Saturday, 16 December 2017

RADIOHEAD



























"ok computer"
Year:    1997
Country:    UK
City:    Oxford
Label:    Warner 
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock












Twenty years on, Radiohead revisit their 1997 masterpiece with a deluxe reissue. The bonus material includes familiar B-sides and a few previously unheard recordings that hint at an intriguing road not taken. might be, Radiohead faced, if not a crossroads, then an unusually open stretch of road. They had toured with Alanis Morissette in support of their second LP, 1995's The Bends. They had appeared, pale and blinking, before tanned and greased hordes on “MTV Spring Break,” wailing the chorus to a massive runaway hit that was now fading in their rearview. On their first two records, they had worked with two different conventional rock producers, and now they itched to cut tether from professional studios altogether. They had earned the freedom to thrash around, to spend some record label money and burn some of the industry goodwill they’d accumulated pursuing whatever they wanted. So what would that be?

It’s still funny to think, two decades later, that Thom Yorke’s first answer to that question was to create Radiohead’s first “positive” album. No more iron lungs, or songs inspired by brutal gun rampages, he swore: This time, he told NME, “I’m deliberately writing down all the positive things I hear or see.”

It’s unclear what happened to that album. OK Computer obviously wasn’t it. But there has always been a tantalizing alternate-history version of Radiohead’s third LP lurking behind the finished product. Their sessions weren’t exactly a deep-dive into hell, despite the record’s now-concrete reputation as a piece of digital-age prophecy. For every dour “Paranoid Android” thunderclap, there was a shimmering, lighter “Melatonin” as its B-side. More than 20 songs were winnowed down to 12, in fact, and the narrative the discarded tracks suggest has been kept under quite deliberate lock and key by the band. But now, years on, they are cracking open its vaults, perhaps to slyly underscore the point that they were always more human, and connected to good old hoary rock music, than their reputation suggests (*Review by Jason Green )
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Friday, 8 December 2017

SAMIAM



























"trips"
Year:    2012
Country:    US
City:    Berkeley, CA
Label:    Hopeless
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    13
Time:    35 min.
Lyrical themes:    social issues, conscious
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock













Samiam is a left-wing band formed in late 1988 after the breakup of the Gilman club mainstay Isocracy. Their first show was in January 1989 with Christ on Parade. They released records through New Red Archives and Hopeless Records in the US and Burning Heart Records in Europe. In the mid-'90s, the band had two releases on major labels, Atlantic Records in 1994 and Ignition/Tommy Boy in 1997. This path achieved modest mainstream success; a video for "Capsized" gained a lot of airplay on MTV, they performed on The Jon Stewart Show in 1994 and the single "She Found You" garnered considerable radio play in 1998. The band toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, and Japan with Green Day, Blink-182, Bad Religion, The Offspring, The Toadies and Millencolin. easy, simple and excellent alternative music with big doses of pop punk.
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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

THE ALMIGHTY




























"just add life"
Year:    1996
Country:    UK
City:    Glasgow
Label:  Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    38 min.
Lyrical themes:    social issues, conscious
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock












Formed in 1988, The Almighty are a rock band, from Glasgow Scotland. The band's music veered between punk and hard rock on albums including 1989's debut 'Blood Fire and Love', 'Soul Destruction (produced by Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor). In the 90s The Almighty were considered as alternative rock band,, despite their clear hard rock influences. They are still active in Glasgow in Scotland who formed in 1988. Three of the founding members, Ricky Warwick, Stump Monroe and Floyd London were friends who met at school. Although the band members musical roots were in punk rock, The Almighty adopted a more heavy metal or hard rock mainstream oriented musical direction in their early years. Later albums saw the band's musical style move towards the band members' original punk rock roots. Despite they are neither political band nor militant band, The Almighty lyrical themes are usually related to: social issues, conscious, ecologism, pacifism, politics, etc. Until 2018 they have released seven studio albums, two anthologies and one live album. After some periodes of inactivty The Almighty reunited in 2009 until nowadays.
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"crank"
Year:    1994
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    40 min.
Lyrical themes:    social issues, conscious
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock












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Saturday, 25 November 2017

AUBE



























"variable ambit"
Year:    2011
Label:    Housepig
Format:    CD
Tracks:    8
Time:   66 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Space            Noise












This long-awaited disc finally sees the light day! Recovered from a now-defunct label, delayed for various reasons including a fake cd plant scam, Housepig is proud to present "Variable Ambit"! The master of single-source recording takes a simple starting point - feedback - and manipulates it into a rich tapestry of overlapping tones and textures. Eight tracks, 66 minutes. Pro CD in jewel case with full-color four-page booklet, limited to 300 copies.
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"Chain [Re] Action"
Year:    2004
Country:    Japan
City:    Tokyo
Artist:    Nakajima Akifumi
Label:    Blossoming noise
Format:    CD
Tracks:    5
Time:    45 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:             Ambient            Noise













AUBE is a solo project, begun in 1991 by Akifumi Nakajima. Many tend to lump together AUBE with other noisicians from Japan. Nakajima however, does not agree. “I don’t think of myself as a musician or an artist. I’m a designer. I therefore consider my sound works to be designs as well”. Taking a minimalist approach for his recordings, Nakajima uses simple source sounds which are fed into his system, then heavily processed into a vast, dimensional, landscape of sonic textures. These source sounds can range from the organic sounds of gurgling water, to isolating elements of technology, such as the curious hum of luminous lamps. The result is a mixture of controlled manipulation and beautiful accident. Since May of 1992, Nakajima started and continues to operate GROSS Records, his own cassette label dedicated to releasing experimental music and noise, in addition to his own recordings as Aube. He has worked on recordings with artists from Japan, Europe and the United States, and has designed packaging for many other releases. This interview was conducted over the course of trading letters with Nakajima via the postal system.
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"materialization"
Year:    2005
Label:    Gross
Format:    CD
Tracks:    10
Time:    45 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Experimental            Noise








