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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Re-Up on Flac : Green On Red : Down There EP 1982


Members

Dan Stuart :guitar,vocals
Chris Cacavas : keyboards,vocals
Jack Waterson : bass
Alex MacNicol : drums


Originally a quasi-psychedelic American rock band with the sound of the southwestern desert thrown in.Green On Red came out of Tucson, Arizona and quickly relocated to L.A. where they became (somewhat dubiously) a part of the Paisley Underground scene. Their music was alt-country long before such a thing existed, and it bore more in common with Neil Young or Cali-country rock than any of their contempories.

Green on Red were an American rock band, formed in the Tucson, Arizona punk scene, but based for most of its career in Los Angeles, California, where it was loosely associated with the Paisley Underground. Earlier records have the wide-screen psychedelic sound of first-wave desert rock, while later releases tended more towards traditional Country rock Others who have called them the bastard children of Neil Young.



The band issued a self-released red vinyl EP,
sometimes called Two Bibles, though its first widely available record was an EP issued in 1982 by Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn on his own Down There label. Green on Red followed the Dream Syndicate onto Slash Records, which released the album Gravity Talks in the fall of 1983. San Francisco-based guitarist Chuck Prophet joined for the 1985 Gas Food Lodging (Enigma), after which MacNicol was replaced on drums by Keith Mitchell (later of Mazzy Star). In 2006 'Gas' was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series. Also in 1985, Stuart collaborated with Steve Wynn as "Danny and Dusty" on the album The Lost Weekend (A&M).
(From Wikipedia)

TRACKS

A1. Death And Angels     2:14
A2. Hair And Skin     3:23
A3. Black Night     2:32
A4. Illustrated Crawling     3:38
B1. Aspirin     3:27
B2. Lost World     3:53
B3. Apartment 6     2:54

 

Format : Vinyl EP
Label : Down Here Records - ZIPPO Records
Made in England
Year : 1982

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Foghat : Energized 1974


Foghat are an English rock band formed in London in 1971. The band are known for the use of electric slide guitar in their music. The band have achieved eight gold records, one platinum and one double platinum record, and despite several line-up changes, continue to record and perform.

The third album proved to be the charm for Foghat. On Energized, their fusion of blues song structures and heavy metal energy comes into sharp focus. The group storms out of the gate with the opening track, "Honey Hush"; this inspired reworking of a blues classic moves like a locomotive about to run off the rails and dazzles the listener with a barrage of furious, metallic guitar riffs. Another sharp rocker along these lines is "Wild Cherry," a lascivious tribute to a gorgeous woman that is fuelled by a double-time beat from Roger Earl and some killer twin-guitar riffing from Dave Peverett and Rod Price.


Elsewhere, the group keeps things interesting by experimenting with their formula: an inspired cover of the Buddy Holly chestnut "That'll Be the Day" successfully recasts it as a bluesy vamp complete with saucy horn arrangements, and "Step Outside" mixes funk-styled instrumental breakdowns and a bassline that would be at home on a James Brown record into its hard rock song structure to create an effective funk-rock hybrid.

Energized also produced an enduring classic for the band with "Home in My Hand," an autobiographical tale about living a life dominated by wanderlust. It provided a fitting anthem for a band that toured incessantly and quickly became a beloved part of the Foghat's live set.


The one real downside of Energized is that the band gets so carried away sometimes that they let their songs go on a little too long. The notable example here is set-closer "Nothin' I Won't Do," an amiable blues shuffle that is inflated to an unwieldy seven minutes by a few too many guitar solos. However, the album rises above these occasional dips into excess thanks to solid songs and inspired performance from the band. In short, Energized is a solid listen for anyone who gets nostalgic about 1970s arena rock, and a must-have for Foghat fans.

