Thursday, February 29, 2024

VA - Psychedelic Obscurities (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3

Previously posted April 24, 2020

VA - Psychedelic Obscurities (A Butterboy Compilation)

Psychedelic music became popular throughout the world in the late '60's and '70's (and beyond).  Most of the greatest music I listen to came from the UK, and USA. It was a very fertile period of music fueled by psychedelic drugs and new attitudes to life in general. It was a backlash that became a great time of discovery and experimentation as people began to challenge antiquated beliefs and structures, and was reflected in the music of the times. The rules had changed. There are many great bands that were regarded as Psychedelic and they still sound great today.

With this compilation the focus is on the unsung heroes of underground psychedelic rock.  The bands who have fallen under the radar of obscurity. As a follower of Psychedelic bands you had to hear them on albums as radio rarely played them.  Some artists listed here may be familiar to you by name but their psychedelic output is almost unknown and therefore considered obscure. There are also several tracks included here that are from recent times but have a 60’s-70’s feel showing how impactful psychedelic music has been.

There are many wonderful compilations available which collect psychedelic obscurities but I hope this set offers something a little different. Here are 75 psychedelic recordings that have unjustifiably surrendered to obscurity.





Track lists


01    Joe Byrd & the Field Hippies    The Elephant at the Door    5:13
02    Ultimate Spinach        Mind Flowers    8:30
03    Alice Cooper        Living    3:12
04    Aorta            What's in My Mind's Eye    2:52
05    Trevor McNamara        Silver    3:29
06    Friendsound        Joyride    4:25
07    Music Emporium        Cage    5:08
08    Jardine            Masochists of Strangulation    3:06
09    C.A. Quintet        Trip Thru Hell, Pt. 1    9:10
10    Rainbow Ffolly        Sun King    4:00
11    Druids of Stonehenge    Forgot to Begot    2:36
12    Morgen            Of Dreams    5:39
13    Bo Grumpus        Yesterday's Street    4:15
14    Erica Pomerance        We Came Via    7:03
15    Sonny Bono        Pammie's on a Bummer    7:45
16    Food            Forever is a Dream    6:51
17    Savage Resurrection        Thing in 'E'    3:06
18    Peter Ivers            In Pursuit of Treasure    3:14
19    Clouds            Visions    2:45
20    Birmingham Sunday        Egocentrick Solitude    3:19
21    Harumi            Fire By the River    3:34
22    Pacific Sound        Thick Fog    2:32
23    Glass Family        House of Glass    3:13
24    Eire Apparent        1026    4:13
25    Beat of the Earth        This is an Artistic Statement Part I    20:59
25    Beat of the Earth        This Is An Artistic Statement Part II    20:54

26    Plastic Cloud        Bridge Under the Sky    4:36
27    Crystal Chandlier        Suicidal Flowers    2:21
28    Freeborne            Land of Diana    3:18
29    Kak            Trieulogy    8:12
30    Lazy Smoke        There Was a Time    2:04
31    Fifty Foot Hose        Fantasy    10:13
32    Red Krayola        Hurricane Fighter Plane    3:31
33    Bob Desper        Darkness is Like a Shadow    4:34
34    Godz            Down By the River    3:44
35    Caedmon            Aslan    4:31
36    Fapardokly        Gone to Pot, No Retreat    4:03
37    Sweetwater        My Crystal Spider    3:59
38    Dug Dug's            Lost in My World    4:08
39    Pisces            In the Dreams of Paula    3:15
40    Toshi Ichiyanagi        Ken Takakura Sings on Tadanori    3:23
41    Markley            The Magic Cat    2:58
42    Five Day Week Straw People    Five Day Week Straw People    3:23
43    Terry Brooks & Strange    The Kiss of a Butterfly    6:03
44    Perry Leopold        Serpentine Lane    4:31
45    Pärson Sound        India (Slight Return)    13:06
46    Chrysalis            Piece of Sun    1:50
47    Four Seasons        Genuine Imitation Life    6:16
48    Mecki Mark Men        Future on the Road    4:46
49    Electronic Hole        Love Will Find a Way Part I    2:57
49    Electronic Hole        Love Will Find a Way Part II    7:05
50    Avengers            Everyone's Gonna Wonder    2:40

51    Mandrake Memorial        Bucket of Air    9:15
52    Bobb Trimble        Selling Me Short While Stringing Me Long    4:22
53    Dave Bixby        I Have Seen Him    3:20
54    Beacon Street Union    My Love Is    4:11
55    Spoils of War        E-Thing    7:57
56    Brigade            Self Made God    4:06
57    Mother Tuckers Yellow Duck    One Ring Jane    4:20
58    Baby Grandmothers        Somebody Keeps Calling My Name    9:14
59    Twink            Tiptoe on the Highest Hill    5:18
60    Ladies W.C.        And Everywhere I See the Shadow of That Life    3:24
61    Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band    I Think I'll Just Lie Here and Die    2:22
62    Q65            Ridin' on a Slow Train    4:12
63    Fort Mudge Memorial Dump    What Good is Spring    4:02
64    Zodiac            Aries - the Fire-Fighter    3:16
65    Les Yper-Sound        Psyché Rock    2:38
66    Stone Garden        World is Coming to an End    2:34
67    Comus            Song to Comus    7:29
68    Dragonfly            She Don't Care    2:50
69    Morning Dew        Sycamore Dreamer    3:45
70    Condello            Dr. Tarr Professor Fether    2:51
71    Dark            Live for Today    8:04
72    Noel Gilpin Emporium    Will You Miss Me When I'm Dead    3:16
73    Mandrake Paddle Steamer    Strange Walking Man    3:11
74    Ipsissimus            Hold On    3:37
75    Paisley Sky        Lucy Lysergic    4:50

VA - Modern US Indie, 250 American Alternative Anthems (Super Deluxe Edition) [2024] (13 x CDs)


VA - Modern US Indie, 250 American Alternative Anthems (Super Deluxe Edition) [2024] (13 x CDs)

Whilst the UK were dancing their socks off to all the great music of the post-Britpop scene of the late 90s into the 2000s, the US had their own indie scene which really exploded during the same time period.