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"redintegration"
Year:    2002
Label:    GROSS
Format:   CD
Tracks:    5
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Experimental            Noise










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AUBE + TELEPHERIQUE
"R-S+C"
Year:    1999
Label:    Duebel
Format:    CD
Tracks:    5
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise





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"deglaze"
Year:    1998
Label:    Iris Light
Format:    CD
Tracks:    4
Time:    55 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Abstract            Noise









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"flare"
Year:    1998
Label:    Iris Light
Format:    CD
Tracks:    4
Time:    72 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Abstract            Noise








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"metal de metal"
Year:    1996
Label:    GROSS
Format:    CD
Tracks:    6
Time:   60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Ambient            Drone








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"magnetostriction"
Year:    1995
Label:    God Factory
Format:    CD
Tracks:    4
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Abstract            Noise








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"luminous"
Year:    1993
Label:    Gross
Format:    CD, cassette
Tracks:    2
Time:    44 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise









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"spindrift"
Year:    1992
Label:    Gross
Format:    CD, cassette
Tracks:    2
Time:    44 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise            Experimental









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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

PAVEMENT



























"wowee zowee"
Year:    1995
Country:    US
City:    New York
Label:    Warner
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    18
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock









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Saturday, 18 November 2017

VERUCA SALT



























"american thighs"
Year:    1994
Country:    US
City:   Los Angeles
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    13
Time:    51 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock










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Thursday, 16 November 2017

ALICE IN CHAINS




























"dirt"
Year:    1992
Country:    US
City:  Seattle
Label:    Sony
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    13
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock









In many ways, Alice in Chains was the definitive heavy metal band of the early '90s. Drawing equally from the heavy riffing of post-Van Halen metal and the gloomy strains of hard rock, the band developed a bleak, nihilistic sound that balanced grinding alternative rock with subtly textured acoustic numbers. They were hard enough for metal fans, yet their dark subject matter and punky attack placed them among the front ranks of the Seattle-based grunge bands. While this dichotomy helped the group soar to multi-platinum status with their second album, 1992's Dirt, it also divided them. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell always leaned toward the mainstream, while vocalist Layne Staley was fascinated with the seamy underground. Such tension drove the band toward stardom in their early years, but following Dirt, Alice in Chains suffered from near-crippling internal tensions that kept the band off the road for the remainder of the '90s and, consequently, the group never quite fulfilled their potential.





Staley formed the initial incarnation of the band while in high school in the mid-'80s, naming the group Alice N Chains. Staley met Cantrell in 1987 at the Seattle rehearsal warehouse the Music Bank and the two began working together, changing the group's name to Alice in Chains. Cantrell's friends Mike Starr (bass) and Sean Kinney (drums) rounded out the lineup, and the band began playing local Seattle clubs. Columbia Records signed the group in 1989 and the label quickly made the band a priority, targeting heavy metal audiences. Early in 1990, the label released the We Die Young EP as a promotional device and the song became a hit on metal radio, setting the stage for the summer release of the group's debut, Facelift. Alice in Chains supported the album by opening for Van Halen, Poison, and Iggy Pop, and it became a hit, going gold by the end of the year. As the band prepared their second album, they released the largely acoustic EP Sap in 1991 to strong reviews.





Prior to the release of Alice in Chains' second album, Seattle became a media sensation thanks to the surprise success of Nirvana. As a result, Alice was now marketed as an alternative band, not as a metal outfit, and the group landed a song, the menacing "Would?," on the Singles soundtrack during the summer of 1992. "Would?" helped build anticipation for Dirt, the group's relentlessly bleak second album that was released in the fall of 1992 to very good reviews. Following its release, Starr left and was replaced by Mike Inez. Dirt went platinum by the end of 1992, but its gloomy lyrics launched many rumors that Staley was addicted to heroin. Alice in Chains soldiered on in the face of such criticism, performing successfully on the third Lollapalooza tour in 1993, which helped Dirt reach sales of three million. Cantrell basically released Boggy Depot because he couldn't get Staley to work, but its very existence - and the presence of Inez and Kinney on the record, not to mention Alice producer Toby Wright - seemed to confirm that the group was on moratorium at best, and defunct at worst. Staley, for his part, stayed quiet, conceding his spot on Mad Season's second album to Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan. In 1999, Sony put together a three-disc Alice in Chains box set, Music Bank, divided between the group's best work and assorted rarities. At the turn of the new millennium, Columbia Records issued Live, which plucked material from bootlegs, demos, and festival shows covering the years 1990, 1993, and 1996.
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Sunday, 12 November 2017

FUCKED UP



























"hidden world"
Year:    2006
Country:    Canada
City:    Toronto
Label:    Jaded Tree
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    60 min.
Lyrical themes:    social issues, politics
Genre:    rock
Style:            Prog Punk










The band formed and played their first shows in early 2001, initial practicing simple and predictible punk rock or hardcore with direct lyrics and basic rhythms. Little by little Fucked Up evoluted to more complicated and original structures, changing rhythms and original guitar riffs, at the same time their lyrics became more intelligent and mature. Since 2006 we can to affirm the band started to play some kind of mix with punk, post-hardcore and progressive rock, also called "prog punk". It offers a meet and greet of classic punk and hardcore like rarely seen before, directs a mesmerizing assortment of instrumentation not normally heard in the genre, and weaves strange tales making interpretation a difficult task -- the only problem being, there's just too goddamned much of it. Highly recommended
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