Teenage Fanclub – Here (Epic #323)

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Teenage Fanclub – Here (2016)

Here is the tenth studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Teenage Fanclub, released on 9 September 2016 on the band’s own PeMa label in Europe and on Merge Records in North America.

It received favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 79, which indicates “universal acclaim”, based on 21 reviews (apparently).

The album made the twenty-strong longlist for the Scottish album of the Year Award 2017 but sadly didn’t make it to the ten-strong shortlist.

We (Gigsters) caught then live at Islington Assembly Hall in London, September 2016.

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Screaming Females – Castle Talk (Epic #290)

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Screaming Females – Castle Talk (2010)

Screaming Females is an American independent rock band, from New Brunswick, New Jersey. They have released six full-length albums. The band comprises Marissa Paternoster on guitar and vocals, Jarrett Dougherty on drums, and King Mike on bass.

Mike and Marissa formed a band in high school under the name Surgery On TV. After several lineup changes they finally decided on the trio and a name change to Screaming Females. Their start came with the basement show scene of New Brunswick, NJ. Shows are held in the houses of various bands, students, and residents, so people under 21 can attend.

From these humble beginnings though, Screaming Females have gone on to achieve success with a wider exposure, having been featured on NPR, Last Call with Carson Daly, and MTV. They’ve also played with Garbage, Throwing Muses, Dinosaur Jr., The Dead Weather, Arctic Monkeys, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, JEFF the Brotherhood, Little Lungs, Cheeky, The Ergs, Shellshag, and The Measure.

In 2012 Marissa Paternoster was named the 77th greatest guitarist of all time by Spin magazine.

Castle Talk is their fourth studio album

REM – Monster (Epic #259)

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REM – Monster (1994)

Monster was R.E.M’s ninth studio album, released in September 1994 on Warner Bros. Records. Co-produced by the band and Scott Litt and recorded in four different recording studios, Monster was an intentional stylistic shift from the group’s preceding albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), consisting of loud, distorted guitar tones and simple song arrangements. Singer Michael Stipe’s lyrics on the album dealt with the nature of celebrity, which he sang while assuming various characters.

Led by the successful single “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”, Monster debuted at number one in the United States and at least seven other countries. Four further singles were released from the album in 1995, including UK Top 20 hits “Bang and Blame”, “Strange Currencies” and “Tongue”.

The album received generally positive reviews from critics and in 1995, the band promoted it with its first concert tour since 1989.

Primal Scream – Screamadelica (Epic 2017 #237)

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Primal Scream – Screamsdelica (1991)

The third studio album from Primal Scream was released on 23 September 1991 in the UK by Creation Records,and 8 October 1991 in North America by Sire Records.

It was the group’s first album to be a commercial success, peaking at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart upon its initial release. The album received positive reviews and has been frequently named one of the best albums of the 1990s in critics’ polls. Screamadelica also won the first Mercury Music Prize in 1992.It has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

Pixies – Indie Cindy (Epic 2017 #228)

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The Pixies – Indie Cindy (2014)

OK you lucky lot. Today you’re getting eight episodes of ‘Epic’ all on the same day; essentially because I’m away for a week with no possibility of updating blogs etc.

Episode 6 features ‘Indie Cindy’, the fifth studio album by the Pixies. Released in April 2014, it was the band’s first album since 1991’s Trompe le Monde, and the first Pixies album not to feature bass guitar player Kim Deal.

The album combines all the songs from the band’s 2013–14 extended play releases—EP1, EP2, and EP3—which were recorded and produced in 2012 by Gil Norton, who produced the band’s previous albums Doolittle, Bossanova, and Trompe le Monde.

Limited numbers of vinyl copies of the album were released on Record Store Day 2014 (double album but pressed at 45 rpm), 10 days prior to the album’s full release. These copies came with a single-sided 7″ single of “Women of War”.The album was released in North America on April 29, 2014 as a digital download, digipak CD and 2LP vinyl as well as a deluxe edition on CD or vinyl which included a live CD and a 40-page hardback book.