The WORRIERS – ” The Old Friends EP “

Posted: September 22, 2021 in MUSIC

Worriers are a band from Brooklyn, New York, centered around the songwriting of Lauren Denitzio, with the help of friends Mikey Erg, Nick Psillas, and more. They released their 2nd LP Survival Pop w/ SideOneDummy Records and have toured with John K Samson, Against Me!, Julien Baker, Anti Flag, and more. Worriers’ debut album “Imaginary Life” was produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! .

Over the past year, Worriers was asked to participate in a number of benefit livestreams, comps, and other projects that wouldn’t normally be possible for us to do when we were on tour all the time. Living in different cities during quarantine, we took these opportunities to keep making music together – from home. Over the past few years, various arrangements of Worriers have played cover sets of bands like Fleetwood Mac, Minor Threat, Green Day, and The Lemonheads, so covers have always been a fun extra-curricular activity for us. This collection brings together songs from some of our favourite and most influential bands.  I love a peak behind a fave’s faves; in this case you get heartlandic rock-and-roll punk versions of Bleachers, Rancid, Tom Petty, New Pornographers and Mission of Burma (god, I really wanna see this one live someday).

released March 5th, 2021

On this EP, Worriers is:
Lauren Denitzio – Guitar, vocals, keys
Mikey Erg – Drums and vocals
Frank Piegaro – Guitar
Nick Psillas – Bass

BLACK FRIDAY Releases November 26th 2021

Posted: September 22, 2021 in MUSIC
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With summer winding down and the holiday season steadily approaching, it has come time for Record Store Day to reveal its list of Black Friday offerings. After 2020 and 2021 saw stunted and staggered Record Store Day releases split up into “Drops” dates, the November 26th celebration of all things vinyl will take place all at once at record stores.

Though there are hundreds of records, CDs, cassettes, and more headed for shelves that day ,here is a list of releases we thought would appeal most. For a complete list of Record Store Day Black Friday see the webpage

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Aerosmith – The Road Starts Hear

Boston 1971: A historic early recording of Aerosmith in their rehearsal room – just the band, crew and friends captured on Joe Perry’s tape recorder. This never-before-heard performance showcases the early, raw talent of this future Hall Of Fame band, one year before signing to Columbia Records, and two years before their eponymous debut, which featured many of these songs, including their enduring anthem ”Dream On”.

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All The Witches – Live On the Internet

All Them Witches are known for their loud and lengthy live shows. 2020 found the band releasing their critically acclaimed album, Nothing As The Ideal. An album release from this band would traditionally be followed by a lengthy 18-month tour across the globe, but due to an international pandemic, the band’s touring plans were brought to a halt. This did not stop All Them Witches from assembling in a studio to broadcast a live set for their fans. The set was roundly received as an amazing performance and fans immediately inquired as to whether or not this show would be available on vinyl.

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Big Brother performed at the Monterey Pop festival on both Saturday June 17th and Sunday June 18th, 1967. Both sets are included on this RSD Black Friday release pressed on psychedelic colour vinyl in a high-gloss tip-on jacket.

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The Boo Radleys – A Full Syringe and Memories of You

Critically-adored sonic explorers, The Boo Radleys return with their first new music in over two decades, releasing the dark beauty of A Full Syringe And Memories Of You.

Canned Heat – Friends In The Can 

First time ever on vinyl, a star-studded album with Canned Heat “friends” like John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal, Mike Finnigan, Roy Rogers, Walter Trout, along with original Canned Heat alumni Fito de la Parra, Larry Taylor, Harvey Mandel.

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The Jim Carroll Band – Catholic Boy

Double LP, remastered “Catholic Boy” and the unreleased Bolinas Demos – the first recordings from The Jim Carroll Band

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Cranes – EP Collection Volumes 1 & 2

Cranes formed in 1985 in Portsmouth, England by siblings Alison and Jim Shaw. They were named after the many mechanical cranes around the city’s docks. Cranes are best known for the high-pitched vocals of lead singer Alison. EP Collection, Volumes 1 & 2 is a triple disc set that features the majority of the Cranes‘ EP releases, which were among the group’s best works. Cranes rarely sounded as effective or as eerie as they did on these EPs. This set features 28 songs total; an extensive selection of their biggest successes such as “Jewel”, “Paris and Rome (Flood Mix)”,”Beach Mover”, ”Adrift”, “Inescapable”, “Lilies (Flood Mix)” and many more. This collection is available on vinyl for the first time. 3LP, Silver & Blue Vinyl, Numbered
This is a limited edition of 1500 individually numbered copies on silver & blue marbled vinyl, only available on Record Store Day.

