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Over the weekend, over a dozen previously unheard Nirvana alternate mixes and demo takes inexplicably made their way online.

Intrepid Reddit users (via Stereogum) have meticulously combed through the tracks and pulled out as much information as they could. Though the source of the material is unclear, here’s what we do know: Included in the 14 songs are at least four outtakes from the band’s infamous Sound City sessions: a “Sappy” outtake, a new “Verse Chorus Verse” mix, and two versions of “Old Age”.

More info on the tracks here.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” on June 27th, Rhino are pleased to announce the re-issue of four iconic Joy Division releases on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl.

The studio albums UNKNOWN PLEASURES (1979) and CLOSER (1980) will be available on June 29th. They will be followed on July 31st by STILL (1981) and an expanded version of SUBSTANCE (1988), both available as a double-LP set.

Each design replicates the original in painstaking detail, including the gatefold covers used for Still and Substance. The music heard on the albums was remastered in 2007 when Rhino introduced expanded versions of the albums. The lone exception is Substance, which features audio remastered in 2010 for the +- singles box and for the first time on vinyl, the expanded tracklist from the original CD release, plus two additional songs: “As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” which you can hear below.

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In the early ’80s Peter Gabriel wrote to the heads of his various labels around Europe and offered to re-record his vocals in their native tongue. However, only one nation replied: Germany.

The German version of PG 3 (‘Melt’), set to be reissued on vinyl on October 2, along with Peter Gabriel’s first four solo albums. Hence full German versions of his third and fourth solo albums – 1980’s PG 3 (aka ‘Melt’) and 1982’s PG 4 (aka ‘Security’) – were created of Gabriel’s classic Games Without Frontiers, re-recorded as Spiel Ohne Grenzen.

The translated editions are being released on vinyl for the first time alongside solo albums PG1-4, which will be released on limited edition, gatefold vinyl on October 2.

“I wrote to the French, Italian, German and Spanish labels, saying I wanted to experiment creating a version of my album in another language. The only label to show any interest was the German, hence the choice,” Gabriel tells MOJO of his language experiments.

“It also gave me a chance to try new mixing and remixing approaches, with some new overdubs and to take another look at the lyrics through the process of translation with Horst Konigstein, with whom I spent a long time going through layers of meaning in the new language. I also insisted on having the German lyrics independently translated back to English.”

Listen to Spiel Ohne Grenzen below now.

Via MOJO Magazine

Two bands that I listed to a lot in the 80s and 90s and…er…2000s….and um….now, are The Smiths and Tears For Fears. Thanks to Brat Productions, I can save time and money listening to both at once in this mashup combining “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” and “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”.

The Smiths vs Tears For Fears – Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This Mashup Before (BRAT Mashup) from Daniel Barassi on Vimeo.

Full details and download link: http://www.bratproductions.com/mixes/mashupsbrat_thesmiths_vs_tff_stopme.html

Written by Stevie Nicks to express the grief resulting from the death of her uncle Jonathan and the murder of John Lennon during the same week of December 1980, the song is still a stunner.

According to Nicks, the title came from a conversation she had with Tom Petty’s first wife, Jane, about the couple’s first meeting. Jane said they met “at the age of seventeen”, but her strong Southern accent made it sound like “edge of seventeen” to Nicks. The singer liked the sound of the phrase so much that she told Jane she would write a song for it and give her credit for the inspiration.

…and here’s the video:

“Suspicious Minds” was written by American songwriter Mark James, and after his recording failed commercially, the song was handed to Elvis Presley by producer Chips Moman, becoming a number one song in 1969, and one of the most notable hits of Presley’s career. “Suspicious Minds” was widely regarded as the single that returned Presley’s career success, following his ’68 Comeback Special. It was his seventeenth and last number-one single in the United States. Rolling Stone later ranked it No. 91 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

And it’s my favourite Elvis song of all time.

