Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Beach Boys - Laugh

Everyone knows about SMILE and it's gooey backstory, so here are the unused segments (most of them) from those sessions mixed with two b-sides from Pet Sounds, their earlier and more famous outing.

This is a short EP that has 17 tracks.  It's pretty goofy, including some songless skits.  Overall definitely a decent addendum to SMILE.


Side A

1.  Laugh
2.  Tune X
3.  Hang on to Your Ego
4.  Brian Falls Into A Microphone
5.  Cool Cool Water
6.  Three Blind Mice
7.  I Don't Know
8.  Underwater Chant

Side B

9.  You're With Me Tonight
10.  Brian Falls into a Piano
11.  He Gives Speeches
12.  Cool Cool Water (reprise)
13.  Get Smart With Me And Laugh
14.  With Me Tonight (reprise)
15.  Trombone Dixie
16.  You're Welcome (To Laugh)
17.  You're Welcome

Bob Dylan - Mississippi

Tell Tale Signs is definitely one of the best of the official bootleg series.  Mississippi has three different takes and is one of my favorite Bob Dylan tracks ever.  This is a ten-song, hour-long album featuring all tracks from post-1980, when Dylan "supposedly" got bad.  Though he never returned to anything close to his former glory, he still continued to release excellent tracks, perhaps just fewer than in the 60s and 70s.

Buy Tell Tale Signs.  It's good.  Not all of these songs are from that bootleg.  Caribbean Wind is the acoustic version, which is far superior, as well as the Blind Willie McTell electric version.  Things Have Changed is taken from Side Tracks.  Dignity is the original version and 'Cross the Green Mountain is from a movie.


Side A

1.  Mississippi
2.  Mary and the Soldier
3.  Things Have Changed
4.  Series of Dreams
5.  Dignity

Side B

6.  Blind Willie McTell
7.  Red River Shore
8.  Caribbean Wind
9.  'Cross the Green Mountain
10.  Miss the Mississippi

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cinema Impromptu - The Beatles

It's been far too long and as this is just a little side project I can only get to it when I have a small bit of free time.

It is now time to dump what I have been able to keep from two music harddrive crashes.  At one point I had 8,000 songs by The Beatles.

Cinema Impromptu is a strange little unreleased album.  Thematically it seems to flow very well and I spent many different drafts on it.  Originally I was going to do a whole catalog of Beatles bootlegs, one for demos, one for the white album, one for the let it be sessions, one for their pre-1963 material, etc.  But I have lost most of these bootlegs and playlists.

But I would never just give you an album I released a while ago and people have been begging me to reupload.  About 20 other strange beatles outtakes (and even some outfakes) in absolutely no particular order.  I'm not even listing the tracks, just explore it yourself.

But I will whet your appetite:  we got the 11 minute crazy version of Revoluton 1, the same song's demo, the brother malcolm version of Let It Be, a crazy christmas record, the incredibly rare acoustic version of Helter Skelter, etc.

Cinema Impromptu

Bonus 1

Bonus 2

Thursday, August 6, 2015

RJD2 - Deadsides

RJD2's Deadringer helped put instrumental hip-hop on the map and complimented works like Endtroducing... by DJ Shadow both interestingly being debut albums for the respective artists.  This sample-heavy album is among my favorites and I truly consider it a masterpiece.

Compiling a b-sides album anywhere near the caliber of Deadringer I figured to be impossible, but when I purchased the album I found two obscure hidden tracks and discovered the EP Here's What's Left, which had the Part 1 of Good Times Roll, likely my favorite track from Deadringer.

Deadsides is organized to mirror Deadringer, with an intro song as track 2, Rain replacing Smoke & Mirrors, etc.  The cut off date was his second album's release, for I use two rare tracks from Since We Last Spoke.

RJD2 - Deadsides

1.  Before or Since
2.  Intro
3.  Rain
4.  Here's What's Left
5.  Bonus Beat
6.  De L'alouette
7.  Find You Out
8.  Holy Toledo
9.  Bus Stop Bitties
10.  Poorboy Lover Megamix I
11.  Poorboy Lover Megamix II
12.  Poorboy Lover Megamix III
13.  The Good Times Roll (pt. 1)
14.  Counseling
15.  Sell The World
16.  Thine Planetarium

Gorillaz - Happy Radio (2-discs)

One of the inspirations for Gorillaz was American pop music.  It was Damon Albarn, who lead the britpop band Blur which remained rather isolated from the West, at least until Song 2 was released.  Even with the success of that single in America, they quickly evaporated into obscurity.  Sad, because Damon Albarn is one of the greatest musicians alive today.  But much of the pop radio of the 2000s in America was dominated by Gorillaz singles.

Gorillaz obviously takes inspiration from the pop music at the time, usually in an over-the-top way and always significantly more aesthetic and catchy than the songs they were sandwiched between on the radio.  The opening lines from their first single are "Finally, someone let me out of my cage," bellowed by Del, poking fun at the hype machines that are many current hip hop acts. 

Being one of my favorite acts, I really took my time with this set.  I will likely delete P-Sides because it is now obsolete (new leaks and songs I was unaware of have made it into this set that fit the time period for P-Sides), though I may just do an upgrade.

This is a two-disc set, the first being "rarities" and the second being "obscurities."  The first disc includes a few early demos and various super rare tracks.  The second disc includes more strange tracks as well as some remixes of both songs by Gorliiaz and other artists tracks remixed by Damon.

