Monthly Archives: February 2014

Definitely re-issued

 

Just read the article Oasis to re-issue ‘Definitely Maybe’ with rare, unreleased tracks for 20th anniversary over at NME.com. The special edition CD tracklisting looks tasty (see below). Will I buy it? Fuck yeah. Beyond stoked for this news. Most definitely my favorite Oasis record. Keep your eyes open for the re-issue in May.

Disc 1
1. ‘Rock’n’Roll Star’
2. ‘Shakermaker’
3. ‘Live Forever’
4. ‘Up In The Sky’
5. ‘Columbia’
6. ‘Supersonic’
7. ‘Bring It On Down’
8. ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’
9. ‘Digsy’s Dinner’
10. ‘Slide Away’
11. ‘Married With Children’

Disc 2
1. ‘Columbia’ (White Label Demo)
2. ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ (Demo)
3. ‘Sad Song’
4. ‘I Will Believe’ (Live)
5. ‘Take Me Away’
6. ‘Alive’ (Demo)
7. ‘D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?’
8. ‘Supersonic’ (Live)
9. ‘Up In The Sky’ (Acoustic)
10. ‘Cloudburst’
11. ‘Fade Away’
12. ‘Listen Up’
13. ‘I Am The Walrus’ (Live Glasgow Cathouse June 1994)
14. ‘Whatever’
15. ‘(It’s Good) To Be Free’
16. ‘Half The World Away’

Disc 3
1. ‘Supersonic’ (Live At Glasgow Tramshed)
2. ‘Rock’N’Roll Star’ (Demo)
3. ‘Shakermaker’ (Live Paris in-store)
4. ‘Columbia’ (Eden Studios Mix)
5. ‘Cloudburst’ (Demo)
6. ‘Strange Thing’ (Demo)
7. ‘Live Forever’ (Live Paris in-store)
8. ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ (Live At Manchester Academy)
9. ‘D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?’ (Live At Manchester Academy)
10.’Fade Away’ (Demo)
11. ‘Take Me Away’ (Live At Manchester Academy)
12. ‘Sad Song’ (Live At Manchester Academy)
13. ‘Half The World Away’ (Live, Tokyo hotel room)
14. ‘Digsy’s Dinner’ (Live, Paris in-store)
15. ‘Married With Children’ (Demo)
16. ‘Up In The Sky’ (Live Paris in-store)
17. ‘Whatever’ (Strings

(Tracklisting borrowed from NME.com.)

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Winter vs spring vs summer

Okay, I might’ve gotten a bit carried away today while out walking. What happened was that it was really sunny and the streets were dry. For everyone who hasn’t been in Sweden these past few months I can just say that we have barely seen the sun at all, and it’s been either snowing or raining pretty much all the time. So today, when I was walking with the sun in my eyes, I didn’t just start thinking about songs that I associate with spring. My thoughts went all the way to hot summer nights abroad. And by abroad I mean warm countries. Countries where they have that special sort of orange glow during the evenings when the sun is going down. And I started thinking about songs by one specific Swedish band, that I think has captured those orange summer nights very well within their sound: Billie the Vision & the Dancers. To me, it’s even a little weird listening to them while it’s still winter, but when I came home I just had to give these two songs a listen:

Billie the Vision & the Dancers – A Man From Argentina (Download this one for free here)

Billie the Vision & the Dancers – Nightmares (Download this one for free here)

These fellas currently have 136 676 listeners on Last.fm.

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“The sun goes down / I feel the light betray me”

I just discovered something really weird. Weird in a good way. You can download Linkin Park’s magnificent album Hybrid Theory for free over at Last.fm. Legally! How great is that? Just click here to download each track. When Rock Sound published a countdown called 101 Modern Classic Albums, Hybrid Theory was number one:
“That LP’s 25-million selling introduction claims top spot should come as no surprise. An electronic, guitar-driven firestarter that continues to shift units by the bucketload nearly 12 years on, ‘Hybrid Theory’ remains one of the most iconic and staggeringly successful releases of the 21st Century, the likes of which will almost certainly never be seen again.”

I’ve loved Hybrid Theory so much from the first time I heard it, which was around the time it was released (2000). As Rock Sound said, iconic record. These days it’s hard to believe Linkin Park used to be this good.

Linkin Park currently have 3 504 584 listeners on Last.fm.

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Laura Jane Grace shares her valuable thoughts

 

“Laura Jane Grace has a lot to get off her chest, so it’ll be best if you give one of the most essential punk records of our era your full and undivided attention”, Drew Beringer writes in a review of Against Me!’s new record Transgender Dysphoria Blues. I think those words pretty much describe the whole thing about this album. The lyrics are stunningly honest and emotional. The opening track, for example, exclaims the following: “You want them to see you like they see every other girl / They just see a faggot / They hold their breath not to catch the sick”.

You know how they say books can help increase empathy? Well, the same goes for a lot of music out there. You don’t have any own experience of being a transgender woman in today’s society? Don’t worry, Laura Jane Grace gives you glimpses of her everyday life and how she reacts to people’s behaviour towards her. I cannot emphasize enough how I think we should all embrace what Against Me! is offering us with Transgender Dysphoria Blues. There is love. There is anger. There is hope. A lot of the time, I get very sad listening to the record. Laura Jane Grace sings “Standing naked in front of that hotel bathroom mirror / In her dysphoria’s affection, she still saw her mother’s son” in Paralytic States, one of my favorite tracks so far. To live with who we are as well as who we’ve been isn’t always easy. But we have to learn how to carry the truth within us to stay strong. Somewhat strong, at least.

There’s not much else for me to do than to recommend Transgender Dysphoria Blues to all of you. I know for sure that by the end of 2014, this will be my favorite or second favorite album of the year. Thank you Laura Jane for writing this. These songs are and will be very important and valuable for so many people in their struggle with identity, depression, self-loathing, bullying or other difficulties in life.

 

Against Me! currently have 481 067 listeners on Last.fm.

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