The Beatles “The Beatles” (AKA “The White Album”) Apple 1968. Vinyl 2 LP’s. For me, this is their best album. I’ve loved it from the first time I heard it. This is an essential album to me: if I had to restrict my collection to only 10 albums, this would be my first pick. It’s so diverse and interesting with so much material that every time I listen to it I pick up on something new, something different I hadn’t heard previously. Favourites include “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Blackbird,” “Rocky Racoon,” “Helter Skelter,” “Revolution 1,” and “Revolution 9.” I admit it took me awhile to really appreciate “R9” but I think the album wouldn’t be complete without it: a totally avant-garde piece of music introduced by the world’s most influential band to mainstream pop and rock fans. I imagine somewhere there’s a subset of Beatles fans (R9-Heads? R9ers? R9inians?) who concentrate on this song alone, like those who got fixated on the final droning chord from “A Day in the Life.” I wonder if anyone has covered it: that would be interesting. Plus there’s so much back-story with this album: Yoko’s presence, discord within the group, and Ringo actually quitting the band for a short while after years of taking crap from the others. Good for you Ringo! Plus there’s the post-release Manson connection. Definitely part of the soundtrack of my life.
Let’s do a fun theme week starting now! Everybody get out your PS2 controllers, turn on auto-balance, and get down with #TonyHawkProSkater on vinyl week! (Secretly hoping this inspires Ross @EnjoyTheRideRecords to figure out a way to release a “Tony Hawk Pro Skater’s Greatest Hits” vinyl album.... but I am sure the licensing would be a complete, utter nightmare).
Which Skatepark LEVEL on @tonyHawk does THIS SONG remind you of?
Run The Jewels LP Gold Vinyl
I went and saw these guys last year at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas. They had 3 openers @cuzlightyear with @peexweezy, they were my favorite, @denzelcurryph was interesting and @xdannyxbrownx made me go deaf. The venue was ok, I started at the back and through every openers performance I made my way closer to the stage. Surrounded by drugs and alcohol all I could do was laugh observing what I used to be like. What I didn't expect was the smallest person in the crowd starting a small mosh pit next to me when @runthejewels started their set. Totally thrown off guard as I was used to knock over this guys girlfriend who then got up and gave some back. Killer Mike and El-P can put on a dope show. They were pretty high up there and their performance was to just get everyone hyped. I know they tour like a motherfucker and the energy they give would leave me out of breathe too. And the kids with the cellphones capturing bad video for friends who couldn't be there got in my way. I learned if you go to this venue get up front. I really appreciated the ending of the show when Mike and Jamie offered advice about drugs and alcohol. "If it's getting in your way, dead that shit" Being sober at a hip hop concert that was my highlight. 2 men with a platform to let you know there are people out there to help you with life's problems. Mad respect from a guy trying to change his path for the best to achieve goals and keep rising. Thank you for the art @runthejewels
Mystic Braves - Days Of Yesteryear: Their 3rd LP released in 2016 by Lolipop Records. I was just gifted this by my friend @tetrahedrox for my birthday, I'd never heard 'em before this spin but I'm totally diggin' it! Very cool psychedelic garage/surf rock with some sweet classic throwback vibes. Super smooth and groovy!
"Killing Technology" (1987)
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I am so, so happy that this incredible and, until recently, not-reasonably-affordable album got repressed. I waited many years. And though I've never heard the original on Combat, I can tell you this press kicks the shit out of the tinny sounding CD and brings this music to life in the way I always dreamed (even if the cymbals feel a little hot). #Voivod later became known as a #progmetal band but, on this transitional album, their foreboding futuristic outlook takes the form of a complicated, dischordant, vicious #thrash with clever sonic tinges that directly evoke the hellish world they imagine (and this hell ain't got any demons). Some of my favorite #guitar riffs in all of #metal are on this album, and more than one of them is in the first song! A harrowing, commanding achievement that deserves way, way more attention.
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Pressing: 2017 US (Noise/BMG)
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