Tuesday, 19 March 2019

PARQUET COURTS


























"wide awake"
Year:    2018
Country:    US
City:    New York
Label:    Rough trade
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    14
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Indie Rock













Parquet Courts is a band from New York City. At the center of the group is A. Savage, who at this point is known for his collaborations with projects like Fergus & Geronimo, Teenage Cool Kids and Wiccans. Savage is joined by three other musicians (“three quarters Texans and three quarters Pisces”) and describes the bands’ debut release as THE FALL meets NEIL YOUNG. On the band’s debut release, “American Specialties”, this all makes sense. The quartet wanders through the American and British underground, picking away their favorite parts with confidence. The lyrics, when intelligible, are bizarre and dramatic. “She looked at me like a fry pan reducing,” moans Savage, from the same lustful subconscious built by the darker moments of psychedelia. Then at times, such as on the 70’s folkish “Square States”, thoughts are more sentimental and transparent. The setting for “American Specialties” ranges from a crusty Brooklyn bodega, to an endless Texas desert. If that sort of soundscape appeals to your wondering mind, then I’m sure you’ll stumble across Parquet Courts sooner or later. Parquet Courts new album 'Sunbathing Animal' is to be released in June 2014 on What's Your Rupture?/Mom and Pop (US) Rough Trade Records (rest of the world).
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JOHNNY THUNDERS


























"LAMF"
Year:    1977
Country:    US
City:    New York
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    34 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Punk  Rock














Formed by the New York Dolls Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan after their implosion in 1975, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers cemented their line-up with Billy Ruth and Walter Lure after the initial trio set-up of Richard Hell left to form his Voidoids. Held in high esteem and admiration by many British punk bands, whom were about to unleash a musical and cultural tornado themselves, they were included on the 1976 Anarchy tour alongside Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash. L.A.M.F. was recorded at several London studios and released on The Who’s Track Records in 1977. It was met with criticism at the time of its original release, mainly due to its still baffling post-production difficulties resulting in a poor vinyl sound quality. There have been re-mixed versions released in 1984 and 1991 but with technological advancements a definitive job could now be successfully carried out. The 40th anniversary edition re-writes history so now the album can be heard in its full glory as it would have originally been intended. In other words, it bursts forth out of the speakers in glorious ragged, boundless youthful energy. The 4 cds’ box set contains alongside the lost mixes, a restored version, demo sessions, and an alternative mix, which should satisfy the completists. Although the promo I gratefully received is only 14 tracks long and in a different song order to the afore-mentioned extensive box-set version. I’m not complaining; it’s a cracker, but it is this promo I received I am reviewing. The album contains their two bona-fide punk ‘n’ roll classics ‘Born to lose’ and the largely Dee Dee Ramone penned heroin lifestyle choice anthem ‘Chinese Rocks.’ But the production means they’re re-charged with thick sounding drums, a sharper guitar sound, which injects a vibrant punchiness and gives the whole re-boot a staggering leap in loaded rock ‘n’ roll attitude. There are other gems which are every bit as good as the said classics in ‘Pirate love’, which swaggers in youthful rebel strutting majesty before exploding into an up-the tempo pogo leaping charge. ‘I wanna be loved’, ‘Baby Talk’, ‘One track mind’ rattle along in a snarly, sleazy, sexualised, and drug fuelled manner. While Punk may have been a major retaliation against how bloated rock had become L.A.M.F. is a fine example of how early R&B and rock ‘n’ roll was, at the least a small influence, as there are many fine Chuck Berry styled guitar riffs throughout, a key driving force on ‘Can’t keep my eyes on you’ and ‘Let go’. And to confirm the R&B influence there is a rocked-up cover of The Contours 1962 smash hit ‘Do you love me.’ This re-mastered re-issue should come with a warning sticker: this album may induce adrenaline surges. In a nutshell: essential.
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Friday, 15 March 2019

PAUL OAKENFOLD



























"tranceport"
Year:    1998
Country:   UK
City:   London
Label:   Reprise
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Breakbeat            Trance














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"bunkka"
Year:    2002
Label:    Pias
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Breakbeat            Trance



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Sunday, 10 March 2019

THE DAMNED



























"damned, damned, damned"
Year:    1977
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:             Punk  Rock















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"music for pleasure"
Year:    1978
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    32 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:             Punk  Rock





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"machine gun etiquette"
Year:    1979
 
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    35 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:             Punk  Rock




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"the black album"
Year:    1980
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    18
Time:    58 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:             Goth Rock




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"strawberries"
Year:  1982
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  48 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Goth Rock




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NAZ NOMAD AND THE NIGHTMARES
"give daddy the knife Cindy"
Year:    1984
Label:    Big Beat
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Garage Rock














"Naz Nomad and The Nightmares" was a one-off project featuring the members of British punk and gothic rock band The Damned. Naz Nomad and The Nightmares released one album entitled Give Daddy The Knife Cindy in 1984. The album was packaged to look like the re-issue of a 1967 soundtrack album to a (fictitious) low budget American horror film. A copyright notice on the front cover claimed the film was "Copyright 1967 American Screen Destiny Pictures", and credits are given for the film's stars, director and producer. The album itself featured covers of songs by garage rock and psychedelic acts who had influenced the Damned, plus two original numbers in the same style. Each member of the band took on pseudonyms different from those used in The Damned for the project.
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"phantasmagoria"
Year:    1985
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    18
Time:    58 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Goth Rock













"Phantasmagoria" is the sixth album by The Damned, released by MCA records in July 1985. Special editions were available on white vinyl or picture disc — some versions included a free 12" of their No. 3 hit Eloise. After much wrangling, the Damned received a new contract with MCA Records in October 1984 (past member Captain Sensible's hit solo career helped) and recorded the album in Eel Pie Studios between March and June 1985. It reached No. 11 in the charts, and was the band's highest charting album ever. The non-album single "Eloise," (a Barry Ryan cover), released six months later, became a huge UK hit reaching No. 3. The Damned centred the entire album around David Vanian's deep voice, giving much of the album a gothic feeling. "Edward the Bear" is a light pop tune sung by Roman Jugg. The album is currently out-of-print in North America but was remastered and reissued by Geffen Records in Japan in 2007, which features replicas of the LP's outer and inner sleeves and the CD's label resembles the white vinyl edition. One of the best gothic albums written ever. Excellent 
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"anything"
Year:    1986
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    9
Time:    34 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            New Wave

















After Captain Sensible left the Damned in 1984 when his solo career took off with the freak success of his single "Happy Talk," Dave Vanian took over the creative reins of the group, and he began nudging their music in a direction that reflected his growing interest in the goth movement. The Damned's flirtation with goth led to them signing a major label deal for the first time and enjoying one of their biggest commercial successes with the 1985 album Phantasmagoria. But if that album found the Damned looking gingerly into a new direction, 1986's Anything was the sound of Vanian and company falling down a well; fans were probably savvy enough not to expect the Damned to sound like a straightforward punk band by this point, but most of Anything barely even qualifies as rock 'n' roll. The solo keyboard piece "The Portrait" bears an unfortunate resemblance to Nigel Tufnel's "Lick My Love Pump," "Restless" and "In Dulce Decorum" meander at length for all their thunder (and John Kelly's echoing production makes everything thunders if it's meant to or not), "Gigolo" suggests a failed merger of pop and prog rock, and "The Girl Goes Down" is a faintly ridiculous song that borrows from a number of vintage pop styles without distinction. Only "Psychomania" and the title cut generate anything approximating the energy of the Damned's best music, and it's telling that easily the best song on the album is a cover, a reasonably faithful rendition of Love's "Alone Again Or." The Damned began to crumble after Anything, and the band broke up for a spell in 1989; somehow it all seemed fitting after releasing the worst original album in the group's catalog. (*Review by Mark Deming ).
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"not of this earth" 
Year:    1996
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:             Punk Rock




