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Mercury Rev – Strange Attractor (2008)


Mercury Rev – Strange Attractor (2008)
Mp3 / RS / 48MB

On September 29, the great released STRANGE ATTRACTOR, the 11 song, full-length companion album to SNOWFLAKE MIDNIGHT absolutely FREE for MP3 download!

While still conscious of its ‘other’, STRANGE ATTRACTOR’S own radiance reflects an even subtler kind of self-organization, its own ground state of order not immediately perceived but rather felt over the course of a complete listen. The less said and the more listened, the better…

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Tracklisting

01. Love Is Pure
02. Taken Up into Clouds, Changed and Rained Down
03. Pure Joie de la Solitude
04. Persistance and the Apis Mellifera
05. Fable of a Silver Moon
06. Loop Lisse, Loop
07. In My Heart, a Strange Attractor
08. Incident on Abeel Street
09. Af Den Fader Kommer Den Sol
10. Because Because Because
11. Nocturne for Norwood

Here she be:

Mercury_Rev_-_Strange_Attractor_-_2008.rar



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October 5, 2008 Posted by | Mercury Rev, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Both Sides Now – The Spirit of Americana – VA (2002)


Both Sides Now: The Spirit of Americana – VA (2002)
Mp3 @ 160 kbps / 2 files – 89.5 MB & 86.0 MB / RS

Both Sides Now – Best Of Americana was a 2002 UK-exclusive release, compiled by Uncut magazine’s Nigel Williamson.

The collection aims to offer a comprehensive summary of Americana as it currently stands with 37 tracks from such an array of amazing artists like Bob Dylan, Flaming Lips, Lambchop, Mercury Rev, Jim O’Rourke, Thea Gilmore, Radar Brothers, Be Good Tanyas, Silver Jews, Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions & many more.

Funny, I wouldn’t associate many of these with Americana! But so fucking what! It’s great music!

Yap – although they did cast their Americana net a little too widely, there are still plenty of gems on this compilation.

Those seeking a purer form of Americana could do worse than check out the Flyinshoes podcast which comes from Nottingham, in the middle of the UK, rather strangely! I always knew Britland was the 51st US State!!

Some of these rather good podcasts can be had here; www.archive.org/flyinshoes

Both Sides Now collects two discs’ worth of contemporary artists who work loosely under the genre label Americana, although it is difficult to imagine some of the these acts actually falling into that drawer, like the Flaming Lips, for example, whose “Do You Realize” is included here.

That said, this is a pretty cool anthology with a lot of highlights, starting with the first track, Bob Dylan’s “High Water (For Charley Patton).” The woefully underappreciated Rodney Crowell contributes “Ballad of a Teenage Queen,” while Steve Earle brings his courageous (and controversial) “Ballad of John Walker,” and the two songs seem to sort of bookend the American experience. BR5-49 does a loving cover of Gram Parsons’ “Hickory Wind.” The Flaming Lips’ erstwhile cousin Mercury Rev, another band that works “in the spirit of Americana” rather than in Americana itself, is represented here by the pretty “Little Rhymes.” A fine introduction to some interesting artists who seem to never show up on MTV ( or on CMT, either, for that matter).

– Steve Leggett
Well, here’s a useful catch-all, catch-up compilation in time for slipping into your Americana Christmas stocking. Sub-sub-titled The Best of Americana 2002! It rather stretches a point to include the Flaming Lips’ pop-glorious Do You Realise? and Warren Zevon’s You’re A Whole Different Person, but otherwise this embraces all shades of the genre, from sparse mountain music to gutsy guitar rocking, from the Be Good Tanyas, Arlenes and Silver Jews to Jason Ringenberg, Jay Farrar and Grant Lee Phillips.

Rather than the review descending into an extended list, suffice to point you in the direction of Raul Malo & Shelby Lynn’s revamp of It Takes Two To Tango, Rodney Crowell’s Johnny Cash tribute album version of Ballad of a Teenage Queen, the inclusion of little known but worth discovering names Dan Bern, Wiskey Biscuit, Departure Lounge, and Cicero Buck, After All This Time from Darden’s Smith’s criminally underpublicised comeback album, and the fragile beauty of Hope Sandoval’s Suzanne.

But whether your taste leans more to Dylan (High Water) or Lambchop (I Can Hardly Spell My Name) with its balance of reliable old timers and emergent heirs to the throne (Mary Gauthier step right up), even with the notable omissions of Ryan Adams, The Guthries and Eileen Rose, this is ridiculously good value for money, even though it’ll probably cost you a fortune tracking down the albums by the artists you’ll just be discovering within. And I managed to get through the whole review without once drooling over the fact it also contains Thea Gilmore’s not-entirely-Americana-but-who-cares cover of I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine from her forthcoming new album. Oh darn!

