Saturday, 24 February 2018 17:44

Hot Chip - Over and Over

The music making partnership of Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle and Felix Martin.
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Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:34

TAD - Wood Goblins

Tad (often styled as TAD) was an American grunge band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1988 by Tad Doyle. Among the first of the many bands which came out of Seattle in the grunge era, Tad was notable for the fact that its music was inspired far more by 1970s metal (much like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden) than the punk which influenced many other grunge bands. Although their commercial success was limited, their music is still highly regarded amongst grunge fans.
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Friday, 16 February 2018 15:18

DC3 - We feel the sky

DC3 (also known as D.C. 3) was an American rock and roll band formed by singer, songwriter and guitarist Dez Cadena in 1983 and active until 1988. Cadena had been a member of California-based punk rock group Black Flag from about 1980 to 1983, first as singer, then as rhythm guitarist. 1982 was the beginning of a record distribution problem that severely curtailed Black Flag's activities. During this hiatus, Cadena formed DC3 with keyboardist Paul Roessler (formerly of LA's infamous Screamers), and drummer Jeff Dahl. Paul's younger sister, Kira, also practiced with the band early on before joining Black Flag. Their debut album, This Is The Dream, was released in 1985 on SST Records and featured a major Black Sabbath influence with very little of the hardcore or punk stylings of Black Flag. The album is particularly notable for the songs "I Believe It" and "Ain't No Time Here Now", which were originally written and played live by Black Flag and are also present on that band's The Complete 1982 Demos Plus More as "Yes I Know" (identical lyrics to the DC3 version) and "What Can You Believe" (different lyrics than the DC3 version, but nearly identical music).
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Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:07

Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy

"Unfinished Sympathy" is a song by English trip hop group Massive Attack, released under the temporary group name Massive. It was written by the three band members Robert "3D" Del Naja, Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall, the song's vocalist Shara Nelson and the group's co-producer Jonathan "Jonny Dollar" Sharp. The song was released as the second single from the band's debut album Blue Lines, on the band's Wild Bunch label distributed through Circa Records on 11 February 1991.[1] The choice of using the name "Massive" was done to avoid a radio ban as its release coincided with the Gulf War. Produced by Massive Attack and Dollar, the song incorporates various musical elements into its arrangement, including vocal and percussion samples, drum programming, and string orchestration by arranger Wil Malone. Upon release as a single, "Unfinished Sympathy" topped the Dutch Top 40 and became a top twenty hit on the singles charts of countries including Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The single was accompanied by a memorable music video, directed by Baillie Walsh, featuring a single continuous shot of Nelson walking through a Los Angeles neighbourhood, oblivious of her surroundings. Recognised as a pioneering song in the development of British dance music, "Unfinished Sympathy" was acclaimed by music critics for its distinctive production and Nelson's vocals. It ranked highly on several publications' year-end lists of the best singles of 1991, and has since featured in many polls of the best singles of all time of both music critics and the public worldwide. The song later appeared on the soundtrack to the 1993 film Sliver.
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Blue Öyster Cult was the thinking man's heavy metal group. Put together on a college campus by a couple of rock critics, it maintained a close relationship with a series of literary figures (often in the fields of science fiction and horror), including Eric Von Lustbader, Patti Smith, Michael Moorcock, and Stephen King, while turning out some of the more listenable metal music of the early and mid-'70s. The band that became Blue Öyster Cult was organized in 1967 at Stony Brook College on Long Island by students (and later rock critics) Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer as Soft White Underbelly and consisted of Andy Winters (bass), Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar), John Wiesenthal -- quickly replaced by Allen Lanier -- (keyboards), and Albert Bouchard (drums), with Pearlman managing and Pearlman and Meltzer writing songs. Initially without a lead singer, they added Les Bronstein on vocals. This quintet signed to Elektra Records and recorded an album that was never released. They then dropped Bronstein and replaced him with their road manager, Eric Bloom, as the band's name was changed to Oaxaca. A second Elektra album also went unreleased, though a single was issued under the name the Stalk-Forrest Group. Cut loose by Elektra, they changed their name again, to Blue Öyster Cult, and signed to Columbia Records in late 1971, by which time Winters had been replaced by Albert Bouchard's brother Joe. Blue Öyster Cult, their debut album, was released in January 1972 and made the lower reaches of the charts.
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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 10:01

