311 – Soundsystem (2xLP)

by Sonny   ·  2 years ago  
2012 US Repress

Primo Rick and I were just having a conversation about 311 fans and how you’re either with it, or you’re not. Well put me in the “with it” mix. They’re a band that’s mostly self-aware and treat their slight blend of Reggae/Dancehall cuts more as fanboys vs posers. Take their cover of “Leaving Babylon,” off their 1999 SoundSystem LP, as a prime example. Cheers to the positive vibes. #311day⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Triangle – Le Temps Des Tams Tams (7”)

by Sonny   ·  3 years ago  

1972 Original French Pressing


Back in 2013, I had the opportunity to hop around a few record stores in Paris and found myself in a little shop called @heartbeatvinyl. I couldn’t tell you which bin I was diggin in, when suddenly this record came through the shop’s speaker set-up. I immediately turned to the owner and asked, “what’s that?!” – and I got a dope little history lesson about this semi-famous French prog/rock band, from the early 70s, named Triangle. This 45 is one of the souvenirs I walked away, and it’s become a personal favorite. Cheers to Les Bleus – our pre-Cup pick to win it all – for getting the dub today and making us look good! ?

The Coral – The Coral (LP)

by Sonny   ·  3 years ago  

2002 Limited Edition U.K. Pressing


Back in 2002, while most kids in the U.S. were going crazy for The Strokes, there were two bands making serious waves in the U.K.: Kings of Leon and The Coral. The former went on to finally become somewhat embraced by their home country, after the release of their sophomore album, but the latter – they were homegrown kids from Merseyside who never would quite break through in the States. It’s a damn shame too, because the Psychedelic/Indie Rock music that The Coral debuted with really was, and still is, something to behold. They were hailed by the likes of Oasis and Morrissey, for what it’s worth, and would eventually be followed by label-mates, The Zutons, and some kids who went by the name of Arctic Monkeys.

The Doors – Strange Days (LP)

by Sonny   ·  3 years ago  

1967 Original Elektra U.S. Stereo Pressing


Finding a band or group that has released at least five good-to-great albums wasn’t the hard part. It was CHOOSING one that was fucking difficult. Well we’re highlighting a band, and album, that historically hasn’t received the credit it deserves. The Beatles get all the love for doing psychedelic/bluesy-rock well, but The Doors were consistently great at it. Peep exhibit A: Strange Days, which was effectively a “leftover” type follow-up to their self-titled debut. Paul Rothchild let the band jam out, while capturing a vibe and mood only the band could deliver.

Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare (LP)

by Sonny   ·  3 years ago  

2013 U.S. Repress


We’re still digesting the band’s latest release (and it’s fucking dope), but it makes their sophomore album feel like it was released in 1997, not 2007. It’s always interesting to study the path a band, or artist, takes during the course of their creative existence – and Favourite Worst Nightmare can be pointed to as a moment when something changed. Just go back and listen to the album closer “505”, and you’ll find the seeds for what you hear today.