In the early 2000s, a new wave of music emerged that would forever change the landscape of the industry. Indie music, characterized by its independent and non-mainstream approach, gained significant popularity during this time. Artists and bands like The Strokes, The Killers, The White Stripes, and Death Cab for Cutie captured the hearts of listeners with their raw and authentic sound.

Indie Music’s Departure from the Mainstream 

One of the defining features of 2000s indie music was its departure from the polished and highly produced sound of mainstream pop music. Instead, indie artists embraced a more lo-fi aesthetic, often recording their music in small studios or even their own bedrooms. This DIY approach added an element of authenticity and intimacy to their music, resonating with listeners who were tired of the overproduced tracks dominating the airwaves.

The Strokes: Leading the Indie Movement 

The early 2000s saw a resurgence of guitar-driven music, with indie bands at the forefront of this movement. The Strokes, hailing from New York City, burst onto the scene with their debut album “Is This It” in 2001. Their energetic and catchy tunes, influenced by garage rock and post-punk revival, captured the essence of the times. Songs like “Last Nite” and “Someday” became instant classics, solidifying The Strokes’ status as one of the most influential indie bands of the decade.

The White Stripes: Expressing the Power of Simplicity 

The White Stripes, consisting of the enigmatic duo Jack and Meg White, brought a raw and stripped-down sound to the forefront of indie music. With their minimalist approach and bluesy garage rock sound, they captivated audiences with albums like “White Blood Cells” (2001) and “Elephant” (2003). Songs like “Seven Nation Army” and “Fell in Love with a Girl” became instant classics, showcasing the power of simplicity in music.

Death Cab for Cutie: An Atmospheric and Emotionally Charged Experience

For those seeking a more introspective and melodic sound, Death Cab for Cutie offered a perfect blend of indie rock and emo influences. Led by frontman Ben Gibbard, the band gained significant popularity with albums like “Transatlanticism” (2003) and “Plans” (2005). Tracks like “Soul Meets Body” and “I Will Follow You into the Dark” showcased Gibbard’s poignant lyricism and the band’s ability to create atmospheric and emotionally charged music.

The mainstream attention which indie rock garnered in the 2000s began with the Strokes and their 2001 debut album Is This It. Playing a style indebted to '60s-70s bands like the Velvet Underground and the Ramones, the band's intention musically was to sound like "a band from the past that took a time trip into the future to make their record." The album peaked at number thirty-three in the United States, staying in the charts for two additional years and debuted at number two on the UK albums chart. When the Strokes made their commercial debut, the public perception of "rock music" was based in post-grunge, nu metal and rap rock, putting their throwback style of garage rock as a stark contrast to the mainstream. The band's immediate influence allowed fellow classic rock influenced New York bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol and TV on the Radio to gain mainstream attention. The Strokes were accompanied in this commercial breakthrough by The Killers, The White Stripes, Interpol, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. These groups were christened by parts of the media as the "The" bands, and dubbed "the saviours of rock 'n' roll", prompting Rolling Stone magazine to declare on its September 2002 cover, "Rock is Back!"

In this success, legacy indie bands soon entered the mainstream, including Modest Mouse (whose 2004 album Good News for People Who Love Bad News reached the US top 40 and was nominated for a Grammy Award), Bright Eyes (who in 2004 had two singles at the top of the Billboard magazine Hot 100 Single Sales) and Death Cab for Cutie (whose 2005 album Plans debuted at number four in the US, remaining on the Billboard charts for nearly one year and achieving platinum status and a Grammy nomination). This new commercial breakthrough and the widespread use of the term indie to other forms of popular culture, led a number of commentators to suggest that indie rock had ceased to be a meaningful term.

Additionally, a second wave of bands emerged in the United States that managed to gain international recognition as a result of the movement included the Kings of Leon, the Shins, the Bravery, Spoon, and the National. The most commercially successful band of this wave was Las Vegas' The Killers. Formed in 2001, after hearing Is This It, the band scrapped the majority of their prior material to rewrite it under the Strokes' influence. The band's debut single "Mr. Brightside" (2003) spent 260 non-consecutive weeks, or five years, on the UK Singles Chart as of April 2021, the most out of any song, and as of 2017, it had charted on the UK Singles Chart in 11 of the last 13 years, including a 35-week run peaking at number 49 in 2016–2017. Furthermore, it was the UK's most streamed pre-2010 song, until it was surpassed in late 2018, and continued to be purchased for download hundreds of times a week by 2017. In March 2018, the song reached the milestone of staying in the Top 100 of the UK Singles Chart for 200 weeks.

"Mr. Brightside" was named "Song of the Decade" by UK radio stations Absolute Radio and XFM, and in April 2010 revealed that it was the most-listened-to track since the launch of the online music service, with the track being played over 7.66 million times. It is the third most streamed song on Spotify from the 2000s. In October 2010, it was voted ninth in the Greatest Guitar Riffs of the 21st Century so far by Total Guitar magazine. Additionally, in 2010 Rolling Stone listed "Mr. Brightside" as the 48th-best song of the 21st century, and in 2021, it was ranked number 378 in the same magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list.

