Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Carnival Of Spiders (A Collection: 1984-1996) [Full CD] - 2008

An exclusive to Earful Of Noize, Carnival Of Spiders contains an amalgam of material spanning the years 1984 to 1996.

From AMG: Dead Can Dance combine elements of European folk music -- particularly music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance -- with ambient pop and worldbeat flourishes. Their songs are of lost beauty, regret and sorrow, inspiration and nobility, and of the everlasting human goal of attaining a meaningful existence.

Over the course of their career, Dead Can Dance has featured a multitude of members, but two musicians have remained at the core of the band -- guitarist Brendan Perry and vocalist Lisa Gerrard. Perry had previously been the lead vocalist and bassist for the Australian-based punk band the Scavengers, a group who were never able to land a recording contract. In 1980, Perry left the group and began experimenting with electronic music, particularly tape loops and rhythms. In 1981, Perry formed Dead Can Dance with Lisa Gerrard, Paul Erikson, and Simon Monroe. By 1982, Perry and Gerrard decided to relocate to London; Erikson and Monroe decided to stay in Australia. Further info can be found at at AMG here.

The Trial - 1984
Frontier - 1984
East Of Eden - 1984
The Cardianl Sin - 1985
Advent - 1985
Indoctrination (A Design For Living) - 1985
Severance - 1988
The Writing On My Father's Hand - 1988
Chant Of The Paladin - 1988
The Song Of The Sibyl - 1990
Black Sun - 1990
Wilderness - 1990
Towards The Within - 1993
Tell Me About The Forest (You Once Called Home) - 1993
Spider's Stratagem - 1993
Song Of The Dispossessed - 1996
Dedicacé Outò - 1996

192 .mp3 (cbr)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

CHAPTERHOUSE - An EP Collection - 1990-1991

From AMG: Chapterhouse formed in 1987. Drummer Ashley Bates, bassist Jon Curtis, guitarist Simon Rowe, and vocalists/guitarists Stephen Patman and Andrew Sherriff allegedly called themselves Incest early on but made a smart decision to change the name. Long before they laid down their first demos, they rehearsed and honed their live show. One 1988 gig, performed in their home base of Reading, won a supporter in Sonic Boom. The Spacemen 3 member wanted to release the band's music on his Bop-a-Sonic label, but that never materialized. Instead, the band signed with BMG's Dedicated subsidiary -- home of Cranes, Global Communication, and (ding ding) Spacemen 3 (if only for 1991's Recurring). By the end of 1990, the band replaced the exited Curtis with Russell Barrett and had a pair of four-song singles -- Freefall and Sunburst -- released and reviewed with mostly favorable results. A third single, early 1991's Pearl, gained them even more attention, featuring an oft-used John Bonham sample and background vocals from Slowdive's Rachel Goswell. This set the stage for the full-length debut Whirlpool, also released in 1991. While it didn't capitalize on the band's building popularity quite as hoped (the rise of grunge made sure the group didn't have more than a small, if rabid, cult following stateside), they were able to stir up a couple low-charting singles and a sizeable fan base in England. After the Mesmerise single closed out 1991, the band went silent for over a year before reappearing with 1993's Blood Music. "She's a Vision" and "We Are the Beautiful" were successive, successful singles; the album from which they came otherwise sunk. It was accompanied by a slew of remixes, many of which came from Global Communication. (Initial copies of Blood Music -- meaning most of the copies that are floating around, since it wasn't a blockbuster -- came with a bonus disc of nothing but remixes.) The band was then laid to rest, anthologized in 1996 by the handy double-disc Rownderbout compilation. Sherriff continued to work with electronic music with the Bio.com and Bionic projects; Barrett later became part of Inner Sleeve; Rowe joined former Slowdive members in Mojave 3; Bates went trip-hop for 4AD's Cuba (aka Air Cuba).

Falling Down - 1990 - Freefall [E.P.]
Need (Somebody) - 1990 - Freefall [E.P.]
Inside of Me - 1990 - Freefall [E.P.]
Sixteen Years - 1990 - Freefall [E.P.]

Something More - 1990 - Sunburst [E.P.]
Satin Safe - 1990 - Sunburst [E.P.]
Rain - 1990 - Sunburst [E.P.]
Feel The Same - 1990 - Sunburst [E.P.]

