23 Sep 2009, 10:21 by Johnkm
24 May 2009, 22:22 by warren33Seeing as how the majority of my CDs have been re-ripped to my computer, I felt it time to resurrect the long-neglected "Off the Rack" series. A quick refresher: this is my attempt to listen to every album in my collect and write something, anything about each one. These are record reviews so much as ramblings associated with each album. I left off several months ago somewhere in letter B, but this recent acquisition brings me all the way to the beginning of the alphabet. Indeed, before the formation of the bands A and ZZZ, the record store claiming to have it all would say, "from ABBA to ZZ Top."
Released in November of 1981, The Visitors was Abba's final studio album. My copy is a digitally remasted reissue released in 2001 which features an essay in the liner notes about the group's final years. It is claimed that despite internal drama (aka "Fleetwood Mac syndrome"), the foursome had no intention of breaking up the group and intended on soldering on after The Visitors. …
1 Apr 2009, 00:02 by RockRendezvous14.03.09 Frida, Mike Doughty, Bosse - Lingen, Alter Schlachthof
Ich hatte keine Vorstellung vom Publikum, weder von der Menge, noch vom Durschnittsalter. Zumindest über letzteres hatte ich mir eigentlich auch keine Sorgen gemacht - hätte ich aber mal lieber tun sollen.
Der kleine Saal des Schlachthofs war erfreulicherweise recht gut gefüllt, aber es zeichnete sich schnell ein hoher Überschuss einer gewissen Bevölkerungsgruppe ab: Pop-Mädchen (nein, keine Indie-Mädchen. Pop-Mädchen!) im größtenteils minderjährigen, in jedem Falle recht unreifen Alter. Wenn's hoch kommt, waren vielleicht 15 von ca. 100 Leuten männlich. Ich konnte mir schon vorstellen, welcher Song die alle gelockt hatte. Im Publikumsbereich scheine ich dieses Jahr fast nur Nieten zu ziehen.
Ich hatte eigentlich nicht das Gefühl, daß Frida besonders gut ankamen, jedoch wurde immer fleißig das Entertainment-Programm mitgemacht. Ich fühlte mich allerdings von der durchaus ansehnlichen Sängerin schon genug entertaint. …
11 Jan 2007, 01:10 by TheWhimWhamThe following is adapted from my blog, The WhimWham.)
Peter Gabriel's first solo album (Peter Gabriel (Car), 1977) was eclectic and slightly overblown, including elements of progressive rock (Moribund The Burgermeister, recalling his days in Genesis), blues (Waiting For The Big One) and (believe it or not) barbershop (Excuse Me). His second album (Peter Gabriel (Scratch), 1978), produced by guitar god Robert Fripp, was almost the polar opposite, featuring a rough, stripped-down sound and a consistent feel — Gabriel was obviously striving for something in particular, but he wouldn't realise it on that album.
With the help of producer Steve Lilywhite and engineer Hugh Padgham, it was Gabriel's third solo album (Peter Gabriel (Melt), 1980) where it all came together. With the opening featuring a creepy, wirey, scratchy effect laid over the ominous, relentless sound of former bandmate Phil Collins' gated, compressed drums, you immediately know that this is going to be special. …
15 Apr 2006, 07:19 by CaraliQualifications:
1. They have to be female (duh)
2. They have to be different in some way (they have to stand out)
3. Have to have memorable voices
4. I have to have heard more than one song by them
In alphabetical order (to make it easier)
10,000 Maniacs (Natalie Merchant)
-Favorite song: What's the Matter Here?
-Favorite album: MTV Unplugged
The 5th Dimension (Marilyn McCoo)
-Favorite song: One Less Bell To Answer
-Favorite album: none
ABBA (Frida & Agnetha Fältskog)
-Favorite song: Money, Money, Money & My Love, My Life
-Favorite album: Arrival
-Favorite song: Fallin’
-Favorite album: The Diary of Alicia Keys
-Favorite song: I Can Let Go Now
-Favorite album: Forget About It
-Favorite song: Daydream Believer
-Favorite album: -
-Favorite song: Think
-Favorite album: no favorite
The Bangles (Susanna Hoffs)
14 Oct 2005, 15:04 by aroondeniz visited the burgh of pitt this past weekend and it was a lovely lyrical orgy. after spending six hours knocking back screwdrivers, downing dried wasabi covered peas and listening to music we finally called it a night. i saw her a couple more times before she headed home during one of those moments she delivered unto me a cd full of good music. some of it was stuff i have been waiting for (Rufus Wainwright, Elliot Smith, Aimee Mann) and some of it was a beautiful, and dangerously well timed suprise.
Antony and the Johnsons was the first bomb dropped. amazing man whose voice reminds me of seal + vibratto (although, i havnt really heard seal in a long time so i could be way off). hes a little heavy on the vibratto but his lyrics are awesome. and hes just a weird story in himself. gotta hear this one to understand. keep your eyes peeled for the album ‘I am a Bird Now.’ It’s a good one.
Then came the foriegn tunes. Buena Vista Social Club is a an album based on the a movie/documentary by the same name. …