Showing posts with label CDs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CDs. Show all posts

Monday, February 25, 2019

Bombay Bicycle Club




I have always maintained a curious interest in Bombay Bicycle Club. Flirting with the oblivion offered by the flu gave me the opportunity to acquire three of their albums/cds/releases in a way that did not bankrupt me, so I am going to give them a proper evaluation.

Bands come and go, and their impact is difficult to gauge. I know that in the 2000s I had a healthy liking for a band called Goldrush, but it would seem that they have disappeared. The rest of the music from that era just passed me by. I never got into the Arctic Monkeys or The Libertines like I probably should have, and everything else from that whole decade just seemed weird. Then there are these albums and I don’t even know when they were made. I think this is a band that straddled the 2000s and 2010s, from what I see on the labels, but who knows anymore?

I always give the new stuff a chance. There aren’t enough great bands! You have to keep searching for new music. I know, I’m an idiot. But I have new music to listen to, so I can’t be all bad.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Replacements Tim Covers




The Tim album by the Replacements is pretty much the apex of the band--the high point that happened at exactly the moment when they were recorded about as poorly as possible while making the best music of their lives. If this album sounds bad, that's because it does. Tommy Erdelyi was a terrible choice for a producer and the fact that Tim sounds worse than Hootenanny is, well, one more thing to bitch about.

It was the end of the Bob Stinson era and the beginning of the corporate sell-out era, but the drinking and the shenanigans would continue well on through to the end. The songs would never be as good.

The real crowning glory of this era of the band is found on two of the cuts contained on this album. Bastards of Young and Here Comes a Regular are two sides of the same broken heart, and you could build the quintessential novel of the Eighties around those two songs, weaving them in and out of whatever plot full of fuckups and failed glory you could imagine. There are brilliant songs scattered throughout their career, but these two are the two best songs they ever did.

I have never been able to figure out the cover, though. It has an industrial feel to it, with the band portraits designed to make them indie darlings. There were ideas behind it, but how do they match up to the words "a picture on a fridge that's never stocked with food?" And why didn't someone just put that image on the front and call it a day? 

Primal Scream Country Girl Covers




This is where I really, really started to get into Primal Scream again.

This single has a fantastic cover. Country Girl is a classic rave up. Live, this song brings down the house. The cover here is classically presented with a dark and sinister top and bottom bar, just like a scene from a letter-boxed film. I love what they did with this package.

Ten years? Really? It feels like it just came out.

Monday, December 12, 2016

James Laid Cover




The single from James called Laid was easily one of the best things to come out in 1993; I would say that it was definitely a high point for the band that experienced so many highs and had so many great singles.

The design for this one somewhat mars the impact of the single; the cover is difficult to read and I would definitely have flipped what's on the back for the front. I love the close up stitching as a motif and I like the detail in the cloth and the colors. This is not the first time I have liked the back cover more than the front cover, but it won't be the last, either.

Oasis Live Forever Cover

This single broke Oasis wide open, and helped vault their debut album into the stratosphere. Live Forever was more than just some Britpop throwaway. It rose above the genre and defined the Oasis phenomenon. Every subsequent single rode this wave of optimism in the face of bullshit, lies, and blank stares.

The sleeve features the childhood home of John Lennon on Menlove Avenue, and it is one of those fantastic collaborations between Microdot and Michael Spencer Jones. How many singles put the lyrics on the back? Am I right?

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sleeper Inbetweener Single Cover


Sleeper's

Inbetweener

Single features a fantastic piece of commercial art, and it works on so many levels.


The song, in and of itself, is a novel set to music, and it is so intelligently rendered as to demand the sort of packaging and artwork seen here.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Jesus and Mary Chain Darklands Deluxe Edition







There is so much to love about this album. Everything inside of this package--the deluxe edition--is worth the price and more. This is the golden age of the deluxe edition, and to see the JAMC produce these versions is wonderful. Lush absolutely requires the deluxe edition treatment, of course.

But just to focus on the one thing that I am posting about--the cover. This is the second album, and second albums come with their own curse. Darklands is no curse--it is a standalone masterpiece. And the moody, dreamy cover explains exactly what you're going to get from this album.

In the 1980s, no one was making this kind of music. No one could, and no one has ever since.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Noel Gallagher God Help Us All - The Dying of the Light







Here's the bleak but rather effective artwork that will promote new music from the Chasing Yesterday album. This design uses the logo and the arty photography rather well.

Is this an official release? It looks professionally done, so maybe it is. The problem you face when you deal with pre-released material is that, in many cases, it's fan-created or nicked for personal use.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Oasis Promotional Single Covers From 2009










Here are three samples of the covers used to market the singles from the last Oasis album, Dig Out Your Soul. I have a feeling this will be the last proper Oasis album for quite a while, but I could be wrong about that.

These have always bothered me. I hate the white text in the middle; I hate that font with a passion. Love the music, love the colors and the overall design ethic used here, but that font was and is a disaster.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Ready Made Shop All Your Own



Ah, it would be wonderful, but who'd loan the money?

A record shop in Devon has gone up for sale on eBay for £8,999.00. 


The shop, which is based in Crediton, Devon has been going for seven years and is being sold because the owner wishes to start another business. 


