Produced/Mastered by: Sonic Youth, John Golden
Sonic Youth’s first release, their seminal, self-titled offering, has been re-mastered by John Golden (of Golden Mastering fame) and represented with the addition of seven live tracks from their Music for Millions live performance in 1981, as well as a studio outtake of Where the Fern Grows, making this a mandatory addition to any Sonic Youth, or any early “alternative” music fan’s collection. Screeching feedback-laden indie rock from way before indie rock was the hip thing to listen to. Beautiful.
THE DISCO BISCUITS
The Wind at Four to Fly (Scifidelity)
Ah, jam bands. Nature’s own Ambien alternative. While many like to fool themselves into thinking that mindless meandering somehow translates to the right to put “jazz’ on their résumés, we have never been one to be fooled into thinking style overrides substance. Given this predilection, we were actually surprised by this double-live album — as it wasn’t quite as pointless as expected. The Disco Biscuits actually manage to grab our attention with their unique take on the genre. In addition, the sound is pretty good for a live release, if not a bit vocal heavy. This passes the class, while every other band of this ilk tends to fail miserably.
A Valid Path (Immergent)
Produced/Engineered by: Alan Parsons and PJ Olsson
Having worked as an engineer on both Abbey Road and Dark Side of the Moon, Alan Parsons is a name that’s only too at home in the pages of this magazine. Moving away from the studio, to a degree, and into various other corners of the music world, Parsons has since collaborated with a wide range of prolific individuals, and this is best evidenced on A Valid Path which, for the neophytes, was released in 2004 to much critical acclaim and is now being re-issued as a DualDisc in 5.1 surround in both DTS and Dolby Digital, the results of which are quite literally “music to our ears.” Part-electronic, part-visceral, A Valid Path spans the musical spectrum; and with everyone from David Gilmour to John Cleese providing their talents on this record, you can rest assured that this is worthy of your time and attention.