04 December 2016

RIALTO self titled 1998

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Louis Elliot and Jonny Bull began their Brit-pop ventures in fall 1991 under the guise of Kinky Machine. With a dedicated, albeit small cult following, they broke into the U.K. Top Ten in 1992 and added a Manic Street Preachers tour to their credentials. 1993 brought a debut album and a 1995 sophomore effort, Bent; however, their style decreased in rarity as acts like Elastica exploded internationally. This, fueled by management and label woes, caused Kinky Machine to dissipate. Early in 1997 Bull and Elliot, along with the latter's old friend and bassist Julian Taylor, drummer Pete Cuthbert, and Toby Hounsham, who responded to an advertisement placed in the Melody Maker, rejoined and formed Rialto. Their unusual name is traced back to a local U.K. (now bankrupt) theater chain. This cinematic reference is consistent with Elliot's fascination with films, soundtracks and scores, as they admit to being heavily influenced by cinema. They cite industry giants such as Elvis Costello, Lloyd Cole, Leonard Cohen, Elliot Smith, Brian Wilson, Ennio Morricone and John Barry as influences and objects of their musical admiration.
Second drummer Anthony Christmas is a major contributor to this band's unusual sound, following the musical footsteps of Phil Spector and Adam and the Ants with two simultaneous, equi-balanced drummers. Given an eight-track home studio by their recording company, they emerged late in 1997 (under Bull's production talents and Elliot's lyrical guidance) with a new, innovative signature sound and contagious tunes chock full of script-like, empathetic tales.
In 1997 they produced their first singles, "When We're Together" and "Untouchable." The latter was re-released in January 1998; it quickly penetrated the Top 20 and was soon accompanied by their next single, "Dream Another Dream." Despite their proven success and much anticipated arrival of their self-titled debut album, East-West Records dropped them. China Records, the label under which Morcheeba rose to fame, released Rialto's album in July 1998. The six-track Girl on a Train followed two years later, receiving accolades from NME and Q. By the time Rialto gathered to make a second album, Hounsham had left the group. Rialto was now a four-piece and they spent most of 2001 perfecting electronic sounds for Night on Earth, which was issued in March 2002. 

Tracklist  

1 Monday Morning 5.19 4:51
2 Dream Another Dream 3:20
3 Broken Barbie Doll 4:14
4 Summer's Over 4:40
5 Untouchable 4:16
6 Hard Candy 3:05
7 Quarantine 5:01
8 Lucky Number 3:40
9 Love Like Semtex 3:22
10 When We're Together 3:38
11 The Underdogs 3:50
12 Milk Of Amnesia 4:20


01 December 2016

MAGNOG More Weather 1997

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Biography

The origins of Magnog are in band Space Helmet, which essentially split up into Magnog and Hovercraft, c. 1993. (Magnog's drummer and Hovercraft's guitarist are brothers.) Magnog's lineup consisted of Jeff Reilly (bass, guitar), Dana Shinn (drums), and Phil Drake (guitar), with all three also singing and playing keyboards. After sending three ninety-minute demo tapes of lengthy improvised jams, recorded between 1994 and 1997, to Kranky, the trio recorded an album for the label with Jessamine's Andy Brown as producer. The eponymous album was released in 1996, drawing comparisons with early 1970s Pink Floyd and 1970s German Krautrock bands such as Ash Ra Tempel and early Tangerine Dream.[1]
The following year, tracks from the demo tapes were selected for release as the double CD More Weather.The band went on to play the Vienna Jazz Festival and performed with Pearl Jam and Neil Young for the Pearl Jam fan club in Seattle. After the band broke up, Reilly made further records as Octal, including an album for former Spacemen 3 member Sonic Boom's label, Space Age Records.
Magnog returned to live activity with shows in the Pacific Northwest in 2011.[2]
Phil Drake died on November 8th, 2015.[3]

Tracklist  

1-1 More Weather 8:10
1-2 Tear Catching Current 4:07
1-3 Vacant Chair 0:50
1-4 Chopstick 12:52
1-5 Our Texture 3:57
1-6 Arc Of Infinity 0:59
1-7 Somewhere Between Asleep And Awake 10:13
1-8 Waiting Leaves 1:30
1-9 Mystery Goodness 31:03
2-1 Between Stones 1:02
2-2 Ocean Floor Sleep 14:43
2-3 Ghost Squid 3:53
2-4 Asleep At Light Speed 6:28
2-5 Goom Chi Pan 2:05
2-6 26 Times 14:21
2-7 Goom Chi Pan (Reprise) 2:29
2-8 Pattern Sifter 2:15
2-9 Signatures 22:47