Mild High Club is the home for the musical output of Alexander Brettin, a jazz-schooled musician transplanted from the Midwest to Los Angeles. The Club is due to release its debut album Timeline on Circle Star Records, the new imprint of Stones Throw Records, September 18th, 2015, and fans can hear new song “Undeniable” now. Premiered originally via Stereogum, they write of the blissed out psych track, “it feels like a lost ’60s tune, each note sustained with a twirl of vibrato creating an elongated nonchalant West Coast vibe . . . it’s sweet, in all senses of the word.”

 
 
Recording with a Fostex 4-track cassette recorder, MacBook, 12-string electric guitar, PortaSound keyboard, bass, drum machine, software instruments “and whatever was lying around,” Brettin began recording Timeline in 2012. In addition to the pure pop of singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren, sixties psych wields an obvious influence over Mild High Club’s music. Brettin strips away the opulence and over-the-top arrangements and oddball tomfoolery commonly associated with it in favor of phased melodies and heartfelt lyrics. 
 
For live performances, Brettin draws other members of the loose Mild High Club collective from all over the United States. “The advantages to working alone are being selfish and taking all the time you want,” he explains, while “the disadvantages are being selfish and taking all the time you want. When I wrote and recorded the bulk of Timeline, I just wanted to have a vinyl record. Two and a half years later, we’ve got the band and handfuls of other ‘club members’ around the country who occasionally get together for ‘club meetings’. The Mild High Club is just a vessel for our musical and comical curiosities.”
 
Mild High Club recently toured with post-punk pioneers Wire and has shared the stage with the likes of Mac DeMarco, Ariel Pink and Mikal Cronin. This summer, he’ll embark on a string of North American and European dates with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, so make sure you catch KCRW’s “local artist we love” with the “woozy dream pop” sound that has NME excited.
 
Mild High Club’s Timeline album arrives September 18th on Circle Star Records, with pre-orders available via iTunes.
 
Mild High Club Tour Dates
Aug 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo Park Rising
Aug 25 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar #
Aug 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo #
Aug 27 – Visalia, CA – Cellar Door #
Aug 28 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop #
Aug 31 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios #
Sep 1 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret #
Sep 2 – Seattle, WA – Highline
Sep 3 – Missoula, MT – Stage 112 #
Sep 5 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry #
Sep 6 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean #
Sep 18 – Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal
Sep 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Fest
Oct 21 – Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hounds
Oct 22 – Glasgow, UK – The Hug and Pint
Oct 23 – Manchester, UK – Gullivers
Oct 26 – London, UK – Old Blue Last
Oct 28 – Antwerp, BE – Trix
Oct 29 – Amsterdam, NL – Butcher’s Tears (Subbacultcha Night)
Oct 30 – Berlin, DE – ACUD
 
# with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

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Timeline Tracklisting 
1. Club Intro
2. Windowpane
3. Note To Self
4. You and Me
5. Undeniable
6. Timeline
7. Rollercoaster Baby
8. Elegy
9. Weeping Willow
10. The Chat (feat. Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood)

It would appear that politics is not Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s (D-VT) only passion. Apparently, the self-described socialist was also, at one point, an aspiring folk singer.

In fact, he loved folk music so much that, in 1987, he recorded his very own folk album. The six track album entitled “We Shall Overcome” was recorded in-studio with the help of 30 other Vermont folk singers.

Side one includes five traditional folk standards with a “conversation” with Sanders on the second side.

According to to one Vermont political blog, the album was recorded while Sanders was serving as the mayor of Burlington.

Via MRCTV

Phoenix radio DJ Paul “Neanderpaul” Marshall has taken the time to complete the wholly unnecessary but altogether enlightening task of sequencing “almost every AC/DC song ever recorded” — he omitted the few of their tracks that utilise the classic fadeout — because he “thought it’d be ‘funny’ to see how many times AC/DC ends their songs in a similar fashion”.

The result? Well, let’s just say that you should probably prepare yourself for more power chords than you could shake the horns at over the next two-and-a-half minutes (plus a few hilarious vocal spasms for good measure). And, yes, these are all taken from different songs.

“It took a LONG time to go through,” Marshall wrote. “I promise you, no song was repeated.”

Via The Music