Saturday, December 3, 2011

Planet Rotations #20

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. I am a big fan of the album format, and love to experience the entire album 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 any music lover, I love to share what I'm listening to and discover some new things from friends. Here's my playlist for this week. Please put your lists in the comments below, or interact at the Life On This Planet Facebook Page.

The first disc of the epic 69 song set.
Key Tracks:  I Don't Believe In The Sun, I Think I Need A New Heart, Parades Go By
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Just released this week. The remastered, deluxe edition of the first Pumpkins album. An extra disc of unreleased material and a live show on DVD. Very nice.
Buy on Amazon

Former Jane's Addiction bass player's debut solo album.
Key Tracks: Belly Of An Insect, All Remote And No Control, Maybe, Unexploded
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The latest solo LP from the Suede frontman.
Key Tracks:  Brittle Heart, Crash About To Happen, Unsung, Possession
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One of my favorites from The Bad Seeds.
Key Tracks:  Into My Arms, There Is A Kingdom, Are You The One That I've Been Waiting For?
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Just picked up this 10" vinyl on Record Store Day's Black Friday. If you'd like to grab a digital copy of this limited release, it is on Disc 2 of The Complete Prestige Sessions - linked below.
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Bowie's often over-looked, 1967 debut LP.
Key Tracks:  Uncle Arthur, There Is A Happy Land, When I Live My Dream, Silly Boy Blue
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SRV's 1983 debut LP. Wow, what a great guitar tone.
Key Tracks:  Texas Flood, Lenny, Testify, Pride And Joy
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Alex Chilton's (Big Star) first band.
Key Tracks:  The Letter, Soul Deep
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Their huge 1991 LP.
Key Tracks:  The Concept, December, Star Sign, What You Do To Me
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The followup to Achtung Baby. I love it.
Key Tracks:  Zooropa, Stay, Lemon, The First Time
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My Dad is a huge Sinatra fan and this week was his birthday, so when he was over we listened to this record.
Key Tracks: The Girl From Ipanema, Quiet Night Of Quiet Stars
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Found this on vinyl the other day. The four acoustic tracks on one side, their early EP on the other.
Key Tracks:  Patience, Used To Love Her, Mama Kin
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The JAMC's great second album.
Key Tracks: Darklands, On The Wall, Deep One Perfect Morning
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Although Bradley is in his 60s, he was just recently signed. This is his 2011 debut LP.
Key Tracks: The World (Is Going Up In Flames), No Time For Dreaming, Why Is It So Hard
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One of the best albums of all time.
Key Tracks:  The whole thing.  Do it.
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The final album by The Smiths.
Key Tracks:  Death Of A Disco Dancer, Girlfriend In A Coma, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
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The most recent album from Moz.
Key Tracks:  Something Is Squeezing My Skull, It's Not Your Birthday Anymore, When I Last Spoke To Carol
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M83's brand new album. Really, really digging this one. Buy it.
Key Tracks:  Intro, Midnight City, Wait, Reunion
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Dark and so very intense.
Key Tracks:  The Figurehead, One Hundred Years, A Strange Day
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2004 album from The Cure. The vinyl has several extra tracks.
Key Tracks: End Of The World, I Don't Know What's Going On, Taking Off
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The latest Wilco record. I don't know, not really feeling this too much.
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The Peppers' newest. I dig it.
Key Tracks:  Brendan's Death Song, The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie, Happiness Loves Company
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A really impressive, fourth LP from England's Frank Turner.
Key Tracks:  I Am Disappeared, Rivers, Peggy Sang The Blues
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The Raveonettes - Raven In The Grave
Great for a rainy day - that day was today. This, their latest LP is a gem.
Key Tracks: Forget That You're Young, My Time's Up, Summer Moon
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Tom Waits - Bad As Me
The brand new record from Waits. Pretty damn good.
Key Tracks: Chicago, Back In The Crowd, New Year's Eve
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Moby - Destroyed
Moby's newest.
Key Tracks: The Day, Sevastopol, Blue Moon
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TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
You need to get this one. Really, really good.
Key Tracks:  Second Song, You, Killer Crane
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White Lies - Ritual
Second record from this British outfit. The track 'Bigger Than Us' is one of the best singles of the year.
Key Tracks:  Bigger Than Us, Is Love
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New Order - Movement
Following the death of Ian Curtis, the other three members of Joy Division changed their name and released Movement, their 1981 debut.
Key Tracks:  Dreams Never End, Denial, Truth
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Emmylou Harris - Hard Bargain
2011 album contains a beautiful tribute to Gram Parsons called 'The Road.' Amazing.
Key Tracks:  The Road, My Name Is Emmett Till, Home Sweet Home
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Steve Earle - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Earle's excellent album - also from 2011.
Key Tracks: This City, Every Part Of Me, The Gulf Of Mexico, God Is God
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