Friday, December 18, 2015

High Moon Records Hits A Home Run With Its Reissue Of Love's 'Reel To Real'



I finally got around to picking up the reissue of Love's 1974 album 'Reel To Real.' Back in 2007 I wrote about how I thought the album deserved to be listened to again with fresh ears. Freed from the burden of unreasonable expectations, it is a very strong album, among the best Lee released post 'Forever Changes.' Eight years later it's finally been reissued by High Moon Records, the same label that gave Love's 'Black Beauty' its first legitimate release back in 2012. 'Black Beauty' began Lee's journey back to his R&B roots and 'Reel To Real' completes it.

I'm happy to report that High Moon has finally given 'Reel To Real' the treatment it deserves. The sound quality of the CD (mastered by Dan Hersch and Bill Inglot) is fantastic (I can't speak to the LP, which I haven't heard). There are fabulous liner notes by David Fricke that draw on interviews with Lee's former bandmates, as well as the Bill Oakes, the executive who signed Love to RSO Records (turns out he was hoping for something more like 'Forever Changes' as well). Best of all, the twelve bonus tracks included on the CD are fantastic. There are four previously unheard, fully produced outtakes written by Arthur Lee that are a genuine revelation. These alone make this release a must-purchase item for any Arthur Lee fan. There's also some alternate mixes that are arguably superior to the ones that appeared on the album and a studio rehearsal of the 'Forever Changes' outtake "Wonder People (I Do Wonder)."

I'm really pleased that this much misunderstood chapter in Arthur Lee's career is getting the fresh look it's long deserved. High Moon's work on this reissue is absolutely unassailable. Highly recommended.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Game Theory - Lolita Nation Reissue Coming February 6th



Omnivore Recordings just released this teaser for their upcoming reissue of Game Theory's Lolita Nation. Widely regarded as Game Theory's masterpiece, Lolita Nation has been out-of-print for decades and copies fetch crazy prices on CD. Coming on 2 X LP, 2 X CD, and digital download (free with LP) on February 6, 2016. Kenneth, what's the frequency?

Christmas Mix From 2007

Back in the early days of this blog I would post a yearly Christmas music mix. I brought back 2007's entry on MixCloud. Enjoy.

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Chills - Silver Bullets



For those of you who enjoyed "Night of Chill Blue," The Chills have a new album out today, their first full-length album of new material in 23 years.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Love's Reel To Real Finally To Be Reissued By High Moon Records


High Moon Records recently announced they will be reissuing Love's 1974 album Reel To Real on LP, CD and Digital Download with 11 bonus tracks.

Real To Real did not sell well on initial release, has never been reissued on CD, and has been out-of-print since for decades. For many years Reel To Real was held in disrepute by clueless music critics who could never forgive Arthur Lee for moving on from Forever Changes. It even made one authoritative "worst albums ever" list. But there has been a critical re-evaluation of it in recent years. I wrote about my rediscovery of of the album, and my realization that it was actually really good back in 2007.

Real To Real is not Arthur Lee's finest hour, but it's a terrific, soulful album that could have been a commercially successful new direction for Lee and his cohorts if things had unfolded a little differently. High Moon does fantastic work, and this will be well worth purchasing for any Love/Arthur Lee fan. My original goal for this blog was to raise the profile of music I thought had been unjustly overlooked, so I'm always happy to see one of the releases I championed reissued, especially when done with such obvious care and respect.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Cat Butt

My favorite Record Store Day 2015 find, a promotional photo of Cat Butt from Sub Pop Records. I can't imagine they printed a lot of these.

My local record store (In Your Ear) has a stack of promo photos that I had never bothered to look through before. On Record Store Day I noticed a young woman looking through the photos, and when she came across this promo photo of the legendary Sub Pop grunge act Cat Butt she started laughing and showing it to her friends. They all thought the fact that there was once a band called "Cat Butt" was hilarious. After she sat the photo down I grabbed it and gave her a long lecture about the importance of respecting her elders, followed by a dissertation on the aesthetics of great art.

I bought the photo with my Record Store Day purchases which included the OFF! BBC sessions 10" and the Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift 7". I'm pretty sure the store didn't actually charge me for it. Now I just have to find an appropriate frame.


