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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:

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.

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!!

ICYMI: The Neutral Milk Hotel Vinyl Box

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment

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Neutral Milk Hotel fans, have you seen this? The Neutral Milk Hotel vinyl box set is a gorgeous collection of music, art and other delights.

The box, which was originally released in 2011, includes:

  • Two gatefold 12” records (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and On Avery Island
  • Two 10” records (Everything Is EP with bonus tracks and Ferris Wheel on Fire EP featuring eight previously unreleased acoustic recordings)
  • Two 7” records (Little Birds and You’ve Passed/Where You’ll Find Me Now)
  • One 7” picture disc with fold-out poster (Holland 1945/Engine)
  • Two 24“x24” posters

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For super-fans of the band, as well as appreciators of that fantastic intersection of visual art and music, this set is a treasure.

Glimpse Inside the Last Audio Cassette Factory

November 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Patterson Hood is Moving to Portland

July 22, 2015 Leave a comment

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by Cat Johnson

Patterson Hood, longtime leader of the Drive-by Truckers, embodies the South. His songs are full of Southern characters, his accent oozes Georgia, and he’s an ambassador for all those Southerners who are all about making good friends, good memories, and good music.

In a recent piece for the New York Times Magazine entitled The South’s Heritage is About So Much More Than a Flag, Hood eloquently writes about the rich history of the South with its music, art, civil rights leaders, and many complexities. It’s a sentiment that resonates throughout his own life and music. As he puts it,

As a songwriter, I’ve spent the better part of my career trying to capture both the Southern storytelling tradition and the details the tall tales left out, putting this dialectical narrative into the context of rock songs.

But the lifelong Southerner is moving. To Portland. Yes, all your friends have moved up there and now Hood is making the move as well. He didn’t reveal too much behind the move, but in an interview with Paste Magazine, he opened up about what it means for the band, why he and his family chose Portland, and how the next move will reveal itself in time.