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It’s Been 20 Years? The Best of 1991 Revisted: Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque

Posted December 26, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 4,354 views]
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I can see the faces in the crowd as Teenage Fanclub launched into the first power chord of “The Concept,” the epic song that opens their landmark 1991 album, Bandwagonesque. The mouths taking the same shape in perfect unison to sing that iconic first line – “She wears denim wherever she goes/Says she’s gonna get some records by the Status Quo/Oh yeah…”
It was 2006, …

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It’s Been 20 Years? The Best of 1991 Revisited: My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless

Posted November 11, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 4,224 views]
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This album, “Loveless” is a monster.
A devastatingly deafening banshee behemoth. A pulse-quickening Medusa that stops you dead in your tracks. A befuddling sphinx that defies you to define the very concept of what is music. And lastly a label consuming creature of leviathan proportions.
I can’t effectively tell the story of the album. Neither could nor would I attempt to describe it’s mysteries in any …

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It’s Been 20 Years? The Best of 1991 Revisited: Ween’s The Pod

Posted October 28, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 3,816 views]
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Believe it or not, I’ve never been high in my life.  I’ve never smoked, toked, puffed or inhaled.  When it comes to controlled substances, I’m as straight-laced as they come.  I know, that totally blows my image as someone living the hedonistic “sex & drugs & rock’n’roll” lifestyle of radio DJ, but it’s the truth.  Still, two out of three ain’t bad!
That said, one …

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It’s Been 20 Years? The Best of 1991 Revisited: Slint’s Spiderland

Posted October 24, 2011 by | 1 Comment | 3,917 views]
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There was an episode of the T.V. Series Gilmore Girls where Rory ditches school and takes a bus to New York to visit Jess, the bad boy that she won’t admit to be being totally into. When she finds him, they do a bunch of cool New York-y things including a trip to a High Fidelity-esque record store where Jess picks up a copy …

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It’s Been 20 Years? The Best of 1991 Revisited: Primal Scream’s Screamadelica

Posted October 7, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 4,696 views]
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This September marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Primal Scream’s Screamadelica.
Although the Big Bang of late 80s “Madchester’s Second Summer of Love” gave birth to a a variety of musical genre universes, still expanding,  I’m tempted to say that Screamadelica remains it’s perfect, truest sun.
Post-millenium, post-internetblogculture, post-genre, post-object, post-everything, we exist in a time and place marred by what author William Gibson calls, …

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It’s Been 20 Years? The Best of 1991 Revisited: Talk Talk’s Laughing Stock

Posted September 30, 2011 by | 2 Comments | 3,554 views]
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From KCRW DJ Chuck P:
Talk Talk were one of the many hotly tipped New Romantic bands of the early 80s, along with Duran Duran (who they opened for on their ’82 tour), A Flock Of Seagulls, OMD and so many more. They had a knack for writing keyboard infused pop nuggets with denser lyrics than most of
their contemporaries.
I was a huge fan when the …

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It’s Been 20 Years? The Best of 1991 Revisited: R.E.M’s Out of Time

Posted September 27, 2011 by | 2 Comments | 6,084 views]
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From KCRW DJ Anne Litt-
What an insane coincidence that I happen to be writing my tribute to REM’s” Out Of Time” the week after the band called it a day after 31 years together.   My personal history with the band, I realize, goes back almost  as long.
REM introduced me to music that was my own — not my parents’ or my friend’s older brother’s.  …

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It’s Been 20 Years? The Best of 1991 Revisited: Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend

Posted September 23, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 3,636 views]
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I was continuing my undergraduate work at UCLA in the fall of 1991, where I was serving as Music Director at their student-run radio station. It was particularly exciting time, as the “alternative” sound college radio had long championed was making some amazing mainstream inroads.  Just as Nirvana’s Nevermind was beginning its ground-breaking run, I stumbled upon another record that completely caught me off-guard …

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It’s Been 20 Years? The Best of 1991 Revisited: Achtung Baby

Posted September 16, 2011 by | 3 Comments | 5,811 views]
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2011 marks a year in music that (unbeknownst to us at the time) would be truly revolutionary and generation-defining in a way that will continue to reverberate for decades to come. In a series of posts, KCRW DJs will investigate some of the most important albums of the end of the last millennium.

From DJ Mario Cotto:
When I started looking at the list of records …

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