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Dave Davies – Kinked

Kinked is a compilation of Dave Davies’ work from the late ’90s and early 2000s. A lot of this disc features selections from the 1998 collection Unfinished Business: Dave Davies Kronikles 1963-1998, which itself contained a bunch of re-recordings from the late ’90s of classic Kinks tunes. That accounts for a little under half of this 15-track collection; the rest contains selections from the 2000 live album Rock Bottom: Live at the Bottom Line (four tracks) and 2002’s studio album Bug (two cuts), plus a couple of relative rarities – “When the Wind Blows (Emergency),” which was written for the End Hunger Network in 1997, and a cover of George Harrison’s “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth,” which was for a 2003 Harrison tribute album – and a brand new tune, “God in My Brain,” which was written and recorded in 2006, after Davies recovered from a serious stroke.

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Dire Straits – Encores EP

Dire Straits last year released a great vinyl Box Set of their studio output, but it was missing the band’s live works. Their last official release will be making its way to LP: the Encores EP. Released in 1993 as a sequel to the live album On the Night, this four-track concert piece will be pressed on pink wax and comes with a special lithograph of the cover art.

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Fleetwood Mac – Alternative Live

A fourteen-song LP pulled from the Fleetwood Mac Super Deluxe release, including a further seven songs from the Tusk tour, four from the 1977 Rumours tour and three from the 1982 Mirage tour. Released for RSD Black Friday for the first time on double vinyl.

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Grateful Dead – Fillmore West San Francisco CA 3/1/1969

Available for the first time on Vinyl. Produced for release by David Lemieux. “Many years ago, in the tape trading era, there were certain years in the Grateful Dead’s history for which tapes were quite rare; thankfully, the tapes from the rarer years that we did have in our collections tended to be some of the best of that particular year. And from the 1969, the tape that we listened to more than any other was 3/1/69. It is an exceptionally well-played show, and is a microcosmic representation of the Grateful Dead’s three albums from 1968-1969, played chronologically. Opening with Anthem Of The Sun’s “That’s It For The Other One” and the penultimate live performance of “New Potato Caboose”, the show then proceeds with four straight songs from the next album, 1969’s Aoxomoxoa. These then flow directly into the piece de résistance, the Live/Dead suite. Even by 1969 standards, 3/1/69 has a manic, controlled-chaos energy, most certainly feeling like a Saturday night celebration at their hometown venue, which it was. From a year with countless A+ performances, 3/1/69 stands out as one of the best.”

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Hall and Oates – The Philly Tapes

Recorded in the throes of their Philadelphia folk-rock phase during the late sixties, this record is a collection of rare early recordings by Daryl Hall & John Oates before their signing to Atlantic Records.
Prior to releasing their debut album “Whole Oats,’‘ these two composer-performers had sketched out a series of songs, several of which went on to become early Hall & Oates classics. A great piece of rock history showcasing that early Philly sound before Hall & Oates went on to become one of America’s greatest pop-rock duos.
Pressed on heavyweight transparent transparent orange colour vinyl with individual hand-numbering.

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Paris 67 

Another amazing release from the official Jimi Hendrix “bootleg label” Dagger Records, this raw, direct to two-track, live recording from the Olympia Theatre in Paris was captured for French national radio and documents the Experience’s triumphant return to France almost one year from the date of their 1966 debut. Recorded on October 9th, 1967, The Experience were in top form, roaring out of the gate with “Stone Free,” and following with vibrant renditions of “Hey Joe,” “Fire,” “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Catfish Blues.” “Rock Me Baby” and a compact “Red House” prefaced a grinding, muscular take of “Purple Haze,” followed by “Wild Thing,” replete with a rousing, tongue-in-cheek lead vocal that emphatically closed the show.