Gorillaz - Happy Radio

Disc I - Rarities

1.  I Got Law (Tomorrow Comes Today demo)
2.  Happy Radio
3.  A Rappy Song (demo)
4.  Rappy Song (fan mix)
5.  Dub Dumb
6.  Untitled (with Kid Koala)
7.  911 (with D12)
8.  I Need A Gun (Dirty Harry demo)
9.  Sumthin Like This Night (with Snoop Dogg)
10.  Whirlwind
11.  Applecarts
12.  Christmas Bonanza
13.  Gotta Get Down With The Passing Of Time (demo)
14.  DoYaThing (with James Murphy and AndrĂ© 3000)

Disc II - Obscurities

1.  L'Amour Est un Oiseau Rebelle (Gorillaz Remix)
2.  Let's Get Dirty (Gorillaz Remix)
3.  Shigoto No Ato Ni (Part I)
4.  Crystalized (The XX cover)
5.  Mr. Softee's Balloon Race
6.  Hand Clapper
7.  FM
8.  Electric Shock
9.  Gliter Freeze (Alternate Version)
10.  Gor Beaten
11.  Turns To Monsters (Gorllaz Remix)
12.  Shigoto No Ato Ni (Part II)
13.  Samba at 13
14.  Gorillaz On My Mind

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Updates Soon!

UPDATE:  Terribly sorry, all.  I had a last minute 2-month trip to White Bird, Idaho where I was helping run my Uncle's bar.  It was an obscure trip in a town of only 78 residents and five establishments.  I was able to film some footage on the side and I will be compiling a short documentary in the upcoming weeks.  There was no internet or cell service there, so now I am back with my interwebs!

The good news is that being secluded for so long allowed me to also work on new albums!  Yay! Smiley Face!


Alright, well I have to apologize for the lack of completion in these posts.  I will try to slowly finish them as I add even more albums in the upcoming days.  These include RJD2, Sparklehorse, Gorillaz and an epic collection of over 60 obscure and rare Beatles tracks that is an exhaustion of years of collecting Beatles bootlegs.

I hope you all have been enjoying!


Friday, February 20, 2015

Elliott Smith - A Shot of White Noise

Elliott Smith, one of the few artists to be given the descriptive moniker "the fifth Beatle," is that of legends.  Helping found the indie genre along with Modest Mouse and The Shins in the early 90s, Smiths influence can be seen in many current acts.  His story is also one of the great musical tragedies, battling with alcoholism and heroine use through most of his career, his life seemed to amount to a balancing act between depressive drug use and meditating, emotive musical output.  And of course, one day in 2003, it was simply too much.

An ocean of unreleased material has been uncovered, from B-sides to radio sessions to demos to strange obscurities.  A Shot Of White Noise is named after the only live performance on the set, "Another Standard Folk Song" also known as Crazy Fucker.  The collection begins on a more cheerful, love-struck note and ends with the final haunting song he completed prior to his death, "Suicide Machine."

This is a representation of the pure genius of Elliott Smith, as this collection of some b-sides, outtakes, demos and a couple tracks from New Moon, could easily be compared to some of his greatest outings, Either/Or, XO, Figure 8, etc.  Though there are dozens more outtakes, much time and dedication was taken to select the absolute best (my opinion) of his outtakes to add to any Smith fan, as well as act as a good jumping point; An Introduction To Elliott Smith Through Rarities, you could say.

Elliott Smith - A Shot Of White Noise (37:33)

Side A:

1.  I Don't Think I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out
2.  Either/Or *
3.  No Name #6
4.  Place Pigalle
5.  Grand Mal
6.  Another Standard Folk Song
7. Miss Misery *

Side B:

8.  Let's Turn The Record Over
9.  Figure 8
10.  Everything's Okay
11.  First Timer *
12.  Whatever (Folk Song In C) *
13.  Abused
14.  Misery Let Me Down
15.  Suicide Machine
* indicates track is from New Moon anthology

We begin with a lovely ditty that, though a b-side to Speed Trials, seems like it is more the sibling of Say Yes; a catchy, melody-driven love song that acts as a great opener.  The second outtake is also from Either/Or, but this time it is the self-titled track, which seems to be a theme for Smith, to omit the title track from the album.  No Name #6 is a well-known outtake that has some excellent vocals.

Place Pigalle was the original title track for Figure 8 (the name of the album was originally Place Pigalle), again being omitted from the album entirely.  It is among his most loved bootleg releases.  Grand Mal was the original name for the album XO, and again, when the name was changed, Smith seemed to omit the track.  Another fan favorite.  Next up is one of the live songs from the collection, which slightly mirrors Folk Song In C.  This song is also known as Crazy Fucker.  Side A finalizes with the acoustic version of Miss Misery from New Moon, in my opinion the more preferable version.

Side B begins with an outtake from Elliott's final album and posthumous release.  When From A Basement on the Hill was pressed, there were nearly twice as many songs from the sessions that were not included.  This lead many fans to believe that the album was meant to be a two-disc ordeal. 

Figure 8, is the eponymous track that again found itself on the cutting room floor.  Everything's Okay is another track left off of his last album and is a reworking of an earlier song called Pretty Mary K.  First Timer and Whatever are the same versions from New Moon.  First Timer was also reworked into a different song for Smith's last work.  Abused is probably the most famous song left off of From a Basement on the Hill.  It was obviously left out due to its depressing nature. 

One of my favorite unreleased tracks, a live radio recording actually, is the penultimate track on A Shot of White Noise.  One of those incredibly catchy melodies and an acoustic guitar.  We end with the last song Smith worked on, aptly and sadly titled Suicide Machine.  For how negative it is, it has a rather uplifting beat.  I'm sorry if putting it as the final song is inappropriate.