Archive for the 'Alternative / Experimental' Category

Exposure to Robert Fripp (1979)

Posted by pharland on March 6th, 2008 filed in 1970s, Alternative / Experimental, Ambient, Fripp, Robert, Gabriel, Peter, King Crimson, New Wave

Last week I picked up a near-mint LP copy of the original mix of Robert Fripp’s 1979 album, Exposure. I find listening to the album, whose main themes orbit suffering, a fascinating experience. Fripp (who is best known for fronting King Crimson) thought of the album as a third in a triology including the albums [...]

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Bands of the 1980s: The Call (Michael Been)

Posted by pharland on December 4th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Alternative / Experimental, Band, The, Call, The

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HM0b_M-ToU The first time I heard the band The Call, it was a tape of Modern Romans (1983) that my friend Sue lent to me. The tune you are listening to now, if you pressed play above, is “The walls came down” from that second album (and, yes, that is Garth Hudson, seated, on keyboards). [...]

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Review of Radiohead’s In Rainbows (2007)

Posted by pharland on October 22nd, 2007 filed in 2000s, Alternative / Experimental, Radiohead, Reviews of new CDs

In some ways, Radiohead’s new album, In Rainbows (2007), is a continuation of their experimentation in recent years, experimentation that continues in interesting new directions. In other ways there are some of the sounds of The Bends (1995), one of my own favourites. So far, the album, which was released October 10, is only available [...]

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Bands of the 1980s: The Alarm

Posted by pharland on September 24th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Alarm, Alternative / Experimental, Artists / Bands, U2

Listen as you read: “The Stand” (audio snippet from first self-titled ["Eponymous"] album, © 1983 IRS). One band that very few seem to remember (at least in North America), even if they were teenagers in the 1980s, is The Alarm (full discography). The Alarm was a contemporary of both U2 and Simple Minds, and there [...]

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