The Killers were named the World's Best Selling New Group at the 2005 World Music Awards, the same year they won the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist and were also nominated for three Grammy Awards with Hot Fuss being nominated for Best Rock Album. In the UK, they picked up an NME Award for Best International Band. The band was recognized by Rolling Stone as the "best-selling new rock band of the past year" in June 2005.

The Strokes are an American indie rock band formed in New York City in 1998. The band is composed of lead singer and primary songwriter Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture, and drummer Fabrizio Moretti. They were a leading group of the early-2000s post-punk revival and garage rock revival movements.

Their debut album Is This It received critical acclaim - among other accolades, four stars from Rolling Stone, and a 9.1 from Pitchfork Media. The album made many critics' top-ten lists, was named the best album of the year by Entertainment Weekly and Time, and (in an article previewing summer concerts) NME urged readers to attend The Strokes' shows - as they were touring some of the "best pop songs ever". While critics noted the influence of CBGB stalwarts Television, Casablancas and bandmates said they had never heard the band, instead citing the Velvet Underground and the Doorsas reference points.

Is This It has had an enduring impact on fans and critics alike. In 2009, NME named Is This It as the Greatest Album of the Decade (2000s). The album placed second on a similar list compiled by Rolling Stone (the same issue featured a list of the '100 Best Songs of the 00s', featuring "Hard to Explain" and "Last Nite" at Nos. 59 and 16, respectively). In January 2011, Rolling Stone surveyed their Facebook fans to determine the top ten debut albums of all time. Is This It came in at number ten.

The White Stripes were an American rock duo from Detroit, Michigan, formed in 1997. The group consisted of Jack White (songwriting, vocals, guitar, piano, and bass) and Meg White (drums, percussion, and vocals). They were a leading group of the 2000s indie rock and garage rock revival.

Beginning in the late 1990s, the White Stripes sought success within the Detroit music scene, releasing six singles and two studio albums, their self-titled debut album (1999) and De Stijl (2000). They rose to prominence with their critically acclaimed albums White Blood Cells (2001) and Elephant (2003), which propelled them to the forefront of the garage rock revival scene. The single "Seven Nation Army", which used a guitar and an octave pedal to create the opening riff, became one of their most recognizable songs. The band released two more albums, Get Behind Me Satan (2005) and Icky Thump (2007), and the tour documentary Under Great White Northern Lights (2009), before dissolving in 2011 after a lengthy hiatus from performing and recording.

The White Stripes used a low-fidelity approach to writing and recording. Their music featured a melding of garage rock and blues influences and a raw simplicity of composition, arrangement, and performance. The duo were also noted for their fashion and design aesthetic which featured a simple color scheme of red, white, and black - which was used on every album and single cover they released - as well as the duo's fascination with the number three. Their discography consists of six studio albums, two live albums, one extended play (EP), one concert film, one tour documentary, 26 singles, and 14 music videos.

Over the course of their career, the White Stripes earned numerous accolades, which include winning a Brit Award from six nominations, six Grammy Awards from eleven nominations, and six MTV Video Music Awards from eighteen nominations. Two of their albums have been included on various editions of Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and in 2015, the same publication named them the sixth greatest duo of all time. In 2023, in their first year of eligibility, the White Stripes were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but were not inducted.

Garbage is an American rock band formed in 1993 in Madison, Wisconsin. The band's line-up - consisting of Scottish singer Shirley Manson (vocals) and American musicians Duke Erikson (guitar, bass, keyboards), Steve Marker (guitar, keyboards), and Butch Vig (drums, production)-has remained unchanged since its inception. All four members are involved in the songwriting and production process. Garbage has sold over 17 million albums worldwide.

The band's eponymous debut album was critically acclaimed upon its release, selling over four million copies and achieving double platinum certification in the United Kingdom, United States and in Australia. It was accompanied by a string of increasingly successful singles from 1995 to 1996, including "Stupid Girl" and "Only Happy When It Rains". Follow-up Version 2.0, released in 1998 after a year in production, was equally successful, topping the UK Albums Chart and receiving two Grammy Award nominations. Garbage followed this by performing and co-producing the theme song to the nineteenth James Bond film The World Is Not Enough (1999).

In May 1998, Version 2.0 debuted at No. 1 in the UK and at No. 13 in the Billboard 200. Garbage began touring Version 2.0 that month, a tour which lasted until the end of 1999. "I Think I'm Paranoid" was released worldwide in July, while the music video for "Push It" received eight nominations at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. By October 12, "Special" was released and Garbage was nominated for three MTV Europe Music Awards: "Best Group", "Best Rock Act" and "Best Video" for "Push It".

In early 1999, Version 2.0 received two Grammy Award nominations for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. "Special" was No. 1 most added single at the Top 40 radio. In Europe, Garbage began their biggest headline tour, releasing singles for "When I Grow Up" and "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing". In April, "When I Grow Up" was released to Modern Rock radio. "When I Grow Up" was then featured in the movie Big Daddy. Version 2.0 was awarded the European Platinum Award by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for one million sales across Europe and the United States. "You Look So Fine" was released as the final single from Version 2.0 worldwide, as Garbage toured Europe, including headlining in Edinburgh to mark the opening of the Scottish Parliament.

