Veteran producer Adrian Sherwood has manned the boards for acts like Nine Inch Nails, the Cure, Blur, and Primal Scream. On August 21, he steps out with his third solo album, Survival & Resistance, via On-U Sound. [Source]
New soundtracks for avant-garde films curated by the Cinematics and featuring themselves and guests Austin Peralta, Dorian Concept & Tom Chant, and Grey Reverend. The album is uneven, but “Necrology” and the marvellous widescreen vistas of the epic closer “Manhatta” (the title of a cinematic short by Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand) are dizzyingly good. They perform the programme at the Barbican (where it originated last year) on 30 June. [Source]
English singer-songwriter Joe Jackson knew that when he recorded an album in tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington, he wanted the product to be unconventional and fun, much in the spirit of Ellington himself. “This album is an irreverent tribute to Duke Ellington, a man I revere,” he tells Rolling Stone. For the record, Jackson teamed up with Iggy Pop for the track “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” which both viewed as a formidable task. “The challenge on this track was to create something that swings like hell, but isn’t actually ‘swing,’” Jackson explains. “Iggy found the vocal challenging at first, too – as he said, ‘This shit ain’t for sissies’ – but it all came together and we had a lot of fun.” [Source]
Another Green World is the third studio album by British musician Brian Eno. Produced by Eno and Rhett Davies, it was originally released by Island Records in September 1975. As he had done with previous solo albums, Eno worked with several guest musicians including Phil Collins, John Cale and Robert Fripp. The album marked a great musical change from Eno’s previous albums. Using his instruction cards the Oblique Strategies for guidance, the album contained fewer lyric-based rock songs and had stronger emphasis on instrumental productions; many without the aid of guest musicians. The dark humour of the lyrics also changed to more dreamlike and addled songs.
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“Moonchild” is the fourth track from the British progressive rock band King Crimson’s debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King. The first section, “The Dream”, is a mellotron-driven ballad, but after two and a half minutes it changes to a completely free-form instrumental improvisation by the band (called “The Illusion”), which lasts until the end of the song. Robert Fripp plays a snippet of “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” in this section. In the 2009 remastered version of the album, the track was edited by Fripp and colleague Steven Wilson, with around 2.30 minutes of the original improvisation (the reference by Fripp to “Surrey With the Fringe on Top”) being removed. This issue of the album does, however, offer the original version as a bonus track. Along with songs by Yes, this song was used in the 1998 movie Buffalo ’66, in the scene in which Christina Ricci tap dances at the bowling alley.
[Dedicated to Toshihiro Kisaka]
“Heart of the Sunrise” is a progressive rock song by British band Yes. It is the closing track on their fourth album, 1971′s Fragile. The compositional credits go to Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, and Chris Squire, though keyboardist Rick Wakeman contributed some uncredited sections. The song eventually rose to become the band’s fourth most-played song.However, it was played approximately three hundred times less than “I’ve Seen All Good People” and received little if any airplay. It was popular enough, however, to appear on Yessongs, Classic Yes, In a Word: Yes (1969 – ), and many other studio and live retrospectives. “Heart of the Sunrise” was used in the Vincent Gallo film Buffalo 66, with matching cinematography. “Sweetness”, from the band’s eponymous debut, was also used.
[Dedicated to Benny Woitowitz and Morten Holmstrup]
Yes is the 1969 eponymous debut album from British progressive rock band Yes, considered among the first progressive rock albums. The original Yes line-up of vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford remained intact for the album’s recording. Lester Bangs favourably reviewed the album in Rolling Stone, writing that it was “the kind of album that sometimes insinuates itself into your routine with a totally unexpected thrust of musical power. The song “Sweetness” is featured in Vincent Gallo’s first movie as a director “Buffalo ’66″.
[Dedicated to Morten Holmstrup and Benny Woitonitz]