Anna Calvi - One Breath (2013) Captivatingly dark, operatic, an Art-rock artist through and through. If you #love#PJHarvey,#PattiSmith,#NickCave or #StVincent then she is your girl. #MarkarvinRecords 🎸❤️
🎵: Php 2,400
📦: For delivery - Limited edition UK Press, includes a 12”x12” print, download card, and a 7” single with 2 exclusive songs.
Esher Demos - The Beatles
I’m not usually that interested in demos, but this is fantastic. This is one of my favourite albums and it’s cool to hear the songs played for nearly the first time and to see what they did with them after. The sound quality is very very good. It includes some notes on why it sounds so good, which is cool to get some insight into how it was recorded. Highly recommended for anyone who loves ‘The White Album’. 🇬🇧 Favourite song: ‘Dear Prudence’
It’s Day 25 of the #waxchallenge by @waxbygraves. Today’s theme is SORRY MUM
Jawbreaker - 24 Hour Revenge Therapy (1994)
“Dorothy Mantooth was a saint”. I have a number of albums my “mum” would hate and while she would probably my hate 90’s rap albums more, I’m going with this punk masterpiece because she would think it’s just noise and what does she know anyway. And if she starts to charge me rent again I’m totally gonna blast this from the basement. Also, she sucks at laundry.
This is Jawbreaker’s third album and a return to form. Their previous release, Bivouac (1992), was super dark and gritty. 24 Hr was way simplistic and more punk than Bivouac and more like their debut, Unfun (1990). This album got all pop-punk anthems your ‘90’s self needs with enough punk poetry and earnest emotion to give you the feels. Having come up in the notoriously self-serious Bay Area punk scene, the band used “Boxcar” to poke fun at the thought that no one was never punk enough, and should a band commit the mortal sin of careerism—as Jawbreaker did by signing to a major label—it was shunned. “Boxcar” was Schwarzenbach’s opting out. “You’re not punk, and I’m telling everyone,” he sings at the opening of the song. “Save your breath, I never was one.”
What’s your favorite Jawbreaker album?
🇺🇸 ‘17 on “blood” red wax. It took 20 years for this to be reissued and since 2014 it seems like same master has pressed a bunch of additional reissues in vinyl of various colors.
#nowreading "The Timothy Leary Project" by Jennifer Ulrich
I took my daughter to the bookmobile to grab a few books and films today - and came out with something for myself for once 😉
What is everyone reading? Or have you read anything interesting lately?
Queen - “We Are The Champions (Stereo)” b/w “We Are The Champions (Mono)” (1977). While I was out with friends tonight, “We Are The Champions” came on overhead, and I noticed several people singing along in the bar. This song has always been a catchy tune, and Queen is everywhere these days, thanks to the recent movie about the band. When I got home, this single popped up in a “to file” box of rock 45s, and I took that as a sign that a Queen post was in order.
"We Are the Champions" was first released on Queen’s 1977 album “News of the World.” Written by lead singer Freddie Mercury, this single was built on the audience response following a concert at Bingley Hall, Stafford in which the audience sang "You'll Never Walk Alone" to the band. Musically, the song is based on Freddie Mercury's piano part, with Roger Taylor and John Deacon providing a drums and bass guitar backing. Brian May subtly overdubbed some guitar sections, building to a "solo" played simultaneously with the last chorus. Freddie Mercury employed many jazz chords (major and minor 6th, 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th harmonies), and the choruses featured these voiced as 4 and 5-part vocal harmonies. The lead vocal part is strident and very demanding (the highest point is a C5 both belted and in falsetto).
The regular version of this single featured "We Will Rock You" as a B-side, and the songs followed one another on the album. The two songs were often played consecutively at the end of Queen concerts, and are customarily played together on radio broadcasts (in album order). The song is one of Queen's most popular, and one of rock's most recognizable rock anthems. ————————————————————————
This is the stereo/mono promo version of the single with “We Will Rock You” on both sides.
It’s cocktail hour, and in honor of Mother Nature giving us a shower, here’s some more excellent rainy night jazz to go along with my 100-proof Stoli on the rocks.
For those who don’t know the history of this…Miles Davis signed with Columbia Records in 1956 and still owed Prestige four more albums. So, he did some marathon recording sessions over the course of a couple of days with his group at the time, and recorded enough material to fulfill his contract. Prestige would release the contents of these sessions over the ensuing five years as a set of four albums: Cookin’ (1957), Relaxin’ (1958), Workin’ (1959) and Steamin’ (1961). All four of those albums are most excellent but this one is probably my favorite.
This is a US original.
Miles Davis - Steamin’
1961, Prestige Records