Good day people! Just a few featured releases to mention today. Today it’s a new Bowie compilation “Nothing Has Changed”, Fugazi – “First Demo” and a new album from Brant Bjork & the Low Desert Punk Band – “Black Flower Power”.
Plus, we already posted about The Tragically Hip – “Fully Completely” reissue that came out earlier this week: click here for more details.
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Brant Bjork & the Low Desert Punk Band – Black Power Flower – 2LP
New album from the stoner rock cult figure Brant Bjork ( ex-KYUSS, VISTA CHINO ) No one can fool this man anymore: As a cult figure of the Palm Desert scene, as founder and drummer of the unfortunately no longer active stoner-rock legends Kyuss and a permanent member of Vista Chino (formerly KYUSS Lives!), the formation around Kyuss colleague John Garcia, Brant Bjork is washed with all (musical) waters. Now he is sailing under his own flag and proves once again that his multi-instrumental skills know no creative boundaries. With his excellent occupied Low Desert Punk Band, Bjork lets the scorching heat of Nevada shimmer in his songs. He also scrubs his guitar through all sorts of psychedelic effect pedals and skillfully mixes stoner rock, blues and doom-bonds to a feverish hazy brew. The Desert Punk Band has reached their oasis.
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Fugazi – First Demo
In early January 1988 and after only ten shows, Fugazi decided to go into Inner Ear Studio to see what their music sounded like on tape. Despite the fact that Ian, Joe, and Brendan had been playing together for nearly a year, it was still early days for the band. Guy had only been a full member of Fugazi for a few months and only sang lead on one song (“Break In”). It would be nearly another year before he would start playing guitar with the band. At that time, the studio was still located in the basement of engineer Don Zientara’s family house. It was a familiar space as almost all of the members of Fugazi had recorded there with their previous bands (Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Deadline, Insurrection, Rites of Spring, Skewbald, Embrace, and One Last Wish). Joey Picuri (aka Joey P), who would later become one of Fugazi’s longtime sound engineers, joined the band for the initial tracking. The sessions only lasted a couple of days, but tour dates and indecision about the tape would delay the final mix for another two months. Though the band was at first pleased with the results, it soon became clear that this tape would remain a demo as new songs were being written and the older songs were evolving and changing shape while the band was out on tour. It was decided that the session would be passed out free as cassette copies, with the band actively encouraging people to share the recording. In the spring, Fugazi went out on its first U.S. tour and a few weeks after returning from the road they went back to Inner Ear to record what would become their debut Dischord release, the self-titled 7-song 12″ EP. The only song from the demo session that was formally released was “In Defense of Humans”, which appeared on the State of the Union compilation in 1989. Now, some 26 years later, Dischord is releasing the entire first demo including the one song (“Turn Off Your Guns”) that wasn’t included on the original cassette.
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David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed – 2LP
Nothing Has Changed collects together for the first time the definitive collection of Bowie’s music from 1964 to 2014. Nothing Has Changed (named after a lyric from the Heathen album opener Sunday), compiles tracks from every period of Bowie’s career from his earliest incarnations with Liza Jane and Can’t Help Thinking About Me right up to James Murphy’s “Hello Steve Reich Mix” of Love Is Lost from last year. The album features Bowie’s first new music since The Next Day. The new single Sue (or In a Season of Crime) was especially recorded for Nothing Has Changed with longtime collaborator Tony Visconti.
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