On August 4, Garbage was contracted to perform the theme for the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough and worked with composer David Arnold in London and Vancouver. Garbage co-headlined an Australian tour with Alanis Morissette, while "When I Grow Up" spent three months in the Australian chart, becoming the band's most successful single there. "The World Is Not Enough" reached the top 10s in Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Finland, as well as the top 40 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. "Special" received Grammy nominations for Best Rock Song and for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group, while "When I Grow Up" was re-issued in Europe.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are an American indie rock band formed in New York City in 2000. The group is composed of vocalist and pianist Karen O (born Karen Lee Orzolek), guitarist and keyboardist Nick Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase. They are complemented in live performances by second guitarist David Pajo (formerly of Slint and Tortoise), who joined as a touring member in 2009 and replaced Imaad Wasif, who had previously held the role. According to an interview that aired during ABC's Live from Central Park SummerStage series, the band's name was taken from modern New York City vernacular.

The band has recorded five studio albums; the first, Fever to Tell, was released in 2003. The second, Show Your Bones, was released in 2006 and was named the second-best album of the year by NME. Their third studio album, It's Blitz!, was released in March 2009. All three albums earned the band Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Album. Their fourth record, Mosquito, came out in April 2013. In September 2022, they released Cool It Down, and the album was also nominated for a Grammy award.

In 2003, the band released their debut album, Fever to Tell, which received several strong critical reviews and sold more than 750,000 copies worldwide. The album's third single, "Maps", received significant airplay on alternative radio. In 2010, Rolling Stone ranked "Maps" as 386th in their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The video for their 2004 single "Y Control" was directed by Spike Jonze. In October 2004, the band released their first DVD, Tell Me What Rockers to Swallow. The DVD included a concert filmed at The Fillmore in San Francisco, all of the band's music videos to date, and various interviews. Later the same year, they were featured in Scott Crary's documentary Kill Your Idols.

In November 2009, NME rated Fever to Tell the fifth-best album of the decade.

Kings of Leon is an American rock band formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill, and their cousin Matthew Followill.

The band's early music was a blend of Southern rock and garage rock with blues influences, but it has evolved throughout the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative rock-based sound. Kings of Leon achieved initial success in the United Kingdom with nine Top 40 singles and two BRIT Awards in 2008, and all three of the band's albums at the time peaked in the top five of the UK Albums Chart. Their third album, Because of the Times, reached No. 1.

After the release of Only by the Night in September 2008, the band achieved chart success in the United States. The singles "Sex on Fire", "Use Somebody", and "Notion" all peaked at number one on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album was their first platinum-selling album in the United States, and the best-selling album of 2008 in Australia, being certified platinum nine times. The band's fifth album, Come Around Sundown, was released on October 18, 2010. Their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, was released on September 24, 2013. The seventh studio album, Walls, was released on October 14, 2016. Their eighth studio album, When You See Yourself, was released on March 5, 2021. The group has won 4 Grammy Awards from 12 nominations, including Record of the Year for "Use Somebody" in 2010.

Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006 and currently signed to Columbia Records. The band was formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij, drummer Chris Tomson, and bassist Chris Baio. Batmanglij departed the group in early 2016.

The band's first album, Vampire Weekend (2008), incorporated elements of indie pop, Afropop, and chamber music. Featuring charting singles "A-Punk"and "Oxford Comma", it has been hailed as one of the greatest debut albums. Their following album, Contra (2010), was similarly acclaimed and garnered strong commercial success, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200, and featuring well-received singles including "Holiday". Their subsequent studio albums Modern Vampires of the City (2013) and Father of the Bride (2019) continued the band's success, with each album receiving widespread critical acclaim, topping US charts and winning the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in their respective years.

Self-titled Vampire Weekend, the band's first album was released on January 29, 2008. It received contemporary critical acclaim, being ranked number 430 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and has been hailed as one of the greatest debut albums. It featured a blend of Afropop influences, indie pop, and chamber music elements. A success in the US and UK, it peaked at number 15 on the UK Albums Chart and number 17 on the Billboard 200 and had been certified Platinum in both countries. Four singles were released from the album; while "A-Punk" peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Modern rock chart and number 55 on the UK Singles Chart, "Oxford Comma" peaked at number 38 in the UK. "A-Punk" was ranked the 4th on Rolling Stone's Readers' Rock List: Best Songs of 2008

Released on May 14, 2013, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, marking the second time Vampire Weekend achieved the feat: its second album Contra also debuted at No. 1 in 2010, making them the first independent rock band to enter the charts at No. 1 with two consecutive releases. Modern Vampires of the City also shattered the previous record for first week vinyl sales, moving nearly 10,000 units on vinyl alone and debuting at No. 1 on the Soundscan Vinyl Charts. Additionally, the band charted #1 at Indie, Alternative, Digital and the top 200. In 2014, Modern Vampires of the City won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.

In September 2020, Modern Vampires of the City was put by Rolling Stone in their new list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, ranking at position 328.

The Impact of 2000s Indie Music 

The rise of 2000s indie music not only had a profound impact on the music industry but also on popular culture as a whole. Indie music became synonymous with a certain lifestyle and aesthetic, influencing fashion, art, and even film. The indie music scene became a breeding ground for creativity and individuality, attracting a dedicated fan base that sought out unique sounds and experiences. 2000s indie music marked a turning point in the music industry, offering a refreshing alternative to mainstream pop music. Artists and bands like The Strokes, The Killers, The White Stripes, and Death Cab for Cutie paved the way for a new wave of independent and authentic music. Their influence can still be felt today, as indie music continues to evolve and captivate audiences worldwide. So, whether you’re a seasoned fan or just discovering the magic of 2000s indie music, dive into the rich catalog of these artists and experience the unique sound that defined a generation.

