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Feel Old Now: The Tragically Hip’s “Up To Here” Released 25 Years Ago Today!

Up to Here On September 5th, 1989 the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip released their first full-length album “Up To Here”

The album reached #13 in February 1990 on the RPM Canadian Albums Chart and was certified diamond in Canada in 1999. The single “Blow at High Dough” became the theme song to the CBC comedy-drama Made in Canada.

The Tragically Hip, often referred to simply as The Hip, are a Canadian rock band from Kingston, Ontario, consisting of lead singer Gordon Downie, guitarist Paul Langlois, guitarist Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair, and drummer Johnny Fay. Since their formation in 1983 they have released 12 studio albums, two live albums, 1 EP, and 54 singles. Nine of their albums have reached No. 1 in Canada. They have received numerous Canadian Music awards, including 14 Juno Awards.

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New Music Tuesday – July 29 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Soundtrack from the film: After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill, a half human/half alien is now the main target of a manhunt lead by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team known as the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to save the world. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on Amazon | Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Various Artists on iTunes

Tracklisting

  1. Hooked on a Feeling – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  2. Go All the Way – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  3. Spirit in the Sky – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  4. Moonage Daydream – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  5. Fooled Around and Fell In Love – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  6. I’m Not in Love – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  7. I Want You Back – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  8. Come and Get Your Love – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  9. Cherry Bomb – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  10. Escape (The Piña Colada Song) – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  11. O-O-H Child – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  12. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Feel Old Now: Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique” Released 25 Years Ago Today

Paul's Boutique On July 25th, 1989 American hip hop group Beastie Boys & Capitol Records released their second studio album ‘Paul’s Boutique’. Featuring production by the Dust Brothers, the recording sessions for the album took place in Matt Dike’s apartment and the Record Plant in Los Angeles from 1988 to 1989, after which the recordings underwent mixing at the Record Plant in Los Angeles. Subsequent remixes were done at the Manhattan-based Record Plant Studios. The album is noted for being almost completely composed of samples, excluding the group’s vocal output.

Paul’s Boutique was initially considered a commercial failure by the executives at Capitol Records, as its sales did not match that of the group’s previous record, Licensed to Ill, and the label eventually decided to stop promoting the album. The album’s popularity continued to grow, however, and it has since been touted as a breakthrough achievement for the Beastie Boys. Highly varied lyrically and sonically, Paul’s Boutique secured the Beastie Boys’ place as critical favorites in the hip-hop genre. The album’s rankings near the top of many publications’ “best albums” lists in disparate genres has given Paul’s Boutique critical recognition as a landmark album in hip hop. On January 27, 1999, Paul’s Boutique was certified double platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 2003, the album was ranked number 156 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was re-released in a 20th anniversary package remastered in 24-bit audio and featuring a commentary track on January 27, 2009. Paul’s Boutique on Amazon | Paul’s Boutique on iTunes Continue reading

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New Music Tuesday – July 1 2014

Trigga by Trey Songz

Trigga by Trey Songz

Trigga is the sixth studio album by American R&B recording artist Trey Songz, scheduled to be released by Songbook and Atlantic Records. The album was supported by the singles “Na Na” and “SmartPhones” along with the promotional single “Ordinary” featuring Jeezy. Trigga on Amazon | Trigga on iTunes Continue reading

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New Music Tuesday – June 24 2014

While by Deadmau5

while(1<2) by Deadmau5

while(1<2) is Canadian artist deadmau5's seventh album. Taking to Twitter to announce the release, he announced that it was a double album containing a continuous mix for each disc and that the album as a whole, minus the mixes, would contain 25 tracks. The name of the album is a programming language reference, meaning "to loop indefinitely", as well as a reflection of the two-disc nature of the album. On 2 June 2014, the third single "Infra Turbo Pigcart Racer" premiered on mau5trap's SoundCloud page. It was made available for download on iTunes and Beatport the next day. The album's fourth single, "Phantoms Can't Hang", was also premiered through SoundCloud the day before its release on iTunes and Beatport, which was on 10 June 2014. while(1<2) on Amazon | while(1<2) on iTunes Continue reading

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Prince’s “Batman” Soundtrack Released 25 Years Ago Today

Prince Batman On June 20th, 1989 Warner Bros. Records released the score to the upcoming film “Batman”, the score, a concept album created entirely by Prince, was placed #1 on Billboard’s album chart for six consecutive weeks. It sold nearly three million copies in the United States alone. As a Warner Bros. stablemate, Prince’s involvement in the soundtrack was designed to leverage the media company’s contract-bound talent as well as fulfill the artist’s need for a commercial (if not critical) revival. The result was yet another multi-platinum successful cross-media enterprise by Warner Bros., in the vein of Purple Rain. Batman on Amazon | Batman on iTunes

