15 August 2017

PRO-PAIN Contents Under Pressure 1996


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Foul Taste of Freedom
Based in New York, Pro-Pain is an alternative metal band that blends the aggressiveness of hardcore punk with the technical precision of speed metal. The band released their debut album, Foul Taste of Freedom, in 1992. The record was well received within metal circles, and over the next five years, the group slowly built up a dedicated following across America and Europe.
The Truth Hurts
Truth Hurts, the group's second album, appeared in 1994 and was followed two years later by Contents Under Pressure. The band's eponymous fourth album was released in January 1998, followed shortly afterwards by Act of God in 1999 and Round Six in 2000. After two years without a record, the albums started coming hot and fast again with Shreds of Dignity in 2002, Fistful of Hate in 2004, and Prophets of Doom in 2005. Their tenth album, aptly titled Age of Tyranny: The Tenth Crusade, appeared in 2007, and was quickly followed by 2008's No End in Sight. Things began to slow down (relatively speaking), with Absolute Power, the band's twelfth album, released in 2010, followed by another two year gap until 2012's Straight to the Dome. Their fourteenth album, The Final Revolution, arrived in 2014.

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1 Crush 3:11
2 Shine 3:55
3 State Of Mind 4:15
4 Gunya Down 4:36
5 The Mercy Killings 3:26
6 Contents Under Pressure 3:22
7 Against The Grain 4:10
8 Box City 3:22
9 Odd Man Out 3:54
10 Political Suicide 3:35

14 August 2017

A.R. KANE New Clear Child 1994

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Arguably the most criminally under-recognized band of their era, the British duo A.R. Kane anticipated virtually all of the key musical breakthroughs of the 1990s a decade before the fact, with the roots of everything from shoegazing to trip-hop to ambient dub -- even those of post-rock -- lying in their dreamy, oceanic sound. Formed in London in 1986, A.R. Kane were essentially the partnership of Alex Ayuli and Rudi Tambala; hailed in the press as "the black Jesus and Mary Chain" upon debuting the following year on One Little Indian with the single "When You're Sad," they moved to 4AD later in 1987 to release the follow-up EP Lollita, an impressively eclectic blend of gorgeous dream pop bliss and nightmarish squalls of feedback produced by the Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie.
While at 4AD, label chief Ivo Watts-Russell suggested that Ayuli and Tambala team with roster mates Martyn and Steven Young of Colourbox, champion mixer Chris "C.J." Mackintosh, and London DJ Dave Dorrell to record a single fusing the rhythms and beats of classic soul recordings with state-of-the-art electronics and production. Dubbing the collaboration M/A/R/R/S, the resulting single, "Pump Up the Volume" -- a breakthrough effort heralding sampling's gradual absorption from hip-hop into dance music and ultimately the pop mainstream -- soon topped the British charts, the first 4AD release ever to accomplish the feat. Plans for a M/A/R/R/S follow-up never materialized, however, and A.R. Kane again picked up stakes, moving on to Rough Trade to begin work on their much-anticipated full-length debut.

"i"
The resulting album, 1988's 69, fulfilled all the promise of A.R. Kane's earlier work and more; cosmic yet funky, its liquid grooves immersed in waves of ecstatic noise, the record's mastery of atmosphere and mood -- in tandem with its nearly formless songs -- establish it as a clear antecedent not only of the nascent shoegazer sound but also much of the underground dance music to emerge in the years to follow. The duo's double-LP follow-up, 1989's i, was even more impressive in its scope, breathlessly veering from melodic dance-pop to eerie drone-rock to epic dub mosaics. And then...nothing: only three years later did the next A.R. Kane LP, Americana -- a handful of new tracks combined with past highlights -- appear on the Luaka Bop label. By the time of a proper follow-up, 1994's New Clear Child, the moment had clearly passed. 

Tracklist

1 Deep Blue Breath 4:58
2 Grace 3:25
3 Tiny Little Drop Of Perfumed Time 3:34
4 Surf 2:36
5 Motel Gather 4:31
6 Honey Be (For Stella) 3:33
7 Cool As Moons 3:44
8 Snow White's World 4:53
9 Pearl 4:36
10 Sea Like A Child 3:09

13 August 2017

THE SUPERJESUS Eight Step Rail EP 1996

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1 Ground 3:42
2 Shut My Eyes 3:28
3 I'm Stained 4:40
4 Glazed 4:28
5 Strips Of You 4:34

12 August 2017

PAIL SAINT Noise Bucket 1996

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 Here's some experimental noise. If you can listen to the entire album, I commend you.


