Wednesday, May 22, 2019

No Wave: A Musical Dip into the Ocean of Contemporary Sounds (1978)

My statement on this is: confused much? None of the groups featured are No Wave acts. Instead, we have Squeeze, The Police, Joe Jackson, The Stranglers, Klark Kent, The Secret, and David Kubenic, The Dickies, etc. There is no No Wave on this record!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

No Nukes: From the Muse Concerts for a Non-Nuclear Future - Madison Square Garden - September 19-23, 1979 (1979)

I bought this record in my early Bruce Springsteen period of infatuation just to get Stay and the Detroit Medley (Devil with a Blue Dress, Good Golly, Miss Molly, and Jenny Take A Ride). I don't think I ever listened to anything else from this record. My copy is in mint condition because I transferred the Springsteen tracks to cassette right away. And, I never listened to any of the other tracks.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Nitzer Ebb: That Total Age (1987)

I can't possibly describe how much I love this record. It's a genre that really spoke to me, back in the day. If you listen and don't like it, then there is probably something wrong with you. I have an original Canadian pressing, which has the advantage of containing Warsaw Ghetto, not present on other pressings.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine (1989)

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Virtually ignored upon its 1989 release, Pretty Hate Machine gradually became a word-of-mouth cult favorite; despite frequent critical bashings, its stature and historical importance only grew in hindsight. [source]
I bought the CD version of this when it came out, and that CD is now essentially worthless. I didn't pick up a vinyl copy until much later, and it's a later repressing. Oh well: it sounds good. I really like this record.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Nine Inch Nails: Sin (1990)

In addition to the three version of Sin, originally from Pretty Hate Machine, this 12" single has a version of Queen's Get Down Make Love. It's a solid version of a Queen song that I don't hate.I wonder if Freddy Mercury ever heard this version.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

New York Dolls: Night of the Living Dolls (1985)

Imagine releasing a best-of collection after only two records? It's a weird thing to do, but maybe the label felt that they needed to bring the band back to the fore. Anyway, this collection arrived in 1985. perhaps the only reason to grab this is because, in the words of a Discogs user:
A band with only two studio albums doesn't need a best of, though there's nothing wrong with this set as a collection of Dolls' material. What makes it interesting for serious fans is the presence of "Give Her a Great Big Kiss", a studio outtake that has never appeared elsewhere (as of 2014). (It is not the same version that appears among their earlier demos). It's a bit of a clunky version, but still a worthwhile addition to their catalog.
That seems accurate.

Monday, May 13, 2019

New York Dolls: New York Dolls / Too Much Too Soon (1986)

From Wikipedia:
The New York Dolls were an American hard rock band formed in New York City in 1971. Along with the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, they were one of the first bands of the early punk rock scenes. Although their original line-up fell apart quickly, the band's first two albums—New York Dolls (1973) and Too Much Too Soon (1974)—became among the most popular cult records in rock. The line-up at this time comprised vocalist David Johansen, guitarist Johnny Thunders, bassist Arthur Kane, guitarist and pianist Sylvain Sylvain and drummer Jerry Nolan; the latter two had replaced Rick Rivets and Billy Murcia, respectively, in 1972. On stage, they donned an androgynous wardrobe, wearing high heels, eccentric hats, and satin. Nolan described the group in 1974 as "the Dead End Kids of today".
According to the Encyclopedia of Popular Music (1995), the New York Dolls predated the punk and glam metal movements and were "one of the most influential rock bands of the last 20 years". They influenced rock groups such as the Sex Pistols, Kiss, the Ramones, Guns N' Roses, the Damned and the Smiths, whose frontman Morrissey organized a reunion show for the New York Dolls' surviving members in 2004. After reuniting, they recorded and released three more albums—One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (2006), Cause I Sez So (2009) and Dancing Backward in High Heels (2011). [source]
This two-LP UK set collects the first two New York Dolls' records; New York Dolls (1973) and Too Much Too Soon (1974). Of course, I was too young to have heard of them at the time of the original releases, and tracking these original pressing s down now is not too easy. But, I am happy to have this in my collection.

Friday, May 10, 2019

The New Year: The New Year (2008)

All of the records from this band share the same minimalist cover design. It's not unlike the cover design used in Bedhead, the previous musical outfit from the brothers. I don't really know too much about Bedhead, to be honest.
Anyone who has followed the Kadane brothers over the past almost 20 years first as Bedhead, now as the New Year pretty much knows what to expect from a new album released under their guidance. You're guaranteed chord progressions that start off quietly and build and build until the speakers are overflowing with chiming guitars and your heart swells at the restrained majesty of it all. Count too on Matt Kadane's poignant, almost spoken vocals and glum lyrics. Take it to the bank that your listening experience will be emotional and fulfilling. [source]
I like it.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

New Order: NOMC15 (2017)

I wrote a whole damn post on this record, and Blogger lost it. It should have saved as draft, but it did not. I can't be bothered to rewrite it, or even dig up the music from YouTube.

Monday, May 06, 2019

New Order: Music Complete (2015)

The artwork for Music Complete was created by New Order's long-time art director and collaborator Peter Saville. The artwork features a montage of lines with the colours red, yellow, green and blue. Depending on the type of format, the colour schemes vary. For the CD, the pattern clockwise from top right is yellow, red, blue, green. The LPs are red, yellow, green, and blue. Digital downloads are the regular format; blue, green, red, and yellow. The deluxe edition's artwork is the same as the album, but all six coloured vinyl sleeves are different styles, and have no colour. The six coloured vinyl range from red to purple. [source]
I like this record better that the last two, for sure. It might be the best NO release since Technique.I ended up with a clear vinyl version.

Friday, May 03, 2019

New Order: Lost Sirens (2013)

When Sunrise temporarily went out of business, I picked up a few records there on the cheap. This was one of them. (By the way, speaking of Sunrise, I used to frequent the two locations on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto. When the chain was resurrected, they failed to establish any stores in central Toronto. Now, there is a Sunrise location in Dufferin Mall. I went, but was not impressed. The store had what I would describe as a mainstream collection of records at very high prices. I will be surprised if management is able to keep this location open for long. Another aside: one thing I liked about the old Sunrise locations on Yonge was the selection of used records at fairly good prices. So far, the location in the Duff has no used bins. Maybe that has to do with the fact that there are a lot of record stores in Toronto looking for used merchandise).

When I played this record for the first and only time, I was not really impressed. Since then, it has been sitting on a shelf. Out of curiosity, I checked Allmusic for a review and was stunned to read this:
Trumpeted in some circles as a New Order rarities collection, Lost Sirens doesn't really fit the bill as such, but it does offer a wealth of bonus tracks from circa 2005 -- call it the second disc of the deluxe edition that was never released for Waiting for the Sirens' Call. [...] Compared to that album's half-hearted songwriting and rote sound, Lost Sirens positively shines -- leading to the customary questions of why this material didn't replace several, if not many, songs on the original Sirens' Call. [source]
I'll have to listen to it again. On a sad note, this was the last New Order record to feature Peter Hook. The band is not the same without him.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

New Order: Waiting for the Sirens’ Call (2005)

This is LP number eight, from New Order, credited here correctly as New Order, despite the front cover of the LP, which lists the band as NEW order. Discogs has always been inconsistent. I bought a copy of this album on CD at the now-defunct HMV for a couple of dollars. It was languishing in a delete bin. I played it once and determined that I did not like it. I found this 2015 vinyl reissue for an amazing price, so I decided to give it another listen. It's much better than my first impression of the CD, which I had already sold by then.