 

THE PLUMS Gun 1994

Thanks to Adams
 
 

The Plums

In 1992, Kennedy-McCracken formed indie pop four-piece The Plums with guitarist Steve Moffat and drummer Shamus Goble; all three had previously played in the band Jack and the Beanstalk. They were joined by Pete McCracken on bass guitar.[10] According to rock music historian Ian McFarlane, "The Plums mixed strident guitar riffs with melodic pop roots. Kennedy was the band's focal point with her tough-but-graceful presence, opinionated views and emotion-charged, if imperfect, vocals".[10]
The band released two EPs on Mushroom's Temptation label, Au Revoir Sex Kitten and Read All Over.[10] The album Gun followed in 1994. The band's final recording was the Heavenly EP, released in 1995. The band broke up the same year.
 

Tracklist

1 Gun 3:21
2 All The Way Back 4:44
3 Baby 3:33
4 Find This Anywhere 3:46
5 Is It The Way 4:42
6 Pretty Face 3:52
7 Frame Eye 3:18
8 Axeman 3:51
9 Why Don't You Say 4:30
10 The Trip 3:26
11 When You Come Over 5:06
 

764-HERO Get Here And Stay 1998

Thanks to Jim
 

Tracklist 

1 Loaded Painted Red 6:05
2 History Lessons 4:11
3 Ward's Country 3:23
4 Calendar Pages 4:01
5 Ottawa Dropout 6:07
6 Watch The Silverware 2:52
7 Get Alone 4:06
8 Typo 4:02
9 Stained Glass 2:50
10 Coastline 2:50
 

HARD ONS Too Far Gone 1993

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One of Australia's most popular, most enduring, and most defiantly independent punk bands, the Hard-Ons have been around on and off since 1982. In that time they have been an influence on more than one generation of punk fans while earning respect from musicians around the world. Their own description their mix of punk, pop, and metal is "Motörhead playing the Beach Boys." Peter "Blackie" Black was one of many musicians inspired to form a band by the Sex Pistols. Unlike members of Joy Division and the Buzzcocks who got their inspiration from seeing them in the flesh, Black saw them on TV while he was a Sydney high-schooler. After rushing out to buy their album, he visited his friend Keish de Silva and told him they were forming a band, no questions asked. Black learned to play the guitar and de Silva the drums. They were joined by a fellow student of Punchbowl Boys High, Brendan Creighton, on vocals for their first gig at the school's end-of-year party. Prophetically, the police had to shut them down for being too loud. They first called themselves the Dead Rats, then the Plebs, before finally settling on the Hard-Ons for its ability to annoy adults. Creighton left and later formed the band Thrust, and the Hard-Ons were joined by Ray Ahn on bass while de Silva took over the singing. A three-piece punk band with a singing drummer, made up of underage kids from migrant families, wasn't the norm for the western suburbs of Sydney, but their sound and their violent stage antics impressed the crowds. Their debut, the 1985 EP Surfin' on My Face, featured Ahn's cover art as part of their do-it-yourself ethic, which also had them promoting themselves, personally choosing their support bands and even managing their own merch stand. It also marked the beginning of the love affair between the Hard-Ons and Australia's independent charts, making it to number two. A brief flirtation with the RCA label produced their first album, Smell My Finger, in 1986. Friction between the band and RCA, which wasn't impressed by the album's title, ended with the Hard-Ons returning to their independent roots for the rest of their career. Broadening their sound with dashes of power pop, psychedelic rock, thrashy metal, and a healthy dose of humor lead to successful tours of Europe and a constant string of albums from the hardworking Hard-Ons. In 1987 they released their self-titled album as well as Hot for Your Love Baby and The Worst of the Hard-Ons The next year they released Dickcheese and a split 10" with Brit band the Stupids, called No Cheese! Their final release from this prolific period was 1989's Love Is a Battlefield of Wounded Hearts. Touring Europe and the U.S., where they supported the re-formed Buzzcocks, the Hard-Ons found they had fans on the other side of the world. One of these fans turned out to be Henry Rollins, who met with the band in 1990 to record a cover of AC/DC's classic "Let There Be Rock." Other fans included the Ramones, who asked for the Hard-Ons to be their support act during their 1991 tour of Australia. That year they released the album Yummy!, named after a sign they passed while arguing over a title. For the first half of the '90s they remained prolific, releasing Dateless Dudes Club in 1992 and Too Far Gone in 1993. They toured for two more years before calling it a day, ending the band to follow other projects.
Best of the Hard-Ons!
The breakup didn't last long. In 1997 they were playing gigs as the re-formed Hard-Ons and a Best Of was released in 1999. Their 2000 release, This Terrible Place, was to be the last featuring Keish de Silva. Black took over the vocals in his stead and they were joined by Pete Kostic of the bands Regurgitator and Front End Loader on drums. The new lineup released Very Exciting! in 2003. Rumours of a double album were quelled when the Hard-Ons instead released two more albums back to back. Most People Are a Waste of Time, their 2006 release, focussed on their old-fashioned pop-punk sound, while Most People Are Nicer Than Us, their 2007 release, focussed on their thrash metal sound.  


