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Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Kills - Blood Pressures (2011)

Blood Pressures is the fourth studio album by indie rock band The Kills. Kills's fourth album as "another mostly successful attempt to wrench effective material from a barebones method of hollow attitude and instrumental minimalism". Masters of "a high-wire act" involving "a small bag of tricks shaken up a little differently each time", the Kills "write songs that are invariably concave structures, spacious echo chambers for lurching, fuzzed-out guitar and softly staccato talk-singing", keeping "drawing blood from this stone, readjusting and tweaking their formula", the reviewer expands. - Wikipedia

Alison Mosshart - Vocals, Guitar
Jamie Hince - Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron, Drums, Percussion
Bill Skibbe - Engineer
Jessica Ruffins - Engineer

1. Future Starts Slow (4:05)
2. Satellite (4:14)
3. Heart Is a Beating Drum (4:20)
4. Nail in My Coffin (3:32)
5. Wild Charms (1:14)
6. DNA (4:32)
7. Baby Says (4:28)
8. The Last Goodbye (3:41)
9. Damned If She Do (3:52)
10. You Don't Own the Road (3:22)
11. Pots and Pans (4:35)

Deadboy and the Elephantmen - If This Is Hell, Then I'm Lucky (2002)

If This Is Hell, Then I'm Lucky is the debut album by Deadboy & the Elephantmen, fronted by Dax Riggs, formerly of Acid Bath and Agents of Oblivion. The album was re-released on February 5, 2008 under Dax Riggs' name only, and again in 2010 by Rotten Records, using the bands proper title. - Wikipedia

Dax Riggs - Vocals, Guitar
Jason Dupre - Guitar
Christopher Goat - Bass Guitar
Jeff LeCompte - Drums, Percussion

1. Strange Television (6:14) 
2. Waking Up Insane (4:30) 
3. "Song with No Name (4:03) 
4. Graves Beyond Windows (3:51) 
5. Otherworldly Dreamer (7:50) 
6. Like the Dead Would Laugh (5:07) 
7. High Monster (4:42) 
8. Heart of Green (8:16) 
9. Barefoot in the Dark (4:20) 
10. Theme Song (7:53)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ozric Tentacles - Jurassic Shift (1993)

Jurassic Shift is a studio album by British band Ozric Tentacles. It was first released in 1993 on the band's own label on Dovetail Records. In 1998 a re-release came from Snapper Music, with one additional track. The album was released yet again in 2004, this time paired with Erpland in Snapper Music's Recall 2CD series. - Wikipedia

Ed Wynne - Guitars, Koto, Keyboards
Joie Hinton - Keyboards, Samples, Atmospheres
Mervin Pepler - Drums, Ethnic Percussion, Babble
John Egan - Flutes, Babble
Roly Wynne - Bass
Zia Geelani - Bass
Marcus Carcus - Ethnic Percussion
Generator John - Tambourine

1. Sunhair (5:43)
2. Stretchy (6:51)
3. Feng Shui (10:24)
4. Half Light in Thillai (5:35)
5. Jurassic Shift (11:05)
6. Pteranodon (5:40)
7. Train Oasis (2:45)
8. Vita Voom (4:48)
9. Feng Shui (Live) 10:55

Amplifier - The Octopus (2011)

The Octopus is the third studio album of the Manchester progressive rock band Amplifier. The format of the album is double CD. It was released to fans online in December 2010 and was commercially released in January 2011. The album can be listened online at a mini-site set up by the band for just such a purpose. - Wikipedia

Sel Balamir – Guitar, Vocals
Neil Mahony – Bass
Matt Brobin – Drums 
Charlie Barnes - Piano 
Mike Vennart - Guest Vocals 

1. The Runner (3:38)
2. Minion's Song (5:51)
3. Interglacial Spell (6:25)
4. The Wave (6:00)
5. The Octopus (9:17)
6. Planet of Insects (5:48)
7. White Horses At Sea / Utopian Daydream (8:55)
8. Trading Dark Matter on the Stock Exchange (11:33)
9. The Sick Rose (8:58)
10. Interstellar (10:18)
11. The Emperor (6:40)
12. Golden Ratio (5:15)
13. Fall of the Empire (8:29)
14. Bloodtest (5:18)
15. Oscar Night / Embryo (7:44)
16. Forever and More (9:23)