New Additions: Where’s the Danzig?

It was my Birthday at the end of March there and, naturally, some new records have somehow found their way into my collection (nestling snugly into the ‘need to listen’ pile).

I also decided to pick up an album that’s been on my list a wee while.

What are they?  It’s funny you should ask.

Rainer – Worried Spirits

Fire Records has been releasing Rainer’s albums at a bit of a snail’s pace, though they made some serious progress last year.  I had picked up Barefoot Rock a while back, but I’ve been waiting (im)patietly for my very favourite Rainer album to receive the vinyl release it deserves for a couple of years.  I had contacted Fire Records last summer to query whether it was on the cards and they didn’t let on that there were any imminent plans.  It was only via a vinyl group earlier in March that I learned it had been released… in December!!

Anyhoo, my wife picked it up for me and it was surprising to see that it’s on really lovely sun yellow vinyl.  This replaces an old Demon Records CD copy I had which was somehow misplaced or lost.  I love everything about this one and unreservedly so… from the front cover, the text, the album title, the song cycle.

My only gripe with the Fire reissue is that the track-listing on the back includes tracks that are available only via the download.  The release really could have benefited from a second slice of vinyl for the bonus cuts they’ve included.

Still, I’m not gonna complain, cause I have one of my absolute favourite albums and it sounds pretty brilliant.

These next two were purchased using a wee voucher I had got and they just arrived yesterday.

Earthless – From The Ages

Black Heaven has been on heavy rotation here and I’m on an Earthless kick (no bad thing).  I was looking for a copy of Rhythms From A Cosmic Sky on vinyl, but it was sold out and I thought I’d have a look for their last one instead, cause I wasn’t all that familiar with it cause I never really found the time to sit down and consume all 60+ minutes (30 minutes of that are the title track!).  I’ve yet to drop the needle on it, but I have been consuming all its enlightening glory via the instant download I’d received at the time of purchase and I’m looking forward to hearing how they split that title track!

Jeff Tweedy – Together At Last

This was a bit of a no-brainer, really (though I did ask JH if he’d heard it and if he’d recommend it).  It’s not often you see a record for less than a tenner, let alone one that was a) just released last year, b) by an artist you like a whole lot, and c) features a half dozen of your favourite tunes by that artist’s band.  Together At Last ticks all those boxes (or at least it did when I purchased it).  It’s basically Tweedy and his acoustic guitar performing tracks from his career (Golden Smog and Loose Fur, as well as Wilco).

Admittedly, I had been on the fence about this one, cause, well, I have the songs I really like and didn’t know what benefit having them again would be.  But this is pretty exceptional.  Intimate and fragile… and the versions of Via Chicago, Ashes Of American Flags, Muzzle of Bees, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart and I’m Always In Love are really pretty special.

Lastly, that album I finally decided it was time to pick up?

Screaming Trees – Last Words: The Final Recordings

Like a lot of records, this has been on my list for a long time.  That Mr. Yellowface guy kinda got me looking at copies online.  I spotted one for a tenner on eBay and thought “yeah, it’s time”.  There’s not much to look at – no liner notes or detailed credits, etc – but it’s a lovely slice of red vinyl (and the songs sound amazing).

And that’s it.

I reckon there’ll be something of a record buying break for a while as we weigh up life stuffs.

But I’ll definitely be writing stuff more often, though.

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53 Comments Add yours

  1. mikeladano says:

    That Earthless really gives me a Crowes vibe from the cover.

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    1. J. says:

      Aye, it’s like a twisted cousin of Lions, eh? Have you delved into Black Heaven? That sounds like a twisted cousin of Lions. Seriously.

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      1. mikeladano says:

        No but you’ve got me intrigued.

        Speaking of Lions I can tell you “My Cosmic Friend” and one other tune have made the Sausagefest countdown.

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      2. J. says:

        Act on the intrigue, Mike… I reckon you’d dig Black Heaven very much.

        My Cosmic Friend!! Man, one of my favourite Lions tunes!

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      3. mikeladano says:

        I need to revisit that album soon. I can understand why some people didn’t dig it. But I sure did.

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      4. J. says:

        For sure… it’s not the most welcoming of their albums. Difficult melodies and the likes. But it’s definitely worth persevering with, huh?

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      5. mikeladano says:

        Soul Singin’ is such an easy gateway. Yeah it’s challenging but I don’t think there are any illusions about that. Even the cover is challenging to look at for too long.

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      6. J. says:

        One of my favourite Black Crowes covers… psychedelic lions rock!

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      7. mikeladano says:

        Could be their best cover. Most of them are just shaggy dudes standing there. LOL

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      8. J. says:

        Haha! They do scrub up pretty well on By Your Side, though.

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      9. mikeladano says:

        Yeah but I wasn’t into that look. Chris Robinson with nail polish. Was it the Black Crowes on the new Marilyn Manson? LOL I was a big supporter of the beard era.

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      10. J. says:

        Haha! Aye, that’s a good point!

