The final song on their final album, Terror Twilight, and how did we get here? He had something against playing great pop songs. Pavement — 10 of the best. Wry preening, but with a heart … Pavement perform at Liege festival, Belgium in Danny Wright. Wed 6 Jan Here For all their wry preening, there was a heart pulsing gently through Pavement; the sleepy romance of Here is a moment of real beauty.
Topics Pavement 10 of the best Pop and rock Indie blogposts. Reuse this content. Are you ready for Star Time? Brace yourselves for one of the greatest live shows ever recorded, performed by the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Brown financed the recording himself since the head of King Records refused and Brown was determined to showcase his live act. Hold On started a string of hit singles for Sam and Dave as well as killer follow-up albums Double Dynamite and Soul Men successfully bringing gospel-influenced call-and-response Southern soul to the mainstream.
The Supremes epitomized the Motown sound, which combined soul music with pop sensibilities. By the time I Hear A Symphony was released in , the Supremes had already achieved mainstream success with the help of songwriting and production team, Holland-Dozier-Holland. This is the sixth studio effort from the group and its finest, built around boiling blues guitar and jazz-inspired syncopation. But do go out this way is utterly graceful. He earned every right to phone in his last album but instead he did the opposite.
Many refer to Radiohead as the Beatles of the current generation and for good reason. It expertly marries electronica and rock with classical and experimental sounds to perfectly frame the culture of a brand new millennium it was released in Like the truly great acts, Radiohead has never nestled too comfortably in one genre. The quartet is always adapting and this record shows just how ahead of the curve it always is, as it practically ushered in the popularity of electro-rock and a second wave of post-rock.
The cult composer and musician from Tokyo crafts music that is specifically made for the hippest lounges across the globe. Sakamoto is at his very best, at once playful and highly refined. Perhaps most famous for his work in the New Pornographers, Dan Bejar is also the brainchild of Destroyer. His solo work is fascinating, combining vivid lyrics and a contemporary sound with the confidence and composure of an experienced crooner.
Chan Marshall has one of the best and most resonating voices in music. Prior to this release, she was mostly adored as an indie darling with a knack for covers. This record, all originals written by Marshall herself, proved she was way more dynamic. Despite enlisting a star-studded backing band, Marshall still stands out as the ultimate ringleader, with impeccable timing and attention-stealing pipes.
It oscillates beautifully between soulful rock and somber balladry before finishing with an anthemic bang with Love and Communication. A master of the slow jam, Sade is responsible for some of the smoothest soul ever devised. With the addition of Banksy well before he gained international acclaim, this version of the record is quite valuable.
This debut album from heady U. As such, it deserves much more than a free Spotify stream. Falling miraculously somewhere right smack-dab in the middle of blues, rock, jazz, and cinema, the album feels progressive even today, more than a half-century after it was released. And that kind of nuance is best enjoyed by way of vinyl and multiple listening parties. Call me nuts, but I think this record will go down in some form of Hall of Fame, decades from now.
Just set the needle to play and enjoy every single layer of this instant pop classic. Jackie Leven 18 June — 14 November was a Scottish songwriter and folk musician. After starting his career as a folk musician in the late s, he first found success with new wave band Doll by Doll. Leven started his musical career in the late s under the pseudonym "John St Field", and recorded one album, Control , in which was released only in Spain in He formed the band Doll by Doll in After Doll by Doll disbanded in , Leven began a solo career.
He suffered a street assault and near strangulation during the recording of his first solo album in , which left him unable to speak for nearly two years. Leven eventually cured himself of his addiction with the help of his wife Carol,  through a combination of acupuncture and psychic healing.
This led him to form The Core Trust organisation, which favours a holistic approach to the treatment of heroin addiction. In , Leven's solo career restarted with the release of the mini-album Songs from the Argyll Cycle and the full-length album The Mystery of Love is Greater than the Mystery of Death , now signed to Cooking Vinyl and recording in the folk rock style.
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