Monday, June 25, 2012

GUIDED BY VOICES - CLASS CLOWN SPOTS A UFO


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Identified
by R.C. Kola


So many songs, so little time. Guided By Voices is back and it hates to waste your time. The Class Clown is festive, he spots a UFO.


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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS - OCEANIA



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The Infinite Madness
by R. C. Kola


It's out. Digitally. Don't blame me. It was there so I took it. It's not a leak. Not a bootleg. It's streamed online so I share this for those who are satisfied with the produce not the product.


The Smashing Pumpkins is back! Negative reviews and comments all around. But I don't care anymore. Oceania, pronounced as 'Oh-see-ania', is very good. The band progressed. Not too much angst, scream, heavy riffs but it's good. Very good. Billy Corgan, without the three equally charming pumpkins, still has it. Now he's got Jeff Schroeder, Nicole Fiorentino and Mike Byrne on his wings. "Quasar" and "Inkless" my best most sought after SP sound. The Smashing Pumpkins made the world felt like home again.


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ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN – ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN (US RELEASE)


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Breaking My Brittle Heart
by R.C. Avellanosa

 

I was not prepared for this, but it was released much earlier. This is the US release of the self-titled Echo and The Bunnymen album. It had their two most endearing tracks. Both were apparently the earlier versions. “Jimmy Brown” for “Bring On The Dancing Horses” and “Hole In The Holy” for “Over You”. Of course they almost sounded the same, close. The same feeling you get when listening to The Wild Swans’ “Crowning Glory” for “Whirlpool Heart”. Take heed.


The more familiar release only had eleven tracks. This had seven more. That has made all the difference. Somehow, upon listening, the songs sounded alien to me. Maybe that was the point. And I think I got it.


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Sunday, June 24, 2012

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN – MORE SONGS TO LEARN AND SING


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Kissing the Tortoise Shell
By R.C. Avellanosa


Upon listening, the first thing I asked myself was, “Does it include a song from Reverberation?”  The question was rendered unimportant.  It was answered.  None.  Ian got this.  He had the most power.  The quintessential bunnyman and Sargeant.  The best songs from Crocodiles until Siberia.  The track sequence was good.  The mood changes as you go further.  The kind of music that you never outgrew from.


This very best of Echo and The Bunnymen .  The band was formed two years after I was born, spanning more than three decades of Modern Rock.  The love I found that never must stop.   Their music always comes to my rescue when I’m losing my touch.  Things gone wrong told on a song down amongst the dust.  If you lose sense on the heart of things, don’t let it get you down.  Just sing this with the blues, forget the whys and hows.   If you want to fly, fly, fly.  Laugh and cry, paint the town.  Don’t look any further.  Echo and The Bunnymen will be there.  Here it comes.


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Sunday, June 17, 2012

THE BEST OF NEW MUSIC - VOLUME 3


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A Piece of Paradise
by R.C. Avellanosa

 

I'd say the album cover was a come-on.  Apparently designed by Ella Chico, who designed Volume 1 and Matt Joson, who designed the second.  The cover is actually a collage of magazine clippings, which to me looked a lot like a newspaper headline.  A delightful feast of Modern Rock adobo.


The most memorable modern rock compilation album that I could suffice. Remembering cassette tape bliss and players. I'm sorry but we can't afford the cd or the vinyl. It's just is pocketwise.  We're clearly satisfied with the cassette tape. It's more handy and we could take and play it anywhere.  We did have recorded mixtapes of this series. Passed on through to be played on both wild and lame events. This has inspired the likes of me to learn the guitar, keyboards or the drums.  Or just daydream about forming a band, a modern rock outfit.  And it is just so sweet, a rush on to have us cretins wanna hop some more!



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THE BEST OF NEW MUSIC - VOLUME 2


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Paralyzing Hues
by R.C. Kola

This is the second Warner Philippines release from 1988. The humble days where cassette tapes ruled and cds were a luxury. Compilations like this were treated with amazement and excitement, played as weekend specials on High School and College radios bursting through speakers on hallways and classrooms. Students, school DJs, soundtrippers and musicians confident cheers and chants, pioneered on the New Wave front. Gentlemen on seven stars hairdos, sparkling wide-eyed ladies in between puberty, dressed and shoot to kill. Wayfarers and Banana Republics, Shambu, Arte Linea shirts, Tretorn, Vans, and Dragonflies shoes. Hanging out on billiard and bowling halls. On unguarded classrooms and offices. Boom boxes along corridors, walkways, and driveways. Every inch on every possible location. As loud as it could ever go.


Modern Rock was at its best if not at its peak, prompting the rise of new radio stations with this concept. When complete albums were hard to find locally, this was the most practical use of the New Wave language. New Wave was truly "New" and disgustingly "Good", take heed to Volume 2 and we'll drive unto for 3.


Tracks:
01. Whirlpool Heart - The Wild Swans
02. Heaven Knows Which Way - The Adventures
03. Like The Weather - 10,000 Maniacs
04. Smiles and Jokes - White China
05. Lucretia, My Reflection - Sisters of Mercy
06. Femme Fatale - Propaganda
07. 55 The Law - Screaming Blue Messiahs
08. Rules and Regulations - Fuzzbox
09. How Can the Labouring Man Find Time for Self-Culture? - Martini Ranch
10. Total Recall - The Sound
11. Underneath The Radar - Underworld
12. Independence Day - The Painted Word
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Friday, June 1, 2012

THE BEST OF NEW MUSIC - VOLUME 1


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The Thrill of Chance
by R.C. Kola


It's like doing the same thing all over and over again. You do it and then stop when it gets boring. Do another new one, lose interest, and then do the old ones again. "Dating Gawi" or "Nakagawian", it's a cycle. Listening to old records and just trying to feel good about how it felt good the first or the nth time you heard it. As what one artist said and I quote "you can change the feeling, but you can't change the feelings about the feeling".


This is the first volume of the various artists New Music compilation only made for the Filipino market. Back when XB 102 and NU 107 ruled the airwaves. Filipinos were into this New Wave, Modern Rock, New Music thing. This is one clever collection of post-punk artists. Nothing more to say.


Tracklist:
01. The Game - Echo and The Bunnymen
02. Deep & Wide & Tall - Aztec Camera
03. Tears - The Chameleons
04. Dancer - Charm School
05. Gentle Tuesday - Primal Scream
06. Dance With Me - Alphaville
07. April Skies - The Jesus & Mary Chain
08. This Corrosion - Sisters of Mercy
09. Shelter - Lone Justice
10. Why Does The Rain - The Weather Prophets
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CATHERINE WHEEL | JUDY STARING AT THE SUN EP

 



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