 AllMusic Review by Donald A. Guarisco



Track listing

SIDE A


01. Honey Hush — 4:19 (Lou W. Turner)
02. Step Outside — 6:18 (Dave Peverett, Rod Price, Roger Earl, Tony Stevens)
03. Golden Arrow — 4:03 (Peverett, Price)
04. Home in My Hand — 5:09 (Peverett, Price)

SIDE B 





05. Wild Cherry — 5:27 (Peverett, Price, Earl, Stevens, Tom Dawes)
06. That'll Be the Day — 2:33 (Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty)
07. Fly by Night — 4:47 (Stevens)
08. Nothin' I Won't Do — 6:54 (Peverett, Price)

Format : Vinyl LP
Label : Rhino Records
Made in : USA
Year : 1974
Genre : Rock
Style : Hard Rock

MP3 : Size : 91.1 MB
FLAC : Size : 280 MB

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hoodoo Gurus : Stoneage Romeos 1984


Hoodoo Gurus (referred to as the Gurus by fans) are an Australian rock band, formed in Sydney in 1981, by the mainstay Dave Faulkner (songwriter, lead singer and guitarist) and later joined by Richard Grossman (bass), Mark Kingsmill (drums), and Brad Shepherd (guitar, vocals, harmonica). Their popularity peaked in the mid to late 1980s with albums Mars Needs Guitars!, Blow Your Cool! and Magnum Cum Louder.

Hoodoo Gurus had a string of acclaimed pop-rock singles including "Leilani" (1982), "Tojo" (1983), "My Girl" (1983), "I Want You Back" (1984), "Bittersweet", "Like Wow - Wipeout!", and "What's My Scene?". After touring the United States from 1984 onwards they gained popularity on the U.S. college rock circuit with singles "Come Anytime" (1989) reaching No. 1 and "Miss Freelove '69" (1991) reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.


Three Hoodoo Gurus founders were from Perth protopunk and punk bands: Dave Faulkner (guitars) and James Baker (drums) of The Victims; while Baker had been with Roddy Radalj (aka Roddy Ray'Da) (guitars) in The Scientists. The fourth founding member, Kimble Rendall (guitars) was formerly in Sydney punk rockers XL Capris. The three guitarists Faulkner, Rendall and Radalj met at an end-of-1980 New Year's Eve party and were joined by Baker to form Le Hoodoo Gurus.

Le Hoodoo Gurus unorthodox line-up of three guitars and no bass player, fused pop melodies, punk guitars and an American trash culture ethic. This was captured on their first single, "Leilani" released in October 1982, on Phantom Records. This told the story of a maiden sacrificed to the gods and an erupting volcano while her true love looked on helplessly. They dropped the 'Le', to become Hoodoo Gurus, not long after the single's release. As the Hoodoo Gurus, they gave their first ever performance on a segment of the kids' TV program Simon Townsend's Wonder World; this was followed by a performance alongside a man and his singing dog, on The Don Lane Show.


Gurus new line-up (Baker, Bramley, Faulkner and Shepherd) recorded the band's first album in 1984, Stoneage Romeos. The title came from a 1955 Three Stooges short Stone Age Romeos. The album was dedicated to characters from Get Smart, F-Troop and Petticoat Junction. They were awarded 'Best Debut Album' of 1984 at the July 1985 Countdown Music Awards. When Stoneage Romeos was released in America it stayed at number 1 in the Alternative/College charts for seven weeks, becoming one of the most played albums for the year on the college network.

Initially a cult inner-city act, their popularity expanded due to regular airplay on radio station Triple J and nationwide pop TV show Countdown from mid-1983. Their breakthrough single "My Girl" was accompanied by a video clip featuring a dog trainer with his once champion greyhound. Members of Spiderbait described seeing the video for the first time as "a beautiful, classic pop song". Some viewers insisted the song was "written about a dog". This was closely followed by "I Want You Back", which featured animated plastic model dinosaurs. Both videos were aired frequently raising the group's profile around the country.

Original drummer James Baker was sacked from the band in August 1984 and was replaced by Mark Kingsmill (The Hitmen, New Christs, Screaming Tribesmen, Hellcats and Super K). Based on the success of the Stoneage Romeos the Hoodoo Gurus, with their new drummer, then embarked on their first tour of the United States in late 1984.


TRACKS 

01. (Let's All) Turn On - James Baker, Darcy Condon, Faulkner, 3:04
02. I Want You Back           3:12
03. Arthur - Faulkner, Radalj     3:10
04. Death Ship - Faulkner, Radalj, Alan Sharples     2:37
05. Dig It Up       3:36
06. My Girl       2:40
07. Zanzibar       3:25
08. Leilani - Faulkner, Baker, Radalj, Kimble Rendall     5:36
09. Tojo       3:23
10. In the Echo Chamber  3:44
11. I Was a Kamikaze Pilot  3:12

