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The Big Takeover #84

Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke has just begun at The Big Takeover. An Irishman who has lived his life in the company of music and sounds from around the world. He is currently a regular contributor and reviewer for Ireland’s HeadStuff online site where he dives into popular music culture along with art and movies. Kevin also contributes to Belgium’s Peek-A-Boo alternative-rock magazine, print and online versions contain his interviews and reviews. Along with past contributions to Metal-Temple online and Music News, his path has finally led here.

Kim Gordon - No Home Record (Matador) 

14 October 2019

Kim Gordon has just released her debut album No Home Record, a work of divine and dynamic confidence

Art Rock - The Drug Of Dog Man Star

14 October 2019

October 10th marked a quarter century since the release of the modern classic Dog Man Star by Suede. Kevin Burke pays tribute to the slow burning masterpiece

Mick Ronson: Only After Dark – The Complete Mainman Recording (Cherry Red Records)

12 October 2019

On November 29th Cherry Red Records release the complete sessions recorded by guitarist Mick Ronson’s solo work. An essential release for hard rock fans.

The GoAllTheWays - Silly Girl b/w Tourist (Big Stir Records)

11 October 2019

The makeshift supergroup The GoAllTheWays release the single “Silly Girl” b/w “Tourist”, a piece of art to highlight another vehicle of art.

The Coolies - Uh Oh! It’s… The Coolies (Wicked Cool Records) 

10 October 2019

The Coolies announce a third pressing of their explosive Ep Uh Oh! It’s… The Coolies, with 100% profits towards ALS Charity in memory of Kim Shattuck

Rose McDowall & Shawn Pinchbeck - Far From The Apple Tree Soundtrack (Glass Records Modern) 

8 October 2019

The Far From The Apple Tree Soundtrack is a joint venture between Rose McDowall and Shawn Pinchbeck, an electro-acoustic affair of enthralling textures with alluring lyrics

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen (Ghosteen/Bad Seed Ltd.)

7 October 2019

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds release Ghosteen, an emotionally fired masterpiece pulled from the soul of a man bravely putting his inner self on display.

Ginger Baker - A Hellraiser In Heaven 

6 October 2019

As the Hellraiser now resides in Heaven, writer Kevin Burke looks back on the career of Ginger Baker, one of last great drummers of influence and invention

Medicine - Scarred for Life (Drawing Room Records)

4 October 2019

Medicine make a welcome return to form with Scarred for Life, an album of cover versions that becomes an adventure in experimentation.

Whimsical - Bright Smiles & Broken Hearts (Self Released) 

3 October 2019

On November 5th Whimsical return with a new album Bright Smiles & Broken Hearts, that proves beyond doubt the ideas and the talent within the outfit,

RISE - Strangers (Wise Queen Records) 

2 October 2019

RISE acts as the siren summoning audiences to submit helplessly to her beautiful signature sound on Strangers, the latest  transcendent release by the Sussex born songstress.

Kai Danzberg - Euphoria Ep (Big Stir Records) 

2 October 2019

Kai Danzberg releases the Euphoria Ep, falling shy of thirty-minutes, but remains more engrossing than most full albums.

Slade - Feel The Noize: The Singlez Box (BMG)

1 October 2019

Slade release a ten disc vinyl set, Feel The Noize: The Singlez Box, a reminder of both their chart success and knack for catchy tunes

Venus Fly Trap - Rocket USA (Glass Records Modern) 

1 October 2019

On October 4, Venus Fly Trap celebrate the 30th Anniversary since they released “Rocket USA” with a digital reissue via Glass Records Modern

Beauty In Chaos Ft. Wayne Hussey -The Long Goodbye {Au Revoir} (33.3 Music Collective)

28 September 2019

Beauty In Chaos releass their fourth video, “The Long Goodbye {Au Revoir}”, which sees Wayne Hussey tinkle the ivories in what is a work of haunting brilliance

Right Hand Left Hand - Chacabuco (Bubblewrap Collective)

27 September 2019

Right Hand Left Hand release a new single “Chacabuco”, giving a further insight into their upcoming new album Zone Rouge , a statement of intent and a wake up call to humanity

The Persian Leaps - Catnip For Cupid (Big Stir Records)

26 September 2019

Big Stir Records continue their run of exclusive, Friday digital singles with the release of The Persian Leaps “Catnip For Cupid”, two-minutes of stupendous power-pop

Mercury Rev - All Is Dream | Deluxe Edition (Cherry Red Records)

25 September 2019

Cherry Red Records announced details of the Mercury Rev classic album All Is Dream, expanded to a hefty 53-tracks and due for release December 6.

Cup And Ring - Cup And Ring (Glass Records Miniature) 

25 September 2019

Cup And Ring, the latest project from Telstar Ponies and Macrocosmica guitarist Gavin Laird, takes the listener on a journey through chord progression.

The Darkness And The Promise - The Honesty Of Bruce Springsteen

23 September 2019

Bruce Springsteen reaches the milestone of 70 today, writer Kevin Burke looks back on what is considered his finest work, Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

Red Box - Chase The Setting Sun (Right Track Records) 

23 September 2019

Eighties cult legends Red Box return, hungrier than ever on their fourth long-player Chase The Setting Sun

The Legendary Pink Dots - Angel in the Detail (Metropolis Records)

21 September 2019

The Legandary Pink Dots release album number 39 Angel In The Detail, while announcing 40th anniversary tour dates

Emotion In Motion - Being Ric Ocasek 

20 September 2019

In the past 48 hours the music world lost the visionary talent of Ric Ocasek, writer Kevin Burke looks back on some of the highlights from his illustrious career.

