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The Smiths Louder Than Bombs Photo Outtake


Posted this to Twitter already, but it’s too good not to share with everybody else. I stumbled across a very cool portrait of British playwright Shelagh Delaney from August 7, 1961 in Manchester. Fans of the Smiths will immediately recognize this photo as being very obviously from the same session as the photo that graces the cover of Louder Than Bombs.

If you haven’t read Delaney’s A Taste of Honey, you really should. It’s good, and it’s a treasure chest of Morrisseyisms. You can barely turn a page without uncovering another Smiths lyric. “I dreamt about you last night. Fell out of bed twice.” “That river, it’s the colour of lead.” And on and on.

Photo by Arnold Newman/Getty Images.

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Exile on Main Street Reissue News

The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main StreetIn a year of amazing classic rock reissues (The Beatles, Neil Young, Big Star…) there’s one glaring omission: The Rolling StonesExile on Main Street.

Last year Reuters reported that Exile was scheduled for a late-2009 release, after the band’s other post-1971 studio albums were trickled out in the spring and summer. The report said that the albums would roll out in three batches:

…grouped by the albums’ original release dates, beginning on May 4 with 1971’s “Sticky Fingers,” 1973’s “Goats Head Soup,” 1974’s “It’s Only Rock’n’Roll” and 1976’s “Black And Blue.”

Four albums — 1978’s “Some Girls,” 1980’s “Emotional Rescue,” 1981’s “Tattoo You” and 1983’s “Undercover” — will roll out on June 8.

The final five — 1986’s “Dirty Work,” 1989’s “Steel Wheels,” 1994’s “Voodoo Lounge,” 1997’s “Bridges To Babylon” and 2005’s “A Bigger Bang” will reach stores on July 8.

All of which seem to have been released as planned. But Exile never did show up.

Now reports are that Exile on Main Street will roll out in May 2010 and will include a number of unreleased songs, including “Plunder My Soul,” “Following The River” and “Sophia Loren.”

Given the significance of the album maybe it’s justified to wait and make a special occasion of its reissue. If the sound quality is anything like the ABKCO reissues from 2002 then it’ll be more than worth the wait, but for heaven’s sake fellas, get on with it!

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Ten Years of Album Sales

UPDATE: Here’s the 2017 Soundscan data.There have been lots of updates, additions, and corrections. This page has old info.Get the latest and greatest!

Doh!Total Album Sales (physical + digital albums)

2009: 373.9 million

2008: 428.4 million

2007: 500.5 million

2006: 542.4 588.2 million [Corrected 10/30/2017. -ed.]

2005: 618.9 million

2004: 667 million

2003: 687 million

2002: 681 million

2001: 763 million

2000: 785 million

Sources: Billboard, USA Today, New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, CTV, BBC, WSJ.

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Most Popular GLONO Items: December 2009

Glorious Noise: a nicer place to be.Once a month we look back on the stuff we wrote that got the most attention. We don’t do any special weighting for items that appeared later in the month, or anything fancy like that. These are simply the things that received the most views last month, according to our stats. If an item ranked last month, its position is in parenthesis.

1. (2) Elliott Smith’s Girlfriend Cut Off (2007)

2. Stream Neil Young’s Dreamin’ Man 92 (Dec 2009)

3. (10) Runaways Movie Planned: Neon Angels (2007)

4. Review: Bob Dylan – Christmas In The Heart (Dec 2009)

5. Forkcast Filter, Round 20 (Dec 2009)

See positions 6 through 20 after the jump…

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Twitter Roundup #7

Tweet tweetBelow are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter…

# Pete Townshend digs Sufjan Stevens, but not Radiohead. 37 minutes ago

# Pete Townshend on Prince: “He’s not just a genius!” he spluttered, “He’s a quantum genius!” about 1 hour ago

# Pete Townshend: “‘SOS’ is the best pop song ever written. It has all those Swedish folk elements…” about 1 hour ago

# She’s on a boat! RT @lindsaylohan: Peace and Love Mates about 1 hour ago

# Netbook. RT @billboardglenn: – Exclusive: Apple’s January Announcement Confirmed about 1 hour ago

Lots more after the jump…

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Get Busy Committee – Chillin Out Maxin

MP3: Get Busy Committee – “Chillin Out Maxin” from Uzi Does It, out now on Tokyo Sex Whale.

