Thursday, August 31, 2017

Urban Hymns Deluxe Box Set


The Verve are set to release a deluxe 20th anniversary edition of their 1997 album ‘Urban Hymns’.

The release will come in four different formats including the standard remastered CD, a deluxe two-disc CD version, a super deluxe 5 disc CD plus bonus DVD box set and a triple LP box set.

The re-release of this landmark album happens on September 1. Sadly, there is no reunion planned to celebrate the greatest album of the 1990s.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Being Human by Salad Undressed

Let's not talk about reunions. This is a fantastic song:

Salad Undressed is the acoustic version of the British band Salad. It's Marijne and Paul making wonderful music. This is not nostalgia. This is in the here and now.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Everything About This is Stupid

The dumbing down of our culture begins and ends when someone writes something like this:

Pink Floyd may be the only rock band that can credibly be compared to both the Beatles and Spinal Tap.

I'm sorry, but that's fucking stupid.

The article goes on to make a hash out of Pink Floyd. Does anyone really care that some side two filler from a post-Waters album is considered the 153rd worst song? No. This is just random bullshitting. There's no rhyme or reason to any of it. This is just someone taking the piss out of something impossible to calculate or estimate.

Pink Floyd was a group that made albums, not merely songs or singles, for the majority of their career. Every band has an arc that follows the beginning, middle, and end. Were they interesting all the way through? No, of course not. You could throw out thirty songs and not harm their catalog at all. At least one fifth of everything they ever recorded was meant for a film score and, as such, shouldn't even be included in a breakdown of what matters. Judging them by a standard that sorts everything from best to worst ignores the fact that much of their music was never meant to be evaluated in that manner.

During the advent of punk, they released the least punk rock album ever made (Animals) and followed it up two years later with an album that swallowed up the nihilism, the alienation, and the new wave reaction to punk and spit it back out in virtually one song that had everyone singing along as if it was the new national anthem (Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 from The Wall). They went from irrelevant to essential listening in an instant, and did it without even bothering to cater to anyone's taste.

In the case of Pink Floyd, they should have broken up after The Wall. Their legacy would never have been tainted if they had. But, people have to eat, so they kept going. Was it a mistake? Sure, but who cares?

Nobody cares about Ummagumma, for example, so why include it here? At one point, there was a real danger that Rick Wright was going to write all of the songs and sing on all of them. How far would they have gotten if everyone else had let that happen? No one remembers Syd Barrett except people who were into that sort of thing. No one who went to see them in the late 1980s or mid-1990s saw the real Pink Floyd because, without Roger, well, all you were getting was a David Gilmour vanity tour. But, again--so what?

I hate these articles, and I'm not going to tell you that you should hate them, too. I just think it's sad that there is so little going on in music right now that people are concerned that far too many of those Division Bell songs are going to be considered "good."

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Darling Buds

The Andrea Lewis version of the Darling Buds came back to life recently and they're putting out new music. Complicating everything is that there was a band in the 2000s that called themselves the Darling Buds. I know! It's as if the 80s and 90s didn't count for anything.

They put out an EP last year and, this year, they have a cover version of Our Lips Are Sealed for something called Cassette Day, which I didn't know was a thing.

Excellent stuff, and, as always, definitely worth checking out. They were a great band and they're a great band now if you get a chance to see them.