According to the listing, the price includes: "Thousands upon thousands of new and used vinyl singles, albums & box sets, CD singles and albums." It also includes merchandise including badges, posters, mugs and tshirts. 

How do you explain that your business plan includes not going out of business like all the other record shops?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Suede The Wild Ones Cover










If you're going to buy a Suede single, just go buy this one. It's fantastic. I love The Wild Ones. I really do.

This is a throwback to the two and three versions of singles that used to be released in the 90s. I don't know if labels and bands still do this, or if they just throw things out there as downloads and hope it all works out in the end, but this was a cool way to distribute music.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Suede The Wild Ones EP Cover














The single or EP cover for Suede's The Wild Ones single is a study in texture and composition. It is remarkably well done and suits the song and the attitude of the band perfectly.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Songs From the Real World




Songs From the Real World is a new release by Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy. This is an entire album of songs commissioned and paid for by fans. This is a unique artisanal work; it is in the finest tradition of patronage for the arts and expressing real love for an artist.

Now, what's this about needing gift ideas?


Written and recorded by Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy. Additional instrumentation on ‘More of the Same’ by David Spall. Album artwork by Steve R Dodd.Many thanks to all our commissioners. Special thanks to Steve R Dodd and Kay Smith
Tracklist








1. For All We Lack
2. Naomi And Maya
3. A Short Song About Eternity
4. Tomoko
5. A Song For Kris
6. Emerald Lake
7. Lucy
8. Holly
9. Transformation
10. Life’s Sweet Decay
11. Anastasia And Jens
12.Michou
13. Elly
14. My One
15. More Of The Same

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It Is a One Direction World



The problem with the fact that One Direction has had three number one albums in a row is that the album format is dead.

How do you reconcile the fact that this is a group that actually puts out albums that people want to buy? How do you resolve the conflict over singles vs albums?

I don't think you can take anything away from the accomplishment--it is all but impossible to sell a physical album to anyone nowadays. But it might be a positive thing if people focused on talent development and assembling a dozen or so songs that could rightly be considered a project and an accomplishment.

Oh, and it was the Monkees who last hit number one with their first four albums, all in a row.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ride's Nowhere is Available From Rhino




I had popped over to Rhino.com for another reason and that's when I discovered that Ride's Nowhere is being advertised dead center on their front page. It has been out for a while and so I was struck by the fact that it is still selling and is still being hyped. What a wonderful thing to get for yourself. A must.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Inadvertent Slam




Spencer Kornhaber meant to give the new Arcade Fire album a positive review; when he talks about listening to it on "portable speakers" while folding laundry, it makes for an interesting point.

When did music become so lame? When did a powerful new album by one of the most significant bands of the decade become laundry folding music? How did we get here?

Video games have replaced music in terms of generating excitement about a new release. The way people behave for a new video game--obsessively playing it over and over again, coveting the copy they have purchased, shutting down all outside distractions in order to maximize the initial experience--is how they used to greet the new Led Zeppelin album. Amazing.

The release of a new album used to mean something. You heard it all intensely, sometimes with headphones, and without distraction. Being pounded with new sounds and a new experience and introduced to music that had never been heard before was supposed to be a thrill, an experience, something to shut out the mundane.

Laundry folding music? What a classic, inadvertent put down.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ian McCulloch Holy Ghosts Cover







I have to confess that this package got past me; normally, I would know a bit more about these things, but there it is. Ian McCulloch has put out a live album and a solo album of works; normally, you might see the album of originals released with a bonus live album; I believe Sugar did this with an album of B-sides and I remember there was a Cracker album that followed this format as well.

McCulloch has put out the live work on the front side and put his new album on the back. I would call this a bold statement, and something original. The cover and the packaging follow the best impulses of the artwork that go with a Bunnymen-related project. Can't wait to get this.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Kristin Hersh Your Ghost Cover








This is another one of those masterfully done 4AD singles that people just covet and love, not for just the artist or the music but also for how it looks but by the special something found in the thinking that went into making the package. Kristin Hersh put this out and it thunders and moans like a great EP should. The packaging and the presentation is fantastic. This is the beginning of her solo career which will go on forever or for as long as she wants it to go on.

Your Ghost was a killer single, an announcement of things to come. It was Kristin's debut single and featured Michael Stipe in the background. No matter who you are, when you sing with Hersh, you are the background and the window dressing while she occupies the space around. This EP is worth it alone for her cover of When the Levee Breaks.

Kristin Hersh Your Ghost Cover




This is another one of those masterfully done 4AD singles that people just covet and love, not for just the artist or the music but also for how it looks but by the special something found in the thinking that went into making the package. Kristin Hersh put this out and it thunders and moans like a great EP should. The packaging and the presentation is fantastic. This is the beginning of her solo career which will go on forever or for as long as she wants it to go on.

Your Ghost was a killer single, an announcement of things to come. It was Kristin's debut single and featured Michael Stipe in the background. No matter who you are, when you sing with Hersh, you are the background and the window dressing while she occupies the space around. This EP is worth it alone for her cover of When the Levee Breaks.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Primal Scream Burning Wheel Cover







Primal Scream's Burning Wheel single is extremely ambitious and well done. It uses retro imagery, the time stamp motif, and cuts everything up nicely.