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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Various - Lonely Is an Eyesore

Released : 15 June 1987
Length : 42:19
Label : 4AD
Producer : Ivo Watts-Russell

Lonely Is an Eyesore is a compilation of music by artists on the 4AD label released in June 1987. It was originally available on LP, CD, cassette, and in a limited edition wooden box containing all audio formats, video tape, and etchings. A VHS and Beta compilation of music videos for all the songs was released as well. The CD was re-released in the 1990s. The album title comes from the track 'Fish' by Throwing Muses, at that time the newest signing to the label.

Tracks

1. Colourbox - Hot Doggie
2. This Mortal Coil - Acid, Bitter and Sad
3. The Wolfgang Press - Cut the Tree
4. Throwing Muses - Fish
5. Dead Can Dance - Frontier
6. Cocteau Twins - Crushed
7. Dif Juz - No Motion
8. Clan of Xymox - Muscoviet Mosquito
9. Dead Can Dance - The Protagonist


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The Queers - Too Dumb To Quit EP

Released : 1994
Genre : Punk Rock
Label : Selfless Records

Originally released in 1993 on Doheny Records. This is the 1994 reissue on Selfless Records which is essentially the same as the original but with the sleeve image colours inverted.
An unknown number of these reissues have a mispressed A-Side with tracks by another band.

Tracks

1. Nothing To Do
2. Bonehead
3. I'm Nowhere At All
4. Didn't Puke
5. Fuck You


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The Queers - Surf Goddess EP

Released : February 20, 1995
Genre : Pop punk, punk rock
Label : Lookout!
Producer : Lawrence Livermore

The title track on this EP may best typify the Queers' music - it's the Beach Boys + the Ramones. Joe has that great fender strat with distortion sound, it's a I-IV-V chord progression, and the lyrics are pleasantly mindless and sung to a great, major-scale melody. I couldn't ask for more.

Tracks

1. Surf Goddess
2. Mirage
3. Get Over You
4.Quit Talkin'


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Pixies - At The BBC (Live)

Released : July 6, 1998
Recorded : 1988–1991
Genre : Alternative rock
Length : 35:25
Label : 4AD
Producer : Dale Griffin, Miti, Mike Robinson

Between 1988 and 1991, the Pixies performed six sessions at the BBC, playing on a variety of programs. For years, these sessions were hot bootleg items, especially since their first session for John Peel (on May 3, 1988) featured two otherwise unreleased covers -- the Beatles' "Wild Honey Pie" and "(In Heaven) Lady in the Radiator Song," from Eraserhead. It took Elektra/4AD until 1998 to release the six sessions, and when the 15-track Pixies at the BBC did appear, it was a mixed blessing. Certainly, the music itself is pretty terrific -- none of the versions are radically different (although "Wave of Mutilation" is performed in its "UK Surf Arrangement" from the "Here Comes Your Man" single, not the Doolittle version), but each cut is raw and vital, and recasting "Wild Honey Pie" as pure primal dementia was brilliant. What is suspect is the presentation. Instead of keeping each session intact, the compilers have assembled individual tracks in seemingly random order so the disc bounces from 1989 to 1991 to 1988 to 1990. For an archival release, such tactics are infuriating -- the sessions make more sense in chronological order, as most bootleggers know. Still, not every hardcore fan can track bootlegs down, nor is he willing to shell out the cash, which makes Pixies at the BBC a welcome (and overdue) addition to the official Pixies catalog. (Be aware, though, that the full-price disc clocks in at about 35 minutes.)

Tracks

1. Wild Honey Pie
2. There Goes My Gun
3. Dead
4. Subbacultcha
5. Manta Ray
6. Is She Weird
7. Ana
8. Down to the Well
9. Wave of Mutilation
10.Letter to Memphis
11.Levitate Me
12.Caribou
13.Monkey Gone to Heaven
14.Hey
15.(In Heaven) Lady in the Radiator Song


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The Psychedelic Furs - All Of This And Nothing

Released : 1988
Genre : New Wave, Synth Pop
Format : CD, Compilation
Label : CBS
Producer - Chris Kimsey (tracks: 13), Keith Forsey (tracks: 7, 11, 12), Steve Lillywhite (tracks: 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 14), Todd Rundgren (tracks: 1, 5, 6)
Co-Producer : Stephen Street

The Psychedelic Furs acquired a million or so more fans in 1986 after they re-recorded their early '80s classic "Pretty in Pink" for the John Hughes box-office smash of the same name. The Top-40 success of "Heartbreak Beat" a year later took the once enigmatic new wave band further into the mainstream. 1988's All of This and Nothing is basically a tutorial for late Furs converts. The group's original followers probably have most of the lyrics memorized, but the album is an accessible and enlightening introduction to the band. "Imitation of Christ" and "Sister Europe" are from the group's self-titled 1980 debut, and their dark, ragged edges offer a glimpse of the band's less commercial younger days. On the gorgeous "Love My Way" the Furs have more of a pop flavor, giving hints at the group's subsequent transformation. It was on 1984's Mirror Moves that the Psychedelic Furs completely softened their abrasiveness and began writing warm, keyboard-laden songs. Accused of selling out at the time by diehard aficionados, the Psychedelic Furs actually improved on Mirror Moves; their music became more pleasing to the ear, as exemplified on the hauntingly beautiful ballad "The Ghost in You" and the soaring "Heaven". Richard Butler's voice remained as raspy as ever, but it took on a more romantic tone that was very appealing. 1987's ultra slick Midnight to Midnight is represented here by the aforementioned "Heartbreak Beat". "Heartbreak Beat" has silly, clichéd lyrics (i.e. "There's a heartbreak beat/And it feels like love"; nevertheless, its nonsense hooks are deliriously catchy. With ts swirling guitars and sarcastic lyrics, "All That Money Wants" was seen as a return to the Furs of old when it was included as a new track on All of This and Nothing. It's not. The tune merely combines the dissonance of their first full-length with their stronger melodic sensibilities in the mid-'80s. All of This and Nothing effectively summarizes the Psychedelic Furs' evolution from a left-of-center British rock band to a stylish alternative pop act.