Saturday, April 04, 2015

Dinner With Redd Kross

Here's a 1987 interview with Redd Kross by Albert O. of WBCN at the WBCN Studios in Boston, MA. It was released on a promo LP with music by Big Time Records as Dinner With Redd Kross. I deleted all the musical segments from the program, so this is just the interview. Topics covered include: TJ Hooker, Robbie Fields, Night Ranger, Joan Baez, Motley Crue, the LAPD, Erik Estrada, George Harrison, Jim and Tammy Fay Baker, Styper, The Partridge Family, Elton John, KISS, and Suzi Quatro.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Valentine For Your Heart

Cardio 15 [Valentine's Mix] by Pete Bilderback on Mixcloud


Here's a Valentine for your heart (your actual heart, the organ that pumps blood through your body).

I've been posting 30 minute mixes optimized for cardio workouts over at Mixcloud. The idea is pretty simple: each song averages between 120 and 160 beats per minute (generally considered the ideal range for cardio exercise). Personally, I've found it really is easier to keep moving at a brisk pace when the music falls in this ideal range. I've got a number of other cardio mixes up at Mixcloud as well.

There's a Mixcloud app for both iPhone/iOS and Android devices, so it's quite easy to access these mixes on the go.

Tracklist:

The Replacements - "Valentine"
Rockpile - "If Sugar Was As Sweet As You"
Talking Heads - "Love → Building On Fire"
The Modern Lovers - "Someone I Care About by The Modern Lovers"
David Bowie - "Modern Love"
The Slits - "Love Und Romance"
The Undertones - "Valentine's Treatment"
ABC - "Valentine's Day"
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours"
Marvin Gaye - "This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (Is Killing Me)"

Monday, January 26, 2015

Game Theory - Real Nighttime Pre-order Heads Up



I wanted to give you a heads up that the Omnivore Recordings reissue of Game Theory's Real Nighttime is available for pre-order now. The first 300 copies pre-ordered on LP from Omnivore will include a bonus flexi-disc of "Dead Center" that was originally intended to be distributed with copies of Option magazine. This was something Dan Vallor hinted at in my interview with him when he mentioned a "golden ticket" item, but he made me promise not to mention anything until plans were finalized. I kept my promise, but the cat's out of the bag now.

If you're a digital only person, don't freak out, the flexi-disc version of "Dead Center" was included on the recent CD reissue of Dead Center, this is really for the collector/fetishist types.

"Omnivore Recordings’ re-introduction of the Game Theory catalog continues with the 30th Anniversary reissue of Real Nighttime.

Their first in a long line of albums produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let’s Active), this version adds an astonishing 13 bonus tracks (10 previously unissued) to the original album’s lauded twelve. From hard-to-find compilation tracks to live and unheard material (including covers of songs by Gerry Rafferty and Queen), Real Nighttime now not only stands as the band’s breakthrough, but as a true document of their emergence into the annals of music history.

Available on CD and Digital, as well as a translucent red LP (with download card for entire CD program), Real Nighttime stands as a fan favorite, and as a truly classic release. Packaging includes rare photos and an interview with Mitch Easter and series co-producer Pat Thomas, as well as notes from Byron Coley (Spin, Forced Exposure) and a remembrance from Carl Newman of The New Pornographers.

The sun has risen once again on the Game Theory catalog. Now it’s time to prepare for the Real Nighttime."
    CD/LP/Digital Track List:
1. HERE COMES EVERYBODY
2. 24
3. WALTZ THE HALLS ALWAYS
4. I MEAN IT THIS TIME
5. FRIEND OF THE FAMILY
6. IF AND WHEN IT FALLS APART
7. CURSE OF THE FRONTIER LAND
8. RAYON DRIVE
9. SHE’LL BE A VERB
10. REAL NIGHTTIME
11. YOU CAN’T HAVE ME
12. I TURNED HER AWAY

     Bonus Tracks:
13. GIRL WITH A GUITAR
14. ANY OTHER HAND
15. FAITHLESS
16. BAKER STREET (Live)
17. THE RED BARON (Live)
18. IF AND WHEN IT FALLS APART (Live)
19. BEACH STATE ROCKING (Live)
20. SHE’LL BE A VERB (Live)
21. CURSE OF THE FRONTIER LAND (Live)
22. METAL AND GLASS EXACT (Live)
23. GIRL WITH A GUITAR (COMPLETE) (Live)
24. I TURNED HER AWAY (Live)
25. LILY OF THE VALLEY

     LP includes download card.