The Smiths‘ debut studio album is now 30 years old. Regarded as one of the greatest British debuts of all time The Smiths was released through Rough Trade on February 20th, 1984. Upon hearing the opening track “Reel Around the Fountain” it’s clear that the divine combination of Johnny Marr and Moz was unlike anything I had ever heard before. The album artwork is a still of actor Joe Dallesandro from Andy Warhol’s 1968 film Flesh and of course it was chosen by the film obsessed Morrissey. Although the production of the album was said to have fallen short with somewhat of a ‘tinny’ sound; undoubtedly it is an incredible album from start to finish that was well received by critics and listeners alike. It established The Smiths as a powerful addition to the 1980s Manchester scene and paved the way for four years of consecutive albums including some of the greatest releases of all time. Happy 30th to The Smiths from Dino’s Word!
Lefse Records just announced a collection of songs from 14 artists who used unique sound recordings from space to create their very own soundscapes. It’s called The Space Project, and one of them was done by Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon. “Worms,” features noises from the Rings of Uranus recorded by Voyager space probes:
FYI: although there’s no real sound in the vacuum of space, it’s possible to translate the electromagnetic radiation fluctuations and charged particles of these celestial bodies into conventional sound.
So now that you’re no better of a person at all for knowing that. A collection of artists have come together to take audio recordings of planets that were gathered by the Voyager 1 & 2 space probes and manipulate these frequencies in music. This is my piece.
Here is a huge mix of some of the best songs of 2013. I’m excited to see what 2014 will be like after such a massive year. Excited to hear more? – Enjoy this mix.
Happy New Years from Dino’s Word!
Peace and love in 2014!
Some EPs from 2013 -in no particular order- that you should definitely check out:
Burial – Rival Dealer
Best Coast – Fade Away
Phantogram – Phantogram EP
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Blue Record EP
Destroyer - 5 Spanish Songs
Shlohmo – Laid Out
The Flaming Lips – Peace Sword
FKA Twigs - EP II
Ryan Hemsworth - Still Awake
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