Friday, February 23, 2018

Planet Rotations #250

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.

This week, Sarah and I each highlighted 12 albums that we played in full. Make sure to tune into the Spotify player at the bottom, which features a song from each album. This is an ongoing playlist that you can follow directly on Spotify. Please put your own lists in the comments below, or interact at the Life On This Planet Facebook or Twitter. 

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Bret's 12
Bill Fay - Life is People
The Ocean Blue - Ultramarine
Lush - Split
The Cult - Sonic Temple
A Place to Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
New Model Army - Winter
The Velvet Underground - Loaded
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Bee Gees - Best of
Iggy Pop - The Idiot
The La's - s/t
Concrete Blonde - The Essential


Sarah's 12
Breathless - Please Be Happy EP
First Aid Kit - Ruins
Strand of Oaks - Harder Love
IAMX - Alive in New Light
Graham Coxon - The End of the F***king World soundtrack
Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel
Curve - Come Clean
Pulp - This is Hardcore
The House of Love - The Best of
The Mission - Children
Kitchens of Distinction - Strange Free World
James - Gold Mother

Listen to our ongoing Planet Rotations Playlist!



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Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Best Albums of 1991: Honorable Mentions


We hope that you enjoyed our feature on The Best Albums of 1991. 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 1991 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 1991.

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Electronic - s/t
Fishbone - The Reality of My Surroundings
Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion II
Infectious Grooves - The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move
Lycia - Ionia
Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
Metallica - s/t (The Black Album)
Primus - Sailing the Seas of Cheese
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Saint Etienne - Foxbase Alpha
School of Fish - s/t
Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona


808 State - 'Ooops feat. Bjork' from ex:el
Alison Moyet - 'It Won't Be Long' from Hoodoo
All About Eve - 'Farewell Mr. Sorrow' from Touched By Jesus
American Music Club - 'Rise' from Everclear
Big Audio Dynamite - 'Rush' from The Globe
Black Uhuru - 'Tip of the Iceberg feat. Ice-T' from Iron Storm
BoDeans - 'Good Things' from Black and White
Breathless - 'Help Me Get Over It' from Between Happiness and Heartache
Buddy Guy - 'Damn Right, I've Got the Blues' from Damn Right, I've Got the Blues
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine - 'Anytime Anyplace Anywhere' from 30 Something
Chapterhouse - 'Mesmerise' from Mesmerise single
The Cult - 'Wild Hearted Son' from Ceremony
Cypress Hill - 'How I Could Just Kill a Man' from Cypress Hill
Daniel Ash - 'This Love' from Coming Down
Depeche Mode - 'Death's Door' from Until the End of the World soundtrack


Dinosaur Jr - 'The Wagon' from Green Mind
Dramarama - 'Haven't Got a Clue' from Vinyl
Elvis Costello - 'The Other Side of Summer' from Mighty Like a Rose
EMF - 'Children' from Schubert Dip
Erasure - 'Chorus' from Chorus
The Farm - 'All Together Now' from Spartacus
fIREHOSE - 'Down with the Bass' from Flyin' the Flannel
Front 242 - 'Tragedy (For You)' from Tyranny (For You)
Fugazi - 'Reclamation' from Steady Diet of Nothing
Gary Numan - 'Heart' from Outland
The Golden Palominos - 'Alive and Living Now feat. Michael Stipe' from Drunk with Passion
Hoodoo Gurus - 'Miss Freelove '69' from Kinky
Inspiral Carpets - 'Please Be Cruel' from The Beast Inside
Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart - 'Visions of You feat. Sinead O'Connor' from Rising Above Bedlam
The Judybats - 'Native Son' from Native Son
 

Julian Cope - 'Beautiful Love' from Peggy Suicide
The KLF - '3 A.M. Eternal' from The White Room
Lush - 'Nothing Natural' from Black Spring EP
Machines of Loving Grace - 'Cicciolina' from Machines of Loving Grace
Marc Almond - 'The Days of Pearly Spencer' from Tenement Symphony
Massive Attack - 'Unfinished Sympathy' from Blue Lines
Material Issue - 'Valerie Loves Move' from International Pop Overthrow
Mercury Rev - 'Chasing a Bee' from Yerself is Steam
Michael Jackson - 'Black or White' from Dangerous
Motorhead - 'No Voice in the Sky' from 1916
Mr. Bungle - 'Carousel' from Mr. Bungle
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult - 'Sex on Wheelz' from Sexplosion!
The Nymphs - 'Imitating Angels' from The Nymphs
The Orb - 'Fluffy Little Clouds' from The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - 'Pandora's Box' from Sugar Tax


Pet Shop Boys - 'Was It Worth It?' from Discography: The Complete Singles Collection
The Psychedelic Furs - 'Until She Comes' from World Outside
Public Enemy - 'Bring tha Noize feat. Anthrax' from Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Back
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians - 'So You Think You're in Love' from Perspex Island
Screaming Trees - 'Alice Said' from Uncle Anesthesia
Simple Minds - 'See the Light' from Real Life
Single Gun Theory - 'From a Million Miles' from Millions, Like Stars in My Hands...
Teenage Fanclub - 'The Concept' from Bandwagonesque
Temple of the Dog - 'Say Hello 2 Heaven' from Temple of the Dog
Toad the Wet Sprocket - 'All I Want' from Fear
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - 'Kings Highway' from Into the Great Wide Open
Transvision Vamp - 'If Looks Could Kill' from Little Magnets Versus the Bubble of Bauble
Uncle Tupelo - 'Still Be Around' from Still Feel Gone
Voice of the Beehive - 'Monsters and Angels' from Honey Lingers
The Wonder Stuff - 'Caught in My Shadow' from Never Loved Elvis