Tracks


1. President Gas
2. All That Money Wants
3. Imitation Of Christ
4. Sister Europe
5. Love My Way
6. No Easy Street
7. Highwire Days
8. She Is Mine
9. Dumb Waiters
10.Pretty In Pink
11.The Ghost In You
12.Heaven
13.Heartbreak Beat
14.All Of This And Nothing


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Monday, June 27, 2011

Pixies - Come On Pilgrim

Released : September 28, 1987
Recorded : March 1987 at Fort Apache Studios, Roxbury, Massachusetts
Genre : Alternative rock
Length : 20:28
Language : English
Label : 4AD
Producer : Gary Smith

The short and sharp debut EP by one of the greatest alternative bands in music history and some of the godfathers of indie rock, too. The Pixies are already on top form here; while the band would improve upon "Vamos" later on Surfer Rosa this EP still contains two of my favorite Pixies tracks, specifically the first and last songs. The longing, mournful "Caribou" contains one of my favorite concepts in a song ever, and on "Levitate Me" the Pixies reach a fervor unmatched perhaps anywhere else in their career. Not bad for their first twenty minutes on record.

Tracks

1. Caribou
2. Vamos
3. Isla de Encanta
4. Ed Is Dead
5. The Holiday Song
6. Nimrod's Son
7. I've Been Tired
8. Levitate Me


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Various - A Tribute To R.E.M. - Surprise Your Pig

Released : June 22, 1992
Genre : Alternative rock
Length : 62:05
Label : Staplegun
Producer : Mitch Easter, various others

R.E.M. has a catalog of great, distinct songs that would be hard to tackle without seeming second rate compared to the originals. That is why this compilation of covers is so interesting, because the bands twist and shape these songs into their own unique renditions that often only have a passing resemblance to the source. The album covers their entire career up to that point, which leaves off at 1991's classic Out of Time. Although some are basically feedback drenched versions of the originals, several tracks are vastly different. The most striking is Vic Chestnutt's take on "It's the End of the World as We Know It," an endless repetition of the first lyric of the song set to a hypnotic acoustic backdrop. Other interesting highlights include Just Say Now's hardcore remake of "Radio Free Europe" and Jawbox's depressing post-punk take of "Low." Many of the songs do not come near to the quality of the originals, but this is definitely a testament to the songwriting skills of Michael Stipe's crew. This would serve well as an introduction to R.E.M. for those who may be too cynical to listen to it on their own, but fans of the band may feel disappointed by how far these covers stray from the originals.

Tracks

1. Just Say No - Radio Free Europe
2. Band of Susans - 1,000,000
3. Gumball - Stumble
4. Steel Pole Bath Tub - We Walk
5. Samson & The Philistines - Talk About the Passion
6. Jawbreaker - Pretty Persuasion
7. J Church - (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
8. Phleg Camp - Feeling Gravity's Pull
9. The Mr. T Experience - Can't Get There From Here
10.Flor De Mal - Good Advices
11.The Punchline - Bandwagon
12.When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water - I Believe
13.Vic Chesnutt - It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
14.King Missile - Get Up
15.Tesco Vee's Hate Police - Losing My Religion
16.Jawbox - Low
17.Mitch Easter - Shiny Happy People


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The Psychedelic Furs - Sister Europe 7''

Released : February 1980
Recorded : 1979
Genre : Post-punk
Length : 4:13
Label : Columbia
Producer : Steve Lillywhite

"Sister Europe" is a song by English band The Psychedelic Furs from the band's 1980 self-titled debut album. Written by the band and produced by Steve Lillywhite, it was released in February 1980 as the album's second single.

Tracks

1. Sister Europe
2. ****


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The Primitives - The Spells EP

Released : 1991
Genre : Indie Pop, Power Pop
Format : CD, EP
Label : RCA

A 4 track EP in a gatefold which adds the info that the lefthand pocket is for the Limited Edition of 2 live recordings which need placing inside once its been unstuck!
And available the week after is a Concentric Groove Pressing which plays 2 tracks at random.
The 12" single which is also available as a 7" is actually autographed as well in a nice silver ink

Tracks

1. Earth Thing
2. Empathise
3. Under My Spell
4. Haunted


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The Primitives - Bombshell The Hit And More

Released : 1994
Genre : Indie Pop
Format : Compilation
Label : RCA
Producer(s) : Ed Buller (tracks: 10), Ian Broudie (tracks: 6,9), Mark Wallace (2) (tracks: 1,2), Paul Sampson (tracks: 1-5,7,8,12-14,16,17), Primitives, The (tracks: 10,11,15,18), Wayne Morris (tracks: 3,7,12,16,17)
Compiled By : Paul Walmsley