So, after exhaustive and extensive online research, plus my own recollections and memories, here is my personal compilation of what I consider to be the 250 best and most important tracks from the modern US indie scene.

Compiled as always using the very latest and highest quality digital remasters, with a considerable amount of tracks sourced from the original master tapes for superior sound quality and enjoyment.

All tracks are the 100% original CD quality studio recordings, with many meticulously and precisely digitally edited in Audacity for glitch free no sharp cut off endings as quite a few tracks cross faded from one to the other. No poor-quality YouTube rips or live bootleg recordings here!

Over 16 hours of classic tracks.

As a very SPECIAL BONUS I have included an mp4 video file of the excellent 2022 documentary:

Meet me in the Bathroom: documentary shows how 9/11 shaped New York’s indie music scene.

Inspired by Lizzy Goodman’s bestselling book, Meet Me in the Bathroom is an immersive archival journey through the explosive New York music scene of the early 2000s. Set against the backdrop of 9/11 and a world unaware of the seismic political, technological and cultural shifts about to occur, this acclaimed documentary tells the story of the last great romantic age of rock 'n' roll through the prism of a handful of era defining bands, including The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, and TV on the Radio.

Top 20 Indie Bands of the 2000s:




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Meet me in the Bathroom Documentary



Track lists


01 The Killers - Mr. Brightside 3:43

02 The Strokes - Hard to Explain 3:44

03 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps 3:36

04 The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army 3:53

05 Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire 3:26

06 The Walkmen - The Rat 4:27

07 We Are Scientists - Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt 3:15

08 The Bravery - An Honest Mistake 3:40

09 MGMT - Time to Pretend 4:21

10 The Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers 5:04

11 LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing at My House 5:14

12 Spoon - I Turn My Camera On 3:13

13 The Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control 4:17

14 Hole - Celebrity Skin 2:42

15 Garbage - Stupid Girl 4:18

16 Modest Mouse - Float On 3:28

17 Vampire Weekend - A-Punk 2:16

18 The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio 4:36

19 Interpol - PDA 5:00


20 The Postal Service - Such Great Heights 4:26

21 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Spread Your Love 3:44

22 TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me 4:39

23 The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize?? 3:32

24 Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism 7:55

25 The Bravery - Above and Below 3:30

26 We Are Scientists - After Hours 3:52

27 MGMT - Alien Days 5:09

28 The Strokes - All the Time 3:01

29 The Killers - All These Things That I've Done 5:01

30 The White Stripes - Apple Blossom 2:13

31 The Shins - Australia 3:56

32 The Strokes - Automatic Stop 3:21

33 Kings of Leon - Back Down South 4:01

34 The Bravery - Bad Sun 4:00

35 The White Stripes - Ball and Biscuit 7:18

36 The Bravery - Believe 3:47


37 The Drums - Best Friend 3:25

38 The White Stripes - The Big Three Killed My Baby 2:29

39 The White Stripes - Black Math 3:03

40 The White Stripes - Blue Orchid 2:38

41 The Killers - Bones 3:47

42 The Postal Service - Brand New Colony 4:12

43 Death Cab for Cutie - Brothers on a Hotel Bed 4:31

44 Kings of Leon - The Bucket 2:55

45 Kings of Leon - California Waiting 3:28

46 Vampire Weekend - Campus 2:55

47 Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa 3:33

48 TV on the Radio - Careful You 5:12

49 The Killers - Caution 4:29

50 The Killers - Change Your Mind 3:11

51 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Cheated Hearts 3:58

52 The Postal Service - Clark Gable 4:54

53 Kings of Leon - Closer 3:59

54 MGMT - Congratulations 3:56

55 Vampire Weekend - Cousins 2:25

56 Kings of Leon - Crawl 4:08


57 TV on the Radio - Dancing Choose 2:56

58 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date with the Night 2:35

59 The White Stripes - Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground 3:04

60 The White Stripes - The Denial Twist 2:35

61 Vampire Weekend - Diane Young 2:40

62 Vampire Weekend - Diplomat's Son 6:01

63 The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight 4:44

64 TV on the Radio - DLZ 3:48

65 Hole - Doll Parts 3:31

66 Vampire Weekend - Don't Lie 3:33

67 The Killers - A Dustland Fairytale 3:45

68 MGMT - Electric Feel 3:49

69 Kings of Leon - The End 4:24

70 The Strokes - The End Has No End 3:00

71 Spoon - Everything Hits at Once 3:22

72 Interpol - Evil 3:35

73 The National - Fake Empire 3:25

74 Kings of Leon - Fans 3:36

75 The Bravery - Fearless 3:07

76 The White Stripes - Fell in Love with a Girl 1:50

77 The Flaming Lips - Fight Test 4:08

78 Bright Eyes - First Day of My Life 3:03


79 MGMT - Flash Delirium 4:16

80 The Killers - For Reasons Unknown 3:32

81 The Drums - Forever and Ever, Amen 4:29

82 Kings of Leon - Four Kicks 2:09

83 Band of Horses - The Funeral 5:22

84 Vampire Weekend - Giving Up the Gun 4:46

85 The Killers - Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll 4:14

86 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion 3:07

87 TV on the Radio - Golden Age 4:11

88 The Strokes - Gratisfaction 2:59

89 We Are Scientists - The Great Escape 3:16

90 Band of Horses - The Great Salt Lake 4:45

91 TV on the Radio - Halfway Home 5:30

92 MGMT - Hand It Over 4:13

93 Vampire Weekend - Hannah Hunt 3:58

94 The White Stripes - The Hardest Button to Button 3:32

95 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll 3:41

96 The Strokes - Heart in a Cage 3:26

97 The Gossip - Heavy Cross 4:05

98 Wilco - Heavy Metal Drummer 3:09


99 Interpol - The Heinrich Maneuver (Radio Edit) 3:26

100 The White Stripes - Hello Operator 2:36

101 Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland, 1945 3:12

102 Vampire Weekend - Horchata 3:26

103 The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba 2:10

104 The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love? 6:27

105 The Killers - Human 4:05

106 Wilco - I Am Trying to Break Your Heart 6:58

107 The Bravery - I Am Your Skin 3:01

108 The Strokes - I Can't Win 2:31

109 The Drums - I Don't Know How to Love 3:21

110 Garbage - I Think I'm Paranoid 3:38

111 Vampire Weekend - I Think Ur a Contra 4:26

112 Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You Into the Dark 3:09

113 Wilco - I'm the Man Who Loves You 3:56

114 The White Stripes - Icky Thump 4:14

115 Kings of Leon - The Immortals 3:28

116 Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 3:22

117 We Are Scientists - Inaction 2:32

118 Spoon - Inside Out 5:03


119 Band of Horses - Is There a Ghost 2:59

120 The Strokes - Is This It 2:27

121 MGMT - It's Working 4:06

122 The Gossip - Jealous Girls 3:40

123 The Killers - Jenny Was a Friend of Mine 4:04

124 Wilco - Jesus, Etc. 3:51

125 The Strokes - Juicebox 3:14

126 MGMT - Kids 5:02

127 Kings of Leon - King of the Rodeo 2:25

128 The Strokes - Last Nite 3:13

129 We Are Scientists - Less from You 3:42

130 The Drums - Let's Go Surfing 2:57

131 The White Stripes - Let's Shake Hands 2:04

132 The Strokes - Life Is Simple in the Moonlight 4:15

133 The Gossip - Listen Up! (2007 Version) 4:16

134 The National - Lit Up (Remix) 3:00

135 The White Stripes - Little Cream Soda 3:45

136 MGMT - Little Dark Age 5:00

137 We Are Scientists - Lousy Reputation 2:35

138 Bright Eyes - Lover I Don't Have to Love 3:51

139 The Strokes - Machu Picchu 3:29


140 Interpol - Mammoth 4:13

141 Kings of Leon - Manhattan 3:25

142 The Drums - Me and the Moon 3:14

143 Garbage - Milk (The Wicked Mix feat. Tricky) 4:26

144 The National - Mistaken for Strangers 3:31

145 The Strokes - The Modern Age 3:32

146 Kings of Leon - Molly's Chambers 2:15

147 The Drums - Money 3:53

148 The National - Mr. November 3:57

149 The White Stripes - My Doorbell 4:01

150 The Postal Service - Natural Anthem 5:07

151 The Shins - New Slang 3:50

152 Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You 3:37

153 The Postal Service - Nothing Better 3:46

154 Kings of Leon - Notion 3:03

155 Garbage - #1 Crush (Nellee Hooper Remix) 4:45

156 Interpol - Obstacle 1 4:11

157 Modest Mouse - Ocean Breathes Salty 3:48

158 Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely 8:17


159 Kings of Leon - On Call 3:21

160 The Strokes - One Way Trigger 4:02

161 Garbage - Only Happy When It Rains 3:56

162 Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma 3:15

163 The Shins - Phantom Limb 4:47

164 MGMT - Pieces of What 2:43

165 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Pin 2:00

166 TV on the Radio - Province 4:37

167 Garbage - Push It 4:02

168 Kings of Leon - Pyro 4:10

169 Garbage - Queer 4:36

170 The Flaming Lips - Race for the Prize (Sacrifice of the New Scientists) 4:16

171 Kings of Leon - Radioactive 3:26

172 The Killers - Read My Mind 4:03

173 The Postal Service - Recycled Air 4:29

174 The Strokes - Reptilia 3:35

175 Kings of Leon - Revelry 3:23

176 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Rich 3:36

177 We Are Scientists - Rules Don't Stop 2:15

178 Vampire Weekend - Run 3:52


179 The National - Secret Meeting (Remix) 3:44

180 Wilco - A Shot in the Arm 4:19

181 MGMT - Siberian Breaks 12:09

182 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Skeletons 5:02

183 Garbage - Sleep Together 4:03

184 The Postal Service - Sleeping In 4:21

185 The Shins - Sleeping Lessons 3:58

186 Interpol - Slow Hands 3:04

187 The Bravery - Slow Poison 3:28

188 The Killers - Smile Like You Mean It 3:54

189 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Soft Shock 3:53

190 The Killers - Somebody Told Me 3:18

191 The Strokes - Someday 3:03

192 Garbage - Special 3:43

193 Interpol - Specialist 6:40

194 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Spitting Off the Edge of the World 4:17