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Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Best Albums of 1991


We are back with another Best Albums feature from a year gone by - if you missed 1985, check that out after you're done here. Let's go back 27 years - to the year when Sarah and I graduated from high school! Back in 1991, George H.W. Bush was finishing his term as President of the United States. Los Angeles police officers were caught on tape beating Rodney King; the officers acquittal would spark the L.A. Riots the following year. 35 nations united in a six-week battle against Iraq in Operation Desert Storm. Magic Johnson announced that he was HIV positive, ending his initial career in the NBA. Sonic the Hedgehog was released for the Sega Genesis game system. Terminator 2, Hook, The Silence of the Lambs & Beauty and the Beast were topping the box office charts. Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell launched the first Lollapalooza festival tour in Phoenix, Arizona. The world lost some major icons in 1991, with the deaths of actors Redd Foxx & Michael Landon, the founder of Fender instruments - Leo Fender, author Dr. Seuss and a whole slew of musicians: Miles Davis, Freddie Mercury, Serge Gainsbourg, Gene Clark (The Byrds), and Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers).

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 1991 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 1991 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. Pixies - Trompe le Monde
09. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
08. The Ocean Blue - Cerulean
07. Slowdive - Just for a Day
06. Morrissey - Kill Uncle
05. Lowlife - San Antorium
04. Ned's Atomic Dustbin - God Fodder
03. The Psychedelic Furs - World Outside
02. R.E.M. - Out of Time
01. U2 - Achtung Baby

Sarah Quarrie
Life on this Planet

10. Material Issue - International Pop Overthrow
09. The Wonder Stuff - Never Loved Elvis
08. R.E.M. - Out of Time
07. Texas - Mothers Heaven
06. Breathless - Between Happiness and Heartache
05. Kitchens of Distinction - Strange Free World
04. Ned's Atomic Dustbin - God Fodder
03. Jesus Jones - Doubt
02. Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
01. Smashing Pumpkins - Gish

Ron Marrs
New Orleans, Louisiana

10. Rowland S. Howard / Lydia Lunch - Shotgun Wedding
09. Swervedriver - Raise
08. Slowdive - Just for a Day
07. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
06. Nitzer Ebb - Ebbhead
05. Live - Mental Jewelry
04. Nirvana - Nevermind
03. Cranes - Wings of Joy
02. Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
01. Shadow Project - s/t

Rob Clark
Rockford, Illinois

10. Richard Thompson - Rumor & Sigh
09. Massive Attack - Blue Lines
08. Primal Scream - Screamadelica
07. Rain Tree Crow - s/t
06. Pearl Jam - Ten
05. U2 - Achtung Baby
04. Live - Mental Jewelry
03. The Tragically Hip - Road Apples
02. Chris Whitley - Living with the Law
01. Talk Talk - Laughing Stock


Jaymz Todd
Saturday Night Music Club

10. Type O Negative - Slow, Deep and Hard
09. Slint - Spiderland
08.Violent Femmes - Why Do Birds Sing?
07. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
06. Chapterhouse - Whirlpool
05. Coil - Love's Secret Domain
04. Prince - Diamonds and Pearls
03. Pearl Jam - Ten
02. Nitzer Ebb - Ebbhead
01. <PiG> - Praise the Lard

Mike Keddy
Western Massachusetts

10. Julian Cope - Peggy Suicide
09. Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
08. U2 - Achtung Baby
07.Slowdive - Just for a Day
06. Slint - Spiderland
05. Pearl Jam - Ten
04. Swervedriver - Raise
03. Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
02. Nirvana - Nevermind
01. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Jason Jones
Okinawa, Japan

10. Erasure - Chorus
09. Blur - Leisure
08. Nirvana - Nevermind
07. The Ocean Blue - Cerulean
06. Enya - Shepherd Moons
05. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Superstition
04. R.E.M. - Out of Time
03. Swans - White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
02. U2 - Achtung Baby
01. Morrissey - Kill Uncle

Sierra Anna Jones
Okinawa, Japan

10. This Mortal Coil - Blood
09. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Superstition
08. Morrissey - Kill Uncle
07. Chapterhouse - Whirlpool
06. Primal Scream - Screamadelica
05. Swans - White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
04. The Ocean Blue - Cerulean
03. Slowdive - Just for a Day
02. The Field Mice - For Keeps
01. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

John Magness
Uttoxeter, England

10. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Sugar Tax
09. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Superstition
08. Everything but the Girl - Worldwide
07. Pearl Jam - Ten
06. R.E.M. - Out of Time
05. Nirvana - Nevermind
04. Crowded House - Woodface
03. Billy Bragg - Don't Try This at Home
02. Eg and Alice - 24 Years of Hunger
01. Kirsty MacColl - Electric Landlady

STATS
56 different albums appeared in this feature
Which ones made it onto the most lists?
My Bloody Valentine (4), Nirvana (4), Pearl Jam (4), R.E.M. (4), Slowdive (4) and U2 (4)



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