– Mike Davies

Tracklisting

CD 1 – 78:18

01 Bob Dylan – High Water (For Charley Patton) 04:05
02 Raul Malo & Shelby Lynne – It Takes Two to Tango 03:35
03 Lambchop – I Can Hardly Spell My Name 03:22
04 The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize 03:34
05 Jim O’Rourke – All Downhill From Here 05:00
06 Jeff Finlin – I Am the King 04:12
07 Warren Zevon – You’re a Whole Different Person When You’re Scared 05:14
08 Jay Farrar – Barstow 03:54
09 Radar Brothers – Rock of the Lake 04:59
10 Dan Bern – New American Language 05:13
11 Jason Ringenberg – Bible and a Gun 04:37
12 The Be Good Tanyas – Don’t You Fall 03:40
13 Silver Jews – Horseleg Swastikas 03:23
14 Caitlin Cary – Shallow Heart, Shallow Water 04:36
15 Hayden – I Should Have Been Watching You 01:43
16 The Vessels – Don’t Waste Your Time 03:07
17 Chris Mills – Silver Line 02:56
18 BR5-49 – Hickory Wind 04:18
19 Stewboss – I Hope I Miss You 03:39
20 Rodney Crowell – Ballad of a Teenage Queen 03:11

CD 2 – 75:19

01 Josh Rouse – Feeling No Pain 04:20
02 Steve Earle – Ballad of John Walker 03:41
03 Wiskey Biscuit – Santa Ana River Delta Blues 05:51
04 Mercury Rev – Little Rhymes 05:12
05 Thea Gilmore – I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine 04:35
06 Chuck Prophet – Summertime Thing 05:11
07 Grand Drive – Track 40’s Gone 04:45
08 Grant Lee Phillips – Like a Lover 04:32
09 Departure Lounge – King Kong Frown 02:58
10 St. Thomas – Oh I Have Left the Ground 03:28
11 Cicero Buck – Delicate Shade of Grey 03:35
12 Will Kimbrough – Hey Big Sister 05:11
13 Mary Gauthier – Our Lady of the Shooting Stars 03:30
14 Dolly Varden – Overwhelming 05:21
15 The Arlenes – Lonely Won’t Leave Me Alone 05:27
16 Darden Smith – After All This Time 02:54
17 Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions – Suzanne 04:48

Here they be y’all!

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August 19, 2008 Posted by | Jim O'Rourke, Josh Rouse, Mercury Rev, Music_AltCountry, Silver Jews, Steve Earle, Various Artists, _BOB DYLAN, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs (1998)

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Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs (1998)
Released- September 29, 1998
Recorded- Tarbox Studios, NRS Studios, Six Hours Studios
Genre- Alternative rock
Length- 44:39
Label- V2 Records
Producers- Dave Fridmann, Jonathan Donahue

Man, I played this one to death when I first got it back in the Autumn of 98!

Deserter’s Songs was the fourth album by the rock band Mercury Rev, released in 1998. British music magazine NME awarded Deserter’s Songs album of the year for 1998.

Rather crazily, the album is currently out of print! A 10th anniversary edition of the album was rumoured to be released on March 5, 2007 (actually, only the album’s 9th anniversary, morons!).

The success of this album was apparently a big surprise for the band. After the commercial failure of See You on the Other Side, which Jonathan Donahue considered to be the band’s best album, they decided to make one more record entirely for themselves, ignoring commercial influences, and expecting to split up shortly afterward. Surprisingly, Deserter’s Songs was their most successful album, and made them celebrities in the UK and Europe, also making a smaller mark in the US.

Some drooling reviews can be seen here:

“A touching, majestic gem of a record, DESERTER’S SONGS raises the bar not just for Mercury Rev themselves, but orchestrated pop in general. There’s a timelessness to both the compositions and the arrangements here. Grand sonic visions are realized with horns, keyboards, strings, even a bowed saw! No matter how big the sound gets, though, it’s all carefully controlled, and the cinematic scope enhances the songs, rather than obscuring them. Simple–but never blunt–lyrics benefit from an infectious melodicism that speaks to the pop songcraft skills Mercury Rev has mastered. The sweeping scale of DESERTER’S SONGS never denies the small, intimate pleasures that pop up from song to song, as the band combines psychedelia, ’60s pop, Flaming Lips-ish indie rock and a homey folk-rock sound (the Band’s Garth Hudson and Levon Helm even appear here) for a masterpiece of epic proportions.”


