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 a portion of my playlist for this week. Please put your lists in the comments below, or interact at the Life On This Planet Facebook Page.
Picked up the new vinyl reissue this week at one of my favorite local shops - Hoodlums. Wow, just an excellent album from Stephen Merritt and company. Do yourself a favor and get this.
The late Alex Chilton gets his post- Box Tops / pre- Big Star recordings reissued.
The brand new, second LP from The Big Pink. Been enjoying this one a lot since it's release last week. No sophomore slump here.
This live show from November 9th, 1981 - recorded at the Hammersmith Palais - originally appeared alongside the Mask album in the 2008 Omnibus Edition. [It also saw an expensive vinyl release] Now you can grab it in all of its glory - this is a fantastic show. You don't need me to tell you, click on the title.
Eno's second solo album. Contains 'Third Uncle' - a frantic track that Bauhaus covered.
The Boss's all-acoustic record from 1982. Originally recorded as demos for a full band effort, Springsteen decided to release as-is, a decision that would establish it as one of his best albums.
The 1968 debut from Marc Bolan. Produced by Tony Visconti, who later went on to work with David Bowie, Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Paul McCartney, etc.
After leaving The Byrds, Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons created The Flying Burrito Brothers. The Gilded Palace Of Sin is their amazing debut. The band only lasted for one more LP before GP went solo.
The cool thing seems to be to rip on Lana Del Rey, however that's not going to happen here. 'Video Games', 'Blue Jeans' and 'Born To Die' - all three tracks I immediately loved upon the first listen - how often does that happen? And even more, I'm digging the whole thing - 'National Anthem' and 'Diet Mountain Dew' - great.
Such a killer album. Features the rhythm section of Hunt and Tony Sales - who would later go on to be bandmates alongside Bowie in Tin Machine. If you don't own this LP, buy it now... seriously.
Hadn't listened to this one in years. From 2000 - it's a strong album in The Dots' extensive catalog.
As you probably know, I am a huge David Bowie fan. This week I enjoyed Starman - the new Bowie biography that my Dad got me for my birthday back in September. I also listened to every single Bowie record from 1969-1980 while reading. I picked The Man Who Sold The World here, because it features Tony Visconti producing and on bass guitar - just the week before I read his biography.