For the first few years of their existence, the Primitives had to weather an endless stream of comparisons to Blondie, even though all the two groups had in common was a devotion to pure pop songcraft and way-cute peroxide-headed lead singers (in the Primitives' case, the adorable and euphoniously named Tracy Tracey). In reality, the Primitives were like the Buzzcocks by way of the Jesus and Mary Chain, with a heavy dose of the Archies as well. Guitarist Paul Court's songs were terrifically catchy, and as this well-chosen hits selection (heavy on their terrific first two albums, justifiably light on the disappointing third) shows the group's surprising versatility, from the full-on buzzsaw pop of "Stop Killing Me" to the winsome, plaintive "Don't Want Anything to Change." As a bonus, this set adds noisy lo-fi demos of their twin pinnacles "Secrets" and "Crash" and a dose of B-sides, including a lovely version of Marianne Faithfull's arrangement of the Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By."

Tracks

1. Crash
2. Stop Killing Me
3. Sick of It
4. Way Behind Me
5. Thru the Flowers
6. Lead Me Astray
7. Secrets
8. Out of Reach
9. You Are the Way
10.Empathise
11.Earth Thing
12.All the Way Down (Beat Version)
13.Don't Want Anything to Change
14.Way Behind Me (Acoustic)
15.Stop Killing Me (Acoustic)
16.As Tears Go By
17.Secrets (Demo)
18.Crash (Demo)


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Pearl Jam - Merkinball EP

Released : December 5, 1995
Recorded : February 7–10, 1995 at Bad Animals Studio, Seattle, Washington
Genre : Alternative rock, grunge
Length : 10:52
Label : Epic
Producer : Brett Eliason

Merkinball is in fact a single but strangely enough it doesn't have neither of the songs' titles so it goes as an EP. Weird enough, isn't it?
Both songs are great and could've been on any of the previous three PJ albums. Especially on Ten or Vs. There is none of the slightly overwhelming artsy nature of Vitalogy here. I Got ID is a relaxing alternative rock song and Long Road is a touching ballad. None of these are the second comings of Rearviewmirror, Jeremy or Spin the Black Circle, but both would've been great solid tracks on the regular albums.
A standout effort from the Jam boys this time and I think this is better than Vitalogy which aside the highlights, had some severely bad stuff. These two are just two great song in great PJ fashion. But don't pay too much for this little 11 minute EP, you may get these songs on some compilations, I guess.

Tracks

1. I Got Id
2. Long Road


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Pantera - Walk EP

Released : 1993
Genre : Groove metal
Length : 29:30
Label : Atco
Producer : Terry Date, Pantera

Texas heavy metal band Pantera released a number of EPs for the song "Walk" in 1993.

Tracks

1. Walk (Cervical Edit)
2. Fucking Hostile (Biomechanical Mix)
3. By Demons Be Driven (Biomechanical Mix)
4. Walk (Cervical Dub Extended)
5. Cowboys From Hell (Live)
6. Heresy (Live)


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ramones - Road to Ruin

Released : September 22, 1978
Recorded : May – June 1978 at Media Sound, New York
Genre : Punk rock
Length : 31:02 (original), 51:53 (Expanded Edition)
Label : Sire
Producer : Tommy Erdelyi, Ed Stasium

The loud-and-fast, campy-and-catchy formula began to wear a little thin by the time of the Ramones' fourth album, Road to Ruin. Following the exact same blueprint as its three predecessors, Road to Ruin simply doesn't yield the same results as the other records. In part, it's because the band sounds a little forced on the harder numbers, but the main problem lies with the undistinguished material. "I Wanna Be Sedated" is a classic, and "Questioningly" proves that the Ramones are just as effective when they slow the tempo down, yet much of the record sounds like the Ramones trying to give the people what they want. Since they were still in their prime, such nondescript material sounds good, but the record has neither the exuberant energy or abundant hooks of Ramones and Rocket to Russia, and it's the first suggestion that the Ramones may have painted themselves into a corner.

Tracks

1. I Just Want to Have Something to Do
2. I Wanted Everything
3. Don't Come Close
4. I Don't Want You
5. Needles and Pins
6. I'm Against It
7. I Wanna Be Sedated
8. Go Mental
9. Questioningly
10.She's the One
11.Bad Brain
12.It's a Long Way Back


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Ramones – Judy's In The Basement - The 914 Sessions

Released : 1997
Recorded : September 19, 1975 at 914 Studios, Blauvelt, New York
Genre : Punk Rock
Label : Hit & Run Records
Producer : Tommy Erdelyi

Before the Ramones hit it big (OK, they were never as big as the Sex Pistols, but hey, they're the Ramones!) with their self-titled debut album in 1976, there was this little nugget flying around. Recorded on September 19, 1975 at 914 Studios, Blauvelt, New York, Judy's In The Basement was released as a 10-inch EP by Hit & Run Records, and made in East Berlin. The liner notes also state that the songs were produced by Tommy Erdelyi. At that time, the Ramones were PUNK. But then, given the simplicity of the songs, the catchy melodies, the singalong-ness of their tunes and those bombastic chords (never mind that they were the same three or four ones) - it's hard not to like the Ramones and doubly hard not to be inspired by them. For many, the idea of the Ramones might be boiled down to this: it's so simple anyone can do it! But the Ramones were being themselves and the fans understood this. So here are the Ramones again... hungry and eager to play and before they got swept away by their new-found fame which their debut album would unleash. Just how could anyone not want to sing along with I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend? And in the immortal words of Joey Ramone, "Hey ho, let's go!"

