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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #400 on: 10 May 2008, 01:15 »

I think it actually was posted a while back in December if I remember correctly

Edit: Found it
Owls - Owls


http://www.sendspace.com/file/vl8pte
Dude, any chance of re-upping that album? I've only heard Everyone is my Friend and I want moar but can't find it anywhere. Much beers if you do.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #401 on: 10 May 2008, 01:40 »

Not the best early post, but I'll have it up in a jiffy.

So, that new Make Believe album is exactly what you'd expect + a whole lot a fun.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #402 on: 10 May 2008, 01:46 »

And the new JoA album is nothing like you'd expect, and I'm really worried about Tim. I think he's gone a bit mad.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #403 on: 10 May 2008, 01:50 »

That's to be expected with how thin he spreads him self. Bloody hell, not even Spencer Krug stretches himself like that.

No wait, he wouldn't even dare.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #404 on: 10 May 2008, 02:49 »

Not the best early post, but I'll have it up in a jiffy.

So, that new Make Believe album is exactly what you'd expect + a whole lot a fun.
sorry dude, I'm from Australia, so its only 6:30 in the evening. :-D
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #405 on: 10 May 2008, 02:53 »

I am incredibly shocked to say that I actually enjoy the new Death Cab for Cutie album.  I hated Plans and thought the earlier stuff was at best "not bad" but really, the new one is... actually good.  Not amazing, not top 10, not even top 20, but also not something I won't ever listen to.

The world has turned upside-down.  Next thing you know, Sufjan Stevens will release an album I like and M. Night Shyamalan will do a good movie (seriously, The Happening looks so absolutely retarded).
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #406 on: 10 May 2008, 06:36 »

I doubt Sufjan will ever release a remotely likeable album.

Also, while Ride The Lightning was released in 1984, after rediscovering its' awesomeness a week ago I think that's going to be my top album for the year. Reign in Blood will be second. Naturally.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #407 on: 10 May 2008, 07:04 »

I've just given the new Bonnie "Prince" Billy album a first spin. If you've been waiting for him to go back to his countryish roots, you should definitely pick it up. Good stuff. Can the man do no wrong?!

Also, I haven't heard it yet, but the new Martha Wainwright album has already won best album title of the year. (In case you don't know, it's called I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too.)
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #408 on: 10 May 2008, 07:05 »

I doubt Sufjan will ever release a remotely likeable album.

You obviously didn't listen to The Avalanche.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #409 on: 10 May 2008, 09:12 »

I think the forums need a new rule:

That Caspian can say whatever the hell he want's about Sufjan Stevens but no-ones allowed to call him out on it because this kind of thing never ends well.

And by that I mean everyone please just ignore him.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #410 on: 10 May 2008, 16:25 »

I have a record by these two girls called the Smoke Fairies, and it's utterly magnificent.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #411 on: 10 May 2008, 20:53 »

I've just given the new Bonnie "Prince" Billy album a first spin. If you've been waiting for him to go back to his countryish roots, you should definitely pick it up. Good stuff. Can the man do no wrong?!

Do you mean Lie Down in the Light ? How did you get that already?! It's not even out until May 19th!

Australian release date May 10th. These days albums are often released in Australia first!

Also, Will Oldham fans might want to check out the new Grand Salvo album, cheerily titled Death. Imagine a dark-hued children's story about a bunch of animals and a hunter, dealing allegorically with issues of growing up and leaving your friends behind, with the songs interspersed with narration read by the singer's father. Now imagine that as very beautiful instead of unbearably hokey.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #412 on: 10 May 2008, 21:38 »

The Mars Volta album was pretty damn good,
I just barely heard Heretic Pride, just barely heard of the Mountain Goats,
but they're pretty fucking sweet.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #413 on: 11 May 2008, 09:33 »

I'm playing the new Hadouken! album right now.

I feel like I've woken up in an 80s style computer game wherein the objective is to sucker-punch as many tedious 'worthy' muso types with a group of hoodie-wearing asbo kids.

