Post Tagged with: "1980s"

Gimme Five: Ambient records from Brian Eno, Mickey Hart, Robert Fripp, others

Music serves all sorts of different functions for people, so it’s not surprising that for every Einstein On The Beach enthusiast — count me as one — there are 10 who will just have to leave the room

One Track Mind: Journey, "Feeling That Way/ Anytime" (1978; 2011 reissue)

This new Greatest Hits Vol. 2 is, in some ways, more interesting than Journey’s initial best-of compilation — if only because its songs haven’t necessarily become ear-wormingly familiar. Perhaps the most potent examples are these twin 1978 gems

Halloween Special: Frank Zappa – The Torture Never Stops DVD (2008)

What better way to spend Halloween than with (as it’s lovingly referred to in the liner notes) this thing?

On Second Thought: U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)

Back then, all I wanted was for people to just stop talking about U2. Oh my God, they were everywhere.

Peter Gabriel – New Blood: Live in London DVD (2011)

I was fine, mostly, with Peter Gabriel dumping the guitars and drums for his interpretations of other people’s work on Scratch My Back. There was considerably less excitement, though, for these looming orchestral interpretations of his own solo works

One Track Mind: Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays, "As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls" (1980)

I’ve listened to the side-long title track of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, oh, maybe just a couple of times in the last twenty years.

One Track Mind: Paul Simon, "Another Galaxy" (2006; 2011 reissue)

You could be forgiven if you thought a collaboration between folk-rocker Paul Simon and arty outsider Brian Eno would never work.

The Friday Morning Listen: The Sugarcubes – Life's Too Good (1988)

“Mark, it’s only a number.” That was the advice my mom had for me when it seemed like I wasn’t so happy to be turning 40.

Fergie Frederiksen – Happiness Is The Road (2011)

Dennis “Fergie” Frederiksen was, at one point, all over the radio. Then, just like that, he was gone.

Judas Priest — The Chosen Few (2011)

I’m the kind of guy that comes down firmly in the Iron Maiden camp every time the age-old Maiden or Priest argument comes up. I love Priest, but there’s something about Maiden that’s always appealed to me more.