Tracks

1. I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement
2. 53rd & 3rd
3. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
4. Judy Is A Punk (Joey Ramone)
5. Loudmouth


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Ramones - Leathers From New York EP

Released : 1997
Genre : Punk Rock
Label : Sonic Book

Leathers From New York? It’s a strange compilation, really. It’s an Italian issue released in 1997 comprised of four “rarities” and housed in a rather large booklet referred to as a “sonic book”.
In spite of all the its elaborate packaging, Leathers From New York is a bit of a waste of space, sadly. The liner notes, written in both English and Italian, are an erroneous text book version of the bands history authored by what must have been the most lethargic aloof author available.
Most of the “rarities” have all since been issued as bonus tracks on the bands official catalogue. Joey’s rendition of ‘The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs’ is taken from the John Cage tribute album Caged / Uncaged: A Rock / Experimental Homage to John Cage. ‘Chop Suey’ is taken from the Get Crazy movie soundtrack.

Tracks

1. Ramones - Carbona Not Glue
2. Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
3. Ramones - Chop Suey
4. Joey Ramone - The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs


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Rancid - Rancid

Released : May 10, 1993
Recorded : Mid 1992 - Early 1993 at Westbeach Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre : Punk rock
Length : 34:06
Label : Epitaph
Producer : Donnell Cameron

This is where it all starts. Without any reminiscing about their former band, Operation Ivy, Matt Freeman (bass) and Tim Armstrong (guitar/vocals) blast through their debut without any hints of ska or blatant Clash plagiarizing. On the contrary, this album rips through 15 tracks of high-energy punk that's accompanied by heavy bass leads and Armstrong's permanently slurred vocals. And to top it all off, the lyrical content deals with urban blight and the lifestyle of being a public nuisance. With this trademark sound, Rancid provide the perfect soundtrack for any car chase that includes massive property damage; is it a wonder MTV wouldn't touch this?

Tracks

1. Adina
2. Hyena
3. Detroit
4. Rats in the Hallway
5. Another Night
6. Animosity
7. Outta My Mind
8. Whirlwind
9. Rejected
10.Injury
11.The Bottle
12.Trenches
13.Holiday Sunrise
14.Unwritten Rules
15.Union Blood
16.Get Out of My Way


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Red Flag - Naïve Dance

Released : 1990
Genre : Synthpop
Label : Enigma Records
Producer : Paul Robb

Naïve Dance is the remix album by the American synthpop band Red Flag. It was released in 1990.

Tracks

1. Broken Heart [UK Remix]
2. Russian Radio [Glasnost Club Mix]
3. If I Ever [1000 Years Mix]
4. Count to Three [House Mix]
5. Russian Radio [Razormaid Mix]
6. If I Ever [Razormaid Mix]
7. Give Me Your Hand [Razormaid Mix]
8. Count to Three [Razormaid Mix]
9. Pretty in Pity [Painless Mix]
10.Broken Heart


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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Pay Attention

Released : May 2, 2000
Recorded : 1999–2000
Genre : Ska punk
Length : 51:08
Label : Island Def Jam
Producer : Paul Q. Kolderie, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

A solid follow-up to the monster Let's Face It. Ironically, though, the "ska craze" was over and no one was paying attention anymore. Pay Attention sounds a lot like Let's Face It, but the songs don't seem as well-written; there's not really a stand-out track like "The Impression That I Get" to support it.

Tracks

1 . Let Me Be
2. The Skeleton Song
3. All Things Considered
4. So Sad to Say
5. Allow Them
6. High School Dance
7. Over the Eggshells
8. She Just Happened
9. Finally
10.I Know More
11.Riot on Broad Street
12.One Million Reasons
13.Bad News and Bad Breaks
14.Temporary Trip
15.Where You Come From
16.The Day He Didn't Die


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Various - Dub Reggae Essentials

Released : 2000
Genre : Reggae
Label : Hip -O- Records

Hip-O's Dub Reggae Essentials collects classic and contemporary dub reggae tracks, as well as remixes from artists like Thievery Corporation and Kruder & Dorfmeister. The Butch Cassidy Sound System's "Coming Storm," U Roy's "Wake the Town," Yellowman's "Mad Over Me," and King Tubby's "Ethiopian Version" are some of the album's highlights, along with Thievery Corporation's remix of Black Uhuru's "Boof N' Baff N' Biff" and Lee "Scratch" Perry's reworking of the Congos' "Noah's Sugar Pan." A worthwhile compilation that traces dub's origins and widespread influence.