Personnel

James Baker — drums
Clyde Bramley — bass, vocals
Dave Faulkner — guitar, lead vocals, keyboards
Brad Shepherd — lead guitar, vocals, harmonica, percussion
Michael Farmer — additional percussion
Producer, Engineer — Alan Thorne
Mastering — Bob, Carbone, Frank DeLuna
Artwork (cover concept and design) — Yanni Stumbles
Photography (pics) — Tom Takacs
Other (the boss) — Stuart Thorne

 MP3  Size : 87.9 MB
FLAC  Size : 272 MB

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Phillipe Buchet - Jean Danid Morvan : WAKE




PHILLIPE BUCHET  : THE DESIGNER



Philippe Buchet (born 7 May 1962 in Juniville, Ardennes, France) is a French comic book artist. First working as a freelance illustrator in Paris and Reims, he finally entered comic book terrain with Nomad, on which he worked with Jean-David Morvan. He also worked for the magazine Dragon, and created Wake together with Morvan. While working for Dragon he collaborated with Morvan on a sword and sorcery series La Quete des reponses, which came out as a single album in 1998.

JEAN - DAVID MORVAN : THE WRITER




Jean-David Morvan (born November 28, 1969 in Reims, Marne, France) is a French comics author.
Jean-David Morvan studied arts at the Institut Saint-Luc in Brussels. Morvan first tried being a comics artist, but soon realised that his true strength is storytelling, and so now he is best known as a comics writer. He resides in Reims, France. His main series are Spirou et Fantasio, Sir Pyle and Merlin, all with Jose Luis Munuera, and Wake with Philippe Buchet.

THE STORY




Wake (titled Sillage in the original French) is a science fiction graphic novel series created by Jean-David Morvan and Philippe Buchet. The series has been translated to English and published in the United States by NBM Publishing.



The issues are published in a large format (19 cm by 25.4 cm) as soft cover graphic novels. Issues 1 through 3 were published individually. Issues 4/5 and 6/7 were published together as single books. NBM Publishing have stated that they will not be publishing the remainder of the series in English in the United States.


Wake is space opera, exploring social themes about inequalities, corruption and colonisation.



The protagonist of the series is Navee (Navis in the original French), a young human female who was shipwrecked and orphaned on an alien planet. She was raised from infancy by one of the ship’s robots, Nsob, and has never met another human being. The series uses Navee as an outside viewer of the Wake convoy as she adjusts to life in this alien civilisation.



The first volume of the series depicts the adolescent Navee topless. As a prerequisite for publication in the United States, the American publisher covered her breasts with a black felt marker in the American edition.


Navee is the only living example of humanity known to Wake. She is also unique in being neither a "psi active" nor a "psi passive"; that is, she has no telepathic abilities, but her mind cannot be read either. This lack of psionic talent of any sort comes in handy at times during the series.



Navee has white rectangular tattoos on her body. There is evidence to suggest she is not a true human being and these markings has something to do with it (Wake Vol 3;Navis Vol 2&4).


As the series begins, Navee has survived into adolescence and all the technology on her wrecked ship has finally failed. She lives a primitive life in the jungle of her world with her companion Houyo, a sentient tiger-like being.


Her idyllic life ends when agents of Wake, a traveling civilization of many different alien species, arrive to Hotta-form (equivalent of terraform) her planet for Hottard colonisation. Prior to encountering Navee, Wake had extremely limited contact with humanity.


After some first contact friction, Navee is awarded salvage rights to her wrecked spacecraft and joins Wake with enough money to pay for her education and to commission a custom spacecraft for her to live in.


When her money runs out, she goes to work for the Wake government as an agent and explorer within the Wake convoy and on technologically primitive worlds.


WAKE


The Wake Civilization is a vast convoy of spacecraft that constantly travel around the galaxy in search of resources, races, and technology. This convoy drops hypergates as it travels, allowing instantaneous access to previously visited star systems.


It is unclear whether Wake has any faster than light capability beyond the hypergates. The Wake civilization is very old. There are hints that it has circled the galaxy many times, and revisited many stellar systems over time periods sufficient to watch civilizations rise and fall. There is also evidence that Wake has terraformed planets and seeded life on them over a very long period of time.


As a synthesis of vast numbers of races with a long history, Wake is extremely advanced technologically. No two ships of Wake are designed the same, and some are clearly biological. Several ships and species are encountered in the convoy that are so different that communication is difficult or impossible, yet they are clearly a part of the civilization.


