Happy Birthday to Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power

February 25, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

In February of 1992 Pantera released its sixth studio album, Vulgar Display of Power.

Though pretty deep in the band’s catalogue, Vulgar Display Of Power contains a handful of Pantera’s most memorable songs: “Mouth Of Love,” “This Love,” “Hollow,” “Walk,” and “A New Level.” “Walk” was a tribute to fans who felt that the band was losing their edge.

Vulgar Display Of Power was received extremely well upon release, and in 2011 it was ranked number 4 on Guitar World’s top 10 list of best guitar records of 1992.

The album has been praised by critics who argue that it is Dime Bag Darrell’s (RIP) finest guitar work and Phil Anselmo’s best vocals.

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Happy 25th Birthday to Tori Amos’ “Little Earthquakes”

February 22, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

Released in the U.K. first and a U.S. release a month later Little Earthquakes is Tori Amos’ debut album.

Containing 5 singles, “Me and a Gun,” “Silent all These Years,” “China,” “Winter,” and “Crucify,” Little Earthquakes was received well by critics in both the U.S. and U.K.

In 2002 Amos’ debut album made the top 5 of greatest albums of all-time by a female artist.

Here is a popular cut available on the deluxe edition of Little Earthquakes:

ICYMI: Lady Gaga’s Superbowl Performance

February 6, 2017 Leave a comment

Happy 40th to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

February 4, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

Rumours is Fleetwood Mac’s 11th studio album, but only the second with the Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

Recorded in California, the album contains memorable singles, “Go Your Own Way” “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” and “You Make Loving Fun.”

Rumours also topped both the U.S and U.K. charts as well as winning a GRAMMY for Album of the Year.

Kate Bush Live, at Last

January 12, 2017 Leave a comment

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In 2014, Kate Bush embarked on a 22-date tour, her first in 35 years. Bush’s latest release, Before the Dawn is a three-disc, 155 minute documentary of that tour.

The album provides a long-awaited, no-frills overview of the singer’s creativity and music. As Pitchfork reports:

“There are no retakes or overdubs bar a few atmospheric FX. No apps, no virtual reality, no interactivity. [Bush has] also said there won’t be a DVD, which is surprising given the show’s spectacular theatrics, conceived by the former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a host of designers, puppeteers, and illusionists. The show, and this release, aren’t credited to Kate Bush but the KT Fellowship, in recognition of the vast ensemble effort. Yet in shucking off half the production, this set…is also the best way that Before the Dawn could have been preserved, allowing it to tell its own story uninhibited by the busy staging.”

Ramones’ “Leave Home” Turns 40

January 11, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

This week marks the 40th anniversary of Leave Home, the Ramones’ follow up to their classic debut album.

On January 10, 1977 the Ramones avoided the sophomore jinx with the release of the album that had a higher production value, but with the same upbeat three chord magic that made their eponymous debut a groundbreaking classic. The title of Leave Home is a reference to the band leaving New York to tour the world.

The front cover was designed by the same artist who worked with the Rolling Stones on Black and Blue and the back art was the first appearance of the now iconic Ramones logo.

There were three singles from Leave Home: “I Remember You,” “Swallow My Pride,” and “Carbona Not Glue.” The last was pulled from the album after it was released due to a trademark on Carbona, a popular stain removal product at the time. It was replaced in the UK with “Babysitter” and in the U.S. with “Sheena is a Punk Rocker,” which is also on Rocket To Russia. The 2001 expanded edition contains all three songs.

Leave Home sounds just as good now as it did 40 years ago. If that’s not proof that you can’t kill rock n roll, I don’t know what is!!

Fresh Stuff from Tribe Called Quest (Finally)

December 19, 2016 Leave a comment

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After an 18 year hiatus, A Tribe Called Quest is back with We Got it From Here. The album has two over-arching themes: the U.S. presidential campaign and the loss of group member Phife Dawg, who passed away earlier this year.

Recorded well before the elections, the album nonetheless provides a spot-on glimpse into the powers that be and a campaign of intolerance and hatred. It also serves to honor Phife Dawg, whose absence is noticeable, with tributes and nods throughout.

Despite the 18 year lag, Tribe demonstrates that it’s very much a part of today’s rap scene, and will forever stand as foundational acts for the current crop of rappers. As Rolling Stone reports:

“It’s important to check the vibe throughout. Entire books can be written about how the sound, identity, location, phrasing, technical innards and even purpose of rap music has changed since A Tribe Called Quest’s last album, The Love Movement, in 1998. But Tribe, in both delivery and content, maintain the attitude of the Bohemian everydude funkonauts that inspired Kanye West, Andre 3000 and Kendrick Lamar (who all appear here).”