Japan’s Quiet Life Gets Another Listen

Released in 1979, Japan’s third album Quiet Life marked a stylistic turning point from the London group’s glam-rock beginnings and the electronic, experimental art-pop they’d pursue in the early ‘80s. On March 5th, BMG will release an expanded CD edition of the album, appending B-sides, non-album singles, alternate mixes and an entire live show recorded… Continue reading Japan’s Quiet Life Gets Another Listen

Early Richard Pryor Records Restored, Expanded

Richard Pryor’s first two albums, individually out of print for years, were at least included in full on a pair of archival collections released in the early-to-mid aughts: the first disc of 2000’s …And It’s Deep Too! 9-CD box set from Rhino was Pryor’s self-titled 1968 debut album for Dove/Reprise, and the entirety of his… Continue reading Early Richard Pryor Records Restored, Expanded

Jane Birkin Gives Us a Wakeup Call

Translated as “Oh! Sorry you were sleeping…” the forthcoming album from Jane Birkin, Oh! Pardon tu dormais… was initially inspired by a theatrical play Birkin had written, but “gradually, we moved away from this and more pressing, urgent themes emerged,” the 74-year-old singer, actress and fashion icon says. “Little by little, we drifted towards other… Continue reading Jane Birkin Gives Us a Wakeup Call

Bryan Ferry Releases Royal Albert Hall Bookends

A little over a year ago, a CD was released of a Bryan Ferry concert from the Royal Albert Hall in 1974, on which he was backed up by members of Roxy Music on live renditions of primarily cover songs from his first two solo albums, These Foolish Things (1973) and Another Time, Another Place… Continue reading Bryan Ferry Releases Royal Albert Hall Bookends

1970 Rollin’ in Sight for Dylan Fans

Columbia Records already put out an album cobbled together from outtakes from the sessions for Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait and New Morning LPs – released without Dylan’s involvement to near-universal derision in 1973, during the very brief period Bob had left Columbia for Asylum Records, Dylan consisted solely of covers of other people’s material. The… Continue reading 1970 Rollin’ in Sight for Dylan Fans

See the Band with the Stage Fright

I’ve never been a huge fan of The Band other than whenever they were somebody’s backing group, and I at least partially hold their precedent to blame for that recent (and hopefully waning) wave of obnoxious bearded-hipster folk-rock revival acts that dress like they just returned from a Civil War battle. But I also recently… Continue reading See the Band with the Stage Fright

Lennon, Dylan Covered on Bowie Birthday Single

On what would have been David Bowie’s 74th birthday – January 8th – a new 7-inch limited to 8,147 copies (is there some significance to that number that I’m not aware of, or is it random?) will be released featuring previously unheard recordings of Bowie covering John Lennon’s “Mother” and Bob Dylan’s “Tryin’ to Get… Continue reading Lennon, Dylan Covered on Bowie Birthday Single

Don’t Return This Gift: New Gang of Four Box

Soon after guitarist Andy Gill’s unexpected early February passing (of a respiratory ailment, following a November tour of China – you do the math) the surviving original members of the Gang of Four set out to reaffirm the post-punk standard bearers’ legacy. Gill had been performing with other musicians under the Go4 banner since vocalist… Continue reading Don’t Return This Gift: New Gang of Four Box

Teenage Fanclub Invite Us to Their Endless Arcade

Teenage Fanclub return with their latest album, Endless Arcade, which Merge Records will release in the U.S. on April 30. The longstanding Scottish pop-rockers have gifted fans an advance taste of Endless Arcade with a video of the single version of sublime opening song, “Home.” The album version extends to seven minutes. Endless Arcade is… Continue reading Teenage Fanclub Invite Us to Their Endless Arcade

Richard Hell Repaves His Destiny Street

Richard Hell & the Voidoids’ second and final album, Destiny Street, had a troubled story from the start. After the band’s original lineup disintegrated, for a few interim years Hell occupied his time with acting and smack, while different players shifted in and out of the Voidoids. When Destiny Street finally came out in 1982,… Continue reading Richard Hell Repaves His Destiny Street