And right out of the blue came Mercury Rev. Nearly men, who had crafted several flawed albums, until the magical opus that was Deserter’s Songs reared its delicately patterned head. Add this album to their unforgettable intimate live performances and Mercury Rev rightfully holds pride of place on the a-list of innovative artists. Boces, like many of Mercury Rev’s previous albums, was full of brilliant half ideas. What it lacked in focus, it made up in energy. Like ‘Something For Joey’, a song that ran ragged for minutes exposing an unpolished sheen that suggested that greatness was close at hand. ’Deserters Songs’ is a different proposition altogether, however. Where Mercury Rev once fumbled in the dark with their undoubted genius, they now provide the bright lights for an art form in serious need of reinvention.

‘Holes’ kicks off proceedings in reflective mode. Lacking a distinct beat, this song turns the blueprint for modern music on its head. Imagine floating high above the clouds while catching a glimpse of celestial beings practising for that great gig in the sky. The quality of instrumentation is quite staggering, but what is more surprising is the thought of four men in their late thirties, one called Grasshopper, dictating matters. With a vast array of instruments being introduced at close intervals throughout ‘Deserter Songs’ it’s not surprising that some of the tunes sound otherworldly. Take ‘Endlessly’ for example. Could it be those Chamberlin Strings, them Woodwinds, the Wurlitzer, that Mellotron or perhaps the B3 (instrument of the century anyone) that makes it sound like it is the most refreshing song you’ve ever heard? Hard to judge really, but one thing is for sure once you’ve heard ‘Endlessly’, it will impose an indelible impression.

This is Mercury Rev’s great gift. They make the most natural of musical decisions by choosing the most appropriate instrument available. These decisions breathe life into their ideas. So when you hear a female voice shadowing on the outskirts of the ‘Hudson Line’ it fits perfectly, like that elusive last piece of a jigsaw you uncovered by chance down the back of the couch. ‘Goddess on a Hiway’, the first single to be released off the album signalled Jonathan Donahue and chums intentions. With a lithesome piano intro, the tune extends its amiable nature to befriend all comers. Donahue’s vocals vary between a matter-of-fact and a harmonious delivery while the sound swell fills in the blanks. At other times it perfectly paints the sun rising over a cool blue ocean.

’Deserter Songs’ inspires the use of analogies. Simple chord descriptions simply wouldn’t do the album justice. ‘Tonite It Shows’ captures the scene where you’re beneath the stars with your loved one and the world for a second becomes you’re oyster, the moon you’re pearly gift. This is mood-enhancing stuff with Donahue’s vocals sounding vulnerable and affecting. ‘Deserter Songs’ is much more than a collection of instruments and people making a sound. The album paints a sea of innovative strokes with ideas strewn colourfully like fish in an aquatic collectors tank. Subtlety becomes an art form; grandiose enters the alternative arena and old men weep at the beauty of it all. It is the best Christmas album ever made such is its wide-eyed approach. At the end the listener is left with ‘Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp’ to wash away all the pent up emotions, leaving us dizzy and ready to begin the adventure all over again. ‘Deserter Songs’ is an album to dance to, an album to cry to, an album to make love to and most off all an album to live life by. Not an adventure of a lifetime then, more one you can take every three-quarters of an hour.

Rating: 9/10


Tracklisting

1. Holes
2. Tonite It Shows
3. Endlessly
4. I Collect Coins
5. Opus 40
6. Hudson Line
7. Happy End, The (The Drunk Room)
8. Goddess On A Hiway
9. Funny Bird, The
10. Pick Up If You’re There
11. Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp

Here she be:


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Mercury Rev – Back To Mine (2006) @320

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Mercury Rev – Back To Mine
Released in 2006
Mp3 @320kbps / 142 Mb / 2 RARs
A wonderfully eclectic and excellent compilation via the boys from Rev!

Yap, this 2006 compilation was handpicked by Alternative heroes Mercury Rev and features many songs that have influenced them as well as a few current favorites.

Amongst the array of great talent here are Suicide, David Bowie, Nico, Alex Chilton, Galaxie 500, Billie Holliday and John Cale. There are also some more obscure music – including an amazing Nicolai Dunger track.

I could live without the awful Terry Jacks track though! Thank fuck for delete buttons!