Artificial intelligences are used everywhere, but are considered second class citizens and kept under control by the biological citizens. Advanced biological information storage and processing technologies are seen several times throughout the series.


The communication technology of Wake relies heavily on psionics, produced and manipulated by both biological and technological means.


The citizens of Wake are classified by their ability to control the behavior of other beings through psionic powers and their susceptibility to control by the same means. This division of people into powerful and helpless categories is a consistent theme throughout the series.


The exclusive use of psionics for communication is hinted at as one of the possible reasons why Wake and humanity have never discovered each other, as Navis (and presumably all humans) are totally immune to psionic coercion and equally unable to manipulate or communicate with other beings through these means.


This ability makes Navis valuable as an intelligence agent of Wake’s military and use of this talent allows her to make a living.

Publish in Greece by the Comic magazine " 9 "  by the newspaper " Eleftherotypia " in 1998 .

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Died Pretty : Next To Nothing EP 1985



Not available on CD

Died Pretty, are an Australian alternative rock band founded by mainstays, Ron Peno as its lead singer and Brett Myers as its lead guitarist and backing vocalist, in Sydney in 1983, briefly as Final Solution. Their music started from a base of early electric Bob Dylan with psychedelic influences, including The Velvet Underground and Television. They were managed by John Needham, who is the owner of Citadel Records, their main label.


Died Pretty's 1990s albums, Doughboy Hollow, Trace and Sold appeared on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Charts but they had more success on the alternate scene. Following up its initial singles with its first full extended release, "Next to Nothing" is a fine four-song selection of tracks from the band. With Chris Welsh installed as the new drummer, the quintet keeps exploring its inspired revamp of '60s/'70s rock influences as it goes.

The band came to the attention of the Australian independent music scene and inner city circuit. In January 1984 they recorded "Out of the Unknown", with Younger producing, which was released on Citadel as their first single. Before touring to Melbourne, Lickliter was replaced on bass guitar by Mark Lock (The Phantom Agents, End). In August they recorded a 10-minute psychedelic epic "Mirror Blues" (issued split over a 7" in Australia and intact on 12" in the United Kingdom).

Barwick was dissatisfied with Died Pretty and the band tried to recruit Chris Welsh (The 31st, Screaming Tribesmen) but initially could not finance a drum kit for him. With Welsh finally on board, they recorded the extended play (EP)," Next to Nothing ", released in August 1985.




Myers' guitar work is especially striking in that it doesn't take the fore per se, slotting into the overall sound of the band perfectly, just enough, almost more backing Brunetti's keyboards than the other way around. Peno's sense of projection is still growing, but with panache  he doesn't actually sound like he should front the Doors, but Morrison would recognize the inspired theatricality. The cello on the mid-range lope and burn of "Plaining Days" makes for a nice touch, but the group handles itself on its own well throughout.

The lengthy "Desperate Hours" is the best of the four, building up and relaxing as it goes, just epic enough in scope and feel to suggest a less noisy Neil Young hitting a smoky groove.


In April 2012 Died Pretty performed as part of the Dig It Up! series of concerts around Australia, organised to celebrate 30 years of recorded music by fellow Australian band Hoodoo Gurus.

In March 2016, the band played across Australia as part of the 'A Day On The Green' concert series, with Hoodoo Gurus, Sunnyboys, Violent Femmes and Ratcat. The also played some headline shows in clubs.The band undertook a joint national tour with Radio Birdman in June and July 2017.

Albums

    Free Dirt (August 1986)
    Lost (June 1988)
    Every Brilliant Eye (1990) – AUS #79
    Doughboy Hollow (1991) – AUS #24
    Trace (1993) – AUS #11
    Sold (1996) – AUS #29
    Using My Gills as a Roadmap (1998)
    Everydaydream (2000)



Tracklist

SIDE A


1. Ambergris 4:20
2. Plaining Days 4:11

SIDE B

3. Desperate Hours 8:03
4. Final Twist  4:16

MEMBRES

Mark Lock : Bass
Brett Myers : Guitar
Ronald S Peno : Vocals
Frank Brunetti : Keyboards
Chris Welsh : Drums Perussion
Joe Borkowski : Cello

Format : Vinyl EP
Label : Citadel Records Australia
Imported : by Virgin
Made in : France
Year : August 1985
Style : Alternative Rock , Garage