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Essential Records: "Kaleidoscope World" by The Chills

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 31, 2016 07:28pm | Post a Comment

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In 1985, The Chills played a few nights at the very non-glamorous central Christchurch booze barn, The Carlton Hotel, and like I did for most bands on New Zealand's illustrious Flying Nun label at the time, I trudged down to check 'em out. I'd seen quite a few of their shows since their formation in the early '80s, but this one was different. They were always good, but this time I felt like something really special was happening, maybe even a kind of genius (much as I hate using that word).

This was the 9th or 10th lineup of the band, but this one - with original bass player Terry Moore back in the band, human metronome Alan Haig (later of Snapper) on drums, and colorful keyboardist Peter Allison - was the one where it all fell into place for me and the other over-capacity 500-odd people there (Fire code? What fire code?). They moved from their most quiet moments (delicate pieces of Beatles-y/Left Banke/Summer of Love-style whimsical psych) to an increasingly roaring cacophonous sound that filled the bar (and my poor ears) with awe. Where was it coming from? With only one guitarist? (There's still largely unrecorded songs from this period, like "Frozen Fountain" and "Silhouette," that would wipe away once and for all the notion that the band was the "poppy" Flying Nun band.)

Martin Phillipps was the songwriter, guitarist, and autocrat of the band, and, although he would never beFlying Nun Records accused of being the most alpha of males, was directing the traffic that night just as single-mindedly as he directed the evolution of his band (check out In Love With These Times, Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd's excellent memoir, for a good take on Phillipps' rationale for the many lineup changes through the '80s and beyond). I knew Martin a little (mostly from a recent lengthy Steinlager-fueled interview at his Dunedin home, a consequence of my part-time gig as music writer for The Christchurch Press) and he was happy to admit he was fascinated by fantasy and comic books, but at the same time was fiercely adamant that The Chills were not just pure escapism...a claim backed up by the "Doledrums" 45 that addressed the dole (Government unemployment benefits) culture in NZ at the time.

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Six Cure Vinyl Reissues Out This Summer

Posted by Amoebite, June 3, 2016 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Legendary post-punks The Cure are deep in the midst of a 33-show North American tour, their first since 2008. Whether you're a new fan or a die-hard, it's the perfect time to revisit the band's early catalog, and whaddaya know? Elektra is reissuing Robert Smith and co.'s first six albums on 180-gram vinyl. The records will be available in Amoeba stores on September 6th, but you can pre-order now on our website if you'd like to receive a lovely, LP-shaped package in the mail instead.

UPDATE: The Cure vinyl reissues have been delayed from the original release date of July 15th and are now out September 6, 2016.

First up is the band's 1979 debut Three Imaginary Boys. At the time of this release, The Cure were a trio consisting of Robert Smith, Lol Tolhurst, and Michael Dempsey, and the album showcases the band at their most minimal, raw, and tightly-wound on tracks like "10:15 Saturday Night."
Starting with their 1980 release Seventeen SecondsThe Cure took a turn towards the darker, more unsettling sound with which they're now synonymous. It reached #20 on the British album charts, a new high for the still young band off the success of the single "A Forest."
1981's Faith saw the band growing even further immersed in lugubrious sounds and subject matter, with two songs ("All Cats Are Grey" and "The Drowning Man") written in tribute to the gothic-inspired Gormenghast novels by English author Mervyn Peake. Although it received mixed reviews from critics, fans responded well to Faith and the album climbed even higher up the British charts this time around, landing at the #14 slot.
On Pornography, the band began working with a new producer, Phil Thornalley, leading NME reviewer Dave Hill to describe the album as sounding like "Phil Spector in hell." The album peaked at #8 in the UK albums chart, with the single "The Hanging Garden" hitting at #32.
1984's The Top took The Cure in new directions, inspired by Smith's stints with The Glove and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The band's commercial success continued to snowball, with the album landing at #10 on the charts (but being largely ignored by critics).
In 1985, The Head on the Door took the band down a more pop-oriented route, with alternative radio mainstays like "Close to Me" and "In Between Days." With this album, The Cure established a higher profile in the US and in France (as well as in the UK); the album was certified gold in all three countries.

Pre-order The Cure vinyl reissues on Amoeba.com and they'll ship free to the U.S.!

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Prince Vinyl Reissues Coming This Year

Posted by Billy Gil, May 10, 2016 06:15pm | Post a Comment

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Though we're still mourning the passing of Prince, it's welcome news that Warner Bros. will reissue nine of the Purple One's albums on vinyl this year.

prince around the world in a day vinyl lpFirst up is Prince’s seventh album, Around the World in a Day, which comes out July 5. The album followed his hugely successful Purple Rain album and saw Prince experimenting with more psychedelic sounds on songs like “Raspberry Beret.”

Out July 19 is Parade, Prince’s eighth album and soundtrack to the film Under the Cherry Moon. Though the film wasn’t a hit, its soundtrack was, winning him critical acclaim for its minimalist funk jams like “Kiss.”

prince sign o the times vinyl lpDue Aug. 23 is Sign o’ the Times. The double album is considered by many to be Prince’s best, including socially and sexually provocative material, with sped-up vocals representing his female alter ego, Camille, on songs like “If I Was Your Girlfriend.”

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Grimes’ 'Halfaxa' Reissued!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2016 09:01pm | Post a Comment

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Halfaxa reissue
Grimes, Halfaxa original cover
Halfaxa original artwork

-- By doubleay

Grimes’ 2010 album, Halfaxa, has been reissued by Arbutus Records with new artwork! This is the first of three Grimes’ reissues from Arbutus including her other 2010 albums, Geidi Primes and Darkbloom. Grimes sophomore album, Halfaxa’s original LP release dates back to 2011 and since then her career has seen exponential growth. Grimes (Claire Boucher) has undoubtedly progressed and evolved her sound over the past five years. Her experimental electronic roots have developed into a bubblier electro pop style, like that heard on her most recent release, Art Angels. But as Boucher has moved away from her more experimental sound, she has maintained a unique and radical element to her music, skyrocketing herself to a platform where she is challenging the norms of pop music by reinventing the appealing, melodic genre.

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David Bowie's 'Changesonebowie' Vinyl Reissue Up for Pre-Order

Posted by Billy Gil, March 16, 2016 09:44am | Post a Comment

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Changesonebowie, one of the most well-known compilations from the late David Bowie, will see a vinyl and CD reissue May 20, 2016.

The first of two "Changesbowie" comps includes his biggest singles from the first part of Bowie's career, including songs like "Space Oddity," "Changes" and "Rebel Rebel." Half of the limited, 180-gram Parophone vinyl reissues comes in clear, half in black (the color's not mentioned on the sleeve and it'll be completely random as far as which will be inside).

Many of Bowie's early albums were reissued on LP last month, shortly after his death Jan. 10. They include The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars, The Man Who Sold the World, Pinups, Hunky Dory, David Bowie, Aladdin Sane and Bowie at the Beeb.

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