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Monday, Oct 26, 2009

Fourteen years ago this week: the Smashing Pumpkins released their third album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, on Virgin Records. For the first and only time in the band’s career, the epic multi-disc album debuted at number one on the Billboard Charts. The album earned the band seven Grammy Award nominations, and won best hard rock performance for “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”. Mellon Collie was intended to be a concept album symbolizing the cycle of life and death. As a whole, the album expanded the band’s repertoire by incorporating diverse musical styles, giving the band multiple dimensions. Upon its release, head Pumpkin Billy Corgan described the album as an interpretation of “the human condition of mortal sorrow”.


“Tonight, Tonight”



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Monday, Oct 26, 2009

Stereophonics
Keep Calm and Carry On
(Mercury)
Releasing: 16 November


Stereophonics return with their latest album, Keep Calm and Carry On, via Mercury Records on November 16th.  Watch the video for Keep Calm and Carry On‘s first single, “Innocent”, a melodic rock gem. The video looks keenly retro, with band members playing in a jovial English street of a bygone era. It reminds me of Weezer’s “Buddy Holly”, but a bit more translucent and color-happy at the end.


SONG LIST
01 She’s Alright
02 Innocent
03 Beerbottle
04 Trouble
05 Could You Be The One?
06 I Got Your Number
07 Uppercut
08 Live ‘N’ Love
09 100mph
10 Wonder
11 Stuck In A Rut
12 Show Me How



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Monday, Oct 26, 2009

Field Music
Measure
(Memphis Industry/Revolver)
Releasing: 16 February


A three-year-long hiatus by Field Music has brought about a new 20-track double album from these English brothers. The break also resulted in two new members: Kev Dosdale on the guitar and keys and Ian Black on bass.


01 In The Mirror  
02 Them That Do Nothing  
03 Each Time is a New Time  
04 Measure
05 Effortlessly  
06 Clear Water  
07 Lights Up  
08 All You’d Ever Need to Say  
09 Let’s Write a Book  
10 You and I  
11 The Rest is Noise  
12 Curves of the Needle  
13 Choosing Numbers  
14 The Wheels are in Place  
15 First Come the Wish  
16 Precious Plans  
17 See You Later  
18 Something Familiar  
19 Share the Words  
20 It’s About Time  


Field Music
Measure [MP3]
     



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Friday, Oct 23, 2009

This video features one static shot of Alex Turner against a white background singing into a tape recorder, and nothing else. There’s an odd humor to the whole production, as he mimes the lyrics with lazy, cheeky irony, but for most part he’s staring into the camera, and the minimalism demands attention paid to the song and the singer.



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Friday, Oct 23, 2009

“Youth Tunes”, from Little Girls’ latest, Concepts.



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