So what’s up with all the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air love lately? Last month there was the Neil Young via Jimmy Fallon remake, and now the Get Busy Committee is using a prominent sample of the theme song. Of course, Will Smith was “shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school,” while GBC is shootin’ off their Uzis.

GBC is co-managed by Topspin’s Ian Rogers, who’s done a great job using the internet to market this band. He even wrote up a “how to guide” on the steps they took to make the album release a success. None of that would matter, clearly, if the music wasn’t good. But it is good. It’s got a lot in common with classic-era hip hop like NWA and Above the Law. The gangster shit definitely got played out by the mid-90s, but maybe it’s time for a resurgence. If so, GBC will be leading the pack. Regardless, “Chillin Out Maxin” is one of the best hip hop songs I’ve heard in 2009, and I can’t stop listening to it.

Plus, those Uzi-shaped USB drives are just plain dope.

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Jeff Tweedy, Feist, Beck cover Skip Spence

Video: Record Club: Skip Spence “Broken Heart”

I did a quick search of the archives and I’m surprised to see we haven’t covered Beck‘s “Record Club” project at all. It’s a cool idea where a bunch of musicians get together and cover an entire album in one day. Beck then releases the songs on his web site and Vimeo channel. He’s already done The Velvet Underground and Nico (ft. Nigel Godrich, Giovanni Ribisi) and Songs of Leonard Cohen (ft. MGMT, Devendra Banhart), and now he’s halfway through Skip Spence‘s Oar (ft. Wilco, Feist, Jamie Liddell).

“Broken Heart” features a duet with Jeff Tweedy and Leslie Feist, and it’s really nice. A few more of my favorites from this installment after the jump…

Via TwentyFourBit.

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Shorewood’s Awesome Lip Dub in Reverse

Making the rounds right now is this awesome video from the students of Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Washington. It appears this is all part of a friendly rivalry between Shorewood and neighboring Shorecrest with a lip dub challenge that is getting increasingly competitive—and all in good fun.

It started out pretty awesome with Shorecrest getting the whole school involved in a lip dub of Outkast’s “Hey-Ya” that has gymnasts jumping around, Power Rangers singing, a banana in a wheel chair, and a host of other kids leaping in and out of the screen.

Shorecrest Lipdub – Hey Ya

But Shorewood ups the ante big time by not only busting out some vintage Hall & Oates but doing the entire song in one take…backwards.

ShorewoodLipDub – You Make My Dreams Come True

When kids are getting a bad rap from national coverage of violence, sexting and the everyday nonsense to which we can all plead guilty from our days of youth, doesn’t it just warm the heart to see stuff like this? Now excuse me while I change out of my cardigan and into my bathrobe to watch some Matlock.

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Elliott Smith’s Roman Candle Remastered

Roman CandleOn April 6, 2010, Kill Rock Stars is reissuing Elliott Smith‘s debut album, Roman Candle, originally released in 1994 on Cavity Search. The album has been remastered by Larry Crane, who shared a recording studio with Smith, produced “Miss Misery,” and mastered New Moon in 2007.

Larry explains, “The intention that I had was to make the album more listenable. I felt that a lot of the guitar “squeaks” were jarring and very loud, and that many of the hard consonants and “S” sounds were jarring and scratchy sounding. I felt by reducing these noises that the music would become more inviting and the sound would serve the songs better. When I went to Roger Seibel’s SAE Mastering, he proceeded to equalize the tracks a small amount and to make the volume slightly louder. We never tried to make this CD as loud as current, over-limited trends, but just to match the volume of the rest of Elliott’s KRS catalog in a graceful way. Please note that none of this album is “remixed” from the master tapes – it is still composed of the mixes Elliott created himself.”

KRS also got the rights to From a Basement on the Hill, originally released in 2004 on Anti-. Not sure how they wrangled that deal, but now all of Elliott Smith’s indie releases will be on one label. To celebrate all of this news, KRS is giving away a previously unreleased song recorded at Jackpot Studio in 1997.

MP3: Elliott Smith – “Cecilia/Amanda” (previously unreleased)

Via sweet adeline.

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