Wednesday, 4 February 2009

The Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique (20th Anniversary Edition) [2009]

Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique digitally re-mastered for the 1st time, overseen personally by the band to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the release. The original vinyl artwork has been faithfully restored in this 8 panel eco-friendly limited edition CD with fold-out poster. Paul's Boutique is consistently named as one of the greatest albums of all time by numerous publications such as Time, Rolling Stone, Spin, Q, and The Source.

Fol Chen - Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made [2009]

A transmission from Fol Chen: "We sound like Prince with Amon Duul II and a children's religious revival, not to mention Hot Chip, Pink Floyd, Gwen Stefani, Pere Ubu, Danielson Famile, Scritti Politti, Boards of Canada, The Blow, and Pulp. (Mostly). We are cryptic and joyful and we would like you to dance." Features appearances by Karin Tatoyan and Rafter, along with members of The Liars, Castanets, and Let's Go Sailing.

1 The Believers
2 No Wedding Cake
3 You and Your Sister in Jericho
4 The Idiot
5 Red Skies Over Garden City (The Ballad of Donna Donna)
6 Winter, That's All
7 Cable TV
8 Please, John, You're Killing Me
9 The Longer U Wait (Version)
10 If Tuesday Comes

Mountains - Choral [2009]

Mountains is Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, friends since their middle school days. The duo were brought together by mutual artistic and musical interests, and both ended up at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was during this time that they began exchanging musical ideas and compositions which led to them founding the Apestaartje label in 1999. As their collaborations and individual projects blossomed, they decided to create Mountains as a vehicle for live performance. A love of sculpting sound in front of an audience is at the heart of Mountains. The group’s third album, Choral, (their first self-titled release and second album Sewn were both on Apestaartje), is the culmination of their work to date and a balanced mix of the first two efforts. Mountains is often compared to artists such as Brian Eno and Fennesz citing their extended melodies and their unique broad guitar work. Mountains seamlessly blend pastoral electronic sounds with both field recordings and a plethora of acoustic instruments. The resulting soundscapes are broad in scope and rich in detail. The effect is incredibly sublime and hypnotic as the sounds slowly wrap themselves around each other and alter themselves in the mind of the listener. Choral is a uniquely soothing and addicting listening experience and an aural crazy quilt: warm and inviting with many details to discover and explore. Recorded by the duo entirely in the winter and spring of 2008 at home in Brooklyn, Choral is largely live and performed in real time, with only a few overdubs to create a more “choral” effect. The opening title-track carries the weight of a full orchestra gradually drawing their bows across a field of strings. The subtle undulations produce a warm blank canvas and create an impending sense of what’s to come. As the percolating electronic melodies creep into the track, they’re soon joined by field recordings, organ, electric piano, synthesizer, accordion and then later by the gentle strum of a guitar. This densely layered and textured song contains over 30 tracks of material. On the quiet and more guitar oriented “Map Table”, the band ‘play’ ice water and books by recording the sounds of them flipping through the pages. The calming “Telescope” actually features the sound of an intense thunderstorm recorded in the desert in Arizona. Guiding us through sonic peaks and valleys, the band takes us on a journey through their realm of experimentation, occasionally crossing over into psychedelic and kosmiche (Harmonia, Cluster, Popol Vuh) territory. Choral is the sound of an adventuresome duo, who is equally invested in melody and discovery.

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El Goodo - Coyote [2009]

El Goodo combines the mellow and melodious psychedelic sounds of the Beach Boys, The Byrds and Love with beautiful and lush arrangements that call upon the mystical countryside from whence they came. The result is the creation of a mysterious, sweepingly grand, and at times whimsical approach to their already eclectic soundscape. Their intoxicating sophomore release, Coyote, due January 2009 (Grease Records), is both sprawling and hauntingly deserted, evoking a sonic landscape both richly cultivated and desolate, with intensely poetic harmonies and darkly articulated instrumentation. “Aren’t You Grand”, “I Saw Her Today”, “Talking to the Birds”, and “Oh, to Sleep” feel cinematic, like a dark western cowboy soundtrack, juxtaposing surfy and at times summery melodies to create an ominous score. “Feel So Fine”, “Be My Girl”, and “I Can’t Make It” continue in El Goodo’s knack for beautiful beach harmonies, but opt for psych-breakouts and breakdowns reminiscent of efforts by Olivia Tremor Control and Lansic Dreiden. Coyote was produced by the band in a deserted theater and has brought together Cian Ciaran of the Super Furry Animals’ fame to mix the album, as well as renowned artist Pete Fowler to capture the eloquence of the music for the album’s artwork. Coyote is a beautiful piece of darkly rich psych-pop perfection, brought to you by the new breed of Welsh pop wizards.

Cableline's Attic, Vol. 1

January 2009
" takes eight minutes for sunlight to reach us..."

01. The Millenium - Prelude/To Claudia On Thursday
02. Sagittarius - My World Fell Down
03. The Association - Never My Love
04. Harpers Bizarre - Cotton Candy Sandman
05. The Free Design - Kites Are Fun
06. The Buckinghams - Kind Of A Drag
07. The Left Banke - Desiree
08. Brooklyn Bridge - Worst That Could Happen
09. Box Tops - The Letter
10. The Turtles - Elenore
11. Spanky & Our Gang - Sunday Will Never Be The Same
12. Chad & Jeremy - A Summer Song

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...thought i'd post the first volume from last month...this is a collection of 60's and 70's sunshine pop...some of the songs are fairly well known...some not so much...that Box Tops song is one of top 20 songs ever...great tune...all of them are...enjoy...

Doug Paisley - Doug Paisley [2009]

An album of folk songs that represent the American malaise. Sure, Doug is Canadian, but so is Neil Young and four-fifths of The Band, and that didn't stop them from tapping into the collective psyche of the continent. This debut recalls an era of songwriting that was simpler, more honest, more modest. A time before iPods and My Space, when making a good album was simply enough. Doug Paisley has been seen on tour with Bonnie “Prince” Billy under the pseudo name Dark Hand and Lamplight.

1. What About Us?
2. Broken In Two
3. Digging In The Ground
4. A Day Is Very Long
5. Last Duet
6. We Weather
7. Take My Hand
8. Wide Open Plain
9. Take Me With You

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Cableline's Attic, Vol. 2

February 2009
"...we were just teenagers with guitars..."

01. The Sonics - Strychnine (1965)
02. Shadows Of Knight - Oh Yeah (1966)
03. The Seeds - Can't Seem To Make You Mine (1967)
04. The Chocolate Watchband - I'm Not Like Everybody Else (1968)
05. The Luv'd Ones - Come On In (1967)
06. The Music Machine - Double Yellow Line (1966)
07. The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (1966)
08. The Monks - I Hate You (1966)
09. Mouse & The Traps - Maid Of Sugar, Maid Of Spice (1965)
10. The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction (1966)
11. The Standells - Dirty Water (1966)
12. The E-Types - I Remember When I Loved Her (1965)

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...hope everyone enjoys this may see some psych tendencies in these recordings...i think that is understandable, seeing as psych was the obvious evolution of this kind of garage rock...