Friday, August 10, 2018

PREMIERE: DREKKA – “Lissajous”


Drekka is the long-running experimental electronic project of Bloomington, IN musician Mkl Anderson.  With heavy use of samples and field recordings, Drekka’s intricate soundscapes aren’t so much heard as they are felt.  His new album titled, Examinations: 2016-2018 will be released on September 14 via Anderson’s own Bluesanct label.
Today, Atlas and the Anchor is proud to premiere a track from the new album titled, “Lissajous”.  The eight-minute track uses field recordings of what sounds like a semi-truck that invokes driving down a desolate highway in the dead of night in a snowstorm and all of the nerve-wracking tension that ensues.
Pre-order Examinations: 2016-2018 here: https://drekka.bandcamp.com/album/examinations-2016-2018
Stream “Lissajous” here:

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

REISSUE: Zao – All Else Failed

Over twenty years ago, the modern metal masters, Zao released their statement-making debut album, All Else Failed, on Steadfast Records.  Released in 1996, when the band – featuring the classic lineup of drummer Jesse Smith, guitarist Roy Goudy, bassist Mic Cox and vocalist Shawn Jonas – were still considered a Christian band; the album introduced their unhinged and passionate metallic hardcore sound.  Though their lineup, lyrical ideals and sound would evolve over the years, and they would even re-record and re-release the songs on this album in 2003, the original recording remains a fan favorite. 
In celebration, Steadfast Records - the recently relaunched Cleveland-based label owned and operated by Matt Traxler (Brandtson, Six Feet Deep) – has remastered the original recording and reissued the album on vinyl for the very first time and is available on random colored and classic black 150gm vinyl.  Additionally, it is has been issued digitally and on limited edition red cassettes.         
For more info or to order: www.steadfastrecords.net
Stream the 2018 remastered version of the 1996 recording of All Else Failed here:

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

REISSUE: Telethon – The Grand Spontanean

Last fall, the Milwaukee-based indie rock band Telethon released their ambitious third album, The Grand Spontanean.  The truly epic 90-minute, 30-track conceptual album was produced by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Magic Bullets) and is constructed as a modern rock opera that incorporates catchy power-pop and anthemic emo-punk along with touches of ska, folk, country, heartland rock and Thin Lizzy-like classic rock, in a surprisingly cohesive blend.  Lyrically, the “tale told in five acts” focuses on modern technology and the addiction and anxiety it brings with an apocalyptic flair.  Guests that contributed to the album include, Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, Franz Nicolay of The Hold Steady and Roger Lima of Less Than Jake. 
The album garnered great reviews upon its original digital-only release on Halloween Records and now fellow Milwaukee label, Good Land Records has just reissued the album on an equally ambitious 2-LP with bonus 7” set.  Pressed onto sweet bubblegum pink, mint green and clear vinyl, The Grand Spontanean can now be enjoyed as it was intended.       
Stream The Grand Spontanean here:

Monday, July 30, 2018

REISSUE: Gomez – Bring It On 20th Anniversary Edition

The UK’s Gomez emerged at a time when Brit-pop was at its peak but theirs was a more unique and experimental sound that blended blues-rock and rootsy ramshackle folk with strange vintage synths and a chameleonic vocal style originating from the band’s three vocalists.  Consisting of Ian Ball, Ben Ottewell, Tom Gray, Paul Blackburn and Olly Peacock, the quintet’s fully-formed retro-minded yet modern debut album, Bring It On, was released in 1998 on Hut/Virgin Records and won the Mercury Prize that year, beating out contenders and label mates, Massive Attack and The Verve.  The album featured the singles, "Get Myself Arrested," "Whippin' Piccadilly," and "78 Stone Wobble," along with standout tracks “Get Miles” and “Tijuana Lady”.         
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Virgin/Ume has reissued Bring It On as a Super Deluxe 4-CD set that includes the album, remastered by Frank Arkwright (who originally mastered the album) at Abbey Road and includes 35 previously unreleased recordings including, covers of Neil Young's "Unknown Legend" and "T-Bone Walker's Mean Old World", the legendary early 4-track demos, BBC sessions and a live Glastonbury set from 1998; equaling over four and a half hours of music.  Additionally, the Super Deluxe set includes a lengthy essay written by music writer Paul Stokes, featuring new interviews with the band and those close to them.  It is also made available as a 2-LP set on 180g vinyl in either standard black or red and yellow colorway with gatefold packaging.    
For more info and to order: www.gomeztheband.com

