Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ride Kaleidoscope EP Covers

This is one of the neatest things, ever.

Very early in their career, Ride put out this massive EP of live tracks, six in all, amounting to over a half an hour of their early sound.

The Kaleidoscope EP featured here came with an actual cover; I have never seen that. What I have is the original Reprise records promo single pictured at bottom. The image in the middle appears to be some sort of cover for a Best Of compilation that I have yet to see, either.

If you can find one of these, hold on to it. The rarity of it marks it as one of the best of the Ride collectibles.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

U2 I'll Go Crazy if I Don't Go Crazy Tonight Single

The enormity of U2 continues onto the sleeves of their singles, and I picked this one because I think it shows how the tie-in for their stage show spectacles and their singles have formed a kind of synergy you don't see much of anymore. People are so eager to appear real that they refuse to do these sorts of things unless it is clear that they have unabashedly sold out.

Has U2 sold out? Or is U2 simply selling what they sell so they can go away for three and a half years? I can't figure that out anymore.

This is a nice package in that it includes a live track from Boston. Any time you can acquire a live track of U2 playing Boston, do so. They seem to be able to create magic in front of a Boston crowd.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ringo's Car

You can see Ringo's car at the Mercedes Benz museum. It reminds me of a Pontiac. It's not that impressive of a car, but it's a Beatle car. That's impressive.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Supergrass Going Out Cover

Supergrass were a Britpop band without really any of the commercial failure associated with that genre; they were wildly successful, come to think of it, and deservedly so.

Going Out kicked off the singles from their In It For the Money album, and I remembered this cover because of the vintage typewriter; what that has to do with the single, I have no idea. Many bands put out the worst possible band photos when they release singles. The one on the back cover actually succeeds in making the band look fairly normal.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

He's All In

So much for being apolitical:

Right now, for the President to be effective in his next term he needs our increased support and he needs support in the Congress, where some sterling candidates, such as current Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, challenger Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, and so many others, are fighting to make their constructive voices heard. 
Right now, there is an ever increasing division of wealth in this country, with the benefits going more and more to the 1 percent. For me, President Obama is our best choice to begin to reverse this harmful development. 
Right now, there is a fight going on to help make this a fairer and more equitable nation. For me, President Obama is our best choice to get us and keep us moving in the right direction. 
Right now, we need a President who has a vision that includes all of our citizens, not just some, whether they are our devastated poor, our pressured middle class, and yes, the wealthy too; whether they are male or female, black, white, brown, or yellow, straight or gay, civilian or military. 
Right now, there is a choice going on in America, and I’m happy that we live in a country where we all participate in that process. For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together. We’re still living through very hard times but justice, equality and real freedom are not always a tide rushing in. They are more often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day. I believe President Obama feels these days in his bones and has the strength to live them with us and to lead us to a country “…where no one crowds you and no one goes it alone.” 
That’s why I plan to be in Ohio and Iowa supporting the re-election of President Obama to lead our country for the next four years.

The most important musical artist in America just threw down a mighty big gauntlet. Who will rise to meet it? Who will take a stand?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ian McCulloch Lover Lover Lover EP Cover

In the early 90s, Ian McCulloch's solo career stalled a bit, but it wasn't his fault.

Well, I suppose you could have made the case that his Mysterio album was weak, or wrong for the times, but I certainly didn't think that at the time and I don't think that now. Mysterio had some great songs on it, and I think it holds up today.

Nobody knew what to do with McCulloch in the early 90s because everything that was happening in music was breaking in different directions. Instead of thoughtful pop, influenced by his own travels, the world was looking for grunge and aggression. This would lead McCulloch to the Electrafixion project, which trumped everyone in those categories by a good country mile.

This EP, and the handful of others that he released as a solo artist, are all great additions to any collection for the B-sides alone.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Order Crystal Single

New Order's Crystal was a single from the early 2000s, and while a lot of people were down on this era of the band, the album. Get Ready, and the subsequent follow-up, Waiting for the Sirens' Call, were actually very good albums, and I preferred them to Technique (but, then again, I'm weird).

The model on the front cover is Nicolette Krebitz, and I really like the art direction and design of the Get Ready album and the singles that were issued. The back cover is very, very washed out--sorry about that. But it does fit with the minimalism of the marketing of the single and the album.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Screaming Blue Messiahs Gun Shy Cover

The Screaming Blue Messiahs were an incredible band, and I wish I had better scans of their Gun Shy album. It's not a bad cover at all, and it does the job very well.  Their covers tended to feature guitarist and singer Bill Carter on the front; I think I have their last album on CD and I'll be digging that out very shortly.

Contrary to popular belief, you cannot get their out-of-print albums from Wounded Bird Records. I checked! I couldn't find where they were listed.

Of all of the artists who were active during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Messiahs rank up there as being one of the artists whose works went out of print and became quite valuable as collectibles. Apparently, that is still the case.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

This is How You Talk to Your Fans

You can say whatever you want about Patrick Carney, but the man knows how to talk to his fans about the future of his band.

I recently posted about Amy Lee and Bon Iver, and how they have both talked about the future in ways that are not conducive to making their fans happy. Bands should just break up or quit and not telegraph that move. They should announce it and move on. They should not tease their fans. And fans need to grow up and realize that no band can last forever.

Carney lays it out for the people who love his band. He says, basically, we're going to do this, then that, we're going to take a break, and you'll see us on the road again next year. And that's all he has to say. Plans can change, things can evolve, and what he's saying does not have to be true. But it should be positive and hopeful, and that's what fans want. They want to see an artist leaning forward, not stumbling around confused.