Released for RSD Black Friday on red and blue mixed vinyl.

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – Georgia Blue

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit “Georgia Blue” Jason Isbell tweeted on 11/5/2020 – “If Biden wins Georgia I’m gonna make a charity covers album of my favourite Georgia songs- REM, Gladys Knight, Vic Chesnutt, Allmans, Cat Power, Precious Bryant, Now It’s Overhead, etc… And damn is that gonna be fun”

Georgia Blue is a labour of love. On election day 2020, when I saw that there was a good chance the state of Georgia might go blue, I came up with an idea: to record an album of Georgia– related songs as a thank you to the state and donate the money to a Georgia based non-profit organization. I will admit my motivations were a bit selfish. For years, I’ve been looking for an excuse to record these songs with my band and some friends. The songs on this album are some of my favourite Georgia-related songs, but the track-list is not meant to be comprehensive. I would love to cover Outkast and 2 Chainz, but I don’t think the finished product would be very good. We’re a rock band, so we covered rock songs. We have roots in blues and R&B, so we enlisted some brilliant artists to help us pull off songs by Precious Bryant, James Brown, and Gladys Knight. My favourite part of the Georgia Blue recording process was having the opportunity to work with these very special artists, and I thank them: Amanda Shires, Brittney Spencer, Adia Victoria, Brandi Carlile, Julien Baker, Bèla Fleck, Chris Thile, Steve Gorman, Peter Levin, and John Paul White. I hope you enjoy listening to these recordings as much as we enjoyed making them. Keep listening to good music and fighting the good fight.” – Jason Isbell

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Carole King, Carole King in Concert – Live at the BBC 1971 (12″ Vinyl)

Previously unreleased on vinyl, Carole King in Concert – Live at the BBC 1971 was recorded live for the BBC In Concert Series (produced by Stanley Dorfman) in 1971. Featuring her long time friend/musical collaborator Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar on guitar and a backing band including members of Jo Mama (who appear on Carole’s seminal Tapestry), King performs a timeless setlist of her classics including “I Feel the Earth Move,” “(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman,” “So Far Away” (featuring James Taylor), “It’s Too Late,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “Up on the Roof.”

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Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over The Country Club

Exclusive Alternative Artwork and Blue Vinyl. Following the success of her 2019 Grammy®-nominated album Norman Fucking Rockwell, Lana released her highly anticipated seventh studio album Chemtrails Over The Country Club.

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Little Feat – Electrif Lycanthrope: Live at Ultra-Sonic Studios, 1974

Nestled between the classic LP releases Dixie Chicken and Feats Don’t Fail Me Now and performed for a small and intimate assembled studio audience, this recording finds Little Feat in their prime, live from Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead, NY on September 9th, 1974.

Often discussed as their ‘best’ line up, this recording features the 1974 version of Little Feat containing Lowell George (Guitar, Vocals), Paul Barrere (Guitar, Vocals), Kenny Gradney (Bass), Richie Hayward (Drums, Vocals) Sam Clayton (Percussion, Vocals), and Bill Payne (Keyboards). With excerpts of this performance only available previously as a legendary ‘70s bootleg, this RSD Black Friday release is the first time the full-length performance is available, directly from the original pre-FM broadcast master tapes, and serves as an excellent introduction to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s best – yet criminally unsung – outfits. The recording captures the band cranking out songs from what are arguably two of their three best studio albums, at the pinnacle of their chemistry.

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Nick Lowe – Wireless World

In true Stiff Records fashion, Jake Riviera (Stiff’s founder) and Nick Lowe were looking for any opportunity to mess with music journalists ahead of the release of Nick’s debut solo record. Jake and Nick had already learned that the album title, “Jesus of Cool”, would not be appropriate for the US release on Columbia; stateside it would be known as Pure Pop for Now People. Jake and Nick loved that the album would have two titles because it would lead to confusion. But then they thought “why stop at two titles?” Jake and Nick made it their goal to feed as many conflicting stories as possible to journalists, including giving fake album titles for Nick’s debut to interviewers. This resulted in one paper “exclusively revealing” to readers that Nick’s solo debut would be titled Wireless World. While Jesus of Cool and Pure Pop for Now People gave Nick his rightful place on the power pop plateau, the whispers of Wireless World faded away as mysteriously as they appeared. Now, for the first time ever, Wireless World is being issued on LP more than 40 years after first being reported. The album combines the track listing of Jesus of Cool and Pure Pop for Now People into one studio album. Wireless World is available for Record Store Day Black Friday 2020 on dustbin green vinyl.