Tracks


1. Steel Pulse – Revolution Dub (Take 1)
2. Augustus Pablo – King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown
3. Scientist – Fission
4. Butch Cassidy Sound System, The – Coming Storm
5. Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse (Kruder & Dorfmeister Session)
6. Black Uhuru – Boof N' Baff N' Biff (Black Uhuru Meets The Thievery Soundsystem)
7. King Tubby – Ethiopian Version
8. Selecter, The – Last Tango In Dub
9. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Street 66
10.Burning Spear – Pit Of Snakes
11.Mikey Dread – Resignation Dub
12.Impact All Stars – Last Of The Jestering
13.Dennis Alcapone – Teach The Children
14.U-Roy – Wake The Town
15.Dillinger – Plantation Heights
16.Congos, The – Noah Sugar Pan
17.Yellowman – Mad Over Me
18.Black Uhuru – Ion Storm (Ion Loops Remix)


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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Where'd You Go

Released : 1992
Genre : Ska punk
Length : 13:55
Label : Taang!
Producer : Paul Q. Kolderie, Bosstones

I dont' think this was meant to be taken too seriously, a few fun covers done in typical Bosstones style. They do a nice job of taking "Sweet Emotion" and twisting it into a punk styled tune that resembles Aerosmith's original in name only. With "Enter Sandman" though, it seems that the Bosstones fall into the trap of trying to recreate Metallica. Maybe it was intentional, maybe they just couldn't come up with a better way to pay tribute to the song but it's a little dissapointing regardless. The biggest highlight on the EP is Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," the Bosstones offer a sped up, raucous and more fun version, that caps off the EP nicely.

Tracks

1. Where'd You Go?
2. Sweet Emotion
3. Enter Sandman
4. Do Something Crazy
5. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love


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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Ska-Core, the Devil, and More EP

Released : March 8, 1993
Recorded : December 2, 1992 (live tracks)
Genre : Ska-core
Length : 18:16 (without hidden track)
Label : Mercury
Producer : The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Probably the peak of the musical genre known as "ska-core." basically ep length, but with an annoying secret track. highlights are "Someday I Suppose" and the cover of "Simmer Down."

Tracks

1. Someday I Suppose
2. Think Again
3. Lights Out
4. Police Beat
5. Simmer Down
6. Drugs and Kittens I'll Drink to That


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Various - Tribute To Kreator

Released : 2000
Genre : Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal
Label : Full Moon Production

One of the few "tribute" albums I can stand. Black Witchery and Mystifier's take on Kreator classics is absolutely crushing.

Tracks

1. Black Witchery - Tormentor
2. Krisiun - Total Death
3. Centinex - Ripping Corpse
4. Goddess of Desire - Under the Guillotine
5. Angelcorpse - Pleasure to Kill
6. Pazuzu - Living in Fear
7. Mystifier - Storm of the Beast
8. Hemlock - Awakening of the Gods
9. Acheron - Flag of Hate


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Monday, June 20, 2011

Rancid - Let Me Go EP

Released : 2000
Genre : Punk Rock
Label : Epitaph

Their 2000 eponymous album it probably the harshest of their career. This may be a problem for some who seek the catchy sounds of Let's Go or ...and Out Come the Wolves but the album's tracks still contain strong melodies, just not on the same level. This track is very good but not mind-blowing.

Tracks

1. Let Me Go
2. Ben Zanotto
3. Dead And Gone


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Selecter - Celebrate The Bullet

Released : February, 1981
Genre : Ska
Label : Chrysalis Records, Captain Oi Records
Producer : Roger Lomas, The Selecter

Celebrate the Bullet failed to live up to the promise of the band's debut. It has its moments but those can all be found on the collection, Selected Selecter Selections. In 2001, Captain Oi! reissued the album with four bonus tracks.

Tracks

1. (Who Likes) Facing Situations
2. Deepwater
3. Red Reflections
4. Tell Me What's Wrong
5. Bombscare
6. Washed Up and Left for Dead
7. Celebrate the Bullet
8. Selling Out Your Future
9. Cool Blue Lady
10.Their Dream Goes On
11.Bristol and Miami
12.The Whisper *
13.Train the Skaville *
14.Last Tango in Dub *
15.Train to Skaville (12'' Version) *

* Bonus tracks on CD release


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We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It – Rules And Regulations

Released : 1986
Genre : New Wave, Pop Punk
Label : Vindaloo Records
Producer : Uncle Rob Lloyd

Their first release, in March 1986, was a single of "XX Sex" and "Rules And Regulations", with the fuzzbox featuring prominently, which reached #41 in the UK charts.

Tracks

1. Rules And Regulations (Splendiferous Mix)
2. X X Sex
3. Do I Want To?
4. She
5. Aaarrrggghhh!!!


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We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It – International Rescue 12" single

Released : 1989
Genre : New Wave, Pop Punk
Label : WEA Records

We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It is the full name of the all-female indie pop quartet often known as Fuzzbox. Crossing noisy, enthusiastically amateurish punk à la the Slits with the bright pop harmonies of new wavers like the Bangles and the Go-Go's, Fuzzbox was one of the bands included on NME's now-legendary C-86 cassette sampler in 1986, and became pop stars in the U.K. for a short time in the late '80s.

Tracks

1. International Rescue (The Orgasmatron Mix)
2. Raining Champagne
3. Barbella


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We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It – Bostin' Steve Austin

Released : 1986
Genre : New Wave, Pop Punk
Label : Vindaloo Records
Producer : Robert Lloyd

They aren't the greatest musicians but this album is just plain fun. Vickie Perks has a great voice which just matches this type of music. Their version of "Spirit In The Sky" is just well... lets say very different from the original. Just a great album to listen to.

