Friday, September 8, 2017

The Best Albums of 1997: Honorable Mentions

We hope that you enjoyed our huge feature on The Best Albums of 1997. If you happened to miss it - please click here.

There were so many great releases that didn't get included in the Best Albums of 1997 feature - since we limited ourselves to the Top 10. In this post you will find 12 more albums that Sarah and I selected that needed to be represented. A track from each album is added to the playlist at the bottom - and we threw in 60 extra songs that we thoroughly enjoy. We hope you do too! So without further delay, here are our Honorable Mentions for 1997.

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The Charlatans - Tellin' Stories
The Cure - Galore
Elliott Smith - Either / Or
Jane's Addiction - Kettle Whistle
Love Spit Love - Trysome Eatone
Mansun - Attack of the Grey Lantern
Monaco - Music for Pleasure
Primal Scream - Vanishing Point
Suede - Sci-Fi Lullabies
Tindersticks - Curtains
Various Artists - Lost Highway Soundtrack
Various Artists - Nowhere Soundtrack

AFI - 'Third Season' from Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes
Alpha - 'Sometime Later' from Come From Heaven
Apollo 440 - 'Pain in Any Language feat. Billy Mackenzie of The Associates' from Electro Glide in Blue
Belle and Sebastian - 'Dog On Wheels' from Dog on Wheels EP
The Chemical Brothers - 'Block Rockin' Beats' from Dig Your Own Hole
Cherry Poppin' Daddies - 'Zoot Suit Riot' from Zoot Suit Riot
Clan of Xymox - 'This World' from Hidden Faces
Cornershop - 'Brimful of Asha' from When I Was Born for the 7th Time
The Cramps - 'Like a Bad Girl Should' from Big Beat From Badsville
Curve - 'Nowhere' from Nowhere Soundtrack
Daft Punk - 'Da Funk' from Homework
Dance Hall Crashers - 'Lost Again' from Honey, I'm Homely!
Delerium - 'Silence feat. Sarah McLachlan' from Karma
The Divine Comedy - 'Everybody Knows (Except You)' from A Short Album About Love
Duran Duran - 'Electric Barbarella' from Medazzaland

Faith No More - 'Ashes to Ashes' from Album of the Year
Filter & The Crystal Method - '(Can't You) Trip Like I Do' from Spawn Soundtrack
Grandaddy - 'A.M. 180' from Under the Western Freeway
Helium - 'Leon's Space Song' from The Magic City
HIM - 'Your Sweet Six Six Six' from Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666
Hurricane #1 - 'Step Into My World' from Hurricane #1
Jesus Jones - 'The Next Big Thing' from Already
John Lydon - 'Sun' from Psycho's Path
The Legendary Pink Dots - 'Lucifer Landed' from Hallway of the Gods
Loreena McKennitt - 'The Mummers' Dance' from The Book of Secrets
Low - 'Hey Chicago' from Songs for a Dead Pilot
Lush - 'I Have the Moon' from Nowhere Soundtrack
Matthew Sweet - 'Where You Get Love' from Blue Sky on Mars
Mephiskapheles - 'Attack of the Geniuses' from Maximum Perversion
Meredith Brooks - 'Bitch' from Blurring the Edges

Mew - 'She Came Home for Christmas' from A Triumph for Man
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - 'The Impression That I Get' from Let's Face It
Misfits - 'Dig Up Her Bones' from American Psycho
Moby - 'James Bond Theme (Moby's Re-Version)' from I Like to Score
Mono - 'Life in Mono' from Formica Blues
Morrissey - 'Satan Rejected My Soul' from Maladjusted
The Mountain Goats - 'Weekend in Western Illinois' from Full Force Galesburg
Neko Case & Her Boyfriends - 'Thanks A Lot' from The Virginian
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - 'Into My Arms' from The Boatman's Call
of Montreal - 'Don't Ask Me to Explain' from Cherry Peel
Paradise Lost - 'One Second' from One Second
Pavement - 'Starlings of the Slipstream' from Brighten the Corners
Porno For Pyros - 'Hard Charger' from Private Parts Soundtrack
The Prodigy - 'Firestarter' from The Fat of the Land
Rammstein - 'Du Hast' from Sehnsucht