It's BRILLIANT.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #414 on: 11 May 2008, 13:50 »

i am pretty excited for the new bottomless pit ep - should/do EPs count in here? can't wait til it comes out

so far in 2008 i am liking

mmj - evil urges
lo fine - not for us two
bsp - do you like rock music?
the felice bros - s/t
m83 - saturdays = youth
the sleeping years - we're becoming islands one by one
sordal - in fort knox with a penny
skyphone - Avellaneda
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #415 on: 11 May 2008, 14:03 »

I've been listening to the new Joan of Arc on repeat all day! I am pretty confident it is going to be one of my favorites.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #416 on: 11 May 2008, 14:50 »

According to my last.fm, my play count for Joan of Arc has increased by over 300 plays since that album got leaked...
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #417 on: 11 May 2008, 23:02 »

Also, while Ride The Lightning was released in 1984, after rediscovering its' awesomeness a week ago I think that's going to be my top album for the year.

Next week:

'hay guys master of puppets is pretty good'
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #418 on: 12 May 2008, 01:26 »

I doubt Sufjan will ever release a remotely likeable album.

You obviously didn't listen to The Avalanche.

I've heard that album quite a few times, due to my brother and some of my friends thrashing it. That 'henney buggey' tune has some enjoyable horns lines, I guess; overall it's as soggy as anything else Sufjan has ever done.

Admittedly his electronica album was ok.

Also, Spluff: I am aware that it's kind of a given that RTL/MOP/Metallica's First 4 is excellent, I just hadn't been reminded of that rather obvious fact for some time.

Speaking of Metallica; their promo machine for their new album is slowly swinging into gear, and the first samples are on the internet (along with some pretty terrible advertising that I really hope wasn't made up by the band). Sure, there's only about a minute of it, but based on that minute it's a good deal better then St.Anger, kind of sounding like a rocky, slightly simplified AJFA. The first 6 metallica albums are all at least quite good imo; as long as the new album is as good as Load I probably have my album of the year. I know, I have terrible music taste.

McTaggart: Sorry, I must've forgotten the "you must only ever have good things to say about bands" rule. I'll be sure to only ever have good things to say about stuff from now on, no matter how awful it is.

And one more thing! The new M83 is really good, not as good as Dead Cities but still seriously excellent. That'll be the electronica record of the year for me, at least, unless if Boards of Canada or Nathan Fake release an album.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #419 on: 12 May 2008, 02:32 »

Any links to the new Metallica material? I had a look, but I couldn't sit through the black album/load crap that they'd padded out all the videos with just to check if there was any new material in them.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #420 on: 12 May 2008, 02:43 »

yeah, the long promo vid was balls. Here's a better and shorter one. I like these samples, but it is pretty hard to tell how the album will turn out thus far.

http://www.vidilife.com/video_play_1173152_metallica.htm
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #421 on: 12 May 2008, 09:00 »

The new Futureheads is coming out in a couple weeks. I am somewhat apprehensive but still excited for it based on the single that has been released.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #422 on: 12 May 2008, 11:52 »

I'm not implying that you shouldn't say bad things about a band if bad things are warranted, it's just that you seem to make a point of hating Sufjan Stevens. Maybe I only notice some cases, but you seem to point out that you do not like him every chance you get. You don't like hismusic and that's ok! We get it. We're over it and you should be too. I apologise if I'm coming across as a dick but I get more tired and grumpier by the day. I will try to keep this reigned in.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #423 on: 12 May 2008, 13:38 »

I'm super excited about the new Wolf Parade and Hold Steady albums.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #424 on: 12 May 2008, 14:45 »

I do not like Sufjan Stevens either.

Sorry, Indie Rock.



HOW.

HOW.

HOW.


can you not like Sufjan Stevens?

Seriously.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #425 on: 12 May 2008, 14:55 »

Its called subjectivity.

