Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Best Albums of 1992: Honorable Mentions


We hope that you enjoyed our huge feature on The Best Albums of 1992. 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 1992 feature - since we limited ourselves to the Top 15. In this post you will find 15 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 1992.

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Bel Canto - Shimmering, Warm & Bright
The Boo Radleys - Everything's Alright Forever
Chris Bell - I Am the Cosmos
Helmet - Meantime
Human Drama - The World Inside
Kitchens of Distinction - The Death of Cool
Lou Reed - Magic and Loss
Material Issue - Destination Universe
Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Are You Normal?
Sinead O'Connor - Am I Not Your Girl?
The Sisters of Mercy - Some Girls Wander By Mistake
Stone Temple Pilots - Core
The Telescopes - s/t
Tom Waits - Bone Machine
Singles - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Annie Lennox - 'Love Song for a Vampire' from Bram Stoker's Dracula Soundtrack
Aphex Twin - 'Xtal' from Selected Ambient Works 85-92
The B-52's - 'Good Stuff' from Good Stuff
Beastie Boys - 'So What'cha Want' from Check Your Head
The Beautiful South - 'We are Each Other' from 0898
Bigod 20 - 'Like a Prayer' from On the Run maxi-single
The Black Crowes - 'Thorn in My Pride' from The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
Blind Melon - 'No Rain' from Blind Melon
Bob Marley and the Wailers - 'Iron Lion Zion' from Songs of Freedom
Buffalo Tom - 'Taillights Fade' from Let Me Come Over
Concrete Blonde - 'Someday' from Walking in London
Cracker - 'Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)' from Cracker
Daisy Chainsaw - 'Love Your Money' from Eleventeen
David Bowie - 'Real Cool World' from Cool World Soundtrack
David Byrne - 'She's Mad' from Uh-Oh


Deep Forest - 'Deep Forest' from Deep Forest
Del Amitri - 'Always the Last to Know' from Change Everything
The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy - 'Television, the Drug of the Nation' from Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury
Erasure - 'Take a Chance on Me' from Abba-esque EP
Faith No More - 'Midlife Crisis' from Angel Dust
Gavin Friday - 'Wind and Rain' from Adam 'N' Eve
Happy Mondays - 'Stinkin' Thinkin'' from ...Yes Please!
The House of Love - 'You Don't Understand' from Babe Rainbow
INXS - 'Not Enough Time' from Welcome to Wherever You Are
The Jayhawks - 'Waiting for the Sun' from Hollywood Town Hall
Juliana Hatfield - 'Everybody Loves Me But You' from Hey Babe
L7 - 'Pretend We're Dead' from Bricks are Heavy
Leonard Cohen - 'Waiting for the Miracle' from The Future
The Lemonheads - 'It's a Shame About Ray' from It's a Shame About Ray
Madonna - 'Rain' from Erotica


The Magnetic Fields - 'Love Goes Home to Paris in the Spring' from The House of Tomorrow EP
Manic Street Preachers - 'Motorcycle Emptiness' from Generation Terrorists
Megadeth - 'Symphony of Destruction' from Countdown to Extinction
Moby - 'Go' from Moby
Moodswings - 'Spiritual High (State of Independence) Part II' feat. Chrissie Hynde from Moodfood
Moose - 'Soon is Never Soon Enough' feat. Dolores O'Riordan from ...XYZ
Neneh Cherry - 'Trout' feat. Michael Stipe from Homebrew
Nirvana - 'Molly's Lips' from Incesticide
The Orb - 'Blue Room' from U.F.Orb
Pavement - 'Summer Babe (Winter Version)' from Slanted and Enchanted
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - 'They Reminisce Over You' from Mecca and the Soul Brother
The Pharcyde - 'Passin' Me By' from Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
Prince and the New Power Generation - 'Sexy MF' from Love Symbol Album
Ramones - 'Poison Heart' from Mondo Bizarro
Rollins Band - 'Low Self Opinion' from The End of Silence


Screaming Trees - 'Nearly Lost You' from Sweet Oblivion
Siouxsie and the Banshees - 'Face to Face' from Batman Returns Soundtrack
Sonic Youth - '100%' from Dirty
The Soup Dragons - 'Divine Thing' from Hotwired
Stereo MC's - 'Connected' from Connected
Sugar - 'If I Can't Change Your Mind' from Copper Blue
Supreme Love Gods - 'Souled Out' from Supreme Love Gods
Suzanne Vega - 'Blood Makes Noise' from 99.9F
The Tear Garden - 'Romulus and Venus' from The Last Man to Fly
Television - 'Call Mr. Lee' from Television
Thomas Dolby - 'I Love You Goodbye' from Astronauts & Heretics
Throwing Muses - 'Firepile' from Red Heaven
The Verve - 'She's a Superstar' from The Verve EP
White Zombie - 'Thunder Kiss '65' from La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1
XTC - 'Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead' from Nonsuch