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Ozzy Osbourne, No More Tears (12″ Picture Vinyl)

One of his most successful and most popular albums, “No More Tears” is Ozzy Osbourne’s sixth solo studio album, a Top 10 album upon its release in September 1991.  Featuring some of Zakk Wylde’s best-ever guitar work, along with four songs co-written by Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, No More Tears contains some of the biggest songs of Ozzy’s career, including the Top 5 rock radio hits “No More Tears” and “Mama, I’m Coming Home” (his highest charting Top 40 radio track); the album also includes Ozzy’s Grammy-winning song “I Don’t Want to Change the World.”   No More Tears went on to become RIAA-certified quadruple-platinum in the US, making it one of Ozzy’s two best-selling albums (alongside his groundbreaking solo debut Blizzard of Ozz).

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Lou Reed And Kris Kristofferson – The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words: With Vin Scelsa

We bring you another historic, once-in-a-lifetime meeting taking place during the winter of ’94 on that venerable Bottom Line stage. Culled from an evening that also included Suzanne Vega and Victoria Williams, there was perhaps no other pairing more perfectly suited to the “In Their Own Words” platform than this singular meeting of Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson. As much a course in music history and song writing as a performance, and years before VH1’s Storytellers series, Allan Pepper and Vin Scelsa’s ITOW series afforded the audience a window into the minds of their favourite songsmiths, in a run that lasted from May of 1990 until March of 2003.

The two songsmiths in question were born and raised in two very different worlds – Lou Reed in the jungles of New York City and Kris Kristofferson in the heart of the Southland. Still, both men demanded total artistic freedom and created raw, brutally honest art that addressed strikingly similar issues of struggles – with loneliness and alienation, addiction and recovery, love and loss, good and evil, vulnerability and hopelessness – painfully aware of contradictions and critical of hypocrisy, painting pictures of characters known or imagined, yet always finding the humanity in our faults and weaknesses during our darkest hours. Through the lens of their music, Lou and Kris view the human condition with a sense of humility and no small amount of humour, which was always close at hand.

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Joe Strummer – Johnny Appleseed

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Joe Strummer’s groundbreaking “Global A Go-Go” album Dark Horse Records will release a 12” Colour reissue of the original Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros 7” single ‘Johnny Appleseed’. Both included tracks are remastered by Paul Hicks and will be cut at 45rpm on 12″ vinyl for maximum audio quality.

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U2 – Gloria (40th Anniversary)

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the U2 single ‘Gloria’, originally released as a single in October 1981, the second single to be taken from U2’s second studio album “October“. It remains a staple in U2’s live set ever since.

This 40th anniversary limited edition EP includes the studio version of ‘Gloria’ plus three live versions from three different decades. The 1990s are represented by the Point Depot show on the band’s home turf of northside Dublin (track A2). Although ticketed as 31st December 1989, the show started at midnight on 1st January 1990 and was broadcast across Europe at the time.

Side B contains two previously unreleased live recordings of ‘Gloria’ – recorded at the Fleet Center in Boston during the Vertigo tour in 2005, and at London’s O2 Arena during the third night of their run of shows in the English capital as part of the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour in 2015.

12” Info • 4-track 12” EP, cut at 45 rpm • Pressed on 180gsm transparent sun yellow vinyl • Full colour gatefold outer sleeve with high gloss finish, featuring portraits of the band • Large poster (600mm x 600mm, folded) with montage of photos from the various live shows across the decades Tracklist Side A 1. Gloria (Studio Version) 2. Gloria (Live From The LoveTown Tour, The Point Depot, Dublin, 31st December 1989) – currently unavailable Side B 1. Gloria (Live From The Vertigo Tour, Boston, 26th May 2005) – previously unreleased 2. Gloria (Live From The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour, London, 29th October 2015) – previously unreleased

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Australian band The Church‘s fifth album “Starfish” is being reissued as a 2LP vinyl set in November. The 1988 album was a surprise commercial success, particularly in America where it went gold and first single ‘Under The Milky Way’ climbed into the top 30 hit of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The Church were founded in 1980 in Canberra, Australia. Their jangly guitar pop, combined with emotional and smart lyrics, proved an immediate smash ‘down under’ and beyond. 