Listen to the anthemic single “Get Myself Arrested” here:

Also, check out the psychedelic jangle-pop of “Collapse (Southport Version)” taken from the Super Deluxe version of Bring It On here:

Friday, July 27, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat

Deaf Wish – “FFS” (The aptly-titled Melbourne noise-rockers return today with Lithium Zion, their fifth album and second release for Sub Pop.  The quartet creates a barely-hinged blend of guitar-led garage-rock and post-punk.  Guitarist Sarah Hardiman takes the lead on vocals on the raging and moody standout single heard here and sounds like Kim Gordon.)   https://deafwishstyle.bandcamp.com/album/lithium-zion-2    

Lowhency Pierre – “Night Talker” (Led by its namesake vocalist/lyricist, the Brooklyn-based funk/soul/R&B band recently released their debut, EP1.   In addition to the smooth and malleable vocals of Pierre, the band - featuring bassist Jed Nimitz, drummer Daniel Kalbrosky and guitarist/keyboardist Andrew Connor of Ghosty – create warm, slightly psychedelic R&B-informed soul-pop vibes for a very promising debut.) https://lowhencypierre.bandcamp.com/album/ep1       

Hopesfall – “Faint Object Camera” (The N.C. post-hardcore band formed in 98 and lasted a decade before breaking up too soon in 2008.  Alas, they recently reformed and have released a new album, Arbiter, via producer Wil Putney’s Graphic Nature imprint under Equal Vison Records.  The excellent new album perfectly splits the difference between their dark, ethereal side and their louder yet highly-melodic riff-focused side for a most welcome return.) https://hopesfall.lnk.to/arbiter   

REISSUE: Coroner - R.I.P., Punishment For Decadence and No More Color

Coroner, the Swiss 80’s thrash metal legends - consisting of bassist/vocalist Ron Royce, guitarist Tommy T. Baron, and drummer Marquis Marky - were originally the road crew for Celtic Frost.  Breaking out on their own, the power trio formed in 1983 and disbanded in 1996, releasing five albums during that time.  In my opinion, their best was their fourth album, No More Color, released in 1989, which perfected their blend of intricate prog-rock and riff-focused thrash metal that balanced speed and technicality.  At the time, the band flew under the radar but they were your favorite band’s favorite band and their albums have become cult classics.  In 2010, Royce and Baron reformed the band with drummer Diego Rapacchietti and have played reunion shows and are rumored to be working on new music.   
Finally, Century Media/Sony Music has reissued the trio’s long out of print albums.  Out now, their 1987 debut, R.I.P., Punishment For Decadence (1988), the aforementioned No More Color, 1991’s Mental Vortex and their final album, Grin, released in 1993, have all been remastered and are available again on CD and vinyl for new generations to discover. 
For more info and to order:
Stream the thrash anthem “Die By My Hand” taken from the album, No More Color here:

Monday, July 23, 2018

3 Songs: Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction 30th Anniversary Reissue Edition

30 years ago, the rock music landscape was forever changed by the 1987 debut album, Appetite For Destruction by the L.A. band Guns N’ Roses.  In honor of and tribute to this beyond-legendary album, Geffen Records/Ume has reissued Appetite For Destruction in an incredibly massive new remastered and expanded edition that is a fitting tribute worthy of the album.
Led by the anthemic hit singles, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, “Paradise City” and the stadium rock standard “Welcome To The Jungle”; Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy and Steven created a defiant new sound that was bluesy, punk-informed and felt dangerous compared to the image-focused pop-metal that was coming out of the L.A. scene at the same time.  30 years later, the songs on Appetite For Destruction are classic rock station standards and will be so for generations to come and for good reason.
The remastered and expanded reissue of Appetite For Destruction is available in several different versions including digital and on a 2CD set which includes the original album remastered for the first time form the original analog tapes and a second disc of 18 B-sides and live versions highlighted by the unreleased track, “Shadow Of Your Love”.  A 180g 2LP set is available with a Hologroove Hologram of the GNR Logo on side four. 
The absolutely insane Locked N’ Loaded version will run you $1000, is detailed here: https://youtu.be/S8jOpcuLEs0 and features special items such as patches, a bandanna, guitar picks, replica show tickets from the era, a turntable mat, rings made in the image of each band member’s skull face from the album art and more.  A 5-disc Super Deluxe Version is also available, which includes the album and music videos from the album mixed in 5.1 on Blu-ray disc.
To celebrate this landmark album, here are 3 Songs from the reissue:       
“Shadow Of Your Love” – (One of the highlights from the box set is this unreleased studio recording, taken from the Appetite sessions with producer Mike Clink.  With punk rock fury and howling vocals, this track showcases the band’s early punk roots.)
        