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"grave disorder"
Year:  2001
Label:  Nitro
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  58 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock





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"so, who's the paranoid?"
Year:    2008
Label:    The english channel
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    13
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:             Goth Rock






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"evil spirits"
Year:   2018
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    43 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Punk            Goth Rock



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Thursday, 7 March 2019

FATBOY SLIM


























"you've come a long way, baby"
Year:    1998
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Skint
Format:    CD, 2 x LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Breakbeat            Techno













You've Come a Long Way, Baby is the second studio album by English electronic music producer Fatboy Slim. It was first released on 19 October 1998 in the United Kingdom by Skint Records and a day later in the United States by Astralwerks. Cook recorded and produced the album at his home studio in Brighton, known as the House of Love, using an Atari ST computer, Creator software, and floppy disks. Its cover photo was originally taken at the 1983 Fat People’s Festival in Danville, Virginia; it was changed to an image of shelves stacked with records for its North American release.

You've Come a Long Way, Baby proved to be Cook's global breakthrough album, peaking at number one on the UK Albums Chart and number 34 on the US Billboard 200. Praised by critics for its sound and style, the album brought international attention to Cook, earning him a Brit Award in 1999, and was later certified four times platinum by the BPI and platinum by the RIAA. Four singles were released from the album: "The Rockafeller Skank", "Gangster Tripping", "Praise You", and "Right Here, Right Now", all of which peaked within the top-ten of the UK Singles Chart; "Build It Up - Tear It Down" was also released as a promotional single.
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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

LUOMO


























"vocalcity"
Year:    2000
Country:    Finland
City:    Oulu
Label:    Force tracks
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    6
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            House            Techno














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HENRY SAIZ


























"human"
Year:    2018
Country:    Spain
City:    Madrid
Label:    Natura sonoris
Format:    CD, 2 x LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            House            Ambient















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Saturday, 23 February 2019

THE BREEDERS


























"all nerve"
Year:    2018
Country:    US
City:    Boston
Label:    4AD
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock












One of alternative rock's most promising -- and frustrating -- bands, the Breeders were conceived initially as a way for Pixies bassist Kim Deal and Throwing Muses guitarist Tanya Donelly to let out some suppressed creative energy and to take a break from being the second bananas in each of their main bands. Deal and Donelly both played guitar, leaving bass for Josephine Wiggs of Perfect Disaster. Taking their name from the group Deal led with her twin sister, Kelley, in their teens, the Breeders combined the spareness of Throwing Muses with the shifting dynamics and warped pop sensibilities of the Pixies. Pod, their critically acclaimed debut album, was released in 1990. Two years later, the group delivered Safari, a four-song EP that found the band getting more muscular and melodic. Soon after its recording, Donelly left the Breeders to form her own group, Belly. Kim Deal brought in her sister Kelley as her replacement. By this time, their permanent drummer was Jim MacPherson, who was billed as "Mike Hunt" on Safari. 1992 also saw the group play its first high-profile gigs, opening for Nirvana on their European tour.
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"last splash"
Year:    1993
Label:    4AD
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    15
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock












Last Splash is the second album by American indie rock band The Breeders, released on August 31, 1993. Originally formed as a side project for Pixies bassist Kim Deal, The Breeders quickly became her primary recording outlet. Last Splash peaked at number 33 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and by June 1994, the album had been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments in excess of one million units. The title of the album is taken from a lyric from its lead single, "Cannonball". The video for "Cannonball" was directed by Spike Jonze and Kim Gordon, and the video for the album's second single "Divine Hammer" was directed by Jonze, Gordon and Richard Kern. A looped guitar sample of "S.O.S." was used by the English electronic music band The Prodigy in their 1996 hit single "Firestarter". A sample from "I Just Wanna Get Along" was used in another track by The Prodigy called "World's on Fire" from the Invaders Must Die album. In 2003, Pitchfork listed the album at number 64 on their list of The Top 100 Albums of the 1990s. On May 13, 2013, 4AD released LSXX, a deluxe 20th anniversary version of the album.
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