The reissue expands “Starfish” from 10 tracks to 18, with the album proper across almost three sides of vinyl (“for maximum bass and dynamics” say the label). The bonus tracks include acoustic versions of ‘Under The Milky Way’ and ‘Antenna’ and other studio recordings. The Church’s Starfish is a dreamy, atmospheric masterpiece, guitar-driven alt-rock before alt-rock was a term. It includes the timeless smash hit ‘Under the Milky Way,’ and ‘Reptile,’ both First Wave staples. Intervention’s 2X 180-Gram LP, Artist-Approved Expanded Edition is 18-tracks total, including 8 amazing bonus tracks that were not on the original LP. The other tracks are so strong that it’s very apparent that Starfish could have been a potent double LP. 

This release is from Intervention Records and they state that the album and bonus tracks are 100 percent analog-mastered from the original analogue tapes, by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound. We are promised these will be “ultra-quiet” because they are pressed at RTI in Camarillo, CA and that Intervention “replaces it’s stampers every 500 copies so every pressing is is a hot stamper”.

The artwork has been restored and this becomes a gatefold with the original inner sleeves printed as the inside gatefold panels. The jacket is the ‘tip-on’ variety made by Stoughton printing in L.A. This means heavyweight card with the artwork ‘pasted’ onto the board. This has then been laminated.

Clearly much effort is going into this, although being an import here in the UK, it’s pretty expensive. If you are wondering about a CD version, Intervention actually issued that early on this year. Not just CD either, the it’s a hybrid dual-layer SACD which is compatible with all normal CD players but gives you access to the hi-res stereo on SACD players (there’s no surround version). This contains the same 18-tracks.

Starfish is reissued as a 2LP set on 26th November 2021, via Intervention.

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The pioneering Sheffield post-punk outfit issued a slew of influential titles for Rough Trade and Virgin during their heyday.

Cabaret Voltaire‘s Richard H. Kirk has died. The post-punk outfit’s sole remaining member’s death was announced by his record label Mute this afternoon (September 21st). He was 65. The cause of Kirk’s death has not been revealed at the time of writing.

A statement from the label read: “It is with great sadness that we confirm our great and dear friend, Richard H. Kirk has passed away,”  “Richard was a towering creative genius who led a singular and driven path throughout his life and musical career. We will miss him so much. We ask that his family are given space at this time.”

Broadcaster Dave Haslam, was one of the first to pay tribute to Kirk, describing him as a “creative genius indeed and a truly top fella. RIP.” Journalist, author and The Membranes’ frontman John Robb also paid his respects. “Really sad news. Richard H Kirk (Cabaret Voltaire) RIP. Musical and cultural game-changer,” he wrote.

Born in Sheffield in 1956, Kirk first came to prominence in the 1970s as one-third of Cabaret Voltaire, the industrial group who took their name from a nightclub in Zurich that was a centre for the early Dada movement. Having formed in 1973, and played their first live gig in 1975, the band eventually signed to Rough Trade in 1978, after sending demos to a number of labels. The trio were prolific in the years that followed, releasing EPs such as ‘Extended Play’, ‘Nag Nag Nag’ and ‘Three Mantras’ between 1978 and 1980, as well as three influential albums: Mix-Up (1979), The Voice Of America (1980) and Red Mecca (1981).

After one-third of the group, Chris Watson, left in 1981, Kirk and fellow member Stephen Mallinder took their industrial sound in a decidedly more commercial direction, releasing the album “The Crackdown” via Some Bizarre / Virgin Records in 1983, as well as “Micro-Phonies”, also via Virgin, in 1984. The former gave the group their best UK chart placing, landing at number 31.

Some years later, Kirk and Mallinder started to pursue a more electronic-influenced sound, best captured on 1990’s “Groovy, Laidback & Nasty“, which was produced in Chicago alongside house pioneer Marshall Jefferson. A number of other house-influenced records followed between 1992 and 1994, released through the labels Plastex and Apollo.

The group were inactive for 20 years until Kirk as the sole remaining member, returned for a 2014 performance at Berlin’s Atonal festival. A new album, “Shadow Of Fear”, their first in 26 years was also released in 2020.

Speaking about the record at the time Kirk said in reference to the coronavirus crisis: “The album was finished just as all the weirdness was starting to kick in,” adding that “’Shadow Of Fear’ feels like a strangely appropriate title” for these trying times.” He continued: “The current situation didn’t have much of an influence on what I was doing – all the vocal content was already in place before the panic set in – but maybe due to my nature of being a bit paranoid there are hints in there about stuff going a bit weird and capturing the current state of affairs.”

In addition to his work with Cabaret Voltaire, Kirk also released a number of other records under a variety of aliases that included Sandoz, Electronic Eye and Trafficante. Much of his solo work leaned into the downtempo and electronic influences of Cabaret Voltaire’s 1990s work, with the project Sweet Exorcist – a collaboration with Richard Barratt (AKA DJ Parrot) – bearing a number of seminal early “Bleep Techno” releases through Warp Records.

To mark the records’s 40th anniversary, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark will release the three singles from 1981’s “Architecture & Morality” together on one album, along with associated tracks: unreleased demos, studio sessions and live performances.

The announcement follows their incredible ‘You Me & OMD’ livestream at London’s Indigo at The O2, which raised funds for the cast and crew whose livelihoods have been affected by Covid-19,

Released in 1981, “Architecture & Morality” wad OMD’s third studio album. Its iconic use of the Mellotron and choral samples resulted in international critical acclaim and has sold over four million copies worldwide. The three singles from the album, “Souvenir,” “Joan Of Arc,” and “Maid Of Orleans,” all reached the top 5 in the UK singles chart and sold a total of eight million copies combined. It was an album that further solidified OMD as kings of the synth-pop world.

‘Souvenir’, ‘Joan Of Arc’ and ‘Maid Of Orleans’ are the brilliant, international hit singles from the album but they are joined by 15 other tracks including the demo of ‘Souvenir’, the rough mix of ‘Choir Song’, ‘Motion & Heart (Live at Drury Lane, 1981)’, a rough mix of ‘Joan Of Arc’, the ‘Georgia Demo’ of ‘New Song’, the demo of ‘Maid Of Orleans’ and more!. “The success of Architecture and Morality took us all by surprise,” Andy McCluskey commented. “Once again we had followed our raison d’être of changing musical style, but we seemed to have really hit upon a sound that resonated with a wide audience… To this day, the songs remain the “Holy Trinity” in the middle of our live stage performances and the audience reaction is always rapturous.”

These 18-tracks are available on one CD called Architecture & Morality: The Singles but they are also being issued as a special anniversary 3×12-inch package in a six-panel, embossed, silver-board gatefold sleeve. The vinyl also comes with a download code.

The singles are pressed on magenta, purple and red vinyl. for the first time, the band will release the hits as three 12” singles on 45 rpm colored vinyl. The vinyl contains a triple gatefold sleeve, silver-board & emboss detail. OMD are embarking on a Arena Tour in November, which will see the band perform songs from Architecture & Morality, plus many more from their legendary back catalogue. The tour will stop off at London’s Eventim Apollo, as well as two hometown shows at the Liverpool Empire and Olympia.  

Architecture & Morality: The Singles is released on 15th October 2021.

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Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, who release music under the moniker Lets Eat Grandma, released their brilliant sophomore album I’m All Ears released in 2018. They’ve returned with their first new music since then with the single “Hall of Mirrors,” a wash of pearlescent synths that details a magnetic connection. Matching that energy, “Hall of Mirrors” comes with a dizzying, colourful video directed by El Hardwick.

“I wanted to use the setting of a fairground at night to describe the dizziness, intensity, and excitement of being with a woman I had strong feelings for,” Walton said in a statement about the song. “The hall of mirrors as a metaphor for discovering and exploring parts of myself that I was bringing to life. In some ways it’s reflective and almost secretive, journeying through confusing and difficult emotions, but I also wanted ‘Hall of Mirrors’ to be a euphoric song that conveys clarity, confidence, and ultimately joy.”

The Norwich duo – aka Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth – released their second album “I’m All Ears in 2018, and also contributed three songs to a art installation by artist Tai Shan the following year. Rosa also recently reworked Marika Hackmans track ‘blow’ ,

Let’s Eat Grandma – “Hall of Mirrors” have returned with a glistening, synth-driven new track via Transgressive Records.

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Chelsea Wolfe has shared a video that gives us a look inside the tour that supported her 2019 album “Birth of Violence”. The Bobby Cochran–directed documentary details how Birth of Violence came to be, explaining the healing that writing these songs and spending time with her acoustic guitar brought her. “Finding a place to call home while in constant motion,” Wolfe states in the film, which also features her cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” and a new song called “Green Altar.”

The latter was a song that didn’t make it onto “Birth of Violence”. “It’s a love song I wrote after finding out that my dear friends Bill Crisafi and Hogan McLaughlin were engaged,” Wolfe said in a press release. “I envisioned them getting married in a lush, green outdoor space outside of some majestic castle ruins.”

In regard to the Mitchell cover, Wolfe revealed that she was watching many videos of ’70s folk icon while prepping for tour. “A 1966 Canadian performance that I found of hers ended up inspiring the video for my song ‘Highway.’ One night after working on the live set, Ben and I were hanging out and I was just letting the Joni videos roll. ‘Woodstock’ came on and I started singing along. After that I simply asked Ben if he’d be into covering it with me for the tour, and we just went back into the studio and started working it out. The cover came together quite naturally and it was a treat to play on stage every night. Joni is obviously such a big inspiration to this side of my music, so it felt right to pay tribute to her.”

Due to the pandemic, the tour was put on hold, but now fans can watch at home and get an intimate look into Wolfe’s rituals and thought process. “I wanted to share this documentary for that reason as well, for those who had tickets to cancelled shows (I love you!), and as a sort of wave goodbye to the time I spent focused on Birth of Violence, as I’m now making plans for and in the headspace of the next new album.”

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Supergrass are a peculiar band. The Oxford trio released their debut album “I Should Coco” in 1995 at the height of Britpop and Cool Britannia, and their biggest hit “Alright” propelled them into the mainstream with mind-numbing speed. Supergrass were never the smartest, sexiest, loudest, or most popular members of the Britpop movement, but they were staggeringly consistent, with all six albums possessing a distinct identity—from the speedy punk-pop flair of their debut to the summery, psych-tinged rock of “In It for the Money”, or the grief-stricken balladry of “Road to Rouen“, they always flipped the script.

While the happy-go-lucky “Alright” and its famously waggish music video are what often come to mind for the average person, Supergrass’ adept musicianship and interesting albums shouldn’t be forgotten. Frontman Gaz Coombes was one of the most formidable guitarists of his time, and the group’s second album, In It for the Money, could easily be deemed the most underrated of all Britpop records. Because it had been out of print since its release in 1997, that album became highly sought after until last month, when the band released a remastered version on CD and vinyl along with rarities from that period.

From the vein-busting opener “In It For The Money” to the stoopid, human-beatbox closer of “Sometimes I Make You Sad”, Supergrass’s second album fairly defines the term “classic”. “Going Out” swivels on an outrageous, 14-bar passage of Memphis brass and buzzes like the Beatles on the roof at Apple, while “Sun Hits The Sky” has all the furious bass-runs of the Who’s “I Can See For Miles”. And “Late In The Day” breaks into a guitar solo of such unindulgent homesick beauty it could cause pavements to weep. God would have to buy a Gibson and crib off John Lennon to top half of the songs on Money.

Supergrass split up in 2010, and in the years since, Coombes went solo, bassist Mick Quinn joined Swervedriver, and drummer Danny Goffey released music as Vangoffey. But in late 2019, they played their first shows together in a decade, leading to a formal Supergrass reunion tour a year later, which was cut short by the pandemic. “All the way through, it’s been about performing live. I just think it’d be a bit weird to try and get back in the studio. I don’t know if everything that split the band has been resolved. I mean, fuck it, it doesn’t need to be, necessarily.” quoted Gaz Coombes.

