Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers (2006)

Broken Boy Soldiers is the debut album of The Raconteurs, released on May 15, 2006 in the United Kingdom and May 16, 2006 in the United States. The album was generally favored among critics and spawned the #1 hit single "Steady, As She Goes". The album earned a nomination for Best Rock Album at the 49th Grammy Awards. The songs were written by Brendan Benson and Jack White. "Steady, As She Goes" was the first song the pair worked on, followed by "Broken Boy Soldier". After the completion of these two songs and their demos, they called in Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler to work on the songs. In an interview with Uncut magazine White said that "Store Bought Bones" originated from an outtake of The White Stripes album, Get Behind Me Satan. In the same interview, Benson also said that "Call It a Day" and "Together" were both songs he was working on for his next solo album. Benson said in an interview with Mojo magazine that the album feels like a demo because of how the band plays the songs live now. "Hands" features an outro heavily influenced by AC/DC's "Back in Black", "Call It a Day" has been sped up (found on the Zane Lowe EP), "Store Bought Bones" has been merged with B-side "The Bane Rendition", and many other changes. - Wikipedia

Jack White – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards,
Brendan Benson – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Jack Lawrence – Bass Guitar 
Patrick Keeler – Drums

1. Steady, As She Goes (3:38)
2. Hands (4:05)
3. Broken Boy Soldier (3:05)
4. Intimate Secretary (3:33)
5. Together (4:02)
6. Level (2:20)
7. Store Bought Bones (2:27)
8. Yellow Sun (3:25)
9. Call It a Day (3:38)
10. Blue Veins (4:04)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Rosetta - The Galilean Satellites (2005)

The Galilean Satellites is the first studio album by American post-metal band Rosetta, released in 2005 on Translation Loss Records. Disc one is in a heavy metal style while disc two is ambient noise. The liner notes contain no lyrics; only the phrase "These songs are about a space man", indicative of the band's fascination with astronomy. The lyrics themselves also seem to be (on one level) about space travel, and make many references to Europa, one of the Galilean moons. The band themselves have stated that the songs tell a story about a man who becomes dissatisfied with the world around him and leaves to find a place of solitude (Europa). However, upon reaching it, he realizes that he left behind things that were meaningful to him. The track names on disc two all are names of different stars: Deneb, Capella, Beta Aquilae, Ross 128, and Sol (the Latin name for our own sun).- Wikipedia

Michael Armine – Sound Manipulation, Vocals 
David Grossman – Bass Guitar 
Bruce McMurtrie Jr. – Drums 
J. Matthew Weed – Electric Guitar, Violin
Aaron Turner – Artwork

1. Départe (8:13)
2. Europa (10:25)
3. Absent (9:45)
4. Itinérant (16:14)
5. Au Pays Natal (13:32)
6. Deneb (8:13)
7. Capella (10:25)
8. Beta Aquilae (9:45)
9. Ross 128 (16:14)
10. Sol (15:28)

Aereogramme - My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go (2007)

My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go is the fourth and final studio album by Scottish band Aereogramme. It was released on 5 February 2007 in the UK and Europe by Chemikal Underground, and on 6 February 2007 in North America by Sonic Unyon. The album was preceded by the single "Barriers" on 29 January 2007, which was released on 7" vinyl with the exclusive B-side "Dissolve". Vocalist Craig B. revealed that the delay between My Heart Has a Wish and the band's previous release, 2004's Seclusion, was partly due to losing his singing voice for six months. Referring to the album's vocals, Craig B. stated in a 2010 interview with The Skinny that, "By the time we got to My Heart Has a Wish, I just didn't feel like screaming anymore. I think I wasn't as angry by then and it would have felt slightly dishonest to continue trying to have screaming songs just for the sake of it. I mean, when I unfortunately stumble upon a Linkin Park song on the radio I can't help but think that guy sounds like a dick. What's he angry about now? Slayer at least still sound genuinely pissed off." - Wikipedia

Craig B. – Vocals, Guitar 
Iain Cook – Guitar
Campbell Martin – Bass
Martin Scott – Drums, Percussion

1. Conscious Life for Coma Boy (4:31)
2. Barriers (4:56)
3. Exits (4:16)
4. A Life Worth Living (5:59)
5. Finding a Light (3:46)
6. Living Backwards (6:54)
7. Trenches (4:09)
8. Nightmares (4:06)
9. The Running Man (3:33)
10. You're Always Welcome (5:08)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Queensryche - Take Cover (2007)