Mesmerise - 1991 - Mesmerise [E.P.]
Precious One - 1991 - Mesmerise [E.P.]
Summer Chill - 1991 - Mesmerise [E.P.]
Then We'll Rise - 1991 - Mesmerise [E.P.]

Pearl - 1991 - Pearl [E.P.]
Come Heaven - 1991 - Pearl [E.P.]
In My Arms - 1991 - Pearl [E.P.]
Pearl (edit) - 1991 - Pearl [E.P.]

192 .mp3 (cbr)

THE AUTEURS - EP Collection - 1992-1999

From AMG: When the Auteurs released their debut album in 1993, the British press linked them with the massively popular Suede as part of a "glam revival." While the band can blast out guitar-drenched rockers like Suede, the Auteurs come to life when they draw from the quiet side of such distinctively English guitar pop bands like the Kinks, the Smiths, and George Harrison. Luke Haines, the group's guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, writes highly melodic pop songs that combine the airy melodies of Harrison with the cutting social observations of Davies; they're sharp, intelligent songs, full of humor and gorgeous melancholy, even when they're loud rockers. With their two albums, New Wave and Now I'm a Cowboy, they've earned a devoted cult in the U.K. without gathering much support in the United States. By the time the group released the Steve Albini-produced After Murder Park in early 1996, they had even lost most of their cult audience in the U.K.; accordingly, the album was a stiff, even on the indie charts. Before its release, Haines had dropped hints in interviews that the record may be the Auteurs' last. Six months later he released an album with his side project, Baader Meinhof; a new Auteurs record, How I Learned to Love the Bootboys, appeared in 1999.

Showgirl - 1992 - Showgirl EP
Glad To Be Gone - 1992 - Showgirl EP
Staying Power - 1992 - Showgirl EP

Chinese Bakery - 1994 - Chinese Bakery: Part 1
Government Bookstore - 1994 - Chinese Bakery - Part 1
Everything You Say Will Destroy You - 1994 - Chinese Bakery: Part 1

Chinese Bakery - 1994 - Chinese Bakery: Part 2
Government Bookstore - 1994 - Chinese Bakery: Part 2
Everything You Say Will Destroy You - 1994 - Chinese Bakery: Part 2

Unsolved Child Murder - 1995 - Back With The Killer EP
Back With The Killer Again - 1995 - Back With The Killer EP
Former Fan - 1995 - Back With The Killer EP
Kenneth Anger's Bad Dream - 1995 - Back With The Killer EP

Light Aircraft On Fire (Single Version) - 1996 - Light Aircraft On Fire
Buddha (4-Track Band Demo) - 1996 - Light Aircraft On Fire
Car Crash - 1996 - Light Aircraft On Fire
X - Boogie Man - 1996 - Light Aircraft On Fire

The Rubettes - 1999 - The Rubettes EP
Breaking Up - 1999 - The Rubettes EP
Get Wrecked At Home - 1999 - The Rubettes EP

192 .mp3 (vbr)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Reckless Sleepers - Big Boss Sounds [Full CD] - 1988

In 1988, the group Reckless Sleepers came together. Jules Shear was the lead vocalist in the group. Initially Elliot Easton (lead guitarist for The Cars) was to be a member as well, but that didn't work out, and Elliot instead ended up recording a solo record (Change No Change) with Jules doing all of the co-writing.

Guitarist Jimmy Vivino should be familiar to anyone who watches Conan O'Brien, as he is in the house band the Max Weinberg Seven, and leads it when Max is on tour with Springsteen.

The debut (and only) CD is full of great tunes, but only one was actually written by Jules: "If We Never Meet Again" which was a minor hit in the States.

Jules Shear (lead vocal, guitar)
Jimmy Vivino (guitar, keyboards, vocals)
Brian Stanley (bass, vocals)
Steve Holley (drums)

Tried To Please Her
This Heart
I Wake Up Loving You
If We Never Meet Again
Big Before It Bursts
Mary Lou
Big Boss Sounds
Notting Hill Gate
It Came Quick (And It Didn't Stay Long)

256 .mp3 (vbr)