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  2. Yay for more writing. A big boo for the complete lack of Evil Elvis.

    You could have not bought any of these and put the money towards half of Fonzig III or maybe a third of Lucifuge? So think on!

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    1. J. says:

      I didn’t even think of that!! Why didn’t I think of that!! I could have had Lucifuge in my collection as early as September if I’d thought of that!!

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      1. You’re welcome. You could just flog all your Grohl and Homme records and put them towards part of your first Danzig album.

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      2. J. says:

        Eh, excuse me, HMO!! Don’t you ever mention that G word around here. Ever. You refer to him as ‘that guy that played in Nirvana’.

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      3. Let’s just never mention him at all, ever again.

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      4. J. says:

        Deal!!

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  3. I have as well with Earthless. I am glad to have been turned on to those guys. It just keeps getting better.

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    1. J. says:

      Amazing stuff. Really pleased you dig… probably my favourite of the bands I’ve discovered via this community.

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  4. Man what a score. Better not leave them lying around if that CB guys in the neighborhood.

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    1. J. says:

      Well, I’ll set up a few snacks in the living room in case he fancies dropping by and listening to some records and chatting about Sir Alec Guinness.

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      1. CB could get into that. maybe a cigar and a cup of tea on the side.

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  5. Jay says:

    Happy late birthday. Music is a great way to celebrate.

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    1. J. says:

      Thanks, Jay. Music is the best way to celebrate!!

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      1. Jay says:

        Careful now, we’re going to get used to this frequency!

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  6. DanicaPiche says:

    Happy Birthday, J! 🙂

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    1. J. says:

      Thanks, Danica!

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      1. DanicaPiche says:

        Glad you celebrated in great musical style. 🙂

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  7. Aphoristical says:

    Can you fill me in about Rainier? I’m not familiar at all with them.

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    1. J. says:

      Where to start!!? Incredible guitarist… dusty blues… has some really great albums (one produced by Billy Gibbons) and he passed away just about 20 years ago. Some of the posthumous stuff is very good, too (Alpaca Lips is worth checking out as an introduction to his stuff). There’s also a pretty great tribute album called Inner Flame… whole host of great artists on there.

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  8. Paul Kerr says:

    Love the Rainer album. Aphoristical see here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainer_Ptacek

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    1. J. says:

      Definitely my favourite of his… it’s near perfect, I reckon. I’m wondering how far Fire will take their collection, as Alpaca Lips and Live at the Performance Center would be great to have.

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  9. deKE says:

    Good to see you back writing Fella!

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    1. J. says:

      Thanks, Deke. I’ve actually Fair enjoyed bashing out some thoughts on the keyboard.

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  10. keepsmealive says:

    OMG I… I want all of these! GREAT STUFF, J.!

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    1. J. says:

      If you don’t have it already, you’d really dig that Tweedy album…

      … and the Rainer, Earthless, and Screaming Trees albums. Of course! Ha!

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      1. keepsmealive says:

        And here’s me just back from Toronto…

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  11. keepsmealive says:

    Also, Happy (belated) Birthday! How did I miss that?

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    1. J. says:

      Cheers, fella.

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  12. There’s a certain vicarious enjoyment from viewing others new acquisitions. Especially presents! Especially Especially ‘under a tenner’!

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    1. J. says:

      It’s not often you find a good record under a tenner, that’s for sure. I gave the Tweedy album a spin earlier and it was pretty great.

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  13. 1537 says:

    Who are you calling ‘Mr Yellowface’, monosyllable?!

    Some great acquisitions and none of them musicals – well done! I don’t have that new Earthless yet … it’s on the list though.

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    1. J. says:

      Ha!

      New Earthless is great; can’t recommend it enough.

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      1. 1537 says:

        I can take a hint!

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  14. boppinsblog says:

    Yayyyyy. Birthday vinyl is the 2nd best. Next to birthday coloured vinyl that is.

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    1. J. says:

      What colour is Birthday coloured!!?

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  15. stephen1001 says:

    An intimate/fragile version of I am trying to break your heart sounds like a fine recording!

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    1. J. says:

      It’s really wonderful, Geoff. I reckon you would dig that album a lot…

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  16. Chris says:

    Belated Happy Birthday. Nice you can enjoy acoustic versions of Tweedy’s hits. The solo songs I know by him are from Boyhood soundtrack. Wilco is an artist I’ve been meaning to look into, especially Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (which wikipedia says is in 1001 albums-but not my Danish edition! )

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    1. J. says:

      I’d thoroughly recommend digging into Wilco’s catalogue; so much good stuff to discover. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is certainly a good starting point. Summerteeth, A Ghost Is Born, Kicking Television (live) and Being There are all great. I also like Star Wars, which they initially offered on their website for free and appeared to be a holding thing, but actually received a full release and is a highlight.

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  17. Belated happy birthday J and congrats on the cool score of music goodies!

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    1. J. says:

      Thanks! I was plenty pleased with my record gets!

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