10 December 2016

THE FLASHING LIGHTS Where The Change Is 1999

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Where the Change Is
The Flashing Lights first started as a '60s cover band that played around Halifax when guitarist/vocalist Matt Murphy wasn't busy with his primary band, the Super Friendz. After the Friendz disbanded in 1997, Murphy moved to Toronto with longtime friend and bassist Henri Sangalang, and the two soon added keyboardist Gaven Dianda and drummer Steve Pitkin to the Lights' lineup. The group focused on the '60s sound and influences like the Kinks, Game Theory, and the Who. The band played locally, building a solid fan base, while recording their first album. Rather than hassling with a label, the band released the full-length Where the Change Is independently. In fall 1999, the Lights toured with the Local Rabbits and Thrush Hermit; Where the Change Is was released in the U.S. in the spring of 2000.

 Tracklist 
 
1 Where The Change Is 3:05
2 Highschool 2:22
3 Half The Time 3:02
4 Heart Like Mine 3:50
5 Rotary Hotel 4:25
6 Summertime Climb 2:50
7 Where Do The Days Go? 4:07
8 Talk To The Hand 2:58
9 The Unattached 4:31
10 The Patient You Forgot To See 2:31
11 Elevature 3:36
12 Day Like That 2:49
13 Gone Are The Good Times 4:39



08 December 2016

FRENZAL RHOMB Coughing Up A Storm 1995


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Once a Jolly Swagman Always a Jolly Swagman
The irreverent Australian punk unit Frenzal Rhomb formed in 1993; their lineup includes vocalist Jason Whalley, guitarist Lindsay McDougal (a replacement for original guitarist Benjamin Costello), bassist Lex Feltham, and drummer Gordy Foreman (the third in a succession including Karl and Nat). After touring as the support act while American punk bands Offspring, Bad Religion, and blink-182 were down under, the group released its first album, 1995's Coughing Up a Storm. Retitled Once a Jolly Swagman Always a Jolly Swagman, the album was issued on America's Liberation label two years later.
Not So Tough Now
Hyped by NOFX's Fat Mike, Frenzal Rhomb became one of the biggest independent Australian bands with the release of their second album, Not So Tough Now. After headlining the Australian leg of the 1998 Vans Warped Tour (and being recruited for the American edition as well), the group released its third album, Meet the Family. A Man's Not a Camel followed in 1999 and Shut Your Mouth appeared two years later. Sans Souci came out on Fat Wreck in June 2003 and featured new bassist Tom Crease. A subsequent worldwide tour brought Frenzal Rhomb to all corners of the globe, including stops in Taiwan, South Africa, Israel, the U.K., and Japan. 

Tracklist

1 Genius 3:01
2 Fraud 2:34
3 Run 3:11
4 Get Off 2:41
5 Hate 0:58
6 Suburban Male 2:37
7 Don't Speak 2:08
8 Sick And Tired 2:10
9 Infotainment 2:38
10 Dugadugabowbow 2:31
11 No Thought 2:17
12 4 Litres 2:16
13 Big Paranoia 2:00
14 Cones 2:53
15 Kaan Kaant 2:16
16 Untitled Track 16 0:54
17 Untitled Track 17 0:48
18 Untitled Track 18 6:41

ELEVATOR THROUGH Vague Premonition 1999

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If I didn't know this was released in 1999, I might have guessed from the sound that it came from outer space 1969. This is dreamy, spaced out psychedelic music.

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From the ashes of Elevator to Hell and Eric's Trip, Elevator brings back to the top floor the sludge, stoner rock to the '70s and the trippy, inexplicable visions of early Pink Floyd -- all on one CD. Consider the cover of Syd Barrett's "No Good Trying," rife with laser-sound effects and echo, and the very similar original "Foggy Sea." This piece employs the same simplistic, hypnotic type of descending guitar line with arrangement and production reminiscent of Alice Cooper's "Pretties for You." Now consider the rock dog showcase that is the heavy, groove music of the oddly titled "The Only See to Thought." Elevator's murky musings are the analog of a revealing drug experience. Vague Premonition is the heightened, spiritual awareness of being high with the nasty side effects of hangover and illegality. From the remote stretches of Canada's New Brunswick, Elevator vaults off on a tube-driven journey into inner space -- leave your inhibitions behind and get to know yourself. 

Tracklist


1 Energy 2:22
2 Rain 3:52
3 The Maze 2:40
4 No Good Trying 2:51
5 Foggy Sea 2:41
6 An Early Raining April Morn 3:14
7 The Only See To Thought 1:57
8 Comfortable, But Almost 2:50
9 Cut Out The Wick 5:16
10 The Grip On Me 4:38
11 Deep Underground 2:14
12 Fluidmonogleestran 4:08
13 Vague Premonition 6:16

THE SPINY ANTEATERS All Is Well 1995



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All Is Well is something of a masterpiece for fuzzy, lo-fi bedroom pop -- the Spiny Anteaters have a warm and subtle approach to presentation and a songwriting style that meshes perfectly with the idiosyncracies of their recording technique, giving All Is Well an occasional sense of near-perfection. There's also a simplistic purity to the record which is absent from the releases which followed it -- Current sounds a bit more like a rock band, and Last Supper dips its feet in the waters of experimentalism, both with excellent results -- but the drifting tones and half-realized melodies of All Is Well seem to have accomplished something almost definitive for this vein of indie rock.

Tracklist

01 Aspect Ratio 2:50
02 10 Years Ago 3:43
03 Stal 4:19
04 Fabulous Fur Coat 5:04
05 Tripping Girl 3:21
06 Lullaby 5:24
07 Sparky 8:36
08 Mass Man 3:43
09 Elevator 2:28
10 Spork 1:56
11 Dear Kim 3:06
 

MURRY THE HUMP Colouring Book EP 1999





Brit pop featured on John Peel radio show back in 1999.
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1 Colouring Book
2 Cracking Up
3 Blue Bottle
4 Kebab Or Shag ? (Live)
5 Pussy Willow (Live)




GANGER Canopy 1999



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Hammock Style
The Scottish post-rock quartet Ganger formed in 1995, its original members -- bassists Stuart Henderson and Graham Gavin, drummer James Young and guitarist Lucy McKenzie -- coming together out of a shared affection for the classic Krautrock sound. Debuting with the EP Half Nelson, 20-minute impromptu jams like "Jellyneck" characterized the group's early approach, but as their music grew more disciplined and eclectic the line-up began to crumble, with McKenzie the first to exit to pursue a career in the visual arts. After Gavin quit in 1997, Henderson and Young recruited ex-Fukiyama bassist Natasha Noramly and guitarist Craig B., with the revitalized Ganger resurfacing in early 1998 with the EP With Tongues Twisting Words; the full-length Hammock Style followed later that year, but the band broke had broken up by 1999. 

 Tracklist 

1 Canopy 4:33
2 State Conversion 5:50
3 Now We Have You 2:47
4 Hai! 0:43
5 Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants 6:26

07 December 2016

STERLING Monsterlingo 1997

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 indie rock

 

Tracklist

1 Is This The Time 4:27
2 Intravenous 3:09
3 Three Hand Man 3:44
4 Out Of The Sunlight 2:41
5 Shiver 3:57
6 Crawl Mary 3:35
7 Dream Queen 3:18
8 5x Bigger 2:33
9 Addlestone Rock 4:11
10 Headless 3:53
11 The Good Sun 4:32
12 Him 3:36
 

PORTASTATIC Slow Note From A Sinking Ship 1995

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1 When You Crashed 3:59
2 Skinny Glasses Girl 3:12
3 San Andreas 2:37
4 Taking You With Me 4:29
5 The Angels Of Sleep 2:12
6 A Cunning Latch 4:10
7 Spooky 1:42
8 The Great Escape 3:26
9 Running Water 2:48
10 You Can't Win 3:35
11 Isn't That The Way 1:10
12 On Our Hands 3:19
13 Pastime 3:03
14 In The Manner Of Anne Frank 3:12
15 Untitled 12:32

04 December 2016

RIALTO self titled 1998

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Louis Elliot and Jonny Bull began their Brit-pop ventures in fall 1991 under the guise of Kinky Machine. With a dedicated, albeit small cult following, they broke into the U.K. Top Ten in 1992 and added a Manic Street Preachers tour to their credentials. 1993 brought a debut album and a 1995 sophomore effort, Bent; however, their style decreased in rarity as acts like Elastica exploded internationally. This, fueled by management and label woes, caused Kinky Machine to dissipate. Early in 1997 Bull and Elliot, along with the latter's old friend and bassist Julian Taylor, drummer Pete Cuthbert, and Toby Hounsham, who responded to an advertisement placed in the Melody Maker, rejoined and formed Rialto. Their unusual name is traced back to a local U.K. (now bankrupt) theater chain. This cinematic reference is consistent with Elliot's fascination with films, soundtracks and scores, as they admit to being heavily influenced by cinema. They cite industry giants such as Elvis Costello, Lloyd Cole, Leonard Cohen, Elliot Smith, Brian Wilson, Ennio Morricone and John Barry as influences and objects of their musical admiration.
Second drummer Anthony Christmas is a major contributor to this band's unusual sound, following the musical footsteps of Phil Spector and Adam and the Ants with two simultaneous, equi-balanced drummers. Given an eight-track home studio by their recording company, they emerged late in 1997 (under Bull's production talents and Elliot's lyrical guidance) with a new, innovative signature sound and contagious tunes chock full of script-like, empathetic tales.
In 1997 they produced their first singles, "When We're Together" and "Untouchable." The latter was re-released in January 1998; it quickly penetrated the Top 20 and was soon accompanied by their next single, "Dream Another Dream." Despite their proven success and much anticipated arrival of their self-titled debut album, East-West Records dropped them. China Records, the label under which Morcheeba rose to fame, released Rialto's album in July 1998. The six-track Girl on a Train followed two years later, receiving accolades from NME and Q. By the time Rialto gathered to make a second album, Hounsham had left the group. Rialto was now a four-piece and they spent most of 2001 perfecting electronic sounds for Night on Earth, which was issued in March 2002. 

Tracklist  

1 Monday Morning 5.19 4:51
2 Dream Another Dream 3:20
3 Broken Barbie Doll 4:14
4 Summer's Over 4:40
5 Untouchable 4:16
6 Hard Candy 3:05
7 Quarantine 5:01
8 Lucky Number 3:40
9 Love Like Semtex 3:22
10 When We're Together 3:38
11 The Underdogs 3:50
12 Milk Of Amnesia 4:20