Wooden Shjips’ rise to prominence from the psychedelic underground to the rock and roll overground has been a steady sojourn. With each consecutive release, the band has found new ways of transforming heady psychedelic rock into minimalist masterpieces, bridging the gap between the woozy freeness of Les Rallizes Denudes and Crazy Horse and the tightly wound simplicity of Suicide and the Velvet Underground. Back To Land, the quartet’s follow-up to West, is the first Wooden Shjips record to be conceived outside of San Francisco. Ripley Johnson and Omar Ahsanuddin moved to Oregon, where the lush climates became a major influence on the songwriting. The band’s scope expanded to include more earthy, grounded tones, such as the acoustic guitar, without abandoning their modernist psych core. [Source]
Road to Ruin is the fourth studio album by the American punk rock band The Ramones. It was released on September 21, 1978 through Sire Records. It was the first Ramones album to feature new drummer Marky Ramone, replacing founding member Tommy Ramone.
Questioningly her eyes looked at me
And then she spoke aren’t you someone I used to know
And weren’t we lovers a long time ago?
Looked at her close forced her into view
Yes, I said, you’re a girl
That I once may have knew
But I don’t love you anymore
Why do you want to talk to me for?
You should have just let me walk by
Memories make us cry
In the morning, I’m at work at time
My boss he tells me that I’m doing fine
When I’m going home
Whiskey bottle movie on T.V.
Memories make me cry
And I’m alone just me
Just me, Questioningly
But I dont love you anymore…
Looked at her close…
Questioningly her eyes looked at me…
[via Ryoko Ife]
For many a year, you’ve salivated at the thought of all the raw-hided, fuzz-fueled wonders by Link Wray locked away in the Epic Records vaults. Well, salivate no more! Slinky! The Epic Sessions, a deluxe double-whammy 2 CD set from Link Wray and the Wraymen—brother Doug on drums, Shorty Horton on bass, and brother Vernon on rhythm guitar and piano—captures their complete Epic recordings and some of the raunchiest guitar ever commited to tape! Recorded between late 1958 and early ‘61, our master-tape motherlode features 46 cuts—a whopping 16 previously unissued—including sensational single-sides, album cuts and alternate takes, all with riffs as sharp as a switchblade! [Source]
Biggest remix package of the week (perhaps even the year 2011) award goes to Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry; there are no less than 31 versions of his recent tracks, including “You Can Dance”, “Alphaville”, “Me Oh My” and “Shameless”, up for grabs. The list of Juno favourites on here is ridiculous – Padded Cell, Todd Terje, Mylo, Pilooski, Still Going and more all contribute sterling efforts – but if you are after a starting point, we recommend the typically woozy piano-driven Time And Space Machine reinterpretation of “Alphaville”! [Source]
Set in a pretty posh-looking private residence in Rochdale, UK, this Daniel Brereton-directed video for Connan Mockasin‘s “I’m The Man, That Will Find You” follows a comically anti-climatic, romantic pas-de-deux between the Manchester-based, New Zealand-born songwriter and American model Naomi Shimada. It plays out sort of like a fragmentary wish fulfillment dream in which a would-be Cassanova gets stuck in a house with the lady of his dreams for no apparent reason at all. That narrative implausibility feels pretty appropriate for the track, which sounds less like a seduction song per se than the interior monologue of someone running down a list of various embarrassing, blush-inducing pick-up lines. It’s a single from Mockasin’s enjoyably slinky Caramel album. [Source]
The modern classic ‘ALONE IN DA SUN’ finally sees the light of day having been a firm favourite in the sets of Africa HiTech, Benji B and Alex Nut. Released as a limited one-sided white label on 16th December 2013, it’s 100% the creation of legendary British vocalist/songwriter/producer Steve Spacek who is set to drop brand new material under his Beat Spacek moniker in 2014.
The Austin, Texas based Ringo Deathstarr have announced details of a new mini album, Gods Dream, with a release date of December 18th through Vinyl Junkie Recordings in Japan. We could find no specific release dates for Gods Dream in Europe or the US. There will however be 3 bonus tracks for the Japanese version (of course), so if you are a Ringo Deathstarr completest, start looking on ebay, discogs etc. [Source]