Sunday, 16 April 2017

Psychedelic Pop From Canadian Band Elephant Stone!



Elephant Stone - Elephant Stone 2013

 For modern rock fans the very name Elephant Stone connotes something specific: a beloved 1988 single from the Stone Roses. The new millennial, Canadian psych rock band Elephant Stone does indeed take elements from the Stone Roses, specifically how the Manchester group layered acoustic guitars and ringing Rickenbackers to create a psychedelic, '60s pastiche that never sounded tethered to the past, but on their eponymous 2013 sophomore set, there are several elements that give this modern-day trippy pop band their own identity. Foremost among them is a fondness for Indian music -- not a huge surprise considering how leader Rishi Dhir was an in-demand sitarist among the neo-psychedelic set prior to his formation of Elephant Stone (he played with Brian Jonestown Massacre and Soundtrack of Our Lives, among others) -- but it's hardly exotic window-dressing for standard-issue psychedelia. Classical Indian music is thoroughly interwoven with '60s psychedelia and pop -- and the two are different, with the first emphasizing texture and the second structure -- giving Elephant Stone a shimmering, off-kilter quality that's alluring. That sound is alluring enough to warrant return visits to the album, repeated listens that reveal the album to be built on solidly sculpted songs where the riffs and melodies intertwine into something quietly enchanting; like their inspirations, Elephant Stone evokes the best of the past, but is intent on recasting these sounds for the future.

Elephant Stone is a neo-psychedelic outfit led by Rishi Dhir, formerly of the High Dials. Its music incorporates the influence of British Invasion bands like the Kinks and the Beatles, as well as Indian classical music, which Dhir was paying particular attention to when he formed the band in Montreal in 2008. With Dhir singing lead and handling nearly a dozen instruments, help from several guests including producer Jace Lasek, and no shortage of breezy melodies, Elephant Stone released its debut album, The Seven Seas, in 2009 on Dhir's own Elephants on Parade label (with Fontana Distribution). The Glass Box EP followed in 2010 via Elephants on Parade and 360 Degree. The group signed with Canada's Hidden Pony for 2013's self-titled Elephant Stone. Settling into a regular lineup of Dhir, Gabriel Lambert on guitar, and Miles Dupire-Gagnon on drums, Three Poisons arrived in 2014, also on Hidden Pony. The trio released Elephant Stone's fourth LP, Ship of Fools, with Burger Records in 2016.

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mp3 links added to The Peep Show - Mazy: The Secret World of The Peep Show (2007 Castle)

Hello Folks, at first i want to wish you all a happy easter! I hope all of you enjoy the holidays.

I just added the mp3 links to the post by The Peep Show - Mazy: The Secret World of The Peep Show (2007 Castle) from yesterday.
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D L Byron - This Day And Age (1980, Vinyl) Flac & mp3

