Category Archives: Tunes
Today marks a first for the Thunderegg International Distribution Department: After months of white-knuckle meetings regarding global rights, publishing compacts, and digital tariffs, we are pleased to announce that we’ve arrived at an agreement between Nanobot Rock Reviews (representing the US) and Das Klienicum (representing Germany) to allow for the simultaneous digital premiere of our new “Ten Sleeves” / “Big Cigarette” single. Click on either of the two links above to hear what we cooked up with Alan Weatherhead at Tiny Telephone. And if you’re in the Bay Area, you can get the vinyl this Friday night at an awesome show at Viracocha.
This is old. I just like it. Layer upon layer upon layer.
Man, I remember listening to Atom Heart Mother a LOT when I was in college. I thought it was awesome, but then again, my roommates were worried about me. It turns out that at varying points since its 1970 release, all of the members of Pink Floyd have dismissed it as a pretty shitty record. On behalf of my nineteen-year-old self, I’ll argue that a lot of it is instrumental, and if you group it with their soundtracks and otherwise lyric-less recordings—like Obscured by Clouds or More or most of Ummagumma—I think it holds up pretty damn well. So screw those guys for tryin’ to tell depressed stoners what is and isn’t good. Today I was thrilled to find out that at least David Gilmour hasn’t written off his tune from side two, “Fat Old Sun,” which I hadn’t realized has been one of his live staples for years. Leave it to EMI to be totally unfun and disable embedding, but I swear, this version, from 2007 (and that’s Rick Wright on keys, right?), is amazing.
I spent the past week copyediting the memoir of Scarface, who’s had a prolific dual career as both solo artist and leader of the Geto Boys. Entering into the project, I was familiar with some of his better-known songs, but I’d missed the 1994 album The Diary completely, and it’s the full-length that he says he’s proudest of. I can see why. It’s awesome.
Can’t get enough of this jam lately. Philip Bailey, “Children of the Ghetto,” from Chinese Wall (Columbia, 1984).
…I watch it break and slide. Flashing back, in the best way, to listening to this album over and over sophomore year of college.
As we were passing through Amarillo, this song came on courtesy of Silver Rails, a great country/folk program on High Plains Public Radio. We’ll try to keep checking back at 1:00 p.m. Saturdays, CST, and think about how pretty the clouds were, and how strange and wonderful Willie Lamothe’s French sounded as the plains spread all around us.
Announcing the release of He’s Actually Pretty Cool Once You Get to Know Him: A Thunderegg Sampler (1995–2012), featuring 28 songs, 90 minutes of music, from “Christy Pickle” to “If I Went on a Diet” to “Not What I Meant.” Given the size of the Egg catalog, the focus here is on four-track songs, so we’ve skipped (not that they’re not great) the full-band albums, the snippets albums, and the outtake albums (okay, the outtakes albums aren’t great). It’s available here as both an instant download and a limited-edition double-length cassette with amazing Warner Bros. tribute layout by Friend of the Egg Sarah Almond. The cover photo, captured live on a party bus, is by Julia O Test Photography.
Stream it here: