Lug 27 2012, 5:45 di earthcrossing
Feb 23 2012, 21:52 di amodelofcontrolIn 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
Gen 31 2012, 13:50 di Dandy-Jon
Gen 24 2012, 22:15 di amodelofcontrolMy girlfriend set me a challenge for two Tuesday Tens the other week, and it seemed like an interesting idea. Last week included the shortest Spotify Playlist I will ever post, and this week goes to the other extreme.
So this week is long songs – agreed to be more than ten minutes in duration, and also to be actual songs (as opposed to including secret tracks or silence). Which did, admittedly cut down my choice from the 447 tracks of 10:00 or more in duration by an a fair bit, and also reduced the number of genres involved. There were a few things I chose to ignore, too. Like the ridiculously over indulgent Mother by Goldie – all sixty minutes of that orchestral-drum’n'bass car crash – or the stupidly overlong Breaking Into Heaven by The Stone Roses, which would have been a great track if only they had reined it in a bit – then again, something that was said a lot about that album…
Even so, you’ll need a fair amount of spare time for this lot. …
Dic 23 2011, 21:42 di Dandy-Jon
Ott 25 2011, 21:20 di amodelofcontrolTwo reunions of different kinds hit the news last week, although interestingly the return of Steps seemed to be rather overshadowed by The Stone Roses. The NME in particular are treating the latter like the, er, Resurrection, the most important music news, well, ever. Which in some respects kinda shows them for what they and most of the music industry are about nowadays – obsessed by nostalgia and perhaps no longer all that interested in new music – which, as the papers full title suggests, should really be their focus. Never mind the collective amnesia about just how bad The Stone Roses were live last time...
But it got me thinking – there have been a hell of a lot of band reunions, for better or worse, in recent years – and here are ten of them. (Note: I’m not including the recent announcement of the return of Marion in this list – as I’d rather see how that works out first, as welcome as it is).
Playlists: Spotify | YouTube
Giu 14 2011, 18:19 di amodelofcontrolI seem to have been delving into my musical past, and in particular the nineties, an awful lot so far in 2011. I’m not exactly sure why: perhaps it’s just been discovering a handful of nights in London that cover parts of that past that I’m still fond of – so Nuis@ance and Louder Than Fuck, the latter of which really did feel like I was back in my early teens with the soundtrack. Oh yes, I was a grunge kid for a while, plaid shirts, short sleeve band T-shirts over long sleeve ones, ripped jeans, etc.
And one friend posting a nineties playlist yesterday was the reminder enough that I needed to resurrect this week’s Tuesday Ten, that I’ve had partly written for a couple of months. Twenty years back – so, 1991 – I was just thirteen, and taking some of my first steps into Alternative music, having discovered by this point already Front 242 and Faith No More (the wonders of MTV Europe). It was a bit of a vintage year, too. So with the twentieth anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind…
Apr 18 2011, 3:37 di earthcrossingYeeep, I figured it was time for another go!
Actually, I changed my mind...here's my top 50, for once!
earthcrossing's top albums (overall) 1. Lacuna Coil - Unleashed Memories (592) http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/8683/4dabb1ad05a06.jpg http://covers.nmstudio.pl/img/free-parts/spacer.gif2. Moby - Play (371) http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/1723/4b88532d14982.jpg http://covers.nmstudio.pl/img/free-parts/spacer.gif3. The Smashing Pumpkins - Adore (371) http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/651/4d2d8ad2ae378.jpg http://covers.nmstudio.pl/img/free-parts/spacer.gif4. Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville (359) http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/1189/4d4711e35f919.jpg http://covers.nmstudio.pl/img/free-parts/spacer.gif5. Alice in Chains - Facelift (317) http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/6039/4c966eff2b3b8.jpg http://covers.nmstudio.pl/img/free-parts/spacer.gif6. Seam - The Problem With Me (313) http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/2462/4d6f9ccd0ac9e. …
Dic 22 2010, 10:44 di earthcrossingFAN GIRL SQUEE!
Billy Corgan responds to my comment on Facebook - then leaves for the night
In other words, I'm pretty cool.
OR he's taking the piss and hates me. LOL.
Either way, I luv him.
The Smashing Pumpkins
Set 25 2010, 16:36 di MarkOnTour