+2Posted on Jan 19th | re: The Smashing Pumpkins - "Being Beige" Video (9 comments)

The twins in the video are likely a reference to the twins on the cover art of Siamese Dream, but the art on the CD has / had absolutely nothing to do with The Smashing Pumpkins. It is the original Virgin Records logo, designed by Roger Dean (who designed most of the album covers for YES, ASIA and a whole slew of other prog bands) and designed in the early 1970′s.

 0Posted on Dec 8th, 2014 | re: Win Stereogum's 10 Best Albums Of 2014 On Vinyl Courtesy Of Insound (2398 comments)

Sun Kil Moon – Benji
(Which was available on vinyl. Clear, Red, Blue, Yellow and Clear and Swirled pressings….But suppose the pressings were all limited)

 0Posted on Dec 2nd, 2014 | re: Win R.E.M.'s 7IN -- 83-88 Vinyl Box Set (344 comments)

Driver 8

 0Posted on Nov 4th, 2014 | re: Album Of The Week: Les Sins Michael (27 comments)

Mouse on Mars – 21 Again Collaborations

SO many great tracks here. Maybe not AOTW (too sprawling and comp styled), but second week in a row (sure it happens more) that a killer album hasn’t been listed under the releases list. Last week being Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Intensity Ghost.

 -1Posted on Oct 28th, 2014 | re: Album Of The Week: Run The Jewels RTJ2 (116 comments)

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Intensity Ghost

 +4Posted on Sep 15th, 2014 | re: XTC Albums From Worst To Best (43 comments)

Some really great and well thought out pieces on the albums though…..MUMMER in particularly. I’ve actually been waiting for this one, and it ended up in a very different order than I expected! Maybe it’s better that way to be honest, I’ve spent so much time with these albums that it’s gotten difficult to place any of them in any sort of coherent order. I’ve also logged a lot of hours on the Chalkhills site. Great job Robert Ham.

 +1Posted on Sep 15th, 2014 | re: XTC Albums From Worst To Best (43 comments)

This list is all kinds of lopsided and out of whack!!!!!!!!!!! At least compared to my own ranking….. Hands down one of the best Post-Punk / Pop / Brit Pop / Anglo-Whatever / Psychedelic bands of all time. About time. Now bring on the King Crimson and Can.

 0Posted on Oct 8th, 2013 | re: Painful Turns 20 (16 comments)

You know it because it’s true….

 0Posted on Oct 7th, 2013 | re: Painful Turns 20 (16 comments)

May I Sing With Me was definitely the first Yo La Tengo with James McNew on board as a full time member, and I’d be willing to debate that IT was the album where the Yo La Tengo we know and love truly got their wings. Every album of theirs has at least a couple of killer songs, and Fakebook is fantastic all the way through……But without a doubt, Painful changed everything. Such an amazing album.

 0Posted on May 6th, 2013 | re: Rid Of Me Turns 20 (13 comments)

Was wondering the same….Tom just taking a random dig, or did a college radio station in his hometown have a fixation with XTC on their playlists? The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead had long since come and gone as semi successful single in the US. There were a hell ton of other bands / songs in rotation at most college stations that year bearing Albini’s production stamp. Having said that, Rid Of Me certainly deserves all the praise. Great album…….but so is almost everything XTC did.