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Friday, March 7, 2014
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According to The Pulse Of Radio, several unreleased LED ZEPPELIN studio tapes will be auctioned next month at the Marvels Of Modern Music auction. The tracks are rough, early mixes from the band's sole double studio set, 1975's "Physical Graffiti". The tapes come from the private collection of noted engineer Ron Nevison, who is best known for his groundbreaking work with Pete Townshend on THE WHO's 1973 "Quadrophenia" — and who helped design Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio, which was housed in the 26-foot Airstream trailer, which ZEPPELIN used for a portion of the "Physical Graffiti" album.
During a key session for the album, John Paul Jones was late to the studio, leaving Jimmy Page and John Bonham to work out the riff and basic track for "Kashmir" — which was recorded under the working title, "Driving To Kashmir".
Jimmy Page told The Pulse Of Radio that he knew from the beginning that the magic surrounding LED ZEPPELIN wouldn't last forever. "I said, basically around the time of the first album, it's all a race against time, and I think it is. It still is. It still is a race against time and trying to do good work and improve on what you've done. It's more difficult as you get older because you know your days are numbered, really. Within ZEPPELIN, we had this amazing vehicle that we could continue and continue and just come up with amazing things — which fortunately we did continue, and we did come up with amazing stuff. But I still thought it was a race against time. I had no idea how prophetic it would be with the loss of John Bonham."
John Paul Jones told The Pulse Of Radio that band politics never came into play when the band was working up new material. He said that ZEPPELIN always understood the importance of quality control. "We always made music in the same way — we all know whether something works or not," he said. "When we wrote music together, y'know, if somebody came up with an idea, if it didn't work, you didn't have to be taken to a room quietly to say, 'Y'know, we can't use this,' y'know? Everybody knows, 'Hey, this is rubbish! Y'know, [laughs] let's do something else!' And we'd go on to something that does work, and then everybody knows it works."
Posted by Muddy at 6:49 PM
There’s no denying that This Heat‘s early run of releases were crucial in informing a new wave of experimental musicians in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Sadly their two most revered records – the self titled debut and its followup Deceit – have been unavailable on vinyl since 1988, forcing vinyl buyers to opt for often horribly pressed bootleg versions that have flooded the market in recent years.
Thankfully, the band have now announced (via Facebook) that there are brand new vinyl versions of both records and the excellent 12″ ‘Health and Efficiency’ in the works, and that they will indeed be remastered “to the highest spec with all the attention to detail that we have maintained through our history.” Updates are due to follow, and the band urges buyers not to purchase bootlegs in the interim.
Posted by Muddy at 12:30 AM
On May 6 (and May 5 in the UK), Warp will release a new collaborative album from Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde called Someday World. Today, they've shared the album's opener, "The Satellites".
The song was composed and sung by both Eno and Hyde. It features Eno's Roxy Music bandmate Andy Mackay, Eno's daughter Darla Eno, Sinead O'Connor producer John Reynolds, the record's co-producer Fred Gibson, and Georgia Gibson.
Monday, March 3, 2014
There are few young stars with a sublime natural born talent as Charlie Dane. This is one impressive single from an ambitious and precocious singer/songwriter. Dane lives in New York, and has performed as much as singers twice her age. She is paying her dues as an entertainer and dazzling all that come to see. Her newest single is a pop hit if I ever heard one. It’s addictive, heart felt, and a toe tapper with a jaw dropping vocal performance. Most songs you hear on the radio today are forgetful by the half way point, but “This One” must be listened to on repeat. It’s near impossible to listen only once without pushing that play button again. I love the rhythmic acoustic strum that flows throughout the track, a country rock feel with singalong lyrics as perfect as any top 40 single of the past several decades. Lord knows this is just the starting point in Dane’s career, and a musician with these advanced skills at her age will surely dominate the mainstream once the music spreads. It’s only a matter of time before Charlie Dane is a household name and she is a true artist, one that Miley Cyrus should take notes from.
This is an interesting album from rock and roll's leading Scientology pundit- Beck. It is advertised as the sequel to Sea Change, but I must say, Sea Change was better. Both albums are derivative, of performers like Nick Drake and such, but Morning Phase is a bit more psychedelic, and less folky. Beck is in a weird place in his career, where an artist this prolific doesn't really know what to do, and is perhaps doing just what he wants to, or thinks this is what his fans want to hear. We don't know. Has he lost the rhythm and rhyme to rap or is he just aging gracefully into an acoustic singer/songwriter? Will we ever see the "Loser" Beck we all loved in the 1990's again? Heaven knows. But this album isn't all bad. It has its moments of ambience and atmosphere as well as some catchy hooks and offbeat lyrics. What you'd expect from a Sea Change sequel, is just what you get. I think he could have been more ambitious rather than a throw back to an earlier album and conjured up a new sound like he's done in the past, but as I said, maybe he's just out of that juice. Nevertheless, this is a great background music album to play at work, or fall asleep to at home.
This was going to be a better package, but the vinyl that came with the super deluxe box set was cut in half. Side Two is live, and terrific. Side One is new material from Mike Nesmith, and falls short of a successful comeback from such an iconic songwriter. The new songs are lackluster, with his voice straining high notes over what sounds like elevator Muzak. I think the fans expected some country rock from Papa Nez, but got something closer to Barry Manilow. As stated, the live portion is great, and the set comes with a double live disc compilation of recordings from various shows of his recent tour. I would say, the CD should have been pressed to vinyl, and the new songs to CD. It's really a let down for Nez fans. And for the price, well... Mike Nesmith was always a sneaky cash cow. It's one of his true gifts, along side his unique talent for songwriting, of which he has seemed to fall from, or rather he's just not in a country rock zone anymore.
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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante will release his new solo album, Enclosure, on April 8th via longtime label Record Collection. The follow-up to 2012′s PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone marks Frusciante’s 11th full-length to date, and is set to arrive just one month after Hiding In The Light, the debut record from his new experimental supergroup Kimono Kult.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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Monday, February 3, 2014
This is the new U2 single, a free giveaway. It's a catchy number, sonically similar to their last record and very poppy. It's not bad, but not particularly great. It actually sounds like what you'd expect a new U2 'free' download to sound like. What else would they do at this stage of their career? They invented genres and conquered others. They're made classic retro rock albums and paved ways for new trends in art. At this age, you either hang it up, or I don't know, headline Coachella?
Posted by Muddy at 12:17 PM
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This is the saddest news for Primal Scream fans of the States. They do not tour often. Perhaps there was a Visa issue?