Friday, December 02, 2016

Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue

In 1991 - the “year punk broke” as Sonic Youth so eloquently put it – three albums exploded into the mainstream, ushering in the “grunge” or alternative rock movement and changing the music scene forever; Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pearl Jam’s Ten and Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden.  It was Soundgarden’s second major label album and third altogether and was led by inescapable hits such as “Rusty Cage”, “Outshined” and Jesus Christ Pose”.  Their sound was much heavier and darker than their counterparts at the time but was no less catchy. 
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Badmotorfinger’s release, Soundgarden has recently released perfectly remastered and beautifully repackaged reissues of the album via UMe.  There are several different options including a double vinyl version with an etching on the fourth side, a 2-CD deluxe edition that includes bonus studio outtakes and seven live tracks taken from their legendary 1992 performance at the Paramount.
Additionally, a Super Deluxe edition of the album is available for diehard collectors that consists of 109 Tracks – 79 unreleased tracks, videos and mixes spanning seven discs that include the complete Paramount Theatre concert from March 6, 1992 on 2CDs & DVD and a second DVD with their out of print 1992 home video MOTORVISION along with 11 more previously unreleased performance videos from the era.  Also included is a Blu-ray audio disc with the newly remastered original album mixed in 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround Sound for a studio quality listening experience. 
Everything is packaged in a large box – that should win a Grammy for its packaging - with a battery-powered spinning Badmotorfinger icon and a 52-page booklet featuring new art, photos and commemorative testimonials from fellow musicians and peers.  Along with a 12-inch 3D lenticular litho of the album cover’s icon in silver foil, 8x10 inch photo prints of each band member, and two stickers and an iron-on patch.
It is a perfectly put together set and a proper testament to the album’s importance and lasting legacy.

Listen to the studio outtake of “Rusty Cage” taken from the 25th anniversary edition of Badmotorfinger here:

Friday, November 18, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Gentle Hits – “Walk Out” (The Phoenix folk-rock trio features former members of Dear And The Headlights and their self-titled debut album is out today via Porch Party Records.  Their rustic brand of folk-leaning indie rock is led by vocalist/guitarist Ian Metzger’s distinctly aching vocal style that is matched by the emotionally-charged ruminations on life, love and loss.  Basically, fans of DATH will not be disappointed!)

Wolf People – “Night Witch” (The British band recently released their third album, Ruins via Jagjaguwar.  The excellent new album shows the band branching out with hints of hip-hop inspiration in their thunderous beats and elements of shoegaze blended into their fuzzed-out guitar freakouts; added to their already heavy, blues and folk-soaked brand of psych-rock.)    

Mike Watt – “Against The ‘70s (Live)” (In 1995, the punk rock pioneer and former bassist of The Minutemen and fIREHOSE released his first solo album, Ball-hog or Tugboat? via Columbia Records.  For each eclectic track, he assembled a different lineup culled from an all-star cast of 90’s alt-rock stars and 80’s punk friends – including members of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, that dog. and Dinosaur Jr. among others - to bring his vision to life yet it was his warped sense of humor and stunning bass playing that held the spotlight.  Out now on Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, is the ring speil tour ’95 live album that was recorded during his legendary tour stop at the Metro in Chicago in May of 1995 along with a backing band that featured Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, and William Goldsmith.)  

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Temple Of The Dog – 25th Anniversary Reissue

Temple Of The Dog, the Seattle supergroup consisting of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and drummer for both bands, Matt Cameron; released their one and only eponymous album – led by the standout single, “Hunger Strike” - back in April of 1991, a whole six months before Pearl Jam’s Ten and Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger were unleashed upon the world and the “grunge” movement took over the airwaves. 
In celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary, the band recently reunited and is currently on a sold out tour – after previously only playing a handful of shows in Seattle in 1990.  Additionally, they have reissued their debut album - via UMe - which has been updated with a new mix from longtime collaborator Brendan O'Brien and is packaged in a couple of configurations including a deluxe two-CD set, a single CD and a double-LP. 
For the die-hard collectors there is a four-disc Super Deluxe edition which includes: 7 demos - 5 unreleased including 2 songs that didn't make final album sessions: "Angel of Fire" and "Black Cat" as well as 5 studio outtakes newly mixed from multi-tracks by Adam Kasper – "Say Hello 2 Heaven", "Reach Down", "Pushin Forward Back", "Wooden Jesus" and "All Night Thing".  Also included are a Blu-ray audio disc with a studio-worthy 5.1 sound mix and a DVD with rare, previously unseen and unreleased live performances including, their surprise Lollapalooza performance.  Everything is beautifully packaged in a magnetic flip top box that includes a booklet with lyrics as well as new liner notes by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke and a lenticular sticker and poster.  A true “must have” for fans of the band!

Watch “Hunger Strike” here:

Friday, November 11, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Nada Surf – “Inside Of Love” (Earlier this spring, the veteran indie-pop band released their eighth album, You Know Who You Are, and now they return with their new live album,  Peaceful Ghosts (Live with the Babelsberg Film Orchestra), out now on Barsuk Records.  The album features fan favorites that span their 20 year career including “Inside Of Love”, as its already heartstring-pulling melodies are bolstered by dramatic swells of strings that exemplifies the project.  As a Noisetrade exclusive, you can download 4 of the tracks for free here:   

Terry Malts – “Seen Everything” (For their highly-anticipated third album, Lost At The Party, out now via Slumberland Records, the San Fran. trio – featuring former members of Magic Bullets – recorded in a studio for the first time, shaking the lo-fi tag and returning to their recent roots as they subtract some of the retro-punk grime and add in more of their former project’s style of melancholic power-pop for their best and most immediate album yet.)  

Courtney Marie Andrews – “Irene” (After recently touring in Damien Jurado’s band and contributing vocals to Jimmy Eat World albums, the Washington-based singer-songwriter is ready once again for the spotlight with her sixth solo album, Honest Life, out now via Mama Bird Recording Co.  Andrews creates an easy-going country and folk-leaning brand of Americana with her stunning voice that recalls both Linda Ronstadt and Linda Thompson.)     

Thursday, November 10, 2016

20 Years on the Street: Vinyl Reissues from Vagrant Records including, The Anniversary

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Vagrant Records is reissuing some of their classic albums on vinyl.  Released in phases, phase one includes limited edition colored vinyl from Senses Fail and Rocket From The Crypt. 
The second phase spotlights late 90’s/early 2000’s indie rock favorites The Anniversary and the one-two punch of  their synth-heavy and emotionally-charged debut, Designing A Nervous Breakdown  and their 60’s and 70’s rock-indebted sophomore swan song, Your Majesty. 
DANB was available in a primary colors tri-color version that quickly sold out and is still available in lime, light blue and red versions each limited to 300.  YM was reissued on limited orange swirl (400) and classic black.          
There are more great reissues to come from Vagrant such as classics from Saves The Day, Alkaline Trio, Hot Rod Circuit and the Get Up Kids so stay tuned...      

Additionally, The Anniversary is making another round of their reunion tour this weekend with the following tour dates:
11/10 – Norman, OK @ Opolis (w/ Carly Gwin and the Sin)
11/11 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder (w/ The Single Issues and Grand Champeen)
11/12 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey (w/ The Single Issues and Grand Champeen)

Watch The Anniversary – “All Things Ordinary”: