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The Big Takeover Issue #86

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.

Duncan Reid and the Big Heads -Don't Blame Yourself (LBH Records)

25 May 2020

Duncan Reid and the Big Heads return with a new album Don’t Blame Yourself, it is a good time album that blends power pop and punk

Dylan's Outlaw Blues - Happy Birthday Bob

24 May 2020

As Bob Dylan turns 79, writer Kevin Burke takes a look back at some of his seminal sixties moments.

Beauty in Chaos - The Storm Before The Calm (33.3 Music Collective)

23 May 2020

The third album from Los Angeles based Beauty In Chaos is their finest outing, The Storm Before The Calm is the inevitable slice of brilliance fans have been waiting for.

Various Artists - The Sixth Wave & The Quarantine Sessions (Big Stir Records)

16 May 2020

Kevin Burke looks at two key releases from Big Stir Records, both of which donate funds to the Sweet Relief’s Musician Assistance Fund

It's Karma It's Cool - Woke Up In Hollywood (Kool Kat Music)

6 May 2020

On May 15th comes the debut long-player Woke Up In Hollywood by the UK’s It’s Karma It’s Cool. A stylish, and enjoyable piece of work.

Vlimmer - Pulmo (Blackjack Illuminist Records)

4 May 2020

German based Vlimmer release their latest Ep Pulmo. A recording of dark musings in a nightmare landscape

Brandi Ediss - Bees and Bees and Bees (Futureman Records)

3 May 2020

Brandi Ediss releases the unique Bees And Bees And Bees, a sultry, soulful, and jazz-inspired work of brilliance

Ready, Steady,..Bandcamp - Fifty Mayday Recommendations

30 April 2020

This May first, as Bandcamp give artists 100% of the profits, Kevin Burke shares 50 recommendations worth checking out

SPYGENIUS - Spite b/w Heaven Is Blue (Big Stir Records)

23 April 2020

SPYGENIUS release the new single “Spite” on April 24, all proceeds will be donated to the Matthew Seligman Tribute Fund

The New Fools - Mershmellow (Everlasting Records)

21 April 2020

The New Fools sophomore release Mershmellow, offers nostalgia through a number of enjoyable stylistic changes.

Positive Vibrations | Remembering Matthew Seligman

18 April 2020

Writer Kevin Burke examines the actual threat facing the music industry from COVID-19, including the loss of the brilliant Matthew Seligman

Cherie Currie -Blvds of Splendor (Blackheart Records)

15 April 2020

On April 28th, Cherie Currie releases her solo album Blvds of Splendor on streaming platforms, including an updated rendition of “Queens Of Noise”

Iwan Gronow - Highest Symbol (Self-Released)

14 April 2020

Musician Iwan Gronow completes a hat trick of excellence with his latest single “Highest Symbol”

The Well Wishers - We Grow Up {Benefit Single} (Big Stir Records)

3 April 2020

The Well Wishers along with Big Stir Records stand up to the mark, and raise money for the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

the black watch - Brilliant Failures (A Turntable Friend)

2 April 2020

the black watch return with Brilliant Failures, an album which is anything but what the title suggests

Nepotism - Damaging An Already Damaged Industry

1 April 2020

Kevin Burke points out the damage dishonesty brings to an already damaged industry

Pearl Jam - Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records)

1 April 2020

Gigaton by Pearl Jam is a politically inspired, personally driven piece of mature, middle-aged grunge and it sways and erupts with a needed hopefulness

Professor And The Madman - Séance (Fullertone Records)

1 April 2020

Trans-Atlantic supergroup Professor And The Madman drop the title track “Séance” from their upcoming album, summoning up the old school sounds of our youth

Dolph Chaney - Rebuilding Permit (Big Stir Records)

28 March 2020

Due for release April 3rd, Dolph Chaney manages to captivate once again with the stylish Rebuilding Permit.

Running The Voodoo Down - Bitches Brew At Fifty

27 March 2020

This week, writer Kevin Burke discusses the importance of the Miles Davis classic Bitches Brew released 50 years ago this week

SUPER 8 - Head Sounds (Subjangle) 

27 March 2020

Today Super 8 release Head Sounds. The feel good vibes that society needs today to lift spirits from the virus abyss

Jonny Polonsky - Kingdom Of Sleep (Ghostworks Recordings)

27 March 2020

Jonny Polonsky’s latest Kingdom Of Sleep raises more questions than its thirty-two minutes can answer

Morrissey - I Am Not A Dog On A Chain (BMG)

24 March 2020

Morrissey has returned less than a year after the uneven Californian Son with a much more refined effort titled I Am Not A Dog On A Chain.

Chris Church - Backwards Compatible (Spyderpop Records)

24 March 2020

Backwards Compatible by Chris Church acts as a mixed tape of old-school sounds, forming a soundtrack to our youth.

