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Can – Tago Mago

Posted in Experimental Rock, Krautrock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock by newmusicexcess on June 8, 2010

Can - Tago Mago

Track listing:

  1. Paperhouse
  2. Mushroom
  3. Oh Yeah
  4. Halleluhwah
  5. Aumgn
  6. Peking O
  7. Bring Me Coffee or Tea

I’ve never given Can’s album, Tago Mago, a proper listen. However, that was rectified over the weekend when the wife suggested that we give it a listen while we hung out in the lounge. Of course, me being me, tried to go one better and I put together a list of albums that also contained one each from bands that are similar in some way to Can. Here is the playlist I put together on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/76xJALdw4Md33veFrixgg4

More information about Can, can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can_(band)

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Nostalgia Blog: The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

Posted in Alternative, Madchester, Psychedelic Rock by newmusicexcess on March 18, 2010

The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

I was out on my usual afternoon ‘constitutional’ and I decided to have The Stone Roses debut as my walking music. What a great choice! It brought back interesting memories of hanging out at the Shelley Arms in Nutley (UK) during the 80’s/90’s. Sadly the Shelley Arms is no longer a pub, although the building is still there (it’s ‘listed’), and has become a family home. The pub, which also had live bands, closed shop once it became advantageous to build on the land around the back of the premises (which was all part of the same property). Warren, who ran the place on behalf of his father (a property developer), was also a school friend who originally lived just up the road from me . It was, I believe, his idea to have live bands (of a wide variety of styles and abilities). Once the venue closed he started up an antiques shop in Forest Row. It’s just down the road from Nutley, and where I lived until a few years ago, until I moved, funnily enough, to Nutley, before immigrating to Nova Scotia at the end of 2009.

Sadly, Warren died suddenly a few years ago.

The reason why it reminds me specifically of Warren, and the Shelley Arms, is that he had a great jukebox there and I can remember being at the ‘Shelley’ one night when I Am The Resurrection came on (it was the last single to be released off the debut album). I was not that familiar with The Stone Roses when they first came out, but my ears pricked up when I heard that great opening drum beat (also used on Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman) and then there is that great guitar freak-out at the end. At the time I thought it was two separate bands, and so, was quite surprised when I checked out to see what was playing and discovered all of it was one Stone Roses song. Not surprisingly the next day I went out and bought the album.

So, I would like to dedicate this post to the memory of Warren and honour him for all the opportunities he gave to local (and quite a few national) musicians, by letting them play. Even the ones that got to play on ‘Bad Bands’ night. Yes, I was there on a Band Bands of Sussex – Bank Holiday Special, where The Dirty Rotten Beer Mats (Toronto’s finest, allegedly, although they looked suspiciously like members of a local punk band) proceeded to ‘pretend’ to be a succession of ‘bad bands’ by swapping instruments. Both ‘classic’ and ear-splittingly load.

Turning back to the album in question. Stone Roses is such a fantastic debut and it is easy to hear why it ends up on so many “Greatest Albums” lists. Just as a reminder here is the track listing:

  • I Wanna Be Adored
  • She Bangs the Drums
  • Waterfall
  • Don’t Stop
  • Bye Bye Badman
  • Elizabeth My Dear
  • (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister
  • Made of Stone
  • Shoot You Down
  • This Is the One
  • I Am the Resurrection

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Beam Me Up, Scotty! My Space/Psychedelic/Stoner Playlist

Posted in Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock, Stoner Rock by newmusicexcess on March 11, 2010

Scotty

I was flicking through my most recent copy of Rocksound magazine and noticed that they had given Astrosoniq’s latest album, Quadrant, a nine. While checking it out in Spotify, I decided that I would put together a playlist. So, I went over to last.fm got a list of similar artists and started searching for those that had albums available in Spotify. Here is the final playlist I ended up with:

  • Astrosoniq – Quadrant
  • Astroqueen – Into Submission
  • 7Zuma7 – Deep Inside
  • 35007 – Liquid
  • Novadriver – Void
  • Gas Giant – Gas Giant
  • Greenleaf – Secret Alphabets
  • Brain Police – Brain Police
  • Dozer – Through The Eyes Of Heathens
  • Karma To Burn – Karma To Burn

