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

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The Scorpions – Blackout (Epic #288)

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The Scorpions – Blackout (1982)

Blackout was the eighth studio album by German rock band Scorpions, released in 1982 on EMI Records Germany and Mercury Records.

After losing his voice during the writing of the album, lead singer Klaus Meine had to undergo surgery on his vocal cords and it was uncertain whether he would be able to record it. Demos of the material were recorded with singer Don Dokken as lead singer; however none of those recordings are featured on the album.

In Kerrang! issue 12, Rudolf Schenker said that he could not choose between his guitar solos on “China White”, so the US and European releases differed in this small detail.

A self-portrait of artist Gottfried Helnwein is featured on the cover of the album. Rudolf Schenker portrays this character in the “No One Like You” music video.

The RIAA certified Blackout Gold on 24 June 1982 and Platinum on 8 March 1984.

“China White” was used as entrance music for the professional wrestling tag team The Skyscrapers in World Championship Wrestling.

But here’s the albums title track…

Scissor Sisters – Ta Dah (Epic #287)

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Scissor Sisters – Ta Dah (2006)

Ta-Dah was the Scissor Sisters’ second studio album. released on September 18, 2006. It was produced by the band and features collaborations with Elton John, Carlos Alomar, and Paul Williams. Its release was preceded by the new single, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'”. The song reached number one on both the UK Singles and Download charts in September 2006.

“Land of a Thousand Words” was released as the second single from the album, peaking at number 19 in the UK. “She’s My Man” was the third single released in early March 2007 and managed to chart at number 29. The next single that was released was “Kiss You Off” on May 28. This was the poorest charting of the singles of Ta-Dah, only being able to reach number 43. This has, so far, been the lowest charting UK single on initial release. “I Can’t Decide” charted at number 64 on downloads alone, on the strength of being used in the Doctor Who episode “Last of the Time Lords”.

The album entered the Irish Albums Chart at number one on September 21, followed three days later by a number one entry in the UK Albums Chart. In the United States, it debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 42,000 copies.

Scissor Sisters (Epic #286)

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Scissor Sisters (2004)

The Scissor Sisters self-titled debut studio album was released in 2004 by Polydor. It reached number 1 on the UK and Irish albums charts, and was the best-selling album of 2004 in the UK.

Since its release it has gone 9× Platinum in the UK, selling over 2,700,000 copies here alone.In Ireland it’s been certified 5× Platinum. But it wasn’t as successful in the band’s native USA, peaking at No.102 on the Billboard 200. Nevertheless, it’s listed as one of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in the book of the same name, edited by Robert Dimery.

The album won Best International Album at the 2005 BRIT Awards and in July 2006 it was named by Attitude as the top gay album of all time.

Tony Sarno – It’s a blues thing (Epic #285)

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Tony Sarno – It’s a blues thing (2007)

Debut album from American blues guitarist/singer/songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee.

“I Ain’t Superstitious” is a song written by bluesman Willie Dixon and first recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in 1961. It recounts various superstitions, including that of a black cat crossing the pathway. The song has been recorded by a number of artists over the years including Jeff Beck, Cry of Love (Epic #42) and here, Tony Sarno.

Eric Sardinas – Devil’s Train (Epic #284)

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Eric Sardinas – Devil’s Train (2007)

Eric Sardinas (born November 10, 1970) is an American blues-rock slide guitarist born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is noted for his use of the electric resonator guitar and his live performances.

Eric began to play the guitar at age six and leaned toward vintage recordings by such Delta bluesmen as Charlie Patton, Bukka White, Big Bill Broonzy, Elmore James, and Muddy Waters. Although he was left-handed, he eventually started to play right-handed.

In 2002, he was featured on the Bo Diddley tribute album Hey Bo Diddley – A Tribute!, performing the song “Ride On Josephine”.

He signed to Steve Vai’s Favored Nations record label and was the opening act for Vai’s The Real Illusions Tour 2005 around the world. Devil’s Train is his second studio album.

Santana – Supernatural (Epic #283)

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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.