“Welcome To The Jungle” – (This is the song that started it all and remains an inescapable anthem at sporting events, etc.) 
       
“November Rain” – (Though it wasn’t officially released until Use Your Illusion in 1991; the epic power-ballad, “November Rain” was actually written in 1986 during the Appetite sessions.  Listen here to a 10-minute, stripped-down, early version featuring only Axl at piano, some background vocals and a shaker.) 
       
Order here: https://gnrmerch.com/collections/appetite-for-destruction/?utm_source=UMe&utm_medium=Digital&utm_campaign=AFD

Friday, July 20, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Ume – “Crushed” (The Austin-based band - led by guitarist/vocalist Lauren Larson and husband, bassist Eric - returns today with their long-awaited third album, Other Nature, on Modern Outsider.  Best known for her passionate on stage performances, Lauren battled tendonitis and gave birth to her daughter in the years since their last release. Those vastly different experiences as well as the addition of drummer Aaron Perez and keyboardist Don Cento to the band, resulted in the band’s most melodic yet wildly punk-informed set of songs yet.  Check out the love song to her daughter here, with its guitars that contrast between lullaby-like chime and noisy eruptions, for the perfect introduction.) http://modernoutsider.com/artists/ume        

Jungle Rot – “Fearmonger” (Celebrating 25 years as a band, the Wisconsin death metal vets return with their self-titled tenth album today on Victory Records.  Produced by longtime collaborator, Chris Djuricic, the statement-making new album adds elements of 80’s thrash metal and more technicality to their brutally pummeling brand of old school death metal.  It also features guest vocals from Schmier of Destruction - as heard on the punishing single heard here - and a cover of Kreator’s classic, “Terrible Certainty”.  Additionally, Victory Records recently released their out of print sixth album, 2009’s What Horrors Await.  Double-dip and get both albums now!) http://www.jungle-rot.com/      

The Jayhawks – “Backwards Women” (Gary Louris and crew recently released a collaborative new album titled, Back Roads And Abandoned Motels.  The new album is the tenth for the band and debut for Legacy Recordings and was written by Louris alongside collaborators such as Jakob Dylan, Ari Hest, Emerson Hart of Tonic and the Dixie Chicks.  Performed by Louris and bassist Marc Perlman, percussionist/vocalist Tim O’Reagan, keyboardist/vocalist Karen Grotberg and multi-instrumentalist John Jackson; the new album is proof to why The Jayhawks have been able to make their distinct stamp on the music scene, with their wide-appeal to both country and indie rock audiences, for over thirty years.  Check out the honky-tonkin’ single, written with Nashville alt-country band The Wild Feathers, here.) http://www.jayhawksofficial.com/  

Liam Singer – “Test Tone” (The classically-trained Portland-based pianist/vocalist/composer recently released his fifth album, Finish Him via Birdwatcher Records.  Armed with a powerful yet peculiar voice that recalls both Elliot Smith and John Darnielle and an experimental spirit; Singer’s new album expands upon the chamber-pop origins of his previous work, highlighted by the stunning synth-driven single, with its retro-futuristic 80’s synths and sci-fi imagery, heard here.) https://liamsinger.bandcamp.com/album/finish-him-2
Stream: https://youtu.be/NZbZn8whOFQ

SHOW ALERT: Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, The Cult & Julien-K at The Rose Music Center 7/22