Yates And Young - Splinters Ep (Self-Released) 

20 September 2019

On September 27, the pairing of Peter Yates and RISE release the Ep Splinters, the result of two visionary talents colliding on an artistic plane

In Deed - Everest | Expanded Edition (Big Stir Records) 

19 September 2019

Swedish outfit In Deed present an expanded edition of their 2017 Everest album, a playful and well executed album, with a sharpness which showcases the very chemistry within the band.

Super Marine - Decadent Flowers (Self-Released) 

18 September 2019

On October 4, Super Marine, a very interesting band, release a very interesting debut single in “Decadent Flowers”.

The Grief Brothers - Thirty Five Years On Woodfield Street (Country Mile Records) 

18 September 2019

The Grief Brothers release Thirty Five Years On Woodfield Street, the exceptionally executed sound of working mans music, dug straight from the soul.

Crooked Ghost - Colors Bleed Ep (Crooked Ghost Records)

16 September 2019

This coming Friday, September 20, Crooked Ghost unleash their latest Ep, Colors Bleed

From Glam Rock Star To Punk Rock Idol - The Importance Of Marc Bolan

16 September 2019

On this date in September 1977, the seventies rock star Marc Bolan was tragically killed in a road accident, writer Kevin Burke discusses his crossover to the punk movement before his passing

The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (50th Anniversary Edition) (ABKCO) 

14 September 2019

On November 1st, the classic Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones gets the lavish anniversary treatment. Writer Kevin Burke discusses the box set release, both the good and bad points respectively.

The Hangabouts - Who Wants Cilla? (Big Stir Records/Futureman)

13 September 2019

The Hangabouts return with a reminder of how Detroit still produces bands of vivacious brilliance with the digital release of “Who Wants Cilla?“  b/w “Mrs. Greene”. 

Story Of An Artist - The Divine Cult Of Daniel Johnston 

13 September 2019

This week the music world mourns the loss of Daniel Johnston, writer Kevin Burke looks back on the career of the outsider, lo-fi artist who will continue to speak to generations.

Grip-Like Vice - Fegin Martyr (Self-Released)

13 September 2019

Released today, September 13, Grip-Like Vice present “Feign Martyr”, the first preview of their upcoming Place//Circumstance album.

David J - Missive To An Angel From The Halls Of Infamy And Allure (Glass Records Modern)

12 September 2019

On October 18, David J Haskins of Bauhaus examine his own mortality, his love and influences in Missive To An Angel From The Halls Of Infamy And Allure,

Armstrong - Under Blue Skies (The Beautiful Music/ Big Stir Records)

11 September 2019

Armstrong have re-released their 2007 debut Under Blue Skies, whilst they could not improve on the sound they have added eight bonus tracks.

Beautifully Broken - The Fractured Minds In Music

10 September 2019

Today is world suicide prevention day, writer Kevin Burke looks back on those figures in music who have lost their lives and what it means to society.

The Black Watch - Crying All The Time! Ep (Hypnotic Bridge) 

9 September 2019

In October, *The Black Watch release the “Crying All The Time!” Ep, a limited seven-inch vinyl containing the title track and two more effervescent numbers.

Alice Cooper - Breadcrumbs Ep (EarMusic) 

9 September 2019

On September 13, Alice Cooper is due to release a tribute to the heyday of Detroit Rock in the Breadcrumbs Ep

The Waterboys - Out Of All This Blue Ep (Cooking Vinyl) 

7 September 2019

The Waterboys release the “Out Of All This Blue” Ep, the compassionate standout number from Where The Action Is deserves a pedestal such as this.

Under The God - Bowie’s Eighties Reinvention 

6 September 2019

30 years after the release of Tin Machine’s self-titled single, writer Kevin Burke looks back on the monumental moment in David Bowie’s career.

Iwan Gronow - In The Mire (Self-Released) 

6 September 2019

Iwan Gronow, bassist for Johnny Marr, is set to release a digital single, “In The Mire” on September 13th.

My Life Story - World Citizen (Exilophone Records) 

5 September 2019

My Life Story return with World Citizen, ten-tracks which show a maturity, also containing a nod to past glories.

Various Artists - Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-79 (Rhino)

5 September 2019

This October 11, Rhino will release Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-1979 box set, a celebration of Factory Records including the first 10 Fact releases

Stargazer Lilies - Living Work Of Art (Rad Cult)

4 September 2019

Pennsylvania’s Stargazer Lilies return faithfully with a new single and news of a new album.

Cabaret Voltaire - Chance Versus Causality (Mute)

3 September 2019

After forty-years, Cabaret Voltaire release Chance Versus Causality, an album of electronic magnificence.

The Blackheart Orchestra – Mesmeranto (Esoteric Antenna/Cherry Red Records)

2 September 2019

The next long-player by The Blackheart Orchestra titled Mesmeranto drops to earth 11th of October. Already the temperature gauges for the ultra prowess are hitting a high. 

The Awakening - Back To Wonderland (Intervention Arts)

2 September 2019

As The Awakening release a new video and single “Back To Wonderland”, vocalist Ashton Nyte commences a tour across Europe.

Beauty In Chaos Ft. Wayne Hussey & Rolan Bolan - 20th Century Boy (33.3 Music Collective)

1 September 2019

Michael Ciravolo’s Beauty In Chaos return with a new video featuring Rolan Bolan and Wayne Hussey.

The Blues Had A Baby - Chuck Berry & The Invention Of Rock N' Roll

31 August 2019

Sixty Years after the release of Chuck Berry’s classic album Chuck Berry Is On Top , writer Kevin Burke looks back on the influence of that moment.

The Damned - Black Is The Night: The Definitive Anthology (BMG)

30 August 2019

The Damned announce a questionable compilation in Black Is The Night ; The Definive Anthology