Take Cover is a cover album by Seattle-based progressive metal band Queensrÿche, released on November 13, 2007. Its release was announced by the band on August 28, 2007. After its first week of release the album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 173, with sales of 5,500 copies. Their cover of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine" served as a single. The idea to release an album of cover songs came from a game of "name the riff" guitarists Michael Wilton and Mike Stone would play during sound checks. The band members agreed to each choose two songs to record for the album. - Wikipedia
Geoff Tate - Vocals 
Michael Wilton - Guitar 
Mike Stone - Guitar 
Eddie Jackson - Bass 
Scott Rockenfield - Drums
1. Welcome to the Machine (Pink Floyd) - 4:54
2. Heaven on Their Minds (Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice) (4:54)
3. Almost Cut My Hair (Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young) - (4:18)
4. For What It's Worth  (Buffalo Springfield) (2:53)
5. For the Love of Money (The O'Jays) (4:58)
6. Innuendo (Queen) (6:11)
7. Neon Knights (Black Sabbath) (3:41)
8. Synchronicity II (The Police) (4:55)
9. Red Rain (Peter Gabriel) (4:39)
10. Odissea (Carlo Marrale & Cheope) (3:51)
11. Bullet the Blue Sky (Live) (U2) (10:26)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Indukti - S.U.S.A.R. (2004)

S.U.S.A.R. is the first full-length album by the band Indukti. The album was originally released by OFF MusicThe Laser's Edge on September 6, 2005. The title abbreviation comes from medicine and means on September 20, 2004, and was re-released by Suspected Unexpected Serious Adverse Reaction. The album is partly inspired by the film Metropolis by Fritz Lang. - Wikipedia

Mariusz Duda – Vocals
Maciej Jaskiewicz – Guitar 
Ewa Jabłońska – Violin 
Wawrzyniec Dramowicz – Drums 
Maciej Adamczyk – Bass 
Piotr Kocimski – Guitar, Saz, Didgeridoo 
Anna Faber – Harp

1. Freder (7:30)
2. Cold Inside... I (4:06)
3. No. 11812 (8:00)
4. Shade (4:29)
5. Uluru (6:34)
6. No. 11811 and Weak II (9:37)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Can - Soundtracks (1970)

Soundtracks is a soundtrack album by the Krautrock group Can. It was first released in 1970 and consists of tracks written for various films. The album marks the departure of the band's original vocalist Malcolm Mooney, who sings on two tracks, to be replaced by new member Damo Suzuki. Stylistically, the record also documents the transition from the psychedelia-inspired jams of their first recordings (i.e., Monster Movie and Delay 1968) to the more meditative, electronic, and experimental mode of the studio albums that followed (such as Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi). "She Brings the Rain", originally appearing in the 1969 film Bottom - Ein großer, graublauer Vogel by Thomas Schamoni (brother to directors Ulrich Schamoni and Peter Schamoni), was later featured in Wim Wenders' 1994 film Lisbon Story, the 2000 Oskar Roehler film Die Unberührbare and Tran Anh Hung's film Norwegian Wood, released in 2010. - Wikipedia
Holger Czukay – Bass, Double Bass 
Michael Karoli – Guitar, Violin 
Jaki Liebezeit – Drums, Percussion, Flute 
Malcolm Mooney – Vocals
Irmin Schmidt – Keyboards, Synthesizers 
Damo Suzuki – Vocals 

1. Deadlock (3:27)
2. Tango Whiskyman (4:04)
3. Deadlock (Titelmusik) (1:40)
4. Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone (3:42)
5. Soul Desert (3:48)
6. Mother Sky (14:31)
7. She Brings the Rain (4:04)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Riverside - Memories in My Head (2011)

Memories in My Head is an EP by the band Riverside set to be released by Progteam in Poland and Glassville Records in the rest of Europe on June 20th, 2011. In North America the EP will be released on June 28th, 2011 by Laser's Edge. Prior to its worldwide release, the EP is being sold exclusively at live shows being part of the band's 10th Anniversary Tour. The artwork was done by Travis Smith. Since April 16th an edited version of the third track, "Forgotten Land", is available as a preview on Soundcloud. "Forgotten Land" will also appear as a track on the 2011 video game "The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings". - Wikipedia

Mariusz Duda - Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Piotr Grudzinski - Guitars
Piotr Kozieradzki - Drums
Michal Lapaj - Keyboard, Hammond, Theremin

1. Goodbye Sweet Innocence (10:40)
2. Living in the Past (11:59)
3. Forgotten Land (09:57)