SOME STUFFS: Audio Fidelity go “soundtracking” with new remasters

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Holiday season will be a good one for fans of the Audio Fidelity label, especially if you are a soundtrack album collector. Come November 27th, the audiophile label will not just release one soundtrack, but three of them.

  • The first one is the soundtrack to Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, which was done by John Williams, who won two Grammy’s for it. This will be the first time it is getting a (hybrid) SACD release.
  • The second one is for the 1980 film Cruising, and was put together by Jack Nitzsche, who brought in the then-new music of the era, which was new wave and punk, so it features tracks by John Hiatt, The Germs, Willy DeVille, Ruff Trade, The Cripples and much more. The album has circulated in circles for years, now it is getting its debut digital release.
  • The third and final reissue for the James Caan-starred film Thief, which featured a soundtrack done by Tangerine Dream. This reissue is vinyl-only, a nice 180g audiophile pressing, so this one will be a juicer.

    The Thief soundtrack is the only one currently available to pre-order through Amazon, so click the link below:
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  • VIDEO: The Garden’s “Gift”


    Burger Records are looking forward to releasing a new album by The Garden called ha ha and is there a reason to laugh? After watching the clip for “Gift”, you may have shits and giggles. Well, be careful on the shits part, especially where you may be as you’re reading this. The album will be out on October 9th, pre-orders available through this spot here.

    SOME STUFFS: Muncie Girls sign with record label

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    British trio Muncie Girls have just been signed to the Animal Style record label and will be releasing album in early 2016. It has already been titled: From Caplan To Belsize and is a co-release with Uncle M Music and Specialist Subject Records. Pre-orders will be announced when it’s ready but you may have a listen to some songs they released last year as part of a split EP with Great Cynics.

    These punks have just two shows scheduled next month so if you’re in their vicinity, pop on by and say hello:
    5 October… Exeter, UK (Cavern Club)
    18 October… Cardiff, UK (Gwdihŵ Café Bar)

    VIDEO: White Fang’s “Bong Ring”


    Have you ever wanted to find a song that is about your favorite daily adventure? Does your daily adventure packing a pong properly? Then you’ll want to check out this new one from White Gang called “Bong Rip”, taken from the almighty album called Chunks (Burger), and it is supreme. The album will be out on October 30th and can be pre-ordered from Amazon or directly from Burger Records, including on cassette.

    SOME STUFFS: Strange Wilds to keep you “Starved For” their music

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    Subjective Concepts is the debut album from Olympia, Washington punk band Strange Wilds, and they are planning the city’s proud Oly Rock traditions with their music. The album will be released on July 24th through Sub Pop but you can have a listen to one of the songs by playing “Starved For” below. It’s not a proper vide, just the audio, but maybe with the release of this, there may be. Stay tuned.

    BOOK REVIEW: “Girl In A Band” by Kim Gordon

    Kim Gordon photo Gordonbook_cover_zpsa8e361b6.jpg When I found out Kim Gordon was coming out with her own autobiography, I knew I had to make sure to read it. I first heard of Sonic Youth in 1986 through a Seattle music video show called Bombshelter Videos, where I saw “Shadow Of A Doubt”. The music, her voice, and the visuals of her “sitting” on top of a train car pulled me in while it also made me ask “what is this?” I had been aware of who they were but living in a town without a college radio station made me curious. Thus, my fascination with her and her music, and in truth more about her music than anything about her but Girl In A Band: A Memoir (Bey St.) is her telling her own life how she sees it, which is the way how she writes her lyrics and poems, how she plays her music, and how she paints.

    There were two things I wasn’t aware of when I read this. First, I didn’t know she was raised in California. What I know about Gordon is through her songs, albums, and interviews but that’s always one deliberate aspect of an artist wanting people to get to know they have new product available. Second, I didn’t know she and her family lived on Oahu for about a year. When she mentions how she enjoyed living in Manoa Valley, she says it freely as if she’s a local girl, but also states that for the first time in her life, she felt like a minority due to Hawai’i being primarily Asian. Also, having a name like Kim had kids make fun of her as the name Kim is often given to males within the Asian communities.

    Her story primarily begins on what was a surprising note. The chapter is called The End and while I had suspicions of what it might be about, I had to read for validation. The End refers to not only the end of her relationship with guitarist Thurston Moore, but the end of Sonic Youth as a group. The official statement states they are now on a temporary hiatus so while fans are always hopeful for a reunion to happen, it’s most likely going to be “don’t bother waiting for the time being.” Reading that chapter is exhausting, only because I as a fan knew the story and what happened, and she explains part of what dissolved. She does get into it in detail but that happens only in the last part of the book.