Neil young - Don't let it Bring you Down

After The Goldrush is an acoustic album that led to many other confessional singer/songwriter works in the early '70s (James Taylor, Carole King, etc.). Young had injured his back lifting a slab of polished walnut and standing up to play his electric guitar was impossible. In addition, he had dropped Crazy Horse as his backing band so he prepared an album of acoustic songs.
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Monday, 12 February 2018 10:36

Black Hole - Blind Men And Occult Forces

Black Hole were an obscure Italian trio who recorded Tales Of Mystery in 1985 to little fanfare and disappeared soon afterward. Apparently a revamped lineup recorded a second album, Living Mask, in 1988, but that album didn't actually get released until 2000, by which time the band was no doubt long disbanded. The best way to describe Tales Of Mystery is sparse, experimental horror/doom metal, though certainly not doom metal in the classic sense. Church organs make frequent appearances, a forerunner to the funeral doom sound developed by others years later. The vocals are clear, distantly recorded, and oh so indie 80's in style, while the guitars are at times rather muted -- the band is quite heavy, but the heaviness is derived more from mood than simply playing loud guitars. Death SS is acknowledged as a pioneer in Italian horror-inspired doom, and is a fair comparison for this band, though these guys really have their own style, a sound all their own that's strangely addicting. The sound is quite dated when compared to modern metal, but this is still a highly recommended album for 80's underground metallists.
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Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:47

Black Sabbath - Killing Yourself To Live

Οι Black Sabbath ήταν βρετανικό heavy metal συγκρότημα, το οποίο ιδρύθηκε το 1968 στο Μπέρμιγχαμ από τον τραγουδιστή Όζι Όσμπορν, τον κιθαρίστα Τόνι Αϊόμι, τον μπασίστα Γκίζερ Μπάτλερ και το ντράμερ Μπιλ Γουόρντ. Μετά το 1979, η σύνθεση του σχήματος υπέστη πολυάριθμες αλλαγές, με μοναδικό σταθερό μέλος τον Αϊόμι.Μαζί με τους Deep Purple και τους Led Zeppelin είναι τα τρία συγκροτήματα που αποτέλεσαν τους δημιουργούς του heavy metal μουσικού ιδιώματος, ενώ θεωρούνται το πρώτο συγκρότημα του είδους. Κατά το παρελθόν έχουν περάσει από τη σύνθεση τους σπουδαίοι μουσικοί όπως ο Ρόνι Τζέιμς Ντίο, ο Ίαν Γκίλαν, ο Κόζι Πάουελ, ο Γκλεν Χιουζ, ο Μπομπ Ντέισλι, ο Βίνι Άπις και άλλοι.Γνώρισαν πολύ μεγάλη επιτυχία κατά την δεκαετία του '70 και τις αρχές της δεκαετίας του '80, με την αρχική σύνθεση να επανενώνεται το 1997, κυκλοφορώντας τον ζωντανά ηχογραφημένο δίσκο "Reunion". Παρ' όλα αυτά, δεν ηχογράφησαν νέο υλικό μέχρι το 2013, όταν η τριάδα Όσμπορν / Αϊόμι / Μπάτλερ με τον Μπραντ Γουίλκ στα τύμπανα, κυκλοφόρησε το άλμπουμ "13", ανεβαίνοντας για πρώτη φορά στην κορυφή του αμερικάνικου Billboard.Το περιοδικό "Rolling Stone" τους κατέταξε στην 85η θέση της λίστας με τους εκατό σπουδαιότερους καλλιτέχνες όλων των εποχών,ενώ εντάχθηκαν στο Rock and Roll Hall of Fame το 2006.Έχουν πουλήσει περισσότερους από εβδομήντα εκατομμύρια δίσκους παγκοσμίως.
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Saturday, 10 February 2018 11:22

Angel Witch - Angel Witch

Angel Witch are a British heavy metal band which formed in London, England in 1977 as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. Despite critical acclaim in the music press, their only UK chart action consisted of a single week at No. 75 (the lowest position in the charts) in 1980.Angel Witch is the first album by British heavy metal band Angel Witch. The album was released in 1980 through Bronze Records, and since then re-released in four editions over the years. The cover features a painting formerly attributed to John Martin titled The Fallen Angels Entering Pandemonium.The song "Angel Witch" was featured in the 2009 video game, Brütal Legend. The album made Angel Witch one of the key bands in the new wave of British heavy metal movement.
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Friday, 09 February 2018 12:45

Diamond Head - "Shoot Out The Lights"

Diamond Head are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. The band is recognised as one of the leading members of the new wave of British heavy metal movement and is acknowledged by thrash metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth as an important early influence.Their first release was the 1979 single "Shoot Out The Lights"
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