The first couple albums—they’re teenagers playing punk rock and roll. The thing is, you always want to be able to deliver it with real intensity, purity, and honesty. So that was definitely something, like, “How’s it going to feel when we play ‘Caught by the Fuzz’ or ‘Alright?’” “Fuzz” was one of the first we tried when we got into rehearsals, and it was quite mad without being too corny about it. There was a chemistry that immediately hit, and it’s just the feeling we all had as we started playing.

They have also released a career-spanning box set titled “The Strange Ones” and a collection of recordings from their reunion shows titled “Live on Other Planets“. Now they’re back playing open-air festivals and clubs again, eager to celebrate a dynamic, singular back catalogue.

EARTH WIND & FIRE – ” September “

Posted: September 22, 2021 in MUSIC
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Do you remember the “21st night of September?” These famous lyrics have probably rung through your ears before, that is, if you’ve ever been to a wedding, prom, Disco school reunion, or any other celebratory social gathering. The Earth, Wind & Fire classic was released as a single in 1978, then featured on the band’s album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, reaching number one on the US R&B chart, number eight on the Billboard Hot 11, and number three on the UK singles chart.

There’s no denying the song is catchy. But what does it mean? Where did it come from? What is the significance of this seemingly arbitrary fall date?. The story of the song begins in 1978. Allee Willis was a struggling songwriter in LA — until the night she got a call from Maurice White, the leader of Earth, Wind & Fire. White offered her the chance of a lifetime: to co-write the band’s next album. Willis arrived at the studio the next day hoping it wasn’t some kind of cosmic joke.

“As I open the door, they had just written the intro to ‘September.’ And I just thought, ‘Dear God, let this be what they want me to write!’ Cause it was obviously the happiest-sounding song in the world,” Willis says.

Using a progression composed by Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist Al McKay, White and Willis wrote the song over the course of a month, conjuring images of clear skies and dancing under the stars. Willis says she likes songs that tell stories, and that at a certain point, she feared the lyrics to “September” were starting to sound simplistic. One nonsense phrase bugged her in particular.

“The, kind of, go-to phrase that Maurice used in every song he wrote was ‘ba-dee-ya,’ ” she says. “So right from the beginning he was singing, ‘Ba-dee-ya, say, do you remember / Ba-dee-ya, dancing in September.’ And I said, ‘We are going to change ‘ba-dee-ya’ to real words, right?’ “

Wrong. Willis says that at the final vocal session she got desperate and begged White to rewrite the part.

“And finally, when it was so obvious that he was not going to do it, I just said, ‘What the f- – – does ‘ba-dee-ya’ mean?’ And he essentially said, ‘Who the f- – – cares?’” she says. “I learned my greatest lesson ever in songwriting from him, which was never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.”

The REYTONS – ” Kids Off The Estate “

Posted: September 21, 2021 in MUSIC

South Yorkshire band The Reytons have been together for less than a year and are able to boast to having their own IPA, releasing two EPs (‘Kids off the estate’ & ‘It was all so monotonous’) selling out The Plug in Sheffield and gaining over 200,000 views on their music videos.

The band comprises of; Jonny Yerrell – Vocals, Joe O’Brien – Lead Guitar, Lee Holland – Bass Guitar and Jamie Simpson – Drums. Their continuous rise has to be down to their use of witty lyrics, stage presence and ability to harness the powers of social media; with Bruce Jones (Commonly known for playing Les Battersby in Coronation Street) appearing in one of their music videos.

Live lead singer Jonny Yerrell speaking the words to one of their latest tracks ‘Kids off the estate’. He oozed stage presence much akin to Alex Turner, Comedic gestures, and Indie anthem style song-after-song, A band on the rise, and with the Arctic Monkey’s taking a relatively backwards seat these last couple of years, there is a big space for another top South Yorkshire styled indie band.

We are proud to announce our Debut album ‘Kids Off The Estate’ will be released 24/09/21 and is available to pre-order from our website NOW!