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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Best Albums of 1992


We are back with another Best Albums feature from a year gone by - if you missed 1987, check that out after you're done here. So let's go back 25 years... to 1992. If you owned a PC back then, you were most likely using the Windows 3.1 operating system. The first George Bush was in his final year as the President of the United States, until Bill Clinton beat him and Ross Perot out in November's election. After 30 seasons, Johnny Carson signed off for the last time as host of The Tonight Show. The Los Angeles Riots broke out after the acquittal of 4 police officers responsible for the beating of Rodney King. Sinead O'Connor caused a massive fuss after ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live. Wayne's World, The Bodyguard, Basic Instinct, Sister Act (yes) and Home Alone II were tearing it up at the box office. As the world lost Marlene Dietrich and Anthony Perkins, Miley Cyrus was entering the world like a wrecking ball.

On to the lists. As always, Sarah and I enlisted the help of several of our regular contributors & friends to select Top 15 albums. In addition, everyone handpicked a track from each album for you to enjoy in our Best Albums of 1992 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 1992 favorites, please comment below. We will be back at the end of the week with a list of our honorable mentions. Oh yeah, stay tuned to see which year is coming next!

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Bret Helm
Life on this Planet | Audra

15. Shelleyan Orphan - Humroot
14. Blind Mr. Jones - Stereo Musicale
13. Social Distortion - Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
12. Ride - Going Blank Again
11. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
10. The Sugarcubes - Stick Around for Joy
09. Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill
08. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream
07. The Church - Priest=Aura
06. R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
05. The Cure - Wish
04. Morrissey - Your Arsenal
03. James - Seven
02. Peter Murphy - Holy Smoke
01. Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience

Sarah Quarrie
Life on this Planet

15. The Sundays - Blind
14. The Mission - Masque
13. Daniel Ash - Foolish Thing Desire
12. Screaming Trees - Sweet Oblivion
11. Social Distortion - Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
10. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
09. Inspiral Carpets - Revenge of the Goldfish
08. The House of Love - Babe Rainbow
07. Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies
06. Faith No More - Angel Dust
05. The Charlatans - Between 10th and 11th
04. Pulp - Separations
03. Peter Murphy - Holy Smoke
02. James - Seven
01. Curve - Doppelganger

Jesse Deitermann
Saturday Night Music Club

15. Xymox - Metamorphosis
14. The Farm - Love See No Colour
13. The Mission - Masque
12. Peter Murphy - Holy Smoke
11. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
10. Catherine Wheel - Ferment
09. Inspiral Carpets - Revenge of the Goldfish
08. Ian McCulloch - Mysterio
07. The Sugarcubes - Stick Around for Joy
06. Morrissey - Your Arsenal
05. Pulp - Separations
04. Lush - Spooky
03. Ride - Going Blank Again
02. The Cure - Wish
01. The Charlatans - Between 10th and 11th

Jason Jones
Okinawa, Japan

15. Madonna - Erotica
14. Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky
13. Ministry - Psalm 69
12. Sade - Love Deluxe
11. The Church - Priest=Aura
10. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream
09. Daniel Ash - Foolish Thing Desire
08. Ian McCulloch - Mysterio
07. The Cure - Wish
06. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
05. Public Image Ltd - That What is Not
04. Death in June - But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter?
03. R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
02. Peter Murphy - Holy Smoke
01. Morrissey - Your Arsenal

Ron Marrs
New Orleans, Louisiana

15. White Zombie - La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1
14. Drop Nineteens - Delaware
13. Ultra Vivid Scene - Rev
12. Peter Gabriel - Us
11. Shadow Project - Dreams for the Dying
10. Diamanda Galas - The Singer
09. Rage Against the Machine - s/t
08. Curve - Doppelganger
07. Sonic Youth - Dirty
06. Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
05. The Afghan Whigs - Congregation
04. Daisy Chainsaw - Eleventeen
03. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
02. PJ Harvey - Dry
01. Come - 11:11

Tim Brown
London, England

15. Alice in Chains - Dirt
14. R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
13. k.d. lang - Ingenue
12. Stereo MC's - Connected
11. Annie Lennox - Diva
10. Cowboy Junkies - Black Eyed Man
09. The Sundays - Blind
08. Bruce Springsteen - Human Touch
07. Bruce Springsteen - Lucky Town
06. The Cure - Wish
05. The Sugarcubes - Stick Around for Joy
04. Everything But the Girl - Acoustic
03. 10,000 Maniacs - Our Time in Eden
02. Beautiful South - 0898
01. Arrested Development - 3 Years, 5 Months & Days in the Life of...

