Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker [Classic Album Revisit]
Sep10

Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker [Classic Album Revisit]

Ryan Adams Heartbreaker Bloodshot Records Released: September 5, 2000 Producer: Ethan Johns Length: 51:57 I remember picking up this record 15 years ago and being really excited as I was already into alt-country at the time and familiar with Whiskeytown, so buying frontman Ryan Adams’ solo record debut seemed like a no-brainer. Then the first track came on which is the 38 second “(Argument with David Rawlings Concerning...

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Cardinal: Cardinal [Classic Album Revisit]
Jun24

Cardinal: Cardinal [Classic Album Revisit]

Cardinal Cardinal Flydaddy (Original) / Fire (Reissue) Released: 1994 Producer: Tony Lash Length: 30:32 (Reissue 57:01) Appearing as it did in the middle of the grunge era, Cardinal’s debut LP was definitely an anomaly. Instead of gritty guitars and gruff vocals, Cardinal is full of quieter sounds: acoustic guitars, strings, piano, even the occasional trumpet, all accompanied by Richard Davies’ and Eric Matthews’...

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Guided By Voices: Bee Thousand [Classic Album Revisit]
Jun20

Guided By Voices: Bee Thousand [Classic Album Revisit]

Guided By Voices Bee Thousand Scat Records Released: June 21, 1994 Producer: GBV Length: 36:30 I don’t think that anyone back in June of 1994 could have predicted the impact of this little lo-fi record from Dayton, Ohio band Guided By Voices. At the time, I was still in college and working in a music store, so I not only had access but I loved to dive into new stuff. Better yet, I loved to turn customers onto new records that I...

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July: July [Classic Album Revisit]
May21

July: July [Classic Album Revisit]

July July Rhino Records (2014 Reissue) Released: 1968 Producer: Tommy Scott Length: 36:12 Part of what we hope becomes a regular reissue program of psych classics, Rhino records re-released three of England’s best psychedelic rock albums for Record Store Day 2014: The Yardbirds’ Little Games (their only album with Jimmy Page as the main guitarist and his last with the group before forming Led Zeppelin); The Idle Race’s The Birthday...

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At The Drive-In: Relationship Of Command [Classic Album Revisit]
Jan13

At The Drive-In: Relationship Of Command [Classic Album Revisit]

At The Drive-In Relationship Of Command Fearless Records Released: September 12, 2000 Producer: Ross Robinson Length: 45:31 At The Drive-In didn’t invent the post-hardcore scene. But did they have impeccable right place/right timing with one of the most important works of the last decade. Their third and final LP Relationship Of Command couldn‘t be any more of a poignant powerhouse then it already is. After purchasing back the rights...

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Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine [Classic Album Revisit]
Nov11

Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine [Classic Album Revisit]

Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine TVT Records Released: October 20, 1989 Producer: Trent Reznor, Flood, Adrian Sherwood, Keith LeBlanc, John Fryer Length: 48:42 Trent Reznor did not invent industrial music. But with his 1989 debut as Nine Inch Nails he might as well have. When I first heard Pretty Hate Machine I was floored. This was angry, aggressive machine music – everything New Wave wasn’t. I gotta say, the eighties...

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