195 TV on the Radio - Staring at the Sun 3:24

196 Vampire Weekend - Step 4:11

197 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Stop 4:36

198 Garbage - Subhuman 4:34

199 Kings of Leon - Supersoaker 3:50

200 Garbage - Supervixen 3:55

201 Bright Eyes - Take It Easy (Love Nothing) 3:20

202 The Strokes - Taken for a Fool 3:23

203 Vampire Weekend - Taxi Cab 3:55

204 Garbage - Tell Me Where It Hurts 4:11

205 Garbage - Temptation Waits 4:36

206 The Bravery - This Is Not the End 3:59

207 The Postal Service - This Place Is a Prison 3:54

208 We Are Scientists - This Scene Is Dead 3:43

209 The Strokes - Threat of Joy (Radio Edit) 3:41

210 Interpol - A Time to Be So Small 4:50

211 The Bravery - Time Won't Let Me Go 4:11


212 Death Cab for Cutie - Tiny Vessels 4:21

213 Death Cab for Cutie - Title and Registration 3:39

214 Garbage - The Trick Is to Keep Breathing 4:11

215 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Turn Into 4:07

216 The Strokes - 12:51 2:26

217 Neutral Milk Hotel - Two-Headed Boy 4:25

218 Vampire Weekend - Unbelievers 3:22

219 The Bravery - Unconditional 3:19

220 The Strokes - Under Control 3:02

221 The Strokes - Under Cover of Darkness 3:55

222 Interpol - Untitled 3:56

223 Kings of Leon - Use Somebody 3:53

224 Garbage - Vow 4:30

225 Kings of Leon - Wait for Me 3:29

226 Vampire Weekend - Walcott 3:40

227 Wilco - War on War 3:49

228 Kings of Leon - Wasted Time 2:46

229 The Postal Service - We Will Become Silhouettes 5:00

230 MGMT - Weekend Wars 4:12

231 The Strokes - What Ever Happened? 2:49

232 Death Cab for Cutie - What Sarah Said 5:58


233 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Whatever Happened to My Rock 'n' Roll (Punk Song) 4:36

234 Garbage - When I Grow Up 3:24

235 The Killers - When You Were Young 3:38

236 Vampire Weekend - White Sky 2:58

237 Interpol - Who Do You Think? 3:13

238 Modest Mouse - The World at Large 4:17

239 Garbage - The World Is Not Enough 3:56

240 The Killers - The World We Live In 4:40

241 TV on the Radio - The Wrong Way 4:38

242 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control 3:51

243 The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 4:42

244 The White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You're Told) 3:54

245 Garbage - You Look So Fine 5:23

246 The Strokes - You Only Live Once 3:06

247 The White Stripes - You're Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl) 1:48

248 TV on the Radio - Young Liars 5:12

249 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero 4:25

250 Garbage - It's All Over but the Crying (Remix) 3:49





Today's topic     PROG 2

Prog Magazine is a British magazine that covers the latest news, features and reviews of progressive rock music and its related genres. It is published by Future, who also produce Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazines. Prog Magazine was launched in March 2009 as a spin-off from Classic Rock and is edited by Jerry Ewing. Prog Magazine also organizes the annual Progressive Music Awards, which celebrate the achievements and innovations of prog artists and bands. The awards have been running since 2012 and have honored legends such as Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes, Rush, Steven Wilson, Rick Wakeman, Ian Anderson and many more. According to Discogs1, Prog Magazine issued physical CDs as a free gift with the magazine until issue 125. From issue 126 onwards, the magazine switched to a downloadable free digital sampler. Therefore, there were 125 CDs issued with the magazine.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

VA - Action Time Vision, A Story Of Independent UK Punk 1976-1979 [2016] (4 x CD's)


Previously posted November 20, 2021

VA - Action Time Vision, A Story Of Independent UK Punk 1976-1979 [2016] (4 x CD's)

In the early years of the punk rock explosion of the 70's, the record industry didn't know what to make of the aggressive new sound. Punk certainly seemed like the coming thing, but no one seemed sure of how to sell music that was built around open disrespect for authority figures -- which in the eyes of the punks included the music industry. Thankfully, punk was born with a passionate desire to document itself, and if the major labels weren't going to put punk rock on records, the punks would do it themselves. No previous rock movement was more closely associated with independent labels and the D.I.Y. philosophy than punk, and countless indie labels were launched to commit fresh talent to vinyl. Action Time Vision: A Story of Independent U.K. Punk 1976-1979 is an exhaustive and wildly entertaining four-volume box set that examines both the indie label scene in the United Kingdom as well as the bands that emerged on homegrown labels. The set opens, fittingly enough, with "New Rose" by the Damned, widely acknowledged as the first British punk single and the release that turned Stiff Records into a going concern. Just as that record still sounds fresh and explosive four decades later, nearly all of the 111 songs on Action Time Vision are filled with energy, passion, and a sense of discovery, as the musicians strive to find their place in a new musical landscape and have fun doing it. This set is also a potent reminder that early punk was never as monochromatic as many liked to believe (or as samey as U.K. punk would become in the '80s). Along with the foursquare punk attack of the Lurkers, the Cortinas, Sham 69, and many others, there's the speeded-up pub rock of Fruit Eating Bears, the joyous power pop of the Stoat, the prog-inspired twists and turns of Psykik Voltz, the arty minimalism of English Subtitles, the psych-inspired surrealism of Victim, the edgy cool of the Flys, and the acoustic guitar in a bedsit parody/tribute of Patrik Fitzgerald. And while the set includes lots of familiar names, the compilers have included plenty of obscurities that often prove to be as satisfying as the best-known tracks, another reminder of how fertile this era truly was. (There are also a number of tracks from artists who would go on to greater fame in the future, such as Billy Bragg in Riff Raff, Kevin Rowland in the Killjoys, and Shane MacGowan in the Nipple Erectors.) The liner notes from Andy Davis are a great read, and an impressive history of the many bands and labels featured here. This is hardly the first or best study of the U.K. punk scene of the 70's, but Action Time Vision is an impressive tribute to the early stirrings of indie culture in England, and it's great listening throughout. (Allmusic review by Mark Deming )






