• Tuesday Ten: 149: B-Sides

    23 Feb 2012, 21:52 by amodelofcontrol

    In this era of downloads, the B-side has almost become a dead art. And what a shame, when you consider some of the astonishing tracks hidden away on the flipside of a single over the years. Not to mention that a number of B-sides have become accepted as some bands greatest songs, or have become live favourites, or both. Back when it was still of use, it was a good place for bands to experiment, or simply to continue releasing material without the pressure of a full album. Or in some cases, simply fill up B-side space with endless remixes, which may or may not have been any good.

    So this list is going to be something of a retro list, mainly as so few bands nowadays even bother. But importantly, these are all actual songs on B-sides, rather than remixes or live versions. Obviously I’m going to have missed some great bands and/or songs from this, as always feel free to tell me about it in the comments. And yes, I know this has been posted on Thursday rather than Tuesday…

    Playlists: Spotify | YouTube
  • Post-Punk 1978-1983: The definitive top 10

    21 Feb 2012, 21:52 by borntohang

    Post-punk... Probably the genre I am most interested in. Another thing I'm interested in is making lists. For whom these lists are made, I do not know. Probably for myself, since it is ludicrous to believe that they make any difference to anybody else. Anyway, I have now undertaken this staggering task; listing my 10 favourite post-punk songs. I have limited myself to the years 1978-1983, since these years are, to me, the most essential of the genre/movement.
    Now, let's begin.

    1. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)
    - An obvious choice perhaps, but obvious for a reason. This is not just the greatest post-punk song of all time it is also the (second) best SONG of all time, losing only to The Smiths immortal masterpiece from 1986 "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out".
    Released only one month prior to Ian Curtis' suicide and with that in mind this elegy of dying love rings painfully true.

    2. The Cure - Faith (1981)
  • [My Gang] This Mortal Coil – Another Day : Reco of the Week 27 Jan 09

    27 Jan 2009, 23:56 by Babs_05

    Track: Another Day
    Artist: Elizabeth Fraser for This Mortal Coil
    Album: It'll End in Tears, 4AD (1984)
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    Video: Click the pic...

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/tiPeDHy4qRc/default.jpg?e=thm_100 YouTube

    When I was at school, I got in the habit of borrowing cassette tapes from the library for 10p a week. I pretty much started at one end and worked my way across the shelves, nabbing new releases as they came in. This is how I heard what I consider to be a modern essential - This Mortal Coil - It'll End in Tears.

    It was the cover that caught my attention first. Have a look:


    What kind of music is all misty mysterious, punky and a bit old-fashioned at the same time?

    I can't remember my first listen but I can the next day. Maybe that was the first listen. It was a Sunday evening, already dark out, the lamps were on and the curtains drawn in our upstairs bedroom. …
  • Luke Haines: Bad Vibes

    11 Jan 2009, 02:24 by MileStyle

    For the past fifteen years Luke Haines has been producing a solid body of music in a number of different guises, the best known of which is The Auteurs. If you haven’t heard of him, it’s because his musical destiny is to forever sit on the periphery of the music scene. There was a time, in the early days, however, where he sought success but saw the ascending star of his band cruelly bumped aside in favour of the musical phenomenon of the mid-nineties, .

    Since then Haines’ career has been willfully contrarian, turning out radio friendly ditties about missing children, airplane accidents, and the rotten underbelly of British life, all served up with a dose of irony and venom. That he has taken that venom and placed it in a memoir, Bad Vibes (2009) is an exciting prospect, and its subtitle, Britpop and My Part in its Downfall, practically guarantees he won’t mince his words, given previous soundbites on the movement in the press.

  • L'actualité des sorties des artistes que j'écoute - été 2008

    6 Jul 2008, 16:56 by masters_n

    Artist: Belleruche
    Album: The Express
    Label: Tru Thoughts
    Release Date: 13 Oct 2008

    Artist: Anne Clark
    Album: The Smallest Acts of Kindness
    Label: Netmusiczo (rough trade)
    Release Date: 26 Sep 2008

    Artist: Massive Attack
    Album: Neues Album 2008
    Release Date: 26 Sep 2008

    Artist: Mogwai
    Album: The Hawk is Howling
    Release Date: 22 Sep 2008

    Artist: Fujiya & Miyagi
    Album: Lightbulbs (Dlx)
    Label: Deaf Dumb & Blind
    Release Date: 09 Sep 2008

    Artist: Ralfe Band
    Album: Attic Thieves
    Label: Loose
    Release Date: 08 Sep 2008

    Artist: Fujiya & Miyagi
    Album: Lightbulbs
    Label: Grnland
    Release Date: 01 Sep 2008

    Artist: Queen + Paul Rodgers
    Album: Neues Studio Album 2008
    Label: EMI
    Release Date: 01 Sep 2008

    Artist: Mint
    Album: You Shopping Lists Are Poetry
    Label: India (rough trade)
    Release Date: 22 Aug 2008

    Artist: The Fiery Furnaces
  • List of Queer Artists and Band Members

    30 Jan 2007, 03:31 by bunkadoo

    This is a list of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists and bands with LGBT members that I've been compiling for the last few years as part of the Queer Artists and Band Members group.

