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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.”

Springsteen’s Chapter and Verse

December 6, 2016 Leave a comment

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In September, Bruce Springsteen released his autobiography, titled Born to Run. He also released Chapter and Verse, the audio companion to the book that has been described as an “extraordinary” work.

The album features 18 tracks, five of which have not been previously released.

As Springsteen’s website states, the Boss selected the songs on Chapter and Verse to reflect the themes and sections of the book Born to Run.

“The compilation begins with two tracks from The Castiles, featuring a teenaged Springsteen on guitar and vocals, and ends with the title track from 2012’s Wrecking Ball.  The collected songs trace Springsteen’s musical history from its earliest days, telling a story that parallels the one in the book.

Recordings from Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band feature musicians who would go on to play in The E Street Band. Solo demos of “Henry Boy” and “Growin’ Up” were cut in 1972 shortly before Springsteen began recording his debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.”

Here’s the tracklist:

1. Baby I — The Castiles (recorded May 2, 1966, at Mr. Music, Bricktown, NJ; written by Bruce Springsteen and George Theiss; previously unreleased)
2. You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover — The Castiles (recorded Sept. 16, 1967, at The Left Foot, Freehold, NJ; written by Willie Dixon; previously unreleased)
3. He’s Guilty (The Judge Song) — Steel Mill (recorded Feb. 22, 1970, at Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA; previously unreleased)
4. Ballad of Jesse James — The Bruce Springsteen Band (recorded March 14, 1972, at Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highland, NJ; previously unreleased)
5. Henry Boy (recorded June 1972, at Mediasound Studios, New York, NY; previously unreleased)
6. Growin’ Up (recorded May 3, 1972, at Columbia Records Recordings Studios, New York, NY; previously appeared on ‘Tracks’)
7. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (1973, ‘The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle’)
8. Born to Run (1975, ‘Born to Run’)
9. Badlands (1977, ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’)
10. The River (1980, ‘The River’)
11. My Father’s House (1982, ‘Nebraska’)
12. Born in the U.S.A. (1984, ‘Born in the U.S.A.’)
13. Brilliant Disguise (1987, ‘Tunnel of Love’)
14. Living Proof (1992, ‘Lucky Town’)
15. The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995, ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’)
16. The Rising (2002, ‘The Rising’)
17. Long Time Comin’ (2005, ‘Devils & Dust’)
18. Wrecking Ball (2012, ‘Wrecking Ball’)

 

Fresh (Old) Stuff From Gillian Welch

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment

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In 1996, singer-songwriter, roots music favorite Gillian Welch, along with her longtime partner Dave Rawlings, released her debut record, Revival. The record, which was produced by T-Bone Burnett, received immediately positive reviews and defined Welch and Rawlings as standout artists in the folk and roots genre, a position that has been reaffirmed many times over the years as the.

20 years later, the duo has released Boots No. 1 The Official Revival Bootleg, a collection of 21 tracks documenting the early days and sounds of the outfit as they carved out their sound and style on their way to creating a celebrated album and becoming Americana royalty. As NPR reports:

“It’s fascinating to follow along as Welch and Rawlings feel their way to their singular sound, whose essential ingredients include “the rawboned refinement of their songwriting, the comely and lilting crooks in Welch’s phrasing, the shimmery dissonance of their harmonies and the prickly, surging ecstasy of Rawlings’ guitar runs.

In the early- to mid-’90s window captured on this collection, Welch was a different singer than the one listeners have come to know, swinging a little harder at times and bearing down a bit more…There’s a slightly unfamiliar quality even to some of the duo’s better-known songs. In the 1993 living-room demo of “Orphan Girl” — the tape from which Emmylou Harris learned her Wrecking Ball version — Welch chirps her lament in a considerably higher register than the one she eventually settled into, and the at-home recording of “Tear My Stillhouse Down” is similarly lighter than the song’s bleak sentiment. Those were mere starting points; the destination, as we well know, was a long-suffering suppleness that bears up beneath the grimmest storytelling. The “bootleg” also rounds up some of Rawlings’ initial romps on a newly acquired archtop guitar, as his flurries of capricious notes reveal a restless intelligence. And so much of the narration — especially in “One More Dollar,” “Barroom Girls,” “Only One And Only” and “Red Clay Halo,” the last of which got shelved until Time (The Revelator) — was already finely etched, even fastidious. The whole thing serves as a tremendous reminder of how and why this partnership came to matter so much.”

Here’s the tracklist:

Disc One

1. “Orphan Girl” (Alternate Version)

2. “Annabelle” (Alternate Version)

3. “Pass You By” (Alternate Version)

4. “Go on Downtown” (Revival Outtake) *

5. “Red Clay Halo” (Revival Outtake)

6. “By the Mark” (Alternate Mix)

7. “Paper Wings” (Demo)

8. “Georgia Road” (Revival Outtake) *

9. “Tear My Stillhouse Down” (Home Demo)

10. “Only One and Only” (Alternate Version)

Disc Two

1. “Orphan Girl” (Home Demo)

2. “I Don’t Want to Go Downtown” (Revival Outtake) *

3. “455 Rocket” (Revival Outtake) *

4. “Barroom Girls” (Live Radio)

5. “Wichita” (Revival Outtake) *

6. “One More Dollar” (Alternate Version)

7. “Dry Town” (Demo) *

8. “Paper Wings” (Alternate Mix)

9. “Riverboat Song” (Revival Outtake) *

10. “Old Time Religion” (Revival Outtake) *

11. “Acony Bell” (Demo)

*previously unreleased

Heartworn Highways Soundtrack Reissued

November 4, 2016 Leave a comment

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In 1976, the documentary film Heartworn Highways captured the music way of life in Texas and Tennessee of radical country artists, such as Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Young, David Allan Coe, Steve Earle, who were “reclaiming the genre.”

