20 Candles For STARSAILOR And DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

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9 October 2021

Band: STARSAILOR (Warrington, England)
Who: Guitar pop quartet
Active: 2000–2009, 2014-present / 5 studio albums

Anniversary album: LOVE IS HERE – debut LP
Released: 8 October 2001 – 20 years ago
Score: #2 in the UK

AllMusic said: They didn’t go for a grand bombast of crashing guitars
and angst-ridden stories similar to Oasis and Manic Street Preachers.
They go for something more positive as well — each song soars with
intricate musicianship and melodic lushness.
Score: 4/5.

Key single: Good Souls…

Full Album…

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STARSAILOR: Facebook

Band: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
Who: Indie rockers from Bellingham, Washington
Active: 1997–present / 9 studio albums

Anniversary album: THE PHOTO ALBUM 3rd LP
Released: 9 October 2001 – 20 years ago

AllMusic said: “For once, a band’s popularity grew commensurate
with its maturation… The world needs more superb pop with brains
and heart and emotional complexity.”
Score 3/5.

Key single: A Movie Script Ending…

Full album…

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DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE: Facebook

BECK Released 10th Album ‘THE INFORMATION’ 15 Years Ago Today

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3 October 2021

Artist: BECK (Los Angeles)
Active: Since 1985 / 14 studio LPs

Anniversary album: THE INFORMATION – 10th LP
Released: 4 October 2006 – 15 years ago today
Score: #7 in the US, #6 in Canada

Rolling Stone said: “One of the best albums Beck has ever made,
starts with him going backward. “Elevator Music” is a mundane jumble
of talking blues and hip-hop bricolage that sounds like it should be on
a record called ‘More Mellow Gold’. The rest of The Information is just as
dense in its rhyme games, rhythmic details and overdub antics. But it is
a compelling overload, combining the sample-delic bloom of Beck’s best-
loved album, Odelay, and the folk-pop introspection of his least-understood,
2002’s Sea Change.”

Turn Up The Volume: Most of the critics praised and lauded the LP,
but to my ears – except for some strong moments like Elevator Music /
Nausea / Dark Star / The Information
– it’s a bit too much the Beck
we know for so long.

Singles/Clips: Nausea / Cellphone’s Dead / Think I’m In Love

– NAUSEA –

– CELLPHONE’S DEAD –

– THINK I’M IN LOVE –

Full album…

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BECK: All Albums

PUBLIC ENEMY – 30 Flaming Candles For Master Rap Work ‘APOCALYPSE 91… THE ENEMY STRIKES BLACK’

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1 October 2021

Band: PUBLIC ENEMY
Active: 1985-present / 15 studio albums (so far)

Anniversary album: APOCALYPSE 91… THE ENEMY STRIKES BLACK
Released: 24 September 1991 – 30 years ago, last week
Score: #4 on the USA Billbaord 200, #1 on the hip-hop-rap albums chart

AllMusic / Stephen Thomas Erlewine: “Coming down after the twin high-water marks
of ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions’ and ‘Fear of a Black Planet’, Public Enemy shifted strategy
a bit for their fourth album, Apocalypse 91… Arriving after two records where the words and music were equally labyrinthine, folding back on each other in dizzying, intoxicating ways, it
is a bit of a letdown to have Apocalypse be so direct, but there is no denying that the end result is still thrilling and satisfying, and remains one of the great records of the golden age of hip-hop.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up the Volume: My all-time favorite raging-and-roaring-rap motherfuckers.
They still beat them all today and a dangerous part of white America still fears a black nation. Even a nation of millions can’t hold Public Enemy back from bringing on the noise and shut the racists, sexists, and fascists down. Chuck D. and his loudmouthed gang ruled then, rule now and will do so in the future. Raise the roof!

Singles/clips: Bring The Noise / Can’t Truss It / Shut Em Down

– CAN’T TRUSS IT –

– SHUT EM DOWN –

Full album…

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PUBLIC ENEMY: Facebook – All Albums

PRINCE Released Topnotch Album ‘DIAMONDS AND PEARLS’ 30 Years Ago

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30 September 2021

Artist: PRINCE
June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016
Made 40 studio albums with lost album
Welcome 2 America as the most recent one,
released last July.