Tracks

1. Love Is The Slug
2. Wait And See
3. Jackie
4. Spirit In The Sky
5. X X Sex
6. Alive
7. What's The Point
8. You Got Me
9. Hollow Girl
10.Console Me
11.Rules And Regulations
12.Preconceptions


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Various – Dischord 1981: The Year In Seven Inches

Released : October 1995
Genre : Hardcore Punk
Label : Dischords Records
Producer(s) : Don Zientara (tracks: 41 to 48), Ian MacKaye (tracks: 27 to 36), Minor Threat (tracks: 19 to 26, 37 to 40), Skip Groff (tracks: 1 to 18), Youth Brigade (2) (tracks: 41 to 48)

Dischord 1981: The Year in Seven Inches tells the story of the origins of the one of the first hardcore punk labels and the early D.C. hardcore scene. When the Teen Idles had no one to release their posthumous record, Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson took $600 in the band's gig money and made it themselves. Like every band on this album, the Teen Idles were meagerly recorded on a four-track, giving them a raw sound that came to characterize the early hardcore scene. The album kicks off with "Teen Idles," a 44-second anthem that ends with the memorable line "We're as idle as teens can get." Debuts of four other D.C. bands follow. A young Henry Garfield (later known as Henry Rollins) is heard chanting with S.O.A. (State of Alert). With the breakup of the Teen Idles, Nelson and MacKaye went onto form Minor Threat, whose classics "Straight Edge" and "Minor Threat" appear along with "In My Eyes" and "Out of Step" from its second EP. The hard-driving, super-fast songs of Government Issue and Youth Brigade bring the record's total to 48 tracks, all for eight bucks.

Tracks

1. Teen Idles - Teen Idles
2. Sneakers - Teen Idles
3. Get Up and Go - Teen Idles
4. Deadhead - Teen Idles
5. Fleeting Fury - Teen Idles
6. Fiorucci Nightmare - Teen Idles
7. Getting in My Way - Teen Idles
8. Too Young to Rock - Teen Idles
9. Lost in Space - State Of Alert
10.Draw Blank - State Of Alert
11.Girl Problems - State Of Alert
12.Blackout - State Of Alert
13.Gate Crashers - State Of Alert
14.Warzone - State Of Alert
15.Riot - State Of Alert
16.Gang Fight - State Of Alert
17.Public Defender - State Of Alert
18.Gonna Hafta Fight - State Of Alert
19.Filler - Minor Threat
20.I Don't Wanna Hear It - Minor Threat
21.Seeing Red - Minor Threat
22.Straight Edge - Minor Threat
23.Small Man, Big Mouth - Minor Threat
24.Screaming at a Wall - Minor Threat
25.Bottled Violence - Minor Threat
26.Minor Threat - Minor Threat
27.Religious Ripoff - Government Issue
28.Fashionite - Government Issue
29.Rock'n Roll Bullshit - Government Issue
30.Anarchy Is Dead - Government Issue
31.Sheer Terror - Government Issue
32.Asshole - Government Issue
33.Bored to Death - Government Issue
34.No Rights - Government Issue
35.I'm James Dean - Government Issue
36.Cowboy Fashion - Government Issue
37.In My Eyes - Minor Threat
38.Out of Step - Minor Threat
39.Guilty of Being White - Minor Threat
40.(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone - Minor Threat
41.It's About Time That We Had a Change - Youth Brigade
42.Full Speed Ahead - Youth Brigade
43.Point of View - Youth Brigade
44. Barbed Wire - Youth Brigade
45.Pay No Attention - Youth Brigade
46.Wrong Decision - Youth Brigade
47.No Song - Youth Brigade
48.No Song II - Youth Brigade


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Sunday, June 19, 2011

S.O.A. - I was a teenage Pencil Neck Geek 7" EP Bootleg

Released : 1980
Genre : Hardcore Punk
Type : Bootleg / Unauthorized

This 7? bootleg was the band’s first demo from 1980. The sound quality is raw, much rawer than the official EP and the source seems to be a seventh generation tape dub – but that’s what positively adds to the overwhelming emergency of this.

Tracks

1. Gonna Have to Fight
2. Public Defender
3. Riot
4. Draw Blank
5. Warzone
6. Gangfight
7. Disease


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kraftwerk - Tour De France 7"

Released : June 1983 (Original), August 1984 (Remix), 3 August 1999 (E.U. Reissue)
Recorded : 1983 (Original), 1984 (Remix)
Genre : Electronic
Label : Kling Klang, EMI, Warner Bros.
Producer : Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider

Enjoyable song of some nice pre-techno/post new wave sound from these Krauts. But it's hard to get to worked up over one song and remix. Still nice to have around.

Tracks

1. Tour De France (remix)
2. Tour de France (12" remix version)
3. Tour De France


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Korn - All Mixed Up EP

Released : 1999
Genre : Nu metal, alternative metal
Length : 21:38
Label : Immortal/Epic

A great CD to play at a party if you love Korn but everyone else does not. this is Korn but in that techno sort of revamped way that alters the song completly. this is not in a bad way but just not the typical Korn way of doing things.

Tracks

1 A.D.I.D.A.S. (Radio Mix)
2 Good God (Dub Pistols Mix)
3 Got the Life (Josh Abraham Remix)
4 Twist/Chi (live)
5 Jingle Balls


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Killing Joke - Eighties 12"

Released : April, 1984
Format : 12" single, 7" single
Genre : Post-Punk, New wave
Length : 10:35
Label : E'G Records
Producer : Killing Joke, Chris Kimsey

"Eighties" is Killing Joke's first single off their fifth studio album, Night Time. It was originally released in April, 1984[1] under E'G Records as a 12" and 7" single and was produced by Chris Kimsey. The 12" single A-side featured the track "Eighties (Serious Dance Mix)" with "Eighties" and "Eighties (The Coming Mix)" as B-sides. The 7" single exempted the "Serious Dance Mix" and instead, featured "Eighties" as the A-side. Also, the 7" single was sold with a bonus 7" single of "Let's All Go (to the Fire Dances)". The single reached number sixty in the UK Singles Chart,[2] but received less recognition than the 1992 song "Come as You Are" by the US band Nirvana, which had a similar riff. A short snippet of "Eighties" was the opening theme to the short-lived 2002 Fox sitcom That '80s Show.

