Digital Roundup: 4/2/14
New this week in the iTunes Rhino Catalog Room:
Melvins, Stag – Not quite punk, not quite metal, and really only grunge by association (they influenced the movement more than they were an actual part of it), Melvins – if you want to risk their ire by putting a “the” in front of their name, you go right ahead – never really managed to take their post-Nirvana major-label deal with Atlantic and turn it into huge chart success, but they still managed to make a trio of albums that caught a few new ears. Stag is the last of the bunch, and while it might not be as iconic as their Atlantic debut, Houdini, it’s certainly not a shameful way to wrap up their stint, either. In fact, it’s one of the more fascinating albums in their discography, thanks to the guys really seeing what they could accomplish in a studio setting. Some of it is awesome (“Bar X the Rocking M”), some of it just downright bizarre (“Captain Pungent”), but it’s rarely less than interesting.
The Stooges, Fun House – The expanded edition of this Stooges classic has been available for awhile now, but if you’re still just a beginner when it comes to exploring Iggy and his bandmates’ sound, this standard edition is definitely the better way for you to go. Just be sure to crank it up as loud as your volume controls will take you.
Testament, Return to the Apocalyptic City EP – Whether you view it as a gift for the fans, a way to keep new product coming between albums, or a way to fulfill their final contractual obligation to Atlantic Records, this EP from the thrash masters features four live tracks from a 1992 performance at the Los Angeles Palladium, an outtake from the sessions for The New Order (“Reign of Terror”), and the single edit of “Return to Serenity,” from The Ritual.
Twisted Sister, Stay Hungry – Here’s another instance where a standard edition is finally being made available for casual listeners. Not that the 18 additional songs didn’t do wonders to satiate the hunger of the band’s fans for more material from Dee Snider and company, but let’s be honest: some people just wanna rock for the duration of the original nine tracks.