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1 No Song 12:03
2 Been Kept 2:56
3 Waited So Long 6:02
4 No Time 4:44
5 Remember 5:38
6 No 5:31
7 Progress 6:51
8 Untitled 3:24

10 August 2017

THIS PICTURE A Violent Impression 1991

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When the British band This Picture debuted on U.S. modern rock stations in 1991 with "Naked Rain," request lines smoked with listeners asking for the latest song from U2. Like Tuesday Blue and Cactus World News, This Picture aimed for U2's epic sound. However, U2 released Achtung Baby just when "Naked Rain" was climbing the alternative charts, and it destroyed the need for clones of the Irish superstars. Nevertheless, the poetic lyrics and driving hooks of "Naked Rain" gave modern rock radio a final gust of '80s new wave-inspired guitar pop right before Nirvana and the Seattle brigade made everything loud and fuzzy. Featuring Symon Bye (vocals), Robert Forrester (guitar), Austen Rowley (bass), and Duncan Forrester (drums), This Picture formed in Bath, England. The group's first album, A Violent Impression, appeared in 1991. Although "Naked Rain" was a hit on alternative stations, it didn't dent the mainstream charts. By the time another track, the exhilarating "Breathe Deeply Now," was being promoted to modern rock radio, the format was too steeped in grunge to care. A Violent Impression ended up in the cutout bins and This Picture was dropped from play lists once programmers started targeting younger listeners in the early '90s. The band recorded another full-length, City of Sin, in 1994 and then vanished from the scene. 

Tracklist

1 Naked Rain 3:41
2 All I Believe In 3:23
3 The Great Tree 4:09
4 Step Up 3:41
5 Death's Sweet Religion 6:27
6 Breathe Deeply Now 3:13
7 A Violent Impression 5:00
8 Still Life 4:45
9 5:30 AM 4:14
10 As Deep As This One 3:30
11 And I You 3:09

09 August 2017

LISA LOEB Firecracker 1997

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Reality Bites
If she had never made another record, Lisa Loeb would still go down in the record books as the first unsigned artist to top the American charts, as her meteoric single "Stay" -- from the soundtrack to 1994's Reality Bites -- spent three weeks at number one soon after the film's release. Born in Dallas, Loeb studied piano as a child but later switched to guitar. At Brown University, she studied music theory and played as a duo with her roommate, Elizabeth Mitchell (who went on to garner indie accolades with the band Ida). After college, Loeb attended Boston's Berklee School of Music for one semester, but then formed a full band in 1990, which she christened (in tribute to J.D. Salinger) Nine Stories and rounded out with Tim Bright on guitar, Jonathan Feinberg on drums, and Joe Quigley on bass.  


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1 I Do 3:41
2 Falling In Love 4:07
3 Truthfully 2:58
4 Let's Forget About It 2:45
5 How 3:49
6 Furious Rose 3:23
7 Wishing Heart 2:53
8 Dance With The Angels 3:38
9 Jake 3:03
10 This 3:28
11 Split Second 2:37
12 Firecracker 5:43



06 August 2017

EUGENIUS Mary Queen of Scots 1994






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1 Pebble/Shoe 3:23
2 On The Breeze 3:15
3 Blue Above The Rooftops 3:00
4 The Moon's A Balloon 4:53
5 Mary Queen Of Scots 4:59
6 Easter Bunny 5:27
7 Let's Hibernate 3:40
8 Friendly High 4:48
9 River Clyde Song 3:10
10 Tongue Rock 2:38
11 Home Sick 4:34
12 Fake Digit 4:17
13 Love, Bread And Beers 3:07


