Friday, March 10, 2017

Planet Rotations #226: Side Projects / Solo Albums / Offshoot Bands

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.

On the second Friday of each month, Sarah and I select a theme for our weekly playlist. For March's theme, we listened to solo albums, side projects and offshoot bands of various artists that we enjoy. We each featured 12 albums that we played in full - the first batch are mine, the second are hers. You'll also notice a 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
Babacar - s/t
(side project from Caroline Crawley - formed after Shelleyan Orphan went on hiatus shortly after the release of Humroot in 1992)

Justin Sullivan - Navigating by the Stars
(solo album from New Model Army frontman)

Porno for Pyros - s/t
(offshoot band from Perry Farrell & Stephen Perkins - formed in 1992 after the initial breakup of Jane's Addiction)

Lightships - Electric Cables
(solo album from Gerard Love of Teenage Fanclub)

Love Spit Love - s/t
(offshoot band from Richard Butler - formed when The Psychedelic Furs went on hiatus in 1992)

Lou Reed & John Cale - Songs for Drella
(collaborative solo album from Lou Reed & John Cale of The Velvet Underground)

Retribution Gospel Choir - 2
(side project from Alan Sparhawk of Low)

Gas Giants - From Beyond the Back Burner
(offshoot band from Robin Wilson & Phillip Rhodes - formed in 1997 after the short-lived break up of the Gin Blossoms)

Mike Ness - Under the Influences
(second solo album from Social Distortion frontman)

Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space
(offshoot band from Jason Pierce - formed in 1990 after the breakup of Spaceman 3)

Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
(18th solo album from the one-time member of Gram Parson's Fallen Angels band)

Peter Hook & The Light - 1102/2011 EP
(offshoot band from Peter Hook of Joy Division & New Order; features Rowetta of Happy Mondays on vocals)


Sarah's 12
Bad Lieutenant - Never Cry Another Tear
(side project from Bernard Sumner - formed in 2007 after the 2nd breakup of New Order)

Haunted Hearts - Initiation
(side project from Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls & her husband Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles)

Fever Ray - s/t
(debut solo album from Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife)

The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
(side project from Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys & Miles Kane of The Rascals)

Recoil - Recoil: Selected
(side project of Alan Wilder - formerly of Depeche Mode)

Bernard Butler - People Move On
(debut solo album from co-songwriter / original guitarist of Suede)

Sister Vanilla - Little Pop Rock
(side project from William & Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain with their sister Linda)

Black Submarine - New Shores
(side project from Nick McCabe & Simon Jones of The Verve, with Davide Rossi of Goldfrapp - formed shortly before the 2009 breakup of The Verve)

SPC ECO - Under My Skin EP
(offshoot band from Dean Garcia with his daughter Rose Berlin - formed after the breakup of Curve)

Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
(third solo album from Jenny Lewis - formerly of Rilo Kiley)

Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital
(side project from Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade)

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton - Knives Don't Have Your Back
(debut solo album from the singer of Metric)

Listen to our ongoing Spotify Planet Rotations Playlist!

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