Thursday, October 19, 2017

Planet Rotations #246: Goth Week 2017

In the age of digital music, we tend to skip through albums, listening to one or two tracks - missing some of the deeper cuts that may be brilliant. We are huge fans of the album format, and love to experience the entire collection the way the artist intended. Listening to one or two songs is like randomly reading a few chapters of a book and expecting to understand the completed work. Like all music lovers, we love to share what we're listening to and discover some new things from friends.

Sarah and I are immersed in a total Goth listening fest for the month of October. Below you will find 6 albums that we each selected from this week's listening - the first 2 rows are mine, the second 2 are Sarah's. You'll also notice a Spotify player at the bottom, which features a song from each album. This is an ongoing playlist that you can follow directly on Spotify. Please put your own lists in the comments below, or interact at the Life On This Planet Facebook or Twitter. 

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Bret's 6
Tones on Tail - s/t
Clan of Xymox - Medusa
Christian Death - Ashes
Love is Colder Than Death - Oxeia
And Also the Trees - Angelfish
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Blow

Sarah's 6
Collide - Color of Nothing
Esben and the Witch - Wash the Sins Not Only the Face
Camouflage - Voices & Images
IAMX - The Unified Field
Chelsea Wolfe - Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs
Them Are Us Too - Remain

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday Night Music Club #44: Goth Night #4 - Friday the 13th Edition

We are back with a new edition of Saturday Night Music Club! The SNMC started up as an idea I had years ago - to recapture the feeling of being a kid and getting together with your friends in the basement to listen and discuss music. Over the last few years we've re-capped our monthly get-togethers with a video feature. For the time being, we are replacing the video aspect of the SNMC with a blog feature, where each member of the club will briefly discuss their record. A track from each album (when available) is collected in an ongoing SNMC Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post. So please listen in and enjoy the tunes along with us.

This month's theme: Goth Night. The SNMC gathered once again for our 4th Annual Goth Night, and to make it extra spooky, festivities were held on Friday the 13th. We each had to inflict a record that honored the Dark Arts, so that included Industrial, Darkwave, Deathrock, Horror Punk, Gothabilly, Horror Soundtracks, etc. Brent ignited the Nag Champa & candelabra, Thalia recited William Blake from an aged parchment scroll, and of course Jaymz and Jesse donned their most sinister garments!

BRET HELM
Red Temple Spirits - Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon
Nate Starkman & Son | 1988
Favorite Song:
Electric Flowers
What is DARK about this album?:
Everything. It opens with a track called 'Exorcism'
Describe this album in one sentence:
Tribal, primal, shamanistic, full moon dance around the bonfire in the desert music
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
I was voted The Most Goth in the Club via punch card ballot

SARAH QUARRIE
The Mission - God's Own Medicine
Mercury | 1986
Favorite Song:
Stay With Me
What is DARK about this album?:
This is the quintessential album that made Goth Rock a shadowy figure on the UK music charts
Describe this album in one sentence:
Harlequin romance for pagans
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
VII

KATE FULTON-TODD
Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks Soundtrack
Death Waltz Recording Co. | 2016; Originally released on Warner Bros. | 1990
Favorite Song:
Twin Peaks Theme
What is DARK about this album?:
The mood - it is a soundtrack about a murder after all
Describe this album in one sentence:
Building a mystery
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
1
(Editor's note: 3)

DREAM GOTH JESSE
The Mission - Carved in Sand
Mercury | 1990
Favorite Song:
Butterfly On a Wheel
What is DARK about this album?:
Some of the lyrical content: child abuse, depression, dropping acid
Describe this album in one sentence:
Gloomy, Beatlesque Britpop
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
-1
(Editor's note: Not true)

JONATHAN SALISBURY
Goblin - Profondo Rosso Soundtrack (aka Deep Red)
Ariola | 1975
Favorite Song:
Profondo Rosso
What is DARK about this album?:
It is music composed to scenes of humans getting stabbed in Dario Argento's film Deep Red
Describe this album in one sentence:
Spooky prog rock with break beats
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
10 (on the Beach Goth scale)

BRENT BERG
The Sisters of Mercy - First and Last and Always
Merciful Release / Elektra | 1985
Favorite Song:
Logic
What is DARK about this album?:
Goth sucks
(Editor's note: Also not true)
Describe this album in one sentence:
Sunshine on a rainy day
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
-10%

THALIA 'RAVEN' WILLIAMS
The Sisters of Mercy - First and Last and Always
Merciful Release / Elektra | 1985
Favorite Song:
Marian
What is DARK about this album?:
Gloomy vocals, dancey basslines, lots of 80s synth. This album just encompasses that traditional gothic sound
Describe this album in one sentence:
Transports me back to Atomic Cafe days - dancing to all the finest goth songs; when I think of the genre, this band comes to mind with immediacy
(Editor's note: The Atomic Cafe was a club in Scottsdale, AZ in the 90s. The owner - Randall Goodwin - closed up shop and re-opened in Austin, TX. In 1999, Randall passed away and the club closed down)
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
66.6%

JAYMZ TODD
Prick - s/t
Nothing / Interscope | 1995
Favorite Song:
I Got It Bad
What is DARK about this album?:
Turn out the lights and watch the glow from the moon
Describe this album in one sentence:
Nineteen Ninety-Five
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
12 - Once you go Goth, you never go back



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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Best Albums of 1980: Honorable Mentions

We hope that you enjoyed our huge feature on The Best Albums of 1980. If you happened to miss it - please click here.