Track lists


01 Damned New Rose 2:44

02 Eater Outside View 2:04

03 Radiators From Space Television Screen 1:52

04 Cortinas Fascist Dictator 2:37

05 Drones Lookalikes 2:36

06 Lurkers Shadow 2:29

07 Rezillos I Can't Stand My Baby 2:38

08 999 I'm Alive 2:33

09 Johnny Moped No One 2:47

10 Sham 69 I Don't Wanna 1:42

11 Puncture Mucky Pup 2:05

12 Snivelling Shits Terminal Stupid 2:56

13 Vacants Worthless Trash 2:21

14 Zeros Hungry 2:18

15 Maniacs Chelsea 77 2:36

16 Outsiders One to Infinity 2:05

17 Killjoys Johnny Won't Get to Heaven 2:41

18 Johnny & the Self Abusers Saints and Sinners 1:51

19 Unwanted Withdrawal 1:59

20 Wasps Teenage Treats 3:05

21 Pigs Youthanasia 2:47

22 Lockjaw Radio Call Sign 1:35

23 Neon Hearts Venus Eccentric 2:40

24 Jerks Get Your Woofing Dog Off Me 1:51

25 Panik Modern Politics 2:58

26 Some Chicken New Religion 2:16

27 Carpettes Radio Wunderbar 2:54

28 Flys Love and a Molotov Cocktail 2:33

29 Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias Gobbing on Life 3:58

30 Only Ones Lovers of Today 3:10

31 Suspects Nothing to Declare (Live at the Vortex) 2:19


01 Swell Maps Read About Seymour 1:30

02 Patrik Fitzgerald Safety-Pin Stuck in My Heart 2:41

03 Boys Leaders (Demo) 2:32

04 Stoat Office Girl 3:11

05 Acme Sewage Co. I Don't Need You 3:18

06 V2 Speed Freak 2:00

07 Bazoomis Give it All to Me 3:56

08 Raped Moving Target 3:50

09 Big G I Hate the Whole Human Race 3:13

10 Subs Gimme Your Heart 3:02

11 Tubeway Army That's Too Bad 3:20

12 Xtraverts Blank Generation 3:07

13 Fruit Eating Bears Door in My Face 2:54

14 Front System 3:29

15 Satan's Rats You Make Me Sick 2:10

16 Stiff Little Fingers Suspect Device 2:35

17 Menace G.L.C. 2:25

18 Dyaks Gutter Kids 3:14

19 Skids Reasons 2:09

20 Rudi Big Time 2:43

21 Artattacks I Am a Dalek 2:49

22 Bears On Me 3:13

23 O Level Pseudo Punk 1:47

24 Members Solitary Confinement 3:55

25 Nipple Erectors King of the Bop 2:03

26 Angelic Upstarts The Murder of Middle Towers 4:38

27 Mean Street Bunch of Stiffs (Live at the Vortex) 2:54


01 Alternative Tv Action Time Vision 2:30

02 Social Security I Don't Want My Heart to Rule My Head 3:01

03 Tights Bad Hearts 3:35

04 Riff Raff Cosmonaut 1:28

05 Dole New Wave Love 3:15

06 Joy Division Failures 3:45

07 Leyton Buzzards 19 and Mad 2:54

08 Demon Preacher Little Miss Perfect 3:28

09 Outcasts Just Another Teenage Rebel 3:15

10 Fall Psycho Mafia 2:13

11 Chelsea Urban Kids 2:54

12 Protex Don't Ring Me Up 2:38

13 Cravats Gordon 4:02

14 Horrorcomic England '77 2:31

15 Uk Subs C.I.D. 1:55

16 Spizz Oil 6,000 Crazy 2:14

17 Dodgems I Don't Care (Full Version) 4:52

18 Users Kicks in Style 2:01

19 Peter and the Test Tube Babies Elvis is Dead 2:11

20 Ruts In a Rut 3:41

21 Disco Zombies Drums Over London 4:10

22 Nicky & the Dots Never Been So Stuck 2:31

23 Shapes Wot's for Lunch Mum? (Not B****s Again!) 1:32

24 No Way Breaking Point 3:09

25 Wall New Way 3:56

26 Hollywood Brats Sick on You 5:10


01 Adam and the Ants Zerox 3:49

02 Notsensibles Death to Disco 3:18

03 Vice Creems Danger Love 3:07

04 Murder the Disturbed D.N.A. 3:29

05 Cockney Rejects Flares 'n' Slippers 1:37

06 Psykik Volts Totally Useless 4:37

07 Molesters The End of Civilisation 3:19

08 Newtown Neurotics Hypocrite 3:16

09 Pure Hell These Boots Are Made for Walking 2:47

10 Fire Exit Timewall 2:16

11 Pack King of Kings 3:14

12 Steroid Kiddies Dumb Dumb 2:18

13 English Subtitles Time Tunnel 2:40

14 Proles Soft Ground 2:15

15 Adicts Easy Way Out 3:08

16 Dark My Friends 2:33

17 Woody & the Splinters I Must Be Mad 1:57

18 Victim Why Are Fire Engines Red 2:46

19 X-Certs Anthem 2:37

20 F-X Slag 3:03

21 Rivals Future Rights 2:54

22 Silent Noise I've Been Hurt (So Many Times Before) 2:51

23 Vice Squad Nothing 1:57

24 Prefects Things in General 3:10

25 Licks 1970's Have Been Made in Hong Kong 3:17

26 Fatal Microbes Violence Grows 3:13

27 Poison Girls Under the Doctor 2:50