THE HORRORS  “SO NOW YOU KNOW”

Things are heating up for The Horrors and expectations are building for their new album, ‘Luminous’, due out may 5. 

To help push things along they have now put out this official video for “So Now You Know”.  A video of this had been leaked of the band performing it live a good while back, but now the official version is out.  

Faris strolls through some desolate, desert town while scenes cut back and forth between the restless youth that live there.  If you like scenes of Faris standing in a desert with a leather jacket on-you couldn’t ask for more!

JUDAS PRIEST VS. OHIO PLAYERS
What could these two albums possibly have in common?  Some Midwestern funksters finding their feet and some English guys doing it live (well, sort of).  One would guess there is nothing in common, but look closer.
She is a bald-headed black women, barely clothed in black leather and studs.  Her legs spread and a whip held high.  He is a white man, almost bald, replete with black leather and studs as well.  He only holds a mic up high, but by his side hangs handcuffs and a chain.  This is when S&M comes to the record shelves.  It is a big statement for both acts, even though their music is at opposite ends of the spectrum.  Likewise, both of these records possess important firsts for these acts.
‘Pain’ (1971) is the second album by the Ohio Players, but actually the first by the line-up which would continue on recording.  After the band recorded their debut for Capitol, they called it quits.  A few years later they regrouped to record a single for Westbound records, the home of Funkadelic.  The session went well and they were then signed on for a full album’s worth of music. ‘Pain’ could be argued to actually be the true start of the music and imagery of the Ohio Players.
This album established the band’s new direction.  They were more polished and playing with a harder and funkier sound.  The band also made no bones about what would prove to be the main theme for years to come: women.  They sang about them and featured ladies in various states of undress from this album forward.  It would forever be synonymous with them and the 70s.
‘Pain’ was stark in featuring a no holds barred image of a bald woman in her S&M gear.  She wore a leather studded bikini with knee high boots, full length studded leather cuffs and held a whip…as if the message wasn’t clear enough.  The gatefold opens to show her standing over her slave, a man in a leather bikini curled up below her.
Though the single ‘pain” was strong enough to get the band this new album deal, the chart placing did not do so well, barley cracking into the top 200, but it did place decent in the soul charts, at #21.
“Unleashed in the East” (1979) shows Rob Halford aping the pose that graced the Ohio Players album eight years earlier.  This is the first live album the Priest put out and would be the first time that Judas Priest appeared on one of their album covers…and the last.  There are no other albums throughout their long career with the band pictured on the front.
Like the Ohio Players, this would be the first album to show off the band’s leather/S&M look.  For Judas Priest, this made it clear on how they would look for the remainder of their career.  From this point on, Rob Halford would glorify the leather and studs look, taking it to glorious new heights. 
The album was recorded during the band’s Hell Bent For Leather Tour of Japan.  For years it was hotly debated as to how much of the album was indeed, actually live.  Rob Halford later confessed that his vocals had been redone in the studio because the original vocal recordings had been ruined.  He said that all the music was as it happened, but the vocals were re-recorded in a “live” studio setting.
The original pressing featured 9 songs, though the band would typically play a setlist of 15.  Japanese versions of the album had a bonus 7” which added 4 more tracks from the same concerts.  The two remaining tracks from the era that were never officially released as live cuts were “White Heat, Red Hot” and “Take On The World”.  When the album was re-released in 2001, it was remastered and the tracklist was extended to 13 songs.
At the time of its release, this was the Priest’s biggest selling album to date and would end up being one of only 5 that would go platinum.  It reached #10 in the UK and only #70 in the US.

JUDAS PRIEST VS. OHIO PLAYERS

What could these two albums possibly have in common?  Some Midwestern funksters finding their feet and some English guys doing it live (well, sort of).  One would guess there is nothing in common, but look closer.

She is a bald-headed black women, barely clothed in black leather and studs.  Her legs spread and a whip held high.  He is a white man, almost bald, replete with black leather and studs as well.  He only holds a mic up high, but by his side hangs handcuffs and a chain.  This is when S&M comes to the record shelves.  It is a big statement for both acts, even though their music is at opposite ends of the spectrum.  Likewise, both of these records possess important firsts for these acts.

Pain’ (1971) is the second album by the Ohio Players, but actually the first by the line-up which would continue on recording.  After the band recorded their debut for Capitol, they called it quits.  A few years later they regrouped to record a single for Westbound records, the home of Funkadelic.  The session went well and they were then signed on for a full album’s worth of music. ‘Pain’ could be argued to actually be the true start of the music and imagery of the Ohio Players.

