…called Is This The Life We Really Want? Nigel Godrich producing. First album in 25 years. I find it amazing that the previous 25 years covered Piper.. to Amused to Death. Time flies, eh?
Out March 31st. It’s another collection of standards…
DrJ on DrJ on the new 2CD reissues of all seven Crowded House albums
By the summer of 1985, Neil Finn was 27 and already he was an old soul. For eight years he had been in Split Enz: He had been around the world, had written their biggest hit, had felt their diminishing returns and finally he orchestrated the band’s dissolution. He was also married with a baby. Split Enz had never been his band though, it had belonged to his older brother Tim.
So that summer he decamped to LA with a record deal for a new band pulled from the end of the Enz and initially called The Mullanes. While playing in Chinese restaurants and with everyone living in the one crowded house, á la The Monkees, they recorded a debut album with producer Mitchell Froom. They also figured out what their new name should be.
Their debut album, Crowded House, came out in 1986 and in a parallel universe it would live alongside earnest but less well-regarded contemporaries like Icehouse and Burgeous Tagg: Vaguely remembered by some, fondly remembered by a few. Yet here we are thirty years later with this deluxe 2CD reissue leading » Continue Reading.
Crowded House are coming back to life again, for a little bit… There are two shows scheduled at Sydney Opera House in November to celebrate 30 years of CH & their induction into the Aria hall of fame. Plus all seven albums are being rereleased as 2CD deluxe sets with new vinyl versions too. This new news report is quite charming.
Today sees the release of new albums from The Monkees, Paul Simon & Dexys. In the pre-streaming/on-demand age, this would have sent me to a record shop to pick up those albums on the day they came out. Today I have “Saved” those records into my Spotify, but I really only feel compelled to pick up a copy of The Monkees. For the last Dexys album, which I thought was really great, I have never bought a physical copy.
So who are your “Day One” artists? Who’s new release do you still want to hear as soon as it comes out? Do you still need to buy a physical copy or has that tradition fallen away…
Hot off the digital presses: Burn The Witch.
As regular AW podcast star Ola is coming to Dublin next week, there will be a going-out on the Friday night, January 15th. Where? Oh, somewhere “in town”. Time? 8pm seems sensible. I’ll figure out the details next week. Yeah? Who’s in??
As we all get excited about “best of 2015” I wondered about if you are still enthralled with your favourite albums of 2014. Would you change your vote? Has something turned up that you missed at the time? I know I had St Vincent down as my favourite thing this time last year. However, The War on Drugs seems to have stayed the course more. Anyone..?
…or thereabouts. I have fond memories of the months of hype leading up to Free As A Bird and the Anthology series. In retrospect, the Fab’s timing was perfect: An upswing in all things Beatles from the Britpop Stars du jour; the nascent Internet had yet to consume the music business (so they could keep FAAB private and sell shed loads of double CDs) and George was still with us. The Anthology was a great showcase for previously unseen clips that are now only a YouTube search today, but more amazingly, there was Paul, Ringo & George… In a room… Together… with Macca still getting on thequietone’s nerves. I have fond memories of the whole enterprise & remain pro-Threetles.
I was in a YouTube rabbit hole recently and found this: The last live performance from ELO at a charity gig in Birmingham in 1986. I find these kind of things interesting. The band, although headlining, are on the other side of a commercial peak. Did they know it was the end? Although it’s not as portentous as Ziggy & the Spiders or as iconic as the Fabs on the roof, there is a foreshadowing at the end when George Harrison comes on and shows Jeff where his future lies.
Any other interesting last things? Last gigs. Last songs. Last photos, etc.
I’m curious to know who among the Massive listens to surround sound reissues. What’s your set-up? DVD-A? Blu-Ray? Type of surround sound speaker set-up? Is music just a by-product of setting up a surround sound system for movies? Worth it? Waste of time?
I would like to hear the upcoming surround releases of Oranges & Lemons and Tusk, but the whole thing seems a bit of a total faff to be honest. Interested to hear from y’all. Thanks.
You know the type of thing: Two or more songs soldered together to make a bigger, better song. Here’s Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain. Show your working out, if you can. I’ll put the demo pieces of The Chain in the main thread…
It’s been announced that Jeff has signed with Columbia for a new ELO record due out next year. Here’s hoping we get a tour. Hold on tight to your dreams, etc, etc.
(photo via http://elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com )
Get your harmonicas ready because it seems this weekend will be a big Van celebration. All the albums hit Spotify & Co on Friday, and Legacy CD editions are to follow after that. Sky black with hats, etc.
Hello. Having done a minimal amount of camping in my life, I’m now in the market for a family tent. There are models we’ve viewed online called the Vango Stanford 800 or the Coleman Coastline Deluxe which seem to be what we’re looking for. Do these names mean anything to anyone? I don’t know who are the good tent brands. Any knowledge would be appreciated. Thanks.
2nd July 2005. I had been living in London for almost a year, and my girlfriend was coming over from Dublin to join me. That year has been one of transition and although I was a Londonophile, I learnt quickly that working there was different to visiting there. I hadn’t taken the time, nor had the time, to get to be comfortable with the place. I had also failed to get tickets for Live 8, but that didn’t matter – we already had tickets for Elvis Costello that night in Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath.
For fun the two of us went down to Marble Arch that morning and watched the crowds drifting in. Listened outside to Macca & U2 and some Coldplay before wandering off into central London.
Discovered Marylebone High Street for the first time and ended up in Regents Park watching the show on the big screen. My wonky geography meant we ended up over near Swiss Cottage thinking it would be close enough for the Costello gig (pre-smart phone days, no Google maps in the pocket). A taxi got us there.
Even though I had been living in a 1970s style flat in » Continue Reading.
As a child of the mid 70s, the image and brand of James Last is seared into my consciousness, aided by having been brought to one of his gigs at a wildly young age. It’s nice to know that his talents for arrangements and choosing top players has had some recognition in recent years.
This October, The Emotional Toothpaste himself releases his (first) memoir/autobiography. Can’t wait. Make sure it’ll fit your stocking, pop-pickers and brace yourself for “Everyday He Writes The Book”-style headlines.
Yesterday I found out that Mumford & Sons have a third album coming out. I read a small bit of blurb about new instrumentation & experiments and so, in the name of science, I went onto Spotify to listen to the first single. It’s awful, forgettable dullness, and I should have expected little else.
You see, I think the third album is where you show whether or not your in it for the long run. First album you have novelty, youth and years of life behind you to deliver. Second album, you can get away with doing whatever you did first time round. Third album, you have to step up and plant your flag, and the first single you choose is important.
So let’s hear it for Bohemian Rhapsody! Oliver’s Army! Papa Don’t Preach! And of course, The Beatles showing how Third Album; First Single should be done… Any other TA;FS suggestions?
I’ve recently listened to the new 3CD version of the Monkees maligned debut. The disc of session performances has some lovely stuff which should be of interest to anyone curious about The Wrecking Crew musicians. Here’s an alternate mix of Papa Gene’s Blues from the summer of 1966, where Nesmith is fully in control and the lead guitar picker is Glen Campbell. Enjoy!
Will Butler from The Arcade Fires has released a solo album which is more enjoyable and fun then the last AF record. It’s also 27 minutes long, which makes it 70% shorter than the last Arcade Fire record.
Any other examples of spinoff projects being better than the parent act?
Finally, the Franz Ferdinand-Sparks supergroup has a name. It’s both obvious and appropriate: FFS. We also have the first indication of what it will sound like in this YouTube teaser and gigs have been announced in Europe, expect more festivals to be added to the list. Excellent!
…apparently. It will be called Magic Whip. Good news if true.