And, if that’s not enough, there’s a brand new Mercury Rev track, ‘Cecilia’s Lunar Expose’, recorded specifically for this collection!

Get downloading now mofos!!

As one might expect from a band as eclectic as Mercury Rev, their late-night mixtape compilation offers a selection of style and genres, incorporating legends (Billie Holiday, George Jones, Nico, Pharoah Sanders and Randy Newman) alongside more outré talents. What’s also no surprise, given the layered approach of their early albums, is the elegant congruence of many of the segues: the opening link from Bowie’s “A New Career in a New Town” to Johan Johannsson’s “Hotel Borg”, for instance, is all about shared intent and melodic echoes, while the move from John Cale’s “Days of Steam” to Andrew Bird’s “Opposite Day” involves the subtlest of shifts from viola to violin.

The most sustained progress, however, is from the band’s “Cecilia’s Lunar Exposé”, a slice of Saucerful Of Secrets-era Floydism, through the Neu!-style groove of Spacemen 3’s “Big City”, to the erotic trance-scape of Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream”, a beautifully modulated arc for the more ambitious musical explorers, with childlike comforts furnished by “Seasons In the Sun” and “When You Wish Upon A Star”.

Highlights :’Days Of Steam’, ‘Big City’, ‘Dream Baby Dream’, ‘Cecilia’s Lunar Exposé’

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Tracklisting

1. A New Career In A New Town – David Bowie
2. Hotel-Borg – Johan Johannsson
3. Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks
4. When Will You Come Home – Galaxie 500
5. I’m A Fool To Want You – Billie Holliday
6. Days Of Steam – John Cale
7. Opposite Day (Reprise) – Andrew Bird
8. The Grand Tour (Clean Version) – George Jones
9. If I Were A Little Star – Nicolai Dunger
10. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams – Nico
11. Cecilia’s Lunar Expose – Mercury Rev
12. Big City – Spacemen 3
13. Dream Baby Dream – Suicide
14. Let Me Get Close To You – Alex Chilton
15. Astral Traveling – Pharoah Sanders
16. Cast Anchor – Hanne Hukkleberg
17. Uncle Bob’s Midnight Blues – Randy Newman
18. When You Wish Upon A Star – Cliff Edwards

Here she be:

Part1:
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Part2:

RevBACKTOMINE.part2.rar

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August 19, 2008 Posted by | Alex Chilton, Billie Holiday, David Bowie, Galaxie 500, Hanne Hukkelberg, John Cale, Mercury Rev, Music_Alternative, Music_Electronica, Nicolai Dunger, Suicide, Various Artists, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Silent League – Of Stars and Other Somebodies (2007)


The Silent League – Of Stars and Other Somebodies (2007)
Mp3 @320 Kbps / 38:21 / 86.40 MB

Let me start with a blurt! Yes folks, I goyta say that this is a wonderful record. I fucking love it!

The Silent League are an 8-piece band who are fronted by former Mercury Rev keyboardist, Justin Russo.

According to their PR, they’ve worked with Arcade Fire, Bishop Allen and Beirut and are currently collaborating with Feist, TV On The Radio and Mum.

These kind of name checks give a real sense of the level of creativity this band harness. ‘Of Stars And Other Somebodies’ shows off a band who making some fine alternative-pop music with lush production thanks to Charlie Francis’s (REM, Wilco) warm tones and brass accompaniments.

Tracklisting

Canary In The Coalmine
Victim Of Aeroplanes
Kings And Queens
Before You Started
Let It Roll
Character Assassination
Tolka Not The Liffey
Untied
Out Of Reach
Second Canary Test
Prayer For The Nihilist
Dry Hallway

Here she be;

[320 Kbps, 38:21, 90 MB]

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Mercury Rev – Snowflake Midnight (September, 2008)

Mercury Rev – Snowflake Midnight (29 September, 2008)
Recorded; Catskill Mountains
Genre; Alternative rock
Label; V2 Records,
Yep Roc Records
Producer; Dave Fridmann, Mercury Rev

We’re loving this soon to be released album Snowflake Midnight which has all the quality that has been a hallmark of the Rev’s tremendous output in recent times.

Snowflake Midnight is the upcoming seventh studio album from Mercury Rev, set to be released on September 29, 2008 in the UK, and September 30 in the US.

The album’s release coincides with tour dates in the UK and Europe, which can be found listed on the band’s MySpace page link.