Tracks

1. Eighties (Serious Dance Mix)
2. Eighties
3. Eighties (The Coming Mix)


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Killing Joke - A New Day 12"

Released : July, 1984
Format : 12" single, 7" single
Genre : Post-Punk, New wave
Length : 8:28
Label : E'G Records
Producer : Killing Joke, Chris Kimsey

"A New Day" is a non-album single by Killing Joke. It was released in July, 1984, under E'G Records as a 12" and 7" single. This is the first non-album single by Killing Joke to produce a music video. The 12" single featured a dub mix of "A New Day" as an A-side, and "A New Day" was a B-Side. The 7" single featured a shorter version of "A New Day" as an A-Side and "Dance Day" was a B-Side. A completely different version of "A New Day", which was not a mix, later appeared on the 2008 reissue of Killing Joke's fifth studio album, Night Time. The single reached number fifty-one in the UK Singles Chart.

Tracks

1. A New Day (Dub Mix)
2. A New Day


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The Jesus And Mary Chain - You Trip Me Up EP

Released : May 1985
Format : 7", 12"
Genre : Alternative Rock
Label : Blanco y Negro
Producer : The Jesus and Mary Chain

"You Trip Me Up" is a song by the Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain from their 1985 debut album Psychocandy. The track was released as the second single from the record through Blanco y Negro Records in May 1985. The song was written by band members William Reid and Jim Reid. The single reached number 55 on the UK Singles Chart.

Tracks

1. You Trip Me Up
2. Just Out Of Reach
3. Boyfriend's Dead
4. Walk And Crawl


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The Housemartins - Flag Day 7"

Released : 1986
Genre : Indie Rock
Label : Elektra
Producer : John Williams

Flag Day was the first single released by The Housemartins. Released in 1985, it peaked at #124 in the singles chart, and a re-recorded version of it appeared on the album London 0 Hull 4. Flag Day also appears on the compilations Now That's What I Call Quite Good, Soup and as a shorter live version on Live at the BBC.

Tracks

1. Flag Day
2. The Mighty Ship


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The Church - Remote Luxury EP

Released : February 1984
Recorded at 301 Studios, Sydney on December 1983
Genre : Alternative rock
Label : EMI Parlophone
Producer : The Church and John Bee

The first of two EPs released in 1984, Remote Luxury is one of the more subdued works in the Church's catalog. The release carried on the mix of guitars and keyboard effects of the previous year's Seance, but this time in a lighter, more acoustic setting. Without any standout singles, it made little commercial impact, but showcased guitarist Marty Willson-Piper's lead vocals for the first time since 1982's The Blurred Crusade.

Tracks

1. Maybe These Boys...
2. 10,000 Miles
3. Into My Hands
4. A Month Of Sundays
5. Remote Luxury


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The Jesus And Mary Chain - Upside Down 7"

Released : November 1984
Genre : Alternative rock
Length : 2:54
Label : Creation
Producer : The Jesus and Mary Chain, Joe Foster

"Upside Down" is the first single from the Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. The song was written by William Reid and Jim Reid, and was produced by The Jesus and Mary Chain. The b-side is a cover of a Syd Barrett song and was produced by Joe Foster.
At the time the band was formed by Jim Reid (vocals), William Reid (guitar), Douglas Hart (bass) and Murray Dalglish (drums).
The sleeves for the first 1.000 copies (in red with black words) were printed by Bobby Gillespie (the next drumer in the band) in Glasgow, and featured handwritten messages from the group. The next copies were in black with red words. In 1985 the single was re-released with a totally different sleeve but same catalogue number.

Tracks

1. Upside Down
2. Vegetableman


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The Icicle Works - The Icicle Works

Released : 1984
Genre : New Wave, Post Punk
Label : Arista
Producer : Hugh Jones

The Icicle Works' self-titled debut as a whole is an excellent example of post-punk power and beauty. "Chop the Tree" alone is something of a lost classic, with Hugh Jones' note-perfect production, Sharrock's pounding, complex rhythm attack, and McNabb's exquisite singing providing one heck of a start. Indeed, McNabb here sounds like a clear precursor to singers like Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy and the equal of the precise diction and passion of Edwyn Collins. When it comes to the hits, "Love Is a Wonderful Colour" is another prime vocal showcase, with a sparkling guitar/keyboard lead arrangement and a constantly shifting but never pointlessly show-off bass/drums pace. Frankly, the members of U2 must have wished they could be so emotional and so soaring at this point in their careers. As for "Birds Fly," the song stands as a joyous rave-up of quick drums and shimmering guitars with an inspiring, frenetic chorus tempered by a gentle, half-whispered conclusion. Further examples of the group's abilities crop up song for song: the amazing guitar break and serene conclusion of "Reaping the Rich Harvest," the clean crisp flow of "As the Dragonfly Flies" interrupted by a down and dirty guitar line, the soft pipe start to "Lovers' Day," and more. Concluding with the slow burn fire of "Nirvana," The Icicle Works is early-'80s U.K. rock at its considerable best.

