Sunday, December 17, 2017

Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open the Door

Sunday, time for a classic!

"Let My Love Open the Door" is a song written and performed by Pete Townshend from his 1980 album "Empty Glass". It reached the top ten in the United States in that same year, reaching number nine.

Although Townshend is a devotee to the religious guru Meher Baba, he claimed in the liner notes of his Anthology CD that "Jesus sings" on the track.

"Let My Love Open the Door" was released as the second single from Empty Glass in Britain, where it was backed with the non-album tracks "Classified" and "Greyhound Girl." The song saw more success when it was released as the debut single from "Empty Glass" in America, where the song reached #9. It was Pete Townshend's only solo top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but THE WHOs song "I Can See For Miles," which was written by Townshend, reached the same position on the chart 13 years earlier.

Initially, Townshend's manager despised the track due to it "not sounding like Townshend," and wanted it to be removed from "Empty Glass". However, upon the song's chart success, his manager called to apologize.

Despite the song's critical and commercial success, Pete Townshend did not consider it one of his best songs. He told Rolling Stone in an interview that "Let My Love Open the Door" was "just a ditty," also claiming that he preferred his minor US hit "A Little Is Enough" from the same album.

In 1996, Townshend released a new version of the song, called "the E. Cola mix", turning the song into a ballad. This version appeared in different television shows and film soundtracks.

The mesmerizing keyboard that pulls you in may be considered the blueprint for many ‘80s hits that would follow; simple but extremely catchy. In a Rolling Stone interview, Townshend refers to this song as “just a ditty” but undoubtedly we find it more than worthy of a position in our list of the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs. During a 1985 radio special called ‘My Generation’ it was said that Townshend’s manager hated this song and felt it should be left off the album. A few weeks after the release, he called Townshend and apologized when ‘Let My Love Open The Door’ became a big hit.

A few different renditions of this song exist, like the far slower 1997 E. Cola Mix that is used on the 'Grosse Pointe Blank' film soundtrack. If you’re a fan of the television show ‘Burn Notice’ you’ll also recognize a remake of the song, used as its ending theme. Taking on a spirit of its own, 'Let My Love Open the Door' is occasionally interpreted as a religious song -- “There’s only one thing that’s going to set you free and that’s my love." Townshend has commenting obliquely on the matter by saying “Jesus sings,” but the song's intended meaning, if it has just one, has yet to be fully explained.

Two of the musicians on this track, the bass player Tony Butler and drummer Mark Brzezicki, became part of the Scottish rock quartet Big Country a few years later.

Enjoy today's tune!

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Buffalo Killers - Need A Changin'

The American rock band BUFFALO KILLERS released a video for "Need A Changin’” on Oct 20, 2017. After the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas that took place Oct. 1, guns and gun violence have been on everyone’s mind this month. BUFFALO KILLERS’ Zach Gabbard has been thinking about it as well, having dealt with a gun-related incident at his child’s school.

He wrote a song a few days after dealing with the frightening event, “Need a Changin,'” which addresses his jumble of emotions.

Gabbard say of the track: “The lyrics for ‘Need a Changin’’ came to me a few days after [the school shooting]. On top of dealing with your own s***, you have to constantly relive it through the disgusting media circus that descends upon your community. When it’s too much to feel, you gotta sing.

“On a lighter note, the video comes from a longstanding theory of mine that all joggers are listening to Spoon,” he adds. “That’s not a diss. I love Spoon.”

On Oct. 20, the band’s eighth studio album, Alive and Well in Ohio, was released via Alive Naturalsound Records. The set was recorded at their Howler Hills Farm, Middletown, Ohio on analog studio on their own terms. Equipped with only the knowledge they had gained over the years, the band crafted this album without rules or pressure and is inspired by seasons of change, life, longing, love, and family. Pull up the faders and you can hear the guys singing, stomping, clapping and bleeding into each other's mics... on their own time, in their own space. They captured the melodies as they emerged.

Created and produced by songwriting brothers Zachary and Andrew Gabbard, the warm, consciously imperfect, and raw sound finds its inspiration in seasons of change, life, longing, love, and family. The universal truth that the only constant is change is woven throughout the 12 songs.

