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.

Public Image Ltd – This is (Epic #226)

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Public Image Ltd – This is (2012)

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.

Fourth in line today is This is PiL, the ninth studio album by Public Image Ltd and their first studio album in 20 years, it was released on 28 May 2012 on band’s own label, PiL Official. A limited deluxe edition of the album was released with a live DVD entitled There is a PiL in Heaven.

Image Ltd returned in 2009, after a 17-year hiatus. John Lydon financed the reunion using money he earned doing a UK TV commercial for Country Life butter. He said “The money that I earned from that has now gone completely – lock stock and barrel – into reforming PiL”.

In November 2009, when asked if PiL would re-enter the studio to record new material Lydon said “Yes, if I raise the money from this [tour], I most definitely will.” The new line-up (consisting of Lydon, earlier members Bruce Smith and Lu Edmonds, plus multi-instrumentalist Scott Firth) began touring in December 2009.

On 1 July 2011, PiL entered Steve Winwood’s studio in the Cotswolds and began recording new material. Lydon said “it was the only place we could afford. It was this barn, in the middle of the Cotswolds, with nothing for inspiration but sheep – and I don’t like sheep particularly.”PiL left the studio in August and in September it was revealed that they had recently completed their new album.

In February 2012, it was officially announced that a 4 track EP entitled One Drop would be released for Record Store Day on 21 April and This Is PiL would be released on 28 May.

The rest is history.

The Pack A.D. – We kill computers (Epic #218)

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The Pack A.D. – We kill computers (2010)

We Kill Computers is the third studio album from garage rock band The Pack A.D.. The 13 tracks were released in 2010 on Mint Records. This album marks the band’s first foray into both writing science fiction-inspired lyrics and veering away from their blues rock roots. It also contains only one song that features slide guitar, unlike much of their earlier albums.

The band (Maya Miller & Becky Black) has been quoted multiple times as claiming that their first two albums “don’t really count” and that they grew into a “completely different band” when they wrote and recorded We Kill Computers.

Nirvana – Nevermind (Epic 2017 #186)

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Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)

Nevermind was Nirvana’s second studio, released on September 24, 1991 by DGC Records. Produced by Butch Vig, Nevermind was the band’s first release on DGC. It was also their first album to feature drummer Dave Grohl.

Despite low commercial expectations by the band and its record label, Nevermind became a surprise success in late 1991, largely due to the popularity of its first single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. By January 1992, it had replaced Michael Jackson’s album Dangerous at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album also produced three other successful singles: “Come as You Are”, “Lithium”, and “In Bloom”.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has certified the album diamond (at least over 10 million copies shipped), and the album has sold at least 30 million copies worldwide, with 10,640,000 of those copies sold in the United States. Nevermind was in part responsible for bringing both alternative rock and grunge to a large, mainstream audience, and has been ranked highly on lists of the greatest albums of all time by publications such as Rolling Stone and Time.

Kings of Leon – Only by the night (Epic 2017 #149)

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Kings of Leon – Only by the night (2008)

Fourth studio album from this American alternative rock outfit, released worldwide in September 2008. Writing for the band’s fourth album commenced just days after the release of their third, Because of the Times. The album was recorded by producers Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King through February 2008 in Nashville’s Blackbird Studios.

Only by the Night experienced commercial success, peaking inside the top 10 of over 10 different countries. The album was certified the best-selling album in Australia, certified nine times platinum. It also went on to be the highest selling album of 2008 in Australia, the third best selling album of 2008 in the UK, winning two Brit Awards, and the 18th best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK. Two singles from the album have also found high chartings, “Sex on Fire” coming in at number one in Ireland, the UK, Australia, and on the United States’ Hot Modern Rock Tracks, and at number two in New Zealand. The album’s second single “Use Somebody” also charted at number two in the UK, and at number two in Australia, along with being the band’s first top 10 hit in the U.S. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2009 Grammy Award with the song “Sex on Fire” receiving two nominations itself.

Kasabian (Epic 2017 #138)

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Kasabian (2004)

Kasabian’s self-titled debut, released on 6 September 2004 spawned four singles; ‘Club Foot’, ‘Processed Beats’, ‘Reason is Treason’, and ‘Cutt Off’. The highest chart position on the UK Album Chart was number 4.

Different geographical regions had different colours for their album cover. The British version is black and white, the European import is black and red, and the American version is black and blue. The Japanese “Ultimate Version” is silver and white. The UK limited edition version is a double-sided DualDisc and has a glow-in-the-dark cover. The DVD element contains a making-of documentary and several music videos.

JJ72 (Epic 2017 #134)

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JJ72 (2000)

JJ72 were an alternative rock band from Dublin, Ireland. After forming in 1996, they signed to Lakota Records in 1999, releasing two hit albums before splitting in 2006.

The band was formed by lead singer and songwriter Mark Greaney and drummer Fergal Matthews, while studying at Belvedere College. Greaney grew up in Dublin, where for a time he lived next door to Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy). Matthews originated from County Meath. The name ‘JJ72’ derives from a window at Belvedere College made from 72 jam jars.

After auditioning several bassists they recruited their schoolmate Garvin Smith on bass in 1996. After a few early gigs, Smith left so following recruiting problems for a replacement, Greaney and Matthews entered the studio as a duo in early 1997 to record their first demo. They sent it to local record companies and media but with little response. In 1998 they started university courses, but shortly after starting they decided to concentrate on the band; They played a concert at Behan’s pub in Dublin, backed by a string quartet, and were asked to appear on local television. They then recruited Hilary Woods who, despite having only picked up bass recently, joined as the band’s bassist in January 1999. They recorded a second demo, and targeted the UK, playing several gigs there and getting a write-up in Select magazine This led to interest from the Dublin-based Sony sub-label Lakota Records, who signed JJ72 in mid-1999.

The début single “October Swimmer” was released in November that year, and was named ‘Single of the Week’ by BBC Radio 1 DJ Mark Radcliffe. They were given support slots with The Dandy Warhols and My Vitriol. The band’s first hit though came with “Long Way South” in May 2000, which peaked at number 68 in the UK, and they played at festivals including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds later that year.

The band released their eponymously titled debut album in Summer 2000. A great critical and commercial success alike, the album has sold in excess of 500,000 copies in their native Ireland and in the United Kingdom, where it reached number 16 on the UK Albums Chart. The album spawned the singles “Snow”, “October Swimmer”, “Long Way South”, and “Oxygen”, and saw the band perform promotional tours in Europe and the US. “Oxygen” gave the band their first top 30 single in the UK giving them a Top of the Pops performance slot.

Following this and, after touring with Coldplay and Embrace, they set out on their own headline tour.They supported Muse on a tour of Europe, headlined the NME Brats tour, and played a few gigs in Japan. But several performances had been cancelled after Greaney lost his voice, and there were further cancellations in 2001 after Matthews was knocked off his motorbike, with Kylie Minogue’s drummer Bob Knight standing in for a few gigs. Matthews recovered in time for the festival season and support slots with U2. The band received an Irish Music Award for ‘Best New Band’ later that year.