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Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune

Posted in Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock by newmusicexcess on March 1, 2010

Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix on November 27, 1942 and died on September 18, 1970). As a commemoration of Hendrix’s death, Legacy Recordings (the catalogue division of Sony Music Entertainment) will be releasing a new CD, Valleys of Neptune, on March 9th. This will be the first album containing previously unreleased studio recordings in more than a decade. It’s the result of a deal between Enterprise Hendrix (the company that overseas his musical estate) and Legacy Recordings that should see other Hendrix related releases/events to follow. For example, re-releases of classic titles, a tribute tour and a Hendrix version of the Rock Band video game.

Track listing for Valleys of Neptune:

  1. Stone Free
  2. Valleys of Neptune 
  3. Bleeding Heart
  4. Hear My Train a Comin’
  5. Mr. Bad Luck
  6. Sunshine of Your Love (instrumental Cream cover)
  7. Lover Man
  8. Ships Passing Through the Night
  9. Fire
  10. Red House
  11. Lullaby for the Summer
  12. Crying Blue Rain

Hendrix was a mere 27 when he died as a result of drinking heavily and consuming some of his girlfriend’s sleeping pills (it is thought that Hendrix was unfamiliar with this particular stronger German brand of pills).

One result of his relatively short life is that the amount of posthumous releases far exceeds those released while he was alive. It is often easy to forget that he released only three studio albums during his career, such is the volume of exploitative material available both legally and illegally. Here is a list of the recordings issued while he was still alive:

Studio albums

  • Are You Experienced? (UK, May 12, 1967 – Track)
  • Are You Experienced? (US, August 23, 1967 – Reprise)
  • Axis: Bold As Love (UK, December 1, 1967 – Track)
  • Axis: Bold As Love (US, January 15, 1968 – Reprise)
  • Electric Ladyland (UK, October 25, 1968 – Track)
  • Electric Ladyland (US, September 16, 1968 – Reprise)

Live Albums

  • Band Of Gypsys (US, March 25, 1970 – Capitol)
  • Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (US, August 26, 1970 – Reprise) [Side 1 – Jimi Hendrix / Side 2 – Otis Redding]

Compilation Albums

  • Smash Hits (UK, April 16, 1968 – Track)
  • Smash Hits (US, July 30, 1969 – Reprise)
  • Electric Jimi Hendrix (UK, August 16, 1970 – Track)

Singles

  • Hey Joe / Stone Free (UK, December 16, 1966 – Polydor)
  • Hey Joe /51st Anniversary  (US, May 1, 1967 – Reprise)
  • Purple Haze / 51st Anniversary (UK, March 17, 1967 – Track)
  • The Wind Cries Mary / Highway Chile (UK, May 5, 1967 – Track)
  • Burning of the Midnight Lamp / The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam’s Dice (UK, August 19, 1967 – Track)
  • Foxy Lady / Hey Joe (US, August, 1967 – Reprise)
  • Up from the Skies / One Rainy Wish (US, 26 February, 1968 – Reprise)
  • All Along the Watchtower / Burning of the Midnight Lamp (US, September 21, 1968 – Reprise)
  • All Along the Watchtower / Long Hot Summer Night (UK, October 18, 1968 – Track)
  • Crosstown Traffic / Gypsy Eyes (US, November 21, 1968 – Reprise)
  • Crosstown Traffic / Gypsy Eyes (UK, April 11, 1969 – Track)
  • Stone Free / If 6 Was 9 (US, September 15, 1969 – Reprise)
  • Fire / Burning Of The Midnight Lamp (UK, April, 1969 – Track)
  • Stepping Stone / Izabella (US, April 8, 1970 – Reprise)

Looking at the list above it appears that the release window for Hendrix’s recording was from late 1966 to mid 1970, however those 4-5 years had such an impact on so many different genres of music and not just guitar based, as it’s important to remember the musical legacy of some of the studio techniques/tricks used on various recordings.

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