BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Awesome Albums Turning 35 In 2021

– Throwing Muses – THROWING MUSES

Released: September 1986 – debut LP
AllMusic: “Throwing Muses’ self-titled 1986 debut is still a startling collision of punk energy, folky melodicism, and Kristin Hersh’s mercurial voice and lyrics… A powerful debut, Throwing Muses puts the work of most self-consciously “tortured” artists to shame; its fluid, effortless emotional shifts may not make for the most accessible music, but they’re unquestionably genuine.” Score: 5/5.

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– Licensed to Ill – BEASTIE BOYS

Released: 15 November 1986 – debut LP
AllMusic: “Perhaps Licensed to Ill was inevitable, a white group blending rock and rap, giving them the first number one album in hip-hop history. But that reading of the album’s history gives short shrift to the Beastie Boys; producer Rick Rubin, and his label, Def Jam… The Beastie Boys fueled this record through their passion for subcultures, pop culture, jokes, and the intoxicating power of wordplay.” Score: 5/5.

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– Brotherhood – NEW ORDER

Released: 29 September 1986 – fourth LP
AllMusic: “This was a New Order with nothing more to prove – witness the tossed-off
lyrics – aside from continuing to make great music… the songs and the band’s production
had reached such a high level.
Score: 4/5.

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– Candy Apple Grey – HÜSKER DÜ

Released: March 1986 – fifth LP
AllMusic: “Moving to a major label doesn’t affect Hüsker Dü’s sound greatly — although the production is more full-bodied than Spot’s razor-thin work, the Hüskers don’t change their blazing attack at all.” Score: 3.5/5.

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– Your Funeral… My Trial – NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

Released: 3 November 1986 – fourth LP
AllMusic: “The Bad Seeds turn from the interpretive triumph of Kicking Against the Pricks to another strong high, the mostly-original ‘Your Funeral…My Trial’… Arguably Cave and company have by now so clearly established their overall style that the album is much more a refinement of the past than anything else, but so good is their work that resistance is near impossible.” Score: 4/5.

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Seattle’s Sound Explorers DARTO Will Hypnotize You With Spellbinding Single ‘BROTHERHOOD’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

1 August 2018

(photo: Gordon De Los Santos)


Who: Venturesome, sound exploring quartet formed in 2010 in Seattle, Washington

Track: BROTHERHOOD – brand new single about “power and dominance. Men, in particular, seem to protect their power with violence without ever questioning the reasons why they feel
the need to protect power in the first place. The irony is that violent dominance is an ultimate display of weakness, and it’s a way to express insecurity while still maintaining power.”

Score: ‘Brotherhood‘s repetitive Krautrock patterns will have a hypnotic impact on your
ears and mind, instantly. Its non-stop motorik rhythm creates a trance-like experience
and transfers you to a hallucinatory level. Its puzzling, menacing and spellbinding tonality is irresistibly infectious while the mystifying, almost whispering vocals sound cautionary and the Bowiesque sax segments sound scary. You’ll have this sonic standout on repeat
as there’s so much to discover with every spin. Capture the transfixing performance right here…

DARTO: Website – Facebook – Instagram / Label: Aagoo

From their new FUNDAMENTAL SLIME 12″ – out September 14 – all info on Bandcamp