CHRIS WHITLEY Terra Incognita 1997



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Chris Whitley was a Texas-based singer/songwriter who initially began his career as a bluesy roots rocker, but as his career progressed, he moved deeper into rock and roll and alternative rock. Though Whitley's albums usually received positive reviews, they rarely sold, and his tendency to rework his sound prevented him from developing a sizable cult following among singer/songwriter fans.
As a child, Whitley moved frequently through the Southeast, eventually moving with his mother to Mexico when his parents divorced when he was 11; they later settled in a log cabin in Vermont. At the age of 15, he began playing guitar, inspired by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Winter, and Jimi Hendrix, eventually learning how to play slide guitar. He quit high school a year before graduation, moving to New York City, where he busked on the streets. One of his performances was witnessed by a listener who ran a travel agency, and decided that Whitley would be a success in Belgium and offered to send him to Europe. With nothing to lose, Whitley accepted the offer.

Living with the Law
Once in Belgium, Whitley recorded a series of albums that flip-flopped between blues, rock, and funk. The records made him a minor success in Belgium, but he decided to return to New York anyway in 1990. He happened to meet producer Daniel Lanois later that year. Impressed by Whitley's songs, Lanois helped set up a deal with Columbia Records for the songwriter, and hosted his first album at a 19th century mansion in New Orleans (although it was Lanois' associate, Malcolm Burn, who produced the album). Released in the spring of 1991, Whitley's U.S. debut, Living with the Law, was an atmospheric set of blues and folk-rock that received glowing reviews and earned him a slot opening for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Terra Incognita
Though Living with the Law seemed to position Whitley for a breakthrough into a cult audience, he waited four years to deliver his second record, Din of Ecstasy. An attempt to connect with the hard-edged mainstream alternative rock audience that developed in the years following the release of Living with the Law, the grunge-flavored Din of Ecstasy -- which was released on Columbia's recently developed "alternative" subsidiary, WORK -- received mixed reviews and alienated his roots rock audience without winning him new fans. Two years later, Whitley released Terra Incognita, which combined elements of his first two records.
Dirt Floor
Dirt Floor followed on the Messenger label in 1998, restoring Whitley to a level of critical acclaim that rivaled his early work. Live at Martyrs' followed in the spring of 2000, and just a few months later, the spare studio effort Perfect Day appeared on the Valley imprint. Rocket House (2001) expanded on more soulful grooves and boasted eclectic collaborations with Bruce Hornsby, Blondie Chaplin, and Dave Matthews. It was also his first for Matthews' own imprint, ATO Records. A year later, Long Way Around: An Anthology 1991-2001 compiled his years at Columbia.
Hotel Vast Horizon
The stark, naked, and compelling Hotel Vast Horizon appeared in 2003 and was followed by two mail-order-only albums, Weed and War Crime Blues. The two casual albums were interim offerings between Hotel Vast Horizon and his next studio outing, 2005's Soft Dangerous Shores. Whitley toured for much of 2005, but by mid-October, he was forced to cancel his remaining dates due to complications from lung cancer. He died in his home on November 20, 2005. Whitley's final album, Dislocation Blues, a collaboration with Aussie blues guitarist Jeff Lang, was released in 2007. On Air, a 2003 solo concert featuring just Whitley and his guitar, appeared in 2008.

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1 As Flat As The Earth (Exp) 1:04
2 Automatic 3:48
3 Clear Blue Sky 5:03
4 Weightless 3:04
5 Power Down 3:53
6 On Cue 3:28
7 Immortal Blues 2:30
8 Cool Wooden Crosses 2:46
9 Still Point 4:17
10 Gasket 4:03
11 One Long Day 2:18
12 Aerial 5:12
13 Alien 4:09


05 August 2017

EVEN AS WE SPEAK Feral Pop Frenzy 1993

indie pop on Sarah Records

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1 Beelzebub 1:05
2 Beautiful Day 3:11
3 Falling Down The Stairs 2:30
4 Zeppelins 0:28
5 Anybody Anyway 2:47
6 Love Is The Answer 2:00
7 To See You Smile 2:54
8 Straight As An Arrow 3:42
9 Squid 0:50
10 One Thing 1:34
11 Sailor's Graves 3:49
12 Spirit Of Progress 3:52
13 Cripple Creek 0:45
14 Swimming Song 1:42
15 One Step Forward 4:18
16 Drown 2:56
17 O.G.T.T. 1:36