This album established the band’s new direction.  They were more polished and playing with a harder and funkier sound.  The band also made no bones about what would prove to be the main theme for years to come: women.  They sang about them and featured ladies in various states of undress from this album forward.  It would forever be synonymous with them and the 70s.

‘Pain’ was stark in featuring a no holds barred image of a bald woman in her S&M gear.  She wore a leather studded bikini with knee high boots, full length studded leather cuffs and held a whip…as if the message wasn’t clear enough.  The gatefold opens to show her standing over her slave, a man in a leather bikini curled up below her.

Though the single ‘pain” was strong enough to get the band this new album deal, the chart placing did not do so well, barley cracking into the top 200, but it did place decent in the soul charts, at #21.

Unleashed in the East” (1979) shows Rob Halford aping the pose that graced the Ohio Players album eight years earlier.  This is the first live album the Priest put out and would be the first time that Judas Priest appeared on one of their album covers…and the last.  There are no other albums throughout their long career with the band pictured on the front.

Like the Ohio Players, this would be the first album to show off the band’s leather/S&M look.  For Judas Priest, this made it clear on how they would look for the remainder of their career.  From this point on, Rob Halford would glorify the leather and studs look, taking it to glorious new heights.

The album was recorded during the band’s Hell Bent For Leather Tour of Japan.  For years it was hotly debated as to how much of the album was indeed, actually live.  Rob Halford later confessed that his vocals had been redone in the studio because the original vocal recordings had been ruined.  He said that all the music was as it happened, but the vocals were re-recorded in a “live” studio setting.

The original pressing featured 9 songs, though the band would typically play a setlist of 15.  Japanese versions of the album had a bonus 7” which added 4 more tracks from the same concerts.  The two remaining tracks from the era that were never officially released as live cuts were “White Heat, Red Hot” and “Take On The World”.  When the album was re-released in 2001, it was remastered and the tracklist was extended to 13 songs.

At the time of its release, this was the Priest’s biggest selling album to date and would end up being one of only 5 that would go platinum.  It reached #10 in the UK and only #70 in the US.

REVIEW: TODD TERJE ‘IT’S ALBUM TIME’

After all this time Todd Terje does what all self respecting artist should do, put out a full length album.  Here it is…it’s album time!

Terje has a knack for tongue in cheek humor, and his debut long player is not shy in it by any means.  From the cartoon cover, to the bland title and to the kitsch filled dance music inside, it is something to be enjoyed completely without taking any of it too seriously.  If he were serious in the slightest, there would never have been a reference to the long lost leisure suit.

You will more than likely find your head starting to bob approximately two minutes into this.  One might even fantasize about the breeze gently brushing their chest hairs as they sway to and fro amidst the unbuttoned, giant collared shirt you wish you were wearing.  Don’t lose yourself just yet; keep your feet firmly planted on that plush shag carpet sprawling across your brick living room.   Don’t worry if you see stars in your eyes…that is what happens in this magical world!

The album is almost divided perfectly between brand new material and previous singles.  It could have been all new though, because they meld together seamlessly.  You need to take a breather by the time you get to the collaboration with Bryan Ferry, ‘Johnny and Mary”.  One would never guess it getting there, but it does work.  Terje slows down the Robert Palmer original to a perfect pace for a cheesy, smooched-out slow dance. Both men should raise their hands in victory for this tune because it is a knock out.  Todd pulls you back into the land of brightly colored drinks with umbrellas and pineapple sides with the following “Alfonso Muskedunder”, and straight into the medallion swinging disco of “Swing Star” (both 1 &2).  He slips in one more new tune and closes with “Inspector Norse”.

This album is not meant to break new ground, just simply to tear up the one beneath your feet.  You’ll have a ball with this, and so will anyone else who happens to be within earshot…this is party time!

SQUAREPUSHER: MAKING MUSIC FOR ROBOTS

How did they do it…how do they do it?  Well, fans of Squarepusher and his new metallic friends will be overjoyed to see this behind the scenes short of just how ‘the Pusher and the guys behind Z Machines put music and madness together for true, metal machine music.

Insane? Yes, slightly.

LUKE VIBERT “ACAGE”

From his recently released ‘Ridmik’ LP, this is the latest video offering from Luke Vibert.

It’s funky, sure to get you shuffling, and just what are those birds doing?!  Check out the animation used to show birds overcrowding the phone lines and making for some interesting eye candy.  This sounds good and looks good!