From the band’s website:

“On September 29, 2008, MERCURY REV will release their seventh studio album, SNOWFLAKE MIDNIGHT, a set of nine self-luminous and astonishing new songs. Zooming in at any part of SNOWFLAKE MIDNIGHT, at nearly any conceivable magnification, always reveals the forces of symmetry and chaos at play, shimmering, vibrating close-ups and vistas of life driving itself onward, bursting with patterns and mandala-like forms pushed to the brink of incredible pressures then lost in an instant… blown apart by their own majestic desire to share themselves, spirals of new momentum inter-twingling with the vastness of limitless new creation… The entire album sequence appears to be a resplendent fractal, folding in upon itself, into something continually new, unpredictable and spontaneous, and yet, paradoxically at times so subtly self-aware, never failing to resemble itself in the whole… ”

Available on the same day from the band’s website is the “companion” album Strange Attractor and this eleven-track album will be given away free as an MP3 download.

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The New York Times has called the music of Mercury Rev “a free associative castle in the air, with every detail shimmering.” On ‘Snowflake Midnight,’ (September 30/Yep Roc Records) the group’s first proper album in nearly four years, they tear the castle down. Recorded over several months in late 2007/early 2008, and co-produced by David Fridmann and Mercury Rev (who remain Jonathan Donahue, Grasshopper, and Jeff Mercel), the nine new songs on ‘Snowflake Midnight’ mark a significant conceptual shift for the band. If its last landmark release – 1998’s ‘Deserter’s Songs’ – signaled a reinvention, then ‘Snowflake Midnight’ is a reboot.

In a sense, Mercury Rev had to “unlearn” twenty years of experience to make ‘Snowflake.’ “We wanted to let go of familiar and comfortable ideas of sound and ways of working,” says Mercel. Traditional instruments gave way to vintage and cutting edge electronics. Songs weren’t written so much as they evolved. Order was abandoned, and happenstance was embraced, resulting in one of the most fertile creative outpourings in the band’s history. Every song included on ‘Snowflake’ was edited, manipulated and distilled from hours of recorded material.

A similarly painstaking process went into making ‘Strange Attractor,’ a companion album which will be made available as a free download, also on September 30. This all-instrumental album shares some musical themes with ‘Snowflake Midnight’ but features eleven exclusive, all-new songs. Fans can go to http://www.mercuryrev.com or http://www.yeproc.com to receive download instructions. ‘Strange Attractor’ will also accompany the vinyl release of ‘Snowflake Midnight.’

Tracklisting

1. “Snowflake in a Hot World”
2. “Butterfly’s Wings”
3. “Senses on Fire”
4. “People are So Unpredictable (There’s No Bliss like Home)”
5. “October Sunshine”
6. “Runaway Raindrop”
7. “Dream of a Young Girl as a Flower”
8. “Faraway for Cars”
9. “A Squirrel and I (Holding On…and Then Letting Go)”

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Mercury Rev – The Secret Migration (2005)

Mercury Rev – The Secret Migration (May 15, 2005)
Recorded; Six Hours Studios, Tarbox Observatory
Genre; Alternative rock
Length; 44:28
Label; V2 Records
Producer; Dave Fridmann, Mercury Rev

We’re loving Mecury Rev’s soon to be released album Snowflake Midnight.

The Secret Migration LP was their previous LP and has all the quality that has been a hallmark of the Rev’s tremendous output in recent times.

Mercury Rev’s sixth album Secret Migration is a high flying psychedelic concept record filled with paeans to Mother Nature. Singer Jonathan Donahue has never been so in touch with his inner hobbit as he is here.

Dave Fridmann remains the band’s producer, which is excellent as he’s the most interesting part of the band, and a great deal of the reason that the band’s best album, ‘98’s Deserter’s Songs, is as good as it is.

Mercury Rev has never been a wildly original band – they’ve been aesthetically joined-at-the-hip with the Flaming Lips for much of their career, and “Diamonds” almost sounds like a parody of Wayne Coyne and crew. But there’s something beguiling about the band, a childlike simplicity that runs through their modern-day prog anthems.

On “My Love,” Donahue sings “Ain’t it amazing when the seasons begin to change/Someone behind the scenes just seems pull some strings,” and as daft as that sounds, well, he’s right! As ecological stoner anthems go, these are righteous.

-Mike McGonigal

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Tracklisting

1. Secret For A Song
2. Across Yer Ocean
3. Diamonds
4. Black Forest (Lorelei)
5. Vermillion
6. In The Wilderness
7. In A Funny Way
8. My Love
9. Moving On
10. The Climbing Rose
11. Arise
12. First-Time Mother’s Joy (Flying)
13. Down Poured The Heavens

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