Tracks

1. Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)
2. In The Cauldron Of Love
3. Nirvana
4. Lovers' Day
5. A Factory In The Desert
6. Waterline
7. Chop The Tree
8. Out Of Season
9. As The Dragonfly Flies
10.Love Is A Wonderful Colour


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The Icicle Works - Seven Single Deep

Released : 1985
Genre : Synth - Pop, Indie Rock
Label : Beggars Banquet
Producer : Wally Brill

Combining intelligent, post-punk rock with lyrical astuteness, Seven Singles Deep takes seven of the Icicle Works' best tracks and teams them up with another seven songs that are lesser-known but are just as strong. With "Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)" representing their most famous single, which is mixed differently but not terribly, the other tracks that comprise this makeshift best-of similarly expose Robert Ian McNabb's intelligent writing and U2-like songcraft. Although the first seven tracks are alternate versions of the originals, the only real difference is that they're longer renditions. "Hollow Horse" and "Love Is a Wonderful Colour" represent the Icicle Works' brisk but melodious grit, while "When It All Comes Down" and "Horses" instantaneously separate them from other U.K. bands of the time by way of genuine intensity and straight-ahead spunk. The other seven songs vividly illustrate McNabb's effective use of writing, focusing on his outlook of love and politics without plunging into conceptual confusion. Appealingly smart and even abstract at times, Seven Singles Deep presents a panoramic view of this somewhat quieted English band. "Nirvana," the band's first single, somehow fails to surface on this collection.

Tracks

1. Hollow Horse
2. Love Is a Wonderful Colour
3. Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)
4. All the Daughters
5. When It All Comes Down
6. Seven Horses
7. Rapids


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Jerry's Kids - Kill, Kill, Kill LP

Released : 1989
Genre : Hardcore Punk
Label : Taang ! Records
Producer – Tom Hamilton

A reuntied Jerry's Kids returns in 1989 and the results are still pretty good. Some good chaotic hardcore, but sadly to much filler to make for an all around strong listen. Worth picking up for the fan, or the hardcore freak.

Tracks

1. Torn Apart
2. Need Some
3. Breathe & Fuck
4. Fire
5. Bad Trip
6. Back Off
7. Tired Eyes
8. Spymaster
9. Right Now
10.Satan's Toy
11.Twisted Brain
12.My Machine Gun
13.Satan's Toy (Reprise)

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Cactus World News - Spin Magazine Concert Series

Released : 1986
Recorded Live At The Whisky, Los Angeles, CA. August 20, 1986.
"America" is a cover of the Simon & Garfunkel Song.
Genre : New Wave, Alternative Rock
Label : MCA
Producer : Edward Rasin, Tim Devine

Despite lacking what is by far and away their best song, "Worlds Apart" (and one of their other best songs, "Pilots Of Beka"), this is a fascinating listen for fans of this band. There are interview snippets interspersed throughout, as well as ads for things such as the debut album by Fine Young Cannibals and Targa car tape decks. Highlights: "The Other Extreme," "Maybe This Time," "Church Of The Cold." This LP should have paved the way for CWN to become fairly big stars, since it was apparently played in its entirety on lots of radio stations across the U.S.

Tracks

1. Church Of The Cold
2. Years Later
3. Tables Overturn
4. The Bridge
5. Hurry Back
6. The Other Extreme
7. Maybe This Time
8. America
9. Jigsaw Street


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Monday, June 13, 2011

Cactus World News – Urban Beaches

Released : 1986 (original), 2001 (re-issue)
Genre : New Wave, Alternative Rock
Label : MCA (original), Red Coral Records (re-issue)
Producer : Chris Kimsey

Cactus World News wastes no time in making a first impression on its debut album Urban Beaches. The opening track "Worlds Apart" explodes from the speakers with screeching, reverberating guitars, tumbling drums, and fervent vocals. The anthemic chorus and breathtaking energy of "Worlds Apart" will remind listeners of U2's "I Will Follow" in its feel and execution. However, despite similarities to the music of fellow Irish band U2, Urban Beaches is a smart, hypnotically melodic album bristling with youthful exuberance and sparkling musicianship. The impassioned singing of Eoin McEvoy on "Worlds Apart," "In a Whirlpool," "The Promise," and "The Bridge" is contagious; after hearing him bellow "Worlds apart, worlds apart/Closer than I've ever been/To you" a few times, listeners will find themselves mouthing the words or perhaps singing it in the shower. Frank Kearns' driving, electrifying riffs magnify the urgency in McEvoy's voice; nearly every track has thrilling, dramatic guitar playing. Urban Beaches should've been a hit in the U.S.; instead, it became a buried treasure in the cutout bins.

1. Worlds Apart
2. In A Whirlpool
3. The Promise
4. The Bridge
5. State Of Emergency
6. Years Later
7. Church Of The Cold
8. Pilots Of Beka
9. Jigsaw Street
10.Maybe This Time
11.Cashen Bay Strand
12.The Bridge (Original EP Version) / Producer – Bono, Jon Kelly
13.The Other Extreme / Producer – Bono, Jon Kelly
14.Frontiers / Producer – Bono, Jon Kelly
15.Go Dti An Tra
16.Tables Overturn
17.State Of Emergency (RTE Radio Session) / Producer – Ian Wilson


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