Saturday, March 29, 2014


Long out of press, The Walker Brothers‘ bizarre and brilliant 1978 full-length Nite Flights has finally been re-issued.

Chicago indie imprint Tizona have done the hard work, and have managed to obtain an official license to put the album back on the shelves once more, even stopping to spruce up the original audio. Dead Rider’s Todd Rittmann was in control of the remastering, and the tracks sound better than ever.

Nite Flights was the trio’s final album and is often looked at as a collection of three miniature solo records rather than a more coherent, collaborative whole. Each member wrote a chunk of the songs, and they’re sequenced as such, with Scott Walker‘s harrowing contributions (which are remarkably close in sound to his later Tilt) hitting first. It’s an astonishing album – diverse and occasionally confusing, and it’s befuddling that the record has managed to stay out of print for so long. It was put out on CD back in 2007, but apart from that has been largely ignored by the hulking re-issue machine.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Built To Spill "Ultimate Alternative Wavers" Record Store Day release!

Available: Record Store Day April 19, 2014

Modern Classics Recordings is proud to present for the first time on vinyl Built to Spill’s debut album, Ultimate Alternative Wavers. Showcasing a nod to Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, UAW was recorded at Audio Lab Studios in the band’s hometown of Boise, Idaho and soon after released on Seattle imprint C/Z Records in 1993. Featuring former Treepeople member Doug Martsch, Caustic Resin’s Brett Netson, and drummer Ralf Youtz the album features total rippers like the 9 minute “Built Too Long Parts 1, 2 & 3”, while hazy daze of “Nowhere Nothin’ Fuckup” lyrically pays homage to Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin”. While it may have been the band’s debut, UAW still remains a special time capsule from one of modern rock’s great bands that are still going strong after 21 years.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Gram Parsons "Sleepless Nights" (180gram Vinyl)

Originally released in 1976, Sleepless Nights is a posthumous compilation album by Gram Parsons (who died in 1973 at the age of 26). Most of the tracks were recorded by the Flying Burrito Bros. in early 1970, just before Parsons left the group. The LP does not include any original Parsons/Burrito tunes as the majority of the material consists of vintage country songs - with the exception of the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women".

The other three tracks were recorded during the sessions in '73 for Parsons' second solo effort Grievous Angel. Emmylou Harris – who had worked with 'the father of country-rock' since his first solo album and tour – is featured on these songs, being "Sleepless Nights", "The Angels Rejoiced In Heaven Last Night" and "Brand New Heartache". 180 gram audiophile vinyl

Monday, March 17, 2014

R.E.M. reissuing two 'MTV Unplugged' sessions as box set for Record Store Day

Record Store Day 2014 is about a month away (April 19) and one of this year's exclusive releases is a four-LP set of R.E.M.'s two MTV Unplugged sessions:

The "Unplugged" performances are sonic snapshots that capture the legendary Athens, Georgia band at important points on its journey from alternative-music progenitors to international stars that have sold more than 85 million albums.

Drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and singer Michael Stipe recorded their first "Unplugged" session in 1991, while riding a growing wave of success that began in 1987 with the commercial breakthrough of Document. Much of the performance spotlights songs from R.E.M.'s then-current album Out of Time, which sold over 18 million copies worldwide and was the band's first #1 album in the U.S. From the album, the band performed "Radio Song," "Low" and its biggest American hit, "Losing My Religion."

The remainder of the set list spans eight years of music and touches on five different albums, mixing "Perfect Circle" from R.E.M.'s 1983 debut Murmur and fan-favorites like "Fall On Me" and "Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" with a cover of The Troggs' "Love Is All Around." Five songs that never aired can be heard on this set for the first time, including two tracks from the multi-platinum Green - "Get Up" and "World Leader Pretend."

R.E.M. made an extremely rare second appearance on "Unplugged" in 2001, but this time without original drummer Bill Berry, who left the band in 1997. For the show, the band focused mainly on its 12th studio album Reveal - which came out that year - with performances of the singles "Imitation of Life" and "All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star)." The song selection draws from eight different albums with "So. Central Rain" from 1984's Reckoning, "Cuyahoga" from 1986's Lifes Rich Pageant and "Find The River," the elegiac album closer from the 1992 classic Automatic For The People.The set includes recordings of songs that were taped but never aired on the two specials.