Today’s tune "Need A Changin’” is taken from "Alive And Well In Ohio”. Video Directed by Patrick Bertram Hague. Enjoy!

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Arcadea - Army of Electrons

5 billion years after the last great extinction, where the impending collision of galaxies creates a new order of planets. Where cold, distant moons pledge alliance to new suns and expanding gas giants implode into black holes. Ancient drones, forever adrift, record toxic tales of love between dying stars. Where lifeforms in suspended animation, dream among the ice rings of Saturn and cosmic war wages among gods and planets. It is in this universe that ”Arcadea" reign supreme as the last surviving space wizards since the final extinction. The galaxy Andromeda spins headlong into the Milky Way with three intergalactic travelers in tow.

Drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor (MASTODON), Guitarist/keyboardist Core Atoms (ZRUDA, GAYLORD) and Keyboardist/guitarist Raheem Amlani (WITHERED, SCARAB) are said pioneers, the space wizards of psychedelic soundscapes where organic drums collide with synthetic keys to create an infinite transmission from an event horizon. They go by ARCADEA and their otherworldly brand of psyche-electric, synth-driven, metallic madness sounds alien yet somehow familiar.
ARCADEA's visionary, self-produced, self-titled debut was mastered by Colin Leonard (MASTODON) and features stunning cover art from renowned sci-fi fantasy artist Essy May.

”Arcadea” is 10 tune electronic commodore 64 odyssey with influences of MASTODON, recorded at Orange Peel Studios in Atlanta, GA. The self-titled debut record was released via Relapse Records this June.

Unlike their other bands, ARCADEA uses only keyboards in a unique blend of crushing, organic drums and psychedelic synthesizers. The music is at once electronic but not electronica, synthetic but not processed, heavy but not metal.

Today’s tune "Army of Electrons”, taken from the self titled debut album ”Arcadea”.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Igorrr - ieuD

"Savage Sinusoid" is the newest addition to Igorrr’s musical madness, released on Metal Blade Records. Completely sample-free, the album features vocalists Laurent Lunoir and Laure Le Prunenec, along with drummer Sylvain Bouvier, and showcases more musicians than any of Igorrr previous releases – one of those guests being CATTLE DECAPITATIONs Travis Ryan, who lends his vocals on “Cheval”, “Apopathodiaphulatophobie” and “Robert”, while we can see also Teloch, from Mayhem, performing the guitars and the bass on the track “Viande”.

While "Savage Sinusoid" draws from a plethora of genres, Serre has no intention of baffling or alienating potential listeners. As he explains:"I just want to make the music I love, without asking myself if it's gonna be too complex or too far from what people like. I want to make the music which has sense to me, with no restrictions, like a big party with metalheads, electronics nerds, classical and baroque-heads and gypsy violinists getting drunk and joining together to bring the best of every genre."

Initially influenced by the likes of MESSHUGGAH, CHOPON, CANNIBAL CORPSE, BACH, DOMENCIO SCARLATTI, TARAF DE HAIDOUKS and APHEX TWIN, traces of these artists can be found littered across Igorrr’s discography, but Serre has never been interested in remaining static or merely recycling ideas, and his work has dramatically evolved accordingly. It deeply explains how Igorrr’s music is such an explosion of creativity while keeping a cohesive universe records after records.

In recent years, Igorrr has also become a collective, rather than the work of one man alone, which has brought a new level of intensity into the group live representations.

Today's tune "ieuD" is taken from "Savage Sinusoid", enjoy this madness!

Upcoming North America Tourdates:

Jan 31, 2018 Petit Campus — Montreal, Quebec
Feb 1, 2018 Mod Club — Toronto, Ontario
Feb 2, 2018 Voltage Lounge — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 3, 2018 Brighton Music Hall — Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 4, 2018 Highline Ballroom — New York City, New York
Feb 6, 2018 Reggies — Chicago, Illinois
Feb 9, 2018 Circo Volador — Mexico City, Mexico
Feb 10, 2018 C3 Stage — Guadalajara, Mexico
Feb 12, 2018 Echoplex — Los Angleles, California

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