Anniversary album: DIAMOND AND PEARLS – 13th LP
Released: 1 October 1991 – 30 years ago
Score: #1 in the US and Australia, #2 in the UK

Pitchfork said: “By 1991, Prince’s unsurpassed run of brilliance had ended, but he still
had a lot of great music in him. Diamonds and Pearls had a clutch of future classics along
with some odd experiments… As with all the greatest pop stars, Prince was a master at simplifying life’s most complicated emotions into catchphrases. He encompassed lust, jealousy, fear, spirituality, avarice, the impulse to run away, and the need to strip everything to its core—sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively. The man who believed in everlasting love died alone and childless, adored by almost the entire world. A song like “Diamonds and Pearls” illustrates why. For all the flamboyance and idiosyncrasy, Prince just wanted the same things as everyone else.”
Full review here. Score: 8/10.

Turn Up The Volume: “One word. Genius”

Singles/clips: Get Off / Cream / Diamonds And Girls

– GET OFF –

– CREAM –

– DIAMONDS AND PEARLS –

Full album…

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PRINCE: All Albums – Website

STEVIE WONDER Released Stellar Double Album ‘SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE’ 45 Years Ago Today

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28 September 2021

Artist: STEVIE WONDER
Born Stevland Hardaway Morris on May 13, 1950
Active: Since 1961 / 23 studio albums (so far)
with 2005 LP A Time To Love as the most recent one

Anniversary album: SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE – his 18th LP
Released: 28 September 1976 – 45 years ago

Pitchfork: “Songs in the Key of Life” was the culmination of a historic period of creativity
for Stevie Wonder. Its ambition and scope were unprecedented, and he never approached
its caliber or impact again… The album—two LPs plus an additional four-song EP—was the culmination of a historic period of creativity, a concentrated burst of music matched only by a handful of artists (mid-’60s Bob Dylan, early ’70s Rolling Stones, ’80s Prince). Its ambition and scope were unprecedented, its power and resonance were timeless—and when it was done, he never approached its caliber or impact again.”
Full review here. Score: 10/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Michael Jackson called himself
the King of Pop, but Stevie Wonder is the King of Soul.

Singles in the key of life: Sir Duke / I Wish / Isn’t She Lovely

– SIR DUKE –

– I WISH –

– ISN’T SHE LOVELY –

Full album(s)

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STEVI WONDER: All Albums

NIRVANA Released Their Blustering Breakthrough LP ‘NEVERMIND’ 30 Years Ago Today

24 September 2021

Band: NIRVANA
Active: 1987-1994 / 2 studio albums

R.I.P. Kurt Cobain
Aberdeen, 20 februari 1967 – Seattle, 5 april 1994

Anniversary album: NEVERMIND
Released: 24 September 1991 – 30 years ago today

Billboard says: “Nevermind took Nirvana to an entirely different plain. It’s heavy, yes.
It’s loud and aggressive, too. But it’s the songwriting and glossy pop production courtesy
of Butch Vig that set this album far apart from its contemporaries. Cobain’s innate sense of melody was front and center; his punk, you-can’t-fire-because-I-quit ethos were in your face; and the loud-soft dynamics served as barbed hooks, drawing listeners into his world. The lyrics were personal, opaque, and often dark, but also playful, and this dynamic gave Nevermind a familiarity to listeners, who felt as if they knew Cobain… The Seattle-based alt-rock trio hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 – unseating Michael Jackson – with its major-label debut and ushered in the age of grunge.”

Turn Up The Volume: The magnum opus that made grunge a worldwide (commercial) phenomenon. Nevermind the bollocks, Cobain and his mates rocked their asses off while Kurt Cobain wrote about his life in his songs.

Singles/clips: Smells Like Teen Spirit / Come As You Are / Lithium

– SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT –

– COME AS YOU ARE –

– LITHIUM –

Full album…

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NIRVANA: HistoryAll Albums

An anniversary Deluxe Edition comes out on 27 May 2022. More info here

T. REX – Glam Rock Monument ‘ELECTRIC WARRIOR’ Came Out 50 Years Ago Today

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24 September 2021

Band: T. REX
Active: 1967-1977
4 studio LPs as Tyrannosaurus Rex
and 12 albums as T. Rex

R.I.P. Marc Bolan
30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977

Anniversary album: ELECTRIC WARRIOR
Released: 24 September 1971 – 50 years ag today
Producer: Tony Visconti (who worked a lot with Bowie
too and several other big-name musicians))
Score: # 1 in the UK

Pitchfork said: “Electric Warrior does contain the immortal “Bang a Gong (Get it On)”, but that’s neither the only nor the best reason to pick it up. What makes this record so enduring is its almost accidental emotional depth: When T.Rex is kicking out the jams, they sound like they’re having the most gleeful, absurd good time ever committed to wax. There’s nothing so glorious in rock and roll as hearing Bolan croon, “Just like a car, you’re pleasing to behold/ I’ll call you Jaguar if I may be so bold,” over his namesake boogie… The most significant aspect of Electric Warrior isn’t its arena rock confidence; it’s that Bolan allows his grinning mask to slip. With the incomparable aid of producer Tony Visconti, Bolan sketches a vast, empty room, where, after the party’s over, he resides alone, wide-eyed and desperate. On ballads like
“Cosmic Dancer”, “Monolith” and “Girl”, he speaks in the same gibberish as elsewhere, but
he’s clearly haunted by what we can’t say.”
Full review here. Score: 9.5/10.