Two of the best alternative rock band of the 90’s, Stone Temple Pilots and Bush are teaming up with one of the best rock bands from the 80’s, The Cult for the Revolution 3 Tour.  Also joining them is electro-rock band Julien-K.  These four powerhouse bands will make a stop at The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, July 22.
90’s alt-rock survivors, Stone Temple Pilots, suffered the death of two vocalists (the charismatic yet troubled original vocalist Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park) in the last three years; yet brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo along with drummer Eric Kretz have soldiered on with a new vocalist and a new self-titled album, released earlier this year on Rhino Records.  The recently recruited vocalist, Jeff Gutt – who first tasted fame on the TV singing competition X-Factor - adopts Weiland’s distinct wail almost too-perfectly but as always, the brothers DeLeo know their way around a glam-soaked and psychedelic hard-rock riff. http://stonetemplepilots.com/
Bush – led by Gavin Rossdale – absolutely dominated the airwaves in the 90’s with their 1994 breakout debut album, Sixteen Stone with its five hit singles, “Everything Zen”, “Comedown”, “Little Things”, “Machinehead”, and “Glycerine”.  They remained in the spotlight throughout the 90’s before dissolving in 2001.  Rossdale reformed the band in 2010 with a new lineup consisting of original drummer Robin Goodridge, guitarist Chris Traynor and bassist Corey Britz and has released three more albums with the latest being 2017’s Black And White Rainbows. http://bushofficial.com/
Influential British rock band, The Cult – led by vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy – blended 60’s psychedelia, 70’s classic rock grandeur and 80’s post-punk sensibilities into a hard rock sound that was wholly unique.  They are best known for their hits, “She Sells Sanctuary”, “Rain”, “Fire Woman”, “Sweet Soul Sister” and “Edie (Ciao Baby)”.  Their latest album, Hidden City was released in 2016. https://www.facebook.com/officialcult/   
Rounding out the bill is the California-based electro-rock band Julien-K. The band formed in 2003 and is the brainchild of Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck, formerly of 90’s synth-rockers Orgy.  They have released four successfully crowd-funded albums and most recently released, Time Capsule: A Future Retrospective, a massive 4-disc 64-song collection consisting of unreleased songs, b-sides, never heard before remixes, and live versions of some of their biggest hits in 2017. They are currently working on their fifth, Harmonic Disruptor, due for release early next year. http://www.julienk.com/
Watch the recently released video for Julien-K’s single, “Photo Voltaire”, taken from their 2015 album, California Noir here:

Friday, July 13, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)


Major Murphy – “Strangers” (The Michigan-based trio - Jacob Bullard, Jacki Warren and Brian Voortman - recently released their stunning album, No. 1 via Winspear.  The album showcases their jangly and incredibly catchy blend of Beatles-esque psych-pop and 70’s classic rock.  Now they have released a new single, a cover of The Kink’s “Strangers” via their Bandcamp page as a “pay what you want” download.  All profits from the track will be donated to the Fianza Fund, an organization that supports migrants being detained at the southern U.S. border.) https://majormurphy.bandcamp.com/album/no-1  

Jenn Champion – “Coming For You” (The chameleonic Seattle musician drops the guitars and the “S” moniker to make her foray in to 80’s synth-pop complete with her new album, Single Rider, out today on Hardly Art.  As Jenn Champion, she champions neon-lit synths and danceable electronic rhythms, perfectly introduced on the Samantha Fox-like single, “O.M.G. (I’m All Over It)” and on the dark yet sparkling standout track heard here.) https://jennchampion.bandcamp.com/album/single-rider

Luluc – “Heist” (The Brooklyn psych-folk duo of multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer Steve Hassett and songwriter/vocalist Zoe Randell are set to release their long-awaited third album, Sculptor, today on Sub Pop.  The new album was co-produced with The National’s Aaron Dessner and features guest contributions from Dessner as well as J. Mascis, Dave Nelson, Matt Eccles of Weyes Blood and Jim White of the Dirty Three; though the spotlight remains on the duo’s dreamy atmospheric melodies, poignant lyrics and close-knit harmonies.) https://luluc.bandcamp.com/album/sculptor

The Ophelias – “General Electric” (The Cincinnati art-pop band consisting of, bassist Grace Weir, guitarist/lyricist Spencer Peppet, percussionist Micaela Adams, and violinist/pianist Andrea Gutmann Fuentes, are set to release their sophomore album, Almost, today on Joyful Noise Recordings.  Produced by Why?’s Yoni Wolf, the new album is filled with sparkling folk-pop with atmospheric baroque instrumentation and bittersweet ear-worming melodies that recall 90’s faves that dog.) https://ophelias.bandcamp.com/album/almost