Amoeblog

Essential Records: Suicide’s Self-Titled Debut

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2016 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Suicide

Originally released in 1977, NYC duo Suicide’s self-titled LP is more punk rock than the Sex Pistols, TelevisionRamones, or any other band typically identified with the era. Eschewing raucous guitar riffs for primitive drum machines beats and distorted synths, Alan Vega and Martin Rev had been making music together since 1970, long before the concept of punk was even a remunerative gleam in Malcolm McLaren’s eye. Lots of punks hated them, in fact, with an audience member at a 1978 gig supporting The Clash in Glasgow going so far as to throw an axe at Vega’s head. Rolling Stone called the album “absolutely puerile.” (The magazine later recanted and listed the LP at number 441 on their list of the best 500 albums of all time.)

The first time I heard album opener “Ghost Rider,” I was on my way home after a night out with a friend--a moment that wouldn't have been at all remarkable, except for its soundtrack. “What is this?” I asked, with a barely restrained urgency. Asking this question was no small feat; I was twenty-one, the youngest person working at my hometown’s best record store, and one of the few girls on staff. As a matter of pride, I did NOT want to admit that I didn’t know something about music — especially when everyone else seemed to already know about it. But this was more important than pride. It was inventive, bold, paranoid, intelligent, and very, very dark. It was, as my friend told me, Suicide’s first album.

Continue reading...

R.E.M. Reissues Classic LPs on Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, June 20, 2016 05:45pm | Post a Comment

REM Vinyl Reissues

This summer the mighty R.E.M. are reissuing three of their landmark releases for I.R.S. Records, as well as their major label debut, Green. These albums showcase an interesting point in the band's history, when Michael Stipe and co.'s reputation among indie and college radio circles was translating into more commercial success. Coming courtesy of Capitol Records/Universal Music, the vinyl reissues of Life's Rich Pageant, Dead Letter Office, Eponymous (all out 7/29) and Green (out 8/26) will keep their original artwork.

Lifes Rich Pageant

Life's Rich Pageant

Peaking at #21 on the Billboard charts, R.E.M.'s fourth studio album was their highest chart-topper in the US. The album was recorded at John Mellencamp's Belmont Mall Studios in Indiana and recorded by his longtime producer Don Gehman. It features "Fall on Me," a personal favorite of Stipe's plus the classic "Superman."

Dead Letter Office

Dead Letter Office

Vinyl Reissues from Dead Can Dance Coming in July

Posted by Amoebite, June 17, 2016 11:30am | Post a Comment

Dead Can Dance Vinyl Reissues

Dead Can Dance are in the midst of reissuing their entire back catalog on vinyl, with the first three installments coming this July. Their longtime label 4AD is kicking things off with represses of the group's 1984 self-tilted debut, their sophomore album Spleen & Ideal, and their sixth album, Into the Labyrinth. Founded in Melbourne and featuring the core duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, the idiosyncratic Dead Can Dance quickly became 4AD's best-selling act, with a truly unique sound that takes reference points from medieval and world music, as well as goth rock and post-punk. Pre-orders are available now, with a July 8 release date set.

Dead Can Dance

Dead Can Dance

The band's self-titled debut LP placed them alongside their contemporaries in the UK post-punk scene, with comparisons drawn to labelmates Cocteau Twins, as well as The Cure. Sans the more worldbeat-oriented sound with which the group would soon become synonymous, Dead Can Dance's debut features a more sparse, dark sound and is unlike anything else in their oeuvre.

Three Essential Melvins LPs To Be Reissued June 24

Posted by Amoebite, June 15, 2016 03:08pm | Post a Comment

Melvins Vinyl Reissues

When the Melvins burst onto the Washington music scene in the early '80s, they were making music heavier, slower, and sludgier than anyone else had before. The impact made by key members Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover cannot be understated; Melvins' uncompromising sound influenced many of the now legendary Seattle grunge bands (Nirvana were huge fans and supporters) and much of the existing canon of stoner rock/sludge/doom bands, including Boris, Sunn O))), and Earth. In fact, after a string of indie releases, it's in large part due to interest in the Seattle scene that Melvins was picked up by major label Atlantic Records in 1993 -- a partnership that would lead to the release of three of the band's classic albums, Houdini, Stag and Stoner Witch. Oddly, considering their importance, all three LPs have been out of print on vinyl for over two decades.

But no more! Jack White's Third Man Records is reissuing each album on 180-gram vinyl with gatefold sleeves. Pre-orders are available now from us (and they'll ship FREE to the U.S.), with the LPs set for a June 24 release. Here's what to look out for on each album.

Mlevins Houdini

Houdini

The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Reissues Out June 10

Posted by Amoebite, May 23, 2016 12:31pm | Post a Comment

Beach Boys Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Reissue

Wouldn't it be nice to hear Pet Sounds for the first time again? Well, next month you can experience the next best thing. In commemoration of the monumental album's 50th anniversary The Beach Boys and Capitol Records are re-releasing it in four different editions, some of which include studio outtakes, alternate mixes, and unreleased live versions. What's more Brian Wilson is now on a world tour playing the album in its entirety. Catch him in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl, Jul 10 and in San Francisco at The Masonic, Oct 12-13.

When Pet Sounds was released May 16, 1966 its reception was mixed. The 11th album for the already popular group garnered little critical and commercial success in the States, while in England it was hailed by the music press and hit the number 2 spot on the Top 40 charts. One Mr. Paul McCartney was so impressed with it the album became the main influence on his band's next record, a little thing called Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Beach Boys Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Amoeba MusicWhile it may be a little hard to imagine today, the radical arrangements, un-rock-like orchestrations, and wildly inventive production coupled with subject matter that was less cheery and more introspective than your average pop album of the day, was a lot to take in for some who were just looking for the next fun surf track to dance to down at the beach shack. However Pet Sounds paved the way for the idea that a rock album could be more than a mere collection of singles, but a cohesive piece of art. Brian Wilson's production on the album would open up creative possibilities we take for granted now, would influence all kinds of musical genres, and would bring the concept of production into the mainstream consciousness as an essential part of an album.

Continue reading...
<<  1  2  3  >>  NEXT