Venus Fly Trap / Alex Novak - Mercurial 1978-2018 (Glass Records Modern)

22 March 2020

On May 8th, Glass Records Modern release the excellent Mercurial 1978-2018, a celebration of Alec Novak, The Venus Flytrap and his lesser known projects

The Lovely Eggs - I Am Moron (Egg Records)

19 March 2020

On April 3rd The Lovely Eggs release I Am Moron, an album which sums up the global mood perfectly

The Jesus Fairies - Two Chairs One Day (SWND)

18 March 2020

Prior to the April 11th album launch, I take a look at the complex but enjoyable Two Chairs, One Day by Welsh act The Jesus Fairies

The Eternal Emerald - The Irish Crossover

17 March 2020

On Saint Patrick’s Day, writer Kevin Burke celebrates the Irish that crossed the Atlantic, and their influence on American pop culture

Bobby Conn - Recovery (Tapete Records)

15 March 2020

On Friday March 20th, Bobby Conn releases the aptly titled Recovery, brave, ambitious and delicious with attitude

Mayflower Madame - Prepared For A Nightmare (Only Lovers Records)

14 March 2020

Sophomore release from Mayflower Madame offers low creativity from high expectations.

The Boomtown Rats - Citizens Of Boomtown (BMG)

14 March 2020

The gap of 36 years between albums, does not help the Boomtown Rats to create something great.

Shoes - Elektrafied ~ The Elektra Years 1979-1982 (Cherry Red Records)

12 March 2020

This March 27, Elektrafied- The Elektra Years 1979-1982 brings together the three albums recorded for Elektra by historic power pop outfit Shoes

Fontaines D.C. – Sold For Parts Documentary (COLLECTIVE)

12 March 2020

Fontaines D.C are the subject of a new documentary Sold For Parts, a fly on the wall view into the recording of their debut masterwork Dogrel.

Various Artists - Big Stir Records ~ The Fifth Wave (Big Stir Records)

11 March 2020

From Big Stir Records comes a new compilation in the digital singles series. The Fifth Wave brings the best of global power pop bands and labels together.

BMX Bandits - C86 {White Vinyl} (Glass Records Modern)

11 March 2020

On April 18th, RSD will mark the return of the debut studio album by Scottish legends the BMX Bandits. C86 is an album worthy of the title masterpiece, which will see a release on white vinyl with a brand new remaster.

The Survival Of Music In The Age Of Coronavirus

10 March 2020

As 2020 steers us into uncharted territory, writer Kevin Burke discusses how it will take old school methods for the music industry to survive

Dandy Warhols And Bebe Buell - Femme Fatale (Cobraside) 

8 March 2020

A diamond worth mining from the plethora of RSD releases, Dandy Warhols and Bebe Buell who do a blistering take on Femme Fatale

Buzzcocks - Sell You Everything (1991-2014) 8CD Boxset (Cherry Red Records)

4 March 2020

A hive of activity has kicked off surrounding the influential, and totally indispensable Buzzcocks. With a new single “Gotta Get Better”, comes news of a new box set on May 29th spanning the ’91 and onwards work of the band.

The Domestiques - The Domestiques Vol​.​1 (Glass Records Modern)

4 March 2020

On March 6th, The Domestiques debut lands, The Domestiques Vol.1 is a well-structured and expertly crafted work of noise art

Various Artists - Garden Of Earthly Delights ~ An XTC Celebration (Futureman Records)

29 February 2020

On March 6th, Futureman Records release Garden Of Earthly Delights ~ An XTC Celebration. An album featuring a plethora of talent covering songs by XTC and crew. This is something really special.

Throwing Muses - Dark Blue (Fire Records)

26 February 2020

On May 22, Throwing Muses return with a new album Sun Racket, and here is the first track to drop “Dark Blue”.

ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS - WHEN I WAS YOUNG ~ THE MGM RECORDINGS 1967-1968: 5CD REMASTERED & EXPANDED SET (ESOTERIC RECORDINGS)

20 February 2020

Skillfully put together by Esoteric Recordings, a deep dive into the crucial period of experimentation by Eric Burdon & The Animals.

Scenius - Glass Rain (Self-Released)

20 February 2020

UK producer Steve Whitfield and Fabrice Nau come together to form electronic outfit Scenius, and release their debut slice “Glass Rain”.

Blaine Campbell - Under The Tidal Wave (Self-Released) 

20 February 2020

The good nature of Southern California comes to the fore in the latest album Under The Tidal Wave by Blaine Campell

France Gall - Baby Pop, 1968 & Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son (Third Man Records)

11 February 2020

Jack Whites’ Third Man Records is set to release a batch of albums by the late French starlet France Gall

A Celebration Of Kim Shattuck - The Coolies To Perform At ALS Benefit Concert 

10 February 2020

Writer Kevin Burke looks at the importance of last years release by The Coolies, along with the upcoming tribute to Kim Shattuck at the ALS benefit concert in Los Angeles

Dot Dash - Proto Retro (The Beautiful Music)

7 February 2020

The latest by Dot Dash Proto Retro, is an album that went under the radar but is a worthy work of investigation

The Forty Nineteens - Tell Me b/w It's For Fun (That's All We're Living For) {Big Stir Records}

7 February 2020

Scrap the Valentine’s Celebrations, as The Forty Nineteens return with the double digital download of Tell Me b/w It’s For Fun

Catching Fire - Remembering Bob Marley

6 February 2020

Writer Kevin Burke reinforces the power of Bob Marley’s music, 75 years after the reggae legend was born.

Adam Franklin - Drones & Clones (Glass Records Modern) 

5 February 2020

Adam Franklin’s Drones & Clones, his fourth and most interesting is getting a much appreciated vinyl release on March 27.