    From there, we bounce back to her childhood and how she became who she is through her mom and dad, essential factors in her upbringing. Also of importance is her older brother, and together they helped to provide what will become her interests, be it painting, writing, or music. It was a need to be creative, and she gets very detailed on her interests. While I am not someone who knows about fashion designers and obscure film directors, she mentions various people and things in a way that is very understandable, nerdy when it needs to be but always done in a way that has her creating a list for those who wish to look it up further. Her brother eventually became mentally ill to the point where he was diagnosed as a schizophrenic, physically and mentally draining. While she did her share of traveling with her family, she knew that when it was the time, she would like to move on to somewhere further. In that time, we find out some of the people she dated, including Danny Elfman, another things I learned in this book.

    In time she would make it to the East Coast and into New York City, and she clearly states that what she wanted to do was to be able to live independently, on her own terms, even if it meant living in a dingy Chinatown apartment that wasn’t glorious. It is where we learn about 84 Eldridge Street, the apartment where she got into exploring various New York clubs and venues, discovering new forms of music, meeting up with important people and meeting Thurston Moore for the first time. From that point on, the story explores in detail the journey Sonic Youth went through, from recording their first music in a basic recording studio to performing their first international shows to finding their way onto a major label and a bit of fame. While Sonic Youth were always known for their alternate tunings with their guitars, Gordon states that her bass were always one of the anchors of the band and was always tuned the same way for every song. Before the SY story is explored, she touches on her first live performance and how she wasn’t sure if she could do it but once she did it, she felt something she did not expect and one that she wanted to do repeatedly, which she would do for 30+ years. If you know about her story, she does mention people that is part of her path: Kathleen Hannah, Courtney Love, Julia Cafritz, Michael Stipe, Chloë Sevigny, Henry Rollins, and Kurt Cobain, whom she called a dear friend. Some of these people are discussed with the utmost respect while others were ridiculed in a manner that perhaps they ridiculed her.

    She does talk about watching her daughter Coco grow up to eventually wanting to get involved in music in her own way but also going to college for the first time. By then, Gordon returns to what happened between her and Moore and one begins to have a greater sense of compassion for her as much more than just an artist. It may be nothing more than an appreciation for her as a person, but nothing wrong with that either. I also really like how this book was written. Outside of being direct and to the point, Girl In A Band is designed in a way that’s not unlike her music, a painting, or even a film. In fact the last chapter is done in a way where the reader may say :wait a minute: so what happened?” or “is there a moral to the story in the way you just told me?” For all I know, she could have been citing the end of a film like 400 Blows or something, where we see people around but the image stops and pans forward. What do we think? What should we think? Perhaps that’s the point in how Gordon told her memoir, to let everyone know about who Kim Gordon is, insecurities and concerns, hopes and dreams, hits and misses, and everything in between. If she’s going to throw out something random, she will and perhaps did. Or maybe the end of the book was written in a manner that is supposed to be. That’s why this book is called Girl In A Band because in a way, that’s who she wanted to be, became, and was. Through the process, she became a stronger person with a better sense of purpose. You may end up wanting to hear her discography from start to finish once you finish this, one of the best biographies I’ve read in some time.

    (Girl In A Band will be released on February 24th. An audiobook version, in both CD and MP3 versions, will also be made available.)

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    RECORD CRACK: Raw punk released by Norway’s Witchface

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    If you like/prefer your punk rock to sound dirty and as if it was recorded on cassette with no sense of mixing, you’ll want to check out a new 12″ EP by a Norwegian band named Witchface. The record is called Skrekk & Gru and they’ve made only 200 copies. You can stream it in full above and if it hits you the right way, order it directly from Tigernet.no

    AUDIO: Raspberry Bulbs’ “Finger Bones”

    Out this Saturday is new music by Raspberry Bulbs in the form of an album on the Blackest Ever Black label called Privacy. While their name may sound delicate and gentle, their music is the opposite of this, as you’ll hear in the song “Finger Bones”. If you ever wondered what a band would sound like mixing up punk and death metal influences, you’ll enjoy this. You can pre-order the album now by heading to Blackest Ever Black.

    VIDEO: Deadkill’s “Shakes”

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    Seattle’s Deadkill are doing a powerful thing by releasing a new video before the end of the year. It is from their current album No, Never! (my review of which can be read by clicking here) and if you want or need to know waht “Shakes” refers to, you’ll be able to see it in detail here. Damn these Washingtonians.

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    SOME STUFFS: Mike Hudson & The Pagans wipe the dust to return with a new album

    From Cleveland comes a punk band that many fans of Ohio music have enjoyed and have been waiting to return if it was possible. Over 20 years after they released their last set of music, Mike Hudson & The Pagans are up for air with Hollywood High (Ruin Discos), ready for release on November 4th. The title track can be heard above and for anyone who has been waiting for 24 years, your wait has ended.