Saturday, April 01, 2006
From the swaggering opening title track, to the infectious and boisterous single 'Why Wont You Give Me Your Love', to the sublime jaunt of 'Valerie', 'Tired Of Hanging Around� looks set to be The Zutons' big crossover moment, bringing their retro-influenced rock to the charts in 2006.
Friday, March 31, 2006
A is for Accident, a collection of live recordings from 2001-2003, is the first album by The Dresden Dolls, which was released on May 27, 2003 by Important Records. Future pressings were handled by 8 Ft. Records and didn't include the bootleg recording of the band covering "Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette. All other songs were written by Amanda Palmer.
- Amanda Palmer - piano, vocals
- Brian Viglione - drums, guitar
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is the fourteenth studio album by Bruce Springsteen, released in 2006 (see 2006 in music).
This is Springsteen's first and only album of cover versions and contains his interpretation of thirteen folk music songs written or made popular by Pete Seeger and recorded in an informal, large band setting. On it he hired a group of lesser-known musicians from New Jersey and New York, augmented by Patti Scialfa, Soozie Tyrell, and The Miami Horns, who had all contributed to previous albums.
To the dismay of some Springsteen fans, it was his second consecutive non-E Street Band, non-rock music project. Nevertheless, the critical reception to the album was very positive, with E! Online calling it his "best album since Nebraska  and All Music Guide labeling it "rambunctious, freewheeling, [and] positively joyous" . PopMatters called it a "a sonic transfusion on the order of the Mermaid Avenue records" , which were Woody Guthrie songs recorded by Billy Bragg and Wilco.
Like that previous studio album, Devils & Dust, The Seeger Sessions was released exclusively on the DualDisc format, with the exception of a limited Vinyl release. The full album is on the CD side, while the DVD side features a PCM Stereo version of the album and a short film about the making and recording of the album. Two bonus songs also appear on the DVD side.
The subsequent Bruce Springsteen with The Seeger Sessions Band Tour took this musical approach even further.
As of June 28, 2006, it has sold 467,000 copies in the United States.
In Flames - Reroute To Remain
In Flames - Soundtrack to Your Escape
Papa Roach - Getting Away With Murder
Papa Roach - lovehatetragedy
Papa Roach - Infest
System of a Down - Hypnotize
System of a Down - Mezmerise
System Of A Down - Steal This Album
System Of A Down - Toxicity
Incubus - S.C.I.E.N.C.E
Rage Against The Machine - RATM
Check Your Head brought the Beastie Boys crashing back into the charts and into public consciousness, but that was only partially due to the album itself -- much of its initial success was due to the cult audience that Paul's Boutique cultivated in the years since its initial flop release, a group of fans whose minds were so thoroughly blown by that record, they couldn't wait to see what came next, and this helped the record debut in the Top Ten upon its April 1992 release. This audience, perhaps somewhat unsurprisingly, was a collegiate Gen-X audience raised on Licensed to Ill and ready for the Beastie Boys to guide them through college. As it happened, the Beasties had repositioned themselves as a lo-fi, alt-rock groove band. They had not abandoned rap, but it was no longer the foundation of their music, it was simply the most prominent in a thick pop-culture gumbo where old school rap sat comfortably with soul-jazz, hardcore punk, white-trash metal, arena rock, Bob Dylan, bossa nova, spacy pop, and hard, dirty funk. What they did abandon was the psychedelic samples of Paul's Boutique, turning toward primitive grooves they played themselves, augmented by keyboardist Money Mark and co-producer Mario Caldato, Jr.. This all means that music was the message and the rhymes, which had been pushed toward the forefront on both Licensed to Ill and Paul's Boutique, have been considerably de-emphasized (only four songs -- "Jimmy James," "Pass the Mic," "Finger Lickin' Good," and "So What'cha Want" -- could hold their own lyrically among their previous work). This is not a detriment, because the focus is not on the words, it's on the music, mood, and even the newfound neo-hippie political consciousness. And Check Your Head is certainly a record that's greater than the sum of its parts -- individually, nearly all the tracks are good (the instrumentals sound good on their subsequent soul-jazz collection, The in Sound From Way Out), but it's the context and variety of styles that give Check Your Head its identity. It's how the old school raps give way to fuzz-toned rockers, furious punk, and cheerfully gritty, jazzy jams. As much as Paul's Boutique, this is a whirlwind tour through the Beasties' pop-culture obsessions, but instead of spinning into Technicolor fantasies, it's earth-bound D.I.Y. that makes it all seem equally accessible -- which is a big reason why it turned out to be an alt-rock touchstone of the '90s, something that both set trends and predicted them.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
4. Looking As You Are
5. Wish 'Em All Away
7. Spell It Out
8. A Glorious Day
9. Near Life
10. Out Of Nothing
