The Epic 2017 Project #290: 171017
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
The Epic 2017 Project #283: 171010
Santana – Supernatural (1999)
Santana’s 17th studio album was released in June 1999. It went on to win eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year as well as three Latin Grammy Awards including Record of the Year.
The album, conceived by Clive Davis and A&R’d by Pete Ganbarg, was a major global hit, eventually selling more than 30 million copies.It is the most successful album by Santana, hitting the number one spot in ten countries, including the United States. It is also the highest-selling album of original material released by any artist who had already been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame prior to its release and second highest-selling overall behind The Beatles compilation album 1.
The album included two major hit singles. “Smooth”, which featured Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas on vocals, was the first. And the follow-up, “Maria Maria” (which featured The Product G&B), reached the No.1 slot in several countries. Santana and Rob Thomas won three Grammy Awards for their collaboration on the song “Smooth” while Santana and Everlast won another for the song “Put Your Lights On”. Santana also won a Grammy for “Maria Maria”. Carlos Santana became the first Hispanic to win the Record of the Year Grammy Award, while the Album of the Year Grammy Award was bestowed upon Clive Davis.
Among the other guest artists are Eric Clapton, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews, Maná, KC Porter and Cee-Lo Green.
The Epic 2017 Project #282: 171009
Santana – Moonflower (1977)
Moonflower is a studio and live double album by Santana, released in 1977. The recording features both studio and live tracks, which are interspersed with one another throughout the album. It is perhaps the group’s most popular live album, because Lotus did not receive a U.S. domestic release until the early 1990s. It displays a mix between the fusion of Latin and blues-rock styles of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the much more experimental and spiritual jazz fusion sound that characterized the band’s mid-1970s work. The live material was recorded during the supporting tour for the Festival album, which displayed a similar mix of styles, and many of the album’s songs are featured here – namely, the three song medley which opens Festival.
A cover version of the Zombies’ mid-1960s hit song “She’s Not There” was released as a single. The song was the first Santana recording to hit the Top 40 of the Billboard charts since “No One to Depend On” reached No.36 in 1972. The album reached No.10 on the Billboard charts and was eventually certified platinum, neither of which occurred again until the star-studded Supernatural in 1999 (See Epic 283 on Jemtunes tomorrow).
The Epic Project 2017 #280: 170107
Saint Jude – Diary of a soul fiend (2010)
Saint Jude were an English, London-based rock and soul band, fronted by the vocalist Lynne Jackaman. Formed in 2008, their debut (and only) album ‘Diary of a Soul Fiend’, was released in September 2010.
On 11 December 2011, they were named Classic Rock magazine’s “Gig of the Week.” They played the Germany Rockpalast venue (which was later broadcast on WDR), Rhythm Festival, Off The Tracks Festival, Cornbury Festival, High Voltage Festival, the UK leg of Sonisphere Festival, and completed a mini tour of the UK in December, finishing with a headline slot at London’s Scala venue.They were also nominated Best New Band at the 2011 Classic Rock Roll Of Honour.
The band folded in 2014. There was an EP follow up to the debut – ‘Ladies & Gents’ in 2013. But sadly things didn’t last long enough for anything else.
The Epic 2017 Project #278: 171005
Sad Cafe – Facades (1979)
Sad Café formed in Manchester in 1976 and achieved their peak of popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for the UK Top 40 singles “Every Day Hurts”, “Strange Little Girl”, “My Oh My” and “I’m in Love Again”, the first of which was their biggest hit, reaching number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in 1979. The band also had two US Billboard Hot 100 hits with “Run Home Girl” and “La-Di-Da”. Frontman Paul Young went on to achieve greater chart success as the co-lead singer (with Paul Carrack) of Mike + The Mechanics
Facades was their third studio album released in 1979.
The Epic 2017 Project #277: 171004
Sad Cafe – Misplaced Ideal (1978)
One of the things about having a passion for music are the little unexpected things that happen from time to time. Like the banning of an album sleeve. It doesn’t happen very often these days but when it does, it tends to make the original suddenly quite collectible; and valuable!
When I got Sad Cafe’s ‘Misplaced Ideals’ in 1978, a couple of days after its release and primarily because we’d seen them play the week before, this was what the album cover looked like…
…but two weeks later, the original was banned, withdrawn from stock and replaced with this (rather blander) version. Reason? Because the stretched face version was considered too grotesque and risqué for the time! The blander version stayed and became the cover for the Stateside release a year later.
The result though was that the album I would have purchased anyway, did (and still have) became instantly collectible and, after just a little while, quite valuable. Conservative estimate now – some 40 years later – £300! Not too shabby!
The Epic 2017 Project #273: 170930
The Rolling Stones – Goat’s Head Soup (1973)
Goats Head Soup is the 11th British and 13th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in August 1973. Like its predecessor, Exile on Main St. (see Epic #272), the band composed and recorded it outside of the United Kingdom due to tax issues. Goats Head Soup was recorded in Jamaica and the Netherlands. The album contained 10 tracks, all written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, including lead single “Angie”, which went to No. 1 as a single in the United States and top 5 in the UK.
Goats Head Soup received positive reviews and achieved number one chart positions in the UK, US, and several other World markets. The album was remastered and released in 1994 and again in 2009 by Virgin Records and Universal Music respectively.