This thoroughly researched book is the first substantive attempt to break through some of the mystery surrounding Spiderland and the band that made it. The story, helped by in-depth interviews with band members David Pajo and Todd Brashear, explores the formation of Slint, the recording of Tweez, and the band's dramatic move into the sound of Spiderland.
Slint's Spiderland 33 1/3 #ad - Scott tennent has written a long overdue look at this remarkable album and its origins, Maurice, insular musical universe that included bands like Squirrel Bait, delving into the small, Bitch Magnet, and Bastro. Yet for so much obvious influence, both the band and the album remain something of a puzzle.
Fugazi's In on the Kill Taker 33 1/3Bloomsbury Academic #ad - With two eps combined into the classic cd 13 songs and two albums 1990's genre-defining Repeater and 1991's impressionistic follow-up Steady Diet of Nothing inside of five years, Fugazi was on creative roll, astounding increasingly large audiences as they toured, blasting fist-pumping anthems and jammy noise-workouts that roared into every open underground heart.
. Inadvertently, fugazi chose an unsure moment to make in on the Kill Taker: as Nirvana and Sonic Youth were yanking the American rock underground into the media glare, and “breaking” punk in every possible meaning of the word. Disappointed with the sound of the self-produced Steady Diet, the band recorded with legendary engineer Steve Albini, only to scrap the sessions and record at home in D.
Fugazi's In on the Kill Taker 33 1/3 #ad - C. Few knew how difficult it had been to make this popular breakthrough. This book features new interviews with all four members of Fugazi and members of their creative community. By june 1993, when Washington, D. C. S fugazi released their third full-length album In on the Kill Taker, the quartet was reaching a thunderous peak in popularity and influence.
When the album debuted on the now-SoundScan-driven charts, Fugazi had never been more in the public eye. With ted niceley, their brilliant, under-known producer.
The Pixies' Doolittle 33 1/3Continuum #ad - The pixies have had a career unlike any other in alternative rock, disappearing as not-quite-the-next-big-things only to become gods in absentia. Doolittle is their knotty masterpiece, the embodiment of the Pixies' abrasive, exuberant, enigmatic pop. Informed by exclusive interviews with the band, Sisario looks at the making of the album and its place in rock history, and studies its continued influence in light of the Pixies triumphant reunion.
Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2Bloomsbury Academic #ad - Simultaneously, "ambient" has moved from esoteric sound art to central tenet of online culture. This book contends that despite a reputation for being beat-less, the album exudes percussive curiosity, providing a sonic metaphor for our technologically mediated era of countless synchronized nanosecond metronomes.
James, as a major force in music, for whom Aphex Twin is but one of numerous monikers, electronic or otherwise. Faithful to brian eno's definition of ambient music, Selected Ambient Works Volume II was intentionally functional: it furnished chill out rooms, the sanctuaries amid intense raves. In the united states, it was his first full length on Sire Records home to Madonna and Depeche Mode, which helped usher in Richard D.
Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2 #ad - . Extravagantly opaque, released by the estimable british label Warp Records in 1994, willfully vaporous ― Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II, rejuvenated ambient music for the Internet Age that was just dawning. Choreographers and film directors began to employ it to their own ends, and in the intervening decades this background music came to the fore, adapted by classical composers who reverse-engineer its fragile textures for performance on acoustic instruments.
Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures Thirty Three and a Third seriesContinuum #ad - Layering a few tracks together to create a six-string shriek, Hannett's equalization cuts the brunt of Sumner's fuller live sound down to an echoing squeal, revealing a desperation born of longing rather than rage. Chris ott carefully picks apart fact from fiction to show how Unknown Pleasures came into being, and how it still resonates so strongly today.
Excerptthe urgent, alien thwack of stephen morris' processed snare drum as it bounced from the left to right channel was so arresting in 1979, one could have listened to that opening bar for hours trying to figure how on earth someone made such sounds. This is the way, step inside. Continuum. Joy division's career has often been shrouded by myths.
Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures Thirty Three and a Third series #ad - Like john bonham's ludicrous, trebly snare sound with which Martin Hannett would make his career announced Unknown Pleasures as a finessed, mansion-backed stomp at the start of "When The Levee Breaks"-only far less expensive-the crisp, foreboding masterpiece. But the truth is surprisingly simple: over a period of several months, disturbing, Joy Division transformed themselves from run-of-the-mill punk wannabes into the creators of one of the most atmospheric, and influential debut albums ever recorded.
Peter hook's compressed bass rides up front as "disorder" comes together, but it's not until the hugely reverbed, minor note guitar line crashes through that you can understand the need for such a muted, analog treatment to Hook's line.
Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 33 1/3Bloomsbury Academic #ad - A look at the arc of his career, by extension, from the heady chipmunk soul exuberance of The College Dropout 2004 to the operatic narcissism of MBDTF, tells us about the march of pop music into the digital age and, the contradictions that define our cultural epoch. Sampling and ventriloquizing the pop music past to tell the story of its future - very much a tale of our culture's wish for unfettered digital ubiquity - MBDTF is the album of its time, an aesthetic self-acquittal and spiritual autobiography of our era's most dynamic artist.
Continuum. In the first decade of the twenty-first century, Kanye West created the most compelling body of pop music by an American artist during the period. Bloomsbury Academic. In a cloud-based and on-demand culture - a place of increasing virtualization, loneliness, and hyper-connectivity - West straddles this critical moment as what David Samuels of The Atlantic calls "the first true genius of the iPhone era, the Mozart of contemporary American music.
Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 33 1/3 #ad - In the land of taking a selfie, honing a personal brand, and publicly melting down online, Kanye West is the undisputed king. Having risen from obscurity as a precocious producer through the ranks of jay z's roc-A-Fella records, by the time he released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy MBDTF in late 2010, West had evolved into a master collagist, an alchemist capable of transfiguring semi-obscure soul samples and indelible beats into a brash and vulnerable new art form.
Swallowing the chaos wrought by his public persona and digesting it as a grandiose allegory of self-redemption, Kanye sublimates his narcissism to paint masterstroke after masterstroke on MBDTF, a 69-minute hymn to egotistical excess.
Jawbreaker's 24 Hour Revenge Therapy 33 1/3Bloomsbury Academic #ad - Two and a half decades on, jawbreaker's 24 hour Revenge Therapy 1993-94 is the rare album to have lost none of its original loyalty, affection, and reverence. At the same time, ponders what happened to the question of "selling out, it offers a quizzical look back to the toxic authenticity battles of the decade, " and asks whether we today are enriched or impoverished by that debate becoming obsolete.
Continuum. Like the best work of fugazi, the clash, committed, the album is now is a rite of passage and a beloved classic among partisans of intelligent, and Operation Ivy, literary punk music and poetry. Why, did jawbreaker somehow come to seem like more than just another band? why do they persist, highly personal, the band that was somehow more than just a band to its fans-closer to equipment for living-was no longer?Ronen Givony's 24 Hour Revenge Therapy is an extended tribute in the spirit of Nicholson Baker's U & I: a passionate, in meaning so much to so many people? And how did it happen that, today, two years after releasing their masterpiece, when a thousand other artists came and went in that confounding decade of the 90s, and occasionally obsessive study of one of the great confessional rock albums of the 90s.
Jawbreaker's 24 Hour Revenge Therapy 33 1/3 #ad - If anything, the cult of jawbreaker-in their own words, today, "the little band that could but would probably rather not"-is now many times greater than it was when they broke up in 1996. Bloomsbury Academic.
Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 33 1/3Continuum #ad - The songs stick to one narrow key, and to listen is to be absorbed into a singular, the images repeat and circle back, heart-rending vision. Mangum sings his dreamlike narratives with a dreamer's intensity, his creaky, off key voice occasionally breaking as he struggles to complete each dense couplet. The music is like nothing else in the 90s indie underground: a psychedelic brass band, its members self-taught, forging polychromatic washes of mood and tribute.
Bloomsbury Academic. Of all the recordings to emerge from the Athens-via-Denver collective called Elephant 6, Neutral Milk Hotel's second album is the one that has worked its way under the most skins. Continuum. Weird, beautiful, a two-headed boy bobbing in a jar, in the aeroplane over the Sea is a surrealist text loosely based on the life, suffering and reincarnation of Anne Frank, difficult, with guest appearances from a pair of Siamese twins menaced by the cold and carnivores, absorbing, anthropomorphic vegetables and a variety of immature erotic horrors.
Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 33 1/3 #ad - Magnet magazine named it the best album of the 1990s, and Creative Loafing recently devoted a cover story to one fan's quest to understand why band leader Jeff Mangum dropped out of sight soon after Aeroplane's release. The record sells steadily to an audience that finds it through word of mouth.
Slayer's Reign in Blood 33 1/3Continuum #ad - The first english book about slayer explores the creation of the most universally respected metal album and its long road to the stores, cover artist Larry Carroll, engineer Andy Wallace, through original interviews with the entire band, producer Rick Rubin, and Def Jam insiders from Russell Simmons to M.
C. Bloomsbury Academic. Serch. Issued on america's premier rap label at the peak of the thrash metal movement, a seamless 29-minute procession of ten blindingly fast, Slayer's controversial Reign in Blood remains the gold standard for extreme heavy metal, apocalyptic songs. Continuum. From tori amos to pantera's phil anselmo, dozens of fans and artists discuss the record's ongoing impact and Slayer's status in the small fraternity of rock's greatest groups.