website

SLEIGH BELLS Share Firework Single ‘JUSTINE GO GENESIS’ From New Album

New sonic strokes

29 August 2021


(press photo via band/FB)

Band: SLEIGHS BELLS
Who: Noisy pop/dance duo from Brooklyn
Alexis Krauss and Derek Edward Miller
Active: Since 2008  / 5 studio LPs so far
(including the new one)

New album: TEXIS
Out: 10 October 2021
Order info: here

New single: JUSTINE GO GENESIS

Combine jungle beats, a wall-of-industrial drones now and then, a poppish
melody and Krauss‘ crystal clear voice, and you know firework is in the air.

Right here, right now…

SLEIGH BELLS: Facebook

TEXIS is out 10th October 2021 – order info here

PEARL JAM – Their Debut Album ‘TEN’ Turned 30

Back in time

29 August 2021

Band: PEARL JAM (Seattle)
Active: 1990-present / 11 studio albums

Anniversary album: TEN
Released: 27 August 1991 – 30 years ago today

Rolling Stone: “Pearl Jam hurtles into the mystic at warp speed.
They wring a lot of drama out of a few declarative power chords
swimming in echo.”

Turn Up The Volume: The little bombastic brothers of Nirvana had
to fight to be recognized with their big brothers around. Their debut was
not their best LP, in my grunge book, but (already) showed Eddie Vedder‘s
huge talent as a frontman and songwriter and the single ‘Alive’ still is a
mammoth of a striking song.

Singles/clips: Alive / Even Flow 

– ALIVE –

– EVEN FLOW –

Full album…

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THE BEATLES – Deluxe Edition For Their Final And Underrated LP ‘LET IT BE’

29 August 2021

Deluxe edition: LET IT BE
Original LP: Released 8 May 1970 – 51 years ago

Content: The expanded version will be available in several different formats
and packages. Producer Giles Martin (yes, the son of fifth 5th Beatle Martin) and
engineer Sam Okell have put together a new mixi in stereo, 5.1 surround DTS, and
Dolby Atmos, sourced from the original tapes. There’s also the Super Deluxe edition
of all reissue options, including four LPs, an EP, and a book. It’ll feature 27 previously unreleased session recordings, including the 14-song Get Back stereo record mix that engineer Glyn Johns put together in May of 1969 before the Fab Four decided to throw
the raw album mix in the dustbin.

Turn Up the Volume: Like for billions of people on this planet, The Beatles are
also for me, the best band ever. Their virtuoso talent and innovatory skills made
them turn pop music into something that elevated pop-ular music to an ingenious
and very, worldwide, accessible form of entertaining art. Let It be wasn’t a
masterpiece but it made zillions of bands jealous. Say no more.

Full original album…

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THE BEATLES: Website

Order info here.

When Does DAMON ALBARN Sleep? GORILLAZ Drop New 3-Track EP ‘MEANWHILE’

29 August 2021

Band: GORILLAZ (UK)
Active: 1998-present / 7 studio albums so far

New EP: MEANWHILE

This new 3-track extended play celebrates the legendary the Notting Hill Carnival in London, once the inspiration for The Clash‘s debut single White Riot. Unfortunately, the carnival is cancelled this year due to the pandemic, something the 24/7 music-making Damon Albarn didn’t want to pass just like that.

Meanwhile features rappers AJ Tracey and Jelani
Blackman
and dancehall artist Alicaì Harley.

Carnival starts here…

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GORILLAZ: Facebook

BJÖRK – Spectacular Album ‘VESPERTINE’ Is 20

Back in time

29 August 2021

Artist: BJÖRK
Active: 1977- present / 9 solo studio albums

Anniversary album:
Released: 27 August 1991 – 20 years ago today

AllMusic: “An album singing the praises of peace and quiet,
Vespertine isn’t merely lovely; it proves that in Björk’s hands,
intimacy can be just as compelling as louder emotions.”

Full review here. Score: 4.5/5.

Singles/clips: Hidden Place / Pagan Poetry

– HIDDEN PLACE –

– PAGAN POETRY –

Full album…

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BJORK: All Albums