The album was quickly recorded in six weeks—from mid-February to late March 1989—and Prince used three tracks recorded earlier: “Electric Chair” was recorded in June 1988; “Scandalous” in October 1988; and “Vicki Waiting” (originally known as “Anna Waiting”, named for his then-girlfiend, Anna Garcia) in December 1988. The album was performed entirely by Prince, with a few exceptions; Sheena Easton duets with Prince on “The Arms of Orion”, “Trust” features a sampled horn part by Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss, and “The Future” features strings by Clare Fischer sampled from the (then-unreleased) 1986 track “Crystal Ball” and samples of the Sounds of Blackness choir. “Batdance” includes a sample of Prince’s technician Matthew Larson, and “Partyman” features the vocal performance of then-girlfriend Anna Garcia (credited as Anna Fantastic). All dialogue sampled on Prince’s Batman album is taken directly from a workprint of Batman and therefore lacks ADR and foley. This is especially noticeable in the beginning of the first track, “The Future”, with dialogue of Michael Keaton speaking as Batman. Continue reading

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New Music Tuesday – June 17 2014

The Hunting Party by Linkin Park

The Hunting Party by Linkin Park

The Hunting Party is the sixth studio album by American rock band Linkin Park. The album, self-produced by band members Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson, was released by Warner Bros. Records in Friday-release countries on June 13, 2014 and will be released in North America on June 17, 2014. It is the first album since Meteora not to be produced with Rick Rubin, after producing the band’s previous three studio albums.

The Hunting Party is a departure from the band’s recent electronic rock sound of their previous two studio albums. The album, described by Mike Shinoda as simply “a rock record”, serves a statement by the band against contemporary mainstream and active rock bands, accused by Shinoda as “trying to be other bands and playing it safe”. Packaged by an artwork by Brandon Parvini based off an original drawing by James Jean, the album took under a year to record and produce, with material being improvisationally written in the studio by members of the band. The album also features guest appearances from Page Hamilton of Helmet, Rakim, Daron Malakian of System of a Down, and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. The Hunting Party on Amazon | The Hunting Party on iTunes

Track Listing

  1. Keys To the Kingdom – The Hunting Party
  2. All For Nothing (feat. Page Hamilton) – The Hunting Party
  3. Guilty All the Same (feat. Rakim) – The Hunting Party
  4. The Summoning – The Hunting Party
  5. War – The Hunting Party
  6. Wastelands – The Hunting Party
  7. Until It’s Gone – The Hunting Party
  8. Rebellion (feat. Daron Malakian) – The Hunting Party
  9. Mark the Graves – The Hunting Party
  10. Drawbar (feat. Tom Morello) – The Hunting Party
  11. Final Masquerade – The Hunting Party
  12. A Line In the Sand – The Hunting Party

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New Music Tuesday – June 3 2014

Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win by 50 Cent

Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win by 50 Cent

Animal Ambition is the fifth studio album by American rapper 50 Cent. The album is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2014, by G-Unit Records, Caroline Records and Capitol Records. It was supported by the singles “Don’t Worry ‘Bout It” featuring Yo Gotti, “Hold On”, “Pilot”, “Smoke”, “Hustler”, “Chase the Paper”, “Everytime I Come Around”, “Irregular Heartbeat”, “Winners Circle” and “Twisted”. The album features guest appearances from Yo Gotti, Trey Songz, Kidd Kidd, Jadakiss, Mr. Probz, Guordan Banks, Prodigy, Schoolboy Q and Styles P.

Track Listing

  1. Hold On – Single – 50 Cent
  2. Don’t Worry ‘Bout It (feat. Yo Gotti) – Single – 50 Cent
  3. Animal Ambition
  4. Pilot – Single – 50 Cent
  5. Smoke (feat. Trey Songz) – Single – 50 Cent
  6. Everytime I Come Around (feat. Kidd Kidd) – Single – 50 Cent
  7. Irregular Heartbeat (feat. Jadakiss & Kidd Kidd) – Single – 50 Cent
  8. Hustler – Single – 50 Cent
  9. Twisted (feat. Mr. Probz) – Single – 50 Cent
  10. Winners Circle (feat. Guordan Banks) – Single – 50 Cent
  11. Chase the Paper (feat. Prodigy, Kidd Kidd & Styles P) – Single – 50 Cent
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Feel Old Now! Queen’s “The Miracle” Released 25 Years Ago Today!

Queen_The_Miracle On May 22nd 1989 the rock band Queen released their 13th album ‘The Miracle’. The album was recorded as the band recovered from Brian May’s marital problems and Freddie Mercury’s AIDS diagnosis (which was, though known to the band, not publicised at the time). Recording started in January 1988 and lasted twelve months.

The album was originally going to be called The Invisible Men, but three weeks before the release, according to Roger Taylor, they decided to change the name to The Miracle. The album reached #1 in the UK, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, and #24 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The Miracle is estimated to have sold 9.5 million copies. Allmusic would name it as Queen’s best album of the 1980s, along with The Game. Buy Queen’s “The Miracle” on iTunes or Buy Queen’s “The Miracle” on Amazon

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