There were so many great releases that didn't get included in the Best Albums of 1980 feature - since we limited ourselves to the Top 10. In this post you will find 12 more albums that Sarah and I selected that needed to be represented. A track from each album is added to the playlist at the bottom - and we threw in 60 extra songs that we thoroughly enjoy. We hope you do too! So without further delay, here are our Honorable Mentions for 1980.

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The Clash - Sandinista!
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Damned - The Black Album
George Jones - I Am What I Am
The Human League - Travelogue
John Foxx - Metamatic
Neil Diamond - The Jazz Singer Soundtrack
Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
Ramones - End of the Century
The Selecter - Too Much Pressure
Simple Minds - Empires and Dance
Visage - s/t


ABBA - 'The Winner Takes it All' from Super Trouper
AC/DC - 'You Shook Me All Night Long' from Back in Black
Adam and the Ants - 'Antmusic' from Kings of the Wild Frontier
Air Supply - 'Lost in Love' from Lost in Love
Alice Cooper - 'Clones (We're All)' from Flush the Fashion
The Associates - 'A' from The Affectionate Punch
The B-52's - 'Give Me Back My Man' from Wild Planet
Bad Manners - 'Special Brew' from Ska 'n' B
The Birthday Party - 'The Friend Catcher' from The Birthday Party
Black Uhuru - 'Happiness' from Sinsemilla
Blondie - 'Call Me' from American Gigolo Soundtrack
Bob Marley & the Wailers - 'Redemption Song' from Uprising
The Buggles - 'Video Killed the Radio Star' from The Age of Plastic
The Cars - 'Touch and Go' from Panorama
Circle Jerks - 'Live Fast Die Young' from Group Sex


Colin Newman - '& Jury' from A-Z
The Cramps - 'Garbageman' from Songs the Lord Taught Us
Dead Kennedys - 'Holiday in Cambodia' from Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Devo - 'Girl U Want' from Freedom of Choice
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - 'I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down' from Get Happy
Emmylou Harris - 'Wayfaring Stranger' from Roses in the Snow
Fad Gadget - 'State of the Nation' from Fireside Favourites
Flowers - 'Icehouse' from Icehouse
Iggy Pop - 'Loco Mosquito' from Soldier
INXS - 'Just Keep Walking' from INXS
Iron Maiden - 'Iron Maiden' from Iron Maiden
Japan - 'Gentlemen Take Polaroids' from Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Journey - 'Any Way You Want It' from Departure
Judas Priest - 'Breaking the Law' from British Steel
Lou Reed - 'Think It Over' from Growing Up in Public


Madness - 'Baggy Trousers' from Absolutely
Magazine - 'A Song From Under the Floorboards' from The Correct Use of Soap
Midnight Oil - 'No Time for Games' from Bird Noises EP
Motorhead - 'Ace of Spades' from Ace of Spades
Oingo Boingo - 'Only a Lad' from Oingo Boingo EP
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - 'Enola Gay' from Organisation
The Police - 'Don't Stand So Close to Me' from Zenyatta Mondatta
Prince - 'When You Were Mine' from Dirty Mind
Ramones - 'Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio' from End of the Century
Rockpile - 'Teacher Teacher' from Seconds of Pleasure
The Rolling Stones - 'Emotional Rescue' from Emotional Rescue
The Romantics - 'What I Like About You' from The Romantics
Skids - 'Circus Games' from The Absolute Game
The Soft Boys - 'I Wanna Destroy You' from Underwater Moonlight
The Specials - 'Rat Race' from More Specials


Split Enz - 'I Got You' from True Colours
Squeeze - 'Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)' from Argybargy
Swell Maps - 'Cake Shop Girl' from Jane From Occupied Europe
Thin Lizzy - 'Didn't I' from Chinatown
Tom Waits - 'Jersey Girl' from Heartattack and Vine
The Undertones - 'Wednesday Week' from Hypnotised
Van Halen - 'And the Cradle Will Rock...' from Women and Children First
The Vapors - 'Turning Japanese' from New Clear Days
Waylon Jennings - 'Theme From The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)' from Music Man
Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind - 'Main Title (The Shining)' from The Shining Soundtrack
Willie Nelson & Family - 'On the Road Again' from Honeysuckle Rose Soundtrack
X - 'Los Angeles' from Los Angeles
XTC - 'Generals and Majors' from Black Sea
Young Marble Giants - 'Brand New Life' from Colossal Youth



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