Tracklist  

1 Crazy Crazy Eyes 2:25
2 Notice Me 3:01
3 If It Makes You Happy 0:58
4 Carphone 3:56
5 Test 4:33
6 I Do I Do I Do 2:15
7 Lost 1:52
8 The Blade 3:25
9 Noone Can Stop You 2:11
10 Cat Scan 1:27
11 If She Only Knew 3:29
12 It's Up To Me 2:20
13 Stressed Out 5:24
14a Sleepy 11:31

RED LETTER DAY self titled 1996

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San Francisco-based trio fronted by Gino Nave and John Reinert
They released only one self released album in 1996

Gino Nave and John Reinert are now "Achievements In Sound". They have released four albums of beatlesque powerpop. 


 Tracklist 

1 She's Varispeed
2 Try
3 Lilly
4 Dens Are The Places For Daniels
5 Olympia
6 Feels Like Gulliver
7 M. Grey
8 Not The Only One
9 My Song
10 ? (Hidden)

THE SPITTERS self titled 1993

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punk
 

Tracklist

1 M.C.A. 1918-1993
2 We Kiss Until We Came Alive
3 Draw A Circle Around Me
4 Ressaca

29 November 2016

TAKAKO MINEKAWA Roomic Cube 1996



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Singer/songwriter Takako Minekawa avoids many J-pop cliches, crafting her unique sound from her personal obsessions -- cats, keyboards, French pop -- and her sweet, girlish voice. A child movie and TV star in Japan, Minekawa was always interested in music and formed her first group Lolita with some college friends. This morphed into Fancy Face Groovy Name in 1990, which also included Kahimi Karie. After playing in a number of groups, Minekawa was ready to strike out on her own. She released her solo debut Chat Chat in 1994, which she followed up with 1995's A LittleTouch of Baroque In Winter and 1996's Roomic Cube (released the following year in the U.S.).
Recubed
With each album, Minekawa's writing and arrangements showed a more refined mix of innocence and complexity. However, her ideas were still fresh and playful, as the 1998 remix EP Recubed -- which featured Roomic Cube songs remixed by friends like Sukia, the Pulsars, and Buffalo Daughter -- showed. Cloudy Cloud Calculator, Minekawa's most independent statement yet, was released at the end of 1998; it was followed by 1999's Fun 9 and 2000's Maxi On EP. After marrying Cornelius' Keigo Oyamada, Minekawa took an extended break from making music, and resurfaced in 2013 with the fractured, experimental pop of Toropical Circle, a collaboration with former Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong. The duo returned the following year with Savage Imagination, a more free-flowing set of pieces featuring more samples and textures. 

Tracklist  

1 Sleep Song 3:01
2 Fantastic Cat 3:58
3 Never/More 4:17
4 Klaxon 4:28
5 Wooooog 3:53
6 Dessert Song 2:59
7 Destron 3:57
8 Pop Up Squirrels 0:27
9 1.666666 6:24
10 Rainy Song 2:19
11 T.T.T. 2:05
12 Black...White 3:16
13 More Pop Up Squirrels 0:49

DANCING FRENCH LIBERALS OF '48 Scream Clown Scream 1994

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Tracklist

1 Scream Clown Scream
2 F Is For Fake
3 In A Past Life
4 Bottom Of Our Career
5 Off The Deep End