Raised by his adoptive parents in southern New Jersey, D.L. Byron (born David Byron) became enamored with the Beatles, the Byrds, and Bob Dylan at an early age. When he wasn't busy getting thrown out of a string of exclusive prep schools, Byron formed several teenage garage bands and won a number of poetry competitions. Deciding to pursue his music career in earnest, Byron moved to New York City in February of 1971. After working briefly at the Colony Record shop (located on the ground floor of the Brill Building) and living in a $45 per week fleabag hotel, Byron managed to catch the tail-end of Tin pan alley, procuring a $75-a-week job as a staff writer for E.H. Morris. While there, he met and was influenced by greats like Harold Arlen, and began to perform at open mike nights around New York. In 1979, Clive Davis and Arista discovered Byron and signed him, hoping to find success with an American version of Elvis Costello or Graham Parker. In 1980, Byron released This Day and Age, which became an instant power pop classic.
Produced by Jimmy Iovine and featuring members of Billy Joel's band, the record contained ten tracks of energetic pop/punk in the vein of the Jam's In the City and Elvis Costello's Armed Forces. The album spawned a Top 40 hit and popular MTV video with the first single, "Listen to the Heartbeat." Byron toured the U.S. heavily in support of This Day and Age, both as a headliner and as an opening act for Bob Seger (on his Against the Wind tour) and the Boomtown Rats (on their Fine Art of Surfacing tour). Shortly afterwards, Byron recorded a version of "You Can't Hurry Love" for the R.S.O. Records soundtrack to the Tim Curry vehicle Times Square, which also included songs from the Cure, XTC, Joe Jackson, Suzi Quatro, Lou Reed, the Ramones, Roxy Music, and others. Arista also released a 12" single version of Byron's remake of "Down in the Boondocks," which featured Billy Joel on backing vocals. Soon afterwards, Byron began recording demos for his second Arista album. One of these songs, which he planned to use as the lead single for the album, was "Shadows of the Night." Arista, however, told Byron that "Shadows of the Night" and the other songs were not commercial enough and promptly put him on suspension for a year. Later, several other artists recorded "Shadows of the Night," the most famous of whom was Pat Benatar. Benatar used the song as the opening track on her 1982 Get Nervous LP, which went on to sell over four million copies. "Shadows of the Night" won the 1982 Grammy Award for Record of the Year and has since been included on several compilations and greatest-hits packages. Disillusioned by Arista's lack of foresight, Byron asked to be released from his contract and the label complied. He then decided to concentrate on his writing and, although plagued by personal problems and drug abuse, managed to place songs on Never Run, Never Hide by Benny Mardones (a gold record), Lights On by Price-Sulton, the self-titled record by Drive She Said, and others.
In the early '90s, Byron completely renounced drugs, delved seriously into various forms of spirituality and successfully located his birth mother (interestingly enough, Byron found that his real grandfather had owned the music store where he bought his first guitar). He then began performing and recording again, releasing Exploding Plastic Inevitable on Zen Archer/Fountainbleu Records in 1998. The new album had a much folkier slant than This Day and Age (drawing critical comparisons to Marshall Crenshaw and Tom Petty), although Byron's pop songwriting chops were fully intact. In 1999, Byron undertook a U.S. tour co-headlining with two other Fountainbleu artists, began writing material for a new album, and recorded a song for a Gene Clark.(allmusic.com)

Classical early 80's Power Pop album. This is the vinyl edition.
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Army Navy - The Wilderness Inside (2014) Flac & mp3

Los Angeles trio Army Navy's third full-length album, 2014's The Wilderness Inside, is a nuanced, lyrical work informed by the group's longstanding love of '70s power pop, folk, and country. Showcasing the talents of lead singer/guitarist Justin Kennedy, along with guitarist/vocalist Louie Schultz and drummer/vocalist Douglas Randall, the album follows up the group's equally melodic 2011 sophomore effort, The Last Place. As with that album, here Army Navy and longtime producer/engineer Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Dawn Landes, Ben Harper) strike a balance between bittersweet, often melancholic lyrics and bright, catchy pop hooks.
To these ends, cuts like the jangly, languid folk-rock-infused "Birdy" and ruminative, early-'80s soft rock-influenced "Dumb Luck" bring to mind the vintage rock sound of bands like America and the Raspberries. Elsewhere, cuts including the ascendant "The Mistakes" and romantically epic "Crushed Like the Car" are blissful, guitar-based anthems that set them justifiably next to such contemporaries as Canada's Sloan, Scotland's Teenage Fanclub, and Albuquerque's the Shins. Clearly, based on the level of tangible musical touchstones on The Wilderness Inside, Army Navy have great taste in music. Thankfully, they know how to turn these influences into moving pop/rock metaphor. As they sing on the ebullient "Spinning on the Record," "Somehow I just know your songs have changed me/Your music is the air I breathe tonight/No one ever knows the words to save me/Maybe all your gibberish was right." With The Wilderness Inside, Army Navy's melodic message rings clear.(allmusic.com)

Power Pop, Jangle, a little shoegaze, it's all inside here. And it's a very melodic album full of catchy melodies with a clever arrangement.
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