Aside from being a must-watch film for music lovers, the soundtrack is a masterpiece in its own right, featuring iconic tunes such as “Desperados Waiting For A Train” “Alabama Highways” and Townes Van Zandt’s “Waiting Around To Die.”

Light in the Attic recently reissued the soundtrack on vinyl and CD. Here are the details:

  • 20 page booklet with essay by Sam Sweet interviewing artists and documentary creators and crew
  • 2xLP on black vinyl
  • Gatefold CD with two 30 page booklets with liner notes
  • Produced for rerelease by David Gorman, Patrick McCarthy, Michael Nieves, Matt Sullivan, and Sam Sweet

Wilco’s Schmilco

October 9, 2016 Leave a comment

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Chicago-based rock outfit Wilco just dropped its 10th album, Schmilco. The record is  mid-tempo, acoustic record that’s been described as the band’s “loosest, most unadorned set of songs since its debut.”

The album’s title is a nod to Harry Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson, the singer-songwriter’s classic-yet-unexpected venture into classic rock and novelty tunes.

But, as Paste reports, the title is a “curious reference point, because Schmilco contains few such gambles. Wilco has already passed through its wilderness period, and unlike Nilsson—who sank into alcohol abuse and seriously damaged his vocal cords by the mid-’70s—this band has emerged on the other side settled and healthy. Schmilco feels like aging gracefully.”

Weekly Best Sellers

September 23, 2016 Leave a comment

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CDs
01. Beatles – Live at the Hollywood Bowl
02. Devil Makes Three – Redemption & Ruin
03. Wilco – Schmilco
04. Head & the Heart – Signs of Light
05. Mac Miller – Divine Feminine
06. St Paul & the Broken Bones – Sea of Noise
07. Teenage Fanclub – Here
08. Local Natives – Sunlit Youth
09. Against Me – Shape Shift with Me
10. Atmosphere – Fishing Blues

VINYL
01. Allah Las – Calico Review
02. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
03. Ghost – Popestar
04. Devil Makes Three – Redemption & Ruin
05. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
06. Cure – Disintegration
07. Fugazi – Repeater
08. Teenage Fanclub – Here
09. Devil Makes Three – Devil Makes Three
10. Jack White – Acoustic

CASSETTES
01. Ty Segall – Manipulator
02. Steel Pole Bathtub – Butterfly Love
03. Dave Vandervelde – Shadow Slides
04. Dead Ghosts – Love & Death…
05. Tomorrow’s Tulips – Indy Rock Royalty…
06. Enjoy – Another Word for Joy
07. Death Cab for Cutie – You Can Play These…
08. Nails – You Will Never Be…
09. Mac Demarco – Another Demo One
10. J Dilla – Donuts

DVDs
01. Return of Godzilla
02. Rolling Stones – Rock & Roll Circus
03. Alice in Chains – MTV Unplugged
04. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Rust Never Sleeps
05. Devendra Banhart – Family Jams
06. Rockers
07. Porco Rosso
08. Brave Little Toaster
09. Batman v Superman
10. Mars Attacks!

BLU-RAY
01. Decline of Western Civilization
02. Captain America: Civil War
03. Begin Again
04. Imitation Game
05. Professional
06. Beowulf
07. Titanic
08. Iron Man 3
09. Goldeneye
10. Blue Valentine

Review: Kevin Gates – Islah

March 14, 2016 Leave a comment

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by The Pirate
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I’m sure you guys already know about Kevin Gates, but if you don’t, drop whatever you’re doing and go listen to him asap. Or actually, don’t go anywhere; just scroll down and watch the videos I attached.

The first one is for the tune called “Satellites,” which Gates dropped shortly after being released from prison on weapons charges. This is the tune that first caught the attention of major label execs, and paved the way for his current release, Islah, to explode right out the gates of Atlantic Records, straight to the top of the Billboard charts- comfortably nestled between my girl Rihanna and someone named Adele (who?).

This album can be described in one word: huge. I’m going to use a couple of extras though: awesome, poetic, and hella gangster. It blends the boomin trap sound championed by 2 Chainz or the boys in Migos with genuine, nearly-orchestral melodies; not to mention some seriously tight lyrics. Gates brings us some serious street poetry with loads of bravado. He is not your average trapper rhyming about a new dance move.

I guess that brings us to the next (and final) video, “Really Really.” Damn yo, this tune is infectious. The day it dropped, I probably listened to it 10 times in a row. And honestly, the album as a whole maintains a very similar level of dopeness. “2 Phones”? That song rules. “Thought I Heard”? That song ruuuuuules.

Check. em. out.