John Magness
Uttoxeter, England

15. Lindsey Buckingham - Out of the Cradle
14. The B-52's - Good Stuff
13. Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists
12. Indigo Girls - Rites of Passage
11. R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
10. The Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray
09. Sugar- Copper Blue
08. Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience
07. Neil Young - Harvest Moon
06. Bruce Springsteen - Human Touch
05. The Cure - Wish
04. Morrissey - Your Arsenal
03. Bruce Springsteen - Lucky Town
02. Everything But the Girl - Acoustic
01. The Sundays - Blind

Rob Clark
Rockford, Illinois

15. Arrested Development - 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of...
14. The Charlatans - Between 10th and 11th
13. Peter Murphy - Holy Smoke
12. Cowboy Junkies - Black Eyed Man
11. Uncle Tupelo - March 16-20, 1992
10. Soul Asylum - Grave Dancers Union
09. Shawn Colvin - Fat City
08. Lucinda Williams - Sweet Old World
07. Concrete Blonde - Walking in London
06. Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience
05. XTC - Nonsuch
04. Del Amitri - Change Everything
03. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
02. The Tragically Hip - Fully Completely
01. Peter Gabriel - Us

Sierra Anna Jones
Okinawa, Japan

15. Catherine Wheel - Ferment
14. Drop Nineteens - Delaware
13. PJ Harvey - Dry
12. Ride - Going Blank Again
11. Current 93 - Thunder Perfect Mind
10. Pale Saints - In Ribbons
09. Skinny Puppy - Last Rights
08. The Church - Priest=Aura
07. Peter Murphy - Holy Smoke
06. Curve - Doppelganger
05. The Cure - Wish
04. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
03. Lush - Spooky
02. Death in June - But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter?
01. Morrissey - Your Arsenal

Jaymz Todd
Saturday Night Music Club

15. TLC - Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
14. Ministry - Psalm 69
13. Rage Against the Machine - s/t
12. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
11. PJ Harvey - Dry
10. Nine Inch Nails - Broken EP
09. Leather Strip - Solitary Confinement
08. Morphine - Good
07. Soul Asylum - Grave Dancers Union
06. Danzig - Danzig III: How the Gods Kill
05. Blind Melon - s/t
04. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
03. James - Seven
02. Catherine Wheel - Ferment
01. The Cure - Wish

STATS
86 different albums appeared in this feature
Which ones made it onto the most lists?
The Cure (7), Peter Murphy / The Jesus and Mary Chain (6), Morrissey (5) and R.E.M. (4)



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Friday, April 21, 2017

Planet Rotations #232: Single Suite 1

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 have handpicked some great singles that have been released in advance of their respective albums. This will be 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
Lana Del Rey - Love
from Lust for Life - release date to TBD on Interscope

Ride - Home is a Feeling
first new album in 21 years! - from Weather Diaries - out June 16th on Witchita

Robyn Hitchcock - Mad Shelley's Letterbox
from Robyn Hitchcock - out April 21st on Yep Roc

Slowdive - Sugar for the Pill
first new album in 22 years! - from Slowdive - out May 5th on Dead Oceans

Dreamcar - Kill for Candy
features members of AFI & No Doubt - from Dreamcar - out May 12th on Columbia

Liv - Dream Awake
features Lykke Li, members of Mike Snow & Pete Bjorn and John - album title & release date TBD


Sarah's 6
Mark Lanegan Band - Beehive
from Gargoyle - out April 28th on Heavenly

Feist - Century (featuring Jarvis Cocker of Pulp)
first new album in 6 years - from Pleasure - out April 28th on Universal Canada

Pumarosa - Dragonfly
from The Witch - out May 19th on Fiction

Echobelly - Anarchy and Alchemy
first new album in 13 years - from Anarchy and Alchemy - out May 26th on band's label

Beach Fossils - This Year
from Somersault - out June 2nd on Bayonet

Saint Etienne - Magpie Eyes
first new album in 5 years - from Home Counties - out June 2nd on Heavenly


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