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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #426 on: 12 May 2008, 14:56 »

He's alright but I don't got the time to listen to 'alright' much these days.

His music isn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, I just don't particularly want to listen to it, y'know?
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #427 on: 12 May 2008, 14:59 »

Oh no, Sufjan Stevens is music you have to listen to more than once to really get into. I mean, maybe if you desire an entire indie rock experience every time you turn up your headphones, but if you're looking for lyrics, for meaning, you can find it in Sufjan.
Then again, I can see why you don't,
but I really suggest that you give him another listen if you think it's just 'alright'.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #428 on: 12 May 2008, 15:23 »

I found Sufjan Stevens to be very immediate. There's a clarity in there which lets you hear just about everything on the first listen through, which helps.
He's alright.
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« Reply #429 on: 12 May 2008, 16:18 »

Oh no, Sufjan Stevens is music you have to listen to more than once to really get into. I mean, maybe if you desire an entire indie rock experience every time you turn up your headphones, but if you're looking for lyrics, for meaning, you can find it in Sufjan.

Again: Subjectivity.

I think Sufjan Stevens is fucking awful.

What are some of your other favourite artists?
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #430 on: 12 May 2008, 16:24 »

Anyone heard of a new Sufjan Stevens album coming out this year? No? Me neither. So can we get back to the topic at hand, please? Thankyou!

I'm hanging out for June the 14th. New Wolf Parade album and the new Silver Jews album coming out on the same day. Mid-year Christmas!
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #431 on: 12 May 2008, 16:30 »

According to my last.fm, my play count for Joan of Arc has increased by over 300 plays since that album got leaked...

Wait, what?

New, you say?  Is it up on the Mediafire thread?
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #432 on: 12 May 2008, 20:12 »

I too hadn't realised that Boo!Human was out yet in any form?
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #433 on: 12 May 2008, 21:46 »

Thus far:

1. Portishead - Third
2. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
3. Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
4. dan le sac vs. Scroobius Pip - Angles
5. Vampire Weekend - s/t
6. Hercules and Love Affair - s/t
7. Grand Archives - s/t
8. Grand Ole Party - Humanimals
9. Elbow - Seldom Seen Kid
10. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple

20 Best songs:

1. Shake A Fist - Hot Chip
2. Time to Pretend - MGMT
3. Small - Portishead
4. We Carry On - Portishead
5. Hercules' Theme - Hercules and Love Affair
6. Thou Shalt Always Kill - dan le sac vs. Scroobius Pip
7. An Audience With The Pope - Elbow
8. Cath... - Death Cab for Cutie
9. Lately - The Helio Sequence
10. The Rip - Portishead
11. Louis Riel - Grand Archives
12. M79 - Vampire Weekend
13. Out of Reaches - Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
14. Hold On - Hot Chip
15. Kids - MGMT
16. Gypsy March - Grand Ole Party
17. Supernatural Superserious - R.E.M.
18. By Torpedo or Crohns - Why?
19. I Will Possess Your Heard - Death Cab for Cutie
20. Letter From God to Man - dan le sac vs. Scroobius Pip
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #434 on: 12 May 2008, 22:57 »

I'm anticipating the new Opeth album myself.  I just recently came into possession of their discography and am looking forward to it.  Also, Warrel Dane of Nevermore releases his solo album in just a few weeks time.  I'm listening to it right now, and besides the anti-government rhetoric (though still with more than a few valid points), it preserves his unique vocal style and aura.