WELLER RELEASES ‘MORE MODERN CLASSICS’ AND NEW SINGLE

Paul Weller has decided it is time to put out another compilation of his best bits, another dose of modern classics with the aptly titled ‘More Modern Classics’.  The new compilation takes in Weller’s material from 1999 up to his last release, with one new song thrown in for good measure.

Modern Classics’, his first best of collection was released in ‘98, and was truly a superb collection of Weller’s solo work up to that point.  ‘More Modern Classics’ picks up with ‘Heliocentric' up to his last studio album, 'Sonik Kicks' from 2012.  The compilation also includes a few non album singles, “Wild Blue Yonder”, “Flame-Out” and the new single for Record Store Day, “Brand New Toy”, making for 21 tracks over the last 15 years.  The new album will be available as double LP, CD and 3CD deluxe edition with extra selected tracks and sessions and you can pre-order here.

Listen to the new track “Brand New Toy”…

STREAM NEW BUNNYMEN TRACK

The Bunnymen are back with more new music, and according to Ian McCulloch, it’s more edgy than anything he’s ever done.  Their Soundcloud page previews ‘Market Town” and now they have put up another new track, “Lovers ON The Run”.  Their new album, ‘Meteorites’ will be released on May 26.  “Lovers On The Run” will be released as a single on the same day. 

More info here.

TECHNICS PETITIONED TO BRING BACK ICONIC TURNTABLE

Many vinyl fanatics joined in arms to petition Ikea when they recently discontinued on of their shelving units.  Apparently, Ikea had another unit up their sleeves, and reassured vinyl collectors that they would still be able to store their albums on Ikea shelves  when the new model is made available. 

However, earlier in the year (back in January), a petition was started by Moni Daniel , through Change.org, in hopes to get enough signatures to convince Technics to start producing the SL-1200 turntable again. 

Moni states that vinyl and turntablism both have their place in the music world, and the recent surge in vinyl sales demand decent equipment for playing the albums.

In the last week alone, the petition has gathered over 10,000 more followers, with Panasonic even joining in on the push!  obviously the word is spreading and the goal is in sight.  Whether or not Technics cares and what they will do when the petition is received is anyone’s guess-but the addition of Panasonic is quite impressive.

Check the website and sign the petition here.

"It was about time to grow up. Making 12-inch singles won’t make my parents proud."
TODD TERJE explains why he is just now getting around to his debut album.

TODD TERJE “LEISURE SUIT PREBEN”

Todd Terje has just released his debut album and it is all one could expect.  Now he’s put up a video for “Leisure Suit Preben”. 

Watch as Preben gets tanked, strolls the streets, meets a girlie, goes dancing and overdose it all.  Suitable fitting to the tune, this is typical Terje…fun!

JAMIE XX “SLEEP SOUND”

This is the brand new video for Jamie XX’s latest single, “Sleep Sound”.  You should watch it, because it is amazing in what you will see.

The video came from a brief encounter on the subway.  A deaf girl signed that she could almost “hear” the music the director was listening to solely by the way she was moving.  This inspired the director, she spent the day at the Manchester Deaf Centre, dancing with 13 different patients.  They danced to the movement air made from the vibrations of this song, as well as following each others movements. 

It is truly moving to watch.

WATCH AEROSMITH FLOUNDER AT THE WHISKEY A GO GO

So this is how one of the greatest American rock and roll bands kick off their big Let Rock Rule Tour…not with a bang, but more like a wet fart.  The lead off graffiti campaign around Los Angeles was a warning sign, but yesterday’s kick off, invite only performance was boring at best.

The band stroll on while some rap tune is playing (another bad sign).  Steven Tyler poses and primps as he greets the crowd of people holding up their phones.  He likes his hair, his new (horrible) mustache, his hat and showing off his belly.  He sounds horrible.  It seems like the only people actually interested in playing are Joe Perry and the guy at the piano (Brad Whitford was nowhere to be found).  Steven Tyler is more interested in standing in front of his fan and letting his garments blow than doing any real singing.  His antics are limited and stiff, and jokes are old.  They invite their good buddy Slash on stage for a few tunes, and Joe strikes up “Welcome to the Jungle” to which Tyler flubs the few words he knows, then tries to hand off the mic to Slash.

Wow.  If this is the “rock” that Aerosmith is peddling these days, no wonder they were invited on the Ellen Degeneres show…it goes down easy with stay at home moms. Steve and Joe actually handed out tickets to the mom crowd too.

Pffffft…Aerosmith are hitting the road.  Stay home and lock up your doors.