Turn Up The Volume: A natural-born rock star. Charisma, looks, clothes,
voice, and most of all tons of classic gems, slow and fast, glamorous and
moody. A genuine electric warrior. Icon 4ever.

Singles: Get It On / Jeepster

– GET IT ON –
(No 1 on the UK Singles Chart)

– JEEPSTER –
(Peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart)

Album in full…

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T.REX: Discography

PIXIES – 30 Candles For Their Fourth Longplayer ‘TROMPE LE MONDE’

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23 September 2021

Band: PIXIES
Who: Boston’s noise rock legends led by Black Francis
Active: 1986–1993, 2004–present / 7 studio albums (so far)

Anniversary album: TROMPE LE MONDE
Released: 30 years ago – in the UK on 23 September 1991
and in the US the day after

AllMusic / Heather Phares: “The title might be French for “fool the world,” but with
‘Trompe le Monde’, the Pixies weren’t fooling anyone: this was essentially Black Francis’
solo debut. It focuses on Francis’ sci-fi fascination and lacks any Kim Deal songs, even
her backing vocals are far and few between. Yet the band sounds revitalized on ‘Trompe
le Monde’, as if it were planned as their last hurrah.
” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: It’s hard to top your first 3 albums as they all three were
brilliant, but Trompe Le Monde had some jawdropping moments – Planet Of Sound
(one of their best hammers ever) / Head On (JAMC cover) / U-Mass / Subbacultcha
but their overall hard-hitting, melodic noise resonance became too familiar by
that time.

Anecdote: As mentioned above, ‘Trompe Le Monde‘ came out in the US
on 24 September 1991, the exact same date as the release of Nirvana‘s
masterpiece ‘Nevermind‘. I guess many of us know that Pixies were one
of Kurt Cobain‘s favorite bands

Singles: Planet Of Sound / Alec Eiffel / Letter To Memphis

– PLANET OF SOUND –

– ALEC EIFFEL –

– LETTER TO MEMPHIS –

Full album…

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All AlbumsWebsite

PRIMAL SCREAM – Soundbreaking Masterpiece ‘SCREAMADELICA’ Turns 30

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22 September 2021

Band: PRIMAL SCREAM
Album: SCREAMADELICA
The Scottish rockers’ third LP
Released: 23 September 1991 – 30 years ago

It was the best album of the year for legendary Brit magazines
Melody Maker and Select and #3 in NME‘s end of the year list.

Pitchfork said: “The meeting of unashamed, celebratory club music and rock
star fandom is what gives Primal Scream’s 1991 album Screamadelica its particular
mood, half strutting with confidence, half yearning for transcendence. It’s a full-length
manifesto not just for the brotherhood of clubbing but for the syncretic approach to
rock Primal Scream were exploring.”
Full review here. Score 9/10.

Turn Up The Volume: This was the soundbreaking soundtrack
for drug-fueled parties, 24-hour raves, and E-tastic ecstasy.

Singles/clips: Loaded / Come Together / Higher Than The Sun

– COME TOGETHER –

– HIGHER THAN THE SUN –

Full original album…

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PRIMAL SCREAM: Website

A Deluxe Edition was released last Sunday, 21 September
Formats: 2 x LPs / Demodelica CD and Cassette / 12″ singles boxset
Order info here

AC/DC – Third LP ‘DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP’ Came Out 45 Years Ago

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20 September 2021

Band: AC/DC
Active: 1973-present / 17 studio albums (so far)

Anniversary albums: DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP
Released: 20 September 1976 – 45 years ago today
Score: #5 in Australia, #3 in the USA

Rolling Stone wrote: “The guitars of brothers Angus and Malcolm Young
bark at each other, Phil Rudd swings the beat even as he’s pulverizing his kick
drum, and Scott brings the raunch ‘n’ wail. The subject matter is standard-issue
rock rebellion; Scott pauses only once to briefly contemplate the consequences
of his night stalking in ‘Ride On.'”
Score: 3/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The Australian riff machine did
here what they do best – then and still now – being a
mean riff machine.

Singles: Jailbreak / Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

– JAILBREAK –

– DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP –

Full album right here…

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AC/DC: All Albums

R.I.P. Bon Scott