The Smashing Pumpkins didn't shy away from making the follow-up to the grand, intricate Siamese Dream. With Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the band turns in one of the most ambitious and indulgent albums in rock history. Lasting over two hours and featuring 28 songs, the album is certainly a challenging listen. To Billy Corgan's credit, it's a rewarding and compelling one as well. Although the artistic scope of the album is immense, the Smashing Pumpkins flourish in such an overblown setting. Corgan's songwriting has never been limited by conventional notions of what a rock band can do, even if it is clear that he draws inspiration from scores of '70s heavy metal and art rock bands. Instead of copying the sounds of his favorite records, he expands on their ideas, making the gentle piano of the title track and the sighing "1979" sit comfortably against the volcanic rush of "Jellybelly" and "Zero." In between those two extremes lies an array of musical styles, drawing from rock, pop, folk, and classical. Some of the songs don't work as well as others, but Mellon Collie never seems to drag. Occasionally they fall flat on their face, but over the entire album, the Smashing Pumpkins prove that they are one of the more creative and consistent bands of the '90s.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Journey - Greatest Hits
Scorpions - Platinium Collection (2006)
Best Of The Hollies - The Air That I Breathe
Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits
Alan Jackson - Greatest Hits Collection
Herman's Hermits - Greatest Hits-Live
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
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The four-member group debuted in 1968 with a raucous and revolutionary take on British blues-rock, and later developed their music in other ways that would contribute to the birth of hard rock and eventually to the rise of heavy metal.
They proved to be consistent innovators while remaining popular and accessible, fusing disparate elements from an eclectic spectrum of popular music, including rockabilly, soul, funk, Celtic, Indian, Arabic, and even Latin. More than two-and-a-half decades after the band retired in 1980, their music continues to sell well, garner widespread radio play, and prove a seminal influence on modern rock. Their epic "Stairway to Heaven" is rated as one of the greatest songs of the 20th century.To date, the group is reported to have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide, including 109 million sales in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
Besides "Stairway To Heaven", some of their most famous songs are: "Rock and Roll", "Black Dog", "Heartbreaker", "Immigrant Song", "Kashmir", "Dazed and Confused", "Whole Lotta Love", "Communication Breakdown", "Achilles Last Stand", "When the Levee Breaks", "No Quarter", and "The Song Remains The Same".
Monday, March 27, 2006
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Sunday, March 26, 2006
Dirt is a grunge album by Alice in Chains.
The band's breakthrough album, Dirt is widely regarded as Alice in Chains' best album, and classic from the golden age of grunge. Recorded while lead singer Layne Staley was suffering through a heroin addiction, the album's gloomy, drug-addicted music helped turn it into a hit, reaching #6 on Billboard's 200 albums chart.
The songs "Sickman", "Junkhead", "Dirt," "God Smack," "Hate To Feel" and "Angry Chair" are based on Staley's experiences with heroin. The song "Rooster" is based on the experiences of Jerry Cantrell's father, who fought in the Vietnam war; the name was his nickname as a soldier.
"Iron Gland", the untitled track before "Hate To Feel", features vocals by Tom Araya of Slayer, who the band brought in so he could provide an Angel of Death scream.
Led Zeppelin was the definitive heavy metal band. It wasn't just their crushingly loud interpretation of the blues -- it was how they incorporated mythology, mysticism, and a variety of other genres (most notably world music and British folk) -- into their sound. Led Zeppelin had mystique. They rarely gave interviews, since the music press detested the band. Consequently, the only connection the audience had with the band was through the records and the concerts. More than any other band, Led Zeppelin established the concept of album-oriented ... Read More...
Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone to become the most popular American rock & roll band of the '90s. After vocalist Andrew Wood overdosed on heroin in 1990, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament assembled a new band, bringing in Mike McCready on lead guitar and recording a demo with Soundgarden's Matt Cameron on drums. Thanks to future Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons...Read More...
The story of the Allman Brothers Band is one of triumph, tragedy, redemption, dissolution, and a new redemption. Over nearly 30 years, they've gone from being America's single most influential band to a has-been group trading on past glories, to reach the 21st century as one of the most respected rock acts of their era.
For the first half of the 1970s, the Allman Brothers Band was the most influential rock group in America, redefining rock music and its boundaries. The band's mix of blues, country, jazz, and even classical influences, and their powerful, extended on-stage jamming altered the standards of concert performance -- other groups were known for their on-stage jamming, but when the Allman Brothers stretched a song out for 30 or 40 minutes, at their best they were exciting, never self-indulgent. They gave it all a distinctly Southern voice and, in the process, opened the way for a wave of '70s rock acts from south of the Mason-Dixon Line, including the Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Blackfoot, whose music, at least initially, celebrated their roots. And for a time, almost single-handedly, they also made Capricorn Records into a major independent label...READ MORE...
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