Robyn - 'Show Me Love' from Robyn is Here
Save Ferris - 'The World is New' from It Means Everything
Sigur Ros - 'Myrkur' from Von
Sinead O'Connor - 'I Am Enough for Myself' from Gospel Oak EP
Sleater-Kinney - 'One More Hour' from Dig Me Out
Sleeper - 'She's a Good Girl' from Pleased to Meet You
Smashing Pumpkins - 'The End is the Beginning is the End' from Batman & Robin Soundtrack
Squirrel Nut Zippers - 'Pallin' With Al' from Sold Out EP
The Sundays - 'Summertime' from Static and Silence
Super Furry Animals - 'Demons' from Radiator
That Dog - 'Never Say Never' from Retreat From the Sun
Third Eye Blind - 'Jumper' from Third Eye Blind
Travis - 'All I Wanna Do is Rock' from Good Feeling
Veruca Salt - 'Volcano Girls' from Eight Arms to Hold You
Whiskeytown - 'Houses on the Hill' from Strangers Almanac

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Best Albums of 1997

We are back with another Best Albums feature from a year gone by - if you missed 1982, check that out after you're done here. Let's go back 2 decades (really?!) to the year 1997. Bill Clinton began his second term as President of the United States, while J.K. Rowling published the first book in the Harry Potter series. Married...with Children ended its 11 season run, as South Park and Buffy the Vampire Slayer made their television debut. Titanic, Men in Black, Tomorrow Never Dies and The Lost World: Jurassic Park were making bank at the box office. Some very notable people passed in 1997 - singer/songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Jeff Buckley, pop star Jermaine Stewart, rapper The Notorious B.I.G., Princess Diana, author William S. Burroughs, legendary actors Jimmy Stewart and Burgess Meredith, and let us not forget about SNL fave Chris Farley, nor the Duke boys' Uncle Jesse - aka Denver Pyle. .

As always, Sarah and I enlisted the help of our regular contributors & friends to select Top 10 albums. In addition, everyone handpicked a track from each album for you to enjoy in our Best Albums of 1997 Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page (unfortunately there are a few albums not available on Spotify - we encourage you to locate those elsewhere). If you'd like to share your own 1997 favorites, please comment below. We will be back later in the week with a list of our Honorable Mentions. Stay tuned to see which year is coming next!

Bret Helm
Life on this Planet | Audra

10. Oasis - Be Here Now
09. Echo & the Bunnymen - Evergreen
08. Adrian Borland - 5:00 AM
07. Radiohead - OK Computer
06. David Bowie - Earthling
05. Morrissey - Maladjusted
04. U2 - Pop
03. Gary Numan - Exile
02. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - The Boatman's Call
01. James - Whiplash

Sarah Quarrie
Life on this Planet

10. Erasure - Cowboy
09. Delerium - Karma
08. C-Tec - Darker
07. Gary Numan - Exile
06. Portishead - s/t
05. Dubstar - Goodbye
04. Depeche Mode - Ultra
03. Bjork - Homogenic
02. The Verve - Urban Hymns
01. Gene - Drawn to the Deep End

Rob Clark
Rockford, Illinois

10. World Party - Egyptology
09 Portishead - s/t
08. Whiskeytown - Strangers Almanac
07. Del Amitri - Some Other Sucker's Parade
06. Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever Amen
05. Tanya Donelly - Lovesongs for Underdogs
04. Chris Whitley - Terra Incognita
03. David Bowie - Earthling
02. Bjork - Homogenic
01. Steve Earle - El Corazon