    If you know of more that I've missed, send me a message and I'll add them. Also, if there are ones that you think shouldn't be on this list, let me know so I can add links to more info.

    For living people, this list is based on how they identify. If they've had same-sex experiences but say they're heterosexual, they won't be listed here. That also means that if they say they're bisexual but have never had a same-sex experience, they will be listed.

    It's alphabetized by first letter, so if you can't find a band that should be here, try looking under "The."

    The List:
    4 Non Blondes
    A Lifeline Before Drowning
    Aaron Copland
    Academy 23
    Adam Joseph
    Alberta Hunter
    Alex Parks
    Alicia Bridges
    Alix Dobkin
    Alix Olson
    Amanda Lepore
    Amanda Palmer
    American Music Club
  • The Greatest

    8 Oct 2006, 18:04 by Babs_05

    Yayy for embedded videos!

    This is my collection of the great and the good.

    It is still closed to comments as I am still working on it, but I think there is enough here for people to start enjoying.

    These are all songs I want to hear again and again. The journal originally started as a central place for me to put my videos so I can chill out with a cup of tea and press play without having to think too hard.

    Now though, I think it's become a personal journal and I think I've unearthed some gems in terms of footage, so I thought I'd start sharing.

    Hope it's enjoyable anyway. : )

    NB: if the video doesn't start playing, click on the video screen again to go straight to the footage on YouTube.

    Lata Mangeshkar
    Asha Bhosle
    R.D. Burman
    Amon Tobin
    Toronto Tabla Group
    Bassnectar & Kraddy
    Purple Rain
    Nothing Compares 2 U
    David Sylvian
    Ask the Mountains (Extended Version)
    Marc Almond
    Soft Cell
  • Survey delay - questions 29- 59... the end.

    10 Jun 2006, 13:46 by Sfinxen

    ------part two----cos I can't handle this all at once---

    29. Best chick band you know of? ; Back in the day it would have been "Girl's School"

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio/cd...etc...? "Love a Loser" The Raincoats

    32. What do you think of Classical music? It was the punk of it's time..

    33. What do you think of Country music? EXACTLY LIKE RAP.. alot of people in gold and flash singing about being poor.

    34. What do you think of Death metal? Lordi won Eurovision, obviously too popular.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live? "Buzzcocks!"

    36. Are you a groupie? My husband says yes, my friends like Duds (who has seen Buzzcocks 300 times) say NO.

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages? Which "foreign languages" do you mean? Swedish, English, French, German,
    Japanese, Spanish?

    38. What famous musician would you like to fuck? whah??? not my question..(had a strange dream of a kiss once or twice)


    9 Jun 2006, 11:03 by hauserobrien

    Inspired by Tony Bennett (crooner) and Archie Shepp (stellar saxophone player), the reticent and focussed Australian Ed Kuepper formed Laughing Clowns in 1979 when his previous notable group The Saints imploded after inventing punk rock and making 3 extremely significant albums – you know them. Notably described both by Kuepper and his long term label maverick Martin Jennings as ‘singular’, Laughing Clowns recorded 3 albums and a few – ahem – singles. They’re all included on this well packaged and annotated collection.

    Of course Laughing Clowns sounded nothing like either Tony Bennett or Archie Shepp Ed Kuepper’s voice reminds more of Howard Devoto and trumpet player Peter Doyle and saxophonist Bob Farrell (and later Louise Elliot’s) saxophone playing is a titanic clash of free jazz and melodic circus ring anthems. In fact if you’re looking for a lazy comparison they sounded more like Magazine or Echo And The Bunnymen put through a blender with The Soft Machine and The Birthday Party. …
  • Stolen interesting survey part one.. 1-28 questions..

    6 Jun 2006, 10:39 by Sfinxen

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    Nothing- (not exactly true in my head "I don't exist" is playing)

    2. What song makes you sad?
    "What was heaven" Pete Shelley, it makes me cry so I can't listen to it.

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    "hej hej Monika"

    4. Your all time favorite band(s)?
    Magazine, Buzzcocks, Luxuria and anything solo by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto.

    5. Your newly discovered band(s) is/are?
    Omerta, Belief System, Morland, The Change, Momus

    6. Best female voice(s) ?
    Debbie Harry, Björk, Pauline Black, Kate Bush

    7. Best male voice(s)?
    Mark Burgess, Howard Devoto, Pete Shelley, Ian Curtis, Johnny Lydon, Peter Garrett, Ian McCulough,David Sylvian

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    Punk, "Goth", Ska, "new wave", electronic, alternative "rock" before the term "emo"..

    9. What do you listen to hype you up?