That said, more than a few bands I like are beginning development of a new album in '08.  Dream Theater goes into the studio in the fall, Redemption follows shortly thereafter, and Into Eternity are releasing a cancer concept album in August.  On the prog-metal front, its looking like a decent line-up.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #435 on: 12 May 2008, 23:20 »

The Opeth album is pretty good, probably my 1# so far.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #436 on: 13 May 2008, 01:19 »

I too hadn't realised that Boo!Human was out yet in any form?

http://www.sordomusic.com
Type "quack" into the box to get into their searchable database. With sordo, the mediafire thread is all but useless for leaks. That said, buy the album. I plan to buy the vinyl next month, it comes out in less than a week. JoA related bands are getting pretty popular now, word is getting round. But they're still perpetually broke because nobody actually buys any JoA related records. The fact that Tim sank a lot of time and money into Orchard Vale doesn't help their financial situation at all. Make Believe cancelled their only planned European tour for Of Course due to financial restraint, which is an awful shame. Tommydski, Astaldo and myself were supposed to catch them in Leeds, I can't remember whether we bought tickets or not.
It's reasons like this that I'm not going to be the guy who puts the new JoA in the mediafire thread where people are going to download it with no interest in purchasing it. Anybody who does intend to buy the album will probably seek it out on their own anyway.

It'd be nice to see those guys in Europe.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #437 on: 13 May 2008, 02:57 »

That's very admirable. I ought get a job so I can start paying off my vast music debt. I bought Random Spirit Lover for the sole reason of hoping to have Krug come to Australia.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #438 on: 13 May 2008, 03:19 »

Has anyone else heard the new Methadrone? It's kind of like a Neo Folk crew covering Jesu, it's pretty sweet. That's somewhere up there in the top 10, fo' realz.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #439 on: 13 May 2008, 11:06 »

Meshuggah's new album is really damned good.
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« Reply #440 on: 13 May 2008, 11:25 »

I still haven't heard it but Meshugga is generally pretty fucking monstrous in a very good way. Looking forward to hearing it.
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« Reply #441 on: 13 May 2008, 18:08 »

Oh no, Sufjan Stevens is music you have to listen to more than once to really get into. I mean, maybe if you desire an entire indie rock experience every time you turn up your headphones, but if you're looking for lyrics, for meaning, you can find it in Sufjan.

Again: Subjectivity.

I think Sufjan Stevens is fucking awful.

What are some of your other favourite artists?




People want to get back on topic. I'm not turning this into a forum battle with you.
We can start our own Sufjan thread, or just message me if you really want to continue this.

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« Reply #442 on: 13 May 2008, 18:48 »

Seeing how there's been over 10 posts since those posts you're quoting, I think it's safe to say the thread is back on topic already. And on that note, I gotta say I'm really disappointed with the new Death Cab (not that I had high hopes) and fairly disappointed with the new Grails EP which really isn't all that interesting. The Grails is arguably more of a letdown considering how good their previous album was. The new Envy EP, "Abyssal," is, however, really excellent. It's an evolution into more intense realms from their last album, "Insomniac Doze," which was incredibly good Japanese screamo w/ heavily "post-rock" influenced instrumentals.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #443 on: 13 May 2008, 19:01 »

People want to get back on topic.

I don't think you lurked enough to see how this forum works before you started posting.  Going off-topic is the norm, not the exception.

@ Wombat: By new Grails, do you mean Take Refuge In Clean Living?  I don't find it disappointing at all, in fact, I really fucking love it.  It reminds me of Dead Can Dance in quite a few spots.
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« Reply #444 on: 13 May 2008, 19:20 »

@ Wombat: By new Grails, do you mean Take Refuge In Clean Living?  I don't find it disappointing at all, in fact, I really fucking love it.  It reminds me of Dead Can Dance in quite a few spots.

Maybe it needs to grow on me some more. Nothing grabbed me from the get-go like, for example, "Silk Rd." or the title track from "Burning Off Impurities." It's a pretty solid release and I don't dislike it but I guess I had high hopes that weren't fully met upon my initial listens. I still, however, have very high hopes for the new album due out later this year.

EDIT: I do, however, absolutely love 12-string guitar. Grails using it as a primary instrument makes them far better than a hell of a lot of standard post-rock fare. I'm a big fan of middle eastern music so anything with that flavor is automatically cool in my book. In that sense, the EP is pretty bad-ass and has some cool moments. On the whole, however, still not nearly as impressive as "Burning Off Impurities."

The new death cab is ok in my opinion. I like that song "I Will Possess Your Heart" a lot.

Maybe it's just me since I've been hearing a lot of positive things so far about this album but I listened to it in one sitting today and found myself underwhelmed and occasionally pretty bored. I do like "I Will Possess Your Heart" a lot though. It's definitely their strongest song in recent memory. Again, this is an album that I'm commenting on based upon early impressions. A few more serious listens and I'll have a more concrete impression of it and might change my mind.
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« Reply #445 on: 13 May 2008, 19:34 »

I think my positive reaction to the new Death Cab mainly comes from how absolutely fucking much I hated most of their last two albums.  It's very rare a band that I seriously hate makes something where I go "What the... this is not bad at all!"
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« Reply #446 on: 13 May 2008, 20:08 »

Based on what I've heard (which granted isn't all that much, and shit it's not even halfway through the year yet guys jeez) and out of order:

Animal Collective - Water Curses (yeah, it's an EP, but I'm counting all releases here)
No Age - Nouns
Black Keys - Attack and Release
Portishead - Third
Autechre - Quaristice
Sun City Girls w/ J. Spaceman - Mister Lonely (I know it's only been leaked...but still badass)
Spiritualized - Songs in A and E
Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Parasio UFO - Recurring Dream And Apocalypse Of Darkness
Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
Raccoo-oo-oon - Mythos Folkways Vol. IV, Future Vision C40

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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #447 on: 13 May 2008, 20:20 »

Sun City Girls w/ J. Spaceman - Mister Lonely (I know it's only been leaked...but still badass)

Wait, what the Hell?  How have I not heard about this?  Why are the Sun City Girls putting out a new album when they officially disbanded after Goucher died?  I am so confused.
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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #448 on: 13 May 2008, 20:30 »

It's a film soundtrack.  Mister Lonely is the name of the film.

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Re: Top 10 Albums of 2008
« Reply #449 on: 13 May 2008, 20:33 »

I have no idea, I don't know a ton about the history of the Sun City Girls.  Until I find the blog that I got this from I can't provide a link, only a blurb from those idiots at Pitchfork.

What's more, the soundtrack to the upcoming Harmony Korine movie Mister Lonely, which features music by Spaceman and the Sun City Girls, now has a tracklist and release details. The soundtrack is scheduled for an April 22 release on Drag City, but the film will hit theaters at the end of March.

Also there was You're Never Lonely With A Cigarette which I just happened to find .

Recorded in July of 1988 during the sessions that produced Sun City Girls' most popular recording, these nine tracks represent the other half of songs which were originally prepared as a 2LP demo version of Torch of the Mystics for Placebo Records in 1989. The sequencing of all 20 tracks at the time was entirely different with the predominately instrumental tracks in this collection mixed in and around the mostly vocal tracks of what became Torch. Placebo went out of business shortly after this proposed 2LP idea was presented to them but Majora Records quickly stepped in to begin releasing most of the material. Included here are five tracks from early Majora singles: "100 Pounds of Black Olives" and "The Fine-Tuned Machines of Lemuria" (the complete unreleased 12-minute version) from the single "You're Never Alone with a Cigarette" and all three tracks from Record #1 of the double 7" Three Fake Female Orgasms -- "Plaster Cupids Falling from the Ceiling," "The Beauty of Benghazi," and "Souvenirs from Jangare." The short piece "Harmful Little Armful" is from the triple 7" box set Bruce Lee, Heroin, and the Punk Scene (from a Bay Area label Massacre at Central High) and rounding out the set are three unreleased studio tracks recorded the same day as much of the Torch LP: never before heard versions of "Amazon One," "Sev Acher," and "Wild World of Animals." This is the first of a multi-volume set of reissued singles, compilation, and unreleased tracks to be assembled and sequenced to play as full-length records. Vinyl editions may also appear in time.
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