Ron Marrs
New Orleans, Louisiana

10. David Bowie - Earthling
09. Maggie Estep - Love is a Dog From Hell
08. Tuatara - Breaking the Ethers
07. Cranes - Population Four
06. Blonde Redhead - Fake Can Be Just As Good
05. Buena Vista Social Club - s/t
04. Vapid Dolly - The Queen of Pseudo Psychos
03. 16 Horsepower - Low Estate
02. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F#A# Infinity
01. Portishead - s/t

Tim Brown
London, England

10. Buena Vista Social Club - s/t
09. Portishead - s/t
08. Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
07. The Divine Comedy - A Short Album About Love
06. Supergrass - In It for the Money
05. Oasis - Be Here Now
04. Blur - s/t
03. U2 - Pop
02. The Verve - Urban Hymns
01. Radiohead - OK Computer

Jaymz Todd
Saturday Night Music Club

10. Knapsack - Day Three of My New Life
09. The Get Up Kids - Four Minute Mile
08. Depeche Mode - Ultra
07. Portishead - s/t
06. Mogwai - Young Team
05. Leaether Strip - Self-Inflicted
04. Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly
03. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
02. James - Whiplash
01. Catherine Wheel - Adam and Eve

John Magness
Uttoxeter, England

10. Sixpence None the Richer - s/t
09. Steve Earle - El Corazon
08. Beth Orton - Trailer Park
07. Stereophonics - Word Gets Around
06. Teenage Fanclub - Songs From Northern Britain
05. Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie
04. The Prodigy - The Fat of the Land
03. Gene - Drawn to the Deep End
02. The Sundays - Static and Silence
01. Buena Vista Social Club - s/t

Jesse Deitermann
Saturday Night Music Club

10. Depeche Mode - Ultra
09. Portishead - s/t
08. Gene - Drawn to the Deep End
07. Echo & the Bunnymen - Evergreen
06. Stereolab - Dots and Loops
05. Radiohead - OK Computer
04. Travis - Good Feeling
03. Blur - s/t
02. U2 - Pop
01. Kent - Isola

55 different albums appeared in this feature
Which ones made it onto the most lists?
Portishead (6), Buena Vista Social Club (3), David Bowie (3), Depeche Mode (3), Gene (3), Radiohead (3) and U2 (3)

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Planet Rotations #244: Single Suite 4

In the age of digital music, we tend to skip through albums, listening to one or two tracks - missing some of the deeper cuts that may be brilliant. We are huge fans of the album format, and love to experience the entire collection the way the artist intended. Listening to one or two songs is like randomly reading a few chapters of a book and expecting to understand the completed work. Like all music lovers, we love to share what we're listening to and discover some new things from friends.

In this week's edition of Planet Rotations, Sarah and I handpicked some great singles that have been released in advance of their respective albums. This is part of an ongoing series designed to keep you up-to-date on new releases that should be hitting your ears. All tracks are collected in the Spotify player at the bottom of this post.

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Bret's 6
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - The View From Here
from The Punishment of Luxury - out September 1st on White Noise

Zola Jesus - Soak
from Okovi - out September 8th (my birthday!) on Sacred Bones

Gary Numan - What God Intended
from Savage (Songs From a Broken World) - out September 15th on BMG

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions - Sleep
from Son of a Lady EP - out September 15th on Tendril Tales

William Patrick Corgan - Aeronaut
produced by Rick Rubin - from Ogilala - out October 13th on BMG

The Church - Another Century
from Man Woman Life Death Infinity - release date TBD

Sarah's 6
Belle & Sebastian - We Were Beautiful
one-off digital single on Matador

Daughter - Burn It Down
from the video game soundtrack Life is Strange: Before the Storm - out September 1st on Glassnote

Alvvays - Dreams Tonite
from Antisocialites - out September 8th on Polyvinyl

Wolf Alice - Don't Delete the Kisses
from Visions of a Life - out September 29th on Dirty Hit

Cults - I Took Your Picture
from Offering - out October 6th on Sinderlyn

Wolf Parade - Valley Boy
first new album in 7 years - from Cry Cry Cry - out October 6th on Sub Pop

Listen to our ongoing Spotify Planet Rotations Playlist!

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